Mar
11
2014

This project is brought to you by Kleenex, all styling, neurotic issues and seasonal sinuses are 100% my own. 

Toys are inevitable... no matter how hard I try to keep toys in a particular spot, they just keep creeping back in like the plague. A large basket is perfect for them and can hold throw pillows that are really only for decoration and not technically for sleeping. The other option is launching them onto the floor or the couch before I settle in for bed. I'm thinking the basket is the better of the two. The drawer of the desk stores lotions and creams that I need for my hands and for diaper changing since much of that happens here as well. It also hides the remotes, notepads, pens and my iPad so that I can work (or not work) without the bird going nuts for any of those things, since he is absolutely obsessed with each and every one of them and is now a master button pusher and learning how to color and throw, sometimes simultaneously! Eek. The faux snakeskin box holds pictures, drawings and cute little memory keepsakes that I don't want tiny little hands getting into but need to regularly add to as they happen. It helps me to keep their 'home' close at hand so I don't set these things in another spot with the intention of putting them away later... and then never get around to it... you know you guys do this too. I love a living plant in a space, and this one has the added benefit of keeping the lid on the box and acting as a deterrent for the tiny people running about, without being so big and heavy it's a danger. 

I purchased a very thin marble slab tile to use a an oversized coaster of sorts, so I can set glasses and dishes. I'm not going to lie, I eat in bed, a ton... truly. Having a surface to set things so wood won't get damaged from water or drips is quite nice. But, should I have a little spill, a tissue is easy at hand to do the job. I use Kleenex for essentially everything, including spills around the house. The fact that Kleenex has created boxes that are cute and can stay out in plain sight without having to be hidden away is kind of fabulous and I'm so appreciative. When you constantly have 800 things you are holding and you need to clean up a spill or a drip, being able to pull out one or even a couple of tissues with one free hand (or a finger) instead of having to manhandle the paper towel roll or search for a towel, is perhaps the most convenient thing in the world. If you are a mom, you know exactly what I am talking about. I think this habit started when I had my first baby and has managed to stick around ever since. It's just so much easier, especially when your children are still small and more hands-on, so I turn to it time and again. Also, it's quite possible my little family has some of the worst seasonal allergies I have ever seen, so between my excessive and inexplicable use of Kleenex for virtually all household purposes (they actually now have products specifically for household purposes like hand towels, which is amazing - though for me it's a convenience thing, one box, one thing to buy, 100 uses) and our nasal issues, we go through tissue in bulk. Having several design options in styles that match my decor for any particular space saves me and the mister from bickering when I ask him to stock up and to choose some that 'match'. That would be the kind of thing that might send him over the edge most of the time, and a non-matching design might literally do me in... but with stylish options like Kleenex has created, all I have to do is provide him with a color and set him loose. For this space I tend to prefer a neutral or a peach and they designs in both!  I don't have to hide the box behind a large pot or lamp (yep you know you have done that too) and it can live right out in the open and that make me a happy gal. It's the small things in life I guess, isn't it...

Be sure to check out the Kleenex style finder to see which style suits you best and while you are there check out some of the fun facts about Kleenex throughout their 90 years, it's pretty interesting and you can see the new designs while you are there and find one that works with your own decor! Celebrate your sinuses or your own weird uses for tissue and let your box live out loud in plain sight! 

Disclosure // Thank you to Kleenex for sponsoring this project and for creating an updated, modern, and stylish product package. I think we all appreciate a company who considers our needs as a consumer, at least I know I do! 

Feb
20
2014

This post is sponsored by Rolling Door Designs, all ramblings and traumatizing experiences are 100% my own. 

 This project was no walk in the park, mainly given my indecision and the sheer number of times we literally reinstalled this mother, and there are some quirky deets that will make or break this option for most people, so you will need to plan out your install just a tad and I can show you how to overcome some of the obstacles we faced with the quirks inherant to this house. I will be back for a second post in this series later in the week to share how I installed this beaut, despite these tricky things about our space and some additional info on the door itself. An utterly modern and yet totally vintage piece itself...  Plus doesn't it just look cool? It's nice to see a rolling door that is modern in appearance and not barn like. Don't get me wrong, there isn't a thing wrong with rustic, but I like to see the diversity in things, don't you? If you have an awkward area of your home that needs more square footage or that has not such an ideal situation with the way your doors open, a rolling door is such a fabulous option to solve the problem. We are sleeping more easily in the early morning, and I definitely have this invention to thank for it. If you would like to browse the hardware styles and options they have at Rolling Door Designs, be my guest, they are quite lovely. The style you see here in my article is the Don Draper... doesn't it just sound awesome, right out of the gate?

Feb
19
2014

I've been on the hunt for a pair of nightstands for the master, for nearly a year. I knew I wanted something modern and clean but also something that wasn't so nightstand-ish. I'm utterly bored with the options available right now and simply can't decide what I might like to build. I think I have analysis paralysis when it comes to choosing a design I like enough to pull out the tools for. Way too much exposure to decor to pull the trigger on anything at all. Ugh.

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Jul
22
2013
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This was one of those projects where context is the make or break of the result. You see, I made these curtains and they were super duper simple and I LOVED them, but when I hung them in my family room the result was a little bit...'Liberace called, and he wants his curtains back'... if you know what I mean! Frustrated, I decided to try them in my Master Bedroom. Since I had punched the clock on this project having to discard them would have been oh so sad, luckily they were dreamy in their new home and voila, a bit more like Kate Spade than Liberace. Done deal... and now I love them. 

MATERIALS

To make 4 curtain panels, all you need is a 9x12 canvas drop cloth and 11 rolls of tape (1.88 inch size) in your choice of color

You can see the glam gold curtains better in the photos above, and the application was made really simple with a bit of Scotch Blue Painter's Tape. 

Begin by cutting your canvas drop cloth in half, making it 6ft x 9 ft. There is a seam in this location already so simply separate the two sections.

Then apply your first strip of tape as close to the top seam as possible (your panel will run 6 ft across by 9 ft down so your stripes will run 6 ft in length). Once you have your first stripe in place, overlap your second strip by a tiny bit. I used the strings inside the tape as a guide and overlapped the first one.

2 strips will equal 1 stripe and then you will move on to the painters tape as an easy way of demarcating the proper stripe dimension. You will place 2 strips of painters tape in precisely the same way and then repeat with the gold. I actually removed the 2 blue strips and replaced them below my next gold stripe so that I actually only used a very small amount of painters tape to complete this and it saved a ton of time this way. The 2 strips of painters tape will stick together and you can simply restick them as a whole below your subsequent gold stripe. 

Easy peasy. Once I finished both halves of the huge drop cloth, I simply cut each one in half again so that they measured 3 ft across by 9 ft in length. Done and done. 

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The post Easy to Make DIY Gold Striped Curtains appeared first on The Design Confidential

Images: Photos by Rayan Turner for The Design Confidential

May
31
2013
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I love a good mix of vintage and new, traditional and modern, and of course bold and nuetral. A good gallery wall has at least a little of each, don't you think? I found the most spectacular piece of art at Denio's a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't wait to hang it somewhere. I just wasn't sure where... For now, it's part of a gallery wall I am creating in the Master Bedroom and I think it might be perfect here... we shall see how I feel in 2 weeks.

May
21
2013
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I have been making some major headway in the new house, despite my radio silence on the matter... I have had freelance project after project and haven't hardly had a moment to update you on what I have been up to otherwise! In fact I am almost completely finished with the Family Room, squeal... can't wait to do the full room reveal for you guys! Such a fun space... 

Also... how devious does that pup look. I clearly caught him in the act of something, I have yet to simply find out what... He's a little out of focus here because I was shooting the painting, but that look on his face is priceless. Part, leave me alone, part, did she see what I was doing? eek...

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