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10 Gorgeous Master Bedrooms that you can DIY

10 Gorgeous master bedrooms that you can DIY, sounds fun right? Well not always. I tend to get overwhelmed when decorating a room and my biggest problem is pinterest. I know, that sounds strange right? Pinterest overload tends to de-motivate, overwhelm and discourage me on occasion. So many gorgeous bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, you name it – they got it! Does that ever happen to you? You have an idea in your head and then you start tearing out magazine pictures and pinning thousands of images on pinterest and before you know it, your idea is lost in space. Today I am sharing 10 gorgeous master bedrooms that I picked for different reasons while working on our master bedroom makeover. Each one has an element I love and for me, breaking it down to the tiny detail and then jotting that idea on a piece of paper, keeps my thoughts organized in my scrambled head.

gorgeous master bedrooms that you can DIY - easy tips and tricks that you can implement in your bedroom

gorgeous master bedroom cream color

Amber Interiors

Calm! That is what the room above says to me. I love the textured rug above and next week when I share our master reveal (I hope it’s next week), you will see the ivory textured rug we chose. It came yesterday and it’s a keeper! Below, I love the wooden wall treatment. I am still considering what kind of wall treatment to do. Our room currently has a chair rail that I didn’t want to remove so working with that has proved to be difficult but perhaps a molding detail on the top of of our wall will work.

gorgeous master bedrooms + wooden wall


A set of stools at the foot of the bed vs a bench. Love this!

gorgeous master bedrooms + horizontal stripes


Paired mirrors above the headboard for a lower wall (like we have) are a great way to add a bit of glam to the room. The molding tends to shorten the height of the wall below and I love how the paired mirrors work together.

gorgeous master bedrooms coral


I originally loved the idea of a chandelier in our master bedroom but unfortunately, our bed is fairly high and the ceiling height doesn’t allow for a fun dangling chandelier.  I haven’t figured that part out yet. I think chandeliers add a sense of romance and character to the room that cannot be achieved any other way. The ceilings in rooms always seem so boring to me and a chandelier always diverts my attention away from the ceiling.

gorgeous master bedrooms bench

House Beautiful  

I chose this image below because of the dark walls and layered bedding. The texture of the blanket and quilt are gorgeous and coordinated nicely with plain cotton styled drapery. I also love the brass accents as well. I am hoping to add brass in our room by use of either inexpensive frames or spray painted molding.

gorgeous master bedrooms blue + brown


I love the idea of three wall art pieces above the head board below.

gorgeous master bedrooms gray + white


Dark navy walls! I painted our master dark navy and almost had a heart attack applying it because it was so dark but I am so glad I took a chance and went with it! It makes such an impact on the room.

gorgeous master bedroom dark blue


The layered cozy bedding ensemble is why I chose the room below. It’s always nice to have a few pretty beds to look at while arranging your own bed. Layered pillows and blankets and lots of them!

gorgeous master bedrooms calming gray


An abundance of wall frames helps this bed from feeling lost on the wall. I am not sure I would have the patience to hang all these frames.

gorgeous master bedrooms coastal style + wall gallery


Did you love these gorgeous master bedrooms? Hoping to have our master bedroom done soon. It’s only been 6 months in the making. Everything is just about finished except the styling and accessorizing. That is the fun part! Are you planning a makeover, try choosing one or two elements from an image and make a mental note of what you love in that image. Happy day, now I need to get to work ;).

Quick Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Who loves apple cider? How about a quick hot apple cider recipe that is rich and creamy and can be served with or without alcohol? My friend Beth at HomeStories A to Z thought it would be fun to do a fun Thanksgiving cocktail blog hop with a group of bloggers and I was thrilled to be invited. My grandparents both taste tested and approved this hot apple cider although my grandfather preferred the whip cream and caramel verses the sugared rim.

Creamy hot apple cider recipe. 5 minute quick and easy cocktail

Quick Apple Cider Recipe: how to make hot apple cider that can be served with or without Rum

Apple Cider can be served not only for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday but Christmas as well. It’s the perfect after dinner drink for adults and for those of you who want to add a little extra kick, try a dash (or more) of Captain Morgans Spiced Rum. Absolutely delicious!

