So you've decided to build a house. What an exciting life event! All the builder upgrades will be awesome! But wait, what if I screw it up? What if I forget important details or my builder doesn't have the designer's touch? Should I build the largest house I can or should I build the nicest house I can afford? Well fear no more. I LOVE the building (and remodeling) process, have been through it many many times, and am here to help. Builder Upgrades: What you SHOULD and SHOULDN'T upgrade (because of the huge volumes of information I am sharing on this subject, this will be a mini series, so stay tuned for follow-up posts on what upgrades you shouldn't do and what you may want to change that could cost you nothing).
Whether you are building a large custom-house in the suburbs or remodeling a classic row house Read more [...]
This project started like so many others, with a great deal. I had seen these cork pendant lights at Lowe's and really liked them.
My basement was far from being finished at the time but I knew I had the perfect place for them. That was when I noticed the price...$7! I threw three into my cart when I realized that they were hard wired for Compact Florescent Light bulbs. BARF! I HATE CFLs. Actually I hate all florescent light bulbs. I wouldn't even allow our builder to put them in my garage. The slow warm up, the flickering, the blue hue, no thank you. Something had to be done.
I loved the pendant and couldn't let this amazing price go to waist. Could I change them over hold a warm incandescent bulb? You betcha. I hustled over to Lowe's lighting parts department. I picked up a multi Read more [...]
My favorite design element is lighting. Nothing gets me more excited than building a lighting element, plugging it in and watching it set the space aglow. Mix that with my love of anything Vintage-Industrial and you can see how easily I became obsessed with marquee light up signs for the last few years. When I opened up my 2012 Baby and Child catalog from Restoration Hardware I loved finding that they had a cute vintage looking star. unfortunately it was $269. Slightly out of my budget and not very large (24").
Pottery Barn also has one for sale for $129 again, not very large (22"):
BUT, if you know me at all, you know that I'd almost always rather make it myself than buy it. So, I scoured the internet for tutorials on how to make these little beauties. I combined different techniques from all of the tutorials Read more [...]
One of the very first posts I wrote on Burlap & Denim was about a Salvaged Wood Block Lamp that I made.
I LOVE these lamps. The pair used to be on our night stands, but I have since moved them to the family room so I can enjoy them all day. BUT, this means they are in the most used space of our house, filled with 4 boys. And with boys comes rough housing. Yesterday one of these lovely's got knocked to the ground, sparked and almost started a fire! I'll admit it, I was frustrated and mad that my beautiful lamp needed to be rebuilt and re wired. I took this opportunity to photograph the details for you.
Here you can see the hole I drilled with a wood drill bit and shoved a long threaded wire conduit inside. The drilled hole met up with a crack in the wood partway down the block. I threaded the wire Read more [...]
This is Ryder's room. It was inspired from the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and decked out in Star Wars gear. When his mom and I were designing the space she loved the idea of a rough wood ceiling, blue walls and a twin over full bunk bed. This is how it turned out.
We ordered the bed and bedding straight from P.B. Kids (similar bedding found HERE). His mom found the locker style chest of drawers and was nice enough to let him have a fish tank in his room! The ceiling is quarter sawn pine stained to match the "Rustic Chestnut" stain of the bunk bed (similar bed found HERE).
On a trip to Ikea, I picked up these great stainless steel shelves and brackets. They used to hold all of Ryder's Star Wars figurines, but now show off the important things in his life. They are the Ekby Mossby found HERE.
I felt the ceiling Read more [...]
Can you guess what is hiding behind these cabinet doors? Would you believe me if I told you that this small block of cabinets is the hub of our home?
They hold office supplies, my crafting arsenal, and all four of my kids papers and art supplies (oh, and a paper junk drawer)!
This has been a dumping ground for years. The counter space is the spot where the rest of the kitchen gets cleaned up to. You know, the place where when people come over all the mess gets "hidden" to. But not any more.
Here are the Before and After photos. You can see that the cupboard on the left is under utilized and the counter is overflowing with unorganized junk. Let me show you how I optimized the space, and organized it for good.
When we built our house, we had the builder install an outlet in the cupboard for our cordless phone. Read more [...]
Have you ever had something in your house that you LOVED. Something that if you moved you'd surely take it with you, even write it into the contract...it's one of your Favorite Things. Well, I was working on an open house post for my front room and couldn't stop taking photos of my antique crystal chandelier.
When we were building our first house, the french cottage, I did a lot of antique, vintage, and funky shopping. I went to a shop in Salt Lake's art district called Elemente. It is full of odd furniture, art and the owner is pretty funky herself. Anyway on one trip we found this beautiful chandelier for only $100!
It was love at first site. The arms and base look like antique silver. It is loaded with faceted crystals that sparkle. We took it home and hung it in our dinning room. It was stunning. Read more [...]
There is nothing like a warm summer night in the back yard, sitting under the romantic clear globe lights, roasting marshmellows over a fire pit, and enjoying the aromas of fragrant roses and honeysuckle. Well, it looks pretty amazing in all of the photos on Pinterest. My backyard is void of lights and a fire pit for now, but I do have the roses and honeysuckle! Here in Utah it is super cold and the dead of winter. Christmas just ended and I've missed the glow of my Christmas tree and lite up garlands. So, I had an idea. How about I bring that feeling of warm summer and cozy Christmas together! I rounded up my round globe string lights that have been waiting to be used for at least 5 years. I bought them after season on sale at Target. I think they should be out again in the big box stores soon.
I plugged Read more [...]
It must be obvious by now, but I am obsessed with lighting! The right light fixture can be a work of art, it can illuminate the area around it and tell a story, and I think the incandescent bulb is a beautiful little miracle in itself. There is nothing quite like the warmth of candlelight but the incandescent bulb is the next best thing (don't get me started on my HATE of all things florescent, no one has time for that rant). This project shows off the glow of the modern incandescent stringed lights perfectly.
This project started the way most of mine do, a call from someone getting rid of stuff. This time it was my mom. She had these three great wicker basket weave balls. They were used as decor on a shelf or something. She had no use for them and I jumped with joy when I saw them. I knew imedietly Read more [...]
As a child I remember gazing upon my grandmother's costume jewelry Christmas tree. It was so shiny and the Christmas lights made it mezmorizing. My grandmother was very crafty, she made hers at a church activity. This was a popular craft back in the 1970's.
There was a magazine produced with instructions back then!
(here is an excerpt)
Check out that tree, wait the hair is what is really amazing about this photo! Ha, ha.
Years later I decided that my kids deserved the a magical Christmas tree like the one I had enjoyed.
My grandmother was an avid crafter. She had homemade ornaments, stockings, and more supplies than you could imagine. When she passed away my mother brought box loads of mixed up crafting supplies. It was too much for even her to handle. I offered to take it Read more [...]
If you couldn't tell by now, I heart funky lighting. When I saw this fixture at Urban Outfitters, I knew I could make something of it.
At just $39 this little beauty can add a lot of
punch for not a lot of cash.
I purchased the white version at our local Urban Outfitters. 12X12 scrapbook paper is almost large enough to cover each
1/8 of the chandelier so I bought 16 papers total.
There are so many amazing colors and designs that it was difficult to chose the right 16, but this was going in a teenage girls room so I let her tastes dictate the final selection. We decided on a bird theme with an Anthropologie vibe. The orange, brown, and hot pink trees were painted from a stencil Urban Outfitters used to sell.
Before assembling it I laid the chandelier so that
1/2 of one side was on top of the paper.
I Read more [...]