Friday, July 31, 2015

{ Rustic/ Glam Master Bedroom Reveal!!! }

Hey everyone!! It's almost the weekend yay!! I've been teetering { AKA nailing, 3m-ing & driving my husband nuts}  with our master-bedroom for the last month!! I know what you're thinking omgooshhh she's at it again with the master haha!! To be fair & honest I've done quite a few perk-ups since we moved in this house in 2012, but nothing as drastic as this..I would change out bedding & side table decor/ curtains, but nothing that was tooo different!! I got the idea in my head that I wanted more of a rustic/glam/classic/modern cottage { Yes, that's my style haha} space instead of the bright & frilly shabby chic/ granny chic feel! We've had the same light tiffany blue walls & the generic "love & dream" signs since 2008!!! I went to three stores { Target, IKEA & Michaels } over a period of 3 weeks gathering inspiration & decor goods. I hit a major sale at Michaels & scored $120 worth of stuff for $55!! When I'm planning a space redo I like to gather stuff over time to make sure it's exactly what I want & to ensure it's not rushed. I also didn't want something that was generic or looked like it stepped out of a Pottery Barn catalog { Yes, I LOVE P.B, but wanted something personalized } without breaking the bank!! You guys know I'm all about cute, cozy & practical in just about every aspect of my life, so this was no different..

So lets start with this awesome chest that is one of my favorite pieces!!  Instead of changing out the fabric I used some household bleach!! I gave it a good scrub then painted the hardware with some black chalkboard paint I had laying around &it instantly  transformed this piece!!  I love having a chest at the end of our bed for extra bedding, sheets & it adds a cute little sitting area in any bedroom with limited space! 

Side Note: Scroll all the way to the bottom for a full source list!

To get the added rustic/industrial/glam feel I love adding baskets & vintage books!! The baskets add the texture & the books add the charm!

I always try to explain to people when I'm helping them with a project that patterns & textures are the key to any space. I learned this a while ago from some talented ladies in this blog world! Adding different pattern & texture to a space , while still using similar colors will add that layering & boldness each space needs to be complete. You can see I stuck with black, tan, and white , but added different patterns with the space colors!! For the pop of color the walls & greenery took care of that!

I'm so picky with lamps & rugs..Yup, I've said this a million times before! I desperately wanted to change out our rugs, but couldn't find any that I LOVED or that weren't $300..Ya,this is a  P.R.A.C.T.I.C.A.L revamp ,and $300 for a 5x7 isn't practical.  Onto the lamp ordeal haha, I actually did replace the shades with sage green shades that were brand new sitting in my decor room forEVER! I hated the sage green, so I painted them  black!! 

I know I've also explained the panel of curtains behind the bed before, but for anyone new here it goes again..See that window to the right of the bed? Well, I hate that the window isn't centered so my lovely mum came up with the idea to use curtains, it's genius and solved my OCD issue ;)!! Anyway we've always had white grommet curtains & I got pretty sick of them, not to mention our silver rod was taped together hanging above our head #whoops! We replaced the rods on both windows to black  with rustic/industrial glass knobs! I love the black & white curtains & the effect it gives to the bed without using a typical headboard! I'm not one for headboards to begin with , but paying $3000 for one isn't only ridiculous, but not practical for the average person wanting to revamp their bedroom!!

- Sweet Dreams -

P.S. sorry about the 3rd grade handwriting haha... my finger has a chemical burn on it right now !

Although I loved the silver glass beaded chandelier we had, it just wasn't working for this space anymore. We decided to switch it out for this $9 candle lantern!! 

 Ahh this last picture has my name all over it..Fresh new IKEA magazine & a cozy clean bed waiting for me!

I hope you guys loved this room reveal as much as we both do!! It doesn't take thousands to make a space cozy, personalized, or fresh! First add the essentials like rods, curtains & bedding and go from there! Decorating shouldn't be  a rushed process { I learned the hard way } it takes time to figure out your style etc..Play around with spaces & make it your own!!

