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How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

You guys have been asking for this tutorial for ages (a whole year, to be exact), so I finally put my head down the last couple of weeks to get the project wrapped up and photographed, and now I’m finally ready to share the DIY details. It turns out that fixing dated decorative cabinet scrollwork is easier than you might think, so let’s dive into it.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

First, let’s back up a little bit. As you may remember, the section of wood cabinetry above our kitchen sink has looked pretty dated since the day we moved in. This point was driven home with particular force when I took over the Better Homes & Gardens Instagram account early last year. Many of the first commenters on this particular photo took it upon themselves to bash the curvy scrollwork detail, calling it out as old fashioned and ugly. Of course, I didn’t disagree but would have loved nicer notice (you can read more about my thoughts on Internet bashing here).

Anyway, not one to really let that type of thing push me away from my own staunch home décor opinions, I left the scrollwork alone for several months. The project was still at the top of our to-do list, but it wasn’t something we rushed to cross off either since it wasn’t hurting anyone.

Then, an off-handed conversation with my dad about how we might eventually fix the dated header turned into a scheduled woodworking day. Practically nothing excites the two of us more than solving a home dilemma, so we put our heads together to come up with a simple process to update the woodwork with as little dust and debris as possible.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

The ultimate goal was to keep the wood exactly as it is (because it’s just so beautiful!), but to remove the curvy edge to reveal a sleek straight line. This would help modernize the header just enough to not give away its age, and it would no longer draw the eye. I’d much rather place focus on the granite counters we splurged on.

To achieve that, the first thing we did was take a full-size level and lay it across the wood, end to end, just above the curvy edge. Using a black Sharpie, we marked out the line, and then used measuring tape to double check that the line was straight and an even distance from the crown moulding up top.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

Next, we used a jig saw to cut carefully and slowly along the line. You can start your cut, like we did, by situating the blade along the bottom center of the wood header, pulling the trigger to get it going, and then slowly pushing the blade up at an angle into the wood until you reach the marked line. An alternative would be to drill a hole just below your marked line large enough to slip the jig saw blade through. Cut along the line with the jig saw in both directions, getting as close as you can to the cabinets on either side.

To finish the cuts without biting into the outer cabinets, we stopped our jig saw about a quarter of an inch from the cabinet edge, and then used a handheld jabsaw to finish the cut along the scrollwork. Then, it was just a matter of pulling the two loose end pieces off the nails that held them in place on the inside of the adjacent cabinets. A quick hammer wack on each nail loosened them enough to pull them out, finishing the first phase of the job.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

Now, of course, we weren’t exactly done since the hacked header was looking a little jagged and uneven. To complete the project, we used a block plane to even out the raw edge as much as possible, and then my dad measured, cut, and stained a trim piece that covered both the raw edge on the bottom and the one on the front of the wood panel. You can get these types of L-shaped trim pieces at most home improvement stores if you’re not able to make your own. We pre-drilled pilot holes every 12 inches or so along the bottom of the trim piece, and then tapped nails into place to attach it to the wood header.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

In a perfect world, we would have been able to access the hardware for the header so that we could have just taken it down and run it along a table saw (ultra flush nails prevented us from doing that), but the finishing trim method would still have come into play. Our custom process required a handful of extra steps, but, in the end, we were left with exactly the results we were hoping for: a super sleek, straight edge that allows the header to blend right in with the rest of the squared-off cabinetry.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

It’s amazing how such a small change can make such a big difference. We love the way the straight edge helps modernize our retro kitchen without taking away any of the gorgeous character. So, what do you think of the update? Do you think you could manage the project on your own? I know you can! If you have any questions on the exact process or specific tools that we used, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

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Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

MAN, it’s bothering me now in retrospect that the piece of art looks like it’s sitting right on top of that table lamp. Oh, well. Live and learn! And since I just pointed out a major flaw in my work that you might not have noticed had I just kept my mouth shut, let me let you in on another #fail of mine—I didn’t end up keeping today’s Thrift Store Score (or should I say, Thrift Store Splurge).

While I pride myself on hunting down fairly good deals for the most part, I do occasionally shop badly. In fact, I’ll be even more honest with you and admit that today’s “thrifty” purchase, while cool as can be, was probably what prompted the personal heart to heart I had with myself at the beginning of the year. Click back to my January 1 post here to learn all about how I plan to shop less and more intentionally if you missed it, but that’s enough run around for the day. Let me get to the true story behind this cool retro table.

