While I am always a fan of shopping at all the regular bigger home decor stores I also enjoy finding one-of-a-kind pieces on ebay occasionally. I've rounded up some of my favorite items to search for on ebay!
Colorful Kilim rugs are sometimes hard to come by but ebay has a great selection. An antique Turkish rug like this would be almost impossible to find at this good of a price.
I love using vintage scarfs as art. Ebay has so many beautiful scarves that would work well as large statement pieces on a wall.
You can get a great deal on vintage fabric on ebay. I love searching for vintage Schumacher or Lee Jofa. The patterns are still so beautiful and sometimes less than $20 a yard which is a steal for designer fabric!
You know I love a great designer pillow and this ebay shop has an amazing selection at killer prices!
Vintage wallpaper can be found for pennies on ebay. There are so many great patterns to choose from.
What decorating items have you found recently on ebay?
Start out by rolling and kneading out your clay. It's pretty hard to get out every single air bubble but I think some small imperfections add character. When you are ready cut out the clay to the shape you want and put it on a cookie sheet.
Then you will want to stamp whatever you wish at the top of your clay piece. I wanted to mimic the Anthro Chalkboard so I stamped "take note" into my clay.
If you want to hang your chalkboard sign then make sure you stamp two holes into the clay for the wire. I just stamped them with the tip of my pen.
Bake the sign at 275 for 15-30 minutes.
You have to be really careful when baking to not over-bake. You want to bake it until it is hard enough to keep it's shape but not too long that it starts to turn brown or yellow. I found that my signs never really got too hard. However, this makes it so they are really flexible and won't break easily which I thought was nice. I lightly sanded the edges to smooth out any rough parts.
Take your wire and string it through the two holes to create a way to hang your sign and then using your Sharpie pen color in the stamped words.
All that's lef to do is paint them with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. I just used painters tape and taped all the sides about 1 inch all around. After the paint has dried season your chalkboards by rubbing chalk all over them and then wiping it off with a damp cloth. This will prevent the chalk from leaving permanent marks once the signs start being used.
I find that there is always a use for my little chalkboard.
These would also make great gifts. They would be cute for Christmas with a little Holiday quote or drawing too!
It's been awhile since we've taken some family shots in our house so I was ecstatic when I had the opportunity to work with Brooke Shultz. She's amazing! She was so great to work with and did a fantastic job capturing our crazy family. Our kids were super hyper when she was here so the fact that she even got one good picture is a miracle! She was so good with them and really photographed everything beautifully.
Contact Brooke to schedule your own in-home photo shoot!
Last week was a busy one! My sister got married on Tuesday, we celebrated the 4th of July on Thursday and I had my High School 10 year reunion on Friday! I am looking forward to this week being a little more low-key! You can keep up with all my latest happenings oninstagram (@kirstenkrason)
Today is also my birthday!! I am officially 28. Any advice on being 28 for those of you who have been through it? :)
Here are some links to all the things I loved around the internet last week.
1 || I love it when one of my favorite bloggers post pictures of their homes. Kyle's entryway is amazing!
2 || I just recently discovered these bobby pins and they are changing my life! They make buns a breeze.
3 || Love this roundup of the top 10 things you should be buying at the Dollar Store.
Erin and I have a great new room reveal to share with you today! This project took a lot of twists and turns along the way so it really felt like Christmas when were finally able to complete it. We started the project back in October of last year and slowly tweaked the design until it was perfect for our clients. Here's a little review of what we started with.
Our clients moved into an amazing blank slate last year. The house has incredible bones but it needed furniture and some life breathed into it! They needed everything for their living room.
Off to the side of the living room they had a dining space.
There was already a built in bench but we needed a table and chairs to complete the space.
The kitchen was also beautiful but it needed some accessorizing and we wanted to find some amazing bar stools. You actually see the kitchen right when you walk into the house so the bar stools had to be great.
The entryway also needed some help.
Right off the entry is a little nook that was calling for the perfect little table to complete it.
The last place we needed to design was their mudroom.
It needed some color and storage for sure.
Like I said Erin and I spent months and months designing these spaces. We hit a lot of challenges along the way. Things were backordered, products needed to be returned and the biggest challenge was just helping the clients figure out what their style was. They love color but also really wanted a calm and more neutral living space. In the end we went with that.
We were never told a set budget so we tried to bring a lot of high/low into the space. The clients love and appreciate nice things but they also love to get a deal. We tried to find good deals where we could but we also splurged on a few items.
Our clients moved to Utah from Hawaii so we added subtle beachy elements throughout.
I hope you enjoy the after reveal! Thanks to Jylare Smith for her amazing photography.
This is a look at the entryway. We chose a blue natural fiber rug. It brings some color in but also hides dirt easily.
For their powder bath off the entry we bought a couple of framed starfish at T.J. Maxx. The art was custom made by this etsy shop with the family's favorite quote.
In the entryway we found the perfect little locker table from Pottery Barn for the nook. It seriously fits like it was made for the space. The mirror is also from Pottery Barn. The rope ball and tray were T.J. Maxx finds and the bust and greenery are from Alice Lane Home Collection.
As I mentioned above as you come in from the entryway you see the Kitchen immediately.
We chose to have custom bar stool benches made instead of doing traditional bar stools.
The living room was slightly challenging to design because of it's layout. There was some empty space behind the sofa. We ended up putting a little bookshelf back there and it filled the space perfectly.
The trunk table is from Pottery Barn and the accessories are from T.J. Maxx.
The antiqued rug really grounds the space and brings in a beautiful color. The room is pretty big so we had the idea to place x-benches in front of the fireplace. They are perfect for the space and they add additional seating! The benches aren't available anymore at Home Decorators but these are similar.
We found the ladder at a consignment shop and the throws are from West Elm.
We were so excited to finish these spaces and just as we put the finishing touches on the main floor our clients have decided to put their house up for sale! It is an AMAZING house. I'd love to buy it myself!
If you want more details on the house contact firstname.lastname@example.org