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Wedding Wednesday: Doors

Jennifer —  November 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Doors, Doors, Doors.  I have used them in a few weddings.  They are all over Pinterest so just Pinterest them for inspiration, but today I thought I would share where I get all my doors for weddings and how I have used them.  Lets start with Rebecca’s wedding.  She had borrowed doors from her aunt who had some old doors.  Have you ever wondered how I have two doors standing upright…not leaning on anything?

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My trick is large industrial shelf brackets like this.  This is not the exact one I used, but I went into Lowes and got the biggest one I could find. Industrial sized L-brackets work too. In fact, I have bought these at a Re-Store before as well.  It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it just needs to be big and sturdy.  Screw two brackets into the bottom of  each side of the door and secure it down with some sandbags.  Voila….free standing door. I didn’t get a picture but here is my best attempt at a diagram.  Note:  I made sure to place these where no one would be running around them.  The sweet table was in a nook and there was no reason to go behind it.  They are sturdy but it’s not a fortress.  Make sure it’s not in a high traffic area.

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I used doors to make a pretty blah entrance a little more grand.  I just leaned them up against the glass wall….carefully.  The Venue would not let me take down the signs.

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My greatest task was to hide really crazy storage.  Behind this wall of doors are probably 100 airport chairs, a couple of coke machines, lots of boxes, a few airport banners and lots of random.  I lined the edge of the storage area with an entire row of those really heavy hard to move airport benches.  (the kind of chair/benches that you sit in while you wait to get on your flight.)  Those things are HEAVY!  I just leaned the doors against the back of the benches and layered them.  Again, it is not a place for lots of traffic and kids running around, so I just pushed the tables close to the doors and made the Aisle’s wide enough that people would go down the aisle away from the doors to get out of this area.

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I haven’t shown this shot because I didn’t get a good shot.  I think at this point of the wedding day I was looking for chocolate bars and asked my husband to snap a few shots.  The brides happiness comes before blogging.  My hubby, not being a blogger, forget to move my bag of stuff.  Oops.  Anyway, I used Doors to cover an airport baggage security machine.  It was immovable unless I had 20 college football players.  I didn’t, so I hid it….with doors of course.

 

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I use doors to hang wreaths.  Just stick a push-pin in the back of a wood door and use the loop of the wreath to go over the top of the door and hook onto the pin.  If it’s a metal door use a removable hook placed upside down.

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I even used a door to cover the pie storage.

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Where can you find doors?

  1. Ask family and friends.  You never know what people have lying around.  I was renovating a house (shocking) and I called a gal I knew was looking for doors.  She came over and picked up a few old doors we were taking to the Re-Store.  She painted them and glazed them to look old.
  2. Re-Stores have TONS of doors.  You might even find a vintage one.  You can make anything look vintage.  Most doors at a Re-store cost $5 but are flat and hollow. Don’t be afraid of those.  A little fabric and you could cover that door and use it for a picture gallery. Add some hinges to connect to and you can create a screen that can stand up on its own.
  3. Flea Markets – Go outside and look on the sides of the buildings.  I usually find doors there.
  4. Architectural Salvage Stores – these are a little pricier but there are really cool vintage doors there for sure.
  5. Craigslist/Facebook Garage Sales.  Take the initiative and say you are looking for old doors.  Be careful though!  Your safety is not worth a door.
  6. Garage Sales – hit and miss.

Doors are an easy way to make something look vintage.  It can hide something or it can just be a fun part of your decor.

Hope this helps…happy wedding

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Pie

Jennifer —  October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today I want to share with you  how I set up the wedding pie table for a vintage flea market style wedding reception.  Next week, on Wedding Wednesday, I will share how you can  save a TON of money on your wedding cake or pie (if that is your flavor) doing something like this.  Last week I shared pictures from the wedding reception I decorated in August.  The bride’s family is known for their pies.  Yum!  She didn’t want wedding cake, she wanted pies.

