Hi Friends! So the last week, we didn’t get as much done as I would hope. We hosted family for Easter. But, we have gotten a lot of the painting done. The painting is taking a long time! The room has a lot of amazing windows, but that means a lot of trim to get painted. We also have a bit of trim fixing to do in one of the windows.
Otherwise I have been ripped apart the cornices….
and finalizing the fabric for both the cornices, and the cushions.
I’m kinda stumped on the fabric. The original one I liked was spoon flower (not shown) but I would need so many yards, it is getting a big expensive. So I found some other options at Jo Annes, but before I commit want to run to another local fabric store this weekend. But I seriously need to finalize because I need to reupholster the cornices and I need to make all the cushions….this weekend I also need to start stripping the table! I still have a lot to do, so wish me luck!
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Hey Friends! So excited for the second week of the One Room Challenge!
So I mentioned in the first post, but I have a LOT of DIY’s to accomplish during the next month and a half. But first, heres the mood board.
So a number of these inspiration pieces are craigslist finds. Lets start at the beginging.
Remember the cornices? I am going to have to take those apart and re-upholster them. Haven’t fully picked the fabric yet, but I have something like the fabric in the board on my mind. So I need to pick fabric quick so I have time to upholster them!
Chandelier: So I bought this gold chandelier at a local consignment shop. As you can see in the picture, we taped it all up, and we are going to spray it lime green.
I also found these cool chairs over a year ago. 6 for $100 – not bad! I wasn’t sure at the time what I would do with them, I didn’t have a plan yet for the sunroom. So they have been sitting in the basement since then. I am going to sew cushions for them and finally use them!
Table: I also bought a round oak table and I am going to oak cerused the table similar to what I did here.
I also bought the buffet that is pictured above, also found on craigslist. I was thinking of painting it, but when it was rescued it was so pretty that I have to leave it!
So this space is pretty loaded with craigslist finds and a LOT of projects. Wish me luck as I try to finish them all! Be sure to link up with the other participants here!
I love forcing bulbs in the spring. It’s a perfect way to add some life after the holidays. In the past I have forced Paper White Bulbs, but wanted to try something different this year. I am loving the Amaryllis Bulbs. They are so big and fun, and so far they are lasting just as long as Paper Whites, which is usually a couple weeks. It takes a couple weeks to bloom and then the blossoms last a couple weeks.
When we first moved into the house the number one priority was curtains. But I could never find prints I really wanted myself so I knew from day 1 I would have to make them myself.
I follow the tutorial by Design Sponge. The one thing I would say is that the pleating tape was pretty difficult to work with. If I made pleated drapes again, I think I would just try to them from scratch – the old fashioned way. My mom tried to convince me to do the that way to begin with, but I didn’t listen 😉
Just as a reminder – I have one very very large window in the living room (17 feet long!). and then I have one window that is connected in the dinning room. So I needed an economical solution for the 17ft window on the curtain rod. If I bought a curtain rod in the store it would be so expensive. So instead I bought a 20 foot copper pipe. Yep a 20ft pipe! Then I jazzed it up with fun Restoration Hardware ends. I like that it mixed copper and brass and it was economical!
The curtains make the whole space so full and homey.
A difficult thing to do in the living room, is balancing the practically of cozy TV time and the aesthetic need to make your living room look pretty. This being our first house, it’s small and we don’t have a tv and a formal living room. So we have to combine our area. A great way to do that is to hide it with a great gallery wall.
The other thing I love doing is tucking ottomans under a console table. It’s a perfectly practical way to add two more spots to sit. These two ottomans I bought from target and easily re-upholstered the cushions to make them fit in our colors. We are often having a lot of guests over for the extra ottomans are also an added bonus for that!
My apologies for the late post. I took the pics right before we switched over to our holiday decor! But overall another way I conceal the TV is by hiding fun accessories around the console. This console was a great find too! Craigslist $80, and it didn’t even need any updating!!!
I liked the way we did the mantel at first. But there is just something about really big art that brings a level of sophistication to a room. So I got an itch to try and do a DIY piece of art. I first found the below inspiration and knew I wanted to try and re-create. It was from the HGTV Smart Home in North Carolina Last year. I love how sophisticated the large piece of art made the whole room feel.
So, with the help of my husband we gave it a whirl.
Making the art was super fun. I pulled my husband in, he was a double major in multi-media and fine art in college. So he was a huge help in the process.
I love the crisp blue tones with the white and the pop of green. Can’t wait to decorate the mantel for Christmas!!!