Hi all! I’m Jill Rose from the Rozy Home (Rose + Cozy = Rozy!) and I have been blogging about my home remodel for the past six years. It hasn’t always been easy and there have been lots of do-overs — especially in my kitchen. The kitchen was the first thing I knew I had to change, but it wasn’t until the third or fourth try that I got it right.
Somewhere throughout the kitchen remodel process, I decided to create what has to be my favorite project — a faux bronze range hood. Who knew that with a little bit of plywood, trim, and metallic paint, I could create something that would have me featured in the “I Did It!” section in Better Homes and Garden magazine! Look for it in the November issue. It was a simple project that encompasses my design style — a high-end look on a DIY budget.
Creating a range hood I loved was just the beginning of my final kitchen remodel. Below are more projects that helped me create the kitchen of my dreams that I hope will inspire you too!
Hands down, one of the easiest ways to give an old kitchen new life is painting the cabinets. With the right tools, the right paint, a little prep and a bit of patience, painting your cabinets can be a quick and easy way to create a showstopping kitchen.
Adding a pop of color to the inside of your cabinets is a great way to give your cabinets a custom look. I always recommend picking an accent color that ties to a favorite place or memory. I created the color above based on a gate I saw in Paris and instantly fell in love with. Every time I grab a plate or bowl out of the cabinet, it reminds me of my trip.
Tired of granite and quartz? Want something that is inexpensive but incredibly durable? Look no further than wood! I created a herringbone pattern on my kitchen island out of 2-inch white oak and finished it off with a paint treatment to give it an aged look. Over the past two years they’ve only gotten prettier with additional age and use.
Trim is an inexpensive way to make a statement in your kitchen. Building up your kitchen’s crown molding gives standard cabinets a truly custom look, while adding trim to the bottom of your cabinets gives it a finished look, and adding trim to flat-front drawer panels creates a more cohesive feel.
What do you do when on-trend light fixtures cost a small fortune? You make your own! I found a plug-in light on sale, picked up a canopy kit, and created my own hanging light for a fraction of the price.
Abercrombie & Fitch has been on the backburner for quite some time. Some of my most precious memories from junior high were taking day trips to the mall (even though my mom would get what she called “mall fever”) and heading straight for Abercrombie. I don’t particularly know what I found so enthralling about this hazy cave of a store, where the scent of cologne hits you like a truck upon entering and the walls are flourished with beautiful, tan models in black and white filters.
Recently, A&F’s management had a facelift and the entire franchise redefined its brand. New advertisements feature looser styling and a more optimistic mood to appeal to a broader, beyond-teen audience. Their most recent campaign hints at big changes coming as it distinguishes itself from little sibling Hollister and repositions itself as a laid-back luxury brand for millennials. Here are some pieces from their new line that are getting me pumped for winter.
Outerwear & Jackets
Still looking for a winter jacket? The Heritage Wool Parka is not only made of wool, but is internally lined with quilted fabric to ensure optimal warmth this winter. Available in black, oatmeal, navy, and red.
Dresses can sometimes be hard to pull off in the winter, but this dress hits the nail right on the head. The long sleeves and dark floral pattern make it a perfect match for winter, and shoulder slits gives this dress a playful vibe. Try pairing with black tights and boots for your holiday get-togethers!
A&F carries dozens of knit sweaters, and their box-fit cable turtleneck is my favorite. A cozy knit turtleneck is a winter staple and this one comes in grey, cream, olive, and burgundy.
When seasons transition, one thing you can always count on is a good pair of jeans. Burgundy-colored jeans are perfect for any season — especially fall and winter. A&F’s velvet-made skinny jeans stand out because of their unique, soft material and work well with neutral-colored top.
With the arrival of winter comes chillier weather, and with chilly weather comes one of my favorite winter accessories — scarves. A&F’s winter line features an array of scarves, hats, mittens, and more. Add this super soft, fringed plaid scarf to your collection.
Two words: fleece onesie. How comfy does that sound? Throw on this cozy garment while drinking a cup of hot cocoa and watching the snow fall.
I’m in the midst of decorating my mantel for fall and then eventually for the holidays as time goes on. I love to refresh it seasonally and it’s a great place to play with trends and accessories without committing a huge chunk of change. I did a little Pinterest hunting and gathering to show you some gorgeous inspiration shots to help you get the look in your own living room.
This living room makeover by Emily Henderson is quite similar in the aesthetic and layout of my own living room and I think she nailed the entire fireplace in the all-white color scheme. Crisp, clean, modern and minimalistic, this could work with almost any style of decor.
I fell down dead at this dramatic and uber-chic living room. The color of the walls is so rich and cozy and I love that the fireplace pops against it. I’d spend all winter long curled up on the sofa with a good book or twelve!
But if your style runs a little more casual, you’ll love the relaxed feel of this all-white living room. Easy on the eyes, the brick fireplace extends up to the exposed rafters. Interestingly enough there’s nothing hanging over the fireplace which was a bold choice – it allows the architecture to be the primary focus.
