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Places: The Well-Organized Garage

Posted by: on July 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Image of a well-organized garage with everything tidy, hung up and put away

Image via We Heart Junk


A well-organized garage is not an oxymoron, something out of a photo op, or a feat to be achieved only with the assistance of professional. If you’re willing to invest some time and effort and let go of a few (or a lot) of items that are truly no longer useful, your garage could look as nice as the one above.

But, before you go purchasing any garage storage items, think about what kinds of things you need to store, and the storage method that you believe will work best for you. Think about how your garage space could enhance your lifestyle and make your life easier rather than more stressful.

To help you in your quest, we’d like to show you a few organization ideas we spotted in well-organized garages around the web.

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Places: 3 Popular Dining Room Makeover Ideas

Posted by: on July 17th, 2013 | One Comment
Image of an empty dining room with a chandelier hanging above the hardwood floor

Image via Mint


We’re not suggesting that dining rooms are passé … well, not exactly. And if you are someone who’s prone to throw large dinner parties or have the extended tribe over for family gatherings, of course, you’d never even consider turning the dining room into an office, home theater or playroom for the kiddies.

But what we are saying is that if your dining room is just sitting there, all done up, waiting for the two or three days out of the year it has any reason to exist, you should consider turning it into a more functional space that actually suits your family’s lifestyle. Just a thought.

And let us be clear: We’re all about family time, long conversations over great meals, and all the enjoyment that entails. However, if you’ve been wondering what else you could do with the room that currently serves as a museum for grandma’s china and the antique dining room set, here are a few ideas to chew on.

Dining Room To Home Office Makeovers

Image of an elegant transformation of a dining room to home office space with bookcases and pendant lantern

Image via Emily A. Clark


The dining room is often one of the brightest rooms in the house. Why not install a beautiful lantern pendant, put up some bookcases, pull in a couple of bistro chairs and turn it into a lovely home office. And, if you think this image is gorgeous, you should see how Emily got her office space all decked out for our Holiday Style Challenge.

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Places: A Floating Deck

Posted by: on July 10th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Image of a Floating Deck Around Trees

Image via PoppyTalk


Having a nice deck conveniently located just off the kitchen or living room is ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. And who wouldn’t want to walk right out onto a deck from the bedroom to enjoy morning coffee and the newspaper? But if the design of your home won’t allow for the addition of a traditional deck, or if you’re currently renting a house, you can still find a nice corner of the yard or a shady spot around a group of trees for a floating deck.

In fact, the best thing about a freestanding or floating deck is you’re free to pick the best spot in your yard or garden to set up and plop down in your outdoor chair for some extended R&R. If it sounds like we’re just making stuff up or trying to get you to settle for a lesser outdoor living experience, we’re convinced you’ll feel differently after seeing a few of the decks we found floating around the web.

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Places: DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Posted by: on July 3rd, 2013 | 4 Comments


We were inspired to round up a few creative ideas for building DIY outdoor furniture after stumbling across this gem of a makeover on the The Pennington Point blog. Lisa and her family created this entire outdoor living space out on their deck using “junk” from around their home and random building materials left over from previous projects. She even made her own cushions and pillows.

One of the many things we learned from the Penningtons is to hold on to every leftover scrap from a project. You never know when it might come in handy. Another thing we learned is that with the right tools, materials and a little patience, you can create the perfect spot to spend an afternoon or evening outdoors.

Here are a few more ideas for making outdoor furniture you can use in your own unique outdoor living area.


DIY Outdoor Furniture


Turn crates and cinder blocks into seating benches. Seal and spray paint an old stump and you’ve got a glam side table. Bale logs in chicken wire for a table, or chainsaw them into a one-of-a-kind chaise lounger. Take a good look at these amazing projects and just imagine the outdoor furniture you could create.

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Places: Bathrooms with DIY Vanities

Posted by: on June 26th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Image of a DIY bath vanity using a Home Depot sink

Image via Sweet Pickins


In any bath, the vanity is arguably the most important piece of furniture in the room. That’s why we’ve been so inspired to see many homeowners dressing up their baths with creative DIY alternatives to standard bathroom vanities.

And, of course, we absolutely love it when people such as the ingenious folks over at Sweet Pickins (above) make vanities pairing one of our vintage-inspired sinks with a repurposed dresser to create a unique piece for a bathroom.

