Anyone else feel extremely inspired to redecorate after reading the HGTV magazine each month? Every issue is filled with bold, bright, and colorful furniture, front doors, and home decor! It's so good!
And while I love the classic white, gray, and black colors of the current farmhouse trend as much as the next guy, there is something about bright and vibrant colors in the home that makes my heart skip a beat.
Is my house filled with bright colors like my favorite magazine? No. And I really have no good excuses either. My most common excuse is 'not this house, maybe in the next'. But why not this house? Why not now?
Truth be told, Dane and I won't be in this house long term. We've already been here 4 years and are quickly outgrowing it. But that's no excuse. There is no reason we can't live in a bright and happy home right now. Besides, we'll be taking all of our colorful furniture and decor with us to the next house anyway! It's almost like I'm just getting a head start on decorating!
Take a look at this house featured in the November 2017 issue of HGTV (found on page 63). This article really spoke to me because the homeowner mixed her grandmother's old formal furniture in with her own vibrant style. And I must say, it looks fabulous! She updated the pieces with new paint and new fabric and was able to bring the pieces new life, allowing them to live on for many, many more years!
Although her kitchen wasn't so colorful, I feel like it's a good place to start. Being that I design kitchens and bathrooms all day in a tile showroom, I noticed the combination of her white cabinets, white subway tile, and her marble countertops right away. While white is a classic color, it also allows for her colorful accents to stand out more.
And maybe she wanted the focal point of the kitchen area to be her pantry? Because with a pantry this awesome, wouldn't you want everyone to notice it too?? The bright colored door, the patterned wall art, I mean....tell me that wouldn't make you happy to see everyday!
Many things about the guest bedroom stood out to me. Her mix-matched patterns, the color palette, the painted furniture and that funky rug!
How fun is her daughter's bedroom?! I love how she paired painted furniture along with the original wood furniture passed down from her grandmother. The blue nightstand has such beautiful detailing and plays nicely off of the patterned pillows on the bed next to it.
The bathroom's emerald mirrors aren't to go unnoticed either. These mirrors, as stated in the article, were purchased from At Home and were then painted.
A little DIY goes a long way and this bathroom does a great job of showing it! Can you imagine buying those mirrors full price? The one the magazine found to be the closest match retails right at $200.
I think we can all agree this out has so much personality! Being that I paint furniture, I cannot stress how easy this would be to do yourself! A little patience and a vision is all it takes to get your house looking this fabulous!
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Happy October friends!
After taking the ENTIRE month of September off from our little business, I am feeling completely refreshed and renewed!
Dane and I spent the last part of the month traveling around Europe and taking in all of the beautiful sights! We saw Athens and Santorini in Greece, Munich and the countryside of southern Germany, and then Budapest, Hungary. Each place had so much to offer and I can honestly say I've never felt so inspired to get back to work, bringing those inspirations to you!
But first I'd like to share with you how we showcase and keep our travel memories. Late last year, Dane and I put Ikea bookshelves on either side of our fireplace in the living room. They go just about all the way up to our 9 foot ceilings, and it's dreamy! With glass doors, these shelves allow us to show our travel photos and trinkets at a quick glance.
For each country we've visited, we have a wooden box that resembles a book. The wooden books can be found at Michaels for just over $5!! I've stained each book a beautiful walnut color, and wrote the country name on it's spine. These wooden boxes have truly been amazing. As you can see, they're hinged, allowing us to keep our photos, coins, maps, and tickets inside.
Each shelf is currently designated to a specific country. Some of the countries are still waiting on boxes. For example, this one. This is our 'Thailand' shelf. The photo is of Dane and I visiting James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay during our honeymoon. The cute little elephant trinket is something small we picked up at a local shop in Patong.
We've made boxes for the Bahamas, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Each box is extremely easy to make. For the spine, I used a gold leaf marker for a subtle but classy color combination. You, of course, could use any color combination you'd like.
From our latest trip, here are the photos I'm exited to showcase from Germany and Greece. We're still trying to narrow down my favorites from Budapest, but I'm sure I'll get there! :)
How do you show your travel treasures? Share your ideas in the comments below!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
-Dane and Heather
I hope you've had a good start to your week and that you're enjoying your day!
For those of you who follow me on social media (click here for Facebook/click here for Instagram), you may be familiar with the recent emerald green end table Dane and I completed. I have to say, I became a liiiiiiiittle obsessed with the rich color!
When Dane and I were first preparing to move into our first home together, I went with my natural instincts and painted all of our furniture black. I love black (it's my favorite color)! It's classy and timeless and dramatic and....just pretty! But as life goes on, I realize that black just doesn't work in our tiny house. It's too dark. So I've slowly been adding color back into our home and to be honest, I'm LOVING it!!
My most recent plan of action is to paint all of the walls the same neutral color and then add bright pops of color into each room. After this project, I've decided emerald will have to be my pop of color for our living room. It's just too good to pass up!
Truth be told, I can't even take complete credit for this beautiful piece. This vision belongs completely to my mom. She had bought this piece a while back and couldn't find the time to give it a makeover as she had hoped. So it was my house or the dumpster for this guy! Of course I jumped in and immediately saved this nice little table, and decided to carry out my mom's vision to the end.
On the left is her inspiration photo, and on the right is our finished product:
When making over old pieces, my favorite part is watching the first layer of paint go on. I love the instant gratification I get from watching the furniture turn from one dull piece into something amazing and beautiful!
Now, for the color used...I'm not sure of the exact name because it wasn't on the little sample bottle she gave me to paint with, but I can tell you that when I paint my very own emerald end tables, I'll be using Valspar's Poker Green. It's dangerously close!
After the paint had dried, we waxed it completely, using Valspar's Sealing Wax. Then after that had dried, I slowly added Valspar's Antiquing Wax. When doing this, it's important to seal before antiquing because the antiquing is something you paint on and wipe off. Without a seal already on the piece, the wax won't wipe off nicely. I'll write a how-to post soon so you can see what I mean.
Now that I've found my pop for my living room, I'll need pops for my other rooms as well. Do you have any bright pops in your home? I'd love to see your photos for inspirations! Please share your ideas in the comments below!
Okay, so I loved how my fabric lined drawers turned out SO much that I just had to share with you how I accomplished the look!
I mean, why just admire the awesome photos of Pinterest homes when you could live in your own Pinterest worthy home? It really isn't hard as long as you're willing to get creative put in the extra work.
The great thing about lined drawers is that you can go as crazy colorful as you want because they won't always be open...unless you have a tendency to leave drawers open. This is a no judgement zone, but I think it'll be hard to want to shut these drawers!
Okay, let's get to it. Here's what you'll need:
First you'll want to iron your fabric to make sure you have no creases or folds before applying the Mod Podge. Not only do creases look bad and like you've cut a few corners to finish faster, but they can also mess up your measurements by making the fabric seem shorter than it really is.
Next you'll want to make sure your fabric print is face down so that you can mark your cuts on the backside. By doing this, you'll avoid having pencil marks on the side visible if you tend to stray from the cutting lines like I do.
TIP: Measure your drawer twice before making a cut. If you're too short, that fabric cut is ultimately ruined (unless of course you don't mind the shortage).
Lay your fabric in the drawer just as you want it placed when finished. I found it extremely handy to keep the fabric in place by using a binder clip while I attached the fabric to the first side of the drawer.
I would highly recommend working only small areas at a time because the mod podge dries quickly. It's also a lot easier to smooth out any bumps if you can focus on one spot at a time.
With the binder clip still holding your fabric in place, lift the loose flap and apply a layer of mod podge to the drawer. Slowly smooth your fabric onto the drawer side, working out any bumps as you go.
Continue this process all the way around your drawer until you've wrapped every inch you want covered. For this project, I wanted the beautiful pop of color to be seen on both the inside and outside of the drawers.
Let the drawers dry for about 2 hours and then apply a layer of mod podge to the fabric, giving it a hardened finish.
Let dry overnight for the best results.
There ya have it! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial enough to try it on your own piece of furniture. Please be sure to share photos, questions, or just say 'hi' in the comments below!
Happy Tuesday friends!
It's a rainy day here in St. Louis, but you know what they say...'if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes'.
Truth be told, I've been waiting since about 6am for the rain to stop. But of course it couldn't end before my morning commute to work. Is it just in St. Louis, or do people everywhere act like they've never seen rain before? Baffles me every time.
When we got home from work yesterday, Dane and I photographed our latest project so that I could get a post ready for later this week, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you!! I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but TOOT TOOT!! Haha. It just turned out so much better than I imagined!
If you remember from my last post, this cute little desk first belonged to Dane and then his sister Katie. They got it from old family friends, Polly and Phurman, who were like another set of grandparents to them. I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them, but my inner old lady (her name is Elanore) told me that Polly probably liked florals like we do, so when I saw the bright colors of this fabric at Joann's, I just had to.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let's just go back a smidge. I really want you to see what this desk looked like before it's makeover. The transformation really is pretty amazing!
Right?? Although I'm sure it was quite the looker in it's prime, the red just wasn't working anymore. As you can see in the photo, the top had been well used. So we carefully removed the top, stripped it of it's old stain, and applied a new stain to give it a nice new look in a color that worked better with what we were envisioning.
The body of the desk was a piece of cake. Well, the painting process was anyway. I easily spent 20 minutes at Lowe's examining their gray options. Grays are so tricky! They're either too blue, too green, too purple, too beige, you get it. But finally I landed on this beauty, Valspar's Urban Sunrise. It's so pretty and looks great next to the fabric I found! Using our HomeRight spray gun, we had the first coat of paint on in under 5 minutes! I really don't know how I functioned before my spray gun.
Next was the fun part (for me anyway)! I had been drooling over lined drawers for quite some time now, but never had the right application for it. When this desk was offered to us to fix up, I just had to jump at the opportunity. The process of lining the drawers was SO easy!! The best part about it is instant gratification. I'm a little impatient and can't (or won't) wait for results, so the fact that I could see the fabric attached right away was good for me.
I'd love to see you tackle your own fabric lined drawers, so I'm going to be posting a 'how-to' post later this week. You'll be so glad you did...promise! It's a great way to create a little pop of color without seriously committing to the bright colors in your space. While Dane loves bright colors, he doesn't love bright flowers as much as I do, so keeping the pattern hidden until opened is a great compromise for us (also a fun surprise each time a drawer is opened), and your friends and family will think you're a rock star designer for thinking outside the box. ;) Do it!
Thanks for stopping by! -We'll chat soon. :)