Kelly Edwards solves my top 5 design dilemmas (plus a blogiversary giveaway)

Yesterday, I proudly celebrated Living Rich on Less’s third anniversary. Over these past three years of blogging, I’ve been blessed beyond measure; pushed beyond my DIY limits; and grown beyond my expectations.

My favorite part of this journey so far has been connecting with all of you, my amazing, encouraging and inspiring readers, who I may not otherwise have had the privilege of meeting.

Also, getting the chance to rub elbows with professional DIYers and designers in the home and garden niche has been a blessing this thrifty, paint-stained clothes wearin’, country girl never expected.

For example, I recently got to pick the brain of fellow DIYer and design expert Kelly Edwards. Kelly is the co-host and design coordinator for HGTV’s “Design on a Dime” as well as STYLE Network’s “Tacky House.” She is also the author of “The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home.”


I asked Kelly for help with my current top five design dilemmas:

  1. What are some quick and inexpensive changes I can make to my smoky blue master bedroom to take the decor from winter to summer?
  2. I am in the throes of a master bathroom makeover, but I haven’t made any decisions yet regarding the shower/tub. What trends are you seeing (and loving) with regard to bath and shower design?
  3. I have a wraparound covered porch that I am having difficulty furnishing on a tight budget. Any suggestions?
  4. Our garage is a total mess. It really needs a complete makeover. Do you have any recommendations on how we can tackle this project quickly and inexpensively this summer, yet still have time leftover to spend at the lake?
  5. My laundry room is the size of a small, walk-in closet. Any tips on how I can maximize my storage in this tiny room?

With her seemingly effortless style and panache, Kelly not only fielded each of my questions personally, but also provided me with a video of the answers for you to enjoy! Check out the full, 6-minute video below:

In addition, I received a package of home goodies to help me incorporate some of Kelly’s suggestions.


But the best part of all is that Kelly also wants to give one of you lucky readers the same package I received, which includes a signed copy of Kelly’s book, a Waterpik® SprayShaper™ shower head and a $25 Home Depot gift card!

To enter to win this awesome giveaway, simply leave a comment about a design dilemma you’re currently facing that Kelly’s book may help you solve.

You can also get three additional entries by:

  1. Following Kelly Edwards on Twitter
  2. Following Waterpik® Showers on Twitter
  3. Subscribing to Living Rich on Less blog posts

To get credit for each bonus entry, be sure to leave a separate comment for each action you complete.

This giveaway will be open for entries until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) July 13. On July 14, I’ll announce a winner in a blog post and also showcase some of Kelly’s suggestions in my master bathroom reveal!

So who wants to win?

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87 Responses

  1. Sandy A says:

    We are going to a “redo” our master bath and ripping our the old tile is our biggest task and worry that we will be able to do it…

  2. Ginger M says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I would love to have Kelly Edwards book! My design dilemma is how to furnish and decorate my master bedroom in our new home. The floors are beautiful sienna, white and grey granite, the walls greige with white trim. That’s as far as I’ve got! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway! I have subscribed to your great blog.

  3. Carolyn L. says:

    My cabinets are so deep that you have to take everything out up front to get to whats in the back. I have thought about doing roll-out shelfs but don’t know if I can do it my self. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Susan says:

      Carolyn, I have pull-out shelves that are mounted within my lower cabinets in my kitchen. They work GREAT for plastic containers, pots and pans, lids, etc. And they are truly pretty easy to install, too. I know you can do it! I believe you can pick them up at your favorite home improvement store (Lowe’s, Home Depot) and they come with full instructions. 🙂

  4. Lisa says:

    Our biggest problem is finding stylish storage solutions and organizational help.

  5. Kim R says:

    I have a new vacation home in the mountains and love most everything about it except the kitchen cabinets. I can’t afford to replace them all, but would like to replace the uppers. Or maybe redesign the upper cabinets. Or rip the upper cabinets out and have open shelves. I definitely want to wall in around the refrigerator. These are custom cabinets that are not easily duplicated. I just don’t know what to do!
    Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

  6. Kim R says:

    I currently subscribe to your blog posts.

  7. Virginia says:

    We’re trying to update the look of our home to make it sell-worthy in the quickest time possible. Nothing huge but very appealing.

  8. Virginia says:

    I subscribe to your blog posts through bloglovin’ Thanks.

  9. Candy Thayer says:

    Still working on the craft room remodel that is taking forevah! Storage tips please!

  10. Pat F. says:

    I am currently subscribed to your blog. We have recently moved into a new home and I so desperately need help with art for my walls.

  11. Ruth says:

    We have a living room/dining room combination that is long and narrow. We are twisting our minds trying to figure out the best furniture arrangement as well as the kind/size of furniture that would look best. UGH–we are clueless.

