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Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour – My Favorite Room

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The blogging community is chock full of so many wonderful and talented people, and we’re so happy to call many of them friends. Earlier this month, one of our new blogging friends invited us to take part in her “Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour Series” and we jumped on board right away.favorite-room-edition-graphic[Side Note: If you haven’t heard of Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. then this is your official invite to go love on this crazy talented chick. We admire her laid-back bohemian style, and can’t wait to see what this mama-to-be has in store for her future daughter’s nursery. If it’s anything like she has done in the past, it’s going to be insanely gorgeous.]

Okay, back to the home tour series. This week we’re joining over 2 dozen other bloggers to share a favorite room from our home. All this week we’ve gushed over the gorgeous details that so many of these talented ladies have incorporated into their spaces, and today it’s time for us to show off our space.

So if you just came from Caitlin’s fav room from Desert Domicile, then welcome to DIY Playbook. Today, I (Casey) am going to show off my favorite room in our small Chicago apartment. Wide-Family-RoomThis is our living room, and it really is heart of our home. We live in a small 1.5 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom apartment, and our family room area is the place we often gather. Not just because we have nowhere else to hang (small home problems), but because it is such a comfortable and welcoming spot.

We have a large white sectional that is so dang comfy, and it’s offers the perfect spot to cozy up and relax after a long day of work.  I’ve also filled the couch with soft blankets and textured pillows to make the space even more luxurious. My fiance says I have a pillow hoarding problem, but I like to think of it as a collection. #agreetodisagree

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I love this space because I believe it truly reflects our style, while showcasing some of our personal mementos and treasures. The large white couch is a great neutral piece, and I enjoy accenting it with grays, blues, and teals to add some personality. The coffee table, side table, and wood shelves are all DIY projects that didn’t break the bank.

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Matches-in-bowlMany of the accessories are flea market finds, items from HomeGoods, or treasures my fiance and I have collected over the years (like our bowl of matches from our favorite date nights.)

Living-room-corner

Table-TrayBe-Happy-SignYou’ll also find a homemade pallet sign with a sentiment we enjoy as a visual reminder. It says “Be Happy” and this space truly does make us feel pretty darn happy. NightstandCanvas-and-shelvesThis light-filled room is my favorite spot to hang on a leisurely weekend morning. Usually I’ll wake up pretty early and let Finn sleep in. Then I’ll make a nice big bowl of cereal, some hot coffee, and I’ll cozy up on a sun-filled spot and let the morning pass at a nice leisurely pace.

It’s a great time to catch up on blogging, read magazines, and just take a breather before the chaos of the day.

Casey-Drinking-CoffeeSo there you have it. My favorite room in our small Chicago pad. It’s a space that truly reflects what the word home means to me: happy, comfortable, and inviting.

Now I urge you to go check out the next gorgeous space in our little blog hop. Go check out Traci’s favorite room over on Beneath My Heart.

And for even more eye candy, check out all of the spaces from the talented group below. They’ll be showing off their fav rooms all this week.

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  1. Jennifer Susil Griffin

    What a beautiful room, Casey! I love how it’s loaded with personality and looks so chic but comfy.

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  2. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    What a pretty space to spend time in…I can see why it’s a favorite!! Love the colors throughout…

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  3. Summer Hogan

    Your space is amazing!!! I love EVERY inch of it! I’m so glad I found your blog and met you guys! Y’all are too cool for school and if I’m every in Chicago I’ll be knocking on your doors 🙂

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Summer,
      You are seriously the sweetest! Thank you for all of the love here and on social media…you’re seriously too kind! We are so happy we met you too! Come to Chicago!! We promise we will wine and dine you and show you our fav spots around town.
      xo,
      B & C

  4. DIY Playbook

    I actually found it a couple years ago at a resale shop for about $25! It was quite the steal. It’s probably 1.5 feet…pretty big and amazing. Keep searching! Hopefully someday you’ll find your own

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  5. Gigi

    Beautiful place!!!!! Luuuuuv. I recently relocated to Colorado and am missing Chicago *so much* 🙁 . Where did you buy that incredible painting of the skyline? It is amazing! I NEED IT!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Gigi,
      Thanks so much! Chi-town misses you, but Colorado is so beautiful too! We hope you love your new city.

      The cityscape was actually a HomeGoods find from a couple years ago. Only $100…quite the score!

      Thanks for tuning in!
      Casey

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16 thoughts on “Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour – My Favorite Room

  1. Jennifer Susil Griffin

    What a beautiful room, Casey! I love how it’s loaded with personality and looks so chic but comfy.

