Happy Labor Day and a Giveaway!!

Hey everyone and Happy Labor Day!!

I am off this week soaking in the last bit of summer and celebrating my 10 year anniversary, so I won’t be posting much!  I posted about our last anniversary here.  Do you think he will get me diamonds as I wished??

Stay tuned because when I get back I am going to do a big GIVEAWAY  to celebrate my blog turning 1.  Can you believe it has been a year?  I can’t!

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Dorm Style

It is about that time when I see college kids heading back to college.  My little girls are young, but I am sure the day they leave the nest will come faster than I think!  However, I do smile when I think about the prospect of another room to decorate :) This is for those of you who have college kids heading back to school or heck for any adult who likes “dorm style.”

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Magazine Holder / Acrylic Chair / Bedding /  Lamp / Pillow / Rug / Print

xoxo

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Blog Tour

Happy Monday!  Today, I am going to do something a little different.  I was invited by Tamara at Provident Home Design to participate in a blog tour that is going around the Blogosphere right now. Basically, a blog tour allows you to share some details about yourself with your readers and also introduce them to some other bloggers you love and follow.  Tamara at Provident Home Design spotlighted my blog and answered the same questions I will be answering here.

I will share some details about Tamara and introduce you to two blogs that I adore.  First, I must bear my soul and do my Q&A  . . .

My Q&A

Question #1- What am I working on right now?

I always have a list of projects on my DIY list.  Right now, I am working on FINALLY getting window treatments made for our living room.  I love the look of expensive custom drapes, but I am too cheap to spend a ton of money on them.  I am a huge fan of the Ikea Ritva drapes.  They are high quality and come extra long and only cost $34 for a pair of two.  At that price, I find it easy to justify splurging on trim to customize them.  I used Greek key trim in my breakfast nook here and am planning something similar in the living room.  It has been on my list forever, but finding time to sew with two little ones has proven to be difficult!

I am also working on a behind the scenes a plan for decorating my daughter Audrey’s big girl room. While I adore her nursery, we have lived with it for 5 years and I am ready for a change.  I am planning on using a grey and pale pink color palette and you can read here about a DIY lamp I just did for her room.  There are a ton of other projects I would love to tackle around our home, but since we currently rent, many of them are not in the cards right now.

Question #2- Why do I write/create what I do?

Many of you may not know that in my former life, I used to be an attorney.  Believe it or not, being an attorney does not present the opportunity to express your creative side very often.  I use blogging to express my creative side and my passion for interior design.  I have always loved design and decor even as a young child.  I began following design and DIY blogs several years ago and was amazed at the talent and creativity out in the blogosphere.  I recreated some of their DIY projects and felt such a rush.  I also get a serious high from thrifting and finding deals.  Some people are adrenaline junkies, some shopaholics, me I get my high from recreating the look for less.

Question #3- How does my work differ from others in its genre?

There are so many amazing design blogs out there it is pretty darn hard to set your self apart.  It is hard to always find a DIY or project that has not already been done.  What I try to do is add my own spin or details to a project to make it my own and useful for others.  My design style has changed and morphed over the years.  I would say that I used to prefer a much more traditional style.  Now, I like to infuse a few modern or eclectic elements to my decor.  Call me “traditional with a twist.” Personally, if I love the look or lines of something, I buy it.  I don’t really care what style it falls into. Isn’t that what it is really about anyways?  Surrounding yourself with beautiful things you love?

Question #4-How does your writing/creating process work?

I have to fess up here and admit that I don’t have a specific writing process.  I think it comes from years of law school training requiring that I brainstorm and outline EVERYTHING before I start to write.  My process for the blog is very informal and fly by the seat of my pants.  I would also like to say that I plan and organize my blog posts in advance, but I don’t.  I don’t really know what I am going to write about until a few days before.  When I first starting blogging, I was eager and would post 5 days a week and had it planned out in advance, but that did not last for long.  Between two kids and a part-time job, I just couldn’t keep up that pace, no matter how much I love design.

