Idea Overload

Ever feel like there are 726,819 things you want to do but you have no time to do them? I pretty much feel like that all the time honestly but it seems to be worse lately. I decided to turn some of the want-to’s into getting-done’s so I picked a few projects and started collecting materials for them. Let me just say – it’s taken me WEEKS to collect some of these materials! It’s insane!!! There’s still one that I have to purchase… I’m having to have it custom ordered. Custom ordered people! It’s craziness I tell you. Then there’s that whole minor issue of actually accomplishing the project once I have the necessary materials. Lord knows when that’ll happen. Every time I think I’m going to have time, something else comes up. I had planned to work on these a little bit each night but I’ve changed my schedule around a bit at work and now I’m not getting home until 7pm. By the time I cook dinner, pack my gym bag, pack my lunch and eat dinner, it’s 10pm. That’s my bedtime so that means I got nothing crafty done for the day. Plus, our weekends are a blur between the have-to’s (like laundry, grocery shopping, yard work) and social events so there’s just very little time to do anything creative. I WILL find time though (if for no other reason than that the materials are currently living on my kitchen table which will eventually drive me completely batty). So, wanna know what I’m working on???

I’m working on this Bugsy Tic Tac Toe but I’m tweaking the base a bit. This is going to live outside in our backyard. In truth, my husband is going to paint the ‘bugs’ for me. I can’t paint to save my life. 🙂

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Please pin from original source.

 

This little baggie of sweet clothespins is yet another project (source unknown). This is the one for which I’m having to custom order an item… any guesses? Yeah it’s that clothespin stamp!

Love is Sweet

 

I saw this absolutely adorable idea on a blog called A Beautiful Mess. They have some of the most creative things I’ve ever seen and their photography is amazing. I’m crazy jealous. Anywho… since we have both cats and dogs in our house, we’re going to copy cat this adorable kitty spoon rest and then try our hands at creating an equally cute puppy one. Fingers crossed!

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Please pin from original source.

 

I have what I think is going to be a super cute idea involving this printable.

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Please pin from original source.

 

And last but definitely not least I’m working on this cute embroidery project.

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Please pin from original source.

 

With any luck – they’ll all be done by the end of the year. HA!

Then I can get started on the other 726,814 ideas I have.

Fab Feature – The Lettered Cottage

You guys know that I love to incorporate a sense of whimsy into my life and home. When I saw this absolutely incredible powder bath makeover from The Lettered Cottage I knew that I might have found my whimsical home décor soul mate in Layla. I am dying over that bird wallpaper!

You can view all the details about this fabulous room by clicking here.

Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage - Click on photo to pin from original source.

Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage – Click on photo to pin from original source.

I love what she did with this basic builder and oh-so-brown bathroom. Man I cannot wait to own a home of my own so that I can *hopefully* make it as fabulous as this!

Before & After - Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage - Click on photo to pin from original source.

Before & After – Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage – Click on photo to pin from original source.

Fab Feature – Orchard Girls

If you’ve been reading my blog for any point of time then you know that all of my kids have four legs and a tail.  If you know me at all on a personal level then you know that the only kids I will ever have will have four legs and a tail.  That being said, I can still appreciate super cute kid stuff like this fabulous little boy nursery mood board from Orchard Girls.

boynursery

Please pin directly from Orchard Girls.

I mean really, how stinking cute is that??? Let’s play the favorite part game!  Mine would be that woodland painting with the Pinterest link that, of course, leads to nowhere.  Go figure.  Ha!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for Window Shopping Wednesday because I’ll be hosting my first ever giveaway from a shop I L*O*V*E!!! See you soon!

Drip Drop Painted Terra Cotta Pot

So I’ve been on a bit of what I call an interior gardening kick lately.  Basically, I have a small houseplant problem and might be running out of places to put them.  Anyway, I ran across this adorable little cactus the other day and decided to paint a terra cotta pot to showcase it.  The colors will make a tad bit more sense later – I have another craft project that I’ll hopefully get around to some day that includes these colors.

Anywho – I went to my local Michael’s and picked up a terra cotta pot and some terra cotta paints (they’re right by the pots so they’re easy to find).  Then when I got home I just turned the sucker upside down and dripped a few paint drops and let them rooooll on down the sides.  Quick, easy, and still cute.  Score!

