Backyard Entertaining – It means summer is finally here! And after a very long, very snowy winter here in Utah, believe me – I’m ready for some sunshine and backyard fun. And just in case you’re wanting to get out there and use your patio too, here are five steps to make your patio become entertainment central! [Read more…]
Hey friends, I’ve got some exciting news! For a while now, I’ve been wanting a way to have some of the great products that I specify for my local design clients available to other clients and friends further afield. And now I have it! I’m excited to announce the opening of Shop Lindsay Hill – an online store selling a curated selection of home decor, furniture, textiles, and accessories! And guess what – we’re doing a GIVEAWAY!! [Read more…]
Dining Room Seating – I’ve been eyeing the choices for dining room seating as I plan for our next house. As I’ve mentioned previously, we’re fighting against the tide to keep this home’s footprint small. (It’s crazy how these things grow on their own!) That means I’m looking for ways to save space in our casual dining area. [Read more…]
Timeless vs Trendy – it’s a real dilemma! As a designer, I love keeping up on what’s trendy and current in home design and decorating. The problem is that those trends change – and often! So unless you’re able to completely redo your home and furniture every five years (nope), it’s just about impossible to keep up on the trends.
Today I get to share a special little design project for a special little girl. She’s a princess who loves pink, so we gave her a flower garden girl’s bedroom with lots of splashes of her favorite color! [Read more…]
Hello! Welcome to my Master Bedroom Makeover for spring! Today I’m joining with 13 blogger friends to bring you some ideas for styling your home for spring. [Read more…]
Hmm, I’m writing a spring home tour post as I watch the snow falling outside my window…lots and lots of it. The irony of that is not lost on me, but I’m not letting that deter me from bringing spring into my kitchen today. Come on inside and see how I’ve invited spring into my home, even if it hasn’t made an appearance outside yet! [Read more…]
Hi there – I’m glad you’ve stopped by this morning! Today I’m talking about something that I’ve had a crush on for several years now – steel doors and windows. I’m exploring them for an upcoming project, and I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned, just in case you’re as smitten by them as I am! Come on inside and I’ll share everything I’ve learned so far. [Read more…]
Hey, everybody – happy almost Valentine’s Day! Today I’m sharing some simple Valentine’s Day decor, along with some talented and fun blogging friends. If you’ve arrived from Amy at Crazy Chic Design, then welcome! Amy’s always got fun design ideas to share, so I’m sure you’ll already been well supplied with inspiration. Hopefully you’ll pick up even more great ideas as you continue on this little blog hop. [Read more…]
The holidays are over, the tree, garland, wreaths, lights, and all of that other Christmas stuff is put away, and your living room is looking mighty bare, right? Today seven wonderful design bloggers have teamed up to share with you our design ideas for refreshing and restyling your living room for the new year. [Read more…]
Well friends, it’s that time of year when we take a look back at where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished during the past 12 months – and hopefully it’s not a depressing sight ;-). Seriously though, it’s a great way to sum up the past year and to remember the highlights. Today I’m joining with 32 (yep – you read that right – 32!) amazing blogger friends all sharing our Top 10 posts round ups. Loads of great info right here in this little post today. Make sure you pin these so you can go back and read them later – that’s how I’m planning on spending my next snow day! Read on to see what was super popular in the blogging world in 2016:
Hi friends, and welcome to my Christmas Nights Tour, sponsored by Rachel at Maison de Pax. I love Christmas lights so much – they are perfectly symbolic of the light that entered the world during this season. So I’m especially grateful to be able to take a moment and appreciate their warm, peaceful glow. [Read more…]
Hello, friends – welcome back to the Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour, where I’ll be sharing my winter woodlands inspired dining room today…come on inside!
A big thanks to Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick for inviting me to participate in her annual Stuff We Love Roundup. I’m excited to check out all the great gift ideas from my fellow bloggers, and hopefully you’ll find a thing or two from my favorites that will help round out your shopping list. If you’ve arrived here from Kris at Driven By Decor – welcome! [Read more…]
The holidays will be here before we know it, and that means those beautiful cards from family and friends far and near will start rolling in. I especially love the ones with photos on them – they are such precious treasures. [Read more…]
So you’re done with pumpkins and gourds, but not quite ready for Santas and mistletoes? Yeah, me too! I have a hard time living with Christmas decorations for much more than three or four weeks. I start getting the urge to yank down all that stuff and go back to my clean, less cluttered ways. So going full on Christmas right now isn’t really the best option for me. If you need a little breather between fall and Christmas like I do, then when it’s time to toss the pumpkins, you’ll want something that hints at the holidays without all-out jingle bells and mistletoe. [Read more…]
A new office space
For the last several years, Lindsay Hill Interiors been operating out of my office at home. It has been fun and convenient, but I’m happy to announce that I have graduated to some brand new (to me anyway!) digs, and I want to show you around my new office space. [Read more…]
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
Can you believe it’s now November and time to start thinking about the holidays! Holy moly – how did that happen?! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so today I’ve joined with four talented friends to show you five ways to set the perfect Thanksgiving table! [Read more…]
The bathrooms that I see on Instagram and Pinterest have me wanting to rip out all my existing bathrooms and start over! That’s kind of the downside of social media, right? Always making us feel like somehow what we have isn’t quite good enough! And that’s really sad, since most of us have really been blessed with so much! So I hope that my post today will be taken more in the spirit of “Are there small changes that I can make that will make an impact in my life and help me to love what I already have?”, rather than “Oh, I hate my bathroom and need to gut it and start over!” Read on for 8 beautiful bathroom updates you can make today. [Read more…]
