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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 Make Kitchen Cabinets Taller

Not only do kitchen cabinets play a vital role in the functionality of your home, they actually impose a major impact on your kitchen's appearance.  In case you have been living in a cave for the past five years, tall cabinets are all the rage. Designers and contractors are implementing designs in which the kitchen cabinets go all the way to the height of the ceiling. I think tall cabinets have become a major trend because they create the illusion of…

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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…

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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Impromtu Birthday Brunch – My Son’s Second Birthday

Hope all of you had an amazing Christmas. Our long, holiday weekend not only involved travel for Christmas, we also celebrated our son's 2nd birthday once we got back in town. In an impromptu effort,  I decided to throw a simple, brunch party with immediate family. About a month ago, I decided that we were not going to throw a birthday party for my son. You see, his birthday is two days after Christmas.  I know this sounds horrible, but between…

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Designing Romantic Vibes in the Bedroom

Today I am talking about romance in the bedroom...bow chicka wow wow. But seriously... get your mind out of the gutter, because I am referring to design. Please overlook all the wrinkles in the sheets...ain't nobody got time to iron their sheets(unless your are wealthy enough to have maids).You should feel honored that I even made the bed for you. While my bedroom still needs a lot of work, I wanted to share with you what I have done so…

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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…