Friday, July 18, 2014

Kitchen Transformation

My parents recently renovated their 20 something year old kitchen into a gorgeous new updated space. First they removed a wall between the old dining room and kitchen to make one open space that is filled with natural light. 

They decided to keep everything simple and clean with an all white and natural kitchen. BM White Dove is on the walls, and the island is stained walnut with Calcutta marble. It turned out so good, I just had to share with you all. This is exactly the kind of clean and clutter free look I am currently craving in my own home. I hope you enjoy some major eye candy!

I absolutely love the dual butcher blocks on either side of the range.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

C. Lowe by Scarlet & Gold

How cute are these witty little cards from C. Lowe by Scarlet & Gold?!

Y'all know my obsession with stationary, and these are so playful and fun. Read more about the collection here, available to shop April 29th. 

Just had to share:)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Back to Basics: Our Living Room

Since we moved into our house 4 1/2 years ago, I've slowly collected pieces for our living room that felt layered and warm to me. But recently, enter a new baby and all of the baby stuff that inevitably comes along, I've been craving something more calm and neutral.

Lucky for us, my mom recently did an inventory of all of her oriental rugs she's not going to use anymore and let me have my pick. We already have been using her pink and navy Indian oriental, but I decided to switch it out for this more neutral one.

This also was an opportunity to try a new furniture arrangement. I'm not 100% thrilled with this layout. Not even close. But the extra foot room it gives us is key right now in our tiny little house for 3 + a dog. 

don't mind the laundry and mess...just keepin' it real.

We also decided to move the coffee table out for now to give us extra space, but we're keeping it for future use. 

Since I took these pictures, I've already replaced the blue damask pillows with the original neutral pillows that came with the sofa. Next I want to focus on some sort of artwork over the sofa and around the television. 

It doesn't feel anywhere close to how I want it, but it feels good to strip this room back to the basics and start fresh. 

Here are some examples of the feel I'm going for...I wish I could paint over the yellow walls, but I don't think that's in the cards right now..

Neutral living room... great mix of pattern, wood and metals.

Neutral living room

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Friday, March 28, 2014

I'm Baaaaackkkkk

10 weeks have passed by in a flash in my new life as a mommy to one cuddle-y, gas-y, adorable little baby boy!

The first 6 weeks were spent on maternity leave and went something like this:

24/7 pajama party - literally. I never took them off... my poor husband...
midnight google-ing - is this normal? what to do if that happens? basically hundreds of 1st time mom questions
watching SVU marathons - newborns sleep a lot. I think this is God's way of high-five-ing us women for surviving the trauma of laboring a baby
Feeling feelings - like every feeling on the planet simultaneously. First, unconditional love, then comes happiness, anxiety, worry, excitement, and the list goes on and on. These first weeks definitely filled with a whirlwind of emotions.

The next 5 weeks consisted of my return to working full time with H in tow. It has been both a blessing and exhausting. 
I love being able to spend all day with my boy and to see him discover new things everyday. Currently, he's smiling non stop, cooing, batting at his toys, hates tummy time, and naps like a champ. 

And that pretty much brings you up to speed on my 2014 hiatus, which I am now officially vowing to come out of. 
Other than the new babe, I've got lots to share with you, but that's all for now... naptime is almost over :)


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Decor & A Few Updates Around The Home

Surprisingly, December has been a pretty productive month for me, especially considering I am now 36 weeks along (!). A lot has been happening and I've been so scattered brained, but here are a few snippets I've taken over the last week or so to share. 

Last week I helped my sister finish her holiday decor for her banister. I think it turned out pretty spectacular. 

I also made my first Christmas wreath using deco mesh. Probably one of the easiest projects I've ever done. I figured there are enough deco mesh tutorials out there so I didn't do one, but I definitely recommend giving it a try!

I found the perfect little blue and white vase at this year's annual Bazaar Bazaar for $6 to put my pheasant and turkey feathers in...

And we finally got some projects done around the nursery over the weekend, like hanging this framed Rifle Paper Co. print , and I sewed the crib skirt. I love how it turned out!

We also got this DIY mirror hung over the changing table.

Just a few of little details to finish in the nursery and I promise I will be ready for a full reveal :) Stay tuned...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Gift Guide for the Hunk in your Life

Gift Guide for the Hunk in your Life

Our men can be some of the hardest to shop for. Luckily W usually has a pretty good idea of what he wants. But if you're man doesn't give you any helpful clues, hopefully some of these ideas will help! 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Painting Laminate - It can be done!

I found this old mirror in our attic that I thought would be perfect for the nursery, but I just wasn't feeling the color. So I did a little research on how to paint laminate and here's what I found. 

First of all, the most important thing for success is a good oil based primer. 
 I used this one.

I did two coats to make sure the frame was primed really good and I didn't miss any spots.

(after one coat)

(after two coats)

Next I used an ultra white latex paint in semi gloss.
I liked that Valspar had zero VOC. Perfect for a nursery:)

(after one coat)

(after two coats) 

 Everything went on perfectly, and has held up great will no peeling or chipping off of paint.

Now just to get this baby hung over the changing table and we're set! 
Wellll almost set
I have a few more things on my list to get done before we are ready for the reveal, but with only 37 days to go until D-day, I'm motivated to get my butt in gear. I'm hoping to share at the beginning of next week, so make sure to check back!