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How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

I’ve actually been really blessed when it comes to closets, even ever since my days in college. I’ve never known anything other than a walk-in situation, which I know is not normally the case. That said, the negative side effect of this perk is that I’ve built up a pretty monumental collection of clothes. I hang most of my clothing up—from sweaters and dresses, to T-shirts, too—and since I’ve always had ample closet bar storage for them, I’ve never really tried to weed things out.

That’s all about to start changing though—big time. I don’t really have any particular reason to purge, but I’m just generally feeling the impulse to have fewer items to my name and I’m craving a more minimalistic look in every area of our home, including our walk-in closet.

Now, this post isn’t really so much about purging and getting rid of pieces in your wardrobe, but in the process of streamlining our stuff, I made a recent closet swap that added practically double the square footage (without lifting a single tool). The secret? New hangers!

How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

As an aside, I admit that these pictures are really kind of unappealing, but not all home tips come with perfectly styled surfaces and artwork, and I figure sometimes the real-life stuff is even more helpful. Hopefully you keep reading despite these up-close-and-personal peeks inside my wrinkly closet!

Anyway, up until this point I had always used wooden hangers. The matching grain just seemed really appealing to me, and the clunk of real wood against real wood sounded worlds away better than the click of mismatched plastic ones (yes, that’s me showing my type A tendencies, but I’m just being honest).

Then we went to the beach earlier this month, and our rental beach house came equipped with ultra thin non-slip velvet hangers in all of the closets. As I transferred my dresses and shirts from my suitcase to the hangers, I remember being incredibly impressed.

How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

Not only did the sleeves stay firmly in place (a benefit that wooden hangers can’t seem to boast), but the super slim silhouette of the hangers also meant that my clothing took up next to no room in the closet. At home, my 3/4-inch-thick wooden hangers could barely be moved from side to side because of how unnecessarily thick they were.

As soon as I got home from the beach, I placed a $40 order for velvet hangers on Amazon, and then made the swap in my closet a few days later. I haven’t gotten rid of any clothes yet (something I plan to do in the next couple of months), but I still gained almost twice as much closet space just be ditching the bulky wooden hangers.

Below you can see how I can push my clothes together on the new hangers revealing an extra combined five or so feet of usable bar space. I don’t plan to actually fill that extra space, mind you, but it’ll be nice to eventually walk into a clean and sparse closet by summer’s end.

How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

This change was super affordable and I love the look of the sleek black velvet, too, so the pros of swapping out old hangers for this new style easily outweighs the cons. Wait…are there any cons? I can’t think of any.

Oh, and if you’d like to get some tips on how to make the most of the items already in your closet (an art I’m still trying to master, so I can’t share too much experience) then pop over to Design Love Fest. Bri’s team is offering lots of easy-to-pull-off ideas for purging, restyling items, and even tips for at-home tailoring. See the post here and please feel free to share wardrobe maximizing tricks of your own in the comments below.

How To Make Your Closet Bigger Without Renovating

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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A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Remember how I said last week that I’m no “pro” when it comes to interior design? That I’m more of the learn-as-you-go type of DIY designer? Well, my tale today is living proof of that declaration.

As you may recall last year, I unveiled a brand new, made-over office that I claimed was my “dream come true.” At the time, it was a major accomplishment in comparison to the space when we moved in (think: floral drapery, yellow walls, dated fixtures), and I felt like all was right with the world. The fresh white walls made all of my bright art and styling accessories pop, and it was bursting with the type of character that I thought I wanted to emulate.

But after the professional photos were shot and I needed to actually get work done in my new office, I felt like something wasn’t right. The bright aesthetic was good in theory, but it ultimately just felt too busy and chaotic and kept me from feeling settled while working at my desk.

You can see the room before in all its glory in our first tour of the home pre-restoration and you can check out the full makeover reveal—good intentions and all—here, but now it’s time to get real about the changes I’ve made and how I managed to bring productivity back to my mid-century office.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

The first thing to go was all the stuff. I purged, and purged, and purged again until I had practically emptied the space of styling and office supplies. It turns out that I just don’t need all of the things in this phase of life now that I’m actively trying to simplify and minimize post-new year.

