Living Room Makeover(s)

When Alex and I moved in our home, years ago, we signed up for a big, DIY to-do list. We didn’t know the first thing about home repairs and remodeling, but over the years we’ve learned a lot—and made a lot of mistakes along the way.

Here is a photo of what the living room looked like when we moved in.


And here are two photos of my first attempts to redecorate. I really liked the yellow at the time, but looking back—it was not my best idea.

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Now, I am love with my “new” living room! I went with crisp white walls and a black matte ceiling. We removed the carpet to tackle the hardwood floor underneath—that was a headache of a project. The previous homeowner decided to GLUE the carpet directly to the hardwood!

living room

The coffee table and cowhide rug are hands-down my two favorite purchases for this room. The cowhide I found on Amazon and the table I found at Recycled Records. The two of them together create layers of natural patterns and textures, which I love.

living room table

living room light♥ miss marlene

Get The Look: Floral & Jean

Summer is winding down, and as much as I want to rush into fall fashion, there are still plenty of hot days until sweater weather. For my last summer Get The Look, I paired a flowy, floral top with casual jean shorts, and a pair of wedges.

Floral Top

Now let’s talk about the best part of this outfit—those cat eye sunnies! These will absolutely go down as one of my best Amazon purchases ever. They are only $9.99!

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Get The Look…

red floral topjean shorts  cat eye glasses

Top @ Forever 21 $35.00 | Shorts @ JC Penney $40.00 | Sunglasses @ Amazon $9.99

Get The Look: Navy Romper

This hot summer weather makes me want to wear comfortable, cool clothes! I really enjoy rompers, but a good fit is hard to accomplish when you are curvy. I picked this one up at Burlington— surprise, surprise 😉 I really like the way it fits. You can easily dress rompers up or down, but they still feel less formal than a dress.

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I paired my navy romper with a fun, colorful pom pom bracelet that I also picked up from Burlington.

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Get the look…

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Romper @ Forever 21 $48.00 | Bracelets @ Etsy $24.00ea | Shoes @ Amazon

Get The Look: Summer Seersucker

I fell in love with this blue and white seersucker-style dress at Burlington. I tried to see if I could find it online to share with you, but I had no luck. However, there are a ton of seersucker dresses out there and if you love the rose patches on it as much as I do, I think a little DIY magic can help you get the look!

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blue white striped rose dress

I paired this dress with Charlotte Russe dusty rose heels. The heel isn’t too tall, so they are actually pretty comfortable. Happy shopping!

Get the look…

Seersucker Off-The-Shoulder DressIron On Embroidered Roses Strappy Chunky Heel Sandals

Dress @ Macy’s $69.50     |     Patches @ Etsy $6.80     |     Shoes @ Charlotte Russe $35.99



DIY Tassel Earrings

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Hey all! It has been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’m back and today I’m sharing a quick DIY post for sassy tassel earrings! Some tassel earrings can be super heavy, but these are light enough to rock all day.

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I found pink and gold string tassels at Target in the Valentine’s Day dollar section when you first walk in. You can find similar tassels at craft stores or make your own. I also picked up some clearance earrings from Target for this look.

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All I needed to do was trim down the top loops to two strings (left). Then I wrapped the two strings around the post of the earring twice and put them in. This fashion DIY is super easy and inexpensive, but creates loads of drama!

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♥ miss marlene

Master Bathroom: Progress Report

Last spring my husband and I claimed a $500 gift card we won from a Facebook contest, courtesy of Hickory Point Bank. Almost a year has gone by, and I’m ready to share some progress…

Bathroom BEFORE_and_AFTER copy


The clawfoot tub was left in our basement by the previous homeowner. The inside was in great condition, but the outside was a mess. I cleaned up the inside, wire brushed, sanded, and TSP’d the exterior before priming and painting.

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I originally wanted to paint the feet a crazy, fun color, but the hubby shot me down. My compromise was a two-tone look with metallic gold balls 🙂 Alex and I did all the floor and wall tiling ourselves. It’s hard, tedious work, but we saved a bundle by doing it ourselves.


One of my favorite things in this room is my tub shelf my dad made me. He does such beautiful woodwork and it’s so special to have a custom piece made with love and detail. Thanks daddy!

fox shower curtain

I fell in LOVE with this fox shower curtain from Society6 and I had to get it!

ikea cart

With the clawfoot tub I don’t have room for storing shampoos and such, but this cute little rolling cart from Ikea does the trick!

full bathroom

We still have the other half of the bathroom to do with the vanity and sink, closest, and laundry nook, but I’d say we got a pretty good start. A big thank you to everyone who voted for us to help get the $500! Stay tuned for a full reveal…I’m not making any promises for how soon that will be!

♥ miss marlene

DIY Clip-in Hair

I’ve been know to rock clip-in hair extensions from time to time; I have a few sets of neutrals, and plenty of bright colors too. People always ask how I make them, so I decided to share my process in a new YouTube video! I hope you all enjoy and good luck with your new hairdo!

This video shows you how I create custom, inexpensive hair clip-ins. This is such a fun way to change up your look without breaking the bank!


♥ miss marlene

Birthday Fiesta!

In today’s world, schedules are packed and time goes by so quickly. So when you get the chance to celebrate with friends and family, take it! Having an adult birthday party may seem silly to some people, but really, it is just an excuse to get together for a night of fun. For my 27th birthday, I decided to have a fiesta complete with a guacamole and salsa off! There was plenty of yummy food, margaritas, and tequila to go around!


The hubby got me this adorable little teapot as a Valentine’s Day gift and my baby cactus fit perfect!

I found this colorful table runner here on Amazon!
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I purchased two of these large plastic papel picado banners here on Amazon for the dining room and photo backdrop.


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For more celebration inspiration, check out the Party Time archives!

♥ miss marlene

Dresser Makeover

Now that my dining room is all finished, I can start sharing some photos and projects that went into this room! I had this old dresser sitting in a junk room for years. I really didn’t have a plan for it, but I just wasn’t ready to part with it.


I’m happy to say it found it’s purpose! It was in pretty good shape; all it needed was a light sanding, TSP, and a few coats of paint. The best thing about this dresser makeover…I didn’t buy a thing. The dark grey is some leftover paint from my bedroom, the light grey paint is they same color I painted the dining room ceiling, and the knobs were extras I had from my wardrobe makeover. The silver paint is liquid leaf; you can find it at your local Hobby Lobby or Ace.


I wanted to do something fun on the sides, so I used some faux tin made out of plastic. We have tin ceilings in our home, I thought this would be a fun way to incorporate texture into a furniture piece.


And finally, the top of the dresser had to be durable. This area of the dining room has a bar vibe. I decided to sand and stain the top to match the wood floors the hubby and I refinished. I love the way this turned out and I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room! 


Don't throw out old furniture! Give it a new purpose!


♥ miss marlene