Friday, March 29, 2013

I sewed something (curtains for the guest bedroom)

Jake bought me a sewing machine for Christmas.  It was high on my wish list and I was so happy to have it....but then it sat....unused....for the past 3 months. Womp womp womp.  But then, the other day, I got the courage to test my sewing skills and actually make something!

I bought this beautiful fabric from Loom Decor a while back.  It's a beautiful linen blend and the colors are fabulous. But at $28/yard (and as a novice sewer), I was super nervous to take needle and thread to it.

{Image from Loom Decor}

But alas, it was time.  I sort of promised you back at the end of January that I would have the guest bedroom finished in a couple of weeks time (deep belly laugh) and using this fabric to make curtains is one of those things that needs to be completed so I can finish.  Here's a reminder of the most recent guest bedroom mood board I created:

So I did it.  I pretty much followed this awesome tutorial from Design Sponge.  I used a little less than 5 yards of fabric to make 2 curtain panels.  I need to make 2 more panels so I just put in another fabric order.  I'm pretty happy with how they came out.  If you look really closely, my stitches aren't perfectly straight, but who's gonna look that closely?

The fabric matches really nicely with the wall color (Restoration Hardware Silver Sage color-matched to BM paint). I left the length of the panels a little long.  It adds some nice layering and is cozy for a bedroom.  With any luck, I'll get started painting the Ikea Hemnes nightstands this week.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter if you celebrate!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Home Office Mood Board (Girly and Glam)

Did you know that Olioboard sponsors fun design challenges where you create an olioboard based on a theme and/or product?  If you like creating mood boards, you should definitely check it out.  This week I decided to take part in their Home Office Design Challenge and I created a trendy, girly, workspace for deux.

I am in love with the desk, the sconces, the mirror, and those black and white stripes!  I wanted to design a space that was sophisticated and stylish but with a punch of fun.  I love incorporating a pop of bright color into my designs.

For a complete source list, follow me on Olioboard under homewithbaxter.  Of course, I'd love your votes in the design challenge too.  You can vote here.

I'm also partying over at Design Your Dwelling for her weekly mood board link party.  Grab your mood boards and head on over!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

I'm looking for a mirror for above the sink in our half bathroom.  I'm not looking for a traditional bathroom mirror, but something unique that will bring some personality into the space. Personality in the pooper room is a must (yep, I said that).  During my search I came across a lot of cool mirrors.  Unfortunately most of them won't work for one reason or another, but maybe there's a wall in your house calling their names?

{Atoll Rectangular Mirror - Ballard Designs}

{Bone Arched Mirror - Ballard Designs}

{Entwined Fleur De Lis Mirror - Ballard Designs}

{Dartmouth Mirror - Ballard Designs}

{D'orsay Mirror - Ballard Designs}

{Odessa Mirror - Ballard Designs}

{Segovia Whitewashed Mirror - World Market}

{Fretwork Wall Mirror - West Elm}

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kitchen Table, Shelves, and Light Fixture

Hi guys!  Sorry it's been a week since my last post...time is just getting away from me these days. Hello to my new Bloglovin followers!  I just added a button to my sidebar to make it easier if you want to follow me that way.

Okay, so now a quick kitchen update!  I got my butt in gear and installed open shelving next to the stove, a new light fixture over the island, and put together a new kitchen table from Ikea.  

I went with the Holman Shelves from Pottery Barn.  Total rip off, I know, but the dimensions were right, they come primed and ready to paint, and they're deep enough to hold some dishes. I haven't painted them yet (contemplating same color as cabinets or something fun), but they still look alright.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you some of my favorite lighting options for the kitchen.  I decided on the Eldridge Pendant Light from Ballard Designs for above the island and I love love love it! We had a little fiasco installing it because we cut the electrical cords too short (doh!), but it's finally up. It's a nice big light, but not visually obstructive because of the glass pains.  One of my biggest peeves is not being able to clearly see someone standing on the other side of the island.

And lastly, our new kitchen table. We bought the Hajdeby table from Ikea (sorry, but I can't find a link to it online).  It's the perfect size for our small little nook and I think it only cost $130. For chairs, we just brought in some extras from our dining room  (they are the Vintner Black Side Chairs from Crate&Barrel and match both tables so we can move them around as needed).  I wanted to break up the darkness of the furniture, so I bought the coordinating seat cushions in ivory. I love the little ribbon ties and they feel good on the tush. I'm on the lookout for a 5-6' round rug to go under the table, so if you have any suggestions, I'll gladly take them!  I'm thinking either natural/jute or something bright and fun.

Happy first day of Spring tomorrow.  We just got about a foot of snow today.  Someone's cruel idea of a joke?  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

E-Design: Living Room Update

I had the pleasure of working on a Decor To-Go project for an e-design client who wanted to give her dated living room a modern update.  To stay budget conscious, she wanted to incorporate her existing sofas into the design. She also gave me the added challenge of working around some beautiful antiques that have been in her husband's family.

She loved the look of this Trellis rug from West Elm (no longer available) and wanted to use grays, blues, and golds in the room.

I found a similar rug at RugsUSA on sale for 50% off that worked into her budget.

{Image from here}
Using this rug as a starting point, I picked out new paint colors, pillows, accessories, lamps, and a new mirror.  I also selected fabric for her to reupholster a rocking chair and make a throw pillow.

She has beautiful built-ins along one entire wall of her living room.  To make them more of a feature, I suggested she paint the back a deep blue/gray. Baskets provide texture and hidden storage.

Interested in online design services?

E-Design packages starting at $75.
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Check out my other mood boards here and here.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Kitchen Lighting

Hey there!  I'm sorry it's been quiet over here.  Life has been a little crazy the past month and posting just wasn't a priority, but I'm hoping I'm back with some regularity.

Last week I shared some pictures of our almost finished kitchen and bathroom.  Welp, now it's time to work on those finishing touches!  One of those finishing touches is lighting.  We need new fixtures for above the island, sink, breakfast table, and hallway.

Shades of Light, Ballard Designs, and Pottery Barn have some amazing options right now.  I put together a board of my favorites.  Now I just need to bite the bullet and pick some!

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