1.31.2012

Big News & January Monthly Recap~

Helly Lovelies!

January was a good time here at The Shabby Nest!  Here's a little recap of everything that happened.

The year started off perfectly with an exciting trip to New York City so that I could film a segment for the NATE BERKUS SHOW!!  Yep!  I've been busting at the seams to tell you guys about this amazing experience... at this point, the show is scheduled to air in May, and I'm on pins and needles waiting to share more, but for now we'll all have to wait together! 


I shared a couple of fun around-the-house projects this month including how to make an upholstered headboard.




And a great alternative to a bookcase for my boys' room...acrylic bookshelves.




I showed you all some of the fabric I have designed at Spoonflower.com (which if you didn't catch yesterday's post, should be available for purchase at the Spoonflower site by the end of the week.)



My tips on decorating with the color white were featured over at the Country Living site.



And as an official decor blogger for Apartment Guide, I shared my favorite places to shop when decorating on a budget.


And I shared a few ways to make a big impact in a room without spending a lot of money.



And of course, if you missed any of the Frugal Goodness that is Frugal Friday, you can find January's editions here, here, here and here.

So the new year got off to a great start, and February's looking pretty great too.  The Princess' bedroom just needs some final tweaks before it will be ready for the "big reveal" and I'm hoping to finish off our loft/play area this month as well.  Then of course there's Valentine's Day  - I just love Valentine's Day - so I'll be sharing some fun projects one of my favorite holidays as well!  Hope you'll all join me!

1.30.2012

Rooms I'm Crushing On and Fabric For Sale~

Happy Monday Lovelies!!

I'm actually always happy to see Monday roll around.  I know, I know.  Now you are all now questioning my sanity.  Truth is, I'm one of those people that just loves a new beginning.  And Mondays always feel so full of possibility to me, as the new week begins.  I'm always so excited to see all the new blog posts popping up, and to find out what's going on in blogland on Monday morning. 

So what's up this week at The Shabby Nest?  Well, I have gathered lots of fantabulous inspiration over the weekend from Pinterest (where else?) that has helped me figure out what to do with a couple of had-me-stumped spots in my entry and in the Princess' bedroom.  So I'm going to tackle those projects this week (and hopefully be done in time to share them with you!)  And since February is just around the corner,  I've got some Valentine's projects in the works as well.  Look for those coming soon!

All that time in Pinterest-land has also been spent simply crushing on a few - okay, on a lot - of beautiful spaces.  Thought I'd share a few with you for some beginning-of-the-work-week eyecandy.

Been loving this little girls' room by Caitlin Creer since the moment I laid eyes on it.  I'm really smitten with orange this year.  Guess I'll be incorporating a little Tangerine Tango into my life after all!



And while we're talking about inspiring bedrooms for the younger set, I've had this sophisticated-yet-whimsical room pinned for-ev-ah and I love it just as much everytime I look at it!

I fell head-over-heels for these houndstooth chairs. Again, from Caitlin Creer.



And, I also pinned this photo from The Lettered Cottage this weekend.  (Fabulous  tour of Kristin Alber's beautiful home - by the way - if you didn't already get to see it.)  We need those signs from above her sink...that's the first thing the Hubby says to everyone when they get  home...wash your hands!!  Love the trellis wallpaper too.



And finally, I've had a few inquiries as to whether or not the fabric I designed on Spoonflower is available for purchase.


Well, I'm caving to popular demand (ha!) and the three fabrics pictured above should be available for purchase on the Spoonflower site by the end of the week.  Just thought you'd like to know!

That's all for this morning, my dears...I'm off to finish some room designs for some of my e-design consultations and to get crackin' on those projects!

Have a great Monday~

1.26.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  There were lots of great links from last week, so I had my work cut out for me.  It's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it. LOL!  Just kidding!  Looking through all of your inspirational links is so much fun...I'd hardly call it work. 

Sooooo let's check out a few of the great links from last week's party, shall we?

The fan favorite from last week is this amazing DIY chest-turned-Chinoiserie-heirloom by La Maison Reid.

Now on to my Frugal Round-up...

First up, this adorable DIY folding canvas stool was posted by That's My Letter.  These would be a great addition to anyone's summer porch/patio!


Next, I loved this pretty little girl's french-inspired bedroom posted by Sophia's Live Beautifully.  The details are simply lovely and I think I have a crush on the pink and white striped settee!


Design Megillah shared her clever Jonathan Adler-esque DIY vases.  Love these transformations!

Finally,  these DIY polymer lights from Funkytime are now on my must-do list.  Thank you very much. 


Now it's your turn!

