A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Friday Guest Blog Interview: Amy of Stem Parties!

Friday Guest Blog: Amy of Stem Parties!

I’m so excited for this Friday’s Guest Blog… Amy, founder of Stem Parties, is incredibly inspirational and has the biggest HEART of all. Her ideas and parties are clever & creative in that perfect DIY fashion! And her role as the Chief Event Organizer for Operation Shower deserves all of the accolades I can offer. This exceptional organization honors the sacrifices military families make by producing and coordinating unit-wide baby showers and “showers in a box” for pregnant or expecting military families in a deployment or high stress situation.

Stem Parties, a boutique event planning service in St. Louis, Missouri, originated from Amy’s love of party styling and entertaining and has transformed into a fabulous blog as well. A quick jump over proves that this designer was born to throw parties — peruse her recent events and you’ll see immediately how easy and effortlessly she pulls off incredible events! It’ll get the wheels upstairs turning!

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You must read her answers to our four key questions… you won’t be disappointed! Follow the jump for the interview and pictures from her events, including more from Operation Shower. Continue reading

Tufted Headboards are Modern & Beautiful

Update: welcome from Pinterest! Check out this post for my easy tutorial on tufting with a staple gun, this post on a simple, flat upholstered headboard from an old slatted bed frame, and this post on a tufted headboard that I made for our guestroom.  

New Kitchen Breakfast Nook : Tufted Bench Back Up Close : PepperDesignBlog.com

Upholstered Headboard | PepperDesignBlog.com


Original instructions on how to build a tufted headboard from Apartment Therapy are linked, and there are plenty of great suggestions in the comments!

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Tufted headboards are chic and lovely, and look great in any bedroom. They are that perfect balance: soft and comfy but equally classy and modern; somewhere between masculine and feminine without leaning this way or that. You can go bold with your color choice or keep it sleek and simple in a bright white and it remains perfectly appealing.

Tufted Headboard

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Find these beautiful pre-made headboards: {top two pictures} teal by Laura Ashley, tangerine red headboard found at The Nest, {four picture block} white headboard from Katy Elliot, Home Shopping Network features this satin gold (and many other colors at a very budget friendly $299),  Decor Pad shares the grey headboard with us, and the beautiful brown is by Brocade Home.

The top, top picture is from the featured How-To article today:

{DIY Tufted Headboard}

From: Apartment Therapy
Cost: $110


1/2″ Plywood
1×4″ Lumber
Foam (at least 2″ thick)
Polyester Batting Upholstery
Upholstery Thread
Upholstery Needle
Button Kit and Buttons
Spray Adhesive
Wood screws
Staple Gun and 1/2″ Staples
Tape measure
Drill Hammer
Optional but helpful: Rubber Mallet Electric Knife

Checkout Apartment Therapy or one of the top links for the full how-to!

Lemon Yellow Inspiration to Make You Smile

Lemon Yellow Party Inspiration

I love the color yellow, it’s so light, bright and cheery that just the thought of it puts a smile on my face. These lemon yellow party themes do too — and they’re full of creative ideas for a celebration in any color of the rainbow. I’m loving the soft green accents that Utterly Engaged has tied into this Lemon Fresh bridal shower (especially the green pedastal cake stand)!

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I’m brainstorming a baby shower for a friend who’s waiting to find out the baby’s sex, and it has been so fun seeking out new colors to incorporate instead of the traditional blue and pink. It’s lemon yellow that I love today, but word has it that mommy’s leaning towards green as her neutral, so bring on the kelly, lime and sage!

Follow the jump for two more parties full of bright, cheery ideas… including a yellow paper lantern and balloon lined dessert table, mini clothespinned favors and an adorable lemonade label. Continue reading

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