DIY and Design


Pinks and golds are what I’m talking about. They go together. Like peanut butter and jelly, me and a bargain sale and my daughter and a dirty diaper.

Home DΓ©cor and Furnishings


The gold dots are the wall are adorable. I would keep them minimal as seen here.


Gold accented pillows are a great way to get this look on the cheap and easily change any time.


This dining space has a peachy pink wall and gold accents using art and fixtures.


For the truly brave, check out this awesome wallpaper. I love the lamps too!


More gold pillows, framed art and, of course, a starburst.


All sorts of pink and how about those gold ottomans? We love.


Gold accented wallpaper and a hot pink couch. Maybe for an office?


Sweet right? Gold and pink accents!


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Grab a gold Sharpie, design whatever you want (like the polka dots on this tea pot) and bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes. For the chair just paint the chair in a pretty pink, reupholster the seat and back in a burlap and spray paint the polka dots using gold spray paint and a stencil.

Doll yourself Pink and Gold!

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PARTY IN PINK (and Gold)








Edible gold on pink. Yes, please!





XoXo, Jessi

HANG ‘EM HIGH! Your curtains, that is.

If you want to create a quick and inexpensive  dramatic look to any room all you need to do is change how we are used to hanging our curtains and hang ’em high. Like to the ceiling high.

67215cb4e1511c57f70ad71044a7a9a9Here’s one way to hang ’em high. Attach the curtain rod to the ceiling.


Notice that these curtains are extra long and “puddled” on the floor. Also, the more obvious awesomeness here, is the mix and match from the same collection! How much do we love this?!


Another great solution from IKEA! With this tension wire you can hang your curtains high and in any direction you want. Also, makes for an easy DIY canopy!


This room is a great example of how hang your curtains high and make your room appear bigger. And that’s never a bad thing. Am I right?


Don’t forget your bathroom curtains. The often under thought of bathroom curtains can cause the biggest statement in your bathroom. Though these actual curtains in this photo aren’t my favorite the allocation is good. Remember to add an additional , more sturdy curtain rod to hang nicer curtains on the outside of your regular (hopefully matching) shower curtain.  I will do this as a part of our home make over and show you ours once we get to this point to show you the ideal placement and better curtain selection. We have very small bathrooms and this should make them look a bit bigger and more luxurious. In theory. I’ll get back to you on that.


XoXo, Jessi


A trend I discovered recently in the flooring world, is to stain residential concrete floors. Hmmm. I admit the pictures I’ve seen look pretty damn good. In the home we are buying, what carpet is in there, is coming out ASAP. It’s grody! But with all the moving expenses and what it takes to actually purchase a home we are on a tight budget. We considered just ripping up the carpet and staining the floors. Take a look and judge for yourself.



You can purchase the kit to stain your own floors starting at around $100 @ The Home Depot.

The stain comes in a variety of colors from a variety companies. Here are just a few swatches.

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Some like to do a design in an entry way or center of the living room.


If doing this inside is still a little too industrial and just not cozy enough for you, how about in the garage? or patio? Personally, I kind of dig it!


The OCD in me is going crazy about the stain on the wall. Definitely, tape off the walls first and for a more finished look add baseboard along the walls.

How-stain concrete! A YouTube series.

Alternatively, you could hire a professional but what’s the fun in that?! XoXo, Jessi


These Big Chill refrigerators start off at a cost of $3,000! Cute though, right? I’ll take the “Pink Lemonade”. πŸ™‚

What’s really exciting about this post is I’m going to show you how to make a HUGE impact on the design and “un-blah” your kitchen for next to nothing!

I’ve been inspired lately by the color block trend. Why stop at the kitchen? Recently my toaster died and when searching for a new one we realized how far they’ve come along! I took notice that appliances can really make a statement to your kitchen. If you have a boring kitchen or just want an inexpensive update here’s a few simple ways to make your kitchen “wow” your guests every time they enter. I’m so excited to apply a few of these funky fresh ideas to my own kitchen. (Stay tuned for tutorials from my kitchen!)

These adorable modern "50's like" SMEG refrigerators start at $2000!
These adorable modern “50’s inspired” SMEG refrigerators start at $2000!

I know that we don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a refrigerator but if we did, I’d love to own a SMEG or a Big Chill. Aren’t they awesome?! Back to reality…Check out these inexpensive ways to update your refrigerator and other large appliances in your kitchen. Introducing my first “did ya know?”

DID YA KNOW…You can paint your appliances? RustOleum makes a paint for just about everything and I use it often. Even an appliance epoxy spray paint. Sadly, I couldn’t find any funky cool colors for the sake of this post. I did find a can version of the same epoxy and I’m wondering if we can mix it with the color of our choice. How awesome would that be? I’ll get back to you on that!

Here are some other options by some amazing DIYers on Pinterest:

I know these aren’t in your kitchen but had to include! “$10 makeover” Any color.
Paint your stove grates for a quick and easy change! (Self explanatory tutorial.)

For this idea I would suggest the High Heat spray paint from RustOleum. Or stove paint from


Get the tutorial from Cozy Crooked Cottage! Love this!

Words do not describe how I feel about this make over. I just love it and if I didn’t have brand spankin’ new stainless steel appliances in the house we are buying, I’d do this to any old rickety fridge before buying a new one πŸ˜‰

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE SUBTLE? Try out these suggestions for size.

Cute decals for your W|D from an Etsy store. (I know, again, not kitchen related, but I couldn’t help it.)
Don’t forget about the dishwasher!

