Design & DIY

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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Today I’m sharing how we easily added outdoor exterior lights to our patio! After two failed attempts the third times the charm with this new installation method.  Ever since I binge watched the show Parenthood a few years ago and drooled over their outdoor family gathering place.  I knew I wanted to add exterior commercial grade patio lights to add ambiance to our outdoor space.  We have tried for the last two summers and each time the lights were too heavy for the support posts we created.  I’m going to show you the way that worked for us and its both easy and affordable! Follow me over @jordecor for more home inspo!!

Materials/Tools

Prep your Pipes

In the past we have tried adding outdoor lights with wood posts, concrete in shallow and wide planters, we’ve tried poles, concrete in narrow/tall planters, neither held up in the weather and on our uneven patio pavers. For this, our third attempt we knew we needed to get something super strong and heavy duty like a pipe and secure it to something already very sturdy.  Surrounding our patio is this little picket fence that we rescued from the side of the road and gave new life to.  The fence posts are cemented into the ground, we realized we could use these super sturdy posts as support for the pipes which would hold up the ends of our string lights.

The pipes we purchased at our local hardware store in the plumbing aisle.  These are not poles, they are very thick 3/4 wide iron pipes.  We got wrought iron because it seemed super strong.  The pipe was 10 feet, we wanted 8 1/2 feet so we had three posts cut to that measurement at our hardware store. This saves a step at home and we weren’t sure we had a blade strong enough to cut iron.

 Regarding the width, we choose the 3/4″ pipes. This width was perfect as it wasn’t too wide, but also strong enough to hold up the lights without bending. If we were to go to a smaller width, there is a high chance the pipes would start to bend.

Once we got home we spray painted our pipes satin black so they look nice and clean.

I also took the pipe straps that were silver and spray painted them black as well so that it all matched.  Once they were all dry we drilled a hole into the top of the pipe for the cup hook.  It took a couple different times to get the right opening for the cup hook to fit.

Install Your Pipes

Once the cup hook was in place and secure we attached the pipes to the fence posts with the pipe straps.  We used three pipe straps on each pipe to post.   I like that in the winter if we want to remove them we can.  It’s hard to move the planters full of concrete and we like to have the option.  However, I think that these are strong enough to even last our harsh New England winters.

Add your String Lights

Now that the pipes are in place we started stringing our exterior commercial grade lights starting closest to the outlet and working away, zig zagging.  For additional safety we used zip ties to tie the wire of the string lights to the cup hooks and pipes. We also used black electrical tape to tape the meeting of two string light cords. Otherwise, they could come undone over time.

Here are the lights!

This project was a huge success- finally!!  The pipes and pipe straps made it so easy to hang these lights.  They provide a really strong base and even after some windy days everything is very secure.  After so many failed attempts it is so exciting to have figured out the right set up for us to have lights over our patio.  We can’t wait for lots of fire pits and dinners with friends/family.  Hopefully this summer! I hope you find this post helpful if you’ve also been trying to figure out how to add some lights outside your home.  

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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With warmer weather finally on the horizon it’s time to start thinking about our outdoor spaces!  For us New Englander’s it means uncovering wrapped up outdoor sets, rolling out those stored away outdoor rugs and maybe even buying a few new pieces to freshen up that outdoor space.  I’ve been dreaming about the days when we can sit on our patio under the warm sunshine with a cold drink in hand, laughing with family and friends by the fire pit.  These are the day we dream of all winter long and believe it or not they are just about here!  In this post I’ll share how you can create that outdoor oasis you’ve been dreaming of with pieces from one of my favorite online retailers All Modern. 

 

      Creating an Outdoor Oasis 

 
All Modern recently reached out to ask if I’d share my favorites of their outdoor pieces and create a design using them.  Since I already have outdoor spaces on the brain I said “yes of course!”.  So here you have it.  Let’s dive deeper into your exterior space, shall we?  You want it to be more than just a grill and a couple of chairs right.  Let me guess, you want it to be a little oasis?  Imagine walking out of your house, stepping a few feet into an outdoor paradise that is all yours!  You didn’t even have to get onto a plane.  YAY!  How can we make this a reality for you?
 
First, think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home interior.  How can you bring that same cozy and comfy feeling outside?  Simple.  Think about the same things you add to your interior spaces = rug + furniture + lighting.  Next, whether you have a deck, porch or patio it’s important to define the zones of your outdoor oasis, like in this design above.  If you have the square footage to include a dining area and a sitting or bonfire area, go for it!  If you have a smaller outdoor space try to prioritize what will get used more.  Will you be dining outside? Reading or entertaining?  Considering how your outdoor space will function for you will really help you create your outdoor oasis!
 
Next when planning your outdoor space or any space for that matter think about your color scheme, decide if you want to add a pop of color(s) or keep it neutral.   In this design as you can see I went neutral with pops of black!  However, in my outdoor space which you can see more of HERE– I do some warm woods and pops of navy and teal.   When you are working with a neutral theme it’s important to add in texture and interesting shapes.  I love the texture in Timmerman Teak Chair set and also the laidback-ness of them.  The shape of the Tear Drop patio chair is also so fun and screams reading nook.  If you have a large outdoor area you will need to add pieces that balance it out like with this gorgeous Soler Patio Sectional, perfect for entertaining. 
 
Once you select your furniture pieces and zones, add rugs to define those zones.  I love the Veranda Outdoor Rug for the soft gray color and the pattern.   Lastly, and my favorite part of an outdoor oasis is lighting.  For beautiful ambient lighting in your outdoor oasis, lighting options should consist of
  • candles/lanterns
  • fire pit (if possible)
  • twinkle lights 
When you are creating your outdoor oasis this spring consider furniture that is made for the outdoors but looks good enough to use indoors.  I also recommend NOT to go for matching sets, it will make your space more interesting and eclectic to mix in different pieces.   As you can see All Modern has everything you need to make your outdoor space a true Oasis!  I’ll be waiting for my invite 😉
 
Happy Decorating,
 
Jordan
 
 

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In light of everything going on, many of us are now working from home and spending much more additional time in our spaces.  In this post I want to share 5 tips to help you spruce up your space and get you out of your Room Rut.  It’s now been several weeks of our new normal which has been social distancing to help stop the spread of the global pandemic Covid-19.  Does several weeks of self-quarantining at home have you looking around at the state of a room and feeling blah about it?  If so, you may be experiencing Room Rut.   The good news is you don’t necessarily have to run out to the store or even buy all new stuff online to get you out of Room Rut.   So here are my tips to help you!

Tip 1: Edit

First thing first, whatever room is getting to you, you need to start by editing it.  Editing simply means cutting out some of the items you are looking at and remove them from the design equation.  A blank state is the perfect way to start easing out of your Room Rut.   For example, if you are sick of your media cabinet, book shelf or coffee table styling.  Completely remove everything from the surface so it is empty and let it breathe. 

Sometimes you need to clear things out to start thoughtfully bringing in new or existing pieces.   For example our coffee table ottoman was needed a little mix up.   I changed my metal tray to a woven tray, swapped the vase and adding a new candle.  That was all that little nook needed to feel refreshed.

It’s a very simple example of editing and then rearranging some items which is the next tip.

Tip 2: Rearrange

The next tip is rearranging.  I’ve been rearranging furniture since I was a kid.  Whenever I would get bored with my bedroom I’d change the layout.  Switching around some chairs/tables might be just what you need to breathe new life into your room.  You might be constantly gazing into your office at a bunch of open shelving and not really liking their presentation, maybe too much clutter or uninteresting stuff on them.  So first try Editing, clear it all so it is empty then begin rearranging some items or even larger pieces like rugs/furniture.  Mix up that vase and add some extra books, find another object that works on a different shelf with maybe something else you find from another room.  Rearranging can help your eyes visualize the space in a new and unexpected way, thus giving the room a feeling of newness.

In this area swapping art, lamps and decorations, such as stacked books and plant; give this corner a new look!

Tip 3: Re-inspire & Re-imagine

Sometimes you just need to get the creative juices flowing.  Whenever I need a little jolt of ideas for a room I go to my favorite place for visual resources –Pinterest!  I love searching for rooms/areas and getting inspired by other’s designs to reinvent my own.  For example, if I’m feeling bored with my kitchen island decor, I’ll go on Pinterest or my favorite design publication and search “kitchen decor” or “kitchen Island” to jump start some ideas.  Then I’ll see what I can find at home to recreate my own version of the same look.  This is where the next step comes in.  It’s also good to look at your room and think is there something specific in this space that is bothering me.  Is it a dated lamp, the color of a side table, the style of rug.  Try to identify the issue if you can, if there is a specific item that is bothering you.  If so, can that item be reimagined with a can of spray paint or a gallon of chalk paint?  Switching up that one dated or no longer your style item just might be what the space needs to feel fresh!

Tip 4: Shop Your Home

Once you have done a little editing, rearranging and re-inspired your space if you are still in need of a little something, it’s so fun to stretch those creative muscles and shop your home.  I keep seasonal and some extra decor items in my basement to swap from time to time.   If you don’t have a decor stash like I do, try wondering your home and select different decorative items like faux plants, wall decor like art or mirrors,  lamps, books and mix it up!

Tip 5: Thoughtful Purchase

If after all the above steps haven’t pulled you out of the “room rut”  and you aren’t able to invest a lot of money first try local thrift stores or Facebook Market place (once social distancing ends of course).  However, if it is time to invest on an item that will take you out of “Room Rut” make it thoughtful!  Order something that you really LOVE or have been wishing, it will be worth your investment.  That first step editing will really help you eliminate whatever is keeping you stuck in Room Rut.  Sometimes that one special/thoughtful purchase mixed with the other tips; rearranging your current items, re-inspiring your room, re-imaging something old, is really the magic combination to get you out of Room Rut for good. 

I hope these tips help you during these challenging times.  Your home should be your happy place and as always I’m here to help you get it to that place.   Now is the time to play around with your space, move furniture, drag that rug from one room to the other (I’ve sooo done this) spray paint some lamps or paint an old dresser.  Small changes really do add up to big results!

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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I’m really excited to share how we made these simple and cute planter boxes for either side of our front door for spring.  They are perfect for planting flowers, topiaries or even faux florals too!  I was looking for something black and square shaped to fit either side of our front door but everything online was just too expensive.  So we decided to make our own! Be sure to follow me over @jordecor for more fun ideas and projects!

Below I’ll share how you can make your own too.  We also made a larger one that we just added an extra plank of wood in the side panel.  But we are just showing you how to make two smaller size ones which measure to be:

  • 18 inches high
  • 14.5 inches wide 
  • 15.5 inches deep

Before we start let me just preface that we aren’t avid builders and we don’t have a ton of tools (yet). I love that when you push yourself to try something new and succeed (even if  you mess up a couple times) it helps build your confidence down the road to try other projects in your home.  I’d say we are somewhere in the beginner/ intermediate range when it comes to building, so if we can do this you can too!  We made our planter boxes using these supplies:

  • circular saw
  • drill
  • exterior screws
    • 2 1/2 inches
    • 1 1/4 inches
  • wood glue
  • sand paper fine grit
  • wood filler
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • stain
  • exterior sealant
  • brushes
  • wood planks  (we couldn’t find cedar but thats preferred)

Wood Needed for the Planter Boxes

Note – the wood required is for two boxes.  If you want to make just one planter box, cut the wood required in half (no pun intended)

  • One 1x2x10
  • Two 1x6x10
  • Two 1x3x8
  • Two 2x2x6 

Step 1: Cut the Side Planks  

You’ll need to cut the 1×6 wood planks to create the panels for your planter boxes. You’ll have two planks for each side, totaling 8 planks. Each plank should be 14 inches long. 

Step 2: Cut the Top Trim

On each side we have trim at the top and bottom to add some dimension. These are from the 1×3’s, cut each one to 11.5 inches long.

Step 3: Assemble Four Sides

Once you have the two panels and two trim pieces per side, let’s assemble the four sides. 

To make 4 sides, we’re going to assemble one side at a time

First, lay the top and bottom trim pieces down. Put wood glue on each trim piece. 

Then lay two of the side panels down next to each other, so the top and bottom is flush to the top and bottom of the trim pieces. Also, note how we are leaving a small space between the two panels. This is by design as the wood will contract and expand based on moisture in the air.

Then, screw 1 1/4 inch screws through the trim pieces into the side pieces (two on top, two on bottom). Notice how we’re screwing on the inside of the panel, so you won’t see the screws when looking at the box planter. 

This it he final product of each side panel. 

