Bold Painted Library Dreams

It has been a long while since I’ve done a round-up post but with just 45 day before we close on the new house and not very much beauty to share at our current house (as you can image.) I’ve spent a lot of time dreaming about things to come and even more time on Pinterest. In between filling nail holes and packing boxes I thought I’d share a little inspiration for the new house. The library in particular.

Right now this is the room I am most excited about getting my hands on. Maybe it’s the built-ins galore or all of the room for my West German Pottery collection but either way I can’t get this room out of my mind. Ever since my  blue mantel experiment I’m hook on the idea of going bold in this room. Have a look at some of my inspiration.

Lindsey Carol Harper

Meredith Heron

Charles Spada

The Design Daredevil

Achitectural Digest

Elle Decor

Nicole LaMotte

Angie Hranowsky

Now all I have to do is pick a color… Easy, Right? What color would you choose?

90’s Bathroom Gets a Spa Update


As most of you know, I went back to work full time in September as a Project Specialist for Interiors at Lowe’s.  I help customers plan and manage their kitchen and bath remodels from start to finish and work Lowe’s provided independent general contractor to complete the job. This week was an exciting moment for me because it marked the completion of my first bathroom remodel project. The client had a nice but dated 5 piece master bath that was full of cultured marble and dated shiny brass fixtures. She said she had been wanting to make changes to the bathroom from the moment she moved into the house and was more than ready to make that happen.

Here’s what we were working with…


And here was the plan.

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Using Kohler Devonshire fixtures, granite counter tops, tiles and accessories all available through Lowe’s we turned a dated bathroom into a spa-like oasis fit for 2017.


We salvaged the vanities and floors but everything else was headed for an update.


One of the biggest transformations was the removal of the old fiberglass shower insert and gold trimmed frosted door.


We did that with a Kohler Revel shower door, porcelain tile that mimics vein cut, honed limestone, and a mosaic tile with stainless steel accents.

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With the old wallpaper removed we gave the wall a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Alpaca, my new favorite color,


and a last minute addition of these beautiful Oval Framed French Wall Mirrors.


I couldn’t be more please with the results and neither could my client.


What a great start to a new chapter. I’m looking forward to sharing more of these transformations in the future.

It’s December, High-Five!

With just one day left of 2016 I thought I’d share some big news for 2017!  Just two weeks ago on a complete whim we went and looked at a house and did a really crazy thing. We made an offer on it! Okay, so that is the short story. The long story is that my husband can retire from the military in the next year if he wants and we have been spending some time thinking about finally putting down roots. With our kids in a good school and me now in a job I love those roots look they will be in South Carolina…at least for a while. So in a few months if all goes as planned we will be closing on this beauty which means lots of work but for me, it also means a whole lot of fun. Finally a house that will be mine.

Let’s take a tour.

I’m calling this room the library just because of the three walls of built-ins screaming for some West German Pottery… and maybe a few books.


The library leads into the formal dining room. I have nothing to put into the formal dining room but I suppose I can figure that out…


From there we head to the kitchen. Not a perfect kitchen but it is definitely in good working order with plenty of counter space and lots of storage.

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From there we go into the living room…


which has a gas fireplace that backs up to the one in the library.


Along the back of the house is the sunroom which used to be a covered porch. Here is where the paint gets a little over the top.


At the far end of the sunroom is the master bedroom, more paint required.


But the view is pretty great!


I think the previous owner really liked green because the master bath has more green paint but it’s a great canvas for something new.

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But how about the master bedroom walk-in closet? I might need more shoes! Okay, probably not but a girl can dream right?


Along the hallway to the master bedroom, there are two additional bedrooms and an office that opens onto the sunroom but the room that everyone is fighting over is the bonus room over the garage.


The house has a three car garage so it also has a three car bonus room with its own bath. My daughter has bee putting in some pretty strong arguments on making it her own…but we’ll see.

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What I’m most excited about the three car garage, the third garage is climate controlled and ready for projects 24/7


while the two car portion still has room to hold the cars… What a novel idea!


But the real selling feature that had my husband sold from the get go was the yard.


It backs up to a waterway which means no backyard neighbors and a very private yard,


not to mention a great view.lake-2

I can’t wait to get my hands on this place and share the progress with you guys but you’ll have to wait just a bit.  Since we have a lease on our existing house we can’t leave for a bit so we are going to put off the closing and move in a little at a time while we update some of that crazy paint. I’ll keep you posted!








