Pottery Barn and West Elm Inspired DIY Rope Chandelier

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Okay so I haven’t done a DIY post in quite some time, so I’m reeeaaaallllyyyy excited to share this with you!

I’ve yet to post about Landon’s nursery because there are a few finishing touches I need to complete! But I thought I would share one of my favorite elements of his room. I decided to go with a nautical theme for the nursery, but not overly cheesy nautical because that’s just not my thing. Nautical like….little touches of it here and there. With my vintage flair. Cause that’s more my style ;)

I found this chandelier a while ago, and I can’t even remember where…probably on Pinterest or another blog. I fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect in his nautical-but-not-really-nautical nursery.

{via West Elm}

Then I came across this one…

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 {via Pottery Barn}

Naturally, they were from West Elm and Pottery Barn with a price tag WAY too big for my DIY-self. Whomp won. But that was probably for the better and it inspired my latest project!

I had an old chandelier lying around that a friend picked up for me at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a whopping $10. It needed a little makeover and was the perfect size to use in baby boy’s room. I have an abundance of twine from my Etsy shop and knew that I could get a pretty close replica of the West Elm and Pottery Barn version with some help from a little hot glue.

I would give you step by step directions on how to do this, but it was actually way easier than I thought….I simply wrapped the twine around the chandelier, hot gluing where I felt it was needed as I went.

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If you want to attempt to do this yourself, all you need is:

a roll of twine (I didn’t even use one full roll!)

hot glue

an old chandelier (mine was $10!)

Again…all I did was wrap the twine around and glue along the way! Seriously, easiest (yet, really time-consuming) DIY project ever. And the total cost of the project? Less than $20.

I had debated putting shades on each light but wasn’t crazy about how it looked when I tried it out. And I used a lower watt bulb, so the light isn’t as stark in the room as I thought it would be without the shades. It’s actually the perfect amount of brightness.

What do you think? Does it give the room a touch of nautical flair? I’m loving it!

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Farmhouse Dining Room Table

I’ve been talking about getting rid of our dining room table for a while now. While it’s a great table, it’s simply too dark for my taste. Plus it shows every spec of dust no matter how much you clean it. I had been eyeing these farmhouse table plans from Ana White for months and finally convinced my husband that we just NEEDED to build it. And that we (he?) did.


We made some minor adjustments to the original plans. For instance, I do not need a dining table that’s 98″ long. So we measured our old table and adjusted the plans accordingly. Our table is 72″ long and roughly 42″ wide. (Hint: Home Depot cuts the wood for you!)

We also didn’t bother to use wood glue…we never do. I actually prefer the look of the wood screws in the wood. I feel it adds a rustic touch, plus it’s less time-consuming.


I painted the bottom of the table Simply White by Benjamin Moore, which is my new favorite white. I stained the top my all time favorite Minwax stain, Special Walnut #224. It’s the perfect stain to give a weathered look. I used polyacrylic on top and chose a flat finish because I felt that made the wood look even more natural.


I am SO thrilled with how it turned out! And the best part? It cost a total of $100! Now I just need some gorgeous dried hydrangeas for that galvanized bucket and some really fabulous chairs (which, as you know, I already have two of 🙂 ) More to come!

Maternity Fashion: Looking Cute While Pregnant

Can I just throw something out there really quick?

Why is it so hard to find fashionable maternity clothes? Why does everything look like a giant moo-moo? What happened to still looking cute and fashionable while you’re growing a human inside of you?!?!?!?

I’ve had a LOT of downtimes lately (see here), which has resulted in SOME online shopping. I started browsing for maternity clothes…just to SEE what was out there. Aaaaand that’s when I wished I hadn’t. Because quite frankly, most of the clothing is hideous. Have you seen the things they are selling? Yeah. No thanks.

That’s when I decided I needed to share some KEY points with maternity fashion. So pregnant ladies, listen up! Now I fully understand, all women have different body types…some may feel insecure about the way they look being pregnant while others don’t. But let’s be honest, NO ONE wants to look bigger than they actually are. Am I right? So here are some tips on how to feel amazing about yourself regardless of size while you’re growing that tiny miracle inside of you for 9 months, and the first few postpartum months after. :)

Wear solid colors.

Solid colors really help flaunt your bump! Patterns have way too much going on and tend to draw attention AWAY from your bump, and ultimately make you look larger than you really are (whomp). We want to show that bump off! Solid colored maxi dresses, maxi skirts, or a brightly colored solid pant with a neutral top can be easily accessorized with hats, scarves, belts, and jewelry..your options are limitless!

Invest in pieces of maternity clothing that will grow with you and fit you WELL.

