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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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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Eclectic Style & Vintage Vibe

Retro Revival by Lifestyle Design

We all have those antique and heirloom pieces that we just cannot bear to part with. Clients routinely face the inner battle of

 To-Keep or Not-To-Keep

So when we started our Highland Drive Project, we knew there was quite a bit of ‘filtering’ to do. As we have said before, it is vital that the look remains cohesive; however, don’t feel forced to use every piece within one room or reuse them in the same manner in which you are accustomed.

Whether it is an Idea Board or simply a Project Vision, Lime & Kelly Green are not colors we typically find ourselves drawn to. Unexpectedly, the moment we saw this retro style Dining Table and Chairs… we were obsessed. Chrome legs hold a diamond burst, Lime Green Tabletop with Kelly Green border; matching chairs are adorned with bullnose accent and ornate, chrome handles.


Chrome is susceptible to weather conditions and especially time, if stored. When you find rusty spots or entire areas where chrome should be, use tin foil to remove the tarnish! Simply tear a piece off, and start rubbing; as always, test a small spot in a discrete location. It might take a little elbow grease…. but you’ll have that sparkle and shine back in no time!

Although the room as a whole is nontraditional in nature, we found classic pieces that effortlessly complimented our eclectic vibe. Pair of uniquely patterned duck serves as a conversation piece atop the table. A beautifully preserved Buffet anchors a custom painted canvas. Five, cobalt blue goblets; matching Salt and Pepper Shakers; and a mini Corvette rest beside an ornate, gold lamp.


Shop local for fab finds! Throwback bow-ties and a chic, gold frame hold an old, original photo of the home shortly after construction. Perfectly posed and budget friendly, this delicate display exudes personality while exceeding expectation.

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Ebenezer Scrooge, ain’t nobody got time for you!

Holiday Homes by Lifestyle Design

Over the weekend, an onslaught of matching, green storage bins labeled “CHRISTMAS 2012…” made their way to the holding area (aka the garage) for pre-holiday assessment. With this year’s focus on Red & Gold, and as far away from the Charlie Brown-esque collectibles ‘we’ have acquired, don’t be surprised if you find 8 strategically stored bins… in a very dark corner.

After one (or two) trips to the dollar store, our checklist was complete:

  • Candy Canes (for exterior)
  • Gold Bells
  • Red Garland
  • Red Ribbon (for exterior)

Alas, the boxes labeled “CHRISTMAS TREE” appear. After quickly plugging in each pre-lit section, we began assembling trees for placement. Branches are adjusted, pulled, yanked, carefully shaped, and stuffed into place. Feeling very Griswold, I hold the multi-plug-outlet and flip the switch on.


I flip it again, to Off. And once more, to On.




After he strung new lights on each tree, I threw away the strands he claimed to have “checked & replaced all bad bulbs,” last year.

Mini, gold trees sit stately atop alternating stair steps. Garland, both gold & red, are placed strategically below the hand rail… something I wish more people did; garland-scraped, dry hands…

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Simple and subtle wreaths, classic Christmas bows, and a hand-made crystal Chandelier are all completed just in time for our Christmas cheer!

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