04/24 Life

27 Random Facts About Me for My 27th Birthday

 

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Yup, I turn 27 today!  Would you have guessed I was younger?  I only assume that because most people guess that I’m around 23 or still in college.  I had one stranger guess that I was 19 :( … c’mon now…

For my 27th birthday, I thought it’d be fun to share 27 random things about me.  I’ve never done anything like this before and am liking the idea because I rarely just chat with you guys on the blog, let alone just share things about myself.  Hopefully you guys find this fun and interesting!

1)  My favorite color is green, though if we want to get super technical, it’s gold.  Black and white are high on the list too.  And creeping up on the list is copper.

2)  I live in an apartment with my high school sweetheart.

3)  My major in college was physiology and I picked it because I was interested in studying cadavers.  That sounds unintentionally morbid when really I just have a fascination with the human body!

4)  I was born and raised in Chicago, which I genuinely believe is one of the greatest cities, minus the weather.

5)  I danced on a competitive hip hop team during my four years of undergrad and led the team my senior year.  It’s one of my proudest accomplishments and many of the people I danced with are still my best friends today.

6)  My parents have been working in the floral design business my whole life and I think that might have something to do with my flower and plant obsession.

7)  Biggest celebrity crush is Leonardo DiCaprio and my boyfriend enthusiastically approves of this.

8)  I have an older brother and three nephews.

9)  One of my childhood dreams was to be a professional figure skater, which came from having taken lessons for a couple years and loving it.

10)  I’m a crier.  Sad movies or seeing other people cry = instant tears.

11)  My biggest life goal is to raise a happy and healthy family.

12)  I cut my own hair because I don’t trust anyone else to do it.

13)  I got my first job at 15, and it was at Dairy Queen.  I’d always come home completely speckled in ice cream because of the blizzard machine.

14)  I think The Twilight Saga is so bad that it’s so good.  I call it deliciously painful entertainment.

15)  My boyfriend and I have a tradition called Steak Sundays, where he grills a steak every Sunday on a cast iron grill pan.  It is most delicious.

16)  Top 5 favorite stores in no particular order: Target, Home Depot, Anthropologie, H&M, and HomeGoods.  Darn, I left out Trader Joe’s… Top 6, then.

17)  I love staying at home.  LOVE.  It’s my favorite Friday night activity.

Let's stay in.

18)  My drink of choice is whiskey on ice.

19)  I have a wide range of taste in music, and I currently mostly listen to electronic artists, but my favorite band is probably Fleetwood Mac.

20)  The only sports I ever played competitively were volleyball and badminton.

21)  I’m very good at sleeping.  Some places where I can’t resist falling asleep are during long car rides or boring movies.

22)  I’m on Team Gale.

23)  Some topics I had considered blogging about before I started Homey Oh My! were fashion and beauty, which feels SO strange thinking back on that now because I’m such an awkward bird when it comes to taking photos of myself.  But still, fashion and beauty are big interests of mine.

24)  I’m a HUGE dog lover.

25)  Cats have a soft spot in my heart too, which only happened because I lived with my old roommate’s cuddly cats a few years ago.

26)  My favorite TV show is Mad Men.  So happy the new season is here!!!

27)  I’m a major advocate for flossing.  I can’t live without flossing my teeth everyday.

Can you relate to any of these things??  Please someone tell me they appreciate Twilight the way I do…

Year 26 was probably the best year of my life so far.  I made new friends, started sharing a home with the love of my life, and discovered my passion- this blog!!!  My soul has never felt more awake and I’ve never been more excited about the future.  I have high hopes that 27 will be even bigger and better, and I’m so thankful you guys are coming along with me for the journey. Thanks for sticking by me, guys <3.

I’ve got a weekend full of celebrating coming up, including some old friends traveling in from out of town, and I. Can’t. Wait!  Hope you all have an amazing weekend to look forward to, which for me would only require sweatpants and ice cream (am I right or am I right?)

04/21 DIY Projects

DIY Modern Plant Stand

DIY Modern Plant Stand @homeyohmy

With all this recent talk about plants, it would probably be a good idea to address where to put them!  My “indoor garden” has grown so much and while my previous setup near the window was a temporary and quick solution consisting of two old IKEA stools, it became more permanent as almost a year later the cramped and uninspiring situation remained the same.

Well!  I finally got sick of my plants looking cluttered and messy and did something about it.  I made not one, but THREE of these modern plant stands using wood and ceramic tile.  Here’s how it goes.

Wood pieces for modern plant stands @homeyohmyI used square birch wood sticks to create the stands.  The 24 inch sticks were used as is but I cut up 9 of the 36 inch sticks into all the other pieces shown in the bottom photo.  Why such random measurements for the connectors, you might be asking?  The ceramic tile I picked out to use as the table top is exactly 11 5/8″ square, and since I wanted the tile to sit in between two pairs of legs, that meant the legs in each pair needed to be separated by exactly 11 5/8″.  The 10 1/8″ is the difference between 11 5/8″ and the 3/4″ widths of each leg so that the leg pairs would be connected at a combined total distance of 11 5/8″ (10 1/8″ + 3/4″ + 3/4″ = 11 5/8″.  Did I lose you?)  The point is, these measurements are all based on the size of the table top, so measure accordingly!

*NOTE: save the wood-staining for after you’ve put the stands together because it’s simply easier.  I stained the wood first in this case because I needed to take advantage of some precious free-time I had and unfortunately didn’t have a power drill on me at that moment.  So, do not do what I did (unless you really want to, of course).  Stain the wood later!

DIY modern plant stand frame @homeyohmyEach of the stands were assembled in this way.  I first drilled the 10 1/8″ sticks about 1.5 inches up from the base of each pair of legs, then connected the leg pairs by drilling in the 11 5/8″ sticks about an inch higher.  I used brass screws and liked the look of them, so I didn’t bother trying to cover them up in any way.  As I mentioned earlier, now’s the best time to stain the wood and let it dry.

Applying a tile tabletop @homeyohmyNext, I drilled in brass corner braces (4 for each stand) about 1.5 inches down from the top of the legs on the sides connected by the 11 5/8″ wood sticks.  This is for the ceramic tile to sit perfectly on top of.  I applied Gorilla Glue (affiliate link) on top of the brass braces and set the tile on top.  I let the glue dry fully before testing it out, and I tell ya, I trust my life with this stuff.  Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but seriously, this glue has never failed me!

Modern Plant Stand DIY @homeyohmySo there’s one stand, and here’s all three!

DIY Modern Plant Stands @homeyohmyI call this plant stand arrangement the Olympic medal ceremony.  I’m so so happy with the way these stands elevate (pun intended) my plants and they’re a major upgrade from what I had before.

Side above view @homeyohmy

Modern plant stands @homeyohmy

DIY modern plant stands @homeyohmyA little update about my curtains.  The previous black and white striped ones I had were so thick and heavy that they blocked a lot of light.  So, I replaced them with semi-sheer white curtains to brighten up our living room.  They still need to be hemmed, but for now I’m just pretending that they are :).  They’ve made such a huge difference!  An EXCELLENT and simple way to change things up and brighten the home for Spring!

Did you spot my DIY Geo Planters?  And did you also notice the stands re-arranged in the last photo?  Can’t decide if I like them better in the Olympic medal ceremony arrangement or in descending order.  Which do you prefer?

04/17 Inspiring Spaces

Pastel Interiors

Pastel Interiors

So.  Pastels.  I generally don’t prefer them unless it’s nail polish.  For me, pastels have always been strictly associated with things like Easter and baby showers and I never thought twice about the potential to decorate the home with them.  I found myself curious lately about this dilemma with Spring-time being the season of pastels, and as per usual, I’ve been proven wrong by all the amazing inspiration out there.  In their essence, pastels are pretty feminine, but they can also add a surprisingly modern edge!  Take a look and see what I mean.

Blue pastel chairs

Mint bedroom wall with ikat bedding

Mint book shelf

Mint chair

Mint dresser and neon yellow stool

Mint walls

Pastel blue couch

Pastel blue headboard

Pastel blue stools

Pastel coffee table

pastel living room

Pastel modern living room

Pastel pink couch

Pastel pink wall

Had to throw this next one in here because the message is too good.  Who’s excited for a weekend of staying in???

Staying in is the new going out

I’m finding I like pastels with black and white.  Really though, you can make me like anything by pairing it with black and white ;).  I tend to prefer the mint, green, and blue pastels, although I am warming up to soft pinks.  Still unsure if I’d incorporate these colors into my own home, but I do have a new-found appreciation for their comforting and calming quality.

