9.27.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

So glad you could join me...

Let's get right to the good stuff, shall we?  (Because we all know that no one really reads any of this lead-in stuff anyway... Lol!)

Here's my Frugal Round-up from last week's party:

First up, VixenMade shared a tutorial for a cinnamon-scented garland.  I love this idea!  What a great way to bring in the scents of the season!



Halloween Moon Garland Inspired by Halloween Magazine by Matthew Mead~

Hello Lovelies~

Today I wanted to share a Halloween chic (and super easy) garland that I created!



This week I was thrilled to receive my copy of the new Halloween with Matthew Mead book which was the inspiration for my little garland.  One of the stories in the book featured a myriad of ways to use the adorable "man in the moon" printable that I used for my garland.  And the printable is actually FREE from Matthew's site.  I simply downloaded it and print the cute faces out on some of the vellum I had left over from my Halloween mantel.  Then, after cutting out the faces, I attached them to some thread using a bit of clear tape.  That's it. Sooo easy!

9.25.2012

Simple Way to Embellish a Pumpkin~

I promised in my post about my creepy-crawlie (creepy-crawly?) Halloween mantel that I'd share how I made the cute butterfly-embellished pumpkin. 


It was soooo easy, it almost doesn't warrant a post of its own, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.  Cuz that's how I roll.  ;-)

9.24.2012

Creepy-Crawlie Halloween Mantel~

Quick!  Call the exterminator!! We're being invaded!  This year the kiddos and I thought it would be fun to do a not-so-traditional Halloween mantel which, in our house, is actually the top of the dining room buffet.  I had seen a pretty fall display in a magazine that used butterflies, and it got me thinking that a mantel that featured bugs would be fun - and creepy-crawlie (creepy-crawly?) enough for my boys.

Creepy Crawlie Halloween Mantel by The Shabby Nest

I'm not really into the creepy stuff for Halloween, though, so I had to think about how I could do it and still have it look a little bit on the "elegant" side (you know similar to the way Martha Stewart pulls off a creepy Halloween that still manages to me somehow elegant at the same time.  Yeah.  Like that.) 

9.23.2012

My Curated Collection at Joss & Main~

I'm so excited to announce that my curated collection at Joss & Main is live!!  The theme is Modern Vintage and there are some really great pieces available, so PLEASE hop over and check it out.





Joss & Main is a members only shopping site.  If you are not a member of Joss & Main, and you'd like to be, just click here for my personal invitation to you!

Have a great day~

9.21.2012

Breathing Life into a Boring Room with Color~

I'm going to admit this right at the beginning of this post.  I'm a neutral-loving girl.  Give me a white room with linen, gray, flax, or white furniture, subtle accents, and texture and I'm in heaven.  Inevitably, when I get on Pinterest or browse through a shelter mag and look at all of the fabulous interiors, those are the sorts of rooms I'm drawn to. 

That said, in this house, I've been expanding my color horizons.  I've been shaking things up a bit (or actually a lot) with some rather bold color choices.  And you know what?  It's been a blast.  So although I still love neutrals, colorful rooms are finding a place in my heart as well.

Let's check out a few of  my more daring choices, shall we?

First up, my boys' bedroom.  If you'll recall, it started out looking like this.




Yawn.

But then I decided to add some stripes.

9.20.2012

Frugal Friday~

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  So glad you could join me.

Let's jump right into my Frugal Round-up from last week's party, shall we?

First up, I am crushing on this fall mantel linked up by Craftberry Bush.  The baskets are genius and give the whole vignette so much texture.  It speaks to my neutral-loving heart.  It definitely says "fall" to me! 


Outdoor Fall Decor (the evolution of this year's display)~

Sometimes I get an idea in my head, and then when I go to put that idea into action, it changes.  And then it changes again.  And again.  And finally, I get it right. :-) 

Does that ever happen to anyone else?

Case in point, this year's outdoor autumn decorating.   I knew I wanted mums, pumpkins and burlap.  That much didn't change.  But here is the way it all went down....

