One Room Challenge: Week 2

Well, I officially have week two of the One Room Challenge under my belt.  And if you missed missed week 1, catch up here.

Ok first thing’s first, there are some seriously talented people participating in this challenge.  Watching them and their process has been hands down my favorite part.  Then you have me, the girl who seems to take what seems like FOREVER deciding on literally anything, and then immediately questioning my decision right after.  I do my decision making over a series of IG polls while I breath in and out of a paper bag as I see the results roll in.  With that said, I’ve surprisingly met my goals for this week.

Let’s start with the good news:

The office is officially cleared out, and my first two furniture pieces from Article have arrived.

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I’ve ordered my Mural from Anewall. And she’s so purrtyyyyy.  She’s going to go on the left side of the room (when you walk into the door).

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I’ve ordered my black paint (for the wainscoting in the room) from Clare Paint.

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FINALLY ordered my desk from Restoration Hardware, and you guys, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.

img_4840My family and I will likely have to eat ramen noodles for the next year after purchasing her, but we’re fine, everything’s fine.  No one is panicking over here.

Lastly, I ordered blinds for the room.  So. Freaking. Excited.

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Ok let’s talk next steps/potential hiccups.

As a result of poor planning on my part–well really my inability to make timely decisions–I ordered the paint and the mural a bit late and they did not arrive this weekend.  With that said, the desk I ordered is now arriving before both of those items.  So now I’ll have a ginormous piece of furniture while I’m trying to paint all the wainscoting black and install the mural.  This should be fun.

(Insert face palm)

With that said, my hope is that by week 3, I should have everything painted, and potentially have the mural up, so cross your fingers and send me your good vibes.

For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

See you guys next week, wish me luck!

Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge (or disaster, time will tell) Week 1: The Office

For someone that’s embarrassingly early to literally EVERYTHING, I’ve chosen to be fashionably late to week one of the One Room Challenge.  And by fashionably late, I mean I’ve taken a break from my anxiety around this situation and decided to finally write this at the 11th hour.  But, tomato, tomato…

For those of you that may be unfamiliar, the One Room Challenge is a six-week challenge to transform a room that happens twice a year.  They feature some crazy talented designers, and allow guest participants for hot messes like myself to play along. Participants share their progress once a week, and then reveal their transformed space at the end of the six weeks.  As far as I’m concerned, this is literally the best thing since I heard Saved By The Bell may be having a reunion.

With all that said, operation turn the storage room into an office has officially begun.

**cue the hyperventilation and meltdowns**

The ‘Office’

So here’s the space. (do not judge me Karen)

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Beautiful right?  It gets better…

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And here’s the door to the closet on the other side of the room (don’t ask me what’s inside).

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The Plan

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m not exactly a planner.  I’m often indecisive, and more of a fly by the seat of your pants type of girl when it comes to design.  So if you’re looking for someone with a clear vision, you’ve come to the wrong place.  I’m still learning, and I do my thinking through a series of stressful polls on Instagram (often with dramatic music), and then make my final decisions by flipping a coin.  I will say, somehow it always works out.

With that said, I have done some thinking.  I heard mood boards are how you fit in with the cool kids, and so here’s my attempt of something that will likely change 17 times:

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When asked what my vision is, I can best describe it through music, and how I want the room to make me feel.  As for this room, the first song that came to mind was Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles.  I know answering my vision with a song may sound crazy, but it’s the only way I know how.  Just trust me on this, ok?

As for my thoughts on the next few weeks, here’s what I’m thinking:

Week 1:  Clean out the office, finalize overall vision

Week 2: Finalize paint colors and mural decision. (at least one of each goes up)

Week 3:  Finalize and order major furniture pieces. Finalize and install lighting.

Week 4: Style/assemble any furniture + any other paint or structural updates.

Week 5: Blinds, decorative accents, wall decor

Week 6: Any final touches and reveal!

I’m fairly confident none of these will be in order, and there will be lots of crying (and emotional eating).  Either way, I’m super excited.  For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

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See you guys next week, wish me luck!

Love,

Deema

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6 Reasons Why I Love Clare Paint

If you’re following me on Instagram, you know I’ve been on a painting spree in my new home.  And by painting spree, I mean I’ve pretty much been sharing videos of what NOT to do when painting.  So it’s safe to say I absolutely loathe the process of painting, BUT it can seriously transform a space.  I mean REALLY transform a space. With that said, if there’s a way to make the experience easier, I’m totally taking it.  Minus actually hiring painters, I found that Clare Paint was the easiest, least stressful way to do it.

1. Convenience

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Look, I’m a mom of two young kids, and I work full time.  I don’t have time to be running around buying paint and supplies.  Being able to save time is super important to me.  Clare paint is literally delivered right to your doorstep.

2.  One stop shop

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Not only does the paint come to your door, but all her friends come too.  The tape, rollers, roller frame, tray & plastic tray liner, extension pole, paint brushes, plastic drop cloth, paint stirrer, and yes even a paint can opener that I thought was a bottle opener.  **insert face palm**

3.  No mess samples

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I LOVED the samples I got in the mail.  I got these pretty large swatches that you can stick on your wall and see what the true color will look like.  No need to paint a few patches on your wall and wait for them to dry.

4.  Color options

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First of all, I’m a sucker for details, and I can spend hours trying to perfect a space.  With that said, when I walk into a paint store and there are literally hundreds of paint colors, I get extremely overwhelmed.  Clare paint makes it incredibly easy.  There are WAY less options to pick from, but all so beautiful.

5.  Expert advice

They have this super cool tool on their website called “Clare Color Genius,” and it literally helps pick the colors for you.  Clare was founded by an interior designer, and there are a series of questions that the the system asks you to generate a few suggested colors.  Coolest thing ever.

6. Paint quality

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Not only are these designer curated colors that are self-priming, but they’re eco-friendly too.  Clare paint is zero VOC and GREENGUARD Gold certified.  In english?  It basically means it’s a completely natural paint, no toxic emissions, and better air quality for you and your family.

So what are you waiting for?  Go order some Clare Paint for your next project, all the cool kids are doing it.  It’s totally the “new” way to DIY paint your space, and you don’t even need to leave the house.

Love,

Deema

 

DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas

I’m alive!!!  It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve been busy buying a home, moving in, and now I’m currently waking up 4 out of 7 nights a week in a panic because I can’t decide on a paint color or what rug size would fit best in whatever room I’m currently obsessing over.   Totally normal, right?  And if you’re not following me on Instagram already, you can check out our new home and follow along as I make it our own.

Last night I finished one of my easiest DIY’s to date!  It was probably my favorite, and one that made the biggest impact.  Insert dramatic drumroll….I attempted a faux wallpaper wall!  It was super cheap, super easy, and pretty quick.  Here’s how I did it below:

Step 1:  Supplies

You will need paint and paint brushes.  That’s it.

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I ended up loving the paint and the color I picked!  I used Kendall Charcoal.  And FYI, you don’t need a lot. I got a quart and barely used any of it, and I had a pretty large wall to cover.  Next up, I had to get some paint brushes.

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A friend recommended this pack and I used the largest brush for this project.  This pack of 6 was only $14.99 on Amazon.

2.  Quick practice and test

Grab a piece of paper and start practicing.  I have a video that may be more helpful on my Instagram, but you basically dip the paint brush in the paint, and then alternate dotting the paper at different angles.

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I then taped the piece of paper on the wall so I could get an idea of how it would look.   And then I got ready!

3.  Start painting and pray

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And you’re ready!  I held my breathe and hoped for the best!  I kept dipping the brush in the paint, and then dipping it on the wall while alternating angles.  It was that simple.  The entire wall took about 2 hours.

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And I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but it’s a pretty big wall.

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It went from one end of the house, all the way to the kitchen.

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And that’s it!  I was so happy with the end result.  This took two hours, was practically free, and look at the impact it had on the room.  If you end up trying it, I would love to see!  I wish I had taken a before picture, but this made such a difference.  And if you liked this post, you’d probably love the last one I did, 20 Ways To Add Character To Your Home.

Love,
Deema

 

If You Love Michaels, Read This. 6 Tips For A Great Deal.

I’ve always loved Michaels.  In the past I have gone for DIY accessories, and all my baking needs.  And more recently, I’ve been going for all my framing needs. However, just a few weeks ago, the corner of my eye caught a glimpse of some of their home decor stuff.

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I was literally carrying two large heavy frames, about to walk out the door, and turned back just to walk down the aisle of Home Decor.

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Guys, they have really cute stuff.  Especially if you like farmhouse style Decor.  BUT, I was a little bummed how expensive everything was.  I’m so used to the great deals I get at HomeGoods, and I was not loving the prices.  However, I’ve learned that they ALWAYS have a sale, and you can ALWAYS use a coupon.  So if you’re not into paying full price for anything, and love Michaels, please read on.

1.  Coupons

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After most purchases in the store, you almost always get a coupon.  Save those, you can use them for the next purchase.  Sometimes they’re lame, sometimes they’re really good ones like 40% or 50% coupons.

2.  Online purchases are always cheaper

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Ok, so this is the big one.  Most of the good deals are online, and you will not see them in the store–AND you can combine both.  Just the other day I was about to buy a clock in the store that I saw was 40% off.

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Because I had been checking the website so often, I knew they had a 20% off sale (including sale items) that wasn’t available in the store.  So what did I do?  I literally bought it from my phone and did In Store Pickup.  If I purchased it in the store, it would have only been 40% off (gasp).  Moral of the story?  Check the website for all the good discounts.  That wall clock is still listed online for $80 (I got it for $32), you can check it out here.

3.  Email alerts

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If you don’t want to check the website everyday, sign up for email alerts for all the good discounts.  This is how I got my frames for so cheap, I did their buy one get the other 50% off sale.

4.  Price match

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Many of you may not know this, but Michael’s also offers a price match guarantee.  If you find the same thing at another retailer for cheaper, they will match it.

5.  Everyday Value

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They have stuff that’s always cheap and never goes on sale.  This is kind of like that section at Target when you first walk in.  You know what I’m talking about?  That super cheap section where everything is around a buck each?  I got a 12-pack of 16 ounce mason jars the other day for only $9.  Check out their website, they have a ton of stuff for just a dollar each too.

6.  Bulk packs

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Ok, this is not something I have utilized,  but I did notice they have.  So if you buy stuff in bulk, I see they have stuff for 50%.  I don’t have a ton of stuff I buy in bulk, but if you are into crafts or are a big DIYer, that’s probably something you should check out.

Alright guys, I wish I could’ve copy and pasted every single thing I loved on their website, but there were too many.  All the pictures (except the two in home pictures)  were taken from their website so check them out here.  And, no, I did not get paid to promote Michaels or any of the items here.

Love,

Deema

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Posters, But Like, For Adults (DIY)

You know how when you were a kid you had posters all over your wall and you thought it was the hottest thing ever?  That cheap wrinkled piece of paper was literally what made your room slightly more impressive than the kid from down the street.  But as an adult, it’s pretty tough to find some high quality wall decor that’s comparable at $5 or less.  Unfortunately, most of the ones I love, are super expensive.  And, well, I HATE paying full price for anything.  So how did I get the adult version of posters in my home for super cheap?  I totally have a DIY cheap solution for you in 4 simple steps.

**Bonus canvass option at the end, that costs a little bit more.

Step 1:  Digital Copy

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Search for the images you want, and then get a digital copy.  There are a TON of digital copies online, but I got mine specifically at a shop on Etsy called SMUZI.  You basically purchase the copy, and you get an instant download to your email.  This shop had them for $6 each, but 40% off if you buy 3, so I ended up ONLY paying $3.66 for each one.  Basically, peanuts.

Step 2: Print 

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For printing, there are a ton of places online, but I chose Staples.  My prints were pretty large (18 X 24) and I got them printed for $14.99 each and they were literally done within the hour.

Step 3: Buy some frames

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I went to Michaels because they had a buy one, get one free deal.  I got two large (24X36, with a 18X24 Mat) frames for only $25 each with the deal.  The link for the frame is here.

Step 4:  Insert & ready to hang

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Put it in the frame, and hang it up.  Total cost? $43.60!  And guys, if you didn’t do it yourself, it would’ve cost WAY more.  And, you likely wouldn’t have found the size you wanted either.  You can find this download of Brigitte Bardot here.

A few others…

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This digital download above of Brigitte Bardot can be found here at this link.

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This picture of Naomi Campbell you can find here.

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And this badass Jack Nicholson photo, is here.  I got Jack larger at 24X36, so the frame I got was different.  And let me tell you something, don’t do the same mistake.

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I got a super cheap poster frame, and the cover is not glass.  So when you look at it from an angle, it looks a little wrinkled.  Don’t make the same mistake I did, make sure yours is always glass.

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Last, but definitely not least, I was literally obsessing over this Roger Moore print for months.  So I bought the digital copy at the same store here.  BUT, I live in California, and well, glass above your head is never a good idea when earthquakes happen.  So, I got this made on a canvass.  And, you can’t really tell, but this is huge.  It’s 36 X 36.

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I got this custom made on Shutterfly for $105 (including tax), and for the size and quality, that is super cheap.  All you do is upload the digital copy online and start selecting the sizes and materials you want. Be sure to look out for deals on Shutterfly, they have some every week.  That’s how I got the above print for 50% off.  Be patient, just check the site often.

Alright guys, I hope that was helpful.  I did not get paid to mention any of the above shops.  Oh, and if you’re good at taking photos, please call me.  I really need to up my game, it’s pathetic.

Love,
Deema

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5 Essentials To Wrap Gifts For ANY Occasion

I don’t know about you, but the way I wrap gifts is a big deal to me.  There is seriously nothing worse than buying the perfect gift, wrapping it in some hideous paper, throwing it in some tacky gift bag, or even worse, (GASP) placing it the original bag you purchased it from.  Unless it’s some fancy brand with a super cute logo that you want to show off, no Susan, we don’t need to know you bought that frame from Target.  Please wrap that up like a proper adult.  And seriously?  Look like you put some effort into it.  Continue reading “5 Essentials To Wrap Gifts For ANY Occasion”