Quick Apple Cider Recipe: how to make hot apple cider that can be served with or without Rum

This rich and creamy recipe is also perfect for kids (minus the Rum). Garnish with whip cream, caramel and a hint of cinnamon and they think this is a super special drink that took hours to prepare. Oh and don’t forget the cinnamon stick!

Quick Apple Cider Recipe: how to make hot apple cider that can be served with or without Rum

The recipe is very simple and quick. Feel free to pin the image below and save for later.

Quick Apple Cider Recipe: how to make hot apple cider that can be served with or without Rum

This took all of five minutes and is perfect for any occasion. Dress it up or keep it simple, whichever you prefer. To create the sugared rim, I used maple syrup and spread a thin layer around the rim of the glass (with my finger) and dipped the glass in brown sugar. Many also use a lemon wedge to wet the glass rim, I didn’t have a lemon so I thought syrup would work and it did!

Quick Apple Cider Recipe: how to make hot apple cider that can be served with or without Rum

Do you prefer the sugar rim or the whip cream?

Quick Apple Cider Recipe: how to make hot apple cider that can be served with or without Rum

For me personally, apple cider can sometimes taste a bit tart for my liking but the addition of whipping cream tends to lessen the tart taste and I will admit, the smooth creamy blend is delicious. So what do you think? Are you loving the idea of a hot apple cider drink? These two are!

Quick Apple Cider Recipe: how to make hot apple cider that can be served with or without Rum

We hope you are inspired to try our hot apple cider drink. I mean it approved by these two above and they certainly wouldn’t steer you wrong when it comes to food or drinks ;) ha. Now it’s time for you to head over to my friends and see what they have cooked up!  Find more cocktails at Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Cocktail – Home Stories A to Z | Pumpkin Pie Martini – Sand & Sisal | Low Calorie Hot Apple Pie Cocktail - The Picket Fence | Mulled Wine – TidyMom | Maple Cidertini Martini – Finding Home |Cranberry Fizz Mocktail – Thistlewood Farms


Family Mexican Dinner Night with Groupon

Have you ever heard of Groupon? Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies. Groupon recently contacted us to see if we wanted to help spread the word about Buy a meal and helping America find its next favorite meal. They’re inviting everyone to share a picture of the best dish they’ve ever had at a restaurant for a chance to win $100 Groupon Bucks to spend during the Taste of Groupon – a collection of restaurants offering the best of breakfast, lunch and dinner. For every meal purchased, Groupon will donate one meal to Feeding America. I had never used a groupon voucher before so this was a first for me!

Family Mexican Night dinner with Groupon. Celebrate your favorite dish with groupon and help feed America

Let me give you a quick scenario of how Groupon works. Once on the Groupon website, search for your favorite restaurant (or whatever you are looking for) or search by location. You will need to create an account if you do not already have one.

how to use groupon family mexican dinner night

Once you find what you are looking for in your area, click to view the deals for that particular business.

how to use groupon - family Mexican dinner night

Choose which deal you want and click buy. That is it! You will print out your voucher (or use the app on your phone) and simply give the voucher to the restaurant/business. Think of it like a very “large” savings coupon.

Family Mexican Night dinner with Groupon and help feed America

We love Mexican food and the girls were especially excited for enchiladas. All three of us always order the same exact thing ;).

Family Mexican Night dinner with Groupon and help feed America

So how about you? Have you used Groupon before?

Family Mexican Night dinner with Groupon and help feed America

We were thrilled to participate in the Taste of Groupon campaign and now it’s your turn!  Taste of Groupon campaign is a limited-time collection of restaurants that offer the best of breakfast, lunch and dinner in your city. I absolutely love that Groupon is donating one meal to Feeding America, How can you participate?  Submit a photo or show a picture of you enjoying your favorite restaurant meal with friends, on Instagram, Twitter, or on Groupon.com for a chance to win $100 in Groupon Bucks. Be sure to use the hashtag  #TasteofGroupon when sharing your pictures. Groupon will be picking a winner at random each day of the campaign. Good luck!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine.

