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 How To, Tips, and Advice | by Brittney Smart, on July 20, 2017

Best Way to Remove Concrete Slabs on a Patio

If you have old, cracked, uneven, or non-level concrete slabs on your patio, you may be thinking about removing the concrete in order to upgrade your patio. And this may seem a daunting, if not impossible, task. The good news is, though, if you have the proper tools and a little bit of manpower, you...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Brittney Smart, on July 14, 2017

How to Sew a Lightweight Quilt: Two Quick and Easy Methods for Summer

I don’t know about your household, but our bedding needs change significantly with each season. The thing I’ve learned is this: great bedding is all about layering opportunities. This tutorial will show you two very simple, informal ways to throw together a lightweight comforter for the summer season. A word of warning, though: If you’re...

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Posted in Lighting | by Brittney Smart, on July 4, 2017

DIY Faux Capiz Shell Pendant Light – Chandelier

Nothing says “summertime” like shells, and this (faux) capiz shell chandelier is so summery and fresh. Plus, it’s very easy to DIY in an afternoon, which means plenty of time to hit the pool, the neighborhood barbeque, or the hammock with your favorite book. Even though these “shells” are nothing more than laminated rice paper,...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Brittney Smart, on June 29, 2017

How to Arrange Flowers in Floral Foam

Who doesn’t love the look of a fresh flower centerpiece? (Answer: No one. Everyone loves them.) Flower bouquets look beautiful, they smell lovely, and they can be customized to fit nearly any color scheme for any occasion. The only drawback might be that they seem so, well, intimidating. This tutorial will break down the flower...

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Posted in Interiors | by Brittney Smart, on June 26, 2017

Popular Paint Colors: A Top 10 Roundup

With thousands of paint colors at our fingertips, choosing the perfect pain color can be quite a daunting task. (This may be why designers recommend starting with stylistic components OTHER than paint colors when embarking on your interior design journey – there are so many paint colors to choose from but fewer options for other...

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

Glass Bottle Cutter: Basic Tutorial and Product Reviews

You may have seen a bunch of DIY projects popping up online lately involving glass bottle cutting. I will be the first to admit that I was hesitant to try this DIY method because cutting glass just seems so, I don’t know, messy and risky. The reviews I’ve read have been all over the place,...

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Posted in Interiors | by Brittney Smart, on June 22, 2017

Taupe Color: The Enigma and Its Appeal

If someone were to ask you to describe the taupe color, what would you say? Likely your answer would involve a mumblyjumble that includes words like “browny purply grey-ey tan” or something. The reality is, taupe is a gorgeous color, but it’s one that’s a bit more challenging to pin down. It is its very...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Brittney Smart, on June 21, 2017

10 Value-Adding Home Interior Tips

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or are simply ready for a change and looking long-term, there are certain renovations you can make to your home that will add value. The key is to keep in mind broad appeal if you’re selling – what changes will appeal to the greatest number of people? –and...

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