You know "da rules"...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"

1.25.2012

Decorating Your Home on a Budget: Big Impact for Little Money~

Hello Lovelies!

For the next few months, I'm partnering with Apartment Guide as an official Apartment Guide Decor Blogger.  Whether you're living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for making the most of a space on a budget.  And as an official Apartment  Guide Decor blogger, that's just what I'm going to do as well.  I hope that you all will join me on this bloggy journey as I share tips and ideas for living on a budget.  And continuing with this month's theme of Decorating on a Budget (my favorite subject), today I'm sharing ways to make a BIG impact in a room with a small budget!




I have already shared my boys' bedroom with you, but today we're going to break it down to see how some of the least expensive elements in the room actually create the biggest impact.

First up, my favorite part of the room...the striped wall.


It might seem obvious to some, but the easiest way to create a big impact in a room without spending a lot of money is....drumroll please....paint! 

This fabulous wall which is the true focal point of the room was created with two gallons of paint and some painters tape.  Not a huge investment...but a HUGE impact.  That said... I rent.  And I am lucky because I can paint.  I realize not everyone who rents is that lucky.  And I'm sure when those of you who rent  - and can't paint - read suggestions like this you roll your eyes.  I don't blame you.  But consider bringing in large scale artwork that you create yourself.  You could even achieve a similar look to this wall, by painting a large piece of plywood (not very expensive) with stripes and then attaching it to - or propping it against - the wall.



The other thing about this wall which gives it a lot of impact didn't cost a thing.  You heard me right. It was free.  See that great wood on the wall?  We found a free pallet on the side of the road.  Then we dismantled it and reassembled it to create a backdrop.   Then I just placed a cardboard deerhead on it, but you could put anything on a backdrop like this and it will make a statement!  The key is to think outside of the box.  Look at things with a "how can I make this work?" attitude, and you might just be surprised at what you will find.


Similarly, this green dresser was a freebie.  A cast off from one of the Hubby's clients.  It was out of date, but in really great shape. So we took it knowing that we could do something with it.  With a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware, this 1970's piece is perfect for the 2010's!


Finally, you can create a real impact with things you already own.  I'm talking collections, people.  If you collect something (in this case, I've pictured some globes) let your collection become a focal point. I've done the same thing with the "B's" above the green dresser.  Like things displayed together always have impact!

This is a formula that I follow in many of my rooms, because I am always working on a budget. 
1. Paint - it's a decorators best friend. 
2. Think outside the box -  what new and unique ways can you use objects to make them more interesting?
3. Group like objects together for impact.

Try using these tips and see if you can't turn a so-so room from blah to beautiful!

Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. have partnered with bloggers like me as Official Apartment Guide Bloggers. As part of this program, I have received compensation. They have not told me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

1.24.2012

How to Make an Upholstered Headboard~

The Princess' bedroom in this house is a bit smaller than it was in our last one.  As a result, her antique wrought-iron bed just didn't work.  Rather than being disappointed by this, the Princess and I saw it as an opportunity.  And since we had to downsize from a full-sized bed to a twin, we decided that we should glam up her room by creating an upholstered headboard.

A few months ago, I shared a sneaky peek of the fabrics that we found to use in her room.


The polkadot fabric became her window seat.  And the other one?  Well it became her headboard.


It turned out beautifully.  And it was actually really easy to make.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make one of your own.

Here's what you'll need...

Plywood
Kraft Paper
Pencil
Scissors
Measuring Tape
Jigsaw
Quilt Batting
Fabric
Staple Gun

1. Start by cutting your plywood to the correct size (or having it cut at your local hardware/lumber store)  for the bed you are creating the headboard for.  Although beds have standard widths, the size can be somewhat subjective as far as how tall you would like the headboard.

2. After cutting the plywood to size, decide what shape you would like the headboard to be.  If you want a rectangular headboard, you're already there. ;-)  If you'd like to create a curvier version, here's what you do.
Create a template using kraft paper.  To make the shape symmetrical, try drawing one side first, then folding the kraft paper in half when you cut out your shape to create a template.
NOTE:  I simply freehanded my shape, and I did try a couple of different shapes before I found the one that was perfect for what I was looking for. 


3. Use your kraft paper template to trace the shape onto your plywood. (Big thanks to the Hubby who took care of the next couple of steps. What a guy!)


4. Use a jigsaw - or get someone who knows how to use one - to cut the shape out of the plywood. (If you look very closely you can see that the Hubby is, indeed, wearing protective eyewear.  Safety, first.  Always.)


5. At this point, we lightly sanded the edges to make them smooth, but you don't need to go overboard on this step.  Keep in mind that the wood wont be visible once the headboard is finished.

