I’ll Be Honest

Hello there,

Here’s a confession:

Sometimes I think I would trade having children
for having an amazing in home library,
perfectly organized craft room,
and an office with a view.
Then I remember I don’t have to choose.
Thank goodness.

xoxo,
-E

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DIY Modern Slip Cover


Super Easy DIY Tailored Slip Cover

Hello Lovelies,

I couldn’t help but share this link. I found it featured on Huff-post and it definitely belongs in your DIY toolbox. It’s perfect for thrift store finds, and easy enough for non-seamstresses to tackle. Totally worth checking out and bookmarking!

xoxo,
-E

DIY: Have a Seat, Put Up Your Feet

Hello Lovely Readers,

Here is a super cute DIY perfect for dorms, apartments, lounges and all. Turn everyday crates into extra seating, or a storage ottoman with a couple easy steps. Definitely Read her directions because she had a little slip up that makes or breaks these cuties as extra-storage.


Enjoy!

xoxo,
-E

Money in the Bank: A Metallic DIY Makeover

Hello Lovelies,

I’ve finally decided on my decor scheme for my dorm in the fall. I’m thinking dark blue and marigold with white, gold and silver accents. Sort of Parisian meets eclectic.  This is a huge leap from my grey and white with lavender, black and avocado scheme from last year and I’m on a budget.  Needless to say, I’ve got some major DIY-ing ahead of me.

I started today with transforming this little pot bank I got in middle school to something a little more grown up. It used to have a star handle on the cork top, but it came off ages ago.  I decided to paint the little pot silver and decorate the top with discarded broken jewelry and a few pretty buttons.

First I took off the lid and wrapped it in a plastic bag, I twisted the bottom so it would be pulled tight and wouldn’t cover the areas I’m trying to paint.

 

  

Then I dusted off the little pot and gave it two coats of  Krylon Indoor Silver Metallic spray paint. What I love about Krylon is it’s super fast drying. I waited about five minutes and it was done drying and I took it on inside and got out my handy dandy hot-glue gun.

Before I glued anything down I tried out a few different positions for the jewelry and planned out the best way to arrange and glue it. The topping is just a broken pearl american eagle necklace, a lonesome rose forever21 earring, one lonesome gold rose button, a raised disco-esque lone button and the heart pendants from another broken ae necklace. I’m considering monograming it, but I’m a bit worried about my shaky hands ruining it. :( All in all I’m smitten with the turnout, I wish I could get a better picture of the finished project.

xoxo,
-E

Dorm Daze

Hello all,

I know it’s early, I don’t go back to school until August, but I’m pretty excited. I’ve got a new space, all too myself (that’s right no roommate) and to boot, it’s not a shoe box (not that my room last year was, it was actually pretty lovely.. but anyways). Hard wood floors, two large windows, a nook for my bed, (or desk and bookshelf) I can’t decide… and a wing-back chair I’m upholstering and bringing along. It all spells out a space worth getting excited for.

If only I could decide on my style path. I’ve lingered on eclectic colorful, lush blush, country cozy, and some sort of vintagey-jewel toned thing I haven’t gotten a name for yet. However, nothing is sticking quite yet. So I thought I’d share a bit of inspiration I’ve been eyeing.


Clean lines, romantic arches, idle floral prints, eclectic frame collections, marigold and rose and muted pastels. They’ve got my head simply spinning.

What to you think? Got a favorite style or go to palate? Help me out! leave it below!

xoxo,
-E

(all photos from apartment therapy)

Dorm Decisions

Rug: Ikea,   Art:Etsy, Duvet:Ikea, Lamp:Target, Towels:Target, Basket:Target, Floor Pillows: Urban Outfitters,  Large Throw Pillows: Etsy, Floral Throw Pillow: Ikea

A little advice…

#1 Don’t feel like you have to buy everything from the prefab dorm area in Target, Walmart, Kmart.. etc. Do take advantage of the steals in these areas though! You know what I’m talking about, all discount stores have them, entire areas devoted to the average American teen dorm room, where they have the same three lamps, bed spreads, and cube ottomans in nine different colors. Not only will you get bored looking at an entire room of lime green basics, your room will also be twins with the five kids down the hall.  You want your space to be personalized to you! Not a different colored clone of 478,438,457 other incoming freshman.

#2 Do invest in creature comforts! Book lovers bring your books, fashion addicts bring your magazines, constant crafters bring your supplies. You won’t feel at home if you left a huge part of yourself back with the rents. Believe me, you’ll make room.

#3 Don’t forget the little things. You remembered the laundry bag and the trash can, but did you remember detergent and trashbags? Here’s an ultimate packing list, use your own judgement though, there’s a couple things on this list ( hot plate, iron) that most universities don’t allow. Rainboots! Do not forget them!

Alright, that’s all for now, but I’ll be giving more tips and tidbits through out the summer to help you guys get prepared for the begining of the best part of your life so far!

xoxo,
-E