Amazing Master Bedroom – Get the Look for Less

bedroom Get the look
Get look of this bedroom inspired by AVE Styles.

When I saw this amazing master bedroom posted by AVE Styles, I was blown away. The teal color, that rattan headboard. Everything about this bedroom is amazing! (The original post by  AVE Styles shares links to all the items, including the paint color!)

Because I’m always on the hunt for a bargain, this is my first post where I try to find less expensive alternatives to the original items.

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Inspiration from a Refabbed Aqua Distressed Dresser

aqua distressed dresser with glass lamps and cat bookends
Aqua Distressed Dresser Image Credit Restoration Redoux

This refabbed aqua distressed dresser from Restoration Redoux is quite a beauty.

As an appreciator of vintage and used home items, I love seeing how others creatively transform pieces. Breathing new life to these pieces gives a new lease on life to something that may otherwise be tossed aside.

I find myself liking this piece, but having the time to take on furniture project due to pressing home improvement projects we have going.

Here’s a roundup of aqua, teal and robin’s egg blue dressers inspired by this refabbed piece. Continue reading “Inspiration from a Refabbed Aqua Distressed Dresser”

10 Velvet DIY Projects for the Plush at Heart

10 Velvet DIY CraftsThese 10 velvet DIY projects will make your heart plush. (Now that was cheesy, but something about velvet makes wonky puns ok.)

My love of velvet is well-documented, read another post about that here. The lushness, the rich colors, the variety of textures – there’s so much to love about velvet. Have you become smitten with an appreciation for all things velvet?

Whether you’re seeking to infuse your life with a little velvety goodness in your home, your wardrobe or your kitchen, here’s a roundup of some amazing velvet DIY projects. From the whimsical to delicious, there are so many options to pursue. Continue reading “10 Velvet DIY Projects for the Plush at Heart”

From Brass to Fab: Our $5 Chandelier Update

Before and after photo of our chandelier.
Before and after. Graphic Credit: Nanu Home

We took our chandelier from the 1980s to modern for only $5! The dining room chandelier in our ranch house, while likely not original, was a white ceramic and brass piece from the 1980s. It badly needed an update.

But after some searching online, I became inspired by people who had re-purposed or re-luxuriated their existing chandeliers in creative ways. We decided to DIY an update instead of doing a full replacement. Continue reading “From Brass to Fab: Our $5 Chandelier Update”

Living on the Edge

live edge wood collage
Living on the Edge – Inspiration.

Furniture and decor with a raw or live wood edge have a beautiful handmade feel. The organic shape adds interest to any room. It effortlessly showcases craftsmanship.

When the wood has been smoothed and cut on some surfaces but left au natural, possibly with the bark intact, it creates a lovely form. These pieces fit well not only in a rustic log cabin, but in a polished modern room.

There’s something about live edge wood that offers this natural beauty makes a stunning presence in a room. And raw edge pieces not only exist beautifully, they proclaim, “I’m here!”

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Velvet Crush

collage of photos in postThere’s nothing quite like rubbing your hands across the surface of velvet. The interesting richness makes any surface even more crush-worthy. (Now that was cheesy!)

Our new house has a living room and a family room (the rumpus room!). This second entertaining space was a “must have” on our home buying list. Now we have one and have been slowly finding pieces of furniture to fill it.

Embarrassingly, two zero gravity lawn chairs are the only seating options right now. It’s clear, we need a sofa when the budget allows. I’ve been eyeing up some lovely varieties and this got me thinking more about velvet. Continue reading “Velvet Crush”

How We Transformed Our Bathroom for Under $50

Photo of bathroom before and after update
Photo: Nanu Home

We moved into our 1970s ranch three months ago. It was clear, as our home inspector described, that it had some “deferred maintenance.” Our master bathroom, while tiny, had many maintenance issues. We still cannot use the shower in this room, that’ll be a story for a future post.

Addressing these projects have given me a lot of content for future posts about affordable updates that have a big impact.

For only $50, we dramatically transformed our bathroom – my proudest DIY project so far!

After living with a dingy master bathroom floor, we were able to dramatically transform the room on the cheap!

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Mid Century Modern – Champagne Tastes on a Beer Budget

Photo of nightstand with words "mid century modern find"
Photo and graphic: Nanu

After a wonderful weekend visiting dear friends in the Twin Cities, when it comes to Mid Century Modern, it became clear that there are levels of incorporating it into home decor.

When it comes to mid century modern, I find myself squarely in the champagne tastes on a beer budget end of the spectrum.  There were so many beautiful, completely refinished  pieces to be had across Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Continue reading “Mid Century Modern – Champagne Tastes on a Beer Budget”