The Easiest way to add fake Shiplap to any room

 As HGTV’s Fixer Upper enters it’s final season, I thought it was only fitting that I finally do a blog post on how we did fake “shiplap” in our home. Ever since Fixer Upper became a hit TV show and the Shiplap Queen herself, Joanna Gaines, began adding it into almost every episode, shiplap has become the pumpkin spice latte of home renovations. Many older home and even barns used shiplap walls because the boards overlaped slightly and are flush to one another making them watertight. But now shiplap is used even more as a decorative accent to give the home a rustic look. I instantly became a shiplap groupie and if I had it my way I would incorporate it throughout the entire house. So when we started decorating Liam’ s nursery, I had lofty ideas to do an accent wall with white washed shiplap. But after the medical bills arrived from Liam’s IVF we realized we had a budget of oh, about negative $8000 for his nursery. So I found a much cheaper and fun way to get the same “shiplap” look. Continue reading

A DIY bathroom renovation

img_6972img_4130It only took us 7 months to remodel a bathroom. And by “us” I mean Will. My Sasquatch husband worked so hard to give me the bathroom of my dreams, working weekends and nights after work, all while I stood around scratching my head, micro-managing, and changing my mind a hundred times. And while many Americans spent the better half of 2016 deciding on Hillary vs Bernie, I spent my days pondering herringbone vs hexi floor tiles. And then it was to wallpaper or not to wallpaper.  Chrome vs brushed nickel… the list goes on. But we finally have a guest bathroom that we love. And not only is this the guest bathroom but it’s also Liam’s new bathroom. And having a brand new, clean space to wash the kid makes this one happy mama.before-and-afterBefore I smother you with photos of Liam in the tub, let me just say that the previous version of this bathroom was not bad by all means. But there were a few problems. The tub was old and dingy and had a major crack in the base from prior roommates perhaps dropping shampoo bottles..? maybe? Either way, the crack caused a leak.  Luckily we are on a concrete slab so there was no damage to the floor but the cracked tub had to go. The toilet flushed like an 90 year old man coughs. You know the cough. Pathetic and weak and showing signs of it’s last day. So toilet had to go too. The walls were covered in a textured wallpaper that was impossible to clean and showing stains. So they had to go. And since scrapping the old textured wallpaper was a nightmare, Will decided to just take down the dry wall and start anew. So down to the studs we went:IMG_3059.JPGimg_4129Will did all his own tiling, which included both the herringbone floor tiles and the white subway tiles. We came to one obstacle, which was what do we do about adding the crown molding along the ceiling when the tile sticks out further than the wall!? Will discovered that you can notch out the bottom of the molding and voila! Molding so nice that a king and queen could bathe here. img_4139The recessed shelves were my idea but Will’s execution. We knew we wanted the recessed shelves in the shower, but adding a second set of shelves into the main wall added a nice decorate piece and also some light storage in a relatively small bathroom. He also stained the shelves to match the vanity.  That guy. Always thinking. (Just kidding, I told him to do it.)
img_4134 img_4135 Let’s just talk about this vanity for two seconds. We searched EVERYWHERE for the perfect vanity that was small enough for this space and the perfect shade of maple wood. Eventually Will decided to build it and stain it himself and I LOVE that we now have a custom “Will Brown” in the bathroom. Our brother-in-law hooked us up with a marble guy in North Charleston who then cut a piece of marble slab to fit Will’s new vanity. And despite Will’s suggestion that marble in a bathroom is “too fancy,” he listened to me and now my marble dreams have all come true. img_4136By the way, this is what a tulip looks like if you let it really bloom. I mean bloom to the point that the poor flower is screaming to be released outside. But I just love it. I think all tulips look better this way!
img_4140Here is what our  view is each evening from around 7:45-8:15. This kid loves bath time! We decided to not to add the shower curtain for now. It is so nice to be able to bathe Liam and not have the shower curtain pushed up and crumbled up to the side. We will hopefully get a tension rod shower curtain and just hang it up when guests come and then remove if again after they leave.
img_4142Here are the sources we used for our bathroom renovation.

  • Wooden Mirror: Target
  • Vessel Sink: Kohler
  • Marble counter top: L& N Granite and Marble
  • vanity: custom made by Will
  • black paint: Ebony Field by Valspar
  • flooring: Lowes
  • recessed shelves: custom made by Will
  • bronze faucet: Delta Faucets

Until next time! xxoo Priscilla

DIY Invisible Zipper Pillows

 

pillowsIMG_1751 IMG_1756 IMG_1757 IMG_1761  Happy Monday everyone! For those of you who follow my blog, you may have remembered that my living room has been a work in progress to get it from bachelorette pad status to where it is now, one of my favorite rooms in the house. The bench that Will built has finally been given its final touch with some DIY pillows (that are cat approved), plus a hanging planter with some succulents that I beg and pray to not die on me everyday. IMG_1776 IMG_1779 IMG_1780 I have been wanting to make some pillows for the living room for some time now but have been putting it off like I do with most non-apperal projects! But when I saw this gorgeous print from April Rhodes’s new Wanderer collection from Art Gallery Fabrics I decided to get the pillow party started. I went with the Serape Dream and the Sacred Seeds Mojave (which at first I thought were little deer footprints but I am not realizing must be little seeds). Both these prints went really well with the grayish-blue fabric that I used for the bench cushion and also with the two bird pillows I have from Lowe’s of all places (you can find similar ones here and here).  I never blogged about the bench cushion but if you follow me on Instagram than you may remember this picture:

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biggest bench cushion ever!

The living room was definitely getting a “greenish-blue” vibe between the wall color, the sofa, and now the bench cushion. So these pillows added some nice accent of pinks and oranges. Which was also perfect since we are currently housing Will’s sisters orange lounge chair in front of the window. I loved the Serape Dream fabric so much that I also recently bought the similar knit fabric  so I can make a maxi dress and sit next to my pillows and blend in. All as one. Think: bathroom wallpaper scene from the movie Garden State. What Zach Braff thinks is humor, I aspire to create. 🙂IMG_1781 IMG_1786

To make these pillows I used a very simple technique that you can find in about 100 different places online if you do a search for “DIY invisible zipper pillows.” Some of my favorite tutorials include:

Hodge Podge

Sew Katie Did

Delia Creates

here is a video tutorial on installing invisible zippers from Coletterie. com

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That’s all my pillow talk for now. It’s back to the sewing machine for me today so stay tuned for a few new maxi dresses, a crop top, and few new peplums coming soon! Can’t wait to share those new patterns with you all soon!

priscilla