Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

BUNGALOW UPDATES: SMALL CHANGE BIG IMPACT

When I’m not painting lately you can find me planning / dreaming some bungalow updates and doing a bit of re-decorating.  One of my resolutions this year was to put more love into my house and turn it into the coziest bungalow of my dreams. I’ve felt a need to really refresh this space lately… To make it a comfortable, relaxing, and happy place to come home to after long days in the studio. Working on some bigger projects and starting a new instagram to document has been such a fun outlet for me.  Even though I get to be creative for a living, I still need an outlet that allows me to be creative without the pressure of ‘work’.  Hence how @bungalowbohemia has come into play.  

Today I’m sharing my love for fun, funky hardware.  I believe it’s a very small change that has a great impact! Whether you change out switch plates, add knobs to an old piece of furniture, hang hooks…it’s a way to add extra interest to a room without changing or spending too much.  I feel like window hardware is a big one. I was using super cheap, plastic rods but had these great curtains I really love (so much so that I just bought a second set for the dining room, ha).  They weren’t truly shining on the old white ones.  I love that these wood and brass rods have a presence and make the window feel complete. It’s weird how obsessed I am with them! πŸ™‚ 

source: west elm // curtains: urban outfitters

Here’s the before photo (wish I would’ve taken a few more but you get the gist)…

I also switched the pictures, plant hangers, and scored this amazing rattan chair at a local thrift shop for $20.  I went back for the couch a week later and thank God it was still there! More on that soon. 

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Monday, July 17th, 2017

PUERTO RICO IN COLORFUL PHOTOS

Finally had a chance to go through and organize all of our photos from Puerto Rico this past Spring!  We were there to shoot a friends wedding (which I’ll be sharing soon) but had a few days to explore the wonderful streets of Old San Juan. We took a day trip to El Yunque Rainforest for a beautiful hike.  We stayed at Hotel El Convento which was absolutely amazing. Hunter and I both agreed we would love to come back for a longer stay in the future.  

Enjoy PR through my eyes…streets full of color, plants, and CATS. All of my favorite things! 

XO

 

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

A COLORFUL BOHO SUITE

This colorful boho suite for a recent client was such a fun one to create! The wild florals and little critters are my absolute favorite things to design.  I’m so pleased with how bright and lovely these turned out.  Complete with a simple map of the area and the cute yellow barn they will be married in front of. I used all gouache / watercolor for the design and we printed on 110lb linen textured card stock complete with luxe blush envelopes from paper source.  

I’m off to Fort Lauderdale for the weekend. Hope you all have a great one! 

XO

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Thursday, July 6th, 2017

DIY EARRING STAND

I’m super excited with how this diy earring display that Hunter and I made turned out! I’ve had jewelry piled up in little dishes and have been desperate to find a way to organize it so I can see what I have and utilize all of my pieces.  

We started with old piece of quarter inch birch wood from Home Depot.  I drew up a sketch of how I wanted it to look and Hunter laid it all out and cut it.  I decided on square 10″ x 10″ but you could really do this any size depending on your space and how many you want to hang. 

He then cut it down with a circular saw – you could also use a table saw or see if the folks at home depot are nice enough to cut it for you πŸ™‚

To get our measurements for the drill holes we laid out some of the different sized earrings for spacing.  I knew I wanted to do smallest to largest so we put the top two rows a little closer together to save room.  Again, just plan this for what you have and how many to want to display! We used a 5/32 drill bit for all of the holes. 

Then he made this base out of an extra piece of oak wood he had.  I was planning to prop it on my dresser or make a little stand for the back but Hunter wanted to go all fancy on me, that’s just the kind of guy he is πŸ™‚  Again, using the table saw he made this groove and cut the sides to the dimensions of the square. Then with some ‘vigorous sanding’ he smoothed all the edges down to make it look smooth and pretty.

ViolΓ !

Then I meticulously hung all of these guys and got really excited to find a few that I had forgotten about! 

Just in case: the smaller ones on the first two rows are a mix of jcrew, kate spade, madewell, and anthropologie (all older) //  yellow tassels are Forever 21 // the red tassels and silver bon bons are from The Gem Co on Etsy // the beaded tassels are from Bauble Bar 

Happy crafting! 

XO

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Monday, July 3rd, 2017

MUTED FLORALS + A CREST FOR AN ONTARIO WEDDING

As I’ve stated before, one of my favorite parts of designing an invitation suite is seeing how couples infuse their personalities and favorite things into the design…i.e. PETS! ha. You know when someone tells me they have four pets to include I’m going to jump on that opportunity!  For this suite, we did the design and florals in a muted palette which helped keep a formal appearance. The bride, Sarah, had the idea to print the crest on the back which I thought was a fun idea, the pets were subtle and we kept with the color scheme to make everything flow together.  All elements were painted with gouache and printed on linen card stock.  I used paper source ‘soft white’ envelopes with the same grey gouache to hand paint the guests addresses on the envelopes.  

XO

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