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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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My Biggest, Most Important DIY Project

Yesterday, I began the journey of what may be the most important, hugest DIY project of my life. It’s going to take some time but I hope to have it completed by May of next year. This project will be a huge makeover of both the interior and exterior. It may even mark my television debut.

What exactly do I have in store? Continue reading to find out. :)

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How to Decorate with Fall Colors… Without Decorating for Fall

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This time of year is when we embrace the deeper shades of life, while nature transforms into fall. Fall is one my second favorite season and I love witnessing the fiery colors nature has to offer. It’s a true blessing.

But how do you embrace the colors of fall in your home if you don’t like to decorate for fall? Easy—bring the colors in without using the autumn theme.

To learn how to decorate with these delicious colors in all ways small to large, check out these Get Your Color On! posts. You’ll find photo inspiration, links to DIY projects, plus decor & furniture that will help you bring these natural shades into your home.

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Diary of a Home Office Makeover: Completion

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My goal in this makeover was to give my office a cohesive look and a peaceful vibe. When I first decorated this room, my MO was truly just to “make it work” and make it feel happy. While I was successful in that mission, my office still didn’t feel great. And why settle for just good when you can be great?

Continue reading to check out the before & afters… plus all the details that now make my office a calm place in which I can be productive!

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Living in a White Box: Personalized Pillows

For the entire time I’ve lived on my own, it’s been in an apartment. Throughout these 16 years, I’ve tried many methods of decorating within the limits of a rented home. One method has proven to be a winner time & time again: decorating with pillows.

Pillows are a simple yet significant way to add color, pattern, and texture to your space. But my favorite aspect of pillows is how they allow you to personalize your space. I love to decorate with unique items and pillows are one way I’ve achieved this.

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Read along for different ideas on how to customize your rented (or permanent!) home with pillows.

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Diary of a Home Office Makeover: Part 2

I’ve been working at this office makeover for too long. Last week, I hit a creative block. While creating a mini-gallery wall, I realized how my efforts matched my mood: overwhelmed. It was then that I saw the need to redefine my goal for making over my office.

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Continue reading to find out how my progress so far, my latest consignment store find, and how I got back on track.

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Signature Recipe: Lemon Chick Pea Pasta

Most people who love cooking or baking has a signature dish or recipe. My mom was known for her brownies. My stepmom has her cucumber and tomato salad. My aunt makes awesome green beans with ham. My grandma, well, she hates cooking. But she used to make some damn good pickles–does that count?

Now that I eat most of my meals at home, I’ve begun experimenting with recipes so I can come up with my own thang. Baking has always been easy for me and I already have my Citrus Crunch Layer Cake to claim as a signature. However, I needed more experience on the cooking front.

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After experimenting in the kitchen for a few months, I can finally say I have a signature dish: Lemon Chick Pea Pasta. Read along for my recipe and to learn how I created this healthy vegetarian dish!

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Easy and Thrifty DIY Furniture Makeovers

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There’s more to life than DIY and makeovers.

Well, not really, but there is more to life than constantly subjecting yourself to complex DIY projects and makeovers… like those that require weeks or months to finish, several trips to the home improvement/craft store, multiple processes, and many glasses of wine.

Don’t get me wrong, a big DIY project is a great way to boost your creativity and pass the time. But sometimes, less is more.

Continue reading to check out this round-up of easy DIY furniture makeovers. These ideas are sure to save you money and sanity!

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Sweet & Sour Grilled Strawberry Pizza

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There are certain ingredients that when paired together, guarantee success. Some of these include tomato and basil, cilantro and lime, lemon and garlic, cheese and almost anything, etc. One pairing I recently learned about was balsamic vinegar and berries.

Since balsamic vinegar is sweet and tangy, it’s doubly wonderful when used with fruits that are sugary. I’d been pondering ways to use the bottle I had in my cupboard (leftover from a pasta salad experiment.) And then one night I had a creative vision: grilled pita bread, topped with strawberries in a balsamic syrup.

This dessert is delicious and makes the best of summer: fresh, in-season fruit plus the smokiness of grilling. Continue reading to learn how to make this quick and easy snack.

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