Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easy Chair Redo {on the cheap}

My sister picked up this cute little seat (is it a chair or a bench?) at an estate sale recently.  She really liked the lines but wasn't crazy about the fabric it was covered in.

Not being much into diy, she asked for my help recovering it.  Of course I said, "Yes!"  Just give me a reason to pull out my staple and glue guns, and I'm all over it.  So anyway, her style is a little global, Pier 1/World Market-ish.  For some reason rag rugs popped into my head and the next thing I knew Michelle was at Wally World picking up one of these beauties for under $5.00!

I stopped by her house with my supplies between running kids to summer activities, and in around 30 minutes she had this refreshed little accent piece.

We were both pretty happy with the way it turned out.  The rug seat will be super durable and the colors and texture lend itself well to her global aesthetic.

Now I'm seriously thinking of what else I can recover in a rag rug.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spring Pictures

A few weeks ago we had some photos taken of the kids.  I have gotten so bad at having the kids' pictures taken over the past few years!  I saw that Gwen from Living Art Photography was offering spring mini sessions, so I jumped on it.  The session was quick and painless.



Now, hopefully I'll order prints before Teddie's first birthday!


Friday, May 16, 2014

DIY Bunny Art

Hi All! First, I want to say thank you so much for all the wonderful comments you all left from the One Room Challenge.  What a fun experience that was!  Today I'm sharing a quick and easy art project I did for Teddie's nursery.

When I started thinking about decorating for our new baby girl I knew I wanted to include a print from The Animal Print Shop.  There are so many adorable images to choose from but to be honest, they are a little pricey for me.  The 8 x 10 prints are very reasonably priced at $25 I believe, but I wanted something larger than that.  The larger size options are limited edition prints that are priced into the hundreds, which is also a reasonable price for a limited edition fine art print.  I'm just not willing to sink that kind of money into art for a baby's room.

I looked all over online for something similar to no avail.  Enter H & M.  Yes!  I stumbled across these wall decals at H & M online while I was shopping for pillow covers.  I grabbed a frame and mat board from Michael's and had myself a cute little knock-off in no time!

Cut out decal~

Center it on mat~

Apply decal~

Smooth out air bubbles~ 


That's a pretty nice savings for a similar effect I'd say!  The great part is I still have a cat and dog decal that will probably find homes in Norah and Isaac's rooms.  Three pieces of art for less than half of the price of one sounds like a great deal to me!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Room Challenge :: Week 6

Today is the day!  It's finally time to share the finished product of the One Room Challenge!  I'd like to thank Linda from Calling it Home for lighting a fire under my behind with this challenge.  As much as I detest deadlines, it really did help motivate me to get Teddie's nursery finished and ready for her to enjoy.  And I have to say, it feels good to set a goal for myself and actually see it through to completion.  Since I'm not real big on small talk, let's just get to it!

Here is where we started~

And here it is now~

Painting all the trim and built-in drawers made such a difference.  I just went with an untinted bright white in a satin finish for the walls and woodwork, and then Benjamin Moore Pink Harmony in a matte finish for the ceiling.  I love the color.  I used that same paint on the changing table as well.

The shelves are from Home Depot.  Matt gets a big pat on the back for installing them for me!

 I'm glad to finally have a place to display some of Therese's pretty things.  The portraits were done by Annette Barr Photography.

The Himmeli heart is a diy that I made out of paper straws.  You can get the tutorial here.  Prepare for your brain to hurt...but you can do it!

The "Create what you want to see in the world" print is from Baby Jives.

The bunny art is a diy that I'll share soon.  I just love this little guy or gal.  We should probably give him or her a name soon.

 The embroidered birth announcement art was made by my Aunt and the cuckoo clock was an estate sale find.

The crib has been used for all four children.  I'd say we got our money's worth on that one! The garland over the bed was another diy.  I just cut letters out of glittered card stock and strung it on some yarn.  The Baby Jives mobile actually inspired me to use the phrase "Grace Like Rain" from one of my favorite songs by Todd Agnew for the garland.

Raining bits of love and grace over my baby girl~

 Crib sheet is by Candy Kirby Designs and the skirt, changing pad cover and throw pillow are from Etsy a few years ago.  I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the shop.  The chandelier is vintage from an estate sale.  We've already bumped our heads on it a few times so I'm not sure if it will get to stay or not.  (Sad face)

The pouf is from Amazon and the rug is from Rugs USA, both were gifts from my parents.

The curtains were a semi-diy.  I used some tab-top curtains we weren't using from our old house, but cut the tabs off and added ring clips to the back.  Then I added ball fringe from Hobby Lobby.

 Like I mentioned earlier, the changing table was painted the same color as the ceiling.

 I added some baskets from target and gave them a little bit of white spray paint and black yarn poms for fun.

And here is the before and after again~

Thank you SO much for stopping by and be sure to check out my fellow linking participants here!  I can't wait to see what everyone has done!


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