October 18, 2017

Build Your Own TeePee in 30 Minutes: Kid Boredom Busters


It’s that week when many kids are home from school. The first few days equal pure bliss and relaxation, but by mid week, those dreaded words, “I’m bored,” may slip out. (Watch out if that occurs in our home. ;)) […]

Handmade Gifts – Easy DIY, Lined Tote Bag Tutorial


Every year around this time, my desire is to dust off my sewing machine (well, get it out of the packaging would be more precise) and attempt some easy handmade gifts. Those are always the things that are most special […]

Tablescape Magic: Turn Your Glasses Upside Down


One of my first ever DIY blog posts written nearly four years ago was entitled,“DIY: Even You Can Do This.” I remember how excited I was to share all the unique ways I was using glassware, mainly by just turning […]

Spray Painting Cabinet Knobs: “Good “enough” Things


Two years ago, I gazed at beautiful, new cabinets and dreamt about the day when I could create the kitchen of my dreams. Instead, I went to my Good “Enough” Plan B, and knew that updating my knobs would suffice […]

Amazing Color Pop Hutch Transformation


A few weeks ago, I shared open shelving ideas and inspiration for kitchens, as well as a sneak peak at my own kitchen solution for open shelving. I encourage you to check out that post because it allowed me to […]

This Year’s Fashion Berets and a Simple DIY Craft


  This past winter, every where I looked fashion berets were popping up on celebrities. In fact, I love HGTV Design Star, and this past season, one of my favorite designer’s signature fashion pieces was the beret. She is a […]

What To Expect When You’re Expecting + Painting the Nursery


via (Directions to make these frugally, adorable Pom Pom Decor found here.) Most likely, any mom who has children has read all of, or portions of the book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Since our first four children, came […]

Crystal Chandelier in the DIY Laundry Room


We’ve been in our home for fourteen years, and slowly, I’m re-doing things the good ole-fashioned DIY (Do It Yourself) way. One regret I really have is that I didn’t prioritize new lighting fixtures sooner. Yes, most of my rooms […]

Anthropologie Inspired Home Decor


It’s all about presentation. Whether we’re talking food styling, our personal home decor or our favorite shop, the presentation, merchandising, and all over look and feel speaks to us when we first walk through the door. Anthropologie is one of […]

Sewing 101: something for us wanna-be’s


Last month, I mentioned on my Balancing Beauty and Bedlam facebook page, that I bought a sewing machine for Christmas for my daughter (three years ago…cough, cough). and it’s still sitting in the box. That is one DIY project that […]

Handmade Marketplace: What are Your Crafting/DIY Projects?


It’s summer time: days to create, be inspired and relax, right? Sometimes I chuckle when I think that my summer was going to magically open up my calendar to all of those wonderful handmade creations I desired to make and […]

DIY Lamp Shades – Getting Inspired by Pottery Barn


As we gaze and gawk at the Pottery Barn catalogs each season, those first tendencies to compare, complain and covet can get us, can’t they? Well, I may be speaking for myself, but I can’t help mourn the fact that […]

Beautifully Budgeted Bathroom Redo – Before and After


In my mind, my home decorating skills are living large with HGTV quality, but in reality, I have put many household renovations on the back burner for years. If I spent half of the time doing, rather  than just dreaming […]

Laundry Room Redo – I Love Paint


My laundry room has been in disarray for years. Now for most, that is pretty typical but there are no worries because one just closes the door to the laundry room and the worries melt away. Well, not so in […]

Five Low-Cost Ways to Add Value to Your Home


You all know that with summer here, one of my goals is to attack some very neglected home projects. I’m off to a good start with my painting, but there are just so many things to do with such limited […]