before & after

Isn’t if fun to document your progress? I tend to get excited and forget to take enough pictures. I am getting better at the whole process and when I look back to see some of the things we’ve done in our short time at this house, I am really amazed. We’ve come a long way.

Photographs of the “process” are actually essential. Looking it back at the projects we accomplished, from tiny to large, makes me feel great and it gives me the insperation I need to move forward and keep creating.

SO don’t give up…nothing worth having or doing was easy and usually it wasn’t over night. Keep taking pictures and keep on dreaming up ideas, stay motivated. It’s hard sometimes but it’s usually worth it in the end!

Stay inspired. Keep up the good work! Make it happen!

&… have a great day!

bathroom update

Our mini bath (or is it called a quarter bath… toilet and sink only) has been in need of an overhaul for many moons. I did a fun inspiration mood board here, but when it came down to getting something done… it didn’t turn out like the mood board at all (financially, it wasn’t time). So we painted, add a new light fixture and finally installed the penny tile flooring from here.

The bathroom looks soooo much better, and for now, we are content (for now). I still want to go with a new cabinet and some gold accents like the dreamy mood board I made, but until then, this will do!

Take a look:

Fresh coat of grey paint, a new yellow hand towel and a new silver/grey hand towel. Cute new light too.

The flooring and the paint made a huge difference in this little space. The old vinyl and the lack of a transition piece from the wood to the bathroom, was really bringing this space down. So far I love the new floor but I must say, it is kind of hard to keep clean. I think a dark grout would have been a better option for our 2 boy, 2 dog and 2 adult family. The white on white is pretty but not practical. Just my 2 cents! :)

The dark Grey paint adds a lot of drama to this little space. I love the dark color in this room, it was a great choice. Adding the pop of colorful accents, like the orange frame and the yellow hand towel, really makes that dark grey paint pop.

What do you think? Any min-makeovers in your near future?

Dining Room

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my house (holla!)… and now you can see the eclectic, colorful, fun home that I live in every day… I love it. It’s always changing & evolving and soon enough these photos will be the “before” pictures. But as of today, here is what my front-living-room-turned-dining-room looks like:

This was the “sneak peak” that I showed you when I did the summer/front entry tour here. Right when you walk into our house you can see the living-room-now-a-dining-room. Originally when we moved in, this was the formal living room. You know, the place where you put your white sofas, turn on the gas fireplace, sit and have tea (with your pinkie finger ever so slightly elevated off the handle of your dainty tea cup)?… Well, that wasn’t happening. Can we say 2 growing boys, 2 dogs and 1 husband = no white sofas and broken tea cups… hence the space is a dining room. Our dining room (or what was ‘designated’ as a dining room is now the office. And we have 1 living/family room, which is plenty).

Since this was suppose to be a formal living room, there is a fireplace, a gas fireplace. I love it! It’s super fun to decorate the mantle and when we have guests over for dinner and such, I can light up the fireplace while we are sitting at the table…it’s so fancy!

I especially love that this room is rarely used which means IT STAYS CLEAN!  And yes, isn’t that perfect…the first room you lay eyes on when you enter my house is the room that stays clean, and is little effort to keep clean. Pretty smart on my behalf, don’t cha’ think?

Because this room was suppose to be a living room, there are a ton of shelves. No problem except for the corner shelving where a big box TV once resided (circa 1994 when the house was built = no flat screens, just bulky TV’s). So I had to get creative. Trying to keep it cute, not too cluttered and yet fill in the big open space, well it’s a challenge. Magazines work great. Lanterns, globes, bulky items like that have been my go-to decor for those deep shelves in the corner.

And because there are so many shelves I had plenty of space to build a bar! It’s getting a little crowded but it’s fun and feels so sophisticated! Are’t we fancy?! It’s fun to make drinks from our little wanna be bar. I lined all the backs of the shelves with a lime green wrapping paper that I picked up from a local discount store. honest to goodness, all I used was glue sticks and about 5 rolls of wrapping paper… the bookshelves/bar/tons of storage space, looks super cool with the lime green background. And I figured it’d be easy to re-do when I feel the need!

