Fly Away Stenciled Curtains

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

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

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

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

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

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

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

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

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Our New Bedside Lighting

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

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

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

Accordion sconce by Kenroy Home

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

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

 

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

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

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

 

bedside lighting with an accordion sconce | brittanyMakes

 

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

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

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In the Spot Light

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!

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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 :)

 

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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).

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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!

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Rust-oleum’s NeverWet Product Review {and a video!}

Blog-land is raging with excitement right now! Rust-oleum has partnered with NeverWet and just busted out the most amazing product of the century!  I was thrilled when I was asked to review this product, I’ve been following its progress for a while and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Now, I’m going to warn you, this product is going to blow your mind.  You can pretty much spray this stuff on ANYTHING, which is both the beauty and challenge of being asked to review a product.  Coming up with something  unique can be a bit tricky.  Many peeps are spraying this stuff over their outdoor pillows, which is genius! In theory, you’ll never have to bring them back inside again during a storm! Or how about your outdoor rugs? Say adios to mildew! Oh the possibilities! This gets me so riled up and excited, I need to calm down.

As you know from my Home Depot Patio Challenge, I actually don’t have my own outdoor space – we live in a loft, and I borrowed my brother’s patio for the Patio Challenge.  Outdoor rugs or pillows weren’t an option for me to review Rust-oleum’s NeverWet.  I started thinking, what is something I use every day, that is exposed to water and moisture…. hmmm…. thinking…. thinking… and bam!

MY SHOWER CURTAIN !!!

You heard me right! No more nasty plastic liner! Seriously, I buy a new plastic liner every other month it seems since they get so nasty.

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See, NASTY. (And please kill me now.  I can’t believe I just showed you a pic of our bathtub.  We’re renters, don’t judge!)

Now, at first I thought one box of NeverWet would be sufficient to cover the entire shower curtain.  After spraying the shower curtain with one full NeverWet set (it comes with two cans, a base coat and a top coat), I spot tested with some water, some areas were still soaking up the water, so I applied the second box of NeverWet.  Lesson learned in this case, my shower curtain ate up 3 boxes of NeverWet! It didn’t literally eat it up, but it took all 3 boxes because I was working with a large test subject.  I can imagine one box of NeverWet would cover a few outdoor pillows no problem.

For all you skeptics out there, I made a video to show you the magic that is NeverWet:

Did you see the beads of water just bouncing off the shower curtain?!  Here’s a close up of the water “beads”, I took this picture with the shower curtain laying on the floor, after I had treated it with NeverWet.

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The take-away here is, use NeverWet on a small project.  There’s no sense in using 3 cans on a shower curtain, although this does show you just how powerful and life changing this product is!  Another thing to note, NeverWet leaves behind a subtle milky haze.  Now, I sprayed NeverWet to the back side of our shower curtain, so I didn’t have to worry about the appearance of the fabric being altered.  But in all honesty, I didn’t notice much of that milky haze the box warns.  I think you’ll see that in darker objects, like black or brown or gray.

Phew! This post was wordy.  Thanks for reading and I hope you all get to try it out soon! NeverWet is available NOW, so you can run over to your Home Depot and order some for yourself.

*** I was asked to review this product and received a sample for this review.  All opinions are my own (obviously!), and I really do recommend this product!

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Curio Road & The Launch of the Wedding Collection

Wow, it’s Wednesday already! And it’s May. Where has the time gone? I have something like 60 days until our wedding – YIKES!

Speaking of wedding… when Curio Road approached me almost 3 months ago to engage in a sponsorship relationship, one of their growth projections was to launch a curated wedding collection.  After seeing the shops and artists Curio Road has has launched and featured over the last couple months, it only made sense to expect an amazing wedding collection.

Today I’m here to tell you that their wedding collection is officially launched! And not only is this collection amazing, it’s HUGE! There are hundreds of items listed in the collection, from bridal jewelry, hair accessories, beaded & crystal sashes, wedding garden signs, tabletop decor, and sooooooo much more.

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If you missed out on the introduction, Curio Road is a fashion and home accessory membership site that highlights extremely talented and upcoming hip designers and artists.  They host quick sales of jewelry, accessories, and home decor items that rival popular shops like Anthropologie, C.Wonder, and now BHLDN!  Last month Curio Road launched their permanent collection of their top rated and best selling items.

Because I’m really excited about Curio Road’s wedding collection, and you certainly don’t have to be a bride or bridesmaid to shop this collection! I’ve pulled a few of my favorite items together to give you a solid peek at what they have for sale.

I’m absolutely smitten with these chevron clutches now listed in the bridesmaid section of the wedding collection:clutches-collage

Gorgeous sparkly jewelry you can also wear on date nights or nights out with your girlfriends.

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And giant letter tabletop decor, which can easily be re-purposed as decor in your own home.

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I’m really excited about this phase of Curio Road’s business.  I think they’ve hit the nail on the head with fashion forward bridal accessories at prices that are beyond reasonable. I just ordered this crystal bridal sash for $60 that is almost the exact replicas of a sash I had my eye on at a bridal store, which they were selling for nearly $500!

Anyway, I think I’ve said enough. Head on over, check out their wedding collection, and don’t forget, you’ll earn cash to spend if you invite your friends!

LoveB

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Curio Road – a secret preview to the upcoming permanent collection!

Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re half-way through the week, woohoo!  Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on yesterday’s coral dresser.  I am completely blown away with how much the internet loves this dresser!  It just makes my itty bitty heart swell with sunshine and gratitude, so thank you!

Last month I had the pleasure of introducing you to my new sponsor, Curio Road.  If you missed out on the introduction, Curio Road is a fashion and home accessory membership site that highlights extremely talented and upcoming hip designers and artists.  They host quick sales of jewelry, accessories, and home decor items that rival popular shops like Anthropologie or C.Wonder.

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Curio Road has asked me to offer to my readers an exclusive preview of their upcoming permanent collection.  The collection will start out launching their bestselling and best-loved lines that have been featured in the past months.

 

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Curio Road’s main focus is to help designers and artists reach an ever broader audience to help these makers grow their businesses.  Curio Road is also in the process of teaming up with bloggers, such as myself, to help grow that audience.

I feel very lucky to be playing a small part in the growth and success of these amazing artists and designers.  I feel a kinship to these makers because I too am focused on growing my audience and my brand, with my concentrated goal trying to build stronger relationships with my readers.

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With that said, take a minute or two and pop on over to view the Permanent Collection preview at Curio Road. Right now there are 226 items listed in the permanent collection, and they change almost every day!

OH! And don’t forget! If you invite friends to join the site, which is free by the way, you earn cash to spend on the site! And there’s no easier way than blasting your friends on Facebook :P

Thanks for listening, and can someone please buy that acorn locket! For me of course, please and thank you :)

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