Getting (un)Plastered

When Brandi bought her home, she inherited some heavily plastered walls. How heavy?  Suspiciously heavy.  Like the previous owners were trying to … hide something.  Probably just bad wallpaper, but hey, you never know.

Brandi didn’t want to dig any deeper into that mystery, so she decided to install plank walls right over the plaster instead.  Whew! Creepy crisis averted.


White Paneled Foyer Makeover  |

White Paneled Foyer Makeover  |

It completely brightened up the foyer and changed the whole feel of the house.  Literally. You could have probably cut yourself on those jagged plaster walls before.  They didn’t spare the ceilings either, here’s a closer look: plastered ceiling before

paneled ceiling after

Muuch better. And that sad little dangly light was replaced with this beautiful Moravian star fixture. 

See more from Brandi on her blog Brandi Nell the Southern Belle

Psssst: if you’re looking for something similar on the cheap, here’s a good site to try.

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Can I take your coat?

Every home needs a designated space to stash shoes and hang coats. Well, except we don’t really use coats here in Phoenix, but occasionally when it drops below 60 degrees, we might throw on a light jacket. I actually had to wear a jacket when I walked the kids to school yesterday morning. True, I got too hot after a few minutes and took it off, but still. I can totally relate to you north-westerners buried under your eternal snowstorm. (Sorry! This is my gloating season).

Anyway, if you’re currently housebound and subsisting on melted snow, maybe you could try organizing your entryway to kill some time. It’s not like you have anywhere else to go! (Ok, ok, I’ll stop).

Taryn at Design, Dining, and Diapers spruced up this space with some clutter-busting accessories and a black and white motif.  Isn’t is amazing how even just a few little decorative accents will liven up a space?

Black and White Mudroom Makeover |

Black and White Mudroom Makeover |


And Dustin and Whitney had this awkward niche in their home that was formerly occupied by the broom and the trashcan.  No way does your broom deserve that much square footage.

Mud Bench Makeover with Herringbone Wall |

Mud Bench Makeover with Herringbone Wall |

I absolutely love how they put this little space to work now! So functional! So eye-pleasing! I pretty much need to build an awkward niche in my house just so I can stick one of these in there.  See it on their blog The Rooster and The Hen.

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2014 Highlights, all wrapped up!

Well, hi there! I took a longer than expected break thanks to a rip-roaring sinus infection that has extended into the reaches of my soul. I feel like there is an elephant standing on my head, and there is also an elephant standing on that elephant’s head. It’s been magical.

We’re going to finish wrapping up 2014 today, even though you are probably sick to death of 2014 wrap-ups by now.  But it’s not like I can just leave it halfway wrapped up people! We have to wrap it all the way up!

So here’s the last of the best of 2014, my particular favorites from October to December. It wasn’t that long ago, so just pretend you don’t remember.

My favorite offering from October was this sleek dresser makeover from Katie. Navy paint, copper pipe, it’s just the chicest little thing.




I love the addition of the legs, furniture always seems so much more furniture-ier when it’s not sitting squat on the floor.




Tanya’s kitchen makeover in November proved that even if you can’t have your dream kitchen RIGHT NOW, you can still love your kitchen.




Now she can enjoy it in all its bright and budget-friendly splendor, while she saves up for the remodel of her dreams.


And lastly, December brought us the pinnacle of man-caves from Tara and her brother-in-law “Too-Far-Frank.” Where most man-caves stop at a big TV and a mini-fridge, Frank ventured beyond into wood floors, exposed brick walls, and a beautiful custom-built bar complete with his own logo; thusly living up to his nickname.




Happy (still) New Year!

Checkout the rest of the 2014 highlights here, here, and here.

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I see a boring door and I want to paint it black.

It’s time to pull out the LBDs and get ready for holiday party season! While nothing glams up a gal faster and easier than a little black dress, I’m actually talking about Little Black Doors.

That’s right, I am advocating for painting your doors black.  Right now.  Just don’t come looking for me if/when your husband freaks out.

But don’t worry! It will look fantastic and you’ll only wish you had done it sooner.  Don’t take my word for it, here’s an example from Erin at Red House Renovations who gave her foyer a quick and easy transformation with black paint.


Foyer Before

Foyer - Black Door - Makeover |

As quick and easy as painting a banister around a ton of spindles is.  So … not all that quick.  But I love the look. It’s daring and traditional at the same time.   If my plan to “paint now, repent later” hasn’t convinced you, here’s more evidence from Thrifty Decor Chick, who has painted every door in her house black and has some great tips too.  Do it! And then come over and help me do it too!

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