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Happy Autumnal Equinox!

22 Sep

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Last year I wrote about how much I love fall! 

This year, I am even more excited for fall since we’ll be having a fall baby and I get to spend a portion of fall and pretty much all of winter spending lots of time in comfy clothes AT HOME taking care of the little one. It is going to make the holidays so much more special! I also normally hate that the days start getting shorter, but for some reason it doesn’t seem so bad when you don’t have to go and come home from work when it is still dark out!

In preparation for being either very pregnant or in impending labor for most of this fall, I got an early start on all of my fall decorating! The minute the calendar turned over to September 1st, I made The Hubs take down all of my fall decorations. Lucky for me, The Hubs loves fall as much as I do so it didn’t take much hand twisting for him to help a pregnant wife out!

I ended up getting a few more decorations for this fall since these decorations (at least most of them) get to stay up September through November.  I also bought myself a new Pumpkin scented candle that will last me all season. I do need to go get myself some Cinnamon scented tea lights to replenish my supply, as I’ve been lighting candles pretty much every night recently!  

I’m all ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and everything in between!

Our fall mantle! 

New Fall Wreath and Fall Colored Flowers

Fall Table

The Hubs’s FAVORITE decoration that follows us from room to room!

Happy Halloween in the Powder Room (I also have Thanksgiving towels to switch out when the time comes!)

I LOVE FALL!

Are you ready for fall???

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Grown Up Room – Completed!

19 Sep

I know a decorator’s work is never done, but I think that for now, I’ve completed the decorating process for our bedroom! 

Way back in January, we had bought furniture that seemed to really start to bring the room together.

However, the wall above the dresser was still a bit bare and I wasn’t totally sold on the lamps on the side table. Pregnancy stalled progress a bit until the nesting bug hit in the 2nd trimester!

All it took were a couple of impulse buys from Target, Kohls and Home Goods and a new wedding picture printed at the same time I was working on another picture DIY to make our room a place we love to lay our heads!

I purchased new lamp bases and white lamp shades with a hint of blue to bring out the blues in the room. Love how moving from a cream lamp shade to a white one really brightened up the room. (Please ignore the messy side tables, although they are true to form!)

I then found the most perfect wall art to complete the wall over the dresser. (Oh how I wished our dresser looked like this every day. The downfall of having it on The Hubs side of the room…it’s where he places all his crap!)

Here’s a close up of the square wall art I found at Kohl’s. I just had to have it when I saw it since it looks like it was MADE to go with our “shower curtain” valence!

A lovely (and cheap) piece I found at Home Goods with all the right complementary colors.

And my favorite part of the room, this wedding picture showing us leaving our reception to have our pictures taken. I altered it to sepia and just LOVE the way it turned out. It is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding day!

So what do you think? Is this decorator’s work complete?? 🙂

2012 DIY Projects Completed So Far!

3 Jul

I am sooo excited about the DIY projects I’ve just completed!

I’m typically not the best DIYer, but with a little help from The Hubs and the motivation to get these projects done, I’m extremeley proud of how they turned out!

The first was a project that came up by chance. I had an large frame lying around that I really like the design of, but couldn’t find a good print to put in it. I’d come across some fun ideas of making a chalk/pin board for the kitchen and thought, why the heck not try it out.

With The Hubs’s help, I bought some plywood, chalkboard paint, magnetic paint and some cork board. 

This project was started back in March or April and then sat unfinished in the garage until a couple of weeks ago. I had already completed most of the chalkboard portion, but needed to figure out the best way to lay out the cork board to fit the space I had.  So one evening while watching some Giants baseball, I got to work!

Here’s the finished product:

LOVE! It’s a great place to plan grocery lists, meals and where we can pin up important things (like a Giants magnetic baseball schedule – the only magnetic place in the kitchen!)

If I were to do it over again, I’d try to sand down the plywood more on the chalkboard section or use a piece of glass instead (Sarah TOLD me to do this, but I didn’t listen.). It isn’t always the easiest to erase because of the texture. I typically use a damp towel to erase since paper towel leaves remnants.  

The other project was a picture hallway project. The inspiration started with this post from Katie over at Bower Power. I had bought one frame AGES ago and it just sat in the spare room. The Hubs kept asking when that project would get completed. Well, on my day off the other day, I got work going through ALL of our wedding pictures to find the best ones. (Definitely made me a bit sentimental!)  Katie modified her prints so they were all sepia, but I love color and the colors of our wedding, so I opted to use a combination of color and sepia (black & white was a bit harsh).

I followed Katie’s method of having a “Groom” frame, “Bride” frame and an “Us” frame.  I used scrap paper to come up with how to lay out the photos in each frame and also how to hang them on the wall.

I think they turned out AWESOME! EXACTLY what I was envisioning! How often does that happen???

Since I was in the hallway anyways, I decided to finally hang our Junior Prom picture as well and came up with a plan to also hang a wedding picture (where we are in a similar pose) next to it.  