6. Now upholster the headboard following the instructions I posted for the Princess' window seat here.

One further note, because this headboard is curved, I clipped the fabric on the backside so that it would fit more smoothly as I stapled it around the curved sections.  In addition, because I wanted the back of the headboard to look finished, I covered the exposed plywood and the staples with a piece of muslin.

That's it.  A custom (and very pretty, if I do say so myself) headboard for the Princess' room


Disclaimer:  Please use caution and follow the included instructions when using machinery of any sort including jigsaws and stapleguns as injury may occur.

xoxo
Wendy

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1.22.2012

Sponsor Sunday: Smart Decorating Ideas~

This week I want to extend a belated welcome to one of my newest sponsors: Smart Decorating Ideas.  Smart Decorating Ideas offers decorating inspiration for every room in your home. They share easy decorating tips, and even offer tips on holiday and special occasion decorating. 

Via Smart Decorating Ideas

On their website, you can search for inspiration by room, and even by theme.  And if you'd like, you can even sign up to receive their newsletter full of the latest decorating tips for you home.  And right now, if you sign up to receive the newsletter, you'll have a chance to win a subscription to House Beautiful magazine. (Just thought you'd want to know.)

via Smart Decorating Ideas

Welcome again, Smart Decorating Ideas.  Glad to have you on board.

Interesting in sponsoring The Shabby Nest?  Find out more about it here.

1.21.2012

Box4Blox Giveaway Winner~

Howdy kids!  Just popping in on this stormy Saturday (I just love cloudy days, but I sure wish it was snow instead of rain...the weather here still hasn't figured out it's January) to announce the winner of the Box4Blox giveaway.

And the winner, as chosen by Random.org is

Karli

Congratulations Karli!! 
Please email me and we'll get you set up with your prize!

Happy Saturday Everyone!!

1.19.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  As you may recall, last week I had a sudden and quick trip to the Big Apple, and didn't have time to go through all of the fabulous entries from the previous week's party.  I did post the fan favorites, but, it turns out, in my haste, I missed the actual fan favorite (which was at the bottom of the previous party link-ups). 

So this week, I'm going to set the record straight.  The actual fan favorite from two weeks ago (not to diminish the amazing projects I did feature last week) was posted by Thistlewood Farm and was this adorable embroidered wood tray.  Yep, you heard me right.  Embroidered. Wood.  This is genius pure and simple.


And my frugal round-up from two weeks ago...

First, this fun laundry room redo from Strawberries and Sweet Love.  Love. It.


Next, Mingled Elements shared her DIY Restoration Hardware Industrial Style Coffee Table.  Seriously cool - and you can't beat the savings!


And now for last week's party...

The Fan Favorite from last week was a DIY on making your own bath salts and scrubs posted by The Crunchy Marriage.


And my frugal round-up from last week's party...

First, This great post by  Salvage Savvy about her DIY Concrete Countertops.  The thing I love about this post is the fact that she gives both the pros and cons of the countertops as well as sharing a link to her tutorial for how to create them.


And Finally, I loved this post by My Champagne Taste about her silver leaf dresser.  One word...gorgeous.



Now it's your turn!

You know "da rules"...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"


An Addition to the Boys' Room: Acrylic Bookshelves~

I'm a tweaker.  I admit it.  I just can't leave a room well enough alone.  And with that intro, we turn to the boys' bedroom.  If you recall from the bedroom reveal, the bunkbeds looked like this.


I liked them...but something bothered me.  That  big white wall behind the bunkbeds, perhaps?  But my dilemma was what to do about it.  And then the idea hit me one day during my wanderings on the interwebs. Bookshelves.  But, obviously, since they would be near the beds (near the beds, but not over the boys' heads, obviously), I couldn't use traditional bookshelves, and I couldn't use bookshelves where the books would likely fall out (because even though they wouldn't be over the boys' heads, safety always comes first).  And so I landed on the idea of acrylic bookshelves.  And after searching a bit, I actually found these acrylic card display units - you know like they use in boutiques - that I knew would work perfectly.

Source

They are compact in profile, and they have the nice high lip on the outside to hold the books securely in place.  And now, not only does the wall have built-in - and changeable - "art", the boys also have easy access to books for bedtime (or anytime, really) reading! 




A perfect solution.  Love it!

And speaking of love, The Hubby and I have been married 16 years today! Happy 16th Anniversary Babe!  Mwah!! XOXO!! Etc. Etc. Etc.

THEN

AND NOW
Have a great day, y'all!

