Project Diary #14 – Entryway, Stairs & Landing Before & After

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I’ve been sharing teasers for so long, it’s ABOUT THYME I got to the good stuff! Right?Time for a reveal, room by room of the project I’ve been working on. The main floor is my wellness studio, the upstairs – finally: A luxury AirBnB apartment I’ve nicknamed “Suite Thyme”. Ready? Let’s go! Here’s the before and after when we walk in the door and up the stairs.

The Reveal

Before when you entered, it was old industrial blue carpet, dirty dingy walls and a 2nd floor landing without personality. Now it’s a welcoming, inviting entryway with a place to sit and remove/put on shoes, doors with keypads for guest self check in and keeping the wellness studio off limits, a bookshelf with information on the services offered by the wellness studio as well as information on local attractions. That back door, we call it the “hobbit door”…seriously watch your head, tall people! It’s locked from the inside (it’s access to the wellness studio/back door). 

before – the banister and railing is original, probably at least 100 years old (beautiful!)

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff Good bye blue carpet. staircase before carpeting

after – the original pine floors are very scratched, marked up with paint and scuffs too. We’ll add that to the project list for another day and embrace the imperfections for now, okay? It adds character, my friends. lol

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before:

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff before and after carpeting stairs

after:

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before: It seemed that this space and the entire upstairs was used for storage only in the recent past. It feels SO good to give it new life and purpose! 

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after: The stair landing is now an indoor porch area/comfy and relaxing reading nook for guests with a huge cozy egg chair, lots of pillows, a salt lamp and water fountain. The perfect spot to ‘getaway’ with a good book, to catch up on social media with friends or to take a little cat nap. There might even be room for two in that chair. 🙂 The electrical/light switch has since been updated. Oops! Just seeing that I didn’t cut that out of the shot. There’s a new wood beaded flush mount light fixture not shown. It has a very boho vibe and it’s one of my favorite spots in the apartment. Well, to be honest…wait ’til you see the rest. The entire apartment is my favorite spot!

reading nook

before: 

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after: so cozy, so fun! A small thrifted basket gallery wall, 

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before:

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after: clean and simple!

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Share your thoughts! 

What do you think? Notice the wallpaper on the back window wall of the landing?Wallpaper fan? Not your thing? Not your style? Know what I mean when I say I sure loathe the removal? Willing to change your mind and take a risk when you fall in love with a print/pattern and it’s just want you and in mind for adding interest? I felt like this print was less trendy, the design is traditional. How about carpet on the stairs? I partnered with Shaw (see the info HERE) to replace what was there. I love the subtle design and features for it to be a long lasting investment. 

Let’s talk about that chair! It’s the OpalHouse Southport chair from Target. Something I really wanted but outside of the budget. And my entire family knew I wanted that chair. So when Mr. DIY asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day, he immediately knew the answer before I got the words past my lips. lol Then at our Mother’s Day dinner, I said to my girls “guess what I got for Mother’s Day?” and Evangeline “did you get THE chair?”, Alainee: “did he buy you the chair?!” Me: “I got the chair!” It was just like a “He went to Jared’s” tv commercial. Moral of the story: I got the chair. ::love:: And guests renting the AirBnB just might find me hanging out in it! (Just kidding!)

Next up:

One room combination living room/dining area/kitchen with a BIG WOW factor! AHHH! I can’t wait to show you! 

Upstairs apartment door…

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Sneak peek looking the other direction from inside of the apartment:

apartment makeover

More about #helloredreno

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There’s a gorgeous Butler, PA Bed & Biscotti across the street called Suite Retreat (how cute is that?!) and an antique shop nearby. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

#helloredreno and #suitethyme

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! 

