Category Archives: Rylen’s House

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…) 

Copycat Swig Sugar Cookies with a Twist


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

Swig Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 C butter slightly softened

3/4 C vegetable oil

1 1/4 C sugar

3/4 C powdered sugar

2 T water

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 t baking Soda

1/2 t cream of tarter

1 t salt

5 1/2 C flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

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

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

Add vanilla and almond extract.

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

Mix until everything is just combined.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frosting:

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp coconut extract

1-2 tsp milk

Directions:

Beat your butter for about a minute.

Add two cups powdered sugar and beat.

Now add your coconut and almond extracts.

Add your last two cups of powdered sugar.

Thin with milk or cream if needed.

Frost and try not to eat a whole pan!

 

Kiki Lu Diaper Bag Review

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

Finally Fall: Rylen’s Fall Home Tour 2016

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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!
rylen-fallhome-3I 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!

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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. rylen-fallhome-6dsc_0308-2rylen-fallhome-7Can 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!
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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!

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

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

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)

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 🙂

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 10The door color is farrow and ball, oval room blue.
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