• Living Room Before and After
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    Guide My Design: Living Room Reveal

    It feels like Guide My Design just started and now it’s over.  I have so missed sharing my selections and getting everyone’s feedback as we have designed my space together! That being said, though, I am SO happy to be “done” (at least for now) with my Living Room Design.  I’m the type of person who needs everything in place and put away.  Having ladders, paint cans, disassembled furniture, art projects, and boxes of clutter everywhere in my house just stresses me out!  So it’s nice to have everything put away even if it’s not perfect. I still have a few tweaks to make to the room and a couple…

  • DIY Reupholster Dining Room Chair
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    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
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    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…

  • Guide My Design | Abstract Art Options
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    Guide My Design Week 6 | Abstract Art

    This week we are going to finish out our selections for my living room project!  I cannot tell you how excited and relieved I am to be nearing the end of rehabbing this space.  If you’ve ever updated a room in your home or taken on a renovation project you know the stress and hard work it takes!  But I definitely am starting to see the end result come together.  I know that my family is going to enjoy many cookouts, game nights with friends, and quiet evenings enjoying this space! Before we get to voting, I have some exciting updates to share: My buffet is finished and I am…

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    Guide My Design Week 5 | Ottoman Poufs

    It’s very easy to get caught up on the approval train – especially in the visual arts and design world.  Approval from clients means money.  Approval from friends means referrals.  Approval from the world means success.  But my intention for decorating my home or allowing others to guide my design has never been for approval.  When I decorate, when I give advice, when I work with clients, the goal is help them achieve a home that helps them thrive.  It’s not about accomplishing a trend or doing what will look good and impress others.  Its about creating an environment that meets your needs, your family’s needs, and your guest’s needs.…

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    Guide My Design Week 4 | Dining Room Chair Fabric

    Honesty time – this week has been hard.  It’s not anything to do with guide my design – although having my living room as a DIY Construction zone has stressed me out a bit!  I don’t know what it is except that life got busy, I got stressed, and everything that I need to deal with on a heart level got crammed down into no-man’s land.  And just as I was coming up for air from life’s busyness, every hurt and problem and stresser I’d been avoiding came back to smack me in the face.  Which is why yesterday afternoon I crawled into bed around 4:00 pm and had a…

  • DIY Buffet Makeover
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    Guide My Design Week 3 | DIY Buffet Update

    There are times in life when I get crazy ideas…like, this is either going to be a major disaster or majorly awesome, type of ideas.  I usually run toward those ideas, full steam ahead when I really need someone to tell me to put on the brakes and slow down!  This is where you come in with our Week 3 voting for guide my design. But first, the results from last week! I think it will come as no surprise to anyone that our winner is Option 1!     While some of you did vote for Option 3, I think in the end the geometric pattern would have been…

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    Guide My Design Week 2 | Living Room Chairs

    Last week for guide my design, I asked you all to vote for a color palette for my living room makeover (see the before pictures here).  The results were so, so close.  In fact, it came down to only one vote between each option.  Here are the options I presented last week:                                               To be honest, I’m not sure which palette I was pulling for the most.  At the beginning of the week, Neutral Navy had a strong lead and I was ok with that because blue and…

  • Guide My Design | Living Room Makeover - Help me design my living room by voting each week on what I should do next. Follow along on the blog and see how the room comes to life!
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    Guide My Design – Living Room Makeover

    What if I told that #guidemydesign was coming back?! What’s “guide my design” you say?  It’s where you, the everyday normal American human being, make the design decisions and guide me, the Interior Designer, in creating a beautiful Interior Space. Ok, so are you excited now?  Wait…what if I told you that not only was #guidemydesign coming back…but it was also coming back IN REAL LIFE! That’s right!  You can guide my design as I redesign, update, and makeover my living room.     Here’s how it works: Each week, I’ll be bringing my design decisions, color palettes, and furniture selections to you to decide what should go in my…