{One Room Challenge} Garage Makeover Week 3: The Halfway Point

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week 3 marks the middle of the One Room Challenge. YIKES! We've been making good progress, but I have a lot left that I need to do {and even more that I want to do} in the final three weeks. This is the point in the project where the to do list starts to feel a bit overwhelming, but these weekly ORC update posts are great at helping me to appreciate all that has been accomplished.

To appreciate how far we've come, check out all the before photos and plans in the Week 1 and Week 2 One Room Challenge posts.

{seasonal style} Simple DIY Dia de los Muertos Wreath

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween is so much fun, but this year I decided to change things up a bit and decorate our front porch for Dia de los Muertos instead. Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, this holiday is equal parts mourning and celebration. Dia de los Muertos is a colorful and joyful, laughter-filled tribute to the memory of family and friends that have passed away. 

Dia de los Muertos Wreath Supplies

You can see all the pictures of my Dia de los Muertos porch decor over on the Cost Plus World Market Discover blog, but today I wanted to share the quick tutorial for the simple wreaths that I made, using the wood skull masks provide to me by World Market.

{diy with style} RockSolid Metallic Garage Floor Finish + Win Your Own!

Monday, October 17, 2016

You guuuuuuys! I am so excited to show you our brand spanking new metallic garage floor! Isn't she stunning?! {Yep, I've decided she's a she.} We are well on our way to transforming the garage in to our very own DIY retreat!

how to paint garage floor

In this post, I have lots of photos and a full tutorial of this shiny, happy metallic floor finish. First though, I have to come clean and admit that this was one of those DIY projects that I really wanted to do, but I was so scared I'd mess it up! Now that it's done, the number one thing I want you to know right up front is that this is not hard! Time consuming, yes, but totally doableAt the end of the post, I have an awesome giveaway so you can create your own retreat as well!

{one room challenge} Garage Makeover Week 2: A Prettier Blank Slate

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. It has been really busy around here! Last week I showed what a disaster our garage was, but we have now cleared it out and transformed the raw studs and bare concrete to create a much prettier blank slate. The organization and colorful elements will be coming into the space in another week or two, but let me show you what what we've accomplished thus far!

Garage makeover moodboard

{diy with style} Easy Paw Patrol Halloween Costumes with DIY Details

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Do you have young kids that are Paw Patrol obsessed like mine? Then this post is for you! 

Last year my two sons {then ages 2 and 3.5} who requested to be Chase and Marshall for Halloween. As you may know, Chase is the police pup, and Marshall is the firefighter pup. Like a lot of little boys, my son's already had a police costume and a fireman costume that they use for dress up, so I wanted to find a way to work with what we already had, and today I'm sharing the simple DIY details for all the mom's out there whose kids have the same request this Halloween.

Easy Paw Patrol Halloween Costumes with DIY Details

{one room challenge} Week 1: Garage Makeover Plans

Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's time once again for the One Room Challenge - that twice annual, six week design challenge hosted by Calling it Home in which hundreds of design bloggers completely transform one room in their homes in a mere six weeks time. It takes a special kind of crazy to take on the One Room Challenge... especially six times in a row!

And this time around I'm even crazier than normal because I'm going head to head with my garage, and I'm determined to come out the winner. The One Room Challenge is a design challenge, and boy oh boy is our garage design challenged! It's a disaster of a space with no real redeeming qualities other than size - nothing but raw studs and concrete. Not exactly a dream blank canvas.

{seasonal style} Dia de los Muertos Front Porch Decor

Friday, September 30, 2016

I recently partnered with Cost Plus World Market to create a colorful and festive Dia de los Muertos inspired look for our front porch. Today I'm over on their blog sharing all the photos, along with four tips to help you capture the festive spirit of this joyful holiday!

Dia de los Muertos calacas and calaveras

{five minute friday} Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels

You guys, this year is flying by. It still feels like summer around here, and yet the kids are busy deciding what they want to dress as for Halloween {which of course changes by the hour - today its superheroes}. I've always enjoyed Halloween because it's a holiday that allows for so much creativity and imagination, but it's even more fun now that I have young kids. 

My boys love helping me decorate for Halloween and in true little boy fashion they find joy in anything that's a little bit ooey, gooey, or gross. This year, I'm adding a few new little-boy approved touches to our Halloween decor, including these quick and easy printable apothecary labels that I'm excited to share with you!

{seasonal style} Fall Hot Drink Station + 20 Hot Drink Recipes and a Giveaway

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I'm so ready for fall! Usually I'm sad to see the warm summer days coming to an end, but this year I'm really craving some crisp fall weather. In part because I can't wait to start jeans and sweaters again. And jackets! I'm a bit of a jacket hoarder - as evidenced by my coat closet

My other favorite part of fall is sipping on a hot drink on a cool day. It makes me feel all warm and cozy, and always seems like a special treat. I'm really not much of a coffee person, but give me an apple cider or maple flavored steamer and I'm a very happy girl! Especially if I can sip on it while taking a stroll around the neighborhood with the crunch of leaves underfoot.

