New Year, New Post {Welcome to 2014}

Hey everyone! I hope that 2014 is treating you well! Thanksgiving and Christmas were lovely. We saw lots of family, got together with many friends, and had a wonderful time. I have big hopes for 2014 and what it might bring. … Continue reading

Guest Bedroom Re-Do {Crisp Khaki Obsession}

So, shocker of the century, I painted another room.

The last few weeks it’s been brought to my attention that I adore only a few colors in my decorating. More specifically, everything is either blue or green. This is not TOTALLY true, but its not entirely false either. So, when I happened upon a GLORIOUS color of blue, the perfect dynamic blue to paint our master bedroom, I realized that we would then have four blue rooms in our house (not counting the blue green of my office). And that is a bit silly, if I do say so myself.  Which got me to thinking: if I really loved this dynamic blue color and it was really worth the sacrifice, maybe I could make some extra projects out of it!

Enter, the guest bedroom. This room wasn’t ever painted by us. We just left the cute powdery blue from the previous owners. It originally was a child’s bedroom, so it was a great soft color for a guest bedroom. Plus, as I mentioned, I coordinate pretty well with blue and green. But because we’d never painted it, I figured it would be the first room to change. And you know what, there were parts of the walls that were a bit dirty. Parts that even a magic eraser couldn’t remove from the wall.  SO YOU KNOW IT NEEDED SOME LOVE.

This little project was easily knocked out in a day. I ran over to my favorite place, LOWES, and picked out some samples that I thought might work.

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UGH. I was completely wrong in that regard. I thought the top would paint and dry more tan, less muddy. NOPE. The bottom color ended up way more yellow and buttery than I expected. And then I remembered…

 

Ahhh, crisp khaki. The color my parents used to make their previous home more neutral. It's just the right shade of tan.

I still had that lovely Benjamin Moore fan deck. Ahhh, crisp khaki. This is the color my parents used to make their previous home more neutral. It’s just the right shade of tan and a perfect shade for a guest bedroom.

So a gallon of paint and a roll of blue painters tape later (plus an afternoon), we now officially have a crisp khaki guest bedroom. Which, truthfully, played nicely with the bedding, green mirror, and even the black of the frames on the wall and the desk/side table. And, well…it did allow me to insert a vintage green lamp into the mix as well (which is not in the picture, unfortunately). Might as well spice it up with accessories, right?!

So...dare I say it? CRISP!

So…dare I say it? CRISP! I love that the colors really pop and don’t have to fight with the wall color. Plus, look at that glorious light coming in the window!

And yes, you can say I’m obsessed. Because once I painted this room, I realized I could also paint our master bath (which WAS blue) and it would look fantastic. But that’s another blog for another day…

Do you have a color you’re obsessed with and how did you manage said obsession?

XOXO,

Ashley

An Anniversary Project {Framing a Wedding Card}

As we just celebrated our 4th anniversary, I thought it fitting to use some frames I recently spray painted to showcase some cool things from our wedding. The first of which was a great, handmade card from our friend!

I’ve kept all of our cards from the wedding and this one was a perfect candidate for framing and adding to our collage wall. If you’ve seen some of the projects I’ve pinned on Pinterest, you know I’m a sucker for a good silhouette. So should you decide to frame/hang anything like your cards from your weddings, or even cool paper cut outs you might have, here are some simple steps and tips.

Step one: get yourself some backing board/mat board, whatever you choose. I happened to have plenty black mat board, and our collage wall is mostly black and white, so this went perfectly.

Step two: measure your board and cut to the dimensions of the frame.

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I ended up using the actual back of the frame to determine the size. I’d recommend cutting the mat board slightly smaller, as it might be a bit more dense than the board and you don’t want any bunching. I used both scissors to do fine trimming and an X-acto knife to cut around the oval edges.

Step three: check and recheck your cutting. Make sure, before you begin mounting what you plan to frame, that your mat board will actually fit in the frame itself.

Step four: mount your chosen piece. I first centered, recentered, and triple recentered so that I had the buildings all aligned. I was fortunate that the card was the perfect size for this frame, so I didn’t have to cut it to fit. Then, using some hot glue, I went through and attached the card directly to the mat board. Make sure to start at one edge and continue across, as to create less of a crease or bubbling. You want your paper to be as flat as possible for framing.

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How amazingly cute is this card? I mean come on. I made sure that I could center the two people in the middle of the frame. Then, because of the creases, I worked from the left to the right gluing the card to the mat board.

Step five: to save yourself a lot of frustration, make sure the glass and interior of the frame is CLEAN before attempting to frame your piece. This may take a bit of work, but it’ll save you time and annoyance in the long run. I had my mat board perfectly placed, only to find that some of the old paper backing had gotten in front of the frame, plus some dust right on the card. How rude!

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Windex, windex, windex!

Step six: frame your piece and enjoy!

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I was so happy with the black and white contrast, plus the way the people are framed. It’s a sweet addition to our frame wall and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!

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It’s definitely bold and eye catching on the wall. It seems to fit right in with all the other projects and art. Plus, it’s a happy reminder of just four years ago!

I still have one more matching frame to add to this collage wall, but I’m not sure what to put in it! I’m sure that will be another project for another day. As I sign off, I leave you with some questions about your own projects! What creative things have you done with some of your mementos from weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions? Have you framed them? Made cool art projects out of them?

XOXO,

Ashley

Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead {Book Review}

Hey all,

Now that the summer is winding down, I’m trying to quickly tackle all of my design books before I return to the daily grind of teaching. This week’s read was Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead. He’s written several holiday decor themed books, but Flea Market Finds presents more as a bookazine than an actual decor book. It contains work completed by Matthew himself, but also his designer friends. Though there are not many fleshed out DIY projects within the pages, there is plenty of eye candy to fawn over.

 

The cover even pulls you in. Look at that milk glass and the greens/blues. Aren't you already in love?

The cover even pulls you in. Look at that milk glass and the greens/blues. Aren’t you already in love?

Each tip is given as a vignette, explaining different ideas and color schemes that work well in rooms. Each section has a main theme (like Mid-Century Matthew) and includes some description of what you’re looking at in the pictures. He also includes tips for how to place different pieces and collections to showcase their true beauty. Here are some of my favorites from the book:

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Okay, so brass and gold are slowly returning to my repertoire. I’ve always been leery of using it in different rooms, but this spread explains how to use gold leaf.

 

Shock of the century? I picked the page that is all green and blue. Plus, who can really say no to a vintage globe. That set of drawers was a thrifting find that was painted and updated!

Shock of the century? I picked the page that is all green and blue. Plus, who can really say no to a vintage globe. That set of drawers was a thrifting find that was painted and updated!

 

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Is that coral? WHY YES IT IS. See? It doesn’t have to be overtly beachy but can still have a relaxing vibe. I love the monochromatic tans and browns. But really, keeping that room clean seems nearly impossible. I do adore all the seaside finds though…

 

So, this book was great for a quick look through, a wetting of the palette you could say. It only gives you basic ideas for your own DIY. I would consider this more of an inspiration board type of book, rather than a how-to guide. I loved the ideas and the colors, but it wasn’t completely what I expected. However, if you need some inspiration or just want to oogle some lovely interior pictures, pick this sucker up!

 

XOXO,

Ashley