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shopping for inspiration {5 ways to bring Anthropologie into your home today}

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Who doesn’t love a good stroll through Anthropologie, am I right? Ok, that’s an easy question, my husband immediately sprigs to mind as someone who would pay to not have to walk through an Anthro store, but if you love reading home blogs, you probably love the store as much as me. Every time I walk in, I am inspired by different items and ideas, so after a recent trip to Anthro where I took about 50 photos (creeper!), I thought I’d share five inspiring ideas to bring into your home today.

1. Have a statement piece

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Every space needs that one it item that immediately draws your attention and announces the feel for the room. It doesn’t have to be an expensive piece or even something you’ve purchased as-is–DIY is good! It just needs that wow factor to set the tone for the space.

2. Aged=beauty

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I think in interiors, aged pieces are so lovely and add such warmth and soul to a room. These items can be big or small. Is distressed painted furniture not your thing? No problem, worn woods, slouchy leather, metal patina or assorted found objects can all provide that feeling of age that is so inviting.

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I’m not saying your home should be a museum of old stuff–I love crisp modern colors and sleek pieces as well. But a few well-worn items help complete any room.

3. Use unexpected materials

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This idea is pretty much a hallmark of Anthropologie, and it plays so nicely in homes. Wood and pipe shelving units are super popular right now, I love this little twist of using just the pipes to hang linens from. Now I’m dreaming of a pipe towel bar in my kids’ bathroom!

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Or how about simply using a beautiful branch as a curtain rod? Using unexpected items in your home invites your visitors to look a little closer at the details and expresses so much personality. Love it.

4. Mix and match

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Mix leathers, mix wood tones, mix textile patterns, and mix metals. As long is there is a cohesive thread running through your space, like a complementary color scheme or furniture style, you really can play a little bit with your finishes.

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Not sure how to mix things up effectively? Use the gallon, quart, drop method to successfully mix and match metallics without taking your home to crazy-town. In a bedroom with oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures and door hardware (gallon), use chrome drawer pulls and nailhead trim (quart), and a brass or gold desktop accessory (drop).

5. Add life

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I am a firm believer that every room looks better with live plants or flowers. They provide such a nice visual resting place for the eye after they’ve feasted on all the other personality in a space.

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Plus, living plants are so pretty!

I didn’t spend a dime on my recent Anthro-stroll, but I’ve got tree separate steal-able ideas of projects to do, plus tons of inspiration for personalizing my home. I’m off to re-evaluate my spaces to see if I’ve got the wow! item in each of them I want. (Spoiler alert! I don’t). Then I’m going to start dreaming of ways to amp up the personality.

geometric what? {large-scale wall art}

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by jani

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by jani

The last few weeks as I’ve been working in my home and working on this little blog, I’ve noticed that I have many, many home projects that I never blogged about. Some were simple, quick fixes or updates that didn’t seem blog worthy. Some were “inspired by” ideas that were not 100% unique and original and therefore I deemed them not blog worthy. Some were new purchases/gifts that seemed a little braggy to share “Check out my new XYZ that cost $$$$!” Most of these little past projects will probably stay un-blogged-upon, primarily because at this point I have the attention span of a gnat. But, I’ve resolved to begin sharing the “inspired by” projects because really, isn’t that the whole point of blogging these days? To share projects and inspire others? And honestly, 97% of projects I see are all obviously inspired by something someone else has already done. As long as credit is given where credit is due, I think that’s a wonderful thing.

So, long wordy explanation for a suuuuuuper simple project I’m sharing today. I saw this image months ago on Pinterest and loved the bold geometric shapes and graphic quality of it. So when I clicked over to the blog it was from, My Sister’s Suitcase, I was totally inspired to do my own spin on the idea for Natalie and Macie’s room. This was before I dreamed up the reclaimed molding headboard that takes up all the wall space over the bed, so initially I was planning to put my version over their bed. With the headboard covering most of that wall, though, I shifted and realized I had already created the perfect spot for this project at Christmastime.

