How I Style My Pitcher Vase

How I Style My Pitcher Vase

Hellllo friends! I am super excited to share this week’s blog post with you all! My rustic farmhouse pitchers are some of my all time best sellers in my Details and Swirls shop! I live-letter these pitchers at all of my pop-up shops, and I know so many of you all have them! They are one of my favorite things to make, and I absolutely love how versatile they are. Whenever I post a picture of mine styled in a different way, you all ask so many questions on what I use to fill them, so I wanted to write all about how I style my pitcher for different seasons!

Classic Farmhouse – All Season

When my house is not decorated with seasonal decor, hues of grey, sage, and white fill my home! On a normal basis I have my pitcher filled with a mixed of eucalyptus and cotton stems! If you are looking for something a little smaller than the cotton, small white faux flowers work perfect to mix with the eucalyptus!

Eucalyptus leaves

Cotton Stems

Small White Flowers

Seasonal Picks

During Fall and Christmastime I love to fill my pitchers with seasonal picks instead of faux flowers! You can find beautiful seasonal picks at hobby lobby, michaels, and even amazon! I linked some of my favorites below, but you can either fill your pitcher with a mix of picks, or pop a few in with your eucalyptus!

Red Berry Picks

Frosted Berry Picks (Similar)

My favorite fall picks & sprays:

Wheat Sprays

Fall Picks

Pop Of Color

During Springtime I love adding a pop of color to my pitcher! I added some faux tulips into my eucalyptus and it immediately added the perfect Spring touch to my decor!

Tulips

Fresh Flowers!

Last, but certainly not least, I love to style my pitchers with a bouquet of real flowers! I will pick up a bouquets from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, and pop them in the center of my dining room table to create a beautiful display!

How do you all style your pitchers?! Send me your photos, I would love to see!!

Shop my pitchers here!

Also shown:

Mercury glass vases // Tuscan blue distressed vases // Grey plaid runner

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Mirror Wall – Design Tutorial

Mirror Wall – Design Tutorial

Hello friends and Happy New Year! I am coming to you with my first post of 2020! We are finally settling into our house a bit more, and starting to complete each room. My office has been on the top of my list to complete since we moved in! Now that wedding season and holiday season is officially over, I have the time to jump in and finish my office. First thing is first, I painted the entire room (Collingwood BM) and prepped the space to begin my mirror wall design!

From the moment I saw my office, I knew I wanted to create a mirror gallery wall using my ornate gold rental mirrors I have as part of my Details and Swirls wedding rental inventory. What appeared to be a daunting and time consuming project, ended up being fairly simple and easy! Below I mapped out the steps and instructions I came up with for mapping out and installing my wall!

Step 1: Map

I measured my wall (10 feet wide x 7 feet tall) and took to the Pottery Barn Room Planner to map out my design. If you haven’t used this before, it is AMAZING! I plugged in the dimensions on the room, added icons with the dimensions of all the mirrors I wanted to use, and dragged them around to determine a layout. This created a perfect map of my wall with the exact dimensions! If you are wondering why the mirrors are labeled it is because all of my rental pieces have “names”!

Step 2: Map Out On Floor

Now that I knew the dimensions and pieces I was using, I wanted to map everything out in real life. I used the floor in my office for this step. Since the width of the floor is the same as the width of the wall, I measured 7 feet on the floor to mimic the height, and laid my pieces down. Basically creating the exact dimensions of my wall, except on my floor.

Step 3: Equip All Mirrors For Hanging

Ensure all mirrors have proper hanging equipment. I used this wire and these hooks to ensure sturdy hanging. I recommend using wire suited for weight 50lbs and over!

Step 4: Take Your Mirror Measurements

To ensure proper hanging height, you need to keep in mind the distance between the hanging wire and the height of your mirror. After I attached the wire on each mirror, I put the mirror face down to measure. I lifted the wire from the center until there was no more give (this is how it will sit on the hook). Then I measured from the top of the mirror to that high point on the wire (let’s say 10 inches for this example). This means that whatever height I want the mirror to sit at on the wall, I need to place my hook 10 inches below that. Complete this step for all mirrors noting down the wire height for each!

