February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites: Lighting Under $100

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Happy Friday everyone! For today's Friday Favorites, I thought I would share some of my favorite lights that are under $100. I think that light fixtures are really important when it comes to the overall design of the room, but I often think it's overlooked. Some of these areas include the front entryway, the light over the sink in the kitchen, bedroom lights, and the light at the bottom of the basement stairs.  At the same time, I know a lot of us don't want to break the bank on these lights as well, so I have listed below six different lights that are under $100 but are also unique enough to make a statement in a room.  

February 26, 2015

Living Room Pillows

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week thus far. Last week I posted a photo of the pillows that I had sewn for our sectional along with a couple of other pillows that I had already bought. I got a lot of questions and people interested in them so I thought today I would share the various fabrics that were used along with showing you how I like to style them on our sectional. Our family room is definitely not finished, but these pillows have certainly gotten us closer.   (Note: In many of the photos the colors appear a little more muted, so the fabrics appear differently in person. Our living room gets a lot of natural light during the day so that sometimes gets in the way of photographing the room properly.)

February 24, 2015

Buffet Shelving Ideas

Many weeks ago on my Instagram account I posted a photo of the new buffet that we received for Christmas from my parents that matches our dining room table.  I hadn't blogged about it yet because quite frankly I was unsure of what I wanted to do with the space above the buffet and I hadn't done anything else with the dining area as well. I've finally decided on what I want to do with the space so I thought I would finally share with you my plans, the piece of furniture, the space where it sits, and other shelving ideas for above buffet areas as well. So with that here is the buffet that currently sits in our kitchen. 

February 18, 2015

Furniture from Fixer Upper

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! This blog post today is inspired my by new favorite television show, Fixer Upper on HGTV. It's not a new show, but I just got cable two weeks ago so it's a new show for me. If you don't watch it I would highly recommend you start, but chances are if you're reading this then you might watch this show yourself and probably love it as much as I do! Within the show, the reveal of the finished house is hands down my favorite part. I absolutely LOVE Joanna Gaines style and I am always very excited to see how she decorates the homes and to see where she has bought the furniture and decor for the houses. A lot of her furniture and decor that she uses comes from her store, The Magnolia Market, or are unique pieces found at antique fairs, but she also incorporates pieces from stores that are accessible to everyone! Below I have compiled a list of some of the furniture that I have been able to recognize in her episodes. Some of the furniture pieces are definitely rather expensive, but if you love the show as much as I do I still think it's fun to see some of the places where she gets her furniture and to see how she mixes different styles together!  

February 13, 2015

My Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to this weeks Friday Favorites where I share some things I've been loving this week! This week I'm changing it up a little and it's inspired by the interest a lot of you had about the $20 cable channels I mentioned in an Instagram post on Saturday. That said, I thought I would share more details on that, plus sharing two of my favorite ways to save money when shopping. 

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February 11, 2015

DIY Bathroom Backsplash

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope everyone is having a great week thus far. On Monday I shared how I painted the bathroom vanity in our guest bathroom makeover, and today I'm sharing how we added the backsplash in our bathroom as well. When I originally was coming up with design plans for this makeover I wasn't going to add a backsplash, but Paul really wanted to add it and I'm glad that he did because it ended up looking great! That said, although I helped with picking out the tile and helped clean up the tile after it was set in the Thinset mortar, Paul did the rest of the project and therefore gets all the credit for this successful DIY  project! Best part about this project is that since we only tiled a small portion of it, all the tile combined cost $24!

February 9, 2015

DIY Painted Bathroom Cabinets

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! If you follow me on Instagram than you might of seen my post of getting some cable channels, so this weekend was spent watching a lot of HGTV and also exploring some new areas in downtown Grand Rapids. It was really nice getting out of the house despite the cold temperatures! This weekend, we also made more progress on our bathroom makeover. It is not completed, because I'm still being indecisive on the shower curtain and artwork I want, but besides that all the big projects in this room are complete! The largest transformation in this room is definitely from painting the cabinets, so today I will be showing you how I painted them and tips and tricks I learned along the way to make the process go more smoothly. 

February 6, 2015

This Weeks Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to this weeks Friday Favorites where I share some things I've been loving this week!

February 4, 2015

DIY Mirror

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I'm going to be sharing how I turned a backless frame that I used at our wedding for the seating chart into a mirror for my office. I did this little project over two months ago but we didn't get around to hanging it until yesterday.  It's safe to say Paul and I are huge procrastinators when it comes to hanging things on the walls! I'm excited to share this project though because stores like Hobby Lobby sell many beautiful open frames but they can be hard to utilize because they have no backing and I have a solution to fix that! Although I created a mirror with this open frame,  this little tutorial is more about how to create a backing for backless frames in general so you could easily use these steps to create a backing for some artwork as well! 

February 2, 2015

End Tables for Under $100

Accent pieces are important when it comes to the design of a room because it helps to give the space a more finished look. When it comes to designing a room in our house, I'm willing to spend more money and invest in large quality pieces of furniture like a couch, but for accent pieces I like to find items with the design aesthetics I want but with a more affordable price tag. During the design process of our family room, one piece of accent furniture I didn't want to spend much money on was an end table. At stores it is somewhat easy to find affordable laminate wood end tables, but finding metal and glass type end tables that are more cost effective can be difficult to locate. I've spent many of hours online searching for side tables over the past few months for our family room, and I thought I would share with you  today some of my favorite metal and glass ones that I've come across and that cost under $100.