Weekend Agenda // A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend


The Design Confidential Weekend Agenda // Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope many of you are enjoying a long weekend of family and friends – the best kind. I imagine some of you might also be enjoying the first real weekend of summer vacation. Out here in my neck of the woods (N. California) we are done for the year and I for one could not be more terrified and excited all at the same time. Last summer nearly did me in, with both my boys home and old enough to bicker and bother.

For those of you who check in on the site regularly, you are likely aware of all the crazy that has been going on during our site migration. I’m super excited to say I can see the light at the end of the tunnel… all plans are restored and functional and almost all of the links should work! We just need to fix the images on the plan index pages and we are back in business! For the rest of you, it is possible you haven’t seen the new digs yet and you definitely should – I urge you to come check things out! I am still working out some kinks, and I would love your feedback on things that are not working properly or could simply be better. I have some wonderful things in the works for this site and I can’t wait to roll out the updates.

The Design Confidential Weekend Agenda // Memorial Day Weekend

In other worldly news… if you are looking for a new project to sink your teeth into – I have just the thing:

Our most popular outdoor furniture projects

For those of you who are experiencing warmer temps and need a fun cool down, these are just the thing.

If you need a new family pastime, make one of these with these instructions… mine is still going strong many years later and looks amazing, always. It’s certainly the focal point of my outdoor entertaining.

If some general sprucing is on your radar, this might help you get started!

I will be back with a more complete update on all the site progress this week, but yahoo for how far we have come! I have some great content lined up for you guys this week and I couldn’t be more excited to get back in the saddle – posting new projects instead of fixing past projects.


Design / Featured / Home / Studio

Finding the Finish Line / The Many Faces of My Interior Spaces


The Design Confidential x Schlage // Door Hardware and Hinges are the Perfect Finale For Any Home Makeover via @thedesconf

If you furnish and decorate your home yourself, how do you know when you are finished with a space? Is there a natural stopping point in your decorating process? Do you ever actually feel like a space is utterly complete or do your spaces evolve along with you, over time? For someone in my particular line of work, I suppose you can imagine that I spend a lot of time working and reworking my decor. It is the nature of the beast, so to speak… and frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The constant flux and flow of design elements suits me.

The one downside to this modus operandi is that not a single space in my home is left unturned and no space ever feels finished. If I am looking for a design finish line… it certainly won’t be found in my decor.

The Design Confidential x Schlage // Door Hardware and Hinges are the Perfect Finale For Any Home Makeover via @thedesconf

Take, for example, the bare bones version of my entry way, above. This space has had many faces in the years since we moved into this home. Every time I strip things down, in order to begin again, I cringe at how insane and chaotic this little area becomes after several months of inattention, at how desperately the paint needs to be refreshed and how uninteresting a non-decorated space in my home looks once all of the pretty things have been stripped away. From all outward appearances this wall and everything around it, are the definition of ‘builder basic’ and precisely the same as they are in every other home in my neighborhood.

Bland ceramic tile floors and counter tops, beige carpet, builder white walls and unremarkable hardware are the staple pieces for any home in Northern California, built in the early 2000’s. Upgrading to more beautiful finishes and fixtures will always be a good investment to make in your home and many of the updates require very little actual investment at all. Because let’s be honest, if you aren’t renovating a space, it is so easy to forget about the impact that something as simple as hardware can have… unless of course your existing door hardware is obscene and hideous – then you likely think about it every time you enter a space. For most people though, things like door knobs and hinges hardly even register. They go entirely unnoticed and consequently a potentially big-impact aspect of a space lies dormant, suffering for all of eternity in ‘builder basic’ exile.

The Design Confidential x Schlage Finishes and Fixtures via @thedesconf

The same is true for many of a home’s other finishes and fixtures – they become disregarded and put by the wayside for reasons of cost, time and that simple ability we have as humans to turn a blind eye to those features that aren’t problematic. Ignorance is bliss, my friends… right up until that moment when the wear and tear become difficult to manage and the kid smears begin to multiply the minute you turn your back on things.

My goal this year is to overhaul every single surface in my home.  For once, this project will have absolutely nothing to do with decor. Design trends come and go, my furnishings change with the seasons and my kids are rough on all of the things, so investing in those pieces is not going to get me a very good return on my efforts or my dollars. Instead, my focus will be on beautiful but durable finishes and fixtures that coordinate throughout the entire home. I will treat it as the foundation of my home’s design and everything else will build upon these timeless and hard hitting materials: Schlage Latitude Levers with Century Trim Bed + Bath Locks and Coordinating Hinges in Matte Black, High Quality Durable Paint that is color matched to Kelley Moore Swiss Coffee, Medium Toned Flooring in Oak, Plantation Shutters in Oak, Handmade Brick Tiles and Beautiful Ceramic Lighting.

