Dressing Room Project: Carrie On :)

For the last few weeks I've been obsessed with turning my junk room into a chic and stylish dressing room like Carrie Bradshaw's in Sex & the City.

Pretty kick ass right? Well, here is my closet....

A hot mess!

So now I'm dedicating the next month to transforming the junk room into a dressing room! A place where I can try on my clothes, apply make up, display my accessories and listen to music without disturbing up my resting place.

One of the benefits of being single and a homeowner, (yep, contrary to what society wants you to believe, they do exist!) I have extra room and total say-so on what those rooms will be used for. I have a den, a guest room, home office and now I'll have my very own dressing room. Oh you fancy huh? :)

It won't be easy but I'm already making progress. Here are some before shots.

Old IKEA couch

 Entertainment center with TV/DVR..I really want to keep the DVR and TV but the unit isn't doing much for the room....
 More junk...pilates machine and clothes baskets. I need to utilize that wire storage unit. Right now it just has socks and mittens in it.
 Sweaters, and junk all over the place (and yes I'm watching the Hangover)

So there it is, my inspiration and my current situation. I'm going to chronicle the process here on Dee-tales. I know it won't be easy but I'm determined to make this room work and for under $200.  I'll be back tomorrow with more updates. Wish me luck!

You Oughta Know: Jen Chu

If you’ve ever been in my home, you know it is a huge work in progress. I have an idea of what I want my house to look like, but the execution has been challenging for me to do, especially on my own.

I am always looking for inspiration, and affordable design ideas online and I think I may have found my home interior DIY Yoda. Her name is Jen Chu and she is the truth! She refers to herself as an "Asian Martha Stewart, minus the prison activity". I stumbled across her blog last week and found out she was also featured on Apartment Therapy for a room makeover she did for a friend in Brooklyn.

From what I can see, Jen likes to ball on a budget, meaning she can bring a room to life without breaking the bank. A lot of the items in the room came from pocket friendly stores like Ikea, and Target, and she isn't afraid to hit up a flea market to save a buck or two. I think it would be awesome if she had her own TV show for real people, with realistic budgets, and I'd love to be her first guest!

Check out some of the pics of Jen's work below:

(all images from Apartment Therapy)

What I love about this room is how Jen uses everyday items and displays them in a way that it looks like art. The scarves, the purses, and hats seem more like room accessories, instead of fashion accessories.

 (Images from jenchudesign.com)

I love her style, it is so clean and chic! I also admire that she does a lot of the handy work herself, something I hope to be able to do one day. Who needs Ty Pennington when you can hang your own light fixtures? Who am I kidding, I wouldn't turn Ty away but you get my point!

To see more of Jen's work, including original art and learn about her career as an Art Director for Project Runway check out her blog.

Until next time!


Glee at Dee's

So I totally dropped the ball on my fall TV preview for the week.  I really wanted to guide you all through the best and worst shows of the season, but I wasn't able to give you an in depth guide to Tuesday's line-up because I was consumed with preparing to celebrate the only show that really matters to me, GLEE!!


Yep, I totally gleeked out and hosted a premiere party for Glee's 2nd season, and boy did we have a great time. Some of us had too much fun thanks to my neighbor Scarlett's homemade pear sangrias.

We started right at 7 with all kinds of yummy foods, and watching our favorite scenes from season 1. We also played charades, acting out song titles from songs performed on the show.

One Gleek dominated the competition, winning dang near every round of charades. Rebecca owned the night, won the the iTunes gift card and even sang for the crowd.

Good times right? I learned several things that night, first I'm a very lucky girl to have such great friends! To have so many people come out on a weeknight to watch TV with little ol' me, really made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I also realized I need to take a photography class! My shots were so off and I didn't get as many pictures as I could have because my camera kept stalling. I also learned anytime someone offers you a drink from a mason jar, you will wake up the next morning with blurred vision and hair on your chest.

I know it would be difficult to host a party like this each week but I'm sure we'll do it again soon. Now I need to get my head right for the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice!

Until next time,

Go Your Own Way

Long time no blog huh? Well, it has been a busy week for me and I have neglected my blog for far too long! What has it been, like 3 days? Well I am back with a Do It Yo’self project that should take most people about an hour to complete. However I am special and it took me a heck of a lot longer because I was distracted by the Lifetime Movie Network, wine, and a few miscalculations.

