make this: geometric bedroom art

We’re still moving along in the bedroom and the progress is becoming noticeable! Yay!! Our primary focus right now is getting art up on the walls and adding some style.

Today, I want to share this fun geometric art project that we completed last weekend. I’ve been loving all the geometric-ness that’s been popping up around Pinterest lately, and this was an easy DIY-able idea that I found on The Red Thread (a blog you should definitely get friendly with). And this thing certainly packs a punch!diy-geometric-bedroom-art-9

Now, in Lisa’s version,  lots of colors works amazingly because her room is largely white. We’ve got a lot going on already with those curtains we snagged at IKEA last year. They are powerful and kind of command the room, so I decided our version would stick within that color scheme: purples, gray, and white.

I also went a little larger. I picked up three foam boards from the dollar store (instead of two) and secured them together vertically. It takes up a lot more visual space this way. I’m thinking of flanking it with some “chill” art above the nightstands would balance out the strictness of the geometric pattern and just about complete this side of the room. diy-geometric-bedroom-art-12

It took about 2 hours and, because it’s all made on foam board, it was super easy to hang. I just used three velcro picture hanging strips (like these) at the top and used sticky tack to secure the bottom corners. Plus, knowing that what’s hanging over our heads at night is not super heavy let’s us sleep a little more peacefully, just in case it does come down. Which it won’t, but still.

What are your favorite DIY art projects? Do you like frames or canvases? Or made from something unexpected? Share below!!

a colorful life list: meet more bloggers!

Happy happy Friday! I thought today I’d share the first official update on the colorful life list I implemented last month. Plus, I feel like Fridays are the perfect day of the week to share something fun!

Since, I’ve been getting really into blogging lately (because I’ve actually admitted to myself that it’s my dream and why the hell shouldn’t it be?), one of the things I was most excited about on my list was meeting more bloggers in person. This is way harder than it  sounds, but I just knew that there have to be more awesome DIY/home bloggers in the Dallas area than just me.

So, last Saturday was my first blogger date with Savannah of Savannah Smiled.

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In a sort of weirdo twist of fate, we actually kind of knew each other already. Not only did we both attend the same college at the same time, but our husband’s are in the same teaching program (and both math teachers!). While, Montell (her man) was over at our apartment working on a project with Josh, I recognized him from her blog and put the pieces together. I probably also really freaked him out when I barged into our office and said “YOUR FIANCE IS SAVANNAH”.

So, we met for coffee. Amazing, delicious coffee at Cafe Brazil. I had a raspberry latte and she ordered the rocky road latte.

Seriously people, we talked for four hours without so much as an awkward pause. We chatted up blogs, diy projects, husbands, teaching, and even IKEA. She is the sweetest and I’m pretty sure there will be more coffee dates in our future!

Have you ever met any fellow bloggers in real life? Are you a Dallas blogger too? I’d love to meet more kindred spirits!!

make this: gilded chair makeover

Grab your sand paper, staple guns, and spray paint because it’s makeover time!!! Don’t run away screaming though; we’re talking about a furniture makeover! (Unless you use sandpaper in your beauty routine, then more power to you.) But, today we’re going gold.

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My obsession with gold is pretty new. For a long time I was against almost all shades of the metallic hue, but now, I can’t get enough of it. From brassy to champagne, it looks amazing in pretty much any space.

A few years ago, I picked up this fun chair from a thrift store for five dollars. It had such an awesome shape that I couldn’t resist. And, because I was still new at the whole furniture makeover concept, I decided to go crazy. I painted it purple and recovered the cushion in this fun, bold yellow fabric. It was a really fun addition to our previous apartment, but in 816 (our new place), we’ve toned down the decor just a bit. So, for the cost of two cans of metallic spray paint and a yard of fabric, we made over this crazy chair into a fabulous place to park it.

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But enough stalling! No makeover story is complete with mid-transformation montage (a la every 90’s teen rom-com ever!) So, here’s what we did!gilded-chair-makeover-before (5)

The first step is pretty much any furniture makeover, is sanding and primer. I found this awesome paint stripping sand paper and gave the chair a good scuffing (no dirty jokes here, please!). Then, after wiping it down with a wet cloth and letting it air dry, we moved on to priming.

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Then, after wiping it down with a wet cloth and letting it air dry, we moved on to priming. Another benefit to priming when you’re going metallic is that it gives you a white base to build on. If I had just sprayed the gold over the purple, I probably would’ve ended up with a less vibrant gold or I would have had to do more coats. Just remember, white base = best!

I used Krylon’s metallic gold spray paint and it worked fantastically. Truth be told, one can would have done it, but I broke the seal on the second can for good measure. I’ve got a lot left, but what girl doesn’t want more metallic gold spray paint on hand? You know, for emergencies.

While the chair cured outside on our patio for several hours, I turned my attention to the cushion. No pictures here, because it was that easy, I removed the yellow fabric, and stapled the ikat fabric to the cushion. No piping or batting needed here! I would recommend going with a thicker fabric (mine is a duck fabric which is kind of like canvas). It tends to hold its shape and you can pull it very taught without distorting the pattern much.

And, here she is.

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The blue fabric is such a perfect compliment to the gold, right? And I can’t help but show a photo of the back of the chair. The shape is so pretty and I just love it!

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We’re moving along on my goal to get this apartment whipped into shape, and this lovely gal fits right in!

What are your thoughts on furniture makeovers? Worth the extra work or not? Do you have a favorite on of your own? Share below!

{I linked up at Home Stories A to Z!}

this isn’t your grandma’s coat

Alright, y’all. Today we’re doing the unofficial Mackelmore Thrift Shop challenge with Young House Love! (If you haven’t heard this song, you need to. It’s hilarious! You can find the cleaned up version here.) The rules are simple! Go thrift shopping, $20.00 in yo’ pocket, find something awesome, and document said awesome-ness with gratuitous photos of your ‘ghetto’ face.

So, last Saturday, I headed to “Thrift Town” which is right down the road for me and set out for greatness. Oh boy did I find it.

thrift-shopping-challenge-1For those of you who might not know, “greatness” can often come in the form of acid washed denim jackets. I know it’s not part of the song, but I really think Mackelmore himself would be proud to don this!

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Really though, I found this awesome desk lamp with a pop of bright green. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was Emily Henderson. I could totally see this beauty being worked into one of her amazing rooms. It was only $9.99 and in great shape, but I resisted the temptation. Truth be told, I don’t need another lamp and after a solid 5-7 minutes of pacing around it, carefully balancing the pros and cons of stylish lighting, I backed away slowly.

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Luckily, I was distracted by fate. My greatest find was this gorgeous, vintage pink pitcher for just $4.99!! Not a scratch, dent, or ding on it and now, it’s all mine! It’s smaller than a standard picture but I think it would be perfect for summer cocktails for two on our patio, as a vase for fresh flower, or it might even live in our bedroom to save us late nite trips to the kitchen for a glass of water. It’s the only thing I purchased with my $20 bones but I am mighty proud!thrift-shopping-challenge-3

And, I just couldn’t resist giving it a little fashion show after I got it home and cleaned up.

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A stack of books, a flower, my  pitcher, and some fun fabric all in pink just makes my day!! Plus, on this first day of February, it is quite appropriate! (PS. You’ll also be seeing this fabric come back into play with an upcoming project!!)

Did you participate in the thrift shop challenge? Or do you just have any awesome/hilariously un-awesome thrifting finds to share? Let’s hear it!!

make this: the lazy girl’s diy bedskirt

I’m not afraid to admit that in the past, I have been quite vehement about never ever having a bed skirt. Traditional bed skirts just aren’t my thing, with their ruffles and often dusty colors. No. But when we moved into our new apartment, 816, we opted to sell our huge bedroom set in order to have a little more space in the boudoir. Because, even though our new bedroom is actually larger in terms of square feet, it’s basically a perfect square which means things just fit differently. So, we sold our first “grown-up furniture” to our newly married couple friends and picked up a cheap, metal bed frame from Wal-Mart. The extra space is glorious! The tacky, brown metal bed frame, not so much.

The first thing we tackled was making a DIY Upholstered headboard to frame out our sleeping quarters. Next, we picked up some new plush bedding. Then it was finally time to address the under belly of the beast.

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My focus with any project (as with any!) was to keep it looking like something I purchased and to complete it with as little hair pulling and money spending as possible. For this super simple, straight bed skirt, all three objectives were accomplished!

To achieve a similar look you need just a few things! First of all, fabric! I chose white tone-on-tone polka dots. It introduces a new pattern to the room but there are no crazy colors to clash with what’s already going on. Now, as far as measurements go, all I did was measure the three visible sides of our queen size bed which totaled 220” (60+80+80), which equaled just over 6 yards. Then I divided that in half! When you buy fabric, you usually get cuts that are folded in half. I figured I could just cut right down the fold and get the perfect amount of fabric for half the price! I would advise getting ¼ – ½ a yard extra, just in case!

You will also need iron-on hem tape, scissors, safety pins, an iron and an ironing board!

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The first thing I did was send my fabric through a wash cycle. It’s best to start out clean! Then I cut my fabric in half long ways to get the length I needed to wrap around the three visible sides of our bed.

All you do then is hem around the edges! When you’re done hemming the long sides, use your no-sew tape to hem the two pieces together, making sure the pair up the “nicest” sides (that way you get the best bottom edge for your skirt. I used two strips of the hem tape for extra durability.

Now, we dress our bed! Since we basically just created a wrap-style bed skirt, you don’t have to remove the whole mattress to put it on! All I did was scoot the mattress over, start in the back corner and safety pin the skirt to the box spring. I moved all the way around, safety pinning about every foot or so and then moved the mattress back into place!

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For neat corners, just wrap around and fold the top over. Pin and it’s perfect!

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And done! Easily completed in an afternoon. And the best part is, it’s easier to remove than traditional skirts, it’s customized to our décor, and the entire project cost less than $20.00!!

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Plus, it just makes such a huge difference! Here’s the before:DSCN1617

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And, if you’re wondering about those cute yellow chevron pillows, “the lazy girl’s custom pillow” is coming up too!

Now that we’ve finished the office, we’re going to be spending a lot more time in the bedroom (in a purely decorating sense, people!). We’ve got plans for some big, DIY art and some major styling all on the cheap (but awesome) plan! So, stay tuned for that!

What sort of fabric projects have you been working on lately? Maybe curtains like our bleach pen designed curtains or our bold, striped curtains? Or something else? Share below!!

get organized: craft storage solutions!!

I think craft organization is tricky for a lot of people. If you take your crafting seriously, chances are you have a lot of supplies with lots of little pieces and it can be hard to keep it all together and neat. Plus, I don’t know about you, but after I painstakingly finish a project, I hardly feel like cleaning up at all, let alone mess with some intense organizing system. I just want it to be easy and accessible.

And because part of getting the office cleaned up and into shape was getting my crafting accoutrements under control, I thought it’d be fun to share my organizing systems for the products that I have. I spent zero money doing it this past weekend and I feel like I know where everything is and it’s in system that makes sense but isn’t uber demanding. Win win!

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Paper: When I buy colored/patterned paper, I usually go for the 12×12 sheets. It makes big cuts easier, but I often end up with scraps that are not small enough to just trash but not big enough to store with my full sheets. So, I cut off all the straggling pieces and put them together in a magazine filer to store. We bought these bright green ones from a Crate & Barrel outlet a while back and it works perfectly. I also use this filer to store any 8.5×11 sheets of paper. My big 12×12 sheets are kept in a large folder to keep them nice and flat.

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Fabric: Fabric is another tricky one. Most times I end up with big cuts (1 yard+) and smaller scraps that I want to keep. I used to keep them all in a tote bag together, but it was bulky and impossible to see what all I had. So, I decided to separate them by size and use two different storing methods.

For larger cuts of fabric, I fold it nicely and use pants hangers to store them in the closet. You end up with less wrinkles and it’s much easier just to flip through and see what you’ve got.Craft-Organization-2-copy

For smaller pieces, I found this awesome cassette tape holder from Goodwill for just 99 cents!  I just fold up the fabric scraps, put them in the slots, and I can easily see every piece! Almost every time I go to Goodwill I find a cassette holder similar to this so it’s definitely a viable option for anyone interested! This could easily be hung to the wall, which I might do down the road, but for now, just the having the organized storage is enough.

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Ribbon: It’s kind of in the same vein as fabric. I store my rolls of ribbon in these boxes from Hobby Lobby. They’ve got a removable dowel inside to hang your rolls on and a window with a slit so you can just pull and cut. I bought them about a year ago, purchasing them one at a time with a 40% coupon on each one to bring the price down from $7.99 to less than $5.00.

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For scraps of ribbon, I use a glass jar for storage. It’s pretty easy to see what’s in there, and even though it’s not perfectly stored, I’ve never really had a problem getting anything out.Craft-Organization-15-copyPaint: I love me some craft paint! These little tubes of color get me every time I’m at the craft store! To make it easy, I just stored them in a plastic shoebox bin. They fit perfectly and it’s easy to grab the whole box and go.

