Thursday, June 25, 2015

Interior Inspiration | White Walls

I used to think white walls were reserved for Scandinavian design or homeowners who didn't want to put in the time and effort to paint. No more! White walls are all over design blogs and Pinterest, proving that they are the perfect bright and airy backdrop for any design aesthetic.

Amber Interiors - Tessa Neustadt - Client Sandy Castles Before and After - Family Room - 2

kitchen renovation // smitten studio

Foto Kaul ProductionKatrine Kaul KK 4

Amber Interiors - Client Freakin Fabulous - Neustadt 2

White Walls Emily Henderson Boho Beach Decor

What do you think? Too sterile or just right?

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cheap & Easy Fireplace Makeover

Hey there! Updating my fireplace was one of the first and easiest projects that I tackled in our new house. We tore out the carpet surrounding the fireplace but decided to leave the tile in place to save time and money. I needed a cheap fix, so of course I resorted to Pinterest for ideas. After browsing tons of brilliant fixes I decided painting both the brass trim and the tile would be the cheapest and easiest.


Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY


Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY


+ Painters Tape (don't skimp on quality here)
+ Plastic trash bag
+ Primer
+ Small paint brush
+ Small Paint Roller
+ Paint Tray


+ Clean and prep the the area to be painted
+ Tape around the glass and around the tiles
+ Drape the plastic bags over the glass while you paint the tiles to protect it from drips 
+ Once the tile is dry paint the brass door trim
+ Repeat painting until color is saturated and none of the primer shows through 
+ Let dry and make sure area is well ventilated otherwise set up a fan
+ Remove tape and admire your new fireplace!

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

QUICK TIP: If I were to do this process again, I would remove the doors and slide the glass out prior to painting the brass trim. It was really hard to get into the nitty gritty cracks with it all attached and assembled.


Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

Cheap Easy Black Fireplace DIY

WALL PAINT - Benjamin Moore Moonshine | MIRROR - TJ Maxx | BASKET - gift | WOOD VASE - Target  
CANDLE STANDS -  Small Boutique | PLANTER - DIY | ROMAN SHADE - Overstock

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Friday, March 13, 2015

::: Console/Desk 10 Minute Ikea Hack :::

Don't you just love a good 'ol Ikea Hack??? This one is soooo quick and easy, it's a no-brainer. I had been searching high and low for the perfect minimalist console table to use as an entryway table/desk. I love the look of the marble ones out there but the prices are a bit high for my liking.

Blu Dot Minimalista Console Table
This one from WAYFAIR is $699.

That's where the IKEA VITTSJO Laptop Desk (only $39!!) comes in handy. 

VITTSJĂ– Laptop table IKEA Made of tempered glass and steel, durable materials that give an open, airy feel.
I considered painting it white or gold like others have done, but ultimately, I decided to leave it black. Pair that with my new favorite thing ever: MARBLE CONTACT PAPER and you have yourself a fancy table. Most other bloggers have used THIS one for $60, but I only need a small amount so I took my chances with THIS one from Amazon for $10.99. It didn't disappoint. 


Once you have your Ikea desk built, follow the instructions on the back of the contact paper and apply it wherever your heart desires!

Decide whether you want to add the marble contact paper to the shelf as well. I chose to cover it.


Desk/Console | Ikea
Marble Contact Paper | Amazon
Chair | West Elm
Pillow | Ebay
Bookends | Vintage
Geometric Terrarium | West Elm
Hanging Succulent | DIY
Gold Decorative Accent | Target
Lamp | HomeGoods, similar HERE
Frames | Joann's
Art | Various Online Sources

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