2 Weeks of Sacrifice with Blood:Water Mission

July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Does everyone remember my post featuring Blood:Water Mission from last week?

I am happy to announce my decision to participate in the 2 Weeks of Sacrifice program Blood:Water Mission sponsors.  The basic idea is to give up drinking anything but tap water for 2 weeks.

 The goal is to:

  1. Become more appreciative of how easily accessible clean water is in the United States.
  2. Save the money you would normally spend on drinks throughout the 2 weeks and send it to Blood:Water Mission.  Considering that every $1 gives 1 person water for 1 year… think about how so little [in our eyes] can create a huge impact!

I am hoping to start sometime soonwhy the delay?  I was wondering if any of you would like to take this journey with me!?

For both seasoned and new humanitarians alike this should be easy peezy!  Such an effortless and simple solution to such a serious problem.  Just think if you save $1 a day, that would be $14 at the end of two weeks… which would mean 14 lives that you have positively impacted!

I don’t know about you but I think cutting out the Coke Zero [mmm] and the sweet tea for two weeks is well worth the cause!  Besides what a healthy initiative!

Leave a comment below if you would also like to participate in 2 Weeks of Sacrifice.  I will send an email with the “logistics” of the fundraiser.  I will also create an email group for everyone who participates to send updates on the process and the savings!   Then at the end of the two weeks the blog will announce how much we raised as a group + testimonials and personal stories from you!!  

So start thinking about how important soda/coffee/tea is to you and consider joining this initiative!  Then pass it along to your friends and family as well! 

Bethany

Bathroom Inspiration

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

What’s a bathroom makeover without some inspiration?  I have become completely addicted to Pinterest, which is where I’m getting a lot of my inspiration for all sorts of projects and makeovers.  So naturally, I headed over to Pinterest this week to get some ideas for my bathroom.  I won’t be able to carry out a lot of these ideas but they are still great motivators all the same.  Check out some of the bathrooms I fell in love below:

Love almost everything about this bathroom from Desire to Inspire… especially the mirrors and light fixture.  Thinking about doing something similar to the under-counter curtains for my own bath!

How cool is this bathroom?!?  Such a great way to carry out a vintage/rustic theme in your house.  Props goes to this handmade home in Santa Monica… check out the rest of their home here.

Such a great bathroom! Absolutely love that key!!! via

Another great look at curtains under cabinet effect.  Love it!  Sorry, wasn’t able to find the source for this picture!

Love the bunting!!!

I was having a hard time finding bathrooms with my expected color scheme.  This is basically the colors I would like to use + a warm brown and replace pink with a fitting orange.  I love design seeds— so great for color inspiration.

Let’s take a look at a couple shelving options I am considering:

Love this and seems simple enough!  via

What a creative and unique idea! Once again.. love it.  via

Over-the-door shelving is both pretty and space saving!

This shelving is exactly my style.   I wonder if dad could help me get this started?  via

Thank you BH&G for this beautiful bathroom storage / organization.

Of course I’ll be using art to pull it all together… looking for something simple and probably something I could do myself.  I like the look of these:

Probably wouldn’t use the coral… but a simple print would be cool… via

What a great and simple print.  Feel like it would be pretty easy to pull off too.  Check out this and other art at this etsy shop

I couldn’t like this painting any more… its absolutely perfect.  Thank you!

Well that’s all I’ve got for now!! Can’t wait to put some of these ideas into works!!

Bethany

Old Bathroom, New Solutions!

July 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

So as I’ve said before in the tour of my apartment… my apartment building is pretty old and was built probably in the 1950s.  It definitely has its quirks as any old apartment would.  One of those quirks [in my opinion] is the bathroom.  While fully functional– there are definite ups and downs to this space.

Lets just take a look at some of the obstacles I am hoping to overcome in the next few weeks:

So here it is in all its glory.  The space is kind of hard to take pictures of because it is long but not very wide.  Literally the first thing I notice when I look at this picture is how high the toilet paper holder is.  You would think that would be an easy task to accomplish… moving the TP.  Not so easy when the thing has been there for who knows how long.  Unscrewing the TP holder would mean taking about half an inch of paint and molding with it.  Who knows what I’ll do– probably just settle for reaching for the TP.

Another thing I hate about this bathroom is the lack of cabinets underneath the counter… how attractive is that?!?!    You can also see how the bathroom has been slightly renovated previously.  I’m pretty sure that it used to be pedestal sink because of the towel bar you see on the left.  Why else would it be there?! It is awkwardly close to the counter and really bothers me!!

Oh yea… this is another thing I hate about the bathroom… this awkward shelf / mirror.  It’s terrible for two reasons: 1) when you look in the mirror your body is distorted because the 2 levels of mirrors and 2) when you sit on the toilet you have to look at yourself… awwwkwwaaard.

Another thing that shows how old this apartment is… the wrap around shower.  Good luck trying to find a shower curtain to fit this bad boy.  Still not sure how I’m going to fix this one.

Another unattractive thing about this apartment is the base-board heating.  Oh well.

So lets go over the things I hope to accomplish–

Checklist:

  1. Curtains for the window– need some color!
  2. Figure out how to cover the underneath of the counters– probably curtains!
  3. Paint the mirrored shelf.
  4. Add new hardware to the shelf
  5. Shelf for towels / accessories
  6. Paint ?
  7. Bathmats / towels / etc
  8. Solution to shower curtain extension

Budget:

Since I already have many of the items needed to re-do the bathroom… I would like to keep the budget under $75.  

I hope you enjoy reading about how I transform this bathroom (as much as I am able to).  Also if you have any ideas on ways  to accomplish some of my goals please let me know in the comment section– or email me at projectrejuvenate@gmail.com

Thanks!

Bethany

PS. Be sure to check out the rest of my bathroom makeover over at http://www.projectrejuvenate.net 

 

 

 

In Living [Room] Color

July 25, 2011 § 16 Comments

Hey y’all.

I wanted to share with you guys some of my inspiration for color in my living room!  I use a lot of color… basically every one you can think of.  I believe color can make or break a room.  In my living room I wanted to make sure it was not matchy matchy, I wanted it to be… lets call it “elegantly thrown together”.  Which is actually pretty easy to do since I’m a college student and I use what I’ve got and buy things that are on sale!  I have achieved the look I wanted with  new items, newly renovated items, and also a lot of things that I’ve had for years.  I think it is a lot of fun to bring it all together to create a unique and personal vibe.

Take a look at it below:

A lot of my inspiration came from the following three pieces: The first bit of color[inspi]ration is this trunk I bought around 3 years ago at HomeGoods [of course] and I still luuuuurve it so much.  It pretty much captures all the colors used in my living room to a tee!

Secondly, I really loved my table cloth that I got from Target about a year ago.  I loved the combination of colors and really wanted to try to capture that combo with the rest of my living area.

And finally, my last bit of inspiration came from this vintage paper I bought when I was in Florence, Italy.  Once again I loved color’s role in making this piece stand out.  When I saw it, I knew I had to have it… not even intending to frame it.

It wasn’t until I saw all three  pieces together that I knew I had something really going with my color scheme [if you can call basically all the colors a scheme].  I  house-shopped, combining a lot of knick knacks I already owned and picked up a few things at Marshalls or HomeGoods. Which amounted to basically everything on the walls, windowsills, and side tables.

Tying the rest of it together was pretty easy!  It simply required taking the old boring brown from the furniture and jazzing it up.  I tackled the couches first by adding some color with bright and fun pillows and making a new slipcover for an old ottoman.  You may remember those recent posts which you can find here and here.   Just those pillows alone brought a lot of pizzazz to my living room without being too overbearing.  

The next step was painting some hand-me-down furniture from my parents’ house.  Isn’t that old [ginormous] atlas fun in the coffee table?  Plus, it brings out the colors of the room too!And a little bit of blue and new hardware for this side table!
The final step was adding a rug which I found at Lowes for $25!  It is a lighter shade of the blue that I used to paint the table above!
And here is the finished product:
And all together again:
I’m certain that I will continue adding pieces here and there… maybe a few more pillows, etc etc. BUT I am so pleased with how everything has come together.  It really speaks to my personality and the things I really enjoy in life!
Let me know what y’all think! And tell me what you use as color[inspi]ration for your home!!
I hope your Monday was colorful 🙂

Bethany

PS. Check out http://www.projectrejuvenate.net to keep following my adventures in design 🙂 

 

DIY Ottoman Slip Cover

July 20, 2011 § 3 Comments

Like I said in my last post, my mom has some skills on the sewing machine.  After covering my old, nasty, ugly, gray furniture with pretty chocolate-brown slipcovers, my ottoman no longer flowed well with my other furniture– something had to be done.

Mom and I were on the look out for a table-cloth or curtain with a fabric we liked, hoping to make some kind of make-shift slip cover.  After a month of searching I was growing impatient [what a surprise]  and thats when Mom told me about the 50% off sale at Hancocks.  Always down for a good bargain I checked it out the following day and absolutely fell in love with the fabrics I showed you yesterday on my new pillows!

