Today I’m popping in to share our newish family room rug which was quite the drastic change from the sessile rug that was seen in my Fall Home Tour last year. I certainly loved the kid friendliness of sessile, and the natural texture was just the stuff dreams are made of… but I wanted to do something more risky with my space. I like neutral a WHOLE lot, I mean… most my house is grey or white… but I think that provides the perfect situation to bring in a punch of fun. So I went for it, and took the risk on this beautiful rug during a great sale, from RugsUSA around Black Friday. This site has frequent amazing sales, and lots of useful customer reviews on their rugs that are quite helpful when trying to figure out the true color, etc.
When I first unrolled it I was a little taken aback by how BLUE and BRIGHT it was (I mean, I had sessile before… so… quite the change) But it has sure grown on me! It makes me smile every time I take the time to clean up the mounds of kids toys and can take it in… which I’m trying to do more often BTW. But let’s be honest… it’s hard. Good news is covered in tractors and beanie boo’s it’s still pretty.
I am very happy with the great quality of this rug, it has a soft silky feel, and has stood up well to our family of two children, a puppy, and messy adults. I had ordered rugs for design clients from RugsUSA but never for myself, and I am quite pleased with the price points as well as the quality! Rylen has purchased some rugs for her home from the site too.
I love when risks I take around my home end up being so rewarding. This rug is definitely an anchor in our family room space, and has really brought so much liveliness to our home… Isn’t it great how adding a little unexpected item, that may be a little out of your comfort zone can end up being the greatest thing!
We are SO excited to share our DIY evergreen garland with you today! We LOVE fresh garland, who doesn’t? But we both needed A LOT of it for our christmas decor this year, and knew we could figure out a way to make it for less than the tree lots charged. So we stopped by our local Lowe’s and picked up a box of their tree lot scraps, looked up a couple tutorials and got to work!
-Tree scraps, cut into 6″ sprigs. (You can add in juniper if you have some, on Rylen’s we added in some branches with green leaves from her front yard)
-Heavy 28 rafia wrapped green floral wire (Michael’s)
-Thin 8 gauge you want it to be thin enough to coil easily, but strong enough to not break (Michael’s)
-Wire cutters & Pruners
-Gloves (optional…but we totally got a couple blisters not using them)
We realized after making Rylen’s (she was the guinea pig) that smaller bunches worked out a little better because these end up ginorm if you don’t. On Jenna’s the bunches we used were much smaller and it ended up sitting a little better once hung.
It went pretty fast once we got it down. Each took a couple hours, but Rylen’s was about 12 feet, and Jenna’s 14 feet long. The best part is with coupons we only spent about $5 in supplies for both.
This is Jenna’s Garland made with thinner 6″ bunches. And Rylen’s made with larger 12″ bunches.
We are thrilled with how they turned out! It’s always fun to DIY things you’ve never tried before.
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!!