Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Let’s take a tour of the kitchen, shall we?! This room has seen quite a bit of work over the last two years since we moved in, including new granite countertops, new gold faucet and ultra deep, single basin sink, a custom white subway tile backsplash, and, of course, lots of little decorative details like new curtains, updated brass hardware, pretty hand towels, and floating shelves.

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

One thing we haven’t done quite yet is fill in that small gap that you see at the top of the backsplash. It’s yellow because that was the color of the drywall under the wallpaper that we removed before putting in the backsplash.

As you may remember, we installed the tile ourselves and it ended up being a bigger project than, I think, John and I ever anticipated. I know that probably sounds a little silly, especially when many other seasoned DIYers will tell you that tiling is beginner level work, but for two people not too keen on mathematics and measuring, it took a lot out of us.

My point being that once we finally completed the job, the last thing I wanted to do was think about all of the finishing details that we needed to tackle. Instead, we said, “We’ll think about that in a week or two.” Fast forward more than a year, and the gap still needs to be filled. Oops. I think all we really need to do to fix it is paint over the yellow with white paint, and then glue in a small piece of white wood trim. Hopefully we can cross that lingering to-do off our list by the end of the year.

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Otherwise, though, there’s not much else we plan to do to the space. It’s the first room you see when you walk into our house through the main side entry (we rarely use the “true” front door), so we didn’t want to do anything too eye-catching like bold wallpaper or a bright paint color. Instead, we’re happy to let the light counters and backsplash act as a nice clean backdrop to everything else.

It may also be worth noting that we don’t ever plan to paint those gorgeous original wood cabinets, and the wood floors are here to stay, too. Aside from finally finishing the tile project, we also need to think about slowly replacing the appliances as they die out (hopefully that 1960s oven is with us for a long time to come!), but that’s really about it.

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

That said, the accessories and countertop accents are fair game for regular shifting! I love to play around with different arrangements of pretty cutting boards leaned up against the backsplash, and fresh flowers are a weekly addition.

I also get a kick out of moving things around on the open shelves we hung on the wall that backs up to the dining room. Right now I have the cross stitch house portrait my sister made for us, as well as canisters for our coffee,  and a few other odds and ends. I try to keep a mix of functional items and decorative ones so that these shelves serve at least some purpose in our everyday kitchen tasks.

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

I have a question for you, though, before I wrap things up. I mentioned above that we’re planning on replacing the appliances as needed. We already replaced our old white refrigerator with a stainless steel option, so I’m wondering if you think we should keep using that finish as we work our way around the room. I’d love to replace the microwave next, and then the dishwasher but just don’t know if we should go with white or stainless.

I think we can certainly get away with mixing both finishes into the room since our retro oven features a combination of chrome and white surfaces, but I wanted to see if you guys would weigh in with what you would do if you were in our shoes.

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Keep scrolling if you’d like to find out where a certain item is from, and feel free to leave questions, decor ideas, and design suggestions in the comments below! I’ve thought about adding a floor rug in here to bring in just a hint of color and pattern, but every time I experiment with one, I just end up preferring the wide open expanse of hardwood floors. What would you do?

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Kitchen Resources

Shelves: IKEA

Sugar Dish: West Elm

White Canisters: West Elm (similar)

Cookbook Stand: Crate & Barrel

Monogrammed Cutting Board: Personalization Mall

Granite Countertops: Goose Creek Granite

White Subway Tile: BuildDirect

Cross-Stitch House Portrait: DIY

Oil & Vinegar Set: Le Creuset

Brass Cabinet Bars: Forge Hardware Studio

Brass Cabinet Knobs: Forge Hardware Studio

Gold Faucet: Delta

White Bread Box: Amazon

Wall Clock: Estates Revisited

*Photos by Carrie Coleman; full home tour feature here
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Our Meal Planning Process & Favorite Recipes

Meal Planning & Favorite Recipes

If you’re a member of my DIY newsletter tribe (sign up here if you haven’t yet!) then you’re already armed with my printable meal planning worksheet. But now it’s time to dive into our actual meal planning process, including our favorite recipes and meal inspiration resources.

