Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hump day giveaway | Flamingo Printable

Happy hump day! I hope that you're having a great week! For today's free printable, I'm offering a flamingo print inspired by West Elm's print
Here's a close up
Download your 8x10 copy HERE

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Posts at East Coast Creative + Houzz

Hi! Today I'm at East Coast Creative sharing the start of my office in Tennessee, it's a mix of projects completed in the last few months and a couple new ones! Make sure to stop by!

Also, if you missed my tutorial on how to make a marble table lamp on Houzz, check that out! You won't believe how easy it is using baseboard tiles.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rattan Chair Makeover

Hi! I hope that you had a great weekend! It was hot here! We went almost directly from frigid winter in Ohio to unseasonably warm temps in Tennessee. But it was gorgeous, not complaining at all .. well maybe a little, I was attacked by several bees, so we'll have to figure that out .. as I was sanding and painting outside, I also had the fly swatter added to my tool arsenal!

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen this rattan chair that I found on Friday! I love the shape, and the fact that it didn't need any major repairs / reconfiguring. Finding something that just needs a little sanding, painting, and simple upholstery is SO much easier than repairing and switching things around. Too often, I buy things that need a lot of work.

This was easily done in a day while we were working on other projects, so not bad at all!

I didn't prepare a full tutorial but here's a quick run down. 

1. Lightly sand chair with 120 sandpaper

2. Wipe off dust with microfiber cloth

3. Prime. My paint had primer built in, but I opted to add an additional coat for extra coverage and protection once dry. Apply in thin coats

4. Paint. Once the primer is dry, apply in thin coats letting it dry in between. I used 2 cans of spray paint. (Valspar - Mellow Spring)

5. Upholster the seat (here's a similar tutorial) Mine came with a piece of loose plywood, which made upholstering so easy!

BTW, did you know that it's the final week of Creating with the Stars!? Voting is open through Tuesday! Stop by and pick you favorite. I'll be there tomorrow, sharing our home decor project, make sure to stop by!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Five

Sorry to be away for the the past few Fridays. Now that we've moved, I'm hoping to be back regularly. Here's what's caught my eye recently!

I found Tonic Living a year or so ago, and I was immediately hooked! I love that it's a carefully curated collection - so you don't have to search through pages and pages to find one thing that you like. You can start with one fabric to use as your inspiration and easily find ones that coordinate. Here's a quick board that I put together. I see this in a girl's room - floor to ceiling floral draperies and accent pillow on bed, gray and white geometric upholstered headboard, fuschia linen accent pillow, and an accent chair in the green trellis with a metallic ivory linen accent pillow.

sakura white tea // tuscany linen orchid // locked white tea // bethe leaf // alchemy linen

If you're interested in photography, than you probably know how important LIGHT is! But getting ideal lighting isn't always possible .. I recently purchased a combination reflector / diffuser and it's game changer! You can easily soften light or reflect a warm or cool light to reflect more light on your object. The translucent circle has silver and gold that zippers on and off and compacts down to fit in a case. 

Here's an example using the diffuser .. 

Pretty neat, huh? I have the 43" size, but it also comes in a 22" size

Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap - this soap is amazing!! Admittedly, I have a love for all things mint (especially soap), but this is my fav! It is a great way to wake up or relax - you feel like a new person! It's also concentrated and versatile, so a good value. The cheapest I've found it is at Trader Joes, $10 for 32 ounces. 

Did you catch Mandi from Vintage Revivals bedroom reveal for her niece? I'm CRAZY for her wood ring stamped (yes STAMPED) feature wall! SO good!! Click here for the room reveal. Please pin from original source. 

vintage revivals 

I'm obsessed with the shape of this headboard! It has a custom look for less, a queen is currently $299.99. Available at Target 

Love this Penelope Large Nightstand from West Elm! The circular shape is a great contrast to the typical square shape of the dresser and bed. 

Hope you all have a great weekend! David has off today, so hopefully we can enjoy this beautiful spring weather!! After this winter, we need some SUN!! :) 
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