One Room Challenge Week Five – The Living Room

I can’t believe it’s week five of the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home! I’m making good progress, but I’m going to have to bust a serious move in the next week. Considering I’m posting about week five a day late, there’s a good chance I won’t be at 100% by next Thursday, but it’s looking good anyway. This week I tackled the biggest DIY project – taking basic Ikea shelving and creating the illusion of a built-in bookcase.

Take a basic Billy bookcase from Ikea and turn it into a DIY built-in bookcase.

How to fake the look of built-in bookcases

The standard Billy is very basic in terms of design, and I want a little more visual appeal. I assembled three of the short Billy bookcases from Ikea. Then I bumped the center bookcase forward 3 inches to create the effect of built-in bookcases. Using 3/4″ MDF, I added topped all three bookcases to disguise the gap behind the bumped-out bookcase. The MDF was 11 1/2″ deep on the two end bookcases. The center piece was 14 1/4″ since the trim adds about 1/2″ to the overall depth. read more

One Room Challenge Week One – The Living Room

I’m a little hesitant to even publish this post because then the (self-induced) pressure is officially on. It’s time for another One Room Challenge from Linda at Calling It Home, and I’m half excited/half terrified to join in. During the last ORC in the fall, I worked on our den, which you can see here. The fireplace redesign was the most significant part of that project and it didn’t get finished until after the challenge was over, but you can see the lovely results here. read more

Stone Fireplace Update

stone fireplace

I didn’t intend to take a five week break from blogging, but the holiday season really got away from me this year! In November, I shared a partial den reveal after I participated in the One Room Challenge. Due to scheduling issues with our contractor, the fireplace update wasn’t finished at the end of the challenge. Today I’m excited to share our brand new fireplace and mantel!

We moved into our new home in January, 2015 and have been staring at this beautiful concrete hole in the wall ever since. Pretty huh? read more

Master Bath Part One

You got a peek at some of our home’s former “style” when I shared our powder room makeover. I’m here to tell you that the unique decor choices continued throughout the house so we had our work cut out when we finally had the keys in hand. Our house is still very much in progress, but it’s come a long way.

The former owners were super into wallpaper. A couple rooms had solid colored walls, which upon further investigation turned out to actually be wallpaper. Well, the master bath was definitely not a solid color, but the wallpaper was in full effect. read more

Five Houses I Would Love to Live In

Five beautiful homes

There are so many beautiful homes to be found in magazines and blogland, but there are some that I just go back to again and again as my favorite sources of inspiration.

Today, I’m sharing five of my favorite blogger’s homes. Our home is such a work in progress right now, but these homes are so motivating as I piece together each room of my own house.

First up is The Lilypad Cottage.

The Lilypad Cottage

I adore Kelly’s coastal style and how light and open and airy this house feels. She’s does a really good job at styling different areas of her home without it looking cluttered. read more