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How To Build A Simple Entryway Table

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I am excited to be partnering with 3M DIY  to share a tutorial on how to make a simple table. I needed an entryway table (for reasons I will disclose later!). I shopped around at thrift stores, online yard sales, and at regular retail stores. I couldn't find a simple table and I couldn't find one for less than $50. I had a lot going on and wasn't sure I wanted to tackle building one but then I realized I could use the same basic ideas as my simple side table and just adjust the measurements. I already had some of the wood and so I went for it!     Here is what you will need..... Supplies:3M™ Wood Filler , 3M™ Advanced Abrasives, 3M™ Wood Adhesive, brad nailer, … {READ MORE}

BHG Makeover Challenge….Revealed!

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I am SUPER excited because today I can finally share the challenge with you that I did with Better Homes And Gardens while  in New York! I just got the links to the video clips and watched them for the first time.  You can see it better in the video, but the fern botanical print that I used came from My friend Karen at The Graphics Fairy   We were each given a very small space with the same desk and the same chair.   Eddies Ross was the Host :) And we couldn't use nails or screws! Here are our work stations: We had $200 and 45 minutes to shop. Then we had 5 hours over the course of two days to work on the space. Since the challenge was to … {READ MORE}

How To Pick A Paint Color For Furniture

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I am working with Glidden Paint on a fun project. I was compensated for my time working on this project but the ideas, tips, and thoughts are all mine! Painting furniture and painting walls are really quite similar when it comes to the process of choosing the color. For most people it is a daunting chore. We tend to second guess ourselves and feel intimidated. And we panic when it doesn't look like what we wanted when it goes on. I have these fun metal card catalogs I got from my mom a long time ago. They have been collecting dust in my garage. I almost forgot I even had them. While I was in NYC last week my husband cleaned out the garage and unearthed them. So naturally I HAD to give … {READ MORE}

Nate Berkus + BHG + NYC= Awesomeness

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I have had a hard time writing this post because I can't seem to put into words how much fun and how exhausting this trip was. I was gone 5 full days and that is the longest I have been gone from my family. I was constantly on the go and came home feeling like I had mono. But it was amazing and a once in a lifetime experience. I got to NYC in the late afternoon on Monday and met up with Jen from With Heart. She was also there to film the BHG Makeover Challenge. We walked around and did a little shopping. The next morning I had breakfast with a friend and then went back to the hotel to meet up with Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. She was the third person doing the makeover … {READ MORE}

Gold Studded Pumpkin {And more 10 minute decorating ideas}

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I love the 10 Minute Decorating series that Laura has put together and I was excited to share some Fall ideas since pretty much everything I did to decorate this year took 10 minutes or less. Gold Studded Pumpkin I wanted to glam up my pumpkins but didn't want to do anything messy or time consuming so I decided to give this little guy some gold studs. I grabbed some brads from my desk drawer and started sticking them in. I followed the lines that run down the pumpkin naturally. You can use thumb tacks as well. I had some gold ones in my desk, but I liked how the brads stick out more. Make Your Own Art Another one of my favorite ideas is to frame leaves. It is easy … {READ MORE}

How It’s Going So Far….


So I am writing a book, and it is nothing like I thought it would be. But then again I am not super close to my deadline. I might be more frantic when it is the 11th hour :) I have tried to be as organized as possible. For someone like me who is not naturally an organized person, it has been hard to do. I started out by making a list of all the projects and ideas that would be in the book. I created a page for each project and decided on a shopping list, a list of items I already had, and how each project would be styled. The planning and gathering supplies took almost a month. I was very detailed. I have taken a wall in my office and moved everything. It is the wall that had the shoe … {READ MORE}

Fall Home Tour


I am so excited to be participating in this year's Fall Home Tour! Yesterday the tour ended with My Fabulous Life. If you are coming from there, WELCOME! I am glad you came :) Am I the only one who is still reeling over the fact that it Fall already? How did this happen? I swear summer was over in a blink. It is a good thing I LOVE Fall decor :) I hurried to get my house all decked out for Fall before I left for NYC this week. I hope you enjoy this little tour. I haven't revealed my family room makeover so I was hesitant to share the room decorated for Fall. So I only gave you a tiny peek of the gallery wall. I have fallen madly in love with this lamp from IKEA. I want one in … {READ MORE}

Swedish Raspberry Kiss Cookies


Growing up we had some awesome neighbors that we loved to hang out with. Their mom was from Sweden and aside from having the prettiest accent ever, she shared with us some of the yummiest recipes. These cookies were one of my all time favorite growing up. And since I recently picked raspberries out back and made some jam, it was the perfect time to make them again.       RECIPE: 7 oz of real butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch (you can add a little more if you feel like the dough is too sticky) 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder   Mix it into a soft dough. Refrigerate until chilled. Roll into small balls and press your … {READ MORE}

NYC or Bust


Last year I told you all about how I was TERRIFIED at the thought of riding in a cab in NYC by myself. I wrote a whole post about being brave when stepping outside of your comfort zone. Well, I survived! And it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined. And guess what? I get to do it all over again this year because I am going back. (source) This year I have a whole new reason to be nervous and a new thing that requires me to step outside of my comfort zone. This year I will be heading out early and spending a couple of days filming a makeover challenge! It will done  Project Runway style!  If you aren't familiar with Project Runway, I will explain.... The BHG StyleMaker Event is held on … {READ MORE}


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