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Entry Vignette

Hi guys!

Per the norm, I’m switching things up around here.  I like trying out different pieces in new areas of the house and whenever I buy a new toy I’m all about putting it front and center!

I decided to take a few quick shots of how the area across from the front door has changed – quick shots, people.  I have this small wall space where the Nest and a light switch live.  It used to look like this,

And now, it’s looking like so…

I’m not sure if you remember that I found this antique with a broken leg for around $40… refresh yo memory here.  Luckily, I was able to remove the glue that was previously used and fix her up!!  The dresser sticks out a little farther than I’d like, but I really love it and this is probably the only place I can put it.  I changed nothing else, as you can tell, and didn’t even bother covering the light switch.  Doh.  Hey, maybe I’ll even plant something in that pot one of these days!

I’m not entirely good at vignettes, though.  I just gather things that I like and hope for the best.  I tweak here and there until it’s not hurting my eyeballs, and really just roll with the theory, “If I like looking at it, it’s working.”

Of course, there are people that make a pretty penny out of fabulous vignettes!  Here are a few, in entryways, that caught my eye…

Remodelista

Nate Berkus

AVE Styles

I prefer the collected, haphazard look to something so perfect that there’s no way people actually live there.  You?

And right now I have my vintage Asian console for sale on Chairish.  Check it out!

I’m Getting a Sofa – Part 1

Can we just scream together for the next 10 minutes?  It’s all happening and I’m DYING of happiness.

After years of searching, obsessing, questioning and reasoning, I’ve finally given the thumbs up (and dolla dolla bills, y’all) to a Clad Home custom sofa.  It feels good.  Real good.  And scary – ain’t gonna lie.  Because you can’t touch and feel what you’re getting when you order custom, there’s a BIG trust factor.  And a big reason why I went with Clad Home.

The wall that I’d like the sofa to fit on is 169″, which is 14 ft long.  Where in the world was I going to find a sofa that long?!?  I tried, though.  Ideally, I would have found a place that sold the perfect sofa that I could test nap on and um, return if I didn’t likie.

I had seen this room on Amber Interiors and knew it was where my room needed to go.  I loved the long bottom cushions and the denim look of the fabric!  I sent Clad Home the photo and since they are awesome, they said I could get exactly that sofa, right there.  Just the way it was in the photo!!

You guys, that was 1 year ago.

Then I got scared and took a break.  Not so much a break-up, just a short separation to reevaluate my feelings.  I knew I wanted them to do the sofa, but was I ready for that commitment?

My (very vocal and very anti-new sofa) husband kept telling me I was crazy.  These boys would tear the thing up.  And yes, they will… but it’s like this, I will be happier that they’re tearing up a beautiful sofa instead of the beast we have now.  That slip cover was only supposed to last a year.  NOT FOUR!!

Is it the worst ever?  No, but there are a bunch of things we’re going to fix.  See how the current sofa goes past the door way?  Our new beauty will perfectly fit on the wall.  And all those bottom and top cushions will look more streamlined, less busy.  AND (getting excited!!) there will be zero holes for the remote to get lost into… yeah, it can go between two cushions, but it won’t make it to the floor.  ‘Cause it’s one piece.

It’s also going to be on a plinth.  Dreams coming true, people.

The hard part is deciding on everything.  I took FOREVER picking the fabric and FOREVER picking the wood tone of the base.  It’s hard.  I ended up putting ketchup and mustard and coffee and pen marks on all my fav’s and washing them in the laundry.  I thought I would pick Lucky Denim, but after the wash it seemed more frayed than the others.  Bennett Indigo washed beautifully.  A winner!!  Everything came out except the pen… which I don’t think comes out in the wash on anything, (but it was worth a try)!!

And of course, I went into the store (around month 4) to see the product first hand.  Quality!  I think that if you can visit the store, it’s a must because, not only is it super cute, but you can see everything first hand.

I left changing a few things up… I went with the Dawson instead, and asked for extra thick cushions on the bottom.  I also like having the cushions on the sides of the sofa too, whereas my inspiration sofa doesn’t have them… it gives you more options for lying on the sofa and also protects little heads that want to try and practice flipping.  Which are NOT allowed.  Not that those monkeys listen to me.  Whatev.

Once you figure it all out (and pay), you get a rendering.  Here is mine…  All the cushions will be slip covered, but the frame won’t be.  Fingers crossed we can control ourselves!!

It’s good, right?

I’m excited!!  In 6 weeks my new sofa will be here!  Stay tuned!

Moroccan Inspired Baby Shower Invitations!

Hi there friends!

Remember how I told you that my friend Yaso was having a baby?  That was a long time ago, I realize, and said baby is now out in the world and even smiling, cooing and just being all around cute!  But before all that goodness, there was a shower (which I got very few pictures of – DOH!) and there were invitations.

My crazy friend didn’t want to find out the gender of the baby before hand – like, HOW CAN YOU RESIST?!  Not me.  Oh, not me.  I wanted to know.  No.  I needed to know!!  Since I had no clue to the gender, there would be no rainbow unicorn or space cowboy themed shower.  (Although, dang, those two would be amaze-ball ideas, right?!?)  So I came up with the very original, (not), Moroccan theme idea.  It’s been done soooo many times, and VERY well, I might add, but I knew that I could really get colorful, keep it fun and inject one of my friend’s favorite animals, the peacock, into the mix!!

Enter my vision for the invitation – A flying peacock carrying a baby.  There should totally be a picture like that on-line.  Everything’s on-line.

Not this, you guys.

So I drew something myself, using inspiration from the ol’ faithful baby deliverer, the stork.  Here’s what I came up with.

While I was working on figuring out this, I was also learning how to use my new Cricut.  Honestly, uploading the peacock and cutting her out in the design space was fairly painless.  Winning!

I found this great paper and used that to just go crazy with color and pattern – It’s like an explosion of prints!

The trick to making the card, is to add an inch to the length and make an accordion pocket like the photo above.  In the fold you’ll put in the peacock, which I mounted on a clear plastic cut-out (from a strawberry container!!).

When you open the card, there is a SURPRISE!!  Do you see how that peacock is literally flying in the air?!

It’s damn near impossible to find double-sided glitter paper, so I used glitter from a spray can, and glued on a gem for the eye.

The rest was pretty straightforward, just a bunch of gluing!  I used textured foam for the front and sprayed those too.  Why not?

Just a fun idea you can use to create a special card!!  And I love the Cricut – sometimes it gives me a small heart attack, but overall, I’m very happy!

Master Bath Makes Progress!

It’s been a long few weeks, but I can finally say that the dust has settled in the master bathroom… I think.  Maybe?  Well, wall dust, at least!!

Changes have happened, that’s for sure.  Am I done?  Nope.  Not even close.

I added in that moulding we talked about here.  That proved to be a fun and fairly straight-forward project.  I bought 250 linear feet of moulding from Superior Moulding, which has an awesome selection of all kinds of goodies!  I tried Lowes and Home Depot first, but they just didn’t have anything I liked in my budget.  I really didn’t want to spend more than $100 and I was thrilled to find this option at $0.43 a foot.  With the 10% off discount the salesperson gave me at Superior, I was right on budget!!  Whoot!

Measuring and nailing the moulding is pretty simple.  Getting all your pieces level, at least to the eye, is another story.  A few of my walls were NOT straight… Of course.  After putting up a few, I realized the best way to go about it was to place the top securely and put the sides in with one nail in at the top.  Then I could make small tweaks if it was straight and level, but didn’t look level.  It’s always more important that it look right to your eyeballs… most all of my squares required this and the top and bottom pieces usually turned out to be different lengths, which hopefully you wouldn’t even know!

I used a measurement of 2.5 inches in between everything.  I wanted more of a framed look, but once I started painting I wished I had gone with 3.5″.  There are lots of great rollers that are 3″, not so much at 2″, so that one decision probably cost me a few extra hours in painting.

I started with the longest lengths and went from there.  Of course, as is my DIY luck,  I needed a few lengths that I just didn’t have at the end.  When you need to join two pieces, cut them each at a 45 degree angle this way (vs a straight cut) because it really disguises the seem.  Tricks, people!!

I grabbed two samples of Home Depot’s paint and primer in one because the paint is awesome!!  And it’s cheap – double Whoot!!  I wasn’t feeling either of them, so I asked for a sample of the right (Elephant Skin) 1/2 lightened up, which is the top baby sample.  I’ve heard so many experts say not to do that, but hey, I do it all the time and I’ve had great luck getting the perfect color I want!  What can I say, I’m a rebel.

Before painting, fill your nail holes, caulk and generally die of boredom.

You know your room needs paint when the primer looks better than the original paint.  All my trim was painted in oil, so that was a WHOLE other can of worms.  I know, yawn, yawn, yawn… I FINALLY got there tho!

Hallelujah!  5 different painting sessions later…

Oh, and I also changed out the mirrors and the faucet.  I’ve been in love with these Jason Wu for Brizo for so long.  They are my favorites.  And I just remembered that I stained the cabinet black.  That is NOT my favorite – but a fun experiment none the less.  I added in wood panels to the doors to see if I liked it… better, but it’s still not quite there.  Don’t you think?

What in the?  In this picture the tile looks pretty brown, but then see what happens below…  Sigh.  I did not color correct these.  It’s really just that maddening.

I also added a Panasonic whisper-quiet heater/vent and then patched and painted the ceiling.  That was lots. of. fun.

And last, but not least, here is the door painted with the same color to hide it away.  Remember?  We talked about that here… it leads to the pooper.

A vast improvement and yet, MUCH to do.  Should I change out the marble counter?  That wall seems so naked now… hmm??  What the heck to do with the vanity?  I’m contemplating wood doors because that black is killing me!  And the lighting.  There’s that biggie too.

So what’cha think??  Ideas friends!  I need ideas!

 

Ikea Desk Hack in Tween Room

Hi there!

It’s been awhile since I had checked out Savannah’s room, so last Friday I popped by to drop off a few things for her and surprise her with a quick desk hack!

You guys, these are my favorite projects!  Easy and foolproof!!

Last year I had picked up this Ikea desk for the foot of her bed.  Because of the way the room was laid out, this made the most sense for her.  She could sit on the edge of the bed and study or plop down on one of the cute stools – there was even plenty of room for some of her squad to hang out!

I’m sure you don’t remember, but I had found these stool for $15 at the Pierce College Flea market eons ago…

The chipped paint and shape really spoke to the boho vibe I was going for.

Well, now the space looks like this!!

I had some multi-color thin washi tape, and used it to make a bunch of sprinkles!  Like a yummy donut.  Homer likie.  The stools got a face-lift with 3″ foam and fluffy hot pink fabric (that was cut up from a pillow I bought at HomeGoods)!

I used spray adhesive to mount the foam to the existing seat, then glued and covered it in batting and lastly, I stapled the fluff to the base.  Then the stool got these cute feet added to make sure that they never scratched the new wood floors.

You even get a glimpse of the mural I painted…and why didn’t I take more pictures of it?  I dunno, beats me.  This picture below is waaaay over exposed.  Whoops.

I’m happy to see that she’s still using some of the pieces I created for her and it’s interesting to see how the room has evolved.  Kids just have their own style and seriously, some things that I thought were amazing she hated.  The good thing is that if she’s not a fan of donuts, confetti or washi she can quickly just peel it right off!