DIY Block-Printed Fabric Curtains

LGN DIY block print fabric curtains

I have an obsession with block-printed fabrics and textiles! I love how the patterns are modern, organic and geometric all at the same time. (Some of my favorite fabric pins HERE)

I’ve been wanting to try block printing myself for a long time though and Lucy’s bedroom curtains presented a great opportunity! We started with this gorgeous brass rod and these favorite IKEA linen-look white curtain panels that just can’t be beat at $35/pair. A pretty and simple combo, but I knew we could step it up a notch with a subtle blue stamped pattern. I thought about making my own stamp with a lino block to look something like this Madeline Weinrib print, but then I found a fern stamp at my local art supply store that I really loved.

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Amazon also has about a hundred cool block print options if you want to try one for yourself! DYING over that Tiger stamp! I want to stamp Evie’s plain white roman shades with black or hot pink tigers. :)

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tree  //  tiger  //  flower  //  leaf combo pack  //  Aztec design  //  snowflake  //  butterfly

 

The stamps themselves are pretty easy to use, especially after a couple of practice rounds, so my best piece of advice about the project has to do with the set up. I’ve wanted to try this project for ages, but I didn’t want to have to deal with marking each and every placement of every stamp. And it is SO important to have exact measurements in the pattern drop!

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So I cleared off our desks in the studio one weekend (you can just do this on your hard-surface floor if you don’t have a table big enough) and started marking out an 8″ grid pattern.

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I started first by making the horizontal hatch marks with a little bit of tape and then the long lines and then the vertical marks and lines. It was SUPER fast and easy to do.

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I wanted there to be about an inch of white relief at the top of the header before the pattern started, so I was sure to plan out my pattern marks before I started taping.

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I picked a bright blue fabric paint and used this roller to apply the paint to the stamp in a thin, even coat before each application.
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IMG_6432 It’s really helpful to completely clean off the stamp every fifth or sixth application, just to keep the lines crisp. The charm of the block-printed look is that each stamping will look a little different but hopefully only a little different with practice! I stamped six panels for Lucy’s bedroom and my last four were much better than my first two. We only ended up needing four panels for her room, so it all worked out! :) I just seamed two panels together for each side so there would be enough fabric for Lucy to close her curtains and still have some fullness.
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I’m OBSESSED with the final look! The blue is such a subtle touch of color in a room that already has a lot going on with the blush walls and bright pink bed. Claire needs some new curtains in her bedroom and I can’t wait to try another pattern and color! :)

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2016 HGTV Smart Home Tour

A few weeks ago, I was invited for a quick trip to gorgeous Raleigh, NC to tour the 2016 HGTV Smart Home with HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. I have been to North Carolina before for High Point market, but never to Raleigh. It was such a beautiful, inspiring city! We got to tour the Videri Chocolate Factory, Raleigh Denim Workshop and the North Carolina Museum of Art (like, woah, with the modern grounds there!). We also ate at some of the most delicious restaurants and we even took a segue tour of the Oakwood Historic district (lots of behind the scenes are posted on my Instagram!). It was a super inspiring trip that ended with a tour of the 2016 HGTV Smart Home, and it did not disappoint!

HGTV Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina

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Tiffany Brooks was the designer this year and she really nailed the color choices! Every room felt unique and different, but the colors all flowed and worked together. She mixed neutral, calming tones with bold, saturated hues from the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Neutral Nuance Color Collection.

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The common area wall color is Sedate Gray and I loved it! It was the perfect goes-with-everything, barely there color.

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The art in this dining room was so great! Large and in charge is my favorite size for artwork.

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HGTV Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina

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The kitchen cabinets were the prettiest color of bluey gray called Retreat. It paired so well with the brass accents in the lighting and the beautiful patterned wall tile.

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How about that cute bird print on the mudroom window shades?

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The reason the home is called the Smart Home is the whole place is completely tricked out with the coolest electronics and automated technology, like these skylights that opened and shut with a phone app. So cool!

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HGTV Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina

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I love that the bedrooms were a little more dramatic with color, but they still felt in tune with the common areas of the Smart Home.
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The nursery walls were the prettiest shade of dark, moody teal called Riverway. I love how the color paired with the orange curtain fabric.
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Anonymous is one of my favorite colors in the HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams paint color collection. It’s a warm, dark gray that looks especially great on cabinetry like this office nook in the Smart Home loft. It pairs so well with pink and brass!
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The Master bathroom and the guest bedroom walls were both Dover White – a beautiful warm white! The tiniest pops of color on the walls looked amazing in here.

