Design & DIY

Wondering how to make inexpensive curtains look high end?  In this post I’m going to share some tips on how!  Curtains as you know, come in all sizes, patterns, colors, fabrics and price points! It can be so overwhelming to determine what is right for your space.  If you are on a budget and want nice curtains, you might be stuck trying to decide what will look best.  This often results in naked windows.  Trust me, you don’t want naked windows!  Curtains are like earrings to an outfit; the finishing touch. Finding the right curtains will help complete the look of your space.  Today, I’m going to help you get one step closer to dressing up those naked windows!

Three Tips for selecting affordable curtains:

Tip #1 when it comes to selecting curtains is to first stay clear of grommet style and the tab style.  I’m not a fan of either.   I prefer the pocket rod style or pocket rod style with the use of draper hooks to to attach the panels to the rod.  I think this gives affordable curtains a much higher-end look.   I like to clip the hook to the drape by pinching every couple inches and it gives it a much more finished look. 

Tip #2 is super important.  Please remember these two words HIGH and WIDE.  When you hang your curtains you want to maximize the height of your space.  If you have height in your space to work with don’t hang your curtains low.  Curtain placement can either make your window look large or tiny.  Make your windows appear bigger by hanging your panels wide.  Ideally your window won’t be covered by the curtain at all, instead framed by the curtain panel.  When ordering your curtain rods, consider the length of the curtain rod because you will want to go out wider than the window itself. 

Tip #3 When it comes to choosing the finish of your hardware I typically choose either a black or oil rubbed bronze.  These two options are classic and really dress up your window.  However, sometimes I do switch it up from room to room.  For example, my daughter has brass accents in her room so her curtain rod and hooks are brass because black or ORB (oil rubbed bronze) would be too harsh.  Our kitchen and dining room are connected, I like to keep any connected rooms with the same window hardware finishes.  I think to get started consistency is best!  Here is what you will need to get started hanging your curtains.  

My favorite retailer’s for affordable curtains:

Curtain Hardware:

 Patterned Curtain Panels:

Colorful Curtain Panels

Neutral Curtain Panels

I really hope this helps you narrow down your selection and gives you ideas for adding curtains to your space. There are so many options out there for curtains but I thought I would share some of my favorites to help you narrow it down. When in doubt a linen white and a bamboo shade- you can’t go wrong! So what is your favorite? Solid? Color? Pattern? Most of the curtains in our home are solid but I do love some of the patterned options and I’m leaning towards a couple for our office/closet space! Let me know what you think below.

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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This past long weekend, with the weather still cooperating here in New England, we figured we would take advantage and tackle one last DIY project before the winter months set in.  We’ve done a lot this past spring from installing our outdoor lights, a building barn doors for our garage as well as some DIY planters.  Since the pandemic hit it’s become evident that home really is the best place to be and maybe the only place we can be for awhile.

Especially during uncertain times such as these we want to enjoy the company of friends and family outdoors as long as we can which means we needed a better heat source.  So today I’m sharing our new smokeless fire pit. Yes you read that right.  It is designed to limit smoke!  I’ll share more on that later.  Our outdoor area was lacking a great spot for a fire.  To really dress up our fire pit we wanted to give it its own special area in the yard with cozy Adirondack chairs as well as gravel/stone.  We did this project in a long weekend and it wasn’t too bad!  Here is what we did!

DIY Fire Pit Area Supplies:

  • Edging Shovel
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Metal rake
  • Spray paint
  • String
  • Garden stake
  • Weed barrier
  • Crushed marble gravel
  • Cobblestone
  • Sand (we used about two bags)
  • Pre-bought fire pit kit or Fire pit paver stones

Before:

Here is how the area looked before we started.  We had this little side yard that we really didn’t use for much.  I’ve mentioned before our backyard is very narrow so we make use a lot of our front yard and side yard.  We live on a dead end street, off a dead end street so we don’t have much traffic at all.  We knew that we wanted our fire pit area close by to the patio so for parties we could all be together but further away from the house to be safe and also less smokey.  However, the fire pit insert we purchased should cut down on that a lot!

Installing the Fire Pit:

Once the area was cleared out we used the bags of sand to get our pit insert level.  The area we dug out was about 14′ in diameter.  You don’t have to go that big.  We needed about 50 bags for this size of crush gravel which was $120-ish dollars.  We went with Home Depot, online prior to shopping, you can put in your dimensions and calculate the amount you will need.  You could also go to a local stone yard that delivers it all to you but ours wasn’t doing delivery in our area that day.  So we borrowed my Dad’s truck and off to Home Depot we we went.  We grabbed the last of our supplies; gravel, weed barrier, bags of sand.

Let’s circle back to this smokeless fire pit we purchased it from a place on Cape Cod called Stonewood Products.

