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

DIY: A Custom Birthday Party Dress

It is the most important day of the year in our household — E’s birthday! To celebrate, instead of our usual Freestyle Friday post, we’re sharing one of our favorite DIY projects — an affordable, custom party dress fit for a princess. I DIY’d a very similar dress for E’s first birthday last year. If E let’s me, I am going to do this every year for the foreseeable future. I love the results so much! It’s quick and easy, and looks straight out of an Etsy store. Here’s what you need: Party Dress (We used this dress from Old Navy) Iron On Transfer (We used Circuit Iron On in Glitter Gold, cheaper option here) Sharp Scissors (Find ours here) Permanent Marker Iron… Read More

Freestyle Friday

 A lot happened this week. We finished shiplapping our basement ceiling. A brick wall was installed. We picked up some rustic beams for our bar. We finalized our cabinet designs, and our guest bedroom has been sailing along. This weekend we are taking a break from design, unless I get swept into West Elm’s awesome sale… West Elm is having their Friends+Family sale, meaning everything (including sale items!) is an additional 20% off with the code FREESHIP20. They are having a bunch of other sales, so you can stack the 20% off coupon on top of already marked down items to get amazing deals. Shop my picks below (All on sale even without the discount code!) <br /> What do you… Read More

Paint a Kid’s Room Door to Add Character

DIY projects don’t have to be complicated to have wow factor. In, fact one of the first DIY projects we did took less than an hour of our time in labor, and only a day to complete. What did we do? We simply painted E’s bedroom door pink on the inside. It gave her room big personality, is subtle because it’s only noticeable when the door’s shut, and was simple to complete. All things I love in a DIY project.   Decorating kid’s rooms can be difficult. At least it was for us. We wanted the room to be childish and fun, but also to correlate well with our grown up style throughout the rest of the home. While building our home, I was pregnant… Read More