I keep my paint brushed in an old coffee can that I covered with some bright orange paper. They’re always in the same spot and it’s easy to grab whatever brush I need. (Another totally free project!)Craft-Organization-(5)-copyRandom crafting: I also used the plastic shoebox method to store some miscellaneous craft supplies such as stamps and ink pads, crayons, map pencils, and glitter. They are things that I use but don’t have a lot of so storing them together makes the most sense.

Stationary: Some people might not consider stationary to be a craft but I’m a big proponent of hand-written letters and a funny card on your birthday so I thought I’d throw it in as well. I used these labeled cardboard boxes that I got from Wal-Mart over four years ago! They’re still in great shape and are perfect for storing cards and envelopes.Craft-Organization-(4)-copyI also keep any user manuals or product information for things we buy a third labeled box. I always know exactly where it is which makes finding information quickly a lot easier. Craft-Organization-(10)-copyAnd that wraps it up. Craft organization doesn’t have to be super rigid and extensive (unless that how you roll!). I find that easy groupings and using what you’ve got is more than enough to keep your crafting heart happy!

How do you store you hobby supplies?

make this: diy embroidery hoop mobiles

Good morning and happy Monday! We’re another week into the new year, and for real, I am blowing through my to-do lists and resolutions. The office is coming along quite swimmingly and we’ll get the details and reveal up towards the end of the week! But today I’m sharing another super easy project that plays up my new true blue obsession! Last weekend, I decided it was time to take down the falling leaves installation we put up before Thanksgiving and replace it with something fresh and new.

And thus, these embroidery hoop mobiles were born! Ya’ll these are so easy to make but they look insanely cool. They’ve got a hint of mid-century cool mixed with a modern, fun color! They play up our big canvas art perfectly and I’m in love with them! So, I imagine you’re now asking yourself how one would go about creating the awesome-ness that is these mobiles. Well, have no fear because I’m going to tell you and in about 30 minutes you’ll have your own!

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All you need are embroidery hoops in 3 different sizes. You actually get two pieces from one embroidery hoop, so these are super inexpensive to make. I think the whole project cost me about $5.00.

So, I bought 6 embroidery hoops total from my local craft store to make four orbs and everything else, I already had at home. But, to complete the project, you’ll also need a hot glue gun, ribbon (for hanging), and craft paint and a paint brush

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First up, I took the embroidery hoops apart, removed the little screw that keeps the two hoops together, and hot glued the split hoop so it was one complete circle.

Next, I painted one of each size in a bright blue. I wanted to leave the majority of the hoops with the natural wood finish and go with just one pop of color for each orb but you could easily paint all of the hoops one or several colors depending on the look you’re going for!Embroidery-Hoop-Mobile-(9)-copy

Then just hot glue your hoops together. I tried to make sure the brackets were at the very top of the orbs so you wouldn’t be able to see them jutting out while they hang. Start with your biggest hoop and hot glue the next size down to the very top at a perpendicular angle. Go down to your smallest hoop and turn it in a different direction so you get the orb effect.

Then just string them up! Keeping the brackets on the tops of the orbs makes this super easy! Just string ribbon of your choice through and attach to a dowel or shapely stick!

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Now, you’re ready to hang and admire! Another easy-peasy, inexpensive project in the books!

Since we’ve moved into our new apartment, 816, I think I’ve swapped out the hanging decorations in our dining room more than any other décor! It’s just so fun to think up new things to hang! First we had our no-sew paper strip mobiles, then the falling leaves, and now these fun embroidery hoop orbs!

What kind of hanging décor do you have in your house? Mostly light fixtures or do you get creative? I’d love more ideas and inspiration so share below!

apartment progress

An alternative title for this post would be “Unedited photos of our apartment that will make the finished product look even more awesome.”

I thought it would be fun to start off 2013 with a quick snap-fest of our not-so-new-anymore apartment, 816. They are unedited and mostly a representation of how our apartment looks on a daily basis. Except for the few junk piles that I photographed around, but who hasn’t done that, right? Right?!

First up, the living room. The view hasn’t changed too much. We’ve still got our awesome Ikea bookcase and the bold striped curtains I whipped up out of bed sheets. The biggest change is the addition of my hot pink desk and the gorgeous computer that now sits on top of it. This area doubles as my blogging headquarters and our Netflix theatre!

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The dining room looks a little less put together now that our Christmas cards and the hanging leaves have been taken down. But we’re still loving the big, bright canvas art that I made last year. This area is also getting a little makeover, so have no fear! It will be returned to its former glory.

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There is definitely nothing super exciting going on in the kitchen. In fact it looks pretty lame. The only difference between this current photo and the one on our (largely outdated) home tour page is that it has all of our kitchen supplies in it (and a pineapple!)2013 Home Tour (7)

I’m hoping to add some style to this space this year with art and some creative customizing solution0s for apartment dwellers like us.

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Still empty hallway. Super boring. Soon to be fixed.

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After the living room, the bedroom has made the most progress. We hung our graphic IKEA curtains and tackled a DIY upholstered headboard. I also added a pop of purple to our white lamps with ribbon borders on the tops and bottoms. The best part? It’s 100% removable. I just hot glued the ribbon to itself so nothing is actually attached to the lamps. It makes a nice difference but can be altered down the road.

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We really want to spice up this room with some big colorful art. We’ve got a lot of neutrals in the room and it’s just begging for color!

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And, lastly, we arrive in the office. I shared these photos earlier this month to explain exactly what we’re working with. This room has been getting the majority of our attention for the past two weeks and we’re hoping to finish it up soon. Details and photos are on the way!2013 Home Tour (11)

2013 Home Tour (13) And that’s how our apartment looked on the first day of 2013. We’ve made progress but there’s a long way to go and with any luck, that will be wrapped up nicely before the summer! (Well, that’s the goal anyway.)

Do you kick off the year with a photo home tour to see how far you’ve come? What are you home goals for 2013? We’re still in January so it’s not too late to make them!!

color pop: true blue!

I know that emerald (the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year) is getting a lot of attention right now, but what can I say, I’m a rebel.

A quick trip to target on Saturday has created a new obsession. Of course, it’s not like that situation is unheard of, but this one was special. It made me fall completely in love with a color that I usually glance over! Bright, true blue! Just by stepping one foot into our apartment, you’d know that my typical preference for the blue hue is navy, but I am really digging this bright, cheery alternative!

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The thing that started it off was that modern little accent table. I saw it at Target, stopped in my tracks, and immediately broke out my iPhone for an impromptu photo shoot. (If it adds to your reading experience, you can imagine me telling the table to ‘work it’. Your choice!)

Because, color trends come and go so fast, it’s hard to know the best way to incorporate those new styles (at least the ones you actually love!) on top of your existing decor. If you’ve got a good mix going on already, a little accessory like the radio or lamp would make a perfect addition. But, if you’re thinking this trend just might be true love, then feel free to splurge on something a little bigger like the accent table or that to-die-for arm chair! It’s all about what you’re digging!!

So, feel free to peruse this fun collection of cool blue-ness and stay tuned because next week I’ve got a really cool project coming up that pays homage to my new little obsession.

What colors are you loving right now? What’s your favorite way to add a new hue to your existing decor? 

so what makes an office awesome?

I figured that the before shots of the office we’re working with don’t really give a good idea of the aesthetic we’re going for.  Sometimes it’s hard to look past the disaster and see the end goal. So, I thought it would be fun to share a little glimpse into what we’re hoping will be the end result.

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1. Painted bulletin circles – Perfect for organizing pending tasks or doing some real life ‘pinning’. I love them grouped together, but I also think it would be really cool to have a few spread throughout the room on different walls.

2. Washi tape frames – This is such a fantastic idea. Because, if you’ve ever put together a gallery wall of frames, you know that it can get a bit pricey if you’re buying new ones. And since I’m picturing the office walls full of fun art and posters, this is a cost effective way to make that happen! Not to mention, it spares the walls, it’s easy to remove, and there are so many cute options.

3. Giant confetti – Simple, basically free, super festive. That’s explanation enough right?

4. Quirky art – I already shared our nerd-tastic Lego Darth Vadar print on Monday but I think we need more awesomeness. This “Stormwalking” print just cracks me up and it would certainly brighten my day to walk into the office and see it. (Now I’m imaging what a Michael Jackson storm trooper would sound like on those high notes!! It’s a real shame that you can’t hear me trying to vocalize that right now!)

And that’s it. We’re not looking to add any new-fangled fancy organizational system or anything because we don’t plan on being in this apartment for more than another year or two. So, the goal is to make the space livable and enjoyable without adding a lot of stuff or spending a lot of money. I know you guys feel me on that!

Stay tuned next week to so some fun progress from the office and by the end of the month, we should wrap this thang up! (Yes, I did just use ‘thang’. I’m hip dammit!)

What makes your office/workspace awesome??