Hooray, hooray! Friday is here! Today marks 1 week until the littles are out of school for the Summer and one DAY until the littlest turns THREE! Yep! The next week is filled with end-of-the-year field trips, picnics, parties and lots of “shorts and short-sleeves” as the biggest requests each morning now that it finally feels like spring here in Chicagoland! We definitely have a busy week ahead. Today, I’m bringing you another Friday Fab Finds — the things I’m currently eyeing, buying and styling! Continue reading
It’s done! After a remarkably fast 4 weeks, the playroom has been significantly “refreshed” and I’m happy to report we’re all in love with it! I say we, because the space went from a catchall toy room that you could barely step foot in [the boys, included!]…to a freshly organized, bold and fun, family hangout space! Continue reading
My. Oh. My. I blinked and these last 6 weeks were gone. The 6 week One Room Challenge, that is!
After moving into our new home this summer, I couldn’t wait to have a space to makeover for the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. There was a multitude of rooms to choose from. Only a few needed to be completely overhauled, while almost all needed some lovin’. I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as unpacking the boxes and putting out all of our belongings. The house needed to groomed and our collection of things needed to be curated, but ultimately, I wanted it to feel like us. Not a replica of our old house, but a new and improved version of the house we called home for 4 years. Our first home as a family of four. Continue reading
Hello and welcome! If you are stopping by today from Amber Oliver, I am thrilled to have you! Two things have me uber excited today. 1 – I am sharing our brand new accent wall in the master bedroom [which is truthfully one of the first nearly finished spaces in our new house] and 2 – I’m joining 19 other bloggers this week who are also sharing wall treatment ideas for bonus inspiration! The bedroom wall was honestly finished in the knick of time to be able to participate in this fabulous blog hop hosted by Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof. She rounded up some of her modern/eclectic friends to be able to show you all there ARE other ways to create an accent wall OTHER than shiplap. There is absolutely nothing wrong with shiplap walls, but they are EV-ER-Y-WHERE right now because of Joanna Gaines’ and “Fixer Upper”.
If shiplap is your jam, then roll with it. But if you are looking for alternative, less farmhouse-y ideas, then we are here for YOU!
My style calls for a wall that’s a bit more bold…with a touch of chic. Continue reading
If you haven’t heard me say it before, then listen up! These curtains were a GAME CHANGER in our master bedroom!! I revealed Part I of our master bedroom refresh for the New Year, New Room Challenge, and today I’m finally sharing Part II! There is a tiny ounce of me that wishes I wouldn’t have shared anything until the curtains were up – it was THAT much of a transformation, but I was still so excited about where the room had gone. Continue reading
I know it’s not the most glamorous blog post ever written, but carpet & paint selection are such key decisions for a space! Today I’m taking you back a couple of steps in this whole basement project to share our carpet and wall color sources [and the sconces at the end too!]!
I shared our Basement Bar progress last week and will have the tile sourcing for that space soon! I decided I will do a full basement reveal, with the exception of the bathroom, that will probably be separate….it is a completely separate space, after all. The rest of the basement functions as 3 spaces in one: family room, bar & play space, so it was important to choose a flooring and wall color we wanted to be carried throughout and would serve as a backdrop for the furniture & décor in each of the spaces.
How we chose + a few tips:
For the carpet, we knew we wanted a neutral color, with flecks of cool & warm tones. We figured we would go with a gray wall, but had a chocolate brown couch that was going to be moved into the space and I had my eyes set on a stacked stone tile to be used as a feature wall in the bar area that had shades of copper & honey as well as cool grays. We also knew we wanted a soft, plushy carpet that would be good for playing around on the floor with the boys (plus a good carpet pad underneath). Soooo, we brought home 10 – 15 carpet samples and let them sit down in the space near the bar tile floor for about a week, making sure we went down to take a look at different times of the day – when the sun was shining in and when it was dark out and all of the lights were turned on. From there, we narrowed it down to our top 3. I then asked the carpet store for larger samples to lay out for another couple of days and after that, we arrived at our decision!
As far as the paint goes, we came to our decision rather easily. After repainting our bedroom earlier this year, we fell in love with our choice – Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW 7015). We wanted to stay close to that color, but preferred the basement walls to be slightly darker than our master. So we opted to go down one level, which brought us to Mindful Gray. Simple as that!
Tip: I do recommend picking up a few samples of the paint colors you are looking and putting a couple coats of each sample up on the wall to look at for at least 24 hours. We were quite comfortable with our choice, so we skipped the sample step this time around. But trust me! We have definitely regretted a paint color decision before. For just a couple of dollars per sample, it is well worth the extra time to make sure you are happy with what is going up on the wall!
Tip: If you have Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore color options selected, take them to your local Lowes store and ask them to match the brand and mix a sample. I think it is $2.99 for a small sample. If you ask for a sample at Sherwin Williams, you pay $5.99 and the smallest sample they will mix is 1 quart. You are left with extra paint of colors you don’t end up choosing and spending more money than necessary.
Lastly, if you are painting multiple rooms in your home, don’t feel like you have to start from square 1 by picking a new color for each space. If you like a color, I see nothing wrong with painting multiple rooms in the very same color!
Paint color selections in other areas of our home…
We painted Simon’s Nursery, the same color as our upstairs guest bathroom (Sherwin Williams Passive Gray – SW 7064)…
We painted our dining-room-turned-playroom…
the same color as our formal living room (Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray – SW 6072)…
and our very first nursery (Henry’s room) was painted the same as our family room & kitchen (Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige – SW 6106)
Our guestroom was also SW Kilim Beige before we painted it SW Nuance – 7049 as part of the Spring 2015 One Room Challenge! It is the lightest color (almost white) I have ever painted a room, but it has the most calm & soothing vibe and couldn’t be happier with it. Everything you put next to it or on it just “pops”.
And if you are really looking to go all out – think about painting the inside of a closet like we did in Simon’s nursery [see paint info here & the DIY closet details here] By FAR, the boldest paint choice we’ve made in the entire house!
And now, we basically circled our way back to the basement!
I really am happy with the Mindful Gray on these walls and really love how it looks with the stone bar wall…
and the tile floor. I’ll be sharing the tile & stone sources plus our rug selections after mulling over these rug options!
And here is a sneak peek of the family room area…these lovely sconces flank the TV/gallery wall & the mixed metals and black and white frames look great against the medium gray paint, too…. We STILL need to find a media console, but other than that, the space is basically ready to photograph and share… soon, I hope!
And just to be clear, this is not a Sherwin Williams-sponsored post. I’ve just been a fan for a long time!
What is your favorite brand of paint? Favorite go-to color?!
Now that Simon has arrived and I have finished taking pictures of the nursery, I am finally ready to show you!
If you’ve been reading over here then you know I have been working on this room for months… back in March I was creating the ever-evolving, never-ending checklist which I am proud to say is completed and I couldn’t be happier with how the room turned out. Simon will be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for awhile, but having the room done & ready is such a good feeling.
We change him on the changing pad in his room throughout the night… & T and I have both sat in the glider to rock him to sleep… His little outfits are hung up in the closet & folded in the drawers…And the art and photos are hanging [untouched for now!] on his cute little pegboard gallery wall.
It is definitely a happy place for us (and Simon, too, I hope)! Continue reading