DIY Advent Wreath

DIY Advent Wreath by The Big RevealOne of my favorite holiday traditions is the advent calendar!  I remember it being one of those things that I looked forward to each year as a child.  My own kids start talking about it early in November and I start planning what each day will contain.  I know some people go with treats or gifts, but for our family, I like to make the focus of each day something we can do together as a family.  Our current calendar has such limited space that even a note with the daily instructions can be tough to fit.  

This year, I decided to try something a little bit different. A few months back, Laura made an amazing backdrop for a baby shower and ever since I’ve been thinking about how I could incorporate what I had learned from that post.  First, I found a branch in the backyard (ok, actually, I sent Nate out there, because it was really, really cold, ya’ll).  Next, I grabbed a mess of foliage from our local garden center. (Did I mention I decided to do this the night before we left for our weeklong Thanksgiving trip to Connecticut? Sometimes blogging makes you crazy!)

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The Found & Foraged Linky Party: No. 2

Found and Foraged Linky Party

Welcome to the Found & Foraged Linky Party. First and foremost all three of us have to say we are completely amazing by your kindness and support! The sincerest thank you to each one of you who came to our very first linky party last Saturday.

At 7:56PM last week, we sat by our computers with bated breath wondering if anyone would show up. I sat in a bowling alley on a family outing with my laptop in tow praying for wifi.  Laura texted us saying if we had 6 people in 4 days, we should consider it a success. Within the first couple minutes you showed up. ALL 195 OF YOU SHOWED UP! You guys put us over the moon! We were touched by your kind words, comments and emails and are extremely grateful for your support. I hope you all received some good traffic from the party, and we are hoping this evening’s party will be just as successful. With that being said, should we get this party started?

Link up your DIY’s, house projects, vintage finds, shopping scores, upcycled projects, foraged decor, recipes…basically anything else you’ve been working on! Found & Foraged is a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. It’s for all those things you’ve found – vintage pieces, curb alerts, clearance treasures, thrift store gems, and those that you’ve foraged – from the yard, the basement, the in-laws garage, the garden, and to show off how you’ve made them a beautiful part of your home.

We will be hosting this linky party every Saturday at 8PM (Central Time). So be sure to add us to your calendar and check back weekly to party with us!

The Hosts of Found & Foraged

F O L L O W U S A T

THE BIG REVEAL blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

AVERY STREET DESIGN blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter

HOUSE OF HIPSTERS blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

F E A T U R E S

You guys all brought your A Game this week. It was so hard to choose! We know how much time goes into each and every one of your posts and we sincerely wanted to pick them all. Bu,t after lots of texting and emailing and chatting and almost coming to fisticuffs, we came up with these gems!

Reverse Dipped Mid Century Dresser with Angled Sides | The Weathered Door

Found & Foraged Linky Party on The Big Reveal. Week 1 Feature

Boys’ Camp Bedroom Reveal | Dear Emmeline

Found & Foraged Linky Party on The Big Reveal. Week 1 Feature

Upcycled Kitchen Pendant | Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Found & Foraged Linky Party features from The Big Reveal

Laura’s Pick of the Week

DIY Hanging Wood Slice Plant Stand | BrePurposed

Found & Foraged Linky Party Feature

Kyla’s Pick of the Week

Felt Word Art | Brave New Home

Found & Foraged Linky Party Feature

My Pick of the Week

DIY Driftwood Garland | Lemon Thistle

Found & Foraged Linky Party on The Big Reveal. Week 1 Feature

Because the choice was just so darn hard, I do have a couple of other honorable mentions!

DIY Metal Top Table | Table and Hearth 

Found & Foraged Linky Party Featured pics on The Big Reveal

Faux Aqua Agate Leather Cuff | Delineate Your Dwelling

Found & Foraged Linky Party Features by The Big Reveal

 Not-So-Rustic Cabin In The Woods | So Much Better With Age 

Found & Foraged Linky Party Features by The Big Reveal

Arles and Aztec Dresser | BrePurposed 

Found & Foraged Linky Party Features by The Big Reveal

So much loveliness it is ridiculous!  I can’t wait to see what you have in store for this week.  And, please stop by House of Hipsters to see Kyla’s pics and Avery Street Design to see Laura’s! 

Let’s get linking! 



