Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

Happy Friday! I’m actually about to head into a working weekend with two full days spent at the pottery studio. Our community space is holding a weekend-long workshop for intermediate potters, so I’ll be there working away on a few new-to-me techniques.

I’ll try my best to document some of the action on my Instagram Stories (when my hands aren’t covered in wet clay, that is!), so make sure you’re following me over in that space if you want a peek into the event. In the meantime, keep scrolling for a handful of links to cool projects and articles.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

1. I’ve lately been trying to add more sustainability to our routine, so this coffee sock caught my eye. I just started using the organic cotton reusable coffee filter with my pour-over dripper, and it has been a game-changer because it means I don’t have to use disposable paper filters anymore.

2. Speaking of sustainability, I got lots of good inspiration from this article all about creating better money habits over time.

3. Isn’t this DIY modern trellis project so clever?! I’m not sure if I have a good enough green thumb to give it a shot, but maybe I could use it with faux greenery. Is that too tacky? What if I just leave it out during the sunny, hot months? I can’t decide.

4. This small bath makeover might just be the prettiest one of 2019. The pink paneling steals the show in the very best way possible.

5. One recent upgrade we made in our own small bathroom was a new towel holder. I finally took down the old towel bar we inherited from the previous homeowners, and put up this sleek wood peg rail instead. I also grabbed these towels (they have handy cotton hanging loops) to go with it. This turned out to be such a simple and inexpensive update!

6. Have you thought about upgrading your closet organization ahead of the summer-to-fall wardrobe transition? Our how-to tutorial for installing one by yourself might be all the motivation you need.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

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How to Upgrade Your IKEA BILLSTA Table

You know by now that I’m a pretty big fan of Ikea hacks, right? That particular Big Box store has so many amazing deals on furniture, but the truth is that the most cost effective pieces in their collection are kind of on the bland side. They fit our meager budget, definitely, but are they show-stopping? Not really. They usually come out of the box in plain white or done in the most boring wood finish you can imagine, and there’s nothing particularly interesting about their silhouettes either.

To cut to the chase, I’m specifically talking about Ikea’s Billsta Table. The super simple shape of this round pedestal table is practically begging for some kind of DIY treatment, so I worked up a fun new tutorial for Hunker that will help you up-cycle your own Billsta Table using…yup, you guessed it…wood dowels!

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

The coolest part about this tutorial is that you can undo the look if you change your mind later on. So, say you want to paint the entire thing a sleek matte black, or you just decide you’re over the rounded texture of the dowels. If that’s the case in a year or two, I’ll show you how to dismantle the dowel detail without damaging your Billsta Table. Want to find out how? Click over to Hunker here to see the tutorial in action.

DIY Midcentury-Inspired Wood Slat Coffee Table

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Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

Now, I know I recently declared that minimalism is just a little too far over my head to be achievable in real life, but that doesn’t mean it’s a concept I’m ruling out when it comes to physically shopping for a room makeover or refresh.

At this point, I’m the first to admit that my style of minimalism just isn’t all that minimal. The thing is, though, as long as I keep the principals of this type of design in mind, I’m much more likely to keep my buying to a minimum.

That, to me, is really what it’s all about anyway, so I’ve rounded up a list of 12 decorative accents that, when considered each on its own, could stand out on just about any tabletop in your home—be it a low dresser, the table by your couch, or even a simple bathroom shelf.

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup:

1. White/Pine Digital Alarm Clock ($20)

2. Concrete Table Desk Lamp ($44)

3. Loop Candleholder ($50)

4. Coiled Rope Tapered Basket ($9)

5. Leather Round Serving Tray ($36)

6. Baies/Berries Scented Candle ($36)

7. Faux Marble Wedge Frame ($13)

8. Ula Table Lamp ($330)

9. 2 Brass Taper Candle Holders ($26)

10. Rilynn Statue ($161)

11. Terracotta Candle ($17)

12. Bluetooth Speaker with Clock ($50)

Which is your favorite item from the list? And do you think you could keep your shopping to just one item? I realize that it might seem counterintuitive to share a list of a dozen new things to buy, but if you look at the list as a whole, you might end up missing my point.

I love the concept of choosing just one extra special piece to bring into a home—something that can satisfy your love for good design, and inspire you to love what you already have, too. That’s why I pulled together this curated list of simple, neutral pieces. Nothing is so bold that it can’t work with the pieces you already have, but every single thing on that list above is special enough to elevate not just the look of your space—it will perk up the mood of your home, too! Now, to me, that’s smart shopping…

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

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From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone

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*This post has been sponsored by Church & Dwight Co., Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s probably pretty obvious that I’m passionate about good design at home. I try my best to carefully consider just about everything that we bring in through the front door, making sure that it’s something that will add to our space—not detract from it. Big box stores know me by sight at this point because returns are sort of the norm for me. If it’s not a good fit, it goes right back to the store!

And, while it might be a little more information than you need this early in the morning, that logic even goes for cat litter! For years (and I mean decades), I’ve always used the same run-of-the-mill cat litter. Our cats—both our current trio and the kitties I had growing up as a kid—have always used clumping litter from one specific brand, so that’s what I kept up with into my adulthood. Then, very randomly a few months ago, I decided to make a switch.

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I decided to stick with clumping litter since I didn’t want to throw our gals for a loop, but I had gotten so sick of the layers of dust that would build up in the room where we kept the litter box that I was drawn in by the 100% dust-free formula of the new Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter from ARM & HAMMER™.

It has now been two months since I bought the litter from the pet aisle at Kroger, and I’m a true convert. It really is 100% dust-free, so you can breathe easy. Plus, I no longer have to wipe down nearby furniture (ew!). This litter reduces airborne dander and other nasties when you scoop, and it’s free from heavy perfumes—having just a light hypoallergenic scent.

I know I’m getting a little wordy, but I wanted to make sure I introduced the story as thoroughly as possible. Today’s post is sponsored by the company behind ARM & HAMMER™ Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter, but I had already made the permanent switch over to their product long before I received an invitation to be a partner with them.

Anyway, to celebrate our partnership, I decided to go really big by turning an ugly closet in our basement into a dust-free pet zone. See the before/after photos below, and make sure you take advantage of Kroger Pickup to find extra savings for yourself!

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The closet in question was in our basement under the stairs. We hadn’t touched it since moving in four years ago, so it still had the same stained bare drywall, raw concrete floors, and dusty old shelves. I’ve always just used the closet as a hideaway spot for boxes filled with craft supplies, and, of course, our extra cat litter box. It worked, but it was far from pretty. Like, really far.

I’ve wanted to give the closet a facelift for years but since I only ever went in there to scoop litter or grab an armload of craft supplies, I wanted that facelift to cost me very little money and take very little time to pull off. While I could have skim-coated the walls to make them smooth and rebuilt the shelves to look nice and custom, I just didn’t want to get that involved. My main goal was to retain the function but make it a small space I wouldn’t mind wandering into from time to time (read: that wouldn’t make me scowl and want to run right back up the stairs).

After lots of brainstorming, I decided on this plan of action: (1) paint the bare drywall white, (2) spray the exposed pipe on the left a nice modern matte black, and (3) cover the raw concrete with fun patterned peel-and-stick vinyl tile. I also thought I’d bring in some faux greenery and rattan textures, plus a new-to-us vintage rug to help breathe personality into the space. The finishing touch was an upgraded white litter box and a pet house for the corner of the closet.

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Honestly, the hardest part of this entire makeover was the painting. It’s difficult to avoid covering your entire body (and head of hair) with paint when crouched down in an awkward closet like ours, so I was a mess by the time both coats of paint were done. The difference in the closet, though, was worth every ounce of effort.

As you can see, I didn’t patch up any of the seams or cover any holes in the wall—I just painted right over the bare drywall as it was—but the fresh white paint helped hide all of the old water stains and brightened the closet, too. I could have stopped there, but I wanted to tackle the floors before bringing in any accessories and storage boxes.

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From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

Can you believe the difference that new peel-and-stick floor made?! The new vinyl tiles helped finish off the closet perfectly, and made a bigger impact than I could have ever anticipated. The best news of all is that I was able to lay it down right over the exposed concrete floors in less than an hour with John’s help.

Truth be told, the instructions on the box of tiles said to prime any concrete surfaces before laying them down but since we barely ever actually stand on this floor, I figured it was okay to skip that step in the interest of time and energy. If you plan to use the same type of tile in a higher traffic area of your home, definitely make sure you follow the installation instructions and prime your floors first. I just wanted to bring that out into the open before I got lots of questions in the comments! Despite the lack of primer, our tiles are holding up just fine so far.

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The final step in this closet makeover project was to bring in the accents and décor. I spent an hour or so tweaking every detail, and now I finally feel like it’s perfect. The best news of all is that our pets love it, too. The closet has been done for about a week at this point and whenever I can’t find one of our cats, I almost always discover them lazing around in their new hideaway.

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From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

Of course, the ARM & HAMMER™ Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter is another big hit in this project, but I already knew that was going to be the case. The modern rounded litter box I found online was the perfect way to contain the litter, and the litter itself has done an excellent job containing what goes on inside the box (TMI but true!). It also comes in 2 sizes (14lb. and 19lb.), perfect for any household!

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From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

From Basement Closet, To Dust-Free Pet Zone | dreamgreendiy.com + @armandhammer #AD

Can you believe the before-and-after difference? That one photo above is a tiny bit of a stretch from the truth because I Photoshopped the ugly pipe out just to see how it might look but even with the pipe, the freshly designed room still takes me by surprise. I’m kicking myself for not doing the project sooner, but I’m glad that it provided the perfect opportunity to team up with a brand that our household already uses and trusts.

Grab your own box of ARM & HAMMER™ Cloud Control™ Clumping Litter in the pet aisle at your local Kroger or Kroger banner stores, and don’t forget to find savings using Kroger Grocery Pickup. Now, shout out in the comments below with any questions you might have or tell us about a closet you’ve been meaning to make over in your house!

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Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

One of the more frequent requests I get over on Instagram when I open up the floor for blog post ideas is a quick rundown of interior photography tips. I am, by no means, a professional photographer, and I just learned as I went over the past eight years of documenting our home for Dream Green DIY. That said, I’m more than willing to share all of those tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

If you’re interested in a deeper dive, I would suggest investing in an online course that will give you more in-depth instructions for taking better photos. It took me at least a year to feel confortable enough to shoot in manual mode on my camera, but I haven’t looked back since I made the switch. I feel like shooting in manual mode gives you so much more control over your photography, and opens the door to tons of creativity, too.

However, I don’t really feel comfortable enough to teach you how to actually go manual. The good news is that these tips I share below (specifically for shooting in low light interior spaces) could be the perfect stepping stone to take you into manual mode on your camera.

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Choose Your Time Wisely

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that you’ve heard shooting interior spaces with natural light is your best bet for a crisp, clean, bright image. So, with that in mind, choose your photoshoot time wisely. Get to know the times of day when it’s best to shoot a certain room.

For example, I know that I have to shoot any master bedroom photos between 8:00am and 10:00am because that’s when the sun shines through the side windows of our house. Conversely, the office and guest room, both on the opposite side of our home, get the best light after 6:00pm.

No matter where a room is in your house, there’s always a “best” time to shoot it based on the natural light it gets (with the exception of window-less spaces, of course). Observe the rooms in your house over the course of a week and make note of the optimal times to shoot them so you can get the brightest images possible.

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Turn The Lights On

For those rooms that don’t have any natural light to speak of (ex. a window-less bathroom or laundry room), you’ll have to make do with overhead artificial lighting. I used to think these types of spaces just weren’t photograph-able because of the lack of natural light, but I’ve learned over the years that artificial lighting can work to your advantage if you know how to edit the photos in post-production.

Our bathrooms are the number one culprit in this category. Neither one has a window, so I have to rely entirely on overhead fixtures. I shoot the space with all the lights on to ensure as much even lighting as possible (although you won’t be able to avoid shadows entirely, unfortunately), and then I tweak the photos in Lightroom after the fact.

I think the biggest thing to be prepared for when shooting low light spaces using artificial light bulbs is an overall “off” color tone. It depends on the temperature of your bulbs, but your photos will probably look really oversaturated and unnaturally orange. To fix this, I actually use the auto white balance setting in Lightroom. With one click, I can often get rid of all the orange glow from the photo, but it does sometimes overcompensate by turning the photo very blue.

After auto-balancing the color, I can make tiny tweaks to the image (adding back some warm tones, increasing the purple to desaturate it a little more) until it looks soft and inviting. All this to say that overhead lighting really can be your pal!

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Use A Tripod

Now, let’s say you have a space that has natural light to speak of, but not very much of it. These types of spaces are perfect for a tripod since you can slow the shutter speed way, way down in order to allow the maximum amount of light to get into your camera. I know I’ve just officially gone into “Manual Mode” language, so feel free to rely on those first two tips mentioned above until you’ve had time to take a course!

For those of you who already use this mode and feel comfortable manipulating the shutter speed on your camera, I couldn’t recommend a tripod more. There’s just no way you could hold a camera steady enough on your own. I also feel like a camera remote is a necessary investment since any movement on the camera at all when using a slow shutter speed (like your finger pressing the trigger) could result in a blurry photo.

Here’s how to do it. Set your camera on the tripod, situate it in a place to capture the spot you want, set your camera on a 2-second delay timer controlled by your remote, step back, and press the button on your remote to engage the timer. Don’t move or even breathe until that shutter closes back up! I’ve literally taken a step too soon toward the camera before the shutter was closed, and gotten a blurry photo because my feet made the floor (and camera) shake just a little bit. It’s that sensitive.

Ultimately, a tripod is the ideal way to maximize small doses of natural light when photographing a space.

Tips For Photographing Low Light InteriorsTips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

Bump Up The ISO On Your Camera

Again, this trick will have you branching out into manual mode on your camera, but it’s the method I use most often these days to combat photography in a dark space. If you bump up the ISO on your camera, you’ll be able to increase the sensitivity of the image sensor so you can get brighter images, even in low light interior spaces.

The only caveat is that you’ll decrease the quality of your final image. You’ll end up with a slightly grainy photograph. Some photographers do this on purpose to achieve a bit of a vintage effect on their images, and I personally love the look, too! It’s just something to keep in mind when you start manipulating the ISO on your camera.

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

This is a topic that I could clearly go on and on about, and I was so excited to find out that it interested you guys, too. Photography is never something I thought I’d have the opportunity to get into, but this job opened the door for an ultra deep dive down into the craft. I consider it a lucky perk since it’s now one of my favorite things to do on a weekly basis.

Feel free to leave any lingering questions below, and if you have an online or in-person photography class to recommend, do tell in the comments!

Tips For Photographing Low Light Interiors

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 66

Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

Happy Friday! I hope you guys enjoyed a great week. Mine was a bit of a roller coaster with unexpected urgent emails popping up in my inbox and my schedule got thrown off more than once, leaving me feeling a little scattered.

But today I’m ditching my office a little early for a work lunch with two Instagram-turned-real-life friends, so I’m sure a long break with those two ladies will help me recharge and recenter. Keep scrolling for all the interesting things I happened to come across this past week!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 66

1. Three Birds Renovation recently launched a new project on YouTube, and it’s stunning. They’ve only revealed a handful of spaces so far, but if the rest of the home turns out anything like the first batch of finished rooms, then I know it’s going to be a new favorite.

2. Another recent find on YouTube is violette _fr. Her videos are mostly beauty-related in case that’s of interest to you, but if nothing else, her lovely French accent is worth tuning into all on its own.

3. Speaking of beauty, my friend Tiffany just got me into ILIA’s Color Haze Pigment. I love that it’s multi-use, so you can put it to work adding color to your cheeks and lips. For those ultra hot summer days when you want to wear as little makeup as possible, this could be the perfect one-and-done type of product.

4. Moving on to home décor, have you heard that Sarah just came out with a new DIY interior design book?! I was so honored to lend my voice to the back cover of the book, and meant every word of my quote: you’ll come away from it with so many creative ideas! Grab your copy of Big Style in Small Spaces this way.

5. You’ll hear a lot more about his art soon on the blog, but I’m kiiiiind of obsessed with Jan Skácelík. I hung three of his graphic color block pieces in our bedroom, and am already looking for other rooms that I can fill with his art because I love it so much.

6. I don’t understand a word in this foreign language before/after room makeover post, but the pictures speak volumes. I love the idea of DIYing a bold color pattern like that on our own white walls!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

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Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-Century Dresser

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

It’s not all that often that I get the chance to buy new (read: vintage) furniture for our home since I made a vow a few years back to limit my antique shopping. We’ve had the same secondhand collection of furniture for years and years, and I’m very much okay with that. I appreciate that our home is filled with, more or less, one-of-a-kind treasures, and I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve learned to love what we already have instead of going out and filling my car with antiques just because I felt like it. That’s major progress, people!

Even still, I’m not cutting myself off “cold turkey” from shopping for antique furniture. I’m allowing myself a couple of loopholes, one of which is if a piece isn’t quite up to snuff anymore. In other words, the quality of the item leaves a little to be desired. I still love the vintage chairs, dressers, and cabinets we bought seven or eight years ago, but back then I didn’t have much of a budget to speak of, so I looked past squeaky drawers, chipped tabletops, and less-than-pristine finish work.

Now as 30-somethings, both John and I want more out of our furniture. We want them to be beautiful and functional. We want to invest a little more money into pieces that feel like they’re heirloom quality. I will absolutely always have a mix of both in our house because, of course, I’m not rich by any means, and that’s a-okay by me. But I think it will be fun to search for vintage furniture over the next decade or so that will add a bit of sophistication to our home. Do you know what I mean? I hope so!

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Anyway, all that to say that we recently added a new-to-us mid-century dresser to our bedroom collection, and I’m excited to finally share the story behind it. Following what I explained above, John and I decided that it was time to let go of the old painted mid-century dresser that we had had for almost a decade—long before we even got married. It was beautiful, for sure, but I had watched John struggle to open the painted drawers for far too long, so I suggested we sell it and get something a little higher end for him to use every day.

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

I spotted the new dresser you see in today’s post on Facebook Marketplace as part of a set of three: a lowboy dresser, a tall dresser, and a headboard. I didn’t really have a need for all three items, so I messaged the seller asking if she’d be willing to separate the collection. She was, although I ended up having to pay a little extra to get it done.

This solid wood piece is exactly the type of thing I was envisioning, though, and, happily, John loves it, too. It’s not painted, which is something I was hoping for, and it also is a closer match to the tall dresser my dad built for me that I use every day. We especially love the beveled detailing on the front of the dresser, and the fact that it packs lots of storage—nine drawers in all!

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Even though it’s a gorgeous piece, it wasn’t totally perfect right off the bat. If you click this link, you’ll see the dresser in its original state. We appreciate that it came with a mirror, but it was a little low for everyday use, so once we got the dresser home, we carefully removed the mirror and put it in storage. We might end up deciding to put it back on later, but for now we love having a large piece of DIY art (more on that another day!) hung above the dresser.

We also loved the original hardware on the long drawers, but not so much the middle ones. The old circle drawer pulls had come loose over the years and inevitably spun around too many times, leaving behind deep round scratches on the wooden faces of the drawers. The old circle handles were also a little traditional for our taste (again, see the original look here).

So, first, I removed the old handles, and then ordered new matte black ones to go in their place. To hide the scratches on the faces of the drawers, I sandwiched gold-painted metal washers behind the new black pulls. The washers aren’t quite big enough to cover the scratches entirely, as you’ll see in the photo above, but this quick fix will work until I have time to refinish the drawer fronts properly later on down the line.

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

So, what do you think? Are you as much a fan of our new-to-us upgraded mid-century dresser? And if you’ve been antique furniture shopping lately, what types of pieces have been at the top of your wishlist?

Secondhand Score: Traditional Mid-century Dresser

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My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques

My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques

Welcome back from the long holiday weekend! If you celebrated here in the states, I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. We spent our own time with family drinking wine, watching fireworks, and eating yummy cookout food, as is tradition for Independence Day. It was a fabulous break, but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.

Now that I’m all rested up after my mini vacation, I’ve set my sights on a few new projects around the house. Namely, a big reorganization and purge. We don’t have much room for new treasures in our house right now, which actually is the perfect push I need to go through our items and give them a good hard look.

Do we really need extra lamps, art, and past DIY crafts sitting in storage in the basement, just waiting for the right spot somewhere in the house? I’m starting to think “no.” I really actually do shop through my hoard of extra treasures in the basement when I want to refresh a room, but having something on hand when the mood strikes (IF the mood strikes!) is no longer worth the stress I feel opening the door to our basement and seeing piles of displaced décor.

I think my new priority for the month of July is to go through our items and trash what needs to be trashed, donate what needs to be donated, and I’m even thinking about selling the rest! Which brings me to today’s post topic: have you ever sold antique items online before? I love looking at mid-century antiques on Etsy just for fun, which makes me think that it might be worth looking into an online retail space of my own to sell my hoard of vintage pieces that we no longer have a use for.

The only problem is that, during the course of researching Etsy as an option for selling my stuff, I get distracted by all the things I’d like to buy! Don’t worry. I’ve been able to resist the urge so far, but in the meantime, I thought it might be fun to share all of the things I’ve got on my Etsy wish-list right now.

My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques:

1. Abstract Patterned Danish Style Table Lamps

2. Mid-Century Modern Bassett Credenza

3. Vintage Pasadena Moire Kyes Serving Tray

4. Pair of Mid-Century Planters

5. Vintage Bennington Potters Trigger Handle Mug

6. Pair of Mid-Century Walnut Wood Candle Holders

7. Restored Mid-Century Modern Walnut Lowboy with Flared Legs

8. Vintage Cathrineholm Mustard and White Enamel Lotus Bowl

9. Dark Westnofa Maroon Brown Leather Reclining Armchair with Matching Ottoman

10. Atomic Era Mid-Century Modern Lamp

11. Marcel Breuer Style Cantilever Chrome and Cane Chair

12. Mid-Century Teak Bird and Fish Wall Art

The best part about having a dream list like this is that it’s more great motivation to get serious about purging what we already have. Knowing that pretty treasures like those above are up for grabs makes me want to be extra cut-throat with our current hoard. Who knows—if I sell enough of our existing collection, maybe I’ll make enough money and enough room for just one of those items from my wishlist…What’s your favorite thing on the list?

My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques

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Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Well, I think it’s pretty safe to say that my love affair with minimalism is on the outs. I still love the look in other people’s homes, but I’ve come to realize that it’s a lot harder to execute in real life than I thought it would be. I just don’t think I’m cut out for it, and our latest painting project is all the proof you probably need on that score.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Case in point, I’m so excited to finally unveil our brand new dark green painted feature wall! This color has taken our dining room from “afterthought” to “focal point,” and it took just a couple of hours to do.

The color is “Cascades” from Sherwin Williams, and was actually a last-minute choice. I went into the store having every intention of purchasing a gallon of “Mount Etna” paint because of a post I spotted on the blog Chris Loves Julia. When I saw it in person at Sherwin Williams, though, it just felt very gray—not the rich dark blue/green that John and I were hoping for.

So, I ultimately went off a paint chip pulled right from the rack at the paint store. I know that’s kind of a no-no in the design world (picking paint on impulse without testing it first), but I’m more of a “jump in with both feet” type of gal. I trust my gut, and it was telling me to go with a paint that had more color to it.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

The new paint color on the feature wall actually reads very saturated and blue in these blog photos. It was a bright, sunny day when I snapped these pictures, and the sunshine on the wall really made it pop in camera. That said, it’s a little more subdued, and definitely much darker and true green in person. I just wanted to mention that in case you were thinking about trying it in your own space.

