Monday, November 10, 2014

{Styleboard} for Chairish

I have a love for vintage persian rugs, but due to their hefty price tag, I haven't been the proud owner of one yet. Recently, I came across a site called Chairish that sells pre-owned vintage rugs that are reasonably priced. I was asked to create a style board around one of their vintage rugs. I was given a few rugs to choose from and was asked to take the room from white to bright! Fun, right!?!

 Have you heard of Chairish? It's a San Francisco based online shop where you can buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. They are known for their unique decor and accessories from all eras and styles. Think original mid-century pieces from Herman-Miller, Knoll, and Hermes! Many pieces listed are designer, antique or high-end modern and vintage pieces, but they also love non-branded items with great character.

Here are some of the rug options I could pick from to design around:

Turquoise Overdyed Turkish Rug
Hand Woven Rug
Issac Mizrahi Geometric Rug

Grass Green Abrash Turkish Rug

I chose to design around this Turquoise Overdyed Turkish Patchwork rug and decided I would design a living space.

This rug definitely takes a space from white to bright on its own! You can check out many of their other stylish rugs here

The next piece of furniture I chose was a couch. Which was easy for me because I've had my eye on this leather beauty for a really, really, really long time and since it's not in the budget in real life, a girl can dream, right?!   It's a big sofa at 108" and perfect for growing boys a comfy, modern living room. 

I wanted this room to be a mix of high and low pieces. The sofa and rug being the high (expensive) pieces and then mixed in low (less expensive) pieces.

Next was choosing artwork and I knew the perfect piece to add an industrial vibe. 

Artwork found here

Here is what I came up with:

A room can feel "bright" without adding a ton of color but by the mixing of textures, fabrics, mixed metals and splashes of colors.


Kilim Pillow: One Kings Lane
Grey Kilim Pillow: One King Lane
California art: One Kings Lane
Tri-pod Floor Lamp: Lamps Plus
Side Table: Target
Nickel Task Lamp: JcPenny
Cowhide Chair: Hayneedle
Yellow Throw: West Elm
Wood Drum Table: World Market
Coffee Table: World Market
Yellow Chair: West Elm (no longer avail)
Mirror: Hayneedle
Striped Throw: West Elm
Sideboard: One Kings Lane
Mid-Century Chairs: One Kings Lane
Peacock Pillows: Purehome
Round Side Table: Crate & Barrel
Lamp: Lamps Plus
Vase: West Elm


Friday, February 28, 2014

Tips on hanging a gallery wall

Happy Friday!!

Some may feel overwhelmed by the thought of hanging a gallery wall, but really it's quite easy. I always envisioned the stairwell being a huge gallery wall, (and still plan on adding to it) but I too felt overwhelmed at the thought of starting it. So, I started with the three large canvases that we already had on the wall and then "shopped" my house for the rest of the pictures. 

I traced each of the frames onto the paper (Ikea's roll of paper works well for this) and then cut them out. This helped with the placement of the frames onto the wall and because I'm a visual person I needed to see what it was going to look like before I started putting holes all over the wall! (FYI: when tracing the frames onto the paper also put a pencil mark where the picture hooks are on the back of the frame) I used painters tape to adhere the paper to the wall.

Once your happy with the placement of your photos you can then hammer in your nails on the paper (remember you've already marked on your paper where the nails belong). Then pull off the paper and hang your picture.

If your doing a smaller scale gallery wall another tip is to lay it out on the floor and take a picture of it. You can design different layouts and decide which one you like best before hanging it.  I used this technique with this gallery wall.

Need some more inspiration? Here are some of my favorites:

I love that these are all black and white and in matching frames. This gallery wall would be perfect for a home with clean lines, not too much color…a minimalist when it comes to decor.

This gallery wall screams 'eclectic' with its pop of color, mismatched frames, and its no order feel. It's fun, interesting and feels relaxed!


Love the impact of using smaller antique frames. This has an romantic, old charm feel.

I like how these canvases make one big square. Love that they are everyday photos, not real formal…but they make a huge statement!


So, I know I haven't been blogging much lately, but I have still been working on projects! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook I shared this picture last week. 

This was the start of our outdoor chevron table! aka this momma's Valentine's present! No chocolates and roses over here! Yup, I don't let my guys off that easy. It's a labor of LOVE around here! 

 Well, I'm happy to say that we finished the table last week, just in time (literally the day before) for my cousin Debney's bridal shower at our house. I'll be sharing more pictures soon, but my husband and I are working on a tutorial for the table. It turned out AMAZING!! 
Even my little guys worked on it.

Can't wait to show you it to you guys!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Home Tour {Stairwell}

Hello and Happy New Year! It's been awhile! Hope everyone is enjoying the new year so far. I know I've been enjoying this warm sunny weather here in California!

 I have some exciting projects planned for this year, but today I thought I'd continue with the home tour.  

Here is our stairwell/gallery wall with some of our favorite pictures of our family.

Most of the frames have just been collected over the years. The lettered "family" frames were a gift.

The large canvas pictures were purchased from Costco.

The "H" was purchased at Michaels and I painted a chevron print on it.

I made the canvas below by painting the canvas yellow and using stencils and a paint pen.

Next week I'll share my tips on hanging a gallery wall!

Enjoy your weekend!