Happy Monday All! Even though it is below 40 degrees this morning, the sun.is.shining! I am going to jump right in on this busy Monday and show you some great holiday ideas and decor in case, like me, you are late to the Easter/Passover planning party. Hope this helps in getting you inspired!
First, a fun idea from Martha…a tutorial to make bunny ear napkins- perfect for the kids table at Easter:
Next, I love this strawberry turned carrot dessert for a lovely Easter brunch:
And I have been meaning to try this chocolate chip Mandal Bread recipe that would be a delicious addition to Passover:
I am leaning toward a soft palette for my Passover/Easter weekend tablescape:
A teensy more formal then I had in mind, but I LOVE these candle holders:
And the simplicity of this tulip arrangement idea definitely caught my eye:
Hello! So I have had one of those starts to the year that can be summed up like whack-a-mole. Everything needed time and attention at once and despite my best laid plans, I was not able to keep my blogging resolution. So now that I have sufficiently beaten myself up about it, I am hitting RESET and starting anew. That is after all what Spring is about!
So let’s talk design, color and all things SPRING starting with some things I am loving that I wanted to share with you…and P.S. I have been totally fixated on navy and white lately so….
First Up- YES! I am the crazy lady who set her alarm at 3am to jump on Pottery Barn’s site to pick-up some of their new Lilly collab…overall there were some great prints, but I was hoping for a little more tableware. Nevertheless, I am hearing that a second line may debut in April so if you are planning parties by the pool this Summer, let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Next- I typically check Target for outdoor furniture, as I have had great luck in the past purchasing a patio set that has withstood all the fun Spring and Summer can dish out. This Season they have stepped up their game with these fab French Bistro chairs. They are stackable and come in navy/white and gray/white. They also have a version that can be folded and another that is bar height, all at great price points for a popular, on-trend style. FYI, some choices are sold out online and are available in-store only. Additionally, there is a 35% off sale on patio, with an additional 15% this weekend with code SPRING. And BTW, I am not affiliated with Target for this info., just sharing some great finds!:)
And the next item is part of what I would call “the classics.” Gorg…you cannot have enough of….they go with anything, anywhere…. blue and white ginger jars and vases. And this time of year with tulips, cherry blossoms and daffodils, they are the perfect vessel to make a statement.
And then there is this painting that I have been stalking for some time. There is a “Friends and Family” event going on now, so perhaps the time has come to finally purchase it….
Lastly, although these tiles are not necessarily “spring” they are a strong trend right now and are available in a million prints and colors. I am loving the combo with navy and white cabinets like the ones below from Grenada Tile….
Hi All! The day has finally arrived! I am so excited to share my One Room Challenge reveal with you! I chose to makeover my older daughter’s room, and her only request was to create some comfortable areas to relax, and to paint the walls pink. To be honest that much pink kept me on the edge of my comfort zone for the entire project, but in the end it all came together and she is so happy with the result…and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do it. Thank you again to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing this crazy adventure!
Here is the Entry BEFORE:
and Entry AFTER (insert my giddy giggle):
Before, the headboard and wall that never got completed..
The dresser BEFORE:
The AFTER: I am so thankful to amazing friends for pulling off this incredible makeover of my late grandfather’s dresser. The lacquered grey is gorg in the room and each brass handle was polished to perfection…
Simple styling on the bookcase…
and a lap desk for use as a homework area…
And then there is the wallpaper…which definitely provides the impact I was hoping for:
I am so happy this all came together and sooooo thankful that an extra week was added to the challenge, as I was literally polishing the brass hardware on the dresser a mere 24 hours ago.
Morning All! Happy Thursday! It’s time for the weekly update for the One Room Challenge! There is ONE more week left so it is time for the last push before the final reveal next Thursday, November 16th!
This week had a few curveballs in that hubby threw his back out so the molding project that was on tap for the weekend had to be, well, modified. Thank goodness the amazing carpenter I have worked with many times was able to stop by to install the upper cove and lower quarter round moldings for me on a moments notice. Phew! And apparently the walls are far from straight or plumb so I am thankful that we brought in the professionals! Now just a bit of touch up and caulk and they.will.be.done!
