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!

Image via houseofhipsters.com

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

Image via thelarsonhouse.com

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!

flamingo themed bachelorette essentials! #bachellorette #lastflamingle

Faux Flower Arranging Tips & Tricks

I’ve been lucky enough this summer to have fresh flowers from the garden readily available, but with fall around the corner I’m starting to think about faux florals.

I recently received some flowers from silkplantsdirect.com that I have been loving! They are very real looking with really pretty thin petals. They have tons of movement to them with LOTS of pretty layers making them appear even more realistic. The color on these is gorgeous as well!

Some tips for working with faux florals:

1. Purchase decent flowers!

A good thing to look for is thin petals. Real flowers have thin petals. Thin petals give faux flowers movement and make them appear more realistic.

2. Use an opaque vase.

Using a clear glass vase that shows the faux flower’s stems is a dead give away in my opinion. Especially when you add in the jelly water. What is that even called!? It always starts out looking good but over time it starts looking weird especially if dust hits it. I like to stick with opaque vases so I don’t even have to worry about it!

4. Show as little stem as possible.

Speaking of stems, I like to cut the stems down to where the flower is just popping out of the vase and little to no stem is showing.

5. Keep it full!

Fill out your vase as much as possible. I used all peonies in this example or you can also use a mix of different flowers for a full look. Adding in greenery is a great way to get a full look without spending to much.

Faux flowers might seem more costly in the beginning but if you buy good flowers and take good care of them they will last you!

Silk Flowers were provided by CSI Soundcore. All opinions are my own.

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4 budget fabric sources

I feel like I’m constantly buying fabric for different projects. Between reupholstering dining chairs, making DIY artwork and multiple other projects it seems I’m always needing fabric for something. Buying fabric traditionally can sometimes add up so I wanted to share some sources for inexpensive fabric.

1. Savers/Goodwill

If you have a Savers near you this is my number one recommendation for finding inexpensive fabric. If you go into the back of your store, depending on how your store is set up, you will find an entire section full of tablecloths, curtains, sheets etc.

All of these different types of textiles can be used as fabric for your project. They even have a section for loose fabric which is usually labeled as the “material” section.

The chair below was reupholstered with fabric from savers. I believe this particular fabric that I used was in the material section but there was also a lot of good options in this color, the day I went, in the sheets section.

Goodwill also has a lot of different sheets, curtains etc. My local Goodwill keeps them in a big bin which can sometimes be hard to sort through (especially if you bring a two year old with you who thinks said bin is a ball pit to jump in) but it’s still a great option especially if you don’t have a savers close by!

2. Flea markets & garage sales

I always look for fabric when I’m at flea markets and garage sales. The fabric in the frame below was some I found at a flea market for less than a buck! You can also look for sheets, curtains etc. there like at savers and goodwill.

3. Craigslist

Recently when I was browsing Craigslist I came across an upholstery business that was getting rid of all of their fabric free! You can just search fabric, curtains, etc and see what you find!

4. Homegoods / tjmaxx

Homegoods doesn’t sell fabric (at least mine doesn’t) but they do sell designer sheets, tablecloths, curtains etc. that you can use at a fraction of the cost of buying fabric! I’ve used shower curtains from Homegoods to extend window drapes and sheets to reupholster chairs! Everything is awesome quality too! I’ve listed some examples below!

Love this blue and white striped shower curtain for 19.99!

Pretty blush sheets here

Love the pineapple print on these

I hope you all are able to find beautiful fabric at awesome prices! Happy hunting!

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Find cheap fabric and save money on your next diy at these 4 places

Find cheap fabric and save money on your next diy at these 4 places

diy anthropologie inspired artwork

I absolutely love browsing Anthropologie’s art section online when I’m needing inspiration. Every single piece is absolutely incredibly beautiful! They’re also very expensive which is why I thought I’d try to do some diy Anthropologie inspired artwork.

The piece of artwork I chose to recreate is this ha-ha-ha-ha piece that is $278 and sold out!

I already had a thin gold frame pretty much identical to the anthropologie one so it worked out perfectly!

I started by taking the piece of thick paper that was behind the art work in my frame out and painting it a bright white with just basic white paint. Any kind of acrylic craft paint will work for this. If your frame doesn’t have an extra piece of thick cardstock type paper you can buy some poster board paper at a craft store and paint the matte side with a thin coat of white paint. I definitely suggest painting it because it gives you some freedom to where if you make a mistake, you can paint right over it. However, you really don’t want to do a thick coat of paint because it could curl. Just a thin coat will do!

After your done painting your white background its time to start writing your words! You could go with any phrase that makes sense being repeated or just go with the ha-ha-ha phrase like the Anthropology piece. I chose to go with “i love you so so so much” because its something I say all the time.

Once you choose your phrase you can start to write. Just start writing and dont worry about having perfectly neat typography. You can also practice on a seperate piece of paper which I did do. If you look at the Anthropology piece the writing is not perfect and a little bit of imperfection gives it character!

I chose to write in cursive because I like the way it looks but you can choose whatever – print, cursive, all caps, all lower case, whatever! Using all caps and print will give you the closest look to the Anthropology artwork.

