Fearlessly Made: New Blog

We’ve featured my friend Brianne a couple times on our blog because she has adorable style that’s right up the Redefine alley. And she and her friend Kayla recently started their own blog! So now we get to hear from her regularly and see all the fun projects she does around her house.

Check out Fearlessly Made when you get a chance. You’ll definitely find inspiration in their photos! Here are some of the pics from her house tour – she provides a source list of her fab decor. LOVE the color combos!!

Industrial Shelf Update

Remember when I bought this gem last year at the West Bottoms flea market?

She got a bit of an update this weekend. When we first got it, one of the levels was a bit more rusty than the rest, so we decided to remove it. I actually like the height of it better now. With all the openness of it, we needed to add wood to a couple levels so it could hold more. A friend of ours had some extra reclaimed wood sitting in her garage and was generous enough to donate it to us! The reclaimed wood just goes perfectly with the industrial shelving, don’t you think?

And I finally got our artwork from Charleston framed. I love the way all the colors in the art compliment the goodies displayed on the shelves.

Happy Monday everyone!

DIY – Artwork Turned Bulletin Board

Often times we have great pieces around the house, it just takes a bit creativity, imagination, and some TLC to morph it into a new piece.  A perfect example is a once art piece that I stumbled upon at Hilary’s house while Erica and I were recently there to help her with her dining room and kitchen accessorizing.

Before – the colors just didn’t work with the space anymore and Hilary was thinking of getting rid of the piece altogether.  She then told me she wanted a bulletin board for her kitchen and the wheels starting turning in my head.  Why not turn the once art work piece into a bulletin board?

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Leaving the frame color the same, using the beautiful coral hue that is in the dining room,  adding a couple cork pieces, and would you look at that?  It looks like a brand new piece.

(DISCLAIMER – these AFTER photos were taken at night – the lighting is awful and the colors are much prettier in real life.)

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Total cost – $9 dollars, some good quality time with left over dining room paint, and a steady hand while free hand painting.

Stop and think – what pieces might be laying around the house that just need a little update or perhaps a new purpose?  You might just be amazed and able to save some money reinventing a tired piece.

 

Wine Cellar

About six months ago, my husband decided he really wanted to create a wine cellar in our basement. That space stays really cool no matter what time of year, so we wouldn’t need any tempurature control. We have a random small storage room that’s too tight to hold much, so it ended up being the perfect little area for his project.

He did a ton of research to determine the look and feel he wanted – a little rust, a little tin, and some mountable racks. I LOVE the way it’s coming together.

He found the tin on Craigslist. It’s from the wall of an old barn. He decided to layer them on the wall and then mount the racks directly to it. The racks are from Hayneedle. He bought two at first just to test them out, but he’s adding one more in the middle of these.

The next steps are to add the last rack, make sure all the tin is securely attached to the wall, and then make a light fixture. I’ll keep you posted on progress!

 

Duct Tape DIY’s

So I came across decorative duct tape at Target the other day, and I just kept thinking that I needed to buy one. Why? I have no idea. It just seems like something everyone should have, right? This rediculous need to buy some navy and white chevron duct tape made me do a little searching for ideas on what in the world to do with this stuff.

Of course Pinterest was FULL of ideas. If you found yourself buying one of these handy little gems for no apparent reason at one time as I did, then here are some ideas that can put that puppy to use:

1. Decorate a wall light switch plate. No need to have boring white light switch plates anymore. Cover the ones in your kids’ rooms for some added fun to their decoration.

2. Personalize phone chargers. If chargers in your house are constantly swiped by other family members, you can “mark” each person’s with different colors of duct tape.

3. Spruce up girly accessories. Plastic bangles, head bands, and wallets can get a new life with this sticky invention.

4. Cover a boring picture frame. Simple picture frames can be jazzed-up with chevron stripes, bright colors, or animal prints without having to use any paint.

5. Customize notebook covers. Choose one pattern or go with a variety to make notebook covers stand out and reflect your personal style.

No more using boring grey duct tape! With all these new varieties, there are so many other creative ways to use this multi-purpose innovation. The possibilities are just about endless.

Welcome Baby Norah

Our friend Molly is having a precious baby girl. In fact, she’s due this very weekend!! A few weeks ago, we threw Molly a “sprinkle.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with this term, a sprinkle is a baby shower for moms who have already had at least one child. They are a fun way for us to celebrate and help out friends who might have had a boy and are now having a girl but don’t have any girl goodies.

Molly’s color scheme for Norah’s room is lavendar, grey, black, and white. So obviously that was the sprinkle theme as well!

The banner and Etsy prints made the perfect backdrop for the shower – and they’ll look fabulous in baby Norah’s room!

Grape bellinis were definitely in order.

And these purple poms looked adorable as a centerpiece. After the shower, Molly was able to hang them in Norah’s room as well.

For the menu, we had delish appetizers, including my favorite bruschetta.

And these yummy chicken salad cups.

