Thursday, October 30, 2014

Color-Happy Bedrooms with Hometalk


It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of color when it comes to decorating, per my home tour, so when Hometalk asked me to curate a board featuring some of my favorite 'color-happy' bedrooms from their site, I got to clipping!  

If your bedroom is looking a little drab and is in need of a little pick-me-up, nothing does the trick quite like a splash of color!  These colorful bedrooms make a statement without sacrificing the elements of comfort and relaxation that every bedroom needs. Brightly colored pillows and decorative accents are perfect (and inexpensive!) ways to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room.  [Notice that most of the walls and bedding are white in these rooms] For more colorful ideas, be sure to check out my picks here

For those of you that might be unfamiliar Hometalk, it's a site where homeowners, bloggers, and professionals alike can go to search for ideas, tips, and share their experiences on topics ranging from home decor and DIY  to gardening and home renovations.   Have a question or need advice on an upcoming project?  There are skilled professionals and experts in various fields available to answer and questions you might have!  With over a million members, Hometalk is chocked full of project ideas, decorating tips, and DIYs to try! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Day Austin: No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas


This morning I was back at FOX 7's Good Day Austin, sharing some fun & simple ways to dress up your pumpkins for fall--that don't require carving!  In case you missed this morning's segment [or aren't in the viewing area!] click below for the video.  For more information on each project featured, see the links below.  Enjoy!

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What I Wore: Shirt: Gap  //  Skirt: Diane Von Furstenburg [on sale!]  //  Necklace: Baublebar [on sale!]
Ring: Kendra Scott  //  Watch: Michael Kors [shop the look below!]

Studded Pumpkins  //  For the full tutorial, see my post here.

Sequined Pumpkin  // For the step-by-step instructions for this sparkler, see my full post here.

Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin  // Treat [don't trick!] your dinner guests to a delicious meal for your spooky soiree!  Find out how to create this one here.

Rhinestone 'BOO' Pumpkin  //  I simply purchased peel-and-stick letters [currently 60% off!] from Michael's, and voila!

Drip Paint Pumpkins  // These pumpkins were extremely easy and the DIY was by far  one of my most re-pinned Halloween pins, so I wanted to recreate it for myself! See it here.

Duct Tape Pumpkin  //  This one couldn't be easier! For the full tutorial, see last week's post here.

Click the images to shop my look!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Spray Paint & Chardonnay on The Everygirl

photography: Kelly Rucker
Yesterday, The Everygirl [one of my fave blogs] featured my home tour, and to say it was a 'pinch me' moment would be an understatement.  I was so elated to share my humble little abode with The Everygirl readers, and to have it photographed by the ever-so-talented Kelly Rucker was the cherry on top! 

For the full home tour, be sure to check out their post here.  Also, head over to Kelly's blog for even more gorgeous photos from our shoot! 

Thanks to everyone for their sweet comments and messages yesterday! It means more than you know!

photography: Kelly Rucker
photography: Kelly Rucker
photography: Kelly Rucker
photography: Kelly Rucker

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY: Duct Tape Pumpkin

Yes, you read that correctly--duct tape.  The other morning on the Today Show, Family Fun Magazine shared some kid and budget friendly Halloween party ideas, one of which included a "disco ball pumpkin" using squares of silver duct tape on a plain orange pumpkin.  As soon as I heard 'duct tape,' I immediately started thinking of ways I could decorate a pumpkin of my own--but with a more 'chic' grown up look.  I started digging through my craft drawers, and enter GOLD DUCT TAPE! [I swear, whoever invented gold duct tape must be my soul mate.]
- Pumpkin [faux is my fave!]
- Spray paint
- Gold duct tape [available at most office supply or craft stores]
- Parchment paper
- Scissors
First, in a well-ventilated area, spray paint your pumpkin.  I did two coats, letting my pumpkin dry completely between coats.