So far I have painted and updated the hardware throughout a large portion of my first floor. You can already see and feel a dramatic difference in the overall appearance of my interior spaces. This area in particular gets a lot of use and these very basic updates make it feel much more considered and well-designed even though I haven’t updated the flooring yet and there are no custom built-ins.

The Design Confidential x Schlage // Door Hardware and Hinges are the Perfect Finale For Any Home Makeover via @thedesconf

Hardware often gets a bad rap as being difficult to change and expensive to replace. The truth of the matter is that it’s the perfect way to finish off a space and give it that custom, well-designed feel, that stands out in a sea of sameness. The process truly could not be any easier. The door in this space is tall… really tall – and I am not. Armed with nothing more than a drill and a decent step stool, I was able to replace all four of my standard hinges, with eye-catching, good looking hinges in less than five minutes. Swapping out the door handle, was even faster. From beginning to end, this portion of the entire overhaul took the least amount of time. Coming in at under 10 minutes flat, including unpacking the hardware and reading the directions, the door hardware is now a feature of this space that I will adore regardless of whether or not it is decorated. This is how I find my finish line among the many faces of my interior spaces.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.


Avocado Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Poptails


The Design Confidential Avocado Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Poptail Recipe

Ah yes… My love for Margaritas runs deep, my friends. While I don’t tend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo-in public, you know… with other humans- the occasion is always a great excuse to experiment with new ways to make this beloved, classic cocktail.

I have made many a poptail, cocktail and margarita recipe for this here site, and in my real life, but this might be my fave to date. Just like the Margarita du Jour this was modeled after, it is refreshing, while still being sweet and tart with just a bit of heat to spice things up – literally.

The Design Confidential Avocado Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Poptail Recipe

RECIPE / Makes 12 – 16 Poptails


  • Popsicle Mold or Freezer Pop Molds
  • 1 whole Large Cucumber
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 1/2 cups Tequila
  • 3 cups Margarita Mix (for less sugar, substitute for lime and liquid stevia or agave)
  • 4-6 slices Tempered Jalapeno (without seeds)
  • 2 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 tsp Ancho Chili Powder

The Design Confidential Avocado Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Poptail Recipe


Start by washing and cutting your cucumber into small-ish sections – whatever your blender can handle. Use the ice blend setting or similar to give your cucumber a thick and chunky but pureed texture. Add your Mix and Tequila, then blend again to mix the ingredients well. Scoop out your Avocado and add your Jalapeno, then once again blend until you have a nice thick puree. Taste test and adjust to make sweeter by adding more margarita mix or less sweet by adding more cucumber. Your puree should be refreshingly tart but sweet and creamy with a touch of heat.

Pour your mixture into your popsicle molds and let freeze overnight or until frozen. Once your poptails are in the freezer, you can mix the ‘rimming salt’. This step is optional but adds a nice touch for those who like a salt rim on their traditional margaritas. To create, add your Sea Salt, Celery Salt and Ancho Chili and mix well until the color is uniform.

Leave your poptails in the freezer until just before you are ready to serve them and then sprinkle a tiny bit of the rimming salt on one side of your poptail. These will be a refreshing treat for all who partake…



Entertaining / Studio

Summertime Sunset Shaved Ice


The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers Summertime Sunset Shaved Ice

It’s that time of year when the temperatures start to rise and Mother Nature starts to hint at turning up the heat. All I need is the slightest suggestion and I am on board and ready to roll with summertime fun! In honor of the lengthy stay-cation on the horizon, I am rolling out the red carpet for my favorite time of year with a few summery sweet treats. What say you, are you tired of this never ending winter too? Let’s revolt…

First on our list of devious ways to usher in the season of warmth – a summertime inspired sunset shaved ice recipe!

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers Summertime Sunset Shaved Ice

It is tricky to keep your shaved ice from turning into a slushy, on a very warm day. The steps below should help quite a bit.

RECIPE / If you are making snow cones for kids or popsicles using flavored syrup – you can also use a combination of Cotton Candy, Pina Colada, and Cherry syrups. The cotton candy and pina colada flavors will be combined in equal amounts with just a few drops of cherry.

Mix liquids and coconut and blend in a blender until all ingredients are well mixed and thinned. Pour into a freezer safe container and let freeze until solid. A few smaller containers, or several ice cube trays that you can empty a little at a time, will work best. By freezing the juices to use as the ice, you will save yourself from having the liquid juice melt your shaved ice. Add only enough juicy ice cubes or frozen chunks as will work for the shaved ice machine and let the remainder stay in the freezer.

Follow the directions on your shaved ice machine, pour into a glass or coupe and enjoy!

// This project was created in partnership with Michaels and my role as a Michaels Maker. Thank you for supporting the amazing brands that help us provide fun and fresh new projects like this for The Design Confidential.