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Carissa, the bride, and her family had been collecting all sorts of vintage decor. She gave me full creative license on this pie table.  I had an idea in my head and started rooting through all she brought me.  The table is a large conference room table that was in the airport.  We created a layered look with a lace table-cloth, a yellow gingham table-cloth, and a burlap runner.  When Carissa told me that she wanted pies I asked her to collect lots of cake stands.  I knew that I wanted all the pies to be on different levels so a scavenged the decor stack to see what I could find.  This table actually evolved during my decorating day.  The pies didn’t arrive until later but I would just walk by the table and add some height, or I would find something in the decor stack that I like better and switch something out.

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Here are the things that I used:

  1. I used all sorts of cake stands that she had collected.  The biggest one merited a spot in the middle as the Bride and Groom’s pie.  The cake stands were all different heights but putting them all on the table by themselves looked a little boring so…
  2. I used stacks of vintage books.  Some pies (like #2 in the picture) were on a simple stack of books.  I also used vintage books to place under a pie stand.
  3. I used a large wooden box I had in my garage.  I found it at a thrift store and used them for the cupcake stand in this wedding.
  4. If you look at #4 you will see I covered a stable, shallow plastic bin with burlap.  It was used to bring stuff in and was never intended to be decor…until I needed it.
  5. I had so many coffee cans left over from the centerpieces that I just grabbed one and wrapped some burlap around it.  It was wide enough and sturdy to hold the pie.
  6. I found a wooden crate and covered it with a vintage lace table runner.
  7. My last little addition to the table was to flip a wicker basket upside down and place a pie on top of the basket.

One of each of the flavors of pie where laying on the table.  Most people will take a piece from the pie on the table.  You will see a little lower in the post, this was my strategy and the people refilling would move pies forward and replace the ones in the middle or back.  I filled the rest of the table with the Pie sign ( a frame with painted burlap), a lantern, and the cool looking lamp.  The table was right next to an outlet so the lamp actually turned on.  The table was really cool when all the little tea lights were flickering and the lamp light was on.  The bowl was filled with wonderful whip creme that people could dollop on their pie.   Here is a closer look:

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A wedding reception table can be pretty but it MUST be functional.  There were 350-400 people to be line to get a slice of pie, so I had to think through function in the design. This was of utmost importance.  What you see on the table was the exact amount of pies on the table the entire night.  What is on the table is obviously NOT enough pies for 400 people.  There was NO kitchen in this venue so we had to store the extra pies close to the table.  It would have been a nightmare carrying pies back and forth even if there was a kitchen.  The bride’s family has a bakery cooling rack in their inn, so we brought it in and placed the extra pies on the trays of the rack.   I placed the rack behind the table against the wall and leaned a door up against it to hide it.  I took the pictures during the daylight so you can see the rack behind the burlap covered window of the door.  At night in the twinkle light of the room, the rack was hidden.

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I almost chose to display the rack because it looked cool and vintage but I liked the door better.  Carissa had a few people help to replace the pies during the reception.  When there was none to replace, they could sit in the little bench.

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Here are some serving tips:

  • Make sure everything you use to add height is stable and can hold the pies while people are scooping out their piece of pie.
  • Have the pies already cut.  Like any wedding cake, we didn’t cut until after the bride and groom had cut their piece the photographer could take lots of pictures.  What we did BEFORE the reception was cut all the pies in the back.  After the bride and groom had cut theirs and the photos were taken, we replaced all these uncut pies with a cut version, and of course cut these pies.  No pies were just for show.
  • Create a system of bringing the back pie forward.  We made sure there was an easier to reach version of the pie in the back.  When a new one was needed the two people working the table would move the back pie forward and replace the pie in the back.
  • Cut the pieces into small slivers.  With so many options to choose from, people want to try different types so they will want small pieces.  Three small slivers made up one piece of pie for me! Okay, maybe it was actually four slivers.
  • You don’t need as many pie servers as you think.  We had five types of pie so I made sure we had 6-7 servers.  I placed the servers in places where one server could serve all the same types of pies.  No chocolate in the lemon pie. Carissa’s grandmother, the pie matriarch, would have come after me if there was pumpkin in the lemon pie or raspberry in the pecan pie. Two or three of the same pies were placed in close proximity to each other to help with no cross-pie contamination.

This was a yummy deviation from the normal wedding cake scene and I loved it.  In this day and age anything goes in weddings.  Wedding are meant to have special meaning and pies are special to Carissa’s family.  If you are ever in Branson Missouri eat at the Bradford Eatery and you will see why it is so special.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

 

 

It’s the First Official Wedding Wednesday!  

This is new to the iloverehabs blog.  I have been asked to do a handful of weddings so I thought I would show you what I have been up to lately.  Here is what you might see on Wedding Wednesday:

  • Weddings I have done
  • DIY Wedding Projects
  • Wedding Moodboards
  • Wedding Downloads
  • Tips on doing a DIY wedding that you can enjoy.
  • Money Saving Tips for Weddings

I thought I would kick this off by showing my friend Carissa’s wedding.    Carissa is a dear soul.  She is super creative and really great with people.  She asked me to decorate her wedding reception with a Flea Market Vintage Wedding.  I asked her what she wanted and she basically told me that she wanted her wedding to look like a really cool flea market.  The kind you get excited about ever little turn that you make in the store.  I could get behind that.  She and her family did all the work collecting stuff.  I have never see that much stuff….but it all found a place.

Carissa’s colors were mint and creme.  She wanted burlap and she wanted denim.  Her flowers would be sunflowers.  I think it turned out the way she wanted and it was a really fun wedding to do.  Did I mention that the venue was in an old airport lobby?

The Challenges to decorating and airport lobby:

  • So much space
  • moving all the airport furniture.  There were so many benches!
  • You couldn’t put anything on the walls (that is typical)
  • Airport signs everywhere…the kind you can’t take down.
  • Balance of covering random and embracing random.
  • It was really tall and she wanted part of it to feel cozy.

I think I will let the pictures do the talking with just a little bit of commentary.

This is how you walked into the venue.  You felt at home. One thing I did not catch a photo of (because it was at the ceremony when I was taking pictures) was the guest book.  It was a rocking chair just like this one.  She had people sign it!  I thought that was such a great idea!

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The centerpieces were a mixture of coffered coffee tins, flowers, mason jars, and tea lights.  All of the coffee bins were made by her friends.  We used cut up bed sheets and Christmas lights to drape across the large beams.  The 400 people at the wedding made it hard to get this room with the glow of the twinkle lights.  It was a fun place to be.

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There were tables all over the airport.  It was mostly round tables but we used this little nook to pack in lots of people.  I actually sat down over here for a little while, it was the fun place to be.  There are so many imperfections to this airport in the day light.  There was no over head light in this area so when the party began at 8pm, this area was totally illuminated by candles with a splash of  light from other lit areas.  It had ambiance and you didn’t even notice the imperfections.

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I decided to do very uniform and very simple table decorations  I wanted this area to be glowing.  I also had to cover up all the stacked airport benches and airport signs.  Behind these door are chaos, but you can’t see it.  Some of the doors were old, some were new, some were borrowed, and one was blue…literally!

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Here is the photo booth.  I have a few DIY tricks up my sleeve on this one.  I had to hide ugly again.  Behind those curtains was another view of the storage chaos.

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Incorporating denim can be a little tricky.  It was mixed in the centerpieces here and there, but its largest presence was in the wedding party table.  I am sad to say that I never got the finished shot.  It was hard to get with 400 people.  The only thing that is missing is the bridesmaids bouquets.  Carissa saved money by using them.  I kept their vases on the wedding party table just in case the girls wanted them.  Being that they were walking down the aisle with them when I shot this photo…its not the full effect.  Imagine fresh country flowers in each of those coffee tins.

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Another tricky part of the wedding is that you could see into each of the rooms.  I had to make sure whatever I did another room looked good from the back.

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This table looked really neat all lit up.

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The bride’s family run bed and breakfast’s all over the Branson area.   One of their Inns has an eatery.  They are known for their pies.  I have eaten there.  They are worth the trip.  I don’t even think you are allowed to know how to make the pies in Carissa’s family until you are engaged.  Pies are so special to Carissa that she didn’t want a wedding cake.  She had all pies.

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These were all made by her family members and we had tons of them.  I just simply place the pie stand behind a door so they could be replenished when one was eaten.

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I just used random things to put the pies on different levels.

