Saturday, February 28, 2015

Joanna Gaines Inspired Industrial Farmhouse Lamp {February Pinterest Challenge}

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Are you surprised to see me today?  I know I'm not normally a workin' on the weekend kind of girl.  At least not in the writing department. Usually I'm in the painting, sawing, nailing department on any given Saturday.

But I'm here today because I have teamed up with several other bloggers for a Pinterest challenge!  If you're like me, you probably pin a gajillion inspirations but never actually make the time to do them.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Your Turn To Shine Link Party #20



We finally get a real snow day! Well, I'm assuming.  Right now it's just freezing rain outside, but since I'm writing this post ahead of time, I'm hoping it'll happen once this goes live.  Maybe if I type "snow day" it'll come true. (Update: Nope, just rain. Booooo.)

Since wrapping up the bathroom makeover this week, I've been locking in on a couple other rooms in the house that need some lovin'.  And several of you guys really inspired me to get on the ball from your links last week.  (Entryway, I'm lookin' at you.)

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for being awesome and linking up your creative projects and recipes every week.  It certainly doesn't go unnoticed.  If you haven't already, be sure to follow me as well as Kendra, Jamie, Nicole, and Vickie and Amy on social media as we like to show off your creativity throughout the week.  And if you're a non-blogger reader, I'm so glad your here to take a little trip around the blogosphere with us.  Stay warm!

Blessings,
Lauren

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Revolutionize Your DIY Blog: Beginner's Guide to Lightroom

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If you've ever been scrolling around on Pinterest and been in total awe of the gorgeous home decor photos out there, I'll let you in on a little secret.  Half of what makes those photos gorgeous is in the editing.  (Just when you thought you had enough to worry about in learning all the doohickies on a DSLR camera, you get that curveball thrown at you, right? It's okay.  It's actually fun.)

Last week, when I shared my 8 Tips to Revolutionize Your DIY Blog Photography, I had no idea I'd get such a huge response from you guys!  The one request I got the most was from a lot of Picmonkey and Canva users who wanted tips on switching to Lightroom and taking their photography to the next level.

So here I am following through on my promise today. :)  I'm still no expert, but I've come a long way.

Bless'er House | Revolutionize Your DIY Blog Photography: Beginner's Guide to Lightroom

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Master Bathroom Budget Makeover: Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial

I feel like I've been waiting weeks for this reveal!  Oh wait, I have.  

Projects always take longer than I anticipate, but it makes the end result even more satisfying.  I have to admit to you guys, this is my first legit dive-in-with-a-plan room makeover.  The rest of our house has been designed based on lucky finds and the rooms transforming on their own.  But I wanted to create a little getaway in our master bathroom since we've mainly focused on the downstairs up until now.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Restyling a Bookcase: Less is More

There are days when I get on a clutter purge frenzy.

I could be in the middle of a Parks and Recreation marathon (Netflix will be the end of me, y'all), and I'll look around the room and suddenly get this itch.  Where did all of this stuff come from?!

Having a two year-old doesn't really help the situation.  She finds things buried deep in drawers and in all kinds of hiding places and decides, "I think this will look better catapulted all over the living room floor."  

My purge frenzy this time around though was really cleaning up my own mess.  

Bless'er House | Styling a Bookcase - Less is more.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Your Turn To Shine Week #19


Hey there, creative friends!  I hope you've been staying safe and warm this week for Snowpacalypse 2015.  Ours has been more like Icepacalypse here.  Snow is so much cooler though...no pun intended.

I'm really really hoping we are nearing the end of the cold snap because I'm ready to bust out some spring decor and finally come out of hibernation to do some projects on a warm, sunny day.  Ultimate DIY weather.  But I know you guys haven't let the white stuff stifle your creativity.

I never can say it enough- THANK YOU for dropping in every week to share your latest projects and recipes.  I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your talents.  Please take a minute or two to share the love by visiting a couple of links here.  I will always try my best to do the same for you.

Happy linking!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

8 Tips to Revolutionize Your DIY Blog Photography

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I should probably start this post with a disclaimer.  I am by no means a professional expert photographer.  

I worked in a Sears Portrait Studio in college for 3 years, and thought, at the time, that I had it figured out. Ha! Not even close.  Honestly, I'm still learning, and I'm sure no photographer is ever really finished improving their skills.  

It can be so overwhelming trying to figure out how to create that "wow" factor, but truthfully, DIY/home decor blogs with great photography are blogs that find the most success.  Plain and simple. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Master Bathroom Makeover: Painted Card Catalog Cabinets

We are so close to being at the end of this bathroom makeover tunnel.  I'm seeing the light and it is glorious!  There are just 2 items left on my to-do list, and I can stick a fork in this room.  Okay, that figure of speech doesn't work at all in that context.  But you get it. (Update:  You can now see our full bathroom reveal!)

One huge step for this space, which I had been putting off for too long was painting our builder grade cabinets.  To be honest, I was scared.  This wasn't like a piece of furniture that I could take out to the garage and strip a bad paint job or give up on altogether if it didn't go well.  These were cabinets.  There was no turning back if my DIY went awry.

Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Rustic Industrial Jewelry Organizer

Yay!  I'm back!!!  I missed y'all, seriously.  It was so much fun handing the blog over to Heather, Erica, Karen, and Erin last week while I took a little break, but it feels good being back in the DIY saddle all refreshed and ready to fill you in on some behind-the-scenes action.

If you were a lucky lady who got some jewelry for Valentine's this weekend (or, hey, bought yourself some bling because self love is just as important), then I'm hoping you'll love my latest bathroom makeover project.  

DIY Rustic Industrial Jewelry Wall Organizer

Friday, February 13, 2015

DIY Rustic Framed Map

Happy Friday, y'all!  I know I normally post my Friday Faves, but I'm so happy to introduce you guys my friend Erin.  She's one of those interior designers who I'm pretty sure if I walked into her house, I'd feel right at home.  Definitely check out her blog when you get a chance!

Well hi there! I'm Erin from Meadow Lake Road, a blog where you’ll find inspiring design ideas, tips for do-it-yourself projects, and even help with design dilemmas in your own home. You can also follow our journey as we turn our brand new house into a home with some cottage charm.
In addition to writing Meadow Lake Road, I also have my own interior design business and am a mom to 6-year-old triplets. Life is crazy, but in a fabulous sort of way!

Anyways, I wanted to share a decor project with you I recently completed that hangs in our house. My kids are constantly asking me about where things are located in the world, so I wanted to hang a world map in our home that we could refer to it anytime they had questions. I also wanted it to flow with the decor in the rest of our home and be somewhat kid-proof, so I made my own rustic frame to hold a world map we had lying around.

DIY RUSTIC FRAMED WORLD MAP