Checking In: Rockbound Oasis Retreat Joshua Tree

A few months ago my cousin came to visit and one of our favorite things to do when she’s in town is to go to Joshua Tree to look at the Milky Way and low-key scout for UFOs. We usually drive there and park our car inside of the National Park for a few hours, but this time we decided to make a weekend out of it and rent a house.

It just so happens one of my long-time Instagram friends owns a mid-century estate there and offered it to us for a couple of days. The property, appropriately named Rock Bound Oasis Retreat, was built in 1954, and has a main house and a separate casita. It’s nestled between boulders with sprawling views of the surrounding desert landscape.IMG_3430IMG_3394IMG_3431IMG_3418The main house has three bed rooms and two bathrooms, fireplace, huge soaking tub with an unreal view, and all of the necessities to make you feel at home. It has Neutra inspired interiors with rock walls and earthy nuetrals.IMG_3370IMG_3378IMG_3382IMG_3384IMG_3385IMG_3421IMG_3424IMG_3420IMG_3374-HDRIMG_3387IMG_3425IMG_3388IMG_3460IMG_3459

The casita is adorably decorated with colorful mid-century flair and has one bedroom, a small kitchen, and bathroom. IMG_3396IMG_3397IMG_3402IMG_3403IMG_3411IMG_3406IMG_3407IMG_3410IMG_3439IMG_3438IMG_3436IMG_3415-HDR

The property has a large pool and newly installed 14 foot hot tub! It has a fire pit and a ton of little spots for exploring and photo ops. They even provide a collection of hats to get you in the Joshua Tree state of mind.

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The estate feels isolated and private, but is close to all of the conveniences of the small town like shopping and restaurants.

Our stay was amazing and we definitely felt at home. It was particularly cold and rainy while we were there, so we cozied up next to the fire and had the most relaxing two days ever. We flew kites, sat by the fire pit telling stories, soaked in the tub, made lasagna and pancakes. We didn’t even change out of our pajamas for most of the time we were there. It was glorious. (Check out my Instagram highlight.)

I can’t wait to stay there again and make use of that brand new hot tub!

Click here to book your stay and be sure to follow them on Instagram @rockboundoasisretreat!

 

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DIY: Here’s How I Colored My Appliances with Car Wrap Vinyl

Ok, I’m going to make this super quick because I was supposed to post this a year ago, BUT that’s ok, because now I can tell you it has held up super well over the last 11 months.

I’m a renter so anything I do in my apartment has to be put back to its original condition when I move out. Because of this (as you may have noticed from the rest of my apartment) temporary wallpaper has basically become my best friend. I even covered my modern refrigerator in a cute retro blue before I brought in my vintage GE. Unfortunately, temp wallpaper isn’t ideal for stoves because of the whole ‘they get hot’ thing which makes it unsafe and stuff. I reallllly wanted a pink stove, but none of the vintage ones I was finding could fit in my kitchen. Besides it was already a pain in the A to swap out the refrigerator, and JV is the cook in our house and didn’t want to deal with a new stove, so I had to find a solution for our existing one. I looked for a solution similar to peel and stick wallpaper and that’s when I thought of the vinyl used to wrap cars! They told me it’s supposed to withstand temps up to 800 degrees or something. I did a quick Google search to see if anyone else had done it before and found out that my friend Elsie from A Beautiful Mess had her stove professionally covered in the same kind of vinyl. That sealed the deal! Except I’m a cheap masochist and decided to take on the task myself instead of hiring someone.

Update: my friend Cyn, a very talented set designer, did this on her apartment wall ovens and made an video tutorial for Instagram that you can watch here!

DIY Colored Appliances.jpgAnyway, I found a car detailing shop that sold a cute, pink, shimmery vinyl (you can also find several brands online) and set out with my hair dryer, a squeegee, and an exact-o knife to bring a little color to my kitchen.

The good news is this stuff is very forgiving! Look up some car wrap tutorials and you’ll see, its super pliable and molds to the curviest of shapes with the application of heat. It also has no adhesive so it peels off clean.

I took off all the handles and applied the vinyl as flat as I could to the front of the stove doors while smoothing and stretching as needed while applying heat from my hair dryer. Then I used heat and the corner of my squeegee to press and mold the vinyl into the curves and crevices around the glass window. I cut around the edges with a blade to remove the excess.

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I wrapped the vinyl around all of the door edges and replaced the screws and handles.DIY Colored Stove

I made sure to cover the sides too! I didn’t cover the cooktop because it most probably would burn and melt, being so close to the fire and all. I used the same method to cover the front of my dishwasher.DIY Pink Stove

And here’s the final result!

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It took a lotttt of patience, but once I got into the groove it went on a lot faster and smoother. It’s very easy to clean and has held up really well. Even with JV cranking the oven to ungodly temperatures when he’s baking bread. When I’m ready to move out I’ll just peel it off and be good to go. Yay!

Easy Peasy Vintage Valentine Wreath

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweeties! I’ve teamed up with Treetopia to make this cute and colorful vintage valentine wreath and I think you’ll love it.

All you need is a wreath in the color of your choice (I used Treetopia’s Pretty in Pink wreath) and a few vintage valentines. If you don’t have any true vintage valentines, you can find images of some to print online.

