Wednesday, September 17, 2014

storing throw pillows while you're sleeping

Every night when I go to bed, I love walking in to this view.  A simply made bed with just a few throw pillows to polish it off.
The problem with these pillows, which I'm sure you've faced a similar dilemma, is where to put them at night.  And, in our house, if you put them on the floor, this happens... 
I love my dogs, but I'm really not into them getting all their hair and dog smell all over my bed pillows. The solution we came up with was to purchase this target basket to keep them in at night.  
It's the same style basket that we keep blankets in downstairs in the living room, and goes really well in our space.  Pretty storage is the best, in my book.
I thought since I was sharing this storage solution, that I would round up a few other ways you can store throw pillows at night, too.

In a Trunk/Basket with a Lid
On a Chair Sitting in the Corner
On a Bench at the Foot of your Bed
Hopefully some of these ideas will help you with our own throw pillows, or inspire another solution!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

vinyl tile projects

If you've been following along for awhile, you know that we've used vinyl tile in quite a few spaces in our home.  Although it gets a bad wrap a lot of the time, we chose vinyl tile because it's inexpensive, holds up well, and it's not super cold, like tile, in the winter.  Yes, we could put in in-floor heating, but that would eat up a chunk of change that I'd rather spend on other things.

Plus, I absolutely love the way our tile looks.  The first tile we went with is the grouted vinyl tile in our 1/2 bath, laundry room and guest bathroom.
And, in our master bathroom we laid this plank vinyl tile that looks like wood.
I'm sharing these projects with you again because I created a clipboard of a bunch of other great vinyl tile projects over on Hometalk, to inspire you!

Are you on Hometalk?  It's like Pinterest, but with just home-related projects, and it's a great community! You can check out the full clipboard here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

diy headboard - guest room edition

As promised last week, I'm back with the full tutorial for another very simple DIY headboard for our guest room.  I made a headboard a few years ago for our master bedroom, and this one was even easier to make than the last.  
I started out by picking up (2) 1x8 boards, each 10' in length.  Since my guest bed is full size, I cut each board into two 56" lengths.  I had a small scrap piece leftover from each original board. I sanded the edges to make sure there was nothing sharp that could hurt anyone and then started staining.
1x8 headboard
I used a combination of two stains for this project.  The first was Minwax in Classic Grey.
On each board, I took a very small amount of the grey stain and rubbed it in so there was nothing left to rub off.  I started with very small amounts and added a bit at a time until I achieved full coverage.  The plastic bag is around my hand to protect my skin from the stain, so I can avoid lots of cleanup. 
 This is how much grey stain I put on each board for the first coat.
Stain DIY Headboard
 Next, I used Minwax Jacobean for the second coat.  I've used this same stain on our master bedroom bed and headboard, and the bench on our porch.
Minwax Classic Grey

 I took an even smaller amount of this stain than the first coat of grey.  To be safe, you can always add more stain later, but start small.  I added a light coat of this dark brown stain to add some warmth to my boards.  
Stain DIY Headboard
Stain DIY Headboard
 If you're into hair, think of it this way.  The Classic Grey is the "ash" of the hair colors, and adding a bit of the Jacobean adds the same type of warmth that some "golden" highlights would.  Okay, enough girly talk, back to the building of furniture...This is how my boards looked after the Jacobean.  
Stain DIY Headboard
I still wanted them to be a bit darker, and a bit more rustic/worn looking, so I added another very light coat of the Classic Grey until I got the look I wanted. 
 Here is the first board, completely done.  Excuse the poor lighting; I stained these in the basement at night.Stain DIY Headboard
 I let the boards dry for about 48 hours to make sure they weren't tacky at all, and then moved them upstairs for assembly.  To attach each of the 4 boards together, I picked up these brackets and screws from Home Depot.  
DIY Headboard
 We laid them out, and they were very easy to screw together.  
Screw Boards Together for DIY Headboard
 To attach my new headboard to the wall, I picked up this french cleat from Home Depot.  Do you know how a french cleat works? Check out this nifty little image from the Home Depot website:
French Cleat
You attach one side to the headboard...
Hang Headboard with French Cleat
 ...and one side to the wall.  They hook together and hold securely, up to 200 lbs.
How to Hang a Headboard
 Here's the new headboard in action, in the guest room...
DIY Headboard
DIY Headboard
 Oh, and that sunburst mirror? I picked it up at Kohl's for just $8 a few weeks ago! #iloveclearance
Sunburst Mirror above Headboard
DIY Headboard
 After all was said and done, the supplies for this project cost us about $60, and total work time was less than an hour.  I call that a pretty good deal. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

it's the little things

Happy Friday, friends! I woke up to a 35 degree morning here in Colorado, and some of the neighboring cities actually got snow.  In September! Snow! But no worries, it'll be back up in the 80's this weekend, so hopefully that will transition us back into a more natural fall.  But who knows, since you never know what will happen in this wonderful state of ours!

This weekend is going to be a busy one for us! We're babysitting our favorite little twins, we have a game night planned with friends and family, and at some point we need to mow and do some other yard work while it's still nice out. But, without further ado, here are some of the little things that inspired me this week...

This Courtyard...with these windows...
This Living Room...so many pops of color and simple at the same time...
 This Quote...I strive to life my life this way...
 This Kitchen...those pendants, and that vent hood...
 This Look...perfect for fall...
 These Bunk Beds...the most stylish I have ever seen...
This Bathroom...those mirrors and the feel of this space...
Have a lovely weekend!
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