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

John and I spotted it while taking our latest tour of a semi-local secondhand shop, Circa. It was tucked away in a back room, but as soon as I saw it out of the corner of my eye, I was hooked. I loved the edgy hourglass silhouette, and I also really loved the creamy color, which checked all the boxes of our neutral color palette at home.

Then, upon closer inspection, I made an even cooler discovery—the table plugs in and the surface lights up (scroll down a bit to see a GIF that demos the light in action)! Picture me flicking that switch in store, my eyes growing to the size of teacup saucers, and my jaw falling wide open. I looked over at John to see if he was thinking the same thing, and I saw that a big smile had materialized on his face, too (which is basically John’s equivalent of my exaggerated reaction). I was scared to look at the tag, and more than a little disappointed to find out that it was listed for $150. Frankly, it was far too much to pay for the table, even taking into account the fact that it was such a unique piece.

After mulling it over in the aisles of the store for a few minutes, I ultimately decided to let my impulsive side win, and I carted the side table up to the cash register. Against John’s better judgement, I should add.

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

I think two things pushed me over the edge toward the purchase. First, the fact that the table was a huge conversation piece, and second, that it was also functional since it acted as both a lamp and a surface to place things on. The sad news is that, after getting the table home, I never could find the right spot for it. It looked silly (to my eye) without a table lamp on it, so that kind of busted the whole functionality equation, and we already had a collection of beautiful side tables to choose from.

Do I regret buying it? Yeah, I honestly kind of do, although I’m so glad that I was able to share the find with you guys here on the blog. It got its five minutes of fame, after all, and I’m glad to tell you that it has since been donated to Habitat for Humanity to hopefully benefit another family in the end.

I considered covering up the fact that this Thrift Store Score ended up being a splurgy fail, but I wanted to be extra transparent about the whole situation because I really do think that the purchase helped push me in my new direction of buying less often, but also purchasing with more purpose. Now, not only do I try to stick within a harder budget, but I also try not to bring anything home unless I can visualize an exact spot for it.

Now tell me: what are some of the questions you ask yourself when considering bringing home a new-to-you antique find? Do you think this cool little table was worth the splurge? Should I have kept it?! I’m not sure I want to know the answer to that last one…

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

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My Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Let’s take a tiny break from holiday talk this morning to get real about something that has been making me feel a little low as of late: Internet cruelty. As someone who puts her life and home out there for the world to see (and comment on) on a daily basis, I’ve learned not to get too upset by negativity. I respect everyone’s opinions—but not when those opinions are rudely put and destructive. There’s a BIG difference between saying you don’t like something and saying you think a person is “stupid” or “an idiot” for designing her home a certain way.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

So, when Apartment Therapy asked if I’d like to shed some light on this topic after a certain photo they posted of our home took on a nasty life of its own, I was all for it. I would love for you to click over to Apartment Therapy to read my essay and to weigh in with your own thoughts, perspectives, and opinions in their comments section. It’s already getting pretty heated over there, and I wonder if any of you have more to add to that space.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Before you read my essay, though, I wanted to warn you that a certain four-letter expletive is used. I promise it’s not meant to offend, but more to underscore the types of things I hear from strangers fairly often on viral social media posts. It’s not my quote, but literally something I copied and pasted from someone’s comment about our home. I just thought I’d give you a heads up since the commenters on Apartment Therapy got the wrong idea that I intentionally used that language to get a reaction—not the case!

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

Thanks, as always, for your support, for hearing me out, and (perhaps most imortant of all) for your thoughtful, respectful comments here on the blog. It means more to me than you’ll ever, ever know…Now, please hop over to read my Apartment Therapy essay, and be sure to share your own thoughts about Internet bullying and negative commenting either below or in Apartment Therapy’s comments section.

A Blogger's Honest Response To Negative Comments

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DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar

* This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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While a good portion of my DIY projects for Oriental Trading need to be intentionally “evergreen” (meaning they can be used or made any time of the year), this project is definitely something that, I think, works so well for this Christmasy holiday season.

