Saturday, September 26, 2009

Zebra Zazzle

Currently I'm LOVING zebra printed decor. Like seriously loving. Don't worry, I'm not going to go crazy & put it everywhere, but I am carefully considering where I'd like to add it into my home for a serious punch of sass!

Here are some affordable options available to the masses:

West Elm

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

And here are several high-end options from Lee Industries, an earth-friendly upholstery company.

(This last one has to be my fave.. *sigh*)

A few daring & delicious options, courtesy of Tonic Home:

A pretty room by Erin Valencich via HGTV (pretty sure she used the same rug from Tonic Home, shown above):

And finally, Monique Lhuilier's home (simply breathtaking!):

Doesn't she just have the perfect amount of Zebra print?? Little punches here and there.. not enough to be loud, but just enough to have impact. I love it.

So, what do the rest of you think? Love it? Hate it? (If you hate it, please don't burst my pretty zebra filled bubble, k?? thanks.)

Friday, September 25, 2009

DIY: Jute Charger

Recently, my tabletop got a makeover. No, I didn't take some paint to my dining set again, but I did create some beautiful things to top it with! Below is part one- look for part two later this weekend. The supply (yes, singular) needed for this project is simply some jute. Simple enough, right??

I made a round placemat/charger from the jute. I started out with three REALLY long pieces of the twine. Like Rapunzel meets that old country singer with the floor-length hair long. Yes, hair that long grosses me out.. but for illustration's sake.. just roll with it. I digress..

I braided the strands together. You'll save yourself boatloads of frustration if you knot the ends up a wee bit for easier weaving:

You may find yourself thinking of the good old days when we girls made all those "friendship" bracelets. Oh, the time I wasted on those things!! (anyone else??)

I used a 4-ply jute for the braiding. I don't recommend anything less or else you'll be spending more time on this project than goth kids spend doing their makeup.

Once you've got one big long braided piece of jute, start folding it around itself in a spiral pattern. I used a 2 ply jute to weave through the larger braid and keep it in place.

Get the idea?? I hope so. It's really not that hard, just time consuming. Pop some popcorn, rent a redbox movie, and you'll be done before the sappy ending!

When you get to the end, just tuck the ends of the jute back into your weaving & secure them with the 2-ply twine.

If you do it correctly, it should come out looking something like this:

Oh, and the cost of this project?? Pennies, my friends, pennies!! Part two is coming- placemats!

Monday, September 21, 2009

One Last Midwest Trift

This week is our last in the midwest. So, I figured it only natural that I squeeze in one last thrifting trip before I get acquainted with the shops of New England. Here's what I found:

Set of three distressed silver-toned candlestick holders: ~$3

Gold glitter-berries for the holidays: $3

Handy little shell soap dish w/ upper dish for rings: $1

White ceramic footed dish: $1

Vintage turquoise bottle: $1
Glass Deco Goblet: $1

Total? $10. Not bad!

Which one do you like best? What did you guys score this weekend??

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dear Target

Oh, how I love you....

Let me count the ways......


I normally hate birds, but I somehow fell in love with these.. the price tag might've helped:

$3.48, if you can't read it. Very nice. :)


Picked up two of these yummy towels for $4.98 each..

Even the reverse side makes me weak! Of course... I've always been a sucker for geometric prints.


A matching shower curtain?!?!?!? YESSS please! And for $9.98?? It was my lucky day!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Apartment Tour: Master Bedroom

Stop #3 on our tour of the apartment is my comfy place. Our master bedroom has lightened up a lot since we first moved in.

{Apartment Tour Disclaimer: None of our rooms are finished yet (I don't believe any room ever is) but they've come a long way from when we first moved in here. Also, these photos aren't the best quality. I'm crossing my fingers for a DSLR for Christmas.. until then, this is as good as it's gonna get! :) Enjoy!}

Here is the before (again, it was Christmastime):

And, with some new bedding, DIY decor, and new sheer curtain panels:

The sewing corner (please ignore my baskets of fabric- those weren't supposed to be there):

It's funny looking back on things- I'm glad we had an apartment to do a trial run of everything. There are some things I'd definitely do differently the next time around. When I started making these spaces our own, my decorating/design IQ was a good bit lower. For example, I'd hang the art over the bed a bit lower, mount the shelf directly over the sewing desk instead of centering it on the wall, etc.

I have super fun project in mind for our master bedroom once we're all moved into a new place. I plan on putting my hubby's new welder to work for me, and I can't wait! Stay tuned fellow DIY-ers! It's going to be a crazy ride!

Projects featured in this room:

DIY Glass Lamp
Bench w/ Nailhead Trim
Bed-Making 101
White Distressed Desk
Antique Mirror & Basket Tray
DIY Framed Mirrors

This post is linked up at Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Friday, September 11, 2009

Admiring: DIY Divas

While most of my project action is on hold, I've been admiring the works of several other ladies. Project Pretty is all about sharing the love, so here's a little run-down of my fave projects by other bloggers lately.

Juliet from Urban Nest

Jenna Rose, via Design*Sponge

Jessica Claire
, via Design*Sponge

Are you inspired yet?? K, good! Now, go do something this weekend! And do something extra for me, because my head is going to explode. If I die, just tell them that I had too many ideas in my head and I couldn't do them because I was moving and the hubby put my projects on lockdown. Booo-hoo. :(

Loooveee in the Bedroom

I'm sure this post title is going to get some interesting google searches, but oh well. Sorry creepy google-ers! This post contains no hanky panky talk. Just some love for a bed.

The Domingo Bed from Z Gallerie, to be specific.

A tufted headboard AND footboard?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! LOVE. And the little cutout corners? Purrrrr-fection!!

Can you imagine it dressed with this John Robshaw duvet & these Aziza sheets??

And topped with a few pretty pillows:

This one from Crate & Barrel is the perfect shade of plum. It's one of my fave colors for fall.

But this post isn't about the bedding. It's about the bed.