The Craftery Market-Saturday May 26th

Hi friends. I’ll be selling my wares this Saturday, May 26th at the Craftery Market. This is a really fun event at Linden Hill Gardens in Ottsville, PA. It’s worth going to just wander around the gardens and buy plants (one of my favorite past times), but add in a shopping experience with vintage, handmade and food trucks and it’s a must attend event. Go to the Craftery website to buy tickets (only $5), or pay at the door. Here are some photos from the market in the fall.

I was of course obsessed with this VW bug, which I think belongs to the garden’s owner. Fun fact, my first car was a 1974 VW bug. It was orange and it was fabulous and I wish that I still had it.

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Here was my shop set up last fall. You may notice that painting on the bottom right. Does she look familiar? You can find her in our master bedroom makeover. It’s one of the many things that I initially bought for the shop, but decided to keep. 2017-10-21 14.22.38

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Week 6: The Master Bedroom Reveal

Are you ready for the big reveal? If you’ve been following along, you know that I have been a Guest Participant in the One Room Challenge. It has been so much fun to put a time limit on decorating a room, and it was just the push I needed to finally finish our Master Bedroom. It forced me to make decisions quickly instead of pondering over purchases for wayyyy too long. So without further adieu, I give you the Mid Mod Bedroom. All resources are listed at the end.
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The walls got a fresh coat of white paint. I choose the color called Marshmallow from Sherwin Williams. If you recall from a past post, I even painted the floor the same color. This room had carpet that had seen much better days, and I wanted a floor choice that would be quick and cheap. Painting the subfloors was the answer. It’s not a permanent fix, but will hold us over until we save for new proper floors. I want to use the same hardwood flooring that we recently installed in the dining room. Which reminds me, I owe you a blog post about the dining room!

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The angled wall has been a hard area to figure out how to decorate, but I decided that it needed something vertical besides art to break up the horizontal lines in the room. I added a few white shelves to bring your eye up a bit and planted pothos in vintage planters that I already owned. They were living on a shelf in my craft room, but now they are a focal point in the bedroom. And pothos is a very hardy plant that should survive without a ton of light. The best part is that it grows quickly and trails. And those long pieces you can sort of wrap around anything. Once they grow longer I want to pull them over to the right, and will figure out what structure they can grow on. I saw this idea recently on instagram (@hunkerhome) and fell in love.

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The bed decision was a hard one to make. Before this challenge started, I had already been looking for one for months. I don’t even want to think about all the hours I spent searching online for the perfect bed. The space is really small and a queen size bed JUST fits, but most of them are larger than the size of the mattress. I found this perfect bed from Article (linked below) and am in LOVE with it. I thought that having an open bottom would help to give the room more space, and it does. The one we had before had under bed storage, which was nice, but took up a lot of the visual space in the room.

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The legs on this bed are amazing (and dare I say sexy). It’s also really great quality and made from solid hardwood walnut. It was even easy to put together.

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The wooden items below are antique and were used to mold cigars! I bought them at a local antique shop a few years ago. I actually initially bought them as a gift, but loved them so much I kept them and bought a different gift for the couple. Does this make me a bad person? Maybe. (Sorry Brian and Morgan) The small wooden art on the right we bought last year while on vacation in Santa Barbara. I always try to buy art or something for the home while on vacation to remind us of the fun trips. And now it’s our daily reminder to find and buy a camper! If anyone has any leads, send them my way.

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The painting below was bought at a flea market. It actually was in my shop for a bit, but I decided to keep it. The rug below is in my shop now, but I think I have to keep it too! The stool was a craigslist find, but is DWR.

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Below is the view from the dining room into our bedroom. I wanted the colors to flow and work with the wallpaper in this room, and it definitely works!

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I took a trip to IKEA and found these awesome glass triangles. They work great to corral my vintage jewelry collection. The ring was from a shop in Colorado and I am in love with it. The bakelite bangles are from flea markets.

