Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall Home Tour for BSHT

I'm excited to be sharing our fall home tour today as part of Lindsay's Blogger Stylin Home Tours. Lindsay is one of my real life besties and everything she puts together is inspiring and so much fun to be a part of. If you are coming over from Thoughts from Alice, welcome! 

Just in case you are new, I'm Eileen and I live in Greenville, SC with my husband, twin girls and golden retriever. We've lived in our home for about a year and a half now and love it. Its a 1940's cottage that had a farmhouse renovation somewhere down the line so now its a farmhouse/ cottage hybrid and we have slowly been stripping away and renovating to bring it back to its simple clean lined roots. Its been a fun renovation and you can see a lot of before and afters and details here

If you have been following along the renovation you remember this post about our front porch plans and DIY plans to build a porch bed swing that would fit a twin mattress and then the finished bed swing post here. This space is divine now that the weather is cooling down, and curling up on the swing with a glass of wine is my kind of heaven. We are building and selling bed swings now, so check out this post for information

I scored some $3 mums and some white pumpkins at Home Depot and added this metal basket in black from Gordmans. I found this white chair from Home Depot in their end of summer sale and love how it fills the space. 

Now come inside! I had fun pulling together this fall tour- I was already doing a little revamp of my living room pulling in some rich burnt orange and mustard to layer with all my neutrals so even though I didn't buy very much specifically for the tour in this room my house definitely feels very fall right now and I love it. 
One of the things that sold me on this house was the high ceilings and wood paneling that added such a farmhouse vibe. The paneling was all painted brown when we moved in so we lightened everything up and layered in lots of life. With the neutral base I've been wanting to add some warmth. I found that brown pillow at Target on clearance and the velvet burnt orange pillows were a home goods score and perfect to snuggle up with a watch a movie. 
The books on the bookshelf were my great grandmothers collection and I love having a sense of family history every time I look at them.
 The chandelier and rug are both west elm and some of my favorite elements in the space. 
In the kitchen I had fun with a floral centerpiece that includes every bloggers best friend eucalyptus and some .99 cent pumpkins from trader joes. The dining table was a gift from my husband who built it for me for our wedding and the frames above are filled with local artist and friend Marquin's gorgeous prints. Before and after of the kitchen post here, we took this room down to a hole to the dirt below and then built it back up.  
The candlesticks were a sale Anthropologie find and the striped runner is from Gordmans.
The blue and white vintage plates are a favorite recent addition and the glass flour and oat jars and salt and pepper shakers are from Gordmans. I still love this kitchen as much as I did a year ago when we finished it and I love looking back at the original kitchen reveal and seeing how more layered the space is now. I like to layer over time as I find special things, like the blue plates!   
Trader Joes really is the best isn't it? I mean .99 cent pumpkins, you can't beat it! Even though the twins have been trying to eat these since I bought them. 
And yes I still love my tile and you seriously can't beat the price! 
In our bedroom I added this vintage kantha quilt that I've had for a few years over the headboard to add some warmth and coziness. Sidenote: this kantha has lived in almost every room in our house at some point. Amber Interiors always seems to layer kanthas over her headboards so if she says its cool I believe her.

Its always so interesting to me to see the progression of my house as I've taken part in these tours, for example check out my Summer tour, Spring tour and Christmas tour. I think my favorite one is the Thanksgiving table tour, (check it out last year's here) and I'm already scheming up a new one for this year! I normally have a small budget refresh our home for the seasons and its fun for me to buy a few things and try to 'shop' my house and move different items around. 

So thats it on the home tour so make sure you head over to A Designer At Home for the next stop of the Blogger Stylin Home Tours! I hope you enjoyed! Thanks so much to Lindsay for hosting and make sure you head back to her blog to catch up on all the bloggers who took part. 

Happy Fall! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Our porch bed swing is done and for sale!

When I first walked on this porch when we were house hunting I thought it needed a bed swing. Its a huge covered porch with wide planked floors and it was just crying out for one- so finally after a year of living in the house we got it designed and made and we LOVE it. If you follow me on instagram (acreativedayblog) you are probably tired of all the porch swing photos that make it on my insta but we seriously use it ALL THE TIME. And its been summer in the south so I know our hours of usage will only increase as fall comes and it gets cooler. 
To refresh your memory- here is the first post I wrote on the porch where I said we were hopefully going to build the swing this past winter (HAH). We finished it in June so only 5 months behind schedule. We had a magazine shoot here last fall (more about that here) so we borrowed a patio set for the shoot which I loved and unwillingly had to give it back after we finished. It lived pretty bare for most of the winter and then we started planning for the porch overhaul in the spring (see more on the design plan and sources here). I love designing furniture and its always so fun to see something that was in my head come to life. 
My initial design sketches. 
And here it is! The best thing about the swing is its built around a twin mattress so its super comfy. I bought some outdoor fabric locally and had it made into a cover. I also put a waterproof mattress cover and a waterproof mattress bag under the cover just to be safe. Probably overkill since its on a covered porch but still. The pillows are not outdoor fabric but I scotch-guarded them and they have held up great. I did buy these outdoor pillow inserts from Etsy (good prices!) and so far I like them. I do fluff them back up after we sit on them since they are outdoor and aren't super malleable like down. We bought this fan from home depot and love it! 
I've loved this whole process of designing and building this swing so now we decided to sell them locally! We are in Greenville SC and right now we are only selling around our area because shipping would be insane. Here are some details and email me at 
acreativedayblog (at) if you have any other questions!
They are $725 painted in your choice of Benjamin Moore White Dove or Galveston Grey (shown above). No mattress, cover or pillows included. If you want a custom color its a $50 upcharge or if you want an unfinished one we can work out a price cut. No hanging hardware or chain is included because every porch is different in height and structure. Taking preorders right now with a 2 to 3 week lead time. 
We are so excited to be doing this- let me know if you need more information! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Our new DIY front door

