Dark and Dramatic Bathroom Moodboard

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I’ve been crushing on dark rooms lately. Alas, painting one of my rooms a luscious, dark hue would be impractical. Since I live in a rental, it would take an enormous amount of time & energy to do it and then paint it back to the original barfy beige.

So I kept my fantasies of a dark, seductive room in my head, where 978,345 other thoughts reside. Until my old man started talking about making over his bathroom. I gently pitched the idea of a dark room to him and let it simmer (which may be the best way EVER to do something you want). A few weeks later, he mentioned painting the room a deep hue and I did a happy dance in my head. My glee probably showed on my face as well; I do wear my heart on my sleeve.

And so it was. I started perusing the interwebs immediately for inspiration and items to use. I even let him help a little, allowing him to pick the vanity. Continue reading to see the decor I’ve picked out and how it will all play together.

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Protect Your Grill With a Cheap & Easy DIY Grill Cover

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Spring is finally upon us and that means I get to usher in my second season of grilling. This year I bought a new grill, going from a tiny portable one to a 3-burner. #movingonup

Grilling is still fairly new to me, so I’m learning as I go. One of the things I’m making sure to do right is protecting my new toy. After seeing the prices for grill covers, I vowed to make my own. In doing so, I saved at least $10!

But the best part? Not having the standard, black cover that everyone else has. Continue reading to learn how you can make a personalized cover for your grill. I promise it’s easy! Continue reading for my tutorial.

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The Ten Commandments of DIY

Ten Commandments of DIY by The DIY HomegirlRules: they’re meant to be broken, but they’re also great for creating order in a world full of chaos. If you’ve ever experienced a Pinterest fail, ran to the store several times in the middle of a project, or ended up spending more doing it yourself than hiring someone—you need these rules. Continue reading for the ten commandments you need before starting any DIY project.

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Spring-Inspired Decor and Decorating Tips

This is that magical time of year when Spring is less of a concept and more a reality. After another winter with a buttload of snow and below 0 temps, we are more than ready. Give us a few sun-filled,  50 degree days and we’re in our flip flops and shorts. Well, some of us. Me, I’ll be easing into it by letting my head go nude and baring my pixie to the world again without a hat. If you’re not ready to get out your sandals and shorts, there are easier ways to embrace the change of seasons. Click this link or the image below for tips and ideas on how to decorate your home with another sign of Spring: pastels. Get Your Color On Pastels square bubble-001

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Decorating Tips for the Highly Sensitive Person

Are you easily stimulated by scent, light, and sound? Are you easily overwhelmed when you have a full schedule? Do you take special care to avoid things that just rub you the wrong way, like violent TV shows or movies?

If so, you may be a highly sensitive person (HSP). Before you dismiss this term as a new-age excuse for being picky and neurotic, it’s believed that HSP’s make up 15-20% of the population.

You may be an HSP or live with someone who’s highly sensitive— a spouse, roommate, child, or even a pet. To know how to decorate for a highly sensitive person, you must first understand what makes them tick.

I’m an HSP and have been my entire life, but have only understood this during the last 5 years or so. Since then, I’ve learned how to customize my home to honor my nature and be a welcoming space. Even after having a fun-filled girls night out, I still need a place to unwind.

Continue reading to learn how my tips on decorating tips for a highly sensitive person.

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How to Personalize Your Bathroom with a DIY Shower Curtain

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It’s funny how history repeats itself. Maybe I’m putting out some good decor karma out there. Or maybe I’m existing in a parallel universe. Or maybe I need to stop thinking so much and get my Zen on. Whooooossaaaahhh.

A few apartments ago, while searching for inspiration for my bathroom makeover, I came across a fabulous chinoiserie fabric. It was kismet: the pattern, a floral Asian print, was to die for and the colors were just what I needed in my funky mint green bathroom.

Four years later, I’m living in a different apartment in a somewhat opposite situation: wondering how I could add personality into my bland, beige bathroom. (I never knew how much I’d love white walls until I moved here. Beige just isn’t becoming.)

Again, I was searching, came across this lovely Asian floral print, and knew it was destiny. But this time around, I stepped up my game when making the shower curtain. Continue reading to check it out.

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5 Reasons You Need a Portière

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Do you ever learn a word and think, “So that’s what it’s called? I’ve been doing it all this time and had no idea!”  For me recently, that word was portière.

While a portière sounds like a fancy piece of bathroom equipment (a portable bidet?), it is simply a curtain that hangs over a doorway. Continue reading to learn 5 reasons you need to use portières in your home.

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Living Room Makeover, Version 3.0

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Within the last year, I’ve made over my living room 3 times. That’s normal, right?

This time, I truly feel like my living room is decorated at its best. So with that I’ll rationalize my compulsive makeover spirit for finally getting the living room right. The room now serves its purpose well as a cool but cozy, and relaxing space.

First things first, let’s get to what we love more than cheese on, well, anything— the before and after shots.

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Living in a White Box: Savvy Studios

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Welcome to the latest installment of my Living in a White Box series, Savvy Studios. This series is all about how you can make the most of your white box, AKA apartment, dorm room, or other rental home. It can be challenging to deal with all the restrictions us renters have, but this series will show you a creative, unique home is very doable!

One of most challenging of rental homes is a studio apartment. Because most of these spaces lack defined rooms, the renter is left to his/her own creative devices. My first apartment was a studio. It was perfect for the time, as I had little furniture and little money.

Back then, my decorating style was not on point yet— I was just getting started. But, I did learn how to distinguish the living areas, like carving out a “bedroom.” Continue reading for my ideas and inspiration on how you can turn your studio into a savvy home.

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