Rad People, Rad Spaces: Abe Ziaimehr from Travail Kitchen & Amusements

Rad People Rad Space: Abe Ziaimehr from Travail Kitchen & Amusements featured on The Big Reveal

{Rad People, Rad Spaces is a series dedicated to fascinating people and their spaces, whether that be home, work or something in between…}

I’ve never been much of a drinker. A glass of wine here, a gin & tonic there, but never really one to seek out new flavors or combinations until I met this man. Meet Abe Ziaimehr from Travail Kitchen & Amusements. Back in the spring, my husband and I had dinner for the first time at Travail.  As I’ve said before, dinner at Travail is one part amazing food and the other pure performance art. I have tried to adequately describe the experience to the unindoctrinated, but words somehow seem so lackluster and bereft. 

Rad People, Rad Spaces: Abe Ziaimehr & Travail Kitchen and Amusements

For one of the two seatings of the 10 course tasting menu each evening, eager eaters line up around the block even in the bitter cold and snowy Minnesotan winter.  It’s that kinda good. Each course is brought out by a parade of chefs in unexpected, yet perfect, syncopation with the eclectic and booming music. The flavors are so far beyond the oft buzzed about term “spot on”, the presentation such a visual treat, and the mystery and intrigue surrounding each dish so thrilling, eating at Travail ruins you for all other food experiences.  I seriously didn’t want to eat for at least a week after our dinner there, not for lack of hunger but for the sheer boredom of anything I could possibly create. After you’ve had to close your eyes and trust a chef to compose a mysterious bite of food on the back of your hand that you taste sight unseen, everything else you eat seems uninspired and banal. (Note to self: stop eating Lucky Charms for dinner…)

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Reader FreeDesign: Michael & Jack

{Reader FreeDesign is a series where I get to play designer, make mood boards, and window shop and one of my readers gets a free redesign, a few new ideas and hopefully a move in the right direction.}

A few months ago, one of my dear buddies Jack asked me if I would be able to come help he and his partner, Michael, decorate their charming carriage house rental. I happily agreed, because I love a good challenge (and because Jack does my hair and I was afraid of what he might do if I didn’t.) The mission was simple: use their existing furniture pieces and on a very minimal budget make their apartment look amazing. I’m in!

Reader FreeDesign: Michael & Jack's Carriage House by The Big Reveal

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Weekend Wearables: Vol. 1

Weekend Wearables featuring Grace Ray of The Big Reveal BlogFor those of you who are regulars around here, you know developing a style that felt more authentic to me is one of my Year Without Fear goals.  I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, but haven’t done much to reflect it here.

Last week, my girl Kyla featured herself in a Thrift Score Thursday post (so proud of her!) and we started talking about how it was my turn to finally take the leap. In order to be authentic to you and all the goals I set out for myself, I really needed to reflect that journey on this space.  (But, I’m also so ridiculously nervous about it…)

At the time when I made the goal, I was working in a very conservative work environment and couldn’t do much to change my during-the-week look, so my goal was to make my weekend wearables cool and effortless, yet completely chic. Once I had a vision of how I wanted to feel in my clothes, I cleaned out my closet and started to look at the remaining pieces through a new lens. I have had fun remixing some of what I already had and also picking up a few new pieces along the way. I will tell you more about the journey at some point, but if I don’t show you these pictures now, I’m going to loose my nerve. Year. Without. Fear.  

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The Found & Foraged Linky Party #1

Found and Foraged Linky Party

Welcome to the Found & Foraged Linky Party. We are so glad you stopped by! Found & Foraged is a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. Link up your DIY’s, house projects, vintage finds, shopping scores, upcycled projects, foraged decor, and anything else you’re working on!

What exactly is Found & Foraged? For those of us who don’t have infinite budgets, we sometimes have to search high and low to make our homes beautiful. Found & Foraged is for all those things you’ve found – vintage pieces, curb alerts, clearance treasures, thrift store gems, and those that you’ve foraged – from the yard, the basement, the in-laws garage, the garden, and to show off how you’ve made them a beautiful part of your home.

We will be hosting this linky party every Saturday at 8PM. So be sure to add us to your calendar and check back weekly to add you links and party with us.

The Hosts of Found & Foraged

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THE BIG REVEAL blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

AVERY STREET DESIGN blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter

HOUSE OF HIPSTERS blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

Since this is our first link up, we will feature a post of what we’ve been working on!

Grace at The Big Reveal gives you this awesome DIY Found & Foraged Fall Mantle Refresh.

A Found & Foraged Mantle Refresh From The Big Reveal Blog

Laura at Avery Street Design breaks the mold in wall hangings with a DIY Branch Wall Hanging Tutorial.

DIY-Wall-Hanging

Kyla finalized the styling on a room in her home. Here is the tour.

Interior styling The front room



Introducing The Found & Foraged Linky Party & Instagram Challenge

Found and Foraged Linky Party at The Big Reveal Blog

I truly believe the most beautiful homes are not the ones that are cookie cutters of a big boxed store, but ones that are put together over time filled with those things we’ve searched high and low for, those items that have a backstory, or that we’ve made with our own two hands.  My friends, Laura & Kyla, and I want to celebrate this concept of creatively decorating, dressing & living. 

I mentioned earlier this week that we are launching the first Found & Foraged Linky Party this Saturday at 8PM (CST) and it will be a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. You can link up your DIY’s, house projects, vintage finds, shopping scores, upcycled projects, foraged decor, and anything else that is reflective of the Found & Foraged lifestyle!  Each week on Saturday at 8PM, we will feature our favorites from the previous week across our three blogs and give you the chance to link up your new links, too!

Because we also are deeply in love with beautiful images and know not all of our readers have blogs, we decided to also open this up as an Instagram challenge, too.  Be ye a blogger or non-blogger, it is an opportunity to share your finds on Instagram with the hashtag #foundforaged

Throughout the week, the three of us will be surfing the hashtag and showing you guys some love and then each Saturday we will regram our favorites!  Here are a few of my favorites from this week alone.

Loving this thrifted velvet chair from @louloumint9260! What a great find and a cozy little corner!

This tablescape from @allieseidel made me stop in my tracks.  It is so uber lovely I want weep.

You know I love a good garland and Laura’s doesn’t disappoint.  I love the pop of black against the white brick (Can you believe she just covered the red brick in chalk? Crazy smart, lady!)

I love the casually put together vibe of this pic by @thriftytiffanyandco. And, I think I spy more than a few thrifty finds!

This is the prettiest thing I have ever seen.  The end.

Check out the cutest little buttons on Kyla’s thrift store jacket.  Vintage finds always have the loveliest details. Big time heart on this!

Ok, technically designlovefest didn’t hashtag this stunning wreath #foundforaged, but it so embodies the idea, I had to share it.  (And, I want to make one right this minute.)

I hope this gets your wheels turning and that you start hashtagging! And, while you’re at it, click on the links of the folks I’ve featured today and show them a little love!  I can’t wait to see all of your Found & Foraged style!  And, don’t forget to stop back by here Saturday night to share your links!

Have a beautiful weekend,

Grace


10 Comfy & Budget-Friendly Booties

10 Comfy & Budget Friendly Booties from The Big Reveal

Ok, before I can even tell you about these booties and how I came to be shopping into the wee hours of the morning for them, I have to back up and tell you a little story about priorities.  You see, I have been in the market for a pair (or two) of ankle booties since Fall hit. I have one pair of amazing leopard print booties, but they have rather high heels which render them more special occasion booties than every day booties.  I’ve been in the market for a few lower heeled options that would be both comfy & budget-friendly.

But, let’s get back to my parable about priorities.  Early this week when the first snow hit Minneapolis, like a sullen teenager, I stomped my feet out to the garage to get my reluctantly-worn snow boots. (Incidentally, I find snow boots über gross and would prefer not to have to wear them, but ruining your sassy shoes is truly no bueno.)  

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A DIY Felted Ball Garland (No Special Skills Needed!)

A DIY Felted Ball Garland Tutorial by The Big Reveal Blog

Last week, I shared my tutorial for a DIY Felted & Crocheted Garland. It is a very easy pattern, but I know that some of you all would rather not crochet anything ever.  So, I made a super simple no tools needed version that is sure to please everyone.  Another huge bonus is it is totally something the kids can make.  (Just a little hint, if you are a grandparent to Lulu, you may just be getting one of these come Christmas time.)

So, let’s jump right in.  For this tutorial, you need just a few supplies:

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Three Free Inspirational Typography Printables

 

Stay Humble and Hustle Hard Free Printable from The Big Reveal Blog

I was hoping to share my hallway redo with you this week, but because it is the never ending project, it still hasn’t ended.  I started painting last Sunday only to realize it made the trim look woeful, so now I am painting all the trim and doors.  And,  between the 4 rooms and three closets, we are talking 7 doors and trim.

 In the meantime, I have been working on some inexpensive artwork to fill the walls.  I normally create my printables in Picmonkey, but Laura recently introduced me to a couple of new-to-me apps.  After playing around I came up with a couple of black and white printables that I thought I would share with you all.  Continue reading