I also decided to sell my new desk. While totally functional, it just didn’t feel like it fit with the rest of our home. The white, clean-lined, corner desk was contemporary, yes, but it wasn’t mid-century, and we’ve worked too hard to restore that retro vibe in our 1960s-built home to go a different direction in this one room.

So I sold the desk on Craigslist, making enough cash to replace it with a vintage mid-century tanker-style desk. She’s a little rough in some spots and the legs aren’t my absolute favorite, but this new-to-me hulk of desk packs tons of storage opportunity, and definitely checks the “retro vibe” box. The dark wood grain veneer and sleek hardware are just what I had in mind, and at $120 to bring home, it was the perfect swap.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Art was another thing that desperately needed to change. I’ve been so in love with the rust and evergreen trend these days, so I scoured Minted for options to pull that color palette through the room.

In the end, it didn’t take much at all to establish the look and let go of the punchy pink palette I had in the room before. I chose a small framed print of West Coast by Carol Dysart to go behind my computer, and an oversized framed version of Lauren Packard’s A Long Day At The Beach to go above the dresser on the opposite side of the room, which I use to store rolls of paper and overflow office supplies.

I love the soft brush strokes and airy vibe of both prints. They are soothing and anything but distracting—the perfect look for an office that needs to promote focus and productivity.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Doesn’t it almost look like a dorm room in that progress shot a few photos up?! Who knows if I just had a major mental growth spurt or what, but I definitely didn’t see the child-like overtones when I finished the room last year…

Anyway, another area that I simplified was the built-in bookcase that you see right when you walk into the room. You can actually see the shelf anytime you look down the main hallway in our home, so it was really time to give it a makeover. At first, I tried painting the bookshelf white to match the walls, but no matter how many times I restyled the open shelves, it just felt too busy.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

To rectify the situation once and for all, I begged my generous dad to build a set of doors to cover up the shelves entirely. Within a matter of weeks he had these two beauties ready to deliver and install. I still need to give the primed doors a final coat of white paint, but I just couldn’t wait to show them off, so I popped some hardware on them (please ignore my slightly crooked job), and called it “done for now.” These days, when you spot the built-in at the end of the hall, it looks nice and clean and uncluttered. Phew!

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Okay, now I bet you’re wondering why on earth I included photos of cat food in this makeover reveal post, but here’s the honest truth—that’s real life! My office is kitty central in our house, and plays host to both the litter boxes (tucked away in the closet) and the cat food and water bowls. I’ve explained our logic here before, but essentially we need to keep the kitty’s food elevated because of the dog.

In order to make these necessary-yet-ugly accents blend into the room rather than call attention to them, I picked up a few inexpensive white ramekin dishes from Target to use for their food and water. The white dishes no longer catch your eye when set on top of our two-tone painted dresser, yet still serve their function without missing a beat.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

After parring down the styling on the open shelves in my tall corner cabinet and changing things around on my desktop to suit the new neutral palette, too, I was done. The newly refreshed room feels worlds and away better than the progress I made last year, and really just goes to show that making mistakes in the design of your home isn’t the end of the world. I hardly bought a single thing to make over this room—instead I sold what I didn’t need and used that cash to make a few new purchases—so it doesn’t take much of an investment either.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

What do you think of the new look? Did you prefer the room with bright pops of pink, or are you into the subtle hits of green and rust that I chose instead? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and feel free to share any restyling stories of your own below, too.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Resources: Vintage desk, rug, large abstract printsmall landscape print, table lamp, two-toned bookcase, desk chair (similar), curtainsceiling fan 

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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Everything You Need For Your Retro-Inspired Music Lounge | dreamgreendiy.com

Since the day John and I started dating (or, really, since the day we met through friends in high school before ever dreaming that we’d get hitched) music has bonded us. We used to listen to albums on repeat for hours when we first reconnected, and while adulthood responsibilities have seemed to get in the way of more frequent musical moments these days, we still make time for it as often as we can. There’s just something really relaxing about flopping onto the couch and chatting about anything and everything as a good album turns in the background.