You may want to consider a few of the incredible DIY bathroom vanities we’ve spotted recently if you’re looking for ideas that can add character to your bath.


DIY Vanity Ideas for Small Bathrooms

A collage of images of DIY Vanities for Small Baths

Images via Beneath My Heart (clockwise from left), Three Scoops of Love, A Detailed House, Pinterest via Beautiful Matters, His & Hers and Makely School for Girls


If you are intrigued by the idea of creating your own DIY vanity, a half-bath or guest bathroom might be the perfect place to try it out. Experiment with salvaged cabinets and thrift store tables and use a drop-in sink, or try a repurposed storage cart topped by a vessel sink, or just build something of your own design.

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Places: Water Gardens

Posted by: on June 19th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Water gardens are a wonderful way to bring a sense of nature’s beauty and mystery to a patio, deck or any other outdoor space. And, much like other types of gardens grown in pots and planters or various and sundry repurposed vessels, a mix of plants in different colors, shapes and textures will make your aquatic gardens more striking. They’re also relatively easy to create and maintain.

If you would like to take some time to reflect on the many ways you could arrange a water garden for your home, we invite you to take in the rest of this post.


Water Gardens In Containers


Combine different aquatic varietals to create a veritable garden of delights in whatever container your choose. True aquatics prefer to remain completely submerged in water (like parrot’s feather), while semiaquatics are varietals whose roots are wholly or partly underwater (like umbrella palm). Floaters such as water lilies or hyacinth rest delicately on the water’s surface.

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Places: Walls with Stenciling

Posted by: on June 12th, 2013 | Make A Comment


Stenciling is a decorative painting technique that dates back thousands of years. Some of the earliest examples of stencils were hand tracings found on the walls of caves in France and Spain. Today, everyone from professional interior decorators to novice DIYers are creating walls with stenciling — and using stencils on countless other surfaces — to create points of visual interest throughout the home.

This brilliant multicolor houndstooth stencil was chosen by the designers at East Coast Creative for a stellar room makeover. As you can see, stencils, murals and wall decals are available in an endless variety of patterns and styles. Investing the time and energy to accent a wall in your home with patterned details can update the look of any room in your home, too.

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Places: Room Divider Ideas for Open Floor Plans

Posted by: on June 5th, 2013 | One Comment
A room divider made of windows between dining and living area

Image via Design Public photographed by Andrew Gregory


Around here, we’re huge fans of homes with open floor plans. They help to create more social time by allowing people in various areas of the home to converse more freely. It’s easier to keep an eye on the kids while you’re preparing dinner. And fewer walls let natural light permeate throughout the house.

While these are all excellent arguments in favor more openness, we understand the compelling need for spatial separation at times.

That’s why we’re also keen on the many interesting ways people are using room dividers in homes with open floor plans. They help balance the desire for a more communal way of life with a practical need for boundaries. In spaces large and small we spotted some ingenious and unusual approaches, and we hope that you will find some inspiration here for your home.

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Places: DIY Headboard Ideas for Your Bedroom

Posted by: on May 20th, 2013 | 35 Comments



Whether you’re seeking to design a glitzy, romantic bedroom with a towering presence or something simpler but no less stylish and intimate, DIY headboards allow you to alter the perception of the room. They can make ceilings appear higher, rooms seem larger, and serve as a dynamic focal point. Perhaps more importantly, building a one-of-a-kind headboard is an opportunity for you to lay down your own unique style marker in the most personal space in your home.

If you have been thinking about designing and building a new headboard for your bedroom, we’d like to share a few headboard ideas from around the web for you to sleep on.

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Places: Outdoor Swing Sets

Posted by: on May 15th, 2013 | One Comment
Image of two painted tire swings

Image via Vintage Junky


In a world where kids — little ones and big ones alike — spend far too much time indoors, passively gazing at the wonders of the digital universe, we’d like to lure them back into the real world to take a flight on the original playstation.

No one knows for certain how long it’s been in existence, but the swing set has surely been around as long as there have been trees and vines and kids to swing from them.

Think about it: Save the rubber ball, is there another object that has provided more fun to more kids than the swing?

Well, if you’ve forgotten how awesome it is to soar on a swing set, or to careen through the air on a tire swing, we want to put some play back into your playtime with swing set ideas for your backyard.

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