Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Vivid Hue Christmas via iphone

I started this season decorating super early so I'd be super prepared and organized.  And now, it's already mid-December and I'm scratching my head wondering where the heck the time has gone!

I shared the DIY Ombre Tree with ya'll from the sunroom.  Today, I thought I'd give a snapshot of other decorations around the Vivid Hue Home house that I've shared on Instagram this season.  Most are iPhone photos so please excuse the quality.  I will share additional photos soon!

I'm dying to zhush up the fresh greenery in these elephants...they look dehydrated in this shot.  But in real life they are  were a bit more vibrant.

I got these paper whites at a local craft fair.  The florist filled the bark-vase with poppy flowers, fresh holly, red berries and moss.

This is our "meaningful tree" in the living room.  It hosts all of the ornaments that the kids have made and those that we've picked out on our vacations (we make it a point to get one ornament at each vacation to represent the time).

The sunroom tree keeps evolving.  This year, I did the ombre tree (see above link for details)

We seem to have a tree for every room.  Even our Master bedroom!  


Our Christmas card holder a la Blaze and Bloom made from a vintage window frame and a string of Christmas lights and some clothes pin.

Lastly, if you haven't spotted this fabulous faux Scalamandre paper at Target, you must get some quickly!  The rolls are literally flying off the shelves!

I will share better and more detailed photos soon, I promise!

Hope you're holidays are great!

Heather | Vivid Hue Home

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Ombre Christmas Tree

Every year I seem to start decorating for the Christmas season earlier and earlier.  This year has reached an all new milestone.  If I give full disclosure, we put our first tree up two weeks   three weeks ago.  If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the photo of my son's room all decked out for Christmas.  I am not even sure he stripped off his Halloween costume on October 31st before he started stringing colored lights from that newly remodeled room.    

I figured he's eight and the spirit of Christmas is very much alive in his mind.  I'm happy to report that my love of decorating seems to be wearing off on him.  He purchased this Santa Commode cover and matching rug with his own allowance money.  Yes, it was a cringe-worthy moment in my mind in that our 'styles' for how to decorate the house seem to vary slightly (ha) but I still bit my lip and supported his creativity and desire to poop on Santa's beard every time he sits on the toilet seat.

Also, this year, I decided to follow the lead of my friend, Frank (@gayathomedad ) and create an ombre tree for our sunroom.  Here are photos of our house at Christmas last year.
These photos were taken with my iPhone so they're not the best quality but you can get the idea.  

Here's a recall of how the tree looked last year without the ombre effect.  Still very colorful, just not tiered in rows of color like this year:

I purchased over 800 shatter-proof ornaments for the ombre tree in graduated shades.  Then
I had Vivster help me put each individual ornament onto the tree from top to bottom.

I purposefully loaded the tree with more ornaments than empty tree space.  It makes for quite a statement and gives a much more dramatic effect.

I have to say, it's magnificent to see in person!  Thank you to Frank for the idea!
I know it's been some time since I've blogged.  I've had a lot that's taking me away from the blog world....some very exciting news actually.  For a sneak peek of what that may be, please visit me on Instagram.

See more of Vivid Hue at Christmas time here.
In the meantime, hope you're enjoying your holiday season with your family!

Heather | Vivid Hue Home

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Week 6: ORC Final Reveal Boy's Room Makeover

It's finally here!  The day of the big reveal!  Week 6 of the One Room Challenge!  If you need a refresher to how we arrived here, please visit the previous weeks here:

I know that the most exciting part of today is the actual photos so I won't bore everyone with a ton of copy.  Let's get right down to business with the FINAL REVEAL.

I had a hard time getting great shots of the room with the light coming in.  This is the little sitting area I created for the kids.  They can sit at this table and do homework (yeah right) or crafts.  I also found an awesome little storage trunk at Home Goods for under the window to use as a window seat. 

I think it looks old and rustic and creates a perfect little nook for the kids.  I got the little fabric flags from Easy and decided to hang above the window. 

There's the rope pendant from Restoration. 
Here's a reminder of where we started:

Ok, let's not revisit that horrific place! 

I decided to hang the Brimfield buoy's along the bedposts of the bunkers for a bit of a vintage feel.  They give just the perfect pop of color in the room.  I'm loving the West Elm bedding against the global wallpaper!  

The kids have been using their individual lights for reading before bedtime.  We'll see how long this lasts!

It's a bit difficult to tell from the photos, but the Thibaut Rodanthe wallpaper really does look like wood planks along the ceiling. 

 I added a bit of artwork from the kids and this rack will be a mini storage spot for their favorite toys. 


The kids have been spending so much time up in this new little space, so at least my "clients" are happy!  Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting this fabulous One Room Challenge again! 

Please hop over to Calling It Home to see all of the fabulous designers and their makeovers.  You will be amazed by all of the talent! 


Thanks for following during this six week venture!  It's been quite the challenge and I hope you've enjoyed it (I know I have!)

If you've enjoyed my makeover and would like to see some of my other projects, please visit here
Also, please join me for a house tour of other rooms in my house here. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week 5: ORC Pulling It Together

Thanks for stopping back by for week 5 of the One Room Challenge.  If this is your first visit, you can catch up on the progress here:

This week, I  narrowed down the bed linens for the bunk beds.  I selected the West Elm Ticking Stripe Duvet .  Though the beds are full size, I ordered the duvet covers in twin size because I didn't want to much cover hanging over the bed.  It turns out, it still provides great surface cover and the kids won't have to constantly worry about tucking the overage into the mattress. 

