Outdoor Deck Design Ideas: 5 Decks to Inspire You

Do you have an outdoor deck? If not, you’re in luck. You get to view these outdoor deck design ideas before you build (as its always easier to start from scratch than to change the actual structure of a deck.)

If you already have a deck in place, you can still read on  There’s plenty of inspiration to go around.

Let’s get inspired!

Rustic and Modern!

This one is really rustic, yet is has a modern look  to it.

I live in Detroit, so there’s no resting on the lake (although we do have a beautiful riverfront)I can, however, see myself using some of the outdoor deck design ideas implemented like the candles, tree stump table and the wood burning stove. What design elements do you like here? What about the overall layout of the deck? I definitely like the built in benches 

Simple and Tranquil

Sometimes less is more.Now, this is a pretty large deck, but the design is simple. I like the fact that they used a metal railing system to add the modern touch. Overall, this outdoor deck design is perfect for someone that wants simple and tranquil. What do you think?

Easy Breezy Beautiful Deck Tiles

Deck tiles are really easy to install and have a look of their own! If you have a concrete area that you want to spruce up, this would definitely be the way to go (of course, you could paint the concrete, but that’s a different blog post)

This picture doesn’t do much for accessory design inspiration, but this is definitely one of the outdoor deck design ideas I wanted to show you. Have you seen these before and if not, would you try them? I want to do something like this to my moms yard. She doesn’t have a large space for a deck, but she has a concrete pad that perfect for deck tiles.

Beautiful Stone Deck

I know this isn’t wood, buts this outdoor deck design is really cozy! Some people don’t care for wood decks because of the upkeep involved. I wanted to show an alternative that has just as much style and character as wood.

This is definitely something I would do to my yard if I didn’t already have a wood deck. The layout is pretty functional as well! What do you think?

How did I do? Honestly. Did you see something here that you could see yourself incorporating into your own space? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…

Refinishing My Hardwood Floors: Part 1

The upstairs hallway

My house is old.

In 2017, we will celebrate its 100th birthday and while I would love to brag about its pristine condition, I dare not tell a lie!

We’ve been in renovation mode for the past 8 years and have now decided its time to refinish the old hardwood floors on the second floor. Now, if you’ve ever had to fix old hardwood floors, you know what type of challenge I’m in for 

The downstairs floors (refinished a few years ago

 We completed the first floor a few years ago, and they turned out a lot better than I had hoped, so I’m anticipating pretty good results with this project as well.

So far, we’ve removed the carpet and padding, and the nails and most of the staples. The hardest part was keeping Adam and Eve (our puppies) out of the rubble!

Laminate floors in the master suite

Over the next few days, we will begin sanding and staining the four bedrooms and the hallway. I have to admit, I was pretty tempted to just slap some nice wood laminate flooring down and call it a day. That’s a very easy project and wood laminate flooring is easy to take care of (we actually put it in our “attic-turned-master suite). But at the end of the day, restoration won!

So let the project begin!

I’ll post progress as well as a full step by step guide once its completed.

Have you ever had to fix old hardwood floors? I would love to hear from you!

Wish me luck!

Kids Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Lighting Inspiration

Classic Lighting Design Theme

Thanks to the internet, most kids today don’t do their homework at the kitchen table. They do it in their bedrooms. Because of this, its your job to make sure that the lighting is sufficient, as well as cool.

Adding “special” lighting may be the last thing on your to do list, but its equally important as everything else.

To make it easier on you, here are a few bedroom decorating ideas that pertain specifically to lighting 

Cool and Funky Look for Teens or Younger Kids

This cool, funky chandelier would look fabulous in a girls room.  And actually, it could go in a younger girls room or in a teenagers room. The neat part about this piece is that is has so many different colors. It definitely would be easy match this with any type of accessories.

So, is this one of the kids bedroom decorating ideas that you could go with?

Chandeliers design by Etsy

OK, this one really caught my eye.

Its a light, basically made of test tubes. The colorful liquid makes this a perfect fit for a kids room.

It makes a statement and will probably last a while as long as there’s no throwing going on in the room. I could see myself adding this to my 5 year olds space. Truly an interesting kids bedroom decorating idea, don’t ya think?

Sassy, Girlie All the Way

This one reminds me of a Barbie Disco Ball! Its really cute and would accent any girls room. And again, because of the colors, its would be really easy to accessorize and add bedding that matches well. Not a bad kids bedroom decorating idea at all!

Rustic Nautical Theme

This light sort of reminds me of a lighthouse! It has a nautical themed look that would go perfect in a boys room.

String Lighting-Alternative to the Classic Night Light

Last but definitely not least are these cute string lights. They can go around the door frame to create a lighted entrance, or anywhere where your kids just wants to see light. They are perfect for creating nighttime lighting without using a traditional plug in night light. Again, this is a cool kids bedroom decorating idea!

Your Thoughts

What do you think about my pics? I definitely want do do something else on this topic because I found a lot of cool pieces that would work great as unisex lighting. Found some other interesting articles on kids bedroom decorating ideas. Check them out below!

Until Next Time…

Office Interior Design Ideas

Office Interior Design Ideas for Small Spaces

If your space is small, or if you just get a bit fluxed about decorating your workspace, I feel you! Finding office interior design ideas can be a challenge, especially if you hate the space that you already work in. You want it to be functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

Great Organizational Ideas!

What I like about this space is that it shows you how you can organize your office space without taking away from the personal touch that you want to add. Everything from the storage bins to the wall boards add character to this very small space. This is definitely one of the office interior design ideas I could learn from

Large Office Interior Design Ideas

Ok, if you’ve got an entire room that you can dedicate to your office space, you may want to look at a design that offers lots of storage and “wiggle room”. This is one of the more simple office interior design ideas that I’ve ran across, and yet it makes a big statement. Professional, organized and ready to work! I like it.

I want to sit in this room and create a fashion magazine cover!

This space has “The Devil Wears Prada” written all over it. Its another great design idea for people with an entire room to dedicate to their office space. Looking closely, it wouldn’t be too hard to duplicate this look. How about it? Would you try it?

 Where Do I Start?

I LOVE this space! It has the creative feel that makes you want to sit down and get to work. The elements of the office design that I think are really fun and unique includes the chair and the rug. I could also see this as something that could be done without professional help, (as long as you know how to hang cabinets)

Wrap Up

There are soo many different ways to approach your workspace design. These are only a fraction of the office interior design ideas that I ran across when writing this post. Because there are so many, I will do another one of these soon. I also want to show some of the accessories that you can use in your space as well!

Comments, comments comments! And share your pics with me as well. As soon as we get a few, I’ll create a page to share them with everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Teenage Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Whether your teen is just hitting the teens or on their way to college, you can’t help but notice that they have acquired their own style J

It can be hard at times to come up with teenage bedroom decorating ideas to make your young adult happy, especially if you’re not hip to what teens want to see in their rooms. Nowadays , its more about the personalization of the space, and less about the lava lamps and overall “grooviness” of the room.

Here are a few teenage bedroom decorating ideas that you can use to inspire you to help your youngster redesign their space!

This teenage room design works in all the right ways (and that bed looks really comfy!) The lighting and the art over the bed have a personal feel and definitely makes a statement about the person sleeping in there.

The flamingos on this cover look really neat! If I weren’t married, I would probably have this cover on my bed! Pink and orange are really cute colors to put together 

This is one of the best teenage bedroom decorating ideas that I’ve seen that incorporates bunk beds. Now, you wont be able to fit this design style into a dorm room, but its perfect to try at home. And because the colors are so neutral, it would work for a teen boy or girl.

Great room design for your young man, and it almost has a retro feel to it that gives it a more mature look! My son would have this room tore up in a week! 

While we’re on the subject of teen decorating, check out these great reads from across the web! Let me know what you think of the pics I selected. I see a few things I want to try already!

That’s my small take on teenage bedroom decorating ideas!