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Dining nook refresh with what I already had.

Hey Hey! I thought I would pop in and share my dining nook before it becomes decked with boughs of holly. I previously had a pretty full size farmhouse table with 6 tall ladder backs that made my farmhouse loving heart happy, but it never felt quite right.

We live in a small 1600 sq foot home and I feel like I’m always learning how our small spaces work best. So I sold the large farmhouse table and refurbished this one and love this area so much more!

When I wanted to makeover this space I really wanted to buy a beautiful new table, a pretty doily style jute rug, chairs from the Magnolia Home collection… I could almost here the repeated cash register and $$$ signs adding up. Instead of buying all new things I decided to look at what I already had and try  my best to pull it together that way. And I did. I had this neglected Pottery Barn garage sale table find in my garage for almost a year… and decided it was time to breathe new life into it. I love the pretty scroll feet and pedestal base. When I got it the finish had seen better days, but no matter! 
I love the bentwood-esque chairs that are actually metal. I grabbed them from Target, you can get them here, they also come in matte black! I’ve mentioned this rug numerous times before on our blog but it this rug is also a Target find, this one is hooked wool and very nice quality. Rylen has a bigger version of it in her family room. 

I like to put accessorize my dining tables with useful things rather than a fancy centerpiece. Just about every single time I walk into Homegoods a piece of blue pottery begs to come home with me. These couple pieces are the beginnings of my collection. The hand painted details on them just make my designer textile loving heart skip a beat. Plus those bowls are enormous and great for a big bowl of delicious soup. Or cereal. Whichever. 
The only new items I purchased for this area were the chairs. I already had the rug, accessories, and table. The poor table had been neglected and in my garage for over a year… yikes. I’m glad I kept it around. It is such a good feeling to makeover a space and make it beautiful without digging into your wallet to do it.

Rylen’s Fall Tour: Part 2

Better late than never right?! I cant believe how fast Halloween has snuck up on me this year! We have our first Halloween party on Friday and I just realized i don’t even have a costume for Ridge yet! Hopefully this isn’t an indication of how the rest of this holiday season is going to go.

I had fun decorating my family/dining room for Halloween this year.  I tried to stick with mostly neutral colors with a vintage vibe. I changed out my botanical prints for these fun vintage prints put together by Ella Claire. I love the playful touch they add.

I was so happy to finally have shelves to decorate! Styling shelves is always a process for me. I have to put stuff up and see how i feel about it for a day or two then tweak things. I recently bought this three tiered shelf from Rod Works in Gilbert, AZ. It is the perfect depth for this dining room. I added some spooky bats to the hallway along with pumpkins of course!

Hope you have a very happy Halloween!

Fall Craft Night 2017

After taking a break from craft nights last year, Jenna and I were itching to host another one! We loved crafting and visiting with everyone that came! This year we added a raffle to the craft night and it was a blast! We had some AMAZING donations including a shop credit to Lularoe by Kendyl Hawkins, a print from Print it Engineer, a cutout from Lolly Letters, a makeup session with Erin Pace Makeup, and of course one of our favorite new HATS!

We had the MOST delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Love AZ. I am a bit of a cupcake snob connoisseur and these were to die for! We had lemon, orange, almond, chocolate almond, chocolate, and red velvet. They also make gorgeous cake and cookies. So yummy!
We love hosting these crafts nights. They take A LOT of prep work but always end up being so much fun. We love being able to create an opportunity for women to come together, catch up, make new friends, and leave with something fun and unique for their homes.

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?

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!

Black and White Nursery

dsc_0195-2It’s finally done, and with only 4 weeks to spare! This nursery has definitely been a labor of love. Have you ever had one of those projects that you thought was going to be a piece of cake and end up saving you money in the end but goes the complete opposite? Yeah that was the nursery. I think it was worth all the headache though:)

Here are a few before pictures of the room right after we bought the house.

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It had a chair rail a few feet from the floor but it didn’t go all the way around the room because of the castle in the corner. So I wanted to take the chair rail off. Piece of cake right? Um, no haha. The chair rail was nailed AND glued on so taking it off was a disaster. The paint and drywall was peeling off in chunks and it left a terrible mess. We figured the cost of having it repaired would be about the same as planking the whole room so I went with planking much to my husbands dismay. Since we were planking the room I figured why not add new window, closet and door molding and new baseboards! My husband loved that too (insert eye roll). But it was all totally worth it in the end! I love how the vertical planking turned out. We used the same process here as Jenna and I have both used in our homes with the 4×8 sheets of plywood.

I was CONVINCED this baby was a girl so I already had a baby girl nursery designed in my head. Needless to say, it is actually a BOY! It took me a while to change gears and decide on a design I loved for baby boy. The black and white buffalo check was my inspiration and from there everything fell into place.rylens-nursery-10

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I debated on wallpaper but wanted something that was A. cost effective and B. easy to change out if we ever had another baby and it was a girl. I found some awesome buffalo check fabric at IKEA and decided to try out some fabric wallpaper. It worked great and was really pretty easy to apply! I’ll post a tutorial on that process soon.
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I found this adorable pillow at home goods and was immediately in LOVE! Look at all that texture, what dreams are made of right?!rylens-nursery-5dsc_0185-2

I put a basket of baby essentials next to my chair, including my favorite buffalo check nursing cover courtesy of Milkmaid Goods. I seriously can’t wait to use it!rylens-nursery-2Let’s talk about this Llama print. Amazing huh?! My husband thought I was loosing my marbles when I bought this but I just think it’s just perfect. rylens-nursery-6I got this dresser off craiglist and of course forgot to take a before picture. I painted it a soft black and bought some hardware from amazon that I painted gold.

I’m loving the modern, monochromatic look with little pops of vintage and green. Now all we have to do is wait for baby to make his debut (hopefully sooner rather than later)!dsc_0220-2rylens-nursery-8

I had so much help from family and friends filling holes, sanding, nailing, and painting and am so grateful for their willingness to help bring the vision I had to life. We seriously have been so blessed with the BEST support system!

Bedskirt: made by my mom

Sheet: Aiden and Anais (HERE)

Mobile: made by me (similar HERE)

Curtains:IKEA (I added black pom poms)

White rug: home goods (SIMILAR)

Black and white rug: IKEA

Black and white throw: IKEA

Pouffe: Target

White basket: Target

Pillow on Chair: Home goods

Black lamp: IKEA

Llama print: ETSY

Faux plants: Target

Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods

This is by far one of my very favorite details of my home, but yet its a view that I hardly ever share. I get tons of compliments from visitors, and questions about it from followers so here are all the details I can think of sharing with you. It’s really so simple, which is probably why I never thought to blog about it. We completed this project well over a year ago, and I don’t think I’ve ever shared the details of it. So here I go.

The first big change I made is adding the faux shiplap planked wall. So easy and I love it. Then I had to address the window situation, which was challenging. In my family room I have a large sliding glass door + a corner of windows in the eat in kitchen. I wanted a seamless look for the entire space, but finding curtain rods that would fit what I needed was 1. Near impossible 2. Extremely expensive.

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One day perusing Home Depot I found myself in the industrial pipe aisle, and decided to go for it. When I spoke to the trusty Home Depot man he suggested that I use electical conduit pipe because it was less expensive and lighter weight. So he threaded the ends of the large pipes to match the fittings I needed to attach them to the wall and I was off.

I connected 2 large 12′ pipes along the main wall with an L bracket on each end, and a T bracket in the middle. On the adjacent wall I just used 1 12′ pipe attached to the wall with L brackets on each side.

I found these Dot Lattice curtains at Target and thought they would be the perfect backdrop for my home through the seasons, knowing we use and change this space A LOT. It’s been about 18 months and I still am happy with the choice, and that’s saying a LOT for someone who likes to change things all the time.

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DIY Slipcover for a Vintage Settee

DSC_0033 (2)My settee is FINALLY finished! YAY!!! I’ve had most of it done for quite a while now but could not bring myself to finish the cushion for some reason! With the baby coming in October, nesting has finally kicked in though so hopefully I will have the drive to finish up all my other half-done projects.DSC_0036 (2)DSC_0020 (2)

Ever since I can remember my Mom has had this cute little living room set. It was in our living room growing up then she moved the settee to her bedroom after she recovered the wing backs that went with it.  She decided to get rid of it so I snagged it, knowing it had the potential to be amazing again. It’s probably as old as I am, so needless to say it was in need of a face-lift. IMG_9109

If you are considering a slipcover project, don’t be intimidated!  You really only need basic sewing skills and there are SO many great tutorials out there. When I first started slip-covering my favorite tutorials were Miss Mustard Seed’s video tutorials found HERE. No kidding they are so awesome and totally make you feel like you can do it! I watched them a few times before I started my project then referred back to them if I had any questions or hiccoughs along the way.

For the base of this settee I used drop cloths. I’ve used drop cloths found at Home Depot or Lowes for many of my slipcovers. They are a pretty inexpensive fabric option, especially when you are learning. It has seemed to hold up pretty well too. Just be sure to wash the drop cloth on hot and dry it before you start so they won’t shrink later. It also helps to use fabric softener and/or dryer sheets to help the stiff fabric to soften up. The beauty of slipcovers is that they don’t HAVE to be perfect. They are supposed to look lived in. This leaves a lot of wiggle room when making one.DSC_0040

For the cushion I did the piping and underside out of drop cloth. I used charcoal ticking stripe from Fabric.com for the top. Lucky for you it is on crazy SALE right now for $4.86 a yard! DSC_0037

I am a very sentimental person so I love having pieces in my home that tell a story or have been a part of my life for a long time. I love the lines of this settee and think it makes the perfect addition to my forever ongoing master bedroom renovation. DSC_0023 (2)

DIY Vintage Chalkboards

DSC_0821 (2) I have been dying to make a green chalkboard for my dining room ever since I saw an adorable one used on an episode of Fixer Upper. My husband found it completely unnecessary to replace the one I already made, but I NEEDED it! I had originally planned to do something a little different until Jenna found two amazing screens! They were only asking $20 for the pair so I had her snag them and figured we would put them to use somewhere! We decided they were the perfect solution to my green chalkboard desire. So here is how we made them:

Materials

-A frame. It can be an old picture frame, window, screen etc…

– Backing for your chalkboard. My favorite material to use for chalkboards is backer board or melamine. You can get it at home depot or Lowes in super thin 4’x8′ sheets. The melamine is white on one side and kind of a brown/ particle board looking on the other. The backer board is brown on both sides. It is so smooth and makes a great chalkboard finish. Plus this stuff is super thin so it’s light which is nice when you are hanging something big like this.

-Chalkboard paint. We got ours at Lowes but home depot has it as well. If you are doing black instead of green I would highly suggest using the kind in the spray can, it is SO easy! We have yet to find green chalkboard paint in a spray can though. Lowes has a ton of greens you can have them tint the paint to. We went with La Fonda Plaza Green.

-Paint brush or roller

-Chalk

-Nail gun/ nails

  1. Clean out your frame if it has a screen or glass in it. I had to cut the screen out but it was super easy.
  2.  You can have the hardware store cut down your backer board to the dimensions you need or use a table saw if you have one.
  3. Make sure the surface of your board is clean and start painting. You can use a paint brush or a roller. I’ve done both. The roller seemed to take more coats but the coats went on quicker. Either way works 🙂DSC_0814
  4. Once your paint is dry, lay the board on top of your frame and nail it into the back. if you don’t have a nail gun, never fear! Your can use a plain old hammer and finishing nails.DSC_0817
  5. Add some saw-tooth hangers to the back, or use a french cleat if its REALLY heavy
  6. Season your chalkboard. You do this by running the chalk on its side up and down vertically then horizontally. After you cover the whole thing you can go back with a soft cloth and rub it in circles to get the excess chalk off or use an eraser.DSC_0829 (2)

Chalkboards are super easy projects that quickly add character and make a fun statement in your home! What do you think? Are you jumping on the GREEN chalkboard train?DSC_0824 (2)