Hello! And welcome to the styling a coffee table hop hosted by Happy Happy Nester, and featuring loads of ideas from 13 fabulous bloggers to help you style your coffee tables. If you’ve arrived here via Janine at Happy Happy Nester, then welcome! I just love Janine’s bright and charming style, and its always a treat to see her pretty home. Today I’m showing you four easy tips for styling a casual coffee table for fall. Come on in and let’s chat! [Read more…]
A few days ago I shared pictures of the entry, great room, and kitchen of a home I’ve been working on which was recently completed. If you missed that post, you can find it here. Today I want to show continue on our tour and show you the mudroom, hall bath, stairwell, and basement family rooms in this beautiful and classic traditional home. [Read more…]
I’ve had the honor for the past 12 months of doing design work on a classic and traditional custom home right here in my little mountain valley. The home features loads of beautiful classical elements including transom windows, white painted wainscot with traditional cove molding, and a gorgeous traditional staircase. It has been such a fun project! Today I went and took some pictures before the moving van rolled in with the family’s belongings. [Read more…]
I’m so happy to be joining Tammy from Pink Peppermint Design and five other talented friends in today’s Halloween Home Tour! If you’ve stopped by via April over at House by Hoff, then welcome! That means you’ve already been treated to lots of Halloween fun! Usually I dress my own home up for these home tours, but it seemed more fitting to add some Halloween fun to a home where little children will enjoy it. My daughter Rachel was kind enough to let me add some Halloween flair to her pretty home. Come on inside and take a look around! [Read more…]
Did you catch last week’s fall home tour in conjunction with the Harvest Haven 2016 tour? If not, be sure to check out my tour here, as well as links to all 18 participants. As I noted in my tour – I really love the ghost, or white pumpkins for decorating, and there were none to be had in my area by the time the tour rolled around. Sad day! So instead, I showed you how I warmed up my home for fall sans pumpkins. [Read more…]
Hi everybody, and welcome to my home, and the Harvest Home Fall Tour 2016 sponsored by Summer at She Leaves a Little Sparkle. If you’re joining me from Jennifer at The Willow Farmhouse, hello! Wasn’t Jennifer’s home amazing? I just love seeing how other people decorate for the changing seasons. Come on inside for some ideas and tips for incorporating fall touches into your home decor. [Read more…]
My husband and I are getting ready to plunge head first into a new and exciting (and slightly scary) business project. I can’t say a lot about it right now until we’re a little further along, but suffice it to say that it involves me purchasing some furniture. Oh, and did I mention that we’re on a budget during this little foray? So my search for the perfect furniture has me looking for pieces that offer lots of style at a great price. I want to share with you what I’m looking at so far, because this furniture shopping too fun NOT to share! [Read more…]
I’ve been getting my home ready the last couple of days for participating in a few Fall home tours. As part of my preparations, I wanted a table to put in my entryway that felt a little more earthy than the gold and glass number I had there all summer. After all, fall seems like a really earthy time, right? [Read more…]
It’s been two years now since we built our new home. As anybody who has ever built a custom home from scratch knows – it’s a LOT of decision making, and a lot of work. So finally finishing it off and moving in was a real treat. I’ve posted several tours of the interior of our home here, here, and here. And I’ll be participating in another fun blog hop tour in the fall where I’ll show you how I warm things up for the cool days ahead. But today I mostly want to talk about enjoying the OUTSIDE of your home by creating beautiful outside spaces.
I’ve been working on the lighting for a beautiful home being built here in my neck of the woods, so I’ve been up to my eyeballs in gorgeous lights. Lighting is really the jewelry of a home – it’s the delicious frosting on top of that basic, tasty cupcake that takes it from good to amazing. And there are just so many options to choose from, that it can be a little overwhelming, for sure!
Let me show you a few examples of how lighting really adds the oomph to a designed room. [Read more…]
Summer is all about sunshine, flowers, warm weather, and lots of time outside. And isn’t it great when your home reflects that fresh, bright summer feel? Today I’m sharing with you how I brighten up my summer home as part of Summer from She Leaves a Little Sparkle’s fun blogger tour. If you’re stopping from Summer’s place, then you’ve already been treated to some great ideas.
As much as we all might dream about having a really spacious family room or living room area, large rooms in and of themselves can cause some decorating angst. How do you deal with one really big room and make it feel cozy, coordinated, and inviting instead of huge, hodgepodge-y and cold? If you’ve faced this decorating dilemma, then you’re in luck, because I’ve got a few tips for you today on how to handle decorating large spaces. And reader [Read more…]
Hello there! Hope you had a wonderful long weekend, and especially a great 4th of July! I’m happy to welcome you to the Bloggers Patio Party blog tour, where nine talented design bloggers will be sharing their ideas for enjoying some outdoor living this summer on your backyard patios, decks, or even just right in your backyard! If you’re joining me from Jennifer over at Decor Gold Designs, then you’ve already been treated to a lot of beautiful ideas. I hope I can add a few more for you to consider. Let’s go out back!
I have been on the hunt for the perfect coffee table for my living room for, oh, about a year now. It was a struggle, because I knew exactly what I wanted, but I couldn’t seem to find it in the size and color that I wanted!
Hello there – and welcome to the Summer Home Showcase sponsored by Kelley Nan! I’m so happy you’ve stopped in for a visit today! If you’ve found your way here via Haneen’s Haven, then I’m sure you’ve already gotten a eyeful of beautiful color and fun design. Haneen has such an artistic eye – I always love getting glimpses into her gorgeously styled and personality-packed home.
My goal for today’s tour is to show you how I’ve lightened things up for summer, give you tips for doing the same, and point you to some sources in case you want to incorporate some of these warm-weather design ideas into your own home. I know I always love getting the scoop on where to find great products that I see in other people’s homes. If I wasn’t able to find the exact item online, I’ve pointed out products that will give you a similar look and feel to what I’m showing you in today’s tour. So grab a cold glass of lemonade and let’s visit! (This post contains some affiliate links.)
