It is officially the first day of Fall and while some of you may be mourning the end of Summer, I am over here celebrating (Pumpkin Spice Lattes all around!). Fall is my absolute favourite time of year. It is by far the coziest with al of the chunky knit throws, the emergence of chai tea lattes and the insanely oversized scarves (If this makes me basic then I don’t care). It means breezier days calling for layered outfits, cooler nights where I can leave the windows open and all of the beautiful colours that define Autumn. This Summer was so brutal when it came to the humidity that I am completely embracing the beginning of Fall. I put out my Fall decor a couple weeks ago (Check out that shelfie below;)), which may have been a little premature but I was ready for a change. This week I am dedicating my post to Fall decor that will make you forget about the end of Summer and make you Fall for the home!
Tip: A small touch of greenery goes a long way! Add touches of real greenery wherever you can to get that natural feel without having to spend on fresh bouquets all the time.
I tend to be a little of a traditionalist when it comes to Fall decor. I love pumpkins (any colour, size, fake or real. I will take them all please!) I love rich jewel tones (jade green, deep aubergine, burnt orange) and I love added textures (luxe velvet, chunky knits, natural wool). This year I am seeing all of these classics in Fall collections everywhere but I am also seeing some new colour combinations and style pairings. One of my favourites is blending pastels with the deep hues. Try pairing blush pink with the dark maroon hues or mixing a burnt orange with a Tiffany blue. Both of these colour palettes are very current and make transitioning from Summer to Fall effortless. If you are looking for something a little more classic but still want “bold” try pairing a rich turquoise with an eggplant hue. These are equally saturated and will lend a chic and dramatic palette for the Fall.
I love to play with blues and greens but this year since I have a lot of brass and gold elements (including my new round mirror, now on sale at Target!) I put little touches of brownish-yellows and orange to update the space for Fall.
I have also kept some of my favourite Summer prints out, such as my Rifle Paper Co. peony print and Moroccan inspired bedding, because I love a little touch of floral and the navy and turquoise scheme of my bedding will continue to fit in into the winter months.
Don’t be afraid to mix up Summer blues and pinks in with your Fall decor, it will keep your home feeling fresh, bright and incredibly stylish.
Splurge and invest in a Moroccan pouf and sheepskin that will lend style to any space all year round.
For my “Fall for the Home” round-up I have gathered some of my favourite pieces for the entire home that will make freshening up your home super easy. I went warm with brassy metallics, luxe with fabrics and incorporated my favourite hue for fall, jade green! There are so many amazing pieces (including some timeless furnishings, I mean that secretary desk though!) out right now and now is the time to snatch them up before they sell out! Now it may be time to put away the seashells and starfish but have fun mixing these Fall pieces with your favourite Summer pillows, candles and decor.
Get cozy and enjoy the change of seasons (But let’s not wish for Winter just yet, I am not ready for snow!) Enjoy your seasonal sips and blanket scarves, bust out the Fall booties and lets get creative in the home! Happy shopping and decorating everyone!
Happy Friday Everyone! While we are all getting ready to celebrate this Summer weather (stay cool out there folks) I am over here dreaming about interior design. Why am I dreaming about design you may ask (even if you didn’t I am going to tell you anyway)? I have just purchased my first condo (so exciting!)!! I am a twenty something so my daydreaming of the design possibilities is already getting ahead of me. It was time to bring me back down to earth and start realizing that budgets are a real thing now and that means “Ikea Hacks” will become my best friend (seriously, what would we do without Ikea?).
Over the course of my interior decorating program I have come to love the Mid-Century Modern style. I find it offers an incredibly stylish balance of contemporary lines, traditional longevity and bohemian cool. It allows for so much freedom when it comes to styling that you can incorporate just about any print, texture and colour that you love. In my ongoing searches to all corners of the internet for Mid-Century Modern living spaces I came across this super chic nook from House of Hipsters. I love its simplicity but distinct attention to detail. While I can assure you that this vignette cost a pretty penny to put together I can also guarantee that it does not have to.
I put on my Interior Decorator cap and got busy sourcing some budget-friendly options to recreate this stunning space. It includes an Ikea (obviously) shelving unit that provides the same amount of design appeal with its play on shape and proportion; A DIY tutorial for the juju hat (these are so expensive to buy but look incredibly easy to make) that will bring some luxe texture to your wall art; well positioned pops of jewel toned colour with the exact geo print in the source photo and a nordic inspired toss cushion (Etsy is an awesome source for styling the home. If you aren’t using it you are missing out!); and an on-trend Moroccan inspired area rug, equipped with tassel ends (I’m swooning!). Check out these pieces below to create this Mid-Century Marvel for your home!
This little living cove is the epitome of cool and stylish. It has the bold graphic appeal with the artwork. patterns and high contrast colours but remains neutral and warm thanks to the natural textures, rich wood tones and white backdrop. This is such an inviting space (it is calling my name!) and is definitely attainable for anyone who has the restrictions of a tight budget. The Mid-Century Modern style will be a go-to of mine when designing my new living spaces because it is one that can be done with minimal splurging and a considerable amount of repurposing and hacks. Now that is a style I can get on board with.
Stay hydrated and cool this weekend and happy decorating!
I have been on a little bit of a hiatus which has included some seriously busy work days and also a few Netflix-binge days (I am all about that balance). But I am back with a new round-up! I have been getting in touch with the trends out there and have come across one that I can totally get on board with. It is all about Scalloped Detailing when it comes to home decor, interior design and personal style. This trend is absolutely everywhere! What I love about it is that it can be done in a very contemporary way as well as how we classically know the pattern.
We are seeing scalloped detail in patterns, in hemlines, and in overall design. No longer does a scalloped edge have to feel cutesy or outdated. Now it is being applied in a much stronger and statement-worthy fashion. For instance above we have a staple item, the area rug. This West Elm Scallop Wool Rug showcases strong curved lines which boasts modern flair. It is a statement piece without being overly bold and while still maintaining practicality for a living space. Then we have the Lotus wall covering by Farrow and Ball. It is a personal favourite of mine (So stunning am I right!?). It adds some tropical pattern to a space with its leaflike pattern but also maintains a classic pattern repeat that can be seen in a scalloped design. These wall coverings are seriously luxurious with there beautiful texture and rich colours (I am so in love!).
Then we have the traditional take on scalloped details and thats with simple edging or hems. I will always love this since it adds some subtle yet feminine style. These appetizer plates by Rosanna are so fun with the edging and metallic detail (I am such a sucker for gold detailing). These would make such a great addition for entertaining serve ware. I have collected some more of my favourite Scalloped products below. Follow the links to shop your favourites!
Adding this trend into the home and into your wardrobe will definitely keep you on trend and have you owning it style-wise (slayyyy). The scalloped detail trend is so fun and allows you to play with pattern and texture in a whole new way. Try it out this season and let’s keep this trend going!
I recently found myself taking photos of my bedroom (I need to capture it when it is A. clean B. beautiful and C. sunny outside) and was struck by some blogging inspiration. I have always been a fan of Rifle Paper Co. products, whether it is their wrapping paper, fun wall prints, stationary products or wallpaper (I want it all!). I have had some of my favourite prints showcased in my bedroom for quite some time. Here is what I have done with Rifle Paper Co.
I take the sheets of wrap, buy a frame that works for me (in this case I bought different sizes of the classic white frames from Ikea) and cut the paper to fit. Super easy and it is like beautiful artwork (did I mention a sheet of the wrapping paper is under $10, so this project is extremely low budget).
I decided to layer a couple of these prints on my floating shelves. I use this space to feature some of my favourite decor and style pieces that I have collected or recently purchased. My latest buy was that amazing piece of coral from the Nashville Country Living Fair (so obsessed with it!). Utilizing floating shelves, a ledge or an extended shelf along an entire wall is a great way to layer artwork, photography or decor pieces. I myself like to change it up each season and try new looks (use your creativity!).
Want to showcase something a little larger for your living space? Frame an entire sheet of the Rifle wrapping paper (your favourite of course!). Once again I chose a large white Ikea frame and it perfectly fits the full sheet of paper. This design I chose is a beautiful watercolour ombre in soft blues and mints but the other side features pinks and corals (so cool!).
This was the perfect backdrop for the space over my nightstand and is interesting to the eye since my bedroom walls fall in that same colour palette. I love playing with tone on tone! It creates a cool contrast with the white frame and draws the eye in to the ombre effect.
I kept the idea of tone and style with the additions to my nightstand by using warm metallics, strong lines, and blue hues. I also need this space to be functional for me so I have space for a candle, cup of tea or water glass when needed as well keep my staple earrings out and ready to grab when I am running around in the morning. My other two jewellery boxes are used to store my statement earrings and studs as well as lots of miscellaneous goodies (this means receipts and stuff I have just thrown in there).
Now I wanted to see how other people are using Rifle Paper Co. to update, decorate and create! I came across some fantastic ideas and decided to share my favourite ways to use Rifle Paper Co. beautiful patterns into the home!
The first is an incredibly easy project from The Inspired Room. These place card holders are so cute for a Spring party or Summer wedding. The DIY on these is great for all those beginners out there or if you’re like me and love an easy DIY project!
Another simple go-to project is creating a chic gallery wall in your living room, office, bedroom..really wherever and anywhere you want in your home! Pick up some of your favourite Rifle Paper Co. wall prints and frame them up for your gallery. I love this design from Style Me Pretty. All the frames match and all the prints are from the same collection (this would be great for those who love to travel!). It is an organized way to put together a gallery wall and very cute!
This project I am definitely going to keep on hand for the holiday season (it is definitely too early to be thinking about Christmas but I just loved these so I had to share). These DIY ornaments come from Tattly. Super easy and you can make so many cool and pretty ornaments using any of their tattoos. These Rifle Paper Co. ones are so cute you won’t want to pack them away in January!
Now I am terrible at painting my nails but I will seriously tip my hat off to you if you can redo this nail art for yourselves. This Rifle inspired design comes from Nailpolis. This would be project for my manicurist but I absolutely love the idea of incorporating Rifle’s prints into personal style!
It is time to up the difficulty in our DIY projects now. This globe is the perfect hack for the actual Rifle Paper Co. designed globes (that I have been crushing on and now know it is possible to make one myself!). Thanks to A Joyful Riot we have a budget friendly and quite easy way to make one of these for our homes (seriously thank you!).
Upgrade an old table you have been holding on to or maybe a recent flea market find with Rifle Paper! This project was featured on Apartment Therapy and I adore how they chose to highlight some pattern instead of going with a solid colour. Very creative!
Go a little grander and use Rifle wallpaper to line the back of a buffet or cabinet. I love the deco style of this project featured on Lonny. It creates serious glam and by keeping the rest of the cabinet very light it is the perfect amount of contrast and visual appeal.
Go a little bolder with your design and make the Rifle print the focus of your furniture upgrade. This shabby chic dresser comes from Better Homes and Gardens website. It has an adorable and fresh vintage style and pays tribute to the original piece.
This is one of my favourite finds for using Rifle Paper Co.! It is the ultimate Ikea Hack (this uses a Rast Ikea Dresser!). It is so incredibly chic and looks as though it is a high end dresser from some incredibly cool design store. Thank you House Beautiful for this amazing DIY dresser!
Go big or go home with this last way to use Rifle Paper in your home. Feature a wall or room in your home in their wall coverings. They are incredibly fun, stylish and the right amount of bold. They will have your home feeling all sorts of beautiful. This image once again come from Lonny!
All of these Rifle Paper Co. projects have me feeling like it is time to up my game when it comes to DIY and design. Let these projects inspire you as much as they have me. Time to start creating! Happy weekend everyone!
Happy Monday Everyone! For today’s post I am going to do another Design Deconstruction. If you missed my first deconstructed design have a peek at the Blushing Bedroom for some beautiful home inspiration. For this post I will be taking a stunning space and breaking it down to its parts to make it easy to replicate in your home!
Since it is Monday and the beginning of the work week I thought what would be better then some Home Office design inspiration. When I saw this office design (by Style at Home) I loved its simplicity and blend of contemporary with the classic (All about the balance baby!). I gravitate towards spaces that are able to incorporate different styles together to make a room that has its own unique personality and character (Our homes should be a reflection of ourselves!). Not only does this home office accomplish this but it is functional with its ample storage and calming aesthetic. The built-ins create lots of space for working, storing and displaying. I chose to do a faux built-in approach by sourcing bookcases and a desk that can be placed together for the same effect at a fraction of the cost. This space is about displaying the pieces and the books you love while still maintaining its functionality as a workspace.
Follow the links below to recreate this elegant office in your home. I like to think a clean and beautiful space helps to bring fresher and better ideas (Any excuse to get creative in the home!).
Whether you work from home or are looking to create a space to get work done on your off hours, this office will help you to channel your inner GirlBoss (Yass Queen!). It will be your source for serious Monday Motivation!
Enjoy Your Mondays Everyone!
Now that it’s officially Spring, yet somehow still feeling like Winter, I decided to make a floral wreath to brighten up my door. I originally wanted to use real hydrangeas which would naturally dry over time but decided on these fake flowers. The quality was great and I wanted those pretty pastel colours to last! This wreath was so simple to make and only took me 20 minutes! It is also something I will be able to use throughout the summer and in the years to come.
What you’ll need for this project is:
12″ Floral Craft Ring
8 stems of fake flowers of your choice. I used 2 green and 2 white Hydrangeas. And 4 peach Dahlias. All of the floral was from Michaels Craft Store. Fake flowers can be quite expensive so I chose to get mine when they were on sale, so I got them all at 50% off, I’d recommend keeping an eye out for sales at your local craft store so this project doesn’t end up being too expensive!
Start with your 12″ Floral Craft Ring.
The holes in the frame were too small for the stems I bought to fit through so I chose a drill bit that was slightly larger then the stem and using an electric drill, drilled each of the holes to a larger size.
Now you can prep your flowers. I chose Hydrangeas and Dahlias in these pretty pastel colours because I liked them the best but you can use whichever you prefer.
Remove the leaves from the stem and set aside. Feed the stems through each of the holes in the frame and using your wire cutters, cut the stem leaving a couple inches sticking out. Bend the wire with your pliers to lay on the frame.
Cut about 6″ of wire and wrap around the frame and stem, tightly. Clamp the ends down with the pliers.
Repeat steps for each of the stems. I alternated colours for the best balance.
Now take your leaves and position them in the under the loose ends of the wire and under the flowers. I used 1-2 leaves per each flower. It just takes time to find the placement of the leaves you like best and to make them secure under the wire with your pliers.
Once that’s done attach your 3M hook to the surface you want to hang the wreath. I just used a small plastic hook. And that’s all there is to it!
All it takes is 20 minutes to have a new and beautiful wreath that’s a fraction of the cost compared to buying a ready-made one. Add some colour to your doors with this floral wreath!
Enjoy your weekends everyone!
For today’s post I will be doing a little Design Deconstruction, where I take a fabulous space and show you some key pieces to recreate the look for your home. For my first design I have chosen what I like to call The Blushing Bedroom (From Style at Home). This bedroom is simply stunning with its use of layered pink hues throughout. We see the boldest colour from the area rug that truly helps ground the space.The softer pinks are shown in the stacked velvet headboard and pastel linen duvet cover. They compliment the boldness of the rug and create great balance (Balance is crucial in designing a space). Lastly we get a combination of hues and subtle pattern with the chevron in the drapery.
The accessorizing of this bedroom is where we see the character of the space. We get soft, femininity from ruffled pillows and floral printed toss cushions. The addition of the dove grey nightstand, with beautiful white bone inlay design, makes for interesting texture and a natural elegance. There is a compliment of tone in the tufted quilt layered over the end of the bed. It matches the softness of the space with its velvet fabric and silk border. The nightstand is adorned with coastal inspired decor. There is a coral decor piece, a glass blown table lamp with solid shade and jewelry boxes. All of these are white, which truly contrasts well with the patterns and hues already in the room. This collection of items does not go overlooked due to its unified scheme and the interesting shapes they hold. Lastly we see some modern elegance with the geometric inspired bench at the foot of the bed. Its gold leafing adds warmth and matches the glam set out by the space. It also creates a contemporary flair, also seen in the modern style of the headboard.
This bedroom is so well balanced when it comes to textures, colours and styles. It makes the perfect retreat for let’s say a 25 year old female blogger (Can this be my bedroom already?!). Below I have found some pieces to help you (and me) put this look together in the home!
Note*- The headboard from West Elm is not shown in the the pink velvet but the fabric is shown in the image above. It is called Dusty Blush which is one of their Luster Velvets (Tres Chic!).
Try this look for your home and infuse some beautiful Spring style into your home decor. (Who am I kidding. This bedroom is perfect all year round<3)
Toy Box DIY
My nephew, Oliver, had his 1st Birthday Party over the weekend and I was asked to think up a new design for an old toy box to give as a gift. Now this toy box has a story behind it as my Grandpa built it for my brother and gave it to him on his 1st birthday. It had been in his room growing up and I remember always rummaging through it for toys to play with (They weren’t my toys but I was the younger child and I considered them fair game). This toy box has been in the Downey family for 29 years and my parents wanted to gift it to their new grandson for his 1st birthday. I love pieces that have a story and a family significance so I was all over repurposing this for my favourite little man.
The piece is made from cedar that was scrap from a renovation in my grandparents old country home in Caledon (talk about skills!). They stained it and my Grandma channeled some Art Deco style and applied a stencil around the top. There is also a cute little duck and heart art piece attached that I almost removed but decided to leave on since it was part of the original design my brother grew up with.
Now this toy box was beat up and had some serious wear but all I did to prep it was clean it out and give it a good wipe down (I found Battleship pieces in the bottom, classic!). The gaps between the wood pieces and the scratches are all part of the history and beauty of this toy box so i did not sand it down or fix these imperfections. They are what make this gift so special!
I knew I wanted to paint the toy box and have a couple tones to it. I thought about Matt and Leah’s basement which is soft greys and whites so what a perfect palette for this toy box. I decided on a soft grey called Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore. This is a great grey as it doesn’t have an overly brown or blue hue to it, which many greys have. Instead it is light and a true grey tone. Since this is a piece that will be left out and will continue to get worn over time (It is a little boys toy box after all) I chose a satin finish for the colour.* Note: If you are wanting to paint something that will be in a high traffic area or will be getting lots of use use a paint finish that has a semi gloss finish or sheen. It will hide imperfections better!
I also got these wood letters to attach to the new front of the toy box. We wanted to personalize it to show it is now Ollies! You can find these at your local craft and hobby store. Now the letters I chose to paint white. I went with a classic Cloud White by Benjamin Moore. It is very crisp and will show well against an already soft grey.
After a couple afternoons of painting, 4 coats of paint (Yes 4 coats! That is what you get for choosing a light colour to go over a dark stain) and many paint stains on my shirt, I finished the toy box.
Now Mister Oliver Blake Downey has his own personalized toy box for his constantly growing collection of toys (Exponential growth I am telling ya).
It is a piece that has the functionality of storage while being aesthetically pleasing as well. The colour palette fits the tones of the home when on display and can easily be stored away if needed (That is when wheels come in clutch).
There you have it! Something that was old is now new again and continues on with a new generation. Repurposing does not need to be more then a fresh coat (or 4) of paint and some creativity. Get those creative juices flowing and reinvent a piece you love!
Shop It: Rose Quartz
If you read my last post on Pantone’s colour of the year, Rose Quartz, then you know how much I am loving it! It can be used in very traditional ways to add a feminine and soft touch to a space but also can be added to an ultra modern space to balance out a contemporary look. Whether you are looking to add some Rose Quartz to your home or your wardrobe I have compiled some of my favourite pieces in this trendy colour.
Note: Don’t be alarmed, but there are some serious splurge items on this list (I must have expensive taste). But there are some really affordable and lovely options on this list too if you are on a budget, and sometimes DIY projects are your best friend when it comes to getting chic inspired decor into your home. I never shy away from a good DIY!
Coco Chanel Mademoiselle Perfume – Nothing says style better then Chanel and this little bottle of luxury is an easy way to add some rose colour to your bathroom or bedroom. (It is also an incredibly beautiful scent so that makes it extra amazing!)
Montauk Throw – I have a serious weakness when it comes to throws. I firmly believe you cannot have too many (unless you find yourself immersed in throws then maybe it is time to get rid of a few). This Montauk throw is the perfect one to layer in some serious comfort and style power to your living room.
Mineral Slab Table Lamp – The most expensive item on my list goes to this baby! The Mineral Slab Table Lamp rings in a price tag of just over $2600 USD. I don’t think I will ever be able to afford this (but a girl can dream right?) but it is a seriously stunning decor piece. You cannot deny the beauty of this natural rose quartz slab that has been finished into the base of a table lamp. Pair it with some gold finishing and a classic white shade and you have a statement accessory that will never go out of style (with a price tag like that you will make sure it doesn’t!).
Moroccan Leather Pouf – No matter what the colour was for the year a Moroccan Pouf was going to end up on this list. I am obsessed with them and need one in my life ASAP! The detail of these poufs is beautiful and they can be used as ottomans or added seating (they are decor pieces as well in my opinion). You can get them in a wide range of colours but the punch that the pink pouf would give to a space would be very unique (and very fun!).
Chez Elle Creme de la Creme Tray – Rosanna makes so many lovely little gifts and trinkets for the home that are affordable and very chic. One of my favourites is the Creme de la Creme tray in the Chez Elle collection. It is perfect for setting on your nightstand and resting your jewelry on. Gift this cute tray and don’t forget to get one for yourself as well!
Billie Sofa – When I came across this sofa I could not get over how awesome it would look in a modern space. The design of it screams contemporary and the rose colour makes it so appealing on a whole other level. It has a soft hue that would not overpower a space yet enough of the rose colour to draw your eye to it. It is very rare to find a furnishing that is both a statement and a classic piece, but this has managed to do that! (You Go West Elm!).
Blush Hue Dishware – This collection of dishes from Crate and Barrel comes in a variety of beautiful colours and the pastel blush selection is simply stunning. The design is simplistic and very traditional which makes layering them with classic white dishes very easy. Surprise your guests with some unique serving pieces at your next dinner party!
Roar & Rabbit Swivel Chair – West Elm has done it again with this swivel chair. It’s trendy blush hue, pleated sides and velvet fabric make it an ultimate focal point for a room. It would make a lovely chair in a study, in a living room or in a master suite (I would be selfish and keep this beauty all to myself!). I have nothing but heart eye emojis for this chair.
Voluspa Bella Sucre Jar Candle – This sweet candle has hints of sugar and coconut and comes in a beautifully embossed jar. You can find the Voluspa collection at any Indigo store and if you are like me you frequent Chapters often. A pretty candle is another easy way to add some colour with your decor into the home and can be very cost effective.
Dior Incognito Nail Lacquer – This long lasting polish comes in some seriously stylish colours but if you are looking for some Rose Quartz try Incognito. It is a lovely blush pink colour that has depth and richness to it. If you are wanting to do a pretty colour without going too bright or flashy then this is the polish to try.
Acrylic Rose Quartz Bookends – Okay deep breaths on this one. These bookends are heavy hitters in the cost department but their beauty is undeniable. Once again we see the natural pieces of quartz that have been defined on their edges with the gilded gold. They are positioned on the acrylic bookends which help to balance the contemporary with natural design. Very chic!
Chloe Drew Shoulder Bag – I have been eyeing this bag for quite some time and it just so happens to be in the right hue for 2016! This shoulder bag is in cement pink and functions as a neutral so it could be paired with any outfit. I am all for versatile bags and this would make a great one for this year (and next!).
These are just some of my Rose Quartz favourites but there are literally a million rosy things out there to shop for the home or for yourself! Start browsing those boutiques and online shops and get to shopping!
Watercolour Ombre Sign
After a much needed Christmas Holiday we are all back to the work grind in a New Year, 2015. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Holidays spent with friends and family. I spent my break baking, probably way more then was needed, and some festive DIY projects. One of which was a special gift for my brother and sister-in-law.
They are expecting their first baby in March, which means this year I am becoming an Aunt! I am beyond thrilled and expect to go severely broke buying anything cute and miniature I can find.
I was sent a photo of a sign for the nursery that my sister-in-law, Leah, loved off of Pinterest as an idea for the nursery. Once I had that I got brainstorming of how I could make something along the same lines of what I knew they were looking for but with my own personal touch.
One trend I loved from 2014 was the ombre colour sensation. I have fallen in love with how it shows so many tones of the same colour and can be done to make a piece softer or brighter. With that in mind I went to my local craft supply store and bought my first set of watercolours and a watercolour canvas.
Since the piece is for a nursery I wanted the ombre to be soft and delicate, which can be done really well using watercolour paints. I bought a fan brush so I could get the strokes I was looking to achieve as well. I wanted to see some texture from the brush at the ends of the strokes and even consistencies as I painted the ombre.
I stayed with a simple colour palette since the gender of the baby is going to be a surprise so the nursery is a gender neutral grey. I started by mixing my white watercolour, it appeared milky in the dish. I slowly added black until I got a very soft grey, which is where my ombre starts.
Each stroke is a slightly darker shade then the one before it, so it appears very gradual. I used a toothpick to add more black paint into my watercolour dish so I could easily control how dark my next line would be.
I was able to take the image I was sent and transfer the print into my Silhouette Cameo software and adjust it to make a stencil. It is essential to measure your canvas and how much space you want the letters to take up on the canvas. These measurements need to be made to the letters before you print them. I printed each word separately onto a Silhouette brand black vinyl. This was my first time using the adhesive vinyl, and I have to say I loved it. It is so easy to use and allowed me to remove letters from the sign and play around with spacing without losing its tackiness or ruining the canvas.
Once the letters were placed to my liking I used my Silhouette multitool to really press the letters onto the canvas. Let it sit, lying flat, so it can dry.
They absolutely loved the sign and now have there own unique wall art based off the original style they had loved.
The sign is now waiting for its spot in the nursery, but in the mean time is set upon the crib.
This will be a big year for baby inspired DIY’s and I cannot wait to share them all here on Union Grove!
DIY Birthday Decorations
Over the weekend was my sister-in-laws birthday party at her and my brothers house and instead of bringing an appetizer I offered to bring some decorations. So I headed to my workshop and starting researching some fun ideas!
I started by designing a Happy Birthday banner using my Silhouette. I chose a classic banner outline and a rosette with a scalloped background to add some accents. Then I chose a font I liked, in this case it was Glass Antigua. Once I had the designs ready on my Silhouette software I chose the paper. I went with a simple kraft paper card stock for the banners and white card stock for the lettering. I think these are classic colours for any age or gender. This way I can use the banner over again!
For the decorative accents I looked through my patterned paper to pick out a black and white polka dot print for the background piece, a heavy piece of black, glittered card stock for the flower and a textured piece of teal card stock for the centre.
Once they are all cut out all you have to do is glue and string the banners together!
How cute right!?
I knew I was going to make a banner using my Silhouette Cameo but I wanted some other cute and fun things to bring as well. One decoration I absolutely love are tissue paper pom poms. They can cost almost $25 or more to buy the kits in store so I decided to make them DIY!
I found an awesome tutorial from The Busy Budgeting Mama, which makes doing these pom poms yourself a breeze!
Start by picking out whichever types of tissue paper you like. I went with a soft turquoise and white pallet so I bought two packs of each tissue type. Typically these pom poms are hung in sets of three so I bought enough to make two sets.
When tying the centre of the folded tissue I used three types of string. Regular string, jute string and bakers twine. I liked the variety and who says you need to just use one!?
You can make these with a pointed cut or a rounded cut to give different looks as well.
I absolutely love these! They are so fun, super easy and really cheap to make!
Lastly I came across a picture from Hostess with the Mostess of some balloons that I thought would be interesting for the party.
All you have to do is buy clear balloons and some confetti. I bought confetti made out of tissue paper since I thought it would be easiest for these to get stuck inside the balloons. I used a funnel to stuff the balloons with the confetti and then blew them up normally.
Really shake the confetti around so it sticks to the sides and the balloons look speckled.
Those are some of the DIY Birthday Decorations I did and they definitely were a hit with the party guests!
10 Nautical Inspired DIY Projects
June is around the corner and that is when I love to display my Summer Decor. I often try to update things I already have or make pieces myself which is why I have been looking up blogs and summer catalogues for inspiration!
I compiled my top 10 favourite finds for DIY nautical pieces that are stylish and extremely easy to add some cool summer flair to your homes. I have always gravitated towards the nautical style. I love navy blue and white because it is a classic colour combo that will never go out of style. Throw in some starfish or an anchor print and I’m in love.
All of these are tutorials I found through other blogs but am excited to try for the summer months with my own Union Grove Design touch.
1. Blue Tinted Mason Jars
I found this tutorial through Pinterest on Craftberry Blush. This is an incredibly easy project that gives beautiful results! It will also save you some money since a standard case of Blue Ball Mason jars can run from $20 to $30. I have made a couple of these in the past but am definitely going to make more this summer. It requires very few materials, only Mod Podge or plain white glue, food colouring and a paintbrush.
The best part of this project is that you can use any style jar you have laying around the house and make it vintage inspired. Also you can create your own colour combinations for how you’d like to stain the glass by using different amounts of glue, to colouring, to water. Create lighter to darker shades and have an ombre effect amongst all your new jars. Mix green and blue food colouring to create minty coloured jars. There are so many fun ways to make this project your own.
Once they are painted, either on the outside or inside, you can literally use them for almost anything.
Or for cute home storage.
2. Shell Wine Stoppers
I stumbled across this tutorial on Pinterest and couldn’t believe how easy it was and how much money it would end up saving you. It is from Sand and Sisal and it is for some beach inspired wine stoppers.
I love it because it gives a new way to use and display shells that have been accumulated over time from various vacations. You can take some of your favourite shells and attach them to a cork to make a beautiful wine stopper. I also like mixing up beach finds such as coral pieces, sand dollars and starfish for an assortment of stoppers. Finding these decor items for cheap is extremely easy at this time of year.
It is also very on trend with many retail stores. You can find similar metal stoppers in stores.
There are also quite costly bottle stoppers at PotteryBarn.
Making your own allows you to not only cut costs but use up some of those unique finds you have collected over the years and give them a new use.
3. Anchor Stamped Coasters
I was able to find two tutorials for these coasters. The first is from Making Home Base. This is the image above, which requires making a stencil or buying one, and painting the anchor image onto the sisal coaster. Buying a roll of sisal is inexpensive and just having some in the home is extremely useful since it can come in handy for so many DIY projects.
There are very similar style coasters to these for sale on Etsy for just over $25 dollars before shipping. The DIY version would cost you $5-$10 and be quick and easy to make.
The other tutorial is from Hi Friend Design. It uses a different method where you place the anchor image on the coaster and paint everything around it. This could be fun if you wanted to use other colours or a print surround the anchor.
In this case they stayed simple with the design.
I can’t wait to try these out this summer!
4. Driftwood Mirror
I originally came across this idea in a Chatelaine magazine last summer and tore out the page to remember the idea for when I have my own house. I still love the idea so I found a tutorial for it.
This is from the Wood Grain Cottage. You can take an old and out of date mirror or buy a new cheap one and create this really interesting and beachy mirror.
It will require finding the sticks and branches that you like and gluing them into place using the spacing you like. It is all about personal preference.
PotteryBarn sells a similar style mirror for just under $200.
This is definitely a project to try out if you have a cottage on the water or a nautical design home.
5. Starfish Garland
I have had this tutorial from Desperate Craftwives for quite some time now because I love to make a new garland for my headboard every season! This one I am going to make for this summer.
It uses salt dough to make the starfish so you can craft any design you like and any sizes you like. I love how they can all be somewhat different and not all the same if you bought them from the store.
For the garland I plan to make I’d like to form some sand dollars in as well!
Super easy and really cute!
6. Rope Chargers
I love a good charger. For the summer you can often find rope or woven chargers which can be quite expensive.
These are the ones from PotteryBarn.
These are the DIY ones from Tara Dennis.
All you need is some rope, a base and a hot glue gun!
7. Rope Door Stop
If you are looking for a cool nautical decor piece this is definitely one to try. This door stop uses a monkey fist knot that only needs some rope and a dab of hot glue to finish.
The tutorial for this is from Bungalow Blue Interiors.
It can be used as a door stops, a door handle or simply as a decor piece for anywhere needing some nautical style.
8. Rope Vase
You can make these cute vases using an old tin or if you have out of date glass vases that you want to repurpose.
I love what Bayside Bride did with her version of this DIY.
I have made a similar version using jute and covered half of a plain white pot. Using different sized sisal or rope and creating the look you want is what makes this project fun and easy.
9. Nautical Mirror
I have been a fan of this style mirror for quite some time and am seeing more and more of them in stores and magazines.
This rope framed mirror has a tutorial from Martha Stewart.
It gives a laid-back feel and will definitely impress guests.
There are many similar styled mirrors on the market such as this one from Restoration Hardware. Which right now is running for about $550.
10. Knotted Napkin Rings
The last DIY project I found is for sailor’s knot napkin rings.
Martha Stewart gives a great tutorial for how to tie a figure 8 knot and create this style napkin holder.
The only things I would change with this tutorial is to use actual rope as opposed to a camping cord. Also if you are uncomfortable with sewing the end to hot glue it to stay.
That is a list of some of the nautical inspired DIY projects that I love for summer! I will be trying out as many of these as I can in the upcoming months and will post how they turn out!
Also I bet you didn’t know so many things could be made from rope and hot glue!
I sure didn’t.
I was given a footstool to update because it was so scratched up, outdated and worn down.
The matting was almost non-existent in the cushion and the material had faded and lost its appeal. I really wanted to update the stool so the carving in the legs was highlighted as opposed to being hidden from all the scratches. As well as choose a fresh new fabric to upholster the cushion to make it a stylish accent for their family room.
I started by unscrewing the cushion from the base of the stool and sanded the entire base very well.
I painted a couple coats of Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore to cover the frame and legs.
When it came to the fabric I raided the collection of fabrics that we have from previous sewing projects in my house and settled on a beautiful blue floral fabric. It has a cream background that works well with the paint and the bold blues in the print make the piece pop!