  12. Elle says:

    Organizing storage space.

    I already subscribe to Living Rich on Less.

  13. teresa says:

    Trying to decide what furniture to use in my LR. it more the floor plan I struggle with as it’s a large room with many openings that interrupt furniture placement. I’d love help with htat. Thanks for this chance.

  14. Laurie Cordeniz says:

    We are struggling to update 1970’s bathroom on a tight budget. Sure could use some help. I agree with the video that just a shower would be a good solution for one of our baths and then a tub/shower in the other…now how to talk hubby into it…. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  15. Laurie Cordeniz says:

    Also forgot to mention that I am currently subscribed to your blog!

  16. Carol S. says:

    I am currently subscribed to your blog.

  17. Carol S. says:

    I want to enclose the underside of my deck with my walk out double basement doors. I know I need under-decking, screening and furniture. I need to do it on a tight budget. Where do I start?

  18. How to update while downsizing without getting rid of all the things that have meant something in the past.

  19. I followed on twitter

  20. I subscribed to ‘living rich on less’

  21. Be says:

    Loved Kelly’s video, but would also love her book. Thanks for all the super ideas that you share with us!!! Happy Blogoverisary!!

  22. Angie W says:

    My biggest dilemna right now is combatting clutter. I have magazines, mail, etc. everywhere and need to get it under control.

  23. Angie W says:

    I am already subscribed to your blog posts.

  24. Linda M says:

    I am trying to redo a small half bath and can’t seem to get something that will give it pizzazz. I need help. Thanks for giveaway.

  25. Steph says:

    I need assistance on creating a reading nook out of my daughter’s window seat. It is a long, rectangular shape and I would like to make it a comfortable nook space for her reading.

  26. Sherri says:

    I do not have walkin closets yet they are 5 feet deep. Would love to have someone help me with a closet makeover.

  27. Mary Christianson says:

    I will be retiring soon and will finally have time to work on many projects in my home. Kelly Edward’s book would really be helpful. I would love the Waterpick shower head. My showerhead is awful.

  28. Felicia says:

    I cannot wrap my mind around how to “masculinize” our den without making it a man cave. Good grief. Lord knows I love a cottagey farmhouse look.

  29. Felicia says:

    I followed Kelly Edwards on Twitter. Maybe she will follow me back. What a treat that would be.

  30. Felicia says:

    I followed Waterpic on Twitter as well. Love a good shower head with good water pressure.

  31. Tina says:

    We recently replaced our old shower doors and now realize that the new one has a stationary door. Thinking of replacing the shower head with a hand held, to facilitate cleaning that stationary door. The Water Pik head would do that and upgrade our shower head at the same time.

  32. Alina says:

    We are wanting to put a backsplash in our kitchen but have a funky layout. I would need advice on that.

  33. Alina says:

    Follow Kelly Edwards on twitter as @AlinaConn

  34. Alina says:

    Follow Waterpik Showers on twitter as @AlinaConn

  35. Alina says:

    Already subscribe to your posts

  36. Sean C says:

    We are working on re-modeling our bathroom and tiles need to be taken down and counters repainted. I think this would be very helpful.

  37. Sean C says:

    Follow Kelly Edwards on twitter.

  38. Sean C says:

    Follow Waterpik on twitter.

  39. Sean C says:

    I subscribed to your blog posts.

  40. Brenda says:

    Registered for your blog and your twitter

  41. Brenda says:

    Followed Waterpik on twitter

  42. Brenda says:

    Followed Kelly Edwards on Twitter

  43. Brenda says:

    My current challenge is flooring! Replacing carpet and wood flooring seems appealing due to easier maintenance for our interior rooms. Also considering the most economical option of painting the garage floor.

  44. Lisa E says:

    Will be renovating kitchen and will change layout. Can’t decide on a layout. 🙁

  45. Patty says:

    Congrats on your anniversary. My big problem is the master BR and bath, The window placement is all wrong so only part of the bed is under the window. the master bath is so ugly, yellow 70’s tile, walls and floor, and way to small we have talked about taking the tub out and just have a nice walk in shower, we would still have a tub in the guest BR. I really need help.

  46. Sharon says:

    Congratulations on 3 years!

    Love the video and the giveaway… Great package!

  47. marianne says:

    I don’t know who design the master bedroom in my house but it is just plain weird. Small entrance way with 3 doors jammed together. Linen closet that is so small it is not worth having and a shower that is way to small. The design is way off and don’t know the best way to redesign on a low scale budget.

  48. JoAnn says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I need help how to completely change the look of our great room on a very small budget, over time. If I start adding small things they wont work with everything else!

  49. JoAnn says:

    I follow your blog…thanks again for the chance to win!

  50. Lynn in FL says:

    I live in a leased townhouse, and have a small dark entry foyer with no window, and hardly any wall space. I need ideas to brighten it, and give it a warm welcoming feel.

  51. Terri says:

    I live in a rental home and have a great landlord who has done many improvements ( new roof, new shower and tub, repainted exterior to mention a few). However, at this point there’s no way I’m getting new carpet. I keep it vacuumed and steam clean it regularly with vinegar and have area rugs in seating areas, etc. but the traffic areas still don’t look very good with the padding worn down and the carpet dull. Any suggestions to perk things up?

  52. barbara macaskill says:

    We are in the process of finishing off the “main” bathroom and are trying to decide whether we should have cupboard space in it or just a sink with no counter or cupboard. It will mainly be used for guests (not overnight) to use and for bathing our granddaughter. What is your recommendation? Thanks, Barb in VT

  53. barbara macaskill says:

    I already subscribe to livingrichonless so I don’t miss your awesome posts! I have learned quite a bit from you! Thanks!

  54. barbara macaskill says:

    I am following Kelly Edwards on Twitter!~ Thanks for the chance to win these great prizes that will be ever so useful!

  55. barbara macaskill says:

    I am also following WaterPik Showers on Twitter! @barbaramacaskil

  56. Glenda Moor says:

    We moved into a house with LOTS of travertine tile floors that were not installed very well. I am having problems finding information on how to correct the problems of lipping and fixing some of the larger imperfections (I know it is natural stone and therefore not perfect). A new shower head would make bathing our two dogs and keeping those shower doors clean. I follow Living Rich on Less. Thanks.

  57. Julia G. says:

    The garage! We have worked on it, had a yard sale and still need to organize the ‘stuff’ we need/want to keep. Thanks.

  58. Laurie Bordelon says:

    My problem is clutter. Every member of our family walks in and drops mail, keys, phones, newspapers, etc. on the kitchen counter. I have no real space to put any of those neat organization stations. Kitchen always looks a mess!

  59. Jonella says:

    Right now we are trying to redecorate our den – everything is so brown/beige! We will be painting in the next few weekends and then also getting new accessories. After that, we will be tackling my master closet for a re-vamp!

  60. Jonella says:

    I am following Kelly Edwards on twitter @jonellawoods

  61. Jonella says:

    I’ve already been subscribed to your blog posts 🙂

  62. Erin Ellis says:

    My dilemma is deciding on a color scheme for my upstairs bathroom. It’s small, windowless, and sad :/ Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  63. Erin Ellis says:

    I follow Kelly on Twitter (@fairyfractal)
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  64. Erin Ellis says:

    I follow Waterpik on Twitter (@fairyfractal)
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  65. Erin Ellis says:

    I subscribe to your email list.
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  66. Susan Christy says:

    I would like some inspiration because I need to do something to fix up my bedroom.

  67. Elle says:

    I have wanted to re-paint the walls in the main living room/dining room space for a while but I just can’t settle on what shade I want. They are white walls right now and I am thinking a shade of neutral gray but I don’t know if I want to redo the color scheme and go bolder.

  68. Elle says:

    I follow Kelly Edwards on twitter

  69. Elle says:

    I follow Waterpik Showers on twitter

  70. laura ranck says:

    I need help organizing shoes in our walk-in closet! Such a mess! What are the best shelving ideas or creative things we could do?

  71. laura ranck says:

    I follow Kelly Edwards on twitter!

  72. Rachel M. Dow says:

    Our biggest problem is our family room. 2 out of the 4 walls are floor to ceiling wall to wall windows the 3rd has a large brick fireplace flanked by two floor to ceiling windows (with maybe 2 feet of wall space where each corner of the room meets) and the 4th wall is only a small space (maybe 5 1/2 feet?) due to the large doorway that connects the room to the rest of the house. We have yet to find a way to control the kids toys ( it is THE play space since we also have a formal living room) or place the furniture (including the 32″ main TV and only one on the main floor) without the room looking like one big cluttered mess! HELP! :o)

  73. Lisa Brown says:

    my dilemma is i don’t know what to do with the improvements for our half bathroom; very small, not a lot one can do with it.

  74. latanya says:

    We are moving to a new house with a smaller kitchen and any tips on how to best use space would be helpful

  75. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    My boys bathroom needs to have the cabinet replaced as well as the showerhead.

  76. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I am following Kelly Edwards on Twitter @laborders2000

  77. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I am following Waterpik on Twitter @laborders2000

  78. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I subscribed to Living Rich for Less blog posts

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