23 September 2014

Painted Dots Bowl

 I finally found something to do for the church craft night that I'm teaching at in a few weeks. Unlike my original plan, it isn't going to include this little glass bowl. 

However I did find something easy and fun to do with this bowl, and this cup from Target was the inspiration:

I love all the little gold speckles on it, so I decided to imitate the look on my glass bowl. 

I got three different colors of Martha Stewart craft paint at Michaels: white, silver, and gold. I had decided I wanted to reverse the look that's on the cup, where all the dots are most concentrated at the top. So I used a thin paint brush to put little dots of all three colors all over the bottom half of the bowl, keeping them more concentrated on the bottom of the bowl and then thinning out as they go up. I didn't try to make them perfectly sized or shaped since that's one of the things I love about the look of the Target cup. 

I kept all my painting to the outside of the bowl, so that when you look down at it from the inside you're seeing the smooth side. (Since the inside of the bowl is where the majority of them are the most visible anyway.)

I'm thinking of rimming the top edge with the gold paint to get rid of the bluish haze that it has, but this was one of those fast and fun little projects that didn't leave me craving perfection so I may never get to it. 

It's back on the tray in the living room holding sea shells for now, so my little paint job isn't super obvious at the moment. I'm thinking of using it to hold my rings though, so the little dots will be much more visible then. 

I'm excited about the paint treatment I just did to another little bowl, that I'll be teaching at the church craft night soon. Once that's over I'll post the tutorial on here. 

22 September 2014

Genevieve's House

 My hands-down favorite designer on HGTV is Genevieve Gorder, so over the summer I was super excited to watch the show "Genevieve's Renovation" which depicted the renovation of her current apartment, plus the merging of it with the unit next door. The outcome was every bit as sophisticated, stylish, and fun as I expected it to be. When the camera would pan around to show the finished rooms I kept wanting it to go slower so I could take everything in. 

So I'm so excited that now I can see photos of the whole place on HGTV. The floors make me want to die- in such a good way. 

Check out Genevieve's gorgeous "new" apartment here

19 September 2014

Tray Styling

Just messing with the stuff on this tray. Instead of doing what I should be doing, which is packing for a quick overnight trip. 

Have a great weekend!

18 September 2014

A Kitchen Detail I'm Obsessing Over

 I saw something epic and life-changing the other day so I just had to share. I was cruising all the pretty pictures of Emily Henderson's pretty new kitchen, and I loved just about every single thing but what stopped me in my scrolling was the backsplash. 

Gold grout. 
(Which I'm not sure is even actual grout- on her site Emily says she'll be explaining soon…I'll be dying of anticipation till then.) I mean seriously…this is a kitchen game changer. I'd love to try this out in like sample size to see how it would look with smaller tiles, which would equal much more of the grout. Emily's is obviously bigger pieces, and who knows, maybe even one big piece with some sort of gold treatment just sitting on top. Right now I don't know, and I don't care, it just looks so good that I can't stop thinking about it. I'm tempted to take a gold leafing pen into my bathroom (because I don't have a kitchen backsplash) and start drawing over the grout lines in the shower. Probably a bad idea. I'll wait for Emily to explain exactly what this is. 

In the meantime if you haven't yet, you have to go check out pictures of her new kitchen- it's very pretty. I liked looking on Emily's site, and on Domino since both have different photos. (And Domino has the rest of the house too.)

What do you think of the gold? 

16 September 2014

West Elm Marble Cleat Box

 I've been admiring this box at West Elm for a while now, and I'm so excited to have had a (hopefully) great idea for it- I'm planning to use it as a recipe box. 

I've been wanting to clean out my recipe box for a while now. I don't really add to it anymore since most new recipes I come by now are online so I save them to my Pinterest board. So the recipes that I have that are actually written down are family recipes mostly, or ones I found years ago. But they are kind of a mess, and the box they are in is looking worn out. It's a photo box that I covered in vintage recipes a few years ago. 

It was really cute when I first made it but now the recipes on the outside are peeling off at the edges and the whole thing is just looking like it's lived it's life. Plus I've been wanting something smaller since the photo box takes up a lot of space. Back when I first made it it was great since I was always adding new recipes to it and it had plenty of room. But now that I rarely if ever add a recipe to my collection that's actually written down, I really don't need something this large. So I'm super excited for my new box to get here. Hopefully I can make it work; it's quite a bit smaller than what I'm used to and even too small to hold an index card which is what all my recipes are on. So I'm going to have to do something different with them all. But I'm excited for the excuse to purge! 

11 September 2014

Just Some Stuff

 I'm completely obsessed with this house tour on Style Me Pretty. If you love white interiors, you must check it out. 

I just got West Elm's newest catalog in the mail and I love their new lighting. Especially this:

I want it hanging in my bathroom. 

And finally, I'm trying to come up with an easy project to teach at a craft night coming up at church. I'm determined to figure out something to do with this little glass bowl:

09 September 2014

Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow Covers

 I said I had more pillow plans for my couch, and here they are! These moroccan wedding blanket pillow covers from Pottery Barn.

Here's a quick reminder of what the couch pillows looked like before:

And now. 

I am so in love with these pillows. I love how big they are, and how they sparkle with all the little metal disks on them. AND, because of all the metal pieces, they actually jingle when you move them. Not only do they look pretty, but they also sound pretty. 

I spotted them in a Pottery Barn recently and when I picked them up and heard that sound I knew I had to have them. 

For years I've wanted a moroccan wedding blanket but they can be anywhere from $400-$1000 and I do not have it in my budget to spend that much on a blanket. So when I saw these pillow covers I was so excited because this is an affordable way for me to get that same look I've been wanting.

These were a bit of a splurge for me, since I'm used to spending about $30 for a throw pillow. But I think every house needs a few splurges (although everyone's idea of what that is is totally different). 

Because they were a bit pricey for me, I didn't want to buy pillow inserts in addition to the covers, but I needed some because I don't have any 24"x24" pillows that I could stick these covers on. So I used some cheap fabric that I already had on hand and some stuffing to make one pillow insert, and then, because I didn't have enough fabric for two, I bought a bed pillow from Wal-mart for like $6, ripped it apart, and then cobbled it together in like 10 different pieces in order to turn the 20"x30" bed pillow into a 24"x24" pillow insert for my new pillow cover. It is the ugliest pillow insert you would ever see (but you're not going to), but it totally works. I won't be posting a tutorial for that one though. :)

I am so beyond happy with these pillows!