November 17, 2017

Spontaneous Kitchen Demo + New Floors


Our home is a place where everyone is welcome. On a daily basis, we celebrate both the beauty and bedlam of everyday life, and a large majority of that celebration centers around great food. The old cliché states that “the […]

Life’s Simple Pleasures: Painted Mason Jars


In my attempt at balancing beauty and bedlam, it’s all about embracing life’s little pleasures and my love of all things  Mason Jars definitely tops the list in the home decor world. One of my favorite posts from years ago, […]

The Before and the Almost After Dining Room Redo


Bookshelves lined the walls. Waiting piles of our kids’ “treasures” stacked in corners reminded me to sort and pick a few favorites. Boxes of pens, pencils, papers and nick knacks cluttered each surface. Marker masterpieces of days gone by whispered […]

Tips for Picking Out New Flooring


Am I the only one who gets paralyzed when making home decor decisions? It’s the oddest experience because when it comes to parental decisions, business decisions or a host of other things, I am clear, concise and the person that […]

Touches of Our Christmas Decor


Oh Christmas Decor, how I love thee so. You add to my most favorite time of the year that it’s extremely disappointing that I haven’t fully been able to embrace you this year. I haven’t talked about it here yet, […]

Simple Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make


Unique ornament traditions hold a special place in my heart. Each year I give our children a special ornament. Sometimes we make it together, but most times I buy one that symbolizes something special in their year. When they leave […]

DIY Wrapping Paper Ideas (Perfect Easy Craft with Kids)


One of the best things about getting a “tad” older is being able to watch your best friends’ children grow into amazing adults. I’ve had that privilege with my newest contributor and she has always been about all things creative. […]

Adorable and Easy, No Sew Fabric Wreath


If you’re less than crafty, not exactly a seamstress or a recovering perfectionist (or, you know, ALL OF THE ABOVE), this is the holiday project for you. If you happen to have one or two or a dozen wire hangers […]

Creative, Personalized Gift Giving Ideas


It’s that time of year when gift giving is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really struggle with buying presents. I’ve come to that point in my life where I don’t […]

The Porch That Took 17 Years to Build (Part 2 – After)


Over eight months ago, I posted on instagram a picture of our “dream porch” and this sentence, “After saving for years and living off our saved cash “porch fund” during 2 unemployments, this dream is going to be a reality.” […]

Inspiring DIY Wood Pallet Projects


If you remember my post on how to make your own Free Wood Pallet Signs, you know that the most amazing surprise occurred as I rounded the corner of my husband’s office – Free Wood Pallets – hundreds of them […]

Painting an Ugly Brass Lamp & Making It Beautiful


I know, I know. It’s hard to believe that those are the same lamps, but they are. Even my husband dropped his jaw and said, “I can’t believe  it.” A total transformation with just a little bit of paint and […]

My Home Depot DIH Workshop (& our $100 winner)


Last Thursday, I had a great time participating as a co-host along with Home Depot for their DIH (Do it Herself) Workshop. Participating in the free kids workshops when our sons were little was always a highlight, but I had […]

Life Lessons from an Ugly DIY Trash Can Make Over


Welcome to the August {ditto} DIY challenge! All summer long, ten very different bloggers have been hosting this challenge to recreate a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate […]

Do It Herself Workshop & $100 Home Depot Giveaway


Post written in sponsored partnership with Home Depot. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been blowing up my instagram (jenschmidt_beautyandbedlam) and facebook feeds with all the spray painting projects that I’ve been tackling. That has meant multiple trips to my […]