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
Mod Party via Etsy
Mod Party via Etsy
Piccolo Paper Co. via Etsy
Piccolo Paper Co. via Etsy
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
Fun candle
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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Inspiration
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Perfect Near an Entry

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

Best,

Kelly

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Weekend Shopping Round-up #springfeverretailtherapy

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Happy Weekend All! Snow, wind and chilly temperatures moved in overnight, so when Spring fashions showed up in my email I went click crazy- there are some awesome deals to be had!

Banana Republic Friends and Family 50% off 5 items (code BRFAMILY), my 5 favs below:

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J.Crew Factory is now 40%-50% off, my shopping cart is below:

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Talbots is offering $20 off all regular priced pants, and this is what I picked up during an earlier bout of Spring fever (when they were having a bigger sale):

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Happy weekend shopping! Hope some retail therapy helps- NINE more days until Spring!!

xo,

Kelly

 

 

 

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For the Love of Boxwood

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As I patiently anxiously await Spring temperatures (it is going to be a high of sixteen degrees in my ‘hood tomorrow-yikes!) I have been thinking about my garden and was recently bundled up outside stalking my poor boxwoods to see how well they survived the Winter.  I hope the neighbors didn’t see me because I have been known to talk to the plants to encourage growth… my Nana swore it made a difference and her garden was amazing!

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1/ Gorgeous Planters
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2/ Rows of Hedges
3/ Partnered with Hydrangeas
3/ Partnered with Hydrangeas
4/ All in a Row
4/ All in a Row
5/ Adorning a Door
5/ Adorning a Door
6/ Indoor Decor
6/ Indoor Decor
7/ Trimming the Stairs
7/ Trimming the Stairs
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8/ Adorable Notes
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9/ Place card holders
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10/ Beautiful Topiaries

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Have a great weekend all!

Best,

Kelly

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Mud Season

Good Morning All! AAAAK, it’s mud season here and I cannot keep up! I know I know….before you can have a beautiful Spring, you have to literally go through the mud… but with two dogs and young kiddos I am pulling my hair out! SO, in an effort to save my sanity, I took a look back at the reno photos of our mudroom.

Our little mudroom is definitely not big enough to accommodate a crowd all arriving at once, but it is helpful in corralling the mess as close to the back door as possible!  When we renovated there was no option to make it bigger, so we kept the same layout, utilizing the existing storage and bench that was already there. I don’t think we have ever actually sat on the bench in the seven years we have lived here, but it does come in handy to set groceries and backpacks on!

I remember that we began this project in late September and didn’t get it finished until right before Thanksgiving. We use it as the main entrance of the house, so it was tricky to keep walking through a construction zone.  We started by getting all the built-ins painted and worked around the room from there. Like many of my projects I started with gusto, even painting inside the built-in cubbies.  However, I can tell you that the insides of the doors still need a second coat of navy because the enthusiasm  quickly waned as my husband and I stayed up nights while the kids were sleeping to get it all knocked out.

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BEFORE- Red door peek-a-boo

The flagstone floor would allow moisture in and there was little to no insulation before we started.   We added some additional insulation where we could while we have the walls were ripped apart, and then had radiant heating installed under the new floor tile. Best.Investment.Ever.  It helps to keep the small room toasty in the winter and we have not noticed an increase in our heating bills.

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DURING- Built-ins
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DURING- Navy paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bright aqua paint was a color match to a jacket my daughter had. After searching and buying way too many samples, I took the jacket into Lowes for a direct match and love the vibrant result.  The navy paint is Admiralty by Olympic- a perfect match to the wallpaper and it hides the dirt well!

The wallpaper was a tough find at the time, and turned out to be really hard to hang! My mom is an expert wallpaper-er and we were both spouting expletives a few minutes in.  The wallpaper is a large scale trellis pattern from York which can be found here. I would still recommend it because it gave me the look I was hoping for without busting the budget, but just give yourself extra time to get it up.  Or better yet, hire it out!  The paper is very thin and tended to shift and rip easily so go slow and definitely recruit friends to help!

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The Aqua Door
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Starting the wallpaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the final product.  I still have ceiling trim to add FIVE years after the fact, and am still looking for the PERFECT blind that can stand up to a sunny mudroom window, but these things take time, right?  I love the overall look and it makes me happy coming home everyday, so all in all, mission accomplished!

