Changes in the Powder Bath!

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Can you believe it’s already been two years since I painted the guest bathroom olive green? I still love that color, but you guys know me by now. I start to get antsy for changes before too long, and when my sister’s wedding reception was just around the corner, I decided to not fight the impulse to paint again (resistance is futile anyway). This time I went in a completely different direction with crazy abstract wallpaper and the most gorgeous shade of navy on the millwork!

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We’re all loving the changes! It feels like a completely different room. One of my girls even asked if she could turn the tub into a bed and make this her bedroom. 🙂

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When it came to choosing a specific color for our bathroom walls, my starting point was this gorgeous wallpaper from Eskayel.

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I wanted a paint color for the wainscotting that really worked well with the wallpaper, but that could also stand on it’s own. As I’m sure many of you know, navy is a REALLY tricky paint color to get right. It seems like most shades are either way too purple, or too bright, or not saturated enough.

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I grabbed a handful of samples from the BEHR Marquee line at Home Depot. I have used the Marquee colors and paint a million times and the colors are SO well-curated. There are still plenty of shades to choose from, but the process of standing there and choosing your paint swatches is actually enjoyable and not at all overwhelming like with other paint lines! You can rest assured that each of the colors are tried and true and are going to be beautiful on your walls.

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I landed on these three navy swatches and picked up three sample pots, which is such an important part of the process! (Also – I LOVE that Marquee sample pots come in different sheens! I got my samples in a semi-gloss finish, which can really look different from a flat paint.)

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Ball Gown  //  Opera Glasses  //  Compass Blue

At first I was leaning toward Ball Gown, a really muddy, warm navy that felt unique and interesting to me. But after we hung the wallpaper and painted the samples on the wainscotting, Opera Glasses immediately jumped out as the winner! I just can’t get enough of that dramatic, moody greeny-blue!

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Opera Glasses  //  Compass Blue  // Ball Gown

There are three things about the Marquee collection that keep me coming back for more – the great colors, the convenience (they can be mixing me a gallon while I tackle the other items on my Home Depot list and hit up the house plants section), and the one-coat coverage. It’s a super high-quality paint that sprays, rolls and brushes on like a dream. Before we hung the wallpaper and started painting, I did some prep by skim coating the walls with drywall mud and giving the wainscotting a really good sanding, which we neglected to do before painting the olive color. We finished this room literally hours before the Domino shoot and the rush job really showed! But it was nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t fix. I smoothed out the inconsistencies in the drywall and sanded down most of the bumpiness in the millwork and now it looks so much better!

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I’ve been using a new roller lately that I’m LOVING. It’s 6″ wide, so right in between a 4″ foam roller (which sometimes leaves air bubbles and roller lines :/) and a full-sized 9″ wall roller. I always pay the extra buck or two for the highest quality rollers and I think it really makes a big difference in the ultimate paint finish and helps reduce shedding.

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I used my favorite paint brush to cut in and do all the detail work. I love that the Marquee paint self-levels so nicely! The semi-gloss finish is really lovely.

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I think the Opera Glasses color pairs so, so well with the brass, marble and wood accents in our bathroom. And I also really love how it looks next to the black tub and door. Black and navy will always be one of my favorite combos.

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I really love these changes! The whole room feels so fresh and pretty to me now. I still loved the before, but I’m so excited about the after!

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What do you think of the new walls? Would you have gone with Opera Glasses too? My friend came over to weigh in and she was really drawn to the Compass Blue color. It was a tough choice – they’re all so pretty! 🙂

Photos by Tiffany Haynes.

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DIY Block-Printed Fabric Curtains

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I have an obsession with block-printed fabrics and textiles! I love how the patterns are modern, organic and geometric all at the same time. (Some of my favorite fabric pins HERE)

I’ve been wanting to try block printing myself for a long time though and Lucy’s bedroom curtains presented a great opportunity! We started with this gorgeous brass rod and these favorite IKEA linen-look white curtain panels that just can’t be beat at $35/pair. A pretty and simple combo, but I knew we could step it up a notch with a subtle blue stamped pattern. I thought about making my own stamp with a lino block to look something like this Madeline Weinrib print, but then I found a fern stamp at my local art supply store that I really loved.

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Amazon also has about a hundred cool block print options if you want to try one for yourself! DYING over that Tiger stamp! I want to stamp Evie’s plain white roman shades with black or hot pink tigers. 🙂

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The stamps themselves are pretty easy to use, especially after a couple of practice rounds, so my best piece of advice about the project has to do with the set up. I’ve wanted to try this project for ages, but I didn’t want to have to deal with marking each and every placement of every stamp. And it is SO important to have exact measurements in the pattern drop!

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So I cleared off our desks in the studio one weekend (you can just do this on your hard-surface floor if you don’t have a table big enough) and started marking out an 8″ grid pattern.

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I started first by making the horizontal hatch marks with a little bit of tape and then the long lines and then the vertical marks and lines. It was SUPER fast and easy to do.

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I wanted there to be about an inch of white relief at the top of the header before the pattern started, so I was sure to plan out my pattern marks before I started taping.

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I picked a bright blue fabric paint and used this roller to apply the paint to the stamp in a thin, even coat before each application.
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I’m OBSESSED with the final look! The blue is such a subtle touch of color in a room that already has a lot going on with the blush walls and bright pink bed. Claire needs some new curtains in her bedroom and I can’t wait to try another pattern and color! 🙂

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2016 HGTV Smart Home Tour

A few weeks ago, I was invited for a quick trip to gorgeous Raleigh, NC to tour the 2016 HGTV Smart Home with HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. I have been to North Carolina before for High Point market, but never to Raleigh. It was such a beautiful, inspiring city! We got to tour the Videri Chocolate Factory, Raleigh Denim Workshop and the North Carolina Museum of Art (like, woah, with the modern grounds there!). We also ate at some of the most delicious restaurants and we even took a segue tour of the Oakwood Historic district (lots of behind the scenes are posted on my Instagram!). It was a super inspiring trip that ended with a tour of the 2016 HGTV Smart Home, and it did not disappoint!

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Tiffany Brooks was the designer this year and she really nailed the color choices! Every room felt unique and different, but the colors all flowed and worked together. She mixed neutral, calming tones with bold, saturated hues from the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Neutral Nuance Color Collection.

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The common area wall color is Sedate Gray and I loved it! It was the perfect goes-with-everything, barely there color.

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The art in this dining room was so great! Large and in charge is my favorite size for artwork.

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The kitchen cabinets were the prettiest color of bluey gray called Retreat. It paired so well with the brass accents in the lighting and the beautiful patterned wall tile.

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How about that cute bird print on the mudroom window shades?

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The reason the home is called the Smart Home is the whole place is completely tricked out with the coolest electronics and automated technology, like these skylights that opened and shut with a phone app. So cool!

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I love that the bedrooms were a little more dramatic with color, but they still felt in tune with the common areas of the Smart Home.
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The nursery walls were the prettiest shade of dark, moody teal called Riverway. I love how the color paired with the orange curtain fabric.
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Anonymous is one of my favorite colors in the HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams paint color collection. It’s a warm, dark gray that looks especially great on cabinetry like this office nook in the Smart Home loft. It pairs so well with pink and brass!
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The Master bathroom and the guest bedroom walls were both Dover White – a beautiful warm white! The tiniest pops of color on the walls looked amazing in here.

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How amazing is that millwork in the Master bedroom? I love the idea of a grid-patterned feature wall. It looks especially cool with large artwork layered on top.

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HGTV Smart Home 2016 Master Bedroom

Such a gorgeous home, right? Believe it or not, I edited like crazy to get the number of photos here down to a reasonable amount, but if you feel like you still want to see more, here’s a full tour from HGTV. (By the way, have you entered to win yet?)

It was SUCH a treat to get to see some of the best parts of Raleigh on this trip! I can see why HGTV chose to build this year’s Smart Home in that beautiful place! A big thanks to HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams for hosting me. I’m hoping for an invite to next year’s tour!! 🙂

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Indoor Swings (Or How to Be the Coolest Parent in the World)

A few months ago, we ordered this swing for a client project (hanging above a set of white shiplapped built-in bunkbeds- heart eyes!) There are so many cool swings out there right now. I’m still thinking of a space in my house where I could make this happen but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite inspo images.

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In a playroom or master bedroom, kids room or family room, indoor swings add such a sweet and playful touch to a space, don’t you think? Here are two great DIYs I stumbled upon if you’re in the mood to make:

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Woven Swing DIY via Park & Cube

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And an Tree Swing DIY via The Merrythought (some great DIY’s happening over there!)

And if you don’t feel like busting out the heavy duty yarn or chop saw- here is a roundup of my favorite swings I came across while sourcing for this client.

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Do any of you have a swing in your home? I’d love to see it! We have a new email address for sharing projects like this. If you have a space you’d love to share with our readers, shoot an email to hello@littlegreennotebook.com with photos!

P.S. Unexpected Art and A Chalkboard Table DIY to bring out the playful side of interiors today.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Our house is the definition of chaos this week! My baby sister, Heather, is getting married this weekend and the reception will be here on Saturday night. (Insert Home Alone scream) We’ve been cleaning and hanging lights and moving furniture and painting signs and making decorations all week. There’s a lot to do still, but most of it has to do with the flowers. I bought everything at the floral wholesale place on Monday, and we’re picking up buckets and buckets of blooms at the crack of dawn on Saturday. We probably should have hired out this part of the party, but it’s way too much fun for me and my mom to give up! We have about 30 large bundles of silver dollar eucalyptus that we’re using for the base of every garland and arrangement and then all sorts of gorgeous peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, poppies and chamomile to layer in. CAN YOU TELL I’M EXCITED?! I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and share a post next week. You can follow along on Instagram in the meantime!

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I meant to post this Mother’s Day Gift Guide earlier in the week, but, you know, the wedding. But the good news is there’s still time to completely nail your Mother’s Day gift! Here are a few of my favorite recent purchases or things that are on my wish list/saved in my Amazon cart. 🙂

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They Call Me Mom tee – My friend co-owns a local company called the Lemon Tee shop. I love, love, love their kids shirts especially, but every time I wear this funny tee, I get a million questions. So only wear it when you feel like saying “Lemon Tee shop!” a million times in your day!

Flowers Coloring Book – Brittany is a creative genius (and truly one of the kindest people I’ve met!). I LOVE her coloring book for grown ups. I guess kids can use it too, but I think you’re going to want to keep this one for yourself. Every one says coloring books are a great stress reliever, but I probably put a little too much effort into my coloring sessions. 🙂

Gold Flatware – I have a set of vintage gold flatware that I got on eBay a couple years ago. I really shouldn’t be putting it in the dishwasher, but I do (#lazy) and now I’m paying for it! I’ve been eyeing the West Elm set for a while to replace my corroding vintage set but I like this one even better (the proportions of the big spoon are just SO good) and at $20 for a five-piece place setting, I couldn’t help myself and I bought 12 settings on the spot. Also, it’s officially dishwasher safe! High fives!

Acrylic tape dispenser – because at least six times a month, I find myself yelling out to my art-loving girlies “WHERE’S THE SCOTCH TAPE?!” They might still take my tape, but this one will be easier to find.

Pastel Kilim pillow – just a pretty pillow at a great price.

Tassel pillow – I think these two pillows go great together. You’re basically giving your mom a whole sofa makeover with the set!

Schwinn cruiser – Ivory +caramel leather bikes are the ultimate and this one’s cheap and chic. Nothing’s cuter than a mom on a bike ride with her kids, you know?

LGN MOM2Black wall sconce – A pair of these wall-mounted, plug-in sconces won’t set you back too much in the cash department and will completely elevate her bedroom look. Love the brass accents, of course.

Hanging planter – I love a little hanging planter in a back room window. This one would be so sweet with a Maiden Hair Fern already planted inside!

Pink Buildings Print – Reminds me of The Grand Budapest Hotel! I love the girliness of this print.

Green Vintage Style Fan – Fans are a necessary evil here in the desert. I consider it one of my personal duties in life to seek out all the prettiest fans on the market. This green one is SO on my list!

Pink Throw – I have and LOVE this pink throw. It is so, so soft and it truly looks amazing in any room, even and maybe especially if there are no other pink accents in the space. It is bright but super luxurious looking!

Marble and Brass Side Table – a killer deal on a killer table. It’s anything but basic, but the lines are completely classic. This one is worth getting and keeping for a long time to come.

Portable Phone Battery – Cause every mom needs extra phone juice!

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Mom Jeans Dish – Low rise is the enemy! Amiright, ladies?

Pressed Flowers Necklace – I really would love one of these sweet necklaces to layer in with my other daintier pieces. These are real pressed flowers!

Plant Stand – This is one of the more affordable plant stands available right now. I love the bullet planter shape and the manageable size!

Black Herschel bag – A woman can never have too many Weekender bags! Because why bring a single suitcase when you can bring 8 overnight bags?

Botanical Prints – I love this book full of dozens of botanical style prints. These wooden hangers are the perfect way to display them in a casual, textural, un-fussy way!

Chambray Notebook – If someday I decide to go all Steve Jobs style with a daily uniform, a chambray shirt would likely be my choice of top. So naturally I would want a chambray notebook, right?

Le Pens – Always and forever the best writing implement known to man. This color pack combo is my favorite.

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Carry-On Luggage – I’m in need of a new smaller sized suitcase, but I hate the idea of spending a bunch of money on something that is going to get completely beat up. This DVF suitcase is adorable and affordable!! Wouldn’t it be cute to give your wife or mom a new suitcase and a cheap flight somewhere fun? Allegiant and Frontier always have crazy deals here like $25 tickets to San Fran!

A Mother is a Story – My friend, Samantha Hahn, is a brilliant illustrator. You have seen her work everywhere – I literally can’t pick up a magazine that doesn’t have at least some of her lettering. She is amazing. Her newest book is a beautiful celebration of motherhood (and therefore, a PERFECT gift for this weekend.) I’ll also be giving one to every pregnant friend from here on out.

Brass and Marble lamp – Still one of my favorite lighting pieces from Lucy’s project. It’s a show-stopper!

Worth It Tee – Subtle and so, so true.

Gorjana Earrings (studs, hooks, bars) – Between Madewell and this line, I am pretty much always covered in the jewelry department. The Grojana pieces are dainty and affordable and really well-made. Also, I learned recently that if any of your Gorjana jewelry breaks or the gold fill starts to wear off, you can just send your jewelry into their headquarters in California (or have Nordstrom send it for you) and they’ll make it look new for free and ship it back to you! Sweet, huh?

Salt and Pepper Cellars – The perfect countertop accessory. Those little brass spoons slay me.

Record Player – My girls are super into records these days. It’s fun to hunt for great albums at thrift shops and teach my kids about good, old music. A little Fleetwood Mac mixed in with their Taylor Swift can only be a good thing. This record player is cute and less expensive than others on market. It looks adorable sitting out on a credenza or on top of the piano.

Cookie Silpat Mat – In case your mother is as much of a perfectionist as mine! 🙂 Hopefully if I give this to my mom, she’ll make her famous Honey Oatmeal cookies a little more often. Yummmm…

Keep Calm Bake On mits – It’s been long enough, right? We can start using the Keep Calm graphics again? These oven mits made me nostalgic for the good old blogging days of circa 2007.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY all of you beautiful women! You are doing amazing work.

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Girls Night Outdoor Dinner Party

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Kate’s grandma lives on a beautiful property with tons of gorgeous, mature trees. It was the perfect place to host a low-key girls night last weekend. The weather was gorgeous and the company was even better!

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We’ve been working with Target this spring to share some of our favorite ideas for easy entertaining and I love this set up we made with a low lounge table, inspired by all the GREAT throw pillows at Target right now! The weather has been so beautiful lately, we all want to spend as much time outside as possible!