I removed the staples and the previous fabric with matting from the cushion. I cut two pieces of new matting to fit the wood base of the cushion. I then laid out the fabric, print side down, and placed the wood frame with matting facing down onto the fabric. I cut the fabric to the same rectangular shape of the wood base, adding 2 inches of extra material around each side of the base. This gives you enough fabric to re-staple to the bottom of the base.
Using a staple gun I attached the fabric to the base, pulling tight enough so there are no ripples in the fabric and creating clean folds at the corners. I used similar folds as you would if you were wrapping a present.
I finished the wood frame and legs with a matte sealer by Krylon so the new paint job will be protected. I applied a couple coats.
Screw the cushion back into the base and thats all there is to it!
This is the final result!
Now that once outdated stool is brought back to life with a fresh new fabric and cushion and new paint to create a fresh and stylish look.
Picking a neutral paint and a classic fabric are easy and affordable ways to update furniture around your home. Give it a try next time you think about throwing away an outdated chair or footstool just like this one!
Wood Pallet Love Sign
I wanted to share this post for quite some time because it is one of my favourite pieces that I have made. I got the tutorial for this sign from Shanty-2-Chic to make as a Christmas gift for my brother and sister-in-law. They had just finished renovations on their basement and were looking for art the start filling the empty wall space and I thought this was perfect. It looks so rustic and unique and accents the decor in their basement extremely well.
I changed a couple things when making this sign compared to the tutorial. I constructed two separate pallets with the wood, which is just from Home Depot by the way! I alternated the 1×6″ and 1×4″ pieces of wood, 4 of each cut at 40″, and attached them using wood glue and clamped them overnight. When the two pallets were sturdy I positioned them together, but put the two 1/6″ end sections together to meet in the middle.
The tutorial called for 3 1×3″ pieces glued to the back for support but I used 4 and not only glued them but nailed it at each intersection to ensure it was strong enough to hold, because this is a big piece and weighs quite a bit.
When that was done I flipped it over and chipped away any of the glue that had seeped through the cracks. I didn’t worry about chipping too much away because it only added to the rustic look of the wood.
I used a Dark Walnut wood stain and applied a couple coats to give a dark and rich colour to the wood. This stain gives even the plainest pieces of wood a reclaimed look and shows every feature of the wood which I love.
For the stencil I loved the script font chosen in the tutorial but could not figure out which one it was on my computer and I also didn’t have a Silhouette Cameo printer. Im happy to say that I now do which will make cutting stencils a breeze! I could have bought a different stencil but I chose to hand carve the stencil by tracing each individual letter and then forming the word onto bristol board. Once that was carved out I had a perfect stencil! Why buy it when I can make one myself and it is the exact look I am going for!?
I used an off white (Summer Linen) craft paint by Martha Stewart and a small sponge brush to apply the stencil. This took a couple coats and that was it!
All that was left was attaching a heavy duty wall hanging kit to the back of the pallet and thats my Wood Pallet Love Sign!
This ended up being such a popular piece amongst friends and family that I now have a few more projects on the go to make signs in a similar style but different design. More projects of this style will be featured in the Boutique over the months to come!
Happy Friday Everyone!
Sports Team Canvases
My boyfriend Adam is a sports guy. He knows all the stats and updates for every team in any sport. Me on the other hand, I don’t know much at all about sports. I like to play team sports but when it comes to professional teams I don’t know anything. One thing I do know is how difficult it is to find sports memorabilia that isn’t outrageously priced and thats unique. So for valentines day I decided to make Adam a set of four square canvas that showcased his four favourite teams from his four favourite sports. This way he would have a personalized gift that was handmade and also a more mature piece then a team poster to put on his wall.
I bought a 4 piece canvas set from Micheals. I used a chalkboard spray paint the fully coat all of the canvases. When they were dry I took a piece of chalk and rubbed it over the canvases.
I took a piece of papertowl and rubbed the surface the give a chalkboard finish. I repeated this one more time. Set aside.
Now comes the trickier part. I printed off four images to represent each team and resized them to fit the canvas. I glued the images to a piece of bristol board and using a blade cut the image to create a stencil. This takes time and a steady hand to create a good stencil. Stencils could also be purchased to make these but because I wanted certain images for this gift so I made my own.
When the stencils were finished I positioned them on each canvas and using a chalk pen drew in the stencil. I wanted these to look homemade and as if they were drawn in chalk so I didn’t worry about the images looking perfect. This is the finished product!
There is the old style maple leaf for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The rams head for the St. Louis Rams. The lion for the Chealsea FC Soccer club. And the jay for the Toronto Blue Jays.
These can be hung on the wall in a number of ways or displayed on a floating shelf! Adam absolutely loves these for his ‘man cave’.
They can be personalized in so many ways so try these canvas as a special gift for the sport lover in your life!
Since the Olympics started today I was feeling inspired to incorporate some gold into a DIY project. I came across a set of containers in my bathroom that I use to store toiletries. When I was away for school I had them on display with my makeup inside so they were looking pretty worn and definitely could use an update.
I got this set from Ikea, which they now no longer have. They currently have a different design called Tripp which are exactly the same size of the containers I used.
I started by cleaning the canisters very well and choosing a base colour for painting. I chose a matte white paint that would fully cover the floral design. Remove the lids and start painting the canisters with a sponge brush. Also paint the lids with the same base colour. This will require a couple coats to make sure the pattern doesn’t show through.
When the canisters are fully painted and dried, put the lids back on and use Frog Tape to create a design. I went for a chevron inspired design. I left the area I wanted to paint gold open and I taped the rest of the tin very well with the Frog Tape.
Now they are ready to be spray painted gold. I applied a good layer of the spray paint on one side at a time so none of the white paint could be seen through.
When both sides have been painted and dried they are ready to reveal! Slowly peel the tape off and you will be left with a new design and brand new tins! To protect the design use a sealer and let dry.
Try this simple DIY upgrade to cheap or outdated canisters to add some modern flare!
