Mandy Rose

Stop comparing yourself to the perfect mom...

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You don’t have to do it all. My guide “The Imperfect Perfect You” will show you how to do what you do with more joy so that you Love the life you’re already living.

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  • Jun
    29

    Life Is Better When You Choose Joy

    Gallery Wall Idea for Dining Room by HouseofRoseBlog.com
    It’s no secret that I like to decorate walls.

    It’s a weird obsession I have. But mostly? I call it therapy. (more…)

    Feb
    13

    The Scattered Love Affair – 9 Things I Love More Than Fountain Coke

    If someone could be in my head for a mere two seconds, just two, they would hear this…

    Brain starts off with – “I’m going to paint the bathroom…. No, I think I’ll finish decorating the boys sports themed bedroom… Wait, I want to re-do that gallery wall… No, I NEEEEEED to organize the laundry room…”

    Which usually all turns into “I’ll hang a canvas print, run to the gas station for a fountain coke and then online shop for some new shoes.”

    I am the Wikipedia definition of “Scatter Brained”. Or as some would say, I have a lot of irons in the fire.

    Or a lot of ideas in my brain.

    Scatter Brained – The inability to produce any coherant thought pattern. Often a side effect of, but definitely not limited to, alcohol or drug consumption.

    Except I don’t drink or do drugs. Awesome.

    Being that it’s Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with y’all a few things that I am loving. And yes, they vary from Iced White Mochas to giant canvas prints to my love for New Kids On The Block.

    Nine Things I Love More Than Fountain Coke by Houseofroseblog.com

    Let’s call this post – The Scattered Love Affair, shall we?

    This really has nothing to do with my random thoughts on painting, sports themed bedrooms or gallery walls. But, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you, now does it?

    Ahem.

    Here you go, 9 Things I Love More Than Fountain Coke.  (more…)

    Nov
    25

    Bright & Cheery Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom Makeover with Board and BattenMaster Bedroom Makeover with Board and Batten

    It all started with iPhone pictures that I took of my Master Bedroom nearly 4 years ago when I was on my lunch break from my Corporate job. I uploaded those images, which were less than perfect (especially since I probably had some ancient version of the iPhone back then) and I hit publish. Little did I know that within a week those pictures would be my most pinned images on my site.

    I’m serious when I say the image quality was the worst. See for yourself. Then see the updated pics I did.

    Big difference from the iPhone images to the camera images.

    I was dumbfounded. Not because I didn’t love the bedroom. But the images were incredibly awful. LOL! Clearly I decorated the old bedroom before I knew a dang thing about photography.

    So even though I know y’all loved the old master bedroom…it was dark and dreary. I wanted something bright and cheerful.

    Master Bedroom Makeover Before and After

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    Aug
    24

    Creating Art For Your Walls: Stencil Letters Onto An Old Canvas

    Alright, y’all. Who’s ready for another idea on what to do with old canvas prints you are no longer using?

    *Raises Hand*

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    Jul
    08

    A Trio Performance

    During our July 4th party we randomly decided to improv a little mini performance with me, my best friend Kate and my guitar instructor/friend, Chris.

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    Two things:

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    Jun
    17

    Hello There Nursery Of Mine.

    Custom Nursery IdeasCustom Nursery IdeasCustom Nursery Ideas - Two Little Fish

    Last year when I attended the Influence Conference I had a different attitude and mindset than I normally have at conferences. I went there with the desire to meet and make new friends.

    I’m usually the type of girl who would rather stay with “my people” and NOT meet new women.

    Because honestly? It’s easier. And sometimes I like to be lazy when it comes to friendships. #notproud

    Custom Nursery IdeasCustom Nursery Ideas - Elephant ThemeCustom Nursery Ideas

    I often have a hard time opening the door for new people because it’s uncomfortable. And y’all, I hate being uncomfortable.

    But, sometimes God’s best work is when you go out of your comfort zone and do things that stretch you. (more…)

    May
    13

    The Only Room I Let My Kids Destroy

    Playroom Decor IdeasPlayroom Decor Ideas

    There is one space in my entire house that I let get super-duper messy…can you guess which room?

    My thought process is that the kids need at least one spot where they can be kids. Where they can let loose. Play. And be crazy. Errrr, be crazy without getting in trouble. Because let’s be honest…they be crazy all the time.

    Playroom Decor Ideas - Built InsPlayroom Decor Ideas - Curtains

    On some days it looks like the roof was lifted off the house and it rained Tonka Trucks in there. Actually most days it looks like that. And I’m ok with that. Of course, for the photo shoot I did a HUGE clean up and I almost broke my toe on a spiderman figurine in the process. Gah.

    This is their space and they have my permission to play Magna Tiles, dinosaurs and Power Rangers all at the same time…without someone yelling in their ear to clean up. <—–ME (more…)

    Apr
    16

    Sometimes a Girl Needs A Place to Hide

    How long has it been since I posted about stenciling my closet??? Too long to remember, right?

    January 2012 to be exact. I just went back and looked.

    I know.

    That was nearly 2 children ago.

    Sometimes my implementation of projects can be good, but my blog post follow up is apparently lacking. Which is funny since 99% of my projects start out as projects because I think “That would be a good blog post!

    I’m backwards. In so many ways.

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    Mar
    07

    Fear of Failing… It’s Not Stopping Me.

    I originally committed to doing this Guitar Project back in September 2013. I met the owners of Mocha Club at a conference last year and I immediately was like I’m in.”

    Then truth set in.

    And fear.

    And lack of confidence.

    And I procrastinated for nearly 10 months. TEN long months people.

    I had every excuse in the book on why I couldn’t do this project. I was ready to give up and I was thinking of over 9 million reasons why it wouldn’t work for me. And how I would tell them I was backing out.

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    I thought I’ll just use Happy Mommy Box as my excuse. I’ll tell them that I’m sorry I had no idea that I was going to be starting a business venture with a friend and that, unfortunately, there would just be no time to fit this in.

    Sounded legit, right?!

    But I woke up one day and I asked myself this question…

    “What’s really holding you back from doing this project?”

    Was it that I didn’t think I was capable of learning the guitar? Was it that I wasn’t sure if I could find the time to practice and be good enough? Was it that I was afraid to do something, like commit to raising money when I wasn’t certain anyone would donate? Was it that I didn’t want to let down an organization doing great things for something that was so dear to my heart – orphans?

    And when I truly thought about it. It was a little bit of all of those things.

    The biggest?

    FEAR OF FAILING.

    Of not reaching the $1,000.

    Of not being able to learn a song.

    And for some reason, that morning while I was taking a shower, I decided that I wasn’t going to let fear stand in the way of me doing this. It’s held me back too many times in the past and I wasn’t about to let it steal another great opportunity from me.

    Not this time.

    I called up my friend Chris Slone, who is by far the most talented musician in our area {we hired him to play at Jeff’s book launch party awhile back}.

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    Nov
    24

    Built-In Office Nook {Basement Project}

    Office Nook - Custom Built-In for Basement

    It’s been awhile since my basement has been finished. A LONGGGGG while actually.

    In true Mandy Rose fashion I am posting about it when I feel “inspired”. Ha!

    That’s my excuse for procrastination. I just haven’t been inspired to share this space yet. Yea. That’s what it is.

    Ahem.

    A few months ago I shared the built-in bookshelves that my dad created for the basement….and today I am sharing the office nook.

    Office Nook - Custom Built-In for Basement Before & After

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    Oct
    20

    Big Boy Room Reveal: The Middle Child’s Room

    It’s now officially been three years in the making…this big boy room reveal.

    <<Ahem>>

    If I had to pick the #1 requested blog post from reader emails…it would, without a doubt, be the request to see my middle child’s bedroom. Probably because it’s one of the only rooms I don’t have pictures of on the blog.

    Big Boy Room Reveal - Decorating Ideas

    Big Boy Room Reveal - Decorating Ideas

    And poor Mr. Bents…his mommy just never could get his room together. 

    You would think that since it’s blue it would be the easiest of the rooms to finish, but something about that deep dark navy just left my brain feeling confused.

    Big Boy Room Reveal - Decorating Ideas Bedding

    Big Boy Room Reveal - Decorating Ideas

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    Sep
    22

    THE BASEMENT: Built-In Entertainment Center & Bookshelves

    Basement Built In Entertainment Center

    Yep, the basement has been done for months. No, literally months.

    And here I sit…still lacking the desire to post about it.

    I have finally figured out why I have such a hard time when it comes to posting my home decor projects.

    Who’s ready to get deep?

    One word.

    Perfection.

    No, I don’t mean that the basement is perfection. I mean that I completely hold back and procrastinate posting my new home decor and diy projects because I am waiting for the “perfect” final touches.

    Basement Built In Entertainment Center - Before & After

    Yes, perfection.

    Oh, that sweet little land that my mind lives in.

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