Brittney Smart

Brittney Smart

Staff Writer
Brittney is a wife, a mom of four young children, a writer and editor (B.S. degree in English/Technical Writing), and a lover of interior design. She thrives on finding inexpensive ways to DIY her own home into a stylish yet family-friendly space.
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Posted in Interiors | by Brittney Smart, on May 25, 2017

Designing a Master Bedroom to be a Relaxing Retreat

The master bedroom is probably the first place in the home where relaxation, comfort, and peace should be integrated into design. Sadly, it is often the last place where décor priorities are placed, perhaps because it’s a non-public room. Whatever the reason for putting it off, though, is not a good reason. The master bedroom...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Brittney Smart, on May 23, 2017

Raised Garden Beds 101: Tips on Planning, Building, & Using

Raised garden beds are one of the best tools for gardening. They minimize weeds, they allow for greater organization and access, they facilitate planting and harvesting, and they just look beautiful. There are also about a million different ways to implement raised garden beds into your life – from simple planter pots to 3’ high...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Brittney Smart, on May 19, 2017

DIY Modern Wooden Toy Box with Lid: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

As summertime approaches, my spring fever Simplify Life instincts kick into full gear. This includes de-junking and de-cluttering my entire house, even (to my children’s dismay) the toys. In order to make the transition feel smoother and less painful in moving from more to less, I thought a beautiful toy box might do the trick....

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Posted in Lighting | by Brittney Smart, on May 17, 2017

DIY Modern Asymmetrical Brass Branch Light

Some of you may not have this problem, or even be aware that a problem like this could exist in this day and age, but for those of us who live with it, it is indeed a problem. I’m talking about an ugly, builder-grade, and (worst of all) off-centered bathroom vanity light fixture. For whatever...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Brittney Smart, on May 15, 2017

How to Decorate a Dining Room to be Better than Comfort Food

The dining room can wear a variety of hats in a home. A place to gather and eat together, sure, but there’s more to a dining room than that. Homework, bill pay, board games, crafts, and a variety of activities may happen in your dining room. The décor of the dining room should align with...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Brittney Smart, on May 12, 2017

DIY Fast and Easy Built-In Wall Garage Shelves

Ah, the garage. It’s not the most glamorous space in the house, but it’s certainly an important one. Garages are important for organization and storage, but it can feel overwhelming to create the type of storage shelving necessary to meet your needs and fit your space. This tutorial will show you an extremely simple and...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Brittney Smart, on May 11, 2017

How to Hang Curtains: A Basic Guide

Curtains (or other window treatments) are like the shoes of a room – they complete the room and either add a flourish of undeniable style and taste or they deaden everything else good. There are some tricks of the trade, some dos and don’ts if you will, about how to hang curtains for optimum form...

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