My grandfather thinks I took his OLD extension cord {sigh}

Many of you LOVE my grandfather so I thought I would share a little o’l story from earlier this week where he insisted I took his 400 year old extension cord and never returned it. Seriously gramp? My grandfather has had to work for everything his entire life and he grew up very poor. He is extremely protective over his “things” and doesn’t exactly share well. He is always trying to offer up all of his tools to me and he really does want to share BUT I think he has nightmares about them getting lost or broken! haha

my grandfather thinks I lost his extension cord

He clearly didn’t play well in the sandbox as a child and he gets mad at me when I tell him he isn’t good at sharing. I know my family members who are reading this are giggling right now ;). If you follow us on instagram, many of you commented and giggled when I shared the day he flipped out because he couldn’t find his extension cord. He told me a 30 minute long story about how that extension cord has been with him since he was basically born. He makes me laugh that’s for sure!

my grandfather thinks I lost his extension cord

This is the picture I took of him 10 minutes after he was mad at me. haha. I told him smile, this is a blog moment for sure! He said, “don’t you dare!” Sorry gramps. He was even more mad when I took him to his workshop and told him it was right in front of him and he just didn’t see it. You know what his response was, “well you must have just put it back while I wasn’t looking.” I busted out laughing at him and told him “it’s a good thing I love you gramps!”

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Window Makeover with Roman Shades {before & after}

Do you love roman shades? I do! Today we are sharing our window makeover with newly installed roman shades. We live on a main road and were in need of shades to ensure privacy during the evening. The natural lighting is minimal in both of the front rooms that face the road. We didn’t want anything to bulky or overwhelming, just something to provide a little privacy. A few weeks ago I shared my in-home design consultation with Julie from Decorview. This week a wonderful installer named Andy from Decorview, installed our shades in under one hour.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

Here is the dining room prior to the new roman shades being installed.

how to create multigenerational home

Be sure to reference my post from early September which illustrates the measurement and design consultation process with Decorview. You must see the amount fabrics and shade options available, it was a fabulous experience! The shades operate on a power remote which I will be sharing next week. You have the option though to bypass the remote and simply install just the shades.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

The quality of the fabric is exceptional. The are lightly lined although you can get a blackout option as well. I can’t wait to install these in our bedrooms with the black out option.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

Late in the afternoon we do get sunlight through the windows. My son tends to do his homework at the table (even though he has a desk! ha) and the glare is sometimes a bit much. As you can see when they are half shut, it keeps the glare down.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

When they are completely shut, the provide the necessary privacy we needed. The each operate on their own, meaning you can open and close the separately. There is an option to do one large shade but we decided that it would the shade would be overwhelming with such a large window. It’s all a matter of preference but for me, I love the individual shade option.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

As you can see the shades simply click underneath the top casing directly into a plastic clip. Here, you can see Andy the installer adding the clips.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

Everything about these roman shades are clean lined, unobtrusive and easy on the eye.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

See those little clips on the end of the shades, those are the only thing clips attached to your window casing. The modern elegant look is stunning.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

We also installed the exact roman shades in the adjacent playroom/study.

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

Here is the room from last year before we did the playroom makeover.

window treatments for the dining room and study

Here is the room after the makeover during Christmas last year but without the roman shades.

window treatments for the dining room and study

The roman shades are perfect for the evening. I mean, who wants to see Sponge Bob on our TV as they drive by at night. That little sponge is a serious distraction! haha

window makeover with roman shades {before & after}

We decided that a roman shade, batten front bungalow fabric in camel would be ideal from their Design Studio Line. The color of the fabric is called camel. I realize this is a sponsored post but I can honestly tell you that my experience with both the design consultant and the installer was exceptional. The quality is top-notch and I am incredibly pleased with our new roman shades. I will be back next week to share the remote-power option. These guys work off of a remote and it’s insane our cool it is to watch them open and close with the touch of a button. My grandmother who is in a wheel chair is amazed at how easy it is to open and close the shades. If you are looking for more window design inspiration, be sure to check out the Decorview blog. Thank you so much Decorview for allowing me to share your fabulous product and providing complimentary shades for our home.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Décorview. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mom’s small living room makeover {gray + white}

Today I am sharing a never before seen space which happens to be my mom’s. A small living room makeover featuring gray and white. There is a small room right before my parents master bedroom and it was in need of an update. My mom loves traditional design but wanted to add a bit of a modern twist so we painted the walls, added the rug from our family room, the curtains from our dining room and some fresh new throw pillows.

small living room makeover

Here is the room before. The previous rug was a dark oriental that my mom has had for years. I wasn’t home when they emptied the room but thankfully my sister-in-law snapped a few pictures for me. Phew!

