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Friday's Dose of Delight

Happy Friday, friends. I've been fighting a cold the past few days so I couldn't be happier to see the weekend FINALLY here. So let's get this party started (said the lady drooping in her chair with a kleenex sticking out of her nostril). Here's a fun round-up of pretty, inspiring, and random things that caught my fancy this week!


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I'm pretty sure if I was to dream of stairs (not like tumbling down them like Scarlett O'hara type of dreams) these are the stairs I would want to be walking on! Aren't they heavenly?



I've been noticing wooden quilt-inspired wall art as an emerging trend and I LOVE it!
Haley of The Mountain View Cottage recently shared this tutorial on how she made these farmhouse quilt block signs for her daughter's nursery and I can't stop staring!


 Saw this interesting article for you fellow decor enthusiasts. 
I mean I will take watching HGTV over politics any day! Can I get an amen?!
Have you guys checked out the fairly new line at Target by Beekman 1802 FarmHouse. I can spend a whole pay check (or two) on their collection.

target pillow

Domino recently published a list of the 10 Best Home Design apps to download this year and there are quite a few goodies that you may have fun playing around with! I'm particularly fond of the Benjamin Moore Color Capture app. Snap a pic of any color that catches your eye and the app will find the best paint match for you. 



Have a delightful weekend! And as always, you can find me hanging out over on Instagram sharing more home decor inspiration and projects. Hope to see you there!



DIY Rustic Wall Light Fixture

Today I have another project from the past that I'm finally sharing the tutorial for, our playroom's DIY rustic wall pendant light fixture. This accent light really ups the charm in our camp-themed playroom and was super easy to make and super inexpensive. My favorite combo; easy and cheap!

DIY Rustic wall light fixture

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While we were planning out this playroom, I came across a few examples on Pinterest of similar wall pendant sconces but most of them only semi-covered the light's cord. This was a huge concern for me because our pendant's cord was EXTREMELY long and while I may not be "Mom of the Year", I'm quite confident long electrical cords and toddlers don't mix well. I pondered on this project for quite some time before we came to a happy, child-safe solution and am delighted with how our long wooden sconce turned out!
kid's playroom ideas

So if you're interested in making one of these rustic wall light sconces yourself, first things first, you've got to find yourself a plug-in light pendant. I found ours at Target and the good news is they still sell them.  I really lucked out, and scored two of them deeply discounted a few summers ago and snatched them for $6.00 each. So keep an eye out for sales! A list of additional materials is listed
below.
plug in light pendant

Tools Needed
Miter saw
Drill
Nail gun
Hammer
Wood chisel
3 1/4 screws
Finishing nails

Materials Needed
(1) 1 x 2 x 8' furring strip board

Cut List
 1x2 cut to 68"
 1x2 cut to 10"
 1x2 cut to 11.5" (cut at (2) 45 degree angles)



Once again, I'm going to apologize for not having step-by-step pics of this process. We made these a few years back and since then I've lost some pics but luckily, this is a small build so let's talk through this! First step is to take your furring strip and miter saw and to make the cuts listed above. 

furring strips

After you've completed your cuts, you're going to need to whip out your wood chisel and hammer and carve out a "trench" in the back of your long piece of furring strip (68") all the way from the top to the bottom of the board. This is the trick to getting your light cord to sitting flush against the wall. Let me warn you, this will probably look crappy unless your some kind of pro chiseler, but have no fear, once your light sconce is hung you won't see it!

Now it's time to assemble your wooden sconce with your screws and drill. Below is an image of which three pieces go where.

wood project

If you're going to paint or stain your light fixture, then you'll want to do that now. Once it's dry, take your pendant light and set it up on the sconce, pushing the cord into your handmade trench. Then attach the sconce to the wall with your nail gun and finishing nails.

Psst....if you find that your cord and light don't want to sit pretty on top of the sconce, you can always use a heavy-duty staple gun (just make sure the staples will be wider than the cord so you don't cut into it!) to keep it from sliding around.

DIY rustic light

DIY industrial light

Not bad for a project that cost me just $7! I love the look of Edison bulbs inside caged light pendants. It really adds a nice ambiance to the room at night. We have our outlets connected to our light switch in the playroom, so there's no need for us to crawl behind the futon to plug and unplug our light. Hallelujah!

Don't you think these would make for great bedside lighting too? Especially in rooms where you may not have space for a large nightstand and lamp. 

kid's playroom

Well, super glad to have knocked another project off of my "Still Need to Blog About" list! Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. I hope to be back soon with some dining room updates! In the mean time, are we friends on Instagram yet?



Friday's Dose of Delight

Happy National Shortbred day! I mean we survived the first week of the year AND we get to cap it off with a holiday. Life is good, friends. Well, I'm swinging on by for this week's Dose of Delight. What caught your fancy this week? Here's a mini round-up of what caught mine!
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 I came to the realization this week while putting away our Christmas decor that I'm actually building up quite an inventory of wreaths. Problem is, I don't really have a great way to store them and then this showed up in my Pinterest feed yesterday. It's like the wreath gods were watching over me! I had never heard of the Hangerjack but I smell a new BFF on the horizon!

how to organize wreaths



I made this Tomato-Basial Parmesan soup over the holiday break and oh my goodness, it was divine! I cook like twice a year, folks, so this was quite the momentous occasion.



Speaking of food, the Girl Scouts just made my year with this announcement! I couldn't be s'more happier. Ha. See what I did there?

 


We've had a monster living in our laundry room for the past 6 months; our VERY cheaply made laundry cart. You could just breathe on it and the thing would collapse. 
I put off replacing it because I mean can you believe how expensive a good quality laundry divider is?! But I finally reached a breaking point and gave in a few weeks ago and purchased this heavy duty DecoBrothers one (which compared to many others is actually reasonanbly priced) and I'm in love. I mean who knew you could love a laundry cart so much?! It's good quality and has made my laundry process a tad bit more enjoyable.


Looking for a good laugh? Come see how bad you rate on this 1930's housewife test and then cue the eye-rolling.

Have a delightful weekend, everyone! I'm hoping to make some progress on our dining room this weekend but then I just remembered I have a three year old. Aye, aye, aye.




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