3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

Boy, have I been excited to unveil my latest DIY tutorial for Hunker. The trio of painted geometric planter pots that you see above were decorated entirely by hand, and you can easily pull off the look in your own home. No, really! Click here for the full step-by-step breakdown, and try not to be intimidated by the idea of hand-painting the shapes. Honestly, I was a bit intimidated myself by the idea of bringing my vision to life without help, so I made a printable template that should remove any hesitation—at least it worked for me.

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

Here’s that link again to the tutorial, and then let me know in the comments below which of the three designs is your favorite. I think my eye is most drawn to the pot in the middle (the one with side-by-side orange and green circles). Oh, and it might also be worth mentioning that the plants you see in the photos are all faux. I made sure to include links to those in the project tutorial, but just in case you can’t wait, here are the details: faux fern, fake snake plant, silk fiddle leaf fig tree. Happy painting!

3 Ways to Paint a Plain Planter Pot​

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet

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This post has been sponsored by Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Closet™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Think about your very first response to this question: What’s the current state of your guest room closet? If you don’t happen to have a guest room, feel free to imagine any extra storage area in your house or apartment that plays host to things like wrapping paper, seasonal decorations, and the like.

At any rate, I’m going to go ahead and guess that the answer is “not good.” Our own guest room closet was completely overrun with a bunch of toppling, teetering junk—all of which was just generally underused. To fix the issue (which, I’m embarrassed to admit, has been the case for several years now), I teamed up with Rubbermaid to implement their Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Closet™.

We’ve been enjoying the newly updated closet for a week or so now, and today’s the day when I finally get to take you through the process from start to finish—including proof that you can use this type of closet system for so much more than just your average wardrobe closet. You can use it like we did to create separate zones for everything from blank greeting cards, wrapping paper, and seasonal clothing to guest essentials like toiletries and towels! Keep scrolling to watch us go from the chaotic wasted space pictured “before” to the organized multipurpose “after” look you see above.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

To tell you the truth, I think I put this whole process off for so long because I thought it would be a real struggle to tackle on my own. I remember my parents huffing and puffing through the install of a much older style of closet organizer from another brand in my childhood bedroom decades ago. It wasn’t a pretty picture, and I think the memory kept me from trusting in DIY closet organizers up until this point.

Turns out that my fears were completely unfounded—at least when it comes to the FastTrack Closet, in particular. I’m not fluffing things up when I say that it’s the fastest way to organize your home, and today’s modern systems offer lots of flexibility—whether you’re looking to outfit your master bedroom closet with things like rows of sleek, adjustable shoe shelves or you want to do something like we did with your own guest room closet, like adding shelves for linens to help reduce wasted vertical space.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

Anyway, I know I’m rambling, but it’s just one of those things that I wish I had known, and I want to make sure I recommend it to you (and the butcher, and the mail lady, etc.) now that I know better. You probably want to know where to go for a closer look, though, right?

We ended up ordering ours online from Lowes.com using the Rubbermaid Design Tool, which made things so simple. All you have to do is input things like your closet shape and dimensions right there on screen, and then you can plan out your shelving and brackets design without having to troubleshoot through it all in person. After you’re done designing, you order your supplies and get to building after it all arrives.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

I put the entire system together by myself one afternoon before John came home from work, so I can say with 100 percent confidence that you can do this on your own, too. An abbreviated description of the process goes something like this: use a level and drill to install your hanging rails on studs; hang and screw in the uprights; install your brackets, clothing rods, and accompanying shelves however you laid them out in your online design; and then finish by installing any other accessories you might have picked out (i.e. shoe shelves, a pantry organizer, etc.).

One thing I didn’t fully appreciate about install until I was in the thick of it is that you can overlap the rails and shelves to customize the widths of both. In other words, you don’t have to worry about cutting anything down. I was able to overlap the rails and shelves to be the perfect width of the closet, so no heavy duty saws or cutting tools are needed.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

You extra keen observers out there might have noticed the curtains on either side of our finished closet…Well, let’s just say that it’s my solution to yet another issue I’ve been dealing with since we moved in: sliding closet doors. We have them on both our guest room and my office closets, and they’ve always been such a pain to live with on a daily basis.

