Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pantone Switching It Up!?!

Pantone just announced a NEW Seasonal Schedule and a NEW Color for Spring 2014.

A.K.A. Radiant Orchid is OUT.
Not Cool, Pantone. Not. Cool.
Image via Apartment Therapy
 While I like the idea of changing it quarterly to relate more to each season, personally, I like to see how designers can incorporate the same color throughout the entire year (by changing the decor around it or using lighter/darker shades of the color)... truly seeing how versatile the color can be!  Also, I am obsessed with Radiant Orchid so that adds even more fuel to my fire. (Am I making any sense or am I just talking crazy and caring about unimportant subject matters???)

Here are some examples:

This first image seems very Spring-like to me with the light walls, light colored bedding, and light tones of "radiant orchid" used.  Isn't this room beautiful?  I love how the touches of blue mix with the purple in the artwork.  (This picture actually inspired me to add some purple touches to my mostly light blue master bedroom - photos to come!)
Image via House & Home

This image seems more fall-like to me.  I love how the rich wood tones, brass and berry-like hues add a deeper dimension to this room.  I seriously LOVE what Kate did with this space (using beautiful World Market goodies!)
Image via Centsational Girl

So I'm not sure if I made my point to any of you but, basically, I'm just not ready to see Radiant Orchid go! :)

I mean, look what they are replacing her with...
Image via Apartment Therapy
Definitely not as good (in my humble opinion.)  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE green.  It is my FAVORITE color.  This, however, is just too abrasive and bright for my eyes :)  I prefer a green with more blue tones rather than yellow.  Most likely, the only way I will be incorporating this color is with lots of plants!

Here is an image of how it's incorporated in the home.
Image via Apartment Therapy
Meh...

Anyway, just thought I would give you an update in case you hadn't heard the "big" news!

This better be an April Fool's Joke... oh, wait...! :)

xo,
Emily


Saturday, March 1, 2014

DIY Marble Print Artwork

Happy weekend everyone!



I have a quick and easy little DIY for you to try out - it seems very fitting since the pillow I used is on sale (+ free shipping) at West Elm all weekend!

I'm a big fan of marbled artwork and have been wanting to try it out in my home.  Luckily, I found these GORGEOUS pillow cases on sale about a month ago and knew I could turn them into beautiful artwork!  I actually ordered the green AND blue because I was hoping to use the blue in my bedroom eventually.



Unfortunately only the green is left, but I honestly think it is the most beautiful one!  So let's get started.  To complete this project you will need one Marble Silk Pillow case, pair of scissors, spray glue, and white cardstock (or any type of thick paper).


1.  Simply cut your paper and pillow case to size.
2.  LIGHTLY - I REPEAT, VERY LIGHTLY - spray the adhesive on your paper, lay the fabric on top and smooth with fingers.  If the paper is too saturated, it will bleed through the silk fabric and we don't want that!
3. Frame it up!

So simple!






And that's that!  I think the soft green really blends well with my blue/green color scheme - I'm loving it.  What do you think - am I crazy for cutting a perfectly beautiful silk pillow case????

P.S. - Sorry for the poor quality {iPhone} photos.  I'm starting a photography class soon so hopefully I will improve in the photo department!!

xo,
Emily



Sunday, December 29, 2013

Goodwill Chair Makeover - THE REVEAL


Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the 2 month hiatus - I've had a busy couple of months, but I'm finally back :)

I realized that I never posted a reveal of my Goodwill Chair Makeover that my sister and I worked on together.  If you need a refresher on where we left off, click HERE.

I chose a beautiful peacock blue fabric for the front part of the chair - found at Joann.  I bought 2 yards of this fabric.  As for the back, I found a multi-colored toile fabric at Hobby Lobby and bought just 1 yard.  I couldn't find a link for either of the two fabrics but I paid around $10-$15 per yard, if I remember correctly.  The rest of my supplies {piping filler cord and dust cover for bottom of chair} were purchased at Joann.  Remember to always use a coupon {both stores have apps you can d/l}!!

Here she is:


I used a trick I learned from the fabulous Kristin | The Hunted Interior:  DOUBLE PIPING. {on a side note:  you MUST follow her blog.  She is so inspiring and has EXCELLENT taste in everything she does!}


Adding a double welt makes you look like a PRO and covers up sloppy stapling ;)  I {my sister} simply sewed two lengths of piping together and we hot-glued it right on top of the fabric.  Easy Peasy.  We just did a single welt for the bottom seat of the chair.  As for the buttons, I used the existing ones and recovered them in the new fabric with some hot glue.


I love how the blue fabric seemingly changes color throughout the day, depending on lighting conditions.

