diy // tassels

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I’ve been busy playing with MJ and decorating a special baby room.

(PS- I’ve completely changed my mind on all aspects of Ingrid’s room, about 42 times. Stay tuned.)

In the process of changing my mind over and over again, I needed some tassels for the mobile.

For whatever reason, I knew exactly how I would make them.

And it worked!

All you need is some embroidery floss and scissors.

I doubled the amount sold in a pack, so the tassels would be thicker. Each pack of floss is $.30 at Walmart. So, each tassel costs only $.60. Such a good deal! This process takes about 3 minutes per tassel. I was glad it was pretty speedy.

Here is the picture tutorial on how to make them. Let me know if you have questions!

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I might just have to make a tassel necklace for myself next.

What have you created lately?

Happy DIY-ing! xoxo

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decor // bedroom

20140716-135341-50021600.jpgMost of the time it takes me awhile to decide on decor.

Not the pieces necessarily, but where they should go and how they should fit into our lives.

Nail holes feel permanent to me.

However, when I spotted this two-foot tall aluminum ampersand, I knew it had to be mine.

(It’s at Hobby Lobby and half off this week!)

It didn’t take me long to figure out where and with what I would place it.

My sister painted these silhouettes of us as a Christmas present over 4 years ago.

They’ve always hung above our bed, and I still wanted them there. The ampersand makes them feel new and fresh.

PS- That wall will soon be white.

Are you quick to decide on decor and placement?

Happy decorating! xoxo

 

maternity // clothes

Blerg.

My least favorite thing to do is buy/try on/shop for/need/wear maternity clothes.

It’s horrible.

Nothing fits well. They are expensive. I hate spending money on clothing that will only be worn for a few months.

However, it’s a necessity.

My course of action?

I try to buy non-maternity clothes that work with my preggo belly. For example, these shorts I posted over on Whoa, wait. Walmart? last week. I’ve been living in them!

All I had to do was roll down the top once. Voila! Comfy enough for a baby bump.

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Like this Liz Lange for Target maternity dress that my mom got for me.

It feels like heaven.

And that says a lot, because I’m 32+ weeks along. In summer.

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Let’s all go ahead and give it up for Birenstocks being back in style the summer I am pregnant.

So thankful that comfort is in this season. And that I saved my Birks for 14 years.

How do you style your bump? Do you enjoy the process?

Happy shopping! xoxo

 

 

home // baby room

Hello there.

Seeing as my baby bump is almost 32 weeks along, I suppose I should start working on a baby room.

Poor, pitiful second children.

Matilda’s baby room was long finished by my 32 week mark.

Here’s where my head is at this second currently.

Paint: white walls with maybe one black wall.

We adopted a (huge) mid-century modern desk from the house my parents are renovating. It will serve as the changing table mainly, but it will also catch some other surface-required items. The desk has been painted white, and I’m thinking it would look lovely on a black wall with a gallery of frames above it.

Theme: Blech. No themes here.

I can’t handle being married to a theme. Not in a baby room or any room in my house for that matter. I have to collect pieces for a space as I find them. I know it’s right when it feels right.

I am very cheap thrifty. I cannot justify spending much money on many things in life. When I was putting together Matilda’s room, all furniture was donated or handed down. However, I’m over all of those pieces for a baby room. SO. I’ve been hunting inexpensive pieces that will satisfy my cravings for Ingrid’s room.

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Ikea crib: $69.99 (lovingly purchased by my parents as a baby gift) // Urban Outfitters rug: ON SALE! for $19.99

Urban Outfitters mobile: ON SALE! for $9.99 // A vintage ABC embroidery for $8 at 410 Vintage in Fayetteville.

Lastly, a wool blanket that was a birthday gift for me from my sweet in-laws.

Not very babyish, huh? I’ll post pictures as it comes along.

I think as I accessorize it, it will feel more babyish. Also, these ideas are subject to change as I put the room together.

But, it’s a start. (For Ingrid’s sake.)

How do you decorate? Theme or no theme? Color palette? Budget or not?

Happy decorating! xoxo

diy // christmas decor

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I love decorating my home with the help of my husband and daughter while listening to Kenny and Dolly’s Once Upon a Christmas on vinyl. I love picking out presents for our families. I love seeing the joy on Matilda’s face when we turn on the lights.

For years, my parents hosted a Christmas Eve party. It was in the house we were raised in, and everyone was invited. That one night was the highlight of my year. Being with the people you love, the soft glow of lights, surrounding ourselves with joy… it’s the best.

Last year, I did a complete overhaul of our decorations. I suppose I wanted everything to be more sentimental so Matilda could enjoy that factor as she grew up.

We decided to switch to a real tree, which I grew up having. I found most of my inspiration from Anthropologie’s holiday decor.

This tinsel-filled ornament inspired me to buy clear, glass ornaments (like these) and tinsel and make my own version. I didn’t add the glitter. I had tons of glitter with the previous decorations and wanted to cut way back on that. Here is how they turned out. (Some of my favorites.)

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Also, I found and pinned this blog post. I turned them into ornaments instead of pins. I made several different colors and sizes.

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Anthropologie has (lucky for you all, it’s back this year!) this colorful braided twine on a spool. It costs $10 and is huge! They intended it for gift wrapping, which would be adorable. Instead, I strung it on my tree, wreath, and used it in my garland. I love the spools so much they sit on my coffee table, year-round.

For the wreath and garland, I used a trio of the twine, tinsel, and pom pom trim.

I love this combo. It makes my heart so happy. Rustic meets glitzy.

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I made our stockings. I wish I had insightful advice for you, but I messed with them until I got what I wanted. I wanted to use the monogram ornaments to label our stockings. A & B // M  This year at the Black Friday sale, I found the most adorable string of lights that I’ve ever seen. Twinkle Lights are strung on copper wire. No need to hide the ugly wires! They look great the way they are.

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How do you decorate? Happy hunting! xoxo

diy // card catalog update

A couple of years ago, my wonderful husband (who knows how much I love hording collecting junk) called me to ask if I wanted an old card catalog from the university he worked at. For free.

Before he could even get the question out of his mouth, I said “Yes!”

He and a friend about broke their backs moving it into our garage.

There it sat.

Until we moved and had the perfect nudge to get it updated and into our new home.

With a little inspiration from this Design*Sponge post and a little help from my husband, I updated this guy.

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I used Glidden’s Semi-Gloss High Endurance Paint + Primer in Cool Breeze Blue. We cleaned it thoroughly and busted out the paint. It took about three coats to get it fully covered. Taking out the drawers and leaving them the original finish cut out a ton of work.

Total cost: $15 for paint.

This piece fits perfectly in our home. We’re in love.

How has your luck been with painting furniture? I was nervous, but it was shockingly easy.

Happy hunting, updating, and DIY-ing! xoxo

vintage // school lockers

Warning: Most of my upcoming posts will be home decor related, because we are hopefully closing on a new home in two weeks-ish.

We found the perfect house for our little family. This precious home was built in 1978 and has all the charm we were looking for. The bonus is that it was remodeled within the past year. There are a few minor things we will change (front door, paint colors, some light fixtures), but overall we are completely smitten.

We downsized, thank goodness. However, we didn’t sacrifice the things we loved most about our previous home. It has an open living/dining/kitchen area, a efficient floor plan (no wasted space), loads of built-ins, and an amazing yard. I’ve been up at night arranging and rearranging our furniture in the new space… in my head.

I’m too excited to sleep.

One of the spaces I’ve been planning out is the entry from the garage. It is a spacious laundry room with a door to the backyard. Naturally, I want to turn it into a mudroom as well.

There is a perfectly open wall… just right for vintage lockers. Perfect for creating a laundry/mudroom. Right? Right.

The problem? Lockers are going for hundreds of dollars, man. I’m now on the constant hunt for a set of cheap lockers. Let me know if you find any!

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I will certainly share this decor journey as we go. Moving in count down: 12 days. Eek!

Happy hunting! xoxo

couch love

We’re in the midst of a huge transition. We moved from Nashville, TN to Northwest Arkansas. Who knows when we’ll feel settled again. So many questions: Do we rent for a bit? Hurry and buy a house? Which city should we live in?

Blah, blah, blah.

Let’s discuss the important things.

When is there a better time to sell both of our couches on Craigslist and find a new, dream one?

I’ve always preferred leather over fabric. Bringing our sweet MJ into our life only confirmed the necessity of being able to wipe milk, juice, and pee stuff off of the couch we live on. Yep, we live on our couch.

It has to be a good one.

I follow Ikea on Twitter and they tweeted this blog post today.

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That couch. Swoon. Maybe they’ll let me take a nap on it the next time I’m in Dallas. Just to try it out.

Here are two from West Elm that I’m crushing on, too.

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Are you in love with your couch? Do you have a dream one? Where do you go to find a good deal on a sofa?

Who wants to donate to the Find Bethany a Dream Couch fund?

Happy hunting! xoxo

have you heard?

Last week, something very exciting happened.

Something that I’ve been waiting for since I studied abroad (in Florence, Italy) TEN years ago.

Last week, H&M launched online shopping in the United States.

I mean. Finally! Dreams do come true, people.

The highlights include clothes (of course, BUT they now have plus sizes), HOME (a newbie!), and styling guides.

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Happy hunting at H&M, no matter where you live! xoxo