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Playing in my Office and a Lamp GIVEAWAY!!

Today, I am sharing my new lamp in my office plus I have a lamp giveaway for you too!! I just added a new lamp from Kenroy Home to my desk. The Burl Table Lamp has a modern design, but also adds the rich warmth I wanted to bring into this space.

A lot of homeowners are banishing browns and beiges from their spaces and trading them for “greiges” –those gray neutrals. I love that, but sometimes gray walls or white walls can play a little cold. I felt that in my new office space. While I loved the way it was coming together, I needed a warm element to soften the space so it wasn’t too harsh. Warm woods and golds do the trick.

Office space via Bliss at Home

I have some details to finish up in here, but I am liking this space more and more every chance I get to work on it. Next week is going to be an exciting week with 2 things I am so stoked about! One being the BHG shoot (READ ABOUT IT HERE) and another top secret photo shoot is centered around this very space…so I just have to make sure the kids don’t destroy the house before then. Wishful thinking!

Kenroy Home Burl Table Lamp via Bliss at Home

I have been loving burled wood furniture and tiger wood pieces. The Kenroy Home Burl Table Lamp has a paint treatment that mimics these woods I love so much.

Kenroy Home Burl Table Lamp via Bliss at Home

The Burl Table Lamp makes a great desk lamp because of its height and the oval shape of the shade. If you have a smaller desk like I do, you want to make the most of your surface. The oval shade allows you to place the lamp closer to a wall or edge of your desk.

Kenroy Home Burl Table Lamp via Bliss at Home

I will be doing some more things in here over the weekend to get it ready for its close-up, but here is what I was playing around with yesterday…

Office space via Bliss at Home

Office via Bliss at Home

Now here’s the really fun part!! Kenroy Home is giving away 1 Burl Table Lamp to a lucky winner!! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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Also, if you love my Creating with the Stars Knockoff, I just posted a full tutorial on how I made it with instructions on how to build your own DIY Bar Cabinet. It is multi-functioning as a bar and office storage. I needed the storage…and sometimes a little tasty drink doesn’t hurt either!

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CWTS Knockoff Tutorial || Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet

Today, I am sharing my tutorial for my Creating with the Stars Knockoff of the Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet. Are you ready for this MONSTER tutorial!?! I kid you not, this is a Tolstoy novel, but I didn’t want to leave out any details. This was a lot to squeeze into such a short time frame, and for real– I pulled 2 all-nighters to get it all done!! A lot of planning went into creating this. Originally, I wanted to find a premade cabinet and just build the base, but it was actually more cost-effective to build it from scratch and I could not find a suitable cabinet on such short notice in my area.

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I just want to preface this by saying I am not a carpenter and I tried to keep it as simple as I could. I also kept in mind that a lot of DIYers may not have access to certain wood-working tools. You will have to have some basic knowledge of how to use a drill, a nail gun, a  miter saw, and a jig saw. I would not consider this a beginner’s project. I pushed myself for Creating with the Stars and I’m glad I did it.

I also built this in two pieces–the cabinet and the base. This way it is easier to move, since it is quite heavy and a larger furniture item.

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Make your cabinet cuts…actually… let the home improvement store do it.

The first thing I did was build the cabinet. I went to my local home improvement store and selected 2 pieces of 3/4″ 4×8 Birch Hardwood Plywood. This has a really smooth finish which is great for painting. This design is based on the 3/4″width of this plywood, so all measurements had to take that into account.

I designed some templates to get the best cuts from each piece of plywood so I would not have to buy extra or waste too much. I had the home improvement store use their large saw and make all my cuts for me. I LOVE THAT SAW!! The first two cuts are free and then they charge 29 cents per cut after that. This is a great alternative if you don’t have access to the proper saw at home.

The first piece of wood will make the cuts for your top, back, and 2 side pieces of the cabinet. You will want to save the extra wood because you will be using it later.

CWTS Knockoff via Bliss at Home

Your second piece of wood will be the cuts for your 2 doors, bottom, and transition piece between the cabinet and the base. Again, you are going to want to save your leftover pieces for later.

Keep in mind, that your 2 doors are cut to have a tiny space between them when hung so they do not touch.

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 Build your cabinet.

To build your cabinet you will need the following:

 cabinet cuts from your plywood, wood for the frame: (2) 1″x1″x8′ (actually 1-3/8″x 1-5/8″) lumber, a nail gun and 1-3/4 in. x 15 gauge nails, a level, a drill and 1-1/2 in. wood screws, wood fill, a sander or sandpaper

**an extra set of hands to help position and hold pieces in place

bar cabinet building You will cut your lumber into 8 pieces to use as the inner frame that you will attach your cabinet plywood pieces to. It is really great to have a buddy near by to help hold things in place as you use your nail gun. I kept a level handy too to make sure everything was aligned properly.

