Bedroom Renovation – Memoirs of a little thing called life

Hellooooo, DIY’ers.  I recently “e-met” Chloe from 

Memoirs of a little thing called life | Fashion and life in Leeds

“We recently bought a house that was built in the 1830s over in England. (How cool!)  It needed a complete renovation, serious renovation works, we may as well have rebuilt it. This is the main bedroom which we split into two. We tried to keep as much of the character as possible including the original floors and fireplace.”

I love old homes and old European homes have so much character.  This was Chloe’s bedroom before:

Now it’s an adorable country farmhouse bedroom full of 1830s charm…

The room is full of family treasures…

 Gorgeous vintage/sentimental (her Nan’s) chandelier…
“found” fireplace

Isn’t it adorable?  I just love it!

See more pictures, details and in-progress pictures at 

There’s a lot of fun, thrifty fashion finds to inspire you too!  🙂

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Roomspiration – Living Rooms

Another fun day of Roomspirations – Living Room edition hosted by Kelly at 
View Along theWay
I haven’t share much about our living room in a while.  Nothing exciting or new going on in there except my new Shaw Ikat panel rug (you can win one HERE – Hurry! Today’s the last day to enter!).  The rest of the room is a “working with what we have” while other more important projects are going on.  It’s comfortable and it’s where Mr. DIY, Lalka and I hang out in the evenings.  In fact, I’m sitting on the love seat right this minute as I’m typing this up. There’s a lot going on in our living room but we love it. 
Our living room that will undergo another DIY transformation again one of these days but not any time soon. When we bought this house, it had old nasty stinky carpet.  Walls were painted wallpaper.  First thing – out came the carpet and pine floors were sanded, stained and poly was applied.  Wallpaper was scraped and  painted.

After – you never see cat trees/posts/condos in magazines…but it’s real life for cat owners. I do love that hers is a neutral ivory fleece.
Because of the layout of the room – see the pictures where there is something on every single wall…the tv is most convenient over the fireplace for us and believe it or not, we don’t suffer from neck issues.  🙂 


After – French doors now separate this living room with another family room/library/office room (not even touched yet – another project for another time).  Sorry about the blinding lamp on the left…took this picture at night. (Lalka can usually be found at the top of Mt. Kitty.)

Before – scraping painted wallpaper over plaster walls. Not fun!


What do you think?  Now how about you?  Head over to the View Along the Way to see Kelly’s beautiful living room and join us in sharing your living room in the Roomspiration party!  Here’s the schedule for the rest of the linky parties. Hope to see you there!

abode love: a man\View Along the Way
  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off
Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Autumn Love Pinterest Linky Party

Welcome to the first official 
A special thanks to Heather from At The Picket Fence for the DIY button makeover. Isn’t it pretty?! Inspired by the colors from the “Cassity & Roeshel” room design challenge. Heather, dear blog friend – you are so sweet and talented and I love my special gift. Thank you!

Cooler temps, shorter days and changing leaves are making it hard to ignore that Fall is here.  I’m daydreaming of new boots, warm sweaters, warm, rich colors, spicy autumn scents and mouth watering comfort foods & aromas coming from the kitchen. Snuggling in and getting cozy. Here is my autumn Pinterest daydream in pictures…some of which are inspiring enough to become reality in my home…
Pardon my casualness but this is my favorite attire for fall…
This year I’m decorating for fall in soft muted creams, browns and golds with a touch of smokey turquoise, deep red and rusty orange this year:
I love turquoise paired with orange almost as much as with red…

Autumn inspiration…


New fireplace mantel in the dining room would look so pretty like this:
or this…

Favorite Fall wreaths…trying to narrow it down to one:




Time for dinner!
Chicken Corn Chowder

Can’t forget dessert…
Apple Crisp Cheesecake (OMGosh!!!)

I want to be right here, with my cheesecake, in my sweater socks reading through your links and what you daydream about.

Link up your Pinterest related blog post:
1. Please copy and paste the code above into your post to automatically add the button and link back.
2. Add your Pinterest related URL POST (not general blog address) into the linky party by clicking “click here to enter” shown below.
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t Pinfest post, etc.). Click add picture from the web.
4.  Select a picture that best fits your post to use as a thumbnail.
5.  Let me know if you need help.  🙂
6. Party stays open for one week.

