Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Chic Fall Decor Ideas to Try Now





While I'm a beachbum at heart, I absolutely LOVE fall. Fireplaces, cozy sweaters, colorful leaves, what's not to love??? Fall also means it's time to bust out all of those boxed up decorations or get to some DIY-ing. Here are some of my favorite chic & modern fall decor ideas to get those wheels turning.



// PUMPKIN VASE //

Pumpkin Vase Flower Arrangement
via Pinterest



// GOLD LEAF PLACE SETTING //

Gold Leaf Place Setting



// GOLD GLITTER DIPPED PUMPKINS //

Gold Glitter Dipped Pumpkin



// TWINE WRAPPED LIGHTBULB DIY //

Twine/Jute Wrapped Lightbulb Pear
// PAINTED MESSAGE PUMPKINS //

DIY Painted Message Pumpkins



 // SUCCULENT PLANTER PUMPKINS //

Succulent Pumpkin Planter



// DIY WOOD PUMPKINS //

DIY Wood Stacked Pumpkins



// PUMPKIN FILLED VASE //

Pumpkin Filled Lanterns



// SEQUIN POLKA DOT PUMPKIN //

Sequin Polka Dot Pumpkins



// LEAF GARLAND //

DIY Leaf Garland



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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Home Improvement DIYs: To Try or Not To Try

Ever browse Pinterest and see all of the fabulous home improvement DIYs and think to yourself "hey, I could totally do that" only to later find out that whoever did that DIY is either insane or a magician? Well, don't worry, we all have.

One of the best parts of owning a home is getting to customize it to make it truly yours. However, that takes a lot of money (hints scouring Pinterest for ways to get the look you love on a budget). I researched some of the major home improvement changes that I considered DIY-ing and am here to let you know whether you should DIY or BUY!



>> PAINTING YOUR FIREPLACE or SMALL AREA OF TILE <<

       Fireplace Update DIY Fireplace Update DIY
                            East Coast Creative                                    Freckles Chick

VERDICT: DIY

Nearly every fireplace DIY I looked at took less than 24 hours and was very inexpensive. If you're looking to refinish your fireplace I would definitely recommend taking a stab at painting it first. While many of the DIYs out there are for brick fireplaces, the one on the right by Freckles Chick shows how easy it can be to paint tile too. There are also tons of DIY instructions on painting small areas of tile, such as countertops, so those could be helpful as well. This DIY is easy, cheap, and quick, so my verdict is definitely to try it out. 



>> PAINTING YOUR BATHTUB <<

Bathtub Paint DIY


Bathtub Paint DIY

VERDICT: DEPENDS

Are you looking for a short term (few years) inexpensive fix to hold you over? Do you have good ventilation and can you sacrifice your bathtub for 1 week? Then go for it. Every DIY-er has loved the immediate results of this quick fix. And at about $30 for the special Tub & Tile paint, it's extremely affordable. However, the verdict is still out there on the longevity of it. Some people have gone 2-3 years with no issues, while others report minor chipping after about 1 year (although these people had a chipped tub to begin with). If I could find more evidence on the long term wear and tear of this DIY, then I would have said definitely DIY, but until then it will depend on how bad your tub is and your long term goals.


>> BUILDING A PERGOLA <<

DIY Pergola
                     A Beautiful Mess                                That's What Che Said

VERDICT: DEPENDS

Do you already own some heavy duty wood working tools? Is Ana White's a common household name for you? Then go for it. Otherwise, if you are a novice to building things from scratch, then maybe pass up on this moderate/advanced project.



>> REFINISHING YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS <<

VERDICT: BUY

If it were a smaller less noticeable area, such as the bathroom, I would say DIY, but considering how vital a kitchen is to the overall look of a house, I say BUY. I personally know a few people who have  painted their own cabinets — all with varying opinions. The one thing everyone agreed on was that it is a ton of work (cleaning and prepping cabinets, numbering/labeling cabinets and hardware, and painting very carefully). The biggest reason I say BUY is because unless you have a professional grade paint sprayer, you will not get perfect result. My OCD aside, kitchen cabinets should look perfect. So unless you have professional tools, I say BUY. Tight on cash? Despite their cheap furniture, I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about Ikea's kitchen cabinets from multiple sources. Worried they will look cheap? Take a look at one of my all time favorite kitchens with Ikea cabinets HERE!



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New House Inspiration

So we bought a house in Sacramento. CRAZY. Everything kind of just fell into place making it seem like it was meant to be. While the house may be considered move-in ready, we knew right off the bat that we were going to make some cosmetic renovations. Ever since our offer was accepted I can't stop browsing Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration. Here are a few of my favs (pictures of the house and our final reno plans to come)!


| OPEN LAYOUT | BRIGHT | AIRY | POPS OF COLOR |

via

Open Layout Living Room


| PALE GRAY WALLS | WHITE TRIM |

benjamin moore gray paint


| BRIGHT WHITE KITCHEN | BLACK GRANITE |

classic kitchen white cabinets black countertops
*While I prefer marble counters with dark lowers and white uppers, the house already had black granite in good condition, so I am going to go with all white cabinets*


| RUSTIC FARMHOUSE TABLE | MODERN SEATING |

rustic farmhouse table industrial chairs


|BUILT IN SHELVING |

built in arch shelving/ shelf styling
* We have one built in arch, so I would like to put some shelving in it.*


| LEATHER SOFA | KILIM RUG |

leather sofa/ kilim rug/ living room decor

| SLIDING MODERN BARN DOOR |

modern sliding barn door
* In the master bedroom, making the master bath private. *


| BLACK DOORS | BAMBOO BLINDS |

black door / bamboo blinds


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