The End is Near – Basement Update

I apologize this post is long overdue and already out of date considering I took these pictures before we left for a holiday vacation to Hawaii. However, in case you missed my Facebook Live video from before we left town, I wanted to share some progress pictures of the basement, and to explain some of our decisions. Plus, I’m sharing what you can expect in the final reveal. We will start in the dark entertainment room.  The coffered ceiling was installed a few weeks ago using pre-primed boards, meaning it’s beautiful crisp white details popped against the dark paint. You can see a picture of it here. I was absolutely terrified to paint the ceiling dark, even though that is what… Read More

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