Monday, October 13, 2014

Chairish Living Room Styleboard

Just this past week, I was contacted by Chairish, an exclusive, curated, online marketplace that sells the most amazing vintage furniture.  They asked if I'd be interested in putting together a room around one of their vintage rugs.  After searching their site, I came across this beautiful wool rug.  The colors really struck me and I was instantly drawn to the deep blue.  

It can be quite tricky putting together a room, and at times it can seem overwhelming.  I began first, with the rug--pulling colors out that I wanted to use within the space and then choosing a neutral palette for my main pieces.  I have a love affair with the simplicity of natural wood and I love how they look paired with upholstered pieces. A few simple accessories and the right pillows, it's a done deal. While majority of everything came from Charish, I did happen to pull a  few things from a few other of my favorites sites as well.  

Be sure to head over and see more on their site!

Happy Monday, friends!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekend Reading

It's the weekend friends! As if you didn't already know, right?? I'm probably the one person alive who isn't at all really excited for the weekend...if I wasn't a mother it'd probably be different, and I'd be super stoked about having time off from work and just relaxing watching reruns of The Office or some other Netflix show.  But alas, motherhood never takes a break, and the weekend is no different than the next day.  This past week I was able to take a little tour of a local historical building, Kimberly Crest, all by myself, while the hubby took over at home for few short hours.  It was amazing and I wish I could have shared it with my family, but this type of tour was hands-off, which was even harder for myself!  It was amazing.

This past week I've scoped out a few things I'm still debating about and others that you might enjoy as well....

I've been scoping out Halloween costumes for the family, or rather just hoping that this year might be the year we actually do one.  But I had fun scoping out what everyone else has done.

Have you been to the pumpkin patch yet?  This outing is by far my favorite thing to do during fall, maybe this year we'll do the corn maze.  And if I'm feeling particularly adventurous maybe try my hand at one of these unique pumpkins.

I thought this read on Why is it Hard to Make Friends Over 30 quite interesting.  

I'm in love with this Welcome Fall Dinner Party!  

I hope you're able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, wherever you are!  

Have a beautiful weekend!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DIY Wood Poster Hanger

Last week I pulled out my Halloween decor and had second thoughts about what I should put out or not.  My reality is this--my son, for those who don't know, has Autism.  Basically, he has classic Autism and isn't what you would call high-functioning or those you most likely have heard of with Asperger's.  Now, I won't go into too many specifics, but I will say he really isn't scared or even affected by scary Halloween stuff so you'd think it wouldn't be a big deal to decorate around the house, but what you don't know is that he has a semi-infatuation with tearing things apart and even at times chewing on things.  So after the last few years, I've had to make some changes to my decor and what I decide to put out.  

So on to today's little project, this hanging wood poster is the perfect addition to my Halloween decor and one that doesn't seem to interest my little boy at all.  So for me, that's a win-win.  My daughter still gets to see some holiday decor and I don't have to worry so much about him bothering this (hopefully).  

To begin, last year I stumbled upon these giant Halloween prints.  And the best part is you get three printable posters all for $5!!  Last year I printed out the skeleton and this year I decided to go with Edgar Allen Poe's quote.  I also decided that it needed a fun hanging element. This project was really inexpensive and took less than an hour to do.  

***To have enlargements done on your prints, get them printed at your local Staples as an Engineering Print.  Mine today only cost me $1.68 (prices may vary). 

Supplies needed:

Begin by getting whatever print you want printed, and trim any excess you don't want. I also went ahead and measured my dowels to my print and left about an inch on either side of it.

Stain your dowels with your preferred stain, mine was Varathane, Early American.  I only applied one coat of stain and my dowels were ready within the hour.  

Leaving less than half and inch border on the top and bottom, this allowed me to staple my print to the wooden dowels.

Staple and tie your twine around the dowel and hang!  The great thing about this project is how easy it is to switch out your print whenever you feel the need.  This poster won't be up forever, but I can guarantee this wood poster hanger will be sticking around.  

I'm still getting set-up around here and figuring out exactly what to put out, but it's coming along and a few other little mini-holiday projects too.  If you want to see what I've been up to be sure to follow along on Instagram.

Do you have any fun holiday projects going on?

Linked to:
The Winthrop Chronicles
Time To Sparkle Party: Love Grows Wild
Home Stories A to Z
Thrifty Decor Chick