One Room Challenge 2016

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to announce that I am going to be participating in Linda at Calling It Home’s famous One Room Challenge (“ORC”) as a Guest Participant.

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If you are not familiar with ORC, it is where 20 designers are challenged to transform a room and document their process every week.  Anyone can take the challenge and link up their progress every week.  This year is even better as they are partnering with House Beautiful as a media partner.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

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If you are new here, you might not know that I have been talking about decorating my daughter’s big girl room for ages now.  I am using the ORC to light a fire under me to actually get something done.  I have followed along for years and always wanted to participate, so this is the year!

Here is the before photo (giant Elsa doll and all!)  I thought I would keep it real and the worse the before photo the better the after, right?  Obviously, storage is going to be a major component of this space.

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Here room gets terrible light and our home is very old so there is no overhead lighting, so new lighting fixtures are in order.  The only thing that is really staying is the bed!

Here is what I am dreaming up for this space.  The color scheme is going to be grey and pale pink.

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I plan to go with classic bedding, pale pink silk drapes and DIY faux fur stools.  There is so much to be done, but having to show my progress each week will keep me accountable!  Here is my project timeline:

Week 1: Paint

Week 2: Lighting

Week 3: DIY Stools and framed wallpaper.

Week 4: Drapes

Week 5:  Accessories and bedding.

I hope you follow along with me as I document my progress.  I will update you each Thursday, so mark you calendars!  I also hope you follow the amazing designers who are the official challengers.  Head on over to Calling it Home to follow along.

Until next week!

xoxo

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Review of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Two Years Later

Hey everyone and Happy Monday!  As a lover of Chalk Paint, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “how well does Chalk Paint hold up?”  Many have heard the amazing stories of chalk paint transformations.  You may have been lured by Chalk Paint’s claim that there is no sanding and no priming required.  It is also low in VOC’s and dries very fast (which can be a blessing or a curse!)

Using Chalk Paint is how I started out my DIY journey.  You can read all about how Chalk Paint changed my life here.  I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a variety of different items.  I have used it on outdoor planters.  I have used it on console tables, bookcases, mirrors and bedside tables.  Two years later, I am here to tell you how it stands the test of time.

First, I truly believe that it is a remarkable product.  However, I don’t think it is for every type of furniture.  In my opinion, the best pieces to use it on are mirrors, console tables and other furniture that does not get a ton of wear and tear.  One of my favorite Annie Sloan transformations is this console table I painted in a pale purple color called Emile.  This table is for decorative purposes only and is never used or really even touched (even by my kids)!  Two years later it looks exactly the same as it did the day I painted it.  It is one of my favorite spots in our house.

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In complete contrast, are the bedside tables I painted in with Chalk Paint.  These get daily use. From putting water glasses down on them at night, to stacked-up books, to my children’s feet, these tables get A LOT of wear and tear.

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I also painted these tables a color called Old Ochre which is a much lighter color, almost an off white. They look horrible.

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They are dirty and stained.  Ick!  I am tempted to start all over and just paint them with latex paint.

As some of you may know, you are supposed to finish off Chalk Paint with a wax that is supposed to harden and seal the product.  It is similar to sealing latex paint with Polyurethane.  I did wax these end tables, but in my opinion it offered little protection.  I have seen other reviews where someone painted their dinning room table with Chalk Paint and had a similar problem.

Finally, to my complete surprise, the outdoor furniture and pots I painted with Chalk Paint have held up surprisingly well to the elements.

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Apparently, the exterior of  Annie Sloan’s original store in the UK is painted with Chalk Paint.  I would definitely use Chalk Paint again to bring new life to outdoor pieces.  If you missed it, you can see how I transformed these inexpensive plastic faux terra cotta pots with Chalk Paint here.

