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I’m a little…well, a lot…behind this year but I finally got my act together and am showing you our house all fancy and decorated for Christmas. The link-up parties have come and gone but its always fun to post this so I can remember what I did the year before! There are a lot of pictures and just a few comments so if you have a question, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

2013 Christmas House1My favorite part of the whole house…a lot of wine and champagne was drank in here this season!

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2013 Christmas House3Wrapping paper from Ballard Designs, burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and tree skirt from Pottery Barn…I prefer modern in my home design but traditional at Christmas is my favorite.

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2013 Christmas House5I copied Wisteria’s holiday catalog, using red instead of blue. I love the many functions of this giant clam shell.

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2013 Christmas House9The coffee filter wreath from 2010 has held up so well – who would have thought?

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2013 Christmas House10The dogs favorite spot – by the OSU tree, looking out the front window.

Christmas Dogs 1Santa Max and his little elf, Carl, hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2014.

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Today, I’m coveting a new vignette for our sofa table in the living room. It is very unfinished and blah right now. I need something better for this small surface!

Succulent DisplayI saw this pin on Emily Henderson’s blog and I instantly loved it! I’ve wanted to plant some succulents for the house for a while now and this vignette is perfect. Our sofa table is white too so I love seeing what it would look like for us. You could be seeing a copy of this very soon!

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Today, I’m currently coveting a more vibrant back patio. It is perfect patio weather right now and I want ours to be fun and funky. The backyard is the perfect place to have a lot of fun with color and pull inspiration from the colors in your yard. I have several ideas of small updates to make to our seating area but the main thing we need is a rug to pull it all together.

anniversary2bfurniture3This is a picture of our patio from 2011. Conner got me the set for our anniversary. I still love it – a great price and pretty comfortable – but the area is lacking and doesn’t have our personality in it.

IMG_5869_thumb5I saw Emily’s updated patio last month and instantly loved it. Look at that color! Fun and funky and so fresh. She made several small updates, starting with that very cool rug. I clicked on the link and it led me to the Fab Habitat website. Of course I loved Emily’s rug! I fell in love in 2011 when I first saw this company and wrote about it here.

smaller_laguna_orange_peel_and_white_lifestyleBut as I scrolled through, you know what I immediately fell in love with – orange. chevron. It just doesn’t get any better than that, does it? The price is amazing and is so perfect for our patio. I am definitely coveting the largest size of this rug!

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It has been almost three years since we moved in to this house and our master bedroom is so close to being finished – finally! I am thrilled with how it is turning out…I love the look and even better, I love the price we are paying for everything. A couple of weeks ago, I made a mirrored nightstand for my side of the bed (Conner’s is in the works!) but the next-to-last project for our room was a headboard that I knew would be a bear. Thanks to my mom who has no fear of projects I throw at her, we finished the ginormous tufted headboard project!

**Some disclaimers before I start the tutorial of the project: my mom and I are not expert upholstery people. We used a tutorial I found on Pinterest and adapted based on the size of our headboard and the minor experience we have tufting a footstool. I try to use pictures and words to explain our process below. If you don’t understand a step or have questions, feel free to ask! I would be happy to give more details if you see a step that is left unclear or left out. It is also VERY handy to have a buddy for this project. The tutorials I read only used one person. That is crazy to me – I highly recommend having a friend/family member help you with this!

West Elm Tufted HeadboardThe Tall Grid Tufted Headboard from West Elm was my inspiration for the project. We have a king-sized bed so I used their measurements for our project. (78″ wide by 56″ tall) She was a beast, a true beauty and also super expensive. It would have been so easy to order this headboard but I wasn’t interested in paying almost $900 (after taxes and shipping) for something we could make for cheaper.

DIY Tufted Headboard16After a long Sunday of working on the very large project and a Thursday night of installing it, this is my version of the headboard! I love it and am so happy with the results. It isn’t perfect like the West Elm version but if it was perfect, where would the fun war stories be about tackling this DIY?

P.S. I saved $705 by doing this on my own. Yup. 705 DOLLARS. Totally worth it!

DIY Tufted HeadboardI started with my supplies: a roll of batting (40% off at Hobby Lobby), 5 yards of white linen fabric (on sale for $7.99/yard at Hancock’s), a button making kit (40% off at Hancock’s), extra buttons (40% off at Hancock’s), upholstery needles (my mom already had on hand), upholstery thread (again, my mom already had on hand), two sheets of peg board that were pieced together to fit the size I needed (from Home Depot – they cut it to size) and two pieces of 3″ foam glued and cut to fit the dimensions I needed (a local foam store, Truman’s, did all of the work for me of gluing/cutting the foam).

