Living Room Progress

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Home Depot Style Challenge – Patio Redux!

 

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Hello! I’m very excited to share with you today our patio redux challenge is officially live on The Home Depot’s The Apron Blog!  I was 9 1/2 month’s pregnant when The Home Depot reached out to see if I’d be down for the challenge, obviously I said ‘heck yeah!’ not realizing what it’d be like to tow a 3-week old around.  To tell you the truth, it wasn’t bad at all! My husband played with the baby while I got my refresh on.  We’re a good team :)

I can’t help myself, once I finish a space I just gotta put the space to use and show you how we have a good time! It’s officially summer so naturally I threw a s’more party to celebrate the refresh of our patio space we designed last Spring. Check out all the fun pics and details over at The Apron Blog.

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Style Challenge Sneak Peek


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Happy Wednesday! Is it me or does it feel like the first few days of the week always pass so quickly?

Anyway, I wanted to share with you a sneak peek into the next installment of The Home Depot Style Challenge! I’m very excited to be a participant again next to some super talents. A full fledged redo wasn’t necessary this time around.  The task is to spruce up our spaces that we made over last year.  We wanted to answer the questions like ‘how did our patio sets hold up after a year?’ or ‘is painting concrete worth it?’.  Of course the answer is – design is always worth it.  But really, you’ll have to keep an eye out on The Apron Blog for the reveal of our spruced up patio spaces!

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Glam Desk Accessories

Today is my last day of work! Whaaat!

In celebration of transitioning working from office to home, I put together a few glamorous desk accessories that I’m considering for my home office.  ‘Home office’ sounds super fancy, right? In reality it’s just a plain ol’ desk in my bedroom, which I usually never sit at because our couch is sooo much more comfortable for this pregnant girl right here.  I’m determined to actually use my desk, and what better method to lure myself then deck it out with these gold accessories?

Glamorous desk accessories // brittanyMakes

 

CLIPBOARD | STAPLER | MAIL SORTER | WISHBONE PAPER WEIGHT | MAGAZINE RACK | GILD BUSINESS CARDS | SCISSORS | BOW PUSH PINS | CLIPS | PAPER CLIPS

It totally feels weird that today is my last work day and weird that motherhood is just around the corner.  It’s weird that I wont have to think about debits and credits for a while, and that my entire focus will be on a small human being. I’m just so used a long commute, full day’s work, and only caring for my pups, oh and husband of course :)

I want to make sure we’re clear on blog expectations here! I’m not going to get all ‘mommy blog’ on y’all, but it’s definitely what’s happening to me right now and I can’t help but share these changes with you.  I’ll be going thru an entire design and DIY process as we work on the nursery, which will be a ton of fun, so hopefully you’ll stick around!

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Nursery Thoughts

It feels like I’ve been planning the nursery for ages, it was all I could think about to get me through our “in-between” living situation.  We moved out of our loft last fall and into my brother’s house with the goal to save money for when the baby comes.  There was a minute there when I was worried we wouldn’t find a place to live and I’d be bringing home a baby to my brother’s house! No, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world, but it would have felt weird that’s for sure.

Anyway, while we were saving money and living like bachelors, but married, all I could do was plan a nursery to keep my sanity.

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My original intentions were to keep things neutral; a palette of light grey, black, and white with subtle pops of navy, all tied together with the natural elements and textures of bamboo and sea grass.  I am fully aware the room will be decked with all sorts of toys in primary colors, which honestly I think will balance better in a neutral space, so if you’re wondering where the color will come from, my answer is: toys!

It’s been so fun acquiring some of these items and physically pairing them together. Obviously there are a lot of other items needed to fill a nursery, like a dresser/changing table, lamps, diaper genies and other random knick knacks. I’ll have to fill in those details as we develop the nursery.  First things first, I need to paint! I’m still having trouble seeing past our beige walls…

Sources:  Elephant menagerie bookend from Serena & Lily | silver roadster from Land of Nod | giraffe print from The Animal Print Shop | rocker from Home Decorators (although we ordered ours in Zanzibar Snowcap which doesn’t seem to be available. Sachi White is closest) | Chalkboard globe – plan to DIY | marquee letter – plan to DIY | elephant bamboo mobile from Layla Grace | elephant hamper from Amazon | spotted crib sheet from Target | Babyletto Skip crib from Amazon (it’s actually much more orange in person, I’m considering painting it or stripping it… we’ll see) | cloud pillow –   originally from Target but no longer available, plan to DIY

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A Campaign Dresser Makeover & Group Giveaway

 

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 This post is sponsored by Coupons.com

Ever since we sold our coral Craigslist dresser I’ve been secretly on the hunt for a replacement.

