Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wrapping Paper Table Runners

Jesse and I are getting ready to host TWENTY people at our house for Thanksgiving.  In the week that lies between now and then, there is a lot I need to accomplish.  I know that good food and good company are the heart of any memorable Thanksgiving dinner, but of course the crafty little decorator in me also wants to have an impressive table setup.

With this many people joining us, we'll be pushing two dinner tables together for one loooong table and I am thinking of using wrapping paper as a table runner to provide a more cohesive look.  The benefits?  No sew.  Easy cleanup.  Inexpensive.  Yes, please.

Below are a few shots I will be using for inspiration as I shop around for paper to proudly display on our table...

Martha Stewart does it beautifully, natch:

A Christmas tablescape using wrapping paper from The Sweetest Occasion:

Project Wedding's yellow & black runner:

What do you think?  Yea or nay?  Is Thanksgiving a time to mix it up or a meal best served on your favorite family table linens?  Let me know what you think and stay homey!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Edible" Breakfast Nook

Last time we looked at my breakfast nook, Jesse and I were at odds about paint colors.  And then in the last few minutes of the Super Bowl, somehow I got Jesse agree to let me paint any and every room in the house blue IF the Giants won.  They did.  Go Blue, indeed.

Though the color we went ended up being a bit greener than I expected, the walls in the breakfast nook are now Behr's Atmosphere.  I love it.  It's hard to capture in photographs because the breakfast nook gets so much sunlight, but check it out:

And, as you can see, I stuck up some old "Edible" magazines that I had collected during our time in NYC...

I have a mix of Edible Brooklyns (from my favorite kitchen store) and Edible Manhattans (taken from the Gramercy Tavern, across the street from my old office) propped up on the window sill.  I'm trying to decide what to do about framing, but for now I love the colors and the detailed photographs...

I even like that sparkly pink pig lamp, even if the "good meat" issue wasn't my favorite one.

For now, I'm loving them just casually propped up.  They're food related, of course, for the room we eat most of our meals in but interesting and a little different.  What do you think?  Let me know and stay hungry (& homey!).

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hip, On The House: Tidbits Studio WINNER!

Thank you everyone for participating! The lucky winner is If you didn't win, don't fret. We'll be announcing another great giveaway later today.

In the meantime, check out Tidbits Studio for beautiful photographs & funky prints.

Here are our favorites. I love the kitchen-themed ones but some prints are so versatile they can go in any room! Check out Karla's shop for more options...

Thanks for playing and stay hip!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

All Work & Some Play

The room I took care of first when we moved in was my office.  We had barely put sheets on the bed when I headed upstairs to start mapping out the room that was all mine.

Task number one was to deal with storage.  This room used to be a work-out room for the previous owner of our house and it didn't have any closets.  I got to work building my shelves.

Once my crafts & paperwork & photos had a place to live, I bought a desk and a bulletin board and started setting up my work area.

I should mention that my "decor style" in college was "as many photos of my friends & me that can possibly fit on one wall".  I also had a really awesome flip-flop poster from the GAP and a serious collection of Go Cards I used to collect at NYC restaurants.

In my "adult life", I try to keep loose photos & old postcards wrangled into one spot.  Enter my huge bulletin board...

It boasts my 2012 Bates calendar, a few of my favorite photos, NYC postcards from my mom, and a card from my old colleagues ("Enjoy your retirement on the beautiful shores of New England", it reads). I guess this is my equivalent of a cubicle wall.

Also hanging up is my perpetual calendar from Linda & Harriet.  It keeps the birthdays of my nearest & dearest.  I guess I'm a little light on nearest & dearest this month.  Happy Birthday, Rosie!

In my desk's one small drawer, I keep the "essentials".  Basic office supplies.  My fancy colored pencils & some sparkly crayons.  Black felt tip pens (my absolute favorite) and some colored ballpoint pens.  I also have a pencilcase that I can fill up and bring with me if I'm on the road.

I try to keep my desktop clean, because I'm prone to clutter and once I let it get out of hand, it gets REALLY out of hand.

I spent most of my days in here.  Working from home, paying bills, sending out emails, blogging.  Shopping online.  

It's an efficient little space and I love it!  Stay productive & stay homey!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Custom Framing, Without Breaking the Bank...

