A Living Room Makeover: The Reveal and My Decorator Secrets

Every time I rearranged the living room, I would sit in my newly rearranged space to enjoy the latest living room makeover. And every time, there was this deep down knowing that I didn’t love it; that something wasn’t quite right. So, I’d spend the next several days, weeks and sometime months trying to pinpoint […]

7 Ways to Decorate with Faux Sheepskin Rugs

I’d had my eye on sheepskin rugs for quite some time, but wasn’t sure I’d like one for myself. When I finally bought one on a whim, I was surprised at how many ways I found to use it. So many in fact, I want to buy two more. 7 Ways to Decorate with Faux Sheep Skin Rugs […]

If You Give a Girl a Chalkboard…

If you give a girl a chalkboard, she’s going to want a chalk ledge to go with it. But, I didn’t have one. At least I didn’t think I did until I discovered a not-so-obvious solution in my kitchen. I considered using a strip of wood as a ledge, but I didn’t have the right […]

Creating the Perfect Living Room Arrangement

Right around Easter time, I had rearranged my living room one “last” time and anxiously awaited my family’s reactions to my new living room arrangement as they arrived for Easter dinner. “I like your new arrangement. It looks like a real family room,” My sister said. “I like your shelf arrangement,” Dad told me after studying […]

DIY Potting Bench, Toy Box Not Included

I’m a sucker for sentimental home decor. In fact, a lot of my furniture was passed down to me from family which I’ve enjoyed reusing and repurposing in my own home. One such piece was my husband’s childhood toy box. When Matt’s Dad offered it to me, I gladly took it. It has served us as kitchen […]

9 Ways to Display Apple Vase Filler

Buying the five dollar bag of apple vase filler from Walmart was one of the smartest home décor purchases I’ve ever made. That was several years ago. Since then, the apples have proven to be so versatile making them a year-round favorite in my home. In fact, this past winter was the first time they were […]

A Farmhouse Style Cottage Tour

Today, I’m taking you on a tour of an adorable farmhouse style cottage that belongs to some old friends of mine. Ann and I played softball together in Junior High and she, her husband Kenny, and I all went to school together. We reconnected on Facebook a few years ago, and not too long after […]

4 Creative Ways to Display Art

Sometimes I’ll see a piece of art that I really love, but don’t buy it because I’m out of wall space. But, not all art has to be hung on the wall. You can use art to fill an empty corner of a room or to add interest to a bookcase. Some pieces look great […]

A “His & Hers” Living Room Makeover

I wanted a cozy seating area situated around the mantel, and he wanted a prime view for watching television. And after eight years of trying to create a furniture arrangement that accommodates our his and hers design styles, I think I finally got it right. Hers I know…I should have shown “His” first, but I […]

Coastal Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

  Once upon a time, in a far away blogland, a girl dreamed of a laundry room makeover. She waited and waited…and waited some more, as she thought about paint colors and organization. And, one project at a time, she transformed the laundry room. She painted an old board and hung it above the laundry […]

20+ Easy Ideas for Vase Fillers

I do very little to change my decor seasonally; typically just switching out candles, vase fillers, accent pillows and throw blankets. But those small changes make a big impact in bringing the season into my home. So today, I wanted to share some easy ideas for vase fillers that you can use throughout the year. Many […]

DIY Accent Chair Reupholster and Chalky Paint Makeover

When I saw the outdated chair listed in an online selling group, I saw past the orange toned wood and blue moire fabric to the lovely shape and lines. And, I knew that a little paint and new fabric would take care of the rest. So, I met the owner, loaded the chair into the […]

DIY French Wicker Laundry Basket

I hadn’t planned on it. I thought maybe I’d use the quiet of the night to write, or read. But, then I walked into the laundry room and decided that I couldn’t stand it any longer. So, at 12:30 a.m. I poured the laundry detergent, stain fighter, fabric softener and borax into the pretty glass […]

Style Secrets: From Frumpy to Fabulous

Today, Chelsea and I are back with a new episode of Style Secrets…everyday tips for your home and you! We have some fashion forward ideas for both work-at-home and stay-at-home moms…think stylish yet comfortable outfits that go with the flow of your busy day. And, if you have some old, outdated furniture, don’t give it […]

The Sexy to My Dining Room: Our New Wood Floors

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions about my experience with Carpet One, our new floors and how great they look are 100% my own. #CollectiveBias #InspiredHome   We have wanted wood floors for our entire homeowner life. On days that we couldn’t stand the thought of […]

