Decorating With A Brown Sofa

So the other day (and by the other day I been a couple weeks ago. ha) I talked about sofas and how I was considering replacing my sofa because it’s super dark and I feel like it doesn’t fit the feel of our home. I brought the idea up to my husband and all he saw was dollar signs. He gave me a laundry list of reasons why we should not be buying a new sofa right now. At the top of the list? A little toddler tornado who is prone to accidents and spills. Okay, fair enough.

Since all of the sofas I had my eye on were very light (you can check them out here) I have to agree with him. As it is our sofa has the ability to hide stains plus it’s already trashed, we might as well stick it out until it’s safe(r). I mean is it ever safe to have a light colored sofa with kids? I guess we’ll decide later! For now, I’m finding a way to decorate with a brown sofa. Not only am going to decorate with this brown sofa I’m going to learn to love it.

Decorating, living with, and loving, a brown sofa

My biggest complaint with decorating with a brown sofa is how dark it made my space. After doing a bit of research I discovered having a brown sofa doesn’t mean it has to be dark and dreary. Check out these bright and beautiful spaces with dark sofas.

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Anyone else living with something that might not be their style anymore? I’m super excited to change up the look of my space so I can learn to love my living room and even my (maybe, just maybe) my brown sofa again.

I’ve got big plans for my living room and I am going to share some ideas with you guys later this week.

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Stylish Drawer Liners

Guys! I’m finally organizing my desk! I’m not brave enough to show you what my drawers looked like before today but take my word for it when I tell you, it was scary.  I wanted to get in organized with some drawer organizers. While on the hunt for the perfect organizers, I found the most perfect wrapping paper and well, as they say, the rest is history.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I think drawer liners can be a super cute aesthetic touch to any piece of furniture. Of course, I’m sure there is some purpose for them other than just being darling but let’s face it, I like darling, so that’s why I decided on drawer liners for my desk.

Since we all like darling, why is it that true drawer liners just aren’t? One of life’s great mysteries. Until one of us comes up with the perfect line of gorgeous drawer liners we’ll just have to improvise… with wrapping paper.

Yep, wrapping paper ya’ll! So pretty, super cheap, and will take you less than 20 minutes to line 5 drawers!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I found my striped wrapping paper from Marshalls. Does this not have Chelsea written all over it? Nautical feel? YES PLEASE!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

So to make the drawer liners all you need to do is measure the interior of your drawer. Then, measure your paper to the same size. Measure multiple times you want it to be nice and snug.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Cut the paper to size. (Please don’t tell my sewing friends that I was using my fabric rotary to cut paper. I’m pretty sure that would get be banned from the sewing club!)

By the way, I have the IKEA ALEX drawer unit. The measurements for the interior are 20.5 x 11.5.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Lastly, you want to secure the paper drawer liner. I did this quickly by using double sided tape. Double sided tape works well because it’s not permanent so if you ever want to remove it you can without a ton of effort.

How to Line Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Once I was done… literally 20 minutes later I did a little happy dance because really, who doesn’t love some beautiful blue and white stripes. Then I continued on my quest for desk organization…

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Mission complete. Now I’m off to line every drawer in the house… or take a nap.

Happy Monday!

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Sofa Searching

I’m on the hunt for the perfect sofa.

We’ve had our couch for about four years now. We bought it before we even had a home to put it in and I was set on having a sectional…in dark brown. It wasn’t necessarily the worst idea ever as much as it just doesn’t work for us anymore. My style has changed plus we now have a toddler!

Since we’ve haven’t had our sofa too long I looked into just getting it reupholstered. The color is too dark and the fabric isn’t very forgiving when my two year old smears her yogurt hands all over the cushions. :) I called a half a dozen local places and was shocked and horrified at how expensive it is to reupholster! The cost would have been just a bit over what we paid for the couch. I had no idea reupholstery was so pricey! I thought about reupholstering the sofa myself for about five minutes, or even sewing a slip cover. Then, I started looking around at different sofas and thought I would save myself the trouble (and needle pricks).

So the sofa searching begins…

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My first instinct is to go with some classic and simple like this neutral.

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Then, I want to be brave and go for something with more character like this chesterfield. I am dying over this chesterfield guys.

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The modern look and clean lines of this concave arm modern sofa caught my eye and I can see myself loving this beauty for a long time. And the color and texture of the fabric will be much more compatible with my child and her messy nature.

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Similar to the other concave arm sofa, I love the lines. I think I like the three cushions as opposed to the two and this color is stunning as well.
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The uptown modern sofa isn’t my typical style but I’m so drawn to it. I love it but I think it would be challenging to work it in my home.Sofa Searching - 5 beautiful sofas

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When I started looking for a sofa my first instinct was to go snag the IKEA Ektorp slipcovered sofa. I know, it’s white – I was unsure about that too. Do I really want to constantly be washing slipcovers? I could always go for the Svanby Gray slipcovers but they are a bit darker than what I would like. It’s on the list while I think it over.

So which is your favorite? Do you have a sofa you love? Please please share!!

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Marble Painted Succulent Planter

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

Well, hello there, friends. It’s been a hectic few weeks. Two amazing trips in in two weeks have really got my head spinning! I shared a bit about my trip to Hawaii already but I also went to Atlanta for Haven Conference where I got to meet so many incredible bloggers. When I got home my head was spinning with information and I couldn’t stop thinking of all the ways to improve my blog! Now I feel like I’m finally caught up. Hooray!

