Simple Front Porch Ideas for the Summer

This post is sponsored by RC Willey

I am excited to be sharing some simple ways to restyle your front porch as we head into the summer season.  If you are joining our Easy Summer Styling Blog Hop from Camelot Art Creations – welcome! A huge shout out to our host Kelly from The Tattered Pew for bringing us all together!

My front porch was ready for a refresh this year and I am so happy to be partnering with one of my favorite stores, RC Willey, for this post.  I have been shopping at RC Willey for over 20 years, can you tell I just love them?  They have so many ideas in their store and on their website for all of us aspiring home decorators. 

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Laundry Room Reveal – One Room Challenge Week Six

This has been such a fun 6 week challenge for me.  It has pushed me to GET IT DONE!  The new laundry room is perfect for our family’s needs.  I have been so grateful to participate with the One Room Challenge team and Better Homes and Gardens.  Make sure to see all the final reveals right here on their blog

I won’t keep you waiting any longer – HERE IT IS!  Working with Kirkland’s for this reveal was so much fun!  You can watch all of my shopping trips on Instagram as well as the video of decorating – it was a great experience.

Isn’t she cute?!  In this post I will be sharing all of my DIY links to previous posts, as well as all of the links to the products I have used. Here is a simple recap of the last 6 weeks:

 
Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves (read here)
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table (READ HERE)
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal

This transformation really gave me extra space to do my work in here without breaking the bank or tearing down walls. Each post will explain the process. But now lets get on to the fun part – decorating!

I collaborated with Kirkland’s for this One Room Challenge. If you have not visited their website before – GO NOW. I will make it easy – CLICK NOW! Seriously their prices and selection are so amazing. Let me give you some ideas for your laundry space.

Storage Ideas – Kirklands

They have so many items online to get you organized. Check out the eye candy right here. The one I used was called the Natural Farmhouse Multi-Use Wall Organizer that you can pick up right here.

Laundry Hampers

I loved the black rolling hamper. You can find all of the hampers right here.

Laundry Signs

They have so many signs to add to this laundry space. Take a look at all of them here. The two are chose are The Towel Plaque and the Fluff and Fold.

Greenery

They have so many options for greenery, which I think adds a lot to the space to keep it bright. Check all of those out here. I used the Fern Glass Bottle Set here and it worked perfect for my space.

Baskets

Round, square, soft, firm – Kirkland’s has them all! Here is a compiled list from their site. I snagged some large rectangle ones that were a great size.

Rugs

I needed a certain size rug and I was so glad to see that Kirkland’s had them all. Check them out here. I chose the Natural Jute Scatter Rug and I love how it looks!

You really could spend hours on their site and in the store getting ideas on how to decorate your space. Laundry room is just the beginning. Patio, Bedrooms, Kitchen and Living Room decor. It’s all there. The the prices can’t be beat!

I appreciate you all following along on this One Room Challenge journey with me. I had so much fun and I hope you gained some inspiration on how to update you laundry room too! Until the next project – so long!

Kelly

How to add a Laundry Room Table – One Room Challenge Week 5

My One Room Challenge Laundry Room Renovation is just about finished – welcome to Week 5! I am so grateful to Kirkland’s for sponsoring this project, they have the most amazing laundry room pieces – check those out here!

 

Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the updates of the designers participating – their feeds are so inspiring.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves (read here)
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

It was now time for me to build a table to cover the washer and dryer to fold my clothes on. My space is limited and I needed all the usable area I could get. This ended up being super easy and very effective for me.

Step One – Shop

I wanted butcher block, but it was out of my price range. You can build a butchers block board, but in the end I decided to use 1×8 pine boards instead.

I measured a 66 inch length and a 30 inch depth in my area. This required four 1×8 boards at 6 feet long and one 1×4 board (this is for the back edge of the folding table).

You can have Home Depot cut them for you as well.

Step Two – Cut and Mount

Cut each of your boards to the length you need. You will then add pocket holes to 3 of the 1×8 boards (read how to do that here).

Attach your boards together, using wood glue and pocket hole screws size 1 1/4 inch. Use clamps to make sure your boards are fitting snug. I also used extra weight on the boards as I attached them together to make sure they were flat when they were screwed together.

You will then add the 1×4 board to the back of the boards. You can use screws right into the back since noone will see these.

Step Three – Sand

Sand down your folding table. I used my Tacklife sander that is from Amazon ($25!). I actually sanded the 1×8 boards first before I mounted the 1×4 board. Additionally I had sanded the 1×4 board seperately. You can do what works for you.

Step Four – Stain

Add the stain of your choice. I used Old Barn Living Weathered One Step Stain – it’s one of my favorites and matched the other shelving in the room. I used 2 coats and then added a top coat.

Step Five – Add Braces

You will lay the folding table onto 2 braces. These are 2×3 boards that are mounted to the wall into the studs. Measure where your studs are, then mark that spacing onto the board and pre-drill your 3 1/2 inch screws into them.

Use a level to mount these into the wall. Make sure they are level!!

Step Six – Add Table

You will gently slide your table onto the 2×3 boards. We added a 1×10 board underneath our table for stability because we didn’t want it sitting on top of the washer and dryer.

Add screws or brad nails into the sides of the table and into the 2×3 boards. Then you are all finished!!

Next week I will showcasing all of the amazing pieces I have picked out from Kirkland’s to finalize this space.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Peel and Stick Wallpaper Install – One Room Challenge Week 3

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It’s our third week of the One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and my project is complete!  Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s – and you are going to so surpised.  Did you have any idea that they carry wallpaper?  And not only wallpaper, they have so many wall decals on their site that I spent hours trying to decide which pattern I wanted to use for the laundry room.  You can follow my step by step instructions of Wallpops Peel and Stick Wallpaper here during my pantry renovation.

Step One – Pick Your Pattern

Kirkland’s has so many different patterns of wallpaper on their website, you will love it! Make sure to scroll all the products right here.  I chose the Gray Ironwork pattern from Wallpops sold on the Kirkland’s site.

Step Two – Align Your Pieces

This part is essential before beginning.  All the directions are included in your Wallpops instructions.  Make sure to read them carefully.

Step Three – Prepare the Wall

Wipe down your wall (clean if necessary) and gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • level
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • razor
  • dry rag
  • spackle tool or straight edge

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Step Four – Mount Paper

Again, follow the instructions on mounting the first strip of peel and stick wallpaper. You have to measure 20 inches out from the wall and make a line to match your strip up to.  You cannot rely on the side wall as it may not be straight.  You will need to measure 1 milimeter out and then your 20 inches from there.  This will ensure your line is straight.  This doesn’t mean that your first strip will set perfectly against the wall.  Mine was off by a small measurement.  But if you align it this way you will not end up with crooked strips.

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Apply your top portion to the wall, matching the line you made.  Push out the bubbles with your straight edge as you move down the strip.  You will also slowly peel off the backing.

When you get to the end, use your straight edge and razor to cut.

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To hang the next strip, you will align the paper to the first strip, overlapping the paper by 1 milimeter. This will make sure there is no separation or pulling.

If you look closely you can see the small overlap in center line.

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The alignment might be a little off but far away you can not see it.

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Continue with this process until your wall is finished.

Give it a really good rub down with your dry rag to ensure that everything is adhearing properly.  And one small tip – for bubbles I couldn’t get out, I poked a very tiny pin hole into them and pushed the air out with my straight edge.  It worked really well.

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I love the way this simple addition changed the look of the whole room.  What a great transformation!

Make sure to check out Kirklands here to find all the different wallpaper ideas they carry!

Love,

Kelly

Wood Ceiling Install – One Room Challenge Week 2

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This One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, is getting me so excited.  My laundry room renovation is under way and the first week project is complete – the wood ceiling install.  It has been sponsored by Wallplanks and I couldn’t be happier with this product.  I will teach you all about it, but first here is my 6 week strategy:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing. 

I have seen wood ceilings for some time now and really wanted to try it out in the laundry room.  Additionally, I wanted to use peel and stick wood planks.  I connected to this amazing company and know that their products are good to work with.  Head over to their site at Wallplanks.com to read about the history and how the planks are made.

