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  • Living Room Design & Finishing Touches | ORC Week 7
    Welcome to Week 7 of the One Room Challenge! I gotta be honest, I have struggled with my time management on this project and am a little bummed that I missed writing my weekly post last week
  • How to Camouflage Your Electrical Meter | DIY
    Earlier this year we began work on our backyard to prep for the English garden I planned to build. Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY project that has helped to camouflage the ugly electrical meter on the back of the house.
  • How to Add a Charming Brick Border to Garden
    How to add charm to your garden with discarded bricks. Install a brick border for instant English garden charm! Easy DIY for beginners!
  • How to Paint Concrete Basement Floors Using Epoxyshield
    This year, I really wanted to give the basement a more finished look and began planning a budget-friendly basement makeover. We built a utility room to hide the mechanicals, updated the overhead lighting, sprayed the exposed ceiling black, and painted the concrete floors.
  • DIY Projects in the Living Room | ORC Week 5
    This week of the One Room Challenge is all about budget-saving DIY projects for the living room. I have always been thrifty when it comes to decorating and this makeover is no different. The saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” definitely applies to me and I get such a rush out of creating something beautiful out of items that were discarded by others.
  • Filling Your Walls with Unique Artwork | ORC Week 4
    Filling the walls in a large room can be a little challenging for me. My goal is always to hang unique artwork that is interesting and doesn’t break the bank. Whatever I hang on our walls, I want it to feel like our family. For week 4 of the One Room Challenge, I am going to share some of the artwork I will be hanging in our living room and where I find them.
  • Mixing New and Thrifted Furniture | ORC Week 3
    If this first time stopping by, welcome, and thanks for visiting! A few years ago I decided to quit my corporate job in Denver and my family moved back to our hometown in Ohio. I became a local real estate agent have been sharing home renovation and DIY tips on this blog ever since. Two years ago we purchased a fixer-upper in Toledo, Ohio and I renovated our dining room as a guest participant for the ORC. I also updated my little boys’ bedroom and our master bedroom in the last two challenges. That brings us to my fourth One Room Challenge where I am renovating our living room! Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 I love mixing new and thrifted furniture when I am putting together a space. Our new house is big and it would take many years to buy brand new furniture for each room. I don’t have the patience to wait years for our house to feel like a home, so find second-hand & vintage furniture items to design each room. To be fair, my love of thrifting did not begin with our current […]
  • New Floors & Paint in the Living Room | ORC Week 2
    Welcome back to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Our living room has great bones and the first improvement we made to the room was installing new floors and painting the walls. Check out all of the living room design plans in the Week 1 post.
  • Our Unfinished Basement Makeover on a Budget
    We started working on our unfinished basement makeover about two months ago and I still cannot get over the transformation! Last year we decided to put our large basement to good use when the country went into quarantine and the kids needed a space to run wild.
  • Masculine Living Room Design | ORC Week 1
    Who’s ready for the Spring One Room Challenge?! This time around we will be working on our living room and I can’t wait to pull it all together! For the last two years, this room was set up with furniture we purchased 10 years ago after we were married.