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This Land is Our Land

This Land Is Our Land | Bringing Design Home

Apparently we’ve been keeping a lot of secrets from you guys! Not only are we expecting baby #2, but we are excited to announce that we are moving forward with building our own Modern Farmhouse! With Grandpa’s help we picked the perfect spot on top of 5 acres right next to Cale’s mom’s house. Some might think it’s crazy to build next to family, but we’re excited to live within walking distance and share in all the responsibilities of a caring for a big garden and future pigs, cows, chickens, bees, etc.

Lots of potential!

Since we have been married it’s been a dream of ours to build our own little homestead. We’ve loved every second we’ve had in our current 1910 farm house, but we are looking forward to having a place we can really call our own. After talking to the bank and doing some serious financial planning, we are aiming to break ground in 2016!

Two years seems like a long ways away, but we’ve got some major designing to do!

In the mean time Cale’s working on getting his architectural license and continuing to gain as much experience as possible in the construction industry. We can’t stop sketching and laying out every nook and cranny. Our ideas are still rough, but we look forward to sharing our design process with you along with picking out furniture, finishes, and flooring!

Any tips for building and/or designing your own home?!

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Custom All-In-One Bunk Bed & Drawer Design

Custom All-in-One Bunk Bed & Drawer Design | Bringing Design Home

Our friends, Andrew & Crystal, live in a tiny 2-bedroom house near downtown Oklahoma City. Fitting two kids into one bedroom will challenge any family, but when they found out they were pregnant with #3 they knew they had a BIG design problem on their hands. As an intern-architect Andrew has a definite design style he prefers, and wasn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty with a good design challenge.

Using galvanized pipe for the bunk bed rails and birch plywood Andrew designed a space to sleep both girls while providing clothing storage for all three kids. Since they are renting it was important to design the bed to structurally hold two kids safely without being attached to the wall. Both beds have their own bunk cubby providing a private space for the two oldest siblings. To make the most of their floor space the bottom bunk currently holds a toddler bed, but was designed to accommodate a twin mattress for the future.

Finding modern children’s furniture that is designed and functions well can be difficult and very expensive! Often times the ladder feels like it was a last minute thought and is awkwardly incorporated into the overall layout. Andrew did a great job establishing an overall clean and functional aesthetic by incorporating the ladder as a cutout from the overall bunk bed structure.

We love seeing our creative friends come up with fun solutions for their homes that are custom and affordable! Thanks Andrew and Crystal for inspiring us as we plan out James’ new toddler room!

What’s your favorite design element of Andrew’s bunk bed?

Wanna build one yourself? Visit Andrew’s blog to see the detailed bunk bed specs and materials.

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DIY: Cross-Stitch Family Portrait

DIY Cross-Stitch Family Portrait | Bringing Design Home

I can’t tell you how excited I have been to share my latest homemade gift with you all! To be honest I was a bit overambitious last Christmas, and didn’t complete any of the FOUR projects I started (surly I’m not the only one… !?). :( This year I was determined to complete ALL my projects from last year, and I’m happy to announce that I reached my goal just in time for Christmas! :)

Tis true, me and Martha Stewart became besties this holiday season, and I couldn’t be any more happier with the results!

Once you plan out your portrait the cross-stitching isn’t that hard, but it does take time. Personally, I enjoyed spending my evenings with the tv off, bundled under a blanket, working away while Cale studied for his latest Architecture Exam. You might think of cross-stitching as an old lady sport, but it was really fun giving an old craft an updated design.

SUPPLIES:

  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Thread (Just ask around and borrow some from your crafty friends if you don’t want to buy a bunch–thanks Courtney!) :)
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Embroidery Aida Cloth (I started with 22 count and the stitches were way to small and close together. Definitely aim for 11-14 count squares, or even 8 if you would like a bigger design.)
  • Scissors
  • Graph Paper (I just stole a few pages from Cale’s Moleskine Journal, shhh… don’t tell!) ;)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scotch Tape

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Select a Wider (smaller) Embroidery Aida Cloth Count: I started my first portrait with a 22 count and hated the whole process. The wider squares (11-14 count) show off fun details better, and you won’t be cussing as much as you try and poke your thread through tiny, TINY, little holes! :)
  • General Size/Scale Chart: 8 stitches across for adult heads, 7 stitches across for teen/kids heads, and 3 stitches across for babies.
  • Plan it Out: Use graph paper and colored pencils to plan out every detail. Having a solid plan creates a smooth transition once you start cross-stitching.
  • Customize each family member: I found the inspiration for this project sifting through an old subscription of Martha Stewart Living. Visit her page for ideas and suggestions on how to each person in your portrait their own unique style. Think about the person’s hair, the type of clothes they wear, and even fun accessories.
  • Use Back Stitching for Small Details: This simple technique allows you to create fine details like glasses, baby eye’s and mouth’s, letters, and numbers.