I bought about  2.5 yards of the flowery fabric in order to make my ottoman slip cover.  Originally Mom and I had planned on making a modern box-shaped slipcover.  Maybe something like this:

Alas, that was impossible with the curved corners of my ottoman.  So we came up with a new plan following these basic guidelines:

  • We wanted the slip cover to be easily removed for washing– because well you just never know!
  • We wanted it to be as easy as possible.  While we did want a tailored looking piece, we didn’t want to incorporate too much [complicated] sewing.
  • We also decided later that it would be nice if I decided later on to use a different fabric for the slipcover I could re-use this fabric for another project.
So the plan turned out to basically be this–  2 pieces of fabric both hemmed all the way around.  One piece would cover the top of the ottoman.  The second piece would  wrap around the body of the ottoman.  We bought industrial strength velcro– one side sticky, one side sew-on.  We then sewed velcro all the way around the top of the second piece of fabric and stuck velcro on the upper part of the body that was hidden by the top.  Like So:
So once we wrapped the bottom piece all the way around the body of the ottoman it was time to focus on the top.  In order to make the slip cover easily removable we simply centered the piece of fabric over the ottoman.  Then we tucked in all the sides.  The corners were the most tricky part… but we were able to make a nice pleat and tuck that in as well:
After tucking in all the way around the top part of the ottoman [in order to ensure it doesn’t start coming out] we stuck straight pins about 10 inches apart all the way around, with several at each corner.
And it came out something like this:To give it a more finished look Mom and I have discussed making a very thick cord  [about 1-2 inch in diameter] out of matching fabric– maybe the striped one you see in the pillows– to wrap around the ottoman between the top and bottom parts.  This will also hide any imperfections you might see in the tucking process [although you can’t really see them at all].   I’ll give an update when it happens!
But as it is I really love this piece of furniture in my living room now!  I had it hidden underneath my crafting table so no one could see it!  Now its right out in the open adding the perfect amount of color!!

Bethany

P.S. Have an ugly ottoman you need covering up but don’t like this piece or don’t have a sewing machine you can use?  I found this awesome & cute DIY slipcover [that requires no sewing!!] by Karen over at Strictly Simple Style!

DIY Pillows

July 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

I consider myself pretty lucky because both of my parents are pretty crafty people.  My mom and dad have taught me many different DIY tips along the way– from painting, to sewing, to just general craftiness.  I have already shown off some of my Dad’s skills in my recent post about the back porch swing.  Well I guess now its time to show off some of my Mom’s craftiness!

[Basically] each time I move my Mom makes me a new set of pillows.  We keep the same forms but just switch out the cases.  I love experimenting with different fabrics, designs, etc.  I think this go-around are my favorite pillows yet.  I found this fabric from Hancock’s for 50% off.  You can find it here & here.

Mom and I spent basically all day on July 4th making these guys and I am so pleased with the extra color they bring to my living room.  Here they are all lined up:

Here are the backs of themCheck out how the pocket-style pillow case makes it easy to remove in case I ever need to wash them!
This one is my favorite!

I am using them as a “platform” for the rest of my apartment.  Since I live in a relatively small space I think its important that it all ties together.  I can’t wait to show you the rest of my projects as I [try to] transform my place from drab to fab.

Speaking of which, check out my next DIY-er tomorrow taking an ugly piece of furniture and making it a focal point for my living room!

Bethany

Swing Low…

July 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

Yes, sadly this summer is already more than half way over.  For those of you who live in North Carolina, the summer heat has settled in and we’re all thankful we live in a time where air condition exists!  Despite the heat, humidity, sweat, and exhaustion of summer, it definitely has its perks.  It’s a time for trashy easy reading, days filled with marathons of your favorite TV show, the beach, and for those of us still in school– being completely free of academic stress!  So people get out that oscillating fan, set it at full blast, and waste the day away on your back porch…

Which might be a little bit more enjoyable if you have one of these bad boys!  You might recognize this swing/bed from many home-ish magazines, including Southern Living, BH&G, and Coastal Living…  Here’s an example from Pottery Barn:

My mom has been asking for a swing like this for years!!  Well for her birthday this year (which was yesterday, Happy Birthday Mom!) Dad finally made her a swing for the back porch.  However, being the creative guy that he is, not to mention a pretty handy guy in the workshop, Dad made the swing his very own by  giving it a little extra pizzazz.  The swing is made of rough sawn walnut that he got off a farm in Sampson County, NC over 15 years ago!  He’s been waiting to use it for the perfect project– & this swing was it!  Dad knew he wanted to incorporate a couple things into the swing from being a professional back porch sitter.  Mainly he wanted the swing to be comfortable for all occassions– sleeping, reading, swinging, for guests, etc, etc. Therefore, he didn’t want to make anything without a back and given the limited space on the back porch he knew that a twin sized mattress with a back on it would take up a LOT of space.  So he made the swing to fit these cushions that he found at Home Depot and I tell you what– it couldn’t be more comfortable!  Dad also wanted to make sure that it was comfortable when reading and so he crafted a hidden & handy latch that turns this bad boy into a chaise lounge.  Now ain’t that somethin? Needless to say I’ve already spent a considerable amount of time relaxin on this thing and I’ve mastered being able to swing without much effort on my part— making it absolutely perfect for napping!

Check out Dad’s finished product below!

The rest of their porch is pretty cute too…

Where do you go to relax?  What are your favorite parts about being outdoors?  Got any creative porch ideas?

Happy Swinging!!

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