Step 4: Cut the Legs for the Box Planter

Next, we’re going to cut four legs for the box planter. Take the 2×2 and cut four legs, 18 inches each.  

Step 5: Attach the Legs to the sides of the Planter

Attach the four legs to the sides of the planter.  When attaching, measure these so legs run 1 1/2 inches over the top end, and the remainder (longer end) on the bottom. The bottom will have roughly 2 1/2inches on the bottom. This way the legs are longer than the top, but we have some extra for the top for aesthetics.

For this, we’ll use one 2 1/2inch screw for the top, and one for the bottom – for each leg on each side. 

 

Step 6: Inside ledge

To hold the soil, we’re going to create an inside “ledge” on either side of the interior of the planter, having two “ledges” on opposite sides will rest small planks of wood – to hold the soil.

To do so, cut two 1×2’s and cut to the dimensions of the inside of the box, then screw from the Inside of the box using the 1 1/4inch screws. When you screw to the box, flip the 1×2 so the thin side is pointing up. We’re just doing this to create a ledge. 

Then we’ll cut three 1×2’s to use as planks, to rest on the ledges we drilled. 

Step 7: Painting and Sealing

Congrats, you made the planter box! Now time to gussy the box up with some painting and sealing.  Specifically: 

  • fill screw holes with wood putty
  • let dry
  • sand 
  • stain with stain of choice
  • use an exterior poly paint to seal over stain

Here is how they look by our front door!

Final Step: Enjoy!

Now that your planter boxes are finished you are ready to add them to your porch, deck or patio! Add a plant a topiary or faux plants whichever you prefer. Here is how I decorated with my Planter Boxes with some faux plants bushes I had on hand for now.

Feeling Inspired to try this project larger scale for your garden? Check out Vintage Society Co.’s Raised Planter Box Tutorial!

There you have it our simple planter boxes all ready for spring!! Now I do plan to add some real flowers/plants to these once the weather warms up. But I just had to fill them with these faux Geranium stems that I happen to have from when A.C. Moore was going out of sale and they were $1 each! So the good thing is that you can just put some faux branches in there for now until you are ready to get planting’.

Let me know what you think!

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Jordan

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Today I wanted to share my favorite coffee table/ottoman options for family’s.   As a Mom I’ve been in the baby proofing stage and then toddler proofing stage, where you are constantly having to move, hide and rearrange your home because literally everything is potentially dangerous.

Pretty early on after having kids we realized that the coffee tables we owned were accidents waiting to happen.  I also was never into those rubber bumper pads that go on the sides/corners of coffee tables either.  Thumbs up for making your coffee table safe but thumbs down for style.    We quickly moved from glass coffee tables and rectangular wood shape tables with corners, that would give me- baby-head-bump nightmares to ottomans.  Ever since having kids we’ve been team ottoman family. 

Ottomans are not only great for baby’s that are learning to stand and rowdy toddlers that climb on everything, they also look pretty and are super cozy!!  Our whole family cuddles up, throws our feet up on ours.  Let’s face it, resting feet on glass or wood just isn’t comfy.

I have a few favorites that I thought I would share with you today.  HUGE Bonus points if they have storage because we all know with kids comes stuff, stuff and more STUFF.  So if an ottoman can function as storage, a coffee table and a place for kicking feet up on at the end of the day it scores like a 1000000 in my book.

I recently just got this cute little ottoman because I wanted something that would hide stuff better (aka kids toys!) and wasn’t too big. Since this little media/playroom is off our main living-room and is open to it I like it to not look cluttered with toys all over the place. I love that this ottoman is under $150 and that the color is a bit of a bluish/gray I believe it comes in another color as well.

Look how it hides all their dress up stuff, nerfs and star wars light sabers. Plus they won’t get injured running around it. Autumn is rollerblading all the time around the house (accident waiting to happen I know) but at least majority of the furniture is soft! 😉

One last tip I want to give you before I share my roundup of my Favorite Kid Friendly Coffee Tables, is that if you decide to go the ottoman route because your kids are still little it makes sense to have some type of tray/hard surface to hold drinks, remote controls and other decorative items. Notice that all my favorites if rectangular are soft fabric and if they are a wood or hard material they are rounded so there are NO SHARP corners and NO NEED for those ugly bumper pads.

I hope you find this helpful!

If you are wondering the sofa in our playroom is from Homesense and sofa in our livingroom is a Rowes Furniture in the Townsend line

Jordan

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Want to see how I completely declutter, organize and make our front entry closet super pretty? It was a huge mess, turned into a huge success!  I’m so excited to share with you how I turned it into one of the nicer looking closets in our house.  Please don’t judge me for the before photos though!

Ok so let me start by saying that our front hall closet was turning into a dumping zone for everything, like literally everything.  Bags full of winter stuff, coats from every single season, unused toys.  Like it was seriously getting out of control.  I also need to add that with all the clutter making it nonfunctional, the color inside the closet was adding another layer of disgust.  When we first bought our home several years ago the whole front entry and staircase up to the top of the stairs was painted this hideous ugly golden hued yellow.  When we moved in we painted the entry way and staircase Pale Oak by Ben Moore, I completely forgot to paint our entry closet.  So it has remained one of the last original yucky colors from back when we first bought our home.

This is me begging you not to not judge the before images of this little refresh I’m about to share.  I know it was out of control and sometimes it takes a room to get so out of control that you literally have to take action ASAP.  I love making spaces pretty, you know that and even I am human and have spaces I neglect.  My deepest apologies if this photo pains your eyes.

I know, it’s BAD but let’s talk about how I wanted to take action to make this closet more functional and WAYYYY more pretty.

How to Declutter and Organize a closet:

  • Empty it out completely
  • Purge
  • Donate
  • Sort
  • Find new places for the extra stuff
  • Buy matching & sturdy hangers
  • Always leave a few hangers empty
  • Only keep in season jackets in closet (move to storage the ones that are not)
  • Utilize hooks for bags/baseball hats
  • Label, Label, Label 

So first thing first, I wanted to repaint the closet so it had to be emptied out anyway.  Once I emptied it, I found new places for some of the items we needed to keep.  Like that table leaf (basement), gymnastics mat (my daughters room closet) the bags full of winter clothes for school recess (the kid’s closet).  I took all the jackets that were for spring or fall that were too light weight and moved them to our upstairs closets (I have a feeling this same treatment will need to happen to my kids closets VERY SOON).  I made a bin for donations of jackets we didn’t wear, for items thrown in here we weren’t using.

Luckily for me while I did the sorting, Ben was painting the lower half of the closet white which made the project go so much quicker.  Why white? We had an extra can of Decorator’s White paint on hand left over from the bathroom renos and after so long with this hideous gold color, I just wanted it to look clean and bright.  You may notice the closet has a piece of trim running through it for hooks.  I decided to use that as a way to breakup the white paint and add a pop of pattern.  I knew I wanted to paint the lower half and then add an accent to the top half of the closet.  I decided to use one of my favorite products PEEL AND STICK WALLPAPER.  If you haven’t tried this you NEED TO.  This is the fourth time in my home that I’ve used it.  We have a subway tile in our pantry, faux marble in our pantry, Griffin has a faux brick in the alcove in his bedroom and now this polkadot.  It creates such a fun focal point in a room in small doses.  Plus you don’t feel as committed like you would real wall paper.  I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for a whole room but in a small area that needs something… GO for it!

Peel and Stick Wall Paper in our Home:

Once the bottom half was finished drying we got started adding the peel and stick wall paper to the top half. You need scissors, and exacto blade or box cutter to trim and something flat to help you smooth it out it like an old gift card or credit card.

Make your pieces extend over the ceiling and down past the trim, indenting into it and making a crease with that credit card will help you get straighter cut. When you are finished use the box cutter to cut the extra off following the edge of the wall. We used one roll for the top half. I’ll be honest we didn’t do one part that you just won’t ever see, right on top of the door opening inside the wall (shhh our secret ;))

Once you have painted and added your peel and stick wallpaper (or maybe your closet is already white you just need to organize it) Add things back into your closet very thoughtfully. Edit every item that goes back in. What needs to be in here? For us our vaccum cleaner unfortunately needs to be in here, our yoga mats and umbrellas also. So in a pretty basket they all go. I had two bins from Target that just happen to fit perfectly on the top shelf that I added THESE clip on labels too. I’m definitely going to be buying these again for the kids closets. I labeled one for hats and one for scarves/gloves.

