Yesterday I shared details about new office and today I’m sharing all about my horse wallpaper. Maybe it’s the 10 year old girl in me (because that’s when my love of horses really started), but I’m just so smitten by it. I think every horse person needs a wall covered in a horse print. I like to think of it as horse crazy chic.
After chatting with my friend PJ about shelving a few weeks, I had my heart set on creating a horse pattern and wallpapering the wall behind my office shelving. Since we’re renting our home, I couldn’t commit to real wallpaper or paint. So I was really excited to learn about Snapbox’s peel & stick fabric posters. They are a peel and stick woven material that can be titled to create a repeat pattern and can be removed. No glue or water need. Just what I was looking for!
Here’s what it looked like before the shelving was installed.
I decided to use my horse print that I created for my phone cases. I just scaled the pattern so each horse is about 8″ wide. Then I titled the pattern so it fit within the largest print size available, which is 36″ x 54″.
We hung the wall stickers before the Elfa shelving was installed. And let me share this full disclaimer: hanging wallpaper (especially repeat patterns) will abolsutely test your relationship with your signigant other. If you thought Ikea really tested you, I will say, hanging wallpaper is not for the faint at heart. But it’s super helpful to have an extra set of hands while you’re installing the stickers so don’t go at this alone.
Ok, now my second disclaimer, though lining up the pattern can be a bit tricky at times, I found this entire process to be significantly easier than hanging real wallpaper. And if you’re a bit intimidated by the thought of tackling such a big project, I recommend starting with just a small section, like the wall space behind a headboard or a desk.
Work from the ceiling down. Start in one upper corner and work across. Then add the bottom row, beginning below the first sticker.
Align the first sticker so the pattern is straight up and down. Most ceilings and walls, including mine, are not perfectly level. To accommodate the changes in the wall, leave a few inches of extra wallpaper on the ceiling and in the corner.
Peel back about 6″ of the paper backing at a time. Work from the middle outward, smoothing out the wallpaper with your hands.
Peel 6″ more and repeat step 3 until the sticker is completely applied.
Use a squeegee to gently smooth out any air bubbles. Sometime you’ll get bubble that can’t be fixed with the squeegee, when this happens, carefully life up the sticker at a 45° angle and use your hands to smooth it down as you reapply it.
As you apply the stickers from one side of the wall to the other, use the ceiling as a guide. I ended up with a huge gap between the top of the wallpaper and the ceiling on the left side, though I was able to slice in another piece and hide my mistake, this could have been avoided if I used a level to ensure that the pattern was perfectly straight up and down on the wall. So please learn from my mistakes!
Once you’re done applying the wallpaper, use the squeegee to make sure it’s firm adheres to all the corners and near the baseboards. Line up your ruler along the edge and use the utility knife to trim off the excess sticker.
If you have outlets or light switches on the wall, remove the faceplates before hanging the wallpaper. Just use the utility knife to carefully cut around them and then use squeegee to remove any air bubbles.
The home project I’ve been most excited about (and anxious to complete) is my new home office. Since moving to L.A. in September, I’ve been planning how best to organize and set up my new workspace. Our home is a bungalow after all and about half the size of our home in Florida so I definitely wanted to be intentional about how the space was arranged.
After chatting with my creative mom, I decided the best solution was to go up! Since the room is long and narrow, with doors at either end it made the most sense to utilize the wall space. My mom works at The Container Store, aka one of my favorite places ever, and helped design and plan the Elfa shelving. (If your mom doesn’t happen to work there, don’t worry, it’s a free service they offer to everyone).
I wanted to break up the space a bit and add a pop of color to the floor with a bright rug. After searching all over, I ended up choosing this striped lattice fringe rug from Rugs USA. I just love how it fills the room with color! Since the office has wood floors, I added a rug pad to help keep it in place.
There is about a 30″ wide space right when you walk in the room, so I decided to use that space to store fabric, tissue paper, and gift wrap. It’s just a combination of Elfa standards and double rails. Now that stuff is accessible and not getting squished under other supplies in the closet.
Let’s face it, when you see a photo of someone’s off and you don’t see a single cable (not even to their computer) that’s just not real! Since I have a ton of gadgets that all require power, I’ve tried my best to manage all the cables. I found these Command cord clips to be pretty much the best solution ever, especially when running cords down Elfa standards. These cable management boxes do a great job at hiding those otherwise unsightly power strips.
This weekend I’m putting this finishing touches (for now) on my home office. I cannot wait to share it with you next week! I adore it so much I’m having a hard time wanting to stop working at the end of the way.
Here are some great ideas to make your Thanksgiving table extra special and extra gorgeous this year. I’m loving the nontraditional fall color palettes too. They fit oh-so-perfectly with Sarah Hearts colors!
After recovering the dining room chairs and making the dog bed cover, I’m totally hooked on creating fabric for our home. And now that I’ve finally figured out how to thread my serger without pulling out my hair, I’m hooked on sewing things for our home. It’s such a fun way to create decor that you love that also matches your home so perfectly. And you can’t help but pat yourself on the back a little when you look around your house and say, “yeah, I made that!”
Zazzle is seriously becoming one of my favorite places buy fabric. So many time’s I’ve gone to the fabric store looking for home decor fabric and left empty handed because nothing quite fit what I had in mind. Now, I just upload my design, preview it in their oh-so-fancy mockups, and then it magically arrives at my door even prettier than I expected.
Since getting a new sofa after we moved, we really needed to give our throw pillows an update. We were still using a mix of Target pillows and the pillows I made for my apartment before we got married (over 7 years ago). Since I like my throw pillows comfy and I didn’t want to mess with sewing a million zippers, I skipped the zippers all together! These babies sew up so quickly that you’ll want to change up your throw pillows every other week!
Cut 1 piece of fabric .5″ larger than the pillow insert. For example, for a 20″ x 20″ cushion, cut the piece 20.5″ x 20.5″. A rotary cutter and cutting mat make this part a piece of cake. You can also just use a ruler to measure your fabric and cut it was scissors. Cut the back 2 pieces of fabric the same height and 3-4″ smaller width. For example, for a 20″ x 20″ cushion, the back 2 pieces will each be 20.5″ x 13″. The width measurement will depend on the width of the pillow insert, but as a rule you want this to be about 3-4″ narrower than the front panel.
Hem the short side of each back panel by folding over the edge .5″ and then .5″ again. Pin into place and sew a straight stitch all the way across to hold the fabric in place and finish the edge. Do this with the other short side of the second back piece.
Place the front piece of fabric right side up. Then place one of the back panel piece right side down, with the finished edge towards the middle. Then place the second back panel piece right side down with the finished edge towards the middle. The back panel pieces will overlap a few inches in the middle. Pin everything into place.
Sew all the way around all four sides.
Finish the edges however you like. I used my serger, but you can also use an overlock stitch on a sewing machine.
Turn the pillow cover right side out and place the pillow insert inside. Then sew more pillow covers until you hearts content!