5 Classic Design Rules to Absolutely Never Break

Of course, we’re all for breaking design rules when it works for you (which could very well be all the time), however, sometimes having a few guidelines to follow can give you the freedom to hone your creativity in other areas. Here’s to measuring twice, cutting once, and doing you with confidence! Here are five interior design…

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10 Modern Home Decor Stores

Don’t get me wrong. I love IKEA. Many of the core pieces in my home came from the Swedish retailer, and of course, the prices are hard to beat. However, when I’m ready to trade up my BESTA media cabinet, my many hacked RAST chests and my well-loved LOHALS rug for furnishings I didn’t build…

10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores

Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative…….

5 Controversial Home Upgrades That Nobody Actually Ever Uses

Buying or renovating a home isn’t just about actual walls and floors — it’s also an imaginary process in which we project ourselves in different spaces, visualizing what our lives might look like, and the people we could be, if only we lived there. No surprise that people get swept up in the process, becoming…

21 of the Best Room Transformations We Saw in 2018

There’s nothing more satisfying than a good makeover, so here are 21 of our favorite Before & After projects from 2018. The projects range wildly in budget and scope, and from designer to DIY. 1. Before and After: This Bathroom Keeps Its Original, Beautiful Tiles Before and After: This Bathroom Keeps Its Original, Beautiful Tiles (Image credit: Carrie Hayward)…

20 Transformative Ways to Give New Life to Old Furniture

If you’re giving yourself a fresh start for 2019—new haircut, workout routine, healthy habits—give your furniture a New Year’s refresh with these 20 tutorials that will restore, revitalize, or totally redo your favorite wood, metal, leather, vinyl, marble, and upholstered pieces. Wood (Image credit: June Bhongjan) Strip It How To Strip and Refinish Wood Furniture If…

DIY Bathroom Remodel REVEAL

Y’all, we survived our DIY bathroom remodel.  WOOOO HOOOO!  If you’ve been following our DIY bathroom remodel here on my blog, you know we’ve put our blood, sweat and tears into it week after week.  But we have reached the finish line and though we are EXHAUSTED, I can definitely say all the hard work…

HOW TO BRIGHTEN UP A ROOM WITH A FIREPLACE MAKEOVER

After Shelby Vanhoy of Pretty in the Pines bought a new home, she knew she wanted to redo the fireplace to match her style. By re-tiling the fireplace and adding shiplap above the mantle, Shelby was able to elongate the fireplace and make the entire room feel brighter. Read on to see the steps Shelby took for this…

DIY KITCHEN TABLE ON A BUDGET

You don’t need any special woodworking skills to build this very attractive DIY kitchen table. Alexi Politis, Seeking Alexi, created this project with budget in mind, too. Not only is this a great project for a beginning to intermediate DIYer, it’s great for anyone who wants to save money, too. Just follow Alexi’s simple tutorial to…

FAMILY ROOM MAKEOVER WITH A MID-CENTURY MODERN VIBE

This family room makeover has a mid-century modern vibe that’s comfortable, welcoming and totally kid-friendly. The styling is by Alex Evjen, who writes the AVE Style blog. She explains how she focused on varying the shapes and textures of the various decor pieces to make her new family room visually appealing. A SPACIOUS FAMILY ROOM MAKEOVER Life…