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#stayhome mother’s day giftguide

It’s tricky to think about what you might want for mother’s day this year or what to buy your mother/sister, RIGHT?  So just in case you wanted some help, I decided to share everything that I love and am using during this “stay home” time.

1.  I love ordering and receiving products from Public Goods.  Because they are high quality, well priced and eco-friendly.  The best part?  They have hand soap, sanitizer, paper towels and toilet paper IN STOCK.  Click here.


2.  I have been LIVING in these overalls – they are the best (quarantine or not).  TTS. Click here.

3.  I just ordered these jean shorts and LOVE them.  Click here.


4. I’ve only worn running shoes or flip flops lately and havaianas are my go-to. Click here.


5. Since we can’t go to the beach, it’s nice to have some beachy vibes on our coffee table.  Click here.

6. Everybody should be washing their hands ALL THE TIME, so why not up our hand towel game?  I sent my mom hand towels from here for her present.  🙂 Click here.

7. Jewelry – what mom doesn’t want jewelry?  Lizzie makes the prettiest personalized dainty metal jewelry EVER.  Click here.

8. Faux plants to style a WFH desk right now makes A LOT of sense.  Right?  And how gorgeous is this one?!!! Click here.

Happy shopping!  Stay safe at home!



DIY Painted Bathroom Floors with Rust-Oleum

If you want to learn how to beautify your outdated tiled floors for less than $100, keep reading!  Here’s what my bathroom floors looked like BEFORE I partnered with Rust-Oleum and painted them with the new Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating. The grout lines were stained and the tiles were not my style.


BEFORE pic of floors


Here is what the floors looked like after I used Rust-Oleum’s new HOME Floor Coating 2-part system.

After picture

In case you want to try this miraculous floor paint, here’s everything you need to know:

  • First, clean your floors.  Unlike many floor paints, this floor paint does NOT require sanding prior to use.  Just a good clean to remove any wax. No stripping, sanding or priming required! Rust-Oleum recommends Krud Kutter Original Cleaner/Degreaser for tile, vinyl and linoleum – click here.
  • Make sure you have all the tools necessary for painting your floors:  I used frog tape, a foam roller, and you will need a paint tray (I used an old plate because it’s what I had on hand).
  • Then, start painting!  First, I applied the Base Coat of Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating in “steam grey” matte. Click here to purchase.  
  • I applied 2 coats (I let it dry 6 hours between coats) and still used less than 1 quart of paint.
  • When you are finished painting your floors and they have sufficiently dried, you can need to apply the Top Coat for protection.  The Top Coat is available for purchase here.
  • Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating is also available in kits . You can purchase 1 quart of the Base Coat and 1 quart of the Top Coat in either Matte or Semi-gloss.

How I created the triangle pattern:

  • With this floor paint, it is easy to add a stencil pattern on top with another color, BEFORE applying the top coat.
  • I created my own pattern using frog tape and painted the triangles using the Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Coating Base Coat in “aged grey” – click here.

DIY stencils painted floors

DIY stencils painted floors

After I finished the floors, I decided to paint the tile that runs up the wall in my bathroom (same as the floor tile) in “aged grey.” For best results, I recommend two thin coats of the Top Coat on the vertical tiles.

I am VERY impressed with this product.  So far, it is holding up perfectly and has 100% transformed our bathroom.  I DEFINITELY recommend it and would FOR SURE use it again!

For more information about Rust-Oleum* HOME Floor Coating visit: rustoleum.com/rohome.

Here is the final look.  Happy painting!

final bathroom painted floors



*This post is sponsored by Rust-Oleum but all thoughts and reviews are my own and I ABSOLUTELY recommend this product!

World Market Outdoor Furniture Sale

As you guys probably know, I LOVE decorating outdoor spaces and have often used furniture from World Market. They are having a HUGE sale — 40% off all outdoor furniture. SO I figured, I would show you guys some of my favorites from the sale.


(1) We had these “Wicker Vernazza” chairs in our backyard in our Venice home and LOVED them – click here.

world market chair

(2) The “Girona” chair is another favorite.  I’ve sat in it and it’s very comfortable and stylish – click here for the grey, here for the white and here for the natural weave.   LOVE.