Another all-white living room but with a pop of texture thanks to the stacked firewood, exposed rustic mantel, and natural jute rug.
Check out the texture in this bedroom thanks to the wallpaper set into the panels around the fireplace. It’s beautifully chic and sophisticated and provides a visual warmth to the entire space. Those velvet chairs are the perfect match to the grasscloth wallpaper.
This is a one of a kind fireplace for sure! It doubles as a room divider between the bedroom and living room thanks to the see-through fireplace, but it packs a major visual punch with the raw metallic exterior. It’s in high contrast to the farmhouse design elements (planked ceiling, floors, and walls).
A beautiful traditional living room with natural wood accents still feels light and airy with chalky white walls and simple accessories.
This beautiful stone fireplace feels Parisian-chic with a vintage-inspired mirror overhead and pretty powder blue chaise nearby. An eclectic gallery wall spices it up with a mix of artwork styles. Love the addition of the crystal chandelier overhead.
This unusual living room features a pair of windows flanking the fireplace. The long rustic wood mantel ties it all together visually. And did you notice the two little hutches on either side for firewood storage? With so many different design elements, this could have felt overwhelming and busy, but the simple color scheme helps it to fade away.
Finally, one last beautiful mantel to add to your Pinterest boards. Simple sconces placed on either side of the raw wood mantel add character and practicality to this simply styled living room with loads of cottage charm. Throw blankets placed over the arms of the chairs and accents of fall color have me ready for fall!
Do you have a fireplace where you live? I’m definitely ready to fire ours up once the temperature drops!
If you’re anything like me, you’re a little late with the Halloween decor. So late, in fact, you’re worried about being able to put out any curbside or porch indicator telling costume-clad kids they’re totally welcome to ring your doorbell on the 31st. The clearest sign for the little monsters, Avengers, pirates, witches, and Minions is a cool or creepy jack-o’-lantern shacking up on the front stoop. No time for carving? Me neither. Let’s shoot for one of these pretty, no-carve pumpkin styles instead.
1. Metallic Mod Pumpkins
Taryn has the chic candy-giver in mind. For these dripping, shimmery metallic pumpkins, she explains that no design skills are really necessary. Just some paint! She used faux pumpkins, but the process will work on regular pumpkins, too. Pop over to her blog Design, Dining and Diapers to see how she did it (and some pumpkin styling ideas from some other great blogs).
Image Via: Design, Dining and Diapers
2. Melted Crayon Pumpkin
Definitely nix the standard orange-and-black theme this halloween, and try this splattery rainbow effect on your pumpkins. Allison contributed this idea — melting crayons over a white pumpkin — to the blog Mom Spark. Special tip: glue down the crayons before you start. This helps avoid burnt fingers between the wax and the hair dryer!
Image Via: Mom Spark
3. Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins
Why have I never thought of replacing the candle inside the pumpkin with textured light on the outside? Glow-in-the-dark puff paint for the win! Alisa Burke has this tutorial on her blog, as well as a dozen other no-carve, painted pumpkin ideas. For the best glow, prime your pumpkins with a base coat of paint first!
Image Via: Alisa Burke
4. Office-Supply Pumpkins
This is truly the simplest no-carve pumpkin idea ever. If you check out the tutorial on A Subtle Revelry, creator Victoria Hudgins will show you a couple cute designs for decorating pumpkins with colorful push-pins and brads. Older kids can help you with this one (the kids that won’t put point objects in their mouths) and you’ll be done in 30 minutes or less.
Image Via: A Subtle Revelry
5. Spooky Splatter-Paint Pumpkins
Another child-friendly project — you prime, and they splatter — Homey Oh My creator Amy spray painted some craft pumpkins before going to town with some contrasting colors. The result? A look that’s creepy enough for your porch but sophisticated enough for a tablescape centerpiece. Check out how she made these splatter-paint pumpkins here!
Image Via: Homey Oh My
6. Woodland Creatures Paper Pumpkins
Dress up your pumpkins in a family-friendly format this Halloween! Rebecca and her daughters made a series of cute, woodland creature no-carve pumpkins this fall. They used faux pumpkins, paint, cardstock, and felt to make fox, owl, and racoon pumpkins. Feel free to use real pumpkins instead! Instructions — found here at Simple As That — are the same either way.
Image Via: Simple As That
7. Studs-and-Spikes Pumpkins
This edgy craft come to us from blogger Julia, creator of Cuckoo 4 Design. Covering the pumpkins with some fun-color chalk paint is the perfect first step to creating these gold, pointy decorations. The matte colors make the metallic tips shine that much brighter! Some rub and buff gold powder on the stems and a bit of twisted gold wire are the perfect accents to complete the look. Check out Julia’s studded chalk-paint pumpkins here!
Image Via: Cuckoo 4 Design
8. DIY Watercolor Pumpkin
After a few trial-and-error projects, Rachel landed on this to-die-for watercolor pumpkin design. She started by spray-painting her pumpkins white, then used a wet sponge to spread and dilute the colors she placed on the pumpkins. As the paints dry, use a paper towel to spread the color around as you see fit. Be sure to finish with a sealant!
Image Via: Lines Across
All of these projects can use real or faux pumpkins, so choose whichever is more convenient for you to find! Paint projects will do best with a coat of matte-finish paint as a base, but experiment on any of these projects to find a look that suits your needs. They are all simple and pretty and are so much more easier and faster than carving! Even I have time to get one of these done. Be sure to let me know what no-carve pumpkin ideas brought the wizards, princesses, and Jedi to your door.
Trend: 14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas
We love our pets, but that doesn’t mean all of their toys and supplies needs to make our homes look like a pet store. Check out these 14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas to inspire some pet crafting in your home!
1) Let’s be honest, a lot of cat scratchers are pretty ugly. This pretty color blocked cat scratching post will fit right in most homes and your kitty will love it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.
2) If you are a little more crafty and know how to use power tools check out this amazing DIY Geometric Doghouse. Found on Home Made Modern.
3) After you’re done building a dog house for your pup you will need to make a home for your kitty! Check out how to make this tiny kitty tent on Instructables.
4) Sometimes there is just too much stuff on the floor and cats like being up high anyway, so this cat bed made from a basket and installed on the wall is wonderful! Might not be strong enough for my 20 pound cat, but it’s cute. Found on Flickr from Silfide.
5) Do you have a dog that’s crazy for cat food and it’s hard to keep it away from him? Well, I made this cat food table and it’s just the right height to keep my chihuahua out of the food. Check it out on The Paper Mama.
6) Forget storing pet food in the ugly bags they come in. Make your own little dog or cat food containers! This post shares free printables to make your own on I Heart Organizing.
7) Dress up your doggy door with a little paint to create a faux frame! Found on the Lowes blog.
8) Would you like a more modern dog dish for your pup? This DIY raised pet feeder is perfect. Check it out on Curbly.
9) Litter boxes are the worst. You should definitely create something to hide it. This IKEA hack can be found on IKEA Hackers.
10) It’s almost impossible to keep my cats off of any tables or windowsills, so why not give them a special spot by the window? Check out this DIY cat window perch on Hymns and Verses.
11) Dog beds don’t have to be boring. Make this cool modern dog bed for your home! Found on Centsational Girl.
12) This lovely dog bed is a little more of an advanced project, but these ladies show you exactly how to make it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.
13) Sometimes you need to keep your pets out of a certain room, so make this neat DIY dog gate out of a folding bookcase. I love the sign. Found on DIY Showoff.
14) Make this cute little leash holder wall mount to keep your walking supplies ready to go right by the door. Found on the Lowes Blog.
We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
– Chelsey, The Paper Mama
As we approach the holiday season there is a yearning to make our homes reflect a warm & welcoming feel. To embrace the past and bring in a personal touch. The vertical space in our homes is a valuable area and can be completely customized to signify your style. Since anything farmhouse related seems to be a hot trend right now, the holidays are the perfect time to jump in on this design craze.
Lets start with a traditional favorite, the wreath. But what about some outside the box ideas? Your walls can suggest “the holidays” in a subtle way through cozy details, texture and a connection to nature. Here are my favorite farmhouse holiday wall trends….
The chalkboard is still a beloved wall choice amongst farmhouse enthusiasts. Some things to love about it, the flexibility to interchange the message and art, the more it is used the better it looks and they are easy to make. You can customize the size and frame to suit your needs.
Textile art has become a hot trend and fits right in with the farmhouse aesthetic. There are many interpretations of this art form as well a variety of talented artists who sell on sites like Etsy. Or if DIY is more your style, then you can make one yourself. The texture brings a cozy layer to your walls and home, perfect for the holiday season.
Along with the wreath, a mirror is always a good choice to highlight a mantle, wall or vignette. Let it bring a cohesive quality to your space by keeping with your personal style. Repeating wood tones, paint and texture is a great way to balance a space.
Taxidermy and antlers, whether faux or the real thing, it can bring an organic touch to your space. The best part, you don’t have to overdo it, often with natural elements less in more, unless it is a collection.
Over the last few years we have seen first hand the popularity of word art. Currently I am seeing a transition to a more urban look with signs, along with an authentic handmade quality. This farmhouse trend works best when not overused.
Architectural details such as vintage windows, doors, corbels, moldings and drawers make great wall art. Layering in festive touches can alter the look and still keep the look classic.
Open shelving is a consistent trend with most styles these days. Adding a sleeker, more modern look can complement a rustic look and bring a nice contrast. The fun begins when you layer in your accessories, which can be tailored with each new season and showcase your individual taste.
My personal favorite, woven baskets and trays. Hanging an accessory with a warm texture and unique shape can be an unexpected delight. Fresh greenery can add to the natural beauty and make it most festive.
Thank you for stopping by! Happy decorating,