Five on Friday No. 005

Five on Friday No. 005 - Whitken & Co.

We made it through another week, guys! We've got exciting plans for cleaning and working on the business end of Whitken & Co. this weekend, and I'm actually pretty pumped about it. Weekends at home are the best in my opinion. Here's some of the things that struck my fancy this week. I'd love to hear what caught your eye. Tell me in the comments below!

  • I've been seeing previews of Diane Keaton's new book, The House That Pinterest Built across the Instagram world lately, and let me tell you it's got some beautiful pictures and inspiration in it. It's definitely going to be added to my design library.
  • I've been watching Old Home Love's new show, Win This House ,that they're doing on Facebook of all places and it is so good! They are such a sweet and funny couple who do amazing design and renovation work on old homes, and they have seven kids! 
  • I've been cutting way back on sugar, but I promise you I will be making an exception for these White Chocolate Pumpkin Scones from Half Baked Harvest. If you're not following Tieghan on Instagram, you totally should just for her beautiful pictures of food. It's like art and makes me want to give up on being skinny all together. 
  • In addition to cutting out sugar, I've also cut out most meat, and I gotta tell you, these vegetarian tacos from A Couple Cooks (another great Instagram account) look so good! I think they're making it onto next week's menu.
  • I discovered a new Instagram account this week that I just can't get enough of, Beginning in the Middle. They're old home lovers and renovators and they're style is just so gorgeous. The tile floor that they're putting in and inlaying into the transition onto the wood floor is making hearts shoot out from my eyes, my ears, and my nose. It's drop dead gorgeous.

Happy Weekend, Friends! Be sure to share what you're loving in the comments below!


October Mood Board No. 3: Vintage & Rustic Boys Room

It's been awhile since we did a kids room here on the blog and cooler temps have me wanting to create cozy spaces. Almost everything in this design is new, but a couple of pieces are vintage like the painting and the reversible pillow. I always love adding vintage pieces to a spaces to make to give it some soul and make it feel comfortable like your favorite pair of slippers or jeans.

Vintage Rustic Boys Room


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To help people create beautiful, functional, and healing spaces to live, work, play in, and share with others. 

DIY Fall Dish Towels

DIY Fall Dish Towels

DIY Fall Dish Towles

Although, it requires a little technique, these DIY tea towels are super simple to make. I'm not a super craftsy person, but I can get behind a pretty DIY that is simple, especially when it makes my home prettier or a mundane task more enjoyable. 

I'm also not a huge fan of terry cloth (it's one of those weird texture issues) so I buy these flour sack towels to use in my kitchen instead. They're pretty, absorbent, I like the feel of them, and there's a ton of different ways you can personalize them. (You can see some indigo ones that I dyed in this post)

I love these DIY dish towels because they add a little touch of fall to your kitchen and make doing dishes just a little more enjoyable. They also make great gifts. I think my favorite part are the metallic water color paints I used to make them. It's hard to see in these pictures, but they have just a little bit of sheen to them and play off the mixed metal trend, which I love.

Let me know if you guys make these!


DIY Fall Dish Towels


  • Place drop cloth or paper over surface to protect from paint
  • Put a small amount of water in small bowl or glass
  • Shake paints and squirt a small amount of each into a styrofoam bowl
  • Unpackage stencils and towels

Instructions & Technique:

DIY Fall Dish Towels
  • Unfold towel and lay flat on table
  • Determine your design or you can make it up as you go.
  • Place stencil over towel
  • Take one of the brushes and dab it in the water, tapping off excess. (I used the two largest brushes, but I don't think it really matters which ones you use.)
  • Dip your wet brush in the copper paint to think it out a bit and dab off excess by dabbing the brush in the bowl or on your drop cloth. You don't want too much paint on the brush or it will get under the stencil. We're going for a light effect here.
  • Lightly tap your brush up and down on the stencil to cover the design. You're not looking for full coverage here because you'll be going over it with the gold.
  • Once you're satisfied with the copper, repeat the same steps with the gold paint
  • Gently raise your stencil from the surface
  • Let your design completely dry before washing.

* I suggest using one towel for practice until you get your water/paint mixing and dabbing/tapping technique down. This is a really simple DIY, but there is a little technique to get a clean effect. 

DIY Fall Dish Towels

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