**Side note about the fabric: I’m so glad I went with 5 yards of fabric. It seemed like a lot but other than some scraps and edges we cut off, we used most of it! I went with a white linen because the rest of the bedroom has darker colors and I wanted a lighter headboard. Linen has a beautiful texture and I liked that it was lightweight and easy to work with for our project. I do not recommend using patterned fabric for a tufted project. I can’t even imagine the pain of trying to match up the patterns of the board with the patterns of the buttons so go with a solid fabric for a project like this!

DIY Tufted Headboard2I used this tutorial from Little Green Notebook. I read several headboard tutorials but liked this one the best since we wouldn’t have to drill holes into wood. The pegboard was so handy to use since it already has 1″ spaced holes!

The only downside was that the boards weren’t big enough so we had to buy two pieces and have the second piece cut to size. The cutting machines at Home Depot are awesome and if you need something trimmed down, I highly suggest having the skilled employee take care of measuring/cutting for you before you leave the store!

We started off taping the pieces together but later used some upholstery thread to attach the pegboard to the foam in several places. There are numerous ways you could reinforce the flimsy areas of the pegboard so feel free to experiment – we certainly did!

DIY Tufted Headboard3Our first hour was spent laying out the buttons for tufting. Do you want to feel not smart? Count out 6 buttons across, 4 buttons down on a large piece of pegboard and see if you start to go crazy after 10 minutes. This messed with our brains and clearly the pegboard – I’m not sure which symbol we actually ended up using as our “this is the real hole” hole.

DIY Tufted Headboard4Once you lay out the placement of your buttons, lay the foam underneath the pegboard and make marks with a dark pen/marker on where the buttons/holes will go.

The yellow line is where Truman’s glued the two pieces of foam together. Several hours into the project, we realized it would show through the batting and fabric. We covered this up with a little craft paint and a lunch break of drying time. It worked perfectly!

**Side note: Centsational Girl’s tutorial was one I read to prep for this project. She only used 2″ foam. I’m so glad I used 3″ – it really gives more depth for the tufts. I saved a fortune using Truman’s for this project instead of going to Joann’s or Hancock’s to get the foam squares and piecing them together.

DIY Tufted Headboard5I used Conner’s drill to make holes where each of our tufts would go. In the Little Green Notebook tutorial, she cut out pieces of foam with a knife. That would work fine too but this was super fast and fun.

DIY Tufted Headboard6I did like that the tutorial we used suggested making the pegboard longer than the foam so that there was a nice seam of fabric behind the mattress instead of cutting off right at the top of the mattress. I added 10″ so the height of this piece was actually 66″ instead of 56″.

To help support the large pegboard, we used two side tables to hold it up. This came in handy later while tufting. My mom ended up lying underneath the piece and I was on top, each of us guiding the needle as it went on the top and bottom of the foam.

I didn’t use spray foam or any adhesive on these layers before we started tufting. I didn’t think the spray foam would be necessary since the we had the headboard laying down and I wanted it all to be able to move a little as we worked on this project. I’m not a huge fan of spray adhesive so I’m glad we skipped this step and didn’t need it.

DIY Tufted Headboard7Mom started by threading the needle, pushing it through a hole in the pegboard/foam/batting and finally guiding it to the spot I wanted in the fabric. I took the needle from her, helping to pull it through the rest of the way and threading a fabric covered button on to the needle. (A step not shown in this tutorial: button making. It was extremely easy using the kit I got at Hancock’s. It is also pretty cheap, especially when you can get them on sale for 40% off like I did!)

I would make sure the needle was all of the way through the four layers (pegboard, foam, batting and fabric), the button was attached to the thread and then push the needle back down through all four layers to my mom.

DIY Tufted Headboard8She would pull the needle back down and hold gently as I tucked and guided the fabric to fold the way I wanted. I didn’t want a traditional diamond tuft, rather a more modern and clean-lined tuft like the West Elm version.

DIY Tufted Headboard10Once the button was pulled down as far as I wanted, I would holler for her to keep holding so I could duck underneath the makeshift worktable and help her out. (This became the comical part of the process. We were barking out short sentences to each other like we were in some kind of boot camp. “Pull harder. Little more. Okay stop!” “Holding. Hurry!” “I’m coming under!”)

DIY Tufted Headboard9Mom would pull tightly on the string while I grabbed her air compressor nail gun (such a handy tool for this project!) and nail 5-6 staples into the pegboard to hold the button in the place we wanted. This is when you need a project buddy you are comfortable with – we spooned several times, I laid across her stomach at one point – and that buddy needs strong hands. Project buddies with Mom-strength preferred.

DIY Tufted Headboard11Once you finish the rows of tufting (we ended up doing four rows – 6 buttons each), pull the fabric around to the back of the pegboard and staple the heck out of it! Make sure you smooth the fabric as you go and pull it taught before stapling.

**Not shown – since this headboard was so tall, we had to use two strips of fabric. The fourth row of buttons are actually tufted using a new piece of fabric. This was no big deal because the pillows on our bed would cover them up but if this bothers you, adjust your measurements so you can use only one piece of fabric across.

DIY Tufted Headboard12Several days later, my dad came over to help me install the headboard. We used a tool called a french cleat – one side attached to the wall and one side attached to the headboard. They rest in each other and can hold up to 200 pounds – it is a very cool tool for hanging pictures or items like my headboard!

Conner got a laser level/stud finder for Christmas one year and it was perfect for this. We were able to make sure the picture hanger was level while the headboard was lying down, all thanks to the laser. (bonus points if you say laser like Dr. Evil in Austin Powers)

DIY Tufted Headboard13We measured the headboard, measured the wall, measured the headboard and measured the wall again – it was a little nerve-wracking carrying the large headboard back to the bedroom because I was worried it would all get messed up. The fabric wrinkled (its linen, what can you expect?) and some of the folds came undone but it was an absolute perfect fit on top of the headboard and I knew I could iron out the problems with the fabric.

You can see the two rows of fabric on the right side of this picture. My mom did a quick stitch in several places to make sure the two layers wouldn’t come undone and we used some spray glue to attach the bottom piece to the foam. So far – so good!

DIY Tufted Headboard14Once the headboard was in place and centered (the french cleat allows you to slide the picture/headboard back and forth while hanging so you can adjust as needed), I used an iron to clean up the wrinkles and secure some folds that had come undone. This final step helped so much and really polished it up!

DIY Tufted Headboard15Look, even dogs approve of the project!

DIY Tufted Headboard16Not pictured here is a nightstand for Conner. This is a work in progress thanks to the stupid air vent seen on the floor on the left side of the picture. Thanks, builders from the early 80’s, for placing this in the most awkward spot ever.

DIY Tufted Headboard17I love how much this brightens the room and also makes the ceilings seem so much taller. It still shocks me to walk down the hall and see a large white object in the bedroom!

DIY Tufted Headboard18The mirrored nightstand looks more complete now that the headboard is finished. Success!

DIY Tufted Headboard19And one last look at our new, West Elm knock-off, headboard! I am thrilled with the results and while I’m not willing to tackle another headboard of this size, can’t wait to do it again on a much smaller scale.

The West Elm version (with tax and shipping) would have cost me $887. My supplies, including french cleat, cost $182 for a savings of $705. Total score! If you have questions about this (I know several steps weren’t photographed), please email me or leave a comment. I would be happy to help and answer questions!

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I can’t stop drooling over bathrooms with two sinks. We need this so badly. There is plenty of room in the vanity so I’m not sure why it hasn’t ever been done to our master bath! I want to finish our kitchen first but as soon as that’s done, I will be ready to tackle our bathroom vanity. Here are some great inspiration pics that had me at hello.

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Notice a trend? I love white cabinets and light counter tops! For more inspiration pictures, follow my Bath Inspiration Pinterest page.

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**UPDATE: I had the mirrors for this cut at a local glass shop. They also drilled the holes for me for the hardware. I mentioned this below but am still getting lots of comments on it so here it is upfront: the glass shop is your BFF during a project like this!!**

I am so excited about this DIY project! I have been dreaming it up for a while and finally got motivated and adventurous enough to attempt the project. It took some planning and patience (bleh) but I can now say that this DIY mirrored nightstand is my most favorite project to date!

Mirrored NightstandsI love mirrored nightstands! They feel so glamorous and adult – two things I usually do not feel. The sizes and looks of the ones above were perfect for our master bedroom but the prices are absolutely ridiculous…especially when you add in shipping for a large, delicate item! I really wanted one but really did not want to pay the premium price so I finally went for it and attempted this project.

