Tag Archives: Decor

DIY Headboards

A simple headboard can make a $50 Hollywood Frame look like a million bucks, and it can really make a statement in a room. Unfortunately, many headboards can set you back hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. So I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite inexpensive, DIY headboard ideas. Enjoy, and happy headboarding!

Painted shutters- simple, beachy, perfectly shabby chic.

Via The Lettered Cottage

Turn a door on it’s side, slap on some crown molding and a coat of paint and voila! Want to try this one out? Click here for a tutorial.

Via Grand Design Co.

Use reclaimed planks or a wooden pallet and put your inner artist to work. There are so many possibilities with this one! I absolutely love this one from House Tweaking (click for step-by-step instructions).

Via House Tweaking

Perhaps the most time consuming DIY headboard project, but if you can pull it off, you’ve saved yourself quite a bundle! (Pssst, there’s a DIY tutorial here!)

Via Addicted 2 Decorating


A Girly Dinosaur Bedroom

Did you see the hilarious T-Rex shirts by Crazy Dog on Zulily last week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How great are those?! Olivia loves dinosaurs. I can only assume it’s because she occasionally watches Dinosaur Train on PBS. When I saw those shirts on Zulily, it gave me the idea to do a girly dinosaur theme for her new big girl bedroom. So I set about researching to see how doable this idea would be.

Not surprisingly, most dinosaur decor was for boys—lots of blue, green, red, brown, etc. I did, however, manage to find a few girly dinosaur accessories. Here are a few of my favorites!

Wall Art

Etsy shop Designs by Amanda Lee, Dinosaur Print, $30

Lamp

Alex Marshall Studios lamp from Jack and Jill Boutique, $176

Pillow

Etsy shop Drummbelina pillow, $21

Wall Decal

Rosenberry Rooms Dancing Dinos wall mural, $89.95

stuffed animal

Land of Nod Rex plush toy, $24.95

 


Custom Photo Transfer Giveaway!

I have mentioned my friend Stephanie a few times on this blog. She’s the creative genius who made this adorable sign for Olivia’s Sesame Street party, this fun Valentine’s Day garland, and this DIY decoupage ornament. I don’t think there’s an artsy thing she can’t do!

She also happens to be a talented photographer. While looking for new ways to display her art, she started experimenting with photo transfers. Her work won such rave reviews from family and friends that she decided to open an Etsy store—For the Birds.

Stephanie specializes in taking photographs and transferring them by hand to various materials, including wood, canvas, glass, tile, and acrylic. The transfer process gives the photos a vintage, Instagram-ish feel. Check out this collage of photos she took while in Charleston, South Carolina this summer:

Charleston on Canvas, $50

Amazing right?! The best part is that she takes custom orders. Have a collection of pictures from a recent vacation that you can’t figure out how to show off? Still trying to figure out what to get your parents for the holidays? Here’s your answer!

I love the finished product so much that I’ve collaborated with the artist herself to bring you an awesome giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a free custom photo transfer! The winner will be able to choose between one 12×12 wood or canvas transfer OR two to three smaller sized (think 5×7) transfers. Stephanie will work directly with the winner to recommend the best medium, size, etc. for the photograph(s). Enter below for your chance to win!

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Seven Inspired Ways to Paint a Nursery {or Big Kid’s Room}

It’s amazing what you can do with a little paint and some elbow grease! Check out these unique ideas for how to transform your baby’s nursery with just some paint (and in some cases, a LOT of painter’s tape).

Argyle Wall via Decorating Obsessed

Striped Accent Wall Via Project Nursery

Chalkboard Paint Via Nite Nite Mommy

Painted Chevron Ceiling Via Project Nursery

Single Stripe Via Apartment Therapy

Colorful Painted Squares Via Project Nursery

Chevron Wall Via Lowes


Unique and Funky Prints for your Nursery

I am loving these prints by giclee artist Juri Romanov. His Etsy shop, Orange Optimist, is chock full of little gems like the ones below. The prints are sophisticated and whimsical at the same time and would look awesome in a nursery, child’s room. . . heck, I’d put them in my dining room!

London print, $45

Hippo print, $60

Owl print, $45

Hot Air Balloon print, $45

Elephant print, $60

Whale Print, $45


Nursery Trend: Yellow and Gray

**I’m going green today and recycling a post I wrote last October. This may be an oldie but it’s a goodie! Hope all my fellow East Coasters are safe and dry. We were lucky never to have lost power and, other than some trees down, to escape Sandy’s wrath.**

This color combo is really fresh and modern for nurseries or big kid rooms. You can accent with girly ruffles or clean lined-giraffes to make the room perfect for a girl or a boy, which makes this an ideal palette for surprise deliveries. Here are some of my favorite yellow and gray nurseries I’ve come across:

Photo via www.rhoneydesign.com

Photo via www.rhoneydesign.com

Photo via madebygirl.blogspot.com

Photo via realhousewivesofbc.blogspot.com

Photo via thedomesticwannabe.blogspot.com

Photo via littleelephantstitchery.com

Embroidery hoops with fabric via littleelephantstitchery.com

Photo from taliaaudenart.blogspot.com

Available on Etsy @gusandlula ($16)


Nursery Trend: Hedgehog Wild

Last year was the year of the owl. This year, make way for the. . . hedgehog? Strange but true: these little guys are popping up everywhere! Here are a few of the cutest ways I found to work hedgehogs into your little one’s nursery:

Wall Decals, Etsy shop: Graphic Spaces, $15

Hedgehog Print, Etsy shop: Barking Bird Art, $18

Bookend, Etsy shop: Graphic Spaces, $48

Fleece Blanket, Bed-e-Byes, £19.99

Clock, Land of Nod, $68

Mamas and Papas Rocker, $129.99

Nightlight, Etsy shop: You Know, $22


Easy DIY Paint Chip Art

I have been an art-making fool lately! We had our downstairs painted recently (Luna by Valspar, which is a pale bluish greenish gray), and the new color totally changed the way our house looks. This was mostly for the better, but we suddenly found ourselves living in a sea of blue and green with not so much as a pillow to contrast the monotony. So I set out to liven things up as cheaply as possible (hence all the homemade art).

This was our foyer before. The wall color was a dirty-looking cream that was here when we bought the house, so I tried to introduce a bit of color with the framed pattern (actually cheap wrapping paper from Target’s $1 spot!), choice of photo, and background color for the quote. Not great, but it worked fine until we could paint.

Once we had the new paint on the walls, however, everything sort of blended together; so I decided to switch out the framed wrapping paper for something in the orange family. I was inspired by Katie Bower from Bower Power (awesome blog if you’ve never checked it out!) and her paint chip sea urchin, so I decided to give it a shot. Plus (hello!) paint chips are FREE. I hit Home Depot and pulled about 20 of my favorite paint chips in varying shades of orange, coral, and pink.

When I got home, I used a ruler and an Exacto knife to slice the paint chips into strips of various widths, working only with the portion that didn’t have the paint name and number printed on it. Once I had everything cut up, I started gluing each strip in a diagonal pattern to a piece of cardstock that was slightly larger than would show through the mat in the frame. After it all dried, I trimmed down the edges, taped it to the back side of the mat, and voilà! My own little paint chip masterpiece!

I also swapped out the colored cardstock with the quote (I just wrote it in the first place, so this was a super easy change). I’m planning to switch out our family photo after our photography session this fall, so that should hopefully have some nice browns and oranges in it since we’re taking the pictures outdoors. Here’s what our foyer looks like today:

Grand total for my tiny little foyer switcharoo was $0.50—I only had to pay for the cardstock to glue the paint strips on and the scrapbook paper to rewrite the quote! (I did, however, already have glue, so that helped.)

Have you made any art using paint chips from the hardware store? I would love to see it!

 


Bathroom Redesign for Under $1,000!

When we bought our house four years ago, we knew we wanted to redo our upstairs guest bathroom at some point. It didn’t look awful, but everything in the room was original to the house (i.e. from 1979) except for the lovely press-and-stick flooring, which covered the original linoleum.

While we worked our way up to a complete redo, we decided we would at least get a new WaterSense toilet to help with our water usage. What we didn’t realize was that the wax seal had pretty much disintegrated, and we ended up with some serious water damage to the floor. Whomp whomp. So since we had to pull up the flooring and replace the sub flooring, we figured we might as well jump in with both feet.

Our guest bathroom before:

It’s not a great picture, but our hard drive is holding the others hostage, so this will have to do. What you can’t see in this picture is the beautiful unframed mirror covering the entire wall and the nostalgic light fixture.

As we had just plunked down all our cash on our house, we were working on a budget. Luckily, the shower tile and tub were in good shape, so we didn’t have to touch that part. Our biggest penny-saver by far, however, was that my handy husband did every bit of the work himself (painting, tile floor, new crown molding, the works).

Our guest bathroom today:

The toilet is the Kohler Cimarron ($248), which can flush an entire bucket of golf balls. We decided to spend a little more on the toilet since we knew we wanted to have kids one day. That day has come, and believe me, that toilet was worth the money.

Our vanity is from the Estate by RSI Boardwalk collection at Lowes ($180). The mirror is allen + roth ($99) and the vanity light is Portfolio ($59), both from Lowes. 

We found our floor tiles on clearance at Lowes for $0.68 a square foot. The paint color we chose was Behr Manhattan Mist, and we found our shower curtain on sale at World Market ($15).

Our grand total for the entire bathroom. . . $964!


The New “Shops” at Target

I went to Target yesterday for the first time in a while and was surprised to see that they have adopted “shops” much in the way the new JCP has done. It must be the latest thing in retail. Target’s shops include The Webster (Miami), Privet House (Connecticut), Cos Bar (Aspen), Polka Dog Bakery (Boston), and The Candy Store (San Francisco).

The Candy Store’s collection of gourmet and nostalgic candy would make a cute and quick hostess gift for all those summer barbecues, and some of the Cos Bar nail polishes are bright and trendy but a little out there for me.

The real stars of the shops are Privet House and The Webster. The kitchen and housewares from Privet House are great. A few of my favorite pieces:

Warren Orchards Black Fig & Honey Candle, $15.99

Open Storage Box, $34.99

White Embossed Pitcher, $24.99

White Round Basket, $34.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Webster shop features men’s, women’s, and girls’ clothing, as well as shoes and accessories. I scored this great sheath dress, which doesn’t look like much on the hanger, but it fits really nicely:

Sheath Dress, $39.9

A few of my other Webster favorites:

Infant Girls' Swim Suit, $14.99

Dress, $42.99

Men's Button Up Shirt, $29.99

Cap Toe Flat, $29.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The prices are a tad higher than you usually see at Target, but they are on par with some of the other designer partnerships Target has done in the past. In any case, it’s nice to see a little something different for a change!