Just think about it! How fun and practical would it be to use this DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar to countdown all of your very favorite festive traditions?! We’re talking Christmas movie nights, greeting card addressing, baking and decorating sugar cookies, maybe even an annual local wreath-making workshop. I know I’m hugely biased, but I would love to use this finished pin board to lay out each of the weeks’ tasks leading up to December 25, because this really is the most wonderful time of year, with to-dos that most definitely don’t feel like chores.

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DIY Days-of-the-Week Clothespin Board | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

When Christmas is over, though, you’ll be able to use the clothespin calendar for any and all of your weekly obligations and events. It’s the perfect way to get you organized before diving head first into the brand new year in just a few weeks’ time. Visit the Oriental Trading Fun365 website now for the full tutorial for my DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar, and let me know in the comments a handful of the projects that are still left on your Christmas to-do list.

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Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Well, all I can say for myself is this: I really did try not to use so many photos in this post. I just couldn’t edit the collection down any more. This room is so festive and happy to me, which more than warrants a barrage of photographic evidence—at least in my opinion. I hope you guys don’t mind. My advice? Click “play” on some holiday tunes, grab a second cup of coffee (bonus points for the peppermint-flavored kind!), and settle in to soak up our full Christmas living room tour—22 photos and all.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

While the furniture arrangement stayed largely the same this year in comparison to last year, the color palette is practically on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. We went from hot pink and minty blue holiday décor, to a softer, more neutral collection of colors.

Our new earthy art acted as the main source of inspiration for the new palette, as well as our existing leather couch. Alongside those pieces, our old collection of pink and blue ornaments just felt a little out of place. So, I quickly ran out to Target and spent $20 on a set of “rusty” round ornaments to use instead. I was able to combine the new rust-colored balls with our existing set of gold and silver ones from years gone by to fill our white tree with warmth and shimmer.

It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune year after year on new ornaments to suit your evolving tastes. Just supplement and combine what you already own to remix the look.

Learn more about our earth tone gallery wall here, including 19 other prints to inspire your own neutral art collection.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Earlier this week, I explained how my sister and I went on a mini shopping spree at Tuesday Morning, and how impressed we were by all that we were able to find (and afford). This was a shop I hadn’t been to since my days in high school, but it turns out that the brand has an awesome décor collection up for grabs. We had to edit our haul down quite a bit before lugging our carts up to the cash register because there were so many good picks to be had.

Watch the video embedded above to find out what we bought for the living room and how you can make a lot of the pieces work well beyond Christmas, too. By the way, while the post on Wednesday was sponsored by Tuesday Morning, this one here today is not. I was just that impressed and couldn’t help but spread the love into a second day.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

I’m still well into purging mode right now, and am resistant about bringing anything new into our home unless I have a firm place in mind for it. Because of that mindset, I worked hard to style the space with as few traditional Christmas accessories as I could. Those little things add up so quickly and end up wreaking havoc on our basement storage system the rest of the year, so a lot of what you see here will probably end up staying out past Christmas.

The only things I plan to put away come December 26 are the Christmas trees, ornaments, the dried wreath, and our stack of holiday books. Everything else (from the pom-pom garland and artwork, to the new lamp, pillows, tray, and textiles we picked up at Tuesday Morning) will stay right where you see it. By keeping the holiday-themed accents to a minimum, they’re going to take up far less room in the basement, and (my favorite part) it will probably take about 25 minutes to clean up once the holidays are over.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Honestly, after looking through these photos, I feel like it could be even more minimalist. There’s just something about that big white Christmas tree that seems to scream, “LOOK AT ME!” am I right? What do you think? Should we have gone even more muted with our holiday decorations?

I think the room falls somewhere in between minimal and glam, which sounds like just about the most ridiculous combination a home could identify with, but I’ll simply call this my baby step toward minimalism until the 2018 holiday season rolls around. Tell me: what’s your Christmas color palette this year?

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

*This story was an in-kind partnership with Tuesday Morning. Though compensation wasn’t received, we were given product to style and experience first-hand. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dream Green DIY!
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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar

*This post was sponsored by Tuesday Morning

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Entertaining is something I love in theory, but I honestly don’t do it all that often. I have lots of ideas, and I love perusing other blogs and Pinterest for party ideas, but I personally tend to get really stressed out by the idea of hosting a large gathering.

