October 24, 2014

FILE THIS: Friday Favorites

It's Friday! I don't know what I can say that's better sounding than that, so let's get right to it. Here's what I'm loving this week!

friday favorites

1. This wall calendar is gorgeous, and would incredible framed as a gallery wall installation after the year is finished!

2. Pretty and inexpensive hat.

3. Oh, how I wish I had room in the One Room Challenge budget for this stunner.

4. These knobs would be a great upgrade for the desk I included in this week's round-up!

5. This is pretty much the perfect little white desk, all it needs is some bling ;)

What are your plans for the weekend, anything exciting? I think Nick and I are going to try to tour Mount Vernon before it gets too cold to be outside. There's a Fall Festival going on there and the leaves are beautiful! Our main plans, however, include building a DIY headboard. Stay tuned and make sure you follow me on Instagram to get any sneak peeks!

Have a great weekend!

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October 23, 2014

One Room Challenge- Week Four {And a vote!}

Welcome to Week Four of the One Room Challenge (a.k.a., CRUNCH TIME). We were out of town this past weekend, and it has rained every day since we've been back, so I haven't been able to spray paint anything yet again. So, not much has actually changed in the room the past week, but several decisions need to be made right away!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that I got a pretty awesome delivery the other day: headboard fabric! Isn't it fabulous?! We are building the headboard this weekend (lord help us), and now that we have the fabric, decisions on shape need to be made.

I've narrowed my choices down to three options that I love and I think are feasible! I know that DIY upholstered headboards have been all the rage in blogland over the past few years, and rightfully so. They're relatively easy to make and can make such a huge impact on a space. That being said, I would like to do something other than the standard rectangular shape. I mean, that fabric is such a statement on its own...I feel like I need an awesome shape to really do it justice!

CHOICE #1: An exaggerated Regent Style. I like this because it's tall, and combines soft edges with hard lines. Since the fabric is an organic pattern, I really feel like this shape would work well.

CHOICE #2: A more classic Belgrave Style. This style is classic with a twist. I love the scooped corners, and this would definitely be the most easy to make. I would also add some contrast piping about two inches in from the edge, just like in this photo.

CHOICE #3: A more funky Ogee Style. This is definitely the most interesting and less often "done" of the headboard styles. I feel like the banana print goes well with the pseudo-Moroccan shape of this headboard, and I love the pointed top. Since we have a king size bed, the proportions would be a lot less exaggerated than the inspiration photo...the base would be wider so the tip would look less tall and narrow.


So this is where you come in! Tell me your choice and your reasoning in the comments! I needs your advice, for real. I'm so confused at this point that I'm about to vote for #4 myself. You guys are the best. Moving right along...let's talk pillows! I really want to have a bolster pillow made for the bed. I'm a huge fan of the long colorful ones that add a punch of custom design to a bed! Here's an example of one that I love:

I have several bolts of navy velvet fabric that are just begging to be used. Won't the navy look great against the headboard fabric?

But just to put myself in more of a time crunch, I'd also love to add a little decorative trim to the edges of the bolster, like this:

I have narrowed down my choices to six different gorgeous tapes from Fringe Market, and the samples are on their way to me as we speak! I definitely want to add a pop of pink to the navy pillow, and these are all just too gorgeous to choose from. I have a feeling that I'm going to love the pink and orange (#2) option the best! Seriously, have you ever seen more stunning trimmings?

And last but not least in the DIY portion of this project, we have curtains. I have this set of Ritva panels from Ikea, which I plan on using in this space.

I knew that I wanted to paint spots on these curtains, but I also didn't want to do the typical black and white (although they're super gorgeous). When I saw this pillow and fabric from Tonic Living, my heart stopped.

I'm going to do a light gray and a navy instead of a gray and a charcoal. Won't that be gorgeous? It's going to take forever to paint all of those little dots, though, so I should get started...like yesterday.

And FINALLY, I got a trade e-mail from World Market to alert me that they're having their Friends and Family pre-sale this week! That means that my beloved Josephine Desk is 25% off right now. I think I need to pull the trigger and use it as my vanity!

So, that's it! Thank you for helping me choose a headboard style. I promise I won't hold it against you for choosing #4.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for early sneak peeks into my ORC project!

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October 20, 2014

DIY FILES: Painted Donut Pumpkins

Or the post that shall henceforth be known as "Punkin' Donuts".

A few weeks ago, I snagged three small white pumpkins from Trader Joes for .69 cents each. I brought them home, and debated on what to do with them. Succulent planters? Paint them all an ombre of the same shade? No...donuts. Yeah, that's it. Donuts. 

(I was also in week two of my Whole 30, and donuts sounded like the best thing in the world to me. It was definitely a stomach-over-mind decision)

You don't really need a detailed tutorial for this one, but I have these handy little steps all created for you just in case! So, step one: choose your pumpkins. This seems to look best on the short, fat ones. You know, the ones shaped like donuts. (also, in week two of Whole 30, Nick's head was beginning to look like a donut, so there's that). 

Step two: choose an icing color to paint. I picked a light pink (strawberry) and a brown (chocolate).

Step three: dot on your sprinkles. I used five different colors and five different brushes to dot these on. Make sure to make them oblong and not round so they look more like sprinkles!

And there you go! But whatever you do, don't take a bite outta these guys. It probably won't be delicious.

Make sure to pin this for your next pumpkin painting party! It's so simple, and would a great project for kids, too!

Have you done any pumpkin decorating yet this year? Have you made pumpkin seeds (aka, the best things in the world)? 

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