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I’m SO excited to be here crashing Jae’s blog for the day (and celebrating her 200th post)! Can we all just agree that the girl’s got some amazing style? GAH. So fabulous.

Hey there! I’m Kelly… I’m the one in the pic who’s not a man or a small child.
I blog over at View Along the Way about our adventures – and misadventures – as we fix up our stinky ol’ foreclosure on a teeny tiny budget.
View Along the Way: DIY Home Decor Inspiration Blog

We’ve been at it for four years now, so I thought I’d share some of the projects we’ve taken on that have had the biggest impact for the buck.

1. Removing Popcorn Ceilings
Okay friends. I had NO IDEA how much light popcorn ceilings suck out of a room until we took down our popcorn ceilings.

Check out this side-by-side comparison of a small closet before and after we removed the popcorn texture. These photos were taken with the exact same camera settings. Look how much lighter and fresher the one is on the right! Crazy, right?

The good news is that it’s SO SUPER easy and virtually free to remove popcorn ceilings, although it’s about as messy a project as you can take on. Here’s how we removed our popcorn ceilings.

2. Paint
I mean, obviously, right? And since everyone loves a before-and-after – it’s not just me, is it? – here’s our baby girl’s nursery before we bought our house and today:

…Ahhh, that’s better. Of course, we did a little more than paint in that room. We also installed front-facing bookshelves, installed DIY crown molding, built a closet organizing system, and added a whimsical pinwheel art installation over the changing table.

But what would all that be without the happy new paint color?

3. Window Treatments

Whoa, hold on there. I am not talking about expensive, custom drapes that run in the thousands of dollars. (That’s so, SO far outside my budget.) DIY window treatments make such a huge impact in a room and can look custom for tiny percentage of the price.

And they make a crazy difference both in the form and the function of a room. Here’s my master bedroom before:

…and after adding DIY lined back-tab curtain panels:

(Instructions to sew your own lined back-tab curtains here.)

I’ve also tried painting store-bought curtains. (See how I did that here.)

Or, like Jae did, you could just hem store-bought curtains for a custom look on the cheap.

We still have a long way to go and many, many more projects to tackle, but so far, those are the biggest-bang-for-the-buck projects we’ve taken on. I’d love to hear what’s worked well for you too!

I hope you’ll join me over at View Along the Way and follow along as we post about our latest adventures. You can subscribe to the blog, or follow me on facebook or twitter.

Thanks so much, Jae!


I LOVE your featured curtains – so fabulous! Thank you very much Kelly for dropping by.  Your big impacts are great ideas to keep in mind.  


Today marks a blog milestone so we have a special treat: two guest posts! First up:   Sherry Hart’s blog is pretty funny (and stylish too).  In fact, it is through her blog that I first learned of Lisa Mowry (an editor with BH&G).  Please welcome Sherry from Design Indulgence.

I am so happy to help Design OCD celebrate a 200th post!  Why didn’t I think of that…..

I remember when I first discovered Design OCD….I think it was when Jae had just completed her dining room makeover.  And now…lucky her,  Better Homes and Gardens has just finished photographing her gorgeous new kitchen!

Jae gave me a few suggestions  for topics….so I thought I would talk about “a favorite thing and a favorite room”.

I use the term “favorite thing” loosely…cause let’s face it in the “blog world” the longevity of something can be quite short!But…I have had my pigeon basket coffee table for about 7-8 years. I know…impossible right?

photo by Christina Wedge 
A couple of reasons why I like it….. because it is on wheels and can be moved easily.

It is by BoBo Intriguing Objects and I loved it the first time I saw it.  In fact in the beginning of Design Indulgence a very early post was about a copy cat version…which you can read about here.  

Now for my favorite room….that would have to be the small keeping room off my kitchen.

photo by Sarah Dorio/styled by Annette Joseph

At the time we did our renovation I thought I would use this area for a table and chairs.  In theory, that would have worked but it wasn’t practical since it’s just my husband and I.  About 15 years ago I changed it and now the space is usable and cozy!  Plus….it is a great little space to redecorate… which I do quite often…are you shocked?

photo by Christina Wedge

Here is a picture of how I changed it up a little in the spring.

So there you have it!  Some favorites around my house.   Thanks so much Jae….for asking me to help you celebrate this milestone…..should we have a glass of wine 🙂


You didn’t have to ask, the wine is already poured.  Thanks so much Sherry. It’s great how your favorite items are both functional AND beautiful.
All, stay tuned.  This afternoon we have another post all about big impacts you can make for small amounts of money. 


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