2015 - Dimples and Tangles


Today I'm closing out 2015 by sharing my best makeovers from the past year.  What is it about a great before and after that we all love so much?

We started early in the year with my Girl's Bold and Colorful Bedroom Refresh.  We had redone her room several years before, but it needed a few improvements such as a bigger bed, new headboard, new bedding and different nightstands.

(We later added the marquee light over her bed, this was just a quick Instagram photo.)

Not surprisingly, many of this year's makeovers centered around my Master Bedroom Makeover this past Spring, since that was probably my biggest project of the year.  

$20 Shiny Brass Chandelier Makeover- from shiny and swirly

to warm gold and modern.

Orange-y Oak Armoire Makeover- My dad made this massive armoire from scratch so it will always be in our family, but the orange tone had to go!  This was my first experience using gel stain and I loved it.

Dated colonial style Maple Nightstand Makeover- this is one I'm probably most proud of, mainly because my crazy idea to fill in the grooves on the top drawer actually worked!

Our other huge project that seemed to last forever this year was our Patio Makeover.  It's still <this close> to being finished, but here's a recap-

Foundation- we almost doubled the previous size.

Framing- the previous roof was extended 6 feet, and an entirely new section of roof was added where the pergola formerly was.

The official reveal will be coming in the next few months, we're still tweaking a few things and I'm waiting until it's green and pretty again outside!

Our Living Room Shelf Built-Ins Makeover made a huge difference in the look and feel of our space.  With all of our neutral walls, floors, and furniture, I like the touch of drama and warmth that the dark shelves have added.

If you missed my posts earlier this week, you can check out my Best of 2015 DIY Projects here, and my Best of 2015 Style and Miscellaneous posts here.  

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!  I hope you wrap up this year on the happiest of notes!

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Welcome back to the Best of 2015 week here at D&T!  Yesterday I shared my top DIY Projects from 2015, and today I wanted to recap my favorite posts that focus on styling, home tours, and a few miscellaneous posts too.

I began the year shopping the house and changing things around for my Winter Living Room.  Even though it looked bleak outside, there was no shortage of color inside.  As I pack away the Christmas decorations today, I'm ready to get past the mess and back to the pretty!

This Easter Table was one of my all time favorites... how could it not be with blue, white, kelly green, and gold?

And if you need a fantastic recipe to fill up those plates for Easter Brunch, try this Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche.  It's one of my favorites for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

As the trees outside are currently coated with ice, I'm kind of wishing it was time for another Summer Home Tour right about now!

We took a family road trip to the West Coast over the summer, and I immediately fell in love with the houses along the shore as we took a whale watching tour.  I shared a Newport Beach Homes Tour with all of my favorites.

I compiled my Top 5 Styling Tips-

Hands down, my second hand find of the year was this Brass Coffee Table. She's the star of the show in any photo!

It may not look like much, but the deliciousness of this Crescent Roll Lasagna will win you over in a hurry (and you can make it in a flash!).

With some pillow and accessory swaps, I shared my early Fall Home Tour.

I was adventurous and put together 2 Thanksgiving tables this year, both with a gingham tablecloth as the base.  Rustic vs. Glam... what's your pick?

More styling tips, this one specifically with styling for a photo shoot in mind, but there are still some practical everyday tips too.

After a few years of putting off the purchase, I finally selected a new sofa from Scout & Nimble. It holds tons of fun pillows (a good criteria to use when sofa shopping, wink wink), which are on the floor most of the time because we're loving lounging on our comfy new furniture!

We wrapped up the year with Christmas Tours, Part 1-

and Part 2.

It always amazes me to look back over a year and see how much has changed from January to December, and makes me excited to think what the year ahead has in store!

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Hello there sweet readers!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, celebrated with family and friends, and enjoyed some time off.  We sure did and are!

As we approach a new year with loads of exciting things in store, I thought it appropriate to spend some time looking back on all that was accomplished this year.  I'll have several "Best of 2015" posts this week, starting today with my favorite DIY projects from the year.

After rescuing this gorgeous antique dresser from a neighbor's trash pile, I put my DIY skills to work to make this faux marble top, saving hundreds of dollars for what a real marble top would have cost to replace the broken one.

My daughter's Christmas gift to me last year is still one of my favorite accessories.  These pom pom coasters are super easy to make and tons of fun to display... and use!

By adding hardware I upcycled a cutting board into a pretty wood serving tray.

With just a few minutes and my favorite gold craft paint you can make this gold scalloped vase too!

I took a little short cut and used some plastic ceiling medallions to create a custom door moulding in my Master Bedroom.

After making my own tassels for the first time this year, nothing is safe from an added one!  This no-sew leopard tassel table runner adds some quirk and personality to my dining room table. (Leopard fabric sources here.)

Not quite my typical DIY project that I share with you, but I use this one frequently.  I showed you how I use PicMonkey (a free user-friendly online editing program) to make custom invitations or announcements for any occasion.

Most recently, I added some Christmas cheer to my bedroom with these no sew fur trimmed pillows.  I made two for less than 1/2 the price that a similar one would have cost at the store.  

Most of these were projects even a beginner could do, I hope you're inspired to try something new in the coming year!

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Today I'm happy to be over on the At Home Stores blog (formerly Garden Ridge) sharing 5 of my favorite hosting tips.  You might find some helpful ideas if you're hosting friends or family in the next week or so, but I've also included some practical tips that will carry on through the year to come.

To be a good hostess you don't need the perfect dishes or menu or decorations or table setting, you just need to be willing to open your home and your heart to others, because you home is where people can truly get to know you.

Come join me over At Home, and if you're not accustomed to opening your home to others I hope you'll be encouraged to invite someone over!

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I know we're all in Christmas mode, but right about now I'm WISHING I was headed out on a tropical vacation!  I thought we'd escape reality a bit today and I'd show you a few of the outfits I wore on our recent cruise, sailing with the Property Brothers and other design personalities on a cruise organized by HGTV.  I was honored to be asked to be a part of a panel of bloggers invited to share at various breakout sessions as part of the programming on the cruise.

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I'm venturing out a bit, and I think this is my first official full fashion post!  Don't worry, this blog will still be more home related than anything else, but I love clothes too!  I'm over 40, shop with a budget in mind, and could stand to lose 15 pounds, but I still like to look cute and feel good in what I'm wearing.  I bet you do too, so I hope these occasional posts give you some new ideas on how to mix things up in your wardrobe, or a suggestion of a new piece to liven it up a bit.   I'm definitely not a pro at this and still feel unbelievably awkward "modeling" anything, so we'll see how this goes!  

I will provide links to the exact or similar items when I can to help you if you're searching for a new piece here and there, but more than anything I'm sharing to give you new ideas for putting together similar outfits with what you might already own.  A good deal of my shopping is done during clearance time at Dillard's, at Old Navy, Gap, TJ Maxx, or Target.  So, I won't always have exact links for you but I'll do my best!

We'll start with my travel outfit.  It was cold as we left home, and I'm always cold in the airport and on the plane, yet I knew it would be warm once we arrived in Miami.  So, layers were the key!  I could live in this long sleeved swing dress (so comfy), and layered with a light sweater it was perfect for travel.  This outfit was super comfortable yet looked pulled together.  I always carry a large tote for my purse on a flight.  This one (I wish it was real!) had plenty of room for everything I needed to keep handy, as well as my computer, big camera, and an extra lens.  I wore the biggest shoes I took so they didn't use up a lot of space in my suitcase.  

Swing Dress  ||  Boyfriend Cardigan  ||  Scarf  ||  Wedge- similar

After boarding the ship we were scheduled right away for a VIP lunch with the other program personalities. Knowing there was a possibility that our luggage wouldn't be delivered to our room until that evening, I wore something comfortable yet versatile for whatever the day brought.  I dressed up a blousy knit top with wedges again, a long necklace, and fun clutch. 

White Pants- similar  ||   Black Top- similar  ||  Wedge- similar  ||  Clutch- similar

Headed out of Miami...

Mallory, me, Emily, Jen, & Cassie (missing Sarah!)

Our first port was Key West, where I wore a loose, comfy swing dress.  The morning started off a bit chilly, so I shed the really wrinkled in the photo lightweight sweater when it warmed up.  The dress was a summer Old Navy find.  And it will soon be apparent that leopard + black and white is my new favorite combo.

Similar Dress  ||  Leopard Sandals- similar  ||  Watch  ||  Amelia Bracelet 

And, we did the tourist thing and trekked down to the southernmost point of the continental U.S.  Did that.  Got the photo. And Ray got the t-shirt. #nerds  ;)

For the first design panel that I spoke at, I wore this navy jumpsuit.  I tried a jumpsuit on a whim, and I am SO glad I did!  This one packed well and was flattering and comfortable.  I kept the accessories simple with a pop of leopard.  I could only find the clutch online in a different color, so I linked that one as well as a similar style in gold.

 Jumpsuit  ||  Leopard Heels  ||  Same Clutch- different color ||  Gold Clutch-similar

This is the blurriest, worst photo, but here I am during my presentation on board the ship.  That outfit totally blended in with the dark room- ha!

Our blogger group got a little private meet and greet with the Property Brothers while on the ship, so fun!  In real life they are exactly as they come across on tv, engaging and silly and sincere and charming. 

I will say that our little group of bloggers were among the best dressed on board- the Property Brothers even commented on it ;) .  We dressed up a bit for our design panels but even when just attending events on board we kept a professional look.  Just so you know, we were "working", so we were usually a little more dressed up than the average cruiser.  I wore this outfit one morning that I was attending some other design sessions by Jillian Harris and Kim Myles.  Lots of fun listening to those talented ladies!

Gingham Shirt- similar  ||  Pencil Skirt- similar  ||  Leopard Clutch- similar  ||  Tassel Necklace  ||  Sandals- similar  

One evening we were invited to attend a VIP reception hosted by LUG bags for all of the program personalities.  I wore this striped maxi skirt from Shabby Apple and LOVED it! It's cotton with a touch of spandex and such a nice, thick weight.  And, I was nervous about ordering long skirt online because I'm 5'7", and with heels longer items often end up being too short.  But, I actually had to hem this one a bit, which I didn't mind at all because I was thrilled to have the option to hem it rather than it being too short.

Their maxi skirts are great because they can easily be dressed up or down... they look just as fabulous with a t-shirt and flip flops as they do a fancy shirt and heels.   I kept a middle-of-the-road look pairing it with a chambray shirt but piling on the pearls.  It's highly likely that I'll be wearing this skirt again this week to our Christmas Eve service.

I also own this crazy popular Shabby Apple skirt and and older SA dress that isn't made anymore, and have found their sizing to be generous.  I have ordered one size down than what the measurements in their fit guide suggest, and have always had a roomy fit.  I don't know if that is the case for everyone but thought I'd mention it.

 Striped Maxi Skirt  ||  Chambray Shirt  ||  Leopard Heels  ||  Same Clutch- different color ||  Gold Clutch-similar  ||  Necklace- similar  ||  Amelia Bracelet

Everyone at the VIP event with my sweet friend Tiffany of Premier Vacations, the group that organized the cruise.  

I recycled the chambray shirt another day for our final design panel, layering it over this dress and tying at the waist.   The dress was a summer clearance find, but Shabby Apple also makes a darling maxi skirt in this pattern. 

  Chambray Shirt  ||  Leopard Heels  ||  Same Clutch- different color ||  Gold Clutch-similar  ||  Watch  ||  Amelia Bracelet  ||  Necklace- Walmart (have you seen their $10 statement necklaces? So good! Here's a similar one.

We were able to spend a few minutes chatting with teeny tiny Jillian- she was so down to earth and sweet to take photos with us.  

Our last evening was pretty laid back and casual, and I was tired of dressing up!  Out came the ripped jeans and loose tunic... good shoes and accessories kept it presentable looking, though.

Tunic  ||  Jeans  ||  Clutch- similar  ||  Tassel Necklace  ||  Leopard Sandals- similar

And with that, we were packing up to head home.   I'm looking forward to sharing more with you about the design side of the trip soon!

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