Ready to Make Your House Feel Like YOUR Home?

Finding your inner decorator doesn't take a lot of talent. Instead, it takes an inspiration, a vision, and the drive to continue going when you feel stuck. Luckily, none of these factors are something that you have to be born with. I'm here to encourage you to develop those traits so that you can easily turn your house into your home.

I have found over the years that one of the best ways to hone a creative vision is to not follow any real decorating "rules." Generally, I go along with just about any crazy idea that pops into my mind. No, they don't always work out, but the ability to make your home uniquely you will give you a new energy when you walk through its doors after a long day.

If you are ready to change your decorating mindset, start here:

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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Giving the Gift of Scent {and Win a Gift from Me!}

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When I woke up this morning, I checked the Weather Channel app on my phone.  It’s always the first thing I do every morning, as it helps me see what the day is going to bring.  I am a warm weather person at heart, so this time of year (literally) sends a chill down my spine.

Today, the app announced that it was 28° with a windchill of 19°.  WHAT?!?  Okay, some of you are laughing at me right now and others of you are equally as horrified.  Not only did I have to send my kids out the door to school wearing heavy coats and scarves this morning, but I had to throw on my fleece pants and pour myself an extra large cup of coffee.  I’m glad I don’t have a ton of errands to go and run today – I live in Central Texas for a reason!

The only thing that I like about the cold weather is that it is a signal that the holidays are on their way. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas is not far behind it.  Of course, the stores (and some of my neighbors) have already decorated big time for the holidays, so it’s hard to forget that we are getting ready to enter the holiday season.

I’ve always been a stickler for not decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving is over.  I love Thanksgiving (family+food+football=greatest day ever), so I don’t want to push it out of the way so that I can enjoy Christmas decor for a few weeks longer.  Instead, I get busy trimming the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving  But just because I don’t decorate early doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy some things about the Christmas season!  One of the best way to do that is to add in some scents of the season.  Doesn’t the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread bring back such wonderful memories of holidays past?

This year, the Thymes company sent me their delicious collection of Gingerbread scented home fragrance products.  The products include two sizes of candles, a reed diffuser, an ornament sachet, hand lotion, hand wash and a home fragrance mist.  I love that the gingerbread scent is subtle enough not to be overwhelming but sophisticated enough that it doesn’t scream, “ZOMG, CHRISTMAS!”  It smells so good – I wish the Internet was scratch and sniff.

Delicious and sophisticated home fragrance scents - Thymes Holiday Gingerbread Collection

The reed diffuser and ornament sachet are my favorite products since they deliver the gingerbread scent all day long.  But, obviously, candles are always fabulous and the hand lotion, hand wash, and home fragrance mist are great ways to have a delicious scent in your home.  And how cute is the little bakers twine and house charms?  The Gingerbread Collection is new to Thymes this year, and I hope it’s one that they bring back every year.

Delicious and sophisticated home fragrance scents - Thymes Holiday Gingerbread Collection

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Five Things to Do When You Hate Your Living Room

I have a confession.  I hate my living room.  Now, I know that hate is a strong word, but I really do mean it in this case.

In its current state, my living room is a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture – and not ‘mismatched’ in a good way.  The “media center” is too small, the coffee table is too large, and the top of the room doesn’t coordinate with the bottom of the room in any shape, form or fashion.

What to do When You Hate Your Living Room

I can’t believe I just revealed this to you.  This is honestly what my living room looks like on a good day.  I’ve lived with it like this for about six years, and I will probably live with it like this for a few more.

If you have a room in your house that you hate (or strongly dislike), here’s how to live with it.


What to do When You Hate Your Living Room

1.  Make Peace – One of the best things you can do about a room that you hate is to make peace with it.  Sometimes I feel silly writing each week about decorating, because it’s not one of the “big” things in life.  It may feel big when you have a room that you hate, but it obviously pales in comparison to what a lot of other people are dealing with.

What to do When You Hate Your Living Room

In the past few years, my kids have managed to destroy this chair that I rescued, meaning that there is old, exposed hot glue on its sides and wash faded throw pillows on its back.  That’s okay.  I know that I won’t have this chair in my home forever (or at least this chair in its current state), and if I do, I at least know that it’s comfy and well-loved.

Make peace with your room (or rooms) in their current state, and remember that they won’t always look like they do today.

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Kim’s Blank Wall: A New Digital Gallery Wall Design

A blank wall is perhaps one of the most daunting challenges in decorating. Although there’s all sorts of things you could do there – hang a piece of art, add a piece of furniture, paint crazy stripes – it’s hard to make a decision when there are so many options.

My friend Kim had a similar problem in her eat-in kitchen.  She has a blank wall next to the back door that is begging for attention.  She’s a really great photographer (seriously) so she knew that she wanted to hang some of her images on the wall.  But, even coming up with a plan for doing that felt overwhelming, so she hasn’t done anything yet.

Don’t we all know that feeling?  I hear it over and over again.  I’m even guilty of it myself!

So, I asked Kim to send me the dimensions and take a quick photo of her wall so that I could help her come up with an idea for a gallery wall of some of her images.  This is the image that she sent me:

Digital Gallery Wall Design

I set to work recreating this wall in my photo editing software (Photoshop Elements, if you were wondering).  I was careful to make sure that the digital image I created was scaled to be the same dimensions as her wall.  Then, I came up with a layout that I liked for the space using different sized frames that were also appropriately scaled from their actual dimensions.

What I came up with was this gallery wall of mixed dimension frames:

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4 Ways to Decorate for Fall for the Reluctant Seasonal Decorator

I am a reluctant seasonal decorator.  I absolutely love the thought of decorating my home to usher in each season.  But, the thought of putting things out only to be taken down and stored a few weeks later brings my lazy side to the forefront.

This year, I haven’t even started adding any Fall decor into my home.  In all honestly, we are still wearing shorts and flip flops in Central Texas, so it’s hard to embrace the new season.  I have been thinking about it, though, and I have come up with some ways to help me decorate for Fall without feeling like I’ve gone overboard.

In case you also consider yourself a reluctant seasonal decorator, I offer you four ways to embrace Fall in your home:

1.  Start Small

When seasonal decorating feels overwhelming, start small.  Often times, the best styled rooms just give a hint of the season at hand.

Take this gorgeous living room by Julia at Cuckoo 4 Design.  She usually has some mini disco balls in the coffee table vignette.  By replacing them with some mini pumpkins, she was able to give a nod to Fall without moving around everything in her room.

4 Ways to Decorate for Fall for the Reluctant Seasonal Decorator - image via Cuckoo 4 Design

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