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!!
Today, I am sharing my new fave rug ’round these parts. I feel like I should have greeted you with “Howdy, partner!” after saying ’round these parts’…anyways…enough of the random thoughts and onto the deets.
I love a sheepskin. I have 1,2,3,4,5, now 6 (well, 7 if you include Zoey, she kind of looks like a sheepskin) in my house. Can you ever have too much sheepskin?? The answer is always unequivocally NO. N to the O.
It works with so many styles. If you are a modern minimalist, the sheep skin adds a layer of texture and warmth so your spaces don’t play too cold. If you are a glamour girl, it adds a chic layer of comfort to your surroundings. If you are quirky and eclectic, it adds fun and brightness.
My latest sheepskin squeeze hails from Bold Rugs. This online rug store has every style of rug you can imagine! Great selection and they also offer a 14 day in-home trial, so you can’t beat that.
I wanted something plush under my footsies when I am working at my desk. I selected the Safavieh Sheepskin Shag Rug. It comes in 3 sizes, even a 4 x 6 if you want a larger one– gotta love that! It is 100% sheepskin. All real baby!
It also made an appearance on the tulip chair in the styling for my Creating with the Stars knock off:
Now, as you can see, being the sheepskin connoisseur that I am (owning 7 sheepskins, I mean 6!! Sorry Zo-Zo!), I have seen them all– the faux and the real. I own both and I thought I’d weigh in with my experience with each.
Just by seeing this picture…you can already see some major differences. Both are from the same maker, Safavieh, for comparison’s sake.
With the real sheepskin, you are getting just that– the real deal. So, naturally, it is plusher, warmer, and thicker. It also has a creamier color than the bright white of the faux. It does shed some in the beginning with the first couple vacuums, but that is normal. They also wear better over time. They cost a little more, but I think it is worth the money if you want something that lasts.
I compared this sheepskin to the Ikea sheepskin too, since I have both on hand. The real sheepskin from Ikea has a lower price point and is a pretty good value. The Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin does appear to be made better and is thicker and plusher than the Ikea version. It costs a little more, but I really think you get what you pay for with this sheepskin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Ikea sheepskin, but I do see where my new Bold Rugs sheepskin is better quality.
I recommend frequent vacuuming and spot cleaning if you spill on it. You can also have it professionally cleaned.
The faux version. This is just okay to me. If you don’t have the bucks for the real deal the faux version is super inexpensive. I’d rather just save for the real myself. Now, with the faux, they have them cut to appearance of the real. I find the “sheepskin” on these to be longer. They are not as plush and I find them really hard to vacuum. A lot of times I am shaking them out and picking out debris by hand. They also have a bright white color.
Care and cleaning is the same as the real sheepskin.
So, my two cents…go real. After living with them for a while, I can tell you that is the better deal in the long run. I just love my new real sheepskin from Bold Rugs! It is by far the nicest and best quality one in the house.
To see the sheepskin I featured in this post, be sure to check out Bold Rugs online. To get the latest on products and sales be sure to follow Bold Rugs on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
This is a product review for Bold Rugs. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
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!!!
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!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Figleaves.
Now, today I am sharing something of a “delicate” nature…
I have a lingerie addiction. I love fashion and pretty under things. A lot of my design inspiration comes from the fashion world.
I also like to feel pretty when I am doing a DIY project or working on the house. That’s hard to do in yoga pants and a beat up sweatshirt. It always helps to have a pretty foundation underneath it all.
I also don’t have a ton of time to go out and buy it. Have you ever tried to go to lingerie store with two little boys? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
This is where Figleaves comes in. I do a lot of online shopping for clothing and now I have my go-to online store for lingerie. This is an exciting moment!
Figleaves offers over 200 different brands. There is something for everyone and they have a great selection of French lingerie, which I love!! They have lingerie for expensive tastes and have beautiful budget-friendly options.
One of my little pleasures in life is the ritual of getting dressed. After the gym and a shower, I love to put on beautiful lingerie and my favorite perfume. It just a little thing that I do for me that makes me feel ultra feminine and beautiful.
Today I tried out my new Figleaves lingerie. I ordered the Elle Macpherson Intimates Gentle Jade Lingerie Set. It fits true to size and is extremely comfortable. The balconette bra is lined and the fabric is ultra soft. The brief hits just right, not too skimpy, just the right coverage and a flattering cut.
This is just a little something I do that helps set the tone for my day. Even if I am covered in paint or working in my garage, this helps me feel feminine and lovely.
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Do you have something you do everyday to make yourself feel beautiful? I’d love to hear it!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Figleaves.
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!