It’s not exactly a task that John and I relish doing every single week, but laying out our week of meals is essential for making sure we don’t rush out to a pricey dinner for lack of good food in our pantry. Keep scrolling to find out how we pull the task off every Sunday with as little mental pain as possible, and I hope you’ll weigh in with your own tips and favorite recipe links in the comments at the end!

Meal Planning & Favorite Recipes

How We Meal Plan

This may seem like a super straight forward process, so forgive me if I sound like I’m stating the obvious, but I wanted to give you the low down just in case this simplified method is something you hadn’t thought of or tried before.

Essentially, we sit down together once a week to talk about what we have on the calendar for the week ahead. Things like late evening work meetings, meet-ups with respective friends, or even food-related projects that I might have on the docket for the blog play a major part in how we plan our meals.

For example, if I’m headed out of town to visit with family for the weekend while John stays behind to watch our fur babies and take advantage of quiet time here at the house, we might only plan 2-3 meals as opposed to 4 since he will just be fending for himself (he usually eats leftover freezer portions of our homemade meals in these cases). Or, if I have a shoot planned for the blog that involves, say, sweet potato soup and a cheese board, we know we don’t have to be intentional about adding an extra meal to our list because we can just eat the blog “props.”

Once we know our weekly to-do’s, we compile a list of recipes (we only need 3-4 recipes per week since leftovers stretch the meal over a couple of days) and make our grocery list from there. Making this master list of recipe names with ingredients means that we have a little sheet of paper that we can hold on to all week long for reference if we forget our list of specific meals for the week.

Meal Planning & Favorite Recipes

Meal Planning & Favorite Recipes

Favorite Recipe Resources

We pull meal ideas from, frankly, a lot of really random places, but a few favorites include Facebook (I’m a sucker for those fast-paced Tasty videos!), our collection of Ina Garten cookbooks, a slow cooker cookbook that we have used and loved for years, and also magazines like Real Simple and Allrecipes.

From time to time, I also use Pinterest and a few go-to food blogs for inspiration. I’m a particular fan of Pinch of Yum. When I find a recipe I like—whether it’s during our weekly sit-down meal planning sessions, or while browsing the web during work hours—I email the link to myself and John. I put the name of the meal in the subject line along with the word “Recipe” so that I can easily search all of the meals that I’ve sent to the two of us simply by searching “recipe” in my Gmail inbox. I also keep them in a separate folder in my inbox for even easier perusing.

Meal Planning & Favorite Recipes

Meal Planning & Favorite Recipes

As promised, a few of our all-time favorite recipes (the ones I can link to, anyway) include this General Tso’s Cauliflower, a recipe for Creamy Sweet Potato Soup that took John and me just 15 minutes of hands-on time to make, these Easy Chicken Curry Bowls via designlovefest, and a recipe for Crockpot Ranch Chicken Tacos that we can’t get enough of.

Let us know your own meal planning methods and favorite recipe links below!

Meal Planning & Favorite Recipes

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3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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I know, for a fact, that we’ve all thought the same thing at one time or another while looking at a piece of modern art: “I could totally make that!” Although I hate to admit it because I’m such an admirer of professional modern artists, I’ve definitely reacted to some museum canvases with the same kind of over-confidence in my artistic abilities. Which is why I decided to put those thoughts to the test with my latest project for Oriental Trading: 3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art.

3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Visit my step-by-step tutorial over on the OTC Fun365 website here, and then tell me which of the three DIY modern art prints is your favorite. Is there another type of contemporary art that you’d like to try your hand at? Maybe something abstract? Whatever it is, I hope you accept the modern art challenge to see if you really can “do it yourself.”

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DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe

*This post has been sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

Tell me: do you remember the very first time you had a cup of coffee? I remember I was on a school trip (or was it something to do with girl scouts?), and our adult chaperones had stopped at a gas station to fill up our bus. We were allowed to run inside the convenience store for a quick bathroom break, and a couple of my girlfriends also bought cups of coffee with their allowances.

I decided to give in to peer pressure, and ordered a machine-made cappuccino of my own. Sitting back in the bus sipping on my drink, I don’t mind admitting that it was the first time in my tiny life that I felt like a real adult. It was pretty life-changing—so much so, I can still remember the way the gas station was laid out. It’s that fresh in my mind!

