COLOR CRUSH, DESIGN, INSPIRATION, TRY THIS TREND

pantone’s 2017 color of the year: greenery

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hello, friends! happy new year! i think like a lot of people i’m getting swept up by the winds of change. i joke about it ironically that it’s a new year, new me but truthfully i love the symbolism of turning the page of last year for something new and unknown. last year i wanted to be about the year of growth and i think that in many ways it was. this year i want to be the year of change. i want to adopt new habits (healthier ones, obviously) and i’m feeling the need to change something, new career? new location? i don’t know yet…but something is gonna happen this year!

i wanted to kick off the blog with a trend piece, something i haven’t done in a while. later last year, in the mix of all of the holiday swirl, pantone announced their 2017 color of the year, did you hear? it’s greenery! and i have to say i am a much bigger fan than i was of the pastels rose quartz and serenity. according to leatrice eiseman, the executive director of the pantone color institute, ‘greenery…provides us with the reassurance we year for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. satisfying our growing urge to rejuvenate and revitalize, greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

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could that be any more perfect right now? greenery is symbolic of new beginnings and i think a lot of people, me included, really need that right now. this fresh and zesty yellow-green color is very versatile. add to a neutral palette for a splash of color or pair with other brights, deeper shades, pastels, or metallics.

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greenery makes a great accent, especially against a pale blush and neutral backdrop, via vintage revivals

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if you’re feeling bold paint some cabinetry and add gold hardware for some real drama in your space, via habitually chic

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i love how fresh greenery could look in a boho-inspired bright space, just by adding a duvet cover, via sfgirlbybay

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greenery of course looks great with…other greenery! add plants with the hue to add more texture and vibrancy, via apartment therapy

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bring in greenery galore in your tables cape via the greenery queen, justina blakeney of the jungalow

what do you think of the color of the year? what are some of your favorite ways to bring it into your home?

DIY, STYLE

diy christmas sweater collab with modest blondie blog

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hey guys! i’m so stoked today to share a collab with my dear friend taylor, from modest blondie blog. taylor and i go way back – to high school, which is practically a bazillion years ago! she is literally the most stylish person i know and i’m still trying to get her to be my personal shopper and stylist. she started her modest fashion design blog about two years ago and has done an amazing job with it. i may totally be biased but i highly doubt you’ll disagree. she is a pro at shopping on a budget and has really great tips for dressing cutely and modestly for all different seasons and fashion trends.

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i’m clearly the less awkward one in the group, haha just kidding! i think i’m posing as a tree. yeah, i’m not convinced either 😉

her and i decided to team up to create fun christmas sweaters to combine my absolute love for diy projects and her great style and fashion and sense. it was seriously the best time! you can get the full details over on her blog so go over there. now!

photography by J.Tate Design

 

DIY, MY HOME

diy: metal mesh earring display

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i am always searching for better and prettier ways to store my growing jewelry collection. it’s even better when jewelry storage works double at art – when you’re earrings are so pretty why wouldn’t you want to put them on display?! i had been using an earring holder i’m pretty sure i bought from claire’s (do they still exist??) like ten years ago. lately it’s been feeling very juvenile in my space and it’s time for something to match more of my grown-up style.

i love mixing different textures together and there are so many styles of metal mesh i though it would be fun to mix them together. follow along to see how to make one for yourself!

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here’s what you’ll need:

  • bass wood sticks
    • (4) 1/2″ x 1″ x 24″
    • (4) 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 24″
  • metal mesh pieces, similar here and here and here
  • picture hanging hardware (optional)
  • wood glue
  • mitre saw and box
  • E6000 glue

you can really make this any way you want – using one piece or multiple! i think multiple, different style metals makes it more interesting. i didn’t end up using exactly the pieces shown above but it gives you a pretty good idea.

i made mine 12″ x 12″ size so the following directions are for a display that size. i did a really terrible job of taking photos of progress but hopefully you can get the idea in the description.

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i bought 4 bass wood sticks that measure 1/2″x 1″ x 24″ for the outer frame. using the mitre box i cut each down to 12″ with a 45 degree mitred edge as shown below. make 2 of these, one will be for the front and the other for the back. use wood glue to connect the seams and let set for a few hours to dry.

depending on the pattern you want cut the 1/2″x 1/2″ x 24″ sticks for the various sizes. they should fit snugly inside the frame. reinforce with wood glue.

since bass wood is a pretty cheap crafting wood i spray painted mine gold, you can paint whatever you like. i don’t think stain would work so well on this type of wood.

once the frames are set and the paint is dry (if you opted for that), lay out the mesh pieces you want to fit within the square. they should rest a little over each side edge on the wood frame. i used the e6000 glue on the edges to adhere to the wood. i then used wood glue to glue the top frame to the bottom and placed every heavy book i had to keep everything flat and in place. i let it set for 24 hours before i removed them and it was totally solid!

you can add picture hanging hardware to the back if you wanted to hang to wall but it’s more renter-friendly and accessible to have it lean against a wall.

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overall, i am super pleased with how it turned out! it’s perfect for my long statement earrings and it matches so well with the rest of my decor (that pyramid earring holder is a diy from a beautiful mess by the way!)

what do you think? do you have a need for something like this?