Room Reveal: A Guest Room / Home Office with Renter Friendly Design Solutions

If you’ve been around for a while, you know that room makeovers are probably my favorite thing to share around here. I mean, I did do a whole year of room makeovers last year for 12 rooms in 12 months, so it makes sense, right? And for the last couple weeks, I’ve been working on another one…only this reveal wasn’t at my house. It’s at the Invitation Homes Make It Home Show House.

Today I’m sharing all the before and after photos, along with my renter-friendly DIY ideas for decorating a space to make it feel like yours, even when you don’t own the home you’re in. Click through for the dual-purpose room I designed: a relaxing guest room meets fully functional home office – all in one space.

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Bag It Up: How to Make a Basket Bag for Summer

How to make a basket bag for summer! I love this tutorial because it's so easy and you can use almost any basket! Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Using a simple basket (nearly any basket will work), you can create a super cute summer bag that is totally on trend.

Inspired by these bags from Clare V that I literally have been seeing everywhere lately, I wanted to create a bag that wouldn’t break the bank, but would mimic this look. After a little trial and error, I came up with this quick and easy tutorial. And you’ll only need a few supplies to make your own!

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Total Hack: 8 Furniture Hacks for Revamping What You Already Have (On a Tight Budget)

Total Hack: 8 Furniture Hacks for Revamping What You Already Have (On a Tight Budget) #furniture #makeover #upcycle #upholstered #chair

I have to admit, when it comes to the house, I am one of those people that craves change. I am constantly arranging and rearranging furniture at the house – I mean, I swap out artwork like it’s my job…and it kind of is. Hehe. BUT while I love the feeling of a freshly decorated space, I don’t always love running out and buying brand new stuff every five seconds…pretty sure my bank account doesn’t love that either. So, I’ve come up with a handful of ways to switch up existing furniture pieces with a handful of hacks.

There’s SO much you can do with what you already have, to give your space (and your furniture) a little facelift. Here are 8 ways to upcycle your existing furniture on a super tight budget.

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift Idea: How to Paint on Glass + Create Custom Pattern Vases

DIY Mother's Day Gift Idea: How to Paint on Glass + Create Custom Pattern Vases #mothersday #diygift #diy #vase #paintedglass #glassvase

Flowers are one of those gifts that I will always, ALWAYS happily except. Which isn’t exactly unique to me…I don’t know anyone who would turn down a bouquet. 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I added my own little twist to the typical card and flowers gift for Mom, with custom painted vases that will be a forever keepsake long after the flowers have wilted. I partnered with Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts to bring it all to life and am showing you exactly how to make your own after the jump. Click through for the tutorial and more DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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Take the Plunge: The Coolest Summer Swimsuits

Take the Plunge: The Coolest Summer Swimsuits #swimsuit #summer #swimwear

I’m headed to the beach at the end of the week and could not be more excited for a tropical vacation. It’s our first real vacation since Hayes was born and I fully plan to live it up. But before ?I get ahead of myself own vacation plans, I need a swimsuit…or two!

I did a little window shopping…and rounded up 47 of my favorite swimsuits for the beach (or the pool). One pieces, bikinis, solid colors, patterns – the works!

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Mother’s Day DIY to Try: Iron-On Decals for Purses, Pouches and More + A Cricut Maker Giveaway

Mother's Day DIY to Try: Iron-On Decals for Purses, Pouches and More. #mothersday #diy #diygift #diydecal #diypurse #patternonpattern #patternbag

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

If you’ve been around here for a hot minute or more, you know that I really, really love DIYs. But did you also know that I’m obsessed with discovering new craft tools that I haven’t used before? I’m like a kid in a candy store, who has to try the newest flavor. And today’s flavor is really tasty!

After making DIY ornaments last year with my Cricut Maker, I was curious to see what else I could do. Hint: SO many things. So, I tried out the Cricut EasyPress 2, alongside my Cricut Maker, and ooooohhhh…I am hooked. When I say I literally cannot stop using this thing, I mean it! I did some iron-on designs for purses, wallets, keychains, and more. Everything you see in that photo above!

And since my very first Mother’s Day is creeping up quick AND these iron-on ideas happen to make perfect gifts, I wanted to share the results to inspire you to make your own gifts for mom. Or yourself! Click through to see everything I made, download the (free) design files to make your own, AND enter to win a Cricut Maker for you and one for your mom! 

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Easter DIY to Try: Rothko Inspired Easter Eggs

Easter DIY to Try: Rothko Inspired Easter Eggs. Click through for the tutorial (surprise - there's no paint involved). #easter #eastereggs #diy

Taking it back to my art school days with today’s DIY! When I was in college, I was obsessed with the work of abstract expressionists, which eventually led me to color field painting (where I got my love for color palettes). And one of the artists that inspired me most in school (as cliche as it may have been), Mark Rothko, is who today’s Easter egg DIY is inspired by.

These Rothko Easter eggs involve layers of color (similar to color field paintings that often have many many layers), but are still very easy to make. Click through to see how they’re done. Surprise… there’s no paint involved, whatsoever!

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