Last week, I told you about the guest room/office makeover happening at my house right now.  I thought I would show you some before photos and the best part, the progress photos.  There has been quite a change in that room these past weeks! The palette of the space was inspired by the hallway in author Edith Wharton's home, The Mount, her gorgeous home and gardens in Lenox, Massachusetts.  You can read more about this here. This photo has been stuck in my head since I visited there five years ago with my husband. When I am trying to visualize a space and come up with a design, I sit in it and stare.  I wish I drew more, and I do dabble in it, but I do better if I just look at the space - to get a feel for it...dare I let it talk to me a little bit? Our guest room/office has the most natural light in the house - two full walls of windows.  Since we moved here three years ago, this room has been the guest room/nursery, and then when I moved the girls to the same room, the catch all for other rooms that have been under construction.  I would say it has been full of castoffs from other spaces a good year. In this before photo, you can see the previous striped walls.

I've been in Atlanta soaking up some amazing speakers at the Design Bloggers Conference the past few days, and I am on my way home now.  In fact, this post is coming to you from the clouds this early morning.  I'm missing my husband and babies, of course, so I am ready to get home! I wanted to share with you two of my favorite articles I recently wrote for P+G Everyday.  I think they have lots of useful information, and I like sharing articles with you that I save for myself to refer back to. First up, knife blocks...I see these in the store, and they are super expensive, right?  The thing is, you can save yourself some money by buying a nice set of knives and making your own knife block. [caption id="attachment_8198" align="aligncenter" width="590"]p+g everyday p+g everyday[/caption]   These DIY options look darn good, and I like the organic feel to them.   Next up, ice ice baby...