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Of course, a campaign dresser has always been on my wish-list, but I never in my wildest dreams thought I would find one I could afford.  One random day I was searching Craigslist for what, I can’t even remember, and ended up performing my routine searches: “wood dresser” and “old dresser”, lo and behold a 6′ campaign dresser appeared in my search results, for basically free!  I got my man’s permission and we ended up picking it up a day later.  You wouldn’t believe it, but this giant 6′ dresser completely fit in my Kia Soul! I don’t care what they say about my hamster car, this thing can carry a load.

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Go ahead and laugh at me now, but I forgot to take a proper ‘before’ photo. #DIYerfail.

I knew I wanted to paint the dresser glossy white, but was hesitant to use a paint brush with a high gloss paint.  I’ve wanted to purchase the Critter spray gun ever since I read Jenny’s post, and had it sitting in my Amazon shopping cart for quite some time.  It was shortly after when Coupons.com reached out to me and made my spray gun dreams come true with their coupon codes!

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I got working on the dresser right away.  The first thing I did was remove the stupid stump feet that someone had put on it.  Then I removed all the hardware.  Boy there was a lot of hardware!

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I crafted a simple rectangle base out of 2″ x 4″s and wood screws.

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Then attached the base to the dresser with L brackets.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

The dresser had a few dings, spots with chipped and damaged veneer.  I patched these areas with wood filler and sanded smooth once dry.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

Once the dresser was all prepped, I finally got to spraying! I didn’t take a picture of the Critter gun in action, but I will agree that this is the best and easiest to use paint sprayer ever.  I was able to get that factory finish with just a couple coats of paint.

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While the paint was curing, I spent a couple hours polishing the hardware, which was a pain in the rear but completely worth it.

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I love how the base turned out! Those stub feet completely clashed with the look and feel of the dresser. Plus, I added about 2 more inches in dresser height.

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Let’s bring this post around full circle and point out my Spring trend: white & gold! My home sings Spring with a glossy coat of white paint, a gallery wall of gold mirrors and frames, all married with bright artwork and photographs of our travels.  I know my Spring trend isn’t all ‘radiant orchid’ or anything, but it’s classic and represents me.

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I still can’t believe I scored this dresser.  Thanks to Coupons.com I was able to complete this dresser makeover in no time! I probably would have taken at least a couple more months before pulling the trigger and buying myself a paint sprayer.  I’ll probably spray paint everything from now on, and avoid using a brush as much as possible.  That smooth factory finish is like crack :P

So what about the giveaway? Well, Coupons.com teamed up with not only myself, but 14 other stellar bloggers and we’re all joining in on the giveaway! One lucky reader will win their choice of a $150 Target or West Elm gift card.  Say what?! Until now I had no idea Coupons.com offered coupons to my favorite home decor sites.  Just follow the Rafflecopter tool below and enter for your chance to win!

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Fly Away Stenciled Curtains

Ah! It’s Friday again! Thank goodness.  I’m skipping Friday Faves this week to share a fun project I just finished.  I’ve mentioned it a few times now, but I’ve been craving some serious coral lately.  It’s probably due to the change in seasons, but most likely the fact I’m missing that coral dresser of mine.  Still kinda sad I got rid of it, but that just means I can paint something else coral, right?? Like these curtains?

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

I’ve had my eye on pretty much every stencil Royal Designs Studios carries, so when they asked me if I wanted to try one out, it was a no brainer to accept.  It was tough choosing a stencil, I mean, have you seen their selection??!  I already bought the cheetah spots stencil, and this darling sparrow was next on my list so I had to get it, of course.

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

I tapped into my coral paint stash left over from my dresser makeover, I believe this shade of coral is Behr Lipstick, cut slightly with a splash of white matte paint.  I’m no paint brush snob, but the stencil brush Royal Designs Studio sent me is the best thing ever! I was able to stencil these two curtain panels so stinkin’ fast, with serious crisp lines too.  I’m always terrified of bleeding paint when stenciling, but this brush seriously works some magic.

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

I wanted to do something a little different to our bedroom, since it’s a small space and all.  I wanted to keep things light and airy instead of weighing the room down with heavy colored curtains.  I picked up a pack of white linen curtains from Ikea and married them with the Fly Away stencil. Oh, and you’re probably wondering where our sconces are? We actually installed the curtains before we decided on the sconces, go figure right? So anyway, I must say, a little splash of coral goes a long way don’tcha think?

