Tag Archives: Decor

Neutral Fall Mantle Inspiration

It’s feeling more like fall outside, and I’m loving my latest mantle decor. I’ve struggled with what to do above my fireplace and have discovered the following tips to make my changing decor look good, every time:

  1. Varying Heights – Think of it like a triangle or inverted triangle and balance your decor so that you have varying heights.
  2. Focal Point – When your room or mantle lacks a focal point, it can be displeasing to the eye, and it may not be obvious why. However, when you add a focal point for the eye to gravitate to, it becomes much more attractive and feels more balanced.  You can create a focal point with one or more items. In this case, the mirror creates a large neutral backdrop and the circular tray takes the focal point slightly off-center, while still managing to look balanced.
  3. Layer – Add interest by adding layers of color and texture. As I mentioned above, the mirror adds dimension gives shape, but the plants, vases, tray and monogram add layers of interest across the mantle.
  4. Filler – Some people opt out of filler for a more clean look, but adding the little extras like a small aloe plant in a clean square bowl and a flat twig wreath in the background really finish the look to me.

Mantle Decor with Mary & Martha | Five Marigolds

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Which Hardware? Boy Bathroom Progress

I’ve been working on Dub’s bathroom from some time now. My vision keeps changing as I find little treasures here and there, and it’s becoming kind of an eclectic hodgepodge instead of a well thought-out theme. I guess that’s about perfect for a boy’s space, right?

I’d started out planning to use this artwork I designed (check out the free printables), but then remembered the vintage Star Wars metal art I’d picked up at Hobby Lobby awhile ago and thought it would be fun to frame it for this space. I bought custom mats and framed them with Ikea Ribba frames.

Vintage Star Wars Boy Bathroom Art | Five Marigolds

I wasn’t sure what to put above the towel rack, but when I was out thrifting and found this Wax & Polish sign, I just had to have it!

Vintage Star Wars Boy Bathroom. | Five Marigolds

I love the crisp clean lines of the gray walls and white frames against the rustic barn wood vinyl floors and vintage finds.

Vintage Star Wars Boy Bathroom | Five Marigolds

Vintage Star Wars Boy Bathroom | Five Marigolds

Now I’m on the hunt for cabinet hardware. I’d really had my heart set on using these utility pulls from the hardware store. I just love this look. Unfortunately, they are just a little wide for the cabinet trim so I need to find a new option.

Which pulls do you think would be the right option for this space?

 

  1.  These are a shorter version of the same utility pulls – they are only 3 3/8″ inches, but would fit the width of our cabinet trim.

Utility Pull Hardware for a Boy Bathroom | Five Marigolds

2.   Or these more modern and streamlined pulls?

Utility Pull Hardware for a Boy Bathroom | Five Marigolds

 

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

Source list:

  • Paint: Sherwin Williams Gray Screen
  • Rug: Target
  • Star Wars Comic Tin Art and metal basket: Hobby Lobby
  • Frames: Ikea Ribba

 

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Proverbs 31 Art for Girl Room

I’ve been dreaming of this sign for Eve’s room for some time now, but when I recently realized I already had the materials, I got moving.

I had a thrift store canvas that I’d previously tried (and failed) to artistically repurpose, so I painted it using a paint sample I already had on hand. Besides the price, the best part of repurposing a canvas is that you get fabulous texture under your new creation.

I used my Silhouette SD to cut the verse onto clear contact paper. I make so many mistakes that I’ve found this to be a cost saving way to use the Silhouette. I used a slightly imperfect font that would give me grace should the painting not go as I hoped.

Proverbs 31 wall art | Five Marigolds

After spending way to long placing the many pieces of contact paper on the canvas and lining it up just so, I spray painted it with my favorite Rust-Oleum metallic gold spray paint. I was worried it would get under the contact paper. but as long as I made sure the paper was adhering around the letters I had absolutely no trouble.

To build the frame, I used a similar technique as with Dub’s  big kid room wall gallery, but I used wood that wasn’t quite as deep, since I wanted this particular frame flush with the art. I used Minwax stain in Early American, which is lighter IRL and gives it the right amount of color and rustic vibe.

 

Proverbs 31 Subway Art using clear contact paper and Silhouette SD. Stain is Minwax Early American. | Five Marigolds

I debated (and am still debating) taking a tiny bit of wood stain on a rag and dry rubbing the canvas for a subtle shabby chic look. I’ve also considered dry rubbing a tiny bit of the white paint over the frame very lightly for the same reason. But, at this point I’m afraid to ruin it!

Proverbs 31 art | Five Marigolds

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I love the contrast of metallic gold and ivory against the rustic frame, and the sweet reminder my little girl will wake up to each day.

I’m already dreaming of how I might create a variation for Belle’s room 🙂

Proverbs 31 Wall Art.. | Five Marigolds

 

Details:

  • Lamp – Anthropologie (old)
  • Curtains – Simply Shabby Chic
  • Quilt – Handmade by grandma 🙂
  • Paint color – Behr Seed Pearl

In addition to the fabulous blogs listed on the right, this post was featured on Savvy Southern Style and The Turquoise Home.

Review: Target Brookline Counter Stools

When I was shopping for stools for our new home, I wanted something that comfortable, looked sophisticated and was fairly inexpensive. I found what I was looking for in Target’s Brookline Counter Stools in Sandstone. But, buying furniture online is tough, and there weren’t many helpful reviews on this particular product – so I’m sharing mine here.

Target Brookline Stools Review | Five Marigolds

Price – The major reason I bought these stools was the price. They were the most inexpensive upholstered stools I could find that were available at counter height.

Target Brookline Stools Review | Five Marigolds

Color – Online, it was difficult to tell what I’d really be getting, but I’m happy with the neutral, slightly greige color to these stools.

Target Brookline Stools Review | Five Marigolds

Comfort – There is really no way to test these stools out. They have samples of 1-2 colors at my local target, but you can’t take them off the shelf to sit on them. So this was a gamble, too.  Overall, these are reasonably comfortable stools, with a nice cushion on the seat and back.

Durability – With three kids ages 2 through 7, I needed these to be fairly durable. I knew choosing a neutral upholstered chair would be a test on even the highest quality furniture, which is why I chose the least expensive stools that fit the style I was going for. That way, even if we destroy these, I reasoned I would learn my lesson with less to lose. My husband put these chairs together quickly and easily. If he found that one wobbled, he simply adjusted it until it was level. We then taped off the wood legs and I sprayed  two coats of Scotchgard over the next several hours.

Getting it done: I used painter tape and a garbage bag to protect the wood legs from the Scotchgard.

Getting it done: I used painter tape and a garbage bag to protect the wood legs from the Scotchgard.

The result? The kids sit on these stools for breakfast, drawing and doing homework, but we don’t eat all of our meals here. However, they have had their fair share of food smears from sticky hands, and so far they’ve wiped clean every time, even if it takes a little fabric cleaner for the extra ground-in, dried messes.

Overall, we’ve been happy with these chairs. I hope this review helps anyone else who is on the hunt for new stools for their home!

 

Big Boy Room Custom Wall Gallery

I’m very slowly beginning the process of decorating our new home, and focusing on the areas where inspiration strikes me the most. Dub’s room is the one I have the most concrete vision for, and I knew exactly where I wanted to start when I saw this idea from Navy Bean Lane.

I immediately set out taking images of the things most important to Dub. He loved being able to be a part of it in this way. I sent the images to the FedEx copy store and ordered 18×24 engineer prints. Not only do I love how they turned out, but you can’t beat the price! All four for around $20.

I then followed the DIY frame tutorial from Young House Love.

DIY Engineer Prints for Big Boy Room | FIve Marigolds

I’m super happy with how this project turned out. Dub and I may or may not have hung out in his room and  just stared at them for awhile. He tells me he plans to use the frames as mini shelves for all his important little treasures. DIY Engineer Prints for Big Boy Room | FIve Marigolds

DIY Engineer Prints for Big Boy Room | FIve Marigolds

Details:

This project was featured over at The Idea Room and  LollyJane.

Also linked up at Craft-O-Maniac  and Remodelaholic.

(Very) Small Spaces: Shared Girl Room

Baby #3 is on the way  soon(!) and the nursery is officially done. We live in a 3 bedroom home with cozy (aka ridiculously small) bedrooms which meant lots of creativity and organization.
I tried my best to create the illusion of space with monochromatic touches of taupe and pink with gold accents against white.  We used a pink and taupe toile in the bedding for both girls and carried the colors throughout the room. Here is a mock up:shared girl room3
I’m certainly no designer (clearly!) but because I had such a hard time finding decor ideas for tight quarters, I’m posting mine for all of you out there with small spaces.
Tiny Spaces Shared Girl Room
Do you like how I kept the overstuffed toy box in the shot? That’s just me keeping it real.