Apr 17, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

A Little Spring Cleaning

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Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by HOMEJOY.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

This June will be our “New House” one year anniversary. Crazy, right? Having moved into our house in the Summer, this is officially our first Spring here. With Spring comes flowers, showers, my birthday, and good ol’ Spring cleaning! I can honestly say I have never followed the Spring cleaning checklist. I decided this year would be different.

It’s so funny how my view towards my living space has changed since I became a homeowner.  I take so much more pride in what my home looks like. I mean, it is the biggest purchase Mike and I  have ever made. We really should be treating it like a museum. The first stop in making our house a happy home was to make sure it was clean, Spring clean!

To help with the overall cleaning process, I enlisted a little help from HOMEJOY. If you are not familiar with HOMEJOY, they are a website platform that connects clients with cleaning professional in their area.  At HOMEJOY, every cleaning professional is screened, background checked, and must maintain stellar ongoing customer reviews. This is HUGE, especially since you are welcoming this person into your home.

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To book my Spring Cleaning, I went to HOMEJOY’s website, entered my personal info along with my zip code so they could provide me with a cleaning professional in my area. When booking an appointment, you fill out how many rooms you are having cleaned and can add any extras like laundry and having your fridge and oven cleaned.

I was having a little bit of difficulty finding a cleaning professional in my area (I blame my new neighborhood. It’s not as popular as Bucktown!). When I notified HOMEJOY of my difficulty finding an available cleaning professional in my neighborhood, they were super quick to respond and got my appointment booked right away. You can also book an appointment, view your preferences, and cancel an appointment via their mobile app, which is perfect if you are on the go!

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What’s great about HOMEJOY’s online platform is you can pick the same cleaning professional, or build-up a favorites list of cleaning professionals you really like. You can also specify cleaning requests such as only non-toxic cleaning products be used so you and your family members are not exposed to harsh chemicals. All of this info is saved in your profile!

The day of my cleaning, I received a few text messages to my cell phone: one was a reminder that my appointment was at 1:00, another one was to notify me that my cleaning professional was on her way, and the third was a notification that my cleaning professional had started cleaning. Talk about being kept in the loop! ;) Edyta was my cleaning professional. She arrived on-time, was very friendly, and did an amazing job cleaning our house. Even Mike commented on how nice the house smelled. He normally doesn’t notice things like that, so for him to notice, you know the house smelled damn good! When Edyta was finished cleaning our bathrooms, she neatly folded our toilet paper and added a cute little HOMEJOY sticker. It felt like a hotel bathroom!

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Even though I needed assistance with my booking, my overall experience with HOMEJOY was a great one. I have to say, my first Spring cleaning experience was great, especially since I had help. Now it’s your turn to get your home nice and Springy cleaned by a HOMEJOY cleaning professional! If you want to make your house smile, click on this link www.homejoy.com/happinessiscreating to receive $25 off your first HOMEJOY booking! Hurry up! This deal won’t last long!

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Apr 02, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

A Mad Men Inspired Room

Mad Men is coming to an end. I know, I know, cue the tears. Whatever shall we do with our lives with no more Don Draper in it?

To get through the closing of this show door, I was asked by Chairish to come up with a “Mad Men” inspired room using furniture and accessories from their Mid Century Modern page. If you have never heard of Chairish, they are an e-commerce company that makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture, decor, jewelry and accessories to one another. Cool, right? So, it only made sense they would want to have dedicated styleboards paying homage to Mad Men leading up to the show’s finale.

As I looked through all of the Mid Century Modern Furniture on their site, this amazing couch caught my eye! After seeing this piece, I knew I had to incorporate it into my styleboard. I placed my couch and then began building my room around it.  After I had my couch,  I went looking for some artwork that would go well behind my couch. I found a piece of artwork that had bright, fun colors. This artwork was great to pull in accent colors and pieces for my room.

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I wanted a cool coffee table and was able to find a round marble one on Charish. I am obsessed with marble! Next up was an accent table and lighting. I went with a wooden hexagon style accent table and a tall lamp. I love the look of the hexagon shape.

To incorporate extra seating, I added a light green chair with wooden arms. I am in love with this chair! I thought the color really brought out the green from the painting. I also included a floor lamp for added light. Extra lighting is always good!mm2

Finally, I wanted to incorporate some accent pieces. I grabbed two funky vases, one in blue and one in red, once again pulling out colors from the painting. Last, but certainly not least, I added cups and an ice bucket to the coffee table. These are ready to be filled with alcoholic beverages. I mean, this is Mad Men themed after all! Don’t forget, all of these pieces can be purchased at Chairish!

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Mar 25, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Metal Sculpture Makeover

DIY Metal Wall Mirror

Oh, Hi! It’s been a while. Sorry about that!

I am going to start moving around my living room, showing you all of the DIY projects I have done since this room is pretty much finished (for now :D). Pretty much all facets of my living room have been touched by my two hands. No, I’m not kidding, I have honestly made/painted everything in this room!

For some reason I was having a hard time finding/coming up with ideas for one of the walls in my living room. I kept going back and forth on what I wanted to do. At first I was thinking of doing a console table with a large piece of artwork, but didn’t want it to take away from my gallery wall. Then, I was thinking of maybe just adding some shelves along with a picture.  I wasn’t totally convinced on this idea either.  I actually landed on my idea when I was out one day checking the sales aisle at my local craft store. True story! I feel like my creativity never stops!

While I was checking out all of the seasonal items that had been marked down at my local craft store, I came across  this metal-wall-hanging-thingy. I liked that is was metal and I also like the price of $10! I wasn’t really sure where I was going to use this metal piece of artwork, but I wasn’t worried because I knew it would find a home somewhere.

After looking at my metal piece for a bit, and knowing the metal star had to go (this just wasn’t really my style), I had a vision. I wanted to add a mirror to the center of my metal piece and use it on the wall in my living room! First, I used a pair of pliers to pop out the metal star. It actually detached from the main metal piece with little effort. After I removed the star, I added a quick coat of black spray paint. I would seriously be lost without paint!

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I was able to find a round piece of wood and round mirror at my local craft store. I painted my round piece of wood black. Once my paint was dry, I glued my mirror to the center of my wooden circle.  Finally, I glued my circle and mirror to the center of my metal piece. I placed a large glass jug on top of the metal piece to put some weight on it to make sure it adhered to my wood and mirror.

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Once my metal piece was finished, I hung it up on my wall and added three rectangular mirrors to the side of it. I bought these three plain wooden mirrors at my local craft store. I then painted them black to match my metal sculpture.  There you have it, a DIY accent wall that has some serious twinkle!

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Feb 11, 2015 | Post by: Meghan 1 Comments

We have a gallery wall!

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When we moved into our new house I knew I wanted to try my hand at the gallery wall idea I had seen all over Pinterest. I love that there are so many different ways you can design a gallery wall. I ended up going with a more uniform design. I thought this design format would work better than the more scattered look I have seen.

To start my gallery wall, I traced all of the picture frames I was going to use onto white paper. I marked on the paper where the actual hook thingy was so I could easily find where I needed to hammer in my nail. Then, I arranged my pieces of paper on my wall, using painters tape to hold them up. There was measuring

involved, which is the bane of my existence! No matter how many times I measured and used my laser level, one of the pictures was always off! After a bit of a struggle, it was perfect (sort of).
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After the papers were up, I enlisted Mike’s help with the hammering. He is much better at this task than I am!  continue reading…

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Jan 22, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Blitsy Thursdays: Round Things

This week at Blitsy I was clearly channeling all round crafts.  I whipped up a pair of coasters out of piping. I’ve actually never used piping before, so this was a first for me. This project was really simple. All I did was glue the piping in a circle to get the round shape. After that, I added some yarn stitches to bring a little life to my coasters. I then slapped on some felt on the bottom, and presto! My coasters were good to go! You can check out my full tutorial here.

For my second round project of the week, I went with a trivet. When I saw this round cork piece at the craft store I knew I could use it for something. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, but I knew it would eventually come to me.  I realized the other day I am clearly not an avid cook (just ask Mike, he can vouch for this) when I needed a trivet and there where none in sight! Uh, yeah that cork circle? It’s new home is in my kitchen as a trivet! This is no ordinary trivet. This one has flair and a saying because I love when inanimate objects express themselves. To see how I created the cool geometric shapes on my trivet, head on over to blitsy for the full tutorial and get started on your round shaped crafts!

