Loving The Home You Already Have

t was about 7 years ago that my husband Ryan and I purchased our country home in West Michigan.  When we walked through it, I had that butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling you get when something just feels so-so-so right.  I was in love with the craftsman bungalow architecture, including the hand hewn 100 year old beams in the ceiling, the white shaker style trim, the bold colors on the walls.  Even the ceilings were painted the same color as the walls!  That was something I had never seen before and loved.  Ryan wasn't quite so sold on the idea of buying this place,

Our Name Change & Summer Announcements!

Welcome to the new site!

Hi, hello, and good day to you!  I know it's been quite some time since I've written, and I thought it was time for an update!  We've been busy with updating our brand, our focus, the website, launching new products, finishing a bunch of spring projects, and getting ready for some summer maker's markets where we'll be displaying our new products!  Whew, I think that's a lot for anyone, and it sure has been for us.  It's exhausting work, but we love it, and are sparked to action by the challenge of it all.

1. We've changed our name & focus

First up, we'd like to officially announce our name change!  That's right -- we've decided to change the business name from Brooke DeBoer Interiors to LakeTree Design.  In so many ways it better reflects who we are, what we've been doing, and what we desire to do more of.  So many of the homes we work on are along or near the Lake Michigan lakeshore and are surrounded by trees.  And those are two things that we just absolutely love and try to work into every single one of our projects -- elements of water, trees, and all types of nature.  These types of projects make us feel alive and in awe of all that God has created and so we want to keep doing more!  We've also been hard at work over the past year on developing a line of products for the home that have elements of nature at their root.  We've come out with a line of hand painted signs (I paint them and Ryan does all the wood cutting & framing) that are just absolutely lovely and made with love. We are going to be debuting our new Chalkboard Bar line at Farmgirl Flea (May 19-20 at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds) along with some adorable chalkboard wreaths, watercolor art prints,  chalk painted furniture, and hand poured essential oil infused soy candles.  

2. What we're currently working on

We've recently completed a Lake Michigan home remodel on the north side of Holland.  The home sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan near Tunnel Park and is a brick quad level.  This means that the home has three living rooms (We called them the living room, the family room, and the "way down" to keep track of which was which!).  The project included redecorating all three living areas, a dining area, and a foyer.  We used Three Chairs in downtown Holland for most of the new furniture pieces.  Other sources included Carpet Bonanza in Zeeland for carpeting, Interior Images in Holland for grasscloth wall covering, West Elm for some decor pieces, Pier 1 for some decor pieces, Robert Moore for an original oil painting, Pottery Barn for gallery wall ledges, and Standout Designs for a concealed entertainment cabinet.  The project turned out beautifully, and the client couldn't be more pleased!  This is what she said to me on the last day of the project: "Brooke, you have made my life so much easier. I love how you come in and make this process so stress-free.  Thank you!" She also said,"I have looked at that cabinet for 10 years and never known what to do with it.  Then you come in and arrange it beautifully in less than twenty minutes.  Wow!" -KK.  

3. What you can anticipate seeing from us in the coming months

My plan is to commit to blogging again at least twice a month to keep you updated on the projects we're working on (Big news -- Ryan and I are beginning a kitchen remodel of our own that we'll be blogging about every step of the way!).  If there are any things you'd like to see me write about (maybe some kind of interior decor question you have had for a while?) please let me know, and I'd be happy to share!  You'll also likely see many new photos on Instagram, as we're in the midst of our remodel and doing several maker's markets this summer (more on that to come).   

4. We're going to be at Farmgirl Flea!

Please join us at Farmgirl Flea on May 19-20.  We'll be there with an outdoor booth, and I'll have an easel set up where I'll be hand lettering on the chalkboards we make and are debuting there.  With the purchase of any chalkboard, you'll receive a FREE hand lettered design of your choice, while you wait or shop!  How fun is that!?  And if we haven't yet met in person, that would be a great time to come on out and say hello!  

