Sunday Pinterest Inspiration 7/29/12

I was going to merge the two words in the title into a cute pun like “PINspiration” or something, but then it just reminded me too much of “perspiration” which is not cute or fun at all. So I went the boring route. Sorry, guys.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been loving on Pinterest this past week.Image

Isn’t this stair step end table fabulous? It would take a certain decor style to pull off, but I like it!

This blog post about printing oversized prints at Staples for surprisingly cheap.

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They’re called engineering prints and they only come in black and white, but I think it could be fun. I considered getting one for above my couch, but I’ve found a new art project idea for that. More to come later 🙂

Bathroom Wall Art DIY

My bathroom is…fine. I mean, it’s pretty large for a 1 bedroom apartment bathroom. But it’s boring and tan. My shower curtain and rugs are all solid turquoise. It’s been screaming out for an accent color or something to break up all the tan and turquoise. A few weekends ago I purchased some classy white towels with a turquoise accent, which made a huge difference.

Next up was some art. I had already hung up a frame with two photos from my trip to Ireland (my European happy place!) so I kind of wanted something to go with that.

I saw a print on Etsy that had the phrase “Never stop exploring” and it immediately struck a cord with me, but I didn’t like the design of the print. It just wasn’t my style or color palate. Inspired by this diy song lyric art over at A Beautiful Mess, I  decided to make my own “Never stop exploring” art.

Step 1: Decoupage with diy Mod Podge (half Elmer’s glue, half water – so easy!). I cut out a TON (too many) of squares of color from magazines – mostly turquoise but with little pops of orange and fuchsia. I also cut my finger when I got a little too scissor happy, so watch out! I spread a thin layer of glue mixture on the canvas, placed my squares, then spread another layer on top. I did this in sections until the canvas was suitably covered. Let dry completely.

Step 2: Lay out your phrase. I bought a pack of alphabet stickers at Hobby Lobby, cut out the letters I needed and arranged to my satisfaction before actually sticking the letters on.

Step 3. Paint over the entire thing the color of your choice. I selected white so the collaged bits would really pop. What I wasn’t expecting to happen was the little cracks in paint coverage because of the texture of the collage. The picture below is after only 1 coat of paint, but you’ll see I decided to embrace the cracks in the end. From far away they remind me of road lines in a map, so I think it works with the phrase.

Step 4. Peel them stickers off! After the paint is dry, that is. I used an exacto knife to help me peel them off.

Step 5. Admire the pretty thing you made! Go ahead, text pictures of it to all your friends, your mom, your dog, whatever!

Since this will be hanging in my bathroom, I plan to spray it with a water resistant gloss sealer. Hopefully that will help it last longer.

I love it – hope you guys love it too and maybe it inspires you to make something pretty!

Creative exercise: (Thrifty) Black and Pink Table Set Challenge

One of my college roommates is getting married this summer. The bachelorette party is in a couple weeks and I’ve offered my place up for pre-gaming fun before we head to the bars. Because I’m such a good friend, right? …It would be entirely accurate for you to detect an ulterior motive -> me wanting to throw a party/decorate.

The Maid of Honor and I agree on a color scheme of black and pink. And then I thought, “Shit, I don’t have anything black and pink. But I don’t want to go buy a ton of stuff. But I want this to be cute.” DILEMMA.

So tonight I challenged myself to come up with a cute idea for the appetizer/dessert bar table set, using only black and pink things that I already had. And then I would determine what I needed to buy to round it out.

I had a ton of fun!  Seriously, I don’t know why I don’t make practice table sets all the time. I love a good creative challenge. (Read: I am a total loser).

This side of the table I’m really liking.

Materials from back to front:

  • Silver shoe box
  • Margarita bottle and fake flowers (usually on my bookshelf lol)
  • Vase and heart garland (leftover from Valentine’s day decor)
  • Pink plastic cups and pink/black plastic silverware (this is just an idea based on shit from my drawers, I would need to purchase a full set of pink and black plastic silverware)
  • Polka dot ribbon (purloined from an event I went to….the napkins were tied with pieces of ribbon and I may have snitched several and hoarded until now)
  • Paper plate with folded up pink shopping bag from Charlotte Russe (this is to represent that there would be a pile of plates and napkins here – probably pink and black)

You can see a tiered dessert stand cut off on the side of the photo. That got nixed in my final arrangement – it just wasn’t going with all the black.

The next photo shows that it still needs a lot of work. For starters, definitely going to need to pick up a tablecloth. And it needs some sort of banner or backdrop behind the table. I have crepe paper streamers for that, but the SassCat would just tear them down, so I’ll wait until the actual event for that.

Try to visualize a black/white tray on top of that black square in the center. There will be cupcakes on that. The piece of black construction paper is also marking the location of a tray of food. I need to get me some serving platters.

The silvery things on the right are actually baking sheets/cake pans. Those represent the height layering I would like to do with whatever food we put there. The menu isn’t really set, so this is all conjecture at this point. Some more polka dot ribbon, and then the back corner would hold cups. Pink, of course.

It’s a start. Something to think about and help me narrow my shopping list as I plan the rest of the party.

Confession: I bought a throw pillow

I know, I know. I’m obsessed with throw pillows. But it’s really cute! And it was on clearance!

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See the festive stripes? Those green ones match the curtains.

When I moved into my apartment, I focused most of my decorating on the living room because people see that the most. Then I got the SassCat and just got swept up in life. But I’ve slowly been refocusing on decorating the bedroom. It’s a gradual work in progress.

I moved in with a full size bed and a twin duvet cover. My curtains matched the twin duvet cover. After about half a year I broke down and bought a full comforter (crazy cheap on Bed Bath & Beyond clearance). But then the curtains didn’t match. My mom made me the curtains and they are lovely, so I didn’t want to get rid of them. Therefore, I went on a quest to incorporate more green accent colors into the bedroom. Hence, the dip dyed green legs on the nightstand (which is almost done!).

So when I saw this throw pillow, with all the colors of my bedroom…on sale for $10 at Target…

I caved. Hello pretty.

Unexpected Wall Colors – Turquoise

You guys, I am totally digging this turquoise wall.Image

(image source: apartment therapy)

Turquoise is one of my favorite colors and I think it makes the office space pictured just feel happier.

I would love to paint an accent wall in my apartment, but don’t really think it’s worth the expense and effort when I’d have to repaint tan (“latte”) over it in a year.

But wouldn’t it be so relaxing to have a wall like this in your bedroom?

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(image source: house of turquoise)

Taking a second look at these photos, it occurs to me that I’ve probably gotten as close to this look as I will in my current apartment with my curtain project. When the sun shines through them during the day, they have this fabulous glowing turquoise sheerness that I LOVE.

You know, I might love curtains as much as I love throw pillows and decorative vases…

Anyway. Stripes. I flip flop when it comes to stripes. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them. Probably not a good idea to ever use stripes in my house, but I like this room. I think stripes can look really polished if you use them the right way (and in small doses).

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(image source: organized-design)