Spring Projects at the Office

Good Morning All!

On this rainy chilly day I am dreaming of the huge Spring blooms that will (soon!?) appear on the rhododendron in our front yard. This kind of weather (while hibernating inside) is perfect for planning Summer projects. I am currently working on one for hubby’s office building. The building is a gorg mid to late 1800s brick grand dame and I am in love with the exterior, particularly the large plantation windows. We have been trying to do updates each year as time and budget allow, and last year’s project was the porch with new railings. This year everything will get painted and landscaped once the handicap ramp is added on.

The major checklist for this project includes lovely lanterns for exterior lighting, and new flooring in the foyer. I have been dreaming of a black and white tiled floor for the entry which feels very brownstone-esque to me. The foyer has an antique radiator and stairs leading up to the second floor, so a symmetrical tile design is out. Here is my planning worksheet so far with sources noted below.

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SOURCES: Exterior Porch Lighting Option Lantern 1 and 2| Exterior Post Lantern|Sign Option| Indoor Light Fixture| Classic Flooring Option 1 and 2| Stair Runner Option 1 and 2

Spring is sloooooow in arriving this year, so I am trying to make as many project plans ahead so when it does arrive we are ready to jump in! ANNNNNND speaking of upcoming AWESOME projects, the One Room Challenge Spring 2018 kicked off today, with guest participants posting tomorrow! I am soooo excited to be participating in my FOURTH challenge, and tomorrow I will be unveiling the project I will be tackling.

Happy Hump Day!

xo

Kelly

 

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Happy Monday!

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:

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Next, I love this strawberry turned carrot dessert for a lovely Easter brunch:

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And I have been meaning to try this chocolate chip Mandal Bread recipe that would be a delicious addition to Passover:

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I am leaning toward a soft palette for my Passover/Easter weekend tablescape:

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A teensy more formal then I had in mind, but I LOVE these candle holders:

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And the simplicity of this tulip arrangement idea definitely caught my eye:

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And because it is Monday:

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Have a great day! You’ve got this!

Best,

Kelly

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Friday Pantry Party

Hello All and HAPPY FRIDAAAAAAY!

What does everyone have planned this weekend?  We are working on clearing out some “stuff” and getting more organized (I had to literally put it on the calendar to force us to commit!).  So in planning for a day an afternoon of brutal paring down,  I have been eyeing amazing pantries on Pinterest to give me strength. Doesn’t everyone? Sigh. We don’t have the layout for a walk-in pantry but a girl can dream…and the inspiration pics below don’t disappoint for mission organization (not to mention they are sooooooo pretty)!

This one has been a fav on my list for awhile:

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Love this gorgeous butler’s pantry and the stoneware collection is sooo good:

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Pretty sure I am partial to this one because of the floor tiles and also pretty sure I will never be this organized…#organizationgoals:

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This idea to implement mismatched tea cups as scoops for dry goods is fantastic! I have a collection from my late Nana and right now they are tucked away in the attic as I have never been sure how to use the collection…Voila!

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Light and bright and everything in its place:

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And of course I will be making this Strawberry Gin Smash to get us through the clean out process  celebrate our clean-out accomplishments:)

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And the featured image above is from The Home Edit. Consider yourself warned…their site is a beautiful menagerie of organizational projects which will lead to total procrastination as you get sucked into the gorgeousness! So…. make the recipe shown above, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy their amazing portfolio!

Good luck with all your projects! Happy Weekend!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Happy Spring! Five Fun Finds for Spring Decor

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.

Lilly Pulitzer Coral Pillow
Lilly Pulitzer for Pottery Barn Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
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Cafe Chair in Navy/White

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.

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Blue and White Beauties from Wisteria

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….

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Peonies in Blue Art

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….

 

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Hope the sun is out wherever you are:)

Happy Spring!

xo

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Planters

Hi All! I have been working on some holiday planters and put together three for home (pics coming soon) and one for hubs office (shown below). While preparing to assemble them, I had a major lightbulb moment! I had purchased mixed green wreaths for the outer doors around our house and while unloading the car, I inadvertently set them on top of the empty planter.  The diameter was perfect, and it created the best base for my planter decor! I then added the floral foam inside and popped in some mixed greenery, white and frosted branches, and pinecones.  I could not believe my luck with how fast it came together using the wreath to fill-in the outer portion!  Needless to say I will be incorporating this technique for years to come.

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Greenery Holiday Planter

Here are some great inspiration pics should you be planning to put together your own holiday planters:

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Happy Holiday Prep All!

