Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guest Blogger at Salt Style

I'm so excited to be guest blogging over at Salt Style today!!!
Steph & Jess were so sweet to ask me that I came up with something sweet to share there!
I'd love for you to come over and see what Commona My House is up to...here's a little peek...


Tiffany Necklace Giveaway {Winner}

We have a winner!!! 
Angie W. has won the the Tiffany Necklace Giveaway!!!
Thank you all for entering. I'll be having other fabulous giveaways happening again throughout the Holidays, so be sure to stop by!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Musings {9/29/14}

Wow, what an incredibly busy week it was over here at Commona My House!
Year of Change September DIY Art Reveal, Fashion Friday {Rainy Weekend}, Pinterest Board Spotlight {Plaid Tidings}.....and throw in some real life behind the scenes stuff that you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram...like this! Did I mention it was a busy week??!! 


Here are my favorite links from around town last week!!!
1. Year of Change Designer Challenge

2. Year of Change Designer Challenge
Sarah from Life on Virginia Street shows us how to whip up a Dreamy, Watery Abstract in 30 min.

3. Year of Change Designer Challenge
Tricia of Suburban Bitches shows us how to achieve a sketch look by using her computer and watercolors.

4. Erin of Suburban Bitches goes bold with an awesome DIY Pop Art
5. Rosa Beltran shares 2 DIY Modern Art Marvels

contemporary bathroom

The Internet's Best Decorating Before and Afters

Home tour - full of fall decorating ideas! via maisondepax.com #autumn #fall #decor #diy

10. Heather from Southern State of Mind shares her eclectic Fall Home Tour, showing us that Fall decor doesn't have to be predictable. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fashion Friday {Rainy Weekend}

Comfy :)

Love the top

jeans + tee + chucks or change out the chucks for some kitten heels and perfect casual Friday work apparel!
casual is how i like it


Year of Change Challenge September Reveal {DIY Art}

The Year of Change Challenge just keeps getting better and better!!! Last month's was SO good! Did you check out our bookshelf styling projects
This month, we are focusing on a piece of DIY art. Personally, I've been narrowing in on this for months. I have so many DIY art projects pinned on Pinterest that I could have painted several...or tried to perfect several!
I know this is something that intimidates many, but we are going to attempt to prove that anyone can create art for their home that they will love. In addition to the usual gang (Suburban BitchesCommona My HouseLife on Virginia Street and Rosa Beltran Designs) we are joined by Jen Allyson from The Project Girl!
Jenallyson – The Project Girl – Fun Easy Craft Projects including Home Improvement and Decorating – For Women and Moms  title=
Thanks for joining us this month, Jen!!!
To get started I began cruising through all of the DIY Art pins that I have had pinned for like a year. I also cruised through several of my favorite artists to sort of gather inspiration for color and content..abstract is pretty broad...so I wanted to narrow down what direction I wanted to go with "ABSTRACT"
Visit and Follow my DIY Art Inspiration Pinterest Board!

Follow Amy's board DIY Art Projects on Pinterest.

I decided that I'd have a few colors to work with but just "go" with what was happening.
I gathered all of my paint brushes as well as a small roller and some gauze.
Yup, gauze. After watching several professional painters who use various brushes, knives and other painter's tools....I noticed that many of them use gauze instead of rags when applying paint that they want to smudge. *see below. The gauze was a HUGE help in achieving a painterly texture without shelling out $$ for specific paint tools.

Start by 'priming' your canvas.
I took white paint on a brush and painted the canvas.
I then started adding lines and smudges of coral.

I thought about stopping above.
I thought I'd live with it for a day, but then thought, "I'm going for it" and kept at it.
This experiment was all about trying to layer and use different techniques.

This sponge roller was really great. I added a bit too much of the coral color, so I then rolled over the canvas with some white paint. I loved how the roller skipped and added random marks and texture.

Yes. There is the gauze.I dipped the gauze in white paint, dabbed it on my drop cloth and lightly skimmed my canvas, slowly blending my pink clouds.
(You can see I was experimenting with adding blues....I liked the coral abstract so much, that I didn't add the blues at all).

Do you see how textural the gauze gets things?!
At this point, deciding that things were going to stay sort of monochromatic, achieving a textural design was important to me. The gauze really worked well. Again, dipping in paint, dabbing on drop cloth, swiping gently, so that I wasn't WIPING, but more like pushing a thick amount of paint around the canvas and playing with what happens. 
If I had a painter's knife, that would give the same look, but with more control. The gauze is unpredictable, but I like that. Sometimes you have to just keep going to see what happens.

I really could have stopped with the above.
I loved how it was so textural.
I could have waited a few days and then decided whether I was going to continue to paint another layer or leave it at this stage...but for YOU, dear reader, I pushed through to the final phase...I wanted to add gold foil. I love gold foil, but didn't want to 1. Spend that amount on an experiment before I worked out the kinks and I thought that liquid gold foil would work just as well. (In retrospect, the liquid gold was great, but I may go back in with gold foil (sizing) to get more 3 dimensional texture and flare).

I'll be framing it if I still like it next week ;)
Here is an easy floating frame tutorial from Remodelaholic.
This DIY Art and Framing may be a new running series over here...
Are you ready to tackle your own?

Be sure to check out the amazing projects in this DIY Art Challenge from Jen, Sarah, Rosa, Erin & Tricia!!!


An Autumn Welcome Home Tour {Commona My House}

I am so excited to give you an Autumn Welcome!!!
Everyday Enchanting and One Krieger Chick have pulled together a fabulous group of bloggers this week to show you how we add  touches of Autumn to our homes!!! I'm so thrilled to be a part of this very talented group! 
The entire week of tours is linked up by day below!
Some of my friends and favorite bloggers are on the tour this week so be sure to follow the links to see their tours !!!
Thank you so much!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Deck the Door {Deseret News Home Show + Discount Code}

I am thrilled to share that for the past couple of month's 
I've been involved in this amazing project: Deck the Doors: Door Decor Challenge!!
I'm teaming up with The Deseret News Home Show 
and Vintage Bee Paint to work on my very own door which will showcase
fabulous laquer paint, architectural detail and a DIY!!!
11 other SLC area bloggers will be participating in this challenge and I'll be sharing LOTS about what I have in store for my door.
I'm Miss February, by the way ;)
I was able to visit George's Salvage over the Summer to select my door from the hundreds of salvaged doors that George has available. 
So...more to come on that within the next couple of weeks.
I the meantime, if you live in Utah, I'd love to have you come out and see the show and tell me what you think of Deck the Doors!!! I'll be giving away a few tickets on Instagram next week but if you're the plan ahead type...
I am able to share a discount code for Commona My House readers!

That's right, you get $3 off the ticket price (Tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are free).
So use the code: MYHOUSE for my special discout! YAY!!!

Hope to see you there and I can't wait to share more about my February Door as well as highlight some of my other bloggers' door ideas, too!!

An Autumn Welcome {Thursday's Tours}

Two of my favorite bloggers are sharing their tours today!!!
Jen at Migonis Home 
Krista at The Happy Housie!
Stop into all of the blogs by following the links below!

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour- Day Four

An Autumn Welcome ~ Thursday, September 25, 2014

**Be sure to come back tomorrow for my own tour + links to the entire week of homes!