1. My first try...  I actually really like the simplicity of this...I liked the fact that I "graduated" the colors of the mums - kind of ombre style.  But it needed a bit more.


9.18.2012

Super Simple Glitter Pumpkins, Some Exciting News and A Stencil Winner~

Whew! How's that for a wordy title??

When I shared my Fall Tablescape with you I promised that I would tell you  how I created my pretty, glitter pumpkins.  So that's what I want to do today.  Aren't you EXCITED??


I had seen some glitter pumpkins in a magazine a while back and was determined to make some this year.  The process seemed a bit time consuming, however.  And honestly, this year (okay really every year) time consuming just wasn't going to work for me.

Easy Ideas for a Pretty Fall Tablescape~

Autumn is definitely my favorite time of the year.  And it is finally starting to feel like fall outside around here.  The mornings are crisp. I can wear a sweater almost all day.  It's a beautiful thing. 

So it was really easy for me to get inspired to pull together a pretty fall tablescape.  The thing is, I wanted to create a tablescape that was not only pretty, but affordable. (Luxe for Less, remember?)  And I think I was able to do it!  Let me tell you how...

Fall Tablescape by the Shabby Nest

9.13.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Hope you all had a fabulous week!  It's finally starting to feel like fall around here, so I'm in nesting mode.  Getting a lot of projects done and loving it!  I'm hoping you all are feeling the same way too because I'm ready to see all your amazing and inspiring posts!

Let's get to it, shall we?

Here are my picks for this week's Frugal Round-up...

First, I l.o.v.e.d this adorable secretary makeover by Sophia's Decor.  How cute is that little vintage phone?  And the inside with the chalkboard paint is so clever.




Next, I really loved the subtlety of this autumn bookpage wreath by Keeping Up With the Times.  I love me a bookpage wreath...and this one is quiet and lovely.

9.12.2012

Simple and Inexpensive Autumn Decor

The weather has turned cooler around here the past few days.  I actually wore a sweater and cords today.  I LOVE FALL!  It's my favorite time of the year!  So this change in the weather is welcome and has me in the mood to decorate!

So now I am in the planning stages of this year's autumn decor, and I decided to look back through my old blog posts to see what I have done the past few years.  (Anyone else do that?.....No?.....Anyone?.....Bueller?) 

Today's post is adapted from one that I wrote a couple of years ago...because it's my blog, and I can do that. ;-)

Okay, seriously though,  today I wanted to share a few ideas that take just minutes and will make your house look Autumn-y festive! Oh yeah, and they're very easy on the pocket book. Which is the important thing in my world...remember Luxe for Less!

One of my favorite Autumn planter box ideas....sugar pumpkins nestled into mounds of dried hydrangea. The color and texture are simply gorgeous.  These are real, but faux pumpkins would work equally as well.


9.11.2012

What Should I Do With These Cute Soup Cans?

My cute mother is always sharing ideas/finds/uniquities with me.  Not long ago when I was at her house, she was telling me that Target was running a promotion in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Andy Warhol's Pop Art. 

You might remember that he painted a series of Campbell's Soup Cans.  Well, Target is currently selling Campbell's soup cans that have labels that look like his paintings.  So when I was there last, I happened to see an end cap filled with Andy-Warhol-labeled Campbell's Tomato Soup cans.  And guess what?  They were so darn cute, I had to buy some.  One of each, actually.  (Good thing we like tomato soup around these parts.)




So now the question is...what do I do with them?

9.10.2012

How I Created My Laundry Room Wall (and a Giveaway)~

The first thing that I wanted to do in my laundry room makeover was to add some color.  And I also really wanted to use a trellis pattern.  However, the idea of investing a lot of money in trellis wallpaper for the space wasn't very appealing.  So I decided to try my hand at stencilling. 

Cutting Edge Stencils offered exactly the pattern I was looking for (The Allover Trellis), so I decided to give it a try.  I had done some stencilling before, but I had never tried an all over pattern like this one, so I was a bit nervous.  Turns out I didn't need to be.  It was actually pretty easy.  The instructions that came with the stencil, as well as the video instructions offered by Cutting Edge (you can find those here), were extremely helpful.  And today, I'm going to share with you how I used their methods to create my fab.u.lous wall.





9.06.2012

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

So glad you could join me!

And heeeeere's my Frugal Round-Up from last week's party...

First up, I loved this dresser makeover by Art is Beauty.  It really is a beauty, huh?  I love the color and that awesome silhouette is to. die. for.




Next, after I shared my no-smudge chalkboard art with you earlier today, I just had to share this amazing chalkboard art linked up  by Lilyfield Life.  And this one actually uses chalk. Lol!

Easy Way to Create No-Smudge Chalkboard Art~

During my laundry room reveal, I shared this cute chalkboard art (I use the term "art" loosely, since it's really just words).   But the cool part about this "art" is the fact that although it looks like typical chalk...it's actually smudge-resistant.   Yep! 


You want to know the secret?

Well, I'll tell ya...and it's so simple, you'll wonder why you didn't think of it.  (Or maybe you did think of it....in which case don't tell me, cuz I want to think I'm clever.)  Lol!

The trick is COLORED PENCIL - in this case white, but any light color would work. 



I know that a lot of people like chalk pens.  And I think they're great, but they don't really look like chalk when you write with them.  Using white colored pencil to draw with, however, really does look like chalk.  But the fine tip allows more control, and they really are basically smudge proof.  Not 100% though...I mean if you really rub the markings, you can smudge them.  But they don't smear the way chalk does.  It takes actual effort to smudge your artwork once it's done.   But never fear if you make a mistake....you can erase it with a regular pencil eraser.  EDITED TO ADD:  I've had a couple of questions from readers, so I want to clarify.  The artwork is permanent...it really is artwork not a chalkboard that you will use and reuse...but if you make a small mistake while you are creating your art, you can erase it with a pencil eraser, just like you would for a regularly.   

This is a great trick if you want to create some of those intricate chalkboard art pieces that I've seen floating around in cyberspace.

I have one last tutorial from my laundry room redo headed your way, but since Frugal Friday goes live tonight, you'll have to wait until Monday to find out all about how I stencilled that wall - and I also have a fun giveaway that goes along with it!  So make sure you come by  Monday to find out all about it!

xoxo
Wendy

Related laundry room posts:
The Big Reveal
How to Create Personalized Laundry Bins

9.05.2012

How To Create Personalized Laundry Bins: And New Laundry Plan~

If you didn't get a chance to see my laundry room reveal yesterday, you might want to pop over and visit before you dig into this tutorial.   Because today I'm sharing how I created those cute, personalized laundry bins.



This process really couldn't have been simpler, but I want to share it with you because it's just so darn cute - and my darling niece pointed out to me yesterday, these same bins would also make FABULOUS toy storage.  (Just sayin')

What you'll need:

9.03.2012

Laundry Room Reveal: Before and After~

My laundry room is a hard working little space.  It does its duty admirably.  But it was in dire need of a little makeover.  Just because a space is hard-working, doesn't mean it can't be attractive too.  Am I right? 

Here is the laundry room (well, laundry closet) BEFORE:

The Shabby Nest: Laundry Room Reveal BEFORE
Like I said, a hard-working little space.  But, how can we put this nicely?  A little, um, drab.  

And here is the laundry closet AFTER...

The Shabby Nest: Laundry Room Reveal


And just for fun, here's a little side-by-side to make comparing the difference easier.

Creating a Light and Bright Room (5 Tips for Lightening Up Your Brown Leather Sofa)~

I recently had the opportunity of working with a wonderful client who had a very common dilemma.   She had a brown leather sofa which they had recently purchased, but she wanted a light and airy room with pops of color.

I work with this issue  A  LOT.  So today, I thought I'd give you some suggestions on how to incorporate that brown leather sofa into one of the lighter, brighter designs that are so popular right now.

First, let's start with the mood board I created for my client.