Thursday, March 17, 2016

Buy or DIY (episode 2)

My mom wanted in on the room inspiration action, so she sent me this Yellow Prairie Interior Design photo to recreate for her. Now, I should note that this amazing designer already did a blog post (linked under the image) with a source list for her items.  I didn't look at it. I wanted to see what I could find for myself. Ok, I'm ready.
Open floor plan kitchen and family room in neutrals - love the farmhouse style eclecticallyvintage.com
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The Spindle Chairs 
Buy--Holy Moly! These beauties are expensive! Some were $1000 each. I found the best deal on Amazon but they aren't the right colors at all. 

**Since I first started writing this post, we found ONE that looks almost exactly like the fabric in the inspiration photo except the chair is natural wood toned. It's beautiful. It was $400 at Homegoods. Now to track down another or find any chair around the same size and shape to coordinate.

Buy-- These would be a little better, price wise but I would wait patiently and DIY this part.

DIY-- I wouldn't pay this much for a chair, especially when having to buy 2 and knowing that I'd be lounging on the couch anyway..  So if I were creating this room for myself, I would sit back and wait. I'd scour Craigslist to find a pair of wooden chairs, maybe even wicker and paint them the soft white like in the inspiration picture.  Then I would find a great fabric to sew new cushions. The ones in the picture have a subtle stripe so i would probably use something like this.


The Rug

Choosing a rug for this room, really depends on personal preference. If you're a lay-on-the-floor kind of person, you might want to choose something soft and comfy.  If you're more of a clean-what-your-toddler-spills kind of person, you might have a different idea of what to buy. So here are my picks for both.

Buy-- I love having outdoor rugs inside. They are flat-weave, are so easy to clean and super durable.  These are the ones I love for small kids.  To match the inspiration room, I'd pick this rug. I actually have this rug. Its under our kitchen table.  See what I mean about trusting it with little kids? It's great. I bet if you put a rug pad underneath it, it would be even better for the purpose of a living room. ** I'm not sponsored by RugsUSA but I'll let you know when I am (wink, wink)*
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Buy-- for something a little more cozy in the living room, I might pick this. It's still a nice warm neutral but more plush.

Also, notice that there is a huge jute rug underneath the patterned one. I found a great price on a 9x12. Layering rugs gives you the ability to better fill a space for less money. The thick, cushy rugs can be expensive so if you put another one underneath, you can anchor the space with a neutral rug and put the smaller pop of color or softness, on top.


Coffee Table

Buy-- This is a great buy for a room on a budget and looks just like the inspiration pic


DIY-- my parents already have this really heavy, sturdy coffee table. I'm trying to convince my mom (actually I'd have to convince my dad) to let me paint the metal parts black, and pop out the glass and exchange it for a piece of stained wood. I think it would look great and re-purposing things is awesome/ my favorite.  I also found this great tutorial from A Heart's Desire. She takes an ikea coffee table and inlay wood. I also love the layered look of it.



Lighting 

Buy-- Those are pretty huge lantern pendants in the background, so if i was buying for a space, I'd need to make sure that the size of lighting is proportionate to the room.  In a quick browse I found these at World Market. I like the simple shape. 

Four-Sided Glass Hanging Pendant Lantern

DIY-- The white lamp, on the left side of the image is beautiful. I love the texture. I'd DIY it. Like I said last time, thrift store lamps are so cheap and easy to turn into something new and great.  You could go the simple route and spray a lamp with white spray paint in a glossy finish.  Or you could add your own texture to the lamp with puff paint, then paint it. (So easy, and you'll feel like a genius..it's been proven) Shades can be found at target, walmart, homegoods etc. For the lamps I have in my house, the shades are the most expensive part.

Other Pieces

Buy-- These are some other decor pieces that I would buy to get the look.  I could probably thrift the basket, cutting board and lantern if I was patient but these are also reasonable prices.

farmhouse decor sources


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Okay, momma, start shopping! Can't wait to help you put your room together. AND your entire new house! My friends and family reading this know that my parents are building a house on some family land and I'm helping them design the interior!! I'm planning on posting all about it so make sure you subscribe by email or in your reader so that you don't miss any of the process. You can also follow me on pinterest where I've been pinning tons of farmhouse inspiration.

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2 comments:

  1. Beautiful inspiration room and pieces. It sounds like it's going to be fun to recreate the look. Good luck with all the DIY!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Rebecca! Have a great weekend.

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