Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{DIY} No Sew, Grain Sack Pillow Case


I don't know about you all, but I love a fantastic, frugal and stupid-easy DIY every now and then (or always). I am sure you have seen a zillion faux burlap sack pillowcases on expensive design and furniture sites and they aren't even the real deal! For the same price or less, you can get yourself an authentic vintage sack and make your own pillow that will have an awesome story behind it! Also, an authentic sack is classic and won't go out of style. 
My sweetie and I scored these two gorgeous sacks in France a few weeks ago and they are from the late 1920's. The coolest part is they have our monograms (we have the same monogram) on them! They have a different graphic on the front and back. What's even better is it will remind us of our flea market date day in the French countryside. It's a more pleasant reminder of our day than the pounds I have gained from stuffing my face with French pastries....

How perfect is this anchor for summer decor??

If you aren't the flea marketing type, click here to see a bunch of vintage sacks that you can order online from the comfort of your home. 
Because our 87 year old sacks were filled with dust from sitting around the past century, I washed them with a mild detergent on delicate and dried them out in the sunshine. It took the dust right out. They washed up beautifully! If your sack has any holes or tears, you may want to hand wash them. Authentic sacks are made for heavy wear and tear and are pretty darn durable. Most will hold "bed" pillows perfectly and will make a fantastic lumbar pillow. I didn't bother to even stitch the end of mine up because it stays closed and I like the option of cleaning the "pillowcase" or using the sack it for other purposes. 
 Do you enjoy decorating with old grain sacks as much as I do? They look relaxed and breezy and are perfect for summer (or any season really). It's the perfect way to add a "kiss" of industrial style to your home. 






Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Meet My Mantle-O


For me, there is nothing more dramatic than an over-the-top mantle or fireplace in a dining room. It reminds me of the how things used to be in days gone by. It is so romantic to have an abundance of candlelight flickering while you eat dinner and enjoy a glass of wine or three with friends. When we rented out our old barn, I knew we needed a mantle in our dining space. This room called for a mantle. We also wanted to have a piece that we could bring home to The States when we are forced to leave this gorgeous land of Duetches. The best thing about a mantle is you can bring it everywhere you go and you have the "feel" of having an elaborate fireplace in any room we choose and in whatever home or homes we live in next. Being with the military we need things that are portable but also help make our rental feel like a home. 
I teased you all with this little snippet of our mantle below, and then left you hanging for two months while life stepped in and got in the way of things... Oh, silly life. 

Here is a reminder of what our space looked like prior to having our dream mantle. We have since moved our dresser to our striped hall and have done a fun, new arrangement with that!

Don't you think the wall on the left is crying in pain for a dramatic mantle??!!! WAAAAA!
I will show you a full room shot with the mantle in it once I change a few more details that I have in store for this space.

Meet our Mantle...Mr Barry Mantle-o (let's see how many people get that reference). 

Because our bleached-out and scuffed up wooden mantle was a similar color to our cream wall, and I am too lazy to paint that massive wall for our last (less than a) year here, we painted the small wall behind it charcoal grey to make the woodwork pop! It reminds me of the bleached-out wood from Restoration Hardware. This FABULOUS mantle originally came from European Country Living (for those of you in The States, there is one in VA) and they originally scored this piece from England. I am pretty darn in love and have been wanting one like this for years.
Mantles can be filled with anything...candles (obviously), flowers, stacked books, lanterns, and the list goes on. I encourage everyone to get one for their home. It is perfect for seasonal decorating, too. I am looking forward to doing it up for the holidays.


If you are on a budget, check out how we made the mantle in our living room (below) for absolutely free! Click here to check out the tutorial! By the way, do like our smiling luggage? 
Are you as gushy over mantles as I am??? Alright, folks, I am off to watch some stupid, mindless TV and zone out for a bit...


Friday, March 7, 2014

DIY Instant Watercolor {No Brushes Needed}


You may have already heard of Waterlouge from all over the great blogesphere or seen watercolored photos of your friends pop up in your Instagram feeds. For those of you who haven't, I am super stoked to show you how to get instant, custom, watercolored versions of your photos with no paint or brushes needed. 
There is absolutely no substitution for a real watercolor or for the personal energy or "touch" that goes into a custom piece of art, but this new app comes pretty dang close. It is for those of us who want custom pieces of art from a picture we took, but aren't on the budget to hire someone. Fortunately, there is an incredible app called Waterlouge that you can purchase for your phone for $2.99 that allows you to create completely custom "watercolored" versions of your photos. I have literally spent the past 6 hours converting pictures from our travels to watercolor and I can't get enough of this crazy app. I have included before and afters of many of the paintings, but not all of them since there would simply be way to many pictures for this one post. The amount of "watercolors" I "painted" is absolutely ridiculous... brace yourselves...









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 The few pictures below are pictures I took of a textile... These would be gorgeous blown up on canvas and paired together in a collage!
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And here are some other textiles... I love how the watercolored version came out!


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 Here are some gorgeous flowers I spotted at the market and snapped a few pictures of... 
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And here is a cute one for the road...

What do you think?? Have you started downloading it yet? I would love to see what incredible, custom  pieces of art you come up with! Tchüss!




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