Monday, April 10, 2017
wallpaper, oh how i love you :)
hi sweet friends and happy april! I'm not sure where the month of march went, time seems to go faster with each year! so i finally got out the camera to take some pics and share the little mudroom refresh that started a few weeks ago. it all kinda turned into that 'if you give a mouse a cookie'. one thing led to another led to another led to another...you think i would learn this by now. but please tell me I'm not the only one! so it all started with the search for the perfect wallpaper....i have wallpaper in the carriage house mudroom, and have always love the extra bit of 'cozy' it added to the room. the mudroom in the addition still just needed that little something, and turns out that wallpaper was the perfect little something. i knew i wanted something with a look from years past, and after googling 'hand blocked wallpaper', i found the perfect pattern at wallpaper direct.com....to visit them just click HERE i ordered a couple of samples in three different patterns and a few different colors, taped them up, stared at them for a bit and knew my original pick was the winner. at first i thought maybe it was too light, but it is just the perfect touch of color and texture...it could not be too busy since it is so visible from the kitchen and den. and i must say i LOVE the way it turned out...it is the pattern #3663 block print and to me it could not be more perfect. and a HUGE thank you to my mom for helping me install it. this was our first time we worked with paper that you put the paste right on the wall and then stick the paper right to that, and we loved it! less mess for sure, which is always a good thing, right? the paste also came from wallpaper direct.com, which i loved...that i could get everything i needed in one place and delivered right to the door. and how about that beautiful new barn door track from www.thebarndoorhardware.com? i guess it was about three years ago when we hung the original track....we were on a budget and got the galvanized track from our local farm supply store and spray painted it black. but when i saw this gorgeous raw steel track, i asked my sweet hubby (while smiling real sweet and with a few pretty pleases thrown in;) if we could change out the track. really hard to get a good shot of this space, but you can hopefully tell how amazing the new track looks, and of course the gorgeous barn doors my sweet hubby made (insert really proud wife face here;). a few other little touches to the space are these gorgeous picture frames from the sweet jenny www.jennysteffens.com ....to visit jenny and check out all of the pretty she sells just click HERE i adore that they are so classic and simple....and i love that i walk by these sweet faces everyday, even though it makes my heart a bit sad. i miss the days of chubby cheeks.... and this is the larger 11x14 from jenny with a watercolor that my sweet emme grace painted for me last year for mother's day. i have always told my girls all i want is for them to make me a card for mother's day, birthday, etc., and i must say i love how that has stuck year to year. and even thought i miss the cards with circles for hand with three fingers and really long eyelashes, i also love the amazing art my girls paint for me now. each stage is so sweet and so special and honestly goes by way too fast for this momma. the beautiful basket is also from www.jennysteffens.com, and the dried lavender is from the faded farmhouse in arrinton....if you are ever in middle tennessee and near franklin, you must stop in at the faded farmhouse...so much pretty to look at! i also had my sweet hubby add a new sconce, which like most things became a bit more involved than i thought....moving of an electrical box, cutting out old trim, adding new trim, which led to painting which led to paint not matching which led to having to keep going around the room....you get the picture. (insert frustrated, crying face here) i have had the light for a while now, just waiting on the perfect wallpaper. i googled vintage double sconce, and i actually found this one on ebay. it isn't vintage, but it looks kinda vintage....i love the way it looks in the space so much. (insert heart eyes) my sweet hubby made me the bench a couple years ago for Christmas after i found an antique one that was way out of our price range. and i ended up loving his SO much more! the brick tiles are from home depot about 5 years ago, and we did a border out of the 100 year old barn wood we tore off of our barn when we restored it. the pillows are from les indiennes, and the little owl is one of magpie's favorite toys ever, blabla kids. i sold them at the briar patch and my big girls would always bring home any new one that they came out with. but it wasn't until magpie came along that they truly got LOTS of love. she tots them EVERYWHERE! the painting over the bench i painted to fit the spot, and jeffrey framed it for me in barn wood. i started painting about 12 years ago, at first for our home and then to sell at the briar patch. i had not painted in a few years, but was missing it so i picked up a paint brush a couple years ago...i must say i'm loving getting back to it! the drapes i had custom made about 5 years ago, and i still love them so much! the beautiful striped runner is made by dash and albert, the basket is vintage and a flea market find, and the lavender is real and from publix....i'm hoping and praying i don't kill it like i have every plant i have tried inside! (insert monkey with hands over eyes emoji here;) one more of the lavender because it is spring, it looks so pretty, and it looks kinda perfect in that basket and because i have kept it alive for over two weeks! (insert praise hands here;) i hope y'all enjoyed the little tour around the mudroom after it's mini makeover...the wallpaper that led to the barn door track, that led to the new pictures, and the new basket, and the new light...yep. that whole if you give a mouse a cookie thing:) but i must say that it finally feels complete, it feels like 'home'.