Make My Day. Or Yours.

I'm about to make your day. How would you like an awesome Black Friday deal that you can use right now from the comfort of your own home? What? You'd love it. Me too.

Last night just before I went to bed I happened to double check the { RugsUSA website }. I've had my eye on a rug for the nursery but wanted to wait until Black Friday to see if I could get it for more than 35% off.

Last night I hit the jackpot. 75% off! I think I scared Justin when I jumped out of bed and ran upstairs mumbling something about a "super sale" and "rug". Luckily he's used to this kind of behavior and just rolled over and went to sleep.

Y'all, I got our nursery rug for 75% off!! If you head over there now you can find all kinds of amazing rugs for ridiculous prices just using the code "Black75".

And in case you were curious, I ordered the Moroccan Trellis Rug in Charcoal. I wanted something a bit more grounded to keep the room from being too, too girly.

We're almost done with a few of the big nursery projects so hopefully I'll get to share them next week. Hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy shopping!!

Nursery Closet Make-Over.

Well, I could go on an on about how sorry I am that I've left y'all hanging the past couple weeks. I could talk about the babymoon we went on to Asheville, having my first baby shower, working like crazy on the nursery and all the other things in my life lately, but I won't right now. Instead, I'll share a project with you. You guys know how much I LOVE an organized closet so when I started designing the nursery, I knew it was the first place we had to start.

Girl + First Grandchild on Both Sides = Lots of Clothes

I mean, really I had no choice but to re-do the closet. A couple tiny rods just weren't going to cut it. Here's what we started with.

My first step whenever I'm working on a closet is to paint. I'm still loving the Fashion Gray color we've used on our other closets ( here & here ) so on went the paint. We're still on the same gallon we used for the other closets so even better than a painted closet was a "no extra money out of pocket" painted closet. My favorite kind.

My handyman taking out part of the basboard so the units could mount flat to the wall.

The next step was to actually source materials for a built-in closet on a DIY price. Enter ClosetMaid. After looking around, ClosetMaid had the perfect mix of units to customize the closet. I also found Lowe's had the best prices and since we used our Lowe's card, we got an extra 5% off.

(Disclaimer: We definitely don't believe in buying now paying later. We simply use the card for an extra discount and then turn around and pay the bill immediately. Trust me, no design project is worth going into debt over!)

A few hours later and this is what we ended up with!

There's still a lot of accessorizing to do. I have fabric bins to put in, labels to make for the drawers and sizing labels to make for the rods, but you get the idea. The best part of the closet is that it can grow with her as she gets older. Once she's old enough to get ready on her own, the bottom six drawers will be re-labeled with days of the week (Sun-Fri) and we'll put her outfit for each day in the specific bin. That way she can learn to get dressed on her own. Oh, and for those wondering if I can do math (7 days, 6 drawers), Saturday will be a free day.

We can also easily remove a couple of the rods to accommodate adult sized clothing down the road. I'd rather have more rods now since her clothes are tiny than large rods that leave awkward spaces in the middle. It's all about customizing to what you need right now!

I'll share more pictures as I get things finished. Right now we're in the middle of working on a big project for the rest of the nursery but once that's done, I can't wait to share!


Crickets. Yep, I know I've been MIA for quite a while. I'm smack in the middle of about a million different projects and none of them are in the "photo worthy" stage yet. Bare with me and I'll share some really fun projects soon. Pinky promise!

In the meantime, remember { this project } that I did? I loooved that rug that we used in the foyer. It used to only come in black and white, but I just found out it's now available in a few great new colors!

I'm obsessed with this Titanium color...

And the Indigo color...

Check out the additional colors { here }. At $14 a tile, it's a great option for a "looks custom but the price isn't" rug.

My favorite kind.

Pinterest Inspiration.

To say things have been busy over here is a bit of an understatement. Hence, the radio silence.

I'm in full-scale "operation nursery" mode so until I get a few things nailed out with that, it's a bit chaotic. I have four months to get it finished. FOUR.

(Cue nervous laughter.)

Anyway, today I'm going to share with you a few of my favorite Pinterest finds of late. You all know I love great organizational tip so here's what I've seen recently. Oh, and make sure to click on the links for the pictures below to show those blogs some love. Chances are they'll have lots more tips to share when you get there.  

Let's get started!

If you're a baker, you'll love this tip. How cute is that?!

Tip found { here }.

 I have a feeling this laundry room would come in handy in about four months. I'm constantly surprised by how much laundry TWO people can have, let alone a newborn.

Tip found { here }.

I don't know about you, but I'm always digging through pans to find the one I need. With this, problem solved.

Tip found { here }.

And lastly, I could use this more than you could ever know. Pregnancy brain is a real issue people.

Buy { here }.

Sneak Peeks.

As promised, here are a couple sneak peeks of the guest room. We've gotten all the basics in, now it's all about the accessories! You've seen this view before, but now you can catch a glimpse of the rug I bought on sale from I love the boldness of the pattern mixed with such a neutral color. And at $90, you can't beat the price! The bedding you see rolled up on the dresser is just waiting to be washed and draped across the bottom of the bed.

I was planning on making a large wood framed mirror to go above the dresser, but when I spotted this version in Homegoods yesterday for $29.99, I snatched it up. It's unusual, rich in color and will add great texture to the space. I haven't tried it out in the room yet so there's always a chance I'll go back to plan A, but fingers crossed it works!

While out and about, I also found a great clearance section at Lowe's. I've been wanting to add a couple nice lanterns to the table on our deck and lo and behold, Lowe's had just what I needed. I scored two lanterns, one big and one small, for around $15 total. The tag said each lantern was regularly $36. Um, yes. Yes, please.

I also have had my eye on this light fixture (below) for quite a while. At $50 it wasn't too much of a budget buster, but Lowe's had it marked down to $25. Done. This baby is getting tucked away for a bathroom project down the road. Oh, and did I mention I used an extra $10 off coupon on the whole Lowe's purchase? Thrifty.

There you have it, my shopping cart in a glance. What about you guys? Find any great deals floating around out there?

Moodboard: Modern Living Room

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Our was filled with football, surprise dinner dates and lots and lots of crossing things off our to-do list. We finally had our new mattress delivered so we also got to do a little work on the guest room. I'll share an "in progress" picture this week. There's still a lot to be done, but we're getting there!

Today, I want to share with you a moodboard I recently completed. This living room was for a client who liked lots of different accessories and pieces of furniture, but wasn't sure how to pull it all together. This client was a perfect candidate for e-design. The e-design option gave her a direction for where to go and how to pull the entire room together at her own pace.

I have to say (and I know I say this with all my designs), I love this room. Cozy, modern and easy to change up if she ever gets tired of yellow. The client has already ordered the sofa and a couple of the chairs so I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

If you're having a hard time figuring out a direction to go with a room, e-design is a perfect option for you! Email me for prices and more information at

Finders Keepers: Target

First off, thank you guys SO much for all the sweet comments and congrats. We are still shocked that we're having a girl (we both thought boy), but are beyond excited. In the week since we've found out, she already has enough clothes for her entire first year. Yeah, first baby = little crazy. Anyway, it's been a while since I've done a Finders Keepers so when I was in Target the other day, I snapped a few pictures. They have some GREAT items you can snatch up right now. In fact, there were so many I'm going to break this up into two parts. One today, and one tomorrow. Without further ado, here's what I found...

(Wait, whoops! I bought a couple pairs of shoes. But, I mean, is there anything cuter than baby shoes?!)

We're Having A...

It's been a bit of a busy week but I have some fun news to share...

We're having a GIRL!!

We're both still in a bit of shock, but so incredibly happy. For some reason finding out more of who this little person is going to be makes is much more real.

Here's to painted nails, lots of giggles, cute shoes (oh my!), late night talks and another girl who will adore my husband as much as I do.

I can't wait.

I Love What I Do.

I've pretty much always wanted to do interior design. When I was a kid, maybe 9 years old, I remember drawing floorplans for my parents to add an addition on to their house. I loved doodling furniture layouts and sketching out new designs for rooms. Some kids scribbled love notes or animals, I had furniture and window treatments.

