Reducing allergens in our home.

*I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger.  As a part of my responsibilities, I have the opportunity to evaluate 3M prodcuts.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I pulled my boots out from the back of the closet yesterday which could only mean…fall is officially upon us.
Our desert state had almost 2 days straight of rain which is a blessing but also means the end of summer.  While I love the fall colors  I don’t love the fall allergens in the air.  My allergies have been going crazy!
Besides my daily neti pot ritual I’m convinced that changing our Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filter MPR 1000 air filter regularly is one simple way reduce allergens in our home.  You wouldn’t think the air could be as dirty as it is but look at what our old filter looked like when we pulled it out.
Keep in mind this filter was in for just under 3 months.
And this gunk could be flying around your home!
Changing your Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filter MPR 1000 at least every three months, especially before turning up the  heater in fall months is just one of the things you can do to help create a healthier home.  Doing so may also help reduce the amount of energy needed to cool or heat the home. It’s just one way you can help create a healthier home by capturing and attracting allergens like pollen and mold spores from the air passing through the filter. It also attracts and captures particles like smoke and smog.
From a cleanliness stand point, one reader commented in our last Filtrete post that by just changing air filters regularly it has helped cut down on the amount of dust in the home. It makes sense.
A change in season is always a good reminder to do those seasonal home checklists.  Here are a few on my to-do list:
-Flip mattresses.
-Clean out rain gutters.
-Start winterizing house by wrapping pipes, store patio furniture, weather strip windows.
-Give all windows a good washing in side and out.
-Spray off window and door screens.
-Consider hanging Christmas lights in the fall before the snow flies.
-Last but not least, change your Filtrete air filter(s).
(These babies are good.  We call em allergen trappers around here).
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Bedroom door before and after.

This is a sponsored post by the Home Depot written by me.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments on our bedroom reveal.
We really are enjoying being able to retreat to our bedroom instead of avoid it.
There can be lot of hurdles when it comes to pulling a room design together, namely, time and money, but in the end it’s so worth it.
If you’re a stay-at-homer, you spend the majority of your life living within the walls or your home.
Might as well make the rooms pretty, organized and efficient.
We now love our space instead of despise it.

In our bedroom reveal you may have noticed that our door was black.


It didn’t use to look like that.  When we first moved in we had a new Jeldwen door installed that we ordered through the Home Depot.  It’s a beautiful door and well designed with the blinds built right in between the two panes of glass so there’s no jangling of the shades when the door shuts.  It came pre-primed which we left in that state for about 3 years while we raised boys and neglected this room.


To get the door and rest of the room ready to paint we first had to do a thorough cleaning.  The Home Depot was awesome to gift us with a big Swiffer box filled with a Swiffer Duster and Swiffer Sweeper.   I actually already use these Swiffer products as a part of my cleaning regimen so sharing my experience with them was easy-peasy.


The first thing I do before any painting project is dust the area I’m going to be painting.  You would be shocked at how dusty walls get.  You wouldn’t think a vertical surface could collect so much dust but those of you who have a wall painted a really dark color, you know what I’m talking about.  In the right light you can see just how much dust collects on your walls. The Swiffer Duster is the perfect tool because the fibers trap and keep the dust in the duster instead of letting them fly all over the room.

This sounds a little odd but in addition to using our Swiffer Sweeper on our floors we also use it on our walls, windows and mirrors.


The long handle makes for quick work and easy reaching for large surfaces.   My secret tip for getting windows and mirrors sparkly clean is first using my Sweeper on them then you have less dust and streaking to try and remove.

I also dust the surrounding areas near the project I will be painting.  It’s the worst when you’re wall is all wet with paint then a door opens and blows dust right on to your surface.


While I love the look of our new trim molding on three walls, from a cleaning standpoint, it takes bit of upkeep.


Each one of these ledges is a surface for dust to collect.  It takes me about 6 minutes to go around my entire room and simply wipe each ledge on the walls with my Swiffer Duster then they’re all clean.

After taping I used a brush and roller to paint the door a glossy black.  I don’t normally love paint strokes so I was extra careful to go over any brush strokes with the roller.  Also, make sure to removed tape when the paint is almost dry (as in still just a tad bit tacky).  That way you won’t be removing any paint off your surface that may have adhered to the tape in the drying process.


The final result:


Now our door stands out and has presence rather than something that was lost in translation.
We also added some custom curtains to not only give that corner more visual interest but also add pretty and functional light control.



I’m so happy with the result and surprised at how much I stare at my new door.  Amazing what a huge difference a simple coat of paint makes.

To read more about this and other projects hop on over to Find It At the Home Depot.
See full bedroom reveal here.

Master Bedroom Reveal.

Three+ years people!
Three+ years the Mr. and I have lived in this bedroom:

Home Depot Before

Not anymore!
Goodbye pops of yellow from our last master bedroom.


You may remember, I got a little ambitious and sold our bed prematurely to make room for the DIY one that was in my head. Then a year went by with our bed on the floor before we actually got around to making it.  Picture that people.

Home Depot Before 1


Home Depot Before 2






Before and After

Thanks for sticking with me through this LONG journey.
In my next home (ahem) I vow to do decorate our master bedroom first.
Scouts honor.

DIY project how-to’s coming soon!

Paint color: Pure White by Sherwin Williams.
Navy upholstered bed: DIY.
Vega 3 Chandelier and Imperfect Plus sheets: School House Electric.
Blue stripe pillow cases: Tommy Hilfiger found at HomeGoods.
Green side tables: Yard sale find painted green.
Blue pot on nightstand: Home Depot.
Bedside lamps and curtain rods: West Elm.
Green coverlet: Target.
Mid century Dresser: Antique from Tomorrow’s House.
Art above bed: $1.00 calendar cutouts.
Door hardware on black door: Emtek.
Curtains: Custom (fabric: Lacefield Bali Chevron).
Herringbone print wall: Hand drawn using a gold Sharpie marker.
“After” pictures photographed by Allison Bills.