Remodelaholic in Review, September 2013

October is here! Fall is here! And Halloween is coming! We were busy in September, and we have big plans for October. You can keep up with all of the “behind the scenes” action by following me on Instagram. Get gems like my cute girls and their froyo faces and Halloween touches on Barbie’s Dream Mansion… plus sneak peaks of our upcoming projects and other fun tidbits from our day-to-day lives. 

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 And don’t forget — we are looking for contributors! Come check it out and apply!

And now… the rest of what we did in September. I was so thrilled to spend some time hopping around the DIY world.

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Yup, that’s me! (Thanks to Autumn for the pic!)


And then we’ve also been working hard launching a new site called Tipsaholic. Come check it out! We have great articles such as

Ways to Add New Life to an Old Space | How to Create a Great Kids Reading Nook | Winterizing Your Summer Garden

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But, even with all that going on, we weren’t slacking off here on the blog, either. Here’s the review of what happened on Remodelaholic this month! You can click on the links or the pictures to see the original post. 

Bark Mulch Around Trees

In our ever-developing backyard, we showed you how we prepped and used mulch to control the weeds

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Fall Flowers

…how we planted some lovely fall color from Home Depot

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Seat Wall and Fire Pit

… and how we designed and built our curved seat wall and our fire pit (which we love to roast marshmallows around!)

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DIY Shutters

Elsewhere around the house, we also built and installed DIY shutters on our new windows — for under $40 per pair! Get the tutorial here

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Built-In Closet Hack

And then in my oldest daughter’s room, we turned some old random furniture into a great built-in closet… totally necessary since we turned her closet into an awesome bed nook.

how to build a built-in closet, built-ins from existing furniture upcycle

Fall and Halloween Mantel

And in my living room, I decorated my mantel, finally! Come see our fall and Halloween decor.

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New Living Room Rug

AND I got a new rug in my living room, that I love, love, love. Come see more of how the room is looking now!

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Caramel Nutella Popcorn + 25 More Nutella Recipes

And, from my kitchen, another great Nutella recipe: Caramel Nutella Popcorn. (Plus 25 more great Nutella recipes here!)

Caramel Nutella Popcorn Recipe Remodelaholic 25 Nutella Recipes Remodelaholic


Pinterest Party and Home Depot Giveaway 

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Some of my best bloggy friends and I created an awesome Pinterest board called The One-Stop DIY Shop — the best of Pinterest, all in one place! To celebrate, you know, being awesome, we held an amazing Pinterest Party with lots of great prizes, games, and giveaways (including this Home Depot Giveaway). Thanks to everyone who partied with us and made it SO much fun! We will be doing another Pinterest Party soon (before Christmas) so keep an eye out for an announcement about that. 


Get This Look and Design Tips

As usual, we love rounding up and sharing great home and design tips and inspiration. We added 3 new posts to our Get This Look library:

neutral rustic bedroom thumb living room built-ins via Get This Look - Luxury and Style in a Small Kitchen - Tips from Remodelaholic

Neutral Rustic BedroomLiving Room Built-Ins Small But Luxurious Kitchen

And we gave you some ideas for kids’ room art, tips for designing kids’ spaces, inspiring outdoor window treatments, and a winter prep checklist for your home.

ideas for kids room art Designing Kids' Spaces
25-inspiring-exterior-window-treatments-and-diy-tutorials Winter home checklist


Top 10 And Link Parties

We have had some really amazing and record-breaking Remodelaholics Anonymous link parties in September! Mark your calendars and come join every Friday! We share a Top Ten along with the link party, and this month we shared our favorite washi tape home decor ideasfall mantel elements, and diy mailboxes

washi tape home decor on Remodelaholic 10 beautiful fall mantels 10 diy mailbox ideas

Plus I was so thrilled to host the Habitat for Humanity Before and After party with Jocie from One Project Closer


Contributors and Guests

We always have wonderful contributors and guests! (If you’d like to be one of them, apply to be a contributor here or submit a project for a guest feature here.)

Ruth from What’s Cooking With Ruthie shared this delicious Banana Oatmeal Cake.

Banana Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Jen from Bakerette gave us the recipe for this divine Orange Chicken

The best orange chicken recipe ever

And then our amazing guests…

Rachel from lovetodecor8 shared her beautiful small kitchen remodel (love that slate backsplash!).

slate tile backsplash in small kitchen remodel

Jen from De Jong Dream House shared her 3-in-1 flex room that is a guest suite, room for two, and play room.

flex room - guest suite, play room, room for two

This gorgeous woven back bench came to us from Korrie of Red Hen Home.

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And Mimi from Blue Roof Cabin shared how she upgraded her boring builder grade cabinets by building this awesome plate rack shelf.

update builder grade kitchen cabinets with a plate rack cabinet and storage shelf and crown molding

Busy busy month! What was your favorite part?

September 2013 on #diy #landscaping #buildingplans


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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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    1. Thanks Korrie! That pretty much made my life! I have been reading BHG since high school… now if I can just get a design feature, that will be another dream come true~