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
Girl bedroom decorating ideas and diy projects
 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 :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

1st Birthday Party Decor

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It's been quite awhile since my little one turned one, but when you have a camera that's been out of commission for a couple of weeks, you find things you forgot about! I'm so glad that I stumbled back upon these pictures. It brings back some good memories :)

Her birthday didn't have much of a theme, just pink and white. For the table decor, I used the most out of the tissue pompoms I made and put them in the place of candles on the candle sticks. To make it all about the birthday girl, I got rid of my giant mirror that usually hangs on the wall and put up her picture with some balloons and other decor.
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
 I think my favorite part was putting some cupcakes on a candelabra. It added the perfect touch :)
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
 As for the cupcakes, I went easy and made them out of a cake box, but iced them with pretty rosettes and topped them with little edible pearls.
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
For the buffet, I kept it pretty simple. For the cupcake 'stands' I just turned a bowl upside down and placed a plate on top. Boom, instant cake stand :)
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
In the kitchen, I hung some tissue pompoms from the ceiling and swagged a cheap plastic tablecloth in front of the island.
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
Here's the cute little cake I made. I was going to have someone make one of these for me, but it would cost around $40. So, I figured to save some money, I would learn to do it myself. First try here and it turned out perfect! You can see how I did it in this tutorial here.
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
For the drinks, I used mason jars with just the rims of the lids. I placed them all in a tray to corral them.
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
As far as decor, I strung some jute between our arches and hung up monthly pictures of the babe. I reused the clips that were used during her baby shower. To pretty up the ends, I added some more tissue pompoms. Yes, this party was full of those pompoms :)
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
I even redecorated the mantel for the party. I put all her baby pictures up and decorated a wreath with her initial on it.
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
And of course, some of the little details are super important to tie a whole thing together like these chair ribbons made from pink tulle.
Cute decor ideas for a first birthday party or any girls birthday party
What I think I love most about these decorations is the ability to use them again for her second birthday :) And of course for many more future birthdays. :)

This was a super low cost party. Just the cost of the tissue for the pompoms, the dollar or so for each mason jar, the tablecloth and the ingredients for the cake and goodies.
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