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The pie on the white pie stand was Caleb and Carissa’s pie.  You would be sick if I told you how many of these I tried.

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If you didn’t like pie you were in luck, there were tons of cookies.

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If you didn’t like cookies you could eat s’mores.  The first table had all the fixings.  I used baskets and drawers to hold the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate.

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The second table had skewers and burners set in a vintage feeding trough.  I spread coffee beans for filler.  The burners were the kind you light and put under a buffet server to keep the food hot.  They were also held upright by a ceramic planting pot.

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The gift table was in a blocked off entrance to the airport.  I used burlap and hanging pictures to create this fun look.  This was tricky because I couldn’t hang anything, but I have a secret tool that helped me.

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I used burlap to cover the door.  The pictures were fun quotes and verses that have to do with life.  It was an actual gift to the bride so she wanted to include them.

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Here is a closer look at the centerpieces.  I have done two wedding with all different centerpieces.  I love the look but it literally takes an entire day mixing and matching and switching out.

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I wanted to show you another way small splashes of denim was incorporated.  Carissa did a great job casting vision to her bridesmaids who helped her make all of these coffee tins.  They got the coffee tins from their families bed and breakfasts.  They usually go in the trash or recycle bin.  For month’s Carissa collected these cans.  There were probably over 500 candles to light 30 minutes before the wedding.  I did have help but I will tell you I got good at lighting two candles at a time.

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This was a DIY wedding and I didn’t do a bit of the DIY.  Carissa and I met at the airport months before and got a plan.  I had a full-time job so it was on Carissa to execute the list of stuff that she needed and she went above and beyond.  It made my job figuring out how it all should go together super easy.

I will post more on on how I did some of these projects!

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

Let There Be Bright

Jennifer —  June 19, 2013 — 5 Comments

Sorry I have been MIA lately.  I have been off the radar because life has been a little crazy lately.   I am balancing a ton right now but I am super excited about all my adventures.  I know that I have been cryptic but a few more things to put in place and I am ready to let blog world know what is going on with me lately.  Right now Lee, my husband, and I are busy finishing a house and I am busy being a camp director.  Yes, I am a camp director as my full-time job.  Its summer and every day I am busy with 400 campers and 200 college aged staff.  Needless to say, the blog has been neglected.  In years past I have been able to blog ahead but with other life changes like renovating and selling a house….I have chosen to take sleep over the blog.

Today I want to share with you an update on the house we are renovating but to do so I want to start from the beginning.

The Basement….Dark, squatty and no place I would want to spend time with my family

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We decided that is was less expensive to take out the old, non working fireplace than to replace it and fix it.

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So, out the fireplace went.

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This opened up the entire room because the fireplace was smack in the center of the room under the duct work that could not be moved.  The support beam was about 8 feet away.  There was no room for any furniture and it messed with the function of the room.  Here is the other half of the biggest part of the basement.

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Here was our to-do list with the basement:

  • Demo
  • Take down ceiling
  • Pull Up Carpet
  • Take out Fireplace
  • Insulate the walls with foam insulation
  • Drywall
  • Install New Sliding Door
  • Fix electrical since ceiling was exposed
  • Add Can Lighting
  • Paint Ceiling
  • Paint Walls
  • Carpet Room

Here is the basement after we installed drywall.

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Here is the basement after the first coat of primer on the ceiling.
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On Friday I am going to give you our step by step process.  The basement is not done yet, we have to install the trim but here is the basement as of today.

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It is amazing how bright it has become!

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Thanks for being patient with me this summer.  I am more private than I am public but when the timing is right I will share what is going on with our rehab life!

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

Lindsay emailed me a few months ago asking me to help her with some kitchen ideas.  Here was what she emailed me:

“Wondering if you would be willing to help me decide on ideas for my kitchen. I just got black appliances (rid the white) and now feel like back splash and a floor change would make the world of difference. Maybe new hardware for the cupboards too. The hood range is also coming in black soon I hope. So: if you have time and any thoughts could you tell me what you think would look nice in the way of backsplash/flooring and hardware? Thanks a million.”

After asking her tons of questions about her style, colors that she likes, and any thoughts that they had they emailed me and told me that they had just bought black appliances and that they had one idea for the backsplash:

“Also, we have thoughts about the backsplash. My husband works in he glass industry and installed this kitchen a few years ago that he really wants to replicate. It is one solid piece of glass used for backsplash which is painted on the backside (any colour).  So the glass is transparent but coloured from the painted side. Not sure if you can imagine that or if you have seen anything like it?”

I was pumped!  I love it when a reader gives me something that they have in mind.  The glass backsplash was genius and it would brighten that entire place up and make it so fresh.  I am so glad they thought of it and it was the inspiration for the entire mood board.  Here is her kitchen.

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What Lindsay wanted:

  • Find a place for the microwave
  • Add a dishwasher either on the wall the microwave is currently on or add an apartment sized DW by the sink.
  • Wanted fun color.

My Strategy:

Floors:

I wanted the floors to compliment the black appliances, but still look good if they sold the house and someone bought another style.  I love the classic look of black and white floors.  Here is an example.  I thought, what if you tiled in a stripe pattern.  It would make the room look bigger and make the roo stand out.  I googled it and found this and this.  I was sold.  If they wanted to do it on the cheap, they could do the peel and stick linoleum tiles.  If they wanted to spend a little more they could do the ceramic tiles.

Backsplash:

The glass of course and I am counting on Lindsay and her husband to teach me how to do it!  You won”t see the backsplash in the mood board, but imagine the wall color behind it!

Cabinets:

Keep the dark wood. I love dark wood.

The Mood Board:

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Source List with Links:

Fabric: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy (For the window shade); Pendant:  (For over the sink); Flooring: Home Depot  (these are vinyl tiles which would cost them about $50, you could do ceramic tiles);  Cabinets: Ebay (these are just for show, this is a color similar to hers);  Hardware Pulls:  Lowes   (for the doors)   Hardware pulls: Amazon (For drawers); Countertop: Lowes (This is a laminate countertop)  Door: Pinterest   (this is a screen door from a blog that was not linked in Pinterest…boo, You could replace the screen with wood and put a chalkboard or add more of the fun fabric to the back of the screen); Light: Shades of Light; Cart: Ikea  (for the microwave wall…see the sketches below); Wall Shelves: Ikea (for the microwave wall);  Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Waterscape

Here were my ideas in amateur sketches for the microwave wall.  My first thought was a pantry but her pantry is in her laundry room, which is the doorway you see in the picture

Option #1

This would be how they can use the space if they removed the drawers by the sink and added a apartment sized dishwasher.

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Option #2

This option is if they decide to move the dishwasher over to the wall where the microwave is currently.   Its the most costly option because you have to move plumbing but not that bad because the washer is on the other side of the wall.

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Here are all my ideas I gave her on how to DIY or other options.  Its kind of long, but if you want to read them here they are.

Thank you Lindsay for thinking of me to help you.  I hope this inspired your own ideas and I can”t wait to see what you do!

Jennifer

My good friend Mary is a Photographer.  She does wedding, portraits, family portraits and all sort of good stuff.  If you remember, In December, she gave me a free printable for you to download.   Mary is busy expanding her business and she decided to do a stylized shoot.  A stylized shoot is where a photographer sets up parts of a wedding reception and ceremony and stages in order to photograph elements of a wedding.  It allows customers to see what she can do as she showcases a wedding.

 Many of the photographs you see in a wedding magazines are staged weddings. There are some that are actual weddings, but advertisements and some features are staged wedding with models.  What does all this have to do with me?  Well, part of setting up a stylized shoot is you recruit vendor’s to help you.  It is an opportunity for a vendor to get to showcase their talents and gain more customers.  I am not a vendor, but I have decorated a few weddings so Mary asked me to do the staging.  Mary knew what theme she wanted and she is relying on me to create that vision for her.  For about a month I started putting together mood boards and pinning things to a private mood board.  I gave Mary a few options and once she decided on one it was “Ready, Set, Go” to find all of things that we needed to make it happen.  Once the style board was in place we were able to go to the vendors to present the theme.  The fun thing, is they get to use their creativity to fit our plan!

The Theme:  1920′s Great Gatsby-Esque Wedding

I am not going to tell you which one we are doing, but here are the three options I send to Mary:

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Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background)  fabric.com (background)  fabric.com; Dinner Plates:RubyLane.com; Camera’s: Lack Luster   Gold Votive’s: Candle Select  Crystal votive: Rubylane.com; Trumpet Vase:Candleabrasforweddings.com; Feathers:Eventwholesale.com; Vintage Glasses:  Machomachisimovintagephotostream  Napkin: Napkinfoldingguide.com; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design, Etsy (recolored by me); Flower: Red Dahlia; Chair: Pinterest (re-colored by me)

She was really excited about one of them so I am running with it.  Here is a hint:

Stylized Shoot

You probably think you know which one we picked, but I may be having these re-upholstered or painting the upholstery them to fit the grey option.  I still can’t believe I found these 1920′s appropriate fan chairs.

Here is what I am in charge of getting ready:

  • Reception Table – I will do everything but the flowers.  We shared with them what we wanted and there is a vendor providing those.
  • Entry Table
  • Dessert Table – I do everything but the food.  We have a vendor providing a cake and other goodies
  • Odds and ends for props of certain shots

I don’t want to share too much but here are a few things to look for:

  • We are shooting at a train station
  • We are shooting at a massive lakeside estate
  • We are shooting during the day
  • We are shooting at night
  • A bridal shop is allowing us to borrow a vintage wedding dress
  • We have models
  • We are looking for a hair dresser.  (If you are in the Branson Area and you want to show off your talent…hopefully to be published in Wedding Online and Print Publications…email me)

What does this mean for you?

I have learned stylized shoots you go all out to create a theme.  I shows what you can do, elements of and it inspires elements for readers.  Of course, I am the DIY queen so I will have some DIY tutorials for all of you who are looking for wedding centerpieces.  These could be used for weddings, showers, or even fun party events. Soon after the reveal post, I will share how you can create the look we have on a budget.  Are you excited?  Okay, you don’t have to be, but I am.

The 1920s…they are coming back in style almost 100 years later.  Isn’t that crazy?  Thinking of how everything comes back around, I feel the need to get on my knees and pray. Soon the 1980′s wedding with tinsel backdrops and poofy wedding dress sleeves will return.  Hopefully, we will all have the creativity to rehab it.

Have a Great Monday,

Jennifer

 

Our Guest Bathroom

Jennifer —  April 8, 2013 — 2 Comments

As you can tell, if you have spent any time on my blog, I am in this massive process of reorganizing this whole place. It has been fun and frustrating all at the same time. Fun, because I am finally learning how to make it all look how I want it to look. Frustrating because it is tedious, sometimes doesn”t work like I want it to.   Things that can take hours to figure out, and honestly drive me crazy. Thank you for being patient.  My house tour has been very unorganized, so I am trying to get some posts that compile all the room in my house.  Just for fun, here are the posts that I have done so far…

Today I am going to reveal my Guest Bathroom.  I have shown you many projects but its just fun for you to see the process.  I am done with this room.  I might add a picture or change out something but with renovating…I am done. Here is what the room looked like when we moved into the house.

Bathroom before

 

“Holy Orange!”  The first thing that came to my mind when I walked in was “Orange Power.”  All you Oklahoman”s get that reference, I realize that might be a little weird if you are not from Oklahoma.  “Orange Power” is what the fans of Oklahoma State University (where my husband went to college) yell at their sporting events.  Click here to experince it.  The problem is that I am a Sooner, born and bred.  Even though my husband is a Cowboy, the last thing that I want to think of is “Orange Power”.   My school has the better, more storied in tradition,  “call and response” Boomer Sooner.  Click here to experience it. See, doesn”t it sound more epic?   Sorry, OSU, I like ya because your part of my state and because my husband loves you, but I don”t think “Orange Power compares to Boomer Sooner.  You can even see it in the vidoes.  The passion and unity of Boomer Sooner just inspires chills down your back when you in the middle of it.  Anyway,  my husband was not going to be okay with a Crimson and Creme bathroom, so we decided the bathroom was going to be neutral ground.  The orange had to go.  Therefore, I painted it white just to be a little neutral.  This is how it stayed for three years.

