One thing I always think of when I imagine a classic southern house is a beautiful garden with ivy and flowers climbing up a white lattice trellis. For my friend’s southern nursery, I wanted to use white lattice somewhere and capture … Continue reading
Easter decorating is a conundrum for me. On one hand, Easter is my most favorite holiday of all time. I love it. So of course I want to celebrate it to its fullest. But on the other hand, just because I love Easter doesn’t mean I love bunnies. Or grass all over my house. Or pastels. Also, one of the things I love about Easter is that it comes after a period of mourning. The darkest night is pierced by the brightest morning. Part of me doesn’t want to decorate at all before Sunday because it takes away from this dichotomy. But if I just decorate on Easter, then I only have one day to enjoy it, and I don’t want to spend money on things I will only enjoy for one day.
So last year I came up with a goal – cheap, beautiful, subtle Easter decorations.
And here’s the result:
I always have extra fabric lying around the house. Usually it was a purchase because I envisioned making a pillow or doing a project with it. And most of those times, the pillows and projects never come into existence. But I love all of the fabric I have. We also have a ton of plastic easter eggs in the pantry. Phil is a fan of buying things at 75% off the day after a holiday, and last year he bought more easter eggs than we can afford to fill with candy. I’m sure each bag was 25 cents or so. I also have some extra decoupage glue (Martha Stewart brand) although I’m sure Mod Podge would work about the same.
So that’s all you need! It’s cheap ( your husband will like it), messy (your kids will like it) and beautiful (you will like it).
Step 1: Cut the fabric into strips. I found that the best size was thinner than 1/2″, maybe about 1/3″, by 8″ to 12″ long. You can used varied lengths. I used the longest ones first and by the end you can use shorter ones to cover up the spots that were missed.
Step 2: Apply glue directly to the back of the fabric. That way the whole strip has good coverage. I tried to put glue right on the egg as well but that was just a hot mess.
Step 3: Wrap the piece around the eggs as flat as you can. Since the egg is round, there will be some bumps, but most of those come out when you cover it at the end. Continue with pieces until the egg is covered.
Step 4: Cover the whole egg in glue to seal it while the strips are still wet. That way they don’t dry with bumps. The final layer really smooths down the whole thing. I just put mine on the window sill and it worked fine.
That’s it! They are so beautiful, and subtle, but add color. One of the great things about this craft is that leftover fabric generally goes with your house anyways! It was a pillow, or a chair covering, or curtains. So your eggs will automatically match with your decor. If you haven’t decorated for Easter, I hope this inspires you to put a little color out this weekend to remind you of the hope that comes after this Lenten season.
Here are some things I found out:
– With thinner fabric, make sure you start with an egg that is close to the same color in case the fabric becomes translucent when it gets wet.
– The fabric that worked the best was the thinner, quilting fabric. This usually comes on the small bolts at the fabric store and there is a multitude to choose from.
– Thicker, home decor fabric also works well, but I had to cut the strips a little thinner to make sure they were pliable enough. The thicker the fabric, the thinner the strips should be (1/2 or less). That way it will lie down flat against the egg. Thinner fabrics can handle thicker strips because it is more pliable and can be smashed down, but I like using thinner strips either way.
– Each egg took about ten strips
– It’s best to use as few layers as possible, so use your fabric well. Try to cover as much space with each strip. After too much fabric, the eggs start to look lumpy and lose the integrity of their shape.
– Sadly, silky, satiny fabrics did not work well at all. They slid around on each other once the glue was on. So even though some of my favorite fabric is satin, it was a fail. It just looks like a lumpy egg imposter.
This year’s color of the year as chosen by Pantone is “Radiant Orchid.” I’ve seen a lot of mixed opinions on the color, but I for one really like it. And for a girl who doesn’t like purple, that’s saying something.
I find that January and February, while potentially good for setting goals, are very uninspirational as far as decorating goes. Christmas is over, spring is not yet. It’s cold outside, but decorating for “winter,” without holiday touches, seems hard. So for this winter (by which I mean now until bright colors and fresh flowers will reign), I am adding a few touches of radiant orchid to my living room. The color is versatile enough that it can flow from winter to spring to summer to fall. I have mostly peacock blues and grays in my living room, and I just added gold and brass metals along with my silver. Splashing a bit of radiant orchid was easy, and it looks really good.
I got a pillow on clearance at Cost Plus World Market. I might go back and get another, but I’m hoping to find some really pretty “radiant orchid” fabric so I can make another pillow myself.
The little candle is from Ikea and the flowers are from Michaels. I always prefer real flower to fake, but they are hard to come by in January. I do need to go back and get some more to fill out the vase, but it’s 5 degrees outside here so that will have to wait.
Fresh lilies from my sweet sister.
I threw an old orchid stem I’ve had for ages up on this shelf along with my husband’s Christmas present (real glasses so he doesn’t have to serve his friends drinks in Ikea cups that have dolphins on them, and some bar tools.)
I think our living room looks fresh, and even a little bit winter-y. It’s cozy enough to cuddle up in front of the fire, but bright enough to help combat those winter blues.
Radiant orchid. What are your thoughts on the color?
Maps are one of my favorite things to frame as art. They are inexpensive, meaningful, and really beautiful. My brother and dad are building a log cabin that I get to decorate, and I envision two framed maps above the … Continue reading
Happy Holidays! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving break. Mine was about as perfect as it comes – family, friends, food, coffee, and lots of lounging around in my pajamas.
In case you are interested, here are the sources for Asher’s nursery! The whole room (not including furniture) came in around $300.
Door plaque – Plaque from Michaels ($3), hand stamped
Hooks – Ikea LEKSVIK rack ($10)
Shelf – old wood found outside, four brackets from Home Depot ($1 each, spraypainted black)
Books – from a box in Chris’s (Asher’s daddy) garage
Yellow Globe – Cost Plus World Market ($6)
Rocker cushions (already had) covered in Ikea curtain ($10)
Red “A” pillow – handmade from Cost Plus World Market cloth napkins
Black and white striped blanket – EIVOR blanket from Ikea ($20)
Lamp “base” – SOCKER Vase from Ikea ($15 for a set of 2) with a small lamp base I already had put inside of it. Ideally I would like to drill a hole in the bottom of the vase to string the cord through, but for now it’s just sitting in there.
Lamp shade – Target ($15)
Frame – SONDRUM frame from Ikea ($4)
Books in end table – antique stores (around $7 each)
Curtains – Target ($20 on sale, $25 regular per panel)
Floor basket – Home Goods ($15)
Paper chandelier – handmade with twine, paper pages and three embroidery hoops (about $4 each, but you can always use a coupon at Michaels or Joann)
Crib sheet – Mosaic Crib Sheet from Serena and Lily ($36)
Crib skirt – handmade with buffet cloth napkins from Costplus ($5 for a pack of 6 on clearance, regular price $10 for 6)
Bumper – Breatheable baby bumper in white ($25 on Amazon)
All frames from Ikea
Where the Wild Things are art print – etsy ($5)
Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia art prints – handmade (in my etsy shop!)
Winnie the Pooh and The Giving Tree art prints – basically just images from Google search with my added text. (I put the .jpg at the bottom of the post if you want to download them yourself. Just click on the picture, and when it opens in a new tab, right click and download!)
Metal “A” sign – Hobby Lobby ($4 on sale)
Star – Hobby Lobby ($3 on sale)
White shelf – Chris and Jennie already had
Red vase – came in set of two from Ikea
Hopefully you found something you love!
It’s a boy! My sweet nephew, Asher Charles, was born last Sunday.
Jennie and Asher came home a few days later to a beautiful new nursery. Although I have been planning it for months, most of the real work happened last week as I put it all together. There was a little bit of tweaking, but overall it came out just as I imagined. Here is the design board I gave her at the baby shower.
The colors were based off the San Pellegrino Blood Orange soda can, but she had also asked for a book theme. I wanted the room to feel relaxing and boyish, but classic. To get the book theme, I found some antique children’s books (from Chris’s own garage) and made/found art prints of some of my favorite children’s stories. Here’s how it turned out.
I love it. I love him. And Jennie cried when she saw it. If I have learned anything from HGTV, crying during the reveal is good. Congratulations sweet sister.
