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Yellow and Gold Pineapple Birthday Bash

My sweet Hadley Hope turned 1 on Saturday and we threw her a fun Pineapple themed birthday at the park. It wasn’t very sunny for our June park birthday but it didn’t rain, and everyone had fun! 👏👏👏

This post is mostly going to be a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!

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DIY Upholstered Pallet Ottoman

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I’ve had a couple people ask me how I made my Upholstered ottoman out of a wood pallet. It is so easy and inexpensive, everyone can do it!

Supply list
-wood pallet
-1.5-2″ foam
-cotton batting (comes in rolls or packages. You need a piece about 52″x52″
-upholstery fabric of your choice. Make sure it’s a wide roll and get 2 yards! You can use the scrap fabric to make your buttons (if you choose)
-button makers (see below)
-staple gun and staples
-strong upholstery thread
-4 feet 6″ tall (can be found at homedepot)
-and 4 brackets to screw the feet into (found in same section of homedepot- next to the furniture feet).
-a drill to attach the feet brackets

First off, find a wood pallet. I just looked on craigslist and found a listing for free pallets. We just drove up to a dumpster and put them in our car! Haha. The one I used was about 40″x40″

Now that you know your pallet size you can get your material. I ordered 2″ foam from DIYUpholsterysupply.com but you can buy at your local fabric store and cut cut to size in store or with a box cutter at home.

Acquire your fabric and other supplies and lay out your materials according to this really awesome diagram 😜

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Place your Fabric, pattern side down on the floor (make sure your floor is clean 😁) then cotton batting on top of that. Center your piece of foam on top of the batting. And lastly, place your pallet, top down, squared on your foam.

Begin stapling the cotton batting in place by wrapping it up and around the edge of the pallet. You don’t have to pull it too tight because it’s purpose is to give a little extra padding on the sides of the ottoman and slightly pull the edges of the foam down to give a nice cushy shape!

Once you have wrapped all the batting you can do the same with the fabric. This time you DO want to pull it tight! Really tight! Over time the fabric will stretch, so if it starts out loose it’s just going to look like a saggy mess down the road. The only somewhat tricky part about stapling the fabric comes at the corners. Since this is a “no sew” project, you want the edges to look clean, precisely folded and even. Here is a close up of how you will want it to look.

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Now that your ottoman is upholstered you can add custom fabric buttons. This was so fun to me, as I’d never made my own buttons before. And it was super easy too! At the fabric store they sell these templates

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And they work like this

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Once all 9 of my buttons were made I threaded them with thick upholstery thread and poked them through to the back of the foam. Luckily the placement I used fit perfectly between the slats of the pallet.

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This image show how I was able to pull the thread taught to get the button to press into the foam. I stapled a random staple into the pallet slat and tied the thread tightly around the staple. Pretty simple.

Here was the end result after adding the buttons

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Last step: adding the feet. It makes it so easy if you get the corner brackets that you simply screw the feet into. You can find them right next to the furniture legs at your local homedepot.

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4 brackets and 4 feet later and your done! I chose to leave my feet un-stained or painted because it’s the look I wanted. But a coat of spray paint in black, white or gold was my other consideration.

Now, some final finished pictures to leave you with

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I sincerely hope this helps you in your ottoman making endeavor! Sorry that I failed to take pictures of the steps along the way, but ask any questions that you have!

Good luck with your glamorous project!

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Updated Nursery Decor

As we gear up to move my nesting has kicked in to OVERDRIVE! Or should I say OVERDESIGN! No… there is never “over designing” going on here. My little girlies will be sharing a room, and hopefully become the best of friends in the process..! Utilizing all of the furniture that we already have here are my design plans and the added elements to spruce it up!

White, Black, Pink and Gold nursery

Let me start to set the stage with the gold polka dot wall decals from Urban Walls. Being in an apartment and unable to paint the walls makes these wall decals the PERFECT solution! Be still my gold polka dotted heart!

My 8 month old sleeps in a crib and my 2 year old had been updated to a toddler bed. Although in anticipation for the next upgrade to a Twin bed, I am planning for the future with twin bedding in mind. Both the white crib and toddler bed were cheap finds. One was a craigslist buy and the other a hand-me-down from a friend. My personal note is not to spend an arm and a leg on furniture that you will be over and done with in a few short years. Part of me thinks a big investment on a crib is okay, because you can use it for future children. But then I stop and ask myself, would I really want a white crib for a boy baby too? My taste changes so often that I don’t need to spend a fortune on stuff that I can find for a fraction of the cost at a consignment store! Plus it leaves extra money for the fun and frilly things that really make the room unique!

We have 2 white Ikea cube shelves that we have used for toy storage with wicker bins and a changing pad on top. It is the perfect storage solution and the perfect height for diaper changes! The last piece of furniture that will be in the room (not shown above) is an antique dresser with a tilt beveled mirror that my mom gave me. I painted it white of course, and am hoping to update the knobs to these elegant white owl ones from Anthropologie. (Here’s to hoping they go on sale!!)

The biggest dilemma I had was on a rug. I know it isn’t necessary with carpet, but it is one of those finishing touches that just can’t be ignored. Plus the more cushion the better when you have a little dare devil that tries to walk at 8 months old. I was always thinking a big faux sheepskin, but then when I made my design board, I thought it needed one last splash of color. I decided on this red, pink and white color block rug from Ikea. It is a runner and will fit perfectly between the crib and toddler bed. Then of course I have to include the plush sheepskin throws too. They are only $10 at Ikea so I am sure I will find a fitting place for them in the space.

My other ode to owl’s in the room is a white owl lamp found at Land Of Nod. I am hoping a few treasure hunts at thrift stores might land me something that I can DIY for a fraction of the cost. We will see.

I recently came across Ashley Goldburg Prints on etsy  and fell in love with this one because it reminds me of my toddler.

Em Then I found out that Land of Nod has this exact print on a pillow! Score! I cant play favorites and get just one pillow, so I am getting 2! Each with a different sketch of a cute little girl with wide eyes! ❤ While Searching the Nod website, I fell in love with the balloon quilt and striped sheets. Lucky me, I found similar stripe crib sheets on amazon. But, the balloon bedding will have to be one of my SPLURGE purchases down the road.

About a year ago I bought the tiered ruffle curtain off Amazon. I of course was inspired by a similar one at Urban Outfitters for 4x the price. It is just too easy to be thrifty! 😉

My last inspiration item is the tassel garland found in the etsy shop Studio Mucci. What a fun a frilly way to spice up the space for a couple of cute little girls!

That’s all for now, I can’t wait to show you the end result!

And check out my etsy shop: http://www.winkinkbooks.etsy.com

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Designing your HOME when it’s not your home.

Its a new year! One of my resolutions (which I hope not to break too soon) is to blog more often, twice a week to be exact! This might mean you will be hearing more of me!

So, to kick off my first post of the new year, I am going to share my design plans for our next move, into a small town home. The Living space downstairs is quite small, which challenges me to think creatively so that I can a.)maximize space b.)make the space “look” bigger c.)find creative ways to add storage for all of our junk (namely kids toys). The other obstacle with rentals is the subject of painting walls. Luckily we found a place where it is allowed, however even if it weren’t allowed I would probably paint them anyway and then just paint them back upon moving. Of course you would only want to make a decision like that if you were planning on staying in the rental for more than a year or 2.

This floor plan shows you the limited living space we have to work with and my initial floor plan with our existing furniture and some new additions… hope my husband approves!

Floor Plan ViewI drew up this floor plan before getting exact measurements, and it is actually smaller (less wide). Luckily my layout will still work!

As you can see it is an L shape, mostly open floor plan, layout. Along the back wall are windows and sliding glass doors to the patio, which makes the layout even trickier as there is little usable wall space. I love myself a challenge!

