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Casa de Funky Bear: Day 2 – My Room

21 Dec

As much as I wanted to wait until my room is absolute decoration perfection before revealing it to the blogosphere, I have decided that now is the time. No matter how complete or incomplete it is. I still look at my room and not all of it feels like me — the only pieces I am truly obsessed with are my bed and my necklace holder. Everything else to me is just “eh.” I know over time I will accumulate nicer, more quality pieces that speak to me but for now, hand-me-down furniture and re-sale shop mirrors suit me just fine. So without further adieu…here is my room!

This picture definitely makes my accent wall look more green than it actually is. The color is Sherwin-Williams Hazel 6471  which is more of a blue turquoise than green (Blair’s is SW Interesting Aqua 6220 if you are interested). My mom and dad introduced me to this wonderful color as it coats the walls of their laundry room! Ultimately the color scheme of my room is turquoise, white, gray, and dark brown. I am OBSESSED with these colors together 🙂

My bedding is from West Elm and I got both the duvet cover and standard shams in white ruched. Tip: If you like your bed and duvet cover extra fluffy, buy a King size down comforter to slip into the Queen size duvet cover. It will bunch up to fit in the smaller case and be super puffy, fluffy and awesome.

Above my self-upholstered headboard (see my DIY article here), I artfully placed a mirror and two canvas paintings I did.

I simply used spray and acrylic paint to re-create some type of branchy/flowery/Japanese-y drawings I feel like I have seen before. They are just supposed to be little blossoms but I used the silver backgrounds to tie in the gray in my room without making it dull.

I randomly found the brown and white zebra pillows at Marshall’s — which is quickly becoming my favorite spot to buy household items on a budget. I cannot tell you enough how great this store is. Especially Marshall’s HomeGoods stores. You can always find unique, neat little pieces for less than $15.00. What’s not to like?

Here are my gray sheets and pillow cases that I am absolutely in love with. They are a fairly dark shade of gray but surprisingly not boring or gothic at all. With the white they look crisp yet edgy. I ended up getting Calvin Klein sheets because they had the highest thread count I could find in the color I wanted. Sheets are everything people – don’t skimp on them!

One day, I decided to tile a mirror with smaller pieces of glassed mirror. I thought I could make a great mosaic-ed piece. Instead I wasted about $100 and am so bitter about how it turned out, I couldn’t even finish. I think I had the right idea but wasted so much time, energy and money on it. You can buy just as cute of one from West Elm, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Marshall’s for a lot less everything  So worth the money to save your sanity. Next time, that is the route I’m going.

Here are my amazing turquoise lamps I found at Marshall’s so long ago this Summer! I have been waiting and waiting to incorporate them into my room and now the time is finally here. I practically planned the color of my room around them. I wanted them to match the walls so they were almost camouflaged in — I thought it would make a cool effect. Turns out I was right.

Then I used an oversized crystal doorknob that my sister gave me as a book end. So cute and ties in all of my crystal and silver picture frames.

I got this old dresser from Goodwill and after cleaning it off, I added two new knobs I got from Hobby Lobby. You can get all different kinds of knobs at stores like Hobby Lobby, Anthropologie and Home Depot or Lowe’s. Or try specialty stores online. Mine are turquoise and brown — duh!

This little area of my room sits at the foot of my bed. I have an old slipper chair in pink and white that I toss this cool hand-quilted blanket over. Again…that is my dresser from Goodwill. It cleaned up nice, didn’t it?

To tie this wall in with the rest of the room, I used a third canvas painting of my branches above the TV. I have started collecting jewelry more and more in recent years and decided to display them so I can enjoy them every day, even when I’m not wearing them.

I bought an antique-looking frame from a frame store (think: Aaron Brothers if you’re from Houston) to show case all of my dangly earrings. For the time being, I am using a scrap piece of leopard print fabric from my chairs to hold it up. Finding a better ribbon or fabric is on my to-do list.

This has got to be one of my favorite things ever. I bought an inexpensive shelf with hooks attached and spray painted it Satin Nickel. After letting it dry overnight, I hung it up and put all of my long and chunky necklaces on it. This makes for easy access and an artful appearance on my wall. Hooks of any sort are always great for jewelry display.

