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The New Finalized Floor Plan (I Think This One Might Be Perfect!)

The other day, I shared with y'all my new decorating strategy for 2015.  My goal by the end of next year is to have the breakfast room and living room completely finished, and then to have every other room in my house looking presentable...not perfect, not finished according to my final plan, but … [Read More...]

beautiful neutral walls - Phillip Jeffries Rivets wallpaper, via HGTV

10+ Ways To Give Neutral Walls Some Style

Yesterday I shared my plans for my breakfast room walls.  In my search for the one perfect (to me) idea for that room, I came across so many amazing ways to add interest to neutral walls.  I'll be using some of these in other areas of the house, like the hallway, music room, and eventually the … [Read More...]

beautiful neutral walls - Thibault Etosha wallpaper combined with traditional wainscoting

Breakfast Room Plans: Black Is Out, Light & Neutral Is In (But It Wont’ Be Boring!!)

Well, black walls are no longer an option for my breakfast room.  Long story short, I've been waffling back and forth on the stencil idea for a while now, but I was still full steam ahead on the black walls idea.  But this weekend, as my mom and I were standing in Home Depot looking at paint samples … [Read More...]

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Trying My Hand At Faux Grasscloth Painted Walls

It's no secret that I have a slight obsession with grasscloth.  I've been talking about using grasscloth in my living room for the past year.  Unfortunately, I just don't know if the real thing is going to be in the budget.  I always seem to be drawn to the really pricey ones, and as much as I love … [Read More...]

green and blue decorating - via Quadrille Fabrics

Blues & Greens — My Favorite Color Combo

Working at the condo lately has been really good for me.  It has given me a much needed break from the house, but most importantly, it has reminded me how much I love color, and need color in my life and in my home.  I think in my planning for my living room, I've been playing it way too safe.  My … [Read More...]

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Condo Bedroom Finished! (And Staged To Sell)

I finally got the condo bedroom completely finished yesterday!  This room needed the most work of any room in the condo, so it's such a relief to have it finished.  It might even be my favorite room in the condo! The closets that I built were the most expensive thing in the room, but I think … [Read More...]

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DIY Vine & Flower Dimensional Artwork

Yesterday I made some artwork for the condo bedroom.  (By the way, if you're wondering why I'm "wasting time" making artwork for a place I'm about to sell, I'll try to explain at the end of this post.)  I wasn't actually planning on turning this into a blog post, but when I posted a picture of it on … [Read More...]

A New Year, A New Decorating Strategy

(Warning:  Long, rambling, pictureless post ahead.)  :) I absolutely LOVE the beginning of a new year.  It's like a fresh start.  A clean slate.  A chance to evaluate, correct, redirect, and begin anew.  So every December, I start to think about things, evaluate how I've been doing things, and … [Read More...]

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How To Build A Bookshelf In Two Hours (Or Less!)

I was working at the condo again yesterday, and I reached a point where I had my fill of doing the non-fun stuff, like scraping wallpaper (which I finally finished!), painting walls, caulking baseboards, painting interiors doors, etc.  So I decided to work on a fun, creative project. I've been … [Read More...]

headboard design idea - bedroom by Tobi Fairley

A DIY Priority — Make A Headboard For Our Bedroom

I warned y'all a few days ago that I'd be pretty scattered, jumping from project to project, and from the house to the condo and back, until the condo is finished.  But not even I would have guessed that a headboard for our bedroom would become a serious priority right now.  But it's definitely on … [Read More...]

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DIY Faux Fur Rug (How To Fake A Flokati)

After a few days of rest, relaxation, eating food I shouldn't, and spending time with my family, I finally headed back to the condo this weekend to continue the work there.  Most of the work I did isn't blog-worthy -- painting walls, grouting floors, cleaning,  etc.  But I did do a fun project for … [Read More...]

stenciled curtains - from Crazy Wonderful blog

A Possibility For My Living Room – Painted and Stenciled Curtain Ideas

I'm still in a quandary over what to do with my living room windows.  I simply cannot find a fabric that I can get excited about -- one that I love AND that's in my budget.  So, as several of you suggested, I'm really considering stenciling my own fabric to create a pattern that I like in just the … [Read More...]

Cheap & Easy Curtain Panels Customized With Paint

The condo bedroom now has new curtain panels to go with the new headboard fabric, and I made these two panels for about $30. That's $15 per panel. Not too bad, right? Especially for curtain panels that look like they were custom made to go with the headboard. I don't think I could have done better … [Read More...]

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The Perfect Teal Velvet For My Sofa (and Other Living Room Fabric Options)

So, just a little heads up here.  I'll probably be jumping around from project to project, and from the house to the condo and back to the house, quite a bit until the condo is finished.  It's imperative that I get the condo finished and on the market ASAP, but I can only concentrate on it so much … [Read More...]

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$25 45-Minute Upholstered Headboard Makeover

It was almost unanimous.  Almost.  According to the overwhelming majority of you, staging is very important in selling a home.  So with that in mind, I'm starting to put things together for the bedroom.  I brought the mattress set and bed frame in and set them up between the closets, and then … [Read More...]

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To Stage Or Not To Stage A Home For Sale?

Have you staged a home for sale recently?  And did you find that it was helpful in selling your home?  If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic! With my mind focused on getting our condo ready to put on the market, I've been doing quite a bit of reading on staging homes for sale … [Read More...]

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DIY Cabinet-Style Bedside Closets — Finished!

Well, it took a bit longer than I had anticipated, but I finished the built-in closets on Friday evening. Then I took another day to scrape off the wallpaper remnants, clean and patch the walls, and give the walls a fresh coat of paint. For the walls, I chose a light, muted, somewhat grayed aqua … [Read More...]

window treatments with upholstered cornice and side panels with Greek key trim by Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25,via Houzz

Cautiously Considering Cornices

I spent another day working at the condo yesterday, and I finally got all of the wood filling, sanding, and caulking done on the closets.  That means I'll actually be able to paint the closets today, and possibly even finish them.  While I'm working at the condo, I have lots of alone time to think … [Read More...]

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Condo Bedroom Built-In Closet Progress

I'm making steady progress at the condo, and by the end of this week, I should have this built-in closet project wrapped up.  If you missed the details on how I constructed these closets, you can find that info here.  I'm hoping to have this room completely finished by the end of the weekend. I … [Read More...]

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DIY Cabinet-Style Bedside Closets – Part 1

I ended up not spending as much time at the condo this weekend as I had originally planned, but I did manage to get one of the bedside closets completely built, with the exception of the baseboards and trim at the top.  But the basic structure is finished, including the door.  Here's how it looks … [Read More...]

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