I am so in love with the wallpaper. It is repositionable, was easy to use (thanks Mom!), and gives the room the pop o’ fun I was looking for. The best part was that it was $29.99 a roll at Target!
I am still debating whether or not to paint the closet door. SO tempted, but I think I will bring in all the other bold elements like the charcoal upholstered headboard and printed rug before I make the final decision. I am also so thankful that our 1930s house retained both its vintage door knobs and large baseboard moldings throughout the years because they add such character to all the updates we have done.
I am away for the next three days while hubby attends a conference, so I am heading to Ikea near where we are staying (lucky beak!) to purchase this rug, some pillow inserts, and figure out what I am doing for nightstands.
In a mere 7 days this room will be complete!! You can see all the amazing progress of the other guest participants here.
Hi All! I totally blew through Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, and here we are into a new week! Sigh. The last two weeks got away from me because we had a wonderful party for my daughter’s birthday (which I posted links to above), I have taken on a few design projects for clients (to be pulled together before Thanksgiving), and I am chipping away at my daughter’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge. Chipping.Away. You can read about the amazing progress of all the other guest participants here.
This room is not exactly falling into place. First, I decided to use a new spackle, which I love and it worked well, but it.was.stinky. Which meant that as each layer dried we cleared everyone out from the second floor and opened all the windows….which in turn slowed down the drying time. Then there is the paint color. I am still not sure I won’t be sneaking in and re-painting it (hows that double negative!) but trying to stay optimistic that when everything else comes into the room it will be the perfect backdrop. My daughter loves the color, and even hubby, my gauge of whether things are a bit.too.over.the.top, thought it was a great shade. I am just not 100% sure yet, even after painting two coats.
So while I continue to debate the paint color, I am turning my attention to bedding and window treatments. I ordered this headboard in a gorg charcoal to soften the black and white accents I have planned (while also balancing the pink!):
and I am having pillows made in this makes.my.heart.skip.a.beat Waverly fabric:
and I ordered these adorable sheets with scalloped details:
annnnnnd for the pops of metallic, these will do the trick:
This weekend I am bringing my late grandfather’s dresser to be painted a high gloss gray which should look AH-mazing against the pink walls…whatever shade I end up with. I need to spiff up the brass hardware on it and I think it will be the true show piece of the room. Hubby and I are tackling the upper and lower moldings this weekend, so I made sure to stock up on plenty of wine to celebrate checking that off the list!
Morning! Busy little bee over here….this weekend we are having my daughter’s 9th birthday party, and I have been planning a fun celebration with family and friends. As such I made the insane decision to start the actual implementation of my One Room Challenge after this weekend. So it is now a six week challenge in 1/2 the time! Put some coffee on!
So far, I chose a blush wall color, purchased some repositionable wallpaper for a focal wall, and made a plan for the addition of crown and base moldings.
I purchased some lamps (an amazing HomeGoods find):
And large scale artwork:
And I fell for this bold rug that will create its own statement:
I still need to find soft neutral curtains (see inspo pic below) and figure out what type of headboard I am doing. Yikes! But paint is going on the wall next week (and by that I mean I am painting my tushy off)! Woo hoo!
And you can follow all of the amazing progress from the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge here.
P.S. Mom, if you are reading this can you please come and hang some repositionable wallpaper? Pleeezzzzz!
Morning All! I am on the hunt for some really pretty personalized stationery. I have always been enamored with all things notepaper- the feel, the print, the font choices, the colors…yep, totally stationery geek. We took Sara Langley Designs to the Stationery show in NYC when we debuted our former line ages ago, and I was truly a kid in a candy store.
