DIY a $14.99 IKEA Mirror Two Ways: One for your Daughter, One for You

May 19, 2014

You know you’ve seen it.A round mirror with sticks, or paint stirrers, or wooden dowels all radiating around the edges…usually painted gold.The sunburst mirror is a DIY standard. But what if you want to create something a little different?How else could you re-think the $14.99 IKEA basic mirror?I thought it would be fun to come […]

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How to Create a Kid’s Art Center for less than $52 (Plus a Bonus Art Wall!)

April 30, 2014

As a children’s design expert and a mom I love to encourage imagination. I know that children need time to freely create in order to learn and process their new found knowledge. This includes free play and all different kinds of art mediums. As the person who cleans up after my personal little Picasso’s I […]

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Bling is the New Black at High Point Market

April 17, 2014

While we may all have been adding a pop of color to our décor to spice it up sparkle is definitely leading a wave of glitz and glam in home furnishings. You will find it everywhere, in mirrored finishes on side tables and even larger consoles, in hardware and iridescent fabrics, and definitely in the […]

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Don’t pay $1,200, Upcycle a Gold Bar Cart for Under $52

March 21, 2014

Like to entertain but don’t have a large kitchen or a big dining room buffet to serve on? Want to dress up your space but are living in a small space and need to make every piece count? A bar cart could be the perfect answer. They are hot right now and for a good […]

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Stunningly Simple Turquoise Geometric Lamp for Less than $52

March 7, 2014

  There are lots of fun bright chevron lamps out there right now. But when a design trend is filling the aisles of your local mass market store it is not time to scoop it up and put it in your basket it is time to pick up a new home decor magazine and see […]

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DIY: Milo Baughman Inspired Mosaic Cube Table for under $52

February 26, 2014

Milo Baughman was an American furniture who created modern pieces with clean lines that were surprisingly unpretentious and reasonably priced for the day. Many of his furniture pieces are still reproduced today and deservedly so! I love his open sided cube tables and when I found an admittedly flimsier but still clean lined and reasonable […]

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DIY: Recover a Stylish Fur Ottoman for Under $52

February 24, 2014

I have fur on my mind! Maybe it’s the winter Olympics – after all I have been watching them while I glue, staple and paint my latest projects. Maybe it’s because it was freezing when we were snowed in for six days last week. But either way I am loving fur on furniture. I recommend […]

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DIY: How to Make Simple Burlap Pennants for Less than $20

February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know that this is the year of 52 Projects in 52 Weeks for Less than $52 but I want to give you more. I will still share advice, tips and tricks for creating your ideal family home as well as quick projects like this darling banner that would work for any […]

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DIY: How to Build an Imaginative Teepee in Your Child’s Room for Under $52

February 9, 2014

Ever hide under the covers with a flashlight to read when you were a kid? Or build a “secret” fort in the middle of a crowded room? You were searching for privacy an essential ingredient for learning and growing, we need time alone to process our thoughts! Privacy can’t be found in the paint department […]

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How to Build a Custom Upholstered Ottoman for Less than $52

February 7, 2014

Design inspiration can happen anywhere! For me this project was inspired by some ugly avocado paint colored furniture legs on clearance at the Habitat ReStore. (You read that right? Clearance in the salvage/thrift store?) Yes!   Hiding under the ugly avocado paint were these great metallic feet on sleek mid-century legs. Keep in mind you […]

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