Possibly the most simplistic of an update to your kitchen. You can replace your “snooze-able” knobs with bright and colorful knobs like these easily

How cool are these retro-esque knobs and pulls?!
Colorful knobs like these make for a quick and easy update to our kitchen.


Or for a more cost effective update, just remove your current knobs and paint them!

Spray paint your current kitchen cabinet know and drawer pulls!
Spray paint your current kitchen cabinet know and drawer pulls!


The faucet! Whoda thunk? What a great way to add that unexpected pop of color! These used to go for almost $800!

This DIYer knows what’s up!

“Benjamin Moore’s Razzle Dazzle “

Powder coat your faucet in any color! Again. Just can’t get over it. πŸ™‚

Another fun and unexpected place to add the pazazz you’re looking for could be on the inside.

Paint the inside of your cabinets!
Paint the inside of the drawers a fun color.

And last but certainly not least…the accessories. These items are more interchangeable than the projects listed before.

                                                           Have a bar in your kitchen? Colorful bar stools are the way to go.
A great addition to your new color splashes would be to add new matching rugs!

Oh the classic Kitchenaid mixer. You’ve seen these before. I dig the pink. We saw this one at Target for $350.

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The small appliances are my fav. I guess everything is really!


While these appliances are cute and cuddly some of them can be uber costly. (Kitchenaid Mixer, anyone?)

How great is it that people have actually tried painting everything and we can turn anything from drab to fab?! Like your toaster and stove knobs. Lovin’ it.

Spray paint your toaster.
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Spray paint our stove knobs!
Spray paint our stove knobs!

I hope you apply some of these brilliant ideas to your own home and please share with me your results. XoXo, Jessi


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Our dream is coming true to own our first home in just a few short weeks. Since our offer was accepted I haven’t stop picking out paint colors, creating room lay outs and designing every inch of the house. I draw a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, antique shops and just drawing up the plans. Surprisingly, I found I am completely obsessed with greys. Here are a few examples of what I’m diggin’ right now:

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I know it seems a little sterile but I love the clean lines of it. We have a one year old so our home will have a “lived in” feel which is what we want. I want our home to be a gathering place for friends, family, play dates and neighbors. We will not freak out if our child spills something on the floor or knocks something over. Hello?! Those of you that do, you know you have a child and they are likely going to have a lot of “uh ohs!” right? That’s why, not only will our new home be beautiful but also child safe and “uh oh!” resistant. Furniture will be nailed down, everything out of reach, “Scotchgarded”, round and covered. (Ultimate Child proofing Guide coming soon!)

Back to the fun stuff…the greys


I am just uber obsessed with this last one. From the floors to the floor pillows. I love the different textiles. The silver and wood tones go perfectly together. Notice how the shade and curtain goes all the way to the ceiling. That’s how you hang window coverings people! πŸ™‚ I’m not sure why there are two lamps on the window sill but they still belong in the room. We will have our own family friendly version of this pallet in the living room and possibly our master bedroom. We are starting with bare floors and walls so be sure to follow the house project. I’ll show you all the home improvement details with tutorials, where we get the materials and the costs. I hope to inspire others to do things as a family and for yourself. I hope to be that inspiration for you.

COLOR BLOCK CHAIR TUTORIALColorblockchairsFollow these easy steps to create your own color block chairs.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Sand paper and/or electric sander-I used both
  • Wood putty
  • Wood glue
  • Rustoleum spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Trash bags-2 kitchen sized bags per chair
  • Old t-shirt or rags
  • Rustoleum spray sealant


  • vacuum
  • foam paint brush

BtbNext sand down to bare wood and repair

The best indication you’ve sanded enough is when you have removed all the shine. It doesn’t have to be perfect but a smooth surface is optimal. Using the wood glue (if you need it) secure any pieces that have fallen off (hehe-like my curbside pick up chair!). Make sure to wipe of any access glue while it’s still wet. Once the residue is dry it will be easier to sand off. I just moved onto the other chair while this one dried. Give it at least an hour.

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Grab the wood filler if you need it. I found this opened package at my local Habitat for Humanity Home ReStore for one dollar! Holla! πŸ˜‰

The best way to apply this is to just get dirty. Scoop some onto your finger and massage the putty into any cracks and creases. If you have chips you may want to use a scraper to apply. Depending on the thickness of which you applied the filler, I’d say twenty minutes should be plenty of time to allow it to dry and continue. Sand again to a smooth surface.

Next grab a clean (DRY) rag and dust off the chair going over it several times. If you feel scrappy you can use a vacuum. This is where the foam paint brush comes in. It worked great as my final dust off tool and made it easy to get into all the cervices.


For the next step you’re just going to take two trash bags, cut each open and tape around the bottom so you don’t get paint on the legs. I made sure the bags reached under the legs and the chair itself held the bag in place.

Paint your favorite color!

Finally, once you have repaired, sanded, dusted and taped off the legs of the chair upi can get to the fun part. Paint away. It may seem self expainatory but I would follow the instructions on the can. Allow each chair to dry over night and then apply the clear coat over the new paint. Allow once again to dry over night and then….



I haven’t applied the clear coat yet because as you can (barely) see on the pink chair, I’m still deciding if I want to give these that distressed look or keep them all shiny and new. I don’t think I’ll know until we complete the farmhouse table and have them in the new house. I will post a follow up. XoXo, Jessi

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