So, last week I shared my aloha sign (you can catch it here if you didn’t see it.) for my powder room. I loved the color combo so much I decided to give it another go, this time in marble.

I’ve been loving the marble painted trend and have been waiting for the perfect project to give it a try on. It was so surprisingly simple and now I want to marble everything!

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

A few months ago I got a bunch of these little glass jars and they turned out to be perfect for this project. I taped off the top half of the jars because I only wanted the marble effect on the bottom half.

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

I poured a tiny bit of each color on a paper plate. I think two to three color allows for the perfect mix. Any more and it might get a bit messy.

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

I ran a wooden skewer through the paint to run ribbons of one color into the other to create the marbling effect.

Marble Painted Succulent Planter
Next, I very gently rolled the jar in the paint. I set it top down to let the excess paint drip off and allowed it to dry.

The last step was potting the succulent. I also love it as a little bud vase.

I’m working on the powder room and this cute marble succulent planter will be a great edition.

Succlent Planter

So what do you think of the marble painted succulent planter? Are you in on the marble trend? Tell me in the comments. If you have a marble painted project I’d love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments.

Have a wonderful and colorful day!

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DIY Hand Painted Wood Sign

Earlier this week I told you about my trip to Hawaii. I’m still dreaming about it. Since I couldn’t bring the beautiful beaches back with me I thought I should do something to bring a little bit of ALOHA into my house in the form of this hand painted wood sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

I started sprucing up my powder room a few days ago when I realized I’ve had the same decor in there since my first house almost eight years ago (#didijustadmitthat #suredid). I’m planning on a colorful beachy style so I’m starting it off with this aloha sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The sign. It is just three wood planks glued together and secured using another small plank and some finishing nails.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The color combo. These colors are just samples that I had in my garage from previous projects. I wanted a colorful and beachy look and I love the coral, yellow, mint combination.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The process. The process of making the sign was really simple. Pretty much just paint brush strokes of the different colors all over the board. I started with coral. Note: If I did it again I would start with the lightest color and move on to the darkest to prevent wasting any paint.

*Make sure to allow for drying time between colors*

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Take the second color and randomly brush on the paint to fill in some of the blank space.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

With the third color fill in the rest of the blank space. At this point you can also paint over any space where you feel like one color is too over powering. You want to really concentrate on the middle section as that is where your lettering will be.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Using transfer paper I placed the vinyl lettering on the painted board. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the vinyl lettering. The font is KG Eyes Wide Open.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Then I painted one coat of white paint over the entire board. After the paint dried I peeled off the vinyl lettering to reveal the perfect multicolored sign.

DIY Painted Sign

It’s just so cheerful and is a gazillion times better than that old powder room decor. I can’t wait for the rest of the space to come together. But seriously, can I just have a multicolored hand painted wood sign for every space in my house now? This was way too fun!

Happy Friday friends!

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10 Tips To Spruce Up Your Rental

Happy day friends, I’m so glad you are here!

Can I tell you something? Something really exciting? I recently had the opportunity to write an article for Military Spouse magazine (!!!!). The article  published this month and it was amazing to see my words there in a magazine! If you are a mil spouse but sure to pick up the June issue of the magazine at your Commissary or exchange!

I was thrilled to write about decorating ideas for military base housing. I’m passionate about it.  After the article published I realized how much that crosses over to renters AND homeowners too.

Spruce Up Your Rental: Here’s TEN of my favorite decorating tips that will make your home feel more yours.

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Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic Frame

1. Fill Your Walls With Things You Love

Hanging things on the walls is my number one way to make any place feel more homey. Don’t be afraid to put nails in the walls. You can spackle later. Hanging your favorite photos of your family or places you’ve been allows you to tell a story. You want your home to tell the story of your family and all of your adventures. Wall art isn’t limited to just photos. There are many options for wall art such as framing fabric you like, or even framing a vintage map like I did.

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2. Paint

Just because you are in a rental doesn’t meant that painting is totally out of the question. Many places now allow renters to paint with the stipulation that it must be painted back to the original color. It may be worth it to paint one room or even one wall. If you are going to be in your home for a few years it can be a great investment of your time and money. Be sure to stick with colors that aren’t too dark and be careful not to spend a bundle on the paint or supplies!

How To Make A Striped Accent Wall Without Paint3. Temporary Wall Treatments

Even if you can’t paint, there are other ways to get color on the walls. You can get vinyl decals, removable wallpaper, or even fabric for walls. Vinyl decals come in a variety of options like polka dots and stripes. All of these are great ways to get pattern and color on the wall. The best part is when it’s time, it just peels right off. You know I love temporary wall treatments because I wrote a whole post about it.

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4. Hang Curtains

Most base housing doesn’t exactly have the most eye pleasing window treatments. You can cover those vertical blinds you despise by simply hanging curtains. They don’t have to be pricey. You can get a package of two panels white curtains from Ikea for less than $10. Even if white isn’t your color of choice you can easily spruce them up by painting them, adding a trim (like I did in Peighton’s room), or even sewing on a band of colorful fabric.

Painting Furniture - Mint Painted Nightstand

5. Be Bold and Paint Furniture

You can bring color into your home without putting it on the walls. One of my favorites ways is by painting furniture. Painting furniture allows you to make a statement without permanent changes to the house. It also can be very inexpensive if you find a good piece second hand. I painted an old dresser found for just $25 and turned it into a dreamy mint nightstand.

