Averie Lane Farmhouse - The Studio Part 1

I'm super excited to share some details on the latest project at Averie Lane!

I wish I could say it was about our kitchen or maybe even an addition, but its not.

Even though our house is far from finished ...well, let's be truthful, not even really started, it might seem odd to turn our attention to an entirely new project, but as it goes ,we found what we really needed more than anything else right now was a dedicated work space.

Some of you may know, but many of you do not, that last year we took our side hustle and turned it into a full time gig. My husband left his state job and we dived head first in to running our traveling boutique. Its been nothing short of insane since then, but it also means that we outgrew our 8x10 office/studio rather quickly. With me painting hundreds of signs a week and my husband needing to sew in the same space it became a little too close for comfort. Not to mention it was in a basement with terrible light!

We decided we needed to get out of the basement and into a dedicated building. Ideally, if the budget had allowed, we would've went straight to building a large shop with a studio attached, but since we were trying to pay cash for the is new space we had to scale way back.

So, that brings us to the studio.

Several things went through my mind when deciding on how I wanted this studio to look. It wasn't going to be a big building, but I wanted it to have character. I needed the overall style to go with our existing outbuildings, but I wanted it to represent what the overall look of our property will eventually be like. The current garage is going to be getting a makeover and the house will to, so this studio is sort of like the practice building for it all.

I sketched out a design that captured my vision and showed it to the builders. Thankfully, they got it right away and we started the process.

Sketch of Farmhouse Studio / Workshop



We picked out 12x24 ft shed with 8ft walls and a metal roof. The builders provided the doors, but we were able to special order our windows.  We also are doing all the finish work and will be subcontracting out a few other things, like electrical and possibly insulation.

I'm going to try and put together a design board for the space just so I can hammer out the details as we head towards the finish line, but until then I will leave you with the shed as it stands now (or how it stood around 9 am this morning! Paint update coming soon - if you're impatient you can sneak over to my Instagram for a peek! @averielaneblog )






Farmhouse Master Bedroom in Country Living Magazine!

Wow wow wow!


I just had to pop on here and say thank you for all your kind words about our Country Living Magazine appearance!

Farmhouse Master Bedroom in Country Lvining


It's such an honor to have our bedroom represent the great state of Idaho! There are some amazing homes in our state so its a little bit nuts that they chose ours!


I'm seriously still pinching myself because its been a dream of mine to be in a magazine! I'm very proud of the hard work we've put into our bedroom and its the first time I feel like I knew what I was doing in design. Really, I look back at my older work and I can see a drastic difference! I hope to bring that same level of design to the rest of our farmhouse as we move further along with projects. We've got big plans in the works!

Oh, I also wanted to point one of the small tweeks I made to the room...pillows! The tribal pillows are my own fabric designs! How cool is that! You can find my fabric here: Spoonflower.com/AverieLaneBoutique  or on Amazon: Averie Lane Boutique Fabric

For a full list of sources & tons more photos please visit the original room tour: Averie Lane Farmhouse Master Bedroom

Thanks again for all the support! 
-Amber

How to Make A Simple Rope Wreath

This post first appeared at PinspirationMarket.com

Can I be honest with you all?

I don't make wreaths.
Wait, what? I can imagine you scrolling back up to the title to make sure you read it right....

Hear me out.

I have this old rope that has been hanging around and all I could think about was that it needed to be a wreath. I also thought this was an awesome original idea, but as it turns out many have thought of this before me. So, even though this isn't some amazing new idea, it was still such an easy project that I thought it would be the perfect thing to share here today. I mean, if I - the non wreath maker- can make this, I am SURE you can too!

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - rope, metal letter, pinecones

Lets get started!

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - rope, metal letter, pinecones

Supplies:
Rope/Lasso/Lariat style rope  (mine was a vintage steer roping rope)
Greenery (real or faux)
Wire 
Ribbon
Embellishments (I chose a metal letter )

Step 1:
Fashion your rope into a circle. I recommend enough rope to create 6 or seven loops.

Step 2: 
Wire a small bunch of greenery to the rope. You can bend the foliage to follow the shape of the rope. I used wire at certain points to maintain the shape I wanted. I only attached the wire to one or two of the rope loops to disguise the wire. Repeat this step until you have all your greenery in place.

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - step by step tutorial

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - step by step tutorial

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - step by step tutorial

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - step by step tutorial

Step 3: 
Wire on your embellishments. The metal letter had two spots that were meant to be used to hang it on the wall, but I used them to anchor my wire. Play around with the placement until you like the shape (... that's the best part about using wire!) After I attached the letter, I felt like there wasn't enough going on with the wreath, so I added some sprigs of faux gold berries. I tucked them in and wired them so they wouldn't come out.

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - step by step tutorial - copper wire

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - step by step tutorial- gold berries

Step 4:
The last step is adding your ribbon. I wrap the ribbon around my hand as many times as I want loops on my bow. In this case I wanted a very simple bow, so I just made one loop. Second I took another length of ribbon and added it behind the loop leaving the ends long. Finally, I pinched the middle of the ribbon pieces down and wrapped it with wire to hold it in place.

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - bow tutorial

Step 5:
To add some detail on the bow tails, I folded the end like a hot dog and cut on a angle back up towards the middle. This creates nice pointy tips on the ribbon.

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - bow tutorial

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - bow tutorial

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - bow tutorial

Step 6: 
Using another length of ribbon cover the wire and tie a knot at the back of the rope. This ribbon can be used to hang your wreath as well.

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath - bow tutorial

There you have it! A simple winter rope wreath! 

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath on farmhouse door

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath on farmhouse door

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath on farmhouse door

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath on farmhouse door

How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath on farmhouse door

It looks right at home on our farmhouse door. The best part? I can leave it up the rest of winter without it feeling too Christmasy! That's my kind of decor!

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How to Make A Simple Winter Rope Wreath on farmhouse door

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