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Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

I’m about to say something that I never thought I’d ever say (even though the title of this post probably gave it all away): we decided to re-carpet our already-carpeted front living and dining rooms. Why, you might ask? Well, actually the reasons are quite simple! But first a little back story.

When we first toured this 1960s home as potential buyers, we couldn’t help but notice the dated carpet laid in both the front upstairs living spaces, as well as in the lower level family room. You already heard how we took care of updating the flooring downstairs in partnership with The Home Depot, but now we’re shifting our focus upstairs. To make it all happen, we partnered yet again with the fine folks over at The Home Depot, but this time, we were tasked with testing out a brand new product: PetProof carpet.

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Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

John and I had already been toying with the idea of maintaining a carpeted upstairs long before the brand reached out to us, so their email inviting us to team up to test out modern carpeting felt almost meant to be. I think carpet has a little bit of a bad reputation, but we’ve come to love it.

With four pets in our family, John and I are constantly on the floor with our fur babies in the living room, wrestling, playing fetch, and just generally roughhousing. We had become used to the softness this type of flooring provided as opposed to hardwoods, so we eventually decided to re-carpet the room when the time came to update. It turns out that time was now, and we’ve loved having the serendipitous opportunity to bring our vision for a family-friendly floor upgrade to life.

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

With our plans in place, John and I visited our local Home Depot to look at and test out a variety of PetProof samples from the LifeProof line of carpeting. Although we had dozens and dozens of colors, textures, and pile heights to choose from, we ultimately decided to run with something very similar to our existing outdated carpet.

The original carpet (as you can see in the “Before” iPhone shot above) was so old that it felt almost crunchy in places, and was badly bleached from years in the sun, but we still loved the light, bright color-way of the carpet itself. So we carefully compared the old carpet with new PetProof options until we found a color that felt like a seamless upgrade. One design risk we did take, though, was choosing a new style of carpet—one with texture!

In the end, we both agreed on the Sawyer style in “Bare” because it felt just as soft, light, bright, and airy as our old carpet, but it sported a really cool, multi-layered diamond pattern that we thought would give the room a new millennial lease on life.

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

A week or so later, and our old carpet was gone under the direction of our two Home Depot installers, and in its place they laid down fresh memory foam padding, followed by our chosen patterned PetProof carpet. I can’t even tell you how nervous I was to walk out from the back office to see the finished product, but the good news is that I loved it.

The pattern is super subtle because of the light color we chose, but it still makes the open concept living and dining rooms feel more pulled together and modern. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at Tonks’ snuggle with the new carpet pictured below.

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Speaking of our pets, I’m forgetting the most important part—the details that make this stuff actually “pet proof” as the name suggests! Essentially, this carpet is designed to be an answer to tough pet stain removal and prevention. Since, as pet owners, we’ve come to expect the unexpected, we’re constantly reaching for carpet cleaning products to clean up after a hyper tail that’s spilled a glass of wine on the floor, or a curious paw that has decided the dirt in potted plants was just too tempting to ignore.

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

This new carpet helps alleviate stress because it makes pet dander and fur clean-up three times easier, plus it is zero percent moisture absorbent, which makes stain odors a thing of the past. The NanolocTM spill and soil shield makes for quick and easy cleanup, too, something I’ve had the “pleasure” of seeing in action over the course of the past couple of weeks post-install.

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

This type of stain resistant carpet is also great for our dining room since it’s all part of the same open concept space as our living room. John and I aren’t messy easters, but in the off chance a glass spills or a handful of crumbs finds its way down to the ground, we’re able to clean it all up within minutes.

Before, we would have had to drag the upright steam cleaner from the basement to get everything looking clean again. Not anymore though. It usually just takes a quick paper towel blot to make the carpet look like new again.

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Happily, the heavy duty cleaning abilities of this carpet don’t detract from the super soft feel. It’s just as lovable and livable by all members of our family—both human and pet—and we’ve loved getting down on the floor for lots of quality time with our fur babies the last couple of weeks.

Do you have existing carpet in your home? Have you considered upgrading to modern versions of carpeting? The new stuff that’s on the market nowadays is nothing like the dated stuff you might be used to from decades ago, so don’t write it off as you work to plan future flooring upgrades of your own.

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

Why We Chose To Re-carpet Our Carpeted Living Room | Dream Green DIY + @homedepot #ad

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A Minimalist Modern Master Bedroom Mood Board

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Like many of you, before and after room makeovers are my absolute favorite things to see online and in shelter magazines. So when my friend Bethany mentioned that she and her husband, Aaron, were looking to transform their bedroom, I practically leapt at the chance to help out.

In a matter of minutes, she and I had parked ourselves at a table in their coffee shop, and we spend the next hour discussing options and her vision for the space. The funny thing was that Bethany’s main inspiration image came from Almost Makes Perfect. Molly is a blogger pal of mine, so the fact that Bethany had zeroed in on her space felt like it was just meant to be.

A Modern Master Bedroom Mood Board

Before you read on, do yourself a big ole favor and click over to Almost Makes Perfect here to see Molly’s stunning master retreat. Doing so will give you a better idea of what Bethany is hoping to achieve in her own bedroom makeover.

As you can see pictured above and below, Bethany and Aaron’s bedroom is currently a hodgepodge of pieces that they’d love to refresh. While the two of them work behind the scenes to repaint the room a soft white and rip up the old carpet to reveal existing hardwoods underneath, I pulled together a mood board filled with items to complement a more modern, minimalist space. Neutral colors accented by exciting textiles keep the room feeling multi-layered and inviting, while rich wood grains ground the collection of pieces.

I’m really so thrilled to help Bethany and Aaron bring their dream bedroom to life, and hope to have updates to share very soon. What do you think? Does this type of modern-meets-miniamlist vibe pique your interest, too? Did I leave out any essentials? If so, shout them out in the comments below.

A Modern Master Bedroom Mood Board

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How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I am so excited to finally reveal the entire Pantone-inspired luncheon tablescape I created for Oriental Trading Company! I snuck in a few peeks a couple of weeks ago when I shared my hack for doubling deli pasta salad, but now the entire collection of posts is officially live, and I can send you on your merry way to check them all out, one by one.

This was actually the first entertaining feature that I was able to pitch and execute since deciding to rethink how I conceptualized things for the blog back at the beginning of 2017. In years before, as you know, I typically went really bold and colorful with my parties, but this season I’m trying to be more intentional about a classic, neutrals-based look. This new aesthetic suits my current lifestyle, which is centered on investing only in things I know I’ll love long-term rather than for a single season.

Click over to Oriental Trading to see my feature all about How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon, and continue scrolling for a few behind-the-scenes tid bits, plus extra links to individual DIY tutorials.

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

The tutorial I came up with for DIY Leafy Burlap Place Settings truly takes just 30 minutes (if that), and feels so sophisticated despite the inexpensive materials I was able to use.

My favorite DIY project to come out of this collection though is the set of DIY Grassy Placecard Holders. When I create placecards for the blog, I love to get creative with the names I use and display. This go around, I decided to pay homage to my team mates over at Glitter Guide. It was fun to think, even just for an imaginative moment, that our team could all be in one place since we’re all scattered across the United States—from Annapolis and New York, to California, Nashville, and right here in Waynesboro, Virginia.

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I’m also pretty partial to the DIY Leafy Beaded Faux Leather Napkin Rings I created for this green-inspired luncheon. I am so drawn to organic, wrapped textures right now, so these beaded napkin rings felt just right. I love that they can be customized to any style and color palette you want, too!

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Hop over to the Oriental Trading blog to see so many more photos, plus the breakdown behind everything you see displayed here in my teaser post today: the full tablescape story and tutorials for DIY Leafy Beaded Faux Leather Napkin RingsDIY Grassy Placecard Holders, and DIY Leafy Burlap Place Settings. Here’s hoping you’ll soon feel inspired to throw a Pantone-inspired party of your own this spring or summer!

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How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

Even though I’ve worked hard to simplify the decor of our home ever since the kick-off to the new year, I still love finding subtle ways to celebrate my love for color. More often than not, that usually comes to life through art.

