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INSTANT SAVINGS: Secrets of Low Budget, High Style Lesson #2

I am loving this Low Budget, High Design series so much! I’d like to tell you it’s only because I’m helping you guys make your homes more beautiful, but I needed this for myself too.  Lesson #1 was all about REVAMPING items to make them more your style. This week is all how to save money […]

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5 Tips For Using Organization As Decor {Guest Post on TinySidekick)

When Corey from TinySidekick asked me to stop by her blog and share a few of my projects with her readers, I had to really think about what would give her readers a great sample of who I am. I also wanted to do more than just link to a few of my own posts and run. Time is so limited for everyone, I wanted them to get some … [Read More...]

Week #1 in the Low Budget, High Style series is all about revamping items to make them work in your current style. Everything from lighting and accessories to furniture can be updated in unique ways to achieve the look you want without sacrificing your retirement account!

REVAMP: Secrets of Low Budget, High Style – Lesson #1

In my dream world, I've got an unlimited budget to decorate and then continually redecorate our home as our tastes and style evolve. Ahh, wouldn't that be amazing?Since that's clearly a dream, I'm getting better and better and achieving the look I want without breaking the bank. I don't know about you, but it seems like … [Read More...]


Modern Office for Two – 3D Design Plans!

I have this habit of becoming completely obsessed with things until I conquer them. Yep, I'm looking at you Mario Brothers!I found a new obsession this week and am having serious trouble focusing on ANYTHING else. I've wanted to learn a 3D modeling software as my business is expanding to offering e-design and local … [Read More...]


Bleak to Chic Lamp Makeover {Decorating on the Cheap}

I've been having beige-induced blues lately. How did I end up with so much stuff in boring neutrals? Our walls and carpets are screaming for a fresh look. Since those projects aren't going to happen for a while, I found a much more affordable project to add some new life to the living room.For $10, I was able to give an … [Read More...]


Spray Paint with Less Mess

I think it's pretty well established that my favorite go-to DIY item is a bottle of spray paint. The downside of my obsession is that my garage floor and hands frequently end up coated in paint. At least they did before. I finally figured out the trifecta of mess-free spray painting!First, I found out about spray paint … [Read More...]


Guest Room Sign Tutorial – FINALLY!

Anyone remember that time I shared my guest room update MONTHS AND MONTHS ago and promised to share the tutorial for the retro looking sign we made out of new fence pickets?I hadn't taken pictures when we made the first version because we were rushing and weren't sure how it would turn out. Thankfully, our design … [Read More...]


Organizing Myths Busted – Email Subscriber Exclusive Offer!

I'm a master rationalizer. What I don't like to admit is that rationalization is only one step away from making excuses. And excuses can prevent us from living the life we want. I'm not going to get all crazy philosophical, but I did do some reflection on organizing our homes and the excuses that keep us living in varying … [Read More...]

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Final Day of Inspiration from the Parade of Homes!

I've got to admit, I'm sad this is the final day of my Parade of Home series! But I might have saved the best for last. I've got two homes today - a downtown quad level and then the grand finale. The last house is the one we agreed was the best blend of style and comfortable livability. It was really cool, but didn't feel … [Read More...]


More Design Inspiration from the Tulsa Parade of Homes – Day 2

If you missed Day 1 of my Parade of Homes recap, make sure you check it out. The house was over the top and still liveable - quite an accomplishment!  I visited the house I'm about to show you right after the house from Monday, so I was prepared to be totally let down. How could anything compete with that bold … [Read More...]

What a kitchen - the marble sink and mirrored back splash are amazing.

Design Inspiration from the Tulsa Parade of Homes – Day 1

Last week, I was in a total creative slump. I tried brainstorming, I tried NOT thinking about the blog, and then it started raining again which really didn't help. BUT, Friday the sun was back full force. Perfect weather for touring houses in the Tulsa Parade of Homes. I might be biased, but I think we have one of the best … [Read More...]


Patio Projects – 7 Ways to Add Style on a Budget

Our last six weeks have gone like this - rain, rain, rain, flood, tornadoes, flood, rain, HOT. Sadly, none of those weather patterns were quite right for cleaning up the back patio for grilling season. Now I'm left longing for a pretty back porch to enjoy the cooler mornings and evenings between the brutal … [Read More...]


Freezer Organization: Free Printable to KEEP you Organized!

Remember last week's confession that we fell into a dining out rut? My new meal board is a great help, but I had one final project lingering. The freezer had become a black hole. Things went in and NEVER came out. Even when we've cooked, I've just bought everything we've needed with no regard for the food we already had. … [Read More...]


Menu Board Meal Planning

Is  it already time for another edition of CONFESSIONS? We have an almost seasonal problem with over the top eating out. And not even great food most of the time. We go through phases of believing it's faster and easier to grab fast food. It's a pretty stupid rut to fall into, because we actually like cooking and trying new … [Read More...]

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It’s My Birthday and I’m Giving Stuff Away!

Well, it's my birthday. 35. That sounds so adultish. It certainly can't be right. Let's not even talk about the part that it's also my 16th anniversary. How did that happen? We're way too young for that!When I stepped off the denial train and thought about the last year, I realized that all of you have played a huge … [Read More...]


How to Create a Colorful Summer Centerpiece

If you saw my Summer Blankets post last week, you know I've been seriously craving summer color. I've also been craving a new dining room table and chairs, which is NOT in the cards anytime soon. Instead of being bummed, I thought I could build a new summer centerpiece! It would draw my attention away from the table, add … [Read More...]

Our DIY work bench was put together with IKEA supplies to keep the price low. Using RAST dressers, LINNMON table tops, and KALLAX shelves let us customize the perfect space on a budget. Recreate this workbench to get your garage organized!

Garage Workbench DIY {How We Ikea Hacked Garage Storage}

As I promised in the garage makeover reveal, I'm sharing the full tutorial of how we hacked IKEA pieces into that awesome custom garage workbench. Aside from being a budget-friendly option, this tutorial will work for any size space. It's totally customizeable!Before I came up with the IKEA plan, we considered going … [Read More...]