I've mentioned that Jesse and I are in the middle of decorating the large two-story wall in our living room with framed maps. We have over 30 maps of varying sizes and, while it was easy to frame some of the standard-sized maps, we had plenty that needed custom framing because they were oddly sized.

We've had some custom framing done before and boy, is it expensive. I visited the framing section of our local craft store, thinking it would be reasonably priced, but even so, it would have been $350 to frame just ONE map, our largest (42" x 53"). And that was with a 55% off coupon. Definitely not in our budget.

Not willing to give up on our map wall, I hit the Google machine to see what I could find. Searching for "custom frames" brought up a bunch of hits but luckily led me to Poster Frame Depot. The website has an easy custom frame configurator, a nice color selection, & seriously reasonable pricing. Best of all, they're made in the good old USA. Plus they're headquartered pretty close to me so they shipped quickly.

Once they arrived, we were faced with actually putting them together. The trade-off, of course, is that when you go with less-expensive frames, you don't just go to the frame shop and pick them up fully assembled. I was nervous.

The frames were all organized and came with detailed instructions & all of the necessary hardware. It was as simple as attaching the sections at the corners...

... and then sliding in your prints with the backing and clear covering.  They even come with wires & hangers...

The frames are sturdy and look great. (I should probably also mention that, despite my gushing, I was not paid by Poster Frame Depot in any way to write this!)

Once we get all of the frames, I'll show the final product, but here's a peek for now.

How do you buy your frames? Do you attempt to do it yourself?  Let us know and stay homey!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On Decorating with Wedding Pictures...

We have a fair amount of photos around our house, mostly from vacations & various adventures we've taken together.  When we recently got the DVD with our wedding pictures, I wanted to print out and frame a few that were meaningful to us without having wedding photos take over our decor.  

The layout in our house is so open that we have very few walls to hang stuff on... this means we had to be choosy when finding a photo to have printed out in poster size.  Here's what we picked:

It's a shot of the vineyard where we had our wedding, taken during dinner.  The wedding was outdoors and the photo captures the night's full moon.  I know it's a weird choice for a favorite wedding picture since we aren't front & center of the picture.  What I love about it is how, more than formal portraits or candids from the dance floor, it captures the sense of togetherness & laid-back fun that I remember so much about our wedding.

Since the photo above shows the glass's reflection (it's in our hallway, leading upstairs & next to the hall closet and security system), here's the picture itself:

If you look very closely (and happen to know my dad), you can see him towards the left side of the picture, standing up.  Since my parents were a huge part of our big day, one of the things I like best about this picture is recognizing my dad in this crowd of family & friends.

And, since we needed at least one wedding-y picture proudly displayed in the house, here's one more shot I had printed out.  It sits on a bookshelf in our living room...

Simple and sweet (& taken right as we walked down the aisle).  Look at our giggly bridesmaids in the background.

For those of you planning a wedding (or a photoshoot) in Chicago, I LOVE the work of Jaisa's wedding photographer, Jeremy Lawson.  If we had worked with him, I'm sure our whole house would be plastered with wedding pictures.

What's your style for decorating with wedding photos?  Do you have big formal prints framed?  Or do you prefer the candid shots?  Let us know and stay homey!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine's Day Banner

I know it's a month until Valentine's Day.  My husband has been reminding me of this since I hung up this banner.  And not in the "so excited for Valentine's Day" way, either.  More like in the "this better not still be hanging up for our Super Bowl party" way.


I know a lot of people don't like Valentine's Day.  I'm not one of them.  I liked V-Day when I was growing up and my dad would always get nice chocolates for me & my sister.  I liked it when I was single and drank wine (or Milwaukee's Best) with my girlfriends.  I liked it when we lived in New York City and my favorite restaurant had paper cupids hanging up.  And I like it now that I have a house full of empty walls waiting to be decorated with hearts.

I saw an idea on Pinterest to make a banner using colored paint cards.  During our trip to the Home Depot this weekend, I picked up a few in reds & pinks.  And by "a few", I mean "a purseful".

Using a heart-shaped punch, I quickly amassed a pile of colorful hearts.

I grabbed some curling ribbon, leftover from Christmas, and my glue gun.  One by one, I began gluing the hearts to the ribbon...

... and hung it all up on our wagon wheel!

I liked it so much (...and had so many extra hearts) that I made one for our mudroom mirror, too:

Happy (early) Valentine's Day!  Stay homey!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Anthropologie's "Wedding Registry"

I would be lying if I said that the wedding registry wasn't one of my favorite things about the wedding planning process.  Running around with a gun scanning whatever I need?  Okay.  

Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Macy's - you know the usual suspects.  They are your old faithfuls, where you will go to get your essentials.  But what about those cute little items that make your house your home?

Enter:  Anthropologie.  Had I known of Anthro's "registry" I would have registered for this.  Instead, my mother-in-law Nancy got this for me for Christmas to hold all of my new utensils.  Isn't it gorgeous?  

It's little touches like these that will make your space more you and more unique.  I'm not saying register for everything at Anthro, but maybe a few special pieces here and there.  Also, don't forget about their adorable house section if you are looking for a unique shower gift!

To create a registry at Anthro:

1)  Create an account
2)  Under your account, click on "Wish List"
3)  Name your wish list and mark your wedding date
4)  In the options make your wish list public
4)  Add items to your wish list and let your friends and family know :)

My friend Lauren who is getting married in May just tipped me off to this.  What an awesome idea.  Maybe I need to plan a second wedding.  Whoa who said that?

Any other good registry ideas out there?  Let us know and stay homey!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Aunt Chrissy's Country Chic Cape Cod Home

Since Caitlin is rockin' n' rollin' with Gouda mac n' cheese today, I decided I'd be homey today.

I love my Aunt Chrissy's design aesthetic.  It seems so effortless, as though Martha Stewart just waved her wand and everything just fell into place.  When you ask her about a certain item in her house there is always a story behind it and a reason for it being there. 

This was the Thanksgiving table.  I loved how rustic and effortless this looked.  The soft yellow/ivory napkins complemented the yellow ware (as she calls it) so well.  The pop of orange came from fresh tulips and tea roses.  So country chic. 

I know this is more of a homey post, than hungry, but I had to show a picture of her Thanksgiving turkey.  She decorated the turkey with thyme, sage, and fresh cranberries.  It was just beautiful and the green and red accents pulled from the table runner that was designed with similar colors.  

I. Am. Obsessed. With. This.  So, me being decoratively challenged, assumed this was a nice little insta set from Pottery Barn.  Wrong.  This is her collection of pewter antiques that she's been collecting with her husband, Steve, for years. 

The coolest part of this shelf?  Look at the side.  It's actually a whales tail.  How cool and New Englandy is that?

Oh you know, just a sweet looking wooden bowl that looks like it's 600 years old with perfectly displayed pears.

This is really cool.  This is also an antique, known as a pie safe.  So, basically you would use this back in the day to store your pies.  The metal is perforated to let the pies cool and out of harms (my) way.  Some day, I will live in a house and have room to decorate like this. Stay homey!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sofa Table Ch-ch-ch-changes

I was scouring CraigsList for a small table for our living room and came across this sofa table. My mother-in-law was kind enough to drive me up to a neighboring town in her pickup truck and we grabbed the table and hauled it home. It sat in our living room for a few months, unfinished, while I decided what to do with it. Stain it? Paint it?

Decorating our living room is a big priority around here - we're busy framing, painting, sectional-buying, rug-choosing, and pillow-making. While it's definitely a work in progress, I knew painting this table would be one more thing we could check off on the list.

I decided to paint the table. Here's what I started out with:

First, I wiped off the table and removed the drawer pulls:

Then I sanded the whole thing down...

and primed it:

Once primed, I began to paint the table. The paint I used was a mix of all of the paint samples we had laying around from painting the living room, bedroom, and mudroom. It was a great way to use up that paint, but this table had so many nooks and crannies that I wished I had used spray paint instead!

Once I had two layers of paint on the table, I turned to the drawer pulls. I spray painted them white...

... and once everything dried, I reassembled and brought everything back into the living room:

It sits under our wagon wheel, holding throw blankets and some baskets full of art supplies. On top, I keep a framed picture of us in Thailand with our friend Chip, some dried hydrangeas, and the now-polished silver dish.

I'm not sold on the white drawer-pulls yet... I think the white makes them look a little too shabby chic, if you know what I mean. If I change them out, I'll be sure to post it... stay homey!