Random Window Treatment: Laziness Pays!

TGIF friends!

My poor babe has been sick most of the week so I’m a little stir crazy to say the least. I’m ready to get this weekend started!!! How about you guys?

So today I’m bringing you the most random little DIY ever. An accident in laziness really!

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A couple of weeks ago I revealed my office makeover and there are several DIY’s I want to share. As the title implies this project was completely random and seriously born out of my indecision and laziness. So let me explain.

The window in my office had boring old white blinds (like every other window in my house) and I wanted to change them out. I’m so tired of white builder blinds and I wanted something cool but that wouldn’t cost much.

I thought about bamboo shades at first because the wood would really look nice against the white walls. Then I thought I’d try my hand at a DIY fabric roll-up shade. Then I got tired and bored couldn’t decide.

The office was almost finished and I found myself out of money and with no window treatment. What I did have was leftovers from the infamous Ikea dot fabric that I used on my office chair and bulletin board. I know, I know, I went a little crazy but desperate times call for desperate measures!

This is almost comical to explain but I literally took scissors, made a small cut in the fabric about about 2 inches wide and then ripped the pieces apart. The fabric tore easily so I ripped as many as I needed to cover the small window. I had a small tension rod leftover from another project that I think cost about $2 from Walmart. Once I had all the pieces I needed I tied the ends in knots around the tension rod.

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I used my spray painted gold scissors that you can read about here :)

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The great thing is my office is flooded with light during the day so you hardly even notice the dots. See below!

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Seriously that’s it and I think it looks kinda cool! I guess my laziness paid off!!!

What do you think?

There are more DIY’s from the office and the Home Depot challenge coming up so make sure to subscribe or check back!

LINKING UP:

Liz Marie Blog // Place Of My Taste // Delineate Your Dwelling // Nap Time Creations // Upcycled Treasures //

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Home Depot Style Challenge: Outdoor Games Reveal

Okay y’all, today’s the day! My Home Depot Style Challenge post is live!

I’m so happy to be able to finally spill the beans about what we’ve been working on for the last month.

Eeek! See my picture down there?!?!?

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So you all know Harry Potter right? We created our very own version of the Harry Potter Quidditch game with materials from none other than The Home Depot!

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This is how we roll!

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And we must get into character.

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Here are a few games that have already posted so make sure to check them all out. There are so many creative games from this awesome group it’s kind of blowing my mind!

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Top:

 Check out a new twist on cornhole by Liz from the Liz Marie Blog

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Camille from Planning Pretty created an whimsical croquet set

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This Kubb Game from Mandy at Fabric Paper Glue is so cool! I actually didn’t know what Kubb was until researching for this challenge!

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So without further adieu…head over to The Home Depot’s Apron Blog to see my full post with loads of pics and details!

And stay tuned for more of the “how to’s” to come!

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Home School Room Design Board

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We actually got to relax and explore our city a little which was a nice change of pace.

Today I wanted to share with you a design board that I created for an amazing friend of mine. She is a mother of four and is currently home schooling two children so I really wanted to do something for her. She is an incredible mom and teacher and I am in awe of how well she does both. And, did I mention that her kids are like little baby Einteins!?!?

They just moved into a new home that is perfect for their family but it is a DIY work in progress. They’ve done so much already, painted cabinets and walls, but with the school year approaching they wanted to focus on their new home school room.

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The room is in the front of the home when you walk in so it has to be organized and pretty yet still fun and playful for the kiddos. We’re also going to use a lot existing furnishings and accessories so that is exciting for this DIY girl!

When I started the board I was excited but nervous because I’ve never designed this type of room before. But I’m fresh off completing my studio office makeover so at least I was in ‘workspace’ mode :) You can see my office reveal here.

 I knew when I found out we would be working on the home school room that I’d draw my inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers EVER: The Handmade Home. Ashley and Jamin created a stunning and creative room for home schooling their own children and I’ve loved it since the first time I saw it. You can read about it here.

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Our color palette is going to be a little more muted than our board shows, more like Ashley and Jamin’s space, but I think we’re off to a good start!

I’m also drawing inspiration from the DIY pegboard that Katie from Punk Projects created. Check out how she made hers here. You gotta love a functional pegboard painted super cute!

What do you think? Do you think design boards are helpful when trying to pull a room together? If so you’re in luck because I have some BIG news coming soon!

I’m going to be launching my eDesign services in the next few weeks so if you have a space in your home that’s just stuck in a rut and need some inspiration make sure to check back. Or you can email me if you’re interested in more information and/or getting on my list! You can check out a few more of my designs on my pinterest board.

Also, I’ll be giving a huge discount to the first few clients that sign up so if you don’t want to miss the updates make sure to subscribe to get my posts and announcements delivered to your email. Just fill out your email in the box at the top right of this page. Once you do that you will need to confirm your email so make sure to check your inbox!

On Wednesday my Home Depot Style Challenge post goes live so come back to see what we’ve been working on!

Have a great week friends!

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The Story Of Our Fur Babies

Happy Friday Friends!

I’m popping in to let you know that I’m hanging out with my dear friend Julia of Cuckoo 4 Design today! I had the great pleasure of meeting Julia in person last weekend at Haven and she was as sweet and adorable as I knew she would be!

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So head over to Cuckoo 4 Design and check out Julia’s style. You will not want to miss her cross wall hallway and her dining room and abstract art gallery wall. Actually just tour her whole home, you won’t be disappointed!!

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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My Broken Shoe & Other Haven Mishaps

Hello friends! I took a much needed break from the blog this weekend while I attended the Haven Conference in Atlanta. Haven is a DIY/home design blogging conference that happens every year and I’ve been dying to attend!

I know there are so many Haven posts filling up blogland right now but to be honest I’m still too overwhelmed to write an informative post. So like any newbie Haven attendee would do, I’m going to share some conference bloopers!

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To start the journey I had strategically planned to have my hair blow dried at one of my favorite salons. I scheduled the appointment for 10am with plans to leave between 10:30am-11am with my friend and travel buddy, Mallory, from Charming in Charlotte. And if you haven’t found her blog yet it’s a must read y’all! Mal rocks!

The stylist was great and VERY thorough but I didn’t pull out of the salon until after 11:15am. And of course after Mallory picked me up she had already gotten coffee so I had to make her stop for me :)

I thought my day would turn around after the coffee…well…

I had planned on bringing my roomies a little gift (for putting up with my frantic self) and even though it was on my list along with a notebook, a good bag to carry all of the awesome swag, etc, I realized I never made them. I was stressing about it because I really wanted to do something but my roomies were so gracious! I’m not really sure what I did end up packing that was on my list other than way to many clothes!

We finally make it to Atlanta and couldn’t be more excited. Since we were “drivers” to the conference we lugged in our 2 (I mean 15) bags, got through the check-in lines and headed to our room. The rest of the day went pretty smoothly but I was a bit of a bumbling idiot which I guess is really not that unusual for me.

I woke up the next morning with such hopeful ambition. I knew the day would be jam packed with informative session and it started out great…until I realized that my fly (yes the zipper on my pants, sorry is that TMI?) had been down for about three hours. I’m talking, white skinny jeans and black zipper with a shirt that didn’t quite cover. You feel me? I’m not one to get embarrassed too easily so I brushed it off zipped it up and kept moving.

During the conference a handful of bloggers were chosen to participate in a coffee table challenge where we had 10 minutes to pick accessories and style a coffee table in front of other attendees. Just shortly before the challenge I had to run to the room to use the bathroom and grab some more business card.

So, I’m riding the elevator up to the 7th floor and by about floor 4 I realize I’m almost alone in the elevator with the one and only Mandi from Vintage Revivals (who is just the sweetest by the way!). Mandi was incredibly friendly and started chatting with me right away. Then she asked me for my card and with shrunken shoulders I had to tell her I was out. I mean REALLY?!?!?! I eventually found Mandi again after her awesome session and brought her my card and we chatted for a minute. She could not have been more sweet and humble!

Red faced as I was I made it to my room where of course my key wouldn’t work. At this point I only had about 7 minutes to get downstairs for the style challenge. So without cards I headed back down to use the restroom and get to the challenge.

As I was walking towards the auditorium I made a funny step and felt a pop in my shoe. Would you believe that the strap on my adorably cute silver wedges broke (sorry mom, these were yours!). Yep! Broken shoe and all I’m off to the coffee table challenge to run hobble back and forth from the table to where the accessories were under a time limit. At this point I’m screaming in my head, RRREEEAAALLLYYY?!?!

Here is our team and table. We didn’t win the challenge but I thought it turned out pretty well regardless!

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From left to right:

Life on Viriginia Street, Windgate Lane, Sand and Sisal, Our Rosey Life, Me

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Needles to say I was completely frazzled for the first 24 hours so I apologize to any of you that I met and chatted with and probably made no sense whatsoever.

Despite all of this I met so many bloggers whom I’ve connected with and can now call true friends as well as many new ones!

There are so many more but here are a few of the great friends I met!!!

Sorry for the iPhone pics, I never even pulled out my other camera :(

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From left to right:

Me, The White Buffalo Styling Co., Cuckoo 4 Design, The Chronicles of Home, A Home Full of Color, The Thriftress, Primitive and Proper

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From left to right:

Blue I Style, Me, Tiny Sidekick, Upcycled Treasures

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From left to right:

The White Buffalo Styling Co., Iron & Twine

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Me and Charming in Charlotte with Whitney and Erin from the awesome Home Depot Team! Their booth was so creative and I love seeing several of my projects hanging on the Instagram wall!

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From left to right,

Me, The White Buffalo Styling Co., Charming in Charlotte

I loved so many things about the conference ~ the sessions, meeting sponsors, chatting with everyone ~ but my favorite part was meeting so many beautiful and talented friends. Some that I know I’ll be friends with for a lifetime!

Now, I’m ready to hit the ground running and use all of this new found knowledge to bring you an even better Simple Stylings blog!

Lots of exciting stuff to come, I wish I could spill all the beans now!

Home Depot Style Challenge posts are starting to go live this week so I’ll let you know as soon as our game is posted!

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