One Week Challenge Week 4

I can’t believe week 4 of the one room challenge is here! I feel like I’m making progress but also kind of feel like this is going to end up being a one-week challenge for me LOL! At this point I’m still waiting on a rug and curtains but have nailed down a sideboard, chairs and most of my accessories.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I was debating between keeping this sideboard below or getting something a little bit more modern.

About a month ago I picked up a dresser set to refinish for someone. One of the dressers, the shorter one, ended up having a broken drawer that was beyond repair so I ended up using that as a sideboard because I absolutely love the shape of it and the hardware and I really didn’t want to see it to go to waste. It still looks great, it’s just not completely functional which is fine because I don’t need a ton of storage in my dining room. I’m not finished painting it yet but below is a picture of the tall dresser that matches it.

The artwork above it is actually framed fabric from a cute Etsy Shop named Donna’s lavender Nest. She has so many awesome fabric choices and is definitely a shop to check out. I really wanted something that was a kind of soft powdery blue to add some pattern to the wall because I really really wanted wallpaper initially but it just didn’t end up working out with our walls. I’ll be doing a whole blog post on the tutorial for these shortly.

One thing I did complete fully this week is getting my mantle styled. Yay! Everything on it is a collection of things that I love. From my crystal collection, petals from the flowers when me and my husband got married, some artwork from my son and of course I had to throw in some blue and white.

That light fixture will hopefully be getting switched before the challenge is up!

The mirror hung is also my vanity mirror from whenever I was a little girl

This week coming up I’m hoping to receive and hang my curtains, figure out a rug and finish up my dining room chairs.

For my chairs I will be keeping these cane back chairs that I’ve had for a while now. I had initially painted them white but I’m going to Gel Stain the caning a nice blonde wood color. I really need some contrast in this room so I think it will work out nicely.

Hope everyone else’s progress is going well!

One Room Challenge Week Two – Paint and Curtains

This week has been a somewhat slow one for my room but I am just about done with the paint and I chose curtains!

Curtains are my absolute favorite things to put up in a room. They add instant style and make a room feel put together. When hung correctly they can also make a room feel larger.

Last week I was still unsure of if I wanted to go with white or blush curtains and blush has won! I found some great ones on Amazon and cannot wait to get them! I’ll be telling you guys all about them on here next week.

I also found an amazing sideboard that isn’t campaign style but will definitely give the same effect! I’ll be sharing the makeover on it on here in the next few weeks. I know this picture is not the best but I promise there will be more (and better ones) soon!

I’ll be out thrifting this weekend for all things accesories and also a table because ours has sold.

Check back here next week for lots more progress and updates!

One Room Challenge – Dining Room Week One

I am so excited to be participating as a guest in this year’s fall 2018 one room challenge! If you’re not familiar with the one room challenge it’s basically when a ton of design bloggers come together to try and complete one room in their home in 6 weeks. There are 20 featured designers and many other bloggers who participate as guests. It is a great way to find inspiration!

I chose my dining room for the challenge because I’m going to be hosting Christmas this year and really want a beautiful space to have dinner in.

This room started out as a wallpapered mess. I actually didn’t hate the wallpaper that was in this room but it was not in the best shape and really just not my style. I decided to go all white with the paint and I’m so glad I did!

The photo below is from the Zillow listing.

The black fireplace got a white paint job as well!

I’m basically done painting the room and will post afters of the paint next week!

I really want this room to be a mix of mid century modern and traditional with lots of femininity! (Is that a word?!) Blush and light blue will be my main accent colors.

Image via Meredith Rodday Designs

This is actually an office space but the desk and chairs are exactly what I’m going for!

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This blush and light almost periwinkle blue with the white walls is perfection. And that light fixture 😍

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Yes this one is a bathroom but the blush curtains with all the white and gold accents plus the mid century lighting is exactly what I’m going for!

Vintage table diy –

I want to find a thrifted table and do a white lacquer paint job. I’m looking for something with super clean lines and not to much detail work on it.

Chairs –

Definitely going to do some kind of rattan chairs. I absolutely love rattan next to a high gloss white. It’s such a beautiful contrast.

Curtains –

As of right now I’m planning on blush velvet curtains. There’s a somewhat good chance I might change my mind to white velvet curtains but we shall see!

Sideboard –

I want to find a campaign dresser that will fit and work as a side board. I’ll be thrifting this as well so I’m open to a few different options.

Artwork –

I’ll be framing 3 panels of blue and white floral fabric to go above the sideboard.

I am so thrilled to be doing this challenge. I can’t wait to see everyones rooms and FINALLY get this room of my own done!

Where to Buy Beautiful and Unique Hardware

Putting new hardware on a piece of furniture, door, cabinets etc. in your home is one of the oldest tricks in the book to get an updated look! I absolutely love the feeling of screwing a beautiful piece of hardware into a freshly painted piece of furniture. It’s the little things right?

I always say the things you touch daily in your home should be high quality. Things like blankets, furniture, cooking utensils and yup! hardware too.

As most of you know, I refinish furniture, not just myself but also for resale as well. The pieces that sell the fastest are always the ones with beautiful hardware.

My absolute favorite place to buy hardware is actually from a shop named Shabby Restore. This shop has THE most beautiful and unique hardware and I am obsessed with it all!

Everything in the shop is so beautiful but I picked some favorites below!

The Myosotis White Knob

This is one I ALWAYS get compliments and quick sales with. It is so feminine and pretty and high quality. The knobs in the bowl here are meant to go on a dresser but I am seriously considering leaving them in this bowl as decor in my home 😂 they are just so lovely! Also they are incredibly easy to install which is a huge plus.

Big Red Daisy Flower Decorative Knob

If your knew to my blog you might not know this, but I am obsessed with florals! This beautiful knob is right up my ally!

Cylinder Glass Knob Tube

These are so beautiful and unique! I can’t wait to find the perfect project to use them on.

Love these back plates as well!

Crater Ceramic Knob

Love these for a boho look!

Blue Zinnia Knob

I absolutely love blue and white and it is perfect on this knob!

Above are just some of my favorites but if you are looking for something unique and gorgeous rather it be for yourself, or for furniture you are selling you need to check out the shop here! She’s also offering a 15% off coupon code! Just use “katiescoupon” at checkout!

Flamingo Beach Bach

Is the anything more fun than a bachelorette party? And who doesn’t love a good theme? Recently my sister-in-law got married and her maid of honor (aka my mother in law) agreed to let me plan the bachelorette. I get so into this kind of stuff so I was very excited! The bride loves the beach and Maine and my other sister in law suggested a drag show so we all ended up in Ogunquit/York Maine for an amazing show and flamingo themed beach bach! Below you will find everything you need for the perfect flamingo themed beach bach!

I didn’t go *crazy* on decorations because I knew we would only be at the airbnb for a short period of time between everything, but I still wanted her to walk into a super girly and fun decorated room.

CONFESSION : the lighting on the actual day of the party was awful! I ended up bringing most of the decor back home and taking more pictures for this post so that’s why some of the pictures look a little different!

If I remember correctly I’m pretty sure one of the first things the bride decided was her wedding hashtag. I knew I wanted to display their hashtag #slaybisquared somewhere.

When I saw these banners from Lantz and Lady I was in LOVE! She offers so many different font options which are fully customizable or she has some ready to go with really funny/cute sayings. The banner she sent was such high quality! You could actually see the glitter from far away and the letters flowed perfectly.

She also sent the MOST adorable straws and confetti that were perfect for our theme.

We used the confetti to hide the tape holding the banners and sprinkled the rest EVERYWHERE! We even put some on the floor leading to the bride’s room.

If you are planning an event you need to check out her shop! She was also kind enough to offer all my readers a discount code!

15% off any order over $15 from now until 10/31, just use ‘peoniesonpleasant’ as the code

I also grabbed the tassel banner and flamingo balloon on Amazon as well as the pink and gold balloons.

We put together some bachelorette survival kits for all the girls filled with goodies for the night!

When I decided to do the kits I knew I needed these labels from Label with Love. They were so perfect for the theme.

Not only were the labels perfect but the boxes she sent were great quality and the perfect size for the Inflatable Floating Flamingo Drink Holder 12 Pack Swimming Pool Float Coasters Coke Cup Holder for Beverage Cans Cups & Bottles – Fun Kid & Adult Pool Party“>flamingo drink floats. She has so many different labels in her shop. Definitely a must if you are planning any type of event.

