Category Around the House

eclectic mantel design

We are slowly but surely completing projects around the house and getting things to look how we would like. One particular area I was excited about was our new mantel – we hadn’t had one in either of our three previous houses!

The first photo I saw that was inspirational to me what one I saw floating around pinterest. It seemed to suit the personality of our house pretty well. The thing was, I didn’t have a lot of the items to make this happen. Isn’t that little deer hook cool? And of course, I love the asymmetry.

 

Enter the next photo that struck me as inspiring. Also quite eclectic in it’s mix of textures and colors but I felt I could pull something together from what I already owned or had bought in preparation for having a mantel.

Source: bhg.com via Beth on Pinterest

 

Here’s what I ended up with. I spray painted two frames that I already had with paint I had leftover from the folding chair redo to bring some pops of color. My bro-in-law did that great macro photo shot (no idea what plant it is!), doesn’t it look awesome in it’s new yellow frame? Then I added the new print I bought when we moved – “Small Homes Grow Tight Families” along with a collage I won from a photoshoot when Jude was 10 months old. Cluster of photos, complete.

Eclectic Mantel

And then finally, a smattering of books, my Nana’s crystal vase, two little bud vases I picked up at a garage sale, some greenery and a new print of art that I had been admiring on etsy!

Eclectic Mantel

I eventually would like to add a vintage ‘C’ letter to the mix but that will happen when it happens. As for now, I’m happy with the way it has turned out!

 

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vroom

Remember the dining room table redo? It’s getting some serious usage.

Turns out it’s been one of my better decorating decisions!

 

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Guest Room Makeover

Remember that little guest room giveaway? We didn’t win, but Room Fu is beyond kind and generous and they awarded me a runner up prize: a mini guest room makeover, using what I had around the house (+ some paint and curtains)! Remember how sad and lifeless the guest room looked before?

Before/After

No longer! The bright punch of teal on the accent wall wakes the whole room up! And the grey curtains bring some luxury into the formerly sterile room. What a treat to have such a wonderful group of ladies helping makeover our guest room! Fresh eyes were what that room needed!

Thank you Room Fu!

 

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Guest Room Makeover Contest

Alright guys, I’m about to test your tolerance. I kinda entered a contest. And I’m a little overexcited about it all.

Room Fu is graciously giving away a guest room remodel to an Austin resident and tons of local vendors are on board giving away their lovely items to help with the remodel. See, our new guest room hasn’t received any love since we moved in a couple months ago.

Want to check out it’s current state of sadness?

But can you see the potential? Those floors, right?

Here’s where I need your help. If you are a facebook user, please head on over to like Room Fu’s page and ‘vote’ for my photo. But don’t stop there, please share on facebook with your family and friends and ask them to ‘vote’ for my guestroom as well. Voting will be open through Wednesday, October 10th and voters will be able to cast their “ballots” once a day – so you can do it again Tuesday and Wednesday! We will know by end of day Wednesday if I can win this thing!

The best part? The makeover will happen November 7th-14th. Don’t you want to see the final room reveal on my blog in all it’s amazing glory?

Please! Go vote! And ask your friends and family to do it too!

 

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Caroline Wright – August’s Humid Decline

I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this. Caroline Wright is a local Austin artist and I have stalked this piece of art for quite some time. It’s been all over pinterest (see here and I can’t seem to find the other one – it was displayed in an entry of a beautiful home) and I really wanted it for my own home.

And guess what, it’s even more beautiful in person hanging in our new living room.  Here’s a little sneak peak. . .

Caroline Wright - August's Humid Decline

 

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hey Jude

I’m working on wrapping up Jude’s big boy room and I had pinned this awesome flow chart of the song, Hey Jude. I loved the concept but didn’t love the fonts or the colors. . . so I remade it using the colors from Jude’s room with better fonts. I am thrilled with how it turned out.

I had it printed and framed it in a floating frame to add to the decor in Jude’s big boy room. Seriously, y’all, I love the way Jude’s new room is coming together.

Hey Jude flow chart

Now if I could only finish up his new big boy quilt. . .

 

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Folding Chair Redo

I saw a couple of my friends pin this pin on pinterest to redo a folding chair (love the color and fabric she picked!) and I was amazed. And I had to do it. We already had this old folding chair that was sitting outside – likely destined for Goodwill but uh, we need some serious seating in our new living room.

Folding Chair Redo

We are waiting on a chair and a sofa to arrive at our house, so currently we have one chair and a folding/collapsable chair to sit on. This pin made me realize I could quickly add one more seat to our living room! I quickly went out and bought two cans of yellow spray paint.

Better already, right? The cushions came over very easy – just a couple screws. I decided, for maximum color impact, I was going to leave the top cushion off. The little holes just add character, right?

Folding Chair Redo

I had a black and white stripe fabric in my stash (shocker, right?) and just simply stapled the new fabric over the existing cushion that I had removed earlier.

I LOVE the result. It cost a total of about $8. Totally worth it.

Folding Chair Redo

A quirky and bright little burst of functional color for our living room.

Folding Chair Redo

Not a bad redo for an hour of time and $8!

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dining table transformation

We had this dining room table – it was functional but pretty boring and not in great condition.

So I had an idea. I’m sure I saw it on pinterest somewhere but I didn’t pin it. I started by priming the table with Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer because you don’t have to sand before applying. Makes life easier.

dining table: primed

Then I painted it. The base is a beige-y grey.

dining table: painted

The top? Chalkboard paint. I finally fell for this DIY trend. I’m pretty sure you can put chalkboard paint on anything and it’s all on pinterest.

Turns out you have to ‘prime’ the top of the table with chalk before drawing on it for the first time.

dining table: chalk priming

Wiped down and looking like a chalkboard!

dining table: ready for chalk!

‘Mom said I could draw on the table!’

dining table: drawing on the table!

‘I’m not even getting in trouble for this!’

dining table: drawing on the table!

Circles. Circles. And more circles!

dining table: drawing on the table!

I think this is a success! His drawing reminds me of Kandinsky’s Farbstudie Quadrate Circles. Maybe I have an artist on my hands? Wishful thinking? Maybe.

dining table artwork

Not only is this a great way to occupy my little monkey, I think it will be very fun to use the chalkboard top for dinner parties – labeling food and drinks just got a lot easier!

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Master bed and chevron bed runner

I think we are starting to surface from all the box unpacking from the move! We still have a ways to go – you know, putting stuff on walls, unpacking my three giant boxes of books, but some of the rooms are starting to look as I’d envisioned! Most notably, I finally got to put together our new bed! We sold our old bed because the canopy was not going to work in a smaller space and bought a storage bed from West Elm. My mom (hi Mom!), was kind enough to buy us our new headboard. The bedding inspiration came from this great store in Fredricksburg called Red in Fred. Check it out:

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I knew that green fabric very well – Amy Butler’s Full Moon Dots in Lime so I whipped up my own version of the pillow cases. The sheets they had I LOVED but they were dwell studio – so expensive. So I looked around and found similar ones at West Elm as well as the grey seersucker duvet – on sale! I sewed up the bolster pillows in Metro Geometric Stars Grey by Ellen Luckett Baker and happened to have that rust red pillow from two bedding sets ago.

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I threw in the hand made cut paper print fox for some nostalgia and whimsy and I like the result quite a bit. Jason apparently liked foxes growing up and had quite the stuffed animal collection. I thought this was a nice little nod to that.

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And finally, I finished up that crochet chevron bed runner to tie everything together.

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Still much organizing and unpacking to do, but it’s starting to feel like home!

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