Painted Floral Curtains {DIY}

Last week I shared L’s Big Girl Room Reveal with you all!  I really appreciate all the feedback I received on this room.  It was so much fun to put together.

I searched high and low for a floral fabric I could make into curtains for L’s Room.  What I found was fabric I loved that was completely out of my price range.  Not wanting to spend a lot of money for my little girls room I started to think of a few other alternatives.

I’ve seen several Painted Drape Tutorials throughout the blogsphere.  One by my friend Shavonda at A Home Full of Color that was pretty fabulous!!

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Another stenciled drape done by the amazing Kristin at The Hunted Interior.

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How to Create Unique Hand Painted Curtains

Painted Floral Curtains

{DIY}

I wanted something floral so I wasn’t sure if it would work out but I thought “What the heck?  I might as well try.”  I picked up these curtains at IKEA the last time I was there, back in February.

MERETE Curtains, 1 pair IKEA The thick curtains darken the room and provide privacy by preventing people outside from seeing into the room.

IKEA Merete Curtains

At $27.99 I wouldn’t be loosing much if they did not work out.

I then got to work creating a stencil with clip art online.  I looked at purchasing stencils but did not find anything that fit the size I was looking for.

I used a peony flower design and printed out the flower from my computer, then traced it onto some cardboard.  Using scissors and a box knife I cut it out.

I did the same thing with some leaves I liked and made a stencil of them as well.

Here was my test run I did on a piece of scrap white fabric I had lying around.  Painted Fabric

My first step in painting was with the flower.  I used a purple and pink Martha Stewart craft paint mixed with water since I wanted a softer effect.

Each flower took about 5-7 minutes to paint.  If I would have known this project would be so labor intensive I probably would have never started.  I used a dark blue/black color for the middle of each flower and did those dots after all my flowers had dried.

Painted Drapes

Next I started painting the leaves.  I used the blue/black color again and then a turquoise/green.  The leaves took me a little less time than the flowers.  Maybe 3-4 minutes each.

Painted Drapes

{Sorry these pics are not the best.  I did most of my painting at night time}

At this point I really was not happy with the way they curtains were looking.

So I decided to start painting curved lines that would ultimately become another type of flower I would free-hand paint.  I wanted to add some pink and orange colors to the curtains and this was the way I was going to do it.

Painted Drapes

Painted Curtains

I was liking them a little more now.  I tested them out in her room to see what I thought be for hanging them.

Painted Curtains

They were starting to grow on me so I just decided to hang them up and call it good!  I think projects like this are always hard for me since I see all the imperfections in them.  I can never be 100% satisfied with the end result.

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Hand Painted Floral Curtain DIY

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{Baby Bump} 37 Weeks

We are getting closer and closer to meeting our sweet little baby girl!  I am getting pretty anxious about the whole thing.  There have been lots of sleepless nights wondering if and when I will go into labor and making lists in my head of all the things I do not want to forget!  I’ve also had quite the Nesting Fever.feeling the need to clean everything even though I have absolutely no energy at all!

{Baby Bump}

37 Weeks

 

Here’s a Photo from my Baby Shower this weekend!

 37 Weeks

How Far Along

 37 Weeks

Size of Baby:

A stalk of swiss chard, 6 1/3lbs, 19in long

Maternity Clothes

Yes and a few things that are not

Stretch Marks

Oh yes!  They keep growing bigger everyday

Sleep

Some nights are better than others.  I usually wake up 3-4 times a night to use the bathroom.  Lately I’ve been staying awake tossing and turning around 4am till 7am

Best Moment of the Week

 Sweet friends throwing me a baby shower!!!  I had such a great time celebrating with them and family!

Movement

She is constantly moving, always kicking my ribs and hanging out there.  L did the same thing!

Cravings

Coke, Asian and Mexican Food

Wedding Ring on or Off

On although my feet started to swell up last week. Yikes!

Labor Signs

Braxton Hicks have continued.  I will be going to the Doctor later this week hoping to know more.

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Oh and I just had to show how difficult it is to get a photo with my girl!  I’ve been trying my whole pregnancy to get one of her kissing my bump or standing next to it.  She is such a little stinker sometimes!!  This is as good as it gets and of course the wind is blowing my hair all crazy!

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Thanks for all the wonderful comments on L’s Big Girl Room Reveal last week!  What a relief to have it complete and now I am moving on to adding a few little things to our nursery!  L sure does love her room and is really enjoying spending time in the babies room helping me organize everything!  What a great big sis!

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L’s Big Girl Room {Reveal}

Well after months and months it is FINALLY done!!!  At least for now…of course I still have a few smaller projects I would like to do for this room but those won’t be happening for quite some time.

L’s Big Girl Room

{Reveal}

 

Here’s where I started in our old Guest Bedroom:

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L's Big Girl Room Room Design

Let me just say that getting these photos taken was a pretty big challenge for me.  I am surprised I got any at all.  While I was trying to clean up my daughters room in order to take photos she kept climbing on the nicely made bed, pulling out books I just put away, and taking out stuff animals and dolls.  It became a battle along with a few tantrums thrown in the mix.

So with about 10 minutes I snapped a few pictures.  I really wish I had more but I think this is as good as I am going to get.

Little Girl Big Girl Room

We started off with some paint and new bedding {that was actually old since I purchased it forever ago}.

L's Big Girl Room Reveal

We added a new light to glam things up a bit!

L's Big Girl Room Reveal

I then took two old nightstands and made them into a cute little desk for her.  I created a fun little gallery wall above her desk including this simple DIY Silhouette.

L's Big Girl Room Reveal

I even recovered a lampshade using some scrap fabric I had lying around.

Little Girl Gallery Wall

L's Big Girl Room Reveal

With my husbands help I created my first ever DIY Upholstered headboard for L.

Little Girl Bedroom

After searching Cragislist I finally found a dresser for the room but it had a few issues that needed to be addressed.

Little Girl Room

Little Girl Room

Toddler Bedroom

Toddler Bedroom

A few more tutorials are coming.  Like how I made that little canopy over her bed as well as her curtains.

Toddler Girl Bedroom

So far so good since L loves her new room!  My hope is that this room will be able to grow with her over time.

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Baby Essentials

Well, I am officially counting down the weeks until baby #2 arrives!

Baby Essentials

My Must-Have Items

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Being a 1st time mommy I really had no idea what to register for and buy.  I took the approach of less is more and I still really do believe that when it comes to toys and all things baby/kid.

There are so many great resources around the web for what you might need when baby comes.  It can be extremely overwhelming.  I love hearing advice from other moms as well and that is how I got the best information.  Everyone of course has their own opinions.  I found that some people love a product that I did not care for or maybe something I loved didn’t work for them.

I was fortunate enough to have my sister help me registrar the first time around.  She had 2 kids already and I basically just took all her advice and went with it!  Since my first baby I have been able to help two other friends registrar, sharing the products that worked for me!

Here are a few of my MUST HAVE items for bringing  home baby!!

Bobby

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I had the original Bobby with a nice cover for it that could easily be washed.  This pillow was great for nursing as well as creating a cozy place to prop up baby.  As the baby gets older I used mine to even help her learn to sit up.  It is a great multi-purpose, functional item.

Gap Sleep Bundler

Favorite bundler (2-pack) | Gap

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These little sleep bundlers are so great for right after baby is born.  With having to change so many diapers, especially in the middle of the night, it makes the process so much faster.  Most sleepers have about a zillion snaps {at least that’s how it feels at 2am} and it can become so frustrating for sleep deprived mommas!!  These are perfect and also so soft!

Aden and Anais Swaddles

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I never used these blankets to swaddle my first {she was born in the winter so we used these warmer swaddles instead} but with a May baby I know I will be using these all the time.  However, these are L’s absolute favorite blanket now and she will not go anywhere without hers.  It’s what she is comforted by and MUST have for sleeping!

Swaddle Me

SwaddleMe® Cotton Small/Medium 3-Pack (Girly Bug)

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The swaddle blankets are great for during the day but I found that my little one would bust out of them in the night time no matter how tight I swaddled her.  This was becoming quite the challenge for me until a friend mentioned the Swaddle Me.  Once I put L in this thing it was smooth sailing through the night!!!  She stayed in hers for about a month and then we moved into the Halo Sleep Saks.  Some babies prefer to be swaddled longer but she did not.

Swaddle Designs Burp Rags

Baby Burpies - Jewel Tone Mod Circles

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Burp rags are a MUST for most new moms.  Some kids spit up more than others.  L was a middle of the pack girl.  I found that these were the perfect size and thickness.  Some burp rags are pretty thin and don’t protect you very well from getting that lovely stuff all over your clothes.  I have a super strong sense of smell so wearing spit up on my clothes all day just cannot happen for me…I would be gagging all day.  These were a lifesaver!

Bibs

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Ok, more spit up talk.  I used these terry cloth bibs everytime I fed the little one.  This not only protected her cute outfit from spit-up but also helped from getting that milk lodged into her neck crease.  Did I mention my strong sense of smell??  I am all for protecting her clothes and mine.  Less laundry for me is a WIN WIN!

Pacifier

Animal Skins Orthodontic Pacifier

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I know Pacifiers can be quite controversial for moms out there.  I do not have any issues with them and had no problem getting my baby to latch while nursing and using a pacifier.  This is the brand that I used from day 1.  I was all about not giving it to her until after about a week or two but I think around night 2 or 3 we caved and just did it.  L still uses hers for sleeping mostly and she is 2.  I wanted to take it away but with moving her into a new bed and baby coming we have been a little relaxed on it.  IT WILL happen before her 3rd birthday that is for sure!

Diaper Rash Cream

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This stuff is literally magic!  Better than any Rash Cream out there.  You can put it on cuts, scraps, burns, as well.  I even used it on my babies face when she had some red patches of dry skin.  They were gone overnight!

Bouncer

Rainforest™ Bouncer

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A bouncer is something that was a huge asset to me with my first baby.  I had a different version but it offered the same features.  A sound and music interaction as well as the vibrating feature.  I mostly used the sounds and toys or nothing at all.  I used it when taking a shower or doing a few household chores while baby wanted to play and kick!  She also would take little naps in it as well!  I don’t believe you need a bouncer and a swing.  One or the other, however the bouncer can be used for a longer period of time than the swing.

Activity Mat

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This is the other toy that I highly recommend having.  Ours is a little different model but it plays music, lights, and sounds.  It has a great feature that only plays music when your baby hits the sensor.  This is so fun when the baby starts becoming more activity.  We used ours all the time.  It can easily be folded up and hidden behind a couch.  I also was able to take this when we would go out of town.  Easy to wash when baby spits up too!

I hope this helps any of you new moms out there!

I am so excited to be having a baby shower this coming weekend!  After that, I’ll be ready for baby!!!

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Polyvore Fun

I decided it was time to finally start a Polyvore account and starting playing around!  I know…it’s about time….I might just be addicted now.

Polyvore Fun

{Living Room Design}

 

So far I have just designed one space!  I had so much fun putting this one together.  The rug was totally my jumping off point.  Once I saw that, I had a vision in mind.  I am super happy with how it turned out.  What do you think??

Turqoise and Pink

DwellStudio black lamp
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Hand made oriental rug
bloomingdales.com

Rose tea cup
roses-and-teacups.com

Home wall decor
$250 - wayfair.co.uk

Throw pillow
$32 - marksandspencer.com

DwellStudio striped box
dwellstudio.com

Modern couch
zincdoor.com

Black side table
kathykuohome.com

White marble top table
hdbuttercup.com
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I haven’t spent too much time on the site yet but I love that you can use it to put together outfits as well.  When I am out of maternity clothes I think I will have fun doing that!!!
This was also a great way to source options for clients.  Sometimes I struggle to find what I am looking for.  Now I have another place to check and look for items I maybe haven’t seen in other places.
Tell me, do you love using Polyvore??  What do you like about it?
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{Client M} Master Bedroom Progress

Happy April!!  Wow, did March just fly on by???  I really feel like I just blinked and now we are in a new month.  Things are almost finish in little L’s Big Girl Room.  Since she has been sleeping in there it has made completely that room and taking photos a little more challenging.  I am hoping to be done so I can share it with you really soon.

We are also in full baby prep mode!  Lots of progress has happened in the last 2 weeks just organizing all of the baby things.  We have pulled out the bouncer, bassinet and have the crib all ready to go.  There are still a few little projects to do in the next few weeks.  I am really nesting these days…that’s for sure!

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I love getting photos of the progress made on projects!  Recently, I received a few photos of the work getting done on Client M’s Master Bedroom.

Master Bedroom Progress

{Client M Remodel}

You may remember this is where we started:

Client M Master Bedroom

And this is where we are going:

Master Bedroom Retreat Update

The new headboard arrived so I got a few photo glimpses.

New Headboard Peak

It has yet to be installed since they are in the process of tackling all their upstairs trim and doors.

Headboard sneak peak

{sorry this one is blurry…phone pictures}

We are saying goodbye to all the oak and replacing it with pretty white molding and doors.  Now the upstairs will finally match what was done in the downstairs back in 2012.

New doors and trim

The doors still need to be sprayed but they already look so much better!!!  This hallway feels so much brighter!

They also took down the mirror that went with their dresser.  I’m currently trying to decide what we should do with this wall.

Dresser

I cannot wait to see the headboard finally installed and all the trim and doors complete.  It will look so much brighter in this space!!

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{Baby Bump} 35 Weeks

Well it has been awhile since I have updated you all on my bump status.  As of now I am 35 weeks and feeling ready to pop any minute.  This pregnancy has been much more difficult than my first.

Baby Bump

35 Weeks

We had another ultrasound around 28 weeks to determine the size of the baby.  At that point she was 3 lbs, 5 0z and measuring in the 80%.  L always measured super small but was born weighing 8 lbs 7 oz so I am a bit terrified as to what what baby will be at the end.  We also discovered that I am carrying extra amniotic fluid which also contributes to my added belly weight.

The positive side of this ultrasound was getting to see our baby again.  She has a lot of hair and long eyelashes.  We also noticed some very chubby cheeks!!

35 Weeks

The hubs snapped this photo at about 9:30pm last night with his iPhone.  I wish we were better at taking photos but I cannot remember anything these days.  I look pretty tired in this pic that is for sure!!

Other than being extremely tired and having a lot of acid reflex things seem to be going rather smoothly.  I still experience Braxton Hicks and sometimes they are pretty painful.  Sleeping has not been easy either with the constant having to use the bathroom and in general being uncomfortable.  I really hope she comes early :)

Next week I see my Doctor again and hopefully I will no more.  Last weekend we started getting out the baby stuff from our garage and currently have the car seat ready as well as the bouncer.  I am hoping to have the bassinet set up in our bedroom very soon!

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Baby Girl Style

Baby Girl Style

 

So I have to admit I am one of those moms that is pretty particular in what my kids wear.  There are so many ugly things out there but also more than enough cute things.  Why buy the ugly or settle???

I rarely put L in a onesies…it is the thing I despise the most, a onesie and leggings on a little girl.  I mean, think about it….would you wear that look?  NOOOOOO!  So why would I put my daughter in that?

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I am also not a fan of animals on clothing, especially the animal on the butt thing.  Who thought that was a good idea?

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{These images are from Carters.com  I love carters and have included several other styles from their website.  I shop there often and think they have super adorable clothing.  I am just not a fan of this look}

L was born in November which made finding cute things a little more challenging.  She wore a lot of dresses with tights, skinny jeans, t-shirts.  Sweater dresses and leggings were a staple!!

I am pretty excited to have a baby born in late spring.  I love a good sundress and on my…ROMPERS!!!  They are by far my favorite things to put on a baby.  They are cute, easy to get on and off, which is perfect for all those diapers I will be changing.

My favorite places to look for clothes for my girls are Old Navy, Carters, and Gap.  I have found that Old Navy and Carters fit my little L the best.  Gap sometimes tends to run a little wider around the waist and shorter in the legs.  L is very long and lean.

I put together some of my favorite looks right now for my little baby on the way!  Neutrals, whites, corals, blues and yellows are the colors I am gravitating towards.

Baby Girl Summer Style

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Did I mention my obsession with baby shoes??  I always put shoes on L and I just cannot get enough of them!!!

Happy Shopping my friends!!  I must say, I have to stay away from stores these days otherwise I would just go CRAZY over all the cuteness!!

You can find more pretty things over on my Pinterest Board Baby Girl.

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2 Story Foyer Lighting {Client M Remodel}

What a week it has been!!!!  Spring is officially here and I have been loving this sunny weather we have been having in the Pacific NW.  It has still been chilly though, so I won’t be breaking out the shorts just yet!  Did you see my Spring Floral post from Wednesday?  I’m loving all floral prints out there these days!!

 

You may have seen my Lantern Love post last week and as a follow up to that, as well as to answer a reader question, I thought I would show you a GORGEOUS Lantern that was installed in a 2-story Foyer on the Client M Remodel.  I mentioned this Lantern way back in August in a post all about Gold Chandeliers.  It was hung in my parents {Client M’s 2 story foyer} and I thought I would share a few photos with you all.

2 Story Foyer Lighting

{Client M Remodel}

2 Story Foyer

This light is HUGE...the pictures do not do it justice.  The foyer needed something that filled the space and the basic builder grade chandeliers just do not cut it.  This light is much more proportionate to the space, creates a statement when you walk in the door, and also blends in better with the updated Living Room.  It also mimics the shape of the front door paneling!!

Lantern Lighting

The antique gold finish is so pretty and I just love the curved design on the inside.

2 Story Foyer Lighting

Here is a shot from below.

Antique Gold Lantern

Antique Gold Lantern

And in case you want to buy this beauty.

Capital Lighting – Blakely 6 Light Pendant

Things are moving forward on their Master Bedroom as well as an entire molding and door replacement on the upstairs of the home.  I have also been helping to design a kids room in their house too!  Design Board still to come….stay tuned!

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Spring Florals {Hello, Beautiful}

It’s been a week or so since I posted and I am so sorry for that!  Life has been pretty crazy around here.  I celebrated my birthday with a weekend away, came home, and the raced out the door again for 5 days at my parents home {we made some progress on their Master Bedroom Retreat}.  There is so much on my plate these days getting ready for baby #2 and finishing L’s Big Girl Room.  Did I mention I have a crazy toddler who has been refusing sleep too.  Oh, how I have missed her nap times lately.  It’s so hard to accomplish anything around here.

On a happy note, the weather is turning and it looks like Spring is finally here!!!  Things are starting to bloom around my neck of the woods!  A few flowers have popped up in my yard and we have some tall grass that needs mowing!  It has also gave me the big fat reminder at how much weeding needs to get done in our yard but this 8 1/2 Month pregnant momma is not having any part of that!!!  Any volunteers???

Spring Florals

{Hello, Beautiful}

 

I’ve been gushing over all things floral these days, not just the ones sprouting in my yard.  What about you???

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I love this floral printed pillow!  They would look so pretty on my bed but my husband might protest the pink ;)

paint palette floral

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I cannot wait to go shopping after I have this baby!  There are so many cute things out there right now!!!

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These floral curtains are just stunning!  I love the bright, bold print against a neutral backdrop.

 This wallpaper made me stop in my tracks!  It might be a little much for some people but the pattern is just so Fabulous!  I love the use of a big bold pattern in a small space!!

I’m still loving this fabric by Caitlin Wilson.  I have seen it used in some many rooms but it is still one of my favorites!

The colors in the skirt are just dreamy!  Oh how I wish I could wear something like this right now.  Did I mention I really want to go clothes shopping post baby???

Floral Skirt

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Are you ready for spring?

Last week I swapped out my winter sweaters for my spring/summer clothes and I cannot wait to start doing the same around my house!  Goodbye sweater pillows, hello florals!!

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