There’s so many things you can put inside these! We went with a mini champagne bottle, hair ties, Inflatable Floating Flamingo Drink Holder 12 Pack Swimming Pool Float Coasters Coke Cup Holder for Beverage Cans Cups & Bottles – Fun Kid & Adult Pool Party“>flamingo float, scavenger hunt and pen and gold tattoos. I do wish I would have included Advil but thankfully my mother in law had some!

The tattoos are from Tats4now and were not only perfect for our theme and beautiful but also professionally printed and water proof. She has so many options in her shop I seriously don’t think there’s a theme she hasn’t thought about! Her designs are beautiful and are so vibrant on the skin. They do wash off if you need them too but if you want them to last they will! My sister in law still had hers on at the wedding a week later! She also sent a cute little heart shaped sponge to apply them with which was so cute and such a thoughtful touch!

The scavenger hunts were one of my favorite things to make. We all had fun trying to complete the tasks and lots of jokes and memories were made. Our group is naturally competitive so we didn’t need a big prize to get everyone to do it, but if your group needs a little push you could definitely offer a prize of some sort for whoever wins. Head to the bottom of this post for the free printable!

Of course the whole party is for the bride BUT we really wanted to shower the bride with some fun and cute stuff. My sister-in-law (the bride) is a very giving person. She is always doing for others and sometimes does not think about herself in the process. We really wanted to make her feel extra-special with some goodies and have a night all about her!

I got this bag off of Amazon and filled it with things she could use to do something she doesn’t do often enough – RELAX. All brides are so busy so I think this is a really good and inexpensive idea. We filled it with bath bombs, eye masks, facials, and a cute ring dish.

Her bed got “bride” and “it’s my flocking bachelorette” pillow cases from an AMAZING shop, Brand New Mrs. They have lots of different towels and pillowcases for all kinds of themes and parties!

The pillowcases were one of my absolute favorite parts for 2 reasons :

1. They were so soft and comfortable! Definitely high quality!

2. They were such an easy way to dress up her room. I originally thought about hanging a big bride balloon garland but who really wants to deal with that when your doing all this other setup? These were so easy and so cute! Plus she can actually get some use out of them!

Not only did they have the pillow cases but also a matching towel which was perfect for our theme! It was also very high quality and super cute! I LOVE the idea of getting the bride a towel because most brides will be honeymooning soon after their wedding!

Even if you aren’t having a bachelorette near the beach, I still think the towel is a must! The bride can use it on her honeymoon and laugh back at the night out!

Another goody I loved for the bride was this hat from an adorable shop filled with beautiful bridal essentials, Mod Party. It’s so beautiful and perfect for the bachelorette party and of course the honeymoon. It also served as cute decor.

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The highlight of the night was definitely the drag show. If you live anywhere near Oqunquit Maine, you NEED to check out The Dueling Drag Divas show. These ladies are absolutely hilarious and seriously talented! I don’t think any of us stopped laughing through the entire show. We also havn’t stopped talking about Chi Chi and Joanna (the stars of the show) since the party! I absolutely cannot wait to go back to another show and have been pestering friends about what they want to do for their birthdays (ya know, just in case they want to attend a drag show with me?!) It is a MUST see, and of course Oguinquit is just an amazing place with ridiculously good food too! The proximity to the beach makes it a perfect beach bach spot!

I also ordered this Pin the Junk on the Hunk game which was a HIT! The bride loves Drake and it was the first thing the bride noticed! There are other celebrity options in her shop here.

All in all it was an amazing weekend! So many memories made and jokes that will live on!

Oh and don’t forget your free printable below!

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Dinosaur Second Birthday

Over the winter my son had his second birthday. I wasn’t blogging then but I wanted to share this easy diy dinosaur birthday party for anyone looking for ideas! The theme was obviously dinosaurs and it was a great time! This is a great theme for any dinosaur loving kiddos and theres a ton of ideas on pinterest! this is what we did :

For the dessert table backdrop I used painters tape on a foam poster board to make the criss cross pattern. Once the tape was down I used different shades of blue and green acrylic paint and painted the separate sections. Once the paint was dry I just removed the tape and was done. The tape did kind of peel some of the poster but I just touched those spots up with paint.