Girona world market chair



Here are my favorite sets . . .

(1) Whitewashed Eucalyptus Table – click herewhitewash dining table (2) Sintra Outdoor Collection – (same table as above but with white chairs) click here.

Sintra Dining Collection







(3) Another whitewash table – click here.

whitewash sevilla table

click here for the matching bench

whitewash bench







Here are some of my favorites.

(1) The Formentera set – click here.

WM couch set






(2) Segovia Couch – click here





(3) Grey wood and metal couch – click here.







(1) Planters – click here.  








(2) Cute side table – click here.











Hope this helps if you are shopping this sale!





Favorite DIY Projects in our Fixer Upper

It’s hard to believe we’ve already been living in our fixer upper for 6 months.  Sometimes it feels like we’ve been there forever and other days it feels like we just moved in.  Nonetheless, I thought it would be fun to reflect on all the DIY projects we’ve managed to accomplish since moving in.    We are finalizing our remodel plans with our architect but I want to remember this “interim” time and what we did with our own hands FOREVER.   Blog posts last forever right? 🙂

If you are interested in a tutorial on any of the below, I’ve either written a blog post about it, or you can check my highlight stories on my instagram.  Here are some of my favorite projects from the last 6 months, including before/after pictures, where applicable.

MY DAUGHTER’S RAINBOW WALL:  We used frog tape and paint samples from Home Depot.  Click here for the full blog post.

Rainbow Wall DIY | Kristin Dion Design

rainbow wall

Rainbow Wall Kids Room


KITCHEN PROJECT:  Replaced the backsplash with common wood, painted the cabinets, spray painted the hardware, took off some upper cabinets and made my own DIY shelf.  Click here for the blog post.

kitchen remodel

kitchen remodel

Kitchen Styling Guide | Kristin Dion Design

Kristin Dion Kitchen Remodel Before Photo
before picture 1
Kristin Dion Kitchen Remodel Before Photo
before pic 2
before pic 3


DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM: I paid to reglaze the bathtub and tiles and vanity tiles, I painted the vanity and floor and mirror, replaced the hardware and light, spray painted the shower curtain rod, and added hooks.  Click here for the full blog post.

bathroom DIY remodel

Kristin Dion Design DIY Bathroom Remodel After Photo

Kristin Dion Design DIY Bathroom Remodel Before Photo
before pic


MASTER BATHROOM PROJECT:  I painted the walls and tiles, created a “mural” wall, added hooks, and was gifted a new vanity, mirror and lights.   Click here for the full blog post.

master bathroom remodel

master bathroom remodel

before shot of our bathroom
before pic


OUTDOOR STENCIL PROJECT: I painted our patio black with Behr patio paint.  I used stencils to create a “tile” look and it’s SO much more interesting than plain stained concrete.  🙂

outdoor DIY stencil project


DIY FAUX FIREPLACE PROJECT:  We needed a place to hang our xmas stockings so we made a DIY faux fireplace.  All of the information you need to do it yourself is in my highlight story on this project.  I used portola paint to make it look like a plaster finish.  Such a fun and easy project.

DIY faux fireplace

DIY faux fireplace

DIY faux fireplace

the before (listing pic)

FAMILY ROOM ACCENT WALL: I came up with this board and batten’ish idea with a modern feel.  All the steps are in my blog post, just click here.

family room accent wall

before pic (the listing pic)


MY DAUGHTER’S HUGE DIY DOLLHOUSE:  My handyman helped me significantly with this one but this was my daughter’s SURPRISE xmas gift and SHE LOVES It!

DIY dollhouse


MASTER BEDROOM STYLING:  I love this room so much.   Besides hardwood floors, and different access to the closet and a new master bathroom, the look and feel of this room will stay similar.  Click here for the blog post with links.

my master bedroom

Thanks for reading and for your interest in my DIY projects!



DIY Board and Batten (sort of) and Family Room Update

I transformed our Family Room with a very easy DIY modern interpretation of Board and Batten. I knew I wanted to add some dark paint and some texture to the wall but I wanted it to be my own creation.   So, per usual, I went to Home Depot with no exact plan and came up with it on the fly.   For better or worse, that’s how I roll. 🙂

A little back story — when we remodel our home, this wall is coming down.  So, I did NOT want to spend a lot of money and I did not worry about application on the walls.  Application?  If you are adding a wall accent and might want to take it down someday, it will be better to use a nail gun to attach the wood to the wall.   I used glue.   Since I don’t own a nail gun, it was cheaper, easier and I don’t have to worry about maybe taking down this wall accent someday.

DIY wall art board and batten


For the top piece, I brought inexpensive (and lightweight) wood.  Specifically, I bought two 1×3 BTW Whitewood at $4.00 each.  I had them cut to the exact size at the store.

For the vertical lines I bought this molding .  It costs 48 cents/foot.  If you know your exact measurements (from top of molding to bottom of top piece), then you can have it cut at the store.  I chose to cut it at home using a hand saw.  Because each of my vertical pieces were approximately 42″, I spent approximately $35.00 on this wood.

I  bought a quart of Benjamin Moore paint in “Wrought Iron” at my local paint store for $25.

Here is the glue for $10.00.

And you will need a caulk gun for $4.00.

Total Cost = $82


DIY wall art Board and Batten



First, I planned out the design.  The bottom of the top piece is 42″ from the ground (I don’t have floor moldings in this room).  Each vertical stripe pattern is spaced 13.5″ and the stripes are 3″ apart.  Using a level is very helpful.

I hung the top piece first.  Applied the glue and held it against the wall until he stayed by itself.

Then I applied each vertical piece with glue.

I let dry (a few days because I got sick but I’m sure 12 – 24 hours is enough time).

I painted 2 coats.


DIY wall art board and batten

DIY wall art board and batten


Let’s talk about this rug from Loloi Rugs and Ellen Degeneres!  I saw it and knew I needed it for this room.   It’s so cozy and soft to lay on too.   You can purchase is here.

You can click here for my accent chair.

Sofa is from Interior Define.

The coffee table is a Noguchi and you can click here.   Or here for a knock off.

And I found the stacking side tables at a thrift store for $10 total and I painted them using Edgecomb Grey by Benjamin Moore.

The art is art I’ve owned for years, except for the bottom right – I drew that yesterday.  🙂

AS ALWAYS, thanks for visiting and for your interest in my design!



Favorite Home Decor Gifts and Accessories Black Friday Deals!

It’s  almost Black Friday and I am sharing my favorite home decor purchases that make perfect gifts too!  These are mostly all items I have around the house and LOVE!  They are on SALE for the next few days!

When styling your home, it is helpful to have baskets (great to hide clutter), vases, coffee table books, decorative objects, faux plants, pillows and throws.  Good looking towels, mirrors and soaps are also key for the bathrooms.   And bedding can make or break a bedroom look!  In fact, you can easily change up the look of a room for a particular season by swapping out these accessories.

First, I’m including my favorite picks from Serena & Lily – I have 90% of these items and truly love them.  It’s worth noting that Serena & Lily is offering 25% off almost EVERYTHING from today until December 3rd.  While pricier than some other brands, I am consistently impressed the quality of their items.   You get what you pay for!

serena and lily black friday deals

  1. Topanga Pillow 2. Diamond Pillow 3. My COMFY sheets 4. Plaid throw 5. Our quilt 6. Our linen duvet 7. lanterns 8. serving board 9. basket tray 10. ladder 11. Towels 12. My stool 

Next, I’m sharing my favorite accessories from a variety of other stores!  These items also make great gifts!  Especially because the price point on these accessories is more budget-friendly.

home decor black friday deals


1. Faux Olive Branches  2. Gold Vase 3. Mirror 4. Birch Logs 5. Set of 12 Twinkle Lights
6. Set of 3 planters 7. Faux Olive Tree Plant 8.  Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree Plant 9. Family Room Chair 10. Fav Chunky Blanket 11. Family Room Ottoman 12. Striped Pillow 13. Faux leather + mudcloth pillow 14. Black striped mudcloth pillow 15. Metallic Basket set 16. Wall basket set
17. seagrass basket set

Happy shopping friends!




Universal Furniture – Another GREAT resource for Interior Designers

When sourcing furniture for clients, I am ALWAYS open to new resources to shop!  For all you designers out there – I found another great resource – Universal Furniture.   You know when you need to find a clean-lined simple — yet gorgeous – dresser or media stand for a client but you aren’t sure if it’s well made because you haven’t seen it in person?!   Well I tested this shop on myself and I am hooked!  Both the media stand and the dresser I picked out are heavy, high quality, and VERY well made.

universal furniture bedroom dresser

universal furniture media stand

universal furniture media stand

You can sign up for a trade account here.   Please note that you must ship to a receiver when ordering project from this store.   For big projects, this is not a problem.  But for smaller projects, I realize the inconvenience and maybe Universal will come up with a solution for this in the future.

And for all of you potential clients out there who NEED this furniture –  I’m happy to source for you!  Just shoot me an email or DM.

This post is sponsored, but just like ANY of my sponsored posts, I give an HONEST review.


Bigger Kid Bedroom Design Ideas and Products

I put together some very reasonably priced big kid (works for girls or boys but I designed with boys in mind) bedroom inspiration and product ideas for you guys!  And each style includes a bunkbed because many of my friends have recently said their boys are requesting bunk beds!   If I were to put my son’s room in one of these categories, I’d probably say it’s scandinavian/rustic? In this “interim/pre-remodel” phase, I let my kids do whatever they wanted with their rooms using the furniture from our old home.

In my opinion, some of the key ingredients to a kid’s bedroom are:  the bed, rug, baskets for toy storage and a dresser or nightstand.  So I picked out some of these key ingredients for various different styles below.   I hope this helps you with ideas for transitioning your kids to “big kid” rooms!

Scandinavian Inspired Bedroom Idea: 

Scandinavian Inspired Boys Bedroom

With a different rug option . . .
Scandinavian Inspired Boys Bedroom

Here are the links for each product I found pictured above:  bunkbed, rug 1, chevron rug, baskets, sheet setart, side table

Rustic Inspired Bedroom Idea: 


Rustic Inspired Boys Bedroom

Links: Bunkbed, Striped rug,  Basket, Pillow, Dresser

Coastal Inspired Bedroom Idea: 

coastal inspired boys bedroom

Links: Bunkbed , Jute Rugshibori pillow,  basketsside tabledresser

Traditional Inspired Bedroom Idea: 

traditional inspired boys bedroom idea

Links: bunkbed,  rug, storage,,  faux plantbasket for plant , dresser 

I hope these boards help inspire you! Let me know if you have any questions or if you need help designing a room for your bigger ones!



Master Bathroom Refresh

If you have an outdated bathroom that you desperately want to remodel but cannot afford a full gut remodel, please keep reading!   For less than $5000, you can drastically update your bathroom from drab to fab!  My advice? Replace the vanity, lights and mirrors for an instant update.   Update your accessories.  And if needed (in my case it was needed) –  paint!  You can even paint tile!  Eventually, if you end up paying for a full gut remodel, you can reuse your new vanity, mirrors and lights.  Win Win!

Here is the BEFORE of our bathroom:

before shot of our bathroom

Here is the same view NOW:

master bathroom refresh


SUCH a difference, right?!!!!

Here are the products I used thanks to Build.com: 

THE VANITY is the James Martin Vanities Chicago 60″ Free Standing or Wall Mounted / Floating Double Basin Vanity Set with Wood Cabinet and Carrara Marble Vanity Top from Build.com
It comes with the counter and sinks and is free standing, which I LOVE because we can use it (again) after we fully remodel our bathrooms.  

THE FAUCETS are the Delta Trinsic Widespread Bathroom Faucet with Metal Drain Assembly
in black. 

THE MIRRORS are the Ren Wil Sorella 36″ X 24″ Rectangular Framed Universal Mount Wall Mirrors

THE LIGHTS are the Progress Lighting Spatial Single Light 5-3/8″ Wide Bathroom Sconces and they are only $60 each!  And so pretty.  

THE SHOWER CURTAIN ROD screws into the wall, which is AWESOME because it never falls down.  It’s the Signature Hardware 72″ Straight Shower Curtain Rod.

master bathroom refresh

I spruced up my accessories with the following products: 

Stools in bathrooms are SO cute and add character IMO . . . you can shop mine here

The black bordered towels are part of the Banded Border Bath Collection 

My basket is from Home Goods but LOVE these ones too (I have them and currently are using them for toys).

The rug is vintage.

The candle is so cute with a wood lid and available here.

I found the shower curtain, hand soap and faux fiddle plant at Home Goods.

I painted the wall and tile (better than bright yellow walls and blah tile):
Step by step:

  1. First paint the wall the color you want the stripes to be — in this case, I painted the wall white.
  2. Use painter’s tape to tape out your design.
  3. Starting with “distant gray” but adding some of the next darker color each time . . . I created colors to create an ombre effect.
  4. Here are the colors in order from lightest to darkest:  distant gray, misty gray, thundercloud gray, deep silver, trout gray, wrought iron.
  5. I painted the tiles “trout gray” (please see my modern coastal bathroom blog post for a tutorial on painting tile).
  6. I painted the cabinet over the toilet “wrought iron.”paint colors

I hope you guys like it!  Thanks for reading!




My Dream Master Bedroom — all the deets

Welcome to my dream master bedroom!  Thanks for visiting and here are all the details!

dream master bedroom styling


I’m going to start with the bedding because it’s arguably one of the most important aspects of any bedroom!  I like my bedding to feel like a luxury hotel – crisp, clean and super comfy.   I went with Serena & Lily to achieve this goal and WOW I LOVE our bedding!  For me, the success to a beautifully made bed is layers. AND GUESS WHAT? Bedding and beds are up to 30% off until October 28th during Serena & Lily’s Sleep Well Event! Here are the layers I chose:

  1. Sheets – I chose the Beach Club Sheet Set in Fog for a slight pop of color on a clean and crisp white sheet.  
  2. Quilt – I went with the Foxwood Quilt with matching shams also in Fog (white with a border of Fog)
  3. Shams – I chose the matching Foxwood Shams 
  4. Duvet Cover – I chose the Cavallo Linen Duvet Cover in Smoke Chambray – it is so beautiful and adds the perfect texture and casual, yet elegant, look I was going for.
  5. Throw Pillows – It is always a good idea to layer with throw pillows to finish off the look.  I used 2 of the Topanga pillows (24in) and one of the Camille Diamond Medallion Pillow Covers in 20in.

dream master bedroom styling


We have wall to wall carpet in our bedroom.  When we remodel, I plan on installing hardwood flooring.  BUT wall-to-wall carpet is NOT stopping me from adding an accent rug!  I went with the Dugginsville Area Rug from Boutique Rugs.  This 9×12 rug is on sale for only $508!  Such a deal!

dream master bedroom styling


The previous owners, hung sconces in this bedroom.   Since we plan on remodeling, I did not want to spend money on labor in here.  So I searched for the perfect pendant lights that I could hang from the same electrical spot.   These Meadowlark 11″ Luxe Cord pendants from Cedar & Moss are typically used in kitchens but I think they look super perfect in our bedroom.  What do you guys think?!  

Bedside Tables

I bought these bedside tables – the Castagnier 3 Drawer Nightstand –  several years ago for our bedroom in our old house.   But they totally work in here too!   I switched out the hardware to these pulls for a more modern look.


I searched and searched for the perfect canopy bed.   I finally found our bed from Room & Board.  I loved it SO much I purchased it the day I found it.  I just knew it would be perfect.   Our is a California King in the “tall” version.

dream master bedroom styling

Side Chair 

Our bedroom chair is the Emmaline Armchair.  You’ve also seen it styled in our family room in our old house and our family room in our new house.  We love it!  So comfy and stylish.

For those of you interested — here are the links for my jeans and top

Thanks for visiting!  Feel free to ask me ANY questions!