Gray and White and Marble Kitchen Reveal

Two-toned gray and white cabinets, marble subway tile, Carrara countertops, a big farmhouse sink, and brass hardware give this kitchen a classic yet modern look.

Two-toned gray and white cabinets, marble subway tile, Carrara countertops, a big farmhouse sink, and brass hardware give this marble kitchen a classic yet modern look. ______________ A special thanks to Wayfair and Moen for providing products for this space! As a mom of three littles ones who recently celebrated Christmas, trust me when I say that I know the meaning of anticipation.  They … [Read more...]

Chic Modern Cabinet Hardware

Chic Modern Cabinet Hardware: gorgeous knobs and cabinet pulls at a variety of prices - you'll be surprised how affordable some are!

Looking for modern cabinet hardware?  These silver and brass options would look beautiful in any space. Whether your style is farmhouse, modern, or traditional, these chic knobs and pulls will make your space sophisticated and lovely. ______________ I've had a sink and faucets sitting in my garage for months.  I've had tile picked out almost as long... And I knew what countertops I wanted years … [Read more...]

Affordable Modern Farmhouse Sconces

Affordable Modern Farmhouse Sconces: Swing arm wall lamps, rustic modern metal and glass sconces... Perfect for bedside, kitchen, office, anywhere!

Bring that farmhouse chic look into your home with these excellent online sources for affordable modern farmhouse sconces: use them for bedside lamps, kitchen lighting, bathrooms sconces, and more! ______________________ I get questions all the time about the accordion sconces I put in my sons' room as bedside table lamps.  Unfortunately, those are only available from time to time, but since I … [Read more...]

20 Gorgeous Neutral Rugs

20 gorgeous neutral rugs! From traditional to modern, these neutral rugs are a great complement to any space. Bring in texture and beauty with one of these great finds.

There are so many gorgeous neutral rugs available online... So soften your space with one of these neutral toned area rugs.  _____________ In my recent fall home tour, I got a particular number of readers commenting on the amount of texture and variety despite my rather neutral color choices (which, for the record, was exactly what I was going for... yippee!).  I just love neutrals, especially … [Read more...]

Rustic, Feminine, Neutral Little Girl Room with Daybed

Elegant, neutral little girl room with wood tones and a stenciled accent wall: A gray-washed trundle bed provides the perfect anchor for a gorgeous, neutral yet feminine little girl's room.

A gray-washed trundle bed provides the perfect anchor for a gorgeous, rustic, feminine, neutral little girl's room. This post is sponsored by hayneedle.  All opinions are my own. __________________ I can't believe my daughter turned two this summer.  It's not as if it was a surprise (we did, after all, know when it was coming)... but it still came as a bit of a shock to me.  We packed away … [Read more...]

Best Tools for DIY Painting

Painting is one of the easiest DIY projects... But the right tools makes all the difference! Find out all the must have tools for professional looking DIY paint jobs!

Painting is one of the easiest DIY projects... But the right tools make all the difference.  Find out all the must-have tools for professional looking DIY painting! _____________ I think paint is probably my all-time favorite DIY resource.  With the right tools, you can paint practically anything... And it's often one of the most cost-effective transformation options, too.  Mr. Pax sometimes … [Read more...]

How to Hang a Plug In Chandelier

How to hang a plug in chandelier: gorgeous wood bead chandelier in front of a stenciled accent wall

Want a chandelier but don't have an electrical socket there?  No problem! Learn how to hang a plug in chandelier. __________________ I think light fixtures are like the jewelry of a room; they accent, polish, and bring elegance to a space.  (On a slightly related note, I think my jewelry is getting lonely... I may just have to break it out with my yoga pants and t-shirts. ;) ) And there are … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Closet into a Mudroom

How to turn closet into mudroom: What an adorable space! Baskets and hooks turn a closet under the stairs into a functional mudroom space for a family.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Liberty Hardware. All opinions are 100% mine. Find out how to to turn a closet into a mudroom with a few simple steps. ___________ Sometimes I think I am my own worst enemy... I hate clutter. I can't stand mess. I twitch at the thought of disorganized chaos. But - and here's the problem - I am not a fan of detest organizing. I'll let … [Read more...]

DIY Gel Stain Cabinets (No heavy sanding or stripping!)

How to use gel stain: maintain wood grain and update a bathroom with orange oak into a modern, sleek space with no stripping or sanding!

Breathe new life into tired, outdated cabinets with this step-by-step, affordable tutorial for updating cabinets with gel stain.  Keep the wood-grain look of stained cabinetry without the work of heavy sanding or stripping!   Y'all.  I'm SO excited today to introduce one of my oldest friends.  Vanessa and I met on the first day of college when we were both just 17.  Like me, she has three … [Read more...]

Best Building Tools for DIYers

The Best Building Tools for DIY-ers | perfect for all skill levels, every DIYer will want to add these tools to their list... includes budget options!

Find out the best building tools for DIY-ers.  Beginner to advanced, you'll want all these tools for your next DIY project! _____________ My high school chemistry teacher was from Minnesota.  To her Texas students, that might as well have been the North Pole.  I still remember her waving away our incredulity about temperatures 20° below zero with her matter of fact tone and mid-Western accent: … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Hard Wire Light Fixture into a Plug In

antique bed, vintage accordion sconce, shiplap walls, vintage school desk as bedside table... LOVE this little vintage bedroom!

Do you have a sconce or ceiling light fixture but no electrical receptacle for it?  See below how to convert any light fixture from a hard wire into a plug in so you can use it anywhere! _____________ Months ago I came across these gorgeous, vintage looking, industrial accordion sconces, and I knew they would be perfect in my son's room, especially on the DIY plank wall we recently … [Read more...]

How to Plank a Wall (DIY Shiplap)

How to Plank a Wall: excellent tutorial on getting that diy shiplap look!

I admit that when I first shared this new plank accent wall (my own little "diy shiplap") in my son's room, I thought the reveal might put off my need for sharing the tutorial for some time... Boy was I wrong!  I've had so many requests for how to plank a wall (and a few offers to hire me to do it myself ;) ), that I finally gave in and got to work on this tutorial. Before I continue, the … [Read more...]

DIY Plank Wall

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

A simple plank wall takes this little nook from boring to charming. The other day, I got dressed. I mean I really got dressed... You know, put on an actual dress... Nothing fancy, but not old shorts and a t-shirt. My hair was clean in a braid, and I even added a little mascara and lip gloss.  I finished it all off with a spritz of perfume (to cover up my eau de chlorine smell I've … [Read more...]

Tips for Painting Small Spaces

how to paint a small room like a pro: tips, supplies, and excellent pictures to walk you through it!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape®. All opinions are 100% mine. Good things come in small packages, right? Babies, diamonds, chocolate. (On a related note, I am not expecting any of those in the near future... though I wouldn't mind the second or third if anyone is in a giving spirit.) But when we are talking about our home, I think it is the small spaces that … [Read more...]

DIY Curtain Rods (Restoration Hardware Inspired)

these are awesome! DIY real wood curtain rods with a Restoration Hardware look for a fraction of the price |

Domino Mag recently named Maison de Pax as one of the 15 best design blogs to follow for budget-friendly design inspiration... Pick my jaw up off the floor because it totally knocked my socks off, first of all.  I couldn't be more honored.  Secondly, it got me thinking that it's been a while since I've give you a good ol' straight, budget-friendly, DIY tutorial.  So today I'm going to share how … [Read more...]