Color Crush: Navy Blue

navy blue living room

I've had a few people ask me what colors I'm going to be using in the house, and each time someone asks me, I panic just a little bit because I honestly have no clue. One color that I can't seem to get enough of lately is navy blue, so I can almost guarantee that it'll be making an appearance in the house. Where? I haven't a clue yet. :) I'd … [Read more...]

Tiny Condo Bathroom Makeover – Before and After

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It's finished!  My tiny bathroom makeover, that I thought would only take a few days and ended up taking over a month, is finally done. It's definitely not my best makeover ever.  And quite honestly, if we weren't planning on moving in at the end of the month and were planning on staying here, I would have done many things differently, … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Mirror With Scalloped Frame

Decorative Mirror With Scalloped Frame

I was finally able to get the original mirror cut down to fit into the new frame for my tiny bathroom.  So here it is!  My new decorative mirror with a pretty little scalloped frame. I was inspired by this mirror that I saw on Joss and Main.  I would have just purchased this one, but it was the wrong size. :-D  Yeah, right!!  If you … [Read more...]

DIY Removable Cedar Shower Floor Mat

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Happy Monday, all!  Remember last week when I said I had a project in mind for the shower in my tiny little bathroom?  Well, it's (almost) finished!  I made a removable cedar shower floor mat. I was inspired by some of these (obviously much higher end and super expensive) wood shower floors.     If you've been around here … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover Progress – From Dark and Disgusting To Light and Bright

Tiny bathroom makeover progress

Anyone else getting as tired of this bathroom makeover as I am? :-D Gah! It was supposed to be quick and easy, and here I am a month later, still not finished. Granted, I haven't been working on it every single day. There's been quite a bit of procrastinating in there, which I'm sure I'll regret as this month progresses.  (Suffice it to say that … [Read more...]

An Impromptu Bathroom Makeover – Day 1

Small condo bathroom makeover - wood plank walls 3

As you know, my in-laws have been here this week, and they've been helping me with projects around the condo.  My mother-in-law has sanded my kitchen countertops and re-oiled them so that they look absolutely perfect for putting the condo on the market.  She also sanded the new bookcases that I built in the living room after I did all of the wood … [Read more...]

Come Tour The 2013 HGTV Smart Home With Me!

HGTV Smart Home 2013 - home exterior

Yesterday, I just happened upon the HGTV website, and I saw all of these mentions about a 2013 HGTV Smart Home.  I was like "whaaaaat?"  How long have they been doing this?  I knew about the annual Dream Home, and the annual Green Home (which I completely missed this year!!), but I don't think I've ever heard of the Smart Home.  How long have they … [Read more...]

20-Day Small Bathroom Makeover – Before and After

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My small bathroom makeover is finished, and I made my goal of getting it finished in 20 days!! (That's 20 working days, not 20 calendar days.) And I packed this bathroom full of small bathroom design ideas, all done on a budget. The "before" bathroom was full of apartment-grade...well...everything -- the cheap laminate countertop with the … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover Day 19 & 20: How To Make An Extra Long Shower Curtain With Pleated Ruffle Accents

Shower Curtain With Pleated Accents - thumb

The last piece of my bathroom makeover puzzle is now finished and in place, so today I'll show you how to make this extra long shower curtain with the pleated ruffle (pluffle :) ) accents. The main part of the shower curtain is actually a queen size flat sheet.  Since most fabrics are 60" wide at most, and a standard shower curtain is 70" to … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover Day 18: Shower Curtain Design & Progress

DIY shower curtain with pleated ruffle design

I was so certain that I'd have my shower curtain done by today, but it just didn't happen.  Part of the reason is that I spent (wasted) probably two good hours just still trying to decide what the heck I wanted to do.  I would try something, not like it, unpin everything, and start over. I finally decided to just stick pretty closely to the … [Read more...]