This past year, though, John and I have worked hard to push ourselves beyond that anxiety, and we’ve successfully had our families up to the house for a few small gatherings (like this one). By keeping our guest list to family, it takes some of the pressure off—after all, we know our parents and sisters won’t judge us for having a home filled with half-finished projects!

The holidays, in particular, always provide lots of motivation to put my hostessing cap on, and this year I’ve decided that the perfect no-fuss, low-stress family gathering is one centered on a simple DIY Christmas hot chocolate bar. I’ve teamed up with the folks at Tuesday Morning to build the perfect holiday buffet, and I’m sharing all of the details (including a must-grab shopping list) below.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

The first thing you’ll need (of course!) is a buffet. The china hutch in our dining room actually transforms into a buffet by clearing and lifting off the top shelf portion, so that’s exactly what we did, but any buffet or console table will do.

If you don’t have a buffet, though, it’s totally fine to clear off your main dining room table to use as a place to set your food and serving dishes. We did this for my dad’s birthday party since we had extended family joining us for that gathering, and it worked out really well. We all ate comfortably in easy chairs in the living room.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Accessories:

  • Runner or placemats
  • Linen or paper napkins
  • Faux evergreen wreath
  • Large serving bowl
  • Small serving bowl
  • Stack of dessert plates
  • Tiny bowls for toppings
  • Festive tray
  • Mugs
  • Spoons
  • Holiday decorations (ceramic reindeer, bottle brush trees, etc.)

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

I took my sister along with me to our local Tuesday Morning (find your own store here) to gather supplies for our little holiday party, and it was an absolute blast. We filled our cart to overflowing with all sorts of things—from pillows (our living room reveal is coming on Friday, so stay tuned!) and plates, to Christmas-themed accents and serving dishes, too. We were able to make our budget go really far, and I love that this set of pieces can be used year after year.

I’m really trying to be extra intentional this year with the pieces I buy for our house. I want to buy things that I know we’ll love year after year, so I wandered the store with that in mind. Every time I picked up an item, I asked myself, “What are a couple of ways I can put this to use?” If I could only come up with one cool way to style the piece, I put it back on the shelf.

I used to go out and buy all sorts of really specific items for a particular party or decorating idea, but I’ve come to realize that my tastes change far too often to shop that way. Instead, I try to buy neutral pieces that work for parties and everyday occasions, for winter and fall, too. You know how a lot of people are into capsule wardrobes? Well, I’m into capsule decor! It’s the same idea of purchasing a few key pieces that work for all sorts of occasions and seasons.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Food:

  • Pre-popped seasoned popcorn
  • Christmas sugar cookies
  • Hot chocolate packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • BONUS: Whipped cream at-the-ready in the fridge

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Once I had everything home, I first laid my runner down (an earth-tone beauty that will work any day of the year!), and then placed each of my serving dishes down on top of that. I rearranged until they felt right, and then I filled in the blank spots with Christmas-themed pieces—things like a pair of metallic gold Christmas trees and a few vintage accents that I already had in our holiday stash. As for art, a faux evergreen wreath (you’ll find similar ones at Tuesday Morning!) was all I needed to get the festive point across.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

In the end, this Christmas buffet took maybe 30 minutes to set up, and since I bought mostly pre-made food from the grocery store, it was even less time-intensive. I hope the styling accents and food shopping lists I put together help get you excited to throw your own hot chocolate party this Christmas.

You can click here to learn more about Tuesday Morning, and to find a store location near you to explore. Keep an eye out on Friday for the reveal of our decked-out holiday living room with even more from our shopping day, as well as lots of decorating advice, too.

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DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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Have the holiday cards started rolling in to your mailbox yet? Or, maybe more importantly, have you mailed your Christmas cards yet? I’ve got that annual task on my own to-do list this week, which is a little later than I’d like, but such is life!

One of my favorite Christmas crafts each year is finding new ways to display all of the pretty holiday cards we receive. Some years I prop them all up on the China hutch in our dining room, whereas other times I go all out by taping them up around our entry door. This year, I teamed up with Oriental Trading to create a one-of-a-kind display that plays into my love for all things natural.

DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Pop through to the Oriental Trading Fun365 website to see the full tutorial for my DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder, and then tell me in the comments how you love to display Christmas cards. Are you like me and change things up from year to year? Or, rather than keeping them out for all to see, do you tuck those precious cards away in a photo album for a more intimate keepsake? Do tell in the comments below.

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Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

I got a little sidetracked because of Thanksgiving and taking some time off last week, but I’m back as planned to share the final full room tour of our home: my office. This space has seen all sorts of different looks since we moved into our 1960s ranch two years ago—including a yellow-walled guest room set-up and, most recently, a pastel color scheme—but the look you’ll see today is most definitely the winner in my book.

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

I worked hard to pull the color palette way, way back and have, instead, worked with mostly warm earth tones. Almost everything you see in this room is vintage (the only larger exceptions being the rug, tall cabinet, and desk chair). The reason for this is that I’m kind of sick and tired of seeing the exact same things in every interior design and blog picture on the Internet.

Of course, I realize that statement is a little hypocritical since I most definitely own a few of those trendy pieces myself, but I’m trying really hard to resist subliminal messages in lieu of owning unique one-of-a-kind type furniture. Now, whenever I’m out shopping at a secondhand store I keep an eye out for solid vintage pieces to replace our reproduction furniture—our dining room chairs are at the top of my wishlist for replacement, by the way.

In the office, specifically, my desk was the first thing to go. I switched out the Big Box Store white desk I had impulse ordered last year with a mid-century tanker style desk that I bought from a local antique store for $150. It has so much more storage and the tabletop surface is massive, making it a cinch to spread out with paperwork and notebooks (not to mention a big bowl of pasta or a turkey sandwich come lunch time).

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

As for the art, I ditched the busy collection of mis-matched framed prints that I experimented with before, and hung just two pieces in their place: a landscape and an abstract, both in the same earthy color palette. The new art is so much easier on the eyes, and doesn’t distract me from my work nearly as much as the old pieces did.

I don’t think I realized just how much I was hurting my productivity with busy art before. Now, with the calmer prints in place, I really appreciate how the right art can be the difference between an efficient day and a distracted one.

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

It’s kind of funny to go back and read those older posts that I’ve linking to here today, because I clearly thought I had absolutely nailed the design each time. It just goes to show that playing around with different designs at home can be a lot of fun, even if you don’t end up agreeing with yourself and your own style choices six months later.

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

My style has evolved more than ever before these last two years, and while the current look of my office—bright white walls, calm art, antique furniture, and all—is my favorite yet, there’s no telling what it will look like another year down the road. For the sake of my wallet, though, I sure do hope that this look “sticks”!

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

Room Tour Reveal: The Office

OFFICE RESOURCES

Brass Hardware: Forge Hardware Studio

Felt Letter Board: Letterfolk

Face Pot: DIY

Rug: Joss & Main

White Globe: I Spy DIY

Curtains: Target

White Ceiling Fan: Joss & Main

Landscape Painting: Minted

Abstract Painting: Minted

Dresser: Estates Revisited

Desk: Queen City Marketplace

Desk Chair: HomeGoods

Tall Cabinet: Wayfair

*Photos by Carrie Coleman; I earn a small percentage from purchases made by the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. You can rest assured that I would NEVER recommend a product that I don’t use and love myself!
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22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

From where I sit typing this post I spot two holiday wreaths, a glittering tree decked out in baubles, our stack of childhood Christmas books on the coffee table, and there are holiday tunes pumping from the record player. But just before redecorating our home for the season, I spent time revamping our living room with a hearty dose of soft earth tone color.

Since I know your blogroll and social media feeds are probably already overwhelmed with holiday decor posts, I wanted to share a little bit more about our earthy living room makeover pre-Christmas tree, plus a simple roundup of art that works for year-round display. Whether you hang these pieces next to an evergreen tree weighed down with ornaments, or your favorite summertime throw blankets and pillows, I think you’ll find them to be a welcome, oh-so-soothing addition to your fine art collection.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

The inspiration behind this new set of art was my continuing need for neutrality in our home decor. Ever since announcing that I planned to embrace a softer, more minimal color palette at the start of 2017, I’ve been purging my brighter decor in lieu of classic pieces that I know will make us smile for years to come.

Throughout the process of experimenting with more neutral decor, I’ve come to love cool earth tones and rich, rusty hues, too, so I picked a set of pieces that falls within that palette—a green and orange abstract, a seated dancer, and a monochromatic leafy line drawing. Scroll on for links to those you see pictured here today in our living room, plus 19 others, all of which were pulled from Artfully Walls online.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now:

(1) Horse 1 (2) Givon (3) An Orchid (4) Blur (5) Modern Landscape (6) Fallen Hours (7) Eucalyptus 1 (8) Negba (9) Untitled by Anna Ullman (10) Wild Mustard (11) Beast Coast (12) Birds (13) The Seduction of Memory and the Distraction of Anticipation (14) Fox Hill (15) Identity (16) Soma (17) 1/14. 8. (18) Hydrangeas for Paula (19) Andes (20) Young Dancer (21) Above (22) Lilies

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to completely transform the look of a room just be switching out the art. Our living room has gone through all sorts of different looks in the past two years (see it before here and here) even though most of our furniture has stayed the same. New art and a few new accessories instantly changes the vibe of a room for a much smaller investment than all new furniture would require. Try it out in your own home and see for yourself!

Stay tuned next week to see what the same art collection looks like alongside our holiday decor, and tell me in the comments below which of the 22 earth tone art prints speaks to you.

22 Earth Tone Art Prints To Buy Now

*This story was an in-kind partnership with Artfully Walls. Though compensation wasn’t received, we were given product to style and experience first-hand, and I earn a small percentage from purchases made by the affiliate links above. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dream Green DIY!
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Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

A lot of things were high on my wishlist when we started house hunting back in 2015, but practically nothing was higher than a guest room. I had never lived in a house or apartment big enough to boast a bonus room (that wasn’t already occupied by a roommate or office, of course), so I was really looking forward to having one for our guests. We were moving an hour and a half away from our families, after all, so we really needed that extra overnight sleeping space for our parents and sisters.

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

So, when we found this home with its three bedrooms—perfect for a master retreat, office, and guest room—we were sold. It’s a super small room (which you’ll probably pick up on judging by this small collection of photos), but it’s just big enough to hold the essentials: a shelf for extra linens, a full size bed, and a nightstand where visitors can rest their phones and a glass of nighttime water.

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

The room is, first and foremost, meant for guests, but I actually use this space all the time for my own purposes. I’ve been known to move in here at night if, for whatever reason, I’m having trouble sleeping in our master bedroom, and I’ll often curl up under the covers in the evening to read a book or catch a bonus episode of West Wing whenever the mood strikes. As is the whole purpose with any bonus room in a house, our guest room provides a nice little break from everyday routine.

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

Do you guys have a guest room in your house? What are a few of your guest room essentials? The best advice I ever received when it comes to setting up a functional guest room is to spend at least one night in it yourself—that way you can really get a sense of what the room needs for overnight visitors.

Does the neighbor’s spotlight beam into the room after dark like a spaceship? Maybe it’s time to install blackout shades. Is there a really loud clock disturbing your slumber? It’s time to move it to another room so your visitors don’t lose sleep over it, too. Leave your own guest room tips and decorating tricks in the comments below.

Oh, and before I sign off for the week, don’t forget to sign up for the Dream Green DIY newsletter. The next issue hits everyone’s inboxes next Wednesday, and is filled with super embarrassing photos of John and I as teenagers in honor of Thanksgiving. Sign up here!

Room Tour Reveal: The Guest Bedroom

GUEST BEDROOM RESOURCES

Blue vase: Wise Apple Vintage

White Macrame Pillow: West Elm

Blue Color-blocked Pillow:  West Elm (similar)

White Linen Bedding: Parachute

Curtains: Target

Mint Table Lamp: Lamps Plus

Woven Basket: Meridian

Rug: AllModern (similar)

Two-Toned Round Baskets: Lamps Plus (similar)

Round Gold Mirror: West Elm (similar)

Bed Frame: Queen City Marketplace

Console Table: Estates & Consignments

Ceiling Fan: Lamps Plus

Rolling Side Table: Williamsburg Antique Mall

*Photos by Carrie Coleman; I earn a small percentage from purchases made by the affiliate links above. Affiliate links are not sponsored. You can rest assured that I would NEVER recommend a product that I don’t use and love myself!
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