How do you feel about pastels?  Do you decorate with them at all?

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04/10 DIY Projects

DIY Beaded Candle Holders and Vase

DIY Beaded Candle Holders and Vase

Spring is THE time to experiment with color and I felt like letting my inner garden party goddess come out on this one.  Inspired by the milk glass vases in my previous post, I wanted to try my hand at creating some beaded glass with color.  I came across this amazing tutorial for beaded glass at Damask Love and had to try it myself.  Of course, I went with creating two of my favorite things- candle holders and a vase.

I started by dotting on clear transparent paint onto plain glass candle holders.  The paint goes on white but it dries clear.

Applying Dots

I set this candle holder upside down on top of a candle jar so that I could rotate it by turning the candle jar and then leave it there to dry.  I used random odd objects from around my apartment for propping up each candle holder like this.

After letting the dots dry for 24 hours, I painted the candle holders with colored transparent glass paint.

Glass Spray Paint KitNow this part is really cool.  I used the Martha Stewart Glass Spray Paint Kit to turn the glass paint into spray paint.  Pretty neat, right?  It comes with glass medium, an aerosol can, and a bottle.  All it required was mixing the glass medium with transparent glass paint in a 1:1 ratio then attaching the aerosol can to the bottle.  Unlike regular spray paint, this stuff doesn’t need to be shaken throughout use, so I just sprayed each candle holder straight on through.

The paint looks cloudy when first sprayed, but turns transparent after it dries.  I sprayed on two coats of paint for each candle holder before letting them all dry for a day.

DIY Beaded Votives and VaseI couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to go with teal or more of a true blue, so I went with both!  For once I’m glad I was indecisive because I’m loving how both colors look together.

And as for the vase…

DIY Beaded Vase and Flower Arrangement

I dotted this round vase the same way with the clear paint but spray painted it gold instead of going with the glass paint.  Yup, it’s hard for me to resist adding gold to anything.

Beaded votives and vase

A bit of a different project for me, but I’m excited to be dipping my decorating feet into color this Spring, especially with flowers.  I’m loving the flowers in this arrangement and how they pop next to the blue and teal.  Seriously, makes me want to have a garden party.

 

So there’s more… some other talented bloggers have posted Spring decorating projects as well and we’ve all come together for a blog hop!

Spring Decor Collage

We‘re also hosting a Spring giveaway for a $150 Target gift card!  Enter below in the Rafflecopter widget and make sure to hop around to all the other blogs linked at the end of this post to see what everyone created!  Good luck and happy Spring :).

Target Gift Card Giveaway

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The Turquoise Home | Tiny sidekick | The Blissful Bee

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Making Home Base | One Krieger Chick | Design, Dining and Diapers

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Just a Girl and her Blog | Designer Trapped in Lawyer’s Body

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The Happy Housie | Place Of My Taste | Create Craft Love

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This Is Happiness | Homey Oh My | House by Hoff

 

04/08 DIY Projects

Topiaries Inspired by The Plant Recipe Book

Topiaries- Inspired by The Plant Recipe Book 2I’m really excited about today’s post, guys.  Artisan Books so kindly sent me a copy of The Plant Recipe Book for review, and I jumped at the opportunity because I was already a fan of its predecessor, The Flower Recipe Book.  If you aren’t familiar with that book, let me tell you… it’s gorgeous and inspiring, and this one’s just the same.

Plant Recipe Cover

Just like The Flower Recipe Book, The Plant Recipe book provides concise and clear step-by-step “recipes” on how to create beautiful arrangements, this time with plants.  It’s easy to follow and the beautiful photos make it an especially excellent coffee table book.  I know there are a lot of you looking for coffee table books you actually want to read, right??

The contents are organized by plant type, and what I love is that each plant has a few different recipes ranging in complexity.  This one for instance is a recipe for a succulent garden involving several varieties considering size and arrangement.

Succulent Garden Recipe

This is definitely something I’d want to try making myself, and sure I’ve put together my own mini succulent gardens, but not nearly as sophisticated as this!  You might be able to guess that I especially love the copper bowl.

There’s always one recipe for each plant that highlights the plant on its own, which happens to be the ones I like the most in the book.  Take for example this simple recipe for Tillandsia, also known as an air plant.