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I’ve also done some research and looked up some other painted terra cotta pots for inspirational ideas.  Have a look and click on the ‘source’ beneath the pictures to be taken to the originator…

Solid Painted Terra Cotta Planters
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Colorblock Painted Terra Cotta Planters
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Lady Bug Painted Clay Pot
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Neon painted terra cotta pots
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What’s Your Color Personality?

So a while back I told you guys about this interior decorating quiz I found.  Remember?  Did you take it?  What’d you think?

I found another quiz, this one is from BHG (or Better Homes & Gardens for those of you not familiar with the acronym).  This one is called What’s Your Color Personality?

what's your color personality

I took it, and unlike the previous quiz, I’m actually not surprised at all by my results.

What was the result you ask?  Gray.  Here’s what the quiz has to say about my style…

These tried-and-true grays are a perfect stand-alone palette, as the varying tones introduce depth and visual interest for a monochromatic look. This versatile palette can be paired with almost any hue, depending on the look you crave. Try mustardy yellows and creamy whites for an on-trend look; blues and greens for a sea-inspired space; or one or two jewel tones to give the gray tones a little spice.

gray

If you just so happen to get the result ‘gray’ as well then check out this article on House Beautiful about 26 of the best grays around.

There’s also this article by Real Simple about Decorating with Gray.

I’d love to know what result you get from taking the quiz.  Let me know!

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Master Bedroom… Decisons Are Made!!!

inspiration photo

So I think we’ve finally figured it out!  We’ve found a picture that both my husband and I can agree on for our master bedroom.  Even better, the bed we’ve already purchased is nearly identical to the one pictured.  Yippee!  My inspiration picture (above) is from Gary Riggs Home via Pinterest.

We already have the bed.  It’s the Erin Cute as a Button Bed from World Market. 

erin cute as a button bed

We also have our nightstands and a dresser.  They’re all from Ikea. 

Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

and

2 Malm 3-drawer chests (used as nightstands)

2 Malm 3-drawer chests (used as nightstands)

We’ve pretty much decided that instead of lamps on the nightstands, we’d rather have these Ribba Frames with overhead Lights in aluminum. 

ribba aluminum frame

ribba aluminum led light

In keeping with the grey, lavender, and yellow theme of our inspiration picture, these are some pictures I’m considering for the Ribba frames. 

Yellow Wheat

Yellow Wheat

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Lavender Blossom Branch

Lavender Blossom Branch

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Chrysanthemum Macro Photograph

Chrysanthemum Macro Photograph

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Stair Flowers

Stair Flowers

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Liriope Blooms

Liriope Blooms

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Yellow Ranunculus

Yellow Ranunculus

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Yellow Autumn Leaves

Yellow Autumn Leaves

I know I don’t want the same photo in each frame but I do want for the photos to be similar colors.  I think it’ll take a while to find exactly what I’m looking for.  Then again, we could do black and white…

As far as bedding is concerned, I’ve found the following:

Barbara Berry Quilt in Dusk

Barbara Berry Quilt in Dusk

and this

Stella Quilt

Stella Quilt

and this

Nostalgia Quilt

Nostalgia Quilt

I haven’t had much luck finding other grey-ish lavender coverlets.  Apparently this is going to take some intensive searching on my part. 

I also found these throw pillows:

Gold Velvet Throw Pillow

Gold Velvet Throw Pillow

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Tornado Velvet Throw Pillow

Tornado Velvet Throw Pillow

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Chinchilla Pillow (not real!)

Chinchilla Pillow (not real!)

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Benito Pillow

Benito Pillow

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Purple Corner Scrolls

Purple Corner Scrolls

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Velvet Bergdorf

Velvet Bergdorf

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We still want to incorporate this Cuddler Chair from Z Gallerie with a throw (like the one that follows).

cuddler chair

Saffron Cable Knit Throw

saffron cable knit throw

We’ll definitely need lighting behind that cuddle chair and I think this light is right up our alley.

dexter floor lamp

In the picture, there’s a nifty yellow chair similar to this Valencia Club Chair in Butter.  I’m not sure if we’d actually have space for this chair but it’s possible. 

Valencia Club Chair, Butter

Where I get stuck is this… our floors are not that rich, warm wood tone like in our inspiration photo.  Instead, they’re a light cream color similar to this below:

cottage cream

Because the color is so similar to that of the bed, I want to use a darker rug to anchor the room.  I’m leaning towards grey.  If I choose grey, however, then what color do I paint the walls?  Do I use a light cream like the photo?  A light grey?  A grey-ish lavender?  I’m at a loss. 

Here are some rugs I’m considering:

Damask Grey Rug

Damask Grey Rug

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Calum Grey Rug

Calum Grey Rug

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Shag Grey Rug

Shag Grey Rug

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The Wild Grey Rug

The Wild Grey Rug

And last but certainly not least… I’m considering doing this ‘above the headboard’ treatment with a white sheer and some sort of sunburst mirror. 

above the bed treatment

What do you think?  I’d love your suggestions.

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Size DOES matter

So it’s been crazy in our house since mom left.  Because when mom left, so did the maid and the yard guy.  The last place we had just to the two of us was 850sqft.  This house is 2700sqft.  That’s a HUGE difference. Upon returning from our wonderful vacation in Lake Tahoe it has been admittedly hard to get back in the groove.  Not only do I have over 600 emails in my inbox to go through, we’re also trying to get back to our daily cleaning grind.  Oh, and there’s our giant yard to contend with as well.  And remember our remodeling projects?  We haven’t even started… or talked about starting.

Needless to say, the last few weeks have been a bit overwhelming and it’s made the Hubs and I seriously question this whole home ownership thing.  Not that we don’t want to own, we totally do, we’re just rethinking exactly what we want to own.  Originally we wanted a fairly decent sized house… 1-story, with a large formal dining room (because I love to entertain), at least 3 bedrooms (master + 2 offices) and 2.5 baths and ideally with a 2.5 or 3 car garage.  Oh, and a small front yard but large backyard.  Yup… that was the dream.  And we nearly found it.  A while back we found a house that we LOVED.  It had basically everything we were wanting except for the extra half bath and the larger garage.  One of the huge selling points?  Insanely high ceilings.  It made the house look HUGE.  The house was 2400sqft… not much smaller than the monstrosity we’re dealing with now except that the yard was waaaay smaller. 

Now, however, we’re seriously wondering if we really want something that big.  Instead, we’ve been considering the pros/cons of purchasing a townhome/duplex.  There are several in and around our area and all of the ones we’re looking at are 2-story, 2.5 baths, 3 bedrooms, 2 car garages with a backyard.  We reeeeally didn’t want a 2-story but like I told the hubs, I’ve lived in one all my life so it’s not as though living in another one would be a huge adjustment.  The upside (or downside, depending on your point of view) to the townhomes?  They’re about 1500sqft.  That’s a little bit more maintainable when we both work full-time and we can’t afford to hire a maid or a yard guy. 

I’ve never really considered owning a townhome and the more I think about it the more I realize that owning one would change the way I’d decorate.  I don’t mean the throw pillows, I mean the more permanent (not to mention expensive) things like flooring and cabinets.  Generally, I like really dark floors (think espresso colored), with white cabinets and light grey walls.  This gives a really neutral palate that can go with any other color I want to throw in.  This color scheme was the plan I had for the 2400sqft 1-story we’d been eyeballing.  However, I’ve been wondering if things would have to change if we got a townhome since the ceilings would only be 8ft (versus the 12+ in the other house).  I’m afraid that the super-dark floors will make the townhouse feel more closed in which is something I definitely don’t want.  So, my ‘townhome option’ would be to do white floors in order to make things more light and airy.  What do you think?  Is this a necessary step? 

Here are some ideas of what I’d like in a large house with high ceilings:

i can’t find the link to the original source of this photo but… Interior renovation of Spanish Town historic residence completed by Ty Larkins Design, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

I’m not a huge fan of those black countertops but this is the general idea

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I ADORE this kitchen.  I think it’s my favorite.  Except for those pendant lights. 

i can’t find the original source of this photo but if you know it, please let me know.

I love the addition of other materials in this home such as the marble top table, the wood wall art and the wicker ottoman.  I think adding textures in this way is what can make or break your design. 

this is the same house as the first picture, again i don’t know the original website source. Interior renovation of Spanish Town historic residence completed by Ty Larkins Design, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This house is lovely.  A tiny bit too modern for my tastes but I love it.  Unfortunately we could never have white furniture what with a bull-in-a-china-cabinet for a husband and dogs. 

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Don’t you just love these floors?  They add just a hint of rustic charm to the house.  YUM.

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Do you see what I mean about it looking dark?  This kitchen has high ceilings and even still, this room seems dark to me.  Would this be even more magnified with lower ceilings?

