Tagged: decor


We are slowly working on creating a photo wall in our hallway and I recently felt inspired to try building one in the stairway leading down to our basement.  Photo walls that look like this make me sad:

which is why I feel like I need to devise a plan of attack for my new frame wall location.

Here are some looks I really love:

In my opinion, Young House Love can do no wrong when it comes to decorating and I love the mix of different memories that they highlight on their frame wall.

I really like the clean look of this photo wall and think it would be great in a dining room or a home office.
Here is a look at our current hallway frame wall, where we tried to hide our thermostat in the mix of frames.

These frames were given to me as a shower gift by my best friend and maid of honor and we just love them!

Do you have a frame wall in your house? Where is it located? Did you slowly add to it or gather everything and then display it?


mosaic magic

What a difference mosaic tile makes! Check out the latest transformation in the Grove Pointe kitchen:

Our mission began with a trip to Home Depot to scope out our tile options. I brought an extra tile from the first portion of the backsplash that we completed last week, and a sample of our new Formica that is on the counters.

We had planned on spending around 10 dollars per tile and needed 14 to complete the area above and around our sink. We started to look at the different choices, and Nick (per usual) spotted a deal!

At $4.99 a tile, Majestic Ocean was our choice! And it helped us save half our budget! Nick grabbed the tiles and we were quick to check out and head home to get started.

We were able to use the same grout we used on the other portion of the backsplash so we got to it and started sticking up the new tiles.

Goodbye gross brown uncovered walls and hello pretty new tile! The sink was in the perfect spot to hold the grout.

Nick finished putting up the rest of the tiles and then stood back to bask in the new look!

Then we used trim like we used in our bedroom makeover to trim out the rest of the edges surrounding the cabinets. We still need to caulk the trim but I think it looks great and is such an improvement from before!

Here you can see the trim under the cabinets by the other backsplash. I am so happy with the progress we have been making in the kitchen and even happier that it hasn’t cost us a fortune!

Next kitchen project will be removing the linoleum floor and putting in a new tile floor.  Any projects taking place in your kitchen currently?

fabulous fabric

I have been thinking about how we will decorate our home office after we decide on a paint color and I have really been interested in fabric wall art. I really loved what Kristy at bliss. did with her latest fabric project and it got me to research some options.

Here are some inspiring looks:

All of these looks used different ways to layer new fabrics and patterns into many spaces. Have you ever tried fabric wall art? Is there a spot in your home where this would work well?
(Now I need to start the hunt for a perfect nautical fabric for our office!)

the friday five – diy on a budget

It’s time for this week’s…

Given all the DIY projects we are currently working on and have planned, I thought it would be fun to ask you about your projects and how you budget yourself.

1. Do you stick to a budget when you are working on a project?

For us, the answer is definitely yes! Nick does a great job at pricing things out so we know when we can afford to start something new.

2. If you answered yes to question one, what do you do to make sure you stay on track with spending?

We keep a spreadsheet/wish list of the different projects we want to tackle. Nick figures out how much each would cost and we also have them listed in order of priority. When we have extra spending money, we look to our list and see what’s next!

3. Have you ever gone over your planned budget on a project?

I would be lying if I said we never went over budget, but usually we are pretty darn close. Usually, we end up spending more if there was something we forgot, or if we run out of supplies.

4. What DIY project are you most proud of in your home?

For me, I would say that one of my favorites is the basement of our house. Nick finished our basement (it was gutted when we moved in!) and it really looks great after all the work we’ve done.

5. What is the best part about budgeting for your DIY projects?

I think that it can be fun to set a budget and try to stay at or below the set cost. It is a cool challenge and nice to see all that we are able to do ourselves without hiring help.

I am looking forward to seeing your answers!

black and white

We are in the process of updating our super dated kitchen, and I have been in search of inspiration. Something is so classic about the look of black and white.

Here are some of the looks that are giving me ideas for the Grove Pointe kitchen:

What do you think about the look of black and white in a kitchen? What color palate does your current kitchen have?

smitten with the mitten

One thing is for sure, Nick and I love our home state of Michigan. I am loving all of the state pride pieces there are now to have in your home. Here are some great accessories that I have had my eye on:

Home is where you rest your keys:

This Great Lakes pillow would be so cute on our living room couch:

Love these for any wall in the house:

And a little something to wear around my neck:

Do you have any state pride decor in your house? What is it?

chevron in the city

Chevron is in right now, especially on Pinterest. Whether you are looking for an accessory or to paint a whole wall with this print, here are some of my favorite ways to embrace the look in your home:

I love these flooring options:

There a lots of different ways to repaint furniture with patterns and I think this chevron print works well:

A rug adds a bold print to an otherwise neutral room:

How cute and fun is this multi-colored look for child’s room?

Bedding is always an easy way to try a new print out in your bedroom:

This painting looks lovely and it just light enough that it doesn’t overpower the rest of the decor:

How do you feel about the chevron trend?

the perfect pillows

are pillows that pop! I love how accent pillows can totally change the look and feel of a room.  Neutral furniture makes the best backdrop for bright colors, bold patterns, and unique fabrics.  Here are some looks that I love:

What kinds of accent pillows do you have in your home? Any new patterns or fabrics you are liking?

i dream of deck

Our big project next spring will be building a deck to surround our above ground pool. I keep looking for inspiration and styles I would like to grace the Grove Pointe backyard, and there are so many beautiful decks!

Here are some options that I would be more than happy to wake up and find in our backyard:

Do you have a backyard deck? Did you build it yourself?