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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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How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

Although, here in Virginia, I was just about as far as an American girl could be from the wildfires in California and those devastating southern hurricanes that ravaged our coastlines and Puerto Rica, it still hit home for me. My heart went out to those families who were directly affected by the disasters, and, to this day, I’m still keeping everyone in my thoughts because I know the pain doesn’t stop with that last ember or final gust of wind. For some, the long, hard road to recovery is just starting. Certainly, broken and destroyed homes and buildings are taking priority as people work to rebuild, but air quality is another major issue to consider.

Again, I don’t have any firsthand experience or story to tell when it comes to my involvement in the recovery (aside from donating to any reputable organization I come across!), but right here at home, I’ve been beta testing the Molekule air purifier, which, as a brand, has been working overtime to help those in need along our coastlines following the wildfires and hurricanes. Scroll on to find out more about this awesome purifier, and learn how it’s helping combat bad air quality—both near and far.

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

First, let’s rewind this tale just a little bit. Earlier in the summer, I actually reached out to the brand myself to see if they might be interested in teaming up. I had spotted the purifier on my Pinterest feed as a paid advertisement, and I was intrigued. The imagery the brand put together to promote their product was so spot-on with my taste, and it did exactly what the ad was supposed to: it caught me—hook, line, and sinker.

I sent an email along to the brand to see if there might be a way for us to team up, and I was grateful to snag a spot as a behind-the-scenes beta tester. We’ve been enjoying the air purifier in our home for the last four months, and it has been the game-changer I hoped it would be. John suffers from terrible year-round allergies, and he’s always had trouble sleeping because of the poor air quality in our home. We have four pets, after all, so our battle against dust and pet dander had—up until that point—been a lost one.

Since receiving and using our Molekule, though, John has been sleeping better and our home is noticeably less dusty and allergen-filled. The purifier breaks down all sorts of harmful microscopic pollutants (think: mold, allergens, viruses, bacteria, and even airborne chemicals), and I think it’s going to keep us both healthy throughout the cold and flu season to come. It’s admittedly a huge investment, and we are extremely grateful that we were given the opportunity to test the product in our home, but I can tell you without a doubt that, had we not been given one, we would have invested in this air purifier to help keep our home cleaner and ourselves healthier, too.

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

The physical purifier itself is, of course, kind of gorgeous from a design standpoint. That sleek silver shape and cool leather handle that I fell in love with on Pinterest (of all places!) is just as beautiful in person. What I didn’t realize would be so stunning, though, was the functionality of it. The nano-coated filter actually works in tandem with light to help trap and destroy dust particles in the air that moves through it, and the soft subtle glow it gives off adds to the modern look without being ostentatious. You can easily switch the light off at times when the light might affect you (in your bedroom at night, for example).

Speaking of, the purifier is operated using a tiny touch screen at the very top. It’s very discrete, but offers you all kinds of options depending on your needs: a silent mode (although the normal sound it gives off is a soft, constant “huusssh”—not annoying at all), dark mode, an on/off switch, filter check, and more. They really thought of everything with the design of this thing, and I have barely even talked about the scientific inner workings yet!

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

The Molekule brand just recently came out with third-party studies with the University of Minnesota that directly compare their PECO technology to HEPA, and proves that PECO is much more effective in destroying ozone and VOCs. This is breakthrough information, especially since the recent wildfires and hurricanes around our country have contributed to worsening and dangerous air quality.

The team is on a mission to help people who are affected by these disasters. In fact, they recently exhausted their entire inventory between donated units and increased demand in areas affected by the wildfires. The bottom line is that they know their technology can really help people, but they also know they need to get the word out.

I’m so grateful to the Molekule team for trusting our family to test the product in our home and that they were willing to put their faith in us to share our story and the effect it has had on our lives, too. Managing air quality in any home comes with all sorts of unique challenges, but we’re super confident in saying that this air purifier has made a world of difference in our own situation. How could your home benefit from better air quality?

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

How To Combat Allergens In Your Home

*This story was an in-kind partnership with Molekule. 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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My November Favorites

My November Favorites

It’s time for a brand new list of monthly favorites, and this time it’s all about fall—not to mention all the things that go along with looming year-end to-dos. We’re talking 2018 planners, stress-relieving products to help keep holiday anxiety at bay, plus a few home décor items I’m loving that I can’t wait to put to good use while stuck inside this cold weather season. Scroll on for a full list of all the things I’m loving for November, and don’t miss my brand new YouTube video where I discuss each and every item up close and personal.

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

1. Vionic Ashby Driving Moc: Hands down the best shoes I’ve ever owned. Comfortable right out of the box!

2. Sims 4: I’ve reverted back to my college obsession with this computer game. It’s addicting, and the perfect distraction from stress.

3. Atomic Ranch Magazine: For all my fellow mid-century enthusiasts.

4. AT-A-GLANCE 2018 Planners: The new year is just a month and a half away, after all!

5. Margaret Kimball Studio Wallpapers: These removable wallpaper tiles are perfect for renters or home decor commitment-phobes (like me!).

6. Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew Coffee: Click here for the recipe I mention in the video.

7. Method + Creative Growth Limited Edition Hand Soap: The prettiest hand soap dispensers I’ve seen this year, and you’ll love the story behind the designs.

8. Scentered candles and therapy balms: These two products are single-handedly getting me through end-of-the-year anxiety.

9. Bastide Fleur d’Oranger Hand Cream: This hand cream smells almost good enough to eat, and it cures dry winter skin, too.

10. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation: I finally got my full size version of this foundation, and love the texture and finish. It’s my new go-to.

11. Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Lipstick in ‘Brooklyn’: This lipstick is my favorite formula yet—it goes on smooth and lasts for hours.

12. Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in ‘Fiore (Hot Pink)’: The perfect unexpected shade of pink for fall.

13. Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in ‘Medium Warm’: The single-step formula puts this brow color in my ‘Favorites’ this month.

14. BROWFOOD Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo: On the other hand, I find myself reaching for this two-step product for a more dramatic look.

15. LASHFOOD Chamomile Makeup Eraser Pen: I didn’t think I’d have much use for this one, but it’s actually a really handy beauty tool. Worth adding to your bag for those “oops!” makeup moments.

16. LASHFOOD Conditioning Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover: I don’t go a day without it!

17. Revlon 360 Dryer: The 360-degree air flow makes that dreaded hairdryer step less of a headache. Be sure to watch the video to see my embarrassing demonstration…

18. Natalie Borton Necklace (similar): This piece of jewelry is practically the only accessory I need to feel pulled together.

19. Le Cou, The Wakefield in Royal Blue Gingham: Have you guys ever tried a dickey? It makes fall layering a cinch.

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

My November Favorites

So, what are you loving this fall? Any new makeup products I should try, or new shoes that top your list? See my October Favorites here, and stay tuned next month for my December Favorites blog post and video, which will be geared toward all things Christmas gifting. I’d love for you to leave your own wishlist items in the comments box below in case you’d like me to include or review something in particular. Happy shopping!

My November Favorites

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Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Can you believe it’s already the middle of November?! Because of this recent realization, I’ve been working super hard behind the scenes this week to prep for my time off around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. As a solo-preneur, I often struggle with the fact that, if I don’t do it, it’s just not going to get done. So, I have to think well in advance to make sure I prep all of my social media posts and get all of my blog content photographed, written, and scheduled before I head out of the office.

I’m definitely not complaining—sorry if it seems like I am. This is my dream job and one I try not to take for granted, but, like any job, some weeks are harder than others to get though. All this to say…today’s room tour is going to be more of a photographic post then a descriptive one so I can get away from this computer screen. Scroll on to see the latest state of our master bedroom, and hear about a few of the tiny tweaks I have up my sleeve as the design continues to evolve.

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

If you’ve been following along since we moved into our 1960s ranch two years ago, then you know this room is the only one in the house that wasn’t repainted white. Instead, we left the pretty greenish blue color alone, and decided to go neutral everywhere else to let that soothing tone take all of the attention.

Aside from a new striped bedding set and switching out my bookshelf for a new dresser, not much has changed since these photos were shot back in June. It’s still the minty fresh, soothing oasis it has always been—and, frankly, might always be.

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

I don’t really have all that much on my list of things to do in this space (aside from finding a match to the paint color so I can patch over the many holes I’ve put in the wall). I would love to replace the broken blinds with cordless cellular shades, like the ones I’ve slowly been installing throughout our house, and I wouldn’t mind updating a few pieces of furniture so that it didn’t feel quite so mismatched.

Honestly, thought, it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house as is, and was a big part of my inspiration for completely redirecting my brand and business toward a calmer color palette and style in the beginning of the year.

