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)

Celebration Tray

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)

Lotion Gift Set

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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Apothic Red Wine

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

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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and AFTER:

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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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It’s Week Six of the One Room Challenge! I Made It!

Morning All! I cannot believe all six weeks of the One Room Challenge have flown by! (You can check out all the amazing designers and their finished rooms here) I originally thought I would have time to tackle both of my daughters’ rooms (HA!), but quickly realized after plaster repair set me back that I needed to focus on one room at a time. It was down to the wire, painting the bookshelf side table late into the night…the night before the photoshoot. Full disclosure, I was off by a week and thought last week was the reveal.  HOWEVER, when I realized my mistake I added more projects…and more late nights.  This project was totally DIY so I am happy to now rest, enjoy the room, and celebrate Mother’s Day with my family.

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Bookshelves with her favorite things
Bookshelves with her favorite things

Photo Sources: Bins– Target| Printable– The 36th Avenue| Navy Polka Dot Vase- Michaels (in store)| Flamingo– Target| Curtains– Overstock| Room paint colors (all Benjamin Moore): Walls-Stonington Gray; Ceiling- Caribbean Breeze; Trim- Decorator’s White; Closet Door Abstract Color- Razzle Dazzle; Bedside Bookshelf (see below)- Hale Navy

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Photo Sources: Bed (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Duvet (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Custom Pillows- Sara Langley Designs (my own!)- see shop link above| Blanket– Annie Selke (now only $18 in the outlet!)| Artwork- my own creations

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Photo Sources: Desk (I painted legs)- Target| Wrapping Paper to Decorate Top- Target| Chair– Amazon| Trophy– Michaels (in store only)| Rug– Pottery Barn Kids

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Photo Sources: Flamingo jewelry holder- TJ Maxx|Trophy holder– Michael’s (in store only)| Silver jewelry box- Gift| Shoes– Target| Laundry bin– Pottery Barn Kids

New Photos from Our Family Vacation
New Photos from Our Family Vacation
My husband's late grandfather made this so it is really special to have in the room
My husband’s late grandfather made this shelf, so it is really special to have in her room
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Fierce flamingo card game

I had a great time pulling this together and am counting down to the next Challenge. Already picked my room…and warned hubby. Now I am off to prepare to host Mother’s Day brunch.. so stay tuned for pics! Thanks for following this adventure.

Best,

Kelly

P.S. Do I really believe the room will stay this way!? Nah, but I have pictures for posterity and accomplished my client’s goal of having more space to play.  Now if I can only keep the Barbie Dream house in the playroom!

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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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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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