home command center: one room 4 ways

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  Sometimes we feel limited by the home we're with; like there's not enough room, and that we need more space. But, with a little creativity you can repurpose your space to suit your needs.  So, today, I'm showing you four ways that we use our home command center and sharing three other examples of how we've made more room with the 1650 … [Read more...]

how to create a foyer when there isn’t one

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    A foyer was on the must-have list. When I first walked into the model of our current home, the sales person led us in through the back door. As I walked in, my eyes were drawn past the kitchen, through the living room, straight to the foyer.  That's when I knew I wanted this house. I've been decorating and … [Read more...]

decorating ideas for problem areas

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    It was love at first sight. the open floor plan with tall ceilings and lots of windows,     the dining room right next to the kitchen. and a roomy breakfast room.... It was all so perfect.  I could just picture life in this house. But once we moved in, there were some inconveniences that I had to … [Read more...]

recommended reading: how to start the decorating process

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  I think one of the biggest decorating fears is that we don't know how; can't do it ourselves.   But, you can, and today's Recommended Reading is filled with advice on how to start the decorating process. We all have to start somewhere which is why I so appreciate The Nester's thoughts on The Ugly, Valuable Before … [Read more...]

Budget Decorating Ideas

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  Okay. So far this week, we've exposed 4 of the 5 common decorating fears: defining your style, decorating for others, lifestyle and indecision.   Today, I want to talk about the fifth fear, money.      When I first planned this series, I thought I would show you a beautiful, solid wood sleigh headboard and footboard that I bought … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Throw Pillows

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  Indecision.  When it comes to home decor, I am sometimes plagued by indecision; spending hours, days, even weeks trying to decide. What if I don't like it? What if I change my mind? The fear of making a mistake is bigger in our minds than it is in reality. Choosing pillow fabric from Online Fabric Source was no … [Read more...]

8 family friendly design ideas

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  When Hannah was three years old, she colored all over the wall. I overreacted. The leather furniture was brand new when the cat scratched it. I cried. When my nephews were younger, they bent the metal canopy frame on Hannah's new bed. I cussed. Our mattress got a tear in it when we moved into this house. I … [Read more...]

smart decorating advice from a girl named boog

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  When I was in Jr. High, I learned that my dad had a nickname for me when I was little... Booger.  Boog for short.  The nickname came about because I used to hide and wait for him to come home from work. And, when he walked through the door, I jumped out like a booger man. Touched by that story,  I decided that I wanted a shirt that … [Read more...]

5 tips for defining your style

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    Lately, when I walk into a room in my house, I feel like I'm home. I look around and smile as I think, "this is so me." But it wasn't always that way.   It's been a bit of a journey, and these are the steps I took to get there:   5 Tips for Defining Your Style  1.  Collect images of things you love: fashion, … [Read more...]

5 Decorating Fears Exposed

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    There seems to be 5 Decorating Fears that people have:   Undefined Style- What's my style?  How do I start? I don't have an "eye" for design.    Money- I can't afford a designer.  The furniture I want is too expensive.  Indecision- Which paint color will look best? What if I make a mistake? What if my style … [Read more...]