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

When you want nothing more at the end of the day than to curl up in a specific room with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa, you know you’ve done something right. That’s our master bedroom to me. This space came together so organically thanks to the wall color we inherited from the previous owners, that I really don’t feel like I can take any credit for it. It just feels right, and I couldn’t be happier or more grateful that I get to call this room—and this home—ours.

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

So, that’s the full tour of our master bedroom! I know I sort of glossed over the practical details, so if you have questions about the layout or suggestions for things we could try next, I’m all ears!

Before I go, I have to ask: did you enter our giveaway yet? DGD’s Marketing Manager, Nikki (of Wise Apple Vintage) and I are teaming up to give away a prize pack of DIY and vintage goodies. Click through to Instagram here to enter, and see the DIY tutorial with more details here. Good luck!

Room Tour Reveal: The Master Bedroom

MASTER BEDROOM RESOURCES

Bed Frame: Wayfair

Rug: Rugs Direct

Throw Blanket: Target

Striped Shams: Wayfair

Side Table: Galaxie Modern

Gray Linen Bedding: Parachute

Side Chair: Galaxie Modern

Tabletop Clock: Target

Wood Table Lamp: AllModern

Female Portrait: Minted

Cornice Board Fabric: Fabric.com

Gold Arch Table Lamp: Wayfair

Dresser: DIY

Bookshelf: Estates & Consignments

Ceiling Fan: Lamps Plus

*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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DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

First, a little housekeeping note in case you missed it on Friday. We just recently made the decision to switch web hosts, and were unable to make changes to the blog until the server finished transferring. Had I known it was going to take so long to finish up, I would have worked ahead, but as it were, things took significantly longer than expected.

I wanted to apologize if you happened to see unfinished blog posts here on the site! My team and I worked practically round the clock to get the technical issues resolved, and I think that all is finally well. Please don’t hesitate to message me if you see anything funny on the site, but otherwise, I’m feeling pretty confident that we’re back to crafty business. Happy Monday, indeed!

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Anyway, let’s discuss some DIY, shall we? I’ve got a brand new “Supply of the Month” project to unveil over on Oriental Trading Company’s Fun365 site. This month, my fellow three bloggers and I were tasked with brainstorming fun new uses for sand as a craft project. The direction I ended up going in was a 2D art print.

Pop over to the OTC site for the full project tutorial for my DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote, and be sure to leave your own DIY sand craft ideas in the comments below. What would your sand art quote say?

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DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Welcome back to another full room tour—this time we’re taking a closer look at our living room. This space is probably one of the few in our house that hasn’t seen a whole lot of renovation type work. Sure, we painted the walls bright white and replaced the carpet, but other than that, it hasn’t seen too much dust or very many power tools.

That said, it has taken a lot of trial and error to perfect, not only the furniture you see in it now, but also the arrangement of said furniture.

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

When we first moved in, we had our television front and center against the main wall in the living room, with the couch sort of floating in the middle of the room facing the TV. This was how we had things arranged in our townhouse, so it made sense for us to try the same look in our new house. But a few months went by, and we just always found ourselves gravitating toward the lower level family room for our nightly Netflix viewings instead.

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Fast forward several months of the TV staying constantly black, we finally decided that the living room didn’t need it anymore. When we hang out in the space, it’s almost always to catch up with each other, to read a book, or play with the pets. So, we ditched the TV and embraced the idea that this upstairs seating area was made simply for conversation and hanging out.

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

In light of that decision, we had the opportunity to play around with a brand new furniture arrangement. The console cabinet that the TV used to sit on no longer needed to be the center of attention, so we moved our recovered leather mid-century couch against the focal wall, shifted the console off to the side, and added a few accent chairs to allow for more seating and more conversing opportunities for friends and family.

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

I love how the room feels now, and despite the fact that it’s largely free from all electronics (the only exception being our record player), it’s one room that we all flock to in the afternoons. I love to work from my laptop in the space, too, since it’s the brightest spot in the house, and I also shoot all of my craft projects on the floor there by the windows since it’s, again, the brightest room we have.

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Next up on the living room to-do list? I’d love to replace the ancient mismatched sheer curtains and too-thin curtain panels with “real deal” window treatments. I’ve got my heart set on the type of curtain rail system that you often see in hotels. You know—the kind where you grab a rod and pull the curtains closed with a metallic “shink!” sound? I know this will be a pretty pricey investment, but having custom curtains will seriously elevate the room so much. I can’t wait to make my visions for this come true, but will need to save up first.

