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A stunning floor plan is often all it takes to make guests impressed with your home. Big windows, architectural details, fireplaces, hardwood floors, you know the appeal of those features. Have you ever thought of adding your stairs to the list of focal pieces? Check out how these bloggers did just that!

1. Ombre Steps

Kara’s design eye saw a potential work of art while looking at her bare and basic steps. Choosing a favorite shade of teal paint, she got to work painting the first stair riser. Adding just a bit of white paint –and a bit more each time — to each riser. She has the full tutorial over at her blog, A Kailo Chic Life.

Image Via: A Kailo Chic Life

2. Before, Whoops, and After

There’s nothing better than an honest blogger. Ashley Phipps and her husband had a few mishaps while remodeling their staircase; think three-five attempts at staining and sanding. Her six-part tutorial on the carpet-to-hardwood process is funny, detailed, and totally honest.

Image Via: Simply Designing

3. Remodeled “Runner”

An old and trodden staircase got a heck-of-a facelift. The Heathered Nest creator, Heather sets her husband, her kids, and herself on a mission to refinish the stairs. The DIY painted runner crosses the landing perfectly and continues to the bottom floor of their home. See how she did it here!

INCREDIBLE stair makeover with PAINT! SO much cheaper than stain or new stairs!! Great painted stairs DIY tutorial. If you can hold a paintbrush, you can easily learn how to paint stairs!! from

Image Via: The Heathered Nest

4. Baluster Beauty

Boring wood becomes beautiful metal in Kelly’s home. The View Along the Way creator shows us how to (and not to) install intricate iron balusters in place of basic wood. She has a separate post in the article about how to stain the railings, and the final product is to die for!

Image Via: View Along the Way

5. Vintage Inspired Risers

Your grandmother’s (or great-grandmother’s) stairs might still look like this. That means she’s in luck, because textured wallpaper stair risers are on trend right now. Amassing Cents blogger Kristen knows this well. Her home’s stairway — 20 hours and $30 later — has a special extra detail that’s not too bold, and definitely not bland.

Image Via: Amassing Cents

6. Tear Down, Build Up

Once a boring half wall in her home, blogger Diana was determined to bring more interest to her staircase. After adding trim and a newel post, she still wasn’t satisfied. The ultimate satisfaction came from tearing down the wall completely, and putting in her own balusters and railing. The space finally felt more open and far more interesting.

Image Via: Vintage Home Love

7. DIY Stairwell Sophistication

Kate’s outdated and plain blond oak staircase wasn’t sitting well with her. Finding inspiration from other bloggers and in old classic movies, she came up with a far more sophisticated look. On her blog, Centsational Girl, she covers how the railings were stained, how the wainscoting was put up, how the carpets were removed and how new trim and tread was installed. Happy reading!

Image Via: Centsational Girl

8. No Wasted Space

Without a storage room under his stairs, Michael did the next, most logical thing with that empty space: give his dog, Kenji, his own room. The attractive alternative to kenneling your dogs while you’re away, Kenji’s under-the-stairs doghouse has LED lighting, a comfy bed, plenty of room for toys, and a camera for Michael to check in with. See how he did it here!

Image Via: Lost at E Minor

No matter your stair situation, there’s something you can do to make them more interesting. Step by step, make your staircase the highlight of your home. Do you have other great ideas for your stairs? Let me know about them!

Until then,



It’s that time of year again; School. The time for you, the kids, your spouse, maybe even the puppy to get to classes and activities on time — and keeping everyone’s schedule in order isn’t the simplest task. We’re here for you. We’ve compiled an awesome group of entry family command centers that will help you stay organized. Materially and mentally.

1. Family Command Center

This mom-turned-nursing student bargained her way to this lovely DIY command center. Discount and dollar store items helped the SweetAprils creator build a place for her and her husband to see where everyone was going to be each day. Not only that, she made it match by painting the frame, filing unit, and backpack hanger the same color as the inspirational board.

Image Via: SweetAprils

2. All the Essentials

Mom of two, Abby Lawson knew she’d need a new project to keep organized when her first child was starting kindergarten. She put together this cute and efficient command center right by her front door so she would remember all the little things. She curated a great list over at her blog, listing the essentials you’ll need for any command center. Anything you’ll need is just at an arm’s reach.

