Spaces We Love

Spaces We Love – Rowena’s Scandinavian Home

May 3, 2016

Rowena is an interior stylist and blogger with the most beautiful Scandinavian home. She and her husband live in an 85 sq. meter (that’s ~900 ft.) home with their 4 kids! She loves to DIY, and most of her furniture is bought secondhand (my kinda gal!) Here are a few snapshots of her beautiful home. If you can’t get enough, check out her Instagram for many more! Also, if you’re feelin’ the Scandinavian look, check out this spotlight I did a while back.

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I love how simple this sweet little room is. Perfect for a small house with lots of kids!

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Decorating Projects + Tutorials

Engineer Prints – Large Scale Art

April 25, 2016
Tiger and Lion Photos

We got 2 more cats!! Don’t worry, these ones are just made of paper.

I’ve been loving the look of large scale art lately. One thing I’ve learned from tons of searching is that large pieces can come with an astronomical price tag. So, I started looking up some ways that I could replicate the look and I found some pretty awesome stuff, like this octopus made out of a shower curtain:322a9bffc385777cbbc51b76cd617b2f

Eventually I came across the idea of using engineer prints (the prints typically used for blueprints & other architectural work) to print photos on a large scale. There are a ton of great examples out there of people using photos they’ve taken of their kids, or even abstract photos, and turning them into beautiful wall art.

Now, I’m about to get into exactly how I did my tiger & lion prints, but first let me start by saying: if Greg had tried to tell me a year ago that we were going to have huge prints of tigers and lions as a focal point in our living room, I would have spat in his face. Usually when you think big photos of tigers and lions on a wall, you imagine tacky orange roaring creatures & a 10-year-old’s bedroom. However, when we moved into this house, I promised myself I would design it in a way that whoever walked in would get the sense that it was OUR house — not a house that feels like “this is someone who loves HomeGoods!” I’ve had so much fun creating a home that’s OURS by finding projects like this that speak to the things Greg and I love. In the 2 months that we’ve been here, we’ve piecemealed our place together with vintage finds & tons of stuff that has a lot of meaning to us, and it makes us love our home that much more.

My first step in this project was to scour the internet to find the perfect tiger & lion pictures. My first stop was Etsy since a lot of shop owners sell downloadable files. Once I came across Lila and Lola’s shop, I knew I found exactly what I needed.

I bought the downloads for $6.50 a piece. They send you 4 different sized files to use, depending on how big you’re scaling the photo.

Next stop was to head to Staples website and see if this really was going to be as easy as everyone says it is. Short answer: yes. Here’s where you can go to upload your prints.

I chose to print my photos at 24×36. I knew they’d be hanging above our new credenza, so I didn’t want them to be too big. Since Staples engineering prints are only black & white and on super thin paper, printing them is very cheap. Each one of these cost only $3.50 to print! That brings each download + print to only $10.00!

Here’s the print before I framed it:

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I had to be very careful because the paper is extremely thin. That meant no cats stepping on it (and believe me, they tried!)

I got the frames on sale at AC Moore for $12.99 each. They are just super cheap, matte black poster frames, but I love that the edges are flat and thin (instead of fat, round & shiny like George Costanza’s head most cheap poster frames)

Oh, I forgot to mention that I did this all without telling Greg. Big cats are his favorite thing in the world, so I wanted to surprise him. The real cats were very curious & I asked Greg no less than 7 times if he thinks they can tell that they are looking at other cats. (He doesn’t think so)IMG_9840 (1)

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So there you have it! It really is as easy as I read it was. I would highly recommend giving it a go if you’ve got some empty wall space to fill. There are endless Etsy shops with awesome prints to choose from (and I also read somewhere that Staples just started doing these types of prints in color!)

Here’s the breakdown of costs for this project:

Files from Etsy: $13

Prints from Staples: $7

Frames from AC Moore: $26

Total for this project: $46

The best part is that the prints are so cheap, I can easily change them out if we ever get sick of the tiger and lion. (It wont happen.)

Inspiration + Design

The Credenza that Deserves a Blog Post

April 24, 2016
Mid Century Credenza

There’s not much to say here. I just want to show off my FAVORITE piece of furniture in the history of the universe.

I knew exactly the type of piece I wanted for this space when we moved into the house. This wall sat empty for 2 months because I was waiting & searching for the perfect piece.

The quick story goes like this… there’s this amazing local antique shop near me called the Syracuse Antiques Exchange. It consists of 4 floors of incredible antiques. There’s furniture, art, textiles, lighting, and so much more. The staff there are so very friendly (they don’t make you feel dumb — some antique dealers can be very snobby)

I *almost* gave up on my hunt and went for a hutch that another dealer was selling, but decided against it at the last minute in hopes of waiting out a little longer for my perfect piece. This dealer told another dealer what I was looking for and he messaged me on Facebook to show me this piece. He got it at an auction last year and it ended up living at his house until now instead of going into the shop (thank goodness because I know it would have gotten scooped up!) It’s made by American of Martinsville, and it’s everything my dreams are made of.

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So, there you have it. That’s the story of the credenza that deserves a blog post.

Inspiration + Design Spaces We Love

Spaces we Love – Chelsea from StyleMutt Home

April 13, 2016
Eclectic Living Room

Chelsea and Cate of StyleMutt Home (a home decor resource site) are sisters-in-law and designers from the outskirts of DC. I think it’s so awesome that these 2 teamed up to create their design business. Their business has grown quite a bit in the last 5 years! It began as a small furniture refinishing business in a garage, and now has grown to include home decor, design styling, and consultation.

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Chelsea’s living room is proof that many styles can be mixed together to create an awesome space. My favorite thing in the room? Those drool-worthy leather chairs. Cate refinished them (I’d love to see what they looked like before!)

You know those Saturday’s when you wake up and you feel that sudden rush of excitement because you just realized it’s Saturday and you have the whole day ahead of you with nothing planned? That’s the feeling looking at this room gives me. For some reason I want nothing more than to sit on that couch on a Saturday morning with a coffee.

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Chelsea’s peacock chair is what initially caught my eye on Instagram. She scored that puppy for $10. There’s a tiny consignment shop near my parents house that’s had a peacock chair in the window for a while now, and I’ve been meaning to stop in and check it out.

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Follow Chelsea on Instagram for more photos of her beautiful, eclectic home!

Inspiration + Design Spaces We Love

Spaces we Love – Rolande’s minimal, natural home

April 12, 2016
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Since starting this blog, I’ve come across some amazing designers/design obsessed people who’s spaces I love to stare at and cry marvel. I’ve become so immersed in this community that i’m starting to feel like all I do all day is look at pictures of pretty spaces. (I’m feeling a bit like Andy Warhol when I say that…)981b783b560762e2784629ff8dbb351b

So, as the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” (or in my case… if you can’t BE them, post photos of them on your blog) So here’s the first of hopefully many Spaces we Love features (we being me and my 3 cats, obviously)

This first feature comes from someone I stumbled across on Instagram. Her tag is @ro_lande, she’s Dutch, and she’s got the most beautiful, simple home. It’s the perfect mix of minimal and cozy. Room to breathe, but not too empty. If I were to go to rehab, this is where I would want it to be. My new friend sent me some gorgeous photos of her space to share with you. Enjoy, and don’t forget to clean up your drool before you go 🙂

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Head over to her instagram to check out more, and tell her I sent you! 🙂

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