Monday, June 6, 2011

Guest Post: The Mustard Ceiling!!!

There are some bloggers who are just flat impressive with their CA-RAZY DIY skillz. Things that I couldn't even think up, let alone *execute* the idea...that would be Miss Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling! I don't think there is anything she can't do, *including* making her own ikat fabric!!! Seriously, pay attention to how amazing those dining room chairs look and then just know, SHE MADE THAT! And that is just the tip of the iceberg, she is all kinds of cool (yeah, that was a pun, I figured I would point it out) and I'm so excited for her to share a little of her fabulous advice with us!!!

 

I was so flattered when Aubrey asked me to participate in her "How to Make a Home Your Own" series. Thank's for having me Aubrey!
I grew up with a mom who was a Realtor and a dad who loved to renovate old houses. We have many family photos of us sitting in an empty room, with a blanket on the floor, my brother's and I playing, while my parent's renovated. The hard work always paid off, our home always felt like"ours" because of the labor of love that went into it.

Growing up, I learned it was the projects you create that make a house a home. Our home is no exception. Like my dad, I grew up to love old houses (the older the better in my opinion). They have a special character to them, a history.

My husband and I bought one of the oldest homes we could find in Clovis, NM, a 1954 brick rancher, and have made it a home through our DIY projects. These projects have customized it to make it our own.

For example, our dining room wainscoting. My husband still gives me a hard time over this! I handed him a 2" photo at Lowe's and said make it look like this sweetheart...after much longer than expected :), he did...and I love it!


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After

(The Ikat seat cushions, painting and drapes were all DIY projects).

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Before

Last summer, my mom came to visit for a week while Alfred was away training. We decided we were were going to surprise him with a kitchen renovation. We worked our butt's off trying to finish it before he came home....SURPRISE! He knew we were up to something...


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After

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Before

Alfred turned our hall closet into an office for me to blog in, I love this spot! It is so cozy.

He built the built-ins and the desk, then I decorated it.


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I could go on and on about things we have done to make our home a home, these are just a few of the things that have made it special to us.

But, at the end of the day our home would not be a home without...our family.

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Gracie and Jack
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Gracie

Thank you Aubrey for having me today to share what make's a home our own.

I can't wait to read the rest of the series this week! 

Need some more inspiration??? (I know I can always use it!) Go check out the rest of her gorgeous home and projects...you will be glad you did. And impressed.

Did I mention she did an *ENTIRE* rug? Like a 9x12 in a fab geometric for her bedroom...I know you are curious, just go see for yourself! (c:

And up tomorrow:

Emily from Name 5 Things!!!


24 comments:

Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

Love this post! There is nothing better than a 'before' and 'after' shot! You have a beautiful home Elizabeth and I love your blog!

Kim @ keller-creative said...

I love the picture of Elizabeth's dog under her chair. Great post to start off the series!

Katie said...

Great post! I love Elizabeth's home- so classy! I think the color combo in the dining room is my favorite! Looking forward to tomorrow!

Julip Made said...

What a beautiful home Elizabeth! I'm glad you went with the Ikat fabric for the chairs because it came out wonderfully. Your pups are also adorable! Mine prefers getting stuck under the bed as opposed to the chair.

Happy Monday! xo, Julie

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Wow Elizabeth! Your home is absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

elizabeth and her home are adorable! i have to say i agree with the last sentiment- it isn't home without family and loved ones to share it with! great post!

Val said...

Truly beautiful!

Jenna Lee said...

wowsers! So beautiful. Love the cabinets and hardware in the kitchen!

Diana Mieczan said...

WOW..what an amazing home and that kitchen is stunning. Have a fantastic day, kisses

Ps: I’m hosting a beautiful skirt GIVEAWAY today! Perfect for summer picnics!

tina - Half Of What I Say said...

Cannot believes all the gorgeous touches! I am totally DIY impaired.

Natalie said...

I am so inspired! What beautiful makeovers! Love the dining room! Heading to obsess over elizabeths blog!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I love the little office nook!

{COZAMIA} said...

I love this series, its great to see how others make a home truly their own, this chick is clearly super talented, love that dining room.. off to chek out her blog now!
Hope you had a great weekend :)

emily said...

Elizabeth is all kinds of talented! Those ikat dining room seat covers are so amazing!

modern jane said...

She sure impresses me! I love the little office nook:)

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I love Elizabeth's home - she had me at "I made my own ikat fabric!" :)

Ashley said...

I love before and after shots, they always give a great representation of the transformation!

Kori Donahue said...

Hey honey! Sorry it took me so long to get over here! I am following you now! Thanks for the sweet compliments on my blog! Kori xoxo

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Stunning home, I love the kitchen and the gorgeous little workspace area! Great series! xo

Ms. Bright said...

seriously, could Elizabeth be any sweeter...or talented? Great great personal touches!!

xo

MyStyleVita said...

Gorgeous, I love the office nook, and not to mention the adorable dogs! i love the crisp whites and clean lines. Great pictures! I'll be following!!

xoxo MyStyleVita

designstiles said...

So cute. I adore what she did to her dining room. Love her artwork.

natasha {schue love} said...

LOVE Elizabeth and her blog...and love that she included her hubby and dogs in the end!

Things to Do said...

That kitchen is seriously adorable! Thanks Aubrey for introducing me to Elizabeth!