Home Office Gallery Wall in French + Mr. Darcy


Home Office Gallery Wall

Before I begin showing you my forever-in-waiting gallery wall in my home office, I have to provide I disclaimer. I don’t speak French! But I found these letters at an furniture warehouse and just had to add them to the wall, even if the word wasn’t in English.

It’s been forever since I gave an update to my home office. Now that Cora is getting bigger (3 months Monday!), we have a more regular routine and I can get back to projects around the house when she sleeps.

Last we left my home office makeover, I had made over the fireplace. Granted it’s a non-working fireplace, but it adds a beautiful architectural element to the room. I took a risk and painted the old brick and added salvaged art above the mantel.

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I’ve Got the {Buffalo} Vibe

If you live in Western New York or just want to find out more about the Buffalo area and local events, you should take a look at Buffalo Vibe. It’s a site I’m now a contributor for in the Lifestyle section, which has articles on fashion, travel, and now home design and DIY.

Buffalo Vibe

I’ll be writing there twice a month on my favorite topic, which is pretty much how to create a beautiful, meaningful home on a budget. So you’ll see some articles about things I post on the blog, but I also will be writing about local events and inspiration for all things home and interior design-related.

I’m looking forward to this new adventure. Find all of my posts here and the home page here. Hope to  see you there soon!

Color of the Year Inspiration

Color of the Year Inspiration

One major part of design and decorating is color. Whether you are putting together a new room or deciding what kind of new floor to put in a space, color always comes into play.

Did you know that major paint companies and other brands select not only a ‘Color of the Year’ but entire palettes? If you are looking to try a new hue in your home this year, here is some inspiration.

Known as the expert in color, Pantone announces a color of the year each December for the following calender. 2015’s color is Marsala, described by Pantone as a

…naturally robust and earthy wine red.

Color of the Year Marsala

My first thought about Marsala was that it reminded me of 90’s maroon. But with all of the black, white and gray in interiors these days, Marsala could be a nice, rich compliment. What do you think of it? Maybe you’ll try it on some accessories? See ideas for using Marsala in your home from Monica at East Coast Creative.

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DIY Wooden Arrows

DIY Wooden Arrows

Although I don’t typically decorate for Valentine’s Day, this year I couldn’t resist a little craft project to celebrate the holiday. After all, it is about love and chocolate and who can resist love and chocolate? Instead of the usual craft creating something heart shaped, I decided to pay a little attention to Cupid and his arrows. I put together these easy DIY wooden arrows and now I’m going to show you how you can make one too!

This project is really easy, and totally customizable so you don’t have to be exact with your measurements. Feel free to be a little more free style. You can paint it {or not}, just about any color you’d like.


  • Wooden Shims
  • Wood Glue
  • Miter Saw (or a hand saw and miter box)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Spray paint, craft or wall paint or wood stain {optional if you will paint/stain it}
  • Frame for framing {optional}


1. First select some nice wood shims to use. Make a rough representation of what you’d like your arrow to look like.

This is what I came up with. Two shims for the point and a few more for the tail.

DIY Wooden Arrows

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An Easy Makeover + Living Room Updates

This year I promised myself I would take things easy when it came to blogging. It kind of came naturally after Cora was born, and life now moves a bit slower. For someone with a high need to get a lot of things done in a day, this was hard for me. But I’m welcoming the pace, the days with her, and the time I get to think about being more intentional with life in general.

One way I’m doing this is in our home of course. In the living room particularly, to feed my desire to do something new in the space that’s been relatively unchanged since we moved in almost 5 years ago.

We did get a new couch and loveseat early on, I made an ottoman, redid a dresser for storage, customized some curtains, and recently painted these gorgeous bookshelves. But what’s really bothering me is the paint color.

Hale Navy Banboo Bookshelves

I never really loved it. There’s not much personality to the color and I’d like to repaint the space soon. Not to mention it doesn’t read well on camera. Sometimes it doesn’t even look like a color at all. You might be wondering

Is there paint on those walls?

The tan color needs an update, so do the tan pillows and tan wall art.

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Got Antlers? Learn How to Mount them.

Hello friends. If you have a bit of rustic style like I do, or even if you just love the taxidermy trend, today’s post is for you. I’m over at Pretty Handy Girl showing you How to Mount Antlers.

Read the post HERE.

It’s been snowing a bit here, but we are snuggled in at home making plans for the spring. I never mind the winter at all since it allows me to get things done inside. Is that how you feel about it, or are you itching for warmer temps?

How to Mount Antlers

January in Review

Happy February! The first month of the year is now behind us but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some small projects to get your home organized, even if it wasn’t a resolution you made. There are always quick and simple things that can make you feel accomplished, and in less than 30 minutes. Here are the projects I got to do this past month.

First, it was to get my home manuals under control. All you need is a binder and a few minutes. Read How to Organize Home Manuals HERE.

How to Organize Home Manuals

While you are getting those all set, label the outside with your Silhouette machine. It’s only the second project I’ve done with my Silhouette and I’m already addicted to it. Labeling the outside of my binders helps me put things away quickly and easily. Now I’m thinking of what I can label next….

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