Spring Blogger Home Tour 2022

I can hardly believe that I’m typing that title! Spring 2022?! How did we get here? Maybe my disbelief is in part due to the fact that we just got dumped on with snow yesterday, so it hardly feels like spring just yet…but we’ll get there! Hopefully, looking at all of the beautiful homes dressed … Read more

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Bedroom Design Ideas : Updating Andy’s Room

I am getting SO excited that Andy will be home in just a few short months! July can’t get here fast enough! Since we moved in…and really even before that, Andy has always kind of had a hodge-podge room. Hand me down furniture and kid’s stuff. I’ve made it work and it’s been fine, but … Read more

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How to Hang a Picture Perfectly by Yourself : A Foolproof Guide

The “honey-do” list in our house can admittedly get a little long sometimes. Can anyone relate? I have gotten used to relying on John to help me do most projects these days. When he was working like a dog for the first 15 years of our marriage, I did everything solo, now that he’s got … Read more

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Christmas Home Decorating Ideas – Home Tour

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…holiday home tour season! Have you been following along with all of these beautiful tours the last few weeks? I just love Marty’s tour and I’m so glad it’s my last tour this year. Saving the biggest tour and biggest room for last! 🙂 If you are joining … Read more

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Pretty Christmas Kitchen Decor Ideas Home Tour

December is here!! Yay for all things Christmas! Are your decorations up and ready to go? I love it when Thanksgiving falls just a little bit earlier in the month of December rather than on the 29th or something, because I love to have an extra few days after Thanksgiving to prepare for the month … Read more

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Cute Coastal Christmas Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Hello! Welcome to my very first home tour of the Christmas season! I’m so excited to be joining Tana and the other talented bloggers sharing their homes all decked for Christmas today! It’s so fun to have you here. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes of your day with me! 🙂 I … Read more

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Cute Classic Christmas Decor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I know Halloween is still a few days away, but it is time to start thinking Christmas! If you want Christmas decor, now is the time to get it. Stores are having a hard time staying stocked and shipping is taking longer than ever, so get on … Read more

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Tips for Creating a Welcoming Home this Fall with Walmart

I can hardly believe that it’s the middle of October all ready! Fall is definitely here and prep for the holiday season is in full swing around here. Having my sister and her family staying with us last week for fall break was a good dry-run for more company that will be coming this season. … Read more

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Prettiest Studio McGee Christmas Decor at Target

Did you guys see the release of the latest Studio McGee Christmas Decor at Target this weekend? I think they are getting sneaky trying to not cause a massive website outage, because they used to announce/advertise her lines before they released, but now they announce it after it’s been up and for sale for awhile. … Read more

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Easy Design Updates for a Cozy Guest Bedroom

Get your guest bedroom cozy and ready to welcome family and friends this holiday season with these pretty guest bedroom decor ideas. We’ve been accustomed to welcoming guests year round in the OC Ranch Reno, and summer is a beautiful time to visit Utah, but what I didn’t expect when we moved to Utah is … Read more

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Christmas in September?

Christmas in September? Ok, I realize this may send some of you into a panic, but I got an email this morning that made me think I better get on it! McGee and Co released their Christmas merchandise, and if I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that if I want something of theirs, especially … Read more

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Our Fall Living Room Decor Tour

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We were on the road for most of it, and it never ceases to amaze me every time we take a road trip just how beautiful our world is! So many pretty skies and fields, mountains and valleys…it was fun to drive this time of … Read more

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Gorgeous Neutral Bedroom Design Ideas Mood Board

I have been working on a few projects lately and busy creating some mood boards / design boards to put together some pretty bedroom design ideas, so I thought I would share them here as well. I love a good neutral palette, so this bedroom design is something I would for sure love in my … Read more

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Pretty Pillows for Every Budget

With fall looming on the horizon, I naturally start to think about what new pillows I can mix into our every day decor to start making things feel a little bit more “fallish” around here. If you know me, you know I love pillows and think they are the easiest way to totally update your … Read more

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Pretty Summer Kitchen Updates with Walmart