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

So, what do you think of the current look? Truth be told, I’ve already switched out the art you see there above the couch for a new collection, but I doubt you’re surprised to hear that. I’m constantly making changes around our house, but I’ve always been that way—rearranging rooms on a whim, tweaking little tabletop vignettes here and there. It helps refresh rooms in our home without having to buy a ton of new stuff or completely redecorate. Are you the same way? I hope I’m not alone! Do tell in the comments below.

Room Tour Reveal: The Living Room

LIVING ROOM RESOURCES

Sofa: The White Pepper

Sofa Leather: Moore & Giles

Female Portrait: Minted

Blue Abstract: Minted

Horse Portrait: Minted

Plant Line Drawing: Minted

Side Table: Home Depot

White Table Lamp: Target

Carpet: Home Depot

Console Cabinet: Circa

Mint Record Player: Amazon (similar)

Triangle Painting: DIY

Large Side Chair: Galaxie Modern

Mint Side Chair Fabric: BuyFabrics.com

Reupholstery: Phil’s Upholstery

Curtains: West Elm

Vase: Anthropologie (similar)

Magazine Basket: West Elm

Floor Pot: Modernica

Marble & Gold Table Lamp: West Elm

White Throw Blanket: Meridian

Framed Female Portrait:  Stuarts Draft Antique Mall

Small Side Chair: Estates & Consignments

Side Chair Leather: Moore & Giles

Bar Cabinet: Queen City Marketplace

Tile Coffee Table: Covesville Antiques

*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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3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways

*This post was sponsored by Schlage

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You know that myth everyone seems to live by that the hardware color you choose dictates your room’s style? Well, it’s time to officially ditch it! I’ve never really been one for following design rules, but this one in particular drives me crazy.

It seems like the design world generally considers oil rubbed bronze hardware to be “safe” for a traditional space, brushed nickel perfect for a contemporary one, and brass for transitional rooms that sort of blend the two. Now, of course, that’s not exactly hard and fast, but I wanted to officially kick the myth to the curb today because it is so much fun to play around with hardware finishes—no matter what interior design style you love!

To prove it, I teamed up with the folks at Schlage to showcase three different room mood boards, complete with different hardware finishes, wallpaper ideas, fabric options, paint colors, potential drawer pulls, and even some hardwood floor options, too. Each of the three hypothetical rooms feels distinct and unique, and demonstrates that hardware finishes can work with any kind of style—from modern to traditional.

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3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

Look 1: Satin Nickel

This first look might just be my favorite of the bunch. I love how the tone-on-tone botanical wallpaper acts as a soft backdrop to the entire mood board, and I’m really drawn to how the pretty satin nickel hardware gives the look a tinge of elegance, too. I also included a set of white, black, and gold drawer pulls to prove that mixing metals and finishes can be a lot of fun as well!

Wouldn’t that moody blue color be so lovely as a painted dresser? Or you could use it to paint the ceiling or closet doors in the space for even more added personality. I rounded things out with light wood floors and a rich Asian-inspired fabric (intended for curtains) to help enhance and draw out the darker outlines in the wallpaper.

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3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

Look 2: Aged Bronze

Now, this second look is John’s favorite, probably because of the contemporary cabin vibes established by the woodland wallpaper. I can easily picture this as a statement-making powder room—can you? Cork floors help ground the entire look, while soft gray fabric would be beautiful as roman shades or even a shower curtain.

Natural wood drawer pulls in a lighter tone help soften the high contrast design, whereas deep green paint adds a much-needed dose of color to the otherwise neutral palette. I’m particularly in love with the mod aged bronze hardware, especially because it “speaks” so nicely to the black outlines in the wallpaper. All of these elements make for one undeniably bold room, but I can definitely picture myself spending lots of happy time in it.

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Look 3: Aged Brass

For our third and final look below, I wanted to make satin brass hardware look right at home in a contemporary setting, so I paired the finish with matching gold and leather drawer pulls, peppy gold and white wallpaper, and Scandinavian-inspired light hardwood floors.

To counteract the minimalist vibes, I tossed in a super saturated jewel tone fabric—perfect as an upholstered side chair or throw pillows in a living room—and a muted blue accent paint color. I can see this mood board coming together as a cute and trendy seating area with sleek furniture, a white table lamp or two, and gold picture frames and decorative accessories.

