Welcome to A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization. After getting so many questions from our readers about how we come up with our home decor ideas, some friends and I decided to write a 3 part blog series on how we do just that! Make sure to check out these ladies blogs as well for more ideas on REALIZATION.
I get messages all the time from women who feel less confident in their abilities to beautify their home. It’s scary to take the first step and often we fill unqualified to be a decorator (this couldn’t be farther from the truth my friends.)
So today, some talented decorators and I are going to share our home design ideas in a fun 3 part series. Are you ready to get some simple ideas to gain confidence in how to turn your home into a place you love to be!? Let’s do this! And don’t forget to head to each of my homegirls listed above to see their guide to creating spaces as well!
Tips for todays post – pin all the images you want to your Pinterest page for future reference. And make sure to head to all five of these amazing blog posts and mark your calendars for Part 2 of this series!
Decorating comes easy to some and not so easy to others. I definitely have fit into the ladder category. I have felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself when it came to committing something to my home. Nervous I would mess up and my home would be permanently damaged. I would get so stressed and envious of other homes and wish I could “do what they could do.” I worked for years at getting better at taking care of my home, and now it’s a much easier process for me. I know it can be for you as well.
Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:
Part One: Inspiration – February 6
Part Two: Realization – February 13
Part Three: Implementation – February 20
We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.
Part One – Inspiration
Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. When I was a little girl I would walk around Mervyn’s and dream about decorating my home. Later in college I would cut JC Penney catalog photos and glue them to my mood board in interior design class. But now we have the best mood board ever – it’s called Pinterest.
The invention of Pinterest has opened us up to worlds of ideas – only limited to how fast you can enter in your search idea. So if you are needing ideas, needing encouragement, needing inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start.
When I moved into my current home, with it’s basic white floor plan, I had to completely change up my decorating style because my previous home was Tuscan style. I created different Pinterest boards for different rooms in my home. I added boards for wood walls, DIY projects, and backyard ideas. Over the course of a few months I had stockpiled quite a few pins of things that I loved. I started to notice a pattern of what I enjoyed.
Have you wondered what “style” you are in regards to home decorating? I sure did. I honestly didn’t even know what the difference was between styles and if you were “allowed” to have multiple favorites. There is actually more styles than I realized. DedorAid.com shares 20 design styles for 2019. Here are just a few:
- Shabby Chic
- French Country
- Modern Farmhouse
Amara.com goes into further detail of the styles in The LuxPad Definitive Guide found here. It’s a good read and very informative. If you aren’t sure you what style you are, go take this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens here! Once you take the quiz and let me know what design style you are!
Now you are ready to start searching Pinterest for styles to focus on. Head to the search bar and type in things like “Bohemian Style Living Room” or “French Country Kitchens.” Lots of ideas will pop up and you can start adding to the boards you have made. You can add as many pins as you want, there is no limit!
Here is my example:
After looking at so many ideas I realized I was Farmhouse – Rustic – Industrial. Mixing these design ideas were perfect for me. Shiplap and Joanna Gaines spoke to me in particularly. I pinned images according to rooms in my house, the sky was the limit. Even if I knew it was impossible to afford or make myself, I pinned it anyway. I wanted to build things and make projects. Want to see what that board ended up looking like? Click here to see!
Secondly I fell in love with farmhouse decor items. Even though I knew I couldn’t buy them all, I pinned over 100 items that spoke to me, see that here. Finally, I was on a budget which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself. I had followed the Shanty2Chic sisters for years and loved their work. This board became one of my favorites.
I dreamed of shiplap walls. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed. But I wanted it. So here are ideas that inspired me from that Pinterest board I had created (tap on photo to take you to creators website):
I had completed my first step – I was inspired! I had no idea how or what I was going to do, but I knew what I wanted.
So now I have some homework for you! I promise it will be fun.
Create a Pinterest page
Make 5 boards of areas in your home you would like ideas for
Take the interior design quiz here
Pin at least 10 pins per board
That’s it! So easy and so fun. You will start to get ideas swimming in your mind and they can get hard to shut off. Mine actually never do so send help my way!
Next week I will be sharing how to take all this INSPIRATION and turn it into REALIZATION – let’s do this!
And before I go, here are some of my favorite Pinterest boards. You will find so many ideas here – so grab a blanket and get ready to be inspired!
I have had a very simple window in my office space for years and decided it was time to dress it up. I am converting this old office into a pantry and this is my second step in the process. My first project was to add Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper to spice up the wall. You can see that super simple tutorial here. Next up will be the pantry shelving!
