Oct 8 2015

ORC: There’s No Place Like Home Navy Bedroom


So I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate this fall in the ORC. Some of you may know that I tried to participate in the spring version (you can see it here). I had big plans to do my first bathroom in my new house and fell very short of finishing, sadly it is STILL not finished (but we are getting really really close!). Oh well. It’s my first house and I am learning how long to expect things to take.

For those new to the ORC it is hosted bi-annually by Linda over at Calling it Home, and it is so much fun! Check out all the participants here!

So this around I am taking it a bit easier.

Little Yellow House Guest Bedroom Before 1

Here is my before pic. Obviously needs some love.

I shared some inspiration a bit ago, but sadly the summer got away from me and I haven’t really gotten much done at all. So I am going to start fresh and share again and use the next six weeks to have a super polished room at the end!

As I Open Fire Pics

The room idea all started with the above pic. My husband I found these pics about two summer’s ago at a flea market.

They are called “As I open Fire” by Roy Lictenstein. When we first saw them I could see my husband was pumped. I mean, like he couldn’t talk (he was an art/multi media graduate). They were fully framed and matted and the price was $500. After a couple minutes we walked away, and then I said to my husband, really I feel like 500 for fully matted and framed pictures is a pretty good deal (I mean framing these days is so expensive). He thought they were 500 for 1 not for all 3. He quickly continued googling their value, and the cheapest they were anyone online (unframed) was $500 all the way up to several thousand depending on the printing, so I figured we were getting a good deal since they were framed and all. So we went back  (even negotiated down to 400) and brought them home, and ever since I have been decorating a room around them in my head, which includes a canopy bed.

TNPLH Canopy Room Inspiration

After I found these pics I had been looking for fabric for a canopy bed around it. I found this fabric which I was so happy about. I like how the traditional fabric is up against the funky prints.

navy bedroom inspirationAbove is an inspiration with the bed we bought from Room and Board. We bought the bed a while ago, and I have one drapery panel done.

List of To Do’s

1. Sewing, lots of sewing. Finish sewing all drapery panels for the bed (5 to go). Sew accent pillows for bed (need to pick out fabric)

2. Society Social Console Table: So who doesn’t love the society social console table wrapped in leather goodness. I do, but with so much spending going on I have to pick my battles so I am going to try a good old DIY to get the same look in the room.

3. Upholster 2 xbench ottomans: My dad and I made 2 xbenches together when I first graduated from college and they need some sprucing up.

4. Finish hanging doors, buy new hardware

5. Replace Light Fixture? Budget pending….

6. Hang Art, find new art for over the bed

7. I was really inspired Shine Your Lights Ikea Sconce Hack. Thought these would be perfect little sconces over the bed to make it even more cozy in there. So I need to spray those and get them hung.

8. Create Valance over windows (think I’m going to upholster in the same fabric as the canopy bed).

9. Of course style the room and get it ready for guests!

So nothing major. The DIY’s and sewing will take the longest so I need to start on that asap. I just can’t wait to have the room more polished. Since we painted it we just have the bed sitting in there, which is nice, but I am looking forward to having it more welcoming for our guests.

 So here we go!


Oct 6 2015

Fabrics for a Friend


A friend of mine recently asked me for some opinions of print mixing fabrics. She had already picked out this amazing plaid for curtains and wanted something to mix and match with them.

The whole room is done in navy and white, and then will have this bright pink plaid for the curtains.

Preppy Fabric Mix

What do you think? I think it is so fun. The top left navy will be for an upholstered bench. The Middle pink for Euro Pillows. Bottom Navy for smaller bed pillows, and the little tiger for punch on top!

Do you need help picking out fabrics? Email me, I would love to pull together some options for you!

Oct 5 2015

Apple Picking


This weekend we got a lot of little things done all around the house. But we did take a bit of a break to enjoy the fall weather and pick some apples.

TNPLH: Apple PIcking 1

We found a little farm that was so cute and quaint. There are a lot of farms around here that put on a whole dog and pony show with lots of touristy stuff. Those are fun sometimes, but I just love a good setting, not too crowded that is just pretty because of the apples.

TNPLH: Apple PIcking 2

TNPLH: Apple PIcking 3

TNPLH: Apple PIcking 4

Fall is really in full swing – hope everyone is ready!

Sep 28 2015

Design Crush: Ashley Whittaker


Sharing a favorite today….Ashley Whittaker. See her portfolio here.

Ashely Whittaker Design Lattice Interior Walls

Ashley Whittaker Design 2

staircase heaven. and I love love love that wallpaper.

Ashley Whittaker Design 3

Ashley Whittaker Design 4

love a navy butlers pantry. I have been thinking about doing ours in a lacquered navy as well.

Ashley Whittaker Design 5

Ashley Whittaker Design 6

Ashley Whittaker Design 7

Ashley Whittaker Design 8

gorgeous! happy monday!

Sep 24 2015

DIY: Mantel Progress


We are making progress on the living room and I am super pumped to share with you how we created this amazing mantel.


So I love that the new house has a fireplace, but it definitely needed some love when we first moved in.


Wood paneling, no mantle, and I hate the stone. So I have been tackling this space for a bit with my husband. First I sanded down the paneling and primed it white. Then we started tackling the mantel. There was already this little stone piece at the top, but you couldn’t fit anything on it. So we just started adding layers to that piece.

TNPLH: DIY Mantel Project

As you can see here we first added a 2×4 to the top of the stone with construction adhesive. Then we added the top and the skirt to the 2×4 to start and box out the mantle.

TNPLH: DIY Mantel 2

My husband used a combination of construction adhesive (glue) to first put in place and then would use a nail gun to secure it to the first 2×4 piece.TNPLH: DIY Mantel 3

TNPLH: DIY Mantel 4

After we had the base of the mantel boxed out we were ready to start making it a bit more pretty with some crown molding.

TNPLH: Crown Molding

We used three different pieces of molding to finish off the mantel. A nice thick piece (4.5 inches wide), a small topper piece to place on top of that (attached to the edge of the topper), and a decorative square piece for the bottom of the skirt.

TNPLH: DIY Mantle 6

This side view you can see how we began layering on the decorative prices.

TNPLH: DIY Mantel 7

TNPLH: DIY Mantle 8

As you can see we still need to fill in all the nail holes and then paint, but it is certainly looking a lot better around here!

TNPLH: DIY Mantel 9

Stay tuned in the coming week to see how paint finishes it off!

Sep 23 2015

Current Obsession: Bust Statues


I always love decorating with a good bust statue.

Design Caredevil ORC Decorating with Busts

Design Daredevil One Room Challenge

I once passed up a beautiful marble vintage bust at the Randolf Street Flea Market in Chicago, I think about it often and it makes me sad.

Patrick Line on Lonny

Patrick Cline for Lonny

I love dressing them up with little things like jewelry to pull them into today.

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

New twist to the idea? Bold colors!

bust statue

Aren’t these fun? I mean so whimsical. I think I might need one for my mantle. Find them here on Etsy!