Here are some of my favorites from around the web:
A bold lining is a must for me, and this pink letterpress note hits.it.out.of.the.park!:
And these happen to coordinate with the design I am doing for my daughter’s room (you can tell I have been sourcing all things blush and black- p.s. they also sell that adorable bamboo pen!):
and I love the font on these, not to mention the dots!:
Morning All! Happy Monday! This weekend I was successful in getting some of the not so sexy items crossed off the to-do list like “winterizing old windows at the office” (a little caulk, a little spackle, a whole lotta mess….) so I needed a little eye candy this morning as I dream of my someday gorgeous home office. One with amazing light, fabulous accessories, no clutter of course….and a door. Here are some of my current pinned favs:
Light, Bright and oh so chic…
Have always loved this one because, well, hello! green and pink with an animal print:
and this totally counts as eye candy…goals!:
This one is set-up with a view…a prime daydreaming spot:
and the warmth of this home office makes it so inviting:
Love this moody paint color, the millwork details, the light fixtures….sigh:
and for a bold burst of color and fun:
And because it is Monday, whatever you are working toward…
Hi All! Happy Friday! I am struggggggling with this design plan I committed to for the ORC. You know how you have an idea in your head, but cannot.quite.find. the right pieces? I spent a good many hours searching for things, and finally when my eye started twitching I threw in the towel and went in another direction that is a bit out of my comfort zone. Unlike my younger daughter who gave me explicit instructions when I did her bedroom for the last ORC, (you can read about it here) my older daughter has not given me any “must haves” except that she likes light pink. Hmmm, so I decided I am going to run with trendy blush colored walls – throw in some sophistication with black and white, and sprinkle in some fun with a patterned rug and bold wallpaper that I have been itching to use. Hoping that the sum really is greater than all of its parts because I have ordered all the ingredients and am hoping they will all come together!
I looooove wallpaper and use it whenever possible, however, my realtor friend tells me that if I add more wallpaper to my house it will make her job harder. When are we moving? No idea, just always keeping options open. As such, I found this budget friendly repositionable wallpaper that I think is going to give me the look I want but the flexibility to make changes to the room when and if we ever move:
And adding blush tones on the walls is kind of like choosing the perfect pink (but not too pink) lip gloss. I am leaning toward:
And some gold accents including these frames to which I want to personalize with some black and white photos:
Still debating space planning for the room…do we keep the dresser? Paint it? Trick out the closet and abandon the dresser altogether? Sometimes I have to pull everything out of the room and put things in piece by piece to see what should stay and what should go, or ahem be replaced.
Hi All! Happy hump day! So with warmer than normal temps here I have been slooooow to move into Fall mode. Last week I wrote a bit about Fall tablescapes and outdoor ideas, but sometimes a little retail therapy goes a long way to get ya jump started…at least this is what I have heard. Enter “Five Fab Fall Finds under $50” (say that 5 times fast!) Here are some fun items to update your Fall decor, without busting the budget:
#1. This gold tone candle holder from H&M is $24.99! I am ordering it for my Thanksgiving table decor to pair with green and gold magnolia leaves:
#2. Fur+ velvet= soft and luxe! This 20″ pillow cover from Pottery Barn ($49.99) combines two classic Fall trends and will cozy up your space well into the New Year. Also comes in Ebony and Mocha (Cherry shown):
#3. Threshold Feather Wreath at Target, $24.99. I purchased this last week and hung it over a mirror in the living room.
#4. White and Gold Ceramic Vase from Save on Crafts, $11.99. This vase comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes, and while it definitely does not read exclusively Fall decor, you could add branches to the taller version, or top it with a moss ball for a more modern twist.
#5. Thankful Trivot from Crate and Barrel, $19.95. It is in-store only (whyyyyyyy!), but for those of you fortunate enough to have a Crate and Barrel in your neighborhood, I thought this would look adorable propped up against a kitchen backsplash, or as a backdrop for some cute pumpkins.
And BONUS! because I could not decide, here is the coordinating Thankful platter also from Crate and Barrel, $34.99. P.S. These two beauties paired together would also make a nice gift for the upcoming Holidays!
Hope these ideas help to get your Fall creativity flowing!