I didn’t snap a picture of them in today’s post, but you can see them in this older one about halfway down in my office when it was still painted green. You can see the doors slid slightly apart to show the yellow-painted closet behind, if that helps you spot it easier. The thing about having two sliding closet doors is that you can’t fully access the inside at once. There’s only ever going to be a standard door’s width worth of space to reach through.

So, when I took the doors off our guest room closet to install the new organizer, I ultimately decided to leave them off. In their place, I hung a tension rod and two extra long white shower curtains so I can close the closet from view if I need to, but I can still access the entire contents at once by whipping the curtains out of the way. If I had put the old sliding doors up, I wouldn’t have been able to use the pull-out drawer that I added to the center of the closet anyway, so it just made sense to try the new curtained look instead.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

We may end up adding bifold or French doors down the line, but I haven’t felt the need to even use the curtains since I hung them. The closet is so clean and organized—even with all my junk put back in—that I don’t mind seeing it in plain view. I doubt our guests will mind either, especially since they’re welcome to take a few things down from the shelves themselves! We have an extra pillow and blanket sitting at-the-ready for overnight visitors, and I also set up a box full of toiletries in case they’re needed.

As for the rest of the closet not intended for guests, I’ve got all my wrapping paper sitting pretty in a white upright container, my collection of blank greeting cards sorted in a hanging unit off to the side, and I even managed to fit a couple of jackets and sweaters so those out-of-season clothing items don’t have to take up room in our master bedroom closet.

All those boxes and baskets are working overtime, too, corralling things like bulk cat food, my camera equipment, knitting supplies, empty gift bags and tissue paper, old college paperwork, and there’s also a spot for extra packaging/postage supplies so I can use the closet as my shipping station for DGD Pottery orders. You name it, and I probably found a place for it in our guest room closet.

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How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

How To Upgrade Your Guest Room Closet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Rubbermaid @Lowes #AD #FastTrackCloset

If all of this is making you anxious to get your own guest room closet looking and functioning better this year, then make sure you check out the Rubbermaid FastTrack® Closet at your local Lowe’s store. You might be thinking that the system install won’t go as easily or as quickly for you, but I promise that it’s far, far easier than what you’re probably imagining. The instructions that come with the organizer are only a few steps and pages long—nothing at all like those novels you get with other “assembly required” systems. I promise, you can do it!

Visit the ​FastTrack Closet Instant Win & Sweepstakes​ by clicking the link now through June 15, and you could win BIG (think: a $1,000 FastTrack Closet, Lowe’s Gift Cards valued between $50 and $100). Enter here!

 

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? I’m currently sitting here in my spotty painting clothes waiting on the first coat of primer to dry in our master bedroom, so I think that’s a pretty big hint as to what I have going on over here.

Suffice to say, we’ve been refreshing a few things in that space the past few days, including new paint, new-to-us mid-century furniture, and also a big rearrange to make the room feel practically brand new again. We’ll probably be finishing things up tomorrow, so keep an eye on Instagram Stories if you’d like to see sneak peeks. In the meantime, keep scrolling for other types of project ideas to inspire your own weekend productivity!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

1. This DIY Rainbow Trinket Box project is super cute, and makes for a great gift.

2. Here’s another clever do-it-yourself craft idea for those of you looking to get messy with supplies this Saturday or Sunday.

3. I love the idea of making my own perfume using essential oils. Seems like it would be much more cost-effective, not to mention this recipe via The Merrythought is free of harsh chemicals! Win, win.

4. In case you’re continuing your spring cleaning through the month of May, try this step-by-step guide for cleaning cutting boards.

5. I’ve been on a huge art kick recently, so this post via The Crafted Life instantly caught my eye. How cool is that gallery wall?!

6. Surprise, surprise, but another thing I’ve had on my mind as of late is paint. Details on the color changes going on in our house are coming soon, but for now, here’s a look at one extra bold color I’m considering. Why not take the opportunity this weekend to try a new paint color in your own space?

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

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DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

*This post was sponsored by Astek Home

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

I’m currently in that season as a design-centric homemaker where I don’t have all that much to do. We’ve worked hard to stay on top of any sort of maintenance projects (think: replacing the roof, putting in a new hot water heater, etc.), and all of our rooms have been freshly painted since moving here in 2015. We’ve perfected our art collection, and even have most of the light fixtures updated throughout the house, so that’s all done. Now I’m finding myself switching gears and tackling some of the projects that have been on my “someday” list for almost four years. Namely, the closets.