It is hot, hot, hot around here this week. The heat of summer is in full swing! How are things where you are right now? Did you catch my stories a few days ago with the fire in our neighborhood? When it gets this warm out and the fires start it definitely gets a little … Read more

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30 Beautiful Summer Decorating Ideas and Home Tours

School is out for summer and that means pool days and beach trips and easy, breezy decor! If you are visiting from Jo-Anna’s beautiful tour, welcome!  These home tours that Marty puts together are always such a fun way to get a peek at everyone’s seasonal design ideas and I love it! As many of … Read more

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Pretty Summer Bedroom Decor Updates

The nights are getting longer and the days are heating up around here, which can only mean one thing…SUMMER! After such a long, weird year, glimpses of normalcy are starting to appear and it feels SO good to almost have this difficult school year for the kiddos behind us and a long, hot summer in … Read more

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Pretty Farmhouse Bedroom Design Ideas : Midway Modern Makeover

I love a reveal day! There’s nothing better than sharing a space that was tired and then getting to see what happens when we breathe some new life into it! The guest bedrooms at the Midway Modern Farmhouse were in need of some love. As I’ve mentioned many times before, this house had GREAT bones! … Read more

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Great Gifts for New Homeowners

There has been so much moving and shaking around the country this past year. The real estate market is unbelievably hot and people are looking to find a place to put down some roots that has more room to work from home, school from home and just be at home more than ever before. I … Read more

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Midway Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Before and After

I am the worst about sharing completed projects. I sat down last night to make a list of the things I had neglected to add here on the blog, and let’s just say…I may now have several printed pages of things I need to work on. Oops! lol! :0 There are so many spaces from … Read more

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My Favorite Kitchen Organization Products

I have been having so much fun putting the kitchen together at the OC Ranch Reno. I have made it my mission to make this kitchen (well, the whole house actually) as organized as possible. We don’t have as much stuff here, so it should be easier, right?! 😉 Kitchen organization products are coming in … Read more

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Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

Hello friends! I am so excited to be joining in on Marty’s spring 2021 home tour. I don’t know about you guys, but things around here are starting to feel a teensy bit back to normal, and doing a home tour definitely helps me feel like things are getting back on track! I have been … Read more

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Cute and Sophisticated Beach Themed Bedroom Decor

The OC Ranch Reno is finally starting to come together and I am SO excited to get the last of the furniture here and get it all decorated! You all know how much I love the beach and especially a modern coastal design, so this house is no exception…especially since it’s just minutes from the … Read more

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Pretty and Relaxing Bedroom Design Ideas

I can see spring on the horizon and that makes me excited to get a few things refreshed around here! I love putting together design boards for my clients and I often do it just for myself or for fun, and this is one of my favorites yet! I hope you don’t mind if I … Read more

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Home Library Design : Midway Modern Farmhouse

January is always a time I to want to find a place to snuggle up and get cozy. It’s cold and dreary outside in most places, and coming off of all the holiday craziness it feels good to relax and settle back into a bit of a routine. After the year we have all had, … Read more

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How to Organize & Store Your Christmas Decorations

How was your Christmas? I hope it was wonderful and restful and filled with family, food and fun. Ours was quiet with just the three of us and dare I say…I LOVED it? Of course I wish Andy had been with us, and frankly, he was most of the day on FaceTime, but it was … Read more

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How to Decorate Your Bedroom For Christmas

Ever since I shared my Christmas bedroom decor ideas last week I have gotten a few questions about how to decorate your bedroom for Christmas specifically for teenage girls. Believe me, I have a teenage girl and I know all about how much they want to decorate everything and personalize their space. She is the … Read more

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Beautiful Christmas Decor Ideas Home Tour

Happy Monday! It’s always so fun to start the week with a Christmas Home Tour!  I look forward to Marty’s amazing tours every year. Do you guys get as excited about seeing everyone’s beautiful Christmas decor ideas home tours as I do? It’s so fun to see how everyone does Christmas in their own home. … Read more

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29 Cute Christmas Room Decor Ideas – Holiday Home Tour