1.17.2012

The One Where I Talk About Designing My Own Fabric~

Have you ever been in the situation where you are trying to design a room and you know exactly the fabric you need to complete a certain project, but the fabric doesn't actually exist?
I have found myself in this situation with the Princess' bedroom.  I knew exactly what I wanted.  I searched high and low.  I looked in multiple fabric stores, I searched all over the internet.  I can't believe it doesn't exist somewhere, but it doesn't.

So I decided to try out this website that I heard about early on in my blogging experience, put on my must-try list, but never actually got around to trying.  And at this point, I want to tell you all that I am not affiliated with this website nor are they compensating me in any way for this post.  I just want to tell you all about a great little tool for DIY decorators.   Spoonflower.com.  Love it.  At Spoonflower.com you can actually create and purchase your own fabric.  And there's no minimum yardage requirement.  Seriously.



So I set to work designing exactly the fabric I wanted for the Princess' bedroom.  But then, I admit, I got a little bit carried away.  It's so fun!  I designed a bunch of different fabrics...in a bunch of different colorways.  And then I had a dilemma, because I looooved them all.  So I picked my favorite two patterns for her room and had samples printed. And I love them both.  And she loves them both. And sheesh!  I could have at least pressed them before I took the photos, huh?


We actually decided, however, to reverse the colorway on one of them and use it. But, because I'm a tease, I'm not going to tell you which one. You'll just have to wait and see. I just know you're all on pins and needles now, right? Oh, and that orange one?  I have some fun plans for it as well!



The only problem is, now that I have discovered how easy it is to design fabric at Spoonflower, my mind is spinning with projects that I can design my own fabric for.   My to-do list is growing by the second. Lol!

Have a great day, my lovelies~

1.16.2012

Decorating Your Home on A Budget: Where to Shop~

Howdy everybody!  I'm  really excited today to announce that for the next three months I am partnering with Apartment Guide as an official Apartment Guide Decor Blogger.  Whether you're living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for making the most of a space on a budget.  And as an official Apartment  Guide Decor blogger, that's just what I'm going to do as well.  I hope that you all will join me on this bloggy journey as I share tips and ideas for living on a budget.  And to kick things off this month, I am sharing ideas for Decorating on a Budget - which I hope you all realize by now, is one of  my favorite subjects in the whole world!!


Let's get to it...shall we?  The first thing to know about decorating on a budget is where you should shop.  So today I want to share a few of my favorite go-to places for wallet-friendly decor.

  • Thrift Stores:  I know you've heard this a million times, but it's true!  You can find great stuff to beautify your home at Thrift Stores (and in this category I also include Yard/Garage Sales).  But there are a couple of important things to keep in mind if you choose to go this route.  First, you need to have vision.  It's unlikely - although it could happen - that you are going to find things in exactly the state that you will want to use them in your house.  Shopping at thrift stores/yard sales requires patience.  Patience because you almost always have to make several trips to various thrift stores/yard sales to find pieces that will work for you, and patience because you will most likely have to revamp anything you find.  If you are willing to invest the time, however, the results are worth it!

    Bookcase: Expedit by IKEA
  • IKEA:  I. love. IKEA.  Just about anything you need for creating a home can be found at IKEA. I realize that much of what IKEA has to offer is a bit on the contemporary side.  However, they do offer a variety of products that are more traditional...and in my own design philosophy, I believe that even the most traditional space can benefit from injecting a little bit of contemporary decor.
  • Big Box Stores:  Okay, you might be a bit skeptical of this one.  But stores like Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club and the like are great places to purchase bedding, kitchen gadgets and more.

    Lamps from HomeGoods
  • TJMaxx and HomeGoods:  These are absolute favorites of mine.  You have to know, however, that if you see something you love at one of these stores, you should probably buy it right then, because it's unlikely that it will be there the next time you go.  Case in point, the lamps pictured above.  I get more inquiries about those lamps from readers of my blog than just about any other decor pieces in my home, and I got them for a steal at HomeGoods.

    Bunkbeds from local Warehouse Store
  • Warehouse or Outlet Stores:  You can get fabulous deals at these sorts of stores, but you  have to be aware that many of their pieces may have slight flaws.  If you can live with that, however, you can get some great name-brand pieces at a fraction of their retail prices.  And don't be afraid to haggle a bit about the prices.  We purchased the bunkbeds in our boys' room from a warehouse store, and got an additional $50 off the already discounted price because we weren't afraid to ask!
If you are a savvy shopper, it is possible to create a high-end look on a budget.  Take it from me.  Absolutely everything in my house is budget-friendly.  The key is to be patient.  Take time.  Have a plan and stick to it.   Both your design aesthetic and your wallet can be happy at the same time.

Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. have partnered with bloggers like me as Official Apartment Guide Bloggers. As part of this program, I have received compensation. They have not told me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.