A Colorful, Fun, and Nostalgic Christmas: My Home Style Christmas Tree Edition
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A Colorful, Fun, and Nostalgic Christmas: My Home Style Christmas Tree Edition

Christmas can be the most joyous time of year. Or it can be a fireball of anxiety and chaos. This year, I choose joy. So if you’re also craving a Christmas that’s just a little more laidback and fun-focused, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s how I let loose and let my family enjoy the holiday without all the micromanagement of years gone by…

Colorful Christmas Porch: Vintage Candy Shop Theme with Rainbows
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Colorful Christmas Porch: Vintage Candy Shop Theme with Rainbows

This is our second Christmas in the California Bungalow and we’re continuing the tradition of our themed Christmas porch decorations. This year, since the house is black, we’ve gone full rainbow with our porch and yard decor. Here’s how I created a festive and fun front porch on a budget …

DIY Cardboard Gingerbread Houses: An Easy Kid’s Christmas Table Activity Idea
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DIY Cardboard Gingerbread Houses: An Easy Kid’s Christmas Table Activity Idea

This year, I’m coming up with low-cost ways to keep the kids entertained at home while feeling festive for the holidays. Here’s an easy way to repurpose all those cardboard boxes into a fun craft for kids. Bonus points: You can make this a tradition and use it as a kid’s Christmas table activity for your pod family to enjoy! Here’s how I created gingerbread house placemats that double as holiday decorating fun for kids …

Holidays In The Kid’s Workspace: Adding Schoolhouse Style for Christmas
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Holidays In The Kid’s Workspace: Adding Schoolhouse Style for Christmas

Our daughter is headed back into a virtual learning environment and we’re a little bummed. We know she’s going to miss all the fun holiday activities she would otherwise have participated in during Kindergarten. So we’re giving her a fun, new workspace where she can learn and feel inspired. Come see how we’ve added some holiday cheer to help boost her enthusiasm about learning from home…

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Ikea Hemnes Dresser Makeover: Removing Dark Wood Stain

Do you have a sturdy piece of furniture that’s showing its age? I know the feeling. Our daughter’s dresser is over ten years old and while it’s still holding up strong, the wear and tear of four moves + life with a toddler and two cats was making it look like a piece of junk. So today, I’m showing you how to remove factory stain finishes from wood furniture to breathe new life into your old stuff. Here’s how I turned a 10 year-old Ikea Hemnes dresser into a cute statement piece for a kid’s bedroom …

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Painting Hardwood Floors (even if they’ve been painted before)

It’s Week Three of the 555 Room Challenge and I’m back with the easiest flooring update you’ll ever see! Today I’m showing you how we rejuvenated the hardwoods in our daughter’s room in just two days and for free, using leftover project paint we found in our basement! It was a quick DIY project that’s made a huge impact in her bedroom. Let’s take a look …

How To Stain Laminate Furniture – A Paint Trick For Changing Fake Wood Colors
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How To Stain Laminate Furniture – A Paint Trick For Changing Fake Wood Colors

It’s week two of the 555 Room Challenge and today I’m showing you how I updated two IKEA chests. The catch? They’re not real wood. Here’s how I changed the wood tone from a white washed grey to a modern blonde wood without sanding or ruining the laminate finish. Plus, an update on my daughter’s bedroom design with exclusive sneak peeks on how the room is coming together…

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Decorating With Modern Schoolhouse Style: Budget Friendly Wall Storage with A Vintage Industrial Look

Now that we’ve settled into our new house and most of the moving boxes have been unpacked, I’m getting the itch to decorate all the spaces. Unfortunately, we’re lacking two of the main requirements for a full-scale home redesign: time and money. But that’s okay because I brainstormed and developed a plan to decorate and organize the dining room / entryway with a very affordable budget. How’d I do it? DIY, of course. Here’s what I did …

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Don’t Replace Your Furniture. Update It Instead! ORC Bonus Room Makeover Week Five

BONUS ROOM MAKEOVER

Today, I’m showing you a few handy tricks I’m using to pull this room together without spending much money. A little ingenuity goes a long way.

It’s Week 4 of the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge™ and our bonus room-turned family media room is just about complete …

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Kid’s Closet Playroom Makeover: How To Stain Wood In Rainbow Colors

DIY Rainbow Wood Stain For Kid’s Toy Storage

Today I’m showing you how I created a custom toy storage solution that any kid would love. Using inexpensive lumber and some creative finishing techniques, I’ll show you how to pep up the utilitarian items to insure your kid loves putting away their toys!