Before & After: Bachelor Pad Basement Redesign

Today is the last stop on our bachelor pad redesign tour! We’re finishing up with the basement—an area that is very manly and I wanted to keep it that way. The basement is a place for gaming and hanging out—more of a bonus room than the upstairs living area. The need for almost black-out conditions […]

How to Make a Room Cohesive

I recently surveyed my readers to find out their biggest decorating problems. Want to guess what they said? Making a room look cohesive was one of the top problems, which makes sense. Selecting one thing you like is fairly easy, but finding a room full of things you like that work together is much more […]

Changing the view for a special cause

Scott and I spent the majority of our summer volunteering for a cause that always has been near and dear to our hearts—pet rescue. When Chicago-based dog rescue One Tail at a Time asked us if we could help with the design of their new Adoption Center, we couldn’t say “yes!” fast enough! With four […]

Before & After: Bachelor pad bedroom

We’re back for another installment in the bachelor pad redesign that I completed this summer. I continued into the bedroom with the same goals and theme I had for the downstairs: add more colors to an all-gray palette, and softness, dimension, and style to this bachelor’s pad. It’s really easy for bedrooms to be too […]

DIY chair upholstery – Dining room chair makeover!

When you’re working with a small budget, but desperately need new chairs for your dining room table, what do you do? Well, you go thrift shopping of course! Odds are you’ll find beautiful mismatched chairs that will fit well together—after a quick little makeover. The before . . . . . . and the sleek, modern after! It […]

Before & After: Bachelor pad kitchen redesign with sliding panels

We’re back today with more photos from my bachelor pad redesign project! You can read about our decision making about what blinds and shades to go with here. Today we’re moving on to the kitchen, which was a hard room to change. Since it isn’t an eat-in kitchen, we kept it really natural, neutral, and […]

A new way to say welcome with an easy DIY doormat!

When someone walks up to your front door your doormat makes an impression even before your beautiful home does. For a long time we have had the world’s ugliest front doormat. No exaggeration! I am pretty sure it came with our house, and other than switching it out for holiday doormats, it has been there […]

Nursery makeover with cellular shades, plus a fun DIY wood slice garland!

A nursery can be one of the most exciting rooms to decorate!  I had the pleasure of helping a couple plan and design a nursery in anticipation of their son Austin’s arrival. The best part about this room makeover is that I didn’t have to do any of the actual work. As a DIY TV […]

Finding the focal points in your room

So what’s a focal point? It is an area of interest or emphasis. This is where your eye is drawn. Typically it is that place you see as you walk into a room, that immediately catches your attention. Hopefully the focal point is a lovely painting rather than a crack in the wall. Will visitors […]