Link up, daydreamers!

As you know (how could you not?! Thanks for the patience for my daily reminders), I’m working really hard to make a dream come true…please vote for Cassity & Roeshel by clicking the picture below. We really need your help, desperately!  You’re also entered to win new flooring for your home every day you vote!  We want to see new flooring/new area rug in our readers’ homes! YOUR HOME!
Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!
We’d LOVE your vote even more than apple cheesecake (although it’s very close) and there’s still 2 days to enter the area rug giveaway (winner’s choice of style and size – imagine winning a huge 9×12 FREE for your livingroom, bedroom, garage – wherever you want to put it)! Thank you SO SO SO much to those entering and voting.  I can’t tell you enough that your help to make a dream come true means so much! If our room wins, we’re given an all expense paid trip to HGTV’s Urban Oasis in Chicago, dinner and 2 nights at Trump International Hotel. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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Roomspiration – Entryways

Let’s get this party started!

What better way to kick off Roomspiration than with welcoming entryways, right?  Pop over, knock on a few bloggers’ doors by visiting Laurel Dawn at Abode Love  (her entryway is GORGEOUS!) and walk right into some inspiring entryway links.  
Technically, we don’t have a front door or entryway yet.  Previous owners enclosed the front porch/front door area and now it opens to the side.  We don’t use that entryway at this time, we use the set of French doors off the kitchen.  So, until hopefully next year when we knock out a wall in the enclosed porch and add a beautiful front door area and entryway, I’m bending the rules for me and here is where we enter our home and what currently qualifies as our front entryway…
I’ll be sharing the entry way area in our kitchen coming up soon.  🙂

And here’s another entryway, the second set of French doors at the back of our home…

This area has actually undergone some changes but it’s not finished yet.  Another day or month or couple of months. I’ll spare you the other two entryways because they are frighteningly ugly and it’s not Halloween yet!

Head over to join the fun and link up your entryway at

abode love: a man's home is his wife's castle
Here’s the rest of the schedule so you can join the parade and see more home inspiration! I’ll be sharing some of our finished rooms that you’ve probably seen if you’re a DIY Show Off fan, but I’ll take some fresh pictures so it won’t be so boring for you. And if you’re a new reader…you’ll get a look at where I live.

abode love: a man\View Along the Way
  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off

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Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the

DIY Project Parade

It’s that time of week to share your latest DIY projects!  We’ve been doing a LOT of things around our home this past week. For those who have asked, I do have a regular job as a medical transcriptionist for a local health care facility so for some of what I’m showing you below, there just hasn’t been time to do a tutorial (the wood shed Mr. DIY’s building or venting the bathroom fan). I’m sure you understand, right? We’re always here to answer questions though!  Anyway, here are some sneak peeks that prove our crazy week.  Pardon me while I step away from the computer for a nap. 🙂

It’s time for grape harvesting (although we don’t have time for grand plans just some fresh grapes and grape juice).

The grapes smell so good, taste so sweet and are bursting with juice…

(We never did do pavers underneath yet. Thanks to Krylon‘s spray stain, the wood is protected!)

Some other goodies from the garden were picked…

Building an ottoman…

and staining feet…
Bun feet, TransTint and foam brushes are available at Rockler. See more about the products and technique I used at The DIY Club. 

Mr. DIY with the assistance of his talented father-in-law, Butch, is building a wood shed for firewood…

and vented the bathroom fan through the attic and out the side of the house…

Cleaned for photos and had an interview with our local newspaper…
butler eagle

We’ve decorated for Christmas (details coming up in the future) and packed some of it back up…

Scrubbed down a thrifty find…

Took care to protect the floor using felt weather stripping, Gorilla Glue and felt furniture protectors (see the DIY Club for more details)…

Even Lalka pitched in.  (More on this project coming up in a few weeks)

Some of these projects are finished and I’ll be sharing more soon.  🙂

Let’s see what’s been keeping you busy!
The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  🙂

