Bold Projects From The Bold Abode!

Today’s post is brought to you by Gwen from The Bold Abode! She has a fabulous blog, and I’m super excited to have her taking over my blog today so she can introduce herself to you all!


Hi, Dear Bold Ones of Practically Functional!

My name is Gwen and I am the author of The Bold Abode where I share stuff I build and things I sew and even Gluten Free munchies…

Jessi was so sweet to invite me to share some of my projects with you, and I am just thrilled to be here!

I mean, this girl has got it together with her 18 Small Bathroom Storage Ideas and her amazing Magnetic Spice Rack! Wowz…

I love living in color, and as you can see from my Home Sweet Home Tour that is under way, I totally put that into practice!


We’ve been in this house for four years, and it is slowly becoming ours.

My very favorite project is a recent one… I took our builder boring staircase and turned it into something Bold!

Black and White Wallpaper Stairs

Using removable wallpaper from Spoonflower, I made a fun and funky staircase that really is one of a kind. Would you ever consider putting wallpaper on your stair risers?

Last year, I also put together a little Pallet Project. I had my eyes on this Nantucket Porch Swing, but with a price tag of over $800, I knew that was an unrealistic dream!

So, when I found some pallets made of quality wood, I knew I just had to try my hand at building a porch swing inspired by my dream one.

Pallet Porch Swing

It was a labor of love and, so far, it’s held up!

As you can see, I love color. In fact, my love of color is what inspired my blog name.

As the home decor trend moved to a more neutral palette, I realized that I was not going to be following along. When I started blogging, I knew that my home would be filled with color and that I couldn’t hide it. I just had to be bold about it… and thus, The Bold Abode was born!

If you are not comfortable using color, pop over and check out 9 ways you can add color to your home!

You can add it gradually and subtly but using color is fun! I encourage you to play with it… to try it out!

9 ways to add color to your home

And if you are in the neighborhood, I love to connect with you on Pinterest or Google+!

Thank you so much for having me, Jessi! I love your Practically Functional ways. You are an inspiration to me and I know you are to your wonderful readers as well!



Seriously guys, if you haven’t already stopped by to see any of the awesome projects Gwen linked to in this post, you NEED to go visit her and check out her blog! The Bold Abode is the perfect name for her house and her blog, and I love it!

Thanks so much for sharing your blog with us today Gwen!


I link up at these awesome parties!

Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Kim says

    8 years ago

    I absolutely love the wallpaper on the step risers! – and yes, I might actually consider doing it to mine!! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous ideas!

    • Jessi @ Practically Functional says

      8 years ago

      Aren’t those the coolest?! Those stairs have totally inspired me! We don’t have stairs in our apartment, but I have another great use for wallpaper in mind 🙂

  2. Gwen says

    8 years ago

    Thank you SO much for allowing me to share with your readers while you are away! I hope you are having a BLAST!

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