Please Help with my La-Z-Boy Design Decisions

La-Z-Boy Living Room Decisions | Pretty Handy Girl

Remember when I admitted to you that we sit on a dead couple’s sofa? I’m ashamed to admit it, but Pretty Handsome Guy and I have the same sofa that was handed down to us by my godfather when his parent’s died. Several years ago I agreed to stop bringing home inexpensive big furniture pieces. Instead, we decided to wait and save for quality furniture that would last a long time. During the wait, I made the best of an ugly situation and covered that old sofa in hunter green plaid in the 90′s.


Then I bought a bright red slipcover for it in the early 2000′s.


A few years ago, I added a white slipcover to hide it’s true identity.


But, when guests sit on it, they know. I know it by the looks on their faces as their rear ends collide with the hard cushions. It’s like sitting on concrete. Not to mention that the sofa is small. Not just in width, but in height too.

I was talking to my sister the weekend we were working on the beach condo. She is an interior designer and she expressed her disgust with my poor excuse for a sofa, “Brittany, for heaven’s sake, you are in your 40′s! Grow up already and buy a new sofa.” I was shamed and agreed that we needed to find some time to go furniture shopping again. But, this was akin to driving a broken ox to plow through a muddy field (Amazing Race reference.) Handsome Guy hates shopping…especially when it involves looking at multiple colorful swatches and fabrics. I on the other hand don’t mind that part, but I’m particular about quality and comfort. Finding furniture that will last the abuse of our boys and last for decades is important to me.

We set out one date night to hunt down the perfect sofa and drag it home to our lair. We went to half a dozen furniture stores, but none of the showrooms felt right. One was too modern. One had cheap quality sofas. One store had a pushy salesman. (Am I sounding like Goldilocks here?) Sadly, we returned home empty-handed.

In a twist of fate, I was introduced to the new look of La-Z-Boy when they approached me about participating in the Design Dash. Before then, I never considered buying a sofa at La-Z-Boy because — you know — my grandfather had a big fat roll filled La-Z-Boy and it wasn’t stylish! Boy was I wrong!

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How to Clean a Stinky Boys’ Bathroom (as if a Magazine Photographer was Coming!)

Seaside Theme Bathroom Refresh #LowesCreator | Pretty Handy Girl

I AM SO EXCITED! Remember when I was slaving away on our kitchen on my hands and knees?


While I was in the trenches of DIY, one thing kept me going steady (besides the extra doses of Advil.) It was the dream of having our home featured in a magazine. Well, that dream became reality this week! If you happen to be in the magazine section of a store near you, you might see this:

Do It Yourself Magazine Spring 2015

Do It Yourself is one of my favorite publications because they feature beautiful homes and projects that were created by the homeowner. They Did It Themselves! Plus, the magazine shows you how to complete the same projects yourself! I am super honored that they wanted to photograph my home and some of my DIY projects for this issue.

But, I have to tell you, I was very nervous before the photo shoot. I had visions of the editor and photographer walking in my home and walking back out in disgust. As the date drew closer, I was frantically checking last minute fixes and DIY projects off my list:

master bedroom:
build king sized bed
paint ombré effect on master bedroom walls
paint knotty pine dresser
paint vanity
create button pendant light
add legs to nightstand

hack an ugly IKEA dresser
hang mirror

boys’ bathroom:
paint mirror frame
paint vanity
re-caulk board & batten
clean, clean, clean
figure out how to get rid of the urine smell! YIKES!!!

Any of you who have boys know that they have poor aim! No matter how clean I get their bathroom it still has a slight urine odor. Please, please tell me that I’m not the only one with this problem.

Do or Do Not...There is No Try - Yoda Quote

Funny story: I created this little piece of art that hangs on the wall over the toilet in the boys’ bathroom. I thought the kids would love it because they are big Star Wars fans. I also wanted them to think about this sage advice everyday when they wake up. Handsome Guy thought it was my attempt to get the kids to improve their aim. #Headsmack

Anyway, back to the urine odor. I would be mortified if the photographer and editor walked into that bathroom and got a whiff of pee. I set forth with only a few cleaning supplies to try to eliminate the odor (because “Do or Do Not…There is No Try.)

How to Clean a Stinky Boys’ Bathroom (as if a Magazine Photographer was Coming!)

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Leather Heart Necklace

leather heart necklaces

Hello Pretty Handy Readers!  We survived the holidays! Yes, January can be quiet but February will be here before you know it and that means Valentine’s Day. Jaime here today from That’s My Letter sharing this DIY leather heart necklace, no sewing necessary!

I’m a huge fan of giving valentines that are NOT CANDY and this project certainly fits the bill.  I used leather scraps and waxed hemp cording to make these simple leather heart necklaces.

leather heart necklaces 1

Add a lot of hearts or only one. It’s completely up to you!

leather hearts necklace 2

My necklaces are finished with adjustable sliding knots so the person wearing the necklace can have it loose and dangly or more snug up on the collarbone.


leather heart necklace supplies

  • Leather (small pieces or scraps)
  • Cardstock (small piece for heart template)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Waxed hemp cording
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks

Step 1: Make a pattern for a heart shape similar to the one pictured above – two hearts with their points together.  Cut the pattern out of cardstock. Using a pen and your leather scrap trace around the pattern then cut out desired number of hearts.

leather heart necklace step 1

Step 2: Cut 34″ of cording for one necklace.  Place one heart shape under the cording as shown. [Continue reading...]