Rounds mirrors are so popular right now, and justifiably so! They are so versatile and can be used in many different rooms, with the added bonus that they look great with a variety of decorating styles. The room above has a mid-century vibe going on, and the mirror fits right in. [Read more…]
Before I start talking dining rooms today, I want to mention that last week I shared my Mother’s Day tablescape, which I built around the idea of pretty and delicate place settings atop a rustic tabletop. My post was part of a fun blog loop, where 18 bloggers shared their creative ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day. I had fun sharing my table (if you click here, you’ll be taken to that post) – and we’ve made it a party by inviting all of you friends to add your Mother’s Day tablescape through the link at the bottom of the post! I hope you’ll share so that we can spread the fun and see even more lovely ideas for celebrating this special day. The link will be live until Friday – I can’t wait to see your ideas! Now, on to talking about some of my favorite dining room trends: [Read more…]
Just in case you’re struggling with what to get for mom this year, I’ve come up with two gift guides for the home-decor loving mom. Gift Guide #1 is for those of you with a little more flexibility with the gift-giving budget; Gift Guide #2 is a slightly less expensive collection for those who have a more modest budget, but still want to give mom a lovely gift that she will treasure for years to come. [Read more…]
I’m so excited to be participating in a Mother’s Day Tablescape blog loop sponsored by my super talented friends and bloggers Randi Garrett Design and Kelley Nan. If you’re joining me from Amy at Crazy Chic Design, welcome! I hope you enjoy the loop – the ladies who are participating have some serious design talent, and I’m sure you’ll find loads of inspiration for your upcoming Mother’s Day festivities! [Read more…]
It’s time for a spring tour of my living room! Last week I shared our entryway and mudroom all ready for spring as part of the One Room Spring Tour. If you didn’t catch it, be sure to head over to this post and check out the full week’s worth of tours – 25 bloggers shared 25 beautiful rooms all prepped and ready for some spring sunshine! And let me tell you – I was blown away by the talent and creativity of these bloggers. I came away with lots and lots of ideas for adding a fresh feel to my home as we ease (ever so slowly, in my area, unfortunately) into the warmer months ahead. [Read more…]
Hi friends – today I’m sharing how I helped a young couple personalize their new construction tract home and add lots of curb appeal. We were constrained by builder’s allowances and the couple’s budget, but I think we did a pretty great job of pretty-ing up this darling home. [Read more…]
Welcome to the One Room Spring Tour sponsored by…. me! I have been so impressed by the beautiful rooms that have been shared so far on the tour – and there’s so much more springtime loveliness in store as the week continues! If you’re joining me from She Leaves a Little Sparkle – welcome! Today I’m sharing my spring entryway and mudroom. [Read more…]
It’s here! The One-Room Spring Tour blog hop sponsored by yours truly, Lindsay Hill Interiors! I’ve been so excited to bring you this tour, because I know that you are going to LOVE the inspiration and ideas you’ll get as you see how 25 super talented bloggers and designers have decorated one room in their home for spring. Hopefully you can find ways to incorporate some of these ideas into your own spring decor. [Read more…]
Hey, friends! Just wanted to give you a heads up that one week from today, on Monday, April 11th, I will be sponsoring a One-Room Spring Tour in blog-hop form! Monday the 11th will kick off a fun week of one-room tours in which some of your favorite bloggers show how they have dressed up one room in their homes for spring! [Read more…]
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m all about a pretty, but simple table – especially when it comes to holiday dinners when I’m hosting our extended family of close to 20! I look for something eye-catching and lovely, but easy to set up and even easier to clean up! Today I’m sharing some favorite beautiful Easter and spring centerpieces that meet both of my criteria. [Read more…]
I recently did a master bedroom refresh to lighten things up for spring and summer. The addition of more white pillows, a crisp blue and white sheet and accent pillow, and a little greenery in a white ceramic pot helped to lighten things up for the warmer months ahead. Now all I need is a new bench for the end of the bed. Come on in and see my picks for my favorite upholstered benches. [Read more…]
A few months ago I was contact by a dear friend of mine from Connecticut who was interested in giving her daughter a Christmas gift that would keep on giving — a redesign of her daughter’s family room by yours truly. Her daughter lives in a suburb of Boston and had fairly recently purchased a 1970’s colonial-style home in need of some updating. Come see how I helped her add some bright new life to a tired brown room! [Read more…]
Just the slightest whiff of spring around these parts (translation: temps above 32 degrees and no snow for two whole weeks!) and I start thinking about summer. I know I’m torturing myself, but I can’t help it! And with summer, comes summer weddings, right? [Read more…]
I’m nearing the end of a fun design project right here in my neck of the woods – the Midway Townhouse Project. The project involved designing a cozy second home/mountain escape for a sweet-as-pie couple from Minnesota. [Read more…]
Simple Valentine’s Day decor – what could be better? Did Valentine’s decorating sneak up on you? I feel like the whole month of January was a blur for me! I did manage to get a few hints of Valentine’s decor put out and about my house, but I’m keeping it simple, for sure. I love how sweet and simple this pom pom garland is, and you can pull it together in less than an hour. [Read more…]
The foyer or entryway is the first impression that a guest will have of your home, so it’s nice if it’s both beautiful and functional. Today I’m talking about entries, and specifically about Entryway Essential – both front entries and rear entries and how to make them work for you. [Read more…]
Thanks for stopping back, folks for part 2 of my Christmas tour. Last week I shared my living room, and today I’ll show you just a few snippets of the entry, kitchen/dining area, and mudroom. Let get to it! [Read more…]
I don’t want you to panic here, but Christmas is only a couple of weeks away at this point – crazy, I know! Which means there’s not a lot of time left for complicated projects. That’s why I’m sharing this quick DIY Christmas stocking tutorial. It came about after I found the cute sweater-inspired stocking on the right at Home Goods. I bought two of them and wanted two more stockings to coordinate with them.
Rather than spend oodles of time hunting for just the right coordinating stocking in stores or online, I stopped at the thrift store on my way back from Home Goods, picked out a men’s sweater ($2.00, thank you very much!), and had my two thrifted stockings made an hour later. [Read more…]
I have a fun and easy project for you today, just in case you’re wondering what to do with your time now that the Thanksgiving rush is over (yeah, right!). A few simple ingredients are all you’ll need to deck your halls with these little cuties. [Read more…]
I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we’re about one week away from Thanksgiving. What?! How can that be? [Read more…]
I have been so inspired by the beautiful fall tablescapes I have seen on Instagram and blogs lately. So many creative, unique ideas! I thought that today I’d share with you my own easy fall tablescape, and some other favorites I’ve seen recently.
The inspiration for my centerpiece came from the beautiful white pumpkins I bought at the beginning of October. I decided that I would keep my table, and my centerpiece as easy as possible, and only use items that I already own. And out of those two ideas came this simple pumpkins on a cake stand centerpiece.
To make this simple centerpiece for your own table, all you’ll need are:
- A medium to large white pumpkin
- A white cake stand
- Some fruit or vegetables to surround the base
- Possibly a riser to lift the center pumpkin up – I used a soup bowl
I used some artificial artichokes that I already owned, but I think this centerpiece would be equally lovely using pomegranates, oranges, pears, apples, or any other fruit or vegetables whose color integrates with the other colors on your fall table.
Simply place your large pumpkin on a white cake stand (I needed to use a riser in the form of a small white bowl in order to raise my pumpkin up above the artichokes.) Surround it with the fruit or vegetable of your choice.
That’s it! A simple and striking fall or Thanksgiving centerpiece!
I finished off my fall table with a glittered burlap tale runner (leftover from our daughter’s wedding) gold chargers, white plates edged in gold, simple green and white striped napkins, and tiny white pumpkins. I also cut place cards out of a brown paper bag and wrote guest’s names in gold, then tied the name tags to the small pumpkin stems. Votive candle holders made out of small jars dipped in glue and gold glitter (also from our daughter’s wedding) finish off the table and add a little sparkle.
My kind of table – simple, pretty, and put together using things I had around the house.
It’s almost that time of year again – the holiday season when out of town family and friends come to visit for the holidays. We all want our family and friends to feel like welcome guests in our homes, but sometimes it’s a stressful process getting to that point!
I hope these simple tips will help you feel ready to welcome your special overnight visitors:
1) Comfy Bedding
Make sure your guest room has enough blankets so that your guests can easily add an extra layer to the bed if they should get chilly during the night. And it helps if those extra blankets are right there in the room within reach, so nobody has to stumble around in the dark. We don’t want any black-eyed guests come breakfast time! A couple varieties of pillows is great, too in case your guest really needs a firm (soft, fluffy, down, etc) pillow to get a good rest.
2) Bedside Lamp
A bedside lamp turned on in anticipation of a guest’s arrival always seems so cheery and welcoming to me. And once your guests are settled in their room, a lamp will make it easy for them to snuggle in bed for some night-time reading, if desired.
3) A few good books or magazines
Keeping a few books or magazine in the guest room is a nice way to invite your guests to relax and enjoy their vacation.
4) A clock
A clock on the nightstand is just plain handy – especially if your guests have traveled from a different time zone.
A pretty and simple vase of flowers, or even a single flower in a bud vase is always a nice touch. (This one’s fake because I don’t have a handy source of fresh flowers nearby. You get the picture, though, right?)
6) A little something yummy
Okay, this one is totally an extra, but really? Who wouldn’t want to be greeted with a little sweet treat upon their arrival. I know I wouldn’t be disappointed to find a nice little chocolate something waiting for me after a long trip!
I hope these simple tips helped you feel prepared for your holiday guests, and I hope you get to spend time this holiday season with loved ones, whether you are the host or the traveler!
If you are hosting overnight friends or family this holiday season and are feeling some panic about the state of your guest room, give me a ring or drop me an email!
I’d love to help you get your guest room ready for your special visitors! There’s still time to pull a comfy and welcoming room together, and I’d love to help you do it!
Have a happy day, friends!
Hello, I’m glad you’ve stopped by for today’s Home Tour! Today’s tour will be of my own home, which my husband and I built almost a year and a half ago. We had owned the lot for many years, and finally decided to bite the bullet and build on it. We went with a craftsman-style home, mainly because I love the symmetry, simplicity, and straight lines inherent in the style.
These photos are of my entryway, and the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. I would describe my home and decorating style as open, clean-lined, and happy! I love color, but I love using it in small doses as accents against a clean white background, rather than as the main statement. I have friends who really are fearless with color, and I love that for them, but for me, clean and simple works best and makes me the happiest!
This is the view you see as you walk from the entry into the living room area. All of my main living areas (entry, living room, kitchen, and dining room) are open to each other. Because our home is not large (2400 sf on the main floor), I wanted it to feel more open and spacious, and eliminating walls did that! Having 10′ high ceilings also help to keep the rooms feeling open and airy. I also opted to keep the same wall paint and flooring throughout the entire main floor (other than the bathroom flooring) to maintain an open, flowing feel to the floorplan.
I would have to say that my fireplace, flanked by window seats, is probably my favorite feature in the living room area. I love the wood trim, and I’m crazy about the shimmery penny tile on the fireplace surround. I’m not into tons of bling, but I do love a little sparkly here and there!
We brought craftsman style features into the interior of our home as well with these tapered columns surrounding the stairwell. Every other home we have built or lived in has been a two-story home with a lovely staircase going up to the second story. Since this home didn’t have that, I decided that rather than walling in the stairs to the basement, or just putting a standard rail around the opening, I would make the stairs feel like more of a feature by putting a half wall, supported by craftsman columns around it. I love the architectural detail that it adds to our otherwise fairly plain floorplan. Adding some trimwork going down the stairs helps them feel a little more important, too.
As you can see, my living room opens right up to my kitchen, so let’s head over that way.
I would definitely say that my kitchen is the heart of our home. It was where lots of the happy family time happens. And this kitchen is definitely more than just a pretty face. I enjoy baking, cooking, and having family over for dinner, so this kitchen is put through the wringer! And boy, has it proved to be up to the test. My island is huge and perfect for lots of little ones and their playdough, gingerbread houses, and cookie decorating. And I can’t sing the praises of my white quartzite countertop enough! So easy to clean, doesn’t stain, and always just sits there looking gorgeous! (Wish I could do the same!)
I went with black doors throughout my house. I just love the grounding that black provides in a room, and I really love how elegant and sophisticated the black doors are. They also help my black granite perimeter countertops fit right in. I think every room should have a little bit of black!
Let’s move on to the dining area, which is just to the left of the kitchen. I love that my dining area is flanked on three sides by windows – lots of views of the pretty wooded surroundings, which is the main reason we fell in love with this lot. I don’t love my dining table, but I’m making it work. If I had my druthers, I’d replace it with a yummy reclaimed wood table. Maybe in my next life…
As we head down the hall, we come to the offices (mine and my husband’s), the hall bath, and the laundry room/mudroom. Let’s take a look at the mudroom first.
The plans originally called for the mudroom to be a stand-alone room, connecting the main living areas to the garage. In keeping with my desire for a more open floorplan, we decided to open the mudroom up to the laundry room. It feels much more spacious, and is the perfect place to drop off muddy clothes for cleaning!
Hope you enjoyed today’s tour – have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!
When we built our house last year, our builder convinced us that if we ever intended to finish the basement, we should do it as we built the house – the costs would be less, there would be no mess to deal as there would be if we did it later, and we could check it off the list and not have to worry about it again.
So we took the bait and finished the basement. It includes a really large family room/game room with a kitchenette, a movie-watching room (I hesitate to call it a theater, because it’s not that fancy), a bathroom, and three extra bedrooms.
Given the fact that we have five grown children, seven teeny-little grandchildren and LOTS of extended family (9 kids in the family I grew up in, 4 in my husband’s, and oodles of nieces, nephews, and cousins), those three extra bedrooms have come in pretty handy. I think we had family sleeping in them just about every other weekend all summer long!
While we did relish the extra sleeping accommodations the bedrooms provided, we didn’t relish the thought of buying new furniture to populate them! I’ll bet you can guess what happened…..Yep! The guest bedrooms inherited all of the old furniture we have accumulated over the years of our marriage. One of these pieces we already owned was this bunk bed set.
While I love the space saving features of bunk beds, I absolutely HATE making them, and this set is no exception. It’s nice that it can sleep full-grown people in the bottom bunk, but bed making was still a nightmare – think lots of head bumping and blankets that never really got tucked in properly. Add to that the fact that I had to crawl all over the bed to reach the other side, by the time I was done “making” the bed, I didn’t have a lot to show for my efforts (head bruises aside)! I’m sure all you bunk bed owners out there know the frustration I’m talking about!
You can imagine how excited I was, then to discover that there is such a thing as a “make-free” bed. (I just made that term up, can you tell?). What I mean is there is bedding out there that is super easy to make because all the bedding in sewn together in one piece – fitted bottom sheet, minky top sheet, and top cover. They are called Beddy’s, and they are so cool! I ordered a full-sized set and a twin set from Beddy’s (mine are the Chic White version) and I just can’t believe how much easier it is now to make the beds! Just unzip the top blanket and climb in at night, and when you get up in the morning, zip it all back up! Even teeny little grandchildren should be able to handle making the beds now. Hooray! And when they need to be washed, you can either just completely unzip the top and wash that, or take the whole thing off and wash the set. Yep, I’m pretty excited about the Beddy’s – you’ll have to check them out. I wanted mine specifically to solve the bunk bed head-banging problem, but of course, they could be used on other beds as well. The Beddy’s came with the pretty white ruffled pillowcases, which is all you really need, but I did finish my beds off with some brown paisley quilts for extra warmth and to tie in the dark tones of the beds and furniture, and a few throw pillows for extra color. I love the ease and comfort of Beddy’s! Just wished I’d learned about them a long time ago – it would have saved a few bruised heads!
Since this room is mostly use by the youngest visitors, I decorated it accordingly. I used bright, primary colors (mostly red and yellow), added a cozy spot for reading bedtime stories, a vintage Mickey Mouse alarm clock and some cute little water glasses on a vintage tray.
So far I have kept the wall decorations simple. Right now the only thing I have hung on the walls are some darling Disney-inspired prints from Ritzy Reba above the bed (I love how they reinforce the color palette!), and a little wall shelf to display some toys. I’m thinking down the road I may add a chalkboard on another wall.
The drawer pulls on both the nightstand and the dresser are from a children’s shop that has since gone out of business, but I love how they dress up the otherwise dark and boring furniture.
