The Brick Fireplace – Pick My Presto

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Hey there- and welcome to another installment of Pick My Presto! This week, I picked a photo sent in by a gal named Jen. She wanted some design inspiration for her huge, off-centered brick fireplace… She said the beams weren’t structural (they’re just a decorative element the previous homeowner added), and that’s she’s ready and […]

A Fireplace Pick My Presto

Family Room Fireplace

Hey there- and welcome to another installment of “Pick My Presto”! I had fun with a photo of a lower level family room sent in by a gal named Heidi this week. Her email read… Hi Layla, Here’s my “Pick My Presto” disaster. My husband and I purchased this 1972 raised ranch back in 2003. […]

Living Room Design Ideas – Pick My Presto

Living Room Design Ideas

Hey there, and welcome to our very first Pick My Presto post! I had an absolute ball putting this presto chango together, and I look forward to posting lots more of them (on a somewhat regular basis) throughout the year. (So keep those photos comin’!) I received a lot of pictures of living rooms, and […]

E-decking the Halls (or should I say “Walls”) at Just a Girl’s house: Part Two


Good news! My friend Chris liked the little surprise I left her yesterday (yahoo!)- but she did have another thought on the whole “to arch or not to arch” subject: “Layla you KNOW how much I love those virtual transformations you do, and it was literally like Christmas morning clicking on those pictures! Thank you […]

Working With Natural Wood Walls & Ceilings

Angie’s all wood room… Welllllll… I, personally, don’t think anything says “cottage” more than a room full of fresh, white, wood walls…. But…I can also totally dig your hubby’s desire to preserve your cabins’ woodsy/rustic interior- especially if what’s cladding your walls and ceiling is real wood.(And yours looks like it’s in mint condition too- […]

Easy, Affordable Ways to Add Character to a Newly-Built Home

(Courtney’s Kitchen) ————————————————————————————- I tooootally hear what you’re saying Courtney! Kevin and I lived in a brand new house a few years back, and I, too, was faced with the dilemma of finding ways to justify replacing the “new stuff” the builder picked out, with things that suited our personal style. My opinion is this. […]

Billingsley Bathroom Redo

I recently had the pleasure of creating a presto change-o for the Billingsley family. They sent me photos of their guest bathroom, and an email that read- “This bathroom started out in all good intentions, but 3 years later, we’re ready for something new. We’re ready to retire the poster, the chocolate suede-like shower curtain, […]