The first mood board has Big Chills retro style stove and fridge in ‘Beach Blue’ as the main design focus, I also added in some industrial shelving, a chalkboard wall, jute rug, a chandelier, and an old workbench for a kitchen island, matched with vintage cafe style stools, and we can’t forget an apron farmhouse sink!
For the second style board, I used Big Chills Lemonade Pink Stove as the main centerpiece. For this style of kitchen I would like it to be more of a a retro cottage design. I would add in some soft botanical prints, mint green pendant lighting and accessories, lots of whites and keep everything sweet, simple and soft.
I really like a whole mix of styles and these style boards clearly reflects that. I believe that your home should reflect YOU, who you are, where you’ve been, and what you love, and if you follow those three things, I think they will all blend together beautifully. Your home should tell a story, but not just any story, your story.
Thank you to Big Chill for giving me this fun design challenge. Please read below for any image and product sources.
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela
If you are an artist in any form, (painter, architect, contractor, wood-worker, writer, photographer, etc) than you understand how important continually finding inspiration is. Sometimes as artists, we can get inspired by something we see on tv, a magazine, a walk in nature, or attending an event like the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show!
My husband dropped the kids and I off at The Minneapolis Convention Center around 9:45 am, we flew in the doors in a rush to hear Matt Muenster speak at 10:00! We made it to the area he was at, 5 minutes prior to show time! If you have never been to the Convention Center, it is a very big space, especially when you don’t know exactly where you are going.
Matt is an interior designer, licensed contractor and tv personality on HGTV’s Bath Crashers. He is also partnered with Decolav and has teamed up with them to create an exclusive collection of stylish bathroom products.
Matt walked out onto the stage dressed sharp with a big heart warming smile on his face.
He gave a wonderful talk and I truly felt so inspired while listening to him. He shared some insider information about Bath Crashers, how they pick the Bath Crasher winners, “You need to be the coolest of everyone we talk to!” He said. I liked that. His honesty, his humbleness and knowledge poured out of him during his talk. He also shared some tips about crashing your own bathroom, and mentioned to focus on one statement piece, as in a custom mural wall. One thing that really stuck with me that I will take with me while working on our own bathroom, is to not waste your bathroom space, “It is valuable square footage,” Matt said, “Don’t waste it just to go in and out of to take care of business, make it a place to relax. If you like coffee, put in an espresso maker. (He is speaking my language there!) “Don’t worry about what the neighbors think, what the next possible home owner may think, incorporate what you love into your space!” I wish I would have videoed his entire talk!
We were blessed with the opportunity to meet Matt and get his signature and a photo. My 7 year old daughter made Matt a birthday card which included a Bathroom Mood Board on the inside with bathroom design pieces from my magazines, like a bath tub, lighting, sink, wall hangings, flooring, paint color etc.
We told Matt that Camryn had a card for him.
Camryn shyly handed Matt his birthday card.
Lucky little girl got a hug!
After the excitement of meeting Matt, we headed into the Auditorium to see The Property Brothers! We got into the auditorium over 40 minutes prior to their talk, and it was already over half way full. They drew a crowd of thousands! When they walked out onto stage, just like when Matt did, the kids looked at me, and I at them, and we all were embracing the fact that these incredible men that we see just about daily in our living room, on television- are real! Just like us! Camryn kept saying, “Mommy this is so weird!”
Drew and Jonathan Scott, of the Property Brothers gave out some great advice about real estate investing, paying off your mortgage, and of course they tied in some humorous skits and videos as well. They are quite the funny duo!
After The Property Brothers finished their talk, and we rushed back to see them again on the smaller stage. We enjoyed a few delicious popcorn samples near by, when we heard Matt Muenster call out Camryns name! She smiled so big! He thanked her again for the birthday card, and we took the opportunity for another photo with him. This guy is a class act! As we walked away, Rayce said, “I can’t believe he remembered Camryns name!” Then Camryn said,”I think it’s because I was wearing a blue jacket.” Camryn has been carrying around her signature from Matt everywhere, since we got home on Saturday night and she asked that it be hung above her creative art area, so she can see it while she is working her art projects.
Once our excitement decreased from getting to talk with Matt again, we wandered around the Home Show and enjoyed some lunch. We only got through about 1/3 of the booths in the limited time that we had. Next year we will be sure to allow more time to enjoy at the show.
After lunch, we headed to the long line to wait to go look at the Tiny Home Village! My 12 year old son was begging me to go see these. I am so glad we did! I loved the simplistic design and really loved the way that they were staged inside. The details are important1 I see myself having a Tiny Home someday, tucked alongside a big mountain, for a second vacation home. I’m a big dreamer, with dreams of a little house in the mountains.
What a fun day! I left the home show, feeling so inspired, after meeting Matt, hearing him and The Property Brothers talk, and seeing all kinds of project ideas I could incorporate into my own home. I would highly recommend the Minneapolis Home & Garden show to anyone who is looking for ideas, inspiration, or quality craftsmen and women who can help them bring their ideas for their home, to life.
I am already looking forward to our adventures at the home show next year! Maybe I will see you there too?!
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“The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants, and discovers, along the way, what he needs.”
Two weeks ago I came across a great little ottoman at Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wi for $3.00! After my employee discount the total came to around $2.80! What a deal! (p.s. a tip for shopping there, if you are 50+, on Tuesdays you can save 20% off your entire purchase ! )
I just loved the style of this ottoman and knew it was a piece of furniture that I could breathe new life into. Below is what the ottoman looked like as I found it at the Bargain Center, and what was underneath that dirty green fabric!
I let it sit in my living room for a few days, where I could see it, and try to figure out a plan for it. I kept going back and forth between giving it a light beach cottage feel, or a Western rustic style.
As I looked around my home to see what I had for material to cover the top of it, I came across an old potato sack that I found last year at Oronoco Gold Rush Days, where I went on a hunt for anything that had a Western design or feel to it.
The potato sack was dirty and had stains all over it, that discouraged me a bit, but then I discovered that I could simply just wash the stains out!
Below are photos of the potato sack getting a bath. I simply filled the bath tub with warm water and a bit of laundry detergent and gave it a good 10 minute soak, then scrubbed gently with a scrub brush in the areas that it had dirt stains, wrung it out, then hung it out on the clothesline to dry over night!
Once the potato sack was fully dry, I cut it open along the seams on the side and bottom, laid it out on the floor, image side down, set the ottoman upside down on top it it and cut a circle about 4+ inches bigger than the ottoman, so I would have enough material to go over the sides, and underneath the ottoman where I then secured it with staples, using a Staple Gun. After the potato sack was secured, I then painted the legs red and topped them off with Minwax Polyshades stain + poly, and it was finished!
This was a really fun and easy project and the great part is that if I decide I want a different style, it is simple to removed the potato sack and recover the ottoman! But for now, it looks right at home in our old farmhouse.
I hope this blog post has inspired you to see beyond what something IS and to see what it’s potential can be!
Have a beautiful Sunday, get outside and enjoy the sunshine!
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‘Don’t be afraid of change, you may lose something good, but you may gain something even better.’
We have moved several times as a family, from rental apartments, to rental country homes, to home ownership in town and now home ownership in the country. As we have moved, each home calls me to a different style. Our first home was filled with dark, cabin themed, rustic styled colors and decor. Our current home is a little farm house on 5 acres and I am aiming at styling it like an old farmhouse cottage with a bit of a soft rustic flare. Living on a small budget, each time we moved and styles changed and evolved, I couldn’t go out and buy all new furniture and decor, so I had to make do with what we already had from the past 10 or so years- and that is when I started doing DIY.
This dresser is a great example of how my style has grown and also fits along nicely with my new approach to simplistic design and minimizing this year in my home.
Originally the dresser was dirty white when I purchased it for $10 from a thrift store and was one of my very first dresser makeover projects! I love the color mustard yellow, but again want to aim for a serene feel in my home and felt that the mustard color on such a big piece wasn’t working at this ol’ farmhouse any more.
So, two days ago I got the motivation to paint it- again! My 11 year old son was such a big help and took of all of the drawer pulls and knobs! He maybe complained once or twice, but he still completed the task and I thanked him with a bowl of cookies n’ cream ice cream (wouldn’t you help me for a bowl of ice cream too!?)
As I was planning the idea in my head, a whole 5 minutes before I got out my paint brushes and got to work, I also decided the green lamps didn’t look right in their current space any more either. I have always wanted big clear , or neutral colored glass lamps- but again, budget friendly decor, doesn’t allow for the purchase of 2 new lamps every time your design style changes. So I decided to paint those as well. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. I do that well.
Here is the dresser before It was refreshed;
Here it is as it stands now in a beautiful grey from Sherwin Williams (The same color I used in my kitchen and dining room)
& a few reloved items that I found at Flea Markets style it as well ;
That is all for today my friends, stop by again soon to see what I have been up to today!
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