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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Warm & Neutral Bathroom Makeover Moodboard

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When you’re knee-deep in a decor or DIY project, does a little voice speak to you, whispering words of common sense and rationale? Do you heed this voice, ignore it, or strive for a fun balance of the two to keep life interesting?

I fall in the latter category. See, I really want to dive into making over my bathroom, but I’m still making over my living room. I’ve lived here for a year now and never planned a specific decorating scheme for the bathroom. My rationale for waiting so long is that it’s the least used room in my home. I’d added some decorative elements, but nothing that really wows you or feels complete.

I decided to just dip my toes in the water by gathering inspriration and supplies for my bathroom makeover. Continue reading to learn how I’ll transform this neglected space in my home.

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The Ten Commandments for a Happy Home

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The last two years, I’ve made creative resolutions for the new year. But this year, I’m just not feeling it. It’s not that I’ve become jaded. I just feel like life is such a constant process, a constant resolution.

Instead, I’d like to share some commandments for 2015. Too often, we neglect our homes. We forget that our home is also part of our family and is a crucial part to living a happy, fulfilled life. Here are the commandments I feel are most important to accomplishing this:

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Introducing: The DIY Health Nut

When I began my weight loss challenge, I debated whether I should post about it on this blog, since it was personal & didn’t relate to decor. I gave it a shot and created a Lifestyle section to add my health & fitness posts, along with other related topics like recipes & holidays. Now, I’ve decided to make a change to this.

When you first subscribed to The DIY Homegirl,  it was before I ventured into these topics. It was for the DIY, the decorating tips, the design posts. I’d like to apologize that I’ve been filling your feed with posts that don’t relate to this. I now believe it’s best to keep these elements of my life separate from this site, so you now won’t be notified of these health, fitness, weight loss, etc. posts.

If you enjoyed those posts, thank you! I will continue to blog about them under a new website, The DIY Health Nut. I’m in the process of moving all my health-related posts here, as well.

Talking about my health journey has really helped me be accountable, so I will continue to blog about the Extreme Weight Loss Challenge at my new blog. I will include only healthy recipes, fitness tips, more of my home workouts, and general healthy goodness.

I hope to see you over at The DIY Health Nut, but if not, you will continue to receive my design & decorating posts here. :)

Vintage Ironing Board Upcycled into a Bookshelf

While window-shopping & brainstorming ideas for a bookshelf in my living room, I spotted a wood ironing board at a consignment shop. It was $30—a little more than I think an old ironing board should cost, yet cheaper than a decent bookshelf. But mostly, I was sold on having such a unique piece in my home.

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Continue reading to check out more of my recent vintage/secondhand find and to see how I made it over!

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What’s Everyone’s Beef With Marsala?

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Every year, decor enthusiasts, stylists, and designers eagerly await the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. When it was finally was announced, many people shunned their choice: Marsala.

Seeing how so many people have objected got me wondering, why have people reacted so negatively toward it? Read along for my theories into the perception of this color, plus learn how it can be used to decorate a beautiful space.

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Dining Room Makeover on a Wee Budget

Decorating my dining room only took about a year. That’s normal, right?

With the exception of my last apartment, I’ve never had a space carved out for dining. I was perfectly happy camped out at the coffee table with my meal, watching TV. This is probably why it took so long to truly decorate this portion of my current apartment. Ahh, the comfort of familiarity…

Once I tackled the rooms I used more often–my office and bedroom–I knew I had to get back to the dining room. Finally, I can finally reveal this new and improved space and enjoy it like it should be. Continue reading to see what tips I used to create a dining room in an open floorplan and how I did this on a very limited budget.

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A DIY Kitchen Makeover: The Sweet Smell of Progress

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A year ago, I planned out a makeover/small remodel for my parents’ kitchen. To set the foundation for this makeover, I used Craftsman styling for inspiration. At the time, we didn’t anticipate it would take so long to complete.

But, life happens. The winter came and that hindered some of the work that had to be done outside, like cutting wood and tiles. Then in January, my mother passed away unexpectedly, which really changed things. If you’ve experienced this loss as a spouse or a child, you know your world is changed completely.

Thankfully, things have pretty much settled for my stepdad, so we jumped back into the makeover. In the last month or two, we’ve made some great progress. It’s a sweet feeling when you finally start seeing the fruits of your makeover labor, so I’m excited to share some photos with you!

Continue reading to check out our progress so far…

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