Guest Bathroom

 

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guest bathroom

Then, I decided to tackle the room.  The shower tile, countertop, and faucets had been replaced before we moved.  They weren”t exactly what I would have picked but I still liked them.  We didn”t want to spend to much on this bathroom so we decided to work with what we had.  The only think I didn”t like about the countertop was that it was mostly creme with white swirls.  I love a good bright white in the bathroom, but I decided to make it work with painting the walls a creme and white stripe.  The creme was Valspar”s Oatbran.

DIY Striped Walls

Here is how the bathroom turned out:

Guest Bathroom 2

You can read how I built this blue mirror from scratch, using the wall mirror that was in my master bathroom that we replaced with the medicine cabinet.

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Here is the bathroom from the other angle.  I easily changed out the knobs to match the faucets (they were an antiqued bronzish color) and it made the cabinet pop.

Guest Bathroom 1

I spray painted an exterior light from Lowes for the vanity light.

Barnlight Bathroom Fixture

Here is the tub, I decided to add floor length curtain panels to frame out the shower.  You can see how I did that here.  The actual fabric shower curtain is hidden behind it.  The window that you see is to the front of the house, YIKES!  I made a waterproofed roman shade out of a fabric shower curtains and some old

blinds.  It works perfectly.  No inappropriateness in our house.

Guest Bathroom 2

My favorite find was these floating shelves on clearance.  They were the exact size of the stripes and the same color.  They look like the stripes just decided on popping off the wall.

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Since the cabinet has tons of storage, we decided to just decorate these shelves with pictures and then some supplies for when our guest come to town.

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I did the same thing on the vanity.  The jar contains extra shampoo and conditioner from Hotels I have stayed in for work.  The taller containers have extra soap (for the hand soap pump refills) and mouth wash.  When I have guests, I will give them dixie cups so they can pour the mouthwash in the cup.  If you come to my house, all you will have to bring is your toothbrush.  I will provide you with everything else.

Guest Bathroom 5

Finally, I added a magazine rack above my towel rack.  So, now you can read if you want to…..yeah, you know why. I DO read when I take a bath, but others might read at other times in the bathroom.

Guest Bathroom 3

 

As far as the flooring and tub goes, we also worked what we have.  Its all pretty neutral.  I just had to scrub the grout to brighten it up.  I am thankful that the Orange is gone…

 Guest Bathroom 2

How about you?

Happy Monday,

Jennifer

I Am Beaming

Jennifer —  January 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

Last Friday I shared with you how the wall between a living room and kitchen came crumbling down.  The good news is that it didn”t.  We built a temporary wall to remove a “load bearing” wall and then replace that wall with a beam.  If you want more information on what the temporary wall look like or on the potential costs of removing a wall and a load bearing wall check it out here.

Here is the room before we picked up a sledgehammer:

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The Walls Came Crumbling Down

Jennifer —  January 18, 2013 — 2 Comments

…on purpose.

When we walked into the house we are renovating the first thing that came out of my mouth is “that wall has to go.”  To understand what I saw I made a floor plan of the house.  You can see below that when you walk into the front door (lower left hand door) you enter directly into the living room.  It looks small and really boxy, so much that I felt clausterphobic.

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Turn On the Light Please

Jennifer —  January 4, 2013 — 3 Comments

Warning:  I had a reader tell me that she experienced a fire due to a folded/knotted chord.  Mine is not like this anymore so maybe don”t do this.  I still want to post it because its all apart of the learning process.

I am back with a another rehab in my master bedroom. I am excited to begin another rehab journey this year so stay tuned for Monday!  Have a great weekend.

Our Bedside Lamps have transitioned just as much as our master bedroom has. I am sad to say that I do not have pictures of our first try at our bedroom. It really was not much. It was just four walls, our matching bedroom set and a couple of sliding mirrored closet doors. Yuck. When I went to Ikea with to get our billy bookcases for bedside storage I had to figure out what I wanted to do for bed lamps. I had an idea….hanging pendent lamps. The problem was I didn”t want to hard wire them. I thought I could figure it out and picked up two Hemma cord sets for $3.99. I knew I had two shade covers at home that would work. Here is what I came up with:

1.) I spray painted the black part of this cord white:

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