Hello, July and hello, my friends! Now that all of the 4th of July celebrations are officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to refocus my energy [or what’s left of it!] back on our master bedroom. You *might* remember when I first introduced this room project with you and shared my Master Bedroom design board… almost…coughs… 2 months ago. Well, I’ve been working behind the scenes to bring my vision to life and so far, I have one section of the room ready to roll…the bed! Continue reading
Talk about an upswing of beautiful room photos in blogland and across Pinterest last week – have you seen them?!!! I’m talking about the One Room Challenge reveal photos!
My jaw is still on the ground
No, really. They were that good.
Although I chose to sit this round out [see my Spring ORC reveal here], I have such an admiration for the dedication, creativity and downright skills these bloggers displayed during the fall challenge. 6 weeks and more blood, sweat and tears than I care to recollect! Linda from Calling it Home hosts this phenomenal challenge twice a year and I couldn’t let myself fully getting into holiday decorating mode without absorbing some of this design & décor greatness!
Without further ado, here are just a few of my favorite room reveals!
If this were my office, I might actually jump out of bed & sprint to work each morning, of course with a quick pit-stop by the coffee maker! I can’t get over all the details – the gold dipped AND gray stripe dresser, the perfectly styled bookshelves and on the other side, the prettiest, bold & blingy metallic curtains. All I can say is, simply stunning!
This is seriously the most gorgeous tiny space I’ve ever seen? It looks like a luxury boutique hotel, but nope. Its just the newly revamped laundry & linen closets in Blue I Style’s home. The black and white (<3) with pops of green make my heart go pitter patter.
And this isn’t even half of it! Talk about a little girl’s DREAM room! From the pale pink walls, to that CHAIR and don’t get me started on the gallery wall curated to perfection on the other side of the room above the bed. You must. go see. the rest. NOW!
I stopped dead in my tracks when I laid eyes on this office. The black, white and gold were singing to me in perfect unison through the computer screen. And that chair! It brought back happy thoughts of my cane chair makeover from earlier this year. The gallery wall ledges and storage baskets are functional AND fabulous! When it comes down to it, isn’t that what the inside of your home should be?
And because I couldn’t help but fall for another little girl’s room 🙂 #boymom Isn’t this so lovely? The pillow game is on point and that bedside table! Jenny is a painting extraordinaire so I didn’t expect anything less! The room is light fresh with subtle pops of bright and bold brilliance. I think I’m going a little coo-koo crazy for pink!
Like I said, these are only a small representation of my favorites – if you want to see more One Room Challenge goodies, go here. And I you missed any of the select 20 designer/bloggers rooms revealed last Wednesday, then you must go here, too!
I hope you enjoyed all of this eye candy as much as I did. Some serious inspiration if you are redoing a room in your home or even just a little minor décor sprucing!
Happy Friday, everyone! Excuse me while I go start planning my Spring 2016 One Room Challenge right quick 🙂 Oooorrr, start holiday décor scheming and Christmas shopping from the couch!
Sheesh! I can’t believe its been over 6 weeks since I last shared what’s goin’ on with the basement! You saw that I finally wrapped up the gold metal & chalkboard label toy bin project this week, so while I was down there photographing the toy storage, I decided it was about time I showed you what was happening everywhere else! or at least the BAR for today!
Since the basement bathroom progress post, I’ve added hardware, accessories and decor, so my next post in there will be the reveal! I am still working on getting an electrician over here to move my vanity light over… The electrical was wired and the drywall was cut before the vanity was installed. So after that made its way in along with my new gold mirror, I now have to have the light shifted over a good 4 -5 inches in order for it to be centered. The quotes I received so far have been so outrageous!! Times like these, I really wish we could take an electrical project on ourselves. Neither of us are skilled in that area!
So, lets get to these basement bar shots! I am so very happy with where we’ve come in this space so far. Thankfully, I don’t have any regrets on finishes, fixtures, flooring, etc. Having buyer’s remorse or just a flat-out bad decision in any of these areas would be tough. We spent a chunk of change to make this project happen since we hired out the construction and labor. We just aren’t that handy 😉
Since its been awhile, here is where the basement started…
And here is where we are today…
The bar sort of butts up to the back of the couch and then from there & left, is the family room area. If you are sitting at the bar, you are front and center of the TV. I’ll be sharing family room progress photos in a separate post.
I’m thrilled with our bar stool selection, but we did have quite an ordeal getting them just right…or should I say…undamaged. They are from overstock and thankfully had a very pleasant customer service experience, but had some major issues with their packaging & shipping. We received cracked barstools, not once, but twice. 3rd shipment arrived in excellent condition. It took every ounce of me not to send them all back and start my hunt again!!
The LIGHTS! I fell in love with these pendant lights the moment I saw them! I had been searching for a clear glass pendant with some sort of metal detail – either bronze or antique brass. These are metal mesh tube inserts and they give off the coolest reflection on the wall when turned on. These, paired with a vintage tube light bulb – be still my heart!
And for the shelves… and the stacked stone feature wall…it really came together just how I envisioned it. I still have to work on the styling a bit (and fill those whiskey decanters!), but here is what it all looks like as of now…before I get the itch to start redoing it all ha!
We’ve entertained down there a couple of times and the boys spend time playing in the basement on a daily basis. Its wide open space with super soft carpet and they love it! Forts, tunnels, books and puzzles – they do it all here!
I will be trying to get the rest of the basement wrapped up and photographed in the coming weeks; I have so much more to share! – the play area, family room, bathroom and sources for all. I will still sprinkle in a few DIY project posts and other tid bits of things going on around the house as the basement progress continues on.
Thanks for being here and have a great day!
I don’t go all out and fall-ify my house to the 9’s, but I do like to add a few simple touches. Every house needs a little fall-ification, right?! But it CAN be done quickly, simply & on the cheap. With the exception of my fall entryway with the addition of a large DIY Fall word art piece, I try to use what I already have! I’ll break it down and show you 2 spots in our house where fall is taking on more of a supporting role 😉 Today I’ll be sharing how to add a few simple Fall touches to your home!
Is it me or have we been talking about Fall decorating for months now?! Continue reading
Apparently, I can’t hold back my urge to splash a little fall around the house – even while on vacation. If you follow me on instagram, then you probably know we are visiting my family in Arizona right now. Yay for vacay!
The 4 of us are here at my parent’s house and my husband is facilitating a training class out of his company’s Phoenix office this week – it worked out perfectly to be able to spend some time in the sunshine! My parent’s live in Iowa the majority of the time and typically come down here for 2 – 4 weeks at a time off and on throughout the winter months. We’ve spent spring breaks and winter breaks down here for as long as I remember, since my grandparents and my mom’s 2 sisters have lived in AZ full-time since the late 80’s. It’s like home away from home and now with the my husband’s company recently creating their Southwest corporate location here, its a win for us all!
So back to fall decorating…sorry for the detour! We were at Safeway grocery shopping over the weekend and I spotted several barrels of mini pumpkins near the floral section. I so LOVE mini pumpkins…they are theee cutest little things & can be used in so many ways for fall decorating. I also grabbed some spider mums, a small rose gold vase (couldn’t resist) & the sack of mini pumps.
Thinking I would just sprinkle a few pumpkins around their house and enjoy the flowers this week.
Then this happened…
I ended up shopping her house and before I knew it…the whole mantle was put together.
The copper plate was already mounted above the mantel – a Southwest art show find last year…so I guess it was pretty much blank slate which made it easy to start styling.
My mom & aunt recently scooped these 3 brass candlesticks up from a realtor friend who sold them to her for $10 – they were just sitting in her garage! They are waaaay too pretty to be hiding away in a place like that. My mom then left them in her garage until I came down here and rescued these brass triplets again! I need to figure out how to sneak them home in my suitcase 😉
The sunburst mirror (HomeGoods) is simply leaning on the mantel and creates some dimension – a layering effect. It was swiped off the wall from in between 2 framed photographs in my mom’s hallway – a small wall I styled while I was down here in August helping her decorate this new house (more on that trip soon!).
The owl…well he’s normally perched on my mom’s kitchen counter. She picked the owl candle holder up at Bath & Body Works sometime last year.
The rose gold vase was $6 in the floral section of the grocery store where I bought the flowers & mini pumpkins.
This cage / vase / urn thing is one of my favorite pieces of my mom’s, although she can’t remember where she got it! I can picture it being styled with all sorts of fun gems throughout the year for each season & holiday. It normally sits in one of her built-in niches in the family room. It is super lightweight so can be transferred around the house quite easily – something very important to keep in mind while shopping your house!
The pewter “book” (Ross) was resting on a shelf in a bookcase in my parent’s bedroom. I grabbed it to use to add some height to the right side. A stack of books are great props for styling (see how I use books for nightstand styling & coffee table styling).Another look at the left side…
There it is again – a mixed metals fall mantel almost completely pulled together from shopping the house!
If you aren’t on board with this notion yet, then I highly suggest you start practicing!
If you aren’t familiar – here is what it means to “shop your house”:
- shifting things around to different spaces or rooms
- pulling things out of storage to use again after they’ve been packed away because you were tired of it, but didn’t want to get rid of it
- grouping new & different things together to make it look fresh & appealing
- using something you already have, but zhushing it up a bit – creating some sort of DIY project to transform what you already own to give it a new look
THAT, my friends, is how it’s done. Give it a shot! It is so much fun and the best part is – its FREE!
Are you a professional or novice when it comes to shopping your house? Do you pull things from other rooms or do you have a stash of décor items to rummage through?! Please share – I love doing this and want to know where my fellow “shop your house” peeps are!
You can check out my Fall Entryway here.
P.S. I am still unsure about taking the plunge and taking part in the Fall 2015 One Room Challenge as a Linking participant. It starts tomorrow and I am sooooo nervous to commit! I guess we’ll see what I decide tonight – EEEK!
Check out my Spring 2015 One Room Challenge Reveal if you aren’t sure what level of decision I have on my hands at the moment!
Thanks for reading, friends! Please come back soon 🙂
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Hello out there! Welcome! I am so happy to have my fall entryway table styled, photographed and ready to share with you today! If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t typically go all out for fall, although I had fun styling our fall front porch last year. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate a few little nooks in the house and the entryway area was one of them!
If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen a couple of sneak peeks, but I just couldn’t help myself! I joke that I am decades behind in my fall decorating here in the blogosphere, but you can’t win ’em all! However, I did just realize I didn’t post my front porch last year until October 30th…I guess I’ve come a little ways then 🙂
I’m so happy this little nook of our house is fully decked out and ready for fall…and that I was able to complete this little space without too many interruptions from my little guys. Henry started preschool last week, and although Simon doesn’t really nap in the morning anymore, it is a tad bit easier to get things done around the house & here on the blog with just one little one running around! Preschool is a short 3 hours though, so I know I have to step it into high gear if I have a want to get through one task from start-to-finish. Although having lots of things going on simultaneously is the norm around here 😉 Buuut the fall entry is checked off the list and I think I will be wrapping up the front porch next…stay tuned!
Ok, lets get to the pics, shall we! Sidenote…there are lots of photos today. I recently bought a new camera lens so I was playing around (a lot) with these little vignettes. I hope you like it!
Here are a few shots from the top shelf…
Ill just come right out and say it…Not to discriminate or anything, but I love the left side of the top of the table!
The oversized framed word art is a DIY that I will be sharing later this week…the white handled vase was a Goodwill find, that I painted white and “dipped” in gold (it was red to start!)…the leaves are from Pier1…the orange gourd (Michaels) is simply placed on a stack of books with a thrifted open gold frame resting in front of it…The little acorn art was printed from Graphicstock and put into a mini black, white and gold frame from HomeGoods…
The bottom of the table is filled with more HomeGoods finds…
The black & wood rustic number “4” has been in our family room leaning on a floating shelf, but I decided it needed to be a part of this little fall party. I wanted to keep the color scheme black, white and gold, with a pop of orange and a few natural touches. $25 from HomeGoods, but I’ve had it for a over a year.
When I spotted the black and white gingham fabric pumpkin, there was not a question whether or not it was coming home with me. Nope, not one.
I bought an orange light-up pumpkin from HomeGoods a few weeks back and originally had it here, but I moved it to the family room once I found this natural colored one at Pier One.
These metallic artichokes are also from Pier1. I hadn’t been in there for quite awhile, but did find a few gems that day. Copper, gold and silver ones are sitting inside my gold-dipped bowl which typically resides in the kitchen. Shopping your home at its finest!My black Hunter boots + leopard scarf are set off to the side to add a cozy, fall feel…that is…until I need to wear either of them!
I have a thing for “B’s” and “4’s”…If I find one I like, I usually buy it thinking it will just find its way somewhere in the house. Until you realize you have a “B” & a “4” in every room. Then you put them away for a little while, regroup and figure out which one needs to leave. This “B” was a gift from my parents and was pulled from my mantel.
The gold leaf bowl holds our keys or other personal items after we walk in the door and need a place to set them down. I always find that small trinket dishes or trays are a nice way to corral small, loose items and help you find them more easily.
The sun mirror is a thrifted find. I remember when I found this piece earlier this year, the girl that sold it to me asked if I planned to paint it. I told her, “Yes, it’ll probably end up gold.” and it almost did. I tried working it into the Guestroom revamp project, but it didn’t quite make the cut, so back to my stash it went. When I went digging this week, I came across it and just loved the coloring – antiqued autumn colors! Perfect! Just the right amount of color to pull together the leaves and the solo orange gourd.
I did take my gold Rub ‘n Buff Wax and run some along the inner edge with a q-tip. That stuff will do the trick every time. Especially when its not something you want to spray-paint in its entirety.
I really love how my DIY oversized fall word art turned out and can’t wait to give you the scoop soon!
And here is a shot of the entryway table at night…isn’t this sort of dreamy?
You definitely don’t have to wait until Christmas for pretty glowing lights!! at least around here…
And there’s that left-side again 😉
There it is! My fall entryway! [insert happy dance.] Now off to (frantically) tackle a few other things around here before the boys wake up!
Thank you for hanging out here for a bit today! I am working on a couple more posts to get out yet this week and don’t forget next Monday is Week #3 in our Back to Basics series. Check out my week 1 & week 2 if you missed!
Check out below to see how I made a small change to my fall entryway…
…by adding in my DIY Fall Pillow! The orange plaid was just the perfect pop I needed on that bottom shelf!
What are your favorite spots in the house to deck out for fall? What colors do you like to use? Where are your go-to fall décor shopping stops?!
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Hello & happy Monday! I think I was still recovering from Labor Day weekend at my in-laws up until last Friday and then another weekend away at my parents’ house sure didn’t help cure my tired & unorganized self, but its ok! Its a new day and the start of a brand new week! Welcome to Week 2 of our September “Back to Basics”! Today I am going to break down my formula for how to mix prints in order to achieve the ultimate “pattern play” with you all. s sort of intimidating, right? Continue reading
The basement is done, as in, the contractors are done working. But my work is just beginning! Everything (construction & installations) wrapped up the 2nd week of August. The bar countertops were actually installed the day before Henry’s 3rd birthday party, the stacked stone wall went up the first week of August and the glass bar shelves & frameless shower door were installed the 2nd week of August. Things would have definitely wrapped up in June or July had we not decided to extend the bar cabinetry out another 18″ from the wall after the original cabinets were set. We didn’t think it looked right, so decided if we wanted to make a change, we needed to do it now versus look at it every day and not be happy with it. Soooo, that pushed everything back a bit – the countertops had to wait on the last piece of cabinetry, the stacked stone wall had to wait on the counter tops and the glass shelves had to wait on the stone.
Now that everything is set and everyone is outta here, its all on me now! Well, Ted, too. Sort of 😉
Here is what we’ve checked off the original list:
- Insulation / studs / drywall
tape + trim & doors paint electrical + plumbing tile install (bar & bathroom) cabinetry install carpet sconces bar pendant lights bathroom vanity light find bathroom mirror order custom shower door + bar shelves install shower door + bar shelves stacked stone feature wall granite install
- order beverage cooler
order bar stools mount TV move couch down from family room & other piece from storage
- find media console
- wall design + décor
purchase bookcase / shelving unit for play area
- determine shelving system for storage closet
- misc. accessories & furniture
Aaand here are the remaining aspects I’ve been planning & designing over the last 3-4 weeks:
1 | Basement Bar Area:
Order Bar stools
Buy accessories & style bar shelves
find rug (see my options here)
decide on hardware on cabinetry or not
order beverage cooler
2 | Family Room:
Hang canvas over couch
hang frames around TV
Order prints / put photos in
hang floating mirrorsottoman / coffee table
find / buy media console
3 | Play space/Open area :
determine what to put between windows (bookcase, etc.?)
buy floor storage / accessories
buy / put together storage unit for open area
bins for storage unit
chairs for seating area
buy / DIY wall art
determine closet storage & shelving
4 | Bathroom:
See how my list grew?… a ridiculous amount…. Why do I do this to myself?!
It was actually easier to break it down into sections & add more detail as the other list was pretty general. I’ve really gotta get crackin’ or this basement is going to take me until 2016! Since I have been leading you all on for months now and only shared the a couple of progress posts with PICTURES, I owe you one today!
Here is the current state of the basement bathroom. I so love how it looks so far 😉
So, that’s where we’re at! We went with a modern look with the marble and kept it super light with shades of white & gray – neutral, of course 😉 I plan to add some natural touches throughout – some baskets, greenery, wood shelving & a little bit of gold – a vase, frames, maybe new hardware on the vanity?
I’ve recently picked up a few things for the walls and plan to get them up ASAP!
And don’t worry, a full reveal post + sources is still on the way!
With school starting next week, we are getting ready to be back on a schedule and figuring out our daily routine. I, too, am working on getting organized & coming up with a schedule for the blog & projects around the house. Henry is starting preschool, so I will have a tiny itty bit more flexibility with just having 1 at home, but that ONE is the busy one! While I am super excited for all that is in store for the blog over the next few months, I am going to make sure I still make plenty of time for my little guy!
I have several collaborations & projects coming up, including a new series kicking off next Monday with a group of amazingly talented bloggers! To say I am thrilled to be a part of this series is an understatement. I can’t WAIT for you all to see what we have coming, so please stay tuned!!
H A P P Y S E P T E M B E R!
Its here! Friday! Woo hoo!
These last few weeks have been a bit crazy with my trip to Haven and our mini-vacay in Savannah, then home for Henry’s 3rd birthday and then I left a week later to help my mom decorate their new house in Arizona and just got back this last Tuesday!! I am so looking forward to the weekend at home and hopefully a little normalcy next week. Posts are in progress right now for everything I have been up to! I have so much to share and don’t want you to miss a thing, so please check back soon for new goodies 🙂
As you may know, we’ve been working on our finishing our basement since April! We hired a general contractor to do the construction and his subs did most everything else. I love to DIY, but not in that sort of complex-complicated-putting-up-walls-type-of-way. My kind of DIY consists of an upholstery project (hopefully more to come!), an occasional crafty décor piece (I did a ton of them in Simon’s Nursery) and then lots of lots decorating & accessorizing! 🙂 Maybe someday I will become more advanced. Maybe.
After a couple breaks on their end and a couple trips on our end, the space is really shaping up! I shared a few sneak peaks on instagram recently of our new lights and the stacked stone feature wall in the bar area. I’m trying to crank away at designing the layout for the wall décor, buying things as I see them and then a couple of larger purchases to chip away at, too – bar stools, wine fridge / beverage cooler, media center, play space bookcase or shelving unit and the bathroom mirror. I have an idea of what I want each of these pieces to look like, but haven’t completely narrowed down my findings yet.
I’m sharing my top picks for round mirrors today and would so love & appreciate your opinion!!
Here they are:
I’m leaning towards a gold or black mirror between 25″-30″. I probably will stay on the minimalistic side, but couldn’t help but fall in love with #1. Sunburst mirrors are literally everywhere right now and all with their own unique traits. This gold one is from Amazon – can you believe it? I have always been a huge Amazon fan, but still can not get over the variety of items they carry. I mean, isn’t Amazon everyone’s one-stop-shop, especially with the convenience of free 2-day shipping as an Amazon prime member??! ok.. back to mirrors.
I must admit, right now my number one pick is actually mirror #4.
I’ve seen it in person in the store and love its simplicity and color, too, of course. It is 30″ round and would fit nicely above our new vanity and under the new vanity lights!
Hayes Contemporary Vanity
Troy Menlo Park 3-Light
I really love how love how the vanity & lights look so far in the space. All it needs, is a mirror + a some wall art. Easy enough! Our shower door was installed this week along with glass shelves on the stone wall in the bar. I will have plenty more photos coming as the basement spaces finish up!
I’ll be working down there this weekend, so be sure to follow me on instagram for more sneak peaks!
Have the B E S T weekend!!
What do you think? Go with #4 or one of the others?
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