One Room Challenge- Week Two!

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:

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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:

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And some gold accents including these frames to which I want to personalize with some black and white photos:

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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.

Best,

Kelly

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Five Fab Fall Finds under $50- Decor Edition

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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:

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#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):

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#3. Threshold Feather Wreath at Target, $24.99. I purchased this last week and hung it over a mirror in the living room.

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#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.

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#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.

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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!

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Hope these ideas help to get your Fall creativity flowing!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Weekend Round-Up

Hi All! Happy looooong weekend! I had an amazing few days celebrating my birthday by taking in the local sights with hubby, and gathering with my family for a delish turkey dinner made by my Mom- Thanks Mom! While my parents watched the kiddos on Saturday, hubby and I went to the Beak & Skiff Orchard, where thankfully the weather broke long enough to enjoy lunch (and delicious hard cider) outside.

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And then it was off to Patisserie in Skaneateles for caramelized onion and gorgonzola focaccia bread, among other treats!

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Hubby booked us a relaxing afternoon at Mirbeau Spa, after which we headed to one of our favorite restaurants, Arad Evans Inn, for dinner.  We then had to hit Wegmans and get our shop on (I loathe grocery shopping but somehow doing it with hubby, and at Wegmans makes it easier).

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Couldn’t resist a pic in the the pumpkin patch @wegmans!

So in sum, we ate and drank our way through the #315! So.much.fun!

My hat is from Drooz and Company in Skaneateles. Stop in and see the amazing selection of adorable gift ideas!
My hat is from Drooz and Company in Skaneateles. Such an amazing selection of adorable gift ideas!

I also received some fabulous gifts from my family, including the beautiful blazer from Talbots that I wore above (very Chanel inspired), this gorg sweater that comes in several colors (love the scalloped details), along with this adorable dress (love the bows!):

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And while the temperatures are far from Fall-like, here are some sales this weekend that may help to motivate me to swap out my Summer wardrobe for chillier Fall days ahead:

Talbots 25% off regular prices

Banana Republic 40% off (some exclusions) and free shipping over $50

Gap 40% off everything and free shipping Code: ForYou

Ann Taylor 50% off everything Code:FALLFAST

J.Crew 30% off Code: GOSHOP

And if you are hunting for something special for your Fall home decor:

World Market 30% almost everything with Code:FAMFRIENDS

PotteryBarn and the entire family of brands (Kids, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home etc.) 20% off and other perks for card holders Code:Friends

Ballard Designs 20% off Rugs and Holiday and 25% off Wall

Serena and Lily 20% off with Code: HAPPYDAYS

Happy Shopping All!

Best,

Kelly

P.S. All opinions are my own. There was no paid sponsorship or product review in this post. Just thought you would like reading about some fun things I found;)

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One Room Challenge- Week One!

Hi All! Happy Thursday! Today I am so excited to reveal the next room I will be tackling as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. This event is fearlessly led by Linda at Calling It Home and is partnered with House Beautiful magazine. Each Thursday for six weeks I will be providing updates on the progress of my project (fingers crossed). You can read about the last challenge room I completed in the Spring here.

Onward! So after much debate and late night list-making, I have decided to redo my older daughter’s bedroom. As part of the Spring challenge, in which I completed my younger daughter’s bedroom, I was hoping to have completed updates for my older daughter’s room as well, but “plaster challenges” slowed everything down and I never made it to those updates.  Fast forward to the Fall challenge when we will update her room to suit her age and personality.

This room was last updated right before we moved into our house exactly 8 years ago this month! My daughter was one at the time so it is time for a fresh paint color, new art, updated bedding etc…..and for Mom’s sanity, better storage solutions for her toys, clothing and “in progress” art projects.

Here are the befores:

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BEFORE- I still love the headboard I made, but with the refresh we can bring in art and more personality
BEFORE- I still love the headboard I made, but with the refresh we can bring in art and more personality
BEFORE- "More room for blanket forts and sleepovers Mom!"
BEFORE- “More room for blanket forts and sleepovers Mom!”

Wish me luck and please check back every Thursday for the next six weeks for updates!

Best,

Kelly

 

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BreakRoom Update

Hi All! Hope your week is going well. Today I am tackling some items on the “must get done before the weather changes” list. I have been distracted from said list because I have been focused on the punch list for the long overdue breakroom refresh. Structurally we could not make the room bigger, so I had to work within the existing footprint.  This was a “lipstick on a pig” project in which paint saved the day. To recap- three coats of ceiling paint, 4 coats of paint and primer on the walls, and several trim “touchups.”  Needless to say, I still have work to do on the cabinet area, but the room needed to be put to use pronto so I will be circling back to that when outdoor projects are complete.

Thankfully the custom counter was built and installed quickly, and I stained it using Special Walnut from Minwax and added poly…many coats of poly.

Here are the cringeworthy befores and the ah what paint can accomplish afters:

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BEFORE- counter was worn and way.too.small.

 

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AFTER- Beautiful custom countertop with new stools to double the size of the eating area

 

BEFORE- overhead cabinets made the room feel even more narrow
BEFORE- overhead cabinets made the room feel even more narrow

 

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AFTER- Neutral walls, warm countertop and colorful art

 

BEFORE- Plenty of storage space, things just had to be reoriented.
BEFORE- Plenty of storage space, things just had to be reoriented.

 

AFTER- Custom shelves with a space for each person.
AFTER- Custom shelves with a space for each person.

So, the punch list continues as I still need to paint and trim out the new cabinets. I am also looking for a better light fixture to replace the florescent throw-back.  Lastly, I would like to add a designated phone charging area and better functionality to the Keurig coffee station.  Until then, everyone has their own storage, the coat and boot storage has been relocated, and the seating area has doubled. Mission accomplished.

Next up? Outside projects including: finally finishing the last coat of paint on the garage trim, reglazing storm windows for the office building (so nervous as this is not currently in my DIY repertoire), and winterizing the office (more window projects). Not real “eye candy” type projects, but they need to get done.  Annnnnd stay tuned because I am guest participating in the One Room Challenge again and cannot wait to share with you the room I am taking on!!!

Hope you are having a great week!
Best,

Kelly

P.S. Sources: Levelor shade is from Lowes, metal counter stools and baskets are from Target, art is Fall Leaves photograph by Justin Marriott at Magnolia SoCo.

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Happy Fall Y’All- Decor Edition

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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:

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and some front porches and entries all dressed up for Fall:

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And because it is Monday:

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Have a great week all!

Best,

Kelly

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Tray Chic!

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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:

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For the Kids and/or Home office:

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and a Gorgeous Tray Bar (perfect for all the upcoming holiday entertaining):

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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:

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And because it is Monday, remember:

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Have a great week All!
Best,

Kelly

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Gold Stars

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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Choices, choices, choices- My love of wing chairs

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:

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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:

Clear, gorgeous lines-

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and a chinoiserie statement-

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and seagrass for a textured look-

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and a modified Adirondack chair for outdoors-

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Have a great day!

Best,

Kelly

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It’s All About the Trim- Details, Details, Details

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!sara langley designsSara Langley Designs Greek Key Trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for the love of navy, I added the navy key tape to my fav curtains du jour for the dining room:

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and then on some pillows for the living room (did I mention I love navy?):

 

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and solid navy for a lampshade in my younger’s daughter room (along with a pop o’ polka on the pillow):IMG_5525

and I love my stripes, in navy of course, so naturally I added some to the bamboo shades we hung in our kitchen:

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Here are some great trim options from around the web that would also make fab DIY projects:

Some gorgeous trim on monogrammed napkins from Mark and Graham;

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Why not add some ribbon to a pinboard just in time for back to school like this one from PBTeen;

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Love the infinite possibilities of adding multiple trims to a solid pillow case like this one shown at BHG;

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Here is another drape option (though no longer available at Serena & Lily ,p.s. they are having their tent sale through 8/7);

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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);

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Although this tank sold out, it would be very easy to add your choice of ribbon to a simple top for some DIY fashion;

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and there are many examples such as this one of gorgeous necklaces with ribbon tie closures;

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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;

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Have a wonderful day All!

Best,

Kelly

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