Eliza’s Room

It is finished!!!!  I did it, I finished Eliza’s room before she got here and I love how it turned out.   Joel told me he thinks it is my best work yet.  I’m not one to brag but I think I’m going to indulge a little on this one.   I love it!!!  I’m so excited for the many years that she will get to spend enjoying and growing up in her room.  I wanted to create a space that was feminine and not just girly.  A space that wouldn’t need to be changed from a baby nursery to a little girl’s room in a few years.  So let’s start with the inspiration pictures.

In the post, Guest Room Inspiration that I wrote nearly a year ago, I found pictures that inspired the wall color choice and the look we wanted to capture in the space.  It is so crazy because as I looked back on the post I saw that it was posted January 9th 2012 and Eliza’s due date is January 10th!  A baby wasn’t even really on our radar at the time we started dreaming of what the space could look like.  It is so cool to see those dreams and visions come to pass almost exactly a year later.  Here is what I wanted to capture.

A room that was warm and glowed like the tent from the movie, The Holiday.


A room that reflected the time period and style from the movie, Out Of Africa.
A room that had the juxtaposition of rough and soft textures.

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A room that had the colors of a Gala apple


and an English Rose.


A room that was feminine like a delicate tea-cup


and antique lace.


As I look back I think I did it!  Ok I won’t delay anymore.

I give you… Eliza’s room.

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I saw angel wings like this in an interior design store years ago and have wanted to make them ever since.  I stumbled onto a tutorial that showed how to make them out of cardboard and paper mache.  I can’t believe how they turned out!  The only cost was the gold spray paint.

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I made her fitted crib sheet and bed skirt out of inexpensive fabric from Hobby Lobby

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and a full-size lace bed skirt I cut down.

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Her changing table is a $50 estate sale find.

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I made pillows for the full size bed we decided to keep so we would have a place to sleep during our late nights.

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The bed had a linen cream-colored bed skirt I cut apart and remade into a burlap skirt.

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The picture collage wall has a mix of antique prints, baby reveal pictures, an antique baby doll dress and shirt and a blank frame for a picture of Eliza.

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I am so thrilled for her to see it! I hope she knows how loved and cherished she is.

With love,


Student Living

I would compare this time in my life to funnel.  It seems like everything is quickly funneling down into a small opening.  It is crazy being 9 months pregnant at the holidays.  Life is so busy this time of year and everything in me is trying to resist so I can rest and enjoy these last few weeks before baby.  I had to tell myself it is ok if everything on my many lists does not get done before she arrives, including her nursery which is still not finished!  I told Joel the other day I greatest pressure I’m feeling is wanting to finish the nursery so I can write a post about it!   He just looked at me and said “you’re silly.”  I have to agree!

Well I have been wanting to share a finished project with you.  At the end of the summer,  Melodie Schleder from Primitive Modern Design brought me on board  to help tackle a student housing project next to the UT campus in Austin.  I absolutely loved working with Melodie and have learned so much over the past few months.  I finally made it back up there to snap a few shots of the finished spaces.   The project consisted of two main leasing spaces, two fitness rooms, offices, a great room and a pool lounge.

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We worked with some great companies on this project that I have to give a shout out to.

The artist from Blackout Signs who created the “VENUE” light boxes and painted Longhorn mural, John Durant from Durant Design Interiors, the creator of our “Austin City Limit” Les Niveaux piece, and Jeff Bullard from Avenue B Development.

Christmas at The Rescued Home

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, but definitely doesn’t feel like it.  Yep, it is 81 degrees here in sunny Central Texas!  But the temperature has not stopped me from Christmas decorations, Christmas movies and music and hot chocolate.  Last year I was super motivated to get creative with my Christmas decorating and I spent weeks making stockings, a new tree skirt and a plethora of fun Christmas decorations.  Click on the links to see the tutorials Fabric Vase Fillers, Mitten Garland, Christmas Card Hanger, Vintage Photo Ornaments.    This year it took me four days just to get my Christmas tree up and decorated.  Pregnancy has the upper hand this year!  For someone who is a “doer” it is very hard for me to put something like decorating on hold and choose to lay on the couch.  But I did it, The Rescued Home is decorated and ready for the big day!  Would you like to see it?

Ok let’s start with our tree.  This is what it looked like last year.

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I created ornaments out of vintage family photos.

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I loved the look but this year wanted something a little different.

I also made this ruffle tree skirt last year.

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She made it back under the tree this year.  I found the tutorial for it here.

Here is our tree this year.

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Instead of vintage photos I made shell ornaments out of shells I had collected at the lake last summer.  They have been sitting for the past year next to my driftwood I collected for my driftwood wreath.

I cleaned off the shells then with a small drill bit I drilled a hole in the top of the shell.

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Then I inserted a wire hook through the hole

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and hung them.

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When the light reflects off of them it creates a really pretty glow.

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I love how organic and unique each one is.

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I kept the upholstery webbing

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and rolled up sheet music I used last year.

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I have always wanted a sled to decorate with even though we never use them here in Texas, so when I saw this one at a garage sale this summer for $5 I scooped it up.

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I love how our tree turned out this year.  I plug in its lights as soon as I wake up and they stay on all day.

We don’t have a fireplace with a mantel for our stockings so I created this stocking holder last year out of a vintage children’s bed.  At the end of the season it goes back into the attic.

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Here are some other snap shots of our living room.

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I have said before my dining room is my most favorite room to decorate and photograph.  The lighting is great for indoor photos.

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For my chairs I took scrap burlap and cut it into 6 inch-ish strips, tied it vertically and inserted stems of red berries.

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I love the added pops of red.

By the time I got around to creating a centerpiece for my table I had used most of my decorations in other places.  This is what I came up with.

I used an old wooden Big Red crate,

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grasses I collected for my fall decorating,

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antlers I used last year, vintage books,

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and red berries and greenery.

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Now I am in a mad-dash to finish sewing curtains and bedding for Eliza’s room.  I am five weeks away from my due date! She will be here before we know it.

With love,