MR. MAKEOVER: the reel event!

Big Bass Bash by Lifestyle Design

Party preparations have commenced!

This week… Save The Dates were sent via email, a Facebook Event was created with 100+ invitees, and brainstorming began for fabulous fishing themed décor.  Shhhh! It’s a surprise party!

70…. And still keepin’ it REEL!

Searching the Lifestyle Design Studio, we found wooden dowels and fishing string, and after a quick run to the tackle shop, we had bobbers, floaters, and wigglers too! Duo-Lock Snaps along with Curltail Grub, Hollow Body Tube, and Dipsey Swivel Sinkers help transform a Sunday school craft into a Pro Bass Fishing Pole.

Our Host couldn’t help but #LoveTheLook by Lifestyle Design – “…and he will too!” she said.

From intimate celebrations to major milestones, attention to detail holds a vital role in every D.I.Y. project. Instead of tying our fishing line in a knot similar to that of a third-grader’s sneaker, we made sure our Float Rig and Barrel Swivel were properly secured to our pole and hook. Although we are far from being Pro Bass Fishermen, it was important that even the most unassuming elements were authentic. Make a statement, without saying a word. See other ways our Clients, Entertain With Ease by Lifestyle Design:

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MR. MAKEOVER: mania!

That #MustHave Moment by Lifestyle Design

While out shopping for a Client, I noticed these glamorous chains suspended from the ceiling. Knowing several Lifestyle Design Clients are obsessed with gems and jewels, I look at the attendant behind the counter and say, “Go ahead, ring ’em up.”

“How many?” she asked. “All of them.” I replied,

…already captivated by several elements of a vintage vignette in a cozy corner nearby.

The Look You Love by Lifestyle Design

Fabulous, festive, and fun stoneware (salad/dessert plates) add flair to this bistro brunch setting. An antique glass doorknob and chrome votive holder anchor a heirloom, silver serving tray. Charming, crystal salt and pepper shakers are evidence of yet another, #MustHave moment by Lifestyle Design!

Tabletop Troubles & Simple Solutions…

Almost routinely, I find myself salvaging miscellaneous and often unknown, construction materials. These gold metal discs have consumed my thoughts since their initial purchase last year. Repeatedly, I ran into issues with adhesive while trying to secure them to string/fishing line for parties. Then, late one night, a vision of golden globes came to me…. no adhesive required!

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MR. MAKEOVER: motivation

Get LIBerated by Lifestyle Design

This smart, small space solution is an ideal alternative to decorating those awkward, apartment corners, nooks, and crannies. Previously we raved about this home decorating idea, using vintage silver platters and trays. Today, Talavera Pottery Plates take center-stage! Notice how our midnight blue and turquoise (Lifestyle Design D.I.Y.) dresser, grounds this look with fluid, cohesive colors that captivate.

Antique, wooden dice; distressed, weathered metal decor; and a #PicturePerfect cameo of The Crew, completes

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From time-to-time, we all have those total lack of motivation moments…

Not that being a “Real Househusband of…” is a bad gig; but it’s lonely, not to mention the painstakingly obvious “i” in this team. So, allow me to take a moment to introduce my motivation – or, should I say LIBeration  LIL LIB

Justin Bieber has Lil Za and Lil Twist to keep him occupied, or in custody; however, LIL LIB (Little Liberace) serves as a source of inspiration, determination, and most importantly, motivation.

Being Mr. Mom comes with more than just Day-Time-TV and endless loads of laundry.

A sense of accomplishment builds creativity and encourages those of us that enjoy, Do-It-Yourself domination!

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Mister D.I.Y.

#HeDidThat by Lifestyle Design

The Retro Reframe

Wedding Day Get-A-Way, Winner’s Strike, and Date Night family photos are dressed in black… much like our frame-on-frame project-in-progress. Antique, heirloom, and vintage photos are a great way to highlight your heritage while also an inexpensive way to add personality to any room. Go ahead, recycle, redecorate, restyle, repeat!

Bored and inconspicuous, this Duck Duo sat (for at least a year) in a shady corner of an upstairs powder room. Notice in the BEFORE (photo above) how the dull, drab, dead, green and red colors almost camouflage the poor little fella! Naturally, I grabbed a few paint pens – teal & turquoise are always a #MustHave – and voila! This dressed-to-impress dynamic duo now serves as a great conversation starter, and effortlessly lefts your mood with each passing glance.

Another Lifestyle Design Mister D.I.Y., Look We Love: Gift Wrapping Room!

Crafty, creative, savvy, and thrifty…

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MR. MAKEOVER: Guest Suite

MR. MAKEOVER by Lifestyle Design

Giving guests your humble best, this Mr. Makeover Guest Suite will be nothing short of a sweet retreat. Flanking an upholstered Vera Wang headboard, are ❹ must-have mirrors from Kirkland’s (reg. $16.99; on-sale $7.99 each). Another “I’ll take it!” piece serves as the focal point of the room; normally priced at $189.99, this Pier 1 NYC canvas was purchased for only $15.00!

