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Home + Design | The Makerista  I'm Gwen, a modern traditionalist who isn't afraid of color. Follow along as I share what inspires and document our DIY renovations, room by room, at:

Wednesday was probably one of the biggest days of my life career-wise as @themakerista, and as this week ends I’m reminded how success doesn’t come individually. From @larkphotos and @samantha_kuykendall’s support to my mom who came to help me clean (and redo all of my bookshelves last minute 🙃) and mother-in-law who watched and transported kids. @xm_80 who put up with my craziness and didn’t complain once about no dinners or piles of laundry. My producers @dolamediainc, the crew @bicmedia, and @carleejo.locks who made me feel good all day long. I know I’m forgetting others, but grateful nonetheless. #ittakesavillage #pianovibes #collection #jennysprintshop

Creating cohesive spaces is imperative to great home design. To some this may sound like they should be similar, painted the same color and filled with matching elements. But I believe the best ones aren’t. Sharing the steps I take to make each room unique while creating a great flow throughout our home, on the blog now. This series is in partnership with @loweshomeimprovement #ad #girlsbedroom #parisianchic

Happy Halloween from The Hefners! This definitely was the best Hallow’s Eve yet. Hope you all had a hauntingly wonderful night! #thegreatestshowman #annewheeler #cowgirl #shadow

I scoured the whole Kansas City metro area to find the perfect piece for this spot, and I must say, I think it has all of the right elements. This space isn’t finished (who wants to help me hang some more mirrors?) but it’s interesting how patience and persistence pay off to bring you peace in a space. #designovertime #thriftlikethemakerista #livingroom

Last night I hosted my neighborhood bunko group for a witchin’ good time. I love entertaining, but food stresses me out, so I asked my sister-in-law to create the menu and cater. @mandipollard is so gifted, and I let her run with it. Steak Diane, roasted root vegetables, goat cheese stuffed figs, dark chocolate cake with blackberry ganache, and the most beautiful blackberry gin and tonics. (If you’re in KC and have an upcoming event, you should totally hire Mandi). It was a night to remember! #bunkobabes #happyhalloween

I get asked a lot how to decorate for Halloween on a budget, or how to do it for your kids when you don’t love the season yourself. Things like bones, cobwebs, and gauzy cloth are all so reasonably priced and don’t take up much room in storage. I picked up all of these items @athomestores the other day and also grabbed some items outside of the seasonal section: twinkle light balls that look ready for witches, green glass decanters perfect for potions. Using your imagination is part of the fun this season! #sponsored #athomestores #halloweendecor

It’s been a chilly weekend full of rain and gloom so far, meaning lots of Halloween movies, chili, and cookies. Perfect. How about your weekend? #pilesofpumpkins #pumpkinpatch #heirloompumpkins

“On this day of the year, long before you were born, this heap of decay was brought here. It and I have worn away together. The mice have gnawed at it, and sharper teeth than teeth of mice have gnawed at me.” - Miss Havisham Head to the blog for more. #halloween Photo by @justinsalemmeyer.

Man, it feels good to be home after being away for two weeks. My husband is a rockstar, and the place looked great upon arrival. I snuck in some thrifting today, and I’ve officially decided to start collecting big blue and white pieces (see my stories) because I find them and hate leaving them behind. Now that I’ve made it official, I’ll surely never see any again. 😆 Happy Friday, friends! #kitchenremodel #blueandwhite

@betulumhotel may not be filled with glam details and color, it’s certainly not traditional, but boy is it magical. Our stay this week has been filled with wonderful atmosphere, incredibly kind and attentive staff, and consistently delicious and fresh food and drinks. I’m sad to leave, but inspired by so much here! #vacationvibes #tulummexico #betulum #mamaneededavacation

It’s the final installment of #thriftlikethemakerista, #sponsored by @communityamerica_credit_union, and tonight I’m answering all of the questions I didn’t cover in the other posts: from how to clean upholstered pieces to what to consider when starting a collection. Speaking of collections, I’m giving away a bunch of blue and white pieces! Comment below or on the blog with the tip or trick you loved the most from this series and be entered for your chance to win! #diningroom #thriftscorethursday #blueandwhite #giveaway
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This giveaway is for US and Canadian residents 18 years and older. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram.

In part 4 of #thriftlikethemakerista, #sponsored by @communityamerica_credit_union, I’m answering one of the most asked questions: how do I know what to buy? The answer is a little more tricky than you may think, but I’m giving you some tips to figure out what it is you should be putting in your cart. I’m also sharing some general rules for scoring the best pieces that make your home look stylish, not thrifted. Next week is a Q&A, so leave your questions for me below or on the blog post! #thriftscorethursday #livingroom #woodroom

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