• DIY Reupholster Dining Room Chair
    Before & After's,  Guide My Design

    How to Reupholster a Dining Room Chair

    Let’s be honest – upholstery scares me.  I mean, I love the idea of finding a quality piece and updating it with some new fabric.  (We in the design biz call this “vintage upholstery”!)  With so many cheap, cardboard furniture pieces being manufactured and sold online today, it’s difficult to know for sure if what looks good on a website will really last through the years for your family.  That’s why I love to find a quality made piece at a thrift store or even purchase it off a neighbor.  You can tell right away that a piece is quality when its made from real wood, has dovetail joints, or…

  • DIY Abstract Art Tutorial | Easy, Inexpensive you can make yourself
    DIY Projects,  Guide My Design

    DIY Abstract Art: Easy, Inexpensive Art Anyone Can Make!

    Art can be an overwhelming and expensive choice to make when designing your home.  Its difficult to find something you like and that will also work well in your space.  And inevitably when you do find something you like, it probably costs an arm and a leg!  But art is one of the most underutilized ways to add personality, life, and color to your home.  Most people don’t know what to do when selecting art so they never try and their walls sadly go bare for many years.  Today, I’m going to show you how you can make an easy, personal, and inexpensive DIY abstract art piece that will bring…

  • Home Improvements for Aging in Place and Accessibility
    Inside Design

    Home Improvements for Accessibility and Aging In Place

    I recently had a family member suffer a terrible fall.  They ended up with a broken arm and a broken leg.  Suddenly, we were re-organizing our lives because now we had a family member in a wheelchair who needed almost full-time care.  It’s something we all hope will never happen but it’s something that we all will face in one way or another.  Whether or not you have a loved one who’s disabled, we all will face illness, suffering, and old age at some point.  It’s important that when those times pop up, our homes are able to meet our needs.  What would you do if you had to have…

  • Before & After's,  DIY Projects

    Before and After: Modern DIY Buffet Makeover

    Your home should be the happiest place on earth – second only to Disney World, I guess.  Why?  Because when you come home from a long day at work, from being out and about in this chaotic world, you should not be greeted by more chaos.  You should be greeted by a home that reflects your personality.  Your home should be a sanctuary – the one place where you can rest and escape the drama, heartaches and stress of this world.  That’s why today I am going to show you how (and why) I took my wood buffet/server and transformed into a mint beauty in this DIY Buffet Makeover! I…

  • Front Porch Makeover: Before and After
    Before & After's,  Home Fashion

    Before and After: Front Porch Makeover

    Ever since I moved into the 90s Catmom Chic home, I’ve been trying to prioritize what spaces to work on first – as there are SO MANY to do!  My front porch was brushed aside for some time during the Winter months, but as Summer crept around the corner  I started itching to do a front porch makeover.   BEFORE   This space felt blah, beige, and boring to me.  And I was content to leave it that way for a while since I didn’t see it throughout the day.  But since both my husband and I enter and exit through the front door instead of the garage, the front…

  • DIY Wooden House Number Sign | Front Porch Makeover
    DIY Projects,  Home Fashion

    DIY Wooden House Number Sign | Front Porch Design Week 3

    My front porch is the first impression I give my guests when they visit.  It’s also the place that greets me first when I come home (since I go through the front door rather than the garage).  After living in the 90s Catmom Chic home for several months, my front porch was bugging me.  It was blah and drab.  And especially now that we were through winter, I wanted a breezy, comfortable front porch with lots of color!  It took time to evolve.  Transformation is work, pain, and loss.  But when you allow it to happen something extraordinary and beautiful emerges!  So, next on my list to update on my…

  • Front Porch Makeover: Before and After
    DIY Projects,  Home Fashion

    How to Update Outdoor Furniture | Front Porch Design Week 1

    Now that summer’s here, I’ve been longing to have the windows open, plant flowers, and just generally be outdoors in the sunshine.  However, my outdoor spaces -the front porch and back deck – seem rather uninviting.  They look a little sad this time of year with empty flower pots, dried-up old leaves, and sticky spider webs covering every square inch.  So, I decided it was time to get outdoors and do a little front porch re-design!  This week we’re talking about how to update outdoor furniture.  (It’s easier than you think!)     Our story begins with these worn out rocking chairs.  They aren’t really white or off-white.  To me,…

  • Kintsugi Repair | Feeling Broken | Repaired with Golden Seams
    DIY Projects

    DIY Kintsugi: How to Repair Broken Pottery

    Kintsugi is a centuries-old method of repairing broken pottery from Japan.  But it isn’t just about mending what’s broken.  It’s also a form of art because it highlights the break rather than hides it.  Literally translated, the term Kintsugi means “golden repair”.  You see, with Kintsugi, the broken pottery pieces are fused back together with golden seams.  The seams are made of a special lacquer that has been dusted with powdered gold, silver or platinum.  Interested to try this art form myself, I’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial on how you can DIY Kintsugi with your broken ceramics. Before we get started, its important you remember and honor the tradition of…

  • The One Question You Need to ask Yourself to Have a Happy Home
    Style Guides

    The One Question You Need to Ask to Have a Happy Home

    If you’re reading this, it’s probably because your home has a problem – it’s depressed.  It’s sad and gloomy, maybe it’s a little beaten up and run down.  Or maybe it looks good on the outside, but it doesn’t feel right on your inside.  You want to have a happy home.  But to do that you have to ask yourself one very important question:  “How do you want your home to feel?”   It’s a simple question and one that most designers will ask when they start a project.  Why?  Because we know that there is more to home than just how it looks.  We know there is an intimate connection between…

  • Modern Industrial Kitchen Design | Modern Kitchen Ideas | Midcentury Modern Kitchen Design
    Style Guides,  Uncategorized

    How to Design a Modern Industrial Kitchen

    Design overwhelm, indecisiveness, plagued by too many options – this is what can happen when you (a non-designer) try to take on a design project.  Sure, blogs and TV shows make it look easy.  They make you think you can rip out your old kitchen cabinets and renovate your kitchen in a weekend.  But as you start a DIY kitchen renovation – or even a kitchen design – you may quickly realize that it can be a daunting task.  You’ve narrowed down your style on Pinterest, but now how do you accomplish it in real life.  How do you design a modern industrial kitchen?  Let me show you how!  …