Category Archives: Interior Design

Unexpected picture frame idea.


Hey! I am pretty excited of what I have to share with you guys today! It’s probably half because it’s amazing and half because I’ve had these printing trays laying around for almost 6 months waiting for something to be done with them. I will never admit which one it really is.

I’ve talked about Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, and if you live in the Phoenix Valley I’m sure you’re familiar with this local antique market, but it’s a favorite event. I grabbed these vintage printing trays from a cute old man’s shop there and knew instantly that they would make really cool picture frames. I like to find new ways to display art around my home, most recently I used some old fruit drying racks to make regular picture frames look awesome, you can see that post here.What I loved most about these trays was the chippy emerald green paint around the outside, and the perfectly weathered wood on the inside of the drawers. The opening fit an 8 x 10 photo perfectly, and I just used thumbtacks to secure them believe it or not. So easy I feel a little like an imposter even posting about them, but I just loved the instant character that they added to my office space.

I love having a pretty space to sit and work, since I spend my time dreaming up inspiring places for other people… working in one just makes sense. I absolutely love finding interesting ways to display art especially family photos. These antique wood items add so much more than any regular store bought frame. Once you start using salvage pieces around your home it opens a whole new world of imagination when designing spaces in your home.

 

Creating an inviting entry way.

Hey Hey! Today I wanted to stop in and share how our entry way currently looks, as well as share the journey that (was not so quick but also) led it to how it looks today. 

I am a firm believer in the importance of a good looking entry way to greet your guests when they come to your home, I think it’s definitely a strong first impression… you can either show them what you’re all about… or not use the chance to wow them.

Our entry way happens to not be much of an entry at all, it’s really just straight into our front living room and a long wall. Long walls are hard to decorate because the scale always is so distorted on them. When we first moved in I put a cute piece of furniture on the wall and a pretty mirror but it never felt right. So eventually we added the board and batten with the picture ledge and it felt much better. I loved that metal bench, but back to it being an enormous wall and the scale never feeling quite right… eventually I ditched my super cute bench and bought a longer entry table from World Market, the Everett Foyer Table it did a much better job at filling the space I had. 

I finally got enough picture frames to fill up the top picture ledge, and hung them all up. I’ve gone through times of having a LOT of decorations on the table, but recently on my journey of quieting the house I removed a bunch of decor and just left a couple things, I’m in the mood lately of just letting my bigger items speak for themselves and I’m loving the results. The story of quieting this space is the same.  I think using this train of thought could help save you money too, instead of buying all the things you think are cute or charming… think if they could stand on their own or if they need to be part of a grouping… maybe let them go in favor of classic more statement making pieces.

It’s a little comical to me that it took me 4 years to figure out how to best address this space, when I get paid to figure out people’s spaces for like… a living. It’s harder in your own home I think, it takes living in a space for a while for it to tell you how it really needs to work for you and your family best. I’m finally learning to listen to this voice into my own home and have loved the results.

Quieting the house.

I have been on a mission lately to “quiet the house” I think just after the busy season of the Holidays and all the celebrating but also pure busy-ness it’s nice to reconnect to your home and re-evaluate things. January is always this time for me. I feel as if, when you consciously edit the things you bring into your home it brings a peace to your life. A quieter room allows space to think, and live… which is important when we LIVE in our homes right. I have 3 kids, we really, really, REALLY, live in our home.  I find that taking out excess is liberating.

 When I am designing a space for someone’s home whether it is a full room redo, or just accessorizing I am very purposeful. I think about how they live, who lives there, what their lives are like, etc. all of these thoughts go into what I choose for their spaces. Sometimes in my own home, I get hung up on trends or just collecting beautiful things and I forget to edit…  just load in all the pretties and call it good.  If you look back you will see that this room had a busy rug, it had busy curtains, it had a lot of color and a lot of things. It was pretty but it never quite felt right or “me” or “us” by us I mean my family… I mean our home I always want to be a good representation of who we are. Whenever I edit my house and take out all the layers of crap and things that are just “things” and come back to classic shapes, a mix of textures, and a simple color palette I always feel more at peace and more at “home” which is always a plus when I am in fact home.

I thought I would share this space because its a really good example of a room I edited, I simplified, and I am loving.

Just because it’s quieter, doesn’t mean it is more boring… I let each item speak for itself. I have visual interest in a lot of places still. I added the layered frames on the wall for texture, but still in rather simple forms. I found the old wood pieces that are actually old fruit drying racks from Northern California at the fall Junk in the Trunk market in Scottsdale. I didn’t have a purpose for them when I bought them I just knew the wood color tone was so pretty… I had to have them. I am a believer in filling walls with art that means something to you, which is often for me, family pictures. Especially in spaces where guests are commonly greeted, like this one, our front room. So I layered some simple more modern-lined frames I found at Target over the repurposed old wood pieces and LOVE the combination of the two. So. Good.

I switched out the louder West Elm curtains with simple drop cloths. I have been asked multiple times if I had found drop cloths without a seam down the middle. And no, I didn’t. Mine have it, but it honestly doesn’t bother me at all. I think there’s beauty in little imperfect details like that.  I think with the new wall art, and the simple layers of pieces in this room each item feels more special, more purposeful, and more like home. I only kept pieces that truly speak to me. I love the tufts of the chesterfield sofa. I love the linen and the wood of the ottoman. I am obsessed with my antique dough bowl. The floral pillows mixed with the buffalo check rug. I find myself coming into this room more when I need just a moment of peace… which has me thinking I need to bring this way of undecorating and quieting into more spaces in our home.

Rylen’s Christmas Home

Well there is less than a week before Christmas and I’m just barely getting my home pictures up. Better late than never? This little surprise baby had rocked my world! We find out soon what we are having and I am SO nervous! I love being a “boy mom” more than I ever imagined  I would but I can’t help but think about the things I would miss out on never having a girl. I am trying to convince myself it will be okay either way! I’m glad that I have had Christmas to keep my mind off of it! 

I saw this adorable set of bells from McGee and Co. only to realize they had sold out! So I searched high and low and they were sold out everywhere! So I decided to make my own. I bought the bells from a cute etsy shop then tied them up with some twine. The wreath is from target.

We have bought a real tree every year since we’ve been married but this year we decided to buy a fake one I had been eyeing from Grandin Road. I loved that it looked not so perfect like most fake trees do. I really do love it. I didn’t think I missed the real tree very much until I walked into my mother-in-laws home and was hit with the glorious smell of her fresh tree. You just can not replicate that. 

I found this cute bucket for $20 at Junk in the Trunk this year. It was the only thing I ended up buying and now I’m going to have to find a place to store it after Christmas, but I think it’s worth it. 

I love the coziness this time of year brings. It makes me never want to leave my house! Hope you enjoyed my holiday home and have a very Merry Christmas!

 

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.

Ask a Designer: Large Walls with Farmhouse Flair

Hey hey! We have a treat for you today… we are launching Design Services here via The Collected House. We have been asked so so many times about consultations for spaces that our friends, family, and readers just can’t quite figure… and we are pleased to announce that we will now be offering online consultations!!! You can contact us for details regarding these services if you’re interested in partaking of the goodness.

To launch this exciting new facet to The Collected House, we wanted to start an “Ask a Designer” Series. I know a lot of times you just have these walls that totally escape you what to do with. Sometimes it takes a little tweak, or a couple little ideas and your space will totally be pulled together. A quick look from a Designer could really help ya along your way, and that’s what we want to help you with! So if you have a small design dilemma send us an email or message and maybe we’ll feature your dilemma paired with some FREE advice. #winning

So here we go, one of our readers contacted us.

Q: I have this huge front room that I am needing help with. I have a lot of space to fill on the walls but I’m having a hard time executing… I also love modern farmhouse style and your guy’s style.. not sure how to put it together?!”

So here is what her space looks like now from her snapshots, holy big walls! It looks like they may even be vaulted. Big empty walls are a common problem in newer builder homes. We have our fair share of large empty walls in our homes. 

In our homes we have added shiplap to big empty walls that add interest and immediate farmhouse flair. We like it because it adds texture and interest but is still simple and clean.

Here are a couple other ideas for wall treatments on large walls to add farmhouse feel. Painted white they add a craftsman feel, give your home character, and make those large empty walls feel less lonely. There are a number of ways to do these treatments on a budget too, which always helps when you’re filling larger spaces.

Via Fox Hollow Cottage

via The Wood Grain Cottage 

We love how Shayna from the Wood Grain Cottage did board and batten on her vaulted ceilings, it grounds the space but adds so much character!

Do you suffer from large empty wall probs too? Maybe these ideas helped you too!

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?