Click here to read more about our exact fire pit.  I’ve always hated the smell of smoke and never wanted to be really close to a fire pit.  It would hurt my eyes and my hair/clothes would smell for days.  We looked into a Solo stove and Ben was pretty much set on it.  However, I didn’t love the style of them.  I wanted something a little bit more stationary.  I love the look of stone fire  pits.  So this was a compromise that we both loved.  It was an investment but we can take it apart if we ever move.  We also love that it came with a lid and all the stone to make a nice tall pit.

As you can see we used the weed barrier fabric to cover the dirt to prevent grass and weeds from coming through.  It was a really windy day and it was so hard to keep it all flat but we are still glad we took this extra step!  Once we did the weed barrier we emptied all 5o bags of gravel and used the metal rake to spread them out evenly.

DIY Fire Pit Area:  Edging and Setting up

The last step was edging the fire pit area to keep the gravel in place.  We decided to call our local stone supplier because we wanted to go with a small black cobblestone to really tie in with the black insert.  The cobblestone we ordered is from AGT and they delivered it for us a few days later.  The cost of that was a bit more than we anticipated but we had come thus far and just wanted it too look amazing.  The stone was $400.  Again, more than I had anticipated but I love how it came together.  I decided to hold off on ordering real Adirondack chairs for now because we splurged on a couple of these items.  The plastic ones work for now  Next summer I’m hoping to have a local carpenter build us some or who knows maybe we will continue to improve our DIY skills and attempt that too!

I love how the dark cobblestone gives such a nice border to this fire pit area, it adds a lot of character too!

Thank you for reading this post today and stopping by my littler corner of the internet!  I hope this inspires you to squeeze in and tackle another outdoor project before winter rolls in!  Believe it or not we still have two more projects coming up, that we’ve held off on for YEARS.  A new walkway and new shutters.  I’m so excited to finish sprucing up the exterior of our home!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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In just a few short weeks I’ll be an Auntie!!  Today I’m sharing the reveal of my sister’s modern boho nursery design.  I’ve been helping my sister the last few months starting with an e-design that has evolved over time.  This past weekend we finished the accent crib wall which is a combination of both peel and stick wallpaper and board and batten.  I was considering giving a tutorial for that but since there are so many amazing board and batten tutorials available on the inter-webs, I’ll link the one we used from Chris Loves Julia Here

In this post I’ll share the finishing touches and some details of my sister’s finished nursery as well as some sources.  We tried to keep this room gender neutral with lots of clean wood, creams and green.  In the end I added a couple pops of color to bring the room to life.  Before we know it a precious little baby will call this space their own, I cant wait to be a proud Auntie!! 

Before I show you all the finishing details. I wanted just show you how the peel and stick looked before we added that board and batten wall. We decided to paint it white so that it would feel bright and airy. However, you could totally paint the board and batten a color that ties in with the peel and stick as well. Click here for the peel and stick we used.

Board and Batten Process:

This process took us a solid Sunday afternoon. We did have a team effort and it was actually fairly easy, with the right tools. We really love how it turned out and after a couple coats of white paint here is how it looks!

Modern Boho Nursery Reveal + Details:

I found this typography canvas print and thought it added a little warmth to the wall and I always used to sing “you are my sunshine” to my babies so I thought it would be a pretty accent until my sister decide’s on a baby name. Maybe down the road she will decided to add initials or some type of printed wall hanging monogram.

blanket ladder

She registered for this blanket ladder and I wish I had one of these when my babies were little. I love how it neatly displays and organizes all the different blankets and swaddles plus it looks so pretty!

How adorable is this mobile? I love the felt and neutral design. I decided to place it off to the decide so she could still add a simple piece of art over the crib. With the pattern of the peel and stick behind, I really wanted to keep the art simple and I think it looks so pretty with the mobile.

My sister found this dresser off of Facebook Marketplace and sprayed the knobs gold, she also took this mirror they had and spray painted that as well. I love the prayer basket on the right, which I included in the original e-design. It’s a beautiful way to hide all of the dirty baby clothes. But seriously nothing is cuter than that monogramed baby jean jacket. I mean, can you even deal?

I also love the natural wood ledge book display. I used these years ago in Griffin’s nursery/little boy bedroom and he still has them for his books. My sister even turned one upside down to hang/display the cute jean jacket. I love that idea! T

We decided to keep the rug neutral for now and this one gives off all those boho vibes in the nursery along with that cute little foot stool. The curtains I sourced for her to pull the greens from the accent wall over to the windows. They have pom pom on the edges which I think is super cute for a kid space. Lastly the CRIB! I source that for her as I thought it was so different I love that it had a little vintage throw back vibe. It also can grow with baby it turns into a toddler bed too!

I hope you enjoyed this nursery reveal! It was so fun to help my sister pull this room together from concept ideas to the finished product! Even their puppy Murphy approves! Let’s see how he feels once baby arrives.

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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I recently received an email from a Guidance Counselor struggling with their office decor.  The small and windowless space brought me back to my days as an Art Teacher.  I taught in a dark basement with no windows and no access to fresh air.  Not only was it filthy it was very lacking in inspiration, something an art space should be full of!  I did my best to make the space beautiful, I painted the cracking walls, added murals and art! 

I’m sure the young students never really noticed that the space wasn’t the best but for me, to be there every day, all day it started to get to me and part of the reason I didn’t go back to that job.  I truly feel our spaces impact our well being and mood.  I sympathize with this educator and wanted to help! A counselor should have an office that is welcoming.  A space for students to be encouraged, heard, nurtured, motivated and beyond.  Here is the email I received and my suggestions.

“Good Morning 🙂
 
Thank you so much for taking a look at my awful, ugly, yet recently painted wood panelling walls…. So that is a plus! 🙂 
 
Any and all advice you have is welcome. I am thinking maybe some shelves? I tried to take a video but it would not upload and send because it was too large. 
 
Again, I am a high school guidance/school counselor and want this to be a space where students feel comfortable and at ease. Also, for me to enjoy it because I am here for many hours a day. 🙂  I am not sure I can paint anything, but I can add things to the walls. The only thing I really need is a desk, my file cabinets for my students folders and a cork board (does not need to be this one) by my desk for schedule and important information.  
 
Thank you SO MUCH for even taking the time to read this and look at the pictures. 
 
I appreciate it more than you know,”
 
Here are her photos:
 
Since the walls can’t really be touched.  I wanted to add pops of color in other areas.  I suggested removing all the extra chairs and that icky student desk.  A cute little seating area on that student desk side would just be so inviting.  I also suggested adding a cup with pencils, paper and a couple clipboards if students need to do writing.  Those metal beige bookcases are also not doing it for me, simply spray painting them white will make them disappear into the space.  Adding cute bins for storage will dress them up and hide office supplies.  All large binders can be stored behind the teacher desk.
 
 
I love these simple prints for above the little seating area to inspire and encourage students .  They will make an impact with out being too cluttered.
 
 On the large wall when you enter I suggested a pretty wall tapestry to bring in color, as well as scale.  I love the idea of bringing in something with nature because the space is very confining.  Adding natural elements even faux plants and the occasional fresh flower will instantly make this space feel more alive and happy.  A rug for the center of the room that can be washed also just to add some more color and pattern, it isn’t necessary but just another layer of interest to the space.  I’d also consider adding some mirrors behind the teachers desk just to give the illusion that it is a bigger space as well.
 
 
 
 
So what you do you guys think?  I tried to do this with items that were affordable and practical for the Counselor to put this plan into action ASAP.  I’m really excited to see how it all comes together!
 
Happy Decorating!
 
Jordan
 
 

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We made it to September and with that I can check another project off the summer to do list!  Over the past couple months I was slowly helping my parents decorate their new bedroom.  They moved into a new condo back in May and the bedroom was lacking any sense of style.  The challenge for me was to find a way to repurpose two items they loved from their old beach house.  The first, a set of custom fabric drapes that were in the dining-room and a large rug from the living-room.  Luckily, both items had blue tones in them and I knew I could make them work together in a new space.  With those two items in mind, I created a mood board (similar to my e-design service) with items from All Modern one of my favorite online retailers with a great selection of home furnishings.  Once I got approval of the mood board, I sent them links with the items to order to bring the room together.  

The Bedroom Before:

The real focal point would be relocating the bed in front of the windows and painting an accent wall.  Next, an eye catching focal point in the over head lighting!  If you have tall ceilings use them to your advantage with show stopping light fixtures.  Let’s have one more moment of silence for that HIDEOUS boob light, the blah wall color, the not so great furniture layout.. nothing really working here.  Keep scrolling to see the after!

The Mood Board:

The Reveal:

The accent wall color is called Rushing River by Benjamin Moore it is so soothing and earthy I love it.  Let’s talk about the stunner in here from All Modern, that LIGHTING FIXTURE!  Wow, it makes a huge difference in this space.  Don’t you love it?!   I’m so excited that my parents have this new oasis to enjoy after a busy day.  My parents work very hard, my Dad’s own’s a waterproofing supply company in Boston and wakes up at the crack of dawn to sell construction supplies to all the jobs happening in the city.  My Mom is a school nurse and I know that she is going to have a pretty intense year.  The fact that I’ve helped them achieve a peaceful place to relax after a long day makes me really happy.

I love how the color on the wall instantly draws your eye Into the space and makes those fun graphic curtains pop!  The curtains are custom so unfortunately I can’t link them but I’ll try to find similar to include below.  Let me tell you a secret about the curtains… mmmmm, kay?  Just between us.  They are too short for the this room! But they are hidden behind the headboard AND I carefully placed a plant on the other side so you don’t even notice.  Another option would be to add a panel of fabric at the bottom to make up for the difference,  this is something we will probably do down the road with just some fabric glue! But for now, no one needs to know 😉

These new side tables also from All Modern fit the room perfectly and I love that they also bring in those touches of brass to the room. Large framed photography (from our trip to Outer Banks this summer) fill the wall to the left but also keeps it simple and graphic to compliment the other patterns in the space. 

What do you think guys?! So much better right?  I love the soothing colors but fun patterns at play.  The lighting and side tables from All Modern really bring it together as well as that navy headboard.  All that is left in here is a dresser for underneath the framed art and a couple throw pillows for the bed.  We were taking our time with finding items that we loved so once we get those in place I’ll update this post.  Thank you so much for reading today!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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This post is sponsored by Christmas Tree Shops and That! as always all ideas and thoughts are my own.  Today I’m sharing how to transition from summer into fall decor on my front porch by adding touches of modern farmhouse black and white decor from Christmas Tree Shops and That!    Buffalo check is very much on trend and Christmas Tree Shops and That! has a great selection of stylish fall decor and accents for your home.  

Browsing through the aisles of Christmas Tree Shops and That! is like a treasure hunt. You’ll find many different options for your home, if you like traditional fall decor, modern farmhouse or even a little boho/eclectic with the pink pumpkin selection. I gravitated towards the black and white buffalo check. I unintentionally matched the decor I was into today. I love that I can ease into fall decor with some sunflower accents and then into Halloween with orange pumpkins.

These black and white fabric pumpkins are the cutest! They are super soft and great for adding into a crate or basket on the porch or even on a mantel. Plus, you can reuse them year after year as well!

After filing my cart with some adorable items I was ready to spruce up our farmer’s porch for fall!! Some of the items I grabbed included; a fall pillow, beautiful wreath, a few fabric pumpkins, fall sign, door mat and a basket. I love mixing in some new items with items from past years for a fresh new look.

Farmer’s Porch Before:

I start decorating my porch by cleaning it off. Having a blank slate to work with helps me envision the look for a new season. Two foundational items that stay here year round are my metal bench and this window frame, which is a base for my seasonal wreaths *TIP- it adds more visual interest to layer). The first thing I’ll add is this beautiful wreath I got from Christmas Tree Shops and That! which really inspired my whole modern farmhouse porch look.

Modern Farmhouse Wreath:

I love adding other elements to store bought wreaths. Here I took some faux sunflower stems and just stuck them into the grapevine wreath. No hot glue required.

Isn’t the little black and white pin stripe bow so cute?! To make the wreath pop a even more, I added a couple faux sunflower stems. I simply cut them from a bunch and popped them in. I love how the yellow just pops and gives it that late summer early fall feel. I can easily take these out at anytime too. Sunflowers are a great way to ease into fall colors with out going straight to orange.

Christmas Tree Shops and That! has the cutest little signs for such great prices. I grabbed this “Autumn Market” sign and hung it on the siding with siding clips. How fun is this little aqua truck that matches the green in my new wreath? A bucket full of faux sunflowers adds a little more color to this corner as well. I also found this little black and white check wreath that I hung by our new barn doors.

Next up I added this cute set of buffalo check PUMPKINS also from Christmas Tree Shops and That! to this side table as well as this this “Thankful” pillow to our bench! I love how all the plaid patterns play off the beige siding and our gray floor. It’s really starting to feel more “fall-ish” I also have some faux white pumpkins that I re-use every year that I placed underneath the bench.

I think my favorite addition is this “Hello Pumpkin” door mat! Christmas Tree Shops and That! has a great selection of seasonal door mats with two kids and a dog mine always needs a refresh at the start each season. I like to layer mine over larger rugs like this above. The white basket filled with those fabric pumpkins- all from… you guessed it… Christmas Tree Shops and That! Once mums come out next month I’ll probably put a bunch into this basket.

I love how this Modern Farmhouse Fall Front Porch all came together thanks to my fun finds from Christmas Tree Shops and That! I hope you like it too! Thank you for stopping by and as always for supporting brands that I love and enjoy working with. Hope this inspires you as you transition to some fall vibes in your home!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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Hope everyone had a great weekend!  With an eye for decorating, I’m always bouncing from room to room in our house, looking to see if any space needs a little tweaking or TLC.  On occasion so much time goes by and I’ll look at a room and I’ll realize “wow, I’ve really let this one go!” better a room then myself, I guess.  The latest room needing a little TLC was our daughter’s bedroom.  One morning I went to make the bed and was like “WOAHHH, this room is not good”.   Looking at the furniture layout and decor I realized that moving things around would open up her space and also make her room feel a little more “big” girl.  Sometimes a tired looking space just needs a few small adjustments to make it look new and fresh.  In this post I’m going to show you how I did that!

Girls Bedroom Refresh Before:

Where do I even begin with this before?  At one point this room looked cute and maybe months and months of “time at home” sent this space into its downward spiral.  Whenever I’m about to refresh a space I look through it with a critical eye. What is bothering me? What isn’t working? What could be improved?  When I look at this photo I immediately can’t believe that I’ve taken up the entire room with the bed.  She has no space to play.  It suddenly occurred to me that the bed would fit perfectly to the left of the window which would open up the room.   I also decided the rug was lacking personality.  I still loved the wall color and pops of pink but the desk on the right side of window was taking up a lot of room and getting no use.

I got to work, selling items and rearranging everything!  Then once I was happy with the lay out, I only purchased the following items:

  • More interesting Rug
  • A fun accent lamp
  • A cute dresser accessorie
  • Duvet set to pull the dusty rose color from rug
  • A shelf for above bed

Everything else I either owned already or just relocated to a different place in her room!

I love how this already looks so much better!

I also painted a scallop accent wall using a paper plate as a stencil which I documented over on my Instagram It’s very subtle but I love how it adds a little interest to that wall separated by the window.

Girls Bedroom Refresh After:

The two signs on the wall once hung above her bed and now fit perfectly above her reading chair

As you can see I relocated these floral decals from one wall to this one. They are so easy to peel off and remove. These are from Rocky Mountain Decal

This dresser we’ve had since she was a baby. It’s such a classic style that will grow with her. The lamp is from Home Goods.

The faux wood panels are from Ez_Wall and they really are so easy to install. I love that it adds a little something fun to this wall, brings in some rustic charm to the space. Click HERE for the faux wood panels.

I added this simple shelf with brass brackets and then purchased a white piece of shelving from Lowes. It cost $25.00 total! I added a couple plants, a new print and then a letter “A” for her name. LInked at bottom of this post

Below you can see that I painted the top half of the wall Simply White by Ben Moore then used a plate to trace half circles which I then painted in with the wall color which is Italian Ice by Ben Moore. Super simple and adds a little interest.

The butterfly table is a Homegoods purchase. I’ve tried to find similar to link but haven’t had any luck. Her bed is a FB marketplace find from a few years ago. I think I paid $30 dollars for it!

A few simple items, plus furniture rearrangement update this little girl's bedroom.

There you have it!! One very cringe worthy before and a much better lay out end result. The most important part is that my daughter was beaming at the sight of her “new” big girls bedroom! I think it is perfect for her at this age. It’s not too babyish but it also isn’t too grown up. I hope she never does! Plus, with all this extra time at home it really makes a big difference loving your space. I hope you enjoy seeing how I breathe new life into spaces with only a few little updates. Do you have any favorite changes? What room in your house could use a little TLC?

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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Today I’m going to share the final reveal of our garage door makeover project.  This is probably the biggest project we’ve ever tackled.  Thanks to some amazing guidance from our fabulous friends over at Mcdaid’s Carpentry and Design.   If you follow me on Instagram at Jordecor you saw us work on this all in real time.   This makeover started at the very beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in March.  Like many, with no where to go and not much to do we were forced to stay home.  At a time that was very uncertain and scary, we poured our nervous energy into tackling some projects around the house.  Looking back it really took the focus off our nerves and into something more productive, positive and joyful.

With our focus completely on our family and home it felt like the perfect time to dive into a big home project.  For years we’ve hated our garage door; it was broken, paint was chipping, it was dented AND to top it off we don’t even use the garage as a garage!  Our home was built in the 1930’s so the garage can’t really accommodate our large 21st century automobiles.  We wanted to create two swinging barn doors that would make it easy for our kids to get in and out for their bikes and yard toys.  Continue reading to see how we really enhanced the exterior of our home in the process of updating our old garage door!

The before of our garage door:

Barn Door Inspiration:

I always start a project (especially a big one) with inspiration.  I gather my ideas and pin them to a Pinterest board to help me have a more clear vision.

The next step was removing the old garage door.  It wasn’t super hard just a little time consuming and messy.   We had to carefully separate the door from the rails and slowly take it all apart.  It was pretty straight forward but should be approached with caution as the doors are heavy and the springs can have some solid tension within (i.e. don’t have your kids around during this step :).   

When it came time to start building the new barn style doors we knew we needed the advice and expertise of a carpenter to help navigate us in the right direction of building two custom very large barn style doors.  Thankfully Paul from McDaid’s Carpentry and Design was willing to consult with us for this project.   Once we sent Paul our inspiration photos + measurements he created a sketch, material list, tool list and directions to get us started.  

I highly recommend contacting him if you are needing something custom built or if you are willing to put in a little elbow grease yourself for a DIY consultation.  We felt very confident with his expertise guiding us that we could build two giant custom barn doors. 

The Design + Materials + Getting Started

Tools Needed:

  • Mitre Saw
  • Table Saw/Circular Saw
  • 18 Gauge Brad Gun and Compressor
  • Screw Gun
  • Extension Cords
  • Hammer
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Measure Tape
  • Carpenter’s Pencil
  • Roofing Square
  • 6 ft Level
  • 1/8 inch drill bit
  • 1 inch chisel

Materials List:

  • 3 Packs 1 inch x 6 inch x 6 feet (cedar is ideal but more expensive)
  • 4 2″ x 6″ x 6′
  • 4 2″ x6″ x 8′
  • #4 8 inch Gate Hinges
  • Wood Screws (box of 1 1/4 inch #100)
  • Wood Glue (Tight Bond III)
  • 18 Gauge Brad Nails

Below is an example of the sketches and instructions that McDaid’s Custom Carpentry provided for us. The materials and instructions here are custom to the dimensions of our door, but hopefully you should get an idea of the process and customize appropriately.

