Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spotlight on Freshly Picked - Review and GIVEAWAY!

Hey Y'all!

You might remember last year, in honor of Yishai's 2nd birthday, I collaborated with Freshly Picked for a review and awesome moccasin giveaway for my amazing readers.



It was so much fun the first time and Yishai turned 3 last month...so let's do it again!

{can we just talk about chubby baby leg rolls for a minute?!}
Freshly Picked was kind enough to send both boys a new pair of moccs and this time I decided to get matching brother moccs.

{yes, I love to match them every chance I get. yes, I know they will kill me when they get older. 
hey, it's my mom-given right! right?}

One of the best things about Freshly Picked is the amazing color choices! Seriously, check these out:



so many choices, right?! love it!

They're always adding new seasonal colors and patterns and now have a smaller 'crib mocc' size for newborns and a clothing line.

The boys took their new moccs for spin when we went strawberry picking a few weeks ago. 
How's that for perfect?! Freshly picked strawberries while wearing their gorgeous Freshly Picked moccs!

{Ok, I admit it...it was D's idea. He's good at that kinda stuff. 
Let's not tell him I said that. I don't want it going to his head.
Deal? deal.}


{All ready for our tractor ride!}



Yishai and I started off our visit with a tractor-pulled tour of the Bedner's Farm Fresh Market and all of the produce grown there. D stayed behind while Nafi napped in the stroller.

Followed by silly strawberry faces :)



 And then...we picked so.many.strawberries! Yishai had an amazing time and after we explained which strawberries were ready to be picked he shrieked with happiness every time he found a "great, big strawberry for me!"

We had 3 pint baskets to fill and we stuffed as many sweet berries as we could in them. Not to mention, the boys ate their fill sitting right on the strawberry rows! 
{who am I kidding? we all left red-faced and red-handed!}

We had an amazing time and in the end I was the one who had to be pulled away to go home :)


{It was so cute watching how focused he was looking for the ripe ones.}
{so proud that his basket is starting to fill up!}
{Nafi was mesmerized!}






One of my favorite things about Freshly Picked is that despite not having a hard sole, they can be worn outside! 
They start out exactly the same (uni-foot? is that even a word? let's pretend it is. go with it), but after a few wears they molded to each of their feet and I can see slight toe outlines, so I know which shoe is which :)
{"Wook, Nafi! It's a stwa-bewwy. I gonna show you how to eat it!}"
{Once big brother showed him what to do he must've eaten his body weight in strawberries!}

I do love how well these moccs stay on - especially on Yishai - they can definitely stand up to an extremely active toddler!
The sizing guide is easy and accurate and I got the fit I expected both times. 

Both boys are wearing the "Cherry" color - I absolutely love them and the boys get so many complements whenever they have them on!

Now...the AWESOME part you've all been waiting for...

Freshly Picked has graciously agreed to gift a pair of moccasins to one lucky Modestly Fashioned reader!

Even if you don't have kids, these would be an adorable gift for a niece, nephew, grandchild, baby shower gift, friend's kid's birthday, etc!

You can enter using the rafflecopter widget below - the winner will be chosen at random and announced on May 1st and will be able to choose the size and color of their preference :)

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A HUGE thanks to Freshly Picked and good luck to y'all!

Giveaway open only to U.S. readers - but Freshly Picked does ship internationally.


FTC Full Disclosure: I was gifted these moccasins for free but all opinions are my oen. I would never write about a company in which I did not truly feel passionate. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Modestly Fashioned!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pop of Color! DIY Entry Table

Ever since I saw this pin I knew I had to have a turquoise entry table.

{Photo Credit: thehouseofsmiths.com}
Cabinets and little drawers are always great for some extra storage and I also wanted a bottom shelf where I could put baskets for shoes, dog leash, etc. When I stumbled upon this beauty at an awesome thrift store (if you're in SoFla, check out Faith Farm Thrift in Ft. Lauderdale) and despite the fake-bake orange-y glow I knew it had awesome potential and was exactly what I had been looking for.

{Yikes! We clearly have some work to do here.}
Origninally I had planned on just replacing the knobs and pulls but some of the large bolts on the bottom were missing - so instead I took the opportunity to replace all the hardware. After disassembling the table I took my hardware baggie with me to Lowe's and a kind, patient gentleman (bless his heart!) helped me find replacement pieces.

This looks fun, doesn't it? no.
After reading Virginia's post on painting with chalk paint, I decided I'd give it a whirl. Also, if you haven't checked out her blog, head on over there check it out. You're welcome. She's definitely my DIY crush (if that's even a thing. we'll pretend it is. just go with it).

Anyway, I chose Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Treasure for my bold, punchy pop of color

 and even though there is a paint brush in the pics I ended up using this touch-up size foam roller because the paint coverage was more even.

I disassembled the entire table by removing both cabinet doors, both drawers, the legs and the bottom shelf.



Ok, let's get to work!
One of the benefits of using chalk paint is that you don't have to strip or sand the piece before application. Being that this piece was really old, I did a small amount of spot-sanding - just where I thought it would really make a difference. I didn't go crazy sanding every imperfection because I wanted some of the character to show through despite the 'facelift' the piece was getting.

