Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to Stitch Two Rugs Together to Get One Big Rug

I am going to give all the credit for this post to my sweet husband. This is one of the few times he actually got on Pinterest without me asking (or forcing him to) and did some research. We couldn't find a rug the right size for our large great room that had a pricepoint that didn't have us passing out. Brett to the rescue. He learned how to stitch two similar rugs together to get one large rug. It's a genius idea that will save you TONS of money.

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How To Stitch Two Rugs Together:

1. You will need a rug with pattern or texture that repeats on the edges. Not every rug can do this. If the pattern does not stop at a full or half-way point in the pattern, then this won't work. We used two seagrass rugs from At Home for this because the texture is repeating. If you have any questions, lay two rugs next to each other in the store to see how they look right up next to one another. The pattern needs to easily carry over from one rug to the next based on how you plan to place the rugs together. Here is a rug where the pattern could be used next to each other:
 


2. Lay the rugs together in the space. Using a strong, nylon or plastic thread, stitch the rug edges together. We used a garden jute twine as it easily matched our rug style. You could also use rug tape beneath the rug and place the edges of each rug down the center of the tape so they hold together. The purpose is to make sure the rugs don't slide away from one another.

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From this perspective can you even tell these are two different rugs? Amazing, right?! Each of these 8" X 10" rugs were $150 each so for $300 we have a 16" X 10" rug now. That is much cheaper than any other solution we looked at.

Here is an additional photo of the rug so you can see how big it ended up being:

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Sources:
- Seagrass Rug: At Home
- Chevron Wool Rug: Fabric Discount Store
- Coffee Table: vintage

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Monday, July 25, 2016

50% Off My Scrapbooking Workshops and Classes

This week only, you can save 50% off my scrapbooking classes and workshops. Click HERE to start shopping. It's a great way to learn new ideas and techniques for scrapbooking. Class topics range from adding stamps to your scrapbooking layouts, to finding stories that might be missing from your albums, and scrapbooking for boys. All videos include videos, printable Ebooks/PDFs, and LOADS of ideas!



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Thursday, July 21, 2016

How to Die Cut Autumn Treat Boxes

I love delivering treats and goodies to friends and family. What better way to deliver them than in handmade packaging? Keep reading to learn how to die cut these Autumn treat boxes. They're perfect for warm, fall treats.

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To create handmade treat boxes, I find the easiest way to make my project go quickly is to use manual or digital die cut shapes like this one shown below. Pick one that will fit the treat you intend to share (think depth, width and height).
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Cut the shapes from seasonal scrapbooking paper for even more fun. Decorate the outside of the boxes with stickers, twine, enamel dots, and other die cut shapes. Who wouldn't want to receive a yummy treat with boxes this cute?

Here's another look at these boxes. You can alter this project by using Halloween, Christmas, or other seasonal paper. You can also use different shaped boxes so this project will fit best with what you have planned to share.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How to Style a Coffee Table

Most of us have a coffee table in our living room or great room, but sometimes knowing what to do with it can be a challenge. Today I wanted to share the backstory of my coffee table and talk about how you can style a coffee table with things you love.

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You know how you have this idea of what you want in a space, but sometimes it seems to take forever to find it? That was how I was with our coffee table in our great room. Because the space is much larger than our last family room I knew I needed to go a little larger with the table, but I couldn't figure out what to do. Then I got an amazing phone call from my Dad. "Do you want my drafting drawers?" he asked. I knew exactly what drawers he was talking about. Once when I went to visit him at the architectural company where he works, I saw a vintage set of drawers in which he kept his renderings and interior design drawings. I was in LOVE and from that time forward I dreamed of inheriting it. So when he offered it to me, I was beyond excited. Such a generous gift and one that spoke to my heart.

He had already turned it into a coffee table that he kept at his home so I knew that it would work, but it wasn't until I got it into my home that I realized how perfect it was going to be. The piece has a dark wood finish that is now heavily distressed with use and time. But the drawers are a lighter wood, making this piece even more dynamic.

How to Style a Coffee Table:


1. Add Height. I used the indigo blue glass jar to create height. I can add plant leaves or other botanicals as the seasons change.

2. Add Meaning. The frame is another way I've added height, but it also is meaningful. It's a photo of our oldest son who passed away from cancer in 2007. Now he is always with our family no matter the activity we host in this space.

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3. Add Horizontal Lines. The coral, gold ball, and the magnifying glass all draw the eye outwards and help fill up the space on the table. Look at how all the elements on the left form a triangle. This anchors the table.

4. Add Texture. The glass, flower pot, and gold ball are smooth. The coral and the moss balls are rough. This keeps the table from looking boring. People love to pick up and touch the items I have here. I want them to feel comfortable doing that.

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5. Create Balance. From the other side of the table, you can see how the items fill the space and create a balance on both sides of the table. Since people will sit down to see these items, I wasn't worried about the back of the frame. It was more important for me to have it on the table at all times than worry about the back of it.

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6. Match the Decor and Style of Your Room. You can see here how all the elements work together in the space. Colors, textures, and items are repeated throughout the space keeping the look cohesive.

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Other Coffee Table Decor Options:
 
You can also use trays, baskets, books, candles, lanterns, etc. to style a coffee table. Just remember these key ideas for making the table match the look of your space. Anchor the table with a dynamic rug like the wool chevron rug I have on top of a seagrass rug.

Sources:
- Seagrass Rug: At Home
- Wool Chevron Rug: fabric store
- Coffee Table: Vintage
- Glass Jar: Ros
- Coral, Gold Ball, Moss Balls, Wooden Bowl, and White Frame: TJ Maxx
- Plant, Green Flower Pot: Home Depot
- Casters on the Coffee Table: Harbor Freight
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How to Style a Coastal Kitchen Table

Having lived in Savannah, Georgia for four years I am in love with the ocean. Just a short drive out to Tybee Island, we spent as much time at the beach as possible each year we spent in Georgia. I brought a little of that home with in my home decor. And now as we travel to other beaches around the world, I bring a few sea shells and other items home. We are currently working to remodel our home to fit our style and tastes, and we are moving onto the kitchen. I wanted to bring that coastal style into this space but combine it with the current trends I'm seeing in home decor. Here is how I styled my kitchen table to combine these styles:


How to Style a Coastal, Beach, or Natucal Kitchen Table with Jen Gallacher. www.jengallacher.com #tablescape #coastalstyle #kitchensetting

Here's a BEFORE look at my kitchen:

(Previous owners' photo.)

Here's some more photos of our table:

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How to Style a Coastal, Beach, or Natucal Kitchen Table with Jen Gallacher. www.jengallacher.com #tablescape #coastalstyle #kitchensetting

How to Style a Coastal, Beach, or Natucal Kitchen Table with Jen Gallacher. www.jengallacher.com #tablescape #coastalstyle #kitchensetting

What Makes this Coastal:
- The indigo blue throughout the tablescape.
- The hints of silver.
- The seashells in the bell jar.
- The driftwood platters.

Sources:
- Table and Black Chairs: Downeast Home
- Seagrass Chairs: TJ Maxx
- Chandelier and Silver Pendant Lights: Lowe's
- Oval Frame: Ikea
- Nautical Plates, Grey Table Runner, Coral Bowl, Bell Jar, and Botanicals in the jar: HomeGoods
- Candlesticks, Blue Plates, Napkins, and Napkin Rings: Pier 1
- Candles, and Dotted Plates:Walmart
- Silverware, Goblets: Target
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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Little Mermaid Decorated Frame

Don't all little girls dream of being mermaids at some point? Make something magical for your little mermaid's room (or her bathroom) by decorating a frame with the "Let's Be Mermaids" collection from Echo Park Paper. I chose a fuchsia frame because little girls LOVE pink. I used the stickers and papers from this collection to finish decorating the frame:

How to Create a Mermaid Frame with Jen Gallacher. Supply lists and links included. #papercraft #mermaidcraft


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