One Room Challenge {Inexpensive Foyer Make-over} The Reveal

Posted in DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, OneRoomChallenge
on May 11, 2017

I’m so excited to share the results of my inexpensive foyer makeover for the One Room Challenge, completed just six (actually five) short weeks (gasp)! 

YAY! A few weeks back – six to be exact – I shared my plans to make-over my foyer for my third One Room ChallengeAlthough I get a big fat fail on updating you on the progress of said make-over, I hope you’ll forgive me when you’ve seen what I’ve accomplished. For all the pretty pictures, keep scrolling for major Before & After action!

THE BEFORE  

Let’s start at the beginning. My foyer, while not horrendous, felt incomplete and didn’t compliment and flow into the adjoining rooms. The area didn’t reflect our style. More than anything it had carpeted stairs – I hate carpet on the stairs!

THE NOW

As you can tell, we’ve made a few changes. 🙂

MUCH NEEDED STAIRCASE MAKE-OVER// We removed the carpet from the stairs, during which I spent a lot of time wishing vacuumed more often #gross. After a whole lot of filling and sanding on the stair treads, we painted and stenciled the entire area. During that process, it seemed like a good idea to continue the board and batten already in the foyer up to the wall of the staircase as well. That had not been in the initial plan, but it made sense.

LIGHT FIXTURE// The light fixture WAS terrible. I found a way-out-of-my-budget gorgeous light fixture at Anthropologie but then found a fabulous tutorial on making my own version. I’ll be sharing how I made the light in the next few weeks.

DIY FLOATING CONSOLE TABLE AND OTTOMANS // With only enough space for a console table in the front entrance, there wasn’t any for seating. To get around this, we decided on a DIY floating console table that would allow for ottomans underneath. Look for an upcoming tutorial on how I made the console table out of an inexpensive chest of drawers!

PET STATION// We needed a pet station to store leashes and business-bags. Luckily, the new and larger floating table allowed for both storing our pet leashes and business-bags, as well as the necessary hat and glove storage.

MODERN ECLECTIC ACCENTS // I found a few accents at Target, with the once-black mirror getting a quick paint job.

RUG // I went through more than one rug during this project. An awkward space, the entry way in my home, requires a 4’x6′ rug that I found hard to find. I settled on this wide-striped rug, also found at Target, in a 5’x8′ and customized it to my space. I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to customize a rug in another post. The indoor/outdoor carpet ensures it will hold up to the steady traffic and will be easy to keep clean.

PAINTED DOOR // The added bold blue to the door completed the project!

THE DESIGN INFLUENCE // The foyer is flanked by four – yes, four – other rooms,  all that have received more of our love and attention.

The office and living room are both ongoing projects that are slowly evolving to the look and feel we strive for. We recently updated the powder room, and of course, made-over the Dining room/playroom during my first One Room Challenge. Every room has elements of my favorite style – a mostly neutral palette with a mostly traditional vibe, but with a side of the eclectic and whimsy. Don’t forget the mandatory splashes of bold color and pattern!

And now.. the foyer is in perfect balance with them all!

One more time!

BEFORE  

AFTER

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! a HUGE Thank you to Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge is a LOT of hard work, but it’s also ridiculously fun for me.  I’m so grateful to be able to do what I love and to be able to share it all with you.  It’s pretty much my favorite.

 

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How to Make an Easy Boho Themed Centerpiece with Glass Jars

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, PARTIES
on May 2, 2017

Adding inexpensive mason jar pots of greenery and succulents to an easy DIY floral table runner takes a simple Boho themed table setting to the next level. Use this easy idea to wow your guests!

If you’re looking for a fast and cheap idea to set the mood for a boho themed table setting for a party or other event, perhaps you’ll find this idea helpful. To make things even easier for you, I’m sharing a free downloadable boho themed place card printable downloadable boho themed place card printable!

My daughter, K, celebrated her birthday last week. I’m one of those annoying parents that throw elaborate birthday parties every year. We don’t go crazy with gifts for our children – in my head; the party is my way of giving an experience or a memory.

But, this year, for the first time, K requested a “simple” party – a non-themed, uncomplicated sleepover. She’s a sweet girl – in so far as a teen can be – and did express concern for my head exploding over the lack of a theme.

My response

Pfft. I know how to do that about as well as Miss K knows why she rolls her teen eyes on an hourly (minute?) basis. And so, to preserve my head – I’m sure it would be rather embarrassing if my head did explode – we added a theme: Fun, Bohemian, but still simple, using florals, flamingo, and pineapple motifs.

I’ll share more details on the party later this month, but today, let’s talk about the Create with Me Challenge and glass jars!  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a slew of inspirational ideas to decorate with glass jars and to vote for next month’s project! For myself, I used some old jars that I had around the house for our Boho themed table setting. You might think using jars for party decor is restricted to a country theme, but jars can also be romantic in other themes as well. Romance, eclectics, artistry all say Bohemian. Jars are also cheap, readily available, relaxed and effortless. Here is how you can use glass jars to arrange an enviable Boho style centerpiece.

Supplies

Plain glass jars (affiliate)
Aquarium gravel (affiliate)
Washi tape (affiliate)
Live succulents and cacti of both tall and short heights
Faux greenery garland
Faux flowers (affiliate)
Natural fiber or graphic table cloth (affiliates)

Directions

  1. Plant the taller succulents and cacti into the jars. Jars of varying shapes and textures can be fun and unique! Fill each jar halfway with aquarium rocks, then place your plants on top.
  2. Wrap the washi tape around the jar on the line between the rocks and the soil.
  3. Lay your table cover down.
  4. Lay out the greenery garland.
  5. Weave and scatter the flowers from one end of the garland to the other.
  6. Add the succulents and cacti to the garland, evenly staggering heights and jars throughout the arrangement.

Tips and Tricks 

You can also use fresh flowers – Look for large, open blooms and cottage or vintage buds. You can also use greenery clippings from your yard. I went with faux plants from the dollar store and cut the stems with sharp wire cutters, and found the garland at Michaels. Here (affiliate) is a similar grape leaf garland to what I used. I used a burlap runner – I liked the texture and the contrast against the softness of the flowers. Here (affiliate) is a similar table runner to what I used on our table.

Bright Bohemian Party Centerpiece

The final result left my head intact, my daughter’s eyes un-rolled, and provided a perfect setting for our boho themed table setting and centerpiece. Click here to download these adorable Boho Place Cards.

 

Here are more than a few other fun ideas for using glass jars in decorating!

Painted Glass Jar Vase via My Life from Home

DIY Stained Glass Look via Our Crafty Mom

Solar Mason Jar Lantern via North Country Nest

Bohemian Table Runner with Mason Jars via Knock it Off Kim

DIY Hanging Milk Jars via Making Joy and Pretty Things

Glass Laundry Detergent Dispensers via Little Bits of Home

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Saturday Showcase {April}

Posted in SATURDAY SHOWCASE
on April 29, 2017

It’s time for the April edition of the  Saturday Showcase – a once a month stop for all things home decor, crafts, DIY, and recipe inspiration from some of your (and my) favorite bloggers.

I’m spending my Saturday with a gaggle of 13-year-old girls. We are hosting a Bohemian Sleepover to celebrate my daughter’s birthday! Please, feel free to send chocolate and wine. If your plans aren’t quite as chaotic festive, I hope you’ll have a chance to take a peek at some of these fun projects from my friends. Although it doesn’t seem like I’ve accomplished much in blog land this month, they certainly have! Let the inspiration commence. Let’s get to it!

Note: Please pin from the original sources.

Inspiration // Uncookie Cutter

Courtyard Makeover Plans 

10-Minute Vase Upcycle

Inspiration // Green with Decor

Affordable Outdoor Throw Pillows 

How to Paint a Table with Chalky Paint

Inpsiration // Two Purple Couches

Modern Rustic Spring Table

DIY Stenciled Doormat

Inspiration // My Life from Home

Mini Succulent Arrangements

 

DIY Book Page Flower 

Inspiration // Love and Renovations

How to use a miter saw 

Organized & Functional Garage Makeover 

Inspiration // The Honeycomb Home

Vintage Sideboard Makeover

Customized Magnetic Chalkboard

 

Inspiration // Knock it Off Kim

Although I didn’t get a whole lot done, I did manage to put together a few things that you may have missed.

How to Plan an Inexpensive Foyer Makeover

Teacup Succulent Planter

So, what do you think? Feeling inspired? I know I am! If I make it through this night, I know I’ll adding at least a few of these things to my own To-Do list. Notice I said “if”!

 

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