{one room challenge} Week 4: Tile, Mirrors, and Lighting Decisions

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I swear that time speeds up as soon as the One Room Challenge begins. One week I'm feeling so on top of things, and the next I'm freaking out because there's only two weeks left and a list a mile long! 
But I'll keep pushing through, because were nearing the end of the construction phase, which means that I can finally start to see my the graphic glam plans for my formerly builder-basic master bathroom coming together

The wall of graphic cement tile went up this week, there's no longer a giant hole in the wall {both of which you've seen sneak peeks of if you're following me on Instagram and Facebook}, but we also now have mirrors, a door on our closet, and we're looking forward to seeing our FABULOUS new lights hanging from the ceiling sometime soon!

{organizing with style} DIY Jewelry Display: Great Mother's Day Gift

What do you do with your jewelry at the end of the night? Drop it on your nightstand in a tangled pile? I'm sure I'm not alone here. What if instead you had a pretty place to put it - featuring your kids drawings and photos - that would put a smile on your face every single day? That's just what I created from a thrift store utensil tray! What mom wouldn't want one of these for Mother's Day?! I'll show you how easy it is to make...

Tray Upcycled to Jewelry Display

{five minute friday} Kate Spade Inspired Bar Cart Accessories

Friday, April 22, 2016

Last month I turned an old printer stand into a trendy bar cart as part of the Drab to Fab furniture makeover series that I worked on in partnership with Rust-Oleum to be displayed at the Denver Home Show. But I quickly realized the bar cart just didn't look as cool as I envisioned when it was empty - it really needed to be staged with bottles are bar accessories at the Home Show in order for people to get the full picture. That meant I needed to come up with a few quick items to stage the cart with that wouldn't cost me much money, but that would still look very stylish on display. 

When I think stylish, Kate Spade New York always comes to mind, so I looked around online at some of her gorgeous bar accessories for inspiration. I came across a really unique champagne tote and an acrylic, gold polka dot ice bucket. I knew I could quickly and easily recreate both looks at a fraction of the cost! And since nothing says Kate Spade more than black and white stripes, I also came up with a super easy way to create a striped tray for the bottom shelf of the bar cart.

Kate Spade Inspired Bar Accessories

{one room challenge} Week 3: Paint, Tile, a Hole in the Wall, and a Givaway

Thursday, April 21, 2016

How are we already nearing the half way point of the One Room Challenge?! If you're just tuning in, I'm making over my builder basic master bathroom and I've got big plans to give the space a new graphic glam look. Last week, I finally made a decision on which bold, black and white cement tile pattern to use in the space, and I loved hearing which one you liked best as well!

This past week was a bit crazy, since I spent half of it in Salt Lake City attending SNAP, a conference for creative bloggers. But despite playing hooky for a few days, we've made a lot of progress in the room...painting, tiling, and even putting a big hole in the wall. Read on for this week's update, and then check out an awesome giveaway I have for you at the end of the post!

{mood board monday} How Mood Boards Become Real Rooms

Monday, April 18, 2016

I really enjoy the design process - and a few weeks ago I showed you how easy it is to create your own mood board to kick start your next design project - but there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a design plan become reality. 

Right now, we are elbow deep in our master bathroom makeover - very much in the it get's worse before it gets better phase. Since we've still got a few more weeks of major mess ahead of us before the space will come together, I started thinking that it might be fun in the meantime to take a look back at some of my past room makeovers to see how the design plans translated into real life spaces.

{five minute friday} 15 Simply Stylish 5 Minute Crafts

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hello from Salt Lake City! I am spending the weekend at SNAP, a conference for creative bloggers and DIYers. Yep, that's right - I'm playing hooky right in the middle of the One Room Challenge. But my long master bathroom to do list will have to wait for a few days, because I'm having such a fabulous time!

It is incredibly inspiring to be surrounded by hundreds of talented ladies {and a few gents}! And in honor of that, I thought it would be fun to share 15 stylishly simple five minute projects with you from some of my fellow Snap attendees.

Five Minute Craft Projects

{one room challenge} Cement Tile Inspiration & Decision Making

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Welcome back to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. Last week, I shared the before photos of my master bathroom and my graphic glam mood board for the space. This week it's all about all about the tile - and I'm really curious to hear your opinions!

{diy with style} How to Paint Cabinets with a Paint Sprayer + Win Your Own!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The One Room Challenge always pushes me to go big with my designs and to take on DIY projects that I've never attempted before. Right now, I'm working on our master bathroom makeover for the ORC, but last fall I redesigned our laundry closet and tried my hand at painting cabinets with a paint sprayer for the first time. 

