Schoolhouse Electric Giveaway!

Schoolhouse Electric Giveaway!

I’m going to let you in on a secret: I’m constantly wavering back and forth between staying in our condo or moving into a single-family home. But ever since we redecorated our bedroom, I’ve been leaning toward staying because I’m falling in love with our home again. Next on my list is the kitchen, which is fine but bland as anything, and I’ll be turning to the stylish accents of Schoolhouse Electric!

Funnily enough, I hadn’t known about Portland-based Schoolhouse Electric until I’d left the city. My friend Kirsten Neiman of Restored Style fame took over their PR awhile back, which got my attention because Kirsten has better taste than pretty much everyone I know.

Schoolhouse Electric Giveaway!

Since then, I’ve become a huge Schoolhouse Electric fan girl and I’m thrilled to be partnering with them for this 14 Days of Holiday Love giveaway! If you’ve got your eye on one of their fabulous pieces, you absolutely need to enter to win a $100 gift card. Here are five ways for you to enter:

1. Visit the 14 Days of LOVE giveaway Facebook page.
2. Follow @Schoolhouse on Instagram.
3. Follow @FrockFiles on instagram.
4. Share your favorite Schoolhouse Electric item on Instagram and be sure to mention the giveaway and @FrockFiles and @Schoolhouse.
5. Visit Schoolhouse Electric on Facebook.

And, since I couldn’t resist, I’ve created a roundup of the things I would love to see under my Christmas tree this year, for me or for James! Okay, so the chair would be pretty obvious all wrapped up. But a girl can dream, right?

schoolhouse-collage
Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I’ll be announcing the winner on Sunday, December 7th at 10am EST on Instagram and contacting the winner directly. Good luck!

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And don’t miss the rest of the 14 Days of Love giveaways!

Nov. 28 Melissa Creates is giving away a Shop Melissa Creates Gift Set
Nov. 29 Make+Haus is giving away a $150 gift Blurb gift card
Nov. 30 Design Improvised is giving away $150 Home Decorators Gift Card
Dec. 1   Handmade Mood is giving away a Kate Spade New Year’s Planning Pack
Dec. 2   Oleander and Palm is giving away a pair of Sven Clogs
Dec. 3   A Girl Named PJ is giving away a Nandi Necklace from Tulsi Project
Dec. 4   Frock Files is giving away a $100 gift card to Schoolhouse Electric
Dec. 5   Living on Love is giving away a luxury home throw and a toddler-to-teen blanket from Saranoni
Dec. 6   Everyday Reading is giving away a Lily Jade bag
Dec. 7   Lia Griffith is giving away a $100 Michaels gift card
Dec. 8   Melissa Creates is giving away 2x $50 gift cards to Sassy Steals
Dec. 9   Dream Green DIY is giving away a $250 Minted gift card
Dec. 10 The Caterpillar Years is giving away a $50 gift card and 2015 calendar from DLK.
Dec. 11 Oleander and Palm is giving away a Cricut Explore Machine

Autumn Refresh: Gold Night Stand Hack

Bedside Table Hack | Frock Files

Before unveiling our full makeovers next week, Heather and I are each showing off some handy work that we put into our new rooms. In my inspiration board post, you might remember a gold table from Anthropologie. I toyed with buying that table but in the end I needed to spread that money out across my other decor needs.

I originally fell in love with the idea of a round, gold nightstand after staying at the Refinery Hotel. You can just make it out in the photo below. It was generously sized and perfectly proportioned.

Hacking the Too Small Nightstand | Frock Files

After a bunch of hunting around, I couldn’t find anything with the same tabletop radius–particularly not within my budget–so I ended up hacking one that I found at Home Goods. It was the right color and I liked the classic lines, and at $30 it was also the right price. But when I put it next to the bed, it was laughably small. I’m one of those people who keeps a lot of things next to the bed, so I needed room for my phone, a book, a glass of water, and a vase. One magazine would have overwhelmed this table!

Hacking the Too Small Nightstand | Frock Files

So I took some measurements and decided that I wanted a tabletop that was about 22″ in diameter, and off I went to the land of plenty: Amazon. Here’s how I finally got the table that I wanted without breaking the bank:

Supplies:

Table base
22″ table top
Spray paint primer
Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint
Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel (Gloss)
Drop cloth
Screws
Screwdriver

Instructions:

1. In a well-ventilated area, lay out a drop cloth and place your table base and table top on it. Spray each with a good layer of primer, according to the directions on the can. Follow immediately with a light layer of gold paint. Get a drink while you wait 10 minutes to do the next coat.

2. Follow up with a second, heavier layer of gold paint. If you’re satisfied with the coverage, wait 90 minutes to two hours for the paint to dry before applying the crystal clear enamel.

3. Lay the tabletop face down and center the base on top of it. Using metal screws and an electric screwdriver, attach the two pieces together. If you’re not keen on screws or you don’t have an electric screwdriver handy, you can use a strong adhesive like Liquid Nails instead.

Bedside Table Hack | Frock Files

That’s it! I can’t tell you what a game changer it is to finally have a night stand with sufficient space–and at a sufficient height. We used to have low nightstands and I was constantly knocking things off of them with the blankets. Pretty and functional? Be still my beating heart.

Next week we’ll be showing off the before and afters of our completed rooms! Until then, you won’t want to miss Heather’s DIY over at The Caterpillar Years, where she’ll show you how she brightened up her wall with fabric-covered cork that doubles as a place to post little reminders and cute mail.

Are you refreshing any rooms for fall? Show us on Instagram by using #AutumnRefresh. xoxo

Update: Want to see the full bedroom makeover reveal? Check it out here.

Autumn Refresh: The Best Bedding

Autumn Refresh: Bedding Makeover | Frock Files

Our bed has been an embarrassing hodge podge of college-era comforters, hole-y quilts, and mismatched pillowcases for far too long. I’ve always justified it by telling myself that no one else spends time in our bedroom anyway, but this Autumn Refresh challenge has given me the perfect excuse to finally give our bedding a facelift.

People who visit usually use the word “cozy” when they talk about our home. I have an affinity for soft things–both of our couches are cloud-like in their ability to envelop even the tallest of our friends; we have fluffy throws everywhere; I live in cashmere in the wintertime; Kona (need I say more?). The bedding was no exception.

My Favorite Bedding Picks

Once I started choosing the elements, I began to understand why it’s really taken me this long to get my act together when it comes to bedding: there are lots of pieces to coordinate! Here’s what I ended up with, and I have to say, I’m thrilled with every piece.

Sheets: While our blankets were mismatched, we’ve always had really nice sheets. A couple of years ago, Lindsey discovered these Beech sheets at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and she insisted that I buy a set immediately. Luckily, I listened. They’re the softest, most luxurious feeling sheets I’ve ever owned–even better than the high thread count Egyptian cotton ones I used to have. A head’s up that these say sateen and they appear shiny at first, but they lose that shiny look after the first wash–thank goodness.

Autumn Refresh: Bedding Makeover | Frock Files

Blanket: When Kim of DLK told me that she would be importing her favorite cotton sweater throws from Australia, I knew that it would be love at first sight. I was right. This throw was a bit of a splurge, but I just love the character it brings to our bedroom. It’s also incredibly soft. As you can see, Kona loves it too. In fact, we may fight over it a little. What can I say? She has good taste.

Duvet Insert and Duvet Cover: For awhile, I’ve been waking up feeling really hot in the middle of the night, but all that changed once we got this duvet insert and cover. The duvet insert is filled with down alternative, but it’s not overly filled, which makes it breathable so that I’m not waking up sweating at 3am. The duvet cover is made of super soft Egyptian cotton that makes climbing into bed feel like a religious experience. Bonus: both were steals on Amazon.

It should be noted that our bed started off feeling pretty great, despite our eclectic bedding, because we invested in a Tempur-Pedic awhile back. My god, we love that mattress. In the dead of winter, we layer on an electric blanket to warm the mattress before we climb in, which makes the Tempur-Pedic a big, dreamy marshmallow. Mmm…

Autumn Refresh: Bedding Makeover | Frock Files

That’s it for this week’s peek into our Autumn Refresh! Check back next week for a little DIY action, and don’t forget to head over to The Caterpillar Years to see which area of her home office/guest bedroom Heather’s revealing this week. Are you working on a decor project? We would love to check it out! Tag it on Instagram using #AutumnRefresh.

Autumn Refresh: Bedroom Makeover Inspiration

Bedroom Makeover Inspiration | Frock Files

When I moved in with James two years ago, we joked that his condo looked like the apartments that spies use in movies–sparsely furnished with builders-grade everything and totally generic cream colored walls. Since then, we’ve painted almost every wall, hung artwork, laid down rugs, hung curtains, bought new furniture, and put up shelves that are filled with books. There’s no mistaking that people live here now. (In fact, you can get a taste of our space by checking out our half-bath and home office.)

The one room we haven’t touched is our bedroom. But after spending a lovely weekend in New York City last May, we fell in love with the decor at the Refinery Hotel (above and below), and I decided that it’s time for us to finish off the bedroom at long last.

refinery2

My dear friend Heather (The Caterpillar Years) and I have been missing each other since both moving away from Portland, so we decided to give one another a little peer decorating pressure by collaborating on a series of posts about our room makeovers. We’re calling it Autumn Refresh and we’ll each be publishing one post each Wednesday throughout the month to document our progress. Today we’re both focusing on inspiration.

Here are a few more images that have influenced the choices I’m making for this space:

Bedroom Makeover Inspiration | Frock FilesBedroom Makeover Inspiration | Frock Files

(All images are posted on my Nesting board on Pinterest. Most of them don’t have original sources or aren’t linked.)

And here’s my inspiration board! Some of these pieces will actually make it into my bedroom. Others are DIY projects, which will be featured here. I’m particularly fond of the yummy cotton blanket from the newly opened DLK shop. It pulls everything together so nicely and it’s the best thing to snuggle up with when it’s chilly.

Bedroom Makeover Inspiration | Frock Files

Lamp: Wayfair | Terrarium: West Elm | Blanket: DLK | Table: Anthropologie | Frame: Crate & Barrel | Paint: Benjamin Moore

That’s it for this week! Don’t forget to head over to The Caterpillar Years to see Heather’s inspiration for her home office. Heather always does a great job of blending contemporary and Mid-century Modern style, and this room is no exception. Come back next week for more from our Autumn Refresh series!

Is there a room in your home that could use some freshening up for Fall? Join us in reclaiming our rooms!! Post photos of your room refresh on Instagram with #autumnrefresh. Heather and I will be re-posting our favorite rooms! Be sure to follow both of us on Instagram: The Caterpillar Years and Frock Files.

Target Hits the Bullseye

Target Bullseye U Collection: Affordable Decor for College Budgets

When I was a kid, back-to-school shopping was one of the highlights of my summer. There’s just so much possibility in a new box of No. 2 pencils and all those pale blue lines of composition books just waiting to be filled. It reminds me of that line from You’ve Got Mail: “If I knew your name and address, I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils.” Be still, my beating heart!

It only got better when I went to college because back-to-school shopping included things to add to my living spaces. I lived in four different places in the four years I was working toward my bachelor’s degree, each of them vastly different from the next. I loved starting fresh with a few new things each year, but I always spent vast amounts of time searching for the best deals.

If only Target’s Back to College décor were around back then! You know how Target has this gravity force field that pulls you in, so you go in for vitamins and end up falling in love with something all the way in home décor? That’s exactly what happened to me the other day. The home section is chock full of hip, high-quality, really inexpensive bedding, furniture, and décor at prices that even college students (and their parents) will find easy to swallow.

In fact, a lot of the pieces are things that I’d love to put in my guest room, so I began daydreaming about how they would fit together. I wanted to go for something that I call bohemian-elegant, mixing natural elements with jewel tones. The result: an understated but glam space well within my limited budget.

Want to daydream about your space? Whether you’re putting together a college dorm room or a grown-up bedroom, you can play around with your options with Target’s uStyler tool. Think of it as the digital paper doll of home décor – you can switch out bedding, accessories, and furniture to create your very own masterpiece.

What are you drooling over from the Back to College collection at Target?

Clockwise: Threshold Stamped Metal Table | Threshold Starburst Mirror | Owl Perch Lamp | Room Essentials Triangle Pixel Duvet Cover Set | Seville Rush Storage Cube | Carlisle Dining Chair | Xhiliration Flower Decorative Pillow | Xhiliration Velvet Euro Pillow

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This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are my own.


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