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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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:
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!