Good Morning All! Happy Monday, Happy October and Happy Fall! As the temperature falls and we head further into October, I am looking forward to an amazing birthday month full of adventures and exciting challenging projects that will require me to learn more DIY tricks o’ the trade.
As the leaves begin to change, I have been searching for Fall decor inspiration…. Here are some pics of amazing tablescapes from around the web I thought you might enjoy:
and some front porches and entries all dressed up for Fall:
Morning All! Happy Monday…you got this!! Lately, I have been feeling like I need to inject a little more pretty into some of the hardworking areas of the house. A quick pick-me-up (because let’s face it that is the speed life is moving at these days) is to break out those trays you have stored away and corral “like things” in a way that makes you feel both more organized and stylish! Think clean, not cluttered. Some of the best areas to get the greatest impact are the kitchen, the washroom vanity, and the home office (all places things tend to linger). Here are some inspirational examples from around the web:
For the washroom:
For the kitchen:
For the Kids and/or Home office:
and a Gorgeous Tray Bar (perfect for all the upcoming holiday entertaining):
So pull out those trays you have tucked away and pick one area of your home to stylishly organize. And don’t shoot the messenger but before you know it, we will be bringing out our holiday items like this adorable kitchen coffee set-up:
Morning All! Isn’t it funny how you can tell a lot about what you have going on in your life by reviewing your Google searches? Last night I stayed up way too late because I had mom-brain. You know, when you cannot turn off the to do list from constantly cycling through your head. I notice that this vortex of stuff keeps coming back when Fall arrives and we hit the ground running with back-to-school routines. So, while awake, Google was my co-conspirator.
Let’s see, there was “how to get sticker residue off clothing after it has gone through the dryer” (yep, missed one while trying to clean the new back-to-school clothes); “does a pet feel loss” (we lost our beloved 14 year old cocker spaniel a few weeks ago and our other poor spaniel has major anxiety and follows me everywhere); “best healthy treats for dogs” (for the aforementioned lonely spaniel); “ear buds that don’t fall apart in two days” (tackling more items needed for school); “what to make for dinner with rice, salsa, and eggs”; (didn’t get far with that one and definitely need to get to the grocery store); “how to build a DIY farmhouse chic counter” (for a project I am working on)…. And on and on it went.
This Monday will now require an extra caffeinated boost but I am up for the challenge. I have been spending all the free minutes I can squirrel together working on a small office break room refresh. The floors were recently updated and cabinetry is being reallocated to allow for bar/cafe style seating and the addition of a computer workspace. The layout and location of things will require minimal changes, but this project is mostly about paint…lots of coats of paint. Two weekends ago I primed and painted all the wall paneling which included three coats of color on top of the primer. This weekend was the ceiling (three coats!!!) and the trim which, had I originally picked the color I ended up with, could have been two coats rather than three. Sigh.
I chose Benjamin Moore’s London Fog for the wall color because I wanted a soothing neutral, it worked well with the existing floors, and I had an extra gallon of it:
I had to google how to get sticky strips off the wall because we had hung an antibacterial lotion dispenser on aging wall paneling years ago, which was not the best combination. I found the answer by implementing my new Dyson hairdryer (notably not its intended purpose), and it worked like a charm to loosen up all the sticky residue which I then scraped off without hurting the underlying fragile paneling:
This room will be predominately used for lunch breaks, so I purchased these bright stools from Target for a pop o’ color:
and I am inspired to create a custom counter height eating area like these:
Of course this project needs to be completed next week and I have been chipping away at it each weekend between Soccer games and the last vestiges of Summer- last swims before the pool closes, last rides on the boat, hustling to complete outdoor projects etc. Hence, the gold stars and to do lists. Sometimes it is important to recognize that we are doing something to move projects/plans/dreams forward, even if we are not at the stage we thought we would be. #juststart I am giving myself a sheet of gold stars for getting everyone back into the routine that Fall brings and all its extra googl-ing craziness.
Hi All! Happy Tuesday! I have been trying to get some small projects tackled around the house before back-to-school craziness sets in. One item on the to do list is to have some chairs finally reupholstered. Every year I think to do this project around the holidays (when I need the extra seating) so instead, I am pulling the trigger and getting them d.o.n.e. Which leads to the big question….what fabric do I use? How do I possibly narrow down the infinite awesome possibilities? I went back to my Pinterest folder, saved for this very occasion, and found some really fun options. I have two wing chairs I am repurposing, along with a cool chair for hubs office (which will have to remain a surprise for now in case he reads this).
