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The House on Fremont Street: nousDECOR (Giveaway)

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You know that I’m already a heavy Pinterest user, right? Obsessive might be a better word. Especially as we’ve been pulling the details of our new house together, my Pinterest boards have kept me organized and sane, as I pull ideas, inspiration photos and products for each room.

However, as much as I love Pinterest, sometimes, it leaves something to be desired. I don’t claim to be anything close to an interior designer. Sometimes, I play one for work (my special talent is sourcing the perfect products), and I certainly know what I want and like for my own home, but that’s as far as I can go. In addition, I try to stay as far away from scary editing photos, like Photoshop, as possible, so pulling together those gorgeous pin-worthy interior collages that you see on design blogs is way out of my league.

nousDECOR Logo

Enter nousDECOR(you say it “new” decor, in case you were wondering…)

The newest online design tool on the block, nousDECOR is like a cheat sheet for those of us who didn’t exactly attend design school, but who want to create spaces in their homes that look like we did.

The main feature of nousDECOR is being able to take a picture that inspires you, for your own home, and to pull products, straight from the extensive catalog on nousDECOR, to create a custom moodboard.

Here is an image (on the left) that I pinned to my Pinterest account long, long ago, for living room inspiration, and the moodboard that I created on nousDECOR to create a similar look:

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If you click through on the image above, you’ll see that when you’re on the moodboard, you can click on each product I chose, which will take you to the website where you can buy it. For example, if you can’t live without that rug (which everyone and their MOTHER has right now!), click on it, read more about its details from nousDECOR, then click on the BUY button. Easy as that.

nousDECOR Products

One of my other favorite features is that as you pull products for a room on your moodboard, it keeps a running total of how much the design elements you’ve picked will cost. If you look above, you can see that these products are at around $1650.

Isn’t this cool? You really just have to get onto nousDECOR and play around to get the feel of it!

There are a million amazing features built into nousDECOR, but here are some of my other favorites…

  • See a room that you love on nousDECOR, but it’s about 900 times out of your budget? Click on the moodboard, then click on each item and use the “SAME LOOK, DIFFERENT PRICE” button to search for similar items at different price points.
  • Have a room that you love but can’t find the products to recreate it? Have a couch that you can’t seem to find the perfect rug for? Try nousDECOR’s SEEKING HELP feature. You can upload a photo of what you need help with, then put it out there for the nousDECOR community to give you feedback, including their in-house designers and Chief Designer, Mark Cutler.
  • For those of you who fill your homes exclusively with “flash sale” decor (such great deals on those sites!), but you get tired of hunting and hunting and hunting through them to find what you’re looking for, as you’re creating your moodboard, click the SHOW FLASH SALE FIRST button to give you products straight from all of those sites. There is also a SHOW DIY FIRST button for products that you can easily recreate at home.

Okay, honestly, the best thing to do is to jump on to nousDECOR and play around. There are so many cool, thoughtful features and it’s SO EASY to use. I can’t emphasize that enough. Plus, it’s fun!

To get you started on nousDECOR, they are hosting a giveaway for one of the stores where you can pull products on nousDECOR, as you create your moodboards… and one of my personal favorites for home decor, Anthropologie(I used to work there. I was awesome at folding the bedding. Seriously.) One bellingFAM reader will win a $100 gift card for Anthropologie.

To enter to win a $100 ANTHROPOLOGIE GIFT CARD, please click the Rafflecopter link below:

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bellingFAM Giveaway for $100 Anthropologie Gift Card from nousDECOR

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All opinions are my own, as always.


The House on Fremont Street: Everett’s room


Everett's Room

It’s impossible to photograph Everett’s little room in one shot, so here it is in bits and pieces.

Can we take a moment for the wall, please? (tutorial later. when i’m feeling less traumatized. scratch that. when josh is feeling less traumatized. ditto for the paneled ceilings. we haven’t even discussed those yet!)

Everett's Room

Everett’s room is nearly done, despite a few finishing touches and things that we’ll do further down the road, like painting the inside of his closet and creating better storage in there and upgrading the blinds. I’ve been playing with the idea of adding a cover to his duvet, maybe this one from Pottery Barn Kids, but I’m still on the fence. I don’t want his room to feel too heavy or over-designed. The curtains are even pushing it, in my opinion.

Everett's Room

See that little Seahawks helmet lamp? It was Josh’s when he was a kid. Talk about being a lifelong fan. I’m on the hunt for a new shade…

We didn’t have a place for that Seattle map in the rest of the house, so we hung it in here. I think it gives a nice pop of color to his room. I want to cover that wall with all Seattle/Washington/Northwest-inspired art work for a little gallery. I’ve been pinning some ideas here.

The best part about his room is that we pretty much already had everything we needed. I did add that tiered basket for his trucks. It’s the Ladder Storage Basket from Urban Outfitters (currently on sale for $59) and it gives a nice industrial touch to his room, while also giving us an easy spot to toss the random trucks and cars we find around the house.

Everett's Room

A closeup of the wall. The insanely perfect wall. I kind of want to hug it. The mug and wooden letter are both from Anthropologie. They still carry the Monogram Mug ($8), in case you can’t live without one of your own.

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The House on Fremont Street

The House on Fremont Street: Construction zone

This is the scene at our house this morning.

Flaggers. Backhoes. Cones. No parking signs. Compressors. Guys drilling into concrete.

After a chilly month at The House on Fremont Street, we’ve having gas brought to the house and a new heating system installed, replacing those old, dangerous in-wall heaters that were single source of heat when we moved in… and that we promptly ripped out so that we could paint.

Long story short, our house has been a bit on the chilly side since we moved in!

It happened that both installs, gas and heat, landed on the same week, so we’ll be living in a construction site, of sorts for the next few days. I don’t think Everett will mind one little bit.

Here’s to having dry bath towels, being warm when we get out of bed in the mornings and to on-demand hot water.

(can you hear the angels singing? i can.)

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Herringbone Wall Part 1

The House on Fremont Street: An {imperfect} DIY herringbone wall in Everett’s room {part 1}

A long, long time ago, before The House on Fremont Street was even a thought, I pinned this picture on Pinterest. I loved the entire nursery, which actually originated from the gorgeous, to-die-for blog, At Home At Home.

Fast forward nearly a year. We’re in our new home, trying to add some customized elements to make our otherwise plain jane house into a home that we adore. I don’t think that I would ever brave painting a true chevron pattern on the wall, as trying to make all of those zigs and zags align perfectly (they’d have to. HAVE TO.) makes me want to cry, but this imperfect version of a herringbone pattern seemed doable. Even for this paint-hating DIYer.

I promise to include a full step-by-step guide in the next post, but we’re only halfway through and I hit a bump in the road along the way, so let’s talk about that first, shall we?


We used FrogTape Delicate Surface (since we had just painted the wall with a fresh coat of white paint), which is pretty much the best thing ever. It’s so soft and easy to put on the wall. Note that we used the wider tape, giving us almost 2-inches of coverage for every white line.

Herringbone Wall

Josh was in charge of the first step: getting the vertical lines perfectly spaced and perfectly straight. He’s good at things like that. I’m not. This is why we’ve been married for nearly 12 years.

Herringbone Wall

Now my work began. I started in the center of the wall, taping off two of the first herringbone lines about mid-way up the wall. I didn’t want them to perfectly connect, but I did want their angles to be similar, which I just eye-balled.

Herringbone Wall

Then, I started tape off of my first piece in one section. I didn’t want each section, which will be painted blue, to be the same size, so I just taped my heart out, adding new lines until I had filled up the entire section.

Herringbone Wall

This was the result. When I stood back, I wasn’t as excited as I should be. When I compared it to my inspiration picture, I realized that I had added far too many lines.

Herringbone Wall

Instead of starting over, I went with a new strategy for the adjacent section, starting with taping three pieces: one that was in the middle, then one above and one below, giving me three equal-ish sections. Once those looked good (it was tricky to get their angles right!), I added two lines of tape below and above each of the three main tape lines.

Herringbone Wall

Once that side was taped, I went back to the first section and removed about half of the tape that I had applied originally. I just did some random picking and choosing, being careful to step back away from the wall, to check on the progress as I removed each line.

In the end, I love that the section on the left is a little more structured, while the section on the right has some skinnier and thicker bands. I think they’re a good balance for each other… at least until we get started on the outer sections!

We’re going to finish taping tonight and maybe I can convince Josh to start painting for me too… Stay tuned for a full reveal and step-by-step instructions (minus the ones we wasted time on!) next week!


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The House on Fremont Street: It’s moving day!

Moving Day

this is where i’ve been all week. on a ladder. 

It’s moving day!

(enter huge cringe here.)

I hate moving and I feel terribly unprepared, as we’ve been spending all of our time this week at the new house, prepping it for our arrival, and not so much at the old house, um, packing.

But, here goes nothing!

Take a little sneak peek at what we’ve been working on at the new house the past few days and don’t forget to check out some other popular posts on bellingFAM that you may have missed, including:

Moving Day

can you tell what this is?

Moving Day

i’m crossing my fingers that this paint is dry now…

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Meet The House on Fremont Street

Apologies for the silence on bellingFAM the past few days… We have been waiting very, very patiently for our new house to close and it finally did at the end of last week, which means we’ve been in a whirlwind of signing papers and DIYing.

The House on Fremont Street

If you follow along on Instagram (we’re using #thehouseonfremontstreet there too), you already got a sneak peek into what we’re working on first. Let’s just say that there is a lot of paint and a lot of wood. And three little ones who are (not so) helpful along the way. Not to mention the excessive amount of time that we’ve spent at Lowe’s in the past 72 hours.

The House on Fremont Street

But, we’re excited to share our homeowner adventures with you, including all of the projects that I haphazardly pin on Pinterest and then convince Josh to do with me. (ahem, planking the ceilings. cough. cough.)