There’s still time to enter the giveaway for ANY size/ANY style HGTV Home collection area rug from Shaw! HEREAnd we’d love to have you enter the giveaway every day in September for flooring for your home and have your vote for our room!  Pretty Please?!!!  Click here to enter and vote every day in September (1 floor given away every day!) 
Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Guess what starts tomorrow:
Hope to see you there sharing your entryway!
Here’s the schedule:
Abode Love – entryways Sept. 12th
View Along the Way – living rooms  Sept. 14th
Homemaker on a Dime – bathrooms  Sept.16th
DIY by Design – guest bedrooms Sept. 19th
Family Brings Joy – craft rooms  Sept. 21st
Involving Color – dining rooms Sept. 23rd
All Things Bright & Beautiful – kids bedrooms Sept. 26th
a la mode – nurseries  Sept. 28th
Just a Touch of Gray – master bedrooms  Sept. 30th
The Blooming Hydrangea – closets and nooks  Oct. 3rd
The Mustard Ceiling – laundry and mudrooms  Oct. 5th
 – kitchens  Oct. 7th
See more of my projects at 

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Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Remembering those who lost their lives that day. I’m so thankful for our military members and their loved ones who have sacrificed so much in the fight to protect our country and our freedoms.

DIY Wine Cellar at Dream It…Build It…Style It

A DIY wine cellar.  Beautiful…

The reveal…
all that wine, the wine rack, beautiful lighting and gorgeous door are amazing!

Dream it…build it…style it!

See ALL of the details and more pictures at 

Nancy – it’s fabulous!  Wow!  It’s the time of year for grape harvesting, ours are ready!  Mr. DIY loves your wine cellar and I can see the wheels turning in his head. 😉  Great job, you two!
Better After

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DIY Fall Festival

It’s been a crazy week and even though I haven’t had a chance to even think about Fall yet (other than throwing on a sweater), I think I’ve finally decided that Fridays would be a great day for the DIY Show Off Fall Festival this year and then the regularly scheduled DIY Project Parade on Sundays/Mondays. 
And since I’ve been working hard at a few non-autumn related projects and had an extra work load at my real job, I haven’t had time to think about Fall yet however here are a few of my past Fall projects to get things started. I know. I’m cheating. I mean these are my DIY Fall projects but Fall 2011 hasn’t arrived in this house this week.  It was cheat a little or cancel and I’m no party pooper!  

dress up a candle…
decoupage letters and a pumpkin…
glow in the dark pumpkin house #s 
Burlap leaves

ghost tree and faux mercury glass pumpkins…
Can’t wait to get started on Fall now that I’ve met some of my deadlines.  Link up! Inspire me!
The DIY Show Off
Let’s see your DIY fall projects! Show off!


•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example:

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

Have you voted for Cassity & Roeshel today? We’d LOVE your help + YOU’ll be entered to win an area rug here (everyday through Sept. 14th) AND new flooring from Shaw for a room in your home! We’re not too proud to beg!  🙂  We want a chance at winning too!  Find out how at:
Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!
Thanks to those voting and entering to win everyday!!!  I’ve been trying to reply/visit you personally in return to thank you personally, but in case I’ve missed you – YOU ROCK! Your help is so precious because this means so much.  Thank you! 😉 

DIY at Blissfully Ever After

Meet:  Jennifer from

Blissfully Ever After
Jennifer shares her creativity, blissful and healthy living and DIY.  🙂
This beast of a bathroom after being gutted…
became this beauty!  Blissfully ever after?  Definitely! Beautiful fixtures and attention to detail. See the full post with more detailed pictures and progress at Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom AFTER
The entryway before wasn’t bad…
Entryway BEFORE
But now, with a new facelift, this girl shines! 
Secretary's desk
Sweet scripted detail…
Scroll design
Welcome to Blissfully Ever After…DIY coat rack and wainscoting detail:
Front Entry
Jennifer isn’t only talented with home improvement.  She’s a craft genius too. I love these Restoration Hardware inspired baskets.  Gorgeous! My favorite project and since she had everything on hand, her cost? 59 cents for the foam brush. Now that’s thrifty and inspiring!

Inspiring, yes?  Thanks for sharing your beautiful DIY, Jennifer!

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After you’ve enter the HGTV Home collection area rug giveaway and cast your vote (PRETTY PLEASE!):

$5000 Couple Speak DIY Contest

Pop over and get a big whopping shut up! ROFL for a hilarious voting contest with my friend Lindsay over at

Trust me, you’ve never witnessed anything so ugly!

