ONE ROOM CHALLENGE TIME!!!

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HELLLLLO All! So excited to get this six week party started and join in as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge! You can learn all about it here and follow along with both the amazing featured designers and a whole host of guest participants like myself.  In a nutshell it comes down to choosing a room to transform, cringing while sharing the “befores”, working your tush off for 6 weeks, and then voila! unveiling your “after” masterpiece.

In the Fall I was a guest participant who bit off more than she could chew (details here), so this time I learned my lesson and decided on a smaller scale project. Um, NO. I have officially chosen to address my younger daughter’s bedroom, which has been rearranged and rearranged and….you get the drill. However, when you have two daughters (who are two years apart), there is NO chance that you can do one room without updating the other. SO, this Mom has got her work.cut.out.for.her.

SO HERE WE GO! The Plan, aka Master To Do List:

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Before- Desk Area

Younger daughter’s room, age 6:

Change the wall color- I LOVE the navy but she requested a change, and she chose a color that wasn’t hot pink or bright purple so I am running with it;

Rip out the carpet and add baseboard trim- I am so excited about this! We have systematically ripped out all the carpet in the house room by room to reveal amazing hardwoods so I am hoping (fingers crossed) that is what I will find in her room as well. I already purchased an awesome rug from PB Kids so I cannot wait to get started;

Change window treatments- I love the curtains because, full disclosure, I made them while pregnant and nesting and this tutorial from Young House Love saved me…six panels y’all…yikes. They have served us well but I am now on the hunt for something different;

Pretty Sure I need to do a post on "How to decorate around the Barbie Dream House"
Pretty Sure I need to do a post on “How to decorate around the Barbie Dream House”

Pillows- I am having some made from my fabric stash. More on this later;

Address storage- This girl loves her Barbies, Ponies, Legos, Shopkins…oh my. Not sure where to start to be honest, but it is on the list because it.is.time;

Art- I want to creatively incorporate some of her own art with some updated family photos; and

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Empty Walls Craving Art

The ceiling- We purchased a cute fixture from PB Kids but when it went up it didn’t cover the space left by the builders basic one that came with the house. SO, we have been living with an unfinished paint job for awhile. My plan is to add icing to the cake and do a blue ceiling a la the gorgeous ceilings of  southern porches. (Sidebar: Anyone else hooked on #southerncharm on Bravo?).

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Blue Ceiling Inspiration

What I am keeping in her room: The bed from PB Kids, my Nana’s dresser (add new hardware?), the desk and shelves that I recently bought from Ikea and Target. Oh, and my daughter has definite opinions re: the room layout…. wouldn’t be my first choice, but she wants her bed where it currently resides. Needless to say, that means the desk is staying where it is (again not my first choice) so I have decided not to “build-it-in” the way I had planned because I will put money on the fact that we will be moving it…again.

Older daughter’s room, age 8:

Walls and trim- Leaving the paint color. My older daughter is not a fan of change. On the one hand she wants an update, so as not be left out from the process, but on the other, does not want me to change her wall color, rug, furniture etc. SO, I am keeping those things because they are important to her, but I am fixing plaster cracks which will mean a re-paint (though in the same color) to refresh the room. I will also be adding the overdue baseboard trim…we ripped her carpet out one Saturday at least two years ago and have not gotten to it. Sigh. I also want to add a small crown molding to match what is already in my younger daughter’s room and in our master;

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Address storage- Like her sister, my older daughter is in need of practical storage so bring.it.on;

Fabric Details- I want to add nailhead hardware to the upholstered headboard hubby and I made and I am having pillows made from my fabric stash;

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Address Headboard Scale and Detail, Add Fab Art

Art- Ditto to above.

SO really that is it….not much…totally do-able. See I totally learned my lesson from last time (my poor hubby is biting his tongue so hard)! Ok, enough sarcasm. The kiddos are on Spring break from school post-Easter so I plan to dive in and paint then, because if we need to do “stinky paint sleepovers” at the grandparents we can! What!? You didn’t know that was a thing?

So looking forward to getting started after we host Easter and cannot wait to follow all the talented bloggers out there! Good Luck to you all…I know I will need it!

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Best,

Kelly

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Dreaming of Blue & White

Hello All! Lately my dining room table desk has looked like this and I am ready to turn the page and move on to projects more fun than bookkeeping and taxes (though both necessary when running a biz… sigh).

IMG_5108So back into design mode tomorrow (after having a BIG glass of wine tonight) and looking forward to a few upcoming projects: 1) developing an inventory for yards and yards of fabric accumulated during my 12 years of running Sara Langley Designs Accessories and then sell said fabric to make room for new projects. You can view my progress here; 2) work on interior design projects for clients – so excited to share the “afters” with you soon; 3) work on my own makeover as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. Phew! So excited!

In the meantime, I am crushing on blue and white prints and am looking forward to bringing them into some projects I am working on. Some inspiration as follows:

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Love this update on a traditional wing chair from Chinoiserie Chic

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Some outdoor inspiration via buffalo check from House of Harper

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The walls, the linens, the drapes.. love!

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Amazing outdoor tablescape complete with stunning runner from Enchanted Home

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Love the boldness and scale of this wall covering from One Kings Lane

Happy Monday! I am in the mood to kick a little butt this week…who’s with me!?

Best,

Kelly

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Spring Styling- Easter Dresses

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Hello All! This week I have been deep in the process of developing new projects, getting taxes done for hubby’s practice, and planning a fun Easter celebration! Phew! Even though the snowbanks are still visible in the backyard, I am excitedly and anxiously counting down to warmer weather!

On the top of my list is to plan an awesome Easter weekend because it will be my nephew’s FIRST Easter and he will be joining us in his first ever egg hunt!  Traditionally, my mom hosts an amazing Easter brunch complete with Easter baskets and of course, the egg hunt for the grandkids. We end up attending several Easter celebrations and as such, I try to find cute colorful dresses for the girls that will hold up to all the Easter fun!

Here is what I have scoped out so far:

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Love this pleated look from Lands End

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Adorable shift from Kate Spade

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You cannot go wrong with this embroidered shift from J. Crew Factory

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Love Navy & White– now on the hunt for some bright pink or yellow shoes!

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LOVE this ribbon tie sailboat sundress now for $25!

Last year they wore the Lilly Pulitzer for Target dresses that I stood in line to get…so worth it! I am very lucky that at least for right now, they let me pick out some of their clothes…. so I will take that opportunity and run with it while the gettin’ is good!

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Have a great weekend!

xo,

Kelly

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Creating a Beautiful Table

Happy Monday all… where did the weekend go? Sigh. I cannot believe another week is upon us! So excited to be working on multiple projects that I look forward to sharing with you soon!

I was reading one of my fav glossy mags and saw a cool concept, done in a gorgeous way.  Table + Teaspoon is a San Fran company that will ship you place settings to rent for your next event. Each design option includes the plates, cutlery, table runner, napkins, place cards, candles and candlesticks. I love the Monroe pink and green color scheme with the sophisticated addition of black accents. You can learn more about how this brilliant service works here.

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Like many of you, I have beacoup events planned in April including Passover, Easter, and a Masters golf gathering to name a few. Sooo, that means I will be needing some fabulous tablescapes pronto! Below is some much needed inspiration:

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Beautiful Neutrals

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Moss, flowers and glass candlesticks

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Gorgeous Colors for a Passover Table

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Love the Floral Menus

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A Preppy Striped Runner (and gorg julep cups!)

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Love the moss “placemats” for a golf themed party

Thinking Spring!

XO,

Kelly

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Styling Your Mantel for Spring

Morning All! Although we started the day with below zero windchill temps here, the sun is shining!! I am getting inspired to bring a touch of Spring into our home and usually use the living room mantel as a jumping off point. Here are some Spring styled mantels I am loving for inspiration:

Glass Vessels

Because I have several of these glass vessels I was thinking about adding colorful eggs this year like this one from BHG:

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To replicate this look you can find the eggs here on sale, and the glassware here:

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Floral Branches

I also want to bring in some floral branches, and love the idea of incorporating items from my collection of pitchers like this pic from Chic on a Shoestring:

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Or in a fluted urn via Terrain:

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To replicate the look, some amazing faux branches can be found here: Cherry Blossom branches, Plum Blossom branches, and Dogwood flower branches.

Mirrors

I love the look of branches layered with a mirror in order to project the feel of Spring further into the room (from Pottery Barn, below):

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Love the shape of this mirror:

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And cannot resist this round mirror:

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Blue and White

I am really partial to blue and white and want to incorporate some of my ginger jars and vases into my Spring mantelscape like this gorgeous look from Enchanted Home (spent hours perusing this site…so beautiful!):

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LOVE the scale of the vases and branches from Enchanted Home:

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And the reflction of topiaries from Stone Gable via Pinterest:

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And because it is #ironstonewednesday here is a little Spring-spiration from my home to yours:

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Best,

Kelly

 

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Spring Inspired Finds Under $30

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Hi All! Happy Spring! The sun is shining and I am hoping for warmer temps in the coming days to melt away the snowbanks!  We were out and about with family errands and birthday parties this weekend so I popped into a few stores to pick up some Spring inspired goodies! Hope these brighten your day!

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Pic Includes:

Adorable Schwinn Bike Helmet from Target $24.99; Trina Turk wallet from TJ Maxx $29.99; MeriMeri Easter napkins from TJ Maxx $4.99; Pecksniff’s Hand Soap in Apricot and Jojoba (which smells so delicious and fresh)$4.99; Shirt for my daughter from Old Navy in a gorgeous blue $16.94; Sun Kissed candle from Target that smells like a wonderful blend of coconut and suntan lotion (just like being at the beach!!); Gel Pens from dollar bins at Target- perfect for sketching out new ideas; Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe lip gloss in Alluring Azalea from Target (It is not currently online, but I did see it in stores).

Happy Spring!