It’s time for The Evolution of Style and 11 Magnolia Lane Holiday Home Tour! I am so excited to participate in this tour…it gave me the chance to decorate a couple of spaces that sometimes get overlooked.  I always like to add a few things to our bedroom, but I don’t always get around to … Read more

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11 Gorgeous Christmas Decor Blog Tours

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again…time to get to tour lots of beautiful Christmas decor ideas home tours! I love this time of year for so many reasons. One of them is definitely the opportunity to get the house all dressed up and share our Christmas decor along with lots of friends. … Read more

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DIY Front Yard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

John and I were sitting outside last night around the fire, chatting about some recent yard improvements we’ve done and what’s up next on the list, when it occurred to me that I haven’t shared our updated front yard here on the blog yet!  When we bought this house the landscaping was neat and tidy, … Read more

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Master Bathroom Remodel Ideas : Master Bathroom Before and After

When you launch into a major renovation, it always takes longer than you think it should.  I planned on having these pictures of our master bathroom remodel up long ago…but life happens.  So, despite the wires still hanging from the ceiling over the tub, I hope these pictures give you some fun master bathroom remodel … Read more

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White Kitchen With Navy Blue Island

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home.  When it came to designing the 1987 fixer upper kitchen remodel it really needed to be the center of everything in this formerly 1980’s style house.  It had been a very nice, functional kitchen, but one that was also a bit cut-off from the family spaces … Read more

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Modern Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas : My Favorite Brass Hardware

I’ve been spending a lot of time this week focusing on a client project, getting the finishes narrowed down and finding the perfect modern kitchen cabinet hardware ideas for the cabinets that will be going in as part of this major renovation.  Brass fixtures and hardware have made a major comeback in the last few … Read more

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Home Decor Stores Orange County

I get asked all the time where to eat, shop and play in Orange County when people come to town, so I thought it was about time that I do some posts about the place I love so much.  Now that I am splitting time between SLC and OC, when I’m gone I REALLY miss … Read more

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Wall Art for Teenage Girl Bedrooms

I feel like things are moving at a snails pace around here, but I am happy to say that Ashley’s teen girl bedroom is finally coming together!  I feel like I have spent months looking for the perfect girl bedroom sets, and teenage girl room colors…and now it is starting to happen!  While it’s not … Read more

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Beautiful Modern Coastal Design Ideas for Living Rooms

It has been a little while since I gave an update on the living room design ideas here on the blog, and since we’ve had a little bit of progress over the last couple of months, I thought it was about time I showed you something! 😉 Even thought this house is in the mountains … Read more

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Kids Bathroom Design Ideas

I am so excited to finally reveal the kid’s bathroom design ideas and completed project today!  There are so many rooms in this house that are 80% of the way there and have just taken me forever to get that last 20% done!  The kid’s bathroom is definitely one of them.  I never go in … Read more

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Awesome Boy Bedroom Ideas

A month or so ago when Andy was away at camp, I finally had a chance to get in to that room, deep clean it and decorate it.  Ever since we moved in it’s just been a hodge-podge of junk.  His headboard wasn’t attached, he didn’t have a bedskirt…no window coverings…it was looking pretty rough. … Read more

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15 Beautiful Christmas Room Ideas : Our Christmas Bedroom Decor

I am SO excited to be sharing some of our Christmas home with you today! With Thanksgiving falling so much later this year, it has thrown me for a loop trying to hurry and get things ready for Christmas.  I don’t know about you guys, but I need that extra week in between Thanksgiving and … Read more

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Modern Master Bedroom Ideas : Our Summer Home Tour

Hello and welcome to our summer home tour! Has summer officially started for you guys yet? We ended “school” (aka distance learning) a week and a half ago, and headed for our home in CA, but several of our friends here in CA still aren’t officially done. I don’t know what I would do if … Read more

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Designer’s Favorite Blue Paint Colors for Your Home

If you know me and have been following the blog for awhile, you know I love blue.  Blue is soothing and serene and creates a calming vibe in any home, all while adding great color and style. It’s timeless too…I consider dark shades of blue to be neutrals like a good gray or beige. A … Read more

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Modern Coastal Decor Living Room Decorating Ideas

