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  • Living Room Reveal 1

    Coral and Mint Living Room Reveal

    If you’ve been a follower of our blog for a while, you may have seen this room made over before. This is this room’s 4th, yep, 4th makeover. I have learned so much about what works for this space (and our family!) and what doesn’t. I FINALLY love this room.  I love it because it totally reflects my style and nearly every element of the room was a DIY done by yours truly. I’m talking, the wall paint, refinished floors, curtains, ALL of the furniture, including the sofas and many of the accessories were all made by moi! From 2011, when we moved in and had zero decor (and no decorating budget!) This room has come a long, long way! Since moving in, I have painted the room twice. Once a pretty grey (Glidden – Pebble Grey) with a striped accent wall and hallway. Now, we have a crisp white (Behr – Swiss Coffee) room with a Mandilicious, Vintage Revivals inspired gold sharpie accent wall.  It’s funny but I can totally see my style shift and I finally figured out…

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    How to Organize Your Shoes

    The last few months, I’ve been trying to spruce up my master bedroom. I needed to some how organize my shoes. So I decided to DIY a bookcase that I could use to organize my shoes. My bedroom has an en suite that has a bathroom, walk in closet and dressing room area. Like any girl, I have too many shoes and needed a function but cute way to organize and display them. I also have a dirty little secret I am a bit of a hoarder. Yes, thats right I may or may not have some clothes from high school over 10 years ago. I have issues but I am working on it. That being said, not only did I need a new space for my pretty shoes I also need more room in my closet. I came up with the idea of a bookcase but I wanted to jazz it up a bit.  I used this white bookcase that I picked up at a thrift store for $5 but You can get these basically anywhere. Wal-Mart, Target, Home…

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    DIY Warm Cocoa Bath Soak

    Welcome to Day 3 of our Gift Ideas in a Jar series!  Hope you’re enjoying the ideas we’ve had this week! I am a bath lover. I prefer a bath over a shower any day.  One thing I love to do for “me time” is draw a nice (piping hot!) bath after I’ve put the kids to bed and just sit and do nothing. I love it. What makes it even better is when I have some yummy bath salts, fizzies, milk bath or yummy smelling bubble bath to add to the water. Today, I made the best one yet. This DIY Warm Cocoa Bath soak is a mix of DIY Cocoa bath salts and DIY Milk bath that will leave you (and your skin!) feeling incredible. I’ve got two simple recipes for the bath soak and I layered them in this jar. First we have the Cocoa Bath Salts. I also added the benefits of each ingredient below. I love how therapeutic this bath soak is. Cocoa Bath Salts 1 cup of Epsom Salt – great for injuries, constipation…

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  • Tufted Sofa

    How to reupholster a sofa

    Today’s project was literally one of the biggest DIYs I have ever taken on. Not because it was incredibly difficult or something but because it was a long process and the payoff was huge! I taught myself how to reupholster a sofa. It is definitely one of the most dramatic transformations that I’ve done. I found this sofa for $40 at a local thrift store. I already knew what I wanted so when I spotted it with an additional 50% off price tag, I knew it was time to bite the bullet and take on a massive reupholstery project.  I’m pretty sure this exact same sofa was in my church building as a kid. Either that or a hotel lobby. I’m also fairly certain that my husband thought I was a lunatic when I sent him to pick it up from the store after I bought it. Don’t worry, I made him see the potential! I got her home and a month later, tore it apart! A sofa is not much different that reupholstering a chair or something.  You basically…

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  • Dining Room with Burlap Polka Dot Curtains

    DIY Polka Dot Burlap Curtains

     A while back, Savannah and I both showed you our own renditions of our ruffled burlap curtains. They are basically the same but we did two different ruffle methods. I love love love them and get tons of compliments on them in my little dining room. They’re perfect in there. Then, I had the genius idea of adding polka dots. Pretty much everything looks cuter with polka dots (or stripes or glitter…just sayin.)  See, we have a teeny little dining space so I like to keep things light and airy in there to make it appear bigger. You can read my tips on making your kitchen look and feel bigger here. Anyways, I really like the burlap because even though its a warm color, the weave still allows for light to come in this room through the window.  DIY Polka Dot Burlap Curtains Supplies: Your new burlap curtains you made from this tutorial Acrylic Paint (I used American warm white from Michaels) Round Foam Brush the size you’d like your polka dots to be. Instructions: Lay the burlap over some…

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  • DIY Coat Closet Makeover 4

    DIY Coat Closet Makeover

    I have been wanting to do this DIY Coat Closet Makeover in my living room since like… the day we moved in. Coat closets are infamously known for collecting junk. That’s what ours did and it drives me bonkers! NO. ONE. including myself half the time, hangs up their coats when they have to untangle hangers and fiddle for a spot to hang their coat. It’s easier to throw it in the closet and stuff the door shut right? Not anymore! Cue hallelujah chorus! First thing I did was emptied the entire closet. Everything… out! I removed the hangers and the closet bar. Next up, paint! I used a mixture of Behr’s Canton Jade and Tropical dream which is the perfect soft mint green.  Next, I painted all the trim and the shelves a glossy white.  I spray painted 8 hooks a shiny gold and installed them on the existing trim. I moved the table, chair and rug out of the way for the first photo but this is what it looks like in the living room with the door…

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