DIY Wallpaper: Floral Horse Bedroom Project with Hawthorne Supply Co.

Hey friends! This project has been a long time coming…basically since we decided on which house to purchase back in October! However, the timing was spot on as our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. released some incredible peel-and-stick wallpaper to their website last fall! If you’ve been a long time follower, you know of our love for Hawthorne Supply Co for their beautiful fabric and many substrates! But to now have the same gorgeous prints available for our walls…I mean…. COME ON!!! Home decor has never looked better!! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a few sneak peeks and I’ve been so eager to share the final look with you so without further ado…let’s get to it!

Selecting the Perfect Print & Prepping the Wall

Kenzie and I sat down and scrolled the 80+ wallpaper options on their website and decided that the Plush Floral in Sweet Pea was the perfect choice to create an incredible accent wall in her new room. We both were anxious and excited for the wallpaper to arrive.

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In the meantime, we busted out the power sander and smoothed the texture from her wall. The non-toxic re-adhesive wallpaper goes on best with a clean, dry, smooth wall. They recommend that if the wall was recently painted that you wait at least 30 days before applying the wallpaper. Once we had the wall ready to go, we gathered the few needed supplies: a smoothing tool (I used my Sams Card…no shame here), a step stool and a sharp knife to edge and trim the wall paper. I snapped a quick before picture so you can see where we started. Note: the furniture is covered because we were sanding the wall, you won’t need to cover anything! There’s no mess with this awesome wallpaper!

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Applying the Wallpaper

I’m going to show you a quick video tutorial on my Instagram stories this week so keep an eye out for the video. I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of how I applied the wallpaper in the meantime. If you have any hesitations on applying wallpaper let me be the first to just tell you it is SO easy and it is NOT your mama’s wallpaper! If you can put a sticker on something, you can apply this wallpaper. The best news: each wallpaper order will come with an installation guide and Hawthorne has a full FAQ on their site to help you even further!

Starting in the left corner, you’ll apply the top edge of the roll (the bottom has your name and order number printed on it) by peeling the backing paper away from the wallpaper and simply sticking the wallpaper to the wall. I worked in about 10 inch increments. Peel the backing paper, smooth the wallpaper on. It’s really that simple!

Once you reach the bottom of your wall, you’ll use a sharp blade or knife to trim along the top of your baseboard/trim. Grab your next roll with the top (non-text printed) edge back up at the ceiling and 3/4″ inch overlap on the previous roll. Peel the backing paper down about 10″, smooth the wallpaper to the wall ensuring the overlap is creating a seamless print and so on! Seriously SO.EASY. If you’re doubting me, just check the instastories for more behind the scenes and a quick video!

No glue, no sloppy paste, no scrapping to remove it, none of that old school wallpaper drama! This wallpaper is removable and reusable and even wipeable. And may I add, addicting!

The Completed Look

Now that we’ve talked through the prep phase and applying the wallpaper…I bet you’re just beyond excited to see the final look. Wait no more…here she is:

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Amazing, right??? It’s a room any girl would dream of!!!

Sources:

Pink Ruffle Bedding: Kohls

Bed: Baby Appleseed Convertible Bed

Wall Decor (except the horse and vintage show ribbons): Hobby Lobby

Striped Throw Pillows: Handmade by Me, tutorial on Instagram

Striped Throw Pillow Fabric: Modern Stripe in Mint

 

Big thanks to our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. for collaborating on this project and sponsoring the wallpaper for our accent wall. We are in love with both rooms we’ve wallpapered with Hawthorne Supply Co.

 

The Ultimate Summer Series: Half Time

0J9A9842_2Hey friends! It’s mid July and we are half way through the Ultimate Summer Series, and that means we’re also half way through summer vacation.

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If we can take a moment and be honest, a lot of those good intentions of unplugging, unwinding and adventuring may have gotten sidetracked with this little thing called “life.” Maybe some of those bucket list plans have gotten crossed off (yay!) but some may not ever get to be… I’m here today to just send some love and encouragement and remind you that this time of summer needs one more ingredient: Grace.

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I saw a meme on Facebook and it immediately brought the content of this post to my mind.

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Some of you, like me, probably have seen this meme and gave a good chuckle at the reality of it all. But, I’m willing to guess it probably put a little sting in the mom-heart of some of us too. It is so common to get stuck in a summer rut and start to hit the easy button of going to the same playground every day, allowing more screentime for sake of quiet moments, staying home versus reaching out to friends for play dates, etc. If you’re finding yourself in that phase- it’s time to give yourself grace and revisit your summer schedule. I’m going to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way in hopes that it will give you a little more pep in your step as we round out the second half of summer.

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Go back to those things that first sparked your summer bucket list. Revisit the two critical questions: What makes your kids feel most loved? What was a favorite summer memory of theirs and of yours? Maybe it’s time for a family meeting to go over the remaining bucket list items or to just generate new ideas to realign your plans with the responses to those questions. Lacking ideas?? Head to my pin board and gather up what sounds like a good fit for your family.

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Maybe it’s time to shake up the morning routine. Instead of beginning the day with cartoons and cereal, start a cooking challenge with your kids to try new breakfast foods from around the world. How about taking breakfast on a walk to the park before it gets too hot outside?? Have your kids help you pack breakfast snacks in little brown bags and hand out around the neighborhood. As the summer progresses and temperature rises, the morning seems to be the best time to get some fresh air!

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Remember: Don’t mom alone. Sure it’s a hassle to pack up suits and towels and the entire pantry of snacks to head out for a play date, but the community of support, laughs and adventures is waiting for you. Chances are, your mom friends are feeling the slump right now too. Take turns having the kids over to each other’s house- a change of scenery and toys might ignite new creativity and imagination. I know the more I withdraw from friends and family for sake of convenience of just stay home, the higher level of crazy we all start to feel! Don’t keep your struggles inside- reach out to friends, find a moms group that meets for playgroups in your area, or you might just have to kick it old school and meet a new mom at the local playground or pool.

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Whatever your summer woes and wins may look like, just remember to wrap your intentions with grace. Give yourself margin of downtime and quiet moments with your kids if you’re feeling run down and always on the go. Give yourself a pat on the back for each summer victory and celebrate your good ideas by sharing with others. Give yourself support when you feel alone by reaching out to your best mom friends.

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I hope those few tips gave you some food for thought and some ideas of how you want to finish out your summer. Sending you all love, hugs and all the grace!!!!

Speaking of grace, I wanted to give a big and warm Thank You to our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. for allowing me ample time this summer to showcase their gorgeous new fabric collection, Siren Song. In the midst of our Ultimate Summer, taking beach photos took the back seat to having unplugged family beach picnics, hiking adventures, etc. but we finally made it happen!!

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Patterns used: {top} Finley Dress & Top pattern by Violette Field Threads //  {skirt} Leilani Mermaid Skirt by Violette Field Threads

Fabrics used: Swell Seas in Blush //  Swell Seas in Lilac  //  Tails from the Deep by Hawthorne Supply Co.