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Blogger Homes | Jane’s Brick Colonial

Check out Jane’s updated 1980′s brick colonial! She says her home has been a labor of love. Over the last 8 years they’ve updated nearly every room in the house primarily with paint! Amazing what a little paint can do The challenge with Jane’s home was making it feel current and more modern, all on a tight budget…. 

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Shabby Chic Laundry and Mud Room Combo

Anne took a bare bones space and turned it into a pretty, bright, functional laundry and mudroom combo with a garden theme and inexpensive storage! Visit DesignDreams by Anne for more of her Shabby Chic Laundry and Mud Room Combo.


Build Your Blog | Thistlewood Farms | KariAnne

Last week I had the extreme pleasure of talking with KariAnne of ThistleWood Farms fame on the phone. You know, the girl whose house looks like this: Um, yes. Drooling much? I’ll wait while you wipe your chin… Well, if you’ve ever visited Thistlewood, you know that KariAnne has the most amazing story-telling ability. She… 

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Cottage in the Oaks Dining Room

The place Daune’s family gathers many times a day (and spends a lot of time homeschooling) is their dining room. They built a wall-length sideboard to house all of their serving pieces for entertaining; as well as extra dishes and appliances. Visit Cottage in the Oak’s for more of their cottage dining room.    … 

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Stairwell Turned Coat Closet

An 1880s Victorian can present a number of challenges, including lack of storage. Without a closet on the first floor, Wendy’s Old Town Home seized an underutilized basement stairwell space, transforming it into a functional coat closet and storage area. Visit Old Town Home for Wendy’s basement stairwell turned coat closet!    

Intentional Blogger

Intentional Blogger: A Guide to Growing Your Blogging Ministry is a downloadable eBook designed to help you discover God’s purpose for your blog. One step at a time, it will teach you how to grow your blogging ministry and take the guesswork out of blogging.

Aqua Home Office

In a nutshell this tiny room began as a guest room, then spent a couple years as storage. Christina started from scratch by repainting the dingy yellow walls light gray and the ceiling blue. She brought in a pull out sofa for guests and stole the desk from the Hubs’ office and then Christina added… 

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glitter eat letters on wall

Giant Glitter EAT Sign

We’re still working on the kitchen and I had high hopes of reusing our old EAT sign on the wall beside the open shelving. Only when I went to unpack them, they were nowhere to be found! I do have the vague feeling that I gave them away though? So I decided to just create… 

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What’s New? New Look, New Subscribe Options, New Sites

Hello, Friends. This post is a bit of housekeeping really. Pretty please stick around and read it though because it will make your time at AKA Design so much better! New Blog Look I’m sure some of you noticed that a couple of months ago we redesigned the blog – at least I’m hoping you noticed!… 

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Black and White and Color All Over Kitchen

Lish’s original 1960′s kitchen was transformed from a long galley style kitchen with standing room for 3 to standing room for at least 6! She finished it on a modest budget with lots of color and happy touches! Visit Imprintalish for more of Lish’s Black and White and Color All Over Kitchen.  

List Building for Bloggers

List Building for Bloggers. Are You Wasting your Blog’s Most Precious Resource? Don’t miss out on the easiest, fastest and most under-rated way to grow your blogging business.  

Custom Traditional Dining Room

John started with a “builder-grade boring” plain dining room and transformed the space through a series of upgrades. He started by adding a strip of molding a few inches below the crown molding and painting it all semi-gloss to make it look more substantial. Next, John spent a few months adding a custom built raised… 

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Cottage Office

Daune wanted an office that could pull double-duty. It is a thoroughfare in her cottage…so it needed to be well-organized and functional with fun design. She also use it as an extra ‘sitting room’ when needed. The sofa turns into a queen-sized bed when Daune’s family needs an extra guest room, her teens and their… 

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