The Casual to My Elegance: Mixing Decorating Styles

I have a confession to make; I don’t prefer the rustic or industrial decorating styles that are so popular right now. But, I was attracted to a German vintage crate because of my German roots. So, even though the crate was both rustic and industrial, being the sentimental soul that I am, I bought it anyway. […]

More Than Just a Sitting Room

As I work on transforming my breakfast room into a sitting room, I dream of more than just a sitting room. I dream of a way of life. A life in which I walk through a set of french doors onto my back porch where I stretch with the flowers and wake with the birds. After […]

The Perfect Laundry Room Color

A laundry room makeover has been on my to-do list for nearly four years. I knew I wanted a coastal-inspired laundry room, but the design plans stopped there. I searched online. I pinned and pinned some more, looking for the one…the perfect laundry room color. “They” say that when you know, you know.  When I first saw Sea Salt […]

The Secret to French Country Style

Authentic. I’ve been trying think of a word that summarizes what I find so appealing about French Country style, especially the French Country kitchen. All those baskets and cutting boards. The food. The pottery. It’s all so real.     So alive…so palpable.     I’ve been trying to recreate that look for years, and I finally feel […]

Master Bathroom Design

Rainwashed. It sounds so lovely, doesn’t it?…Like a Spring day after a rain,     that fresh, earthy scent filling the air,   the calming sound of the last drops of water dripping from the eaves of the roof.     Steam rising,   forming big, fluffy white clouds that billow overhead.   The sun […]

Sitting Room Design Plan

They had me at “fireplace in the breakfast room”. I just love the idea of being able to cozy up to a fire in the breakfast room. Which led to my research on the inglenook. And, then began the process of turning my breakfast room into a room that also functions as a keeping room, sitting […]

A Sitting Room for Me

  “This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You®, and Real Simple® but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #NewYearMeTime  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”   2015 is off to a slow start.  I’ve spent most of it in lounge pants and sweat shirts, wrapped up under blankets […]

Coral Reef: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

  When I first saw the Sherwin-Williams color of the year, I thought it was gorgeous and a perfect complement to my existing color palette. So, I kept trying to think of a way to incorporate it into my home. Inspired by the splashes of pink I’ve been seeing in home decor lately, I finally […]

Living with White Walls

Our builder painted the entire house in Kilim Beige which is a nice color, but after six years, I was ready for a change. So last January, I walked into Sherwin-Williams hoping that I’d see the sign; the poster on an easel that offers a free color consulting service with the purchase of a $75 […]

A Sitting Room escape

  The other day my friend, Sabrina, called on me for decorating help. She had moved the dining table out of the dining room and brought in a few furniture pieces she already had in an effort to create a sitting room escape. BEFORE As you enter the dining room from the foyer, the leather […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Home

This is the last post in the Love the Home You’re With series.  I truly hope you found inspiration and motivation to make your home everything you want it to be. Not only did this series push me to work on areas of my home that I didn’t love, but it pushed me personally as […]

Recommended Reading: 10 Must-Read Design Blogs

Sometimes I need another perspective, a fresh pair of eyes, to help me with decorating dilemmas.  When I do, these are the design blogs I turn to for inspiration.     Designed with Carla Aston – Carla shares her beautiful designs and some great tips.  I’ve learned a lot from her.  I’ve had the pleasure to meet […]

Home Command Center: One Room 4 ways

  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 to Create a Foyer When You Don’t Have One

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, and I’ve […]

Budget Decorating Ideas

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 […]

8 Family Friendly Design Ideas

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 […]

Over 100 Practical Ideas for Your Home

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  That was Holly’s philosophy when it came to her husbands stacks of books, or what she now calls a library table.   I thought her solution was so clever that I did the same thing! Visit Holly at Storywood Designs to see what she did.   I love […]

200+ Ways to Paint Anything

Yesterday, we left off with a pile of clutter and 4 boxes. As you sort through your belongings, ask yourself these questions:   1) Can I use this in another room? 2) Can this be repurposed? 3) Would I like it better painted?   You would be amazed at how a little paint can transform […]

Desk Chair Makeover, Inspired by Ballard Designs

    It was just a plain, basic desk chair.  Gray and drab. It wasn’t quite what I had in mind, but it served a purpose.  So, I kept it. At some point, I decided to put a green pillow case over the chair back to make it look more colorful. When that didn’t work, I […]

Recommended Reading – DIY and Design Inspiration

Taking a break. This is a topic I am passionate about.  And Lisa of The Pennington Point offers some simple ideas for how Moms can make it happen. Her post is first up in this week’s Recommended Reading.     As Lisa suggests, a night off  can be as simple as retreating to your bedroom for a little […]