Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Favorites: The Best Textured Throw Pillows

Create beautiful spaces with 20 of the best gorgeous textured pillows! 

I kind of have a thing for throw pillows.   Large, nubby textured throw pillows.  I'm partial to black and cream ones, mainly because I like the contrast and texture they bring to our home.  Keeping pillows neutral also allows me to swap them out from room to room, which is why they're one of my favorite home decor essentials.   HomeGoods is my favorite place to buy affordable throw pillows, but since HomeGoods isn't an option for everyone, I scoured the web to find 20 of the best perfectly textured, perfectly nubby throw pillows. 
20 of the best textured throw pillows

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Real Life Messy Home Tour

An imperfect and real life messy home tour of a DIY and home decor blogger! 

"Don't compare your behind the scenes with someone else's highlight reel."

It's hard to imagine the beautifully decorated spaces you see on blogs and Instagram could ever be less than perfect.  It's easy to assume these gorgeous spaces are always impeccably neat and perfectly organized.   Well, guess what?  I'm here to tell you that the majority of bloggers, Instagrammers and influencers do not always live a perfectly neat and organized life.  I've talked to many blogger friends and there's almost always a mess behind the camera.

It can be so easy to compare our less than perfect homes with those that seem so perfect.  I know I sometimes get discouraged with the way my home looks.  The paper piles that need to be sorted, the laundry overflowing from baskets, the never-ending dog hair that needs to be vacuumed, but then I remember the mess is what makes our house a home.  The mess tells a story and is creating memories.  

Real life messy entryway

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A Beginners Guide to Painting Furniture

 Everything you need to know to repair, prep and paint furniture like a pro! 

I've sanded, prepped and painted more furniture than I can count, so it's about time I share my favorite basic tips and tricks for painting furniture like a pro.  From the best wood filler for filling old hardware holes to how to paint laminate furniture.  I hope to answer all your basic furniture painting questions in this beginners guide to painting furniture.  

A beginners guide to painting furniture

Monday, February 4, 2019

Simple Spring Place Setting With Dollar Tree Napkin Rings

Create the perfect simple and affordable place setting with updated Dollar Tree napkin rings, sprigs of greenery and brown gift tags.  

Happy February!  It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for another Dollar Store DIY!  A few weeks ago, I shared 50 of my favorite Dollar Tree items to hack, makeover and update and totally forgot to include their shiny plastic napkin rings.   Have you seen them before?  I grabbed a pack a few months ago and just now got around to updating them.  A rare warm winter day gave me the itch to create a simple spring place setting and I knew the napkin rings from Dollar Tree would make the perfect addition. 
Simple Spring Place Setting with Dollar Tree napkin rings
With basic white dishes, Dollar Tree glass mugs and affordable supplies, you can easily (and quickly) create a simple place setting perfect for Spring.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Best IKEA Products to Hack and Makeover

Are you a fan of IKEA?  What about IKEA hacks?  Today, I'm sharing my favorite IKEA products that you can easily update and hack to create beautiful customized furniture and decor. 

It's no surprise that I'm a huge fan of IKEA.  I have a few IKEA pieces in my own home and have even shared my favorite IKEA items for creating a stylish home on a budget.   Many IKEA products are perfect as is (I especially love their greenery, frames and white grommet curtains), but many products are also perfect for customizing.  From raw wood furniture to basic storage, I'm sharing the best IKEA products for hacking and updating. 

The best IKEA items to hack, makeover and update

Friday, January 25, 2019

Vintage Modern Hall Bathroom Refresh Plans

Affordable bathroom decor for the perfect vintage modern bathroom makeover! 

Were you starting to wonder if our basement bathroom was the only bathroom in our house?  We do have two other bathrooms, but I rarely share them on the blog.   They were both completely renovated about 10 years ago, but of course, my taste has changed and they're no longer my style.  I'd love to renovate them again, but we're currently saving for a major kitchen/first floor renovation, which is leaving little in the budget for bathrooms.   Refusing to let that stop me from creating a space I love, I'm planning an affordable vintage modern makeover for our hall bathroom!

Vintage Modern bathroom moodboard

Monday, January 21, 2019

How to Pick the Right Paint Colors For Your Home

Do you struggle with picking the right paint colors?  Are you tired of wasting money on painting mistakes?  These 5 tips will help you confidently pick the perfect paint colors for the interior of your home.  

We've lived in our home for over 12 years and during that time I've painted my fair share of rooms.  I've made a few mistakes (flat paint down the staircase),  picked a few bad paint colors (aqua walls anyone?) and painted and repainted every room in our house at least two to three times.  The good news is that through all these painting mistakes and bad paint color decisions I've learned a few tips for picking paint and getting it right the first time.   

Neutral interior paint colors