Monday, September 22, 2014

Last Week's Links

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We spent a lot of time with friends and family. Those are the best types of weekends.  These are some of my favorite links from last week...

1 || I just adore this dreamy office space
2 || I totally relate with these 5 beautiful kitchens. I love them all. 
3 || This is the cutest etsy shop
4 || This nursery is amazing! 
5 || I love this vest for fall. 

6 || What a fun bathroom
7 || This is an easy idea for cute custom pumpkins.
8 || Make your own bear rug for $6!  
9 || I love this necklace
10 || This is the cutest craft idea for little kiddos! 
11 || I love all of these art ideas for a girl's room. 

I also wanted to share this message that helped me a lot this week. I can totally relate with this mom. Sometimes I feel like the "to-do" list is never ending. It's nice to have reminders of the priorities that really matter. 

I have a fun week of blogging planned including a new room reveal! Stay tuned! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Feature Friday: Melissa Reynolds

Today I am featuring the super cute house of Melissa Reynolds. She doesn't have a blog but you can check her out on instagram @melissareys. Here is what she says she loves most about her home:

What I love most about my home is the feeling of family that my husband and I have created here.  As much as I love interior design, I love more that we have created a happy, comfortable and friendly home to raise our children in.  We have brought two of our three babies home here, and it means more to me to create a safe haven for my family to grow up in than anything else.  That being said, I love being able to experiment with my style, and I have done that the best way possible with three small kids running around!  I learned early on that its okay to see broken things in your house.  I love to keep things pretty and styled, but lets be honest, that doesn't always happen with a two year old around!  I have also become more comfortable with my current surroundings, and when my throw pillows spend most of the day on the floor, I have learned to embrace it instead of stress over it!  I also love when people come to my home and say how much it feels like "me"...I want to be able to express myself in my surroundings, and it is such a compliment when people can see my personality shine through in my home.  


Thanks again to Melissa for sharing her home with us. Make sure you check her out on instagram @melissareys. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Colorful Teen Girl's Room with Sources

Erin and I have been hard at work creating a fun teen girls room and it's inspired me to come up with this fun design to share with all of you! Here are some of my favorite products featured in the room:

This is such a good deal for greek key panels. They would work in a girl's room or boy's room! 

These nightstands are so cute. I love the nailhead detail. The cubbies would be perfect for baskets. 

This little lamp is under $50 and it has such a fun modern shape. 

I think any girl would love this room! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Tour

Today I'm taking part in the Blog Tour you have probably seen going on in blogland. Thanks to Shelley from Crazy Wonderful for inviting me! 

Now to answer a few questions! 

How does my style differ from others in my genre?
There are truly so many talented designers out there. It's hard to say that any of us are better than each other but we are all unique in our design style.  I think you could give all of us the same pieces to put in a room and we'd probably all style and design the room differently! One of things I love most about putting a room together is trying to incorporate a classic feel while infusing lots of fun and colorful elements. I like spaces that feel lively but also sophisticated. 

photo by Lindsay Orton Photography of our Playroom 

What am I working on?
My business partner Erin and I are working on lots of great projects! I think the best thing we're doing right now is working on sprucing up our own homes. Stay tuned for some great house tours! We've each gone through a transition in the feel that we want our homes to have so we've been sprucing up different areas. I've been putting the finishing touches on a new living room design, an office reveal, sprucing up the kitchen and adding some new elements to the master bedroom. I can't wait to share the spaces with you!

Why do I write/create what I do?
It's hard for me to explain sometimes to people how much I love what I do.  I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what I do. I do what I do because I can't imagine life without it. I feel like every home, room and space has great potential for beauty. It doesn't always take millions of dollars and an incredible eye to make a room special. Sometimes it just takes a little love, a little attention and a few changes to bring out the beauty of a space. I love being able to do that for people.  I feel so lucky.

Now for the blogger I am sending the tour on to!

I'm passing the torch to one of my longtime blogging buddies Autumn from Design Dump. She continues to bring great inspiration to blogland with her room reveals and easy DIY Projects! 

Isn't she amazing! Be sure to check out Design Dump next Monday for a continuation of the tour!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DIY Black and White Chevron Pillow

Today we have a fun art tutorial from my contributor, Brittany! She is constantly coming up with great projects on her blog, brittanyMakes. I love a good pillow and especially a bold black and white one! This DIY has me swooning for sure! 

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  DIY Chevron pillow from Striped Fabric | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School
 Raise your hand if you have a stash of the oh so classic black and white striped fabric. Who doesn't, right? Most times I'm at a loss on what to do with fabric remnants after I've finished a project. Maybe it's the hoarder in me, but I seriously hate tossing perfectly good materials - I'll think of something to do with them! And guess what? I'b here to share another pillow design! There are so many ways you can manipulate striped fabric and today I'm going to show you how to turn stripes into a chevron pattern. Let's go! Here's what you need:
  • 1/2 yard striped fabric
  • Kraft paper for template
  • Angle square
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Piping (optional) - I used neon velvet ribbon!
DIY Chevron pillow from Striped Fabric | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School
 First thing you want to do is measure and cut your pillow template. I wanted to make a 20" pillow, so I cut out a template measuring 20"x20". Fold this in half diagonally. Lay the 90-degree edge of your angle square along the edge of a stripe on the front of your fabric. Then, take your ruler and place it at the 45-degree mark. I placed my folded template underneath my ruler as an additional guide (you actually probably don't even need the template if you have an L-shaped ruler, now that I think about it). Using your chalk measure 20" up for the first side of your pillow cover. Repeat this process for the second side, although you need to flip your angle square to the opposite 90-degree edge. Make sense?
DIY Chevron pillow from Striped Fabric | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School
Next, railroad both sides together. It is SUPER important to make sure the stripes align from top to bottom. I like to hold the fabric up to the light to make sure they align, then use like a million pins to make sure the fabric doesn't move when I sew it together. Now, the next step is completely optional. I wanted to add some flair to my pillow by turning some neon velvet ribbon into piping. My suggested method for doing this is to sew the piping to the front of the pillow cover first, then sew the back side on top of it. I recommend going very slowly when sewing the ribbon/piping. You can choose to add a zipper or do an envelope closure for the back side. This is a great zipper tutorial, and this is a straight forward envelope pillow tutorial. DIY Chevron pillow from Striped Fabric | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School
 It looks pretty fantastic, right?? I'm totally guilty for making way too many pillows, but in my defense they're just so easy to make and can transform a space in a hot minute! Toss this bad boy on your bed and bam! Instant upgrade. Not to mention your friends and fam will oogle over your pillow and wonder where they can buy this oversized chevron printed fabric :P

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Hi! I'm Brittany from the blog brittanyMakes, where I journal my adventures in DIY projects ranging from everyday home decor to handmade jewelry, from tips in photography to stories of bulldogs, and everything else in-between.   I am a fierce accountant by day and a zealous DIYer by night.  I spend my time balancing my love for home decor and design with the everyday responsibilities of my corporate day job.  My main mission is to inspire my readers to do what they love, take risks, and above all, to exercise their creative muscles!
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