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Friday, March 14, 2014

our office + music room

The office in our house has definitely gone through the most change since we moved in.  When we first got here, I painted the stripes, built a desk, and my office was sitting pretty for quite awhile.
But, after awhile the space didn't work for me. Well, it technically "worked", but it wasn't quite right.  And I spend 40+ hours in this room every week, so it needed to be right.  Getting it to where it is now took me an incredibly long time, and the office sat in a few different stages like this along the way, because I just couldn't figure it out.
I've mentioned in the past that Matt plays the guitar and we used to keep his equipment up in the spare room.  But, he really wants to be able to record some things, so it would be much easier for him to do that if it was all downstairs with the computer.  
So, back in November we started transforming the office into a multitasking space. I shared this picture on Instagram (@erinacolburn) when I started updating the paint with a lighter color.  We used Behr Elephant Skin, which is the same color that we used in our master bath.
Then, when this year began I made the following To-Do list for this space:
  • Lighten the paint color
  • Reconfigure Furniture
  • Refurbish Console Table and add into room
  • Make a cork/memo board
  • Make Collage on Small Wall

Since I made the list, a few plans changed, and this became my new to-do list:
  • Lighten the paint color
  • Reconfigure Furniture
  • Bring the bookshelves into this space and organize office/guitar supplies
  • Make a cork/memo board
  • Hang Music Memorabilia on the wall above bookshelves

I finally got everything done in this space, and here it is all completed! This room is definitely not magazine worthy or anything, but it's cozy and it works for us.  The space feels good to work in, which is key.

The decor in the space ranges everywhere from music memorabilia that we've gotten at concerts, to sentimental items and photos.
We've created storage areas for our office supplies, as well as Matthew's guitar equipment.
I made this fabric covered cork board with half of this Target tablecloth (post on the other half, to come!), following Chelsea's tutorial at Two Twenty One.  Be sure to check out the rest of her blog - she is fabulous!
I'm so happy to call this room done and check off all the items on my list!!!

  • Lighten the paint color
  • Reconfigure Furniture
  • Bring the bookshelves into this space and organize office/guitar supplies
  • Make a cork/memo board
  • Hang Music Memorabilia on the wall above bookshelves

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

diy floral infinity scarf {national craft month}

Note: The following review is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and CraftStores® National Craft Month campaign.  I received compensation for this review, however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.
Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon for my readers. They also have this Spring Crafting Inspiration Website to check out. 
This spring's trends in crafting are Radiant Orchid (the color), Nautical, Florals and Geometric.  I love all of these trends, but I decided to create something from the Florals trend.  Right away I knew that I was going to make a sweet little floral infinity scarf.  

Over the weekend, I went to the closest Jo-Ann and started searching for the perfect floral fabric, and boy did I find it. This print is so gorgeous and just screams "spring" and "childhood Easter dresses" (in a good way) at me!
 I picked up a yard and folded it hot dog style (remember that from elementary school?!) with the inside out.  I actually decided to use the muted side as my outside print for this one.
 The only supplies I needed was a needle, coordinating thread, and pins.
 With my fabric folded, I pinned the two sides together, the full length of the fabric.
 Since I was using a slippery fabric, I decided to take the tedious route and hand stitch my sides together.  If you're doing this yourself - it doesn't have to be perfect! I don't do perfect, and my scarf turned out great!
 Then, to make this an infinity scarf, I took each opening and pinned the "right" sides together.  When you do this, it creates a tube.
 I stitched this up (by hand, again), leaving a couple inch hole to turn it right side out.  Once I turned it, I stitched up the hole and was done!
I am loving this new scarf and it easily dresses up my typical outfits of t-shirts and cardigans.
 Not to mention, when I'm not wearing it, it's hanging on the door of my office, and the print makes me smile every time I see it.
What print would you use to make your own infinity scarf? Let me know if you have any questions; I'm happy to help!

Monday, March 10, 2014

a very welcoming garage door + giveaway

Good Morning, Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As you know, last year I updated the house-side of our garage entry door by painting it blue.
I love this so much and the other side of the door has been sitting boring and blah since we moved in.  In case you were wondering, I am really keeping it real on the blog today, you'll get to see our garage in all of its messy/disorganized glory.  I'm anxiously waiting for spring to get this place cleaned up again.
I had seen a few other really cute garage doors from around the blogosphere, so I decided to go the same route as some others, with a black door and a vinyl greeting.

I found The Vinyl Company on Etsy and fell in love with this decal for a welcome sign for my door.  
However, I really wanted the decal to say "welcome home" so I emailed the shop owner, Sarah, to see if she could make something custom for me.  She was so helpful and wrote me back with the specific dimensions of the custom decal and she created a custom listing for me to order right away.

It took about a week to show up on my doorstep, and when it was delivered I picked up a $3 test pot of Behr Onyx Black and this cute little $1 foam roller and mini tray from Home Depot and got to painting.
Here's the door after coat one.  I usually start with the inset frames and then paint the rest of the space around them.  This process looks really ugly for the first coat or two. 
 Coat 2...
Then I painted my third coat and added the message. How cute is that?!
The best part is that I didn't tell Matthew that I was doing any of this, so he came home to this message.
 Sometime in the future I would love to paint this trim white and possibly paint the walls.
 Remember, this is real life, people...
 I absolutely love the way the door turned out and the vinyl is just perfect!!
 Ok, so you know what's even more exciting?  Sarah is going to give away one of these "welcome home" vinyl decals to one of my fabulous readers!  This giveaway closes at 12am CST on Monday, March 17th, and I will post the winner here.

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