Join me at the Indianapolis Home Show (and a giveaway)

 

If you are local, I would love for you to join me at the Indianapolis Home Show.

It runs from January 20-29 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  I will be speaking about transforming a space with paint on Thursday, January 26th and Friday, January 27th at 2pm and 5pm (both days).

Besides speaking, this year I also designed a dining room which will be on display along with three other design/blogger rooms.  Let me tell you, this space really took a village to come together.

Here are few sneak peaks.  The wallpaper is from Carmel Design in Indianapolis.  Carmel Design offers a large selection of gorgeous wall coverings along with home decor items.

The chalkboard art is from Cara of Word for Word Chalk Art.  She is absolutely amazing at what she does!

Eric Scott of Open Gate Design & Decor helped me with a fun DIY project and provided the dining room with gorgeous greenery and decor.  Open Gate Design & Decor is in Anderson, and you will be in awe of the HUGE selection of pretty merchandise they have in stock!

My friend Sarah McGee of Studio No. 4 is helping me design the tablescape.  She is crazy talented with interior design and always has fresh and unique ideas.  The greenery is all from Open Gate Design & Decor

And I have to give a shoutout to my amazing parents who donated their time to help me with various projects for the Home Show.

I also have several other sponsors that helped with the space, and I’ll be sharing more about them soon.

You can see more about my experience last year and read about it here.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to the Indianapolis Home Show.  To enter, simply leave me a comment below.  Contest ends Sunday, January 15th at 10pm EST. **THE CONTEST HAS ENDED.  CONGRATS TO JENNIFER AND SAM!

Hope to see you there!

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Celebrating 3 Years & a Giveaway!

Thank you. 

Thank you for the past three years.  

I was created to create, and you all have allowed my passion to become my job.  

I don’t get personal on  the blog very often, but I want to share a little bit of my heart (And if I bore you, you can just scroll though all the before and after photos of my home).

Blogging is not perfect.  It has been a roller coaster ride with highs and lows.  

The comparison game with blogging is tough (just scroll through Pinterest or Instagram for a few minutes), and it’s easy to start feeling like you aren’t good enough.

But more than the comparison game, the internet trolls are who have brought me the most discouragement and pain.  I know I put myself out there by sharing my projects and home through the blog.  I realize we don’t all have the same style, but why do people enjoy bringing people down?

Here’s my most recent troll comment:

“No offense. But perhaps your decor sucks…It’s your lack of well rounded style.”  

Let’s focus on the positive rather than giving mean people any more time and attention.  Thank you to my family, friends and readers who like my shares on social media and take the time to read my blog posts.  Thank you for the encouragement and for being an encourager.

Have you ever considered the value of an encourager? To encourage means “to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope.”  Encourage means “to fill with courage or strength of purpose.”

Let’s all be encouragers and help each other dream big.  

I feel I was created to create. I want to share my love of creating with others, and I love the relationships I’m forming with readers through my blog.

What were you created to do – what’s your gift? A gift is something that you’re not only good at, but it’s something that you have a desire to do. When you’re using that gift you’re filled with joy and power and you often find that you’ve found your passion. 

Embrace your gift and find your passion. This will take courage, but the most unnatural path to take is to not do what you were made to do. Singers want to sing. Painters want to paint. Teachers want to teach.  -Amy Howard

As a thank you, I’ll be running several giveaways throughout the next few weeks.  If you notice my befores and after, many of the makeovers involve paint.  I am in love with this small spray shelter from HomeRight

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This lightweight (and portable) spray shelter design makes it easy to position on a table top, floor or workbench.  It’s great for lamps and other home decor accessories and limits the overspray drift on other items in your project area.

I’ve partnered with HomeRight and we’re giving away one of these spray shelters to TWO lucky readers!  To enter, simply leave me a comment below.  US Residents only and winner will be announced on January 14, 2017. Good luck!  **GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.  CONGRATS TO BONNIE & GIL!

Thank you for all your support and encouragement,

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Home Remodeling Safety Considerations with Nationwide

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

Nationwide provided me with information regarding its Nationwide Learning Center article.

As you probably already know (I have been shouting it from the rooftop), we are currently in the process of remodeling our master bath due to a significant leak under the shower.  We bought the house knowing about the leak (that is a long story in itself), and thought it would be fixed soon after we moved in.  Life happened since we moved in three years ago, and we had to fix and replace part of the roof, replace an air conditioner unit, replace a furnace, replace a house water heater and a pool water heater.   It was one home project after another, and we haven’t been able to use our shower since we bought the house.  Our inspector warned us that the leak was so significant that unless we were okay with falling into our crawl space, we probably shouldn’t use the shower.  Obviously we didn’t go near the shower and are a little more than excited to get this bathroom remodeled!

sincerely-sara-d-bathroom-demo-4 Our master bath was demoed the day after Thanksgiving, and it was just as our inspector had warned us – rotted subfloor AND a rotted support beam.  The remodel was definitely necessary (and we were looking forward to a shower after three years)!