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DIY Daily Organization System (and UPrinting Business Card Winner)!

Long time blog friend, Molly from 
My Happy House
is always full of clever DIY projects.  Molly (me too) loves this PB Daily System:
Molly’s DIY ingenuity took this inspiration and for half the cost and for a system that better suited her measurements, created this:
See the full list of materials, cost and “how to” at 
Great job, Molly!  I love that it fits your needs more than the PB version and that you did-it-yourselves!  Awesome!

The winner of the UPrinting Business Card Giveaway is…

Ashley said… 3

I have always, always loved the business cards that are a bit un-traditional…so I heart their rounded/circle/oval varieties. I could definitely put them to some use:)

Thanks, as always, for all the great leads on products and projects!! Ashley

3M – Couples Speak Giveaway

Have you seen this button here and there in the blogging community?  

$5000 Couple Speak DIY Contest
Do you know what it means?  3M is currently running two fun contests!  

Share your “He Says/She Says” The first is a translation sweepstakes with a weekly $250 prize.  To enter, just create your own funny translation (real or fictional) at Frameworks’ Facebook page

The second is a video submission contest along the same lines except you submit a video for a chance to win two $5000 prizes!!!  

DIY conversations at our house:

Mr. DIY says:  “Just an idea, just something to consider.”  (Proceeds with an idea.)
Mr. DIY means:  “I don’t want to do it your way” or “I’d rather it my way”.  

My response: “Oh yes, that’s an idea.”
My meaning:  “Um, no.” 

This past weekend, Mr. DIY drilled through the attic wall to the outside to install a vent and having a respirator and protective eye wear was so important!  You’ll find a lot of 3M products in the DIY Show Off household.  Enter here for a chance to win the products below.  Must haves for your DIY stash of supplies!

3M Frameworks these 3M products:  
Lead Check
3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs are EPA recognized, non-toxic and provide a rapid, test for lead on most surfaces. When lead is detected, 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs turn red on contact. The vast majority of test situations results are obtained in less than 30 seconds.

TEKK Protection
3M™ TEKK Protection™ Products, a full portfolio of innovative respiratory, eyewear and hearing products designed to help keep you safe.

Scotch Blue Tape
Now this legendary tape is even better! ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector is ideal for freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old) and other delicate substrates because it removes cleanly with no surface damage. Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector provides extra insurance to achieve super sharp paint lines.

Tough Duct Tape
An extremely strong moisture-reistant tape with a double thick adhesive layer and waterproof backing – dependable results for demanding applications.

Advanced Abrasives
3M introduces a NO-SLIP GRIP™ BACKING on sanding sheets that won’t slip or slide and reduces hand fatigue. That’s sanding evolved. That’s 3M Advanced Abrasives.

3M LeadCheck Swabs
1 Roll of Scotch Blue
3 Stages of Sanding (green, maroon, gold sandpaper)
1 gloves, respirator, eye wear 

Here is how you can enter to win:

1) Participate in the translation sweepstakes being hosted on the 3M Framework Facebook Page by clicking “like” and sharing your translation.
2) Post a comment your translation on this post. 

That’s it! Then you’re entered to win the prize pack shown about AND the $250 prize!  Giveaway starts today, 9/7 through Wed., 9/14 at midnight EST.  Winner will be selected randomly and announced shortly after. 

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Good luck!

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That and a Living Room Before and After

Hi, DIY friends!  I’d like to introduce you to Halley from a Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That and Everything in Between.  
Halley recently transformed her living room.  She claims it wasn’t an expensive remodel.  Just basically a lot of paint, new hardwood floors and some rearranging of art work from other areas of the house to create this amazing transformation.  
You won’t believe what this pretty living room looked like before!
Living room before was dark and no doubt about it, the first word that comes to your mind is “brown”…
More brown…
Now, take a look at the WOW! I love the new floor, lighter walls and exposed beams which were lost in the sea of brown before.
See the little bit of the breakfast bar area before…
What a beautiful makeover and HUGE difference!  I just love it!
See more details and before and after pictures at Living Room Remodel Reveal.
Halley, this is such an inspiration.  Proof that it doesn’t take a lot of $$$ to transform a room.  You did an amazing job!  I love the new fresher look!
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Fun and Inspirating Blog Party Announcements & Giveaways!