Maggie Overby Studios Top Ten Posts of 2016


Wow, 2016 has been a busy year for me. Since it started off with a fresh move under my belt, there have been updates to make, rooms to reveal and lots and lot of DIY projects.  With only a few days left of the year I thought I’d share the Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2016. These are the post that you readers viewed the most which hopefully means they are the projects that you loved the most. Can you guess what made the number one slot?  I know a few hit my top ten as well so let’s get started with number ten…

10. Inspired By DIY: Urban OutfittersThis project was so easy I can see why it was a favorite!


9. Living Room Reveal – I have to say this is the room I struggled with most in this house. It is a dark awkward space but the end result was pretty satisfying considering it’s limitations.


8. Girl’s Room Fit for a Teen in Aqua and Coral – Katie’s room was a lot of fun and I even did some original artwork for the space which is always a joy for me.


7. Inspired by DIY: Eddie RossAt the time this quick DIY seemed like a big risk but in the end really has made a huge change for the better on this pretty basic mantel.


6. Coffee Table Turned to Mid Century Bench DIY – What to do with a $15 Formica topped table with great legs? Make it something new that’s what!


5. One Room Challenge Laundry Room – This is one of my most recent projects so for it to be in the top ten means it has gotten a lot of traffic in a short amount of time. I guess everyone loves this closet makeover just as much as I do.


4. Inspired by DIY: West Elm – Who knew a set of placemats turned into a poof would be a crowd favorite? I guess that just proves the popularity of the poof!


3. DIY Metal Base Night Stand – Are you seeing a trend here? The master bedroom projects have been quite a hit.


2. Eclectic Interiors Summer Home Tour 2016Seeing it all in one post definitely makes taking the tour easier, and this one took place when almost all the room were completed.


Drum roll please…In the number one slot for 2016…

1.One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – I have to agree with the numbers guys! I think this makeover was one of my favorites of not just 2016 but of all time. I’m so glad you love it too.



Hope you had and amazing 2016 and stop by tomorrow for some big news about what’s to come in 2017!  Hint Hint, there will be lots of new projects in the near future…

Home Decorators, Holiday Home Tour (part 2) and Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Home Decorators Collection® as part of the HDC Holiday Homes blog tour but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Hello again guys, It has been a busy week of home touring and Giveaways but it’s not over yet. Earlier this week I shared my interior tour and today we are taking it outside. For this I teamed up with Home Decorators Collection®  for the #HDCholidayhomes blog tour, along with several other blog friends. So today I’m sharing part 2 of my holiday home tour, including a few pieces I chose from Home Decorators Collection®, plus at the end of this post you will have a chance to win one of two $250 gift cards! That’s right $250, Merry Christmas! So don’t forget to enter to win at the end of this post.


Now I admit I don’t have a grand porch or even a fancy front door unless you count the fact that it’s painted green grand, but that doesn’t mean I din’t want to make things festive for the holidays. When I ran across this Gilded Pear Wreath with battery powered lights and faux magnolia leaves I was inspired to take it up a notch. Since I live in the south I knew I could find plenty of fresh magnolia leaves to add to my Christmas scene that would blend right into my faux ones with just a little gold spray paint and no additional cost.


I also chose the Gilded Pear Entrance Tree to go along with it for a little extra height and drama.


From there it was just a matter of adding a few accessories and the yards of beading I found at the thrift store last year was just the thing I needed to tie it all together.


I draped the walls…dsc02581

and the baskets…


and even my little pear tree. I told you I had yards of it!


Before I knew it, my not so grand porch was looking fairly grand. Think you need to add a little grandness to your porch?

You can shop the look below.

So glad you stopped by for the tour, but it doesn’t have to be over, stop by and see what everyone else has been up to all week.
Here’s this week’s lineup!


Erin Spain | The Frugal Homemaker | Chaotically Creative


Designthusiasm | The Rustic Boxwood | House of Hargrove


Duke Manor Farm | The Cheerful Home | Rachel Elizabeth Creates


Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss | Southern State of Mind | Effortless Style


Cuckoo 4 Design | Maggie Overby Studios | Seeking Lavender Lane | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

And you can follow along with us on social media using hashtag #HDCholiday homes for tons of beautiful holiday decorating inspiration!

And most importantly here is how to enter to win…

$250 Home Decorators Collection® Gift Card Giveaway!

TWO lucky readers will each win a $250 gift card. To enter to win, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends at Midnight EST on December 16, 2016. Please see full list of giveaway rules and regulations here.

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Eclectic Interiors Winter Holiday Home Tour 2016

dsc02727It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here especially since today I’m sharing my home as part of the Winter Eclectic Home Tour hosted by Jess from Domicile 37! If you’re here visiting from Casa Watkins Living then welcome to my blog! There are going to be some great home tours this week and lots of inspiration so make sure after you’re done here to check out Jessica from House Homemade who is next on the tour.


You may remember last year’s decor was mostly gold and white. This year I have a bigger tree and a bold color on the mantle so I decided to change it up a bit. It just so happened that my peacock tree topper was the perfect launching point for the new look.


I brought in all my gold and white ornaments from last year along with my peacock ornaments from years before, minus the purple. Since the mantle color was now my focal point I amped up the aqua instead with a few new ornaments and of course some of my West German and Italian pottery.


I also added some inexpensive gilded foliage by spray painting magnolia leaves to mix in with the pine boughs.


after adding in some lights and ornaments for sparkle the mantle was looking quite regal.


I also love to add a little flair to the coffee table that ties in with the tree and since it’s all on my tray it’s easy to move out-of-the-way when I need to switch it out for the hot chocolate tray.

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I think we might be ready for Santa! How about you?


Are you all decorated for Christmas or still looking for inspiration?


If it’s inspiration you need, be sure to stop by and see the rest of these amazing tours throughout the week and see what you can find.

Please Note: Links to Home Tour are not live until day of tour


Bright Green Door // Michelle Matangi Home // Sharon Williams // CAD Interiors // Domicile 37


Casa Watkins Living // Maggie Overby Studios // House Homemade // French & French Interiors // Style Mutt Home


Up To Date Interiors // The Striped House // Designing Vibes // Iris Nacole // Fearfully & Wonderfully Made // Blue i Style


PMQ for Two // Maker of Home // Go Haus Go // Whimsical Blue Living // FOXY OXIE


This is Our Bliss // Monica Wants It // Insieme House // Jest Cafe // The Gathered Home

It’s November, High Five!

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I know, I know, I normally do a Friday High-Five but there have been a lot of changes around my house which means some changes on the blog. In case you didn’t already know I have gone back to work full-time doing design and project management of full-scale Kitchen and Bath Remodels for Lowe’s. I am loving the work and got the first sale in my market but it has also meant time taken away from other areas. Like family, blogging and my retail space. That means time to set priorities.

Obviously family comes first! The good news is my husband is home from deployment and pretty flexible with his time so he is able to pick up some of the slack. The kids love having Dad in charge and it keeps me from feeling guilty about the time I can’t be there. My retail space, on the other hand, has suffered severely. It is an hours drive from my house and I don’t have time to do much shopping for it so that has been my first adjustment. I will be closing the space at the end of this month with a little sadness but also a lot of relief.  I will miss it but I have to prioritize to make this work.

Now you are probably wondering about the blog, is it going away? Absolutely not! I have worked hard on this for three years now and I’m not giving up but there will be some changes. One is this “High-five” post I will be moving to a monthly format just my Thrift Score Thursday hosts have decided to move to a once a month post. I’ll still be posting and I’ll still be thrifting and re-imagining things I just won’t be doing it at such a feverish pace. I figure this is my blog to share what I do, not meet a deadline. Hopefully, that will be okay with you guys and you will still come visit even if it is not as often.

Now that we have all that cleared up let’s get to the high-fives…


1. It has been a big week this week! On Thursday my full home tour was featured on Apartment Therapy. This was the first time I have ever had my house photographed by someone other than me. Minette Hand did an amazing job! It was so fun to see what someone else’s view looked like and how amazing her pictures came out.

2.  This week also marked the completion on my third One Room Challenge hosted my Linda at Calling it Home. More fun than completing my challenge was seeing the results of the other linking participants and guest hosts. If you need something to fill your time this weekend stop by and check them out!

3. I love a great DIY and  A Beautiful Mess is never short on ideas, I loved their Palm Springs Pillow DIY, really you could use this idea for any image but I’m a sucker for Palm Springs style.

4.  Jon Almeda of Almeda Pottery is a potter who is doing things a “little” different and by a little, I mean really little!  Jon Almeda is a master of the miniature creating teeny tiny hand thrown ceramics at 1″ scale. You can see Jon in action HERE or buy your own HERE. Pretty Amazing!

5. My dining room chandelier always gets lots of praise so when I ran across this Anthropologie Flower Burst Pendant I couldn’t help but share. I love this guy but am glad I was able to score mine for just 20€ instead of this $1,498 price tag.


Have a great weekend,


One Room Challenge Laundry Room – Week Six Reveal!

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We are finally there, Week Six of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home , and it’s time for the big reveal! For the last six weeks I have been working ard to complete a full makeover of our laundry room for the One Room Challenge. Every Wednesday for the past five weeks I have been sharing my progress and products but today I’m I’m finally ready to share the finished room. I won’t be the only one sharing,  twenty featured bloggers and over two hundred guest participant will be linking their own room transformations. Lots of inspiration!


But before we get to the details I want to give a big thanks to my One Room Challenge Sponsors who helped make this room possible!

Home Decorators Collection //D. Lawless Hardware // Wagner Spray Tech // Aspect Peel and Stick tiles


Now let’s  remember what the room looked like before, not awful but not at all inspiring.


These were my goals for this makeover:

  • Install countertop over washer dryer
  • Decorative backslash
  • New Paint
  • New Lighting
  • Better use of pantry, possibly mudroom bench
  • Place to feed pets
  • Do something on the floor to cover or replace
  • Do something to make the array of doors more interesting.
  • Make it Fun!

My first thought for this room was to make it colorful and fun because if I’m going to have to do laundry I might as well enjoy being in there.


My two big inspirations were this  removable wallpaper  by Joan Mclemore on Spoonflower


And this Pizzazz Rug from Home Decorators Collection.


So let’s see how I did…

  • New Paint √

That was an easy one. I decided to match the paint in the adjoining bathroom which is a shade or two darker than the paint I used in the kitchen.


  • Better use of pantry, possibly mudroom bench √

This involved some creative construction and some fun accessories.  I can’t get over how fabulous the wallpaper looks in this small space.


but this mud bench just goes to show you a little goes a long way, especially with my  D. Lawless Hardware.


  • Do something to make the array of doors more interesting. √

Nothing a little paint and decorative masking tape can’t handle.


  • Counter top over washer dryer √

Solid core veneered doors made easy work of this project.


  • Decorative Backsplash √

This was such an easy project using Aspect honeycomb peel and stick tiles and a little spray paint.



And of course, I added a few accessories!


  • New Lighting √

A $10 vintage chandelier added a little elegance to the space.

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And who can forget the pets who use this room the most.


My vintage radio tuned “cat house” got a new look with the help of my Wagner Spray Tech paint sprayer.


and a simple modification to my mud bench has everyone a designated place to eat. Of course, the one that finishes last gets a lot of attention…



  • Do something on the floor to cover or replace √

I thought about replacing the floor but once I laid down my Pizzazz Rug from Home Decorators Collection I didn’t hate the old floor nearly as much.


Ozzie seems to approve too and he has very discerning taste.


  • Make it Fun! √

I think I got that covered with lots of color, the addition of Cricket by LeighViner, and plenty of quirky vintage finds like my genie lamp and vintage ceramic.

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I’d say this makeover was a success and hopefully it will inspire the WHOLE family to do laundry. A girl can hope right?



Source list: (contains affiliate links)

Wall Paint // Valspar Neon Mint

Door Paint // Valspar Aqua Quartz

Backsplash // Aspect honeycomb peel and stick 

Door panel accents // Scotch Expressions Masking Tape in Mint

Laundry Counter // solid core slab doors  and Minwax Color Stain in Navy Blue

Wallpaper // Joan Mclemore on Spoonflower

Rug // Pizzazz Rug

Art // Cricket by LeighViner

Storage baskets // Woven Storage Bin Large Mint – Pillowfort

Bench Cushion // 3″ cushion by  Cushions Xpress in Sunbrella Dupione Paradise

Chandelier  //  Vintage

Radio/ Vintage Valspar furniture paint in Sherwin Williams Game Changer

Hardware // coat hooks , cup pulls, and glass pulls

Laundry Basket// Pillowfort Seagrass Basket

Dog Water Bowl // Speckled Mixing Bowl Set

Now don’t forget to head over to Calling it Home to see what everyone else accomplished in the last six weeks.

