A Very Detailed Kitchen Renovation Progress Report

So the last time, we mentioned anything about the kitchen were in these two posts referencing the wood tile floor and where the hell we've been for almost the last Read more

Shopping for Home Decor: Finding That Statement Piece

Hello all. I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! I'm not. The weather is terrible here in Maryland. It is barely 50 degrees, cloudy, windy and rainy. The Read more

Ikat! And other Tribal Prints: Fabric Inspiration

Hello Lovelies! Happy Thursday! Question? Is it super cold where you all live? It has been cold and windy every other day in Maryland. Not very spring like at Read more

Revisiting The Old Living Room vs. The New Family Room

Hello, Kah here! It's been a long year and a half! Glad to be back. You may have noticed that we started blogging again.Correction, Milla started blogging again. This Read more

Small Spaces: The Petite Bedroom Edition

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Bedroom Inspiration, Inspiration | 3 Comments

I can’t believe that as long as we’ve had this site, I’ve never done a small bedroom roundup. As I stated before the size of my bedroom is 9’x10′. While it is small I’m attempting to make it work for me. So today’s post will feature small bedrooms that work.

Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Spaces via Dress, Design, Decor

This bedroom is what I will call very tiny. In fact, I’m sure that there is a person out there with a closet this size, the amount of natural light makes this room. I especially love the chandelier and wall shelving.

M.A. Belle via Real Living

I’ve always loved this tiny but stylish bedroom. The mix of patterns work together so well. The textiles are by Rubie Green and I really love that headboard, but the fabric is not in my price range at all! Read more

The Fairest Mirror of Them All

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 26 Comments

You may recall my rant yesterday about the ugly $12 mirror I purchased with the intention to beautify it. If you don’t here is another look at it.
ugly mirror
I immediately cleaned the mirror free of dust and removed the glass from the frame so I wouldn’t have to tape it off. A quick coat of primer and then a coat of leftover teal spray paint “Lagoon” by Rustoleum late and I love it! The birds are singing! Read more

The Ugliest Mirror of Them All

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration, Thrift Shopping | 8 Comments

I haven’t been to the thrift stores in a few weeks when I usually stop in a three times a week. I guess it was my way of trying to save money and I was sick of thrift stores because all of the shopping we did for our birthday party. I went to the Goodwill on Thursday intending to buy a brass lamp for my bedroom and it is probably a good thing that I didn’t find one since I have too many lamps in the house to begin with. While I didn’t find the lamp I was looking for, I did find this hideous mirror.

…and yes I did buy it! I think even Breeze was perplexed with all the details on it. When I showed it to Milla, her first question was: “Kah, is that fruit?” Sigh, yes Milla it is and pine cones. My intention is to spray paint it a lovely shade of teal. Spray paint can cover all evils. The mirror only set me back $12 so it won’t be a complete waste if I don’t like it.

I have a feeling I’ll love it though. When I convinced myself to purchase it, this is what I envisioned. Can you spot the fruit?

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Dress Form Decor: Creepy or Cute?

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Inspiration | 9 Comments

Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything related to my bedroom, which by the way looks nothing like this anymore.

Yeah, I know what you are thinking because I think I’m crazy too! I definitely need to make up my mind! My room has evolved about a 100 times. I’ll give a quick rundown of what you’ll expect once I finally complete the makeover. My walls are no longer light gray, but white and I don’t mean kinda white, I mean bright white! I thought I would never actually paint my walls white but I love it! My room looks so much brighter! Even on those days where the sun hides from my one lonely window.

Here’s a peek at the walls painted white. I still have to paint the baseboard and vacuum the carpet. Did I ever mention how much I loathe carpet? My dream home will have hardwood floors in every room.
dress form homegoods
You may have noticed that large figure in the picture. It’s my recently purchased dress form from HomeGoods. I have been on the hunt for one for months and I was happy to see one there. And even happier that Milla didn’t talk me out of it. She’s such a great sister. The dress form was originally $59.99, but the manager discounted it down to $35 because the base was unstable. I didn’t care, I was sure I could find a way to repair it and I did (well Milla’s boyfriend did but I found the parts).

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Houzz Guest Post: Creative Ways to Display Family Photos

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration | 8 Comments

We are ecstatic to have Houzz guest posting on our site today. If you’re not familiar with Houzz you definitely need to head over there and check out all the amazing inspiration.

Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Kahli and Milla for having me!

Today I thought I’d share a few unexpected ways to show off your favorite photographs. While gallery walls, collages, and a hodge-podge of photographs on the refrigerator are all just great, you may be looking for some fresh ways to turn your favorite shots into something more artful. Here are three creative ways to turn your photographs into art.

Living Room / Dining Room. contemporary living room

Create a triptych. While gallery walls are wonderful, the simplicity of three black and white photographs in a row is a great way to show off your kids in the living room or family room. Send your photos to a site like canvaspress.com and they’ll have them printed on canvas for you.

Decor Demons Loft eclectic living room

Go beyond big. This giant photograph is of the homeowner’s parents back when they were a new couple. Head down to your local camera shop, film processing spot or Kinkos and they’ll be able to help you accomplish this with your own photos. Older photos in black and white or sepia tones pack a great design punch.

Slobproof Interiors contemporary family room

Have your family done up Warhol style. You can shoot a photo over to sites like Photowow.com or AllPopArt.com and have them transformed into a brightly colored pop portrait. There are even sites that specialize in Warholing the family pets, like popartpet.com.

Are you sharing your favorite family shots in a creative way? Please share it with us in the comments section!

Find more clever ideas for family photos from interior designers and more design professionals at Houzz.

I love Chairs!

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Furniture, Thrift Shopping | 4 Comments

If you’ve been coming to this site for awhile you would know that I have a problem with collecting chairs. Sometimes I don’t have a place for them and they sit in the corner. I don’t always buy every cute chair I see, but sometimes I can’t resist, like the black and white houndstooth armchair I spotted last week. However, a chair with french details and caning is always hard to walk by.

french cane chair

It took an hour to convince myself to buy the chair because of the other chair in my room, but I’ve moved that into the dining room for now. The chair looked great in my room, but I felt like the caning was such a great feature that I removed the upholstered back.

Doesn’t it look better, now that the beautiful caning is exposed? I have no idea what I’m going to do with the chair at the moment as far as giving it a makeover. I’ll add it to my long list of indecisive ideas. My bedroom is in shambles after the flooding on Friday. Milla’s bedroom was hit worst than mine but we didn’t have any major damage besides Breeze’s new box of cat litter. Speaking of Breeze, animals are great in the time of emergency, in fact if it wasn’t for Breeze I wouldn’t have known that water was leaking from my neighbors’ apartment into ours. He alerted me early enough to where I could move the important things. The neighbor had unknowingly left the water on for over 30 minutes in a clogged sink….

Yay for renter’s insurance. Now that the carpet padding has been replaced we can resume our projects.

Obsession: Vintage Blue Mason Jars

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration, Thrift Shopping, Vintage | 8 Comments

As the title states, I love mason jars, especially the blue Ball Perfect Mason brand. I’ve been looking at mason jar decor lately on Pinterest after purchasing three jars from the thrift store. This is one of my favorite photos. The pink peonies are just so vibrant against the blue tinted jars.


So needless to say my mason jar collection has expanded from three jars to 9. I’ve decided to display 8 jars on my window ledge. Would it be overwhelming to put flowers in each jar in my window?

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Our Impulsive Living Room Re-do

Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, Our Apartment | 22 Comments

Hi Lovelies! Happy Friday the 13th!

Sooooo is it bad luck to do a post today? I hope not because I want to  tell you about our overnight living room re-do. I say overnight because while I was sleeping the other night, Kah decided to rearrange the living room. We discussed what our plans were before I went to bed and I thought we would do the change after we returned from work the next day. Stupid me. I should’ve known that Kah wouldn’t have been able to sleep that night unless she started on the re-do right away, which is what she did.

The seating arrangement was moved to the other side of the room. The desk  and the TV stand switched places. And we created an additional seating nook in another corner. These were not small furniture pieces that Kah moved so I’m assuming she is feeling stronger since we attended the gym one day this week. At least that is what she told the grocery store attendant when she declined help with taking bags to the car.

So here are a few shots of our previous living space…

turquoise white gray yellow living room

teal yellow and gray living room

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Double Take: Chevron Chair Before & After

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, fabric, Upholstery Projects | 13 Comments

I’ve finally found the time to share the complete reveal of the chevron chair featured at our party with you all. Today was a lovely day outside so I tried something different and took the final pictures outside. For pictures of the before go here.
 When and if that tree in the background blooms, it will make picture taking outside that much lovelier. With my string of good fortune, it will only be green leaves on it. Speaking of good fortune, how many of you played the Mega Millions last week? I, Milla and some of our family members bought tickets and Milla also entered a lottery pool at work. While, a winner in Baltimore did win…it was NOT us, bummer. Anyway, back to the chair. Read more

The 25th Birthday Party is Over!

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Party Planning Inspiration, Vintage | 6 Comments

The party is finally over and we can have our lives back! The 25th birthday party took place last Saturday and we have spent this week recuperating! I have been sleeping like a baby. Saturday was very stressful, we felt like we wouldn’t get everything done. And Milla may or may not have had a breakdown 3 hours before the party, I tried to hold it together for the both of us, but imagine how hard it is to keep from crying when a person with your face is crying! However, I would like to mention that even though the party didn’t go as planned in some areas, we still enjoyed ourselves and are proud of our first attempt at planning a major party. I wish we were able to take more pictures, but I think we were too busy enjoying ourselves and the lighting wasn’t the best in some places. I’ll shut up now and share a few pictures:

A lot of the items pictured were thrifted at various second hand stores. The cookies were baked Milla’s lovely boss! Thanks Joyce. I’m still eating leftover cookies at the moment :).
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