31 July 2014

A Sponsor Thanks

 Goodbye July. How fast you went. 
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29 July 2014

A {New} DIY Pom Pom Throw

A few months ago, in an attempt to help cover up the ugly expanse of brown leather that is the back of my couch, I made a throw using a shower curtain and some DIY pom poms and draped it over the back of the couch. 

It was nice to have it back there breaking up the brown, but I didn't love that the fabric matched the couch fabric so well. Plus I quickly learned that my DIY pom poms were not strong enough to withstand my three year olds, who loved to pick them apart one piece of yarn at a time. 
So I've been planning on replacing this with a legit throw. 
It was actually my plan to replace it with a turkish towel because it would have the light weight look I was wanting. 

But I spontaneously changed my plans this past weekend when I came across some fabric that I loved (and that was also on sale). It was thin so hung really well, so I knew it could totally pass as a light weight blanket if I did something with the edges. And it's hard to tell in photos, but it has silver stitching all throughout which I love. 
Since it's only job would be to look pretty, I didn't need a lot of fabric- I just got one yard, plus two yards of white pom pom trim. 

I hemmed the two long sides of the fabric by folding it over about an eighth of an inch, and then folding it over again so that the raw edge was completely hidden. I ironed the hemmed edges and then sewed them into place.

I trimmed away the frayed edges at the two short ends of the fabric and pinned the pom pom trim to each side. 

The pom pom trim was just a little bit stretchy, so when it was pinned in place it was pulling the fabric and making it bunch up a little, which you can kind of see in the above photo. So to prevent that look from happening when I sewed them together, I pulled the trim tight from both ends as I sewed it to the fabric, that way it would be stretched out to the length of the fabric when it was attached and wouldn't be pulling in towards the center. Hopefully that makes sense! And it worked- the fabric isn't bunched or pulled at all. 

Obviously the fabric would look better if I'd ironed it, but besides the wrinkles, I think it looks pretty good! 

25 July 2014

How to Make a Room Look High-End

 That's what I'm talking about at the blog for DecoraUSA today. 
I have a favorite method for making every room- even the ones decorated on the tiniest of budgets- look more upscale. And I'm sharing it at DecoraUSA's Idea Corner, so come check it out! 

23 July 2014

I'm On a Couch Hunt

 This sectional's days months are numbered. 

We've had it for almost four years now- the whole time we've been renting. It's sat in 3 different living rooms. It used to look very different, as you can see from this photo: 

 but after re-covering all the seat cushions  and making new back cushions to replace the slew of pillows that it originally came with, it's looked a whole lot better and been way easier to live with while I've been waiting till we had the money for the kind of couch I really want. 

I'm really wanting something with a cleaner look, nice straight arms, and the same fabric covering the entire thing. I hate how with this sectional the base and back is all dark brown leather. It makes it look a lot busier with the two-tone going on. I want a consistent color all over. 

I really like the look of this sofa from Cookes Furniture

It has the kind of clean, streamlined look I'm wanting. Something in this style would be so great because I feel like I could pile a million throw pillows on top of it without it looking too busy. My couch now has so much going on with the super thick arms, and two different textures (leather & fabric) plus the two different colors. Getting rid of the microfiber that was like 4 different shades of brown helped a ton but now I'm really ready for a couch upgrade. So the search is on! :)

22 July 2014

Okay, Now I'm Torn...

 ...Because yesterday I was gushing about how much I love the way my new pillows look on the couch, but then I tried them out in my room just for fun and I'm smitten. 

Maybe it's just because in this room that I've neglected for so long, it now feels like I actually care. Our master bedroom has been a complete after-thought ever since we sold our house and started renting almost four years ago. I've done NOTHING to make it pretty in all that time. Bringing in the finished sideboard was the first step to making it feel like there was something in here that I actually wanted as opposed to a bunch of crappy, temporary furniture that we got for free and just use because it fits. (-It's a big room but a weird shape, and because of all the angles every where, a lot of things I want, like bigger side tables, won't fit in here.) 
So anyway bringing these pillows in here and having something bright and pretty feels really really good! So now I don't know where they will stay, on the bed or on the couch. I guess I'll let the fabric combos that I come up with for the other couch pillows make my decision for me. 

