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Posts from the ‘Interior Design – DIY’ Category

Woodland Felt Mobile | Instructional

Felt Mobile FinishedHands down, one of my favorite parts of getting ready for baby Sam was decorating his nursery. (One of my least favorite parts was going to Babies R’ Us over and over again because I kept forgetting things.) For his nursery, I wanted equal-ish parts whimsy and simplicity. For the walls, I chose a calming mint green (which sadly has not helped him sleep through the night), a no-frills crib, and these prints that I just adore. I also knew from the get-go that I wanted something handmade in his room, so I decided to make this handsewn woodland felt mobile. Here’s how I did it:

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A non-Thanksgiving Post

Spending time with people you love, participating in traditions, eating tons of food. Pretty perfect, right? I, like many of you, love Thanksgiving. My husband and I are lucky enough to have two Thanksgivings each year. The first is celebrated on Thursday with his side of the family and our second feast is with my crew on Sunday. And, while there are so many gorgeous decorating ideas and presumptuously sumptuous recipes out there to try, I am just not feeling it this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful for the chance to spend time with those I care about. But to be honest, the holidays are stressing me out. So, you may see posts in the near future about a fantastic cheese board I’m putting together or my continual journey to make the perfect pecan pie. But today, the day before thanksgiving, I’m simply sharing some photographs I’ve taken of street art. Because, a little distraction can be pretty nice during the holidays, and is certainly something for which I’m very thankful.

Alleyway in Istanbul

{independent alley gallery, Istanbul}

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Turkish de Light

Last month, my husband and I took a couple of weeks and traveled through parts of Europe that we’d been itching to see since before college graduation. After quite a bit of planning, we created an itinerary that hopped along the southern coast, starting in Istanbul and winding up in Barcelona. Our time in Istanbul was gorgeous, vibrant, entirely different from our cultural norm, and wildly inspirational. As a souvenir, we had a Turkish mosaic pendant shipped back to the US and this weekend we completed our first mini-project inspired by our trip by installing our new light in a room that desperately needed a fixture update.

Istanbul Light Store

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Privacy Window: The Kitchen

The privacy window I made during the bathroom mini-renovation last year (you can see that project here) has held up remarkably well. I worried a bit about peeling issues due to humidity levels inherent to bathrooms. But its stickiness hasn’t changed a bit since the day it was painstakingly applied. And, because we know that privacy and tons of natural light are not mutually exclusive, I decided to use this method again. This time I chose a simpler geometric pattern for a kitchen window that faces my driveway.

Close Up Privacy Window

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A Simple Dry Erase Countdown

Recently, I surprised my husband for this birthday with a trip to Europe this September. I cannot express how happy I am that we each have extra savings accounts – I’ve been putting $10 a week aside for three years and I am so excited to use it for this adventure. Maybe you’re doing the math in your head right now and maybe you’re not, but I’ll make it easy on you and just say that this extra savings account covers our tickets, but not everything else. That’s where this little countdown project comes in. Having a visual representation of our upcoming trip will certainly help my lazy side that thinks as she saunters into kitchen, Cook? Nah, let’s order take-out or I’ll pick up coffee on the way instead decide to brew a pot and take a longer look in the pantry.

Dry Erase Countdown

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Vintage Finds

Happy New Year + a fortnight! Though it’s a bit early to tell, I’m going to go out on a limb and say 2014 is going to be the berries (I’ve been watching a lot of old movies). So far this year, I’ve stuck to my resolution perfectly… it’s just flossing every night no matter how tired I am, so hold the applause. And, even more exciting than flossing, I became a real estate agent. It’s an endeavor I began this past October, which I like to think partially explains the lack of postings here. In any case, I’m excited to share three items I discovered this past week at an estate auction and one of my favorite consignment shops, Phantastic Phinds (PS: You can see an older guest post of mine on their blog.)

My new favorite mug and perhaps the best $.50 I have ever spent.

{hand-thrown tin can style mug}

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Jewelry Storage

Living in an older home can present some challenges when it comes to storage. Our master bedroom is fairly narrow, so narrow in fact that a console table wouldn’t fit along this wall. Instead, we installed a shelf to provide the storage we desired while maintaining the ability to walk through the room (also something we desired). Well, the shelf was installed two years ago and since then, it’s sort of acted as a catchall for loose change, receipts and primarily, my jewelry. But, this week I decided to tackle this annoying little corner of my home and made this space more functional and attractive for around $20.

Canvas and furniture tacks to hold necklaces

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