The Prettiest Navy Blue Bench

Can we get sort of serious here for a minute? My little girls are still pretty little – four and six – but when Ada turned six this year it hit me that six is one third of eighteen…and eighteen is when kids off to college…meaning she was a third of the way through the time she’d live in my house full time. Which just blew my mind. But what, you might wonder, does this have to do with the prettiest navy blue bench? I will tell you.

As I’ve been working my way through some of the updates and personalizations to this house since we bought it a year and a half ago, I’d been thinking the bedrooms would be some of the last rooms to receive my attention. A lot of the bedrooms have cracks in the walls, need closet door repairs, new paint, things hung on the walls, etc. They’re the easiest rooms to delay updating because most people who come to your house don’t see them. But when I had the whole Ada-is-a-third-of-the-way-through-living-here-epiphany I decided I wanted to prioritize her room. I want her to have a pretty, cheery, personalized space to call her own.

I doesn’t hurt that she’s the kind of kid who totally loves and appreciates this sort of thing. She’s been so excited to approve and be part of some of the decisions and is so genuinely thrilled to be getting the attention paid to her space, it’s pretty much all the motivation I need. So far I’ve patched the cracks in the walls (video tutorial!), painted the walls a very pale blush pink shade, and built floating shelves.

There are lots more plans in the works – I’ll share all the details soon – but today I wanted to show you a few little accents I’ve added this past week. Including that navy blue bench I mentioned!

Navy blue, pink, gold, and black girl's room

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The Inspiration Gallery – A Weekly Link Party

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Here’s a look at what Lucy, Taryn, Liz and I have been up to this week on our blogs….

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DIY Budget-Friendly Custom Corner Curtain Rod

I’ve seen lots of bloggers making custom curtain rods out of galvanized pipe, and for good reason. When you have a large window or one that requires a size that isn’t readily available, using galvanized pipe pieces (found in the plumbing aisle at hardware stores) to make your own is a great budget-friendly way to get the look you want at a fraction of the cost of buying a custom rod. I knew this was the way to go when I was putting my screened porch together and wanted to hang curtains to frame the large seating area.

DIY galvanized pipe corner curtain rod

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The Best Affordable Woven Chairs

One of the furniture pieces I get asked about the most, via the blog and from friends, are the woven chairs I have on my screened porch. There’s just something about them that hits all the right notes. They’re casual but still refined, the two-tone woven fibers have loads of visual interest, and they’re just as pretty from the back as they are from the front. They’re suitable for outdoor use but nice enough to be used inside too at a kitchen table.

The style is a classic French bistro look, but I feel like Serena and Lily really made this kind of chair popular in recent years with their Riviera collection. I love Serena and Lily but we all know their beautiful pieces usually come with hefty price tag – the Riviera chairs run from $225-$245 each. A few other furniture companies have started making similar woven indoor/outdoor chairs, and their prices are all about half the cost of the Serena and Lily ones and the quality and look is still spot on. Here are my favorites (and many come in multiple different colors!).

Affordable woven wicker outdoor chairs1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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The Inspiration Gallery – A Weekly Link Party

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Scroll down to link up your favorite projects and recipes from this past week – please no duplicates from previous weeks so we can keep the content fresh for everyone. Take some time to check out what everyone else has been up to while you’re here. We hope you find as much inspiration as we do!

Here’s a look at what Lucy, Taryn, Liz and I have been up to this week on our blogs.

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