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Just use some double sided tape to stick them directly onto the wreath. Add a bow and voila! Easy peasy.

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Speaking of Treetopia, they’re having a giveaway where contestants can get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Treetopia. Visit their Facebook page or Instagram to find out how to enter!

 

 

How I Turn Our Home Office into a Guest Bedroom (with Cstudio Home Bedding!)

I was setting up for a house guest this week and realized I’ve shown you our little home office/guest bedroom, but I’ve never actually shown you what it looks like when it’s used as a bedroom! Honestly part of the reason is that I hadn’t found any bedding I really liked until now.

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When Cstudio Home asked if I wanted to try some of their bedding the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I fell in love with their Ticking Marks Organic Percale Duvet Cover Set for its mid-century vibe and ocre yellow color! MidCentury Style Bedding-Guest Room Pullout Sofa Bed-I thought it would look really great against the pink of our sofa and the greyish blue tone in our carpet.

 

MidCentury Retro Style Bedding-I didn’t want to add more color, but I did want to add more pattern and texture so I went with the Randall Shams in the same hue! The pattern and texture of the fabric also feels very vintage and luxe which I absolutely love.

 

CStudio Home Bedding-There’s nothing I love more than crisp white sheets and the Organic Percale Sheet Set is exactly that! Don’t you just want to dive right into this bed? I doooo!!

 

Retro style Sofa Bed-I wanted this bed to not only look good, but also feel good. I used 2 sets of pillows in two different firmness levels – medium and firm – so my guests could choose which feels more comfortable to them. For the duvet I wanted something light enough for desert summer nights but warm enough for winter as well. I also needed it to be easy to store away when not in use. I chose the Cstudio Home Responsible Down Standard Comforter and its exactly what I hoped for.

Responsible Down bedding from Cstudio Home-

Retro Office Guest Room with Pullout Sofa Bed-The whole set up feels like a nice hotel suite which is always my goal when I set up for guests. Hey,  I might just sleep in here myself tonight!

 

This post was sponsored by Cstudio Home.

DIY Mid-Century Inspired Felt No-Sew Tree Skirt

One of my favorite things to do each year is make new no-sew felt tree skirts. They’re super easy and fun to make and don’t require any skills except being able to use scissors and glue.

You can see past tutorials with measurements and instructions here and here, and my latest space age themed one here.

For my main tree (the pink tree) I wanted to bring in colorful shapes based on a vintage Christmas cards I fell in love with. DIY No-Sew Felt Mid-Century Inspired Tree Skirttreeskirt.png

I used the images to create templates and then used my Cricut to cut out the shapes, but you can totally use scissors!

DIY No-Sew Mid-Century Inspired Felt Tree Skirt

And there it is! Go ahead and play with sizing and adding some other little embellishments to make it your own design!

Be sure to tag @melodrama or #krysmasgram on Instagram to show me what you made!

 

 

DIY Mid-Century Inspired Colorful Metallic Sputnik Ornaments

When I was gathering decorations for my space age tree I knew I wanted to try and find some vintage or retro style colorful sputnik ornaments. Unfortunately my search game up empty for exactly what I was looking for in my price range, so I got crafty with an easy DIY version.

I gathered everything I needed from my local craft store including:

Mini wooden dowels
Metallic round beads (the dowels should fit perfectly into the bead)
Glitter Styrofoam Ball Vase Filler
Metallic washi tape
Metallic embroidery thread
Craft glue

DIY Sputnik ornaments

First create a loop with a piece of embroidery thread and insert both ends through the bead opening. Next, insert the mini wooden dowel into the bead opening. This should hold the thread in place.

Then wrap the wooden dowel in metallic washi tape. The best way to do this is cut strips the length of the dowel and wrap it lengthwise like you’re rolling a j….nevermind you get the idea ;).

Finally dip the end of the dowel into craft glue and insert the dowels into the styrofoam ball in a sputnik type pattern.

DIY Sputnik style ornamentsYou’ll end up with ornaments like this! DIY Sputnik ornaments

Told you it was easy! Get creative with colors and patterns! Be sure to tag me at @melodrama or use the hashtag #krysmasgram on Instagram to show me your creations!

DIY No-Sew Retro Atomic Space Age Tree Skirt

One of my favorite things to do each year is make new no-sew felt tree skirts. They’re super easy and fun to make and don’t require any skills except being able to use scissors and glue. You can see past tutorials with measurements and instructions here and here.

This year I needed something to match my office’s retro space age theme, so I used flying saucers and atomic shapes like boomerangs and starbursts.

DIY Atomic Space Age themed tree skirt

I used the method detailed here to cut my skirt out of green felt. Then I cut my shapes out of sheets of different colored felts. I used silver metallic rick rack to add rays to my flying saucers and shiny snowflake starburst buttons for a little extra shine. I finished off the edges with silver metallic fringe! I always use standard craft glue to adhere all of it.

Here are the shapes I used to make your felt cutting life a little easier! Print on a standard piece of paper. (Opt to scale to fit paper on your print settings if possible.)

Retro Atomic Space Age Tree Skirt Template

Tada! Retro Space Age Atomic Christmas

Make sure to tag @melodrama or use the hashtag #krysmasgram on Instagram to show me your creations!