Saturday, October 6, 2012

Obsessions: Wallpaper

When we found our new house this summer, one of the most exciting features (other than the awesome amount of storage) was my foyer...a real foyer! I knew immediately that I wanted a fabulous wallpaper that would make a huge statement. I set off on a search for the perfect wallpaper and little did I know what a tall order that was. I did eventually find the perfect paper (and on sale!) but I thought I would share some of the other papers I found a long the way. 

The first paper is Rabbit Tat Tat from Hygge and West and it will soon be hanging in my foyer! I love the whimsy of the rabbits and the simplicity of the colors. I'm adding in a pink and cream polka dot rug to give the area some color!

The next one is from Anthropologie and it's inspired by style sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey. You can see a sneak peek of their apartment on designsponge here. The collection of riding boots, animalia and artwork is nothing short of artwork itself, adding an antiquitarian touch to any room.

And lastly, a really edgy wallpaper from Timorous Beasties. This paper looks like a classic toile at a distance but upon closer inspection is actually filled with policeman making arrests, a woman pushing a stroller and what appears to be someone being mugged. There are several different cities to choose from but London and New York are my favorites. The idea of taking a pattern as classic as toile and making it so fresh and modern is just a win in my book!

These would look beautiful even in the back of bookshelves (a simple project that could be done with 1 roll!). Hopefully these wallpapers will inspire you to add some extra personality and pizzazz to your home. Also, check out my friend Kayla's blog, wear and ware,  for more inspiring papers (and be sure to follow her)!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Etsy Find: B. Nute

My baby girl is turning one next moth and as much as it pains me (like, physically makes my heart hurt) its time to plan her first birthday party (I'm hoping to distract myself from the fact that she is growing up by creating a fabulous party!). I've been pinning things for this party since she was about 2 months old and I found these wonderful invitations from B. Nute on Etsy. They are perfect for my woodland animals theme and I just love that the animals are wearing party hats! The whole look of the invitation is whimsical and sweet. There are invitations in her shop for anything you can think of and they're so unusual and reasonably priced! Also, the shop owner, Betsy, is changing up the colors of the type for me and she was so easy to work with, an absolute pleasure. I will be using her shop as my go to invitation source for years to come!

Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY: faux metal letters

So, I must give credit where credit is due...I did not come up with this project myself. It's one of the many pins that I've come across lately that caught my eye. I thought I would share it because it turned out GREAT (unlike some of the things I've tried...potato and leek soup, not so good...). First, here's a link to the original posting of the project. Also, for those of you interested, here's a link to my pinterest so you can follow me! Here's how the project goes:

1. Buy 3d cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby
2. Spray paint with metallic silver paint or (as I did) stainless steel paint (also purchased at the HL)
3. Paint
4. Hang

And that's all folks! Super duper easy and sooooo cute...they honestly look like metal letters sitting on the shelf above my sink! Paired with the stainless steel island I'm purchasing at ikea in a few weeks, plus my freshly painted warm/gray/brown cabinets, I think my kitchen will have that worn, industrial look I'm going for. Of course, these letters can be used in any room to add a bit of graphic art. Enjoy!