Since we’re on topic of homes this week, I thought it’d be fitting to give you a run-down on an upcoming room makeover that I partnered up with Valspar on to showcase their new Valspar Reserve paint. I hope you’re ready for a color explosion! Okay, not really, although there is definitely more color involved than the usual white walls you may be used to around here (this one’s for you, Dad. He asks me on a regular basis to use colors that are easier to see!).
We’re going to be making over a little girls room, specifically my friend Cara’s daughter Ainsley (see her in all her cute glory here), to make it a bit more adult for her to grow into. Plus they just had a new baby and we want to make the space just girly enough for Ains, but gender neutral enough for a new baby brother and guests too. Now for the before photos and new room sources…
While pretty much everyone I know is pregnant or just had a baby, I’m dreaming of houses. Leave it to me to be the odd man out, but what can I say? It’s like a disease. I seriously drive by every house and think of what I could do with it, but it just seems so far out of reach most days, especially in the heart of Houston. Property here can be kind of ridiculous if you’re wanting to stay inside the loop.
Real talk: Did/do you all ever have the “How am I ever going to afford a house?” thoughts? I guess considering I’m not married, 26 years old, and trying to kickstart my own business that I’m probably really jumping the gun on this, but sometimes I feel like I barely afford life, let alone buying my own home in the kind of up and coming area I’d want to be in without a mountain of debt.
My Dad is Mr. DIY so I lucked out on the sense that I could buy a river rock and between his handiness and my ideas, we could turn it into a diamond, but even river rocks cost a pretty penny these days! What I lack in cash I make up for in Pinterest boards though, so we’re practically all square. Here are some of my dream spaces for someday…
Once upon a time in May (don’t you love when anti-climactic stories start off this way?), I was at a Smilebooth event and met a lovely lady, Corey, who I asked to be best friends with me about 5 minutes into knowing each other. She had made this amazingly clever backdrop with chicken wire and paper and I was in love.
Technically, first I tried to convince her to start a blog, then I tried to convince her to come work with me, and then I asked her if we could be best friends. Alas, she has young kids and quit her corporate job to be able to be home with them so I have to wait a few years. In the meantime I’ve come up with a version of her project that you can use as DIY paper wall art, or make an even bigger version for your own backdrops until Corey will come hangout with me in the studio everyday and share all of her cool stuff with you…
Well as if Amazon Prime hadn’t gotten out of hand enough for me, my lovely contributor Nanette went ahead and introduced me to Chairish. Now I’m three mid-century gem impulse purchases away from needing a billboard hotline number for intervention.
Have you been to the site before? It’s a really, really well curated version of all of the prettiest previously loved home furnishings and goods from all over the country that you can buy and have shipped to you. I mean, it’s like an A+ flea market high at your finger tips, 24/7. I refused to let myself keep the iPhone app because we’re currently working on two room makeovers to share with you this month (yay!), and it was getting WAY too easy to justify them as business expenses.
All of this to lead me to my next point, which is Chairish kindly asked if I’d be interested in sharing a collection of my favorite items from the site which I replied in a very cool, calm, and collected way “YES!” and then proceeded to run a lap around the studio. I’ll cut to the chase and share twelve of my favorites here and then leave you be to browse the rest of my selections here, plus…