You know what’s amazing? YOU. YOU are ALL amazing! What a fun day yesterday, first sharing some big news, then reading all your positive and encouraging comments. I’m so elated and humbled. Thank you, seriously, for being the best readers around
It should start to make some sense now why we moved out of our loft. We moved to save money, to put ourselves in the best financial position before bringing a baby into the world. Right now we’re temporarily living at our old house, then we plan to move into our own place right when I’m about to pop! It’s going to be a fun challenge, and time is going to fly by so I’ve decided to embrace the spaces we have for the time being and put my personal touch on them. It will help me enjoy living in the moment rather than impatiently waiting until we move out.
I started working on the spare bedroom, which I get to use as a workspace (woot!).
Lots of gold, as to be expected I’m still loving the black, white, gold and navy blue palette, so I hung some navy blue velvet curtains. This marks another remarkable thing about this blog – one sweet reader sent these curtains to me after I mentioned my longing for the navy blue Sanela Ikea curtain, (which are sadly no longer available). She had never used them, so we struck a deal and now they’re happily hanging in my workroom!
Did I ever tell you the story about my mirrored Parson’s desk? One of my close girlfriends found it on Craigslist for me (awesome friend right?!). I guess one of the managers at West Elm was selling her hoarded collection of pieces that pretty much never been used. My girlfriend negotiated the desk down to $120. $120!!! This desk is no longer available, (you can buy the console here) but the desk used to sell for over $700. NUTS!
Corner by corner, our space is slowly coming together. Knowing me I’ll probably shift things around a bit until I’m happy. I plan to paint that campaign cabinet soon. Those poor oxidized pulls and brackets need new life!
It’s official! My Home Depot Holiday Challenge is live! I had such a blast working with The Home Depot and decorating (a few months early) for the holidays. It totally put us in the spirit early this year, we’ve been drinking hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies ever since
Go on, get some inspiration and check the full post over on the Apron Blog.
We’ve been in our place for about two weeks. We should be more settled than we are, boxes are still unpacked and clothes have yet to be hung, but one thing’s for sure – our bed was ready the day we moved in. Perhaps its residual adoration of our loft bedroom, or just the fact that I’m ridiculously in love with our headboard, but I’m significantly less stressed about figuring where to find space for things when I have a pretty bed to lay on.
I picked up this adorable mini English bulldog bowl from Anthropologie. and it totally completes this vignette if I do say so myself. Oh, and get this, Anthro says it’s a pug, but I wholeheartedly disagree. That, my friends, is an English Bulldog, and someone should notify their product department regarding this obvious mistake.
On a side note, my Home Depot Holiday Challenge is less than a week away! (Sneak peek here and here and here). I seriously can’t wait to share my space. You should definitely catch up with those who have currently been published. There’s so much talent going on right now, guaranteed you leave impressed, and inspired.
Believe it or not, after ALL these bedroom posts, I’m still not done with the space. Actually, I should say I wasn’t done, until now, considering I was on the hunt for the perfect nightstands.
It was around this time when my favorite gal Kate posted a pic on Instagram of two midcentury nightstands she scored at a local thrift store for next to nothing. It was pure coincidence that I happened to be the first one to gush all over them. Kate ended up not having the right space for them, and suggested they needed a new home. Without hesitation I agreed to give them a new home.
The best part isn’t that these nightstands have a new home (my home!), the best part is the transformation – the before and after – and all the details can be found right now over at Centsational Girl.
I’ve been a big admirer of Centsational Girl long before I started blogging, and this little collaboration over a pair of nightstands is like a little dream come true! Kate’s work is so inspiring, go check out how she put her magical touch on these sweet nightstands.
And now, my friends, my bedroom is finally complete!
TGIF friends! I’m so happy to be included in this fall home series with all these amazing bloggers! What’s so fun about this series is that we’re no longer focusing on fall decor made of burlap and faux berries on a stem from Michael’s, instead we’re blogging about the modern fall, the fun fall, the real fall that makes up our homes between now and when we bust out those advent calendars.
We’ve seen four fall homes so far, Lindsay’s warm and rustic Navajo styled home, Kristen’s crazy cute house full of charm, Sarah sharing her killer crafting skills (and our love for gold!), and Gabbi’s colorful fall abode. There are some pretty amazing ladies on the docket this month, stick around and get inspired!
For me, fall is about layers, and I don’t entirely mean scarves and riding boots. I’m referring to the layers we add when the crisp fall air rolls in, the blankets we add to our beds, the pillows we add to our sofas. I love letting these layers pile up, it creates a cozy and comforting place we can call home.
Truthfully, I only have a like two fall decor tricks up my sleeve: fluffy pillows and lots of blankets. I don’t think you have to change much to add a touch of fall to your home. My blue walls, for example, are not very “autumn palette”, they’re more “cool, mod & breezy”, but using what you have is exactly how we modernize this season.
Another trick I have up my sleeve is simply switching up a few accessories. Replace that alarm clock with a tasty birch wrapped candle. Keep it fresh with greenery and mirrored balls. All it takes is a few switch-a-roos. Just have fun with fall this year!
Now, back to those scarves and boots. My final fall decor trick is layering a room with wardrobe staples. Hang your pea coats in your entry. Display your riding boots by your bed or at the door. It’s the collective of these small details that create the most warm and cozy home.
1 – Kristen with the kickoff!
2 – Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
3 – Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno
4 – Brittany from brittanyMakes
5 – Jesse from Scout & Nimble
6 – Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design
7 – Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home
8 – Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home
9 – Bethany from Dwellings by Devore
10 – Carmel from Our Fifth House
11 – Kristin from The Hunted Interior
12 – Annekke from This That & Life
13 – Michelle from Décor and the Dog
14 – Cassie from Primitive & Proper
15 – Ally from From the Right Bank
16 – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs
17 – Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things
18 – Kristin from Bliss at Home
19 – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
20 – Jessica from Dear Emmeline
21 – Kelly from View Along the Way
22 – Sarah from Lacquer and Linen
23 – Eileen from A Creative Day Blog
24 – Sarah from Royal Marigold
25 – Lori from Lori May Interiors
26 – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles
27 – Caitlin from Desert Domicile
28 – Sherry from Design Indulgence
29 – Lakeitha from Lakeitha Duncan Lifestyle Blog
I promise this will be one of the last bedroom posts! You’re all probably sick of my bedroom, I should feel bad that I’m beating you down with navy walls, crazy art, and gilt frames. I suppose I’m still in love with my bedroom, and I feel the need to talk about it in explicit detail!
Like minutes before my wedding, Lamps.com reached out to me, first to say hello, then to see if I needed a lamp. Of course! I mean, who am I kidding, like a true hoarder I’ll take a lamp any day. I ended up ordering the Adesso Spot Light table lamp, and I seriously couldn’t love a lamp more. It’s industrial, shiny, sophisticated, and affordable… my kind of lamp
Lamps.com has an amazing selection of lighting, from unique ceiling pendants to sconces to floor lamps to anything that will fit your budget or your taste. I really couldn’t have been more impressed by their selection. And just for kicks I rounded up a few of my favorite lighting solutions (which was so hard, there’s literally thousands to choose from).
And just so we’re on the same page, I probably only have one more bedroom post up my sleeve (and it’s a doozy!). Then I’m done, pinky swear!
Sometimes you just can’t help but jump on the bandwagon. I’ve been loving all the DIY versions of the black ink abstract art, and just HAD to make my own for the gallery wall in my bedroom.
But friends, get this, I didn’t just use a bit of paint and a paint brush. I used something more incredible, something brand new to the art market. Now let me introduce you to a life changing product from Montana Cans, the company that brought you worlds best gold spray paint….
Acrylic paint markers!!! The anatomy of these markers is basically pure genius. A tube full of acrylic paint topped with a sturdy felt tipped head constructed with a pump system which releases the paint as you go. Perfection! Montana Cans knew what artists needed, we needed the ability to paint with a pen, not with a sloppy brush.
Instead of re-creating one of the art pieces West Elm is selling, or by some more famous artists, I really wanted to create something with my own mind. Think of it as a stress release. Just close your eyes and go to town on a few pieces of paper, pick your favorite one and frame it! It’s art, I don’t care what anyone else says. We are creative beings and we should pat ourselves on the back (or shamelessly display your art by framing it in a vintage gold leafed frame and blog about it) whenever we step out of our comfort zones and create a masterpiece. Maybe not a “masterpiece”, but be proud of your work, people!
Get to it! Get one of these pens (or a boat load, as you can see I did in the photo above) and go crazy. Literally.
Oh, and that weird little thing beneath the abstract art is also a crazy painting of mine, using the same acrylic markers! Now it’s your turn. Go!
I like to consider my girlfriend Annie my first official client. Back in April, Annie asked me to help her re-design her patio. She knew she wanted a bright and colorful outdoor space, something she could enjoy, rather than ignore, which is what she had been doing for the 2 years she’s lived in her home. Annie had some ideas in mind, and I had the skills to execute. We were a mighty pair back then, which is probably the exact reason she asked me to help her with the next neglected space in her home: the office.
Annie’s way of living is very inspirational – she doesn’t have one speck of clutter! I wish I knew how she does it, Maybe she has a secret storage space I don’t know about, but her home is always spotless, in the most amazing minimalist type of way. I can’t even begin to figure out how I’d survive without 3 dog beds laying around my home. Seriously Annie – teach me your ways!
The image above is the office “before”. It’s literally always that clean! And here I came with a car loaded full of Ikea goodies which I haphazardly dumped on her floor. Sorry girl.
Before we get to the execution of the office, let’s go over our design plan. Annie’s home is the most serene shade of bluish gray, you walk in and feel the cool and calm, and we both thought her office should reflect this exact feeling so that office work would be less overbearing. I mean, if you have to work you might as well do it in a beautiful and inspiring space, right?
After a few discussions with Annie regarding her office needs, I put together this design board, which we executed against almost to the T.
First, we built the Expedits. Annie doesn’t have an Ikea near where she lives, so I picked up all the supplies and drove them to her. Sadly, my Ikea was fresh out of 4×4 Expedits, so we opted for 4 of the 4×2 Expedits instead. I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful a wall of Expedits looks in real life. And with that Dwell Studio fabric as a backdrop? Y.U.M.
Next, we built the desk. Well, technically the desk legs. The desk top comes as one piece which you simply place on top of the legs. So easy! And you know me, I can’t go on without spray painting something gold, and in this case we painted the desk legs in Montana Gold Chrome. I’m sure you’ve spotted this Ikea hack all over Pinterest. It’s one worth copying, that’s for sure!
I had to convince Annie that she needed a gold metallic zebra rug. I told her about my vision at first, I think she was hesitant, so I assured her “don’t worry, if you don’t like it, I’ll take it back!” I think she just let me do my thing, and I *think* she loved how it turned out! If she doesn’t, she sure knows how to be a good sport But seriously, tell me you don’t love that rug!
And guess what? It was a DIY.
Yes, I did.
A delicious DIY that might just blow your mind. Yes, yes, many a blogger have DIY’d a metallic zebra rug, I’m no terd. But let me assure you, it’s not what you think it is. He he.
I call this post the “bones” of the office because, in Annie fashion, she has no collection of hoarded items (like someone I know *cough me cough*) to fill her shelves. I think I’ll have to collect them for her and force them onto her like the zebra rug. Annie is also waiting for her desired Eames chair to arrive (or appear before her eyes for a killer deal at a flea market), so we improvised with one of her dining chairs. Speaking of flea markets, we did hit up the Rose Bowl Flea! I hate to admit, we left empty handed (which feels like a sin), and sadly no spotting of any famous interior designers. Well, there’s always next month!
Sources: Expedit shelves from Ikea; wall treatment – Dwell Studio Bella Porte fabric; bench – vintage; grey dotted fabric – Premier Prints; glossy white desk top from Ikea; trestle legs from Ikea spray painted in Montana Gold Chrome; sheepskin flokati from Ikea
I’ve been eying this pillow for quite a while, going back and fourth “should I buy it? or should I make it myself?” I wasn’t very confident in my railroading skills (the sewing technique of lining up a pattern along a seam), so I never tried making it myself. Well, when I was working on my bedroom it just hit me, my bed needed a striped geometric pillow. Otherwise my bedroom wouldn’t be complete!
I rummaged through my stash of fabric, and of course I had some extra striped nautical fabric on hand. I had no excuse but to try my best at recreating this pillow.
The first pillow I made (in photo above) I used 2″ striped fabric. For this tutorial I used 1″ stripes, the same type of fabric Kassapanola uses. I love how both of them turned out, they’re very different looking!
First, I drew a perfect 20″ square on a scrap of Kraft paper, then cut it out. I folded the paper in half diagonally once, then again, to get a perfect 90-degree right-triangle. I traced the triangle out on the fabric using chalk to draw my lines (which you can easily clean off later with a damp towel or baby wipe). Trace 4 triangles, but make sure the top point of your triangle matches with each triangle you make. Cut out the 4 triangles, giving yourself at least a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now for the hard part. Lay two of your triangles on top of each other, wrong side out. Line up the stripes. Sometimes it helps to hold up the fabric to the light to make sure the pattern lines up.
Pin in place. The more pins the better! Sew with at least a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure your seam allowance is the same for each piece. Next, take the second set of triangles, and repeat this exact step.
You’ll be left with two sets of large triangles. Next, railroad the two large triangles (basically repeating the step above but using two larger triangles). Once you’ve sewn them together, lay flat and iron out. Your pattern should be a perfect geometric striped square! Now, instead of doing this again for the back of the pillow, I recommend using a complementary fabric for the reverse side. I finished the pillow by referring to this ol’ this pillow tutorial. I even included a zipper! I actually find it easier to sew zippers, but you can always make an envelope pillow if zippers scare you!
What do you think? Which pillow do you like better? The large stripes or the small stripes???
Happy hump day friends! Have you seen this commercial? YOU MUST, it will blow your mind. All I can say is, Geico’s marketing dept. is genius.
Well, as promised, let me share with you the sources of those incredibly talented artists behind our bedroom gallery wall!
All the art on our gallery wall was on purpose. I wanted a gallery wall that reflected the quirky things I love: gold, bulldogs, vibrant colors, memorable trips, and of course black and white mixed in to ground and pull everything together. The art pieces on the wall developed after I found my first piece of real art, the ballet dancer! I found her at the Alemany Flea Market in SF for next to nothing. And she’s real art, like real paint and brush strokes! She became my muse for the rest of the gallery wall, so I harnessed her vibrant and moody blues and the pinks of her cheeks and began hunting for other items to adorn her beauty.
The first piece of art I sought out was the Luchador print, by the incredibly talented Michaela Nova, aka Silentist. Michaela’s photography is vibrant, mysterious, and incredibly thought-provoking.
I know, right about now you’re asking yourself, “Wah? A Luchador print?” Well, I’m going to let you in on a secret, and trust you all wont quit me! I have this
weird super cool obsession with Luchadores (Mexican wrestlers). I can’t explain it. I’m just totally drawn to the colorful masks, and of course the “art” of Mexican wrestling. Well, while I was searching for Lucha art, I stumbled on Michaela’s Etsy shop, and fell in love. All her prints are incredibly reasonable, and if you’re looking for something vibrant and interesting, you should check her out. Here are a few of my favorites in her shop:
For my next piece of art, I KNEW I wanted a Clare Elsaesser print. Clare’s artwork rocks my world so hard, she has so many delicious and affordable art prints, it makes me want to cry that I can’t own them all! And you know a girl’s got skillz when Emily Henderson is commissioning her work!
I framed the black & gold pony print, which Clare sent along with a post card, which I also framed! It was 4×6″ and fit perfectly in a spare white frame I had lying around. Here are a few of my other favorite prints of Clare’s, I seriously wish I could hoard them all.
I have a thing for bulldogs. What? You didn’t know?
We have two bulldogs, an English and a French, and I love them to death! It was imperative I incorporate bully art on our gallery wall, somehow… and I was almost prepared to DIY something myself LOL. Lord knows my bully art would be turn out looking like chihuahua.
It was that moment when I stumbled on Sasha Waller. Sasha to the rescue! Sasha’s Etsy shop is FULL of original bulldog prints, at such an affordable price point, there’s no reason not to buy one! And you know you want that print of a pile of bulldog pups, I’m melting from the cuteness!
Last, but certainly not least, is Corinne of CGalla Fine Art. Corinne’s work is vibrant, stunning, and emotional. Each piece tells a beautiful story, whether wild or subdued, but a very intriguing story. Corinne uses many mediums in expressing her artwork, from oil, pastel, watercolor, or a mix!
I framed Corinne’s “hair day” giclee print (the first one below), and I it looks so good against my navy walls! These other 3 are just a handful of the beautiful prints Corinne has for sale.
Well, there you have it! These are all the art pieces I purchased for our gallery wall. Up next, I’ll show you what pieces we DIY’ed, and how you can too!