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Staging & Design

Snapshots from a staging project in Denver’s Park Hill Neighborhood

This beautiful Park Hill home just hit the market today, and I wanted to share some of my photos and favorite parts of the staging & design project. With a Mid-Century-Modern vibe and super fun second-hand finds, I had so much fun creating each room!

The sellers already had this gorgeous long entry console, that I asked to leave for staging, because it was just so dang pretty! Folding in some extra art work and this gorgeous curved top wall mirror–it brought some great height, brightness & openness to the space. Mirrors are great for making spaces look extra big!
I love that oil and watercolor paintings are making a comeback.

Hello Studio McGee! We see you. Thanks for making landscapes and painted portraits super cool and mainstream again. We are here for it! I folded in many of these beautifully framed canvases throughout the house. They look rich and bold, but are super reasonably priced from Target!

These rooms were so naturally bright with the big windows and original wood floors. The buyers did an amazing refresh of this mid-century home, keeping the character and the white walls, but we wanted to add some warmth and color–bring in the RUGS! I always start with the rugs and/or art work, and then build the room around them. This area rug was a Facebook Marketplace score for me. Brand new and under $50. The Project 62 abstract framed canvas art was a Goodwill thrift store score! P.S. Check out the “Before” of this previous office turned additional bedroom:

My sellers had the coolest style to begin with, and some amazing period pieces handed down through the family. It made the staging job extra fun–like this fabulous dining set which was the seller’s grandmother’s. I brought in the living room furniture with a focus on making sure everything flowed well and had a cohesive feel.
The Sellers wanted the first impression to WOW people as they walked into the great room. So we swapped out the focal points of the mantle and fireplace area to showcase art and greenery and a little sitting area. The fireplace screen was removed, and this beautiful birch wood from a shop on etsy added instead. So pretty!

Thanks for following along with this fun journey. Reach out for any design and staging needs of your own. Would love to help! And follow me on the “” app for sourcing and product info!

Posted in Budget Savers, DIY & Design, Organization

Fixin’ Up This Old Home–A DIY Journey

I’m Amber~ it’s been so fun to connect in this space. Thought I would create a quick intro post for new friends. I’m a native to Colorado, but the hubs and I spent almost a decade moving from coast-to-coast, where we lived in teeny tiny spaces, so we could be right in the heart of some favorite areas of the city. (Both San Diego and outside of Washington D.C. in NOVA). I think that’s where my love of design & organization really bloomed. ⁣


We only recently become official homeowners (to both the house and the garden—my happy, happy place!!) where we are DIY-ing our way through updating an older 70’s home, and soaking up those early childhood years with our sweet littles. 🧑👧⁣

It’s not some glamorous new build or extravagant space, by any means—which I actually really take pride in—but it IS a place that feels like home 🏡. I’ll be sharing some fun projects and updates here along the way–especially the deals and steals and budget-friendly upgrades! Thanks for joining me 🌸🌸⁣ (PS–would love to connect over on Instagram too. Find me @MakeSimpleHappen).

First up: The Entry Closet Turned DIY MudRoom:

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Finished the refresh of this use-to-be entry coat closet which now flows so much better and is the perfect drop zone for All.the.Things. (you know: mail, backpacks, coats, shoes, keys, sunscreen, umbrellas…).  I wanted to make it both super cute AND functional!

Best part, the only new purchases were a small can of #sherwinwilliamspaint, the bench, coat hooks and a larger road, sticky wallpaper decals, and the front door wreath from @hearthandhand_target ! All in all, under $250. Love when projects are easy and low cost. 🙌 ⁣ (Btw, I try to have direct links to products over in my profile)

The labor of love was definitely my husband sanding down that solid front door to its original color. (Looks sooo much better. May want to paint it black, and then he will kill me 😂). Otherwise, even the individual tile decals were done in less than an hour. ⁣


As for organization, I tried to have a special spot for all the little things we grab on the way out for a fun adventure (or things we bring back home with us!). Baskets are gold for the cute factor and keeping organized, right?! ⁣

I’m almost out of projects ‘round here. So quarantine better end so I can come to your homes and organize and style! #YesPlease! Xoxo

Links to other DIY updates to come…