Obsessing Over White Brick Fireplaces...

 

More and more people are saying goodbye to their drab, dingy, brick fireplaces and painting them white. I love a painted white fireplace...it freshens and brightens and leaves you with a beautiful blank canvas to style anyway you please! Here are just a few of my favorite looks.... Loving this all-white room and the arched detailing on the fireplace...

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Fireplace05

Beautiful hardwood floors against the contrasting white background...

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Fireplace04

Are you noticing the trend here? White fireplace + white walls = perfection!

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Fireplace03

Once again....

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Fireplace02

It's nice to know that a $20 can of paint and a little DIY can really purify a space. Are you contemplating painting your fireplace? I say go for it!!

 

A Baby Boy's Nursery...

 

A few weeks ago (6 to be exact!) I got an email from a Mommy-to-be who asked me if I would help her with her soon to be baby boy's nursery. I was thrilled as I had not yet had the opportunity to style a nursery! However her and her husband were due to move into their new home, settle in, and have their first baby all in less than 6 weeks! I was excited and nervous all at the same time, but I couldn't help but wonder, ummm, what happens if she goes into early labor?!?! What if this baby has to come home to an insufficient nursery?!?! Well, I am happy to announce that the nursery is complete (with the exception of a few empty picture frames) just in time! The proud parents welcomed their baby boy last Thursday!

Nursery After
Nursery After

DIY: I constructed a series of 3 of these elephants out of polka dotted craft paper and hung with a chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon...

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Nursery After 10

This stylish mirror from Z Gallerie is versatile enough to be used for years to come...

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Nursery After 9
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Nursery After 8
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Nursery After 7

Grommet top drapes.....very appropriate for a baby boy!

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Nursery After 6

Welcome home baby Luke!!!

 

Quick and Easy DIY Window Shade

 

After posting, "Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete," I received several emails regarding the fabric shade over the kitchen sink. Most of you wanted to know where I purchased it, but truth be told, I made it! A couple of months ago I was perusing through one of my favorite design blogs emilyaclark.blogspot.com. Emily is an incredibly talented Home Stylist with many crafty DIY ideas...but this one in particular really captured my attention, and I just knew I needed to try it myself!

During the process of our kitchen remodel we decided to remove the previous shutter over the kitchen sink as it was hindering the amount of natural light we acquired. I still wanted some sort of a window covering for privacy, but I preferred something less obstructive and with a little more character. I knew this would be the perfect time to try out Emily's "Easy (and inexpensive) DIY Fabric Roller Shade."

So I purchased a roller shade from Home Depot for about $9 along with a yard of patterned fabric for about $12 and put myself to work! First, I cleared off a work space on my kitchen floor, unrolled the shade and placed the fabric underneath it. I then proceeded to trim the sides of the fabric to a width that is about 2" wider than the shade.

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DIY Fabric Shade 1

A great big thank you, once again, to the talented Emily Clark for inspiring me to take on this project! It was fun and easy, and I am thrilled with the end result!