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After our bathroom was completely demolished, we were ready to begin construction.  However, our contractor (due to circumstances beyond his control) was not able to come for several weeks.  We covered up the holes with plywood and blocked off the bathroom to keep everyone out and safe.

Keeping my family safe during the remodel is important to me – especially with three kids running around.  Nationwide has a great article on how to stay on top of safety while your house is under construction.  Keeping your family safe while your home is being remodeled involves two tactics:

  • Choosing a contractor with a strong record of safety and accountability.

We were extremely particular on the selection of our contractor and looked beyond the lowest bid.  We wanted someone who was not only reliable, but would look out for the needs of our family.

  • Working closely with that contractor to ensure proper safety precautions are taken during the project.

Our contractor will do what is best for our family in regards to drawing a safety zone around our bathroom remodel project.  Having three kids, proper safety precautions are a must for our family.  We are lucky that our bathroom is not in any of our normal traffic patterns.  The master bathroom sits off of the master bedroom, so there is no reason for our kids to be in the construction zone.

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As exciting as remodeling is, it is just as stressful.  Validating credentials when deciding on a contractor, and once selected, collaborating on safety can make the project run much more smoothly (and safely) for all.

We have taught our kids to respect the construction zone to help insure our contractor can make our bathroom design a reality.

Visit Nationwide to see more details and information regarding Home Remodeling Safety Considerations.

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5 Best DIY Projects of 2016

Happy New Year!

I always love looking back at my most popular posts for the year (and try to understand what my readers are interested in).  Here are 2016’s most popular DIY projects:

5. Decorating with Patio Lights and DIY Light Pole  Looking at this post make me miss those warm summer nights.  I share an easy DIY (flower planter) pole to hang patio lights.

4. Guest Room Makeover and DIY Paneled Wall  I shared this post last month when I madeover our guest room.  This DIY paneled wall took me one afternoon and only cost around $100.

3. DIY Large Wooden Sign  I love large wooden signs and decided to create my own using the coordinates and cities my husband and I have lived in.  I share the full DIY tutorial.

2.  All You Need to Know About Shiplap  This post was more of a research post for me when I was deciding how to create my own shiplap wall in our kitchen.  

1. Why I Reapainted My Chalk Painted Cabinets  My top post of 2016 involved painting – of course!  I repainted my kitchen cabinets for the second time (something I never wish on anyone), and I share why I repainted them and how to avoid my mistake.

Thanks so much for the support over the past year, and I look forward to a project-filled 2017!

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Guest Room Makeover – All the Details

I recently gave our guest room a makeover (go HERE to see that makeover), and I promised to share all the details and sources for the decor pieces.

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The velvet pillows are from Hobby Lobby.  I randomly stumbled on them while shopping for something else (don’t forget to find their 40% off coupon on your phone for an item not on sale).

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The headboard is a flea market find I found several years ago and painted – fabric and all (see the tutorial HERE)!

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I found the bedding (duvet cover, shams and sheets) at Kohls.

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The brass lamp is from from Target, and I love it’s simplicity next to my ornate headboard. 

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The small end table is marble and brass and is also from Target.

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The oil painting was a garage sale find for only $10.  The previous owner wrote a note about the artist and how she acquired the painting.

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The pom pom bedskirt is from Amazon.

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The gold pot is from Hobby Lobby and is the reason I stumbled on the pillows.

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I hope you all are enjoying the holidays and gearing up for a Happy New Year!  I’ll be sharing a roundup of my top five posts from 2016 later this week.

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Working from Home with Tivoli Audio

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tivoli Audio. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Last month marked three years in our home, and next month I will be celebrating my three year blog anniversary.  As a mom of three, I love being able to work from home while doing what I love – creating.  Blogging really is my dream job, and I could not be more thankful.

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My only complaint with blogging (and working from home) is the solitude.  Now that my youngest is at school, I am left alone in a completely silent home (which is definitely a change after having at least one kid by my side for over the past decade).  

When I was approached about partnering with Tivoli Audio, I was excited because I am constantly playing music to keep the silence away.  I fell in love with their ART Speaker.  It is a unique product that can hang on your wall like a painting or be placed in its stand as work of art (not something you need to hide).  

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Set up was fairly easy and just required downloading the ART – Tivioli Audio Wireless app which walked me through the entire set up process.

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Neatly hidden on the bottom of the speaker you can find all the buttons and other technical stuff.  I use an electrical outlet to power my speaker, but I love that there is an optional rechargeable battery to hang it without wires.

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I pick my playlist for the day, hit play from my phone and take away the silence through music (which is so funny to me because when my kids were home all I wanted was silence)!

You can start with a single speaker and slowly build your full home system.

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Besides enjoying music while I work, I love that Tivoli Audio’s ART speaker also works for background dining music.

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The office is right across from our formal dining room.  I love to play music while entertaining (especially during the holidays), and this speaker serves both the office and our dining room perfectly.

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Tivoli Audio products are available around the world through a large dealer network as well as direct from their website: tivoliaudio.com.

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I am a huge fan of the ART speaker because of its unique mix of style and sound.  I love a product that functions well, but I really love a product that functions well AND fits into my decor seamlessly.  Tivoli Audio’s speakers makes a great gift for music, radio, and podcast lover or for yourself.

Also, don’t forget to check out Tivoli Audio’s Cube Speaker. It is a simple box that can be placed anywhere and used as a single speaker or paired with other speakers (such as the ART speaker) as part of your home’s system.  It doesn’t take up much space and can be easily moved from room to room with the optional battery back and no wires.

Do you play music in your home?  I would love to know where you would put your Tivoli Audio ART (or cube!) speaker.  Don’t forget to sign up for Tivoli Audio’s emails and receive 10% off your purchase!

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Master Bath Remodel | Week One

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The day after Thanksgiving, we starting demo on our master bathroom (please pretend I have safety goggles in the picture above).  

Here is a before of the shower (problem) area:

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And here is an after (demo) photo:

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We were all pretty proud of ourselves for our demo work!  As I mentioned before, we had a significant leak under our shower. So significant, we haven’t used our shower since we moved in three years ago.  Here’s what the shower leak looked like once we removed the tile:

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Near the wall, you can see the support beam is rotted.  Here is a closeup:

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Seeing this confirmed why were were remodeling that bathroom.

My amazing dad came and helped us with the demo.  He spent his birthday ripping out tile and toilets.

The boys came in to inspect our work and kept safe with a nerf mask and handkerchief…

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Overall, the demo went well.  There were a few minor hangups like cutting a water line and the rented jack hammer not working.  However, we charged through and are left with a bathroom ready to be remodeled.  And then we waited…

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Luckily we did not have to wait too long – two weeks after demo, the contractor arrived!   img_0381

He pulled out the rotted subfloor and fixed the support beam.

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I am SO relieved to have that beam fixed.  It was so bad, our master bedroom (on the other side of this wall), had a fairly large hole into the crawl space.

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I used to imagine little mice crawling in while I slept…

Day two was spent rebuilding the subfloor and waterproofing the shower.  The contractor was so kind to bring in my bathtub.  We were a little concerned about it fitting.  Luckily it does, but it will be a tight fit.

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More to come on our bathroom remodel!

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Christmas Home Tour

Merry Christmas!  Although I did not participate in any holiday home tour blog hops this year, I still wanted to share a quick Christmas home tour (and please join me on Hometalk’s Facebook Page on December 22 for a LIVE Christmas home tour).  

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I shared our front door holiday makeover with Balsam Hill last week, and I absolutely love our front door this holiday season.

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Our office has the “fun tree” with the kids homemade ornaments as well as some pretty and colorful ornaments.  All of the gifts they hand wrapped are under this tree.  You may be able to spy a gift with two Slim Jims taped to it – that is for me from my middle son. 🙂

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I love our flocked tree, but storage was not good on.  It had quite a few holes throughout, and I tried to stuff it full of ornaments to hide the gaps.  Unfortunately they were still visible.  Then, I came across this gorgeous idea from Lucy of Craftberry Bush.  I wasn’t able to find the dusters Lucy refers to for a decent price, so I improvised with a furry throw I found at Dollar General.

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They were buy one get one free, but they only had one white (I bought one in gray because they are just so soft and a great buy).  I cut the backing off and cut it into strips.

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It does a pretty job of hiding those gaps I hate!

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I am still in the process of working on our dining room.  It has me stumped this year, but I hope to have something soon.

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I did not hang fresh garland this year.  I have tried that in the past, and my middle son spent the season coughing and sneezing.  So he was not miserable this year, I hung fake garland and lots of (fake) wreaths.

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I shared our mantel a few weeks ago when I shared the tutorial for this DIY wreath sign.

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Our tree is from Balsam Hill, and it is the most realistic artificial tree I have ever owned.

