To wallpaper or not to wallpaper?

To wallpaper, of course.  

Not even a doubt.  In fact, I'm looking to do two rooms in wallpaper.  The first is our home office and the second is the master closet.  

Our home office is off of our kitchen and is one of my favorite rooms in the house. The kitchen has white counters, white cabinets, gray tile and the walls are covered in SW Snowbound (white) and SW Peppercorn (dark gray).  The office currently has the same SW Snowbound on 3 walls and SW Tricorn Black on the other.  I definitely want to keep the black wall and do the other 3 in wallpaper.  Here are my current favorites.

For the Master Closet I really wanted to have fun in there.  It's a small space and we can certainly get away with being bold. Our room is neutral with the same SW Snowbound White on 3 walls and SW Tricorn Black on the other.  Here are my current favorites.

If I were going to pick today I'd pick the Black and White Aztec pattern for the office and the second cactus paper. What would you pick?

DIY Woven Headboard

I have been loving this Seagrass Block Headboard from Pier 1, and was trying to think of a way I could DIY it to fit our daughter's space.  E is almost 4 so I wanted something softer than seagrass and also something white since our entire house is wood.  Wood walls, wood floors, wood windows.  You get it...wood.  They clothesline popped into my head.  Here is what I came up with and how I did it.  I always like to throw in a finished pic before the tutorial, so here you go.

What you need for your DIY Woven Headboard

-Clothesline (I used 6 packages/200 yds each for a full size...yes, its a lot of clothesline)

-Plywood cut to your headboard size.  Since we did this for a full size we cut ours to 60" wide and 32" tall

-small amount of paint

-2 eye bolts/hooks

-tape measure, plyers. screw driver

After we had the wood cut I painted it with white paint so the wood wouldn't stand out too much.  I then started stapling and cutting my clothesline.

I didn't want to mount our woven headboard to the bed frame.  Instead I opted to mount directly on the wall.  I used this tutorial for the exact steps.

The finished product-

If I could go back and do it again, I may try and make it a bit tighter, but all in all I'm happy.  Emmi's room is still in need of some cool art to go behind her bed and many other things, but I think our DIY Woven Headboard is the start of something good in here!  Finally!

I also thought about dyeing the clothesline, so that is always an option for those that do not want white

Creating Outdoor Bamboo Lighting

In my opinion, we live in the best little spot in Nashville.  It's a wooded area that is peaceful but still close to everything.  Our neighbors are great and we couldn't be happier here.  We love sitting outside so we decided we needed some more cohesive lighting.  We have had some string lights up but they just weren't doing the job...enter our newest project...Hanging Bamboo Lights.  We wanted something modern yet natural and decided to make them ourselves.  Since we don't have Bamboo in our yard I called upon my awesome MOMS club friends and asked if anyone else did and of course my mama's came through for us!  I wish I had some video of me chopping these bamboo stalks down because that sure was a site to see.

The first step is to split these shoots down the middle so we can get the cord all the way through.  We used a few tools before we finally got it right.

The ALABAMA knife did the trick.

We used lights that my man had left over from a music video shoot.  They are super inexpensive and we picked them up for a few dollars each at the Home Depot.  

Once they are strung we fastened them together with cable ties to keep everything in place.

We then covered the cable ties with rope to hide those hideous plastic ties.

 A little hot glue and a few burns later...they start to come together.

To us the silver just wasn't blending in and it made them so we painted them with Rustoleum's Aged Copper spray paint.

 I think the best part of the light is this awesome vintage type bulb.  We also picked this up at the Home Depot for about $10 a piece.  I know that's expensive for one bulb but to me it was totally worth it since we had everything else on hand.

Here they are in all of their glory...

 And then the sun started to set just right for these photos.

Not bad, right?  Especially when you figure we paid less than $50 for three outdoor lights when you factor in bulbs, wiring, etc.  We couldn't be happier with how they turned out.  We love them so much we're thinking of adding them to our patio as well.  Do you have anything in your yard you could turn into a light?



Creating with the Stars

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Recovering an Ottoman

We've had this ottoman for about 5 years.  My lovely mother-in-law gave it to us as a gift when we moved into our house in Los Angeles.  It was a good find from Pier 1 and it has really served us well.  It's been used as a coffee table and most recently as storage for our sheets and blankets at the end of our bed.  It is the perfect coffee table especially if you have kids that are pulling up to stand.  Its soft enough to not hurt them if they fall and sturdy enough to hold a drink.

I love the zebra print, but it needed a face lift to fit in with our yellow and gray living room. I started by removing the top from the base and then took off the black mesh stuff (it has a technical name but I can't remember it at the moment!).

I then laid out the fabric and cut to size.

 Once its cut just start to staple all the way around.

Now its time to tuft!  This is the first time I attempted to do this and I can't wait to tuft again!  Next up is a tufted headboard for sure.  I used a tapestry needle and just some thick string I had on hand.

 Once you pull it through just staple tight on the back.


 Perfect storage for all of our blankets.  My parents made many of the blankets in this ottoman.

 I love how the ottoman both compliments and contrasts with the rug.

There are quite a few patterns going on in this room, but I really think they work well together.  Not every one's cup of tea, but we love it.

It's so easy and affordable to take a quality piece that you already own and update it to make it fit in a new space.  A new look and it only cost $19.95 for 2 yards of fabric! (50% off at Joann's!)

Dining Room Makeover

When we were thinking about our dining room and how we wanted it to look the first factor I took into consideration was I needed it to be kid friendly.  Kids are messy.  Really messy.  I will be the first to admit, I like the finer things in life, but when it comes to my house and decorating it needs to be practical or its just a waste of money.  There was a time when I would have thought going to a furniture store and picking a set of dining room furniture would be the way to go.  I was confused about my style, but once we bought our first home and re did everything I started to develop my own style which is what I like to call eclectic-modern-vintage.  Oxymoron I know.

For our dining room here I have mixed random thrifted finds with new modern pieces.  It's just my style.  Certainly not for everyone, but it works for me.  Once you define your style, whatever it may be, it makes decorating even more fun. 

Our little cabin in the woods is definitely made of wood like I have said many times before.  Wood everything.  Floors, walls, windows so our furniture choices need to be a little bolder in my opinion.

I found the dining table at an estate sale for $20.00.  I had originally painted it gray and it worked with the chairs when I first covered them.  Here is what the chairs looked like before the second repaint/recover.

I painted them an off white color with Annie Sloan's chalk paint and recovered them in 2 different fabrics.  They worked for a while until EM moved from the high chair to the dining chairs.  They were a mess.  Food everywhere! The fabric definitely wasn't kid friendly.  That's when I found the current fabric on and get's laminated!!  Yes, laminated!  They wipe clean and no child can ruin them.  Love!

I purchased the rug through a Young House Love sale on Joss & Main for $50.00.  I even had a $25.00 credit so technically I only paid $25.00 for the awesome black and white chevron rug.  The Aqua Hutch is my most viewed post on my blog and cost me $19.00 at the thrift store (before paint and supplies of course.  It was a mess) 

 My awesome sister made us this address art when I sent her a swatch of the fabric.  I just love them and yes, I am aware that we have moved quite a few times!

Here is a quick look at the space before we moved in with the after.  


Girls Coral & Aqua Inspiration Board

We decided once Phoenix was born that we would re-do Emmi's room.  With all the attention P is getting we want to make sure she is getting something special for herself.  I want her to be the "client" and have a say in what her room will look like.  Since what she wants and what I want (I'm sure that is going to be a theme with the two of us until she is in her 20's) are almost opposite, I decided the below inspiration board would be a good compromise.  She asked for purple, but as I've said before our ENTIRE house is wood.  Dark wood.  Purple will just be too dark. 

Here is what I came up with..with approval from Emmi of course.

1-Paint swatch from Pinterest with broken link.  If this is yours let me know and I'll give credit where credit is due!
2- I painted this dresser for my sister and I hope to find something similar and paint the same color
3-White Duvet, 4-Chevron Blanket, 5-Rug, 6-Owl Frame, 7-Coral tray, 8-Lampshade, 9-Painted Headboard (will do something similar to a 2nd hand piece I find), 10-Coral Box, 11-Zebra Head

I think this is a good start for Emmi's room.  Sarah Richardson, who is one of my favorite designers, gives great advice on decorating children's rooms.  She always designs rooms they can grow into.  That's great for the budget too.  As they grow older you can switch a few key pieces at a time and save some money rather than redecorating the entire space every couple of years.  This is one of the main reasons we did not buy Emmi a toddler bed.  She is going from crib, to crib with one side off to full size bed. 

How do you plan out a room?  Do you start with one inspirational or existing item and build from there?