Weekend Musings

Photograph via BLISS AT HOME “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

Don’t you just love that optimism?

I have fast become a photo junkie. At any given part of the day, I will whip out my camera to take photos of moments in our home or out and about.  I thought this was such a beautiful image not to share. I had just gotten home from the grocery store and needed to get these babies in water. It ended up being photo-worthy. I pile it into the box of things we often times overlook. Here’s to keeping our eyes open.

I think I just started a new Saturday thing.

bliss-at-home-links I shared the reveal of our bedroom design.

If you are looking for a great furniture resource check out this one.

What my husband has to say about being married to a design blogger.

A launch of new lighting and wall plates that coordinate perfectly.

Cheers!!

 

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Friday Shop | Arhaus Furniture

Arhaus Furniture Collections

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Anyone else dreaming of sun and sea right about now?

If you have been hit heavy with cold and snow like we have here in Illinois, it is making warm weather dreams that much sweeter. It’s funny to think that in a few weeks we will be starting to head outdoors and get our yards and patios ready for spring!

Until then, I thought we’d take a little detour to Greece…

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I always get in an extreme state of wanderlust at this time of year. The travel bug is sneaking up big time! Think of Greece under the sun with its bleached buildings, blue rooftops, and bougainvillea in full bloom. That was the inspiration for this mood board. I found the perfect outdoor furniture pieces at Arhaus Furniture to complete the look. They even have an outdoor furniture collection named Santorini, how perfect is that!?!  I have been familiar with Arhaus for a while now and a trip to one of their showrooms always delights. I can vouch for their quality and they have options for many styles and their online site is full of furniture and decor you will love.

A few of those pieces above are on sale, so grab them while their hot!

*Other exciting news: If you are in the Sarasota, FL area, the newest Arhaus store opens on the 27th!  You lucky-duckies in Florida can go check out the goods and adorn your patios right now.

Happy Friday friends! Think warm thoughts…the thaw will be here before we know it!

This is a sponsored post for Arhaus. For real–I love this shop and I am happy to share it with you. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Bedroom Makeover with bold and feminine style

BEHIND THE DOOR

Today, I am sharing the changes we have made in our bedroom. I loved our soothing bedroom, but it started to feel boring to me. When you see everyone doing what you have, it just starts to feel old and not fresh and new anymore.  There are a BAJILLION serene gray bedrooms all over the web right now. Seriously, I don’t go a day without seeing one. Although, I do love the look– it was time for something different…

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For all of you who said go bold or go home, you were so onto my game! Kudos to you for knowing me so well!

A workspace and bedroom all-in-one.

This room presented many challenges since it is pretty small. This space had to function as my temporary office, so I have a desk that is pulling double duty as a nightstand too. The Rifle Paper Co. Emerald Peonies Paper I framed was the jumping off point. It was ultra feminine, so I wanted to work in some bolder pattern to contrast the floral art. Black and white are my favorite neutrals for my personal spaces. It is easy to switch out color and pattern with it as the foundation.

Framed Rifle Peonies Paper for artwork

Now let’s talk about the bed, shall we? 

Since I wanted to bring black and white in, I opted for the Crane & Canopy Linden Black Border Duvet and Shams. I had the shams monogrammed for a more custom, personal feel. The bedding is super soft and has zipper closures which I prefer over buttons or flaps.

My thrift score green office chair is one of my favorite finds to date. It inspired me to layer different shades of green into this room. We can call this room 50 shades of green. Bad over-played joke, I know. I love the way the green plays against the darker gray walls– which brings me to the pillows.

I am so in love with the accent pillows on my bed! Let’s dish on those for a sec!

The 3 green pillows are the Kelly Green 24×24 Pillows from Lacefield. They are exquisitely made and come with down inserts. Definitely quality pieces that I will love for a long time. The larger size is also great. I prefer it to the 20×20 and 18×18 sizes.