5.  Get in contact with us now for fall projects

We are now booking projects for September.  If you are thinking about doing some remodeling or redecoration, now is the time to let us know!  And all initial phone consults are free! All it takes to officially book your project on our schedule is a $100 deposit.  Don't wait.  I have a feeling that this fall is going to book up fast!  

laketreedesign@gmail.com | 616-730-1848

Have a great day!
-Brooke

Oh Baby! 4 Swoon Worthy Nursery Remodels

Welcome to Summer, Friends!! I know technically it's not for a couple of weeks yet but to me, once Memorial Day has passed it's here! To me, summer is campfires, nature walks, beach days and family time. What is it to you? I'd love to know!! If this summer finds you planning for a new baby, this is the list for you! Or maybe you know someone searching for ideas, it's for them too! I'm going to give you FOUR fresh ideas for swoon worthy nurseries.

A Woodsy Nursery

I'm starting with this one because I love any excuse to bring a sense of the outdoors inside. There are a lot of ways to bring nature into a nursery, just like any room in your home. Think reclaimed wood, neutral accents, soft textures and cute forest animals. Here are some of my picks for this theme.

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birch wall

This birch stencil is great for an accent wall behind the crib. You can pick any background color you choose and stencil it on in white. Such a clean looking statement.

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fox print for nursery

How about some cute forest animals? I love the softness of this watercolor collection! Also, I love searching Etsy for cute, original prints and artwork. And you get to support a small business owner at the same time!

pottery barn crib
pottery barn crib

Oh this crib. I love the idea of changing it up from a white or espresso finish. This one from Pottery Barn has a natural feel to complement the outdoorsyness. I made that up and I'm going to keep using it ;)

A Geometric Nursery

One of the trends we have talked about for 2016 is geometric accents and pieces and a nursery is as good of a room as any to don these designs. There are so many options to choose whether you want to go bold or just add a subtle hint.

geometric changing pad cover
geometric changing pad cover

This changing pad cover from Little Wife Power House is also available in a crib sheet and boppy cover if you want to coordinate across the room. What fun colors!

geometric black and white wool rug
geometric black and white wool rug

This rug combines softness and durability from wool fibers, perfect for a high traffic room. Maybe one that has lots of naps, diaper changes and tummy time. :)

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geometric mobile

How cute would this mobile be for a boy's room with navy accents! If you're having a girl they have a lot of other color options too!

A Modern Nursery

Why is it that a lot of people associate Modern with a cold and sterile feel? In my opinion it's everything but! I know this is why a lot of people shy away from Modern style decor but I've got some great ideas to make you choose this for your nursery theme.

pear and apple prints
pear and apple prints

Bold prints or bold colors are a fun way to bring in a modern look without putting too much effort in. Check out these simple art prints. You could pick from a lot of different items, just make sure they're bright and fun!

modern nightstand
modern nightstand

Target has recently released a new line called Pillowfort and it's full of the most adorable pieces to take your nursery into toddlerhood. This side table/nightstand is a perfect transition piece to use in a lot of rooms but it has a definite modern feel with clean lines and tapered legs.

star nightlight
star nightlight

Some babies wake multiple times a night and if you're lucky enough to be the one to get up, a nightlight is going to be super helpful. But don't just choose a small little wall plug-in, choose something with a pop of color like this tabletop star. Or maybe a heart if it's a girl you're cuddling :)

An Up in the Air Nursery

Ok, I had to add this one to the list. Last year we saw a lot of black and white, patterns with sharp edges and an edgier style overall. And some really great nurseries exist out there with this style. Buuuuuuut, I am loving the softness and appeal of the pastels and curves and whimsical feel of everything in this theme. Check these few ideas out.

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cloud shelf

How easy would it be to make these! She gives a super great tutorial here. What a seriously cute idea to customize bookshelves.

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cloud wallpaper, nursery

This wallpaper mural can be ordered in any size and additional colors but something about this combination has me thinking it's the perfect pick for a gender neutral space.

yellow cloud pillow
yellow cloud pillow

Tell me, do you think there is a baby in the world who doesn't want to just cuddle up and drift off next to this adorable pillow? If you are wanting something more gender specific there are plenty of options in blues, pinks and purples here.

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custom sign

I recently started making custom signs and I think this one would fit perfectly in this nursery theme, what do you think?

Remember, you don't have to have everything in the nursery fit to a theme but a few similar themed items here and there can really bring a space together. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these or other themes you think are swoon worthy!