This kid-friendly guest room has gotten lots of use and love so far, and I hope it will continue to house much-loved little people (and their parents) for a long time to come!
**I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive product from the gracious folks at Beddy’s for my review. All opinions are my own.
I’ve posted before about my dining room struggles (they are real!). Remember this post about how I really don’t like my dining room furniture anymore? In that post I talked about how I swapped out the chairs that came with the table for these rattan ones. And I do like them a lot better than the originals. But I still felt like I wanted something to make the space feel a little more important.
I really, really wanted big, comfy, enveloping upholstered chairs. Since I don’t have a dedicated dining room, it’s easy for my dining area to just kind of blend into my kitchen. So I felt that having something a bit more formal would help that space feel a little more special and distinct.
And here they are – my “new” dining room upholstered chairs! Comfy, cozy, with a little bit of subtle sophistication. And just wait until you see how they started life – there was nothing subtle about them!
Although I knew I wanted some upholstered chairs at the ends of the table, I really didn’t want to spend much money to get them. I’d been reading and researching about painting upholstered furniture for a while – starting when I was wanting to change the look of the sofa and chairs in my living room. As you might know, I ended up sewing slipcovers for those pieces, and I’m so glad I did – it changed the whole look of my living room area!
I knew, of course, that I would never paint my sofa and chairs, because they are really nice pieces of furniture. BUT, if I had some really old, or cheap, or FREE upholstered furniture, that would be a different story!
Enter these wing chairs! Aren’t they pretty? (not!) I traded two old end tables I had for two of these chairs, so I feel like they were free! And free meant that I wouldn’t feel too badly if I ended up ruining them in the process of trying to paint them.
The Painting Process
There are a lot of good tutorials on painting upholstered furniture. I mostly used this one by A Beautiful Mess, this one by Made+Remade, and this one by 11 Magnolia Lane. Check them out for all the details before you get out your paint brushes! I’m not planning on re-writing a whole tutorial, because all of the above ladies did fabulous jobs, and their tutorials will get the job done for you. But I will give you just a quick summary of the steps I went through so that you can decide if it’s something you want to delve into more deeply. In a nutshell, here’s what I did:
- Clean off the upholstery as best you can – I vacuumed mine and tried to wipe off stains with warm water and a rag as much as possible
- Gather your supplies: spray bottle, latex or craft paint, water, fabric medium, paint brush, paper towels, painters tape (to tape around the legs), sandpaper or sanding block
- Mix up your solution – latex paint, water, and fabric medium in a ratio of about 1:1:1/2
- Fill a spray bottle with water – spray the chair lightly (you don’t have to soak it) before applying each coat of paint
- Start painting, trying to work the paint into the fabric
- Sand and mist with water between each coat
- It took me about 5 coats of paint to cover
Your paint will be pretty watery, and it will take several coats to completely cover the original pattern and color. I think I did about 3 thin coats, then I used a slightly thicker mixture (used less water) for the final two coats.
One tip that I read somewhere: keep in mind that you are trying to work the paint into the fabric (that’s why you spray it with water first, and why the paint is so thin), rather than just applying coats on top. That goes a long way in keeping it from getting too crunchy and stiff when it’s dry. Also, I think sanding between coats helped the fabric stay supple as well.
At the end of most of the tutorials I read, readers asked these two questions. So I’ll just answer them now!
Does the fabric feel crunchy when you’re done? Your chair fabric will definitely feel stiffer than it was before it was painted. It feels to me like a softened leather now, or a little bit like a vinyl. It’s smooth, and it’s a little bit stiff, but it’s definitely not crunchy or crackly. It actualy feels much softer than I expected it would. Will it become my new favorite chair for snuggling in with a book at night? No, probably not. But it’s perfectly comfortable for sitting and eating dinner in!
Will the paint rub off onto my clothing when I sit on it after it’s been painted? All of the tutorials I read stated definitively that the paint does NOT rub off on clothing. And that has been my experience, too (keep in mind that I’ve had my chair finished for all of about one week!). It does not rub off, and the paint has not chipped off either. I’ll update you if I notice any chipping.
As you can see, I tried them out with every pillow I own!
I really like how the chairs came out, and I love that they make my dining area feel just a little more formal, and a little more special.
Well, what do you think? Will you be trying your hand at any painted upholstery?
A summer or two ago my husband and I took a little road trip to some national parks in southern Utah. Along the way, I conned my husband into stopping at a couple of antique/junk stores. This is most definitely NOT his favorite pastime, but I guess because we were on vacation, he was in a good mood and agreed to the detours. 🙂
In one of the little shops, I came across a whole box of clear plastic signs with black numbers on them. They were the numbers that gas stations used to use to show the price of gas. Even though my husband couldn’t see the potential in the old plastic numbers (?!), I loved their graphic quality and quickly snapped up 3 numbers that represented our house number. The price made them even more appealing at $1 a piece!
Once I got the numbers home I had to figure out a way to display them – a task that was not as easy as I had hoped. First I tried hanging them directly on the wall with a spacer behind them, but I didn’t feel like they had enough impact that way, plus I didn’t like that I could see the spacer through the clear plastic. I decided that I would buy frames for them. Easier said than done! Because the numbers were not intended to be framed, they hadn’t been manufactured to a standard frame size, which I thought was very thoughless of the gas station number people! I suppose I could have had custom frames made, but it seemed silly to pay $50 to custom frame a $1 item.
After searching unsuccessfully for a standard frame that would fit them exactly, I ended up concluding that I was going to have to jerry-rig something together. In the hopes that some of you may find it helpful with your gas station numbers (just kidding…I know of exactly one other person who is searching for frames for gas station numbers – hi Mandy!) or any other odd-sized document or graphic that you’re hoping to frame, I thought I’d show you how I made mine work with a standard frame from Ikea.
I found the frame size closest to my numbers, which happened to be the 11-3/4” x 15-3/4” Ribba Frame. My numbers are 11” x 15”. So you can see that I was just barely off size-wise. With the matte, the opening was too small, without the matte, it was just a little bit too big.
I got out a cutting board and my sharpest x-acto knife and measured carefully on the BACK of the Ikea matte a measurement that allowed for ½” of empty space around all sides of my number, with about 1/2″ of the clear plastic overlapping the matte. Then with pencil I drew those measurements on the back of the matte. Using my sharp x-acto knife with the cutting board underneath, I carefully cut through the matte along the lines I had marked. It helped a lot to hold a straight edge down on the matte with a lot of pressure – mattes are kind of thick and not the easiest to cut. Holding the straight edge helped me to use the pressure I needed to cut all the way through the matte. Even doing that, I had a couple of slips where I went a little off course. They were correctable though, and not noticeable in the finished matte (thank goodness!).
After cutting off the excess matte, I left it face down, centered my number on the back of what was left of the matte, and taped the number down all the way around with clear packing tape. These numbers have a little bit of weight to them (certainly more than a standard print or photo), and taping them in just a few places didn’t hold them securely enough. I cut the width of the tape down so that none of the tape showed on the front side of the numbers.
After that, it was just a matter of attaching the matte back into the frame. Because you don’t use anything behind the number (usually you would put a piece of cardboard behind a photo), the little black tabs that you fold down to hold the picture in place have a little extra wiggle room. Be sure that you press those tabs in firmly against the matte.
Then all that’s left is to hang your completed project on the wall. I ended up just driving a smallish nail with a head into the wall and hanging the frame right on the nail. I didn’t want to be able to see any kind of hanging apparatus through the clear plastic surrounding the numbers.
Hope that helps you if you’re struggling with displaying an awkwardly sized piece of art, be it a plastic gas station number or any other weird treasure you may find!
Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of doing some design work on the most amazing home. This home is so different from anything I have ever worked on, and let me tell you – it has been so much fun!
I’ll set the stage a little for you so that you can appreciate how special this property is! The home was built about 20 years ago by a former owner. It is gorgeously tucked away on 26 acres and is surround by pastureland where cows, sheep, and horses graze. The property includes a stream, lovely large trees shading a winding driveway, a separate garage/studio, stables, greenhouse, playhouse, and a gorgeous pool and pool-house. And to top it all off, the main home is surrounded on three sides with the most lovely, huge hydrangeas bushes that bloom like there’s no tomorrow! So you get the pictures, right? It’s a little slice of country heaven.
The current owner, Terri, has lived in the home with her family for about 6 years now. She asked me to help her make the house more “her”. Terri and her husband bought the home fully furnished, so it came with loads and loads of the type of furniture you would expect to find in a 10,000 square foot mountain log home retreat – lots of dark, distressed leather, big heavy tables and chairs, antlers, antique rugs, and lots of dark upholstery. Now, while Terri’s husband is a big fan of this heavy and masculine look, Terri is not quite as enamored with it. She really does love the cozy, warm, country feeling of her home, but she craved some lightness and a brighter, more updated look. She asked me to help her bring some new life to this well-loved home, while still maintaining its country, homey feel. So we got to work!
So far we have only scratched the surface – having almost completed the redecorating of the spacious entry and the very large living room. The sad part of this story is that I didn’t take a single before picture! Can you believe it?! Both Terri and I were just so excited to get to work, that documenting how dark and heavy these spaces were before we started didn’t even cross either of our minds! I can only tell you that it was quite dark and very masculine – think hunting lodge. So you’ll have to use your imagination a little to try to picture this large space before we got to work.
The first thing on the list was to have the clay colored walls painted a very creamy white. After that we replaced the red living room rug with a silvery blue oriental rug. After that we spent some time editing out clutter and excess furniture. Then the real fun began!
Here are the “after” shots of the foyer and living room.
This first shot is the left side of the foyer as you enter the home. We kept the pretty little settee and lovely gold-framed paintings, simply freshening this side up with some pretty pillows.
On the opposite side of the foyer, Terri purchased a beautiful dresser/sideboard. We accessorized it with a nature-inspired bowl, books, and of course, a skull found on the property. Still on the to-do list for the entry – adding some wall sconces on either side of the beautiful painting.
We began the living room refresh by replacing the old burgundy leather sofa with this casually elegant linen sofa by Restoration Hardware. Piling on some colorful pillows helped make this sofa both lovely and comfortable. The angular wooden tray corrals favorite photos and a decorative metal sphere. We also replaced a dark rug with a lighter silvery/gray rug with touches of blue.
The massive fireplace got a facelift with the addition of sculptural vases, baskets, landscape painting and books.
We cozy-ed up the fireplace area by adding some colorful pillows, a lamp, and some greenery.
Careful editing of the living room bookshelves help the family’s most-loved books and treasures stand out.
Now that the living room makeover is just about complete, we’re moving on to the family room, kitchen, and adjacent dining room. We’ve already made a few purchases, and I can’t wait to show you how those spaces come together.
Thanks for stopping by today!
I recently decided that I wanted a new look for my living room. My couch, settee, and chairs were all various shades of brown or tan, and I was really looking for something fresher and more updated. I wanted a lighter, brighter look. My furniture is in great shape – it is good quality, the upholstery is practically perfect, and I love the shape of it. Reupholstering was not an option because I knew from working in the design trade that re-upholstery is usually about 2/3 the cost of a new sofa or chair.
