Master Bedding Refresh

Since I first redid my master bedroom, I have wanted new bedding. There was just something about the light grey quilt and linen headboard that rubbed me the wrong way. BUT after redoing the flooring and ship lap, it just wasn’t in the budget yet. I finally got so tired of it, I decided i would do something. I went to Joann’s and bought myself a bottle of Rit navy fabric dye. I was so excited that I was going to get the change I wanted for a mere $5! I followed the directions and threw it in the washing machine. I went to pull it out and my heart sunk! It was PURPLE!!!!!!! I am talking Barney eating grape jelly purple. It was awful. Much worse than my previous problem. So I waited a few weeks, sold a few things and sought out for new affordable bedding. This is what I came up with and I love it.

We ended up moving the Target Belfast Rug into the family room and needed a new one for the master bedroom. I really like this one from Rugs USA.

Quilt-Target

Duvet- IKEA

Throw Pillow- Target clearance. Similar HERE and HERE

Rug- Rugs USA

Beddy’s: The Perfect Bunk Bed Solution

I have been dreaming of Beddy’s ever since Jenna used them HERE and HERE. My boys are getting a little older and have been begging me for bunk beds so I finally bit the bullet and found a perfect excuse to get Beddy’s! Jenna raves about how amazing they are and let me tell you, they are every bit as fabulous as everyone says and here is why…

Bunk beds can get so messy looking depending on what bedding you use and I LOVE that Beddy’s always look clean and put together.

I LOVE that my 3 and 5 year old can make their OWN bed by THEMSELVES!

I LOVE that it ZIPS! (So EASY!)

I LOVE that the days they don’t make their bed, I can make it myself in 2.5 seconds. (Seriously, it is that fast)

I LOVE the fabulous CHECKED OUT print! I about died when this came out.  (You should all know by now that black and white buffalo check is my jam)

I LOVE how well made they are.

I LOVE that it is all ONE piece. (No sheets to mess with, yay!!!)

I LOVE that I can throw it all in the washer so easily.

I LOVE  the cozy soft minky lining.

I LOVE that I no longer have to tuck a blanket around every side of the mattress until it is perfectly smooth on my 3 year old when he gets out of bed 20 times. He jumps in and zippity zip, 2.5 seconds and he’s tucked in! It is like magic!

I sound like I am writing a love song to Beddy’s . Maybe I am. When you find something you love so much, you shout it from the rooftops.

Beddys have my heart. The end.

 

DIY Fabric “Wallpaper”

When I was designing Ridge’s nursery, I knew I wanted to incorporate some black and white buffalo check. I found some wallpaper that I LOVED, but it was pricey and I wasn’t sure how permanent I wanted it to be. Then I remembered that IKEA sold a really cute, large scale buffalo check fabric. I began researching how to make it stick to my walls and found some great options!

Materials:

Fabric of your choice

Liquid starch

Thumb tacks and painters tape

Paint roller and tray

Small sponge brush

X-acto knife

  1. Measure the area you want to cover and add 6 or so inches to each side to allow for shrinkage. Add more if you plan on pre-washing your fabric. I didn’t pre-wash because i’m a lazy DIY’er.
  2. Steam or iron your fabric to get all the wrinkles out. I also didn’t do this at first and ended up having to steam part of it while the other part was stuck on the wall. FUN times haha!
  3. I started by using thumbtacks and tape to secure my fabric to the top of the wall
  4. Starting at the top corner I rolled some liquid starch on the wall then smoothed my fabric on top of it. Work in small areas because the starch dries fast!
  5. Then roll the liquid starch on top of the fabric. You want to make sure it is completely saturated.
  6. Continue doing this along the whole wall working in 1-2 foot increments. Be careful not to pull the fabric too taught. I used a small sponge brush along the edges to make sure they were very saturated and I used pins every foot or so to really secure it while it dried.
  7. Allow to dry completely. At this point I taped all the excess back to the wall. It will look splotchy until it dries. 
  8. Use an x-acto knife to trim off the excess

My awesome mom  was kind enough to help me with this project. She always seems to get roped into my nesting projects, sorry mom! She is seriously the best though. I think this could be done by yourself, but an extra set of hands is very helpful if you have them!

I haven’t tried removing my fabric yet, but from what I’ve read it comes off easily with just water! I love how it turned out and love that its something i can easily change if i want to!

This is a fairly easy project that can give you the look of wallpaper without the removal hassle. My favorite bonus is it can be done on a very tight budget if you can find fabric you love inexpensively!

(Side note: I thought about editing out the lovely bite marks on my crib but decided not to because that’s life. My THREE amazing, sweet, precious boys have slept in this  crib and the imperfections each of them has added over time reminds me of how fast time flies by and how important is it to cherish each day. Life is messy, dirty and imperfect just like my furniture, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Sentimental rant over…) 

Jenna’s Boy Nursery


Well, I am finally ready to share this space with you all… now that little Sawyer is almost 7 months old! Eek! I had him right after the holidays, and 2 weeks early. That combination, plus being smack dab in the middle of the school year with my older two threw me for a loop! Turns out having a newborn and having to get your other kids to school each day is like… really hard.

The funny/not funny part of this room redo is I thought I was in labor the same day that my sweet Husband decided to paint the nursery. So imagine my destroyed house (does that happen to you when you’re in project mode too?!) and me rushing to the hospital at 9 pm in false labor. Oh baby’s are such an adventure! I did end up having him later that same week, so pretty much the room was painted, and there was a crib and dresser, and that was it. Once I gained my bearings, well somewhat, of being a Mom of three kids I was able to pull together the details… the last picture is hung, and we’re finally ready to share it!

I would contend that the best part of having a baby is getting to design a Nursery for them because there’s such little rules when it comes to baby rooms… you can pretty much do whatever your heart desires. Which is definitely what I did when I was designing this space. We live in a tract home with teeny bedrooms, but I really wanted to do something different to the walls in this space. Every designer will tell you not to paint tiny spaces dark colors… its like rule numero uno. But hey, its a baby room so why not!

It all started with the paint color, I fell in love with Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. It is a really deep grey with beautiful ashy undertones. I love this color, it is a true grey and so moody. The wainscoting was in the room when we purchased our house, so we didn’t need to install it. I painted it grey and the upper half my favorite warm white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. 
I love all the sweet details in this room. All very boy in nature, the dark grey walls really makes it feel cohesive and brings together all the little things.

I’ll be back later this week to share the sources for all the cute decor of this space! What do you think? Was it totally crazy to do such a dark color in such a small space?

Our favorite console table.

You know those pieces of furniture that you can literally move anywhere in your homeand they always work great. Those are my favorite pieces to buy, because you know. I’m fickle and noncommittal. I like to rearrange and freshen up our home a lot. So when I buy furniture, I want to make sure that it is a sound investment for me. I love all the versatile things, and that entire checklist applies to this console table. It happens to be on a great sale right now, so I wanted to blog about it in time for you to snatch the deal! The Everett foyer table is seriously the perfect piece of furniture. It is small enough to fit in an entry, where mine resided for a long time. But I recently moved it over to my Living Room sitting area and it finishes off the space so nicely.

It is my favorite table to dress up each season. I don’t have a mantle in my home, so this works quite nicely. Here’s how it looks today staged easy going for late summer days. I seriously love it. It happens to be an amazing sale right now, you can snag one of your own here. If you order through your store, you won’t have to pay shipping. I stalked it for months and waited for it to go on sale, this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen it go down to. So it is a great time to make it yours!

Best inexpensive ways to fill your walls with style.

Finding “art” for your walls is probably one of the most difficult things to finish off a space. It’s hard to find the right scale, the right style, the right price point all in something that appeals to you. We get asked by friends and family and all the people where to look for things to fill their empty walls. So that totally inspired this post.

Today we wanted to share some of our secrets to finding wall art that fill up our big walls in our houses in ways that don’t break the bank, but bring a lot of style to our spaces.

  1. Chalkboards. Chalkboards were all the rage for a long time, and guess what?! They’re still in! We love them personally because they can bring a lot of texture to your home, as well they’re like totally interchangeable with the seasons. They’re pretty inexpensive to make, you can find things like vintage windows or window screens to use as your “frame” which makes them fun & interesting. We also love to whip up our on frames using 1 x 2 pine strips.
  2. Inexpensive framed prints. There are so many cute options out there in the world of prints, you can pick up a cute inexpensive frame from Ikea and no one would know it only cost you a couple bucks. I just grabbed some of this vintage style wrapping sheets from, Paper Source Co. Whenever I’m looking for something unique, they’re my go to source! They are extremely budget friendly, and provide such a great touch. We’ve used this wrapping sheets for everything from cute “wallpaper” on the back of a hutch, to wall art. Seriously such a great secret weapon! 
  3. Architectural Salvage. I’m sure you know this one, but we love to use “found” objects on our walls. We have made regular Ikea frames into bigger statements using reclaimed bead board. Vintage windows. Ceiling tiles. These are great for bringing loads and loads of texture and interest, not to mention a little bit of Farmhouse flair to our builder grade homes. 
  4. Homegoods. How could we forget our favorite spot? They have some great deals and ever changing stock. When in doubt we can almost always walk in and find something great that works for our spaces. It’s so addicting because they are always getting new items so stopping in on a regular basis is a must. Check 

We hope that helped you with some ideas on how to fill your empty walls with some pretty things!

Copycat Swig Sugar Cookies with a Twist


Happy Independence Day! I’m sure by now everyone and their dog have tried these copycat Swig sugar cookies. There are millions of recipes floating around, all very similar, but these are my favorite. My husband, an avid sugar cookie connoisseur, has actually been making these in our family for a while now. I decided to try them for our fourth of July family get to together. Can you believe I have NEVER made sugar cookies before?! Crazy, I know.  I have always really loved baking, but have never been much of a sugar cookie fan so I’ve just never made them.They were delicious! This recipe is very similar to others you’ll find on pinterest but i like to add a little vanilla and almond extract to the dough and I like to do my own frosting.

Swig Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 C butter slightly softened

3/4 C vegetable oil

1 1/4 C sugar

3/4 C powdered sugar

2 T water

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 t baking Soda

1/2 t cream of tarter

1 t salt

5 1/2 C flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar, powdered and water.

Once incorporated, add in eggs and beat until just combined.

Add vanilla and almond extract.

Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl then slowly add to butter mixture.

Mix until everything is just combined.

Roll the dough  into golf ball sized balls and place on your cookie sheet. I like to line my cookie sheets in parchment paper.

In a small dish combine about 1/4c sugar and a pinch or two of salt.

Find something you can smash your dough balls down with. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

Dip the bottom of your cup in the sugar and salt mixture then smash your dough down so it makes your nice rough cut edges.

I like to then sprinkle more of the sugar/ salt mixture on top of the dough.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Let them cool on your pan for a couple minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Once your cookies are cooled, frost with my favorite buttercream!  I personally prefer this buttercream to the traditional swig frosting,

Frosting:

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp coconut extract

1-2 tsp milk

Directions:

Beat your butter for about a minute.

Add two cups powdered sugar and beat.

Now add your coconut and almond extracts.

Add your last two cups of powdered sugar.

Thin with milk or cream if needed.

Frost and try not to eat a whole pan!

 

Best Budget Friendly Farmhouse Rugs

 

We love rugs in every space, every room, rug all the places. They do a really great job of grounding spaces, adding texture, coziness, and pattern. I feel like they just really finish off a space and make it feel complete and put together.

But finding a rug that works for you can be difficult, and finding rugs that are within your budget is a whole other struggle. Gorgeous rugs don’t have to be some crazy investment that you’re afraid to walk on and live on once it arrives. Picking a rug that will finish a space, but not kill you to replace when your kid spills punch on it is high on our list of priorities.

Enter Rugs USA. Seriously the best website to find rugs on a budget. They have SO many options, and amazing sales. Right now they have a TON of rugs for 70% off + an extra 20% through July 20th.

There are THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of rugs on Rugs USA, so we curated a collection of a few of our favorites. Some are in our home and others we just wish were.

Rug 1

Rug 2

Rug 3

Rug 4

Rug 5

Rug 6

Rug 7

Rug 8

Rug 9

Kiki Lu Diaper Bag Review

Baby number 3 has taught me a lot about motherhood.  I like structure and with my first two babies we were VERY structured. At that time in my life, that worked for me.  Adding a third baby to the mix I had to learn very quickly not to stress about the small stuff, otherwise I would be a perpetual stress ball, which was not good for ANYONE! I feel like each of my kids have taught me new things about myself and all of their different personalities have helped to mold and refine me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Knowing I needed to simplify and add convenience wherever possible with our growing family, I began my search for the perfect diaper bag pretty much the day I found out I was pregnant. I really wanted something classy, yet very practical. After doing a TON of research and watching a bazillion YouTube comparisons I knew I HAD to have a Kiki Lu Designs diaper bag. It truly had everything I was looking for.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have been using my Kiki Lu Designs bag for about 8 months now. I can honestly say it has been my favorite diaper yet! I love that is looks sophisticated and not too “baby” so I can continue using it even after I don’t NEED a diaper bag. It has so many pockets, which makes me so happy!!!! There is a place for everything which helps me to stay organized and prevents that scary diaper bag abyss where everything disappears. I love the option of using the backpack straps or cross body strap. I initially was worried that there wasn’t an option to remove the backpack straps if you wanted to, but it has not bothered me at all since I’ve been using it.                                                                                                                                                                             There were two major things that made me lean towards  Kiki Lu over other similar bags. I love that this bag has a big pocket on the back. It is great for holding all sorts of things but I use it for my changing pad. It makes it so convenient and truly expands the available storage of the bag. The other thing I loved about this bag was the shape. I like that it is squarely shaped and has a straight zipper so that i can leave it unzipped and it doesn’t sag. This way it is very accessible because lets face it, I have probably only zipped my bag up twice. #lazyIt has held up fantastic in the 8 months I’ve  been using it. The straps and stitching are still in great condition. Can we talk about the wipe-able outside AND inside! Game. Changer. Baby/ toddler stuff is just not fabric friendly. I love that I don’t have to stress about spills or messes because I can just wipe it off.I debated on color for the longest time! They are all gorgeous but I ended up going with the gray and I love it. The mint and black are also to die for. The hardware is really nice looking and seems to be really good quality. For a faux leather bag, I was really pleased with how high end it looks and how well it has held up!The company also gives a portion of every sale to the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, which i love. I cannot say enough good about this bag and I recommend it to everyone I see! Go check out these beautiful bags HERE.  Thank you Kiki Lu for making such an Uh-mazing product!

Jenna’s Home Office.

Before we jump in and share our Holiday home’s with you all, I wanted to drop in and share my home office that is finally finished and has been a long time in the making!

I came up with the vision for this room months and months ago, but I was newly pregnant, and turns out being pregnant, having a couple kids, and being self employed takes a LOT out of you. Now that baby Allen is coming in January I’m in major crunch time to wrap all these projects nesting made me do up.

We tried something in this room we hadn’t yet, and that is WALLPAPER. I am just so thrilled with how it turned out, we chose this beautiful Peonies & Anemones black and white wallpaper from Milton & King for the feature wall. I was a little intimidated at first, but my sweet husband did such a good job installing it. I think this design happens to be forgiving (thank goodness) for us wall paper newbies. I love the subtle pop of pattern and the texture it brings to this room.

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The rug in this room has been one of my favorites for the past year, but couldn’t find a good spot for it in my home. I finally decided that my office was the perfect excuse to purchase it! It is the Indigo Belfast rug from Target . I just love this pattern so much.

The curtains are from the Nate Berkus line at Target. I love the little Tassle detail.

The art I grabbed one day at Hobby Lobby. Their wall art section is impressive these days! I haven’t looked at it in a while and there was SO much good stuff!
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There is a full sized computer in here, but more often than not I find myself working on my laptop. This little settee from World market is the perfect place to do just that! I found it for a killer deal from a friend who was selling it. It’s so darling! I love it. jennas-office-4

A large corner mirror is perfect for this room because it’s a small space, so it makes it feel bigger having that tucked in the corner. The other accessories are from my favorite stores like Homegoods, and Anthropologie. They never fail me.

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I definitely believe that having a pretty space to work from makes a huge difference in your work product. Being an interior designer by trade, perhaps I’m biased. Us creatives might fall on the crazy side of the scale, but it’s probably more fun over here anyways.

Thanks for stopping by my home office today!