These gorgeous Moroccan pattern tile stencils are perfect for tile or cement floors, walls, fireplaces, backsplashes, fabric, and more! I'm currently obsessed with cement tile for fireplaces, kitchen backsplashes, floors, and more. But sometimes re-tiling isn't in the cards. The solution? Paint and stencil the tiles, of course! You can see my in-depth tutorial here. I'm also loving these patterns for stenciling fabric. I just used some to stencil outdoor throw pillows for my firepit area ... Read More about 25 Modern Moroccan Tile Stencils
Learn how to paint tile with this easy DIY faux cement tile fireplace makeover tutorial using tile paint and stencils. Hello! I'm really excited to show you my new fireplace! Well the fireplace itself isn't new, but it recently got a serious (but inexpensive!) makeover. I've been looking at this ugly thing for years, and I've had a few different plans to refinish it. My most recent plan involved tiling over it with cement tile. I'm not afraid to try something new, but there were a few ... Read More about DIY Faux Cement Tile Fireplace Makeover
This DIY beach house bunk room has 6 space-saving bunk beds, Ikea storage hacks, ladders, and beach decor, it's perfect for vacation sleepovers! We've been trying to decide what to do with this awkward tiled room off the garage at my folks' beach house for a few years. And once most of the grandkids got out of the toddler stage, we had a stroke of brilliance: We could turn it into a super-fun bunk bed room! About a year ago we had most of the room finished, so we had a "grand opening" ... Read More about A Very Beachy Bunk Room: Part II
Choose the best patio shade idea for your deck or backyard with this guide! Should you use a gazebo, pergola, umbrella, shade sail, awning, or something else entirely? Today let's talk shade! I come from a long line of pasty white folks, and 10 minutes in the sun is enough to turn us lobster red. I'm not even exaggerating. So shade is pretty important for us if we're going to spend any length of time out in the sunshine. Shade is one of the first things I consider when designing ... Read More about Patio Shade Ideas: How to Choose
Build a simple DIY vertical garden for decorative succulents or modify it for vegetables, herbs, or flowers. It's the perfect addition to any outdoor space. Last year for my birthday, I asked for a patio makeover. And as part of that, Peter built me an awesome vertical garden. He even installed irrigation tubes! I wrote about the patio makeover last Spring, and everyone wanted to know how we made the vertical garden. So here you go! The back side of our house is pretty boring ... Read More about DIY Vertical Garden
This Ikea home office makeover on a budget features the Kallax bookshelf as a room divider, a Linnmon table desk hack, a comfy chair, pegboards, and more! Ikea Home Office Ideas... As my design business and blog have grown, I've realized that I need a larger dedicated workspace, as well as some storage for files and camera equipment, backdrops, art supplies, etc. Today I'm excited to show you my brand new home design studio/workspace! The best part about this makeover was the price ... Read More about Ikea Home Office Ideas: My New Workspace Reveal!
Considering a backyard gazebo or pergola? We bought and installed a Yardistry Gazebo from Costco three years ago. Read about our experience before you buy! Three years ago we did a major backyard overhaul. One of the top items on my wish list was some kind of covered outdoor living room with comfy seating. I wanted to lay on the couch and read a book in the shade while the kids played. At first. I was thinking a pergola. But the more we talked, the idea of an actual roof sounded more ... Read More about Costco Yardistry Gazebo: Our Experience After 3 Years
Want to design your dream living room yourself, but not sure where to start? I'll guide you through the steps the pros use to design a beautiful and functional space! Everything from furniture, layouts, window treatments, rugs, accessories, paint colors, and much more! Your living room is such an important gathering place in your home, and I know you want to get it just right. So much so that you might even be paralyzed by indecision? I’m here to help! I’m going to guide you through the ... Read More about Help! How Do I Decorate My Living Room?
I can't wait to show you our small laundry room makeover! It is revolutionizing our laundry process... and making so much less clutter in the hallway. Now if the laundry would just fold and put itself away we'd be all set! This was before... a really basic setup with the washer and dryer side-by-side, and a single wire shelf above them. The problem? There wasn't really room to even put a laundry basket on the floor. And if we did manage to shove one in, we couldn't open the washing ... Read More about Small Laundry Room Makeover!
This outdoor living room on a budget is a romantic spot for drinks by the fire. Cozy patio furniture and curtains complete the outdoor living space. I finally got around to taking photos of my all-time favorite space: my outdoor living room, and I can't wait to share them with you! A few years ago we stayed at a resort in Mexico, and they had these gorgeous beach beds, complete with curtains. I was in love. And that's what inspired my outdoor living room. I realized how ... Read More about Outdoor Living Room Reveal!
We are slowly but surely conquering our backyard. Last summer we added an awesome sunken fire pit area, and this summer I'm working on dressing it all up a bit. One of the things that bothered me was these large bare sections of fence. We've done a lot of projects lately, so I decided not to push my luck this time and went with these super-easy vertical garden planters. B's kindergarten class has been working on how-to writing, and she's been pestering me about letting her help write a how-to ... Read More about Easiest Vertical Garden Ever!
We're still a couple of months from Summer here in Seattle, but as soon as I see the first glimmer of sun and the temp goes above 60, we want to eat outside- even if we have to wear our coats. So today I'm rounding up some stylish and affordable outdoor picnic tables for you. Picnic tables are awesome because they tend to be more affordable than other outdoor dining options, they're compact, and you can usually squeeze more butts (especially kids) onto benches than individual chairs. You can ... Read More about 10 Best Picnic Tables for 2019!
Install easy, removable string light poles over your patio or backyard fire pit to create beautiful ambiance! They're quick, inexpensive, and very simple! I asked for a patio makeover for my birthday this year, and one of the top things on my wishlist was string lights. The problem? Nothing to hang them from. Here's a tutorial for the quick and easy (unless you have really hard dirt) string light poles we put in. We put two poles in, and the whole project took about 2 hours. How to ... Read More about Easy DIY String Light Poles
This simple and budget-friendly dining patio makeover transforms a small ugly concrete slab patio into a beautiful outdoor dining room. So we’ve got this very basic builder-grade patio and steps behind our basic builder-grade house. There’s nothing particularly wrong with them, but the patio could use some livening up. To make matters worse, I bought a grey outdoor dining set a few years back (which I do love) and it sits on the grey patio next to the grey house, against a usually grey ... Read More about One-Weekend Patio Makeover
These affordable and stylish outdoor rugs will refresh your patio, deck or porch! Bring color and pattern to your outdoor living space! An outdoor rug is a great way to pull together and define a seating area. It's also great for covering an ugly deck or patio! I love how outdoor rugs have transformed my own patios, and I know you will too! Here's my patio makeover: Most of us don't want to drop $500 on a nice outdoor rug, since it's going to be outside and exposed to the elements. ... Read More about 18 Outdoor Rugs Under $150
Come see our renovated playhouse! This is such a fun backyard hideaway for the kids to play pretend. It's even got a table and a reading nook! Several years ago some neighbors gave us their old Rainbow playhouse/swing set play structure. The Remodel We've moved the thing at least three times, and our current yard didn't have a great flat spot for it. We had a hill in the corner of our yard that wasn't very usable, so we decided to separate the playhouse and swing set. And ... Read More about Playhouse Makeover!
These simple DIY backyard lighting ideas are perfect for patios, decks, pergolas, and parties! String lights, tiki torches, chandeliers, and more! Lighting is a high-impact way to create ambiance in your outdoor living spaces. And of course, it’s nice to be able to see where you’re walking too! Here are some ideas to give your space the gorgeous glow you’re looking for: Backyard Lighting: Before we begin... I approach lighting an outdoor space the same way I would an indoor one. ... Read More about Backyard Lighting Ideas: A Simple Guide for Outdoor Living Spaces