This post is sponsored by the Delta brand.
A couple weeks ago I traveled to Whitefish, Montana to tour the 2019 HGTV Dream Home, a beautiful house tucked away in the mountains which you can enter to WIN! There are photos all over the internet of this gorgeous space but I’m excited to share the home from my perspective and talk about what I found inspiring and unique.
Starting from the outside in right off the bat I was wowed by the picturesque landscape. Winter is not my favorite season but suddenly standing here it felt like complete bliss. The way the snow clung to every branch of the trees and the sunlight casting a magical glow. I was ready to snuggle down for a long winters nap.
My first impression to the home really wowed. The bold colors created such a beautiful contrast to the white snow outside.
I love the combination of the moose head and fabric from Faraway Lovely. It was a nice spin on the traditional mountain home decor.
There were also some modern and sculptural touches like these head vases.
The master bedroom was incredibly vibrant and cozy. I loved the unique chandelier which reminds me of a birds nest. My favorite thing of course was the sansevieria print.
Another favorite item in the master was this gorgeous chair.
The wood ceilings in the master bath were also stunning and I loved the cross handles of the Cassidy™ Widespread Bathroom faucet.
My favorite area of the home was the bonus room. The dark blue walls and ceilings were such a great choice and the use of vintage art and skis added to the charm without feeling tacky.
Shadow box details below.
Another guest room in the home with bold paint, perfect patterns and a great alternative to actual animal heads.
My last favorite moment in the home was this adorable pet nook. They utilized that funny space under the stairs that only kids, or in this case pets, could stand in.
You can read more about the home and see the whole space on the HGTV Dream Home website.
I found an amazing vintage wall hanging at the thrift store and was shattered when I found out it was already sold. Not only that but it sold for $80! Come to find out in the world of vintage wall hangings this was a steal of a deal, they usually retail for anywhere from $300 to $1500. I knew my odds of finding another one while thrifting were slim and I definitely didn’t have the budget to buy one form a shop so I decided to make one myself with items I already had at home plus about $30 worth of yarn.
I found a rug with interesting texture and fringe on the end as the base for the whole thing. I chose this pillow to incorporate because it has a great shape. A blanket (originally from target) that was made of long strands of yarn (huge bonus because it cut down on cost of yarn and time cutting all the long strands), about 8 rolls of yarn and a grass skirt to add some different texture.
You can easily thrift most of these items or may have things laying around your house. I suggest looking for items that already have lots of yarn, tassels, pre-existing woven shapes and using a rug that has fringe on the end makes it easy to tie on the stick.
That takes us to the first step. I attached the rug by tying the fringe around the stick and then wrapped the stick with yarn to hide the fringe.
I used a needle and thread to hand sew the pillow onto the rug. The fringe on the sides was taken from the blanket that I deconstructed and tied around the stick using a larks head knot.
The next step was creating these tassels with the rust orange yarn which I attached with a needle and thread. I wrapped the yarn about 25 times around a book that measures 10” and there are 15 tassels.
I knotted up small bunches of yarn and sewed them on by hand around the rest of the circle to really accentuate the shape.
At this point I adjusted the fringe on the sides and added some longer pieces to make it wider. The grass skirt was directly sewn on with needle and thread. The mustard yarn on the side is more tassels sewn onto the rug. I wrapped the yarn 25 times around our pink coffee table which measures 3’ and there are 6 tassels.
The last thing I added was, yep, more tassels made from the dark brown yarn. I wrapped the yarn about 40 times around a book that measures 12” to make these big tassels and there are 14 of them.
That’s it! The whole process took about two days and cost around $30 since I had a lot of the items on hand. Well worth it and now I have an original piece with meaning. Good luck!
We made these very easy very simple benches that fit together to make a nice daybed out of 2x4s and plywood for under $50. Here’s the step by step:
What you need: (FOR 1 BENCH. To make a daybed double the amount of items)
2” x 4” x 8’ pine stud (x3)
2’ x 4’ sheet of plywood or OSB board about 1/2” thick (x1)
Box of 4” wood screws (x1)
pocket hole jig
electric screw driver
Keep in mind, the measurments we went with were to fit specific pillows that I used for the cushions. You can adjust slightly to make them any size you want.