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Step One – Decide Color and Amount

You can cruise their website to see all the different styles.  I love the rich tones of the Normandy – so that is what I picked.  But they have many different wood stains to choose from!  You will also need to measure the square feet of your space and figure out the amount you need.  They sell them in boxes so you will round up to the next box.  The area I needed covered required 2 boxes. Use my code #CGMFB for 20% off as well!

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Step Two – Find Studs

If you are laying this wood on the floor or a wall, you do not need studs. Quite frankly, it would probably be sticky enough to stay secure on the ceiling, but I decided to find the studs and add a few brad nails into the planks for security.  Find your studs and draw lines so you can see where they are during the whole project.

Step Three – Install

You will want your circular saw or miter saw (I used my Tacklife Miter Saw and you can find that here).  Here are the steps you will repeat:

  • Measure the length you desire

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  • Cut the length you desire

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  • Make sure the tongue and groove are on the exposed side (so you can attach the next piece)

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  • Peel off the backing and press firmly to ceiling (use level)

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  • Make sure to use a level to asure your board is straight
  • Use weighted roller to ensure adhearing

Make sure to stagger your boards how you desire as you continue this process.

The last plank on the final row may need to trimmed to fit the area.  Do this with your circular saw and be careful!

The final product turned out beautiful and only took an afternoon.  I am already trying ot figure out where else I can add Wallplanks Peel and Stick Products!

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Let me know if you have any questions – this was such a fun project!

Love,

Kelly

Master Bedroom Spring Refresh

This post is sponsored by California Design Den and Kasentex.  Affiliant links may be used for your convienance.   

When springtime rolls around I start to get the itch for freshness, and new linens for my bedroom is always a must.  It helps me get excited for sunshine and feels like a new start.  I am excited to share this master bedroom refresh with you today.

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Sheets

I love comfy sheets and always try to find soft ones that are 100% cotton and will fit my deep mattress.  I ordered some from California Design Den and I loved them.  They were a great price point and had very deep pockets, which was perfect.  You can find them here.

I washed them and got them all fitted.  I ordered the straight white set for a King bed.  They are Pure Natural 100% Cotton and fade resistant.  This helps us to stay cool while we sleep.

I also added a small spring bench to the foot of my bed from Kirkland’s. This is one of my favorite home decor stores and I loved the new spring line they launched.  The bench is called the Blue Striped Bench with Rope-Wrapped Legs.

Bedding

Once the sheets arrived and were fitted, I realized I would like a lighter quilt for the spring as well.  The creme one was beautiful but pretty heavy.  I asked around and a girlfriend told me about the company Kasentex.  She loved how lightweight and soft her set was when it arrived.

I love quilts, they are usually all cotton and super soft.  I like a weighted feel and this was the perfect mix between lightweight and durable.   I picked out the Kasentex Ultra-Soft Stone Washed Quilt Set with Decorative Floral Embroidery Design – in Slate Gray.  It was a fun new color that I hadn’t tried and fit my neutral tones.

This quilt has become my new favorite and I love the soft, light weight feel.  I just love how it adds to this spring refresh.  Now I will have a hard time getting out of bed every morning!

 

Resources from this post:

  • Sheets from California Design Den found here
  • California Design Den Blog found here
  • Bedding from Kasentex found here

Laundry Room Renovation – One Room Challenge Week 1

 

Some affiliate links may be added to this post in collaboration with companies who are sponsoring this One Room Challenge Renovation.

I am so excited to be participating again this spring in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant. Last year I renovated my living room and you can see that post here. This year I am working on my Laundry Room in partnership with Kirkland’s and I am so excited! Make sure to head over to the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the participants this year – you are going to see some amazing work!

 

Each week I will be adding different elements to this tiny laundry and creating a more functional space for my family.  I will be including the DIY tutorials as I go, so come join me!  Some projects will be large and some will be small, but here is a look into what I am working with.

Hampers

I need to create usable hampers over the vent in this small corner.  I have some fun ideas in mind.

Drying Racks

We hang dry a lot of our clothes and right now that happens on the living room couch.  Adding drying racks to the right wall will really help in this aspect.

Floating Shelves & Wallpaper

The back wall will be enhanced by peel and stick wallpaper.  Then I will add floating shelves to create more storage space.