Barn Door Instructions:

As mentioned earlier, this is the general process we took for our garage doors. This will give you a good idea on how to approach, but the actual materials, dimensions, etc. will differ based on your custom build.

Barn Door Frame

First we had to build the frame of the swinging barn doors. To do so, we had to build 2 framed rectangles for the garage openings. To frame out each side, we had to chisel both sides of the end pieces, then use wood glue and screws to secure them.

To chisel, we cut in lines such as this.

Then we took a rubber mallet and wood chisels to cut the depth in half, so both pieces would fit into each other. Note – the chisel in the picture was a cement chisel, which I quickly switched to wood chisels once I realized :).

Then you can see how we chiseled out each end of every board of the frame. Which we then wood glued and screwed together.

From there, you can see we had two framed doors.

Next we checked the doors to ensure they fit, and also you can see we attached a cross member near the top of the doors. Thankfully Paul had the right tool, which we used pocket screws to insert the middle piece.

Checking to make sure the frames of the barn doors fit into the garage frame

From there we put tongue and groove boarding on the backend of each frame – with lots of exterior strength wood glue (make sure it’s exterior grade, not interior).

Next we cut out space for the window frames.

Cutting out the window opening

Just like that, we have a framed door!

From there we added a decorative horizontal wood piece, both doors have this to give it extra barn door styling.

It felt really good once the doors fit within the opening – with a small amount of wiggle room (you need some spacing on the top and bottom).

Painting the Barn Doors

Once the barn doors were built it was my turn to fill the screw/nail holes, sand and prime/paint. This process was pretty straight forward. I used an exterior primer and paint from Benjamin Moore. I used a brush and a roller for the large flat areas, it took about two coats of each. I painted outside on nice days with the doors raised up and then did the interiors of doors too which no one will really see that much. In the evening we would move them inside the garage to let them dry.

This is the door all patched before paint.

Instillation + Brackets + Hardware

We purchased hardware from Etsy which I’ll link at the bottom of this post and then we bought the door hinges at Lowes. We had to hang the doors inset into the frame because of the way our garage frame/moulding was built. It made the installation of the doors a little trickier. It definitely took a couple people holding and propping the doors up to get them level while Ben drilled them into the inset of the garage frame.

It took a couple of different purchases of brackets before we found the right ones. The key is finding brackets for the weight of the doors as well.
Figuring out how to get the hinges to inset into the frame of garage
It’s a miracle we finally get one door hung and level!
When we finally got both doors hung I literally JUMPED for JOY!!!

Finished Barn Doors

*Paul helped us finish the doors by adding the window to the top portion of the doors. We can’t begin to thank him enough for helping guide us through this large project and for completing the doors with the window installation. I completed the makeover by painting the slab of concrete with exterior patio paint and added a faux grass grout with TURF! You can read all about that that step HERE.

Also, once we put the doors it, they were rubbing against each other when we closed them – so with the help of Paul, we used a wood planer to shave off a little to make them fit.

Let’s see the BEFORE one more time!

AFTER 0ur Barn doors were finished:

As you can see we also had our electrician hang two lantern style lights that just give it that english cottage vibe!
Still jumping for joy at the incredible difference this make over added!
We need to work on our grass situation here but you can get a better sense of how the project turned out!

Thank you so much for stopping by and seeing how this project turned out! We couldn’t be happier with it and really find it so much more functional for us, plus beautiful for our yard! But… we aren’t done yet… we’d still love to add a window box under that window and perhaps even a shallow pergola that the crawling rose bush can reach up and grow on. I’ve of coursed pinned the inspiration on my Pinterest board so you know the vision is already in my head! Stay tuned.

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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August is here!  Not sure how that happened?  Summer is flying by as it always does  In the past August encompasses a sense of holding on to summer and also a mix of excitement and anticipation for school to begin again.  This pandemic has changed so much.  We are now preparing for school in a very different way with a mix of nervousness and uncertainty.   These times are extremely difficult on everyone, especially parents that have to decide what is best for their kids as we.    The option to stay home all together or to go back to school part time?  If there is even an option at all.  In our district there will be a hybrid option and an option to stay home all together.  We are still weighing our decisions and watching the numbers in our district.   As a parent there is no right or wrong here, everyone has to do what is best for their own circumstances.

In this post I wanted to round up some of my favorite small space desks that I feel will work in a variety of different rooms and budgets.  We are going  to make a little corner of our playroom into a school work station.  Since we will most likely have the kids doing home school for majority of the week.  I ordered desk #10 because I loved the brass and the addition of shelves for storing supplies.  

