Sunday, May 27, 2012

Signing off (temporarily)

Hello friends!  I hope you're all enjoying the long weekend and celebrating in whatever way makes you happiest. :)

I wanted to let you know that I'm signing off for about a week.  My husband is traveling to Israel and Cyprus for a business trip and he's taking me in his suitcase.  Yippie! I've been to Israel once before and I had the most amazing time, so I'm very happy to be going back!   Have a great week!
{Beach in Tel Aviv, Israel. Image from here}

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Sum of Its Parts

We all know "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Well, I'm sorry.  You're not getting the whole bit, just the parts.

I'm talking about the parts of my master bedroom.  I had REALLY hoped to show you a room today that was about 90% complete, but I won't be.  I have a problem  finishing.  I blame my husband (pun intended).  But it really IS sorta his fault.  He was supposed to help me hang these curtains.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I need his help.  After drilling 5 holes in the wall with nothing but a crumbling, puttying problem to show for it, I called in the big guns.  He was going to help me last night, but we decided it was more fun to drink wine, grill steak, and fall asleep to The Vow.  It was more fun.

{Image from here}

So because I suffer from Catholic guilt, I figured I would show you some "sneak peak" pics.  Get your popcorn ready. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dreaming of the beach

Since I was a little girl, I've wanted to live on the beach (or in walking distance to the beach).  I was lucky  to grow up on the coast of Maine where I was always only a few miles away from the ocean.  I have many great memories of my mom taking us kids to the beach when she got out of work.  We'd visit as the sun was going down and it was the most peaceful, beautiful time of the day.  When I'm at the beach, I just feel "right." Can you relate?

{Image via Erin McNulty on Etsy}

It's a little far-fetched for me to be wishing for a beach house since we just bought our first house last year.     And we're only 20 minutes from the beach now.  I can't complain.  Really I can't.  But I can dream, right? Someday I will own a beach shack (and really that's all I want).  A shack.  With a bed. And a kitchen. And a porch. A toilet would be nice too. :) And the smell of the salt water.  And the sand beneath my toes.

I'm aware this is not a shack.  But I would take it.
{Image via Coastal Living}
{Image via Coastal Living}
{Image via Coastal Living}
After all that drooling day dreaming, I'm off to the beach. :)

PS:  Hope to be back tomorrow with pictures of my master bedroom!  It's almost done. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (5)

Hello!  Welcome to Hundred Dollar Hump Day numero 5.  Here's some cool stuff I found for $100 bucks or less.  Happy shopping!

I love the look of these Moroccan-style lanterns from Pottery Barn.  They're on sale starting at $30.99.

{Image from here}

These stackable chairs from Crate & Barrel come in a variety of colors and are cute and practical. They're on sale for $79.95, regularly $99.95.

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I'm a big fan of bold prints, and Ikat is one that I can't get enough of.  This Ikat print pillow from Target is $24.99.  I've seen it in stores in yellow too.

{Image from here}

This 3X2 outdoor rug is part of the new Privot House collection at Target.  I love the Chevron pattern in  natural fibers.  $19.99

{Image from here}

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fun Birdhouse

When my sister and I got together for a craft day, I made this colorful birdhouse.

I got the unfinished birdhouse on sale at Michael's for like $4.

{Image from here}

I found the wooden birds and glued them to the sides and then gave everything a fresh coat of paint.  I don't know if I'll get any birds to actually eat out of it, but it looks super cute on my deck. :)

Linking to these parties.

Friday, May 18, 2012

50 Shades of Gray (Paint)

Sorry for that shameless title.  But seriously, we've used three different shades of gray downstairs, and I finally found a winner.

I mentioned in this post here that I was not happy with my dining room paint color.  I used Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter and there wasn't enough contrast with the white wainscoting.

I decided to paint the room a darker shade of gray and settled on Benjamin Moore's Stone which BM says   is a "never-fail neutral that bridges between taupe and brown." It's true, it looks gray, but also has a warmness to it.

I busted out two coats yesterday afternoon and I am in lurve.  Like really in lurve.  Jake and I agreed that this is probably our favorite paint color we've picked so far. (Ignore poor lighting and messy rooms in background in these photos.)

I replaced the navy velvet curtains from West Elm with white linen curtains from Target.  A little bit of a tear with that switcharoo because I was in love with the West Elm ones.  I talked about hanging them in this post here.  I'm going to try and find them a new home in another room in our house or save them and use the fabric for some project.  I like the way our new light fixture looks too.  It was kinda lost in a sea of white before, but now it has more definition.  

I think the Ikea sideboard may be permanently evicted.  You might remember from this post that I assembled it and painted it yellow then painted it a different shade of yellow and then finally painted it a shade of blue/gray.

Well, it officially doesn't match anymore and I think it's too big for the space.  Especially once we replace our small table with one that seats 6-8 people.  I'm trying to think of a new home for it.  Who knows?   Maybe the curtains and the sideboard will move in somewhere together.

I bought the cabinet below from Crate and Barrel to house our cable box, dvd player, etc,  in the den, but I'm thinking it would look really nice in the dining room instead.  We'll see.  Maybe another switcharoo is in the works. 

