Entryway Rugs

We’ve been in our “new” house three years now and things are starting to feel not-so-new anymore. Top of that list is our entryway rug. We’ve had it since we moved in and it is starting to get really worn and grungy looking. So, I’ve been shopping around for a new rug and there are so many great options out there right now. Here are some of my favorites. I’m leaning towards #3 because I think it will hold up the best but which is your fave?
A Feteful Life: Entryway Rug Roundup

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I Want it Now: Coat Rack

A Feteful Life: I want it now - Ikea Coat Stand

Fall is in the air and that means jackets and backpacks are becoming a part of our daily routine again. We don’t have a coat closet near our front door so all of those things tend to wind up cluttering our banister. But, I’m hoping that this year will be different because I’m getting a coat rack! I’ve been shopping around for them for a while and I think this simple birch one from Ikea is perfection! I want it now! A Feteful Life: I want it now - Ikea Coat Stand

DIY Watercolor Art

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorDuring the summer my son came home from camp with a simple scribbled drawing in crayon that was covered with watercolor paint. I adored it and it gave me some great inspiration for this easy DIY project. I always have a hard time finding art for my home. I’m well past the point in my life where I’m hanging movie posters on the wall but still can’t really afford a one of kind piece of art from a gallery. So, what’s a girl to do? Make her own art of course. And, it’s so simple that you should do it as well. Here’s how to do it.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorI decided to keep my design simple and graphic so it was easy to sketch out on a piece of graph paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce I finalized my design, I went over with with a dark black pen so it would be easy to trace onto the watercolor paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorNo light table? No problem. I just taped my graph paper to a glass door (or window would work) and placed the watercolor paper over it. Instant light table! I also used masking tape to tape a border for my painting. This isn’t necessary but helps create nice clean lines if you want them.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce I had the watercolor paper all taped up, I used a white crayon to trace over the design. Please do not use a washable crayon if you are using watercolors as the crayon will wash away as you start to add the color. You want a nice waxy crayon to repel the water.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorIt’s a bit hard to see but you can see the white crayon lines on the paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorYou don’t need fancy supplies to make art! I’m using the kid’s watercolor palate from IKEA along with their paintbrushes.

A Feteful Life: DIY Watercolor

A Feteful Life: DIY Watercolor

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorNow, just start painting… whatever colors your little heart desires. I usually do a wash of my base color first and then add some little variations of colors once that base is down.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce the paint has dried remove the masking tape boarders and then trim the paper down to whatever size you want. Voila. Easy DIY art that anyone can do. Fete on!

8 Amazing DIY Plastic Animal Transformations

As I’ve mentioned here and here, I love transforming items with the help of spray paint. It’s so inexpensive, it’s so easy, there are so many color options, and it gives new life to something that would otherwise be discarded. And, these adorable animal transformations are no exception. I love all of them so much and want to try all of them.. right now!

The pig as a place card for a rustic wedding, the elephant bookends, the gilded magnets… they are all so amazing and inspiring. Now I just need to decide which one I’m going to try first. I think it’s going to have to be the magnets! They are just too fabulous.

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Geode Home Decor

Even though it has been around for a few seasons, I’m still a big fan of geode home decor. I think its a great way to add an unexpected splash of color and mix a little boho chic into what is otherwise a fairly modern palate in my home. And it’s not all coasters and bookends anymore. Geodes continue to show up in unexpected ways. Check out these beauties.

A Feteful Life: Geode Home Decor

1 / Top your bar cart bottles with these fabulous agate bottle stoppers (or DIY)

2 / These magnets would look awesome on my magnetic kitchen wall.

3 / Pretty and practical soap for your bathroom.

4 / I love the varied sizes and colors of these great lacquer boxes available at One Kings Lane.

5 / These geode knobs would be a nice balance on a modern dresser.

Summer Art Prints

I’ve been on a mission to change up our house a bit. We’ve lived here for about 7 years and haven’t changed much since we moved in (we did extensive decorating when we did, though). And pretty much all of a sudden, it started to annoy me. Between the kids and the dog, a lot of things have really been worked over (the most pricey things, of course). So I started in on changing little things — a new living room rug, coffee table, and an art print — none of it expensive, because with the kids still running roughshod around the house, I wasn’t making that mistake again. The art print is an IKEA one I’ve had my eye on for a while — a fun graphic motif of a girl swimming (see below) — which just totally reminds me of summer when I was young. And as I’ve started looking for more, I find myself drawn over and over to prints that remind me of my youthful summers in the midwest. Change + nostalgia works, I guess. I rounded up my other favorites below. What reminds you of your summers of youth?!

