Fall In Love Room Makeover Collaboration

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday friends. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Today Im happy to announce a fabulous collaboration Im excited to be part of…

Fall-in-Love-graphic-1 (1)The basic gist is we all choose a room in our homes that needs a little attention, and over the next 6 weeks we will paint, primp, and DIY it into a space we love.  For this challenge I’ve chosen to makeover our dining room.


Other than going from three bathrooms down to one, the dining room has been the area affected most by the downsize.  Our last house had 2 large dining areas (one we never used), while the bungalow has only one teeny tiny dining space. Thankfully we already had a smaller table on hand because our last one was much too large for this space.  Its found a new home with one of our sweet neighbors who happened to be in the market for a large white table that could seat 10-12.

Needless to say this area is a definite challenge since it has to function in the exact same way (perhaps even more) as our previous dining room in half the space. Though I don’t quite have a specific design plan in place just yet, here’s what I’m planning:

  1. Replace the table. I’m sticking with the round shape because it just makes more sense in the space. It’s all about maximizing every inch in this room.   It also will allow for a little better flow from the adjoining bedroom and kitchen.
  2. Create separation from the master bedroom. Our bedroom is right off the dining room, which isn’t a problem at all. Not having a door between the rooms is. I’ve envisioned a sliding door since the first time I saw the house.
  3. Get a rug
  4.  Spruce up the built ins
  5. Nix the ceiling fan
  6. Create a small bar area
  7. Possibly replace the chairs. Naomi has never been a fan
  8. Art

Sounds easy enough, right?! I’m excited to get started. Make sure you pop in and see all the other spaces that’ll be getting some love.  I cant wait to see what everyone else has up their sleeves.

Until next time…


Oh and don’t forget to enter the Rugs USA giveaway if you haven’t done so already!  Giveaway ends on Thursday.

Entry Alcove

Hi Everyone!


One of my favorite features of our new home is the teensy weensy entry alcove.  Our last house didn’t have a foyer or transition space between outside and in, and it always bothered me that the front door opened immediately into our living space.  It’s actually pretty typical for bungalows and cottages to have that same scenario, so though it may be very small, I’m thrilled we even have a dedicated entry area.



The tiny space consists of a small window and a coat closet. Since there’s no room for furniture I’m primarily focused on the aesthetics of the space, not so much the function.  I think this area is perfect for a really bold wallpaper, stencil, or other wall treatment. I’ve been doing some shopping around and holy moly wallpaper is expensive! Hopefully I can come up with something that’ll be high impact without breaking the bank. Any ideas?

Happy weekend loves! Until next time…


*All images via Shavonda Gardner





One For Me, One For You: Rugs USA

Hi Everyone!

I’ve loved the look of overdye rugs for quite some time now.  I had plans to DIY a version in our last house, but never got around to it before we moved. When it came to a design direction for the living room in our new house the only detail I knew for sure was that I really wanted to ground the space with layered rugs, and my vision included incorporating an overdye into the mix. When the kind folks over at Rugs USA offered up one of theirs I couldn’t say no.  I decided to go with a tone on tone look, so I opted for the Windsor Overdye Grove in turquoise to compliment our teal walls.



When I received it I was so impressed that I actually purchased the jute rug I had sitting in my wish list for months. I caught it during one of their 60/70/80 sales and got the 8×10 for $206.  That’s a major steal considering its size and that similar natural rugs can price close to $1000! Shipping was really fast and once we were finally able to lay them down after having the floors refinished I was incredibly happy.  Its exactly the look I wanted and they are perfect together.


The jute rug is thick and chunky, and surprisingly really soft. It feels great underfoot and its perfect for hiding dirt which would work great in high traffic areas.  It is a natural material so there is color variance, which I really like.  Any loose fibers like you see here easily just tuck back into place.

The overdye feels very good underfoot as well, and since it already has a worn-in look I think its perfect for high traffic areas.



We still have a ways to go yet before this space is finished, but I think we’re off to a great start.

And because its Thursday and the weekend is just around the corner, how bout we celebrate with a giveaway, shall we?! Rugs USA is offering up a $200 gift card to one of my awesome readers. If you’ve had an item on your wishlist for months (like I did) or have been eyeing something for a while, this is the perfect opportunity to snag it. There’s a great sale going on right now as well so head on over and take advantage.

Entry is open to US residents only. The giveaway will run for one week and Ill announce the winner next Friday, September 27. Good luck everyone!

So tell me, do you like the look of layered rugs? Would you give overdye a try? Until next time…


*All images via Shavonda Gardner

Overdye rug was provided by Rugs USA for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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