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DIY Blogger House Update and Sneak Peek!!

I have spent the week with the AWESOME DIY Blogger House team, getting ready for the big Parade of Homes reveal.

(me and Jess from Cox’s Corner)

It’s almost done.

And I am SO excited!!!

(Vintage Doors turned amazing arbor (it matches the front door) by the amazing Cynthia Bee)

There are so many awesome details in this house — wall treatments I have never seen before. Ceiling treatments that are simple but make a huge impact. The color scheme is so pretty too!!


The whole concept behind this house, was to show people that you CAN create a beautiful space on a budget. So we have joined forces with Bangerter Homes and the Daybreak community to create a home with decorating ideas that are beautiful but also totally achievable for the anyone. Oftentimes, parade homes are so fabulous, but also way out of the average person’s budget.

 I am bursting to tell you more about this home.

And I’m so excited to be teaming up with an awesome company — Homes.com to tell you more!

My room is the office. And I have loved looking for fun ideas to incorporate into the room. One thing that I really wanted was some built-in cabinets in that space. Bookshelves are a great way to organize an office and display pretty items.

And I love painting rugs so much. I knew a painted rug would be fun for that space.

Plus, I made a chandelier!!


And I refinished a pretty desk too. It’s amazing the transformation that some paint, steel wool and satin polyurethane can make!!

I hope you can come check it out in person if you are local, and if not – I am excited to post reveal pictures soon!!

And there’s even a DIY Barn Door (I’m so excited for that. And it’s going to be an AMAZING color):

We also have a fun DIY Blogger House Pinterest Board. Where we have pinned ideas that have given us inspiration for many of the projects in the house!

If you are looking for more DIY, organizing ideas and home articles, be sure to check out Homes.com. A few of my favorite bloggers write for Homes.com, including one of my BFF’s Shelley of House of Smiths, who is also on the DIY Blogger House design team.

Here are a couple of my favorite articles over at Homes.com:

Fun Ways to Bring Color into Your Kitchen

Update a Kitchen on a Budget

 Closet Organization Ideas

 Budget Friendly Garage Organization Ideas

 Check out Homes.com for more great ideas!!

I am so honored and thrilled to be part of such a fabulous group of people working on the DIY Blogger House!!

Brian Clark: Brian Clark Designs

Cynthia Bee: Utah Garden Blogs

Lara: Less Cake {more frosting}
Char: Crap I’ve Made
Amy: The Idea Room
Shelley: The House Of Smiths

You can find out more about the DIY Blogger House and 2012 Parade of Home on Daybreak’s site.

More pictures coming up soon!!!


 PS — It’s Friday!!

I hope you can come join in the Weekend Wrap Up Party!

The party starts at 6 pm MST. I love Fridays because it’s time to feature YOU!!!!

This post was sponsored by Homes.com, the leading online site for home buying, selling, and one of the most fabulous companies I have ever worked with.


  1. This is going to be amazing!

  2. candice says:

    Hi- can you give more details on the pattern of the painted rug?

  3. I want to know about that diy barn door! That’s adorable! Where will you put it? I can’t wait for the after picture!

  4. Can’t wait to see more pictures. Looking forward to seeing the color of the door. Love the green inside the shelves.

  5. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  6. Can’t wait to see it in person!

  7. Okay. This is looking SO amazing! Ahhhh! That arbor? Adorbs! And the painted rug? Amazing!

  8. I’m freaking out to see more pictures! This is so beautiful! I love the arbor soooo much!

  9. Oh Holy SMACKS! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait for the big reveal. I’ve been following and I love how it’s all coming together! So many brilliant and creative ideas that real people can use without “breaking the bank”. Well done!

  10. It’s looking fabulous! I love the exterior paint color and the yellow front door! That’s such a great color combination. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

    And now you have me thinking I might have to paint a rug since I can’t find what I’m looking for!!

  11. How exciting! Can’t wait for the reveal!

  12. Wow, this looks like it will be amazing. I wish I was visiting Utah soon so I could check it out. Will definitely be sending my sister over though! Can’t wait to see the big reveals!

  13. When can I move in? haha

  14. Jen, this looks like an amazing project! I so agree, way too many of those show homes are filled with too much $$$ and not enough DIY! Looking forward to seeing what you did w/your space and checking out the whole thing.

  15. It’s looking so great! I cannot wait to see it all finished…love the arbor made of old doors!

  16. I think my brain just exploded trying to take in all of the awesome. I almost fainted when I saw the repurposed old door arbor.

  17. oh Jen it’s looking GORGEOUS!!!!

  18. Wow, I love the door arbor…. Perfect!!