Folding Counter

I currently fold laundry on my bed so now it’s time to add a folding counter on top of the washer and dryer – I need my room back!

Iron Storage

On the left wall I will add a space to hang the ironing board behind the door.

Wood Ceiling

I have always wanted a wood ceiling and this is the perfect time to try it out.  I will be using Peel and Stick wood strips from Wallplanks – they are amazing!

Storage Shelf

Finally I will be adding a storage shelf above the door, where all my extra items will be moved out of site!

I can’t wait to start this renovation, it is going to create so much more needed space for my family in this laundry room!

Love,

Kelly

Exterior Design Ideas for Your Home

This month I am excited to welcome back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger, who has been teaching me about exterior home ideas.  This is a big DIY project that I am not ready to commit to on my own.  There is a lot to understand and analyze since this is such a large undertaking.  We aren’t ready yet, but it is always good to have some ideas brewing right?

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She teaches us things to look for when deciding on exterior siding, also called cladding.

Cladding is a covering or coating on a structure or material.  

Additionally, check out my Pinterest page for different ideas of home exteriors of here.

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Buyer’s Guide for Exterior Siding/Cladding

Once you see the number of options available you’ll quickly appreciate that it can be difficult to choose the right siding/cladding for your home.

Fortunately, this guide will help you to narrow down the options and then make your final decision, based on what will suit your home and budget best.

It is important to note that not all siding specialists are the same, you need to choose a firm that offers the very best home cladding in Sydney.

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Verify The Options

When your cladding or wall covering starts to deteriorate, damp can get into the walls of your house and cause an array of issues. Replacing, or adding cladding can quickly rectify this issue and transform the look of your home.

There are many different styles and materials to choose from, including metal, timber, vinyl, or even fiber cement. All of these can be created in different colors; some can also be painted to meet your exact requirements.

Knowing the options will allow you to visualize the finished product on your home.

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Check Planning

In general, it is possible to fit any cladding to your home. However, since the Grenfell disaster in England, some states are tightening their regulations. It is always worth giving your local planning office a call or a visit to verify that all the options you are looking at are acceptable.

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Look At Your Neighbors

If you’re cladding your own home you can use any material you want, in line with the planning regulations. However, you must also consider the fact that you need to continue living there.

Take a moment to look at the style and finish of your neighbor’s houses. You should really try to keep your home within the same style range. If you don’t you are likely to upset them and potentially cause yourself issues.

If you really want to be radically different you can either use different cladding according to what the neighbors can see, or you can talk to your neighbors first to explain your intentions.

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Budget

Cladding is surprisingly affordable and will last for 10 or even 20 years, it’s definitely a long term investment.

However, that doesn’t mean you should pick anything. You must look at your finances and set yourself an affordable budget, this will help you to focus on choosing between the cladding options you can afford.

To help you see how far your budget can go it’s a good idea to get a few quotes in. This will give you the amount of cladding you need and the potential installation cost.

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Installation

It is advisable to have the cladding installed by a professional. They will do the job much faster than you as they have all the necessary tools. In addition, their handiwork will be covered by a warranty which will give you peace of mind should you have an issue in the future.

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Maintenance Considerations

Some cladding needs a pressure wash every year and nothing else, other types may need to be washed and painted/treated every year. It is important you understand what the maintenance is before you purchase your cladding, it could make a difference to your decision.

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I hope this gave you a few more ideas as you think about the exterior design of your home.  With so many options I am confident you will find something amazing!

Love,

Kelly

A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization

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Welcome to A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization.  After getting so many questions from our readers about how we come up with our home decor ideas, some friends and I decided to write a 3 part blog series on how we do just that!  Make sure to check out these ladies blogs as well for more ideas on REALIZATION.

Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

Continue reading “A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization”

A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part One: Inspiration

 

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I get messages all the time from women who feel less confident in their abilities to beautify their home. It’s scary to take the first step and often we fill unqualified to be a decorator (this couldn’t be farther from the truth my friends.)

So today, some talented decorators and I are going to share our home design ideas in a fun 3 part series. Are you ready to get some simple ideas to gain confidence in how to turn your home into a place you love to be!? Let’s do this!  And don’t forget to head to each of my homegirls listed above to see their guide to creating spaces as well!

Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

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Tips for todays post – pin all the images you want to your Pinterest page for future reference.  And make sure to head to all five of these amazing blog posts and mark your calendars for Part 2 of this series!

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Decorating comes easy to some and not so easy to others. I definitely have fit into the ladder category. I have felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself when it came to committing something to my home. Nervous I would mess up and my home would be permanently damaged.  I would get so stressed and envious of other homes and wish I could “do what they could do.” I worked for years at getting better at taking care of my home, and now it’s a much easier process for me.  I know it can be for you as well.

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Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:

Part One: Inspiration – February 6

Part Two: Realization – February 13

Part Three: Implementation – February 20

We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.

Part One – Inspiration

Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. When I was a little girl I would walk around Mervyn’s and dream about decorating my home. Later in college I would cut JC Penney catalog photos and glue them to my mood board in interior design class. But now we have the best mood board ever – it’s called Pinterest.

(You can follow all my Pinterest boards right here!)

The invention of Pinterest has opened us up to worlds of ideas – only limited to how fast you can enter in your search idea. So if you are needing ideas, needing encouragement, needing inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start.

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If you do not have an account – sign up here. If you don’t know how to create boards – learn about that here. This is your starting point.

When I moved into my current home, with it’s basic white floor plan, I had to completely change up my decorating style because my previous home was Tuscan style. I created different Pinterest boards for different rooms in my home. I added boards for wood walls, DIY projects, and backyard ideas. Over the course of a few months I had stockpiled quite a few pins of things that I loved. I started to notice a pattern of what I enjoyed.

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DIY BARN DOOR

Have you wondered what “style” you are in regards to home decorating? I sure did. I honestly didn’t even know what the difference was between styles and if you were “allowed” to have multiple favorites. There is actually more styles than I realized. DedorAid.com shares 20 design styles for 2019. Here are just a few:

  • Contemporary
  • Rustic
  • Shabby Chic
  • French Country
  • Coastal
  • Bohemian
  • Modern Farmhouse
  • Industrial

Amara.com goes into further detail of the styles in The LuxPad Definitive Guide found here. It’s a good read and very informative.  If you aren’t sure you what style you are, go take this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens here! Once you take the quiz and let me know what design style you are!

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Now you are ready to start searching Pinterest for styles to focus on. Head to the search bar and type in things like “Bohemian Style Living Room” or “French Country Kitchens.” Lots of ideas will pop up and you can start adding to the boards you have made. You can add as many pins as you want, there is no limit!

Here is my example:

After looking at so many ideas I realized I was Farmhouse – Rustic – Industrial.  Mixing these design ideas were perfect for me. Shiplap and Joanna Gaines spoke to me in particularly. I pinned images according to rooms in my house, the sky was the limit. Even if I knew it was impossible to afford or make myself, I pinned it anyway. I wanted to build things and make projects. Want to see what that board ended up looking like? Click here to see!

Secondly I fell in love with farmhouse decor items. Even though I knew I couldn’t buy them all, I pinned over 100 items that spoke to me, see that here. Finally, I was on a budget which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself. I had followed the Shanty2Chic sisters for years and loved their work. This board became one of my favorites.

I dreamed of shiplap walls. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed. But I wanted it. So here are ideas that inspired me from that Pinterest board I had created (tap on photo to take you to creators website):

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I had completed my first step – I was inspired! I had no idea how or what I was going to do, but I knew what I wanted.

So now I have some homework for you! I promise it will be fun.

  1. Create a Pinterest page
  2. Make 5 boards of areas in your home you would like ideas for
  3. Take the interior design quiz here
  4. Pin at least 10 pins per board

That’s it! So easy and so fun. You will start to get ideas swimming in your mind and they can get hard to shut off. Mine actually never do so send help my way!

Next week I will be sharing how to take all this INSPIRATION and turn it into REALIZATION – let’s do this!

And before I go, here are some of my favorite Pinterest boards. You will find so many ideas here – so grab a blanket and get ready to be inspired!

DIY Kitchen Pinterest Board

DIY Bathroom Pinterest Board

DIY Wood Walls Pinterest Board

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Head over this blog post to read up on PART TWO!

Love,

Kelly