DIY Painted Star Wall

04.19.2016 by Emily |

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

04.18.2016 by sarah and emily |


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!

Dinner in 10 Minutes: Asian Cashew Salad

04.15.2016 by sarah and emily |

Dinner in 10 minutes has become a thing we love…

We LITERALLY have dinner all ready in under 10 minutes, START TO FINISH.

Who doesn’t love that?!

Of course this is not an every night event (unfortunately!) but about once a week we like to have a ‘quick fix’ dinner on hand, and this Asian inspired one has become a favorite at Sarah’s house.

asian cashew salad | boxwood clippings

It’s simply the bag of Asian Cashew Salad from Costco!

For under $5 it’s a great base, and to make it more of a meal she either fry’s up some organic potstickers, or pops some egg rolls in the oven, (both of which is also from Costco, and a nice to keep on hand in the freezer.)

The salad kit contains all the dressings and seasonings and is a great healthy way to do dinner in a hurry!

A Homemade Spring Wreath

04.12.2016 by Sarah |

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.

spring wreath boxwood clippings

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!

Curried Chicken Salad

04.08.2016 by Emily |

We were vacationing a few weeks ago on the central coast on California and ordered a curried chicken salad that was divine!

Curry and salad are two of our favorite things, how have we not thought of this before?!

Here’s our copycat version that turned out so tasty!

curried chicken salad | boxwood clippings

INGREDIENTS

1 chicken breast
3 Tbsp mayo
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp curry powder
mixed greens
1/2 lemon
granny smith apple
celery
1/8 red onion
craisens
sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS

Mix mayo, mustard and curry powder and mix with diced or shredded cooked chicken.
Prepare greens with a little olive oil, lemon juice and s+p.
Dice celery, apple, onion, almonds. Toss the diced apples in lemon juice to prevent browning.
Layer all ingredients over a bed of greens.

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We love the crunch and the bold flavors of curry and lemon in this salad, and if you like things with a little more kick just add more curry.

We’d love to hear your thoughts! If you love spicy, we know you’ll love this!