A couple of years ago I created a hot chocolate station in our kitchen for the holidays and so enjoyed creating lots of tasty concoctions throughout the season. This year, I decided to create a hot drink station for all of my favorite fall drink flavors. My friends at Pastel Trail even custom designed an adorable sign for my beverage station that pulls the whole thing together! At the end of the post {after the recipes} you can enter to win an 8x10 poster print of your choice from their fabulous shop!

{organizing with style} Multitasking Tips that Create More Time For the Fun Things

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Apollo Box. As always, all opinions and text are 100% my own and I only recommend products to you that I use myself and truly love.

I get asked all the time how I manage to do everything. First of all... I don't! Not even close! That would imply that my house is always clean, the laundry is always done, and that I'm never writing blog posts at 2 a.m. to meet deadlines. None of those things are true. In fact, if you listen closely, you can probably hear my husband laughing from there!

I do manage to pack a lot into my days, and I've picked up a few tricks over the years that allow me to spend as much time as possible playing with the kids and working on decor and DIY projects, while still generally keeping the house running. And I've even found ways to keep up with things that are really important to me, like my book club, despite not having enough hours in the day to actually read books. 

Multi-tasking is the key. But I don't mean the kind of multi-tasking where your splitting you're attention between two important matters and not doing either of them well. I'm just talking about a few simple tricks that allow me to balance the things I enjoy with the chores I don't. I'll share three of my best multitasking tips with you, as well as one that's a bit more of a work in progress, shall we say.

{diy with style} A Smart Front Door Makeover

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I don't normally get that excited about tech-y stuff ... that's more my husband's territory. But a few weeks ago we gave our front doors a high tech makeover that I'm just over the moon about because it's already making our lives easier, our home safer, and dang if our doors don't look much prettier in the process! I am so grateful to Schlage® for sponsoring this post, but as always, all ideas and opinions are my own.

Front Door Makeover Schlage
Tracking Pixel

As I'm sure many of you have experienced, life with preschoolers is full of challenges, but getting locked out on the front porch while checking the mail shouldn't be one of them. Nonetheless, my two little superheros have managed to lock me out more than once, and then giggled like crazy as I begged them to unlock the door. Never again though, thanks to our new Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

{decorating with style} My Home Style: Before & After Edition

Monday, September 12, 2016

Last fall, I teamed up with a group of 20 bloggers to share our unique decorating styles. We were each challenged by our host, Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living, to come up with just three words to define our style. I debated a long time about what my three words should be - modern? urban? colorful? bold? Finally I settled on MODERN. GRAPHIC. FAMILY.

This week, we are revisiting our design definitions, but this time each participating blogger is sharing before and after photos that illustrate how our design style has evolved and changed over time, and sharing tips on how to bring our unique styles into your home.

Welcome to My Home Style: Before and After Edition!

My Home Style: Before & After Edition

{diy with style} The Dark Door Difference

Thursday, September 8, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® for IZEA. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

You guys know I like things bold, so you probably won't be surprised that from the moment we moved into our home, I was itching to do something, anything, to liven up the very bland, off-white stucco box that is our detached garage.  

Painting a door grey

When we started planning the first phase of our backyard makeover a number of years ago, we decided on a patio constructed of square concrete pavers with dark charcoal mortar between each, creating a modern, grid pattern. As the patio came together, I realized that painting the man-door leading into the garage in a coordinating dark grey might be the perfect way to break up the white of the garage.

{decorating with style} Decor Staples for Easy Seasonal Transitions

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I love to freshen up my decor for each season, but I don't love spending a lot of money on accessories that I only use for a few months at a time. I'm a big fan of changing things up with inexpensive pillows and I love to DIY a lot of my seasonal decor to keep things affordable. But if you ask me, there is nothing better than identifying a few staples of your decor that can help you seamlessly transition from one season to the next.

Today, I'm talking about my go-to accessories that you'll spot in my house no matter the time of year. These are my favorite hard working pieces that I move from room to room and repurpose season after season.

{five minute friday} Quick Family Room Storage Tip

Friday, September 2, 2016

Our basement family room is one hard working space - playroom for the kids, movie theater for the family, party space for family and friends {especially during football season}, mom and dad's quiet escape and tv binge-watching space after bedtime, and sometimes even dining room {shhhh... don't tell the kids, because they aren't allowed to eat down there}. 

One space that serves so many functions is bound to have storage challenges, and I've been trying to tackle them one at a time. 

Family Room Storage Tip