Monday, April 30, 2012

Master Bedroom Revamp

I've been working on our master bedroom for a couple of months now and back in February, I shared with you this mood board that I created.

Since then, I've made a couple of changes.  You might remember from this post, that I opted to go with a brighter blue/green shade.  It's called Palm Springs by Ace Paint.  I also bought this duvet from Target
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and picked up some fun hemp and coral paisley throw pillows from Marshalls and HomeGoods.
I've been having a hard time completing the room because I can't decide on dressers for me and Jake.  We already own the Pottery Barn Seagrass headboard, Seagrass stools, Julia Bedside Tables, and jute/wool blend rug.  Originally, I was going to go with a white armoire, but now I'm changing my mind.  Jake and I really need our own dressers, and I think the room might be a little more cohesive if we stick with a mahogany stain.  I've had the hardest time trying to match a wood stain to our Seagrass headboard, but I think I've finally decided on the Pottery Barn Farmhouse Tallboy and Extra-Wide dressers.  

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They are a big splurge, so I'm a little reluctant. I've been holding onto a couple of PB gift cards and PB design services offered me 10% off to order through them, so I'm thinking I might bite the bullet and order them.

I also picked out some Ikat curtains from Ballard Designs. which I love, but they won't ship until May 25th.  I'll be waiting patiently.

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With all of those updates, this will give you an idea of where we're at with the room.  (The paint color is not quite this bright).
I still need to buy a full-length mirror, some art for over the bed, bedside table lamps, a small chair, and accessories.  At this pace, maybe I'll be done by July!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Craving Cupcakes

Before I tell you about my cupcakes, I need to tell you that I just took Baxter outside and there was a turkey chilling on our front porch.  Just one lonely turkey, making our front porch home.  That is, until Baxter chased him to the woods and he took flight (the turkey that is)!  Did you know that turkeys can fly?  I didn't.

Okay, now onto my cupcakes.

I found this great recipe on Pinterest for Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes.  I love blueberries and I love lemon, so this recipe made my stomach growl.  They came out delicious (even though I over beat the frosting).  

For the recipe, visit

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Baxter's Evil Twin

Yup.  This guy has an evil twin.

Hard to believe, right?  When I take him on a walk he turns into a lunging, growling, barking, jumping, crazy man. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but he's been exhibiting "aggressive" behavior around other dogs and horses when he's on his leash.  The site of another dog or horse can send him into a frenzy.  It's so out of character for him because he was socialized at a young age and spent many a day at daycare.  He's great with other dogs when he's playing off leash. There's just something about that leash. I've been trying to figure out what happened to my sweet little boy and why he's acting like this.  And I've determined that it could stem from a few different reasons.  1. He stopped going to daycare the day I quit my job (daycare is an hour + away from our house), and he doesn't get to socialize with other dogs nearly as much so when he sees another dog his excitement just takes over. 2. On a walk on a vacation this past winter, an off-leash yellow lab charged him, bit him on the muzzle (causing him to bleed), and wouldn't let go.  3.  Walking by the horse farm one day, an uneasy horse started running and charging the fence.  4. His breed plays a big part.  Airedales are very tough dogs.

I don't know if one or many of these factors is having an impact on his behavior today, but I want my sweet puppy back.  I want him to be able to sniff and greet other dogs on a walk without having people recoil in fear.  It's the people who are scared (rightfully so).  The dogs know that Baxter is full of shit and is only exhibiting this aggressive behavior because he is scared or excited.  He's never hurt another dog or human.

And that's what I think it is. I think it's a combination of him being scared and excited.  I did some reading last night about what to do with a "leash aggressive" dog. Besides calling Cesar, the options seem to be to avoid or distract.  Avoid being don't walk your dog around other dogs (who wants that?) or distract your dog around other dogs with treats, toys, etc.  I'm going to try option 2.  I bought a clicker last night and have been working with him on simple commands (sit, down, come, look), and he focused on me really quickly.  The next step is to take him to a park where there are dogs in the vicinity, but not too close and practice the "look" command (look me in the eye), using the clicker and treats as rewards.  I'm hopeful that we'll make some progress with this method, but we'll see.

Has anyone else had to deal with a leash aggressive, but otherwise awesome dog?  How did you deal with it?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day

Did I get your attention? I'm going to preface this by saying that the title makes this post sound way more fun? dirty? disturbing? than it actually is.

I've been doing a lot of online shopping in search of furniture and accessories for our house.  And since it's mostly fun and not very productive, I thought, "how can I add purpose to this little hobby of mine?".   And then it smacked me in the head. I can share what I find with you! Meet my new weekly series:

Every Wednesday, I'll share with you some of the great items that I found for $100 or less.

I know what you're thinking.  "That's so kind of her to spend all that time shopping for me".  But twist my arm, really it's no sweat.  

So without further ado, here are this week's finds.  Happy shopping!  

Week 1 picks

$1.95 -
$69 -
$89 -
$65 -

Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend Projects

Good Monday morning. :)  I hope you had a great weekend.  We had a nice one here.  It was the perfect combination of getting stuff done and doing absolutely nothing.   I love those kind of weekends because you feel like you got to relax, but you don't feel like you wasted the weekend say, catching up on Real Housewives.

We've been busy around here with lots of little projects, but nothing is really completed.  Or at least, nothing is "drum roll please, here is my pretty picture of what I did."

