Oyster Balls

Oyster Balls

I got the inspiration for the Oyster Ball center pieces when we were visiting my in-laws in Florida years before we were engaged. My mother-in-law decorated their home in an elegant coastal theme and I’ve been in love with the idea of decorating with Oysters ever since.

I wracked my brain trying to come up with the execution to accomplish the look I was going for.

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Bedroom Curtains

Bedroom Curtains

It’s been a process, but I think our Bedroom may be the first room that feels “done” in our house. I’ve found that if I allow myself to live in a room and let the decor/ design grow with us, I tend to love it for a longer period of time.

The goal was functional, beautiful curtains Before making investments (or shopping and returning a bunch of products), I like to draw out what I’m envisioning on my iPhoto Editor (take a photo and “Edit” it by drawing your vision on the screen), here’s my photo below:

Materials.
Curtain Rods. Umbra Cappa Curtain Rod – (2) 36 to 66 inches and (1) 66 to 120 inches
Drapery Hooks. Heavy Duty Offset Pin-On Hooks
Curtain Rings. Umbra Cappa Clip Rings
Curtains. Pottery Barn Cameron Pole – Pocket Curtains 50″ x 84″

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Fiddle Leaf Figs

Fiddle Leaf Figs

I’ve bought into the trend lifestyle of having plants fill your home. Since I don’t have faith in my green thumb (and we like to keep our bedroom windows shut)– we decided to go with a Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree.

I’ve been holding off buying a Fiddle Leaf due to the high price tag -until one of my favorite bloggers, Chris Loves Julia, introduced me to the $58 beauty from QVC. If you’re new to QVC use the Code: TEN4U to get $10 off your first order.

I had been keeping my eye on this basket from World Market. I snagged it on sale (20% off) and had $10 off in World Market Rewards – so pretty much free.

The fig will be delivered in a v small box, so you will need to bend the leaves to make it look realistic. Keep bending the leaves until it starts to look how you want it to.

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Painting Tips

Painting Tips

Where to Start. Prepping is always the place to start. Once you’re ready to Picasso your way through a room, always start with your trim.

To tape or not to tape. I always try to get away without taping (I cannot stand how long it takes to tape a room off)  – Unless I am painting trim, then I think it is very much worth the 20 minutes up front to save you in the long run.

The Process. Trim should be painted first, then paint your walls. A lot of people caulk their painters tape – to keep the tape from bleeding and allowing for a straight line.

Protecting the Floors. My level of psycho-ness on this topic is directly related to the surface that I’m working with.  If the room I’m painting has hardwood floors, I use an old sheet and bring it around the room with me. I fold the sheet twice hotdog way (or the long way for mature adults) to give it a little cushion.  That way when paint does spill, it doesn’t seep through onto the wood floors.

If I’m working with carpet, it is a whole different story.  I like to lay out multiple sheets and/or tarps to cover the perimeter of the room. I would much rather be safe than sorry.

Paint Drips. I really try to be careful and get the least amount of paint on the floor as possible. However, it does happen.  Hardwoods – if you catch it, simply wipe it up before it dries.  If you find it after its already dried, you can usually use your finger nail to scrape the paint off.  

Paint on Carpet. Clean it up when it drops immediately. Wet a paper towel and blot the area. If the paint has dried,use hot water and a little bit of dish soap to soak the stain. Once the paint softens, use a knife (or your finger nail) to scrape the stain. Hopefully it’s just a small drop and it wont take too much to clean.

Painting Ceilings. Ceilings are NOT my jam. I will cut in and manage all the prep work but rolling it – I call in the big guns (a la Erik or my Dad).  I hate to use these words, but I think it has to do with my strength, or lack thereof that makes painting so hard for me.  Until I get the strength of Arnold – I’ll keep calling in reinforcements.

Favorite Materials.
Purdy Clearcut Guide Paint Brushes
Purdy White Dove Roller
Frog Tape

Bedroom Bench

Bedroom Bench

Majority of my project inspirations come from a place of practicality. I’ve been dreaming of a way to help my husband out, so that his feet don’t hang off our bed (he’s 80/81″ tall – so even if we purchased a California King, his feet would hang off the bed to some degree).

So I went on a shopping search to find a bedroom bench that is 24″ tall and soft enough that he wouldn’t notice if his feet were on the bed or the bench. I guess this isn’t a problem most people have, because EVERY bedroom bench I found was 17-18″.

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