Category Archives: Decor


Staining Cedar Columns


We are inching closer to our two year anniversary of living in our house and are slowly crossing things off our list to make this house a home. This included staining cedar columns on our front porch. When we first moved in, they weren’t yet faded from the harsh winter, our house was barely a year old when we purchased it. The cedar posts were not stained yet and the builders left this last item up to us. I couldn’t make a split second decision, nor was it top on our priority list.

This summer, after putting in our landscaping and irrigation system, the posts just screamed to be stained. They looked weathered and pathetic. Slowly, other neighbors who were in the same boat, began painting or staining their posts. However; I couldn’t just paint mine any random color, we have black shutters, a black front door, and a tan trim color. Not a lot of color to work with.

After much Pinterest research and Facebook polling with mock-ups shown and I settled on Behr’s Semi-Transparent Stain in Chocolate.

I was THISCLOSE to going with black, but I wanted to incorporate the brown hues in the rock siding that flank our garage. It doesn’t help that it made me feel a little like Joanne from Fixer Upper – this image from one of their houses was my inspiration (though, it makes me wonder if I had gone transparent would it look even more similar?).

I spent a Sunday afternoon cleaning the posts and sanding them down. Over two lunch breaks in two days, I was able to stain the cedar posts – one of the fastest and most satisfying DIYs I’ve completed. The one thing I loved about using this stain is that I didn’t have to wipe off any excess, just brush it on and you’re done! It’s not perfect, and there are spots I should have sanded a bit more throughly before staining, but overall I’m happy with the end result!

The Inspiration (from Fixer Upper):

Semi-Transparent & Transparent Chocolate in action:



Here is the mock up using the stain color above in photoshop:

Here is the before/after for your viewing delight:


During (one coat):

After (two coats): 

What a difference stain makes – I’d love to add some handles to the garage doors to help balance out the black shutters. Also – it never bothered me until my best friend pointed out the the windows above the garage are shutter-less. I had never really noticed before and now I can’t un-notice it 🙂


Laundry Room Dreaming


2017 is upon us and that means another year of projects at the McClelland household (much to my husband’s dismay), and while we don’t plan any major updates to our laundry room any time soon, it hasn’t stopped me from pinning some of my favorite rooms I’ve spotted on Pinterest.

I’d love to add some storage, a small locker room area to catch our shoes, keys, coats as we come in from the garage, and storage, did I mention storage? It’s also a place where Lola’s food, water, and bed live, so carving out a little space for her would be ideal (I love how Damsel in Dior hung photographs at her pup’s eye level – such an easy and fun way to add personality to a space).

I spent a weekend earlier this year painting the room from Tavern Taupe to Revere Pewter. However; I may paint it all white in the coming winter months, with no natural light, it still feels very dark and enclosed, and I hate walking into a space and feeling claustrophobic. Next up is the trim and backside of the door (I painted the front of the door when I tackled the trim/cabinets in my kitchen/entry hallway).

But for now, a girl can dream…

This laundry room makeover from Chris Loves Julia may be my favorite, their room is small and similar in size, it’s simple, provides multiple storage options, and they even managed to put a small sink in! Small space goals right here!

This laundry room from I Heart Organizing checks all the boxes for me. It’s bright, light, and airy. Not only provides storage, but a rod to hang up clothes as well. This would require a little bit more of a labor intensive reno, but would be SO worth it!

It doesn’t take much to make me happy, another laundry room with wood flooring, a bright rug, butcher block counter tops, and white cabinets! Plus, you know I’m not afraid of a little wallpaper, and this bird print is so fun and playful!

If we take the time and effort to add-in cabinetry, I’m not opposed to adding a little color into the mix or even some shiplap as seen in this Kate Marker Interiors laundry room!

While there are just the two of us right now, we could definitely stand for a locker area in our laundry room. We enter from our garage more so than our front door to come in and out of the house, so it’d be more convenient to have a place to store our coats, shoes, and bags after we come home from work every day! This storage area from Studio McGee is simply dreamy (but isn’t all of their work just as dreamy?!)

Here’s to project dreaming in 2017!


Black & White Home Office


The Brunette One Home Office

Some may argue that a bright pink couch is statement enough for any room, I beg to differ. What better way to compliment a pink chaise then putting it up against a floral mural? Let me just show you the photographs of my recently made-over home office. The photographs, well, they speak  for themselves.

At the beginning of last summer I finally decided it was time to tackle my home office (I touched on it here and here). Knowing that I would soon be working remotely due to an office remodel, the pressure was on to turn a catch-all make-shift office into a fully functional, creative, and bright space.

I first heard of Walls Need Love during my time working with them for Go Blog Social. I’m all for making a bold statement in a room, especially with color. However; with a bright pink couch, color was something that wasn’t lacking. I decided to make the back wall and couch the focal point of the room.

First step, paint. I talked about my process for painting the trim in this post, and painted three of the four walls a bright white from Sherwin Williams. The last wall was a blank canvas, but not for long. In one afternoon, I was able to hang my removable wallpaper mural, with a little moral support from Lola. If I had to pick between painting and installing removable wallpaper, I’d pick the wallpaper anytime, any day. Check out the the entire install process on Instagram (and follow along with the hashtag #TBOxOffice!


Once I installed the wallpaper, the room instantly came together. In hopes of keeping the budget to the bare minimum for the room, I reused and repurposed the furniture in the space. I work for commercial interior design company and we sell Herman Miller furniture. I picked up a sit-to-stand desk at a tent sale my office had last summer and finally put it to good use! I currently keep my work computer set up at that desk, and keep my personal laptop on my original parson’s desk that I’ve had for years.


If you know me, you know I never shy a way from an opportunity to DIY. I’ve been sitting on two gold side tables we used at our wedding. I’d been itching to bring little bit of a rustic vibe to the room to break up the white, pink, and black. To recreate your own rustic side table, simply spray paint the base in matte black, I used Minwax Pecan to stain a wood round from Home Depot, and attached it to the surface using command strips.


The second DIY I tackled for the space was a collection of matte black vases. I ran to my local Goodwill and scoured the shelves for vases in varying shapes and sizes. Once again, using my go-to matte black spray paint, I gave each vase two or three coats and was able to add height and some dimension to the shelf.

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The rest of the space is sprinkled with vintage knick-knacks I inherited from my grandparents. My grandmother’s copy of Little Women and Nancy Drew, an old photograph of my grandparent’s when they were engaged, their vintage camera grace the shelves. I also refinished a slatted bench that my grandpa used to display antiques he sold at antique shows. There’s a story to just about everything in the space and that’s what I love about it, especially this type-writer Cody got me on our wedding day.


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Sources: gifted Walls Need Love Clara Mural | Herman Miller Sit-to-Stand Desk (similar) | Plastic Molded Side Chair (save)| IKEA Shelf | CB2 Vase | Target Wicker Baskets | Target Tufted Chaise | Vintage Coffee Table (similar) | Parsons Desk (West Elm Version) | Vintage Ghost Chair (similar) | Faux Fur Rug (similar) | IKEA Fur Rug | Target Pillows | Urban Outfitters Sconces | simlar Target Lamps | Etsy Wood Shelves | World Market Candle Holders | Amazon Letterboard (under $40!)

Photography by Cassandra Monroe