Sure, art is one of the most subjective things a person could add to their personal space—it’s rare to find two people who gravitate toward the exact same pieces—but that’s one of the things I love most about curating an at-home gallery. Seeing what a person chooses to invest in (or create!) for their art collection is like having direct insight into their personal aesthetic. For example, someone who has a lot of graphic, primary-colored typography hanging in their home might tend toward modern furniture and accessories, whereas earth-toned landscape paintings could hint at a love for traditional design.

So, when ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers challenged me to come up with a DIY way to colorize our home, it wasn’t long before I decided that art was the way to go. Read on to find out how I added a hearty dose of new color to our home using paper and 2D visuals as my inspiration and foundation.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

Here’s What You’ll Need

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

Step 1

Choose a coordinated selection of Astrobrights paper to work with. You’ll need four colors to recreate this project. I chose a range of blues (specific Astrobrights colors are linked in the supply list above!), plus a rich pure black.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 2

Lay each sheet of paper flat on your work surface, and situate a straight edge diagonally across the paper so that it lines up with the corners. Trace a light line along the straight edge with a pencil, and then repeat across the opposite corners to create an “X.” Repeat this step across all four sheets of paper.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 3

Cut along the traced lines from Step 2 using scissors. Set each of the cut pieces of paper off to the side in their pre-trimmed shape to make the next step a little easier.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 4

Carefully rearrange the slices to create collections of multi-colored paper sheets. In other words, you should have pieces from the Terrestrial Teal paper, the Blast-Off Blue paper, Eclipse Black, and Lunar Blue paper represented in one newly formed full sheet.

Tape the four pieces of paper together on the back to form the finished 2D frame, and repeat the steps to create all four “frames.” Note that you’ll want to keep any visible pencil marks to the back side.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 5

To finish, flip the 2D paper frames over and use double-sided tape to attach pretty magazine cuttings or printed photos to the front. I used pages pulled from my favorite issues of Kinfolk Magazine, but you could use anything from printed Instagram photos to inspiring quotes. Finally, hang the finished 2D-framed art on the wall using more double-sized tape or thumbtacks.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

My favorite thing about this project (aside from the fact that it takes just 15 minutes to complete!) is that it can be customized to absolutely any color palette. If you’re a minimalist, try using shades of cream, white, gray, and black, or if you want to create an extra bold look, consider choosing vibrant neon pink, yellow, purple, and orange. Primary colors would be another fun direction to go in if you’re not afraid of color. For me, this cool and calming blue color collection felt just right.

Which Astrobrights papers would you choose to colorize your own home? Leave your votes in the comments below.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

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Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

I never thought I’d ever say this statement out loud, but we live in a house that doesn’t have air conditioning. We have a window AC box and two stand-alone electric units, but no central air. Although I thought a home without air conditioning was going to be a deal-breaker when we went house hunting back in 2015, I ended up falling hard for a vent-less mid-century home and the rest, as they say, is history.

So, to make up for the lack of air flow in the spring and summer, we’ve installed energy efficient ceiling fans in practically every room of our home. John and I have always been “fan people,” so this mass fixture installation probably would have happened anyway, but fans turned out to be essential pieces to the puzzle as we adjusted to life in an AC-free home.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

The home actually came equipped with plenty of ceiling fans to kick off our collection, but most of them were either too dated for our taste or were on their last legs. The fan in our living room checked both boxes. The only issue—and the reason why this fan was left to last—was because it was at the top of the vaulted ceilings in our living and dining rooms and we didn’t have a ladder tall enough to reach it.

Before we head into our second summer here in the house, I wanted to cross this big to-do off our list, so I called up our favorite local electrician who came out and replaced our old fan with a new one in just a couple of hours.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

We decided on a sleek white ceiling fan for a number of reasons. First, of course, you know we’re suckers for modern design, and this 3-blade white fixture definitely packs contemporary appeal. And second, we wanted this particular fan to blend into the ceiling as opposed to the old wood veneer fan that practically screamed, “LOOK AT ME!” no matter where you stood in the room.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Since I know we can’t possibly be the only ones working to outfit our home with fans ahead of summer, I wanted to share a quick reminder that, in addition to considering a fixture upgrade, it’s also time to switch your fans over to summer mode. For some reason, I have the hardest time remembering in which direction the blades need to run, so I thought I’d share a quick GIF animation to settle the score once and for all.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as me telling you to switch your fans to run clockwise or counterclockwise since not all fans are manufactured the same, but the animation above should shed some light on the situation. The short answer, though, is to set the direction of your fan so that the blades move in a forward upward angle. This creates a strong breeze and lots of aggressive air flow down into the room, thereby cooling you.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