For a playful punch, I ordered a custom-sized pillow from the Etsy shop Stuck on Hue. I have my favorite go-to fabrics that I love to use and I was itching to use the Jamil Natural Fabric in my home. Stuck on Hue is such a great resource for custom pillows. They have a variety of designer fabrics that I love and you can even get the down inserts in the perfect size. Which is SO GREAT, especially if you are doing a specialty size.

BEDROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL

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Bedroom Makeover with bold and feminine details

Bedroom Makeover with feminine and bold details

The other side of the bed and a little DIY.

On my husband’s side of the bed, I wanted to do something a little different for a nightstand. He is NOTORIOUS for spilling his water-glass on the nightstand and he is not much of a coaster user.  I thought this the perfect moment to use this faux alligator fabric from Online Fabric Store. It’s vinyl and wipeable for spills. Waterproof and chic. Win-win.

I got this brass bamboo tray stand on clearance from C. Wonder (who is no longer with us, le sigh), but the tray to fit the top was out of stock. With a little DIY prowess we built a custom tray out of plywood. We upholstered the tray with the faux gator fabric and now we have a beautiful tray that fits perfectly on the stand…and did I mention it is waterproof? I love you, honey! You are my favorite water-spiller.

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DIY Bamboo Tray Table with Faux White Croc

Now what’s on the floor?

Since the pattern in the artwork and pillow was small, I selected a large bold graphic pattern for the area rug. A few weeks ago, I polled you lovely readers on whether to go bold or vintage. As much as I love an over-dyed rug, I felt that the bold rug fit the design better. When I found it, I went with my gut and I am glad I did. I selected the Rugs USA Satara Diamonds Rug because the pattern was extra large and it also had the same dark gray as my walls. It adds a more modern feel to the space, but also compliments the mix of styles. Just note that the rug is 100% wool and it will shed for the first couple months, but that is normal.

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Bedroom makeover with green, black, white, gold, and pops of pink.

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Peonies Paper  |  Kelly Green Pillows  |  Animal Print Pillow  |  Bedding Set  |  Faux Gator  |  Diamonds Rug

What I love most about this room is it is a mix of high-end decor, flea market finds, budget-friendly accents, and some smart DIY projects. It combines my love of traditional and modern and throws in a pop of color. It’s my signature style.

That’s part of my goal with this blog–to give you the inspiration to find your own signature style. Even if you don’t have a flare for design or decorating, maybe you can see some little things to do that will change your spaces and make them personal.  Whether it is framing some beautiful paper or splurging on some quality pillows– it’s yours to discover.

I’ll be sharing more about my tried and true sources I used in this post next week. It is so great when you can find amazing product and great customer service all-in-one.

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So, I Married a Creative?

Blog Hop Collage final fixed So, we are doing something a little different here on the blog today. Bliss Ranch and Cassie of Primitive & Proper put together this ‘So, I Married a Creative’ blog hop of design bloggers to really get down to the truth behind our blogs. Who better to tell you the secrets behind our blogs than our spouses!

My husband, Dave, is the support system I need when I have ideas. He’s my partner in DIY. He will be the first to tell you that he knows nothing about interior design or style, so he happily leaves that all to me. Match made in heaven, right? He does help me build things and when it comes to heavy remodeling, he is all in. In fact, he stayed up late with me last night to work on a project. That’s love folks and I am well aware of that fact. We’ve been married over 12 years and he is the one person on this earth that really knows me and yet he still loves me despite all my flaws.

With hesitation and sweaty palms, I turn you over to Dave who I interviewed 20 question style with the provided questionnaire…

1. What is your favorite project Kristin has done and why?

The bookcases because of the level of thought and detail that went into designing them that most people would not appreciate just by glancing at them.

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DIY Library Wall made with Ikea Billy Bookcases

2. What is your least favorite project and why?

The Christmas deer art she made out of glitter…it was too crafty for my taste. Even then, that one was not bad, it actually was her first project that went viral when she started her blog.

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DIY Glitter Reindeer Art

3. What is one creative item or tool that Kristin cannot live without?

Me. (he laughs, and he is right!!!)

4. What is your biggest pet peeve about Kristin in the real world or the blogging realm?

This is just a marital trap! When she has a tight deadline and I feel pressured to help her finish things. (#truthbomb)

5. If you could take Kristin on vacation anywhere, where would she want to go?

Paris. (and we hope to be there next year!!!)

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6. Kristin finds $100. What does she do with it?

Buy pillows. (Duh.)

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7. What is your favorite room in your house and why?

Our living room because that is where 2 of my favorite projects are…the built-ins and the fireplace makeover.

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DIY Fireplace Makeover

8. Creativity is messy, but for the most part blogs show the pretty picture. Can you tell us how Kristin is a secret slob?

I don’t like these questions. (laughing) The mess behind the camera when she is staging for a photoshoot. She’ll have a million things on the floor as options. (yep. that’s true)

9. Name a project or decorating adventure that you thought would be a flop but turned out fabulous?

That green bar cabinet that she did for Creating with the Stars. I thought for sure that only having a couple days to build an entire piece of furniture and shoot photos would be a tragedy. She pulled it off and it looks great.

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DIY Bar Cabinet

10. Blogging takes a lot of time. Do you ever pass by Kristin working on the computer and secretly feel neglected?

Yes. (that makes me sad, I think I need to work harder to get things done during the day everyday.)

11. Before, during, and after photos are a big part of blogging. Do you remember to do that for Kristin when you are working on projects for her?

No, she takes all the photos. I couldn’t take a good photo if you held a gun to my head.

12. How often do you read Kristin’s blog, and do you have a favorite post?

I read it about twice a month. I live here, so I know all that goes on. My favorite post is my favorite project the library wall.

13. Before changing a piece of furniture, hanging new curtains, or planning a whole room redo, does Kristin consult you or is it already finished by the time you get home?

She asks my opinion on the building process, but when it comes to style and design I am clueless.

14. Does Kristin discuss her blog with you, stories from other blogs or friendships with other bloggers?

Yes, I know all about the secret society. (wink, wink)

15. Where do you think Kristin gets most of her creative inspiration? TV, magazines, online, you, or was she just born that way.

Definitely, born that way. Her brain doesn’t have a shut off switch.

16. Do you know what Pantone’s color of the year is, and how do you feel about “girly” colors on your walls?

What’s a Pantone? And girly colors on my walls would upset me.

17. If you could change one room or area of your home with no decorating advice from Kristin, what would you choose and why?

The garage because it is my safest bet. Why would I change anything in the house? (good answer)

18. Are you ever worred that Kristin will share too much personal information or that blogging might invade your private life?

No. I trust her that she will keep it professional and only share enough personal detail to add value to the blog.

19. Have you ever helped Kristin style photos for the blog or offer input on how you think a vignette should look?

What’s a vignette? Um….no.

20. There is a saying “If these walls could talk…” what would they say about the decorating in your bedroom?

I look good.

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*Speaking of bedrooms, I am sharing my bedroom makeover this Thursday!

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into our marriage. A big thank you to Dave for playing along. Now you can blog hop away with the rest of the participating bloggers:

Bliss Ranch

Primitive & Proper

It All Started With Paint
Cuckoo4Design
Design Post Interiors
Bliss at Home
SG Style
Kirb Appeal
Refresh Restyle
Top This Top That
The Space Between

Launch of the New Adorne Collection in NYC

I was traveling last week and I am excited to share with you what I was up to in New York City!  I had the pleasure of going to NYC for the press release party of the new Hubbardton Forge line for the Adorne Collection, a collaboration between Legrand and Hubbardton Forge.

The New Adorne Collection

The Adorne Collection

Here’s the dilemma…You design a room. You get every detail selected: the flooring, the surfaces, wall treatments, the lighting…and then you stick a 20 cent plastic wall plate on your switches and outlets. It doesn’t fit with all the nice finishes you just added to your space!

In 2012, Legrand “reinvented” the everyday light switch with the Adorne collection of distinctive switches, dimmers, outlets and wall plates. Now you can match these much overlooked must-haves with your design for a seamless look. Homeowners now have choices when it comes to selecting these details with 32 wall plate options that coordinate with the switch.

The unveiling of the new Hubbardton Forge line as part of the Adorne Collection

The Adorne collection has been very successful since its launch and that brings me to what’s new. Building off the success of this collection, Legrand has teamed up with Hubbardton Forge–the oldest commercial forge in the country that is a maker of beautiful forged metal light fixtures. Each light fixture is a piece of art. This collaboration has married the two brands with the introduction of six lustrous metal wall plates forged by fire that pair perfectly with the light fixtures.

The new Adorne collection with Hubbardton Forge

Now you have the perfect pairing between these gorgeous light fixtures and wall plates. Each one is exquisitely made right here in the USA by skilled artisans. I can’t wait to share more about this exciting new collection in the weeks to come!

On February 19th, I was 1 of 6 design bloggers invited to the press cocktail event held at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea. We all had a blast getting to know one another and learn more from the Legrand and Hubbardton Forge teams.

Hubbardton Blog Team

Left to Right:  Christy Davis from Donna Vining, Jeanne Chung from Cozy Stylish Chic, (yours truly) Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home, Renee Carman of Mandeville Canyon Designs, and Patricia Davis Brown of Dig This Design. Not pictured Justin Power from Maison Decor.

The night was full of great conversation, drink and food pairings, and some fun little extras too!

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The New Adorne Collection

I’m excited to share more with you on the new Hubbarton Forge line of the Adorne collection in the weeks ahead. It’s an exciting thing when function and design blend seamlessly to bring you great new options for your home!

You can follow my coverage of this new Hubbardton Forge Adorne collection with #HubbardtonBlogTeam and #LegrandMeetsHubbardton on social: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

I’d like to thank Legrand and Hubbardton Forge for the all-expense paid trip the NYC to cover the release of the new Hubbardton Forge line of the Adorne Collection. Also, a thank you to Sharp Communications. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions expressed are 100% mine. Photos in this post provided by Sharp Communications.

Our Valentine’s Day Table & Dinner Party

L’AMOUR EN FÊTE

We started a Valentine’s Day dinner a few years back that has become a tradition in our home. L’amour en fête…the love feast. Instead of trying to find a babysitter and go out to a crowded restaurant, we dine at home. We make some sinfully delicious food and treats, buy the fancy chocolates from the artisan chocolatier in town, and float away on the bubbly.  My kids look forward to it every year and they love to help put the meal together. It has officially become a “thing”.

Sometimes we invite friends for more of a dinner party atmosphere, but this year with all the remodeling encroaching on our common spaces, we are opting to have it be just our little family. I love to entertain, so hopefully (fingers-crossed), that will be back in full swing soon! I also love to put a table together, so here are some shots of our Valentine’s Day table this year. Sources at the end of the post.

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tray | gold flatware | matches | placemats | bowls Ciroa at TJMaxx | white plates | notecards Target Dollar Spot

*Please note everything else is an heirloom or flea market find.

We brought the table out in front of the fireplace so we could be warm and cozy. Always a nice touch. I am ready for some quality time with my favorite people. Let the cooking begin!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our New Animal Print Runner

Bonjour! I am saying bonjour a lot lately…only because we are planning our dream Paris trip for next year…but that is neither here nor there! Today is all about this fabulous animal print runner I added to our home. You may remember the inspiration post I did a couple of weeks back on animal print runners. I have been obsessed with this look to say the least. I finally pulled the trigger and now our hallway is walking on the wild side and I totally love it!

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It was love at first sight. When I was looking online for a runner, I found the Safavieh Soho rug at Rugs USA. It has the perfect pattern repeat and I like that the spots are larger.

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It was love at first touch too for everyone in the family. It’s 100% wool and hand-tufted, the quality is great. It’s nice and thick and the perfect weight for a runner. It’s my youngest’s favorite new place to play with his cars.

hallway-11 He says the spots make a maze. They totally do.

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This hallway was the perfect place to add in some animal print without it being too much. The white walls and the contrast of the black light fixture are pretty perfect with the runner.

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Be sure to check out Rugs USA  and see their entire collection of animal print rugs. You can also see the ever popular Moroccan Shag like I used in our living room. They have something for every taste and budget.

I am going to go back to driving through the car maze with my main daytime squeeze!!

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What do you think of the animal print runner look? Love it or leave it? It may not be for everyone, but it certainly is for me! It adds a richness and a little pattern play to a neutral space.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Rugs USA. As always, I only share what I love and the little things that make my heart go pitter-patter. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

January Month in Review

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Happy February, everyone!

January was a busy month as we have been working on several projects for 2015. I enjoy doing these Month in Review posts because it is nice to have all the posts from the month in one organized recap. This way you can easily revisit something, see all the posts from a series, or catch up if you missed one. Here’s our January Month in Review and it is full of design and some DIY you can tackle on any given weekend.

DIY PROJECTS

My office space had to be moved again due to the remodeling going on around here. This simple DIY was the jumping off point for my new workspace and a bedroom refresh.

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Framed Paper Art

Our DIY library wall is one of my favorite projects we have finished in our home and it got taken up a notch with some beautiful grasscloth and a little help from Walls Republic.

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Grasscloth Backed Bookcases

DESIGN PROJECTS

We have quite a few design projects going on right now. Even some I haven’t shared yet! I shared the design process of our bedroom refresh in a series the month of January. I’m just waiting on one more thing to arrive and we can photograph it and share the reveal soon! I just love the way it is coming together.

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Bedroom Bedding Options

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Bedroom Rug Options

One very large project we have been tackling this month is our bathroom makeover. This is a complete gut and remodel project. We haven’t been sharing the process on the blog and we are saving all the details for the big reveal. There is a lot going on behind the scenes on this one and it is the design project that I am most excited about so far in 2015! We did share the design plans so you could get an idea of what we have been doing around here. You can get some behind the scenes teasers on our Instagram too.

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Bathroom Makeover Plans

SHOP THE LOOK

With a new year comes new office supplies and I shared my favorite ways to stay organized in 2015.

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On My Desk 2015

I have been busy sourcing decor for our bathroom remodel and shared some of my finds that will totally pump up the style in your bathroom.

Bathroom Accessories to Add Style

Sources for Chic Bathroom Accessories

After the holidays and the decluttering, it’s nice to refresh your decor and wardrobe a bit. I found some awesome finds that won’t hurt your pocketbook at Target.

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My Target Style Finds

GET INSPIRED

So much inspires me in the world of design and I like to share the love. I shared some great examples of how to add animal print into your space in a tasteful way.

Animal Print Runner Inspiration

Animal Print Runner Inspiration Gallery

FEATURED

The January/February issue of HGTV Magazine hit newsstands and I had fun collaborating on a design around a basic sofa.

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HGTV Magazine Feature

Our February projects are in full swing and we are still working away on our bathroom remodel.  I will also have some Valentine’s Day decor and ideas to share soon too.

We were snowed in yesterday and enjoyed a family day at home. Anyone else in the same boat? We got a foot of snow and it was blustery, so school was cancelled and Dave couldn’t commute to work. It’s coming your way East Coast friends! Stay warm!!

My Latest Target Style Finds

#TARGETSTYLE2 shirt | shoes | flatware | figurines | light

Hey! So, at the end of January I start to get antsy. I want to buy new clothes, but I want to wait until I shed the last of those holiday pounds. I want to spruce up the house, but I don’t want to spend a lot because, let’s face it,  we just got done spending over the holidays. Plus, there’s the whole we just edited our spaces excuse. So, here are some light on the pocketbook finds that will feed that desire to refresh, but won’t break the bank from non other than Target. Target, the place you cannot enter without buying at least 2 things you didn’t go in there for.

Hey, how did that make it into the cart? Kids, did you throw that pair of ladies leopard shoes in there when I wasn’t looking?! Can’t take you guys anywhere! Well, alright!  Just this once…”

OK, I’ve never said that, but you get it. I just did a guilt-free splurge on the items above because I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. They are my latest Target style finds and some I bought in store and others are online only. It cures the shopping urges I stated above. I’ve been wanting that gold flatware FOREVER and it is finally back in stock. I’m excited it will be here before our annual Valentine’s Day dinner which I am starting to plan. I’m going for a vintage glam mix this year.

Other than that, we will be working on the gold and marble goddess. Getting closer to the finish line!

Have a fab weekend!

Grasscloth on Bookcases…Um, YES PLEASE!

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GET THE LOOK  |  GRASSCLOTH BACKED BOOKCASES

As we have been working away on the gold and marble goddess, I did have a chance to work on another project this weekend. I added grasscloth to the backs of my bookcases and I am in love!  Love like you have to say it like LURRRVE. Basically, Dave was measuring and doing complex fractions in the bathroom, I started yawning,  so I took that moment to sneak out and get to work on my bookcase project.

To date, one of my most high traffic projects on this good old blog of mine is our DIY library wall made out of Ikea bookcases. They have held up great over the past 2 years, but I knew they could be even better. That’s where the grasscloth comes in. I found this fab dark grasscloth on Walls Republic. Walls Republic has a great selection of wallpaper and their grasscloth selection does not disappoint!  I checked out some samples of different papers and colors, but this one just won me over. It has such a great blend of dark browns and blacks and flecks of copper and gold shine through.

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The whole idea was to take the built-ins to the next level. Grasscloth is so luxurious and glamorous. It has a richness that can make a space look like a million bucks. It’s such a beautiful statement and layers in more texture and warmth. I opted to go dark because I wanted the contrast against the white bookcases.  It really adds some drama to this focal point in our room. It also warms up the space quite a bit.

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Nice shelife! Grasscloth backed bookcases and styling

Our accessories just pop against the dark grasscloth and the warm metallics really shine. Boom, boom, POW. Just so you know, I played in styling heaven. I could style a shelf for hours, now I want to restyle them. It’s part of my sickness.

This little project only took a few hours and it’s a lovely way to get a designer look without having to wallpaper an entire room. I would totally go for wallpapering an entire room though, let’s just keep it real. There are several things I don’t think the moderation rule should apply to, a few of which are gold, marble, and yes, GRASSCLOTH!

Get the look: Grasscloth backed bookcases

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Grasscloth backed bookcases

I feel like our library wall went from nice girl next door to sex kitten! Now, it’s a sultry little temptress that you can’t stop looking at. Totally okay to say that about bookcases by the way. Seriously, such a huge transformation! It feels more expensive, and you can not see any proof that we used Ikea bookcases now.

If you want to add grasscloth to your space or bookcases here are just a few things to know…

This wallpaper you apply to your surface with wallpaper paste. This is good news, trust me! I used Roman brand heavy-duty wallpaper paste. You just roll on the paste to the back of your wallpaper. It is really nice to work with because you aren’t getting water everywhere and you can reposition your paper if you need to adjust it on your surface.

You will also want to use an exacto knife or box cutter to cut the paper. Make sure your blade is sharp. That is so important! The grasscloth is thicker and the fibers will want to fray if you don’t use a sharp blade.

You can check out Walls Republic for a great selection of grasscloth and high quality wallpaper. They have fantastic customer service and can answer any questions you may have about wallpaper or the installation process.

This is a sponsored post for Walls Republic. As always, I only feature brands I adore and all opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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