Best,

Kelly

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Ding Dong! Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $25

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Hi All! The Holiday Season is in full swing (our Elf arrived this morning, see above) and I am trying to remind myself to breathe because it is not yet December (ok, so it’s in two days, but I am sooooo proud of myself for getting started in November). And because it is a marathon of celebrations, I have found some Hostess Gifts for all the Holiday gatherings you will be attending, each under $25.00.

Happy Shopping!

Celebrate Tray, Nordstrom, $19 (here)

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Kiehl’s Dry Relief Duo (in such cute packaging), $16 (here)

Kiehl's Lotion

Four Piece Candle Set, H & M, $17.99 (here)

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Rosemary Tree, Lowes, $12.98 (here)

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick, 5 Pack (Yum!), Neiman Marcus, $25 (here)

Hot Cocoa Spoons

Serving Tray, Target, $17.99 (here)

Cheese Tray

Mini Lotion and Scrub Sparkle and Shine Set, Nordstrom, $19 (here)

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Personalized Ornament, Mark & Graham, $19 (here)

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Cute Wine Bottle Stopper, H&M, $4.99 (here) and one of my fav blends under $20, Apothic Red, $11.99

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Hope you enjoy your holiday gatherings all- ‘Tis the Season!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Decking the Halls!

Hi All! Nothing like several inches of snow overnight to get you motivated and excited to deck the halls!  I am hoping to get some preliminary decorations done this week ahead of turkey day.  Traditionally we add candles to our windows and decorate the front door and porch with greenery. I want to try something different this year, and here are some helpful inspiration pics I found for the front door.

A colorful snowman made of wreaths:

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and traditional greenery:

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and cute little gifts, in Tiffany Blue of course:

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and adorable skates:

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and gorgeous symmetrical displays, swoon:

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Hope this starts to get you in the holiday mood!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge- The Reveal!

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:

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and Entry AFTER (insert my giddy giggle):

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Before, the headboard and wall that never got completed..

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and AFTER:

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The dresser BEFORE:

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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…

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Simple styling on the bookcase…

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and a lap desk for use as a homework area…

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And then there is the wallpaper…which definitely provides the impact I was hoping for:

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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.

Source List (no affiliates used): Wallpaper (repositionable) | Gold Frames | Chair | Floor Lamp | Table lamps (Kate Spade @homegoods) | Nightstands (hardware sold separately) | Pink Pillow | Floral Pillows (my own custom, Sara Langley) | Bolster | Duvet | Rug | Bicycle Art @ home goods | Mirror | Drapery Hardware

Thanks for following along with my crazy adventure! You can view the amazing final reveals of the other guest participants here.

Best,

Kelly

 

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One Room Challenge- Final Week!

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!

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Sara Langley Designs

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!

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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.

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In a mere 7 days this room will be complete!! You can see all the amazing progress of the other guest participants here.

Have a great day!

Best,

Kelly

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Project Sprawl and Inspiration Organization

Morning All! Happy Tuesday! So in working on my daughter’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge, many things were ahem relocated. The master bedroom contains the old headboard, artwork and nightstand; her clothing (since the dresser was taken to be refinished and painted) is stashed in bins; there are tools and paint cans tucked everywhere…anyhoo, lets just say this project has legs and I cannot contain it!  It is giving me slight concern that in doing one bedroom upstairs I may have disrupted the equilibrium of my entire home two weeks before Thanksgiving, but I am going to quell those fears  slight concerns with my usual M.O., making a list!

I found this great organization list that will get me back on track, and because I only have 14 days until my family arrives for Thanksgiving I plan to combine and conquer (who needs an entire day for their underwear drawer anyway)!  I will be out of town for 3 of those 14 days, but because I am traveling to a magical land that has the TRIFECTA of happiness- IKEA, Restoration Hardware OUTLET and a Container Store, I figure I can easily make up time with the proper tools right?

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So, while I formulate my plan for attacking the clutter and project sprawl here are some amazing drool worthy pics #inspirationorganization:

Jewelry Drawers:

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a Kid’s Room Closet:

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and Shoes:

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and Master Closet with orchids, of course:

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and Pantry:

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and Mudroom:

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and while the above pictures are wonderfully inspiring, they are also a bit of what my family calls “picture pressure” (sidebar: when cooking from a recipe book the finished meal is supposed to look like the photo…hence picture pressure). So, instead I will tackle one room at a time and try to have what my mom has called “realistic expectations.”

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Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

 

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