How To DIY A High End Mantel For Under $200

Custom fireplace mantels don’t come cheap, and DIYing a modern, but grand surround even intimidated us. Lucky for you, we love a challenge, so we did all the dirty work for you. Here’s how you can create a custom and modern mantel for a fraction of the price in your own home. First off, when we were deciding how we wanted our fireplace to look, I did what any good home blogger would do, and I hit Pinterest for inspiration. I particularly liked this pin. We are going for an art deco lounge meets family play area look in this room, so we wanted something that looked super glam, but was also cost effective. After scrolling through our inspiration pictures, we… Read More

Freestyle Friday (Check Out Our New Project List Page!)

Well guys, are basement is nearing completion. I’ll be Facebook live-ing a tour this weekend and I plan to post a longer progress report soon, as well as, a few DIY tutorials in the next month and a design update on the stairs. I may post one more sneak peak after that, but big picture wise, it will be *mostly under wraps until we are ready to reveal the rooms around January. Then you can expect a flurry of posts with all the final details. *I often can’t help but share real time progress in my Instagram stories. So what am I going to write about when our basements done? Well, because I have problem with being over inspired, our to-do… Read More

Overcoming Indecision and Second Guessing

A big misconception about Daren and me is that we are naturally decisive. Because we run a blog about home design, and manage to complete house projects without ruining our marriage, people assume that when we come up with a plan, we stick to it and that the decisions along the way are easy. While we do have a knack for design, and Daren is incredibly handy, that is not always the case. There is a reason this blog is called pretty domesticated and it’s not just because I think our house is pretty. It’s because for every day we have it pulled together, there is a day, or two, where our house and projects are a hot mess. At the end of a project, are… Read More

Quartz Countertops + Some Extra Stone Details

If you’re here for the basement tour, you’ve come to the right place. While progress in the basement has slowed down over the past month, Northern Stone and Clearwater Custom Cabinets recently hooked us up with some impact pieces — quartz counters and one-of-a-kind cabinets. Now that the cabinets and countertops are in we expect things to start progressing quickly. Our contractor, Carpenter Homes, says we should be able to indulge in a family movie night by Christmas! That is, as long as we don’t make any last minute changes and pull our weight on the DIY stuff! Uffda, here’s to hoping! Let’s start with the bar. If you need a refresher on the look we are shooting for click here. At this… Read More