DIY

Playhouse Makeover

Every time I see a fixer upper, i envision all the little tweaks i would love to do to update it. When I saw a local playhouse for sale, I immediately saw a modern little farmhouse for Hudson to play in. I snatched it up and Josh and I went to work!

The Process

First, we took the playhouse apart. We then drilled drain holes in the bottom of the pieces since we knew we would be power washing it and we didn’t want to get any water stuck inside.

We then power washed and scrubbed it.

After drying, we spray painted each piece. We added an additional coat to each, then finished with a clear top coat spray.

The only pieces that could not be removed were the shutters, so I wrapped the walls in plastic wrap, and using painters tape to secure it, while I spray painted it.

I purchased solar lights, a bell and mat. After drying, we drilled in the lights and bell, and I added topiaries. Hudson loves it! The neutral colors make it easy for us to decorate each season!

House

Spray Paint

Black

White

Clear Top Coat

Accessories

Solar Lights

Bell

Door Mat

Topiaries (similar)

Hudson’s Hocus Pocus Halloween Party

Hocus Pocus was my favorite movie growing up, paired with a passion for playing dress up, which led to a fashion degree, it was inevitable that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I even celebrated my birthday a month early one year as a little girl so I could have a Halloween theme and everyone could dress up! So when Hudson got an invite to a Halloween Party last week, we couldn’t be more excited! I made him a Woody costume, (he’s going as Buzz Lightyear for Trick or Treat!), and we baked his favorite chocolate chip cookies. He ended up coming down with a cold virus and pink eye, and missed the party, so we made the most of the situation and decided to throw a party at our house this past weekend!

My best friends and I all have kids around the same age, and we usually get them together once a week for play dates so they’ve grown to become best friends.

I asked Hudson which movie he wanted to play at his party, suggesting a few toddler-friendly movies, and he replied, “Can we watch Hocus Pocus? I just love it!” How cute is that? We enjoyed cider, PSLs and yummy comfort food, a chili bar, veggies and desserts.

The kids decorated pumpkin shaped cookies, which also served as dessert!

Pumpkin painting was next. It was so much fun watching how they each chose to paint and decorate their pumpkins!

Hudson made a clown pumpkin!

They each dressed up in fun little costumes! Hudson was so excited to be Woody. I included him in each step of the design process, so he couldn’t wait to wear the full costume!

The kids had so much fun, this may turn into our annual party! Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?

How I Organize Toddler Snacks

I have always loved organization, but when it comes to small spaces, it can get tricky! My solution to everything is using baskets or bins, you can never have enough! Without a pantry, snacks can easily get messy, and unseen. I love having a system to keep them organized, so I know what we have, and makes an easy grab and go solution! It also makes it convenient while I’m at work, so Hudson’s snacks are all in one spot and are easily accessible. I buy baskets 10″ long, that fit perfectly in my cabinets. These are great, too!

I purchase his snacks in bulk, it’s cheaper and keeps us fully stocked! These are some of our favorites here, here and here.

For items in bigger boxes, I transfer them into baggies with the name and date and stick them in a basket, to eliminate unnecessary space.

In the fridge, I use fridge organizers for his yogurt, and juice boxes. If we have plans to leave, I’ll cut up an apple ahead of time and stick it in a bag with cheese and crackers for a healthy snack pack!

I love using reusable bags for snacks also! They’re washable, and I can throw them in my bag. I’d love to hear your favorite organization hacks!

Have a great week! xo Brittany

Tufted Cornice DIY

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Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diy

What you need:

Upholstery Fabric

Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Heavy Duty Staples

Decorative Nailheads

Hammer

Scissors

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I covered old cornices that we already had instead of buying or creating new ones. My overall vision was during a textured grey cornice, tufting it with nickel nailheads, and adding textured drapes in a contrasting color, to give it depth, instead of trying to make it “matchy.” Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diyMeasure the width of your cornice, including each of the sides and add at least 2″ to each side to staple, and determine the amount of yards of fabric you will need. Cover your cornice with the fabric, pulling it tight as you go, and stapling it along the edge to secure it.
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Next, measure a straight line around your cornice, making a square, of where you will apply your nailhead trim. Carefully, place the nails and hammer in to secure. Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diy

I bought a basic curtain rod and we installed it underneath the cornice and added contrasting textured curtains.
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Morning Links

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1. 10 Tips On Working From Home.. these are great to tips to staying on task (cupcakesandcashmere.com)

2. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pre-Holiday Cleanse, I eat this way on a daily basis (no gluten, sugar, refined flours… etc) so I’m excited to try some of her recipes (goop.com)

3.. Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Quinoa Salad.. I can’t wait to try this. It looks so good & has so many health benefits! (popsugar.com)

4. Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare Online, great especially for holiday travels or upcoming vacays (theeverygirl.com)

5. Pair with a skirt or dress for a look that’s so on trend.. The Adidas Original Stan Smith

6. How to Fake Calligraphy.. I love calligraphy everything, when a couple of our Save the Dates got skipped getting written out, this post saved me (jonesdesigncompany.com)

DIY: Glitter Envelope Liners

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For my bridesmaid proposals, I planned a weekend brunch to be able to spend time with my girls, let each one get to know each other and give them their gifts. I wanted to add a little sparkle to their invites, and it was so simple and chic.

