Linking to DIY day at A Soft Place to Land.
Then all I did was fold the raw edges under and wrap the fabric around the table top.
Today, I bring you Fashion as defined by my Toddler Demolition Team...Mr. Two and Mr. Three. These two have a very unique sense of "style". Basically, it boils down to: wear whatever you can find until mommy gets a hold of you...then you may have to suffer with matching clothes. Ha!
I got my new Serena & Lily catalog in the mail yesterday. I have praised Serena & Lily here on this l'il ole blog before....and I'll do it again!!! I loved their stuff when all they had was a line of children's bedding...but now that they have added bedding for grown-ups (like my 30-something self) my-oh-my!!! My latest Serena & Lily crush is this beautiful Ruched Quilt. I. am. in. love. Seriously.
I love white bedding, but the texture of this baby has me wanting to snuggle up with it and take a nap for an hour or two or three...mmmmmmmmmmm. And I really love the citrine green they've paired it with in this photo...so fresh and summery! (I wish New England would figure out that it is almost summer...I can barely get away with short sleeves most days! sigh.)
Now go forth, inspire, and be inspired~
Here are some of the little treasures they gave me....do you see a theme here??
Darling birdy earrings and necklace made by my ultra-sweet sis!
And my dear friend Lynette saw this little birdy figurine and thought of me...do you believe it has a little crown....how perfect is that??
Have a great Wednesday~
And remember these little beauties from my trip to Brimfield? I borrowed this idea from those awesome sisters Kari & Kijsa and hung them on the wall above my piano.
Have a great day~
Since I had to move everything to paint anyway, I took the opportunity to declutter and depersonalize.
Those two "d" words are two of the cardinal rules of home staging.
Decluttering actually helps your home to feel larger. But you want to avoid the stark feeling of a furniture showroom...you know what I mean...nice furniture, no personality! You need to walk a fine line between having too much "stuff" around, and not having enough. My rule is to remove about 1/3 of the stuff you have lying around. This includes family photos.
That brings us to Depersonalizing. Here again, a fine line needs to be walked. The Hubby is a photographer...we have lots of amazing family photos around our house...mostly because I can't decide which ones I like the best and I have a difficult time "editing". But for the sake of selling my home, I took almost all of them down. Notice I used the word "almost". Let's get real here people...those who come to look at your home realize that a family lives there. They expect to see at least some sign of human life...in my house that equals photographs. I have one portrait of each child up on the wall in my living room. I don't think they will keep anyone from buying my house. Now I know someone out there will try and contradict me on this...but I'll stand my ground. Depersonalize, but do NOT dehumanize. "Nuff said.
Today, I want to share some photos of my "staged" dining area.
We neutralized the color scheme in here. We painted the walls the same color as they were before (Cathedral Gray by Ralph Lauren)...they were in dire need of touch ups. I love the calming whites and beiges with a touch of black for accent. And hanging the drapes all the way up to the ceiling really enlarged the space.
We also took one of the leaves out of our dining table to help the space seem larger. (We can still all fit around the table, it's just a little cozier than before.)
I say to myself, "Self, what do you suppose this is?"
I open it up and inside is a copy of BHG's latest issue of 100 decorating ideas under $100 with a card that says "This issue comes to you with our compliments...The Editors."
I think to myself, "Self, hmmmmm, I wonder..."
I flipped it open, and there on page 8 is my mini-mudroom with a great little write-up (and they got it right this time....beadboard not wallpaper!)
I exclaimed to myself, "Self, this is so exciting!!! More magazine-love for my little mudroom!"
And for your viewing pleasure...I scanned the article...you can enlarge the pics to read it!! (Just being a proud stage-mom again!)
The Hubby and I spent all day again yesterday painting. Grandma had the two little boys, and Mr. One and the Princess are still in school until next week, so we were able to make some good headway. We piled most the accessories and pictures from the living room on the kitchen table, and as I was walking by, I noticed how pretty they looked just sitting there...so I snapped a few photos for my dear readers!
I'm sure many of you have seen Layla's drop cloth drapes. Well, here's my drop cloth tablecloth! And see those pretty plaid drapes in the background? Love them. But they're a little winter-y... so they are going to be replaced with drop cloths one of these days soon! In the meantime one dropcloth measuring approximately 5' x 8' makes a perfect tablecloth and only costs $9.99 at the big home improvement stores.
And to give the table a little texture and interest I added this burlap runner. (Do you like how I ironed the tablecloth and runner for you all? I aim to impress! ha!) I added this little monogram "H" using photo transfer paper (what else?) I wouldn't recommend using it on burlap if you're going to a do a large design, but for my small monogram it was perfect! The whole runner probably cost me about $2.00. Not bad, huh?
This is what my kitchen looked like when we moved into the Shabby Nest...(yeah, so there's a mess all over the counter...just keepin' it real.)
This photo shows the black beadboard we added to the bar.
Photo from 320 Sycamore
Well, these have both been sitting in my idea files for a long time. Since a girl can NEVER have enough nests... I finally got the bug to put one of these beauties together this last week. Here's my version...
I had a shadow box frame lying around just begging to be used, so I found some scrapbook paper that lends itself well to the color scheme in my master, and then just hot glued the sweet little nest and eggs right on! Project total: less than $3!
Edited to add: I have had a lot of people asking, so ....I purchased both the little eggs and the nest at Michael's Craft.
Now go get your nest on!!!
Have a great Wednesday~