Make it Marble • DIY to Die for!

One home trend here to stay for awhile (again!) is the love of all things marble. We've had our own love affair going on with marble, with our new marble quartz island counters, and our daughter and son in law recently did a faux marble treatment on their kitchen counters. But you don't have to invest thousands to enjoy the marble look, and you don't have to use it just in the kitchen. These DIY … [Read more...]

DIY Laundry Room Projects

A laundry room isn't just a "laundry room" anymore. It's a space in our home that not only works hard (and sometimes at more than one task) it deserves to be pretty, and organized, and efficient. After all, if you are going to have to spend time in there anyway... right? So lets spend a little effort making this room (or spot) in our home just a little more pleasant. Who knows... you may end up … [Read more...]

DIY Black & White Home Decor Projects

Adding black & white as a color combo to any room adds a punch of contrast and interest without interfering with your color scheme. It can liven up a neutral room, or tone down a colorful one. Both modern and elegant, black & white is a designer secret to rooms that command attention without being overly formal. Use black & white in an unexpected space, such as a baby's room or the … [Read more...]

Trending Projects with Polka Dots

Seriously, I love polka dots. It's kind of an obsession. They are fun and classic all at the same time, and thanks to Kate Spade (my fav!) and other designers of our day, glam too! So if you're looking for a DIY way to bring more charm and whimsy to any room, as well as a stylish update, try these projects with polka dots! Don't blame us if you become hooked though. As far as I know, there are no … [Read more...]

DIY Desk Organizing Ideas & Projects

If you have a home office like us or just a desk to pay bills, or even your work desk, then you have a clutter issue. There is just so much stuff that goes into taking care of business, right? But you spend enough time at your desk that not only should it be organized, it should showcase your style as well. We found some amazing DIY desk organizing ideas and projects that will get your space … [Read more...]

9 Amazing DIY Bunk Beds

If you have kids and a smaller (or smallish) home, you need to be thinking about bunk beds. But like any furniture, that can get pricey, fast. These DIY bunk bed projects will save you money, and help you create beds for your kids  (or grandkids!) that will last to the next generation! Use these space saving pieces of furniture for shared kids bedrooms, vacation homes or just to provide a "guest" … [Read more...]

DIY Furniture Knock Offs

Inspired by some of your favorite furniture stores like: Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, CB2, West Elm and Anthropologie! Furniture is expensive folks. Like, really expensive. And most of us dream of something a little nicer than discount store particle board, don't we? The big furniture chains make nicer pieces more accessible now than they have ever been, but they can still take a pretty … [Read more...]

Modern and Glam Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to our winter wonderland! This year Steve and I have a new home and we couldn't wait to get started on our modern and glam theme. We've had some pretty varied Christmas themes over the years (remember the Candy-land Christmas and last years Classic Christmas?) but this might be my favorite yet. As most of you who have been following our blogs for awhile know, I can be a little Christmas … [Read more...]

Gift Wrap Organizing • Ideas & Projects

When your home is on the smaller side, little niceties in life like gift wrapping can be a real pain. I mean, it really isn't fun to spend an hour searching out the birthday paper vs. the holiday paper, finding scissors and tape, then not being able to find the right color ribbon and having to run to the store at 10 PM, right? Wouldn't it be nice if every time you needed to wrap, you had one place … [Read more...]

14 Clever Home Hacks for the DIY’er

If you like to DIY, then you know there are certain household chores and problems that never seem to go away. Every once in awhile though, we come across these little nuggets of genius that make us wish we had thought of it first! These home hacks for the DIY'er take ordinary household items and use them in a new way to make life easier and more efficient, especially when your home is smaller. And … [Read more...]

Free Christmas Printables & Tags Galore!

We love the holidays. Everything about it. Ok, well not everything. The chaos could be tamed down a little, right? Running around to find the perfect "this" and the perfect "that' to make your home feel as full of Christmas spirit as the North Pole on Christmas Eve? Yea, we are all for creating the atmosphere to make memories, but anything we can do to make it easier, we're gonna do! We found all … [Read more...]