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Last week I was lucky enough to be able to go to the 2013 Atlanta Designer’s Show House. I say lucky because 1) Phil let me spend $25 on a ticket, 2) Phil let me pay a babysitter, and 3) it is only about 10 minutes away from my house. People travel a long way to see this thing so it was fun to be a local. I do realize it sounds like I am married to a stingy ogre, but let me set the scene. This month, we travel to Seattle for ten days (plane tickets, eating out every meal, hotel) and then to Orlando for another seven (plane tickets, eating out every meal, hotel). So it is a tight month, and $50 for an afternoon alone was a high cost. So really, I am married to an angel who knows how important this was to me and how much I needed an afternoon alone.
This year’s show house is an 18,000 square foot house called Tuffeau. It was designed by William T. Baker, a renowned Atlantan architect. The architecture is based on of french design, with zinc dormers, a slate roof and French limestone.
The Design House Association comes out with a publication each year featuring the rooms (which I will be requesting for Christmas), so there was no photography allowed because of publication rights. Of course part of me wants to inundate this post with pictures, but part of me is glad I was able to just enjoy the house without stopping every five seconds to snap a shot. I will post some pictures that are on their website, however.
In an 18,000 square house, suffice to say there were too many amazing things to mention. But here is a list of the highlights of things I loved or new products I saw.
1. White bronze – This metal looks kind of silver with a gold hint underneath. With a little bit of research, I found that white bronze is not really bronze but an alloy of zinc, tin and copper. Because it is inexpensive, it is often used in jewelry and because of its sturdiness, is used in grave markers. In this house it was featured as the hardware in the kitchen. I really liked the appearance of it.
2. Pewter Countertop – Another feature in the kitchen, the pewter countertop on
one of two islands may have been my favorite thing. I looooved the way it looked. You can tell it’s a metal but it is so matte that it almost could pass as a dark concrete. The countertop at the house was slightly hammered, but I imagine it could be smoother or more dented depending on your taste. Pewter is an alloy (like white bronze) that is fairly soft and will show some of the dents that will inevitably happen in a kitchen. But you could mask some of those by having it hammered on purpose. I don’t think I would mind the dents – give it some personality to make it seem more antique and genuine.
3. Pewter accessories – Before I even got to the kitchen, I noticed how many designers used pewter platters and pitchers in their designs. My mom has an old pewter pitcher and I have always admired how it looked. It effortlessly gives the feel of an antique, and you could imagine it anywhere from an old farmhouse to a vineyard estate. Many rooms had pewter plates displayed up on the wall. I think I’m going to hit a few second-hand stores with these in mind.
4. Paint colors – Here are a few that caught my eye:
Benjamin Moore Collingwood – This was used in a huge space downstairs and it felt just right. Light and airy, but a great tone. “Beige” can just be so yellow or so pink. I thought this one was a perfect linen shade.
Benjamin Moore Pacific Sea Teal – This dark, intense color was used in a small bathroom. It’s a lot of color so it was well placed in a little space.
5. An espresso room – Designed by The Consulting House, this was one of the highlights of the house for me. In fact, on the floor plan the homeowner switched the espresso bar and the wine cellar so that the espresso room had more square footage. As a recent transplant from Seattle, I thought it was a great move. Good coffee is hard to find in Atlanta, so I appreciated this emphasis. The room wasn’t exactly my style but there were a few things in it I did like, such as the Moroccan tile on the bottom half of the wall, wall mounted coffee dispensers, and a picture of St. Peters Cathedral.
Interestingly, they featured emerald green at the entrance of the house as an homage to Pantone’s color of the year, but I only saw it a few more times in the entire house. A few dining chairs and a tufted ottoman, but no window treatments or pillows or bedding that I remember.
Thank you to my sweet husband for letting me have such an indulgent afternoon of walking around looking at beautiful things. Next year I’ll save up and make him come with me.
I wanted to have a beautiful Easter dinner table waiting for my family on Sunday. There are lots of great inspirations out there. My vision was to have the fabric decoupage eggs sitting on little nests on colored glass plates, … Continue reading