By the way, the back drop to the pillows is an upholstered headboard that Rob and I made a few weeks ago! I haven't blogged it yet because it's not finished. The main part is, but now I can't decide on how I want to finish it off, with tufting or nail heads. So I'm waiting to get that figured out and finished before I post about it. But that's another step towards feeling like we have a real room again! And we've actually never had a headboard in the whole time we've been married so it's been really really nice to have something to lean up against for the first time ever! 

So that was a super long way to say that I don't know where the new pillows will be living yet! 

21 July 2014

Some New Pillows

 I mentioned recently that I've been wanting to wake up my couch a little bit with some more exciting pillows. I love the quiet, monotone look I've had on here, but it's just been feeling a little bland to me lately. 

I talked recently about searching for fabric for some new pillows, but then the other day while cruising a flash sale on Joss & Main, I came across these: 

I loved the pattern and black, white, and bright pink color scheme. And the price was fantastic for two down pillows, so I figured that even if they got here and I didn't love them in person, I could use them as inserts for a different fabric and still get my money's worth. 

But just to be sure I walked around the house with my open laptop and quickly looked at the pillow paired with each room. Obviously the living room was the most important since that's where they'd be going, but I like every room to kind of have a flow about them and relate to each other, so when something looks good in absolutely any room, I know it's a keeper. And I loved these all over the place so I bought them. 

I'm so glad I just went with my gut and got them because I love them! The pattern is so pretty and really wakes up the couch. And I love how it references the design on the ottoman fabric. 

I also love how the little pops of bright pink on the other side of the room are now repeated on the couch- 

And the black and white combo on these pillows looks perfect with all the black and white going on on the wall where the console table is. 

Now that I have these two I am definitely still in the market for fabric for the other two pillows next to them: 

They look fine together, they just aren't as exciting of a mix as what I'm wanting. So these two new ones will be my jumping off point for finding new fabric in contrasting patterns to make covers for the other two pillows on the left and right of the couch. The one in the middle is a toss-up...I'm not covering it because I LOVE it; I don't know yet though if it will stay here or if something will take it's place and it will move to the master bedroom (which I've finally started to SLOWLY do something with). So anyways we'll just see how things shake out with the fabric I find.
In the meantime I'm crazy about these new pillows!! Sometimes you just have to go with your gut and jump on a sale! 

17 July 2014

Guest Posting: Why I Read The Book of Mormon

 So today I'm over at another blog doing a guest post, and obviously from the title it's very different than what I normally write about! But it's something that's really special and important to me, so when one of the missionaries from my church invited me to write a guest post for her blog, I was really happy to. 
I share little snippets of my faith on here but I don't that often because I know most people are just coming for the decorating. But my beliefs are something that influence every aspect of my life so when I get the opportunity to share them I like to. And today I'm sharing why I read The Book of Mormon. So if you're curious come check it out! Despite how my normal gushing may make it seem otherwise, that book brings me way more happiness than buying something new for my house does. :) 

16 July 2014

Another Laundry Room Update!

 I mentioned in my post the other day about a few small improvements that I made in the laundry room, that I was looking for a rug for in there. Well, that night while cruising One Kings Lane, I found it. It was everything I was looking for- the right size, the right material (outdoor- I wanted something super durable) and colorful. Oh yeah and on sale. I was running for my wallet faster than you can say #cantmissthis. 

And today, it's here. 

I love it so much. 

I had really wanted something that looked cheery and fun, something that would brighten my mood every time I walked in to do laundry (or just to come into the house since most of the time I enter through the garage door). 

Today walking in there to wash towels was so much more fun. I found myself humming while I shoved wet towels in the dryer. 

I like too that the view into the room looks a little better since we can see in here from the kitchen table. 

I'm super happy with this rug so far. 
And I think the dog loves it even more than I do! :)

14 July 2014

Laundry Room Updating

 I didn't really know what to call this post since "updating" is probably too strong a word for what I did in our laundry room over the weekend. 

We have one of those very typical laundry rooms that has a door connecting it to the garage and that's just long enough for the washer and dryer to sit side-by-side and just wide enough to be able to squeeze between the washer or dryer doors (we have front loaders) and the opposite wall if the doors are open. 

I never take photos in here and I was in a hurry Saturday when I made my little updates, so all I have as a "before" is this shot from my Housekeeping page

I was trying to keep it real and leave my laundry room looking a little messy like normal for the photo, thus the dresses hanging to dry behind me. 

For the most part ever since Rob and I got married we've had this type of laundry room and I've always wished for a bigger one that would function better and be easier to keep organized. 

That is until this laundry room... 

...and then I realized that I really had never had anything to complain about. 

So now that I have the typical little laundry room again I am grateful! Just wanting to make it more functional. Even though it's tiny I'd like it to do more than it currently is. And be a little better looking. 

This weekend I made a few super fast changes that are already making me feel better about the room. 

One change I made was to get our cleaning and chore lists off the refrigerator and tape them to the door leading to the garage. 

They are just as easy to check in here, and now the kitchen looks better with the front of the refrigerator cleared off. 

I've been wanting to utilize the wall space in here some more for things that normally end up on the counter in the kitchen. We already have hooks in here for backpacks/purses/hats etc. But I've also been wanting some sort of wall file system to put things like our son's homework folder and papers from school that he's working on, since throughout the school year those things end up sitting on the counter in the kitchen and it drives me nuts. There's not a whole lot of wall space in here but there is space behind the door. I'd been thinking of getting wall files to hang there, but then during a Wal-Mart trip on Saturday, I saw a two pack of clip boards for less than $4 and decided I was going to use those instead. 

I hung them on picture hanging hooks so when we want to clip something to them or take something off the clips, we just lift the clipboard off the hook first. A wall file would look nicer but I'm perfectly happy with this super cheap solution. And when the door is open we can't really see them anyway. 

This is a change that I'm so happy I made before school starts next month. This one little thing is going to improve the way I experience the school year. 

A couple more small changes I made in here were to first get rid of a large green laundry basket that was way too big to fit on top of the washer. Then to try to pretty things up a little bit I poured all the laundry detergent gel packs into a glass fishbowl. 

I love how much cleaner it looks with just the smaller white laundry baskets up here, and having the detergent in a pretty bowl makes it look like I care a little bit more about this space. 

I want to get a rug for in here too to help keep the floor in the rest of the house cleaner from all the garage traffic, and to cheer things up a little more. The laundry room is one of the most used rooms in the house so I really want to make it more pleasant to be in. These little changes aren't much, but they're a start! 

Before you go, I'm over at Decorausa's Idea Corner today with a post about floor lamps. Check it out, and have a great Monday! 

11 July 2014

Painting a New Planter

 You might recall that several weeks ago I made a planter for our living room out of a wooden bowl

I have loved how it looked, but unfortunately the plant inside has recently been looking a little sickly, I think because it needed more space. The bowl is just too shallow for a plant that size. 

I was determined to not kill the one type of plant that seems to be able to survive our living room despite it's lack of good natural lighting. So I ran out the other day to find a larger pot for it. I got lucky at Joann Fabrics- their planters were 70% off. I brought home this one for around $10 that was originally $40. 

I loved the rope detailing, just not the color. So when I got it home I brought it out to the garage first and gave it a couple coats of white paint. 

And now I love it. 

Thank goodness for paint. It's the reason I'm not afraid to hop on a sale like this. As long as I like the shape of something, then it's safe to buy since I know I can change the color once I get it home. 

And now I love how this pot looks with the basket on the other side of the fireplace. 

So while I liked the look of the wooden bowl over here, I'm really happy with how this looks. Especially for ten bucks and 20 minutes of painting.