It’s hard to say what’s best about this patio makeover– the stenciled cement floor, the lattice privacy screen… or just the overall comfortable, eclectic feel to it.
This is our second time to see a patio makeover by Shavonda Gardner. She’s moved from her previous home, where she set up a colorful, renter-friendly patio for our Patio Style Challenge.
In this Patio Style Challenge Redux, paint takes a major role in transforming her outdoor space, with the gorgeous stenciled floor and an unexpected color choice. But it doesn’t stop there. She shows us all the outdoor decor touches make her outdoor living area extra special.
We’ve been watching Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay slowly, but surely turning her backyard into something truly special. Her backyard makeover began with adding a patio and pergola to her backyard. Then Joni turned an old, unused shed into a magical backyard playhouse for her two little girls. And now, for our Patio Style Challenge series, we’ve returned to Joni’s backyard to see her new upgrades.
Joni focused on landscaping with mulch to fill in some bare patches in the yard and to provide a soft place for her girls to enjoy their new playset. Joni placed potted plants and flowers around her pergola for some extra color, too. And she gives us a new peek inside that wondrous playhouse, too!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.