As I mentioned, I started with a regular paint brush but I didn't like the coverage I was getting and it was hard to control with this thicker type of paint. Once I switched over to the foam roller it was much easier. For the lip underneath the top and at the lip above the legs I used an old craft paint brush I had laying around which worked really well and gave me excellent control on the smaller areas.

Letting each piece dry overnight in between, I used 3-4 light coats of paint. This being my first time using chalk paint it took some time figuring out the best method of application, and now that I'm currently working on another project with it, I'm realizing that 2 maybe 3 coats (max) is definitely enough.

After all pieces were completely dry I tried to reassemble the table myself. After struggling for half an hour to balance the legs while drilling the screws, I finally admitted it was a two person job and asked D to come help me. 
(I'm lucky that he's totally supportive of these projects even though it may or may not have been midnight when I decided I HAD TO REASSEMBLE IT RIGHT NOW. I'm spontaneous like that sometimes. It's really fun for everyone. Moving on...)

One of the cool things about this chalk paint is that you can 'customize' the finish of your project. The paint itself dries with a matte finish, but Americana Decor makes a variety of finishing creme waxes that you brush on, let dry and then buff off until you get the desired amount of shine. I used this one:


Again, this was another trial and error process for me. I used a lint-free cloth to 'wipe' it on and then a clean one to buff it off, but I think in the future I'm going to try a wide foam brush (3-4") like the kind you find at Michaels to 'paint' it on. We'll see...I'll keep you posted on that method.

From there I replaced the external hardware using knobs and pulls from Anthropologie. They're my go-to for decorative hardware. I've used them to spruce up the nursery dresser (new post to come now that we've moved!) and my dining room buffet as well. I chose these knobs and these pulls (now on sale!) and I love how they look together!


{By the way, replacing the knobs/pulls on old furniture and/or cabinets is a great, inexpensive way to give old items a facelift - it really makes such a difference, especially if you're not in a position to be buying new items.}

I am just in love with how it all came together! Clearly, I have some work still to do with the styling :) My vision is to put a lamp, a tray for the vase and some candles, maybe some DIY artwork or a few decorative other things to balance out some of the negative space. I'll be sure to update with the progress. 


Baskets from Homegoods
Indoor/Outdoor carpet from Overstock
Wall Color - Behr 'Mineral' (mixed in Valspar Signature)


I also upcycled this mirror - post to come soon!
See DIY vase post here.

{Don't mind D's shoes...he was excited to try out the baskets!} 



I love the cheerful color that greets me as soon as I walk in my house:)

If you do any projects inspired by this post I definitely want to see! I love hearing from y'all and the things y'all create inspired by my posts keep inspiring me - so keep 'em coming :) 
Post a link/pics in the comments or email me at modestlyfashioned(at)gmail(dot)com!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Navy + Gray Living Room Inspiration

Navy + Gray Living Room


Just working on a little mood board for inspiration as we start to decorate the living rooom.

We painted the large living/dining area Behr Mineral - a really pretty 'cool' light greige.

Super excited about these gorgeous dark blue velvet curtains I just ordered! I'm envisioning them with patterned grommet sheers underneath. Maybe something like this.

I'm hoping to thrift some winback chairs with really beautiful 'bone structure' and have them reupholstered - so we'll see how that goes :) I'm also really liking the idea of a rocker-type chair in the living room.

The room will definitely need some pops of color and right now I'm thinking coral and/or turquoise but the main focus will be grays and dark blues in different fabrics/textures.

Hopefully I'll have some progress (and pics!) to report back with soon :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DIY - Designer 'Look for Less'


Now that we I have an entire house to decorate, I sometimes find myself getting sucked down the late-night rabbit hole looking at beautifully decorated homes on Pinterest. And then I imagine what would happen if Yishai was let loose in one of those gorgeously staged homes for 10 minutes - toddler 'bull in a china shop'!. Sure, I'd love to have one of those all white homes staged to decor perfection, but let's be real here - expensive, breakable things + super active toddler (and baby) = yeah.right.

Anyways, since I always joke that my motto is #champagnetastebeerbudget I put my (lack of) 'money where my mouth is' and here are my takes on two DIY Designer 'Look for Less' vases:

My designer inspiration:



I love the playful yet elegant design of Kate Spade's Cloverdale Rose Bowl, but sadly it's been discontinued (please bring it back, Kate Spade!). I really mean it when I say this project is so.easy. All it takes is some gold craft paint and a bit of time (I let my dots dry overnight in between coats and used 5 or 6 coats). All of the supplies were from Michaels. I LOVE how it came out!






And my second designer inspiration:

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler is queen of 'cool girl chic decor' but my #beerbudget doesn't allow for the 14k gold accents on her Handcrafted Ceramic Confetti Bowl (and it's also been discontinued!). What's a girl to do? Gonna make my own!

The vase was a Homegoods clearance find for $2.99 and I had a partial package of gold New Year's Eve decorations laying around so rather than buy confetti I cut them into pieces. I primed the vase with a coat of Valspar Primer and then two coats of Valspar white in gloss finish and let it dry overnight. Using E6000 Craft Adhesive, I tacked the pieces to the vase and sprayed the completed vase with a Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Glaze.











This one now lives on my DIY entry table (post to come, stay tuned!) and makes me smile everytime I walk in the door. 
If you make your own version I'd love to see! Leave a pic in the comments. And if you have other Designer 'Looks for Less' share them also...I'm always looking for new projects :)