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Design Challenge: The Florida Room

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Posted by Abby Branham

The loss of daylight has me thinking of sunnier places.  When I was younger, I had the opportunity to travel throughout Florida – from the Panhandle, down the West coast, all the way through the Keys and around to the East coast.  For many years, I considered moving there.  On cold, dark days like today – Florida is on my mind. Miami and the West Coast of Florida, home to white sandy beaches and warm Gulf water, hold a special place in my heart.   I highly recommend exploring either area if you are looking to move to a warmer climate.  And if you need a realtor, a good place to start is Douglas Elliman Real Estate.  The good folks at Douglas Elliman Real Estate recently contacted us here at Button Jar to decorate our very own Florida room!  We are, of course, honored, and are happy to share with you our plans for a Florida room that anyone would want to call home no matter where you live.

I have a sun room in my home, which is a Florida room of sorts.  Florida rooms are typically characterized as an additional all weather room with many windows, which creates a space with a lot of natural light and fresh air.  Here are some examples of Florida rooms just so we are on the same page.

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Beautiful, bright and sunny, right?.  A Florida room is a great place to gather, relax, and unwind.  Sounds lovely, and the good news is you don’t need to live near the ocean to create this oasis. Here is my design board for how I would decorate my “Florida room.”

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Seating

Seating is a critical element of pulling together a comfortable and inviting Florida room. I love the modern, comfortable look of the Peggy Mid-Century Terminal Chaise Sectional by West Elm.  The blue gray color is light enough to brighten a room and neutral enough to pair with brighter, bolder accessory colors.

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Because Florida rooms are full of big beautiful windows, I would add some additional seating with window benches.  They are great for extra storage and creating a comfy place to read or just to look out the window and enjoy nature. It is very easy to create customized window benches, and for a DIY tutorial visit my earlier post here. You start with a base, like this IKEA Besta bookcase in a Walnut effect light gray finish.

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And then you add a seat cushion. To brighten up the space, this Maritime Modern Red Knotty Plaid fabric that I found on Etsy would be perfect for the window bench cushion.

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For additional seating and a spot to place your favorite beverage in between sips, I picked this jute and hemp rope pouf ottoman from Overstock.  I love the natural color and it looks pretty great with the knotted pattern in the fabric that I picked for the window bench seats.

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Accessories

In my opinion, you can never have enough pillows or throw blankets.  They are an easy way to change and/or spruce things up without overhauling a room, which is another reason I love neutral colored furniture.

I wanted to choose a sea creature for my Florida room, because what is more nautical than a sea creature?  I am in love with this Navy Octopus Pillow cover and this linen cotton blend pillow cover both from Etsy.  Both will pair nicely on either the couch or window benches.

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Because I anticipate many naps are taken in Florida rooms, I would also add this large curved basket by West Elm, to hold plenty of warm and soft throw blankets for guests to grab.

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Artwork

For a statement piece, I would incorporate this awesome DIY 6 panel Octopus canvas by Heather from Southern State of Mind.  It is so cool and is a fantastic compliment to the octopus throw pillow.

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Natural Elements

And finally, I’m a lover of all things green, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t add an organic pop of green to my Florida room.  This faux broad leaf palm from Pottery Barn is exactly what I was looking for.   It look tropical and helps to bring the outdoors inside.

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So that’s my start on designing a Florida room that I would enjoy.  Other elements that would be terrific to incorporate are some window coverings in case you need privacy and a nice indoor/outdoor rug to help ground your seating arrangement.

I hope that my design inspires you hat you don’t  need to live in Florida to incorporate this type of all-weather space in your own home.

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DIY Decor: Boxwood Wreath Meets Chalkboard

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Posted by  Abby Branham

Back in September I posted 10 DIY Fall Wreaths to Decorate Your Front Door.  I made one of the wreaths for our front door, the Felt Leaf Wreath for Fall by Lia Griffith, and shared it in my Fall Home Tour (check it out!).  Since that turned out so well, I decided to try the Simple DIY Boxwood Wreath by My Fabuless Life too, because I have always loved boxwood.  It’s simple, classic, and green – a perfect pop of clean, natural color.  Because my front door is already set for the Fall, I decided to hang my simple boxwood wreath over a chalkboard as an inside decoration.  Looking at it now, it is also kind of perfect for the Christmas holiday.  I hope you like it, I was happy with the way it turned out.

materials

  • Boxwood Garland (I bought fake garland from Hobby Lobby (50% off, $10!)
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Green Wire Pipe Cleaners to match the color of the garland

constructing the wreath

For whatever reason, I never went back to reread the original tutorial by My Fabuless Life before I started constructing this wreath.  I knew it was a fairly straight forward tutorial, but I think in my mind I combined some of the tutorials I had been reading for various DIY Boxwood Wreathes that  I included in my September post.   So, here’s what I did, which worked just fine and was really easy.

First, I wrapped the entire Embroidery Hoop with the green wire pipe cleaner.

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Next, I pulled “clippings” from the Boxwood Garland, placed them on the wreath, and wrapped them into place with the green pipe cleaners.

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displaying the wreath

I bought an interesting shaped chalkboard from Hobby Lobby (again, I got it on sale – love that place!).  I attached my Simple DIY Boxwood Wreath to the chalkboard, and the only thing left to do was to think of something to write on the chalkboard.  This chalkboard and wreath are displayed as you walk down a flight of stairs to exit our home.   Because this is displayed so that people see it on their way out, I wanted to write something to brighten all of our days. I went with “You are loved!”, because knowing that gives me the strength and courage to face everyday.  I will update this with a lovely message for the holidays in a few weeks. Did I just write weeks? Eek!  I can’t believe it is coming so quickly!

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13 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

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Posted by Abby Branham

I’m always looking for hands on sensory activities to nourish my daughter’s developing minds, bodies, and souls.  Today’s post is no different and is devoted to all things Fall.  Honestly, I hand picked these activities because I am excited to do them too!  The best part is that most of the materials are found in nature, and what is more invigorating than a walk in the crisp, Fall air to collect your craft supplies. These crafts can be adapted to make them age appropriate for any child.   Click on the subject headings in pink to go to the tutorials for each activity.

Autumn hand print tree by arty crafty kids

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Leaf People Fall Craft by Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Leaf Sun Catcher by Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Create a Fall Wreath by Toddler Approved

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Leaf Rubbing by KC Edventures

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Fine Motor Fall Yarn Wrapping by Cutting Tiny Bites

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Autumn Mobile by Red Ted Art

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Apple Stamping Tree Craft by Crafty Morning

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Contact Paper Sticky Wall Fall Tree by I Heart Crafty Things

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Fall Leaf Prints by Meaningful Mama

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No Sew Felt Owl Finger Puppets by Arty Krafty Kids

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Felt and Pine Cone Elves by Lia Griffith

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create a simple bird feeder by button jar

And last but not least, I am sharing the bird feeder activity that I wrote about in my 7 Rainy Day Activities For Kids post earlier this year.  This one is an oldie but a goodie and it is a calming, fun activity for the entire family.  I’ve done this with pine cones, which are more decorative, but using a cardboard tube from a paper towel roll is probably easier for toddlers.

The supplies you’ll need are:

  • center cardboard tube of a paper towel roll
  • spatulas
  • baking sheet
  • bird seed
  • twine
  • parchment paper
  • freezer bag

Set out the baking sheet as their work space (aka, mess catcher). Put some peanut butter in a bowl that will be easy for toddlers to scoop.  Use a spatula to scoop and spread the peanut butter on the cardboard tube.  Next, put bird seed on the baking sheet, and shake the seed so that it is evenly spread.  Now roll the tube through the seed.  The seed will adhere easily to the sticky peanut butter.  Punch holes in the tube to attach the twine. Roll the tubes in some parchment paper, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze them.  I do this to freeze the peanut butter so that on a hot day it won’t drip off of the tube immediately.  I love to put these out in the winter time, but you can put them out whenever you like.  Be sure to find the perfect spot for your simple bird feeder, hang it, and observe as new feathered friends arrive.

We love quietly watching the birds come to our window.  We have a lot of sparrows. Birds are very interesting and entertaining creatures, and, fortunately or unfortunately, squirrels can be too!

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Plans for A New Playroom

Plans For A New Playroom

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Posted by Katie Gambone

We are honored to have been asked to help with a very special design project by one of our very best friends – Tina Repice.  Many of you may already know Tina because she was a guest chef a few months ago.  You can learn more about Tina and also try out her delicious ChickenTaco Soup by clicking here.  Anyway, when Tina asked for help converting her dining room into a playroom for her fabulous girls, Tabitha and Marlena, we said “Absolutely!”

Here’s a quick shot of what the room currently looks like.

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I went over to the Repice homestead for a visit and “consultation” to hear what the girls wanted their playroom to look like.  Tabitha said she wanted it to be pretty and that she loved the chandelier and wanted to please keep it (all while she was trying to do a handstand).  Marlena told me she loves the color black.  A lot.  Eric, Tina and Tabitha confirmed this was true.  Tina, thinking a little more practically about the space, shared the following reflections/hopes in no particular order:

  • I want to contain their toys in this space.  Right now they play in here a lot anyway, but they have toys scattered throughout the house.
  • The girls play with their toys sometimes but mostly color and love creating artwork so they could use a dedicated space in the playroom to do that.  Right now, it usually happens on the floors or…the walls.
  • We need a new light fixture (sorry Tabitha).
  • I have my mom’s dining room furniture in this space but it just doesn’t fit.  The table and chairs will be sold. The china cabinet needs some repairs.  I’m not sure what to do with it.  Everything else can go.  We moved here a year ago and all of our “fine china” is still packed because we don’t use it very often.
  • We can paint the space if you want to.
  • I’m excited to see what you come up with.

So here are the idea boards.  I’m going to show them to you first and then explain.

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Basics of how the room will function

We are going to paint the back wall of the room with chalkboard paint (paying tribute to Marlena’s favorite color – black.)  It will  also give the girls plenty of safe and dedicated space to create wall murals.

We will paint the rest of the walls in the space white so that it doesn’t feel like a cave.  The accent colors will be a fun teal color and some pinks and purples.  It will be a fun and colorful playroom but not so little kiddish that adults won’t enjoy being in the space too.

We are going to replace the light fixture with something a little more modern.  Tina picked this mason jar light fixture. Really, really cute.

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This will be centered over a new, round white table and four white chairs that will serve as the girls coloring spot and art center. We found this fantastic carpet to help anchor the table and add a splash of color.

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We will give the china cabinet a new life by painting it teal and wallpapering the inside with a bright pattern (see idea boards above).  This will serve as a great spot for storing away toys and art supplies at the end of the day and will also double as a display case for Tabitha and Marlena’s artworks.

On the wall opposite the china cabinet we will create a little canopy marketplace out of a fun fabric to pull together all of the girls kitchen and marketplace toys.

And lastly, to give each of the girls their own “special zones” in the playroom, we will create window bench seats under the two windows on the chalkboard wall.  The window bench seats will be based on a project Abby did earlier this year, which you can see here.  Each window bench will also have cute throw pillows that reflect the girls personality.   They will have a second dedicated space on the walls opposite the window bench seats, which will have shallow bookshelves for books.  Over each set of shelves, we will place a cute monogram so that they know which is which.

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And that’s it.  There’s plenty of projects to tackle.  Here is a shot of Tina sanding down the china cabinet for painting.  And I can report that the chalkboard wall is complete as well.

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We’ll keep you posted as the room progresses.  We’re excited to see how it comes together!