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How amazing is that millwork in the Master bedroom? I love the idea of a grid-patterned feature wall. It looks especially cool with large artwork layered on top.

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HGTV Smart Home 2016 Master Bedroom

Such a gorgeous home, right? Believe it or not, I edited like crazy to get the number of photos here down to a reasonable amount, but if you feel like you still want to see more, here’s a full tour from HGTV. (By the way, have you entered to win yet?)

It was SUCH a treat to get to see some of the best parts of Raleigh on this trip! I can see why HGTV chose to build this year’s Smart Home in that beautiful place! A big thanks to HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams for hosting me. I’m hoping for an invite to next year’s tour!! :)

Indoor Swings (Or How to Be the Coolest Parent in the World)

A few months ago, we ordered this swing for a client project (hanging above a set of white shiplapped built-in bunkbeds- heart eyes!) There are so many cool swings out there right now. I’m still thinking of a space in my house where I could make this happen but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite inspo images.

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In a playroom or master bedroom, kids room or family room, indoor swings add such a sweet and playful touch to a space, don’t you think? Here are two great DIYs I stumbled upon if you’re in the mood to make:

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Woven Swing DIY via Park & Cube

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And an Tree Swing DIY via The Merrythought (some great DIY’s happening over there!)

And if you don’t feel like busting out the heavy duty yarn or chop saw- here is a roundup of my favorite swings I came across while sourcing for this client.

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Do any of you have a swing in your home? I’d love to see it! We have a new email address for sharing projects like this. If you have a space you’d love to share with our readers, shoot an email to hello@littlegreennotebook.com with photos!

P.S. Unexpected Art and A Chalkboard Table DIY to bring out the playful side of interiors today.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Our house is the definition of chaos this week! My baby sister, Heather, is getting married this weekend and the reception will be here on Saturday night. (Insert Home Alone scream) We’ve been cleaning and hanging lights and moving furniture and painting signs and making decorations all week. There’s a lot to do still, but most of it has to do with the flowers. I bought everything at the floral wholesale place on Monday, and we’re picking up buckets and buckets of blooms at the crack of dawn on Saturday. We probably should have hired out this part of the party, but it’s way too much fun for me and my mom to give up! We have about 30 large bundles of silver dollar eucalyptus that we’re using for the base of every garland and arrangement and then all sorts of gorgeous peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, poppies and chamomile to layer in. CAN YOU TELL I’M EXCITED?! I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and share a post next week. You can follow along on Instagram in the meantime!

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I meant to post this Mother’s Day Gift Guide earlier in the week, but, you know, the wedding. But the good news is there’s still time to completely nail your Mother’s Day gift! Here are a few of my favorite recent purchases or things that are on my wish list/saved in my Amazon cart. :)

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They Call Me Mom tee – My friend co-owns a local company called the Lemon Tee shop. I love, love, love their kids shirts especially, but every time I wear this funny tee, I get a million questions. So only wear it when you feel like saying “Lemon Tee shop!” a million times in your day!

Flowers Coloring Book – Brittany is a creative genius (and truly one of the kindest people I’ve met!). I LOVE her coloring book for grown ups. I guess kids can use it too, but I think you’re going to want to keep this one for yourself. Every one says coloring books are a great stress reliever, but I probably put a little too much effort into my coloring sessions. :)

Gold Flatware – I have a set of vintage gold flatware that I got on eBay a couple years ago. I really shouldn’t be putting it in the dishwasher, but I do (#lazy) and now I’m paying for it! I’ve been eyeing the West Elm set for a while to replace my corroding vintage set but I like this one even better (the proportions of the big spoon are just SO good) and at $20 for a five-piece place setting, I couldn’t help myself and I bought 12 settings on the spot. Also, it’s officially dishwasher safe! High fives!

Acrylic tape dispenser – because at least six times a month, I find myself yelling out to my art-loving girlies “WHERE’S THE SCOTCH TAPE?!” They might still take my tape, but this one will be easier to find.

