Monday, April 21, 2014
Let's start the first tour, shall we?!
This whole house's 'theme' is the use of yellows and greys. I love how springy and bright this living room is.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! Stay tuned for next week's tour :)
Home Builder: Woodside Homes
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Here's the supply list:
Foam board for backing (choose black in case the board peeps through a bit)
Stain (if you want)
Framing pieces (I used 1x3s, you can use molding too for a more finished look)
Paint for framing pieces
Jute and staple gun for hanging
Friday, April 11, 2014
I'm once again I'm in the process of redoing my office and guest room, so I thought this would be a perfect time to remind myself and let you guys know my thoughts that go in to making a perfect sanctuary for your guests and completely functional home office for yourself :)
1. Overdo the guest room portion and underdo the office. I know this may be hard if your guest room office combo is mainly an office 99% of the year, but this can easily be accomplished, or 'faked'. Storage and hidden storage are your friends. Hide gadgets and pens and paper in cute little baskets or boxes. Hide files in cabinets or drawers. If you have more office stuff than you think you can hide, incorporate it into your design or hide it on shelves behind curtains or doors. Incorporate the design of the office easily into the design of the guest room, then it won't feel like you are giving away your office to the guest room.
2. Have a place for guests to put their belongings, perhaps hang or fold their clothes. This can easily be fulfilled by making sure you keep a portion of the closet for guests. But, if you are like me and need all the storage you have for the office, simply remove items from a nightstand or dresser or shelf when guests arrive and offer those locations to them for their clothes and belongings.
3. Multifunction is your friend in tight spaces, especially when you are trying to get two main functions out of one room. An armoir can easily act as a desk for you when opened, with all your computer and cords and files hidden inside when shut and the the drawers below can be used for a guests use. Or you can use a larger nightstand/table for your office desk when guests are vacant, but when they arrive simply remove your computer and your desk becomes a cute nightstand.
4.Try not to overcrowd. Try to go minimal with your design and accessorizing. You don't want to pack too much into one space that it suffocates you or your guests.
5. You need to have a good organizing system. Home offices can quickly get cluttered. Keep it easy on yourself and organize as you go rather than waiting until a guest arrives and you spend an all nighter trying to get ready for them :)
6. Incorporate the guest room design into the office and vice versa. Make the room look like it goes together, matching furniture styles and finishings. You don't want to look in the room and be able to delineate where the office starts and the guest room starts. If it is all designed together, the flow will be less noticeable and more comfortable for your guests.
Monday, April 7, 2014
I love going to model homes and open houses and looking at how they are decorated. I also love blogs in general because you get to see into a ton of homes while staying in your jammies and not moving your butt off the couch :) We have pulled together 14 wonderful bloggers to show off their homes to you this week! So be sure to check out the bottom of this post for the links to their tours...and if they haven't happened yet, I'll be updating the links daily so be sure to check back..I promise, you will not be disappointed and you'll have plenty of eye candy :) ....and probably plenty of items to make your DIY list full for the next year.
First off, is my front room. I have a love-hate relationship with this room. I am currently in a love relationship. This room was Booooring with a capital B and lots of 'o's :) Super beige and nothing going for it. I added this white planked wall and moved around and added some new furniture plus added some gallery walls and now I love it. That coffee table is made from tree stumps which I think definitely adds some interest. Most of the things in this room have either been handmade or refurbished. Let's see how long this love relationship will last now ;)...I get bored with things quickly, so it's probably safe to hold your breath cuz I'm sure it won't be long lol
cedar planked wall is an addition in attempt to add some character. I really made such a big difference, I love it in here.
for just $60. It was super dark, but I added some board and batten and accessories to brighten it up.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my house tour! Now's your chance to lick your chops on some other wonderful homes :) Once again, these links will be updated daily as they get posted!
Friday, April 4, 2014
here. I also got that cute lantern for like $8 on clearance from Gordmans.
I bought the lamps at Target. I was going back and forth on these for awhile now and tried a few different lamps but decided I liked these the best. And that owl was $6 from Gordmans. ...serious, if you are lucky to have that store in your area you need to visit it. It has great deals sometimes :)
And if you remember one my last posts about faking a clean house, you may wonder what's really in this little basket ;) ...I assure you, it really is just blankets this time.
one on Amazon. I love this thing. I especially love the look of it folded at the foot of the bed. You can see the one from Amazon here.
My husband's first reaction...albeit weeks and weeks after I got the comforter :) (I'm actually surprise he even noticed it at all..anyway.) ...was "I didn't ever take you for a ruffle girl". I'm not sure how I should feel about that. I guess I never thought of myself as a ruffle girl either but I really really like this!
stenciled burlap canvas I did a few weeks ago. I love it right there, so much better than that darn sconce that was there for years and years.
this rug. I can't tell you how much this actually pulls the room together and adds just the right amount of pattern. And it's oh so soft.
Rug got on sale: $149
Lamps: $60 for both on sale including shades
Random new accessories: approx $20
So about $370. Kind of a lot now that I add it up considering I did the whole room before for $100. But! I'd say the additions are well worth it. I'm so happy in here now and I actually make the bed like 95% of the time. I don't think that that has ever happened...ever. And waking up to an almost all white bedroom is like waking up on a cloud. It's wonderful :)
On Monday I'll be hosting a Spring Parade of Homes that will feature my house and 13 other bloggers houses. So, if you like snooping into model homes and open houses...here's a virtual way to look at 14 of them :) It kicks off on Monday and goes throughout the week!
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