Modern Farmhouse Painting | @thefauxmartha

We have this wall in our dining room that separates the kitchen. On the dining room side, it’s shiplap. On the kitchen side, it’s a functioning pantry and cookbook shelf. Mike, our builder, designed it. It’s brilliant. And, as I always say, it’s the perfect marriage of form and function. As soon as it was installed, we knew it needed art. And since our house is a blank slate of mostly white, it needed something with a hefty pop of color too. It took over two weeks to get the internet installed at the house, so I decided to tackle this pop of color myself. I dug out my brushes from high school and college. (Before I studied design, I studied painting.) It took two rusty weeks of layering in color and texture. And it took this cake too. Afterwards I called it “Two Weeks without Internet.”  Read more

Modern Schoolhouse Green Office from The Fauxmartha

Prior to moving in to #thefauxhouse, I’ve always worked in the dining or living room on a cheap, rickety Ikea desk. We moved that rickety desk into the new office and told ourselves we’d put off designing the room for at least a year. I lasted two whole weeks. When I should have been unpacking boxes, I was busy at work in the moodboard file. I wish I had saved all the iterations. There were hundreds. The inspiration for the room solidified when I found the Leather Schoolhouse Chairs from Rejuvenation. Schoolhouse. Schoolhouse! The office needed to be a modern schoolhouse. Warm, vibrant colors with modern, clean lines. Though Hallie always knew that. Read more

house a home

One month after moving into the house, we invited my brother-in-law up to shoot a video of it. I was certain 4 weeks would be plenty of time to get the house decorated. Completely decorated. He must have bit a hole through his tongue after arriving. The house was in no condition to be filmed, yet he said nothing of the sort. Read more

The Faux Mantel | @thefauxmartha

I haven’t shared a whole lot about our house yet. Everything is almost done but not done, done. I’m also still getting used to the idea that this is our home. It felt like a project for so long. At the very last minute during the build, we nixed the fireplace for another year or so to stay on budget. We forgot all about that until now, when looking for a place to hang our stockings. By next month I’m sure we’ll wish it for other reasons. To right this wrong, I’ve teamed up with Pottery Barn Kids to create a faux mantel, #thefauxmantel. Would you expect anything different? Read more

Playful Reading Nook | @thefauxmartha

Hello from the 8th stop of The Great American Pouf Tour. I’m celebrating with my friend Anne of Flax and Twine today on the launch of her new book, Knitting Without Needles. If you’ve been around since the early days, you might remember my shop full (and sometimes not so full) of knitted cowls. I think it was around that time that I met Anne. She’s been making crafting cool again since the early days. When her arm-knitted pouf arrived a couple weeks ago for The Great American Pouf Tour, Hallie usurped it for her own room. With the addition of the pouf to her tent and dog beds (keep reading!), her nook is looking pretty magical. I’m not sure if it’s more for her or me. Read more

Rejuvenation in the Kitchen | @thefauxmartha

We moved in a month ago. I was certain our house would be in tip top shape by now. Turns out, it takes a bit of time to make a house a home. It also turns out that graphic design doesn’t necessarily translate into interior design. I’m studying Emily Henderson’s portfolio and luring Amanda Rydell over with scones and lemonade to help me decorate. While I become a faux interior decorator, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the house and tell you about my favorite lighting company—Rejuvenation. You need to know about them if you don’t already. (Read on for giveaway details.) Read more

The Fauxhouse | @thefauxmartha

I’ve been alluding to it for awhile now. Talking about it like it’s not consuming every square inch of our brain (the little we have left after becoming parents). We’re building a house. I’ve just started calling it our home. A house is an object made from lots of materials. A home is a place where life is lived. We’re building a home. To get this experience, we feel extremely lucky, but it comes with exhaustion too. It’s rare that a day passes without me saying, “I’m never making another decision again.” I’m being overly dramatic, but we’ve made a lot of decisions in the last couple weeks. And no decision is made without a mood board over here. I wish you could see my desktop (actually I’m glad you can’t). I have 10,000 thumbnails of screenshots from revised boards. It’s silly and excessive, but we’re dreaming up a home that we plan to spend a lifetime in. So come on in, but don’t tell me what you think. If I have to change anything…..I can’t make another decision.

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