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We finally made it into our new home and have slowly been changing things around and sprucing it up.  When we bought this house, we questioned whether we should redo the flooring and paint or if we should purchase the furniture and accessories we needed instead.  It was kind of an easy choice because we feel like flooring and white walls make the biggest difference when you first step into a home!  The house may be empty and our mattresses may be on the floors, but at least those floors are pretty, right? 😉

Now that we’ve got the flooring and paint done, one of the first items on our checklist were these dining chars from Article.  We love the simplicity of these chairs and how you can pair them with pretty much any table.  I took a few photos to show you how they look because I was skeptical about putting them with another shade of wood but they completely proved me wrong!  They look just as beautiful.  These chairs are such great statement pieces for any room and would look amazing in the corner of a bedroom too.

I think next we are going to move on to is redoing the countertops in the kitchen.  We’ve been toying with the idea of replacing the granite on the kitchen island and pouring in concrete.  Then we will replace the granite on the back countertops with a light butcher block.

As to what furniture we will be getting next, I think it’s about time we get our mattress off of the floor and on to a bed frame!

Stay tuned for more home improvements!  It’s going to be exciting.

Paige

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DIY CLAY CHIMES

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I’ve been thinking about this project for quite some time now and finally decided to give it a go!  I wanted to create something that could be used in our baby’s room but also something that could be used as home decor as well.  I decided I would be using this for a baby mobile but could double as chimes or home decor.  Below you will find what you need and the steps to make this project.  You don’t have to be a craft expert for this project, it’s pretty simple but takes a little bit of time.

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Here are the items you will need for your project

  • Clay Roller 
  • Sculpey Clay was the easiest to work with and can be found at your local craft store.  I found that 3 blocks Sculpey’s 2 oz Clay made about 8-9 circles.  You can purchase as many blocks based on how many clay circles you want to hang on each cord.  The most I had hanging on one cord was 10 but the amount you have is totally up to you!  DO NOT get Sculpey Souffle clay!  It was hard to work with and hard to shape.
  • Leather Cord (found at your local craft store)
  • Needle Point Clay Tool
  • 1/2 measuring cup or something similar to measure circles

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First, roll out the clay until it is a little less than 1/4″ thick and place your 1/2 measuring cup on top to trace and cut the clay by using the Clay Needle Tool.  This will create a perfect circle.

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Next, you will cut out a few triangles, they don’t have to be perfect but by doing so, you are able to create a bowl like shape (see picture below).

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Bring the sides together until they meet.  Once you do so, begin to pinch the sides together to get rid of all lines and to slightly increase the overall size of the bowl.  If you are having a hard time getting rid of the lines, softly drag your finger over each crease to smooth it out and repeat.  It should get rid of all creases.

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Your finished product won’t be perfectly smooth!  That’s what I love the most about these little guys; they have texture and aren’t perfect.  Once you create a small bowl like shape, poke a hole into the center using your Clay Needle Tool.  Be careful not to smash it while doing so.

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Once you have finished your mini bowls, set the oven to 275 and place them onto a glass baking dish.  The Sculpey Clay packages will have the directions for baking your clay but what I found worked for the size of my clay was to bake them for 10-12 minutes and let them cool completely before taking them off of the baking dish.

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Once your clay is cooled completely, string them onto the leather cord and tie a knot under each to keep them in place.  Make sure to go far enough up the cord so that you have enough room for all of the clay to fit.  Once you get to the final piece onto the cord, tie two knots to secure it into place and cut the excess cord so it doesn’t show underneath.  Don’t cut it too short so that your knots come undone, just make sure it isn’t visible.  Lastly, leave enough leather cord so that each chime can hang at the desired length you want before cutting.

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Repeat these same steps for however many colors and chimes you want.

Then voilà!  You’re done!  Leave any questions you have in the comments below so that I can get back to you.

Let me know your thoughts and how this DIY turned out for you!

Happy crafting,

Paige

Kitchen essentials and timeless pieces

I get a bunch of questions about my kitchen so I figured it was time to do a post about it.  I like to save as much money as possible when it comes to decorating but I think that each room deserves a few staple pieces that cost a bit more but still don’t break the bank.  Not everything needs to be pricey but sometimes furniture, lights or art can be worth it.  Especially if it’s good quality and timeless pieces like you will find below.

You can find direct links to each of the items below and at the very bottom of this post.

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If you are on the search for some timeless, leather BARSTOOLS, these simple and modern ones won’t disappoint!  I first bought them because I loved the look of them but once they arrived, I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were.  They are formed almost like a bucket seat so you pretty much sink into the chair

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These metal cafe CHAIRS are the super practical.  They don’t break the bank, can be stacked so they’re easily out of the way, and can handle a good wipe down.

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This TABLE was one of the very first things that Ben and I bought when we were married.  We debated on a table that had pink, green, blue and yellow painted on the wood (you know, when the distressed, bright colored Anthropologie look was in).  We are SO happy we went with this timeless table.  We found this table at a shop in Arizona but I found a similar one here.

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I get a bunch of questions about this RUG and I was so happy when I found one almost that’s almost identical.  We’ve had this rug for over four years now but you would never know it.  My kids have spilled all sorts of things on it but because it’s dark and has a little bit more of a busy pattern, you would never know how much it’s been used and abused.  The best part about this rug is that it’s a good price!

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I couldn’t believe the price and how cute these SHELVES were when I found them.  They were exactly what I was looking for and they are such great quality.  They also come in a few different sizes.

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I don’t think I could type out enough reasons as to why I love these PENDANTS.  I’m a sucker for pottery and these lights are handmade from terra-cotta clay.  I knew I wanted something that popped a little more with color and yet were simple enough that they didn’t take away from the entire space.  These pendants have ridges from top to bottom but they also have a smooth option and can be purchased in size small or large.  These ones are size small.  I’m obsessed!

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Happy Shopping, friends!

Paige