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DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

It’s time to reveal the third and final project inspired by the edible flowers I purchased to make over an ugly clearance cake! You can see the aforementioned cake project here (including semi-startling before and after photos of the cake) and my second project—DIY pressed flower wine bottle lableshere. But now we’re moving on to something even more traditionally artistic: a DIY pressed flowers art print.

Just like the post title suggests, I wanted to cover a piece of white cardstock with live pressed flowers and some sketched leaves to create a collage-type print. Scroll on for the step-by-step process, and for those of you who aren’t too confident in your drawing abilities, don’t worry—I included printable versions of both the sketched leaves and the final flowery print so you can choose how much work you actually put into this.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

To learn how to press and dry live blooms, first click back to this post. While I was a little intimidated by the process before getting into it, pressing flowers turned out to be an incredibly simple process. It took less than 10 minutes, although you do have to plan ahead since it takes a couple of weeks of hands-off time to finish while you wait on the flowers to dry out.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

If you don’t want to go through the time and expense of purchasing edible flowers for this project, you definitely don’t have to. The only reason I used specialty flowers for this particular tutorial was because I had so many left over from the edible flowers cake project, and I didn’t want them to go to waste. If you’re not in the same predicament, just wander around the yard and choose a few colorful flowers from your garden.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

Now for the base layer cardstock drawing. To make this, I simply sketched a handful of loose stems with leaves onto a sheet of thick cardstock using a fine tip Sharpie marker. Then, I penciled in a few light circles at the tops of the stems where I knew I would later be placing live blooms.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

As to achieving the actual shape of the stems and leaves, here’s my honest-to-God process: I Googled “botanical print” and found this art image, then I pressed my cardstock onto my computer screen and traced the general silhouette of the stems and leaves using a pencil. After that, I drew over the pencil marks with the Sharpie.

As an alternative, if you’d rather skip the hassle of tracing entirely, I created a printable version of my stems and leaves sketch that you can use as a half-way jumping-off point.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

With the base sketch complete, open the book with your pressed flowers in it, and choose a few favorites. Gently peel the flowers off the wax paper and lay them in various arrangements over the penciled-in circles on your sketched stems. Once you’re satisfied with the look, squeeze tiny dots of glue onto the cardstock, and lay the flowers in place one by one.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

Allow the glued flowers to dry for about one hour before handling, and then put the flowered cardstock behind glass in a frame. Note that it’s best to use a frame that has a little bit of an inset shadowbox-type mat so that the petals have room to come off the page for a cool 3D effect.

If you’ve read this far into the post and love the print but just don’t think you’ll have time to go the whole nine yards of pressing the flowers and gluing them into place, I also created a printable version of the fully completed art work that you can download, print, and put in a frame. I can’t wait to see how you guys make this project your own!

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

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How To Make A Giant DIY Typography Art Print | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Happy Monday! I thought we could try starting the week off on the right foot with some simple craft project inspiration. This DIY Typography Art Print is my latest project for Oriental Trading, and it’s one of my favorites yet. The entire giant framed print takes under an hour to complete, and you can reuse all of the supplies to, really, make hundreds of versions of the project.

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How To Make A Giant DIY Typography Art Print | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Another really cool feature about this project (clearly, I’m biased) is that there’s a free printable alphabet so you can make any saying you want—from a favorite quote, to something short and sweet like I chose. You could also spell out your city, or maybe your family’s last name to put up in your home’s entryway. The possibilities are kind of endless…

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How To Make A Giant DIY Typography Art Print | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Pop over to the Oriental Trading blog now to learn how to recreate this art print for yourself, including the download of my customizable alphabet template. I can’t wait to see what you decide to spell out on your own typography print! As always, be sure to tag @dreamgreendiy on social media to share your creations with us.

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Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

I recently realized that I haven’t shared a Thrift Store Score story with you guys in a long time, so I spent about 20 minutes earlier this month wandering through our home photographing the latest secondhand treasures that have made their way into our possession.

First up? This beautiful oriental rug that I actually caught sight of in a local antique store ages ago. I loved it—like, reallyyyyyy loved it—but I could never find a price tag, so I left it behind thinking it’d be out of budget. Then, about three weeks ago, I decided to bite the bullet and just ask. Turns out that the rug, which is admittedly pretty beat up and worn in, was going for a cool $20, so I scooped it up—decade’s worth of dust and all.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

I think the woman at the register was so astounded that I would even want the rug in its current state that she was willing to let it go for a steal. I actually did call up a local rug cleaner to look into potentially giving it a professional clean, but I’m honestly not too anxious to get it done.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

We unrolled the new-to-us rug under the dining table in our newly-painted sunroom (full reveal coming soon!), and I haven’t touched it since. I love the character of those worn corners, frayed edges, and faded colors. I still can’t believe that it’s mine and I’m only $20 poorer—I thought, for sure, that it’d be more than $200 since frayed antique area rugs are so “in vogue” these days. Just goes to show that you should always ask, even if you’re a little scared to know the final price tag.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

While I was out antiquing, I also picked up that pretty handmade hanging basket you see for $10 and the bamboo tray on the table for just $3 to hold things like potted plants and mid-read magazines.

I’ve definitely slowed down my thrift store shopping as of late because of how much stuff we already have and how little of a budget we’re working with, but when I do head out, the activity is still just as inspiring as it ever was. Tell us about a few of your own Thrift Store Scores in the comments below!

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Slowly over the course of the last two years, I’ve managed to rid our home almost entirely of televisions for design reasons. There’s just no denying that traditional TVs flat-out ruin the aesthetic of a room, and I gave up on trying to make them work.

Now, of course, that’s not to say we don’t watch TV—we actually watch an hour or two of it every evening before bed, but we do so using a well-hidden projector that displays on a blank white wall in our downstairs family room. It’s just as cool as it sounds to watch movies and shows on a big projected screen, but daytime viewing on a projector just isn’t an option. Projected images work best under total darkness, so if, say, I wanted to binge watch season four of Dawson’s Creek on a lazy Saturday morning (guilty), I couldn’t really do it.

Point is, I’ve always wanted to find an answer to the age old question, “How do I make a TV blend in with our home decor,” and have considered building a closable box frame for the wall to conceal the appliance when not in use, and even ordering some sort of custom cabinet. Thankfully, Samsung recently offered an easy solution to all of our TV woes with their brand new television: The Frame.

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How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #ad

How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #ad

Just like the name implies, this TV sports a simple, sleek frame that—wait for it—really looks like a picture frame. You can even, later on, choose to customize the included black metal frame using a number of different style options to suit your own aesthetic (think: beige wood, walnut, or white), but the real star of this TV is what shows within that frame. When you’re not watching television, the screen transforms into a work of art. Literally.

Dreamed up in collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, The Frame comes loaded with a digitally curated gallery of 100 art works to choose from right out of the box. We’re talking black and white portraits, colorful butterflies, edgy line drawings and collages, high quality architecture photographs, landscapes, and so much more. If you want to make things ultra personal, you can also upload your own personal family photos and travel pictures. Instead of fading to black when not in use like most TVs, The Frame’s dormant stage shows a piece of art chosen by you to match your home’s existing decor.

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What I’m trying to say is that this TV instantly negates any design conundrum by disguising the fact that it even is a television. The Frame comes with Samsung’s new Invisible Connection and No Gap Wall-mount right out of the box, too, so that you can even hang it flush on the wall in the middle of your gallery wall.

Although John and I decided to make the most of the included Studio Stand to mimic the look of leaned tabletop art, we’ve since tucked the wall-mount safely away in case we decide later on to hang The Frame on a wall. Here’s what it could look like hung in our upstairs living room.

How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #adHow cool is that?! I doubt any guest would have a clue that the beautiful 55-inch framed photograph can actually play Netflix, Pandora, or YouTube with the push of a button. As you can see in the next shot, you can even customize how your chosen art work looks within the frame—you can forgo a matte, use a standard matte, or go with a shadowbox style matte. You can also pick the color of your matte from 10 options, including black, gray, red, green, and three shades of white.

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After scrolling through the options post-set-up, I landed on three favorites: a curvy blue and gray pattern by Clare E. Rojas, a Southwestern style architectural photo by Nacho Alegre, and an aerial beach shot by Tommy Clarke. All of my favorite images are automatically saved to a “Recents” folder so I can quickly pull any of them up when I want to go into Art Mode.

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Another cool thing is that the TV has a built-in Brightness Sensor, which auto adjusts the color and brightness of the display depending on the time of day. I was a little concerned about backlighting effects ruining the look and ambiance of the art, but the TV automatically adjusts to a natural brightness and color so that the art looks like the real deal. On the other end of the spectrum, as soon as you pop into television mode, you can see the TV take on the brighter, whiter display you’re used to.

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Speaking of, despite the argument that Art Mode is the most intriguing feature on this TV, it’s worth reiterating that you can also watch all of your favorite shows and movies on this television, too. We’ve never owned a smart TV, so having all of our favorite apps (think: Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.) all in one place without having to hook up external equipment makes us feel like kings. The Frame’s picture is incredibly crisp and lifelike, too, with four times more pixels than full HD. I don’t know much about technology, but it’s pretty astonishing going from a 10-year-old low quality 32-inch TV to a high def 55-inch television.

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The only thing we needed to hook up to the TV was our BluRay player, which connected right to the included One Connect Box that you can just barely see pictured a couple photos up situated on top of a book stack in our media console. Just two small cables run from the TV itself, and those can be run discreetly off to the side using a clear included clip. I think one of the biggest past deterrents of trying to make a TV work in our home was the unsightly cables and unnecessary clutter, but The Frame minimizes all of that. The designers really thought of everything.

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The Frame is definitely an investment, but when you think about all of the things it combines into one box and appliance—like a 55-inch TV, wall-mount, all of your favorite smart apps, not to mention more than 100 large scale 55-inch framed works of art—it’s a worthy one. I know it seems silly, but not having to worry about or be embarrassed by having a TV displayed front and center in our home is personally worth the entire splurge to me. This television is the perfect iteration of form meets function, and I’m so excited to shout it from the rooftops since I know a lot of you have struggled with blending your own TVs at home for years.

So, which of the three favorite art works that I chose is your favorite? What type of art would you display on your Samsung TV—landscape, architecture, wildlife, action, drawing, a family portrait or favorite wedding photo? Do tell in the comments below.

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Sources: Schlage Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt with Century Handleset and Latitude Lever // Front Door // Green Doormat // Outdoor Spotlight // 4″ Modern House Numbers

With summer finally here, I’ve decided to turn my attention to a few lingering outdoor updates to our curb appeal—namely, the front door. Last year I explained how we tackled a quick and affordable “Phase 1” makeover by adding fun teal window film to our existing storm door, but it’s time to get our entry looking even more official.

My ultimate goal? To give our bland front door a bit more of a permanent vibe with a real exterior door (no more naked storm door), new modern hardware care of Schlage, and a few subtle accessories. If your Ac is broken look no farther ac repair near me here is the link. Oh, and plants. Lots and lots of plants. As you can see from the photos below that were taken by Andrea Pesce last spring, our 1960s ranch has undeniable character. That cool A-frame style silhouette is one that’s known all over town. In fact, contractors who have been invited over to offer estimates or do work here and there on our house always comment about how they’ve admired the home from afar, and, of course, we weren’t immune to that appeal ourselves. As soon as I spotted the house on Zillow back in 2015, I knew it was “the one.”

That said, the curb could definitely use some sprucing up. So, to continue my year-long partnership with Schlage, I thought I’d share a little bit about our inspiration and plans for our mid-century-inspired exterior entryway. HINT: Make sure you scroll to the end of the post for your chance to enter to win the brand’s big Superb Curb Appeal Sweepstakes!

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Like a lot of renovation projects in this house, I’m going to attempt to combine two main factors: form and function. In the looks department, the old storm door leaves quite a bit to be desired. It’s pretty flimsy and dingy, plus the glass panel (even with its since-added blue window film) just doesn’t add the kind of sophistication I’m going for to the aesthetic of the house.

Functionally, there’s little to no protection from the elements. The seal is nonexistent (grass and vines literally grow into the sunroom from under the door), and the glass panel lets quite a bit of light into the sunroom, making the unheated/un-air-conditioned room a sauna this time of year, anyway I already contacted AC repair Orlando because I want to install a new system at home.

A proper exterior door will give the house a little more grandeur, not to mention it will keep the sunroom feeling more comfortable year-round and free from encroaching vines and pests. The other exciting part about adding a real front door is that it allows us the opportunity to get hardware to match the upgrade. We fell hard for the Schlage Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt with Century Handleset and Latitude Lever. The edgy black finish will draw much-needed attention to our entryway, and will ensure better security, too, thanks to the heavy-duty electronic deadbolt.

Modern Mid-Century Curb Appeal: Inspiration | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #CurbAppealIn an effort to get this important install right the first time, we’re enlisting help from the pros rather than tackling it ourselves. We’ve crossed our measure appointment off the list, and the parts have all been ordered—now we just wait to get our install on the calendar with the local home improvement store, and we’ll be calling this one “done” before summer’s end. I can’t wait to share the final before and after photos with you all later this season, and to offer thoughts on Keyless Touchscreen entry once we’ve had a chance to enjoy it for a few weeks. Stay tuned for all of that very soon.

And now for the contest (because who doesn’t love to win stuff?!). Enter the Schlage Superb Curb Appeal Sweepstakes now for a chance to win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt of your own, a $1,000 gift-card from The Home Depot, and a design consultation from fellow home-design blogger, Carmel Phillips from Our Fifth House. Get all the details and enter to win here—good luck!

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New Framed Art From @thecitizenry For The Dining Room

Oh, summer time…Right now is when we need to be indulging our instincts for wandering the coastline and getting lost on pretty mountain roads, dappled sun warming our faces and backs. It’s practically a requirement this time of year to go out on weekly adventures and to soak up that laid back vibe for as long as we can.

It seems like enjoying those types of moments gets more and more difficult as we get older, but I’m trying so hard this year to give in. I’m testing out my (admittedly rusty) spontaneity and going to different restaurants with John, adventuring to new-to-me antique stores by myself, and experimenting with seasonal food that I’ve never tried before. It doesn’t sound all that exciting to those of you who globe-trot the world, but for this shy introvert, tiny little moments like these are all I need to feel a deep sense of accomplishment.

New Framed Art From @thecitizenry For The Dining Room

I know I sound like a broken record, but as you know, I’m not a big traveler, so I like to keep things simple and I tend to smell the roses closer to home. Because of that fact, I love to add global touches to our home to offer a peek into what’s happening beyond our state line. We just added a new piece of art to our dining room that does exactly that, and I thought I’d give you a couple of close-ups in the off chance that it inspires a little wanderlust in your own life this sleepy Monday morning.

New Framed Art From @thecitizenry For The Dining Room

Our new landscape print came to us from The Citizenry, and it’s one of those statement pieces of art that immediately grabs your attention. It showed up late last Thursday, and after testing it out in a few different rooms, I ultimately decided that the dining room was the perfect spot. You may remember that we added a large scale photo of Paris to the other side of the dining room earlier this year, so this new dessert portrait feels like a nice complement to our now-travel-themed space.