This was my first cross-stitch project so don’t feel intimidated if you have never done this before. I stitched two full portraits of the same family until I got the style, layout, and the scale just right.

You can do it! Old ladies unite! ;)

What new Christmas projects did you take on this year? How did they turn out?

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GCD: Welcome to Our Tribe – Arrow Themed Baby Shower [Invitation Design]

All Things Boy Baby Shower Invitations | Green Couch Design

Branding will always be my favorite part of design, but everyone once in a while it’s fun to be able to let go and design a single invitation. Using the concept of arrows I wanted to keep everything long and narrow. The tribal feel is simple, playful, and all boy! ;)

I wish I could take credit for the overall vision, but none of this would have happened without our good friend Sarah. She put so much time and love into creating such a special afternoon.

Some of my favorites decor elements and activities included:

  • Blessing Arrows: Guests were invited to take pieces of paper and write blessings on them. We then wrapped the paper around the arrows and stuck them on a little tree.
  • Customized Baby Name Print: Like the big “R” print with “Rhys’” name below it? You can make your own as a free (+ the cost of a frame) and easy shower gift here.
  • Trail mix Bar: Loved this idea! Create your own trail mix out of your favorite peanuts, chocolate chips, and dried fruits. So good!
  • Diaper Decorate Activity (not shown): Using sharpies everyone wrote a funny or encouraging note on a package of diapers. What a unique way to lift mom and dad’s spirits in the wee (he, he!) hours of the night! ;)
  • Rhys’ Reece’s: Guess how many there are? Hard to believe there were over 200! Yep, I was WAY off and didn’t get to go home with the giant box of chocolate. :(
  • Baby Belly Henna Tattoo: For the “after party” we all hung around, drank wine, and watched Taryn with Spirited Doula Services create a beautiful piece of art right on our momma’s baby bump.

It was a wonderful day full of love and celebration for this new little bundle of joy. We can’t wait to meet you baby Rhys!

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* See more work like this and others by visiting our graphic design portfolio at Green Couch Design.

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Nursery Design Bits

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It is safe to say that “nesting” has completely taken over Meg’s brain. We swear she has cleaned drawers that have not been touched in our 4 years of marriage! We’ve learned that somehow when you are pregnant it’s easy to convince yourself that your baby will really care about the wall color and/or what stuffed animals are available to snuggle with. Either way it’s been a good motivation to get on top of the nursery as well as other household chores we’ve had on hold since… we moved in! ;)

Originally we were going to do an entire room with whale/sea decorations (see Meg’s pin board) but decided that, that could get a little crazy REAL fast! As much as we like whales we didn’t want a character themed nursery. Instead we settled for more of an “Adventure” theme. You know… sailing the seven seas, traveling the world, bugs, and a variety of other whimsical things. This was an intentional design decision because we wanted to create a room that our little guy could grow into, not out of in the next few years.

Since we live in a very small farm house (yes, our child is sharing a room with the washer and dryer) we we’re very intentional about not just filling his room with a bunch of “stuff”. Looking at the list of registry “must haves” recommend by Babies”R”Us it’s easy to see how this happens to so many people. Instead we were very intentional about the items we registered for and used most of the toys and cards received as gifts as decor items. This made decorating very inexpensive and more personalized. We love the fact that we can look around and see the many ways that all of our friends and family have contributed to the nursery decor.

(PS If you look closely you might find a sneak peak of our baby boy’s name!) ;)

We looked at several mobiles but thought it would be fun to hang some of our shower cards and favorite art pieces (in miniature form) over the crib to create a custom mobile. This was an inexpensive way to support and purchase prints from local artists, utilize the sweet words spoken over our baby from friends and family, while giving us the flexibility to change things out in the future.

(Hanging Mobile Picture Frame: Blue Seven; 5 Step To The Left Of Your Right Hemisphere Postcard: Samantha Lamb)

(Bow Tie: Handmade from our “Manly Baby Shower“; Leather Baby Shoes: Vintage from Meg’s Dad; Oklahoma A-Z Animal Print: STASH; Oklahoma Cuddle Monster: DNA Galleries; Elephant: Sassy Nasal Aspirator; Plush Boat: Collected Thread)

We wanted an easy storage solution that could evolve depending on the needs of our child and the future function of the space. Cale whipped up this simple 9 Frame Storage Solution from lumber we had leftover in the shop. All the baskets we found were to expensive for our budget so Meg covered used diaper boxes and spray painted them with orange stencils (DIY coming soon… still waiting on a few more boxes)! ;)

(Wellington the Duck: Scentsy; Embroidered Plush Bunny: Custom Gift, Whale: Handmade gift from Meg’s mom & grandma)

In case you don’t remember the BEFORE crib shots we got rid of Bambi and settle with a nice blue/gray base. Cale thought it would be a fun accent to spray paint all the metal pieces orange. As you can see we carried this color combo throughout the rest of the room painting the metal window hooks, coat hooks, and shelf brackets orange as well.

(Wooden Rocking Horse: Vintage gift from Cale’s cousin)

We love books, especially children’s books, so we thought it would be fun to display their covers like pieces of art to fill the space with color. This little shelf Cale customized and set it nice and low for little hands to be able to reach along with a functional placeholder for hanging tiny hats, toys, coats, bath towels, etc.

We snagged this authentic canvas maps with sea creatures and ships as a $10.00 Groupon!

Remember this insane Shaker Style Rocking Chair that Meg’s Aunt found at a Garage Sale for $20.00?! Here is it in it’s completed state! She did a BEAUTIFUL job re-finishing it (Check out her other finished pieces at Ollie Belle Home Decor).

All the sudden those late night rocking/lullaby sessions don’t seem SO bad? Right!? ;)

Our inspiration for the map display came from this really simple Hanging Map DIY at Smile & Wave. Thanks Rachel! :)

Josie is STILL trying to make since of all this change!? She’s gonna make a great Nana Dog (you know, like on Peter Pan!?).

Our friends and family filled out this fun prediction calendar for the baby’s arrival (Meg’s not counting any guesses after the 20th… at least for now)! ;)

Oh and of course… here is the shot we probably shouldn’t show. Definitely not “pin worthy” but it’s how we roll here on The Farm! We’re actually using one of the Pedestal Drawers as a toy box. It’s all about making your space work for you and designing it in a way that meets your design aesthetic AND functional needs. Honestly, we are doing cloth diapers so rooming the baby with the washer and dryer might work out after all?! :)

Meg and her grandma made curtains out of Painters Drop Cloth’s and surged the curtain edges orange to continue our accent color throughout the room.

You would think that re-decorating ONE room wouldn’t take months and months but we are both designers and definitely have our opinions on how things should go down. It’s always a lot of work and a lot of trial and error but in the end it’s ALWAYS worth it. We are really pleased with the space, especially with what we had to work with. It’s crazy to see the transformation of what once was a shared office space is now the place our little man will rest his head. It’s been a process but one we’ve enjoyed and feel like we’ve given our boy a room not just filled with “stuff” but “stuff” with true meaning and function.

What is your favorite detail of the room?

Have a due date prediction you’d like us to add to the calendar?! List your estimated date, weight, length, and time of day in the comment section below!

We’ll keep you posted!

39 weeks AND counting! :)

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GCD: 2011 New Holiday Tea Towels Giveaway

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In celebration of ourĀ  NEW Holiday Prints we’re kicking off Monday with a giveaway!

Win a set of THREE tea towels featuring one of each holiday print. Use them as fun stocking suffers, party favors, or keep for them all for your merry self! Either way, here’s how you enter to win! :)

HOW TO ENTER:
- Leave a comment on this blog post!
Let us know what’s your favorite print in our new holiday collection. Or what favorite holiday dish you plan to cook/bake that requires some extra tea towels for clean up!

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Dreams Come in all Shapes and Sizes

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I’ve been searching for the perfect salt and pepper shaker. This whole time I’ve been thinking something vintage would do the trick. My mom and I like to go antique shopping so this is where/when I tend to get lost in a sea of stories from old things long ago. I’ve been searching for the perfect shaker but have had no luck until our recent trip to California.

Cale and I found the most adorable shop and talked with the owner, a wonderful Swedish artist, who sells the most amazing modern kitchen gadgets around. If you know anything about me I have soft spot for weird and unnecessary kitchen gadgets. So as soon as we wondered into this little shop I could not stop oohing and awing over just about everything. We talked about the taste difference in loose leaf tea, art, and these little salt and pepper shakers.

And slowly… they became my friends.

They became something I had to take home. A memory of this moment in time. A memory of that shop in that little coastal town on our California trip.

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