So tell me, what’s your favorite Royal Designs stencil? And have you stenciled a space in your home? Do share!

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Our New Bedside Lighting

Choosing bedside lighting isn’t one of my strong suits.  I usually toss mismatched thrifted lamps on our side tables, which make for a great single-sided photo of our bed, but over time I’ve realized it really makes the room feel out of balance.  I think mis-matched table lamps can be done well, but its a skill I have yet to hone and it was time I relied on a tried and true method: matching bedside lighting.  Real rocket science, I tell you.

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I’ve always loved accordion sconces, you can stretch them out to get a dramatic look, or tuck them in which reminds me of tucking your kids into bed, or in my case, my pups :)  Although I shouldn’t rule myself out on that analogy, soon I’ll be tucking in a wee one in about 12 weeks, crazy!

Accordion sconce by Kenroy Home

I loved the Floren swing arm lamp from Kenroy home, and I was able to get a pair of them to solve our mismatched bedside lighting solutions for good! These bad boys are the perfect option for an affordable bedside lighting solution.

I was so happy when I opened the box to find I only had to assemble 5 parts, and attaching the lamps to the wall was beyond easy.   I especially love that the cord is translucent, so I didn’t feel the need to use the cord covers that come with the lamp.

 

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

Your probably concerned about the mix of metals going on in my bedroom, but I am a believer that all metals go together if done right, and the fact that this sconce is classic in design, it definitely pairs well with our gold headboard.

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

 

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

I have to thank Kenroy Home, a company who’s excelled at curating an amazing collection of home lighting and decor, for giving me the opportunity to welcome these lamps into our bedroom.  They complete the space if you ask me :)

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*this post was partnered with Kenroy Home, all opinions are my own

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The Homies 2014 – Nominate your Favorite DIY Blogs

Hey! Just checking in mid-day today to remind you to cast your vote for the top DIY & Home Project blogs! Every year Apartment Therapy hosts their annual The Homies awards, and this year I have more than one vote, woot!

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Click here to vote! I’m so excited for the top contenders, they’re killing it! I just love seeing my favorite fellow bloggers listed, they’re so deserving!

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Nursery Decor: Thoughts on Rockers

Rockers are expensive, yo. But that’s not even the worst part.  Deciding on a rocker with your (or should I say “my”) husband has to be one of the most obnoxious things ever, more obnoxious than having to wipe my bulldog’s bum every day.  In my defense, they didn’t mention this in the bulldog instruction manual when we bought her.  I would rather wipe my dog’s bum for the rest of my life then have another conversation with my husband about what rocker we should get for our nursery.  Oh, and I should add stroller to that list too.

Let’s just wish for some impossibilities together for a minute.  I wish someone would sell a rocker that is the same price as these repulsive ones, but is visibly comfortable (for the dude’s approval), incredibly stylish, and while we’re at it – customizable.  There’s major market potential here, am I right?

Now, I know I’m no where near being the first pregnant blogger to share a list of rockers that fit your budget.  It’s been done a billion times, but what I want to share with you are the EXACT rockers we narrowed down, of which one we chose to buy.  Sadly our rocker is currently sitting in the delivery box in our garage, and it’s killing me not to be able to bust it out and rock round in it, cradling my Frenchie like he’s my baby.

OK, so here are my lists, which I divvied up into two categories: Neutral and Stylish.  All of which are “affordable”, and by affordable I mean not.

nursery decor: neutral rockers // brittanyMakesONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR

These four rockers above were somewhat approved by my mister, for the mere fact that they “look” comfortable. We ended up choosing one of these rockers, can you guess which?

nursery decor: neutral rockers // brittanyMakesONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR

Now, if I had all the money to spare, I would buy one of the rockers from this list above.  Let’s be real, I’d buy that bentwood beauty, although midnight nursing sessions prob wouldn’t be very comfortable in it, so, seeing as how I’d have all the money and therefore ample space, I’d place my midnight feeding rocker right next to it – most certainly that copper based gem.

The first rocker I ever shared with my husband was that bentwood rocker from onefourtythree.  Let’s just say he couldn’t have but his foot down harder.  I get it, I couldn’t see him nursing in that chair either.  I did walk away with the exact feeling I felt when my parents used to tell me I couldn’t spend the night at my bestie’s house on a school night.  So. Extremely. Soul crushing. The others truthfully weren’t ever a real option, just ones that were entertained and compared.

So, how did we choose? Well, the only reason we bought the rocker we did is because I’m an excellent gift card hoarder which saved us about 60% off the original price.  Can you guess which one we chose?

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