I’ve already done quite a bit to update our guest room closet, but the one in my office hadn’t been touched at all. The nook still had its splotchy, scuffed-up yellow-painted walls, and it didn’t really serve much of a function since I didn’t need to use it for office storage. After thinking it through for a couple of weeks earlier this spring, I eventually decided to give it a fresh new look with paint, custom wallpaper from Astek Home, and an armload of simple accessories that would give the closet more of a purpose.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

First, let’s go back to the beginning. Those photos above show what the closet looked like before. It was empty, and, like I mentioned, was painted a yucky yellow color that had been chosen by the previous homeowners. I hated even sticking my head in there, so I mostly just kept the sliding doors shut.

Then, a perfectly timed email landed in my inbox from the team at Astek Home, giving me the excuse I needed to refresh the closet once and for all. They offered to let me try out their custom wallpaper design service, and after scrolling through the patterns they had in stock, I chose the ‘Stacked Cubes’ design. I loved the modern, retro feel of the pattern, and was excited to have the team come up with a few color options not already listed on the site. I explained that I was hoping to turn the closet into a calming mini retreat in my office, and they came up with this lineup of choices below.

Although I thought all of the colors they put together for me were gorgeous, I was almost immediately drawn to the rich orange color at the top and the soft aqua version shown there on the bottom line. I eventually took the decision to Instagram in the hopes that you guys could help me narrow down from two to just one, and the 24-hour poll proved that aqua was the right choice. After popping the design into a mood board I mocked up for the space (seen below), I was officially convinced and placed my order with Astek Home.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

A few weeks later, I had a chance to sample the custom wallpaper in person, approve it, and then my final roll of custom paper came in the mail. This was my first time using peel-and-stick wallpaper, but it definitely won’t be my last. In case you’ve never done it before either, I’m offering a general breakdown of the process below.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

First, of course, determine how much wallpaper you need. The Astek Home website offers a handy wallpaper calculator on each of their product pages, or you can just share the wall dimensions with your custom wallpaper designer and they’ll figure it out for you.

Next, prep by removing any socket covers, if you have any, then patch and sand down your walls to a smooth finish. You might also want to wipe down your walls with a damp sponge to remove any leftover dust or grime.

At this point, you may also paint the walls to give them an ultra smooth finish, like we did. Note that glossy or satin paint works best for peel-and-stick wallpaper—the sticky side of the wallcovering grabs onto this type of finish better than it will over matte paint. You’ll need to let the paint fully cure for three days before laying down your wallpaper, so make sure to add extra time to your install schedule if you go this route.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

After your surfaces are prepped, make a level guide from which your wallpaper can run down. This could be a light pencil mark that you draw on the wall using a level, or you could use a piece of trim. I decided to keep the existing trim that was already in the closet at about eye level, and used that as my guide. I painted it a fresh white color to make it feel more intentional, then painted the walls and ceiling above the trim to match the background color of the wallpaper (I had the exact color matched by the paint department pros at our local hardware store) for a clean finish.

Next, measure your first wall and cut a strip of wallpaper to size. Peel back roughly 10-12 inches of backer paper at the top, then press it onto the wall along your level mark. Use a plastic wallpaper smoother (or credit card if you’re in a pinch!) to smooth out the paper and push out any air bubbles. Slowly peel and stick the wallpaper to the wall, peeling more of the backer paper off as you go. Once you get down to the bottom, fully remove the backer paper, and smooth out the entire sheet against the wall. Use a razor blade to trim off any excess paper from the sides and bottom, if needed.

