July 24, 2013

Laugh It Up

At least, that’s what I keep telling myself as I write this post.

I confessed a major screw up a few weeks ago, regarding how we’ve decorated our home in the past. It felt glorious, but honestly, also a little overwhelming. In efforts not to drown in this mess we’ve created, and to continue moving forward, I’ve chosen to start with one of the rooms that we spend the most time in, to sort of, recover. The living room.

The last few times we touched on this space it was looking like this (minus the new grasscloth entryway):

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It’s lovely, don’t get me wrong. But honestly, it says nothing about us. Zero personality. Well, zero of our personality. If it were all back in the store, not a single thing would be calling my name. Not a single thing would come home with us. Notta.

Obviously, some things need to go. It’s about to get real here people. Everything with an “X” is getting the axe. And by axe, I mean Craigers is coming for you.

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Crazy, right? I mean me. You think I’m crazy, right? It’s cool.

I told you, we messed up big time. Nearly every single item in this room is getting the boot. Let’s take a closer look.

Sofa & Pillows – Sofa never fit the space. Came from our previous home. Just plain doesn’t work in this room. Pillows are not meant to stick around for years. MUST. SWITCH. THEM. NOW. :)

Ottoman/Pouf - Cute, but not here. Maybe the girls’ room? Too glam for us.

Rug - This makes me cry. Way too much yellow going on near the front door. I like the rug, so it may stay somewhere else in the house (master bedroom?).

Dresser/Media Console - Ricky wants to beat my head against the wall for this one. He’d keep it, but I say go. It’s beautiful, but it’s super trendy, too big for the room, and the herringbone makes my eyes bleed. There, I said it. Anything chevron/chevron-esque, please get the eff out of my house. Thank you.

Art Prints - A good quick fix, but I need some “real” art in my life. Something that inspires. Something colorful, and less symmetrical.

Curtain Panels – I’m almost as tired of ikat patterns as I am chevron. I think getting back to my classic roots is the name of the game here.

Front Door - Ok, this isn’t technically going anywhere. But it will be getting a fresh coat of paint :)

Desk Area – This space is already gone, as you saw in this post. Which, while we’re on topic, go ahead and toss these plans as well.

Now, just what exactly are we keeping you ask? Well…

• Flooring
• Pallet Wall (but the other walls may get a fresh coat of paint)
• Ceiling Light (I think)
• Umm, that’s it.

It’s nuts. But also, really, really fun. Yes, we spent money that didn’t need to be spent and lost hours, if not days, on projects that are going down the drain, but that is one heck of a terrible reason to give up on a room. You win some, you lose some. New plan: I’m going with my gut on new purchases, staying the heck away from Pinterest, and taking. my. time. I’ll be back next post with my main source of inspiration for, well, not only this room, but our entire house!

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July 23, 2013

Giveaway: Shabby Apple

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Thank you to those of you that entered! Random.org has selected one lucky winner… Entry #70, Kara! She said “Dress Me! Loving on the Gondola dress!” Congrats! :)

This week’s giveaway comes from Shabby Apple, an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses. Typically, we just talk home decor around here, but if anything is closely related, it’s clothing. Plus, you guys know we can’t get enough of anything vintage or vintage-insprired.

The folks at Shabby Apple are offering you guys a chance at a $75 gift card towards anything in their store! See entry details below.

Now, here are a few of my favs :)

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Make sure you “like” Shabby Apple on Facebook and follow them on Instagram!

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

DEADLINE: Thursday, July 25th at 10pm EST. One random winner will be announced on Friday, July 26th.

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.

July 19, 2013

DIY Custom Closet Makeover

When we first moved into our house, just over a year ago, we knew that all of the bedroom closets needed some work. Custom closet organizers are crazy expensive, so we also knew that it’d likely be something that we’d DIY when it came time. Well, it’s now officially way past time.

All three bedroom closets are in constant state of chaos and bursting at the seams. We’ve done our best to work with what the house came with by keeping things as organized as possible, and purging clothes that the girls have outgrown, but when it came down to it, the current closet systems just weren’t utilizing the space to their best ability. Specifically, Zoey’s closet.

Yikes.

