Mismatched Chairs

Redecorating the house has been somewhat of a challenge. What’s my style? What color palettes are neutral, which ones are warm? What are your favorite patterns? Favorite materials?

The ultimate answer – whatever you like!

Tip 1: Don’t go by the books. Pick out pieces that you love! Use colors that you wear a lot, because those are colors you won’t get sick of.

Tip 2: Have an idea of the style you like (whether it be modern, rustic, vintage, classic, or colonial). Sign up for sites like One King’s Lane and Joss and Main and look at different styles. Look at the furniture pieces within each style, and shop around for similar pieces.

Tip 3: Check out these places for some great deals!

With that said, I love the farmhouse/rustic look. I also love the Ikat design (what’s Ikat?). And who doesn’t love a good ol’ bench? That’s a lot of different things!

I did some Googling and found out that mismatched chairs are actually a popular look!  So in the end, I picked out different chairs to match a rustic (with a mix of modern) stone top table.

My mismatched chairsWhat do you think?

Chairs
Love me a nice wooden chair!

ikat & bench
Here’s an up-close of one of my Ikat chairs and my bench!

Here are some other mismatched dining sets that I found online. Super cute!

Mismatched Chairs
Here’s one with all wooden chairs that have different backings.

Mismatched Chairs
This one has a very farmhouse feel.

Mismatched Chairs
Like this idea for outdoor furniture too!

How do you feel about the mismatched chairs look? And I want to know what places you go to for house decor and furniture.

Love, Jay

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My dining set is from Cost Plus World Market
Links: 1, 2, 3

  

DIY Midi Rings

I’m obsessed with midi rings (also known as knuckle rings)!

Midi Rings

I’ve been constantly trying to find dainty midi rings online. Either the design isn’t what I wanted, the fit was too large (like the ones at Nordstrom’s and Forever 21), or shipping is too expensive (Etsy). What all this means is that it’s time for a DIY!

What you’ll need (where to buy below):

  • 20 Gauge Jewelry Wire
  • Wire Cutter
  • Round Nose & Chain Pliers
  • Mascara Tube or anything with a cylindrical shape (similar size to your finger)
  • Small beads (optional)

Midi Ring Tutorial

The simplicity of these rings are so perfect for any outfit!

Here’s how you can make them:

DIY Dainty Midi RingSo easy right? This dainty ring takes less than 5 minutes to make, and it looks fabulous!

DIY Swirly Midi Ring
The beads are optional. Without the bead, it will just be a swirly design. Still super cute!

Rings

Have fun with the designs. I added some beads and made a triple loop for this one.

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It’s such an easy project. Go crazy!

Rings and Beads

What do you think of midi rings? Would you wear them?

Have fun, Jay

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Jewelry Wire at Michael’s
Wire Cutter & Pliers on Amazon (similar set to mine)
Beads were only $1.50 at Walmart

  

Nerd Party & Antiques

What do you do during a 3-day weekend?

Let the husband plan one day.
Rest another.
Let the wife plan the last.

This makes everyone happy!

Husband’s plan:
Host a LAN party, aka nerd hangout. Props to you if you know what LAN stands for… anyone? MG invited his childhood friends, and they all brought over their laptops and PCs. After stuffing our faces with turkey weenies in a blanket, triple chocolate brownies, caramel chocolate chip cookies, guacamole, and garlic fries… After a few sodas and a few beers… After 2 hours of configuration and downloading (4 routers, 10 people hardwired into the cable, 2 on wifi, lots of IT knowledge), we were finally ready to game.

Here’s the gang (we had to get an extra table at Costco the morning of).

LAN

LAN Players

The Milkcrate
Pretty cool set up right? Even if you’re not a nerd, you have to appreciate this (at least the hosting aspect of it)! Also this picture directly above ^^^, that’s MG’s cousin Brian. He built his own computer, at least it’ll never heat up right? We named thee, “The Milkcrate.” Don’t hate!

We played Team Fortress 2. It’s a first-person shooter game, with missions, like capturing bases, unlocking sectors on the map, and pushing a cart down a rail. I basically bum rushed people and set them on fire. I was an amazing Pyro. Proof? Look at the screen grab below. Yay! Obviously this was a one-time thing – I was usually towards the bottom. Heh.

Team Fortress

Wife’s Plan:
On Monday, we went to Danville (my first time), and it’s an adorable little town in the North Bay. We walked around downtown, and the city is lined with antique shops. You can call me Explorer Jay, because I LOOOVE antiquing. Look at how lovely this place is:

Danville Sites
The town is full of shops like these.

Crafts in Danville
Perfect for crafting!

Antiques
Antique bottles, vases, and gadgets galore!

Had a little bit of fun in front of a mirror at an antique shop:

Just for fun

It was SO HOT. So we took a break and got some Starbucks. Always a delicious treat!

Break time

More importantly, look what I found for the house!!!

Shelf
Only $10!
I will be putting this above the toilet in our guest bathroom. I’ll be revamping this just a bit! Stay tuned…

Bench
Only $15!
This bench has SO much potential. It’ll be going downstairs so that people can sit and put their shoes on. Reupholster the seat and fresh paint will give this bench new life! A reupholstery tutorial to come soon…

CabinetNow, this is my favorite piece so far. Only $20 at the Salvation Army (OMG and still in great condition)!
I’ve been looking for a storage unit to go in my living room, so that I can put away some of my appliances since our kitchen space is limited. I am going to tint the wood, add some hardware pieces, and it’s going to look fabulous. DIY tutorial on this later as well.

I’m really excited for these projects. As you can see, this will be keeping me busy for a while!

What did you do this weekend?