That’s $47.00 for 5 pieces that help complete The Look You Love by Lifestyle Design


An attached jack-and-jill bathroom doesn’t disappoint, dressed in complimentary reds with rustic influence, this powder room restyle didn’t blow the budget. A framed vanity mirror and ample counter space leaves room for personal & natural elements, making the room appear larger while breathing fresh air into the space.

Savvy shopping and a keen eye for sale stockpiles, this two-room Mr. Makeover totaled LESS THAN $100.00!

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Resolution Romance

Mr. Right by Lifestyle Design

Inspired by bold colors, this black, gold, & silver accent dinnerware set blends subtly, exuding understated elegance. Crisply trimmed in silver,  black damask detail on dinner plates satisfies even the most discerning of palettes.

Midnight blue and gold frames compliment a captivating collection of eclectic heirloom must-haves. Authentic metal keys suspended from a salvaged wood ladder, custom keep-sake pencils from an old Family Lumber Company, and a black and white photo of Pawpaw rolling a strike complete The Look You Love by Lifestyle Design.  

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Mr. Makeover by Lifestyle Design

We’ve been searching Pinterest, Facebook, and other applications that cater to the Do It Yourself state-of-mind. A great deal of businesses target women, and appeal to their creative, crafty, and outside-the-box way of thinking. But what about us?

What about men?

What happened to the days, when good ‘ol Dad came to the rescue? Not long ago, gentlemen took pride in their ability to utilize available resources, complete an inspiring afternoon project, and dazzle us with DIY masterpieces. A pleasing aesthetic, a calming color palette, and cohesive design theme are often desired and achieved by men as well!

So, grab the fellas, round up the boys, and give the guys a call, because….


Simple, inexpensive, and statement worthy… we Love The Look of an empty, ornate, gold frame adorned with a matching pair of tassels. Previously used in a Safari themed guest room, we added white stripes to the back side of hat-hooks and secured stately Lion Head drawer pulls for a decorative finish. Masculine & Marvelous…. MR. MAKEOVER  → by Lifestyle Design

Instead of spending $100.00 or more on fine fabric, or insanely expensive curtain panels, Lifestyle Design takes savvy shopping to another level. By purchasing shower curtain panels and hooks, we $AVED $87.98 in this Master Makeover! Another brilliant buy at $4.98… 15-hook, metal wall mount displaying an extensive display of Polo Caps. To finish The Look You Love, a bold, black and white DIY Chevron canvas with a total cost of just $3.98!


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Fresh & Fabulous in 2014

New Year, New You…

New View by Lifestyle Design

→ Around here, we’re looking forward to the New Year…

2014 holds a great deal of excitement and opportunity: to care, consider, and communicate more effectively; support unconditionally; acknowledge the efforts of others; reach a larger audience; and connect with one another, genuinely.

And with that mission in mind, our ❶st scene for 2014 was inspired.  (above)

Rich textures, vibrant colors, and fresh flowers serve as key elements for this Client’s Fabulous Foyer. Purchased from Marshall’s for only $39.99 ( #FabFound ), a burgundy garden stool anchors our look, giving guests a fluid line of sight upon entry.  Crisp, chrome accents and subtle details complete yet another Look You Love by Lifestyle Design!

Wine, dine, drink, dream…

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This marvelous makeover displays another delicately displayed orchid, accompanied by a vintage doorknob and mini birdcage resting effortlessly atop a chic mirror. A mercury glass lamp serves as focal point, while chrome trophies and black and white photos suspended in old bottles, add character and personality without compromising our eclectic aesthetic.

Timeless and treasured heirlooms make a statement all their own in this Lifestyle Design Client’s Dining Room.

Among the details:
→ 48-Star American Flag, ’94 Eagle Scout Honor, and a 1918 Oreo Cookie Tin!

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Our Outdoor Oasis

Outdoor Living, The Dream by Lifestyle Design


Tranquil and timeless, this Texas Hill Country outdoor oasis captivates guests with charming, subtle details and fabulous local finds. An eclectic array of stained glass, ceramic pottery, ornate benches and an understated chandelier highlight the Gathering Room; stone columns cedar beams, and raised concrete foundation effortlessly hold this hand-built pergola atop Center Stage.

Chic and stately centered behind an elegant pool, you’ll find a greenhouse unlike any other. Built by hand, cedar beams, wood trellis, and crystal-clear acrylic are held regally by eight, stone columns. Suspended from the vaulted roof, a classic chandelier complements the understated ambiance in this picture-perfect outdoor oasis.

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Freeze Warning, House Warming!

Home Holiday Preview by Lifestyle Design

The heat retreats as Fall arrives with beautifully tinted leaves and vibrantly budding blooms.

Although we’re all relieved for cooler weather, the Holiday Season brings with it overwhelming excitement and anxiety.

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet…

Thank you. Clearly, department stores didn’t get that memo… five months ago. But around here, we celebrate a special birthday the first week of November – after that (and as requested)… it’s time to get

Holly & Jolly up in here!

Given the extreme drop in temperature, “Bring Christmas down from the attic” went on the Honey-Do-List. Luckily… rich fabric/ribbon, fabulous ornaments, and a custom Lifestyle Design wreath were all within hands reach!

