Monday, October 12, 2015

Ribbon Pendant Light

The first project I tackled in my niece's room was this pendant light.

I got the idea here and when I found the perfect lamp shade, I had to make my own.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

One Room Challenge - Week 1

Have you heard of the One Room Challenge? "Starting on Wednesday, October 7th, twenty design bloggers will transform a space in their home (or the home of a client) from start to finish. Each Week, they will be sharing their process, tips, and sources. All of this will lead up to the final room reveals on Wednesday, November 11th." In addition to the twenty celebrity bloggers. Bloggers like little old me, can blog along and share progress on the Calling it Home blog. I've decided to tackle the powder room that sits between our master bedroom and living room. I wanted to have it done before the holidays, so the ORC timing is perfect. 

At the moment, its a pretty blah space. The walls are tan, the trim is brown, and the fixtures are ugly victorian knock offs. Here's what it looks like now.

Here's my plan. 
I've been itching to paint a room black and a small room like this seems like the perfect place to start. I haven't settled on the shades of black yet, but I know I want a true glossy black for the trim and door and a slightly lighter black matte. I love, love, love this fabric  for a roman shade. 

I'm not 100% committed to the sconces or the mirror, but I want something similar. I am committed to brass hardware. I think door pulls with an Asian vibe would work really well with the fabric and the red paint (Annie Sloan Emperors Silk) I plan to use on the vanity. 

Lastly, I plan to hang black and white art. I love the playfulness of this Rock Paper, Scissors Print. I also have a group of black and white wood black prints from Japan that would look great in the room. 

So that's my plan. I'll post my progress every Wednesday. I'd also love feedback. Do you think I'm crazy to paint a room black? What about the counter top - I don't have the budget to replace it. Ideas? 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lunch Notes for Little Kids

Last year I discovered lunch box notes on Pinterest. My now second grader has been a pretty strong reader since the end of kindergarten so he loves getting funny jokes or silly notes from me in his lunch. Now that my daughter is in kindergarten, she wants in on the lunch note fun. Unfortunately, she only knows a handful of site words and her name at this point. Not exactly joke telling material.

Since school started I have been drawing little pictures for her instead of notes. Since I draw them with a black sharpie on white card stock, they look like little coloring pages, and she's made a routine of coloring them in when she gets home from school. 

She likes them so much that I thought they'd be something worth sharing with you, my lovely readers. I plan to share one new set a week, so remember to check back in weekly if the notes are a hit with your little ones. 

To download and print the free PDF, click here

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hoarding Vintage Art

I love original art because I like having things in my home that are creative, unique, and original. Unfortunately a lot of the art I like is expensive. Although my husband and I have invested in several paintings by artists we love, I try to mix those more expensive pieces with less expensive ones bought at street markets on vacation, found in thrift stores or at estate sales, or artwork created by our children. Gallery walls continue to be popular and are a great way to showcase your favorite new and old pieces.

All of these gallery walls incorporate vintage art like paint by numbers and needlework. These pieces work so well because they adds texture, color, and just the right amount of kitsch.

Some of my favorite vintage finds hang in my daughter's room.

I don't want to encourage tobacco use, but I couldn't resist this little bunny and his fluffy tale!

These sweet pairs flank the large window in my daughter's room. 

Its hard for me not to a great this stuff when I see it. To avoid becoming a crazy cat lady - except instead of cats I bring home stray needlepoints and paint by numbers - I've decided to sell a few of the needlework pieces in my stash in my Etsy shop.

I hope they all find their way onto lovely walls! Are you a sucker for a particular thrifty find? I'd love to know that I'm not alone in my hoarding.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Custom Coloring Book

Its been a while since I've made a custom coloring book wedding favor. I was delighted to be contacted by a bride last week with a last minute request for her wedding this coming Saturday. She supplied me with so many fun details (Disney proposal, top secret groom's cake, a beautiful venue…) that it was hard to decide what to include in the book.

I just sent her the PDF and I hope she loves it.

I love designing these books. Its so much fun to work with people as they plan for one of the happiest days of their lives. If you are interested in commissioning a book, hop on over to my Etsy shop for more details. I've also done books for children's birthdays and other special events.


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