Save or Spend

When designing a room or refreshing a space, you usually have a set amount of money you want to spend. Otherwise known as a budget! I know, I know. I hate that word too. But if you set a budget for yourself in the beginning, you are less likely to go over when buying for your space.

I wanted to design a space with 2 different budgets in mind. Some people are savers and want to get the most bang for their buck while others may be willing to spend a little more to get the look they absolutely love.

Save console table $127 baskets $27 x 2 lamp $45 vase $50 faux stems $8 x 2 mirror $60 beads $45 Total $394
Spend console table $499 basket $119 x 2 lamp $229 vase $69 faux stems $8 x 2 mirror $299 chain decor $58 Total $1408
Which look is your favorite? Are you a saver or a spender?

Get The Look: Brooklyn Playroom

It's time for another round of Get The Look. In this series I get to share with you a beautiful space and give you pieces that you could use to re-create it for yourself. Most often, cheaper versions than the original space.

This modern playroom grabbed my attention with the dark wall on one side and the wall mural on the other.

It always fun to re-create spaces. I changed the mural to something more geometric.

bean bag chair / wall mural / sofa / shelves / storage bins / sconces / play sign / rug / pom baskets / play table / chairs / barn door / fiddle / wall color

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Oh Christmas Tree

The tree is up and decorated. It took me some real motivation to get going this year. I loved all the inspo from Instagram and Pinterest but my body was not ready to pull out all the stuff. It's always like a glitter bomb goes off and deciding what stays and what needs to go. I was good with not having a tree this year, but my kids insisted.

I'm glad I decided to go for it. The twinkle lights are always a nice touch to the room at night. I love the warm glow.

I went with gold and white for the colors this year. I wanted to keep it classic and simple. I like how it blends into my everyday decor. I never know what color scheme I'm doing until I pull everything out. I almost went for red. I bought a pack of red ornaments after Christmas last year and I was itching to use it but gold won.

Do you change your Christmas decor color each year? How do you decide?

Installing Ikea Lack Shelves

I have wanted built-ins somewhere in my home for forever. They look so classic and they are extra spot to house beautiful home decor pieces. I have seen many a hack for turning the Ikea Billy bookcase into built-ins but I kept debating whether I was up for the challenge. Were built-ins too much for me? In my head I wanted something simpler too. 

In my searches for DIY built-ins I kept coming across floating shelves. I love the modernness of them. The clean lines. The way they just seem to be coming out of the wall. There were times where I would browse Homegoods and Target seeing all the pretty things I could put on shelves. Alright done. Floating shelves it was.

Once I decided on floating shelves, the debate was whether I wanted to build them or just buy them. Building them meant I could make them the exact size I wanted them to be. Buying them meant I would have to just settle for the size they came in. My wall is 90 inches wide and the shelves are only about 75 inches wide so I woul…

Get The Look: Sunny Yellow Sunroom

It's time for another round of Get The Look. In this series I get to share with you a beautiful space and give you pieces that you could use to re-create it for yourself. Most often, cheaper versions than the original space.

This sunny sunroom caught my eye because of the colorful rug and bright and happy sofa. The rug has a lot of pink which I don't get to use much of in my own home. I love how there is so much color but balances out with the white walls as the base.


This rug is one I've had my eye on for a while. The blues and pinks are a match made in heaven. This would be a great room for an office or to get away read a book. Here is my take on this light and bright room.

yellow sofa / medallion rug / faux fiddle / belly basket / writing desk / brass coffee table / cane chair / white shag rug / lamp base / lamp shade / ceiling fan / turquoise pillow cover / blue velvet pillow cover / green pillow cover

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Friday Five

Welcome to Friday!

A crazy week of getting back into the swing of things after vacation. Why is it always so hard to go back to work? School projects are coming up and Milestone testing starts next week for my fifth grader. My kindergartner has no clue how easy he has it right now.

Anyway, here's my weekly recap of goodness that caught my eye.

1) I love this re-purposed thrift store art from Savvy Apron. I've been looking for art for the dining room and this may be the solution.
2) I love this dark blue board and batten wall from Angela Rose Home.

3) I don't typically decorate for Easter but love this simple DIY to dye wooden eggs from Chris Loves Julia.

4) The One Room Challenge spring edition has started! I love seeing the process of each project. There is even a linkup for guest participants. Maybe I'll join next time!

5) Speaking of before and afters, have you checked out the #myrenovatedreality hashtag on Instagram? So many good transformations and lots of inspo. This m…

Real vs Faux Plants

I love the look of real plants but I don't know about you, this girl is good at killing them. I've had a fiddle and a couple of yucca plants and they are sadly no longer with us. It's not that I don't want them to survive, I just forget to water them or over water them. I think the yuccas lived the longest. Once the weather gets cold it's hard to keep them warm and happy.

House plants are good for purifying the air in your home. They help remove invisible toxins that are unhealthy for us like carbon monoxide. Did you know what some of the products in our home like furniture and air fresheners release formaldehyde? Plants also help reduce stress and fatigue.

Plants not only bring life to a room but they also look good. Put them in a pretty basket and you have yourself some instant decor. Not too mention the pop of green looks good in any room.

The only living plant right now in my home is my snake plant. I've had it a couple years now and I love it. I haven't k…