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3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways

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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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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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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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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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10 Favorite Fall Candles To Burn Now

Favorite Fall Candles To Burn Now

Happy Monday and welcome back to a brand new week! Chances are good that, whatever time of day you’re reading this, I’m curled up somewhere in our home with a candle flickering away beside me. It’s most definitely “candle season” around these parts, and you’ll rarely come upon a room in our home that’s free from some fragrant flame (try saying that five times fast—I dare you).

In honor of this cherished time of year, John and I put our heads together to come up with 10 of our very favorite fall candles. Yes, you read that right. John played a big part in coming up with this list since he’s just as big a fan of candles as I am—possibly more so. It’s practically part of his routine to light one of his favorites from our collection below within five minutes of coming home from work.

  1. Scentered, De-stress Travel Therapy Candle
  2. Wax Cabin Candle, Cozy Cabin
  3. NEST Fragrances, Pumpkin Chai Candle
  4. Shoppe 815 Amber Candle, Mountain Summit
  5. Glade Jar Candle Air Freshener, Cashmere Woods
  6. Yankee Candle, Macintosh
  7. LE LABO, Santal 26 Classic Candle
  8. Jo Malone, Incense & Embers Home Candle
  9. P.F. Candle Co., NO. 04: Teakwood & Tobacco
  10. Bath & Body Works, Pumpkin Cupcake

Do you have a favorite fall candle that didn’t make our list? I’m always looking for new ones to add to our collection, so please tell us about your own go-to fall scents in the comments below.

Favorite Fall Candles To Burn Now

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How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

Let’s talk for a moment about style! In my ongoing quest to save more money and buy fewer things, I’ve challenged myself to try making the most of the items I already own. These days you’ll find me rearranging art in our home rather than purchasing new pieces, switching out throw pillows from room to room to change things up, and I’m even doing my best to learn how to mix and match items in my closet to get more wear out of each and every piece.

To help with the latter (since I’m anything but a style pro), I enlisted the help of Darling Boutique owner Linnea White. Back in July, I visited her shop in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia, and she helped me choose a dress and a couple of other strategic new pieces to add to my wardrobe for fall that could be worn in a few different ways. Read on for Linnea’s tips for getting the day-to-night look with your own dress, featuring photos by Tristan Williams!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Shoes, necklace, earrings, dress // Already Owned: Jean jacket, purse

Words From Linnea:

When Carrie and I chatted about collaborating a little while ago, we ended up deciding on the idea of styling a dress for her busy blogger life. Based on her style needs, we leaned towards pieces that she could wear from day to night—from a coffee shop meeting or work session, to drinks with friends. As with any piece you purchase, you want to imagine styling it multiple ways, and this dress made it easy to pull double-duty.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Day Look

For the blogger-by-day look, I styled the dress with a simple jean jacket and clogs. It’s no secret that wood clogs are a secret style weapon (the Swedes have known this for years), and are insanely comfortable for long days on your feet. The rich cognac of this pair was the perfect contrast to the dress, adding warmth and color. We added a pair of studs and a beaded bar necklace by Virginia jeweler Emily Warden Designs for simple statement accessories.

Another casual way to style this dress would be with a pair of boots (short or tall) and a chunky cardigan. Think: jewel tones like burgundy or evergreen for an extra eye-catching look. It’s the perfect layering base for Fall days ahead!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Evening Look

Sometimes all you need is a leather jacket. And that’s exactly what we added to this dress for an evening option. We also switched the shoes to a pair of booties, and changed up the jewelry for a little more drama. The sunset cuff by Free Range and Feral paired with the geometric hammered brass earrings and long beaded necklace by Dinosaur Toes—all handmade in Virginia, of course.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

Another way to style this dress for evening would be with a pair of heels (add a pop of color!) and a statement clutch. The dolphin hem of the dress adds that needed interest to keep the rest of the look sleek and simple.

Pro Fashionista Tip: Drape your jacket over your shoulders for an instantly chic look for the evening edition of your outfit. 

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Recreate the Look

1. Start with the base. Find that perfect dress for your body type, in a basic color or pattern—we went with stripes in a classic black and white scheme. Keep the silhouette simple, and that base becomes the perfect palette for all your styling needs, day to night.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

New Investments: Necklace, earrings, bracelet, dress // Already Owned: Booties, purse, jacket

2. Keep the layers lengthening, not bulky. Whether a jacket or a sweater, make sure the hem hits at a flattering point on your frame, and doesn’t cut off the flow of the dress silhouette underneath. Learning your proportions is key to layering any piece!