Ever since nearing completion on the 1987 Fixer Upper, my thoughts have of course turned to the fun part…decorating!  It is fairly daunting to decorate your own home…I totally understand that!  It can definitely be costly, and if you are anything like me, you are much more indecisive when selecting something for yourself, than you … Read more

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Ultimate Dorm Storage Solutions

Ok, so I have a question. Why do schools make dorms…which they know are tiny to begin with…so hard to live in? lol! I have been spending the last week really trying to get everything ready for Andy to move into his dorm and whoa! No nails in the walls? No command hooks allowed? That … Read more

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Ranch Kitchen Remodel Before And After

I know you’ve seen the OC Ranch Reno kitchen pop up in a few seasonal posts over the past few months, but I’ve never shown you the before and after so I thought it was about time! 🙂 I really did love this kitchen the way it was for many years. We were SO young … Read more

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Fixer Upper Laundry Rooms

I’m making a better effort to share the before and afters of so many projects that I seem to always neglect here on the blog.  I shared the a few shots of the #1987FixerUpper laundry room up quite some time ago, but I’ve never shown you the before and after…and what a before and after … Read more

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Pictures Of Walk-In Pantry Ideas

Anyone that has done a major remodel before I’m sure can relate to the fact that there are just some things that take forever to truly finish.  In the case of the 1987 Fixer Upper pantry, it was the fact that we were waiting on a doorknob.  I know.  It sounds pretty ridiculous, but it’s … Read more

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Home Office Decorating Ideas : Our Home Office Remodel

If you’ve seen the #1987FixerUpper foyer entryway remodel, then you probably remember seeing a little bit about me opening up the wall in the entryway as part of our home office remodel. Prior to remodeling this house, I was pouring over home office decorating ideas, trying to come up with the best plan for this … Read more

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Fall Home Decor : Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Fall decor in our house doesn’t get a ton of time to really shine.  Between Halloween and Christmas, there just isn’t much time to enjoy it as Christmas seems to creep closer and closer to Halloween each year…not that I’m complaining. 🙂 (I might be one of those crazy people that starts listening to Christmas … Read more

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Tiny Guest Bedroom Ideas

We love having guests at the 1987 Fixer Upper and lately we have been hosting lots of fun friends and family.  In an effort to have a comfortable space for everyone, I have been re-thinking the smallest room in the house.  When we did the remodel I opened up what was once a closed off … Read more

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Simple Guest Room Design

The original owners of the 1987 Fixer Upper had raised 6 kids there. Six! The space needs of their family were obviously different than ours with just two older kids…one of whom would be out of the house in three short years. The house, namely the secondary bedrooms and bathrooms, had been built to fit … Read more

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Cute and Cheerful Christmas Bedroom Decorating Ideas

As it gets closer to Christmas I keep finding new little spots I want to add a little Christmas cheer to.  One of our guest rooms is actually one of my favorite spots in the house because the beds just look so darn cute when they are all made up.  (Maybe it’s really because no … Read more

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Farmhouse Wall Decor Ideas

Ever since Fixer Upper became a part of our regular TV line-up and Chip and Joanna Gaines became the next Oprah, Farmhouse decor has exploded and I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Even modern new builds want the farmhouse vibe, and it’s amazing just how versatile this trend is. Some type of farmhouse … Read more

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How to Accessorize Kitchen Countertops

A once in a blue moon occurrence happened at our house the other day…a clean kitchen. 😉 So, being the blogger that I am, I figured I better capitalize on that rare moment and take some pictures right before Hurricane Mitchell came home from school for the afternoon.  I’ve had some questions about how to … Read more

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Entryway Remodel Ideas

The front entryway at the Midway Modern Farmhouse is a grand, beautiful space…but it didn’t always feel like that. I distinctly remember walking into the house for the first time right after the sale closed and feeling like, “oh, boy! That wall is the first thing to go!” I immediately had front entryway decorating ideas … Read more

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Midway Modern Farmhouse Plans with Wrap Around Porch

As many of you have probably noticed on Instagram over the course of the last few weeks, 2019 has brought an exciting new project for PPD, one we are calling the Midway Modern Farmhouse.  Midway is a beautiful little city nestled in the hills just south of Park City.  Some friends of ours from Orange … Read more