'til next time,

brooke
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If He Gets a "Man Cave", You Should Have a "She Shed"

You know what happens when you watch HGTV, peruse pinterest and have a handy husband? You start dreaming. And I CANNOT stop dreaming about having my own "She Shed". I even have the perfect spot picked out on our property, close enough for bathroom breaks but far enough away to fight the urge to play with my boys instead of work. Let me make sure I didn't lose some of you when I said She Shed. Ha, tongue twister! Are you familiar with the Tiny House movement? If not you can catch up here. An offshoot of the movement is the She Shed. Whether you need a place to work, read, sleep, de-stress, create, write or play, it's a perfect place to do it. Of course it technically doesn't have to be a she, it can be a he as well, but I want to talk about the Shes!

So what do you need to get started? I'm going to go over the basics and let you know how you can create a special space all to yourself!

First

Let's start with the purpose. What do you want to use your she shed for? Maybe you need a space to go and relax alone with a good book and some quiet time. Maybe an art studio that you can get messy in without feeling guilty. Or maybe you are going to start working from home and lack the space. There are so many possibilities and it's all about you! When I get mine, it's going to be half art studio and half office. Or maybe something just like this....

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You need a shed! I know what you're thinking already, we don't have a ton of money to invest in a shed right now. But, they don't have to be a huge investment. Check out this option from Home Depot. And if you have a bit more to spend, how about this.....so cute to start with!! You wouldn't even have to paint it.

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And don't forget, you may already have a shed. Sure you might have to put some shelves in the garage to clean it out, but to start it just has to be empty, not pretty!

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How will you make it your own? This is YOUR space, make it you! You can buy brand new items, go thrifting or build what you need. Or maybe you have furniture currently unused in your own home already. Whatever you want in there is a-ok if it helps you relax and clear your head. I'm thinking you need a comfortable space with a lounge chair and soft lighting. Shoot, you can put a bed in here people, a bed! Maybe it's a NAP Shed! I'm halfway off to dreamland just looking at this picture.

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So lastly, what colors and finishes are you going to use? Most sheds will be fairly bare to start with but it won't take much to make it magical. You can paint the interior or leave it bare. And though you can put down a floating floor, maybe just paint some plywood? Consider a soft neutral palette to give an overall airy, serene space. Or what do you think about something like this? Maybe try something you wouldn't do in your home!

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Or perhaps something with a cool palette bringing in some garden or jewel tones. I'm loving these grays with the purple!

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So now that the weather is getting warm and it's still light out at 8pm, will I be seeing you out in your she shed? I sure hope so!

See you next month!

Blessings,

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4 Unique Accent Wall Trends

If it feels as if it has been weeks since we've last chatted, it's because it has! I'm a one woman show over here and that means I'm being kept very busy with clients when I'm not being Mom and wife :) So for now I'm going to cut back a bit on how much you hear from me but don't worry, I'm always thinking of things I want to share with you all. So, remember last time I talked about the Fifth Wall? I can't stop dreaming about our upstairs bathroom and what I could do to that ceiling. I hope you found at least one thing to try! This time I want to talk about an Accent Wall. I have come across some really fun and unique products and styles that I just have to share. So hopefully you've got a wall in mind because you are going to want to do this next! And since everyone loves a list, here goes:

#1 Wood

If you're wanting to jump on the reclaimed wood bandwagon, now's the time! If you're worried about finding the materials, finishing them off and installing, this is your product. It's called Stikwood. Revolutionary. I am confident you can do this yourself. It is actual wood pieces with heavy adhesive bands on the back making it an easy peel and stick day project. Brilliant.

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Another wood option is to make a mdf (medium density fiberboard) grid. If it sounds easy, you're right. All you need to complete this project are straight cuts of 1/2" thick mdf and maybe a level and tape measure. And then paint any color! I love this idea to spruce up a kid's room.

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#2 Paint

Of course you can choose to keep an accent wall relatively simple and just paint it. But I think you could make it stand out a bit more; add a little love with some frogtape or a stencil and voila! you have yourself a one of a kind design. Look at a couple of these for inspiration.

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#3 Wallpaper

Wallpaper is nothing new to the design scene, in fact most people still curse it under their breath as they try to take it down. But I'm not talking about something like this. I'm thinking classy patterns, images and textures to accent what you already have in your home. I love the way grasscloth gives a subtle texture to your walls and adds a unique design element without a demanding presence. It comes in a lot of colors to truly match any decor. I am in love with what was done to these bookshelves. There are really so many different ways to use it.

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Are you eager to try something a bit more bold? Perhaps a wall mural is what you need. I will warn that you do need a relatively plain wall to start, no windows, doors or architectural features. But look how amazing this looks!

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#4 Sharpie

Yes, you read that right. A regular, plain old sharpie. Or maybe a fancy gold one, but still just a sharpie. If you're looking to be creative and have a little time on your hands, consider just making your own design. You can mimic subway tile, draw an artistic mural or create a living sketch pad on your office wall. Whatever you choose to do, know that if you ever don't like it, it's easily painted over. How simple! Check out what these DIY-ers did below! I love it!

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Anyone else already making a list for the hardware store? I'd love to know what you think or what you've done in your own space!

See you all next month! Blessings,

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The Fifth Wall

Tell me, have you ever heard of the Fifth Wall? Let me give you a hint, look up! That's right, it's your ceiling. Every room in your home has a "wall" left potentially untouched. Most likely yours is painted white and depending on the age of your home, could even have some texture. Oy, popcorn ceilings. What were they thinking?! While there is nothing wrong with keeping your fifth wall basic and classic in every room, there is a lot of potential for added character. Maybe just one room needs a little pizzazz? Look below for some easy, unique or classic options to dress up any room.

#1 Paint

Ok, I don't mean your typical white ceiling paint here folks. I'm talking fun accents and colors. If you're wanting something different but not too much work, try a color other than white. It could be the same as your wall color or an accent color (maybe you couldn't decide what wall to do?). Just make sure you don't pick something dark if your walls are also dark. No one wants to live in a cave :) If you're looking for something a bit more fun, what about doing a pattern, design border or lighting accent? See below for ideas.

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#2 Metal

Metal brings practically as many options as paint does, with potentially a little less work. There are so many options for finishes, size of tiles and patterns. And you can actually use the same pieces for accents too. For instance a backsplash or back panel of a bookshelf. Most ceiling products come in 2'x2' or 2'x4' panels and are easy enough to install yourself if you desire. I am drooling over this kitchen pictured below from This Old House.

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#3 Beams

Gosh, I could look at pictures of spaces with beams all day long. They add so much character to a space. And you don't have to have super tall ceilings for them to look appropriate. Beams are an option that can be added to a space with minimal work and a little planning. Whether stained or painted, they catch your eye and carry it through the whole space. They work on vaulted ceilings, across large rooms and placed in grids.

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#4 Wood

Whether it's light or dark, adding wood to your ceiling adds a rich, warm and custom feel to any space. I especially love the look in kitchens but it can go anywhere. And remember those popcorn ceilings that are difficult to repair and add little visual appeal? Try covering it with wood planks!

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#5 Architectural Trim

Wondering what I mean by Architectural Trim? Think coffered ceilings or any added molding that creates dimension. The look definitely shows up more in period homes but there are a lot of ways to make it suitable to more modern designs. Plus, it can be fairly budget friendly and potentially a DIY project. Look how just a few pieces of simple molding add so much to this kitchen.

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#6 Nails

You're probably confused. Think upholstery nails, not roofing nails. I would never have thought to do something like this, how creative! I recognize that this is a very unique style and a very labor intensive project, but I just wanted to show you that a little creativity goes a long way and her efforts definitely paid off!

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I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the 5th wall! Let me know if you've been inspired to try something new!

Until next time,

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Get the Look for Less

This week I wanted to talk about different ways to get the look for less. What look, you ask? Well, any look I suppose. It could be a new rustic farm table, an Edison style lamp or even a simple picture ledge. Whatever piece or collection you've been drooling over in the new Pottery Barn catalog, there may be a way to get that same thing for less. These are tips that I use myself when shopping for clients and for ME!