    Reply
  2. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    What a pretty space to spend time in…I can see why it’s a favorite!! Love the colors throughout…

    Reply
  3. Summer Hogan

    Your space is amazing!!! I love EVERY inch of it! I’m so glad I found your blog and met you guys! Y’all are too cool for school and if I’m every in Chicago I’ll be knocking on your doors 🙂

    Reply
  4. DIY Playbook

    I actually found it a couple years ago at a resale shop for about $25! It was quite the steal. It’s probably 1.5 feet…pretty big and amazing. Keep searching! Hopefully someday you’ll find your own

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  5. Gigi

    Beautiful place!!!!! Luuuuuv. I recently relocated to Colorado and am missing Chicago *so much* 🙁 . Where did you buy that incredible painting of the skyline? It is amazing! I NEED IT!

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Office Table from HomeGoods

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About a week ago, I shared some office updates & also gave you an itemized list of all of these office treasures. I also left you with a coffee table teaser, and finally… the waiting game is o-va. With no further ado, I formally introduce you to the most recent addition to our office:
When I laid eyes on this CLEARANCE HomeGoods table, I knew she would be perfect for this space. The table costs a little over $100 and in my opinion, totally completes the nook… on a budget! Talk about #HomeGoodsHappy!
I knew I wanted a table that was a little non-traditional for this room and I was also dead set on an “airy” table that wouldn’t block the gorgeous couch. So many of the tables I saw were gorgeous but too bulky and wouldn’t give the couch (our recent splurge) enough of the spotlight.
I toyed with the idea of buying two mini tables to sit side-by-side in front of the couch (and even brought a few home to “try on”), but couldn’t seem to find the perfect combo. So when  I saw this airy table that incorporated some industrial hints, I knew she was a keeper! This gem fit all of my must-haves, and it also made the space a touch less girly (a must-have on my hubby’s list).
The texture up close is probably my favorite part! So charming, or shall I say “so masculine and tough”. Those were my choice of words when I was trying to convince Matt that this table was meant to be and would totally add some toughness to the room.
I especially love the geometric pattern on the table. It seemed like the perfect way to tie in some of the other geometric design elements within the room. Hopefully I can keep this look going as I tackle what’s left.
I definitely love how it’s all coming together and am far more motivated to keep on plugging away!
But until then, you can probably find me cozied up in this little space with a good magazine, a cup of coffee, and growing to-do list!
Office To-Do List:
Curtains/Curtain Rod
Desk (possibly for 2)
Art
Desk Chairs
Storage 
I’m sure there’s more, that’s all I can think of so far…
Psst… come check out how the list is shaping up with this desk, this vanity, and these new curtains!
(Disclaimer: We have received free product from HomeGoods in connection to their Happy By Design program. All styling, ideas, and opinions are our own.)
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5 Tips to Style your Coffee Table

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When it comes to home decor, styling tops the list as our most favorite part of the decorating process. Oftentimes we fly through a DIY project, in eager anticipation of the final step…styling the big after shot!

We’ve both come a long way in styling vignettes, but we’ve only gotten better with practice and trial & error. Whether it’s a bookshelf, a kitchen nook, or a bar cart you just gotta play around with the area and tweak it as you go.

Today we’re going to give you some tips to style the perfect coffee table. This is just a basic guide or “formula” that you can use to transform your own table to give it a look that works with your home and your style.

In fact, we even styled 2 totally different coffee table looks using the same basic techniques. So class, let’s dive into Coffee Table Styling: 101.

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Here’s Casey’s adorable round table with a squared tray….White-Sectional-Couch-Coffee-Table

