I love a good DIY, there are just so many ideas swirling around in my head. Some of my ideas are original, crazy weird, super simple, or happen to be various renditions of other projects or things I’ve spotted out in the internets. Today’s project is something of the latter, I’m not claiming originality nor am I re-inventing the wheel, I’m just putting my spin on something I actually needed, yet, of course, has been done before.
I completely ruined my stock camera strap when I photographed the latest Home Depot Style Challenge. I came home and my entire camera bag, strap included, reeked like bonfire. Not to mention my clothes and hair! It took me a week to wash out that smell, and I’m a girl who hates shampooing… Anyway, I needed a new camera strap, so I turned to my mound of fabric scraps for a solution. Read the entire tutorial over at the interior design talent Kirsten’s blog, 6th Street Design School.
// ONE this pillow would pair nicely with the navy velvet pillows I just made! // TWO this club chair, my oh my, come to mama! // THREE I’m a huge fan of Target’s Room Essentials line, it’s both stylish and affordable. I especially like this clip lamp, keep it white or even better – spray paint it gold! // FOUR never take your entryway too seriously, give your guests a laugh with these sweet doormats // FIVE the most unique basket I’ve seen in a while! Love it’s structure, it would look perfect beside a club chair filled with throw blankets
I’ve finally gotten into a good groove with the baby, who just turned 7 weeks by the way! Nuts! We have a good feed/sleep schedule down which allows me some DIY time, not to mention is helping my sanity – I’m actually getting some sleep! It will all be tested next week tho, we’re going on our first family trip down to SoCal to visit friends and swing by Disneyland. Call us crazy.
Have a great weekend!
Until now all four corners in my living room have been pretty meh. When we moved in I threw a Billy bookcase against a wall and pretty much just unpacked every accessory box we had and used the bookcase as accessory storage. It was messy and looked hoarder-ish at best. The second thing I did, which was a total disaster, was unpack ALL my throw pillows and threw them on the sofa. I’m not kidding, I had like 20 throw pillows on my sofa for almost two months! I did have a reason for it at one point – I was 9 months pregnant and needed to surround myself with pillows in order to be comfortable – but that didn’t last very long because soon I couldn’t sit on the sofa at all and sat mostly on the ground and used the sofa as back support. It’s embarrassing that I let all my pillows take over my living room. We even had company over when our sofa was in that state! I’ve blocked out the memories.
Well, I FINALLY cleared our sofa of said pillows, like all of them. I couldn’t take it anymore so shoved them all in bags and put them in storage. I wanted to start fresh, so I went to the fabric store and bought 2 yards of navy velvet and made two pillow covers. It took a couple days and some strategic nap time planning but I was able to make both covers during one of baby Zano’s naps, which I shamelessly pat myself on the back for accomplishing since sewing velvet is the worst. thing. ever. Have you tried it? It’s dumb.
I firmly believe every sofa needs at least one velvet pillow regardless of season. Velvet is visually stimulating, it’s interesting and warm and photographs really well. If sewing your own velvet pillows stresses you out like it does to me, World Market sells a bunch of velvet pillows at the best prices, I’m talking navy, aqua, coral to name a few.
So far I’m pleased with the progress of our living room, decor wise that is. I just bought some white paint, soon we’ll be saying adios to those beige walls! I can’t wait!
Sources: gold lamp: Land of Nod | portrait: vintage | gold ring display: DIY | “A” bookend: Marshall’s | tripod lamp: gifted, similar here or here | color block pillow: Target | pink ombre pillow: Target (in-store clearance item, couldn’t find on website) | snow leopard chair: reupholstered Craigslist find | faux sheepskin: Ikea | Sofa: Macy’s
// ONE Pom-poms are having their moment, rightly so as they’re super fun and are a DIYers best friend in sprucing up boring things like curtains or blankets. Leave it to Target to save you the DIY trouble with this super plush pom-pom throw, which is on sale right now! // TWO This clock is pretty cool, spots and all! You could prob DIY this super easily. // THREE YES! THIS SIDE TABLE. // FOUR Hoo-rah for West Elm’s amazing new arrivals! I am DYING over these stools. And have you seen the brass wire kitchen stuff? If not, you must, now! // FIVE I’m so happy we figured out a way to tie-dye fabrics to look watercolored and less ‘tie-dye-y’. I wouldn’t look twice at a traditional tie-dyed pillow, but this aqua pillow is just so lovely!
Some weeks Friday’s sneak up on me, and other times I feel like I’m waiting all week for Friday to arrive! This weekend is our anniversary, we’ve been married for a year! It seriously has been such a great year. Check back in a couple days and I’ll share a little recap for you
Have a great weekend!
Welcome to the second episode of “what we wish to do to our house but don’t have the funds to do so quite yet”. It’s a riviting season I tell ya! Read here if you missed episode one.
All kidding aside, we really, like REALLY, want to get these projects started, but it’s all about super boring adult stuff like patience and timing and prioritizing. The minute I get the go ahead, I’m tearing out that carpet! It might look old and stained in the photo above, it’s actually super plush and new(ish), and looks that way from people walking all over it. It’s fine. Really, the carpet is fine, I just hate carpet. It’s gross and deceiving, although on the plus it hides dirt and dog hair really well. JK.
The next thing we’d do is remove that wall. Be gone wall! I yearn for an open space, one that connects to the living/dining area, and this wall is preventing this from happening. There are two entrances to the kitchen/dining room, one on the outside of the living room, and one through that opening by the fireplace. Neither path feels shorter than the other, it’s annoying trying to decide which way to go to the kitchen or dining room every day. i just need that wall to go. We’re about 90% sure it’s load bearing, so we’ll have to figure that out once we take it down. Like I mentioned last time, I have a few contractors in my fam, it’ll all come down to shmoozing them to get their help.
Other things we’d like to change, the wall color of course! That will probably be one of the first things I do, since I can easily paint walls during nap time. The fireplace wall has weird wood paneling that must come down. The house was built in the 60′s so I imagine this wall was a wood paneled focal wall. I’m sure it was nice, but now it’s beige and needs to go. I also want to beef up the fireplace surround. I’m currently searching for something vintage/recycled, cross your fingers I find something amazing. The end goal is to throw our flat screen above the fireplace, super classy I know, but I’m married to a dude who loves his TV, and I like myself some HGTV and New Girl and Sons of Anarchy and crap, and since we’re removing that wall and all it’s really the only place it can go. I love what Dana did with their TV above the fireplace, so I imagine executing something like that.
Lastly, the windows. All windows in the house are not trimmed, and they’re all lovingly adorned with cheap blinds, yellowed with age. Untrimmed windows feel unfinished to me, so I’d like to figure out what to do with them soon. I’m toying with a couple options in making these windows look better. I could a) get some legit woven shades to hang on the outside of the window, pair it with a sheer light filtering shade for privacy or b) beef up the window with some moulding and trim, make it look extra pretty and only add a sheer light filtering shade for privacy. I like the idea of the woven shades to bring in some natural textures to the space, not to mention It would save me from figuring out what trim to execute. But then I like the idea of trim/moulding because windows like this and this look gorgeous in my opinion. I just worry that trimmed windows won’t tie with the age of the house, like I’d be forcing a craftsman look on our midcentury-ish built home, which would just be bad design.
So there you go! That’s what we have planned for our living room. Hopefully we can get these projects going soon!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend celebrating America and all her glory! For us it was sadly another year we missed a fireworks show, I don’t know how we seem to always miss a show, but there were plenty of pyro-enthusiests setting off fireworks leading up to, and of course after, the holiday. We spent the weekend in Monterey, CA, my husband’s hometown, celebrating the union of some close friends. What a fun weekend to get married, huh? We even brought Zano to the wedding! As you can see in our photo booth pics, we had a great time, although I have to work with Zano on his poses, he didn’t quite understand he needed to mix it up on each shot Silly 5-week olds.
I’ve gotten this question a lot so I thought I’d explain where sir Zano’s name from. We named him after my husband’s dad, Luciano, a hearty Italian man who came to America straight from Venice. Zano, pronounced “Z – on – o” is somewhat a derivative of Luciano, which we use as his nickname. So yes, when he’s an adult and decides Zano is not a businessman’s name, he can resort to his full name, if he chooses. We, however, will call him Zano, as it is unique and is as hearty as his heritage.
So there you go! And tell me, what did you all do this weekend? Did you miss a fireworks show like we did?