Source List:

Black & white curtains - Dollar General & IKEA
Black & white striped pillow-cover - IKEA
Tan ruffle pillows - Tuesday Morning
Black & glass curtain rods - IKEA
Cream pillow-cover - IKEA
Ampersand pillow-cover - Target 
Nightstand baskets - Michaels
Chalkboard accessory - Michaels
His & Hers sign - Hobby Lobby
Black & cream throw - Better Homes and Gardens
Tan & cream striped duvet - IKEA
Black chargers - Michaels
Glass hurricanes on nightstand - Target
Greenery - IKEA & Michaels
Metal Vases next to bed - Target
Mirrors - Thrifts
Lantern chandelier - IKEA
"&" sign - DIY
Wood tray - HomeGoods
Chest - Thrift
Nightstands - IKEA



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

{ Simple Linen Closet Organization }

Whoa, it's been a while since I've blogged { I hate that }!! It's been a long week to say the least..If you follow via Instagram you would have heard about what happened to our baby pibble { Pitbull} late Friday night! He was bitten or stung by something & had to be taken to two different vets { rushed for emergency care an hour away at 2am } due to a few complications from the bite or sting. Thankfully with my mom & husband we were able to get him mended up!! It was soo scary & broke my heart our little fur baby had to go through that!! He's been doing much better & is on two different medicines { P.s Thank You for all the lovely prayers & comments via social media }! I've also been helping with little family stuff & just having a low key week..kinda ha! So today I'm back & I'm sharing the simplest way to store & organize your linen closet!! It's one of those spots in the house that can go from zero to sixty & by the time you know it, it's a disaster without a cause hahaha! 

T I P S:

Organize with small baskets, jars,or totes is the first tip!! I know that sounds quite obvious, but honestly a lot of times things just get thrown into a closet & then it's chaos from there! I also dislike using plastic baskets because they tend to break or have holes etc..You can get these totes or baskets at +HomeGoods , +Michaels Stores  or +Target !! 

H O W   T O:

I love these huge totes from Target ,because they're really tall & conceal what's in them!! I hate seeing labels, colored boxes or packaging so this helps a lot & they're big enough to store larger items like hair tools, towels or lotions!!

S T O R A G E:

I purposely shot this angle to show how I like to organizer from top to bottom..I start with the top & place everything that isn't being used currently { Extra shower curtains, towels, rugs etc..} Fold them neatly & place them usually  horizontally! The next level is everything linen closet or bathroom accessory wise! This means washcloths, clothespins, q-tips, cotton balls etc..! The next level are your bigger organizers which conceal all your personal products & extras of everything! Place those next to each other for quick & simple access! The final level I just like to store extra toilet paper or you could do a laundry basket/ blankets !

I love having a little candle  sitting in the closet! It makes all your linens smell so yummy & fresh without being overpowering or having to use packets etc.. My choice for the linen closet is always the simple, but classic vanilla!!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little refresher! I'm one of those people who hate clutter or chaos in the home so having a simple, yet functional linen closet is a must! 

Have a great weekend guys!!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

{ Simple & Practical Back Entry Organization }

Hey lovely friends & followers or anyone who may be reading my little blog!! It's been a crazy few days here in our home..I just finished our "adult style" bedroom & this cute little practical back entry organization area !! With both those DIY/projects going on I decided to take a little trip to the beach with another blogger friend of mine & get some much needed sun...Yup, I sure did get some sun, SUN POISONING!! Yes, I had sunscreen on ,50 to be exact & still managed to get fried & of all places my legs. I felt great & then the spins, shakes & nausea hit..Thankfully my lovely hubby kept me hydrated & I'm feeling a bit better..UGH! Anyways, I hope you all are having a better week hahaha #sunblock ;) !! So I shared via Facebook & Instagram that I bought a cute little galvanized metal Smith & Hawken organizer for wait...$8.89!!!! If you're +Target  obsessed like me ,then you'd know that Smith & Hawken goods hardly ever go on sale & honestly they're not the cheapest goods. This was originally over $30 I believe, and I knew exactly where I wanted to put it when I spotted it...  

