The Young and the Rustic

I’ve been promising my three boys a bedroom makeover at the end of the summer, but what the heck, summer was like four seconds long. We’re already gearing up for back-to-school shopping and meet-the-teacher night. Somehow in the blur of recent weeks I dropped the ball and a big batch of boy bedrooms did not get made nor madeover.

I’m sure they don’t REALLY care; all they really wanted was to rearrange sleeping conditions. No one wants to sleep in the same room with the terrorist toddler, I have no idea why that is. Perhaps it’s his banshee-like shrieking fits capable of raising the dead, or his penchant for stripping off his diaper and peeing through the slats of his crib onto whatever happens to be in the ‘splash zone’ as we like to call it, who really knows?

In any case, I’ll just tell them I was just waiting for inspiration to strike, because I think it finally has. Behold:

Rustic Tween Bedroom Before

Rustic Tween Bedroom

How much in love are you with this rustic boy bedroom makeover, because I am in love so hard. It’s so effortlessly cool. Nothing is overwrought or fussy, the colors are simple and muted, yet there’s enough dynamic detail to really make it special.

Rustic Tween Bedroom 1


Suddenly I find myself wishing I was a tween boy, or that I had a poster of a bison butt at the very least.

Head on over to Jen’s blog City Farmhouse to see much much more!

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Earlier this week I mentioned that macrame was having somewhat of a comeback, and was surprised by the heated responses I received. Turns out many of you have harbored a burning hatred toward this humble fiber art for a long time. Well. If there’s one thing I’ll never back away from, it’s an opportunity to convince someone of something that I’m not entirely convinced of myself.

Did I know I had an secret macrame-fan beast inside of me? No. But I’m about to let her out. Here we go.

Oh, so you don’t like macrame, huh?


Extra Large Macrame Wall Hanging, Woven Wall Hanging, Boho Decor

I mean. Admit it. That’s cool. Hang it on your wall while wearing a gauzy muumuu and you’ll feel like a bohemian pixie princess in no time. This was hand-crafted by Cindy at Niroma Studio, see more of her mind-blowing macrame art here.



What about a simpler version of a wall-hanging?

Who could be annoyed by this?! It’s lovely. Easy breezy. It’s marketed as a wedding backdrop, but there are no rules when it comes to macrame. Hang it in the bathroom if you want. Wear it around your waist. String it across your front door so your neighbors can see how unquestionably cool you are. You do you.

Available here.


Are you feeling it a little bit more? Are you at least a macramaybe?

Perhaps this hammock swing will tip you over the edge:

Anyone who doesn’t want to lazily swing in this for the rest of their life is a monster.

You’re no monster. Get yourself one here.


I know you’re feeling it by now. You have to be. You know what else you should be feeling?

This incredible macrame rug under your feet. But too bad you can’t, because it isn’t available anymore. It’s all sold out. That’s what you get for being a late-adapter. Let this be a lesson to you.

But I don’t want the thought of missing out on macrame to haunt you and your sleepless nights, as I’m sure it will. Hang this modern macrame dream-catcher above your bed to help.

Modern Macrame Dream Catcher

modern dream-catcher

Someone was telling me a story recently that their child was having recurring bad dreams, so they decided to hang up a dream-catcher not thinking it would actually work, and it actually worked. (Insert Home Alone cat face emoji). That’s the power of macrame. Let that be another lesson to you.

Until next time,

Lindsey Allen

McMayor of Macrametown


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Give it a Rast

I’m a huge fan of projects that aren’t too time consuming. I just don’t have the attention span. I live in 2016 and I expect instant gratification. Is that so wrong? Don’t answer that. Not because I don’t want to hear it, but because I’m already bored of this conversation and I have Pokemon to catch.

So here’s a quick Rast hack for your eyeballs to enjoy. I always love a good Rast makeover, and this one I especially love because it can be done in a matter of minutes. Many, many minutes probably, but still … minutes.


Ikea Rast Dresser White Stencil Before

Ikea Rast Dresser White Stencil

Shonee at Hawthorne and Main is the mastermind behind this makeover, don’t you love it?

I love how she left the wood raw on the drawers, which not only saves time, but compliments the tribal nature of the stencil and lets the grain become part of the design. Adding feet to the base also made a big difference. Even a few inches of height really goes a long way to elevate a look, ask any woman in high heels.

I’m pretty confident you could recreate this look in an afternoon, as long as you don’t have to drive to Ikea and buy a Rast and then go home and assemble it first. If that’s the case, plan for at least several weeks to a year.

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Time Traveling Trends

What if I told you I had a dining room to share with you that featured psychedelic wallpaper, a hanging macrame planter, and an oversized poster of Stevie Nicks? You would probably say “Sounds pretty wild, Lindsey. I can’t wait to see the after.”

Don’t you know me well enough by now?

That IS the after!!

black and white triangle dining room before

black and white triangle dining room after

This formerly staid and very maroon dining room has time-traveled back to 1975 and returned with a new take on some old trends. Let’s discuss.

  • Wallpaper: having a major comeback
  • Macrame: hotter than ever.
  • Tropical print fabric: no duh
  • Stevie Nicks: never not cool

So there you have it. The coolest dining room you never knew you always knew.

Now get out there and bring some other old trends back to life, why dontcha? I’m thinking … the return of sponge painting!

Actually let’s leave that one alone.

See more of this chic makeover from Casey and Savannah at Hey Wanderer.

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