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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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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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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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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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