Adding Color to your Home

Is it too early to say I’m ready for fall? I could live in a constant 75 degrees, and it’s been sweltering here in Virginia. Like sweating just walking to the car…THAT hot. I think I just like change, which is why I look forward to new seasons. I also try to do small updates in my home whenever there’s a change of season. Here are a few quick ideas if your decor is lacking color and you’re up for a little update as well.

1. Accents, accents, accents. Jazz up a neutral space with colorful accents such as vases, paintings, or other colorful decorative accents. It’s an quick update and they’re easy to change out if you want to put together a new color scheme.

2. Fabrics. Add colorful fabrics to your room with pillows, curtains or blankets. Here are some of my favorites.

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3. Let nature do the work. Bring in greenery or fresh flowers to add an easy punch of color to your space.

4. Area Rugs. Define a space and add color at the same time. Area rugs are easy to switch out if they get dirty, outdated or you want to change your scheme. Here are a few of go to rug sources. Also, read about layering area rugs here.

5. Mirror mirror on the wall. You’ve heard of mirrors making rooms look larger, but they also reflect OTHER colors in the room which gives the illusion of even more color!

6. Shelving. Have a regular old bookcase? Paint or wallpaper the back of the bookcase to add interest!

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7. Show off your dishes. Bring your colorful dishes out to display through glass cabinets or shelving.

8.  Determine your color scheme in advance. Decide which colors you’d like to bring into the space. Pick out paint swatches, flooring, fabrics, and furniture prior to purchasing. Combine pictures and samples together to see how it will look before bringing it into the space.

9.  Wallpaper.  The old school wallpaper has a bad reputation but the newer kinds allow for a much easier removal, so it’s not a forever commitment. It’s a great way to bring in patterns and interest to a room.

10. Tile accents. Add tile accents to wainscoting or shower in the bathroom or update a back splash with colorful mosaics.

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11. Paint. We all know it’s a simple way to add color to your room. Why not try some of these neat ideas. Also, here are a few tips on choosing paint colors.

12. Metal Accents. When shopping for new furniture, look for furniture with metal accents which add interest without adding a new color to your scheme.

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DIY Nursery Mobile

Charlie and my mom have been amazing helping out with the nursery while I’m on bed rest. One thing I COULD do was make mobiles for over their cribs. I didn’t want anything too fancy, but something girly with some natural elements. I’m not the craftiest person ever, but after seeing all of the handmade mobiles out there, I figured it couldn’t be too hard to pull off for cheaper than buying, especially since we’re talking about two.

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They didn’t require many materials at all, some I actually had on hand:

Manzanita branches (you may be able to find them at a craft store, but I ordered them from here)

Card stock

Clear Glue

Scissors to cut shapes or a craft puncher like I used

Clear string (I used fishing line we had on hand)

Eye hooks for hanging

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It’s a pretty tedious project, but not hard at all (a perfect project while sitting around watching mindless TV). I started by cutting out a bunch of little hearts using a craft puncher I had. I used 4 different card stock colors. I then cut several strings of fishing line; I didn’t worry too much about the length of the strings considering they’d be hanging at different heights on the branches. I wanted them to vary anyway.

Then came the time consuming part: gluing the hearts. I glued two hearts together (mixing up different card stock colors) with the line between them. I hung about 3-4 hearts per line depending on the line length. I used clear tacky glue, but I’m sure any clear, quick drying glue would work great. I probably wouldn’t use hot glue though because it can get messy and painful working with so many pieces! I just wanted to be sure to use a strong glue so little pieces don’t fall off.

After all of the hearts dried, I propped up the branch and tied the lines randomly on the individual branches.

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I also dabbed the knot with a touch of clear glue and left them hanging to dry for a while, just to be sure they don’t come untied and fall on the babies. I tied two additional lines from the top to hang from the ceiling and glued those knots as well. I just eyeballed at what points to tie the two strings on the branches where they would hang evenly from the ceiling. Charlie then screwed in little eye hooks into the ceiling, 2 per mobile, and hung the branches while I did my usual hovering (“lower, higher, nope, a little to the left, PERFECT!”).

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We love how they turned out! My in-laws said they’re a perfect combination of me and Charlie. I assume the branches and fishing line representing Charlie and the sparkly, pink hearts being my contribution 🙂

We’ve added a few other things to the nursery as well. At this point in my pregnancy, I’m allowed very limited, chauffeured trips out of the house….so you better believe one of those trips had to be HomeGoods! I found a great basket there for the girls’ stuffed animals and toys. I thought the gold went well with the gold hearts on the mobiles.

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My mom also got us white bed skirts for the cribs which finished off the room perfectly. They also give us another place to store things, a MUST in a small house like ours!

As I mentioned before, I do want to hang a few more things on the walls with their names; but since we’re keeping them a secret until their birth, I’ll add those down the road. For now, the nursery is ready for our girls!

For more nursery pictures, visit my post here.

DIY Rustic Kitchen Shelves

We have finally started to fill the blank wall in our kitchen! Hallelujah!

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And it involves storage! Double Hallelujah! We needed something on this wall to balance out the cabinets on the opposite wall, so we decided on shelves to also add some storage.

We both like the rustic look and I wanted to balance out the white and stainless in the kitchen, so we decided on wood. We looked at a lot of ideas online using plumbing metal for brackets, but when all was said and done, it didn’t end up being as inexpensive as we’d like (metal is not cheap!) 

So we went with basic brackets that I spray painted a matte black.

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We got a piece of 2×6 from the hardware store, cut it down to three 3 foot boards, and sanded them down to get rid of the markings and so they’d have smooth edges.

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Actually, Charlie did the sanding, I did the watching/picture taking/moral support part. 🙂

I stained the boards a walnut color and then taped on the wall where I wanted the shelves to be.

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And then Charlie got back to work while I giddily jumped up and down seeing new shelves come to life!

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After they were up, I took a small brush and a little black paint to the silver screws so they’d blend in. And here you have our  new shelves!

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