One Room Challenge- A Fresh Dining Room

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Welcome friends from the ORC! To jump into Fall, and quite frankly to gain some inspiration AND motivation, I am excited to tag along with the One Room Challenge. I have enjoyed following the Challenge for years, stalking the designs and relishing in the amazing “afters.” It is really fun to follow along and see what both the selected bloggers, and the guest participants like myself, come up with at the end of six weeks!

I have decided to move forward with updating my dining room. At the end of this month we are celebrating my birthday, as well as my daughter’s 8th birthday (wait…8! Yikes!), and will have a lot of friends and family over to celebrate. I typically get myself into trouble thinking that of course I can finish a room rehab from top to bottom in time for company, but this time I have promised my poor husband, who always jumps in to save the day when I have bitten off more than I can handle, that I will temper my design ideas.

Here is our current dining room that we first painted when we moved in 7 years ago. I still love the custom color which was a happy accident when I took my daughter’s sweater to Lowes for a color match.  The curtains I made with material from Premier Prints, using this tutorial from YHL.  I still enjoy the room, but am sooo ready for color, bold prints and an overall lighten-ing up of the space!IMG_0268What I want to change: 1) The chandelier we inherited with the house that I have lived with WAY TOO LONG; 2)  Add fresh paint in a gorg neutral gray and FINALLY (with lots of shouting for emphasis) paint the moldings that we had installed when we moved in ahem 7 years ago, but never painted beyond the primer; 3) Add a fab new rug (Side bar: Currently, with young children and two dogs I have been too nervous to put a rug under the dining room table for fear it would be nothing more than a giant crumb catcher, but now I am going for it and want one that will be REALLY colorful and fun….and hides crumbs; 4) Purchase lovely curtains that I DO.NOT.MAKE.MYSELF (if I am going to wrap this up in time that must be part of the plan); 5) Actually hang art on the wall instead of empty frames on the floor or, as the pic below shows, hastily tacked up because company was coming…7 years ago (noticing a pattern here…).

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This is our sad little bar area. I purchased a cart from Target awhile ago, but never set it up because the kids were younger and the less easily accessible glass the better!  Now that the kiddos are a bit older I am excited to implement the cart into the Challenge design. This pic also shows folding chairs that we drag out whenever we have more than four people eating at one time, so I am hoping I can incorporate more seating as well.  Lastly, I would like to repurpose and paint some furniture, and find a more successful pet gate (insert frustration here).

And THAT.IS.IT. I think I did a great job not adding too much and will totally complete it on time for both the Challenge and the Birthday parties (at least that is what I keep telling hubby).

Stay Tuned!

Best,

Kelly

 

 

 

 

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Back to School 2016

This is the first year I will have both kiddos in school full-time! I am saddened that this milestone is upon us, but I also have big plans on the horizon, so I am trying to keep looking forward and am thankful both kids are excited for the upcoming school year!

Here in the Northeast we start back later than many of you, so we just did our back-to-school shopping today. My mom started an amazing tradition with my kids and their cousins that we all go shopping together and of course, have lunch. The kids look forward to it every year!

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And while we by no means accomplish all of our shopping with four kids under age seven, me, my SIL and mom have a great time together too. Here are some items I am picking up for their back-to school wardrobe:

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Top row: J.Crew Factory; Middle row: Cat & Jack for Target; Bottom row: Old Navy

 

All the Best!

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Planning a Garden and Planters

Hi All! Time to plan out our outdoor projects this year. Being in Zone 4 our growing season is mighty short. As such, I am going to try and plan ahead this year. Yes, I did say this at the same time last year and never got a seed, bulb or plant into the ground….but this season is going to be different. Backyard transformation here we come!

GOALS: PART ONE, SPRUCING UP FOR MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

We have a fabulous deck on which we always host a Mother’s Day brunch and I would love to have it stained and ready to go- even if Mother’s Day is early this year and the snow technically just left a week ago! I am determined to get the deck prepped and stained at the beginning of the season rather than just to protect it before the snow flies. As an added bonus, because power washing and staining does not exactly get the creative juices flowing, I am hoping to add decorative details to the back of the built-in bench. Here are the inspiration photos…we’ll have to see what hubs is up for!

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Additionally, I am hoping to add some landscaping but more on this later. For Mother’s Day, it will still be too early to plant, so I am going to focus on planters to bring in color and the feeling of Spring!  The deck is stained (and soon to be stained again) a dark chocolate so light colored flowers and white plantings stand out best. Here is what I am thinking:

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Sources here and here

Here we go!

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

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Today the sunshine is streaming through the windows and while I try to ignore the dust, I am so excited for Spring! Here are a few things that signal Spring in our house:

Mrs. Meyers Geranium scented candle:

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The fun Lilly Pulitzer for Target floor pillow comes out to add a pop o’ floral (on ebay here):

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And I swap out frames with awesome Spring Printables! Here are a few I have incorporated into our home decor this season:

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via jones design company (P.S. They have similar awesome Essentials prints for other seasons! L.O.V.E!)

In my book, you can never go wrong with a flamingo:

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via Oh So Lovely

Lots of color choices:

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via The Turquoise Home

So many amazing beginnings can happen in Spring. Wishing you all the best friends!

 

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Welcome to Sara Langley

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Welcome to Sara Langley! As an inaugural post let’s just say I have a lot to learn but I am tremendously excited to just.get.started.  If I had jumped into this journey when I first wanted to transition my business from the design and sale of accessories to a lifestyle blog, I would have five years under my belt by now. Sigh. But both kiddos will be in school full-time come the Fall, and I am looking forward to striking out on my own…from 9am-3pm anyway.

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The transition of the brand into a blog is borne out of a need to create, share, and learn, while also being there for my young kids and juggling my many other part-time gigs. Running Sara Langley in its former form just no longer fit into my life and after many looooong discussions with friends and family, I hung it all up when my second child was born.  At that time I was not willing, or able, to make the compromises it would take to run the product side of things at the level I envisioned… and quite frankly the level my customers deserved. I didn’t want to tarnish what I had created by being stretched so thin. But as I closed up shop and tucked it all away, a small voice inside made a promise that I would someday dust it all off and start again.  That time is now.

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While growing Sara Langley Designs, I met so many amazing and talented people along the way and I look forward to meeting many more on this new venture. Beginning anew friends! Welcome to my journey!

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