Twenty years later, my coffee tastes have changed quite a bit. It’s an appreciation that has grown with time as I’ve experimented with different flavors, styles, roasts, and methods, and it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be able to properly start my day without it.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

Now that we’ve just kicked off a brand new season, I figured it was the perfect excuse to test my coffee-making skills yet again. This time I wanted to learn how to make the perfect cup of cold brew coffee, something full-bodied and cool to enjoy throughout these last few weeks of transitional warm-to-cold fall days.

If you’ve never tried your hand at cold brewing, you might not even really know what it actually is—I know I didn’t know before going through the motions myself, so here’s the deal.

Cold brewing is actually the process of steeping coffee grounds in cold water for 8-12 hours. I think, before this little at-home experiment of mine, I always assumed that cold brew was just another way of describing iced coffee, which is made by pouring hot coffee over ice. The latter, of course, is still tasty, but come to find out that cold brewing is super easy to make at home, and affords you one incredible cup of coffee. We’re talking ultra-smooth, rich, deep flavor—my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

In case you’re looking to mix things up when it comes to your own morning cup of Jo, I teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts to show how you can make a cup of cold brew in less than 10 minutes of hands-on time. You know I love a good quick craft any old day, but especially one that results in something so delicious—and nostalgic, too.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

First, you need a box of the new Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew Coffee Packs. You can pick these up at your local Target store in the coffee aisle (scroll to the end for a Cartwheel coupon!).

What I love so much about this method is that it’s almost too easy to warrant a “tutorial.” Just drop 2 Coffee Filter packs into a pitcher, fill the pitcher with 4 cups of cold water, and steep in your fridge overnight (or for 8-12 hours). Pull the pitcher from the fridge, remove the filters, and add 3 more cups of cold water. And, lastly, and easiest of all, enjoy.

It has become something of a routine each evening for me to prep a pitcher of cold brew for John and I to enjoy together the following morning. I think it’s the type of thing we’ll be keeping up well into the new year.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

Another thing I love about this brewing method is that it’s easy to customize to your particular tastes and the current season. To commemorate fall, for example, I put together a simple spicy pumpkin flavor mix to give the coffee an extra dose of fall-themed personality.

Just combine 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 cup french vanilla creamer, and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth, then pour into the finished pitcher of cold brew coffee. Enjoy it over ice (with an extra dash of spice!) in individual glasses.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

A cup of our DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte is one of the main things I look forward to each morning, and, often, in the afternoon, too. You can score 30% off a box of Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew Packs with this Cartwheel coupon now through November 4. Did I mention that there’s also a pumpkin version of the Dunkin’ Donuts packs?! I can’t wait to try our spicy lattes using the pumpkin packs for extra fall-time flavor.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

What are your favorite seasonal coffee drinks to enjoy this time of year? Have you given cold brew a try yet? And don’t forget to tell us about your first experience with coffee, too!

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Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Since debuting our updated home tour earlier this week (hop to Apartment Therapy here in case you missed the full feature!), I thought it might be fun to tour each room separately. So, every Friday for the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing even more photos of individual rooms, and talking about the details—what we’ve done to the space since moving in two years ago, our favorite ways to use the room, projects we have planned, etc.

First up? The family room. As opposed to going in order with the kitchen first—since that’s the room you walk into through our main entry—I wanted to dive right into the family room. Reason being that this space has already changed pretty drastically since Carrie Coleman shot these photos for us earlier in the summer, and I wanted to show you the progress before I unveil the new, new things that we’ve done, which I plan to do the week after next. Let’s get to it!

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

This room was one of the biggest selling points of the house when we toured it waaaaaaay back in September of 2015. It’s technically in the basement of the house, but was finished off, probably a decade or two ago, by the previous owners. Because the room sports three large windows and a sliding door walk-out, it really feels like just another extension of the main living spaces on the top floor. That’s why we tend to refer to it as the “family room” as opposed to the “finished basement.”

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

When we moved in, the room was painted a pale yellow, which I quickly freshened and brightened up with a can of white paint (“High Reflective White” by Sherwin Williams, just like every other room in the house). After finishing the walls, I decided that I couldn’t stop there, and I painted over the raw brick fireplace, too. I know it’s a little controversial to paint over brick, but the new white finish just helps that end of the room feel so much wider and brighter.

