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mustard stencil wall

creating, nestingcarissa fox1 Comment

So the last wall I posted about was an all willy-nilly free for all...
this wall was a bit more thought out... a wee bit more structured.
We actually did it last summer........ umm... how is that?
It feels like it was just last month.
Seriously.
It's almost summer again!
And to think we're STILL pulling the space together!

We were wanting pattern for the wall... knowing it needed something.
Considered stripes... but with stripes on her rug... nope...
so when we saw their cute stencil shop... here...... well... we jumped.

After pondering the color we wanted to use...
as this daughter of mine has a crazy love of switching out her bed pillows ALL THE TIME.
She'll grab them from another bed... from the linen closet... a sofa... chair.
She likes to refresh things often.
I have NO idea WHERE she gets it?!
Anywho...
mustard seemed a fun fit.
Why not.
Quite a high contrast... pretty bold actually... with her black bed... but we thought it might be fun.
Oh... it's bold alright.

We're still wanting to add in more touches of white throughout... she likes white a lot.
Plus I think it'll help neutralize the color & contrast some too.
That and art for the wall.
Art needed for sure!
Love the background... now just need to add some fun art on top.

I'm was trying to remember... but I do think this was my first go at using a wall stencil.
My personal experience was a combination of
"oh my gosh I'm totally screwing this up... this is hard"
to
"I'm reaaaally loving this"!
ha!

The stencil itself was awesome!
Large (loved that) and good quality... I just need more practice.

The thing I find crazzzzzy good... I'm nutty when it comes to clean lines.
So this was a challenge... and that's putting it VERY lightly.
In the end...
It is sooooo not perfect.
The mustard bled though here and there... giving way to soft imperfect little plus symbols.
And really... you know OVERALL... I think it still looks good!

This was such a cool project in hanging on... keeping on... and waiting to see.
It took us about half a day to do this 12' x 10' wall.
One stencil...
small paint tray...
dense foam roller...
painters tape...
spray adhesive (which i'm not too sure if I'd use again)
and one quart of paint.
Very simple supplies... for big return I say.
And it was a fun try something new afternoon adventure.

Have you tried stenciling?
What'd you think?
Would you go for it again?

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paint marker wall

creating, nesting, playingcarissa fox15 Comments

I've been asked.... over at instagram... about this wall so I thought I'd do a quick post.

I had been wanting to do SOMETHING on this wall for some time...
so one free day... when a wild hair hit me... I just went for it.

They had quite a few colors... of markers... to choose from at Michaels...
and though I was ready to go nuts on the wall...
I was a little timid on this part and went with the neutral gray.

After measuring out and spacing the lines...
I grabbed a pencil and a piece of wood
(to help me keep the lines SOMEWHAT straight)
and just started... jumped in.
Drawing on all the lines first... then began drawing on leaves here and there.
Stepping back every so often... and seeing where more might be needed.
No rhyme or reason really... just what looked pleasing to the eye... seemed balanced.
After a while of drawing the leaves I realized a template sure would help.
Um... yeah... ya think!
We always have poster boards around for school projects... so...
grabbed one... drew out a leaf... cut it out... and started using it as a guide for the pencil.
Much better... easier... and certainly faster.

After drawing it all out with pencil (to get the overall layout and placement)
I then went over it all with the paint marker.
The neat thing... if you slip or mess up... have a wet rag handy...
the fresh paint wipes right off and you can just do over.  Loved that!

The result is a very organic... SO not perfect... subtle pattern for the wall.

Being a recovery perfectionist... ha... that makes me giggle...
this could not have been a more ideal exercise.
A fun kind of excersice too!  :)
Drawing on a wall... come on!
Therapeutic... and wildly cool... I highly recommend it.
And why not!

What I like about it...
On a DIY scale... it's WAY easy... I draw stick people y'all... so if i can do it.
Very little expense.
No commitment... it's just paint... so you can roll right over it anytime.
It adds a bit of texture to the space.
Can do the whole thing... from going to buy the markers to all finished... in one afternoon.
It was fun!  I must have said out loud more than ten times "I love this."

Had such a ball... in fact...
I wouldn't be surprised if I painted right over it and drew something all over again!
yep!

I have to say... THANK YOU...
so much...
for stopping by... being here.
So happy and blessed you did!
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wall color... BM classic gray
trim... BM chantilly lace
silly face canvases... Canvas on Demand
paint marker... neutral gray... Liquitex
tall white candle sticks... cb2
rectangle boxes on coffee table... Homegoods
orange stools... Overstock
graphic orange pillows... Spark Modern
rug... Flor... suit yourself... in raffia
If I'm missing something on sources... and you're still curious...
by all means... just holler... I'm super happy... always... to share.
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dark or light grout

building, nestingcarissa fox7 Comments

Would-a... could-a... should-a.
When it came to the grout in our kitchen I can remember like it was yesterday the tile guy looking at me with "that look"... and saying "oh you don't want to do that".
I had planned on going darker with the grout...
really wanted to raise the volume a bit on the contrast there.
Nothing super wild... but allow the tile to show off a bit... you know?
Had seen so many pretty spaces with bold grout... they always seemed to catch my eye.

Are you a high contrast lover... like a darker grout line?
Or do you prefer the more subtle tone on tone look?

Clearly I let him talk me out of it.
One thing's for sure...
even though I've seen some crazy knock my socks off tile lately...
I still adore subway tile!
What is it about something so super simple... so cost effective... that can be so cool?!
It just is!

The possibilities really are endless when it comes to kitchen backsplash.
Gah!
I could get sucked in for days.
Wait... I think I did once.

I'm still super pleased we went the subway route...
feel it will grow with my picky and crazy desire to refresh things often.
Being a good classic base.
I do sometimes wonder what if we'd gone dark with the grout... oh man... but you know... 
the longer we're in this house (think we hit a new record)...
the more it grows on me.
I think it's all part of slapping your arms around the home you're in.
Right now.
Loving the gifts and slab underfoot.
Living it up where you are!
I think Melissa's book is rubbing off on me. :)

Truly... I do think it all worked out as it should.
Looking at the house as a whole... I think it's a great fit... and a good match to our family.

Don't even get me started on open shelving though.
oh!
Now that...... I should-a.
Ha!
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