Yay! It’s time for another room makeover! My amazing friend, Melissa (everyone around here knows her as the creator of MilwaukeeHome), moved into a new house with her hubs and baby boy. The home is super cute, but they they had the dreaded statement red wall in the dining room…just like every Wisconsin home not been renovated since the 2000’s. She was using the space as a playroom, but really wanted somewhere to eat dinner as family. So we swooped in with some paint and gave the room a makeover, it’s amazing how a fresh coat can give a space a whole new life!
Can we talk about these chairs!?! I saw them at the Sauder showroom at Highpoint and became OBSESSED with finding a space to use them in. They are the perfect shade green, and the perfect matte finish. They are such a statement, I knew I wanted to keep the rest of the room a neutral palette.
Everyday dining will proooooobably not be as fancy as this setup, but we really wanted to do up the table for their little family. Sometimes it’s nice to go a little overboard for a new Mom 😉 The danger of decorating is I always end up buying an extra set for myself…ooops! So the speckled plates and matte black silverware might look familiar from pics of my house.
We put a shelving unit in a back closet area they were not using, and tuned it into a bar area. I LOVE this “You Are Here” sign (I bought one for my home too), that’s actually a framed tea towel that I found on a trip to Minnesota.
I am obsessed with the planter, and knew it would be perfect in the corner with a tree, to add a little height and greenery to the room.
I know you all have seen this art before in my bedroom, weeeelll the art I bought for the makeover did not arrive on time for the shoot, so I grabbed this one off my wall, and now it has a new home, ha! Guess it’s time to buy something new for my room #notcomplaining
Shopping credits after the break! (more…)
If you have been following along for a while, you might remember a red settee I found at a thrift store a few years ago. The plan was always to reupholster it, but we never quite had the time, so we moved it from studio to studio, until I finally passed it on to my design assistant, Hannah, who has been taking reupholstering classes. She stripped it, and started to rebuild, but we were not sure of the fabric…then I received an email from Spoonflower asking me if I wanted to try out their new Celosia Velvet™. YES, PLEASE! It’s so soft! I thought it would be fun to do a shibori pattern and fell in love with this Shibori Diamond Blue one. It’s a little busy with the rug, so I am looking for a new one, but wanted to show you the final piece asap, because Spoonflower is offering a 15% discount on 1+ yards of Celosia Velvet until 11:59pm EDT on 9/17 (no promo code required). Woot!
If you are looking to tackle a reupsolstering project yourself, Hannah has 10 tips for you after the break! And if you are looking to start a little smaller, can I suggest giant velvet throw pillows? And after you make them, can you send a few my way so I can take a velvet pillow nap?! OR if you just want to pick the fabric, you can head of to Roostery.com and the will upholster the chair or make the pillows for you! (more…)
Summer is winding down, but if you are looking to squeeze in one more backyard dinner party, I had some ideas for you! I know I can’t stop talking about my backyard, but after a decade of apartment living, it feels so good to finally have an outdoor space! And we have been using it to the absolute fullest. It’s been a little oasis in the middle of the city where my friends can pop by and relax, eat, drink and laugh the night away. We switched up the set up on the deck and brought out my kitchen table and chairs to create the perfect dining area for a dinner party.
I wanted to create an centerpiece that included two of my favorite things: succulents and pink! I spray-painted inexpensive terra-cotta pots pale pink – the larger ones are from the hardware store and you can find the tiny ones at the craft store. To save money on succulents, buy Hen and Chicken succulents ($10 for a bunch) and break then up and pot in the small planters.
Personal touches make for the best tablescape. Once I had my color scheme, instead of buying items that fit the theme, I made them, like the dyed napkins (tutorial here)!
The backdrop was created by sticking the stems of the eucalyptus and flowers through the slats in the fence. You could also use clear tape to adhere to a wall, stem-side up.
Make Berry Brut Popsicles by filing these bags with fruit and champagne (or pink lemonade), freeze and then eat, or add to a glass of Rosé to create a deliciously fruity drink.
Serve you popcicles in a glass of Rosé to keep your drink cold in the Summer heat! More pictures after the break! (more…)