Last year at this time, their wall opposite the bed looked like this:

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by jani

My youngest two daughters got a new play kitchen for Christmas, though, and this wall was the only spot in the house where it could fit comfortably. So we moved the vertical bulletin board over and rehung it directly above the desk. That corner is now a bit crowded, as you can see in this completely  unstaged photo (just keeping it real, folks! pin that one, please), but my kids rooms really need to be as functional as they are pretty. And sometimes function trumps pretty entirely. It is what it is–we don’t have a playroom, so their stuff has to live in here with them.

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by jani Anyway, moving that bulletin board left a nice big empty space on the wall that needed filling–the whole wall was visually weighted on the desk side.

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by janiThis project was perfect to fill that space and to add a nice visual punch to balance out this wall. I initially planned to make a butterfly with triangles cut from scrapbooking paper–I even sketched out a to-scale plan of where to place the triangles (nerd alert!). Then I saw these hexagonal trays in the dollar section at Target and my mind started turning over ideas.

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by janiAnd like a crazy person, I plotted out my plan right on the floor of the store and immediate instagrammed it to make sure others could see what I saw. Either my instagram friends are as crazy as me or my design really does look like a butterfly! I cleaned out my store, then went back for a few more, but they’re since been restocked at one of the Target’s in town, so if you wanted to replicate this (or make your own design with the hexes), you may be in luck!

Getting it up on the wall could not be easier. First, lay out your plan with your trays. I could only get so many of the pink and blue trays at the time, so I wanted the yellow and green to be fairly well spread out. Once you like your design, take a photo at this point so you have it to refer to later when you assemble this on the wall.
diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by janiNext comes the most time-consuming part of the process–remove all the round price stickers and scrub them clean. The plastic of the tray is so soft that I couldn’t really use a razor blade to remove the stickers, which is my go-to trick for easy sticker removal. But really, it probably didn’t take me longer than about 20 minutes or so, so fire up some Netflix and peel away! Then get some 3M picture hanging strips, attach two together with the tabs at opposite ends, and cut them in half.

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These strips are rated to hold up to 4 pounds each, so cutting them in half still provides plenty of sticking power for these super lightweight trays, and it stretches your strips a little further. Then simply stick each half on the back of one of the trays. diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by janiPeel off the other backing, and stick them up on your wall in your preferred design. Easy, right?

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It’s definitely a more abstract than literal butterfly, but I’m really enjoying the effect, and I love that it brings all the colors in the play kitchen up to the wall and ties in nicely with the riot of colors in the bulletin boards.

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by janiI also love that the blue of the trays is almost an exact match of the blue in the shutter coat hanger. And honestly, it’s nice to break up the pink with the other colors, as well. At night with artificial light this room is PINK.
http://www.janiphotography.com/impressions/personalize-a-basic-bulletin-board-fabric-ribbon/What do you think? Can you see the butterfly?

diy hexagon butterfly wall art at impressions by jani

Or am I just the crazy lady in the dollar section? (-:

I’m linking up with Home Stories A to Z and Not JUST a Housewife!

 

 

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adding a touch of spring {soda crate restyle}

strawberry season at impressions by janiIt’s strawberry season here in the central valley of California, and that signals, more than softball games or green grass, that it is truly spring! These strawberries are amazing. I couldn’t resist playing a little with my camera–I got a little click-happy!

strawberry season at impressions by janiOf all the places my family lived while I was growing up, I claim Wyoming, AKA Arctic-Tundra-Land (said with love), as the place I’m from. And in a town where the growing season is literally about 12 days long, it’s hard to find fresh, good fruits and vegetables or grow them yourselves. So the first time my husband dropped me off at a strawberry stand and handed me a five to get three baskets of strawberries, I kept waiting for him to give me more money. And at the time, I think I even got change back!

strawberry season at impressions by janiStrawberries, see, when you live in southwest Wyoming, are kind of a luxury food item. Like, five bucks for a tiny pint, and even then they were shipped in from somewhere far away and were red but not really ripe and were way tart and a little woody in texture.

strawberry season at impressions by janiThese babies? They are juicy and sweet. The aroma when you put them in your car to bring them home is amazing. And we just snack on them all.day.long. It’s a bit of a switch for me, since these strawberries don’t have to be used for a special occasion dessert or anything. We just munch on them. I had to resort to these tiny bowls as a way to limit the number the girls take at once–I think any of my three older ones could polish off a whole basket in one sitting if I let them. I can’t wait to make my favorite strawberry pie and replenish our stash of strawberry freezer jam.

strawberry season at impressions by janiAnd when it’s strawberry season and you do some DIY/home blogging, you have to create some strawberry-themed chalkboard art. My chalkboarding skills are really non-existant, but my girls were so impressed! Plus, keeping the chalkboard propped there helps cover up the phone jack that we have used exactly zero times since we moved into this home. I have plans for transforming that little kraft paper bin into a charging station–stay tuned!

In other news, I had to restyle my soda crate shelves in honor of spring. When I first put them up I planned to use all-white ceramic pieces I’d slowly collect over time. By the time I painted the cabinets, the crates were pretty country in their styling. Now I’m really enjoying a more clean, modern look in my decor and I think these crate shelves reflect that.

strawberry season at impressions by janiPlus, this was the perfect chance to snip a few of the last of my ranunculus blooms and bring them inside. Their season is so quick around here, but they are such great flowers to put in water.

strawberry season at impressions by janiI’m also trying to bring in a little navy and coral in my kitchen, and these little shelves make it easy to add little pops of color with inexpensive accessories. I’m itching to update the faux shade over my kitchen window, but that’s another project for another day.

strawberry season at impressions by janistrawberry season at impressions by janistrawberry season at impressions by janistrawberry season at impressions by janiI’m just thrilled my kitchen is mostly clean heading into this weekend–we’ve got a track meet, soccer game, and two softball games. Other than strawberries, we will probably doing a lot of take-out. Thank goodness for fresh fruit!

What are your weekend plans? Any jam making on the horizon?

 

 

a bed to be proud of {build a headboard with reclaimed molding}

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I am so excited to share this project. Like, I’ve been sitting on it for a week waiting for the perfect day to style and photograph this baby so I could share it because I want it to be perfect.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiYou could see a glimpse of this project in my earlier post about my little hoarder dipped jewelry dish. It’s one of those project that I dreamt up late at night while trying to fall asleep, then spent half the night thinking and planning before rushing off to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore the next morning to pick up my supplies.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiMy middle two daughters share this room and queen-sized bed, and I’ve been itching to get a headboard up for them since we switched their bunk bed out for this. I could never find exactly the right one that I was willing to either spend the moolah on or pull the trigger and DIY. For a while I was sure I would do some version of a tufted, upholstered headboard for them, but then I remembered–these are my girls. Within 30 minutes of an upholstered headboard going up, there was sure to be a nail polish mishap or a lip gloss attack or a marker party. Whatever I put on this wall had to be completely scrubbable.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiAnd here it is! I made this headboard out of molding scraps and cast-offs from the ReStore.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiI spent $27 on all this, plus another $10 at the local hardware store where I purchased two eight-foot MDF door casing pieces and two eight-foot 1×3 pieces of white wood. So for around $40, I have a completely unique and special feature wall for my girls’ room.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiLet’s get to the nitty-gritty of how I put this all together, shall we?

For starters, here is what this wall looked like before (unmade bed, kid-shelved books, and all).

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiNo pillow shams, no accent pillows, just a duvet and two sleeping pillows. Each girl has a bookcase nightstand (more on those to come) to keep her treasures on, but the bed itself was pretty underwhelming. I measured the width of the mattress and googled around to see how wide a standard queen headboard is. I settled on 62″ for this space and wanted the headboard to go at least 36″ above the mattress.

Some of my molding pieces were longer than 62″ inches, but some were shorter. I marked off the long ones and use my miter saw to cut them all down, then I organized the shorter pieces and the left over ends by width. I knew I wanted some of the “slats” of my headboard to be composed of two different pieces of molding, so I needed to know which pieces would go together to create one row.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiI then marked the finished dimensions I wanted off on the floor of my garage with painters’ tape and got to work. Below is a shot of the finished configuration, but it took a bit of playing to get it just right.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiThis part is like a big jig saw puzzle. I generally used wider boards and pieces of molding at the base of the headboard to add more visual weight at the bottom, and I tried to intersperse plain wood pieces with molding so that there wasn’t too much smooth next to smooth. A few of the matched-up rows of two pieces had portions hanging off the end, so I marked and cut those down to size. I also made sure to stagger the seams where two lengths of molding or wood met so that they were spread across the headboard.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiFinally, I noticed that in a few places, the two wood pieces that were the same width were wildly different depths. I decided to angle the ends of the thicker pieces to help transition from piece to piece instead of having such a strong angle. An easy way to help me remember which angle I wanted to cut the piece to was to simply mark my boards accordingly.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiOnce I had everything cut and laid out exactly where I wanted it, I turned each board over and numbered it on the back with a sharpie. Don’t skip this step! You think you’ll remember or you can refer back to a photo, but in the long run, numbering is soooo much quicker.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiThis is the photo I instagrammed that had every single one of my local friends that I saw that week asking “WHAT are you making????” After marking all the numbers, I roughed up the fronts of each board and molding piece to make sure my primer would adhere nicely. A few of the molding pieces had clearly come out of homes and had paint chipping away, cracks, and other flaws, so they got sanded a bit more thoroughly.

http://instagram.com/p/lYBC3IpO4C/So, after sanding everything, I spread a picnic blanket on my daughter’s bed, moved it and the bookcases back off the wall, and got to work. I used my brad nailer to secure each piece of the headboard in place, checking for level with each one.

http://instagram.com/p/lYBC3IpO4C/As I saw the headboard taking shape, I got really excited.

http://instagram.com/p/lYBC3IpO4C/And ta-dah!

http://instagram.com/p/lYBC3IpO4C/I carefully measured the spacing for the top, tapered pieces. Once everything was secure, I filled all the nail holes with wood putty, smoothed down the excess with a sanding sponge, then sprayed the whole piece with 409 cleaner and wiped away all the dust. Then I taped off the edges and got to priming!

http://instagram.com/p/lYBC3IpO4C/I was quite concerned as I primed because I had a few pieces of unfinished oak molding that yellowed horribly with the first coat of primer. The second went on a little cleaner, and then I used two coats of Valspar’s Ultra Kitchen & Bath Paint+Primer that I had left over from my kitchen cabinets, and that seemed to cover up the last of the yellowing.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiI am so happy with how this project turned out. I love how the headboard breaks up all the pink on the wall and connects the two bookcases on either side. Eventually the wood-finish bookcase will get painted the same blue as the other, but it’s just one of many items on my list at the moment.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janireclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiI also love that the edges are slightly imperfect (seems to be a theme lately, huh?). The different profiles of the wood trim pieces used are so interesting to me, and I love that texture behind the pillows I found to complete their bedding set.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiAt this point, I am planning to go back in and cauk the joints between the trim and wood pieces. In hindsight, I should have done this while I was filling in nail holes before I started priming, but as is usually the case with me, I was anxious to jump ahead. I am working on slowing down and doing a project right the first time, I promise! So just imagine that all those little nooks are filled in.

reclaimed wood molding headboard at impressions by janiSo, what do you think? Am I a crazy lady who nailed random pieces of wood to her wall? Or a brilliant visionary *snort*? Really, I’m just happy momma with two thrilled little girls. And for that–nailed it!

Really, though, I could see endless variations of this type of treatment. A whole wall of interesting molding and reclaimed wood pieces, all painted or stained in the same tone could be gorgeous–sort of an update of the ubiquitous DIY planked walls that are everywhere. Can you see it?

Linking up with Home Stories A to Z and Miss Mustard Seed!

I’m also sharing this in East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars Upcycle link up. Have you seen the amazing entries in the Creating with the Stars contest? Who did you vote for?

 

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