Best,

Kelly

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My Go-To Products for Dry Skin

Happy Weekend All! I am so ready for Winter to pack up and head out of town! The air has been so dry and my skin just cannot take it! I am not sure if your skin is like mine, but for some reason products seem to work better when I rotate them.  Here are the ones I have embraced recently:

First Aid Beauty

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I notice a difference in plumpness when I use the Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum.  I was anti-serum for awhile, thinking that it is was going to be a waste of money, but I tried a small sample and was hooked.  I layer the serum with the Facial Radiance Overnight Mask at night and my skin seems to be less parched in the morning.

The 5 in 1 Face Cream is amazing, and as you can see by the worn label, I take it with me and reapply during the day. It is the best cream I have found thus far that contains SPF 30 but does not feel chalky or peel off my skin. I also like what the cream does not have including phthalates, sulfates, or parabens.

Argan Oil Reserve from Josie Maran

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I went for the Reserve Argan Oil from Josie Maran after trying both the regular and light versions.  This serum is definitely thicker than the others, and my skin drank.it.in.  I would recommend it during the winter when your skin may feel tight, itchy or scaly. It’s also great for cuticles and I have used it to tame static-y hair. This little bottle is definitely multi-purpose and a little goes a long way!

Bare Minerals

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I cannot tell you how much I HATE, yes HATE, foundation.  I rarely wear it to be honest. I have tried many, and this is the only one that I can stand on my skin. It does not sit on top like a mask, rather it is a liquid serum that you squirt onto the brush and then glide it on. It applies smoothly, and to be honest I concentrate it mostly on the under eye area where my dark circles reside.  I typically use it a few times a week, but that is because I am pretty lazy about my beauty routine!

peter thomas roth creamI cannot wait to try the Water Drench Cloud Cream with Hyaluronic Acid from Peter Thomas Roth, and have ordered it here.  It is also sold at Sephora and Ulta, though when I have tried to purchase it, they were both out of stock. I’ll let you know if it is truly water drenching once I’ve used it for a bit- fingers crossed!

Have a great week all! TOMORROW IS SPRING!

Best,

Kelly

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A Toast to Green

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Happy LUCKY Friday all! Today is always a special day for me because it was my late Nana’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day so it doesn’t get much luckier than that. I have been loving all things green lately (isn’t it funny how you can get hooked on a color?) so what better day than the present to share my green snaps with you!

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This lovely bauble arrived from J. Crew this morning!

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My parents stopped by with shamrock plants for the girls, an annual St. Patty’s tradition.

Sara Langley Designs

So excited to announce that I have been working on setting up a Sara Langley Designs Limited Edition Pop-Up Etsy Store. Stay Tuned!

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Gorgeous green with greek key detail, Therese Marie via Etsy

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A palm pic from our recent Disney Cruise vacay to the Caribbean. Take me back NOW!

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I have been debating a glossy green front door like this one via Southern Living.

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Classic trench in Kelly Green from Lands End, now 30% off code:gold, pin:6075.

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A toast to my Nana, Beefeater and Tonic, TWO limes.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May all your wishes come true!

XO, Kelly

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Pineapple of My Eye

Morning All! Over the weekend I did a quick dash to Target and Home Goods with my kids…hence the quick part. As soon as I walked in all lists and ideas went right out of my head as I tried to focus amongst the “Mom look at….”, “Mom I really need this…”, “Mom she is touching me…Hey I saw it first!” Sigh. I will go back again on a quieter day but until then, what I was able to scope out got me thinking about the pineapple trend (or re-trend) that I have been seeing everywhere.

I grew up here so pineapples have always been a thang. My mom would decorate with them during the holidays, and because my Dad was a dentist we would get fruit in our Easter baskets that always included a pineapple (I know I was sooooo deprived!).  The pineapple has long been used to denote hospitality and I love seeing it pop up again in the Spring lines. Here are some favs, including some pics I took while running into Home Goods:

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Mayfield Modern Home via Etsy
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Mod Party via Etsy
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Piccolo Paper Co. via Etsy
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
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Fun candle @homegoods
Free printable from Oh So Lovely
Free printable from Oh So Lovely
Love this wrapping paper!
Love this wrapping paper!

Stay warm friends!

Best,

Kelly

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Organization Procrastination

Hi All! Since the snow and cold have moved in (come on Spring!) I have decided to look for the silver lining in forced hibernation and get a bit more organized before the sun and warm weather come and we all head outdoors.  I have put this off for awhile but I am drowning in paper…paper from the kids’ school, paper from my husband’s office, junk mail, things to be filed…you get my drift.  The piles always land in the same places- on the kitchen island and on the dining room table and it is driving me nuts (most likely exacerbated by cabin fever)!  I try to sort them, organize them, even file a few, but the pile keeps growing! So here are my solutions which, with great intention, I will implement while the snow continues to fall.

We have a home office in our finished basement, but I am too lazy to run papers, schedules, mail etc. up and down on a daily basis, though this would help with my other conviction to try and get more exercise.  Instead, I am carving out a small spot in the front entryway in an attempt to coral things as they come in. I am thinking of implementing some file folders and containers to better store all the kids craft supplies, along with some cute printed magazine files and other goodies that will make it more enjoyable to sort, file, shred, repeat…

 

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Wish me luck! Lots of snow in the forecast so getting to it this week..pics to follow.

Best,

Kelly

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