Entries Tagged as 'DIY projects'

Bamboo Matchstick Shades



If you follow us on Facebook you know that I had my eye on some Bamboo Matchstick shades from Home Depot to change out the mismatched shades we had in our bedroom. What was on the windows before? Well it was a mismatched combination of plastic roller shades from the previous owner and white faux wood blinds I had from an old bedroom. I love white blinds in general but once we painted the bedroom out a nice bright color I was feeling that the blinds were getting lost in the sea of neutrals, more contrast was in order.

P1150180For a long time I’ve been dying to add wood toned roman shades. I liked the idea of bridging the gap between the curtain panels with some darker tones to balance out all of the neutrals shades we introduced into the room since painting out the original green paint.

I saw these Providence Bamboo Roman shades in Home Depot a few months back and I loved them. Besides the fact that they looked great in person they were the perfect dark wood tone to go with our dark bookcases that flank the window on one wall. and they were not too expensive. Honestly I’m not up for spending hundreds of dollars on shades, even if it was in the budget it’s just not my thing.

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The old plastic roller shades split the window in between the bookshelves in two. I had to order the larger size to fit the window from Home Depot’s website because they didn’t carry the wide 51 inches shade we needed to span both windows in the store. I’m so happy I did this one larger shade helps to make the window larger and the wood tones just like I had imagined tie nicely together with the tones of the bookshelves. I love it when a plan comes together!

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Another bonus has been the room darkening quality of these shades. It’s noticeably darker in the morning time now which is nice since the window over the bed faces almost directly east. Can you say hello daylight at 5:00 am. I’m really impressed with them. Oh and as for privacy, Bryan was worried you might be able to see through the slightly open weave of the shade.  Bryan went outside the other night to check them out and everything is acceptable on that front too. Although the do sell fabric privacy inserts here that attach to the side of the shade that faces the street adding privacy and energy efficiency to the total package which might be a nice feature to buy down the road.

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Oh and did you notice? While we were on a roll I got around to hanging those 4 frames I recently changed up with some Rub n’ Buff. I’m sort of loving them on that once formerly blank wall.  They tie in reference nicely the colors and designs from the pillows without being all to matchy about it.

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I painted those looong before I picked out the Braemore Wonderland Pearl Fabric for the pillows. I’ve always been drawn to bright colors and I tend to paint in those colors ALL THE TIME!

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As for those closet doors, I’m not loving the same repeating of panels with the 4 hanging frames but that will all change as them as we have big plans for them. We’re most likely going to change out the bi-fold doors out for French closet doors and do some sort of mirrors and molding treatment as well. I can’t wait to get started on that project!

This room has come a long way baby from the beginning.

image And now we’re moving into the home stretch.



Side note: There is that lamp on the dresser that is causing my internal lamp debate. Notice the price tag still attached? I can’t decide if it’s too tall!!

Well I’m off for the weekend, I got the fabric to recover the torn orange chairs under the window from EBay. It arrived and I’m so excited to get tearing that fabric off. Although I have grown somewhat fond of the pop of color over there. Wish me luck and I’ll be back with a progress on Monday!

Psst if you want all of the posts leading up to our bedroom transformation click here

Project Disguise the TV




Remember when we talked about Ways to Disguise a TV? Well I jumped on the bandwagon and got to work helping to disguise our TV in the Bedroom with a small gallery wall of frames. I think it helps to distract from the big black boxiness of the TV hanging on the wall. But let’s go back to the beginning and see what we started with.  P1140899 We hung the TV nice and high on the wall so that when you’re laying in the bed snuggling up to watch a movie the TV would be perfect height. It’s an awesome spot for TV watching but it left a giant gap between the top of the dresser and the bottom of the television not to mention nothing much else was going on around it. This picture above was taken before we added the new curtains, pillows, restyled the bookcases and all kinds of other fun things I’m not remembering right now.

On my last trip to Ikea I bought a bunch of Ribba Frames in different sizes in both white and wood tone. I liked the simple frame style and large mats and the fact that they’re not outrageously expensive. I would definitely recommend them for anyone looking to create their own gallery wall.

Once I got the frames home I traced the sizes out onto a roll of craft paper I keep around for just such emergencies and cut them out. You could use anything you have on hand including newspaper, wrapping paper, or even the paper inside the frames would work out well. My method was basically to tape a few pieces up on the wall at a time and stepped back to look and see how things were coming along.

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After what seemed like an eternity of taping skootching, un-taping and moving I got to a place I was felling pretty good about the general arrangement.

I left it alone for a few days and lived with the paper scraps on the wall to make sure I still liked the arrangement. After I was sure they were in the right spot I got to work hanging some of the frames.

