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Teen Boy’s Room Makeover

School is back in session and the kids are in full activity mode with sports, studies and the never-ending social life!  Every kid needs a space that is all their own to come home to and decompress after being out in the busy world.  A place where they can look around and be surrounded by the things they love and happy memories to refresh them.  This is not the space that my son had.  He had a room that he thought was relaxing but was actually causing more anxiety to the end of his day.  And, truth be told,  if he wasn’t the one getting anxious, it was me! Problem:  Messy, stressful environment and the first room that greets you when you come up the stairs at the end of the day. Solution:  Create a space that makes everyone happy to see and feels good to be in! I have always just let him do what he wanted (to a point) in his room as far as decor goes.  However he wanted to put together his shelves and whatever he wanted on his dresser or nightstand was up to him.  He insisted that a folding table was the perfect desk.…

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Simple DIY Tutorial: How to Customize Coasters

I bought these cool octagonal wooden coasters at HomeGoods the other day.  They are SO cool.  I bought the whole pack of 8 for $8.00. So, for a dollar a piece I felt it was worth it!  I recently gave my son’s room a reboot for the Fall.  I had so many cool elements going into the space with lots of wood and a mix of metals. With the new wood top that I put onto his nightstand I was afraid that he, or his friends, might ruin it with a drink that would sit beside his bed all night so I thought these would be helpful to stave away any damage.  These coasters were cool by themselves and they didn’t come monogrammed.  I wanted to add a few personalized touches to the room.  I had added frames full of pictures on DIY picture ledges that he loves, a monogrammed pillow and a few other things to personalize the space.  I thought these would be really cool monogrammed and add function as well. Here is how I did it:  Choose a font and size the letter to the proper dimensions.Copy as many times as needed and print them out. Meticulously cut…

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How to Decorate a Room Successfully and Find your Style!

MOOD BOARD  n.   an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.   Using a mood board to help decorate a room can really set the stage for a successful space.  If you aren’t familiar with a mood board, people use them to collect pictures of things they want to acquire, places they want to visit, to evoke a particular mood with text or images and place them in a collage format on a paper or even a virtual paper.  You may have seen fashion boards that lay out an entire outfit that someone loves or wishes to wear in a collage from the earrings to the shoes – that would be a mood board. When using a mood board to decorate, the idea is to place pictures of furniture items that you like, art samples, decor items,  fabric swatches and paint swatches on a piece of paper to plan a room.  The first place you should start is with an item that you have and love or that inspires or evokes a feeling you want for the room.  That would be your jumping off point.  Either take a picture…

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Good Grief!

Good Grief!  There is so much swirling in my head right now and I am looking beyond the mess to find the love.  It is heavy and I’m sure a lot of people feel the same.  I worry.  I know I shouldn’t.  My human nature fights it so I am always handing it up.  The trials, the sadness, the loss, the bitterness, the open hands ready for blessing, the triumphs, the joy, the ugly, the happiness, the fear.  All upward to God.  It is hard to hand it up, to let go, so I do my best and that is all any of us can do.  I am in the middle of a devotional called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  It is so grounding and encouraging.  In this, the common thread is to hand up your worry to God.  This verse sticks out today: Matthew 6:34 – “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today”. My heart hurts right now with all of the hate and division along with desperation that is displayed and seen all over.  There are also my own trials placed before me.  But I am rejoicing in…

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Craft Room Reveal!!!

My favorite day has come – the craft room reveal!!! I have been so excited to share this day with all of you!  The cabinets are all made, installed, painted and best of all, level. The countertops are made, installed, sanded and stained. Door handles, drawer pulls installed. Cabinets have been filled.  The room is complete.  Don’t miss out on the video tour at the end of the post! I wanted to be done before my parents came for the holidays and I did it!!! The day before my parents arrived I cleaned up the garage so we could finally park in there. Remember, I told my husband we would be able to park in there before the first snowfall. The wood scraps got thrown away and the tools got packed up. I had to do all of these little things because I knew that once I started unpacking and moving into the room I wouldn’t want to stop! I built this peninsula large enough to have a friend or two over to scrapbook, lay out and cut fabric, wrap gifts, organize through photos or hang with the kids while they do homework or work on a project! The room…

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