Well, this is five months late, but I am finally revealing my new dining room! I had finished this room in October, but then never got to post it because of personal reasons (see this post for more).

My goals for this room were pretty straightforward:

  • lighten up the color scheme
  • create visual interest in a rather boring room
  • maintain the same amount of storage
  • create a casual modern feel
  • update the dated furniture

As I mentioned before, there aren’t a lot of elements to work with in my dining room, and on top of that I chose to keep the color scheme neutral. That combination could have easily resulted in a flat looking room. But I was able to counter the simplicity of the room with some patterns and textures that gave depth and life.

I’m pretty happy with how this room turned out considering my limited budget.

So without further ado, let’s see the photos!

Here are the before photos:




And here are the after photos!




Here’s a breakdown of the changes I made…


My dining room reveal is almost ready, I’m just waiting on one thing. Unfortunately, that one thing is the result of an unexpected accident. A few weeks ago, my son was playing with our dog in the dining room and he accidentally broke the light fixture we have in the room. We had installed that pendant light about seven years ago, and while it wasn’t my favorite choice for lighting in the dining room, it still worked with the design. So in an effort to stay on budget I had decided to just keep it in the room as is. That was until my son’s incident. The bad news is I now have to spend more money on my makeover. The good news is I got to search for a pendant I liked better than what was there 🙂 .

I have found a pendant light that I just love but is still reasonably priced. It’s on it’s way now so as soon as it’s delivered we’ll install it, and then I’ll be ready to reveal my new dining room!

In the meantime, I’ll share some new projects that I’ve started on…

I have a new makeover that I’m working on for my mom. It’s an interesting and challenging project which I love! She is using one of the bedrooms in her home as a guest bedroom/photography studio. My mom is an avid nature photographer and she uses this room to store her fairly large photo printer, inks, paper, mats and frames. She also likes to hang her photos on the wall in here so she can step back and see how they look printed out and matted.

At that same time, this room serves as a guest room for visitors. So there are a couple different functions happening in here.

This is what her room looks like right now:



A big focus of this room will be creating a way for her to easily display and change her photos on the wall.

Her photos are often filled with color, so it made sense to keep the color scheme of the room simple and mostly neutral so that the colors in her photos aren’t “fighting with” all of the colors in the room. The only color I have added to the palette is navy since it works well with all other colors (… some people even consider navy to officially be a neutral color). This color scheme will set a neutral backdrop for her many colorful photos and help them pop in the room.

Her budget is fairly limited, but she has agreed to pitch in where she can to do some projects in order to help reduce the cost.

Despite the challenges and limitations, I’ve come up with an exciting plan for her room. Here’s the design board:


I will be sharing some DIY projects for this room that will include furniture makeovers and a special project for displaying her photos.


It’s been almost a year since I started planning a makeover for our home office and two and a half months since I started the install, and I am happy to say that I am finally done!!

I have redone dozens of rooms over the years, but I’ve got to admit that I have NEVER encountered as many setbacks as I did with this room. It was surprising and frustrating!!! But I believe in doing whatever it takes to get the job done correctly, so I spent a lot of time changing parts of the design and redoing projects until they met my standard of quality. I am glad I did because I am happy with how the room turned out!

So let’s get to the photos!

Here are the BEFORE photos…




Can we talk about how dated this room is for a second? From the beige and red color scheme to the silver accents to the damask print to the overabundance of light colored wood, can you tell that the last time I decorated this room was circa 2008? It makes me kind of nauseous.

So let’s look at the AFTER photos then…





Looks much better in my opinion.

Here’s a breakdown of the changes I made…


I recently gave my laundry room a makeover. Here is the design board I made for the room:


Notice I have a small accent rug in the design board that never made it into my makeover. The color of this rug I had chosen ended up being off from the online photo and didn’t match the room at all. I couldn’t find another rug that I felt worked in the space so I decided to just skip the rug for now and wait until I came across something that coordinated.

Well, I recently found this great accent rug online and thought it would be perfect for my laundry room…