Mini Gallery Wall in the Bedroom

The week before Thanksgiving always throws me off, I’m never quite prepared for it so do me a favor and just pretend this isn’t my first post of the week :P

My husband has been threatening to get rid of all of my “junk frames” (as he calls them) which I was carefully storing in our garage the last few months. He desperately wants an empty garage so he can build his ‘home gym’ (lols).  I guess I wasn’t sharing his sense of urgency over working out in the garage, I wasn’t in any hurry to tidy up the mess. In reality, I had been waiting for that perfect design moment to arrive, you know, that light-bulb-I-got-the-perfect-idea moment to tell me how and where to hang the art that I accumulated from our loft.  It’s tricky trying to take decor from one space and insert it into another.  It takes time! Don’t husband’s know this??

mini gallery wall // brittanyMakes

I’ve been working with Minted on a couple things ever since they invited me to the Camille Styles book launch in San Francisco last week.  Minted has expanded their marketplace to not only offer cards and stationary, they now have a full suite of hand selected custom and limited edition art prints from all our favorite artists! I was looking for a photograph to incorporate in my bedroom that had 3 characteristics: soothing color palette, slight pattern, and large scale.  I stumbled on this print by Gail Schechter and just had to have it.  I was also head over heels for this print by Jennifer Little but thought I’d come back to that one another time.

mini gallery wall // brittanyMakes

It was easy navigating the Minted art shop.  I was worried I’d lose track of the prints that I loved, but their ‘favorite’ button (almost like a ‘Pin it’ button) enables you to go back and view all your favorites at any time. The next big thing Minted has added to their shop is a slue of metallic foil art prints! This one by Marabou Design is so sweet!

I just wanted to say thanks to Minted for sending me one of their gorgeous prints! My room wouldn’t be complete without it.

LoveB

 

 

Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Links & Things}

 

Friday Faves // brittanyMakes

 

// ONE a very chic lumbar pillow // TWO it’s never too late to start collecting blue & white ceramics! Start now with this beautiful jar // THREE oh man, I would do questionable things for this table // FOUR Live edge cheese board?!?! Quite possibly the best hostess gift of the year // FIVE super cute (and surprisingly expensive) braided basket. Perfect for a kids room

 

// excited to finally see this big reveal!

// these business cards are unreal

// congrats to Kirsten & Erin on their new shop!

// are you following this podcast? I can’t get enough! I’ve listened to each episode twice.  Don’t judge.

// I NEED to make this

 

Have a great weekend everyone! And thank you so much for the positive feedback on our kitchen! I’m hoping for the big reveal sometime in the next week or two.  I’m still kind of afraid to cook in it,it feels too new! I hope to really break it in over Thanksgiving :)

LoveB

 

Kitchen Update: Painted Cabinets

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We have kitchen progress!

Man, if I could only explain exactly what it took to get to this point, you’d probably leave with a migraine.  But! Before we dive into the details, let’s take a minute and admire our kitchen so far!

kitchen update: painted cabinets // brittanyMakes

 

kitchen update: painted cabinets // brittanyMakes

 

kitchen update: painted cabinets // brittanyMakes

I never anticipated that painting the lower cabinets would cause so much drama.  If you remember the last I mentioned our kitchen, all cabinets were white (like the uppers), the counters were still just the plywood supports, the sink had just been installed, hardware was missing, light fixtures were missing, and the back splash was non-existent.  So much progress has happened since! What’s crazy is, the majority of these beautifying things happened over just a weekend.  (sorry for all the iPhone photos!)

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Our counters were installed and almost immediately the cabinets were painted.

 

cabinets painted // brittanyMakes

And everything was starting to look beautiful! We could see the light at the end of the tunnel, and were stoked we’d soon have a kitchen again!