I love to look at these pictures and compare them. The Hubs says we look MUCH cooler now! hehe 🙂

I had room for two more frames, so my plan is to put a maternity picture in one and a family picture in the other. We may put a couple of pictures of us with Rusty as a pup and with him as a BIG dog in the interim if I can find some.

Here’s our new hallway in all it’s picture glory! 

I love it! Makes it so much more homey! The Hubs also loves it, as he told me more then once how great the hallway looks with all of the pictures in it. I’m definitely going to be “inviting” people into the hallway so they can check it out!

The results from these projects has given me more confidence in my creative/decorating abilities! (I was also pleasantly surprise with the finishing touches I put on our bedroom! Details to come!)

Hopefully I can apply all this new found inspiration for the nursery and other areas of our home! 🙂

Nursery Quilt – Need Color Inspiration!

26 Jun

Finding gender neutral anything nowadays is definitely a challenge. It’s no different when it comes to finding crib bedding.

I have been looking around for awhile and have been trying to find something that was colorful but not too boyish or girlish. I also did really want a jungle or safari theme since that seems to be extremely common in the world of nurseries.

I’m not very creative though, so looking through all of the inspiration nurseries on Pinterest or the internet is really overwhelming!

I was starting to stress out that I hadn’t made a nursery related decision (other than the color of the walls), so this weekend while at Pottery Barn Kids, I found a quilt that I liked and purchased it. A fitted sheet and crib skirt came in the set so I bought it all. I didn’t buy the bumper even though it too was really cute, since I knew we wouldn’t use it.

Here it is in all its ABC glory…

Image Source: Pottery Barn Kids

The thing I love about it is that whether this little one is a boy or a girl, there is a color in the quilt that we can play up in in the room – say lavender if its a girl or a red if its a boy.

The thing I’m a bit concerned about is all the white. The quilt is mostly white. The crib skirt is mostly white with just a green ribbon on it. The fitted sheet is white with green polka dots. I know this means I can bring in color by adding a rug, curtains and wall art, but it’s a little intimidating. I haven’t seen any inspriation rooms using similar bedding that does the same thing, so I’m trying to come up with things on my own! Difficult for a non-creative person like me.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

My mother in law already said she’d make curtains, so I need to try to pick fabric for that. I think I want just a valence, either like the one shown in the image below or a faux Roman shade type.

I think I want to do an area of fabric hoop art (ala Oh! Apostrophe’s nursery) where I can bring in color, although again picking fabric is a bit intimidating. (Isn’t the nursery Emily designed adorable and colorful?? Wish I could have been that ambitious with our color scheme!)

Image Source: Oh! Apostrophe

I want to bring in the alphabet theme a bit more, but in a non cheesy way.  I’ve seen those crazy alphabet walls that are super cute, but I think that’s a bit to ambitious for me! I’m also not sure if it would be too modern with such a traditional quilt.

Image Source: Jodi Mckee Photography

So blogging friends, do you have any ideas on how I can bring color into the nursery or have you seen any nursery inspiration using a similar bedding set??

PS – Although we haven’t picked a crib out yet, it’ll likely be espresso colored wood or something similar which will make the white of the bedding stand out more.

PSS – Sorry for the seemingly disjointed post… I’m writing this super quick on my lunch break! 🙂

Valence, Valence on the Window

20 Jan

Don’t you sometimes wish that pieces of your home would be like the “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”and tell you what would be the loveliest decorating choice of them all?

I know I do! I definitely do NOT have a knack for decorating and design. No matter how many times I review the tips Sherry and John give over Young House Love or how many HGTV design shows I watch, I am still indecisive on what to actually do with the blank slate that is our home.

Out of all the rooms in our house, our bedroom seems to be the one that is closest to being “done”.

We found a great piece of art to put over the bed… that we both agreed on! Kris finished putting up the crown molding (although we are still debating on what color to paint the ceiling – white or a gray that makes the molding pop).

Here’s a picture of our room (Ignore the non-existent crown molding corners! They are there now!):

All that’s left seems to be finding curtains, a couple more pieces of art for the walls, and a sconce for my side of the bed. (I want a sconce so that all my bedside table space isn’t taken up with a lamp.)

Curtains have been the HARDEST thing to decide on. I’m pretty sure that I want a valence, as the room isn’t that large and I don’t really want anything too heavy. Plus, we have an odd corner window that is right next to the bed that would make long curtains a challenge.  The problem is finding a pattern or color that will look good with our dark blue bedding. Do we go with a contrasting color, a similar color, or maybe just white? The Hubs and I have done lots of searching in stores and online and even bought a couple of curtains to try, but nothing looks quite right.

Here’s another couple of pics of our windows…

So since I know that there are lots of amazing designers out there, help a sister out!

Does anyone have any recommendations for curtain colors or patterns that would look great in our space?