Create A Custom Chalkboard to Hide Eyesores. Awesome Idea for Renters!! via www.makinghomebase.com

6. Hide What You Don’t Like

You can hide awkward spaces easily by covering them with a curtain or a piece of fabric. It will hide the eyesore while adding a bit of color and texture. That’s not the only way to hide what you don’t like. I have an awkward cut out in the wall that connects the kitchen and living room. I covered it with an oversized chalkboard making a focal piece for my workspace.

7. Display Collections

Displaying your collections can really make your house feel like home. Items that you’ve collected over time and have significant meaning to you should always have a place in your home. I love decorating with my vintage jars and displaying my favorite vintage rolling pins.

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8. Use Rugs To Hide Ugly Floors

If I could only have one accessory for the rest of my decorating life it would be rugs! Especially in base housing where the floors are less than desirable most of the time. They work to not only hide ugly floors but define a space. I rounded up some awesome and affordable rugs in this post.

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9. Change Up Lighting

If you are going to be in a house for several years you don’t have to  just live with the boring and outdated light fixtures. Changing the lighting is a small way to make a big impact. With permission you can change out the fixtures. Can’t change the fixtures? Take heart, there are other options! Check out how Amy created a drum pendant light  cover up to go over her current light fixture. It’s easier than you would imagine!

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10. Outdoors

My number one way to give your porch a more welcoming look is to put something on your door! You can DIY a wreath in an afternoon. Make a craft party out of it and invite some friends over. If you prefer to leave off the wreath, try some colorful potted plants. April added some beauty by repurposing thrifted pots and planting beautiful flowers in them. That’s budget friendly and beautiful!

Small things that make a big impact whether you’re in a rental home, home for now, or forever home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even a lot of time. With a little effort and some creativity you can have a home full of character that represents your family; one where you will enjoy all the time you spend in it no matter how long or short that is.

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DIY Wall Art Animal Prints with Polka Dot Mats

When I shared my daughter’s room makeover a couple weeks ago, I got a ton of questions about the animal prints above the bed. Today I’m spilling the beans on how they came to be. Here’s a quick DIY wall art tutorial for ya! DIY Wall Art Animal PrintsAfter we had completed her upholstered bed I wanted to hang some sort of wall art above it. DIY wall art was the obvious way to go since  this was a budget makeover.

Peighton is obsessed with animals! They are her absolute favorite, so I knew we had to include animals in her room somehow. I found some clip art that I was able to download for free and blow up to fit an 8 x 10 mat frame. After placing them in the frame I felt like they still needed something to make them pop. Polk dots, gold polka dots, did the trick! Let me show you how!

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I picked up these black frames from IKEA. I think the black really pops with the bright pink.

Animal Prints with Polka dot mats

These zots found at Michaels made making glittery polka dotting a breeze!

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It comes on this roll with two rows that are offset. Perfect for what I needed. I laid the strip face down and slowly peeled off the backing leaving the glue dots on the the matte. The top and bottom of the matte are wider than the sides so I cut the zots strip in half to add an extra row to both the top and bottom.

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Next, I went wild with the glitter. Obviously. Ha. I just sprinkled glitter liberally over all of the dots and then shook out the left overs, tapping the back lightly to get all the loose glitter.

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Now you’ve got a cute glittery photo mat.

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I placed the animal prints inside and hung them up above the bed.

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Peighton loves to point out which animal is which to us all the time.

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I really love how the polka dot mats really tie into the polka dot sheets to make a really polished look.

If you are interested in the actual animal prints – let me know and I will email you the files! xo

 

 

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IKEA HACK – DIY Upholstered Headboard from the IKEA TARVA bed

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Get ready to pin ya’ll! You guys are going to want to save this tutorial for later! I’m spilling all the details on the DIY upholstered headboard today!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Remember a month or so ago, when I shared my inspiration for Peighton’s room? I had this beautiful bed picked out but it was WAY out of my price range.  I had also put together a collection of awesome IKEA bed hacks that totally inspired me! So I decided to do IKEA bed hack of my own and do a DIY upholstered headboard in pink!
DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva BedAnd since we already had the IKEA TARVA bed in Peighton’s room – I wanted to just go ahead and use it but zhush it up with a pretty headboard. The IKEA TARVA bed is relatively cheap, just $70. They have an even cheaper wood bed (around $30) available but my store was completely out of stock, so TARVA it was.

Products We Used:

Jig Saw

Electric Staple Gun ( I like this upholstery staple gun)

Wood Glue

Hammer and Nails

Rubber Mallet

Large Piece of Ply Wood or MDF (size will vary. Measure the wide of current headboard for proper width +desired height)

1 Twin Sized Egg crate Foam Padding

2 yards of Fabric (Canvas – I used this Fuchsia Fabric)

2 yards of quilt batting

Fabric Glue

Brass Nailhead Trim

First thing is first – Iron your fabric – it will be a total pain but it’s going to be worth it to get nice smooth lines.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

First you’ll need to decide the shape of your headboard. I googled “Upholstered Headboard” and scrolled through thousands of images before deciding on my shape. I wanted something I could easily free hand. For the design, I grabbed a brown paper bag, carefully pulled it apart into one long piece, and then folded it in half. Then I traced half of my design starting at the fold. Once it was perfect I cut it out, unfolded it, and laid it on my piece of wood to trace.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once I was happy with the traced design, Matt got out the jigsaw and cut the wood along my traced lines created the headboard shape.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Not bad!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Note: If you are buying an IKEA bed specifically for this purpose don’t put it completely together! We had the bed for some months before taking on this task so we had to remove the headboard to attach the piece of wood.

