My favorite souvenir from our recent trip to California is a small sculpture made out a crystal-filled piece of pipe from Calistoga. The pipe once carried water from the natural hot springs to nearby mineral pools, but calcium carbonate crystals formed in the pipes cause them to be replaced nearly every year.
Having something copper on display in my home made me think about all of the gorgeous copper accessories I’ve been seeing lately (like here and here). But rather than purchase something new, I decided to upcycle some existing items that I no longer use. I purchased two types of spray paint (aged copper and metallic copper) to experiment with different finishes and this contact paper to create DIY versions of copper accessories.
Today, I’m sharing the results of the spray-painted accessories:
The tall vase above uses the aged copper paint. Here is a comparison of the two spray paint finishes. The aged version is slightly darker and the other version looks exactly like a shiny new penny:
Here is the final display currently in our entryway:
Later this week I’ll share the results of my copper contact paper DIY project.
Every once in awhile I get the opportunity to wander through an antique mall or flea market all by myself. It’s usually not planned in advance. I see an opportunity – a spare hour or two without the children – and I take it. And because it’s a bit spontaneous, I like to keep a list in my mind of vintage things to be on the lookout for, should I find myself in the presence of so many objects from the past.
Many of the designs currently on my list are inspired by new products showing up in home decor magazines and in my Pinterest feed. Here are a few of the latest items to make the list:
This weekend we participated in the annual Christmas Tour of Homes in our neighborhood. While we did quite a bit of decorating on our own, we were also very excited to work with Williams-Sonoma on our family and dining room. They came in and decked out our dining room table, console table and sofa in gorgeous products from both Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn.
My own style is very minimal, and our house tends to be a bit under-decorated as a result. It was fun to see the talented folks at Williams-Sonoma completely go to town in this space and work with our existing furniture and decor to create a styled and festive environment that also felt very warm and inviting.
Here are a few of the details:
Christmas at our house wouldn’t be complete without hot chocolate, so we also created a hot chocolate station in the kitchen:
Thank you so much, Williams-Sonoma, for helping make our home tour a success.
One of the things we love the most about our new home is our backyard – lots of trees and wide-open spaces. The recent snow has made it even more appealing, and we’ve spent the last couple of days pretty much stranded at home, making fires, baking and playing in our yard.
When I started decorating for the holidays this year, I was largely inspired by the view above (minus the recent addition of snow, of course) and a desire to bring some of the natural elements that we love into our home. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post for Modern Parents, Messy Kids sharing our nature-inspired fireplace decor, and now that I’ve finished decorating for the holidays, I thought I would share a few more holiday decorations.
We have quite a few traditional and not-so-traditional trees in our house this year. My favorite is a driftwood tree that we purchased while on vacation in Fairhope, AL over Thanksgiving:
I also love this tree that my husband made out of firewood:
We also have quite a few traditional trees without decorations, except for the occasional strand of white lights. I think the trees are beautiful in themselves:
I haven’t shared much about our upcoming charity event, but as part of the event, Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn have each decorated one room in our home. I’m super excited to share these rooms next week, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at the Pottery Barn room. I love these birch trees:
And while the rustic theme doesn’t dominate every room, I have tried to incorporate a few elements of nature throughout:
We are huge fans of the home furniture store, Room and Board. In fact, we recently replaced the light in our kitchen area with a Nelson Bubble Lamp from Room and Board. Last week I found out that they’re hosting a Pinterest room design competition. To enter, you pin a photo of an area in your home that you’d like to update with Room and Board home accessories and then pin items from their collection that you would select to design your new space. The winners receive $1000 gift certificates. Here’s the board I started this week. Wish me luck!
Home project #1 was pretty much abandoned when we decided to place a large chalkboard table in our living room instead of a nice seating area, so we’ve opted to move on to Home Project #2: decorating our bedroom. We’re wasting no time on this one – it’s best to start painting the walls before we lose our courage.
Luckily, we’re starting with furniture that we really like, so our plan involves removing the carpet, painting and adding some accessories.
Here are a few things that will be staying in our room:
I’ve started collecting ideas for the new pieces we’ll need, and we’ve already chosen a paint color: Martha Stewart Cement Gray. I know, GRAY, we’re really going out on a limb! Here are a few other items of inspiration for the final decor:
Every year when we take down the Christmas tree, I’m left with the above view of our living room: an empty wall of windows. The space eventually becomes a play space for the kids, housing either a treehouse fort, a play kitchen or a small table and chair set overflowing with Legos. I’ve convinced myself that this is a great way to share the living room with the kids, but, in reality, we just don’t really have anything better to put there … and the kids have an entire playroom overlooking this room. Do we really need two playrooms?
Maybe not right away, but sometime this year I plan to tackle this space. I’ll consider it a New Year’s Resolution of sorts. One I’m (somewhat) confident I can accomplish.
I’m thinking this space needs a chair/table set, maybe something along these lines: