Maps Decor

Saturday, September 27, 2014
I am loving this new trend in maps!

So fabulous and it can feel Vintage or Modern...depending on how you go about it.

I've been contemplating ordering a Map and turning it into a work of art or just putting a great frame on it (possibly DIY) to hang in our Living Room.

I've especially been focusing in on a map of Paris to go along the French Country feel of the space. My main inspiration, this photo here from Pottery Barn (So dreamy)

I Know...Pottery Barn never goes wrong...they just start trends and make every display cozy and desirable.

So I am for sure loving this fabulous trend and excited to share some pretty amazing finds of map decor and I am hoping sooner than later I can share with all of you my own map decor in my home.

Have a fabulous Weekend! I should be back with some photos of a touch of my fall decor this week!

Fall Decorating by My Talented Friend

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Well Mama has been busy...and I am sorry if I keep stressing that within the last few posts. I am really trying to adjust to this new schedule and being away from the kiddos as well as from my projects : (

We all make sacrafices in life though to hopefully land on the right road to take us to where we need to be...that being my current career choice. Just trusting in God that this is all meant to be. Not saying I am unhappy, but doing projects is for sure one of my favorite things in the world to do and I feel slightly empty without them in my life on a daily and weekly basis.

Well, hang in there, its not gonna be a smooth bloger any longer...not that it ever was, but I want to continue being here as often as I can including being in my garage crafting together something new to show all of you.

I appreciate all the sweet comments that are left here daily and it means the world to me to get them while sitting at my desk at work...because it keeps me going. Makes me want to hop right back on my computer when I get home to link up and answer my lovely readers back. I truely have a passion for this and I am so happy to share it here.

Well since I've been a busy woman lately, and the projects are slow, I had to share some talent coming from my best friend Erin, who is sprucing up her apartment kitchen for fall. She has some great ideas and trends going on in her space and this for sure is one I had to share.

Wayyy back when we moved Erin's mint green, grey and white table into her house she was telling me how she had plans to paint the soffit in chalkboard paint to update with drawings seasonally. I thought how girl  for sure is talking my language (she is for sure my friend who I can talk home design with and DIY). Well instagram yesterday had a very cute picture of her chalkboard wall with an introduction to Fall.

I hope this inspires others with apartments or those with not such happy feelings about their soffit. Its such a great way to add cuteness and fun to your Kitchen space.

So I had Erin send me some pictures to show you all...I hope you love it just as much as I do...she's a fantastic artist as well...I mean look at these pumpkins!

Herringbone DIY for $10

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's no lie that herringbone is the big craze! Herringbone tiles, back splash, wood floors, tabletops, fabrics you name it! I have been wanting some herringbone in my life and the perfect opportunity opened up when my Ikea Hack fire wood holder decided to chip (thanks to the kids). So I needed a solution to cover up the top so that there was no chance of chipping again.

This project started wayy back when I turned an Ikea Toy storage bin into a log holder. Super easy just gave it a quick paint on the outside with some latex left over BM paint I had.

Here's what the piece looked like before in our old house.

Here it is with the pain only..

Looked great and I was not planning on doing anything different with it...until the climbing began and the top became scuffed up. As any of you DIY Queens out there know...paint does not stick well to Ikea furniture unless you take a few extra steps...and get off your lazy butt to make it! Well I chose not to in this case and ended up with scuff marks (should have taken a pic to show you guys)

Well of course Herringbone had been on my brain for this project or any future project for the house (may not stop at this one...we will see). I got a glimpse at Genevieve Gordor's @real_genevieve apartment floors and wanted something like this in my life! Too bad I can not re-do all the floors in my house...if I could they would for sure look like these.

Genevieve's Floors...amazing right..I mean the whole room!

So wanted to replicate this as much as possible for the top of log holder. In a cheap and easy way. You know not  bugging  my husband too much...poor guy!

To Lowes we went to find  cheap wood to add to the top. After weighing out our options we decided to purchase Shims. If any of you have no idea what these are...neither do I. The hubs recommended them and said contractors use them for something. Not the best quality and they have a slight angle to them, but would be great for something like this. I definitely would not recommend for a table top that you would use. In this case nothing sits on top other than my small displays. If you are on the hunt for them Lowes and Home Depot should have them in their lumber sections. They cost about $3-4 for a pack and I used two packs for this project.

I simply lined these up on the top in the herringbone pattern starting left to right. After mark each piece with a pencil and cut as you go. I found this to be easiest or else you will become confused as to where each piece must go. It becomes like a puzzle in a way. Leave the ends last to do...this is where you need smaller pieces and the wood will not stay in place. Since the Shims are on an angle I tried pairing the thinner parts together with the other thinner parts and where it became thicker keeping that together. So this way it leaves the top as leveled as possible. Once again I totally would not recommend this for a table top. 

After all was cut and glued into place (with good ol' liquid nails) it was time to stain! I used the driftwood stain I had used on my DIY Blanket Ladder from a Pallet. To create contrast just like Genevieve's floors add a heavy amount to some sections than others. Next take a dark stain, I believe I used a chestnut stain. In a very light amount add to certain pieces and repeat with a white wash mixture for others. This just gives that contrast really exaggerates the herringbone pattern.

Let dry...and thats it! 

Love how it turned out, slightly time consuming but super cheap and could be great for a wall treatment as well. Can't wait to decorate this corner with some fall lovin!

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My First Textiles Market and Meeting a Famous HGTV Designer

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I am still alive!

For anyone who follows me regularly, you may have noticed my absence around blogland within the past week. Mainly due to my new job, getting adjusted to working full time, as well as a Wedding this past Saturday, and the very exciting Textiles Market I attended Friday and Monday.

With my new job as an Assistant Buyer for Towels and Bath Rugs for Bed Bath and Beyond, we have some exciting perks for gals like me (who drool of d├ęcor and upcoming trends). Still learning tons and tons about towels (more than you can imagine) some extremely thrilling and some just straight up confusing (not gonna lie) The exciting aspect is to take part at Market in NYC. Going to showrooms filled from top to bottom with upcoming trends for the home and just being surrounded by the best of the best of visual displays.  I mainly concentrate on towels and when I mean concentrate on towels...I sit back and watch my buyers team talk to the vendors while I observe and gather as much info in my head as I possibly can.  Though this is where my department and I are concentrating on, I can not help if my eyes wander to all the other pretty things in the room : )

Ok so market was great! Lots of colors, designs, displays, but the cherry on top to my market experience...yep meeting that famous HGTV Designer.

Who might you ask?

If any of you ladies/gents out there shop at Bed Bath you could probably guess...the only HGTV designer label we carry in our store. ..

The one and only Mr. David Bromstad!

I mean I might have squeeked and turned red a bit upon seeing him from across the room fixing one of his bedding sets. And then came the hand shake of a lifetime for a DIY Wanna Be Lady like myself. He mentioned something about me wearing heels, I played off that my feet were completely comfortable and just remained as calm as I could. Well, I could not leave it at that...had to get my picture in and shake his hand and let him know what a fan I was. Really exciting and he's a terrific guy. So humble and down to earth and he called me "cute" Ok David I hope you never read this cause I will be mortified!

Anyway had a great time, met an awesome designer, and couldn't wait to share it will all of you!

I plan on sharing my Herringbone Pattern DIY project this week as please come back and visit soon!


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Adding Vintage Character to my Window

Monday, September 8, 2014

I LOVE Vintage charming to see chippy panes in a room! Can you imagine watching and enjoying winters in a room with your vintage windows? Just imagine the flicker of a candle, the warmth from a roaring fire, a good book in hand, and watching the snow falling outside. Or a bright spring morning in a crisp white room  filled with nothing but sunshine peaking through each individual pane? Oh I know I am a about the chaos of the children fighting in the background and the smudged white walls while folding the endless amount of laundry. haha more realistic right? A girl can dream!

Well I truly love all things vintage and I hope to one day be able to fix up an old farmhouse filled with character and old windows. Until that day I have to dream big and come up with creative ways to add character to my 1985 home. It has for sure come a long way since we moved into our home 1 year ago this past August 29th : ) (I definitely forgot to make that announcement on here.)

Well anyway...if you all remember my post wayyy back, when I refinished a mint green, grey and white striped table for one of my best friends who was in need of some cheap/free furniture for her apartment. After helping her out with the table and some watermelon colored chairs to go with it...she gave me two pretty awesome windows as a thank you for helping her out. She knows me well! Most people get thank you cards, flowers, or maybe chocolate (that wouldn't be bad either)...but me I get Vintage windows lol.

I was extremely excited to add these to the wall above my living room couch but while waiting for the hubby to get home to help me hang them ...I decided to just set them near our bay window for a bit. The sparks flew once I saw what the windows looked like up against my existing plain windows. Amazing how things work out I decided to lean them up completely against the window and they fit perfectly,

Well...that's where they least for now! They add character to the window and from the outside too. You can barely tell that they were added on top. I may eventually use them on the wall or for a future project but I am happy with how they look there. I still have an empty spot above my couch where these were suppose to go, but I have a few ideas for that wall for the near future.

vintage window panes

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Window Shop Wednesdays Linen Cabinets

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Its my first Hump well kinda we did have Monday off!

Enjoying my new job so much to learn, slightly overwhelmed but really excited about figuring it all out and being in such a professional environment.

So to celebrate my first "hump day" I thought I would share another fabulous Window Shop Wednesday Post.

I have been on an organizing craze in my house this past few weeks and after organizing my linen closet the other day I thought about adding a stunning linen closet to my empty hallway for more storage and of course to pretty up the space.

Well...if you follow my blog you know I probably would end up making something or refinishing some furniture. I thought I would share some gorgeous ones I found from Home of my favorite stores to online  shop  browse.

P.S. My little big boy is starting Kindergarten tomorrow!

DIY Blanket Ladder from a Pallet

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day! It has been a great week off...except my two kiddies have taken turns getting sick this week. As all us parents know our kids get sick when we least need or want them too...and taking turns always happens so usually an entire week is devoted to germs, medicine, and very little sleep. Fortunately, my big guy is on antibiotics right now and should be all better for his first day of Kindergarten on Thursday. An exciting week ahead starting with tomorrow, my little Gemma is starting her first day of daycare and I am starting by first day at my new job! Hurray for change!...and Hurray for having the week off prior to prepare for all this change!

Well since we have been some busy parents this week and dropping money on all kinds of school supplies, some stay-cation outings, doctor visits, and of course new school and job clothes...our projects have been limited. We were able to accomplish organizing our pantry which has been on the to do list about a year now. This may be a possible post in the future...if I can get a good picture of it, it is a small closet that barely gets any light except for the one my hubby is trying to install himself (cross your fingers...not going so well)

One project I for sure got to this my DIY Blanket Ladder made from a Pallet. I have been keeping my eyes out for a blanket ladder that was affordable and the right size for sometime now, but could not seem to get my hands on one. Of course the light bulb went off in my head, when the pallet from the couch I purchased for the church, was sitting in my garage awaiting its DIY destiny.

This is how it started

Step 1: Remove Pallet Boards
Step 2: Measure and cut wood to desired measurment
Step 3: Cut Wood for ladder spokes (I chose to use a smaller size wood for the inner
 pieces from scrap wood in our garage)
Step 4: Mark with a pencil the spacing of where you want each piece fit
Step 5: Have hubby nail them in : )
Step 6: Sand entire ladder
Step 7: Stain your ladder (I chose a driftwood stain color)
Step 7: Use a glaze or ASCP dark wax to give a rustic warn appeal
Step 8: Display with choice of throw blankets

Really such an easy project and took us both less than an hour to complete. I spent $6 on this project for the stain only. The pallet of course was free...and I already had nails, sand paper, and ASCP Dark Wax.

DIY projects from a Pallet

Pallet turned into a blanket Ladder

ASCP Dark Wax on Blanket Ladder

DIY Blanket Ladder

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Rustic Blanket Ladder

I really love how using pallet wood added to the antique feel to the ladder. Just feels even cozier in this space now...perfect for the coming fall season!

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