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Mirror from Ballard Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have a wonderful day all! We are getting closer to Spring!

Best,

Kelly

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Master Bedroom Refresh

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Morning All! Today is rainy with a chill in the air, the perfect day to take a nap sit and focus on a project I have put off for years! We had our master bedroom painted professionally over three years ago, and I have yet to pull the room together by way of artwork, accessories, throw pillows or rugs. Sigh. I typically DIY painting, but this room took over a week due to plaster repairs and multiple coats of gorgeous requisite gray paint to cover the kelly green walls. Yes, I previously chose that green color, and even though admittedly it glowed in the dark as my husband and I stayed up late to finish painting, I was sure it would mellow as it dried. It didn’t.  Anyhoo, I was too exhausted to change it so we lived with it for way too long before hiring someone to “fix it.” (We also ripped out the carpet revealing stunning floors that were in beautiful shape, but alas, I still have that builder’s basic ceiling fixture).

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So on the list of “to do” is to find artwork that brings in pops of color, along with adding trim to the white canvas curtains I purchased from West Elm. I had always envisioned adding a fun trim or utilizing a lovely fabric to add detail. I just have not been able to commit to accent colors and am stuck in the state of analysis paralysis.  So right now I have requisite gray walls, urbane bronze closet doors (which I LOOOOVE) and plain white curtains. Not exactly inspirational. So what is a girl to do? Spend hours on Pinterest drooling over inspiration pics and searching Etsy for amazing pillows and artwork, of course! Then put them in a shopping cart to checkout? Why NO! That would require commitment to an accent color! Sigh. So now you know how I got here. But this HAS to change because I cannot have this level of #crazyspringfever and sleep ONE.MORE.NIGHT. in a neutral bedroom.

I have decided to start with artwork and then choose fabrics etc. from there. Here are my top inspirational picks in order to bring in COOOOOLOOOOOOR (that was my Oprah moment):

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Parima Creative Studio
Parima Creative Studio
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Erin Gregory

So hard to narrow this down but I am ordering up a storm today, including pillows and fabric for the curtain trim so check back next week and I will report in on progress (nothing like giving myself a public deadline to light a fire)!

xo,

Kelly

 

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Happy Birthday- Mermaid Party

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Happy Monday All! I am so excited that we are getting closer to Spring! February is always a busy month for us as we celebrate birthdays for both my younger daughter and my husband.  Such fun! My daughter is much like her mamma in that she always has a “vision” for what she wants her party to be, and this year she drew me a picture of the cake she wanted (no pressure)!  IMG_4604

The cake is always a big part of our parties because when I was growing up my talented Nana would make us amazing cake creations based upon whatever theme we had dreamt up.  I have tried to maintain that tradition for both my kids, and this year my daughter wanted a mermaid theme.  The cake was to be three layers, complete with Ariel coming out of the top (as clearly noted in the drawing). So off I went to Michael’s to pick up some pre-made turquoise fondant, which totally saved us in constructing a mermaid tail mere hours before the party began.  Let’s be clear, the cake is the highlight, and in order to get it done I order out dinner!

I knew I wanted to incorporate edible sand into the cake design somewhere so I chopped up some chocolate graham crackers and vanilla wafers in the Cuisinart, which gave me the perfect consistency to sprinkle onto the bottom frosted layer.

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I had additional vanilla wafers left over, so after a little Pinterest research I found this cute idea from Houseful of Handmade to create clams by adding some frosting and a candy “pearl”. My older daughter is eight and loves baking, so she helped me make all the chocolate shells and starfish that we used both on top of the cake, and in the goody bags for our guests.

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I found some amazing mermaid themed plates from Meri Meri through Amazon, which were a total hit! To complete the mermaid look, I added a coordinating net as a table runner and layered it with some starfish and seashells we recently brought back from our vacation. I also included some gummy sharks in the bottom of the the kids’ glasses to which we added pink lemonade when everyone arrived.

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I cannot believe my baby is 6! Time please slow down!

xo,

Kelly

 

 

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Let them have space to nod…

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Happy January all! This past week I surprised myself by de-decorating and packing up all the holiday goodies.  In the past, I savored it all until at least the second week of January, but alas the tree, and garland have been taken curbside and the house somehow feels lighter.  In the past I would have said empty, hmmmm.  In the last few days, with great vigor, I have been happy to embrace January decor…whatever that is!

image-5And each year when it all gets packed away with the promise of next year, I think of my Nana.  As the story goes she would be so saddened when the Christmas tree was taken down that my Pop-pop, bless his heart, would buy her bunches of flowers to help fill the void, mostly carnations so as to last as long as possible.