gorgeous small living room makeover gray + white

I know exactly what my dad is thinking above, “why are we doing this?” We kept the piano in the same spot (that wall will be shown on another day).The dark red chair rail and the tan walls didn’t do this room any favors. About 5 years ago I was loving red and I am actually the one who picked this color and painted this room for my mom. It’s funny how as time goes by, your taste in home decor changes.

gorgeous small living room makeover gray + white

This time around, we decided to add the white to the chair rail and the dark gray on the top.

gorgeous small living room makeover gray + white

We transformed this room with paint, items from around our home and a few new throw pillows. Don’t be afraid to steal items from other rooms. You can have a brand new room with stuff you already own! The picture next to the grandfather clock is of my 3rd great grandparents.

gorgeous small living room makeover gray + white

Isn’t it amazing what new paint will do?

gorgeous small living room makeover gray + white

Here is a shot of me in action. I know, I have paint on my butt.

small living room makeover -7

In an afternoon, we got the entire room painted. Two coats requisite gray by Sherwin-Williams and two coats of extra white by Sherwin Williams.

gorgeous small living room makeover gray + white We recently put our indoor/outdoor rug from our porch in our family room so the rug above needed a home and this room suits it nicely.

gorgeous small living room makeover gray + white When we moved in over 6 years ago, my mom gave up her formal living room so we could create a multipurpose playroom/tv room/study. We pulled these two wing back chairs out of her family room down stairs and they look great in this newly created living room. We haven’t finished decorating the piano wall yet. I am in the middle of finding the perfect fabric to recover the piano seat. Hopefully that will be completed soon and we will be back to share with you. My mom is thrilled with her new gray and white living room. The goal was to create a modern traditional space. By keeping her artwork, the grandfather clock and piano in the space along with the addition of her wing back chairs, we accomplished the traditional design element. The geometric curtains and blue trellis rug added the modern twist we were looking for and I must say, I am kind of digging the room! ;). Thank you to Sherwin-Williams for providing the paint. The pillows are from Pier One, the drapes that we used from our dining room are from HomeGoods and the rug is from overstock (from our family room).

Navy Blue Master Bedroom update

Our navy blue master bedroom finally has furniture. After sleeping in the middle of the floor for the last 3+ months on a mattress, we have graduated to a bed.  The furniture from Wayfair and Birch Lane was delivered last week and we are now just waiting on the new bedding to arrive. These pictures are a little grainy as the lighting at the moment is horrible in the room. I snapped these quickly with my cell phone last week while we were trying to put the bed frame together. We had a small snaffu attaching the frame to the headboard but mostly due to user error.  It would have helped if we read the directions first ;).

navy blue master bedroom update

The large oversized dresser will be perfect for bulky sweaters, sweatshirts and my husbands clothes. His stuff takes up so much room.

navy blue master bedroom update-2

Here is a sneak peek of the tufted headboard. The room isn’t overly huge so we decided to go with just a headboard to free up space at the bottom of the bed. I am hoping there will be enough room for a small bench.

navy blue master bedroom update-4

I decided that I would mix and match furniture pieces. While I do like some bedroom sets, I prefer a more eclectic look. The fabric headboard from Wayfair and these gorgeous night tables from Birch Lane couldn’t have been more perfect together. It’s always a gamble when you order online but when you have a fabric headboard, your options for night tables are really unlimited.

navy blue master bedroom update

I am hoping to share the reveal in the next couple weeks. We still need to address the lighting issue and tackle a DIY wall art project on the bed wall. I haven’t decided what to do yet on that wall but I am thinking an array of brass or gold colored frames or perhaps using molding to create texture along the wall. If you have any ideas, I am all ears!

Framing a New Shed {the walls are up!}

The new shed is coming along nicely and last weekend we starting framing the shed. As I mentioned earlier in the week, we are in need of additional outdoor storage and this small addition will certainly help. My dad isn’t a big fan of helping me inside the house with renovation work but he LOVES to build sheds. I think it’s because his “stuff” gets to go inside the shed. So here we go, the framing process begins.

how to frame a shed

We already had an existing cement floor so we created a frame (which we nailed to the cement) using pressure treated 2×4’s.

Framing the new shed -2

The shed is directly off of our family room which already has a nice storage area beneath. My mom has that space packed with everything from when we were kids. I don’t know why she still has it but she insists on keeping it. Do any of your keep things that long?