You know how much I like to mix patterns so I went with the West Elm Dot Sheet set in guava (full size sheets).  I decided to use orange as the accent color in the room so these are perfect. 

Next, I'm looking for something to go under the window.  The room has a bit of a bump out that is perfect for a small sitting area.  I'd love to find something masculine like this little storage ottoman. 

Courtesy of Pinterest

And.....the wallpaper is up!  I am thrilled with the results.  Here's a bit of a sneak peek. 

Next, I've got to pull all of the details together. It would be great if I could accomplish the following:

  • Window Ottoman
  • Throw Pillows for bed and ottoman
  • dresser or shelf for storage
  • Curtains or pulls on the windows
  • Accents on the art table
  • Decide where to put the buoys from Brimfield
What do you think so far? 

Check out the other makeovers on Calling It Home

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Week 4: ORC Ceiling Reveal!

It's hard to believe that this is week 4 of the 6 week One Room Challenge.  For those of you that are freshly visiting, the ORC is a makeover challenge where designers select one room to design over the course of six weeks.  Each week, progress is revealed.  If you need a refresher on what's happened so far during my son's bedroom makeover, please visit the previous weeks: 
Now, there's been a lot of speculation about what I would do to the ceiling of this bedroom.  I had considered painting but ultimately, I decided to wallpaper the ceiling.  I wanted a rustic and boyish look that was cool but would also grow as my seven year old gets older. 
The selection:  Thibaut Rodanthe in Grey !  I love the appearance of wood planks and I think it's going to look stunning up on the ceiling. 

I've decided to do the horizontal walls in the bedroom in the Vintage Global Map Custom Wallpaper from Design Your Wall.  Together, I think the two papers give a great contrast. 

The wall is prepped for the paper in this photo:

As I mentioned in week 1, I wanted individual lighting on each bunk level so that the kids could have extra light when reading in bed.  I found very industrial looking lights at Restoration Hardware Gallery,  The Factory Cage Sconce
Here are the factory cage sconces installed in the room before the wallpaper is added. 
Normally I'm a total color gal, but I'm trying to stay neutral in this room with a few subtle pops.  I purchased the Target Threshold Criss Cross rug for the room to add extra pattern and texture. 
Here's a small glimpse in the room:

Also, on my last trip to Brimfield, I spotted these buoys.  I wasn't sure how to use them but I thought they could be incorporated into the room somehow so I bought a handful of them.  They're so colorful and add a vintage look to them. 

 And...I need some window coverings to replace the temporary shades that have been up in the room for the last 2 years....how's that for TEMPORARY!  This is a stripe from Calico and I think it may be just enough contrast on the windows without being overkill...


So, it's coming together slowly but surely!  Two more weeks until the final reveal!  What are your thoughts about the Thibaut Rodanthe paper for the ceiling!? 

Check out some of the other talented designers in the challenge.  Visit Calling It Home to see the progress! 



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Week 3: ORC: DIY Boy's Room w/ Seating, Ceiling, Lighting and Walls!

Thank you for checking back on my progress in Week 3 for the One Room Challenge .

I'm updating my son Jack's room.  If this is your first visit here, you can catch up here:

Week 1: The Plan  |  Week 2: Bunk Bed Selection

I never know how to gauge the momentum of this challenge.  I always start out slowly and then panic around week 3 when I realize how much there really is left to accomplish.  To say I kicked it into over drive this week is an understatement! 

I selected the bunk beds for the room.  I wanted a sturdy and hearty look in this room.  I selected the Restoration Hardware Child & Baby Callum Platform Full over Full Bunk Bed in the Sandwashed Grey color. And here is how the bed's look installed in the room. 

I love the beds.  The full sized mattresses are terrific!  But there's still so much left to do!  I pulled up this little table from our basement because I think it may make a great little art table in the room for the kids.  I wanted to do smaller seating around the table and considered oversized bean bags. 

 Then, on a trip to ikea, I spotted these little basket weave rockers, the Ikea Rattan PS Gullholmen Rocking Chair.  I thought they'd add character around the table.  During the same trip, I found an adorable plaid throw blanket and global map pillow.  I decided to make a quick purchase decision and not brainstorm any longer about other potential seating. 

And, voila!  Here they are in the room.  (Ignore that fuchsia and purple striped ottoman in the background.  I originally had very different plans for a Hollywood Regency type room...but that was back when it was dedicated to be a guest bedroom).  I love these little rocker chairs in the room. 

I wanted something unique for the ceiling.  (I'm surprised by the overwhelmingly excited response to the painted circus top design from my inspiration photo!)   I think many may be disappointed to learn that, in the end, I decided that wallpapering the ceiling would be the way to go.  I wallpapered the guest bedroom ceiling and love the results.  (See here). 

Here's a photo where the wallpaper guy prepped the ceiling for paper....

Also, I found a terrific rope pendant from RH Baby & Child, the Rope Orb Pendant.
And lastly, I discovered this custom vintage global wallpaper from Design Your Wall called Sea Explorer.  I think this may provide just the amount of "boy" for the room that I'm looking for.   I would put this on the walls of the room and need to find a covering for the ceiling that would compliment it.  Next on the list,  new bedding, a rug and accent pieces to tie the room together!
I'm moving quickly into week 4 and am excited to share the updates with you next week. 

What do you envision for the ceiling to compliment the global wall paper on the side walls?  I've already made the selection and am anxious to reveal next week!

In the meantime, stop over the Calling It Home for the others' updates!