Speaking of the fireplace, we also had a professional plumber come in and redo the gas logs for us as they weren’t to code when we moved in. Now the new logs and gas lines help heat the entire space in the colder months, making it one of the coziest rooms in the house come wintertime.

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Let’s talk about those floors. You can find out more about the whole debacle that led to their replacement in this post, but, in a nutshell, our cat did an absolute number on the old berber, forcing us to ditch the carpet once and for all. It was incredibly stressful and an expense we hadn’t planned on investing in right away, but, in hindsight, I’m so glad that we ultimately had to do it.

I remember when we first toured the house with our realtor, and I declared that the berber would have to go before we even (hypothetically) moved in. Of course, that didn’t quite happen despite “my foot going down” from the get-go, but now the room—with its updated laminate flooring—feels even more like a real living room as opposed to a finished basement.

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

To protect our new floors, we added a couple of layered rugs for extra softness, and we filled the space with a mixture of new and mid-century furniture. One thing that you don’t see in this collection of photos is the new sectional that we recently added to the room. It was delivered a couple of weeks ago, and I photographed it in place just last week, so stay tuned for that reveal at the end of the month. A sectional has been on our wish list for years now, and since we finally have a room big enough to situate one in, it was time to pull the trigger. I can’t wait to share more!

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Aside from the foundational updates we’ve made (think: new floors, a working fireplace, fresh paint), the family room has definitely seen its fair share of new and rearranged furniture. We’ve tried I think 3-4 different sofas down here before we really got it right, and more chairs and tables then I can count. Not all new, by the way—I’ve tried my best to “shop” our home and have experimented with pieces from other rooms in the house before buying anything new.

I’ve never decorated a room as large as this one, so I struggled with how exactly to lay it out and had trouble finding the right types of furniture that would fit it best. I think we’ve finally gotten a formula down, though, and it’s the one room our entire family flocks to in the evening. In fact, I’m lounging on the family room sofa right now while typing this post up!

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

As I mentioned, I hope you’ll stay tuned for the next month and a half as I share each individual room with extra home tour photos. It’s so fun to reminisce about just how far we’ve come, and I hope that some of our experiences and decor ideas will help inspire your own home makeover, too. Keep scrolling for a full list of linked room resources!

Room Tour Reveal: The Family Room

*Photos by Carrie Coleman

Family Room Resources:

Rug: Home Depot

Sofa: Home Depot

Side Chair: La-Z-Boy

Recliner: Galaxie Modern

TV Cabinet: Home Depot

Hairpin Leg Side Table: DIY

Framed Horse Print: Photos.com

Ceiling Fans: Home Depot

Felt Ball Garland: Minted

White Curtains: Home Depot

Sheer Curtains: Home Depot

Framed Man Portrait: Photos.com

White Pouf: Joss & Main

Black and White Vase: DIY

Tufted Ottoman: Circa

Laminate Flooring:  Home Depot

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How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

Let’s talk for a moment about style! In my ongoing quest to save more money and buy fewer things, I’ve challenged myself to try making the most of the items I already own. These days you’ll find me rearranging art in our home rather than purchasing new pieces, switching out throw pillows from room to room to change things up, and I’m even doing my best to learn how to mix and match items in my closet to get more wear out of each and every piece.

To help with the latter (since I’m anything but a style pro), I enlisted the help of Darling Boutique owner Linnea White. Back in July, I visited her shop in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, and she helped me choose a dress and a couple of other strategic new pieces to add to my wardrobe for fall that could be worn in a few different ways. Read on for Linnea’s tips for getting the day-to-night look with your own dress, featuring photos by Tristan Williams!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Shoes, necklace, earrings, dress // Already Owned: Jean jacket, purse

Words From Linnea:

When Carrie and I chatted about collaborating a little while ago, we ended up deciding on the idea of styling a dress for her busy blogger life. Based on her style needs, we leaned towards pieces that she could wear from day to night—from a coffee shop meeting or work session, to drinks with friends. As with any piece you purchase, you want to imagine styling it multiple ways, and this dress made it easy to pull double-duty.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Day Look

For the blogger-by-day look, I styled the dress with a simple jean jacket and clogs. It’s no secret that wood clogs are a secret style weapon (the Swedes have known this for years), and are insanely comfortable for long days on your feet. The rich cognac of this pair was the perfect contrast to the dress, adding warmth and color. We added a pair of studs and a beaded bar necklace by Virginia jeweler Emily Warden Designs for simple statement accessories.

Another casual way to style this dress would be with a pair of boots (short or tall) and a chunky cardigan. Think: jewel tones like burgundy or evergreen for an extra eye-catching look. It’s the perfect layering base for Fall days ahead!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Evening Look

Sometimes all you need is a leather jacket. And that’s exactly what we added to this dress for an evening option. We also switched the shoes to a pair of booties, and changed up the jewelry for a little more drama. The sunset cuff by Free Range and Feral paired with the geometric hammered brass earrings and long beaded necklace by Dinosaur Toes—all handmade in Virginia, of course.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Another way to style this dress for evening would be with a pair of heels (add a pop of color!) and a statement clutch. The dolphin hem of the dress adds that needed interest to keep the rest of the look sleek and simple.

Pro Fashionista Tip: Drape your jacket over your shoulders for an instantly chic look for the evening edition of your outfit. 

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Recreate the Look

1. Start with the base. Find that perfect dress for your body type, in a basic color or pattern—we went with stripes in a classic black and white scheme. Keep the silhouette simple, and that base becomes the perfect palette for all your styling needs, day to night.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Necklace, earrings, bracelet, dress // Already Owned: Booties, purse, jacket

2. Keep the layers lengthening, not bulky. Whether a jacket or a sweater, make sure the hem hits at a flattering point on your frame, and doesn’t cut off the flow of the dress silhouette underneath. Learning your proportions is key to layering any piece!

3. Get creative with the accessories, and play with length, textures, and colors. Find necklaces that flatter the garment, creating length where needed or drawing attention to the neckline. This part is the fun part!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

I’m excited to put Linnea’s pro tips into motion all season long, and can’t wait to see just how many other ways I can style this dress as we transition through more seasons. The cool thing is that I haven’t shopped for clothes since that day back in July, and (with Linnea’s tips in mind) I feel like I already have more than enough in my closet to keep me occupied without having to buy anything new—at least for a while! For more tips and style inspiration be sure to follow along with Linnea on the Darling Boutique blog here.

Before I sign off for the day, I just wanted to send off a BIG thank you to Linnea and Tristan for helping me feel like a million bucks throughout the process of this creative project. It was so much fun to connect with a couple of new local creatives, and to try my hand at fashion for once. It just goes to show that some of your best inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places, so take this as your challenge to step out of the box this fall and try something totally new to you in order to get those creative ideas flowing.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

*Photos by Tristan Williams, Styling by Linnea White
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DIY Halloween Pumpkins With Painted Dashes

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

It really is just so funny where DIY inspiration can come from sometimes…For example, while brainstorming Halloween content ideas for Oriental Trading earlier in the season, I happened to come across this dress Pin. I was strangely drawn to the razor-like dashed pattern on the fabric, and remember thinking to myself, “This could be a cool starting point for a Halloween craft project.”

Fast forward several weeks, and here I am sharing my DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkins! Click that link to see how the pair of faux white gourds received their very own designer-inspired razor pattern fit for fall and all sorts of spooky soirees to come later this month.

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I’m surely biased, but I just love how these pumpkins turned out—from the color palette, to the edgy mod shapes. Truth be told, I’m not much of a Halloween decorator. Sure, I put together holiday-specific crafts to showcase here on the blog because I certainly don’t blame those of you who do love to decorate for the season. But once the project has been photographed and published, I often donate the finished craft to charity so that someone who really appreciates spooky decor can put it to better use.

These painted pumpkins, though? I think that these are here to stay. They feel sleek and stylish enough to blend in with the rest of our fall decorations, and sport just enough razor-sharp personality to suit the Halloween holiday. What do you think? Would you put these puppies out on your own Halloween party table? Get the how-to and free printable template on Oriental Trading now before October 31 rolls around!

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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Our 2017 Mid-Century Home Tour

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Apologies for the late post, but it was for a very special reason…It’s time to reveal our newly updated 2017 home tour! This story has been another year in the making, and I couldn’t be more honored to work with Apartment Therapy and Carrie Coleman to debut the brand new photos of our space.

Once a year, I enlist the help of a professional photographer to come in and document each of the rooms in our house. It’s my way of seeing just how far we’ve come with our renovations and DIY projects, because—let’s face it—sometimes it’s hard to really see all of the hard work you’ve done when you look at everything day in and day out. Being able to compare angles of each room one year later is hugely validating, and it’s a fun way to see just how often I change things over the course of 365 days (to see what I mean, take this year’s tour, and then go back and look at last year’s—it’s pretty different, huh?!).

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

This time I teamed up with Charlottesville wedding photographer, Carrie Coleman, and even though we met for the very first time on the day of the shoot, it felt like we were old pals as we wandered from room to room together. I just love the soft look of her photos—don’t you?

Another reason why I love to team up with a pro photographer to shoot my annual home tour is because I find it so intriguing to look at our home through another photographer’s lens. If you click to the feature over on Apartment Therapy (or the updated home tour page here on Dream Green DIY, which shows a ton of extra photos), you’ll probably see a lot of angles and vantage points that I don’t often showcase with my own camera. It’s a really cool perspective that I value so much.

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

You can take the full tour here, see my feature and interview over on Apartment Therapy right here, and you can actually watch our home tour in motion by clicking “play” on the YouTube video I filmed below. Thanks for following along with me for another fun year, and I can’t wait to see what changes we make to our 1960’s A-frame ranch by the time 2018 rolls around!

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

Mid-Century Home Tour | dreamgreendiy.com

*Photos by Carrie Coleman
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October Favorites

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s a new month, a new season, and I have a new hairdo—sounds like the perfect time to try something totally fresh here on the blog! I’ve been working extra hard this past month to revitalize my YouTube channel, and I’m slowly going to start rolling out the new types of topics and themes this October. First up? A favorites video, which details all of the things I’m loving and testing in my studio right now.

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

One of the perks of this job is that I have the opportunity to try different kinds of beauty products and home goods from brands so that I can offer you guys my quick and candid review. These product reviews aren’t sponsored (i.e. I’m not paid to talk about them), but I’m still so grateful to the teams and brands who send things along to me so that I can share casual feedback with you in between larger, more involved projects.

Anyway, with that motivation at hand, I created a video (where I talk right to the camera!) about a handful of my current favorites. Click play on that video below to get all of the details for the things I’m loving for the month of October, including wallpaper, beauty products, a new coffee table book, free fabric swatches, and so much more. And if you see something that you’d like to try for yourself, I’ve included a full linked list below.

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites:

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

Full disclosure, it definitely feels a little funny talking into a camera, and it pains me a little to even publish this video. But I know that it will get easier and that I won’t look quite so stiff as I do this more and more. Oh, and feel free to note just how often I say the phrase, “I’m excited,” and turn it into a drinking game ::smacks hand against forehead::

But I digress. Tell me: what are a few things you’re currently loving this month? Have you read any good novels that I should try? Any Netflix shows I should binge? Do tell in the comments below, and don’t forget to let me know if you like this type of video content, and any other fresh ideas you’d love to see in motion here on Dream Green DIY. Have a great weekend, guys.

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

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DIY Polka Dot Painted Junk Drawer Bags

*This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Polka Dot Painted Junk Drawer Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in the thick of a major fall cleaning kick, so pretty much any spare minute you’ll find me reorganizing drawers, going through old decorative items, and purging clothes. Even though it’s kind of mentally draining for me to categorize our belongings into keep, toss, and donate piles, it just feels so good to live amongst nothing but the things that we use most often and love the most.

While I might not “love” coupons and keys, they are those types of items that we need to keep handy at a moment’s notice, so I put together a brand new DIY project to help me keep better track of them and so they look cute sitting pretty in our junk drawer. You can find out how I made them using custom-ordered (but affordable!) canvas bags right here.

DIY Polka Dot Painted Junk Drawer Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Polka Dot Painted Junk Drawer Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

As a little bonus to the painted totes tutorial, I found an extra five minutes to put together the pretty DIY keychains, too. It really is simply amazing what you can do with washi tape, isn’t it? Pop over to Oriental Trading here to see the pair of tutorials, and then tell me in the comments what types of junk drawer bags you’d make for yourself—maybe one for pens and pencils? Tape? Let me know below!

DIY Polka Dot Painted Junk Drawer Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Polka Dot Painted Junk Drawer Bags | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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