Next I used plastic dinosaur toys and painted them with the same acrylic paint I used for the poster board. Once they were dry I made them little hats out of scrapbook paper and hot glued a pom pom on top. I love the way these came out! I actually ended up selling all of this stuff after his party to someones else for her sons party. My son loved the dinosaurs and her son did too! I strung the silver foil letters to say roar and just taped it to the back.

You can use any colors for this theme obviously. A pink and gold scheme would be so adorable for a girls party or any pink lovers out there! My son just so happened to like blue and green and I already had a lot of blue and green paint.

I got the cake at our local grocery store (Market Basket) and just asked them for a plain round white cake. I used the the toy dinosaur and a blue 2 for the cake toppers to dress it up a little. It was so simple.

I got the tassle streamers at target and dollar store. I definitely suggest checking out your local dolllar tree if you are looking for these.. They were alot less expensive then the target ones and had a good amount of color options.

My son LOVED tea at the time so we made some “tea-rex.”

We had these cardboard dinosaurs from target already and gave them a fresh coat of paint for the party. My son helped paint them and now they are decor in his bedroom. I thought it would be really fun as an activity for the kids to paint some too but they were a little pricey for the amount of kids we had coming.

The activities were fairly easy to put together. We did a dino dig and a hat decorating station.

We tried to make enough kinetic sand to fill this turtle for a dino dig. Big mistake. I’m pretty sure our new neighbors thought we were cooking a large batch of meth at 11 pm the night before. It was such a mess. I would suggest just using regular sand especially this time of year where it’s nice enough to be outside. We just hid the dinos and some dino skeletons in the sand and left out some bags with paint brushes for the kids to clean off their discoveries and keep in the bag. This doubled as favors. The kids really loved it.

I put some dino tattoos out too.

We also set up a station to decorate hats like paleontologists wear. The kids got so into it and it was a lot of fun. Even the adults made hats. Every age enjoyed it and my son still wears his hat. I got the hats here and just used random stickers we already had plus some from walmart and set out some paint and glitter glue too.

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My son definitely enjoyed his party and I loved planning it! I can’t wait til next year!

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Whimsical Boho Nursery

I absolutely love baby girls nurseries. Maybe it’s because I have a boy or maybe it’s because there’s just SO much good stuff out there. If I ever do have a girl you can consider her nursery planned. Actually you can just consider my next babies nursery planned regardless of gender lol!

I love a fun whimsical look so I wanted to put together a mood board of some products perfect for this look.

A neutral crib and glider are the backdrop to this look. I like to keep these neutral because they are the things you will have for a long time and will probably see decor changes. Especially the crib because they generally convert to beds.

The camel wall art is so beautiful and fun. It brings playfulness, color and even texture all in one print.

A morrocan pouf is the perfect place to put your feet up on those long nights feeding and of course a pink one is even better!

I have loved this purple fringe light fixture for so long and have always thought it’d be so perfect in a girls room/nursery.

The rug definitely makes a bold statement. The bright color is complimented by the vintage feel and it’s perfect for bringing boho vibes to this nursery.

The elephant basket is great for storing all those sweet baby blankets.

This is the perfect nursery for the fun boho baby and mama! See below to get this look in your baby’s nursery.

1. Crib 2. Camel print 3. Pouf 4. Elephant pillow 5. Fringe light fixture 6. Glider 7. Rug 8. Elephant basket 9. Gold cactus 10. Lamp

Do you guys like bright and fun nurseries or prefer something more neutral? I love both! Tell me in the comments below.

Statement Rugs For Every Budget

Statement rugs are great for living rooms, bedrooms, nurseries, kitchens etc. Pretty much any room! They also can be incorporated into so many different designs from modern farm house to bohemian chic. Check out these bold colorful vintage inspired rugs and find one in your budget!  #vintagerugs #bohodecor #modernfarmhouse #statementrugs #brightrugs #bohointeriors #bohemian #newtraditional #nurseryrugs #affordablerugs #affordabledecor
A good bold rug can go so far in any room. They really do add instant style. Right now I am loving all white rooms with a bright bold statement rug. I’m also loving statement rugs in nurseries, they are so fun and can grow with the child for a long time. They also make amazing kitchen runners. Click below to get this look for your home!