Orchids complement an array of Mercury Glass accents while permeating the entry foyer with a calming, clean scent. Excitedly we share this Home Holiday Sneak-Peak and encourage you to find more of:

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Humpday Bouquets

Floral Arrangement & Display by Lifestyle Design

This Fall-inspired arrangement takes center stage with striking hues and subtle accents.  Standing stately atop a custom Lifestyle Design serving tray and a few good books… our guests gush,

“Love The Look!”

Delicate flowers and a subtle presence, this display serves as a conversation piece with vintage, heirloom accents that tell a story all their own.

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[preview] Local Art Gallery: Home Show!

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Tablescape Tune-up by Lifestyle Design

Timeless & Treasured | Tablescape by Lifestyle Design

Preparation for an upcoming gallery exhibit, featuring local artists and Lifestyle Design! Honored to be asked to help art find a home by recreating the ambiance with an Art Gallery.

Your Lifestyle should reflect You…

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Lifestyle Design | Thank YOU!

Client Inspiration, Custom Creation by Lifestyle Design

This week… I felt grateful, appreciative, and inspired. Thank you, each one of you that Follows, Likes, & Supports on Twitter & Pinterest – byLifestyleDesign on Instagram – Lifestyle Design on Facebook – and to each, valued Client.

Three things that really ‘payed-off’ this week:




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Recently Released | Custom Frame Collections by Lifestyle Design


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Recreate, Redecorate, Reuse

Hump-day Home Makeover by Lifestyle Design

Entry Statement by Lifestyle Design

Busted budget? Bored décor? Dead design? We understand, and felt the same way!

By working with what we have, Lifestyle Design turned this lackluster Wednesday into a happy Hump-day!

To say I was over it would be an understatement.

Tired of staring at the same things in the same places and too hot to spend a day shopping, I began pulling EVERYTHING off of the ‘living room’ table tops and walls. I needed to start with a completely blank canvas. Often times, Clients want to take out a few things and work around the rest. Depending on their needs, this can be a great way to find The Look You Love; however… this, isn’t one of those times. We have an open concept, two-story entry with an adjoining Living/Dining Room, so it is critical that The Look (once complete) remains cohesive.

An odd space for many home owners is the closet/stair-well nook. As luck would have it, this small square space, happens to be the focal point of guests when they enter our house.

A few of my favorite pieces, used for The Look You Love by Lifestyle Design:

An empty, vintage, oval photo frame holds an eclectic array of accents, like an old door-knob set

Moss & Chrome decorative balls add ‘pops of color’ without overwhelming small spaces

A Sleek and simple mirror resting behind an elegant Mercury Glass Lamp and subtle crème shade

A vintage trophy vessel, dressed in chrome, could not be more debonair

Don’t be afraid to reuse items, with a new purpose. Old, ornate picture frames look fabulous empty, on or off the wall! Door knobs look just as good on display as they once did on the door. A mirror hanging on the wall, may look even better sitting on a table or standing on the floor!

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Dorm Room Decorating

COLLEGE LIFE | The Look You Love by Lifestyle Design

Dorm Room Decorating by Lifestyle Design

Moms world-wide are frantically juggling school schedules, supply lists, and after school activities while also trying to send their first little angel out into the ‘real world’ – College Life.

With unparalleled experience in both Property Management and Interior Decorating,

Our Clients experience a Dorm Room 101, unlike any other.

Because a sliding glass door was the only source of natural light, we used colors that would make the room feel bright and airy. Using gender-neutral colors like Yellow and Blue, fun and functional accents work effortlessly in this space. With seasonal Home Décor on clearance, two, large wall décor pieces bring depth and subtle pops of color without cluttering The Look.

*Helpful Hint: Wall art & decor pieces usually consume a large portion of the budget, so when you find what you like and it’s on sale – get it! Or, you’ll regret it later!

Don’t delay! Contact Lifestyle Design today!

In the apartment living room shown above, only the basic furniture set was provided (i.e. Couch, Chair, Coffee Table, & End Tables); No art, accents, or general decor items included in rental rate.

Attention Mom & Dad…

Here are a few helpful hints for your Housing Hunt:

  • Explore both Fully Furnished & Unfurnished options (off-campus). Some communities offer all furniture (+internet & cable) for one flat rate. Others offer amenity upgrades (i.e. washer/dryer provided) but no furniture options. Find what works best for you!
  • Have a detail-specific understanding of what ‘All Inclusive’ includes. (It’s not all, always included; ‘Inclusive’ typically has a limit, or ‘cap’ amount) Significant fees, additional charges, & an outstanding balance due are not friendly conversation topics – so save yourself the frustration, and stay informed instead!
  • Be realistic about your Lifestyle priorities: Proximity to campus/work, the surrounding environment and respective lifestyles of community members, Amenities & Services provided at no additional charge & those that are.
  • Parents & Students should connect & engage with the respective Housing Community’s, Social Media Sites – Facebook, Twitter, etc. Find out about offers & incentives that Mom would not otherwise know about.  PLUS! They typically will post pictures of activities and events on-site, giving you the opportunity to see your little angel more!

It’s  2013 – stay connected!

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