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Fake It Til you Make It…

ENTRY shelf from IKEA
Truth: I don’t always love my decor choices. To be perfectly honest, we’ve been in this house just under 2 years, and I often find myself making a list of things I want to go back & change (don’t tell Matt). Sometimes, I even kick myself for some of the decor choices I’ve made so far. Don’t get me wrong here, of course I’m extremely thankful for what I have, but I think it’s only natural to make mistakes in your first house, change styles half way through, or totally miss the mark. You live and you learn, right? Take my entryway for example…
This is what our entryway looked like when we finally got settled in. At that time I felt like the space needed something other than the 2 large coral frames above the couch to make the entry area its own entity. I chose to put framed photos of Matt’s childhood home, my childhood home and our first home together to make that separation.
At the time, I liked it…. but quickly realized it didn’t offer any function in a place that needed all the function it can get its little hands on. And to be perfectly honest, there was always this looming feeling that this threesome just didn’t “flow” with the room. For awhile I tried to sell myself that it was meaningful and simple, but a year later… I still wasn’t sold.
The space needed function and I needed to ditch the threesome (pretty standard life advice in general… not judging, just sayin’…). Hooks, a shelf, and a piece of art…that’s exactly what this space needed and got!
When this piece of art grabbed my attention in the clearance aisle of HomeGoods… I knew it was time to take action. For $22, how could I say no?! (This specific art took a tad of extra convincing to win over Matt). I sold Matt by convincing him that this piece’s patterns seemed to be the perfect accent to the large framed coral pieces we already had. We could either spend $22 on this piece or change up the large pieces. You can imagine the alternative sounded like a lot of extra work (and shopping!) for the Mr, so he was quickly sold on the charming vintage suit.

I picked up this IKEA shelf for $7.99 (regular price), but had to paint it white with some leftover paint I had at the house. I used the brackets to hang the shelf from on the top side, but you can also flip the shelf around and put the brackets on the bottom for a whole new look! Since the shelf comes in natural wood, the color options are endless! The three hooks are from HomeDepot; I think they were like $3-ish each.

The pillows and striped blanket are also IKEA steals- a fun way to add a little more color, texture and coziness.

Overall, I’m much more content with the new look. It offers A LOT more function (which I love above all), and also makes the whole space “flow” much better. I can’t believe how a tiny $7 shelf can make such a difference in organizing the clutter that comes through the front door. Mail, keys, sunglasses, jackets… everything has a place to call home.

Like I said, I never hated the old look, I just love this one a lot more. I’m glad I finally silenced that looming voice of “just okay” by making some inexpensive changes.

This isn’t my first re-decorating experience, and I can guarantee it won’t be my last. My style, ideas, and our home’s needs are always changing so I guess it’s okay to adjust the decor to reflect these changes. At least that’s what I’m telling myself to feel better!
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But let’s be real here…is it just me or are you also feeling like some of your rookie decor decisions need a little extra attention these days? I need some support here!  
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    1. DIY Playbook

      You are so sweet, Tricia. Thank you so much for your kind words and all of your support!! And yes, it is an old pew that we had refurnished. Ironically, it’s from Dave Reilly’s mom’s quilt shop. She wanted to get rid of it so Dave gave it to us!! We absolutely LOVE it.

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a fabulous summer. =)

  1. clare @ fitting it all in

    I want you to come decorate my apartment. and my boyfriend’s house. but i’ll need you to do it for free 😉
    ya’ll seriously impress me every time!!!

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  2. Thistle

    So awesome to meet you at Haven! (totally love your style)! So happy that we ended up on the same floor!

    Have an amazing day!

    karianne

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Karianna,
      It was so great to meet YOU!! We’ve been big fans for awhile now, so it was great to chat with you. You are too darn sweet and so, so welcoming! Thanks for stopping by.

      Xo,
      Bridget & Casey

  3. Sage Grayson

    I really love the colors you’re using, and that bikini print is too cute. 🙂 I think this is true with they way most of us decorate our homes. It’s trial and error, and while something might not look horrible, it can always be tweaked and improved. Nice example!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much for the kind words Sage. Yes…home decorating is definitely a long process of trial and error. But we think that’s what makes it so fun 😉

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10 thoughts on “Fake It Til you Make It…

  1. clare @ fitting it all in

    I want you to come decorate my apartment. and my boyfriend’s house. but i’ll need you to do it for free 😉
    ya’ll seriously impress me every time!!!

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  2. Thistle

    So awesome to meet you at Haven! (totally love your style)! So happy that we ended up on the same floor!

    Have an amazing day!

    karianne

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  3. Sage Grayson

    I really love the colors you’re using, and that bikini print is too cute. 🙂 I think this is true with they way most of us decorate our homes. It’s trial and error, and while something might not look horrible, it can always be tweaked and improved. Nice example!

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Our Home’s Half Birthday

Happy 1/2 Birthday to the Longview Lodge! It’s been 6 months since Matt and I closed on the charming house that we now call home. To honor this fabulous occasion, we are celebrating with a new DIY project dedicated to our baby lodge.

We have decided to dress up our entryway with a picture of the gorgeous birthday boy. (Side note: If you’re eyeing our “new” pew and thinking… wait, what.is.that? Stay tuned for our big reveal coming soon).

Here’s a closer look at the wall we’re working with. Before we could hang a new picture, we needed a frame or two… or three?
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We bought three frames at Target; 2 with mats framing a 5×7 picture and one with a mat framing an 8×10 opening. A picture of the Lodge will be placed in the middle, but can you guess what will be placed in the other two frames?
If you guessed “our childhood homes”… you’re right! 

Since it has been 6 months, we have officially decided to add our little charmer to the family. It’s quite the honor to add this newbie alongside the veteran homes that mean the world to Matt and me.

Although the Longview Lodge has a lot to live up to, we couldn’t be more excited or more proud to add him to this famous line-up.

If the Lodge lives up to the legacy of his competition, he will be quite a legend someday. But since it’s only his 1/2 birthday, he definitely has a long road a head of him.

And in the meantime, we will be enjoying the journey and thanking our lucky stars for a home that we absolutely adore.
P.S. Just a friendly reminder that there is less than week left in our Challenge Loop competition. All submissions are due next Wednesday, May 29th. Finish up your DIY projects and head on over to our challenge loop page for your chance to win $50 to Target. 
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8 Tips for the Perfect Entryway

A home’s entryway serves many purposes. First and foremost it needs to be a functional place. A space that helps you get out the door quickly with everything you need for the day. 


But, it also needs to reflect your style and personality. The entryway will typically be the first space that guests view when they enter your home…so why not allow the area to reflect your style?
8 Tips for the perfect entryway foyer mudroom
Here are some tips to help you create the perfect entryway that is both functional and fashionable!
Keys in a white bowl on entryway table white picture frames books
1. Keys: This is my number one tip for an entryway…a place for keys. We typically go with a cute bowl that will hold car keys, house keys, mail key, etc. But, there are many other stylish options to keep all of your keys in one place. Choose what works best for you and your family and you’ll never lose your keys again. 
Boots in a vintage crate kay c draft root beer antique
2. Shoe Storage: We are not the type of household that takes off their shoes right when they enter the home (oops, should probably work on that!) But, if our shoes or boots are wet, muddy, or downright dirty…you are not getting through the hallway with them on. 
Hunter boots in vintage crate antique
I found this vintage storage crate and it now holds our dirty footwear. It’s also a good spot for soaking wet umbrellas on a rainy day! No more puddles on the floor…
Basket with winter scarves
3. Corral the Clutter: It seems the warm Spring months have finally arrived, but during the Winter there can be clutter up the wazoo around here. Think scarves, mittens, and extra coats galore. To keep everything at hand, I simply added a little basket to our front table. It holds bright scarves to quickly snatch up as I head out the door.
Coat Closet with cute blue knob
Hand pulling knob on closet
We are also lucky enough to have a nice little coat closet to hold more of our winter gear, along with coats and jackets. I added a cute knob (only a few bucks at Anthropologie) to put my own “touch” on this otherwise blah coat closet. Easy way to add a little personality when you’re a renter!

4. Add a Mirror: Every entryway needs a mirror! I repeat, every entryway needs a mirror! First, it is very functional. You can check yourself out before heading out the door, and make sure every hair is in place. Also, it can add so much light to an otherwise dark hallway or foyer. The mirror will catch the light and make a narrow hallway seem much grander. 

Wooden bench with pillows in front hall
5. A place to sit: Remember how we take those dirty shoes off before entering our home? Well, it is always nice to have a place for your tush as you’re taking your shoes off. That’s where our bench comes in handy. 
Table lamp with clear base Ikea
6. Let there be Light: A table lamp works well on a long console table. It casts a light glow at night, and gives an inviting and welcoming feel to the hallway. 
Front Hall with rug runner neutral colors table with lamp
7. Add a Runner: A long runner cozies up our hardwood floors. Remember where I got this bad boy? ($3 at Goodwill!) Make sure your runner isn’t too close to the front door. You want the door to be able to swing freely open.  Also, invest in a rug pad to keep your runner in place.
White Ikea Table in Entryway Books Keys Frames
8. Let your Personality Shine: This may be my final tip, but it is an important one! There are many ways to add a bit of your style and personality to an entryway. Your favorite books? A fun picture? A family monogram? They’re all great ways to show off who you are and what your home is all about.
White Frames with picture and F monogram
Young House Love Book Antique Globe
DIY Subway Art
We proudly display our Subway Art (DIY tutorial here) in our front hallway. It shows all of the stops between our hometown and our current home and is a nice reminder that family is only a train ride away. 
Front Hallway Table with lamp keys and books on it
So there you have it 8 tips to make the most out of the first room in your home!

Bridget’s command center is another DIY project that I may add to my to-do list for our own entryway. It’s a fabulous way to stay organized, in style. 
What do you guys think makes up the perfect entryway? Anything else you have in yours that you want to share? 


TGIF… We can’t wait to see you back next week! We have an ENTIRE week of mother’s day gift ideas planned. Meaningful gifts, free printables, and a tribute to our two favorite women. Tune in for ideas on how to spoil the important ladies in your life. 

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Our Home Improvement Time Capsule

Have you ever seen one of these?

A planter? Maybe. A catch-all? Sometimes. A conversation starter? Definitely.

Every visitor that has been to our house has commented on this little black box. Questions, suggestions, jokes… we’ve heard it all, trust me.

As much as we loved to hear all of the theories that our guests came up with about this lil’ mystery, it was time for this him to go.

And just like that, the random little black box was history. 

Inside was a sea of spider webs, dust, and lots of homeowner secrets.

To add to these secrets, Matt and I decided to create a mini time-capsule. We added a picture of us the night of our engagement…

…with a little note to the future homeowners.

Who knows if anyone will ever find this treasure or read our note, but it’s fun to know that even if we move out, there will always be a little piece of our story here for the next homeowners to find.

Not only do we love the fresh look, we are thankful that a little piece of us will always be a secret part of the Longview Lodge. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone.
Have you ever created a home improvement time capsule? 
Or better yet, have you ever found secrets left behind from previous homeowner’s? 
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  1. Jackie Blomberg

    These things are all over Catalina! My friend, Becca, has one. Se lives on Hemlock. The owners before her stuck a fish tank in there. She got rid of the fish tank and was left with that planter-ish box. She hasn’t covered it up yet. I would have had that covered in. New York minute too!

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  1. Jackie Blomberg

    These things are all over Catalina! My friend, Becca, has one. Se lives on Hemlock. The owners before her stuck a fish tank in there. She got rid of the fish tank and was left with that planter-ish box. She hasn’t covered it up yet. I would have had that covered in. New York minute too!

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Entrance Updates

Meet Lord Griswold. 
He’s the handsome gentleman that completes Matt’s wonderful family. As the mayor of the neighborhood, Lord Griswold is everything he sounds like and more. He is a humble anchor that uses those charming eyes to win over everyone he meets. Ironically, he is also the focus behind our recent entrance updates.    
Four months ago, our laundry room entrance looked like this…
entry way makeover
Four months ago, I had big dreams for this space. I pictured a fabulous gallery wall filled with baskets of mail, a command center, a mirror, and lots of hooks for coats. Reality quickly set in and I soon realized this tiny space limited my gallery wall dreams. I was forced to settle for simple and functional.    
target decor

Enter a simple frame, a functional coat hook, and a pop of color.  All thanks to Target’s home decor section, I only spent about $35 total. #score

entrance makeover
This is the picture that now guards our door; Lord Griswold as a sleeping puppy.
Lord Griswold is such an important part of Matt’s life, of course he deserves a prominent display at the Longview Lodge.  One day, I plan on adding more white accessories around “Griz”, but for now… a picture of this sleeping puppy is the perfect touch in welcoming our new guests and winning them over right from the start. 
entrance before & after
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