3. Get creative with the accessories, and play with length, textures, and colors. Find necklaces that flatter the garment, creating length where needed or drawing attention to the neckline. This part is the fun part!

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

I’m excited to put Linnea’s pro tips into motion all season long, and can’t wait to see just how many other ways I can style this dress as we transition through more seasons. The cool thing is that I haven’t shopped for clothes since that day back in July, and (with Linnea’s tips in mind) I feel like I already have more than enough in my closet to keep me occupied without having to buy anything new—at least for a while! For more tips and style inspiration be sure to follow along with Linnea on the Darling Boutique blog here.

Before I sign off for the day, I just wanted to send off a BIG thank you to Linnea and Tristan for helping me feel like a million bucks throughout the process of this creative project. It was so much fun to connect with a couple of new local creatives, and to try my hand at fashion for once. It just goes to show that some of your best inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places, so take this as your challenge to step out of the box this fall and try something totally new to you in order to get those creative ideas flowing.

How To Take A Dress From Day To Night This Fall

*Photos by Tristan Williams, Styling by Linnea White
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October Favorites

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It’s a new month, a new season, and I have a new hairdo—sounds like the perfect time to try something totally fresh here on the blog! I’ve been working extra hard this past month to revitalize my YouTube channel, and I’m slowly going to start rolling out the new types of topics and themes this October. First up? A favorites video, which details all of the things I’m loving and testing in my studio right now.

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October Favorites | dreamgreendiy.com

One of the perks of this job is that I have the opportunity to try different kinds of beauty products and home goods from brands so that I can offer you guys my quick and candid review. These product reviews aren’t sponsored (i.e. I’m not paid to talk about them), but I’m still so grateful to the teams and brands who send things along to me so that I can share casual feedback with you in between larger, more involved projects.

Anyway, with that motivation at hand, I created a video (where I talk right to the camera!) about a handful of my current favorites. Click play on that video below to get all of the details for the things I’m loving for the month of October, including wallpaper, beauty products, a new coffee table book, free fabric swatches, and so much more. And if you see something that you’d like to try for yourself, I’ve included a full linked list below.

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October Favorites:

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Full disclosure, it definitely feels a little funny talking into a camera, and it pains me a little to even publish this video. But I know that it will get easier and that I won’t look quite so stiff as I do this more and more. Oh, and feel free to note just how often I say the phrase, “I’m excited,” and turn it into a drinking game ::smacks hand against forehead::

But I digress. Tell me: what are a few things you’re currently loving this month? Have you read any good novels that I should try? Any Netflix shows I should binge? Do tell in the comments below, and don’t forget to let me know if you like this type of video content, and any other fresh ideas you’d love to see in motion here on Dream Green DIY. Have a great weekend, guys.

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What’s On Our Music Playlist For Fall

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

Okay, so, bad news first: this week absolutely kicked my butt. The good news, though? That means I’m feeling on top of my game! I actually even managed to push myself to get ahead, and, despite the fact that our contractor never did show up, I haven’t felt this accomplished in a very long time.

I think I’m going to treat myself to a little bit of a break today (once I finish the last big project on my list, of course), but, before I go, I wanted to share a little playlist to celebrate the official kick-off to fall today. May this list of easy-listening tunes get you off on the right foot this brand new season.

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

Our Fall Playlist

  1. My Lovely, Eisley
  2. Maps, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  3. A Melody, the Memory, Mae
  4. Follows, Tigers Jaw
  5. The Funeral, Band of Horses
  6. New Slang, The Shins
  7. Can’t Get It Out, Brand New
  8. You Are the Moon, The Hush Sound
  9. It Will Never Be the Same, Ryan Adams
  10. The Sound of Settling, Death Cab for Cutie
  11. Neighbors, Grizzly Bear
  12. How It Left, Violents & Monica Martin
  13. Lua, Bright Eyes

I have a feeling that John and I will be kicking back to this little mix-CD-like list of songs all throughout the colder months to come. What’s on your fall playlist?

What's On Our Pre-Fall Music Playlist

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Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

Image via Nano Pad by Architect Prineas

White square tile in a shower

It’s time to talk about, what we’re calling, Phase Two of our hall bath renovation! This is the very first time in our young adult lives (can you call 30-somethings “young adults” anymore?) that we’ve ever literally moved walls to bring a design vision of ours to life, so we’re admittedly a little apprehensive. And, truth be told, our contractor still hasn’t shown up to get the job started despite a scheduled date that came and went. BUT we’re taking things day by day and I’m just trying to stay positive in the midst of our first official reno.

While I cross my fingers (and toes) that we see and/or hear from our contractor at some point this week, I thought I’d take you through the plan. That photo that you see above was the main inspiration for our little hall bath makeover, although the reality probably won’t end up being quite so dreamy. You see, this bathroom is located off to the side of our finished basement family room, which means that it has no natural light to speak of. This fact is most painfully obvious in the shower. If you’d like some visuals, click back here to check out the space right when we moved in (before photos of the bathroom are toward the bottom of the post), and you can see how far we’ve come thus far with a few minor weekend-type updates here. Now, let’s talk about the future.

Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

Phase 2 of Our Hall Bath Reno: The Plan

The main goal for this second phase of work centers on the shower stall. It’s built right into the corner of the tiny room, with a drywall partition on the side facing the sink, and a flimsy plastic off-the-shelf swing door on the other side (again, click back here for visuals). As it stands, the drywalled portion of the shower blocks 98% of the light from the single overhead fixture we have in the space, which makes for a very dim washing experience. The wall also makes the shower feel extra cramped. You probably won’t be surprised to hear it, but the very first priority is to ditch the drywall and put a nice piece of custom glass in its place.

Although we had hoped to double the size of the shower itself, taking it all the way across the back of the bathroom, our contractor (who, happily, did arrive on time for the estimate and initial walk-through!) explained that we were looking at a pretty intensive renovation and an even scarier price tag. So, instead, we’re going to work with the existing footprint of the shower. That said, we’re hoping to be able to replace every single bit of what currently exists within that footprint.

How does our inspiration image factor into the plan? Well, it all comes down to that simple square tile you see. Rather than choosing the type of bold, multi-colored cement tile that seems to be all the rage these days, I decided to keep things simple in the hopes that what we choose will be “in vogue” for decades to come. We only want to do this once, after all, and since falling in love with the tiny white square tile in the inspiration image above, I ordered six boxes of this Ceramic Mosaic Tile. It sports a gorgeous nearly-matte finish, and I think the bright white color will help make the shower blend in with the rest of the room, making it feel twice as large. I’m also hopeful that the combination of that sleek tile with the glass wall (and new custom glass door!) will help the shower actually feel larger when you’re inside it since we don’t have the time or budget to make it any larger.

So, what do you think? I’m excited to share progress photos—as well as those long-awaited afters—as we bring this bathroom into the current century. And I have one more burning question to ask…Should we paint the existing original grasscloth wallpaper? I’m not sure! Leave your votes in the comments below.

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7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

Lately, every day tends to start out the exact same way: I wake up around 7AM, check my phone (yes, I’m that girl), stretch, make some avocado toast and coffee, and, then, I climb back in bed to eat breakfast before hitting the showers and my to-do list. The last piece to my morning routine? Pulling up YouTube to keep me company as I chow down on my toast!

I think it was about a year or so ago that I officially fell down the rabbit hole of YouTube. Someone I followed on Instagram mentioned a channel run by a family in the UK called the Michalaks. Their weekly Vlog-style videos were so unique and dreamy, and I just couldn’t stop watching once I got started. I watched their most recent videos, and then eventually went all the way back to the beginning and watched every single one they had ever published. I was hooked, guys, and, just like the moment that inspired me to start this blog, I remember thinking to myself, “I feel like I could do this…”

Which is when I started filming and releasing adventure videos from in and around our town on my own YouTube channel! That was right at the start of 2017, and now I have 16 videos to call my very own. I love it and feel like I’ve really found my new calling. Am I good at it? HELL NO. But it’s the thing I’m most passionate about behind the scenes, so I thought I’d share a quick list of the seven YouTubers who are inspiring me to create in-motion content right now.

7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

7 Favorite YouTube Channels

1. What Olivia Did: I’m clearly a big, big fan of all British vloggers, but Olivia is one of my all-time favorites. She’s so adorable on-camera, and I adore her retro-inspired style. I feel like we would be buds IRL.

2. Margo & Me: Even though I’m basically a fashion disaster in real life, Jenny’s beauty tutorials and fashion tips make me feel like I can fake it! Her videos are super high quality and always leave me feeling motivated to test my creativity when it comes to beauty (and videography!).

3. Studio McGee: If you, too, cut the cord on cable and are desperately missing HGTV, this YouTube channel is bound to be your new favorite. I’m so inspired by their room tours and interior design tips. While you’re at it, be sure to subscribe to the Yellow Brick Home YouTube channel, too! Kim and Scott have lots of really useful tips and fun projects to share.

4. Vogue: Follow along for beauty tutorials, interesting interviews with celebrities (I especially love their 73 Questions series!), and a behind the scenes look inside the lifestyle of fashion editorial.

5. Klossy: Karlie Kloss is clearly a superstar, but the model seems really down to earth and approachable on her YouTube channel. I love tuning in to her quick, fast-paced videos when I’m getting ready in the morning or waiting on photos to export.

6. The Michalaks: I’ve already given my quick overview on this family, but be sure to follow along with Hannah and Stef for lots of pretty peeks into their lives across the pond in Bath.

7. Studio DIY: Kelly and her team always knock it out of the park with their colorful DIYs. For more crafty tutorials, be sure to subscribe to Sarah Hearts, too!

8. Dream Green DIY: I’d be remiss if I didn’t give myself at least a tiny little plug, right?! I have a brand new type of video set to launch early next month, so it’s kind of an exciting time. Stay tuned!

7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

Are you an avid YouTube watcher, too? Do you have a channel of your own to share? Please leave links in the comments because I’m always on the hunt for newbies to follow. Have a great weekend, guys!

7 YouTube Channels To Subscribe To Now

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Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

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Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

While a lot of home updates take a fairly small amount of time and effort to pull off, there are inevitably those certain projects that you think will be a cinch to cross off your list, but turn out to take months to really make happen. Our new front door is one of those types of deceptively simple projects that ended up taking a lot more time and a lot more money to see through to the finish line, but, happily, the results are worth all of the trial and, yes, the tears, too.

It all started back in the beginning of the year when I decided that it was time for a curb appeal face lift. Our home’s unique A-frame shape already made it stand out from the neighborhood, but John and I always wished that the front entry matched the cool sophistication of the architecture itself. As is, the flimsy glass storm door was neither very secure nor very impervious to the elements (vines used to grow under the door, it was that loosely hung!), so we decided it was time to replace it with a professionally installed, weather-tight steel front door.

First, though, we needed to choose a style. I Photoshopped all sorts of different options onto an image we already had of the front of our house, and thought I had settled on this one, which I showed you a couple months ago in my mood board for the curb appeal makeover. I loved the pretty moulding, but after finding out that we needed a custom-sized door, the decorative style just wasn’t within budget. Here are a handful of other options we considered throughout the process in case you’re curious.

How To Choose Your New Front Door | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot

How To Choose Your New Front Door | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot

How To Choose Your New Front Door | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot

How To Choose Your New Front Door | dreamgreendiy.com + @homedepot

Instead, we settled on the plain, totally flat panel door you see mocked up above. I tend to ere on the side of simple anyway, so I wasn’t upset at the last-minute change, but the inevitable up-charge that comes with a custom door was a little surprising. I just wanted to make sure that I mentioned it here in case you decide to upgrade to a steel door, too, so that you aren’t taken by surprise at check-out like we were.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Of course, we could have saved hundreds of dollars by installing the door ourselves, but after working with the contractors that our local Home Depot sent out to do the work, I couldn’t possibly recommend a professional install more. And I’m not being paid to say that. Home Depot did help us with a generous discount on the door in return for a mention on the blog, but this project was something we had been saving up for and invested a lot of our own money into as well.

Long story short, we never would have attempted to install the door on our own since it required a brand new frame, new weather-resistant vinyl and weather stripping, plus hinges, a matching sill, and multiple lines of caulk to make sure that everything was sealed up tight. They even installed our new matte black hardware and deadbolt, so it was completely worry-free for us. I welcomed the installers into the house at 9am one Thursday morning, and they were all wrapped up and hauling our old storm door and the tattered old frame out by 10:30am—no questions asked.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Next, we needed to choose a paint color. The door we bought came in a primed white finish, and after waiting 24 hours to allow the caulk to set, it was time to get rolling—literally. You can click here to see a GIF animation of all the paint colors we considered (including just leaving the new door plain white), but we ultimately decided on a quintessential mid-century shade of orange—something with a hint of red in it to coordinate with the brick, but with just enough “fire” to make it pop.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Truth be told, I impulse purchased a color from Behr called “Pimento,” but it ended up being way too bright, so I raced over to Sherwin Williams, which is just a mile from our house, to grab a new, more muted version of the color to go over top. The final color we chose (that you see pictured here in this post) is called “Peppery” from Sherwin Williams, and, although I’m certainly biased, I think it’s the perfect poppy-yet-sophisticated reddish orange for our 1960s house.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

The new door not only looks more “official” and stylish, it also feels more official, too. The addition of a sill down along the bottom of the entry floor and proper weather stripping allow for a tight seal when the door is closed, and we’re no longer having to deal with vines infiltrating the sunroom that sits just behind the door.

To round out the updates, we added some new potted plants, hung some custom-cut cellular shades inside, and filled in a few bare areas of the landscaping with new white rocks. I also replaced the old flood light with a round frosted lightbulb to make it feel a little more retro and finished.

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

All in all, the project took about three months to complete, but I think the majority of that was just waiting on coordinating the official measure appointment (Home Depot sends their installer out ahead of time to take accurate measurements of your specific door frame), choosing and ordering our materials, paying for everything, waiting for the door to ship to the store, and then finally scheduling our install.

I won’t lie to you. It was certainly a little more stressful then I had anticipated to get a new front door, but now that it’s done, and it’s done right, I’m so happy that we powered through. Hopefully, we won’t ever have to replace the door again, and we couldn’t be more in love with the before-and-after difference our new curb updates made. Let us know what you think of the new look below!

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

Mid-Century Inspired Curb Appeal Update

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3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

*This post was sponsored by Sudio Sweden

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

Have you given podcasts a try yet? It took me a little longer ‘than the average bear’ to get into the idea of tuning in to talk radio, but now that I have, I’m pretty much dependent on it. It’s rare for me to go a day without pressing play on a favorite show and the idea of taking a road trip without plugging my phone up to my car’s speakers is just unheard of.

Since I know a lot of you still have summer travel plans in the works and maybe even a few extra “you time” hours in the day during this lazy season, I wanted to share my go-to podcasts of late. Whether you’re looking to get inspired with home décor ideas or want to learn about the history of, say…dentistry, these three shows should keep your mind occupied all summer (or year!) long.

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

And since we’re talking about podcasting, I wanted to also quickly mention how I’m tuning in. I recently added these Regent headphones from Sudio Sweden to the collection of techie gadgets in my desk drawer, and I love them. I rarely use earbuds because they tend to hurt my ears, but these ultra cushy bluetooth headphones are comfortable enough to last through hours of listening. I’m kind of a little bit obsessed with the sleek white and gold design, too…But now let’s talk podcasts!

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

  1. Young House Love Has A Podcast: If you’ve been a fan of Sherry and John Petersik from their regular blogging days, then you’ll love their podcast. The pro DIY duo comes off just as approachable and down-to-earth as they did on Young House Love, the blog, and I’ve been so inspired by the interviews, tips, and personal home renovation stories they’ve shared.
  2. Fresh Air by NPR: I’ve been ‘engrossed’ with Terry Gross (sorry, had to!) for years, but sometimes it’s tough for me to get to a radio when her show actually goes on air. So, when I found out that Fresh Air had a podcast, I was all over it. From celebrity interviews (favorites being Seth Meyers, Billy Bragg, and Aziz Ansari) to conversations revolving around things like wildlife photography, the making of Wonder Woman, and what goes into choosing words for the dictionary, Terry always spotlights fresh perspectives on interesting topics.
  3. Style Matters By Little Yellow Couch: I was just recently introduced to this podcast, so I’m a bit of a newbie, but I’m already turning into a loyal listener. The archives are packed with creative interviews focusing on artisans, stylists, and designers from around the world. As their iTunes page touts, their weekly episodes “inspire us creatively, and give us insight into why the art of home making is so powerful.” I’m hooked!

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

A couple of other podcasts of note if you’re looking to fill your feed with goodies: Monocycle with Leandra Medine By Man Repeller, The Lively Show by Jess Lively, and, although there aren’t any new episodes, I’m still a huge fan of the archives from After the Jump by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge. Got a podcast recommendation of your own to share? Do tell in the comments below.

3 Podcasts To Listen To This Summer

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Modern Mid-Century Curb Appeal: Inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

Functionally, there’s little to no protection from the elements. The seal is nonexistent (grass and vines literally grow into the sunroom from under the door), and the glass panel lets quite a bit of light into the sunroom, making the unheated/un-air-conditioned room a sauna this time of year.

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

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

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

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