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.
Wardrobechoices…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!!
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 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!
You guys rocked my world with your outpouring of support for my knockoff I made for Creating with the Stars!!! I am working to respond to every single one of your emails, blog comments, Facebook messages, and social media shout outs. Until I can get caught up, I just wanted to take today to give you all a public thank you and share a bit of my experience this past week for CWTS.
Just be forewarned, that this post is more wordy than my norm, but I wanted to share my experience with you all.
As most of you know by now, I was in the bottom 3 and did not advance to week 2. When I saw the results, honest moment here…I was disappointed and didn’t quite get it. After the disappointment subsided, I started to think about the whole experience. I had a real sense of gratitude come over me. There was nothing to feel bad about. All I could feel was a welling up of pride for what I had made then quickly followed by gratitude.
When I saw the entries for week 1, I was completely blown away by the talent! Plus, so many different design aesthetics. You think about it, the twelve of us were chosen from 299 entries. That is a big deal in itself. It is an honor just to be selected. Just to be a contestant, you are competing against some mighty talented bloggers. Also, some of these blogger teams are made up of two people. You go into this thing not knowing what the voter make-up will be. You also go into it with the feeling of go big or go home.
I had the amazing opportunity to have Kristin from The Hunted Interior as my blog star. It was really a happy moment, because she is a designer and blogger that I admire and her style resonates with me. I kid you not, that it was so much fun to brainstorm ideas with her and she totally got my personal tastes and style. Even though, I only got to spend a week working with her, I feel like I gained some great takeaways and I valued her direction and opinion. It really did not feel like work to be teamed up with her and I am grateful for the time she took out of her own busy schedule to mentor me. She is a class act. Working with her is one of my favorite things about being part of CWTS.
Project selection for me ‘wasn’t about what will the masses love’. I guess that is not a very good strategy for winning. And not to say there is anything wrong with that. Obviously, what is popular amongst the majority will be a hit. I got chosen based off my own personal style and skills. I wanted this project to showcase what I love in design and not be the norm of a knockoff. So, as you saw, I went bold in color, with a high-end knockoff. I wanted a modern element thrown in and I loved it. I wanted to create something special for my home and even though it was a knockoff, I wanted it to have a unique quality. I love chinoiserie pieces, gold, pattern, and beautiful color. The bar cabinet possessed all those qualities plus that unique flair I was looking for. Knowing that I could customize the inside however I pleased was a bonus. I knew it would be a way to show off my styling abilities.
Building it from scratch was a personal choice because on such a short time frame, I could not find a pre-made cabinet in stock that would work. It ended up saving me money too which was a win-win. It took a lot of planning and I had to be smart about the base design to equally distribute the weight of the cabinet. A lot of thought and planning went into the design and the materials chosen to execute a project with integrity that could be recreated by readers on a budget. I also took into account the fact that a lot of people may not have access to wood-working tools, so I even had the home improvement store make all my large wood cuts for me based off my design plans. My goal in it all was to create something true to my style and give people the tutorial and template to make one themselves at an affordable price.
In order to have it ready to photograph for Friday, I did pull a couple of all-nighters. You do go into this competition knowing that this is probably going to happen. I have to tell you though, when you are in the creative process, the lack of sleep doesn’t bother you because you are on a high. The excitement of seeing my plans come to fruition kept the midnight oil burning. I did sleep like a rock when the work was done though!
One of my late night mock ups for styling ideas
Kristin was such an asset to have in my corner. I would text her progress shots. I sent her my styling ideas. She sent me sketches of styling ideas, she tweaked a couple of my original mock ups. It was her idea to have the bar cabinet slightly overlap the art on the wall. Many of you commented that you loved the art, and that made me so happy since it was something I came up with to add in a modern element. Kristin also helped with photo selection and it was so great to have another set of eyes to help make those choices.
Through the week I just kept thinking, man! if I could collaborate like this all the time for my career that would be amazing! Sharing the creative process with others is so great! I really loved it!
The result of our efforts is something that I will always cherish. What is a true measure of success? Is it in the votes tallied or in the overall feeling that you are left with upon completion of an idea? Even though the votes weren’t there to advance us to week 2, I really feel like this whole thing was a success. I stayed true to who I am as a designer and creative. I shared something I really love– which is the core of why I blog in the first place. I got to be in the company of the best of the best. I pushed myself. It really just motivates me to keep on keeping on! It was a gift.
I get to do what I love for my job and when opportunities come along like CWTS, it is always a joy to be a part of– no matter what the overall result may be. You guys have touched my heart with all your support of what I made. The fact that so many of you have taken a moment to send your thoughts and love this way just makes me feel so humbled! It is unbelievable and I thank you!
I thought to myself, knowing the outcome now– would I change what I did? A resounding NO. If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t change a thing. No regrets at all. I have thought long and hard about this. You need to be you. As my friend, Lindsay, just coined in her blog post yesterday you need to fly your style freak flag. Her little phrase got me thinking…what is my style freak flag? How do you celebrate your individuality? I could give you a list of design styles that I love, but to me it is a feeling that a project or space evokes.
So, I decided to label my ‘style freak flag’ with that exact thought in mind. When I design a space, or a piece of furniture, or make some art what am I saying about me? I think I found the words that define my style, that celebrate my individuality, and deliver what I am trying to achieve.
Those four words carry the weight of what I set out to achieve through design. I feel that it is the essence of why I create. Don’t be like the rest of them–Be daring. Set the tone for your life--To be lovely. To some people, dwelling on the objects in our homes may seem like a waste of time. To each his own. To me, it is a part of the whole. Create a space that wraps you in the emotion you want to feel. Our homes are our havens. To create a home that delights and encourages your talents and dreams is a good thing. To surround your family in love and comfort through design is a gift.
So, follow your dreams, keep on creating, and design the framework for the life you want to live. I promise to keep flying my style freak flag high. In all that I do, I am making a promise to myself to be daring but lovely.
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!
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:
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…