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Starting the Big Kid Room

 

Kid Room Plans Starting with a Bookcase

 

A few months ago, I showed you how I updated a space in our home using a bookcase. With little man’s bedroom completed, it is time to move on to the big kid’s space. The Tower Bookcase from Sauder Furniture is something that has been used a couple different places in our home. Its clean lines make it work with many different design styles.

It first was in my office, then it became a temporary pet station in our kitchen, and now it is giving our son’s room some much-needed shelving.

I have just started revisiting the design plan for my oldest’s bedroom. My boys definitely have opposite styles, so it is going to be fun to switch gears for this room makeover. I don’t want to share too much of the room just yet, but I did want to show you how we worked the bookcase into his space.

He needed a place to display the things he likes. This tall bookcase is a great space saver and the open design makes it appear to not eat up space or affect your line of sight.

Whether it’s an adult space or kid space, I think it just adds to your atmosphere to have a lovely styled piece of furniture. If you can display the things you love in a meaningful way, it adds something special to a space.

This is where this bookcase is going to stay and I can’t wait to get cracking on the projects for this room!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Cross Wall | The Tutorial

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of sharing my little guy’s room makeover with all of you for the Fall in Love room reveals hosted by Primitive & Proper. You can see the entire reveal of his modern kids room here.

I made a DIY Cross Wall that was inspired by the Pia Wallén Crux blanket that little guy really liked.

Pia Wallen Crux Blanket

Pia Wallén Crux Blanket

Today, I wanted to share how I made his cross wall. It was a bit difficult at first since the walls in his room are textured. Painting designs on them is a pain and decals just don’t work. I tried washi tape but that wouldn’t hold. I found the perfect solution!

Drum roll please…

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

Yes, electrical tape was the perfect fit! It was easy to work with and held to the textured walls without coming off. You can also reposition it, so if you don’t get it right the first time you can try again.

Up close you can see how it took the shape of what it was covering with no bubbling at all. It was the perfect solution!

DIY Cross Wall

MEASUREMENTS:

For each cross I cut 2 strips 4 inches each.

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

On the wall, the spacing was designed to fit my particular wall so you would have to figuire out the right spacing for yours. I spaced each row 3 inches from the top. Each cross is spaced 10 inches. 

DIY Cross Wall via Bliss at Home

 

As you can see I did my own tweaks based off the original design. I wanted the crosses slimmer and I also chose to stagger them for my desired look.

I also want to note that my husband got his start as an electrician, so we know our electrical tape…(so we got that going for us, ha!)…I guess we are electrical tape snobs. I used Scotch Super 33+ Vinyl Electrical Tape and you can pick it up at the Home Depot or your closest home improvement store. It has the best stick factor. One roll almost did the entire wall. It’s a super inexpensive way to get the look. I think I paid $5.99 a roll.

We have been enjoying playing and creating in little man’s room! I think the look on his face says it all!

DIY Cross Wall via Bliss at Home

Thanks for all your sweet comments on his room reveal. It has been one of my favorite rooms to work on so far.

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial by Bliss at Home

If you want to see more cross wall inspiration, check out Julia’s (Cuckoo 4 Design) cross wall hallway she created making her own wall decals.

I’ll be back with some more DIY projects from his space and a full source list soon.

Modern Kid Room Makeover

Hey buds! I’m excited to share little man’s bedroom makeover today as part of the Fall In Love room reveals! My friend, Cassie from Primitive & Proper, got some of us together for a 6-week kick in the rear to get a room finished and boy, am I glad she did!

If you are coming from Boxy Colonial, welcome! I hope you stay and enjoy!

THE PLAN | Modern Kid Room

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My little guy’s room has sat unfinished for months now. We started it before we headed out east and I just hadn’t made time to finish it when we got back this fall. With a little DIY on the cheap and some budget-friendly finds, it is now the room we sat down and planned together! Way ba-aaaack last year, I sat both my boys down for a design consultation. It was the cutest thing seeing what they were drawn to and what ideas they had for their rooms.

Today, you are seeing my youngest’s room. He is a dreamer, loves creatures…all kinds. He has brought worms into the house. YES, WORMS! He is tender and wild at the same time. A ball of energy and full of laughter.

Come on inside and see what we dreamed up…

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Little man had a lot of requests for his teeny-tiny room. One big one was a teepee. With his room being so small it took some creative might to make it all work, but I love the end result.

Another thing, my little guy was drawn to was the Pia Wallén cross blanket. That was the inspiration for his accent wall. I DIY’ed it on the cheap and I will share the tutorial soon. His room has textured walls, so I had to come up with a way to do it that wasn’t a decal or paint.

Boy Bedroom Makeover with a DIY Pia Wallen Inspired Cross Wall

Little man also takes after his momma and loves black + white spaces. So, I painted all the walls white and the baseboards and trim black.

He loves stuffed animals and he wanted a place for his buddies. So that big teepee is where he plays and reads to them.

Thanks to Ylvis, we now know what a fox says, but do you know what a fox reads? Today it’s Where the Wild Things Are.

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As you can see, little man loves his books. We found the perfect storage for them with this stackable bookcase. The large basket holds all his buddies.

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He had a tiny closet that wasn’t good for much so I changed it into an art nook. My old Ikea desk fit snugly and I just reused some old floating shelves.

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The woven stool was a flea market find and it is the perfect height for his desk. I took little man out for a shopping day and he selected the lamp. Good taste that guy!

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When we talked about his bed, he said he wanted a bed soft like a teddy bear. We mixed up different textures and he picked out the fur blanket. It does look like a teddy bear.

His older brother has some map art, which I think made him want the same thing. So, I obliged and made some for him too.

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His dresser is so old and he needs a new one. I haven’t found one yet, so I made some DIY agate hardware. Little buddy collects rocks and stones so he loved the idea.

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In my original plan, I wanted to make my own light fixture, but the clock was ticking so I was happy to find this inexpensive one at Home Depot. It’s industrial and works well with the rest of the room.

I wanted the windows to have coverage but be simple, so I opted for bamboo shades.

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That’s that! Little man loves his new room! I’ll be sharing more about the cross wall and the DIY agate hardware next week. I also will post a source list soon that covers everything featured in his room.

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Thanks for visiting and be sure to visit Emily at Eleven Gables next!

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge & Link Party

HERE’S THE FULL LINE-UP OF ROOM REVEALS:

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

Have a fab day!

Kohler Bloggers Conference 2014

Hi friends!

I’ve been busy these past few months with traveling and working on some larger projects. I am excited to get to share some of those things soon!  Today, I wanted to take a moment to share my trip to Kohler, Wisconsin for the 2014 Kohler Bloggers Conference.

Kohler Bloggers Conference 2014

Kohler Company invited 20 top design bloggers to come experience the Kohler culture and learn more about their company. I was honored to get the invite and soon found out that Kohler Co. is much more than a leading maker of bathtubs and faucets.

The History

A trip to Kohler, Wisconsin is like getting transported into a different era, yet it has a modern, artsy feel. Brick and stone buildings are encompassed by meticulously manicured grounds. That wasn’t by accident. The village of Kohler is one of our nation’s first and finest planned communities. Walter J. Kohler hired the Olmstead Bros. to bring his vision of a garden/industrial community to life. Frederick Law Olmstead, the renowned landscape architect, is also credited with designing New York’s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate grounds.

Founded in 1873 and head-quartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Company employs over 30,000 associates and has more than 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. This privately held company continues to be on the forefront of design in the world of kitchen and bath, power systems, interiors and hospitality.

Kohler Bloggers Conference 2014

After a day of travel, we checked into our luxurious accommodations at The American Club. This resort destination is amazing! It echoes the feeling of the entire town. Living well, is definitely a message you understand after a trip to Kohler. Every possible thing you would want or need is here for your stay. It is definitely somewhere I want to revisit.

american club After settling into our unique suites, we went to the Kohler Design Center for a welcome reception.

Kohler Bloggers Conference

We had fun chatting it up with the Kohler associates and sampling some delicious food and drink.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 From left to right: Veronica from designhunterla.com, Mandi from vintagerevivals.com, yours truly, Kristin from huntedinterior.com, Jenn from withheart.com, and Kirsten from simplygrove.com.

The entire top floor of the design center is a showcase of Kohler products used in dreamy designs. My favorite was the bathroom designed by Jonathan Adler.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Cocktails in the bath. I think JA would expect no less.

The next day started bright and early. It was a day of learning all things Kohler–from the Kohler brand story to the latest design trends. We heard from all different departments and even got to see their communications building called The Beacon. Aside from an impressive design library and offices galore, they also have a studio where they shoot a lot of the Kohler campaigns. It was an impressive sight to see.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 “The Beacon” – Kohler’s communications building

Before a wonderful dinner, we were all treated to spa experiences at the Kohler Water Spa. I was lulled into a happy state of bliss with the best 60-minute massage I have had in a long time! We also had time to experience the rest of the spa amenities during our stay there.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 The Relaxation Pool at Kohler Water Spa

Day 2 of the KBC 14, was so interesting! We toured the Kohler factories where a lot of the Kohler products are made. We learned more about the history of the company and got to see skilled factory workers in action. We even witnessed cast iron tubs being made–quite the sight to see!  Kohler Blogger Conference

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Before we departed for home, we were treated to a lovely lunch at River Wildlife. We gathered in a rustic cabin lodge that greeted you upon arrival with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. It also had some delectable eats!

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 MMMMMM…this carrot soup was delicious!

A few takeaways from my Kohler trip:

Kohler has beautiful products and finishes with a focus on putting out the best product each and every time. A very high standard of quality.

Kohler is an amazing company that is design-centric, innovative, and environmentally conscious. A company that gives back in huge ways.

To live Kohler is to live well. This is evident in the entire village of Kohler. From the water spa to the excellent cuisine, Kohler is more than just a successful brand– it is a way of life.

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If you ever have the chance to visit Kohler, Wisconsin– do it! It is an experience you won’t forget. I am still coming off my Kohler high, you could say I drank the Kohler water.

This is a company that I am very excited to be partnering with and can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on. You know that bathroom I’ve been planning and talking about…stay tuned!

Oh, and you know my love of gold and mixed metals…

Kohler has the PERFECT gold! Check out this beautiful finish:

Kohler Purist Faucet

Kohler Purist Faucet in Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold

I’d like to thank Kohler Co. for organizing and creating such a lovely blogger conference. It was a wonderful thing to attend!

I’ve been designing away on my bathroom and there are some exciting things to come!

Kohler Co. provided me with an all-expense paid trip to come to their headquarters in Kohler, WI for the first Kohler Bloggers Conference. I was not required to post about the conference or company. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine. 

All images and photography in this post are supplied by Kohler Co. and the Bliss at Home Instagram account.

My New Favorite Shop | Hattan Home

 

Fab home decor from Hattan Home

zebra dish || pouf || tray || lotus votive || muah! || love || pom pom throw

Happy Friday loves!! I especially love this Friday because I discovered a new-to-me shop that I just adore. You know I like some great home accessories and Hattan Home does not disappoint! It’s right up my alley and I just had to share it with you today.

All those goodies above are from Hattan Home. Their tagline “treats for your home” is perfect because there is so much deliciousness to choose from in their shop! They are right on trend and offer a great selection of home decor, office accessories, and more!

I just received the Capiz Lotus Votive and had some fun styling it up in my home. Lotus decor is on trend right now and it’s a classic look so ,of course, I love it!

Bliss at Home styles it up with the Capiz Lotus Votive for Hattan Home

One thing I am a little addicted to is reworking my bookcases. They provide such a great opportunity to do something new in my home when I feel the urge to refresh.

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

I love the addition of the lotus votive. It’s just the right, chic touch and blends nicely with the rest of the accessories.

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Be sure to check out Hattan Home. It is such a well-curated shop that is full of style. With the holidays right around the corner it has some great gift options. Have a fab weekend!!

This is a sponsored post for Hattan Home. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge & Link Party

Hello, hello! Today, I am excited to announce that I am participating in a 6 week room makeover challenge charmingly named Fall in Love! 18 bloggers and I will take one room in our homes and completely make it over from top to bottom! Sounds like fun, right?!

That is one talented group of design bloggers and I am excited to get to work and follow along with their makeovers! We will update you on our progress from time to time and the big reveal is planned for November 3rd.

So, now the next question is what room am I making over???

Well, let’s delve into the dark side of home blogging, shall we?

It’s time to be accountable and share with you my BLOGGER SECRET SIN!!

I started makeovers on both of our kids’ rooms before we left for Connecticut. That 3 months of not being at home thwarted all my blogging plans. C’est la vie!

Both rooms have sat unfinished to my kids’ dismay. So, this makeover challenge comes at the best time because I can finish one of those rooms. Since timing is falling around some other things going on in my blogging schedule, I have chosen to finish little Sam’s bedroom.

By the looks of this photo you would think that his room is finished…

Fall in Love Makeover - Little Sam's Room Makeover

Oh, but it is soooo not! I put this together quickly for a furniture review and giveaway of that Holly + Martin bookcase. I actually painted one wall and trim, just so I could get my post done in time before we left for the East Coast. Yes, that is my blogger secret sin!

On the other side of this photo, nothing is done! It is a sad little room, but we have some great plans for it!

Fall in Love Room Makeover and Link Party

IN THE NEXT 6 WEEKS I WILL…

PAINT ALL THE WALLS (NOT JUST THE ONE)

DIY A CEILING LIGHT

MAKEOVER HIS CLOSET

GET NEW BEDDING

MAKE A WINDOW TREATMENT

ADD IN PERSONAL TOUCHES THAT WILL MAKE HIS SPACE SPECIAL

My youngest is a dreamer. He loves to be active, but he also has a softer side. He loves animals and nature. His room will have a very nature-inspired vibe to it. When I gave him a design consultation to see what his style was like…(yes, it was the cutest thing ever!) I was so surprised by his taste. This kid has the coolest style! He wanted black and white walls; he leaned towards Mid-century furnishings and Scandinavian decor. His biggest concern was to have a teepee and a place for all his buddies.

So, that’s the plan!

Now, you can click on the links below and see what all these talented ladies are planning on doing…

Home + Style Report

Also, I just had one of my fall projects featured on bhg.com!! Check out this gallery to see all the great fall ideas!

Styling | Hanging Art on the Bookcases

Howdy! So, I was cooped up indoors yesterday. It was rainy and one of my kiddos had the dreaded tummy virus that has been going around. Needless to say we could not go anywhere. I got a little stir crazy and decided to rework my bookcases. Hanging art on the bookcases also happened.

I went into my storage room and saw one of my favorite pieces of art leaning against the wall. This Laura Dro Ikat Kaleidoscope print I had taken down to do some painting.  I never hung it back up because we went out East for the summer.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcase

I decided to reframe it and hang it up on the bookcase. I have been wanting to hang something there for a while now.  Just the pop of pattern and color that was missing!

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

 

This is not a sponsored post and I purchased the art almost 2 years ago. I just really love Laura’s textile-inspired abstracts. The colors are stunning and even the prints are of high quality and look like canvases. I really love supporting artists I admire.

 

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

I’ve been feeling lively and vibrant lately. My home definitely mimics my mood. With the exception of my kiddo getting sick, this house has been bustling with activity. It just feels right to showcase this print center stage.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

This print is still for purchase on Laura’s website: http://www.lauradrodesigns.com

You can also check out these awesome lucite trays that can be customized with a monogram and print selection. I just love them!

Entry Way Makeover with a High End Look on a Budget

Hello! It has been a busy week here back home, but it has been a productive one too. Today, I am sharing my entry way makeover!!

As you know, I love a high-end look. This entire makeover was done on the cheap but looks expensive! By shopping my house and adding a couple budget finds here’s how I got the look…

Entry Way Makeover with a high end look on a budget

One thing that has bugged me ever since we remodeled the living room is that entry way wall.  The brown stripes had to go!  They were too busy with the new things we had done and the color was all wrong now. I also was not a fan of how it was breaking up the flow between the entry way, hallway, and living room.

Entry Way before makeover to add flow

Entry Way After Makeover to create flow

I love this so much more! This whole makeover was achieved by shopping for just a couple bargains and by reusing items and supplies I already had on hand.

The first thing I did was paint the wall white to match the hallway.

Over the summer on the coast, I found this sunburst mirror on clearance at TJ Maxx for $29. I knew right away it would look fab gold and be great for over the console table.

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I gave it a gilded look with a coat of Valspar Metallic in Gold. I hadn’t worked with this gold spray paint before, but I really love the finish! A great color and sheen.

Entry Way Makeover with a a high end look on a budget

I really just shopped my house besides the mirror and a couple very inexpensive purchases. I snagged some sale orchids for $6.98 each to add some life back into this house.

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

The only other new addition is the green tassel. The gold ring hardware is leftover from a past furniture makeover.

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

Since we are remodeling, I had to put my office in storage right now, but my desk doubles as a chic console table. So, I am not too sad about having to mix things up a bit.

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

Entry way makeover done on a budget with a high end look

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

Entry Way Makeover with a high end look on a budget

 

This adds the flow that was so desperately needed to unite the living room, entry way, and hallway. What I love most is that the whole makeover cost me under $40 by shopping bargains and using items and supplies I already had at home.

Source list for this makeover:

Paint and wall color: Valspar Paint & Primer white right off the shelf (leftover from another project)

Desk: World Market Josephine Desk (purchased on sale $159.99)

Sunburst mirror: TJ Maxx (clearance $29)

Green tassel:  Hancock Fabrics ($1.99)

Gold desk hardware: D Lawless Hardware Eastlake Ring Pull ($4.29/each from another project)

Wall lamps: Craigslist (Free)

Black gold foil shades: Home Depot (discontinued)

Orchid: Lowes ($6.98 on sale)

Pillows: Nate Berkus for Target (out of stock)

Storage Cubes: DIY No Sew Recovered Storage Cubes

Blue & white Japanese planter and pot: flea market and Goodwill

Cement horse head: flea market

This is a really great example of how adding just a few key pieces and using what you have can achieve a whole new look! If you collect and buy things you really love, chances are you will want to use them over and over again.

Tomorrow, I am sharing some fall inspiration!

Blogger Stylin Home Tours | Favorite Room Edition

Hello and welcome if you are new to Bliss at Home today!

I’m excited to be part of another Blogger Stylin Home Tour and loved seeing Diane’s room from In My Own Style. She is such a talented decorator and the sweetest lady! If you are new to Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, boy are you in for a treat! This is a blog hop style tour that is filled with so much eye candy and inspiration from some very talented DIY and design bloggers.

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You are joining us on the last day of tours, but you can see the full list of participant links at the end of this post.

This time around we were asked to share our favorite room in our home and express why it is special and how it reflects our style. I knew right away what room I wanted to share! So welcome to my living room…

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What I love most about this room is that it is the place we spend a great deal of time in. It is the heart of our little home. It is the place everyone wants to be in together.

This room felt so dark when we bought this house, and now after a lot of DIYing and paint it is full of light. The large windows give such gorgeous warm light throughout the day. It really makes this room the most pleasant place to be in at our house.

Bliss at Home Living Room

I tweak this room from time to time, but the foundation is something I really love! The large windows, the fireplace, library wall, and original hardwoods and crown molding make my little design loving heart go pitter-patter! The bones are so good in this space. I love more traditional foundations mixed in with modern and eclectic pieces and this room is exactly that.

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The DIY Border Curtains I made for our summer rental were the perfect addition to these large windows. They frame them nicely without being too obtrusive. I always love to work black and white into my spaces. It’s definitely my go-to combo.

If you look closely you can see my cat-dog, Zoey, sun-bathing on one of her favorite perches.

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My most favorite place to sit is on our sofa and see this view above. Our DIY fireplace makeover was such a huge game changer for this space. I also love seeing the stenciled wall in our entry way.

bliss at home living room

There are so many flea market and thrift store treasures that grace this space. So many furniture makeovers and art projects. I always think it’s amazing what you can do on a budget.

bliss at home living room

One thing I do “splurge” on every week are fresh flowers. Roses are my favorite, but I mix it up from time to time. Add some roses and brass to a room and it is a place I want to be!

My coffee table is ever-changing, but it always has books, and interesting little curiosities.

bliss at home living room

Even though I want to get a new sofa so very badly, I make this old one of ours work by adding some warm and polished touches.

bliss at home living room

I can’t leave out the DIY Library Wall that really is what this room is about. We took the television out and installed the library wall. Books, music, and memories. This room is meant for conversation, relaxation, and enjoying our family.

bliss at home living room

My youngest and the cat-dog were photo-bombing the entire shoot which was actually a lot of fun, but then I realized the little guy had rearranged the bookcases and pulled the receiver antenna out. Such is life, so the imperfection shines through. We definitely live in our house and the only time it looks perfectly styled is when I am working on a project.

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Another couple of zones in this room that are important that I can’t leave out. The bar. Dave surprised me with this vintage brass Italian bar cart a couple of years ago and it adds the party to this room.

bliss at home living room

As of recently, I had to move my desk in here. So, this is my temporary office while other things are going on in this house. I wanted to keep it protected and my other office pieces are in storage until I can have them out again.

Thanks so much for having me share my favorite place in our home with you today!

Next up on the BSHT Favorite Room Tours is Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.

Also, so you don’t miss at thing here are links to all the participants throughout the week. Check them out!

Monday, August 25th:
Tuesday, August 26th:
Wednesday, August 27th:
Thursday, August 28th: 
Friday, August 29th:

Have a fabulous weekend! We have been home from our East Coast summer of fun for just under a week now. It’s been busy, busy getting back into the groove of normal and getting the boys ready for the start of school next week. We are getting it done, and I will be back to regular blogging next week :) I missed you guys!

Next up Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.

How to Create an Entry Way…when you don’t have one!

Heeee-lloooooo! Hey, so I’ve been in an apartment for over 2 months now…

Talk about living in a small space! It’s been so fun to be out here this summer and I think it’s rebooted my creativity. The other day I decided to play around with some things I’ve found around here to show you how to create an entry way…when you don’t have one!

Our apartment does not have an entry way. You walk right into a wall of doors that hide the washer and dryer. It’s all open concept and the dining area and living room are one space. But, if you have a wall you can make an entry way drop zone and so I did!

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

Did you guys love The Nate Berkus Show as much as I did? Man, I miss that show. I love when Nate would say, “Shop your house first.” Well, because that’s what I do ALL THE TIME. Sometimes just freshening up and playing around with things you already have can breathe new life into a space. Plus, it’s FREE…my favorite four letter word.

Here’s what I did to show you how to create a entry way drop zone on a budget with things I already have on hand.

THE FOUNDATION:

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

This inexpensive Ikea desk is small enough to double as a console table. The Ikea LINNMON/ADILS Table is under $20 and a great size for a small space. Just like at home, I love to add storage below a console table. I used my storage cubes there. In a small space you need a place to keep extra shoes and bags…especially if you are low on closet space. The $10 green desk chair (I scored when we first got here) is great to place next to the table for a place to drop your purse or sit and slip on your shoes.

WALL & FLOOR:

Artwork is my number one go-to for dressing walls. If you wanted to swap this out for a mirror you could totally do that too. I also like to lean artwork instead of hanging it all the time and it makes for a nice layer. One large and one smaller piece of art work well together for leaning them against a wall.  Rugs always, always, always, help anchor and define a space. So, a runner or a scatter rug is perfect here.

TABLE TOP:

It’s always great to have somewhere to drop your mail and keys when you get home so if you can fit in a table or shelf you should do it.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one.

Last weekend, we went to some flea markets and antique stores around here and I scored a gold and black set of china for super cheap. Just a small plate serves as a place to set your keys and shades.

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Books are my go-to for adding height a lot of times. If the spines don’t work with your overall look– just flip them around and have the pages show.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

I think every space should possess a life element. Having plants and flowers around your home just make for a happy space. You don’t have to spend money on this. I just clipped a couple leaves from our patio palm. That vase is actually a utensil holder. I just added a drinking glass to it and it makes for a pretty holder for stems.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

Roses are my favorite and I am lucky to have a grocery store by me that sells $6 bundles of roses every day. I love arranging them in different ways.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

Another find from my weekend is that brass planter with greek key feet. It was $7 buried in the basement sale room of an antique store. Totally worth the hunt.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one.

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So, any wall can become a place to land and create a welcoming spot in your home. Get creative with the space you live in and design it to suit your life. My “entry way”  also doubles as a workspace when I need it, so it’s multi-functional too. I love reinventing my rooms time and again. Shopping your house can be so fun!

DIY’s featured here:

See how I made the DIY Mondrian Art.

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See how I made the No Sew Fabric Covered Storage Cubes.

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