Repeat the steps, being careful to line the pattern up as you go. The cool thing is that Astek Home wallcoverings include a built-in 1-inch overlap, unless otherwise requested, to help make lining up your patterns a little easier as a DIY installer.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

Although everything I read online discouraged me from doing this project by myself, I often find that I do better with these types of things on my own. I can troubleshoot better and keep my temper in check easier if I’m not trying to manage a partner’s expectations and patience in addition to my own. Happily, I didn’t run into any issues, and was able to knock out the entire closet by myself in just a little over an hour.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

My days of prepping the closet ahead of time (i.e. patching, sanding, cleaning, and painting) helped this project go off without a single hitch the day of install, and I couldn’t love the final look more. Removing the doors of the closet instantly made my office feel bigger because you could see into the extra square footage from the room’s doorway. The new paint and modern wallpaper also turned the open nook into the type of focal point I think the room was missing.

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

I thought long and hard about the actual function of the closet now that it had been opened to the room, and I came up with all sorts of ideas. I could have built in a bench for extra seating, but the couch that I had already moved into the space took care of that need. I could have, instead, added shelving and turned it into open storage, but I have a nice cabinet in my office that takes care of that need.

In the end, I left it really open-ended so I could play with the functionality as the seasons change. It’s currently filled with floor cushions with a little table off to the side so I can use it as sort of a meditation and reading nook (FYI, I use the Calm app in case you’re into the idea of guided meditation!). I’ll keep you posted as the function evolves over the course of the year, but let me know in the comments if you have any alternate ideas.

Big thanks to Astek Home for finally giving this otherwise useless closet its moment to shine in the spotlight, and for giving me a new project to tackle during my downtime this spring. The closet is now my favorite spot in the house, and I’m already brainstorming other walls to makeover with custom wallpaper (FYI that you can customize the peel-and-stick option for all of their repeating digital patterns!). Leave your suggestion for which room to do next below, and then shop the online collection for yourself with an exclusive 20% discount using code DGDIY!

DIY Peel-&-Stick Wallpaper Closet Makeover

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Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7

Another new collection of handmade pottery just went live in the DGD Pottery shop on Etsy! Click here to see all six items in this latest batch of work, and choose a favorite if it strikes your fancy. You’ll start to see more of that speckled clay I keep hinting at in this collection, and I’ve got lots more of it to come. I can’t get enough of the texture those speckles add to each piece, and have actually started sneaking certain mugs, cups, and bowls off my own shop shelves to keep for myself. Shhhh…don’t tell.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7

Instead of waxing poetic about each piece here today, I thought I’d just send you right along to Etsy where you can get all the info you could ever want, plus you’ll be able to take a much closer look at your favorite items in the collection. Each listing in the shop features 6-7 extra photos showing close-ups and even the undersides of the pottery. Here’s that link one more time, and thanks, as always, for supporting me and my pottery—it really means the world. Which is your favorite? Tell me below!

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.7*To see where it all began, click back here for a look at my very first collection of pottery, or you can revisit this recent post, which explains my current situation as a part-time working potter one year after my first class.

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

First of all, can we just celebrate the fact that our fiddle leaf fig tree (the one you see pictured there in the corner above) is more than twice as tall as that now!? Apparently this house and its wealth of natural light was just what the plant doctor ordered for our little tree.

I can’t believe I bought it for less than 50 bucks over five years ago from IKEA! It’s one of the best houseplants we have, and apparently just needed a regular watering schedule and to not be touched once we put it in place. We set the tree right there in the corner when we moved into the house in 2015, and that was clearly the magic spot. See this post for an updated peek at its souring height.

Anyway, I’m just as excited as ever that it’s Friday and we’re about to kick off another weekend. I’m hoping to take things a little easier this Saturday and Sunday because I’ve been back and forth to my parents’ house this past week helping them decorate, rearrange, organize, and paint their new spaces. You guys know—maybe better than anybody—that my favorite way to spend any down time is working on home projects, but I could still stand to relax. Keep scrolling for insight into how I plan to do exactly that this weekend.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

1. I recently downloaded the Calm app and have loved every minute of the guided daily meditations. It’s a little on the pricier side for an app, but I appreciate the emergency anti-anxiety sessions, and they even have bedtime stories that have helped me get to sleep a lot faster than normal!

2. This is my new favorite outfit for lounging around the house…the perfect buttery leggings, and an oversized pocketed sweatshirt.

3. I may not plan to do any working this weekend, but I will be thinking through a few big projects that I have on my list for later this month. This beautiful at-a-glance monthly planner helps me keep all my big ideas organized until my next burst of energy strikes.