Nana was totally into flower arranging, entering competitions, taking classes and relishing the nuances of how things “fit together.” I have a lingering memory from her funeral that a woman I didn’t know spoke about my Nana’s love of flowers, and how she would always say that when you arrange them, you have to “give them space to nod.” In essence, don’t just jam them all in there and call it a day.  I take this woman’s memory as a gift, and as I pack up my holidays each year I go out and buy flowers and attempt to arrange them in such a way so as to let each one nod.

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It’s a work in progress but one that always makes me smile.

 

xo,

Kelly

 

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Happy New Year, May All Your Wishes Come True!

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It’s resolution time! As I leave flee from 2016, my plans are to embrace 2017 as a year of all years. Where nothing is off limits, unattainable or out of reach with enough hard work, commitment, and most of all courage.

Personally, I feel that I did not hit the ball out of the park when it came to 2016. I was pulled in many directions and overall was re-active all year, never truly able to shift to a proactive stance. So this year I am going to tackle things with a vengeance with the following goals in mind:

First, I am going to indulge a bit. I am going to actually make myself breakfast and yes, sit down to eat it, rather than nibbling on whatever the kids didn’t eat while making their lunches for school. I am going to go to the gym or try a new yoga class and then take a nice long shower afterward. And after that shower I am actually going to blow-out my hair instead of piling it wet on top of my head, and then perhaps apply some of the make-up I buy but never take the time to use. It’s the little things…

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Second, I am going to have more fun by doing the things I used to love to do before there was no time to do them. I will ski, remembering how freeing it is to fly down the hill. And I will go skating again, hoping of course that muscle memory is a real thing because while I used to take figure skating lessons, it has been over twenty years since I have laced up. And tennis… I smile when I play, especially against my husband when we are trying to get shots in against one another. Again, too many years have gone by. You know its bad when your kids are amazed and remark, “Mom can do that?” Why yes! Watch me!12213d996c71b782fa8e4e1b4b75e4ad

Third, I will reduce the amount of things in my home. And while I respect Marie Kondo, I was too scared to read her book as I secretly knew it would lead me down an organizing rabbit hole a la Monica Geller. Rather, I will go at my own pace room by room, bin by bin, and have a hell of a garage sale in the Summer. You see my husband and I moved a lot for our respective schooling in the early years of our marriage and you tend to accumulate things. And then when you hastily move to the next city you pack things up in “To be sorted bins” that then sit in the basement of the home you have lived in for seven years. Or maybe that is just me…but I am not lugging those damn bins with me into 2018.

Fourth, I will set out on a new journey for myself. More on this later, but I am embracing the chance to spend more time on this blog and with it meet new people, challenge myself, and learn A LOT!

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I have not figured out how to add extra hours into the forthcoming days of the new year, so while this year has been full of best intentions falling short of results, the underlying premise to accomplishing all of the above is making the time to do them.  To realize their importance and move forward always striving to sneak in an extra hour or two to pull them off.  There you have it…2017 is going to be a year of all years, full of much fun and success.  All the best friends!

XO,

Kelly

 

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One Room Challenge, Week 5

Hi all! Almost there- It is WEEK FIVE! The room is painted, all items are purchased (with some exceptions below), and a few areas are even set-up…the home stretch! Now for all the little details on my checklist….

I had a new chandelier installed (finally after 7 years of living here!), but I’m not sure I’m happy with the neutral shades since I’m aiming for more color pops in the room.  Here is what I chose from Lowes. I went with a big box option due to limited lead time and installation schedule:

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I am struggling with deciding on additional pieces of art. I bought four of the same frames for either side of the buffet, and want to bring in colorful art but don’t want it to  compete with the patterned drapes and bold rug. Hmmmm…going to keep looking.

Also need to finalize my tablescape. Thinking of keeping it clean and “classic” so as not to compete with all the other bold prints in the room. Some inspiration..

This:

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Ooh and this because I am totally digging the feathers:

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But then I also loved this blue and white masterpiece:

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So many choices, so little time:) Planning to hit up one of my favs, Save on Crafts, for some goodies that may do the trick.

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Almost There!

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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