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John and I have stuck with brass hardware for our home as we’ve updated door knobs here and hinges there, but that was mostly because it was what we inherited when we bought the house. We figured it was easier to just run with a finish that we already had, but the cool thing is that, if we wanted to go all out, it would be so easy to transform the look and feel of our 1960s ranch with all-black or all-silver hardware.

Point being that you should feel free to choose whichever finish you want when updating the hardware in your own home—no matter when you home was built. Anything goes!

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3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

Which of the three hypothetical rooms above would you love to see brought to life? Are you as into the first look as I am, or did you, like John, fall hard for the dark hinges and monochromatic geese wallpaper in “Look 2”? Leave your preferences and favorite Schlage hardware finishes in the special branded comments box just below!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Today I’m continuing my room-by-room tour of our house with a peek at our dining room (in case you missed them, see our family room here, and the kitchen here). This room was at the top of my wish list of items while we were house hunting because, up until this point, I had never enjoyed a formal dining room of my own.

Our townhouse had an eat-in style dining room, which left me wanting a little more privacy and, of course, less of a direct sightline into the often-messy kitchen. While our new-to-us dining room is admittedly open to the living room, there’s a big old wall separating it from our kitchen.

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

I don’t mind one bit being able to gaze into the living room since that space is always tidy and put-together (no dirty dishes, ugly appliances, or mid-prep ingredients to be seen). I’ll be sharing a lot more about the living room in its own post, but the room doesn’t even have a TV—instead it’s intended just for conversation and hanging out—so it’s a nice complement to our equally formal dining room.

The wall you see pictured here in this post with the large scale Paris photograph is the one that backs up to the kitchen. The wall opens up on end to allow good flow into the dining room, and there’s a large triangle shaped cut out at the top of the wall to allow light into the kitchen on the other side (you can see what I mean a little better in this post from when we had just moved in).

If you scroll up a few photos above to the picture of me placing plates on the table, you’ll spot the opening into the kitchen as well as our main entry door, the one that leads in from our side carport. The collection of these three rooms—the dining room, the living room, and the kitchen—serve as the hub of our home, and is where we (pets included) spend most of our morning and early afternoon hours.

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

So you don’t get too confused, the door you see just over my shoulder two photos up is the side door on the opposite side of the house that leads into the sunroom.

I think my very favorite thing about living in an A-frame home is that we get to enjoy all of that blissful natural light. Our dining room is right at the front of the house, which allows it to take full advantage of the bank of floor-to-ceiling windows. The sun curves from one end of the windows up and over to the other side every single day, making it not unusual for the front rooms to look bright even on cloudy days.

The A-frame architecture of our 1960s ranch also gives these two front rooms ample headroom thanks to a peaked ceiling. Someday I would really, really love to add beams and white paneling to the ceiling to accentuate it a little more (like this), but for now, we’ll just enjoy the sweeping smooth white walls.

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

As for furniture in the space, it didn’t need much. We have a dining set, a china hutch, a small basket for shoes (since the dining room acts as an entryway for that side carport door), and a floor globe that I picked up from an antique store.

Speaking of sources, the room plays host to a combination of vintage mid-century antiques and retro reproductions, a methodology that you’ll find all over our house. Right now, I’ve got my heart set on replacing our reproduction white dining room chairs with authentic wooden ones from the early 1960s, but I haven’t found quite the right set just yet.

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

One suggestion I hear often is that we should consider taking down that wall separating the dining room from the kitchen (again, the one you see above to the left behind the big framed photograph), or to add a cut out opening. Yes, this would give our dark kitchen added light, but I just softly smile and nod whenever anyone says this to me.

Our dining room is absolutely perfect for us just the way it is—wall and all. That might not be true for another family, but I adore the fact that the wall allows me to call this dining room “formal” and wouldn’t have it any other way. Who knows what we’ll do in the future, but for now that full wall is here to stay!

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

Scroll on for a full list of linked resources for this room, and let me know in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions. I’d love to hear your take on how far we’ve come—see how it looked on move-in day here!

Room Tour Reveal: The Dining Room

DINING ROOM RESOURCES

Chandelier: Lamps Plus

Table: Galaxie Modern

Chairs: Overstock

Marble Pastry Board: Crate & Barrel

Wooden Bowl: Target (similar)

Placemats: Target

Framed Paris Photograph: Minted

Monogrammed Wine Glasses: Personalization Mall

Globe: Covesville Antiques

*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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How To Style A Sectional Sofa

*This post was sponsored by Interior Define

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We’ve lived in two houses, and waited more than seven years, but John and I finally have the sectional we’ve always dreamed of. It’s no secret that a new sofa (whether sectional or standard) is an investment, and we just never felt like the timing was quite right for pulling the trigger. Our last house was just too small to accommodate the behemoth of a sofa we dreamed of, so we waited until we moved to a larger home.

But since moving into said larger home, we played it safe. John was overwhelmed with the idea of coordinating such a large furniture delivery, and I think I was nervous about my ability to design a space around such a big sofa, so we waited some more. Happily, we’ve since gotten over those worries (thanks to some careful measuring and re-measuring) and are the proud owners of a new Interior Define sectional that we couldn’t love more. It’s almost like the piece has officially turned this house into a home because we waited so long for it.

You might already know that I’m typically an “instant gratification” type person, but adding such a major piece like this one to a space really requires some thought and planning. I’m glad we waited, but I sure am glad that I finally get to share the finished look with you guys today. Scroll on for the mini tour and for my tips on styling a large sectional sofa.

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How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

I think one of the main reasons this particular sectional blends in so well with our existing decor (see the room before here) is because we chose such a neutral fabric. Our Walters sectional sports Interior Define’s “Earth” cross weave, which has a bit of a textual look to it—perfect for masking pet hair, of which our home has a lot—but the soft gray color keeps the sofa from taking over the room visually. Instead, it blends in with the white walls a little bit, making it a gentler type of focal point.

The ultra low profile of this particular sofa design also gives it a softer look that doesn’t overwhelm the room. Because the sofa sits so close to the floor, it makes the room feel like a true lounge. You walk into the space and immediately want to flop onto the cushions.

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

As for the styling, you may remember when I asked for your help in deciding on a particular mood board to base the decor of the rest of the room around. Between your comments on the blog post and social media, a blend of the two designs seemed to win out—a gallery wall rather than a single piece of large scale art, more wood furniture, cool-toned accents, and a few metallic elements, too.

While the mood boards I put together gave me the excuse to purchase new pieces to go with our sectional, I decided to try using things we already owned. Unforeseen complications in our mid-renovation hall bathroom have us pinching pennies, so I managed to rearrange a few pieces of art we already had to create a gallery wall, pulled throw pillows from other rooms in the house, and even reused the tufted ottoman we already had.

While I certainly would have loved the go all out with brand new everything, this project and exercise helped me see that rearranging things we already have and shopping our own home can make a room feel brand new—even if only one piece really is truly “new.”

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

Having never owned or styled a sectional sofa before, I didn’t realize just how many throw pillows you need to fill one up. We actually upsized our sectional to the 115-inch option (you can add length to your own Interior Define sectional with a quick mouse click before ordering), so it was fun to pack ours with cozy, feather-filled pillows perfect for lounging.

All told, I managed to get 6 on the sofa, and have actually added a seventh since this photoshoot happened. And the good news is that these throw pillows aren’t just for show—John and I love creating little “nests” with the pillows along the expanse of the sectional as we cozy up for our nightly Netflix viewings. A couple of throw blankets draped over the ottoman and back of the sofa finish off the styled textiles and provide even more functionality.

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

So what do you think of the final look? Don’t you feel like this room was just begging for an oversized sofa now that you see it in place? I wish I could invite you all over to test it out in person with a bowl of popcorn and a Disney movie. Thanks, as always, for following along, and for helping us choose the right look for our room as we pulled it all together for today’s final reveal!

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Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

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

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

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

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

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

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

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

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

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

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

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

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

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

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

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

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

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Room Tour Reveal: The Kitchen

Kitchen Resources

Shelves: IKEA

Sugar Dish: West Elm

White Canisters: West Elm (similar)

Cookbook Stand: Crate & Barrel

Monogrammed Cutting Board: Personalization Mall

Granite Countertops: Goose Creek Granite

White Subway Tile: BuildDirect

Cross-Stitch House Portrait: DIY

Oil & Vinegar Set: Le Creuset

Brass Cabinet Bars: Forge Hardware Studio

Brass Cabinet Knobs: Forge Hardware Studio

Gold Faucet: Delta

White Bread Box: Amazon

Wall Clock: Estates Revisited

*Photos by Carrie Coleman; 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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