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Image Via: Just a Girl and Her Blog

3. Updated Family Command Center

Have a couple cork boards and a calendar near the front door? Does it look crazy cluttered? So did Shannon’s. She updated her outdated unorganized entry, and you can too! Check out the changes she made at her blog AKA Design. It will make life much easier on your way out the door.

family command center

Image Via: AKA Design

 4. Mission Control

Megan’s take on a family command center, is bright, bubbly, and oh is it organized! Right by the family entrance to the house, she created a series of DIY projects to make this drop zone for mail, keys, wallets, and more. The fun color scheme and pattern paper bring the look together as the center crosses two walls. Bonus: the happiness reminders are sure to put you in a good mood as you head out!

Image Via: The Homes I Have Made

5. Small Space Command Center

Lindsay needed more room than her kitchen counter provided. Bags, keys, and leashes don’t belong on the counter, anyway. But with no room in the entry for a table, she was limited in her drop zone space, until it occurred to her to use the wall space as a tiny command center. She purchased a series of metal items with clean lines that were easily hung on the entry wall, filled them with the counter clutter, and the rest is history!

Image Via: Crazy Organized

 6. Mudroom Command Center

This kid-capable command center is just what Megan was looking for! All the family members have a cubby for shoes — even the dog has his own spot for toys, leashes, and bones. There’s a spot for unsorted mail, files for the sorted variety, and of course a large chalkboard for calendars and activities. Megan also loves the adult- and kid-height coat hangers — check out her blog, Our Scribbled Walls, to see them!

Image Via: Our Scribbled Walls

The family command center is about staying organized and on schedule. When everything has its own place, it is so easy to get ready as you’re rushing out the door! What tricks do you use in your entry? Will you implement any of these in your home? Let me know what you think!

Until then,



Hello! We are Jon and Wendy Cooley, DIYers who love taking on new projects! We enjoy coming up with ideas and creating one-of-a-kind, rustic-modern spaces. We try to utilize reclaimed materials for as many projects as possible, as well as repurpose anything we can.

We recently purchased a 1943 bungalow and did an extensive remodel. We removed a wall, which included a buried chimney, and built a fireplace feature wall that incorporates a cedar plank tongue-and-groove surround, a 100-year-old salty fir mantel, and an eco-friendly ethanol-burning fireplace. I submitted our project to Better Homes and Gardens, and we were photographed and featured in November’s issue in the “I Did It” section!

We were able to build this fireplace wall on a budget by using excess reclaimed wood from Jon’s work projects, and because we built it ourselves, there were no labor costs! The cost of this project was about $600, which includes the ethanol fireplace insert ($400 from Ignis) and the 2-x-4 and plywood frame construction ($200).

We truly love the space and how it turned out! Get the free fireplace wall plan here.

We decided that we would try a blog to showcase our projects and pictures. Feel free to visit us at Cooley Style!

Hi, I am Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.  I am so excited to be here today talking about our simple cottage exterior renovation. My husband and I are dreamers and renovators, so when looking for a home, we were hoping for a project that we could make our own. When we first moved into this little downtown cottage, we saw major potential. The outside needed some TLC, but we knew that with a few simple updates we could turn this outdated little place into a cute showstopper.

Our plan was to revamp the entry, add a window on the left side, and remove the large window beside the porch. With a little hard work and a small budget, we had the cottage we’d been hoping for.

The new wood front door really serves as a focal point for the new design. We removed the old iron posts and framed the door with Craftsman-style beams. A little board and batten treatment above the entry plays up the cottage vibe.

We built simple barn-style shutters and painted them a cheerful blue. Staying true to my Southern roots, we painted the beaded-board ceiling of the small stoop a lovely pale blue that is a shade lighter than the shutters.

I wanted a light fixture that would make a statement, but it had to be small as well as reasonably priced to fit our budget. There isn’t a lot of clearance between the portico ceiling and the doorway. A thrift store lantern updated with copper spray paint was the perfect fit! It’s small enough to fit the space, plus the copper tone pops nicely against the blue.

The best part about this exterior renovation is being able to change it for the seasons. I love changing out the doormat, pots, and plants to really give the space some personality.

A little creativity went a long way with this exterior makeover, and now we love pulling into our driveway at the end of the day. This place welcomes us home.

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