Here are some white on white ideas.  I would incorporate some more color but this would be my base.  What do you think?  Is this better for a smaller home that has lower ceilings and less windows?

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You’ve gotta love the cat.  Tee hee.  Sadly, it appears that this kitchen has a skylight which we obviously wouldn’t have.  A girl can dream.

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This photo shows a little of what I fear could happen in a white-on-white environment.  It’s pretty, but it’s not interesting

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Doesn’t this bathroom just seem relaxing?  It’s so spa-like to me.  There’s a lot of natural light in here though that I seriously doubt we’d get in a townhouse.  One window over the bathtub would be about it.

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A little random I know but isn’t this flooring cute?  I’d love this in a shower.

I don’t have the original web source but this is another Ty Larkins home

This is probably the most realistic picture of what we’d have in our townhome.  Low ceilings and one large window on one wall.  Those accordion panels and the drapes provide some great height to the room.  Isn’t that herringbone floor to die for?  That would probably be my #1 choice of flooring options.

Another Ty Larkins, of which I don’t have the original web source.

Another white herringbone floor.  Yum.  That brick archway is just gorgeous.  I love how they’ve softened it up with the long white curtains.  Texture galore. 

Another Ty Larkins. I’m pretty sure this is the same house as the photo above. Yet again, I don’t have the original web source.

Look at that aged wood on the walls!  Amazing!  It looks like they might have tiled the walls in the breakfast area which is not something we’d be doing.

Another Ty Larkins. I’m seeing a trend here. Again I’m fairly sure this is the same house as the two photos above. I don’t have the original web source.

This room is drool-worthy.  I’d love to add some seasonal color here.  Can’t you just see this all done up for Christmas or with some fun pastels for Easter?

 

It begins… Master Bedroom/Bathroom Renovation

So I know I mentioned a while back that my mom moved out of the house.  We stayed and are renting it from her for the time being.  We’re also renovating the house.  Nothing major, we’re not tearing down walls or anything, but we’re ripping down wall paper, patching sheetrock, painting, replacing plumbing fixtures, etc etc.  Like I said, nothing major… except we’re doing it to the ENTIRE house.  It’s not a small house either.  We’ve decided to start on the master bedroom & bathroom since they’re the rooms that are currently vacant.  The other day we sat down and made a list of everything we want to do.  Are you ready?

MASTER BEDROOM / CLOSET

  1. Have an electrician run wiring for a ceiling fan (what we have now isn’t up to code)
  2. Install a new ceiling fan
  3. Have tile repaired at sinkhole
  4. Patch the sheetrock and repair corners
  5. Texture and repaint sheetrock
  6. Fill, sand, and repaint all wood trim (including doors/cabinets)
  7. Clean and repaint if needed all air vents
  8. Clean and repaint if needed all light can covers
  9. Replace all electrical plugs and switches
  10. Replace doorstops
  11. Clean goop (some sort of super-old caulking) off windows with razorblade

MASTER BATHROOM

  1. Have tile repaired (broken grout)
  2. Remove wallpaper
  3. Patch, texture, repaint sheetrock
  4. Sand, fill, repaint all wood trim (including doors/cabinets)
  5. Clean and repaint if needed all air vents
  6. Clean and repaint if needed all light can covers
  7. Gut & replace sink plumbing at both sinks
  8. Recaulk shower
  9. Recaulk vanities
  10. Recaulk toilet and replace china caps
  11. Replace cabinet hardware
  12. Replace towel bar in shower
  13. Replace 4 towel bars around toilet
  14. Replace all electrical plugs and switches

This may not seem like much but with the plethora of things we have going on, it’s a LOT.  All we’ve managed to do so far is take down all of the pictures, picture hooks, shelves, and various other ‘removables’ from the wall.  We also got a wallpaper removal lesson from a neighbor who is a professional painter and we purchased the new faucets for the sinks.  That’s it though.  So far our weekends have been jam packed with ‘normal’ upkeep stuff (mowing, vacuuming, etc etc etc) so we haven’t gotten to even touch the room.  My hope is to dedicate a few hours to it each weekend but we’ll see if that actually happens. 

I didn’t get a chance to take any before photos because the Hubs was soooo happy to start on this room.  However, this is what it looks like right now minus all the ‘removables.’ 

See those vertical lines?  Those are where shelving brackets used to be.  There used to be shelves along this entire wall. 

Don’t you just love our foundation damage?  This is what happens after 3 foundation repairs.  Nice huh?