August Pinterest Favorites

I know this post is titled “August Pinterest Favorites” but I should really call it “Things I Want To Buy For Myself But Never Will.” The latter title is much more authentic, but I guess I’ll stick with the original one since it’s tradition. A girl can dream, right?

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A Simple, Slipcovered Ottoman

Morning!

I originally posted about this ottoman waaay back in March of 2011. Yes, 2011. I told you all about my inspiration ottoman (photos below via Bryn Alexandra), gave you options to help me select a fabric, and then to be frank, never got my act together and actually made the slipcover. So very typical of me and my busy brain.

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Well, nearly 3 1/2 years later(!!!), this project is officially complete. I finally commissioned a local sewer to create the cover (funny how quickly things come together when you hire someone else to do the work), and I’m happy I get to check this off my “To Do” list. We’re trying to use what we currently have to furnish and decorate the basement, so I dusted off (literally) both the fabric and the ottoman and was determined to make them work for our new basement living area.

To recap, this is what the ottoman looked like when I purchased it off Craigslist many moons ago…

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And here’s where we are today…

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No styling has taken place yet, but folks, we have a new slipcovered ottoman…and it was worth the wait.

Have a happy week!

Basement Details

Morning! Summer is in full swing around these parts. The weather is warm. Sundresses are a staple in my wardrobe. And I become a sun worshipper. Simply put, this season is a magical time in Portland. And I never want it to end!

Anyway, back to the basement chronicles. We are in the home stretch and it feels so good! The carpet was installed last week (which you’ll see in a few photos), and unfortunately, we hit a few snaffus. Either we have defective carpet or poor installers….that is yet to be determined. It’s one or the other, but the good news is that it’s on them, and not us. I guess that’s the beauty of hiring folks and not doing it yourself. When things go south, it’s not your fault. Again, more on that next week.

Because we are almost done with the basement build-out, I can start thinking about decor. Not that I ever really wasn’t thinkg about it…but it feels like I can actually make some headway in that arena. I inherited a sweet bed from my late Grandma, and although the polished brass isn’t my taste, I still love the frame and the story behind it. Since there’s very little a can of paint can’t fix, I was hoping Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze spray paint could help…and it did just that! The bed went from a polished brass finish, to an oil rubbed bronze finish in a matter of minutes. That stuff works magic. Pure magic.

Since the bed frame received a little makeover, I thought it was only fair that the linens got a little love as well. The downstairs bedroom will be our main guest bedroom, so I wanted to spend some time creating a room that felt approachable and cozy. I splurged on a few bedding statement pieces (linen throw pillows + John Robshaw euros – they were both on sale!) but then I saved money on the basics (white sheets from Target + tan coverlet from JCPenny). Even though the color pallette is fairly safe, I love the mix of patterns and textures. I’m anxious to dress the bed, but it will have to wait until we fix our carpet situation. Soon!

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Other basement happenings include measuring for our wood mantle, and hanging our first piece of art downstairs.

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Now it’s just final details….and then we’ll be in business!

Cheers to a happy week, friends.