As for winter (just in case you need a refresher on that concept, too), your fan’s blades should have a downward angle moving forward so that the fan slices into the warm rising air, pushing it up to the ceiling and back down the walls. To change the direction either way, there should be a switch on top of your fan to easily change it in between seasons.

Have you ever put a new ‘spin’ on your ceiling fans? Did you even know you could? I’m guilty of forgetting to do this seasonal task all the time, so if all of this is news to you, you’re not alone! Leave your stories and any advice for summertime cooling in the comments below.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

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How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

The other day, I was sitting on the porch reading the latest issue of domino magazine when I happened to come across a picture of a wooden mobile. The mobile was situated over a crib in a nursery, but my adult eye couldn’t help but fall hard for the cool linear shape of the floating accent. I remember thinking that it was a work of art, and that I would actually love to have one in our kid-free house. Then, just before flipping to the next page, I paused and realized, “Hey, I could totally make that…”

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

So, later that week, I popped out to our local craft store and bought $4 worth of dowel rods and wooden caps to see if my vision could actually work. Fifteen minutes of crafting on the living room floor later, I was done and my DIY Modern Wood Mobile was twisting and turning prettily from the ceiling over the credenza.

I was more than a little dumbfounded to realize just how simple it was to make this trendy mobile, not to mention how cheap it was. Whether you live in a kid-free or kid-filled home, I think you’ll enjoy testing out the step-by-step DIY details that I describe below.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 2-3 .357-inch x 36-inch dowel rods
  • Hack saw or bolt cutters
  • 1-inch wooden dowel caps
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Clear fishing line
  • Screw-in wall hook

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 1

Use a hack saw to trim your dowel rods to their desired lengths, or cut your rods using heavy duty bolt cutters like I did since the rod ends will be covered in the next step and don’t need to be clean. The rods in the project pictured here were cut in pairs to 14 inches, 9 inches, and 5 inches.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 2

Squeeze a small dot of tacky glue into the opening of your first dowel cap, and then push it down over the end of a cut dowel rod. Repeat the process, two on each rod.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 3

Allow the glued caps to dry for 30 minutes on the dowel rods. Connect the rod sections together using clear fishing line, leaving about six inches of space between each.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 4

To finish, hang the mobile from a hook screwed into the ceiling. Since this type of mobile is incredibly light, you won’t need to screw the hook into a stud and it’s unlikely that you’ll need to use an anchor. The sheetrock should sustain the light weight of the mobile without issue.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Since hanging the mobile, everyone in our family (both human and pet) has enjoyed watching its lazy movement. Every time you glance at it, the mobile looks different thanks to the natural air current in our living room, which flows around the capped dowels. I’ve included a GIF animation below to demonstrate the effect—it’s really kind of mesmerizing.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Have you ever tried your hand at recreating something you saw in a magazine or catalog? It’s a fun challenge that I love to put myself to every time I read something at home, so feel free to try the task out for yourself this season. You might be surprised by how much money you could save from your décor budget simply by making designer-inspired accents at home!

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

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Everything You Need For Your Office Desktop | dreamgreendiy.com

Okay, so first a confession: I’m still not 100 percent happy with the design of my home office. I don’t really know why it has taken me so long and so many failed attempts, but I just don’t feel like it’s “there,” if that makes sense. This is supposed to be the most inspiring space in our home, and so far, it just feels blah.

While I did genuinely like the direction of my first office design, it never really felt like it suited the era of our mid-century home, especially after dramatically shifting design gears at the beginning of 2017. The new furniture was a little too, well…new, and the storage was there, but I had waaaaaaay too much stuff. I’ve since sold my desk and replaced it was a vintage beauty that I can’t wait to show you, plus I’ve donated most of the excess clutter and styling supplies to charity in an effort to have just what I love surrounding me in this space.

