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Kelly is a winner of Top 25 Home Design Moms - 2013

Of all the DIY projects you've done, which was your favorite?

I think my favorite is my laundry room! We redid the whole room, top to bottom for only $157 (yay!). Since I'm the only one who uses that room, I really sat down and thought about what I love, what colors speak to me, what designs make me happy, regardless of the trends or what anyone else might think. I'm so happy with the results! You can check out here, and get some ideas to redo your own home on a tiny little budget: http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2013/01/laundry-room-reveal/

What's your advice for moms who want to decorate their home on a budget?

Get inspired by fancy, expensive designers first. Find out what you love and what makes you happy. (Follow me on pinterest for inspiration: http://pinterest.com/kellym2/). Once you know what you love, make it happen by creating those designs on a budget. Love the look of expensive wallpaper? Recreate the feeling with an inexpensive stencil. Falling in love with fancy fabrics? Paint your own pillows! Dying for an over-the-top-beautiful upholstered bed? You can totally build it! (We did, and shared a tutorial on the blog.) Creating a beautiful home on a budget starts with finding the right inspiration, then just requires a bit of creativity and elbow grease. You CAN do it! Yes, YOU.

Where do you find inspiration for keeping your home stylish?

I'm always pinning beautiful rooms on my pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/kellym2/. I love to go back through what I've pinned and see what the photos have in common. I've learned that I love teal, velvet and sparkle. Those things are consistent through my pins. I also love to browse home decorating magazines and (of course!) read blogs!

How do you effectively (but stylishly) organize and store your kids' toys?

Kelly

First, we try to analyze how you use your space and make it work for us. Don't be afraid to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and create the storage you need! My son LOVES his books, so we built a little library rack for him (which you can see in the linked post). He can see the front covers of the books, and he can easily reach them all. Works great for us, and the little guy seems to be a fan. Edit, edit, edit! We go through his toys regularly to remove the ones he no longer uses. For us, that usually means they end up in our annual yard sale. Finally, don't fight the craziness! (At least, not TOO much.) To an extent, I try to recognize that this stage of life is just a season, and sometimes part of being a mama is realizing that the baby swing has become a part of your living room furnishing plan. Someday, we'll all wish we were tripping over sippy cups again.
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What's your top inexpensive way to make your home festive for the holidays?

Kelly

My favorite cheap (free!) way to make your home feel warm, cozy and festive is to use live greenery from your yard. You can use one of those cheapo, thin, store-bought garlands as a base and add lots and lots of fresh greens to make it look full and expensive. Want to take it a step further? Use glittery spray paint on some of the branches to add sparkle, or add ornaments you already own. Another favorite tip to make your home feel cozy: use seasonal smells like apples and cinnamon. Totally sets the scene for a beautiful holiday season!
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