shine home love

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nothing like being without internet to make you feel like you're living in the dark ages.  Our dog, Archer, managed to dig up and eat through our cable not once but TWICE in one week.

Grrrrrrrrr....  I'm not happy.  Add on the cable company lecturing me on how it's not good for our dog to dig up cable lines, and you've got yourself a rip-roaring good time.  All is good though as we're finally up and running again!

Due to that, I am so late in getting you this!  My apologies, Lisa!!!  Last week, Lisa from Shine Your Light (who is one of the sweetest and most genuine gals out there) had me guest post in her series, Shine Home Love.  

I'd love for you all to stop by and check out what my most favorite part of our home is! You can visit the post here.

While you're there make sure you check out her latest project, her Fireplace Makeover.  The transformation is killer!

And also her DIY Seagrass Stair Runner.  I've got that puppy saved for when I decide to pull my big girl panties on and do our stairway.  It's beautiful.

Ok, see you guys there!

last minute easter ideas

Thursday, March 24, 2016

So, our dog dug up and then ate through our cable line earlier this week.  We were without internet, TV, and phone (felt like the dark ages).  It's now back up, but spotty.  The post I had planned earlier in the week will have to wait as I can't get the internet to work with me long enough to edit the photos.

But, I did want to share with you a couple of last minute Easter ideas you still have time to pull off!  Both of these are projects I did in the past so you may or may not have seen them.  Click on the titles to be taken to the full post.

Sharpie + Paint Pen Easter Eggs - no mess and quick!

Pin the Tail on the Bunny - includes a full bunny themed birthday party, that is perfect for an Easter gathering with kids!

I hope you all have a gorgeous Easter weekend!

our new breakfast room chairs

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I had mentioned in this post a couple of weeks ago that I was in search of new chairs for our breakfast room.  By the way, is it called a breakfast room or kitchen nook??  I never know the right terms for things!  Any who, here are the chairs we decided on.  I think they're a great fit!

I purchased mine from Overstock, here.  I chose this particular style of chair for a few reasons: 1) They're easy to keep clean (my number one requirement); 2) the metal tone breaks up all of the black we had going on in there; 3) they tie in with our kitchen counter stools; 4) my husband liked them and gave me the thumbs up for the purchase :D

You know how it is!  As soon as the husband gives approval on home purchases you're hitting the order button as fast as you can!!!

But seriously, we do love the new chairs and after a few rounds of messy fingers, I can tell you they are so much easier to keep clean compared to our last chairs.

Here's a side-by-side for comparison.  Not drastic changes (different lighting and chairs), but I do much prefer the updates.

You can see how they tie in with the counter stools in the photo.

I'm still working on coming up with a solution for the wall with the floor mirror on it.  I'm thinking of DIYing something similar to these feather prints from One King's Lane.

I fell in love with them when I saw them used in this space by House of Jade, which has me wishing I wouldn't have gone so dark on our floors.  Dang it.  Always the last one to the dance!!!

I can't decide if I want to try my hand at water coloring those puppies, or if I should enlarge a print...  I'll keep ya posted.

SOURCES:  lantern (spray painted black) // DIY bleached wood table // chairs // DIY floor mirror // bamboo blinds // my super secret drape source // basket // rug // vases - Homegoods (similar here)


DIY african mudcloth inspired pillows

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I've been eyeing all of those beautiful African mudcloth pillows for a while now.  While they are absolutely gorgeous, the price has kept me from pulling the trigger.  Originally I thought I would try and find some of the fabric and make my own, but the fabric alone is hard to find.  So, true to form, I DIY'd it.  While it may not be authentic, I still love how it turned out.  And at under $10 per pillow, I really love it!

SOURCES:  chairs // sofa // lumbar pillow // coffee table (similar look here) // metal accordion table // rug (no longer avail - similar here and here) // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY mudcloth pillows // DIY lacquer tray // 3 round mirrors (sold out - similar here) // glass candle holders (here and here)


I wanted it to look as close to real mudcloth, so I placed seams every few inches.  It's subtle, but I like the extra texture it gives it.

How to do it!

  • Fabric - I purchased a linen decor weight fabric (54" wide) from JoAnn's.  For two pillows you'll need 1 1/2 yards, so adjust as needed if you're only doing one pillow or are using a narrower width fabric.    
  • Fabric paint
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron
  • Zipper
  • Potato
  • X-acto knife
STEP ONE:  Cut out your fabric pieces.  Again, this is based on a 20x20 pillow so adjust as needed for your desired size.  You'll need one 21x21 inch piece for the back and one 21x25 inch piece for the front.  The added width for the front piece is because we will be sewing in pleats.

STEP TWO:  Take your front piece (21x25) and use your iron to press seams every 5.5 inches.  This is where we will make our pleats.

Fold the pleats over about a quarter of an inch and sew down using a zig zag stitch.

STEP THREE:  Now we're going to make our stamp!  Cut your potato in half lengthwise.  You're only going to need one half for this.  Now is when you'll start cutting away portions of the potato with an X-acto knife to make your stamp.  For this shape, I cut a rectangle first and then cut the zig zag pattern into one side.

For ease, you can cut down the sides of the potato as well.  When you're done, wipe off any moisture with a paper towel.  Moisture will keep the paint from adhering well to the potato.  To make sure I was stamping down in the correct spot, I marked off the sides and centers of the stamp on the backside.

STEP FOUR:  Before you start stamping, determine placement of your pattern.  I decided to iron a fold down the center of the pillow front to help me stay centered.  Fill a paper plate with some fabric paint and load your potato (ha!).  You want a decent amount of paint, but not so much you end up with a gloppy mess. 

Don't get worried about imperfections.  That's what makes it more interesting looking!

Hang it up to completely dry for a few hours.

STEP FIVE:  Pin the front and back pieces of the pillow right sides together, leaving an opening at the bottom for your zipper, and stitch together.  If you have any additional width left over on the front piece from where we stitched seams, cut that off now.  

For the zipper - I like using invisible zippers in my pillows.  If you haven't done an invisible zipper before you can find a ton of tutorials and videos out there.  Find your favorite.  If I would have included it this post would have gotten crazy long :D   

Snip the corners so that they lay nice and flat when you flip the pillow right side out.

STEP SIX:  Press your pillow so the seams are nice and crisp and insert your pillow insert.  I like down inserts.  You can get great prices on them at places like Tuesday Mornings.  They will absolutely up your pillow's game.  TIP:  For this 20 inch pillow I used a 22 inch insert.  Gives it a much fuller look.

Here's my version next to an authentic one from Etsy that you can purchase here.  By the way, all of her pillows are gorgeous.  I need one of those magical money trees :)

I'm so happy with the outcome!!!  Not to shabby for saving $70 a pillow!  And the best part is you're options are endless.  There are so many great patterns you can recreate! 

kitchen nook lantern + what would you do

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Since I shared our kitchen with you guys earlier this week, I thought it would be appropriate to also share the eat in nook off to the side of our kitchen.  If you've been with me a while, you've seen it before.  Not much has changed other than swapping out the chandelier for a lantern pendant.

Here's the old fixture.

And now with the simpler lantern.

I feel like more is going to be changing in here before too long.  While I love traditional style, I feel like things may look a little too traditional in here.  The chairs need to be on their way out.  We've had them 10 years and their starting to show their age.  The black is making me insane.  After every meal it's finger print and food smudge city.  It's impossible to keep them looking nice.  Think black yoga pants while playing with a large, drooling, hairy dog. 

And I'm torn on whether or not to keep the floor mirror.  I love that it bounces around more light and I use it everyday to make sure I'm not a hot mess before heading out the door.  But it seems so lonely over there!

CHAIRS - What would you suggest that are kid friendly?  I'm thinking about metal chairs that would tie in with my barstools, but I'm completely open to other suggestions.

MIRROR WALL - Add art beside it?  Get rid of it?  Toss ideas my way!

SOURCES:  lantern (spray painted black) // DIY bleached wood table // chairs // DIY floor mirror // bamboo blinds // my super secret drape source // basket // rug // vase - Homegoods 



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