Here's a couple shots of the back:



Toile may not be for everyone.  Heck, I'm not usually drawn to it either, but I love that this particular fabric has so many different colors in it.  I feel like I never see that - it's usually a monochromatic color scheme.  I also love the large scale of it!


What do you guys think?  Not too shabby for my first chair re-upholstery project - eh?

A special THANK YOU goes out to my sister for helping me.  I couldn't have done it without you {literally}!!!

xo
Emily

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Fall!

I wanted to share a picture of my only fall decorating this year.  I am a big fan of decorating pumpkins as opposed to carving them (less ick!).  And you all probably know by now how much I love this color scheme:


This past weekend my husband and I threw an engagement party for our beekeeping besties.  I'll be sharing the honey bee engagement party decor later this week, so stay tuned!! 

Emily

Friday, October 11, 2013

HomeGoods HAPPY!

Hi friends!

Today I wanted to share some photos of my ALMOST complete living room.  When we originally moved in we painted the walls a lovely "greige" color and our huge TV wall was painted a darker gray.  While I LOVED the dark gray color, we just didn't get enough natural light in the space, which made things very dark and dreary, so I recently painted the accent wall a much lighter color.  I have been on a mission over the last few months to transform our space from "dark & dreary" to "light and bright!"  I hope you love the outcome as much as I do!

(PS - the area behind the couch, the fireplace, and the curtain situation is all still under construction!!) :)


 I'm in love with my new HomeGoods rug!  It's a Calvin Klein and it has metallic spots all over it (which makes it a little tricky to photograph, but it is GORGEOUS in person)!  So far, my dogs have treated it very well - fingers crossed - but they go in and out of the back patio door at least 200 times per day.  I might end up having to move it to a less-traffic area though, we shall see.





This is my HomeGoods miracle photograph.  Everybody knows that when you see something you like at HomeGoods you MUST buy it on the spot or you will NEVER see that baby again.  Well........I broke this cardinal rule when I first saw this picture.  I immediately loved it but at $80, I wasn't willing to spend that kind of money and thought I could find something similar for much less.  Well it turns out that after researching other horse photographs, to get buy one in a size that large and to get it framed would end up costing me a few hundred dollars - yikes!!  So, of course, when I went back to HomeGoods, my beloved horses had been sold.  However, about a month later, I found the same photograph again (that seriously NEVER happens to me!)  So here it is in all its glory!

On another note, I recently submitted photos to A Thoughtful Place Blog's Instagram account (follow her, she ROCKS!) for her Friday EyeCandy feature.  This time she is featuring "HomeGoods Happy" Spaces.  My living room has TONS of HomeGoods finds:  The black and white chevron pillow, the brass pharmacy floor lamp, my new rug!, the blue velvet studded pillow, the blue chinoiserie pillow, the white furry blanket on my couch, and my horse photograph that I am somewhat obsessed with :)

Visit her post today to see all of the gorgeous spaces, and to see which two lucky gals won a $50 HomeGoods gift card - (hint hint, one of them you may know!)

Have a great weekend!  I'm about to leave for Chicago with my mama!!
xo,
Emily

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Goodwill Chair Makeover - Part 1

Hello!

If you follow me on Instagram.  You'll remember that I scored a great barrel-back cane chair for only $15!!

Here's what she looked like:

The chair is in great condition, I just wasn't loving the fabric.  

I wanted to choose a solid fabric for the front and a fun accent pattern for the back.  I chose a pretty peacock blue fabric and found a gorgeous colorful toile fabric for the back panel.  I plan on using this chair in my living room and I figured the blue is neutral enough to fit in a lot of different spaces/design schemes but it's much better than a boring beige (my couch, 2 chairs, and carpet are all some form of brown/beige)!  Here's a sneak peek at the back panel:


The fabric on the ground is for the rest of the chair.  It's going to be so so cute!  I will post the finished product soon.

Have a great Saturday! 
Emily

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gallery Wall - Part 2


Hello again!

Last time we left off my gallery wall-to-be looked like this:


I wasn't happy with how the upper left-hand corner was looking so I switched things around and ended up with this:


It's a bit more symmetrical without being too matchy-matchy, which is what I was going for this time!  And here's how the frames look after I hung them!


I'm loving it!!  Let's take a closer look!




As you can see, I don't have many frames filled just yet!  I'm working on it - I will post again once they are all filled.

My favorite part about the gallery wall is the black Target frame I jazzed up with some hardware and hammered nailheads!


What do you think?  Do you usually collect your art first or pick out your frames first?

Thanks for looking!
Emily