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.
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This is a product review for Bold Rugs. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
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:
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.
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Today, I am giving you a little peek at my office, now a chic office. I have been working on this when I get a spare moment from everything else and I love the way it is taking shape.
Creating with the Stars gave me the head start on this space with the addition of my green cabinet I made. It is supplying me with some much-needed storage and I will be sharing how I am staying organized with it very soon.
My workspace is now pretty complete with my new desk and chair. I wanted to keep it fresh and clean so I went white.
Above my desk, I wanted to litter the wall with inspiration. I also wanted it to be easily changed over time, so I opted for a giant inspiration board. I just used corkboard tiles and covered the entire board in the same fabric that I used on the inside of my green cabinet. I love the little pops of animal print that show through.
On top of my desk, I couldn’t resist getting some more gold accessories. The stapler, scissors, and paper clips are the new additions.
It feels so good to have a space that completely reflects my personal style to work in. The inspiration board is just filled with things I love and projects I am working on.
I also adore the gold stud push pins. Those were a happy find!
Under foot I wanted something soft, so I placed a sheepskin beneath my desk.
I would still like to find a fun lamp to use here. This side of my office is pretty much finished at the moment. The other side of the space I am still working on. It has to function as a place to dine and a place to work on projects.
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!
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!
Recently, I updated my living room for spring. My living room is a mix of used and new furniture along with a lot of DIY projects. It definitely has a Vintage Eclectic vibe going on. I certainly don’t like to scrimp on style, and sometimes I like to find new affordable pieces that I can work into this space.
The Vintage Eclectic style is for the treasure seeker, which is my bread and butter! I love to hunt my area flea markets and thrift stores for unique and good quality items that I can work into my home. I also like to mix styles. I float between ultra modern to chinoiserie to polished and refined. I like to throw in an element of fun too–something to throw people off a bit. Quirky is good in my opinion. I definitely don’t shy away from refurbishing or updating a piece of furniture either.
While browsing Sauder‘s funitureofferings I was happy to find some affordable options that I could work into my room.
This cabinet has a faux marble top which I love and it would work great as a bar cabinet. The wood adds some comfort and warmth, but the lines are clean and modern. Very eclectic! It’s so great to work in some wood pieces into a room with painted furniture and metal tables. It adds another layer and can cozy up a space. Plus, the price is great for the quality. I think a pair of these would look great on the back wall of my room, flanking each side of my DIY abstract art. It would add some symmetry and balance to the layout of this space.
5 tips for creating a Vintage Eclectic space of your own:
Mix old with new.
Shop flea markets and thrift stores for unique items to work into your space. Look for quality pieces and don’t be afraid to negotiate price. I have never ever paid ticket price at these venues. Dealers will come down on their prices.
Add new, affordable pieces with your older pieces. Look at scale and the lines of a piece of furniture and work in items that flow with your existing items.
DIY special details.
I love to give my decor a custom feel. Add ribbon to lamp shades. Change out hardware on an older furniture items. Paint an accent table a bold color. Paint your own art or frame old vintage book pages. Little special details make all the difference!
Add in some whimsy.
Find something fun and quirky that you love and work it in. This could be a piece of art, a sculpture or figurine. Keep things light and happy. It’s always fun to have a conversation piece when you are entertaining.
Texture, texture, texture!
Texture is your best friend to keep things cozy and warm. You can achieve this feeling by layering in sheepskin rugs, woven baskets, a shag rug, or grass-cloth wallpaper.
Gone are the days when every metal light fixture and door knob have to be matchy-matchy. Mixing metals in a space creates a “collected over time” look and brings a richer quality to your space. Mix bronzed brass with silver. Chrome finishes with duller ones. Brass and copper are huge right now and can warm up any space!
Need more inspiration?
Check out the Sauder furniture on Pinterest. Are you loving the Vintage Eclectic style? If this is you–you will love this Vintage Eclectic Pinterest Board with plenty of inspiration to get you on your way to creating your own beautiful space.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder Woodworking. The opinions and text are all mine.
