Posts Tagged ‘decor’
I don’t even know how to begin this post…
Let me just say that the past couple weeks I’ve been keeping a secret and now I can share it! Those 3 letters are coming to my house!! Yes, BHG!! Better Homes and Gardens will be here in 13 days for a photo shoot!!!
And, yes I am keeping a countdown!! There is sooo much to do.
Insane cleaning…I am going to clean like I’ve never cleaned before!! My pores will ooze cleaning products.
Wardrobe choices…note to self–must go shopping.
Work, work, work…Finishing up those pesky little projects that I am pretending will just finish themselves. Why hasn’t that piece of baseboard painted itself?
Working out… in hopes of looking like a super model…ummm…
To say I am beyond excited is the understatement of the year. I don’t think I can find a proper word to describe what I am feeling.
After a few emails and phone conversations with the editor and stylist, I can safely say this is going to rock my world!! I can’t wait to see them in action! The photographer making magic happen and the stylist working it to make everything perfect!! I am pinching myself that I get to be involved in the process!!
When all is ready and it’s GO TIME I just hope I don’t pull a Chandler Bing:
I just had to spill the news to you guys! You have always been so encouraging and supportive– that has meant the world to me. Thanks for letting me share some personal joy with you!
I will be the crazy-cleaning-shopping-working-and-working-out lady for these remaining days. This is really a dream come true for me. Better Homes and Gardens has been my mag. I read it as a kid, dreaming of living in one of the beautiful homes that graced its pages. When I got married, my first subscription was of course BHG! As a design blogger, it has always given me tons of inspiration. So, you can imagine how stoked I was to receive that first email saying they want to come for a photo shoot!
I will be sharing some behind the scenes action, so be sure you follow me on Instagram to get the latest about the shoot.
Also, if you don’t already, I highly suggest following the BHG Style-Spotters blog. It is a great daily dose of ideas!!
Today, I am sharing my new fave rug ’round these parts. I feel like I should have greeted you with “Howdy, partner!” after saying ’round these parts’…anyways…enough of the random thoughts and onto the deets.
I love a sheepskin. I have 1,2,3,4,5, now 6 (well, 7 if you include Zoey, she kind of looks like a sheepskin) in my house. Can you ever have too much sheepskin?? The answer is always unequivocally NO. N to the O.
It works with so many styles. If you are a modern minimalist, the sheep skin adds a layer of texture and warmth so your spaces don’t play too cold. If you are a glamour girl, it adds a chic layer of comfort to your surroundings. If you are quirky and eclectic, it adds fun and brightness.
My latest sheepskin squeeze hails from Bold Rugs. This online rug store has every style of rug you can imagine! Great selection and they also offer a 14 day in-home trial, so you can’t beat that.
I wanted something plush under my footsies when I am working at my desk. I selected the Safavieh Sheepskin Shag Rug. It comes in 3 sizes, even a 4 x 6 if you want a larger one– gotta love that! It is 100% sheepskin. All real baby!
It also made an appearance on the tulip chair in the styling for my Creating with the Stars knock off:
Now, as you can see, being the sheepskin connoisseur that I am (owning 7 sheepskins, I mean 6!! Sorry Zo-Zo!), I have seen them all– the faux and the real. I own both and I thought I’d weigh in with my experience with each.
Just by seeing this picture…you can already see some major differences. Both are from the same maker, Safavieh, for comparison’s sake.
With the real sheepskin, you are getting just that– the real deal. So, naturally, it is plusher, warmer, and thicker. It also has a creamier color than the bright white of the faux. It does shed some in the beginning with the first couple vacuums, but that is normal. They also wear better over time. They cost a little more, but I think it is worth the money if you want something that lasts.
I compared this sheepskin to the Ikea sheepskin too, since I have both on hand. The real sheepskin from Ikea has a lower price point and is a pretty good value. The Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin does appear to be made better and is thicker and plusher than the Ikea version. It costs a little more, but I really think you get what you pay for with this sheepskin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Ikea sheepskin, but I do see where my new Bold Rugs sheepskin is better quality.
I recommend frequent vacuuming and spot cleaning if you spill on it. You can also have it professionally cleaned.