Step 5: Hang!

Now it is time to hang! I started with my center mirror, because the placement of every other mirror is based off of my center. Since I had all of my pieces proportionally laid out, I simply measured from the “ceiling” how high to hang my center mirror (including the wire height from Step 4). That’s it! Once I had that measurement, I took to the real wall, measured that number, placed my hook up, and hung! Now that the center is up, I moved onto the other mirrors by simply holding them in their place on the wall, marking the top, and placing the hanger at the appropriate wire measurement. Simple and Easy! The beauty in doing a mirror wall is the measurements do not have to be exact. As long as the mirror is held up in the area you want it, you just mark, measure for the wire, and hang!

Fireplace Makeover – Mortar Wash

Fireplace Makeover – Mortar Wash

I am back with another DIY home makeover! Since the second I saw this fireplace in our house, I knew I wanted to turn it into a beautiful focal point! While I love the traditional brick, the dark colors do not mix well with our neutral hues throughout our home. I had seen photos of beautiful white washed brick, and wondered if this was something I could achieve. I took to the internet and realized this white washed brick style is actually called German Smear, and can be achieved with a mortar wash technique! This has been my favorite project to date, and I am so excited to share it with you all, let’s get started!

Before I started, I researched a BUNCH of photos of German Smear fireplaces (I suggest you do the same!). While the overall technique is the same for all, there are certain qualities that make each style different.

Now you can see from the photos above, when you google German Smear fireplace, all of the photos look similar but there are unique differences that can make a big difference in the way you apply this technique! I wanted to go for a look similar to the third photo (an overall wash of white).

Now that you have a design goal in mind – let’s make sure we have all of the supplies! I picked all of my supplies up from Amazon and my local Home Depot/Lowe’s.

White Mortar Mix
Painter’s Tape
Gloves (make sure you wear gloves! I forgot to and absolutely destroyed my hands!)
Mixing Bucket
Grouting Sponges (I suggest 3)
Paint Stir Stick
Foam Brush

Step 1 – Clean surface

Vacuum your fireplace thoroughly and clean all debris

Step 2 – Tape fireplace

Apply your painter’s tape to the fire place, mantel, and floor

Step 3 – Mix Mortar

Using your mixing bucket, mix water and mortar together. Follow the instructions on the mortar package for mixing. MAJOR TIP! Do not pour a ton of water into your bucket before mixing! Depending on your fireplace size, you most likely will not need the entire bag of mortar. We made the mistake of pouring too much water into the mix to start, and we had to use almost the entire bag of mortar to get the right consistency. This added about 40 minutes to our process and it was not necessary! The mixture should take about 5 minutes to stir once you have the right mix of water and mortar powder, and the finished mixture should be like thick soft serve ice cream!

Step 4 – Fill in grout (work in sections)

Now the magic begins! The most important step in achieving this look is to ensure all of the grout lines are fully filled with mortar. The easiest way to do this is to use a foam paint brush to fill in all of the grout lines.

Step 5 – Spread mortar

While working in sections, I used a damp grouting sponge to start spreading the mortar from the grout lines all over the bricks. I used a mix of circular motions and dabbing motions to attain the textured look I wanted. During this process the fireplace DEFINITELY did not look like I was envisioning. You have to be patient and once we get to step 6, things will start coming together!

NOTE: some of the grout mortar will wipe away during this step, repeat steps 4 & 5 until grout lines are fully white with mortar!

Step 6 – Detail!

This is where your original design vision comes into play, think back to your inspiration image when going through this step! If you want more of an overall white wash (like I did), go ahead and add some more mortar to certain areas you want to be whiter. I used a dry grout sponge for this step because I did not want the damp sponge to remove any of the mortar I already applied.

Once I finished applying more mortar, I realized I actually wanted more of the original brick showing through. I grabbed a freshly dampened grout sponge, and starting running it over the middle of some of the bricks to expose some color.

