Thursday, October 29, 2015

Guest Bedroom Makeover Inspiration

So, some of you may be thinking, "Didn't you just show us your bathroom inspiration?"  And the answer is yes, yes I did.  While we are still working on our bathroom overhaul, I was really itchy to do more.  Which is funny, cause I really don't have the time to add more to my plate, but I keep piling things on.

I have probably mentioned it before, but our guest bedroom is currently a dumping ground for a lot of different things but it has no real design aspects to it.  All the walls on our main floor are the same color, Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray, except for the bathroom.  I really want to add some color and life into this room.  We don't get a lot of guests spending the night but when we do, I'd rather it be an inviting space.  I'll share the bits and pieces next but here is the overall look for this room.

Isn't it pretty!?!

My parents are in the middle of purging a lot of stuff so they have been offer up stuff to us kids.  One of the things they are getting rid of is a headboard.  A friend made it and is a really nice, white headboard.  I knew I wanted to change out the one we currently have in that room and this one will work nicely.  Our ceilings are 9 feet so we need to add some taller pieces to this room.  The bed that is currently in there has a small headboard and with the ceilings so tall, it makes the bed seem that much shorter.

New to us Headboard (and Grandpa's painting)
Once I had the headboard figured out I decided to find some new bedding.  I did a fairly quick search and found one at West Elm that I loved!  Knowing I wanted it, I put it in my online shopping cart to see if I could find a coupon or something for it.  According to the website, the duvet wouldn't ship until January.  Ummm, that is way too long to make me wait! So I called the West Elm that is right up the street (trouble I tell you!) and they had ONE LEFT in the size I needed!  I told them to hold it for me and I was there in less than 15 minutes to pick it up.

I also knew I wanted an accent wall where the bed was and I knew I wanted something dark to pop in the room.  I narrowed my choices down to these 3 from Sherwin Williams, Naval, Grays Harbor and Tempe Star.  After grabbing my duvet from West Elm, I ran to Lowe's to pick up sample pots of the 3 colors I liked.  Once I got home, I put a swatch of each up on the wall.  I thought I would know right away which one to choose but it was a hard decision.  I ended up choosing the Tempe Star.

I'll add an Ikea Rast dresser next to the bed as a night stand.  I have already done one (check it out here)and it sold this month at my booth! For this one I will do a combination of stained and painted and add some new pulls.

Lastly, I'll add a rug, new light fixture and maybe try my hand at painting something for the walls. I'm not sure when the last time I was so excited about being this busy!  My goal is to keep a tight budget for this project, so I'll be trying to find items either second hand or great bargains and fixing them up.  

I'd love to hear what you think.  Leave your comments below!  

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Inexpensive Fall Wreath

Well, I thought I'd have another post up sooner than today but life happens.  My husband was gone on a work trip for 10 days so I was trying to play catch up with a bunch of projects.  He's back but will probably be working a lot this weekend yet.  So hopefully I'll have more time to complete stuff to show you guys.  I promise to get some bigger projects coming!

I'm back with another quick and inexpensive project.  Last Sunday I ran to the craft store to pick up a couple things and found this simple wreath wrapped with burlap.  As soon as I saw it I knew I could fix it up and add something to it.  The wreath only cost $8.  I found some small floral steams that were on sale and grabbed a couple different ones and a simple brown ribbon.

Here's what you'll need:

Wreath (can be wrapped in burlap or a plain straw one)
Floral accents

Step one: Cut steams to desired length and stick into wreath.  Make sure to make them varying heights.

Step two: Wrap ribbon around the wreath to hide the base of the steams.  I used the pins to keep the ribbon from slipping around.

Step Three: Hang!

See how simple that was!  It seriously took me about 15 minutes to make this. You can choose whatever colors you want and add other elements as you desire.  The best part is that you can easily take it apart and reuse the wreath for the next season.

I hope that inspires you to create something that is simple and affordable!

It's really starting to look like fall around here.  Both in the house and outside.  I'm hoping we can go do a color tour soon.  What's one of your fall traditions?  Do you do the whole color tour thing?  If so, where is the best place to check out?

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Quick fabric art

Hey guys!  So I randomly had this feeling tonight that my guest room needed some more color and stuff on the walls!  The guest room is mainly my storage room for craft projects and for Rex's luggage for his work travels.  I had nothing on the wall and I realize how much I hate bare walls.  Does anyone else have that?

Anyways, on the my quick project.  I had some basic frames just laying around as well as some fabric remnants.  The first thing I did was iron the fabric to get all the fold creases out.

Note: I did NOT pay $40 for that frame.  It was on clearance for $10.

After that it was just stapling the fabric to the frames.  Seriously, so easy!  I think I did all of this in less than 30 minutes.  And since I already had the supplies, it didn't cost me a thing!

Tada!  I love when a plan comes together.

What do you think? It's nothing fancy but it will work for now until I can actually put time and effort into this room.

I hope this inspires you to create something by just "shopping" what you  have.  The great thing is that these fabric pieces can still easily be used again when I'm ready to change things up again.

Hope you enjoyed my short and quick little project.  I'd love to hear what you think!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Stitch Fix #1 Review

Hey guys!  I just got my first Stitch Fix box this week.  I know this isn't anything to do with Home Decor, but, hey, a girls gotta look good too!  I have zero time to actual shop for my self lately and if I do it's from a thrift store.  I really appreciate quality pieces and I had heard a lot of good things about Stitch Fix.  If you are unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it's a personalized box of clothing that is sent to you about once a month.  You fill out a style profile and a stylist chooses items to send to you.  You can then decide to keep or return the items that are sent.  The styling fee is $20 and that will get the box sent to you.
So, I pulled the trigger and could not wait to get it.  Seriously, I had the date circled in my calendar with the heart around it and kept telling people that it was coming.  (picture squealing like a school girl when I got home from work and saw the box on the table)

I got a total of 5 items, a blouse, jacket, poncho, jeans and a necklace.  Along with the clothing you also get a little note from the stylist, an inventory list that includes the prices of each piece and a guide to help put items together to create an outfit for each item.  I tried all the pieces on and took my time with each item, to determine if I liked it.  One or two items I knew right away how I felt, the others I wasn't quite sure.  (Sorry no actual photos of me trying everything on.  Maybe next time)

First up was the blouse.  The material was very nice, I liked the weight of it and how it hung.  The pattern was a little brighter than I would have like but was still within my style.  When I first tried it on, I actually thought the sleeves were waaaay too short but quickly realized that it was meant to be worn with the sleeves rolled up.  This one was a keep!

Still needs some de-wrinkling.

Next up was the Poncho.  I had requested a poncho or cape, mostly because I like the idea of them and feel like I would like one.  The one that was sent looked huge when I took it out.  The colors were pretty and simple.  I tried it on a couple of times because I really wasn't sure of it.  I thought I could pull it off if I wore the right pants with it but in the end decided to return it.

This jacket has been on my list for a while.  I loved the fabric again, and it was lined inside.  It wasn't quite military green but had a bit more brown tones to it.  There is a string inside to tighten up around the waist.  I struggled a lot with this one.  I loved everything but in the end it was just a bit too big for me to feel it was worth the money.  I returned this one as well.  My hunt continues for an awesome military jacket or vest.

The jeans that I was sent were Straight Leg jeans from Dear John.  Now, jeans and I have a love/hate relationship.  I love them but they hate to fit me right.  I generally stay away from straight leg jeans as I like the skinnies or flare/wide leg better.  But I tried these on.  Again, the fabric was really nice, but that was about it.  I don't have a lot (or any) curves and these just hung on me in the wrong way.  These were also returned.

I'm not a big jewelry person but I liked the necklace that was sent.  Now, I know that chevrons are past their prime, but I thought this piece worked really well and a statement piece.  I know I have several tops that would work great with this one, so I put that in my keep pile.

If you are counting, I ended up keeping 2 out of the 5 items.  Since I had already paid the $20 styling fee to get the box, that went towards must purchase.  Had I decided to keep all 5 items, I would have received an additional 25% off the purchase price.  The items I returned went into a prepaid bag and out with the mail.  Overall I enjoyed the experience and already scheduled my next box.  Some of the things I liked with the process was that I could send back my thoughts on all the items I received.  I also like the fact that it isn't a subscription that you get every month.  I was able to schedule my next box for a specified date or I could choose to not get another box.

For my next box I will be making some changes.  I found an article here, that I will use to help me figure out how to make changes so that my next box is even better! If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix yourself, feel free to do so here. (affiliate link)  I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have as well!

If you have gotten your own Stitch Fix box, I'd love to hear your experience with it!

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