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Upon approach into the main living space, you can see a fireplace on the center of the back wall. To keep it a focal point (although it is in a very odd location) I decided to put the dining table there, flanked on either side by some awesome DIY, black and white striped Wing-back chairs (on the top of my project list). This give the cozy, lounging feel of a fireplace while also serving a function – Dining! In order to make the view as grand, trendy, awesome as I could, I decided some bright, teal colored ottomans as the other 2 seats at the table would bring the perfect splash of color to pop off of the black and white general scheme. The upholstered ottomans also bring visual interest down to the floor plane, and again purposefully utilize space since it is so limited.

Hanging above the fireplace will be a large fashion print. I liked the one shown (zgallerie art) because it had the gold tones which I utilized throughout the space. Both sets of windows and doors on the sides of the fire place have floor length white velvet curtains. The velvet although white will add luxury to the space and the white keeps the space feeling fresh, clean and open- all important in small space design! The lighter and brighter, the better!

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Another view of the back wall.

Now, for the main living area, the biggest obstacle is always, ‘where to place the tv’. Personally, I am not a fan of having a giant TV as a focal point in any room. In general I think of it as an eye sore. Yet, it has to be practical and comfortable so the tv has to go… Somewhere!

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Spot it now? Around the corner from your initial view point upon walking in the room, the tv is perfectly placed. Somewhat out of sight but still easily viewed from both the couch and striped wing-back chairs. Mounting the TV on the wall is a good solution in our case, because we have minimal TV accessories, which means minimal wires running down your wall. Placing the TV closer to the counter surface helps hide some of the cords a bit better. The teal antique console table, is a table that my mom gave me and I painted. It is the perfect accent for the room, with a historical flare to boot! Under the console are 2 small storage ottomans. These hold a great double function as they are storage (for kids toys, blankets, etc) as well as extra seating when entertaining.

My sofa is a neutral, grey, squared arm sofa from Zgallerie that goes well with simple changes and updates in any decor. I chose to center it on the side wall, to keep the room open and allow a “hallway” of sorts along the other edge of the room. Flanking the sofa are ikea end tables with hammered gold lamps and beveled trey mirrors on the wall. The lamps and mirrors help reflect light and give the illusion that the space is larger. It took me a while to figure out what to put on the wall above the sofa, and between the 2 mirrors, and I finally landed on an idea (shown in last photo). I have some $1 gold plate charges that I thought would be a nice accent to hang. The metallic ties in nicely with the metallic of the lamps and isn’t too graphic or overwhelming in the space.

As for the wall color, I stuck with a light, neutral tan. I wanted to keep the space feeling as open and big as possible and dark colors accomplish the opposite. Yet, I thought the wall color alone didn’t have quite enough interest. So I loved the idea of painting the wall 3/4 of the way up and leaving the top section white. This is another illusion/trick that makes the ceiling feel taller- great for small spaces!

Every corner of a room can be space well used or space wasted. In a small space, you can’t take any chances of leaving corners under designed. So the corner you see above has some square, corner wall shelves. I thought these were a simple and elegant way to add much needed storage. Spaced appropriately, they can hold square baskets, vases, books, or other nik-naks deemed important!

A neutral area rug on the floor helps define the living space and hallway path. It is topped with an oval, mirrored coffee table. Again the mirror helps to bounce the light around the room and make it feel larger as it reflects the white expanse of ceiling.

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Now looking back the other direction into what is a very small eating area: I already addressed that the dining table has been pulled into the center of the 2 “rooms” to serve dual purposes, but it can also be expanded into the eating area if more guests are present. I fancied up the back wall with wallpaper! I love wallpaper, but I love it sparingly! I love patterns like this bleached barnwood, but too much of it could look a little wacky or over the top! But here, on this small span of wall, it allows the perfect combination of rustic and chic.Plus, the white color of the pattern blends in with the overall decor and isn’t overpowering. On the wall is our tall china hutch, with 2 painted, silver, x-back chairs on either side. The silver chairs are actually my typical dining chairs, and I have 4, but with limited space they can serve other purposes. Pulled up against the wall here, they are out of the way and still a showpiece. And they become functional again when a dinner party of more than 4 is present. Lastly (not pictured) I have 2 beaded, 3-tier chandeliers from my wedding that would be the perfect size to hang above each of the silver chairs.

In the above image you can also see the short wall below the kitchen pass through. At first I thought I would incorporate the teal blue color on this wall for a pop. But then I thought it was starting to look a little too cheeky with all the black, white and teal. So I decided on a metallic gold. It gives the same pop and pizzazz that I wanted with a more regal outcome. I am loving mixing metallics! Who said silver and gold don’t go together? When used sparingly, consistently and purposefully you really can not go wrong!

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This last view show the area that I have deemed “the hallway” Really it is just a wall with entry into the kitchen and a bathroom. But by painting it a different color it helps to differentiate the space! I decided on this dark charcoal/navy color to break away from the otherwise light and airy color scheme. Where there are rules, there are always rules to be broken!

What I mean by that is simply that, although I wouldn’t paint the whole room this color (that would be a huge mistake) it is okay to add this richness to a wall in an area that I purposefully want to make more intimate. On this wall will hang intimate family photo’s, framed in metallic gold. The dark color will draw you in to look closer as well as to pull you farther into the room or into the hallway on the other side.

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This is my design board with the actual pieces of furniture for the space. The majority of the pieces I already have, making this a much smaller endeavor than it could otherwise be. The stripe wing back chairs will be my largest project aside from painting.

A Final Note:

Design plans are just that, a plan. They are meant to guide you through what is generally a long process of getting your space perfectly designed just the way you want it! Just because you have the plans doesn’t mean they will happen over night. And that is OKAY! The biggest mistake I can think of is having NO PLAN! This just causes you to buy things impulsively, waste money, change decor styles along the way, ending up with out of place, mis-matched, un-planned, cluttered, un-designed… (sigh) …stuff.

Have a Plan. Go for it. Don’t rush. Good design takes time.

 

 

 

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Home-made Glamorous

Today I was so happy to finally meet my friend Whitney’s new baby Selah! She is a BEAUTIFUL baby with a BEAUTIFUL name.

Whitney not only has a baby 7 weeks younger than my baby Hadley, but also has a toddler only 2 months older than my Tylyn! That is 2 perfect sets of little baby girl playmates! I must say there is so much blessing in having friends with kids!

So, for baby Selah, I embarked on a sewing/DIY adventure to make some sweet baby gifts as sweet as her. I made her some custom burp cloths that fit perfectly around your neck so they won’t slip off, a baby blanket, and a letter sign of her name!

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The letters are wrapped in string for a cool texture and color with added flower details.

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The burp cloths are a combination of soft pink cotton fabrics with either creme quilted backs or grey terry cloth backing.

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And here I am sporting the burp cloth.

I meant to take a picture of how I wrapped the gift in the baby blanket- like this:

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So cheers to my DIY sewing project and to another precious baby girl!

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Wishlist Wednesday

Today’s post is dedicated to my beautiful friend Hayley, who is also one of the only people that actually read my blog! YAY!

Hayley just put an offer down on her first place – an awesome condo in Portland, complete with views, large outdoor living spaces, and lots of room for a growing lifestyle (that will hopefully involve babies one day – a selfish wish on my part). Although she still hasn’t heard about her offer, I just couldn’t resist starting to design a beautiful interior living space just for her!

First up, a little background info on who Hayley is…*Note she does not know I am doing any of this

· Hayley is a bit of a hippy
· Hayley is environmentally friendly
· Hayley is a world traveler (and seems to me to love the exotic places most)
· Hayley doesn’t own any furniture – except for a futon (shamefully).
· Hayley- like myself- wishes to be more glamorous

Because of the above sentiments, I already had a concept in mind for her new space, involving words and images like eclectic, Moroccan, inviting, funky, fun, warm. To go along with the images I had swirling in my head, I created an inspiration board in pinterest.
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The space is big and has a lot of unique features to work with, like polished concrete floors and exposed wood ceiling beams. The orange stain to the wood perfectly goes with the color scheme I have in mind. So, lets put this plan into action!
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I started my design with this color scheme in mind.
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Add in some pops of orange, teal and eggplant accents, and voila!
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*note all after images are photoshop creations to help visualize the space!

The view of the kitchen show s a new mosaic teal colored backsplash, cappuccino colored walls, a grey ceiling to make the space more inviting, A free standing kitchen island complete with colorful metal barstools, and some rustic, reclaimed lumber shelving for the environmentally conservative spirit. Also in view, is the wall opposite the entry. For a fun and graphic pop, a giant rust colored dart board logo is painted onto the wall behind a teal, hand painted chest.

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In the living area is a dark grey/blue velvet sofa from home decorator’s collection, some funky owl side tables from West Elm with Moroccan inspired table lamps set an inviting stage. A feminine, two-toned patterned rug defines the space and is set with a metallic coffee table from zgallerie and colorful Moroccan poufs for extra seating. A pair of west elm side slipper chairs are patterned with a modern and funky fabric to spice up the room and reveal its young and playful personality!

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Looking closely at the large open dining space, adjacent to the kitchen, we have a metallic Moroccan inspired wallpaper accent wall and the deep teal green color along the window wall. Grey window curtains add a softness to the space while creating an element of privacy and light control. The dining table is a mixture of metal and reclaimed wood while the colorful metal chairs continue to add an eclectic element. A metallic 3 tier chandelier hangs over the table to complete the look.

And lastly a note to Hayley:

I sincerely hope you hear good news about your offer on this fab condo, and not just because I so desperately want to help with the interior design. You deserve a beautiful place to call home and finally settle down :)! Also, if you hate all of my ideas, too bad I will happily change them to fit what you want! I love you old friend!

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Oh yeah! We always have been super glamorous!

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Spring Break Update

This week has been my spring break – a wonderful relaxing week to rejuvenate so I can finish the rest of the school year happily… NOT! This week has been non stop stressful. Let us recap:

The story really starts about 2 weeks ago, when my husband went to a conference in Rhode Island and everything imaginable went wrong. My car tire was slashed, then my mother and sister got into a hit and run accident while driving my afore mentioned car. Which put us into a stressful debacle of should we fix the car, take the insurance money, sell the car… and on and on it went. We decided to fix the most necessary things, and then this past Monday listed the cute little red truck that I got in high school on craigslist. And a mere 5 hours later, it was SOLD!

Suddenly we were without a car. I mean, we listed it, we wanted to sell it, but we were thinking it would take AT LEAST a week. So, Tuesday morning began our new, used car hunt. Tuesday was a fail. No good cars. Wednesday morning I had to start a painting project at a clients house, and we resumed our car search Wednesday afternoon. Another fail. Luckily Thursday early morning, we found a car! We basically were able to trade up, from our 2000 Nissan Frontier 4 door truck with 165,000 miles to a 2002 Nissan Xterra with 119,000 miles, and for the same price I might add! Good thing we found the car, because the stress of not having a car was starting to make me crazy. Then this morning, Friday, I finished up my painting project and came home for a nice snooze while my husband put some labor into cleaning out our new-used car.

Being that I am now 7 months pregnant, I can not believe the projects that I allow myself to take on. But since we do not currently have a house of our own, and my nesting instincts are kicking in rather strong, I just can’t resist a good interior design project! It turned out rather nice I must say!

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My client loves bright colors and I believe said this one looked like a Tijuana Sunrise. I must admit that if you have to do laundry you might as well do it in a bright and cheery room.

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This powder room truly went from drab to fab. The teal paint was glammed up with faux molding (white sparkle paint). Don’t under estimate the power of paint!

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Taking cue from the golden granite and honey colored wood cabinetry in the kitchen, we striped the wall along the breakfast nook and into the family room with a butternut and metallic gold. It sounds as delicious as it looks.

Although the week was busy and stressful it is always a relief when it comes to an end and you can see the awesome results of all your hard work. Hopefully April with be a little slower and more relaxed so that I can be stress free as we anticipate the arrival of Baby Hadley!

Another glamorous week in the world of interior design!

-Lexie