On the Rocks

Thrift store ice bucket turned pendant light via MakelyHome.com

Each time an out of town friend wows me with one of her thrift store finds, I can’t help but feel a little jealous.  Vintage and thrift store shopping has really become such a way of life in Austin, that it’s usually pretty slim pickings around here.  Everyone wants that awesome stuff that was totally up for grabs just 5 or 6 years ago.

So when my friend Jennifer Rizzo asked me to participate in a blog thrift store trade with some of my favorite bloggers, I couldn’t possibly say no.  And then when I found out it was Kelly from Eclectically Vintage who would be sending me something for that she found at a thrift store, I almost died.

And then her box arrived.  Y’all.

Thrift store ice bucket turned pendant light via MakelyHome.com

I mean, woah, right?  A wooden cheese plate and dome.  A wood-look ice bucket.  A hand cut Elvis silhouette. We know how I love Elvis.  And silhouettes.

DIY Faux Copper Table

DIY Faux Metal Table

Hi y’all!  I’m Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. and I’m so excited to be back here sharing my five steps to creating a faux copper table…that looks real!


I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this new copper trend.  I suddenly have the urge to turn everything copper.  I’ve been craving some copper furniture, but ran into a couple of problems.

First I thought of  using copper pipe to make some furniture.  This is such a great idea and so many bloggers have created some amazing things from copper pipe.  But it was a little pricier than I was hoping.

I like things cheap.  Like, really cheap.

I tried some different copper spray paints, but they felt like painted copper.  I was hoping for a real look from paint.  I know, that’s not really how it works.  But I was hopeful, nonetheless.

All About You. And Me. And You and Me.

Y’all.  Y’all.

I am so grateful (and humbled) that so many of you would give your time to take my little blog survey a few weeks ago.  I was really nervous that like no one at all would take it, and when so many of you did, I was so elated.

I’m a mega dork who sat there and read all of the answers as they came in.  You guys are thoughtful. And open.  And freaking hilarious!  It really was a joy to read every single one response.

I decided to take today to talk about some common themes I noticed in your answers and kind of do a little blog brainstorming sesh right here in public.  As I said before I put out the survey, I wanted to find out your why’s.  I wanted to know why you read Makely and why you are scared of making changes in your home.

The most common worry that you guys have about decorating is money.  Hands down.  Money is a worry.  And you know what?  It is for me, too.  I am constantly worried about spending too much money on decorating and DIY projects.  All of those cans of spray paint and screws really add up.

The thing I can suggest is have a separate place for you decorating money, if you can.  I have a separate banking account since I do this for a living, but even an envelope or baggie would work.  Put aside any money that you can.  You may find that it’s $5 a week.  Or you may find that it’s $3 a month. Whatever it is, whatever you feel like you can do that your family won’t miss, put it aside for a future project.  I am a big believer in making sure that every Mom (really, every woman) has a little piece of something just for themselves.  Even if it’s the one can of spray paint that you saved two months to buy, use it to transform something that makes you giddy inside.  As your decorating and DIY budget grows (I seriously start selling old stuff on CraigsList when I have a big project brewing), so will the number of projects that you can complete.

The second biggest concern was color and pattern choice.  Many of you are nervous that you are going to make the wrong choices and have to live with something that you hate.  That is so common, y’all.  And it’s also completely understandable.

I didn’t start out being comfortable making big statements with color.  Do you remember the post that I wrote at the beginning of the year?  I began my decorating journey with the teeniest of baby steps. Little by little, over the years, I have embraced a love of color that I just can’t shake.  And don’t even get me started on pattern – this is your warning that it’s about to get crazy up in here.

I do know that not everyone feels comfortable with making color choices.  It’s hard to make those decisions when you feel so uncertain and worried about making a mistake.  I’m trying to come up with a way that we can help and support each other in our choices.  I don’t know how that’s going to “look” yet, but I’ll keep you updated as my thought process evolves. I think this is pretty critical to how I feel like I can help you in your own homes – and that’s what I really want to do.

There were also some questions about me.

