30 September 2014

Lust List: Etsy

 Here are the goods I'm craving from Etsy lately. 

This super cute laundry basket, that I can think of about one hundred other uses for besides laundry. 

This photograph would put me in a peaceful mood every time I looked at it. 

Turkish towels have been on my wish list for quite a while, so I'd love to see a few of these turkish hand towels hanging in my kitchen. 

Ever since I discovered how pretty it is to plant a succulent in a dish, I'm constantly on the lookout for pretty bowls. I'd love to splurge a little on this pretty, hand painted tea cup and put a succulent inside. 

And speaking of succulents…how adorable are these wooden planters??

This set of painted wooden vases from the same shop as the planters are so cool too. I'm picturing them in my kitchen holding utensils. 

And finally, my rings would love living in this gold ring dish

26 September 2014

Cleaning Quick Tip: Washing Trash Cans

This morning I did the very unglamorous but somehow highly satisfying chore of washing the kitchen trash cans. 
I love having them tucked away in the cabinet like this, but I hate when I pull the door open and it instantly smells like garbage. So gross. I spray them with disinfecting spray often but after a while it can only go so far to freshen things. 
So about once a month I put the trash cans in my bathtub and wash them out. I start by rinsing them out really well in hot water, then sprinkle the insides with baking soda and pour in some vinegar. I let that sit for a minute then add some dish soap and scrub them out. After they are rinsed I dry them completely and spray them all over with a disinfecting spray. When that's dry I sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the cans and they're done. If I skip any of these steps it's not as effective, but the combination of all of them works really well. Nothing like not having your kitchen smell like last week's dinner. 

23 September 2014

Painted Dots Bowl

 I finally found something to do for the church craft night that I'm teaching at in a few weeks. Unlike my original plan, it isn't going to include this little glass bowl. 

However I did find something easy and fun to do with this bowl, and this cup from Target was the inspiration:

I love all the little gold speckles on it, so I decided to imitate the look on my glass bowl. 

I got three different colors of Martha Stewart craft paint at Michaels: white, silver, and gold. I had decided I wanted to reverse the look that's on the cup, where all the dots are most concentrated at the top. So I used a thin paint brush to put little dots of all three colors all over the bottom half of the bowl, keeping them more concentrated on the bottom of the bowl and then thinning out as they go up. I didn't try to make them perfectly sized or shaped since that's one of the things I love about the look of the Target cup. 

I kept all my painting to the outside of the bowl, so that when you look down at it from the inside you're seeing the smooth side. (Since the inside of the bowl is where the majority of them are the most visible anyway.)

I'm thinking of rimming the top edge with the gold paint to get rid of the bluish haze that it has, but this was one of those fast and fun little projects that didn't leave me craving perfection so I may never get to it. 

It's back on the tray in the living room holding sea shells for now, so my little paint job isn't super obvious at the moment. I'm thinking of using it to hold my rings though, so the little dots will be much more visible then. 

I'm excited about the paint treatment I just did to another little bowl, that I'll be teaching at the church craft night soon. Once that's over I'll post the tutorial on here. 

22 September 2014

Genevieve's House

 My hands-down favorite designer on HGTV is Genevieve Gorder, so over the summer I was super excited to watch the show "Genevieve's Renovation" which depicted the renovation of her current apartment, plus the merging of it with the unit next door. The outcome was every bit as sophisticated, stylish, and fun as I expected it to be. When the camera would pan around to show the finished rooms I kept wanting it to go slower so I could take everything in. 

So I'm so excited that now I can see photos of the whole place on HGTV. The floors make me want to die- in such a good way. 

Check out Genevieve's gorgeous "new" apartment here

19 September 2014

Tray Styling

Just messing with the stuff on this tray. Instead of doing what I should be doing, which is packing for a quick overnight trip. 

Have a great weekend!

18 September 2014

A Kitchen Detail I'm Obsessing Over

 I saw something epic and life-changing the other day so I just had to share. I was cruising all the pretty pictures of Emily Henderson's pretty new kitchen, and I loved just about every single thing but what stopped me in my scrolling was the backsplash. 

Gold grout. 
(Which I'm not sure is even actual grout- on her site Emily says she'll be explaining soon…I'll be dying of anticipation till then.) I mean seriously…this is a kitchen game changer. I'd love to try this out in like sample size to see how it would look with smaller tiles, which would equal much more of the grout. Emily's is obviously bigger pieces, and who knows, maybe even one big piece with some sort of gold treatment just sitting on top. Right now I don't know, and I don't care, it just looks so good that I can't stop thinking about it. I'm tempted to take a gold leafing pen into my bathroom (because I don't have a kitchen backsplash) and start drawing over the grout lines in the shower. Probably a bad idea. I'll wait for Emily to explain exactly what this is. 

In the meantime if you haven't yet, you have to go check out pictures of her new kitchen- it's very pretty. I liked looking on Emily's site, and on Domino since both have different photos. (And Domino has the rest of the house too.)

What do you think of the gold? 

16 September 2014

West Elm Marble Cleat Box

 I've been admiring this box at West Elm for a while now, and I'm so excited to have had a (hopefully) great idea for it- I'm planning to use it as a recipe box. 

I've been wanting to clean out my recipe box for a while now. I don't really add to it anymore since most new recipes I come by now are online so I save them to my Pinterest board. So the recipes that I have that are actually written down are family recipes mostly, or ones I found years ago. But they are kind of a mess, and the box they are in is looking worn out. It's a photo box that I covered in vintage recipes a few years ago. 

