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??

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Fall in Love Room // Master Bedroom Reveal

TODAY IS THE DAY! 6 weeks ago I joined 17 other bloggers on a fun challenge.  We were each challenged to revamp one needy room in our home and would have 6 weeks go get ‘er done.  6 weeks may sound like a decent amount of time, but boy does it fly by!

First of all, let me just say how incredible (!!!!) it feels to have a decorated master bedroom.  I won’t even post the before photo just yet because I seriously don’t want to blind you before you get to all the pretty pictures (you can see the scary before HERE).  I have a bunch of DIY tutorials to share with you in later posts as well, so look out for those in the coming days/week.

Alrighty, I’ll stop talking now so we can just devour these photos together…

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I’ve moved my dear ballerina around my house like I was playing musical chairs.  I’m confident she’s finally found her resting spot! I love her in this room!

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The first major update I made was actually creating a designated workspace. I’m so excited about this! You see my West Elm Mirrored Parson’s desk? Craigslist find like 2 years ago.  I scored that desk for $100. ONE HUNDRED dollars! SO CHEAP.  I’m just so happy to be using it as it’s purposed, rather than using it as a storage spot for my giant euro pillows.  This leads me to ask, what do you do with your sham pillows??? It’s pretty much impossible to make my bed every day, so my pillows tend to reside on the floor, or in previous situations, on top of my desk! I think the solution is to get rid of them all together.

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Remember my gold leaf chair?? I like to think it was this glorious chair that started the gold trend [pat’s self on back]

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This is the mister’s side of the bed.  If only he knew how lucky he is to touch that lamp every night! I was originally intending to go with a different nightstand (and headboard for that matter) but time and money are usually what dampers my plans.  I don’t like that the nightstand gets lost in the black paint.  The light source in our room is on the opposite wall, so getting natural light for this shot was a bit difficult.  Also, these photos make me realize I need to get a better shot of our rug.  It’s BEAUTIFUL.  I’ll post another day about it.

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Definitely the mix of white linens and white dressers against the black dipped walls help the room to feel sizeable and bright.  Everything just pops so nicely against the black walls, something I never really imagined to experience in person.

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So many perfect elements were married in this room: my love for black & white & gold, my foraging ways, my obsession with Clare Elsaesser (I have another print in route but it didn’t make it in time for the reveal), my thrifting finds (hello $15 mid-century mirror & horse bookends!).

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I did the most risky thing ever (for me) in this bedroom.  I’m not much of a trendy gal, yes I love black & white & gold but classics are hardly categorized as trendy, so this was really the first time I jumped on a trend that felt like the right thing to do.  I dipped my walls and I’m not afraid to say it! I am utterly infatuated with my walls! That crisp black line! Hot mama!

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Painting the walls this way was a last minute decision.  I was originally going to add some wall paneling or wainscot of sorts, but time just did not allow.  I knew my white furniture would get lost in white walls so I had to do something out of the box, and dipping my walls felt like the absolute perfect solution.

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You might wonder if our room looks smaller.  Quite the opposite actually! And our room looks defined, grown up even!

And just for that impressive before & after, here is the master bedroom before:

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And after!

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SOURCES

Wall paint: top – BM Paper White bottom: BM Onyx | drapery fabric: Dunmore Dragon | Ballerina painting: vintage | gild chair | landscape canvas: Artfully Walls | headboard | navy velvet pillow: handmade | nightstandgold task lamp | blue tassel throw| tall textured vase | dresser | mid century mirror: vintage | horse bookends: vintage | gold fleur pillow | hair day printbrass ornament | white egg vase | pug bowl & copper candle | black & white abstract art DIY |

Don’t forget, the blog hop lasts all week! Check out the reveals we’ve seen so far by clicking on the links below.  All these ladies are crazy talented, I recommend you go and get your Pin-It button ready for action :)

Monday

Decor and the Dog

Home + Style Report

Dwellings by Devore

A Home Full of Color

Tuesday

Shift Ctrl Art

Go Haus Go

The Gathered Home

The Thriftress

Wednesday

Primitive & Proper

Wills Casa

Nalle’s House

Brittany Makes

Number Fifty-Three

Thursday

Boxy Colonial

Bliss at Home

Eleven Gables

Newly Woodwards

The Chronicles of Home

 

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BSHT Thanksgiving Style!

