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DIY engineer prints of your kids

dIY engineer prints of your kids
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If you’ve been on instagram or pinterest I’m sure you’ve seen those really big black and white photos you can do of your kids.  They are also called “engineer prints” and I have been wanting to do them for my two boys for awhile now. I typically don’t decorate with many pictures throughout our home but I thought these were a fun way to add some personality to a room.

Here are my tips for DIY engineer prints of your kids:

1.) Start with a plain background. I chose a blank white wall in my house and used that as my backdrop. This will make your subject (in this case your child) pop.

DIY engineer prints of your kids

2.) You’re gonna want to use a quality camera. Because these are engineered prints, if you were to use the camera on your phone, the picture is going to come out very pixelated. Using a camera will keep your image clear.

3.) Do some editing. I like to use the Lightroom App to brighten my photos. And then I made them black and white.

DIY engineer prints of your kids

diy engineer prints of your kids

 

4.) Get them printed. I had these printed at Staples for like $3.50 each. (They are 24×36 inches)

5.) Frame them. I chose these white frames from Amazon. But if you’re hanging them on a lighter wall I think a dark brown or black frame would look good.

dIY engineer prints of your kids

 

Now for my next project … convincing the hubs to whitewash this knotty pine to modernize it a bit. What do you think?

Check out some of my other projects here:

Whitewashed brick fireplace

Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover

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5 In decor/ farmhouse decor/ home decor

How to style your bookcase

How to style your bookcase or decorate your built in bookshelves
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One of the things I get asked often is for tips on how I style my bookcases. My entertainment center and built in bookcases are a big focal point in our home and I have had so much fun styling them. I like to change out some of the items as the seasons change too. It’s a great way to freshen up the room.

Here are my tips on how to style your bookcase.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom where I’ve linked some of my favorite items to decorate with.

1.) Start fresh – First take everything off of your shelves. Gather all of your decor from your shelves and throughout your home and put it in a pile so that you can see everything in your collection.

2.) Choose your color palette – Think about the color palette in your room and choose pieces that complement it so as to make it look cohesive. I decorate my home in natural colors like white, creams, gray, and greens to give the room an open and airy feel.

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3.) Create balance – Balance each side with items of equal proportion. You want it to look balanced, not necessarily symmetrical. But it also doesn’t need to be “matchy-matchy” which I personally think makes it look more staged.

4.) Add books – Stack them vertically as well as horizontally, with some in the center and others to the side to create a mixture. I made these custom books with our names to add a personal touch. Head to my Etsy shop to see some of my other collections or create a personalized set of your own.

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5.) Add faux or real plants – My personal favorites are either dried hydrangeas, eucalyptus and boxwood. I added little boxwood wreaths and tied them with some ribbon to decorate the doors. This is a great way to add some color. Using different sized vases and pitchers is another great way to add dimension.

6.) Use decorative trays and baskets  – Not only is this a great way to give your items a home, but it also adds different elements and textures such as metals and woods as well. I like to store blankets in some baskets on the bottom shelves to make the room a little more cozy.

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7.) Less is more – Your shelves should not look cluttered. It’s ok to leave some shelves almost bare. It makes it appear bigger.

 

Shop some of my favorite decor items below:

Baskets

Books

Boxwood Wreath

Decorative beaded garland

Decorative tray

Tiered stand

Check out some of my favorite farmhouse decor items on Amazon

 

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How to style your bookcases

0 In DIY/ home decor

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

I am so excited to share my latest DIY project with you all! It’s super easy, cheap and cute for fall. Fabric pumpkins are all the rage this season. I’m sharing this easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin I made for $5!

You will need:

– A small pumpkin (I used a small faux one I got in the dollar bin).

– Twine

– An old sweater (I used one I had in my closet that I didn’t wear anymore but you can also go to Goodwill and get one. The tighter the cableknit or weave, the better.)

– Ribbon

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

Directions:

1.) Start by taking your pumpkin and inserting it through the bottom of your sweater, feeding through one of the sleeves until the tip of the stem is sitting right at the ribbing of your sleeve.

DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

2.) Twist the sleeve tightly around the stem of your pumpkin. Take your twine and start wrapping around the covered stem, from bottom to top. Then go back down and work your way back up again. Cut the twine and then hold in place with either a hot glue gun or some Modge Podge.

Easy DIY sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

3.) Next cut the sweater at the bottom of the pumpkin. You can tape to hold to the pumpkin or throw a couple of stitches in to hold it together but this part is not going to show.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

4.) Finish it off by tying a bow with a ribbon around the base of the stem.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

 

Super cute right? These are adorable on some shelves, in a little corner or lining your stairs.

Easy DIY Sweater Pumpkin

See one of my other favorite holiday DIYs, Dehydrated Fruit Garland

 

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1 In Baby/ decor/ home/ home decor

Nursery Reveal

Monochrome nursery reveal
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I’m so excited to finally share Mav’s Nursery Reveal on the blog! Let me just say, that this process made it completely evident how things change after your first baby. When we were pregnant with Dude (we didn’t know he was a dude at the time), we had the nursery all set and were prepared well before his arrival. He ended up never sleeping in it (we coslept and then we moved), but it was my favorite room in the house and we would often play in there. This time around, I was in no rush because I knew we had time. And then once he came, life got crazy with the two (you can follow our story on Instagram here.) But I finally got around to finishing all the details and adding some personal touches.

Scroll below to see the complete Nursery Reveal.

You can shop by clicking the thumbnails below the photos or the links at the bottom.

And be sure to check out my Etsy shop for some cute personalized nursery decor.

As soon as we found out it was a boy, I knew that I wanted to give the nursery a modern, monochromatic look.  I off-set the black and white with some earth tones and greens.

Monochrome nursery reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Spearmint Love is a small shop I found on Instagram. They have tons of unique crib sheets in all different prints and colors. (I’ve linked Mav’s sheets all the way at the bottom).

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

The dressers were my grandparents. They were originally oak with gold hardware. We painted it white and then bought the black knobs off of Amazon.

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Details:

The walls are Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

Crib // Blanket

Rug

Mirror

Crib sheet // Changing pad cover – both from Spearmint Love

Baskets

Highland cow prints // Wooden hanging frames

I have loved putting together personalized and special rooms for both of my boys (see Dude’s big boy room here).

And if you’re still on the hunt for some personalized nursery decor check out my Etsy shop!

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal