Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DIY Framed Jewelry {Revisited}

A while back wrote a post on how I made a display for some of my special jewelry. It's one of my absolute favorite projects! Everyday I get to see heirlooms and special jewelry from my wedding day. It was super cheap and easy too and you know that's right up my alley!

I updated the pictures a bit and I figured, why not revisit that post today? I'll give you the super simple step-by-step process so you can display your special jewelry too. If you don't have any, you may want to go out and by some! Ebay and Etsy are great for it!

DIY Framed Jewelry {Revisited}

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Nautical Summer Living Room Tour

It's summer! I'm not ecstatic over it. Summer weather is not my favorite. I've lived in the southern US my whole life and summers here are hot and humid. My only consolation now is that I get to live near the beach. It helps make up for it a little bit.

I am the hugest fan of beach houses. Growing up, my family would take an annual trip to Florida for a week. We would rent a beach house together with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. We could cross the street and be at the ocean. We'd be in the water all day, go fishing and snorkeling, and stay up late eating ice cream. 

It. was. fantastic.

Since beachy feeling decor is my friend, I went nautical for our living room this summer. All inspired by the thrifted ship art that I madeover for the mantel. Let us proceed with the tour...








Happy 4th of July, y'all!


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Nautical Summer Mantel

Since tomorrow is the first day of summer, it just seemed right to show you all my nautical summer mantel. Actually, it might just turn into my all-the-time mantel! And it all started with some super cheapo, thrifted art.

I love the beachy feel and I love being out on the water. There's not much better for a hot, southern summer day than lazing around in a pontoon on the lake and catching some fish. Or renting a beach house on the ocean for a week...it just makes me relaxed thinking about it. The smell of sunscreen, midnight walks on the beach just because you can, sand everywhere, and just the whole casual atmosphere is wonderful! I am thinking that living near the coast makes it acceptable for me to decorate our place like a beach house. I want to evoke that relaxed feeling everyday!

Nautical Summer Mantel

This ship "painting" that I picked up at the thrift store really isn't one. The frame isn't exactly a real frame either. The whole thing is basically cardboard. I could pick it up and chunk it somewhere pretty easily. I managed to get it for a little over $3, which is great because it's really not worth more than that!

Nautical Summer Mantel

There was some damage to the picture and the frame where a sticker or something had pulled off the top layer of cardboard/paper/whatever-this-is-made-of. The best cure for that is paint of course! The part I really liked was the area around the picture that was gold and something that looks kinda like grasscloth or burlap. I wanted to keep that part showing so I taped it off. I gave the frame a coat of primer and 3 coats of white paint, leftover from the boys' room.

Nautical Summer Mantel

Now it's gone all cottage chic on me!

To create my mantel, I did what I always do: shop the house. It took me a week or so to finally get it here. I kept changing it and then leaving it for a few days to see what I thought. I've decided that this is the end result simply because I'm tired of redoing it. Honest confessions found here!

Nautical Summer Mantel

I do think that the end result is a very beach cottage feel. And I love that. Come back next week and I'll show you the entire nautical summer living room!



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Big Guest Room Switcharoo

The last time I did a post on the guest room, it looked like this:


Eh.

There's way too much big, dark, heavy furniture going on in there. And the layout really wasn't working. Everything is making this room look way smaller than it actually is.

When we decided to move the boys' room, switching all the rooms around just started making sense. So we moved the boys into the old "junk room", and moved the guest room into the old nursery(which is also the smallest bedroom). It used to look like this:



Ah! It looks so tiny in there!

But now...


It works. So much soothing...



And I finally got to pull out my old thrift store trunk to use as a side table!





Even this little munchkin was enjoying it.

We painted this room two years ago and I still liked the color so we were all set. It's definitely not finished yet, but it has to be functional anyway since we have family that come to visit a lot. It is still missing some small important things, like lamps. The room is small and it's full of big furniture but it still feels roomy and airy. I'm liking the direction this is going!

What do you think of the big guest room switcharoo? Do you have any suggestions to make that might hasten its finishing? What would you do?



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