Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

We’ve moved! After two years, three months, and several coats of spackle to cover the gaping nail holes birthed from a debatably successful shelving installation, Meg and I have left behind the world of apartment living and moved in to a brand new house (to us, anyway) in Brentwood with our dear friends Caroline Green and Katy Boatman–or as I like to call them, C-Lo Green and Katy Boat. Side note: head over to Katy Boat’s blog to get to know more about these lovely ladies and fellow Bachelor/Bachelorette enthusiasts.

While the moving process was long and arduous (drinking a skinny vanilla latte while watching two men carry all of your belongings up and down several flights of stairs can be surprisingly tiring), it feels wonderfully satisfying to finally be “in” the new house and start getting settled.

Historically, the first thing I do whenever I move into a new place is decorate, followed by set up TV, organize jewelry, and scope out the closest Starbucks.

A girl’s got to have her priorities straight, people.

Therefore it should not have come as a surprise to anyone who knows me well that after a full day of moving last Saturday, I called up my sweet parents on Sunday and begged them to come over and help me hang curtains and pictures. Part of me feels like I should be able to tackle these types of projects on my own by now, however a larger part of me remembers the aforementioned shelving debacle of 2010 and knows better than to start randomly hammering nails in the wall and expect reasonably good results. Thankfully, Papa Joe and Tam showed up at my doorstep that afternoon armed with a step-ladder and an extra measure of patience and set to work helping me beautify my space. I’ve still got a ways to go and a few more walls to dress up, but I snapped a quick “after” picture to share:

{Duvet from West Elm, pillows from West Elm, HomeGoods, and Pier One}

Big thanks to Papa Joe and Tam for their continued love and support as well as their promise (implied, right?) to return and help me finish hanging pictures once C-Lo’s cordless drill has had a chance to re-charge.

Quick weekend recap: Hunger Games on Friday night (a.k.a. the night Andrea and I realized we are NOT premiere people) and brunch with Jayme at Crema on Saturday, followed by a quick jaunt over to the Nashville Flea Market with Meg, where I purchased a delightfully old set of books (published in 1909) for $12 and a beautiful, somewhat dirty, old window for $10:

{A Girl of the Limber-Lost, Watch and Wait, and The Luck of Denewood}

{Old window/TBD wall decor} 

I have yet to figure out what I want to do with the window, but I’m predicting several hours will be spent researching DIY ideas on Pinterest. Hours well spent, in my humble opinion.

Back to unpacking! Happy Sunday, all!



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Felt Rosette Wreath

According to my blog post history, I’m becoming a tad predictable. It seems that every autumn, I experience a strong urge to craft and apparently this urge mainfests itself in wreath form. And true to wreath form, this year is no different!

Thanks to Christopher Columbus and government holidays, this banker is currently on the tail end of a lovely three-day weekend filled with late mornings, movie nights with Clooney and Gosling, Starbucks salted caramel mochas, and Pinterest surfing. I can’t get enough of this website! So many cute ideas for home decor, baking, fashion, crafting, travel–the possibilities are endless.

Two hours in to my Pinterest pinning, I discovered a series of adorable felt rosette wreaths. They were colorful, festive, and best of all, seemingly simple to make! Before I knew it, I found myself mulling over colored felt sheets in the fabric section at Michael’s, Starbucks in hand and felt rosette wreaths on my mind. I decided on yellow and purple, or at least what looked like yellow and purple to this colorblind girl.

A few hours and one hot glue gun burn later, success:

I made the rosettes in varying sizes to mix it up a bit and fly in the face of my perfectionist side.

I love the end result!

While I’m certainly proud of my new creation, I can’t take credit for the whole rosette wreath idea. I found Stelabird on Pinterest and she offers great a tutorial on her blog along with a wealth of other cute DIYs. Check out Stelabird’s rosette wreath tutorial and get to work making your own!

And start following me on Pinterest to kick-start your own pinning obsession. I promise you won’t regret it!

Happy fall, y’all!

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