Welcome back to part 2 of the 2020 HGTV Dream Home tour. I hope you enjoyed seeing the kitchen, living room, foyer, and master suite on Monday. Today I have photos of the mudroom/laundry room, the upstairs bedrooms, lounge room, and the backyard. Bryan Patrick Flynn is the interior designer for this dream home and he did a fantastic job of combining bright colors, natural elements, and classic style.

(Disclosure: I’m not sponsored by Cabinets to Go, the HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes is sponsored by them. I was provided with an invitation to tour the home and Cabinets to Go paid my hotel expenses.) There’s so much to see, let’s get started!

Tour of the 2020 HGTV Dream Home in Hilton Head – Part 2

When I left you on Monday we had just finished touring the master suite. Let’s head over to the opposite side of the house.

Down the hallway from the foyer you get a peek into the combined laundry room/mudroom space. Like the rest of the house, art and sculptural installations line every wall. These vintage oars warm the cool blue walls. Want to know a secret? You can make your own faux vintage boat oars for next to nothing by following my tutorial here.

On the opposite side of the hallway are these beautiful paintings by Felicia Higdon, a local painter.

And now you’ve reached one of my favorite spots in the house. Although it’s a hard-working room, this mudroom and laundry room is bathed in sunlight and has a view of the marsh teaming with wildlife. I could see my kids hanging out at this table playing games while us parents talk about “boring stuff” in the living room area.

The wall color in the mudroom/laundry room is Restful HGSW2285 by Sherwin Williams

In the corner of the room is a large dog crate, but I bet you could remove the spindles and add some shelving for additional storage if you don’t have a dog (or your dog refuses to be crate-trained. Ahem…Bandit!)

On the other side of the door is the laundry center. The cabinets are from the Chelsea Linen line from Cabinets to Go.

Across from the washer and dryer is a deep utility sink that doubles as a dog washing station (if you have a small dog. LOL.)

The unexpected elegance in this room is a showstopping tile backsplash wall that climbs to the ceiling. I’m thinking my laundry room needs a tile backsplash like this or at least a fun wallpaper that emulates this look. After all, my laundry room is the first thing you see when you come in our side door.

Here are the mudroom/laundry room sources for you. (I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

Silver Sky Encaustic Tiles | Woven Mirror | Chelsea Linen Cabinets | Wicker Storage Basket | Cabinet Pulls | Wall-Mounted Coat Rack | Port Hole Mirror | Pedestal Table | Round Area Rug | Laundry Goods Tote | Dog Crate | Coastal Round Basket Set | Dog Bed

Now that we’ve seen downstairs, let’s head upstairs to see the two bedrooms, the lounge room, and more!

At the top of the stairs is a little game area and through the open doorway awaits a multifunctional (aka lounge) room for relaxing and TV binge-watching.

The vintage deconstructed airplane wing is amazing, is it not? I bet that was an exciting find during a long antiquing excursion. It makes me want to go junking right now!

The wall color in this room is Gristmill Greige HGSW2485 by Sherwin Williams.

If you saw anything you liked, here are links to the sources in the lounge room:

Hurricane VaseRope Serving Tray | Chandelier | Console Table | Airplane Wall Art | Sofa | Hand-Woven Area Rug | Armchair | Coffee Table

Just off the multifunctional room is an elevated porch area. If I could, I’d hang out here all day and all night.

The circular patio seating is beautiful, but give me a hanging daybed here and I foresee lots of naps and relaxation on this porch.

Back inside are two more bedrooms. This island-themed room has bright colorful walls while maintaining a breezy coastal vibe. The entire room (from walls to ceiling) is painted Restful HGSW2285 by Sherwin Williams.

Normally I’m not a fan of print fabric headboards, but this tropical frond upholstered headboard works beautifully in this room.

Want to create your own tropical retreat? Here are the sources for you:

Upholstered Bed | Ceiling Fan | Sea Coral Wall Art | Natural Jute Rug | Green Throw | Pillow | Lamp | Fiddle Leaf Fig | Directors Chair | Round Side Table | 3 Drawer Dresser

Across the hall from the tropical bedroom is a coordinating bathroom. The room functions perfectly inside a standard five-foot wide bathroom space.

I enjoyed the textural effect created by using different size tiles that share the same color palette.

The Metro Gloss White vanity is a beautiful shiny and sleek white cabinet from Cabinets to Go. It surprised me the same driftwood cabinets weren’t chosen in this room, but the white vanity continues the white trend in here.

The loft connecting the two bedrooms is furnished with serious competition in mind! You’re sure to pull up a chair for a board game or challenge your kid to a game of foosball!

The second bedroom upstairs is monochromatic with beautiful shades of blue. The color is Mint to Be HGSW2327 by Sherwin Williams. You might recognize this color from the kitchen ceiling. I feel like the color is more blue than mint, but no one asked me.

The vibe in this room is purely restful and calm.

Here are the sources for this beautiful blue-toned bedroom:

Sculpted Bed Frame | Navy Loom Rug | White Sculptural Wall Decor | Sail Ceiling Fan | Navy Quilt & Sham Set | Diamond Pillow | Navy Throw | Table Lamp | Table Top Clock | Rope Mirror | 3 Drawer Bedside Chest  | Rattan Lounge Chair | Herringbone Dresser

The second bathroom upstairs is tiled in beautiful navy subway tile. Although the ceiling is sloped, the room still feels big enough to house a gaggle of sandy kids.

Like the navy subway tiles? Here’s the blue tile source.

The Finian Blue HGSW2384 by Sherwin Williams paint color complements the tile nicely.

I think I mentioned before how much art is in the dream home. By far, my favorite art is the graphic paintings by Colleen Elizabeth.

This completes the tour of the rooms upstairs. Want to head out back for the crowning jewel of this property?

The back deck spans the full length of the house and offers a commanding view of the pool and marsh beyond.

The floating spheres light up at night! I bet that would be a sight to see.

You’ll never run out of places to sit, eat, and relax with three seating areas on the back porch and more in the back yard.

But, wait, there’s one more area to chillax. The spot that called to me was near the water’s edge. As the wind swayed, the hammocks gently rocked in the breeze. How could you walk away from this beautiful setting?

Sadly it’s time to leave, but I enjoyed taking the tour with you. What was your favorite room? You do know you can enter to win this HGTV Dream Home in Hilton Head, SC? Enter to win this house by entering daily here. The last day to enter is February 19th, 2020. Good luck!

Disclosure: I’m not sponsored by Cabinets to Go, the HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes is sponsored by them. I was provided with an invitation to tour the home and Cabinets to Go paid my hotel expenses.

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29 Hacks to Help You Get More Organized

January is the time of year where we focus on making the next year better than the last. Often that involves new workout goals or resolutions. Other times it means getting more organized. There is something intensely motivating about being organized and saving yourself small bits of time.  With that in mind, here are 29 hacks to help you get more organized for the coming year! Learn how to make your own bins, trays, and more to complete those organizational projects! I hope this helps you start your year off on the right foot.

personalized wall shelfNot enough closet storage? Consider building a Personalized Wall Shelf for jackets, backpacks, and knick knacks.


Jewelry Organizer Shelf Keep your jewelry sorted and easy to find with this simple DIY Jewelry Organizer.


coffee serving tray mapHaving your morning coffee supplies on a tray like this Rustic Map Serving Tray keeps them looking less cluttered and easy to find even on those mornings that come a little too early.


DIY Rolling Storage StoolsBuild these DIY Rolling Storage Stools for extra seating and hidden storage! They can be useful in any room!


Ladder Display ShelvesThis rustic Ladder Display Shelf is perfect for organizing and displaying keepsakes or supplies. (Not to mention taking advantage of vertical storage.)


Turn a spare Closet into a Reading Nook with some under seat storage to keep your child’s room neat, organized, and adventurous!


DIY Produce RackMake this DIY Produce Rack to keep fruits and veggies fresh, accessible, and off your counter.


DIY Drawer DividersImprove the space in your bathroom drawers with these DIY Drawer Dividers.  They’d work beautifully in the kitchen as well!


DIY Decorative Ammo BoxMake this rustic DIY Decorative Ammo box to add a cool conversation piece to your room with bonus hidden storage inside.


DIY Wall BookrackEncourage those little readers by keeping kids books in sight and organized with this DIY Wall Bookrack.


DIY Industrial Charging Station and Lock BoxThis Industrial Charging Station and Lock Box is the perfect solution for managing devices and screen time in a busy household.


DIY Cell Phone Holder and Charging StationMake this DIY Cell Phone holder and Charging Station to prop up your phone and charge it as you sleep.


scrap wood industrial iron board rackNeed some laundry room organization? This Scrap Wood Iron Board Rack is perfect for holding those ironing items in a small space yet easy to use!


Galvanized Tub Storage BenchTurn a galvanized tub into a Storage Bench for your child’s room. It’s a step stool, kid bench, and hidden storage all in one.


DIY Library Book BoxEver lose track of library books? This DIY Library Book Box is a perfect solution to that constant struggle!


Rain Gutter Book StorageAnother solution for book storage would be to repurpose Rain Gutter into Bookshelves.


DIY TrayBuild a DIY Tray Box to keep small items corralled in one place and looking less cluttered.


Cordless Drill and Circular Saw StorageGarage or shop organization is crucial, and this Cordless Drill and Circular Saw Storage Center is a perfect solution for a garage workshop!


Rustic Box CratesBuild some Rustic Wooden Box Crates to store your paperwork, magazines, or anything you want to store out of sight.


Turn cardboard box into Decorative binDon’t throw it away! Turn a Cardboard Box into A Decorative Bin to store anything you like. This has to be the most economical storage solution ever.


Tall and Skinny Storage Cabinet
Build this Tall and Skinny Storage Cabinet to solve storage problems in a small space. Imagine the storage possibilities in a bathroom, guest room, or kitchen!


DIY stacking storage cubbiesGain some easy toss in and take out storage with these DIY Stacking Storage Cubbies.


There are so many awesome garage storage ideas in this one post, like this Outdoor Tool Organizer. Be sure to open this article to see them all!


Pull Out Pantry DrawersOrganize your pantry with these DIY Pull Out Drawers with Chalkboard Fronts. Now there is no excuse for your spouse putting away the groceries in the wrong spot.

 DIY Cork Jewelry HolderMake a new and unique Cork Jewelry Holder to organize all your necklaces. This little holder is perfect for the back of a door or a small spot between doorways.


diy cedar under bed storageBuild this Cedar Underbed Storage to make great use of that otherwise empty space.


Shelf Organizer made from one boardOne board is all you need to make this DIY Storage Organizer that can be used in many different ways.


Scrap Wood CaddyBuild a Scrap Wood Caddy for any supplies you need to keep organized and transportable. Think cleaning supplies, art & craft supplies, office supplies and much more.


Scrap Moulding TrayThis Scrap Moulding Tray is one way to use up those casing and trim scraps. Plus, it’s an attractive way to corral and store project supplies.

I hope this helped give you some more organization ideas! Do you have any great organizational hacks? Share them in the comments please!

If you like this post, you’ll love learning how to build this hallway storage cubes and shoe bench:

Brooke - Killer B Designs

I’d like to introduce our newest contributor, Brooke from Killer B Designs.  I’ve been a long time fan of Brooke’s blog. She has loads of talent and creative ideas to share with you.

Brooke has the skills and talent to make any builder jealous. She hand built most of the furniture in her home. Like this Restoration Hardware Knock Off Storage Bed based on Ana White’s plans.

She also has a wonderful love of color. Her pantry door is truly a show stopper!

But, her building tutorials are what you’ll really appreciate. From this adorable toddler work bench. . .

. . .to this Chunky X Base Farmhouse Table:

See what I mean? She’s talented! Check back in tomorrow to see the amazingly creative DIY project Brooke made just for you.

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Hang-O-Matic Wall Hanging Tool Review | Pretty Handy Girl

This is one of the multitude of gadgets that gets sent to me for review. Most don’t make it to the light of the blog. But, this little gadget has proved useful in my toolbox. Stick around to learn how you too can Hang Art easily using Hang-o-Matic. And why I gave this little tool a second chance.

The creators of Hang-o-matic sent me this tool to try out. The first one I received was defective. The moveable clip was loose and wouldn’t stay put. I explained to the creators that I didn’t like the tool because the point wouldn’t stay where it was set. Apparently there had been some production issues and they shipped me a second one. I was doubtful, but after trying the tool a handful of times, I have to admit it is the perfect tool when you are hanging art, decor, or mirrors that have two hooks.

Instructions for Hanging Art Easily using Hang-o-Matic:

Remove the cover from the ruler/level section.

Hang-O-Matic Wall Hanging Tool Review | Pretty Handy Girl

Mark the height you want to hang your art with a pencil. Read more

Build a Snowman and Win a Getaway for 4 on a Disney Cruise! | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let’s go and play! Ha, my apologies if you have that popular Frozen song in your head now. Do you have snow where you are? We are on the tip of an “epic” winter storm that is rolling into North Carolina right now. I hope we’ll get some pretty white stuff. Unfortunately, we usually get a heaping dose of slick ice and sleet, and not the fluffy white powder.



How to Build a Snowman without Snow:

Build a Snowman and Win a Getaway for 4 on a Disney Cruise! | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have snow? If not, want some help making your snowman without snow? No worries, I got your back. You’ll need a few tools and supplies to build a snowman without snow. Keep in mind you can substitute any of the materials for something you already have on hand.


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Folding Laptop Writing Desk | Pretty Handy Girl

My favorite place to write my tutorials is outside on our screen porch when the weather is pleasant. I love listening to the birds and feeling the breeze blow through the screens. Up until this weekend, I was using an old card table as a desk. But, it was heavy, large and awkward. I wanted a table that was the perfect height and that I could fold and store away when I wasn’t using it.

Folding Laptop Writing Desk | Pretty Handy Girl

As a brand ambassador for Dremel, I enjoyed the challenge of designing plans for this simple farmhouse style folding laptop/writing table. The materials are simple 2 x 4’s and 3/4 inch plywood. The majority of the steps can be done using simple handheld tools like a drill, Dremel Multi-Max and the Dremel Ultra-Saw. (Feel free to use other tools or alter the plans to fit your size preferences.)


(I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

Cut list:

Folding Laptop Writing Desk | Pretty Handy Girl


  • 3/4″ finish grade plywood cut to 18″ x 36″

Apron (use 1×3 boards or you can rip excess plywood):

  • 2 – 1″ x 3″ cut to 14 1/2″
  • 2 – 1″ x 3″ cut to 34″


  • 2 – 2″ x 4″ cut to 28 1/4″
  • 2 – 2″ x 4″ cut to 26 3/4″
  • 1 – 2″ x 2″ cut to 14 1/2″ (if ripping a 2″ x 2″ yourself, remember actual size is 1.5″ x 1.5″)
  • 2 – 1″ x 4″ cut to 14 3/8″



Additional materials:


Cut your lumber to the size specified above in the cut list. Read more

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Technique

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

Ombré painting is EVERYWHERE. Clothing, home décor and even wall paint techniques. An ombré wall is the paint technique I chose to create a misty and ethereal look in our master bedroom. It started when I fell in love with Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore but didn’t want to make our entire bedroom too dark (I have a hard enough time waking up in the morning.) I decided a good solution was to use the dark charcoal gray color on a focal wall behind the headboard. But, I didn’t want to stop the color in the corners and create a sharp line.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

Instead, I wanted a softer edge that would make us feel like we were being hugged by the room.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Technique

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

I used Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore to paint the other three walls in the bedroom, but created a random ragged edge where the two colors meet.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

This is how the side walls look in preparation for the ombré wall technique.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl


  • Dark latex paint color (Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore)
  • Lighter latex paint color (Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore)
  • A small container with a mixture of the two colors to create an in between gray
  • Paint brush
  • Dry brush
  • Water-filled spray bottle
  • ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
  • Damp car wash sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wet wipes or wet rag

Instructions: Read more

Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 4

I have to send everyone who participated in #PrettyWaterlogueApril a big thank you! Thanks for participating because you blew up my Instagram feed with gorgeous images everyday! I truly couldn’t wait to check the hashtag feed to see all the beautiful creations. I hope you will consider continuing the challenge in May and beyond. I won’t be able to officially showcase my favorites, but please know that I’ll be following along. In order to create a more “lasting” hashtag, I’ve decided to change the hashtag to #PrettyWaterlogueGallery. Feel free to post your favorite Waterlogue creations using that hashtag to share and continue to gain new followers! I can’t wait to see your newest artistic creations!

Once again, this week was truly a challenge. I had over 100 favorites and had to narrow it down to 20.

Here is my week four showcase: Read more