Next, using wood glue attach the piece of wood to the front of the TARVA headboard. Use clamps to hold the two pieces together.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once the wood glue is dry, you can secure it with finishing nails.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Next is the padding. Cut the padding to the shape of your headboard. And use fabric glue to attach the egg crate padding to the front of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the padding is on, you can add the layer of batting. Using your electric staple gun, pull the batting taut and staple to the back side of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

The front of your headboard will look like this. It’s ready for the fabric.

Using the same technique, making sure the fabric is nice and taut staple the fabric to the back side of the headboard. I found that start on one side and moving up the side of the headboard was the best way to get the least amount bunching. Going around the curves, make a few snips in the fabric on the back of the headboard to allow you to pull the fabric as tight as possible.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

A note about nailhead trim. This was my very first project using nailhead trim (way to be adventurous right?). You’ll want to use a ruler/yardstick to keep it straight – I didn’t and wish I had. Also the trim bends and turns so you don’t have to cut each piece as you move along.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Every few “nailheads” there is one with a hole where the actual nailhead hammers in. Use a rubber mallet when hammering in these guys and be gentle, the heads can pop right off if you hammer too hard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the nailhead trim was complete we simply placed the headboard back on the bed.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

This DIY upholstered headboard ended up being a great day project for us and ended up saving us a small fortune! Now we get the luxurious and sophisticated look of a fabulous upholstered headboard at just a fraction of the cost! That’s winning if you ask me!!

Thank you so much for visiting today!! Have a great weekend! xo

If you like this project, check out the full room reveal here.

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Decorating A Small Bedroom – Little Girl’s Room

It’s makeover reveal day!

Y’all, I am so excited about this space! If you recall a few weeks ago I shared the before of my daughter’s room. I was really nervous about decorating a small bedroom because we need lots of storage without feeling cramped. The room was half nursery/half toddler’s room and lacked character. Well, all that has changed now!

When I was preparing to decorate her small bedroom I wanted it to be a space that she could grow into, something cute and girly but still a little sophisticated. I played around with a lot of different color schemes before settling on the bright pink with gold accents and it turned out to be perfect for this space!

Before we jump into the new look let’s take a quick peek at what it looked like before.

P's room before

Yikes right?!

Now for the after!

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

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This whole room truly was a labor of love. This space is a very small bedroom so I wanted to add a lot of color  and texture to take the focus off it’s small size. The first thing we did was paint the room. As you can see in the before, the color of the room did nothing for the space. It was really bland (which is what you would expect in a rental). We made the decision to paint the room a beautiful shade of gray. To help me with color selection, I used the Chip It!® tool, which instantly transforms any picture into a paint palette using more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors. I decided on SW 7023 Requisite Gray, it’s from the Softer Side Color Collection in the HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams collection. Don’t you love it?

Gold Dog Silhouette Wall with Walls Need Love

On one wall we opted for these fun doggy decals instead of painting.

Gold Dog Silhouette Wall with Walls Need Love

P loves dogs so it was the perfect fit for her space.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

RUGS! I couldn’t wait to throw down a rug to cover up the gray carpet. love this yellow trellis rug. It has a hint of gold that ended up being perfect for the look I was going for. I layered it with this white shag rug that was already in her room. I think it gives it a more luxurious feel.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

And this little diva needed a fabulous bed to go with her new space! I can’t wait to show you how we DIYed this upholstered headboard!

Pink and white girls room

And can we talk about that pouf? I found it at Target on clearance and the colors are perfection.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

We ended up using the same dresser and just painted it again. I’m super attached to it because it was the first piece of furniture we bought for her when I was pregnant so I hope to keep it for many years to come. The color is SW 7004 Snowbound. I thought it might be too big now that she has the twin bed but I think it works nicely.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

And check out where the mint nightstand

ended up!!! She got placed in here after I started making changes in my master bedroom. I didn’t want to use it in the master, but I also wasn’t ready to get rid of it. I’m so glad I didn’t because it fits in perfectly in the little girl’s room.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

It’s officially my favorite room in the house. Peighton, if you’re looking for me I’m probably hanging out in your room ;)

Thank you so much to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this makeover. It’s the perfect little space for our little lady.

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Sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style, Liz Marie Blog

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Black and White Decor

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Black and White Decor

Black and White Decor Inspiration

I’ve been completely crushing on black and white decor lately. In my home I usually use lots of color so I dream of the beautiful contrast of black and white. I think one day I’ll have a beautiful black and white kitchen…maybe? If not, maybe some black and white styling somewhere in my house or even better yet, a beautiful black and white closet with a stunning black chandy. Yes! For now I’m just dreaming and sharing with you some beautiful black and white decor inspiration and I’m really loving.

Black and White Home Decor Inspiration

Black and White Bedroom.

Black and White Home Decor Inspiration

Black and White Guest Room.

Black and White Home Decor Inspiration

Black and White Desk Space.

Black and White Home Decor Inspiration

Black and White Workspace.

Black and White Kitchen

Black and White Kitchen.

Black and White Home Decor Inspiration

Black and White Lamp.

Black and White Home Decor Inspiration

Black and White Art Print

Black and White Decor Inspiration

Black and White Pouf and Throw.
Black and White Decor Inspiration

Black and White Rug.

Are you crushing on any specific design or style right now? I’d love to hear about it! Share it with me in the comments. Also, be sure to check out my black and white inspiration board on PINTEREST for even more black and white decor.

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Why I Bother Decorating A Rental Home

Today’s post is for my friends who live in rentals. For those mil spouses who aren’t crazy about that hideous carpet in their base house. I’m sharing my story of frustration, and how I came to accept our situation. I’m sharing why I bother decorating a rental home.

*After publishing this I realized that it’s not just the mil spouses that can feel frustrated by rentals. It’s other renters, it’s homeowners who might be moving soon, it’s all of us. So if you are feeling trapped and are just waiting for that next house to decorate. Read on.why I bother

1. Because It Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

I remember our first house after we got married. Matt was already living in Hawaii and I moved to be with him just two days after our wedding (we still joke that it was our three year long honeymoon). We waited four months on the “wait list” for a house on base. Living out in town was nearly impossible on the salary of an E-2. When our name finally came up on the list we felt like we pretty much hit the jack pot because not only was it finally time to have our own home but it was also brand spanking new. And for military housing, that was a big ol’ deal! I had big dreams of decorating that house. I remember saving every extra penny then spending it on “stuff” for the new house. I loved the process of making the house feel like “us” but in reality I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I had no idea what my style was. I thought I had to buy everything new. Now I don’t have a lot of regrets but if I could go back in time, I would have a nice long talk with myself and together, we would have returned every single thing I purchased. Since that’s not possible, I just learn and move on.

Now that I’ve discovered my style, I know that I like a collected over time look. Shiny showroom is just not “us.” I’m not sure if this taste has developed because I am cheap or if I became cheap because of my taste but it works out perfectly. I have found some of my favorite things in my home from thrift stores or craigslist. Like this chair I got for free or this night stand that we got for next to nothing.

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2. Because Home is Where Ever We Make It

After our time was up in Hawaii we traded our brand new three bedroom house for a one bedroom apartment in Northern Virginia. Now I had too much stuff (because remember I went wild and bought everything you could imagine to perfect furnish my Hawaii home) and I didn’t even like most of it anymore. I felt frustrated. I felt like giving up. Why bother decorating rental after rental. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized that Home can be where ever we make it. The house itself is just a few walls in reality. Sure sometimes they come in the version of a brand new duplex or a stand alone bungalow but at the end of the day it’s not the structure that makes the home it’s the people who live in it. It sounds super cliche but seriously, I decorate my home for my family not for the house itself.

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3. Because I’ve Waited Long Enough

After that first house, where I spent too much money, and too much time, I thought, you can never make it feel like home, no matter how much you spend. I thought, just wait until you can BUY your own house, that will be home. Our fifth house changed everything. We moved into our house right after Christmas. It was a cute little bungalow on base and it wasn’t like anything we had ever lived in before. It was a single family home (very rare in the world of base housing – they are typically town house style with at least one other home attached to yours), that was built in the 1930s. It had original hardwood floors and brass hardware but the kitchen and bathroom had been renovated. I fell in love the moment I stepped in the door. It figured that we would only live there for six months. This home had so much built in character. I’m not sure if it was that the house was my taste or if I just finally got it but I finally felt the desire to just stop waiting. Decorating your home to reflect the people who live in it can change the way you feel. It did for me. And now,  almost eight years later (and two more houses later), this (rental) is home. I made the decision to stop waiting for better and realized that I didn’t want to look back five years from now wishing I would have just lived and enjoyed.

Small and Functional IKEA Desk Workspace on a Budget via Making Home Base

4. Because I’ll be Waiting Forever

The reality is my husband plans to be in them military for 20+ years. That’s at least 11 more years of moving every few years and I don’t know what the future holds. If I wait for perfect, I will be waiting forever. Perhaps, one day we’ll finally settle somewhere but that place won’t be just perfect either. We have to make where we are home.

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5. Because The People I Love Live Here

I mentioned that our fifth house was the one that changed everything. In the six months we lived there we experienced so much joy. We brought Peighton home from the hospital to that house. We became a family in that house. And I finally knew, all of these places – they are just the shell. What really makes the home is US, the family inside. Home is where we make it. Home is where my people are. I want my home to be beautiful for my family – that’s why I decorate. I want us to enjoy this place and it to be a reflection of us whether it’s a rental or not.

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The Nester, a favorite blogger of mine, says “It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful.” Well nothing about this house is perfect but the beautiful thing about this house is that a family who loves lives here. And that’s just the beginning…

Where to go from here?

Check out How to Paint Your Rental. Or My Favorite picks for Affordable Area Rugs. You might also want to check out my ABOUT page to learn more about our military life.

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DIY Painted Tea Towel – Colorful Citrus Stamped

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I’ve had “paint tea towels” on my to do list for the longest time. I love those flour sack tea towels and they are the perfect blank canvas. Super cheap, large, and bright white! Recently I saw the cutest idea to use fruit as “stamps” and decided to give it a shot on the DIY painted tea towels and they ended up looking so cute and summery.

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels Cute for Summer

Here’s a fun fact about me, I love watching beauty vlogs on Youtube. Anyone else? I get so many great beauty tips, and every now and then I get some DIY ideas too! My favorite of all favorite beauty youtubers/bloggers is Essie Button. She recently shared a fun project where she used citrus fruit as stamps to DIY some wall art. It turned out awesome so I wanted to give it a shot only not wall art but DIY Painted Tea Towels.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Citrus fruit (lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc.) I used only lemon

Paint – I used a multi surface paint but fabric paint would be best.

Paint brushes

Flour Sack Tea Towels* lemon stamped tea towels

A little about the paint. I used this Americana multi-surface paint but I have no intention of actually using these towels. If you plan on using them for more than just decoration you should add some fabric paint medium to your paint or just use fabric paint.

Painted Tea Towels

Stamping tips: The fruit can be pretty juicy so it’s a good idea to blot the lemon half a few times before brushing on the paint. Also, don’t go too heavy on the paint, just enough to cover the whole lemon half, but if you brush on too much you will just get a big paint blob. I tested out a few stamps on a piece of paper towel to get the right amount of paint.

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Press down on the lemon half onto the tea towel.

You can get creative with it. Different colors and designs. I did a couple of tea towels with scattered stamps and a couple more where I lined the stamps along the edges of the tea towel. Citrus Stamped Tea Towels Cute for Summer

The colors are so bright and cheerful! Don’t you think they are so fun for summer? They will make a really fun one of a kind addition to my summer kitchen decor!

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

Have you done DIY painted tea towels yet? Oh, and does anyone else follow any great beauty vlogs/blogs? I’m always looking for some new inspiration! I’d love to hear your favorites – and be sure to check out Essie Button!

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30 Colorful Pillows for 30 Dollars or Less

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Summer is almost here and doesn’t summer just scream color?! I’ve seen a lot of colorful decor in stores lately! I love to bring bright colors into my home during the spring and summer. It’s so cheerful!

One quick and easy way to get colorful is by using pillows! My obsession with throw pillows might be getting out of control. Last week my husband gently demanded suggested that I get rid of some pillows before purchasing anymore. Turns out I’m just about at hoarder status with the pillows, we’ve got them coming out of our ears but I need more because it’s summer and I need some bright colors. In an effort to please us both I promised I wouldn’t spend too much and I might get rid of a few.

Pillows can get pricey fast. Here are 30 pillows from SIX different sources all for 30 dollars or less!

30 colorful throw pillows for 30 dollars or less

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I’ve got my eye on a couple of these! I would love a navy and orange combo for my living room. Do you bring bright colors into your home during the spring and summer months? Where are your favorite places to find affordable and colorful pillows?

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For more sources for decorative pillows check out my favorite places to buy pillows online.

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Succulent Planters with Neon Pink Pebbles

Last week my hubs just got home from a long ten day underway. Ten days really isn’t a long time especially when he’s been gone for much longer but I’m telling you those ten days felt like ETERNITY. Ten days, alone, with a toddler is hard. Don’t get me wrong, every day is special and awesome , it really is, but no day is without challenges. One day, towards the end of the underway, we just had to get out of the house and we ended up at the pet store (!!!). It was a super hot day so the beach or park were out of the question and well, P loves animals so the pet store totally made sense.

We browsed around, talked to the turtles, blowed kisses to the fish, waved to the birds, and as I was leading her towards the exit I spied these gorgeous BRIGHT PINK pebbles and I thought it might be the best idea ever to use them in a planter.

Succulent Planters with Neon Pink Pebbles

Pink Pebbled Succulent Planters

After we spent approximately 19 hours in the pet store obsessing over all of the animals and leaving with nothing except for the pink aquarium gravel it was nap time for P and project time for me.

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I got this big ol’ 5 pound bag of neon pink pebbles for about $4. I started with this faux plant from IKEA. This plant has been in P’s room for a few weeks since we are working on her big girl room. I covered up the really obviously fake dirt with the pink pebbles and it instantly looked awesome.

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Since I had a bag full of pink pebbles, no succulent was safe. I popped this cute little one into a tea cup and dotted it with some gold paint for a chic little succulent planter.

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Can you even handle these succulent planters?? Imagine the possibilities! Pink, black, yellow, those pebbles come in a gazillion colors!

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I’m always amazed at where inspiration strikes. Pet store today, who knows where tomorrow. Happy Thursday!

* you can also find pink aquarium gravel on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

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Where to Buy Affordable Area Rugs

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If I could only have one home accessory for the rest of my decorating life it would be rugs. Seriously!

We’ve lived in seven homes since getting married and one had floors that weren’t complete eye sores. So area rugs have become my best friend. They are best at hiding ugly floors but they are also make a big impact in the design of a space.

I’ve been buying rugs online for many years now so I thought it would be fun to put together a little guide of my favorite places to find affordable area rugs.

You may not be in the market for a new area rug today but you’ll definitely want to pin this post for later!

Where to Buy Affordable Area Rugs

Where To Buy Affordable Area Rugs: A Complete Buying Guide

Rugs USA / Overstock/ H&M

Urban Outfitters / Zulily / Joss & Main

Land of Nod/ Dash and Albert/ West Elm

Rugs can get very pricey. I like to stay in the range of $200 or under. So the majority of the rugs you will find will be less than $200 however the bottom row rugs are bit pricier.

