Entries from April 28th, 2011

Super Simple Summer Art Tutorial



We all like to you update our homes from time to time and for the changing seasons, It brings a sense of renewed energy into the home brightening up the same old space that we look at day after day.  With summer right around the corner, a season of long days, warm nights, bold colors and outside fun it’s nice to bring some of that outdoor fun in.  With that in mind I have a new super simple and super cheap art project today inspired by Crate & Barrels Summerlin pillow collection.I just love the colors in those pillows.

So everyone get out your paint brushes and grab some craft paint. It’s time to update those tired winter walls with a touch of summer with this Super Simple Craft Paint Art project.

Stuff you’ll need

  • 2 8″x 10″ Canvas Boards
  • Paint brush
  • 2 8″x 10″ Frames
  • Silver Paint (Liquitex Iridescent Silver)
  • Apple Barrel Craft Paint:
    • Plum Kiss
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Country Grey
    • Titanium White
    • Light Leaf Green
    • Kiwi
    • Apricot
    • Licorice

What you’ll do

Step 1. Paint the entire canvas with 2 background coats of silver. Wait for the background to dry according to the directions on the tube.

Step 2. Using the sketch outline trace over outline with a piece of  graphite transfer paper onto the canvas board. Sketch outline is attached at the bottom of the post.

Step 3. Using the handy dandy paint guide paint in the outline you transferred onto the canvas in Step 2. Tip: It will probably take a couple of coats of craft paint to get good solid coverage.

Step 4. Frame your Summer masterpiece

Seriously, that’s it! You’re on your way to creating some great summer art for next to nothing.

Click for PDF of Summer Art Sketch

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

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Product roundup: Outdoor Pillows



We all know that pillows are a great way to spruce up your indoor space . As summer quickly  approaches there are a ton of great options for outdoor pillows. I’ve found some options for that quick decorating pick-me-up to any outdoor space.

Below are 8 great pillows that will turn your spot into a colorful fun retreat where you’ll want to spend those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and put you in the mood for a refreshing summer cocktail.

Images above: 1. World Market, Bohemian Summer Toss Pillow, Yellow/Grey $24.99; 2. Etsy, Suzani Pillow Cover $48.00 3. World Market, Gauguin Garden Multi-Stripe Lumbar Pillow $19.99; 4. Crate& Barrel, Summerlin Maribel Pillow $29.95; 5. Crate& Barrel, Regatta Big Leaf Pillow $29.95; 6. Crate&Barrel Meridian Marimekko Madison Pillow $29.95; 7. Pier 1, Peacock Pillow $20; 8. Etsy, Mod Canvas Floral pair of pillow covers $32.oo

My new inspiration & Pinterest



I’ve been looking around for some new inspiration to paint. I tend to gravitate towards bright bold floral patterns for painting inspiration . They’re definitely my sweet spot and usually what inspires me to pick up a paintbrush.

While looking for some inspiration I was browsing pinterest which I discovered recently. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out and have a couple spare hours to waste I highly recommend you go on over and take a look, it’s a virtual pinboard, which is awesome all by itself, it’s visually beautiful and the result is professionally looking mood boards that go together in a snap, but what really makes it special is that you is “following” and browsing other collections. It seriously fantastic if you’re looking to get inspired.

Pinterest calls itself “a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste” Right now it’s in the BETA stages and by invitation only but if you go to apartmenttherapy’s review and look in the comments section there’s an awesome link that will get you started right away.

So, back to my inspiration for today, I came across these pillows from Crate and Barrel‘s Summerlin line on pinterst.

The colors palette in this is pillow are bright and fun for summer. Right now I’m dreaming up a plan to transfer some of this inspiration into some DIY friendly artwork. Luckily the people at PLAID took half the work out of it and came up with a color palette using “Apple Barrel acrylic colors.

(clockwise from upper left): Apricot, Kiwi, Plum Kiss, Country Gray, Black”.

Next stop, off to the store to buy some paint in the color palette above and make some cool summer art. Of course once I’m finished I’ll post the complete tutorial on the completed project. So check back soon!



Listing the night away




When it comes to projects around the house it’s easy to get distracted by shiny objects (like I do) and veer off the originally intended course. Lists are a must in this house to keep us moving in the right direction, not to mention the untold satisfaction of crossing an item off the list.  A list allows us to contemplate our options and plan for the future. We can jot down those big-ticket changes we’ll have to save for and the little projects that will only cost a few dollars but just take some time to complete. We find that we get so much more accomplished with a list staring at you. So this weekend I walked around the house, pen and paper in hand, took and good look around and started listing like crazy including simple updates we’re sure about, ideas we haven’t thought all the way through yet , some stuff that’s been on our list for a while, and some that might change as we plan for the addition.  Because I’m such a die-hard list junky I thought I’d share what’s on our evolving to-do list including some things we just finished.

  • Prime and paint the oak kitchen cabinets
  • Add decorative feet to the base of the kitchen cabinets
  • Add crown molding to the kitchen cabinets
  • Kitchen island
  • New counter tops
  • Replace the Kitchen back-splash
  • New more energy efficient appliances
  • Change out the flooring (maybe someday)
Living room
  • New sectional sofa (we recently ordered one from Potterybarn)
  • Console table for behind the sofa. (Possibly build one if we can’t find one)
  • Install new baseboard molding
  • Install crown molding
  • Paint door molding (it’s already been changed out just need the time to paint it)
  • New coffee table (possibly a round one)
  • Sew some new pillow covers
  • Reupholster old chairs that are in the attic
  • Mount TV on the wall
  • New TV stand
  • New artwork
  • Remove wallpaper
  • Paint
  • Add molding around mirror
  • New faucet
  • New hardware
  • Linen cabinet to fit in the awkward empty space between the wall and the cabinet
  • Crown molding
  • Figure out a color palette
  • Build an upholstered headboard with some awesome nail-head trim
  • Build/buy platform storage bed either with plans from ana-white or buy an ikea frame
  • Paint
  • Feature wall, possibly with some cool graphic element
  • New nightstands/paint the old ones
  • Refinish dresser
  • Crown molding
  • Replace existing drafty window with something a bit higher for privacy
  • Sew new curtains
  • New bedding
  • New pillows
  • Update lighting
  • Update and Organize closet
  • New artwork

So basically it we just like to write everything down, we generally start in a room and pick those projects that don’t seem too daunting and just go for it. Of course we jump around when we feel like it , add and subtract as we go along and save for the bigger projects that will take more time. We write down tons of things including the DIY art work I want to make but don’t quite know what it is yet and eventually in a few years we’ll look back and see everything we crossed off the list.

Check out our floor plan post so you can see which rooms we’re talking about

To-do list stationary found here on ETSY

365 days ago…



…our baby boy was born. 365 days ago at 3:53 am.

We knew you were going to change our lives, but oh boy, we didn’t even have a clue!

366 days ago you were 3 days past your due date and oh boy, we thought the day would never come when you would arrive.

In 365 days we’ve rocked you, walked you, snuggled you, fed you, changed you and loved you. You have, sat up, crawled, walked, said your first words and got your first tooth. What a year it’s been baby boy! Mommy and Daddy love you more than you’ll know, until the day your little one comes into the world.

Pardon us while we go snuggle our baby boy and remember what life was like just 365 days ago today.

Happy 1st Birthday Nikolas!

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