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I purchased a pack of 5 x 7 silver envelopes from Staples and individual sheets of adhesive glitter card stock from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft.

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Cut the card stock to 5 x 7 inches (the envelopes themselves measure 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, giving the liners room to slide in easily.) I used a card stock cutter to keep them even.

DIY - Glitter Envelope Liners | TheSubtleStatement.com

Slide card stock into envelope, remove the adhesive strip off of the top and press firmly.

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Morning Links

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  1. 5 Recipes to get juicing  (TheResidence)
  2. Your lips can still be super soft with this cult (& personal) fave, but in a brand new hue (sephora.com)
  3. The Do’s & Don’ts of Shopping A Sale (WhoWhatWear.com)
  4. At-home beauty DIYs from VS beach beauties (byrdie.com)
  5. Not ready to commit to Birks? This trendy touch on a classic style brings the latest shoe trend in full force, on the cheap (target.com)
  6. Revive when your mascara goes dry, with something you already have in your handbag (thebeautydepartment.com)
  7. DIY your own beach tote for your next sun kissed trip (theglitterguide.com)
  8. These coconut milk based popsicles are the perfect treat to beat the heat (thisrawsomeveganlife.com)
  9. 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Makeup During Breakout Season (glamour.com)

Strawberry Mint Lemonade

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Fresh flowers and warm sunny days should only be accompanied by light refreshing beverages. Water and tea are my usual vices, but since stumbling upon a light organic lemonade (stevia based, instead of sugar) it’s been a nice occasional change. I’m not a fan of syrups or anything artificial, so for our first cookout/bonfire last weekend, I poured a pitcher of the light lemonade and placed fresh strawberries and mint in the attached infuser. After infusing for a few hours, it had a perfect slightly sweet refreshing taste. Slice up strawberries and mint for garnish and it makes a great party refresher.

How to Make Any Day a Spa Day

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com | Chill CucumbersChilling sliced cucumbers in the fridge or freezer makes it easy for me to grab a couple to place over my eyes first thing in the morning, or during a busy day. The antioxidants and flavonoids help reduce irritation or puffiness, and fade dark circles. The refreshing ritual instantly relaxes me.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com  | Light Candles

Lighting candles creates a serene spa vibe. I love the calming atmosphere in Anthropologie, so we brought that into our home by adding glass apothecary jars filled with sand, and our favorite scent, Capri Blue “Volcano.” Placed on our coffee table makes the room really cozy, and relaxing.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com | Detox Water

When I infuse my water with fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables I’m likely to drink it more often, because of the refreshing taste. Filling an infusion pitcher is nice for the home, but I also like to fill up water bottles so I can grab them and go. Slicing up fresh cucumbers, lemons, limes, oranges, and mint when I get home from the grocery store enables me to throw in a variety without the hassle. Infusing for 30 minutes or more really bursts with flavor.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com  | Detox Bath

There’s not many things more relaxing then a calming soak in the tub. A detox bath will flush out toxins, and relieve achy muscles, as well as many other benefits. I mix 2 Cups Epsom Salts with 1 Cup Baking Soda in a jar, so it’s readily available to pour in the tub. While the water is running, you can add in several drops of essential oils. Soaking for 40 minutes total will reap all of the benefits, 20 minutes of flushing out toxins, followed by 20 minutes of absorbing the minerals.

What I’m Loving on Etsy

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  1. “Sparkle Like Champagne” Print
  2. “More Mimosas Please” Print
  3. “Remember” Notepad
  4. Gold Sequin Hanger
  5. Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape
  6. Custom Address Stamp
  7. “Lipstick Makes Me Happy” Print
  8. Sequin Letter

Etsy is filled with such fun and creative finds! Last year I made some glitter clothespins, and have consistently used them as food label stands at all my soirées. I took it up a notch lately and added pushpins and magnets to glam up my office and fridge. They’re so great to hang photos, invitations, business cards, and inspiration. They add a chic touch to a classroom, home or office and can be used as pretty decor at weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthday and graduation parties to hang photos and banners. A dose of glam and glitter adds a chic touch to just about anything!

Glitter Clothespins | The Subtle Statement Etsy Shop

Glitter Clothespin Push Pins | The Subtle Statement Etsy Shop