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    Minimal Decorating Tips for Any Season

    minimal decorating tips for every season

    I love to decorate. This is, of course, no secret. Decorating a living space, for a holiday, for a party, just because, is something that brings me joy. However, this little passion of mine can sometimes lead to clutter and/or breaking the bank. Both of those things totally stress me out and I know I’m not alone. But I’ve found ways to “get my fix” for decorating by keeping it minimal. Here are my tip for decorating for any/all seasons without breaking the bank OR cluttering up my house with my summertime decor for example!

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    Office Tour

    Gav + Ro Office Tour

    I have been sitting on this project for months now and have finally gotten around to taking pictures. MY OFFICE. This has seriously been a labor of love as I’ve always wanted my own creative space. I had one when we moved into our house almost 5 years ago but it was just the built-in unit in our basement. And not to sound ungrateful or anything but it was the ugliest, yellow-y, varnished wood built-in unit. Sorry, original house builders of 1984! After a long process of redoing our basement, I got my dream space that is the girliest corner of my all boy house. My old office was horrible and it got really messy. I even considered contacting some Commercial Office Cleaning Services in London to come and clean it for me but I tidied it myself and began renovating the new office. Here’s how I ended up getting my special space.

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    Master Bedroom Makeover

    Master Bedroom Makeover

    I am thrilled to be sharing our new and improved master bedroom! It was a labor of love and my husband and I are pretty proud of how it turned out. A finishing touch that we still need to add to the room is a designer rug. I don’t know too much about it, but if you’re like me and do want to learn more about this side of interior design, more on Designer Rug can be learned here. I think this would tie everything in very nicely. But until then, here is what the room looks like so far! It can be a challenge when it comes to decorating for both of our tastes. I lean more toward the bright, paint all the things white, style and my husband likes a darker, more rustic aesthetic. One thing we DO agree on though, is the farmhouse style. So we had to strike a balance between farmhouse chic and rustic country. Here’s how it turned out…

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    Our White + Bright Fireplace Makeover

    Along the same lines as the emergency binder post, I’ve accomplished another item off my own personal summer bucket list!  This one was with the help of my awesome hubby and Youtube.  I love DIY and doing different crafts but I’ve never done one on a larger scale.  And while this project is mainly just a paint job, I think it definitely qualifies as a large scale DIY.

    Hubby took to Youtube to find what we would need and how much of a process it would be.  He found THIS ONE and we got to work.  As you can see, I was super helpful from the start.

    Fireplace Makeover

    Hubby did the main rolling and I came in with the grout work.  That took, what felt like, FOREVER.  Our mortar is so far back in some places that it took more than a few strokes to cover.  Luckily, we only needed to prime the grout for it to look good.  Hubby rolled on the additional paint layer to finish it off.

    We are so thrilled with how it turned out and how bright it has made the entire room.  We don’t have a ton of light that comes into our house.  When the fireplace was traditional brick, it would stay a little dim even with all the blinds up.  Now, it bounces right off of the pretty white paint and lights up the main level.  We were also fortunate to already have the white mantel piece (removed in the before pic) so that saved us a ton of time.

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    Gav + Ro’s Playroom Tour

    Gav + Ro's Playroom Tour

    I’m so thrilled to finally be sharing another finished space in my house!  I feel like all I ever do is plan and Pinterest board my ideas to death and they never actually come to be.  But I’m changing that with project sheets (I’ll share about that soon!) and it’s working!  This particular level of our house used to be completely different and fairly haphazard but with a complete (unexpected) basement renovation, it was the perfect opportunity to change some things around.