Friday, February 28, 2014

Hacks…for West Elm and Anthropologie!

Some eye candy and food for thought as we head into the weekend.

Feel like tackling a DIY project this weekend? A West Elm Hack or an Anthropologie Hack could be for you!

Special thanks to Jamie for finding these and passing them along.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pretty Mugs

I am thinking that my morning cup of coffee would taste so much better if it was in one of these beauties from C. Wonder.

Gold rimmed and that darling gold handle! These would be spectacular at dinner parties, too.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Pillow Frenzy

Do you remember my favorite spicy red color? Well, my spicy granny chairs have found a happy home at my mom's house and all of a sudden stores are selling a ton of throw pillows featuring that fun, hot red. Because it's so hard to resist a good throw pillow (or 10!), my mom bought a bunch of red as well as black, white, gold, and gray (her go-to decor colors), to spruce things up. We had a great time playing, and I just love how all of these different patterns and textures work together. 


photos by The Pink Chalkboard

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bathroom Styling Obsession

Lately, anything that I see from Wisteria, I absolutely adore. But I have to say that this page from their Winter catalog has become an obsession. I am crazy for the way this bathroom is styled! From the extraordinary mirror, to the subway tile, to the pretty french blue side table—it all looks so, so good! The seagrass and rattan pieces really add a bit of warmth, too. 

I think my favorite little detail is the pair of lucite (!) shelves that display those shiny silver bottles. Wisteria sells the bottles (you can find them on sale here, here, and here) but they remind me so much of the silver-painted bottles Jillian spotted at J. Crew a few months back. They are definitely an easy DIY that add a lot of glamour. And who doesn't want a little extra glamour in the bathroom?


image via the Wisteria catalog

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Burst of Blue

We talk a lot about a pop of color. But what if instead of a little pop, you did a big pop? Like, for example, these blue appliances?

And though it's not an appliance, this wallpaper is pretty great as well.

Bold and beautiful, I'm loving these blue accents in the home.


images found on Pinterest: top, middle, bottom

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pillow Love

Let's keep the Valentine's Day love going for a little while longer, shall we? Why not decorate your bed with these charming pillows?


His and Hers Pillow Covers by ZanaProducts

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love is beautiful in every language, don't you think?

Wishing you a sweet Valentine's Day!

Jillian and Mindy


Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Beatles!

Great music. Fun and excitement. Hope and happiness. 


Happy 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in America. 


Friday, February 7, 2014

Sochi 2014

Today marks the opening day of the 2014 Olympics! To celebrate, we are featuring some official Olympic artwork that is actually inspired by the 1980 Moscow Olympics. These figures, each representing an Olympic sport, have been reimagined for the 2014 games with bright-colored patterns.

This Ski Jumper is our favorite. Doesn't he look like he is taking off?

Here are some other cuties. 

To learn more about this project, click here, and to see all of the pictograms, check out the Sochi Flickr site

Here's to a wonderful Olympic games...let's hope for lots of Gold!


all images via Flickr

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hello Orange

Look at this happy room!

I came across this on Pinterest recently and just had to pin it. Knowing how much Mindy loves orange and white, I'm thinking she'll love this bathroom, too. But then again, who wouldn't? It looks like such a cheerful, happy place.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cheri's Baby Shower Delights

Last weekend we threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law, Cheri. We had an amazing day celebrating her and are excitedly awaiting my little nephew William's arrival.

Cheri's shower gave me the opportunity to create some handmade gifts and to get crafty. Here are some cute projects that I wanted to share with you.

Inspired by the chalk art class I took at Belovely, here is my first chalkboard!

(By the way, isn't the background in the above photo amazing? We held Cheri's shower at Valley Forge was perfect! I highly recommend this beautiful boutique and café as a lovely venue and a gem of a store.)

Here's the proud mom-to-be posing with my chalk art. Hi, baby bump!

The teddy bear, below, is part of my gift. This cutie is sitting on a little chair that I decoupaged with a gray and white chevron print. He is even wearing a matching bow tie.

I layered strips of zig zags on top of each other, in all different directions, for a funky look.

I also made bunting for the nursery! I think I am most proud of this project. I have never made bunting before but I loosely followed this tutorial from The Painted Hive and it turned out really well.

Little William's room is painted blue (Martha Stewart's Blue Suede) and I thought that this gray and white chevron print would make a great accent. I used this same fabric to decoupage the chair above.  

The letters were cut out of blue felt using a simple template that I made.

Here is a fun display item from my mom. She bought this Umbra frame that has little clips inside. She enlarged a gorgeous photo of my brother and Cheri to use as the background and then clipped baby pictures of each of them on top. The effect was so adorable! 

We were marveling at how similar their baby pictures are. I think our moms even sported the same hairstyle!

My nephew will be named William after our father who passed away five years ago. My dad really loved flowers and African Violets were a favorite. So to honor his memory, each guest received a little white violet as a favor. The pots were spray painted silver and we applied "thank you" stickers in a chalkboard design. I wish I could say that I made the stickers but they were just a really great find from Michael's

And last, here are a couple of details that I wanted to share. Remember those kraft stickers I found at Target before Christmas? Well, they worked out perfectly as little gift seals that I could personalize. 

This is on the bottom of the decoupaged chair. 

And this sealed the paper that I used to wrap the bunting. 

I think it perfectly describes Cheri's shower, too. Show how much you care for those you love with handmade design-goodness.


images by The Pink Chalkboard

Monday, February 3, 2014

Heart Art

Love this very personal heart art. 

The Etsy site suggests doing this for couples, but wouldn't it be great with kids' fingerprints, too? Perfect for a sweet (and can never be replicated) Valentine's Day gift.


Couples Valentine's Day Personalized Art by FlutterbyePrints
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