Are you 1 in 8? A Special Guest Blogger

Happy Easter and Happy Spring! I hope it is warm and sunny where you are and you got lots of treats from the bunny. Today I have a very special post for you, it’s from a friend I met online when I shared my grownup Christmas wish just a few months ago. That wish is to have a family. It’s a personal and emotional wish for me and Mr. Decor Adventures, especially after we lost a pregnancy and now have a little one waiting for us up in heaven.

Lauren was a reader who left me a comment on that post, and she was kind enough to tell me about her story and wishes for a family too. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and Lauren gathered up more than 20 bloggers who are brave enough to share their dreams and journey of having a family. You can see the links for all of them on Lauren’s blog here.

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive.  If you are over the age of 35, the time of trying to conceive is reduced to 6 months.

Most people think that when you grown up, find the love of your life and get married that having a family will happen naturally, and without much second thought. But for about 1 in 8-10 couples, that just isn’t true. Our hope is that this post will help more people understand the struggles and challenges that many couples go through. Struggles that are emotional, financial, spiritual, and difficult in many ways. “When are you having kids?” is not the well-intentioned question you might think it is. If you know someone who is dealing with pregnancy loss or infertility, maybe some of these stories will help us all understand each other just a little bit better.

And without more rambling from me, please welcome Lauren!

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Lauren and Jesse

There’s a solid chance that if you are reading this you’re a fan of home decor blogs. Jessica excels at writing phenomenal blogs about creative DIY projects, furniture makeovers, and home improvement tips. I remember finding her blog almost four years ago when my husband and I had just gotten engaged.

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Master Bedroom Before + Makeover Plans

For some reason the master bedroom always seems to be the last room in a home that gets any attention. Maybe it’s because we spend lots of time fixing up the spaces that other people see and we put our own needs last? But the master can be a wonderful place to make into a calming retreat for you and your partner.

When we moved into our house almost four years ago, we painted everything at the same time. Well pretty much within a few months. I wish I hadn’t done that. One of my hopes for the future is to decorate a room and paint it last.

The master bedroom got a medium share of blue-grey called Flint Smoke by Behr. It’s one of my favorite colors in the house, and since then I’ve sort of decorated around it. So I like the color and it will stay.

Master Bedroom Before

Lately I’ve been wanting to spruce up this space, clean up the clutter, and give it more style. It’s mainly blue-grey, white and black and needs some dimension and interest. Not to mention some new dressers, a rug, and new window treatments.

Here is what the room looks like today, I’ve not actually showed much of this space on the blog before. Mainly because of this side of the room, which is across from the bed. So embarrassing. Kind of a hot mess of bedroom stuff.

The dressers, table and wall make it so cluttered and I’d love to simplify that area, get some new dressers and get rid of some of the furniture. I hung those shelves on the wall not too long ago because it was blank forever and now I’m rethinking that decision.

Master Bedroom Before

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How to Silver Leaf a Mirror Frame

Shopping the craft stores for your next project is always fun. They have so many different things you can use to be creative at home. Have you ever tried silver or gold foil? Also called silver leaf, it’s an easy and dynamic way to bring some shine and texture to your next makeover. I’ve seen it used on furniture, in art and more, and today I’m going to show you how to silver leaf a mirror frame.

How to Silver Leaf a Frame

This can be done on any frame actually, and you only need a few supplies.

Materials

  • Mirror or picture frame
  • Silver leaf, or gold if you prefer
  • Leaf adhesive or a decoupage adhesive
  • Light paint brush, small sponge paint brush
  • Sealant

Silver Leaf Supplies

Instructions

Here was the mirror I used for this project. I got it at a flea market for only $5 and decided it would be perfect for our current basement bathroom remodel.

Mirror Before

First, get your frame ready by taping around the inside of the frame where it meets the mirror. This is to prevent any silver leaf getting on the mirror. Since my mirror already had paint on it that was chipping off, I ended up sanding it off so that the leaf would adhere nicely.

How to Silver Leaf

After that you begin the process of putting on the adhesive and the leaf. They do sell special leaf adhesive, but I knew it was pretty much the same as decoupage glue, so I used what I had. I’m always trying to save a few bucks when I do projects. No need to spend money on unnecessary supplies.

Here you can see the glue on the frame where it is shiny {far left}. Simply brush it on with a small paint brush. The foil comes in packages with thin tissue between the foil to protect it. Use a piece of wax paper to “separate” the foil from the tissue and it will connect to it via the static. Then you have a piece all ready to go on your frame.

Applying silver leaf

Carefully place the leaf onto the frame where you have glued. Now here is where it can get frustrating. It’s rare the foil will do what you want it to do. This stuff is so light it floats in the air and kind of has a mind of its own. Do the best you can to get it on the frame smoothly, remembering you can always patch it up later.

Use the light brush to smooth it on and once the foil is stuck to the glue, you can pull back your wax paper and voila! You have completed your first piece.

Notice it’s not perfect? So you know what to expect, again, it’s rare the leaf will go on nice and smoothly. That just seems to be the nature of the foil. But work with it and I promise you’ll still have a beautiful project in the end.

How to Apply Silver Leaf

See how the leaf goes on where ever it wants? It’s some finicky stuff I tell you.

How to Silver Leaf a Mirror Frame

Continue to work your way all around the frame and soon enough you’ll have most of it covered. Then go back and apply more glue and leaf to the holes. You’ll probably see some of the seams, but that’s OK. I think it gives the piece character.

After I got on as much leaf as possible, I lightly brushed on a coat of clear polycrylic to seal the whole thing. Silver leaf is delicate so you want to protect it from wear and from coming off.

And here is my finished frame hung in the bathroom between our new lights on the plank wall.

How to Silver Leaf a Mirror Frame

See the cracks and seams in the finish? I love the way it looks against the rustic wood wall.

How to Silver Leaf a Mirror Frame

And it goes perfectly with the new lights and chrome faucet we installed the other week. After using a coupon for the leaf, this project only cost me about $12 total. Pretty good for a DIY project right?

How to Silver Leaf a Mirror Frame

Come see all the projects in the bathroom remodel here and all of my projects here.

Will you try silver leaf in your next craft project?

Jute Wrapped Eggs

Happy Wednesday. Today I’m over at Pretty Handy Girl with a cute and modern Easter craft, jute wrapped eggs. And there may even be a golden wrapped egg in there too!

Come see how to easily make this spring craft and you can catch two other egg crafts by my friends Kim and Karah. See the post here.

Jute Wrapped Eggs

Come back later this week when I share more updates in the basement bathroom remodel. Antlers anyone?

Bee News Feature

The other week I was lucky enough to be featured in our local newspaper. It gets published in nine towns and I was so honored to be included. The article was about repurposing and junking to decorate your home so I got to talk with a writer for a bit on the phone and then had a quick photo shoot in the living room.

This is the cover of the paper the week it was published.

Bee News Feature

And here is the full page spread. There was another local woman featured as well, she has some great finds in her office.

Bee News Feature

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Accessories for House Plants

Lately I’ve been thinking so much about house plants. Maybe it’s because it’s still in the 30′s here and I’m dying for nature and warm weather?  We don’t really have many in our home, about 3 I think? And I would love to get more. What I’d really love is a tree, like the famous fiddle leaf that looks so good in a dining space or living room. We have tall ceilings so I think it would work.

This month at my guest picks on Houzz, I gathered fun must-have accessories for house plants. Some are to make your indoor gardening a little more fun and others are interesting accessories for your plants that you may not have thought of using. Read the article here.

Accessories for House Plants

I think plants are sometimes the one accessory we forget about in the house. Sure there’s lots of pillows, rugs and lamps, but what about a little greenery to liven up a space? I think I’m going to take my own advice and add more plants to my rooms. But what I’d love to know is what kind are easy to maintain?

I don’t have the greenest thumb around and low maintenance would be my jam. Maybe I’ll pick up some cute containers to get ready. And I’ve been pinning any article I can find on easy-to-maintain plants, so I can pick some out, like this and this.

What kind of house plants do you have?

Are there some you’d recommend that are easy to take care of?

Come back later in the week when I share my article in the local paper! See you then.

Chair Competition + Have a Makeover Idea?

Luckily where I live there is this amazing green home store that sells all kinds of products to live a very environmentally-friendly life, not to mention it’s my local retailer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which I use regularly. I’ve mentioned the store before, and attended an introduction to chalk paint class there last fall.

Intro to Chalk Paint

Paint Class 2

It’s called Blue Sky Design Supply and Tyra and Brittany, the lovely staff have invited me to participate in a chair makeover competition. Use some of my favorite products and do a makeover? Of course I’m in! A few months ago, they had a competition themselves on a small shelf and I am getting paired up with the winner of that, which was Brittany.

Here is the chair that I’m working with. It’s a standard wooden chair, that is currently blue.

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