But regardless, I wanted to share with you some of the things that we've been working on.  So in quick rapid fire succession, here's what we've been doing:

Mulching the gardens

Building a raised garden bed

Painting the master bedroom (it's finished!)

Installing a new light fixture in the dining room

Assembling a new media cabinet in the den

Enjoying our finished refinished hardwood floors

How about you? Did you tackle any projects this weekend?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY Canvas Art

I've been looking for art for a while and am having trouble finding anything that I really love (or that doesn't cost a fortune!), so I decided to take a stab at DIYing something.

I picked up some canvas boards and some Martha Stewart stencils and got down to business.

I used the Martha Stewart brand Multi-Surface Acrylic paints.  I love them!  They come in so many great colors and literally work on any surface.  The paint worked really well with the foam brush I had too.

I decided to create 4 different canvas panels. I taped the stencils onto the canvas and got to work.

I mixed and matched colors and patterns and ended up with these 4 panels.

So simple and easy to do!  I think I'm going to hang these in my dining room  (which is now off limits).   Guys are in there refinishing the hardwoods. :))

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How did I not have a list?

Seriously?  How did I not have a list of all the projects for this house?

I am a list person. I am one of those people who writes previously completed action items on a list just so I can cross them off. My desk is scattered with Post-It notes containing shopping lists, paint colors, blog ideas,  chores - you name it.

But when it comes to a to-do list for the house, I don't have one. My ideas are stored in my head, or on Pinterest, in my blog posts, and sometimes on a Post-It or two. And I'm wondering if maybe that's why I haven't been as productive as I would like. Maybe that's why my master bedroom painting project still isn't 100% complete. Maybe it's because the reward of crossing it off the list isn't there.

I'm listless.

Definition of LISTLESS

: characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit <alistless melancholy attitude>
— list·less·ly adverb
— list·less·ness noun

I'm sure the 90 degree weather yesterday wasn't helping with my energy level.  BUT, that's no excuse!  I need a list!

So a list I made.

And here she is in all of her shockingly lengthy and costly glory (and I'm sure I've missed an item or two):

·      Master Bedroom
o   One more coat of paint on walls
o   Clean up trim
o   Finish scraping paint off windows
o   Buy curtains and curtain rods
o   Buy mirror
o   DIY artwork
o   Buy dresser or armoire
o   Buy chair
o   Buy bedside lamps
·      Guest Bedroom 1
o   Patch ceiling and wall
o   Paint walls
o   DIY headboard
o   Add art and accessories
o   Buy curtains and curtain rods
·      Guest Bedroom 2
o   Patch walls
o   Paint walls
o   Hang art
o   Buy curtains and curtain rods
·      Office
o   Paint walls
o   Buy / DIY art
o   Buy chair
o   Buy rug
o   Add accessories
o   Buy curtains and curtain rods
·      Master Bathroom
o   Bleach ceiling to remove mold/mildew
o   Paint ceiling
o   Paint walls
o   Replace faucet, toilet flusher, and towel racks
o   Replace light fixtures
o   Replace mirror
o   Buy bathroom rug
o   Buy towel storage
o   Add art
o   Buy window treatments
·      Guest Bathroom
o   Peel wallpaper
o   Paint Walls
o   Replace shower and sink fixtures, towel racks, and toilet flusher
o   Replace light fixtures
o   Buy bathroom rug
o   Add art
o   Change hardware on vanity
o   Buy window treatments
·      Half bath /laundry room
o   Paint ceiling
o   Paint or wallpaper walls
o   Add wainscoting
o   Replace vanity with pedestal sink
o   Replace toilet
o   Change flooring
o   Buy new mirror
o   Replace light fixtures
o   Buy new washer and dryer
o   Buy window treatments
o   Build storage closet or cabinets
·      Den
o   Buy large ottoman or coffee table
o   Buy end tables
o   Buy curtains/curtain rods
o   Buy art and accessories
o   Buy or make throw pillows
·      Living Room
o   Buy 2 side chairs
o   Buy chaise
o   Buy used piano bench and fix up
o   Buy rug
o   Buy more lighting
o   Buy coffee table
o   Buy side tables
o   Add art and accessories
·      Dining Room
o   Buy rug
o   Add shelving
o   Add art
o   Replace light chandelier
·      Kitchen
o   Hire contractor to change layout
o   Have cabinets painted white
o   Replace white appliances with stainless steel
o   Change light fixtures
o   Buy wine fridge
o   Replace flooring
o   Replace backsplash
o   Paint walls
o   Paint range hood
·      Upstairs hallway
o   Replace light fixture
·      Downstairs hallway
o   Replace light fixture
o   Paint walls and door
o   Replace door knob                                   
·      Entryway
o   Paint front door
o   Replace door knob
o   Hang picture gallery and artwork
o   Replace flooring
o   Paint closet door
·      Sun Room
o   Buy outdoor curtains and curtain rod
o   Paint beams
o   Buy ottoman
·      Closets
o   Paint insides of all closets
·      Outside
o   Have bushes in the front yard ripped out
o   Build stone wall
o   Add addition to deck
o   Plant shrubs/flowers
o   Add firepit
o   Add hot tub
·      Misc.
o   Replace all door hinges
o   Have new windows installed
o   Replace siding with vinyl

Whew. What about you?  How do you keep track of your home projects?  

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