4. Have you read this article in the New York Times all about how climate change is affecting food? It’s the perfect companion read alongside your Saturday or Sunday morning coffee.

5. For those of you who aren’t planning to lay low this weekend, here’s a fun IKEA hack to try! I came across it while browsing Hunker this past week, and couldn’t believe that it started out as a floor pad.

6. Before I sign off for the day, I wanted to encourage you to do this: pause, close your eyes, and take a biiiiiigggggg deep breath. Just that little action alone can do wonders to help center you ahead of the weekend—no matter what you have planned!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

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A Dutch Colonial “Before” Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

Like I’ve said before here on the blog, buying and selling a home is almost never quite like how they show it on HGTV, and my mom and dad’s experience was most definitely not as seamless and straightforward as they portray on television.

First, I should explain that my parents were selling their home of more than 20 years, and they were also moving about an hour and a half away from the town in which they had built their lives for more than 30 years. Under normal circumstances, this move was bound to be a hard one, but things took more than a few unexpected turns along the way.

Keep scrolling for as short a version of this tale as I can manage, plus photos of their new home here in Waynesboro, Virginia, which were taken during inspection when we were in the thick of it all.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

I’ve been sitting here trying to decide just how far back to take this story, and I think I’ll settle on the day my parents’ existing home went under contract. As soon as the offer came in and was later accepted after a bit of negotiating, my parents went into overdrive with the hunt for their new place. Like I mentioned, they were coming from out of town, so that meant they were having to drive for hours in the hopes of finding the right house.

The offer on their original home came in February, which, admittedly, isn’t the best time to be looking for a new house, so there weren’t a ton of options to look at. That said, Mom and Dad came and looked at absolutely anything that might have fit the bill. I’m not entirely sure how many they saw or how often they came to look at houses, but if I look back at the calendar, I wouldn’t be surprised if they came up once a week for more than a month. That’s a lot of driving, a lot of big hopes, and, ultimately, a lot of discouragement when the houses weren’t right.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

Despite the extra hard efforts of their realtors (the same team John and I used when we moved here from out of town ourselves!), the market just wasn’t at its best. The houses they toured were either too big, too small, not in the best areas, or needed too much work.

Toward the end when more things started popping up on the market with the spring rush, it turned into a matter of just being too slow. The houses were scooped up by other buyers within hours, so my parents felt like they were scrambling. There was talk of having to move into a rental home there for a while, and putting their things in storage, which really just wasn’t realistic seeing as they have three huge labs who would make finding a rental nearly impossible.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

It was around this time that Dad came up for a last-ditch effort before their old home was officially sold to look at a couple of other houses. They had previously been looking at single level ranches, but they decided at the last minute to check out a two-story Dutch Colonial that had been on the market for almost a year.

The main draw of his visit was actually a renovated 1960s ranch that was a new listing, so when Dad and I walked through the Dutch Colonial, I could tell that he wasn’t all that interested in it. But when we went through the ’60s ranch later that day and it turned out not to be a great fit in person, I gently tried convincing Dad to give the Colonial another look.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

This time, he and I poured over every corner of the house, and it was easy to see that the home was well-built and well-loved by the previous homeowners (who had already moved away to be closer to their kids). Mom, of course, wasn’t there but she gave it her blessing sight-unseen, saying that she trusted Dad and me to keep her opinion top of mind.

The two of them eventually talked it over after Dad drove back, and they ultimately put in an offer that was accepted after a bit more negotiation—and just in time to give them a place to move into since their old house was scheduled to close weeks later in mid-April.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

You’d think things would stop there and that the worst part would have been the struggle of finding a new place before being forced into homelessness, but no! Just a few days before the entire family was set to descend on the area to help Mom and Dad move, they got a call from their realtors here in Waynesboro explaining that a water pipe had burst in the house (which, if you remember, was vacant), and that it had flooded the basement.

When I got the call from Dad relaying the news, my heart melted into the floor. I knew the two of them were at their whit’s end, but they gathered what was left of their resolve to come see the damage in person. I came along for moral support, and I can’t even begin to describe to you how bad a day that was. It was just devastating to see the house they had fallen in love with in utter shambles. The burst pipe had ruined most of the finished side of the basement, and we also found out that most of the floors in the living room and entry upstairs needed to be ripped out and replaced, too.

At this point, my aunt and sister were already planning to come from out of town to help with the move, moving trucks and movers had been reserved, and utilities were scheduled to change over into my parents’ names in three days time. When I toured the damages with my parents that day, I knew the entire deal was in jeopardy.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

I’ll go ahead and skip to the happy ending now, not least of which because reliving these memories is, honestly, pretty hard for me so soon after the fact (this was the week of my birthday, April 17, for context). My parents’ realtors at KK Homes put on their super hero capes and managed to have the immediate flood damage remediated in time for the move to stay on track, and the previous homeowners also swooped in to save the day by agreeing to pay for every inch of repair.

Several days of hand-wringing and contract-tweaking later, my parents moved and officially closed on the house. To say that we are grateful to the previous homeowners and the realtors my family worked with would be a gross understatement. We all love this home so much, and can’t thank everyone enough for coming together to make this dream space a realty. Home sweet home, indeed!

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

Now, you might be wondering where that leaves us today, two weeks after the move. Well, the basement has since been pulled down to the studs, and the floors in both the living room and entry are exposed to the subfloor, where we can still see remnants of the water damage. The contractors are scheduled to come in and start repairs on Wednesday, and my parents haven’t been able to use their new basement, living room or entryway, but it doesn’t matter. They’re home.

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

The photos you see in this post, as I said, were all taken during inspection (consequently, the first time my mom got to see the house in person!), so you won’t spot any of the actual damage here. This is as the house was back in late March/early April before the burst water pipe. The entry still had its pretty slate floors, the basement (as you’ll see if you scroll down a bit more) was drywalled in, and the living room still sports its nice hardwood flooring.

The plan now is to rip up all the floors in the living room and entry, and they’ll lay down all new hardwood in both spaces. The basement will be built back to much the way it looks below. I’ll be sure to share before and after photos of the renovation as soon as it’s done—hopefully in June!

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my parents’ new house, and I’m so excited to start taking you along with us on the DIY décor projects we tackle as I help them through the process, room by room. Speaking of which, if you missed the makeover of their master bedroom, click back here, and I’ll be back soon with mood boards and reveals of other spaces as they come together. My parents’ style is obviously more traditional than my own, but I thought it might be fun for you guys to see a new type of look here on the blog. Stay tuned because we’ve got lots of work to do!

An Empty Dutch Colonial Home Tour

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Gifting A Room Redesign To My Parents

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One of the best parts about buying a new house, at least in my opinion, is the fact that you have a whole new collection of rooms to design. Even if you’re brand new to this blog, it’s probably easy to pick up on the fact that I’m a bit fanatic when it comes to home décor and DIY projects in general, so the idea of a blank new house makes me giddy with excitement.

The good news this time around is that we’re not actually moving—it’s my parents who took that major project on. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been invested in the whole process. We’ve really been planning the design of Mom and Dad’s new home practically since the moment they put in an offer.

In order to get everyone pumped about the move (which was a bit of an emotional one since my parents were leaving their home of 20+ years), my sister and I teamed up to put together hypothetical mood boards for each room using a mixture of their existing furniture and a few new pieces, too. We’re coming up on the three-weeks-later mark of their move, and because of all our pre-planning and scheming, the house is already starting to look like a lived-in home. That said, there’s still realistically a long way to go.

So, the timing couldn’t have been better when the team at Tuesday Morning reached out to see if I wanted to be part of their spring campaign, all about showing gratitude for the people in our lives through gifted room redesigns. The objective was to use my creativity and a few pieces from Tuesday Morning to makeover one space for a loved one, and I couldn’t possibly think of a more deserving pair than my parents.

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That’s them pictured above with me (and Mr. Bear) as a kid back in the ’80s. The thing you need to know about my parents is that they are just about completely selfless. They’d do absolutely anything in the world for me and my little sister—and now John, too—and they rarely think anything of themselves. The fact that they decided to buy a new house was a huge, huge deal, and I’m so proud of them for treating themselves to such a gorgeous home, not to mention a new life in a new town to boot.

