Décor Diva


My Imperfectly Imperfect Home

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Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 3.02.37 PM HI, I’M MELISSA — a homeowner, wife and dog mom of two. I’m an event planner, fashion lover and have an itch for everything home décor and DIY. I’m no expert, I just love to do it! As a young and growing family in our very first home, naturally, I’d like to give our fixer upper a stylish face lift all at once. However, it can’t all happen overnight, and keeping it on a realistic budget is most important (at least that’s what my husband says). I skim the magazines for décor inspiration, ooh and ahh over the colors and textures and drool over staging my home like a Pottery Barn magazine. I’ve realized that you don’t need to sacrifice your home décor to have a functional home. 



My home is not always clean and tidy, and probably doesn’t always smell like flowers. You’ll find dog hair, paw prints and sometimes dirty dishes in the sink, but that’s because I LIVE here! A home is for living in – so let’s make the places we spend the most time in a place we enjoy to be. For me, home décor is when everything feels put together with style yet is still functional – it’s where I feel like I can take a running, jumping start before I plop into my bed with five throw pillows, a fluffy comforter and blankets that feel like you’re sleeping in a window display without being angry that it will be ruined from “living” in my awesomely decorated space. I believe a cozy decorated home is good for the soul. And so is a glass of red wine with a dog in your lap. But that’s just me!

Join me on my adventures in my fixer upper as I discover the do’s, don’ts and really, really “just don’t even” attempts, as I try to live out my inner décor diva dreams.


My husband (I call him Hubs) bought our home about four years ago, but I’ve only had my greedy little money spending hands on it for about two years. There are things he did before I put my touch on the bachelor pad that I would have done differently and things I did out of impatience and eagerness to decorate the space. It’s hard to know what you want and what your style is right away. Stepping back and planning before major projects keeps you on budget with a solid vision.

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One of our first major renovations was our outdated upstairs bathroom. Now, Hubs and I have different tastes in décor, and he has trouble envisioning things (isn’t that most men though?) With the bathroom I got to help, but he was really the star of the show. I mostly let him run with it and I put my two cents in along the way.

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Let me just put this out there. The Hubs rocked it. I knock on him from time to time, but I must say, he does still surprise me with his handy work and at times (let me make that clear, AT TIMES) his décor ideas are pretty good as well.

So, how did we do it?


You need to step back and decide if this is a project you are willing to spend money on, or are you just updating with the bare minimum. For us, it was a big project. All you need to know is that with our design, Hubs had been drooling over a tile design for the shower that extended out to create an accent wall. The space was measured and a massive amount of tiles were purchased.


We gutted the entire bathroom. The only thing we kept was the base of the sink because it was very functional and only in need of a little facelift. The old drywall was removed and the original tiles around the tub were knocked out.


We replaced the tub, tiles, toilet and sink counter top. I updated the base of the sink and mirror with paint and new hardware.


Once the new tub was in, concrete boards were placed around it and it was sealed. Next, the new drywall went up. After the skeleton of the project was done, Hubs got to work on his tile design. There was a lot of measuring, tile cutting and adult beverages to get him through that task. The tile took about one week with the placement and the special sealant.


Clean, paint, hang. Put your personal touch on the space!

Overall, the renovation took about three weeks with some hired assistance working next to Hubs.

Don’t forget with any project, take your time! When you’re working on something for your home, be sure it’s going to hold up and work with your everyday lifestyle.


Here are some small, inexpensive things you can do that will update your space:

  • Add new trim or paint your old trim
  • Paint the space i.e. walls and the ceiling
  • Update the hardware
  • Add new appliances such as faucets and shower heads
  • Install new light fixtures
  • Update the wall switch for the light fixture
  • Add new window treatments i.e. blinds, drapes, shades

Tags: bathroom, decor, home improvement, remodel

Melissa Dowrick

Melissa Dowrick

Melissa Dowrick is a MSU graduate, M3 Group event planner and a dog mom of two. She loves fashion and fall is her favorite season. She embraces all the good things because life is too short to be unhappy!

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