Framing the new shed -3


We eventually will tear down the trellis that my dad built a few years ago. At one point there was a fence that ran across the yard to the pool area which has since been removed and the trellis looks out of place now that the fence is gone.

Framing the new shed -5

In a matter of a couple hours, we had the floor framed and the walls up.

Framing the new shed -6

My grandmother watched out the window because she had no idea what we were doing. She is short and can barely see out the window and all I could see was her little white boofy head yelling, “what are you doing down there!?” ;)

Framing the new shed -7Using 2×4’s and 2×10’s (for the side walls along the ground) we created a frame for the shed walls which will be added soon. All this for a little o’l lawn mower. My dad tends to go big when he builds so I am hoping to gain a little piece of the new shed for some of my toys but I am not sure how that will go over. Everyone in the house is trying to claim the extra space as “their own” but my dad quickly is putting a stop to that. He already told my mom not to get any bright ideas about putting her stuff in it. ;)


Christmas in October + Creatively Christmas book launch

Christmas in October? What! I know, stay tuned, I’ll explain. Just popping in real quick today to share my friends launch of her new Christmas book, Creatively Christmas. Do you know Jen from Jen Rizzo? I met Jen a couple years ago at the Haven conference while filling my face with food! ha. We were sitting next to each other and just hit off. She is so down to earth and super friendly. Some of you may know, she runs a wonderful Christmas home tour every year featuring amazingly talented bloggers from across the blogosphere. I am honored that she invites me each year and cannot wait to share our Christmas home for 2014. Would you believe me if I told you we pulled out 3 Christmas trees yesterday? Indeed we did ;). My grandfather is so confused about why we have trees up right now. I told him we are decorating 6 trees this year and he was speechless. He thinks I am out of my mind. I am kind of agreeing with him at the moment.

Christmas started yesterday + Creatively Christmas book launch

Jen’s book features never before seen Christmas craft tutorials, decorating ideas and loads of gorgeous Christmas inspiration.

Christmas started yesterday + Creatively Christmas book launch

Here is cute Jen! I grabbed this image from Beth’s site (thanks Beth!!) because I couldn’t help but giggle as the power tool is as big as she is! ha

Christmas started yesterday + Creatively Christmas book launch

Jen has a great eye for classic vintage decor and I love how cozy her spaces look. Curling up with a cozy book is what I want to do in this sitting area below.christmas in october plus creatively christmas book launch

Be sure to head on over to amazon where you can order your own copy of Creatively Christmas. You are sure to be inspired!

christmas in october plus creatively christmas book launchAs many of you know, Christmas in our home is insane with loads of trees and multiple mini-parties during Christmas eve and Christmas day. Living with four generations under one roof, we split up the festivities and go from room to room in our home. Like many of you, we travel during the holidays but we stay under one roof while we travel. This year I am trying to be organized with all the decorating and not last minute. My hope is to enjoy the Christmas season and relax so my mom and I are getting a jump start on the decorating. We are part of two Christmas home tours this year and decorating, taking pictures and writing the blog post takes an enormous amount of time so hence the, Christmas in October festivities under our roof ;). Sorry gramps, you will just have to deal with Christmas for three months! haha


We are building a new shed {outdoor storage}

Before we I get started with today’s post, I wanted to wish my step daughters a very special 14th birthday! I cannot believe they are 14. Time just seems to be flying by these days. Everyone just keeps getting older! Ok, now for todays post. For whatever reason, when my dad and I think along the same wave length as far as projects. I decided to rip apart our master bedroom and start the makeover process a few weeks ago and last week, my dad showed up with a truck load of wood to start building a new shed. Both my mom and I looked at each other said, “what is he doing?”  We recently purchased a tractor for the barn and plowing snow and apparently, it doesn’t fit in our existing shed. Well it fits, just not the way he likes it. ha

building a new shed outdoor storage

The new shed will be added on to the back of our family room.

building a new shed outdoor storage


Nothing to big, just enough to create additional outdoor storage to free up some space in our existing shed. The lawn mower will move to the new shed which will allow more room for the new tractor. I have grown up my entire life living in a state of chaos and renovation. When I was a kid, my parents were always building, selling and rebuilding our homes. My dad has built probably 10 additions off of this home and I am not sure where else he can go from here. haha. I think a new house will be in the near future! A new project ;).

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