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The area below is my makeup and jewelry area. I switched the knobs out. It actually used to have handles, but I filled a hole on each side so I could use knobs instead. The size of the handles was really hard to find without spending a small fortune, so I opted for these. They were $14 for 10! jewelry

I have had this mirror below for many years. It belonged to my Grandmother and was part of her bedroom set so I am happy it found a home in this room. I am using it as a full length mirror, and even though it is on the smaller side, I am only 5’1″ so it is long enough for me. The wooden frame worked perfectly with the rest of the wood in the room.

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The rug above is also from my shop, which I may also have to keep. And the turtle I just found last weekend at an antique shop in Asbury Park. The black planter is Target.

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I already owned the wall mounted light above, which was an estate sale find. And the art above the bed was an auction find. It is an amazing antique, hand carved piece. There is a close up shot below. Both of these things I bought with the intention of selling in my shop, but they were just too good and I had to keep them. While writing this I am realising that this is sort of the theme of this room. Almost all of the decor was stuff I had already bought and LOVED too much to sell. I guess I am really bad at this whole vintage shop thing, because I want to keep all the good stuff.

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The art below was from an antique shop in Adamstown, PA. If you are looking for antique shops, this is the spot. It’s only about an hour from Philly and has a TON of shops. And if you go on Sunday you can hit up two flea markets, Renningers and Shupps Grove (Shupps is also open Saturdays, but Renningers is not). The chair was a thrift store find that had been kicking around our house for a while. It reminds me of my grandpa, because he used to have one similar to this that he would read the paper in every day.

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The lamp above is from IKEA and I loved the large scale of it. And it even has a USB port in it, which I didn’t even realize when I bought it. It did seem to be pricey for IKEA, but then once I figured that out it all made sense. This allowed us to have one less cord hanging off of here for a phone charger. The side tables are Homegoods.

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The dogwood in our yard made a special appearance this week, just so it could look amazing in this room. I know it.

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Here is a close up of the hand carved wall art. This piece is ah-mazing. You really have to see it in person to appreciate the beauty and patina of it. I’m obsessed.

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And here are a few shots with the blue bedspread which we already owned. The colors in the room are neutral enough to work with a variety of other colors. This will be the fall/winter vibe.

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The rugs were an Overstock find. Besides the bed, these were the hardest decision. There are so many rug options these days and they really determine the direction of the room. Since the painted floors are a temporary fix, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a rug. These were super duper affordable and neutral enough to really work with any direction I may want to go in the future.

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Resources: 

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The total spent on this room was just over $2000. But remember, a lot of this I already owned, so it wasn’t a gigantic blow to the finances all at once. My advice to you is if you ever see great pieces while shopping, just buy them. Especially buy them if they are vintage, because you know you will be kicking yourself if you don’t. One day you will find the perfect spot and thank me.

So what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on the room!

Also be SURE to check out all of the other bloggers here on the link up page.

 

Week 5: One Room Challenge Mid Mod Bedroom

Hello again. I haven’t been blogging this consistently for years! How are you enjoying seeing my progress each week? This One Room Challenge is definitively keeping me busy and I am so glad that I have a goal date to get our master bedroom in shape. If you are new to this room, you can see the past posts here:

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

You can see all of the guest posts here. Last week the dilemma was what mirror to hang. I have collected a lot of mirrors over the years, and wanted to use what I already had. This one was a clear winner in the looks category, but I didn’t think it would be big enough. Well I had my husband hold it up for me and it turns out that it is tall enough for me when I step back a couple of feet. There ARE advantages to being really short. So this is now my new ‘almost’ full length mirror. This mirror has a history that is important to me, so I am glad that I am using it in our bedroom. It was the mirror to my Grandmother’s bedroom set. I had the dresser that went with it for a while, but when we moved to this house it didn’t fit so I gave it to a friend.

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Week 4: One Room Challenge Mid Mod Bedroom

So I finally decided on the rugs. I went with the black and white ones that I linked on last week’s post. If money was no object, I would have gone with an antique hand knotted rug. But I am spending a pretty penny here and there on all of what I need for the room, so I have to save somewhere. The closet below I kept as-is in all of it’s wood grain glory. I love these closet doors! The chair was a craigslist find from a few years ago and is a Thonet chair from DWR. I”m obsessed with all bentwood chairs. closet

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One Room Challenge Week 3

I am in week three of the One Room Challenge. I started strong, but then went on a short vacation, so now I feel like I am a little behind. And it’s about time that I make my rug choice  if I am going to finish in time.

So what have I done so far? Well I have painted the floor white, and repainted all of the walls and cabinets white. The room has a few built in areas and I kept the wooden closet doors, but re-painted the painted drawers the same shade of white. The whole room the same shade of white (Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams) and I really love it. It is a perfect white and it a brighter white than the previous shade, so it really makes everything pop. It is the perfect blank canvas to add color and texture via the furniture, art, rugs and pillows.

Here is the room in it’s current state.

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One Room Challenge Week 2

My mid mod bedroom for the One Room Challenge is coming along great! There are still some decisions to make, like what rug should we buy and what should we use as nightstands. But the biggest decision of what bed to buy has been made! And boy am I happy with our choice. Here are some basic plans for the space.

The rug in the first photo is not really an option. The problem is it doesn’t come in the right size. But if it did, I would buy it. It’s from Anthropologie and it is so dreamy.

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One Room Challenge Bedroom

For the last couple of years I have been watching the fun going on at the One Room Challenge and this year I decided to sign up as a guest participant! If you’re not familiar with it, over the course of 6 weeks we will all be redecorating a room and sharing the process on our blogs. You can read all about it on the website for One Room Challenge and see all of the guests posts here. You can also follow along on instagram at @oneroomchallenge. (P.s. you can also find me on instagram at @brandeyehome).

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So what room am I going to redecorate? Our bedroom! We switched bedrooms over a year ago and I never really decorated the new bedroom. And to make things worse, I decided to switch beds and move ours to the guestroom and buy a new mattress for ourselves. But I haven’t decided on a bed yet, so our new mattress is just on the floor. It’s currently a really sad and depressing room. This challenge will force me to transform the room in a short time frame, 6 weeks!

Here is the bedroom as it is today.bed before

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J + E Girls Room

I am so excited to share with you the plans for a girls bedroom! The two sisters are 11 and 8, and are sharing a bedroom. I always wanted to design a bedroom with two twin beds and now I am!

Here are two options that they are now considering. The first option is based around the girls love of pink, and the Ikea Bedspread that they already own. Oh and J has a geode collection, so we HAVE to incorporate that in some shelving to highlight its awesomeness. She also has a vintage ashtray collection, which we will hang on the wall. She is actually one of my number one customers and has a couple of vintage ashtrays from my shop. I’m so lucky to have kid clients with such great taste!

Mood Board E+J Option 1

Option #2 incorporates wallpaper that I love. It is a colorful, abstract flower pattern from York Wallcoverings. I swapped out the rattan shelf for a mirror on that wall, and also spiced up the color even more with blue beds that match the wall paper. Mood Board E+J option 2

I can’t wait to share the progress with you as the room comes together.

Which would you pick if this was your room? Option 1 or 2?

URBN Market February 15

Hey Friends. I am so excited to tell you that I will be selling at the URBN Market on Thursday, February 15th.  If you haven’t ever been to the URBN headquarters (I actually haven’t!), it looks like the most amazing space. I seriously couldn’t be more excited to go. And the best part is that this market is open to the PUBLIC! So normal people like me and you can go. Actually I can’t believe I haven’t been here yet. I mean, this is definitely worth a PTO day. Make a day of it and grab a great lunch in the city with a friend, and then stop by the Market. Here are the details.

