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An Honest Review of My White Ikea Ektorp Furniture

With a house full of kids and animals, if anyone is qualified to write an honest review of Ikea's Ektorp furniture (in white might I add), I can proudly say I am highly qualified. I have owned the Ektorp Series couch and chairs, with Blekinge White slipcovers, for over two years and wanted to share my candid experiences with you as I have had many of questions about my furniture choice from readers. Two years ago, I ordered Ikea's Ektorp…

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Rustic, Tribal Nursery- Sneak Peek

So it seems like this rustic, tribal nursery undertaking has been the most drawn-out project ever. Between our popcorn ceiling removal fiasco (which took us about 2-3 weeks to remove all signs of texture on the ceiling), and everyone in the family coming down with some sort of sickness, it has taken us forever to complete our second son's nursery (who is due in less than two months). To say I have had a rough week would be putting it…

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Beginner’s Guide to Home Staging

A few weeks ago, I got to stage my home for a very exciting opportunity. I was asked by a regional publication to be included in their spring edition's home feature. I was giddy with excitement! After the excitement settled, I realized I needed to bust my butt not only cleaning the house, but tying up some loose ends and staging my home ...I wanted to display it in the best possible light. With my home staging mission fresh in…

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How To: Cheap and Simple Ways to Love Your Home Again

Feeling uninspired with the home you once loved? Well, you are not the only one. Being the serial re-designer that I am, I often go through phases where I feel bored with my own home (at least twice a year). After the Christmas decor went down a few weeks ago, I felt depressed with my surroundings. In an effort to lift my spirits, I went out and bought some new home decor. Upon getting it home and trying it out,…

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Makeup Vanity Makeover

Continuing on with my recent quest to "glam up" my home, I decided to tackle the makeup vanity in my bedroom. When you walk into our master bedroom, there is an entryway/foyer/hall that includes a vanity and closet. Here is what it looked like when we first moved in. Shortly after moving in, I gel-stained the vanity with General Finishes Gel Stain in the color "Java". To see that tutorial click here.  I also replaced the hardware and faucet with more…

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The Easiest Turquoise Abstract Art Ever – DIY

So,  I think I just continue to out-do myself in terms of easiest DIY projects ever. Remember how I said my Ikea Hack Curtains and DIY Chalkboard were the easiest projects ever? Well....I think this turquoise abstract art beats both of those on the easy, half-a$$ scale. Here is my framed, DIY art.  I will reveal the painstckingly complex process I went thru to produce such a work of art ( sarcasm obviously). And as I am writing this tutorial…

Glamming Up My Design

After I took down my Christmas decorations on New Year's day, I felt like my home design needed a boost.  Don't you just hate how dull and bare your home looks after all of the glowing lights and ornaments are gone? On a whim,  I decided to glam up my home. My sweet husband installed a new Chandelier in our bedroom where an ugly, old fan used to hang. I also bought some plush, silver throw pillows and a matching…

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My Toddler’s Coastal Nursery

In the wonderful world of blogging, there seems to be an understood code among bloggers: the week between Christmas and New Years is vastly considered a time to rest, relax and unplug. While I have greatly enjoyed my week long hiatus, I had to busy myself with something. So, I finally decided to paint my two year old's bedroom.     Here is what the room looked like when we first moved in....   The paint color was not that…

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How I Painted my Metal Chairs Blue – DIY

Once upon a time, in a household with no children, I had white upholstered chairs at my dining room table. Pristine and matching, these chairs were fine until my first son began to walk. I quickly realized that white upholstery would no longer work...grubby little hand prints were an inevitable part of my future. Of course I would have it no other way,  but I did not want to go out and purchase new chairs. I came up with a…