Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall Layering + A Giveaway

It seems impossible that it's already September, but with the onset of fall comes cooler temps and something I love to do in fashion and the home: layer.  Layering adds so much depth and interest to a space, and while most guys cringe at the sight of one more pillow am I right? you never hear a guy say "what do we need a blanket for?"

Monday, August 31, 2015

Let Me Come Refresh a Room For You!

I love working on our home and sharing the process with others who love it as much as I do.  This blog has allowed me the wonderful chance to connect with people all over and has brought me some really amazing projects and friendships that I'm so grateful for.

Working with others has been the most rewarding aspect, and I think this next project will take the cake.  Lowe's is giving me the opportunity to come help one of you!  

Do you have a space in your home that falls a little flat?  Do you love design but aren't quite sure how to bring those styles and elements into your space?  As we enter the holiday season are you hoping to entertain loved ones in an environment that reflects who you are?  Do you know of someone else who really deserves a refresh?  

No matter your style, your home is a place that should always be a reflection of who you are.  To thank you all for your support and kindness Lowe's and I will be giving one lucky reader a room makeover.  While this is not a full blown renovation we're hoping to complete a space in 24 hours I look forward to working closely with the chosen reader to create a room that feels fresh, put together, and they feel proud to call their own.  I'm bringing Mr. Makerista along to tackle some of the handy work and Lowe's is providing volunteers too, along with some wonderful product to outfit your space.

Here are some of the main requirements to apply but you can see the full list here:
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Must own your home
- Must be available for a two day period to complete the makeover between 09.25-10.11
- Must be ok with being on camera

This makeover is not only about the space, but how this may impact your family and holidays moving forward.  To apply simply fill out the form and submit pictures or video here.  You only have have until THIS WEDNESDAY AT MIDNIGHT so don't hesitate, and I look forward to coming to one of your houses to transform a space!


*This post is written in partnership with Lowe's, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Makerista possible.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Essentialism of Play

I'm not the most fun person ever.  I don't think I'm a total bore or anything, but I am pretty terrible at relaxing.  I'm a creative, procrastinating perfectionist who fills my time with little things and then freaks out at the last minute about the big things.  So play isn't something I've ever had time for.  In my mind it was a waste of time unless I was asked by someone else to do it.  Then I was killing two birds with one stone: socialization and some fun.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Outdoor Cushions with Custom Details

It may be cooling off in some parts of the country it has been in the 70s here the last few days! but I don't think summer has given her swan song.  There is still some heat to go, meaning we'll be relishing the pool a bit longer.  I gave you a glimpse of our outdoor furniture when I shared Milly's birthday, but today I wanted to go into a bit more detail.  Because it really is all about the details...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Little Q&A and Big Cedar

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember the stenciled wall I did as a contestant on Creating With the Stars.  That contest did a lot to stretch me in good ways, and I was excited when Monica reached out about doing a little question and answer session.  Head on over to her blog to learn a bit more about my summer essentials and some upcoming projects.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why You Should Buy the Rug

We've tackled four rooms in our house thus far, and even though they have changed, some drastically none of them are really finished.  Paint and trim are always readily available, but the perfect coffee table at the perfect price point is not.  My hunt continues for pieces here and there, and sometimes in the search for one thing I come across another.

Like a rug.  I know, rugs seem to be my weakness.  The wood room has had a cranberry 8x10 in it for a while now.  The color was pretty, but the size was a bit small.  I've been dreaming of something lighter and more modern this is perfection, but my budget has told me otherwise.  And then I stumbled across this Karastan on Craigslist.  The size was great, the colors were good and the price was more than right.

But it was traditional.  I already had a lot of tradition going on in this room.  But the coffee table is only a placeholder and I'll be bringing in more modern details when I come across them.  I wanted a modern rug, yet I knew this rug was a step in the right direction.  So I got to thinking: I could sell another rug for the price I'd pay for this and come out even.  Then, if I come across perfection later I could always sell this one.

That's the great thing about secondhand.  If you buy quality you don't loose value when you turn around to sell to someone else.  So when in doubt, I say buy.  You and your heart I'm not promising your husband won't regret it.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Inspiration Monday: England City to Country

My little sister spent a good chunk of June in London, and to say I was envious would be an understatement.  If you've been following this blog for any amount of time you probably know I'm a bit of an Anglophile.  I might watch more British television than Brits do.

When Kate found out she was going I helped her pick out a camera and lens and with only a few months practice I would say she captured her stay beautifully.  She spent half her time in London and the other half in the country: lodging in Thornbury Castle, one of Henry VIII's.  Envy has gone to jealousy at this point.  There's enough landscaping, detail and exteriors here to make Monday feel pretty good.  

Kate was able to attend the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with much of the royalty.  No big deal, right?

This trip has me itching for one of my own.  I love experiencing other cultures and capturing that with my own camera is such a joy.

Have you been anywhere exciting lately?  Have any trips coming up?