Because of this penchant for music we have music-friendly lounge areas all over our house. We have three record players—one in each living room (one upstairs and one downstairs), and the third lives on our sunporch. I made sure to situate all of our comfiest furniture around our record players to invite easy listening whenever the mood strikes. Good lighting, retro decor, and ample vinyl storage options helps keep our collection straight, and it recently occurred to me that maybe you’d like to follow suit.

  1. Greendale Home Fashions 20-Inch Square Floor Pillow ($38.28)
  2. Crosley CR6232A-BR Nomad Portable USB Turntable ($139.99)
  3. Simpli Home Draper Mid-Century Media Stand ($271.82)
  4. Set of 2 Steel Droplet Orange Small Accent Lamps ($49.99)
  5. U-Turn Audio, Orbit Plus Turntable ($309)
  6. Eisley, I’m Only Dreaming Vinyl ($17.99)
  7. Mid-Century Chair Wood with Linen Upholstery ($240)
  8. Crosley AC20 Record Cleaning Kit ($17.27)
  9. Everything I Know About Music Log Book ($24.99)
  10. Crosley AC1004A-NA Record Storage Crate ($29)
  11. Audioengine A2+ White (Pr.) 2-way Powered Speaker System ($249)
  12. La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ($22.98)

That shopable list above should set you up with a mod music lounge all your own in just a dozen pieces (or less since I’ve given you two options for players—one inexpensive all-in-one type deal and one that’s more of an investment).

What are some of your favorite albums to listen to? Another recent favorite is the Awake And Pretty Much Sober Vinyl from Violents & Monica Martin. Leave your top picks—both new and old—in the comments below!

Everything You Need For Your Retro-Inspired Music Lounge | dreamgreendiy.com

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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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Why You Should Always Start With A Mood Board

Crafter, design enthusiast, DIY homemaker—these are all things I don’t mind calling myself on a regular basis, but “interior designer” is not on that list. I might love to arrange rooms, style vignettes and create what I hope is a cohesive design in a space, but I am nowhere near worthy of the title “pro.”

Truth be told, I actually first majored in Interior Architecture in college, but the curriculum was rumored to be dropped the following year when I was freshman, so I decided to switch gears and re-majored in art history and studio art. All this to say, I’ve never taken a formal class in interior design, so I’m just a self-taught wannabe.

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

I’m firmly of the mind that you don’t need to have years worth of schooling to master the art of interior design (unless you want to make a career of it, of course). Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved making over my spaces. I remember on more than one occasion, my sister and I switching the furniture in each other’s rooms while my mom was out just so that I could freshen my bedroom. It’s an obsession of mine that is so deeply ingrained in my psyche, but I’ve never really wanted to make a career out of it—I’m just too headstrong and would struggle with client opinions.

Instead, I’ve made over (and made over again) all of the dorm rooms, apartments, and stand-alone homes that I’ve been able to call my own, and I’ve made what feels like millions of mental notes along the way. Today, I’m sharing the biggest, most game-changing DIY interior design trick that I’ve learned in my 31 years: make a mood board!

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

This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned making a mood board ahead of a room makeover, and you’ve more than likely been challenged to make one for yourself by countless other bloggers, but I just had to throw one more insistent plea your way to give it a try.

Before we moved into this house, what I like to consider our “forever home,” John and I lived in a townhouse that he had purchased in his bachelor days. Although I loved that house with the type of ferocious passion that comes with owning your first home, in hindsight it’s easy to see that I totally overdid it. There was too much color, too much stuff, and way too much going on. There wasn’t much cohesion and things were definitely chaotic.

Then, somewhere along the way after we moved into our single family ranch I picked up the practice of making mood boards. Instead of rushing things and experimenting in person, I’ve taken things much slower this go around and I’ve learned to experiment in a digital format before making my purchases. Making mood boards for each of our room makeovers has single-handedly kept our current home from looking like a hot mess.

Why You Should Always Start With A Mood Board

Take a look at our room makeover for the La-Z-Boy Design Dash as an example. Caitlin and I worked well in advance on a cohesive digital collection of furniture and accessories, which ultimately helped us shape the direction of the space even before stepping foot inside the showroom. Although a few things changed in the final space, you can clearly see the effect that mood board had on the completed room.