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In October, I made over my mantel with Home Depot and participated in their Holiday Style Challenge.  We enjoyed the temporary wallpaper for a little while, but ultimately just realized it was not really my style.  Thank goodness it was removable!

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I made this Christmas countdown last year, and it is by far my favorite DIY Christmas project to date.

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Enjoy your holiday season!

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Front Door Makeover with Balsam Hill

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I teamed up with Balsam Hill once again, but this time it is for Christmas (last time was for my fall front door makeover).

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I am absolutely in love with my front door entrance.  It is elegant and inviting AND it all looks just as gorgeous at night (which I will show a little later in the post).

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The wreath and garland are Balsam Hill’s Bay Laurel with Mixed Berries Foliage.

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If you would love some gorgeous holiday decor for your home, Balsam Hill is offering my readers a coupon code good through the end of January.

The Single Ball Boxwood Topiaries from my fall front porch were reused, and they will definitely stay outside the front door year round as they work well with each season.

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My topiaries, garland and wreath are lit and make a beautiful statement once the sun goes down (which is way too early here in Indiana).

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I also added a couple of Balsam Hill’s Candela Crossbar Lanterns.

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I put the Miracle Flame Outdoor Battery-Operated Candle in each lantern, and the glow is perfect.

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Right before I was getting ready to take photos of my front door, I saw a post by The Painted Hive.  Kristine updated an outdated door by painting over glass panels.  

I need to preface this by saying that from the day we moved into our home three years ago, I have never loved our door.  It is not an antique (the previous owner added it soon before we bought the house).  I wanted a solid door – the fancy glass is not my style.  I always tell people home decor is like clothes.  We all like different styles of dress, and well all prefer different styles of decor in (and outside in my case) our homes.

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You can see the fancy glass here in my fall decorated front door…

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I had to do a little persuading, but Steve agreed to let me cover the glass (even though he thought I was crazy).  I promised I would make it removable in case it turned out to be a disaster.

I began by using wrapping paper to make a pattern of the glass.

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Once the pattern was made, I traced it on to some thin plywood I had leftover from an earlier project.

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I cut two pieces out for the front and inside of the door and used caulk to hold the board in place (remember I promised Steve I’d make it removable).

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I did have to us a couple nails to hold the board in place while the caulk dried.

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I picked THE COLDEST days for this project, and I tried to keep the cold air out.

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After an afternoon, the caulk was dry and the door was freshly painted and my glass was gone (or hidden).

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DIY Guest Room Makeover with FrogTape

This DIY guest room makeover may be my favorite yet.  Our guest room was overdue for a update, and that makeover included an easy (but high impact) DIY paneled wall.  

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Before I share that DIY tutorial, I want to talk about my design board for this space. My first goal in designing the room was to make my guests feel pampered.  I decided the best way to pamper them is with a beautiful space to rest and sleep.

Here is a before photo of the guest room: Guest Room

And here is an after:

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While envisioning this space, I saw luxury.  To me, luxury is dreamy colors (I chose a blush, gray and gold color palette) and layers of gorgeous textures and inconsistent repetition.

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I used textures of all sorts from velvets to knits to plush furs.

I also softened the walls with a lighter gray (Behr’s Silver Drop) and added texture to the walls with the DIY paneled wall.

DIY GUEST ROOM MAKEOVER PANELED WALL SUPPLY LIST

  • 1″ x 4″ x 8″ primed MDF boards
  • Wood Trim for top detail (also in 8 ft length)
  • FrogTape®
  • Nail Gun
  • Caulk
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Paint Brush

This paneled wall (I already had everything but the boards and paint) cost me around $100.

Because there is a door on my wall, I decided to begin the paneled wall at the top of the doorframe.  I used my nail gun to install the wall, and I hit studs whenever possible (and used a level to make sure I kept everything straight).

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I was only able to get 8 foot pieces in my car, so I was not able to get pieces large enough to span the full length of my wall.  There would be a seam somewhere, so I decided to put mine in the center of the wall (I like symmetry).

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I added the vertical boards after my horizontal boards were installed.

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I kept everything evenly spaced and straight with the measuring tape and level.

Once the paneling is installed, it can be caulked.

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Once the caulk is dry, it is time to prep for painting.

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The paneled wall and the other walls in the room were painted a pale gray (Behr’s Silver Drop).  The off-white trim moldings were protected by using FrogTape® brand painter’s tape for crisp clean edges every time.

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I am a huge fan of frog tape, and I love to partner with them whenever I can.  It is a product I really couldn’t live without.  I use it in all my painting projects!

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I love this room dreamy room and hope my guests feel pampered when they visit.

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All the bedding sources will be shared soon in an upcoming post.

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What special things to you do pamper your guests?

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