Dressing Room Reveal


I had been wanting to give the upstairs guest bedroom some dressing room touches for a while now. We have another guest room on the main floor with it’s own guest bathroom AND we rarely have overnight guests (4 nights in nearly 5 years). I still want it to function as a guest room – it has the most comfy bed and when the girls come over and raid my closet (we share clothes and shoes)…it’s a fun place to hang out and talk style and fashion. Ready to decorate your home but short on cash? Apartment Guide can help you find inexpensive decorating ideas for how to update an area of your home without spending a lot of money.

My dressing room sits catty-corner across the hall from the master bedroom, but it’s not a big inconvenience and I love having a ‘girly’ space!  Let’s head in…


I hope you don’t mind around 40 pictures…there’s so much to see! :) 

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DIY Project Parade and a Canvas and Burlap Banner tutorial

I’ve been working hard on a project this past week in hopes of sharing it today. However, it’s not quite yet done so stay tuned {hopefully} Monday to see my guest room double as my dressing room along with a fun giveaway!  {EDIT: Dressing Room/Closet Organization post here:} If I survive, that is.  I must be using muscles I don’t normally use to drill into the studs and to screw into to studs and I am out of shape sore!

So, today I’m sharing the banner I made a few weeks ago and posted at the DIY Club. A banner for our dining room mantel – Time to pray, eat & love…

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A Chair Affair at Dans le Townhouse

Every time I see a DIY project from Tanya at
I’m in love. It makes me dream of owning another place, one that I can decorate completely different than our home now. Take a look at this gorgeous chair…

Renew Redo ~ An old desk gets a stainless steel look.

Inspiration strikes at the home improvement store!  Meet Sammy. She renews furniture and loves giving rooms a makeover.

Sammy shares our love of walking around a home improvement store for inspiration and recently came home with flashing!  What’s better than a big roll of metal?  Ohhhh so many possibilities and Sammy instantly thought of her desk.

Here was the desk before.

The Shabby Chick ~ Laundry Room Reveal

Hellooooo DIY Friends!  I’d like to introduce you to Pattie from

Pattie is a single work from home mom to a beautiful young lady and two fur babies. She loves to decorate {and cook}. She recently gave her laundry room an amazing makeover….like we’re all going to want to crowd in there today and “ooohhhh and aaahhhh”. Take a look:


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Ikea LATT table/chairs hack: Enjoyer of Grace

Weiya is the blog author at Enjoyer of Grace. She’s also enjoys DIY-ing on a budget.  Her little guy needed a table just his size. She chose the Ikea LATT table which she found in the clearance section for just $15!  Since it was originally used as the floor display, it wasn’t in the best condition.  The wood was chipped in many areas and the table top had a few scratches.  However, it was still sturdy and had no major defects.  


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My transition to WordPress

For a long time, I resisted making the transition from Blogger to WordPress. Then when I started having issues with Blogger, I made up my mind to do it. However, as you know, I’m technically challenged. Sure, I’ve been blogging for 4+ years, but that doesn’t mean I’m confident with my limited html skills. With the help of Brent, all of my posts were transferred. Nothing was lost.  Relief!  Well, except that I was lost.  Now what?

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Brittany Makes – a gilded gold chair {makeover}

Meet: Brittany, a fierce accountant by day, zealous DIY’er by night who recently score a thrift store chair for $5. Check out this before and stunning after:

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I love her post – a lot of DIY with a little bit of “haha!” Here are some of the close-ups…

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Kwikset SmartKey ~ win $50 to The Home Depot


*Winner of the $50 Home Depot card is #3!


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When we installed the French doors on the back of our home,



we not only purchased the doors from the Home Depot, we chose Kwikset SmartKey locks for them as well.

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DIY Project Parade and a Stairwell Landing Makeover using what we have.

Inspired by Shoshana earlier this week, I decided to do an accent wall at the top of our stairs. My decision was that quick and crazy. I bought NOTHING for this makeover. Leftover paint, supplies, and decorative accessories we already had on hand (+ the felted reindeer head, rug and clock I got for Christmas). Before was boring. {Check out that brass and faux-oak light – niiiiiiiice, huh? Good-bye!}

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Fancy DIY Lampshade

Hillary & Breann from Things We Fancy have been busy being crafty and are sharing an  amazingly cute DIY lampshade today! Here is an easy tutorial on how to dress up any ole’ boring lampshade Things We Fancy style! The best part is you only need 5 things to make your own!


After recently popping over to the Lettered Cottage and reading about Layla’s inspiring word of the year resolution {I’ve seen several other of my favorite blog friends joining in too and it’s so motivational}, I started thinking about what my word for the year would be. It required a little more thought that I anticipated. I kept thinking of phrases instead of words. But after much pondering and  making a mental list of the things that mean the most to me, things I plan to do and goals I’ve set, I kept hearing the same word pop up: “keep”. 

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Gorgeous Girls' Room for 4 ~ Googie Momma

When I first saw this beautiful reveal, the little girl {even the older girl} in me loved every detail. I can’t even imagine sharing a room with 3 siblings but if I did, this would be a dream come true:

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DIY Project Parade Valentine Highlights

You all are so awesome! I’m enjoying going through this week’s DIY links and seeing your amazing creativity!  I spy some sweet Valentine projects and wanted to give an extra shout out to…

“G is for Goodie Bags” tutorial ~ That’s My Letter

Crafty and Cute!

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Giveaway Alert: HomeTalk's weekly giveaway {$250 Pottery Barn}

Last year, I became a member of the HomeTalk community, one of my sponsors, who’s interactive site is of a great interest to us as homeowners.  Membership is FREE!  It’s an informative and friendly online tool for homeowners and professionals to trade helpful tips, advice, referrals for repair, renovation and gardening. I love that I can connect with others locally and from all over for advice or to share home improvement stories and experiences.  Ever wonder how NOT TO have a DIY disaster?  Check there as a source for information on how to do things right.  I’ve gotten helpful information about bats in our attic and shared our bamboo floors.  It’s fun interaction and a very useful resource for homeowners.

DIY Project Parade ~ Dining Room, Faux Fireplace Fix and Banner

It’s been a busy week but I managed something small. We found this old fireplace mantel/surround in the barn when we moved in. I love that it’s original to the house and new I wanted to add it to a wall in our dining room.  I love the flexibility of moving things around, so I boxed it in so it is ‘freestanding’ and not attached permanently to the wall.

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New Year, New Style with Apartment Guide

I’m so excited to be partnering with Apartment Guide’s New Year, New Style campaign. The new year makes me long for freshening up and organization in our home after the holiday clutter. If you’re ready for a whole new space or are looking to move, Apartment Guide has the photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you find the perfect apartment community.

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Kitchen Cart before and after ~ The Home Project

Meet:  Linn from

Linn and her husband recently removated their kitchen (must visit her to see that awesome-ness!) But the old kitchen cart felt out of place so they stained the top, painted the base to match their painted cabinets and gave it some new hardware.

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