If you want to see how I got to this point feel free to have a look back at the earlier weeks in the process.

Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four, Week Five


One Room Challenge Laundry Room – Week Four

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Week four of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home is here and it has been a busy week. In case you aren’t up to speed… the One Room Challenge is an event where twenty design bloggers take on the challenge of transforming one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.


This go round I am tackling my laundry room you can see what I’ve been doing so far below

Week One, Week Two, Week Three

And here is where we are headed…


This week the was focusing on some project that will improve the functionality of the laundry room and since the laundry room also happens to be the pet feeding area improving functionality means finding a spot for everyone to eat.  My first project was this vintage radio that got a new look and a secret new use.


I scored it at a consignment store a little worse for wear. The speaker was busted and someone had added some not so great gold embellishments. I started by ripping out all the guts, which weighed about 100 lbs.


I knew the details on this piece would be a perfect test for my new Home Decor Paint Sprayer by Wagner. This was my first time using the sprayer so I admit I was a little nervous…


I followed the sprayer instructions thinning my Valspar furniture paint with water and I was ready to spray.


I am a huge spray paint fan so I was excited to see how this sprayer worked since you are limited in color when it comes to canned spray paint.


Well guys the results are in, I love this baby! I used the same techniques I would with canned spray paint only here you are able to get as close as 3″ to 6″ from the piece which means a lot less overspray and a lot less vapors in the air. You can even get a good spray at odd angles.


So what is my vote on the Home Decor Paint Sprayer by Wagner?  I am a convert guys! I got a super smooth finish and clean up involves a rinse with plain water.


With my paint job all finished I was ready to replace the hardware which I decided to update with some colorful glass pulls from D. Lawless.


And as promised I made a few alteration for this guys secret use… No that is not a ghost.


It’s Ozzie in his new cat house. With the addition of an opening cut into each shelf, the cat can enter his feeder house from below and I don’t have to worry about the dogs eating all his food.


I also got creative for feeding the dogs by adding a platform with two bowl cutouts to the top of the large drawer in the mud bench I will be using to store dog food.


The drawer pulls all the way out to access the food then you can push it in half way in while the dogs are eating and then all the way in when everyone is done. No bowls on the floor to trip on plus I can store over 40 lbs. of dog food no problem.


I also made progress on the functional part of the mud bench (and a little of the pretty.) I finished up all the trim and added some Antique English coat hooks also from D. Lawless Hardware and I think you might also be catching a glimpse of my Joan Mclemore wallpaper from Spoonflower.


But that is all you are getting because I’m saving that beauty for the reveal. Still, lots to do before we get there tough.

  • Install counter over washer dryer
  • Stain and polyurethane
  • Install backsplash
  • Paint doors
  • add accessories
  • hope and pray all my online orders make it on time!

That is still a lot and with only two weeks left and it is going to be tight. Wish me luck!

Home Decorators Collection //D. Lawless Hardware // Wagner Spray Tech // Aspect Peel and Stick tiles


One Room Challenge Laundry Room – Week Three

Holy cow guys, it is already week three of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home and I have a ton to do. In case you aren’t up to speed… the One Room Challenge is an event where twenty design bloggers take on the challenge of transforming one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.


This go round I am tackling my laundry room you can see where I started below

Week One, Week Two

And here is where we are headed…


This week I tackled the sad pantry and started it’s transformation into a mudroom bench, something like this guy from by House of Smith but with my own spin. I was lucky enough to be in touch with my landlord recently and was given the okay to tear out the old shelving.


Here is the oh so pretty before, lest we forget.


I started by tearing out all the shelves and pulling in this Ikea storage piece that I am using as the base of my bench and some secret pet storage I will show you later.


You may remember it from Katie’s room in Germany.


Well, it just so happened to fit perfectly into the closet so I am building out around it to make more organized storage.


I repaired the wall from the old shelves and then finished up with some fun paint.


Can you guess where that fun Joan Mclemore Spoonflower wallpaper is going to go? You guessed it! But first, hooks and wall cubbies need to go up.


Here things are all trimmed out with the new paint and a few new accessories.


Did you notice the little peak of the changes in this direction? Well here is the before..


And my #ThriftScoreThursday Chandelier is making a pretty dramatic debut in the after.


Now enough chatting, I have to get back to work!