As I work slowly but surely behind the scenes to perfect the design of my office, I wanted to share a mini roundup of desktop accessories to help you along with your own work space makeover. These 12 goodies will put both of us well on our ways to the office oasis of our dreams.

  1. Circular Succulent Pot ($15.99)
  2. Wooden LED Digital Alarm Clock ($17.69)
  3. USB Headphone Stand Holder ($34.99)
  4. Desktop Letter Sorter ($9.99)
  5. ban.do “I Don’t Work Here” Notebook ($12)
  6. Rose Gold Tape Dispenser ($19.99)
  7. Storage Caddy ($30)
  8. Swing Arm Desk Lamp ($36.99)
  9. Wood Business Card Case Holder ($14.99)
  10. Magnetic Paper Clip Holder ($48)
  11. Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Strainer Cup ($9.95)
  12. Aluminum Mouse Pad ($29.99)

So, what do you think? Do these accents hit the mark for you, too? I’m particularly besotted with that Aluminum Mouse Pad since the cloth one I have now just never seems to stay clean (darn coffee stains). The idea of a crisp, clean, solid surface mouse pad is music to my productivity-starved ears. Leave your own top pick from the list above down in the comments below!

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DIY Polka Dot Pinwheel Wreath | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I’m going to do my best not to hold onto you for too long this morning because (A) it’s Wednesday and that’s not the best news you could ever hear first thing in the morning, and (B) because I’ve got a fun feature over on Oriental Trading that I’d love for you to check out instead!

Click on over to the OTC blog to see how I put together this DIY Polka Dot Pinwheel Wreath in just five easy steps. In my (obviously biased) opinion, I think this craft could be the perfect way to kick off the creative spring season if you haven’t already done so. Hop to it here, and thanks as always for following along with me over on Oriental Trading!

In case you’re looking for even more front door décor inspiration this warm weather season, you’ll find my companion DIY Burlap Butterfly Wreath tutorial right here!
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10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Have you been bitten by the bug to make over your home now that it’s officially spring? I know I have, and, so far, no room, closet, or cabinet is safe from my need to redecorate and reorganize. I’ve taken loads and loads to consignment stores and charity, and have even begun the process of making over the ugly duckling in our home that no one ever sees: the downstairs bathroom.

Since my budget is next to null because of tax season (yay.), I’m turning to places like Pinterest, my favorite DIY blogs, and even home catalogs to gather inspiration. My hope is that a lot of the projects I have on my list can be done using things we already own, and so far, that’s been the case.

Lately, I’ve been especially inspired by Urban Outfitters home photos. The brand, of course, has no idea that I’m writing this post and it’s not sponsored in any way, but I still wanted to share a big armload of images to help inspire a few of our collective spring refresh projects. Scroll on for all the DIY details and ideas!

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Audio-Technica X UO AT-LP60 Bluetooth Vinyl Record Player: One of our favorite things to do together as a couple is listen to music. Whether it’s on a record player, our bluetooth speaker, or even just on our phones, music is something that never fails to bring us together and inspire conversation. This cool setup—decked out with speakers and cool art—has me feeling like it’s time to finally put effort into decorating around the vintage turntable my in-laws recently gave us.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Eloisa Carved Wood Platform BedLike much of the world, I’ve fallen hard for bohemian style decor, so this platform bed instantly caught my eye. I love the textured cut outs, and the fact that it looks cool, even with the linens unmade. Try the look out in your own home by layering lots of coordinating textiles and plants around your existing bed frame.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Rohini Daybed Cushion: Lately, I’ve been trying to carve out at least a couple of minutes to just lay around on the floor of our home. I know that sounds a little crazy, but it seemed like every time I broke away from my computer to run to the kitchen for refreshments, I would spot all four of our fur babies sprawled out on the living room carpet soaking up the sun from our floor-to-ceiling front windows. The other day, I decided to see what all the fuss was about, and it was glorious. Picture pure quiet, broken only by birds singing right outside our windows, and warm sun spilling over my face. A pile of floor cushions like these is pretty much the only way I could make these lazy moments any better.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Ulla Bandana Printed Rug: If you had looked at our rug collection even just a couple of years ago, you would have seen bold patterns, multi-colored designs, and high impact prints. Nowadays though, I’m finding that neutral rugs are more my style since they allow the rest of our decor to be the star players. Not surprisingly, this simple gray, fringed rug is at the top of my wish list for that very reason.