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Jan 21, 2015 | Post by: Meghan 2 Comments

Easy Tray Makeover

Transform a try with Mod Podge and Fabric!

Long time, no post! I figured it has been WAY too long since my last post. Time sure flies when you are busy and having fun!

I actually completed this project quite some time back. It has just taken me forever to edit the pictures and post them! Back in late Summer, I was looking through an HGTV magazine and they had written an article on how adding a tray to your kitchen can totally make all of your counter-top items look like they’ve been organized by a professional. Of course, I was all about this concept. Anything that was going to make my clutter look more organized and in turn, make me look like a genius, I was all game!  (more…)

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Nov 20, 2014 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Kitchen Cart Re-do

diy, kitchen cart, makeover, wood stainMy in-laws used to have this little kitchen cart in their basement and it housed their mixer and microwave. Since they were in the process of moving, they no longer had a need for the cart so they gave it to Mike and I. We were pretty excited about the new addition to our kitchen.  Our kitchen isn’t all that big, but this kitchen cart fit perfectly next to our counter. It’s like it was meant to be!

After I re-did my kitchen table (another in-law hand-me-down), I thought it would be awesome if I could get the top of my kitchen cart to match (more…)

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Oct 23, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 3 Comments

Nate Berkus for Less!

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I have been in full “decorate the front room” mode for what feels like FOREVER! I thought I had landed on a color scheme, but in true Meghan “fashion”, I went in another direction. I ended up changing directions when I came across (what I like to call) an  inspiration pillow. This pillow was navy with mint, lilac, and a very light champagne color. Normally I would not be down with purple, but I just loved how all of the colors came together!

I was able to find a couple of solid mint pillows, which I scooped up from Marshall’s for a cool $10 a piece! I knew I wanted (more…)

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Oct 02, 2014 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

A Fall Wreath Alternative

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I have been busy working on house related projects, but the other day I got a little derailed because I realized it was officially Fall. Since I now own a home, I knew I wanted to do a little Fall decorating outside. When I lived in my apartment, I never did this, so I was super excited to make something for the front of my house!

A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me some birchwood printed paper. I guess at one point I had told her she could get the look of a birchwood frame by buying birchwood printed paper and adding it to a frame as opposed to actually buying the real deal. I must have had a few glasses of wine because I do not remember this convo at all! Either way, she ended up not using the paper and gave it to me to use it for a project. I’ve had this paper forever and finally decided to use it!

I knew I wanted to add a Fall wreath to my front door. Now, I wasn’t really feeling a traditional wreath; I wanted something different. I came up with an idea using a large pinwheel, a berry wreath, and a small pinwheel. At first, I was going to use a small stick wreath I had bought at Joann’s, but as I got into my project I decided Click here to continue reading…

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Sep 18, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 2 Comments

DIY:Roughed Up Vases

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I have been looking for something to put in, what I am calling, “the phone nook” in my kitchen. I assume this little window opening was once the home of a landline phone since there is a phone jack right below it. I have not owned a landline in  probably 10 years, so I knew I wanted to put something in this space, but wasn’t sure what. After I thought about it, I figured a vase would be good since it looks good on both sides (my initial thought was to put a frame there).

W hen I was at Joann’s the other day I decided to take a stroll down the vase aisle. Boy, was I in luck! They had 50% off all of their vases! I found a nice big vase that had a really cool pattern on it. The only problem, it was blue. I put the vase back a little bummed that it wasn’t a color that would work with my color scheme. Then, it hit me. I could just paint it! When I came to this realization, I grabbed another vase to put in the center of my table.  I went with white for both of my vases. I thought this was a simple clean color that would not compete with the color of my chairs.

Supplies Used:

- Vases

- Chalk Paint

- Sandpaper

- Paint Brush

paintedvaseabStep 1: Paint your vase with your chalk paint. Let it dry. Add another coat of chalk paint and let it dry.

paintedvase1Step 2: Once your paint is dry, use your sandpaper to go over any edges or grooves on your vase. Rub until you have exposed the original vase.

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paintedvase6After you have roughed up your vase, wipe it down with a damp rag to remove any dust.

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