The faux version. This is just okay to me. If you don’t have the bucks for the real deal the faux version is super inexpensive. I’d rather just save for the real myself. Now, with the faux, they have them cut to appearance of the real. I find the “sheepskin” on these to be longer. They are not as plush and I find them really hard to vacuum. A lot of times I am shaking them out and picking out debris by hand. They also have a bright white color.
Care and cleaning is the same as the real sheepskin.
So, my two cents…go real. After living with them for a while, I can tell you that is the better deal in the long run. I just love my new real sheepskin from Bold Rugs! It is by far the nicest and best quality one in the house.
To see the sheepskin I featured in this post, be sure to check out Bold Rugs online. To get the latest on products and sales be sure to follow Bold Rugs on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
This is a product review for Bold Rugs. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Are you guys ready for some thrifty finds?!?
I don’t know what my deal has been lately, but by the end of the day I am done! I have felt so tired, but there is so much to do I really can’t afford to be right now. To break up my normal day, I decided to change things up a bit and plan some time for some fun– some penny-pinching fun!
I have a lot of rooms to find decor for right now. Both the boys bedrooms, our bathroom, and my office. Thursday, Sam and I headed out for a day of treasure hunting around some of our favorite local shops…and it did not disappoint.
My hands down favorite find of the day is this brass antelope. I love love love when I find decor like this for just a few dollars! It’s solid brass and it just has a sexy vibe. I totally dig it and it had to come home with me.
I love it in my office, and I think it’s a great spot at the current moment since those antlers could impale a child around here.
I scored another piece of round cut stone for $1.25 at the Salvation Army. It appears to have been part of a little accent table. I found another one of these last year and I love to use them as trays. I also have plans to turn one into a plant stand soon.
I grabbed another fish bowl vase for my desk too. I think they are perfect for arranging roses.
Since we are in “bathroom reno mode” right now, I was happy to find this vintage lucite towel bar. It was only $8 at a flea market. The hardware needs a little cleaning but it is in great shape and even more beautiful in person. It will look so great with the marble tile.
Last but not least, I found something for Sam’s bedroom makeover. A few months back, I sat down with him and did a little “design consultation” and he totally surprised me with what he likes and wants for his room.
He is requesting all white walls and wants black and white decor. We are also mixing in some natural wood tones and copper. He totally has the hippest decor taste of any 5-year-old I know. He wants lots of animals and a guitar too. We have already purchased him a teepee from off his list and there are some other fun details that I am going to save for later.
This little stool is so perfect for the vibe his room is taking. He drags the bathroom stool into his room all the time to sit on. So, this was so great because now he has one for his room. Sam thinks it is a pterodactyl and it totally sold him on wanting it. For $6 we couldn’t pass it up. The tribal vibe, colors, and warm wood tones are perfect.
This warmer weather is totally putting me into treasure-seeking mode!! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my hunt on!!!
I am over at my friend Shavonda’s blog A Home Full of Color today sharing my thoughts on our home for her Small Home, Big Style series.
Shavonda is one talented designer and such a sweet friend! I always enjoy a visit to her site and I know you will too! Here’s just at taste of her talent…
Images courtesy of A Home Full of Color
My obsession with agates and geodes runs deep my friends. If you want insight into my former 5-year-old self and why I am fascinated with them– read my post HERE.
Today, I am sharing a quick little DIY I did to add a little extra something to some beautiful agate slices I just received.
My friend, Caitlin from Desert Domicile, just opened an etsy shop selling fabulous agates and geodes. I love it when my blogging friends do awesome stuff like this!! When I received the slices from her shop, she already added the clear rubber bumpers to the bottom which is so great. One less thing to do, right?
I opted to get the brown slices because the gold and brown together are so warming. I also have some browns in my living room so I thought this would work well.
Now, I realize I am not reinventing the wheel here. There are plenty of tutorials on how to gild your agate slices. This blog does chronicle my home and projects, so I felt I should share it anyways just incase you feel inspired to do the same.
Instead of buying all your supplies separate, you can get a gold leaf starter kit with the adhesive, gold leaf, and sealer all-in-one. It runs about $10 a kit, but I also had a coupon and got it for half-off. It’s perfect for little projects like this since you don’t need much gold leaf at all. I found my kit at Michaels.
I also recommend having a pair of gloves on hand. Just tight-fitting, disposable latex gloves work great.
It’s pretty darn simple!
Brush your adhesive on in an even layer and wait a few minutes for it to get tacky.
Attach Gold Leaf.
I only used one sheet of gold leaf for all four agate slices. Wearing your gloves put the gold leaf on the edge. You can use your brush to make sure you get an even application. Just brush the excess off.
Use the sealer in your kit and put on an even layer of the sealer over your gold leaf. You don’t have to use much at all. It goes on white and dries clear.
That’s it!! So easy and such a beautiful result.
They are absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing them on my coffee table.
I have always adored these and it is something I have collected for a while. I love that it is so on trend now.
Are you loving the agate craze too?
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Today I am sharing my favorite picks for chic table lamps. I showed you my spring bedroom refresh a couple of weeks ago, and one of my favorite new additions are the pair of table lamps I added to my nightstands. I chose the Claiborne Table Lamp from Kenroy Home because of its glossy white sleek base.
It measures 28″ high so it is the perfect height for my nightstands.
I love the shape of the base and that it has a drum shade. It has an elegant form and the glossy finish is beautiful. The bright white also pops against my gray backdrop.
I added the trim to the drum shade for a little pop of color. I love these new lamps and they supply the perfect light for reading at night.
Here are my favorite picks from Kenroy Home for chic table lamps:
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glover Table Lamp, Marrakesh Table Lamp, Bollero Table Lamp, Burl Table Lamp, Pearl Table Lamp, Mercurio Table Lamp, Celestial Table Lamp, Ike Table Lamp
Be sure to check out Kenroy Home for all your lighting needs. They also have some pretty home decor options.
You can also get the latest news and products by following Kenroy Home on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I absolutely love our new Claiborne Table Lamps. They totally add style and elegance to our master bedroom. I have been eyeing that Burl Table Lamp…maybe for my office. I’ve been searching for a lamp for my desk and I think that might be the one. Don’t you think it would look great on my desk?
What’s your favorite chic table lamp from Kenroy Home?
I’d like to thank Kenroy Home for supplying the lamps for this product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
First, I would just like to apologize to everyone who tried to leave a comment yesterday and couldn’t. I am working with my website host to get it remedied. Sorry about that!
March was quite the interesting month around here to say the least! We finally had some temps that are closer to spring weather…50 degrees feels like summer when we just made it through the longest winter EVER!! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. Thanks for joining me on my DIY and design adventures!
As I said, this month was full of surprises! All the DIY tutorials I had planned to show you from our spring bedroom reveal got put on hold due to all the Creating with the Stars busy time! I am hoping I can squeeze them into April for you!
My oldest’s bedroom is starting to take shape and we got his room painted and scored an awesome midcentury desk for him!
I shared our spring bedroom reveal complete with bright pops of coral. I will be sharing a tutorial (hopefully soon!!) on the pillows, art, and wallpaper panels.
My master plan to add in some pink touches totally happened without any groaning from the boys in my life! Just call me Pink Ninja!!
You can see all the spring touches I added to our living room and maybe get inspired to take the pink plunge yourself!
You can see if you are the winner of the $150 e-gift card to West Elm or Target. I will be sending an email out to the lucky winner later on today too!
I am so glad I got to take part in East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars 2014. You can read all about my personal experience. It was one of my favorite things of the year thus far and I have a new piece of furniture in my home that I absolutely adore…
Another exciting thing that happened in March is got my first shout out in a magazine!!!!
You can check me out in USA Today Home magazine on newstands now across the country. I am in two articles on page 39 and page 55. Super cool!
I’d also like to take time out to thank these wonderful blogs and websites that featured my work in the month of March:
Cuckoo 4 Design
Dimples & Tangles
The Hunted Interior
Rugs USA blog
Well, we just started to prep the walls and floor in our bathroom for tile!! I cannot wait!!! We have been living with one of the ugliest bathrooms in America folks and it is going to transform into “bathroom fancy pants”. That’s the big one this month and it will probably take all month to get it done.
Bathroom Fancy Pants Priority #1
More work on the Boys’ Rooms
My CWTS Tutorial
Here’s a peek at what’s in store for our ugly bathroom…
April we should probably just call “marble month”...because it’s going to be everywhere!!! Oh, yea-aaaaah!
Today, be sure to pop on over to 11 Magnolia Lane for their tour of Spring Homes!
I am just popping in on this lovely Sunday to let you know about the Spring Open House on 11 Magnolia Lane that starts today!
The lovely ladies of 11 Magnolia Lane have asked me to kick off their Spring Open House with my spring home tour. I have to admit, I am addicted to crashing other people’s homes. I just never tire of a good home tour! Be sure to visit them and see my home all decked out for spring!
Every Sunday a new blogger spring home will be featured. You can also follow along on the Spring Open House Pinterest Board.
HOORAY!! My calendar says it’s officially spring! It was a long time coming in the Midwest with the polar vortex and the LONGEST winter I can remember! Today, I am sharing my take on spring trends to bring into your home. You will also have a chance to win $150 to shop West Elm or Target courtesy of Coupons.com!!!
I shared my spring refresh of my bedroom last week. This week I am sharing how I am bringing spring into my living room. Just painting the walls freshened up this space, but now I am craving color! I shared my color inspiration for this room a few weeks ago and I started to get to work on adding it in.
First, I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art and today I am sharing some of my tips to add spring color into your living room. It all began with pale pink roses I placed on my coffee table. Black, white, and gold have been trending big time for the past couple years and they aren’t going away anytime soon. I love that mix and it is all over my house. I’ve mixed it in with my silver and it makes for a nice collected interior.
There has been a reemergence of pastels lately. Everything from blush pink walls to greens and blues. I have chosen a spring palette that still keeps black, white, and gold central, but also brings in different shades of pink from light to bright. Done right, this can be a very chic update.
The first thing I did for spring, was pack up those sweater pillows on my sofa and shop for black and white pillows. I found some on amazon.com that I loved, so I went to coupons.com and searched their Amazon Coupon Codes to add to my savings. I’ve gotten in the habit of checking coupons.com for coupon codes before I make my online purchases and it has saved me a lot of money!
The pillows I found on amazon.com and are from NECTARmodern. They are made so well and are all 20 x 20 and came with the down inserts at a great price for the quality. The Applique Ribbon Embroidered Throw Pillow in Black is made of linen and the ribbon is embroidered on. It has a zipper closure. The two Greek Key White/Black Embroidered Pillows have the same details.
I had a little spending cash leftover, so I also purchased something that I have been eyeing for a while– the Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish– which I also found on amazon.com. It brings in more gold to my coffee table.
Another way to add pops of my go-to colors for spring is to have flowers. Nothing says spring more than a vase of beautiful blooms.
I also love to find coffee table books that interest me with colorful bindings. I have been wanting an Audrey Hepburn book for a while and was happy to find one on clearance with a pink spine! Books are an easy object to use in decor. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend I love to check out thrift stores. Some of my favorite books have come from them.They are a great way to incorporate color into you decor.
One of my favorite ways to add in color is through art on my walls. I had this large-scale zebra art I DIY’ed but I wasn’t feeling it any more. It was ready for a makeover. I painted right over the fabric with white paint and created a blank canvas to paint on. I wanted abstract art with black + white and pops of pink and gray. I also added in some gold paint. Making a DIY painting is so relaxing to me. I didn’t have a plan for this one, I wanted it to take shape as I was painting it.
Are you ready to ENTER TO WIN an e-gift card to shop for spring items for your home?!? You can enter to win a $150 e-gift card to shop at your choice of West Elm or Target courtesy of coupons.com!!!
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Be sure to visit these fabulous Design and DIY bloggers for more spring inspiration:
Brittany Makes, The Chronicles of Home, Cuckoo 4 Design, Dimples & Tangles, Dwellings by Devore, A Home Full of Color, Lacquer & Linen, The Makerista, Primitive & Proper, Retro Ranch Reno, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, This That and Life, The Thriftress, The White Buffalo Styling Co.
I was compensated for this post with an Amazon e-gift card to shop for items for my home courtesy of Coupons.com. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
One last thing…
Blog world has been all a buzz with the announcement of the Creating with the Stars contestants!! I was lucky enough to be chosen as 1 of the 12 contestants!!! Excitement is not a big enough word. You can read it here.
Today, voting has begun on our WEEK 1 project: KNOCK OFF !!! I can’t tell you which project is mine since it is anonymous, but hop on over to the East Coast Creative blog and vote for your favorite!!
It’s going to be SO GOOD! I am busting at the seams to share what project is mine, but I can’t yet! The projects last year were beyond amazing and this year won’t disappoint! YOU CAN ONLY VOTE TODAY AND TUESDAY and then Wednesday they will share the WEEK 1 results!!! Hop on over and cast your vote!
Hello!!! It’s Spring Bedroom Reveal Day!! Today, I am sharing the updates I made to our master bedroom for spring. After this long, drab winter (that seems to still be hanging around), I am in need of some color!
My bedroom felt like a pretty blank slate after I took all the Christmas decor down. I had a great starting off point for my room with my beautiful Crane & Canopy Linden Gray Border Duvet Set. While checking out Crane & Canopy’s new spring selections, I fell in love with the Coral Clementina Collection. I decided to add in two of the euro shams and this became the inspiration for my spring bedroom design. The Coral Clementina shams are 300 thread count, XL staple cotton. They have such a nice feel to them and fit my euro pillows perfectly! Here’s my new look for spring…
I went with varying shades of coral from light to bright. The Coral Clementina euro shams were the perfect jumping off point and they add more pattern to my blank canvas. I love layering a color in a room. I chose to add in decor that complimented the shams but didn’t play too matchy-matchy.
On my side of the bed, I usually have flowers or plants. I moved my thrifted blue and white collection to our bedroom for spring. I love the blue with the coral. It adds another pop of color and the blue and white vases and jars always say spring to me.
The wallpaper panels we DIY’ed with Clarke & Clarke Rattan Wallpaper from wallpaperdirect.com. I will be sharing how we made them very soon. It brought in more texture which I felt the space needed.
The lamps are a new addition too, and I just added some trim to the shades for another pop of coral. You can see details about them here.
I love that chartreuse from the flowers mixed with the coral and blue too.
On our bed, I added more color and pattern with the decorative pillows. I will be sharing a tutorial on how I made them. As you know, I love Greek key patterns. This was a great way to bring one of my fave patterns into this room.
Across the room, I finally hung up the federal mirror I scored from the flea market for $17. It was such a great find and I couldn’t pass it up.
On top of my dresser, I added more blue and white and I am using it to corral some of my jewelry.
The artwork is another DIY. I wanted a modern touch to mix in with the more traditional elements.
Here are some tips for adding spring color into your space:
We love our spring bedroom refresh! It feels so full of life now! Be sure to check out Crane & Canopy for Designer Bedding at affordable prices. We absolutely love our bedding and they have so many other beautiful Bedding Collections to choose from. If you love the bedding featured here be sure to check out all the Coral Scallop Bedding.
I also wanted to let you know that my good friend, Julia, over at Cuckoo 4 Design is revealing her Spring Bedroom Refresh today too! Be sure to hop on over and see her beautiful room! I just know it’s going to be a stunner!!
…and one last thing! You guys!! I am having a bit of a freak out!!! A freak out in a good way…I am one of the 12 contestants on CREATING WITH THE STARS!!!!!!! I just found out before publishing this post, so I am still letting it sink in. Oh, and I am paired with the amazingly talented Kristin from The Hunted Interior...just a minor detail...UM! NO!! Hello!?! Kristin!! From the Hunted Interior!!! How awesome is that!?!
You can see all the contestants and blog stars in East Coast Creative’s CWTS announcement post. Week 1 we are all creating a knock off. I better get to work!! Week 1 projects will be revealed on Monday, March 24th and voting begins. See you all there!!!
I would like to thank Crane & Canopy for the bedding featured in this post. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
I was also given the lamps from Kenroy Home and the wallpaper from wallpaperdirect.com and will be sharing more about them very soon…
Happy Friday!! I have been working on my spring bedroom refresh this week and I am excited to share it with you guys! I just finished it up today. Next week I will be sharing our reveal, our new additions, and our DIY projects
Monday, I will share the reveal and then I will be breaking down the details all week long. This room was in need of some color after the LONGEST WINTER OF ALL TIME!! I know a lot of you share those same feelings.
Just a reminder…
You can still enter to win a custom candle from Glint Candles. You pick the scent and the stamp on the jar. So unique! Get all the details and enter the Glint Candles Giveaway HERE.
We have more projects to work on for the boys and a giant pallet of tile to go through and organize for our bathroom remodel. Do you guys have home project plans this weekend too?
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!! See you on Monday!