Entries Tagged as 'decorate'

three design tips + guest interview.

Posted on: Monday, June 9, 2014

Ann-Marie Loves

Happy Monday! Today I thought I would share three of my best tips for home design from my guest interview on the Pepper Design Blog:

1. Try thrifting. I realize that not everyone is keen on secondhand goods, but there are so many treasures to be had if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in! I frequent my favorite local thrift stores a few times a week and sometimes I walk out empty-handed while other times I can barely fit all my finds through the door. I never know what to expect and that’s half of the fun! (P.S. more thrifting tips found here!)

2. Stay inspired. I think the key to producing good work and broadening your creative horizons is to know what inspires you and return to that source time and time again.

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment. With the exception of a few home design projects (major renovations, knocking down walls, etc), decorating should always be approached with a sense of experimentation and playfulness. Since our personal styles are constantly evolving with the changing seasons, why not let our homes be a reflection of that growth? If you find that a room or a design is no longer working for you, mix it up! A change of scenery can do WONDERS.

You can read the rest of the interview right here!

hanging wedding photos.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hanging Wedding Photos | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m so happy I got married when I did. Not just because John and I were both in a great place with our relationship and our professional lives, but because photography is JUST SO AWESOME these days.

I love that our amazing photographer, Katie Pritchard, was able to share a sneak peek with us the day after our wedding. I love that we had a full hashtag of Instagram photos that our guests contributed to during our celebration. I love that I have been able to easily blog and share different images that tell our story. I love that a simple picture conveyed a BIG message this past Christmas. And now, I love that I have finally printed out three of our favorite shots from the big day and hung them in our home.

Hanging Wedding Photos | Ann-Marie Loves

On Friday afternoon (at rush hour, of course), I got the urge to jump in the car and drive over to IKEA to buy a few things for the house. While I was there, I picked up three white frames and a handful of other super necessary (unnecessary) items. What is it about impromptu IKEA trips that fill my heart with my delight?

Hanging Wedding Photos | Ann-Marie Loves

When I got home, I sat down with John and we chose our three favorite photos from our wedding that we knew would look great grouped together as a series. Then, I resized them in Photoshop, printed them out on glossy photo paper using my plain old HP Photosmart printer, and popped them into the frames! I put John in charge of the hanging process, because eventually we would like to be able to move out of this place without having to pay for 4,000 holes in the wall ;)

Next step: design a wedding album!

nursery wall hanging.

Posted on: Friday, May 16, 2014

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

In my never-ending quest for nursery inspiration, I recently stumbled upon this impossibly cute room tour. The first thing that drew me in was the impeccable styling and color usage, but what ultimately stuck with me was the mom’s theory on decorating a room for little ones:

“I keep redecorating and changing their rooms. I see it as a never ending challenge and a good reason to keep on looking for new and fun things for the girls.”

Ahh, I love that. I’ve been putting an awful lot of pressure on myself to get this room “right” the first time. (Something about having a baby makes everything feel more “final.”) But the truth is, I’ll never stop decorating and redecorating, especially since we don’t plan on living in this apartment for more than another year or two. There will be plenty of opportunities for my style (and hers!) to grow and evolve over the coming years. Thinking of the nursery as an ongoing project vs. an item I have to cross off my to-do list, is so much more freeing and inspiring!

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

So in the spirit of decorating however I want to in this exact moment, I decided to make yet another yarn project and create a simple wall hanging above the glider. Much like the card I made last week, I used this awesome tutorial as my jumping off point to pair a stick and a skein of thrifted yarn together.

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

The whole process took a little over an hour and cost less than three dollars. Just how I like my DIY projects!

Nursery Wall Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m still undecided as to whether I want to hang anything on the wall space directly over the crib. Since we live in earthquake territory, there’s no way I’m going to suspend something heavy or sharp over a sleeping baby (or sleeping adult, for that matter), but I have been contemplating a few paper projects that might look cool.

