I found another design board I did for my brother and his fiance. I was trying to help them marry Liza’s traditional style with Jesse’s more contemporary style. Although the dresser in the picture is new I would suggest painting a vintage find white to add more of the traditional into the mix.
I know I’ve forgotten about my blog, but every once in a while I’ll make a design board. When I make one I’ll try and remember to put it on my blog. I made this one because I saw this rug on Overstock and fell in love. So I made a room for it.
A little while back I found Kenneth Cole silver glitter sneakers for London at one of my favorite thrift stores ($6). I got home and cleaned the soles with the magic eraser (LOVE THEM) … then replaced the dirty laces with a bright coral color ribbon. They looked brand new. My sister Rachel loved them and wanted me to put ribbon in a pair of hand-me-down shoes Tessa had. (her 13mon old daughter) I put the ribbon in but that just didn’t do it…. the shoes still looked blahhh. So I went to the craft store and bought glitter spray paint. I taped the inside of the shoes so glitter wouldn’t be everywhere… then I sprayed them…. coat after coat until the bottle was gone. Then I added a bright color ribbon and BAM you have give an old pair of shoes new life!
My friend and old roomy from Bible College is having a little girl, so of course I jumped at the chance to put the room together for her. She didn’t want anything to girly and after showing her what felt like hundreds of fabric she fell in love with the grays and yellows shown in the quilt above. (Which she bought from Etsy)
So here is the plan… paint the walls a really soft muted yellow (I chose Windsong by Behr, but then again it was pick on the computer… so get a sample and paint it on the wall first) I would hang the gray ruffled curtain over the window/s. I chose a Jenny Lind crib they are so classic and vintage… and really affordable. The great rocker is from Walmart, you can buy slipcovers for it also… so I would suggest buying a cream one that can be washed. The gray pouf is great for the foot of the rocker… and come on who doesn’t love a pouf. The light Alyssa loved from an inspirational room I showed her and I knew Ikea carried it. The dresser is also from ikea and would be great with the changing pad on top. The rug is a yellow braided rug… classic.
Now it is a girls room and its so hard for me not to throw pink in there somewhere…. so we had to add a few pink accents. I went with a cute pink bird pillow for the rocker then some cute prints from Etsy for the wall.
Click to find where to purchase:
Ikea: Light-$50 // Gray Dresser-$300 , WorldMarket: Gray Pouf-$70, Overstock: Yellow Rug- $135, Walmart: Rocker-$160 // Slipcover $60, Esty; Pillow Cover-$28// Alphabet Print-$5// Oh Darling Print- $12 Cymax: Jenny Lind Crib-$170 Urban Outfitters: Ruffled Curtain Panel-$80
My friend babysits for a great family… her employer is getting ready to redo their family room, but is at a loss of ideas. I was told the budget and that she likes blues, golds, and deep reds not necessarily together. I’m really excited with the way this room turned out in my head…lol… and with the idea board.
This is what the room looks like now… its a great space… with lots of potential. I actually would keep the layout the same… I think it works. She is replacing the carpet with the hardwood shown above. The flowers furniture is out… replaced with a light blue sofa and two brown leather chairs. (She has two kids… nothing better than leather… it just wipes off) In between the two chairs I’d place that awesome two-in-one floor lamp/side table.
There is no coffee table now probably due to the fact that it could effect the flow to the stairs, but I would place two garden stools in front of the sofa. They don’t take up much space but they give the kids a place to kick up their feet and a place for mom to put a cup of coffee. Now the rug in front of the sofa…. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this rug its traditional, yet modern and it’s gold…. whats not to love.
Above the fireplace I’d place the round mirror and probably just put a few candles or vase on the mantel or one cherished photo. (don’t worry I have an idea for the family pictures) To take the fireplace even farther I would cap the top of the fireplace off with wood to warm it up a little. I would hang one curtain panel on each window and pull them away from the fireplace (if that makes sense). For a bigger impact I would paint the fireplace wall and the two window walls next to it a very light shade of blue. I chose Little Dipper by Behr (but keep in mind I found the color on my computer so I suggest checking it out in real life first) Then the accents…. fun pillows really finishes a room off… and even though the main colors are blue and gold I actually think that a muted red would look awesome as an accent. The only trick is to make it repeat somewhere else in the room. O the family pictures I would do a wall collage of photos on the wall all the way to the right… the wall that you see walking down the steps.
Tada! A beautiful room
Click on the item to find where to purchase:
Rug $261 // Aqua Sofa $769 // White Garden Stools $160 // Round Mirror $218 // Brown Leather Chair $299 // Table Floor Lamp $160 // Gold and Brown Pillow $46 // Gold Dot Pillow Cover $34 // Blue and White Pillow $40 // Red and Gold Pillow Cover $22 // Curtains $20 a panel
My in-laws are great… they did so much for us on our trip to WA I was dying to figure out what I could do for them in return. So when my mother in-law Lynn said all the kids she works with have birthdays in the summer I knew I could help. (she works with children that need 24hr medical attention) So we brainstormed what animal to make for what kid, then we went of to the thrift store to look for linens we could use. We went to Salvation Army and they had a $5 bag you could fill with all the linens you could fit…. and the bags were huge!! So all of those stuff animals cost $21 ($5 for fabric, then two big bags of stuffing) The dog on the top was a pillowcase that I just sewed around and added some fun extras to. I made all of these in 2 days… its kinda amazing what I can do when the kids are off playing with the grandparents.
I have been on craft overload lately. I have so many wedding coming up it’s crazy. These are two gifts that I already gave. I posted them together because they are pretty similar and they both fit the couple’s style. The other gifts I’m working on are different. The top one was made out of an old pallet (John puts them together for me, then I paint them). The bottom one was made out an old shipping crate, the same one that we made our coffee table out of. I added a chalkboard on the top left and there was a ledge at the bottom that was perfect for chalk. ( I forgot to get a picture of it so Nina took one for me and wrote me a thank you note)
Like I said before I love giving handmade and custom gifts…. I let someone else be the practical gift giver.
My husband and I had pleasure of attending the most beautiful wedding while we were visiting WA. (John was actually in the wedding) Karina and Andy are such an awesome couple… I’m sad we live across the country from them.
Ok now the reason for this post… They have the cutest house… it was so much charm. But there is some decorating differences. The both love the history of old and worn things, but Andy leans more to the hunting lodge side. Even though Karina had added a few things and taken somethings out the living room is still Very masculine. But I think there is still hope for both of them to love and feel completely at home in their living room.
The idea board has a lot of items they already have. Andy has a slab table and antler lamp (his lamp has a hide shade with cowboy silhouettes so I would change that to a clean simple white one). Karina has tons of old trunks and suitcases, they are great to stacking as end tables. Now Andy also has a deer bust and Karina put it out in the garage…. but I think that if the room is styled correctly it might be able to come back in. Here is what I suggest for the walls…. they have one wall with wood paneling that Karina wants to paint white…. for the rest of the walls I suggest a wallpaper similar to the one show above. The reason I choose that wallpaper is because its a nice balance between masculine and feminine, and goes with the age of the house. As you can see the deer head place on the print of the wallpaper actually works well. Add some long soft drapes and it even takes the comfortable, cozy feel farther.
I added some flowers for Karina but they are all vintage prints and patterns. The mid-century modern chair works well with the vintage feel and still keeps things fresh.
I hope that helps!!!
Click on the item to find where to purchase: Wallpaper, Cowboy Advertisement, Antique Floral Prints, Welcome Needle Work, Mid-Century Chair, Flower Pillow, Curtains, Antler Chandelier
The summer is all about convenience for me. I opt for sundresses because they are an outfit no-brainer and I hardly put a flat iron to my hair. The easiest trend-right hair accessories to date are pretty obvious: floppy hats & head wraps.
I took inspiration from some ladies on Lookbook.nu on…
Ok I don’t usually reblog but my little Londy was in Alli’s fashion blog so I has to share it with you guys.
The fam and I are going to be traveling to Seattle soon. We are doing a night flight in hopes that the children will sleep the entire time. I decided to make them little travel pillows because I just hate seeing their little necks all bent up when they fall asleep. I’m hoping that I can just put both of them in one seat, but if not I’ll be holding Beckett for 6 hours.
Anyway the pillows were kinda a challenge… the first one I made the neck hole to wide so that got scraped. Then I made London the one above and for some reason one side is the right thickness and one side is skinny…. and I thought I was making Beckett’s thicker but it ended up the same size lol. O well I think it would take me a few more tries to get them how I was envisioning. I made both of them out of vintage bed sheets. London’s has a coral-pink ribbon (it looks orange in the picture for some reason) that ties into a bow and I made a little felt flower for one side. Beckett’s just has 3 vintage buttons for a cute little detail. I think they turned out pretty cute. To bad I couldn’t find a little, vintage, floral, suitcase for London…. she’d really be set. Maybe I’ll find one there for the flight back.