So consider this your challenge to give mood boarding a try before diving into your next room makeover! It’s as simple as saving pictures of furniture and accessories from your favorite websites to your desktop, and then dragging them onto a plain white document in a program like Photoshop or even Word. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but taking the time to make a mood board before shopping will keep you from over-buying and will make sure you don’t impulse purchase.

Have you given this practice a shot? If you’re a wannabe self-taught interior designer than this is a great option to try before making over that problem room of yours. Comment below with other ideas, tips, and tricks that have worked for you!

P.S. Speaking of, have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet? 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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Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

You know what’s sad? I’m so ram-rod focused on styling perfection, that I just got lost in a rabbit hole of hunting for the perfect “mid-century digital clock” to replace the cheap Target one you see pictured above. It’s embarrassing how desperate I get to replace things that are perfectly functional yet imperfectly designed. I just thought I’d let you know that I’m feeling a little obsessive and psychotic this morning, and anything but pulled together in case you thought that was the case.

Anyway, I digress. The point of this post isn’t to fixate on silly styling obsessions. It’s about celebrating our new-to-us collection of vintage landscape paintings! As an editor at Glitter Guide one of my main roles is to coordinate and produce our weekly home tour content. I love, love, love this part of my job because I have the chance to connect with designers whom I admire from afar, and I get to learn all sorts of new tips and tricks throughout the process of interviewing them.

Case in point, our upcoming home tour with MM Vintage shop owner, Molly Mathias. The moment I brought up the photos she submitted for her tour, I was smitten. Her home is filled, top to bottom, with gorgeous mid-century finds (think: woven wall hangings, danish wood dressers, cool ceramics, paintings, etc.). I fell particularly hard for a set of vintage landscape watercolors that she had displayed over a credenza in her home, and I remember thinking, “I could totally do that!” Literally one week later, I had crossed the to-do off my list, and I thought I’d let you in on the tale.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The two framed pieces you see off to the right-hand side of our newly-hung gallery wall came from my favorite antique mall in Williamsburg, Virginia. The second one in the upper left-hand corner came from another vintage shop in Richmond, which, unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the name of. All three feel cohesive, though, because of the warm earth tones, and the mountain-scape subject matter. Since we live in a particularly hilly region of Virginia, the set really speaks to my love for this area that we call home.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

In case you’re curious to know how much this collection cost, the pair from Williamsburg was about $150 total, whereas the little one from Richmond clocked in at around $40. Certainly not nothing, but the original, 1960’s dated paintings felt worth the investment to me.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Purchasing art is such a subjective thing, so I can’t really tell you what a good deal is and what a bad deal will run you. But, here’s a tip, though! If you spot a piece of art that you love, try imagining in your mind how much you’d be willing to pay for it. Then check the price tag. If it’s not more than $10 over your estimate, I would say it’s worth seriously considering purchasing the piece of art.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The moral of the story? Don’t waste those interior design inspiration images that are just sitting in your digital collection (think: Pinterest, screenshots on your phone, saved Instagram images). Instead, why not pause, take a closer look, and find something that you can do in your own home to recreate the vibe.

I love that Molly’s beautiful home (which goes live on Glitter Guide next week) could literally manifest itself in our own space, so consider this a challenge to follow suit with a dream room or home that inspires you!

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

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

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

It’s finally time to reveal the space that my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin, and I designed for this year’s Design Dash! I introduced you to this project, which was hosted by La-Z-Boy and led by HGTV personality Kelly Edwards, a couple of weeks ago, but now that the main event is behind us and the contest is live, I’m back to divulge details from the day—including two videos and lots of photos.

Before I get too deeply into things, I wanted to mention that I’m sharing all about the design process and what Caitlin and I were thinking in terms of inspiration over on Glitter Guide this morning. Here on Dream Green DIY, though, I’m offering a candid peek into the 2-day event, which all unfolded down in North Carolina at High Point Market.

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

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

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How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Although I’m officially out of the office to compete in La-Z-Boy’s blogger Design Dash (more on that BIG news here), I wanted to quickly pop in and share a few tricks I’ve recently discovered for finding design inspiration in everyday life. If you’re anything like me, then scrolling through Instagram is just that—a daily routine—but did you know that the social media platform can do a lot more for you beyond simply filling those lazy minutes throughout your day?

Essentially, the latest update to the platform (namely “Saves”) allows you to treat Instagram like you do Pinterest. Simply tap the little flag under photos that inspire you most, and the image is saved to a secret feed within your Instagram profile that only you can see. This allows you to bookmark images that speak to you for a particular reason—maybe because you like a certain piece of furniture, or you fell in love with a particular paint color. Whatever the case, you can now save these photos for future reference when working to design a space of your own.

Take this one below by @sarahlynnlong for example. I loved the rich colors of the woodwork and the elaborate moulding. That evergreen sectional completely stole my heart, and I love the industrial vibe of the chandelier and marque style letters, too.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Having these types of extra enticing photos—like those in the screenshot of my secret Saves feed above, and the pile of pretty @the_citizenry pillows below—saved in my Instagram account keeps me from filling my camera roll with messy screenshots, plus now I can easily reference them when I’m looking for room makeover motivation on a whim.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

That shot above by @maestier really caught my eye because of the dark wood paneling, white bedding, and boho details. I remember saving it to my feed one morning while scrolling through Instagram before even getting out of bed—it’s so easy! This Instagram image below by @tessaneustadt of a room makeover designed by @melburstin for @em_henderson was another one of those moments that I just had to file away for future home styling reference.

By the way, I’ve listed the full collection of links to those Instagrammers featured in today’s post at the end of the feature in case you’re looking to add a few new accounts to your feed for interior inspiration. Let your inspiration run wild as you buy Instagram likes in your account.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Have you put this feature to use yet? Give it a try! Consider getting into the habit of saving favorite Instagram images without even looking at your secret feed all at once for a while. In a week or two, check the full collection of your saved images to see what has been inspiring you lately—you just might be surprised to find out what your unconscious aesthetic looks like these days.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Featured Instagram Accounts: @apartment_34, @sfgirlbybay, @bradytolbert, @tessaneustadt, @em_henderson, @melburstin, @ginny_macdonald, @the_citizenry, @themerrythought, @katiestoops, @laurenswells, @ohhhchelsea, @joannepio, @maestier, @dominomag, @lhackett, @sarahshermansamuel, @sarahlynnlong, @taylorsterling, @athomeinlove, @almostmakesperfect, @flyoverdesignco, @gap, @luluandgeorgia, @studiocultivate, @cottagehillmag, @cultiver_goods, @kruseandvieiraevents, @amyanstatt, @alittlepartyevents, @freshexchange, @theranchuncommon, @chaneldror, @andrewknapp, @delbarrmoradi, @taza, @camillestyles, @davidtsay, @westelm, @andreapescephoto, @haleboyd, @rebecca_lynn_gunn, @oleanderandpalm, @themakerista, @skylargee, @snowehome, @madewell, @minted, @alainakaz, @houselarsbuilt, @chauntevaughn, @meredithsledge, @min_cat, @glitterguide
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A boho @lazboy inspired living room retreat

BIG news, guys! Right this very moment, I’m frantically running around the house getting ready to hit the road for a major trip and event. I’ll be taking part in this season’s Design Dash competition with La-Z-Boy down at High Point Market in North Carolina!

In case you’re new to the Design Dash (see a video from last year’s competition here), it’s a multi-day event hosted by La-Z-Boy where a small group of bloggers each works to design and style individual spaces using gorgeous goodies from the brand’s showroom at Market. The entire competition will be documented on camera and the final individually designed spaces will be posted to their site afterward for all of you to see and weigh in on. To say that I’m nervous, excited, giddy, and FREAKED OUT would be a gross understatement.

The very, very good news though is that I’m not doing this alone. I’ll be taking part in the Design Dash as one half of a team alongside my fellow Glitter Guide editor, Caitlin Kruse. Caitlin is an incredible interior designer and I’m so thrilled that the two of us will have the chance to combine our design aesthetics—plus that of the Glitter Guide brand, of course—in order to pull off a room makeover that hopefully knocks your socks off. The mood board you see above is a semi-sneak peek of some of the design ideas we were tossed around behind the scenes as a team, although we did end up going in an entirely different direction in terms of colors and patterns, so there’s still lots to imagine and see.