  • Like what and why does Makely mean?  Here’s what it means.  But the short answer is that it’s a name I made up.  Just think about it like you did when Gwyneth Paltrow named her baby Apple so many years ago.  It’s just weird, right?  You feel sorry for that poor kid, but you still go see her movies…even if she is insanely annoying as Pepper Potts.
  • Or why does your Pinterest feed wear me out?  I freely admit that I probably have a Pinterest feed just as annoying as Pepper Potts.  Did you know that about 1/2 of the people who visit the blog come here because they saw something they liked on Pinterest?  That’s crazy, right?  I have such an intense love/hate relationship with Pinterest.  Since Pinterest burst into the scene, bloggers are having to go outside of their comfort zones with self promotion over there.  I HATE it.  But, I LOVE all of the new friends I’ve made that have found this blog on Pinterest.  I’m trying to figure out a better way to my feed feel less lame.  It’s annoying to me, too.
  • And how do you find your inspiration?  My best ideas usually come while I’m taking a shower or it wakes me from a deep sleep.  I’m not even kidding.  BUT, there are lot of other things I turn to for inspiration.  In the coming weeks/months, I’m going to walk us through my inspiration turned (hopefully) awesome room for Zack.  Y’all, he wants a shark theme.  SHARKS, y’all.  We’ll make it work…somehow.
  • Also, can we be friends? ABSOLUTELY.  Y’all.  If you live in Austin, or around Austin, you need to let me know!  I’d love to hang out and do some projects together or just have a thrifting day.  I am dead serious.  Let me know so I can start figuring out how to put together a fun little Austin group.

 And then there were the hilarious comments that I just couldn’t help but share.  I so wish I knew who you were!

“I could sure use a babysitter so I could spend more time getting projects done.  Or maybe my two-year-old and ten-month-old to develop some better taste and motor skills so they’d actually be helpful.”

HA!  I’ve seriously been there, done that, got the t-shirt.  But, I’ll tell you.  Yesterday, I was watching Emma (who is 3 1/2) eat lunch and realized that she’ll soon be 4.  And then 8.  And then 16.  WHY is this happening so fast?  I do feel like that as long as you are trying to teach your kids some basic skills (mine each have their own tool boxes and Tom buys them “real” tools for holidays and birthdays), you can easily spend time with them while you DIY.  Also, don’t ever give up on the naps.  Or on wine.  :)

“OM gosh – I just caught on to who you are!”

Uh, oh.  Time to let the Witness Protection Program know that I’ve been discovered.  Actually, this really made me laugh.  Who did you think I was?

“I worry that my silly husband will not like what I do just because he likes to not like things.”

I’m pretty sure we must be sister wives.  Are you also married to Tom?  I love him, but yikes.  He calls it playing the devils advocate.  I call it debating for the sake of debating.  You know, just because.

 ”My sister and I have this debate going.  So, how do you feel about family pictures in a bathroom?  I say nature or architecture only.  I don’t want to see people smiling at me when I do my business.  What is your opinion?”

Can I please come to your house for Thanksgiving?  This sounds like the best debate EVER.  I think I’m going to come down on your side of the fence, though.  I don’t have super strong feelings about it either way, but I don’t have any photographs in my bathrooms.  Maybe it’s a subconscious thing?

“Okay, here goes…but please don’t think I’m crazy.  In one of your videos you mention something about your favorite Mexican restaurant…and my daughter and I want to know which one it is so we can see all of the beautiful colors you described.  There, I’ve asked!”

Totally cracking up.  Okay, the restaurant is Rio Grande in Pflugerville, TX.  Get the Lite Plate (it’s not at all light).  But really, we don’t go there much anymore because our favorite waiter moved to a newer Mexican place that’s closer to our house…and we are fiercely loyal to good people!  But, we did go to Rio Grande a few months ago and the interior had been repainted.  It still has crazy, colored walls, but the colors are now deeper than they used to be.  A little piece of me died inside.

“I love this blog!  I read it when I’m feeling overwhelmed and go away feeling better because at least I’m working on [insert big project] today.  I read it when I’m bored and go away excited to start [insert large projects]!  I read it when I’m frustrated with [insert large project] and go away feeling reassured that everyone has problems during DIY…I try to copy the fun, well arranged, colorful, fearless self-expression I find here.  Thank you for creating such a great resource!”

No, thank you.  I cried when I read this.  Some days I feel like I’m reaching people, and other days I feel like I’m just talking to hear myself speak.  But, if even one person gets something out of my crazy projects and personal style, then I can walk away happy.

But, I’m not going to walk away, y’all.  I love this way too much.  I cannot wait to keep on the path where I’m headed and figure out some other ways to help you face your own fears and conquer color and your budget.

One person has a chance to address her decorating budget head on!  Hillary R has won a $50 gift card to any store of her choice for taking my survey.  Where do you want to go shopping, Hillary?

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Thanks again to you all. You complete me. Really.

Live Edge Wood and Leather Belt Shelves

live edge wood & leather belt shelves via MakelyHome.com

One night, in the middle of putting together Emma’s big girl bedroom, I woke up with a vision.  I know a lot of people’s visions involve religion, family or relationships, but mine always seem to involve decorating.

I had really been wanting to make something out of live edge wood, a slab of wood that is planed flat on the top and bottom but left natural on the sides.  A lot of it is also has great figure, which means that it has interesting texture or appearance due to the way the tree grew or the make up of its grain.

Once I had my vision, I couldn’t get it out of my head.  I searched all over Austin for a place I could buy two smallish slabs of live edge walnut, but I came up short.  Even though these pieces would likely be mill castoffs, we don’t really have any mills here.  I checked a few of our speciality lumber yards, but the only live edge slabs they had were really exotic (read: totally expensive) slabs.

All Grown Up: A Little Girl’s Bedroom

Well, I kept my promise.  I was able to completely transform my daughter’s serene nursery into the bold and colorful bedroom that reflects her personality, all without ever touching a paint brush to the walls.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that that sort of promise makes me all twitchy, like a drug addict looking for her next hit.  But, I did it.

Emma’s nursery was a sweet little room for a sweet little baby.  I put a lot of time into making sure it stayed soft and neutral.  I had it in my brain that this would help her sleep well.  I have no idea if my theory is based in any real science, but I do know that I could put her in her bed awake and she’d put herself to sleep.  I credit my genius wall color choices.

Little girl's bold and eclectic bedroom via MakelyHome.com

My sweet little baby has turned into a creative, hilarious, brilliant, and beautiful 3 1/2 year old little girl. Her room needed some color, so I set out to make it happen – without painting the walls.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure via MakelyHome.com

I have always considered myself a big ideas person.  Even in my past professional life, I could come up with amazing ideas.  But, as is so typical of me, the minutia behind those big ideas got boring, and I’d move on to the next shiny object.  It’s like I’m a parakeet of big ideas.

Makely has really helped me to turn those big ideas into small, bite sized nuggets.  Breaking down a project into steps for my readers makes me think a lot about the how and the why I blog.  I decorate for me, but I blog for you.

There’s a lot spinning around in this (sometimes crazy) brain of mine – decorating ideas, social media ideas, technology ideas that I don’t know are even possible.  I know I’m going to continue doing right by me, but I need to make sure that I am still doing right by you.

I’ve put together a quick survey that I would be forever grateful to you if you would take a few minutes to complete.  It’s not a survey about me, but it’s a survey about you.  I want to get into your brain and find out your whos, your whats, and your whys.  You’re going to help me choose your own adventure.

After you complete the survey, please enter to win a $50 gift card to any store of your choice!  The winner will tell me where they want to shop, and I’ll make it happen.  You’ll be choosing your own adventure, again.

Thank you so much for your support throughout the years.  I wish I could invite each and every one of you to my house for a big ‘ole party in celebration of your awesome.


The Survey

The Giveaway

After you hit that submit button above, please enter the giveaway!  A winner will be announced on March 12, 2014.

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Thank you and good luck!