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Transform your home with stylish, affordable ideas that won’t break the bank.

From creative DIY projects and thrift store finds to savvy decorating hacks and seasonal updates, our guides make it easy to create a beautiful, personalized space on any budget.

Perfect for busy women and homemakers, our tips help you achieve a high-end look without the high price tag. Elevate your home decor with budget-friendly solutions you’ll love to share with friends and family!

9+ Creative DIY Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Looking to give your kitchen a fresh new look without spending a fortune? A DIY backsplash can be a great way to add some personality and style to your space.

From peel-and-stick tiles to unique stencils, there are plenty of affordable and creative options to choose from. Check out these DIY backsplash ideas for inspiration.

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Timeless Dark Green Paint Colors to Try at Home

I have been knee deep in dark green paint colors as I contemplate what color to paint our new garden shed. The dark green needs to work on the siding of our shed as well as the shutters around the exterior of our house.

When I want a timeless paint color for my home, I always check out the historic collections at our local paint store. Dark green paint colors add a richness to any design and there are so many great options!

Here are a few of my top picks for our home.

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Eider White Sherwin Williams (SW 7014) Paint Color Review

Choosing the right paint color for your home can be a daunting task, but Eider White by Sherwin Williams is a popular choice for many homeowners. After using this paint color in multiple rooms of our homes, I definitely have first-hand knowledge of using Eider White in your home.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at this paint color, including its undertones, versatility, and how it looks in different lighting situations.

Whether you’re considering Eider White for your walls, trim, or cabinets, we’ve got you covered.

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Stylish Skirted Tables | Entryway Ideas and Inspiration

After living in our home for almost four years, I am finally dedicating some attention to our large foyer. You can check out the full tour of our house the day we got the keys in an earlier blog post. The entryway in our house was one of the big selling points with its cathedral ceilings, curved staircase, and decorative wainscot trim. This traditional space is screaming for a stylish skirted table to drop your keys and place a cozy lamp.

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20+ Functional & Stylish Entryway Ideas for You

I fell in love with the entryway of our house from the moment we stepped through the door. The architecture of our front entryway speaks for itself, but I am ready to give it some personality and add some function. I have compiled functional and stylish entryway ideas to reference as I plan our foyer updates.

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Color Review

Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008) is one of my favorite neutral white paint colors. Alabaster is the perfect off-white that feels bright and fresh while also having that warm and cozy element to the paint color. In fact, I have it painted all throughout my house! With so many rooms in our current home painted in Alabaster, I decided to do a full review on this popular paint color!

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11 Affordable Unfinished Basement Ideas to DIY

Creating a functional living space in an unfinished basement is an incredible way to add square footage to your home! Today I am excited to share affordable ideas to create a beautiful unfinished basement on a budget. These DIY projects made all of the difference in our basement and it’s now a space that we use every single day.

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8 Ways to Update Your Vintage Tile Bathroom

Bathrooms built in the mid-century were bold and homeowners were definitely not afraid of color. While many of these retro bathrooms have been replaced over the years, many homeowners are beginning to appreciate the bold bathroom styles from 50+ years ago. Homeowners who are determined to preserve their vintage tile bathrooms without giving up modern amenities in bathrooms built today.

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Color Review | Sherwin Williams Redend Point

Every year, the biggest paint brands choose a color of the year that they predict will be a popular hue that will dominate design in the new year. This muted hue is the perfect neutral paint color to try in your home. When applied to the walls of a room, this beautiful earth tone creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

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9 Decorative Wall Trim Ideas to Add Character to Your Home

Adding decorative wall trim is a great way to add architectural interest to your home. It is important, however, to choose a wall trim that is appropriate to the architectural style of the home. Decorative wall trim and molding help bring a room to life as well as serve more practical functions like hiding the seams of the floor and wall.

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Stunning Blue and White Christmas Decor Ideas

As a lover of traditional style and designs, I have always been drawn to blue and white decor. It is no surprise then that I am attracted to blue and white Christmas decor! There are so many different ways to incorporate blue and white into the holidays and the history of this combo instantly creates a classic and traditional feeling.

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Classic Red and Gold Christmas Tree Ideas for the Holidays

Red and gold are classic Christmas colors that have been used for years around the holidays. For me, traditional red and gold Christmas decor creates a feeling of nostalgia and joy.

Red and gold Christmas trees feel timeless and look beautiful in any home. For inspiration with creating this look in your own home, check out the beautiful designs below that I love. These decorations are either easy to recreate on your own or are images that I recently saved on Instagram or Pinterest.

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How to Hang Christmas Garland Outdoors with Lights

When it comes to Christmas lights, I prefer white lights outside and colorful lights on our Christmas tree. My favorite exterior holiday decor is the twinkling Christmas garland I hang around the top of our porch every year. Hanging the cedar garland and Christmas lights is really easy and I am breaking it all down for you in the tutorial below!

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Painted Nightstands & DIY Project | ORC Week 3

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week I continued to focus on the bed and nightstands, which are the main focal point of the room. To hide the old platform bed, I purchased a mattelasse bedskirt and it completely changed the look of the bed. I also purchased a white quilt so the green headboard would get all of the attention.

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Guest Bedroom Focal Point | ORC Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! This week I am focusing on the design of the guest bedroom / office focal point which will determine the choices for the rest of the room – the bed! For this makeover, I am pushing myself creatively and trying to make choices that are a little less safe. I will take you through my entire thought process below!

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6 Easy Ideas to Create a Functional Laundry Room

Creating a functional laundry room doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. With the right organization, storage solutions, and tools, you can maximize your space and make laundry day much easier. Read on for practical tips and clever ideas to turn your laundry room into a functional and efficient home hub.

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15 Items to Absolutely Buy at Estate Sales

Going to estate sales is one of my favorite weekend activities! I love the thrill of the hunt for beautiful, unique home decor and furniture to fill my home. It’s also a great place to check out great architecture and stunning properties around your city. Estate sales are an incredible place to find high-quality pieces at a discounted price, but you have to be quick to snag them before someone else does first! You can find a list of local estate sales through the app estatesales.net.

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20+ Cheap Wall Decor Ideas and DIYs to Try

Creating a welcoming space that feels unique to my family is always on my mind when decorating a room. Our current home is pretty large, so I have to get creative when finding one-of-a-kind art that is also budget-friendly! I absolutely love when our guests ask about a piece of artwork hung on the walls. I

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How to Make a Crossover Gift Bow Out of Ribbon

My husband’s family has always had beautifully wrapped gifts with bows of ribbon adorning each package under the Christmas tree.  A festive ribbon wrapped around both sides of the present and a simple bow on top is my favorite look. With this type of gift bow, the recipient can easily unravel the ribbon with a tug of one tail. I asked my mother-in-law for a tutorial on how to make these gift bows and I have been making them ever since! 

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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.

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Upgrade Your Home on a Budget with These Clever IKEA Furniture Hacks

Have you ever tried one of the popular IKEA hacks found on Pinterest? There are so many incredible DIY projects using IKEA furniture and I am always completely blown away by the transformations! I have tried out a few of my own and am so pleased with the results. I have pulled together some of the best IKEA furniture hacks to try at home.

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Master Bedroom Final Details | ORC Week 5

For week 5 of the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge, I focused on the design details. I have all of the furniture purchased and in place and I was excited to add our personality to the space. After living in our home for just over a year, we had identified the key areas that lacked function in our room.

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DIY Plans to Update Our Retro Master Bathroom

If you own a home built in the 50s or 60s, there is a good chance you have at least one retro bathroom.

Our home was built in the late ’60s and we have 3 original bathrooms! This month I am excited to tackle a budget-friendly makeover to our master bathroom! My goal is to highlight the charming aspects of our bathroom while adding more function for our family’s needs today. After living with this bathroom for the last year, I have identified a handful of quick fixes that will modernize the space and add efficiency.

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10+ Expert Home Staging Tips for a Successful Open House

Today I am sharing my 10 simple home staging tips to sell your house fast!  As a licensed real estate agent and investor, I absolutely LOVE this part of selling a home! With these tips, I know you will maximize the value of your home and stand out from the competition.

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The Best Tips When Planning Home Renovation Projects

When you buy a fixer-upper, it is imperative that you prioritize and plan your home renovation projects! Renovating a home can be overwhelming and I have learned quite a bit living through renovations these last 10 years. Today I am sharing my tips for how Chris and I plan our home renovation projects and prioritize each one.

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Affordable Laundry Room Design Ideas & Plans

The first big project in 2020 will be my laundry room! I am excited to take you through my laundry room design plans today and give you a tour of the current space. The plan is to incorporate big design into this space on a little budget! I am looking forward to this project because I love to get thrifty and creative in with home renovation projects. My goal is to spend under $300 for this entire makeover.

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Laundry Room Design Ideas and Inspiration

Laundry rooms are one of my favorite DIY projects because they are often overlooked and left as boring and uninspiring spaces. My first big project of 2020 is to tackle our dated laundry room. I have gathered a few of my favorite laundry room design ideas that are inspiring me for this budget-friendly project.

It is so refreshing to do a not-so-fun task like laundry in a beautiful space. While kitchens and bathrooms often sell the home, I believe that beautiful laundry rooms seal the deal.

Let’s get started!

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The Best LED Light Bulbs for Your Home

LED light bulbs are the easiest and quickest way to make your home more energy-efficient. If you haven’t made the switch to LEDs yet, add this to your 2020 New Year’s resolution list right now! LED light bulbs have become much more affordable than they used to be and there are numerous benefits to making the switch from old CFL bulbs.

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Ideas To Create An Organized & Functional Kitchen

Today I am sharing my favorite functional kitchen ideas to maximize efficiency and organization! When a kitchen is organized well, valuable time is given back to the homeowner. In the last 10 years, I have moved 8 times and have learned a thing or two about efficiently organizing my kitchen.

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Easily Make a Frame Shelf For Your Home | Beginner’s DIY

The DIY picture ledge in our dining room has been a huge hit!

I have had so many positive responses to this piece, someone even asked if it was from Pottery Barn! How’s that for a compliment?! Building this ledge is super easy, it only takes a few hours, costs less than $30 and I am going to show YOU how to build it.

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Dining Room Makeover | ORC Week 1

The Better Homes & Gardens Fall One Room Challenge is here and I am so excited to be a guest participant! For the next 6 weeks, I will be transforming our dining room just in time for the holidays. Every Wednesday I will be posting updates on my progress and you can check out all of the behind-the-scenes fun over on Instagram.

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Unpack Your New Home Like a Pro | Tips

In the last 10 years, Chris and I have moved 6 times and consider ourselves experts when moving and into a new house. We have learned lots of tips and tricks when we organize and unpack our new home and I am excited to share our top 5 tips today. These organizational tips are sure to turn your new house into a home.

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9 Clever Styling Tips to Quickly Sell Your House

Today I am excited to share styling tips to sell your house fast from local interior decorator, Debbie Jacoby! Debbie is selling her beautiful house in NW Ohio and these clever styling tips are sure to bring in multiple buyers!

I am lucky to call her my aunt and am always inspired by her designs and budget-friendly solutions to create a high-end look.

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Open House Cheat Sheet to Sell a Home Fast

Today I am sharing how to create a custom homeowner’s manual to sell your home fast! This manual is an open house cheat sheet and it allows you to share the great features of your home that may go unnoticed at an open house. What home renovations did you complete while living in the home? What upgrades are included that may not be visible to potential home buyers?

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Build a Wood Mirror Frame with this Easy DIY

Bathroom renovations can be costly, so I was very excited to save some money by framing our bathroom mirror with this easy DIY!

This is a quick and easy project that we knocked out in a weekend and spent less than $50. The design for our new master bathroom included pale green walls with gray accents for a spa-like feel. I chose distressed wood to build the mirror frame and it was the perfect rustic touch!

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