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 and I were so excited to be included in this Finally Fall blog hop! We feel like the theme “finally fall” could not be more fitting for us Arizonans. We have to fake it till we make it for quite a while until it FINALLY starts to cool down here!This fall/holiday season is going to be an interesting one with baby coming soon. I normally love to decorate for Halloween but I know with a newborn around I won’t be changing out my decor anytime soon. I wanted some simple, neutral touches of fall that would transition well until Christmas comes out and ones that I (hopefully) won’t get sick of!
I still love these little copper wire pumpkins Jenna and I made for Everything Home magazine last fall. It was fun to pull them out and see they had a nice patina on them since the last time I had seen them!
I was so excited to find this magnolia wreath on decor steals. I’ve been wanting one for SO long but could never justify spending $90 on one. Can you spy my little photo bomber? Photographing a room takes skills, photographing a room with little hooligans running around is an art. This last time we were photographing, I kept thinking we needed a behind the scenes video going on because it was not as serene as the pictures make it look!
This is one of my favorite times of year. I love everything that fall brings and cant wait to start all of our fun fall traditions! Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to stop by our fellow Finally Fall Home Tours. They will all make you swoon!
It’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.
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.
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.
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!Let’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. I 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 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
White basket: Target
Pillow on Chair: Home goods
Black lamp: IKEA
Llama print: ETSY
Faux plants: Target
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
-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
-Nail gun/ nails
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 🙂
- 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.
- Add some saw-tooth hangers to the back, or use a french cleat if its REALLY heavy
- 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.
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.
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
Okay, now to get started…
- 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….
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?
- I distressed my dressers a little bit.
- 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.
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 🙂
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!I 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. I 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!
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. I 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. These 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! Here’s a little Christmas in the kitchen! Hope you were able to gather some inspiration from my holiday home, thank you so much for stopping by!
A 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!
-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.
- Wash and dry your dropcloth so it won’t shrink later
- 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.
- Cut out your pieces. You will need a front and back so two pieces per stocking.
- Decide where you want your stripes and tape them with painters tape
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When the fabric is the color you want it, take it out and rinse it. Then throw it in the dryer.
- 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.
- Sew around your stocking, leaving the top open.
- 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
- 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.
- Turn right side out, trim any extra strings, iron if its wrinkled and you’re done!I added a few dried orange slices and evergreen sprigs and love how it all came together!
As 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.
-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
-painters tape (i tried frog tape for the first time and it worked great)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Now pull the tape, you don’t have to wait till it dries to do this.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pull the tape and your done!
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!!
Have you guys heard?! We were published!! Okay so it was online and not in print so I’m not sure if that technically counts, but we were pretty darn excited about it! We were thrilled to be approached by Ashley at Little Glass Jar early this fall to create a fun fall tutorial. Ashley is the editor of the Ready, Set, DYI column in the fabulous new magazine Everything Home. This magazine is UH-mazing! We loved reading every page. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you need to! You can find our tutorial we created HERE.
Over here at The Collected House, we LOVE pumpkins. The more character (AKA: lopsided, bumps, discolorations etc.) the better. So naturally we decided on pumpkins for our tutorial. We loved how easy these copper wire pumpkins were to create and how unique they are. They lend themselves to so much creativity which is another reason we love them! You can make them short, tall, fat, skinny, and in any color! We chose to use copper but you could use any type of wire or even paint them! Here are a few more of our favorites.
This was from the same water bottle but then we flattened the sides.
This one was made by wrapping the wire vertically around a jar of peanut butter. It has flatter sides for a taller appearance.
We had so much fun experimenting with different gauges of wire and different shapes. We would love to see what other people come up with. Be sure to tag us if you decide to make some!