July 16, 2013

Giveaway: Designed Beginnings

*** This giveaway is now closed – Check below to see who won! ***

Thank you to those of you that entered! Random.org has selected one lucky winner… Entry #32, Nichole K! She said “Decal Me! I love all of the monograms. It would be hard to choose!” Congrats :)

Today’s giveaway comes from one of our July sponsors, Designed Beginnings, a shop specializing in super cute wall decals for nurseries and children’s rooms. I would totally be rocking one of these if we had a single free wall in our home. Vinyl decals are perfect for temporary solutions, like renters, young kids, or indecisive people like me ;) I mean, of course, they could last for years, but it’s a fun little swap that can make a huge difference with very little effort.

Read on for details on entering to win a $50 credit towards a decal of your choice over at Designed Beginnings below!

Here are few of my favorites!

I would totally rock these giraffes out in a full size. The black decal against an all white background could be a really fun modern look!

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How precious is this?

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Forget the kids’ rooms, this next initial decal would definitely make a statement in a living or dining space!

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You guys know we’re long-time lovers of growth charts. This one could easily blend with any home’s decor without being “kiddy”.

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If we have a third baby someday, I MUST incorporate dinosaurs in the room. So fun!

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And lastly, because who doesn’t love a cute lil’ baby elephant trailing it’s momma.

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HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below saying “Decal Me!”. Bonus points for listing your favorite!

DEADLINE: Thursday, July 18th at 10pm EST. One random winner will be announced on Friday, July 19th.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enter with a shipping address in the US. Only ONE entry per email. Winners will be selected using random.org, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

 

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July 9, 2013

A Different Approach & Dining Chairs

Feel free to skip through this rambling to the good stuff :)

I’ve been doing quite a bit of self reflection over the past few weeks spent away from blogging, and I’ve made a few new notes to myself that I think are worth sharing.. or maybe rather, I’ve accepted a few realities. It should probably be fairly obvious at this point, but I’m just beginning to acknowledge something. I will forever be tweaking our home. Even as a room nears a finished stage, it’s in my nature to make it “better”. What I’ve also learned is that better today is a FAR cry from what better will be next week (at least in my mind). My personal style will never stop evolving and I am certain that I’ll NEVER settle.

A contributing factor in my across the board style is my background. Most DIY/home bloggers play off this whole “I’m not a design expert, I have no idea what I’m doing” thing. And that’s cool, and true for many. But that’s not me. Now, for the record, an expert I am not. However, I did go to design school, I come from a family of designers, and I’ve been soaking this stuff up since I was five. At this point, I would like to consider myself fairly well seasoned in the interior design world. I live and breathe this shit.

My point – I know what I love.. which is almost everything. I have an immense appreciation for each and every design style, so I must accept that it’s okay if it takes me a millennium to nail down just exactly how I want my own home to feel. It’s not because I’m totally lost and should throw in the towel. I just love it all. So, there’s no rush. I’m going to finish it. AND eventually, I’m also going to change it.

This recognition was HUGE. And such a relief. My brain had been at war with itself for the past few months after suddenly realizing that messed up. I mean, I really fudged up.

After moving into our new home, just over a year ago, I’ve been attempting to work around all of our existing furniture. And about 90% of it, I despise. Crazy right? Not just the working around decor that you don’t love, but the mere fact that after owning the vast majority of our home decor for only, I don’t know, 4-5 years, I can’t stand to look at 90% of it. How did that happen?

For a long time, I thought I’d failed. I felt like, as a designer, I must have seriously messed up to have decorated my entire home, only to turn around several years later and no longer love it. Not true. Let’s take a closer look. Our dining space.

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Here are my initial thoughts on a daily basis: Change the light fixture, re-stain the dining table in another tone, replace the rug, and replace the dining chairs. Major changes, right? I mean, yes, the structure of the room stays, the layout stays, but pretty much ALL furniture pieces are changing. Here’s the issue. I actually really love everything about this room, down the very last detail. Just not in my house. In my house, it makes me cringe. Turns out, I’ve been decorating for someone else. This room just isn’t “me”. So, it’s time to make some changes. And that goes for our entire house.

I’m taking a new approach. I’ve always been a big believer in decorating by purchasing things you love and everything else will fall in place. Well, that doesn’t work for someone who loves and appreciates ALL styles. You end up with a beautiful room, with finishes you like, but nothing that you really LOVE. You know, heart beating fast, goo-goo eyes, can’t stop starring, in LOVE. I want that back.

So, to kick off this new approach, we replaced the dining chairs. Again, I adore our old dining chairs. They’re super modern, contrast beautifully with the dark, rustic dining table, both in style and in color. They were a good choice, just not for my house. Outside of everything that they do well for the space, I’m not drawn to them. Nothing speaks to me. A chair that does speak to me?

Three of these mid century modern, dowel-leg chairs with their gorgeous molded backs. They’re an Eames knockoff, a classic in any home. Which, while on topic, let’s clarify. I’d be more than happy to splurge on the real deal if we had the extra cash floating around. Unfortunately, dropping $1200+ on the real Eames chairs would not be a good financial choice for our family right now ;) Instead, we scored four of these replicas on Amazon for $300 total (the fourth is living in the entryway).

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I draped a few sheepskins over them to soften everything up and I’m crazy obsessed. And not in my typical, “this is good” lust, but more of a “yes.. finally, this is me“. Mid century modern furniture has been on my radar since I was a kid and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of it popping up in our house. My grandpa was an architect and had the sweetest pad. Which I remember down to the details, most of which were super contemporary and mid century pieces. I would give my right hand for a virtual tour of that home now.

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I’m playing around with the idea of giving the dowel legs a new finish. Nothing dramatic, but maybe a wood stain that’s a little richer. We’re hoping to get a better idea as we live with them for the time being.

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I’m soaking up the view from the kitchen. Aka.. where I spend 60% of my day as a personal chef for the girls ;)

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And a fun little swap that I couldn’t help but share.

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 I picked up this yellow bamboo tray several months back (online from OKL or J&M?) and lined the bottom with some extra fabric that I had on hand. A quick little pick-me-up. It’s not secured down or anything, just folded up to fit and easy to swap out when I tire of it (tomorrow, haha).

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So, we’re one step closer to a room that I truly love. Really love. And it’s okay that I had to replace major purchases. Yes, it’s money down the drain and time wasted and energy spent, but it’s a lesson learned. And a good one. I feel like I finally have a grip on where I want our house to be. Which, ironically, is an unexplored and unknown place. Does that make sense? I’m guess I’m just accepting that I my style is all over the face of the earth and may not fit in, but it’s me and it will all get there in good time. Whew… such a sigh of relief.

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As for the rest of the room, re-staining the dining table may be next on the t0-do list for this particular room. If I go light enough to have contrast between the table and the dark floors I may even nix the rug altogether. It’s never been my favorite to have a rug in an eating space, but the nubby texture of current one works really well. We’ll see.

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Or.. we may tackle the lighting situation. Meaning this guy above would be up for grabs. Any takers? :) I’m thinking either an industrial DIY’ed fixture, or maybe something vintage as a replacement. Thoughts?

June 14, 2013

Changes

I feel like I should apologize for the lack of posts this week, but really, I’m not sorry. Let me explain.

Like I’m sure most others do, we’ve been struggling for quite some time to find that perfect balance between work and family life. I love this blog like it’s my baby, but I also love my real babies. And quite a bit more. I know when I look back on this time in 20 years I won’t be kicking myself for not getting enough blog posts out each week, or not getting that particular project completed fast enough. So, for the sake of our precious time together as a family, I’m taking a little step back.

I’ve been working things out in my head for a few months now and I’ve come up with a new structure for the blog. A structure that should allow us a little breathing room. Of course, this probably is not what’s best for Cape 27, but what’s Cape 27 without a happy family behind it? Here’s what you can expect.

• Quality, not quantity. Basically, less, but better, posts. Instead of shooting for 4-5 posts per week, I’m thinking 2, maybe 3 on a good week. Series like “That’s Pinteresting” and sharing mood boards may go out the window, which frees up more time for me to do awesome projects and put together some great content for you guys. And, naturally, more snuggling time with my girls.

• A casual posting schedule. Some may have noticed, others not, but in the past, posts went live at preset times on specific days of the week. It was a major stress factor. I started this blog as a creative outlet, and I’d love to get back to those roots. I will no longer pressure myself to write when I’m just not feeling it, or when our family life isn’t allowing it. I’m over it. Posts may still come at 9am on Monday, but the next may be Thursday at 1am. Who knows. I’m letting life take the wheel on this one.

• A third change, that isn’t blog related, but more about our design services. The mood boards. I mentioned going on a break until July/August, tweaking a few things, and then opening up shop again in the fall. Well, I’ll go ahead and put this out there. They may not come back. We’ll have to see if our lives allow room, but for now, they’re on hold, indefinitely.

When it comes down to it, this is really just me choosing my family over all other things. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in working when it’s something you love so much. I hope you guys will be understanding and stick around while I try to work a few of these issues out. Heck, many of you may not even notice a difference :) Love, love.

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June 5, 2013

Mood Board: Amy’s Living & Dining Space

Back with another mood board today!

Here’s what Amy had to say about her Living & Dining Space:

“Our living room/dining room is really a blank slate! The only items that should stay or possibly get incorporated into the space are the brown leather ottoman, small side table and black table in the entry way.  We are not attached to anything else! We plan to buy new furniture when we move since this is our rental but I am hopeful we can create a livable space for this house in the meantime and then we can incorporate some of those elements in our next home. I think my style is more contemporary. I definitely use my space but want it to look nice too.  I think I prefer casual modern glam chic if there is such a thing! But, would like my guy to feel comfortable in the space too.  I’ve attached samples of spaces I love. I like texture….  Like rustic with iron but softened with pillows, lighter colors etc.

This room is used mostly when we have people over which is fairly often. The dining table is used for family dinners and the living space is for hosting movie nights, superbowl parties etc. We had our Christmas tree in here this past December. We moved the TV to the left wall and placed the tree in front of the windows.

My hubby is a firefighter and therefore loves the color red.  I love rooms that have that one color that subtly pops throughout. But, red may be a bit bright for a living room? Perhaps burgundy? I am up for either color as the subtle color incorporated with neutrals or grays  My bedroom is done in black and grays and I am still attempting to make slate blue and dark purple my “pop” colors. I also love ivory.

We are not attached to the dining table and chairs, the couches or the stand the TV sits on. As I mentioned earlier it would be great to incorporate the small side table, brown leather ottoman (i think that offers a nice masculine touch to the room even though I am not a huge fan of brown!)  I have always planned to paint the dining table and redo the chairs-the project has just never happened!  I am soooo over the light pine color. I hate the dark brown couches. Since this is our in between house we have just been using furniture we have acquired over the years.”

And here’s what I came up with!

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Note: As some of you may have noticed, I did not include links to the products within the mood board. Unfortunately, I’ve made the choice, based on several reasons, to no longer provide them here on the blog. As much as I’d love to, providing links a second time is extremely time consuming. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean you won’t have access to sources! I create Pinterest boards specific to each and every mood board that I create. You can simply hop on over and scroll to find any product you may be interested in! Here’s the direct link to Amy’s Space!

Update: We’re taking a quick leave from mood boards and will NOT be accepting new clients for the time being. I’m currently booked through August, so we plan to reopen shop (or at least give an update) around that time. Thanks for your patience!

Check out more details & past examples.