Spanish Tile Stencil

Spanish Tile Stencil

My recent trip to San Antonio made me fall in love with Spanish tile and architecture even more than before. Up close and personal to beautiful buildings and artwork and standing on top of hundred-year-old tiles with their gorgeous worn patina made me craving some of that charm and character in my own home. Not wanting to do permanent tile in my not-forever-house, I decided to try out stencling!

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"Agate" creative!

"Agate" creative!

With a career centered in making homes beautiful, I'm always on the lookout for different types of artwork that I could utilize to achieve that goal. In this case, I found a paining technique that is SO so easy, budget-friendly, and quick...everything I could ever ask for in home decor ideas. The blog post I ran across on Pinterest focused on creating artwork to decorate a home. I took it a step further though and created an inexpensive gift idea or personal project that will bring joy and happiness in about 20 minutes...DIY watercolor Agate note cards!

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Free (or realllly cheap) artwork round-up

Free (or realllly cheap) artwork round-up

One of the most difficult tasks I encountered in staging homes to sell was finding good artwork; stuff that didn't look cheap, stuff that appealed to a wide range of buyers, fit the decor style I was going with and, most importantly, was INEXPENSIVE. This proved to be a bit more trying than I had initially planned on. But, Pinterest to the rescue! By searching "free downloadable art" I stumbled across tons and tons of options to outfit these houses with. And now I'm sharing some of these gems with you!

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2017 Color Forecast

2017 Color Forecast

Sherwin Williams just released their colormix 2017 Color Forecast and I'm so inspired. One of my favorite combos they debuted is titled "noir". Check out my round-up of "noir" inspired accessories that could be easily added to a room to transform it into the refuge-from-urban-streetlights-spirit-recharging-space we're looking for. To make things even easier...everything is from World Market AND everything is UNDER $40!!! You're welcome. ;)

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NW/SW backyard reveal!

NW/SW backyard reveal!

Bark chips, rocks, weeds, and a massive retaining wall.

Those were the things staring me in the face in my 290 square foot "backyard". "Backyard" in quotes because there was no yard, and I questioned if there ever could be anything enjoyable or even functional at that. But, being the serial DIYer that I am, I set out to make a plan that would be easily maintained, inexpensive, and as close to a teeny tiny oasis as possible.

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8 Stylish Storage Ottomans

8 Stylish Storage Ottomans

AND five of them are under $250!

Living in a smaller home, I deliberately choose furniture that is multi-functional...meaning that it not only looks good but can serve several purposes. With a roommate who is a toddler, toy storage is the key to my house being clutter-free. I've rounded up eight storage ottomans/coffee tables that can be miracle workers for anyone dealing with a lot of STUFF!

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My Kitchen Mini-Reno

My Kitchen Mini-Reno

My kitchen was new...literally brand new. Why would I mess with (make sooo pretty) a kitchen in a new construction house? Because it was builder-grade, no character, dark and reflected nothing about me. By making a few budget-friendly cosmetic changes using good ol' elbow grease and deliberate design choices, I've created a beautiful and inviting kitchen that is the center gathering area in my home.

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DB Project

DB Project

Work in progress.

This project is a great example of my flexibility as a designer on many levels. Ideally, both client and designer would love to get a space revamped and finished over a one or two day install. With this project though, we're working with a budget and designing over a longer period of time...working little areas of the house as the we go, as money allows, and using many pieces of furniture that the client already owned.

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CM Travels: Hood River

CM Travels: Hood River

Day trips are my absolute favorite because they require zero luggage, not much planning, and freedom to come and go as we please. Luckily, living in the Pacific Northwest, I have access to water, mountains, wine country, desert, forests, and on and on in virtually every direction with just a couple hours (at most) of a drive. One of the best spots to visit from the Portland area IMHO is Hood River. Only about an hour away, Hood River is full of locally owned shops, endless outdoor activities, and cute restaurants...all with a really low-key vibe.

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Monster Truck Birthday

Monster Truck Birthday

I'm a sucker...

...for a themed birthday party. It is seriously so easy now to find anything and everything related to your party theme online, and I actually think it's easier to put together a party if you're working with a theme. That can be a color scheme, a character, an object, even a song. I think it also makes the guests of the party more excited to be there because it feels like the extra effort went into making the day a memorable one. When I asked my soon-to-be three-year-old son what kind of party he wanted, I knew we'd end up with construction, Hot Wheels, or monster trucks. And sure enough, monster trucks it was!

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