Category Archives: Faves, Raves, and Craves

Mood Board: Bohemian Bedroom

Hopefully we will be closing on the new house in two weeks! Since we’ve been this close before only have it all blow-up in our faces, I’m not holding my breath. However, I am still cautiously optimistic.  A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the mood boards for our mid-century inspired family room and vintage white kitchen.  With the decor in the main rooms mostly picked out, I started dreaming up what to do with the 5 bedrooms in the house. You read that right. I have 5 different bedroom to decorate! So, this week I am going to share with you 4 different ideas I’ve come up with for bedrooms.  First up is a Bohemian bedroom inspired by Moroccan designs. Once upon a time I was actually quite bohemian in my decorating choices, and I was thinking it might be fun to get back to  those roots with the guest bedroom. Here’s what I have brainstormed up:


Bohemian Bedroom
My inspiration for this room really came from perusing the Anthropologie website which is really my favorite source for bohemian decor. I love the eclectic mix of colors balanced out by the rustic wood tones. I think my favorite accents in the room are that amazing beaded chandelier, the whale book ends which are just fun, and the ethnic reclaimed wood oars. I’m sort salivating over the thought of trying to make that chandelier myself.
So what do you think? As a guest would you find this room fun and energetic? Or would you find it too busy to relax?
Bedding, curtains, bed, rug, chandelier, side table, whale book ends, pillow, and yellow lantern are from Anthropologie.
Dresser and ethnic reclaimed oars are from Pottery Barn.
Purple ottoman, mirror, picture frame, and hanging lantern are from Joss & Main .*
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Mood Board inspired by a white vintage kitchen

We’re down to only days before we close on the new house! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. I mentioned before that the new house is a fixer-upper, but I may have failed to mention that the entire kitchen needs to be gutted and rebuilt before we even move in. I’ve found that designing a kitchen for a house you don’t live in is both fun and entirely daunting. To help keep me on track I created this mood board for how we want the new space to look. We are going for a vintage inspired look with a lot of cottage charm. You may remember that  our first kitchen remodel at our last home had a lot of the same elements. The difference is that this kitchen is our forever kitchen so many of the surfaces will be higher quality than in our last remodel (the budget is also double).

Vintage Inspired White Kitchen
  1. The white shaker style cabinets and the butcher block are all coming from Ikea.
  2. All the appliances will be stainless steel. We want a very industrial look but we’re not tied to any one brand or look. We found the wine and beverage fridges at Home Depot.
  3. All the metallic finishes will be chrome. The faucet is from Amazon and the cabinet hardware is part of the Allison collection from Amerock.
  4. The light fixture over the island has already been purchased from Barn Light Electric. It is the primary schoolhouse stem mount in jadite.
  5. The floors are allen+roth Handscraped Lodge Oak from Lowe’s.
  6. The back splash will be white 3×6 field tile in a  herringbone pattern.
  7. The accent color is aqua which will be picked up in the accessories like these waffle kitchen towels.

So, what do you think of the look we’re trying to achieve? Do you think we hit the right notes to give the space that vintage inspired look we are going for without making it feel like a historical reproduction?

11 Burlap projects for your home with Tutorials

burlap projects with tutorials Have you noticed all the burlap projects and decor showing up on Pinterest lately? Burlap has become popular for a variety of reasons. It’s rustic which is very chic right now. It also adds a lot of texture to any room room or table scape. Oh, and best of all it’s cheap! It’s starts at just 99 cents a yard on Amazon*. Burlap also comes in a variety of colors and textures. I like my burlap a little rugged so I usually buy it natural and undyed.  You can also buy burlap bags* or burlap ribbon* depending on the type of project you are working on.  Below are 3 burlap projects I’ve completed recently for my home well as links to some of my favorite burlap projects from other amazing blogs. Click on the pictures to get to the tutorials. Enjoy!

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How I used burlap in our house!

I covered an old picture mat with burlap and nailed it to a frame made out of reclaimed pallet wood with decorative nails.

DIY pallet and burlap frame tutorial

I made two of these ruffled lampshades out of ivory burlap for the lamps that sit on the credenza in our living room.

burlap projects ruffled burlap lampshade

I made 3 of these stenciled burlap pictures which hang above the credenza in our living room. Each one depicts an important date for our family along with a a picture that symbolized why that date is important to us.

burlap projects stenciled date burlap art

This frame hangs in our hall bathroom and was made out of pallets and burlap.

Here are some of my favorite burlap projects from Pinterest!

I just adore this Spring Burlap Wreath which incorporates the house numbers and flowers.

This adorable Framed burlap earring holder incorporates two of my other favorite things: teal and monograms.

These quick and easy burlap curtains will add texture to any room.

These burlap bunny ear napkin rings will add whimsy to any Easter table.

Burlap roses can be added to almost any home decor to instantly add rustic charm.

This burlap tote just screams Spring especially paired with blue chevron.

Ruffles and Burlap on a table runner. Oh la la!

And if a tablecloth is more your style here is a ruffled burlap floor length tablecloth.

I hope you’ve been inspired to start your own burlap projects. What projects have you already completed using burlap? Do you have any already pinned that you’re hoping to start soon?

Faves, Raves, and Craves: Barn Light Electric


Barn Light Electric If you haven’t heard of Barn Light Electric you are definitely missing out. They specialize in vintage, antique, and retro style light fixtures with a modern twist. The company is based in Florida and their products are Made in America! After perusing their site for about an hour I am even more anxious to buy a new house than I was before because I can’t wait to put some these fixtures in the kitchen. Below are some of my favorite fixtures. I am particularly in love with the school house fixture in the middle.  Don’t you think that would look amazing hanging over an island? Obviously you can see have a thing for aqua but most of these fixtures come in other colors as well.


Barn Light Electric Update: The schoolhouse light actually did make it into our new kitchen! Check it out here!