Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Low Rise Outdoor Sofa


With the coming Summer weather, you are totally obligated to make this sofa! It is extremely sturdy, extremely deep, and extremely margarita worthy for poolside parties! Make it – take a picture of it – and show how awesome you are! We almost forgot to mention that it can fit a standard twin mattress! Combine it with a waterproof cover and you may have yourself a less expensive option for outdoor cushions!

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Blonde Birch Farm: Floors, Doors and Finishes Galore


The Design Confidential Renovates The Blonde Birch Farm We closed on our house in early December, but we didn’t move in till the end of January. Truthfully, we are still moving in, even though we have officially been living here for a month and a half. Before we bought the house, the sellers had replaced the carpet downstairs in the family room, but the carpeting on the stairs and throughout the upstairs bedrooms, was absolutely trashed. When I say trashed… I literally mean we needed to entirely replace the flooring upstairs before we could or would actually move our stuff in. Read More

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The Blonde Birch Farm Interior


The Design Confidential Renovates The Blonde Birch Farm

Pull up a sofa, let’s curl up by the fire and chat about all things DIY renovation, here at the Blonde Birch Farm. Except the fireplace is currently indisposed and not functioning (and partially sitting on the back patio), so we can’t quite do that just yet – but soon – promise! Read More

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The Blonde Birch Farm


The Design Confidential and The Blonde Birch Farm If you are a long time reader of this old blog, you might be wondering about my radio silence for the last couple of months… I heart you all for sticking around and sticking it out! If you follow me on instagram, you may already have a clue what I have been up to, but if not, then you should because at least for the next little bit, I will try my best to be more up to date with the latest happenings over there. It will be more real-time… if you will. So let’s dive in and get you all caught up, shall we? Read More

Design / Home / Shopping / Studio

A Gathering in Indy with Delta


A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of heading out to Indy with Delta Faucet. While you may not instantly think a trip about faucets would be a great pleasure, I can tell you wholeheartedly it was. I have been on a many, many trips with brands in the past, but this particular event was extra special, not only because of the brand but certainly because of the small but amazing group of bloggers and designers I had the good fortune to be surrounded by. Read More


Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Queen Sized Murphy Bed

Ever seen a piece of furniture perform a magic trick? Voila! Check out this queen sized murphy bed plan! When in the closed position, this plan looks like a cabinet with 2 shelves and tons of storage. Need a bed and not a cabinet? Simply remove shelf items, remove the carriage bolts that secure the bed in the upright position,  and you have a fancy bed! If only everything could be this magical.
DIY / Entertaining / Studio

DIY // Faux Marble Pumpkins



It’s that time of year again, when the faux pumpkins start to spring forth from my faux garden, or a little place I like to call Michael’s… and this year’s design is already set in stone with a DIY Faux Marble design. You see what I did there? Yep, feeling pretty clever today. Actually it has been something of a tough couple of weeks here at the Turner Casa so I am scrambling to catch up and a bit scatter brained, so hopefully this tutorial isn’t all over the place! But truly this DIY project is far easier than it looks, so hang on to your socks and let’s take a trip down faux finishing lane.

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Reader Showcase // An Emmerson Dining Bench

Look What I Built! Using Free DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential #builtTDCtuff via @thedesconf

A gorgeous Emmerson Dining Bench to match a gorgeous Emmerson Dining Table…. and an adorable pup to model their hard work for us. I’m not sure it gets any better than fur babies and real babies, in an on furniture, acting like humans, that are in and on furniture pieces built by said humans. So good, am I right? A fabulous build indeed, thanks for sharing with us on Instagram @Josie_Havana.

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Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Countertop Storage Tray

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential with Complete Instructions on How to Build a Countertop Storage Tray via @thedesconf Increase your counter space with this countertop storage tray, by going UP with this simple, elegant and super quick build! This plan features a 2 foot wide by 5-1/2 inch deep and 8 inch tall countertop storage tray to stack those items that you need in a pinch… spices, cups, books and more. Did we mention how cheap this build is? We challenge you to make it out of scraps – that’s right, a $0 cost build!

I hope many of you had a lovely holiday weekend and my heart is breaking for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you have some sincere ideas of how we might join together as a community and physically help those in need, please speak up. I would love to brainstorm with all of you super smarties….

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Design / Home / Shopping

Form Versus Function / Family Room Design Plan


The Design Confidential Family Room Redesign Mood Board + Design Plan When last we left off on my family room redesign, you actually had no idea I was even working on one. It has been such a crazy year around here so far and I am glad to have both kids back in school. It gives me the chance to resume something of a normal schedule. With both boys home, there is no chance of getting much done around here, at all.

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