Tip #1:

Do your research. The best way to make sure you're making a good purchase is to, well, make sure. Think about the reason you're buying it first. Most high end retailers and shops will have higher quality products, more unique fabrics, etc. But do you need that? If you just like the way something looks then there is a good chance you can find the same thing at say Target or HomeGoods. If you do choose the higher quality, perhaps you don't need it right away. With any store, every season brings a new collection and that brings clearance. Make sure before you invest in something you can't wait a month or two and save some $$.

Pottery barn shower curtain

Pottery Barn $79-$99

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Target $40

Tip #2:

Scour and Scavenge. This one may require a bit of your time but if you're up for it, it's so fun! Let's say you have a narrow space in your hallway that needs a certain sized table, or a really long wall in the living room just calling out for a unique find. The best thing to do to fill these areas is go on a hunt. You can of course go to retail stores, especially ones like TJMaxx and HomeGoods that have rotating stock twice a week, but try hitting up an antique or thrift store. I can think of at least 10 places to go right now in my area and I'm sure there are more. You're not going to win the lottery every time you go, but you have to play to win, right? ;) I promise on one of these visits you are going to find something and think, "How did anyone else walk past this and not jump for joy?!" If you can wait until the weather starts turning to something a bit more tolerable, you can check out something like the Allegan Antique Market, it's one of my favorites!

Tip #3:

Get Dirty. This might be my favorite tip. You of course have control over exactly how dirty you get but I just want to make sure you're not afraid of it. You may have an old dresser in the basement that has water marks on it, or the paint is chipping or it just doesn't fit your decor at all. Or maybe you found an amazing deal on a mirror but the color is all wrong for where you want it. The possibilities are endless when picking out new paint or stains. The process of cleaning and prepping a surface can take some time but it's definitely doable. There are tons of tutorials and how-to videos on YouTube and Pinterest. I suggest doing a little research first and then tackle that project. I love this dresser redo! It's amazing what a little elbow grease and paint can do.

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Bonus Tip #4:

Call ME! I know what you're thinking, "Brooke, I'm not able to spend a lot of money, hence my interest in getting the look for less!" But let me say this, if you're having trouble completing a room, need tips, tricks and suggestions, can't manage to do the work necessary to finish the bargain projects, that's what I can help with. I shop high end stores and flea markets, I'm always looking for a good deal and would love to help you out.

Next time I want to talk about the 5th wall! If you aren't sure what I mean, I'll explain it all then!

Respectfully yours,

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18 Things I Love for Guest Bath Remodels

Here is a fact about me: I love traveling. Whether it's gallivanting across Europe or going to Chicago for the weekend, there is a certain thrill about leaving home behind and experiencing something new. And to be honest, one of my favorite parts is staying in a hotel. I know I'm not the only one who immediately plops on the bed and lets out a relaxed sigh of contentment. And then I do what everyone does next, check out the bathroom! The fixtures, the counters, the amenities! Seriously! I know you do it too :)  So how do you get that excited feeling in your own home? If you want to make sure your guests feel this way when they visit, or even yourself, pick from this list to make sure it feels like a hotel, not a hostel.

1 - Crisp, White towels. There is something about white. It's clean and bright and goes with everything.

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2 - A new Mirror. You don't have to use a specific vanity mirror anymore. Add a fun shape or size and let it bring a bit more art than function to the space. Try using something like this:

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3 - Proper lighting. Is your vanity light proportionate in width? Besides picking a style and finish, more important is the type of fixture. Use this guide to help figure out what to use.

4 - Wood-look Tile floors. Give the look of wood with the durability of tile. Run it length wise to elongate a small space. If you aren't in the market to redo your floors, you can also put this on the wall as a great accent.

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5 - Hexagon Tile floors. Fueled from shows about restoring old homes, hexagon shaped tiles are regaining popularity as go-to options, primarily in bathrooms. There are a ton of options now but I still like a classic white.

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6 - Heated floors. If you are going to be redoing the floors with tile, laminate, or wood, consider making the investment. Your feet and your loved ones will thank you for years to come. And it only costs pennies a day.

7 - Pedestal sink. If your space is limited, this is a great option to make it feel larger and uncluttered.

8 - Vanity. They're great hiding places for all the extras you don't want just sitting out. Extra towels, toiletries, etc. There are a lot of different styles to choose from including drawers, doors, shelves and wall mount. I like this one, isn't it just darling?

