I’m on the hunt …

Don’t look now, but hunter green is making a quiet comeback.  You may think this color is best left alone in its ’90s heyday, when it could typically be found sharing space with mauve and gingham and geese, (geese everywhere), and the whole world appeared to be a terrible combination of nursing home and hunting lodge, but no!

It’s sneaking up again.

First of all, hunter green mascara is a thing now, and getting rave reviews, so Ima have to try that.

Second of all, do you watch The Bachelorette? I do … sort of. Most of the time I’m watching it from under a pillow because I’m so embarrassed for the contestants and the stilted awkwardness of it all that I can barely face the screen. It’s literally painful. I’m really fun to watch shows with, by the way.

But anyway. JoJo had on a gorgeous hunter green dress on the last episode. I wanted to find a picture for you but my four seconds of googling turned up nothing, so you’ll just have to believe me that this proves my point even further:

Hunter green is cool again. Now you can rest easier at night.

Just like Malorie’s baby boy who gets to call this new nursery home!

 

Green Baby Boy Nursery Before

Green Baby Boy Nursery

Such a classic look, but with a few fun twists to keep it modern, like the stuffed animal taxidermy (I guess ALL taxidermy is technically ‘stuffed animal,’ but moving on), leather pouf and clean lines throughout. The green really grounds the room and keeps the mix of elements from ‘floating.’ If you don’t understand what I mean, just imagine if she had kept the walls beige. Right?

Malorie also refinished the dresser, which used to look a lot worse for wear:

 

Green Baby Boy Nursery Dresser Before

 

Green Baby Boy Nursery DresserNow it’s all cleaned up and ready to serve this little guy for a long time. I love that this is a room he can really grow into. I’d never move out!

See more from Malorie on her blog Home Work Design Co.


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Polka Do’s and Don’ts and Dots

There’s really no such thing as bad polka-dots, right?

polka dot wedding dresses

So maybe that’s not entirely accurate. Perhaps there is such a thing.

But today’s before bedroom had no polka-dots, and that’s got to be worse than bad polka-dots, am I right?

polka dot crop

Look lady, I’m sorry you were forced into this unfortunate polka-dot rain-hat situation, but it’s 2016. Polka-dots are like, way cool now. Super groovy. Check it out:

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom Before

 

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom

Doesn’t that look fantastic? Mint walls, gold polka dots, and a high probability that the little girl who lived here won’t look back in 25 years and roll her eyes. Maybe she will. She’ll probably live in an apartment on the moon by then, who knows.

One thing is for sure: this room is full of personality and color now. How cute is this coral dresser makeover?

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom Dresser Before

 

Coral and Gold Girl Bedroom Dresser

Simple changes made such a big difference, just paint and new hardware was all it took to bring this dresser up to date. From The Fancy Farmgirls, first featured by Brooke at All Things Thrifty.

Did you notice the fun pom-pom garland too? There’s definitely no such thing as bad pom-poms.

I rest my case.


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Tall Walls and other Mysteries

Do you ever lie awake at night, contemplating mysteries of the universe like ‘If Mars had earthquakes would they be called marsquakes?’ and ‘If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it still called a dog pile??’ and also, “How am I supposed to decorate tall walls???”

Let me try to help.

A: I hope so.

B: Yes, because the term ‘catpile’ insinuates something else entirely.

C: Like Melissa from Polished Habitat did here:

Glam Master Bedroom Before

Glam Master Bedroom

At least, that’s one way to do it! What an incredible way to maximize all that spaaaace!

Melissa ditched the teeny tiny decor that was above the bed in the before photo, and replaced it with an oversized print and geometric trim all the way to the ceiling. So fun.

Plenty of other gorgeous things are happening in this room, from the heavenly rug to the new bedding and furniture, to the pale pink/navy/gray color scheme which manages to look youthful and sophisticated at the same time.

Let’s swing ’round to the other side.

Glam Master Bedroom Before 1

 

Glam Master Bedroom 1

More tall-wall domination! Melissa created a cohesive gallery wall; another great solution to fill space. I like the balance of large prints mixed with smaller prints and plants.  Scale is always the key when decorating a tall wall. Too many small items won’t give your wall the impact it needs and can end up looking cluttered. Go big or go shopping for something big, that’s what I say. One time I was at a fancy decor store here in Phoenix and saw a huge airplane propeller for sale and it made me want to bulldoze my house and build a new one so I could fit an airplane propeller on my wall too.

But if you can’t find anything awesomely oversized, there’s always paint or trim, or plenty of other creative options. Remodelaholic has a great round-up of ideas to decorate tall walls here.

And you can see more from Melissa and her gorgeously glam bedroom on her blog Polished Habitat.


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Shiplap Look on Any Budget

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past couple of years, you are well aware of the trend known as ‘shiplap.’  If your cave has wifi, however, you’ve probably already shiplapped the crap out of it.  I bet it looks nice.

If you haven’t heard of shiplap, it’s basically wood paneling, most typically painted white and hung horizontally. It’s nothing groundbreaking or new, but it’s enjoying a resurgence of popularity thanks in part to Joanna and Chip Gaines and their massively beloved show “Fixer Upper.” They are big fans of the shiplap look, and so am I!

Here now are three ways to get the look yourself.

#1: You could actually hang some shiplap.

White Plank Wall Before

 

White Plank Wall

Chelsea at Creating Cotters Bay used white wooden planks to add some interest to the end of her hallway. Perfect place to add a little detail AND get some practice in before you attempt a larger wall.

 

If sawing up wood ain’t your thang, you can still get the look like Sarah did below. Can you tell what she’s using on her kitchen backsplash?

shiplap backsplash vinyl before

shiplap with vinyl planks after

#2: It’s vinyl flooring!

Easier to haul, cut, and much thinner than regular boards. And if that’s not enough to convince you, it costs less too. She made sure to space them out just enough by placing a penny in between the planks as she hung them. You want a slight gap to really nail that shiplap look. See her tips for painting and sealing on her blog All Things with Purpose.

 

Ok, so you can either hang actual shiplap, or you can ‘cheat’ with vinyl flooring, but is there yet another way?

Believe it or not, there is. And believe it or not, it costs zero dollars. That’s right, I said ZERO DOLLARS. Behold:

shiplap wall with pencil before

SHIPLAP WALL WITH PENCIL AFTER

Can you guess?

It’s pencil! (Insert shocked cat-face emoji)

If you have access to a couple of pencils and a straight edge, you could be a member of Club Shiplap before dinnertime. Head on over to Emily’s blog The Wicker House to get all the details. I believe there is a coat of sealer involved at some point, so the pencil doesn’t smudge, but other than that, ZERO FREAKING DOLLARS PEOPLE.


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