Truth be told, designing spaces is more hard than it is easy. Sometimes you just know exactly what a space needs, and others, like our nursery, end up being WAY more difficult than expected. I’m having a major design crisis in our nursery. I just can’t seem to finish this space! I know, I know, #firstworldproblems
Let me explain what the issues are here:
1) The room faces north, who would have guessed that a north facing room happens to be the most difficult to decorate? I didn’t go to design school so this is probably a ‘duh’ situation for some of you. I’ve learned most recently (like today! ha!) that you shouldn’t fight the dark light in northern facing spaces, instead, embrace it by using darker hues to invoke drama and intimacy. The other lesson I learned? Definitely don’t paint the walls in tones of greens or grays in northern facing rooms. Well, crap! That’s exactly the tone of paint I used on the walls! A greeny-grey (BM Gray Owl).
2) I put a lot of emphasis on neutrals when originally designing the nursery, now I feel like there’s too much white going on! Like I intentionally voided the space of crazy colors, but now it’s too stark. I can fix this if I paint the walls a different color, which I might do. We’ll see.
3) I’m caught up in not wanting an out-of-the-box themed room but yet wanting to create a space with personality. Zano is the cutest kid, he certainly has a ton of personality (for a 9-month old) but it’s not like I could hold up two paint swatches and ask him which color he likes best! He would probably just take them both and put them in his mouth, or feed them to our pup, Olive.
I’ve felt this way about the nursery for a while, which is why there hasn’t been some big ‘reaveal’, sadly! I’ve been on the hunt for things here and there to layer in some personality. The coolest thing I found was this vintage United States poster at a thrift shop in Monterey. It’s a funny story, we were actually having dinner across the street at my favorite (FAVORITE!) restaurant. My husband and his friends were waiting for our table while one of the wives and I ran across the street to the thrift shop before they closed. I saw the poster hanging on the wall, It was marked down to almost free, so I snatched it up before, you know, asking the husband for permission? the poster is HUGE! I definitely did not anticipate how big it was. Oh, did I mention we drove to dinner? I had to cram this framed poster in our car, above the heads of our 3 friends. We all got a huge laugh out of it, except for my husband, he was a little grumpy about it hahaha.
Anyway, long story short, the space isn’t finished but I found this super cool poster which I wanted to share with you. Hopefully, soon, I’ll make some changes now that I know a little more about northern facing rooms which will hopefully be the fix this space needs to be complete.
Happy Wednesday folks!
It dawned on me yesterday that I never shared our new rug we added to our bedroom. I’m such a doof! This rug came to us at the perfect time actually, RugsUSA reached out to me at the same time I was planning our bedroom makeover. Initially I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go in designing our bedroom but once I found this rug everything else easily fell into place. I clearly have a love affaire with navy blue, and this vibrant navy rug captures it all!
It looks like this rug is out of stock currently, but RugsUSA re-stocks ALL the time so sign up to receive notification emails or keep your eyes peeled!
Some changes are in the works for this room. Sadly, that headboard is on the chopping block. Any takers???
You guys are the greatest! Thank you for all the love over Friday’s post. Working with Domino is a DREAM, and I can’t thank you all enough because if it weren’t for you taking your valuable time and reading my blog and following me on Instagram (my media of choice), I wouldn’t have this incredible, life changing collaboration going on. I received such positive feedback on our dining room and the white floors, I’m really happy I shared the space. Not every home is polished and pristine, I’m happy I could share how we made our half-done space look pretty snazzy.
Now that you’ve seen the reveal! (If you haven’t, check the post out now!) It’s time to share the DIY behind this space. First up – the dining chairs!
I bought the dining chairs from a salvage warehouse for $10/each. They were worth every penny for the brass base alone! What you can’t tell in this photo is just how awful they smelled. These chairs came from a smoker’s home, and probably sat in the smoker’s home for YEARS, and smelled like it too. The original upholstery was grimy and they desperately needed to be redone. I feel like I always bite off more than I can chew when it comes to upholstery projects, but these chairs seemed straightforward enough so I wasn’t worried that I would be redoing 4 of them.
I removed the cushions on each chair first then went to cleaning up the bases. It looks like these chairs each sat in some water at some point in their lives, the bottom of the base that touches the floor are tarnished, rusty and dull. I asked my Instagram crew for some advice on how to clean oxidized/tarnished metal. Some suggested ketchup, some suggested wool brush, some suggested lemon juice and salt, some suggested Bar Keeper’s Friend. I tried a few methods, with no improvement. I think they just need to be re-plated. I called around some local shops and it would cost about $100/chair for re-plating. As much as I would LOVE to do this, it’s just not in our budget. For now (and due to the ‘Domino’ time crunch), I left the bases as is. I’ll be sure to update you if another method works!
