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a simple cat door

If that headline doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what does!

While this post might not be the most inspiring or beautiful, it is very practical. With a little guy running all over the place, we had to install a cat door going to our new basement so we had no risks of Bodhi falling when someone forgot to shut the door. I had many nightmares about this during the first week or two in this house before my AMAZING uncle came and installed our cat door. Continue reading


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DIY: Painted mirror for above our fireplace

We decided on a subtle soft grey and white for our walls and we have dark chocolate hardwood floors. To add the cheerfulness we wanted in our family room, we settled on an accent color palette of teal, blue and yellow.

I have been looking for a mirror to go above our fireplace for a while. After finding our rug, I came across the perfect mirror at Home Goods for $29.99 but it was black. I wanted it to match our teal West Elm lacquer tray I got as a chipped floor model, so hit up Lowes. A tiny portion of a $4 can of Valspar spray paint later and we had the perfect mirror for all of $30.24.

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the rug blues

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We are decorating our new home in phases and we know it will take a while before it all feels complete. Right now, we’re working hard to finish up the family room and the kitchen. They are connected as one large great room. My challenge: Finding the perfect soft, cozy rug that is beautiful and flexible (goes with everything) and affordable. Not an easy task. Add to that the fact that we have two cats with claws and a baby.

I never realized how expensive rugs are. We need an 8×10 at the smallest and would prefer a 9×12. We’re talking $800 to $3000 people! That’s crazy. The odds of any rug surviving many years in our home are not great. So, this rug needs to be padded and comfy but also needs to be able to handle cats who’s sole mission in life is to destroy it. Help!

After searching for literally months, we found the right graphic moroccan pattern with the pop of color we had in mind. We finally settled on this blue and white rug from mostly because of the price and the look. It’s fairly soft, but not as plush as we would’ve preferred. To give Bodhi a softer landing pad, we opted for a more expensive thick rug pad for underneath. Because it’s not $800, we won’t feel as guilty if the little one or cats ruin it.

If you’re in the market for something similar and have more cash to burn, check out this option from Shades of Light! It comes in navy and rust. I love both.


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{design dreams} — yellow front door

I want a yellow front door! For a long time now I thought about simply painting our red door yellow. Inexpensive, pretty easy and it could add a lot to the front of our house. Now I’m thinking I want a new door with pretty hardware like the doors below.

I love the house number and the potted plants on this one!

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This one is so perfect—bright, clean and modern!


And last but not least, I’m super inspired by this one that was featured in Real Simple.


And how about the decor on these not-yellow doors? LOVE THEM!


While I don’t want an orange door, this one by Pottery Barn is pretty fun for Halloween!

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This might be a great weekend project for someone out there. What a simple way to make your house pop! Live the fancy life!


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shabby chic diy

While my design style is very modern, I can certainly appreciate beauty in many styles. I just had to share the before and after photos of Tiffany’s $70 antique dry sink turned diy inexpensive fabulous changing table for her daughter Genevieve!

Photo credit---Tiffany---The Taste{full} Life

Amazing, right? And I think this could work great as bedroom storage with space for jewelry on top as well! You can find Tiffany and more diy nursery goodness on her blog The Taste{full} Life! Enjoy!


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you are my sunshine

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I have been eyeing up this “you are my sunshine” modular art in yellow or green for my son’s nursery since last December! It is made by local company, numsi. I was so excited to see it featured as a discounted piece on The Foundary today! I think the name art and the “you are awesome and you rock” pieces would also be great in children’s rooms, entryways or anywhere you need a little bright spot in your home. Enjoy!

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our nursery featured

Happy Monday! Our nursery is featured on the Baby Lifestyles blog today. Although you saw it here first, head on over to get a few nursery design tips and browse all of the fabulous featured nurseries for inspiration!


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