Interior Door Makeover Projects

If you are like most of us, you have boring interior doors. Flat and boring. Doors inside our home take up a good amount of decorating real estate, and while most of us would love to upgrade to some more fancy options, that can be really pricey. Luckily, as long as you have a door, we have a solution! These great DIY interior door makeover projects and tutorials show you how to take what you have … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Countertops

When replacing your countertops is out of the budget, sometimes the only recourse is to get creative. Once upon a time, some DIY'er figured out that with the proper prep and sealing, anything can be painted. And that means anything. Ok, well almost, but it sure means countertops! These DIY painted countertops are a low cost way to make a kitchen (or bath!) look new again, either until you can … [Read more...]

9 Awesome Fireplace Makeover Projects

If we are lucky enough to have a fireplace in our home, the truth is, we should be trying to make the most of it. Let's face it, in the design world, few things in a room command attention like a fireplace. The problem is, unless you have a newer custom home, chances are yours could use a little updating and sprucing up, right? We gotcha covered. These fine bloggers had the same problem, and went … [Read more...]

Decorating with Whimsy : Charming and Cheeky Decor

Sometimes in the design world we take ourselves way too seriously. Like, way. Ok, maybe just all of us do that. Life gets busy, jobs must be done, kids must be raised, yards must be mowed. Notice all the periods in these sentences? Way! Too! Serious! So let's shake it up a little, and vow to add a little charming and cheeky decor here and there in our homes, to spark a smile and to remind us that … [Read more...]

Glam! DIY Lighted Vanity Mirrors

I admit it, I'm a bit of a girly girl. I love playing with makeup, painting my toenails and making my hair pretty. Thing is, that can be tough to do leaning over a bathroom counter, peering into a too far away mirror in bad lighting! And our daughter Rachel is even more of a girly girl, and wanted a lighted vanity mirror for her new bedroom. Let's face it, what girl wouldn't want a lighted vanity … [Read more...]

Ways to Decorate with Corrugated Metal

Love an industrial, farmhouse, rustic or even modern look? Then give corrugated metal a try! It's a great material to use to add texture and presence to a room, without spending a lot of money. It's easy to work with, and forgiving of mistakes, and, well, it's just amazingly cool! So check out all these ways to use corrugated metal in home decor. Feature photo below, is a corrugated metal … [Read more...]

12 Newest and Coolest DIY Home Decor Projects

With all the DIY projects floating around the blogosphere, it can be tough to find and follow the new trends and tutorials. The DIY world changes fast, as does the design world. We went out and tried to find some of the best, newest and coolest DIY home decor projects out there, and we find some trends worth noting. Scandinavian, Mid Century and Modern design continues to gain popularity and to be … [Read more...]

DIY Modern Farmhouse Projects

Farmhouse style is homey, lovely and reminiscent of a simpler time. Modern farmhouse has taken over the decorating shows and Pinterest, and has transformed a once outdated style into something trendy and hot in the decorating world. So what makes a project "Modern Farmhouse"? Farmhouse style originally came of the need for hard working and hard wearing homes for farming families. There … [Read more...]

Hide the Ugly! (How to Hide Outdoor Eyesores)

We all have those ugly eyesores in our yard. Trash cans, utility meters, AC units... you know, those "things" that your home can't run without, but you wonder why no one has figured out a way to make them look better? In a small home, these things can look even worse because they demand more attention. Your home might be smaller than others, but those eyesores aren't! Lucky for you, some creative … [Read more...]

DIY Workbenches

Small homes often don't have room for a shop, and perhaps only have a small, one car garage or car port. If you are a person that likes to work with wood, or tinker with building things, this can make it really tough to find a place in which to... well, tinker! But a well planned workbench can solve your problem. Not only can a workbench squeeze shop space into a small garage or even into a … [Read more...]

Wonderful Wardrobe & Clothing Rack Projects

When you live in a small home, closet space can not only be limited, sometimes it's simply non existent! And depending on where you live in the world, that actually may be the norm. (We're a little spoiled for space here in the U.S. folks...) So if you are looking for space to hang those dresses, skirts, blouses and suits... without cramming them into the "permanent wrinkle" zone, then give these … [Read more...]

How to Reupholster Almost Anything!

Furniture is expeeennnssiiiveeee.... Seriously, I could send my kid to a semester of college for what they want for some sofas! Luckily, you don't always have to go out and buy new. If your existing furniture has good bones and a solid, sturdy frame, chances are you can reupholster it. Think it's just for the pros? Nope. Here is our round up of projects that prove you can reupholster almost … [Read more...]

10 Creative DIY Beadboard Projects

We have a little love affair going on with beadboard. It's been a pretty traditional design element in the past, but now it's trendy to use in almost any style home. A tough surface that can cover flaws, add charm and give some architectural zing to any room on a pretty tight budget, this is a DIY'ers dream. Originally it was put up board by board in a tongue and groove fashion on walls, but now … [Read more...]

Plywood Projects with Pizazz

Plywood is an inexpensive lumber option for building just about anything. Problem is, traditionally its been thought of as kinda... well, ugly. Boring. Cheap. Well we have some news for you... not anymore. In fact, plywood is even being used in high end modern homes for paneling and cabinets! So let's revisit the idea of using it as a way to save money while making an awesome DIY... Plywood … [Read more...]

DIY Dresser Makeovers with Impact

We all know that a little sanding and a good paint job can transform those thrift store and yard sale dressers, and make them respectable. But we wanted to find you some projects that take it a little farther, from "fine" to "wow!". And they are out there... we know, because we went searching for some DIY dresser makeovers with impact... those projects that are just a little bit different, or done … [Read more...]

Do It Yourself Clever Charging Stations

Technology is everywhere, and we don't just mean at work. Phones, tablets, laptops, iPods... all pretty much littering your house, and always, ALWAYS with low battery. Like when you grab your tablet to double check that recipe for dinner, and you find out your pre teen has "Candy Crushed' it to death? Or the mystery of the shrinking battery bar for just no good reason, right when you need to call … [Read more...]

DIY Spa Tub Caddies

If you have a bathtub, we have got the perfect project for you! These DIY spa tub bath caddies will make your evening soak an experience, and they look good enough to be decor, as well! Don't lie people, who wouldn't want a place to set a book, a glass of wine, some bubble bath and a few dark chocolates, all while taking a soothing "spa inspired" bath? Consider. This. Done. Our featured … [Read more...]

Boost Your Home’s Value : 9 Easy DIY Projects

No matter how big or small your home is, it is up to you to make sure you take care of, and improve your biggest investment. Even if you aren't planning to put it on the market any time soon, maintaining it's value is important for the future. Luckily we have 9 easy DIY projects that will boost your home's value, curb appeal and livability! Feature photo below, from 'HGTV' by 'HDR … [Read more...]

Bloggers’ Best Deep Cleaning Tips

Whether you are Spring cleaning, holiday cleaning, or you are just due for a really deep clean of the whole house, (my hand just shot up!) we scoured the blogosphere searching for bloggers' best deep cleaning tips, tricks and hacks to save you time, money and elbow grease! Feature photo below, is from 'One Good Thing by Jillee'. Learn how to clean grout! Christine at 'First Home Love … [Read more...]

Cool DIY Lighting Updates

It doesn't matter whether your home is large or small, we all need lighting.  Lighting is one of the most overlooked areas of home decorating, and it shouldn't be. Especially in a small home where lack of proper light can make it look even smaller! Lamps and lighting can also be an accessory in a room, so make it count. If you want to try some makeover magic, use your present light fixtures (or … [Read more...]

Clever Built-In Storage Ideas You Never Thought Of

Storage is necessary in a small home, built-ins are great... put them together and you have a cure-all for any of your organizing woes! These clever built-in storage ideas you never thought of, but thankfully, someone did. We love every single one of these ideas for getting your stuff under wraps. Some of them might inspire a DIY project, (one or two of them already are!) some of them might be … [Read more...]

DIY Murphy Beds

We recently were working on a home design, and one of the issues was that there was need for a guest room. Unfortunately,  both extra rooms needed to be used as a home office. Solution, Murphy beds! For those of you in the dark about what a Murphy bed is, it's a wall bed that folds up during the day to save space. Once we started doing some research, we discovered not only could you create a well … [Read more...]