(Nightstand 1 – Pier 1; Nightstand 2 – Pottery Barn; Nightstand 3 – Anthropologie; Nightstand 4 – Z Gallerie)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand1This “nightstand” was actually a small dresser my grandma used to use. (Please ignore the dead green stuff everywhere – spring is coming!) If you remember from the curio cabinet project, she moved out of her house and had a large garage sale which was awesome for me. It was in pretty good condition but had some scratches and dents from general wear and tear. (The two top drawers were at the glass shop when I took this picture.)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand2Obviously I couldn’t put mirror on every square inch of the furniture so I used Krylon’s original chrome spray paint (40% off at Hobby Lobby) and painted the edges of the top, sides and drawer fronts of the nightstand. There was zero point of wasting paint on the middle of each part since that is where the mirror was going! While the painting was happening, my mirror pieces were being cut at my favorite glass shop.

Side note: I am now obsessed with my friends at City Glass because they replaced two cracked drawer front pieces for me…for free! Seriously, make friends with people who you know you’ll be working with a lot. They will be your life-savers when you attempt your own DIY projects.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand3When I finished my oversize floor mirror project, I asked my friends at the glass shop how I should start the mirrored nightstand project. They recommended just bringing in the measurements for the sides and top but to bring in a drawer so they could have a template for the size and placement of holes for the hardware. So smart! The sides on this piece were different – so weird – and the top drawer is smaller than the bottom three drawers so I took them the measurements for three pieces as well as the top two drawers for measuring and cutting.

It took about three days for them to get all seven pieces cut and ready for me to pick up. We had plenty of mirror adhesive left over from the last mirror project and it was the same procedure as before: put plenty of glue on the back of the mirror, stick the mirror to the surface and use objects/tape to hold the mirror in place for at least 24 hours.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand4The sides were the hardest and scariest to glue. The top was obviously the easiest – some tape and heavy books helped keep the mirror in place – but the sides were so nerve-wracking. Would the piece of mirror fall over in the middle of the night? No need to worry – the mirror adhesive glue means serious business. After about 20 minutes, that sucker wasn’t budging. (we still kept the tape on over night to make sure nothing was falling or moving)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5The drawers were pretty easy as well. We set them upright, glued them, stuck the mirror on and used the new hardware to position each piece perfectly. Not pictured here are two of the drawers…the mirror cracked a little from drilling the holes for the hardware and I think I might have screwed in one of the knobs too tight…lesson learned! The knobs are now on but not screwed so tightly they don’t have a little give to them.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand6Here is the final product – love, love, love! Seriously, it makes me so happy to walk in to our room and see this nightstand. It really does make me feel a little more glamorous and a little more grown-up with something this fancy in our master bedroom.

(Pssst – like that green painter’s tape above our bed? It is now a tufted headboard, inspired by West Elm, that my mom and I made! Check it out here.)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand8This project ended up being extremely cost-effective, especially compared to the pricey pieces I originally found online. The knobs were all half-off at Hobby Lobby (shame on you if you ever purchase something for the full price) and getting mirror cut to size is really not that expensive! This whole piece was $128, which sounds like a lot, but is SO much better than the $400-700 I was looking at originally.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand9The only purchases I made for the top of the nightstand were the fresh tulips and the pink/green tray. I love fresh flowers, especially the pretty spring ones, and the pink/green tray reminds me of my bedroom in college (I was obsessed with the color combination). I love it because it gives me happy memories as well as brings in some fun pops of color!

The rest of the items have been collected over time: lamp and large frame are from Hobby Lobby, the clock was a wedding present from Pottery Barn, the Ben’s Garden ‘L’ coaster was a present from a friend, the books came from random places over the years and the vase is from Target. I like the variation of heights of the items and that they all have some special meaning or thought to them.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand11For your viewing pleasure…and mine, of course, I love a good before and after…here is a final before/after look at our DIY mirrored nightstand. SO happy with the results and so happy I went for this project. It was a lot easier than I had built it up to be and of course am mad I waited so long to do this!

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Ceiling fans are just the absolute worst. They are the ugliest feature in a room yet in the south are so necessary. A necessary evil, if you will. The ones in our house are really heinous! Think super cheap in the bedrooms and oversized and ugly in the living room.

With the current renovations going on in the guest bedrooms, I am getting a huge itch to purchase new lights. Bedrooms are the biggest area where fans are needed so I went on a search for something not so terrible. This one from Home Depot gets as close to pretty as you can get – modern, clean and no cord in sight!

If you have purchased an attractive ceiling fan with light recently, let me know! I would love to know where you got it and if it was under $200.

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