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Tips for Styling Open Shelving

This is the room we call the "Red" room.  It's the first room in our house off the left of the front door.  It's kind of a multi-purpose room for us.  At one time it held our giant air hockey table, till we finished part of the basement game room...phew.  It has great light in the morning and is a great place to read the Sunday paper.  We have a desk with a family computer and shelving to hold all the nececcities, and for me that means decor.  I thought I'd show you around and then give you my tips for styling open shelving. For the walls I chose a dark deep red with a flat finish.  We left the ceiling the main house color (KH Desert Sand) and the trim is glossy white.  The black and white print is a lithograph of Paris my hubs ordered from the Louve, it's huge and I love it.  The white sofa was a hand-me-down and Read more [...]

10 Tips for Buying the Perfect Sofa

This last week I made my first "blog" money purchase...a sofa!  OK, not all of the money covered it, some of it was left over from the Costco Leather Chairs that we returned.  Needless to say, this was a huge moment for me!  I haven't bought a new sofa for like 7 years!  (I've inherited a few, but that will be another post for another day.)  It was quite a process to find the perfect sofa so I thought I'd share my 10 Tips for buying the perfect Sofa.  These are in the order important to me, your order may be different, but consider all 10.   1. Investment-Have you ever known someone who spent a fortune on a sofa and therefore felt they had to keep it in the front room three decades later?  You know, because it was built so well.  Disregard the seventies fabric, the bold vintage over sized flowers, etc. Read more [...]

Merry Christmas Ribbon on Burlap

This Merry Christmas ribbon on burlap couldn't be easier and yet it packs a huge punch in my Christmas decorating. Supplies: Easy Gardener 4" Burlap Strip in a roll ($20, available in the fall) Toll Craft Paint Plastic Wrap Small Foam Roller Paper Plate Tape Stencil (2 sheets photo paper) Xacto Knife I was giddy when I saw a giant roll of burlap at my local Home Depot (item 3108).  It was 4" wide and 300' long!  They had it out for fall wrapping of shrubs and trees, but I had big plans for that burlap, after all my website is called Burlap & Denim.  I had seen beautiful ribbons with Christmas text on it but none that was this large and definatly not this inexpensive!  I whipped up a stencil by picking a font, typing Merry Christmas, and printing it off on the backside of two 8 1/2 X 11 sheets Read more [...]

DIY Advent Calendar: 25 Ornament Boxes

Advent Calendars are one of my favorite things about Christmas.  What kid doesn't love a treat every day while they count down to Christmas Day?  I came up with my own advent calendar with ornaments that can be used year after year and customized each time! Supplies: 25 small gift boxes Scrapbook Paper Ribbon Glue Sticks Accessories Chocolates Any other Scrapbooking supplies you have on hand   I found natural brown kraft boxes from Xpedex (they also come in white if that fits your decor better).  Each one is 2"X2"X2" square.  Check the wedding favor department of a party supply store if you don't have an Xpedex store by you. As you can see, you can easily fit 6 Kisses in one box, perfect for my family of 6!  Once you have your boxes, start decorating each one.  I found scrapbook paper Read more [...]

Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree

     As a child I remember gazing upon my grandmother's costume jewelry Christmas tree.  It was so shiny and the Christmas lights made it mezmorizing.  My grandmother was very crafty, she made hers at a church activity.  This was a popular craft back in the 1970's.      There was a magazine produced with instructions back then! (here is an excerpt) Check out that tree, wait the hair is what is really amazing about this photo!  Ha, ha. Years later I decided that my kids deserved the a magical Christmas tree like the one I had enjoyed.      My grandmother was an avid crafter.  She had homemade ornaments, stockings, and more supplies than you could imagine.  When she passed away my mother brought box loads of mixed up crafting supplies.  It was too much for even her to handle.  I offered to take it Read more [...]
Nov 23, 2011 - Design Steps, From Scratch    9 Comments

Wall Mural Drama: Part 4 Surfing Sunset

So I saved the best, or at least my favorite, for last.  Growing up in San Diego I loved going to the beach.  Once I moved to Utah for school I missed it desperatly!  We decided that one of the boys rooms would be a surfing theme and since we visit So. Cal they would love it too.  It worked, we've had two boys trade off being in the surfing room and both loved it. (NOTE: If you haven't read the other parts to the series, check them out here: Part 1 World Map, Part 2 Star and Stripes, Part 3 Arches) I started out looking in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog at their wall mural posters.  There were a few surfing themes but they weren't large enough for the wall I wanted to cover and they were $99, plus shipping.  Not gonna work.   Internet searches for beachy images didn't turn up much.  Then I went to and Read more [...]
Nov 21, 2011 - Design Steps, From Scratch    13 Comments

A Piece of Nature: Moss and Pine Cone Wreath

     I've been poking around on Pinterest loving all of the amazing front door wreaths.  I decided to make my own.  After a little inspiration I opted for a pine cone wreath.  I went to the park in the center of town where we have an arboretum (fancy for a lot of different trees in one space).  It is very well maintained so I doubted my little buddy Will and I would find any, but to my surprise there were loads!  Under the pine trees the landscapers left a a large circle untouched.  Under all of the pine trees there were pine needles and some had pine cones.  We went in November in Utah and about half of the pine trees had cones under them depending on the variety.  We chose cones from three diferent species of trees to add texture and variety.  We gathered three grocery sacks full of free pine cones in about Read more [...]
Nov 11, 2011 - Design Steps, From Scratch    3 Comments

