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

French Country Decor

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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Vintage French Princess Room

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 has arrived! The post that was promised weeks ago...Gemma's room!
I have been so excited to post about this room, it was one of the most fun to work on and I really adore the way it turned out. I feel my sweet little girl can definitely grow with her room and I am hoping it will be something she will always love.

One year ago from this weekend we opened that very pink can of paint to declare this room for our little girly girl. After sorting through tons and tons of pink samples I chose a very rosey-pink shade from Benjamin Moore, Cherry Blossom. It was the perfect shade of pink that would compliment our chestnut "wood" floors. I really did not want the ceiling shade to be too stark against the pink walls, so I chose a very pale pink to paint the ceiling (wish I could remember the color). Having a pale pink for the ceiling just softens the overall room and creates a better ambiance throughout the day.

After browsing through an RH Baby catalog and browsing some more I chose and combined ideas from my favorite rooms throughout the magazine. It was really important for me to create a room that was elegant and sweet. I did not want a kiddie style room, but a space that felt grown up but appropriate for a 2 year old. Of course the room was decorated on a budget RH Baby purchases to make this room possible.

A few added projects helped make this room possible including; Restoring a Hutch into an ArmoireCustom Window MoldingFabric Covered Thrift Store Books . Loved each of these projects and each one added special custom touches to this room.

I really hope you enjoy browsing through my photos of my precious little girl's was a really fun room to decorate and I am thrilled to share it will all of you.

princess room

french vintage room

pink and white room

vintage accessories for a girls bdroom

Shopping List

Curtains: Target
Chair: Ikea
Basket: Home Goods
Candles: Target
Clock: Pier 1 (3 years ago)
White Mirror: Ikea painted in ASCP
Glass Door Knob Hooks: Pier 1
Flower Mini Lamps: Pier 1
Growth Chart: DIY with Decals from Little Acorns on Etsy
Rug: Lowes
Floors: Lowes
Chandelier: Ikea (10 years ago) painted with BM London Fog
Dresser: Annie Sloan Little Girl Dresser Makeover
Gold Mirror: Home Goods

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Cozy Equestrian Style Fall Coffee Table Decor

Friday, August 22, 2014
Well Happy Friday! I can officially say this will be my last Friday that I will not look forward to...???

It is my last weekend at Kleinfeld...and then I join  the "normal" working world. Four amazing years spent here, but sacrificing weekends sometimes is just not worth it. I am excited for a 9-5 job and spending weekends with my family. Even more excited to have the next week off with my hubby...spending lots of time with our kids. We are looking forward to doing some fun activities and  possibly get a beach day in before school starts. We probably will fit in a project or two as well ; )...and then of course school shopping and new job clothes shopping!

Just in case you have no idea what I am talking about with a new job..I posted about this at Window Shop and some Big News!

Well...since I have been a busy busy woman prepping for our changing lifestyle and schedule I did not get too much this week with projects. I did re arrange our coffee table a bit and added a horse sculpture I picked up thrift shopping last week. It definitely feels more equestrian and cozy...perfect for the coming fall season.

Shopping List:

Horse: Thrift Store
White Ceramic Planter: Michaels
Tray: Target
Glass Vase: Christmas Tree Shop

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Window Shop Wednesday...and Some Big News!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Hello all...welcome back to another Window Shop Wednesday!

I had very little sleep last night for two reasons
1. My little one was up until 3:00 a.m. since she refused to sleep in her bed : (
2. I had a lot on my mind...planning, contemplating, excitement, and change ahead!

Yep! before I share some great finds for my Window Shop Wednesday I am going to officially share with all of you the news I have been dying to tell!

I have recently made a new career choice in my life! Though Interior Design is ultimately where my heart is at..going back to school and making money in that field is probably not going to happen at least not for now. I am just happy to have this little corner on the web to express my creativity and joy of decorating my home. I still pray it will open up at least small doorways for me to help others with their spaces, but being a Big Bad Interior Designer...yea I am okay with putting that behind me. if any of you that reads my blog has probably come across that I currently work for Kleinfeld Bridal in the city. Yep "Say Yes to the Dress" I work there! I know a very exciting job and so honored to have had the opportunity the last four years to be a dedicated Headpiece and Accessories Consultant at the World's Largest Bridal Store. After graduating College with a BA in Fashion Studies I was unable to find a job and chose to intern (with no pay) to strengthen my resume or get a possible job out of it. Fortunately, God had better plans...and within 6 weeks I was granted a job! I chose to work PT the last two years after having my daughter and enjoyed the time with my kids at home four days a week...and worked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tough to throw away weekends from the fam but it was the best option for us at the time to save money from daycare and still make a good income.

Well...the time has come my Anthony is starting Kindergarten in 2 weeks  (ahhhh!) and I can officially make the step back financially to make the step forward in my career. I am excited to announce...that I will start September 2nd at Bed Bath and Beyond Corporate Office as a Buyers Administrative Assistant. Excited and honored to be a part of their team and happy to be working with home decor : ) I will be in the bath department...a big difference from Bridal but any of you other home decor junkies out there know the love of home fashion is so exciting! Hoping to help grow in my career there and contribute my trendy ideas and good eye to the department and company.

So happy to share with all of you and now onto my Window Shop Wednesday!

Since I am starting this new career at Bed Bath I thought what better way than to share some of my favorite finds from their sister store World Market. Yes, World Market, Christmas Tree Shop, Bed Bath, Buy Buy Baby ...just to name a few, are all under the same company ownership. There could be a chance in the future I can be a buyer for World Market or Christmas Tree Shop which would totally be thrilling...but I am for sure excited for my towels!

I found these absolutely stunning Rustic Industrial Dining and Kitchen Pieces. I am currently envisioning the planning for our half done dining room and thought why not take a look at what World Market has in my design style.


I am looking to build a rectangle shaped dining table but this one is way cool!

For a Large size Kitchen or one that needs more counter space...this is awesome!

Stunning...can I make an extra wall in my house to put this against.

My Favorite Find...Love this Piece!
Check out more on World Market they really have some awesome finds and their prices are pretty reasonable. I recently purchased a console table for the church project I have been working on...and could have totally kept that for my own house... really loved it! I posted a pic on Instagram so be sure to check that out there and follow me along! Love to have more people to share my photos with : )

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