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A colorful + sweet little girl’s room.

We are SO excited to share Jenna’s little girl’s room today. She is a funny and sweet little five year old, and we really wanted  her room to reflect that. My goal was to try to create a girly, colorful space that would foster creativity, but also represent her and her little happy life. Today we’re just going to share the pretty pictures, and the detailed posts will be up later [we especially want to GUSH about the bedding that has made such an enormous difference in my mom-sanity!] I fretted over the little details of this room for a LONG time, but I was inspired from Emily from JDC to just call it done, when she did so with her little girl’s room [which was so super cute, btw.] So thats what I did, and here is how it turned out….

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This room has been in the works for a long time, my sweet husband built this bed last spring for her with plans from Ana White. It’s a knock off of a very expensive, like $4,000 day bed. We are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. The reason this room was stalled for so long is I just couldn’t get the bedding situation right. In the end, after so much silly frustration of difficulty making her bed, and an endlessly messy looking room… I remembered an old episode of Shark Tank I had seen with, a zip up bedding product called Beddy’s. When I looked at their website, I was so please when I found the sweetest little ruffle bedding set and KNEW it would be perfect.

I love the little antique dresser that I refinished last summer with Rifle Paper Co. wrapping sheets in a similar technique I used with BBFrosch chalk paint powder, and mod podge like this hutch. She has been harder on this dresser than the back of the hutch, so the paper is a little worn but I don’t mind.

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I put together a little mini gallery wall of a couple cute things, my favorite is the framed mermaid towel I found at Anthropologie. I just put it in a large Ikea white frame and I think it’s so fun.

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What do you think? Now that I look back, I think it’s so funny all the little things that stalled me for so long with this space. I think it’s perfectly imperfect and that is just fine by me.

New Family Room rug + RugsUSA review

Today I’m popping in to share our newish family room rug which was quite the drastic change from the sessile rug that was seen in my Fall Home Tour last year. I certainly loved the kid friendliness of sessile, and the natural texture was just the stuff dreams are made of… but I wanted to do something more risky with my space. I like neutral a WHOLE lot, I mean… most my house is grey or white… but I think that provides the perfect situation to bring in a punch of fun. So I went for it, and took the risk on this beautiful rug during a great sale, from RugsUSA around Black Friday.  This site has frequent amazing sales, and lots of useful customer reviews on their rugs that are quite helpful when trying to figure out the true color, etc.
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When I first unrolled it I was a little taken aback by how BLUE and BRIGHT it was (I mean, I had sessile before… so… quite the change) But it has sure grown on me! It makes me smile every time I take the time to clean up the mounds of kids toys and can take it in… which I’m trying to do more often BTW. But let’s be honest… it’s hard. Good news is covered in tractors and beanie boo’s it’s still pretty. TCH- rugsUSA  - 3

I am very happy with the great quality of this rug, it has a soft silky feel, and has stood up well to our family of two children, a puppy, and messy adults. I had ordered rugs for design clients from RugsUSA but never for myself, and I am quite pleased with the price points as well as the quality! Rylen has purchased some rugs for her  home from the site too.TCH- rugsUSA  - 4 TCH- rugsUSA  - 5

I love when risks I take around my home end up being so rewarding. This rug is definitely an anchor in our family room space, and has really brought so much liveliness to our home… Isn’t it great how adding a little unexpected item, that may be a little out of your comfort zone can end up being the greatest thing!

New simple floating shelves

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I really wanted to share with you the new Ikea floating shelves we added and I’ve begun to style in our front room today. However, there is a backstory that should be known… because I feel  like everyone who is on the quest to decorate their home can probably relate. This room has been a huge challenge… let me explain… I think you really have to “live” in a space for a good amount of time to really understand how you really need it to function for you before you begin to decorate. We bought our home about 3 years ago and it has had many identity crisis’s since then. I would say that’s mostly because I was in such a huge rush to define all the areas and make it all fluffed and pretty, which is totally what happened with this space.

