Monday, January 30, 2012

Room of the day - Adorable Nursery

This adorable and whimsical nursery belongs to a lucky little girl named Rowan, who just so happens to be the daughter of popular blogger Jen from Jenloveskev. I discovered her blog several years ago and have been following her and her husband (and now daughter) ever since. She blogs mostly about fashion, art, food and happenings in her life, but every now and then she showcases her decorating abilities as well! Jen is definitely one talented moma!

Isn't that bird mobile amazing?! I love all of the handmade and vintage items in Rowans bedroom. Can you imagine how cool it would be growing up with your very own little tee pee in your bedroom as a kid?! Its filled with pillows and blankets and is the perfect place to read, play and hide. I  am really drawn to the 'un-decorated' qualities of this nursery, it's such a fresh take on a babies room. What do you think?

You can see more on Jen, Kev and Rowan here or view more pics of the nursery here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: The Favors

Yes, it's the end of January and yes there are still some details from my October wedding that I haven't gotten around to sharing with you yet. . . Like the DIY wedding favors!

I searched high and low for something unique to give our wedding guests to take home with them. I wanted it to be something I could make myself and wouldn't cost a lot of money. (We were trying to stick to a tight budget, remember?!) I also liked the idea of something that could be used again and again, not something cheesy that guests would throw in the trash after the wedding. I stumbled upon this tile coaster idea and fell in love!

 via The Cottage Home

I was obsessed with the idea of giving our guests something handmade that they could use in their own home. I thought these tile coasters were not only adorable but would be pretty simple to make and fit the bill perfectly! Here's what my supply list looked like:

- 200 tile coasters purchased from Habitat for Humanity
- Book of colorful scrapbook paper 
- 2 bottles of Mod Podge 
- Several foam brushes
- 2 yards of black felt (for the backs so that the tiles don't scratch furniture surfaces)
- Fabric glue
- Clear acrylic spray paint

I rounded up a couple of girls to help me on a Saturday back in July and we went to town making tile coasters. I precut all of the scrapbook paper and black felt in order for us to set up one giant assembly line. It took all afternoon and evening but at the end of the day we had made enough coasters for each guest to take two home with them. I tied them together using hemp twine and placed a sticker on the back thanking guest for sharing our special day with us. 

At the wedding we placed a set of coasters at each place setting. I love how all the bight and bold patterns looked against the rustic burlap table runners.

I can't tell you how excited I get when we visit friends or family and see OUR wedding coasters sitting out on their coffee tables or side tables in their living rooms! 

To see the tutorial that I followed to make these awesome coasters, go here!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Island Style

It's January. It's cold. It's overcast and ugly out and I can't stop daydreaming about living on an island somewhere that is warm and breezy all year round. The South Pacific, the Caribbean, whatever, just get me somewhere hot and sunny! If you adore island style living like I do, here's some eye candy for you so you can daydream (and warm up) along with me :)

all images via Coastal Living

Monday, January 23, 2012

Room of the day

via BHG
I love all the details in this beautiful, light filled room. The high ceilings, the amazing light fixture and that abstract art are all GORGEOUS! I also adore the pops of pale turquoise and pink.  What do you think of this fresh and modern space?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trend Alert: Ombre

The french word 'ombre' literally means shadow or shaded. This trend has been popular in fashion for quite some time, but has recently been popping up everywhere in interiors. In design, it is gradation and shading of color (typically going from light to dark) on fabric, walls, furniture or any other surface. I adore this trend and it's probably because it reminds me of tie dye! Although it is a little more sophisticated than tie die, but striking none the less. Take a look of some examples of ombre;

via Urban Outfitters

via Martha Stewart

via Making it Lovely

via Pinterest

via Martha Stewart Living

via Pinterest

 So what do you think of the ombre trend? Love it or leave it?! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Room of the day

Ooh la la, how I love this living space designed by Muse Interiors! The dark velvet sofa with nailhead trim, gray grasscloth wallpaper and quatrefoil floor lamp are all so gorgeous! I also dig the playful pillows that pop and the citrus green garden stool. The wainscotting in this space is also to die for! What do you think of this beautiful living room, love it as much as I do?!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DIY Kitchen Art

I created an art print to hang in my kitchen and I LOVE the way it turned out! Take a look:

I used Gimp (the free version of Photoshop) to create a 'kitchen conversion chart'. I can't tell you how many times I have had to hop on the computer while cooking or baking to google a conversion!  I figured this handy dandy (and super cute) piece of art would be the solution to my problem. Here's a closeup:

Feel free to download it and print it for yourself if you wish! (It's formatted as 5x7.) I mounted it on a piece of white cardstock and framed it in a white frame I already had. It's the perfect addition to my kitchen and cost only pennies! What do you think? Oh, and don't you just love my red Kitchen Aid mixer? I sure do. It was seriously one of the best wedding gifts we received - it's not only super functional but shiny and pretty and looks great in my kitchen! What's your favorite kitchen accessory or gadget? Please share!

Monday, January 9, 2012

While strolling through Target the other day I was shocked by two things. The first being that they already have bathing suits for sale (in January?!) and the second that they have some super cute and stylish new items in the home decor isles! Take a peak at what caught my eye from Target's new Golden Days collection by Sabrina Soto;

Decorative Chevron Pillow - Pink

Decorative Pouf

Dove Wall Decor - Set of 3

Mirror Table

Decorative Floral Pillow

Mix and Match Lamp Shade - Chevron

Printed Canvas

Butterfly Vase

All of these items have a soft feminine feel and would be the perfect accent to any boudoir or living space with a girly vibe, don't you think? You gotta love Target and their uncanny ability to provide stylish yet affordable decor to the masses!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Room of the day

I absolutely adore this bedroom by Los Angeles designer Vanessa DeVargas! In my book, you can never go wrong with a white upholstered headboard (with nailhead trim) and crisp white bedding! I love the custom two-tone drapes with gray trellis fabric and pink trim that coordinates with the gray chevron pillows with pink piping on the bed. It's just proof that it's all in the details! I also really love the look of the layered flokati rug ontop of the jute rug. The bookshelves with wallpapered back shelves is also a nice detail. The whole room is just super cute, don't you think?!

I have a quick little announcement to make. . . I'm leaving tomorrow to go on vacation to Southern California with my husband, step kids and in-laws. We'll be going to Disneyland and Universal Studios, soaking in the warm sun and getting all sorts of great family time in. I can't wait!! I'll be back next Monday to my regularly scheduled posting, so stay tuned! See you in a week :)

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