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I’m Loving: Blanket Ladders

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My favorite interior decor pieces are ones that not only look great, but are functional as well. Right now I am love love loving the idea of using a ladder for blanket storage. In so many amazing interior designs that are popular on Pinterest, you will notice a combination of rooms having lots of interesting depth and textures. A ladder blanket adds a great rustic element to a room and provides vertical storage space where there was otherwise just a blank wall!

When I approached Matt with the plan to make the ladder he was pretty skeptical (just seemed too basic and a very ‘man approach’ of “A ladder is for climbing”), but as you can see below, it turned out great! SO great, in fact, that we’ve decided to take orders to make these puppies and sell them (just call us the ladder makers :) We will see how these do locally and then maybe they’ll hit the Etsy market.

If you’re interested in a ladder, we are selling them for $60, pickup in Eden Prairie. Email creativemessinacorporatedress@gmail.com to place your order! (One week turnaround). Also posted on local Craigslist here.

Blanket Ladder

Blanket Ladder

Blanket Ladder Lovin’ Links:
http://cherishedbliss.com/fall-home-tour-2015/
http://paddingtonway.blogspot.com/2014/11/diy-blanket-ladder.html

Blanket Ladder Decor | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Target Holiday 2014 Loves

Let me start with a confession about my previous Friday night.  I got off work with no plans for the night, so I headed to Caribou for a little recharge. From there I headed over to Target where I proceeded to get a cart (I mean, sometimes pushing around your purse while drinking a coffee is just way too nice). Besides, I knew I’d fill up a cart. Well, after perusing around the store for awhile, I left Target with one small makeup item :)  Confession or not, it was a pretty nice Friday night enjoying my Caribou coffee and perusing the Holiday section at Target to start to get into the “holiday spirit”.

So (for all my Minne-snow-tans) out there, in honor of our first real day of snow, check out some of my Target Holiday 2014 loves.  I think this may be a good way to justify these types of Target trips :) I like the idea of sorting these by color schemes, so there will for sure be more to come.

Gotta love Target!

Target Holiday 2014 Loves

Links:

1. Texture Deer Figurine

2. Tabletop Deer Head

3.  Ornament Wreath

4.  Brushed Bronze “JOY” sign

5.  Beverage Dispenser

6.  Fair Isle Pillow

7.  Snowflake Sparkle Pillow

8.  Red Chevron Pouf

Upcycling Thrift Store Lamps

Upcycling Thrift Store Lamps | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Alright, I’m taking a leap of faith with these babies.  Let me fill you in my current lamp situation to catch you up to speed:

Our living room (where we spend most of our limited time at home relaxing together) has zero overhead lights (Dear 1960s:  home design-fail.)

We are currently lighting the room with 2 desk lamps in lieu of making any decisions/movement on the direction of the room.

The living room also has a nice bay window, but we typically keep our curtains closed because, well, frankly it just seems weird to have people watch us live our lives (Is that weird?  Hey, I grew up on 10 acres where we had no neighbors, I blame that).  I digress.  Therefore, the natural light that WOULD come through those windows is minimal/nonexistent.

Our future plans will be to take down the wall between the kitchen and living room for the open concept we desire, but that’s a ways down the road.  Reason being that it will be a complete domino effect of remodeling:

1) Take down the wall (debris, giant beam header- it’s obviously structural, blah blah blah)

2)  Fix the ceiling (and put in recessed LIGHTS!)

3)  Re-do the kitchen

4)  Fix the floor (because we can’t do that before we re-do the kitchen layout)

Oh yeah we were talking about LIGHTS.  So since we don’t have our open concept living room/kitchen layout YET, the living room is a bit “cave-ish”.  I need to brighten that baby up.  (Maybe that will help to force Matt to not fall asleep on the couch at 9pm-while I then stay up till midnight?  Probably not.)

Enter: lamps. I have been on the hunt for big lamps, which p.s. can be expensive.  I wanted larger, substantial lamps since they will be the main sources of light in the room (and smaller lamps in the rather large, long living room would look pewny).  Also, I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on the lamps since per the list above, you can see that we eventually would like recessed lighting (but don’t want to live in the “cave” until then).

I stopped by the trusty Goodwill, a mere few miles from my house (WAY dangerous), and found these lamps, which p.s. I know are currently pretty dang ugly.

When I was trying to describe them over the phone to Matt/my sister/my Mom at Goodwill, I said “They are like Spanish, plaster, ‘Arizona-like’ material, but they are nice and big, there is a set of 2, and they are $10 each, and they work”.  Yep that pretty much sums them up.  The question will be how to transform my $20 investment (plus 2 new lamp shades) into fab lamps for our living room.

The wheels are already turnin’….

Here is some inspiration, what do you think?!  Can I make transform these guys into something fab?!  Here’s to hoping!

Upcycling Thrift Store Lamps | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Sources:

1.  http://www.marthastewart.com/273143/rope-lamp?czone=home/diy-decorating/room-accents

2.  http://www.bellemaison23.com/

3.  http://makingitwithdanielle.com/2014/01/23/gold-dipped-lamp/

4.  http://www.designsponge.com/2013/04/sneak-peek-nicole-sutton-of-workhorse.html

Enjoy!
mallory

DIY Chalkboard Wall

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Sorry for the delay folks!  We have been in house project mode!  I’m so excited to reveal our chalkboard wall–  I just love how it turned out!  But like any typical project, it was quite the process in getting there (it didn’t go as planned?!  No way.)

Let’s back up to where we started with.  Two words come to mind:  Holy. Orange.  (p.s. ignore the messy kitchen, hey we just moved.  Keepin’ it real).

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Yep, when you walked into our house from the garage (which is our main point of entry at this point) you were greeted with this, umm “bold” wall.  Hey, I’m not an orange-hater, I think it can work in some instances.  Here is why it did NOT work here (or at least my theory).  The dark paneling + the orangey linoleum floor + the orange tone kitchen = orange overkill.  The tone in here was just so, well, orange.

So, it was time to paint.  This was an emotional rollercoaster for me.  All of a sudden you come to the realization that you are painting a wall black.  NOT OK!  Is it?! Maybe? Not sure?  Well can’t go back.

Here is my paint tray (yes, lined with tinfoil, I just hate cleaning up after painting!)  And Lewis, also questioning the choice to paint a wall black- thanks for the support buddy (I imagine this look says “really Mom, this was a debatable choice”.)

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

The result:  A scary shiny black wall.  Ahhh!  Walking into the house from the garage made Matt & I both question the entire project while the paint was still wet and shiny, it was like walking into a black hole.  But, I had faith (or just really didn’t know a plan B) so we kept trucking along.

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress*p.s. after it dried with a matte finish it was TONS better and really did restore our faith.

Next we needed to tackle the shelf I envisioned.  We toyed with whether we should do a floating shelf or a shelf with brackets.  We ended up going with a bracket setup because this wall really is our facelift vs. our big huge reno (we didn’t want to put giant anchors into the wall for a floating shelf).  We bought a 2×10 board at Home Depot for the shelf.  I liked how substantial it was and initially thought I could throw some stain on it like the Master Closet (here) and call it a day.  Well, not the case.  We bought “Doug” wood, which has a red tint/undertones to it.  The Master Closet was Pine.  These two woods take to the stain VERY differently.  Plan B was to whitewash it, which didn’t cover up the red tone either.  Here are my visuals with my samples I tested trying to visualize:

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3– we were out.  Hrumph.  I didn’t love any of the options (and yes, Matt hated me for forcing him to hold the huge heavy board while I took a photo, but no pain no gain honey :) )

So back to the drawing/re-finishing “board” (ha! Get it?!) for the shelf.  Actually, this meant literally DOWN to the basement with my board to try to figure out a finish for this red-hued wood.

Ta-da!

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

I love the outcome!  It was the perfect combination of making the new wood look old/weathered.  We purposely chose a board with some character/cracks to help us achieve our desired look.

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Solution:  Basic (very light) coat of white primer + using the oil (same as in the Master Closet post) to fake some wood grain (see below for the side x side before & after wiping the stain on the white painted wood).

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

And finally here are the finished photos of the completed project.  We were able to display some fun wedding gifts, install some wine glass holders, and style it to be casual yet “put-together”.  The two chairs on either side of the buffet were killer Goodwill finds at $8 and $6 each, they are in great shape.  I have plans to paint and reupholster them to give them an update.  Finally, we want to paint all the wood paneling to white to brighten up the space- more projects of course!  :)

Again, we are so happy with how this turned out and love walking in the door to see this wall :)  You can see we even swayed Lewis’ reservations and he has officially come around.

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

 

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

DIY Chalkboard Wall | Creative Mess in a Corporate Dress

Chalkboard Wall & Floating Shelf for under $50