Once I finished the window treatment, I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I saw lots of ideas on Pinterest and decided upon the Craftsman Style with Fillet and Chasing Cap. I wasn’t even sure what those words meant – but I was going for it. I learned this from True Built Home here.
Here are my before and after photos – it made such a difference. I learned alot from Liz Forez at LOVEGROWSWILD Blog. Her post on a very similar window is so helpful. Read that here.
- 1×4, 1×6, 1×8 and 1×2 MDF boards per measurements of your window (more details to come in step one)
- Paint and Painting Supplies
- Painters Tape
- Caulk and Caulking Gun
- Spackle and Sand Paper
- Stud Finder
- Measuring Tape
- Brad Nailer and Air Compressor
- Miter Saw
Step One – Measure Your Windows
You will measure the height and width of your windows. 1×4 boards will be on both sides of your window – exact height. 1×6 board will be your window sill and will extend 3 inches over on each side (width plus 6 inches). The MDF 1×4, 1×2 and 1×8 boards will also extend over by 3 inches on each side. I had a 1×8 wood board in the shed so I opted to use that. At my Home Depot the MDF board was cheaper than the real wood. Additionally, Home Depot will cut your boards for you! Read all about it here.
Step Two – Gather Your Tools
I keep all my tools prepped on the window sill so I am ready to grab them.
Blesser House Blog has another blog post on how to install a similar window and she uses real wood and brad nails with a hammer – no nail gun! It’s a great option if you do not want to use a power tool.
Step Three – Find Your Studs
This is important because you want your boards securely in the wall. I use my Zircon StudSensor and marked it with painters tape.
Step Four – Install Boards
First you want to make sure your boards are evenly spaced 3 inches overlap on each side. Most blogs tell you to put the two side pieces on first. I started with the top pieces first. Either is fine. Grab your brad nailer and your level – make sure it’s straight before nailing into the studs. I was alone so YES I picked up the nailer with my feet!
I added the 1×8 board first. I made sure to leave 3/4 inch room to add my 1×2 underneith.
It is very important that your first piece is level. Check and recheck! It will determine the rest of your placements.
Next I added the top 1×2 piece and the bottom 1×2 piece.
I added the window sill next, but this effected the length of my 1×4 boards on the sides of the window – they were too long. I had to use my circular saw (or a jig saw) to cut the sill to fit the area. So if you do not want to make another cut in the 1×4 boards, install them first. Then measure the window sill to fit second. You will basically measure and cut out a corner on each side of the 1×6 board. Install with nail gun.
Finally I added the two sides boards and the 1×4 board underneath the window sill.
Step Four – Caulk
You will want to use paintable caulk. I always use a caulking gun because it’s hard for me to push the caulk out of the tube otherwise. I apply and then use my finger to make it smooth. They have tools for this but I like to use my finger instead. Keep a rag that you can throw away or a baby wipe close to wipe your finger on.
I am not very good at caulking as you an see in the next photo. It never works super well for me. If you aren’t either, don’t worry! You can paint over it. Just make it as smooth as possible.
Farmboy taught me to place a screw into the top so the caulk will not dry inside it. Works great for us!
Step Five – Spackel & Paint
If you are not using a primed MDF board you will need a coat of primer. MDF just soaks up the paint otherwise. Tape your area with painters tape and then add spackle to the small brad nail holes with a puddy knife. Let dry and sand off. Wipe off dust with a dry rag and you are ready to paint! I used 2 coats of Sherman Williams White to match my house.
Pulling off the tape is the best part in my opinion. It means your are done!
This inexpensive project added so much to my new pantry and I love it. Anyone can add this feature, it’s easier than you think!
Chippy Paint is the cutest! I have always wondered how to make something new look old – which is so ironic, but it’s so cute. I searched the internet of the best ways to do it and settled on this one, super easy and fast. Watch this 60 second video tutorial and then follow the steps below. Make sure to pin this image to save in your Pinterest!
I have always wanted to try wall paper but the thought of it intimidates me! I pictured it filled with wet glue and mess up’s constantly. And then I heard of Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper and my world changed. How easy does that sound? I had to try out.
I collaborated with two amazing companies for this project – The TAD Company and TACKLIFE Tools. Both are companies I reached out to because I had researched their products and wanted to work with them. I am attaching links to their sites to help you in your purchases. These are not affiliate links. But I was compensated from these companies in product and I was so excited. I know you will love them too!
We love all things barn door over here in the Ballard Home. Last year I built a darling one for our master bedroom for $75 and you can see that post here. This time around we needed some Mini Barn Doors for our sons playroom and love how they turned out!
Watch this 60 preview of the process and then follow along for all the instructions.
I am welcoming back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger today to teach us some essentials when deciding upon chandelier. Many of you know I added a new light in my kitchen nook recently. It can be hard to know what will work best for your space when you aren’t using a designer. I hope you find some good tips from Jesse that will help you in your decision!
5 Essential Things to do Before Getting Your Chandelier by guest blogger Jesse Hughes
Designing each room of your home takes time and patience. Finding the right finishing touch can often be difficult but the chandelier is one feature that can fit into virtually any room. There are many different designs and styles available; there is certain to be one that appeals.
But, before you get your chandelier it is important to check the following things:
1. Your Electrics
It is highly likely that your current lighting circuit will support your choice of chandelier. However, you do need to consider the fact that a chandelier has lots of small bulbs; each one can place a drain on your lighting circuit and each circuit is designed to accommodate a certain amount of watts.
If you overload the circuit you risk bowing the trip every time you turn your chandelier on. In the worst case scenario it can even cause a fire.
This is why it is essential to contact Sydney electrical services to have them check and verify your current electrical system. If necessary an additional circuit can be added.
2. The Ceiling Strength
Next you need to consider the location of your chandelier and whether you have the supporting beams to support it. A chandelier can be fairly heavy, you’ll need to find the beams above your ceiling and secure it to these. If you don’t it is likely to fall.
You can use a stud locator to find the beams and check they are in a good position for your light
3. Lighting Ability
It is also important to consider how bright your chandelier will be. Although it has many small bulbs this may not translate into enough might for the space you have; especially if the chandelier is high.
Don’t be deceived by the look in the showroom; this is not the same as in your home. You’ll need to consider the light you currently have and how much more or less you need; before you get your chandelier.
4. Cost Of Using
Ideally you’ll have energy efficient LED bulbs in your chandelier; this will help to ensure the cost of running it is not ridiculously high.
However, if LED’s are not an option you should consider the power drain that your chandelier will have and how much this is likely to add onto your annual energy bill. This will depend on how much the light is on and you’ll need to be realistic when considering this fact.
Finally, it is worth noting that chandeliers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are also an array of different process. In order to get the best for your home and your energy usage you may need to go towards the top end of this scale.
Before you pick your chandelier consider the above points and the funds you have available. It may make more sense to expand your budget; even if that means waiting a little longer for the chandelier of your dreams.
This post is in paid partnership with Zircon Corporation. All opinions are my own and I only collaborate with companies that I use myself in my projects. I hope these links help you as you learn and grow!
Oh how I love Board and Batten Walls! My very first attempt was on my 40th birthday – all I wanted was to learn how to use a nail gun from Mr. Farmboy. I felt so empowered after that day and a woodworking “She-Ra” was released. Later on, I completed a full Board and Batten Wall in my son’s room – all by myself. You can read all about here – it was an exciting project for me.
So, today I am back at it and partnering with @ZirconTools to bring you a super simple DIY tutorial on how to make a Board and Batten Halfway Wall. Yes, I made up that title! Mr. Farmboy came up with the idea of only going up three-fourth the way up the wall and I loved it – hence this project was born.
Check out these before and after photos and watch my full DIY Youtube Tutorial here. Now come follow along and learn how to do this easy project that anyone can do!
I love finding designers who influence my ideas and creative thinking. That is why Amanda from the Midcounty Journal Blog is someone I just have to talk about. Her design style and antique decor inspire me.
Her home is a 1920 charmer that she and her husband are working on together. Her blog documents this DIY process and her lifestyle along the way. You can read along with her fun adventures here.
Additionally she teaches her readers food tips, recipes, and lifestyle ideas. Take a tour of her neutral pallet home full of antique goodies and classy style.
Her dining area has so much eye candy! Can you spy all the amazing pieces she has found?
She found this round white table used for $10! I love the scores she finds to compliment her home.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through one of my favorite bloggers homes as she encourageus all to uplift our homes.
Go follow along with Amanda and her blogging journey, you will love it as much as I do!
Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop! I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season. If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here! Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour. And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!
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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look. I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.
Step One: Lighted Garland
I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30. I knew this would add a good base for me to start.
Step Two: Fresh Garland
Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16. I used it in many places in my home. Here I used about 8 feet of it. You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.
I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place. If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.
Step Three – Add LED Lights
I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery. These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver. You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.
Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees
I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.
I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!
This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.
Here are some close up photos of the mantel:
Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!
Christmas DIYs on Monday
Christmas Front Porches on Tuesday
Christmas Recipes on Wednesday
Christmas Mantles on Thursday
Christmas Tablescapes on Friday