Happy Little Cacti

The overarching goal for my home has always been one thing: fun.  I want my family to feel happy, energized and in good spirits the second they walk in the door.  I accomplish that through crazy wall treatments, boldly colored furniture and generally unexpected little touches.

And thanks to my latest find, I can do that through my plants, too.

Colorful cacti

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My Staircase Moment

I don’t know about you, but I used to love watching The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo.  As a celebrity stylist, Rachel is the perfect mix of witty and ridiculously un-self aware.  I don’t have a fashion bone in my body, but I always loved how she referred to a great outfit as a “moment.”

I think about areas in my home as “moments,” too.  When I am working on different spaces, I think about how they may look from other parts of my home since we have a fairly open floor plan.  Recently, my staircase moment wasn’t working for me as I viewed it from my living room sofa, and I just couldn’t take it any longer.

Here’s what it looked like.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds

Now, let’s be clear.  The vast majority of this picture is my EVERYTHING.  I literally sit on my sofa and swoon at it – the feature walls, the built in desk, the rug on the wall, the red bar cart, the drum light, the Elvis painting.  But, my problem was the accessories on the green wall.  They were just too much going on right there and it needed to go away.

Luckily for me, an At Home has opened up just a few miles from my house.  This is dangerous, I tell you! At Home is a store about the size of a Target, but it only sells home decor items – furniture, rugs, lamps, pillows, bedding, accessories, patio stuff, and more.  It is literally a store I can spend 2 hours in and not see everything.  I absolutely love it.  They have many different styles – cottage, coastal, modern, industrial, traditional, etc. – so there is always something that I can use.

At the same time that I was “over” my staircase “moment,” At Home asked me if I’d like to head into their store and pick up a few things on them to rework a space in my home.  Um, yes!  So this week, I literally spent about 4 hours going up and down the aisles of my local store.  Between some of the incredible items I found and a few things I already had at home, I transformed this area into one that I truly love.

The first thing I did was take down the stuff that was on the green wall and patch/re-paint the holes. Then, I went on a recon mission to At Home.  I intentionally left my gift card at home so that I wouldn’t let myself buy the first thing that I saw.  I took pictures of everything that I loved so that I could go home and look at the pictures and look at the space and back and forth and back and forth until I decided what I wanted.  It’s super scientific.

Staircase landing makeover #AtHomeFinds

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A Tour of the 2015 HGTV Smart Home {Part 2}

I’m back with Part 2 of the 2015 HGTV Smart Home photo tour!  It wouldn’t be lying to say that I like the second floor even more than the first floor.  If you missed Part 1, be sure to check it out here first.

Family Room

As you head up the staircase, you are greeted with more of the natural wood trim that we saw downstairs.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

That focal wall continues into the family room.  I love that!

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

Also in the family room, there are a pair of curtained reading nooks.  What a fun way to seclude yourself from the rest of the world.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

Master Bedroom

The crown jewel of the home (in my opinion) is the master bedroom.  The pictures really speak for themselves.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

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A Tour of the 2015 HGTV Smart Home {Part 1}

Have you ever started drooling while you are watching HGTV when they show off their Smart Home of the year?  Imagined yourself living in it and enjoying all of the beautiful furnishings and crazy technology that it holds?  Entered the sweepstakes every day in hopes that it would one day be yours?  Me, too.

So imagine my delight when I actually got to take a tour of the 2015 HGTV Smart Home.  Y’all, I tried to hide in a closet so that I could just stay forever, but they found me.

This year’s smart home is in the Zilker Park neighborhood in Austin – a little bit of the new Austin nestled in between a lot of the old Austin.  The style of the house and furnishings is considered “Modern Austin Farmhouse” (remember when I said to mesh three styles together for a good eclectic mix?).

Shaw Floors has been a HGTV Smart Home partner since the beginning, and they invited me to go on a tour of the home a few weeks ago.  And so of course, I’m going to share some of the home with you!  It was a dreary, rainy day (like every other day in Austin for the last month – what’s up with that?), so please excuse any of my pictures that seem dark!

And speaking of pictures, this post will be really picture heavy (and I even narrowed them down!), so get ready for that.  You’ll also see some other tour participants in some of the shots; I got to tour the home with some of Shaw’s largest Texas retailers, so it was fun to see the house through their eyes, too.

Front of the Home

The front of the home is a funky mix of modern and farmhouse.  As I mentioned, it was raining when I toured it, so a giant tent was set up over the entry and driveway so that we wouldn’t track water and mud into the house.  I could only get a good shot of the front door and amazing neon street numbers.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

But, here’s what the whole exterior looks like via professional shots from HGTV:

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

My favorite parts of the exterior are the neon house numbers and the walls of glass by the front door.  I love the feel of floor to ceiling windows that meet in a corner like that.

There will eventually be other homes built all around it which will all share the same driveway, so it doesn’t take up as much land in this valuable part of Austin as it looks like it would.

Living Room

When you walk into the front door, you are greeted by an open living room/dining room/kitchen floor plan.  The living room definitely has a Texas vibe.

A Visit to the 2015 HGTV Smart Home in Austin, Texas

I love the black wall adorned with the window pane mirror.  And do you notice the natural color wood trim?  You’ll see that repeated throughout the house.  I think its a great way to tie the exterior into the interior.  Of course, the living room is styled beautifully, too.

Dining Room

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DIY Bookcase Dollhouse {That Might Look a Bit Familiar} #GiveAHome

Call of the search parties!  Lindsay has been found!

I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s been nearly two months since I wrote a post on good ‘ole Makely. I’ve had a lot of outside projects going on – taking over a big responsibility in my roller derby league, coaching two team of Destination Imagination kids (one of which won 1st place in our region and is going to the Texas state competition), and heading our elementary school’s talent show.

Since I haven’t been working on my house in the last few months, I decided to just disappear from the blog for a while.  I didn’t want to post stuff just to post stuff, so I chose to post nothing at all.  And then, I decided I needed a really awesome project to be my jump back into the Blogosphere.  I think I found it:

DIY dollhouse from a bookcase -  styled to look like my home #giveahome #Wayfair #Porch

It’s a DIY dollhouse from a bookcase that looks just like my house!

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A Look at My 2015 Home Goals

The new year always brings a fresh start.  I love the feeling of a blank calendar and a renewed since of will power.  I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like the newness of January 1st to lay out some goals that I want to accomplish this year.

Personally, I want to be better, faster and physically stronger.  That means working out more and being more conscious about what I am eating.  It means making a plan for the next day and getting a good night’s sleep.  It also means pushing myself outside of my comfort zone even more than I did in 2014.

But my home has its own unique set of goals, too.  I like to think of them as Home Goals.  In the first part of 2015, I’m going to refocus my efforts on updating my son’s bedroom.  In its current state, it feels dark and uncomfortable.  His bed is getting to be too small and the walls scream a little too Nick Jr. for a third grader.  Last year, I put together a mood board for his room that both he and I love, but the longest project ever got in the way of me working on it.

Mood Board for Mid-Century Styled Boy's Bedroom

Instead of just saying that my goal is to finish his room in the first six months of the year, I have made a list of some of the projects I want to tackle:

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