{Image from here}

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Condiment Caddy

My sister visited earlier this week for a day of crafts.  After the obligatory trip to Michael's and a stop at the liquor store for a bottle of white wine (that's how we roll here), we arrived home with $46 worth of supplies and a few ideas.  Over the next few posts, I'll share with you what we made.  First up is the "condiment caddy."

A while back, I had picked up two small(ish) unfinished wooden crates from Jo-Ann's for $5.99 a pop.  My original plan was to use them as planters, but the bottom is not solid, so I would've had to line them, and I just never got around to it.

{Image from here}

With no real plan, I painted the crate white and then I stared at it.  Remote control caddy?  Hmm, maybe.  But I already store my remotes in a flower pot and that works fine.  Jen had picked up some of the navy and white polka dot ribbon for a frame she was making so I decided to add a little trim.  The crate was starting to look a little nautical, a little patriotic, maybe a little Memorial Day or 4th of July(ish).  Boo ya!  This would make a perfect condiment caddy.

I had a roll of jute and I realized that I could make handles by twisting a few pieces together.  I nailed four common nails to the inside of the crate, tied the jute around two of the nails, twisted the pieces together, and attached them on the other side. I started filling the crate with ketchup, mustard, napkins, and everything fit great. Such an easy and cheap project and way cuter than putting condiments directly on the table.  It also makes it easy to carry everything around.  Fire up the grill!

Linking to these parties here

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (4)

Hello, hello!  Welcome to another "Hundred Dollar Hump Day."  Happy shopping!

Admittedly I have a slight obsession with Pottery Barn.  But around this time of year, looking at their catalog, I usually get a little yawny.  Translation: not super excited.  That's because come Spring and Summer I crave bright, fun colors, and PB is not known for stepping far out of the neutral zone.  WHICH is why I was so pumped when I saw theses pillows on their website!  Aren't the colors great?  This Ikat outdoor pillow is selling for $35.50.

{Image from here}

Every week I seem to find a new Sunburst mirror that I like.  This oversized one from Target is going for $89.99.

{Image from here}

I love the beachy vibe of this step basket from Ballard Designs.  It's on sale for $79.99, down from its original price of $119.00.

{image from here}

Monday, May 14, 2012

Spring Days And Home Updates

Hello, Happy Monday!  It seems that Spring has definitely sprung and is here to stay.  May starts the season of graduations, weddings, religious ceremonies,  and backyard barbecues... and I love it.  My Facebook was aflutter with all the wonderful and fun things people were doing this past weekend and everyone just seemed so HAPPY. Sometimes, all it takes is a little sunshine and a little warm weather. :)

I've been a little caught up in the celebration of Spring myself.  My family got together  this past weekend to celebrate my sister Jen's graduation and Mother's Day.  Jen graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she received her Masters in Social Work.  I am so proud of her!

Me, Grandma Tona, Jen, Grandma B, and my brother, Paul (being a ham)

With all of  the fun I've been having, I've been neglecting my house a bit. But I do have a handful of projects in motion.  Earlier this month, I told you about the faucet replacement in our master bathroom.  That project was one of the many things I'm working on in there.  You might recall that when we bought the house the bathroom looked like this:

It's going to take some work to make it more our style.  Unfortunately this means evicting a couple of birds.

We wanted to give the room a mini-facelift without replacing the floors, toilet, shower, or vanity.  Everything's in pretty good shape and will definitely last us a while until we're ready to do a full bathroom renovation (years down the road).  The work we want to do includes:

  1. Replacing the faucet
  2. Replacing the toilet flusher
  3. Replacing the towel rack and toiler paper holder
  4. Painting the walls
  5. Painting the trim
  6. Cleaning mold and mildew from the ceiling
  7. Painting the ceiling
  8. Replacing the mirror
  9. Replacing light fixtures
  10. Changing hardware on the vanity
  11. Adding art/decorations 
  12. Finding towel storage
  13. Adding window treatment for privacy
I've also been doing some work in the master bedroom.  I mentioned in this post that we were deciding whether or not to buy the Farmhouse dressers from Pottery Barn.  We ended up biting the bullet and buying them and I'm so glad we did.  I love them!  The room is starting to come together.  I can't wait to show you updates in a couple of weeks!

{Image from here}

{Image from here}

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (3)

Hello!  Welcome to another Hundred Dollar Hump Day!

This picture has been floating around on Pinterest  and is on sale at One Kings Lane for $35.00.  If you haven't already joined One Kings Lane, it's a lot like Rue La La except they sell stuff for the home.  You create an account for free, then it's happy shopping!  Sale on this product ends on 5/12.

{Image via here}

Taco/Fajita/Burrito night is a reoccurring theme at our house.  Aren't these tortilla warmers for $8.00 from West Elm pretty cool?

{Image via here}

Also from West Elm, I think that these outdoor metal trays for $12.00  are the cutest.  I love the nautical look with the rope handles.

{Image via here}

This ORB Sunburst metal mirror from Target is only $24.19.  I think it would look great over a bed.

{Image via here}

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