Tuesdays With Dorie

Your eyeballs are in for a treat today.  If your chair has a seat belt, now would be a good time to buckle it.

Ok, so Dorie is a bit of a local legend here in Phoenix.  (Even though she just moved to California, boo!) She’s one of those people that just has the knack for creating a beautiful home and making it look effortless. I featured her historic home makeover in the past, but it doesn’t stop there.

Apparently this effortless style gene is genetic, and she’s passed it on to her daughter Rio who also began restoring historic homes under the name Project Beautify.  Here is their latest, and it’s ridiculous. It makes me want to punch my own house in the face.

Let’s start with the kitchen.  I’m sorry if it makes you want to punch your own kitchen in the face, but I understand.

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Dorie's - Kitchen - Makeover | betterafter.net


Gadzooks. It’s … so stunning.  Is that a fireplace in the middle of the kitchen?  Let’s swing around the corner and see …


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Dorie's - White- Living Room - Makeover | betterafter.net

Yes, a three-sided fireplace.  If I could insert the cat-making-the-Home-Alone-face emoticon right here, I would. I’m swooning, I’m literally swooning.  Good thing I buckled my chair belt.

Let’s take a look outside.  It used to be a one-way trip to Snoozeville. But now …


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Dorie's - Exterior - House - Makeover | betterafter.net

Charm! Color! Style! Flowers! I love the new walkway up to that adorable door. I love it all. It’s so darn inviting.  Why yes, I WILL come in and stay awhile, don’tmindifIdo.

Lots more to see at Tuesdays with Dorie.

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Hackage Happening Here

How is your Monday? Mine started off with a lengthy phone call with my bank trying to stop some fraudulent charges on my account. Some low-life scamsters in Scotland were trying to pay an electric bill with my debit card number.  Which … almost makes me feel bad.  Shouldn’t scammers be buying like, pinky rings and fake purses? It’s probably some poor Bob Crachit guy over there just trying to keep his flat warm for Tiny Tim, and here I go scrooging all over their attempts to steal my money.  I’m a jerk.


But if you are also trying to keep your own cash in your pocket, here’s a genius idea from Bethany at Dwellings by DeVore. She wanted a super luxe fancy bench for the end of her bed. She just didn’t want to pay a high-end price, ew.

So she hacked this IKEA table, which was the perfect size for some end-of-the-bed-bench-age.  She simply swapped the glass on top for the wooden shelf on the bottom, upholstered it with fun dalmatian print fabric, and painted it gold. Gorgeous.  I know I say this all the time, but I am for sure making this one.








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Golden for Goldie

I recently teamed up with HomeGoods to help share some sparkle this holiday season.  I absolutely love HomeGoods, and I love partnering with them even more.  Their goals of spreading happiness through creating beautiful homes is something I truly believe in.  That’s pretty much my life vision statement.

When they challenged me to create a gift basket for a deserving person in my community,  I saw in my mind exactly who it should go to.

Without divulging too many details, I’ll just say it was a friend of mine who lost a daughter this year, a beautiful baby girl named Goldie. It’s been absolutely devastating for her. As a friend, there’s not a more helpless feeling in the world. What can you possibly do? Send a card? Take flowers? Drop off a dinner? Will any of that mop up utter heartbreak? Of course not, but we try as best we can.

This time of year is especially tough on those dealing with the loss of a precious loved one, and while I know a gift basket full of treats certainly won’t take the pain away, it can maybe bring a little ray of golden sunshine to light up a dark day. So that was the plan.

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HomeGoods is currently busting at the seams with golden goodies, perfect for a gold-themed gift, perfect for honoring little Goldie.

The hard part was narrowing down the choices. So. Much. Gold.


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This basket was the first thing I grabbed, followed by this gold-dotted table runner. I love the designs on both!


table runner

There were tons of sentimental gifts: journals, photo albums, picture frames, memory boxes, but I kind of went in another direction with a loose “Christmas Morning” theme.  I did get this journal though. (I loved it so much I got two and gave one to myself!)

gold foil journal

Other items include a gold-wrapped box of chocolates, a ceramic muffin tray and muffin mix, hot cocoa mix, a cozy blanket and a golden mercury glass Christmas tree.

I love that HomeGoods has such a varied selection. Need a tea kettle? And a gift for your best friend? And a new set of sheets? And an enormous gingerbread man cookie cutter?

giant gingerbread cookie cutter from home goods

They’ve got you covered.


Look, I made a gif! This is my first one ever. Here you can see the step-by-step creation of the gift basket, a very technical process that required this gif. (Not really, but it was fun. Click over if you are in a reader and can’t see it, and really want to see it for some reason).



home goods golden gift basket

I topped it all off with a big golden bow, and took it over to my friend.  Based on the amount of hugs she gave me, I think she really liked it. She took the bow off and put it on top of her little golden-themed Goldie tree, which put a tear in my eye. So bittersweet life can be.


gift basket home goods


Thank you HomeGoods for being so generous, and for spreading happiness, and for helping me bring a little golden sunshine to a friend who could use some.


gift basket close up Happy Saturday.


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Movie Trailer

((This makeover a little out of the norm today, but I loved it so much I just had to share!))

I have an unhealthy addiction to celebrity gossip magazines, and one feature they all have in common is candid pictures of celebrities living their everyday lives.

“STARS! THEY’RE JUST LIKE US!” They pump their gas! They buy groceries at the store!! They take their kids TO THE PARK!!!

It’s true. Sometimes celebrities are just like us.  Sometimes they live with a space that they hate for so long, that they eventually become blind to it.  Such was the case with Grey’s Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo and her depressing work trailer.  It was boring, outdated, and had not a shred of personality. She’d been using this trailer for ten years!

She hooked up with a designer who helped her transform it into a super chic space worthy of any celebrity superstar.  And the best part is they did it on a budget too – there is plenty of IKEA in the mix. They really are just like us! I feel like Ellen and I could totally hang out in here and paint each others nails and talk about life and our favorite things to buy at IKEA. (meatballs, duh).

More to see from this makeover over on Domaine.


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