Wall Mural Drama: Part 3 Paint By Numbers Delicate Arch

If you haven't read the other Mural 101 series, check them out first.  Part 1 & Part 2   Have you been to any of the U.S. National Parks?  We have several here in Utah, but one stands out amongst the rest.  Arches. It is so beautiful with the red rock, arches, and blue horizons.  It is so loved here in Utah that it is one of the options for a license plate (perfect for our 3 Jeeps and Discovery)! I've taken trips there with roommates, my hubby, and a few years ago my kids and sister's family.  There are easy trails and beautiful scenic drives that all ages can enjoy.  It's very hot in the summer with temperatures easily reaching 100 degrees in the summer.  This brings me to my mural.  In my basement we have a "storage" room that we converted into a workout room.  There are no windows, it is rather Read more [...]

Amp Up a Faux Chandelier

If you couldn't tell by now, I heart funky lighting.  When I saw this fixture at Urban Outfitters, I knew I could make something of it. At just $39 this little beauty can add a lot of punch for not a lot of cash. I purchased the white version at our local Urban Outfitters.  12X12 scrapbook paper is almost large enough to cover each 1/8 of the chandelier so I bought 16 papers total.  There are so many amazing colors and designs that it was difficult to chose the right 16, but this was going in a teenage girls room so I let her tastes dictate the final selection.  We decided on a bird theme with an Anthropologie vibe.  The orange, brown, and hot pink trees were painted from a stencil Urban Outfitters used to sell. Before assembling it I laid the chandelier so that 1/2 of one side was on top of the paper.  I Read more [...]

Midnight Beach Kitchen

Welcome to my kitchen open house!  I call it Midnight Beach.  Growing up in San Diego, and then moving away for college, I love and miss the ocean.  I decided to bring it to my Utah home.  This is the color palette for our kitchen.   Black, Dark Dusty Blue, White, Warm Wood, Stainless Steel, Light Blue, Cream, and Dark Chocolate An inspiration for the scheme came from the black rocks found on the beaches of So. Cal.  While at first glance they appear solid black, when dry, they have beautiful gray and blue tones. The color scheme rolls on into the nook as you can see in this photo.  I actually painted the entire space a light blue but when mixed with the warmth of the cabinets, it looked ice cold and cheap. It only took a couple of days before I couldn't stand it enough and had to repaint the entire Read more [...]

Ruffled Ribbon Dust Ruffle

I'm excited to introduce you to Burlap & Denim's first guest blogger!  Meet my sister, Amy Felin and follow along as she makes a beautiful Ruffled Dust Ruffle. So I finally got the bedding of my dreams, the Urban Outfitters Waterfall duvet cover in white. I am redoing my bedroom and have had my eye on this particular duvet for a few years and they decided to finally make it for a King size bed. Urban Outfitters, Waterfall Ruffle Duvet I only ordered the duvet and not the dust ruffle because I already had a pretty, white one that I really like.  But when the duvet came, it was much more cream than white.  They really didn’t match (and I love to mix creams and whites, but it was just too far off). I liked what Urban Outfitters had to match the duvet, but it just seemed a little too much and expensive.  Read more [...]
Oct 28, 2011 - Design Steps, From Scratch    6 Comments

Wall Mural Drama: Part 2, Star and Stripes

Hopefully you were able to read Part 1 of this mural series before you landed here.  OK, now that we are all on the same page, here is Part 2. Is that a mural?  Well yes, to me it is.  When I first moved into my house I had two boys that would be sharing a room.  I knew I wanted something totally boy.  We had visited a U.S. Air Force museum with my husband's family earlier that year and I was in love with the old graphics found on the airplanes.  This one especially. It was so clean, crisp and vintage.  I later found out they put this symbol on the airplanes to make sure our allies didn't shoot us down at war.  I decided on a vintage airplane theme.  Yes, I do theme kids rooms.  Why not?  After all, I have four boys, they can switch rooms and have a whole new feeling.  It drives me crazy when a TV designer says, Read more [...]

DIY Barrel Shade Chandelier

Seven years ago when my husband and I built our house, I was in love with this chandelier. It is a Kathy Ireland entry chandelier from Lamps Plus.  Well, seven years is a long time in my design eyes and the love has faded.  Even my husband was ready for a change.  I decided that what I really wanted was a barrel shade over a chandelier.  Maybe I could buy a shade and slip it over the existing chandelier.  I searched the internet high and low but the largest shade I could find was 18" in diameter.  My chandelier is 30"!  That was not going to work.  Even if there was one that was large enough, with the standard top X it would be too high to expose a little iron above and below the shade like I had imagined. I'd have to make my own, a DIY barrel shade for my chandelier.  What would I use for my stiff circle for Read more [...]