NATURALLY DYED PILLOWCASE DIY 

Everyone knows that making your bed in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. At least in theory, right? Well, I say making your bed with a beautiful grouping of pillows makes it that much easier to want to make your bed! I wanted the look of boutique-bought pillows on a box store budget, so I picked up a set of inexpensive shams and 100% cotton pillowcases, used some plant-based dye magic, and ended up with a pillow scape (is that a phrase?) that looks a little more luxe and so much prettier! Mom will be proud to know my bed has been made every day this week!

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Naturi Naughton’s Nursery Reveal!

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I’m sure you all know actress Naturi Naughton from her role as Tasha St. Patrick on the hit crime drama Power on Starz. She recently gave birth to her beautiful baby girl Zuri in July and I had a blast working with her to design her nursery! Pottery Barn Kids collaborated with us to help create a dream nursery space for Naturi and Zuri to enjoy and I’m excited to share a peek inside the room plus the scoop on how it all came together!

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

When Naturi and I first chatted about designing a nursery for her baby girl she wasn’t quite sure how she wanted the space to look but she knew how she wanted it to feel. She wanted the space to be peaceful and serene and inspire the idea that her baby girl can go anywhere she wants in life – the sky is the limit! So with that in mind, I set out to design her dream nursery. For context, here’s a peek at what the space looked like before.

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

The room was a complete blank slate when we started but she’d recently had her apartment painted including Zuri’s room and had already had the walls painted a fun, minty green shade. 

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

This is what the room looks like today!  The wall color has a lot of energy to it so I balanced that with pale pinks for a feminine touch mixed with soft neutrals since Naturi mentioned she loves earthier tones.  The space is so bright and airy now! I also created a space that felt more sophisticated so that it could easily transition as Zuri grows older.

Naturi Naughton's NurseryHints of Naturi’s Caribbean heritage were brought into the room which was a key item on her wishlist for the nursery. Naturi and her boyfriend’s families are from Barbados and St. Croix so she wanted to pay homage to where they came from. I found these lovely vintage maps of Barbados and the West Indies online. These maps were the foundation for bringing in other global accents throughout the space and this global vibe became a subtle theme throughout the room.

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

In keeping with this globally-inspired theme, I commissioned a custom world map art print to serve as a focal point above the crib and it’s one of Naturi’s favorite elements in the room. I started with a royalty-free digital map file and had a graphic designer recolor it and add the words “Oh the places you’ll go” from the famous Dr. Suess title. It symbolizes the bright future ahead for baby Zuri and ties back to the idea that the world is her oyster! Can we also just take a moment to appreciate Naturi’s post-baby snap back? These photos were taken about six weeks after Zuri was born!

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

I also picked out a lovely rug with an ethnic-inspired medallion pattern while the elephant motifs bring to mind far-flung places where wild elephants roam. And how cute are these metallic woven baskets? Since the room is on the smaller side, they provide some much-needed extra storage and are super stylish to boot.

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

We wanted to incorporate Zuri’s name in subtle ways throughout her room. The ballerina artwork from Minted over the changing table was custom printed with Zuri’s name. I especially love that there’s a ballerina option for every skin tone! We also incorporated a lovely monogrammed tassel pillow from Pottery Barn Kids and used it as a decorative element for the crib whenever Zuri isn’t sleeping there.

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Naturi Naughton's Nursery
Naturi Naughton's Nursery

The window was had a tricky layout with three separate panels that Naturi likes to be able to access easily. I teamed up with The Shade Store on her window treatments and selected a beautiful ivory linen roman shade with a pink trim to cover the windows. The shade has a blackout liner so the room can go completely dark when Zuri sleeps. Since the roman shade is a blackout, Naturi still wanted a way to let light in but still maintain privacy because her neighbor’s balcony has a partial view into the room. The solution was to layer a sheer roller shade underneath the roman, which allows the light in but still gives her privacy when she needs it. There is a shade for each of the window panels so she can have easy access to open and close the windows.

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

A comfy chair is a must in any nursery and Naturi loves this modern wingback glider and recliner that I tucked into a little corner. It’s SO comfortable and since Naturi is breastfeeding this is where she nurses Zuri and rocks her to sleep. This cozy little corner nook is now the main spot where Naturi and Zuri share their precious mommy-daughter bonding time.Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Storage was a challenge in the room which has just one small closet so we incorporated the Elsie dresser which provides extra storage for clothes and also doubles as a changing table.

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

These super cute wall-mounted bookshelves also added clever storage to an unused wall without taking up any additional space. A fun fact about Naturi is that she plays the piano! The artwork above the bookshelves of a little girl playing the piano is a piece Naturi loves and has had for ages. Hopefully baby Zuri will follow in her mommy’s musical footsteps!

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

Naturi Naughton's Nursery

I hope you enjoyed this peek inside Naturi Naughton’s nursery! Naturi couldn’t have been more lovely to work with and I’m so excited for her journey as a new mom! We’re both thrilled with how beautifully the nursery came together and it wouldn’t have been possible without a few fantastic partners. Big thanks to Pottery Barn Kids for collaborating to provide all of the furniture and accessories in the nursery and to The Shade Store and Minted for also partnering with us! See how to get the look of Naturi’s nursery below! (Photos by Stephania Stanley)

10 Trends That Are Taking Over Homes In 2018

 
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Ready or not, 2018 is around the corner. And it’s not coming quietly, either. Designers and brands expect home decor to be bolder than years before, with vivid jewel tones and luxe velvet and brass balanced out with organic accents. As always, stick with what you love, regardless of what’s in or out. But if your New Year’s resolution is to refresh your home (whether with a new coat of paint or a pretty piece of furniture), here are the top trends to try—along with some you should skip.

OUT: All-White Kitchens
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We said it this fall and we’ll say it again: All-white interiors are on their way out. Kitchens in particular will continue to brighten up in the new year, swapping stark white for warm wood tones and new neutrals including cream, blue, and gray, Houzz reports. 

OUT: White and Stainless Steel Sinks
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Sinks will follow suit with darker, more daring designs. We’ve already seen it with the copper farmhouse sink trend, but also watch out for concrete and stone styles.

OUT: Accent Walls
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So long, lone wall. This is one fad Lauren Liess, interior designer and host of HGTV’s Best House on the Block, is ready to retire. “Accent walls were big in the ’80s and ’90s and are an instant way to make a room look like it was decorated then,” Liess explains. Instead, for interest, incorporate timeless texture such as millwork and wainscoting (Houzz says both are trending for 2018) or statement ceilings, one of Pinterest’s top home predictions and something we saw coming back in the fall.

 
OUT: Word Art
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Sure, signs or throw pillows spelling out sentiments such as “Home,” “Family,” or full quotes may seem like a simple way to create a fun focal point. But the concept has become overdone in recent years (with the exception of vintage signs, charts, and other objects repurposed into art, of course). In 2018, look for less literal ways to express yourself.

OUT: Random Architectural Elements
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We love barn doors just as much as the next country gal, but architectural elements should be cohesive with the style of your home, Liess says. For example, barn doors just don’t look right in an otherwise traditional house, nor do formal columns in a suburban space. “All of these things are amazing in the right setting but when applied inappropriately and all over the place, they quickly become dated trends,” Liess says.

IN: Jewel Tones
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Fall and winter were all about dark, cozy colors, and 2018 is set to make a similarly bold entrance. Pantone just named Ultra Violet its Color of the Year, while Sherwin-Williams selected Oceanside SW 6496 (think emerald green meets sapphire). Both shades are said to be especially invigorating—just the motivation we need as we head into the new year. 

We love these vivid velvet (another huge trend continuing from fall) sofas from Barker and Stonehouse, but you could also take baby steps with a jewel-toned velvet throw pillow instead.

Doubtful of so much drama? Consider the colors’ calmer cousins, especially in restful rooms like the bedroom. Lilac, for example, is a watered-down version of violet that’s so versatile and feminine Erika Woelfel, color expert for Behr Paint, is calling it the new millennial pink.

 
COURTESY OF DEVOL KITCHENS

“I’m seeing a lot of really beautiful, heavily cabineted kitchens out there,” Liess notes, calling out deVOL’s designs, like the one pictured here. “Possibly people’s backlash to open shelving but I’m seeing a renewed appreciation for cabinetry.”

Again, rather than stark-white kitchen cabinets, expect to see warm grays, blues, and creams, as well as wood grain tones.

IN: Brass
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Whether you love it or hate it, brass is back and better than ever in the new year. The aged finish adorns kitchen cabinets and living room furniture and shines as serveware and vintage-inspired light fixtures alike, as in this beautiful bathroom from One Kings Lane.

IN: Wabi-Sabi
2018 home trends
COURTESY OF FARMHOUSE POTTERY

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. In home design, this translates to handmade or hand-painted items including rough linens and pottery (like the Farmhouse Pottery pictured). The result? A deeply personal, organic aesthetic.

IN: Statement Storage
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COURTESY OF ANTHROPOLOGIE

“Statement storage will be a growing trend in 2018,” says Anthropologie’s customer styling director Christina Frederick. “Gone are the days of sacrificing style for function. Versatile pieces like this tamboured buffet are expanding beyond media and dining rooms for creative placement throughout the home. There seems to be a growing desire for high-end organization in our personal space, a desire for things—and life—to feel pulled together.”

IN: Shapely Furniture
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Couches will take cues from the ’70s this season, with quirky curves that liven up your living room. We spotted this shapely silhouette at CB2’s spring preview, and architect Elizabeth Roberts endorsed the idea in an interview with My Domaine.

IN: Bold Floral Prints
2018 home trends
COURTESY OF ANTHROPOLOGIE

We can hear Miranda Priestley’s dripping sarcasm now: Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking. But when incorporated into furniture in an overt way, as in this Liberty for Anthropologie swivel chair, flowers are fun and funky.

“Floral prints are always ‘in’ if you ask Anthropologie,” says Frederick. “Rather than a traditionally feminine look in 2018 they feel especially fresh and more interesting styled in a casual bohemian way. Juxtaposing florals with organic textures and neutral palettes evokes a new kind of elegance that is appealing.”  

Of course, if furniture covered in florals feels a bit too risky, you can always ease into the trend with classic bloom-covered bedding.

IN: Black and White
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Everyone from Anthropologie to CB2to Joanna Gaines is loving the classic combination of black and white—perhaps as a way of offsetting some of the season’s more striking styles. Snag some simple linens, like these Hearth & Hand with Magnolia kitchen towels from Target.

IN: Surprising Stone
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It’s not all white Carrara marbleanymore. Unexpected iterations of the stone, such as gray and green, pop up all over CB2’s new collection. And the trend extends to other types of stone as well. “This spring, high-quality materials including marble, onyx, agate, and alabaster are trending,” managing director Ryan Turf tells us. “These beautiful, natural materials add texture and depth to any design. Timeless yet very modern and fresh.”

IN: Natural Accents
COURTESY OF ETSY

And the natural look doesn’t stop at stone. Liess is loving decorative objects made of wood and other earthy materials. Hand-turned wooden spice bowls by Etsy maker Bolecraft guarantee one-of-a-kind style, as do concrete vessels and leather drawer pulls.

METAL FILE CABINET MAKEOVER

File Cabinet Makeover (via abeautifulmess.com)Hi, friends! As many of you know, I am in the midst of giving my home office a little refresh. I’m the kind of gal who likes to change up my surroundings fairly often, but I don’t really want to redecorate my WHOLE house every year, of course, so I usually focus on one space that I can switch around to keep things feeling fresh—and currently that space is my home office. I’ve already rearranged the furniture in this area, and I’ve been moving the overall color scheme of this space from pinks and oranges to mostly black and white. But one major feature in the room is my file cabinets, which are bright orange. As a small business owner (and over-saver of documents), I have a LOT in my file cabinets and I like to have access to my files as needed. I love the size and shape of my file cabinets, but the color no longer worked with my space, so I was looking to give them a little makeover.

This project is in collaboration with Ace Hardware. I used Amy Howard Furniture Lacquer to paint my metal filing cabinets, which is a line available at Ace Hardware. And not only do they have a lot of different colors (in fun names!), but the Amy Howard line also has gold leaf—which I was SUPER excited to try out as well! We recently got a new Ace Hardware location in Ozark, Missouri (I live between the towns of Springfield and Ozark), and I visited it a couple times while I was working on this post. I was pleasantly surprised not only that they had a huge display of a ton of the Amy Howard line (that I needed) but the Ace associate that helped me out was super nice too, and if you’ve ever been the DIY gal at the hardware store describing your weird vision for a project and needing advice, helpful people are seriously such a relief. 🙂

Before and afterHere’s a little before and after of my filing cabinets. Before I began my project, I sketched out a few different designs. I thought about doing one all black and one all white. Maybe doing a half and half look on both, or adding small designs. In the end, I decided to do a kind of triangle and brush stroke design that sort of reminds me of a 1980s video game (just a little bit, not too 80s). So I’m going to share with you how I completed my project. But you could totally change up the design and repaint furniture you have that needs a little refresh in all sorts of ways. You do you.

Supplies:
-drop cloth or cardboard to protect areas around the project
–Frog tape
-Amy Howard at Home furniture lacquer and sealer (I’ll share the color names below.)
-Amy Howard gold leaf sheets
-Amy Howard at Home Gilding Size (gold leaf adhesive)
–soft bristle brush or cheesecloth

Prep cabinets for paintingFirst, prepare your furniture to paint. For me this meant covering and taping off areas that I did not want painted. I cleaned the surface of the metal so it was completely free of dust and greasy finger prints (no idea how those got there… um…), and I had two cabinets to paint, so I decided to remove the handles on one and not the other to see which was easier for painting. I found that removing handles or other hardware that you can is best. The furniture lacquer is super easy to use, but like most spray paints, it can get too thick and drip (which will mean you’ll need to sand off once dry), and I found that on the cabinet that I left the handles on, that was much more likely. So I’d recommend taking handles or other features like that off if possible.

Also, you’ll want to work in a well-ventilated space anytime you use spray paints and especially furniture lacquer like I used. This kind of paint is great for furniture, but it’s not something you want to be breathing in a lot of, so work in your garage, outdoors, or whatever well-ventilated space you can.

Amy Howard Furniture LacquerI added two layers of White Perfection (love the name!) to my cabinets and allowed that to dry.

Mask off designThen added my triangle designs to the cabinets with painter’s tape. This is going to create kind of a relief, so any area you tape will be that color by the end of the project (not the reverse).

Paint blackThen I sprayed one layer of Basic Black on the cabinets. I allowed that to dry, and then I added my handles back on before spraying the final coat of black so I could be sure to get those as well.

Once dry, it’s time for the fun part—gold gilding!

Gold leaf bookCut gold leafThe gold gilding comes in a “book” which is made up of gold leaf in between layers of tissue paper, all bound together. This makes it easier to work with as the gold leaf has a tendency to want to stick to your fingers, but not the tissue paper.

Using a brush, add brush stroke designs with the gilding size (gold leaf adhesive). Once partially dry and tacky to the touch, cut the gold leaf book so that the pieces are slightly larger than the brush areas and fold back the tissue to add the gold leaf to each tacky area. You can manipulate the gold leaf to take on any shape you’d like!

Gold leaf progressHere’s what it looked like after I added the gold leaf straight from the book. It kind of looks like the cabinets have gold bandaids all over them. 🙂

Remove excess gold leaf with soft brush or cottonAllow this to completely dry, and then use a soft bristle brush or a soft cotton cloth (I used the Amy Howard 2 in. above and cheesecloth) to gently remove the excess gold leaf.

I sealed my cabinets with one layer of Amy Howard’s Bright Idea clear lacquer after I had completely cleaned the excess gold leaf away. Once dry, my project was ready to go!

How many files a small business owner will haveAnd here’s my giant pile of file folders, ready to go back in my new pretty cabinet. These sat out in my house over the weekend while I completed this project, and it made me all the more grateful that I have pretty file cabinets to hold all these.

Also, I should probably go through everything and clean out any older documents I don’t need anymore. Spring-cleaning goal. 🙂

Best paint for furnitureI love the new look of my filing cabinets—hooray! Thanks for letting me share. xo. 

 

MAKE A TERRARIUM DESK ORGANIZER

Make a terrarium desk organizerIt’s back to school time! And while I’m not in school any more, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy splurging on a few new cute notebooks and desk supplies. When I saw this clear acrylic desk organizer, I just knew I had to have it. Not because I needed another way to organize my ever growing craft supply stash (which I am actually always in need of), but because I knew it could easily be transformed into a cute terrarium for my desk! And look how cute that pop of color and greenery looks in the center of this cute acrylic caddy!

This project is one of those super simple DIYs that really only requires a bit of planting and creative thinking. While I found this acrylic desk organizer at Home Goods, you can easily find something similar on Amazon or in any major retailer.

Make a terrarium desk organizerSupplies:
– acrylic desk organizer
– mini succulent clippings
– succulent/cactus mix potting soil
– colorful aquarium rocks and white stones (optional but adds a fun pop of color)

Step One: Cover all the desk organizer openings (except for the one you are turning into the terrarium) with clear plastic wrap or foil to prevent the dirt from getting in them, then use a spoon to scoop the dirt into the open section.

Make a terrarium desk organizer

Make a terrarium desk organizerStep Two: Use a pen to create little openings in the dirt and add in your succulents. If your office gets no natural sunlight, you can always use faux succulents instead. They have some very realistic looking ones at the craft store.

Step Three: Add in your colored rocks to cover the dirt and surround the succulents and then add in a few gemstones or white rocks as decorative accents.

Make a terrarium desk organizer

Make a terrarium desk organizer

That’s really all there is to it! Be sure to keep the succulents moist but don’t overwater them and they will give your desk the perfect plant lady feel. And that little touch of live greenery will hopefully make those long work days not so bad!

Make a terrarium desk organizer

I know my office now feels so much fresher and full of life with a few plants in it! xoxo.

NEW OUI FRESH NOTEPADS!

I am SO excited to share a few new Oui Fresh products with you today!!! We’ve been working on these for quite some time and I’m thrilled not only to have them to use, but to offer to you all. As you know, we are huge fans of dreaming big and setting goals. I have a feeling many of you are this way too. 🙂 We’ve created two new products designed to help you stay organized and on top of those goals.

*Also we’ve got a pretty rad giveaway, so make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to check that out.

First, we created a weekly meal planner that is based off of our cookbook, Weekday Weekend. There are areas to plan out all your weekly meals, and some space for weekend plans as well. Then the other side has a shopping list area so you can make your grocery list right along with your meal plans. You can cut the shopping list off and take it with you to the store, while keeping that week’s plan on hand (maybe hang it on the refrigerator?) to keep you on track.

This is a super useful weekly meal planner even if you aren’t currently doing the Weekday Weekend challenge, as it can help you plan better so you reduce food waste or end up in that spot where you order take-out again because you don’t have any groceries. I know, I’ve been there! This notepad comes with 52 sheets, one for each day of the year.

Our productivity notepads are all about helping you get stuff done! These two notepads are sold together. There is a daily to-do list notepad with plenty of space to add all your goals and check boxes for when you complete them. You can also use the left column to plan out your day better or keep track of an important call you may have that day. The second notepad is to help you see your week quickly. You can use this to write down big deadlines or meetings you might have that week. I LOVE both these tools because they help you focus on what you need to be doing NOW but also how it relates to the goals you have that week.

Each productivity notepad is super thick with 75 sheets per notepad.

Today we are celebrating the launch of our new notepads by hosting a really awesome giveaway over on the Oui Fresh Instagram account. So go check that out to enter for your chance to win the above items (!!!!!!).

MACRAME ROOM DIVIDER DIY 

After taking a macrame class at a local interior design shop here in Springfield, I got a little ambitious and decided to put the few things I learned to work on a big scale! Remember that time I learned how to weave and then went crazy and made a 4′ x 6′ rug? Apparently I like a challenge! This project just goes to show that you can make some epic home decor projects with the right instructions and plenty of creative optimism!

This macrame room divider DIY lends itself easily to creating a relaxed bohemian vibe while also working hard to define a space. Not only does it let plenty of light through, it’s another surface to add some plants! Perfect for the studio apartment, shared office space, or gigantic room in need of definition. All it takes is the right kind of rope, a few simple knots, and the kind of patience these big projects sometimes require. Spoiler alert: It’s always worth it.

Supplies
-1″ x 36″ wooden dowel
–700 ft of 1/4″ 3 strand cotton rope
-three 3″ hook screws
-scissors
–air plants (optional)

Preparing Your Rope

For this specific project, you’ll want to measure out 24 strands that measure 28′ long each. This will give you a wall hanging that measures roughly 7′ from the top dowel to the bottom dowel and you can add length to it with fringe on the bottom. If you’re wanting to design a shorter piece, it’s always better to still use more rope than you think you’ll need.

Lark’s Head Knot

Shown are two finished lark’s head knots and then the start of a third. You’ll need two strands of rope per knot for a total of 12 knots. Fold two strands in half and place the center of this pair of rope strands over the top of your first wooden dowel. Then wrap them around your dowel and pull the loose ends down through your loop. You’ve probably done this knot before and not even known it. No pun intended.

Continue adding your pairs of rope strands to the dowel until you are finished. Be mindful that you are wrapping over the top of the dowel consistently. If you forget and wrap one under the dowel instead, it will change the look of your pattern. Make sure all of your finished lark’s head knots are spaced equally apart from each other.

Half Knot

We’ll use a half knot further down in the design to add subtle contrast, but it also makes up the first step of the square knot, so I’m showing it first. A half knot requires four strands of rope. The two center ropes stay where they are and the two outer ropes pull away just a bit. Then create a bend in the outer left rope and move it towards and then under the outer right rope as shown.

Then bend the outer right rope under the place where the outer left rope crossed it, behind the two center ropes, and back up through the bend from the outer left rope as shown.

We’ll use this knot on its own in a bit, but this is also the first half of the knot you’ll use for the first section of the divider.

Square Knot

This is comprised of two half knots. Repeat the same pattern you did in the step above, but then pull the outer two rope strands until that second half knot rests snugly against the first half knot. Now you’ve made a square knot! Repeat this process on each of your pairs of rope strands for your first row of knots.

Alternating Square Knot

You can see how the square knots took shape in this photo. You should have 12 square knots in your first row. To create your second row of square knots, you’ll be using two strands from one square knot and two strands from the square knot next to it to create a new square knot that joins them together. You can start from the center of your piece and work your way out on either side (how I prefer to do it) or you can start from one side and move your way across. As you can see, when you get to the edges of your second row, you’ll have an extra pair of rope strands on each side. That’s next.

When you’re adding in your knots, be mindful of the space between each row. You don’t want to start tying things closer and closer together or you’ll end up with a lopsided wall hanging. Sometimes it’s helpful to step back about six feet to check on your composition before continuing on. Trust me, you won’t want to later realize it’s crooked enough to be annoying.

Knots on the Edge

For this design, I’m allowing about 2.5″ of space between all of my knots because I want the room divider to feel light and airy. When I add in my third row of knots, I’ll be back to my original pattern of using all of the strands. The space that your outer rope creates on the absolute left side of your divider and then the right side of your divider should be a little bit longer than twice as long as that. You want it to have enough slack to create a scallop shape. My scallops held their shape in some parts of my divider but got heavy in other parts. I’m assuming it’s tricky to get that just right, but do your best.

For my pattern, I did four alternating rows of square knots and then switched it up and did six alternating rows of half knots. Then I finished up the rest of the divider with 13 alternating rows of square knots again. This kept things feeling consistent enough to make a statement but also added a bit of a subtle design change to keep it from looking like I’d hung a hammock from the ceiling!

To add the bottom dowel to your room divider, you’re going to create more lark’s head knots. You can’t create them the same way you started, so we’re doing it backwards. I’ve started with a few already attached to show you how it’ll look when it’s done.

A: Separate the four strands underneath one of your square knots and set two aside. B: Wrap the other two strands all the way around the dowel until you wrap inside and over the top of the same two strands. C: Wrap them on the other side of the strands and back behind the dowel. D:Continue around the front of the dowel and tuck under the loop you just made. It will leave a fringe down the back side of the dowel. This is just one of the two lark’s knots you’ll make per square knot.

E: Bring the other two strands from that square knot back over and wrap them around the dowel and to the left side. F: Wrap them over the top of themselves. G: Wrap them behind the dowel and all the way back around and under the loop you just created. H: Scoot that knot in close to the first one you made and make sure things are consistently taut. Repeat with each of the other strands in each square knot.

Trim your fringe to the length you need. We have 10-foot ceilings, so even though this room divider is massive, I had to hang it from the screws in my ceiling with another 18″ of rope.

If you don’t need something practical to help divide a room, this would be equally as stunning against a painted wall for plenty of contrast or even used as a simple party backdrop with a floral swag. Either way, this is a great project for anyone wanting to go big with a simple design and introduce a little hygge just in time for fall.

Wanting to learn macrame for the first time? My friend, Elsie Goodwin, over at Reform Fibers teaches simple techniques through her Instagram feed and sells her unique patterns in her shop. 

EASY DIY BULLETIN BOARD (ANY SHAPE OR SIZE)

Thought I’d share this super easy bulletin board project I made for my office recently. My (home) office is one place I just can’t seem to leave alone. Do you have a space in your house like that? For some reason I’m just never quite happy with the layout or the colors, and then I’ll also cycle through wanting lots of wall art and decor. Then one day I decide it’s too much and I become a minimalist for a couple months until the process starts over again. I think part of it is this is the space in my life that is 100% mine—kind of like your bedroom growing up (or your side of the bedroom during those years I shared a room). Of course, Trey has great taste (he married me after all), so I love decorating our house together. It’s not that I don’t feel free in other spaces, it’s more that I don’t feel as free to change all the time in other spaces.

Or maybe I just haven’t found the perfect setup yet. I don’t know. But at the moment, I’m redoing a few things in my home office again. 🙂

I am an avid list maker. I’m sitting at my desk typing this and I literally have SIX to-do lists around me right now. Some are daily, weekly, or monthly; although one has an action item I need to do throughout the year and the dates are the to-dos on that one. Anyway, you probably get the picture, I am a crazy lady when it comes to lists. I’d like to think it’s because I am that cool go-getter we all want to be, but if I’m being honest part of it is that I will totally forget to do things unless I write them down. So I’m a forgetful go-getter. And I’m OK with that.

The last thing you want to do with a to-do list is lose it! So for me, space to hang lists and reminders is really important in my work space. That’s why I decided I needed a larger bulletin board recently and I just wasn’t loving all the standard sizes, so I decided to make something custom for my office. Here’s how I made my own bulletin board in the exact size and shape I wanted.

Supplies:
-foam board
-tape (something strong like duct tape)
–cork roll
-Elmer’s glue
-X-Acto knife
-Command strips

Step One: Cut the foam board so it’s the exact shape and size you want for your bulletin board, and tape together.

Step Two: Make sure the foam board fits in your space how you like. If needed, adjust at this point (use the X-Acto to cut more or add more foam board as needed).

Step Three: Cover one side of the foam board with the cork roll, use glue to adhere it. If you are creating a large bulletin board like me, you’ll likely have some seams and I recommend overlapping the cork slightly so that no white foam board shows through. Allow to completely dry.

Step Four: Use Command Strips to hang your new bulletin board in place. Command strips should be all you need unless you plan to hang a LOT of weight from your bulletin board, but I only use mine to hang papers and pictures. Pretty easy and you can totally customize this to fit any space, plus this project is super inexpensive and a great way to fill some wall space if you like the look (and usefulness) of a bulletin board. 🙂 Happy list making! xo. 

 

EASY TIPS FOR A LIVING ROOM REFRESH

This year I’ve been very aware of my decor restlessness, but also mindful of our family’s goal to move to a new home in the next couple of years, which has made me reluctant to put any of our precious money into changing anything about our current space. But then I decided. Let’s just make a few changes that would make a big impact in the enjoyment of our home while we’re still here, and maybe we end up a couple of months behind on our goal to move. No biggie, right? Actually it was a big biggie… because we are so happy with how relaxing and cohesive our home feels now, and I’m tickled pink—like, actual pink—that beneath my tootsies is a gorgeous pink shag rug that makes me happy every single day! No regrets.

Revamping the decor in your space can be pretty daunting, especially if it’s something you haven’t worked on in quite some time. So let’s talk a little bit about how I prioritized items in our living room refresh and how you can make big impact changes without spending a lot of money.

Easy Tips for Redecorating a RoomKEEPING DOWN THE COST OF REDECORATING

If you have a lot of things that you want to change about your space, think about breaking it up into two stages—one being the bones of the space and the other being the decorative details. What I’m sharing with you today is actually part two of fixing up our living room. The first part happened two years ago when we bought a sectional and installed the built-in office behind the sofa. At the time, we didn’t think too much about the decorative details because we couldn’t spend the money on it. So, much of what you see in the before pictures above was second-hand items, like thrifted art and hand-me-down furniture. They were placeholders that we liked enough to use before we were able to spend money on the things that we really wanted for the space.

When you’re ready to pay attention to all of the decorative details in your space, the cost can certainly add up. Here are some suggestions that can save you money.

Sell Your Stuff
Clear out everything in your home that you don’t love and don’t need. Determine what you could sell for a good price and list it on Craigslist, eBay, or post it to your social media channels. I often will post something I’d like to sell on Facebook first and usually will get the asking price from a friend, without having to worry about shipping or having a stranger come to my house. In addition to selling your nicer things, have a garage sale (invite friends to contribute and also help with the sale) to get rid of everything else. Anything that doesn’t sell—donate. You don’t want that stuff back into your house cramping your style. Believe me.

Slipcover Your Furniture
I had been engaged in a love/hate relationship with our sofa for quite some time. It was perfect for the space, giving us the most seating for the area and separating the office from the other side of the room. But I’ve never been a fan of how “Ikea” it looked (because, well, it’s from Ikea), and I’ve never loved the medium cool gray color. Obviously we weren’t in the market for a new sofa, but I was able to completely change the look of it with an Ikea replacement slipcover made specifically for the Karlstad sectional, which Ikea no longer makes. I got my slipcover from Comfort Works, which is a company that specializes in Ikea and Pottery Barn slipcovers, but they make custom slipcovers as well. Slipcovers are so much more practical and environmentally responsible than buying new furniture for aesthetic reasons!

Host a Swap Party
My friends have had swap parties to get rid of clothes and accessories they no longer wear, but why not host a swap party for home goods? I know I’d love to shop my friends’ home accessories that they’re either tired of or no longer have room for in their own homes. So invite friends (preferably who share a similar style to you) to your home to bring some of the nicer things they’d like to get rid of, and swap with each other to get some new stuff for free.

Shop Thrift Stores, Flea Markets, Garage Sales, and Craigslist
It’s easy to find a lot of stuff to love at your favorite home decorating stores, but it’s more fun (and thrilling) to find unique treasures secondhand. Plus, it’s usually so much less expensive. Mixing in secondhand or antique pieces is also a great way to build character into a space. If everything is new, it just seems to lack personality. Think of the difference between a room pictured in a catalog versus a room in your favorite home decorating magazine. Most likely the spaces you prefer are filled with things that have been collected over time, which is why redecorating is a process and not usually an event.

Make a Wish List
I always feel so uncomfortable when family members ask me what I’d like for Christmas or my birthday. But some people really stress out about gift giving, and because of their practical personalities would really love to give you something they know you’ll use. The curtains in our home are actually Christmas gifts from family members who knew we wanted nice drapes but didn’t have the money to spend on them.

Easy Tips for Redecorating a RoomSIMPLE DECOR CHANGES THAT MAKE A BIG IMPACT

As you can see, our living room serves so many purposes, and because of that, I wanted to focus the decor direction a bit to make it less eclectic and calmer. This space functions as our office, playroom, and sole living room. The only other rooms in our house are for bathing, sleeping, or eating. We have no den, basement, or “sitting room” to either exile our clutter to or escape from it. We desired organization and a calm style for our living room, which led me towards more subtle and neutral items in this revamp. Everyone’s home is different, as is their personal style, but here are some objectives that I focused on which I knew would make a big impact in our living room.

Easy Tips for Redecorating a RoomEasy Tips for Redecorating a Room1. Consider a Cohesive Theme

In general, I don’t do “themes” in a room (such as a beach theme or even simply a color scheme), but I definitely needed to decide what direction this room was taking, because while having a patterned rug, colorful pillows and furniture, and lots of busy artwork on the walls might work somewhere else, it was making this room feel chaotic. Narrowing down the colors in this space helped it feel calmer and more put-together.

My desire for a calm and bright space, in addition to the small windows and our heavily wooded yard, led me to want mostly light colored objects for the furniture and walls (including curtains). We have a desk that’s very visible, but it being all white helps it fade into the background, and lightening the sofa color made for less contrast, creating a more soothing view. I decided I would use mostly light colors with a base of white, lots of neutrals, and accents of orange and dusty pink, without too much contrast in their varying shades. This decision to focus the colors and reduce contrast made such a huge impact in this space!

Easy Tips for Redecorating a Room2. Reduce Visual Clutter

In addition to incorporating a more cohesive color scheme, I wanted to calm the space a bit more by decreasing some of the visual clutter. I thought the busy wall art, patterned rugs, wire-storage baskets, and gallery wall was all a bit too much for this space. So I sold some things and moved others to different spaces in our home. I swapped out the gallery wall for more wall shelves, which in combination with the TV cabinet, created a media center and a much-needed visual anchor in the room. I kept these shelves looking pretty neutral by choosing to store light-colored books on this side of the room, and darker books on the other side. Rather than selling or donating my old textbooks, I turned their spines to the wall and used them as decorative shelf-filler until my record collection grows vast enough to fill that entire shelf.

I still have a bit of a gallery wall in this room, but it takes up much less space visually, and isn’t so busy with lots of color and pattern. This mini gallery is a great space to display some of our family’s personality and also my kiddo’s art projects. I’m not opposed to gallery walls, but I am more drawn to large, oversized art for this room because it is helpful to anchor zones in the space, while multiple smaller pieces were adding to the disjointed feel that had bothered me about this space before. And much like gallery walls, I love patterned rugs but just not in this room. A light, dusty pink rug still makes a statement, but anchors the seating area rather than adding to the visual clutter.

Easy Tips for Redecorating a RoomEasy Tips for Redecorating a RoomEasy Tips for Redecorating a RoomEasy Tips for Redecorating a Room3. Incorporate Stylish Storage Solutions

Focusing the color scheme and style of your space certainly helps tone down the visual clutter, but we all have actual clutter too, right? Or maybe that’s just me. Nah, it’s totally just my kids. Incorporating lots of nice-looking storage pieces was a high priority for this room. Our wall-mounted desk system is actually just a series of Ikea kitchen cabinets, so there’s plenty of storage on that wall. I also made this long storage cabinet to organize toys behind our sofa, which also acts as a sofa table for drinks and snacks. The vintage sideboard that serves as the base of our media center holds the electronics and movies you might expect, but also extra blankets, extension cords and cables, and other household items in its drawers.

Another opportunity for me to reduce visual clutter was with what toys I allow into our living room. Just using the word “allow” might make you cringe, but if I’m going to put a play kitchen set and doll toys in our living room, I don’t want them to be neon colored plastic monstrosities covered in garish stickers. I was able to find these nice-looking wooden items at garage sales and antique malls and added an on-theme curtain to cover the baskets of food toys that are stored beneath the kitchen “sink”. Of course we also have plastic toys that beep and ding and are covered in stickers, but they don’t sit out all the time, and are kept neatly stored away in the cabinet behind the sofa. I put more of an effort into the style and appearance of the larger toys that have become fixtures in our living room, and I think it makes such a big difference!

Easy Tips for Redecorating a RoomEasy Tips for Redecorating a RoomEasy Tips for Redecorating a Room4. Incorporate Layers and Texture with Decorative Accents

I didn’t want a lot of color and contrast in this space, but I definitely didn’t want the space to feel empty and cold. So I considered elements that would incorporate layers and texture to the room, warming it up and adding interest without adding clutter. For me, that meant choosing decorative items that might be more neutral, but very textural in their material—such as my pink rug, which blends looped jute fibers with shaggy pink fibers, a beige throw blanket with rows of fringe, knit, linen, and furry pillows, and ivory knit poufs that not only add interest, but also additional seating.

Another way to add life and texture to a space is to add houseplants. I’ve always enjoyed taking care of houseplants in other rooms of my home, but because this room also functions as a play room, I had really been hesitant to keep them in here too. I’m so glad I decided to move so much greenery into our living room finally, because wow—what a difference it makes! The girls have learned how to nicely touch the leaves and not dig in the dirt, and these plants really add a missing element of life and texture that this space needed.

Easy Tips for Redecorating a RoomEasy Tips for Redecorating a Room

While keeping in mind all of these goals, I did change very specific elements in the room, and figured it might be useful to list them all below:

  • Add bookshelves (like my DIY corner shelving system)
  • Swap out a gallery wall for bookshelves or oversized art (check out these DIY wall art ideas)
  • Sell old furniture to buy something new (like my DIY live-edge coffee table)
  • Incorporate storage furniture that keeps clutter behind closed doors (like my DIY regency style cabinet)
  • Slipcover furniture
  • Add houseplants (check out these houseplant project ideas)
  • Swap out or add an area rug
  • Add simple wall sconces (like my swing-arm wall sconces)

Easy Tips for Redecorating a RoomThe itch for change and the creeping dissatisfaction with things can certainly be a slippery slope in my life. I do enjoy being in our home more now than I did before the living room revamp, but I really try to focus my brainpower on keeping the main thing the main thing—and that is the life that happens in these walls. (And I’m not just talking about my houseplants.) As cheesy as my words may be to read, it’s so helpful to remember what’s important and what you’re grateful for when feelings of envy and discontentment come into your mind. Every day I remind myself of what I really treasure, and I gotta say, it’s not my coffee table… as rad as it might be.