At the end of the day, would I recommend and use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint again?  Yes, I would definitely use it for smaller or decorative accent pieces that do not get a ton of use.  Would I use it for a dining room table, end tables, or cabinets that get a lot of wear and tear?  A definitive NO. As I navigate my way through these DIY ropes, I am starting to get a better feel of what types of paint will work best on certain finishes.  You live you learn, I suppose.

Have you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or any of the other brands out on the market?  If so, what did you think of the durability?  I would love to hear your experience.

xoxo,

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10 Unique Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

With the advent of Pinterest, long gone are the days of the Paas Easter Egg dying kit in my house. Can anyone else relate?  Easter egg decorating is actually a craft that I feel comfortable tackling. Some of the ideas below were done by yours truly, so if I can do it, anyone can.  This year, why don’t you think outside the “carton” and try something new!

Can you believe that the eggs below are colored using whipped cream???  That is what gives them their dreamy watercolor look.  Click on the source below for the full tutorial!

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These ombre dyed eggs by yours truly could not be simpler.  You simply increase the level of dye exponentially.  I opted for blue, but you could use the hue of your choice. You can read the full tutorial here.

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These botanical eggs look too good to be true and they are!  The secret?? Temporary tattoos.  No wonder the artwork looks like perfection!

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Waste not want not.  These unique eggs use broken shells to create a mosaic effect.  How cool it that??

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I created these decoupage eggs on a whim.  All you need is paper napkins of your choice and Mod Podge. Paper napkins come in such a variety of patterns and colors, the possibilities are endless.  You can read the full tutorial here.

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These DIY marbled eggs actually use nail polish to achieve this unique look.  I adore the on-trend indigo color as well. For a full tutorial click on the source below.

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Would you believe me if I told you that these eggs were dyed using Kool-Aid?  I love the abstract lines and if you tell your kids that Kool-Aid is involved, they might just want to try something different this year.

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Gold is so on trend right now, why not incorporate it into your Easter theme.  These gold foil eggs are gorgeous with their bold colors and gold highlights.

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I love the idea of cameo eggs.  These silhouette based eggs look a little daunting, however the precise lines can be created by using contact paper.  Why not have your little cuties on your eggs this year?

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These moss-covered eggs are simple but so adorable.  You could customize them any way you like.  I have so much moss lying around my house from various craft projects,  I could do soo many of these!

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All of these ideas sound totally doable, right?  I am tempted to try more than one.  Well, I guess we will see how much dye, whipped cream, or Kool-Aid gets spilled in the process!

Do you have a favorite method for dying Easter eggs?  Do tell.  I would love to hear your tips and tricks.

xo,

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Leftover Lucite

Hi friends!!  Happy Hump Day.  I am finally feeling somewhat caught up on life after going on our vacation.  It is very Spring-like her however, and I am starting to get Spring fever.

As some of you may know, a few months ago, I did a DIY tutorial on lucite drapery rods.  I LOVED how they turned out and you can read about it here.  The added bonus of ordering the lucite from Nationwide Plastics was that they custom cut the rod to fit your window.  Little did I know that they would package and send the extra lucite that had been cut off with my order.

So, I find myself with 4 1/2 feet of lucite for another DIY project.  A quick glance at Pinterest gave me some ideas.

I could do a DIY lucite towel bar for my new bathroom.  In fact, a towel bar is one of the few things I have not installed.  I think it would go well with my black, white and brass scheme.

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I could make pulls for a door or cabinet.  How glam is this?

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I could update some of our kitchen cabinetry!

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If I have a tiny bit left over from one of these projects, I could also DIY a lucite towel hook.

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I could do a custom closet rod.  This was in a boutique, but imagine the possibilities!!

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If you are a real baller and have a ton of lucite, you could also do a stair railing.  Sorry to disappoint, but this project is way out of my league!!

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I am leaning towards a towel bar because that is the most practical for me at the moment?  Would would you do with leftover lucite?

Have a fabulous day!

xo,

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Ways to Add Architectural Detail to Your Home

Hi friends!  I hope your 2016 is off to a great start.  I have been obsessively making plans for our new home.  I seriously need to slow down and take it one project at a time.  It is just all too exciting!! Today I want to share some inspiration photos on some easy ways you can add architectural detail to your home. We are blessed to live in an older home with amazing molding, arches and built-ins.  We even have what I call “diamond door nobs.”  I wrote all about my love of these vintage door nobs here.

Even though we are blessed with these character-enhancing features, I am still feeling the need to add more.  I would love to add a bit more detail to our doors, walls and ceilings as in the images below.

With a relatively simple DIY, you can add decorative paneling or molding to any door.  If you have builder grade doors that are as they say “plain”, this is such an easy way to add interest.

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Since we already have some decorative trim, how fun would it be to accent it with gold to really make it pop like the trim below?

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Let’s not forget about the ceiling.  How amazingly grand are the two ceilings featured below.  That may be too much of a project for us for now, but wow, what a statement it makes!

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An easier DIY version with a similar impact is adding a ceiling medallion.  These can even be purchased at the big box stores these days.  I am really considering doing this to give a “wow” factor to our dining room chandelier and ceiling.

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What do you think? Could your home benefit from one of these DIY’s?  It’s all in the details right?  It has never been easier to fake architectural details!

xoxo,

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Got 20 Minutes? Try This DIY!

Hi friends!  I just had to pop in today and share this quick and easy DIY.

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So, I was in Target buying Qtips and of course I get lulled into the home decor section because why not??  Unfortunately, for my wallet Target was getting in Christmas items and had their fall decor on clearance for 50% off.  (I really need to use Amazon or Jet subscriptions for household items.  It would save me hundreds of dollars by avoiding Target!!)  I found these fun graphic art prints for only $12.00, but the frames were kind of blah.

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I thought they would look great above my television in my bedroom and the colors would work great!  When I got them home, I realized I had some gold Rub ‘N Buff from this project left over.  I thought it would be fun to tape off the corners and make a statement in gold.

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So, I marked off my corners with painters tape.  I used 2 3/4 inches all around as my measurement.  I made a pencil mark where the tape would need to end.  Finally, I rubbed a bit or Rub ‘N Buff on, waited a few minutes and buffed it out with a rag so it was all shiny!  If you have never used Rub ‘N Buff before I highly recommend it.  It is so easy to use and instantly adds a brass touch to whatever you are working on.  It also comes in a variety of finishes.

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Here is the frame before.  Nice, but nothing special.

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Here is the after.  I think it adds contrast and interest.  I think this would look really nice on black frames as well.

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So, if you have a few extra minutes this weekend, why not waken up some boring old frames.  It is an easy way to freshen up you existing decor for next to nothing!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I am going to work on getting my Christmas decor out-eek!  The life of a design blogger  . . .

xoxo

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Tutorial: DIY Lucite Curtain Rods

Hi lovelies!!  I promised a quick tutorial on the lucite curtain rods I wrote about here.  Sorry it has taken me so long, but between buying our current home and selling our old home, there has been very little down time!

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So, first and most important is finding the acrylic for the rods.  Luckily, a few fabulous bloggers have done this same project before me, so they have done all of the research for you.  The talented Grace at  A Storied Style found a company called Nationwide Plastics out in Texas.  She even has a guy named Kip who you can ask for to help you with specific inquires.  I think many a DIY’er has called, so they are used to us crazies calling to use their acrylic for curtain rods.

It is important to note that there are two types of acrylic: cellcast and extruded.  Extruded acrylic is the lower-end version and is not as strong.  It may also have imperfections and yellow over time. Hence, I opted for cellcast, which is sightly more expensive.

Cellcast rods come in 8 foot lengths.  As for the rod thickness, they come in 1/2 inch to 2 inch thickness.  1/2 inches is tiny and won’t fit most hardware.  I opted for 1 1/2 inch rods of cellcast. My window frame was 10 feet, however, so I had ordered two 8 feed rods and had them cut them each to 5 feet.  Kip will have them custom cut for you.  Just make sure you have the exact measurements for your window frame.  This cost me approximately $165, including shipping. The best part is they sent the extra pieces they cut off, so I have enough to do a towel bar in my new bathroom!!

Next, you have to think about hardware.  There are so many choices out there.  I opted for these brass standoffs from Buy Railings that I heard about from Kristen from the Hunted Interior.  They are actually for ballet barres.  Who would have thunk it?  They fit the 1 1/2 inch rod perfectly. Since my window is rather large, I ordered 3 so I could have extra support in the center.  I was a little nervous doing this, but the two 5 foot rods fit perfectly in place together inside the middle brass standoff.

 

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This hardware, from Restoration Hardware would also make a lovely choice.

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Next, we needed some curtain rings.  I searched and searched for affordable lucite ones, but they cost a small fortune.  Luckily, I read about these clear plastic shower rings from Target.  At around $1.00 per pack, I was sold!  They look just like lucite and actually pull very easily along the rod.

Target Clear shower hooks I have seen others finish off the end of the rod with brass end caps, but I opted to leave mine bare.  I can always add something  at a later date.

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There you have it.  It was by no means the cheapest DIY I have ever done, but I love the way it turned out and think it looks really unique.  Stay tuned, as I plan to post soon about how I created the trim for the curtains. I was too cheap to buy actual trim, so I faked it by creating my own with fabric.

I plan to create another lucite rod to use as a towel rack out of my leftover acrylic.  What do you think?  Do you think it would make a nice DIY bathroom fixture?

Until next time!

xoxo

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DIY Lucite Curtain Rod and Greek Key Trim Curtains

I am so excited to share this DIY project with ya’ll!!  I will have a full tutorial up soon, but could not wait to show you the pictures.  I wrote about my love of lucite rods here.  However, they are ridiculously pricey.  So, taking the lead from fellow bloggers (the original was from Grace at A Storied Style), I DIY’d my own.  The brass standoffs are actually for ballet barres and the lucite is custom from a company called Nationwide Plastics out in Texas.  These pictures do not do justice to how lovely it looks in person!

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I also decided to DIY myself some greek key trim curtains.  Using inexpensive Ikea curtains and greek key fabric, I created a high-end look for sooo much less.

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What do you think?  I am so pleased with how they turned out!  I waited forever to do curtains on this big window because it was so big.

Stay tuned as I will have a full tutorial on how to DIY the curtain rod and the curtains!

xoxo,

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Back to School Cocktail Party

It has just been party party over here.  I hosted a fabulous dessert party last month and this month it was all about back to school and celebrating with my mom friends.

Head on over to the Tiny Prints blog here to read all about an easy and  fun cocktail party I threw in honor of back to school.  You have to check it out..  It involves popsicles with alcohol!!

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We may have some exciting house news to share coming up!!

xoxo,

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Bamboozled

Happy Monday everyone!  As you can tell from my last post, and my Instagram feed, I have faux bamboo on the brain in a major way.  I just can’t get enough of it.  I think I really love how classic, clean and collected it looks and I think it is fun to pair with more modern pieces.

I love its presence in the interiors below:

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I posted here about this Craigslist find the other day.  This brings my faux bamboo total up to 11.  I may have a slight problem.

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Here are the faux bamboo chairs I found on Craigslist to compliment the hutch  I plan to paint them a glossy black and am in the process of picking out a colorful fabric for the seats.

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I am going to have a painting filled weekend next weekend, but I can’t wait to transform these chairs.  Between the chairs and the new hutch, my dining room is going to feel like a completely new space.  I wasn’t even planning on re-doing it.  I guess that is the way a design addict operates.  Design, finish, repeat!

I hope you all have a wonderful week.  I am already looking forward to next weekend.  I have two local blogger friends coming over for dessert and cocktails.  I can’t wait!!

Hugs and kisses,

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