Here’s the corner of the dining room. A playful collage wall with no rhyme or reason to it. I just grabbed canvas prints, framed prints and other hanging goodies and tossed them up onto the wall for texture and to bring the otherwise dull space some lively-ness. And that’s a lego set that my son put together on his 9th birthday. He was so proud and so was I!

Here is one last look into the dining room. This photo was taken near the front door of the house. Looking into the room you can see my lovely generic ghost chairs that I totally adore! The lime green backing of the shelves (thanks to glue sticks and wrapping paper), our old but sweet candle chandelier (no ceiling light in this room), our plank ceiling that we painted grey with black crown molding, the awesome gas fireplace and wood mantle, and our sweat-nequity wood floors that we installed throughout our house (and it took forever!). I am pretty proud of how this room has turned out. I still have a lot of ideas for this space, but not for now. Future projects and back burner stuff. For now, I am smitten with how it has turned out.

Just to give you an idea… here is a photo right after we moved in, and after we’d tore up the old, dingy carpet:

Oh My Gosh!! What a difference, right? New floors, painted the cabinets and shelving, good bye 1970′s blinds (gag), and hello wonderful! Doesn’t it look completely different?!! Oh My Gosh!

Have a great day!

Summer entry

My home is looking summery! Here is my front entry… I’m loving it. And since these pictures were taken, we’ve planted many more flowers!

This is a very small section of our front porch. My favorite part… THE FLAMINGO! I love her and all her pink goodness! My rain boots are a close 2nd!

Here is what we walk into every day. A fresh, yellow bench with a colorful family collage on canvas. It makes me smile every time I look at it. And that’s a sneak peak at our kitchen straight ahead.

And this is another view of the front entry. Those stairs lead up to all the bedrooms. It’s quite a small space but it has multiple functions for sure. Shoes go next to the door. Kids backpacks and jackets hang over on the wall and the yellow bench is always multi-tasking too.

And one last peak of the front entry, from a lower level. Yes, I staged the shoes… those orange shoes are my most favorite shoes EVER! ANd a little teaser of the dining room there in the background.

I LOVE SUMMER! Make it a great day!

SALE!!

Remember how excited I was about the Johnathan Adler collection being released at JC Penny? If not, be sure to read more about it here (soooo exciting).

I had to share this:

And YES, that included the JA collection, HOLLA!!!!

{patting myself on the back}

Don’t you just love a sale? And one that includes the Jonathan Adler collection… could it be any better????

(sigh)

Make it a great day!

 

Fiestaware

I am a color-lovin-junkie. I admit it!

Lately I have been lovin’ on Fiestaware. I currently have a stock pile of white dishes, I love my white and they have stood the test of time (they really are timeless). However, I am just dying (yes, I am dying) to get my hands on some Fiestaware. White is great but truth be told, it gets a bit boring, it’s very ‘safe’.

My “other” mother (she’s been my moms bff for 30+years and always been in my life) has collected Fiestaware for years. She has an amazing collection. Her mother collected Fiestaware too. Sandie (my “other” mother) has a lot of timeless, discontinued pieces that are just amazing.

I too want to be a collector of something, maybe it should be Fiestaware?! And it’s made in the USA, so that’s a perk too!

Here are some great ‘inspiration’ photos of the lovely, eye-catching, drool worthy Fiestaware.

source: Dillards

source: kitschyliving.tumblr.com

source: fiestafactorydirect

source: Macys

Wouldn’t this dinnerware make a great addition to my kitchen (or any kitchen for that matter? I think it would for sure! it’s lovely and the color options seem plentiful. I am really digging the new flamingo color. I also love the tangerine and turquoise.

Do you have Fiestaware? Do you love it and has it stood the test of time (not only in quality but function and design)?

And here is a great link to some background information on Fiestaware.

 

vintage trailer love

I dream of one day owning a vintage camp trailer. An Airstream or maybe a Shasta. I just made a new Pinterest page for my “dream” trailer. You can check it out here.

Every summer we head to Lake Powell and camp on the beach or at the camp ground. We go out in the boat, soak up the sun, play in the sand and basically live the good life. We have been fortunate enough to have my mom’s diesel pusher RV, it’s newer, has A/C, a lot of space and all the amenities of home. Recently my mom has been talking about selling her RV (cry, cry). hence my not-so-serious craigslist search for a cute fixer upper, something we can afford vintage trailer. The more we look the more we see and we could possibly afford!  The big question would be… do we really want to take on yet another project (I say sure, why not… but then I don’t know if that’s my brain talking or my heart).

Here are some favorite vintage trailers I found on the internet, just poking around for fun:

source: www.vintagetrailercrazy.com

source: www.snailtrail.co.uk

source: http://www.isuwannee.com

source: www.designsponge.com

Aren’t these trailers adorable? It makes me want to throw on an apron, put some rollers in my hair and bake all day. I am totally smitten with the idea of getting a vintage trailer. of course there are a lot of things to consider before we ultimately decide to purchase a fixer upper, but I like to think we can do it. See a great article/post here about whether or not purchasing a vintage trailer is right for you.

In my craiglist search I found this beauty for $4500.00.  She’s in “excellent” shape and ready to roll as per the current owner. How cool.

Call me crazy but I really like how this sweet vintage trailer already looks. The interior is in good shape too (it’s basic and boring but would suit us well until we had time to do some of our own design touches).

Here is a cheesy mock-up of how this trailer would look on the beach:

I had to add the flamingo! I think I would just carry a flamingo to stick in the sand because what’s a vintage trailer without a yard flamingo? Holla! I think red and aqua would look really great. But I am also liking the paint combination from the aqua and yellow trailer (pictured earlier in this post).

For now it’s just a day dream but I don’t think it’s too far off into the future. It would look super retro behind our big-ole 1994 F350. Now that’s some style!

hanging bed “how to”

Lets touch base on how we did those phenomenal hanging beds in the boys bedroom makeover (see more post and photo’s here, here, and here).

Here is a photo of the loft style hanging beds that we made (quite simple actually):

Here is the “basic” stuff for a hanging bed shopping list at your local hardware store:

This next photo pretty much sums up where we used all the items from the shopping list (however, this is only ONE corner of the bed. Each bed has two corners that attached to chain, and the other two corners were fastened to the wall studs). There are 2 items not pictured below. One item not show in the photo below are the hex-bolts. We used the hex bolts on the back side of the bed, underneath the bed on the frame, and drilled thought the 2×4 frame into the studs into the wall. So our beds aren’t actually hanging, they are the “illusion” hanging beds. No way we were going to have swinging beds in our boys room… that would have been a real disaster! The second item not show are the bolts used in the ceiling (crown/eye bolts) were used in the ceiling (as well as the bed), for the chain.

The beds were super easy to make. Two adults to hang them (find and mark your wall studs first). We were so excited (and so were the kids) to get the room finished, we hung up the beds before sanding and protecting them (shame on us). We still need to fill the nail holes, for a finished look , lightly sand and clear coat (for protection). We love the pine look and how it ties in with our wood floors, so we are not staining or painting any of the wood. Au’natural!

pinterest

Are you following me on Pinterest? I sure hope so. Pinterest is such a fun place to hang out, be sure to head on over and start following me. If you aren’t a member, let me know and I can send you a friend request from Pinterest and you’ll be on your way!

 

hanging beds

Yipee!!!! The boys room is finished almost done… the beds are hanging and the boys are sleeping in them! I am so happy with how they turned out and the boys are over-the-moon excited! The hanging beds make the room feel so much larger and give us a ton of additional space. I will post more detailed photos next week. Here is where we’re at so far:

We still need to do all the “detail” work. Getting a new light fixture and ditching that ceiling fan is our first priority (can you say gag?). We’d also like to hang up a few pictures and we need to seal the pine ladder and the beds (to give them a finished look.

The baseboards are painted and caulked (whoo-hoo), beds are fastened down and hanging and the room is clean, we are making LOTS of progress!

On last photo until next week:

Have a great weekend!

**UPDATE** For more post on the boys room and these fabulous beds follow these links:

How to make an Hanging bed (so easy)

Mood Board for the boys new room

Painting the room

Final Details