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 cream textured pillow  //  blush macrame pillow

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outdoor pouf  //   yellow pillow  //   cream macrame pillow  //  striped tassel pillow  //  navy pillow

We grabbed a jute rug and an assortment of pillows and throws in different colors and patterns right before the party and threw them out right on the ground underneath the pretty cafe lights we strung up in the trees.

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To keep the prep as low key as possible, we hired our friends at 824Pizza to come to the party and grilled some pizzas for us to serve with a delicious salad – so simple!
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blue candle  //  blue and white platter  //  white salad bowl

The purple potato and rosemary pizza was my favorite! YUM.

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Kate and I are both soda-lovers, so we set up an Italian Soda station on this cute rattan bar cart. We had a few flavored syrups out with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

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bud vase  //  cake stand

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Some of our favorite combos ended up being Fresca with raspberry syrup and fresh peaches and Diet Coke with peach syrup and cream. I love the hand-blown tumbler and paper straw combo!

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pub glasses  //  straws

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And isn’t the low table great? It was Kate’s genius idea. We made it super fast with just a sheet of furniture-grade plywood and a few lengths of 1×2″ trim!

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We stained it with my favorite DIY stain color – Minwax’s Special Walnut and then we added some hairpin legs.

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It is lightweight but sturdy and makes for a great indoor or outdoor coffee table the rest of the time! You could always make it a little smaller too. We had the hardware store do all the cuts for us to make this project as simple as possible!

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The dark stain makes the bright white dinnerware just pop!

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dinner plate  //  salad plate  //  hemstitch napkins

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I love how easy it was to throw this simple outdoor dinner party! There wasn’t a lot of planning or prep needed – just a memorable setting, good food and pretty decor. We stayed up really late talking and laughing and eating allll the carbs. 🙂 It was pretty much a perfect night!

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DIY Floating Credenza IKEA Hack

I’m sure you’ve seen all the tutorials for Fauxdenzas floating around the web the past few years. I love the concept of IKEA kitchen cabinet uppers being mounted directly to the wall at a traditional credenza height (30-36″ AFF). The no-leg look is clean and airy and perfect for small or awkward spaces that need a lot of storage but don’t have much of a footprint to offer.

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I made my first floating credenza for Lucy’s living room. Ali and I loved the project so much, we came home and made one for her family room! Her credenza was a little longer and we did a darker stain on the waterfall surround, but the concept is the same.

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With both projects, I wanted the cabinet doors to be more of a square than a long rectangle, so we went with two 20″ high, 36″ wide cabinets and three for Ali’s.

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After building your cabinet frames using IKEA’s instructions, the process is super easy to hang these floating credenzas. You start by using a level to make a long straight line on your wall about an inch below where you want the finished top of your credenza to sit. IKEA’s Sektion upper cabinets come with a rail that the cabinets hang on. With a couple helpers, hold the rail up on the wall flush with your line and mark your screw placements that line up with the pre-drilled holes in the rail. It’s a good idea to find your wall studs and line up the holes with the studs to make the rail extra secure and to save you the steps involved with hard core wall mollies! (PS I used painters tape here to mark out the rough dimensions of Ali’s TV and some of her art before we chose a height for the credenza. Super easy and very helpful!)

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Once the rail is installed, the cabinets can get hung right on the rail and screwed into place.

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The tops of the cabinets are unfinished and you can sort of see the mounting rail from the side view so it’s necessary to make a waterfall edge.

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I had a piece of 3/4″ furniture grade plywood cut down to 16″ deep and 73.5″ long for Lucy’s credenza (which is the two 36″ boxes with 1.5″ of overhang on the side panels). Before staining the plywood, I used an iron to glue on veneer to cover the plywood look of the edges.

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If your veneer needs to be trimmed, you can used a box cutter or razor blade after the veneer is glued down and cooled. Then it’s time to stain the wood. We stained Lucy’s credenza with Danish Oil and Ali’s with Minwax in Special Walnut.