I used an inexpensive small fine tip paint brush for my writing.

If you make a mistake while writing just use some of your white paint you used for the background to paint over the mistake, let dry, and try again. But again, don’t worry to much about perfection. The fun and appeal of this artwork is in the somewhat messy handwriting! I chose to leave a lot of white space because I liked the look of it but if you want yours to look most like the Anthropology piece you will want to leave less space in between your lines of words.

The key to getting the look of the Anthropology piece is the blush pink paint for the writing and the thin gold frame. You can find blush pink paint at any craft store.

Cameo blush is a great color by folkart that can be found at most craft stores or online at hobby lobby here.

As far as the frame goes, this one was thrifted, but you should be able to find something similar fairly easily! Some good affordable options are this one and this one.

here’s how mine came out :

I think this would be so perfect in a nursery or really anywhere!

It was so easy to do and I love the way it turned out!

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Super easy DIY Anthropologie inspired artwork! Perfect for a nursery, bedroom, living room or wherever! This is an incredibly easy, inexpensive and quick DIY that adds a lot of impact and style. #diyartwork #anthropologyinspired #diyhomedecor

Super easy DIY Anthropologie inspired artwork! Perfect for a nursery, bedroom, living room or wherever! This is an incredibly easy, inexpensive and quick DIY that adds a lot of impact and style. #diyartwork #anthropologyinspired #diyhomedecor

How to Update Old Frames

Thrifted frames are one of my absolute favorite ways to save on home decor. Frames are very easy to find at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales or in my example for this post, free on the side of the road!

Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

When I’m looking for frames while thrifting I try to find frames with mats because I love the way a mat looks and also find them to generally be of better quality.

Updating them is very simple. Just sand and paint the frame (or don’t sand if using chalk paint or the surface isn’t glossy) and also paint the mat. Painting the mat is key!

Generally speaking you will also most likely want to change the artwork too, unless of course you found something you like!

This is such a simple, easy and cost effective diy. Frames and mats can really add up, especially when doing bigger pieces or gallery walls. Older wooden frames tend to be better quality than a lot of the frames out there today too!

In the example below I just used an old shirt I didn’t wear anymore (also done in this blog post) as the artwork but you can get creative and use whatever you’d like. Soon I will be writing a post about easy diy art so be on the lookout for that!

What are some of your favorite thrifted items ? Tell me in the comments below!

Before:

And After :

Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

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Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

Nightstand Styling Formula That Works Everytime!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

As much as I absolutely love the bigger parts of creating a room, like furniture shopping and placement or window drapes my absolute favorite part of decorating is styling the little details! Good styling is really very easy and makes SUCH a difference in a space. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Check out my top 10 small home decor items to find while thrifting here! You’ll see a lot of these items in this post too.

At the end of this post I’ll go over a nightstand styling formula that generally works every time!

But first here are some easy, basic styling tips to get you started :

The Rule of Three

The rule of three basically just means that things grouped in an odd number are more visually appealing. I pretty much use this rule 90 percent of the time when styling my own space. I especially love furniture placements that are symmetrical and this rule helps break up all the symmetry too.

Keep Collections Together

If you have a certain collection of things it’s generally best to keep them together in a space instead of in all different places in a room.

Layers and Variations

Layers are key to a well styled space and when it comes to your side tables and night stands you really want to add varying heights for visual interest.

Play With Shapes and Textures

Another way to add visual interest is to play with shapes and textures. Adding a soft throw and a wicker basket can often times go along way in a space. I love to play with shapes too. For example if I have a round lamp I like to layer it with a stack of books which are obviously rectangular shaped. Or even just a round vase on a stack of books is an easy simple thing to add to your side table for instant style. You can keep this in mind for furniture as well. If you have a lot of squares in your room for example wainscoting and a sofa with clean straight lines you could break all the squares and rectangles up with a round coffee table.

OK so we went over some basic tips and tricks but I also want to leave you with a styling formula for your nightstand!

LAMP OR LARGER VASE + FRAMED ART + STACK OF BOOKS OR TRAY

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

Start with a lamp or medium/ large vase then add in some framed art either hung up or just lean it up against the wall like I did here. Next add in a tray or stack of books. A tray or stack of books add layers and give off a polished styled vibe. Trays are great for keeping clutter at bay as well. Add whatever you find beautiful in the tray or whatever you like to keep handy. Here I just put some jewelry storage, some crystals and a vase for fresh flowers. You could put a candle and some matches in a jar, store your makeup brushes in a cute vase or whatever you like!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

Fresh flowers or greenery make a huge difference in a space and are great to add in when having guests or when you just want something extra special for yourself! This time of year you can literally just go outside, clip some greenery and bring it in! These are just geraniums from my flower bed. I’ve never used geraniums as a cut flower but it was all I had on hand and I really liked the way they look in a vase!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

Styling your home does NOT have to be expensive either. The books pictured here are my sons old board books painted and the tray is a Melissa and Doug tray (the ones the toys come in) that I also painted.

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

I hope these tips and tricks help you style your home! What are some things you like to display in your home? tell me in the comments below!

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Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling