Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday's Inspiration: Ladders

I absolutely without a doubt want to implement a ladder in my home. I just haven't been able to figure out where. At first I contemplated using them on each side of the bed in the master bedroom, but that just didn't seem right. I'm still toying with using them in one of the bathrooms, but we'll just have to see.

Here are my favorites so far:

shades of light


Pottery Barn


repurposed ladders



repurposed ladders



repurposed ladders




repurposed ladders

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Update: Studio Shelves and Storage

Well, it's official. I am a paint hoarder. I love to have every color of the rainbow, and if I could find the space…. I'd have more! Just don't tell my husband. ;)

Which leads me to the below picture. This nearly 4 foot wide bookcase just isn't cutting it. I definitely need more shelves. Thankfully this closet is a decent size so I should be able to get everything in it without any problems.


studio update closet


Building shelves isn't exactly my forte so I required a little assistance from my typical woodworking expert that I just so happen to live with. With some leftover wood from a few previous projects he pieced together these brackets for stability. We're just doing very basic plywood shelves that I will be painting white. 


rustic shelves


As you can see in this picture he has not only screwed the brackets into the wall, but also is screwing them into the plywood for extra support. And for my sake, he added a piece of trim to the front to make them "pretty".


rustic shelves


Have I mentioned that I also love books? I have to be honest though, I've had to cut back drastically in the past few years due to space issues. I don't know what I would do without my Kindle app


closet shelving


I know that the dripped over paint cans aren't exactly "pretty", but I decided not to put a curtain up or hide them in anyway. I use them several times through the day, and functionality and consistent use has definitely outweighed the "neat, pretty and organized" factor for this round. Functionality 1, Me 0. 


closet shelving


closet shelving


I'm still trying to figure out where to put everything so this shelving unit that I brought from the old studio has turned into a "catch-all" until further notice. Oh well, slowly, but surely right?


studio update


Now onto the first disaster. I was kind of in a hurry to put the knobs and handles onto all of my cabinets, and didn't check to make sure that the screws I was using would actually fit. 


cabinet drawers


As you can see… not gonna make it. Then to top it off, I realized I didn't have screws on hand to use instead. So, instead of driving 30 mins to the nearest Lowe's/Walmart/etc. (yes--I live in the boonies now!) I decided to just patch it in. 




I just filled in the hole with a little bit of wood putty, let it dry and then painted over it. 


cabinet drawers


I probably need to fill it in one more time, but for now it looks fantastic! I can barely see my mistake.


cabinet drawers


Now on the other side of the room… chaos. There's still a lot of stuff that needs a home. 

studio update


And apparently, I am all over the place with my projects. I'm just realizing now how chaotic this post is. Jezz! I never can do just one project at a time, finish and then move on. I seem to always have fourteen going on at the same time. 

Since the mass majority of my furniture that I brought from the old studio is covered in random paint I decided to give everything a nice and light paint job. This particular shade of blue we are also using in our guest bathroom. It's called Misty Aqua. Love it!


table update


How scary is this chair?!? Ugh. It definitely needs a little TLC. 


DIY chair


I yanked off unscrewed the the top piece of the chair, gently sanded down the crazy globs of paint everywhere, and added a few healthy coats of white paint. 


DIY chair


Next, I picked out a replacement fabric. I bought this amazing pattern by Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost a few months back, and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. Well, I found it! You can purchase this pattern or many other fantastic options from her Reminisce Collection here.


Reminisce fabric


I'll be honest, I didn't take off the previous fabric, and I didn't use any specific method to put the new fabric on. I just grabbed the right edge of the fabric, and started stapling onto the back of this chair piece. My favorite stapler to use for these kind of projects is the Arrow Fastner. It's not too expensive, and works very simply.


upholstery chair fabric


And… wa-la! Isn't it a beauty? I love the clean and simplistic nature of this chair. Sigh. 


DIY chair


I almost forgot to take pictures of this last project for today! I had two HUGE pegboards from the old studio, but I realized after putting those up how much space they wasted. It would be awesome to be able to put everything I could ever need on a pegboard, but unfortunately that just isn't possible.

Originally I was going to leave this frame in it's natural state, but it was just too strong of a color. So, hello Misty Aqua again!


DIY pegboard


Unfortunately I made the decision to paint once it was already up so I had to tape up the sides. If you can, try to paint prior to putting up. Taping is such a hassle!


DIY pegboard


Isn't this color much better? Very soothing and has a definite calming factor.


DIY pegboard


DIY pegboard


Since all of my hangers for the pegboard were silver I decided to give them a little boost and a slight makeover. I just used plain, ol' white spray paint. If I were to do this again though, I would recommend a gloss instead of a matte or satin finish. I've noticed that on some of the hangers that have tools I use on a regular basis they have already started to chip in a few locations. 


pegboard hangers


pegboard hangers


Hmm… one more shelf. What shall I use this beauty for? Moving to the left… 


DIY shelf


My view of the pond every morning. Isn't it lovely? There is nothing I adore more than looking out at nature while I do my favorite thing. Paint. 


waterfront view


Have a very Happy Thursday! 

Next time I will be revealing more 
shelves, organization and prettiness :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday's Inspiration: Lanterns

You know what I love the most about lanterns? They can be used both indoors and out. Put one (or more!) on your porch, then display a few on a table in the dining room and go even further and hang one in your hallway. They are ridiculously versatile, and I can't wait to select a few for my new house!


Here are my top 10 faves:





       {With Love & Luck}                 

       {Business Blueprints Brides}              



Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY Mason Jar Succulents

DIY mason jar succulents


Ever since I've bought my first batch of succulent cuttings I have been a little obsessed. If I had the room (and time) I would definitely have them everywhere in my home. I have to admit though, they are a little sensitive to changes, absolutely cannot be overwatered and need a little TLC every now again.  Then again, I think all plants need a little TLC even if you don't have a green thumb. I definitely do not so if I can grow these babies so can you!

I received these beauties from Succulents Galore, and they are arrived very quickly and with amazing instructions on how to get them going.


Succulents Galore


Succulents Galore

I originally put all of these cuttings into a few of our reclaimed planter boxes, but soon realized that a couple of these succulents would be taking over if I didn't transfer them into their own happy environment.


DIY mason jar succulents


I just so happen to have quite a few mason jars from canning, for shelves and from other random explorations so this seemed to be the perfect solution for my problem. Thankfully there are countless blogs with helpful tips on how to correctly plant succulents into glass jars. Due to succulents being desert plants it is essential to ensure that they do not get too much water, and are able to drain thoroughly when you do water them. 

First, find a lovely assistant. 


Check! Got one! :) Next, find a shovel and a bucket. Check, check. 

Obtain dirt and sand, and mix it up 50/50. 

DIY mason jar succulents


We used such a small bucket that we had to use a spoon! Oh well, at least Ms. Ava had a blast :)

Then, add rocks to the bottom of each mason jar. We are very resourceful. We used the ones around our old house. 

DIY mason jar succulents


Next, add shells. We had recently been to the beach so no problem here!

DIY mason jar succulents


Last, add your dirt and sand mixture to the top, and plant one succulent in each jar. I also added a little bit of twine to spice it up. 

And wa-la! Succulents in a jar! :)

DIY mason jar succulents


DIY mason jar succulents


DIY mason jar succulents


DIY mason jar succulents


Happy planting, and have a most lovely week!