We just returned from a fantastic camping trip to Maine. The weather was perfect, we had no agenda (besides eating a lot of lobster), and I tuned out of social media. It was a great way to spend a few days.
We stayed at a really cool campground called Wolfe’s Neck. It was a campground, a farm, and an educational center about a half hour north of Portland in Freeport. They had cows, chickens, goats, a camp store, cafe and farmer’s market. It was basically the best campground that we have ever been to. You could get lobster rolls and ice cream at the cafe. What else do you need in a campground?
At the time that I redecorated this room for last year’s spring One Room Challenge, I was never crazy about the art that I had over the bed. Not that is wasn’t amazing (it was an antique hand carved piece), but it just got lost in the room. This new piece of art is perfect for this space and it was worth the wait.
I went to an estate sale at the most amazing house and found tons of great stuff. I actually didn’t buy this the first day, but went back for it one the second day and luckily it was still there. I knew it was one of those things that I would regret not buying if I let it get away.
Below is the house! It’s for sale and can be yours for 2 million bucks! It’s amazing and I posted lots of pictures of it to my instagram stories. I’ll save a highlight reel on my brandeyehome account.
Now back to the bedroom. The yellows in the new art piece match the yellow in the art to the left and the quilt that I made. What really drew me to the print is the lower left corner fabric print, it reminded me of the circle pillow that I picked up at another estate sale a few years ago.
I’ll start out by saying this isn’t an ad. I really like this product and want to show you how awesome and easy it is 🙂 As you can see, I am getting low and need to find more. I bought this at an antique market about 6 years ago, but the seller is no longer there. I found that Lowe’s sells it too. It’s a wood polish and conditioner from Howard and smells like oranges.
This stuff is liquid gold. If you have some dull wood around the house, use this and watch it transform.
As you may remember, back when I was doing the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, we decided that we would skip the floor renovation portion due to our funds and time. The current situation is that we still don’t have the funds or budget to do a proper, long-term floor, but we did find a great solution!
I was talking to a friend (and my amazing cleaning lady), and she asked what I was going to do about the carpet in this room. Ha. She appreciates how we change things up in here often, and she knows about some big news coming to the Brand*Eye world, so she had to ask. It got me thinking about low cost solutions to make this flooring way better. Before I basically filtered the hell out of it to make it look good on social media 🙂 But in reality it was dirty and drab and ugly.
My first thought was to go to Restore. Do you have one of these by you? You should check, because you probably do. It is Habitat for Humanity’s shop where they sell super affordable building materials, housewares, furniture, cabinetry, counter tops, light fixtures, you name it. Anyway, so I was there and found a really dark grey carpet square. You may know the brand name FLOR, which I love. These are similar, but a commercial brand, and I found them for $30 a box. I needed about 7 so it was only around $200. That is a really great deal and less than $1 a sq ft!
The color is called balkan sea and it is a REALLY dark blue/black/grey. It sort of works like a neutral, but in a really funky way. It makes all of the other colors pop!
In order to try to reduce the obviousness of the lines of the tile, we installed them in a staggered pattern (called running bond). It breaks up the lines of each tile so that they aren’t as obvious. Don’t get me wrong, you still can tell, but not as much as if it were a grid!
The install cost was $0. We will spend $35 to have our township haul out the old carpet, but the demo only consisted of labor (removing carpet and staples). Then we swept, vacuumed and installed the carpet squares. They were relatively easy to trim to size with a utility knife and my fabric cutting surface. I say relatively, because Dave was really good at it and I was not. He deserves the credit for most of the labor.
I’d love to know what you think of the new space! The dark flooring really gives it a new vibe, which I dig.
I’ve been neglecting this blog for months, or probably more accurately, years. I actually started blogging 11 years ago today. What the hell? I should definitely be better at it by now, Haha. For a trip down memory lane, my old blog is here: http://brand-eye.blogspot.com/
What I’ve been struggling to figure out is what to post about. I’d love to know what you want to see more of. Interior design ideas? Garden ideas? Travel? I definitely owe you an update on Lucille Jean, our vintage 1964 Shasta Camper. Stay tuned for that.
And does anyone even read blogs anymore? I’d love to know your thoughts on what you want to see and where you want to see it. If you find that you don’t follow me on Instagram, but sure to give me a follow at @brandeyehome.
The two photos are from a couple of months ago in the winter. And the third is from a couple of weeks ago. I love to switch things up around here. I moved the leather chair to where the bench was, and moved this bench to the front.
I switched up my website a bit and now have a portfolio section on my website. It has photos of all of my recent interior projects. Click on Portfolio to see more details.
If you’re looking for someone to help you design your space, hit me up. I am now offering design services for interior styling and design. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Let’s create your dream space.
In the process of updating the design of my website I some how lost my blog. But now it’s back thanks to my brother in law Brian who fixed it for me. If you’re into obscure punk band and Philly t-shirts, check out his website www.adultcrashing.com.
Wow, I’m really killing it with this One Room Challenge. Just Kidding. I’m not. Let’s just say that most of the things I’ve checked off my list have been because I’ve just eliminated them from the equation.
I am typically not one to specifically decorate for Halloween. Usually I just do the fall pumpkin and generic autumnal vibes so that the decorations can last through to Thanksgiving. But this year I felt inspired by crows and feathers. Here’s what I came up with.
Feather wreath and bat entryway
The feather wreath was from a craft store and I stuck it to this mirror with a suction cup hook thing. The bats were just cut from cardstock. Instructions below.