First up this morning, I’m headed to our hotel in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where I’ll be meeting up with Caitlin, our hosts from La-Z-Boy, and the rest of the Design Dash bloggers, so be sure to follow along with me on Instagram to see snippets from the event. You’ll be able to peek in on our shenanigans through the Glitter Guide feed, too, and check the La-Z-Boy Facebook page for even more. Wish us luck!

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How To Seamlessly Update A Dated Door Knob | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #InteriorInspo

Since purchasing our retro home and starting the process of renovating each room one by one, I’ve had the chance to learn so much. I used to be intimidated by pretty much any home project, but nowadays, I don’t hesitate before replacing old light fixtures, patching drywall, using power tools, and even ripping out old drop tile ceilings (a task I crossed off my list on a whim by myself a couple of mornings ago!).

What I’ve come to learn over the years is that tackling these types of home renovation projects is really just a matter of educating yourself. Confidence is everything in pretty much all things in life, and having the guts to go “gung ho” with home repair and design is no different. With each project completed, you’ll feel a little more empowered to take on the next one, so start small and, before you know it, you’ll be going BIG.

If you’re on the hunt for a simple home repair project that doesn’t take hours to complete or tons of experience to cross off your list, why not consider a door hardware update? I teamed up with Schlage to document a simple yet impactful before and after door knob switch that has made a totally new statement in our upstairs hallway. Scroll on for details, plus our reasons for choosing a different silhouette handle than the rest of the doors in our home.

How To Seamlessly Update A Dated Door Knob | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #InteriorInspo

How To Seamlessly Update A Dated Door Knob | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #InteriorInspo

First, I’ll explain why we chose the particular door and handle that we did. As you can see in the photo above, the handle on our upstairs hall closet had clearly seen better days. It was really scratched up and was just generally dated. Does anyone even know what that matte white cover on the front is? Is it just decorative? We have no idea.

The only issue is that the rest of the door knobs in the hall looked great. There are five other doors down the length of this hall, and each of them was in good working order, so I didn’t want to replace all of them. After chatting about it with John, we decided to choose a completely unique shape for the hall closet knob, that way the handle would look intentionally different and special. By going with a brass finish to mimic the rest of the hardware in our home, we were able to help tie the entire look together.

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To make our somewhat-avant-garde vision a reality, I ordered a single curved accent lever—one specifically made for halls and closets (i.e. no lock)—in a soft satin brass finish. This particular lever has that traditional S-like curve to it, which would succeed in setting it apart from the rest of the knobs down the length of the hallway, which are all simple, symmetrical, and round.

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First, I unscrewed the old handle from the door and discarded the old hardware, then I reversed the steps to install the new knob. Following the paper instructions that came with our accent lever made out-of-the-box installation super easy, and I was done with the door update (by myself!) in just 10 minutes.

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How To Seamlessly Update A Dated Door Knob | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #InteriorInspo

I love when home upgrades are both functionally motivated and decorative, and this project checked both boxes. It’s actually a really comfortable handle to grab and turn, possibly more so than our existing round knobs down the rest of the hallway, and I’m in love with the sleek shape. It really makes for such a special design moment in our hall, which is nice because I’ve been struggling to make our hall look and feel like anything more than just a windowless, dark cavern. It’s the little things, am I right?!

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How To Seamlessly Update A Dated Door Knob | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #InteriorInspo

At the end of the day, changing your door hardware is a quick and easy project that’s affordable to tackle on your own and makes a big statement. Whether you’re new to home renovation or you’re already a pro, a door knob switch is a great way to feed your need for doable, lasting design upgrades.

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What do you think of our new hall closet handle? My favorite thing about it, of course, is that it easily stands out from the other door knobs that line the hallway. That sleek curvy silhouette is an immediate eye-catcher, and the brushed brass finish feels like a fresh take on a more traditional style.

Which lever would you choose from the Schlage collection? No matter what you pick, you can feel sure of both the durability and finish of your chosen hardware because Schlage is governed by the standards set forth by the Builder’s Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA). There are so many high quality options to choose from that all offer you the chance to express your own personal style. Leave your vote after testing their style selector in the brand comment box below.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this PetProof Program (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.
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