I kept repeating this process of using a dry sponge to add more mortar, and a damp sponge to take mortar away, until I was happy with the outcome! Be patient with this step and refer back to your inspiration photo as much as you want to compare!

As you are working through this step just remember, the mortar will dry to a brighter white, so if you are discouraged it is not as bright as you envisioned, wait 12 hours for it to fully set, and you will be amazed at the outcome! Above are photos of the fireplace right before I finished “detailing”, and below are photos the next morning of the fireplace fully dried!

You can find my sweater from Chicwish here!

I am in love with the final outcome, and it has added a new level of design to our family room! Let me know your thoughts below, and if you try this technique be sure to tell me how it goes!

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9 Cathedral Windowpane Mirror Ideas!

9 Cathedral Windowpane Mirror Ideas!

I am in the process of looking for two matching cathedral mirrors to put up in our dining room! The options are absolutely endless, and I cannot seem to make a decision! I rounded up my nine favorites in the hopes I can start to narrow them down! We will be placing each mirror on either side of a large horizontal canvas photo on our dining room wall. I am so excited to see the finished result!

1 – Hobby Lobby $54.99 (50% off every other week)

2 – Hobby Lobby $219.99 (50% off every other week)

3 – Overstock – $137.49

4 – Pier One $249

5 – Angel Boho 225 Euro

6 – Amazon – $90

7 – Kirklands – $169.99

8 – Home Depot – $257

9 – Hay Needle – $99

Stair Riser Makeover

Stair Riser Makeover

This week’s DIY makeover has to be one of my favorites! When we first bought our house, there was an old, worn down, and discolored stair runner that NEEDED to go. When we got our floors refinished, we had the flooring professionals remove the runner, and refinish the stairs. While the tops of the stairs now looked beautiful, the backs were discolored from the original rug, and needed some help!

I had been seeing the trend of tiled stair risers, and was in LOVE! Everything in our home is modeled after grey moroccan tile, so I fell in love with the idea of adding this design detail to our stairs. Now the stairs definitely are not the focal point of our home, but I still believe carrying prominent design details throughout the entire house is really important to form a cohesive design.

Soon after researching tile for the stair risers, I realized it was not in the budget. What I did stumble across were tile STICKERS! Now I did not even know these existed, but I am completely in love. I decided to purchase stickers to adhere to every other stair riser, and I got them from this Etsy shop!

After finalizing our design plan, it was time to prep the stairs. We sanded all of the stair risers and removed any leftover staples still remaining from the runner. Next, any stair risers we were not putting stickers on we painted white. When it came time to apply the stickers, I was SHOCKED as to how easily they applied! It took me about 10 minutes in total, and the material of the stickers are durable and super adhesive!

We still need to touch up the white paint in spots above the stickers we did not get to before, but what do you all think of the finished result?!

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

From the moment I stepped foot in our breezeway, I knew I wanted to create a beautiful entryway space! The neon yellow of the walls did not blind my vision, and I could not wait to start creating! As I began brainstorming ideas for the space, I originally thought I wanted an entryway tree bench. If you do not know what these are, they are basically benches with a back panel attachment equipped with shelves and hooks on top. The more I looked at these pieces, the more I felt they were too small for the space. I really wanted something that would extend the entire length of the 6 foot wall, and I just could not find anything I liked!

So what to do when you cannot find anything you like? Design it yourself! Once I realized I could create my own entryway design, the options became endless! I started searching for the perfect benches, hooks, shelves, and calligraphy laser cut letters of course! I am so happy with the outcome, and even happier I get to see this space every day when I walk into our home!

Before we began any design details, we needed to PAINT! I am not sure why the breezeway was painted a neon yellow, but we painted over with Benjamin Moore’s Shoreline. This color brightened up the space (which is odd, because you would think it could not get brighter than neon yellow!) and neutralized the whole room. I would be lying if I said the panels were easy to paint, but it actually took us HOURS to get in all of the small crevices!

After the space was clean and painted, it was time to finalize design! I ordered this bench which I was SO excited about! I wanted something that fix my style, but also hid shoe storage, and this piece did both! Unfortunately it too THREE tries for this piece to get delivered in one piece, but you know what they say, third time’s the charm!

Next, I took to Etsy to find the rest of the details for my design! I had been eying these letters for the longest time! I knew I wanted something other than “welcome” and this phrase and mix of script and print felt perfect!

This Etsy shop is awesome because they let you preview the letters in all of their different text options! I chose their script “Betterfly”

Time to find hooks! This part was fairly easy, and a quick Etsy search led me to the perfect black hooks! I needed 10 (one for every panel) and this pack of 10 seemed like it was made to be!

Finally, I took to Etsy one last time to search for the perfect floating shelf. I needed one that was 6 feet long, and I wanted it stained black to match the bench details, letters, and hooks. These specific requirements led me to find this shelf! I did have to custom order my size, but I cannot say enough good things about this shop! The shelf is beautiful, and was SO easy to put together, it seriously took 60 seconds.

So what do you all think of the finished result?! I am beyond happy with how the design turned out, and I cannot wait to start decorating this space for the upcoming seasons!

DIY 1950s Bathroom Floor Makeover

DIY 1950s Bathroom Floor Makeover

We bought our first home! There are so many nostalgic pieces about this home and this neighborhood. For starters my 93-year-old grandpa lives a few houses down in a house he built! Our yard backs up to my grandpa’s late brother’s house, and my two cousins live down the road! We are truly grateful to be surrounded by so many memories and family. Knowing that my grandpa and great uncle both built their houses in this neighborhood over 65 years ago, it was safe to assume that our 1957 cape was going to need some updating!

Since our upstairs bathroom is a COMPLETE gut job and renovation (I’m talking floor to ceiling yellow tile), we did not want to put too much money in our downstairs bathroom. The once blue wall tile was re-glazed white by the previous owners, but the original 50s tiled floor needed a change. I decided instead of living with the dated floor tile, I would try PAINTING the tile! I could not be happier with the outcome, and I am sharing the entire process below!

The process can easily be completed over the course of one weekend. It really only takes an hour or so, and waiting for the layers to dry was the longest part!

Original tile!

Step 1: Tape
First we started by taping off the perimeter of floor to ensure no paint got on the tub, wall, tile, or toilet!

Painter’s Tape: $6.29

Step 2: Sand
Next, we sanded the floor to lift any debris and create a smooth surface!

Hand Sander: $29

Step 3: Strip Tile
This was equally the most disgusting and satisfying step in the process! As you can imagine, original 1957 tile has A LOT of built up dirt and grime. The tile stripper lifted all of this to the surface, and man was it satisfying to mop it away! We applied the tile stripper (mixed with water) with a small scrubber brush (don’t forget to wear a mask, this stuff is STRONG)! Let stripper sit on tile for about 10 minutes and then rinse clean with water and dry! This step is crucial because primer bonds to clean tile the best!

Tile Stripper: $13 – We used Zep tile stripper from Lowe’s, I could not find it on Amazon, but if you go into your locale Lowe’s they can direct you to it!
Scrub Brush: $6

Step 4: Prime
Using a paint roller, cover entire floor with bonding primer, let dry 1-2 hours.

Bonding Primer: $15

Half primed, half painted!

Step 5: PAINT!
Once the primer has dried, it is time to paint! We decided to do 3 coats of paint to ensure the color was opaque and there were no colored tiles showing through. Let the paint dry thoroughly between coats, and I suggest letting the final coat set for atleast a full day and night! Unfortunately some of the workers in our house stepped on the tile before it was completely dried, and we had to do a touch up!

The paint we used is Benjamin Moore Floor and Patio paint in platinum grey! $24

Step 6: Seal
This step is optional, but I recommend it! Apply two coats, and again let dry thoroughly in between!

Triple Thick Polyurethane: $19

And the finished result?! Floors that look crisp and BRAND NEW!

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