A Post Dedicated To Baskets

June 8, 2016

I will be the first to admit that I am a full blown basket hoarding addict. Especially the really pretty woven ones with an ethnic print or a lid. Oh man...Don't even get me started on a basket with a lid (hasthag all the heart eyes). Last week I revealed my DIY mid century modern inspired shelving unit. Something that I forgot to mention was that the main reason behind the need for the shelving unit was to store my baskets!

My love of baskets really came about after I had Ender. Our home is a little on the small side but I was determined to make every square inch functional. The beauty about baskets is that they are pretty and serve a purpose like storing all.The.TOYS!! Also baskets are a great place to store diapers and wipes so you don't have run all through the house while your 18 month old throws a tantrum and gets you know what all over your freshly mopped floors...Lets get real those floors haven't been mopped in ages but I digress.

When you are living in a space that has to be multifunctional you have to look at your home decor in the same way. For example we have a large ottoman that is stored underneath or shelving unit that we keep all of our shoes in and it doubles as seating for when we have extra guests over. It is a different way of thinking when approaching interior design but having a home decor piece perform a form and a function it makes your limited space stretch even further. That's what we like to call win/win design!

Source List:
-Stripe basket: Zara Home
-Ethnic basket: Thrifted
-Ottoman: Target
-Small wicker baskets: Target
-Wire copper basket: Homegoods

Mid Century Modern Shelving DIY

June 1, 2016

The downstairs level of our house is all open, and not to mention small so it needs to fill a lot of needs while looking good! I am a big believer in baskets and whoever dies with the most baskets wins. They hide everything and by everything I mean all of my son's toys. I knew that I wanted to create a wall shelving unit that would flow with the rest of my house, store/hide all of the things, and a place to display my decor. I am a diehard mid century modern design lover. I love that the clean lines and simplicity let the design speak for itself. I am also an over decorator which is a nice pairing for the simplicity of mid century modern design since the space won't feel "too" much...but I'll let you be the judge of that ;)!

If you would like to create your own mid century modern inspired shelving unit then you are going to want to hit up your local home improvement store. I will include a list of the supplies that I used to help!

-Rubbermaid 70" upright twin closet racks (I used 3)
-Brackets (I used 11 of the 12" in length brackets)
-Mounting kits
-12" wide wood planks to cut in various lengths to fit your space
-Level (I purchased a 4' long level it came in handy when making sure that your racks are upright)
-Wood stain (I used a mixture of honey and dark walnut)
-Poly top coat (I used a gloss poly since the wood I purchased was cheap in every sense of the word)

Things that I have learned from doing this project:
1. The install of this project is a two person job. You need someone to keep the level straight while you are marking the areas that need to be drilled.
2. Measure. Measure. MEASURE! What helped me was measuring me wall before hand and coming up with the midline first and measuring your side pieces equidistant on either side and from the edge of the wall or area you are placing your wall unit.
3. Don't be afraid to make your space multifunctional. You can do it all and make it look good while doing it!

Spring Wreath DIY

April 12, 2016

We did the annual front yard spruce up a couple a weekends ago. When all was said and done our front door stuck out like a sore thumb. We couldn't have this. I knew I wanted to add a wreath that would compliment our yard, so I thought that some simple greenery with a subtle yellow color would look great. I also wanted something that I could leave up for as long as I wanted and it wouldn't look out of place as the seasons change. I have looked at Target and various craft stores for a ready made wreath but I couldn't find what I wanted that wasn't $60. $60...For a wreath?? You gotta be kidding me! I knew I could DIY one for a fraction of the cost. All I needed was a little imagination.

(I brought all of my materials at Hobby Lobby)
-Grapevine wreath
-2 bushels of a boxwood type leaves
-1 bushel of yellow type leaves (really technical terms here)
-Floral clippers or pliers
-Floral wire (pick something with a low gauge so it is easier to twist)

1. Clean up any twigs that are sticking out from your circle or oval shape of the grapevine wreath.
2. Clip the separate stalks away from the bushel of leaves.
3. (This is how I arranged my wreath but feel free to do it however it makes sense to you) I started by placing a piece of a boxwood stalk in the middle of the side of the wreath and securing it with some of the floral wire. I then placed one of the yellow leaf stalks on the outer side of the grapevine wreath and secured it with floral wire. You guessed it you will then place a boxwood stalk on the inner side of the grapevine wreath and secure that with wire.
4. To keep the yellow leaf stalks looking random I would rotate the placement of them around the wreath. Like I listed above since I started with the yellow leaf stalk on the outer side of the grapevine leaf the next stage I would place the yellow leaf stalk in the middle and a boxwood stalk flanking either side. For the next phase I would place the yellow leaf stalk on the inner part of the grapevine wreath with two boxwood stalks beside it.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have circled the wreath.
6. Use access stalks to fill in the gaps to make the wreath look full and fluffy.
7. Hang your wreath and enjoy!

I was able to make my wreath with some stalks to spare for $20! Keep in mind to wait for your craft store to discount their floral department before you buy. I believe at Hobby Lobby it is every other week and use your weekly discount coupon for your grapevine wreath. You could even keep it up year round and it will look great saving you even more $ to spend on those cheeseburger vans you have been eyeing...oh...maybe that's only me ;)!

Mud Cloth DIY

April 5, 2016

I am a huge supporter of the ethnic fabrics that are all over the place in interior design right now. I am however not a huge supporter of the cost of said ethnic fabrics. I knew that with a little time and a white paint pen that I could come pretty close to the real deal.

-Black cotton fabric (I think I used a yard per pillow since I believe the size of these pillows are 26x26)
-White paint pen (I ended up using 2 and bought mine at Joanns)
-White or cream cotton fabric for the back (I used a yard per pillow)
-Inspiration photos for patterns
-These items are necessary but I used them to help keep my lines straight:
   -Fabric cutting mat
   -Fabric cutting ruler

1. Measure your pillow and cut out your fabric accordingly.
2. Find some inspiration pictures of patterns you like on Pinterest.
3. Lay your fabric on your fabric cutting mat.
4. Determine if you would rather go with a more free hand pattern or a structured pattern. (I went with a structured pattern. The right side of my brain demanded it).
5. I decided to create my own pattern and to keep it within a structured pattern. Each stripe that I did varied in widths from 1inch to roughly 2 inches. The spacing I used to in between each stripe was a .5 inch to keep the pattern uniform.
6. This is where the clear fabric cutting ruler comes in handy. Back to the right brain comment that I mentioned earlier, I had to have the lines straight. For goodness sakes do not be like me! Please free hand the pattern. It will save you a lot of time!
7. Next up is the paint pen part. Either free hand your pattern or use a ruler to create your pattern. You can't go wrong! Just have fun with it.
8. Once you have your pattern complete on your pillow top you are going to want to iron it to prep it for attaching the back.
9. I used an envelope enclosure. Here is an easy tutorial to create an envelope enclosure for a pillow.
10. Insert your pillow and throw it on the couch!

Easter Tablescape

March 25, 2016

In all of my almost 31 years on this earth I have never hosted an Easter party. This year is the year friends, and can I just say that I am really excited! The menu is planned and the Easter egg hunt is a go. The last thing I had to do was to put together a tablescape. Which was not hard to do. Have you seen the Easter section at Target? It deserves all of the heart eye emojis and is where I found all of the paper goods for the tablescape. Easy peasy target squeezey...yeah that was a bit of stretch ;)!

Paper goods: Target
Easter eggs (plastic and glitter), grass, doilies, and craft paper: Dollar Tree
Milk glass vases: Thrift store


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