Dreamy and white with mirrored sequins, Moroccan Wedding Blankets are pure bedding bliss! Since we are still getting settled into our new home, I figured the least I could do is share another current obsession with you all! Right now I am drooling over Moroccan Wedding Blankets. Real authentic Moroccan Wedding Blankets were handmade by female members of the Berber Tribes of North Africa. As a traditional gift, the women relatives of a bride would spend up to weeks weaving one to give to the bride on her wedding day.
Want to try and make your own Moroccan Wedding Blanket? Lindsay, from White Buffalo Styling Company has the best DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket Tutorial I’ve seen yet! I can’t wait to find some time and make my own approach!
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Last week I mentioned to you all that there was some exciting news coming. Well guess what? It’s here! I am starting my very first blog series “Our Barn Loft Renovation” – The inside scoop on turning our barns loft into a cozy studio apartment. Before I kick off this DIY adventure filled series, you guys need to know a little more about my family and I, and also the story highlights behind Our Barn Loft Renovation!
Let’s take it back to the mid 1990’s. Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in interior design. When I was little I used to draw room designs and floor plans for my neighbors and family friends. In the 8th grade I followed a designer for the day who specialized in drapery decor as part of a job shadowing project in my Home Economics class. In highschool I started refurbishing furniture and entering my pieces in student art shows. It wasn’t until my second year in college when my parents and I started renovating the empty room over our barn style garage, that I really started getting serious about my work.
Basically the greatest gift my parents could have ever given me is the opportunity to move in and lead the renovations to the room over the garage. It’s been like having a big empty canvas, except it’s a room and I can to do whatever I want to it (as long as I fix whatever I mess up and it looks good enough for potential renters in the future).
We aren’t the richest family on the block, if you know what I mean. We have just about an acre of land with your average sized rancher and a detached garage, but only because we had to move out of our tiny two bedroom condo that was just a few blocks away from the beach, to an hour drive into the boondocks in order to get it. When we decided to renovate, my parents paid a family friend who was a plumber and in need of work, $800 (after tax season) to come in and get the renovations started by doing the framework, installing the tile floors and shower, and hooking up all the plumbing. That was our first mistake, (which I will be sharing more about later in Part I) and that was back in 2013! Everything else has come in bits at a time. Because of that, the renovation is taking much longer than we had thought. Never would I have ever imagined that almost five years later it would still be in the works!
A blessing in disguise is all it really was. When something needed to be done and no one could do it, I practically forced myself to to figure it out and do it myself. By the time I turned 23 year years old I new the basics to using multiple types of saws, I had taught myself how to spakel walls and I had built and installed closet shelves all by myself. Because of my rebellious decision to live in the midst of the renovation construction, I know what I love to do and I discovered my passions. Without this renovation project, I wouldn’t be the innovative, DIY Addicted, self taught, handy woman that I now am today!
About two years ago before we got married I decided to move in with Jeff and put the loft renovations on hold. My intentions were to come back and finish the project in my spare time, but life at the beach can keep you pretty busy. After I moved out I felt like part of me was missing. No longer did I have easy access to every tool imaginable in my step dads collection. No longer had my very own workspace in the corner of the garage, or the big empty canvas where I laid my head every night.
Of course I brought all of my own tools and supplies along with me, but when you live in a two bedroom condo with a small patio and tiny storage shed, all shared between 3 people and 3 pets, it’s not exactly the ideal environment for a person of my kind of craft. For the whole year and some change that we lived in the condo together, I never built a thing! I could have been because of the fact that I was pregnant more than half of that year, but I barely even crafted and that just isn’t me! I’ve been completely out of my element ever since!
When I was pregnant with Sage, my parents asked us to move back into the garage so we could save some money and they could help us take care of her. We really want to buy a house soon, so after bouncing the idea around for a few months and listing the pros and cons, we finally made the decision to do it!
Two weeks ago we started moving. We are almost finished now and let me tell ya, it’s been one heck of a process! As a girl who moves a lot, this has been by far the most excruciating move yet! Between our little one, my car being in the shop, the animals and what seems to be one obstacle after the next, this mama is in desperate need of a “craftcation!”
As much as I want to dive into planning and renovations, I need to get settled in order to face this project head on! Having a baby and moving all at the same time will suck every ounce of energy your body has plus some! I’ve had so many great ideas that I can’t wait to bring to life and share with y’all! All they need now is some careful planning and I will be ready to launch the series! Stay tuned! Updates on Our Barn Loft Series will be coming back shortly!
Every once in a while one of these lovely round woven beauty’s will pop up in my Pinterest newsfeed. Today I finally found out what they are called, Jute Rugs! “Jute” is the name of a fiber that is used to make burlap. Jute had been part of the East Bengal (Pakistan) culture for centuries but now, the round Jute Rug is making a comeback with a new style! Now all that’s left for me to find out is, “How do I score one for super cheap”? So far, EBay has given me the lowest price tag set at $75. If I can find anything for less than that, then I might have to find out how to make them!
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Yay! The famous Bentwood Rocker has randomly fallen into my arms!Recently I’ve been seeing this swirling beauty all over Pinterest and Instagram. My pops scored it from one of my grandfathers properties and gave it to me! I’m not really sure why but it seems to be a trending piece.
The history of the Thonet Bentwood Rocker dates back all the way to the early 1800’s up until the 1960’s. Many versions of it have been made and it’s said to have a burnt stamp or glued plate into it if it’s authentic. Mines missing the arms and I haven’t noticed any signs of a stamp or glued plate. Regardless, I am extremely excited and thankful to be gifted such a beautiful and unique piece!
Out of the dozens of makeovers shared on Pinterest, none of them really spoke my style. I have reupholstered it with a white textured fabric/ old curtain, but it’s not making my heart sing. Right now I am taking my time to make the perfect fabric choice and I’ve shared with you the choices below! I want to hear y’all’s opinions!
Fabric Choice #1
If you saw my first DIY Headboard post, you might recognize this one. This is a gorgeous Turkish Tapestry that I found st the thrift store! I have just enough left to cover the rocker. It really pops next to the white. I don’t think it would look good with the two seperated from the back to the seat though. If I don’t use it for the Rocker I would probably make some pillow cases out of it! The best part about this Tapestry is that when you flip it over, it’s like a whole new design… Which now brings me to Option #2!
Fabric Option #2
Compared to Option #1, this side of the Tapestry glistens with silver threading and isn’t as saturated. The silver kinda makes it stand out against the dark wood finish. The only thing that’s holding me back with this choice is having to part with it!
Fabric Option #3
This vintage fabric could give this Rocker an even more funky feel. It really brightens the whole mood of the peice. I feel like if the chair could talk, it would say “this dress makes me feel happy” or “put me in a nursery”. Hahaha yeah I’m crazy, I know!
Fabric Option #4
Speaking of chairs wearing dresses… The last option I have is this amazing traditional dress, from who knows where, that was also a thrift store score. I would place the top part of the dress on the back and go bottom to bottom, but I just wonder if it’s the right choice…
Stay tuned for my final decision!
I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret… So far, I haven’t once used my computer for this blog. Yep that’s right! Everything you see has been done straight from my phone. Since we are moving this month we decided to go ahead and cancel our cable and internet. I’ve been dreading not being able to use my computer, but as you can see, I’m making it work and getting by just fine!
Today I put together my first bathroom storyboard/ design concept. Speaking of, does anyone know the difference? Haha. All the “boards” I have made so far have been for fun. The last Storyboard post I shared, I mentioned that I was starting to get a feel for my style. Well, after I made this one that feeling progressed! For this being my first bathroom design concept, I am really stoked! The fact that I’ve made these designs without any computer design software is kinda keeping the faith going. What do y’all think? I’m anxious to hear some feedback!
DIY Headboard Inspiration
I’ve been searching for some inspiration to help me get started on another headboard project. The last one I made turned out beautiful! If you haven’t seen my DIY headboard project you can check it out here. I am so happy with the results that I’m saving it for Sage’s bedroom in the future. I have a feeling that this headboard project will turn out even better than the last. With these 5 ideas marinating in my head, the ideas have really started cooking!
How simple and gorgeous is this one!? It’s totally DIYable too. All you would really need is a large peice of wood, dark stain finish and a jig saw!
Source// Urban Outfitters
I was surprised to see this one was from Urban Outfitters and not a diy. It looks very similar to one I’ve seen in either Target or TJMax, except the shape is different around the trim. Anyways, this one seems like a great diy piece for all you wall-hanging loom-weavers out there!
Source// Amber Interiors
This one comes from one of my new favorite design blogs, Amber Interiors. I love the colors and the paired authentic textile choices. It reminds me of my last DIY headboard but it’s not cushioned.
I love this boho natural beauty piece. It might be a little tough to make but the overall shape and design is just blissful and a great inspiration!
Last but not least, here is the most inspiring piece of them all! Isn’t this bed dreamy? Scratch that… it’s heavenly! If you’ve been following my blog then you might have noticed my love for some detailed woodwork. This one, I am swooning over!
I can’t wait to share with you all what I finally come up with!