There are so many upholstery tutorials out there, I’ll spare you the details and give you a high level summary of what I did. Usually with chairs, there is an upholstery ‘equation’ so to speak: plywood + foam + batting + fabric + staple gun (I have this one) = a comfortable seat cushion. I bought new foam for the seat cushions since the ‘vintage’ foam was super stinky and flat. The back cushions were in pretty decent shape so I left the original foam, sprayed with some Febreze and wrapped with new thick batting.
It took me quite a while to find a fabric I liked for these chairs. At first I was going to upholster them in a performance velvet, but decided I wanted a bit of pattern. I found this blue herringbone upholstery fabric at Jo-Ann’s (which I bought with a coupon). It was exactly what I was looking for! I bought 4 yards, although I probably only needed 3 1/2 yards.
Who doesn’t love a good before & after? Once I was finished with these chairs and brought them inside, my husband immediately said “wow! this is probably the first upholstery project you actually finished!” Ha! #whatajerk
So many good things are happening today. It’s Friday! And it’s finally time to spill the beans!
I’m so happy to announce I’m officially an online Style Influencer for Domino Magazine! I’ll be posting creative and original content on domino.com on a regular basis. This is literally a dream opportunity and I stoked BEYOND reason. I was so happy when they presented me with this opportunity, I couldn’t wait to get started. I have so many projects on the horizon and being able to share those and influence others through the Domino network seems like the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
My first post on Domino is our full dining room, painted flooring and all! Pulling our dining room and kitchen together has been an arduous 6-month task. What feels like has taken forever, I can finally say this space is worthy enough to share, and quite possibly, entertain! I’m so excited to finally feel comfortable enough to invite friends and family over and not be utterly embarrassed by the state of our floors. Our home as a whole is far from finished, but that just makes this Domino deal that much more exciting!
HAPPY HAPPY Friday folks!
Happy Monday! Just kidding, I know it’s Wednesday. I’m stoked Friday is just around the corner, but annoyed because this week has seriously escaped me.
I tend to think most of you already follow me on Instagram (I’m @brittanymakes) but actually realize not everyone even uses Instagram! It’s crazy, you should use it if you don’t! I post a lot of real-time and behind the scenes pictures there, and it’s a great place to discover new designers and gain inspiration!
So, for those of you who don’t use IG, or follow me, let me share with you two of my latest thrifting finds! Rugs!
The first rug I found was at the annual White Elephant Sale in Oakland, CA. The Oakland Museum hosts the event, they collect donations throughout the year and throw a once a year ‘rummage’ sale to help fund the Museum. You can find anything and everything there! This year I sought out rugs, a vintage Pendleton blanket (already thinking ahead for Zano’s big-boy room haha), art, linens and fabrics, and kinda whatever else I could find. I scored this stunning 9′ x 12′ 100% wool handwoven Pakistani rug for $400. That might sound like a lot, but it’s very rare to score a rug of that size and condition for that price. It can be done, obviously, but it’s super rare and usually takes a lot of time scouring thrift stores and hunting Craigslist to catch that good of a deal.
I plan to use this rug in our living room, once we rip up the carpet and lay down flooring. It’ll happen! I’m somewhat happy with our white floors (I started painting our sub-floor white this past weekend), and I’m even considering pulling up the carpet and extending the painted sub-floor into the living room. Right now our flooring situation is a hot mess: part hardwood, part sub-floor, part 1960’s poop-brown scroll tile, part gross carpet. I should have pics of our painted sub-floor for you soon. It looks SOOO much better.
The next rug I found was at the flea market! I scored this vintage beauty for $150. It’s 5×7-ish in size, and fits perfectly under our dining table. This rug and my kitchen cabinets are a match made in heaven. The navy in the rug is trying to seduce my charcoaly blue cabinets, it’s really awkward to watch, I keep telling my cabinets ‘stop playing hard to get!’ I’m thinking of window treatments that tie in with the light blues in this rug. Once this space is complete, it’s going to look sooo good.
Hello! Happy Thursday! We’re almost to the weekend, woohoo!
First, I wanted to let you know you can find me and 4 other bloggers over at Porch today! We’re each sharing what we feel to be the best DIY project to tackle first this year.
What’s Porch, you ask? Well, imagine you bred the inspiration you get from Pinterest with the network of thousands of home improvement professionals, this would certainly birth a beautiful creature, kinda like Rooney Mara, interesting looking with the Dragon Tattoo bangs, yet still so beautiful. Porch is literally a home improvement network on steroids. Porch is where homeowners sync up, meet professionals, get inspired by others, and overall just have a blast managing their homes.
Porch is “with it”, folks. They know this home decor blog niche is where it’s at! They’re keeping their finger on the pulse by reaching out to a few bloggers and asking what it is we feel we need to accomplish this year. They’re aware of our super powers, it’s validating Of course there are countless projects we could start on for the new year, and I’m sure we each have a different idea as to what the best project is for each of us. For me? It’s about time I find myself a home office space.
I’m sure you feel it. I know I feel it. Without fail, the beginning of the year always marks the time to start fresh. Brand new. Clean slate. Clean sheets. Clean toilet bowl. Dust free surfaces. You know what I’m talking about. It’s time to start something new.
I am always the most inspired at the beginning of the year, with new ideas swirling around my head, I realized recently I really, really, needed a dedicated space to jot down new ideas; a space to stay organized and stay inspired. I’ve learned over the years if I don’t designate a space to unload my creativity, I soon get overwhelmed and lose inspiration due to disorganization and not knowing what project to start when, etc. This year I’m getting started on the right foot and prioritizing a little home office space of my own.
We have a small two bedroom house (our perfect starter home!) so there’s not much extra space available for a designated office. At the moment, my husband is utilizing a small nook in our living room as his home office (it’s not pretty at all, I’ll spare you photos.. for now). I wasn’t left with much option besides a once empty corner in our bedroom (see the before here). It actually worked out perfectly if I think about it. I was already hoarding a beautiful West Elm mirrored Parson’s desk (which I scored on CraigsList for $100, brand new!). I shimmied the desk beside our bed, it fit perfectly! I now have a designated spot to retreat to after a long day at work, and naturally it doubles as my bedside table. Our bed is a little on the tall side (do you like tall beds? I love tall beds!) so it’s super nice having something at pillow level, rather than a normal height nightstand which you’d have to lean down to reach anything.
So, this is the part in the post where I encourage conversation. But I’m actually really curious! What is your first DIY to tackle (or already tackled) for the new year? Is it something big? A bathroom reno perhaps? How will this project set you up for the rest of 2015?
Check out the post on Porch today, see what others are saying about their first DIY of the new year.
No really, Kiri Masters from ilikethatlamp sent me a DIY lampshade kit, and it’s LE-GIT. Check out the lampshade I made!
This lampshade kit typically calls for fabric, you can make your own drum lampshade using the fabric of your choice, but you know me – I wanted to shake things up using paper!
Let me explain – I bought two rolls of this absolutely incredible faux bois gold foil wrapping paper from Target over the holidays (can’t find a photo! but Emily used it in this Target styling video). I don’t know why Target does this (I should tell them they’re giving me an ulcer), but Target only releases a small quantity of their best things. UGH! You know what happens? Frantic scarcity panics set in, and, if you’re like me, you either hoard ALL you can find and/or go to the 3-5 closest targets and scour their inventory for ‘just one more’ because you know it’s a limited edition item and once it’s gone, it’s GONE. I think I wrapped only one gift using this wrapping paper before it hit me that duh! I can’t just WASTE this wrapping paper! I can’t let it get torn to shreds! So, I hoarded my two rolls and let my brother (gently) unwrap his Christmas gift by nicely requesting that he not tear the paper and yes I would like it back.
Above are the basic steps it took to make this lampshade. It really wasn’t difficult at all, it took some precision and patience, but overall I would absolutely make another lampshade using this kit. What do you think? The lampshade looks pretty convincing right? Would you guess it was a DIY if I hadn’t told you?
sources: fringe wall hanging / horse bookends: vintage / white ceramic vase / gold lamp base: thrifted / mirror parsons table (West Elm, no longer available) / sheepskin / headboard / black & white bedding / fringe pillow / chair: cb2 (no longer available)
Hello! I’m kicking off the new year with a fun project! This one is an ode to my favorite, and quite possibly the best selling rug of 2014: the West Elm Souk rug.
My husband says we can’t have this rug because we have dogs, that our dogs would destroy it, and then I would be the grumpiest wife if I had a dirty Souk rug. He might be right, but I cannot help but yearn every. single. day. for one! So, instead I brought this look into my home by upgrading a faux fur Eruo pillow I made last year. Sometimes you’re forced to get creative to get what you want, right folks?
This tutorial is so easy, all you need is a roll of painter’s tape, a comb, a Sharpie paint pen, and a faux fur pillow of your choice. I had a giant white faux fur Eruo pillow I made for my bed out of costume fur from the fabric store. Here is a smaller and very affordable option too if you don’t feel like making a pillow from scratch.
STEP 1 // using your comb, comb out the zig-zag pattern by brushing the fur in opposite directions
STEP 2 // place a piece of tape down the center of your combed zig-zag lines to protect the fur area that will not get Sharpie’d. Then, repeat step 1 & 2 about an inch away, parallel to the taped line. This is the zig-zag pattern that you will ‘paint’ with your Sharpie Paint Pen.
STEP 3 // using the Sharpie Paint Pen, go to town coloring the fur! I placed the paint pen on the tape and brushed inwards, repeating until I got about 80% coverage. No need to be a perfectionist here. If you mess up you can always trim away bits of the fur with scissors.
I’ve been dying to try this process on a cheap faux fur rug, like this one, to fully replicate the Souk rug, but I just haven’t had the chance. Someone do it! Quick!
Hello! I had to pop in today and share with you the new fringe wall hangings I spotted at Target! I really shouldn’t be surprised that, yes, Target has done it again. But I am! As I’ve learned, woven wall hanging’s aren’t for everyone, but I really do think they’re a beautiful art and look so good in almost any space. I love these two from the Nate Berkus line at Target, both are simple and sculptural, somewhat basic in palette, one being cream and the other (which is significantly more beautiful in person than in this image) has touches of metallic thread that really give off a lux vibe to what is traditionally known as a boho art piece.
I know everyone’s gearing up for Christmas so I’ll make this post brief. Have a happy holidays everyone! If I don’t catch you before Christmas, enjoy every minute, listen to a lot of holiday music, laugh a lot, watch your favorite holiday movie a few times over, because before you know it it’s going to be over and we will all be stressing about the new year.
Christmas is in 9 days. 9 DAYS! I tend to be a giant procrastinator around the holidays, I get caught somewhere between trying not to spend a million dollars on gifts yet still trying to find that perfect something for each member of my gigantic family without offending them with something from the dollar section at Target. I know, a gift is a gift and should be happily received regardless, but it’s not always so easy is it? ANYWAY, I’m getting off track. Christmas, it’s here! And it’s the first time in our new house that we get to decorate for the holidays. My husband is beside himself with joy. It’s his FAVORITE time of year and I wouldn’t be a good wife if our table was sans decor.
And what fabulous timing! I’m joining forces with 11 other mighty talented bloggers (list below) on a 12-Days of Christmas Tablescape tour.
SIDE NOTE – our dining chairs, thrifted of course (which I’m 99% sure are Milo Baughman) are in horrible shape and need to be recovered. Please don’t look too closely. I got them for $10 each so if they’re not Milo I’m not even mad.
My formula for this holiday season was super easy: tartan napkins, sheepskin flokati, touches of metallic gold and copper, and classic white dinnerware. Everything pairs nicely with our warm walnut dining table! I love our dining table, it’s the first ‘grown-up’ piece of furniture we’ve purchased that was delivered pre-built! White glove delivery and everything!
I just trimmed some sprigs of greenery off our Christmas tree as a little tabletop flair. I tied them together with a bit of rosemary and red velvet ribbon. What screams the Holidays more than red velvet ribbon?
There’s like a lot of weirdness going on in our dining area right now, like subfloor as flooring, missing baseboards, grimy dining chairs, weirdly draped tinsel, plants that look like tenticals, to name a few. But i’m not going to complain one bit, It’s the holidays and my baby’s first Christams. I couldn’t be more blessed and more at peace with these things. All in good time these details will be fixed.
So! Since I’m a noob at holiday decorating, what are your go-to tips and tricks to decorating for the holidays? Do you bother with a holiday tablescape? I actually quite enjoy the little details like the handwritten notecards, it makes me actually want to host an intimate holiday dinner
SOURCES: Dining Table // sheepskin flokati // shelving unit (sprayed gold) // gold flatware // DVF geo-shaped dinnerware // terra cotta place card holders // dining chairs: vintage // tartan napkins // gold & cement vase (instores only, sold out?) similar here // Wanderlust Globe // metallic mini bowls // zebra rug: vintage //
I have to thank Jen for hosting this fun tables cape tour! Be sure to check out the last 6 days tablescapes and mark your calendars for those who are scheduled next!
- Mon, 12/8 Rogue Engineer
- Tue, 12/9 Her Toolbelt
- Wed, 12/10 So Much Better With Age
- Thu, 12/11 Pneumatic Addict
- Fri, 12/12 Pretty Handy Girl
- Mon, 12/15 All Things G&D
- Tue, 12/16 brittanyMakes
- Wed, 12/17 House of Wood
- Thu, 12/18 Sawdust Girl
- Fri, 12/19 My Altered State
- Mon, 12/22 That’s My Letter
- Tue, 12/23 Ana-White.com