I probably wasted a whole lot of my energy, not to mention money… because here we are 3 years later with a completely different aesthetic and all our main spaces have all been through multiple changes. For the most part, all we’ve done is change the cosmetics of it multiple a couple times… but still it’s totally different now than what it has been in the past. The big changes I would say started with our grey concrete floors and has just totally spiraled from there.

So this space, is our front room that is meant to be a dining/formal living room is larger than our family room space in the back of our home… so we really need it to function like a main living area… even though the builder may have had other plans. A couple months ago I decided to throw caution to the wind, put a tv console in there, and a sectional and make it a playroom.

Well of course the designer in me still needs it to be pretty because well… hello designer issues.. and it’s the first room people see when they walk into our house. I really wanted it to be a comfortable pretty space to entertain guests, as well as a play room for the kids. SO I’ve been working on just that. The idea of these shelves came from the idea to add another surface to put all my pretty clutter things on because you can never have too many styling opportunities, am I right?  On my most recent trip to Ikea, I grabbed the Ekby floating shelves. They were $20 each, a total steal, and I would guess they’re each 6ish feet long, so large. They were pretty easy to mount, my husband did that… bless his soul. And then I got to emptying all my stashes of pretty things I had tucked away.  The best part is I mostly used what I had, I only purchased a couple things for this area. I love shopping my house, I was playing musical decor all morning. I would still say it has some more final touches to make, but I just love how it looked today so I thought I would share with you the space. So here is how it looks today.
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The only items that were purchased were the pillows that I grabbed at Homegoods, and the wooden carved whale… which I love. They both have put me in a Spring mood, or maybe it’s that it’s been 80 in Arizona this week.

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Obviously I need to fill that huge frame with something, I already have this print ordered I just need to go get it printed at Staples.

I stole the little dresser from my little  boy’s room that may or may not still be full of his clothes because I thought it was the perfect scale to fill between the two sitting chairs. He needs a bigger one anyways, I just need to find the right one to replace it. But hey, quirky things like that are fun… right?

Now every time you see this space in my pictures you’ll know it’s filled with toddler clothes… that makes me laugh. Styled Shelves - 14 Styled Shelves - 10
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I love how this little area came together and it was quick and easy. Don’t you love when that happens?

Chalk Paint + Rifle Paper Co. Wallpaper Hutch Reveal

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Today I wanted to share a favorite project of mine that I completed last year, but hasn’t made it onto this blog. I have done a LOT of furniture  makeovers in my life time, but this one I’m pretty sure tops them all!

Here is what it looked like before. It had great bones, and was a Thomasville made hutch, so it was high quality and in pristine condition… I almost felt guilty that I wanted to change it so badly. But I had high hopes.

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I didn’t want to have to sand or prep the Hutch that much, so I contacted my friends from Lolly Jane, because I knew they carried BBFrosch chalk paint powder (you can order it here). You can find more info here on their blog, but basically it turns any brand any color of paint into chalk paint. Chalk paint is so great because it requires very little prep work, and has a really hard finish. It is a really great option when you’re refinishing furniture. The color I chose was Armitage Grey by Valspar. It is a super pretty grey color, and that was my base coat. I later added White Lime Wax over the top to achieve the unique finish, but we’ll touch on that later.

Here is what it looked like:HutchBefore1

After the grey coat, I mixed some BBFrosch chalk paint powder with Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore for the inside of the hutch.

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After painting the inside, which was probably the hardest part because of all the nooks and crannies I added gift wrap sheets by Rifle Paper Co. (order online here) onto the back of the hutch using matte Mod Podge. It was really simple. The trick is to add a layer of Mod Podge onto the surface you’re applying it to, as well as the back of the paper. Once you apply it, smooth it gently, I used a foam brush from the Craft Store. Once it dries apply another coat over the top of Mod Podge. This is why it’s important to choose the Matte Finish, in order to keep the sheen down.

The final step was to add the white lime wax on the paint, this totally transformed the Grey color to something aged and really unique. You can order lime wax here.Hutch - 31Hutch - 34
Hutch - 2Hutch - 60I have to say, I have used the products mentioned in this post for other things from big products such as my kitchen cabinets as well as smaller furniture makeovers and I just can not say enough good things about them!

 

Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack

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When we started our master bedroom renovation I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted our nightstands to look like. We were down one dresser after selling our old set so I needed our nightstands to function as dressers as well. I had a hard time finding any vintage dressers i liked that were within my budget so I took to searching pinterest. Then I found THESE from Dear Lillie. So I decided to go ahead and try to hack the Ikea Tarva dresser. Here she is in all her glory.

TARVA 3-drawer chest IKEA Made of solid wood, which is a durable and warm natural material.

So it’s nothing special but I liked the idea of having a blank canvas to work with.

Supplies: Ikea Tarva Dresser- Found HERE

White pine trim- This is the slimmest trim available at lowe’s or home depot. Usually comes in about 10ft lenghts

Paint- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

New hardware- I bought mine at Lowes and Hobby Lobby

Furniture feet and plates- I used THESE plates and THESE feet

Waddell 2.43-in Table Leg Straight Top Plate 4-in Mixed Maple Classic Bun Feet Wood Table Leg

Okay, now to get started…

  1. Follow those awesome Ikea instructions and start building your dresser! By the second dresser I was a pro. The first was not so fun and may have the top on backwards. Oh well….
  2. Do not build it all the way yet. You’ll want to leave off the feet and those little trim pieces on the bottom. (you’ll actually never put these on if you choose to use new feet)
  3. Next trim the drawers. Cut the pine trim to the length of the drawer and then the remaining width. Once all the trim pieces are cut you can nail or glue and clamp the pieces in place. I nailed mine because I am not patient enough for glue. Make sure to fill the holes if you nail them.IMG_8395
  4. Now paint the dresser and legs! I used Benjamin Moore Hale navy. It is quite literally the BEST navy ever. Looks great in every light and doesn’t cast any purple or greys. Come to find out later, it is the same navy Jenna painted her master bedroom!
  5. Turn your dresser upside down and attach the plates.  The base of the dresser isn’t super wide so I was only able to get three screws in each plate but it seems to be plenty sturdy.IMG_9298
  6. Screw the legs in. I painted one set of legs to match the navy dresser. The other set my husband kind of liked the raw wood, so I left it for now. We will see if they stay. What do you think?
  7. I distressed my dressers a little bit.
  8. Now you get to add your hardware!! I wanted kind of a his and hers feel so I went with a little girlier hardware on my dresser.Master Reno 2Master Reno 6Master Reno 4Master Reno 3DSC_0749

When I first started on this project I went into it thinking it was going to be an inexpensive project. Not true. Okay it is probably a little cheaper than a dresser you would buy brand new. It did end up costing me more than I expected though, which is part of why they took me so long to finish. I sort of had a hard time putting so much money into an ikea product. I do really love how they look in the room though.  So my final thought would be this: the quality of the dresser is so-so, you really are paying to have a dresser you can completely customize to your space. For me in this particular space and as a nightstand it works 🙂

DIY Christmas Evergreen Garland

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We are SO excited to share our DIY evergreen garland with you today! We LOVE fresh garland, who doesn’t? But we both needed A LOT of it for our christmas decor this year, and knew we could figure out a way to make it for less than the tree lots charged. So we stopped by our local Lowe’s and picked up a box of their tree lot scraps, looked up a couple tutorials and got to work!

Supplies:

-Tree scraps, cut into 6″ sprigs. (You can add in juniper if you have some, on Rylen’s we added in some branches with green leaves from her front yard)

-Heavy 28 rafia wrapped green floral wire (Michael’s)

-Thin 8 gauge you want it to be thin enough to coil easily, but strong enough to not break (Michael’s)

-Wire cutters & Pruners

-Gloves (optional…but we totally got a couple blisters not using them)

Here is a great tutorial that we read before we began. DIY live garland DIY live garland DIY live garland

We realized after making Rylen’s (she was the guinea pig) that smaller bunches worked out a little better because these end up ginorm if you don’t. On Jenna’s the bunches we used were much smaller and it ended up sitting a little better once hung.

It went pretty fast once we got it down. Each took a couple hours, but Rylen’s was about 12 feet, and Jenna’s 14 feet long. The best part is with coupons we  only spent about $5 in supplies for both.

This is Jenna’s Garland made with thinner 6″ bunches.
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We are thrilled with how they turned out! It’s always fun to DIY things you’ve never tried before.

Rylen’s Christmas Home Tour

Merry Christmas! This holiday season always seems like a whirlwind to me, but I am really trying to enjoy every moment of it this year.  It has been especially fun as my boys are getting older and starting to enjoy all our family traditions.

There is just something about a home decorated for Christmas that is so cozy and inviting. Like Jenna, one of the things I love most about having a neutral home is being able to add some fun colors around the holidays but not have to be married to them.This year I really went back and forth on decorating themes. I originally wanted a totally neutral Christmas but couldn’t help adding some red. So here is my neutral, with pops of red, Christmas home!Christmas Home 1Christmas Tour 2I tried really hard to do a neutral tree this year but it just wasn’t jiving. Then when i got my box of ornaments out I couln’t help but put them up. Growing up, my mom gave each of us kids an ornament every year. When we got married or left the house she gave us each all of our ornaments. I’ve since started the same tradition with my boys. I love that each year our tree is sentimental even though it may be simple.

I love having a fresh tree each year (even though it then sits in my backyard till the next fall haha!). The smell is amazing and it is so much fun to go as a family and pick it out together. Christmas Tour 3I made these fun little felt trees last year. They are so easy. I think they add a little whimsy to the space. The sign is one we made at our Collected House Christmas craft night. My husband asked me if the lines on the deer were supposed to be there….yes, yes they are! Christmas Tour 4

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Christmas tour 7I added a few pops of red and green to the hallway and strung up a paper doilee garland. I figured they felt a little snowflake-esque? Christmas tour 11

This little 4 foot tree is from IKEA priced at a whopping $25!! I think its so adorable. I set it on top of my spool table to give it a little more height and gave her some neutral ornaments. Christmas Tour 14I really wanted to incorporate some natural elements into my Christmas decor. They emit such a simple elegance.  I was leaving my moms house a few weeks ago and as I drove by her cute little orchard I knew I needed to do something with some oranges! I dried some and placed them throughout my family room. Christmas Tour 15Christmas Tour 12These stockings and garland are one of my favorite decor additions this year. I love the decor steals ones I snagged and I’m loving the grain- sack inspired stockings I made. They feel very nostalgic to me, which is just the vibe I was hoping for. The garland was also a fun and super inexpesive project. I just couldn’t swallow spending $3-4 a foot on garland that was going to die and I knew we could DIY it! Christmas home 3Christmas home 2Here’s a little Christmas in the kitchen! Christmas home 5Hope you were able to gather some inspiration from my holiday home, thank you so much for stopping by! Christmas home 4

Jenna’s Christmas Home Tour.

Hey guys! I am so excited to share my simple holiday home with you all today. I love a neutral home, my house is probably the epitome of a blank slate. Around the holidays I like to add pops of red in, along with some cozy texture. I also really love the added greenery at every turn too.

My entry way wall is one of my favorite projects, and ever since we added the board and batten detail, I have been dreaming of it adorned with evergreen garland.

You won’t even believe that Rylen + I made the garland out of tree scraps from the Lowe’s tree lot this year. It was SUPER simple and about as inexpensive as it gets, we will share more on it later. For now, I’ll just show you the pretty end product. Because do people even read the text that goes with a home tour post? I hardly do.. haha.
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Our front playroom/sitting room is finally taking shape. I added an Ektorp sectional, jute rug, and rearranged the room. The slipcover is still REALLY wrinkled from the packaging, I keep telling myself to steam it… but the other half of me believes the wrinkles will eventually fall out on their own. We shall see how it goes.CHRISTMAS - 1 (1)

Simple is an understatement when it comes to our tree this year, I have a curious 2 year old, and instead of fighting him about ornaments I just decided to go sans ornaments this year. I don’t hate it.

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And here is our family room area all decked out for the holiday.

Starting of course with my favorite corner, I have a new rug ordered but it seems to have gotten eaten by UPS, so don’t mind the rug-less room. I’m sure it bothers me more than it bothers anyone else. I just like my rooms grounded with rugs if given an option.

I love the little pom pom garland we made at our recent craft night.

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Thanks for stopping by my holiday house! 

DIY Grainsack Inspired Stockings

grainsack stockings 1A few weeks ago I bought some awesome Christmas stockings off of Decor Steals. They are huge and amazing! Trying to be frugal, I only bought two for my kiddos. Of course a few days after the deal ended I had this fun idea to hang our stockings from my Giant chalkboard, but I needed four……dun, dun, dun. Bummer. So I decided get creative and make some coordinating stockings. I really love how they turned out! So here is the tutorial for my DIY, grainsack inspired, dropcloth stockings. They were SUPER easy. Not even kidding. Anyone can make these. They were also very inexpensive, you may even have everything on hand already!grainsack stockings8

Supplies:

-A dropcloth. I already had a dropcloth from another project, but if you dont have one already you can buy one in the paint section of your local hardware store. Mine is from Home Depot.

-A stocking you like the shape of or a pattern of a stocking you like. I’ve seen some free patterns on pinterest.

-Paint. I mixed some blue acrylic I had with some sample dark gray latex paint to get the color i wanted. Pretty much any paint will suffice.

-A foam brush. I used foam because that’s what i found first but i’m sure any brush will work.

– Painters tape

-Tea bags, if you decide to tea stain them.

-Sewing machine, or you could hand sew them or use that seam tape stuff if that’s easier for you.

Directions

  1. Wash and dry your dropcloth so it won’t shrink later
  2. After it’s dry lay it out and trace your stocking pattern. I wanted mine the same size as the decor steals stockings I bought so I used those for a pattern.
  3. Cut out your pieces. You will need a front and back so two pieces per stocking.
  4. Decide where you want your stripes and tape them with painters tapegrainsack stockings3
  5. Dump some paint on a plate and get a teeny tiny bit on your brush. You can dab your brush back off with a paper towel too. You just want it very dry to give it the worn affect. grainsack stockings5
  6. Lightly brush your paint on the stripes you have taped off. You can do more or less depending on how worn you want it to look. Then pull the tape off.
  7. At this point you would move onto the sewing portion. However, I realized my dropcloth was quite a bit lighter than my other stockings so I decided to tea stain them. If you don’t want to tea stain, skip to step 11.
  8. Brew some very strong tea. I used three tea bags and filled my pot of water up about 1/4 of the way. Once the tea boiled a while and got really dark, I filled my pot up the rest of the way with water and took it off the heat. Get your stockings pieces (fabric) wet. This helps the fabric take the stain. Make sure the whole thing is wet, wring the water out then put it in your tea mixture.
  9. I let mine sit for about an hour. Turning the fabric occasionally. You can let is sit longer or less time depending on how dark you want it. Keep in mind it will lighten slightly once you rinse it out.image1
  10. When the fabric is the color you want it, take it out and rinse it. Then throw it in the dryer.
  11. Now you are ready to sew! Place your front and back piece together, right sides together. So your stripes will be on the inside, you won’t see them.
  12. Sew around your stocking, leaving the top open. grainsack stockings6
  13. Now you’ll hem the top of your stocking. I folded mine over once, then again so you don’t see the fraying ends aka a rolled hem
  14. If you want to hang them you can add a tab to the side. I made a little tab out of drop cloth, you could also use ribbon. Make a long string and bring the two ends together and sew to the inside of the stocking.grainsack stockings2
  15. Turn right side out, trim any extra strings, iron if its wrinkled and you’re done!grainsack stockings 10I added a few dried orange slices and evergreen sprigs and love how it all came together! DSC_0429

 

Buffalo Check Wall

 

neutral fall home tourAs some of you may have seen on Instagram, I recently painted a buffalo check wall in my hallway. I knew when we very first looked at this home that this wall needed something special. I had a completely different idea of what i wanted to create in this space but due to lack of funds and a husband that was not on board with my original plan (lame) I decided to try a quick fix until we could do what we really wanted to do here. Little did i know, I would LOVE it and not want to change it. EVER. I originally saw THIS treatment done by Holly Mathis in a gorgeous home she helped design. We love Holly. Everything she touches is gold. So after seeing her gorgeous room I pulled out my trusty Pinterest to look for tutorials and only found a couple. I mostly followed this one done by Southern Living but i’m going to share with you a few things i found helpful.

Supplies:

-latex paint (you’ll need a base color and a color for your stripes)

-acrylic glaze (found normally in a can in the paint section at your hardware store)

-something to mix your paint and glaze in

-foam roller

-painters tape (i tried frog tape for the first time and it worked great)

  1. First you need to figure out how big you want your stripes to be. I wanted mine on a fairly large scale. Around 12″ is what I had in mind. If at all possible you want your horizontal lines to divide evenly into the height of your wall. Example: If my wall was 96″ tall and I wanted my stripes 12″ then 96 divided by 12 would give me 8 evenly spaced 12″ stripes. Of course my wall was not an easily divisible number so my stripes ended up being 11 3/4″. Your vertical stripes will be the same width. It may help to draw it out on paper if it doesn’t make sense in your head.
  2. So now i know my measurements. Decide what you want you base color to be. Then paint your whole wall that color. I used Benjamin Moore Snowfall white.
  3. Now the fun part! Once your wall is completely dry, Tape off your horizontal stripes. I was lazy and used my husbands eyes instead of a level to get them straight. I measured each side of the wall and put a little pencil mark where each stripe should be then put the tape on one end and pulled it over to my other mark. If any thing looked a little off we just moved it a bit. Very technical, I Know 🙂 This worked well for me but if you are in doubt, use a level! 
  4. To make sure my lines were crisp, I went back and painted my base color over the edges of the tape lines to seal it and make sure nothing leaked. I put little pieces of tape on every other stripe so I would remember to leave those white.
  5. Now you get to mix your paint! I used latex paint with an eggshell sheen. I wanted it to be subtle so I used the same color I have throughout my home which is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter lightened 50%.  I believe any latex paint will do the trick. Mix one part paint to two parts glaze. The glaze is just a clear/ milkyish looking stuff. It’s found normally in a can by the paint section. Once this is mixed, roll it on every other stripe. Use a paint roller, NOT a paint brush. I tried brushing on in some spots and because of the glaze, it made it all splotchy. So make sure to JUST roll it. Try to go over it as evenly as possible and only do 1-2 coats. Be sure if you did 2 coats on one stripe to do two coats on all the stripes. The more coats you do, the darker it’ll be. It WILL look kind of splotchy. DON’T GIVE UP at this point!!!! I thought it looked terrible and almost painted over it, but just wait.
  6. Now pull the tape, you don’t have to wait till it dries to do this.Buffalo check wall
  7. I let the horizontal stripes dry overnight but you could probably do it sooner. You just want to make sure its completely dry. Now tape you vertical lines the same way. Since i couldn’t seal these tape lines with the white paint I just used frog tape and pressed REALLY hard to make sure I didn’t have any leakage. You could also use the clear glaze to seal the tape but the frog tape worked just fine. buffalo check wall 2
  8. Now paint your vertical stripes. Once again, It’s supposed to look sort of transparent. Do NOT feel like you have to keep rolling coats on because it will ruin the effect of it being darker where they overlap.
  9. Pull the tape and your done! Buffalo check wall1neutral fall home tour

I love the visual interest this wall adds. I also noticed I have a thing for  buffalo check. It’s ALL over my house. I may need an intervention. Ever since creating this I’ve been dreaming all sorts of colorful buffalo check walls. Jenna’s house is next!!