Pastel Kilim pillow – just a pretty pillow at a great price.

Tassel pillow – I think these two pillows go great together. You’re basically giving your mom a whole sofa makeover with the set!

Schwinn cruiser – Ivory +caramel leather bikes are the ultimate and this one’s cheap and chic. Nothing’s cuter than a mom on a bike ride with her kids, you know?

LGN MOM2Black wall sconce – A pair of these wall-mounted, plug-in sconces won’t set you back too much in the cash department and will completely elevate her bedroom look. Love the brass accents, of course.

Hanging planter – I love a little hanging planter in a back room window. This one would be so sweet with a Maiden Hair Fern already planted inside!

Pink Buildings Print – Reminds me of The Grand Budapest Hotel! I love the girliness of this print.

Green Vintage Style Fan – Fans are a necessary evil here in the desert. I consider it one of my personal duties in life to seek out all the prettiest fans on the market. This green one is SO on my list!

Pink Throw – I have and LOVE this pink throw. It is so, so soft and it truly looks amazing in any room, even and maybe especially if there are no other pink accents in the space. It is bright but super luxurious looking!

Marble and Brass Side Table – a killer deal on a killer table. It’s anything but basic, but the lines are completely classic. This one is worth getting and keeping for a long time to come.

Portable Phone Battery – Cause every mom needs extra phone juice!

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Mom Jeans Dish – Low rise is the enemy! Amiright, ladies?

Pressed Flowers Necklace – I really would love one of these sweet necklaces to layer in with my other daintier pieces. These are real pressed flowers!

Plant Stand – This is one of the more affordable plant stands available right now. I love the bullet planter shape and the manageable size!

Black Herschel bag – A woman can never have too many Weekender bags! Because why bring a single suitcase when you can bring 8 overnight bags?

Botanical Prints – I love this book full of dozens of botanical style prints. These wooden hangers are the perfect way to display them in a casual, textural, un-fussy way!

Chambray Notebook – If someday I decide to go all Steve Jobs style with a daily uniform, a chambray shirt would likely be my choice of top. So naturally I would want a chambray notebook, right?

Le Pens – Always and forever the best writing implement known to man. This color pack combo is my favorite.

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Carry-On Luggage – I’m in need of a new smaller sized suitcase, but I hate the idea of spending a bunch of money on something that is going to get completely beat up. This DVF suitcase is adorable and affordable!! Wouldn’t it be cute to give your wife or mom a new suitcase and a cheap flight somewhere fun? Allegiant and Frontier always have crazy deals here like $25 tickets to San Fran!

A Mother is a Story – My friend, Samantha Hahn, is a brilliant illustrator. You have seen her work everywhere – I literally can’t pick up a magazine that doesn’t have at least some of her lettering. She is amazing. Her newest book is a beautiful celebration of motherhood (and therefore, a PERFECT gift for this weekend.) I’ll also be giving one to every pregnant friend from here on out.

Brass and Marble lamp – Still one of my favorite lighting pieces from Lucy’s project. It’s a show-stopper!

Worth It Tee – Subtle and so, so true.

Gorjana Earrings (studs, hooks, bars) – Between Madewell and this line, I am pretty much always covered in the jewelry department. The Grojana pieces are dainty and affordable and really well-made. Also, I learned recently that if any of your Gorjana jewelry breaks or the gold fill starts to wear off, you can just send your jewelry into their headquarters in California (or have Nordstrom send it for you) and they’ll make it look new for free and ship it back to you! Sweet, huh?

Salt and Pepper Cellars – The perfect countertop accessory. Those little brass spoons slay me.

Record Player – My girls are super into records these days. It’s fun to hunt for great albums at thrift shops and teach my kids about good, old music. A little Fleetwood Mac mixed in with their Taylor Swift can only be a good thing. This record player is cute and less expensive than others on market. It looks adorable sitting out on a credenza or on top of the piano.

Cookie Silpat Mat – In case your mother is as much of a perfectionist as mine! :) Hopefully if I give this to my mom, she’ll make her famous Honey Oatmeal cookies a little more often. Yummmm…

Keep Calm Bake On mits – It’s been long enough, right? We can start using the Keep Calm graphics again? These oven mits made me nostalgic for the good old blogging days of circa 2007.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY all of you beautiful women! You are doing amazing work.