We got it locked down

Tracking PixelWe hope you all had a great long weekend. Lucky for us, we got to take some looming items on our to-do list, and it feels so good to have one of the big one’s done! It’s always kismet when a brand reaches out for a partnership at the exact moment we have added an item to the the big-to-do. This time Scalage® came to the rescue with something way better than we even new was available. A very high tech lock, with more bells a whistle we thought possible.

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It’s been driving us mad to connect with our cleaning lady about dropping keys. She cleans not only our home but our airbnb’s and uses the laundry room in our house, which happens to have a door to the back yard. We aren’t really OK with the idea of giving a set of keys to our home to anyone (not that she would do anything funny). You never know if someone will lose them into the wrong hands is mostly our fear. We do this little key-switch-dance multiple times a week so our guests are guaranteed fresh sheets and towels and our cleaning lady can do her job effectively, despite our schedule.

Enter our solution: Schlage Connect




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There were lots of models and finishes to chose from in the Schlage Connect™ collection. We went with the satin nickel finish to stay most aligned with our kitchen decisions being the laundry room is right next to it. It has an alarm and Z-wave, which was a really nice surprise when were were looking into them. We have really enjoyed being able to share access to our home (while still having control) on those busier days with hardware that looks and feels as good as our new set up. So, why is this lock so fancy and different? Depending how deep you want to get with technology and your door. The Schlage Sense™ system is designed to work with Apple HomeKit technology, meaning you can use the touch pad or your iPhone or Siri, which is pretty swanky and convienient. It even works if you are wearing gloves, which is also good news to those of you with frozen fingers (I remember how bad NYC would get in February!).

The bad news is now our laundry room back door hardware is now way nicer than our front door! The good news os that they are easy to find on Amazon and Home Depot, amongst many there convent places.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Schlage®.


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Bathroom Bright UP

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware

For this installment of our home transformation with Ace, we will be focusing on our guest bathroom.  Our guest bathroom has gone through a lot since we moved here a little over two years ago. That wallpaper in the mood board below makes me smile every time I go in there. I am surprisingly not sick of it, but what I was getting irritated at was the faux wood sink stand.


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After making everything so light and bright, it just looked so heavy. If you remember, we made this mood board, where we picked something with less visual weight:

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When we went to buy the sink stand, they were sold out, and no longer making them. We thought about a DIY project to get the same look, but in the meantime (while we complete the 10,000 projects on our to-do list!) decided we can use paint to get a brighter feel.

We started off with things looking like this, which we already loved so much.


But now it feels so much better without that black box floating between the floor and the sink. We used Amy Howard At Home® One Step Paint™ in Ballet White, and then added a coat of Clear Wax to protect the paint job from bathroom elements. See for yourself.

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I just want to do a happy dance, because I love how it turned out. This paint is awesome and has made me think of SO MANY other projects I want to tackle. Nashville has an amazing flea market each month, and I will be scooping up those ugly pieces with beautiful lines and testing out different applications beyond the wax. I was really intimidated because we have never used chalk-based paint before, but there are a lot of videos and information from Amy Howard on how and what to use. As soon as we started, it was easy if you just follow the steps.

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I do not recommend using a small roller. We did and messed up the whole sink stand with little bumps. We had to razor the bumps off, and start again.




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Just a few tiny tweaks, and I think we will be completely done. Did you notice the new mirror? It’s so much bigger and works great for us and Atlas to use because it falls so much lower.

Have you seen our other Ace Hardware paint transformations? Catch up herehere, and here to see how we have been using all different kinds of paint to transform our home. Our next project is our final project with Ace, and we are so excited to share what we have up our sleeves. We have been thinking about this transformation for a long while!



Ace Hardware will be hosting a Dreamy Bedroom Makeover on a Dime with Amy Howard and Ace Hardware – Free online workshop, Aug. 11 at 12pm CT?

Join Amy Howard and Ace Hardware for a live online workshop on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 12-1pm CT. Amy Howard shows you how to make over your master bedroom with DIY projects that are simple to do and easy on the budget, but offer dramatic results! Transform your bedroom into a sweet retreat by learning how to rescue an old headboard, refresh a salvaged nightstand with antique mirroring, and create stunning decorative prints. Amy will be demonstrating how to use her One-Step Paint, Mirror Antiquing Kit, Copy Cat, and more! Register for free now!

What a Difference

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

We just finished painting all the trim in the living room. Wow. What a difference. It feels totally new in there, and way more high-end. Our goal has been reached! High contrast, but not too trendy, and not too overwhelming. We partnered up with Ace for the next few months to show you how paint can really transform a space or in your home through examples in our home. Follow me on my journey as I show you different paints that can help you create your dream home. Our goal is to edit the details for big impact.

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It took two coats of Tomcat by Valspar in satin finish to get really great coverage on our baseboards and window trim. Transform a space in your home using Valspar brand paint. We used a premium trim paintbrush from Ace (their brand), and it worked perfectly. Not a single bristle has escaped, which is such a bonus.

We used a trim paint brush in premium from Ace (their brand), and it worked perfectly. Not a single bristle has escaped, which is such a bonus. We were scared the black would fave but the color guarantee made us more confident about all the sunshine that comes in these windows.



We don’t use tape on the windows because we find it way easier to use a razor blade to clean up the paint after.

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It’s hard to believe a single brush, some painter’s tape and a few fresh coats of paint could make such a difference. We are doing a full Ace paint makeover in different areas of our East Nashville cottage over the next few months, with paint, so we decided to refresh this room’s white base after we commit to some curtains and maybe even a new rug. The blinds we removed to to prepare for the painting are never going back up. I couldn’t be happier about that decision.



We can’t wait to share the final look once we pick out some white paint, a rug, and curtains. We want to bring our wool shag back so much, but it’s just not toddler friendly. Have you tried a shag with a toddler? It’s an adventure every night, often with hidden banana and avocado under the long pile. They are so much maintenance to trim and brush to keep looking crisp and clean. We love the idea of a jute, but then the thought of food getting stuck in the weave makes me cringe again. It’s such a hard decision to make because rugs are not cheap or easy to roll up and store away properly if you want to “use later”.

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Follow along with our transformation of our cottage here, and here and on our instagram account @makingahouseahome.

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Our Bedroom, the Dump Zone, No More

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

We have avoided sharing our bedroom for so long because, well, it’s been unimpressive. The beige walls, our huge king bed taking up most of the space, the complete design neglect; all not worth sharing. As part of our ongoing home transformation with paint with Ace Hardware (which will last through September), we made two big decisions. Decision One: We are going to finally address the bedroom and get rid of that depressing color that’s somewhere between stale dirt and a rotten apple and Decision Two: We are going to pick a color that’s not white.

I would usually default to white for such a small space, but I really fell in love with this Clark  + Kensington Color at Ace Hardware: Soft Floral. It’s everything I want our bedroom to be, and surprisingly Joey was 100% OK with it being in the pink family.


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It immediately brightened up the room with just the first coat. It was quite a magical transformation. This color is so beautiful. It’s got the slightest pink-blush color under all the bright white goodness. It’s not overwhelmingly girly, and it can absolutely be treated like a neutral and paired with browns or blues. I decided since Joey was OK with the pink, that I go in a more girly direction than usual and incorporate reds and corals into the room as well. Basically, I went totally girly. Living in the land of dinosaurs and cars and kid-friendly/boy-friendly everything else, I figured, why not?

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We did go with a satin finish, because Atlas is always in our room, and we always need to wipe the walls after Mr. Sticky Fingers has been around. That kid sure knows how to get peanut butter everywhere.


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The two old dressers are heading over to live at the airbnb, and we are investing in all new bedroom furniture. Right now we have the paint and rug, and light switches all here, but are still making a final decision on the dresser because I am weird about dressers and have never truly committed to a dresser. Ever. So let’s see how this goes. We need a really amazing magical dresser too. One that doesn’t let us pile our clothes up in a mountain every day because that extra 30 seconds is just too much time to waist.

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High Contrast, Here We Come

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.
Remember when the lottery was over a billion bucks a few months ago? Joey and I were pretty sure we, alone, were going to win it and buy our dream penthouse in New York. I don’t need to Google the address; I have it memorized because I have been so intimate with this building from the moment I moved to New York.
A few years back, six luxury penthouses were erected, and the one we have our eye on was originally listed for $66M. Lucky us, they dropped the price to $58M, so we have a fighting chance. But until we can drop that kind of money on a place, we are going to have to work with what we have.
 Over the next six months, we are going to be transforming our East Nashville cottage with paint and a brush to get as close as we can to this foyer in the $58M NYC penthouse. We really do love a crisp white wall, so we are getting creative with adding contrast and color in other ways. First project? That black trim and casing has been on our minds for months, and we finally decided to pull the trigger and bring this high-contrast perfection into our own home. I feel this look can go two ways. Here, in this amazing space, it looks modern and crisp. In our house, we think it’s going to have a little more of a throwback, Tudor feel, and we aren’t angry about it.
We hopped over to our super cute and friendly local Ace Hardware right outside Nashville,, and checked out some black options from Clark & Kensington® and Valspar® and came home to play with a few samples and swatches.
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We landed on the Tomcat from Valspar® in a satin finish after doing some swatches next to the fireplace, which was recently painted black. It’s a very true black, which we loved. The Clark & Kensington® we tried (Black Truffle) was a little too red/purple for what we wanted, but also very pretty.
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Send good vibes our way ’cause we are pretty sure Atlas is going to leave black hand-marks on our white walls as we try to paint our trim. He loves paint so much, and he loves paint tape even more, so it will be a miracle if there are no mishaps.
We have a major Ace Hardware Style Transformation upon us between now and September, and this is just the first step. Our living room will get this high-end trim, and then off to the bedroom to finally tackle the most-in-need-of-love room.
East Nashville Living Room Mood Board
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And We Got Ourselves a Soul Mate

