Hemnes Daybed IKEA Hack

pink daybed headboard

My daughter's new room looked abysmal.  Her old bedroom was one I had labored over for a year and finally got it perfect.  But once she transitioned out of her crib and into a twin bed, I knew this wasn't how I wanted it to stay.  I love doing kids rooms and so redoing her big girl rom excites me!  But we have a very long way to go and it's not really a priority. However, I couldn't leave it like this: This is sad, sad, sad.  I need it … [Read more...]

Navy and Pink Guest Room Reveal

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Is it weird to get excited about a room?  Well I am weird and I get excited about rooms.  And houses.  And yards.  But this room---I am so excited about this room.  It's the big reveal day! We have an extra bedroom upstairs that is currently serving as a guest room.  Which meant that it housed the extra queen bed we have and that's about it.  It was in a sad, sad state and I was embarrassed when it came time to show it to guests wanting to see … [Read more...]

Built in Indoor Playhouse

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I am lucky that one of my good friends built a house up the street from us.  And that she does hair for a living.  So we decided to make a little trade--I would help her with DIY projects and she would do my hair for free.  Win win!  Our first DIY project turned out so stinkin' adorable that I had to share it--it's a built in Indoor Playhouse! Isn't that amazing?!  First of all, I take zero credit for the amazing paint job.  That tree and … [Read more...]

Lava Soap Review

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I love painting and staining.  Well, let me rephrase that--if someone were to clean up after me, I would love painting and staining.  It's possibly the messiest crafting you can do.  And paint and stain sometimes can be near to impossible to clean up after.  So when the makers of Lava Soap (also the makers of WD-40) told me they wanted me to try Lava Soap, I was curious.  Curious that there could possibly be something as simple as a bar of soap … [Read more...]

DIY Doorway Trim

door way trim

I recently gave my entry a makeover.  I added some beautiful board and batten which you can find a tutorial for here.  (It's a little different in the tutorial, but it's not hard to figure out how to adjust it.)  But at the end of the board and batten is a large doorway that leads to the master suite.  We wanted this to be trimmed out, so I planned it in with the board and batten project. Here's the before--you can see how boring it … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic Winter Wedding

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My sister got married at the end of December last year.  She had a pretty short engagement--only two months.  And as the go-to crafty person in my family (and with my parents living in Boston) she kind of hired me as her wedding planner.  And since she was so ambivalent about what she wanted, I took charge.  We planned a beautiful rustic winter wedding after her and her fiance's laid-back semi-granola style.  They both enjoy the outdoors and are … [Read more...]

Heart String Art

love heart string art

I didn't even mean to call it 'heart string art' but there it is.  That's what it is.  Ha! I was challenged by Valspar and Porch.com to use the Pantone color of the year Marsala in a Valentine's Day project along with one other mystery item, which turned out to be a chevron stencil.  As it happens, I also was planning a project in which I would make a heart to go along with my rustic 'love letters' that I repurposed from my sisters wedding … [Read more...]

Organized Kitchen Drawers

utensil drawer organization

You guys...my kitchen.  IS. the best.  I don't want to make y'all feel bad but seriously I have never been so gloriously happy in a kitchen.  And it got a little more awesome this week when I added custom drawer organizers from Build.com.  And now I have the best and most organized kitchen drawers ever. I could sit here and talk about it but why don't I show you? Look how terrible they used to be...and how beautifully organized they are … [Read more...]