Home Decor Project Ideas

Home Decor Project Ideas

It’s been awhile since I shared a home tour, and I wanted to share a summer home tour before fall comes to inspire you with some home decor project ideas!

This is one of my absolute favorite views in our home. We remodeled our kitchen several years ago, and you can see more on that remodel HERE. We had originally planned on taking the wall back further, but found some water lines we didn’t want to mess with moving. So, we added a thin base cabinet and kept the top open. I was going to add some open shelving but last minute decided on the silhouettes (which are an easy DIY project).

The hood is painted to look like wood (it’s actually plaster), and you can see that easy faux wood painting technique here.

Home Decor Project Ideas

Our photo wall gallery is still a favorite, and you can recreate it several different ways. I share the inexpensive IKEA way as well as the easy splurge way.

I love using rugs in our home, and most are fairly inexpensive. You can see more on the rugs I used in our home HERE.

This room is now going to become my office, which I’m excited for since this space has plenty of natural light. The piano is gone and being replaced with my desk. My daughter will use a keyboard in the guest room instead. I am obsessed with the mural, and you can see more of that here in this post.

I love bright spaces, and I also love dark, moody spaces. So, I use both in our home.

Home Decor and Project Ideas

We still have the traditional dining room, and we love having it to host. You can make your own paneled wall with this tutorial.

We used to have white tile in this space (with really dirty grout that was once white). We replaced it with LVP – luxury vinyl plank and have loved it so far. You can see more on my flooring selections HERE.

Here’s another moody space in our home, and you can see tips for decorating a space like this without natural light.

I used wall lamps throughout our home to add additional lighting without needing to hire an electrician.

This bathroom remodel was the first big project in our home due to a leak, and you can read more on that HERE.

Over the past year, I’ve been working on updated the upstair landing.

I added a wall treatment and a fun, bright color to greet anyone who walks up the stairs.

This hallway is one of my favorite transformations.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this home tour inspired you with some home decor project ideas your own spaces!

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Home Tours | Indianapolis

I love visiting and touring other people’s homes, so I thought it would be fun to do various city home tours. Today’s home tours are local here in Indianapolis, and it is two mini home tours with some local DIY bloggers.

You may already know them, but if you don’t, let me introduce so you can be inspired by their decor and DIY skills!

Home Tours | Indianapolis

Angela of Unexpected Elegance

Angela is a dear friend of mine, and we’ve collaborated on several projects together and even owned a business together (for a short while). When I first became interested in blogging, I reached out to Angela and she graciously met me and gave me some great advice.

Angela’s style is comfortable, charming, and elegant.

Here is an image of her living room.

Home Tours Indianapolis

Angela knows how to use power tools, and she created this dutch door! You can see the DIY dutch door tutorial HERE.

Angela also recently remodeled her kitchen, and she did it SOLO! You can see more on that DIY kitchen remodel HERE.

Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick

Sarah has been blogging a long time, so she has a stockpile of amazing DIY projects. She’s not afraid of powertools and shows simple ways to add value to your home.

Sarah’s style is inviting and traditional with modern touches.

I am in love with the pendants in her kitchen. Go HERE to see how Sarah added character to her kitchen.

Sarah decorates with a lot of navy, and her family room is so inviting. I love her pillow pattern play, and you can see a little friend hanging out in the space.

Sarah pulls that same color palette into her dining room, and it works just as well in that space.

You can see Sarah’s full home tour HERE.

You can find Angela and Sarah on Instagram. Go follow their home decor adventures.

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Home Tour

I am busy working on two fairly large remodel projects, so I unfortunately I haven’t had time to create new tutorials.  However, I recently had my friend Mel of Carpenter Photo come over and shoot my home.  I thought it would be fun to share an updated home tour with you all. Our kitchen is special to me because my husband and I DIYed it together last fall.  You can see more on that journey here.

The farmhouse sink was one of the tougher projects in the remodel, and you can see how we installed the sink here.

We have an eating area off the kitchen, and I love all the light the space it has.  Those open shelves are an easy (and inexpensive) DIY project, and you can see the full tutorial here.

The kitchen table was made to look like wood using this painting technique.

Off the kitchen is our family room.  I added dark navy walls to the space (Night View by Valspar) and created a photo gallery wall which you can see more on here.

In our family room, I wasn’t sure what to do with the walls on either side of the fireplace.  I ended up creating an elegant DIY paneled wall treatment, and you can see how to do that for around $300 here.

Also off the kitchen is our dining room.  My grandmother’s chandelier is definitely the center of attention in the space.

Across the entryway from the dining room is our home library.


I have always dreamed of owning a rolling library ladder, so these shelves were designed just for the ladder (well, and for all our books).


Off the garage, is our most used space – the mudroom.

I share more details on our mudroom makeover here.

I love all the hydrangeas that bloom around our home in later summer.

Our home backs up to a large field, so we often have a cornfield fence.

Thanks so much for touring my home today.  I can’t wait to share the projects I’m currently working on.  Stay tuned!

More to come – go create something!

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Seasonal Decor

Simple Christmas Decor

I am excited to be a part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas home tour as we share Simple Christmas Decor ideas.  I had to miss the fall blog hop because we were in the middle of a DIY kitchen remodel (to see more on that journey, go HERE)!

If you are here from Making Home Base, welcome!

With all the craziness of the kitchen remodel, my Christmas decor is pretty simple this year.

One of the two Christmas trees is in the family room along with some greenery on the mantel, stockings and a wreath.

The tree is filled with metallic neutral ornaments and little DIY santa photo ornaments.

I absolutely adore putting up these handmade ornaments every year.

The navy walls are new to the space this years and have changed the look of my holiday decor simply by changing the backdrop of the room.

In the kitchen nook, the DIY open shelves are a recent add to the DIY shiplap wall.

The shelves are filled with my kids’ santa pics through the years.  It is pretty obvious how special these photos are to me – I love how you can see them grow from year to year.

Unfortunately now that my 12-year-old is bigger than santa, I’m not sure how much longer the tradition of the pictures with santa will last…

Right off the kitchen, is a cute little hot cocoa bar.

I am a huge fan of my friend Cara’s chalkboard art of Word for Word Chalk Art.

Our second tree is in our library/music room.

This room was my home office, but the piano lost its wall during the kitchen remodel. The $50 painted piano was moved, and I feel so fancy calling the space the music/library room.

The dining room was decorated earlier this fall with greenery that works well for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas (go here to see more on the tablescape and wreaths).

The chalkboard name plates are also a creation by my friend Cara.

Thanks so much for taking the time to tour my home all (simply) decked out for the holidays! Go see Just a Girl and Her Blog for more holiday inspiration!


The Happy Housie / House by Hoff / at HOME with the barkers / Paint Me Pink / Cherished Bliss


Maison de Pax / House of Wood / Tidy Mom / The Turquoise Home / Rain on a Tin Roof


Jamie Costiglio / Robb Restyle / Bless’er House / Two Twenty One / Place of My Taste


Town & Country Living / A Burst of Beautiful / Deeply Southern Home / My Fabuless Life


Erin Spain / Refresh Restyle / Nina Hendrick / The Wicker House

Making Home Base / Sincerely Sara D. / Just a Girl and Her Blog

Merry Christmas!

Go create something!

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Seasonal Decor

Spring Home Tour

I am excited to be sharing my spring home tour for the Seasonal Simplicity series (hosted by Krista of The Happy Housie and April of House by Hoff). I love home tours, and I’ve partnered with a group of talented bloggers.

Today there are five of us sharing our homes:

Sincerely, Sara D. / at HOME with the barkers / Paint Me Pink / Nina Hendrick Design Co. / A Burst of Beautiful

I find myself decluttering every spring, so my spring home tour is very simple with touches of greenery. My tour begins in our dining room. I designed a dining room for the Indianapolis Home Show this year, so several pieces are from the display.  The nameplates and chalk art was created by my crazy talented friend Cara of Word for Word Chalk Art.  The outside chairs are IKEA chairs that were dressed up with handles and gold-dipped legs. I am not normally a fan of fake greenery, but I found this amazing fake greenery at a local shop (Open Gate Design & Decor). My friend hand-lettered this chalkboard for me, and she sells the print on Etsy.  You can find it HERE. I found the long skinny “baskets” at the Ballard Design outlet, and it makes for an effortless but beautiful centerpiece. Our living room recently underwent a complete spring makeover (you can read about it here).  I went from light walls to these bold navy walls. I love the way greenery looks with the dark walls, so I have plants scattered throughout the space. I find my plants everywhere from Home Depot to Lowes to local nurseries. I water them every Monday.  I find that it helps to stick to a routine day of the week (so I don’t forget to water).  There are some plants that may require a little extra water or mist through the week, but I generally find that one day a week works for me. Our home office also underwent some renovations with a giant wall of bookshelves (you can see all the details here). I use everything from fake greenery to live plants to cut greenery in this room. I found these cute little fake greenery pots at HomeGoods for $13.  They were perfect for the top of my bookshelf which doesn’t see much light. I’m still trying to figure out Fiddle Leaf Figs.  I’m keeping this one alive, but she has seen better days. I absolutely love the fresh greenery and flowers Trader Joe’s offers.  You can buy a bunch of this eucalyptus for $3, and it last for weeks. My kitchen is the last stop on this spring home tour, and like the rest of my spring door, it is simple using touches of green. I am a fan of spray paint.  I painted the dollar store vase and transformed it into something more special (and it cost next to nothing). I can’t imagine anything that says spring (and its freshness) more than greenery.  I hope you see that spring decorating doesn’t require a lot of time or money. Thanks so April and Krista of for inviting me to participate in this fun series!

If you need some inspiration for spring or just decor in general, go visit some (or all) of these bloggers as they share their spring decor:


House by Hoff / The Happy Housie / The Turquoise Home / Maison de Pax / Refresh Restyle


The House of Wood / Simplicity of the South / Place of My Taste / Tidy Mom / That’s My Letter


Sincerely, Sara D. / at HOME with the barkers / Paint Me Pink / Nina Hendrick Design Co. / A Burst of Beautiful


Just a Girl and Her Blog / Cherished Bliss / At Charlotte’s House / House 214 Design / Town and Country Living


Cassie Bustamante / Robb Restyle / Erin Spain / My Fabuless Life / The Wicker House

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Summer Home Tour

Summer Hoe Tour

Hi guys!  I am so excited to welcome summer – it’s by far my favorite season.  Bring on the sunshine and spray paint weather! The boys have only been out of school a few weeks, but already our summer break has been crazy busy.  Obviously having my kids home really slows down my DIY projects.  And now that they’re getting older, they are involved in so many things.  I am officially a taxi cab mom and spend WAY too much time in the car.  Just this week we cut back on a lot of our activities.  I want my kids to have a real summer and have time to watch the clouds go by and catch fireflies.  Up until now, they haven’t been home long enough to even experience boredom.  I’m determined to have them experience a real summer!  All that being said, I have some DIY projects in the works, but until then, I thought it would be fun to welcome in summer with a home tour.


Front Door

When you walk into our home, there’s a small entryway with the office on your right and the dining room on your left.  I took over the office, so I was able to make it a little more fun than our last masculine-inspired office.


The desk was left in the house, and it was an inexpensive laminate piece.  I painted it black, distressed it, and added new hardware.

Painted Desk

I really will paint anything – even my stapler.

Desk Misc

These bookshelves help fill the space for now.  Eventually, we want to add built-ins in this room.


I created the large photo art piece using instagram photos, an old frame, and Mod Podge.

Office Corner

I use this dresser I chalk painted to store my art and craft supplies.

Painted Furniture

I fell in love with this sewing machine because it had our last name on it.

Sewing Machine

I love using found objects for decor.  This yellow radio was in my parent’s first home.

Decorating with old pieces

I love a formal dining room.  It makes dinner a special event.

Dining Room*

I spray-painted the chairs black and distressed them

Spray Painted Chair

I used chalk paint on the table.

Dining Room Table

My husband and I designed and installed the wall treatment in our dining room.

Dining Room Close Up

These plates were passed down several generations and I love having them decorate my walls.

Old Plates on Wall

When you walk through the entry, you enter our family room.  I stenciled the walls to add some interest to the neutral color scheme.

Rearranging Furniture

This is one of my favorite spaces because of all the light.

Family Room

I bought an old piano for $50 and painted it.

Yellow Painted Piano*

Yellow Painted Piano

I occasionally change out the chalkboard above the piano.  To see my perfect chalkboard lettering tutorial you can click HERE.

Sara Davis Home Tour

On the other side of the wall, my piano sits against is our kitchen.

Subway Tile in Kitchen*

The kitchen was very dark and the floors were in horrible shape.  I painted the cabinets with chalk paint.  I also painted the floor with a faux rug. Subway Tile Backsplash

Herringbone Tile Pattern

I stenciled the wall that goes into the kitchen nook.


This shoe cubby that sits in my mudroom was one of my most exciting finds.  It was supposedly an old mail sorter in my town’s post office.


I added a fabric wall to our half bath and also created a wall treatment in the bathroom.

Easy Wall Treatment

I haven’t really decorated our master bedroom.  I hung curtains and used what we had to fill the space.  I’m planning a makeover in the near future!

Master Bedroom

As you go upstairs, we have a fairly large landing that I decided to have some fun with.

Pattern Wall with Frog Tape

I painted a swiss cross patterned wall on one wall and created a travel chalkboard/corkboard to hang as artwork.

Gold & Cream Lockers

The kids have a playroom upstairs.  (These aren’t all mine – just three of them are!)

Play Room

And I wallpapered my first wall ever in this playroom.

Graham & Brown Frame Wallpaper

Art Supplies & Frame Wallpaper

I painted my daughter’s furniture which was a craigslist find.

Lena's Room

Lena's Room - Chalkboard

I made the felt flower garland.

Lena's Room - Bed

In our guest room, I painted a fabric headboard with chalk paint.

Guest Room

Guest Bed

I stenciled the little polka dots on the main wall in the guest room.

Modify Ink

In my boys’ room, we used old barn doors we found in an old family barn for headboards.

Boys' Room

Boys Room - Desk

Boys' Room - Number Sign

Boys Room - Nightstand

The boys’ bathroom was the result of a fun contest I was in last spring.

Boys' Bathroom

Bathroom Cabinets After

And this is our back patio area and the end of the home tour.

Southern Living Plants*

Thanks for stopping by!

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