Thanks to my latest house project, I have a sense of giddiness whenever I walk through my front door. I now have a designated place to put shoes, jackets and bags when I get home from a busy day. Organization makes me happy, especially when it looks this good.
To start out this project, I screwed strips of wood straight onto the drywall with a 2 x 0.5” piece at the top that acts as a shallow shelf (to place artwork or picture frames). I then painted the wood and the drywall a very light grey—almost white. I put an IKEA Expedit shelf on it’s side to provide seating and a place for shoes. On the coat closet doors I used the same light grey paint on the lower halves and a mint color on the top (same as the front door). The strip in between the colors is the original, unpainted wood. I found a unique, vintage chandelier on Etsy from this shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/smilemercantile. It has mid-century modern character, which matches the rest of my house. Plus it’s made of brass which I think is a popular material and it’s pretty. To finish off the entryway I added frames with photos of the coolest places I’ve been to remind me that traveling is awesome, but nothing beats coming home.
If you are looking for a project to spruce up your home, the entryway is a great place to start. It’s the first thing you see when you enter your home and the last thing you see when you leave, so putting your touch on it is important in providing inspiration for the rest of the house.
Owning a home seems to get more fun every day. Here are a few projects that have happened around my house lately.
#1 Painting built-ins in the bedroom. It’s amazing how a little paint and some accessories can change the mood of a room.
#2 Paneling in the living room. Now, it isn’t really actual paneling (don’t tell), but it looks just as good. 🙂
This is indeed the coolest project I’ve ever worked on—the holiday campaign for Miller Brooks. More to come!
A couple of weeks ago I was a part of the 13th annual Miller Brooks Cook for the Cure® Benefiting Susan G. Komen® Central Indiana. Through these events, Miller Brooks has raised over $125,000 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. This year, the Miller Brooks staff formed 4 teams and faced-off in an epic sandwich smack down. Each team cooked up 2 different types of sandwiches, a side, and a drink. Then guests voted for their favorite.
As part of the event, each team created a unique identity. I designed the identity and signage for my team, “Damsels of Delish.” Having all female members, we went with a dainty, elegant look. Our sandwiches were small ones that belong in a tea party (we had tea too). I chose to use simple line work to design a logo with a swirly motif similar to the pattern that you might find in a lace tablecloth, while also incorporating our commodities: tea and sandwiches.
My husband and I recently bought our first house and I’ve been filling my spare time with house projects. My favorite project so far is my chalk board wall. I painted a wall in the center of the house with chalk board paint from Lowes. I did two coats of paint and it worked well. To completely erase chalk I have to use a wet rag, but the paint has been holding up really well.
The other day I was searching for a desktop wallpaper with the September calendar on it. I couldn’t find one that I really liked so I made my own. Then I thought, maybe other people are searching for something like this. So I’m sharing it with YOU!
I designed these invitations for my friend’s wedding! I utilized the hand-lettering that I’ve been practicing.
I’ve started reading a book about hand-lettering. I have always wanted to learn how to do this and get good at it, so I’m going to try. Here is my first official attempt at it. I’ll hopefully be posting better stuff as I learn and practice.