Cut the 2x4 stud into the following lengths:
First we created simple square frames for the legs and attached a brace in the middle.
Once the legs and brace were attached together we flipped it upside-down, placed the legs on 2” blocks (scrap pieces of wood) to elevate it off the ground and screwed the top frame into the legs.
I know this is a pretty roughly explained DIY but I hope with the photos you can decipher what we did!
This blog post is sponsored by Minted.
Usually when I decide to make bold changes in our home it’s because I’ve been inspired by something. In this case, I decided to paint a whole wall because of a great piece of art. I spotted this piece on Minted and was immediately drawn to it because of the bold colors and abstract shapes. The artist, Christina Flowers, spoke of her art saying “each piece is as much about the journey as it is the finished work and that there is always magic in exploration.” That totally resonated with me and our home, ever evolving.
I quickly realized after hanging up the artwork that a white blank wall would never do it justice. This art was vibrant and needed a vibrant backdrop!
I decided to paint a similar abstract pattern on the wall to compliment the art but in a neutral color palette so as not to take away from it. First I uploaded a photo of the wall and art on to the computer so I could visualize what it would look like before I actually painted.
Once I was happy with the design all it took were a few sample pots of paint. I drew the design on the wall with a pencil and used a nice 1 1/2” angled brush to complete the mural. I love how the wall seems so busy by itself but somehow seems to step back and make the artwork pop!
It’s funny how a great change can come when you least expect it. If I hadn’t chosen this particular piece then this whole space never would have come to be. I spent a looooong time browsing through Minted’s art selection. There are a ton of amazing pieces and information about all the artists who created them which I always love to read about.
I’m so happy with this piece of art and stand by the idea that you can’t force creativity. Inspiration can strike at any time and when it does great things will happen. Like magic.
Here's a quick step by step of an easy and affordable way to use window film samples to create a faux stained glass.
First I measured the window pane and drew it on paper so I could cut out the shapes I wanted to use of the samples.
Some of the samples were static cling and others were not. I used clear tape in small strips along the edges to attach those to the window.
The final result is quite stunning and it cost about $12 total!
Here's a step by step for re-upholstery thanks to my partnership with Fabric.com
Obviously this tutorial wont be identical for every project but it's a general idea of the steps to take. Plus I encountered mold which was an unexpected bonus.
So, here we go. Let's start with the before shot:
First step was to figure out how to take the chair apart so I could remove the old upholstery.
Now here's where the not so fun or easy part began: MOLD
So, after that fiasco I was finally able to put the whole chair back together and voila! Just like new.
I know wallpaper can be intimidating, but like most things you've just got to take the risk. I've used pre-glued, not pre-glued and as of late, peel and stick. All of them are fairly simple but probably the easiest and most forgiving (and reusable! although I haven't attempted to re-use yet) is peel and stick.
This type of wallpaper can easily be hung by one person but since our ceilings are so tall and we had to use a ladder it was much easier with two people for the top portion of the mural, once we reached the height that didn't require a ladder I was able to apply it alone.
First: peel back about 4-5 inches of the backing across the top. Press that strip onto the wall.
Next: slowly and evenly pull the backing away, as you do this press the paper on to the wall. If you notice wrinkles or bubbles you can easily peel it off the wall and readjust.
That's it! A couple tips though... After you have applied the first strip of the mural to the wall make sure when you start the second piece that everything lines up pattern wise. If you notice that the pieces are starting to overlap as you place the second strip at all you cannot just stretch the paper to correct because by the time you reach the end of the mural the whole thing will be askew, so peel it off and start over. Also, although you can remove the paper and re-apply you need to be very careful because the paper loves to stick to itself, it will come apart but it's no fun.
So there you go, give it a try! Here's a code for 20% off! LIZINSTA20 at EazyWallz