Little known fact, I was the art teacher for an after-school program when I was in college. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Helping kids explore their creativity was such a beautiful thing to witness. They taught me that you don’t have to be skilled in sketching or watercolors to make your very own masterpiece. All it takes is the willingness to allow yourself the freedom to experiment with different materials, and to not be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t turn out the way you envisioned it.

This project was very personal to me. It combines my love of music, as well as some personal issues I’ve been struggling with over the last few months. As I write this I am struggling with just how in depth I should be about what drove me to make these choices, because it was very complex and I know you love me, but who wants to read this all night?

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of Fleetwood Mac. It probably has a lot to do with my mother who exposed me to all types of music at a young age. I remember being a little girl spinning around in my living room while singing along with Stevie Nicks (especially her solo hit Stand Back).

Their 1977 album Rumors is probably the album that has influenced me the most. Every song on that record speaks to me on levels I didn’t quite understand when I was younger but now, as an adult it is crystal clear to me why I fell in love with these songs and lyrics.  Songs like Landslide, Songbird, and Don't Stop. Second Hand News and Never Going Back Again break my heart every time I listen to them.

Rumors was my first love. It taught me everything I needed to know about relationships, with your friends, family, and loved ones when they’re good, and especially when they go bad.

One day I was listening to “Go Your Own Way” and I don’t know if I can explain it to you, but I was moved to express myself through those lyrics, and I didn’t know how. These words stood out to me: 

Loving you isn’t the right thing to do 
How can I ever change things that I feel?
If I could baby I’d give you my world 
How can I, when you won’t take it from me? 

At the moment I was living those lyrics. If you’ve ever been in a place where you felt like no matter what you did, the object of your affection wasn’t open to or willing to allow you access into their world, then you know how I felt listening to this song. If there is someone standing between you and what you really want, in life and all it would take for you to achieve your goal is for them to listen to you and let you do your thing, you know how I felt listening to this song. If you’ve ever tried over and over again to tell a dear friend that their reckless behavior, and poor decision making was only making their life more complicated than it needed to be, guess what? You know, how I felt, listening to this song. 

You can go your own way 
You can call it another lonely day

I needed a way to tell this to a few people in my life, but how? I can’t sing or play an instrument like Lindsay Buckingham. I for damn sure didn’t have the courage to say it to these people who were blocking me from my happiness at the time, especially when some of us weren’t even on speaking terms.

So I thought of another way to express myself through these lyrics. I chose a way that would remind me each and every day that even though I want to have a certain type of relationship with some of my friends, family members and associates, I am not in control of what they do or how they see me, so I made this.

I took a map and detailed the places I’ve been, where I want to go, and the people who have helped or hindered me in the process. 

All it took was a map, alphabet stickers from a craft store and a frame. Easy right?

At first I was all worried about the alignment, and spacing, of the words and letters. Then I realized, like real life and relationships, it is far from perfect. Nothing is ever aligned exactly the way we want them to be when it comes to the people we care about. So instead of letting the ruler guide me, I went my own way.

Thanks to my good friend Zach for helping me find my way and the courage to do so.

Vern Yip Talks To Dee-Tales

I chatted with Vern Yip, one of the judges of HGTV’s Design Star a few days ago. Vern has been wowing the masses with his innovative and aesthetically pleasing designs on television for nearly a decade. On TLC’s Trading Spaces, he was a fan favorite, often requested by families to transform their ho-hum homes into visually stunning and comfortable living areas. His ability to bring richness, function, and beauty into a home on a budget and under time constraints made him a household name in the home design community. After launching his line of home fashions, hosting his own HGTV show Deserving Design, Vern joined Design Star. Design Star gives decorators a chance to host their own on HGTV program by competing in a series of design challenges each week. Vern’s latest project is one that will surely garner the attention of all you Dee-Talers. HGTV is giving away a $1.5 million apartment unit in downtown Manhattan, designed by Vern! Listen to our interview for details on how to win this home as well as budget friendly design tips!


Here is a sneak peek of the apartment!

Seriously, I'm drooling just looking at these pictures! To enter the contest click here. If I'm chosen who's down for cocktails with me and Vern?

Until next time!