We decided to go with such a dark color for a couple of reasons. First, like I mentioned above, this particular wall gets a huge dose of light throughout the day, so we knew the sunshine would help naturally brighten it up. Second, we were hoping the new rich jewel tone would help define the architecture of the wall itself.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

As you can see in those photos above, this wall actually has a really cool built-in transom cut-out at the top. That negative space by the ceiling allows the kitchen (which is behind the wall) to get a little more natural light than it would otherwise. When the wall was painted the original white color, that architectural highlight was totally lost. Now it screams for attention thanks to the new dark green “frame” around it.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

RESOURCES: Rug // Dark Paint // White Paint // Macrame Table Runner // Similar Chandelier // Grape Wood Branch // Figure Painting Print // Portrait Painting Print // Carpet // Handmade Ceramics

The rug is another new addition, and another big departure from my self-professed minimalist ways. After we finished painting the wall dark green, I felt like the room looked a little off balance. So, I snagged a new rug (on super sale last month from Target) to put under the dining room table. All my fellow color-theory-lovers out there will know that red is a complementary color to green, so the dark earthy palette of the rug was the perfect way to offset the new green wall.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

I’m definitely ditching my minimalist ways in a big, big way with this dining room update, but it feels so much more “me.” I don’t know if that means I was never meant for minimalism, or maybe it’s just my innate love for change. Either way, I’m so into the bohemian vibes of our new dining room space, and can’t wait to consider other maximalist changes I could make throughout our house over the course of the summer.

What do you think? Are you as into this bold new paint color as I am? Or would you have kept things bright white and simple? I’d also love to hear what color you’d use on a feature wall in your own space, so do tell in the comments below.

Painting A Moody Dark Green Feature Wall

P.S. Just a little housekeeping update that I’m taking the rest of the week off to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with friends and family. Feel free to follow along with my behind-the-scenes antics on Instagram this way!

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Amazon Home Décor I Don’t Have Room For

Amazon Home Décor I Don't Have Room For

Did you hear?! I had our home professionally photographed last week for a home tour feature that’s coming down the pipeline later this summer! I shared a few pretty major sneak peeks from the day over on Instagram (click here to follow along with me if you’d like!), but this was, overall, just a great chance to document the big changes we’ve made around the house since our last home tour went live last August. We’ve switched out our couch, moved chairs and art all over the place, not to mention the addition of a pretty bold paint color in the dining room.

At any rate, things are looking quite a bit different around these parts, and it was so much fun getting to document them in a big way with a professional photoshoot. Before the big day, though, I was running from room to room like mad trying to prep the house for its close-up. I made more purchases than I probably ought to admit to, but I also managed to stem the tide a little bit by deciding against some new things that we didn’t really need—I know better than to buy something just for a pretty photo if we’re not going to use it in day-to-day life.

Just because we couldn’t use it, though, doesn’t mean that you can’t! For that reason, I rounded up a big list of all the décor, lighting, and textiles that made it onto my wishlist but not into our actual home. Everything is from Amazon, so all you fellow Prime members out there can get free shipping on most of these goodies, too!

My Amazon Home Décor Wishlist:

1. Shibori Pillow Cover

2. Brass Finished Taper Candle Holders

3. Tripod Standing Floor Lamp

4. Small Bottle Grinder Set

5. Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

6. 6-Feet Olive Silk Tree

7. Tribal Bohemian Area Rug

8. Modern Wall-Mounted Coat and Hat Rack

9. Modern Ceramic Triangle Pot

10. Leather Ottoman Footstool

11. Striped Dinner Napkins

12. Acacia Wood Cutting Board

Do you have a favorite from that list? I think mine is that Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. I had spotted it in a photo while scrolling Instagram a few weeks ago, and just couldn’t get it out of my head. It’s got such great retro flair, but we already have plenty of speakers throughout our house, so in my shopping cart it stayed.

Let me know what caught your eye from my Amazon wishlist in the comments below, and stay tuned for the big reveal of our 2019 home tour in just a few more weeks!

Amazon Home Décor I Don't Have Room For

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