How I Added a Sweet Touch to Our Apartment Nursery

When we were moving into our new apartment, I was very pregnant with our little baby. I wanted to do something special for him, but I knew we couldn’t really paint or do too much to permanently change his room. I hit Pinterest to try to find some inspiration!

One of my favorite ideas involved using washi tape to create a temporary, wallpaper-like finish. Not wanting to take the time to do this to all the walls in the nursery, I picked the far wall with the window to create an accent wall.

Here are some before pics:

 

 

 

I bought thick washi tape from Michaels, and got to work.

 

 

 

An important thing to note: I did NOT take the time to make straight lines. My excuse was that I was tired and pregnant. Instead, I just said that it was “whimsical.” Since we were only living here for a short time, this decor was very temporary. If this is something that you want to keep up for a few years, you may want to take the extra hour or two and use a straight edge for a cleaner look.

 


 

Another touch I added was creating a sealed look by lining the corners of the wall where they met the ceiling and window.

 

 

Once it was done, we brought in the furniture and created a cozy space for our little one.

 

 

 

XOXO…PB

 

Adding Art to Our Living Room

My husband and I like to get one or two projects done on the weekend since our weekdays are spent working and wrangling the baby. I thought I would start posting some of these little DIY projects that we are tackling around the home.

This past weekend the goal was to hang some art in the living room. I wanted to make a trio of art above the couch. At first, I was going to just paint a giant canvas and have some DIY art, but blank canvases can get expensive! While we were out on a shopping trip, we found some beautiful, giant canvases at Burlington Coat Factory(!). The large canvas was only $40, and the two small canvases were $15 each.

 

 

Comparing these to my trip to Hobby Lobby, they were the same price as buying one giant blank canvas, not including all the art supplies.

Now for the hanging…

Instead of centering the paintings with each other, we decided to have them all be at the same level along the bottom. We hoped this would create a little visual interest.

Here is the before:

 

 

And after!

 

 

This is a bigger view to give you an idea of the space:

 

 

Here it is a little warmified:

 

 

And here is my husband modeling our work…haha!

 

 

What projects did you do this weekend?

XOXO…PB

9 Awesome Ways to Decorate with Plants

 Images clockwise from left: designlovefest.comtheslowpace.com, and atpatrickshouse.com.

I love the bright greenery that plants add inside your home. In fact, I started buying some indoor plants a couple years ago to really freshen the decor. Unfortunately, I apparently do NOT have a green thumb, and my aloe, African violet, and one other plant (I’m not sure what it’s called) had to be sent away to my sister’s “plant hospital” – which is really just under a plant light in her home. All plants have made a good recovery, and the African violet is even blooming again!

Once I have my plant babies back, I’m going to use them to hopefully add some bright, boho decor to our home. I thought I’d gather together a few fun blog posts about using plants for decor to help inspire you to do the same!

1. Use Big Plants to Brighten Your Living Room

Image Source: designlovefest.com

Big plants make a big statement in living rooms! If you have a lot of natural light, you would have many great options for the types of plants you could keep in your space. See more of this living room here.

2. Place Plants in Natural Light in Sun Rooms and Enclosed Porches

Image Source: tinahomeblog.com

Adding lots of plants in your sun room gives a very boho vibe! Read more here.

3. Create an Eclectic Look with Your Plants

Image Source: atpatrickshouse.com

Even the addition of just one or two plants to your home can give it a more relaxed and exotic feeling. Check out more on this design here!

4. Try Adding Visual Interest with a Spider Plant

 

Image Source: decorlasting.com

Decor Lasting took this beautiful image of an indoor spider plant. We had a spider plant in my house growing up as well. One great thing about the spider plant is that you can take cuttings from it and pot more plants!

5. Create a Beachy Look with Air Plants

Image Source: weddings748.wordpress.com

I Do Weddings with Love created a beautiful little tablescape using beach finds and an air plant. I love air plants, and, from what I’ve heard, they are pretty easy to care for. I’m not sure where you could buy these, but if you know, tell me in the comments!

6. Care for your Plants Properly!

Image Source: theslowpace.com

Now here is some advice I need to take to heart! This website gives great ideas (and beautiful pictures!) for caring for your indoor plants!

 

…and if you prefer plants you can’t kill, these blogs have great ideas as well:

7. Make Your Own DIY Succulent Cactus Garden

Image Source: kitcatsdesigns.com

Kitcats Designs has a great DIY for creating a fake indoor cactus pot. Check it out!

8. Use Faux Flowers and Plants for Wall Decor

Image Source: editedcollective.wordpress.com

I am absolutely in love with this faux living wall by Edited Collective. I highly recommend you see for yourself!

9. Decorate with Branches for an Easy and Natural Look

Image Source: surreyfarms.net

If you want to add some nature into your home, but you don’t want to have to water it, try using branches! Check out this idea here.

 

What is your favorite way to use plants in your home? Tell me in the comments!

XOXO…PB

Making Your Bed Cozy

I love bedding. Absolutely love it! It’s actually a terrible addiction of mine. I see a cozy bed and I immediately want my own bed to be its twin. I actually have a Pinterest board just dedicated to comfy looking rooms:
https://www.pinterest.com/buttercupcycled/soft-and-cozy-rooms/

My own bed has achieved max-cozy level in my opinion. It took a few years of collecting and trying different bedding styles.

The first thing I did was buy this amazingly huge comforter from Amazon. It is from the Lush Decor collection, and I bought a king-size for my queen size bed. It says dry-clean only, but a large enough washer gets rid of this need.

 

 

I had a solid wood headboard that I bought from a thrift store for around $30. I liked the style, but I wanted to paint it. Luckily, my husband is cool with my feminine side, and I got to paint it a bright pink. I can’t remember the exact color, but I got it from Lowe’s and I think it was Valspar’s antique rose? I got two samples of it mixed in order to cover the headboard completely. I actually didn’t need to prime the headboard before painting.

 

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In order to get the distressed look, I sanded the edges so the original wood stain came through. I then used some antiquing wax on the detailed portions and in the corners of the wood. The wax had a brown tint to it. I brushed a little on, then used a clean rag to clean off any excess. If you do too much distressing it looks a bit obvious.

 

As you can see in the photo above, I also added twinkle lights to the headboard. The light came on a wire, so I could bend it in any shape I wanted. Any part of the strand that needed to be secured I held down with Scotch tape! Nothing fancy here!

The pillow sham on the right side was also an Amazon find!

 

The other shams were from various Etsy stores. Buying a pillow form is inexpensive, and you can find all sorts of shams suited to your taste.

One of my favorite features that pulls the bed together is the giant pink chenille blanket. I got this beautiful find from an antique store for only $9! It has fringe on the ends and a lovely color. Part of the chenille blanket is actually discolored, but since I was using it as a blanket for the end of the bed, this wasn’t an issue. These things are warm and hardy!

 

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This bed just makes me want to snuggle!

*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!