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Pretty great, right? After the plywood is stained, you just run a few drywall screws (which are extra sharp and easy to use – I always have a few boxes in different sizes on hand) through the inside of the cabinet to hold the plywood top and sides in place.

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The cabinet frames cost about $150 I think and the plywood is about $40, so for less than $250 all in with hardware and miscellaneous expenses, you’ve got yourself a beautiful, functional, unique storage piece! You can hire an electrician to bury your TV wires or you can buy cheap cord covers and paint them your wall color. Both are pretty simple options!

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IKEA Sektion Cabinets – 15″ deep – all sorts of width and height options!

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Leather and Brass pulls (LUCY)

Horn and Brass pulls (ALI)

Birch Veneer

Danish Oil (LUCY)

Minwax Stain (ALI)

Cord Covers

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Spring Domino Article

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The spring issue of Domino is on news stands and it is AMAZING. Truly, inspiration overload! When I met with my editor to pick the topic for my story in the issue, I threw out a couple ideas that I was excited about and then she was like, “Yeah, you know, all I really want to do is look at your Barneys chairs. How can we write about those??” 🙂

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No one has to ask me twice to talk about these awesome chairs, especially if I can combine the story with some of my best Craigslist tips! If you haven’t seen the issue yet, pick it up! My article is on page 100.

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When I was looking at these photos (taken by my beautiful friend, Tiffany Haynes), I remembered that I hadn’t shared my little bookshelf redo with you guys yet!

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I still love our library bookshelves! They were made by Classy Closets a few years ago and I’m so happy with how they’ve held up to our abuse! I have completely overloaded these shelves with heavy art and text books and it was time to give them a little relief a few months ago.

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We pulled off every single book and shelf and wiped everything down (*sneezes*). We stacked the books in rows so that everything would stay organized and would be easy to put back up in the same order. We ended up changing up our organization a little in the end, but keeping everything batched together in this way saved me and Michael a lot of time! Sooooo…many…booksssss….

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I cut 30 pieces of coved quarter round moulding in the exact same size and quickly ran a bead of Liquid Nails along the back and then nailed them into place with my pneumatic nail gun (the 18 gauge is small enough to not split such a delicate molding size). Then I flipped the shelves upside down from the way they had been sitting before having the back support pieces. You can see in this photo below that they are still bowing a little, but once the books were placed, the shelf was completely flat and will stay that way with the new trim supports!

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I love that all the shelves are level again and I’m glad that the new trim sort of disappears. I was a tad bit worried that the trim would change the look of the shelves, but you can’t really even see it now that it’s painted the same color as the cabinets.

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This was my pre-photo-photo above. Before I even had time to plant my kumquat tree! I love that thing! We’ve since planted it in the back yard, but for quite a few months I had it just sitting in it’s bucket on top of a plastic tray in a Target basket.

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I also like to have something covering the soil for my tree planters like white gravel or preserved moss. I used Reindeer Moss here, but these are my go-to varieties:

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The chairs are back up in the studio right now, but they move around quite a bit! 🙂 I pretty much love them in any room.

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Oh, and PS! We’re adding a senior designer to the Juniper Studio team! If you’ve had a few years under your belt and all the skillz to pay the billz, email me your resume and portfolio! We’re starting interviews this week. xo

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Artsy Family Photo Inspiration

I am headed to the Bay area with my team this week for a very special home install. I am SO excited to share this project with you. We’ve been working very hard to get everything finished and I’ll be posting sneak peeks on Instagram all week, so be sure to follow along!

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One project that we’re doing for the entry is a big picture ledge/wall hooks combo. We collected about a dozen frames and will be printing out black and white family photos to display. I asked out client to send us all of her favorite more relaxed and candid shots of her family.
When the subjects aren’t necessarily looking right at the camera, or if the composition of the photo is really unique (like in the first image here), there’s a good chance the photo will feel more like art than just a traditional family photo hanging on the wall. Here are some of my favorite examples:
This one’s from Pencil and Paper Co. How GREAT is the mylar balloon idea!? The possibilities are endless here. So cool!
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Such a sweet tribute to mothers! I love the contrast here too with the black and white backgrounds.
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This photo was the homeowner’s grandpa! So cool and artsy, right? But still so personal. I really love it.
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I love these portraits shot against foliage. It’s a pretty way to incorporate the color and textures of nature as well as those sweet faces.
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I think the long horizontal formatting of these photos below is really fresh – and perfectly sized for that little wall.
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Every time I see this photo, I’m blown away. How cool to do an underwater family portrait!! You can grab a disposable camera for just a couple bucks here!
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Graphic prints in clothing are a fun way to add pattern to your walls!
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When in doubt, just off-center your subject in the composition. And babies are always a good idea. 🙂
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PS Some more family photos and display inspiration!
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7 Ways to Help Cut Flowers Last Longer!

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about what kind of flowers you’ll be sending to your loved ones! Since giving and getting flowers is pretty much one of my favorite things, I’ve done a lot of research on how to make arrangements last longer. There are all sorts of crazy tips out there, but I feel like only a few of them actually work. I’ve partnered with my friends at The Bouqs Company, my favorite flower delivery service, to share my very best tips with you here as well as some of my favorite flower and vase combos below! (PS For the next week, receive 20% off your Bouqs.com order with the code VDAYBLOOMS!)
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The first tip is probably the most important one –

TIP #1: BUY FRESHER FLOWERS

It makes sense, right? The faster those blooms get from the grower to your coffee table, the better! The Bouqs Company is a great resource because there is no middle man. The flowers are cut the day you order them, not just sitting in a floral wholesale warehouse! The eco-friendly Bouqs.com farms are on mineral-rich volcanic soil in Ecuador, where they follow strict responsible farming practices. Also I really love that they carry special flowers that can be harder to find – like ranunculus or the garden roses I have here in the post, as well as super cool accents like thistles and succulents!

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TIP #2: BLEACH YOUR VASE

You want to do everything you can to keep bacteria from growing in your arrangement. Cleaning out your vase beforehand with really hot, soapy water or even a light bleach solution will help a lot!

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TIP #3: REMOVE THE LEAVES

A lot of people overlook this step. It’s really important to remove any leaves that sit below the water line, otherwise the leaves will rot and accelerate the bacteria growth and wilting process.

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TIP #4: CUT THE STEMS AT AN ANGLE, UNDER WATER

Everyone knows that you should give your blooms a fresh cut before arranging them in your vase. But if you cut the stems at a long angle, the flower will be able to suck up more water. It also seems like the flower does better if the stem is submerged in water during the cut.

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TIP #5 USE THE FLORAL FOOD PACKETS

In my experience, the little packets of floral preservative alone will double the life of any arrangement. The packets contain preservatives and anti-bacterial solutions that help keep the flowers happy and fresh. Don’t skip on the packets! I keep a stash of them in my pantry and use a full packet every time I change the water in my arrangements. I’ve gotten two packets with every delivery from The Bouqs Company, which I really appreciate!

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TIP #6: KEEP THE WATER COLD AND FRESH

Heat and bacteria are the enemies of fresh floral arrangements. It’s a good idea to fully change the water in your arrangement every two or three days. I have some friends that also put their arrangements in the fridge at night and that seems to work wonders for prolonging the life of the flowers, but that requires more thought and energy than I usually have at bedtime! So when I first cut my flowers and make my arrangements, I fill up my vase with ice first and then water (and the preservative packet). I add a few ice cubes every day or whenever I happen to think about it and I swear it works SO WELL! It’s just like keeping the flowers in a refrigerator!

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TIP #7: PLACE YOUR ARRANGEMENT IN THE RIGHT SPOT

I’ve read that you should never keep fresh flowers in the kitchen because fruits and veggies sitting on the counter emit gasses that speed up the wilting process. Interesting, right? Direct sunlight is also bad for cut flowers. If you want them to last longer, keep your flowers sitting in a shaded and cool area in your home.

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What tips would you add to my list? I’ve tried all the crazy ones – add a penny to your vase, use a crushed aspirin instead of the floral preservative, pour bleach in your vase water (!), but these ones above seem to work the best for me!

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