October 17, 2014

Bring Vegas Home Challenge

It's Vegas baby! Vegas.com recently invited me to be a part of the "Bring Vegas Home" challenge. My task was to put together a room using The Cosmopolitan Hotel as inspiration. I admit the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to decorating my home. Running circuses is about the only thing that town and my house have in common, however, after taking one look at their lovely hotel suites I was in, hook, line, and sinker!

Navy Blue Room Decorating Ideas Hotel Inspiration

Does it come as a shock that the navy blue used through out the hotel suites was the first thing that caught my eye? I've been toying with the idea of using the color in our master at the new house. Isn't this velvet tufted chair so handsome?

Greek key patterned blankets is another design feature seen through out the suites. I've been gravitating towards this pattern lately, although I prefer it in subtle doses.  I think this throw pillow definitely meets the bill. I love how its rich navy hue pops against the white bedding.

Speaking of the bed, in my wildest fantasies (I bet you're wondering where this is going?)
I am the proud owner of a white upholstered bed frame like this one. It's so pristine and chic! In real life that thing would be smothered in dog hair and spaghetti sauce stained hand prints from a certain little toddler.

Solid colored drapes is a great way to add a clean, fresh look to any room. I like how the curtains in The Cosmopolitan didn't try to compete with the rest of the room's elements. Target always has a great selection of curtains. These basketweave panels are inexpensive and also light blocking; perfect for those of us who prefer the vampire lifestyle.

Chrome lamps, a popular choice among most hotels,can come across as rather sterile and masculine to me. Am I the only crazy one who sees genders in my inanimate objects?  I picked this lamp for my room because it had the chrome-like metal appearance but it's shape is warm and graceful , in other words, it doesn't scream "surgery room".

The black and white art work in the hotel suites is a conversation piece and I loved it's contrast against the white and navy blue colors through out the room.  I'm a HUGE fan of word art and adored this "Lucky Charm" print from Fybur. Plus, what is Vegas with out a little luck, right? This botanical wall art isn't a true black and white piece but it would give a nice contemporary touch to any room.

Last but not least, I love adding natural elements to every room but call the FBI because I am a serial plant killer! This artificial grass planter would be guaranteed a long life with me. Plus, it's wooden box adds a lovely balance to the contemporary pieces in my room.

http://www.vegas.com/resorts/cosmopolitan/#

So there you have it, proof that bringing Vegas hotel style into your home doesn't have to be all crystal chandeliers and cheesy slot machines, nor does it need to be expensive! This challenge has made me super excited about getting started on our room.
Aren't the rooms at the Cosmopolitan lovely?
Mama wouldn't mind locking herself away ALONE for a week (or two) in one of their suites!



October 8, 2014

Delightfully Wicked Halloween Hop: DIY Halloween Book Page Art & Giveaway

Hello my pretties. You guys are in for a treat! 
Today is the Delightfully Wicked Halloween Hop. 
I'm so excited to be kicking off this event by showing you how to create your own
Halloween Book Page Wall Art

But grab yourself a cup of coffee (or vodka, if that's how you roll) because I've got seven fang-tastic bloggers joining me today to share some wickedly awesome Halloween projects.
So let's hop to it.....

Psst....BE SURE TO SEE THE GIVEAWAY BELOW!


As many of you know, we moved into a new house a few months ago and for the first time ever I actually have a foyer, unlike our old casa where you walked in and
 "Oh, hi! You're standing in my living room!"
I thought this would be the perfect spot for some festive Halloween decor. I've been wanting to hang a blown up version of a book page on my walls ever since I pinned this image a while back.

Halloween Wall Art Idea Book Page

This project is super easy thanks to PicMonkey. I shared a tutorial back in the spring on how to create kid's wall art using this site. I just love how user friendly it is!

Before we get started  you will want to decide which book and page you would like to recreate for your wall. I knew right away I wanted to use "Sleepy Hollow" for my Halloween art. Growing up I remember my dad reading this story to us and it's always been one of my favorites. Lo and behold, I happen to find the "Sleepy Hollow" book in the One Spot section of Target for one buckaroo. 
I skimmed through the book until I found a page that seemed spooky and climatic.

Step 1: Head to www.picmonkey.com

Step 2: Hover over "Design" and choose 8 x 10 canvas size

Step 3: Next, in order to recreate that old book page background you will need to select your texture, which is the net-like image on the bottom left-side of your screen (please note image below is not of the full screen but just of the left navigation box).
Then choose "Paper" and select the antique brown looking square. Click "apply'.


Step 4. Now it's time to start adding your text. Click the "Tt" in the left navigation box.
Click the "Add Text" bar. Play around with the different fonts and type in your wording in the center of your canvas (you will have to eyeball it). 
I used the  "Roman Antique" font. Don't forget to add your page number!


Step 5. Optional, but you could add flourishes to your art too (click the butterfly on the left). 
Some are only available if you pay and "upgrade" your account.


Step 6: Last thing to do is to "Save" your image to your computer. If you would like a poster size of your wall art you can have them printed at your local Staples, Office Max, Walgreens, etc. I usually look for a store that is running a current sale on their prints/posters. This time I scored my poster for 50% off.

Note: Following the instructions above I found that most local printer's websites cautioned me not to order a poster larger than a 16 x 20, otherwise the quality of the pic would be poor and pixelated. I re-sized my image in Photoshop and upped it to 300 dpi because I wanted it BIG (24 x 36).  I'm also going to warn you to make sure you double check for spelling errors before ordering your print AND to not proofread while a 1 year old is climbing your pant legs. I promise this will result in a failed project and you will have order another print....not that I would know anything about that.


I'm SO in love with my new wall art! I can't wait to make something similar for Christmas.
I found the rustic frame at Michaels during a 55% off sale.



The spider web runner is from Target and the white faux pumpkins can be found at most local craft stores. Little B confuses them for balls and drop kicks them all over the house. Sigh....life with a toddler.

Everything else is from Hobby Lobby 
except for that spooktacular "Trick or Treat" wood block sign. 
Isn't it adorable? It was handmade by the uber-talented Darlene from Blocks Paper Paint. Remember that time she made me those SUPER cute name blocks for the nursery


Well guess what? Happy Hump Day because she is so kindly giving away 
one of her Halloween items to one lucky reader! 

But first don't forget to hop over to see my 
ghoulfriends and all their festive and fun Halloween projects!
Get ready to be inspired....


Check out the entire Delightfully Wicked Halloween Hop below:
















Ready to add some spooky and fun decor to your adobe?
Please enter below for your chance at (1) Halloween item from Blocks Paper Paint (excludes subway art).
Open to US & Canadian residents only (sorry international peeps!)

Winner will be announced next week!












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