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
Alright folks, the much anticipated reveal* is finally here! I say this with an asterisk because, sadly, we’re still living with subfloor in our kitchen & dining room. We’re saving up for flooring for our entire house, and hey! If you’re feeling mighty generous and want to help a girl out, vote for me and I just might win some mula towards new flooring!
If you’re new to our kitchen reno, jump to the end of this post for the full timeline.
Without further adieu, here she is!!!
To say I love my kitchen is a massive understatement. I am obsessed with it! I’m more obsessed than a tween watching Robert Pattinson walk into view in the first Twilight flick; I squeal like a piglet (in my head, not out loud, that would be odd) every time I walk into the kitchen. Sometimes I take a detour around my island when traveling from one corner of my house to the other JUST to be close to those cabinets! I’ve caressed the counters more times than I can count, and I’ve certainly caught myself drooling in the farmhouse sink as I wash dishes. I’m sorry I’m bragging about my new kitchen, try not to hate me too much, but I’ve never had something this brand new before in my home! My husband and I paid for it with our hard earned savings! It’s like a physical representation of our years of hard work, and we are mighty, mighty proud.
Now, for that legit before & after photo that every reveal post needs:
Can you even believe it’s the same space? Neither can I.
Thank you so much for enjoying this reno process with me! Living through a kitchen renovation was one of the most difficult things my husband and I have ever done together, and we hired out! I can’t believe we almost DIY’ed the whole thing. Major kudos to folks who can go through that together. You can read here why we decided against DIY’ing our kitchen remodel.
Sources are below. Shoot me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions on anything or if I missed something that you want to know. We’ve had the kitchen now for about a month, and besides learning how to care for marble counters and tip-toeing around the painted cabinets for fear the paint will fall off if we sneeze the wrong way (read here for why I have developed this complex), besides all that, so far everything has held up beautifully and we wouldn’t change a thing.
Sources: Carrera marble counters | subway tile backsplash | farmhouse sink | exhaust hood | refrigerator | range | lower cabinet paint color: Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams color matched to Kelly Moore Dura Poxy | Target Windsor style counter height stools | Lew’s brass hardware | Cedar & Moss pendant lights | CB2 bell flush mount light | Delta faucet | Target polka dot vases (in stores only) | Target gold & cement vase (in stores only) | Oh Joy for Target gold pitcher | Capri Blue Candle | footed chopping board | vintage rug
Get caught up on the remodel!
- We’re finally remodeling our kitchen & living room!
- The wall is gone and the beam is in!
- The kitchen take-down
- 5 kitchens influencing our design
- Countertops & 3D rendering of our plans
- Walls are up, floors are bare
- Cabinets installed!
- Painted cabinet drama
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
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??
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
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!
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.
Remember my gold leaf chair?? I like to think it was this glorious chair that started the gold trend [pat’s self on back]
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.
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.
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!).
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!
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.
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:
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 | nightstand | gold task lamp | blue tassel throw| tall textured vase | dresser | mid century mirror: vintage | horse bookends: vintage | gold fleur pillow | hair day print | brass 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
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!
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
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
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
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.