Alright you ready to see how it looks after implementing all of the above?

Here we go:

Really the question is, whyyyyy did it take me so long to do this??? I honestly don’t know. But, wow what a difference right?? What do you think of the fun patterned peel and stick wall paper? Have you ever added a fun pattern to a room in your home? Thanks for stopping by!

Jordan

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Hey Friends!  First Monday of 2020 and it feels great to get back to the blog.   Now that it is the New Year I’m excited to start refreshing some areas around the home and hopefully help you along the way too!  My word for 2020 is

FOCUS

I really need to be better about focusing.  On all things, my business, blog, family time, and my own creativity.  I almost chose the word CREATE and  thought that’s too easy.  I’m always creating in some way.  The part I struggle with is focus.  I can be a little all over the place sometimes.  My goal is to really stay focused on the tasks and ideas that I have, not get distracted.  In the same sense I want to apply this to when I’m with my family or on a date with Ben, stay focused in that moment too. 

Each month I’ll focus on at theme to share with you guys.  For the month of January I want to focus on sharing small space transformations as well as stylish storage.   I think this time of year everyone is looking to declutter, get organized and tidy up from the holiday season.   I think the little spaces in our home could use the most help right now. 

Starting with one room that get’s used a ton in our home, yet I rarely show is our downstairs half bathroom.  It’s a smaller bathroom that I’m hoping to make a little prettier this year with painting the floor tile. Before I get to that project I wanted to share my favorite way to make the most out of a small bathroom.  Utilizing wall space with shelves is a great way to bring more function and storage to a small room.  We made our shelves with some barn wood we got for free and wood shelf corbels from Home Depot that I spray painted white.  If you don’t have time to DIY your own as we did I’m sharing some of my favorite shelves below.

Favorite Bathroom Shelves:

Once you decide on your bathroom wall shelves styling them should consist of mixing a few pretty items that dual as storage too.  My favorite places to shop for these type of items are:

  • Target
  • Homegoods
  • World Market
  • Thrift Stores
  • West Elm

When you are purchasing decorative items for your bathroom shelves keep in mind the size of your wall space and the depth of your shelves so you purchase items that will fit the scale of the shelves.  Typically the items you will want to find are going to be small to medium size. 

Items to help you style your Bathroom Shelves:

Baskets:

For example a beautiful basket to hold an extra roll of TP

Candles:

I’m a candle addict. I love the vibe it creates and I also love all the variety’s and the fact that they give a nice clean sent to the space is aways a plus!

Jars/Canisters:

I’ve had these clear glass canisters forever and they hold extra bathroom items like cotton balls, q-tips etc… they serve a dual purpose as storage and a pretty object.  However, I’m kind of ready for something a little different than glass.  A set of these canisters would also look cute and bring in some other textures.

Books:

A set of cute books always looks good on a shelf. They also can add height if you need to give a smaller object height. Books can be something silly for bathroom reading or just aesthetically pleasing to add interest to your shelf.

Greenery:

Real or faux plants are a always a go to in the bathroom.   Whether you have a potted planted or some clipped greenery in a vase, it will bring some life to the shelves. If you have a green thumb and great natural light by all means go real, maybe even add a hanging plant in the corner.

Art:

Art is always a nice sophisticated addition to shelves. Either lean it against the back or hang it centered in between two shelves or above. Art is such a personal selection, choose a piece that you love and that fits with your style.

Tricks for Styling Bathroom Shelves

You have your shelves and your decorating elements, now what? when you set up your shelves be sure to look at the space you are working with. Are the shelves long or are they short. Do you need to fill more in height or in length? I like to start by using my taller items first and then using smaller items as fillers because they fill in the gaps between the taller items. Grouping smaller and similar items together like canisters helps fill the shelf space as well as create a cohesive look. If you have ceramic, metal or glass canisters on one side use a different texture next to it to break up that material and add visual interest.

Don’t forget that the decorative items you are using can also be functional for storage. So grab the pretty baskets and fill them with rolled up face cloths or hand towels. Throw an extra role of toilet paper in one. Take your bathroom products like q-tips and cotton balls out of their boxes and put in your pretty canisters.

There you have it! A few of my favorite tips for decorating shelves and how to make your small bathroom have more storage while still looking beautiful! I hope you found this helpful.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jordan

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