The only thing odder to me then living with paper scraps taped to the wall is living with a husband that doesn’t even flinch anymore when #1. we have scraps of brown paper taped to the wall with blue painters tape for an extended period of time and #2. doesn’t even ask why I am taking numerous pics of said paper scraps.

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Anyway where was I? Oh yeah! Putting up the first frame was probably the most nerve racking part. I hate hate hanging pictures only to find that I need to move it a tad to the left or right, it’s off center, up too high down or down too low. Let’s just say even with me marking out where I wanted the frames and carefully marking where the picture hangers should go onto the paper by measuring onto the piece of paper marking an X and then nailing directly over the top of the X there’s still a few extra holes where I had to nudge something one way or another.


You can see how I even has a couple of smaller frames that fit perfectly around the thermostat to help disguise that as well. So happy I decided to buy those as a last minute decision in case I needed them. The final placement changed just a bit from the paper template on the wall. I still may add a few so they trail down the dresser on the right side. Or maybe a nice canvas work work there as well?


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As for what we put in the frames? Well there are a bunch of family photos from last year when we spent some time at the beach  as well as on the lake at home.

Close Up 1 The only one I had printed at Wal-Mart due to the size is the large one of Bryan and Nikolas on the boat. It was around $8.00 for the poster size and it came out really nicely.

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Overall we’re really loving how the frames have helped to balance out the TV. The room is really coming along now, I can’t wait to get it all done. As for what’s next, at the moment there’s a great lamp debate going on in my mind. I swear I’ll be back and forth to the store 10 times before I decided. Hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) I get to working on reupholstering those chairs. Now that will be a big job.


So what have you all been up to? Any lighting debates going on in your home?

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait



DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

There’s only one thing I love more then a good art project…and that is an easy, fun, and personalized art project.  Lately I’ve been admiring Picasso’s line drawings and silhouettes. There’s something about the brilliant simplicity of Picasso’s drawings that got me thinking (by the way the Camel and Penguin are my favorites). I remember doing silhouettes as a kid in school, we’d stood in front of a bright light and our Art Teacher traced out our shadow onto a piece of black construction paper and we’d cut it out. It was definitely one of the more fun projects I remember doing in class. So of course I thought it be fun to take mix some of both those concepts for this easy DIY Modern Line Portraits.  It was such an easy project I’m tempted to keep trying this with so all kind of photos.

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait


  • Printed Profile Picture
  • Vellum or Tracing Paper
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Sheet of Colorful Scrapbook Paper

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait

DIY Project: Modern Line Portrait


Print out your chosen profile picture onto plain white paper. You won’t be keeping this image so don’t worry about what kind of paper you print it on.

Lay your tracing paper on top of the printed picture and begin tracing over the top of it. Starting with the outline first and working your way onto only select details like a few strands of hair, eyes, ears, etc.

Once your satisfied with your line drawing lay your tracing paper on top of a vibrant colored sheet of scrap book paper. The tracing paper will mute the color of the scrapbook paper and create a subtle background for your personalized modern line portrait.

Like I did you can choose to do a full bust portrait.

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Or a smaller version focusing on the face and eyes only.

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Personal, Simple and Sweet!

Examples of a Well Styled Bookcase



SOMEONE MAKE ME GET OFF PINTEREST! Seriously that place has to be the biggest rabbit hole of the time sucking variety since my once upon a time addiction to playing the Sims…but no seriously, if you haven’t tried it get on it right now but only if you have 3 hours to kill.

So anyway back to my why I was on pinning like a fool. Our Bedroom Makeover has been on a roll lately since we painted and added some awesomely DIY’d by me (if I do say so myself) curtains to change and brighten up the space. With that in the bag I have decided it’s time to turn my attention to the bookcases that flank the window on both sides and create the little seating nook with our 2 vintage chairs while they await reupholstering (soon hopefully, keep your fingers crossed).


Since Bryan built these with his father the color on the bookcases is staying put, no painting allowed. But anyway since everyone else is doing the painted shelves thing sometimes I think it’s nice to be unique and keep the stain. But it’s definitely time to switch up what’s on the bookcases, it’s looking a little bit sparse in places.

And that’s where Pinterest came in. I have been on the lookout for some bookcase inspiration and I thought I’d share so you could be inspired too. I love me a well styled bookcase.

Clarendon Street eclectic family room

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These are painted a nice rich dark color with tons of books and no knick knacks the lighting highlights the contents of the shelves and keeps the contents from getting lost in the dark space. 

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I love the styling on these shelves from The Art of Doing Stuff her whole blog is awesome but check out this post on 7 ways to stack books. Who knew?
Lindy Donnelly traditional living room

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Another set of wonderful dark stained bookcases. Again there is a minimal amount of “stuff” on the bookshelves other than well placed stacks of books.

Living room eclectic living room

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I love this entire room and all of the colorful books and accessories, and if notice they’re not afraid to display their paperbacks right along with their hardcover books and pretty accessories. That’s my kind of styling.

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Here’s another wonderfully styled set of dark bookshelves. The bold colors in the other areas of the room and the coloring of the books themselves help to keep the bark tone of the bookshelves from feeling too heavy.


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And finally this is another great example how a careful selection of accessories combined with what feels likes a natural selection of books and objects stacked throughout leads to a wonderful and inviting space.

So what do I hope to take away from all this?  In my mind I’m thinking of mostly books, minimal accessories, a place where my fun summer beach reads can be at home with my hardcover classics. I want a casual collected over time feel. I’m also thinking some great bookcase lighting is in order.

So which ones are you favorites? I’m loving #4 and #5 a lot but they’re all great! Do you like tons of books with minimal accessories or are you all about showing off all your stuff?

The Curtains Make the Room!



Remember when I said the curtains were hung and they looked MA-VA-LOUS. Well I took pictures as promised a and am back to share all the details of how totally awesome and how they’ve completely changed the look of the room. I’ll be back on Friday to share all the DIY instructions how to make easy lined drapes just like you see here but for now let’s just admire them.

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I’m loving the added height, color pattern and texture the curtains have added to our newly neutral bedroom. I have to say it took me FOREVER to find just the perfect fabric for these bad boys right here. But it was totally worth the wait. I was looking for something bright and bold but not too overpowering and of course I wanted some killer coordinating fabric for the pillows that tied the whole thing together all while paying homage to our inspiration room.

I must have ordered 20 samples before finally settling on the choices you see in the room. I’m so happy I took the time to order and wait for the samples it really made all the difference and is something I highly recommend. Even if it does cost a few dollars per sample it’s money well spent to ensure you get the look you’re after.

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But let’s go back to the beginning so you can see how the fabric choices all came together.   If you remember our inspiration room photo had the most amazing fabrics layered throughout the room.



What I wanted to take away from this room was the bold use of color, the mix of floral and geometrics and the layering of patterns and textures, all while staying away from the designer price tag. I was loving the Ikat referenced geometric fabric in the curtains from our inspiration room as well.

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I found this Robert Allen Khandar  fabric in Jewel and fell in love as soon as I got the sample in. It’s gorgeous fabric and perfect for drapery. I needed approximately 12 yards for the 4 curtains panels so at $14.95 per yard it would be around $45 per panel…not a steal in my mind but totally worth it when you compare the $200 per panel price tag of our inspiration room fabric.

The most amazing part was right before I went to purchase the fabric I found the very same fabric on fabricguru had a discounted selection on sale for $6.50 per yard because it had a tiny grease smudge about 3 quarters in. Yup, that works out to around $19.00 per panel which I don’t know if you’ve looked lately but i can’t EVER find designer looking drapery panel for that price ANYWHERE! If you know of some place let us know!

Oh and if wondering about the grease smudge…when we got the fabric there we 2 small (smaller than the size of a penny) slight grease marks that ended getting cut off in the end. So major score on our part for be willing to take a less than perfect run of fabric we saved over $100 off the retail price of the fabric.

Braemore Wonderland Pearl Pillows

The Floral pillow fabric from our easy peasy envelope pillows is Braemore Wonderland in Pearl and I also found it on eBay for around $10 per yard, another score since the fabric retails for around $30 per yard.

Lake House Style DIY Bedroom Makeover

Lake House Style DIY Bedroom Makeover

I’m really loving the mix of color and pattern that plays off the neutral background. The floral pillows and the stripes are a nice mix.Just so we can jog my memory because I love a good before and after, here’s what we started with.


Then with a little furniture tweakage and a new coat of paint it went to this.


I was pretty impressed with just the coat of paint. Now with the addition of some bright and cheery fabrics we’ve gone all the way to this


It really feels like the whole room is coming together now. So what’s next on the list you ask? Well , I’m thinking of restyling the bookshelves and adding some art to the walls. Then it will be on to reupholstering those chairs and adding some color to the end of the bed with a blanket I’m planning on sewing. But that will all come in good time. So what have you been up to lately. Do you have any tips for finding great fabric for less?

Update: If you want to learn how to make Professional Looking Lines Panels just like I did, check out the detailed step-by-step tutorial here.

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