New Framed Art From @thecitizenry For The Dining Room

It’s a simple change, but a striking and inspiring one. As soon as John walked in from work that Thursday afternoon, he spotted it and commented on it. We love the earthy palette and the fact that, if you take a closer look, you’ll see a little motorcyclist careening over the rolling hills. My favorite type of art is anything that makes you take a closer look, and this one definitely checks that box.

The Citizenry just recently launched an entire collection of travel art, so be sure to take a closer look at those on their site today. Which one would you add to your home this summer season?

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Try This Trick Before Buying A New Lamp

As it turns out, I’m the only person in my entire family who is bad at saving money. My parents and my sister are all pros at squirreling away cash for a rainy day (to the point of frugality), but I’m not that way at all. Maybe it’s because we grew up under my parents’ tightly budgeted regime that I decided to live more on the edge as an adult—whatever the case, I love treating myself and have succumbed to the fact that I will never live a rich or cozy banking lifestyle.

The very, very good news, though, is that my parents’ steadfast aversion to debt definitely engrained itself in my soul, so, aside from our home, you won’t find me financing a single thing. I may not be good at budgeting or saving, but the concept of financing a purchase just isn’t something that even crosses my mind (not that it’s a bad thing, of course—it’s just not for me personally).

Anyway, while I wish I could announce that I’ve decided to completely change my tune this season, I’m just not quite there yet with my saving habits. That said, one way I’ve tricked myself into saving money is playing musical decor in our home. Rather than running out to purchase something new at the drop of a hat like I used to, I’m taking much longer to fork over the cash. I’ll try every single lamp that we already have in our house before I’ll head to Target for a new one, and that’s exactly the story I wanted to share with you today, step by step, so that you can potentially learn to “accidentally” save some money in your own home goods budget—or at least try to, like I did.

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Too Small

The focus of this little game was the table lamp in my made-over office. As I revealed in that post, I had actually already purchased a new lamp, but even after snapping those “final” photos, the fixture never felt quite right (I’ll explain why a little later on).

But, not wanting to pay $50 for a new lamp unless it was absolutely necessary, I decided to try other options from around the house—starting with this little white lamp from our living room. It was the right style (minimal), the right color (white), and the right proportions (slightly hefty around the middle), but it was just overall too small for the room. Snapping this picture above on my iPhone helped me see that sizing issue right away, so I moved on to the next option.

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Too Tall

As I’m sure you’ll be able to tell immediately, this quirky yellow lamp was just too tall for the space. A fun idea, but just not right for the room. I did like the color though—the burnt yellow/orange tone picked up the same palette from the art, which made me wonder if an earth-toned lamp could do the trick. Just not this particular one.

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Too Skinny

While the height of this small gray thrift store lamp felt right (just slightly taller than my computer screen), the shape left a bit to be desired. The thin neck of the lamp and slender outline of the base itself didn’t command enough attention.

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Still Too Skinny (And Too Tall)

This one was also a little skinnier than I felt like the desktop needed, plus it was just a little too tall in comparison to the computer screen. I think it was at this point in the process of trying different lamps and snapping photos of them from the doorway that I realized the right lamp would be somewhere in-between the top of the computer screen and the bottom of the piece of art. One thing I did love about this lamp, though, was the fact that the brass base mimicked the print’s gold frame.

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Too Invisible

This mid-century white table lamp above was the right height but not the right scale. I still craved something more rotund around the middle, plus I was starting to rethink my decision to look for a light-colored lamp having seen how much the too-tall yellow lamp and the too-skinny brass lamp popped against the white walls of my office. Time to keep looking.

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Too Trendy

When last I left things, this pretty gray table lamp had temporarily won the race. I liked the height and the rounded shape of the gourd base, but when it came down to it, I just didn’t love it. The lamp checked all the right boxes, but it just felt like the expected, trendy choice, so after living with it for a week (and snapping these photos), I decided to return it and continue the hunt for the right, right lamp.

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Too Wimpy

In a fit of desperation (I really didn’t want to have to buy a new lamp, guys…) I tried the lamp you see above from our bedroom, but it just felt lost on the desktop. I haven’t mentioned this yet, but for some reason I really wanted to find a lamp that was a true table lamp—not a traditional office task lamp. After snapping this photo, I promptly put it back beside the bed.

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Winner

Ahh, that sweet sigh of relief. The final winning table lamp is the perfect blend of earth-toned color to make it pop off the white walls, the right rounded shape to give it heft, and the right height, putting it just below the art above my desk.

Although I grudgingly had to purchase this lamp new, I can safely say that I agonized over the decision and spent that money knowing in my heart that it was the right decision to make. It wasn’t instant gratification, and it wasn’t an impulse purchase. I spent over a week trying different options to finally decide that this one was worth the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to save money.

Try This Trick Before Buying A New Lamp

Try This Trick Before Buying A New Lamp

Try This Trick Before Buying A New Lamp

Try This Trick Before Buying A New Lamp

This story may sound a little bit backward, but I wanted to share the honest truth about my spending habits and how I’ve worked hard to curb them in favor of loving what we already have. In case you’re in the process of attempting to save money, maybe this trick could help you save a few extra dollars in the long run! Before purchasing something new, try rearranging pieces from around your house to see if you have something that already works. Snapping a quick photo on your phone can help point out things that you might not pick up on with the naked eye, so be sure to do that extra step, too.

So, what do you think? Did I make the right choice, or was there a lamp from the bunch that you thought fit just right? Of course, it’s all subjective and I am head over heels for my new lamp, but the process is still a fun one to look back on, and I’d love to know your thoughts. So fire away in the comments below!

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P.S. Have you given my call for a big favor some thought…? Pretty please!?

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Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Well, folks…We’re nearing the end of the La-Z-Boy Design Dash room makeover contest, and I just wanted to ask one last time for your quick vote! You all have been so incredibly sweet and supportive of this entire project, and it was such a thrill to have had the chance to work on it. Even if we don’t end up taking home the prize, it still has been a wonderful experience that I would totally do all over again.

The contest, where you can vote for your favorite room in the makeover series, ends this Sunday, June 25, so I’d love to invite you to cast your vote between now and the end of the week. You can enter once every day, so feel free to make it part of your morning routine until Sunday—I know I will be! And in case you forgot, you get a little something out of it, too. One voter will win $15,000 in La-Z-Boy furniture to inspire your own made-over space, so this could just be the beginning for one of you, I always use Shiply to deliver my furniture whenever I get anything new, they always make sure to get the furniture safe to its destination…

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Click back here to see a mood board we initially considered for our space before we were able to hit the showroom floor, and you can hear more about our experience at the Dash itself here (including lots of behind the scenes photos and videos!) here.

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.comBehind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Thank you all so much again for the outpouring of love for our room, and here’s that link to vote just onnnne last time. Even if you don’t vote for our space, I hope you take a second to pop over and see the other rooms in the contest. Every single space turned out beautifully (I think my favorite aside from our own was Cassity’s), so be sure to check those out for even more design inspiration. The winner will be announced July 19, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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Everything You Need To Fill Your Open Shelves | dreamgreendiy.com

Happy Monday! I probably shouldn’t admit this, but Mondays are actually my favorite day of the week. The day offers a nice, fresh start, there’s less pressure since I have plenty of days to get my projects for that week done before Saturday rolls around, and Monday tends to be my lightest email day of the week.

On the other hand, Fridays are my least favorite. I have until 5PM to get everything on my list done before calling it quits for the weekend, and I swear everyone waits until 4PM on Friday afternoon to send me their “urgent” email requests. It stresses me out just thinking about Friday…So, instead, I’ll simply bask in the slow-paced glory of this Monday morning.

  1. Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home by Rebecca Atwood ($22.02)
  2. Potted Faux Ball Cactus Plant in Pot ($37.99)
  3. Table Lamp ($21.75)
  4. Solid Wood Wall Frame ($23.99)
  5. Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life, by Erin Gates ($19.91)
  6. 3 Piece Canister Set ($35.99)
  7. Retro Alarm Clock ($14.45)
  8. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, by Emily Henderson ($18.39)
  9. Recycled Glass Bud Vase ($43.99)
  10. Diptyque ‘Baies’ Scented Candle 2.4 oz ($34)
  11. Succulents in Wooden Pot ($58.99)
  12. Hettie 3 Piece Vase Set ($35.99)

One thing in particular that I’ve got on my to-do list for the week is a home tour photo shoot. I’m so excited to be teaming up with local photographer, Carrie Coleman, to document all of the changes we’ve made to our home since last year’s tour. You’d probably think that not enough has changed since last June to warrant a new shoot, but I think you’ll be surprised to see all of the differences from room to room.

With a looming photo shoot in just a few days time, I’ve been running like a mad woman around our house, making sure that everything (and I mean everything) is styled to perfection. In case you’re working on styling your own surfaces, the list above features a few of the top picks I always keep around for styling emergencies—because, yes, those moments totally exist! I can’t wait to share more about the tour next month, but in the meantime, be sure to follow along with me on Instagram for behind the scenes peeks and to weigh in with your own styling ideas as I work on each room in turn.

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Oh, and, as always, my promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.

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Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Oh, the downstairs bathroom…This room is thankfully a bit of an afterthought since it’s tucked away on the bottom level of our home. It’s rarely used by guests, so I’ve just lived with it for the almost-two years that we’ve called this 1960s ranch “home.”

That said, my patience has officially run out, and I’ve got big plans to turn this space into a room that I don’t mind directing our guests toward. John and I are actually hosting a mini family reunion (my dad’s side) here at the house in late July, so my plan is to have this dated room fit for showing off come party time next month. Can I pull it off? That’s yet to be seen, but I’ve made at least a few small bits of progress in the last couple of weeks, which has me feeling more confident.

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Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

The first thing to get updated was the light over the vanity. The original fixture featured an old on/off toggle switch, forcing us to look for the same style fixture in the process of replacing it. There isn’t a built-in wall switch for the light, so if we installed a traditional fixture, it would have been permanently lit once the power was switched back on post-install.

Turns out that toggle type lighting is harder to find than you’d think, though! Most of the fixtures I unearthed on my Google searches were astronomically expensive, but then I found a UK-based Etsy seller who offered beautiful modern light fixtures with a toggle switch option.

Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Spark & Bell totally saved my butt on this one, and after finding a couple of fixtures that I just couldn’t choose between (seen here and here), I reached out to the shop owner to see if a custom option was possible. Spoiler alert: it was possible, and the finished light is everything I had hoped for and more.

Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Resources: Cotton Wall Hanging (similar), Round MirrorGrasscloth Wallpaper (similar), Soap DispenserCustom Light FixtureVintage rug via eBay seller anatoliandecorBath TowelBoxes with lidsBrass Drawer PullsHanging Planter Vase

I’m still playing around with different accents and finishing touches, but my ultimate plan is to work around the bulk of the room’s existing layout (for now, anyway) and finishes, but update the smaller details—things like the mirror, art, hardware, rug and linens—every weekend now through July.

I actually really love the original grasscloth wallpaper in the room, so I think I’ll try working around that for “Phase 1” of this makeover. As for “Phase 2”? We’ll eventually update the countertop to stone, add a new modern faucet, and rip out the old shower stall and retile it to span the entire back half of the room (like this).

What do you think? Do you guys have a room in your home that you’re embarrassed to send people to? I’m hopeful that these high impact, small scale changes I have planned can happen quickly and on budget. Stay tuned.

Phase 1 Of Our Downstairs Bathroom Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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