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My Style Saturday Event

The weekend before last, I hosted a Style Saturday event at my local Lowe’s. It’s a little strange to walk into a place and be greeted by your own smiling face on numerous big signs, but I’ll take it!

Style Saturday Event at Lowe's

I was there to offer design consultations, helping with anything from furniture placement and color palettes to choosing lighting and selecting tile. The day was structured with a mix of one-on-one scheduled appointments and quick chats with people in the store that requested advice. Some people brought in floor plans and photos (which was great because I could really understand what they were working with and therefore better help), and others who were looking for more general decorating ideas and tips.

Design Consultation at Lowe's Style Saturday

I had images of products from the Allen + Roth line and a Polaroid camera to snap shots in the store, so I was able to put together design boards to take home after each consultation. I also had Lowe’s gift cards for the people I met with, to help them get started! It was a fun surprise to hand out at the end of each session.

Design Consultation at Lowe's Style Saturday

While I was busy meeting one-on-one with people, we also had a project station. I had seen a push pin art project a while back that I thought would be fun, and we were able to gather everything we needed for it right there in the store. We used cork tiles and markers, and instead of thumb tacks we chose upholstery nails, which were available in brass, bronze, and nickel. It was popular with both kids and adults!

Cork Board Projects

Thank you, Lowe’s, for partnering with me to host the Chicago Style Saturday event. And of course, a big thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Three Easy Wallpaper Projects

I flew out to New York a couple of weeks ago to film a segment at the Meredith studio for Better TV. (I went to six cities over the course of a month while in my third trimester, so I’m glad to be done with traveling for a while!) I shared a few wallpaper project ideas for the video below — ways to use it besides on your walls — using the allen + roth line from Lowe’s.

Filming with Better TV

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Decoupaged Letters

We spelled out “LOVE” to give the basic idea in the video above, but I think it’s the kind of project that would be great for personalizing a nursery or kid’s room (either with their name spelled out in full, or just their first initial).

Materials Needed: metallic brocade wallpaper • water and a small brush (to activate paste) • scissors • craft letters

Instructions: Place a letter face down on your wallpaper, trace the shape, cut it out, and set aside. Next, begin covering the sides of your letter — a little water will activate the glue on the paper’s backing. (If using paper that isn’t prepasted, Mod Podge works well for this project.) Long strips of paper are fine for straight sides, but smaller pieces work well for curves. After all of the sides have been covered, affix the top piece and smooth into place.

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2

Drawer Liners

Lined drawers are always a nice touch, right? You could use adhesive paper made for drawers of course, but wallpaper comes in so many more colors and patterns. Lined shelves, in a closet or otherwise, are another opportunity for customization. And if the wallpaper has a nonwoven backing like the allen + roth line does, it’s easy to remove if you ever want to change the style.

Materials Needed: striped wallpaper • water and a small brush (to activate paste) • scissors and/or razor blade • metal ruler or other straight edge • drawers or shelves

Instructions: (Pretty sure you can figure this one out without instructions, but here goes!) Cut a piece of wallpaper to the size of your drawer or shelf. Activate the paste on the back of your wallpaper by applying water with a brush, and place the paper in your drawer. Smooth, then trim edges with a razor.

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3

Bookcase Update

We used grasscloth to add texture and change the color of the back of a bookcase, but obviously you can use any style you like, depending on the look you’re going for. And that bookshelf? Truly a quick and easy project. We had actually started with a white bookshelf on set and the grasscloth looked great on the back of it, but it wasn’t reading well on camera. In a very quick, very last minute switcheroo, we swapped out the white bookshelf for a black one instead. I think it took all of 15 minutes from start to finish!

Materials Needed: grasscloth wallpaperwallpaper paste • razor blade • metal ruler or other straight edge • bookcase

Instructions: Remove the backing from your bookcase if possible. Trace it onto your wallpaper and cut out. If the back of your bookcase can not be removed, measure and cut a piece of wallpaper to size. Activate the paste on your wallpaper by applying water with a brush, and place the paper on the back of your bookcase. Smooth, then trim edges with a razor.

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Come Say Hello

Remember, I’ll be at my local Lowe’s this Saturday, offering one-on-one design consultations and doing another fun project with wallpaper that you can make and take with you! RSVP to PublicRelations@Lowes.com to make sure you’ve got a spot.

Style Saturday Invitation

You’re Invited to Style Saturday

I’ll be hosting a Style Saturday event this weekend at my local Lowe’s, and I’d love for you to come.

Style Saturday Invitation

I’ll be at the Lowe’s of Chicago-Brickyard from 10-2 on Saturday, August 2 to provide decorating tips and tricks, along with one-on-one design consultations. Feel free to bring pictures of your design dilemmas, or anything else that will help me help you! I’ve also put together a cute project that you can make right in the store to take home.

RSVP by emailing PublicRelations@Lowes.com. I hope to see you there!

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