Thursday, August 25, 2016

DINING AREAS SWITCH UP... SHOP THE HOUSE!



I've been wanting to use a pair of mirrors in the dining room for a long time, and finally got around to putting some up in there this week.  Once I started working on the wall, the ball started rolling for other changes, too!

Nesting Place is probably the first home blog I started reading 8 years or so ago, and I think that's the first time I ever heard the term "shop the house."  Love it, because that's what I do all the time!  The idea is to look at things in various rooms and use them in a different way or place than how or where you originally intended.

So, I shopped the house and without purchasing one little thing, have a new look in both of our dining areas!  First, the dining room.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

I started by removing the bird prints and small mirrors that surrounded the china cabinet previously, and hung a pair of mirrors from my bedroom flanking the cabinet.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Since I'm thinking about Fall decorating, the blue and white pieces that have been in the Entry had to move, but I really liked them all grouped together.  With the bird prints down from above the china cabinet, I needed to add some height there, so I tried arranging the pieces there.  Normally I don't like to load up the tops of cabinets with "stuff," but I think in this case it continues the look that's inside the cabinet, and keeps everything looking cohesive while adding some height.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Lastly, I brought the chairs from the kitchen table to this table, and removed the spotted shades from the chandelier since these chair backs have spotted fabric.  Also, with the grouping on top of the cabinet, the shades on the chandy were too much.  That chandelier has been getting the stink eye too... I love the chunky crystals on it but have my eyes open for something brass and sparkly and vintage... 

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room


green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Side note: I tweaked the orchid arrangement that I showed you last month.  After living with it for a while, I realized it needed a few more orchid stems to be a little more full.  And, I didn't like the brown spanish moss, so I switched it out with some bright green reindeer moss.  I like the contrast in color and it looks much cleaner.  I've actually been meaning to add in a few curly willow branches too like I saw in some beautiful arrangements at Boxwoods when we were in Atlanta, but I forgot until just now!  Need to get on that...

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room, orchid arrangement

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Here's a before and after from my summer tour.  Completely different look just by moving some things around!  It's a cleaner look now, which I think is good as the holidays are approaching.

green china cabinet, blue and white accessories, dining room

Now, since I robbed the kitchen table of it's chairs, I had to move some things around in there, too.

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

The tufted chairs are a nice change in here, I think!  This is the table we sit at the most, and they're actually more comfortable than the spotted back chairs, so I think the family is happy with this little switch, too.

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

I have 6 of the tufted chairs, but like the contrast of different chairs so I mixed in the Chippendale chairs at the ends of the table.

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

There are no other changes in here except for the chairs, but I think that one thing changes out the look!

tufted dining chairs, botanical gallery wall, chinese chippendale chairs, cowhide rug, vintage brass chandelier

As you're preparing for Fall, how can you look at the items in your home in a new way?  Move some things around.  Shop the house!  You don't need to spend any money to get an entirely different look!



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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

DIY CUSTOM MONOGRAMMED DOOR MAT


I've been needing to replace some door mats around our exterior doors and thought a quick monogrammed door mat would be a perfect DIY project to add some personality to our front door.

DIY door mat, cheetah spot stencil, monogrammed door mat tutorial

Royal Design Studio Stencils sent me their Cheetah Spots stencil to use in my powder bath makeover earlier this year,  but when I shifted gears from my original plan to a new design, I knew that I still had to use my cute stencil some other way!

I only needed a few supplies... a plain door mat (this one is 2x3', sturdy and nice quality, and was $10 from Ikea), the Cheetah Spots stencil, a piece of poster board, a letter for the monograms, tape, and spray paint.


I needed a template for my monogram letter larger than any stencils I already had, so I enlarged it on the copier and used the good ole "hang it on a window" trick to trace it on the center of the poster board.


Then I cut out the letter leaving an open "G" in the middle of the poster board.  I just got it started with a knife, but it was easier and quicker to cut the rest out with scissors.


Then, I centered the letter on the mat.  There was enough poster board around the letter that I didn't need to worry about overspray getting on the rest of the mat.


The texture of the mat is really rough, so the painter's tape really didn't help to secure it to the mat.  So, I just used something to press the poster board down close to the mat so there weren't gaps around the edges, then sprayed close to the opening, straight down to keep it from spraying up under the edges of the stencil.


I wanted a border around my initial, and like I said painters tape wasn't sticky enough, so I used duct tape to mark out a box, just using a yard stick to measure off the open space in between the tape lines.


Again, I sprayed straight down.  The coverage was pretty good with one coat, but I sprayed a second coat in spots that needed it.


I should have protected from overspray a little more in that previous step, because I ended up with a little around my box border.  It's ok, though, it's not that noticeable in the the finished product.


Now I was ready to add the cute pattern!  These stencils are large and it almost covered the entire mat, I just had to shift it a little bit as I went.  The beauty of this pattern is that it's so random, you really don't have to worry about matching the repeat up perfectly when you move the stencil.   I laid the stencil down on the mat, then covered the box and initial I had just painted with the poster board so it would stay as-is.  Then, I just sprayed each dot and worked my way around the mat.


I love how the tan background with the black paint really makes this look like a leopard print!

Custom monogrammed door mat tutorial, diy cheetah spots stencil


I was done with this project from start to finish in about 30 minutes.  I need a trip to Ikea to pick up a few more of these mats... I have 4 more doors that need a new one!  These would also make great teacher, hostess, or birthday gifts, or even a nice "welcome" gesture to a new neighbor.

DIY, tutorial, custom monogrammed door mat, cheetah spots stencil

Be sure to check out all of the stencil designs at Royal Design Studio Stencils.  The selection is vast and beautiful.  This is such a good way to achieve the look of wallpaper without the high dollar price tag and installation, too-  I'm still completely in love with Kris's stenciled bathroom walls!

diy door mat, custom monogrammed door mat tutorial, cheetah spots stencil, front door makeover

I did a similar door mat project years ago (when the blog was just a few months old!) if you'd like to check that project out, and have lots of other home made gift ideas here.



*Royal Design Stencil Studios provided me with product for this project.  All project ideas and opinions are mine.  Thank you for supporting companies that partner with Dimples and Tangles to keep great content coming!



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Monday, August 22, 2016

D&T INSTAPEEK


Hey you all!  As much as I love posting and following friends on Instagram, I realize that many of you don't use it.  Or, even if you're on IG, you might miss posts when IG is deciding what will show up in your feed (boo-I know I miss lots of posts this way too!).  So, I thought I'd give you a peek of what goes up over on my Instagram feed here on the blog occasionally.  Today, here's the highlight reel of our summer...

I'm still dreaming of all of these lovely hydrangeas that my sister let me clip from her bushes for my Summer Home Tour.


It's a common occurrence around here- one wants in, one wants out!


I finally got my hands on a fox tail fern this year.  I was totally amazed at some of the new shoots, they went a little haywire!


My daughter attended a basketball camp at a local university.  The parents are invited to come on the last day and watch some mostly friendly competition.  We enjoyed watching as our girl was named the champion in 2 categories (beating out all of the boys in her age group too!), "Gotcha" and Freethrows!  She got a kick out of wearing a different Oklahoma Baptist University t-shirt every day to camp (our Alma Mater) since this was at a "rival" school, and they got a kick out of giving her a hard time about it!

*Just a side note here for local OKC friends...  we're excited about a new basketball facility opening in town, Solid Rock Basketball.  A friend that I grew up going to church with is opening this brand new gym, and they are organizing a variety of leagues and skills training sessions.  Sign-up is open through the first week of September or so, if you're looking for something to keep your kids active while focusing on skills as well as character development, check it out!  Em is looking forward to playing in a league with them this Fall before school basketball starts later this year.


My son got his driver's permit this summer.  We're working on those 50 hours of supervised driving, with only occasional moments of panic mixed in!  Not really, he's doing a pretty good job.  ;)


I mentioned in this post that I was headed to meet up with one of my long-time and most favorite blog friends, face to face!  I ate up every second that I spent with Pam, loved touring her adorable home (even better in real life than the amazing photos!), we chatted non-stop, and even got to hit up Homegoods together!


We spent a week in our happy place- Red River, New Mexico.  I'll be posting about this fun little mountain ski town this week.


It's residents are very friendly...


While on vacation, we visited one of our favorite thrift stores in town and I bought 6 of these bamboo purse handles.  I'm not sure what I'm going to use them for yet, but for $1.50 I couldn't pass them up! (Thoughts of DIY towel rings are swirling in my brain.)


A sweet neighbor dropped off a carton of fresh eggs for us a few weeks ago.  I'm ashamed to admit this, but I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I've had fresh eggs in my life.  #citygirl  I almost hated to use them they were so pretty, but they sure did make a good breakfast casserole and Bacon and Cheese Quiche!


Have you seen Stranger Things on Netflix?  As usual, we were late to jump on the bandwagon.  However, once we started it, we had to make ourselves only watch an episode or two at a time and not binge watch the entire thing. We always enjoyed The X-Files back in the day and this had the same type of feel- a good mix of scary, weird, and sci-fi.  Judge for yourself, but this is probably for mature audiences- I personally wouldn't let my teen kids watch without screening (fast forwarding) through parts.


Thursday was our last day of summer, so we spent some time floating on the river.  My kind of entertainment... beautiful, free, and there's even a good arm workout thrown in!


Then, the first day of school was Friday (I know... crazy start day, right??).  These two are ready for a fantastic 10th and 8th grade year!


Over the weekend I spent some time in At Home shopping for my next Inspiration Team post, and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this new display...  Not gonna lie- all weekend I've kinda been thinking how amazing that table would look in my dining room!


Finally, I received a special delivery in the mail last week.  I am honored to have been selected as a Better Homes and Gardens 2016 Stylemaker!  I'll be attending the Stylemaker Workshop in NYC in September, and am excited to learn from some of the best editors and stylists in the publishing business while there.  I gathered up some of my favorite things to celebrate the announcement on IG.



I hope you enjoyed these little snaps of life that don't make it to the blog!  


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