1. chroma over dyed rug – j.c. penny 113.99

Who doesn’t love a bright pink rug with a vintage pattern? This rug could be used in so many spaces but I think a girls room or a bright white bedroom would be just lovely! The price point is great too.

2. phoenix rug – lulu & georgia 695

This rug is all my boho dreams come true. The colors are so dreamy.

3. empress rug – lulu & georgia 695

This emerald green and blue vintage pattern is stunning.

4. turquoise over dyed rug – houzz 188.61

Another great over dyed rug with a beautiful bold color and washed out vintage pattern at a great price.

5. antoinette rug – lulu & georgia 695

So great in a nursery or a feminine boho living room or bedroom! I am absolutely loving light and faded blues and pinks right now.

6. aylla printed chenille rug – urban outfitters 189

Urban outfitters is SUCH a good source for reasonably priced rugs and other home items too. The pink is a great shade and I love the tassled edges.

7. balanced rug – anthropologie 398

The texture in this rug mixed with the gorgeous navy color make this the perfect statement rug.

8. adana rug – lulu & georgia 725

I am so obsessed with this rug! The colors are something you definitely don’t see everywhere and the bold pattern makes such a statement.

9. Emmie Rae Rug – lulu & georgia 386 (on sale)

This rug is perfect for a nursery and can definitely grow with the child or make a beautiful addition to any room in your home.

What are you guys loving right now? Do you like bold colorful rugs or prefer a more neutral look? Let me know in the comments below!

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Easy DIY Kids Room Art Using Things You Probably Already Have

This past month we finally set up our two year olds big boy room! He has slept with us since day one so this was a huge step. I really wanted a gallery wall above his dresser but didn’t want to spend a lot. The only purchase I made was for the letter board at hobby lobby (using my 40% off coupon of course!) and some washi tape. Everything else I had on hand but would be super affordable anyways if you don’t.

The first thing I used was this “you are our greatest adventure” wood sign. This was actually from his first birthday but I thought it’d be great decor for his room! My sister in law helped me make a few signs like this out of a couple pieces of wood I found in our garage and a chalk pen. She has awesome handwriting and I do not. However this sign is one that was actually my handwriting so dont worry if you dont have great calligraphy skills! You can still pull this off by switching to cursive in one row of wording to dress it up a little. Or enlist someone with good handwriting to help! I didn’t stain my piece of wood because it already had a good color to it but you may want to stain yours.

If you don’t want to spend a lot on stain what you can do is get a brown acrylic paint that you like (they usually have them at craft stores for around a dollar) and add a little bit of the paint to about a cup of water and just rub it on with a washcloth . Then just let it dry and get to writing! You could also of course use stain that you already have around the house or leave the wood the way it is. You can find pieces of wood at craft and home improvement stores. Look for a a very thin piece to keep the cost down and make it easier to hang on the wall.

Next up is the framed buffalo check fabric. Super super easy and probably took less than 5 minutes. All you need is some printed fabric you like. I happened to have this saved from his first birthday party but you could use any fabric. A small piece of fabric will not run you much at the craft store. If you really wanted to keep costs down I would suggest looking through your child’s old onesies and blankets and find something with a print that you really like and that maybe even has some sentimental value(that you dont mind cutting up of course!) It’s literally as easy as popping the fabric into a frame. I had this frame laying around but a dollar store one would work just fine!

Next I scoured some old kids books for a print I liked. Savers sells 4 kids books for $1 or you can just look through books you already have. I suggest looking for pages with a white background or something that isn’t to busy. This book happened to be a poem book and even the pages with no pictures and just the poems would have been really cute! Just tape on the wall with some washi tape you like and bam your done!

The canvas painting was done by my son. He really loves to paint so I wanted to incorporate some of his own artwork. I just bought a canvas that would fit well and gave him paint colors that would coordinate with his room and let him do his work.

I really wanted a letter board and grabbed one at hobby lobby with a 40% off coupon. I love the dark green. This was the only actual purchase I made. You can find it here or a similar one here.

I hope this inspires you to look around your house for things you already have to decorate! What are some diys you’ve done in your kids room? I’m always looking for ideas! Tell me in the comments below

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