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Friday, December 30, 2011

Decorating with Art

I've been considering doing a little DIY artwork, for my home.  I've always loved art and the way it makes me feel.  And I think the last piece of actual art I had, was a small copy print of a Monet painting, I bought at Micheal's, about 10 years ago.  And when I had my own place, framed photos were about the only thing in my apartment, besides a few shelves and cliche candle set-ups from Target.  (Sorry, not to bad-mouth them). 

But yes...oh, sooo boring.


In the last year, I've tested out different forms of wall decor. 
 Trying lots of different things, to find what best describes, Me.  I finally get, that I should really love, what I decorate with, and not just with what I think I should or what the trends are.

  
So I've been pinning like crazy, all of the amazing pieces I love and that I could use as inspiration for making my own.  As you can see...I'm a bit obsessed right now, with watercolors and abstract.  

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image via alisa burke



image via nursery notations

This piece, is by far, my favorite.  

image via alisa burke



I'm super excited to start something...although, I hope it doesn't come out looking too silly.  Do you have any suggestions?
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Do you decorate your home with art?


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas at Home


Sometimes "Less", really is more.  At least that is what I am finding out with my Christmas decor.  Using the simplest of things and toning down, my "busy" decor feels great.  My wreath hanging on my door got a quick make-over when I removed all the extra pine cones and ornaments.  And used some leftover burlap to make a simple bow.  Nothing fancy.  But I adore her.








A simple advent calendar I created earlier this month, here.












And my absolute favorite, is the simple "Merry + Bright" print, I made on my computer.





Branches pulled from a tree outside are gathered in a vase with a few bulbs hanging.  
I love how mod and clean this vignette is.  









Basically, I'm finding the simpler, the better.  (And definitely, cheaper!)  For me anyway.  Plus, the added bonus...more money for Christmas gifts.  Well...at least I'm telling myself that.  



Happy Christmas!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Winter-land Advent

I saw this idea here, via Pinterest, a few months ago.  There are a ton of ways to display it, but I needed it to be quick and cheap.  I strung some cute winter-y cardboard tags onto some twine and numbered each one.  Because this calendar is uber cheap, I wrote directly on the back of each one.  There is a different activity for each day in December, mainly things I try to do with the kids anyway and some new fav's that I hope will become tradition.     




I'm excited for today's activity.  We're going to the town's annual Christmas parade.  It's feeling a bit more like Christmas, with the cooler weather, which means we can snuggle on the curb in downtown with some goodies and hot cocoa. 

 Last year was the first one we attended and we didn't even make it to the end.  The kids got to see Santa, but after 2 hours, I had to call it quits.    





What advent are you using this year??

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Herringbone Wall DIY

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  I knew I was going to be painting instead of losing sleep doing the Black Friday thing, so I stayed in and painted a wall.  I had been contemplating a focal wall, in my living room, for sometime now.  Chevron, stripes, all-over stenciled walls...I needed to give my living room an interesting element.  Since I don't have the luxury of owning a home with awesome molding or interesting architectural elements, painting is the best I can do in a rental.  So I ventured to our favorite idea site, Pinterest and decided on a herringbone design.

I followed this tutorial from Design Sponge, modifying it to fit my wall.



First, I measured my wall, and divided it in half.  At the halfway mark I taped with Blue Painters Tape, from floor to ceiling.   Then, I divided each of the sides in half too.  Using the blue tape again, from floor to ceiling. Next, I marked with a ruler and pencil, every 9 inches, down the center .  I started at the ceiling and worked my way down.  Like I said, depending upon how big or small your wall is, and how large and deep you want the zig-zags, the measurements will be different for everyone.  Mine ended up measuring, 8x21inches.

(Sorry for the horrible photo)

It took 2 coats of paint, and during the process I decided to leave a few of them un-painted.  I thought it looked kinda cool and gave it more appeal.  Once semi-dry (not completely dry or you run the chance of the paint peeling off with the tape, so use your best judgement) then remove your tape and enjoy!



I love how it turned out and for now, the wall stays bare until I can decide what to put on it.

It makes the best statement when you walk in the room,
 and I can't stop looking at it!






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Friday, August 5, 2011

Ikat


Who isn't in love ikat? Seriously.  This trend, I believe, came onto the scene back in 2008.  And years later, it still seems to be a winner and gaining momentum.  I despise the fact that a lot of designers and such like to say things like that are "over" or "already done".  But I think we can all agree that good design is never "over".  I love that things come back into style and just kinda rotate themselves back into our homes and decor.  Just the same as bell-bottom pants, off the shoulder tops, platforms, sunburst mirrors, silhouettes, mid-century furniture and countless other trends.  Good design is just that, good.  

So, the other day I found some super lovely ikat material at Home Fabrics for $3 a yard...Hello!!
Such a steal, I tell ya!!!!  
I just had to scoop some of this fabric up and jump on the Ikat trend. 
And for less than $20, I have some uber cool curtains.
  


And I completely forgot to mention, I received my awesome LOVE print from Jen at Made By Girl, a while back.  I love it!! 
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And I know you love the image that is, my amazing porch featuring my BBQ.  Plus, the lamp cord hanging so lovely, out from under my console table. 

 Now that's what I call a REAL picture!!



Do you have any "over" trends that you just love or are using right now?



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Inspired Rooms: Cougar Town

So recently I started watching "Cougar Town", starring Courtney Cox.  I haven't had cable in over a year (which is a whole other post)...and so I had run out of good DVD's to rent from my Netflix, so I started in on some TV shows.  I am huge..and by huge, I mean HUGE fan of 'FRIENDS'.  So of course, it's only natural that I would want to watch my favorite people.  And I was so happy I did!  It's a crack up.  I absolutely love this show and felt bad about my initial judgement on the show.  Not only is it funny, but I instantly fell in love with the set design.  It kinda reminds me of the set design from 'FRIENDS'.  Not that it mimics the set design of 'FRIENDS'...but the set has fun elements and you're constantly looking around the space for something fun and new to catch your eye.  





Courtney Cox plays, Jules, recently divorced and living with her teenage son.  They live in Florida and are constantly surrounded by their "cul-de-sac buddies".   The set has pops of color and lots of seashells and greenery.  I'm assuming trying to keep with the fact that they live in Florida.  





I've been crushing on her 2 identical arm chairs and coral couch since day 1.  





Jules' kitchen is very up to date and fresh.  I love the pendant lighting and bar stool chairs.  And the white cabinets and contrast with the dark wood floors.  




Her neighbor and best friend, Ellie, has a very country chic home.  It screams girl.  But if you watch the show, you'll know Ellie is the one who wears the pants in this house.  So it is as it should be in the decor of her home, right?  







Check out her gallery wall and the damask print in her entryway.  
FABULOUS!





I love her room especially.  The bedside table and dresser are super beautiful.  The print on the chairs especially have me giddy.  So girly!


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I'm sure I am coming in way late on how amazing this set design is...oh well.  I still love it..like I still love my 'FRIENDS'!!  And if you haven't yet...you should watch the show.  If not for the comedy, watch it for the set...you won't be disappointed.Hopefully you have something fun planned for the weekend.  I'm headed to an awesome fabric store where my parents live...can't wait to show you what I come home with!

Happy Saturday!!


xo...Sara

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ikea Mirror Knockoff

A while back I spied this mirror at Ikea.  



But of course at the time I was picking up a few other things and it just wasn't in my budget to buy her.  Ugh.  And unfortunately, because Ikea likes to keep there distance from so many of us (the nearest one to me is about 40 minutes away, and I rarely get the chance to just "stop by").  And that they don't sell her online.  Pshh!  

So I thought I would get to makn' the closest thing I could find at my local craft store and copy it!

The mirror from Ikea measures about 21 inches (give or take). 
Mine?  Maybe like half of theres. 


 I picked up a small mirror from Joann's and a about 4 of these little bags of squared mirrors.



Using some handy dandy tacky glue, I glued all my little mirrors on, starting from the outside.
I then let her sit for the day, so the glue could dry really well.    



And here she is.  For around $10.  I had myself a great little mirror for my bedroom wall.  


Granted, I know my quality mirror sucks.  But when your lookn' for a quick fix.  I don't even mind.  She looks super on my wall.  




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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stain & Paint for my new bench


I did it!

She's finally finished!  (Sigh)  I am so happy she is done.  I don't know what I was thinking, but I am so glad I went for it.  I started this project last month and well, I think I said before.  There was a lot of trial and error with this.  I think we sometimes look at plans, crafts and projects other people post and think..."hey, that looks simple enough."  Don't get me wrong, I'm not sayn' that we wanna-be DIY'ers can't do it.  It's just that, we don't consider maybe the amount of time, patience, and skill it takes to accomplish something.  I think for myself, I was making my 4th trip (in one day, mind you) back to Home Depot for wood that was warped, and I thought, this will teach me to let the sale employees pick out my lumber while I'm waiting at the cutting table.  Yeah, warped wood.
No bueno.  



And for instance the finishing part of building this bench.  Unless you like the color of the wood you were working with...more than likely, you will be either staining or painting it.  Or maybe even both.  

This is how I finished her.  First, I sanded her from head to toe..top to bottom.
Then I primed the legs with Zinsser Primer.  Then I sanded her down with a fine-grit sander.  Next, I covered the top with plastic, then spayed her with 2 coats of Rustoleum Heirloom White (a very popular color right now).  And in between those 2 coats, I sanded her down again to make sure she didn't have any bumps or anything.  Something I learned the hard way.  

THEN!  I used Minwax stain in Dark Walnut.  I put 2 coats of this on and in between let her dry for about 24 hours.  If you don't you can ruin the stain and it won't set in the wood.  After another 24 hours I used Minwax Polycrylic.  I did 3 coats of this and allowed each coat to set for at least 2 hours.  The very last coat I let sit for 24 hours.  

Whew!  

See I told yah.  A lot of time and patience.  Something that is still hard for me to do.  And I think I am pretty patient!  But she was worth it.  I love her to death and now I am thinking I need to re-do my kitchen table and chairs.  They just don't match the beauty that is my new bench.  Haha!!




Either way.  Building this bench and all the time and effort spent on her, was not wasted.  And I am not scared to take on another.  I am really excited to build something else!  And maybe the next one will be even better.  And I won't have to take a million trips back to the hardware store for more wood and screws.  

But, Oh she is so beautiful.  I am so giddy to do my table now.  

But don't hold your breath...it'll probably be a few months before that one is finished!  

Let's hope not.