{mood board monday} Drawing Backyard Inspiration from a Favorite Vacation Photo

Monday, May 23, 2016

What's the weather been like in your neck of the woods? I know in some parts of the country it's felt like summer for months already, but here in Denver it was snowing at the end April, and was rainy and chilly for the first half of May. But it's I'm finally feeling like we can start getting outside and enjoying the backyard... perfect timing since I'll be sharing some updated backyard photos as part of a summer home tour next week.

Our backyard is already pretty colorful {as you can see in last year's backyard tour}, but I've had my eye on a few new accessories to make the space even more inviting this year. We may be landlocked here in Colorado, but I'm drawing my inspiration from one of my favorite photos from our honeymoon in Greek islands...

Greek Island Backyard Color Palette

{diy with style} Faux Marble Shelves: An IKEA EKBY Hack

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thank you guys so much for all of the love and sweet comments on our graphic glam master bathroom makeover last week! Everyone seemed to especially love my faux marble shelves, so today I'm excited to show you how simple and inexpensive they are to make! Each of the marble shelves in my water closet cost me just about $20 to create, but they look so high end! Even our friends and family who have seen them in person thought they were the real thing until I spilled my DIY secret.

DIY Faux Marble Shelf

{five minute friday} Indoor Flower Boxes

Friday, May 13, 2016

I'm jealous of those with green thumbs because mine are most definitely black! Even with drip lines and automatic timers that water my potted flowers outside, I can still hardly keep anything alive. So when it comes to the indoors, I love having a vase of fresh blooms on the counter, but other than that, faux is how I roll!

Indoor Flower Boxes

I wanted to add some more color to the kitchen for spring and summer, and I envisioned some bright pink blooms {fake of course}, but unlike the tall bottles of cherry blossoms lining my kitchen table, for the sideboard I needed to come up with a display that was long and low. 

{one room challenge} Graphic Glam Master Bathroom Reveal

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I recently read a quote from interior designer Ken Fulk that said, "Design should inspire and make you smile, and should never be a bore." Just six short weeks ago our master bathroom was definitely a bore, but now it's so graphic, and glam, and just plain pretty, that I can't stop smiling from ear to ear.

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom

During the course of the One Room Challenge, our bathroom has gone from the most ignored room in the house, to my very favorite room! I'm so excited to finally be able to share it with you, so get comfortable and maybe grab a cup of coffee {or a glass of wine} because I have a lot of photos!

{one room challenge} Week 5: Ready to Add the Glam

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

We're in the home stretch of the One Room Challenge now! One week from today you will no doubt find me soaking in a hot bubble bath while watching TV reruns in my gorgeous new graphic glam master bathroom, but today the scene is much less relaxing. Paint shirts, dust, art leaning against the walls, and a mountain of shopping bags. In other words, the fun stuff!

Graphic Glam Master Bathroom - One Room Challenge

The past week has not been without a little drama and a few set backs, and I'm still waiting on the UPS man for a few key deliveries, but little by little it's all coming together.

{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

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: