Hey there, guys! I’m super thrilled to be sharing today’s post with you! Since ya’ll seem to go crazy for styling posts around here AND you know about my un-tamable love [ok, let’s call it what it is – my obsession] for throw pillows, I’m going to show you how to style a sofa with 2 different looks! The other fabulous part about today’s post is I’m joining an amazing group of bloggers who are also dishing on their sofa styling tips, how to get the look, sources and more! So be sure to scroll to the end of the post to check out the others’ sofa scoop!
There is one question I get asked time and time again. “Where did you get that RUG?!” When people visit our home or when I post a living room pic on instagram, it’s a given. Someone wants to know!
The simple answer has always been HomeGoods! But since they carry limited inventory, it’s rare anyone would be able to head to their local store and actually find it. If you like something when you’re, you buy it. There is just no guarantee it will be there next time! Well, I decided to do a little digging and I have finally, finally sourced it! Continue reading
Good morning to you all and happy week of Christmas! I am sure you are all busy prepping for the
madness holiday fun!
Are you the lucky one hosting this year? or do you every year?! Do you set a traditional table or is it grab & go with an extra large extended family gathering?!
You saw a sneak peek of my Christmas tablescape during the my home tour as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by Evolution of Style, but today, I am sharing more shots of the table in hopes to inspire your festive holiday feast! Continue reading
Let’s do this holiday decorating thing the easy way.
Who’s with me?
I am not going to pretend that hauling Christmas decorations out of storage – box by box, putting together the tree(s) or going to pick one out, then trimming the tree, and spreading holiday cheer throughout the house is always easy. It can actually be quite a process. For some, its done all in one day and for others, its spread out over several days or maybe even an entire week or more, but I’m going to show you a few ways to add a little extra holiday pizzazz to your home using your normal everyday decor.
We’re just going to spice it up a bit by making it fun & festive and nearly, free!
This holiday season, I am going to share several ideas for ways to add simple touches to various spaces in your home – whether it be a table, wall or bookshelf.
First up today, is your coffee table!
Whether you have a fully styled coffee table like in our formal living room or a stack of coffee-stained magazines and a couple of peanut butter smeared remotes like our family room coffee table, this quick and easy idea is for EVERYONE!
Basic gift wrapping supplies – 3 rolls of various wrapping paper, tape, scissors & ribbon
coffee table books (2)
old magazines (3)
random book (1)
First, I started with the 2 coffee table books normally in the tray on the table and then rounded up a stack of 3 magazines and a smaller book from the bookcase shelf.
I wanted to have some added height and varying thicknesses and widths, so I wrapped the 3 magazines by stacking them on top of each other and wrapping them up like a present. Then I wrapped the individual book by itself and lastly, the two coffee table books.
I decided to add a piece of leopard ribbon to the top “package” to add a bit more pattern play to the stack.
I just couldn’t resist that plaid & animal print combo 😉
A simple Christmas touch to an ordinary table!
The best part? It was almost free! I mean, i just rounded up my supplies from things I already had. Another example of shopping the house at its finest! It also helped me check out my wrapping supplies ahead of time, so I know if I need to keep picking up those lovely papers every time I see them!
Did you get the itch yet to start your decorating yet? When do you full-on start decorating with trees and all?!
Hello & happy Monday! I think I was still recovering from Labor Day weekend at my in-laws up until last Friday and then another weekend away at my parents’ house sure didn’t help cure my tired & unorganized self, but its ok! Its a new day and the start of a brand new week! and Week 2 of our September “Back to Basics” series at that!
You guys…it’s going to be tough to top last week’s tips, tricks and tutorials, but I’m preeeetty sure everyone is going to be bringing their A-game yet again!
Today I am going to break down my formula for mixing patterns with you all. It’s sort of intimidating, right? I mean…
Does this go with this?
Can I put these together?!
How can I tell if this actually works??!
I’m going to simplify things for you with just a few quick tips!
I may not venture too far into the color spectrum when it comes to decorating, but I do love to mix and match patterns. I tend to gravitate more towards a neutral color palette – varying shades of black, white, gray, tan – you know, neutrals. I am totally gaga over gray right now, but black and white will always have my heart. In order to keep things interesting with such basic colors, I’ve had to get bold with the prints & patterns I use throughout our home.
Bold geometrics, subtle floral prints and classic animal print or polka dots are some of my favorites.
If you know me well, then you know pillows are like the window to my soul – I love them so! They are also one of the best styling accessories to introduce pattern into your own space. Once you’ve experimented mixing patterns with a few throw pillows, it’ll be easier to start working pattern into other areas – rugs, furniture, art or even wallpaper. These tend to be pricier purchases, so starting with pillows is the way to go! Once you’ve become comfortable with what types of prints you like together, get creative, go bold and then move on to bigger, more expensive things!
I’m going to break down the process behind choosing these 3 patterns to work together with 4 simple tips!
This is one of my favorite shots of how I used pattern on our guestroom bed. The back print is the headboard, but we can just pretend it is another pillow! This image is a popular one, so I thought it would work well here today as an example. Why reinvent the wheel, right?!
Here we go!
Here is the formula I used: 1 multi-color + 2 accent colors from the multi-color
The floral print acts as the “multi-color” and then I selected my accent color 1 as golden yellow and accent color 2 as black.
Next, I’ll tell you how I came up with the pattern choices.
Tip 2 | Vary the size & scale
Sticking with the guest bed example… The floral print is a medium print, so I knew I needed to add in a large print (yellow hexagon) and a small print (black & ivory Dalmatian) in order to create some variation.
Use two prints from the same pattern family and then one that is from another. For example, 2 geometric prints (hexagon & circular) and 1 opposite (floral), make up a nice combination. The hexagon and animal print have a very symmetric, predictable pattern, where as the floral pattern is free-flowing and multi-dimensional.
Tip 4 | Be brave & go bold (aka don’t follow too many rules!)
People typically notice and compliment more often when I mix & match to the extreme versus play it safe. If I’m drawn to a print, I will pair it with another print I am drawn to, while still trying to apply any one of my trusty tips. Again, if you are playing around with pillows, you hopefully don’t have too much invested in the game, so just go for it! If you try something out and don’t like it, return the pillows or stash them away until you find a new home for it 😉 I’m become a professional at pillow
hoarding collecting. My…ahem…collection is quite extensive, but I like to switch them around and even try mixing different patterns and colors as the seasons change or as a holiday approaches.
For fun, here is another example!:
Again, the multi color has both blue & black, so I chose those colors. Then I decided to go with a large, classic stripe in the blue and then use a small polka dot print as the small. As before, there are 2 geometric prints and one floral. Easy enough, right?!
There are literally a gazillion different pattern combinations one could come up with, so I believe there are definitely lots of right ways to do it! I hope this made sense and was a helpful guide for you!
You can go here for my Back to Basics week 1 post where I share my Nightstand styling tips!
Don’t forget to swing by the other fabulous Back to Basics stops and pick up a few more tips today!
Do you remember when I shared this insta pic earlier this month?
Well, I was in the midst of the guestroom revamp and I decided it was time to bust out the steamer and get my new HomeGoods curtain panels ready to roll…because they were going up…but not on the windows…on the headboard.
I happened to be out shopping at HG one day, totally odd, I know, and I came across this great set of curtain panels. I thought the deep yellow might just be a lovely match to the golden yellow in my cane chair fabric. I picked up 2 sets and headed home to check it out. They were just that…a perfect color match and I decided I really liked the bold geometric pattern paired with the soft, but bold floral print. The curtains sat around for a little while amongst all of my other random finds for the room until one day, my friend, Haley and I were playing around with fabric swatches for pillow ensembles. We sort of laid the curtain panel over the front of the dark wood & leather headboard to get a feel for the contrast of prints and patterns and we realized it might just make the perfect headboard covering!
