MY DIY | Color Block Shelves & Trip to HGTV Smart Home

DIY PROJECT, Home DIY

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A while back I was lucky enough to travel to Raleigh to tour HGTV’s Smart Home, which was such a crazy cool experience. The home they are giving away this year (make sure to enter here) was beautifully designed by HGTV Design Star Season 8 winner, Tiffany Brooks, and decked out in the latest in technology. It was so interesting chatting with Tiffany about her design process for each room, and how she did not shy away from color and pattern (how cool is the kitchen tile!) As I’m decorating more spaces lately, I have been finding that picking color combinations is quite the undertaking. Creating a cohesive color story when painting each room can be tricky. In the Smart Home they used HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams paint, and the magic is, you pick a Color Collection, and all the paint colors in that collection work with one another. Cool, right? That way you do not have to worry about warm and bright color tones clashing, or some hues being too vibrant or not vibrant enough. I wanted to give the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Neutral Nuance Color Collection used in the Smart Home a try to see how the colors worked with each other, so I picked 4 and gave my storage shelf a makeover. I have to say, I love how all the colors complement one another, and each color was rich with just one coat. It gave me way more confidence to tackle a living space!

Colors Used from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Neutral Nuance Color Collection:
HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Sedate Gray (HGSW3227)
HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Retreat (HGSW3283)
HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Blonde (HGSW2176)
HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze (HGSW3481)

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More Studio Updates!

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Wowza! It’s been busy around here! I have been working my buns off with some bigger projects that I can’t wait to share with you, but in the meantime here is a little update! I been getting more stuff for the new studio, and then switching it around daily, haha! Here is the current state with the layered rugs I mentioned yesterday…but there are bunch of changes on the horizon: finding the prefect coffee table. New chairs, the different grays are driving me crazy! I need art on the wall, decisions…decisions. But I thought it would be fun to show how the space evolves, remember the first, and second studio update? I also bought some giant slabs of live edge wood that I making into tables. And all the hardware and wood to build barndoors for the studio. I can’t wait to share all the projects! Stay tuned, xx j


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INSPIRATION | Layered Rugs

Home Inspiration, INSPIRATIONS

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Since there is so much white in the new studio, I have been buying a bunch of rugs for the space. Two of my latest purchases: a large bleached jute rug and a pink kilim rug. I did not have a plan for where each one was going to go, but when I got back to the studio, I laid one on top of other and Eureka! I thought I invented the next great thing…haha. Turns out it’s a major trend, especially layering with jute rugs, and I absolutely love it! It’s a perfect way to define a really large area because jute rugs are less expensive than most statement rugs, so you can fill the floor space. You can go colorful, or neutral with a cow hide, like I did in my apartment. Ok, off to buy more rugs!

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DIY SWEETS | Homemade Sprinkles

DIY PROJECT, Eats DIY

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Happy Fri-YAY! What better way to celebrate the start of the weekend than with sweets! I had no idea you could make your own sprinkles until my friend Alexis, from Yield Bakehouse, showed me how simple they are to whip up. Imagine the color combinations! It’s the perfect way to add a personal touch to cupcakes or your next sundae party. And trust, the homemade ones are way more delish than store-bought. Ingredients and recipe after the break…

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MY DIY | Pom-Pom Trim Beach Cover-up

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Are you all tired of pom-poms yet? Because I have a super simple project today that can punch-up your swimsuit cover-up. First, I have to thank my super sweet friend and new studio-mate Lauren, from LaurInteriors, for putting on a bikini and spinning around in the studio…you are the best! I am obsessed with this pink tunic, and just love how gluing on pom-pom trim makes it even more festive. And how cute does it look with my DIY tassel bag…ok, for real, Summer get here! Steps and supplies after the break…

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MY DIY | Lace-up Pom Pom Sandals

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Now that your beach bag is decked out in tassels, it’s time to give your sandals a little colorful upgrade with pom poms! Today was one of the first 70 degree days that I’ve seen in a while, and now I am finally beginning to believe Summer is on the way. I have all my fun DIYs ready to wear, I just need more of that sun! As least it gives you all a little time to run out and get a pair of super on-trend lace up sandals, and then deck them out with the must have of the season: Pom poms! Get all the steps and supplies after the break… (more…)


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MY DIY | Pastel Tassel Beach Bag

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I am officially on board with this Summer’s tassel trend! With a little embroidery floss, my bag went from cute to suuuuper cute!  I am checking the weather report everyday for a beach day so I can bring this tote out and about. Hopefully it’s warm wherever you are so you can make your own for this weekend! Step and supplies after the break. (more…)


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#ISPYDIYSTUDIO Update

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Remember my rug roundup? Number 1 just arrived in the mail, and I was a little hesitate because it was only $99 for a 6’7″x9’10”, but it’s great! I am in turbo mode trying to decorate I Spy DIY Studio for an upcoming open house, but at the same time am overthinking every purchase. This one was a no brainer because of the price, and I am pleasantly surprised at the great quality and the vibrant pop of color this rug brings to the space. I am branching out from yellow in my last studio, and bringing in more color and earthy accents like the slab sidetable (DIY in progress). We are honestly trying not to clutter up the studio, but want to make sure to have a comfortable chill area, which is officially coming together with the addiction of the area rug. Moral of the story: new rug is a double thumbs up!  (more…)


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INSPIRATION | Potted Cactus

Home Inspiration, INSPIRATIONS

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One of my local plant stores is moving locations, so they are having a massive sale on everything including amazing cactus. I was so overwhelmed with choices, I only left with a couple, but after searching Pinterest, I found of ton of inspiration that is making me want to go back for more. I love how the large ones bring height to a room, and the idea of grouping a bunch together with different shapes to create something super visually interesting. Next up is finding a pot for each one, good thing I have a ton of ideas to pick from! What do you all think of decorating with cacti? Fun or too prickly for you?
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