I’ve been a bit obsessed with these plastic molded Eames chairs lately and have a feeling they’ll be showing up in my dining room soon. Maybe.
This time of year, I always start to crave greenery. Winter has just taken hold in Texas, and I’m already wishing for Spring. My response is usually to buy indoor plants, something I’ve done in full force this year. I also added a new terra cotta planter to our growing collection of containers, and over the weekend I painted it white and added a large gold heart. Now I’m ready for Spring and Valentine’s Day.
P.S. Just one more scene of green from our house:
I made a simple holiday garland this weekend using material I had on hand. I purchased some felt balls from Purl Soho a few months ago and had been wanting to put them to use. I’ve seen a couple of felt ball garlands online and it made me wish I had purchased more. Since I only had a handful, I decided to combine them with felt flowers and pom poms.
I made the flowers by cutting petals out of felt and sewing them together in the center. I used this tutorial, minus the decoupage/glue step.
For the poms poms, I used this tutorial. Jenna really wanted to help, so I wrapped the yarn around her hands to form the pom poms instead of my own.
Once the pieces were ready, I threaded everything onto red and white striped twine.
And then I placed the garland along our windows in the kitchen.
Over the summer I mentioned that we were making some changes to the master bedroom, but I never posted pictures of the completed room. I think I was waiting until I thought the room was completed and now, 5 months later, I think it’s probably as complete as it’s going to get. We hit a point were it was vastly improved, and then just sort of stopped. There is no art on the walls, but otherwise we accomplished nearly everything we set out to do. Eventually we’ll focus on it again and add some final touches. For now, I love the room, and we have plenty of space for an ever-changing display of children’s artwork taped to the walls.
Here’s what our bedroom looked like at the start of the summer:
After painting, adding hardwood floors and rearranging the furniture, here’s what our room looks like today:
We are huge fans of the home furniture store, Room and Board. In fact, we recently replaced the light in our kitchen area with a Nelson Bubble Lamp from Room and Board. Last week I found out that they’re hosting a Pinterest room design competition. To enter, you pin a photo of an area in your home that you’d like to update with Room and Board home accessories and then pin items from their collection that you would select to design your new space. The winners receive $1000 gift certificates. Here’s the board I started this week. Wish me luck!
I’ve been coming across a color palette lately that seems so perfect for this time of year in Texas – white and brown. With temperatures still in the 90s and not a hint of yellow or orange in the trees, this palette is light and earthy, balancing the warmth of outdoors with the desire for richer hues.
Are you as ready for fall as I am? It’s going to be in the 90s this weekend, but that didn’t stop me from updating my mantel this week. It’s still slightly summer-ish: succulents and what my husband calls “weeds from our yard” are featured prominently. But with the addition of a bit of yarn, they look much cozier, right?
To make the yarn containers, I gathered up some plants, votives and other glass containers along with a selection of yarn. I used a glue gun to place a small line of glue near the base of the container. I secured one end of the yarn and then worked my way up. At the top, I simply tucked the other end of the yarn underneath the previous rows instead of adding more glue. I think it will be easier to remove later.
Are you planning any mini home makeovers for Fall? Here are a few more bits of inspiration:
Last year I came across these patterns for Japanese kirigami leaves, which are really easy to make and result in a beautiful repetition of leaf shapes. Although it’s far from being fall here in Texas, I’m eager to start bringing an autumn look to our home, so I decided to use the kirigami patterns to create a set of votives for our table.
I started by printing and cutting out the patterns (found here). Next, I folded the paper according to the instructions and traced the leaf pattern onto the paper.
I cut out the leaf, creating a series of attached leaves in a circular shape.
I prepared the balloons in advance, and then dipped the leaves in glue and carefully placed them on a balloon. I let them dry for about 8 hours and then popped the balloons and peeled the leaves away. There was quite a bit of excess dried glue between the leaves that I also had to remove.
Finally, I added votives to the center.