Ready For School - Fabric Cork Boards

The second half of summer has been a whirlwind! I can't believe that school starts for BOTH girls in a week and a half. Two preschoolers in one house, life is going to be different.

To get ready for school and the impending amount of artwork that will be coming home, I wanted to get a bulletin board or two ready. The fridge was so overloaded with art after summer camp that I could barely open the door without something falling off! I saw fabric covered bulletin boards on Pinterest and decided I had to try to make one.

I started out at Walmart to find a super cheap bulletin board and walked out with one of those, plus a set of 4 cork square tiles. Then off to Joann's for fabric selection. This was by far the most time consuming part of the whole project (thank goodness I did it while the girls were in camp or it never would have happened). I had planned on the boards being in the kitchen, where I have a blue theme, so I settled on the fabrics below.

I used this tutorial to make the boards, following it for the larger brass thumbtack board and modifying it for the small cork tiles. Before starting I was a little apprehensive about using the spray adhesive, but it was so easy! I can't believe it scared me. A little fabric cutting, spray adhesive to keep the fabric in place, thumbtack pressing, and voila! Five cork boards complete and ready for art instillation.

The brass thumbtack board is now the home to the house Rules and the girls' Chore Charts. Two and four years seem old enough for them start pulling their own weight at home (some times). Plus, they're so excited to do most of the chores, it would be a shame to not have them help.

To hold up the charts and art, I hot glued Dollar Store gems to the left over thumbtacks to make them a little fancier. I also glued on mini-clothes pins that I had leftover from another project for those art pieces that I didn't want to poke holes in. 

I have to admit, I absolutely adore the cork boards! Don't mind the slight imperfections, but all in all they add a little something to an otherwise blank space. I probably love them so much because of what is hanging on them.

And if you don't have kids artwork to hang, the cork board squares are great as wall art on their own. Add a little pattern to your space in an incredibly cheap and easy way!

2015 Design Trends

Now that 2015 is here and 2014 is "so last year", what new and exciting things do we have to look forward to?

I've searched high and low to come up with my top 5 best new trends for 2015 so that your designing is fresh and of the moment.

1.) Color, color, color!
Despite the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 being Marsala, I'm seeing some great blues that I'd chose over Marsala any day (not that it's a bad color!).
Vibrant blues are all over the place. Whether its Mediterranean blue, cerulean blue, blues with a glossy finish, to mixing blue with green (ranging from lime to olive greens), this color is where its at in my book! 

2.) The new "It" plant
The Fiddle Head Fern has a new rival - the Pencil Cactus. Gardenista put together a very convincing argument as to why it's so great (despite being mildly poisonous). Having a very different look than the Fiddle Head Fern, the Pencil Cactus doesn't have the same broad leaves, rather it has small almost-spines. A great change for a new year.

Gardenista's "It" plant for 2015

Gardenista's "It" plant for 2015

3.) The 2015 Neutrals
One of my favorite blogs to follow, Poppytalk, has a beautiful run-down of some fabulously inspiring neutral rooms. Rather than using white, use grays, creams, and pastels to create absolute serenity.

4.) Pattern and textures
From fabrics to wall paper, high impact patterns and textures are all over the place; natural woven fabrics that feel very bohemian, wild patterns on the walls. Keep it exciting by layering your space.

5.) Soaking tubs!
To round it all out, I thought I'd throw in a bathroom update. If you love taking a bath, then you are in luck because it has never been trendier to bathe, so live it up this year! Make sure its a free standing tub to really be on-trend.

What are you loving for 2015? I'd love to hear your thoughts!