THE KITCHEN: A NEW SINK AND FAUCET

Oh the ‘splurge’.  I talk a lot about affordable, or do it yourself solutions here on the blog, because I believe functional design should be available to those DIY rebels, but there are also elements in any space that you just have to splurge on. Those things that you just can’t get any other way.  It might have a look, function, or uniqueness that is unparalleled,  so you spend a little more on these items.  There are also items that you need…

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KITCHEN: THE COFFEE BAR

A perfectly serendipitous thing has happened.  Ikea came out with matte black kitchen cabinetry, and it is perfect. Right now we are bouncing back and forth between finishing the kitchen and the bathroom, completing projects as time allows.  We recently finished up this section of the kitchen! When we started our kitchen facelift a little while ago (…we won’t say how long ago. My gawd, how long?) there was no black kitchen cabinet option from Ikea.  We happily went with the…

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SETTING UP SHOP: THE HAPPY HUMAN SHOP

The root of what I do can be simplified down to this; I create spaces that support positive mental environments.  Whether it be for clients through professional design services, or for my design rebels here by sharing home DIY projects, the goal is the same. A properly designed space should support the way we function within it optimally, shaping the mental environment. I am formally educated in Interior Design, but the rough school of life has taught me how to…

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The Happy Human: Curate and Covet

Waaaaay back when I started writing this blog I used to share a ‘Wish List’ once a week of stuff I’d seen, and subsequently lusted after.  I never did stop adding to my wish list, although my criteria for an item making that list has changed. Over the past year we have been purging a significant amount of our unneeded items to make room for; not more stuff, but more living.  Its actually embarrassing to see how much money, time, and energy…

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BATHROOM: PAINT AND FLOORING

With the shower tile all but completed in the bathroom we have moved on to paint and flooring! As I had mentioned here, part of the push to do a full bathroom renovation was the fact that we already owned flooring that could work.  We decided to use the vinyl tiles we had leftover from the kitchen and entry floors. THE WALLS After the tile installation was finished (we still need to caulk) I got the walls painted out before the flooring…

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Why I write a DIY blog

I started nesting in this little space on the internet about 6 or so years ago.  The blogging world was a whole new realm for me, it was about community, it was supportive, and it was an amazing creative outlet.  Truth? I actually hardly new it existed until I stumbled across a few online journal articles that got me hooked on the bloggers who wrote them.  I could not wait to see and hear what they were up to, and it never felt…

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Bathroom: the new shower tile

As you might recall, the last image I shared of the bathroom looked like this: It’s exciting, and exhausting all at the same time!  We went on to remove the small tub so we could replace it with a deeper, wider version but we needed a new one, like, NOW.  Once we took that wet drywall out the timer was ticking to get a shower back in there. We have a small, old, kinda scary, shower in the basement but it isn’t…

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Bathroom: how we stretched the budget

Last week I talked about the importance of the design process and posted a few tutorials (here and here) that might help all you DIY rebels with your renovations, or more specifically, planning your renovations. Now that we have decided to go for a full bathroom update, we really need the budget to work for us.  Unexpected renovations, especially in the middle of another ongoing renovation, are not ideal.  This means working under a lot of restrictions, and forgoing things…

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DIY DESIGN: creating simple elevations

This quick tutorial will give you a basic guideline on how to create your own elevation drawings for your renovation.  To create these you’ll need to start with a scaled floor plan.  Find out how to do that here. Creating an elevation, or a ‘wall view’ of the room you are designing, gives you a different perspective on the space, and allows you to plan vertically.  Drawing these to scale will let you test out different wall mounted elements, and…

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DIY DESIGN: Creating a simplified floor plan to scale

This quick tutorial will show you how to take the measurements of your space and turn them into a floor plan that is to scale, or directly proportionate to what is actually happening in the space.  These drawings will let you quickly reference how a new piece will fit (or if it will fit **crosses fingers**) and how it will work with existing elements in the room (walls, and other items that are not moving ie. the toilet shown here).…

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