Friday, May 29, 2015

Refreshing The Front Room

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Ever have a room that you aren't completely happy with no matter how much you change it up? My front room is one of those rooms. If you scroll through my blog over the past years, you'll see what I mean. This poor room has gone through a lot. But! I think it's finally getting there.
White and neutral decorating ideas for living room
I've done a few changes over the past couple of months to freshen it up a bit. One of the biggest changes is this cute little storage table from Target. I've had my eye on this baby for awhile now, and Target decided to do a one day sale, 30% off plus 10% off. Then I got my Redcard discount for 5% off. With all of that, I saved around $80 and got this beaut for $100. Not bad :) I've wanted it for a few places in my house, but it finally found it's home here in my front room, replacing the nightstand side table that was here for awhile. Thank goodness it's gone! lol. I kept wanting to pull out this sofa into a mattress or something :)
White and neutral decorating ideas for living room
The next changes were just adding some new decor and changing out the pillows. This pillow in the corner I decided to go with something a little more graphic. I love how much impact this pillow has brought to the space. It's crazy what a few little words can do :) I scored this pillow cover on Amazon for $5. Yes, I could have made it. No, it wouldn't have been that cheap. P.S. Amazon has great deals on pillow covers ;)
White and neutral decorating ideas for living room
As for the console table, I've added a few new things I found. Namely the circle of twigs. I can't get over how much I like this thing. It's one of those scores that you find when walking around the aisles, and you really don't want to buy anything, and then it jumps at you, and catches your eye, and you have to get it. You know...one of those things :) (yes, that was big run on sentence, it was meant to be ;) ) Even though I had no place for it in my house when I brought it home, I quickly found a place. I'm sure it'll make it rounds soon enough though.
White and neutral decorating ideas for living room
This white deer head was a find online at Target.com over the winter. Besides loving it, it's also my attempt at adding in some of my husband's aesthetic into the place since he's an avid hunter, and well....all of his mounts currently only grace the basement. :) But! Lucky for him, I do like to decorate with his antler sheds. See, it's all about compromise lol
White and neutral decorating ideas for living room
These tree stumps are still my favorite part of this room. It gives it somewhat of a lodge-y type of feel. Plus, they are apparently quite fun to jump off of...just ask my daughter. :)

White and neutral decorating ideas for living room
As for next steps with this room. As much as I love it, I really hate the paint color in here. I think more than anything, I hate that the paint color matches the sofa. I've been looking for white slipcovers for this couch for awhile now, and can't justify spending as much as I would need to for them. Especially since I got this couch for $90. So, either I buy a new sofa or paint the walls. Painting walls is by far the cheapest thing to do, so that will be happening. As for the color? White or light grey? Thoughts on the matter?  If it's white, my gallery wall won't 'pop' like it does currently and I really love that...that's the only issue there. Decisions, decisions...

As for the couch pillows, those are new also. Yes, I'm only adding to my hoard of pillows. But I couldn't help but get them. They are all from Home Goods.
White and neutral decorating ideas for living room
Want to hear something that will blow your mind? The most expensive part of this room was the $100 storage cabinet. Crazy huh? Well...let me clarify, the rug may have been a tad more expensive, but that was a Christmas gift from my family so no out of pocket for me. Everything else was hand-made, thrifted, got for free, or super super on clearance (aka the couch).

As for my last post and promising the 'how-to' on the sub-floor, that's coming; I promise! I lost the process pictures on it...so yeah ;) When I get those, I'll be sure to throw up the post!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dining Room and Closet Turned Guest and Kid Bedroom

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I'm excited to finally show you this room! My mom has been in the middle of renovating her house for the past couple of years, project by project. One of her projects was converting half of an extended dining room and a walk in closet into a cute little bedroom for her grandchildren. She converted this room a couple of years ago and then finally got up the trim and paint last summer. Which meant it was finally time for me to come in and decorate! As for the 'before' picture, just imagine a large walk-in closet :)...and half a dining room that oddly had closets in it too lol
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 I wanted to keep it fun and girly, but a little gender neutral at the same time. This was a fun little task since I haven't really had to decorate a kid room yet. The only kid room I've decorated so far is my nursery, and that's just all neutrals, matching my aesthetic. So, it was fun to go out of my normal decorating style and play with colors...for the most part :)

This is the view as you walk into the bedroom. I love how the rest of the room peek-a-boos around the corner :
Girl bedroom decorating ideas and diy projects
The bed is a trundle bed (with storage!) we purchased from Ikea for about $300, which was the highest cost of doing this room. The bedding came from Target, on clearance of course :) You might recognize that little side table tree stump. I thought the gold gave this room the perfect little pop. I made the crate years ago and am so glad it's getting some love again! It's been trapped in the basement for awhile now. The curtains are from Ikea also, and the rug is two white shag rugs put together from Target. The sunburst mirror above the bed is from my home, it was so hard to part with! But I know how easy it is to make another one :)
 Girl bedroom decorating ideas and diy projects
  On the other side of the room is this cute little nook that we were going to put a vanity, but somebody (me) hasn't refinished it yet. So, for now the cute little teepee I made has found a new home in it; I think it looks perfect! To make it a little more cozy, I hug shear drapes from Ikea and swagged them. The prints are all from Hobby Lobby.
Girl bedroom decorating ideas and diy projects
 On the wall opposite the bed (which was half near impossible to photograph) are these Ikea lanterns I hung from my old wood table runner.
Girl bedroom decorating ideas and diy projects
 I love how the Tarva Ikea dresser I made over fits in this space and plays off the wood from the crate. I'm so excited to see this room finally done! And even more excited to see my sweet girls spending the night and playing in here.
 Girl bedroom decorating ideas and diy projects
 As for the floor? If you looked closely you might have noticed it's a bit different :) We're still waiting on getting carpet, so until the budget permits that, we decided to paint and seal the sub-floor. I'll have a post about that coming up next week!
Girl bedroom decorating ideas and diy projects
The wall color we used is Chocolate Froth from Behr. It's a little grey, a little purple, a little brown. Just depends on the light.

The cost for doing this room is a little varied, since most of it's hand-me-downs from old projects or decor of mine. Here's the break down:
Bed: $300
Bedding and pillows: roughly $60
Curtains: $20
Rugs: $65
Tarva Dresser: $100
Artwork: $80
Total-ish: $625

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Reclaimed Wood Lantern Hanger

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If you follow me on instagram, you may know what I'm in the process of redoing a bedroom at my mom's house. I thought I was done decorating it a few weeks ago, but realized that it needed just a little more wall decor. As luck would have it, I just recently moved my wood table runner and it was sitting in the basement destined to be scrap wood. Instead I decided to make it into a cute lantern hanger for the bedroom :)
Cute way to hang lanterns, using hooks and reclaimed wood.
This piece is super long, about 4 feet. I already had the mending plates on the back of the wood to secure them together. All I had to do was add two d-rings, one on each corner, for hanging.
Cute way to hang lanterns, using hooks and reclaimed wood.
For the hooks, I chose some hand forged rod-iron ones I found on Amazon. I love these, they are all unique from one another when you look closely. 
Cute way to hang lanterns, using hooks and reclaimed wood.
Once the hooks were up, I just added some lanterns I bought at Ikea. I've had these in this room for months, wanting to hang them in some way. I'm glad I finally thought of a plan for them :)
Cute way to hang lanterns, using hooks and reclaimed wood.
For now, they are housing some faux flowers. But when the girls get old enough, I'll be putting little cups of crayons and markers in them...useful, cute storage :)
Cute way to hang lanterns, using hooks and reclaimed wood.
This is the angle you see as you walk into the room. I love the color this brings to this side of the room (you'll have to stay tuned for the full reveal coming soon!). This wall was seriously so boring; I don't know what I was thinking leaving it blank before. This makes all the difference in the world!
Cute way to hang lanterns, using hooks and reclaimed wood.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Serving Plate Note Board -Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Idea

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 I can't believe that it's May already and that it's Mother's Day this weekend! As I've been racking my brain trying to think of things to get my mom, I remembered a special little gem that I made her a few years ago. I loved it so much, I made one for myself also...a cute little note board made from a serving plate!
Note board made from a serving plate -great last minute Mother's Day present.
This is super simple to make, and great to have around! I have used mine to track almost everything in our household. Currently, it lists all of our go-to meals. One of things that we always ask each other is "what do you want to eat?" "I don't know, what do you want to eat?". Well, now I just say look at the board and figure it out :) lol

To make it, you just need to find yourself a pretty serving plate. I added some vinyl onto mine to pretty it up. For the marker, I secured it to the back of the plate with some velcro to make sure that it's always close at hand because goodness knows, we lose pens/pencils like crazy. Just like you lose matching socks....we lose pens. Super annoying.
Note board made from a serving plate -great last minute Mother's Day present.
 I think the thing that makes this piece is the easel. I got this awhile back from Tai Pan Trading. I've found similar easels at Hobby Lobby for around $5 or so if you use a coupon.
Note board made from a serving plate -great last minute Mother's Day present.
 And there you have it. A quick Mother's Day gift that took you all but 5 minutes (maybe) to make and is under $10.
Note board made from a serving plate -great last minute Mother's Day present.
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reclaimed Wood Chevron Arrow Art

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It's been a few years since I had this furniture arrangement in my front room which I love. But the thing that has always bugged me is the big empty wall above the couch. Everything that I have ever put up there I ended up disliking immediately. It's a hard space to work with, mainly because I didn't want it to compete with the two other walls...one of which has a gallery wall and the other one almost always has a mirror.
I didn't want too many mirrors in the same room, and I tried another gallery wall and that was just way too much. I was thinking about putting up shelves, but thought that might be too cluttered. There's also been a fair share of artwork that just didn't look right. (now I sound like Goldilocks lol) Well, I think I finally found something I like :)
Reclaimed wood chevron arrow art

It's simple yet big enough and doesn't compete with the other wall decorations. And I might just say that I finally love something...finally. Seriously, it's been years since I've been pleased with what was on this wall. Why do I have such a problem finding something I like? I have no idea :)
Reclaimed wood chevron arrow art

The process for this was super easy. I just grabbed some old cedar fence slats I had lying around, cut one at 28.5 inches and another at 23 inches. I then joined them together on the back with a mending plate. I also screwed in a d-bracket to hang it on the wall. I then painted the wood white.
Reclaimed wood chevron arrow art

To give it more interest, I decided to have the middle piece be a smaller width. I'm not sure if it's the fact that they are arrows pointing up, but it sure makes my ceiling look higher.
Reclaimed wood chevron arrow art
Sorry there's no straight on view. This is one of those rooms that is half near impossible to photograph...It's just small and limiting. Now it's time to get rid of that nightstand and replace it with something else :)
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