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Design Mistakes

  • Rookie Mistake: Not So Secret Storage

    Rookie Mistake: Not So Secret Storage

    We’re back with another rookie mistake and this is a good one if you want to get organized this year. Come learn the RIGHT way to organize your stuff…

  • Rookie Mistake: Countertop Clutter

    Rookie Mistake: Countertop Clutter

    There’s one thing that can make even the most beautiful kitchen look pretty bad…countertop clutter! Here’s how to avoid this rookie mistake…

  • Rookie Mistake: Displaying Throw Blankets

    Rookie Mistake: Displaying Throw Blankets

    We are big fans of throw blankets. They cozy up a bare couch, while adding color, pattern, and texture to the living room space. But, there is one rookie mistake we see over and over again…

  • Rookie Mistake: Fireplace Mantel Decorating

    Rookie Mistake: Fireplace Mantel Decorating

    I chose this month’s rookie mistake after seeing far too many mantels that were in need of some styling TLC. Are you making this rookie mistake? If so, don’t worry…I’ve got a step-by-step process to decorate this tricky spot!

  • Rookie Mistake: Buying the Wrong Rug Size

    Rookie Mistake: Buying the Wrong Rug Size

    Need help choosing the perfect rug size for your room? This post walks you through the dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing the right size rug…

  • Rookie Mistake: Hanging Wall Art

    Rookie Mistake: Hanging Wall Art

    We see so many people hanging art ALL WRONG. Here is the correct way to hang art on your wall…

  • How to Clean Couch Cushions

    How to Clean Couch Cushions

    Our couch sees plenty of wear & tear and stains! Today we are diving into the details on how I clean couch cushions…

  • Rookie Mistake: Over-the-door Hangers & Mirrors

    Rookie Mistake: Over-the-door Hangers & Mirrors

    Rookie Mistakes: a series of common decor mistakes made by rookies… aka us. And no we are not judging because we have made (and continue to make) these mistakes too! Rookie Mistake #1: Couch Pillows Rookie Mistake #2: Shower Curtains Rookie Mistake #3: Generic Home Decor Rookie Mistake #4: Carnations Rookie Mistake #5: Decorating with Picture Frames Rookie Mistake #6: Shop

  • Rookie Mistake: Matching Furniture

    Rookie Mistake: Matching Furniture

    Are you making this big design faux pas? I’m not a huge fan of matching sets of furniture. Here’s why and how to fix it…

  • Rookie Mistake: Hanging Curtains

    Rookie Mistake: Hanging Curtains

    So many people are hanging curtains the wrong way! Here’s the right way to hang curtains in your home for an elegant look…

  • Rookie Painting Tips from a Professional Painter

    Rookie Painting Tips from a Professional Painter

    As many of you already know, my dad is ALWAYS willing to lend a helping hand behind-the-scenes at the DIY Playbook. Although we always vow to each other that we want to tackle our project WITHOUT his help, we always know he’s just a phone call away ready to answer our questions… or avert a DIY

  • Rookie Mistake: Shop First, Plan Second

    Rookie Mistake: Shop First, Plan Second

    In the early days of decorating our homes, we wanted our spaces furnished and decorated as quickly as possible. We didn’t measure, we didn’t research to find the best prices, and we didn’t live in our spaces to get a feel for the things we actually NEEDED to buy…