Monday, April 20, 2015

1st Birthday Party Decor

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girls first birthday party decorating ideas

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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

15 Cheap and Cute Area Rugs

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Okay. I admit it. I'm a rug hoarder. I seriously can't help myself. I have a rug in every room of my house. If it made sense, I would probably have three. My problem is so bad that I have had to enlist my mom to stash some of my rugs at her house. To me, rugs are the easiest and quickest way to completely re-identify a room. If a room is boring me, instead of wasting days painting, I just switch the rugs. Boom. Instant gratification :) So, with my little obsession, I am constantly looking at rugs...and looking for them at a decent price. So, here's this seasons installment of cheaply priced rugs ;) Mostly all of these come in under $150 for a 4x6-5x7 and usually under $200 for 7x10.. But, there's those times that you see something that you really really like and don't really care that it's a little pricey and they are too beautiful not to share with you...so, yeah, some of those are on here too.
As always...I haven't seen most of these rugs in person (yet), so do your due-diligence and check the ratings etc before you buy and make sure they are returnable just in case :)

Under $75
Room Essentials Circles Rug $69.99 ($129.99 for 7x10)
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
Modela Collection Trellis Modern Area Rug (Dark Gray, 4'9"x6'10") $54.80
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
Teal and Beige Contemporary Moroccan Trellis Design Area Rug 5x7 $69.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!


Under $100
Room Essentials Herringbone Shag Rug $79.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Trellis Shag Area Rug  5'x7' $89.80
 Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Ivory and Grey Contemporary Beni Ourain Inspired Trellis Design Shag Area Rug (5'0"x7'0") $97.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

  
Under $125
Safavieh Florida Shag Collection Cream and Beige Shag Area Rug, 5'3"x7'6" $109.64 This one I do own and love. I get questions about this rug constantly...so here it is!
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
  Safavieh Florida Shag Collection  Cream and Smoke Shag Area Rug, 5'3"x7'6" $101.31
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
  Safavieh Florida Shag Collection Beige and Cream Shag Area Rug, 5'3"x7'6" $109.64
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
   Morrocan Diamonds Rug, Ivory & Gray Trellis Print,5x8 $119.00
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Safavieh Cambridge Collection  Handmade Light Blue and Grey Moroccan Wool Area Rug, 4-Feet by 6-Feet $112.80
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Under$150
Waverly Diamond Jute Rug $134.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Nate Berkus Hand Woven Houndstooth Rug $129.99
Under $200

Modern Area Rug Design  (5 Feet 2 Inch X 7 Feet 1 Inch)$169.00
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

 Safavieh Hudson Shag Collection  Ivory and Grey Area Rug, 6-Feet by 9-Feet $199.06
This is my next rug. I love it!
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

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Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ikea Tarva Dresser Makeover

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I did this project back in October for the room I'm designing for my mom. I can't believe it has taken me this long to get pictures of it! It turned out better than I had imagined and am super excited to share it with you! This dresser is similar to the Rast dresser I did a hack/makeover with last year, but a little bit bigger and it has legs. I wasn't a fan of how it looked as is, but for $79 for a decent size dresser, how can you help but not imagine what it could become? :)
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
This was relatively simple to take it from blah to cute. The main factor being the addition of molding both on the drawers and on the bottom.

So, to get this look....I'm going to spare you the boredom of how to put this dresser together. You can find that in the manual. Once it was all together though, I did have to do a little disassembling in the end to make the feet the perfect height for the molding. So, that's essentially the first step. I assembled the dresser and grabbed the base molding I wanted to use. I put it up against the dresser where it would overlap with the edge of the dresser bottom itself. Then marked the bottom of the molding against the legs. This is where I cut the legs to length so that the bottom of the molding would hit the bottom of the legs. Sorry no pictures! (bad blogger :/)

I then put the new sized legs back on and painted the whole piece (minus the drawers) white. I used this tutorial here for the drawers. It gave me that perfect heather grayish brown finish.

Once the drawers were dry, I added some character to where the knobs would be placed. I took some spackling compound and a stencil and placed it over the hole.
cute idea to dress up drawer knobs
 I then took a putty knife and scraped some spackle over the stencil.
cute idea to dress up drawer pulls
This gives the perfect raised and textured little detail.
Cute ideas to dress up drawer knobs or pulls
I then of course switched out the factory knobs with some cute little pulls from Hobby Lobby. I love how these look together!
Cute idea for drawer pulls!
Next was adding the molding onto the drawers. I used lattice pieces that I found at Home Depot. I believe I used 2 of the 8 foot pieces. I then cut them with mitered corners so they would fit each drawer. I then painted them the same color of the rest of the dresser.
As for putting them on the dresser? I used hot glue. Yep. I knew wood glue wouldn't work so I just went for the next option in my drawer lol. Haven't come off yet ;) And if they do, I'll just throw some more hot glue on them.
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
Next was adding on the base molding. I mitered the connecting edges and then secured it to the legs and dresser using wood glue. I also secured it additionally with a nail gun onto the legs. I didn't mean to use the same molding that was already in the room, but I'm glad I did. This ended up looking really great against the wall.
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
I love how all the elements worked so well together. It kind of reminds me of something you would find in a Swiss chalet.
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
Here's a little sneak peak of the room that it's in that I'll share with you soon! It's taken almost over a year to get it done and it's finally almost there. Close enough that I think I'll share it with you next week :)
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover

As for the cost to take it from Ikea grade to beautiful? Keep in mind that I made this like 7 months ago so this is a definite approximate amount.
Dresser: $79
Base Molding: Free (had on hand) would cost up to $10 otherwise ?
Lattice: approx. $10
Paint: Free (had on hand)
Spackle: Free (had on hand)
Drawer Pulls: $12
So, total for me was just around $100.

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