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Blending Rustic and Modern

Have you discovered Dot & Bo?  I certainly have.  This online retailer of home furnishings and home decor has hit the mark with curating up to date collections.

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I was thrilled to be asked to give some tips on one of my favorite design styles: Rustic Modern.  You have heard me talk about this style before on my blog and would be honored if you clicked on over to the Dot & Bo Blog to read my guest post titled 5 Tips for Blending Rustic and Modern From an Interior Designer.  Wooo-Hooo!

Janeane

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Here is a weekend project for you that has turned out to be one of my favorites…the DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf. And although it may be taking a little longer than anticipated, this Goodwill project is part of my #SpringSpruceUp for my master bedroom. What, it’s only June! Don’t judge.

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DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf

Several weeks ago I attended the Goodwill #Repurpose4Good event to celebrate Earth Month at the OC Goodwill Boutique in Lake Forest.  There we were given challenges to RENEW, REUSE, and REPURPOSE items.  I was honored to be paired with blogger Justine Burgess to work with me.  When I was given the challenge to pull items from the store to make something to be used in a living space, my eyes lit up.  This was right up my alley.

Justine and I created what I dubbed the “Urban Belt Book Shelf” out of a text book and belts.  I thought it would be perfect to hold a small accessory in the home.

As the days went by, I kept thinking of that shelf and how I wanted to have one for my own home.  So I went back to Goodwill of Orange County to purchase the main materials I needed…

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Anthropologie Inspired Wood Slice Mirror

On a weekend visit to Michaels, I saw a display of birch slices that made me immediately turn and investigate.  This instinct was just like it was when I was a little girl collecting rocks and twigs on family camping trips.  I snatched up several and one of the larger birch rounds got reserved for a look inspired by Anthropologie’s Mango Wood Slice Mirror.  I already had most of the other supplies in my crafting stock, so I went to work creating this unique piece.

Here are the supplies I used:

Birch Round

Light Brown Leather Cording

Carpet Tacks

5” Craft Mirror

Mirror Adhesive

Anthropologie Inspired Wood Slice Mirror DIY Steps

Step 1: Measure out the leather cording according to how long you want your mirror to hang and cut to your preference.

Step 2: Nail in three carpet tacks on each side attaching the leather to the wood slice.

Step 3: Put a bead of mirror adhesive on the back of the craft mirror and press in onto the center of the wood slice.

Step 4: Place a heavy object on top of the mirror for 48 hours.

Step 5: Hang and enjoy!

Here is the original version and mine side by side.

Anthropologie Inspired Wood Slice Mirror: Original on the Left, DIY version on the Right

 

Janeane

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One Sofa Three Looks

It is no surprise that I have a love affair with pillows.  A visit from friends proved me right when their two young boys were going around the house counting the number of pillows I have.  There is something about the color and pattern from these cushions that provide versatility in any room.  I went to the Sher Lane Shops HomeGoods to show how a neutral leather sofa gets three looks by changing out the pillows.

This HomeGoods sofa is ready for three different looks with pillows

Standing alone, this sofa is beautiful with its buttery colored upholstery and nutmeg pillows.  It is the perfect seating piece because it can transition into several different looks, such as sprucing up for the spring season.

 

{Look 1} SPRING GREEN

{Look 1} Spring Green: Green and white pillows give a refreshing look to this cream sofa

By mixing different tones of green, this look is so refreshing.  It started with two 22” green and white floral medallion pillows by the arms, then two 18” olive quilted cushions, and finished off with a lumbar green and white geometric.  The difference in sizes adds interest while the mix of patterns and green tones keep it from being flat.

This look would just be perfect with this accent chair I found nearby.

This green and white accent chair from HomeGoods is so sweet.

{Look 2} NEUTRAL

{Look 2} Neutral: Texture and varying tones give interest to a neutral palette

When going for a neutral look, think texture and varying tones of tan, cream, beige, and white.  Burlap in a darker shade bordered with herringbone jute trim, linen lined with mother of pearl buttons and beads, and white burlap give interest to this neutral palette.

{Look 2} Neutral: Burlap in a darker shade bordered with herringbone jute trim, linen lined with mother of pearl buttons and beads, and white burlap

{Look 3} MIXING COLORS

{Look 3} Mixing Colors:  A patterned pillow with multiple colors is the perfect starting point for this look

When mixing colors, it is always a good idea to find a patterned pillow with multiple colors and pull from there.  This beautiful lumbar pillow placed in the center was my starting off point for this look.  Solid red 22” pillows anchor the sides while yellow geometric and blue medallion pillows flank the inspiration cushion.  The patterns on these two compliment the busy inspiration fabric and make the transition from solid to multi-color easy on the eyes.

{Look 3} Mixing Colors: Solid red 22” pillows anchor the sides while yellow geometric and blue medallion pillows flank the inspiration cushion

{Look 3} Mixing Colors: The pattern on the blue pillow compliment the busy inspiration fabric and make the transition from solid to multi-color easy on the eyes

Janeane

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