And - in another first - I created a video tutorial to show you how easy it is!

How to paint cabinets with paint sprayer

{one room challenge} Graphic Glam Master Bathroom Plans

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It's the start of another One Room Challenge ... that wonderful {stressful} twice annual event that brings together a talented {completely crazy} group of design bloggers who challenge themselves to completely makeover one room in their house in just six weeks {err, it's really just five weeks}. 

I work best under a deadline, so the One Room Challenge is just the kick in the rear I need to take on a big project and finish it! That's why I'm diving into the ORC for a fifth time to take on our master bathroom - the one room in our house that has receive the very least attention in the eight years we've lived here. 


{swap it like it's hot} From Thrift Store to Champagne & Diamonds

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Are your ready to Swap It Like It's Hot?! Here's how it works... bloggers sign up on a list, and then each goes shopping at local thrift stores to purchase one or several items {with a max budget of $10-15} to mail to the person below them on the list {that's the SWAP part}. Each blogger is then challenged to come up with creative ways to repurpose whatever treasures she receives in the mail {that's the HOT part}.

swap it like it's hot

This slightly crazy but super fun, twice-annual event is hosted by Charlotte, from Ciburbanity {aka City Suburb Sanity}. I participated for the first time last fall, and I was thrilled to be invited back for this round. If you've just hopped over from Confetti Style, welcome! Let me begin by showing you the thrifted items that Shelly sent me:

{five minute friday} DIY Acrylic Tray Updated

Friday, April 1, 2016

Last spring, I came up with a way to create a DIY version of the stylish, but pricey acrylic trays I had been swooning over in all my favorite stores. My tray cost a grand total of $4! And best of all, this year, in under five minutes and for less $1, I was able to give my DIY tray a brand new, updated look with one quick and easy change.

DIY acrylic tray for spring

{decorating with style} The Easiest Way to Create a Mood Board

It's been a little quiet on the blog this week because I've been so busy behind the scenes to get ready for our next big project. The One Room Challenge kicks off again next week, and this time we'll be tackling our master bathroom. 

Putting together the mood board and design plans for the bathroom makeover reminded me that many readers have asked me to share a tutorial on how I create my mood boards, so today is the day!

Create mood boards using Olioboard

{five minute friday} A Simple & Modern Painting to Brighten Up Your Decor

Friday, March 25, 2016

Growing up, I didn't have a middle name, so I used to beg my parents to make my middle name "Artist." Angela Artist would have had a nice ring to it, don't you think? Fortunately my parents thought better of it, and instead of making it a legal name change, they got me a set of pencils with that name engraved on them. I still have those pencils, and I still love to paint and draw! 

When I was starting to decorate for my spring home tour, the sideboard at the end of the kitchen table felt like it was lacking something, but I didn't want to spend much money or time, so I grabbed out my paints and five minutes later I had a super simple, cheerful work of art!

Simple and Modern DIY Painting

Creating your own art is not only a great way to get the perfect piece to tie together your decor, it's also fun and super budget friendly! And it doesn't require any special talent or skill to create something awesome. Even the simplest painting can look gorgeous when you put it in a frame!

{link party} The Creative Circle - Week 58

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party - a place to share and find decor and DIY inspiration for your home!

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that The Creative Circle link party is going strong, and even gaining a new co-host very soon. The bad news is that I'm stepping away as a host of the party. I have absolutely loved being a part of this with you each and every week, seeing your inspiring projects, and featuring them here on my blog. For those of you that come here each week to link up your projects, or to check out the new features, please, please keep visiting the party each week at the blogs of the other hosts {all listed below}.

But before I end my run with The Creative Circle, I have one more set of features that I'm excited to share with you...

You'll find the the details of each featured project below, and be sure to link up for a chance to be featured next week on all of the other blogs!

{decorating with style} 18 Spring Pillows to Welcome the Season

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring is officially here, and the evidence is everywhere...longer daylight hours, flowers beginning to bloom, buds appearing on the tree branches, and pink pillows on my couch.

Swapping out pillows is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your decor with the changing seasons. Last week I shared my Spring Home Tour, and I bet you'd never believe me if I said I used to be anti-pink and anti-flowers, because I've got an abundance of both going on - including the double whammy: pink pillows with flowers on them!

Spring Pillows

I just love adding different pops of color for each season to give our home a fresh looks. And today I've rounded up 18 bright and fun pillows that are perfect for bringing the cheerfulness of spring to your decor. Just adding one or two of these fun pillows, mixed in with your existing decor, is enough to give any room a whole new look that will last you all the way through summer.