Thursday, May 21, 2015

the new house / Renovation Progress

We have been working away on the new house and things are finally getting close to being done. Its taken us longer then we thought, my sister got married last weekend so we were busy with wedding stuff the past month (so much fun!) but it pushed the house back a little bit. But we are painting kitchen cabinets and installing tile (!!!) and its finally coming together. Happy dance. 
Laundry room. Major heart eyes for our laundry room / kitchen tile. The laundry room is tucked away into a corner of the kitchen. The studs you see are the new fridge built in. 


Before green walls. 

And after. Clean white walls and new gold flushmounts. ( I used this DIY from the Hunted Interior. Kristin can do no wrong)

Waiting for cabinet paint and wall paint. And tile. And new countertops and sink. And new appliances. yikes. Used these super affordable CB2 flush mounts that Brittany Makes used in her amazing kitchen. 
The new fridge inset. HUGE improvement from where it was originally. 
You can see the before location of the fridge in the above picture. It cut the space in half and stuck out so far it felt claustrophobic. 
You can see how open it is now (cue the birds singing). I'm playing around with adding a peninsula thus the makeshift peninsula out of our old ikea island. 
 I did a bleached jute rug for the twins room and I LOVE it. It was set up for my sister getting ready for her wedding, thus the no baby furniture. 
So that is where we are right now- hopefully I'll have a painted cabinets and tile post coming soon. :-)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Minted for Mothers Day

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When Minted reached out to me about doing a few posts, I was glad. My sister is engaged and we last month we ordered her wedding invitations from Minted and they are GORGEOUS. They must have sensed how many hours I have spent on their site in the past couple of months looking for invitations, HA! 

Mother's Day is just around the corner and art is always a good gift. I love buying art, especially when I know the story behind it and Minted is the best with working with independent artists. You will notice that two of the prints in my collage are from Emily Jeffords, a Greenville artist that I LOVE. My dream is to own an original of hers, but for now getting a print will be just fine. And you can choose different framing and sizes on Minted, so easy peasy getting exactly what you want.  

I didn't know that they had fabric but once I found it I realized that this fabric needs to come and live in my house somewhere. 

I also love that they are partnering with Every Mother Counts, a non profit organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns that is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. This year Minted announced the "Every Mother Counts" gold foil art print, with every purchase they make a $5 donation toward Every Mother Counts mission of addressing the barriers to maternal health around the world. And EVERY purchase from Minted supports Every Mother Counts for Mothers Day. 

They also offered a 10% discount to all you peeps using the code CREATIVEDAY10 through next Monday, May 11. 

*Minted is providing product for my review for this post. I hope you know I would never talk about a brand I didn't love. All options are my own all the time. 


Monday, May 4, 2015

the new house / master bedroom headboard DIY

When I started thinking about our master bedroom in the new house, I knew I wanted to do dark walls. We have these amazing vaulted ceilings in this room as well as french doors to the backyard. (pinch me). More before pictures here
I knew we could handle a dark color because we get so much light in this room. We also removed the shelf that cut off the height of the ceiling visually.
I couldn't get the idea of a gold linen headboard on a black wall out of my head so I started looking around. Amazon had the cheapest option I could find at $270 for a king size which wasn't bad but I knew I could make one for around $100 so decided to DIY it.
I went with Grayline Linens which a lot of bloggers recommended. (I found through Little Green Notebook). I got 3 yards of the Citron and total shipped was about $45. Great deal and look for the price.
Ours propped up before we finished painting. Its really easy to make a simple DIY headboard and Luke and I knocked this one out in about 2 hours during one of the twins afternoon naps.
 We always use: (FOR A KING)
1/2" plywood cut down to size. Hardware stores will normally cut it down for you if you don't have the tools at home. We measured our mattress and added 4" total, so I think ours ended up at 80" width. We didn't cut down the height at all, I wasn't sure what height I wanted and knew that extra height doesn't really matter. 

Egg crate. Cheaper then foam from the craft store. We did ours 2 thick so it was nice and soft and used 2 twin egg crates. cut your egg crate down 1"ish smaller then the plywood so you can attach your nailhead to the plywood.

Batting. 3 yards

Fabric. 3 yards. You will need to iron this a lot if its linen, pulling it tight when you staple also helps creases to come out. 

Staple gun.

One pack of this nailhead from Amazon. 

How to.

Cut down your egg crate to 1" less then the plywood all around. Layer your batting and pull tight, staple in the back. Layer your fabric over and staple in back, make sure you fold the corners tightly! Attach nailhead with a mallet.
Pretty easy! 
Just call us the naptime warriors. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

the new house / mint painted built-ins in the twins room

Progress! In the twins room in the new house, I knew I wanted to highlight all the fun character the room has,  shiplap on two walls, big built-ins, and a loft. (see more before pictures here)
Before
I played around with painting everything, walls, trim and built-ins the same color like this Martha Stewart room.
I love this but couldn't find a pink I was crazy about and felt like I was forcing it, and then I found this image and the clouds parted and the birds started singing. 

Mint built-ins and trim, YES PLEASE.
And then this from the animal print shop really cemented the idea. 

I painted the walls a soft white and used a fun mint on the built-ins and baseboard. I may end up painting the windows but I am going to do drapes and all that before I decide. So far though, major heart eyes. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

unexpected lighting source under $100 / Amazon

Did you know that Amazon had such good lighting? Yeah, me neither. P.S. Nothing posted is over $100 and most of it is under $50.
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