Mandy Rose

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    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.

    Closet Organization Ideas

    Closet Organization Ideas (more…)


    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.


    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?


    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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    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.


    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



    Big Boy Room Reveal: The Middle Child’s Room

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


    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



    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.


    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.