What’s all this the drama about the cabinets, you’re wondering? WELL. First off, I can’t even explain how this decision was made, but somehow the painter (and presumed professional painter) painted our cabinets with flat interior wall paint.  Our contractor said, “I have an account at Sherwin Williams, go pick out your paint color”, which I did, and chose SW Cyperspace.  I explained how I do not want sheen on the cabinets.  Obviously I’m not a professional, so I would expect that a professional painter would say “well, we can’t do flat because it will be impossible to clean, finger prints will be permanent stains” etc etc.  If he had made any mention of this I would have said ‘OK, what’s the lowest sheen we can go that we can keep clean.  Oh, Satin? Let’s to it then!’ but no, somehow he just selected a paint completely unsuitable for kitchen cabinets and went ahead and painted the cabinets. We were none the wiser until about 3 days later when they came over to install the drawers and doors.  They picked the cabinets off of the cardboard where they were drying and the paint started peeling off.  Literally, peeling off! We found out they didn’t use primer either.  Seriously?! I’m not a professional painter and even I know primer is a must, especially on surfaces that have an existing finish!

I was pretty peeved after this.  The foreman tried to say that paint was what we wanted.  LOLs right? So they had to scrape off ALL the paint and start again.  This time they chose a high traffic, extremely durable paint called DuraPoxy Premium Interior Enamel from Kelly Moore.  They also primed first, thank God.

photo jThe above photo was after they painted the second round, and installed the hardware.  Go ahead and laugh, the cabinet knobs are upside down lol! Simultaneously, when the hardware was being installed, the tile guy was installing our backsplash.  I could kiss the tile guy.  He was SO precise and SO methodical.  I was super impressed with his work.

subway tile installation // brittanyMakes

 

Here’s that close-up of our back splash, and our cabinets, and our delicious hardware!

 

kitchen update: painted cabinets // brittanyMakes

 

As I’m sure you can guess, our kitchen is done (besides the floors).  Even though there have been bumps in the road during this remodel, we are beyond happy with the end result of our kitchen.  We haven’t fully moved back into our kitchen yet, I mean, I want those cabinets to cure!  And of course, I can’t wait to show you proper after-photos. Soon, very soon!

Get caught up on the remodel!

 Special inspirational credits go to Sarah of Smitten Studio and her fabulous kitchen

LoveB

Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Links & Things}

 

Friday Faves // brittanyMakes

// ONE Winter’s coming! bundle up with this lux faux fur infinity scarf // TWO these place mats are so simple and stylish! // THREE I’m already contemplating a simple holiday table setting using these chic dessert plates // FOUR I need this stunning pitcher for my new kitchen! // FIVE love this new open shelving unit

// TOMS for Target, say what!

// I really enjoyed the honesty in this post

// This is such a cute and easy DIY

// Can’t wait to meet this talented lady next week!

// Help! I can’t decide between these boots or these boots

Have a great weekend everyone!

LoveB

Artfully Walls Kids Boutique & a Giveaway!

I would argue one of the major challenges in interior design is art.  By ‘art’ I literally mean everything art-related: framing art, hanging art, selecting art, curating art, DIYing art – all of it.  It’s a tricky thing, and without the right talent or skill, it can go wrong so fast.

Just think about this, there are folks who pay thousands in tuition to learn the skills of curating art! It’s not a simple skill to learn, and yes just like anything there are a lucky few who have a natural talent of designing said art spaces, however for the average joe it can be quite a challenge.

Artfully Walls founders recognized the challenges and pains we all feel when designing a wall gallery and sought to find a solution.   They are a company that fully focuses on two things: creating the perfect gallery wall and providing the tools to make that happen.  With a little bit of code (aka magic) and a lot of ingenuity, Artfully Walls created two incredible design tools: the Wall Designer the free Try on Wall mobile app.  You use the Wall Designer to help curate the perfect wall gallery using prints and canvases from their shop.  The mobile app is an easy and free tool to see how art will look on your wall. It’s like trying on clothes, but for your wall!

So, besides singing praises for Artfully Walls, I’m actually here today to spread the news about the launch of their new Kids Boutique!

Artfully Walls Kids Boutique // brittanyMakes

Hanging art in your nursery is like spreading jam on your toast, sure you can eat toast without jam but it will be dry and unappetizing and leave you unsatisfied, just like a nursery without art.  Like jam smothered toast, a nursery is just that much tastier with art on the walls!

Artfully Walls Kids Boutique // brittanyMakes

I’ve got a hint of a woodland theme going on in Zano’s nursery, so when I saw this Hare print by Moran Pinchas, I just had to have it.  I love that it’s hand drawn in black and white, it’s whimsical and modern all at once.

Artfully Walls Kids Boutique // brittanyMakes

SO! In celebration of the Artfully Walls Kids Boutique launch, we’re giving away 2 (read: TWO!) art prints to one lucky reader.  And in case you’re worried about entering, the art prints are not limited to the kids boutique.  The winner can select any 2 art prints offered on the website!

To enter, leave a comment below mentioning at least one of the prints from Artfully Walls you would select if you won the giveaway, then tell me where you would hang it! Bonus entries if you follow Artfully Walls on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook :)

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DIY Raw Wood Valance & Chinoiserie Drapes

I’m not very good at posting on Mondays, mainly because it’s well, Monday, and arguably the worst day of the week.  I’d like to promise I’ll try to post more on Mondays, but i’m not going to pigeonhole myself or make promises I cannot keep, so instead let’s consider today’s post a bonus!

Last week I revealed our bedroom.  I’m actually happy to report it pretty much still looks this way! I’ve managed to keep all surfaces clean and organized and ‘decor-ized!’ Not destroying our bedroom immediately after having taken the stylized photos is a major accomplishment.  Hopefully we can keep it this way for a little bit longer!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

Anywho, I wanted to share with you today the DIY behind creating this raw wood valance, as well as more details about these amazing curtain panels!  The raw wood valance was 100% inspired by the Decorview setup in this guestroom makeover.  I needed to have a modern wood valance in my life, and thought the bedroom window was the perfect place to experiment!

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

First, I hung a very inexpensive curtain rod, I think it was $4 from Ross (you can see it in one of the photos below).  Then, using an 8-foot 1″ x 3″ pine board, my miter saw, 3″ L brackets and a stud finder, I crafted a simple valance.  The width of the valance was measured by first identifying the location of the studs flanking our window.  I wanted to be sure this valance was secured to the studs.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I attached the valance to the wall using more L brackets, as you can see below.  The L brackets and curtain rod are hidden from view, but here is an undershot so you get an idea of how it was assembled.

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Now, how ’bout that fabric??? This Chinoiserie inspired print is a stunner!  I love how bold and vivacious this fabric looks in our bedroom.  It certainly plays the leading role without stealing the show.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

The fabric itself is a Williamsburg print from their new fabric collection, called Dunmore Dragons in persimmon.  The Williamsburg collection is full of vivid colors and intriguing designs. These bold prints and woven textiles are reminiscent of artifacts and objects in Colonial Williamsburg and their extensive archives of 18th-century decorative arts.  Williamsburg Licensee PK Lifestyles, took this historical influence and updated these prints into these very trendforward designs.   I definitely recommend browsing the full collection of Willimsburg textiles, there might find something you love!

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I made the curtain panels in like 30 minutes, no joke! I chose not to line them, mainly because I didn’t have any fabric to use for lining.  I can always add a liner later or double up the curtains with inexpensive white panels from Ikea.  All I did was fold the edges over twice, iron the fold down, and run the edges through my sewing machine.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I hung the panels to the inexpensive curtain rod using rings with attached clamps, then hemmed the bottom at the length where the panels hit the floor. I didn’t even take the panels down! I brought my sewing machine to the window and hemmed them while they were hanging.  I’ve never done this before, it was SO much easier than I expected!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

 

So there you go! I am seriously loving this perfect marriage between a simple-but-fancy raw wood valance and these vibrantly chic curtain panels!

LoveB

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