Here’s how you make them:

1. Take sliced whole wheat bread and cut the crusts off. Spray regular-sized muffin tins with nonstick spray. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Flatten each piece of bread with your hand, then push each slice into its own muffin tin. Brush each one with olive oil, sprinkle some Kosher salt on them, and bake for about 5-10 minutes. Just until they are strong enough to hold their shape.

2. Shred a store-bought Rotisserie chicken. Mix in your favorite goodies. I generally choose mayo, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts or pecans, and grapes quartered.

3. Fill each bread “cup” with the mixture.

And finally, my mom made the most delish cupcakes. They made the perfect centerpiece for our other table.

The most important part of this shindig though, was showering baby Norah with gifts. Molly’s son Jack decided he needed to help open presents. Adorable.

Congrats Molly! Can’t wait to meet Norah!

 

 

 

Family Organization Board

I hope the Easter bunny was good to all.  He sure was good to our family.

Liam, adorned with his snake face painting experienced Pop Rocks for the first time.  The look on his face is priceless…woah, what is going on in my mouth right now look of amazement.  His first response, “this is awesome!”.IMG_8168Dax was completely overjoyed when he heard that he got to go first in the family Easter egg hunt as the younger bunch got a head start out of the gates.  Here is the Dax-yeah-that’s-right-I-get-a-head-start look…IMG_8242Jonah “jo jo” Bear, was busy maneuvering his larger than normal body all over the place, and ever so often, captured the ever elusive ball rejoicing in victory!IMG_8185I had the same feeling when I received my new “Focus Board”.  I have been searching for a couple months now for the perfect solution that is stylish yet functional to host all of the weeks events in one place.  Alas, I found Kimbees Creations shop on Etsy.

I messaged Kim and asked if I could place a special order to her “Motivational / Focus Board” she had posted and within no time she created our custom board.  IMG_8175

Kevin and I sat down and picked out custom quotes, categories and layout.  I emailed Kim to see if we could make it a bit larger and we got a custom proof back from Kim.

The print is 24×36 and I got the reclaimed wood frame at Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon.  The print was only $45 dollars – what an amazing price for a custom piece!  She even included a chalkboard marker that we write on the glass with and it cleans off easily with water.

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I would HIGHLY recommend this if you are looking for a cleaver way to keep your family organized – especially if your husband is like mine loves lists or if you just have a busy life in general.  You can tell, he was the first one to write on the board – his own illustrations included.

A bit about Kim, the fabulous owner and creator of Kimbees Creations – “I was a stay-at-home Mom for 22 years to my five children. Life changed, and I am now happily married with a large blended family, which includes my five and his two, four of whom are married, and have given us six grandchildren (with two more on the way!). Even though I am now working full time in education, family is my center. All of my creations and designs were originally created for family members, who then encouraged me to start an Etsy site. I continue to add new designs, based upon special requests.”

Huge high five to you Kim and thank you so much – we LOVE our Hall Family Focus Board!

 

 

 

Birthday Gift Ideas

Happy birthday week to you Miss Jill!

You turned one year older and better on Monday! As one of the most creative people I know, searching for gifts is incredibly fun and challenging! Here are some of the top contenders, but you don’t get to know what you get until we get together to celebrate!

Since you and I both have a black thumb, I thought a simple terrarium could be a way for you to practice keeping plants alive in a small way. :)

This adorable piece of artwork caught my eye since you and your fabulous hubby met in L.A.

Um, who doesn’t need a gold antler jewelry holder???

How fabulous are these triangle earrings?? They would look so great on you!

Thanks for sharing this blogging journey with me, love. We’ve had so many laughs throughout the past year. So happy to have you and your family in our lives. Happy, happy birthday week!

 

Kelly Wearstler-inspired DIY Art

So remember when I told you that I was going to have my little man do an abstract painting for me – inspired by Kelly Wearstler? Well, we got some free time a couple weekends ago, and he got to work! Of course, he decided it was necessary to strip down to his undies to do it. Who am I to judge an artist on his process?

First, we covered an old painting I had with acryllic white paint. It took about four coats to get it done, but he was more than happy to help out. Then I just took plain, black acryllic paint and let him have at it. He loved making what he called the “twirly whirlies like the wind and zig zags.”

He was very proud of himself when it was all done. I have to say I am too. I’m in love with it.

I also got my iKea rug in that I told you about a few weeks ago! I’m so excited! It’s perfect for that space.

Now I just need to get my desk decorated, the painting on the wall, and the office is pretty much done. I’ll show the final, final late this month when I have the time to take really good photos of everything.

Enjoy!

Jewel Tones

My sister-in-law is moving into a new apartment, so we’ve been talking a lot about how she wants to decorate it - I know you’re shocked. Tessa gravitates toward jewel tones, so we’re searching for the right throw pillows and art to bring her style into the new space. Here are some of her Pinterest faves…

I’m loving this direction she’s going and can’t wait to put it all together when she moves in!

 

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