Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Den Remodel Update

I'm on a mission to give you better updates about the house progress I'm making.  I have a bad habit of showing you a room in its beginning stages and not providing followup posts.  I didn't want to show you rooms that were half done or in progress because I wanted the final reveal to be perfect.  However, I'm learning that it takes time to create a room to perfection (a room that you truly live in and love and that's not just staged), and that ideas of perfection will change over time.

So in my effort to be more revealing, I'm showing off my killer legs den.  The last time I posted about the den was back in April and I talked about furnishing the room.  I showed you pictures of a cabinet and chair that I had purchased. Well, those pieces found homes in other rooms.  The cabinet is now in our dining room and the chair is in our master bedroom.  Instead I found a coffee table and console from Ballard Designs and a bench from HomeGoods.

Here's a little timeline to refresh your memory about where we started:

And here is the den today in all of her unfinished glory:

I'll be sure to share updates with you as I select window treatments, pick out accent tables and wall art, and (maybe) paint the room a different color.  :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Guest Bedroom Design

First an update on the master bathroom.  I've made a lot of good progress, but I can't quite call it done. Regardless, it's about time that I show you some pictures!  I promise to do that later this week.

The next room I'm working on from my long list of projects is one of our guest bedrooms.  We haven't touched this room since we moved in aside from redoing the hardwood floors.  The furniture and bedding is our old set from our apartment.

The first thing that I want to do is paint paint paint!  I've been trying to steer clear of using another blue or gray in the house, but it's so hard for me!  I love using gray as a neutral.  I also want to add a headboard to the bed, hang window treatments, get new bedding, and accessorize.  I plan to keep the Ikea Hemnes nightstands and one of the dressers in the room.  The other dresser will move into our other guest bedroom and probably get a coat of paint.

Here's a look at the mood board I put together for the space:

I just ordered the velvet chair from Target. It's on sale for $135.99!  I couldn't believe how inexpensive it is.  Once I see the chair fabric in person, I plan to pick a paint color and order the headboard.  Right now I'm leaning towards White Rain by Benjamin Moore.  The curtains are also from Target.  The lamp and mirror are inspiration only as I'll be shopping HomeGoods for less expensive lookalikes. I'm really looking forward to pulling this room together and giving our guests a beautiful place to stay.

You can see some of my other mood boards here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feed Me Friday Blog Hop - Home with Baxter is featured blog!


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  Home with Baxter is about my journey redecorating our first home with my dog, Baxter, by my side.

Puppy Time

Good morning!  I'm a little tired today.  The 5:50 wakeup time was earlier than I am accustomed to these days.  I have two beautiful 8 week old babies, Sookie and Pam, staying at our house and boy did they miss their mama last night.

I am fostering them through a great volunteer organization called Great Dog Rescue of New England (GDRNE).  Pam is going to her forever home on Friday and we hope that Sookie will have a home by the end of next week.  If you're looking to adopt a pet, I encourage you to check out Pet Finder.com.  If you're local, here's the link for GDRNE's page on Pet Finder.

I wasn't sure how Baxter would adjust to two puppies in the house, but he's tolerating them.  He goes from so excited he can't control himself to utterly bored with them.  I'm trying to console him so he doesn't feel neglected.  I read that when new dogs are brought into the home, the old dog can feel like he's being replaced!  Never Baxter, you're still my main man. :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (11)

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the weekly post of  "Hundred Dollar Hump Day."  It's my summary of some cool things you can find online for $100 or less. Happy Shopping!
1. I am a little partial to this first item being as I'm from Maine and all, but how cute is this Round Maine Lobster Sign from World Market? Regularly $49.99, it's now on sale for $29.99.

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2. I've seen DIY chevron frames floating around Pinterest and blog land, but if you're not the DIY type, you can purchase this Zig Zag Frame from Z Gallerie.  It comes in aquamarine and gray. $16.95.
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3. I love the texture of these Raffia Trays from West Elm.  They would look great in a dining room or an office.  $29 - $59 each.
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4. I've never seen anything quite like this Pederson and Lennard Hook.  I think it would be adorable in a mud room or boy's bedroom.  $59 from West Elm.
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5. This Trellis Knit Pillow Cover has me thinking of Fall and curling up on the couch with a warm beverage.  I know, not yet!  But it's on sale for $39.99 and really is too cute.  Also from West Elm.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Calling All Gardeners

I need your help.  Just last month I bragged about how well my garden was growing.  And I showed you this picture of my cucumbers.

Fast forward almost 30 days and I'm no longer bragging.  Something has gone terribly wrong.

I'm a little freaked out and a little puzzled by their appearance.  I'm afraid I won't be making homemade pickles this summer.

So all you seasoned gardeners out there, I need your help.  What did I do wrong?  Is it because I started them in planters and grew them too close together?  Is it because I didn't provide a proper crawling trellis?  Is it because I moved them into a raised garden bed, but didn't actually plant them, just kept them in the planter boxes?

Did I give them too much water and sun, or not enough of either?  Could the soil be bad?

... And is there any hope for these new blossoms?!?

Please say there is...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Birthday and Bow Ties

Hello!  How was your weekend?  On Saturday Jake turned 30!!  I'm 2 years younger so I like to tease him. We celebrated with a family barbecue complete with ladder ball, champagne, scotch (Jake's beverage of choice) and lots of food.  Oh yea, and we may have relived our college days by playing beirut (beer pong) late into the night.  In a couple of weeks,  we're heading to Cape Cod for a week long celebration/vacation with more family and friends.

I relied on family to snap some photos of the day and so far I only have photos from my sister's boyfriend, Mike.  His photography style is... umm....unique.  Yes, unique.  That's it!  Haha, thanks for getting these pictures to me Mike!

I kept things easy with steak, chicken, and veggies on the grill, store bought potato salad, corn on the cob, bread, and pasta salad.

I tried out a new pasta salad recipe from Echoes of Laughter.  Click on the link to see her full recipe. I followed it closely, but made a few small changes.  I love how easy, versatile, and delicious it is!

{Source: Echoes of Laughter via Jessica on Pinterest}

My tweak on her recipe:
  • Bow Tie (Farfalle) pasta
  • Garlic and Herb spice mixture
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Black Olives
  • Basil
  • Red, Green, and Yellow Peppers
  • Red Onions
  • Fresh Basil 
  • Feta Cheese
And just as I was getting ready to hit "Post" my Dad texted me a more "traditional" photo.

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Painted Bathroom Vanity - Reveal and Tutorial

Our master bathroom was updated by the previous homeowners in the past 5 years or so, but, unfortunately not to our taste.  I wanted to give the room a mini-facelift without spending money on new tiling, toilet, vanity, etc. since it had all been redone not too long ago.  The vanity is good quality and in pretty decent shape, but it's a little too dark for the beachy colors I'm using.  So I decided to paint it! I also switched out the hardware and the faucet (to read about how I changed the faucet, click here).

So whadaya think?  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out and you can't beat the price!  For those interested, I used Benjamin Moore's Waynesboro Taupe.  Here's how I tackled the project.

1. Remove existing hardware.

2. Clean vanity with soap and water.  Let Dry.

3.  Remove cabinet doors and drawers from unit.  Then using 80 grit sandpaper, gently sand the vanity, cabinet doors, and drawer fronts.  A tool like this is very useful:

4. Clean vanity, cabinet doors, and drawers again to remove dust.  Let Dry.

5. Tape areas of the vanity you don't want to get paint on (hinges, etc.)

6.  Apply a coat of water-based primer to all areas you will be painting.  Follow directions on can for dry time.  I used Zinsser Bulles Eye Primer.

7. Once the primer has dried, apply one coat of interior latex paint.  I used Benjamin Moore interior paint in semi-gloss finish.

8. Follow instructions on paint can for dry time (I let my paint dry overnight before applying a second coat).  Once first coat is dry, apply a second coat.

9.  Once the second coat of paint is dry, apply a coat of polyurethane.  The polyurethane will add an extra protective layer.  I used Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Semi-Gloss.  Make sure you choose a water-based Poly so that it won't yellow over time.

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10.  Allow the poly to completely dry then reassemble the vanity and attach hardware.  

11.  Enjoy your new and improved bathroom!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (10)

Hello!  I got back from New York late Monday night and spent most of yesterday playing catch-up at home. (Sorry I didn't get a chance to post a home-related update).  I did finish a project that I've been working on for about a week now.  I painted the vanity in my master bathroom!  Since today is traditionally Hundred Dollar Hump Day, I'll be back tomorrow to share pictures and a tutorial with you.