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9 - Hooks. You aren't limited to a towel bar anymore. Remember Young House Love from my Top 7 Blogs? Try one of these hooks for towels and robes.

10 - Shelves. Adding extra display and storage space above the toilet can add a decorative touch. Not to mention a landing space for extra toiletries.

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11 - Subway tile shower. It's a classic look that creates an upscale shower experience. Pair it with #12.

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12 - Rain Shower head. Give your guests the full getaway experience. An extra bonus for you as well!

13 - Chair Height Toilet. If you still have the same toilet from 10 years ago, it's time to upgrade. An elongated, chair height toilet is the most comfortable. Besides newer models being more efficient, they're more stylish too! Check this out!

14 - Glass jars. Don't make someone fish through your drawers, put common use items such as cotton balls and q-tips in glass jars for easy access.

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15 - Travel Samples. If you've traveled a lot I'm sure you have a decent collection of shampoo and soap samples. These samples expire like everything else does so try putting them in a glass jar similar to above and have them out for guests to use.

16 - Plants. In my opinion, there is no room that a plant doesn't belong. Seeing a plant in the bathroom just makes me smile. It brings life to the room and makes it feel like another space lived in, not just visited. Not sure what to get? Consider a fern, they love high humidity!

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17 - Mosaics. What an easy way to add a little pizzazz to your bathroom. Use it as a short back splash,  in a niche or even a full wall. Be sure to pick that is somewhat neutral that you are able to change other things in the room without being stuck to a certain style or color.

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18 - Barn Door. Now this one is more on the outside of the room, than in, but I'm considering it anyways. What a fun way to enter the room and as an added bonus, you gain floor space by getting rid of that in-swing. And it's actually a pretty easy DIY project as they sell the kits in big box stores now.

As always, let me know if you have further thoughts on any of these and I'd be happy to help!

You don't want to miss my next post on how to get the look for less!

Blessings,

7 Blogs I Follow (and you should too!)

It feels so good to be back after the busyness of the Holidays. I hope you were able to take time to relax, enjoy your families and get excited for what 2016 is going to bring! I sure did! I've been working on some fun projects this fall/winter and I am so excited to show you the before and after transformations. Not to mention some projects just starting! Gah, I'm so excited! As a designer, I am constantly looking for new ideas and concepts to incorporate into my own designs and one way I do this is follow other blogs! I'm not able to read every post, every day but I like having a few places to go that I can browse ideas when I'm looking for the perfect resolution for a design hiccup. Plus a couple of these blogs have cute craft ideas, recipes and style guides too! Here are my top 7 blogs I follow and think you should too!

#7 Maria Killam

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This blog is a frequent go to for color questions and answers. Wondering what color to paint your front door? Look no further. Curious about whether or not that Olive Green in the bathroom is going to be a good idea? Maria has all the answers you need when it comes to color, as well as other tips and trends to look for. Oh, and Olive green in the bathroom is a yes.

#6 A Beautiful Mess

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This one is written by a sister duo, Elsie and Emma, and it is quickly becoming a favorite. It has all the goodness one could ever want in a complete DIY (do-it-yourself) resource. They have delicious recipes (sweet heat grilled cheese? yes!) and super easy crafts that I actually want to make and put in my home. And they're fun. They put out new posts once or twice a day so there is always something new to look at!

#5 Emily Henderson

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She is the current spokesperson for Target Style and I am loving what she is brings to my favorite red bullseye :) In addition to her likeable personality and sense of design, I wholeheartedly agree with her philosopy that "... a home should look like the person that inhabits it, not a catalog, not what you think others would like — but really, truly like you." I couldn't have said it better myself.

#4 The Inspired Room

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Melissa Michaels pens this blog and has also written a couple books that are worth the read. She has great tips on how to make the home you're in, the home you want to be in. It's inspiration on how to love your home and make it everything it could, and should be. I don't have it yet, but this book is definitely on my wish list!

#3 Little Green Notebook

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I recently came across this site and when I read this from her about me section, "I like flea markets and power tools, parties and pillows. I’m a mommy and a decorator, and a diehard DIYer", I knew I was going to like following along. I thought to myself, Hey! That's me! The DIY section is full of unique but totally doable projects and I love seeing how people choose to tackle their flea market finds.

#2 Young House Love

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This blog isn't as active anymore but it has fantastic ideas on remodels and what products to use. They have an awesome new book that I am currently reading and their first one is pretty good too. They even have a small line of hardware products sold at Target and Home Depot.

#1 Joanna Gaines 

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My favorite. I want to go to Waco just to go to Magnolia. I love everything about Joanna's style and she always makes it seem so easy, so simple. If you've ever seen the show FixerUpper you know exactly why I follow this. She effortlessly weaves styles together so whatever project you're doing has one part trendy, one part traditional and one part you, so it never gets old.

I hope you take a few moments to explore these great blogs and sites for design inspiration! And, I'm so excited to share with you my Guest Bath Remodel tips, stay tuned!

See you next time,

New ways to organize in 2016

Dear Sweet Friend,

In just a few short days, Christmas will be over and we will start the counting down of days til the new year. 2016. I almost can't believe it. I am so geeked to see what the next year brings. (Can it top this year? Starting my dream job!)

January is always a welcome friend for giving motivation to start something new. Try something new. Do something new. No matter your resolution and will to do it, I find being organized is at the forefront. When things are de-cluttered and in place, it's so much easier to focus on other things, at least for me! Remember my suggestion on this book? And here's another book I recently found that I'm excited to read! So may I make a suggestion? Try one or two of these quick and easy ways to organize and see if that wasn't resolution enough.

Shelves

Oh how I love shelves. I love how simple they can be. They're a great solution to small spaces, awkward spaces and tall ones too. You can buy new or repurpose with ease. Consider putting up a couple small shelves to declutter a table and fill up some wall space. Look at how cute this would be for an older boys room!

shelves in boys room, decor, space

I like this next shelf as an option instead of a nightstand/bedside table. I think it's a great option to keep the necessities nearby but keep the floors clear. And tell me, have you ever thought about putting a "back" on your shelves?

Dark shelf on the wall with lamp isolated on a white background. 3d render

If you have an older home, this next option might not work as you may not have enough space under your cabinets. However, if you do, it could be a unique way to keep the counters clear and create more storage space, because who couldn't use more workspace in a kitchen anyways!? Just mount a 6"-8" shelf halfway between the counters and cabinets. You could even hang cups under like they did below.

undercabinet shelving

 

Kitchen Organization

I don't know about you but I spend a lot of time throughout the day in my kitchen. Three meals, two snacks and everything in between and I'm in that space at least once an hour. I need a space that is organized and orderly to feel like I can get something done. I'm a huge proponent of cutting the clutter. I'm not saying get rid of everything on your counter, if you make smoothies every morning, keep the blender out! But if you don't, hide it. One thing most people are short on is space in their kitchen so here are a few solutions for that. Food storage is something everyone needs and there are so many products out there. Everything you need to take advantage of all the space you do have.One of my favorite stores for organization is The Container Store. They have everything. How about pantry door storage? Or even utilizing the floor of the pantry? My favorite though: canisters. Isn't it so much easier to feel on top of things when you know what you have and how much? Put things you don't want to run out of in clear containers and they'll always be on the shopping list when they need to be refilled.

glass jars

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Wouldn't this be nice too? Everything has a place, even the scrub brush!

sink organizer

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Entryway Organization

This is an area that can cause a lot of chaos anytime you are trying to get out the door. It's very important, and easy to make this area of the home work for you, not against. Even if you have a very small space there is a solution. A simple coat tree can help keep all those winter coats off chairs and more importantly, the floor. If you're short on floor space, try something like this:

coattree

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Staying current on bills and correspondence is so important and I hate to leave it just laying around. A simple wall organizer can help keep things together and off precious workspace. There are a lot of options depending on needs but I would suggest starting with something like this, at the least.

wood wall organizer

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Lastly, if you have the space but lack the Do-It-Yourself ability, consider purchasing a hall tree/locker system. They're a great stopping point when you enter a home to take coats and shoes off and even offer hidden storage for winter gear or even pet supplies.

newhalltree

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If you'd like a little more inspiration, check out my board on Pinterest!

Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and blessed time with families and friends,

See you in the New Year!