This weekend, my friend Cari came up to visit us and we went thrifting at a couple of my favorite antique stores. It has been a while since I’ve been out to see what’s new at the booths so I really enjoyed the trip!

I didn’t find a whole lot that interested me enough to spend money on, but I did find a really pretty Estée Lauder porcelain powder jar that I’m fond of.




It matches our bedroom decor really well and will be a great place to catch little trinkets and jewelry before bed! I love metallics, especially silver, and it’s nice to have such an understated vintage 70s piece.

If you like it enough to want your own, I found one on etsy for a good price!

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This weekend Kyle was in Colorado to coach his debate team so I decided to surprise him by taking part in YoungHouseLove’s Pinterest Challenge and making one of those headboards I’d been thinking about DIYing for a while. In my inspiration post for this project, I talked about wanting to do a headboard that enveloped the bed. When I sketched out plans for it, I decided to go a different direction and envelope the bed with scale instead of trying to figure out how to upholster the interior corner of a headboard. Had I decided to go with the outside edge, I probably would have ended up using ribbon to cover the seams on the interior corner, but that was a little more work than I wanted to do and probably would have increased the cost of the project more than I wanted to.  After all, I was building headboards to try to unwind after a particularly long and stressful week at work.

Here’s the rundown on the steps I took to finish this project:

  1. Gather inspiration on Pinterest and dream
  2. Sketch a design
  3. Take measurements
  4. Buy supplies
  5. Cut board/drill holes for buttons
  6. Attach batting
  7. Cover with fabric
  8. Add buttons
  9. Sleep and enjoy

You’ve already read about my inspiration so we’ll skip to the design. When I first started sketching, I wasn’t near my bed so I did the measuring/sketching steps in reverse from my usual plan of attack.

I did a little research and discovered that I could buy 4′ x 8′ sheets of particle board. I played around with the design a little and decided that our bed with bed rails, box spring, mattress, and deep pillow topper would probably be too tall for a 4′ headboard so I would need to buy two sheets. I then decided to just double the height of the bed for the headboard and to keep the width of the headboard at 8′. Eight feet equals 96 inches, providing about 10 inches of overhang on either side of the bed. I also decided to keep the two boards separate rather than try to join them. It makes it a lot easier to move them!

In addition to the drill and staple gun that we already owned, I purchased:

  • 2- 4′ x 8′ sheets of particle board
  • 1 – Extra plush 110″ x 110″ quilt batting
  • 1 – Set of full-sized sheets
  • 4 – Button kits

At Lowe’s, I had them cut the 4’x8′ sheets to 4 x 5’4″ and 4x 2’6″ sheets. The bed turned out to be 32″ from the floor. I actually asked them to cut it to 5’x4′ boards but apparently was misheard and didn’t realize it until I got home.

I also decided to buy a set of sheets because it was cheaper than fabric, was much softer than the fabric I would have purchased otherwise, and meant I got two bonus pillow cases. Okay. I forgot it meant two extra pillowcases until I got home, but I was super excited. Also, because it was a set that came in a bag made out of the same material, I didn’t need extra fabric to make the buttons.

Once I had plans and supplies, I began measuring for the placement of the buttons. I first measured 11″ from the top and then 11″ from the first mark on both the left and right sides of one board. Next, I leveled at the 11″ marks and made a mark at each foot for a total of 6 button marks.

Next, I drilled a hole in each of my six marks. Then, I leveled the boards together and marked the second board using the holes in the first board as guides. After drilling those holes, I opted for a  bigger drill bit and drilled a second hole a little below and to the right of the first. The different drill bit guaranteed that it was easier to tell which hole was the one that lined up the button.

After the holes were in place, I covered the boards in batting. I cut the batting down the middle-ish and covered one side of each board with it.

With the batting secured, I cut off the excess you see above and secured it to the top of the front to add a little extra cushion. Then, I cut a shorter edge and draped the sheets over the batting.

I began with the corners and pulled it tight to create a good corner at the top.

After stapling the sheets at the perimeter of the board, I stapled any excess so it would lay flat across the board without requiring cutting the sheets. I then created and attached the buttons. As I said before, I cut the buttons out of the fabric bag that held the sheet set. If you were buying individual sheets, you could easily buy a pillowcase or cut from the spare fabric.

I used the smaller hole to guide the needle to the front of the headboard, laced the button onto it, and fed it back through, using the bigger hole. I just tied the ends of the thread together to secure the button in place.

Finally, my headboard was complete and the two pieces could be moved together in our bedroom!

Now, I just need to get a couple new sets of pillowcases that match the whole thing and find new side tables! Our bedroom is really coming together.