Consideration was provided by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

Hello, lovlies. It’s been super duper busy around these parts. Our second Rich Hippie’s shop is opening this month and we just did a little face-lift to the first one, which got us redoing the entire house. We certainly don’t make it easy on ourselves! Sometimes I guess you get in the mood to change things and you just dive in and do it all at once. Even though we are still planning our move back home to New York (just probably not for a year or so now….), we can’t help but want to improve our home and feel happy in it. Every little thing I see that’s out of sorts I have to fix these days. It’s been soooooo good to knock stuff off the forever-list that’s been growing for almost two years now. Making the decision to move back took a lot of motivation away, but doing things like painting and replacing mulch isn’t going to hurt when it comes time to sell.

We have some nagging-at-me-non-stop places in the house which happen to all be clustered together. The master bedroom, bathroom, and hallway all have yet to be painted, styled, or considered at all. It’s such a shame too, because we use them all so much. The bathroom has such great bones, and beautiful light. We got icky country blue….

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…and a soul-sucking beige in the bedroom and the hall way. We finally got to tackle the last blue room in the house and turn it into something a bit less “soul-sucking,” and a little more “soul mate.” Gotta love a solid before and after.

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So refreshing! It feels more like a spa now and I have convinced myself it smells of lilacs. The color is Soul Mate and we are in love. I think this would also be a fantastic color for a bedroom. It feels colorful and calm at the same time. We snagged ours at Ace Hardware. We are part of their 31 Days of Color campaign and each day a new color will be revealed by a new blogger. So hop on the loop on our Instagram and see who’s next in line. I also learned how much I love those brass knobs with a pretty purple. This color can get dangerous now that I am thinking about it.

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And we got ourselves a bathroom!

Hi friends! It’s always the case that the blog posts slow down when life gets busier! We have been working on this bathroom, amongst many other projects, but have finished this space so we get to share! We left off here:

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We wallpapered and got the toilet up and running as you know, so let’s talk about both before we go on! We chatted about how to instal this toilet, and hope we gave you confidence to DIY this because it’s way easier than you would think. Next, we were excited to test out it’s “cling free” promise and report back. We didn’t clean it once since we installed her. This is what she looks like now:

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We have all tried her out (hello potty training Atlas!) many many many times over. It looks brand spankin’ new. Like, scary new. We are very very impressed with VorMax and their engineers because this is the biggest game changer we have seen in a long time. Take your hands out of your toilets people. The revolution is here.

Also, it’s a good looking bowl.

The wallpaper is holding up great, but we have been splashing water (I am not going to name any toddler names) on it and have had a complete sink change-of-heart because we need some major protection, aka backsplash, if we plan to keep the paper up for any amount of time. The sink we picked out is sold out anyway in white, and we don’t want to paint a $2,000 sink stand, if you know what we mean. So we found this beauty:making a house a home I wall mount sink I happilycuratedchaos.com

It’s way off the plan, but look how cute she is. And she’s less than $700! We found it on a third party site and had to laugh when we found out it was an American Standard product, just like the toilet. The reason we haven’t pulled the trigger yet is because we have board and batten around the whole bathroom and are deciding if we want to keep it or ditch it.


The sink now does not have the board and batten behind it. So, we decided to live with the current sink until we can make sure we can collect all the current material or if we have to buy all new stuff. But here is what we did buy/finalize:

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sources: magical toilet // handmade brass toilet paper holder // brass waste basket // vanity lighting // super cushy rug // wallpaper // shower curtain // tiebacks // basket

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Above is the old toilet paper holder, and below is the new brass one to match the new vanity light.


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This is such a happy and light filled bathroom, I am a bit jealous it’s our second bath. The new toilet (VorMax Estate) was the whole inspiration to prioritize this bath and we are so glad we got to it this summer. You can see that the taller toilet does wonders visually against the board and batten. We couldn’t be more impressed with something we take advantage of every day.

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The whole thing cost us about $2,500 and we predict with the new sink and edits to the wall, it’s going to be another $1,000ish depending on faucet selection. Check out the slideshow below for the full before and after and more “after” detail shots. Thanks for hanging out guys!

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