A little dose of before and after

 

Hey all!  So I have finally moved onto another bathroom in my house and am so excited to share!  Approaching the one year mark of being here in Boise, in our fixer-upper….I sure hoped to be further along in the actual “fix up” process.  Such is life, and life with three busy kids can be hard to get things done, who knew!  My kid’s bathroom was a rough one!!  If I had to pick a theme for the recent decor I would have to say some sort of Aladdin inspired style.

You can see why I feel I have been transported into the Aladdin movie with this purple color matched with these gold mirrors reflecting Eastern shaped decor.

 

I couldn’t take it any longer, (I seem to finally crack with so much dislike for the outdated decor, I snap and decide to start a remodel at the worst times), I mustered all my energy and finished a project on my list.  My two younger kiddos wanted a superhero bathroom which kinda made me cringe, but I was able to come up with a happy medium.  Something we all like, all the while not slamming you in the face with a crazy marvel color scheme.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind a little color but feel that we currently already have one room (my son’s) dedicated to marvel decor.  My first desire was to lighten this space up.  It is a bathroom so I wanted it to feel fresh and clean (I appreciate a clean feel in the loo).  From there the design took off and turned out great!  Let me share…

 

So much brighter!  The perfect kid’s bathroom and let me tell you why.  First off I hung the mirrors a little lower than average as my littles need to be able to see themselves.  Second, I found the best memory foam, feel like your stepping on clouds rugs, for each kiddo to rest their feet on while we brush out tangles and scrub our teeth.  My hope is they will feel so divine standing on these rugs that the rest of our meltdowns just fade away.  That is just wishful thinking I suppose.  Third, this is actually a Superhero bathroom.  Notice my DIY art hung on the wall?  Our friends Capt. America, Spiderman, Falcon, Batgirl, Supergirl, and Black Widow all make an appearance in black and white.  I found all these superhero images on Pinterest under superhero coloring pages.  I printed them at home for free and found some cheap white frames at Micheal’s to hang on the wall.  I made sure to find frames that had mattes so the images looked better and not cheap like a poster in a frame.  So easy and made the kids sooo happy!  I knew I wanted a bright white fresh bathroom, then deciding to use black and white images of superhero’s I kept in color scheme and found black and white accents to finish out the bathroom.  Black mirrors, black rugs, black and white striped rugs with black and white hand towels all tie in together.  My hardware on the vanity and faucets are all a matte black as well.  A white shower curtain makes the room feel more open and airy.  Using a black basket on the counter to corral all the kid’s toiletries keeps everything looking tidy.  We also had a little fun with the above toilet cabinet adding a few action superheroes (and maybe a poop emoji).  I am really stoked at how this turned out and the best part is this was really at no cost.  I painted the room adding new mirrors.  We spray painted the existing faucets and hardware to match the color scheme.  Purchased new rugs, towels and displayed our superheroes in matching frames was all it took.  Hope you like the finished product!

 

Do you have cost-friendly bathroom remodels to share?  Any compromises on bathrooms where kids request interesting ideas in decor?  Do you need any ideas to remodel, update and refresh your loo?  Upload some before pictures and I would love to help brainstorm inspiration for you!

 

Have a great Hump Day, Happy Wednesday!

Best,
Jen

Add some color; add some personality

Hey there!  Just wanted to share some tips and inspiration on adding color to your space.  Adding pops of color here and there can really bring some personality to your space that really shows who you are and what your style is.  Whether you just add pops of color or go all out and paint that beautifully moody bedroom the daring shade you have always wanted, color is a trend that will never fade.  I have found some amazing examples to help inspire you to take that jump and add distinctive character that is you.

First, let’s start with pops of color as this is the best way to take it “slow” if you are new to color.  Pops of color is a great way to showcase your personality through a neutral background.  Most of us probably are more comfortable with small pops of color and the best part is you can switch out the color as easy as 1,2,3.  A few throw pillows in a vibrant pink magenta that matches the rug with a few accents can easily be switched to a different color or more subdued color.  No painting walls or buying new furniture, simply store away and bring back out when you feel like more character.

Need some color in your neutral kitchen?  Don’t paint the cupboards or the walls, find a different focal point.  Love this blue island, very unique and fresh.

How about your powder room?  Such an easy space to add some funky fun personality.  Powder rooms are small and work perfectly for daring ideas.  Check out this bold powder room.

Let’s explore this idea a little further.  Let’s add some more color.  Let’s get a little “moody”…

Sally Worts

This room has a tonal dark blue color, that brings a sassy style.  Using accents of warm golden tones really pops against that stylable blue.  This is such a huge trend right now, painting a room in a tonal effect, meaning that the trim, molding, and baseboards are all painted the same color.  This technique is definitely more of a commitment and you have to be ready for the dramatic effect but isn’t it to dye for (no pun intended, haha).

Burnett Bungalow

Love how this masculine color really turned quite romantic and feminine with a few color popping accents.  The dark walls are very complimentary with the natural toned floors and mirror frame, the white furniture ties in nicely with the white baseboards.

SFGirl

I love how this dining room came together.  It looks so glamorous with the dark tones marrying the warm tones of the wood up high and down low.  This is the perfect picture of a very dramatic moody room.  Again there is more of a commitment but such a statement that it may be worth living with for a while.

I hope I have inspired you all to create spaces and homes that showcase your personality through color.  What do you prefer?  Pops of color or the tonal wall to wall color?  I would love to see how you have all come to style with your personality, so please share.

Happy colorful Tuesday!  Hope you all have a great rest of your week!!

Best,

Jen

Take a Moment to Pause

Hey all!  I have a confession to make.  I dislike doing dishes!!  Even more,  I despise cooking and baking.  With that being said I have a family of five so I am constantly doing those dreaded things.  I find myself in the kitchen, wishing and daydreaming to be doing anything else.  I have decided to try and look at these chores in a different way, better yet having something lovely to look at while I do these chores!  I have designed a little window vignette that helps remind me what I love most, the outdoors!  Someplace I can pause and reflect.  To take a moment and just breathe, to be mindful.  Not that you need to style a vignette to do this, because being mindful and taking pause can literally happen anywhere.  I just find it more enjoyable and peaceful to create a space to remind me to slow down and reflect.

I find myself standing at this spot in my house at any given time all the time!  So why not embrace it, right?  I love to be able to see outdoors to my children playing outside while I prepare or clean up a meal.  Opening the windows to hear laughter and converse with the family.  The bones of this space were perfect for just a bit of a spruce up.  I decided to add my favorite wood ceiling fixture in the corner of this window box for a unique and special highlight.  It also helps to absorb some of the white negative space between the two cupboards.  I like the organic natural approach to any decorating so of course, with this window box and all the amazing light pouring in, placing plants here is a must!

Keeping with the organic theme I placed the not so fun stuff (dish soap) in a wood box, that flows nicely with some of the plant pots and wooden ceiling fixture up top.  Trying to take it a step further and place a vase with a pretty flower matching the tall plant’s pot in mustard yellow.  Who wouldn’t want to do dishes now??

Well, there ya have it, a view from my seat in life.  I can now remember when I am in this very spot to stop and soak it all in.  Be grateful for the beauty right outside my window and right in front of me.  I am hoping now to enjoy doing the dishes more (is that possible?).

Do you all have a spot that helps you to slow down soak it all in?  A place that reminds you to breathe and reflect on all that you are grateful for?  Please share some mindful spaces you all enjoy.  Also, any tips on how to enjoy chores more are much appreciated!!

Best,
Jen

P.s. This is a really great spot to grow some starts of fresh herbs for our garden.  Check out the far right corner.

A Simple Hack to Styling a Room

There is a thought process when trying to decide on how to style a room.  First, you want to understand its function so that you can style around whatever that may be.  Second, you will want to establish a mood, is it formal or casual?  This helps you to determine what colors, textures, and furniture you will need.  When you have determined all the above, try drawing out on graph paper where you will place each piece of furniture.  This will help to decide wall paint and accent walls.  Now it becomes easier to put your plans into action.  Once you have painted walls and placed furniture, it is my favorite time, time to style.

Many people get timid about this part, but you shouldn’t be.  This part of the decorating is all about you and your style.  This is your home so let it reflect your style.  There are many different styles out there such as bohemian, minimalist, farmhouse, contemporary, and so on.  Lucky for us there are also many quizzes online that can help you narrow down your style.  For me, I find that I can simply look at Pinterest, or magazines to get a feel for what my style is.  Another way is to look inside your closet and see what your wardrobe reflects.  My personal style would be a modern boho style if I had to pick.  Something free-spirited.  That’s what I want my style to portray, casual, fun, with a little unique or maybe weird.

Now that we have completed the initial design steps how to get started?  Well, start with each corner of the room, focusing on table tops, shelves, nooks, etc.  You will want to create little vignettes.  The definition of a vignette is as follows:

noun
  1. 1.
    a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
    “a classic vignette of embassy life”
  2. 2.
    a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.
verb
  1. 1.
    portray (someone) in the style of a vignette.

So basically just have fun with this.  Try to keep within your color palette, mood, and style of the room but get a little funky.  You want to create little corners, shelves, and tabletops, that tell a small story about you or your family.  Something interesting and dear to you is always a must.  Maybe a cool collection of things found on vacation, or a flea market find.  Honestly, it is hard to go wrong here,  so turn up the music, relax and have fun.  It is all about putting little things together and standing back to see if it “feels” right and balanced.  There are really no hard rules here so if it feels good to you then it is on point!  Let me share with you a few vignettes of my own that I recently created after storing Easter decor away.

 

Here is my mantle.  I recently painted my stone fireplace (link here) white and painted the wood mantle black.  I am so happy that I made this decision as I love how it turned out.  I have created a little vignette on my mantle hoping to express my style of a modern boho feeling casual and fun.  For the shelf mantle, I have a simple rule of 3’s.  Three items all in varying height and size.  I love my artwork from Art.com, I feel that it is the weird and unique I was looking for.  I have a special wooden box up top acting as a shelf for two small glass vases with twigs and flowers.  This mantle is less cluttered because I wanted a clean feel.  You can always stagger on from here in other small groups of items spaced appropriately, which I have done before.  I just like having my focal point to be my rule of ‘3’.  On my stone hearth, I have placed two pillows to give a warm comfortable feel.  I also like the texture the pillows bring to this space.  I have another wooden box (I have a thing for wooden boxes) next to the pillows.  I placed a fun flea market purchase on top of the box.  It is a polished piece of rock from a special place dear to me, in a color that works in my palette.   On the opposite side of the hearth, I have placed my snake plant in a natural woven basket alongside a few candles in black and cream. I have draped a black shoulder throw (from my closet, I told you to look there) over the mantle to help deflect some negative space in the stone surface of the fireplace.  This is a unique look and a bold statement that brings a tremendous amount of texture. If you will notice all my items are in a color palette of a natural tan, black and white.  That is why this works so well.  They all share the same tone which brings harmony and balance.  All the while expressing my style.

Here are a few corners of my living room.  The first picture is a corner styled with function in mind.  It is the shoe drop off in my household.  It is right around the corner from my front door and a total drop off spot.  My kids and their friends immediately head here to sit and take their shoes off.  So placing a bench next to a catch-all basket works well for us.  To style it I placed a soft comfy blanket as extra cushion for your tush, using a back pillow for more support.  To tell a story of this space, I placed my beloved and well-used rainboots next to the bench opposite side my flea market wicker purse draped over the arm.  The idea is to hopefully influence my guests to get comfortable and leave their belongings at the door.  Again here my color palette is natural tan, white and black, with a few fun bright pops of color from my daughter’s art project. The second picture shows my reading nook.  My favorite blue retro reading chair with my vintage light fixture behind it to allow for proper reading light.  The window right next to the best seat in the house is a plus!  A side table with a few knick knacks in the natural tones and textures compliments the colors used throughout the room.  The blue tone in my son’s school art project really pops the blue color of my chair.  For a feeling of comfortable and fun.

So what are you waiting for, pour your favorite beverage, get your jam on and start playing/styling.  Remember not to take it too serious, just have fun.  Try out a bunch of looks, stand back and see how it feels, if it feels good then you nailed it!

 

Happy Styling!

 

Best,

Jen

DIY Table Square

I know what you are thinking…. what is a table square?  Well, it is as it sounds, not a table runner but a table square.  I put this one together today in no time flat and LOVE it.  I am digging that it isn’t your typical runner and the best thing is it is one of a kind.  I will list all the steps to complete this project so that you can refresh your table with this unique piece as well.

What you will need:

  1. 1-yard fabric
  2. twine or jute rope
  3. thread/needle or sewing machine
  4. not a seamstress, no problem just grab some fabric glue

 

  • First, you will need to pin off the fabric to form a large pillowcase shape.  Essentially this is just like making that pillowcase back in home economics if you can still remember that.  Flipped inside out, folded and pinned together on the edges, sew or glue your hems together.  Sew/glue all around the rectangle shape leaving just a small opening so that you may flip the right side up when finished.  You will then sew/glue the small opening together using the hidden hem stitch method.
  • Next up the tassels.  Take your twine rope and wrap around your four fingers about 20-25 times. Cut a small piece of twine to tie around the top of your four-fingered wrapped twine. Wrapping the piece around 5-10 times then tie off.  Trim off excess ends.  Next cut the bottom of the four-fingered wrapped twine and trim ends.  Now you have a tassel.
  • The last step is to tie your tassels on the corners of your table square.  You will need four tassels in all.  Simply stitch the tassels on any way you see fit, I am not enough of a seamstress to know how to correctly stitch these on.  I just used my thread and needle and made a few passes in and out to attach the tassels.

 

I think this will be so cute as a simple table square, but better yet I think it will be so cute placed under appetizer spread.  Just gives it that styled touch that we all crave.  That extra step above for your cheese boards.

This project was so simple and quick, give it a try and share your table squares.  This was a minimalist one you can totally jazz them up more and I want to see your creativity!!

 

Happy DIY Sunday!

Best,

Jen

 

DIY Wooden Bead Garland

Ok, so I am crushing hard on the latest home accessory.  The wooden bead garland is a must!  So organic and simple yet eye-catching and looks great wherever it “plops” down.  I love this one used by Emily Henderson.  The different shapes of this particular garland are very playful and casual on this patio oasis.  In preparing my own patio oasis I decided I needed this hot accessory.  The best part is I can DIY this and I dig a fun and easy project.

Items needed:

  1. Jute string
  2. Wooden beads (any variety you choose)
  3. Siccors
  4. Tassels (can be made as well)

 

Steps:

  1. Start by taping the end of your jute string so that it doesn’t fray when you string your beads.
  2. Start stringing your beads in any pattern and/or shape of your desire.
  3. String as many beads as you would like until the garland is your preferred length.
  4. Leaving a little length on each end of the garland (about 2″) trim your string from the spool.
  5. Next, your possibilities are endless. You can either tie off each end with a knot, leaving it as is.  Or you can tie on tassels to each end or even just to one end.  I will choose to tie on two tassels, one on each end. You can also thread little charms or tags to each end with secure knots as well.
  6. Since I am choosing to do tassels I will explain how to make them.  You can also purchase premade tassels just about anywhere that sells craft supplies.  To make the tassel, wrap the jute around your hand until you reach your desired thickness (about 15-20 times).  Cut the end of the jute and carefully slip it off your hand.  Make sure both end pieces are hanging down from the top of your bundle.  Then take another piece of jute and wrap it around the top of your tassel (about 1/4″ from the top) to create a neck. Wrap as thick as you’d like it then tie it off and cut the ends.  Cut the loop on the opposite end of the tassel and trim the ends.
  7. Now all that’s left is to tie on the tassel with the excess string on the ends of the garland.  Trim excess off the ends.

 

There you have it, in no time at all a one of a kind home accessory that will be a show-stopper!  I can’t wait to get started on mine and I have a feeling I’ll be making more than one.  Share your DIY home accessories with me to inspire more authentic creativity.

Happy DIY Wednesday!

Best,

Jen

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A Simple Exterior Refresh

Oh, the daunting task of painting the exterior of your home.  Whether from a maintenance standpoint or a whole new look the thought of this makes me want to take a nap.  I would love to paint my exterior (not actually me but rather hire a company) today however it is just not in the budget.  There are just far too many other house projects that need doing first and to be honest the condition of my painted exterior is in top notch condition.  So while the color of the house exterior is not my favorite it is here to stay (for a bit).

So I have come up with a refresh that is far less expensive and on a smaller scale.  Refreshing your front door.  Give your front step a pop of that spring color.  Approaching this next season with an updated exterior, without having to break the bank (or your back) is on my spring checklist.  It is truly amazing how a fresh coat of paint on your front door can really change the look.  So I am over here formulating a plan and gathering inspiration for my next (one of many next’s) spring refresh project.  Honestly, I have been doing a lot of planning for projects because here in Boise we have nothing but rainy days with teaser weather in small increments.  When you get that one day full of sunshine you don’t want to do anything but soak it up.  So until the April showers turn into May flowers and the sun stays for more than two days, I am stuck indoors planning and making lists.

So for anybody in the same boat as me wishing to change and update the look of your exterior, read along and gather ideas.  This may be the whole new look you were hoping to achieve.

Let’s start first with a natural wood door.  So pretty, so natural and so striking.  What I love most about going with a natural wood door is that is foolproof.  This door can go with just about any color scheme.  It is equally striking when used with a dark exterior or a light exterior.  I especially love the ones with added glass.  I love letting the outdoors in at any chance.  This one is my pick and what I plan to do but this is just all a very loose plan taking form so anything can change.

Pinks!!  If this doesn’t say spring has sprung then I don’t know what does.  I love how modernized the pinks can look especially in the first two pictures.  Such a unique refresh and if you want some added curb appeal that will get noticed, this is it!

50 shades of green.  With green being the new “it” color this one is definitely second runner up for me.  My favorite being the first picture as it feels clean, crisp and modern.  Very striking!

Last but certainly not least.  The traditional colors that can stand the test of time.  Black, red and navy blue doors are always stunning.  These colors are always trending so you can’t go wrong.

Well, what are you waiting for (the rain to stop)?  Give your home the “aw” factor by refreshing your front door.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised what a new fresh coat of paint or sanding can do for your overall curb appeal.  If you want to take it a step further stay tuned for some DIY updates for your garage doors.

 

Happy Saturday and happy painting!

 

 

Mother Nature’s Inspiration

Spring is here!! Yay finally the sun has to come out to play here in Boise after weeks of rain.  I love the feel of refresh and renew the spring season brings along with it.  Such a good time to do a little decorating, rearrange some pieces, put winter away and bring out spring.  Fun vibrant colors and textures are always a good sight to see after a winter of neutrals.  My favorite way to get started in project refresh is to step outside and really see what’s happening in nature.  I love being outside, it brings a weird calm that really grounds me.  So I always try to incorporate natural organic pieces from my surroundings as well as gather inspiration from the great outdoors.  That’s exactly what I did today, in my own backyard, I found the inspiration I was looking for.  Let me share it with you.

When I saw this in my backyard I immediately noticed the brilliant colors coming together.  Mostly hues in the neutrals here but fun pops of color all around.  You can see the bright pink flowers on the moss-stained tree trunk.  The black shadows, the warm brown in the fence.  The green trees all around with bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds.  I mean the texture and color combo is perfection.  Way to go mother nature!!  Inspiration calling me I came inside and created this scene.

Do you see the resemblance?  The neutral background of white walls, warm brown credenza, black frames paired with the black chair.  And of course so many pops of the vibrant blues, pinks, greens and so many more.  I may have over embellished on the color but why not I am feeling super cheery and colorful as it is SPRING!

To sum it all up, I just want to put it out there that anything can become inspiration.  When you feel stuck in a rut, go somewhere that you enjoy and love, look around to find your next color scheme.  Oh and of course I can’t forget to mention I  grabbed a few twigs to bring inside as they are uniquely gorgeous, and I smile every time I see them.  That’s all for Friday’s tip, have a fantastically, beautiful and inspired weekend.

Improvising the Look

I am loving the boho look right now.  Honestly, I am not sure what to call it, and do you have to call it something?  I can think of a few things I would like to call it or “label” it….possibly an eclectic maximalist who lends to the lighter side.  Not sure what I mean?  Let me try and explain the mood and feeling of the style.  An authentic piece with an organic flare.  Using natural textures and objects to ground you and fun vibrant colors to enlighten you.  In other words, loving your style and owning it using what you have on hand.

Anywho, as I was saying I am loving this style, and totally digging the look of weaved baskets and wicker/rattan furniture.  I have a few stylists that I love to follow (my fav is Emily Henderson ) and have seen them place beautiful baskets in a gallery placement on the wall.  I have this odd spot on my staircase where the stairs turn to the right and descend further.  Along with this landing, I have an odd triangular shaped shelf that feels like it needs something, I just didn’t know what.   Finally, after gathering inspiration I came up with just what I was looking for.

I loved the basket walls, as I mentioned, that I wanted to try the same loo.,  However, I didn’t have baskets that worked for this purpose.  They were all too large and deep.  Then the idea occurred to me to use jute placemats I had on hand.  LOVE, LOVE these placemats from Target and now I love them even more.  I then placed a bright blue pottery vase with a rope in a similar tone as the placemats on my shelf for a pop of color.  I am super excited about how this turned out, even happier that I didn’t have to spend $$.

I am hoping to inspire you all, to find something you own, redecorate it or improvise the look.  What do you think?  Do you have any tips or tricks for using something you have on hand to replicate a look?  Would love to hear about them so please comment.  Have a happy Monday.!

 

Bring the Beauty of Spring Indoors

 

 

Hello All! It is finally Spring, the birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing and I am sneezing!  I don’t mind though because it is for good cause.  The blooming trees and flowers this season are beautiful.  I enjoy being outdoors and seeing all the vibrant colors with waking nature.  We have been a bit rainy and dreary here in Boise so with any glimpse of sun I am outdoors soaking it all up.  However, right now that isn’t too often.  So I thought I would clip some of my trees that are blooming in my yard and bring them indoors for a beautiful pick me up.  I love it!  I smile every time I enter the room, which is all I could ask for… right?  I encourage you all to find something in your yard or a nearby place you can clip some spring twigs.  I promise it is better than a fresh bouquet from the store because it feels authentic to your space.  Something you created from wonderful mother nature, somewhere nearby the place you call home.

To properly clip from trees or shrubs find the branch or in this case twig collar.  This is located at the base of your twig (where your twig grows out from the larger branch it is attached to.)  Making sure to trim the twig at the collar will help your tree branch callus and heal with no damage.

Give it a try and have a happy heart.  Happy Clipping!