There are so many fun things coming up and I hope you’ll join us by linking up and spreading the word.  Here are the things you don’t want to miss! Time to mark your calenders!  
You’re invited!
Starting September 12th, 12 bloggers will be hosting a room-related linky party. It’s a blogger open house!  Share the rooms in your home as a source of inspiration and link up! I’ll be working hard to be ready to share our kitchen reveal and if not quite ready, at least giving you the latest updates!
Abode Love – entryways Sept. 12th
View Along the Way – living rooms  Sept. 14th
Homemaker on a Dime – bathrooms  Sept.16th
DIY by Design – guest bedrooms Sept. 19th
Family Brings Joy – craft rooms  Sept. 21st
Involving Color – dining rooms Sept. 23rd
All Things Bright & Beautiful – kids bedrooms Sept. 26th
a la mode – nurseries  Sept. 28th
Just a Touch of Gray – master bedrooms  Sept. 30th
The Blooming Hydrangea – closets and nooks  Oct. 3rd
The Mustard Ceiling – laundry and mudrooms  Oct. 5th
The DIY Showoff – kitchens  Oct. 7th
September 19 – 23:  Visit these blog friends to see their master bedroom mood board for beautiful inspiration for your master bedroom makeover.  We’ll be finding an inspiration image or two that inspires us to create a mood board for our dream master bedroom.  Join in the fun with your own mood board – recreate a room from an image or use the feeling of the image to inspire your space.
1. 9/19 Cassity of Remodelaholic
2. 9/19 Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming
3. 9/19 Beth of Home Stories A to Z
4. 9/20 Amanda of Our Humble A{Bowe}d
5. 9/20 Roeshel of The DIY Showoff
6. 9/20 Megan of Honey We’re Home
7. 9/21 Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone

8. 9/21 Beckie of Infarrantly Creative
9. 9/21Allison of House of Hepworths

10. 9/22 Autumn of My Design Dump
10. 9/22 Brooke of All Things Thrifty 

11. 9/22 Jennifer of Tatertots and Jello

12. 9/23 Final Link up Party at Remodelaholic 

All month long in October.  Get the full details at the DIY Club and get ready to bid on your favorite DIY projects and products!  

I‘m so excited to be a part of these parties and the online DIY auction supporting Deco Art’s Pretty ‘n Pink program!  I hope to see your participation too!  


Check out the beautiful products and giveaway going on at the DIY Club:

I’m sure you know this by now (how could you not?!) but there’s a giveaway going on for an area rug from Shaw Floors’ HGTV Home collection – ANY SIZE/ANY STYLE! As well as a 30 Days of HGTV Home giveaway – 1 floor a day being given away during the entire month of September!  Here’s the link to enter to win an area rug right here and for more details on how to win new flooring everyday:
New linky parties at the DIY Show Off:
DIY Fall Festival starts tomorrow, 9/6!
Click below for tons of Fall inspiration!
DIY Fall Festival starts September 6th!
First Tuesday of Every Month (that’s next week!):
Pinterest PinFest
I hope to keep it all straight, there’s so much fun, DIY inspiration and amazing things going on! 

DIY Door Clock and DIY Project Parade

I featured a clock on a stand alone vintage door being used as decor a while ago (see below). That inspiration stayed with me and it seemed like the perfect idea for an old door on our pots and pans pantry in the kitchen.  
Look what we have now!
I love it and it was a really easy DIY project. Here is how we did it:
large serpentine design
Large Serpentine Clock Hands
Mini Quartz Movements
  • Extra washers if needed (depends on the thickness of door)
  • Vinyl numbers (I made mine using my Silhouette but you can purchase them on etsy or paint or stamp numbers also.)
Tools:   Yard stick, pencil drill, dinner plate to trace (glass microwave plate works well).
1.  Mark the center of the door panel using a pencil. I lightly marked from one top corner diagonally to the bottom to create a big “x”.  The center of the “x” is the center of the door panel.
2.  I then used our microwave plate (since it’s glass and transparent and about the right size). I traced it, with the center of the “x” in the center of the plate. I just eyeballed it. 
3.  Drill a hole in the center of the circle, “X” marks the spot.
4.  I added my vinyl numbers using the inside of the penciled area (circle from tracing the plate) as a guide, starting with 12, 3, 6 and 9 in a larger font size.  Use a pencil to divide the circle in to pie-pieces. It will make placement more precise!
5.  Pencil marks erase easily with a damp Magic Eraser.
6.  Insert the mini quartz movement.  We added a few extra washers to make the fit perfect since the thickness of our door panel was on the thin side.
7.  Add the hands as shown on the packaging.
8.  Screw on the lfinishing nut and add the second hand.
9.  Pop in a battery.
10.  Set the time using the dial on the back.
Here’s what the back side looks like, unobtrusive, not in the way, right behind our lids which we store on the door.

