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July 2012

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Just Browsing: World Market

I mentioned last week that I had a chance to visit a couple of my favorite stores not too long ago. My first stop was HomeGoods and my 2nd was World Market!

World Market has some really cute, affordable options for decorating your home and they’re not afraid to use color! Let’s see what I found on my most recent trip…

I was totally in love with this print..the colors and typography had me at “grilled peaches..” How fun would it be in a kitchen?!

This little turtle magnifying glass is definitely my kind of tchotchke..he would look pretty cute on the top of a pretty stack of books.

I have a love for faux taxidermy (as evidenced by the ram and rhino in my entryway) so this paper mache giraffe totally spoke to me. He said, “Take me home. Let’s be friends.”

World Market has a really awesome selection of party goods like wrapping paper and gift bags. Just look at all the pretty colors!

I fell in loooove with this little butterfly box. The colors are just delicious 🙂

Doesn’t this bed look so cozy?! I’ve always loved the look of daybeds, and this one just looked so inviting!

I thought this colorful garden stool was a nice break from the traditionally solid-colored ones I usually see. It could definitely add a nice touch to a neutral patio!

I loved the look and shape of this extra-tall headboard and I think it would be easy enough to DIY if you had the right tools!

This patchwork pillow totally stole my heart. Doesn’t it look like it was handmade with love?! It would be so sweet in a little girls room.

I must be developing some kind of affinity for turtles because this little dish caught my eye as well. I think it would be cute in a bathroom holding some pretty decorative soaps.

Lastly, I was pleasantly surprised to see that World Market also sells chalkboard labels for all those random containers floating around in your pantry. I love all the fun shapes!

Have any of you done any shopping lately? Do you love World Market like me? And can you believe I didn’t buy anything?!?

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S’more Please!

I don’t share recipes very often (mainly because I don’t cook very often) but this one was so delicious, I couldn’t resist!

Last night, I  decided to be all Betty Homemaker and make us a little after-dinner dessert. And I decided it would be s’more brownies. And, next to marrying my sweet husband, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

So here’s all the dirty details:

You’ll need 1 box of brownie mix (and the ingredients it takes to make the brownies), 1 bag of marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate pieces. See, that’s not a scary long list, is it?

1.) Make the brownies as instructed on the box. I used a 9×13 pan and baked it a little under the given time.

2.) Add a layer of marshmallows and a layer of graham crackers, then put back in the oven for about 2 minutes. Take the brownies out of the oven and add a layer of marshmallows. I used the normal sized ones and it took the whole bag to get an even cover over all the brownies. Then put on some graham crackers. I broke them up into smallish pieces and spread them out evenly. In hindsight, I wish I’d added more because the graham crackers really make it good. Then put it in the oven for a couple of minutes, just enough to let the marshmallows expand and get all ooey gooey.

3.) Add the chocolate pieces, then let it bake for an additional 2 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven again, and sprinkle your chocolate pieces on top. I used Hershey bars because I’m a s’more snob but you could use anything. It took me about 4 full sized bars to evenly cover the pan. Then I put it back in for a couple more minutes…I didn’t time it exactly, I just let it sit for the time it took me to clean up the kitchen. Then take it out and the chocolate will be all warm and melty and delicious. And you will eat the entire pan.

Just kidding. Well, maybe. You could eat the entire pan, I suppose, but you’ll get a bad tummy ache.

This was super easy to make and I will definitely be doing it again..we took it to Sunday School this morning and it was big hit!

{Sidenote for a sappy girl moment: I was SO happy that Emily picked Jef on The Bachelorette..he was my favorite from the beginning!}

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Best In Show {And A Feature!}

I had every intention of getting you guys another bathroom update this week, but I was a bit under the weather.

Have you seen the previews for that movie The Campaign? You know that part where Zach Galifinakis shoots Will Ferrell in the leg with the crossbow and he’s all “Black Hawk down!” Yeah, picture me screaming that as I fell dramatically into bed when I had to come home early from work because I was feeling so sick.

But I’m happy to report that I’m feeling better and ready to dive right into this weeks Best In Show!

Jamie from Pomp & Circumstance recently made this awesome lamp shade using balsa wood. I love the how it looks almost like it’s braided! So pretty!

KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms had this gene-ee-yus idea for making your own wire cloche using chicken wire.

Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs created this really unique gallery wall for her office. I love how the frames are just kind of floating on the wall!

And I also wanted to give a quick shout out to Michelle at Ten June for featuring my ombre succulent planters in her Pinterest challenge round up! Check out the other great projects she featured!

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Just Browsing: HomeGoods

Last week, I got the chance to do some window shopping at some of my favorite stores, so I thought I’d let you in on a few of my favorite finds! I didn’t end up getting anything, but it’s always fun to browse and get ideas! First stop, HomeGoods. Is there anybody that doesn’t love that place? Oh, wait, I know…my husband 🙂

I was first greeted by this pretty console table. This one in particular caught my eye because it was super long and narrow, and I’ve been looking for something like that for our bedroom. Alas, I left without it.

This lamp shade caught my eye, mainly because it would work beautifully on our living room. I loved the fun pattern, and I think it was $25, which isn’t too bad.

I love the inky blue color of this lamp base..the fish aren’t necessarily my thing, but I could see it working in the right room!

This one I regret not getting. I love the blue-green glass, and it was huge. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but this thing was a good 3 feet tall. AND it was only $20…wahhhh, I’m having non-buyer’s remorse 🙁

This driftwood fish would be so pretty on a beachy mantel. The texture is awesome. $20, I think.

If I had a little girl, I would’ve snapped this up in a second. In fact, I may go back and do it anyway (and by doing so, I will probably jinx myself into having all boys). This basket stood about 2.5 feet tall and I could just picture it sitting in the corner of a fun bedroom or playroom to corral clothes or toys. Sigh. And, if I remember correctly, it was pretty reasonably priced..I’m thinking somewhere around $30.

The pattern on this lantern was so pretty, and it was painted blue on the inside which would probably be so pretty with a candle glowing out of it. I also thought it would be pretty turned into a light fixture, which coincidentally enough, Mandi just posted a tutorial showing how to do this!

I thought the shape of this piece was really unique and it could be fun as a terrarium or a lantern with some pretty candles inside. It was $25.

One thing you can always count on HomeGoods for: ceramic animals of all varieties. This ram head was very masculine looking, but I wasn’t loving the crackle finish. I would probably spray him with a charcoal gray or navy.

This bone tray was LARGE (probably 2.5′ x 1.5′) and super heavy. It was in the clearance section, but was still $70 (originally $130) so a little out of my price range. I do love it , though and we could’ve been best friends.

I thought these baskets were really cool, it’s actually a grouping of three that are all attached and would look awesome hanging on a wall!

I loved the damask-like pattern on this rug, and the colors were very nice!

I also love the greek key pattern on this rug, and it was a really soft lavender color. Could be really pretty in a light, airy little girls room!

It’s hard to tell in this photo, but this mirror had some really awesome texture to it, almost like jute. I’ve been on the hunt for a nice full length mirror for a our bedroom, but this one was out of my price range if I remember correctly.

So those are the things that caught my eye! Anyone else done any window shopping lately? Or experience non-buyers remorse like me??


Home Decor/ Interior Design Uncategorized

Lighten Up

Everytime I read the title of this post, I end up singing that theme song from the Titan Auto Insurance commericals, but instead of “Titan Up,” I sing “Liiighten Uuup.” And now you have that song stuck in your head, too. You’re welcome.

Anywho…I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I spent most of mine in the bathroom.

Wait, let me clarify…I spent most of the day Saturday working on our guest bathroom. Glad we got that cleared up 🙂

When I was trying to decide between two different color schemes for the guest bath, I mentioned that no matter which color scheme I chose, I wanted to paint the walls white.

For me, I think white is one of the scariest colors to paint a room. It means I have to be pretty spot on with how I accessorize the rest of the room because I don’t have a wall color to fall back on. Pressure, much?

I also had a really hard time finding the perfect paint color. I didn’t want an ultra-white, I was afraid it would look too stark. I also didn’t want a white with any yellow undertones because it’s a small room with no natural light, so things tend to look yellow-y anyway. So I was looking for a white that felt warm, but had more of a gray undertone. The winner?

Greek Villa by Sherwin Williams! It ended up being the perfect color to brighten up the room, but it still feels warm! See for yourself..

And yes, I intended to leave the bottom half of the main wall unpainted…it’s going to be getting a little beadboard treatment, whoop! I hope to be back with the next update for you on Wednesday or Thursday. Get pumped!!

By the way, are bathrooms the hardest rooms in the world to photograph or is it just me?!


Best In Show

Hi all! I’ve been a busy bee this weekend, I’m making progress on the guest bathroom…wahoo!! But let’s put out hectic lives on pause for a moment to look at some other awesome projects from blog land!

I died over this studio reveal from Chris Loves Julia…you would NOT believe what this room looked like before! I think my favorite part is the 3D wall quote.

I’m really digging the look of these glass jars that are painted from the inside via Courtney of Little Glass Box. I’ve spray painted glass bottles before, but I think I like this even better!

Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! never fails to provide cute, simple projects and I am in L.O.V.E. with her custom stitched fedora. Such a fresh take on a classic look!

That wraps up Best In Show for this week! Now go forth and make something cute 🙂

{As always, please click on the links above and pin images from the original source instead of this blog!}

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DIY Towel Hook

Thank you to Kleenex Hand Towels for sponsoring this post about how I’m making my bathroom guest-ready! To learn more about Kleenex Hand Towels or to find out how you can save money when you buy your own, check out this site.

As I mentioned in this post last week, I’m working on FINALLY getting our guest bathroom in order. I’ll reveal which color scheme I went with soon, but first I wanted to show you a quick little DIY project I did.

I much prefer the look of a hook over the standard towel ring. But I decided that instead of just screwing my hook into the wall, I would jazz it up a little and make it a functional piece of décor!

So here’s what you’ll need: a piece of wood (I had mine cut to measure 6” x 12”), a pipe clamp (found in the plumbing section), a hook, and an 8 oz. mason jar. And then depending on what look you’re going for, you might also want to pick up some paint or stain for your board. Also, you’ll need a way to hang it when you’re done: either a picture hangar or command strips.

Originally the pipe clamp was silver, but I hit it with a little Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint so that it would match my hook. I also stained my board with MinWax’s Dark Walnut (my fave) stain. If you’ve never stained anything before, it’s basically the easiest process in the world… just wipe it on, let it sit, and wipe it off. You can apply as much or as little as you want. After my board was dry, I screwed my hook in. I ended up using two screws I had in my stash because the ones that came with the board were too long.

Then, I attached my pipe clamp using two screws . I screwed the first one almost all the way in and then fit the pipe clamp underneath it.

Then I screwed my second one on the underneath side to hold the pipe clamp in place.

Before you tighten your screws all the way in, you want to make sure that your pipe clamp is the size it needs to be to squeeze the mason jar in snugly. After you tighten both screws down, you should be able to gently work your mason jar into place.  And voila!

Super cute towel holder for my guest bath! You could even use the jar to hold toothbrushes or a little candle. Love it!

And here’s the cost breakdown for this project:

-wood: $6

-hook: $5

-pipe clamp: $2

-stain: free (already owned)

-ORB spray paint: free (already owned)

Grand total: $13

Have any of you made a unique towel holder for your bathroom? Anyone working on making their guest bath feel nice and cozy?

I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective

Linking up at Home Stories A to Z.

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Pinterest Challenge: Dip-Dyed Succulent Planters

SO excited to be participating in the Pinterest Challenge again. Last time they had it, I couldn’t get my act together and get something done, so I’m thrilled I could participate this time!

If you’re feeling lost, the Pinterest Challenge was something thought up by Katie and Sherry, and basically it’s just a challenge to get off your butt and actually DO something that you’ve pinned.

My project this time was actually sort of a combination of two different pins.

Dip dyed basket pin from here; succulent pin from here

A dip-dyed succulent planter! The whole project sparked when I found these baskets at Goodwill.

I loved the color and shape of them and the fact that there were two matching. But then something curious happened. I looked inside and saw this:

A plastic liner. Sewn to the basket. My first thought was, “Did someone use this as a trash can?” But then I realized that they were much too small for that. And then the lightbulb went off in my head and I thought: “Planter!” I have no clue if that’s what they were originally intended for, but it works out for me either way! I’ve been itching to bring some green succulents into our house and I thought this would be the perfect vessel.

But you know I couldn’t just let those baskets come into my house and stay unchanged. I wanted to give them some jazz hands. So I decided to try for the dip-dye technique that I absolutely adore.

I cheated, though. I didn’t actually dip these in paint. I was using a paint sample I already had and I didn’t quite have enough to make a full go of the traditional ‘dipping’ technique. So I improvised and just painted it on. I started off by just sort of dry-brushing the entire area that I wanted to be painted.

