Come Tour The 2013 HGTV Smart Home With Me!

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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...]

The Photo Galleries Of Beautifully Decorated Rooms Are Back

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I'm so happy to have the photo galleries now added to the new A2D!  These galleries are very much improved over the old ones, and once the photos are tagged (I still have quite a bit of work to do on that), then they'll also be searchable by any number of words and room features. As before, these galleries include rooms from incredibly talented … [Read more...]

Inexpensive and Colorful Clock Makeover

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I don't even have a wall clock in my home. I rely on the clock on my stove, the clock on my computer, and my alarm clock in the bedroom. Why? Because I can never find a nice clock that actually interests me. But this DIY version from Wonderful Joy Ahead definitely caught my eye! I love the colorful face, the big graphic numbers, and the simplistic … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Headboard From Recycled Shutters & Door

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Are you familiar with Fluff Your Stuff?  If not, you should be!  It is an interior design company located in Omaha, Nebraska.  But I don’t live in Nebraska, you say.  Regardless, you should at least check out their Facebook page for amazing ideas, tips, and tricks.  They’re not stingy at all with their ideas and … [Read more...]

Colored Pencil Monogram

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Looking for an inexpensive gift for a teacher? Here it is! This pencil monogram by Caro's Thrifty Adventures isn't going to break the budget, and look how adorable it is! What teacher wouldn't be thrilled to receive such a gift?! This would also be cute as artwork for a child's room, an art studio, a playroom, or anywhere else where a shot of color … [Read more...]

Painted and Decoupaged Headboard

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It seems like this week has a recurring theme--decoupage! On Tuesday, I shared with you a chest of drawers that I recently painted and decoupaged for a pre-teen girl named Caroline. Now I'll show you the crazy, colorful, out-of-the-box headboard that I made for her room. Ready? Caroline specifically wanted the word "peace" on her headboard, … [Read more...]

A Closer Look At My Favorite Room I’ve Ever Designed

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First of all, thank you so much to each of you who read yesterday's post and left such supportive comments. I was angry, as you could tell. I was shocked beyond belief that someone would have the nerve to do that. But now I'm over it. I'm moving on. And in a way, I'm a little thankful that it brought my absolute favorite room that I've ever … [Read more...]

Bailey’s Bedside Table:: Before & After

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Do you remember this bedside table I bought at Goodwill for Bailey's room? Yesterday, it underwent a bit of a transformation.  I started out by using my electric sander on all of the flat surfaces just to remove any rough areas and to give it some "tooth". I finished up the sanding by hand since there were so many grooves and details that … [Read more...]

How To Make An Egg Carton Flower Pendant Light


There are so many fun crafty things that can be done with paper pulp egg cartons. When I came across these unique purple ones in the trash at my office (yes, I dug them out of the trash), I just knew they could be turned into something really spectacular. My idea? This paper pulp egg carton flower pendant light. I think this flower pendant light … [Read more...]