The best prices are from H&M. The striped rug above is only $24.95!

For more ideas on where to find affordable home decor check out:

Where to buy Affordable Decorative Pillows

Where to Buy Affordable Decorative Pillows

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Easy DIY Wall Art for Spring

Spring is in the air or at least it’s all over my house.

Last week I shared my spring home tour as a part of the Spring Parade of Homes with 11 other bloggers.

Check it out here —-> SPRING HOME TOUR

There were a few DIY along the way to get my home dressed up for Spring and I’m sharing one of them with you today.

Easy DIY Wall Art for Spring – Gold Butterfly Art

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I have two frames on the left side of my media center in my family room. I like to change out the wall art with the seasons. Sometimes it’s easy DIY wall art like today’s project and sometimes it’s recent family photos. I love changing it up for a fresh look.

I got some gold textured paper from Michaels and thought it would be fun to cut out a few butterflies to use as wall art.Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 10.23.10 AMI found several butterfly images in the Silhouette online store. I lined them up and sized them so they would all be different sizes and shapes.

Tip: Definitely do a test cut on the textured paper. It’s not quite card stock and it’s not quite paper. It took a few test cuts to get the right blade depth for me.

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After cutting out the butterflies I arranged them on a blank white piece of printer paper. Then I places it in an IKEA Ribba Frame.

Spring Home Decorating Ideas: Spring Parade of Homes

Not a bad little Spring decoration for just a few dollars! I already had the frame so it just cost me the price of the textured paper. $1!

Spring Home Decorating Ideas: Spring Parade of Homes

Have you done any spring DIYs lately? I’d love to check them out! Share them with me in the comments.

Need more spring inspiration? Check out my project gallery. Happy spring decorating!

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Enter here ——> WIN  $150 to Target

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Spring Parade of Homes Recap

Last week I teamed up with 10 other blogging gals for a Spring Parade of Homes. We each opened up our doors and shared our homes dressed up for Spring.

I love looking at blogger homes. So many gorgeous ideas and many of them are do it yourself and on a budget. Right up my alley.

If you missed the Spring Parade of Homes here’s a quick recap!

Spring Home Decorating Ideas: Spring Parade of Homes

If you missed my spring home tour you can see it here —-> Spring Home Tour

Now  check out these awesome Spring Homes!

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An Inviting Home

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The Happy Housie

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The Blissful Bee

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Primitive and Proper

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Don’t you just love spring?!

Don’t forget about the SPRING GIVEAWAY going on now! I’m celebrating spring with a $150 gift card to TARGET!

Enter here —-> Target Giftcard GIVEAWAY

I’ll be back tomorrow with a quick spring wall art project! See you then!

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Spring Home Decorating Ideas – Parade of Homes

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Hi guys! I’ve been working on a lot of SPRING decorating (and a ton of other projects). I’ve teamed up with 13 other home bloggers to bring you all beautiful spring home decorating ideas, inspiration, and just beautiful Spring Home Tours. All week long, there will be home tours galore. It’s going to be amazing, I promise!

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I’m thrilled to be kicking off the Spring Parade of Homes with my own little spring home tour!

You guys know that we are a military family and we currently live in base housing. What that means is that our house is as basic as it comes. Decorating this space is definitely a challenge but we are doing a pretty good job at making it a home.

Spring Floral Door Hanging

On the front door you’ll see this spring floral door hanging. It’s the same one from last year.

Spring Floral Door Hanging

My favorite part is the chalkboard tags that say “Hello Spring.”

Indeed. Spring, you’re my favorite!

Spring Fresh Mantel

I wasn’t quite ready to put away my faux boxwood wreath so I brought it inside and hung it up above my faux mantel. My mantel area is the first place that gets spruced up seasonally.

Fresh Flowers for Spring

This little brass dear was a flea market find for my daughters room but I’m borrowing it for this spring mantel. It’s so cute! And my favorite thing about spring is fresh flowers. My favorites right now are fresh cut ranunculuses and these pink ones are the best.

Mantel for Spring

Spring Home Tour Wall Art

Next to the mantel I switched out the normal photos for some spring inspired wall art. I love the flower ampersand that I got from Etsy. The butterfly art was a quick DIY I plan to share later this week.

Spring Home Tour Mantel

Spring Home Tour Simple Centerpiece

My dining room is still a work in progress so I’m only sharing a couple little glimpses. I love these paper mache eggs. I originally planned on painting them but I’m digging the rustic look so I’ll keep them as is.

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More flowers. I put a bunch of yellow ranunculus in my white tea pot for a fun punch of color.

Spring Home Tour Pillows

Pillows and blossoming branches bring a bit of spring into my living room. This is the room I struggle with the most. I’ve talked about it before.  My sofa is so dark so I’m always trying to keep the pillows and accessories light and airy to counter the darkness of my sofa. I love these blue damask pillows I found at TJ Maxx. It’s just the perfect balance of light and bright for spring.

Spring Home Tour Living Space

And for a bit of bold, I layered this coral accent rug overtop my jute area rug.

Master Bedroom For Spring

You know that I’ve been working on my master bedroom for awhile now. I’m so excited about how it’s coming together. It’s looking so light and bright. I’m really loving it.

Spring Home Tour Bedroom

These pillows were a Target find from a few weeks ago. I love the navy and gold together.

Master Bedroom Spring Tour

I’m still on the hunt for a bedskirt, the perfect rug, and a colorful throw.

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I have more greenery in the bedroom for a spring-y feel.

Spring Home Tour Fresh Flowers

On our bedside table, there’s some more fresh flowers in a few jars placed on an empty photo frame tray.

That’s it for my Spring Home Tour.

I hope you found some spring home decorating ideas here but that’s not all! There are two other beautiful homes to see today! And even more throughout the week!

Spring Home Decorating Ideas

Thrifty and Chic Lovely Etc. Making Home Base

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The Happy Housie / House by Hoff / The Blissful Bee

Wednesday
Bigger Than the Three of Us / Cuckoo4Design / Just a Girl and Her Blog

Thursday
Rain on a Tin Roof / May Richer Fuller Be

Friday
An Inviting Home / Primitive and Proper / Place of My Taste

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Master Bedroom Progress and Plans

I’ve been working on our master bedroom for what feels like forever now.

A year ago I mentioned it in my home goals and I ended up going in a total different direction than what I had originally imagined. I’ve never felt really comfortable sharing my bedroom “in progress” because honestly there wasn’t much to show. Now that we’ve gotten a bit of progress going, I’m going to share a little today!

Master Bedroom Decor

I always thought that I wanted lots of bright colors in my master bedroom. I was headed down that route with the mint nightstand but it never felt right so I started backing off and going for more neutrals. I decided on this white quilt from IKEA which I love. It’s really comfy and I can brighten the bedding up seasonally with a throw!

Sunburst Mirror Bedroom Decor

Finding the perfect piece to hang above the bed was a huge challenge. I searched high and low for something perfect and I was just about to DIY something when I found this beautiful Kenroy Home Reyes decorative mirror from National Builder Supply. They have a ton of awesome products for the home! I love their large collection of home decor items. They have many more beautiful mirrors and I love their selection of lighting. Don’t forget, renters, lighting is a great way to change things up in your rental! Not only do they offer great home decor items, they have much more from kitchen sinks to shower faucets and much more!

Mirror and Master Bedroom Decor

I’m pretty obsessed with my mirror and I think it looks fantastic over our bed. It’s just the right size and I love that it’s a little bit glitzy while the rest of the space is more neutral.

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And for a pop of color, you’ll remember my blue dresser from when I showed you the monogram photo clipboard.

I love this blue so I want to find some accessories that can tie together the blue and neutrals. I picked out a few fabrics that I’m loving here:

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I have one I’m leaning towards and of course it’s not the same one my husband is leaning towards. Ha.

Going forward here’s what we have planned: 

Pick a fabric lead for pillows and possibly curtains

Hang a small gallery wall on the blank wall

Find the perfect rug

Get a bed skirt!

Hang oversized family photo

So be sure to check back soon because I’ll be sharing all of these projects here on the blog! Oh, and do you have a favorite of those fabric choices? Please leave me a note and tell me which you are leaning towards!

National Builder Supply provided me with the Kenroy Home Reyes mirror but my love for it is totally true and all my opinions are my own.

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25+ DIY Wall Art Ideas

Happy Friday!

I’ve got a treat for you today! If you’ve been wanting for you spruce up your walls with some new wall art you are sure to find some inspiration here today!

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25 DIY Wall Art Ideas

Since we’re renters I try really hard to come up with unique ways to get color and eye catching art on the walls. It distracts from the stark white walls and it makes the house feel more homey. When you put up stuff on the walls it doesn’t just have to be photos it can be ANYTHING that inspires you or that you find beautiful. AND you don’t have to pay a bundle! You can make your own wall art for cheap! Here’s some great DIY wall art ideas to try.

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Sequin Coat Hanger Wall Art via Rain on a Tin Roof

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DIY Abstract Wall Art via Home Coming

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Bold Split Photo Art via House By Hoff

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DIY Framed Botanicals from Flooring via Persia Lou

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DIY Graphic Circle Art via Homey Oh My

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DIY Chalkboard Window via House By Hoff

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DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard via Making Home Base

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DIY Pallet Art Display via The Golden Sycamore

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DIY Tea Towel Art via Liz Marie Blog

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DIY Wood Shim Art via Upcycled Treasures

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Herringbone Watercolor Art via The Embellished Nest

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Framed Monogram via Just a Girl and Her Blog

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Nursery Shadow Boxes via Delineate Your Dwelling

Create A Custom Chalkboard to Hide Eyesores. Awesome Idea for Renters!! via www.makinghomebase.com

DIY Oversized Chalkboard via Making Home Base

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DIY Graphic Prints via The Blissful Bee

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DIY Spray Painted Wall Art via Homemade By Carmona

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DIY Burlap Flag via The Wood Grain Cottage

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DIY Eye Chart Wall Art via Design Dining and Diapers

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DIY Giant Wood Wall Map via Migonis Home

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DIY Stamped Wall Art via Tiny Sidekick

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DIY Large Scale Art and Frame via Life on Virginia Street

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DIY Wood Sign via The Wood Grain Cottage

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Plate Wall via Timeless Paper

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DIY Rustic Framed Map via Making Home Base

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DIY Oars Wall Art via The Happy Housie

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DIY Silhouette Wall Art via Rain on a Tin Roof

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DIY Gold Heart Wall Art via Making Home Base

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