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!
Well, as you may have read by now…I did not make it to week 2 on Creating with the Stars. My knockoff was in the bottom 3…so away we go! A big congratulations to all that are continuing on!!! All of us should be proud we were selected in the first place. No sad faces allowed.
So here she is. Cue the music…sing it Stevie…
Isn’t she lovely!
Isn’t she wonderful!
Isn’t she precious!
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we’d be Making one as lovely as she
But isn’t she lovely made from love
I am completely proud of her even if the votes didn’t reflect her awesomeness. She was made from scratch and as Stevie sang– made from love. A love of all things fabulous!
You better believe I will be sharing a tutorial on how I made her when I am allowed to release it!
It’s a little bittersweet not going on in the competition. My mind was already on the next project. Maybe it’s for the best, since I do have an entire bathroom to remodel and tile, let alone a kitchen to finish.
I am keeping her in my office and she is going to be used for storing my work stuff. So, you guys will get to see my office pretty soon! The art on the wall that I DIY’ed will also be staying. I really like the arrangement.
I also want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Kristin from The Hunted Interior for all her advice and expertise! She was a dream to work with and it really didn’t feel like ‘work’ collaborating with her. She’s one busy blogger and she took the time to give me ideas on everything from projects to styling. It was pure fun and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Also, if you haven’t yet…check out my post onspring trends and enter to win that $150 to shop West Elm or Target!
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!
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.
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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!
First off, I just want to thank you for all the sweet comments on my Spring Bedroom Reveal that I shared yesterday! You guys always make me blush!!
Now for the BIGGIE! Did you hear? Creating with the Stars 2014. I am one of the 12 contestants on Creating with the Stars this year!! I spent my morning yesterday in a state of shock…and then I was excited…followed by more shock…and then I had the sudden realization that this is happening now and my first project needs to get done this week!!!!
Being pretty new in the DIY/design blogging world, I caught last year’s CWTS just after Week 1 began. I was HOOKED. Are you a DIY junkie? Do you love creative projects and really fantastic design?? When someone says these words: PAINT FABRIC POWER TOOLS — do you get all hot and bothered?! These things make my heart go pitter-patter and if this is you– YOU NEED TO FOLLOW CWTS!!!!
CWTS is a 4 week competition hosted by Monica and Jess from East Coast Creative. Yep, these girls are amazing. They make DIY look easy and even have their own TV show “Knock It Off” to prove it!
Each week of CWTS has a different theme. There are 12 contestants who each get paired with a Blog Star. It’s pretty much the Hunger Games of all DIY competitions except no one wants to kill me and I’m not hearing strange whistling in the background (well, except from Dave). Oh, and did I mention the competition is FIERCE!! 12 contestants….12 districts– maybe a coincidence? I will stop making Hunger Games comparisons… starting now! In all seriousness though, this is some major talent! You can check out the 12 contestants and the Blog Stars here.
I am so lucky and beyond stoked to have Kristin from The Hunted Interior as my Blog Star and mentor!!!! She has been a favorite of mine and I am so thankful for her help in this competition. Her work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens: Do It Yourself Magazine, and her blog was named one of Better Homes and Gardens Top Ten Decorating Blogs. She’s sort of big deal!!! She’s a DIY rock star and design goddess!!
Here’s my DIY project that got my foot in the door:
This coming Monday, March 24th kicks off the competition. Week 1 the theme is “KNOCK OFF” so you will see 12 fantastically DIY’ed knock offs.
Here’s where you come in! You get to vote for your favorite!! I had so much fun looking through the projects and voting each week last year. You don’t know who has done what project, so that makes the whole thing even more interesting! Sometimes it was hard to choose because the projects were just that good!
I will be busy the next 4 weeks (like insanely busy sunup to sundown!!) so I will not be posting as much on the blog. I do have some posts lined up still, so I won’t be completely MIA. I will be giving you guys CWTS updates from time to time too on the blog and of course on Instagram with hashtag: