One of the designers that has inspired me since I started this home decor journey is Karan with Inside Out Designs from Ontario. She is so creative and has amazing ideas.
Her blog, called Designs By Karan, can be found here. Today I am showcasing her simple and classy designs. Come join me for this tour of My Homegirls House, you will love her!
Her bright white kitchen showcases such captivating pieces. I love how share pairs this farmhouse sink with the neutral wood cabinet.
Additionally she is willing to tackle Do It Yourself Projects, like adding this wood wall to her laundry room. I love how it turned out!
Karan does a wonderful job adding classy fall inspiration to her master bedroom here. Her vision created a space that is peaceful and uplifting. Ready to meet her? Here we go! This is her bio that can be found here.
Something else I love about her and her website is that she offers E-Design services for this who live far away. How cool is that?
She gives tons of ideas for her clients as well as her readers when they are ready to make purchases. Check out her links and ideas here.
She even sneaks a few amazing recipes in on the blog just because she can! Who wouldn’t want to make these? Her talents far surpass home decor and we are lucky to have such a mentor in our community.
Styling your home requires creativity and bold choices. Often we stay conservative in change to prevent mistakes. But you can learn what you like through your bravery in your choices. Even if mistakes happen. I challenge you to take some of the ideas that Karan shares on her blog and make bolds moves – you can do it!
Over the next few Fridays, as we head into the holidays, I will be featuring some bloggers that really inspire me and boost my creativity while decorating my home. I know as you follow along you will find inspiration that helps you to uplift your space and your family!
To kick things off I am sharing one of the very first bloggers I ever met when starting this journey. I actually won a giveaway hosted by her in the spring of 2017 and I fell in love with her account. Of course I creeped on her page ever since then and I feel so lucky that we have now become friends along the way. Continue reading “My Homegirls House – LittleNestof4”→
Welcome to our Fall Festival Blog Hop, where 25 talented bloggers are sharing their tips and tricks for this wonderful season of Fall. Each day of the week will feature new themes and inspiration! Continue reading “Simple Fall Mantel Decor”→
Ready to make a super easy cake plate for the holidays? Or even just for a fun display decoration? They are so simple and inexpensive – check out my 60 second video tutorial and then pin it for later when your ready to make yours!
I love keeping a table set, it makes me feel that much closer to a prepared dinner (even if nothing is started!). For years I thought it would cost a fortune to keep a table set, so I shied away from it. A few years ago I realized I had been wrong this whole time. I want to show you how easy to can be!
I am so excited! Today is the day! The last few weeks have been such a good experience for me. It pushed me to learn new skills and I love the outcome. I am so grateful to the One Room Challenge team for helping all types of decorators feel like they have value in their creativity. So many are revealing their spaces today on the One Room Challenge Blog – I can’t wait for you to see them all! Are you ready for mine?
This was my living room wall. I wanted to renovate it and add some character. Since I am a DIYer on a budget, everything had to be created by me. I gave myself $500 to renovate this space – and I did it! You can read about my initial ideas here on my first post with the One Room Challenge. This was my sketch of what I wanted to have happen.
Follow along to see how close I can get to my original idea!
Install was fast and super helpful with my TackLIFE laser level and laser measuring tape. You can grab tons of TackLIFE tools for a great deal on Amazon here.
Here is my final shiplap look:
Project Two – Window Valances
I love the wood window valances that the Shanty2Chic sisters made here. So I created my own style and love how they turned out. You can learn the whole process and how easy it is here. Total cost was $45 (grabbed clearance curtains from TJ Max and curtain rods from Walmart).
Here is my final window valance look:
Project Three – Shutters
I have always wanted some of these and decided on a look I wanted after scanning Pinterest for days (kidding). They were only $15 to make and add so much to the room! Find out how to make yours here. Additionally I added a family portrait that I had made previously so that is very inexpensive, you can read all about that DIY here.
Here is my final farmhouse shutters look:
Project Four – Blinds
I love SelectBlinds and have used them for 15 years. They are super EASY to order, EASY to install, and EASY on the pocketbook. Did I mention they were easy? Ha. Ha. Wink. Wink. I ordered FAUX WOOD, you can get them for a great price with all the sales they run here.
Here is my final blinds look:
Final REVEAL Day –
Such a fun adventure. I learned so many new things, how to make new DIY’s and use tools I haven’t tried before. One item that I added last minute was the Wood Mantel. It was a quick addition and I love the character it adds to the room. Here is the final look:
I had some more GREAT companies that I used to finish up my decor. Niki is a great friend and makes amazing wood word signs (from Carpenterfarmhouse).
I ordered her THIS IS US sign from her Etsy shop here, the sizes start at only $15!
Next I grabbed some darling pillows handmade from Megan at DoeRaeMeDesigns. I love her taste and style! I grabbed two Staple White pillow cases that you can order here.
Finally I had an amazing time working with Danielle from The Rusted Carriage. She helped me pick out some items for my mantel and I finally got some cotton stems (I have always wanted some!). Her Etsy shop is closing for the summer so she can spend time with family, so all her deals are on sale – you will love her stuff! Grab some here.
My lanterns were from TJ Max and I made the Family Name sign many years ago.
Here is a timelaspe of the decorating process. Now I need a big long nap!
I honestly can’t wait for the next challenge. Laundry room time!
We are so close to the finish line and it has been so much fun! Make sure you follow along herewith all of the designers this time around to get all the inspiration you need to do this yourself. I am already thinking about what room I want to refinish for the Fall ORC (think stenciled flour in the laundry room people!).
One of my last steps was to add blinds to my newly renovated windows. Of course I can’t make my own blinds, but I want to show you how easy it is to install them ALL BY YOURSELF! This was my week four challenge to accomplish. Here is my update so far:
I am loving this challenge still! My project this week was to create wood valances for my window treatments. So come follow along as I show you how to do it too! Make sure you check out all the ladies in this challenge over at OneRoomChallenge.com for lots of inspiration. You will love what these designers are coming up with!
Do It Yourself Wood Valance in 10 Steps
Here’s my 6 week outline:
Project One – Shiplap COST $92.00
Project Two – Window Valences COST $45.00
Project Three – Custom Shutters
Project Four – Blinds
Project Five – Decorating
I will give you a quick review of what the first three weeks have looked like:
Here is my 60 second Do It Yourself Video Tutorial so you can get a quick glimpse of how it is to be done!
Step One – Measure Your Windows
Each window is different so I will not be giving you the measurements of my window. But you will understand the measurements you will need create your valance.
You will need to take the measurement of the window opening and add 2 inches to each side.
The curtain rods are about 3 1/2 inches deep, so you will plan on 4 1/2 inches on each side of the valance.
Step Two – Buy Your Wood and Rods
Head over to Home Depot to grab your wood. You can find curtain rods there as well, Walmart or order them on amazon. Make sure you grab 2 and that they are the length you need.
Step Three – Cut Your Wood
Grab your circular saw and some saw horses or a table. Make sure you lines are as straight as possible (this is my weakness!).
You will cut one of the 1×6 pieces to the length of your window plus the 2 inches on each side. Cut two of these.
Length of Window + 2 inches = FIRST CUT (2)
You will measure the width of your rod – add this measurement plus 1.5 inches. You will make 4 cuts of this measurement using 1×6 pieces.
Width of rod + 1.5 inches = SECOND CUT (4)
You will measure the length of your first cut MINUS 1.5 inches (you are going to add this as your top piece and it fits in between the two side brackets of wood – hence the minus 1/5 inches).
Length of first cut – 1.5 inches = THIRD CUT (2)
Step Four – Pocket Holes
If you have never drilled pocket holes before you need to read up on this. It isn’t hard, you just need a small amount of training. Refer to my post here on using a Kreg Jig.
You will add ZERO pocket holes to your first cut.
You will add 2 pocket holes to each second cut.
You will add 3 pocket holes to each third cut.
Step Five – Put Together Your Valance
Add your side braces to your first cut like this:
Then you will add your second piece. This is the top part of your valance and the way you will attach it onto the wall.
Step Six – Sand and Stain
You will sand down your valance and then wipe off any extra sawdust. Pick your stain and get to work.
I first stained with Varathane Briarsmoke and let dry.
I rubbed on a small layer of Beeswax for a distressed look.
Then I painted with a top coat of Behr Paint and Primer – Tan. Once dry, I sanded lightly and this was my outcome (I LOVED IT!):
Step Seven – Mount Your Rod
You will look for the studs and mount your rod brackets there, at the end of each window.
Step Eight – Attach Your Brace
This is the 1×3 wood piece that you will attach your valance too. Find the studs (this is very important for a secure brace) and mount right above your metal bracket for your rod. This is where you use your hex head 3.5 screws. The hex heads give me more grip with my drill. You need this long to go all the way through your 1×3 brace, the sheet rock, and then into the stud. Use a level to make sure its even, your valance will be crooked if this is not straight.
Step Nine – Attach Your Curtains
Slip your curtains onto your rod and attach it to your window. You are almost done!
Step Ten – Mount Your Valance
You will now add your completed valance. You will lay it over the brace and curtain rod. Make sure it is measured even. You will take your screws and add one on the top middle area of the valance, attaching the top piece of wood to your sturdy brace. Then add one to each end of the valance. See the video tutorial for how I did this.
It is all done! Yah! I love the look it gives this room. I found some darling curtains at TJ Max for inexpensive. Now I get to rest for the weekend before I start my shutters!
I am so excited to welcome you to today’s Holiday Vignette feature of the Christmas Festival Blog Tour hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog. Many of you might be joining me from Stacey at Poofing The Pillows Blog – isn’t she darling? Thank you for following us on this tour!
Do you often think about Christmas Decor and wonder how you can incorporate your every day items into this amazing holiday? I have come up with 8 fun ways to help you do just that. At the end of the blog, please share with me your ideas and creative ways of decorating your home for the holidays, I would love to hear from you!
First Tip: Use your chargers
I love DIY chargers and the versatility they bring. If you don’t use them for your place settings, add them under your tablescape for a simple addition to your decor.
Don’t know how to make them? Cut 12 inch strips of 14 inch wide wood. Sand and stain. As easy as that!
Second Tip: Add ball ornaments to empty spaces
If you have vases, baskets or lanterns lying around your home – add ball ornaments to fill them up for the Christmas season. Need to find a chunk for super cheap? Head to the The Dollar Tree!
Third Tip: Use pinecones
Pinecones aren’t expensive and look perfect with all types of decor styles for the holidays. You can keep them neutral or spray paint them any color. Hot glue them to a foam ball, add some ribbon and then place on top of a candle stick – so easy!
Another pinecone DIY idea is to fill them up in a basket and highlight them with ball ornaments and greenery. The Home Depot sells ones that are laced with cinnamon – your whole house will smell yummy!
Fourth Tip: Hang your ornament with fishing string
I love the look of ball ornaments hanging in mid air. I use fishing string to make a square knot at different lengths. You can add these to a chandelier or off of any shelf for a fun holiday twist.
Fifth Tip: BEADS!
String beads add such a fun flair to holiday decor. They come in so many colors and so many price points. Lately even wood beads have adorned feeds. Find decor around your home that needs a little spicing up and lace them over and under. There is no right or wrong way to add string beads!
Sixth Tip: Flower Sprays
I love adding different colors of flower sprays for each holiday. If you have vases, mason jars or any other bucket, add new flowers for each season! I wrap red sprays in burlap for Christmas, pink sprays in ribbon for Easter, and orange sprays in brown twisted paper for Thanksgiving. The Dollar Tree, Joann Fabrics and Michaels have an amazing selection for very inexpensive.
Seventh Tip: Use wooden trays
You can decorate wooden trays very easily during the holidays. Fill it with skulls for Halloween, pumpkins for Thanksgiving, and pine needles for Christmas. This one I found at our local thrift store and sprayed it with Chalk Paint. You can read all about it in my tutorial here.
Eighth Tip: Use Ribbon
I love adding a splash of thick ribbon material to my chairs. I can’t move them out of the room so I might as well add some holiday love to them! Ribbon brightens up any normal decor you have and turns it into a holiday must have.
Now you have 8 more tips to add to your decor tool belt on ways to decorate your home for Christmas. I am so grateful you joined me today! Check out a few more of the places I love in my home this holiday season before you go:
I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned some new ways to add holiday decor to your home!
I have had this darling old stool that was given to me by my sweet Granny. It’s needed some TLC. When a friend asked me to refinish her piece as well I decided it was time to attack both. Look at these things – so much history and so much love needed up on them!
Do you have pieces that need some TLC? It’s not as hard as you think! Check out my 60 second video tutorial on Reupholstering Stools to get the quick version, then follow along and create your own masterpiece!