Registration Open for First Button Jar Webinar

Registration is now open for Button Jar’s very first webinar: Take Better Pictures With Your IPhone! Participants will hear from our friend and professional photographer Danette Pascarella.  You can learn more about Danette here.  You can learn more and register for the webinar here.  The date is October 20 at 2:00PM.  The cost is $10.00 to participate. We hope you can make it!

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10 DIY Fall Wreaths To Decorate Your Front Door

10 DIY FALL WREATHS TO DECORATE YOUR FRONT DOOR

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Posted by Abby Branham

I’m really excited to start decorating for Fall, but I would describe myself as a minimalist holiday decorator. It’s not that I don’t like things or trinkets. I just like them to have a clean, simple look, and for it to be easily cleaned up after the holiday.

One thing I do always decorate is my front door. What would a season or holiday be without a welcoming wreath on your front door, am I right?  Sadly, our front door has been barren since Spring. I have been reusing the same wreaths over and over for quite a few years now, and they are weather worn and faded.  I have been looking for the perfect new wreath, but wreathes can be expensive and, well, I tend to be a little type A.  Pinterest to the rescue.  I found 10 DIY FALL wreathes that I really love!  I haven’t made one yet, but I’m energized, inspired, and these wreathes all fit my style and budget!  I’m eager for the weekend ahead because I’ll be trying one of these DIY Fall Wreath tutorials.  More to come on my success. In the meantime, I hope these wreathes inspire you too!

Fresh Sage Wreath

This Fresh Sage Wreath by Handmade in the Heartland is clean and simple!  I love sage, and I have to imagine that this smells divine!

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Wheat sheave WREATH

This Wheat Sheave Wreath by Julie Blanner is, again, clean, simple and classic. Julie’s tutorial looks fairly easy and not terribly time consuming.  Effortless beauty, love it.

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Simple diy boxwood wreath

I am in love with Boxwood, and I love the simplicity of this Simple DIY Boxwood Wreath by My Fabuless Life.  You could get a lot of seasonal mileage out of it, and you can change it up very simply with a different colored ribbon.  You could also create varying sizes (2 or 3) of this wreath, and tie them together vertically to hang on your front door or in your home.

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diy boxwood square wreath

Did I mention that I LOVE Boxwood?  For whatever reason my preference for a fuller Boxwood Wreath is a square one.  I have seen a few tutorials for Square Boxwood Wreathes, but I love this DIY Boxwood Square Wreath by The remodeled Life because she uses a cardboard frame, making it even more affordable.

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fall decor cabinet door repurpose

Another of my favorites is chalkboard anything right now.  It’s trendy and versatile.  This Fall Decor Cabinet Door Repurpose by Lilacs and Longhorns is a great DIY project that could be used on your front door or anywhere throughout your home. I love that you can easily change the message to match the season.

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Felt leaf Wreath

Another of my favorites – felt!  I thought this Felt Leaf Wreath for Fall by Lia Griffith was pretty, simple, and I loved the bright fall colors.

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Dollar Store Fall Wreath

A Dollar Store Fall Wreath by Thrifty Decor Chick is affordable and easy.  The square shape is interesting, and the bright fall colors are well chosen.

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Fashion forward fall felt flower wreath

The Fashion Forward Fall Felt Flower Wreath by Nest of Posies is non-traditional and I love it!  It is still very clean and simple, but crafty and fun.  I can see myself using this more to decorate the inside of my house.

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easy diy fall wreath

The traditional, muted fall colors in this Easy DIY Fall Wreath by A Night Owl can’t be beat.  Whimsical and simple.

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diy fall grAPEVINE WREATH

The DIY Fall Grapevine Wreath by Ann Drake from Life…On Sutton Place is a bolder wreath, that echoes fall and harvest to me.  I think it is really beautiful.

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Wondering which DIY wreath I’ll make for my front door?  Stay tuned.  For now, I hope these ideas have your creative juices flowing as you think about your own Fall decorations. I know they have inspired me!

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