I could hear it in her voice, total disappointment... My good friend, Anna had planned out and budgeted for her small living room makeover for months. She created Pinterest boards and visited showrooms for 3 Saturdays in a row. She moved all her old furniture into the adjacent dining room and painted the living room walls and trim. There was no going back now, the new paint colors didn’t go with the old furniture and so to keep things moving, Anna purchased her furniture and was thrilled that she was going to realize her makeover plans in a few short weeks.Read More
Small space living can be tricky. If it’s a new space, it can be tough to figure out what to bring and what to leave behind. The last thing you want for your small space is to pack everything into it like Tetris and just live with it. A few times scooting past a sofa arm blocking a doorway or having to walk around a wide table in a narrow space will get old fast. With small space living, you must consider how you’ll use the space every day.Read More
Getting a new puppy is exciting! If you’re like me, you’ve planned and searched for your new fur kid for a while. As soon as I saw her face I knew she was my baby. Those wrinkles, her coloring, the floppy ears, she was exactly perfect and I knew it. I’m pretty sure she knew it too! When I got to meet her in person, she walked right up to me, hugged my leg and wanted to be picked up right away. A few short days after that first meeting, she and I were in the car going home to our new adventures together.Read More
Small living rooms can be tricky. You have a limited amount of space and you also want to have a room that looks great and functions the best way possible. I’ve lived in many small spaces and each one had its challenges and limitations. I’ve had lining rooms with multiple doorways, rooms that need to have dual functions: living and dining for example. No matter what, I’ve always used these 5 proven techniques to arrange furniture in a small living room and they work great every time. And, these techniques also work just the same for bedrooms, offices, dens and any other small space. Let me show you what I mean.Read More
Our lives are busy, and we’re not meant to grind our days away without a chance to recharge. And, it’s not realistic to think that you’ll remember to slow down and recharge in between work, meetings, care giving and everything else you do to keep the world spinning and the lights on. The fact that you’ve found a few moments to ponder this really means that you are at least interested in a slowing down for some self-care and it’s important to pay attention to that. Having a personal, sacred space, doesn’t have to be elaborate, it just needs to support you for a few moments so you can re-energize yourself.Read More
It’s been a while since I’ve created a DIY. I can tell you that I’ve missed the creative process immensely. I’ve been thinking about this one for a while and trying to figure out the best way to make it happen. It’s easy to put together a photo collage of different pictures but I thought how cool it would be if I could take one picture and blow it up to a large picture photo grid format. I liked the idea of square frames, so I took the concept of a Instagram post and made my grid 9” x 9“ x 9 frames. I had already found the frames at my local dollar store. The great thing about this concept is that you can do it with any size picture frame: large or small. It will work with any shape picture frame as well. The thing I found out was that it was quite easy to bring this idea together using One piece of free software that is net based.Read More
If you’re feeling tired or stressed or unmotivated, indulge in this read because making a few very easy changes can help you achieve positive energy flow and a better understanding of how the arrangement of your stuff could be negatively influencing you. It’s about to get woo up in here but I promise you, if you keep an open mind, you’ll benefit greatly from these 5 quick fixes you can easily make to improve the Feng Shui energy in your home.Read More
So I got to go to my little cousins High school graduation last weekend and it got me thinking, holy cow summer is almost over and the kids will be going back to school within the next couple weeks. My brain starting ticking on a bunch of memories from college. I had the best time! I also bought a crap ton of things that I didn’t need! (Newbie problems)… The question I came up with was, how can I impart my years of wisdom for the younger generation so they don’t spend their money, or mom and dad’s money, on things that will stay in the box? Yes, you’ll need notebooks, pens and paper – at least I think people still write things down…This list of 15 essential holistic dorm room items that you’ll actually use, is my little manifesto that I wish someone would have written when I was off to school years ago.Read More
Over here in the Northeast it’s been hot! Like, really hot... For people that can make ice cubes in the backyard until April, this means that sleeping is not comfortable. Hell, moving at all is not comfortable. And, if you’re blessed to live in a home with radiator heating like mine, there is no ductwork which means no central air! (Don’t you dare say window unit!) I love the charm of my radiator heating. It keeps my house perfectly warm in the winter and that’s more important due to our disproportionate seasons. Unfortunately, this post is not about cooling down. (That’s just the context for the time of year I’m writing this. So, don’t cry for me Argentina! I will gladly take my two months of heat and suffer through like a champ because I know what’s a comin’ in a few months.) Instead, this post is all about 8 ways to get amazing sleep by bringing nature into your bedroom. When done right, these techniques will help you get sleep all year round, even in the hot, sweaty summer…Read More
I got to thinking the other day about that Kohler commercial from years ago where this couple is being ushered around a sprawling Architect’s office and he’s going on about how amazing his work is, yada, yada. After his tour of self greatness he asks, “what can I do for you?” The woman pulls out a faucet from her purse and says, “design a house around this.” I used to laugh at that. How can a whole house be designed around a faucet? Fast forward years later and I’ve had countless meetings where clients have had inspiration pieces they want to incorporate into a space: treasured art, heirlooms, travel momentos, you name it.Read More
By now you’ve probably binged through every episode of Stranger Things, season 3 and you’re totally bummed that you have wait a year or more for the next episodes. I tried to make the season last and think I did okay, usually watching 1 or 2 episodes per day. It’s just that streaming gravitational pull gets me… The 5,4,3,2,1 countdown at the end…I swear Netflix is on a mission to get people hooked on shows like Whitney got hooked on crack! It’s legit TV show crack, and I’m on to them! I’m also willingly going along for the ride to crack town. Thanks Netflix. Anyway, no worries here if you’re not done with season 3, as this is not a spoiler post. This is an expose of stranger designs of the 1980’s.Read More
I get it Wallpaper is super trendy right now. If you look in any home decor magazine or blog, you’re probably going to see a lot of wallpapered rooms. They look awesome and the trend is very hot right now. A fun geometric or colorful abstract pattern and texture can really be inspiring but, it is a commitment and can be expensive as well. So, if you’re curious about how wallpaper would work in your space but nervous about committing to papering your entire room, here’s seven other ways to use wallpaper in your home.Read More
Moving into a new house can be very exciting. Thinking about all the possibilities, all the ways you’d like to decorate the house. If you’re anything like me, you go through a space for the first time and your mind starts reeling with all the things that you can do with it. But before you get ahead of yourself it’s important to think about how you’re going to live, day to day in your new house. This determination goes above and beyond the durability and aesthetics of furniture. That’s certainly important; but I’m referring functionality as part of this excitement. A little bit of planning how you need your house to function for your everyday life can really help when you’re furnishing a house from scratch. Here are my top 5 tips so you can avoid headaches down the road and to keep you on track.Read More
First, I’d like to offer all of you a heartfelt and sincere apology for being absent from blogging. Last Friday was my first post in 17 long months, a virtual eternity in the online world. Secondly, I would like to thank so many of you for also reaching out to me during this long absence. Many times, a kind word from one of you lifted my mood and I thank you so much for reaching out to me and letting me know that you missed me. I’d like everyone to know that I am fine and healthy and that I have truly missed posting my weekly blogs and hearing from you. I am ready and excited to move on to new posts that I hope will inspire creativity and a DIY spirit from everyone who reads them.Read More
It’s finally happening summer is almost here and I for one couldn’t be happier. Spring is my favorite time of year for sure because I love all the newness of flowers and green. Living in the Northeast US, the winters are long, and I complain often about how brown everything is. So, when Spring finally comes and the birds sing and flowers bloom, I get excited! With summer being literally one week away, I thought it’s a great time to tweak some stuff around the house. It’s time to put away the extra blankets and slippers and bring in some different ways to make home feel ‘summer easy’. So, in that vein here are five Instant ways to get a cool color scheme for summer.Read More
The minimalist look is super hot right now and what better way to display your treasures than with a super simple minimalist jewelry tree? It’s beautiful, functional and easy to make. Plus, you’ll be able to have all your favorite pieces right at hand – total grab and go on those busy mornings! Let’s get into how to make a minimalist copper and wood jewelry stand.
There are a lot of techniques out there to help simplify the art of hanging wall art… I know, bad pun. If you’ve tried to symmetrically line up pictures without a plan, I’m sure you’ve experienced some frustration. There always seems to be one or two pictures off. One’s slightly higher then the one next to it or off in some other way… The same could be said for asymmetrical installations; if something is off, it’s still really noticeable, right? Well, what if there was a super easy way to get your art up on the wall and aligned just the way you want it the first time? Best of all, you won't have to save this project for a long weekend cause you won't be patching and painting all the extra holes you would've made... Stop trying to eyeball where stuff goes. Let’s get into the right way to hang wall art so you can save time and leave your frustrations on the curb!
Who says that Fall decorations have to be orange, red and yellow? Not every seasonal decoration has to be the traditional colors that you see in nature. Don’t get me wrong, the Fall colors are beautiful and they make everything look so vibrant but what if you want to infuse a bit of glam into the season? I say, if you want to bring in the glitz, go ahead and do it. So in the interest of making the season just a bit more glitzy, here’s a new take on the classic pumpkin. Let’s make some white glitz and glam pumpkins to add to your Autumn décor, shall we?
A few weeks ago I attended a wedding and I stayed at the hotel spa where the wedding was. It was a beautiful wedding and everything was perfect. My entire suite was stunning but the room that got my attention was the bathroom. It was spectacular. No detail was left to chance; it was an oasis: Aroma therapy oils wafting in the air, amazing acoustics, and perfect water pressure! My favorite part of this bathroom, you ask? It had a glass enclosed steam shower! Pure luxury for anyone who has experienced one. When I arrived home I announced that we must get a steam shower! This spa hotel experience got me thinking… What makes a relaxing bathroom? What can you do to make that luxurious oasis spa feel a reality for your bathroom today? Well, keep reading because I came up with 5 tips on how to make your bathroom more relaxing. Ready? Let’s get to it:
It’s Fall and the leaves are beginning to change here in the Northeast. Soon the colors of Autumn will be ablaze with color everywhere the eye can see. For this week’s Sunday diy I thought what better time to get a jump start on all those incredible colors than with a beautiful and SUPER simple wreath for the front door. Let’s honor the season and create a simple picture frame Fall wreath! Fire up the hot glue gun and let’s get started!