Category Archives: Home Decor

Crosby’s Nursery Reveal

4th December 2017

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Notoriously, I have the world’s worst lighting in my house, but a home girl tries.  This is the most light in any room so, take what yo’ momma (mother nature) gave ya.  Without further adieu, here is my son’s small 10 by 11 nursery, complete with 6 ish DIY projects!

Greens, some blue and a pop of yellows with white walls and a subtle gray ceiling.  This boss simple clean lined crib is solid wood, down to the slats.  If you thought most cribs were all wood, think again, Sparky AND I got it for 100 dollars on a closeout.  Holler if you’re a baller!

(Hollering in the background…)

It’s compact and great for a small space.  Good job, tree, that became this crib.  You did a real swell job.

 

Just breath it in, because I like this wall.  FUN FACT ALERT:  The framed dino up there is a toy I used for his Lochness Monster 1st Birthday party.  It floated in a large bowl of chocolate milk like Nessie in the Lochness Strait of my dreams.  I used Velcro Command Strips to put him up there floating in the middle and used an old wood frame to go around him.  Fun for days.

In the bottom left, those are his hospital footprints…at least I hope or that would be weird.  No, they are.  I was there.  And in the top right, that is sheet music from a hymn by Fanny Crosby, the greatest hymn writer of all time.  That is where we got his name, Crosby.  Nope, it wasn’t from Parenthood, though that show was THE best.

I bought the cactus print 2 years ago during my pregnancy, along with the raccoon print off of Etsy.  Gotta love Etsy.  The globe which tied in all of my colors was purchased from a consignment shop.  It was an old globe from a school.  Neato.

The hat is my grandfather’s and I love seeing it in his room.  He wore this hat and ones like it all of the time.  Surprisingly, even with it on the edge of the wire basket we use for diapers, it never gets in the way.  It’s like a magic polite hat.

OH Bertha.  I bought a gumball machine, which I have always wanted, from Hobby Lobby, which is also where this polyresin Octopus came from.  I took out the guts of the gumball machine and added rocks and a succulent.  I give it 2 thumbs up.

I LOVE using old buffets in kid’s rooms as dressers and I have them in 2 of my children’s rooms currently.  The doors on the side give great extra storage!  This was an 80’s honey wheat wooden buffet I purchased from a cool consignment store in town for 90 ish bucks.  I painted it white, sprayed all of the original hinges and pulls and then added the round, flat brushed gold knobs to the doors.  I hate painting furniture, but I love when it’s done!

This green super cute bookshelf was old, layered in orange and black chipped paint and about to be trashed.  I thought the lines of it were so cute so i did what any good DIY-er does and sanded it to be painted…and then my husband hit it with his car.

(dramatic pause)

I hammered some nails in to straighten it up and all’s well that ends well.

The snail pillow is something I bought 3 kids ago handmade from Etsy and repainted it to meet the color scheme I needed.

This print is the very first thing I bought when I found out I was having my 1st son.  Go Hobby Lobby, it’s your birthday.  We’re gonna party like it’s your birthday.  The basket is from there also and the lamp, is from God’s country:  Target.

I bought a Jelly Cat Alligator because we call my son, Crosby Ryle Crocodile.  I know, I know, it’s an alligator, not a croc!  What are you?  Steve Irwin?

Do you love this dinosaur terrarium???!!!  I thought i came up with this idea and then I found some on Pinterest.  Boo.  Since it wasn’t my idea, I decided to copy the rock pattern I saw in someone else’s post to ease the burn and enjoy it anyways.

I sprayed painted tiny dinosaurs we got from goody bags at parties and I got the big dino from a dollar store because hey, dollar store.  The succulents are from Hobby Lobby.

When it all came together, I wished for a moment that dinosaurs weren’t extinct.

Rest in peace, brothers.

This wall hook was something I bought when this was my daughter’s nursery.  I spray painted it blue back then and decided to keep it in all of it’s glory.  I always hang a favorite outfit on it and admire their cute teeny clothes.  I wanted a cute hanger to put it on but there isn’t a large market for cute display baby hangers so, we deal and accept that ain’t nobody got no kinna time to worry about a hanger.

The door knob is from the greatest DIY bloggers of all time, Young House Love.  They did a run at Target a couple of years ago and angels sang.

THIS PIC IS THE WORST ALERT!  A bit blurry, bad light, so let’s just use it!  I wanted you to get a feel for how small the room is and I was going to jump off my roof if I had to take anymore pictures.  You get the idea.

The closet knobs are a natural wood here and dimensional and cute.  The end.

I made these curtains for under 20 bucks for 2!  I got a mega deal for 5 bucks a panel at Target and then I bought large width ribbon from Michael’s and hot glued them on in large chunky stripes.  Hey, hey!  Cute and clean like I like it!

This big print is a DIY and I made it all myself!!!!  It is my proudest art/DIY I’ve done because letters/spacing are harder than passing kidney stones.  I have a post that I’m working on just for this print.  This is a page from the classic book The Giving Tree and it strums all of the strings of my heart.

This is crib sheet is from Land of Nod because, it’s Land of Nod, my favorite one stop high quality and cute design kid’s decor and furniture.

I got this huge 8 by 10 big daddy rug from where I buy ALLL of my rugs, Overstock.  I got this big colorful rag rug for about 60 bucks, shipped!  It was better in person than on-line.  If you have a really high traffic area, I don’t recommend it because you can’t really vacuum it and it can get pulls.  Just ignore that I said all of that though because it’s colors perfectly tied in the room and it’s comfy under your feet.

This is the room dweller himself, sniffing or choking his “crocodile”.  I’m not sure which.  It’s his room.  He does what he wants.

THINGS STILL LEFT TO DO:

Add a blanket to hang over the crib

Put out a cute sloth that Santa is bringing him

(I’m never REALLY done, it seems like.)

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Transform A Pillow With Paint

17th October 2017

 

This is really easy to do if you have a pillow that needs a color change!  I had been looking at this pillow I had made on Etsy for one of my daughter’s nurseries and I really didn’t want to part with it, BUT my son probably wouldn’t dig a cranberry pink pillow in his room. You know because 14 month olds have strong decor opinions…  A snail is perfect for any gender room so I took to the paint!  I bought a fabric paint in black, pulled out an old paint brush I use for details, and basically just colored it in like a coloring book!  Whip out cha’ steady hand and treat yo’self to a new pillow!  It’s a lot more affordable than buying new pillows every single time you change a color scheme.

Here it is in process so you can see it going down.  I just followed the lines!

Here it is completed! From pink to masculine and all for the price of a tiny bottle of fabric paint!  Nursery reveal coming next!  You know…since he is over a year old now. Literally, I am still trying to fill out the details.

 

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Spring Felt Flower Wreath

31st March 2016

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Me and this wreath fell in love and made heart babies.  This is one of my most favorite wreaths I’ve EVER made.  I love the fuzzy little fern leaves, mix of flowers and bright cheery colors.  I used a stick wreath vs. a covered straw wreath this time and I painted the sticks lightly, as you can see below.  Me likes.

Using a mix of regular old Hobby Lobby felt, good fabric scissors and a lot of that dangerously burning hot glue, I concocted this little wreath baby.

My favorite flowers are the big coral peony lookin’ one and the yellow rolled flowers with dark centers.  They remind me of anemones which makes me smile….big time.  (Even though it’s not really what they look like. I said REMINDS.  Let’s not get too crazy.)

Did you fall in love with this wreath?!?  Just remember, I did too and we made heart children so it would be inappropriate to get too close.  You can still love it from a respectable distance like an old woman Bieber fan.

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How To Look Like A Better Decorator Than You Are

22nd March 2016

 

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While I love to decorate and find that it comes pretty naturally, I have many friends who find decorating and figuring out what to do as fun as doing your taxes while listening to NPR.

To those of you decoration-ally challenged or to anyone who saw a room you just LOVE, you can put a room together better than you think with one easy step.

What is the secret?  What is the step?

FOLLOW THEIR FORMULA.

Most people see a room and think, “I love it!” so I’m going to use those colors or buy that one rug or picture they have.  But, how can you get a whole room that is more tied in together? Whether you know it or not, you love that perfect home picture or perfect decor pin for more than just that print or wall color.  What you love and what you really  want is how it ALL ties together and how they did that is the “formula”.  It’s easier than you think!!

It goes a little something like this….check this, y’all.  Look at this picture here.  Let’s pretend I love this room from Young House Love, but no pretending necessary because I totally do! It’s a very simple room so a great example to start with.

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The Formula:

Rug in a bold and LARGE print (Try Overstock for the best prices, free shipping and a gabillion choices to search by.  You can find a similar rug to what you are looking for there, I’m sure!)

Nuetral Walls

Bring the color of the curtain rods into the legs of the furniture piece.  Also note, they are both metal.

Use a chair in a SMALL, not large print.  (Tip:  If you use a large print focal point, you want to use smaller prints in other spots.  A room can’t be all large or all small busy prints, but a balance adds interest.)

Pull a solid color from the chair for the curtains.

Add greenery as decor and use a natural wood to add texture like they did in the table top.

Large metal pendant fixture, nuetral, but ties in with your rods and furniture legs.

If you can, paint your ceilings and make that color choice, your accent color.

Pull accent color down into the table and or wall decor.

If you cannot paint your ceilings and you are mimicking a room, use a large piece of art and pull a main accent from that piece.

The overall formula:  a few bold pieces and a simple 4 toned color scheme (including the white walls as part of that scheme) with simple decor.  Clean, non busy, airy, with pops of color.

You can do this with any room or pin you see!  How and where did they use a pattern?  What is the main color they use and what are the accent colors?  How often and where did they use those accent colors?   I’m basically telling you, don’t copy a room, copy it’s blueprint!  You can look like a better decorator than you are! You might just surprise yourself…and your walls….and your friends….and your family….and your eyeballs.

Send me a picture of a look you want to achieve by attaching a picture in the comments or sending me an email herpartypants@gmail.com and I’ll break the code for you!

 

Cookie Jar Makeover

3rd March 2016

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I got this as a gift from a sweet friend and I really wanted to use it but it didn’t match my kitchen so, I had to make it! I took this bad boy from Cracker Barrel to Crate in Barrel in less than 15 minutes with one simple step.

My husband rolls his eyes and says, “She thinks she can spray paint anything…” And the great news is, you totally can! I am apt to spray paint anything without a heartbeat.

I used Krylon’s Pistachio and rocked this beast to a solid, sleek look with a touch of vintage with the color chosen. You love it. You know it. Come on, let your momma know it.

This looks great with my white back splash behind it, sitting next to coral ranuculas and white ceramic numbered jars….which you won’t see because the lighting in my kitchen is like a dungeon. Maybe I should spray paint the lights….

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