The #helloredreno project diary:

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

Project Diary Entry #4 – Full Bathroom Demo Day

Project Diary Entry #5 – Sealing A Wood Plank / Shiplap Wall

Project Diary Entry #6: Bathroom Flooring

Project Diary Entry #7: Sealing Brick

Project Diary #8: Hardwood Floors

Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

Project Diary #12 – Christmas at the Studio

Project Diary #13 – Wallpaper Mural

Project Diary #14 – Entryway, Stairs & Landing Before & After

Project Diary #13 – Floral Wallpaper Mural

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Woo hooo! Work on the #helloredreno series continues and is back with motivation to get the renovations completed by {hopefully} July 1st, 2019! That might be a tad ambitious but that’s the plan! This past week I installed a beautiful – stunning! – floral wallpaper mural! And you guys, I love the look of wallpaper. There are so many fun patterns/colors/designs – I could (and have) looked for days! But after lots of not-so-fun wallpaper removal in my past, I swore I’d never ever install wallpaper again. Well, the lasted all of a decade or two. I just couldn’t resist this. It’s just a small space, right? 

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I LOVE that I have creative freedom in this little slice of apartment oasis space to be bold and dramatic! Be still my heart. So many beautiful details and an inspired vision. The plan is for an airbnb rental but oh man, I want to live here. Think guests would mind? lol

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?

• how it looked when I took ownership…

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• good-bye blue carpet…

old floor with fireplace

• hello gorgeous hardwood floors…

Shaw Monterrey Grandview hardwood

• before (and still a work in progress)…

helloredreno before

• current photo…

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(notice any other decorative changes?)

What’s new?

So, this isn’t a sponsored post. Just a review of what I purchased and a little overview on my installation experience. I ordered the wallpaper mural from MuralsWallpaper and the entire experience from start to finish was so easy that it’s something anyone can DIY! (Do you use “DIY” as a verb too?) 

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This specific design is called Vase of Flowers by de Heem. This Vase of Flowers by de Heem Wallpaper Mural from 1645 is a beautiful design that will completely reinvent your interior with minimal effort, a wonderfully striking piece of classic art that will be sure to impress. This wallpaper will be particularly eye catching as dining room wallpaper, but the stylish floral design will work well in most rooms. It was love at first sight for me. 

The best part? It’s a custom! This mural was made to be the exact size of the wall space where I wanted to place it (with a little extra thank goodness, because old house = not square!). They send a mock up with quote for my approval BEFORE I paid for it. And because I wanted more of the colors on the left hand side, I responded with a request to ‘mirror image’ the design. No problem! The entire process was friendly, quick and easy. 

Ordering in three steps:

1) Select your image. Choose from the extensive collection of mural designs and photo wallpapers.

2) Specify your dimensions. Measure up your wall full height and width.

3) Produced and shipped within 3-5 days. For a custom order, it arrived quickly! Yay! 

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It comes in one continuous roll (with awesome packaging to ensure no damage) with printed instructions to use a straight edge and box-cutter/X-acto knife to split it up into pieces. My design size was divided up into 4 vertical pieces. 

mural wallpaper instructions

I originally was looking for a removable peel and stick type wallpaper and shopped EVERYWHERE so when I finally decided on this, I completely forgot and overlooked that I was looking for a self-sticking adhesive backing. But, this actually was a lot easier than I thought! 

What I did: 

I picked up a wallpaper paste and brush from the hardware store along with some other recommended tools: a seam roller and wallpaper smoother tool. Other tools: level and utility knife.  

wallpaper level utility knife

The installation probably took around 1- 1.5 hours. I unrolled the wallpaper on the floor, used a piece of cardboard underneath to protect the floor and using a straight edge, I cut along each dotted line to divide the roll up into 4 pieces. It has a nice durable thickness and the pieces were labeled.

cutting wallpaper

Next, I brushed the wallpaper paste onto the wall, picked up my piece and starting from the top left, smoothed the wallpaper down the wall over the wet paste. I used the smoother to remove air bubbles and to smooth the wallpaper into place. I had a wet rag on hand for cleaning up excess glue. So much easier than I anticipated. Hurray! The key is making sure that first piece is nice and level! 

installing wallpaper

There is no overlapping. Each piece butts up against the other, lining up the design. There is a little extra wallpaper to trim away on the top and bottom.  I used the seam roller on seams, wiped away any excess wallpaper paste. Top and bottom of the wallpaper was trimmed using a straight edge and X-acto knife where wallpaper meets trim.

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The last piece was a little trickier because it was wider and a lot of the right hand side had to be cut off. Again, I just used a straight edge and trimmed away the excess. 

Ta-da! The result: 

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STUNNING! I am SO in love! It’s exactly what I wanted. Maybe even better!

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Photoshoot:

And makes for a beautiful photography backdrop, doesn’t it? lol I told you it was love at first sight! Seeing it ON my wall makes me so happy! The vision for this space is happening! 

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This specific print is so interesting too. Each time you have a relaxing seat and gaze at it’s loveliness, there’s something new to discover. An ant or butterfly, a spider. The photos don’t do it justice. 

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I can’t wait for the entire room reveal! Stay tuned!

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Share your thoughts! 

What do you think? Wallpaper fan? Not your thing? Not your style? Know what I mean when I say I sure loathe the removal? Willing to change your mind and take a risk when you fall in love with a print/pattern and it’s just want you and in mind for making a dramatic statement? I felt like this print was less trendy, the design is traditional. I absolutely love that it’s an art print mirror image. I can’t wait to design the rest of the room! 

Next up:

More details on the fireplace and finishing the feature wall!

More about #helloredreno

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There’s a gorgeous Butler, PA Bed & Breakfast across the street called Suite Retreat (how cute is that?!) and an antique shop nearby. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

#helloredreno

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno!

The #helloredreno project diary:

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

Project Diary Entry #4 – Full Bathroom Demo Day

Project Diary Entry #5 – Sealing A Wood Plank / Shiplap Wall

Project Diary Entry #6: Bathroom Flooring

Project Diary Entry #7: Sealing Brick

Project Diary #8: Hardwood Floors

Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

Project Diary #12 – Christmas at the Studio

Project Diary #13 – Wallpaper Mural

Eclectic Sun Room Makeover

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This little room at the back of our house has gone through several transformations. We mostly call it the mud room but it’s more of a sun room, reading nook, sitting room, overflow from the dining room when entertaining (more seating)… a quite space off the dining room with French doors leading to the back patio.

Boho Sunroom Makeover

Well, the sun room got an unplanned makeover when we used some leftover paint from the man cave paint job. And it gave me a chance to turn Spring cleaning into something so rewarding – a room makeover with a zero budget by shopping the house. But first, let’s take a trip down memory lane for this little room…

When we bought our house, it had a single door and blue indoor/outdoor carpeting. Right away we added French doors, slate tile and a fresh coat of paint. 


It’s one of my grown up “doll house” rooms. I’m always changing it up in there by shopping the house for furniture and accessories. The HUGE mirror was frameless and above the fireplace in our living room when we bought our house. We moved it to this room to give the illusion of more space and light, added a frame and a vinyl monogram. 

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Do you move furniture and decorative accessories around from room to room to freshen things up or do you call it permanently perfect and enjoy things as is for years?
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There was even a brief stint as a breakfast nook.

thrifty sitting room

I love an eclectic vibe of the collected decor…can you tell?

This DIY half globe light fixture cover is one of my favorite projects: 

globe light cover

DIY Globe Light Fixture Tutorial

sitting-room-ceiling

And these DIY no-sew script curtains. They didn’t go back up this time but I’ll be finding somewhere else in our home to use them. Do you have decorative accessories that you hang onto because you’re just so in love?

DIY script drop cloth drapes

Remember when I had these vintage teacher desks in the kitchen too? Again, always rearranging. It’s just such a joy! Motivation to clean, something new without spending. I’m addicted. 

Holiday decorating too! 

