buy or diy - transitional dining room

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Do you ever look at a beautiful designer image and wonder how you would recreate it on your own?  Like, what parts of it you would DIY or how you would try to get that same feel but for A LOT less?  I do that with every photo I see.  I thought it would be fun to do a little series where I share what I would buy vs. what I would DIY.  Let me know if you would like to see more of it in the future!

This transitional dining room from Studio McGee has been one of my favorites.  I just love everything they do!


What I would buy:

DINING TABLE - This is obviously the main piece in the dining room.  Personally, I would buy the original dining table.  It's a great solid oak dining table that can work with a number of different styles as your taste changes over the years.  But, you could still DIY!  I found a similar DIY live edge modern table here that you could combine with a more similar base here

CHAIRS - I'm certainly not going to DIY a chair, lol!  These are a great buy at $126 for a set of two with free shipping!

RUG - An 8x10 rug for $187.  Enough said.  Wait, I have more to say.  This is the same rug we have in our living room.  I love it.

CHANDELIER - This one is the same style as the inspiration image, but different color for $212.  I actually prefer the black over the silver here.

BLINDS - These light roman shades look identical to the original.  They start at $24, come in tons of sizes, and ship for free.

CURTAIN ROD - This brass curtain rod is certainly not cheap at $79-$149, but it really does add so much interest to the windows.  With what you're saving everywhere else, I'd say this is worth it.

CLOCK - This one from Target is a fraction of the price of the original and looks just as cool.

ACCESSORIES - Love how this navy vase ties in with the drapes.  The white on the inside of this wood bowl will make the lemons inside really pop.

What I would DIY:

DRAPES - I was so excited when I found this Robert Allen fabric!  It's only $14.99/yard (if you purchase 4+ yards it's only $11.99) and is absolutely gorgeous!!!  It's 100% cotton, medium weight that's perfect for drapes at 55 inches wide.  Somebody, use this fabric!

LEAF ART - Ok, so the original is $460.  Ouch.  I found a $6.00 printable that will print anywhere from a 4x6 to a 24x36!  Slap that in an IKEA frame and you are good to go!

I'm just so happy with how similar this room came out to the original!  Let me know what you guys think and if you'd like to see more of this!

office before

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our home office has been in an unfinished state for what feels like ages.  When we moved in the office was just a blank room.  No cabinets, closets, or storage of any type.  We placed all of the random office stuff that truthfully never worked in any of our homes, and planned to mess with it at another time.  It was so badddddd.  I hated going in that room.  The befores are just plain embarrassing, but here you go.

Here's the lovely scene that greeted you at the door.


To the right.  I have no explanation for those bookcases being situated like that.


And then to the left.  Here I was trying to convince myself that hanging curtain rods higher and wider was going to help.  Yeah, like that's the problem here.  


I mean.  I can't even.

A couple of years ago we had built ins added to the back wall, and saved money by painting them ourselves.  Hello, storage!!!



The desk was moved back in, the shelves were haphazardly filled, and we left it like that for a couple of years because ANYTHING was better than what we had before!  A week ago we were both ready to finally finish it up.  I still can't make my mind up on a couple of things.  Rug or no rug?  Wood shades or fabric shades?  Fix the drawer front where I drilled the wrong knob hole, or continue to ignore it and shake my fist at it every time I look at it?  Decisions, decisions.

I'm promising myself to have this done by the end of summer.  Hold me to it!      

real simple

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying summer so far!  We're already getting lots of hot days and, "I'm so bored!!" over here already :D

I wanted to share with you guys some fun news.  Real Simple just posted an article, Low-Cost Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Spa-Like, that you should totally check out because our guest bathroom is in it!  Eeeeeeee!!!







I'd love for you guys to head over and check it out!  There's also a few other baths included from some pretty awesome designers and bloggers that you love with some really great tips!

If you'd like more photos and info on how I refreshed our plain builder's grade bathroom for a little over $100, check out my full post here.

What's your favorite low-cost bathroom tip?


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