Another thing they rarely, if ever, do is splurge on new décor for their rooms. They treat their items with the utmost care, so nothing ever looks old, but they definitely “make do” with decorative pieces until they pretty much fall apart. New home goods are a luxury to them, so I thought this was my perfect chance to spoil them with the best of the best in their new master bedroom retreat. I wanted to prove to them that a thoughtfully designed space filled with pretty things really is worth treating yourself to from time to time.

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That’s their empty master bedroom just before move-in. The existing carpet was in great shape and the wall color was nice and neutral, so we didn’t have to change that. We didn’t even have to change the drapes—we just pulled down the sheers and left the roman blinds as is. All the room really needed was a few pops of color, lots of texture (think: wood furniture, textiles, greenery), and good lighting to bring the space to life.

The first thing I did was instruct Mom to put together a secret Pinterest board filled with photos of master retreats that she felt drawn to. After scrolling through the photos she curated, I could tell that soft, calming blues and greens were top priority, as were classic patterns done in modern ways. After that, I jotted down a few priorities for our shopping trip to Tuesday Morning—things like matching table lamps with sleek drum shades, pretty boxes for storing things, and teal throw pillows. Then we were “off to the races,” so to speak.

We spent just under an hour in the store that afternoon, and had everything unpacked and set up in my parents’ new master bedroom in about the same amount of time. This entire makeover took just one afternoon—no joke! Scroll on for the photo tour, plus I’m sharing a few of my favorite quick décor tips when it comes to bedroom styling.

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You may have caught a few of the other room makeovers I’ve done in our own home in collaboration with Tuesday Morning (like our holiday-ready dining room and kitchen), so you’ve heard me go on and on about how the store simplifies the whole process of a single-day room revamp. But it bears repeating. Like I mentioned above, the key is to take stock of what you really need, make a list, and then hit the store with a plan in mind. Then you’re able to come home and sprinkle the items throughout your space for instant effect.

Probably my favorite thing about shopping at Tuesday Morning is the fact that everything is so unique. When you buy a lamp or pillow or table from the store, chances are good that none of your friends will have the same thing because each store is filled with small shipments of select name brand goodies.

Take my parents’ bed, for example. We flanked either side of their existing wooden bed frame with two matching modern lamps that really play up a contemporary edge in their largely traditional space. Mom and I took both lamps and cleared out their stock, which meant that this look is almost one-of-a-kind to their home. That’s how exclusive the selection is! Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and the final look is all yours so it feels extra special. Same thing with the matching blue pillows, the black and white patterned box on the nightstand (my sneaky way of hiding away Mom’s hand lotions), and even the faux fern, which just happened to have the perfect shade of green on its pot.

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Now, turning around to the dresser opposite the bed, I tried to carry the soothing blue and green palette through by incorporating a different style table lamp (in the perfect spa-like mint color), more faux greenery, and a sweet-smelling blue candle, too. The modern abstract art was a bit of a design stretch for my mom, but as soon as she saw it in place along with the rest of the accessories we chose together in the store, she believed me that it was the perfect fit for their new bedroom retreat.

Did you see that random photo I included above of my phone in a ceramic tabletop jar? Well, there’s a purpose to it! At the last minute, I decided to add that jar to our cart, not only because the modern dashed design on the side fit our modern-meets-traditional design, but also because I knew my parents could use it as a makeshift speaker for playing music. They can slip their phones down inside the open container to instantly amplify the sound, no fancy equipment needed! The beautiful jar looks pretty all on its own in a tray on their dresser, but it’s also the perfect hidden “sound system” when they’re whiling away the afternoon changing out bed linens or folding clean laundry.

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I haven’t even talked price point yet, but rest assured that you can makeover your own space on even the tightest of budgets. I’m sure you’ve seen décor shows who talk about spending thousands to makeover a room like this (from nothing to “done”), but that’s not exactly realistic—at least not for our family. We managed to pull the entire space together using my parents’ existing furniture and $323 worth of name brand Tuesday Morning finds. Trust me when I say that you guys can pull this off in your own space on just about any budget.

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So, what do you guys think? Tell me what your favorite part is in the comments below, and maybe even mention to whom you’d gift a room redesign. I think it’s so much fun to combine design forces with a friend or family member, because you almost always come away feeling inspired. After finishing and revealing the made-over space to my parents, I went right home to rearrange and tweak our own master bedroom using some of the tricks and ideas I picked up throughout the process of working with my mom on the project.