A Feteful Life: Summer Art Prints

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One Kings Lane “Reflect Your Style” Challenge

I’ve mentioned a few times in past posts how my daughter has really started to outgrow her current room (in restyled vintage dressers and sputnik chandeliers), but I’ve honestly had the hardest time deciding in which direction to go. To begin with, she’s really, really girly. But not little girl girly. She likes grown-up girly things. And while she still loves pink (the main color in her current room), she’s also holding strong to purple. So I was SUPER excited when One Kings Lane asked us to participate in their “Reflect Your Style” challenge by designing a vanity around one of their fabulous mirrors AND one of the mirrors they asked us to look at was this statement Baroque purple lacquer mirror — it’s so Cam. And it got me rethinking her room a bit. I really like the idea of picking some more grown-up pieces that she can use throughout the years and there are so many good things to pick from at One Kings Lane. Plus, we all know how much I love to virtual shop. Here’s what I came up with:

A Feteful Life: One Kings Lane Reflect Your Style

1. The Sardis Baroque Oversized Mirror is a great statement piece and I love that it’s purple, but grown-up purple. Almost an aubergine.

2. I’d continue the glam with the Jenni Mirrored Console Table, which could also really be used as a desk as Cam gets older. And I like that the mirrored finish would help make her room look a bit bigger as well.

3. I’m obviously a bigger fan of modern design than my daughter, so I like that the Vision Transparent Chair gives a nod to that with its sleek acrylic, but still fits well with the mirror and table. And even though it’s a decent size, because it is transparent, it will look like it takes up less room. Pretty sure I’d have to add a little pillow on there right now for her to sit, though.

4. This Burbank rug also adds a dose of modern (and really, really reminds me of Jonathan Adler).

 5. When Cam was basically just a baby, she swallowed a teensy, tiny purple pebble from a fair. Nobody else believed that she did, but they sure did a few days later when it came out. These purple geodes are a whole lot classier, but would remind us of her early love of the color.

6. Cameron already has this gold Threshold Jewelry Box from Target, which has a similar silhouette to the console table and is a necessity for holding her growing collection.

7. Much to her dismay, I won’t let Cam wear makeup (except the occasional glitter and lip gloss), but she is obsessed with Drybar’s Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-in Conditioner. I brush it into her hair after bath at night and it’s still glimmering in the morning.

8. When Missoni launched its limited edition line for Target three years ago, I hit it hard and bought in bulk several years worth of sizes for Cam. I also picked up several of these pink and purple frames and she now has family pictures in them. They have to stay!

Girly girl not your style? Check out all the other great mirrors One Kings Lane has to offer — there is really something for everybody!

Outdoor Rug Roundup

I’m determined to get our roof deck in shape for the summer and since resurfacing the whole thing is not going to make it into our plans, I’ve got my eyes on a new outdoor rug to help me out. I love bold graphics just as much as bright colors and I can’t decide! What do you think?

A Feteful Life: Outdoor Rug Roundup

1. black + white plank area rug / 2. The Land of Nod’s indoor/outdoor rug / 3. Urban Outfitters geo rug / 4. CB2 Bergama reversible outdoor rug / 5. Warrior Enzo indoor/outdoor rug / 6. One King’s Lane Cali rug / 7. Baja rug / 8. Fab Habitat’s Laguna rug / 9. One King’s Lane Inyo rug

Marble Kitchen Accessories

Suzanne has the most gorgeous Carrara marble kitchen countertops. Everything looks good on them! New counters are not in my kitchen’s future, but I’ve started collecting a few marble kitchen accessories here and there and now I’m kind of obsessed. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on in an attempt not to lose my, oh you know ….

A Feteful Life: Marble Kitchen Accessories

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Modern Wall Decals

I’ve seen some really fabulous modern wall decals floating around the web lately and not necessarily on the walls of kiddo rooms, which is where people traditionally think of using them as a fun decor item (including me — both of my kids’ rooms sport mod ones). But I really love the idea of using them elsewhere in the home. They can add a bold pattern to a small space, pop up or take the place of decorative tile on a kitchen wall, or create a funky, playful focal point. Here are a few of my favorites!

A Feteful Life: Modern Wall Decals

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