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Halloween is Creeping In!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

As soon as the temperature dropped last week I was immediately ready to cozy up with some creepy decorations. I’m sure you guys were the same. What fun are shorter evenings without the fall candles and spooky accents, right?!

This year it’s been especially fun because the twins (now 2 1/2) have been more aware of everything, and really enjoyed looking though my Rubbermaids that are jam packed with orange and black. They kept saying “play with creepy toys…now?!”, it was all giggles until my talking skeleton head appeared…then the frightful tears came, such fun!

Although holiday bins are always fun to go through, I like new add little something new every year…

boxwood clippings | halloween decorations

I found the bat garland at the Dollar Spot at Target, priced at $3. It originally hung on black ribbon, but I re-stung it on baker’s twine and managed to make two garlands instead of one to hang on both sides of the molding in the dinning room.

So simple, and effective!

boxwood clippings | bat-garland

On our latest trip to Ikea, the girlies fell in love with these kitty pillows (see HERE), and used them as pillows in their carts while I browsed the rest of the store. At only $3.99 each I thought they were a really fun modern addition to our Halloween nook!

The other cushion covers I already had and such a steel at only $5 (link HERE).

boxwood clippings | halloween decorations

It always surprises me how easy it is to add a little festivity. Just a few bucks and a few minutes can really spruce up the season and make these long evenings more doable!

Hope you guys are enjoying cozying up too!

Sarah x

Inexpensive Marbled Paper Art

Monday, September 26th, 2016

We are so lucky that a Paper Source opened in Utah a few years ago.
This is one of our favorite stores to visit, it always has us oohing and ahhing at all their goodies. We love a good stationary store, and always find them inspiring.

THIS marbled wrapping paper with its gold veining really caught my eye and thought it would be perfect framed.

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I popped it in THIS frame, and loved how these two pieces worked together.

For under $20 it’s made quite the statement, even if it is just hanging in my loo!

Em x.

DIY Painted Star Wall

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

After spending hours painting stars in our nursery, I now consider myself an expert ;)

If you are interested in painting stars in your home this is how and what I learned…

boxwood clippings | painted star wall | modern grey nursery

First I measured the wall space: 8′ H x 10′ W meaning I could have four rows of five stars measuring 2′ each.

I really wanted my starts to touch tip to tip so I had to create my own stencil to get my stars exactly 24″. Needless to say my high school geometry teacher would not have been proud! I had to try a few times to get the exact dimensions I wanted.

I used THIS tutorial on wikihow to get me started and decided to adapt the protractor method to make a huge star. Instead of drawing a circle and connection the points, I drew a vertical line and drew 5 lines measuring 72 degrees apart using a protractor and ruler which would be the points of the star. I then a measured 12″ from the center in each direction to make the lines of the star making sure the diameter was 24″.

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Once I had my stencil I measured horizontal lines 24″ apart on my wall space using a level and a ruler. I lined up my star stencil on each horizontal line and drew 20 stars in about 5 minutes. Wahoo, something easy!

I decided to tape off the stars so they would be extra crisp and clean with painter’s tape. If you have a steady hand you could just paint free hand.

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I chose Benjamin Moore’s Ozark Shadows HERE for a warm grey that is on the taupe side. I painted two coats on my first row, and couldn’t wait for it to dry to peel off the painter’s tape and see the result. Uh oh, major paint bleed! I gave Jones Paint and Glass a quick call and they advised me to seal the tape before painting with a damp cloth to really lock the tape against the wall. Once I did this I had zero problems with the paint bleeding. I used both blue and green frog tape for this project because I had left over tape from other projects, but definitely preferred the green tape for a super crisp edge.

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Paint bleeds and stencil problems aside, I now have (almost) perfect stars!

These stars make the room and were so worth the labor of love.

Thanks to Jones Paint and Glass for supplies and for the invaluable advice.

Let me know if you have any questions!

A Baby Boy Nursery

Monday, April 18th, 2016


boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

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boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

boxwood clippings | star grey and white nursery

boxwood clippings | grey and white modern nursery

boxwood clippings | grey and white modern nursery

boxwood clippings | grey and white modern nursery

Sources
bassinet: HERE | slipcovered chair: old from Pottery Barn | rug: TJ Maxx | dresser: HERE | nightstand: old from Target | lamp: similar HERE | peg rack: HERE | mobile: HERE

Blankets
stripe: Marshalls | grey HERE | love HERE | nordic stripe HERE (only avail in blue)

Em’s baby boy will be here in under a month….and we’ve finally got his room cleaned out and decorated for him!

It took a while to decide the color scheme. Emily kept on going back and forth between a b+w nursery or using softer neutrals of grey + cream. Grey and cream and natural wood tones felt more cozy and babyish, so eventually this color scheme won.

Once we decided on color it was time for the star statement wall, which really makes the room. It was a labor of love and took a really long time, but it was worth it! Come back tomorrow to find out the nitty-gritty of this process.

Jane is now 21 months so will make the transition to a toddler bed in just a few months. Her crib HERE will eventually make it into baby boy’s room.

His clothes are washed, diapers are stocked in his room ready. Now if we could just decide on his name! ‘Ben’ is up on the door for a trial run.

Do you have any boys names you are loving? We need some help!

A Homemade Spring Wreath

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Sarah has been on the hunt for a spring wreath for her front door for a really long time…years in fact.

Every spring wreath has been too big, flouncy, ‘fake’ looking or expensive for her liking, so this year she finally decided to make her own.

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a spring wreath

She bought a simple grapevine wreath HERE for $4.99, whitewashed it with craft paint and used four stems of paper florals from Hobby Lobby (in store) to tuck into the wreath.

Isn’t she lovely?

Under $20 and less than an hour…and so much sweeter that it’s a one-of-a-kind and we’re all happy Sarah finally has a spring wreath on the door!