Monday, February 16, 2015

Client Reveal: The Morrow Residence

Just before last summer, I began helping a friend/client with her home. She has great style on her own but needed help cleaning it up and pulling it all together. She'd been leaning toward the nautical side for some time so that was our inspiration.

This is what you  see when you first enter their home.

Here you can see how the rooms are situated with each other, as well as a quick glimpse into the family room.

The dining area has to be my favorite. The plates on the wall are the plates they received for their wedding and were sitting in the back of a cupboard never being used. Now they are the focal point of this area and can be enjoyed every day.

We went with a simple no fuss vignette on the buffet so we didn't take away from the main attraction. The crisp white, navy, and coral piece help bring that nod of nautical to this area without screaming "AHOY".

Her bookcase turned "hutch" displays more wedding dishes and other white dishes she didn't use too often, as well as a couple more pieces of coral and woven baskets for hidden storage.

And now onto the family room. We added more navy accents with the pillows as well as some cream colored ones to help lighten up the sectional. The lamps and ottoman tray continue the woven texture onto this side of the home. In the future a big, sisal or jute rug would be perfect in here.

More coral on the ottoman and tv console continue.

As in most homes, the husband wants a large tv and the wife could do without. To help the tv not be the focal point of the room, we created a gallery wall of family pictures around the tv following the ceiling lines. Although the frames are mismatched, we went with all black minus a few small ones she painted brass to help tie in a few other brass pieces throughout their space. This helps them look more like a coordinated group rather than chaos on the wall.

We're currently working on the master bedroom and kitchen so I'll be sure to share pictures of those spaces when they are done. 

The DIY post for the porthole inspired mirror in the entry way can be found HERE.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Our 2014 handmade ornaments: Fingerprint Snowmen.

Every year I think of a handmade ornament to do with the kids. I like them to incorporate their picture, hand print, footprint, something that shows how little/young they were at the time of the ornament's creation. This year we used fingerprints {and toe prints for the baby because have you ever tried to keep a 9 month old's hand open so you could put paint on it to get a print??}. Anyway, we used the kid's fingerprints to make snowmen like this:

To make your own, here's what you'll need:
white, black, orange, and red {optional} craft paint
little wooden discs from the craft store
small paint brushes
decorative ribbon
eyelet hooks
glitter paint
hot glue
some cute tiny fingers

First we began with the thumb, then pointer finger, then pinky finger for the snow man's head. Put some paint on your finger and then press down onto the wood piece carefully so it doesn't smudge. {you may need to touch it up as the paint might soak into the wood a little and look a bit faint}

Once you have the snowman's body on and it's dry, you can add a nose...

And buttons...

And his hat.

You can do this step later but this is when I did it. Carefully screw in an eyelet hook to the top of the disc.

Here is where I thought I was ready to add the scarf but I thought some snow might be nice and remembered I had some clear glitter paint. We painted the front with the glitter. It will look pretty white but will dry clear leaving a shimmer of glitter.

To seal it so it's protected for years to come, we put a coat of decoupage over it. Again it will dry clear.

To hang it, pick out some pretty ribbon and string it through the hook and knot it at it's ends.

Last we added a scarf so our snowmen doesn't get cold. I just cut some felt into very small strips and cut one end to resemble scarf ends. I used hot glue to adhere the felt. You could also just paint a scarf on at the same time you paint the nose, buttons, and hat on.

And now you have your own little finger {or toe} print snowman ornament. We made these not only for our tree but for each of the grandparent's trees. This is the 9th year we have done these types of ornaments, ever since our first son was born. Handmade ornaments are my favorite!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

DIY: porthole mirror

Before the start of the summer I began helping a friend fall back in love with her home (I'll share pictures once we're done completely). One area we worked on was her entry way. I suggested using three captain mirrors on one wall since the space would fit it nicely and it would help to bounce around some light making the entryway a bit brighter than what it was (the mirrors also give you a preview of her focal wall in the dining room as you walk in... bonus!). We searched for the perfect captain's mirror, 3 of them, with a decent price. After not finding anything she loved, I came across some trays on clearance at Target and had the idea of DIY'ing our own.

They turned into more of a porthole mirror after I had the thought of adding wooden "balls" around the mirror similar to my confederate mirror.

Here's what you'll need:

A round tray (don't worry about the color or design of it if you're not in love)
spray paint
strong adhesive ( I love E-6000 glue and use it for everything)
a mirror just a bit smaller in diameter of your tray (so it will fit inside)
wooden doll heads
dark wax and gloves (optional)
a ruler
an alligator hanger and hammer

First take your tray and doll heads outside and paint them with the color of spray paint you chose. You may need to do a few coats on them to make sure they are coated all the way. No need to do the center of the tray as the mirror will cover up that space, or the flat part of the doll heads.

Since these trays were not meant to hang on the wall, you'll need to put a hanger on it. My tray had a 16" diameter and handles on either side. If your tray doesn't have any handle holes then it won't matter where the middle is and you can put your hanger where ever. But if you have handles and you want it to hang evenly with the handles, use a large ruler to place on the horizontal diameter. Since mine was 16", I knew that 8" was the mid way mark. I used a second ruler to run from the center of the first ruler at 8" up to the top of the tray where I wanted to place the hanger. Make sure the second ruler measurements also come to the 8" mark where it hits the top of the tray so you know you have it straight. This may sound really confusing but there are arrows on the picture below so you know where to look on the rulers and once you are doing it yourself it will make much more sense. You're basically making your own T-scale to get accurate measurements.

Place the doll heads on with some of the E-6000. We eyeballed these so they looked evenly spaced out and used a total of 11 on ours. The wooden doll heads (purchased at Michaels) work great because they have a flat surface that makes it easy to glue to the tray without it rolling off like a perfectly wooden ball would. 

We then decided the gold looked too shiny and new so we used some dark wax to distress it a bit. Make sure you don't rub too hard in one spot as it will start to take the paint off. Sometimes this can help make it look a bit more distressed but if you do it too much it will just look messed up.

Last glue your mirror down in the center with the E-6000. We used a 12" mirror from Michael's for our 16" tray. The 14" mirror would not have allowed enough space for the wood balls so make sure you plan accordingly depending on tray size.

The finished product...

The original plan I had thought of was to add a rope band around the mirror. In this case we would have used the 14" mirror, and then add more rope to the back and make it look like it was hanging from a long rope handle like a captain's mirror is designed. But the porthole/ confederate mixed design won out. And no I didn't steal hers, I made some for me too!

The total cost for each  mirror was around $20. A lot cheaper than what you usually find them in the stores for. Score!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DIY: brass letters.

This is probably the easiest DIY there is but I thought I'd share it anyway. I've seen a lot of faux zinc letter tutorials but this one is for antiqued brass letters.

what you'll need:

paper mache letters
gold metallic spray paint
dark wax or stain

Start by spray painting your letter{s}.

To add a bit of variety to the letters concentrate spraying in a single spot too {you can see where I did this at the top of the leg here}.

After spraying I felt the gold alone was a little too flat and shiny. I used some dark wax and blotched it all over the letters adding texture and depth.

There's no right or wrong way, just work with the wax until you get a look you like.

Let it dry and wa-la...

I created these to hang in the older boys room. It goes well with the Nate Berkus brass lamp and faux brass drawer handles.

And I love how it reflects light making it look more real than a quick DIY faux treatment.

Once I finish painting the walls I will share the rest of the bunk room. I keep hoping the paint fairy will do it one night while we're sleeping, but that hasn't happened yet...