I love this little drop location!! We don't have the biggest back entry, but it works fine for us!! The way our home is setup you can exit from the sliding  patio door or actual backdoor. We usually use the sliding door..with that being said we are always forgetting something { cough, cough} my hubby is haha! When I spotted this little organizer for under $9 I had to grab it!! 

It has three pretty deep compartments & easy switch out label cards!! It's great for hats,dog leashes,wallets,notebooks, earbuds & well JUNK !!! I think this is great because it helps keep the back entry clear & helps certain people remember things haha { Just kidding honey } !!

The picture was a DIY gift from my mom , the +The Yankee Candle Company  candle was also a gift & the silver tray & rustic pitcher were thrifts!! I thought it all looked so cute paired with the striped white/ grey curtains from +IKEA USA  & our little DIY shoe-rack { Search popular post  on the right side of the blog for that project } ! I threw a candle in because who doesn't like smelling a fresh  Yankee candle when entering/exiting their home?! 

Side Note: The grass in the pitcher I snipped from our front garden.

I love this little organized area now!! Everything has its place..keys,junk,& shoes all for nearly nothing { under $35 }!! Even little spaces can  and need to be organized in our home!! I mean who likes searching for things or forgetting thing when walking out of the door?! Yeah, me either hehe! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this thrifty, simple & PRACTICAL DIY & Organization post!!

Thanks for reading!!:)


Sunday, July 19, 2015

{ Thrifty Makeup Vanity }

So I mentioned via Facebook a few days ago that I would be sharing something that every girl needs..well today is that day & I'm so excited to share this cute little thrifty vanity closet!! I decided back in 2012 when we moved from our condo that had a large bathroom that I needed a makeup area in our current house, because my new bathroom was extremely small!! I decided before we even closed on the house that I was going to turn the little mini walk-in closet into makeup/bag/jewelry space!!We painted it white & added a bunch of thrifty charm to it!!! Keep reading to see how we put this space together for under $100!!!!

"Beauty is Everywhere"! I love this saying because honestly it is!!! I think it's so cute that above that little chalkboard saying is a picture of our first rescue Stinker haha! She was a smelly skinny mess when my hubby found her , now she's a pibble { Pit bull } princess hehe! The frame is from +Target  $3 as well as the jewelry box $8!

My mom found this desk & painted it a crisp white for me when we first moved in! I added the little simple Tiffany bows from +Michaels Stores !!

 The little white chalkboard cabinet was free  & actually is a spice cabinet!! It's perfect for all my lotion, sprays, etc..

I forgot where the rug is from { my mom picked it up over 5 years ago } but it's white with little blue polka dots & it's reversible!!

The gold charger is from Dollar Tree & the white & blue plates are vintage thrift finds!!

Hanging scarves was made easy by using a $5 silver towel holder.It's practical ,cheap & involves no knots or mess!!

I used to have a little white chair, but brought this little vintage wood chair in to match some art on our walls & the little frame our wedding picture is in on the mantel! It's so cute / comfy & adds a little rustic granny chic charm..

Side Note: The little silver rolling cart to the right is from Target I believe ,and the chair was a garbage find!

I hope you've enjoyed this little vanity closet tour!!! It definitely comes in handy when you're trying to get ready, put contacts in etc..Even with having my own bathroom every girls needs a little vanity space, right?! I think altogether this little DIY vanity closet was under $100 & that is less then the vanity sets you can buy at like Target or Bed Bath & Beyond!!! I love this space & how functional it truly is!!!

Have a lovely summery week guys!!


Friday, July 17, 2015

{ DIY Umbrella Tiki Torch! }

Happy Friday & almost weekend! I swear this week flew by & with the nice weather for the weekend ahead I'm pretty excited!! Today was filled with two photo sessions on two projects I've been wanting to share, a cuddly breezy nap with my hubby ,and when I woke up he was walking in the door with  pizza...nice right?! Sometimes you just need those kind of days haha! Anyways back to the DIY I'm about to share with you guys..It's so needed in the summer if you're like us & don't have a gazebo or barrier for the nasty blood sucking skeeters { mosquitoes} haha! I've got the perfect little DIY that seriously anyone can do. All you need is a regular umbrella pole, & a $5 citronella filled tiki torch!! 

So if you've been reading my little blog for a while now you would know last year we popped up one of those little gazebos & loved it for summertime!! It shaded our completely sun drenched backyard & it had a decent net to keep the pesky blood suckers off of you! Well with the big storms at the end of last summer/fall our little gazebo  took a beating & when I say beating, I mean it was crumbled into a pile of metal junk..This year we decided to skip the gazebo { since we might be moved by next summer } & just pop up a regular umbrella. That's fine & dandy, but guess whose back? Yup, you guessed it..... the SKEEEEETERS!!!!! My hubby who is always coming up with simple & sensible ideas, came up with this actually!! 

Start with a tiki torch of any kind as long as it's filled with citronella bug repellent fluid . We got these 2.5 years' ago & they're still going strong!!! When they run out of fluid just refill & you're good to go!!  


Remove your umbrella & slip the tiki torch down until you cant push it down anymore! Most tiki torches are smaller in width then the actual umbrella pole ,so this works perfect! The umbrella pole encases the tiki torch & essentially holds it in place!!

Our umbrella is help in place by this wood pot & a mix of pea gravel/dirt! This is best used when there isn't much wind!! I liked the look of the pot better & we just had it laying around so we decided to use it. It's not the most secure post, but this still should work with a regular umbrella stand!! Obviously if it's extremely windy don't put the tiki torch in!!  I'm demonstrating in the daytime..we usually switch out the umbrella at dusk or when we get the fire going. We've used this a few times & we're pretty pleased!! 

For $5 , we love this little fix!! 

Have a great weekend friends!! 



Monday, July 13, 2015

{ Easiest Chalkboard Tutorial EVER! }

I know what you're thinking...another chalkboard tutorial ,right?! Well I promise this tutorial is the easiest one yet!! This tutorial involves no cutting of wood, framing etc..Just a dollar store frame or mirror , chalkboard paint & some $2 chalk &  $1 wire brush!


1.) Pick a cheap frame/mirror { Both of mine are  from Dollar Tree }. Take the decorative insert out & flip the glass over & begin painting! I like to paint mine while it's placed on the back of the frame { secures it in place }. If you're using a mirror just wipe clean & begin painting!!!

**This is a silver lined $1 mirror & I used +Target  line of chalkboard paint in "Devine Coal" & for the Coffee framed chalkboard I used Rust-oleum brand! I like both, however they are a bit different. The Rust-oleum brand is a bit thicker & actually dries quicker, but it leaves grooves..The Target brand is much thinner & darker ,and takes longer to dry, but is much smoother!!
Side Note: If you want more of a rustic looking chalkboard just buy a wood frame & distress etc..Dollar Tree has many! 

2.) After the chalkboard is dry , which usually takes 45 minutes depending on how many layers you apply..I usually apply two thick coats! Take a piece of chalk & "season" the board { Rubbing a layer of chalk over it & wiping it off with a damp cloth }. This will ensure the board doesn't leave chalk marks when erasing.

3.) This is the part that some miss to point out..not all chalkboard paints leave completely smooth surfaces..which then leaves grooves in the wood or glass when painted. Simply take a wire brush & buff the chalkboard out. Go with the lines or grain of the chalkboard & just slightly buff until smooth!

4.) Hang or display & enjoy!!

Note: I like the used chalkboard look so I didn't completely wipe off all the chalk before writing on it!

Frame chalkboard using Rust-oleum brand chalkboard paint is above & Target brand below. I did two separate brands to show the differences in products.. I hope this helps!

Mirror chalkboard using Target chalkboard paint.

I just love these little chalkboards. They seriously come in handy for events, announcements, decor , messages etc..& for any budget & level of craftiness!!

Thanks again for dropping by!