It literally took 5 minutes for both baskets. I didn’t tape anything off because I wanted that dipped ombre look with the paint just sort of fading out near the top. Once I had lightly coated the area I wanted, I went back and applied the paint much thicker on the bottom inch or so of the basket.

For this part, it’s OK to just glob it on, even if it kind of covers the basket weave. I like the higher contrast look. Once you’ve laid it on pretty thick, you can start to lightly fan it upwards. There really is no specific technique and everyone’s preference is probably different. The key for the look I wanted, is  simply that I didn’t want a harsh line anywhere…I just wanted the paint to gradually get lighter.

Once you’re finished, let ’em dry overnight.

Then, you’re ready to plant your succulents! I used potting mix designed specifically for cacti and succulents and I filled my baskets about 3/4 of the way full and then cleared a hole where I could drop my plants in. Fiddle with them until you like the arrangement, and then pile in some more soil around them as well. A lot of people finish off with a thin layer of rocks or gravel, but I decided to leave mine au naturale. Sometimes it’s nice to just let it all hang out, ya know? At least for plants, that is.

So now let’s see some purty styled up shots, shall we?

I put them both on a tray along with another succulent I planted in a terra cotta bowl (also from Goodwill..$0.50 what whaaa?!!!). I also add a bud vase and a couple of textured balls. Keep your minds out of the gutter.

The little succulent on the right came in a set of 3 from Target. Shhh, don’t tell the others, but that guy is fake. All he’s ever wanted is to fit in with the awesome real plants.

Aaaaand I’m officially the crazy lady who imagines her plants to have complex feelings.

I think my favorite part of this DIY is that it took me all of an hour to complete both planters (not including the drying time of the baskets, of course). Those are my kind of projects!

I’m linking up with Katie, Sherry, Michelle, and Kate! Check out their linky parties for all kinds of awesome ideas!

Also linking up at Home Stories A to Z.

Home Decor/ Interior Design Uncategorized

Feeling Moody

One of the things that’s been on my to-do list for a while is to get the guest bathroom in order. We basically haven’t touched it since we moved in, and we have guests over pretty frequently so I’d like to get it all pretty-fied!

I have a shower curtain that I got from World Market that I’m using as my jumping off point, but there are two different ways I could go with it. I know which way I’m leaning, but I thought it would be fun to make a mood board for each one and get you guys to weigh in, too!

So here’s Option #1:

That’s the shower curtain I already have, but other than that, we’ve pretty much got a blank slate. One of the first things I’m going to do is paint the vanity cabinet, and here I went with a nice, buttery yellow. I chose a new chrome light fixture to play nicely with the gray & yellow color scheme. And I’m planning to try out some beadboard on the walls. Currently the walls are just a beige color, so I’m thinking they might get painted a nice warm, white. For some reason, I really love a clean white in a bathroom. And then I’d carry the color scheme throughout with some yellow and gray toned art. Basically this option is very classic, clean, and simple. All things I love in a bathroom.

Option #2:

This option is obviously a little more bold. I would still paint the walls the same warm white color and do the beadboard on the bottom. But I would paint the vanity cabinet a cheery coral color. I have always loved the pictured towels from Anthropologie and they would work great with this scheme. With this option, I think I would go with a bronze light fixture..I think the warmer tone speaks to the color palette better. But that means I would also need to switch out the faucet (which is currently chrome) to match.

And just as an FYI, the current toilet and sink are both bisque colored (gag) and I want to switch them both out for white. The vanity countertop is also kind of a bisque colored laminate and, if I had my druthers, I could replace that as well. But I have no clue how expensive that is. Any suggestions?

So tell, me which option are you swooning for? Or maybe you hate them both and you have a better suggestion? Let me hear it!

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I’ve held out as long as possible, but I’m officially going to jump on the Instagram-monthly-photo-review bandwagon. I’ve been addicted ever since I downloaded the app, so why not share my random photos with all of you? Oh, you’re welcome. 🙂

This isn’t quite all of them so, if for some odd reason, you actually want to see more random photos from me, you can follow me on Instagram (username: jdparnell).

And if I was going to pick a favorite from this past month, I think it would be this one:

We got to visit Mt. Rainier last week when we were gone, and we had an impromptu little picnic at the base of the mountain. Couldn’t ask for better scenery, plus it’s one more thing I get to check off my 25 by 25 list. Cha-ching!

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