Creative UnBlocks at TidyMom

Hey, y’all! I don’t usually pop in on Tuesdays, but if you want a little extra bonus tutorial, I’m sharing an easy DIY project that makes a great gift or a way to organize your pencils, pens and art materials. I call them “Creative Blocks.” (Or maybe they should be Creative Unblocks because they may unblock […]

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Fixing a Leaky Faucet – Take 2

Fix a Leaky Faucet - Take 2 | Pretty Handy Girl

Remember last week when I was showing you how to fix a leaky faucet in 10 minutes? Well, sometimes a fix doesn’t always solve the problem. This is not unusual in home repairs. It doesn’t mean you did it wrong or it’s time to call a plumber. It just means you have to look further for […]

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DIY Metallic Color Blocked Canisters

Metallic Color Block Canisters | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m back with another easy Lowe’s Creative Idea this month. When you get tired of your cobalt blue canisters you can easily spray paint them with a metallic color block pattern. That’s exactly what I decided to do with my thrift store canisters. I’ve been on a major mission to purge things I no longer use […]

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Rustic Wine Bottle Centerpiece

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Hey everyone!  Jacque here from The DIY Village again to bring you another quick DIY tutorial! A few years ago I was given a really cool set of drinking glasses made out of old wine bottles.  Recently we purchased some new glasses but I wasn’t ready to donate the old glasses quite yet and decided to come […]

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Fix a Leaky Faucet in 10 minutes

10 Minute Fix for a Leaky Faucet | Pretty Handy Girl

Drip, drip, drip! Is that leaky faucet keeping you up at night? I have a 10 minute fix that will bring you sweet dreams and a lower water bill. Oftentimes the washers in faucets wear out after continuous use. Replacing them is actually easy and will only take about ten minutes (minus the time to […]

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Racing Stripe Mirror Makeover

Racing Stripe Mirror Makeover | Pretty Handy Girl

While my sister and I were renovating the Topsail Beach condo we had a strict budget. Finding a large mirror for less than $15 was challenging until I found this mirror with potential. I know my sister was doubtful, but I had a vision. Some red milk paint, lattice and glue would make this racing […]

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DIY Constellation Wall Art

DIY Constellation Wall Art

Happy New Year! It’s Jessica from Decor Adventures, back with a fun project for your walls this month.  In late November, my husband and I had a baby girl! We are enjoying every minute of her and on the side I’ve been working on decorating her nursery. This idea for constellation wall art is both […]

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12 DIY Storage Projects to Organize Your Home


It’s January and you know what that means! Time to clean and purge the house of all the excess stuff. Last year I was too busy with projects to purge, so this year I’m taking advantage of some warmer days to clean out our home. I hope you’ll excuse me while I’m in clutter busting HELL […]

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The Best of the Best Tutorials from 2014

DIY Lemonade Lip Balm | Pretty Handy Girl

Last year you may remember that 2013 was year of the kitchen (or the year that almost killed me.) With less pressing projects this year, we were able to dish up a wide variety of DIY tutorials for you. Just in case you were preoccupied, here is a list of the Best Pretty Handy Girl tutorials […]

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20 Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

Polar Bear Gift Wrap

Hi there! I’m Colleen from Just Paint It and I’m excited to share some of Pretty Handy Girl’s great creative gift wrapping ideas. We’re reaching the home stretch before the big day and I know things can get crazy. But something I really enjoy is taking a little extra time to creatively wrap Christmas presents. […]

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Floating Wood Block Picture Frames {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

We are days away from Christmas and I’m sure there is someone on your list that you just can’t figure out what to get for them. I have the perfect solution! Make them a wood block floating picture frame using scrap 2×4″ lumber and plexiglass. If you don’t have scrap 2×4′s lying around, you can […]

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DIY Paper Bag Ornament

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Looking for a fast and easy ornament or gift tag?  I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter here to share a diy ornament you can make from a readily available paper bag.  This project will have you looking at grocery and retail paper bags in a whole new light. The graphics on retail paper bags make […]

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What I’d Ask Santa for (if I were you)…


It’s the final days before the big guy packs up his sleigh and starts delivering presents to all the good little girls and boys. You’ve been good this year, right? This year I’m asking Pretty Handsome Guy Santa for a few things, but these are the gifts that I’ve received in the past that are my absolute […]

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Home, Garden and Design Books for Your Collection


I love being able to peruse real bound books! Browsing through blogs and online is fine, but there is no substitute for the printed word in a book. Lucky for you, I’ve reviewed three new home, garden and design books that I think you’ll love! The first is Decorating for Real Life by Wendy Hyde (blogger […]

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Holiday Tablescape

Holiday Tablescape | Pretty Handy Girl

Can we be honest for a minute? This year when Jen Woodhouse from The House of Wood asked me if I wanted to participate in a holiday tablescape blog tour I nearly replied, “No way!” Not because I was too busy… … and not because I didn’t want to. The truth is, I’ve never created a tablescape […]

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Pretty Handy Girl’s 2014 Holiday Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Holiday Home Tour 2014

Welcome to my Holiday Home Tour 2014! If you are just arriving here from The DIY Showoff, welcome! If you came here first, be sure to catch up on the other tour participants by following the links at the end of my post. A special thanks to Chris from Just a Girl for putting together this fabulous […]

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Starry Night Christmas Tree + Giveaway

Starry Night Christmas Tree | Pretty Handy Girl

This year I might have taken the tree decorating a bit far. I couldn’t stop at just decorating the tree. No, I had to decorate up the walls around the tree and onto the ceiling. The tree is literally surrounded by a multitude of shimmery vinyl stars! What do you think? Overkill? Or do you like […]

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