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Living Room Before And After

I’m excited to show you the living and dining room before and after makeover today!  I hope you are enjoying these room reveals.  There are lots more fun ones to come! Of all the rooms in the living and dining rooms probably changed the least…or close to it.  The shape of the rooms stayed mostly … Read more

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Modern Guest Bedrooms

One of the rooms in this Utah house that has been neglected is the guest bedroom that gets the most use. We have a small guest bedroom that works well when kids come to stay, and I love it because it feels cozy, but this larger guest bedroom at the back of the house has … Read more

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Powder Room Reno

I’ve been talking a little bit about wallpaper over on Instagram so I thought it would be fun to share the powder bathroom renovation before and after pictures from the OC Ranch Reno. I just had the space wallpapered after thinking about it for years…no joke! I finally committed to it and can I just … Read more

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Christmas Coffee Table Decor Ideas

Welcome to our Christmas living room!  I was so excited when Marty from A Stroll Thru Life asked if I was interested in participating in her Christmas tour again this year.  I just love being a part of her tours!   If you are new to my blog or joining me from Life on Virginia Street, welcome!  … Read more

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Tween Boy Room : Boy Bedroom Design Ideas

I can’t believe I have never shared this tween boy room makeover here on the blog yet!  When I was taking stock of the house and figuring out what projects I needed to complete this summer, I was talking to my daughter about making over her room and realized I never shared this!  I started … Read more

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How To Hang Garland On Stairs Without Scratching

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time to deck the halls! It is fun to have some new halls for me to deck, that’s for sure!  With everything freshly painted and new this year, I am extra sensitive about making sure I don’t damage anything while I’m having fun making things pretty.  You know … Read more

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Turquoise And Purple Bedroom

Over the course of the last several months, I’ve had the pleasure of working on a project for some dear friends of ours who just made a cross-country move back to our neck of the woods.  They still owned their home here and had been renting it out for the last many years.  Having left years … Read more

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Updating 1980S House Exterior

Whew!  When I look back at 2017, all I can see is a blur of craziness…which has everything to do with our cross country house hunt, move and remodel of our 1987 Fixer Upper.  You can read about the process for finding this house here and a mid construction progress update on the exterior here.   There … Read more

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1987 Fixer Upper : Basement Remodel Before and After

When we bought the 1987 Fixer Upper, the plan was to move into the partially finished basement while the rest of the house was under construction.  It had two finished bedrooms, one finished bathroom and a couple of finished storage closets.  My uncle Dave, who was helping us with the construction, moved most of the … Read more

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Remodel Floor Plans Before And After

Remodeling your home’s floor plan is exciting and fun, but can also seem like a scary and overwhelming adventure.  It usually means knocking down a few walls and shifting things around, but the results can be amazing if you take some time to plan and think about how to create a space that works for … Read more

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Chalk Paint Dressers

A few months ago I took a class at Peinture Studios here in Orange County.  I had been reading about and seeing chalk paint ALL over the place and I wanted to see what it was all about.  There were a couple of pieces in my house that I thought would be fun to change … Read more

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Console Table Decorating Ideas: Beautiful and Functional Decor

About five years ago I decided to turn our more formal living room into a second family room.  We don’t have a big house, and the biggest room in our house (the living room) was sitting empty and unused all the time.  I bought a black distressed console and a big TV, and had visions … Read more

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Buffalo Plaid Black and White DIY Temporary Wallpaper

At the risk of looking like a crazy lady, I am going to show you my family room Christmas decor. 😉  I LOVE a ridiculous feature wall, some of my favorites are the Halloween wall I did out of old medicine book pages, and last year’s snowflake wall.  To create something fun doesn’t cost much … Read more

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New Venetian Gold Granite With White Cabinets

I have always been a fan of white kitchens. As a photographer I can’t get enough white and bright. When we bought our house over a decade ago, dark was in. Dark cabinets, dark countertops, dark floors…I was fortunate that white kitchens were seen as “less desireable” so I was able to get a white … Read more

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