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Clothes are piling up, toys are piling up, random things that don’t below are piling up. But, the most obvious problem in Zoey’s closet is the dead space. Talk about a waste. And with Lizzy well on her way to the age at which the girls will begin sharing a room, we have no wasted space to spare.

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Not only does this space serve as clothes storage, it also functions as toy storage. The girls will have some toy storage beneath their beds, but the room isn’t huge, so that’s about it. We knew we had to make this closet work hard.

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I ran through a few of my favorite inspirational photos and landed on the idea of using the lower portion of the closet for toy bins and the upper sections for clothing. After pricing out a few options, we decided to buy most of the inner workings in-store and to spruce them up with a “custom built-in” feel by framing everything in. We picked up one of Closetmaid’s 9-cube organizers for the bottom half and Ricky worked his magic.

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(just ignore the wire rack above it, we hadn’t taken it down yet)

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Next up, clothes storage. I always find that a mix of open and closed storage in closets works best, so we opted to use a few sliding wire bins to serve as drawers, with a rod above for hanging shirts. Ikea’s Komplement wire baskets (in 39″x13″) came close enough to the closet size that we could easily build out the sides of the closet to accommodate the drawer slides. The bins are perfect for pants, shorts, pajamas, and the smaller undergarment pieces. One basket really would have been sufficient for Zoey, but we chose to do two so Lizzy would have room down the road.

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We topped these pieces with a sheet of wood as well to create a space that would serve as a little tabletop, just beneath the hanging clothes area. A small white trim piece disguises the unfinished edges.

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We filled all the nail holes with a little wood putty, gave everything a fresh coat of white paint, and added the hanging rod above, as well as an extra shelf at the very top.

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Looking so much better right?

Just wait.

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Boom. Color.

Be still my heart.

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We tossed in a few of Closetmaid’s Fabric Drawers (Pink. Red. Yellow. Orange.) in the bottom cubicle for toys and lined the wire baskets above with the same Watercolor Meadow fabric used in other areas of the room. The “liners” are really more of just faux fronts. I used a few leftover cardboard pieces, cut them to size, and wrapped them with spray adhesive and fabric. Voala.

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I used the same technique on the bottom of the drawers too, just to give clothes a nice landing spot. Nothing super pretty, but it works, and it’s hidden beneath the clothes anyway :)

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And moving up, we’re still playing around with styling, this isn’t going to cut it, but it’s a cute place for Zoey to display a few of things of her own. A little dish picked up at Target on clearance last year for jewelry (she has her ears pierced and is wildly obsessed with bracelets), a small flower vase that has yet to be filled, a few sentimental snow globes, and some other decorative accessories.

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The wooden serving tray is corralling a few pairs of shoes (most live in the mudroom).

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And as if this post isn’t long enough, let’s talk about the outside of the closet. I’d always envisioned a curtain to serve as the closet “door”, but the more we lived with the curtains in Lizzy’s nursery I realized how much I missed being able to actually close the doors. I loved the look of Ikea’s Hasvik high gloss white sliding doors, especially up against all the color going on inside.

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This way, it can be a nice little surprise when we open the door, or easily hidden away if the color gets overwhelming. Win, win.

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Ricky installed the track that came with the door directly to the wall, and it functions just like a barn door. Except, beautiful, beautiful high gloss white. Yum. The door has several safety locking features, so no worries about the door sliding off the rail, or even the kids pulling it off the wall from the bottom. This thing isn’t going anywhere. The door sits out just a tad from the wall, which works out perfectly with the adjacent wall art. The door just slides right over it.

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A few other things to note:

- The door can only be purchased in a two pack, so we’re holding on to the other to use in Lizzy’s room some day, we’ll just need to get our hands on another track.

- And one small issue we ran into was the way the door hung. Since it’s meant to slide on a top and bottom rail, and we’re only using a top, the bottom tends to cling to the wall. We’ve since installed a pair of casters to the inside of the door, just at the bottom, that gently glide along the wall and keep the door standing perfectly vertical. I’ll catch you guys up on that as soon as I can photograph it to better explain.

Now, because you guys know I’m a sucker for a good before and after, let’s get these babies side-by-side :)

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Oh yes. Yes, yes, YES.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets excited over a organized closet… :)

July 16, 2013

Giveaway: Designed Beginnings

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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.

 

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?