My Favorite Small Space Desks:

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Stay tuned to see how I incorporate this desk into my kids playroom to create a school work station. As always thank you for supporting my blog and by purchasing items through it that I source for you. Whenever you purchase something I source I get a small commission at no extra cost to you which helps me keep this blog going.

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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Today I’m sharing a little preview of a bedroom refresh I’m helping my parents with at their new condo.  They wanted to use a couple items they had from their beach house they sold back last fall and mix it in with a couple newer items to create a not as “coastal-y” look.   I think this is the most common scenario people face when moving from one place to another; finding a way to create a fresh new look with mixing previously owned pieces and new ones.  I like that challenge!  First let’s take a look at the before photos:

Bedroom Before:

My biggest issue with this layout, when you walk into the bedroom there isn’t a “wow” moment.  You are also walking into the side of the bed which is just awkward and doesn’t open up the space.  I like to walk into a bedroom and see a focal point.  First, they will be moving the headboard on to the window wall with the windows.  They will also painting that wall with a soothing accent color called Rushing River by Benjamin Moore to make the headboard pop and the room feel cozy.  Adding curtains to those windows that they had from the beach house will also add some fun pattern!  The headboard will layer over the curtains but with space so they aren’t squished behind.

The Design Plan:

Here is the design!  All sourced from one of my favorite and affordable online retailer’s All Modern.  You know I’m a sucker for all things navy and brass, so this design plan came together perfectly!  Combining the new navy headboard, with the old rug and curtains they plan to re-use, I wanted to bring in some brass touches and warmth in the lamps to add a little character.  However I found similar items from All Modern to help you if you want to create the same look in your home.

We ordered these two night stands and I love the brass accents (the price is amazing too!)  We also need to find two fun lamps for either side of the bed I love these orange ones.  Top of our priority list was finding a statement light fixture that would really make for a statement when you enter their bedroom.  The Whightman Chandlier is stunning and the price is great as well, we will add a dimmer and it will be the wow moment this room needs!

UPDATE:

Here is a little preview of how the accent wall, curtains and headboard are looking so far.  Now we just need our other elements to com in for a full REVEAL!

So what do you think? Can you visualize the space and how it will all come together?  I’m so excited to give them a much more refined and beautiful bedroom to kick their feet up at night.

I can’t wait to show you once we finish putting everything together!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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Hi Friends, today I’m sharing a really exciting mood board design for my FUTURE NIECE OR NEPHEW!!  My sister is expecting in the fall and I offered to design a mood board for their nursery!  The gender is a surprise and my sister really wants a nursery that is neutral and also a little modern/boho.  I was so excited for the opportunity to help with the design because it’s been awhile since I was in the nursery stage. 

 If you are expecting and the gender is a surprise, or just want to keep it neutral because that’s your aesthetic I hope this gives you some ideas!  I love adding a mix of different finishes and textures to keep things feeling fresh.   A couple pops of pattern also adds interest to a neutral room.  If my sister decides to bring in some color eventually she has a great foundation to do that.

Modern Neutral Nursery:

RUG // CRIB// HAMPER// DRESSER// MIRROR// FLOOR LAMP// WALL  SCONCE// BEDDING// ELEPHANT SIDE TABLE// ANIMAL ART// ROCKER// PILLOW

This is a great example of how my E-design service works.  My sister sent over inspiration photos and based on the room size, layout and budget, I pulled together this Neutral nursery design board for them.  Once she loved everything I emailed her the links to order these items or to add to her baby registry.

Her initial inspiration was this set of animal prints  so I incorporated those first.  I wanted to bring in other wood tones and pops of black too.  The black crib is different, yet modern in style.    I thought we could add a light on a dimmer.  If you follow me on Insta I’ve been using the magic puck light trick lately and love it!  Head over to this post from Nesting With Grace to see how it’s done electrical free.   The rocking chair is a great price point and packs a punch for style!

I love the subtle shades of gray, beige and black and the different patterns.  I was looking for something fun and graphic for the bedding and I came across this quilt, it looks hand painted and has those neutral shades in it.  I think this is just such a fun playful nursery that can grow with a little boy or a little girl!!

Excited for their NEW COUSIN!

I’m excited to get working on this adorable nursery for my niece or nephew! The last thing I’ll help my sister and brother-in law decide is curtains and accent wall or wall color. Currently the nursery is classic gray which will definitely work with the decor but we are discussing some type of wall paper accent wall or board and batten. It’s going to be SO fun to help them DIY something and of course I’ll document it all over on my Instagram @Jordecor

Thanks for following along!

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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Today I’m sharing some ideas for decorating your front porch or patio for the 4th of July!  I love decorating for the seasons it’s a fun creative outlet.  I also enjoy seeing how the looks I create change from year to year.  It usually only takes maybe one new item and a couple DIY’s and I have a unique look.  Head over to @jordecor for more decor ideas!

Let’s start with this cute 4th of July handkerchief wreath.  I found the handkerchiefs at the Target dollar section.  This wreath was so easy and inexpensive to make!  I used a pool noodle as a base which is in the outdoor section at Target and is less than $5.  I duct taped the pool noodle together.  Then I cut my handkerchief into squares and used a hot glue gun to gather/bunch them in the center and then glued them all around the tube with hot glue.  I found that gluing three at a time one on top, one in the middle and one the bottom, then working my way around the tube made for a great pattern. 

Here is how the wreath looks with the rest of my 4th of July decor!  I love using this old window frames as a backdrop for my wreaths and my porch decor otherwise this wreath wouldn’t have the same impact here.  The pillows I had from previous years and they are from Target Dollar spot. 

This year I decided to add this chair and side table that was previously in our bedroom.  It’s more of an outdoor chair that’s no longer sold from Target.  However, if you are looking for something similar for your porch I love THIS set.  I’m always moving this chair around the house, quite frequently.  I love it out here on the porch and actually it has been a really comfy spot to have my morning coffee in the rain or if it’s too hot for the patio!  

I added some fun pops of navy and of course red to tie in with the wreath.  A few flags in a milk jar add that patriotic flair.   I love the nostalgia of the milk jar and the popcorn containers they make great 4th of July decor/accessories. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this handkerchief wreath for 4th of July and all the other little Red, White and Blue touches I added to our farmer’s porch for summer.  I’d love to see how you are decorating for the seasons come follow over me on Instagram to see more of our day to day projects and life!

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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Hey Guys! Today I’m sharing a fun DIY that I thought up and put to the test this past weekend.  It’s a new way to update your exterior concrete on a budget.  Let’s face it the look of concrete isn’t the prettiest and doesn’t add much curb appeal.  I’ve seen some fun ways to update concrete with stencils and paint.   Follow me over on @jordecor for more ideas and inspiration!

This technique which I like to call Faux Grass Grout or  involves using faux turf to create the look of pavers with grass growing between.  This is a fairly easy DIY and completely transforms the concrete to look like an english country cottage.  Did I mention it’s also affordable, too? Depending on the size of your concrete that is.  Now I plan to update this post over time to share how it holds up in our New England weather.   In this post I’ll walk you through how to do it and also share some photos of how it looks in our exterior space.

Inspiration:

In my exterior board on Pinterest I was pinning lots of natural grass grout, which got me thinking how can I recreate this look with out ripping up my concrete and relaying pavers etc… I thought if I can cut strips of turf and adhere them with heavy duty adhesive to the concrete I might have a way to recreate this cottage-y landscape vibe.

Let me show you the area I wanted to try this technique on.  This is a slab of concrete that leads from our yard into our garage turned shed.  We just added these barn doors and I wanted to spruce up the concrete pad that helps us roll our bikes, lawn mower and other items from the shed out to the yard.

The Before:

As you can see this concrete area is looking pretty rough.  I even tried stenciling some pavers and it just didn’t loo realistic enough.  So we power washed and painted the entire slab with Benjamin Moore’s Patio and Deck Paint.  I used two coats of Windy City and it looked like this:

Let me add that I started this project when I noticed the weather would be nice for a series of consecutive days.  I gave the paint a couple days to dry and adhere before adding the faux Grass Grout technique to create my turf tile effect.

Once it was dry and I ordered my turf HERE is what I used.   I gathered my supplies.

 

Grass Grout Supplies:

To get started:

Reminder make sure the surface is clean and dry before you start.  I gave our concrete pad a good sweep of any outdoor debris before gluing down the strips of turf.  To start determine how large you want your grout lines.  The larger (wider) the lines the more turf you will need to order.  I only had two square of turf 19.7×23.7 inches which ended up being more than enough for my concrete slab.  I cut 1″ strips for my Grass Grout.  Also measure and find the center of your project and start your design from there. 

  • Measure your area
  • Determine design/placement
  • Cut your strips of turf (don’t worry too much about straight lines if they are a little uneven I think it makes for a more natural look)
  • Layout your design
  • I chose to go at an angle and create a diamond X technique
  • Use the exterior adhesive to do long lines of glue and apply once in the correct spot with lots of pressure
  • Let dry
  • Stay off it for a day
  • Admire your transformation!

This was such a fun project and it really enhanced this pad of concrete that was an eyesore before this.  It also saved us hundreds of dollars from ripping it up and/or adding pavers/ veneer stone over it which is what I was initially thinking about doing.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

I hope you enjoy seeing how my Faux Grass Grout project turned out.  It really was so easy and affordable!  I’d be curious to see other patterns or designs of Turf Tile and I’d love to see your versions if you try it!  I’ll keep you posted how it holds up but so far day 2 it feels like a very strong grip!  Even if it doesn’t last through the winter it was easy and inexpensive enough that I could just replace.  

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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