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Hello Sayang For DENY Eye Blush Tapestry: Did anyone else think, “I could totally make that!” upon sight of this retro-inspired eye-print tapestry? Grab yourself a clean white sheet, some tie-dye ink, and black fabric paint, because that’s pretty much all you need to recreate this drapey wall art.

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Hanna Drop Cloth Floor Pillow: See my little anecdote a few photos up to understand why I decided to add these floor pillows to my list of design-inspiring images! They practically beg for lazy afternoon lounging, and can be easily recreated with a few Euro size inserts and pillow covers from home goods stores like Target or Bed Bath & Beyond. Or, if you want to get the look for free, just toss a pile of pillows that you already have on the floor near a window, and layer stacks of books to make the lounge area feel extra intentional.

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Joni Net Window Curtain: If you love the look of canopy beds, but don’t have the budget to splurge on one for yourself, then this is another great Urban Outfitters home photo to pull DIY decor inspiration from! Just hang a few sheer curtain panels around your mattress using plain rods (or, better still, some cheap white hooks), and you’re done—without breaking the bank.

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Little Korboose Nevada Canvas Wall Art: Truly, no offense to the artist, but you really only need basic drawing skills to recreate this (beautiful!) hand-sketched linear print. Grab a sheet of nice drawing paper, a black Sharpie, wood frame, and you’re good to go. If you want to DIY that textured pillow, too, my pal Molly shares the perfect tutorial for a DIY Modern Pom Pom Pillow on Almost Makes Perfect here.

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Luca Woven Rug: Here’s another monochromatic rug that proves you don’t need to go all out with your floor coverings in order to make a statement. Those cool edgy lines still pack punch, but they don’t keep you from seeing the real stars of the room—things like the fabulous round coffee table and gorgeous wood frame sofa. It’s all about balance, and this room hits all the high notes.

Are you feeling more inspired now to tackle those refreshing spring to-do’s on your list? Leave your own decor ideas and seasonal solutions in the comments below! 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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Before moving from our pint-sized townhouse in Lynchburg to our single family ranch here in Waynesboro, Virginia, John and I rarely entertained overnight guests. Both of our families lived in town, and most of our friends did, too, so we never really felt the fact that we lacked a proper guest room.

But now that we live “out of town,” an hour and a half’s drive from family, we’ve needed to rethink our guest accommodations. My parents have both come to stay, as has my sister, and we’ve even had the occasional friend drop by for a night or two. Happily, our new-to-us home has the perfect number of bedrooms to make my dream of a perfectly-outfitted guest room come to life.

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Our guest bedroom now sits across the hall from our own, and is just large enough for a double bed, nightstand, and a bookshelf that we use for extra sheets and towels. The room is maxed out with soft linen bedding, lots of table and floor lamp options for late-night reading, plus just the right amount of surfaces for playing host to overnight bags and travel accessories.

Since we never had a guest room before this house, I had to go through a bit of trial and error as we welcomed guests over. There was the time my friend Rachel came to stay when we found out the doors didn’t latch (a fact we discovered when our curious cat, Tonks, was able to nose her way into the guest room while poor Rachel was trying to change post-drive), and when my parents came to stay and both had to ask for towels. Turns out that hosting guests requires more than just simply offering a clean bed to sleep in.

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So, to help make sure our guests are well-cared for and so their every need is considered, I partnered with Oriental Trading to create a set of guest room-inspired Wall Cubbies that serve as the perfect grab-and-go spot for all those little travel necessities that guests might have left back at home. Although I hate to spill the secret, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll never guess what these shelves are actually made from.

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Pop over to Oriental Trading now to find out How To Make And Style DIY Painted Wall Cubbies for your own guest room, and tell me in the comments: what are your favorite ways to make guests feel at home?

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