So I began to explore slipcovers. I wanted something with a really fitted look, and I knew that ordering a generic slipcover wasn’t going to give me that look. I got quotes on having slipcovers custom made. For my sofa, the price was $475 for the labor. Each chair (I had two I wanted to slipcover) was $300, and my settee was around $375. Labor alone for all four pieces would have totaled close to $1,500. And I would need to supply the materials on top of that.
It began to be obvious that to get the look I wanted at a price I was willing to pay, I was going to need to sew the slipcovers myself.
Several folks have expressed surprise over the fact that I sewed my own slipcovers. Although the exclamations of amazement are flattering, and as tempting as it is to let you all believe (at least for a few minutes) that I am a superwoman, I thought it would be best to come clean. So here is the honest truth for those of you who have been contemplating taking a stab at sewing slipscovers — it wasn’t all that hard. Really!!
Just to set the stage – I have a modest amount of sewing experience. I can sew straight lines really well (it comes in handy!), I’ve made my fair share of curtains and simple pillows, and even done some simple clothes sewing. But I am in no way an expert seamstress. I tend to get tired of the process and just want to get to the finish line, so I’m not always as careful with the details as I should be. Having said all of that, I think that anyone who has a modest amount of sewing experience and is willing to be patient and careful and take their time during the process can sew a basic slipcover. Prior to this experience, I had never attempted a slipcover before. I had always been intimidated by how technical it looked, and how long it would take. But once I finally bit the bullet and jumped in, things just seemed to motor along and I am really pleased with how my slipcovers turned out.
I’m not going to attempt a tutorial here, because it would be incredibly long and tedious, and I think every project is probably different. Plus there are plenty of good tutorials already out there. But here are some guidelines and things I did that helped me along the way that might prove helpful to you if you are considering sewing your own slipcovers.
Before I ever laid a finger to fabric, I did a LOT of online research. There are quite a few tutorials available to walk you through the slipcover process. Look at a lot of different tutorials, watch some videos, and even look at a couple of books. I found the following sites particularly helpful:
This article by Karen at SlipcoverMaker was very helpful as I tried to decide what kind of fabric to buy.
Anita from Cedar Hill Farm gives excellent tips on sewing slipcovers.
This post from The Nester was helpful also.
And last but certainly not least, Marian from Miss Mustard has a excellent video tutorial series on sewing slipcovers. It was helpful to me to see the actual process happening on video.
After doing some reading and ordering some swatches, I decided to go with a 12-oz white Bull Denim for my slipcovers. I’m happy with my choice – it’s heavyweight and doesn’t allow the upholstery fabric to show through, yet it’s soft enough to feel comfortable to the touch. I found my denim very reasonably priced from Blue Pacific Denim. The total cost of materials (fabric, zippers, and welt cording) to do all four pieces came to $300.
You want to make sure to prewash your fabric just in case it shrinks – you don’t want it to shrink AFTER you’ve made your slipcovers! I cut mine in about 6 yard chunks. I wanted large pieces so that I didn’t waste fabric, but if the pieces are too long, they just get wound into a wad in the washer and dryer. I still had to open the door several times during the drying process to unwind the wad of fabric.
Welt cording really dresses up a piece of furniture, so as tempted as I was to leave it out for the sake of ease, in the end I knew I had to add it.
It really does make the finished covers look professional and crisp. So get ready to sew about a million miles welt cording! I found a very helpful tutorial on how to cut and sew bias strips for the cording without dealing with dozens of small pieces on Addicted To Decorating. It saved me a TON of time and I highly recommend this method.
Pinning each piece (with the welt cord sandwiched in between) carefully is the secret to a form-fitting slipcover. Pin two sections together (with the fabric inside out) right on top of your chair, take it to your sewing machine, sew it together, go back and try it on your chair. If it doesn’t fit how you want it to, fix it right then. Then go back and try it on again. Basically, this is what you will do for the rest of your project! Cut, pin, sew, try on, make small adjustments, and then add another piece.
I can’t stress this enough – don’t try to rush through this. You will regret it for sure! Whenever I would get tired of the project, I would put it down and walk away. Giving yourself a break every so often helps to keep your mind fresh and to minimize silly mistakes. I’m not saying I didn’t make mistakes, because I most certainly did! I just made less of them if I paced myself and took breaks when I started feeling frazzled.
Sewing your own slipcovers is a big project, but it’s certainly not an impossible one. And with a little work and some patience, you can end up with a sofa you will be proud of!
I recently added a small plate wall to my dining area. I had some cute white and green plates that I knew I was never going to use to eat on, and I thought they would be a nice accent in my mostly white dining area.
I researched how to hang the plates before starting. Seems like the most common options are specialty-made plate hangers, which I didn’t really want to go out and buy. Plus, I don’t like how they squeeze the plates so tight, and how the plates hang away from the wall on them. I also saw some rubber plate hangers, which didn’t get rave reviews in the articles I read (they sometimes came off the plates, leaving a disaster behind). I decided to craft my own plate holder by making a simple hook out of strong wire, and gluing the loops to the backs of the plates with E6000 glue. I let them dry for a whole day before hanging the plates. They seem very sturdy, so I’m crossing my fingers that this is a good long-term solution.
As far as the arrangement of the plates on the wall goes, I decided that rather than wing the placement (which is my usual style), I would make templates out of newsprint to test the placement on the wall. After tracing each plate onto the paper and cutting out the templates, I simply taped the paper templates to the wall until I had an arrangement that I liked. Then I measured where the hook was glued to the plate, marked that spot on the template, and nailed right through the template into the wall.
Then all that was left was to rip the templates off the wall and hang the plates!
I am still planning on adding a white plate or two that I have since found at thrift stores, so my simple little plate wall will grow some. I really do love having these pretty dishes out in plain sight where I can enjoy them every day!