While your pumpkin is drying, pull out about one foot of your gold duct tape and adhere to a piece of parchment paper.  This will make the tape much easier to cut and won't gunk up your scissors.  I chose triangles for this pumpkin, but you can cut your tape in whatever shape you choose.  Once your pieces are cut, they'll easily peel off the parchment paper just like a sticker. [Thanks Family Fun Magazine for the most ingenious ideas. Ever.]

Once your pumpkin is dry, start placing your 'stickers.'  I originally started with a more tribal design, but after playing around with layout, I ended up with this more geometric look.  Luckily, the duct tape easily peels up [without removing paint!], so you can move your stickers around until you get a design you like.

Who knew that spray paint and duct tape could produce something so chic?!?  For more chic Halloween and fall decor ideas, make sure you're following along on Pinterest!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY: Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin

Chalkboard paint seems to be everywhere these days, so why not put it on your pumpkin!?!  The options are endless as to what you can write on them once they're painted, but for this pumpkin, I chose to write out a very spooky menu for a Halloween-themed dinner party.  This would also be a great option for Thanksgiving dinner or any fall gathering--just swap out the Buffalo Bat Wings for some good ol' turkey and stuffing!
- Pumpkin [again, I used a faux pumpkin so that I can get multiple uses out of it]
- Black chalkboard paint
- Paint brush or sponge brush
- Chalk
- Chalkboard marker
Paint your pumpkin with two coats of chalkboard paint, let your pumpkin dry completely between coats.  Once your second coat has completely dried, lightly rub chalk over your pumpkin and wipe off to 'prime' the surface.  Then, using the chalkboard board marker, write your menu.  The chalkboard marker should easily wipe off, allowing you to use your pumpkin for any and all fall occasions!

SHOPBOP Friends + Family Sale

Suffering from those 'Post 3-Day Weekend Blues'?  Well, turn that frown upside down, because Shopbop is giving you something to smile about -- their Friends + Family sale!  Take 25% off sitewide* with code FAMILY25 now through October 16th!  It's like Christmas has come early! Speaking of Christmas [I know, I know, we haven't even gotten to Halloween yet...], Shopbop not only has an insane collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, but did you know that they also have an awesome selection of home goods and gifts?  Designer candles and coffee table books make great Christmas gifts, especially when they're 25% off! [Sale ends 10/16, 11:59pm EST]

Click below to shop my picks:


*Brand exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Columbus Day Sales

The temperature is finally starting to drop, so take advantage of some of these great Columbus Day sales to prep your wardrobe for fall! Sweaters and coats and tall boots, oh my!  Click the store names to shop the sales.  Scroll below to see my sale picks!

Banana Republic  //  40% off your purchase, use code BRWEEKEND at checkout. [exclusions applys, ends 10/13]

Club Monaco  //  Extra 30% off sale + 40% off clearance, use code FALLSALE at checkout. [ends 10/13]

J. Crew Factory  //  50% off entire site, no code necessary. [ends 10/12]

Forever21  //  Take an extra 30% off sale, use code TAKE30 at checkout. [ends 10/19]

Gap  //  Buy 1+ items, 20% off;  Buy 3+ items, 30% off;  Buy 5+ items, 40% off.  Use code NEWOUTFIT at checkout. [ends 10/11]

Lands' End  //  25% off entire order, use code COOL + Pin: 1652 at checkout. [ends 10/13]

LOFT  //  50% off everything, excluding sale.  Use code OURTREAT at checkout.

Macy's  //  20% off, use code FALL at checkout.  [ends 10/13]

Madewell  //  30% off fall-ready styles, use code OHFALL at checkout. [ends 10/13]

Old Navy  //  Up to 50% off everything in stores and online, no code necessary.  Save an additional 15% on your purchase with code ONSAVENOW.

Piperlime  //  20% your purchase, use code FALL20 at checkout.  [ends 10/13]

Williams-Sonoma  //  20% off, use code SAVE20 at checkout. [ends 10/13]