Welcome Jones Design Company readers! So happy you’re stopping by on this fun blog hop.  Emily’s blog has been a favorite of mine for years! Her blog is such an inspiration, she’s actually one of the reasons I started blogging.

Now that Halloween 2014 is in the books, we can officially declare that the holidays are here!  I tend to resist the end of summer in spite of the fact Fall is my favorite season.  My husband on the other hand? He’s probably the most pumped about the holidays, he’s been listening to Christmas music since July.

I love being a part of these seasonal blog hops – they keep me honest and ready for whatever’s next.  In this case, Thanksgiving!

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Our family is notorious for keeping the tablescape S I M P L E for Thanksgiving.  We really prefer to highlight the food, not that styling a table isn’t something we enjoy doing, we just tend to style more with food than with decor during the big holiday feasts.

Today my goal is to share just a couple tips on how to keep that table setting simple yet chic and memorable.

#1 | FORAGE

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The first thing I do when decorating for Thanksgiving is take a walk around the block with a pair of clippers. I keep an eye out for seasonal foliage and ‘borrow’ a couple clippings to toss in a vessel or two for some natural flair on the table.

#2 | LINENS

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I love collecting unique linen napkins, and my trick is to buy one or two of a pattern and mix with other linen napkins of a similar color palette.  It’s a fool proof way to trick people into thinking I effortlessly mixed the patterns myself, when really… I’m just too cheap to buy a full set. Ha!

#3 | SEASONAL EATS

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I always hit up my local Trader Joe’s for inexpensive seasonal fruits and veggies. My favorite fruit for entertaining is the persimmon! They’re so unique to the season and I love how they give the perfect amount of dimension and color, they feel almost sculptural.  It doesn’t hurt that they’re crunchy and delicious! My favorite salad right now: persimmon slices + kale + pomegranate seeds + chevre. YUM.

We host such a huge party every Thanksgiving, most of the prep time is spent on the food and not so much on the table setting.  Our family is more than casual, with the main focus being on the food and the company, there’s not much room left for frills and layered place settings in our house.  A little goes a long way, that’s for sure!

Get more inspiration by checking out yesterday’s BSHT bloggers, and hop on over to Cassie’s blog to catch her amazingly curated tablescape.

 

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Shopping for a Dining Table

A commenter asked me the other day to round up some dining table options since she is in the market for a new dining table, and what do you know? So are we! Our kitchen remodel has decreased our dining space slightly, which means our Parson’s dining table no longer fit the space.  I was having a hard time dealing with such a large dining table anyway, as much as I loved it as a craft surface, it was impossible to keep clutter free. With that said, I’m actually happy to be moving on to a table that better suites our space.

When deciding on what table would best suit our space, I first considered the flow of the room.  Our kitchen and dining room are now one – you know, that open concept that’s so hot on homeowner’s minds right now? We have a small house anyway, so a smaller table was really the only thing that made sense.  My husband always thinks of function as the only deciding factor when purchasing furniture (men. right?, he wanted us to get an expandable table for when we have family and friends over.  I wasn’t against it, but I realized we needed a round table to break up the boxy angles and lines of our new kitchen, and there aren’t many round expandable tables that (let’s be honest) I liked.

It’s not often we have a large group of folks over anyway, so we decided we would purchase a folding table which we can store in our garage and bring out when we do have guests over that exceed our normal seating arrangement.  It was worth it to me to get a table appropriate for our space rather than get something that is just too large.  Our everyday is just the 3 of us, and a 4-seat table is really all we need.

Here are 5 round tables that were contenders for our dining room.  Can you guess which we purchased?

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// ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE

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Fall in Love // A Room Makeover { update #1 }

Two weeks ago 18 other bloggers and myself announced a room makeover blog hop thingy that we’re doing, and what better room to makeover than our bedroom?! Our bedroom is in distress, kinda like the current state of my fiddle leaf fig tree (it’s dying! Help!).  I desperately need to give my bedroom some attention, and I have a plan yet it’s proven to take much more time than I anticipated.  Surprise, surprise.

So, what have I done since the announcement? Nothing.

Kidding. First we made a bigger mess by moving out our old storage drawers, like the ugly dresser my husband ‘borrowed’ from his college dorm, 8 years ago.  Yes, YEARS.  I tried moving my armoire into our bedroom once our wall came down (there wasn’t room to fit the armoire down the hallway before).  Once we got it in there I was so upset.  I probably threw what you’d call an “adult temper tantrum”.  I was so annoyed my armoire was eating up all the space in by bedroom.  It didn’t last more than a week in there! I decided living out of large blue Ikea bags was better than having a succubus of an armoire in my room.  I’ve been hunting for a replacement dresser, something vintage-y, without much luck.  My husband replaced his college dresser with the 8-drawer Hemnes dresser.  Trust me, it’s an upgrade.

So anyway, I’m running with a design plan with the following in mind: something classy and gender neutral, and a bit calming.

Fall In Love // bedroom makeover by brittanyMakes

Black & white pillow // gold pillow // art print // bowl // lamp // rug // dresser // throw // lumber

Some of these items may invoke questions, like the lumber.  Why the lumber? You’ll have to wait and see! Hopefully it all works out as I see it in my head.

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DIY Woven Wall Hanging from Bathmat

Confession: I’ve been sitting on this project for over a month.  A month! Why the wait, you ask? Well, I kinda feel like I cheated, although simultaneously I kinda feel like a genius.  Take your pick, I wont be offended.

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I wholeheartedly admire pure artisans, crafters, and makers.  I admire their patience and persistence and adoration of what they do.  I also admire people who pay a pretty penny for handcrafted goods, and I wish I had that pretty penny to support said makers, but alas I am not made of money therefore if I want something I usually have to figure out how to hack it, DIY it, fake it, or give up on it.  Consider this project a clever hack; mighty clever if you ask me!

I’ve gone and made a wall hanging (from a bathmat!!!). I am crazy in love with Rachel Duvall’s textiles, so you can say this project piggy backs off her designs, specifically how the wall hanging is actually hung from the wall.  Alright, enough words, lets get to the tutorial shall we?

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First, per usual, I ran to Target to get some supplies.  I picked up a plain white bath mat. I kind of wandered around for a while, I was looking for something simple in design with a loom type look to it, maybe a welcome mat, maybe a rug? No, a bathmat!  Next, I rummaged through my craft paint stash, picked two boy-ish colors (teal & navy) as well as a bottle of fabric medium and a roll of Frog Tape.  I taped off the top triangle first, mixed the fabric medium and the acrylic paint per the instructions, and liberally coated the bathmat in paint.  I let this dry for a hour or so, then repeated this step for the bottom triangle.

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Once the paint was completely dry, I dipped into my stash of upholstery cord and cut a bunch of ~12″ length pieces to make some fringeDIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

I tied a knot in the middle of each 12″ piece of cordDIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Then attached to the bottom of the bath mat using hot glue

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Then I unraveled each strand to get that lovely rug fringe look

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I LOVE the way Rachel Duvall hangs her textiles, so I created something similar out of 1″x2″s.  I measured, cut, and stained the wood then secured them together with screws from the reverse side.  I added a picture frame hook on the back and hung it in the nursery.

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So yeah, it’s a bathmat, and I’m probably not fooling anyone, but I think it actually looks really great! You could definitely do the same thing with a small entry rug of sorts, you know, those small rugs no one buys that measure like 2’x3’?

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Would you consider hanging a bathmat as wall art?

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Fall in Love // A Room Makeover

Happy Monday everyone! Thanks for being patient with me as I re-adjust to my back-to-work schedule.  It’s been extra tricky with our house being out of commission, still.  I hear the inspector is finally coming tomorrow to sign off on things… fingers crossed!

I have a fun announcement to make today – I’m participating in the Fall In Love Room Makeover Challenge along side a gang of brilliant bloggers (direct links below).

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The details about this challenge are easy, 19 bloggers are flipping a room upside down over the next 6 weeks, turning a sad room into one that’s inspiring and seasonally fit for Fall! We will be posting progress along the way so I STRONGLY encourage you to add these ladies to your reader and follow them on social media (I think Instagram is a general fave for sneak peeks and progress shots).

Now for the hard hitting question, what room will I make over??

Actually, that’s a very easy answer, and I think I’m about to commit blogger suicide with the picture I’m about to share.  It’s our bedroom.  Calling it a disaster is an understatement, and I’m beyond embarrassed to share with you that this is our current state of our bedroom.  Like, this is what it looked like yesterday.  I could give you a hefty list of excuses: just had a baby, kitchen and living room in demo, just had a garage sale, yada yada.

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{cue slasher movie music – ree! ree! ree!}

What is even going on in here?! Nothing inspiring, that’s for sure.  Here’s the jist of my to-do list for this room:

  • Paint walls
  • needs adequate storage update
  • attach headboard to wall
  • get a rug
  • add window treatments

There’s so much I need to do to turn this room into a place we want to retreat to at the end of the day.  Right now I get so stressed out when I hang out in this room for too long.  It desperately needs help.  I’m truly ecstatic to be participating in this makeover challenge, it’s the fuel I need to whip this room into shape!

Don’t forget! Hop on over to these fancy ladies to see what rooms they will be making over.

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5 Most Influencial Kitchens

If it weren’t for bloggers and Pinterest I would have absolutely zero clue what style of kitchen I’d want to design for our house.  You’d probably see me featured on an HGTV episode giving everyone a good laugh with my home design naivete. Luckily, the internet.  Right? Thank you internet for birthing Pinterest, and giving us bloggers a means to share our home interiors and the design processes, start to finish.

I’ve fallen in love with so many (like a ridiculous amount) of kitchens that I feared design paralysis.  Instead of letting my love of every single amazing kitchen fog my visions, I thought of a method to narrow down the features I like most in my favorite kitchens.  With this post I bring to you the 5 kitchens that most influenced the kitchen we’re designing for our house.

Let’s get to it:

ONE // CABINETRY

5 most influencial kitchens // brittanyMakesI’m a fan of simplicity and the whole idea that ‘less is more’, especially when it comes to a kitchen.  I don’t want to regret my decisions 10 years from now, and as much as I love and admire certain trends like bold colored cabinetry or open shelving, in my kitchen, I need to keep things simple and clean.

TWO // COUNTERS

5 most influencial kitchens // brittanyMakesI don’t understand why so many people complain about high maintenance counter tops. I need my kitchen to be functional, but there’s no reason I should compromise function over beauty! If I’m going to spend $xx on counter tops, by George I’m going to take great care of those counter tops!  If I have to seal my honed marble counters, I will do so with huge smile on my face because beautiful counters deserve to be taken care of.  In all seriousness, even counter tops that are low maintenance require maintenance.  In my opinion, if you opt for a counter that requires less maintenance, it will show. A well cared for kitchen lasts longer, honed marble or not! So anyway, I’m going for marble counters, I don’t care what they say.

THREE // SINK

5 most influencial kitchens // brittanyMakesI’ve always dreamed of having an apron front farmhouse sink.  I love everything about it.

FOUR // ISLAND

5 most influencial kitchens // brittanyMakesWe don’t have a huge dining space in our house. We will be getting rid of our current dining table and downsizing to a table that seats 4 and will also incorporate seating at a kitchen island.

FIVE // HARDWARE & FIXTURES

5 most influencial kitchens // brittanyMakesSarah’s kitchen is my dream kitchen.  It’s so well designed and so amazingly executed.  My heart skips a beat every time I see those pendant lights and cabinet pulls, so much so that you just might find them in our kitchen!

Sources: ONE //TWO //  THREE // FOUR // FIVE

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DIY Black & White Chevron Pillow

DIY Chevron pillow from Striped Fabric | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School

I love mixing things up with fun pillows, don’t you? Today I’m sharing a pretty cool tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make this chevron pillow from your favorite black and white striped fabric! My bets you have a stash somewhere at home, pull it out and let’s go!

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