Friday, January 30, 2015

Family Room Reveal and Pallet Ottoman

So the pallet ottoman and the family room have been done for awhile now, but i finally caught some pictures of them! if you haven't been following along with the progress of the family room, check out this post, oh and this one. and just one other one :)

for funsies let's take a look at the Family Room before, one last time!

and AFTER!!!

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! I seriously could not love it more. The white mantle and the navy walls, it is music to my ears eyes!

now, let;s talk about those curtains. my cousin and i made the gray curtains for our living/dining room, two houses ago. We have certainly gotten our use out of them, but I still love them so we made them work.
i had the idea to add panels to the bottom of them and hang them as high as possible. the result was stellar! they really add to the drama of the space and draw attention to the beautifully vaulted yellow white ceilings. super easy and cheap, win-win.

with wood floors, this room needed a rug. it is a pretty big room and we had a small budget. we were able to snag this rug from target for $160.00.  I am really happy with it. It isn't necessarily what we would have chose if we had a full wallet, but it works for us!

now for the pallet ottoman, this thing is a beast beauty! 

what you will need:
2 standard pallets
screws and screw driver to connect pallets
4 furniture legs/feet at desired height (ours are 4" tall) and we purchased them at Lowe's
4 straight leg plates, we also got these from Lowe's (here is a link)
4" foam to cover top of ottoman, about 42"x 48" purchased from local craft store
enough batting to wrap entire ottoman twice
desired upholstery fabric, approximately 3 1/2 yards (here is a link to ours if interested from

First, we attached two pallets together, one on top of the other to make our ottoman. we wanted the height of the ottoman to be equal to our sofa. two pallets stacked, plus 4" foam and our 4" legs was the perfect height after some pulling and tugging on that batting!
here you can see where we attached the pallets

and here you can see the pallets stacked after they were attached.

next we wrapped it all in batting. 
then we layed out the foam and placed the pallets on top, cutting an excess foam away. we could not find a piece of foam big enough so we had to piece three pieces of foam together. once it was all layed out we prepared to wrap another layer of batting, this time around the foam and the pallets.

this is the batting we used.

once the legs were attached we were ready for the fun tedious part!
i measured the entire ottoman and created a drawing with dimensions for the upholstery.
the fabric was not wide enough to cover the sides and top, so it had to be assembled in four pieces.
first i cut the top piece, adding an inch on all four sides for hemming, then i lined up the pattern on both ends so it would match and pinned it in place.

here is a close up

 here you can see the center panel laid out with two end panels

and another close up - it is a bit blurry

then just like the batting, it was pulled tight on the bottom and stapled in place.
and we have here a beautiful and sturdy ottoman!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Custom Invitations by little bit creations

It's been awhile since we talked about invitations, so I thought it was time we revisited that topic. After all, it is one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place. Although my etsy shop is no longer running I still do invitations by request. I absolutely love doing them, but I could not keep up with the demand of my shop once baby #2 arrived. Here are some samples of my work, but the options are endless and my most favorite jobs are custom and unique to your event!
I also offer calligraphy services:)
Please email me for a quote or for more information!



Baby Shower

Friday, January 16, 2015

Guest Suite

In our new house I was so excited that it has a Guest Suite, and I have to say the owners of the house did a great job laying out the floor plan. You see, our house has an addition off the back of it. The addition includes the Family Room, a Guest Bedroom and a Guest Bathroom. We love this part of the house and spend a lot of time there.
Here is what it looks like on plan.
Fireplace - we love that it has a corner fireplace, but honestly it surprises me that they included it. You enter the Family Room off of the Living Room which also has a fireplace so I am surprised they put one in here as well, but we are very happy that they did.
Patio - The double doors off of the family room go to our patio which is covered and was also part of the addition. We spend so much time out here in the summer and it is a perfect place to grill, relax, and the girls to ride their bikes.
Storage Space - They were able to include a closet in the bedroom and a linen closet. I have never had a linen closet before and I absolutely love having it, especially to stock up on guest essentials!
Layout - Have I mentioned I love the layout?!?! All the rooms are the perfect size, not too big and not too small. They also included a huge window in the back of the Family Room and Cathedral ceilings. I could obviously go on and on. 

Well, now that the Family Room is done, I am ready to tackle the Guest Suite.
Here is what it looks like now.

I still really like the bedding in this room and I am not planning on changing it.

I just bought the lamp and nightstand accessories, so those are staying as well.

so here is how the To Do list for this room looks.

Guest Bedroom
Project List:

  • Upholstered Headboard
  • Paint Ceiling White
  • Paint Walls - PPG Atrium White (focal wall behind bed?)
  • Wall Decor
  • Doors or a curtain on closet?
  • Change out ceiling fan?

I am envisioning the headboard to be upholstered in a black and white fabric, something like this.

or this...

I think if I did a focal wall it would look like this.

or I have toyed with the idea of pineapples:)

and as for a light fixture I would definitely go white and I have been dying to use this one, but honestly it may not make it into the budget.

I wont even get into the guest bathroom on this post because thats a whole nother post for a whole nother day:)
but i do have a sneak peek!
this happened....the ceiling was all sorts of shades of yellow and blue before so the white is SUPER refreshing.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Powder your nose

We have a cute little Powder Bath off of our Kitchen under our stairs. It definitely gets the most use in the house and was one of the first rooms that got attention. It was also one of the only rooms that had a faucet left in it, and I actually liked it okay -score.
Here it is before I started working on it, and like all the other cabinets it did not have any hardware.

 Here is a wider shot from the kitchen looking in where you can see the lovely faux painted yellow walls.

and lets not forget the decorative wallpaper cutouts that were randomly placed all over this bathroom.

First I took down the mirror over the vanity and then I removed all of the wallpaper cutouts with boiling hot water in a spray bottle and a utility knife.
Then I caulked all of the trim. Next I painted the vanity. I love mint and I had lots leftover from the front door, so I used that.

 Then I added some adorable chartreuse pulls that I found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and a tan Leopard Print Rug.

Here is the view from the Kitchen.

Then I painted the walls with Porter-Atrium White and added in a decorative mirror.

The wall behind the toilet needed something too, so I found this adorable gold basket at a local antique store - perfect toilet paper holder!

if you follow me on facebook you would know that I got a silhouette cameo for Christmas! Ive been wanting to do more to this room and I think I have it figured out!
stay tuned;)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Master Bedroom

Our Master Bedroom still has a long way to go. If you remember, this is what it looked like when we moved in.

To be honest it doesn't look much different from this now. The wall of blue wallpaper has been stripped and painted. Almost half of all the floral wallpaper is removed but there is still a lot to go and our poor drywall has taken a beating with the removal process. So needless to say, there is still a lot of work to be done and frankly I am having trouble getting motivated. 
on the positive side, was offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more, so when I ordered the fabric for our pallet ottoman, I added on some pillow fabric for our Master Bedroom and it is finally here!

Then for Christmas my awesome Mom got us our Duvet Cover from Urban!

so I updated our mood board from the original post on the Master Bedroom.