I want to do a modern twist on the classic wing chair design, so I am contemplating something like this:
So you can see I have really narrowed it down…Yikes! I think I am going to need more chairs! And while on the wing back chair topic…here is some additional eye candy:
Hi All! I have been spending mucho time on Pinterest lately researching paint colors (see yesterday’s post) and gaining some layout inspiration for a project I am working on which I will share later….aaaaaannnnd while on Pinterest I got sidetracked (shocker!) drooling over ribbon and trim details on all things decor and fashion. It is such an easy way to update a look and make it totally personal. I bought these curtains from West Elm (similar here) a few years ago and added pink greek key ribbon to them for my older daughter’s room, and loved the key tape so much I recently added it to pillows for her as well. Coordination and personalization…Done!
And for the love of navy, I added the navy key tape to my fav curtains du jour for the dining room:
and then on some pillows for the living room (did I mention I love navy?):
and solid navy for a lampshade in my younger’s daughter room (along with a pop o’ polka on the pillow):
and I love my stripes, in navy of course, so naturally I added some to the bamboo shades we hung in our kitchen:
Here are some great trim options from around the web that would also make fab DIY projects:
Why not add some ribbon to a pinboard just in time for back to school like this one from PBTeen;
Love the infinite possibilities of adding multiple trims to a solid pillow case like this one shown at BHG;
Here is another drape option (though no longer available at Serena & Lily ,p.s. they are having their tent sale through 8/7);
And I would be totally remiss if I didn’t add some fashion pics that showcase all things ribbon (and bows!):
My daughter chose these cute sneakers with ribbon laces for back to school (guess some things are really genetic);
Although this tank sold out, it would be very easy to add your choice of ribbon to a simple top for some DIY fashion;
and there are many examples such as this one of gorgeous necklaces with ribbon tie closures;
and lastly, while technically not trim, here is some arm candy with a purpose, which I ordered stamped with Perspective as “my word” because I truly believe it is how you choose to look at things that defines your journey;
Hi All! Welcome to August…wait, what!? Not sure how it is 8/2 already! Anyhoo, Happy Wednesday! Not sure if anyone remembers the Friends episode with Monica’s closet? She is OCD with organization and cleanliness, but her friends discover her messy closet where she hides everything and it all comes tumbling out? I think we all have a closet, drawer, or in my case, basement, that could use a little more….. ahem, attention. Or at least I am hoping we all have that space of de-organized horror because, well, misery loves company right? Well I am giving us all permission to NOT tackle those over the Summer as planned and instead get outside and enjoy some Vitamin D.
In other news, I saw this fabulous pic from the latest issue of HGTV magazine. It stopped me in my tracks because of the amazing wall color… The velvet green couch doesn’t hurt either. It got me thinking about the dark moody paint colors that seem to be everywhere lately.
My own living room is a rich chocolate brown that I have been itching to change, despite the fact that 1) I still like the color; 2) Hubs thinks I’m nuts to change it; and 3) It would be a huge undertaking that would disturb a room in the house that we use everyday. Even if I painted at record speed it would be at least a three week project to pull together-did I mention hubby thinks I am nuts!? Still…I cannot help but dream about pulling the trigger on a rich navy like the HGTV one, or a warm dark gray that would pair oh so nicely with the light pine floors. Sigh.
While I debate some more, here are some pin-worthy inspiration photos of how to implement this moody paint trend in your own home…
A beautiful dark gray (leaning toward black) powder room:
and this amazing navy living room (looooove those moldings!):
and this gorgeous gray creates a blank slate for this dining room from MA Allen Interiors (fell down the rabbit hole perusing their amazing portfolio):
and I love the use of Benjamin Moore’s Cheating Heart, on these kitchen cabinets (p.s. the hardware is amazing!):
and this warm bedroom:
and one of my Favs, Benjamin Moore’s Nightfall, as used by Driven By Decor as the backdrop for a gallery wall:
and this serene chocolate brown living room:
and a corner of my living room in a deep chocolate brown from Olympic called Granite:
and lastly, a gorgeous exterior with a pop o’ color- I love it because it reminds me of the Adirondacks…
Off to the pool to soak in some much needed sunshine! Have a wonderful Wednesday All!
Hello All! Hope you are having a great week! I am trying to organize myself ahead of the long weekend to tackle some procrastination projects.. though not very successful thus far. I am looking forward to getting together with friends and taking time to recharge a bit. The weather is not going to be very cooperative, with only one day looking sunny, so I am going to make the best of it and pack it all into one day!
Here are some red, white and blue inspiration photos should you be hosting your own Summer kickoff party:
Hello All! I am still thinking about the wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch we had with our family. It was so nice to get everyone together, and while we couldn’t be outside, it was fun to come together and celebrate the Moms.
Speaking of getting outside, it is gorgeous here today so I made myself several lists (doesn’t everyone?). I know I get this crazy quirky trait from my Dad who still organizes his lists by the weather. Outside projects to be tackled are on one yellow pad, inside on another…naturally. So, in the midst of tackling home and office projects, I am helping my friend style her gorgeous house in advance of her bridal shower this weekend. It was a last minute, let’s do it! so all items had to be sourced locally, not even Amazon Prime could save us. We hit Target, TJ, Michaels, and Lowes and I cannot wait to show you the styled result. Here are some before and afters of their house that I worked on beginning last year, future posts on this to come (with sources):
This was a fantastic project from start to finish because I got to work with people I love, who were adventurous and creative with design and laying out everything from scratch was.the.best. Who knew choosing where the outlets go could make you giddy…oh wait that’s just me? Anyhoo, looking forward to styling this gem with all our fab finds! Sneak peek- we are incorporating this Ikea chair they fell for and the color is AWESOME in the space!
If you are interested in a design refresh just drop me a note via email through the Design Services link above.
Morning All! I cannot believe all six weeks of the One Room Challenge have flown by! (You can check out all the amazing designers and their finished rooms here) I originally thought I would have time to tackle both of my daughters’ rooms (HA!), but quickly realized after plaster repair set me back that I needed to focus on one room at a time. It was down to the wire, painting the bookshelf side table late into the night…the night before the photoshoot. Full disclosure, I was off by a week and thought last week was the reveal. HOWEVER, when I realized my mistake I added more projects…and more late nights. This project was totally DIY so I am happy to now rest, enjoy the room, and celebrate Mother’s Day with my family.
Photo Sources: Bins– Target| Printable– The 36th Avenue| Navy Polka Dot Vase- Michaels (in store)| Flamingo– Target| Curtains– Overstock| Room paint colors (all Benjamin Moore): Walls-Stonington Gray; Ceiling- Caribbean Breeze; Trim- Decorator’s White; Closet Door Abstract Color- Razzle Dazzle; Bedside Bookshelf (see below)- Hale Navy
Photo Sources: Bed (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Duvet (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Custom Pillows- Sara Langley Designs (my own!)- see shop link above| Blanket– Annie Selke (now only $18 in the outlet!)| Artwork- my own creations
Photo Sources: Flamingo jewelry holder- TJ Maxx|Trophy holder– Michael’s (in store only)| Silver jewelry box- Gift| Shoes– Target| Laundry bin– Pottery Barn Kids
I had a great time pulling this together and am counting down to the next Challenge. Already picked my room…and warned hubby. Now I am off to prepare to host Mother’s Day brunch.. so stay tuned for pics! Thanks for following this adventure.
P.S. Do I really believe the room will stay this way!? Nah, but I have pictures for posterity and accomplished my client’s goal of having more space to play. Now if I can only keep the Barbie Dream house in the playroom!
Morning All! It’s Thurrrrrrrrrsday! Which also means a One Room Challenge update! You can see last week here and check out all the amazing participants’ progress here. I cannot believe five weeks have gone by! Well, here is what I have tackled so far, completely DIY (with a shoutout to hubby for his help installing the trim and laying out the design on the closet door #thatfastidiousnessreallycomesinhandy):
Prep, paint, prep, paint, prep, paint….(you get the idea) for ceiling and walls
Tore out the carpet
Added base molding
Painted abstract closet door design
Sourced new curtains, pillows, rug, lampshades and linens
Created fun desk area and added new chair
Changed up furniture layout to create better flow make my client happy
Tackled closet for better storage and to remove dresser
And, here is my list to complete this week before the final reveal next Thursday. It is all about the details at this point:
Choose art and photos and get them framed and hung
Try my hand at creating a unique abstract as a gift for my daughter.
IF the weather cooperates (they are showing a snowflake for Monday…really!) then I will paint this cute shelf my husband’s grandfather made and incorporate it into the room as a nightstand. It is pretty beat-up having moved with us from city to city, but with major sanding and a few coats of Hale Navy it will shine!
Cannot wait to show you the reveal- down to the wire on this one!