Hello all! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve last posted. It’s been really busy for us lately because we’ve been doing this:
I have some fun before and afters coming up, but right now, we are on our way to France for a couple of weeks! Until then, follow me on instagram (@aureliajoy) for regular updates!
We have this random cubby-like space in our house, just off the fireplace room. It used to be a wet bar, complete with 80′s-tastic mirrored shelving. That promptly went the way of the eight-track. We have little use for a wet bar separate from the kitchen, and would rather make a better use of the space for our family’s daily operations.
Since we moved in, it has just been blank space, sitting dormant, waiting for me to decide how best to utilize it (and to actually have time/energy to execute a plan). I spent last weekend painting some old office furniture; a desk I’ve had for many years, a file cabinet my mom wasn’t using, and a cubby-organizer thingy. Because I’ve finally decided to make it a home office space (aka You Frill Me headquarters). Here it is now in a disorganized mess.
I’m going to ditch the big brown desk; it cramps the space too much. We are thinking of installing a sturdy desk-height shelf to make an L-shaped configuration. But still mulling over how best to make the space pleasant, uncluttered, and harmonious. And of course, FRILLING. I’m hoping for pretty shelving, a cool vintage-y chair, some fun wall art, and good task lighting. My budget for this project is pretty much nonexistent, so I’ll have to find some time for thrifting.
Meanwhile I’ve been pinning inspirational small offices and organization. Got any ideas?
After sharing Baby T’s room, I thought it would be fun to show you B’s room also. It’s all about vibrant, playful patterns, and of course, handmade details.
As in T’s nursery, I deviated from my white-walls-only policy and, at the risk of being cliche’, chose pink for the wall color. I wanted the palest shade of pink I could find, and I have ended up really liking it; it’s so pale it reads neutral and allows the vibrant colors and patterns to pop, but adds just a fluttery hint of extra femininity to the room.
Many of the elements from her original San Francisco nursery (also here) have made it to her new room in Texas, and are right at home in their new setting — the framed prints by Erin, my grandmother’s needlepoint footstool, my handmade crochet heart bunting, the vintage bird prints, and the lantern/pom installation, to name a few. But I’ve added and re-purposed some elements as well. One new item is the ubiquitous Expedit shelf unit, which makes for great toy storage.
The dresser was my own childhood dresser. A basket on top makes for a convenient place to keep shoes (keeping them out of toddler reach means they are strewn about less of the time. The map of SF was gift from my aunt; I framed it and gave it a home here because B is our San Francisco baby.
The rug is a family heirloom that belonged to my great grandmother. The rocker is the twin to the one in T’s nursery. And I chose a playful floral for the window valances, which were sewn by, you guessed it, my mom. The little hand-painted porcelain shoe was a gift from a family friend, inscribed with her name and date of birth.
These bookshelves are a DIY a la Pinterest, made from vinyl window gutters. I was dubious about them at first, but they work well. I even added an extra one by the rocker for the special bedtime books. You may recall the “sugar and spice” cross stitch from a previous post. The play kitchen is from Ikea.
We just love all the special details in this room. It’s a pleasant place to play and rest.
Happy Friday everyone! Using a true random number generator AND including the extra entries of those who followed Teal Annie on instagram, I’m excited to announce that the winner of this week’s giveaway – a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy Shop – is…
Heather Hall Hanzelka! Congrats Heather! Email us at youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize! As for the rest of us, Stephanie’s baubles are totally affordable, so I hope you’ll treat yourself to something very soon!
Happy Friday everyone! Today we are FRILLED to introduce you all to Stephanie Dugard, creator of Teal Annie, a vintage clothing and accessories brand. Teal Annie originated from Stephanie’s desire to create and produce things with a unique story.
We are excited to announce our collaboration with Teal Annie over the next two months through a series of regular guest posts by Stephanie. We cannot wait for her to share her creativity with us! Stephanie, you FRILL us!!
To celebrate, we are kicking things off with a super fab giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop! For the giveaway, all you have to do is:
1: Visit the Teal Annie Etsy shop and take a look around.
2: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite piece from the shop.
3: “Like” the Youfrillme Facebook page.
And for an extra entry:
4: Follow @Tealannie on Instagram!
That’s it! The giveaway will be open until next Thursday, November 8th at 10 pm CST. Check back next Friday to see if you are the winner! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Stephanie’s first guest post! Also, follow her on twitter (@StephanieDugard)!
My FRILLINGLY creative friend Kate created this awesome DIY wall artwork. Here’s what Kate said about this simple creative project:
1. Buy ugly clearance print in a large square.
2. Paint it white with primer.
3. Stamp the lyrics to a favorite song.
4. Wait for husband to come home to help hang it.
Loves: I love how the letters don’t have to be perfectly spaced or lined up. I love how it’s your own personal favorite song lyric. I love how the letters fall off the canvas. I love how it adds a typographic element to the room. I love how it makes me think of newsprint. I love that it could be in any font you can find stamps or sponges in. And I love that it’s a low-budget project.
Here’s an image of the piece in the space. FRILLING.
(and Kate, is that a navy wall I see? swoon.)