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When is a house a home? To me, it’s when it looks like boring people don’t live there anymore. Hear me out. When we first moved into our place, it was staged and looked nice, but it didn’t feel very homey to me. Now that a bit more of our personality has been sprinkled here and there, it feels like our home. Yet, there’s this thing called restraint that has been holding us back a bit. Since we were newlyweds and wanting to please the other and enter this “adult” phase of our lives, I wonder if we’ve stopped having fun with decorating. Where’s the risk-taking?

Here are a collection of pins that are out of the ordinary, but that inspire me to throw restraint to the wind. Some ideas are bolder than others, but the boldest room inspiration I’ve ever pinned has to do with a waterslide in a bedroom closet.

For most of my In Da House posts – which, for newbies, is all about collecting inspiration for our future space we hope to buy soon – I highlight some overarching themes across my collection of photos. This time, I think I’ll let the fun ideas speak for themselves.

Who’s inspired? Do you have a space that’s especially infused with some personality?

starburst light fixture

watercolor wallpaper

ice cream scoop art



garden sofa

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Welcome back, everyone! I’m so excited to see what you have all been working on. This is definitely my favorite Pinterest Challenge project yet. As a reminder for those not familiar with the challenge, it was the brainchild of Katie of Bower Power Blog who came together with Sherry of Young House Love to encourage all of us to make our projects collected on Pinterest into a reality. This time they graciously invited me to join them in cohosting along with Renee of Red Bird Blue. (Cue the “zomg blog famous people know who I am” freakout!)


For those of you who joined in and have a project to share, I’d love for you to link up below. But first, I’ll share my project. It was a tough one to decide on. Ultimately it came down to reupholstering my parsons dining room chairs. At first I wanted to reupholster an old armchair we have, but I figured I might as well start with something a little more basic since it’s my first time reupholstering anything. So my inspiration came from these: yellow chair and gray chairs.


I won’t waste your time rehashing a tutorial – check out from For the Love of Vintage Furniture. I followed this almost exactly. As for what was different, I took my chairs apart: the front legs, the seat and the back were separate pieces. I did this partly because I didn’t take the old fabric off. Shocking, I know, but it seemed thin enough and not worth the hassle spending all that time taking it and a bazillion staples off.

All in all, I’d describe it as an easy and fairly quick project. There was no sewing involved (you could blind stitch the pleats in the front corners and top of the back, but I decided not to). It’s tough to give a per-chair time estimate since I was flying solo this past weekend and dilly-dally DIY’d while watching old movies. The first chair took longer as I was trying to avoid mistakes and the second one was much faster since I was a pro at this point. ;) If I were to guess, a focused newbie could probably get a chair done well within an hour. Just remember to measure twice and cut once!


Ta-da! I’m really excited about the chairs. I ended up finding the fabric for $10/yard at Joanns. I purchased that, the nailhead trim and some cardboard trim to help get cleaner lines on the back. I already had the staple gun and staples. Plus… I also upgraded our curtains and snagged these from the Threshold line from Target everyone is talking about. They’re so much better than the cheapy red sheer ones that were there before.


The chairs will typically be in the kitchen. We just move the chairs into the dining room when we have company and are in need of the extra chairs. And the kitchen table, a beauty from West Elm from a few years back, often serves as the buffet for parties.   pinterest-challenge-reupholstered-parsons-chairs-kitchen


Thank you so much for joining us in this Pinterest Challenge! I can’t wait to get to know you all through your finished projects. Please share them below. Quick hint: when the link program asks for your name, give it the name of your link. It’s the text that will appear before the thumbnail.

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Our current dining room was the first room to be fully completed. Perhaps it is because I think a place where one eats food and drinks wine is a place to be respected and revered. In a sense, that’s true, because it truly is a gathering place. It’s where we host our family and friends. In our future home — the one I’m already virtually decorating for this In Da House series that features my favorite home Pins — I just hope we can get a bit of glamor and elegance that these images have.

Here’s what I am digging about these rooms:

Plush, mostly armless chairs
Statement chandelier
Neutral colors combined with pops of dark for drama
Wood and stone elements
Light, flowing curtains framing gorgeous natural light
A few natural touches and finishes to balance out the gloss and sparkle


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