Thursday, January 30, 2014

Free Valentine's Day Printables

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I've been seeing the cutest printables.  I tend to gravitate to the ones about love in general and not specifically Valentine's day.  I wanted to share some of them.

Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY West Elm Sculptural Spheres

A while back I made a sphere from embroidery hoops.

I wasn't totally in love with it and it never stayed together with the little hands around here that like to touch.  I was thumbing through the newest West Elm catalog and saw these.  They're available in gold and silver.

I loved them so much more than the wooden ones.  I wanted to make one but I didn't feel like running to the craft store so I used what I had, the red embroidery hoops.  I took it apart and started new.

I put three hoops together in the same shape as the West Elm version.  I had to use tape to hold the outer hoop together.

Using paper mache, I began to add layers of paper.

Once it dried, I sprayed it with black spray paint.  After the spray paint was dry, I gave it a good coat of silver craft paint.  It gives it a metallic look.  The West Elm version has rounder edges but I still like mine.

I've been switching out all my DIY pieces on this table.  The urchin was here before but it's been moved.

The more I look at this table, the more I realize I need to get some home decor books on display.

I like that I can add hand made pieces to the table for a fraction of the price as store bought.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Changing Things Up

Back around Christmas time, I had a wild hair to move some things around.  My Ikea expedit has always been in the hallway nook leading to the family room.

I like it here but the area underneath the mirror in the dining room was empty.  So I moved the expedit here.  I posted it on Facebook and several of you seemed to like the change.

I don't completely love it but like the expedit fills in the gap.

With this change, the hallway nook now becomes empty.  I would love an open console table to display baskets and other large decor items.

I love the openness on this one.  The mix of wood and metal give it a rustic feel which I'm open to.

This one pairs nicely with the striped walls.source

This one is gorgeous but a little above my budget.

I could DIY one of my own like this.

I also like this parson style table with stools or ottomans tucked underneath.

I'm still debating on a few options before I pull the trigger on purchasing anything.  Any suggestions?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Look A Likes

Whenever I see a sale for dining room furniture, I quickly click over.  

Target is having a pretty good sale on theirs right now.  I saw these dining chairs and immediately fell in love.  They are modern and the subtle wingback is gorgeous.  A set of 2 chairs is on sale for $132.99.  What a steal!

West Elm is also having a sale and they have almost the exact same chairs, but with nail head trim, for $489.99 a pair.

dining chairs

I don't know about you, but I like the Target version better and they are a fraction of the price.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sass and Class Polyvore Contest

Polyvore is hosting another decorating contest. This time they have paired with Cassie from Hi Sugarplum.  The theme is Sass and Class.

It's always fun to create these mood boards.  There will be two winners that each get $500 to spend at Anthropologie!  Count me in.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Foyer Photos

Back when we put up the board and batten in the entry, I knew I wanted something to go above it.  This wall sat empty for while.  I just wasn't sure exactly what would go there.  I debated on photos or a large mirror.  More photos of the kiddos won.  You can't have enough family photos around the house right?

I also wanted to share a picture to show you how the front foyer relates to the mirrors' new home I showed you last week.  They are just around the corner from the front door entrance.

Can't wait till we continue the board and batten throughout the rest of the entry.  Maybe I'm more excited to buy a nailgun than the actual work!

What do you think about a dark color on the interior of the front door?  Ever since we've been here, I've wanted to paint it a dark color.  Maybe gray?

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Girl's Bathroom Makeover

Back over Thanksgiving break, I promised my daughter I would begin work on her bathroom after Christmas.  It was one of the last rooms left to be painted.  But mind you, her room was one of the first ones finished.  I was determined to make this happen for her even though I knew it would be tight because I would have both kids over the Christmas break.  My goal was to start to finish in two days.  I'm superwoman so I can do this!  Or so I think I'm superwoman sometimes.

Here is the room before.  She already had the shower curtain and towels.  I chose this shower curtain because it used the sames colors from her bedroom.  Excuse the weird lighting.  There's no window and the overhead light is all there is.

Yes, her poor bathroom has been like this for over two years.  At least, she had towels to clean herself up with right?

I had plenty of the Dutch Boy Pale Blue Springs paint left over from the hall bathroom, which is almost complete, so I used it.  I was curious how the same paint color would look in her bathroom since it had a different color palette.

I started on a Tuesday morning right after I put my son down for a nap.  I have to work fast with him because he takes short naps and then wakes up like he's slept all afternoon.  I prepped the room by taping and patching holes I had previously made.  I like to tape off the ceiling and trim since I don't really have a steady hand and would end up with paint all over the ceiling.  I realize it would save me so much time to not have to do this, but I like the clean, crisp lines the tape leaves.

Are you ready for the outcome?

The light blue becomes a pretty backdrop for the bold colors in the shower curtain and green rug.  It's calm yet so fun at the same time.  You should have seen her face when she walked in the room and saw everything put back together.  It was totally worth the work.

The art is just prints from I printed from the computer like her gallery wall.  They are flowers with the words flourish, abound, and blossom.  I thought the words were so appropriate for my daughter.  Plus the colors go perfect with the shower curtain.

Early on I liked the idea of hooks instead of a towel bar.  She can hang the towel here better.  Before she had a bar but she couldn't quite reach around it so the towel always ended up on the floor.  I picked this one up at Target and it has larger nickel hooks that she could use for more than towels.

I knew I wanted the mirror framed so that happened on Thursday morning.  It was supposed to happen on Wednesday but I had a situation.  I bundled up the kids and went into Lowes Wednesday morning, picked out my molding, and headed home.  Everything was all laid out in the garage.  I had cut all my corners and ready for paint.  One piece was a little bowed,  so me being me, I tried to bend it just a little on my leg to make it straight.  Bad idea.  It snapped in half!  Talk about mad.  I was not about to go back out so it had to wait until the next morning when I could muster up the strength to take them into Lowes again.  

I used the same method when we framed the master bathroom mirrors.  The mirror has so much presence now and doesn't fade into the wall.  I made the decision to go white instead of a wood tone.  The color is Behr Decorator White.

A also spray painted this light in nickel just like the hall bathroom light.  We will replace all bathroom lights at the same time so this is temporary.

I love the color in this space.  It makes a dramatic difference.  In only two working days, I transformed this bathroom into something she loves as well.  So much better than what she had before.

Another room to check off my list.

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