Baby Stone’s Gender Neutral Grey and Yellow Nursery – Inspiration Boards

One of my dearest friends is due in just about 10 days and I am SO excited for “Stone’s” arrival!  With that in mind, I am making this week at Simply Style all about baby!!! It’s a bit of a change of scenery here at Simply Style but trust me, that this weeks posts will be design inspired nonetheless!!

I am pretty lucky, for some reason the mama-to-be allows me force my design ideas on her and has graciously allowed me to be involved to some extent in the design process of baby “Stone’s” nursery.

Waaaaay back in May when I first found out she was expecting I was so excited that I created a few inspiration boards for the future nursery.  They knew they wouldn’t be finding out the gender and therefore wanted to go with a grey and yellow, gender-neutral theme in the nursery.  With that in mind here are a two inspiration boards I mixed up.

Simply Style - Stone's Gender Neutral Grey and Yellow Nursery

Simply Style - Stone's Gender Neutral Grey and Yellow Nursery

Well fast forward 9+ months, “Stone” is almost here and the nursery is finished and I cannot wait to share the finished product with you later this week, so stay tuned!!!!

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Rustic All Season Centrepiece

I am in full fledge Christmas mode.  I have been since just after Remembrance Day.  For some reason I am so excited for Christmas this year.  Last year was our first Christmas in our house and we hosted both our families here.  We will be doing the same thing again this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I had most of our Christmas decorations up early but had no idea what to do for our table centrepiece.  I love Christmas but I like to keep the seasonal decor to a minimum so that we aren’t left with bins upon bins of decor that needs to be stored for 10+ months out of the year.  When it came to our centrepiece I really wanted something impactful for the holidays but that could also transition through all four seasons {or at least 2 or 3}.

I stumbled upon the Lemonade Making Momma’s post sharing her Thanksgiving decor and that is when I saw it and knew I had to have it.  I showed my darling hubby the pictures and then convinced him to accompany me to Home Depot to collect the supplies to DIY one of these bad boys.  After some back and forth in the lumber aisles my vision finally came together in his head and we were off to the races.  He banged out this project for me in under an hour last weekend and I am so totally in love {with him and the centre piece}!

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As you can see we are not exactly master carpenters but, we were going for the rustic look so the “rough” look is totally okay with us!

To create our Rustic All Season Centrepiece we picked up one 6 x 1 x 8 {or those numbers in some other order} and one 3 x 1 x 8 in knotty pine.  I decided I wanted the centrepiece to be 4ft long and Patrick got to cutting all the pieces.  Not without a little supervision from our resident foreman….

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We put everything together with some framing nails that were chosen for ecstatic reasons only and once we had it all pieced together, I used some acrylic craft paint to give it the white washed finish.

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I am looking forward to sharing more pictures this week of our christmas decor!

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Woman vs. Stencil Take II: Painted Curtains

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This project is from August…..

No but seriously, I am not letting my procrastination keep your from Woman vs. Stencil: Take II

Believe it or not even after the tragic woman versus stencil marathon match that ultimately resulted in my loss by decision, I decided to tackle a stencil project again!  Trust me, I was as scared as you are to read another post about my DIY failures…. Buuuut I have to tell you something, when it comes to stenciling there are these {somewhat totally important} tools that you need called stencil brushes {who knew} and when you pick yourself up some of these nifty little gadgets I can attest to the fact that the once daunting stencil project gets a hell-of-a-lot easier!

I had been searching high and low for curtains for the coral and gold room.  I had tried some coral sheers but they were too much for the space, I had tried some white and gold geometric but they were too stark in comparison to the linen bedding.  I was at a total loss, which is not unusual when it comes to home decor lately, do you ever feel like you are just a few steps ahead of the stores?

On a whim one day I decided I would test out the linen Ikea curtains we have in the dining room in the room just too see if they would work… and I LOVED them but they were definitely missing something.  That’s when I decided I would take on my enemy, the stencil once again to give my plain old Ikea curtains a little somethin-somethin!

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I started with this Martha Stewart Stencil from Michaels {bought with a 40% off coupon of course}.  It cam in a variety pack of stencils and I decided this particular variety was going to be best for me, so needless to say there may be Woman vs. Stencil Part III coming your way in the future.

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See that there… that’s a stencil brush… and for the total cost of about $3 I was able to get a pack or 3 of them.  They made my stencilling experience oh so much more enjoyable!  As you can see I used some painter’s tape to keep my stencil in place and a paper plate to hold my {gold} paint {martha stewart craft paint}.

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This was the perfect second stencil project as I didn’t care if the lines were perfect.  I quickly learned that blotting off the excess paint on my brush and “reloading” more regularly was the best way to get the look I wanted and to limit dry time between moves of the stencil.

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I just moved the stencil as I went and used the seam on the curtains as a guide to keep the pattern {somewhat} straight.

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and voila! Super simple DIY painted curtains.

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 I love the texture you get when the light hits them. Definitely not perfect but that’s the best part!

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