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Home Decor, Pretty Things

IMG_4233 // 1. I love the happy colors in this banner. And really, good vibes only, please.
// 2. Shanna Murray makes all sorts of incredible wall decals. Too bad our walls are textured and I’ve had bad luck with decals on textured walls. Let’s have a moment of silence for all of the decals I can’t buy.
// 3. I think if you’re going to put a fake animal head on your wall, whimsical is the way to go. This zebra head from The Land of Nod is one of my favorites. But this pink unicorn may be a close second.
// 4. This print by Emily McDowell is one of the best things I’ve seen lately. Someone said to me the other day, “Your kids always look so happy on Instagram!” and of course they do! Nobody posts pictures of their snot-nosed, tear-faced and tantrum-throwing kids- it would ruin the illusion! Just like you could cruise my Instagram page and maybe find a few pictures of some cute shoes but god knows you will never find a picture of my bare feet. Never in a million years and that is not a coincidence. Not everything on the Internet is real life; and the bulk of real life would never be Internet-quality material. This print is an excellent reminder for both ourselves and the kids we are raising in the digital age.
// 5. Whale someone please buy me these bookends?

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Someone Take My Yarn

Crafts, DIY, Home Decor, Motherhood

Thursday morning I needed to make pom-poms. I woke up, came downstairs, made the kids breakfast, made my coffee and then my brain was like, MAKE POM-POMS. But of course I am a real person living in the real world and my sink was full of dirty dishes and there was a mountain of dirty clothes that needed to be washed and the playroom looked like a bomb went off from the night before. So I did the responsible thing and made pom-poms. 

I Ruined A Bookcase // The Makings of a Reading Nook

Crafts, DIY, Home Decor, Motherhood

Recently, on one of my Michael’s trips I came across the glorious wall of Krylon Colormaster spray paint. It beckoned to me in its glorious rainbow of colors, “Dannnnnnaaaa. Daaaannnnnnnaaa” and I knew then and there that something was going to be spray painted.

It didn’t take long to decide that my son’s old pine bookcase would be the lucky winner. I say it’s pine, but it’s actually Ikea “pine”. So plastic-y cardboard-ish woodstuff that looks like pine. Obviously I wasn’t born yesterday and duuhh, you can’t just spray paint smooth surfaces with no prep. BUT LOOK! The can said “paint and primer” (don’t have to use a primer!) and that it would work on plastic. Plastic! That’s practically what this bookcase is, right? Plastic.

Give Me All the Wallpaper

Art, Home Decor

It’s baaaaack! Wallpaper is going through a big revival right now. I’m seeing it everywhere from bars to dressing rooms to design blogs. Plus, when they sell it at Anthropologie, you know it’s a “thing”.

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to bring some life to our powder room downstairs for a while now. Bathrooms can be tough to decorate beyond an accent rug and some pictures on the wall (if you have the wall space) and funky hand towels only go so far. It didn’t hit me until the other night that wallpaper was the answer I’d been looking for. A little Google work yielded some fantastic results, and now I want to wallpaper every possible surface in my home, nothing excepted.

FYI- Design*Sponge has compiled a great list of wallpaper sources if you’re in the market.

Here, I share my favorite picks from my favorite spots. (Clicking the pictures will take you to the websites)

Fabric Covered Letters DIY

Crafts, DIY, Home Decor

At some point in the last few weeks my 4-year old suddenly became aware of the letter “H” I made for his sister’s nursery (it’s only been on her wall for the entire 20 months of her life) and has since been begging me for one of his own.

Luckily for him, these fabric covered letters are one of my favorite things to make. They require very little time and money (or skill) and look just as good as the ones in stores. Not only do they make great additions to a gallery wall or mantle top, they also look great in kids’ rooms and make excellent gifts.