Address: Building 543, 5000 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19112 (in the Navy Yard)

Date and Time: Thursday, February 15 from 9am – 4pm

Above photos from URBN, you can check out their URBN Community Instagram account.  If you’re not familiar with the term URBN, it is the company that owns Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain. Oh and I think they own Vetri restaurants now too. Basically, everything they touch is cool and pretty.

I’ll be there selling my Brand*eye Home goods and will be bringing this amazing vintage hand knotted rug. DSC_0906

You may have seen a sneak peak of these pillows in my Instagram. I made them especially for the URBN market and they are not yet available in my shop. One side is a solid and the other is a Charley Harper bird fabric. I stopped at a great little fabric shop called Fabricate while visiting my niece in Boulder, and picked up the Harper fabric. DSC_0830

I’ll also be bringing this vintage rug.DSC_0879

And I am hoping to make the first of a set of pillows with these amazing antique, hand sewn, quilt blocks. When I saw this set of 50 quilt blocks at a Philadelphia Flea Market, I knew I had to buy them. I plan to make a few pillows from them, and this is the first. IMG_8533DSC_0828

I’ll be bringing even more rugs, and quilts, and lots of antique and vintage housewares. DSC_0895

Whew, there will be a lot of vintage and handmade goodness to peruse.

Let me know if there is something specific that you would like to see and I can bring it.

I hope to see you there!

How to Style Your Shelves in Four Easy Steps

Our home has a lot of built-ins, so I get a lot of practice styling shelves. One of my favorite parts of January is starting with a clean slate after taking down all the holiday decor. We spent some time cleaning out and getting rid of a bunch of extra stuff this winter, so I decided it was time to re-style these shelves. I will show you some tips that you can use in your own home.

Step 1: Start with a clean slate. Take everything off and start fresh. I ended up using a lot of what was already here, but by starting fresh you will come up with new ideas. DSC_0674

Step 2: Add stacks of books. Most of our books are on another set of shelves, so I just grabbed some of the prettier vintage ones for these shelves. You can stack them on top of each other, side by side, or a combo of both. I like to do both, because it adds interest and the stacked side works as a book end for the side by side end. This way you need less book ends! I have also seen books styled backwards, if you want to limit the color palette and just see the pages side. You can also style them by the color of the spine. Just note that both of these options are not at all functional. If you actually use these books, then the better way is to group them by subject matter. I once styled my shelves by color and finding the book I was looking for was not easy.

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Step 3: Add your objects by adding similar ones at the same time. For instance I started by adding all of the wooden items. Think about balance, and move them around as you go.

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Next I added the objects that have strong lines, like the metal horse, deer and tree. Then I filled in more with the brass vases. While adding your items, think about balance. You want to balance out the colors and shapes. You could also experiment with grouping colors (all brass on one shelf, books on another, etc…).

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Keep adding items until it feels right. I kept the top shelf open, because nothing really fit well up there. Then I had an idea!

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Step 4: Plants! I moved some of my plants to fill in the top shelf. I also added one to another shelf to balance it. Plants make everything better, so don’t be afraid to put them everywhere, even your shelves!DSC_0697

Here are my shelves from another angle. Don’t forget you can stack objects too. I added a small brass vase on top of a wooden box, and objects on top of some stacked books. Think about height on each shelf and white space around objects you want to highlight. For instance, the metal horse I love and wanted it to be a focal point. So I kept the object around it at a distance so that you can really see the shape of the horse against the white background.  dsc08891.jpg

I hope this helped you have some confidence in styling your own shelves. Don’t forget that you can always change it up, move it around, have fun! After seeing these photos, I already see a few things I will move. Don’t be afraid of having to make everything perfect, just get started and enjoy the process. A few of these items on my shelves are actually available in my brand*eye home shop, so as they sell I get to continually restyle my shelves.

Some other options of things to add are photo frames, small paintings, fresh flowers in vases; the options are endless! What do you love to add to your shelves? And let me know if you use any of these tips.