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

 

Making a Father’s Day Card with Your Baby!

This Father’s Day I wanted to make some fun DIY cards with my little baby. He is still pretty young, so we had to opt for finger paints. For Mother’s Day, we sent everyone cards with his hand print on them. It was a little difficult coming up with a different idea for Father’s Day, but I’m going to show you what we did!

First, I cut out cardstock to fit in some smaller envelopes we had around the house. If you want straight edges, I highly recommend getting a paper cutter. I use mine for so many projects, and it is bound to come in handy!

Next, I squirted a couple of globs of finger paint onto our baby’s high chair tray. While closely monitoring him (I did not want him to eat it!) I let him play around with it and then helped him smear and decorate the cards.

 

 

Once we had all the cards done, I set them out to dry. A word of caution: do not let them dry on paper towels like I did! The paper towels WILL stick to the paint, making it difficult and messy to peel the dried cards off. I recommend something like wax paper instead.

 

Oops!

 

I thought I would add a little personal touch to the cards by cutting out hearts from leftover scrapbook paper I had. If you don’t have scrapbook paper, you could do something else to add some flair!

 

 

I glued the little hearts onto the painted and folded cardstock. Once they were dry, they were ready to be written in and sent out.

 

 

What Father’s Day projects are you doing?

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

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

3. Create an Eclectic Look with Your Plants

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

Fun at the Flea Market

One of my favorite summer activities is exploring flea markets. They are full of random and interesting items sometimes worthy of a raised eyebrow, a chuckle, or an immediate purchase. Plus, if you are lucky, they usually have some great food vendors to keep you satisfied and ready to rummage.

Memorial Day weekend, I went to one of the first flea markets I ever visited as a child – Shady Hollow Flea Market near Detroit Lakes, MN. In recent years, especially as my love of DIY has grown, I have visited this flea market again and again.

Last year, one of my most memorable purchases included several adorable outfits for my baby before he was born! I was pregnant at the time and probably waddling from booth to booth, but I would not miss a chance to flea for the world. My sister jokingly held up a onesie to my big belly and asked, “Do you think this will fit him?” Either way, we ended up buying him some pretty cute, gently used clothes.

My most recent trip was a lot shorter, but I tried to get a few photos. Some of them I lost, thanks to my curious baby smacking my computer keyboard. I thought I would share the few that I did get!

 

 

This little dresser/cupboard combo was definitely cute, but not salvageable by any of my means. I love browsing the furniture for any potential projects.

 

 

 

I have a serious love affair with vintage metal bed frames. If I had the room, I would redo these and keep them for myself! Bonus points for the Christmas Coke Santa 🙂

I think it is so great to see crafters at these flea markets as well. I wish I had gotten pictures of the handmade signs available there that had vintage book-style text. They are a big home decor trend right now, and the vendors did a beautiful job. It made me want to create one of those signs for our home!

What are your favorite products to shop for at flea markets? Tell me in the comments!

XOXO…PB

6 Fresh Uses for Beautiful, Vintage Linens

 

Have you ever been to an antique store or thrift store and found some beautiful, sometimes hand-embroidered, linens? They could be curtains, handkerchiefs, tablecloths, anything. I love finding gorgeous pieces like this, as they seem to hold a lot of love. However, sometimes these linens are stained or faded with age. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still use them! Often, these damaged pieces come at a discounted price. I’ve gathered some ideas for how you can use these linens in your own home.

1. Display Handkerchiefs in Embroidery Hoops

This is one of my favorite DIYs. All you need is a few embroidery hoops. You can stain them, paint them, or even buy colorful ones. If you have found a vintage handkerchief with some great embroidery, but damage on one section, you can choose to frame only the intact section, giving you a sweet use for something that may have been discarded.

 

 

The rosy patterned embroidery hoop actually came from a partly stained handkerchief. Now its beauty is lighting up the room again!

2. Adding Handkerchiefs as Accents

I have a beautiful handkerchief from my great-grandma. It has little butterflies embroidered on one section. Since I wanted to keep this handkerchief intact, I chose to use it as a bit of interest on my bookshelves. You can apply this same idea to a vanity display or centerpiece for your tables!

 

 

3. Reusing Table Runners

If you are a parent like me, you probably know how messy little kids get when they eat. I found a nice table runner at an antique store, but some of the stitching was a little worn. I loved the colors, and, since it was already imperfect, I knew it would be okay if anyone spilled on it!

 

 

On a later trip to the same store, I found a matching, smaller runner. I am currently using this as a draping in a basket on the table.

 

 

4. Use Doilies and Handkerchiefs in Craft Projects

Love a doily, but not sure what to do with it? It can be used as an accent to your decor, or you can use it to spunk up a craft project! There are several pins on Pinterest that involve using lace as a stencil when spray painting or for pressing in clay projects. You could also put these pretty little pieces to work in your scrapbooks or wedding decor.

My mom did a great project with a doily for my wedding. She draped it in the background of a vintage suitcase. Guests were able to put their cards in the suitcase. Since I had a vintage-themed wedding, this was perfect!

 

 

5. Fold Faded Blankets at the End of Your Bed

I love chenille! I think it is such a great, textured fabric. I found a chenille blanket in one of my favorite colors at a local antique store. Unfortunately, some sections of the blanket were very faded and discolored. This is where strategic folding comes in handy!

Since I was just going to use this blanket as an accent piece, I folded it so only the portion of the blanket that wasn’t faded was showing. The best part about this find? It was only $9 and is a huge blanket!

 

 

6. Stitch Vintage Handkerchiefs Together to Make a Set of Curtains

This last idea I found in a vintage inspired magazine. All you need is a large collection of handkerchiefs and a sewing machine.

Measure out the dimensions of the curtains you would like to make, and arrange your handkerchiefs so they will fit these dimensions. Then just pin and stitch away!

 

 

I did this set of curtains in just one night. Since I was keeping it for myself, I wasn’t too worried about perfection. I love the boho feel!

How do you use vintage linens? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO…PB

Gold Mirror DIY – An Update!

 

One of my first posts on my blog was for a mirror DIY. I thought I’d update this post with some better pictures and a little bit about how I made it!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good, intricate mirror. I came across such a mirror at Walmart. Unfortunately, it was black! Although some people may like that color for their decor, I prefer a glamorous, golden look. Since this mirror was only around $25, I thought I’d put a little work into it to make it mine.

Supplies:

  • Mirror
  • Painter’s tape
  • Gold spray paint of your choice!

This is a fairly quick DIY. In order to use the spray paint, I covered up the entire mirror surface with painter’s tape. For the more difficult, curved edges, I ripped up tiny pieces of tape to conform to the shape.

Then I went to town with the spray paint! One thing to keep in mind is making sure you spray from different angles. This will help ensure that every surface is covered. I also recommend doing several coats.

I have had this mirror for several years, and I love its timeless look. I even used it as a champagne tray at our wedding!

Here are some gold mirror DIYs from other bloggers!

How to make a DIY gold leaf mirror…..

Gold Mirror DIY

XOXO…PB

 

Color-Block Tray DIY

Here is another tray DIY for you!

I love the look of unfinished wood with some bright colors. For this tray, I used a mint, black, and light yellow for a fun geometric effect! Here are the supplies you’ll need:

-Three acrylic paint colors of your choice

-Painters tape to separate sections of the tray

-A paintbrush or two

-Polyurethane or another sealant to protect your tray from spills and damage

This DIY is very easy and very fast! All you need to do is tape off the geometric pattern you would like to use, add a few coats of your favorite paint colors, remove the tape, then add a sealant once the paint is dry.

If you want a cleaner edge, you can try a different brand of painters tape. Since this was going to be a tray I would keep, I was not too concerned about the paint bleeding through a little bit.

XOXO…PB

A Pop of Color on Drab Chairs

A few years back, I was in love with Monica’s table set on Friends. I loved the multicolored chairs mismatched with the table. Watching Friends again recently, I’ve found I love the whole style of the apartment in general!

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Isn’t is so cozy cute?!

I wanted my own shabby chic tablescape! I went to several different antique stores and got a few different sets of chairs. A couple of them were pretty beat up and looked like this:

The most important thing for me when buying chairs is how sturdy they are. I have bought several chairs with loose spindles that are seemingly impossible to fix. (No matter how much nailing, gluing, and clamping you try!) These chairs passed my sturdy test!

In order to paint them, I quickly sanded and cleaned them. I did not use a primer as I didn’t mind if the paint chipped (shabby chic!).

Then, I simply picked out a few sample tubs of Valspar paint and went to town painting! My favorite is the bright blue.

What color would you paint your chairs?

XOXO…PB

Shabby-Chic Stool Thrift Store Makeover

I had been looking everywhere for the perfect stool to have one hand. Either stores were charging outrageous prices, or I just plain couldn’t find any! However, I was lucky enough to come across this little guy at a thrift store a while back for only $5!

 

 

Love the style, not the finish. One of my favorite colors is a watery, bluish greenish gray for furniture. I really like doing a light color as well. It allows the color to act more as a neutral rather than an accent. So I got to work painting! (ps – little paint samples from Lowe’s and Home Depot are the perfect size for projects like this!)

 

 

To make it shabby, simple use some sandpaper around the edges. Just don’t go distressing happy like I did originally:

 

Too much shabby, not enough chic.

Perfection!

If you do use a little too much sandpaper, just repaint and start again! This is a really fast and fun DIY you can do for less than $10.