Hot Off The Presses: Southern Flourish


When we heard from the editors of this up and coming online mag that’s geared towards living it up in style in the south (think Lonny meets Southern Living) we couldn’t wait to see the premier issue. And when they actually explained that they wanted us to BE in the premier issue… well, let’s just say lots of dorky high-fiving ensued. They went on to tell us that Southern Flourish will have a reoccurring column called “Our Favorite Room” and they wanted us to introduce that feature by dishing about which room in our house is our absolute fave and why. How did they know that’s totally our idea of a good time? Seriously, we

Burning Question: Clear The Air

This week’s burning question is all about smells. Namely: do you use any form of air freshener in your house to keep it smelling… well, fresh? Is it a plug in? Potpurri? A scented candle? A diffuser? Some sort of heated oil? Or something a bit more natural (like lemons down the garbage disposal or a bowl of coffee beans on the counter)? Psst- Wanna make your own reed diffuser? Check out our simple tutorial right here.

House Crashing: A Brilliant Bungalow (Take Two)


You may remember when we took you on a virtual tour of one of our favorite homes ever- this charming bungalow in Charlotte. It belongs to our friends Matt & Kristin (and their adorable pooches Simon & Sage): And we just can’t get enough of it. Hence the second post. You might remember some of the gorgeous spaces like this… And this: And this (see the whole original House Crashing tour right here): It’s a seriously unforgettable home, right? Which must be why when we found ourselves back at their casa for another visit about a year later we re-saw so many things and kept thinking “that’s such a genius idea.” So much so that

Reader Redesign: One Brilliant Board

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You may remember Carla from back when we helped her transform her kitchen with some paint and a few simple switcheroos. So when she sent over her great little DIY chalkboard calendar project we had to share it. Here’s her letter: I had to pass along our latest update – we made a chalkboard wall calendar in our kitchen! We were inspired by none other than Master Crafter Martha Stewart and thought that her chalkboard wall calendar idea would look great in our home. To my surprise, it was fairly simple to do – all you need is black chalkboard paint, a few foam brushes, white paint (which we had plenty of from our kitchen

Window Shopping: Charlotte Or Bust


We recently mentioned our trip to Charlotte, North Carolina when we explained how we DIYed a few faux sheepskin throws for our house. And now we’re back to share more of our road-tripping details. We dropped in on a slew of fun fabric and decor stores (and snapped photos of a ton of inspiring ideas as we went) so here’s a little virtual play by play of what we liked along the way. We already mentioned that we swung through Mary Jo’s Cloth Store, which is basically the biggest and most insane fabric store that we’ve ever seen. It’s actually a gigantic 32,000 square foot warehouse full of about a million bolts of fabric (we’re

Lee’s Design Dilemma: Solved


When Lee sent over her Design Dilemma after pictures we couldn’t wait to share them. We know that many of you are chomping at the bit to see how our mood boards turn out (believe me, we are too) so we’re always thrilled to see how those spaces transform after some pretty major room makeover-ing. You may remember that we whipped up this custom mood board for Lee a while back when she came to us for help turning her hodge-podge of a room into a space to sort mail, do homework, and store a few things in a more appealing way. Since the room’s visible from a plethora of other adjoined spaces, it serves

Help Me Help You


Name that movie. Come on, it’s an easy one. And while we’re on the subject of helping you, we’re here to share yet another way to dig through our archives and find any and all old posts that you’d like to peruse. After all it was one of my 2010 resolutions to seriously supe up the site. I’m not going for anything too techie and weird, just improved function and usability so you guys can find things more easily and click around to your heart’s content. I’m such a guy aren’t I? But I guess it’s all in the name of adding some twenty-ten-worthy simplicity and ease. So here’s the deal: See that little search

Nursery Progress: Lining Our Drawers With Paper & Mod Podge

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On Tuesday we shared how we refinished a Craigslist dresser for the nursery, taking it from this… … to this: So now we’re back with all the dirty drawer lining details as promised. This project actually only set us back around $1.30 because we already had everything on hand that we needed except for two foam craft brushes which we picked up at Michael’s for around sixty-five cents a pop. Our other already-owned project materials were Mod Podge and six sheets of wrapping paper (given to us by friends who founded this awesome local paper shop called Ink + Paper). And just for fun we selected three different patterns to use inside of our six

Gina’s Design Dilemma


Gina’s ready to completely overhaul her family room. Here’s her letter: This is very exciting. I’m so thankful for the chance to work with you! My family room desperately needs your help. It’s large (20′ x 24′) and I’d like to be able to use it more effectively – hopefully for two functions (maybe squeeze in a table and chairs or some sort of other “zone”). My style could be described as sophisticated classic, I like luxe materials here and there (silk lampshades or velvet pillows) and I like comfort, warmth, and rooms that are inviting. I gravitate towards dark wood, simple stripes and florals, natural patterns like leaves/vines, and green, ivory, brown, and ruby red

Budget Blooms: Pretty In Pink


Remember when I shared my first of the year flowers a little while back (a sweet monthly gift from the hubs)? You may recall that they had a bit of New Year’s sparkle thanks to a cake stand full of gleaming silver ornaments for take one, and a few weeks later I remixed them with less of a holiday slant since we were well into January at that point. Well those inexpensive grocery store blooms lasted for pretty much all of January but then February got the best of us and before we knew it we were blinking our eyes and it was almost March- and we still hadn’t purchased any February flowers. So while

Nursery Progress: How To Refinish A Veneer Dresser


Well, we recently took on the biggest nursery project to date and we lived to tell the tale. This post is a bit of a two-fer, since it not only details how to stain any wooden or veneered piece of furniture but also touches on how to paint anything that’s wood or veneer since we did a two-toned treatment on a dresser that we hunted down on the cheap. That’s right, we stained our “new” six drawer dresser with a deep rich brown tone and painted the top a crisp and glossy white color. Here’s how it all went down. First we had to search for something to add tons of storage space to our