Hidden Alarm Panel

It’s always been a “necessary eyesore.” You know what I’m talking about, the alarm panel that builders so often thoughtfully place on the most conspicuous place on the most prominent wall of your living space. Thanks to Chelsey from The Paper Mama, the security necessity no longer has to be an eyesore. She recently shared a hidden alarm panel with readers on the Better Homes and Gardens “Style Spotters” column, and we just had to spotlight it here.

Hidden Alarm Panel the paper mama

With some hinges, Command strips, and a favorite canvas print, you can camouflage your alarm panel just like Chelsey did. No more eyesore! It’s important to note that this hack won’t work with your thermostat, which needs to be able to read the temps in your room to work properly. Now guests in your home can admire your favorite print instead of the blinking lights of your security system. Visit Chelsey at Better Homes and Gardens for the complete tutorial for this handy hidden alarm panel.

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Threaded Love Sign

Threaded Love Sign style me pretty

More and more often, we see hostesses adding personalized artwork as accents for special occassions. Whether you need a focal point for a shower, wedding rehearsal, or reception, this threaded love sign from A Splendid Occassion (spotted at Style Me Pretty) will also make a fun piece of art to enjoy in your home for years to come. Tiffany, the blogger behind A Special Occassion, used two colors of yarn and a criss-crossing technique to weave the yarn into the… {Read More}

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DIY Potting Bench

DIY Potting Bench robins nesting place

We’ll say it again…we love clever repurposing projects! Some people are blessed with the ability to see past the scrapes and bumps of furniture cast-offs and create something that others would never have imagined. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is an adage that rings true in the case of today’s feature from Robin’s Nesting Place. Robin reinvented a Drexel hutch into a fun DIY potting bench. Without any large expenditures for supplies, Robin was able to transform her… {Read More}

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How to Build Floating Shelves

how to build floating shelves sawdustgirl

Bistro style open shelving in kitchens has been popular for years and its appeal is growing as homeowner’s choose this option that allows for open storage of dishes and plates. If you’ve considered replacing your kitchen’s upper cabinets with this airy look that doesn’t sacrifice storage, be sure to check out Sawdust Girl’s tutorial on building and installing floating shelves. This tutorial will work for anywhere you want the look including bathrooms, family rooms, or home offices. Thanks to Sandra… {Read More}

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Industrial Style Pipe Built Ins

Industrial Style Built Ins primitive and proper

Industrial style celebrates stripped back architecture and utilizes practical, sturdy materials, often making it a budget-friendly design choice. Cassie was inspired by a shelving unit from DIY ShowOff¬†and decided to mimic the look with a pair of Industrial style pipe built ins that she shared on her blog Primitive & Proper. These built ins provide stylish storage and display space while serving as a design focal point themselves.¬†We love the contrast of the java stained boards with the galvanized flanges… {Read More}

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How to Define Your Decorating Style

How to Define Your Decorating Style southern hospitality

The internet can be a DIYer’s dream come true, an endless source of inspiration through blogs, websites, online magazines, and more. But it can also be a bit of a double-edged sword. That same inspiration can become overwhelming when you aren’t sure how to blend those sources together to express your personal style in your home. Rhoda shares some tips for how to define your decorating style in an informative post at Southern Hospitality. Photo via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle… {Read More}

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DIY Chore Chart

DIY Chore Chart the chic family

Like many parents, I’m always on the lookout for ideas that will encourage responsibility and a good work ethic in my kids. Rachel, who blogs at The Chic Family, instituted a fantastic “work for hire” concept in her home and shares her DIY chore chart with readers. I love the simple concept….We all live in this house and have daily chores we do. But you can go “above and beyond” to earn some extra spending money. What a positive way… {Read More}

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