Thursday, December 19, 2013

ShayJDesign Pottery Barn Hack

I always love looking through the Pottery Barn catalogs, but let's be honest, majority of the items they sell are unaffordable and overpriced. One of the main reasons I enjoy viewing their home decorating ideas is to use them as a resource for my own design inspiration. I recently went to Pottery Barn Kids with my daughter Joey and she just loved their Rose Lamp. This was not surprising being that Joey loves all things pink and girly. I found a salesperson and she told me that the Rose Shade is $99.00, the Payton Push Button Base is $52.00 and the tax is $14.82. That is a total of $165.82 for a children's lamp. I pride myself on being thrifty and was instantly motivated to make a knockoff just as good as the original. The beauty of DIY and not buying a store made item is that you can customize your creation. My daughter's room is a bright pink, so I selected a deeper shade of pink for the flowers than used by PB. I used an old lamp base that I had in the house and spray painted it white. (All of the links to the items you will need to make your own lamp will be provided at the end of this post.) The lamp I made came to a grand total of $52.00 and it was a complete labor of love. I cannot wait to give it to her on Christmas. Here is what you will need (including a lamp base of your choice).
Rose Heads, Glue Gun & Glue Sticks, Lamp Shade, Spray Paint & Scissors.
I started by cutting the green plastic part of the flower head so that it would lay flat on the lamp shade. Then I put glue on the back of the rose and pushed it down onto the shade from the top of the flower and from underneath the shade to ensure it would hold.
I spray painted the lamp base white. This took about 3 coats.

Here is my DIY Pottery Barn Rose Lamp Hack.  

Pottery Barn on left and ShayJDesign on right

Monday, December 9, 2013

I Wish You A Stylish Christmas

One of the best parts of having an interfaith marriage is now I get to decorate for Christmas. Any excuse to decorate is fine by me. I love the warm and cozy feel Christmas decorations bring into a space. I wanted to share our home with you on this holiday season and inspire you to not feel stressed about the process and just enjoy watching it all come to life. I love the twinkle that the lights, glitter and candles bring into a room, so I decided to dress up my mantel with white, gold, silver and a touch of green and red. It should be no surprise to you that I decided to adorn our tree with bright primary colors and animal decorations. My daughter received a miniature pink tree to decorate and match her room on the last night of Hanukkah. Don't forget to add things around the home that you already have to save money and make your decor friendly. I added a monogrammed mug, candle, candle holder, twine, and a picture that I already purchased. I am sure what you love the most about your home is who you share it with, so let your home reflect this feeling on this holiday season. Share your Christmas decor pics on my Facebook page

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mark Your Cup And Drink Up

I am very excited to be hosting Thanksgiving this year. In addition to yummy food, I am making a delicious "Autumn Sangria." (recipe below)  When many people are drinking the same beverage, it is easy for your guests to lose track of which glass is theirs. As I am not a big fan of drink markers, I decided to break out the chalkboard paint and get to dipping. This process is quick and easy and the finished product looks great. This idea is also reusable, as you can erase and add different names at your leisure. I truly thought I was so creative and developed this brilliant idea, until I looked it up on Pinterest and sadly realized I was not the creator. Oh well, great minds think alike. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.
I dipped the bottom of the glass right into the chalkboard paint can. I let them sit on a towel for about 15 minutes so the towel could soak up the excess paint. I than transferred the glasses to paper plates to avoid the paint from sticking to the towel when it was dry. This method worked perfectly.
The finished product.
This is my favorite sangria recipe. I found it in a magazine several years ago. I do not remember the publication, but the recipe is amazing! I am extremely thankful for all of my blog followers. Happy Thanksgiving.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Profile: Guest Post from Michele from the Mommy Blogger Directory, a working mom of 3 sharing tips and ideas!

3 Tips for Finding Christmas Savings Online Christmas is one of the best times of year, but is often accused of being overly commercialized or just far too expensive to be enjoyed as a holiday. With online shopping, however, it doesn't have to be! There are easy ways to find great deals for anything you might want to purchase online, and here are three.

1. Do your research.
When you find something online that you just have to have, don't immediately click buy. Check around other sites and compare prices, find out where you can buy that item for the lowest cost. Often the first site you encounter won't be the least expensive, and some sites even offer layaway options, so you can pay for the item in installments leading up to the shipping date.

2. Coupons, coupons, coupons!
Online coupons are everywhere. Chrome has several extensions that can be downloaded that will automatically alert you when a coupon is available for the site you are shopping on, and if not, you can just type in the name of the online store plus coupon into Google and you'll likely turn up a site or two that can provide you with some.

3. Cyber Monday
The online equivalent to Black Friday, Cyber Monday is the best place to find fantastic deals online for items that range from video games to home furniture. This is also one of the best times of year to do Christmas shopping, as you avoid the crowds and can have everything delivered straight to your door.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Top Ten 2013 Home Decorating Trends

Let me start by saying that the word trendy does not mean that you lack imagination or creativity, it just means some things are so great that everyone should give them a try. As easy as it is to be a part of the "black & white" fashion movement that is going on right now (especially for us New Yorkers), it is simple to incorporate many new and exciting design ideas into your home. Here is a list of my "Top Ten 2013 Home Decorating Trends."

1. Floral: Bringing the outside in creates a soothing and serene environment in your home. From furniture to wallpaper, floral is back in a big way and I like it!
Framed Wallpaper Wall Using Anthropologie Blazing Poppies Wallpaper

 2. Ikat: This is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles. These patterns are skilled and functional in almost any space in your home.  Ikat just works!
Kitchen Nook Of Lindsey Coral Harper
 3. Macrame: Macrame is textile making using knotting and has been around for a long time.  I love the wall hangings and planters, because they add an earthy element. 
Sally England's Amazing Work
 4. Neon: Just a pop of neon makes a room so much hipper.  It is perfect way to add a little fun to a nursery or playroom.  
Neon Yellow Star Decals 
 5. Mixing Styles: The days of home furnishing being "matchy matchy" is over.  Mixing rustic and modern elements to a space gives it character.
Farmhouse Table & Modern Chairs by the late Metropolitan Home
 6. Polka Dots: Polka dots add a feminine twist to any room.  I prefer a metallic polka dot in the form of a decal or pillow to add a touch of pizazz.
Polka Dot Pillows Are Fab!
 7. Decorating With Animals: If you have been to my home you know I am a sucker for a ceramic bird or owl. I love the idea of bringing a representation of nature onto a bookcase or shelf.  You just want to use a few here and there, because if this trend is overdone it will look like you live in a forest.
West Elm Animal Decor
 8. Brass: Brass is a good choice if you are sick of using silver and still want a glittery contemporary finish.  
This Brass Shelf Confirms That Brass Is Back
 9. Lucite: The best part about lucite is that it is transparent and has the magical ability to open up any space.  It is a great option for a small room or apartment.
Claiborne Swanson Frank's Apartment

 10. Brights On Whites: I saved the best for last, because I love a plain white backdrop with bright and busy styling.  My entire home is painted white and it works perfectly for my vibrant design style.
Helen and Chris Bayley's Dining Space

 Which 2013 Home Decorating Trend Is Your Favorite?
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lil Picasso's

What do I do with all of this artwork? If you are a parent, you probably have asked yourself this question.  If you are not, than take notes and remember this blog post for the future, because it will inevitably become your dilemna as well. There is only so much artwork, invitations and notices you can hang on your cluttered refrigerator. Why not make a special place in your home to showcase your children's masterpieces?  It is super important to encourage and nurture a young creative mind. Before creating an art display I decided it must be:

 1. Affordable: I wasn't about to spend over $100 on a fancy name brand art wall system.

 2. Sophisticated: Meaning not childish and banished to the playroom. I wanted to showcase my daughter's art in the center of my home for all eyes to see and didn't want it to feel out of place.

3. Interchangeable: I wanted it to be easy to rotate artwork as it came home from school.

4.  Impressionable: Make a statement.  An art wall can be a complete focal wall whether it is made by Van Gogh or Joey Reese Gatto. (I prefer the latter)

This is what I came up with...steal it!!!!!!!!!!

I bought this 36" x 48" Natural Cork Board at the Container Store. It is the perfect size and only $39.99, very affordable for a large wood framed bulletin board. It comes with the mounting hardware as well. I than spray painted it white using Krylon Flat White Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint. The spray was only $4.19 and works perfectly on wood and cork. I painted it white,because my walls are white and I wanted the board to blend in and let the art speak for itself.  I spent about $50 total, tax included.
Here is the finished product. Isn't it glorious? Now get to it, your kids smile will be well worth it.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

No Money....No Problem

My husband and I purchased our house when we were 26 years old, on our 1 year wedding anniversary. It was small and charming and most importantly it was ours. We have luckily been able to build upon our little 2 bedroom house and make it into our forever house. I am a very impatient person when it comes to having an idea and wanting to execute it right away, except when it comes to my kitchen. It is a great layout, but I refuse to put a great deal of money into it until I can build the kitchen of my dreams. When we first moved in, we painted the cabinets white, installed knobs and put in a glass tile black splash ourselves. After the remodel we built two shelves over the sink where a window used to be. I try to be thrifty and creative when it comes to making my antiquated kitchen still visually pleasing. I have grown to love my little outdated kitchen, because even though it doesn't have granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, it is warm and inviting. Last week I decided to give our kitchen a little bit of love by restyling and backing the shelves, removing cabinet doors, adding a small chalkboard wall and mixing in a lot of warm accents. I wanted the dominant colors to be greens, browns and whites. I brought in wood, wicker and glass to add different textures. Adding paintings, books and clocks is a great way to make any space seem cozy.  There are no rules!!  Books do not have to be on bookshelves and clocks do not need to be on night tables. I decluttered the face of my refrigerator and used wicker baskets to hold items I need easy access to on my counter-tops . The only thing I purchased for this kitchen facelift was five sheets of scrap paper that I bought for 69 cents each.  They look very similar to the expensive grass cloth wallpaper people use in their homes. All of the kitchen items, books, frames, paints used for the rest of the process were materials that were already in my home.  I am going to begin by showing you two  pictures of how the kitchen looked when I first moved in. 

I removed the cabinet doors of the oh so common unused cabinet above the refrigerator. I backed them with the scrap paper below and painted them white.

Here is the scrap paper I backed the open cabinets with.  They add texture and warmth to the space.
Here is the finished cabinet above the refrigerator.  I styled the shelf with cookbooks, herbs, a cookie jar and more.  I think it really gives this neglected space a purpose. 
I did the same thing to this cabinet. I love the my Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mugs with the first initial of our family members. They are the perfect housewarming gift! 

Here is the shelf my husband and I built to avoid paying for new cabinetry. I used vintage and new kitchen items, frames, flowers, books and more to give it a welcoming appearance.
Here is my Katie Daisy print that I mentioned in my Besties of Etsy blog. I leaned it on my counter top, because well why not.  I think it embodies the essence of kitchen charm that I was going for.  I use a small cutting board to hold my homemade vanilla sugar scrub, my ring holder and soap.
Here is my little chalkboard back splash wall.  I saw a font I liked online and went for it. In the future I can put recipes and other fun things on the wall. I think it gives the kitchen that coffee shop vibe I love so much.
I painted these breakfast bar stools white and teal.
Do you like how it turned out?  I hope I have motivated you to use items around your house to make the most out of any room in your home.  All you need is a little imagination and love.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

If I Had A Million Dollars..........

I am constantly looking online and in magazines for design inspiration. As I do this, I frequently stumble upon pictures of rooms and design ideas that are pretty much unattainable. I am talking about the over the top homes with two story closets and indoor spas. Of course we can all dream about hitting the lottery or becoming super successful, but realistically these luxurious spaces are just great to look at.  I wanted to share a few of the amazing rooms I have found, but remember, this is purely for fun and no one can stop us from dreaming. We all know it is more important to be rich with love than money blah blah blah.  Onto the fun part!!!!!!!

Let's start with these Master Bathrooms. French doors, a separate sink space and a huge make up counter, hmmmm don't mind if I do.  A fireplace in front of my deep amazing bath tub would be a little bit better than terrific.
Jen Gleysteen Architects 

After my relaxing bath I wouldn't mind spending a relaxing evening in this serene Master Bedroom.

 Getting dressed for any women shouldn't be too hard in this two story closet. I am pretty sure the men wouldn't be too bummed to get ready for the lame events his wife is dragging him too if he had this closet himself.

 If I want to have friends over or host the holidays, I think this set up would be pretty sweet for any living room.  This sofa is beyond amazing!   

Google London Office

In my opinion, nothing is better than a pristine white kitchen with built ins and a cozy dining space. Oh, and floor to ceiling cabinets with mini trey ceilings would be lovely.

The Federal Style House

Hey and why not throw in a  loaded pantry with it's very own coffee station.

Busy Cabinets
The storybook staircase leading down to the playroom is a nice touch.

Oh and obviously all kids need a special playroom with a built in tree house,  personal stores, homework spaces and cloud ceilings.  Duh!!!!

 When kids are tired of playing they can read a book and wind down in this simple little library.

While the kids are reading, you and your significant other can relax in your indoor pool and hot tub.  Why not have a glass of wine at the swim up bar and than sit by the fire while your at it.

How about a family movie night???

Melanie Turner of Turner Davis Interiors

If your older child is having a friend or two sleep over,  I am sure these super awesome bunk beds would please their friends. Why not include a sitting area or hey a slide for that matter?

I am pretty sure any young boy would think this room is pretty cool.  This mom is so smart she needed extra storage so why not make a carousel to hold more items?  Why didn't I think of that for Shay's room?

 In the summer I love to have people over for BBQ's. Cooking sure would be fun in this outdoor kitchen.

 If you get hot while cooking those ribs you can take a dip in the pool.

And than a nap on this outdoor bed.

The kids can play in the little old tree house.

Any little princess needs their very own carriage or crib with over the top bedding to take naps in.  Preggo's take notes!

Winery Shminery, why not opt for your very own wine cellar with relaxing seating for four?

Velvet & Linen: Brooke Gianetti
 Doing laundry wouldn't be too bad in this Laundry Room.  I might even fold the clothes without huffing and puffing that "it never ends."

Let's not forget what every man wants in their lives, their very own man cave.  I think Nick would even watch the Steeler's lose with a smile in this room.

This was so much fun!!!!  I will leave you with this quote to put everything into perspective. Stay humble!

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