(Image via Google)

One time, a couple years later, my parents went out for dinner and I enlisted the help of my 8 year old brother to rearrange the living room. We moved a piano, a huge entertainment center, sofas, tables, etc. My parents came home minutes after we finished and nearly passed out. After making sure I knew to never do that home alone again, my mom admitted that she loved the new layout. Ever since then, I've been inspired to create spaces that people will love.

My favorite part of design is that I get to embrace so many different styles and patterns. My husband always teases me that I can design a room for someone else in heartbeat, but am very slow to move in designing our own home. It's because I truly love so many different styles. I believe each style reflects a different part of my personality and with my clients, I get to explore those more.

Design is more than just how a room looks. It's about how it makes you feel. I believe everyone deserves a space that allows them to feel comfortable being just who they are. Nothing less, nothing more.

All that's to say that I really love what I do. I get to be creative everyday and help make someone's home a happier place to be.

What more could I ask for?

First Nursery Purchase.

Hope you all had a fun and safe Labor Day weekend! We took advantage of the long weekend by tackling a few items on our ever-increasing to-do list.

The biggest item we crossed off our list was,

buying the baby's crib!

I've had my eye on the Kendall crib from Pottery Barn Kids for the past few weeks so we finally decided to bite the bullet and order it. We wanted a simple, white crib that was sturdy and well-made. Harder to find than you would think. We happened upon this model in the store one day and loved it. Pretty, simple and a great price. Can't beat that!

We're not planning on buying a quilt or a bumper, only a cute bed skirt and crib sheet. Bedding sets run around $200 and honestly, since you can't even use a bumper or quilt with a newborn, I believe it's money better spent elsewhere.

Oh and for anyone who's been wondering, I've definitely popped. Yep, can't hide this baby bump any longer. Here's a pic from this weekend...

So weird. Justin says I'm definitely in the "not chubby and probably pregnant but wouldn't ask if you were" stage. I'm A-ok with that.

As for the rest of the weekend, we scratched a few more items off our to-do list...

1. Buy a new mattress. Check!

Sears was having a great deal on mattresses, plus was offering an additional 6% cash back, so we ordered a new one for our bedroom and will be moving our current mattress to the guest room. I can't wait to get everything switched over and start finally pulling the guest room together.

2. Buy a rug for the guest room. Check! was having a great deal on rugs this weekend. An extra 10%, PLUS I found an extra coupon code to get an additional 12% off. It always pays to google "store" coupon codes. This is { the rug } I ordered and I'm keeping my fingers crossed it works in the space.

And finally here's a little tip if you decide to go mega-shopping in one weekend. When you buy a crib, a mattress, a few online items and go massive grocery shopping, your bank will think your card has been stolen and call you to confirm. Especially if you're normally a cheap-0 like me. At least they pay attention.

What about you guys? Any fun projects or great sales this weekend?


Moodboard: Airy Living Room

Today I want to share with you a moodboard that I recently created for a client. I'm still in the middle of the project, so hopefully I'll have a few great "before" and "after" pictures once installation is done. The clients wanted a light, bright space with a few fun pops of color. Here's what I came up with!

I'm a little obsessed with this color scheme. Juuust a little.

$20 Chair Make-over.

Yesterday, I promised to share with you another furniture make-over that "sits" to the right of the {dresser}. If you guessed a chair, DING, DING! I'd say you win a prize, but really you just have common sense. I really should have made the clue harder. So, several months ago I was thrift store shopping with my friend Megan (hi!) and we came across this chair. At $15 it was the perfect price to add to the guest room. The only issue was that it looked like it came straight out of a lawyers office. Not really how you'd want to welcome your guests. Luckily, I had a can of spray paint and the perfect $2 fabric I had snagged way back in { this post }.

If you want to find a chair that you can easily re-cover using fabric and a staple gun, flip the chair over before you buy it and check to see if the seat easily screws out. Trust me, it'll make the whole project much, much easier.

After I had removed the screws, the back and the seat easily popped out of the chair and I was left with two ugly cushions, and a chair frame ready for painting.

Since the wood of the chair had a smooth finish, I lightly sanded it and first sprayed a coat of primer. This helped the white spray paint to adhere much easier than if I just used the white paint alone. A few coats later and I left it to dry while I re-covered the cushions.

The first step in re-covering the cushions was to remove the old fabric. I simply used pliers to remove all the staples holding the fabric down. Once the fabric was removed, I was left with two bare cushions.

I cut out a large square of fabric, placed the cushion on top, and got to staple gunning! The easiest way to do it is to start with one side, then do the opposite side. That way you can make sure to pull the fabric tightly across the entire cushion.

When it comes to the corners, just pretend like you're wrapping a present. Pull one side tight and staple, tuck the corner in, and then pull the other side tight and staple.

Once you get everything covered and the chair is dry, start to reassemble! The fabric wasn't very thick so I was able to feel around to locate the screw holes and push the screws right in to attach the cushions to the chair base.

Here's the after!

I chose to run my seam on the front of the chair back (follow that?) and am going to add a row of buttons up the seam to add a little more character. It's on my to-do list, which means we'll see if I get around to it. This year.

Not a bad make-over for under $20!


Dresser Re-do.

I've mentioned it a few times lately, but things have really kicked into gear at the Smith house. Something about bringing home a baby in less than six months really makes you jump to finish any and every project you've ever thought of before. And some you haven't. Justin is out of town this week in San Francisco (lucky) and here was a short conversation we had before he left...

Me: "So I've been thinking about a few new projects I want to do when you get home. What do you think of x,y,z?"

Justin: (breaks into a cold sweat) "Umm, I think we have enough now with the office, the guest room and the baby's nursery. Maybe?"

Me: (secretly plotting how to get everything done) "Ok, we'll see how it goes."

(I love that hardworking man.)

Anyway, we did get a little help with our guest room make-over last week. My dad came up for the day and helped me (aka, I supervised) re-paint our old bedroom dresser. It used to be a blonde wood but I painted it a dark brown back when we first got married. Since we're using it in the guest room, I wanted  something lighter and brighter. I already had the soft teal ceiling paint leftover, so being a cheap-o, decided to use it!

Here's what we started with...ugly right?

A few coats of paint later and done! Easy and free transformation. Best kind in my humble opinion. If you can't really tell by the picture, the dresser is now a very, very, very soft blueish teal. Much easier to see in person.

I have another room project I'll share tomorrow that was under $20 and "sits" to the right of this dresser. That's the only clue I'm giving so check back tomorrow!

Window City.

The window/door installation is FINALLY done! Amen! It feels like forever since we started pricing different companies and getting estimate after estimate. It was a pretty clear choice who we went with in the end as a couple of the other companies made the mistake of saying these things to me,

"When are you guys wanting to have kids?"

"How much did you pay for your house?"

"Honey, sweetie, sugar, etc." {Do NOT call me anything other than my name!}

"Well, we sell this type of window but it's not really good. This other kind is better." {Umm, ok. No thanks.}

As you can see, it was an interesting few weeks with window salesman. Oh and never forget to ask for a better price. I managed to get an extra $400 off just for asking. I told y'all I'm cheap.

Here's the before picture of our living room...

And here's the after! It's so much lighter and brighter! In real life, the screens on the bottom of the windows aren't very noticeable and we decided to go with a 3/4 glass door instead of a traditional french door for a different look and LOVE it. The window shades were a steal from JcPenney on sale for about $13 a shade! We still need to repaint the entire room and get some curtains, but what do you think? Big transformation, huh?

Oh, and I also finally found the perfect cushion for my $10 thrift store chair I shared a while back. The cushion was 50% off at World Market (my latest obsession) so for the chair and the cushion, I only paid $25! Score! It's currently sitting in the guest room but will make it's way to the kitchen at some point.

There you have it, a completely random house update. I have a few more projects to share, including an update on our guest room so stay tuned!

Reader Design: Placemat Pillow

I hope everyone had a fun and productive weekend and survived Monday! We're up to our eyeballs in projects over here. Between doing work for clients and starting a few new house projects of our own, I'm seriously dreaming of lamps and chairs at night. This morning we're finishing up our new window/door install so hopefully I'll get to share a picture with y'all tomorrow. It's amazing what changing a window can do for a space! Until then, I want to share a fun take on one of my ideas that a reader sent me. A couple days ago I received this message from Astrid,

"These pillows are the result of combining your posts on how to turn a placemat into a pillow plus your news of a sale at World Market! $2.50 each plus the cost of batting for 2 new pillows for under $10. And just the splash of fun and color my apartment needed :) I also picked up some new patio furniture. Love reading your blog. Keep up the great tips!!"

Didn't she do a great job?! I had to stop myself from running out of the door and going back to World Market as soon as I saw this picture. Two pillows for under $10, yes please. Thanks for sharing, Astrid!

If you have a project you'd like me to feature, email me at !

Finders Keepers.

Here's a glimpse of things I've found and loved over the past few weeks... First up, this bench from TJ Maxx. At $150 it would look fantastic at the base of bed to add a little texture to any room.

Next up, one of my favorite I-Can't-Afford-Anything-In-There stores, Anthropologie. I loved this cute ceramic egg carton! It would look great on a dresser to organize stud earrings. I can't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was under $20.

I also loved these cute ceramic berry containers that were also from Anthropologie. A couple white and yellow ones came this close to coming home with me.

Even though it was on the pricey side, this Anthropologie lamp had me at hello. I believe it was $265, but holy cow was it pretty. I could design an entire girly bedroom just on this one lamp. (Sigh.)

Aaand just to even things out, this lamp from Target was bright, cheerful and on clearance for under $20. Can't beat that!

There you have it, my finds for the past few weeks. What about you guys? Anyone drooling over something they've found?

World Market: 75% off.

First off, thank you guys SO MUCH for all the well wishes and congrats! It really did mean so much to us both and I feel lucky to have such great readers. Y'all rock! Second, if you live near a Cost Plus World Market, go there ASAP. I saw { this post } last week and decided to check it out for myself. Holy deals! We were only in there for 20 minutes and snagged two great buys. In fact, if I can get morning (ahem, all day) sickness under control today, I'm going to hit up another location.

Here's what we got...

I can't find the exact outdoor table online, but it looks almost exactly like this one below. Perfect for dinners on our deck and you can't beat the $65 price tag! 75% off, yes please.

I also grabbed this cute little chair. It was regularly $80 and I took it home for $20. It was the only one in the store so I made poor Justin lug it around everywhere so no one would snatch it. Rough life being married to an interior designer.

Now is the time to shop around for outdoor furniture since store are making way for new seasonal merchandise. I'm still looking for a few chairs for the table, a couple pots and a bench for our front door, but slow and steady wins the race. Or gets the best discount.

Happy shopping!

My Biggest Design Project Ever.

I'm about to start on the biggest design project of my life...

designing my own nursery!

Justin and I are beyond happy to announce we're expecting our first baby in February!

We've had a hard time keeping it a secret the past few months, but now we're ready to shout it from the rooftops! Or just start pinning tons of nursery ideas on Pinterest. You know, the important stuff.

I'm excited to share every step of designing the nursery and our guestroom (hi, grandparents-to-be!) and hopefully get back to posting a bit more regularly (thank you first trimester) for all you loyal readers. I can't tell you how much I appreciate each of you!

Well, I'm going to be a mom. (Squeal!)




Designer Discount Website.

Hope you all have been having a wonderful week! It's been busy over here which means lots of fun projects to share in the weeks to come. Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite designer discount sites, Joss & Main!

If you're over the Groupon/Eversave/Million Deal Emails A Week phase (yep, me too), then you'll love this site. It doesn't offer discounted teeth whitening or car washes (thank goodness!). It's just pretty things you'd love to have in your home. Basically, heaven.

Here's a peek at one of their sales...

You can really find items to fit a variety of price points, from the inexpensive all the way to "holy cow who could afford a $999 lamp". If you're interested in signing up, just click the link below! Happy Shopping!

 { Sign Up For Joss & Main Here! }