To start, I drew lines a 3/4 inch inside from the outer edges of the bottom piece. This was my guide as I attached my frame. Since the plywood cuts are 3/4 inch wide, this makes everything line up perfectly.

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It is really important to make sure that top piece hangs over the front of the cabinet by 3/4″. You want your doors to be flush with the top.

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I placed a nail using my nail gun about every 4 inches. I used my drill and 6 wood screws on the top, sides, and back to ensure solid construction.

Once constructed, I filled in nail holes with wood fill, sanded them down, and cleaned the surface.

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Build the base. You will need:

(4) 1″ x 1″ x 8′ lumber (remember it is actually 1-3/8″ x 1-5/8″ x 8′) 

1/2″ oak pressed board cut to 36″x 20-3/4″

3/4″ birch hardwood plywood cut to 15″x 21″ (from leftover wood from cabinet)

(12) 2″ 2-hole 90 degree corner brace

(8) 2″ 2-hole L-strap

(8) 3″ mending plates

(8) brass furniture glides

drill and wood screws

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After you make your cuts for the base pieces, take your top piece and lay it on the ground. Basically, build it upside down. I found that working from the top down was best. I used corner braces on all interior corners. I hid the L-brackets on the back sides of joints that can not be seen from the front of the cabinet. I did this to keep things plumb and extra secure. I just used the wood screws that came with the packages and my cordless drill. The mending plates I placed under the joints on the bottom of the base for extra stability.

The brass furniture glides were an extra touch and I placed them under every vertical leg of the base.

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bar step 4 Paint cabinet & add in fabric pop out panel to the back

prime & paint

I loved the emerald green of the original Anna Bar Cabinet, so I went with Benjamin Moore Very Green (2040-30) in Semi-Gloss. I purchased 1 quart of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start High-Hiding All Purpose Primer in Deep Base. My friendly Benjamin Moore paint expert also tinted the primer for me with Very Green. I did one coat of primer using a foam roller. Once dry, I applied two coats of Benjamin Moore Very Green. 1 quart is enough to cover everything twice and still have enough leftover for the doors and base piece. I used a foam roller application for the paint and had a paint brush handy for hard to reach areas. This is excellent paint, and my paint expert advised me to use Benjamin Moore Advance Paint for furniture. Hands down the best quality paint I have worked with.

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While my paint was drying, I worked on the fabric panel for the inside of the cabinet. This was really simple and I customized it so it could come out easily and be changed. I had my home improvement store use that handy saw of theirs once again to cut a piece of smooth board (it’s brown and located with the baseboard and paneling) the size of the back of my cabinet 33″x 35″. When I got it home, I notched the corners with my jig saw so it would fit tightly against the back of the cabinet.

I found this animal print fabric at Hancock Fabrics. That is also where the awesome white hand came from that you all loved so much! It is an outdoor fabric and easy to clean. Using spray adhesive, I attached the fabric to the board and smoothed it out as I worked with a wallpaper smoothing tool. Worked like a charm! The excess I just taped on the back.

This is not permanent and if I ever wish to change it out it will be an easy fix. The shelving I added in holds it flush against the back, so there is no need to permanently attach it to.

So, cabinet meet your base…

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Now onto doors…

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The bamboo detail– I spared no expense…LOL. I had some old tiki torches in my garage that we weren’t going to use ever again,  so I grabbed my hand saw and got to work cutting them.

First, I marked on my doors in pencil where I wanted the bamboo to be placed. Then, I made my cuts. I cut the corners at 45 degrees. I attached the bamboo with liquid nail. Once it was dry, I primed and painted the fronts of the doors.

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Attach doors and finish painting. Attach hardware. Gold leaf the base.

You must have the proper hinge for this type of door. The hinge has to be attached to the inside and not noticeable on the outside. I think they are called hidden collapsible hinges.

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Hanging doors…not easy! Let me repeat…hanging doors… NOT EASY! It helps to have another set of hands for this too. The directions that came with the hinges did help a lot though.

Once hung, I painted them and the shelf for the base.

The hardware is handmade, actually…Dave made…I loved the help with that!! I made a template out of grid paper that mimicked the shape and size of the hardware on the Worlds Away version. Dave took leftover birch from the cabinet cuts and used the jig saw and cut those by hand!! I was just going to cut pieces and glue them together, but he wanted to see if he could cut some out for me to save me the extra time…since I was playing beat the clock at this point! Once they were cut out,  I spray painted them gold.

The base got the gold leaf treatment. I filled in screw holes with wood fill and sanded them down before hand.  It took a couple of hours to gold leaf the entire base. I was really tired of gold leaf at this point. In retrospect, I could have just spray painted the base, but I wanted that gold leaf look.

Shelving is subjective, so I didn’t feel the need to do a tutorial for this. You can customize it to your own needs. I used the left over birch from the cabinet build and made my own.

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So, that’s my high-end knockoff. The Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet is in a league of its own. It is extremely well made with gorgeous finishes and details. My homemade version, recreates the look of this upscale piece using materials you can get at your nearest home improvement store.

My costs include all the lumber, all the hardware, fabric, and paint.

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I still can’t believe I got it done in time. I basically had 4 days to have it finished, styled, photographed and submitted to CWTS. You can see the amount of work and time I poured into every detail. I had to fit in time to source items to style it with since I couldn’t use anything identifiable to my home. I also painted those black and white abstracts quickly to add some art to the wall…oh and I painted the walls white too. It’s an insane amount of work to cram into such a short period of time! I am so glad I pushed myself and got it done. Now I have a lovely cabinet in my office.

DIY Bar Cabinet Tutorial via Bliss at Home

A special thanks to my CWTS Blog Star Kristin from The Hunted Interior & CWTS hosts Monica and Jess from East Coast Creative.

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If you would like to see more projects to get inspired, check out my PROJECT GALLERY.

Spray Paint Table Makeover

Good Morning! I hope you all had a great weekend!! We were busy working on the house per usual, but enjoyed a day of celebration on Easter.

Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

 

Today, I am sharing a table makeover I just finished. I found this little table at a resale shop for $7 a couple of years back. The finish had some water damage, but the caning was perfect.

Last year, I spray painted it to add a pop of color. Now, the color wasn’t working for me, and I wanted to change things up again.

Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

I used the same spray paint as before, Valspar Paint + Primer In One Interior/Exterior Spray Paint in Gloss. I really like this spray paint for little projects like this, because it gives a nice even finish and is easy to recoat. The high gloss finish is perfect for a high-end look. I choose black because I always feel like I circle back to black and white pieces. I just love the contrast. You should definitely have some black furniture in your life!

B@H The hardware I just love! These little lion ring pulls from D Lawless Hardware are the perfect size for an accent table like this.

Table Makeover with Lion Head Hardware via Bliss at Home

Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

Table Makeover with Spray Paint via Bliss at Home

Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

I feel like I breathed some new life into my little table and gave it a little RAWR!! 

For more projects like this check out my Project Gallery.

Have a great Monday friends! The boys have today off from school so we are going to have a little fun day!

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The Sheepskin || Faux Real

Hello lovelies!

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.

Faux vs. Real || The Sheepskin via Bliss at Home

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.

Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin Shag via Bliss at Home

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:

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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.

Faux vs. Real || The Sheepskin via Bliss at Home

 

Just by seeing this picture…you can already see some major differences. Both are from the same maker, Safavieh, for comparison’s sake.

Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin via Bliss at Home REAL sheepskin 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.

FAUX sheepskin

 

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.

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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.

Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin via Bliss at Home

 

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.

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Finding Awesome || Thrifty Finds

Happy Weekend!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Thfirty Finds || B @ H

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!!!

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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…

www.ahomefullofcolor.com Images courtesy of A Home Full of Color

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DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

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.

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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.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

 

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.

B @ H || DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

It’s pretty darn simple!

Just…

Apply Adhesive. 

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.

Seal it.

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.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

They are absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing them on my coffee table.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

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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My Picks for Chic Table Lamps

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.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Lamp || B @ H

It measures 28″ high so it is the perfect height for my nightstands.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Table Lamp || B @ H

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.

Spring Bedroom Reveal || B @ H

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.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Table Lamp || B @ H

Here are my favorite picks from Kenroy Home for chic table lamps:

Chic Table Lamps

 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glover Table Lamp,  Marrakesh Table Lamp, Bollero Table LampBurl Table Lamp, Pearl Table Lamp,  Mercurio Table LampCelestial 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?

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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.

B @ H Monthly || March

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!

B@H Monthly Recap || March 2014

 

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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!

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My oldest’s bedroom is starting to take shape and we got his room painted and scored an awesome midcentury desk for him!

Spring Bedroom Reveal || B @ H

 

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.

Living Room Spring Trends || B @ H

 

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!

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Spring Givaway and Spring Trends 2014

 

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!

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Creating with the Stars Contestant

 

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…

B @ H || Creating with the Stars Knockoff

 

B @ H || Creating with the Stars Knockoff

 

Another exciting thing that happened in March is got my first shout out in a magazine!!!!

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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:

Centsational Girl

Clever Girls

Cuckoo 4 Design

Dimples & Tangles

Freckles Chic

The Hunted Interior

Rugs USA blog

Yahoo Shine

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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 Office

My CWTS Tutorial 

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for our ugly bathroom…

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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!

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5 Budget-friendly Tips for Creating a Vintage Eclectic Space

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 funiture offerings I was happy to find some affordable options that I could work into my room.

Cubby Storage Cabinet

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.

Mix metals.

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.

Join the Spring Open House!

Hi Friends!

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!

 

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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.

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