In the meantime, I’m going let my ideas percolate for a bit. There’s no rush, right? ;)


coveting for baby | nursery edition.

Posted on: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Coveting for Baby | Nursery Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

left to right, top to bottom:

Little Minty Plant // Pink Hippo // Embroidered Mini Banner // Moth Original Lampshade // Vintage Modern Bunting // Box Frame in Spring Tones // Gold Dots Pillow Cover // Handmade Shelf for Plants // Rabbit No. 0039

I’ve been perusing Etsy and other handmade sites quite a bit lately (as my PayPal account will attest), trolling for anything and everything baby-related. I’ve been stumbling upon so many gems, it’s only fair that I share these talented artists with you.

P.S. The first installment of my handmade baby finds!

nursery progress.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

This past weekend included a Friday night run to IKEA, an all-day cleaning / organizing / furniture building / decorating session, and several cool down breaks to sit in front of the A/C and wonder whose idea it was to have a summer baby? ;) We made some serious progress on the office / nursery and IT FEELS AWESOME. Here’s how the nursery side of the room is shaping up:

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

I picked up this Nate Berkus pillow at Target on a whim and I love how it sets a Southwestern vibe for the rest of the room. The crib (as I mentioned before) was the same one my brother and I slept in as babies. Keeping it in the family ;)

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

I picked up this dog hook from Anthro back in November and now I am so excited to finally have found a home for it.

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

My thrifted rocker! Maybe one of best finds to date. As for what the animal is, well…that’s a bit of a mystery. Is it a horse? A goat? Maybe a llama? We may never know, but I love it in all of it’s ambiguous wicker glory.

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

This is the little corner by the window where the glider, the dresser, and the internet modem currently reside – ha! Like I said, we still have ways to go before everything will be ready for baby.

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

This little pup is one of my favorite toys that my parents saved from my childhood. Plus, I think he looks pretty cool when paired with Elise’s awesome print.

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

Well, there’s no shortage of leggings for this girl. That’s for sure.

Nursery Progress | Ann-Marie Loves

I moved this gold table from the living room to the nursery and I am loving the way it brings in my favorite metal to the space! P.S. how cute is that wooden canoe from Kid Firefly? I’m going to make a mini canvas teepee to pair with it :)

Even though there’s still plenty left on my decorating to-do list, this room has instantly become my favorite part of the whole house.

little by little.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Art for the Office / Nursery | Ann-Marie Loves

Top print: Elizabeth Mayville | Bottom print: Clare Elsaesser

Yesterday was one of those days where absolutely everything on my mile-long to-do list seemed insurmountable. So what’s a girl to do? Target. Always Target.

In an effort to snap out of my overwhelmed funk, I picked up a new pillow to decorate the crib (and no, I won’t leave it in there once the baby arrives), power strips, iced coffee packets, heart-shaped baby sunglasses, Greek yogurt, and white picture frames to finally (!) house two of my all-time favorite prints. All the essentials for a successful retail therapy trip.

As soon as I got home, I immediately popped my two prints into the frames and hung them in the nursery / office. I bought both prints long before I knew a baby was in my near future, but when I found out I was having a girl, I knew these two female portraits would work swimmingly in her room. Later on when John got home from work, we tore the room apart in an attempt to divide up the space equally between the nursery and office. But if you saw the room now, it would appear that all we did was make a gigantic mess in the process. I keep reminding myself that like all moving attempts, it will get worse before it gets better. And right now, it is most certainly worse. While the mess didn’t exactly assuage my feelings of being completely overwhelmed, it did remind me that little by little, everything will come together, be it items on a to-do list or the organization of a dual-purpose room.

But if all else fails, there’s always Target.

thrifting for baby.

Posted on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Before I got pregnant, I never truly appreciated just how much fun it is to shop for babies. I’m talking SERIOUS FUN. I also never realized just how expensive (!!!) baby gear is and how much of it you have to buy right off the bat. Stroller, bassinet, crib, blankets, diapers, burp cloths, bottles, breast pump, carriers, car seat, rocker…the list goes on. Luckily (or is it unluckily?), I’m not a big spender by nature and am more than willing to thrift and DIY as much as possible!

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Needless to say, my thrifting habits may or may not have gone into overdrive recently. I’ve been hunting down all sorts of baby ephemera, including everything from clothing to toys to books to decor to a glider in excellent condition. Like all thrifting, the secret really lies in going frequently. There are many days when I walk out of the store empty-handed and then there are other days when I can barely fit all my finds through the door (mkay, slight exaggeration). I never know what to expect and that in and of itself is half of the thrill.

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

While thrifting for little ones, I ask myself two questions:

1. Am I attracted to this because I genuinely love it and not just because it’s a killer deal?

2. Would Emily Henderson approve of this?

If the answer is YES to both of those things, then I snatch the item up immediately. But if I’m only being seduced by the price, then back on the shelf it goes. So far, the glider has been the biggest baby item I’ve invested in through thrifting. Even though it’s not as sleek as my dream rocker, it was a mere $65 which allows for more room in the budget to splurge on other must-have, well-designed items. If there’s anything I’ve learned over these past six and a half months, it’s that having a baby is all about patience and compromise!

P.S. If you’re looking for more (non-baby) thrifting tips, check out my e-course!

diy yarn tassels.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Things I am loving these days:

- Sandwiches.
- Long walks + good podcasts.

Aside from the occasional knitting project, I’ve never really been much for any sort of fiber crafting. Paper was definitely my medium of choice. But ever since I fell in love with weaving last week, I’ve been on the hunt for even more ways to put my growing stash of yarn to use! So on Easter, I decided that I would start making yarn tassels for various nursery decor projects, including a mobile to hang over the changing table and a garland to string along her crib. They’re incredibly easy to make and so satisfying to hold in your hands!

Here’s how you make a yarn tassel:

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Gather together a ball of yarn, sharp fabric scissors, and a surface to wrap your yarn around (in this case, I used a thick book, but it all depends on how big you want your tassels to be; the bigger the surface, the bigger the tassels).

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Wrap your yarn around the book several times. If you plan on making a bunch of similar-sized tassels, it helps to remember the number of times you wound the yarn.

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Carefully slide the yarn off of the book.

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Fold a new string in half (the length depends entirely on how long you want your “hanger” piece to be), and place it in the center of the wound yarn.

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Pull the ends of the strings through the loop, making sure to keep an equal amount of yarn on both sides.

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Pull the strings tightly to secure the knot.

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Using another piece of string (approximately the same size as the surface in which you created the yarn cluster), tie a double knot around the width of the yarn to create the tasseled look.

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

Slice through all of the loops and trim where need be to create an even, uniform look. Ta-da! Now you have a yarn tassel! The more you make them, the faster you get.

DIY Yarn Tassels | Ann-Marie Loves

With a little bit of my favorite mint masking tape, an adorable bunny printable from Made by Cay, and a handful of photos, I created a temporary vignette to hang in the baby’s nursery. I’ve already begun the mobile and the garland for the crib…I can’t wait to show you the finished results!

diy front door weaving.

Posted on: Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Front Door Woven Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

On Tuesday night, while burning through episode after riveting episode of House of Cards, I decided that our front door needed a little facelift. Considering the fact that we’ve had this festive wreath hung up since the holidays (and now it’s, oh, mid-April?), it was definitely time for something new. After going back and forth between creating a dream catcher or a weaving, I decided on the latter. In case you haven’t seen my recent ‘grams, I’ve been on a major weaving kick, so I figured I might as well ride the wave while it lasts!

DIY Front Door Woven Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

Using my Martha Stewart loom, my favorite thrifted yarn colors, and a better understanding of how to create a quality weaving, I got to work on making a little decor for the front door. The whole weaving process took maybe three hours tops (or more accurately, three episodes of House of Cards) and then I tied it off the bottom strands and strung the top loops through a sturdy stick I found on a neighborhood walk. It was easily the most satisfying DIY project I’ve created in a very long time and it inspired me to create two more additional wall hangings last night!

DIY Front Door Woven Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

A few things I learned about weaving this time around:

- Adding new yarn colors is best done one or two columns into the warp (assuming you want a more uniform look). Last time I introduced new colors by knotting the ends of the the warp and I wasn’t a fan of all the extra strands that hung down the sides as a result.

- It’s best to leave an inch (or more) between the top of the weaving and the point where you introduce your first strands of yarn. I had to push the cream color at the top of my design down with my fingers because I hadn’t accounted for the size of the stick until the very end.

- Minimal tension on the yarn strands is required in weaving. In fact, the less tension, the better.

- This weaving is actually much smaller than I thought it would be, considering I used the entire length and width of the loom. I’m fine with the size, but I was definitely surprised.

- Thrifting yarn is the best way to stock up on fun colors while still saving a ton of money! My local thrift store sells big bags of yarn for only a few bucks each, so I pick them up whenever I see my favorite colors included. Eventually I want to create weavings with unexpected materials, such as leather, pom pom ribbon, and tinsel!

DIY Front Door Woven Hanging | Ann-Marie Loves

There’s something to be said about crafting victories. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve attempted to make things only to feel less than thrilled with the end results. This project not only made me so incredibly happy to make, but now every time I walk up to the front door, I am overcome with those happy crafty feelings all over again. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving ;)

P.S. Here’s my first attempt at weaving!

happy at home.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lately John and I have been commenting on how nice it feels to be “home.”  After a weekend spent with family, it felt great to return to our Pasadena abode and get re-settled back into our daily routines. We’re both well aware that in just a few short weeks, this place will become even more baby-central than it already is, so we’re enjoying every last minute of the limbo phase while it’s still just the two of us.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

This basket went from holding laundry to holding blankets to holding rolls of paper and I’m sure it will one day hold toys. I love to repurpose!

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Our daughter’s wardrobe is already bursting at the seams! I need to start taking inventory of which sizes I have and which sizes I need before I fill an entire closet with 3-6 months.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Instax photo from our engagement photoshoot which feels like, oh, five million years ago.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

The ever-changing bench! It’s still my favorite flea market find to date.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Most of our shoes get kicked into the closet as soon as we get home, but I dig this little pop of hot pink as part of my “decor.”

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

Overflowing copper cans of pens, pencils, scissors, rulers, bone folders, paintbrushes, xacto knives…

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

The most difficult part of the apartment to photograph! SO MUCH GLARE. But we love curating our fridge displays on a regular basis. Currently it boasts an Artifact Uprising calendar with wedding photos (thanks Katie!), well-wishes on our wedding from the President and First Lady, random photographs, a holiday card from Go Forth Creative, a recipe for homemade waffles, and a hilariously accurate description of our relationship.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

This is by no means my favorite vignette (decorating is always a work in progress, no?), but I love being able to incorporate the gold-fringed letters from our wedding into our home.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

You guys. I thrifted this glider for $65 the other day…! Every time I find a killer deal on baby ephemera, it feels like the universe is rewarding us for jumping the gun on the baby train five seconds after getting married. Eventually it’ll get moved into the nursery, but for the time being, we both kind of dig it’s current location.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

So many stacks of paper around here. I feel like my life is an endless exercise in corralling stacks of paper.

Nesting | Ann-Marie Loves

And finally, the baby goods that are slowly but surely taking over the whole office (soon to be nursery). Can you believe those little shoes? They are SIZE ONE. I don’t care if she only wears them for fifteen minutes of her life for the sake of a photo op…they’re irresistibly cute!

P.S. All of these photos were edited using the Photoshop fade tutorial I shared last month!

Follow on Feedly

Theme by Blogmilk   Coded by Brandi Bernoskie