I also keep a journal for the blog and every time I think of a post idea, I write it down.  It is on my bedside table in case of middle of the night DIY dreams (I know you have them too!)  I am also old school and love to tear pages of amazing interiors or ideas out of magazines.  I adore Pinterest and have 3,500 pins, but there is still something about real, concrete paper sitting in front of you on an inspiration board.

Here are two wonderful blogs I would like to share with you today.

First up, is Tracy from Right Up My Alley

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I first became aware of Tracy’s blog when she paired up with one of my other favorite bloggers Kate from Centsational Girl on the East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Starts Contest.  Look at this amazing Society Social knockoff console she built (tutorial here).  I adore everything about it, especially the color.

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Another one of my favorites of Tracy’s is this DIY trimmed bedding.  It is such a simple way to add a touch of color and sophistication to any white bedding.

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Next up, is Shanice from City of Creative Dreams

Here idea for using plastic bags instead of a pillow insert is pure genius.  You can’t even tell the difference when comparing the two.  Those down inserts are not cheap!  Definitely a green DIY.

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I also love this idea she had for a DIY white background.  As I get more involved in blogging, I realize how important photography is, and how a great background can make such a difference.  I can’t wait to make one of these.

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I hope you have enjoyed the blog tour and get a chance to visit these great blogs.  If you want to see the blogs they spotlight and see their blog tours, head over to their blogs next Monday, September 1st!

Again, thank you to Tamara from Provident Home Design for inviting me on the Tour!  You can check out this DIY marble top console she made over on her blog .

DIY-Marble-Top-Console-Table Hope you have a great Monday!

xoxo

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DIY Dyed Lampshade

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Hi everyone!  I thought I would pop in this weekend since I actually had time to get to one of the DIY’s on my to-do list!

A ways back I found this steal of a lamp at Marshall’s.  It was only $26 and is a 30 pound crystal Drexel Heritage lamp.  Yes, you read that right $26 and it was originally $130!

I fell in love with it and knew I would find a place for it.  I have plans brewing in the back of my mind for Audrey’s (my youngest) big-girl room.  I plan on doing it in palette of grey and pale pink and I have been picking up things for it here and there.

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The only problem was that the shade the lamp came with was this cream (almost yellow) color, and it did not go with my envisioned palette.  So I decided to try to dye the lampshade.  I figured I could always buy a new one if the project went terribly wrong, so I really had nothing to lose.

Here is what you will need:

  • Rit Dye- $2.79 (can be found at most craft stores).  I used a soft color called Pearl Grey.
  • Salt
  • Hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ribbon or trim (optional)

 

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Here is what you do.  I don’t have photos because you want to move fast when you do this and I didn’t want to end up with stained clothes or a stained kitchen!

  • Using gloves, add the Rit Dye and 1 cup of salt to very hot water.  I used the hottest tap water I could get, but if you need it hotter, you could always boil water and add it. I did this project in a stainless steel kitchen sink because it was the only place that would fit my large drum shade.  It is also important to note that you should not do a project like this in a bathtub.   It can stain the porcelain.  You can use it in a washing machine or a large bucket  if you are dying clothes or larger items of fabric.
  • Use a spoon to ensure the dye is completely mix in.
  • Test the dye with a scrap piece of fabric or a paper towel to make sure it is the right color.
  • Let the object sit in the dye for 10-30 minutes depending on how dark you want the color to be.  I had to rotate mine in the dye several times to ensure even coverage.
  • Rinse or wash the item in cool water.  I just rinsed mine with cold water a few times to make sure the die was gone.

I also recommend making sure then entire work surface you are working near is covered with trash bags or some plastic lining because the dye can stain.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Rit Dye.  My biggest concern was that it was going to add too much color, but it ended up being very subtle.  Here is a before and after.

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I then simply glued on some Greek key trim and I feel like I have a really elegant lamp for my little lady’s room for only about $30.

 

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Have you ever used Rit Dye?  I think it would be great to use to dye inexpensive white curtains or even an old duvet cover.  It comes in a variety of colors so the options are endless!

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New Fall Line: Oh Joy For Target

It’s almost Fall Y’all!!  I popped into my beloved Target the other day for some “school” supplies and noticed that they had a new Fall line of Oh Joy for Target.  I posted more about her debut line here. Joy of Oh Joy is a lifestyle blogger and creates fun and whimsical designs.  Her line for Target is also totally affordable.

I love how the pieces in the Oh Joy collection can be used in unusual and fun ways to create unique vignettes.  For example, I bought this Oh Joy pitcher on clearance at Target for only $6.  While it would be lovely as a pitcher, I thought it might make a fun vase.  I like how the green compliments the pink roses.  Very Lilly Pulitzer!

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And look at how someone styled her goblets.  They are plastic but this makes them look so unique and high-end!

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Here is a picture of some of her fall items grouped together.  They are more graphic than the summer line and have subtle pops of color!

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Here are my favorites.  Even though I have the goblets from the summer line, I think I have to have the fall colors.  They make the best bud vases and are only $4.00 for a set of 4!

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 Bowl / Goblets / Servers / Mugs / Pitcher / Lantern

What is your favorite piece in the collection?  Please tell me in the comments!

xoxo

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Restoration Hardware Garden Sphere Knockoff

Hi everyone!  Sorry I have been MIA but things have been hectic with back to school time around here.  I hope to start posting more regularly starting this fall!

Anyway, I have been meaning to share this project for ages.  Given that the summer and garden season is about over, you may need to file this one away for next year, but here it is.  I was inspired by Pam over at Simple Details to re-create these DIY Restoration Hardware garden spheres.

Restoration Hardware sells these garden spheres for $125 to $212 a piece (on sale).  They are a lovely way to add a classic, neutral, architectural item to any garden.  They look amazing standing alone or nestled in among plants or flowers.

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While they are lovely, hell would freeze over before I would spent $125 a piece!  That is where this DIY comes in that uses concrete mix and lighting globes to attain the same look for less.

Here is what you will need:

Lighting globes (the glass fixtures that go over light bulbs)- they sell for about $2 at thrift stores or Habitat for Humanity Restores

Concrete Mix- I used less than half of an 80 pound bag of Quikrete concrete mix

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Hammer

Plastic garbage bags

FIRST, I put the globes in a box with newspaper to help stabilize them as I put the mixture inside.

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SECOND, I mixed the concrete.  I followed the directions and added water until it reached its desired consistency.  It should resemble peanut butter.

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NEXT, I poured the concrete into the globes and stirred it gently to eliminate any air.  I then let it sit overnight.

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FINALLY, I placed the globes inside a box lined with garbage bags and took a hammer and lightly tapped on the globes all over.  The glass gently cracked away and I was left with the concrete globes.  Here is what they look like.

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This project was tons of fun (who doesn’t love letting out aggression with a hammer) and was super inexpensive.  It cost me about $2 per globe.  Not bad compared to the original.

Have you ever tackled a garden DIY?  This was my first and I can’t wait to make more.

xoxo

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My First Craigslist Find!!

Over the years I have listened enviously to the stories of friends and other bloggers who score these amazing finds on Craigslist.  I myself have never had much luck.  Don’t get me wrong, I have sold a ton of things on Craigslist, but I had never bought anything.  I have always chalked it up to the fact that I do not search Craigslist everyday or that my area just did not have good selection. That was until last week.

I have been in search of a bigger dresser for my bedroom.  I had a small, vertical dresser that did not provide enough storage and did not fit my space well.  I was looking for a low, horizontal eight drawer dresser.  I had looked and looked and was almost about to compromise by getting an Ikea dresser and hacking it, when I found this vintage Henredon dresser.

It was $200 and came with two of the most amazing mirrors that I show below.  It is so well-built and the drawers are sturdy and provide so much storage.  I plan to immediately change out the hardware and possibly paint it down the road.  So many other projects on the top of the list right now!
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Here are the mirrors.  They are vintage faux bamboo mirrors and I love them.  As you can see below, similar mirrors start at about $200.  I would have paid $200 for the mirrors alone.  They were such a bonus to scoring the dresser.  They are a tad boring for my taste so I plan to lacquer them a fun shiny color down the road.

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I have seen similar mirrors for around $200-800.  I just saw these two mirrors on Charish.  The first one is $200 and the second is $875!

 

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bamboo mirror 2 I am so glad I finally scored an amazing find on Craigslist.  Have you ever found something amazing?

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Accidents Happen . . .

Hey Ya’ll! So last weekend I had a two of my favorite “treasures” abruptly broken by my two-year old. As my blood pressure began to rise, I had to step back and realize that she is only acting like a two-year old and I slowly calmed down.

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This got me thinking about living with children and how we decorate our homes.  I personally have always surrounded my home with things I loved and not worried too much about whether things were kid friendly.  I believe that children learn and become accustomed to what they are surrounded by and what we teach them.

My husband’s grandmother was an avid antique collector and her home was packed, and I mean packed, with valuable and breakable antiques. She did not move things out of reach or worry about things getting broken when her grandchildren came over.  Instead, she taught them that they were her “treasures” and asked that they respect her and do not touch them.  And you know what???  It worked!!

I take a similar approach in my home.  However, with this attitude you have to accept that there will be accidents and that things may get broken, but that is okay.  My children respect my things and rarely break anything.  It is our play date guests that make me nervous!

So, on the rare occasion where something gets broken, I just try and breath and reboot and remember that they are only objects.  So, my advice is to follow the age-old adage and not “cry over spilled milk” because accidents happen!  If not, there is always WINE!

 

 

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What is your approach living with children?  How do you make your home kid friendly?  Do share your tips in the comments!

 

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DIY Pom-Pom Drapes

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I am hard pressed to call this a “tutorial.”  This is so simple, but I feel it can add such an impact to a space.

I had a window in my daughter’s room that needed a window treatment but I did not want to spend a fortune.  I purchased the Ritva drapes from Ikea in white.  I highly recommend these drapes.  They are only $34.99 for a pair and they look like linen and have a nice weight to them. I actually think they were on special for $25.00 when I purchased them. They are so easy to embellish with trim other accents to make them look much more high-end then they are.

Then I purchased 6 yards of this pom-pom trim at Joann’s.  It was only $3.99 per yard and I used a 50% off coupon.  FYI, there are amazing apps for all the craft stores where you can upload a coupon for 40-50% off.  I never pay retail at craft stores.

pom pom trim All I did was use my amazing sewing ability (of sewing a straight line) to add the trim to the curtains. The trim was heavy, so I made sure I did a good job of pinning it to the drapes first!  If you don’t sew, you could even glue the trim on using Heat n Bond or fabric glue.

Here is my final result!
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I swear it was the day after finishing this project that I read this blog post on A Thoughtful Place on a DIY Pelmet Box above the curtains.  My husband might leave me, but I think I am going to attempt this project to give it a more polished look.  I will keep you posted!

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The possibilities are endless with this inexpensive and fun trim.  It comes in a wide range of colors too!  Here are just a few ideas I have run across.

DIY Pom-Pom Throw:

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DIY Pom-Pom Pillows:

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You could also add it to a table runner, place mat, napkins, or towels for a nice hostess gift.  Oh my, the possibilities are endless!!!

You can see the other updates I did to my daughter’s room here.

Have you ever added an embellishment to simple fabric?  Do tell in the comments!

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Serious Style on a Small Budget

Happy Monday!!  I came across a furniture deal that I just had to share.  Of all places, I found this amazing bookshelf and canopy bed at Pottery Barn Teen. Both pieces are from the Maison line and give a Hollywood Regency look for less.  The Maison bookcase is only $599 and the canopy bed starts at only $599 for a twin.  I am seriously considering the bookcase!!

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You could use these chic pieces in a child or teen room, however I think they are sophisticated enough for adult spaces.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite line that is meant for children or teens that has great adult decor as well?

 

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