Finally, My Apartment Bathroom Makeover Is Done!

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Sometimes I feel like completing a room makeover is like waiting for a Kardashian to fall into a black hole of anonymity. As much as you want it to happen, it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon.

But hot damn, this bathroom makeover is finally done! Read along to find out what challenges I overcame during this makeover and how I transformed my boring apartment bathroom into a warm, soft space.

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DIY Skinny Jeans Tutorial: How to Create a Customized Pair

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend? Scratch that, jeans are a girl’s best friend… when they fit perfectly.

Finding jeans with a great fit that are easy on the budget is like the quest for the Holy Grail. Add to that a pair of skinny jeans that are flattering in all the right ways? Fuggedaboudit.

Skinny jeans tend to come in fabric that’s so thin, it’s not flattering for a woman like me with extra junk in the trunk. On the other hand, bootleg and straight-leg jeans tend to be made with a heavier, sturdier denim. This makes these styles a great choice for refashioning into skinny’s—you just want to make sure the waist and hips fit perfectly.

All you need are basic sewing supplies and a little patience (and maybe a decent Axl Rose impression to sing the song I just stuck in your head).
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My Weekly Gratitude

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It’s easy to get lost in life sometimes. One thing that’s always helped me feel grounded and at peace is to think of everything I’m thankful for. With that in mind, I decided to try something new. Each week, I’ll post the current things I’m grateful for. Continue reading to see what’s got me feeling great this week.

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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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