I’m a firm believer that updating the furniture in your home doesn’t have to be expensive and can be done with some paint and new hardware! To fix up an outdated dresser that is exactly what I did!
I chose this design from a post I saw on Shanty 2 Chic’s blog site. This is my absolute favourite website to go to for ideas on building furniture and making beautiful pieces from wood you can buy from Home Depot! I loved the stained wood as the backdrop to a dresser so I incorporated that into my design.
Here is the dresser before:
It had handles with a dark gold finish and they were a design which did not fit the style and decor of the house anymore. I removed them and took off the top two doors. This is where the stained wood will be featured and it is an easy way to change the whole look without having to buy a new dresser.
Now its ready to paint! I chose a very matte white. I found this was extremely forgiving since the piece was old and had scrapes and nicks I couldn’t fully get rid of with sanding. The paint I used was actually a type meant for painting ceilings. I loved the finish of it and plus I have a ton of it left over in my basement. I covered the entire dresser, including the hinges, with multiple coats. This paint also dries very quickly so finishing the paint only took a few hours.
For the wood panelling I had to remove the back particle board and I measured the length across. From this I determined I’d need 6 1×6 pieces of wood. I made cuts to to fit the height of the dresser and arranged them side by side for gluing. I used wood glue and clamps to create the panel. I let the glue dry over night.
When the panel was dried and glued together I used a Dark Walnut stain (my favourite) to finish the wood. Apply the stain with a sponge brush, let dry 6 hours, rub off the excess and repeat.
When the wood panel is all finished and ready to go I used a nail gun to attach it to the back of the dresser. I left about 1/2 an inch above the panel and an inch below. It really depends how much space you have to deal with on the back of the piece your updating. I nailed it across the top and bottom and along the mid point shelf. This way it was extremely secure!
Lastly I went to Home Depot and picked out a couple handles that I liked. I chose a simple black handle that was a sleek and classic design and attached them to the bottom doors. The last step was to sand some of the paint off the hinges, to make them a little rustic. And voila!
Now it can be used to store goodies away and put items on display! It is simple, chic and has a touch of rustic appeal!
Redoing pieces is a great way to update the interior of your home without having to break the bank for completely new furniture. I hope this inspires you to try a DIY furniture upgrade next time your redesigning a space!
Homemade coasters make a great gift or a personalized touch for around your home. I gave these as a Christmas gift to showcase a chalet home and its surrounding property. To make these coasters the materials you will need are:
4×4 marble tiles
Mod Podge Matte Finish (can also use Glossy if you prefer)
2 Sponge brushes
Polyurethane Sealer (I used a tile sealer)
Start off by getting your marble tiles. These can be found at an hardware store, I actually got mine for free from a tile supplier who had some left over from a previous job. I took the 12 he had left so that meant I could make 12 coasters!
When you have all the materials you need you can pick the photos you would like to use. I chose photos from all year round so that the coasters can be used during any season. Also I chose pictures that showcased the beauty of the elements as opposed to photos with people in them. You can choose to use any theme you like, I went more for the natural look and scenic photos. Once the photos are chosen I used the PicFrame app to apply filters to each. This app is great because you can create collages of photos and apply different filters to each! In this case I saved each photo individually using whichever filter I like best. Next resize the photos to a 4×4 dimension and print using a regular inkjet printer on standard printer paper.
There are two methods for doing this project. The first is to transfer the photo to the tile, which requires the oven to be preheated to 175 degrees. The other method is to put the photo directly onto the tile. This requires no baking.
I did both methods. For both you start off by cutting the photos, if baking leave a 1 inch trim around the photo, and set aside. Take your marble tiles and apply a layer of the Mod Podge with you sponge brush to the unfinished side of the tile. The photos adhere better to this side. Let dry. If baking the tiles apply Mod Podge to the image itself and put the image face down on the tile. If putting the photo directly on the tile, Mod Podge the back of the photo and put on the Mod Podged tile face up. Smooth the photo with the edge of a credit card. Let dry. To finish both methods apply another layer of the Mod Podge on the photo and let dry.
At this stage you would bake the tiles for about 20 minutes if using that method or else set aside.
For the baking option, when they are done take some water and apply it with you finger to gently rub off the paper from the tile. The photo will be transferred directly to the tile!
The end result is really cool because you can see the imperfections in the marble throughout the photo.
To finish the tiles when they are dry and ready, apply the felt pads to the bottoms.
Lastly apply the sealer over the images so you protect the work you’ve done! You will need to apply a few coats to ensure the image is completely protected.
And there you have it! Beautiful personalized coasters.
Thumbtack Canvas Signs
I wanted to make a simple sign for my room using up the leftover tacks I have had for some time from my Ikea Hat Box Project. I ended up deciding to make a canvas sign! Michaels sells different sizes and shapes of blank canvases, I bought the 3 pack of 4″ by 12″ so I could create short words, larger canvases would be perfect for phrases or bolded texts. I used my stencil set by Martha Stewart that is a simple script font.
To create these signs I lightly outlined the letters onto the canvas with pencil, so it can easily be erased later. Once the letters are positioned onto the canvas how you like you can start placing the tacks into the canvas, so each are just touching. Don’t worry if you make a mistake and put them too close or to far apart because you can remove them and try again and no one would know!
The above “Love” sign I made I added a tiny heart using a red acrylic paint, also by Martha Stewart, to add a tiny accent of colour.
Another option is to spray paint the canvas with chalkboard paint. This creates a cool contrast between the silver metallic and the matte black that creates a whole different look from the first sign! It can even be rubbed with chalk to enhance that chalkboard texture.
The final sign of the set I thought was fitting for Union Grove, “Create”. This fit in nicely on a floating shelf in my mom’s sewing room. Cute right?
All three signs used the same idea with slight changes in the design and work in a number of spots around the home!
Happy Crafting 🙂
More to come from this design to The Home and The Boutique soon!
-B @ Union Grove