Living-Dining Room Makeover | Sources & Projects

As promised, I’m back to share all the details about the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house. If you’ve been following along from the start, you’ll know this was a DIY, budget-focused refresh so everything has been thrifted, up-cycled, bargain-hunted or hand-made! I’ve included a complete source list at the end of this post...…READ MORE

Refreshing a Dated Lead-Light Door

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about the room makeover at my parent’s house. Before I share all of the source and project info, I wanted to chime in with a quick post about one of the most mentioned elements – the “new” grey door. It’s one of my favourite things about the...…READ MORE

Living-Dining Room Makeover | The Final Reveal!

It’s done. Finally! If I hadn’t initially proclaimed it would likely take me forever to finish this room re-do, I might be feeling even more sheepish than I currently do sharing the reveal over a WHOLE YEAR from when it commenced. Yikes! Am I really that sluggish? Wait, don’t answer that. Anyhoo, I got there...…READ MORE

Easy DIY Mudcloth Pillow | Ikea Hack

Has anyone else been crushing on mudcloth lately? Well, just in case you’ve missed seeing it (absolutely everywhere!), and are yet to learn about its origin, mudcloth (also know as bogolanfini or bogolan) is a traditional African textile characterised by relaxed geometric symbols in predominantly neutral tones. It has a thick nubby texture and its...…READ MORE

A Super Easy Lamp Update

One of the elements I was struggling to decide on for the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house was the lamp. I know it seems like a simple enough item, though everything appropriate I came across was just soooo expensive. I think the main problem was my aversion to anything super trendy. Not that...…READ MORE

Ikea Curtain Hack

I know you guys think I’ve forgotten I’m supposed to be finishing the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house, though I am still working on it…and it’s sooooo nearly done! One of the projects I’ve just crossed off the “to do” list is the window treatments. There are three large windows (one incorporating a...…READ MORE

DIY Over-Sized Art from a Free Printable…and the picture frame that made me cry

UPDATE You can now download my full-size, high-resolution edited heron artwork as a FREE printable here. Before I get into how an inanimate object brought me to tears, let’s talk about this artwork. If you’ve been following along with the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house, you might recall I was initially planning to...…READ MORE

An Old Stool Meets a New Bread Board

Do you remember this charming antique piano stool? I picked it up a month or so back to use as a cute little side table in my parent’s living room. And, for obvious reasons, it was pretty affordable. I bought it for around $30 from eBay. A major flaw, like this annihilated seat, can seem...…READ MORE

Living-Dining Room Makeover | A New Lighting Scheme

This post is sponsored by Beacon Lighting. When it comes to room makeovers, I generally like to work with what I have. This means leaving well enough alone – using cosmetic enhancements and avoiding the possible mess, expense and hassle of disturbing anything “fixed”. There’s lots to love about this simple form of room transformation....…READ MORE

Linen Dresser Makeover

It feels like ages since I’ve put paintbrush to furniture. In fact, I’d even forgotten just how therapeutic it can be! If you’ve been following along with the makeover of my parent’s living-dining room then you’ll probably know the back-story to this dresser. BEFORE Sorry, not the greatest pic (taken from the eBay listing). For...…READ MORE