And here’s Bridget’s square table with a round tray (we swear we didn’t plan that)….
Gray coffee table tray
Tray
Tip #1
Use a Tray: We both firmly believe that trays are a must-have when it comes to styling a coffee table. Why you ask? Because if you ever need to clear the table quickly, you simply pick up the tray and set it to the side. Your little vignette stays cute and tidy, and you now have a nice spacious area to kick up your feet and relax. Trays help you corral all of your goodies and keeps everything in a nice, centralized space on your table and places like HomeGoods offer a very large variety of trays- all on the cheap!
West elm marble box
Basket for storage
Tip #2
Secret Storage: Similar to the tray idea, it is nice to have a way to corral the clutter while also HIDING it at the same time. Since our coffee table is two-tiered we have a nice little basket on the bottom level. This guy holds lots of “ugly” stuff. Remote controls, Xbox controllers, extra coasters, etc. It’s nice to just pull out the basket and toss stuff inside so you don’t have stuff everywhere! We also have some “secret storage” going on with that beautiful marble box. It’s from West Elm and was a housewarming gift. Not only is it gorgeous, but it also holds all of our Uno and playing cards. Functional and fashionable? Yes please! Bridget uses a faux marble looking tray from HomeGoods to hide her remote controls & X-box controller. She also hides a few kisses for her guests (or Matt..wink, wink) to enjoy.
Coffee-Table-Books
Tip #3
Make it Personal: A coffee table is an area where you can make a statement and showcase your style. Why not personalize it a bit so your guests can learn a little bit about you and your tastes? Coffee table books can often help show off your personality. Not only are they pretty, but they’re also entertaining so your guests can flip through your favorite finds. If books aren’t your thing, magazines, photo albums, or even a journal could be your “personal touch”.
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Tip #4
Add some Life: We’ve both admitted that we have complete brown thumbs. But that doesn’t mean we don’t attempt to keep things alive around here. Fresh flowers, a hydrangea plant, or even some (fake) greenery can all liven up a coffee table display. (Full disclosure here…this is hydrangea plant #2 for me, after the first had an untimely death after a weekend of no watering. Gotta love Trader Joe’s and their always amazing display of fresh plants and flowers. I found a replacement in no time!) We suggest you channel your inner gardener and bring some beauty to your table with something fresh.
Coffee Table style
Tip #5
Make it Pretty: Okay, so this may be very similar to Tip #3, but we still think it deserves its own category. So many people tend to throw cords, remote controls, and just general clutter on their coffee tables. But it doesn’t need to be that way. This is an area where you can show off your decor taste and overall style, so use it wisely! Shiny candles, pretty trinkets…anything is fair game for your coffee table display. Just keep it somewhat simple and don’t overdo it. You want it to look classy…not cluttered.
So let’s review….
1. Get a tray (they are everywhere now a days…)
2. Add some secret storage (a nice decor compromise for the gentleman’s coffee tray must-haves)
3. Add some personal touches (favorite books/magazines, candles, table topics… something!)
4. Add life (flowers, succulents, something that freshens up the space)
5. Make it pretty (our favorite part of course, but remember- LESS is more)
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Optional: 6. Sit back, pour yourself a beverage and enjoy the new look! We’re proud of you and that glamorous new coffee table tray!!
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Bridget and Casey Signature
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  1. KristyDoyle

    I’m a big fan of leaving the top of the coffee table clear of everything, so it’s a blank space for your cups (or feet, as the case may be), so when we purchased a two-tiered coffee table a few months ago, I ordered a three-basket set from Amazon to slide on the second tier. Now the basket closest to the front door (our front door opens right into the living room) holds hats, scarves and mittens in the winter and sunglasses in the summer, the second basket holds phone chargers and “extra” remotes, and the third basket holds notebooks, pens and reading material. Then, on the top I have a small basket for the remotes we use on a regular basis. I love being able to corral our clutter and leaving the coffee table as blank as can be. Although I do love your adorable styling of the coffee tables!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Baskets are the best! Corral the clutter and keep it all looking nice…good thinking! If you do ever want to style up your table just a little bit, we definitely recommend using a tray. You can have that coffee table bare (and ready for feet!) in no time at all.

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  1. KristyDoyle

    I’m a big fan of leaving the top of the coffee table clear of everything, so it’s a blank space for your cups (or feet, as the case may be), so when we purchased a two-tiered coffee table a few months ago, I ordered a three-basket set from Amazon to slide on the second tier. Now the basket closest to the front door (our front door opens right into the living room) holds hats, scarves and mittens in the winter and sunglasses in the summer, the second basket holds phone chargers and “extra” remotes, and the third basket holds notebooks, pens and reading material. Then, on the top I have a small basket for the remotes we use on a regular basis. I love being able to corral our clutter and leaving the coffee table as blank as can be. Although I do love your adorable styling of the coffee tables!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Baskets are the best! Corral the clutter and keep it all looking nice…good thinking! If you do ever want to style up your table just a little bit, we definitely recommend using a tray. You can have that coffee table bare (and ready for feet!) in no time at all.

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“You spin me right ROUND baby!”

Family-Room-Coffee-Table

Ever since we purchased our couch, we’ve wanted to find a new coffee table.

Well…we bought the couch 2 years ago. So, I think it’s finally time to get on the coffee table hunt!

It’s not that I don’t like our current coffee table. It was a fine Ikea purchase from my college days, and it has stood the test of time…(a.k.a. many college house parties)

I still love the table’s white color, the sliding drawer, and the two levels that provide maximum storage.

But, it just did not work with our L-shaped, natural colored couch.

white couch with big coffee table
Our poor guests have to suck it all in to try and sit on our couch. No bueno.
For the past few months, I’ve been on the hunt for a new table that would fit well in the space.
Here’s my list of must haves:
-Round shape (to offset the rectangular shape of the couch)
-2 levels (for maximum storage)
-Smaller & shorter than our current table
-Made of high quality, sturdy wood (for our heavy legs that rest on the table every night)
I’m happy to say that I found a table that hit everything on my checklist!
Especially the round requirement.  I joyfully sang Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round as I loaded the table into my car. The song is still stuck in my head.
Antique wood coffee table
This bad boy was scored over a fabulous girls’ weekend with my mom, aunt, and cousin. My mom actually spotted it and quickly snatched it up at my favorite antique store for only $80. A pretty great price considering the quality. Score!
I knew right away that I wanted to stain the table to match the dark espresso of our bookshelves. That way there was some contrast going on in our family room between the white media console…the dark bookshelves…the natural couch…and the dark coffee table.
Here’s what I used to get my stain on…
Staining supplies palm sander minwax stain paint brush
SUPPLIES:
Paint brush
Palm Sander
120 grit sandpaper
A few cloths
Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony
The table was showing its age, with some nicks and marks on the surface.
Antique wooden coffee table before
So my first step was to sand down the wood and create a nice even surface before staining.
I used 120 grit sandpaper (a medium grit) to smooth out the surface, sides, and second level of the table.    (Tip: Be sure to sand with the grain of the wood.)
Then, I wiped down the table with soapy water to get rid of any dust and dirt.
Sanded coffee table
Once the table was dry it was time to stain. I put on some rubber gloves and got to work!
Minwax stain ebony
I went with the color “ebony” because I really wanted a dark, almost black, color for the table.
I used my paint brush to paint a nice thin coat of stain onto the table, going with the grain of the wood. You could tell the dry wood was thirsty, because it happily soaked up that first coat of stain!
Stained coffee table in ebony
After about 10 minutes, I used a dry cloth to wipe up any excess stain. Make sure you don’t press down too hard when you wipe, but definitely wipe up any extra stain that is on the surface.
I then waited 24 hours and checked on my table again. The color wasn’t quite dark enough for me, so I decided to go for another coat of stain. I repeated the staining process…this time letting the stain soak in about 20 minutes before wiping it up.
48 hours later I trudged back down to the basement (side note: my legs should look way better due to all of the stairs I climb for these projects!) ready to finish up my coffee table.
Minwax Wipe-on Poly Sealing Stained furniture

To seal and protect the stained wood, I used a wipe-on poly. I literally just poured it right out onto the table and wiped an even coat on with a soft cloth. After it dried (about 3-4 hours) I used steel wool to lightly buff out the wood. I repeated this process 2 more times, for a total of 3 coats of wipe-on poly.

Stained Coffee Table
I’m in love with my little round table. It’s everything my white table wasn’t…
The tray on top is from Home Goods ($9.99!) and it is filled with cute & functional goodies.
Here’s a coffee table book about St. Louis, so our guests can learn about our new city.
On top is an old horse shoe, just to add some fun and maybe even luck to our family room!
Scrabble Tile Coasters
Some scrabble tile coasters (tutorial here) help us avoid the dreaded water ring on the wood (the horror!)
Home Goods Candle
This candle is another Home Goods purchase. Comfy couch, tivo, glass of red wine, and this candle…that says RELAXATION to me.
I’m really happy with the color of the table. It has a distressed look to it, with darker spots and roughed up edges.
Stained Coffee Table
I like the contrast between the dark table and light couch.
Wood Stain Coffee Table After
It provides good balance to the white media console and espresso bookcases across from it.
Even though the table is quite a bit smaller than our other one…there’s still plenty of room to stretch out my legs, sit back, and unwind.
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  1. Jackie B

    Like the dark stain. Did you ever consider using wood conditioner first? I stained a table last year (with lots of help) and learned the hard way to always use a wood conditioner. I read Centsational Girl too late on that one.

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Jackie, I did look into it. Wood conditioner can definitely help give an even uniform look (less blotchy), so I maybe should have gone with that! But, I am kinda liking the distressed, rustic look of the piece…darker in some areas, lighter in others.

    Would love to see your stained table!

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  3. Angela Conley

    What a lovely find and makeover! I like painted furniture, but preserving wood in its natural beauty is great too. Looks fab!

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6 thoughts on ““You spin me right ROUND baby!”

  1. Jackie B

    Like the dark stain. Did you ever consider using wood conditioner first? I stained a table last year (with lots of help) and learned the hard way to always use a wood conditioner. I read Centsational Girl too late on that one.

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Jackie, I did look into it. Wood conditioner can definitely help give an even uniform look (less blotchy), so I maybe should have gone with that! But, I am kinda liking the distressed, rustic look of the piece…darker in some areas, lighter in others.

    Would love to see your stained table!

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  3. Angela Conley

    What a lovely find and makeover! I like painted furniture, but preserving wood in its natural beauty is great too. Looks fab!

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