It magically worked out that one curtain panel was just the right size to be stretched across the headboard to cover it in its entirety. I let it sit with scotch tape holding it to the headboard for a couple of weeks, until I got out my supplies one Saturday morning and knew it was time to just do it.
So today, I will do my best to walk you through the steps I took to create this look – a custom headboard reupholstered with a curtain panel!!
I knew the panel was going to fit, so I didn’t take the time to measure anything. First, though, I had Ted help me stick furniture gliders under the front corners of the bed so we could push the bed out from the wall in order to give me some work space. Next, I grabbed a large piece of batting from my stash to use underneath the curtain panel. I had a very large piece and after draping it over the headboard, I cut off some of the excess from the edges.
I pulled the top down first…then the sides…
and finally added a staple to the corner…
…using this staple gun.
I randomly placed staples across the top and sides just to secure the batting enough so it wouldn’t become loose. I tried not to place too many staples into the batting because I didn’t want to end up stapling over top of them when I stapled the actual curtain panel to the headboard.
Here is the view from the front…
Next, I spread the curtain panel out on the floor…
…and cut of the grommets to make it easier to attach to the headboard. I didn’t want the metal to get in the way while inserting the staples.
Next, I draped the curtain over the headboard and used push-pins to hold it in place, after lining up the pattern straight and evenly across the top & sides.
I started stapling away and soon realized my staples were coming out like this…
So I removed several of the bad ones with needle-nose pliers…
…And got out my tack hammer (similar here) from upholstery class. I used it over and over again while reupholstering my chair. It was a pretty nice little investment.
The awesome part about using tacks versus staples, is that you can tap them in just enough to hold your fabric (or curtain panel) in place, but you can easily pull out the tack with your fingers if you need to maneuver your fabric. Removing tight staples is a much more labor-intensive & time consuming process. Trust me.
Then I tapped in tacks alongside the right & left sides of the headboard as well as the top.
I ended up doing all tacks (no staples) across the top because I found I had to tweak the fabric here and there in to order to ensure the pattern was straight across the top edge of the headboard when looking at it from the front.
I tapped the tacks in about every 4 – 6 inches across the top and then when I was sure the curtain pattern was evenly lined up on the front of the headboard, I used the tack hammer to drive the tacks further into the wood. I wanted the tacks to hold the batting & curtain panel in place, but I also wanted to ensure the tacks were in deep enough to not scratch the wall once I pushed the bed back in place.
That is pretty much it! It took me approximately 1 hour to complete and I loooove how it turned out. It is more permanent, than temporary, but it does not have to stay forever if I don’t want it to. Did I mention the pair of curtain panels was only $19.99. Totally beats upholstery fabric, even at 50% off at Joann’s.
What do you think? Will you give a set of curtain panels a second look even if you aren’t in the market for new window treatments?
New pillows…a lampshade…the possibilities are endless!
Thanks for joining me here today and I hope you’ll visit again soon 🙂
Spring One Room Challenge Finish line – check, CHECK! It’s time to shine the spotlight on the newest finished space in our home! Welcome back if you’ve been following along as I’ve plowed through the last 6 weeks working on our guestroom for the One Room Challenge with Calling it Home. If you’ve missed out on where we’ve been, have a peek below:
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5
Creating this space was such a highly charged and inspirational process. The timeline, for starters, seemed quite lofty and the to-do list was miles long, which made for some highs and lows each working day in the room. The encouragement from readers and fellow participants was just what I needed to keep chugging along through those tough moments – so thank you! It was without a doubt, a CHALLENGE. no joke! This project pushed me creatively and it felt really, really good! I experimented with color, while sticking to what I like and know best: black, white and gold. I went a little wild with pattern play, crafted up a few eclectic gallery walls and took several personal design risks. Overall, it was seriously the coolest thing to be a part of! Thank you, Linda for hosting!
I will dish more on the finer details of everything you see today, including a source list & a few DIY tutorials in follow-up posts…
But now, let’s get to these photos, shall we?! Continue reading