Ombre Mirrors Tutorial {pink & orange}

I am so so so so so excited to share this next project with you! Did I mention I am really excited? Ahem. Now that we've got that cleared up... I've been working on my 8 year old daughter's room for oh um, like, forever. In January of this year I hung some shelves in her room and drug in an extra sofa table I had. Since then I've done tons of other stuff to her room, but nothing to this little dressing area. Until today. Dun, dun, dun. I want her to have an area where she can sit down and have a little table/desk area for all her primping. This child loves to … [Read more...]

Everything I know about Goodwill

I don't consider myself a goodwill expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do shop there frequently enough to have learned a few tricks of the trade. Of course, this is all based on my own personal experience with the Goodwills in my area. Your Goodwill may operate a little differently. If you browse Goodwill frequently you can actually find some pretty great stuff there. You have to be persistent though and hit the store often. Also, all Goodwills are NOT created equal. Shop all the Goodwills in your area until you learn which ones are better and which ones to avoid. Some … [Read more...]

Against better judgement, I’m showing you my Bedroom

I seriously scored the best deal at Goodwill last week. I really want to show you!! But that would involve showing you my Master Bedroom. Trust me, there's a reason I've been too mortified to show you this room. Oh hell, let's just get it over with, shall we? Here's my horribly embarrassing, hideous, and completely undecorated Master Bedroom. See? I told you I had a good reason for avoiding sharing this room at all costs with you. There are so many things wrong with this room that it's easier to point out what's right. Which is pretty much the... um... er... is there … [Read more...]

How to recover a lamp shade

Last October I found these brand new lamps from Target over at my favorite Goodwill. I've been using them as-is, but the reason Target donated them to the GW in the first place is because their shades are all dented and dinged up. Plus, let's just be honest here. This teal is not cutting it in my family room. I've been using the lamp on the {ugly} desk in my family room, and the teal is making my favorite art look bad (as is the desk and chair, but I digress). However, I have no intention in purchasing a new shade for a lamp I bought at GW in the first place, so I … [Read more...]

A small update makes a big statement in the breakfast room

Every day when I'm sitting at my table, I stare at this blank wall... {Just ignore the orange around the windows. I am about to hang some moulding.} There are many things wrong with this photo (windows, curtains, Legos on the buffet, cooler on the deck, etc, etc, etc) but today I'm just focusing on the blank wall, so try to just ignore all the other faux pas and stay with me here. I've stared at this wall for 5 months now trying to figure out what to put here. I've tried a plate rack (too narrow), a big round plate (too country), and several pictures (to wide). After … [Read more...]

The sofa table turned sideboard

The ongoing family room decorating saga continues! Last month I showed you some new pillows I found on Craigslist: That was pretty much the extent of my decorating. At the moment my family room looks like this: I've been going nuts trying to figure out what to put in the empty space along the back wall with the windows. I can't put any type of wall shelving because of the windows, and the space is pretty narrow, so I can't have anything that sticks out too far. Over the course of the past month I've managed to acquire a few pieces of furniture. One is a sofa table I … [Read more...]

Goodwill {finally} rocks

Goodwill freaking ROCKS. Yes, you read that right. Allison is actually saying something nice about Goodwill. I went to Goodwill on the fly and to say I SCORED is an understatement. For some reason they had tons of brand-new merchandise from Target. I asked if Target just donated it all and the Goodwill lady told me that Goodwill purchases huge lots of unsellable lots from Target (ie: damaged goods). LUCKY ME! So, what did I walk away with? Huge tray: Vinyl Coo-coo clock kit: FIVE rolls of vinyl for $.99 each! I got one each of the chairs and phone booths, and … [Read more...]