My bathroom is a awesome as well. Huge bathtubs are a great commodity — except that I don’t even like taking baths (I think it’s nast-ay to sit in stagnant water and act like you’re getting “clean”. Ew). My turquoise and brown shower curtain (again…duh) is from Marshall’s. I bought shiny gem-looking curtain holders from there too. Love!

My absolute favorite thing in my bathroom is the antique shelving unit. It used to be my grandmother’s and my parents were ready to hawk it…I salvaged this baby. I put some of my favorite things and pictures of my favorite people on here too.

A long time ago, I saw a painting from a street vendor when I was on a family vacation in Italy of a naked woman’s back. I know it is weird — but it spoke to me. I loved the way it looked with the water colors. So I have been scouring the internet and finally found something similar on Etsy.com. Don’t you like it in my bathroom?

My room is definitely a work in progress and I haven’t totally pinned down my personal style in life. I’m working on it though and I think the best piece of advice I can give/lesson I’ve learned is that you have to surround yourself with art, furniture, and bedding that really make you happy and comfortable when you see them. My unique pieces such as my antique shelving unit and painting in the bathroom, how I display my jewelry, and my soft gray sheets make me SO happy. So find what makes you happy and surround yourself with it in your room 🙂

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Spotlight On: Jewelry Organization and Display

6 Aug

Okay so it’s that time of year again when people are moving out, moving in, and moving back to school. For those lucky peeps who get to go back to the University of Georgia — the #1 party school in the nation, may I add — I am supremely jealous. But going back to school can be a fiasco between moving into new digs, participating in Rush, or just getting ready for the school year in general. Even I am about to make a big move to Houston in 2 pieces — first, all of my clothes, etc. Later when it’s time to move into my apartment, I’ll come back for all of my furniture. Lovely, isn’t it?

Anyhoo, the point of this ramble is that when you’re moving around, you tend to want to get organized FAST! No one likes to have their room in disarray for long. People are always looking for little ways to compartmentalize, store and display their goodies. Especially jewelry.

There are lots of ways to organize and show off your jewelry at the same time. But you have probably seen so many different ways that you can’t even remember. Have no fear, Funky Bear is here! I’m going to show you a bunch of great things you can buy and make to organize your life via your jewelry in a neat, unique and FUNKY way.

DO IT YOURSELF

First of all, I know all my loyal little Funky Bears read one of my first posts about making your own Earring Frames. I can’t stress enough how easy and effective this DIY project is! Read the post and go try it yourself, it will allow you to show off all your pretty dangly earrings and add some FUNK to your room in general depending on the frame you decide on.

Then in my most recent post, I took you through Ariel’s room and showed you her corkboard jewelry holder. This is also an easy one. Just buy a piece of cork, cut it to your liking, add push pins (they can be very decorative) and hang jewelery. Voile!

HANGING

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

$24

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

$24

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

NATURAL, TREE-INSPIRED

Only $20!

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Inspired by: Design Milk

Inspired by: Design Milk

Inspired by: Design Milk

$69

Inspired by: Viva Terra

$59

Inspired by: Viva Terra

$79

Inspired by: Viva Terra

$32 to $46

Inspired by: The Well Dressed Room

FOR THE BIRDS

$32

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

$28

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

BUSTS and VINTAGE

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

$16

Inspired by: Ameriglobe

$14

Inspired by: Ameriglobe

Inspired by: Dream, Create, Inspire

HANDS

$18

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

$18

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

BOWLS

Inspired by: Element Clay Studio on Etsy

Inspired by: Element Clay Studio on Etsy

$12

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

Inspired by: Odd Candy

Inspired by: The Anthology

JEWELRY BOXES

$38

Inspired by: Urban Outfitters

RANDOM INSPIRATION

Inspired by: Arianna Belle

Inspired by: The Decorista

So to sum it all up, here are some tips when figuring out how you want to organize and display your jewelry:

1) Figure out if you like to have your jewelry on display or covered up, neat and tidy. Then you know if you want to have it out in the open or in a gorgeous jewelry box like the one from Urban Outfitters above.

2) Find your style. Whether you are an au natural tree-loving woman or are feminine and vintage, there is a jewelry display option for you.

3) Don’t rule out big chain stores! You can find cute options at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, and Marshall’s.

Send me pictures of you display your jewelry! I’ll give an update when I get enough pics!

Do It Yourself (DIY): Earring Frames

9 Jun

Besides the fact that I color-code my closet (OCD much?), I have no organizational skills to date. I’m that girl. That girl who always tries really hard at the beginning of the school year to stay on top of things by buying Post-Its in all the various neon colors, 3 different calendars, and multi-colored notebooks for each class. Sadly (and obviously), this never works out.

These organizational shortcomings extend to a particularly tricky section of my room: Jewelry. How on earth are you supposed to keep track of such tiny little earrings and separate necklaces so they stay untangled? I’m sure a lot of you can relate.

One of the better ideas that I’ve seen out in cyberspace and in my friends’ rooms is the Earring Frame. The Earring Frame helps you organize and display all of your earrings, dangly or studs, in a pretty (and potentially color-coded!) manner.

If you Google “earring frame”, here are a few of the examples of styles that pop up:

All these Earring Frames are made of are:

— a Wooden Frame

— Chicken Wire (or Lace)

— Ribbon

Hopefully, you have a better understanding now for what the Earring Frame is and how you can use it.

The best part is…you can DO IT YOURSELF!!

Like I said before, the only materials you need for this mini-project are:

  • a Wood Frame — either the plain type from a craft store (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby) or a more decorative, actual picture frame
    — Benefit of a plain wood frame: you can paint it any color you want!
  • Chicken Wire (or Lace) — chicken wire can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot, and lace can be bought by the yard at a fabric store
  • Ribbon — also found in Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or a fabric specialty store
  • Flat Head Tacks (look like shallow nails) or Staples — ex: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart
  • Hammer or Staple Gun — ex: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart

The project is pretty self explanatory. But here are a few helpful details:

1. DECORATE FRAME: If you are using a plain wood frame, paint the frame how you choose. Acrylic paint works well on wood and comes in tons of colors. For better results, use Mod Podge as a finish to put on after the paint dries; you can paint it on in either Matte or Glossy…I like Glossy. Then wait for the paint to dry. Take out the glass and skip to Step 2 if you are using a regular picture frame.

Example of Acrylic Paint

Types of Mod Podge: Glossy and Matte

2. CUT WIRE: Turn over the frame. Use scissors or a knife to cut a square (or rectangular, circular…) piece of the chicken wire or lace out to fit the size of the hole in the back of the frame. You will want to leave about 1/2 – 1 inch of overhang on all sides of the frame for the tacks/staples to have room.

Chicken Wire or Screen Wire

Lace

3. ADD WIRE: Position wire/lace tightly over the hole. Use hammer or staple gun to secure the wire/lace flush against the frame. It doesn’t matter if it looks messy, it’s the back. Just make sure it’s a relatively even tightness all around. This will help make sure the earrings hang well. Flip the frame to the front to make sure it’s the way you want it. You can even use a pair of earrings to hang and see how it looks. If it is saggy, don’t be shy — use more tacks or  staples.

Back of Earring Frame with Staples

4. ADD RIBBON: Now that the basic frame is done, all you need to add is the ribbon to hang it by! Choose colors and designs that go with your room or add a quirky accent. You can use as many ribbons as you want and twist them, braid them, just let them hang…the choices are limitless. Other ideas to hang frames by: scarves, rope, bead strings or fabric. Turn the frame to the back again and secure your ribbon with the tacks/staples. Tip: It’s best of the ribbon is relatively long so the frame is easy to pull away from the wall and hook earrings through wire.

5. CLEAN UP EDGES: If the jagged edges of the wire on the back bothers you or could potentially scratch your walls, use some extra ribbon to create a border directly over the wire and smooth the edges. Just use 2 staples or tacks for each of the 4 pieces of ribbon.

6. HANG! Use nails, tacks, or the types of hooks that college dorms require for a clean removal (what are those called?!?) and hang the frame by the ribbon. Now add your earrings and VOILA!!

Check out some of the Earring Frames I have made in the past!!


Besides being able to use them to decorate your own room, Earring Frames make great birthday and holiday gift ideas that are customizable and come with a personal touch to that special someone — or whoever. So go have fun making your Earring Frames! If any of you get the urge…send me some of your pictures of finished products.

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