Girl Boss Feature: Home Décor Signs by Sarah Phulps

Sarah Phulps, aka @shes.scripty (go follow her!) makes and sells the CUTEST décor signs for your home and recently ventured into drinkware. With a million little shops out there, I felt it was my moral obligation to share her with you all because there’s something special about her lettering that sets her apart from the rest. I’m not even kidding when I say that looking at her handwriting puts me in a good mood. Is that weird? Her lettering is like art so I feel like it’s not THAT weird.

Plus, I love supporting other women (especially moms) and her story hit home when she told me “I needed something to do outside of burping babies and changing diapers.” Can I get an amen? That is exactly why I started this blog after realizing PR freelancing made me want to jump off a cliff.

She has a bunch of stuff available at shesscripty.com, but when my friend got this personalized sign I knew I just HAD TO HAVE ONE for myself. I hung it over the hallway entry. IMG_2754.JPG

Here’s another one I have that I love because I was tired of annoying solicitors waking up my kids, but I hate the ugly standard “no soliciting” signs.

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And here are a few more for you to see here before you check out her website and buy some for yourself or a friend 😉

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xo,

Bethany

 

 

*photo cred of the last 3 pics: Sarah Phulps

 

DIY Sofa Table

I recently decided to sell my coffee table and go with this round ottoman my friend found for me via @whimseygirldesign’s daily farmhouse décor deals, available at Wayfair. I was excited for the change, but I knew I needed to find an alternative place to put my coffee in the morning, and wine at night.

I follow several interior designers on Instagram; one particular favorite is Rachel at @shadesofblueinteriors. She’s definitely worth a follow if you’re looking for some inspiration. One day I noticed this sofa table behind her couch and I became obsessed. I asked her where she got hers and she responded letting me know that she and her husband actually built it themselves; she did her own design (as they often do), but pointed me in the direction of where she knew online plans were for something similar. You can find those plans here via @jennasuedesign and give her a follow because she’s also super inspiring.

Ryan and I have gotten pretty handy over the past three years of home owning, but building actual furniture is something we hadn’t attempted. Ryan’s a civil engineer, so he has the right skills needed to follow a design and I was confident he could do it.

Here are some pictures of the process from start to finish.

We definitely learned some things along the way and will be slightly altering the design if we decide to build another one. A friend of mine wants one, so we’ll likely tweak the design to our liking. Not to say there’s anything wrong with Jenna Sue’s – her design totally works.

I mixed my own stain to give it that rustic Restoration Hardware look. After I was done staining, I went back over it with 220 grit sandpaper to rough it up a little. I then used Finishing Wax and did another light sanding job to rough it up a little more. I used Benjamin Moore paint in White Dove for the legs.

Since I’m sharing so many of my favorite Instagram accounts for design inspo, I should also include Aly McDaniel at @thedowntownaly – her feed is super inspiring and it helped me style my new sofa table. Give her a follow if you like farmhouse décor and also her Instagram stories are hilarious.

 

Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape

 

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In true Bethany fashion, I procrastinated and just curated my Thanksgiving tablescape yesterday. I literally just threw it together with some help from various pins. If you’re cool like me and waited until the last minute, my tablescape is totally something you can steal ideas from. I didn’t have time to fuss too much over this because I’m more focused on getting Thanksgiving dinner all prepped and ready. You can view my menu if you’re curious. So. Many. Sides. But for me, Thanksgiving is all about the sides.

I purchased the greenery at Hobby Lobby yesterday, but honestly I considered going up to our neighborhood park and just cutting off some of the Eucalyptus branches (I decided against it because it’s probably illegal). I also bought the cut wood there, but you might have these on hand already — or if you have a handy husband that can cut some real logs, you’re golden. The birch candles are from World Market (I’m obsessed)  the chalk tags and place cards are from my craft stash, but I think I originally got them from the Target dollar bin. The plates are from Crate and Barrel, the wine glasses and placemats are from Home Goods.

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Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving prep day! We are sickies over here, but I’m doing what moms do and pretending I’m not sick for the sake of making family memories haha.

 

Preston’s Nursery

I was deprived of the pleasure of decorating Porter’s nursery since we moved into our house less than two months before he was born and were undergoing multiple larger scale house projects at the time (first world problems, I know). It felt like torture with him being my first baby. I wanted so badly for him to have the perfect room, but I just didn’t have the physical energy to pull it off AND unpack our house. Once I adjust to being a mom of two, I’ll take on curating Porter’s little boy room.

So of course I had so much fun decorating Preston’s nursery! Unfortunately for him, he got stuck with the smallest room in the house, which made me even more determined to make sure it was cute. Living in a small space is all the rage these days right? 😉

I was originally inspired by a room I saw in a Restoration Hardware Baby & Child catalog (below), which gave me the idea to go with a nautical theme. I didn’t want your typical nautical colors (red, white and blue), so it was nice to see nautical decor with more muted tones.

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My version of this room evolved as I started putting it together. I wasn’t trying to replicate this room — it was just my inspiration. The first major purchase was the rope pendant light and from there, things just slowly came together. I included sources below for anyone that’s curious about where I purchased what! So excited for baby Preston to be hanging out in his room instead of inside my belly haha. 🙂

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Wall Color – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Matte Finish

Rope Orb Pendant Light – RH Baby & Child

Antique Spindle Crib – RH Baby & Child

Wood Plank Nautical Art (on either side of window) – RH Baby & Child

Mini Mariner’s Table Lamp (next to chair) – RH Baby & Child

Anchor Print Crib Fitted Sheet – RH Baby & Child

Crib Bumper – RH Baby & Child

Chambray Whale Mobile – RH Baby & Child

Nautical Wheel (above crib) – Hobby Lobby

Circle Mariner’s Mirror – Hobby Lobby

Floating Shelves – Old shelving I’ve had sitting for years

Rack containing books – “Spice Rack” from Ikea painted white

Yachting Magazine from 1943 -Antique Store

Sail Boat decoration (on shelf) – used as decor at my Sprinkle

“AHOY” banner – Etsy

“My Little Boy” print – Alice and Ivory (follow @aliceandivory on Insta)

Changing Pad Cover – Pottery Barn Kids

Chair/Glider – Wayfair

Faux Fur Pillow – Amazon

Dresser/Changing Table – Purchased in 2013 from Salvation Army for $70, painted Benjamin Moore White Dove in Semi-Gloss Finish

Diaper Crate – Home Goods

Toy Crate – Home Goods

Blanket Ladder – Made locally

Striped Curtains – Tuesday Morning

Faux Sheepskin Rug – Home Goods