Tillandsia Recipe

It’s simply an air plant in a hedgehog container, but the neat thing about it is that the Tillandsia is meant to abstractly mimic the spikes of a hedgehog.  Just like this example, the book regularly addresses how to be mindful and purposeful about the container you use.  I love that since getting creative with containers and planters happens to be something I already enjoy!

So I was inspired to create my own plant arrangement, and I considered doing either of these two options, but I decided to go with this one.

Euonymous RecipeExcerpted from The Plant Recipe Book by Baylor Chapman (Artisan Books). Copyright (c) 2014. Photographs by Paige Green.

These are topiaries made from mini Euonymous shrubs.  It would have been really cool if I could have found similar wooden containers, but I shopped the house instead and went with something more simple.  I had some milk glass vases that needed some love and all it took was planting a couple Euonymous shrubs I found at Home Depot in them and then pruning the branches so that each shrub looked round like a ball.  For the finishing touch, instead of covering the soil with moss, I covered it with white rocks.

Euonymous Topiaries 2How simple is that?  I never would have thought on my own to create something like this and it’s so different from any plants I’ve had before.  Topiaries are very appropriate for Spring, too, and it’s especially unique to have living ones like this!

Feeling inspired?  The book is available starting TODAY so pick one up and take a look!  It is a must for any plant obsessed maniac (raising my hand).

For more information on the book, check out the product page at Artisan Books.

04/03 DIY Projects

DIY Copper Leaf Mirror

DIY Copper Leaf Mirror

You may have caught a glimpse of this mirror in my previous post about my Spring centerpiece and I’m here today to tell you that it didn’t always look this way!  I loved the gray color before and was sure it was perfect the way it was, but when disaster struck, I seized the opportunity to change it up.

Broken mirror frame

The mirror fell off the wall in the middle of the night and I didn’t hear it at all.  I’m a very deep sleeper, guys.  I found the ruins almost 16 hours after it happened when my boyfriend asked if I saw the mirror and knew about it falling in the middle of the night.  I was like hey no biggie I’ll just glue the broken frame pieces back on, and then he told me they shattered into a million pieces.  I looked over a little further to the right of the scene and saw about a million shattered pieces of the broken frame.

Applying wood filler

So, I went with wood filler (affiliate link).  I know, the frame isn’t made of wood, but the filler still worked just as needed- it filled in the huge hole!  I used a butter knife (really) to scoop the filler in and smooth the outside edges as best as I could.  After letting it dry for a couple days, I sanded down some of the rougher parts but I mostly left it the way it was.

Re-creating the same gray shade with the fake worn out look  it previously had would have brought a lot of attention to the broken part of the frame since there was no way I could get it to be perfect.  I felt like metal leaf would not only help me easily achieve even color all over the frame, but the texture and lines that the leaf would create might help hide the unevenness around where the frame broke.

How to gild

 

I applied the adhesive to the frame with a paint brush and waited 20 minutes to let it set.  Next, I took some tips from my girl Martha Stewart on how to gild without ripping apart the metal leaf, like I accidentally did with the one at the top of the booklet in the photo above.  First, I wore a glove so that my fingers wouldn’t stick to and rip the metal leaf (don’t know why I never thought of that myself!).  I pulled out a metal leaf sheet just a little bit out of the booklet and placed it on the edge of the frame so that it stuck to the glue.  Then I pulled the booklet away so that the leaf would fall flat onto the rest of the frame surface.  Apologies for only showing one hand.  I was alone and needed my other hand to take the photos!

I tapped down on the entire surface of the metal leaf to make sure it was completely stuck onto the adhesive before brushing off the excess and repeated all over the frame, of course making sure to re-use the larger pieces of metal leaf that didn’t stick onto the frame on the previous application.

DIY Copper Mirror

 

I went with copper leaf because I’ve been on a copper kick lately.  Did you notice?  Also, I probably liked the idea of it matching my copper dipped vases.  Basically, it’s a lot more “me” now and I love it more than before.

Copper Leaf Mirror

You can still see where I applied the wood filler on the left of the frame, but I think it turned out WAY better than it would have if I tried to paint the filler gray, don’t you think?  It’s far from perfect, a lot of spots aren’t completely covered in the copper leaf, and there are lots of lines and creases, but I’m telling you… that’s the beauty of it.  I love the imperfections, and maybe even the fact that it fell and broke in the first place, because otherwise I never would have turned it copper!

What do you think of the copper transformation?  Do you think I should have gone with trying to paint the filler gray?