For this week's Hundred Dollar Hump Day, I thought that it would be fun to share with you some of the things that I saw at C. Wonder!  The store was really cute and they had some great things, but I don't know that I'd recommend making a special trip to go there.  Plus, you can shop online!  It's a great place to buy gifts, especially since they will monogram just about anything for an extra $10.
1.  This Ikat tableware comes in four different colors and ranges in price form $10 - $14 per piece.  I love the fun colors and print.
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2.  Everybody hop on the Ikat train..  These Ikat cloth napkins are $28 for a set of 4.
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3.  These frosted glass votives are $8 a piece.
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4.  This wave pillow cover comes in yellow and blue and sells for $34.  If I didn't already have a collection of yellow pillows, I would have scooped it up.

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5. These faux-leather notebooks come in different colors and covers with phrases like "Big Ideas," "Deep Thoughts," "Random Notes."  $14 each. Maybe a good place to jot down all those blog ideas?!?

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6.  I love the color of this Geo Print clutch.  $38.
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So there you have it.  A bit of what I saw at C. Wonder.  No, I didn't buy any of the above items, but I did leave with a makeup bag in navy and a wallet in brown.  Both are too boring to show you here, but I love me some basics. :)  

And just in case you were wondering, I don't get paid by C. Wonder to talk about them or show you their stuff.  I'm just one girl telling another about her shopping day. :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Concrete Jungle

I'm posting from NYC this morning.  Yesterday, we went to a baby shower in Brooklyn and stayed the night.  Jake's working out of his company's NYC office today, so I'm left to amuse myself.  If you know me at all,  you know that it doesn't take much. 

Brooklyn Bridge on a rainy Sunday
But, I'm in New York(!) so of course there's plenty to do.  I'm being a good girl and sticking to my half marathon training schedule so I went for a run in Central Park this morning.  Park is great, but MAN is it HOT out. My plan is to spend the rest of the day shopping.  Woot!  The first place I want to check out is C. Wonder in SoHo.  The store is owned by Tory Burch's ex-husband and carries clothes, jewelry, accessories, and home decor.  I've heard mixed reviews but the home decor section looks pretty cool. Anyone been there yet?

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I'll be back in Boston tomorrow and hopefully have some updates on the master bathroom!  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

No more peeping, Tom

Y'all know that I'm in the middle of redoing my master bathroom. Things are coming along pretty well.  The newest addition is a window shade.  Yep, we've been sans window shade for about 1 year.  Seeing as our backyard faces a forest, one might not think that's a problem.  But there are hiking trails in the forest, and people walk on them, and sometimes I'm in the shower when they walk on them.  Those poor poor people.

But back to the window shade.  I pretty much knew that I wanted a natural woven material and I also knew that my window was not a standard size, so I would need to order something custom.  I've been receiving the Smith+Noble catalog because the previous homeowners shopped there and I came across a couple of options that I really liked.  I opted to go with the natural woven flat fold shade in fiji/barley.

I'm really happy with the purchase. The shade was delivered in 8 days and was super easy to install.  The price was a little steep, though.  It cost me about $200 bucks for this one shade.  Does anyone have suggestions for another place to shop for custom shades like this that may be a bit cheaper?  I don't mind splurging on one window, but doing a whole house would cost a fortune!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hundred Dollar Hump Day (9)

Hello, hello!  This week I have some great finds from Joss & Main.  If you haven't joined already, you should!  It's free and they have great sales on tons of home decor, furniture, and other fun items.  The kicker is you have to hurry!!  Their sales don't last long and things sell out quickly. And just so ya know, I'm not paid to tell you to shop there. I just really like it. :)

1. These nautical coasters are too cute and they're dishwasher safe. $18.00 for set of 4.
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2. I love the soft colors and pattern on this hand-woven Safi wool rug.  Would be perfect next to a bed.  The 3X5 size is on sale for $88.95.
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3. I love the versatility of this Niederwald Ottoman and the price isn't bad too.  On double sale for $78.95.
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4. This Newport Nightstand has classic style and lines that could work with many decors.  Markdown on the markdown, this is now selling for $58.95.

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