Elkee Stewart

DECOR+DESIGN+LIFE+STYLE

Wallpaper

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Welcome to my laundry room. This space was missing texture and detail. So on the hunt I went...... 

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Laundry room

After searching for the perfect wallpaper for the laundry room I knew this was it as soon as I seen it! I picked up 2 rolls for this space.  

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This was my first experience with vinyl wall paper so I didn’t know what to expect.  

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The trickiest part was lining up the trees. I had to make quite a few custom cuts.  

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I just love the way it turned out. It is so us! 

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Fall transitions

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I woke up to a whopping 48 degrees this morning!

I honestly debated turning on the heater to bring the inside up 2 degrees.  Don't worry I didn't do it! I'm not a fan of the cold, Sunshine makes me happy. Fall is my favorite Season, but I like to slowly transition.  Here are some easy and subtle ways I welcome Fall.  


 

 

 

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Sweater/

Cardigan

Perfect for those brisk mornings and chilly nights.

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Pair with

Leggings, jeans, or even shorts! My fav is to tie around my waist.

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Open toe boots/Mules

That perfect combo between a sandal and a boot!

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Concealer

Switch out your BB cream for a heavier cover concealer.

I also break out my darker Fall colors of lipstick, blush and eyeshadow.

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Neutral
foliage

I even mix neutrals into my greens!  I love the texture it creates. Have fun! There are no rules.

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Switch out

greenery

for more neutral colors.

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Pumpkin

everything

Just because Target has Halloween out in August doesn't mean you have to buy it. I start by adding a little pumpkin here and there.

Although we are now in September I haven't added a single Pumpkin to my decor!  Who am I?  I hope to add some and more Fall décor over the weekend.  

How do you transition into Fall?

Back to School feast

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Traditions. I love traditions. 

There’s something about a new School year that makes me want to Party! Years ago I started this easy tradition of a back to school feast for my kids.  We sit and talk about the new year to come, the worries, the excitement, and new goals.  I try to encourage them to do their best, try new things, and be kind to everyone! Some years were fancier then others with decor and favorite foods and some weren’t. Traditions bring people together and make memories! 


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2018

Feast with cousins.

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2017

Breakfast for dinner feast.


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2016

Feast at Adobe.

 

2015

Feast with cousins.

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2014

Feast at Escobars & swimming with cousins.

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2013

Picnic feast.

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2012

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2011

They grow up in a blink of an eye!

What back to school traditions do you have?

Or what traditions would you like to start?

DIY basket light

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Basket.

Target Opalhouse macramé basket

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Light kit.

World market hard wire light kit. Ikea has some great ones as well.

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World Market light kit.

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Pull cord through &

tie in knot.

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Add a vintage

light bulb.

I found mine on Amazon.

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Hardwire.

Seek a professional/Electrician if you don't have experience.

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If you or your husband aren’t handy call in a profesh to install!

Easy Peasy!

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Easy chair makeover

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Projects

are in full swing around here!


Now that we are in the new house I have been back at it with the projects. 

Oh how I have missed projects!

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I got these bad boys for

$5 each!

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Spray paint.

Spray the chair frame. Flip upside down and spray bottom.

Unscrew seat and cover with fabric or.....

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Rugs!

I had some extra 2x3 rugs lying around. I loved that they were thick and full of texture.

Staple or glue to seat. Then screw seat back on frame when dry.

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Wala!

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Another easy project in the books.

Don't ever pass up $5 chairs!

DIY jewelry hanger

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Organize

in style


Materials needed:

-Wood limb, stick, or dowel

-C hooks

-Jute or string


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First layout your stick and decide what way you want it to hang.

Then twist in your c hooks! Add as many as you want.

Lastly wrap and tie on your jute.

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Then hang!

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and add

accessories.

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Seriously one of my easiest projects! Now go out and find

ya some sticks!

 

 

B & B

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This is where my white board and batten obsession started. The second I locked eyes on this beauty in Daybreak Utah I was smitten!  I knew this is what I wanted for our home exterior and from there I chose a house plan.  

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After the first meeting with our builder I learned that this wasn't going to be the cheapest exterior siding option.  It was initially double the money of vinyl siding and was going to take some major persuading to get the hubby on board. Its not hard to see why this siding is totally worth the cost and look!

What Is Board And Batten Siding?

Board and batten siding is a series of alternating vertical or horizontal boards. The wider boards are typically around 10” wide, while the smaller boards, or battens, are closer to two inches wide. Unlike other siding designs, board and batten allows for natural expansion and contraction, which you must account for when referring to any exterior material. 

Why Board and Batten Siding ?

Board and batten siding provides a bunch of benefits few other siding options offer. This growing siding design gives a unique and eye-catching design to any country cottage, barn, guesthouse and rustic  home. Once you decide on board and batten or batten board siding, you have a few choices for materials, including real wood, engineered wood, cement board, and vinyl. Each material has its pros and cons. 

-Fiber cement costs less than wood

-Doesn’t attract pests

-Moisture and rot resistant. Resists water absorption to help protect against mold, swelling and cracking

In case of a fire, you want to know that walls of your house will protect you while your family seeks safety. Fire feasts on wood, and it melts vinyl almost instantly. But James Hardie siding will not ignite when exposed to a direct flame, nor will it contribute fuel to a fire.

-James Hardie is the only siding company that engineers siding and trim products for specific climates, ensuring that you get the best performance for your region

-Baked-on ColorPlus® Technology has greater resistance to fading, chipping and cracking, meaning less maintenance

- WARRANTIES. All James Hardie siding products come with a 30-year, non-prorated warranty and trim products come with a 15-year, non-prorated warranty.

Can I get a heck ya!  No siding that will melt in the sun or fade!  I'm in!

Cement Board Siding

Cement board siding, hardie board, or fiber cement siding as it’s also called, is a mixture of cement and cellulose fibers. It’s made by combining sand, water, cement and cellulose to form strong boards or shingles. A coating is baked on for a colorful finish. Fiber cement siding is available in vertical, horizontal and shingle designs. 

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James Hardie Board

Lifetime Exterior Siding

Interior

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Choose design details that express you and your homes personality.

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Set a budget. Choose what you love and what speaks to your heart and soul.

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NEUTRALS

Neutrals are best known to have no color. These include beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white. Choosing these neutrals for your main finishes like flooring, wall paint, cabinets, and counter tops will allow you to add color with your furniture and décor. Changing your décor is more affordable then changing out your flooring in the years to come.

Going into the flooring store can be straight up overwhelming. Before going do some research and look online at ideas you like. Make an idea book and try to choose things like shape, material, and color before hand. Take the book with you. When arriving at the store talk budget first.  Have them show you items in your budget. This can eliminate hours of the process.

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Get samples and lay them out together. Play around with different textures like wood, basket weave or a fun shape.  

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TIP

Take your top 3 favorite in each category. Start putting them together. Consider color and what looks best. Take pictures so you can get a different perspective. Start eliminating, although most will eliminate themselves.

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You cant go wrong with neutrals! Enjoy the process. Have fun.