Creepy Crawly Chic

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Something you may not know about me is that I was a science major in college. I spent the early years in all sorts of fun classes where we got to examine, breed, and learn about some creepy creatures. Although these days, 0% of what I do is related to that field, I still hold a vested interested in the beauty of nature.

Insects have become a major trend as of late, their likenesses appearing on upholstery fabric, in art, jewelry, and clothing.  I wrote an entire round up and rundown of the trend (and how to implement into your life)  in my bi-monthly posts that I write for Etsy, but I chose a few favorites to share with you today!

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Creeped out yet?  If not, definitely check out the full post on Etsy today!

Have a great Tuesday, guys!

 

In this post: lacewing art | tea plate | pillow | notecards

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DIY X-Stool

making an x-stool from a director's chair

X-stools come in all shapes and sizes, but you don’t have to stress about finding the right one for your space – just make it!  I used the base of a directors chair that I had sitting in a closet to create this little perch in my entryway and love it!  I had a table runner on hand that I bought just because I liked the metallic natural weave, but had only used probably once, which made for the perfect seat and was quite easy to put together.  The best part is, you could use any fabric you want as long as it’s upholstery weight.  Since mine was already at a 16 inch width, I didn’t have to hem any edges, but that wouldn’t be to difficult either.

director's chair into xstool

Xstool Tutorial

ONE unscrew the arms from the base of the directors chair and discard.  TWO unscrew the brace that stabilizes the top of the legs and put aside – you’ll reattach this piece later. THREE measure the open width of the base going all of the way around the underside of the horizontal supports. FOUR cut your fabric to width (or just a touch shorter) and wrap it very tightly around the sidebars, cutting a little notch out for the diagonal legs.

Xstool how-to

Xstool process

Staple one side of the fabric to the underneath of the side bars.  Move to the other side and repeat, cutting the notches for the legs and pulling very tightly before stapling.  The, re-attach the braces that you removed in step two.

X stool from a Directors chair

Presto!  You’ve got a brand new stool that folds right up and tucks away when not in use.  I’d make a pair of these and bring them out to flank my coffee table when guests come over!

Will you give it a try?  If you don’t have an old director’s chair sitting around, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a hard thing to find at an end-of-summer garage sale!

If you have a tall director’s chair, try this fun DIY that I did in April!

 

Have a FABULOUS Tuesday, guys!

Take Two: Bedside

take two - bedside copy

Two basic bedsides, two very different looks.  Both mix the mid century mod with a bit of traditional, so why are they so so different?  Colors play a big role in this one – if you can image all of the pieces in the second picture being neutral, suddenly it doesn’t feel super different from the first.

Whic bedside do you prefer?  Natural and neutral?  Or mod colorful?

 

source: Left by Bess Friday Photography | Right from My Home Ideas

DIY Herringbone Textured Walls

herringbone paint walls

So, I definitely painted the walls in my bar to emulate this wallpaper that I’d been adoring.  I had shown you all my plans last week and I was surprised by the responses.  After all of your feedback, I decided to tackle the paint.  I thought, I could always wallpaper over the paint if I botch it.  I will say that I love the way it turned out, although it was really difficult and a huge pain.  Unless you’re doing plain walls with no trim, doorways, angles, or curves I have to honestly say that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

Do I love how it looks?  Sure.  Do I think it looks as good as if I were to attempt wallpaper in the same space? Probably. Did it almost induce tears? Yes.

The project as a whole wasn’t terribly difficult, it just took a lot of patience.   I really got up-close and personal with some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and my Sherwin Williams paint in Uncertain Grey during the process, but I find all of that taping kind of cathartic.  It took a lot of little chunks of time, waiting for drying, repeated painting, etc. Aside from the tedious details and the waiting, the biggest issue was the uneven walls and the difficulty to get a regular pattern on an irregular surface.

herringbone walls paint effect

painted herringbone walls

The effect is textural and subtle.  I used a grey instead of the beige of the original wallpaper because I plan to paint my entryway navy blue and wanted a nice bridge between navy and the green tea color in our kitchen.  You can continue reading for the step by step on how I executed this feat!

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Space for Two

office plans

I have eluded to the fact that I’ve got an office re-do coming up soon,which is needed to suit both Matt and my working habits to the fullest.  It’s certainly necessary (seeing as how I currently do most of my work in the dining room) and is designed to be perfect for two users.

My current office is awesome, but a small desk isn’t suitable for laying out larger projects or shooting DIY tutorials (hence why I post up on the dining room table).  There isn’t enough surface space for both Matt and my computers, so it’s definitely under-utilized.

I intend to bring in a table like this navy Strut desk from Blu Dot to be a flexible work surface, with the ability to be utilized from both sides of the piece.  I can envision me on one end taking styled workflow photographs for the blog whereas on the opposite side, Matt with crunch numbers and advise logistical type support for our big adventure (to be announced this month, I swear!).  Gold shelves (a future DIY), some simple gold stools for magazine stacking or added seating as well as a user-friendly rug (that I already own) will add all of the right details to the space.  Task Lighting will be the added touch to accompany some of the long work nights we’ve been pulling.

How do you feel about the initial design?  My goal is to have adequate storage and work surface, while remaining chic and stylish.

Do you work in an office?  Or, like me, do you work out of a common area of your home?

 

 

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