I did this project as part of the Pinterest Challenge! You can view the Pinterest Challenge founders’ projects at Bower PowerYoung House, and House of Earnest!

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Every other summer or so my family visits Port Aransas, Texas for deep sea fishing. Well, the last time we were there was the summer Southern Living had designed their beautiful, new “Idea House” and so we set out to take a look. The home was three stories with two master suites, multiple outdoor living spaces, guest quarters, and multiple other bedrooms and bathrooms.

The interiors were designed by Tracery Interiors. There was so much inspiration and beauty packed into this house. Honestly, some elements of the interior design that I saw there I still think about and am inspired by today. Lately, I’ve been seeing photos from this house all over Pinterest and other blog features so it’s resurfaced for me and I still love it.

All of the bedrooms were styled and designed beautifully, but these two were my favorite.

The downstairs master bedroom color scheme was orange and white with some gray accents. The room had floor to ceiling windows with long white drapes on each window. The accent wall behind the bed had an orange and white stencil. It was awesome.

The master bathroom was right behind glass windows basically inside of the room. The curtains pulled for privacy but also opened completely to make one large space that felt very open. The bathroom had this large, white, floating soaker tub and carrera marble throughout. I still think about this room when I’m day dreaming about my ideal bathroom.

The second master bedroom was upstairs and I’ve seen this one all over Pinterest lately, too.

I loved the wall behind this bed because of how easily it could be changed out. It can be simplified with a couple of candles or full of art and finds from the beach (that’s just right outside the door). The versatility I love. Also, you have to look closely, but I’m in love with the layering of the rugs. There was a large jute rug that covered a lot of the floor and then on top of that was a contrasting Navajo rug placed just at the end of the bed. I’ve thought about this idea a million times, and I think it’s one of the easiest elements in this house you could emulate.

Parallel to the bed was the bathroom. This yellow barn door is such a cool design idea. I mean, I’m pretty sure seeing that vibrant color every morning would just make you smile, right?

Lastly, the kids space was amazing. In this photo you can see the twin beds all tucked away in the wall. They could sleep at least three little kiddos and the curtains could be pulled closed on all of the beds. And that long rug is awesome.

It was so hard pick just these rooms to feature here, so you have to hop over to Southern Living and see the rest.

Hope you enjoyed and are as inspired as I am!


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Last weekend, Kyle and I hosted our friend Duran on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night and our friends Adam and Kathleen on Sunday night. This was the first time since New Years Eve that the two hospitable guest bedrooms were full and that meant we needed a bed. Last time, we had friends camping on the floor, which probably would have worked this time, but it’s more comfortable to have a bed and we needed the excuse to do something with that room anyway.

In this bedroom, a regular box spring and bed rails solution wouldn’t work for the bedroom because a queen box spring won’t fit up the stairs. We investigated other options and a split queen box spring was going to cost us $160 in town. Add to that the cost of bed rails ($40) and it seemed a bit extravagant. So, with the help of Instructables, we built a cheap, easy, low-waste platform bed by aeray in the room.

You can follow the instructable as well as we could, so I’m not going to recount the steps. I will, however, say that Aeray makes some of the best instructables and I love how it all turns out.

We did this project as a team. I measured (twice) and Kyle and Duran cut the pieces. It could easily be done as a one-person project and, in fact, the assembly almost was a one-person project as Kyle and Duran chatted with me, fetched beers, and offered advice while I assembled. So I’m betting, it would take probably less time by yourself.

When we had the wood cut, we carried it all upstairs. This is my favorite thing about building furniture for ourselves, I’m really not limited by that weird dog leg in my staircase. (It cuts down on the amount of regret I feel that we didn’t consider cutting the wall down and carving out a closet or whatever crazy idea I have for fixing it.)

I was also seriously impressed with how low waste this project was. The photo above is all of the waste we had. And it wasn’t even really all waste because we used that long piece to space the legs. It makes me feel like a badass that my degrees in humanities don’t mean I’m not good enough at measuring and math to build something. Mary laughed when I told her that I liked how the bed came out because I really just don’t like having spare wood around my house, but it’s true. Storing excess scrap wood just isn’t my thing. I like the precision.

The assembly is so, so easy. Our biggest problem was that the fir ate the pilot bit off of our countersink on the first hole so we had to adapt and pilot with a wood screw and then countersink the eight holes for the frame.


Our finished product turned out great! Kyle’s only complaint is that it’s a little tall. I don’t disagree about the height of the bed. The measurements of the frame come out to about 2 feet off the ground. I think the instructables intends for it to be used with a futon mattress but our mattress is a deep pockets pillow top so it’s a bit of a climb to the bed. I love a high bed, though, so I’m not complaining. I guess it’s something to consider when you make your own.

Happy building!

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