Whether you’re looking for fun décor, bright blooms, or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun! Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas.


Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Decker Hall Tree


You Can Build This! The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Decker Hall Tree

If you need organization and strong good looks to go with your heavy dose of spring cleaning, this hall tree plan is just the thing! A matching bench will follow so you can put your feet up while you take your shoes off. Oh how I love high function pieces.

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, you can include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!


  • 12 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 2 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 6 – 2×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×6 at 6′
  • 4- 2×3 at 73″ Legs
  • 4 – 2×3 at 14″ Feet
  • 4 – 2×3 at 11 1/2″ Feet
  • 2 – 2×3 at 5 1/4″ Feet
  • 2 – 2×3 at 5 3/4″ Feet
  • 2 – 2×3 at 16″ Shelf Supports
  • 2 – 2×3 at 13″ Shelf Supports
  • 2 – 2×6 at 15 1/2″ Curved Feet
  • 2 – 1×4 at 69 1/2″ Rails
  • 2 – 1×3 at 56 1/2″ Back Shelf Piece
  • 10 – 1×3 at 65 1/2″ Shelf Boards and Cleat

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

You will build two of these leg units that mirror each other. For the leg unit not shown above, you will place the leg and shorter foot piece on the left. To secure, simply glue and nail or screw the pieces in place as shown, using 2 1/2″ fasteners. If using screws to secure, be sure to countersink and pre-drill so that your screw heads sit flush or slightly below the face of your boards. Clamp and let the glue set up before moving on.

Create a curved leg piece by cutting out a shape that is similar to the one above, using your jig saw. You will need two of these.

The important part of your curved leg shape is to be sure the section shown on the right side of this diagram, in gray, is exactly the same as you see here and is in fact 3″ x 2 1/2″ in size. This will need to sit and fit correctly with your other foot pieces. Everything beyond that can have any curvature you prefer as long as it doesn’t extend beyond the back of your hall tree. This foot piece will sit with the 3 inch x 2 1/2 inch section at floor level. To view this piece in place see the diagram below.

You will be doing the same thing to your second leg unit, as is shown above, only it will fasten together in mirror image (on the opposite side). Cut the Shelf Supports to size and then sand or cut away a curve at one edge of your board as shown above. This is optional, but will allow for a less blunt edge sticking out from your shelves which is both pleasing to the eye and a bit less threatening to the eye as well (we don’t want you to lose an eye from hanging up your jackets). Attach your supports 3/4 inch from the top and 14 inches below that using glue and your 2 1/2″ screws or nails. Clamp and let your glue set up.

Your curved foot piece will attach as shown with two additional foot pieces resting in front and behind your 3 inch by 2 1/2 inch section. Glue all three pieces to the leg and the adjacent foot pieces and screw or nail in place using 2 1/2″ screws or nails. Clamp while you let your glue set up.

Create the inner structure as shown above, with the exception of the foot piece, prior to fastening it in place (it is shown above already fastened in place). This will allow you to fasten your horizontal pieces to your legs and then hide your connections when you fasten the unit to the existing leg units.

Fasten your back shelf pieces to your legs, using glue and 1 1/4″ screws or nails, then fasten this unit to your shelf supports and foot pieces in the same manner using your 2 1/2″ screws or nails. You can then secure the remaining foot pieces as shown above, also using your 2 1/2″ screws or nails.

Fasten your cleat to the back edge of your hall tree, using glue and 1 1/4″ screws or nails. Secure your last remaining foot piece by gluing and securing it to your existing foot pieces, in the same manner but with your 2 1/2″ screws or nails.

When you are finished with your hall tree, entirely, this cleat will be how you secure it to your wall so that it does not tip over. This is pretty important and not a feature that seems to be included in the original inspiration piece… allegedly.

To create your shelves, you will simply lay out your boards with 1/4″ spacing and secure your mending straps to what will be the bottom. Use your 5/8″ screws and note that the top shelf has one more board than the lower shelf and you are viewing the shelves from the bottom in the image above. Space your mending straps approximately how you see them above. The exact placement is not critical so long as you are sure they are spaced apart, do not sit in the location where the shelf supports will rest (the outside 3 inches on either side each shelf) and that they support the center of your shelves. Something similar to what you see in the diagram above is perfect.

Flip your shelves over and attach in place using 1 1/4″ screws or nails in a couple of places, securing from the top of your shelves, down into your shelf supports. If you plan to use screws, pre-drill with a countersink bit so your screws sit flush and can be covered up if preferred.

All that is left is to secure your rails to your hall tree. You can attach your coat hooks first if you prefer, I simply suggest that if you go this route, you note the location of the legs and steer clear of that when attaching your hooks. Attach your rails to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws or nails.

Once you are ready, secure to your wall using 2 1/2″ screws fastened into your cleat.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired.

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