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  • The Pop Shop

    Is it just me or is this random space above my refrigerator super awkward? Some people have fabulously functional cabinets above their fridge, me…. not so much. The solution to getting rid of this awkwardness: I wasn’t exactly sure. All I knew is that I had to add  something… anything really. That’s when I stumbled

  • Going overboard for a Port Hole Mirror

    If you follow the DIY Playbook on Instagram, you saw this picture I posted a few weeks ago. This FREE treasure was abandoned by its previous owner and left for garbage. But when I laid my eyes on this nautical inspired port-hole mirror that was headed for the trash, I was head over heels in love.

  • Decorating with a Pew- Before & After

    Meet the newest member of the Longview Lodge. I insist on calling him Pepe Le Pew; Matt refuses to support or participate in this idea. Boooo. I have reluctantly agreed to call him “le pew”. You win some, you lose some.   Le Pew came all the way from Michigan City where he used to

  • Eclectic Gallery Wall – Sources

    Eclectic Gallery Wall – Sources

    Last week I promised that I would dish the scoop on my May DIY Challenge. Rest assured, the day has finally arrived. I am here today to give you the 411 on each item on my eclectic gallery wall. Get excited people… Eclectic Gallery Wall 1. This is actually a vintage dart board designed similar to a baseball field.

  • White Bedding for our Master Bedroom

    White Bedding for our Master Bedroom

    So you guys remember my big plans for our master bedroom, right? (Read about it in this post) Well, I’ve tackled the first step for our bedroom makeover. New Bedding!   Yep, I took the plunge and decided to go ahead and purchase a fabulous new duvet and pillows.  If you follow us on Instagram

  • 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

  • Entertaining the idea…

    Entertaining the idea…

    When Matt and I first walked through the house that we now call home, I instantly started visualizing furniture lay-outs in my head. “Where would a couch go?”, “What wall should the TV hang on?”, “Will a Christmas tree fit in here nicely?”. While most prospective homeowners are inspecting the furnace, inquiring about the age

  • Tips for a Winning Flea Market Trip

    Tips for a Winning Flea Market Trip

    When it comes to shopping for unique items for your home, there is just no better place to visit than the flea market. You never know what the heck you’re gonna find, and most prices are bound to be pretty dang low. Just where we like ’em. Recently the rookies decided to trek up to

  • Storage Solutions in a Small Home

    So, if any of you have ever rented an apartment, loft, or condo…you know that storage is usually scarce. You’ll maybe be lucky to have a coat closet…or a linen closet. But typically not both.  And if you’re like me, then you enjoy when all of your “stuff” has a designated spot to call home.

  • Heavenly Couch, Thanks Macy’s

    Heavenly Couch, Thanks Macy’s

    Furniture shopping is___________________.a. Overwhelmingb. Intimidatingc. Excitingd. Full of commitmente. All of the above Answer: (E). All of the above. Throughout allllllll of the adventures that come along with furniture shopping, I have felt all of these emotions and more, many, many more. Trying to pick out the perfect couch; one that has the ideal ratio of comfy to cozy, trendy to

  • Bridget’s Suburban Ranch

    Bridget’s Suburban Ranch

    ‘ Come check out Bridget’s Patio Makeover here. Check out even more pictures of our home tour on Style Me Pretty! PS. If you are looking for some holiday inspiration, come check out some inspiration here…  here…. here….  or here! 

  • Casey’s St. Louis Loft

    Casey’s St. Louis Loft

    Hello, hello! Come on in and get cozy!   My fiance Finn and I called this spacious loft home in downtown St. Louis, before moving to our current Chicago condo. Take a peek at our old place!