Living room

The Finished Remodel

I can’t believe I neglected to ever share the end of our remodel! Seeing as how we were remodeling the entire time I was pregnant with Maggie and we finished just…

Living room

I can’t believe I neglected to ever share the end of our remodel! Seeing as how we were remodeling the entire time I was pregnant with Maggie and we finished just a couple of weeks before she was born, I feel like I get a pass. But nonetheless, I wanted to share some photos of the finished product. We still have one more phase to go, in which we’ll add a bathroom to the master bedroom, but that’s probably down the line a bit. For now, the main portion of the house is all new and we couldn’t be happier. So read on for some before and after photos (because you know I love a good before and after!).

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DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to…

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to do a faux stained glass treatment on our sliding barn door in the studio forever, and was totally chicken to go for it. But I just dove in and tried it and good news! It’s way easier than I thought it would be. It’s such a cool way to update glass, mirrors, windows — anything that wants a little color. And it’s temporary, so you apartment dwellers can get in on the action too. It’s a pretty, colorful DIY that’ll make you feel like a total professional.

Materials

  • glass window, door, or mirror
  • colored window film (we got ours here, ordered by the foot)
  • squeegee
  • spray bottle
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
  • hard straight edge tool, like a scraper or similar
  • razor blade
  • paper towels

Make Time: 15 Minutes per color panel

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Note: We deviate slightly from the instructions on the site where we purchased the color window film. Trial and error led us to this method; be sure to review their instructions as well!

Step 1: Mix up your spray solution. Add one tablespoon of baby shampoo to a spray bottle and fill with water. Clean all of your glass surfaces completely.

Step 2: Carefully peel off the clear liner from your window film. Spray the side of the colored film from which you just removed the liner.

Step 3: Place the wet side of the film onto your glass. Slide into place as best you can; it’s easiest to line up at a corner if you have one.

Step 4: Spray the film again so that the squeegee will slide across the surface. Squeegee the film to start adhering it to the glass and working any bubbles out.

Step 5: Use your straight edge tool to press the film into the corners of your glass or window. Once you’ve got it pressed into the corners, take your razor and slide it along the straight edge of the tool. Work the tool and the razor all the way along the edge of your glass until all of the excess film is cut away. Note: Be careful not to let the film slide around as you are squeegeeing and cutting.

Step 6: Spray the film again and squeegee again. Use the straight edge tool if needed, to work any bubbles out. Take your paper towel and press outward along all edges to be sure that they are adhered, and to soak up excess spray solution.

I am so pumped on this colorful update! It’s still a bit surprising every time I look over at the studio door, but I love the blast of color. And I’m also still so pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. I’ll keep you updated on how the window film wears after some time – so far so good! xoxo

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

The Best Gold Desk Supplies

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more gold. I’m sure one day gold will be out and silver will be back in, but I’m still fully and…

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more gold. I’m sure one day gold will be out and silver will be back in, but I’m still fully and completely riding the gold train. And every single time I go to target I get suckered into buying some cute new gold tchotchke, usually for my desk. So in an effort to stop buying all the gold desk supplies, I’m sharing them here instead. Check out the things that I definitely did not buy this week.

Or if you’re looking for a golden desk DIY, you could probably make this gold polka dot mousepad or this little marbled golden pencil cup from our archives! Stay golden, y’all. xoxo

Gold desk supplies

LampFile folderStaplerTape dispenserBusiness card holderMail sorterScissorsTacks and clips.

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put…

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put some of what we were working with onto something physical, instead of it just living in the computer. I had a big blank table runner and a dining room that needed a splash of color, so I think you can see where this is heading. I love this project because it packs a lot of color and is kind of so simple you can’t go wrong. So pick your favorite colors and let’s get to it!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner tutorial

Step 1: Lay out some cardboard or newspaper to act as a backdrop and catch any stray brushes of paint. Place the table runner on top.

Step 2: Choose your colors. We chose three colors for the large painted pieces (yellow, aqua, dark pink) and two for the accents (light pink, navy).

