My collection of plates and tea cups started when I threw a tea party baby shower for my friend, Nicola, a whole decade ago! Over the years, I have added more treasures to my collection, and I love the stories … Continue reading
Category Archives: Art
Your Home is Your Canvas – Inspirations for Custom Art
I want each item in my home to be meaningful, and custom canvas art is a wonderful way to personalize a space. I’m sharing four custom canvas ideas that I’ve used in my home. This includes several original projects as … Continue reading
A Timeless Sideboard Styled Five Ways
We recently moved into our new house, and I’ve been busy arranging and re-arranging things to get us settled. In this process, I was fortunate to receive a beautiful new sideboard cabinet from Hernest.com. This item was generously gifted, but … Continue reading
Design Crush – Lucy Interiors
Oh wow, I am in love with the work of Lucy Penfield of Lucy Interior Design! She can execute a beautiful modern or bohemian room, but what I’m particularly smitten with is her ability to create space that has the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, casual and elegant, all full of whimsy and personality. This balance is what I am striving for in our home, and I am soaking up all the inspiration!
Here are my favorite elements of her designs:
- A warm neutral base with walls, ceiling, and trim in a warm white, leaving lots of open space
- Architectural details like beams and arches, and window seats
- Black accents, such as hardware or black window and door frames
- Natural mid-tone wood floors and other natural materials like rattan and bamboo
- Bright jewel-tone accents in navy, teal, pinks, kelly green, yellow, and orange
- Color is introduced through art, wallpaper, throw pillows, and patterned rugs
- Vintage pieces from my favorite styles like mid-century modern and Hollywood glam
- Fresh flowers and plants
This style is exemplified by her Highland Park Bungalow and Romantic Urban projects, as well as the Lake Cottage. I would happily move into any of these gorgeous spaces! Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics that capture that beautiful and unique blend of styles.
Isn’t this all fabulous?! I have always wondered if my blend of styles might be too scattered, but I love seeing how it is possible to bring together traditional and contemporary elements to create beautiful spaces. So inspired!
Julie AKA “Jewels”
IKEA Hack Dining Hutch and Home Bar
My brain has a tendency to look at furniture and think, “What else could this be?” Our family has been on a journey this past year – we wanted to move houses, and logistically, it worked best for us to … Continue reading
More! Bigger! Shibori-Dyed Zipper Pouches
Are you looking for some DIY gift ideas? I had so much fun making the shibori-dyed zipper pouches for holiday gifts a few years ago that I decided to do this project again this time with larger pouches. The small size … Continue reading
Rainbow Scrap Quilts
There’s a mini baby boom going on in my work family. For our last work baby boom, I made these “stacked coins” quilts. Looking for a new pattern, I adapted a rainbow sampler quilt pattern into a simpler rainbow scrap … Continue reading
Marble-painted Christmas Ornaments
So, with this being a low-key Christmas, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do new craft projects – I mean, other than the pastel Christmas village I made way back in January (dorky!) But blame Pinterest, I got the idea for these pretty marble-painted ornaments!
I used the tutorial from the Creativity Exchange as inspiration, and I adapted it to some clear plastic ornaments I already had.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Clear glass or plastic ornaments. I had these two-piece ornaments in the house already, but if you are starting from scratch, this style with the opening at the top will be easier to use and give a more polished finished product
- Craft paints. You’ll need the most of the white color. I used three different colors for each ornament – white, a color, and a metallic paint
- skewer or toothpick to mix the colors
- Ribbon or ornament hanger
Here’s how to do it:
- Squeeze a small amount of paint into your ornament (I put some in each side of the two-piece ornaments) – mostly white, with a bit of a color and a bit of metallic paint
- To create flecks of color, you can splatter some paint (mine happened naturally, when I was at the end of a jar of paint, and it came out in small amounts) and let it dry a couple of minutes before starting to swirl the paint
- Use a wooden skewer or toothpick to swirl the paints gently – don’t overmix, as the colors will continue to marble in the next steps
- For the two-piece ornaments, I closed the ornament and slowly rotated it to let the paint marble. To let the paint slowly fill the open areas, I rested the ornaments on top of my paint bottles, with the open area at the bottom. For the one-piece ornaments, after rotating a few times, you can rest it upside down over a paper cup to let the extra paint drip out
- Once my two-piece ornaments were completely painted, I opened them back up to let the paint try, careful to keep the two matching halves together
- Once your paint is dry, you can reassemble your ornaments and add a hanger!
- I love that this is one of those projects where every result is different, and you can’t go wrong!
Here are some pictures of the finished ornaments. Looking forward to putting together our pastel-and-metallic Christmas decorations soon!
Julie aka “Jewels”
Pastel Christmas Village
So, I actually did this project in January, being the Christmas decorating nerd that I am. It’s strange to think of all the things that have happened this year since I started planning our Christmas decorations. It will be our … Continue reading
Nightstands with Faux Bone Inlay Stencils
Here is the third and final (for now) installment of my dresser painting trilogy. First was the mid-century dresser; next came the faux campaign dresser; and last but not least is this faux bone inlay project! If you are thinking … Continue reading