arhaus living room design board

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sometimes I sit back and wonder what I would do if I started from scratch in my living room.  Ever do that?  

I've been a fan of Arhaus for a while.  The whole fam went into one of their gorgeous stores not too long ago and I drooled over everything.  Like most things, it's so much better in person.  Unfortunately I was snapped out of my dreamlike state when I when I noticed some commotion over where my husband and Sam were.  Apparently Sam managed to screw the lid off his thermos and spilled milk all over their floor.  Their staff was so incredibly kind about it, but you had better believe there was a moment where I thought about escaping and pretending I didn't know my husband or son :D

Any who, I thought it would be fun to create a design board based off my favorite Arhaus pieces and one of their sectional sofas.  I started with this perfect sectional and this gorgeous rug.  The rest of it quickly fell into place.  I would absolutely be happy in this room.  And that elephant art?  LOVE it.  But if you're not into elephants, this is a great alternative.

What's your favorite part?  I keep eyeing the media console since ours is beat to a pulp.  But that sectional (which I never thought I would say) seems dreamy.  Seriously, how amazing would it be to be able to lay out on the sofa and not have kids trying to sit where your legs are?  Mmmm... I'm daydreaming about it right now...

UPDATE:  I was just back over at their site and noticed they are having their Anniversary Sale - up to 40% off, and I checked out all of my picks from the design board and they're all on major league sale!!!



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functional kid's room art with The Baby Cubby

Friday, August 12, 2016

Today I've partnered with The Baby Cubby to share with you a new piece of functional art I've recently added to Samuel's room.



Sam is getting to the age where he is starting to collect things that have meaning to him like his artwork or special pictures.  This Petal Lane famed magnetic board from The Baby Cubby is absolutely perfect for him and his room!  I like to think of it as art that can grow with your child.  It's beautiful all on its own so you can leave it empty during the nursery/early toddler years, and since it's magnetized it makes the perfect backdrop for holding special items they start to collect as they get older.


WHY BABY CUBBY IS DIFFERENT:

There are a ton of baby stores, but I'm impressed with how Baby Cubby is separating themselves from the herd.  Our family has exited the baby stage, but I still remember how difficult and time consuming researching baby products/gear was.  I'm convinced price shopping has taken 5 years off my life.  The Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who get it, they know your time is precious and therefore they've done all of the research for you offering only the best and safest gear (check out their gear guide here).  They also price match, even Amazon, so you know you're getting the best deal.  And then there's free shipping everyday on orders over $49!

If you're near the Lindon, UT area you are in for a treat!  You can pull up into one of their "drive-up stalls" at their storefront and someone will come out to the car to place your order and then bring it out once it's ready!  That way you don't have to wake a sleeping one or go into a store with a cranky-didn't-take-a-nap one.  Someone's using their noggin' here!  But if you do make it out of the parking lot into the store they have a play area for the kids and a massage chair for you.  You can even check out and support local vendors in their pop-up shop.  

So they've got the baby gear thing down, but their decor game is also spot one.  And not just for the babies!  They have the sweetest decor items that are perfect for big kid rooms and playrooms.  I'm loving their Petal Lane pieces and could even see some of them in a grown up office space or kitchen command center.  Here are a few of my favorites:
SOURCES:  dream big // soar // map // love // be happy // good vibes // dinosaur // you're my favorite

Which is your favorite?  I was so close to going with that large "love"!  

Now through August 19th The Baby Cubby is offering readers 10% off their purchase with PROMO CODE: westermanfam10

Happy shopping, and I hope you all have a great weekend!



Disclosure:  I was provided with the art shown in this post; however, all opinions are my own.
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DIY slipcovered sleigh bed

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thank you guys for your comments on my guest bedroom makeover!  Without a doubt, the biggest change in there came when I slipcovered the dark wood sleigh bed.  Total game changer.  This is a perfect way to help break up a matching bedroom set or to freshen up a bed you're not loving the style of anymore!


Here's how the bed started in the room.


This sleigh bed actually used to be in our master back in our Kansas home, and I wish I would have done this back then.  My husband loved it (it was his bachelor furniture), but I just never cared for it.  Mostly because it was part of a full up matching bedroom set and all of the dark brown furniture together was way too much.  While we have since broken up the matching side tables, there was still a lot of dark furniture in this room.   

Now, I don't have photos of the process because I was busting my rear to get it done in time before guests showed up, but I can still walk you through the process if you're looking to do something similar.  


FABRIC:

You can obviously use whatever fabric you'd like, though a heavier weight fabric is ideal.  I used my favorite go-to fabric for slipcovers - painter's drop cloth from the hardware store.  It's the perfect weight, it's neutral, has a nice texture, and it's CHEAP.  For this queen sized sleigh bed I purchased two 9x12 drop cloths at about $20 each.  I had a lot leftover, but I needed the larger sizes so I would have enough large segments without running into seams (larger drop cloths are pieced together so you have to work around the seams).  

TIP: Wash and dry your fabric beforehand so you don't have shrinkage later. 

HEADBOARD + FOOTBOARD:

When making a slipcover, you always work inside out.  Keep that in mind when placing and pinning your fabric.  For the headboard and footboard, you are going to have one large piece of fabric that runs from the inside where the top of the side rails meet the headboard or footboard, up over and down the outside of the board to the floor.  You then will have two smaller pieces that will cover the sides of the headboard or footboard.  Its always best to give yourself plenty of seam allowance at this point.  Pin in place and cut off any large amounts of excess.  Use scissors to snip in towards the curved areas.  



TIP:  Once you've pinned the large center piece to the smaller side pieces, use a pencil to trace around the shape of the headboard or footboard.  This will give you an exact guide when sewing the pieces together.  I wanted to be able to see the inside curve of the headboard and footboard, but wanted the outside more straight, so I drew a straight line from the top of the headboard and footboard to the ground.


Once sewn together, turn right side out and check your fit.  At this point I decided to run a second seam on the outside of my first to give it a more finished look.  This part is totally up to you.  Next you place the slip back on the bed right side out, pin, and sew your hem in place.


SIDE RAILS:

Cut out a strip of fabric about 3" wider than the span of your side rails and about 5" taller than the top of the side rail to floor measurement.  Sew a hem along the bottom edge.  

Now, originally I was going to use the velcro where one side is sew through and the other is sticky back.  That way I could remove the side rail piece and wash if needed, but decided on an easier/quicker route since I didn't have velcro and was short on time.  I used a staple gun and stapled the side piece to the rail from the inside so no damage was done to the visible wood. 

For this part you're going to need to remove the mattress and box spring.  Lay the fabric right side out over the rail.  Start near the headboard, fold under 1.5" of the unfinished vertical side and staple into place from the inside of the rail.  Work your way down to the footboard making sure your bottom hem stays straight.  Once you reach the end, fold under the remaining length of the unfinished vertical side and staple.



You're done!  


You can check out the full bedroom makeover here!

For more slipcover ideas, check out my no sew slipcovered buffet and slipcovered nightstand.

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GIVEAWAY REMINDER!!!

If you haven't done so already, make sure you enter my JORD watch giveaway here!  Everyone who enters receives a $20 gift card!!!



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