DIY Front Porch Personalized Welcome Sign

Posted by: on May 1st, 2015 | Make A Comment


Adding a personalized welcome sign was a great way to add character to our front porch area. We recently did just that by repurposing an old window a friend gave us. The window had been left outside for years, so the frame was a little damaged, but it was full of character.

Here’s how I made my personalized welcome sign. 

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DIY Painted Rug with a Colorful Kilim Style Pattern

Posted by: on May 1st, 2015 | One Comment

How to Make a Kilim Style Painted Rug

I am currently obsessed with Turkish kilim rugs. If you have ever checked them out, you know they can be super expensive, and they come in nontraditional sizes. I really wanted a small rug for my entry, but they don’t usually come as small as 2 x 3. I decided to create a painted rug to look similar to a kilim rug!

I bought an inexpensive cotton rug and then headed to The Home Depot to get the supplies for my DIY painted rug.

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DIY Floating Shelves

Posted by: on April 30th, 2015 | 2 Comments

DIY Floating Shelves


When moving into a new home it’s great to add small, familiar touches such as photographs, mementos, etc. to make it feel like “home”.

What better way to display those items then on stylish floating shelves? I built these DIY floating shelves in my bathroom. But they would look great in your living room, den, or just about any room of the house. This easy tutorial will show you how to build these DIY floating shelves in your home. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. 

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DIY Hanging Rope Shelf and a Funny Story about a Magic Eraser

Posted by: on April 30th, 2015 | Make A Comment

DIY Hanging Rope Shelf

DIY Hanging Rope Shelf

We’ve moved 14 times (in 20 years of being married) and the first two things I want to do when we are in a new place is to feel somewhat organized and to have something pretty that makes a new place feel like home. But before I get to the fun stuff, I always start with some cleaning because isn’t that what we all do when we are in a new home? At the end of this post I’ve got some hard-earned cleaning tips, but first, let’s talk about this super simple DIY!

This super simple DIY hanging rope shelf functions as a great little catch-all right next to our porch door. It looks great. I used reclaimed wood for the shelf, which I think really adds to the rustic look. Plus, it was one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve ever done–I want one of these hanging shelves in every room of my house now!

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DIY Hanging Planter (and Three Cleaning Tips) to Freshen Your Home

Posted by: on April 30th, 2015 | One Comment

DIY Hanging Planter

I’m sharing a few of my favorite cleaning tips and a simple DIY hanging planter project to make your home feel a little more homey.

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DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting

Posted by: on April 29th, 2015 | Make A Comment

DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting

Board and Batten is a type of wainscoting with simple, clean lines that can evoke a farmhouse or Shaker style. This simple DIY board and batten wainscoting project adds tons of character to your home. Since wainscoting is usually easy to care for and clean, this is a great addition to your entryway, mudroom or dining room.

Just follow these step-by-step instructions by DIY expert Krista Aasen.

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How to Build Floating Display Shelves (in Your New Home)

Posted by: on April 29th, 2015 | Make A Comment

How to Build Floating Display Shelves

Moving into a new home can be an exciting time. The best part is being able to customize and personalize the space to reflect your style. You can transform a boring builder-grade bathroom into a customized looking spa retreat by adding DIY Floating Display Shelves, which are perfect for showing off art and accessories. But preparing for move-in day is important and can the task can be easier with a few helpful tips.

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Preparing Bedding for a Move and DIY Personalized Flower Pots

Posted by: on April 28th, 2015 | Make A Comment

Preparing Bedding for a Move

I’ve moved many, many times. Upsizing, downsizing, across the country and back again, into new homes, old homes, rentals and pretty soon, we’ll be moving into a newly renovated mid-century modern ranch. While each move presents different challenges, I guarantee everyone is on the same page with this: after an exhausting day of moving and unpacking, the last thing you want to do is dig for the toilet paper and your bedding.

This post won’t help you with the former, but instead will save you from a miserable night’s sleep. Have you ever had to sleep on a bare mattress covered in a beach towel? I have. It’s the pits. It took one move of that for me to figure out a system to make the first night in the new home go a little more smoothly.

You’ll need a few simple supplies including your favorite detergent and fabric softener (mine are liquid Tide and Downy), garbage bags, a marker, and Febreze. And of course, your bedding.

I have a system when it comes to packing bedding and it starts with washing. When you strip down your bed, give everything a good wash. The sheets, the mattress pad, your duvet, maybe even your pillows. I always like to go into a new environment with everything fresh and clean.

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A Clean House and DIY Wall Art

Posted by: on April 28th, 2015 | One Comment

Jessica Bruno cleaning the kitchen

Have you moved in the past or are you planning to move soon? At some point in life, we are usually left with someone else’s grime and dirt to clean up. Heck, sometimes it’s our own grime! Moving is stressful enough, never mind worrying about cleaning and disinfecting cabinets and floors. For me, I suffer from allergies and dust is a huge trigger. Whether you have baseboard heat of forced hot air, dust lives under the registers and it’s necessary to clean them at least once or twice a year. Heat registers are one of the biggest dust culprits in a home. Another part of the home that is important to disinfect and clean is your kitchen cabinets. Here are a few cleaning tips that will be helpful in your quest of removing residual grime. I have chosen Mr.Clean, Bounty and the Swiffer Bissel Steamboost to get the job done!

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Vertical Succulent Garden Tutorial

Posted by: on April 27th, 2015 | Make A Comment

DIY Vertical Succulent Garden Tutorial


Catlin Ketcham’s recent backyard makeover for The Home Depot Blog’s Patio Style Challenge series featured several DIY projects. Caitlin’s the designer and blogger behind Desert Domicile, and here she has a tutorial for a vertical succulent garden that decorates her front porch. 

You can make this 2 x 2 ft. hanging succulent garden yourself. Just follow Caitlin’s step-by-step instructions. 

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