We've been working on the front porch for a while this summer (see our original plans in this post)- our porch swing is now finished and we LOVE it. Hoping to reveal it in a post soon! One of the things on our porch list was to replace the front door. When we first moved in this is what the front porch looked like. 
We swapped out the dated fixture with this $40 light from amazon pretty fast and painted the door a fun color and lived with it for about 8 months.
Once we recovered from the kitchen renovation (hah!) we decided what we wanted to do about the door. Its a nice door but the craftsman vibe didn't go very well with the rest of the exterior which has a decidedly farmhouse/ cottage look. I also wanted a full panel door for privacy but didn't want to spend $$$$ for a custom door. We looked and looked and ordered a simple door from Home Depot (it looks like our was discontinued but this one looks like it) and also two of these trim panels. (our total for the door ended up being about $230 (before paint and knocker) so much less than the $1200 ones I was looking at! The trim pieces are typically used for millwork (like under a dining room chair rail) but being painted and on a covered porch we knew they would hold up outside. This Rejuventation knocker was perfect and I scored it during a 20% off sale. We reused the simple door handle we had- I loved the clean lines so that saved us some money.
So here we are now! I love the custom look of the door and the privacy it gives- and the look meshes much better with our cottage/farmhouse look we have going on. Its amazing what a difference having a door that fits the style of the house does for curb appeal! I'm still trying to decide about the paint color and if it needs to be a more warm green- What do you guys think? xoxo

Thursday, June 9, 2016

BSHT Summer Home Tour

Summer has arrived in South Carolina and we've been busy enjoying the weather, we just got back from a week long beach trip! The twins were so much fun at the beach this year, they were old enough to enjoy the waves and sand and we spent our days outside. It was so much fun and we were sad to come home! But this week its Blogger Stylin Home Tours and its always so much fun to take part in these tours that Lindsay puts on. Make sure you check out her blog and start from there to see all the amazing tours, and if you are coming from Bright Green Door, welcome! 
I'm pretty minimal when it comes to styling (toddler twins make that a necessity ha) but its been fun to add more color around our house for summer. I shopped around the house for accessories and had a lucky home goods run where I scored some great throw blankets that coordinate with this vintage kantha quilt I've had for a while. Adding a throw across the sofa seat also helps with all the little toddler feet that like to run back and forth across the sofa like its a race track :-)

I'm also a more blankets for snuggling the better kind of girl.
 As you can see, I stay pretty neutral for most accessories so its easy to add in little fun pops as the seasons change. Upstairs I have shelves that are specifically for the styling items I've collected over the years so its fun to shop and see what I already have to change things up! The tobacco basket over the fireplace is one of my favorite items, and it was a score from a local flea market. 
I got the tassel keychain from Furbish a couple of years ago and its been living on my diaper bag but then I decided my lamp needed some jewelry!
My assistant looks cute but naps on the job. 
Driftwood piled on top of our floating console in the dining room nook adds some fun texture while still being light enough to not hurt anyone if little hands get a hold of them. Notice the vases are up on books so the aforementioned little hands can't get to them as easily :-) Also the two small frames are paintings my grandparents bought in Greece, they lived there for a while when my mom was growing up. They make me happy every time I look at them! 
I added some fun glass vases I had on top of my great grandmothers secretary I painted chartreuse to tie in with the green in the other room and love the pop it adds! The two sea glass green vases are vintage ones that we found buried in the back of our cabinets in our old kitchen and I matched our current front door to them. Its my fav color eva. 
The best summer decor is fresh greenery, agree? I like to keep things really simple in the kitchen since I have such a statement in the floors, I like to let those shine!
Its a good thing you can't see our backyard through the windows because holy weeds batman. 
Since this is a real life home tour I didn't even take out the high chairs, I did clean the food off the floor though. You're welcome. 
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! That concludes the bloggers for today but tomorrow morning make sure you start out at Craftberry Bush- Lucy is a talented artist and blogger and I know its going to be good. Head to Lindsay's blog to see all the tours for the whole week! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Front porch plans / bed swing design

(porch light, rug, pillow, fan, planter is ikea, front door knocker is rejuvenation)
We've been working on the front porch plans for a while. I'm planning on painting the front door emerald and the ceiling a fun mint. I love that jute rug and I'm trying to find an indoor outdoor version of it. We already have that galvanized planter from Ikea, light and door knocker and I can't wait for it all to come together. That ceiling fan is a must for hot SC nights. 

I love our front porch, its big with grey painted wood floors and a deep overhang from the house. Its the perfect hang out spot and I've been dreaming up a plan for a bed swing for a while (see here). 
Here is what it looked like last summer, we loved that set but it was borrowed and had to go home. I've been working on a design for a bed swing for us to build, I loved this one from Ballard (which is on sale for $699!), but its smaller then I want, and more than I wanted to spend. 
I really wanted to use a twin xlong mattress we already had so I based dimensions on that and we are going to build our own. I sketched and sketched trying to find a design that would be interesting and easy to build (HA). I also knew I wanted some curves because our house has so many straight lines with the paneling and porch railings and I wanted to break that up. Then I was watching an older fixer upper one night (love me some jojo) and I saw this pattern they were overlaying on a bench and loved it. 
Finally! Here is what I came up with. We are adding some fun finials and trim pieces and I can't wait to see it all come together. Luke's dad, the master carpenter is going to help us and I'm hoping to have it done in the next few weeks. 
Now I'm on the hunt for some good outdoor fabrics to use to cover the mattress and make pillows, any good reasonable sources?
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