It was really cute when I first made it but now the recipes on the outside are peeling off at the edges and the whole thing is just looking like it's lived it's life. Plus I've been wanting something smaller since the photo box takes up a lot of space. Back when I first made it it was great since I was always adding new recipes to it and it had plenty of room. But now that I rarely if ever add a recipe to my collection that's actually written down, I really don't need something this large. So I'm super excited for my new box to get here. Hopefully I can make it work; it's quite a bit smaller than what I'm used to and even too small to hold an index card which is what all my recipes are on. So I'm going to have to do something different with them all. But I'm excited for the excuse to purge! 

11 September 2014

Just Some Stuff

 I'm completely obsessed with this house tour on Style Me Pretty. If you love white interiors, you must check it out. 

I just got West Elm's newest catalog in the mail and I love their new lighting. Especially this:

I want it hanging in my bathroom. 

And finally, I'm trying to come up with an easy project to teach at a craft night coming up at church. I'm determined to figure out something to do with this little glass bowl:

09 September 2014

Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow Covers

 I said I had more pillow plans for my couch, and here they are! These moroccan wedding blanket pillow covers from Pottery Barn.

Here's a quick reminder of what the couch pillows looked like before:

And now. 

I am so in love with these pillows. I love how big they are, and how they sparkle with all the little metal disks on them. AND, because of all the metal pieces, they actually jingle when you move them. Not only do they look pretty, but they also sound pretty. 

I spotted them in a Pottery Barn recently and when I picked them up and heard that sound I knew I had to have them. 

For years I've wanted a moroccan wedding blanket but they can be anywhere from $400-$1000 and I do not have it in my budget to spend that much on a blanket. So when I saw these pillow covers I was so excited because this is an affordable way for me to get that same look I've been wanting.

These were a bit of a splurge for me, since I'm used to spending about $30 for a throw pillow. But I think every house needs a few splurges (although everyone's idea of what that is is totally different). 

Because they were a bit pricey for me, I didn't want to buy pillow inserts in addition to the covers, but I needed some because I don't have any 24"x24" pillows that I could stick these covers on. So I used some cheap fabric that I already had on hand and some stuffing to make one pillow insert, and then, because I didn't have enough fabric for two, I bought a bed pillow from Wal-mart for like $6, ripped it apart, and then cobbled it together in like 10 different pieces in order to turn the 20"x30" bed pillow into a 24"x24" pillow insert for my new pillow cover. It is the ugliest pillow insert you would ever see (but you're not going to), but it totally works. I won't be posting a tutorial for that one though. :)

I am so beyond happy with these pillows! 

05 September 2014

Book Review: DIY Wood Pallet Projects

I just finished the book DIY Wood Pallet Projects by Karah Bunde, who also writes the popular blog The Space Between. This book is all about how to create one-of-a-kind furniture and decor using wooden shipping pallets. Wood pallets are something that I've wanted to do a project with for years. Any super-dedicated followers might even remember that I got my hands on one for a really short time a few years ago before it was swiped from my yard. But I haven't actually attempted anything with one because wood pallets seem really intimidating to me. 

Where exactly do I get them? If I find one how can I tell if it's safe to use? (You know, like hasn't been soaked by the toxic chemicals it was carrying). And how do I know that the one I'm grabbing is okay to take and that I'm not actually stealing by shoving it into my trunk? Because I can't imagine anything more humiliating than being charged with theft for taking a shipping pallet. 

So I was so excited to read Karah's book because before she even gets into all of the AMAZING project tutorials using shipping pallets, she answers all of my questions and more in a section called "Wood Pallets 101". 

I learned where to find pallets (there are more options than dumpster diving!), how to tell if they are safe for indoor use, and how to know if they are slated for the trash (so free to take without fear of committing a crime) or if they are the type to be reused over and over again by a certain company. I also learned what to do with a pallet once I bring it home- how to clean it, prep it, and take it apart to get it ready to build with. 

With my confidence levels in my wood pallet knowledge significantly higher, I was super inspired when I then reached the main portion of the book, which is a bunch of different project tutorials using wooden pallets. There is everything from simple holiday decor all the way to furniture, and it all looks amazing. I really loved that every project has a section of quick info that gives you an idea of the time and money you'll be spending, plus what supplies and tools you'll need to complete the project. That way if you've got a pallet and you're itching to find something to do with it, you can quickly flip through the book and scan just the small info section at the side of the page for each project, and get an idea of what each project entails without actually having to read the entire tutorial first. 

The projects in this book are so good.
One of my favorites is this one: 
wooden shutters.

I also love- beyond my ability to describe- this herringbone coffee table. I mean, just look at that top. 

And because I have dogs, this cute little pet feeding station totally appeals to me.

There are so many great ideas in this book, and beyond that it is so informative! I love when I finish a book and really feel like I learned something that can help give me a new skill, and I feel that way after reading this one. I'm ready to rip apart some pallets and start building something awesome! 

I received this book at no cost in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are 100% mine. 

01 September 2014

Hot Fudge Recipe

 I know no one comes here to get recipes but I had to share this one. It might make your Labor Day a little yummier. 

I found this hot fudge recipe from Simply-Gourmet on Pinterest and gave it a try a few weeks ago. Now I don't want anything but homemade hot fudge on my ice cream; it is just so good. 

Try it. It's amazing. 

Happy Labor Day!