Maybe this weekend is the perfect time to visit your local Tuesday Morning location to put your spring décor ideas to the test, or offer to help makeover a forgotten space for a loved one! There’s no telling what kind of inspiration you might walk away with.

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

I changed over my closet to spring and summer clothes this week, and it is so refreshing to see all of those bright colors and lightweight fabrics again. Do you separate your seasonal wardrobes? I couldn’t recommend the practice more, especially if you get the urge to shop more than you maybe should, and if your closet is on the small side.

Whenever spring rolls around, I fold up and pack away my heavy sweaters, flannel shirts, and boots, and pull back out my floral tank tops, T-shirts, and sandals. Dresses and pants are swapped out, too, for shorter options, and the whole process is reversed come fall. This process works so well for me because it gives my closet a bit of breathing room since it’s not all packed in at once, and it also curbs my spending habit because I tend to forget what I put away the season before. It’s like Christmas all over again when I pull out my forgotten tops and dresses.

Anyway, I didn’t really mean to go on a little tangent there, but I thought it was a good time to bring this idea up since the hotter weather seems like it’s really here to stay now—at least where we are in Virginia. Keep scrolling for more ideas to try this weekend!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

1. Speaking of clothing, I’m such a big fan of the style sessions that Natalie Borton regularly posts on Instagram. Her clever tricks inspire me to rethink my existing clothes so I don’t end up shopping very often at all!

2. Natalie also makes and sells the most gorgeous jewelry. Get 10% off your first order by shopping with this link.

3. All I seem to be hearing about this week is Beyonce’s Homecoming special on Netflix. Have you watched it yet? If so, let me know what you thought about it in the comments below.

4. Have you been following along with my wallpaper saga over on Instagram Stories? I hung this ‘Stacked Cubes’ pattern in a custom teal color in my office on Wednesday (by myself!) and it turned out better than I ever dreamed. I can’t wait to share the full makeover with you later this month.

5. Alert! Alert! Studio McGee posted a new webisode this week, and it’s just as good as you’d imagine. That modern minimalist gallery wall makes me want to try a DIY version over at my parents’ new house. Oh, and there are more art print ideas this way in case you missed it!

6. While on the topic of Mom and Dad’s place, I just couldn’t wait to tell you about the gorgeous striped upholstered stools they picked up for the kitchen. They’re such a good deal! I’ll be sure to report back on them once we’ve had a chance to try the stools out in person next week.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

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Art Prints I’m Loving Right Now

Art Prints I'm Loving Right Now

I have had an absolute blast lately over at my parents’ house as they work to design their brand new spaces. Mom and Dad have miraculously already finished the unpacking phase, and, believe it or not, we’ve totally finished an overhaul of their master bedroom, too! The people in my family are nothing if not impatient, so everything has been on hyperdrive.

Since most of the furniture arrangements are settled at this point, we’re now turning our attention to art. There’s a big blank spot over their sofa that Mom and I are focused on right now, so I’ve been hunting down possible options online for the last several days. I couldn’t help but roundup a dozens of my personal favorites, and I’m linking each and every one of the 12 below in case you’re dealing with a blank wall of your own right now.

Art Prints I’m Loving Right Now

1. US 90 to Valentine

2. Botanical I

3. Florida

4. Botanical Series 4

5. Skyline

6. Close

7. Dahlia I

8. Plant Cell 1

9. Curaçao

10. Marche

11. Tulips

12. Format II

Do you have an instant favorite from the list above? If we’re talking options for our house, I’d have to say that #3 Florida (the portrait) is the one I’d choose. As for my parents’ house, I’m leaning toward something like the first or second prints. Something nice and neutral would be just perfect to complement their traditional style furniture.

I know I keep talking about their new house and that you’re probably curious to know (and see!) more, so I’m planning to share the full empty home tour with you next week. I’m also ready to share the walkthrough of their completely made-over master bedroom, and I’m hoping I get the go-ahead to share that sponsored story next week, too. Stay tuned because things are about to get really exciting here on the blog with a whole new house to design!

Art Prints I'm Loving Right Now

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