It works so well and I love it – especially with the round Rockler lazy Susan spice wheels/spice loft to the right.

Thanks to Bargain Hoot and Pinterest for the inspiration:

Updated picture:


What have you been up to lately?  Got something DIY or a thrifty deal to share?  Link up! Let’s see it!
The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.
2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
3.Or email your link to and I will add it for you.
4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.
5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  🙂
While you’re here, I wanted ask a BIG favor. As you know, I’m participating in the HGTV Home Design Challenge at Shaw Floors. There is a Shaw Area Rug giveaway going on!  (any style/ANY size – even 9×12)  Click here to enter for the details.  Cassity and I really need your help in the 30 Days of  HGTV Home design challenge.  Thanks so much for voting for our room – one floor being given away every day in September.  Yes, 30 floors total! Please pop over to enter to win and vote ever
y day.  We’d love to see our readers win and for our room to win too!


How To Get This Beach/Eclectic Cottage Look

Good morning!  There have been some questions regarding the details of the room Cassity and I designed. Then we’ll move on to the regularly scheduled DIY posts.
These are the final professional shots of the beach themed room:

With the exception of the handscraped Rockbridge Dusk hardwood floor and the beautiful Ikat panel area rug, the room, the furniture and accessories are photo props at Tribuzio Hilliard in High Point, NC.  So, nothing from this room was purchased via shopping from a store when we decorated.  Everything was selected from a warehouse.  It was the candy shop for DIYers!  Packed full of decorating goodies.
Here is a breakdown of the room details with links to similar furniture and accents as well as some DIY tips.
Hardwood & Area Rug

Handscraped Maple Hardwood (Style: Rockbridge/Color:  Dusk)and Ikat panel (Multi) by Shaw Floors HGTV Home collection. The rug is listed as contemporary and even has a traditional feel to the design.  We loved the pattern for our cottage room.  As Lisa LaPorta agreed, an area rug is a great starting point for inspiration in your home.

Ikat Panel (Multi)
Selected sample (large)
Wall Color

COPEN BLUE by Sherwin Williams for HGTV Home.

SW0068 Copen Blue

Color Collections
Rustic Refined, The Streamlined Years
Color Family
RGB Value
R-192 | G-204 | B-198
Hexadecimal Value

We loved the detail of this chandelier when we found it and felt it added a touch of whimsy to the other red coral accents in the room. This chandelier was originally white.  Painting it antique red was a fun way to add color to the room.

SW7587 Antique Red

  • DIY:  Our chandelier was originally white. Paint a thrift store find/old brass chandelier.  Color shown is ANTIQUE RED by Sherwin Williams for HGTV Home.
  • Shop:  (better off with the DIY option with something like this because affordable red chandeliers are hard to find) Home Depot has a glass version.

We were limited by what was in the warehouse but chose a neutral color and clean lines.  We both agree that furniture is a big purchase and should be neutral enough for when redesigning or changing accents in the future. Keeping big pieces neutral ensures many years of use and your money’s worth!

  • DIY:  Add a neutral colored slip cover to your existing sofa or re-upholster in a neutral fabric. DIY drop cloth slip covers are a little challenging but affordable!
  • Shop:  Crate and Barrel, custom sofa covers
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Place art on the floor to create the layout you’d like to show off on the wall.  Find tips on how to hang art for a photo gallery HERE. Look for art with a theme.  Add a plate, wooden letters or mirrors for interest.

  • DIY:  Frame prints from books, calendars or printed from a site such as Vintage Printables. Do something unexpected. Mix in a canvas with framed prints. We used double sided tape to display a starfish on the square plate. Non-matchy letters were all painted a pretty oil rubbed bronze and sanded for a distressed look.  Round mirrors simulate port hole windows keeping within the nautical theme. {Tips for Hanging a Wall Gallery}.  Placing a mirror (from Michael’s) or convex mirror into a painted pie pan or plate could give you a similar look to the port hole mirrors.
  • Shop:
    • Small Sepia Nautical Art:  Amazon
2 Nautical Sailing Art Prints Bow Hull Ship Posters Sail Decor Sepia

DIY version using convex mirrors and pie tins:

    • Letters: Craft Cuts, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc.
nted wood letters come in many heights and thicknesses.

Accent Table
  • DIY:  Stack crates and top with glass for a vintage look. Often a yard sale or flea market find or build your own crates using reclaimed wood or pallets. Stamp or stencil wording and sand/distress for a vintage finish.

I have this accent table in my barn patio area:
Crate with an old vintage window top…

or use an old barrel as a side table like we did in our sitting room:

  • DIY:  Accessorize varying sizes of lanterns with small plants for terrariums or add candles with sea shells, star fish or palm leaves.  Wrap candles with jute to add texture.  (Paint lanterns if desired.)
  • Shop:  Target, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc.
Knox LanternMini Lantern Tealight Holder
Horse Figurines

  • DIY:  Use large wrought iron salvaged pieces or a small piece of iron fencing to make a statement and a large clock for balance. Accessorize with old books tied with twine and pottery. Shop thrift stores or yard sales. Find a shape of ceramic pottery and spray paint a pretty turquoise if needed.
  • Shop:
Timepiece - Large Distressed Wall Clock with Pendulum
    • Vintage Books – Etsy
Morph Vase
    • Red coral – 15.97 at Amazon
Worldwide Imports Painted Coral Red 5-7"
    • Cloche. Everything looks special under glass. Try Pottery Barn or search for glass sconces and globes (turn upside down)/etc. at thrift stores.
Southwest Turquoise Décor - 20" Azure Glazed Ceramic Jar Desk / Table Lamp - JCO-X4014
  • DIY:  Use a small old drawer as a tray for books.  Add vintage hardware to the sides for handles. Fill a bowl with glass orbs or DIY your own orbs using twine or seashells to add texture. Spray paint accent bowl if you can’t find the right color in thrift stores. Spray paint small urns and fill with grass.  Small thrifted ceramic fish or other themed accent can be painted to coordinate. Give an accent the spotlight by displaying it under a glass cloche.
10x Magnification Tabletop Telescope
Side Chairs
  • DIY:  Search Craig’s List or estate sales for wicker chairs. Great texture!  Spray paint brown to freshen up or a fun color if you love the unexpected.  Add neutral cushions.
  • Shop:  Pottery Barn
Seagrass Wingback Armchair
Typography Ottoman
  • DIY:  Built it yourself (info on this coming soon) or give an old ottoman a new look using fabric similar to this:
Throw Pillows
  • DIY:  Sew or No-Sew using typography printed fabric or grain sacks.
  • Shop:  Pottery Barn and Etsy
PB Found Vintage Grainsack, Blue
Speaking of typography, love these trays from Pottery Barn:
Decoupage Typography Trays
Ceramic Garden Stool
  • So many wooden step stools can be found at thrift stores and yard sales.  Paint and distress if needed!
  • Shop:  TJ Maxx and HomeGoods seem to have the best prices for ceramic garden stools (under $50)
Console Table
Sailboat Art 

We hung two large vertical prints on the left side of the window to balance the art on the right.

Sailboat Sea Nautical Sepia Framed Print Picture
Coffee Table Book
  • Shop: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, Amazon
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (The Colored Plates 1734-1765)
Albertus Seba: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (25)
Large Round Mirror
(shown far left)
  • Shop: Great price on sale at JCPenney!

Hang drapery as high as possible to add height to a room. Expand rods past the window and “frame” window with drapery to allow the maximum amount of light into the room.

  • DIY:  Sew your own simple curtains using drop cloths or white linen fabric.  Rod pocket or using curtain rings with clips to hang.  Using white/off white twin sheets is also an inexpensive option.
  • Shop:  Overstock
Coffee Table


Holbrook Coffee Table
Subway Art and Easel
Reserved listing for dstiles84
Hopefully this helps with the details.  What’s your favorite part of the room?
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Shaw Area Rug (Any Style or Size) Giveaway AND How To Get This Casual Coastal Cottage Look

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED BUT PLEASE KEEP VOTING FOR CASSITY & ROESHEL AT If you’re a follower of The DIY Show Off or Remodelaholic or even #Shaw Floors on Facebook, you now likely know that Cassity and I are proud of our Casual Coastal Cottage design:

To start off “How to Get This Coastal Cottage Look”, Shaw Floors is giving away a beautiful area rug from the HGTV Home collection right here at the DIY Show Off!  WINNER’S CHOICE!  You choose the style and size!  How’s that for a start on how to get this look or just to choose your own favorite style to inspire your own makeover?  Here are a few of the beautiful patterns you can choose from but there are 42 total so you’ll have no trouble in finding an area rug that fits your home’s style:
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See here for all of the details of this beach/eclectic themed room and on how to get this look.  🙂

Prize: One rug from the Shaw HGTV Home collection.  
Your choice of style and size (even 9×12!).

Giveaway Rules:
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY to avoid a disqualified entry!
Please comment on each of the following ways to enter as you do them and remember to leave an email address to contact you in at least one entry if you can’t be reached via a clicky blog profile. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (for shipping purposes). Good luck! 
  1. “like” Shaw Floors on Facebook and VOTE for your favorite Design Challenge at It doesn’t have to be our Casual Coastal Cottage (Cassity & Roeshel) but we’d love your vote! Comment on this post that you’ve voted, every day that you vote 9/1 -14. That’s 15 chances to win any style/any size area rug from Shaw Floors HGTV Home line right here!

    Every day in September that you vote, you’re entered to win there too! Yep – chances to win all over the place!  All you have to do is vote for your favorite room design challenge and you’re automatically entered to win every day! Come back here everyday you vote and comment to win here too!  The DIY Show Off is giving away any style of the Shaw Floor HGTV Home line of rugs, any size.  Giveaway here runs from today 9/1 through 9/14/11.  Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. 

    More chances to win:

    2. Visit the Shaw Floors HGTV Home Collection.  Comment which rug you’d choose and where it’ll go. OR comment on the Shaw Facebook page that you love the room designed by Cassity & Roeshel. Comment here that you do. {1} additional entry (See below for help on voting!) 

    3. Become a subscriber (right side bar) and comment that you are or comme
    nt if you already are. {1} additional entry 

    4. Share this giveaway and comment here with a link showing you’ve shouted it out to the www! Thanks for spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, blog post or by pinning our room shown above on Pinterest. We need all the help we can get!  {1} additional entry

    5. Visit Remodelaholic, become a follower and comment here that you love Cassity as much as I do. {1} additional entry
    We’ve given additional entries as shown 2-5 for those with and without a Facebook account. Email me at if you have any questions!

    Voting:  On Shaw’s facebook page, click 30 Days of HGTV Home on the left tab.  Enter email. Enter information (only the first time you vote).  Click submit.  Next, click “GET STARTED”.  The rooms are all in a row in cloudy little thumbnails.  Cassity & Roeshel is the third over (but double check them all).  Click the thumbnails until you find us then click “VOTE FOR THIS ROOM”!  It’s tricky the first time, but heading back every day will have you doing it in a snap asap.  Do make sure to vote to enter every day and then come back here to comment that you voted for a chance to win here too!!!

    This is so important to us!  We are so thankful for you vote and support!  We hope that a DIY Show Off and Remodelaholic fans win one of the beautiful floors or area rugs!  Good luck there and good luck here too!

    Disclaimer:  Shaw paid for my transportation, lodging and meals to attend the Shaw Floor HGTV Home preview and design challenge and is sponsoring this giveaway by providing the prize area rug but opinion, commentary and posts are in my own words without compensation, requirements or direction from Shaw Floors.