Summer Picnic Essentials

How to Create a Summer Beach Picnic-14

It’s no secret that we love a good treasure hunt. So, when our sweet friend Nancy from Slightly Coastal asked us to be a part of the Summer Thrift Games Challenge it seemed like an easy way to kick off the festivities leading up to the 4th of July. Here’s a look at how all the details of our thrifted beach picnic come together…

11 Last Minute Patriotic Centerpiece Ideas

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I swear May and June feel like a blur! I can’t even believe it will be July at the end of this week. Have you guys started thinking about any fireworks displays or fun parties you want to attend or host yet? Here’s peek at 11 last minute 4th of July centerpiece ideas you can make in minutes…

Adding Whitewash to Farmhouse Furniture

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Adding a whitewash technique to farmhouse furniture is an easy way to highlight the woodgrain and character of your favorite pieces without the process of painting, sanding and distressing. Today, I’m sharing how I used the whitewash technique on our coffee bar cabinet and how you can use it too…

Stenciled Pillows Made Easy


I want to share with you how to easily stencil a pillow cover. If you had a chance to see yesterday’s post, you’ve already seen the canvas drop cloth we dyed to look like washed linen. I stenciled them last week so I could use them in the breakfast nook. Here’s a look at how you can stencil your own pillow covers too…

How to Dye Canvas Drop Cloth

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Last year, we dyed a large canvas drop cloth to use as a base for the stenciled curtains in our dining room. Those curtains have been one of our favorite DIYs and we still have them hanging in our dining room today. I recently dyed a few canvas panels we had left over from the bedroom makeover so I thought would share with you how we got the look of washed linen. It’s a look we plan to repeat in the other parts of the house too. Here’s a peek at how to dye canvas drop cloths…

How to Hang Large Pictures Without Using Nails

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A few weeks ago, I found a pair of large botanical prints for $7.99 each while I was out thrifting with my mom. I finally settled on using them in the dining room when I heard, “You’re not going to put another hole in the wall, are you?” Here’s a look at how we hung these large botanical prints in the dining room without putting a single nail hole in the wall…

Summer Decorating Goals and The Last 5 Percent

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Have you ever been so excited about a project you head full speed into every detail and diy? But then you lose a little steam and that last five percent of the makeover lingers unfinished for weeks or maybe even months? Me too! I’m hoping we can help each other change that this summer. Here’s a peek at the last 5 percent we’ll be working on….

8 Simple Ways to Prepare for Summer Houseguests

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Summer is a great time for hosting overnight guests because the days are longer and the pace is slower which makes it so much easier to linger over a fabulous meal, relax near the water or curl up with a good book without any agenda at all. Here are 8 simple ways to prepare for summer houseguests…

Surprising Decorating Lessons from an Old Fort

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A few weeks ago, we spent the day giving my mom a surprise adventure. I knew we were going to have a great time but I was pleasantly surprised about the decorating lessons we learned from an old fort built in 1864 and how many of the design elements we continue to use today. Keep reading to see how many you use in your home…

A Messy House Tour & 7 Ways to Combat Overwhelm

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I almost skipped today’s Messy House Tour post. To be perfectly honest, I feel like we are still playing catch up from the One Room Challenge master bedroom reveal. Of all the posts to cut this week, it seemed like this one would be the easiest one to cut. But then my mom sent me the quote of the day by Paulo Coelho that read…”One day or day one. You decide,” and it kinda rocked my world.

Master Bedroom Makeover: Sources & Budget Breakdown

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From start to finish we completed the One Room Challenge in six weeks. Those weeks were filled with everything from ripping out the carpet and stenciling the floors to adding architectural elements with board and batten to shopping estate sales and thrift stores to pull together accessories and finishing details. As with any makeover, there are so many factors that went into completing these projects, so, I thought I would give you a peek into our shopping sources and budget breakdown…

Thoughts on Creating a “Dream Space”

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Do you ever think about creating a “dream space” in your home? Me too. Over the past six weeks, I’ve looked at these old images of the master bedroom probably a hundred times. Tomorrow is the big reveal day and I couldn’t be more excited to show you guys how things have come together. But I also don’t want you to forget where we came from either…

Creating Faux Bronze Hardware in 3 Easy Steps

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I spent a good portion of last Thursday morning painting a ten drawer dresser for the One Room Challenge bedroom makeover. As soon as I finished painting, I knew immediately I would have to do something about the silver hardware. So, I headed to our local big box craft store and found some knobs that would work. The only problem was they weren’t exactly what I needed. Here’s a look at how we married new knobs with old back plates and created a faux rubbed bronze look in 3 easy steps…

ORC Update: Week Two Progress

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This week…you guys…what a week! I don’t really even have the words to adequately convey what this week has been like because it’s been THAT all over the place. There have been so many changes to our original plan. Here’s a look at our One Room Challenge progress for week two…

Spring ORC: Master Bedroom Makeover

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About this time last year, we embarked on a diy and decorating adventure called the One Room Challenge. It was so much work and yet so much fun turning my office from an outdated space into the beautiful and functional office of my dreams. So it’s in this same spirit we’ve decided to participate in the One Room Challenge again this year by making over a space that is WAY overdue, the master bedroom. Here’s a peek at our plans…