Design Trends : Seeing Blue

 

There’s no doubt that when it comes to recent design trends, blue is in. I first fell in love with the color and brought it home when we moved to our current apartment last spring. We coated our 12 foot bedroom walls in the perfect shade of navy blue. The color has actually become one of my all time favorite paint colors, and I can’t wait to use it in another room!

The blue hue is the perfect color scheme if you’re looking to achieve a unique and globally inspired design. Earlier this summer Ikea launched their limited edition True Blue Collection. It’s an Indian-inspired collection, and, in my opinion, it’s to die for. I want to own it all, and have been eagerly awaiting a release of the collection in our local stores. Sadly, I have finally come to the realization that it probably won’t happen. Sigh.

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DIY Anthropologie Inspired Floral Lamp Shade

 

Good afternoon! I am a little late posting today because I was having so much fun making this lamp shade for Sydney’s room. When we moved, some of our shades were damaged, and I have been meaning to revamp and fix them for the past year. Well, when I saw this adorable lampshade from Anthropologie, I was immediately inspired to create a similar look and finally fix one of the shades!  The flowers perfectly covered up cracks in the shade, and now it looks as good as new. Continue reading

Sydney’s Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. We had a blast celebrating Sydney’s third birthday with  friends and family in Wonderland! Sydney and I worked on decorations all last week, and everything came together nicely. To set up the party we brought an old dining set out onto the patio. Surrounded by paper lanterns and tons of flowers, this became the perfect setting for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And, she is super lucky her daddy braved the heat and dressed up so she could have Mad Hatter himself at her party! Continue reading

A Quick Bedroom Makeover On A Budget

 

After two full days of painting, rearranging, and accessorizing, the bedroom is done! The new paint color really transformed the room, making it feel fresh and bright. I also shifted the bed over, and moved the existing chest from the foot of the bed to the side. Now it has dual purpose as both storage and a night table. This also cleared up floor space at the foot of the bed. Then, I moved the large floor mirror to the other side of the room to help define a dressing area near the closet and bombay dresser. With this layout, the room is more spacious and inviting.

In order to marry the old and the new, I mixed in vintage items with beach accents, like this antique bowl filled with shells and starfish. The white ceramic bird adds a touch of whimsy.

Along with a few other accents, the yellow throw pillow brings a cheery feel to the room.

I couldn’t pass up this rope ball door stop. So cute!

In the end this diy room renovation took two days and just $300. As you can see, you don’t have to break the bank to update your bedroom!

Here is the Before & After:

Guest Post : Creating Great Workspaces by Joanna at Design Shuffle

Good Morning! Today I bring you a guest post from Joanna at Design Shuffle. She has some great workspace ideas for you fellow crafters and DIY-ers. Enjoy!

Hello! My name is Joanna. I’m a writer for Design Shuffle, a wonderful social networking community that brings together interior designers and those who love to follow their work. Luckily, as part of my writing I get to spend my days searching for and gathering decorating ideas and images. I love to share them with blog readers like you on design blogs such as The Gold Jelly Bean.

If you’re a crafter, then you know having a place to work and keep your supplies is a necessity. This can be accomplished by turning a spare bedroom or office into your dream workspace or by using a corner of the kitchen or dining room to spread your wings. There is something thrilling about seeing your supplies organized and at the ready for the next big project. These are some of my favorite workspaces wonders. Thanks for letting me share today!

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Bringing New Life to an Old Lamp

We have a few high quality old brass lamps in our place. I love them, they are classic and can go with pretty much any style. When we first acquired this lamp, we gave it a fresh coat of glossy black paint which went well against the white walls in our last apartment. But, once it was moved to it’s new home in our current hallway, it got lost against the charcoal walls. I wanted it to be shiny and gold again, but finding that original metal underneath the black was not an option. I love gold spray paint, however it just wouldn’t look right on this lamp. It would be too similar to the original finish, but not quite there. So, I decided to go for another metallic spray paint finish. Continue reading

Fabric Bins, Keeping Sydney Organized

 

The latest addition to Sydney’s room, fun fabric bins. I found these basic fabric boxes for just $4.99 from Ikea. With some fabric scraps, contrasting thread, fabric glue, and a little creativity I personalized the boxes for our daughters room. It’s a fun way to store toys and stay organized. Sydney knows that baby dolls are in the ‘s’ box, dress up in the ‘y’, etc. I created stencils from paper before cutting the fabric. Then used a sewing machine to outline each letter with contrasting thread. Each letter was then adhered to the boxes with fabric glue.

Eclectic China

 

I wanted to register for china for our wedding, but we ended up going the Crate and Barrel route instead. And then of course a year, and a couple broken dishes later, the stores stopped carrying our set. You can get them through special order, but what a fuss. So when we moved and needed more dishes, I changed up our set. Between thrift stores and hand-me-downs, we now have a mix of fun china and great basics. Do they match? Well, no… not in the traditional sense. But they do all work together. And the best part? If something breaks, its easily replaceable. Continue reading

DIY Creative Jewelry Storage

 

When it came time to decorate our bathroom, I got stuck deciding what to do for artwork. I was also in the middle of figuring out where to store all my jewelry so it was easily accessible. Then it dawned on me. Why not make my jewelry the artwork? Continue reading

DIY Horse Roundup

Our daughters room is still a work in progress, but this weekend we made some headway. We found 7 molded plastic horses at a local flea market and couldn’t pass them up! After getting them home and having a long debate on where they should go, we decided they would be most fun in a child’s room. They have been sitting around for awhile, and this weekend we finally cleaned them up, painted them, and installed them in their new home. Continue reading

Promoting Creativity

 

It can be hard for a two year old to remain patient while plastic and newspapers are taped to the dining room table in preparation for a painting session. Or while supplies are gathered for the afternoon craft. So I decided my daughter needed a creative space of her own. A place where she can sit down and have craft options ready to go. No preparation required. So now she has her own desk set up in our living room / dining room. And if I need to get a little work done at my desk during the day, she can do the same. Continue reading

diy bulletin board

 

This project is easy to do, and the end product is a beautiful and stylish bulletin board. Enjoy!
You will need: Perforated Metal Screen, Homasote Board, Paint, Screws, Drywall Anchors, Straight Edge, Utility Knife, and a Drill. Continue reading

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