I am loving the ruched maternity tanks from Old Navy. I have one in black, gray, and white. They are amazing and make you LOOK amazing. They hug in the right spots and really flatter your shape. Plus, they are easy to throw under a long cardigan that’s already in your closet or to wear with a maxi skirt. Maxi dresses in a neutral color are also a great investment. Don’t give up on jeans just because they don’t button! Purchase a belly band (less than $20!) that way you can wear your jeans for as long as possible. But when you’re further along, find a pair of maternity jeans that fit you well.

Avoid baggy clothing (that doesn’t look good with a properly positioned belt – see next tip).

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Baggy shirts, sweaters, etc. are doing nothing for you when you have a giant bump. This is acceptable for the first trimester when you aren’t really showing, or if you’re trying to hide your pregnancy because you haven’t made the announcement yet. But wearing a large baggy sweater when you’re 7 months pregnant? It’s not flattering. You will most likely feel very large, and not good about yourself. And this is a time you should embrace because you’re GORGEOUS and therefore, you should feel amazing!

Accentuate your beautiful bump with belts.

My husband hates when women wear belts on the outside of clothing, aka not on belt loops. Then again, my husband spends maybe $20 a year on clothing and still wears a fleece from 1997. Belts are your friend! We want to show our bumps off because after all, they’re beautiful! So use a belt to accentuate your bump by placing it right at the top of the bump/right under your boobs (which are also probably large at this point) to really show it off. It gives you a “waist” back and really flatters your new/changing body shape. I do this all the time with non-maternity dresses, tanks, blouses, and tees!

 

Don’t hide your curves or that belly!!!

SHOW. OFF. YOUR. BELLY. Got it? There are some women out there dying to be in your shoes (I was one of them!). Stop complaining about it, and show it off. You are pregnant and beautiful. You are growing a blessing inside of you. Show your shape by wearing ruche and wrap styles that really enhance your curves and grow with your bump.

Hope that helps my soon-to-be mamas out there! I am super grateful it will be warm when I’m at my biggest…maxi dresses and skirts all day every day for me! :)

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Travel Tip! How to properly pack necklaces!

I am a fan of huge earrings and big necklaces, which means no vacation is without my beloved accessories.  While I have my earrings down to a science (save those little boxes the stores give you and pack them in there!), my necklaces have always been a real pain in the backside to travel with. I’ve opened up my luggage one too many times to find them all in a big tangled ball of mess. And I know they make necklace holders travel with, but they are always too small. SO…enter a beloved household product you all know and love….

ZIPLOC BAGS. Not just for food! Watch this…and please excuse my corniness, dog, and inability to edit videos which are why you will, therefore, see me turning the camera on and off. And also my frequent use of the word “um.” :)

 

Okay, so I just wanted to do ONE vlog to say I’ve done one, but I won’t torture you again! :) Do you have any great packing tips? Or are you like me and have major trouble meeting that 50lb (or 23.0kg) limit?? I will have you know that my suitcase was at EXACTLY 50lbs this trip…I deserve a medal for that or something.

Hope you’re having a great Monday! I clearly need to work on my video editing skills (lack thereof).

Things I Love: Reclaimed Wood Flooring

During the wrath of Irene, a friend of mine who lives close to the shore basically lost the entire bottom level of her historical home that was built in the 1800s. About 65K in damage, she was left with buckled original wood floors, moldy and rusty radiators, and a ton of electrical/plumbing/HVAC work that needs to be done. Sure, things can be replaced, but she is a lover of old world things like me and I know her heart is slightly breaking over the fact that those original wood floors are now unsalvageable.
She wants to replace the floors using reclaimed wood to try to keep the historical feel of her home. I helped her find a few great places here in CT that supply batches of reclaimed wood dating back to a similar time period. Which got me thinking about how much I love reclaimed wood flooring….
Which got me thinking about how much I love reclaimed wood flooring….
Some ideas…
Using old wine crates as floor boards. This might be easy to recreate as well, although I’d imagine it might take some time.
This reminds me of pallet wood. I have access to an abundance of pallets…might need to keep this in mind for our next house!
Slightly white-washed….so beautiful and also possibly easy to recreate.
A heavier white wash. This is just gorgeous.
Adding a fun pattern to reclaimed wood…adds a little modern touch.
This is heaven. I’ll say no more.
Just perfection.
Reclaimed wood flooring completely tops off the room. Plus, I feel like they are very forgiving when it comes to scratches, dents, and other unwanted scars. This is a must have for me in our next home, but in the meantime, I will be pretty excited to see how my friend’s home turns out!
Do you have reclaimed wood floors? How was the installation? Can you offer any advice to my friend? :)