Step 3: Use your main colors to paint some abstract splotches on the length of the runner. Use one main color to paint the largest splotches. Use a secondary color to paint a few smaller ones, and a tertiary color to sprinkle in here and there.

Step 4: Once dry, use your two accent colors to paint some strips of smaller, abstract dots. We layered the light pink over the dark pink, and put the navy in at random.

Step 5: Let dry and place it on your table.

I also love that this is a sneaky little preview of what the new blog design has in store! You’ll probably notice some familiar themes once we relaunch, which should be soon. And in the meantime, my dining room table is a lot more cheerful with all of this color splashed around on it! xoxo

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of…

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs
How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of those projects that just never happened. Well, two years and two kids later the fabric on the chairs was looking way less than fresh so I decided it was finally time. It was so easy I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t done it sooner! So here’s how you can recover your kitchen chairs in less than an hour.

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill

Make Time: 15 Minutes per chair

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Step 1: Remove the seat from the chair using the drill. You can either remove their fabric covers or cover over the existing fabric.

Step 2: Lay your fabric out on a table, right side down. Place the seat on the fabric, also right side down.

Step 3: Cut around the seat, leaving a 2-3 inch extra allowance on all sides (more for a thicker cushion.

Step 4: Begin stapling your fabric. Pull taut and staple along two opposing sides. Then smooth, pull taut again and staple along the other two opposing sides. Finally, fold the corners down flat, smooth the excess fabric, and staple the corners.

Step 5: Reattach the seat to the chair frame.

Yeah! Love this little refresher in our kitchen. It’s also nice because the pattern hides spills by a certain toddler who shall remain nameless… The jury is still out on whether I LOVE love the fabric — I might switch it out again for something else one day. But right now the splash of orange and pink is pretty fun. Hope you try this one out! xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Print

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool,…

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool, so this is what we came up with. We had all of the supplies, so it didn’t cost a cent! If you’ve got your gold leaf materials and some old frames laying around, you can do it too.

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes per Frame

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Step 1: Use a paintbrush to splatter or drip gold leaf adhesive on a piece of cardstock.

Step 2: Allow the adhesive to dry for a minute or so, until the adhesive is tacky but not wet. If you have lots of adhesive pooling, gently dab it with a tissue to soak up a little excess. Be careful not to smudge the glue. Place gold leaf over all of the adhesive and smooth it down with a soft, dry paintbrush to be sure it adheres.

Step 3: Use a stiff paintbrush to buff off the excess gold leaf.

Step 4: Place the finished product in a frame and hang it up!

Love how these look all hung up together. I feel like this technique would be SUPER cool on a large-scale canvas, hanging over a mantle or something. Would you try it?  xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Obviously I love to DIY. But I have to admit, I was totally scared stiff when it came to installing wallpaper for the first time. It’s so daunting! Ryan and I…

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

Obviously I love to DIY. But I have to admit, I was totally scared stiff when it came to installing wallpaper for the first time. It’s so daunting! Ryan and I really wanted to use wallpaper in a couple of choice spots in the house. And while the idea of the finished product got me totally pumped, I was really wondering whether we’d be able to pull it off ourselves. We had found a couple of papers that we really loved from Murals Wallpaper (remember the flamingos in the nursery?!) and we got the itch to try tackling it ourselves so we just went for it. Luckily this particular wallpaper came with its own set of thorough instructions and didn’t seem nearly as scary as a lot of the stuff I was reading online. And when we saw the tropical leaves on this wallpaper print I couldn’t get them out of my head. It had to happen! So we dove in.

Murals Wallpaper actually prints your wallpaper to the right dimensions for your wall, so right off the bat you eliminate a whole bunch of guesswork or overbuying what you’ll need. That was a big head start. We mostly followed their instructions for the general installation, but we did learn a couple of tricks along the way that helped us expedite our process, so I thought I’d share! And just so you know — get a friend. This is definitely a two-person job!

Start by trimming the white edges at the printed trim lines. It helps if you have a nice wide open space, so clear out the floor or a large table in the room where you’ll be working. Then flip your first wallpaper panel over and dampen the back side with a wet sponge. You’ll want to hang it after about 10 minutes of being damp.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

While the wallpaper is sitting and soaking the water, start applying your wallpaper adhesive to the walls. (Here’s where the process differs from lots of other wallpapers we researched — the adhesive goes right on the wall.) Roll or brush on a coat of adhesive in the area where your panel will go up. When the adhesive is on, apply your first panel to the wall. Be careful that you hang your first one (especially) straight — use a level or a plumb line to ensure that you’ve got it nice and even. Smooth the wallpaper on the adhesive. The Murals Wallpaper pieces come with some extra pattern printed on all sides for overlap, so once the first piece is hung use a razor blade to cut into the corners and cut away the excess. You can use a straight edge like a yardstick or a ruler to press the paper into a corner while you cut. Also cut away any paper that is covering light switches, etc.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Once the first panel is up and trimmed, use a squeegee or a similar flat-edged tool to smooth out any air bubbles. Smooth them toward the outside edges of the wallpaper. If any excess glue seeps out, wipe it away quickly with a damp cloth. Start the process again with your next panel. When you’re hanging your next panel on the wall, you’ll have to make sure that the patterns match up as you hang. There will be some overlap in the pattern; this is okay. Get this next panel hung and adhered. If you’re hanging around a window or a closet, it’s easiest to hang the full panel and then trim the general window area with scissors, being careful not to leave a couple of extra inches around the window frame to work with. Once the paper is adhered, use the same razor technique as you did in the corners to trim around the window.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Then you’ll need to go back and trim your overlapped spots. Use a straight edge and cut the two overlapped papers, being careful not to cut too far to one side or the other — you want to cut in the middle of where they’re overlapped. Remove the excess paper from both sides. Then use a seam rolling tool (we used a brayer) to roll over the seam and ensure that it’s nice and flat. Repeat the process with every new panel of paper until your wall is covered!

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Weeeeeeee did it! I can’t believe we did it but we did it. And we’re still married. And truly, it wasn’t that scary. Okay, the first panel was scary but once you develop a system and start working with the materials a little bit you definitely get the hang of it. Have you ever wallpapered? Would  you ever wallpaper? Big thanks to Murals Wallpaper for helping us get over our DIY fears! xoxo

Product for this post graciously provided by Murals Wallpaper.

Black and White Bathroom

The Studio Bathroom (and Sources!)

It’s SO exciting to start seeing rooms in the house and new studio getting finished one by one. I think the bathroom in the studio might have been the first…

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

It’s SO exciting to start seeing rooms in the house and new studio getting finished one by one. I think the bathroom in the studio might have been the first to be entirely complete, and I’m so happy to finally be able to share it! It went from a teensy tiny half bathroom to a larger space attached to the studio and doubling as a guest bath if we have a visitor. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the entire bathroom used to occupy the space that is now just the shower. So, yay.

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

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We wanted an airy feeling space with lots of contrast, so we went with large black hex tile on the floor which we carried into the shower floor as well. Pretty much everything else is white, with gold fixtures and little pops of color. The light in the room is so pretty in the morning!

Read on for more photos and sources on just about everything. Hope you like it! Not gonna lie, I feel like I’m going to a spa when I get ready in this bathroom. xoxo

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom

Floor Tile. Bullnose Tile.  Shower Tile. Vanity and Cabinet. Sink Faucet/Shower Fixtures/Towel Racks/Hooks (Delta Trinsic Collection in Champagne Bronze). Sconces. Mirror. Towels. Bunny Clock. Ampersand Dish.

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

The New Studio Tour

Guys guys guys. When I look back at the evolution of the workspaces where I’ve had Lovely Indeed, it’s kind of insane. We started in our 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment, where…

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Guys guys guys. When I look back at the evolution of the workspaces where I’ve had Lovely Indeed, it’s kind of insane. We started in our 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment, where I had a laptop and a foldaway counter next to a 18″ window. Then we expanded to a makeshift work area in half of our living room in our LA apartment. Next came an extra bedroom converted into an office in our current house. And when we moved into that bedroom I was thrilled! I felt like a freaking queen and I never imagined we could outgrow it. Cut to a couple months later with me banging my head against the wall wishing for more space, more storage, more light, more everything. And so the great home studio renovation got under way, and we had the chance to make ourselves a space exactly how we wanted it.

I can’t tell you how refreshing and inspiring it is to work in the new space. It actually used to be our garage, with a little extra added space. We wanted it to feel as open and airy as possible, so we kept the ceilings vaulted and put in just about as many windows as was feasible. Everything got a fresh coat of white paint, so it’s like living inside a pretty lightbox.

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

We wanted a massive amount of storage for supplies and props, so we had a bank of cabinets built, along with a sink, counter, lower cabinets, and an upper shelf. That, along with our desks and some of our old IKEA furniture is, so far, more storage than we know what to do with.  It’s a dream.

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

We also wanted a little seating area for meetings, relaxing, brainstorming, and more. Rugs Plus sent the most amazing area rug — I’d been wanting a Moroccan rug but all of the ones I was coming across shed like crazy. This one is soft, just the right amount of shaggy, and doesn’t shed an ounce. Perfect. Topped it with the trusty yellow couch and this faux marble table and it’s a good little seating spot.

For flooring, I wanted something light and bright but didn’t want to go the direction of the all-white floors that lots of studios have. It is, after all, part of our home, and it should feel that way. So we opted for a laminate flooring in a pale, washed out wood color. It’s great for shooting and is super easy to clean, which is key. The walls pretty much stay white and empty to allow for lots of different areas to shoot. It’s incredible to have a space that’s ready to go at a moment’s notice!

So, so excited to finally be able to share the space with y’all! We spend a lot of time in here, and I’m so grateful that we have this space to do what we do. See below for a few more sources – and if you have a question about something that’s not listed, let us know in the comments and we’ll share the info! xoxo

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Bright, Colorful, Happy Studio Office

Yellow Couch / Marble Table / Arm Chair / Round Gold Shelf / Gold Faucet / Cabinet Pulls / Weekending Print / Blue Rolling Cart

Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl’s Nursery

Oh man, it’s finally done! I was kind of worried Baby Girl would get here and we wouldn’t have a single diaper unpacked because for the longest time her nursery…

Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery

Oh man, it’s finally done! I was kind of worried Baby Girl would get here and we wouldn’t have a single diaper unpacked because for the longest time her nursery was a storage room for extra furniture while the remodel was raging. But we got her little room all put together and I’ve been pretty excited to share it here! We mentioned a while back that we had our eye on some flamingo wallpaper, and we fully committed. It’s a flamingo party in here, gang. I love it!

This was Henry’s old room, and we had a pale blue wall painted in it for him. Initially we were going to paint it white but once we got the flamingos up it looked pretty fun together! So we left it and added some mint and darker green touches to balance out all the pink. The flamingo wallpaper is from Murals Wallpaper‘s Tropical Collection. And we actually did it ourselves. It was our first time wallpapering and I was totally scared, but after we hung the first section we got into a groove. We’re planning on wallpapering the kitchen, too, and we’ll have a whole how-to post coming up! I kind of can’t wait because I love the flamingos and the stuff we got from Murals Wallpaper is even better. (If that’s possible.) Eeee!

Baby Girl Nursery

I loved the rocker we got for Henry’s room (and have spent many an hour in it), but this time around we wanted a rocker-recliner so we found this one. Super comfy. The crib is the Babyletto Origami Mini Crib, and is just big enough for Baby Girl while Henry is finishing up using his crib. We’re also planning on having it in our bedroom to use as a co-sleeper while she’s brand-new, to make it double duty.

Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery

Land of Nod was kind enough to send a few fun finishing things to spruce up the place — why do they have the cutest kid stuff in the world? I can’t stand it. The lamp might be my favorite, and the fact that it matches the finials on the curtain rod. The little mint Felix chair is adorable in there, too, although Henry keeps trying to claim it as his own. 😉 We included their Funslide print in a little collection of art on Baby Girl’s wall, next to a couple of my own photos and a print that we got on a trip to Mexico. The little globe pulls on the closet door and throw pillows are Nod, too. I swear, I would just as easily put all of their pieces in my own room.

Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery

I made a quick little garland for the blue wall out of some faux greenery (inspired by this one!). And we found some great changing pad covers thanks to June & January — basic stripes in just about any color you can think of.

Baby Girl Nursery

Other than that, we didn’t fill her room with bunches of stuff. I learned pretty quickly with #1 that it’ll fill up soon enough as she gets more clothes, toys, bigger diapers, and all of that stuff that comes way sooner than you think it will. I just can’t imagine that this room will be where the action is pretty soon! So hard to wrap your head around an actual baby while you’re preparing all of the logistical stuff. I’m just so glad that we finally have a home base for her. She’ll be here before we know it! xoxo

 

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

DIY Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

With our second nugget on the way, we decided that it was only fair if the older brother got the bigger bedroom. So we moved Hank and all of his…

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

With our second nugget on the way, we decided that it was only fair if the older brother got the bigger bedroom. So we moved Hank and all of his worldly possessions one door down in our hallway. He loves his new room, and it’s interesting because he plays in there way more than he used to in his old room! I think his stuff just fits better. When we moved we wanted to take his famous closet doors with him (Ryan spent way too long on those babies to just give them up). We wanted to paint a wall in his new room, too, and thought it might be fun to do a little take on the diagonal closet stripes. So we dove in and painted a diagonal wall!

We teamed with HGTV HOMETM by Sherwin-Williams to scout out the perfect paint color from one of their 16 new designer-inspired Color Collections. We settled on Tame Teal (HGSW1317) from the Fashion Forward Color Collection — I think we naturally gravitated toward it because that particular Color Collection contains lots of the shades that are already in his room, so we knew it would be a good fit . Pretty handy! The paint is now available at Lowe’s, which was super convenient for us. We wanted quality brushes to use with our new paint, so we grabbed some Purdy tools while we were there and got to it!

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

Step 1: Start by taping off your diagonal line. Be sure the tape doesn’t arch at all as you’re adhering it to the wall. Smooth down the edges of the tape so that no paint will seep underneath. Cover the floor with a drop cloth.

Step 2: Grab your Purdy brush and start cutting in edges. The angled brush was crucial for this part — it was nice and sharp and made clean lines so that we didn’t need to mask the edges at all.

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

Step 3: Once you’ve cut in all of your corners and edges, grab your Purdy Revolution Roller. Load with paint and start painting in the large open areas of the wall. I like to paint in a “W” pattern when using a roller so that the edges of the paint blend into each other. The roller holds more paint than average, which helped lots in moving the project along quickly.

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

Step 4: Cover your whole wall with paint and allow the first coat to dry. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to complete your coverage.

Step 5: Carefully remove your painter’s tape.

Ta-daaaaa! I love this wall. Makes me wish I had had the courage to paint a diagonal accent wall a long time ago! (It also kind of makes me jealous that it’s not in my own room.) The paint went on like a dream, and we only had to use two coats for complete coverage, thanks to the Paint & Primer in One feature. Perfect for a morning project while Hank was away at pre-school. He came home pretty pumped to see his new room.

So what room would you paint if you had to choose?! I love this game. I’m still dreaming of a blush pink room somewhere in the house but I’ll have to convince Ryan of that one first.

Hope you try one of the new colors on your next painting project! If you do, be sure to leave a review of your paint experience here to spread the good word. And if you need help choosing brushes or tools, click here to use Purdy’s handy Tool Selector. xoxo

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

How to Create a Diagonal Painted Accent Wall

This post is sponsored by HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams and Purdy. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!