Wooden Trays - Friday Faves Friday Faves

Wooden Trays | Friday Faves

It Friday, time for another addition of Friday Faves! Today is all about wooden trays. We have rounded up nine of our favorite trays that we would like to purchase or use as inspiration to build our own.

Wooden Trays | Friday Faves

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There is nothing I like more than online window shopping on my lunch break. It’s easier than actual window shopping because you can avoid that awkward conversation with the salesperson when you walk into the store that carries furniture way out of your price range.

Salesperson: “Hi, can I help you find anything today?” (these people aren’t actually going to buy anything)
Me: “Oh, we are just looking around right now, thanks” (we have no plans of actually buy anything)

I mean the Restoration Hardware salespeople don’t expect us to actually buy something, right? I feel like it is pretty transparent that the only thing we can afford in the store is a drawer pull. Yet, that doesn’t stop me from creating fake conversation with Brent every time I feel someone lurking behind us.

“Oh, wouldn’t this $2,000 table look quite exquisite in our dining room. That’s a good idea Brent, take a photo of it so we can see how it will look in the room and then we will definitely come right back and purchase it.”

I’m not sure why I always mention the price and then try to throw out big words when I think salespeople are within ear shot. I think it is a nervous tick.

Although last time we were there getting ideas for what we could build ourselves, I mean shopping, I did spot a $40 hat hook that I came pretty close to buying. Wouldn’t it be fun if guests still needed a place to hang a hat when they came to visit? And now I am getting waaaaay off topic.

Back to the wooden trays, I would say wooden trays are one of the more popular DIY projects and I have been wanting to make one or two for our home for awhile now so I gathered up these beauties as inspiration so we could mix and match the style of a few different wooden trays to make our own custom ones. Or just go out and buy one should the occasion arise (we have money left over in our room budget).

I am liking the long reclaimed wood style like #6 with metal accents like #2 and then a triangle tray or a small square tray with legs could look really cute on the nightstand to hold my glasses, headphones and other odds and ends. The round tray could be nice on a smaller round dining table. I think I could find a spot to put a wooden tray in every room in our home!

Which tray is your favorite? And do you do anything silly when you are window shopping? Please share!

Neutral Pillow Round Up Friday Faves

Neutral Pillows | Friday Faves

Neutral Pillow Round Up

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We had every intention of making this post a round up of our favorite colorful pillows and discussing how to use pillows to bring color into a neutral home. However, after window-shopping online and collecting nine pillows that we really liked, we realized that eight out of the nine pillows had no bright colors in them at all.

Oh well, at least we know we have a definite design style.

So change of plans, we will revisit colorful pillows another time. Today we are sharing our neutral pillow round up. This group of pillows may be lacking bright colors but they can still bring flair and personality to a space.

We have never had many decorative throw pillows in our home. I suppose that is because before we moved in to our current house we only had one couch and one chair. So we never had a need for more than two or three throw pillows. But as we are growing into our home and adding more seating to various rooms, we have been thinking more and more about incorporating throw pillows and choosing the right colors and styles to fit our décor.

Gray, tan, white and black pillows might not sound too exciting but just because the colors are neutral doesn’t mean the pillows have to be boring. We have found by choosing pillows with interesting textures, bold patterns, quirky graphics or witty or sentimental sayings, they can be just as effective at revealing our personal style as colorful pillows.

Another thing we keep in mind is pillows are meant to not only look good but feel nice as well. What good is a pillow if it is too uncomfortable to use? If you are choosing one that is a solid color, treat yourself with one or two that are soft, comfortable and luxurious.

I know you can’t tell through the computer screen, but #4 is the silkiest pillow I have ever felt. I couldn’t take my hand off of it because it just felt so incredibly smooth. Yes, I was that weird girl in Pier 1 who was stroking a pillow for so long that I am sure other shoppers around me started to feel uncomfortable. I would have taken a nap with it too on one of their couches, you know just to test it out, if that wasn’t frowned upon.

We are planning our own DIY pillow projects soon and collected these pillows as inspiration to get our creative juices flowing. We will most likely splurge on one or two of our favorites and then make a few of our own based on some of the characteristics of the pillows we like above.

Do you tend to decorate with bright colored pillows, neutral colored pillows or a mixture of both?