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Remember these DIY painted chairs

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Okay, already! I took these beautiful Sauder chairs from our reading nook reading nook @diyshowoff @SauderUSA #puttogether

Let’s see the latest look, shall we? Finally, right? I am in love with the happy and bright atmosphere with the dark moody wall color! The collected decor from shopping around the house gives it an eclectic boho feel!

And all that’s new in this room is the wall paint (which was actually leftover, so again, zero dollars spent! Gotta love that!). Wall color: Carbon Copy (Behr)

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This is my Springtime in Paris floral arrangement from a few years back. So pretty! Boho Sunroom Makeover The dream catcher was a fall DIY project but I love it in this room. What do you think?

DIY hula hoop dream catcher/wreath

Boho Sunroom Makeover

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Check back next week when this room has a whole new look and purpose! Just kidding!!! I think we’ll keep it for a while. Although, my orange velvet wing backs would look fab in here too. lol 

One more time. Before:

sitting-room

After: 

Boho Sunroom Makeover

Have a great week, DIY friends! 

Welcome! A Re-Introduction to DIYShowOff

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Welcome:

Helloooo DIY friends and new local friends! I’m so happy you’re here visiting my online home, my little space on the world wide web. Welcome! Make yourself comfortable! Feel free to take a bit of a virtual tour, poke around and to use the search function to find specific keywords and topics.

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Local Butler, PA friends: 

I am so honored by the recent feature in our town’s local Butler County Business Matters magazine and if that’s what brought you to DIYShowOff today, I want to extend a warm welcome, a big hug and a thank you for stopping by! It’s so fun making new friends – even e-friends! And getting to know you! I love supporting our community and small local businesses and your presence here and shares do exactly that, so thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

A little about Roeshel: 

As a home DIY and decorating blog author, Certified Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioner and inspired Young Living user and business leader, I share DIY decorating tutorials here on the blog but more importantly, I love teaching that a beautiful home begins with creating a happy and healthy environment. We can do all of the pretty cosmetic renovations and fill our home with beautiful decorative accents but surrounding ourselves with positive energy and promoting emotional and overall wellness are the most important accessories. Living our best life is the most treasured “do-it-yourself” project of all.

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Before blogging transformed into a full time career in 2007, my work history included nearly 20 years of administrative support in healthcare and especially because my family history within the past 5 years dramatically changed from no medical history of cancer to include cancer survivors (4 close family members), I possess an interest in health, healing and natural approaches which led me to Young Living and the Aroma Freedom Technique. I am passionate about promoting wellness from the inside out, developing an attitude for gratitude, raising awareness for chemical free living and empowering others to achieve their goals. 

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More about Young Living —> HERE

Need a hug? Make it essential oil-infused with this DIY homemade hug roll on recipe @diyshowoff. #feelbetter

Aroma Freedom Technique is my favorite DIY tool for a beautiful transformation starting with yourself. AFT can guide you through the process of removing that negative voice interfering with taking control of reaching your goals and dreams. It’s time to take action and make it happen! It’s time to create your best life. Aroma Freedom Technique – group/individual sessions online/in person by appointment.

About DIYShowOff: 

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DIYShowOff was created as a place to encourage and share do-it-yourself projects, a place to journal our renovation adventures as well as feature others who share a passion for all things DIY related, a place to ‘show off’ your creativity. There’s a weekly link party for my fellow blog friends to share their latest DIY masterpiece. It’s a great way to discover new blogs and gather up fresh new DIY inspiration. 

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DIY ShowOff & Share

I still share my DIY projects and what’s going on with me, our room makeovers, DIY projects, crafts, recipes, favorite things, and well, anything that I want to share since I’m the boss! lol I feel like my passion for wellness, purpose and abundance is also a great fit. Right? So occasionally I expand the content to include creating not only a beautiful home but a healthy one too! DIYShowOff is has evolved to include whatever’s on my mind, going on in our lives around here and more. 

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open pantry + pipe shelving

Bathroom Makeover

bathroom before and after

grape arbor gazebo reveal

grape arbor gazebo and brick walkway

thrifty treasure – chandelier planter

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

wedding favor/candy gift idea

Our home is still a work in progress. And there are a LOT of DIY projects on the to-do list. We’re currently working on a creating a ‘man cave’ in the basement. And I’m hoping to freshen up the kitchen as well as tackle at least one bathroom makeover. There’s never a shortage of projects around here! So stay tuned, visit often or subscribe for the latest updates.

Color Lover's Room Makeover - dining room reveal @diyshowoff (navy, chartreuse, blush and gray for a soft but colorful fresh new look) #colorlovers #birchlanecolorlovers #TheMinecolorlovers #mintedcolorlovers

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DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath door decor tutorial @diyshowoff

HUGE floral dreamcatcher

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Spring succulents arrangement

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff

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Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

Guest Room/Nursery Reveal

#HelloRedReno

In addition, I’m working on a series called #helloredreno where I’m creating an efficiency apartment as time and money allow in the Wellness Inspired Living studio I own in downtown Butler, PA. It’s a slow process but looking forward to moving forward with some fun features and renovations including living room space, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom makeovers. And if you’re local, you’re invited to my painting party! Let’s get to work! haha! I’ll keep you posted!

#helloredreno series

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Wellness Inspired Living: 

As I’ve mentioned and can’t help mention and feel compelled to mention because it’s been so life changing for us – I’m also very passionate about raising awareness for wellness with essential oils, products with non toxic ingredients and creating a chemical free home. I provide fun educational events (local and online) and support so that it’s not as overwhelming as it sometimes feels. Baby steps to a healthy choices are steps in the right direction! I’d love to share more of my story with you. 

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Thank you!

Do you love do-it-yourself projects? Crafts? Decorating? Feeling your best? Physically and emotionally? Then you’re in the right place, my friend! If you’re local, ask about our monthly calendar of events. I’m hoping to get more seasonal craft classes added starting in April. If we aren’t geographically close or you have a hectic crazy schedule, let’s connect on social media. I look forward to getting to know you! Thank you for stopping by! 

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Project Diary #12 Christmas at the Studio

It’s Christmas as the studio! Since we can’t put life on hold, let’s ignore the unfinished projects and enjoy a festive look at the holiday cheer in a mostly finished space. A place where we share DIY home ideas and creating a beautiful home begins with a healthy environment.   wellness inspired living Christmas

Remember that Succulents & Spruce Christmas tree? It’s a beautiful focal point to the studio living room area. I love the colors and rustic nature vibe in this space.  Christmas tree - rustic   A grapevine star against a window in the daytime is hard to photograph but trust me, it makes for a perfect topper! christmas tree grapevine star topper And I love the pop of color from these coppery-orange ornaments.   christmas tree bulb  Gold glitter feathers! My favorite sparkle accent for this nature themed tree. rustic christmas tree gold glitter feather  There’s lots of extra leafy garlands to give it a fuller look too. Did you notice?  rustic christmas   And there’s Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil in the diffuser ornament giving it a beautiful pine scent! When you can’t have fresh pine, this is a great option! Smells amazing! young living diffuser ornament   A fluffy comfy throw as a tree skirt makes me want to curl up under there to enjoy the starry-night glow! cow hide throw blanket tree skirt    Christmas decor  The mantel is all decorated for celebrating Happy Holidays!  Christmas fireplace  Isn’t it gorgeous? Those fairy lights in glass ornaments are my favorite tucked into lush pine forest garland is just so magical!

And the porch and stairs are on the ‘to-do’ list but a grapevine wreath with holly berries and red velvet bow with poinsettias greets our guests at the door. christmas entryway helloredreno  Oh! The first sneak peek! There is now vinyl decal lettering on the windows to share with our community what’s going on! Wellness Inspired Living is what it’s all about, creating a home that promotes a better you and a healthy home environment for your family. Well-being. You can learn more about my story and what that means to me HERE. wellness inspired living Butler PA Butler PA Wellness Inspired Living studio The entryway still needs painted (or maybe even a pretty wallpaper accent wall with a bench and decor – so many ideas!) but I used what I have on hand to give it a welcoming atmosphere.  christmas foyer   The studio is a place in our downtown where we gather for discussing living above the wellness line, to get together to support one another, for education and fun times. It’s also an available meeting space for small/home business//women in business.  welcome guests door prizes  My 4-year-old grandson took this next photo. I think he did a pretty good job! I love the antique door knob from a little one’s perspective.  Christmas doorknob   With lots of holiday events on the calendar, a “Selfies with Santa”//holiday photo backdrop and props is getting lots of use and laughs! So fun! Christmas photo backdrop selfies with Santa  Before the photo backdrop…this wall featured the quote scroll but was moved to the entryway. Aroma Freedom Technique happens in this room (although via video chat too) –  achieve your goals! xo  living room Christmas vignette helloredreno   Time for entertaining my friends! Some photos, ideas and settings from some recent events: Wine and chocolate. This photo might represent entertaining AND for personal use as well. hahaha! Christmas wine cart

Yay! Another sneak peek. You saw them from the outside above and I haven’t revealed the workshop area yet but this grid of windows is amazing for it’s natural light! Christmas window with plants reindeer  The shelving area above a hot beverage station…this room has no natural light but I love it’s function. Beverage center, back door, coat room, hallway. Christmas hot cocoa station Mantel deer…did I mention I can’t get enough of GOLD lately. How about you?  gold reindeer Okay, friends! THIS IS THE BEST SNEAK PEEK….I am in LOVE with how the workshop area is coming along. This table gathers friends for DIY craft time, make & takes, wellness education, iTOVI scans and small parties! Those dark moody walls paired with the barn wood walls (not shown below) and that grid of 9 beautiful windows that sold me on this studio and tempt me to want to LIVE in this room! I’ll share more specific details in the upcoming before/after reveal but wow, right? So so pretty! Or maybe you need to see the before to appreciate it like I do. You’ll have to stop back soon. ::wink wink:: helloredreno workshop   This Desert Mist diffuser is amazing! I absolutely love the candle flicker mode and diffusing settings. You can get it HERE. You need it! You’ll LOVE it! I don’t miss burning candles one bit. That’s saying a lot! I was a brand name candle junkie! I love that I can easily and frequently change up the scent, mood, health benefits…just take a look at more info. I’m so grateful a friend shared with me and feel compelled to pass it on. You control what you bring into your home and a diffuser and essential oils was that first baby step towards a healthier me, family and home.  Premium Starter Kit Desert Mist Diffuser   Another photo from a 4-year-old’s perspective. Setting up for an essential oil make & take party and there’s a glimpse of that gorgeous barn wood.  essential oils Christmas party ideas diyshowoff   I love handmade gifts and making them so pretty and festive with all the trimmings. See more about essential oil infused gift ideas HERE make and take holiday party make and take holiday ideas holiday home spray tutorial DIY comfort and joy roll on essential oil gift ideas YL essential oil holiday craft time   What’s an event without some light refreshments? I love making up a tray with fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and some essential oil infused goodies. party food fresh fruits, crackers and cheese fruit crackers cheese ketogenic pumpkin muffins with Cinnamon Bark Vitality infused cream cheese frosting ketogenic pumpkin muffins with cinnamon bark vitality infused icing    Rosemary Vitality and Lemon Vitality essential oil infused roasted cashews lemon rosemary cashews

So, what do you think? Isn’t it cute? So cozy and comfy. C’mon over and we’ll catch up over a glass of hot cocoa or mulled wine! I’ll save a mini-muffin for you! love spending time here with friends!

Next up:

The workshop transformation. It’s my favorite! 

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There’s a gorgeous Butler, PA Bed & Breakfast across the street called Suite Retreat (how cute is that?!) and an antique shop nearby. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

#helloredreno

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno!

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

Project Diary Entry #4 – Full Bathroom Demo Day

Project Diary Entry #5 – Sealing A Wood Plank / Shiplap Wall

Project Diary Entry #6: Bathroom Flooring

Project Diary Entry #7: Sealing Brick

Project Diary #8: Hardwood Floors

Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

 

Handmade Essential Oil Infused Gift Ideas

Hellooooo DIY and essential oil loving friends! I just wanted to pop on and share some easy DIY essential oil infused gift ideas. Not all are original ideas from the recesses of my creative genius … although most are! haha! I believe my inspiration for the snowmen was sparked from a Facebook post somewhere but since I have so many friends asking about further details, I wanted to post something here for reference. 

diy christmas gift idea

Okay, let’s get this make & take last minute handmade essential oil infused gift ideas post going so that you can prepare for some weekend holiday craft time! First things first – I use and recommend Young Living and LOVE their products. I’d love to be the one to discuss them with you. You can learn more here: Wellness Inspired Living. Once your order is placed, I’ll be in touch to get a DIYShowOff welcome bundle to you!

DIY Essential Oils Infused Gift Ideas

Believe essential oil holiday gift tag @diyshowoff

free printable holiday gift tags

These ideas work for hostess or teacher gifts, handmade gift exchanges, holiday door prizes and incentive gifts and make and takes and I bet you may just want to keep one for yourself as well!

DIY essential oil infused hand purifier spray recipe @diyshowoff

DIY hand spray

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DIY Wood Dryer Ball Snowman Tutorial

essential oil holiday craft time

Supplies:

wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial

What I did:

  1. I added a wool dryer ball to a treat bag and secured the top with a clear elastic hair band. wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  2. Then popped in another wool dryer ball and closed the top with another clear elastic hair band.  wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  3. Attach the snowman had to cover the top using hot glue.  wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  4. Decorate hat with Christmas florals or ribbon.  wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  5. Tie on a holiday ribbon scarf between the two wool dryer balls. wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  6. Draw a face using your Sharpie markers. wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial
  7. Attach a business card and sample of your favorite essential oil. 

wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial wool dryer ball snowman essential oils tutorial How I use mine: REPLACE toxic dryer sheets with wool dryer balls and essential oils! Remove wool dryer balls from packaging, stick the snowman hat on your dog (or not – hahaha!), add a few drops of essential oil to each ball and toss in the dryer with a load of wet clothes. I find that since my dryer has a sensor and stops when clothes are dry, that we don’t have issue with static cling. Sometimes, I’ll add another drop or two and “air dry” or “fluff” before folding dry clothes. 

Ornament with Sample Sized or Small Products

essential oil gift ideas YL

What I did:

  • I used THESE plastic ornaments.
  • I added a few curls of white gift ribbon inside.
  • Young Living gift ideas: Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, Lip Balm, Thieves Disinfecting Spray, Essential Oil sample sachet, Wolfberry Truffles, Ningxia Nitro, Ningxia Red, business card, note, gift card, essential oils, essential oils gift certificate, etc.
  • Close up the ornament and tie on a pretty festive ribbon. 

essential oil holiday craft time

Comfort & Joy Gemstone & Essential Oil infused Roll – On

comfort and joy rollon tutorial

  • See the tutorial HERE.

Holiday Home Room Spray:

holiday home spray tutorial DIY Holiday Home Spray tutorial holiday home spray DIY

Supplies: 

What I did: 3-5 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of distilled water. Decorate and label. Shake and spray. 

Marshmallow Treats with essential oil infused candy

  • Check out the tutorial HERE!

hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas

See MORE tutorials and ideas including DIY essential oil infused honey, bath salt ornaments, sugar scrubs, air fresheners and more! 

LINKS to ALL Things DIY Essential Oils

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

DIY skin nourishing lavender & ylang ylang essential oil infused sugar scrub for maintaining healthy skin @diyshowoff

DIY essential oil infused air freshener gift idea

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff