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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"And Hand in Hand, By the Edge of the Sand, They Danced By the Light of the Moon..."

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am just popping in to let you know we have a new chalkboard print in stock, “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.”

I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Upholstered Headboards and New Benches for the Girl's Room

We finally finished two projects that have been on my list for the last year and a half! I have been putting off upholstering the girls headboards for forever because I couldn't decide on a fabric. We'd been to the local fabric store several times and I'd ordered some samples online but I was having trouble deciding so finally the other day I just decided to just do a temporary job using fabric we already had. Free projects are always nice! We used a thin layer of batting and then I just pulled this white fabric over the batting and used a staple gun to secure it to the back. And because this is just a temporary fix while I continue to ponder a more permanent option (although at this rate that may still be another year and a half away - ha!) I just used a glue gun to add some hot pink trim that Lola picked out. If it was going to be more permanent I would have sewn it on.  It took less than an hour to do both headboards and cost about $5 in trim. Not sure why I didn't do this sooner! I like how this updates the headboards a little bit and makes them not feel so cutesy and shabby chic-ish. 

What I am much more excited about though, are these new benches from Wayfair that we added to the ends of their beds. Not only do I love them they are so incredibly functional! The girls absolutely love them. Now that they are getting older they have acquired a lot more stuff and it's so nice having a place to organize it all. (Well, technically the inside of each drawer and basket is a mess - but each drawer and basket holds a certain type item which helps make things easier to find. For instance one basket has all their American Girl clothes and accessories, another has stuffed animals, one of the drawers has notebooks and pens and little notes, etc.)  

They were sold out of the lighter option of this chest at the time so we went with the darker ones and painted them to match their room. First Lola and I primed both benches. This is the primer we used and it's definitely my new favorite for priming furniture.

And then we painted them with two coats of paint. We used Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore. We used their aura line in an eggshell finish. The girls always like helping me paint but this was the first time one of them helped me completely from start to finish. Lola painted with me for the full two and a half hours it took. Of course that means you shouldn't look too closely because it's not exactly a flawless finish  - haha, but we had so much fun chatting away and she is now so proud of how they turned out! They chose this paint color because of it's name. One of their best little friend's is named Stratten and they go so excited when they saw her name on a paint swatch.

The only other real projects left in here are that I'd like to make a large oversized sign with the "Always Danced..." design on it and put that where the mirror is and move the mirror to the opposite wall and then I'd like to switch out that grayish drapery panels for white ones (I've got an extra set seeing how we removed the ones in our kitchen) with some pom pom trim like we did in the playroom and that should be it.

We've also added some fun little pieces they painted:

For Lola's birthday last year we put all these decals up in the dining room for a couple of weeks. Then we moved them upstairs and they lined the inside of their closet doors with them.

and for Christmas we gave them this huge Elsa! And below it they have a bunch of artwork taped up.

And now that they are getting a little older I have a feeling more and more wall space is going to be getting covered with things like decals and posters - ha! For quite a while this winter they had their Tribe posters up next to the beds.

Source List:

Wall Color - Glass Slipper in a matte finish by Benjamin MooreTrim Color - Simply White in a semi-gloss finish by Benjamin MooreRug - Pottery Barn Kids (during a sale this summer - I would have preferred the larger size but because of the price difference went with the smaller option but have been kicking myself ever since)Wallpaper: PiP Birds in Paradise in White  -  Ordered online from Decorate to Go - Was a bit of a splurge for me so that was why we only did one wall but the girls LOVE it! Bedding - Pine Cone Hill - or at least I think (have had for at least eight years)Benches - Wayfair painted in Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore's aura line in a semi gloss finishMirror - Pottery Barn (about eight years ago)Headboards - Target (about seven years ago and have were recovered)Large Pictures Frames - made using this tutorial of ours hereDresser - Craigslist
Crown Headband - H&MEiffel Tower - gift from their GrammyPom Pom Garland - we made it Print - Dear Lillie, can be purchased hereFrame - TargetFeathered Wreath - HomeGoodsJar holding jewelry - we made it at Paint-On-PotteryMilk Vase - The Painted FoxFlowers - Trader JoesTeal and Polka Dot Pillows - we made them with fabric from Joann's Bright Pink Pillow - TargetSmall Frozen Decals - TargetLarge Elsa Decal - Chasing FirefliesDoll Bunkbed - was a gift (from Amazon)Bookshelves - TargetPig and Owl on beds - Pier 1Drapery Panels - IKEA Drapery Rods - Lowe's 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

*Chests provided by Wayfair and Paint provided by Benjamin Moore. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Up From the Grave He Arose Sign

We are excited to share that we have a brand new sign, "Up from the grave He Arose". It is a wonderful reminder to have in your home not only at Easter but the whole year. We will be listing a batch of these tomorrow (Thursday) at 10 a.m. EST.

Source List 

Wall Color - Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore in Matte Finish
Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Chandelier - Savvy in Williamsburg, VA
Farmhouse Table - I made it using this plan from Ana White's site. Stained with Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and Minwax's Provincial
End Chairs and Side Chairs - World Market
Tufted Bench - Home Goods
Side Chairs next to Sideboard - Joss and Main
Mirror - Restoration Hardware (six or seven years ago but I think they still sell it)
Sideboard - The Velvet Shoestring (consignment shop - then painted with AS's French Linen chalk paint from Lady Butterbug)
Urn on Sideboard - from a shop I worked at years ago
Planter on Table - Birch Lane
Flowers - Trader Joe's

We also wanted to introduce one of our newest sponsors, Rust and Honey

They are a lovely little online shop with all sorts of farmhouse style treasures like these cute little creamware farm animals:

And lovely candles:

Be sure to head on over and check them out!

I hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Some Changes to the Guest Room

Now that we finally got around to recovering the headboard it was time to try getting this room finished up. We got the rug moved back up here and then moved the desk over onto this wall to make room for the white sofa that was down in the den. We were going to start tackling some big projects in that room and so I convinced Jon to help me "just try" =) that sofa up here while we were working on the room downstairs. Well, it turns out the couch works perfectly up here so it's going to stay up here. It's actually a very small sized sofa (we bought it to fit in a small living room in our first home) and fits in here really nicely.  We also brought the trunk up here to add to the end of the bed. Then we used some gift cards from our sponsor, HomeGoods to freshen up that side of the room - some new velvet pillows, a gray throw, some cute notebooks, a fun little horse head the girls love and my favorite - a canvas that ties everything together!

Eventually once we find a hutch for our dining room we will move the rolling cart shelves that we built up here and put it on that empty wall that you can see to the left of the sofa and I will use it to store some of my crafting supplies.

Source Info:

Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Door Color - Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Bed - Overstock
Black and White Dalmation Fabric - Premier Prints - Togo

Lamps - HomeGoods
Black and White Striped Throw - IKEA
Coverlet - Have had for a long time not sure where it was originally purchased
Bed Skirt and Shams - Country Curtains
Nightstands - Pier 1 about 8 years ago, they still carry them but they are considerably more expensive than back when I purchased ours
Basket under nightstand - Wayfair

Lamps - Home Goods
Roman Shades - Lowe's (they've since been discontinued)
Drapery Panels - IKEA
Drapery Rods - Lowe's
Duvet Cover - Target about 7 years ago
Rug - HomeGoods
Black and White Square Pillows - Target several years ago
Black Velvet Pillows - HomeGoods
Trunk at end of bed - an antique shop about 10-11 years ago
Picture above bed - from a little shop in SC about 8 years ago
Tray and flowers on bed - HomeGoods
Desk - IKEAChair - Joss and Main
Black and White Tree Image  - Pottery Barn about 12 years ago

Gold Scissors, Stapler and Dog Tape Dispenser - Nate Berkus at Target
Notebooks - HomeGoods
Miniature Scissors in wooden spool - Antique Farmhouse
Vase with Tulips - Target (was a candle now that's it's burned we use it as a vase)
Tulips - Trader Joe's Gold 
Striped Candle - World Market
Sofa - from a little shop in South Carolina about eight years ago
Stone Colored Pillows - Birch Lane
Black Velvet Pillows - HomeGoods
Gray throw on sofa - HomeGoods
Artwork above sofa - HomeGoods
Dalmation pillow - we made it using Premier Prints fabric - Togo
Standing lamp - from a consignment shop about ten years ago
Side Table - Target years and years ago painted Ballet White (also years ago) 
Horse head - HomeGoods
Vase with roses - TJMaxx years ago (roses are from Trader Joe's)

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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