1.24.2015

DIY Spring Wreath

Hello friends! I don't know about you, but I am sooo ready for Spring to arrive. Don't get me wrong I love the snow and some cold, but all of these bright, fun colors I see in stores has me ready for warmth, and vibrancy. So what did I do on a snowy Friday night?? I put together a wreath meant for Spring!

The only supplies I used for this project were hydrangea bundles, a grapevine wreath, hot glue, and pliers/wire cutters. Lucky for me I had some Michael's gift cards from Christmas, and a coupon so this project didn't break the bank either. WOOT!! 

Quick tip: use floral bundles versus the single stemmed flowers. It makes the arranging and cutting part easier since the wire is thin. With the bundles you have more blooms to use for this project (or more for later if you don't use them all)! Plus the bundles I think were cheaper than the single stems. Regardless just trying to help you all out!

First step is to decide what order or arrangement you want the flowers to be in. I'm really into blues and mint greens, and wanted to incorporate these colors in my wreath. I used 1 green stem, and 2 blue stems alternating them.


Next step is once you have your arrangement picked out cut a stem about 6-7 inches long. This way you can easily thread it through the wreath, and remove if necessary to tweak its' placement. Here's a visual: 


Once you have all of your stems in place cut off the excess stems with your wire cutters, and hot glue the stems into place.



And that's it!! Now if you're super fancy you can add some ribbon, burlap, bows or whatever your heart desires. I didn't pick up any other embellishments, but I'm debating on adding some ribbon. For now I'm liking the minimal look to it. 


I think once the snow melts I'll hang it outside. Then again a friend suggested I do it now to ward off the rest of winter. She may just be right about this one. Bring On Spring!! 

Until next time stay prudent my friends!!

1.03.2015

New Year Perspective

The New Year is here, and with this I've reflected about the last 365 days, and let me say "WOW"!! I've accomplished so much with each DIY project, and learned new things that I thought would be too complicated or daunting. With each task completed came a smile, and being one step closer to the home I want to create for TA and I.

With all of this reflection has come more projects, and added items to my to-do/shopping list. I've learned that the look I want to achieve doesn't happen overnight. It takes time, patience, money, courage, and perseverance. Patience has never been kind to me, but I've realized this year that things take time to grow and evolve to what you want it to be in the end...including decorating a living space.

I get such joy out of sharing the little tidbits of my life on here, and am making it more of a goal rather than resolution to write/post more on a weekly basis. If I want this blog to become more successful I need to devote more time, and work harder. There are times I feel my content isn't relevant, or post-worthy, but nonetheless I'm proud of whatever I created or accomplished that day. 

So that to-do/shopping list I spoke of earlier...basically I went thru each room to assess what I'm wanting to achieve with its' look. My only hesitation with this list is the possibility of moving into a new place. If you've been reading this blog for a while then you know we've been discussing moving some place new. We're aiming towards Spring! Anywho with my current love of neutrals I think I'll be okay with what I end up with.

Master Bedroom:

  • New sheets/duvet cover, etc.
  • Add on last piece of picture vignette above the bed
  • Paint dresser
  • Add new hardware to dresser
  • New laundry basket to replace old baskets
  • Add curtains
Living Room
  • Couch slipcover
  • Find more pieces for gallery wall above couch
  • New media console (may DIY an old dresser)
  • Add curtains
  • Rug??
  • New coffee table
  • Update entryway
I'm only starting off with these two rooms since they are used the most often. As the year goes on, and progress is made I will focus on smaller projects/tasks for the other areas of the apartment pending on our move.  The only other "big" task I have is to donate our existing kitchen table to Habitat ReStore, and get a smaller one (again size depends on new dining space).  I'm sure as I go forward with this list new things will pop up, but at least this list is a starting point.  It really doesn't seem like a whole lot, but the furniture pieces will eat up most of our budget.  Luckily for me I can get some deals thanks to my workplace, and knock most of this stuff out.  Obviously I will update along the way my progress!

Again I want to thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this.  I know I don't reach a lot of people (which like I said I will be working on as part of my resolution to working on this blog more).  However I really do appreciate that you've taken the time to stop by. Leave a comment, advice, suggestions, or whatever.  Just nothing hateful please...only happy/constructive criticism! :)

I wish you all the very best for 2015, and that each and every one of you achieve what you want, and prosper while doing so!! :) And as always stay prudent my friends!!

12.25.2014

Touch of Color

Hey friends!! Have you ever had a blah piece of furniture that just irked you? Like the kind that stands there so boring and bothersome that you get to the point of being so fed up with it? Yeah that's the relationship I've had with the bookshelf in the living room. It's a main focal point that I've so desperately tried to freshen up, and nothing ever seemed to work. 

Except this time. This time I took a chance, and was so pleased with the end result. 


I painted the backboard. And now it looks amazing!


It really is true that paint changes everything. It can bring anything back to life, and give it a whole new look and feel. For this project all that was used was some leftover Valspar paint (Stone Mason Grey) from the second table makeover. I definitely wanted to have a darker color to give it a more dramatic look, but still look sophisticated. With a wide foam brush and two hours of trashy daytime tv I had this completed, and re-decorated. 




I picked up this sweet copper lantern at HomeGoods. It stands out (in a good way) against the dark grey background. It adds a nice glam touch, and I love the shape. Just something about it makes my heart skip. I'm seeing copper making a comeback in home decor, and I'm hopping on this bandwagon for sure!

I hope you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends! I still can't believe it's Christmas, and only 1 week left of the year! Soak it up, and have fun!