Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!
Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!
If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.
I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!
Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.
And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.
Until next time! Have a wonderful week!
Just this past week, we celebrated my baby’s first birthday with a little valentine party. It was really fun getting crafty with the decor, and one of my favorite details was the little cupid arrows. I’ve seen quite a few floating about this valentine season, but here is a super simple DIY and a couple of ideas on how to display them.
All you need are some wooden dowels or striped straws, duck tape (I used silver!), feathers, and felt, plus scissors and a hot glue gun. Cut out small squares of felt, cut out hearts two at a time (so they match) and hot glue them to the dowels or straws. Choose about 5 feathers and affix them to each dowel or straw with a strip of duck tape wrapped around the dowel a few times.
To display them, I found a couple of branches in the backyard and spray painted them gold and attached the arrows with pink ribbon and added in some mini paper fans and a gold garland. It makes for a pretty wall display above a dining table or in a kids’ bedroom (just hang it out of reach of little hands)!
For Brigette’s party, I hung the branches from the ceiling for a dreamy tablescape (our basement has exposed beams and pipes).
Happy Valentine’s Day! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Trend: Animal print, in fashion and interiors
Touches of animal print seem to be everywhere, and it’s a fun trend to incorporate into a nursery for a sophisticated touch. Here is a take on a nursery with a few exotic details for a polished yet feminine look. I really love the prints that are a little more abstract, like the black and white spots, rather than the literal leopard, although that can be quite fun, too! Green velvet is a natural pairing with animal print, and would be great for recovering an old chair, or on a pouf or ottoman for an extra luxe detail.Sources, from top left: (1) Flower Drum Shade; (2) Paris; (3) Bunny Watercolor; (4) J is for Jaguar; (5) Little Darlings Bobcat; (6) Paris is Always a Good Idea; (7) New York Map; (8) Little Darlings White Tiger; (9) Vintage containers; (10) Century Crib; (11) Brass Tiger; (12) Black and White Pillows; (13) Hot Pink Dresser; (14) Charcoal Spots Sheet; (15) Green Velvet Chair; (16) Gold Branch Lamps; (17) Yellow and White Rug; (18) Let the Wild Rumpus Start; (19) Basket; (20) Charcoal Dots Fabric; (21) Freestyle Fabric
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Today’s inspiration is a fun and bright room for twin girls! The prices for each item are listed below, as you could do this room on a smaller budget, especially if you create some of the artwork yourself and find a dresser locally at a thrift or antique store for considerably less.
(1) Pink Pendant Light, $99; (2) Yin Yang Print, $20; (3) Rainbow Garland, $12 each; (4) Dream a Little Dream Print, $75; (5) Lion Print, $40; (6) Giraffe Print, $30; (7) Tiger Print, $40; (8) Ebony Jenny Lind Cribs, $179 each; (9) Rabbit Coat Hook, $20; (10) Elephant Pillows, $34 each; (11) Icy Mint Dresser, $325; (12) Deer Coat Hook, $20; (13) Polka Dot Rug, $299 for 5′x 8′; (14) Color Block Curtains, $39 each; (15) Hearts Fitted Crib Sheets, $29 each; (16) Animal Heap, $16.50; (17) Poang Chair, $69
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay