Tuesday, September 27, 2011

a little bit of Fall.

It definitely doesn't look or feel like fall outside down here but I'm trying to get some of that fall feeling in our home.

Fall garland drapes the chalkboard that holds this saying for the season:

"it was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life".

Pinecones replace green apples...



Pumpkins replace candles...



I wish I had a mantel to decorate but for now I only have table vignettes. I'm still trying to get the living room completed from the move. The pictures make it look a little barren. It looks much more complete in person. I'm waiting on a big change for the room, once it arrives pictures will be up!

Happy Fall Y'all!

~Meg

{linked to Layla's Fall party}

Monday, September 26, 2011

coloring the sick away.

My 2 littlest ones are sick. They have the upper respiratory thing that's going around over here.
Coloring seems to make them happy and content for a little while at least.

I'm so happy they've suddenly become big fans of coloring and art projects.

The boys received this coloring "table" for Christmas this past year. It plays music as you color, the faster you color, the faster the music plays.

They love it!

I recommend it as a Christmas gift this year if you have any artistic little ones in your life.

~Meg

Saturday, September 24, 2011

barn light giveaway!

I wasn't planning on posting today but Holly announced a great giveaway and I just had to join in. I think I was first introduced to Barn Light through Layla at the Lettered Cottage when she hosted a giveaway a few years ago. I fell in love with all of their lighting. I'll take one of each please!

Here are some of the lights I think would look great in the boys bunk room ...



above their beds for their own little reading lamp...

The Americana Sconce.
The Laredo Sconce.

And the Saddlebred sconce.

I love them in each of the colors above. The patina one I think would add a great pop of color to that side of their room.

I would love to have one of these Warehouse pendants above our kitchen table. I think it would look great in the playroom as well, or even in the boys room as their main ceiling light.

And I've always loved these vintage school house lights! IN the kitchen over the island or bar area, or in the entry way or in a hallway, and one would look really good our guest/boys bathroom. Love love love them! One day I'll have some in our home...


Here are the details to how you can enter to win also! And if you win and don't really want it, my birthday is in a few months!

The Prizes: Barn Light Electric is giving away one $1,000 Grand Prize and one $500 2nd Place Prize to two lucky winners who enter their homes. The two winners will each receive a Barn Light Electric Gift Certificate to purchase new lighting for their homes or to finish off that lingering renovation project.

The Challenge: Take a look the Barn Light Electric website and pick out lights that you’d love to own. Then feature your choices on your personal blog and at the bottom of the post, include directions for your followers to enter too! Barn Light is hoping to let as many people know about the giveaway as possible and hope to do even more in the future!

SO once you’ve posted and submitted your link to Barn Light, that officially begins the contest. Everyone has from today through October 12th to enter.

Again, here’s how you can enter our Barn Light’s Online Giveaway:

1. Look around online at Barn Light Electric and pick lights you’d love to own
2. Feature your lighting picks on your personal blog, and link to the lights if you can!
3. Copy/Paste these rules at the bottom of your blog article
4. Once your personal article is up, you must email your blog link to: contest@barnlightelectric.com to be qualified to win. The contest ends October 12th, 2011.

Don’t have a blog?

Find out how you can enter by visiting the Barn Light Electric homepage!!!!


Good luck!

~Meg

Friday, September 23, 2011

the boys room.

I love love love how the boys room is turning out. It's not completely done, I still need to get some curtains, I'm thinking the same ones Emily used in her home from Ikea, and dress the crib {which is why you won't see either of those things in this post}.

The only other girl in the house with me wanted to pose for pictures, she loves her human brothers and you'll often find her cuddling with them in bed.
I found this quote and thought it was perfect for my boys. They each drive each other crazy one minute and then next they are the best of friends. We were nervous about putting all 3 in the same room but they love it and so far no problems!

The art collection is a mixture of vintage paint by numbers and some originals I found at thrift stores, they all have a water theme to them. The top painting was done by my oldest, R, soon after we found out our family would be going form 4 to 5. It's my favorite piece in the room. The S is for our last name.


This is I's bed. The big boys quilts came form PB kids and they each got their favorite color, his is green.

And R's is red. The euro sham came from a Dillards that was going out of business about 2 years ago. The ticking pillow came from my grandparents house, it's old and vintage but I love them and they scream boy to me! The front pillows are Ralph Lauren from HomeGoods a few months ago.

You remember the dresser from this post, and then again from this post. It was always meant for the boys room and I love the distressed feel for the room. The top of the dresser holds a few mementos.

A view as you walk in the room. I want to hang some black and white pictures of the boys on that wall at the end of the bunks.

I made the pendant banner for them about a year ago.

This little chick was the first thing I bought when we found out we were expecting our first little bundle of joy. It came form Target in the dollar section, it was Easter time then.



This lamp was black, you can see the before here. I spray painted it Lagoon by rustoleum at Lowe's and then rubbed some ebony stain over top of it. I paired it with a linen shade I had already, although I'm looking at replacing it with a different linen shade form Target that has a bit of a jute trim to it. The London bear came from one of their Tio's who studied law over in England for a bit. The picture of them was from our Christmas card last year.

And because this guy does this all day long and gives me a heart attack when he hangs over the railing up there and jumps up and down on the bed with no fear...

The ladder hangs out here during the day. And yes he's currently sick with that cute little red nose and baggie pj's he still had on late in the day.


That's the room as it is now. If this room had a bit of toile in it, it would scream me. I think it screams my boys too, whimsy, fun, and a bit sophisticated, or at least I'd like to think they are. I'll be sure to share the updates I make, hopefully in the near future!

~Meg

{linked to the parties in the party tab. & BNOTP}

Thursday, September 22, 2011

for good measure.

Ever since our first was born I wanted a large measuring stick to track how tall he grew. I didn't want one of those giraffes that measure kids' heights or any of those other animal/cartoon pieces {not that it's wrong if thats what you have}. But I wanted something more simple and vintage looking. I must have missed the PB catalog where they created a measuring "stick" to look like a vintage 6 inch ruler. I was visiting one of my favorite blogs for inspiration and saw that she had found a blog in which they made one modeled after PB's design.

I instantly fell in love, and so did my hubby who happened to be walking by the computer as I was drooling over it. That weekend I set out to make my own, so our now 3 boys could begin tracking their heights over the years.

It hangs here in the kids' hallway, between their bathroom and their bedroom.











We added the first measurements the other day. Their initials and the date.





I love it and the best part was it was so simple! {and yes you got a sneak peak of both the living room and the boys bedroom, I'll be sharing one of those with you tomorrow!}.

Thank you Jennifer for sharing your project and encouraging me to make one myself!

~Meg

You can now purchase your own ruler here in two different styles.

{linked to the parties in the party tab & BNOTP}

simple fall table scape.

You might have noticed in yesterday's post that I set up a pretty table scape to shoot my sweet stands. I though I'd show you more of it today.

Some linen fabric acted as my table cloth, while a collection of mixed white dishes were set in front of each chair.

A collection of red striped napkins, all from PB, were used to bring in some color. Some apples set upon a few white candle pillars finished out the color.

A silver pitcher for water or tea, and a white one filled with fall like twigs added some height to the setting. I'll share more on the chalkboard later.

My sweet stands acted as the serving pieces holding a mixture of treats. Perfect for an afternoon tea party or and upcoming holiday party.


Don't forget about the sale going on. You have until midnight tonight to get an extra 20% off. Go here to see the details.

I'll be back later to share that project I hinted about yesterday.

~Meg

{posted to BNOTP's Tablescape Thursdays.}

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Big Sale!

When we began unpacking boxes I found a couple of boxes of my sweet stands that were left over from the show I did last year. I don't have room for them so I've discounted all of them in the shop.


They would be perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Perfect for a hostess gift or for your treat display for the holiday's cookie exchange parties. I love the look of two or more together at different heights.


They can be used for so much more than just treats too... Jewelery, keys, odds and ends.


Want an even bigger discount? If you order a sweet stand before midnight tomorrow, September 22, I'll take 20% off your order {sweet stands only}. Just use the code fall2011 in a note when you check out. I'll reimburse you through Paypal the 20%. Go here to see all of the designs.

Tomorrow I'll show you a fun project I finished this weekend... it's hubby's favorite thing I've done to date.

~Meg

Monday, September 12, 2011

sneak peek and a casualty.

Sorry for the absence lately. I've never been so exhausted from moving before... and 2 times I've moved I've been very pregnant. I think then I must have had the nesting urge running through me to get our home put together and pretty. But now as I am not pregnant and actually able to lift and work during a move, I'm exhausted! I guess it didn't help that it was basically me and hubby all by ourselves moving, yeah big mistake! We had his brother for a little while and his dad helped with little stuff, and his mom watched the kids all day, but as far as lifting and moving the bulk of everything, it was me and him, and we had a lot! There were a few casualties. The most disappointing one being this...

Can you guess what it was? It was my big fat pitcher I used as my utensil holder next to the stove. I talked about it in this post last year. I was heartbroken, still am. Other than that 2 other dishes broke but nothing I was attached too. Luckily that was it, at least that we've noticed. We did notice though that our Christmas tree is missing. Yeah I know weird! The first time in 2 years I'll be able to decorate our home for Christmas because we are not moving, our tree goes missing! I wanted a new tree but wasn't quite ready for one yet.
Anyway I've been working away at unpacking, painting, hanging, and making this house our home for however long we will be here for. Here's a sneak peek at what I did all day yesterday, {yes this took me all day yesterday, I told you I was exhausted!}


More to come, when I've got the energy to blog and things are blogworthy. I've got some projects lined up. Until then can I borrow some of your energy?

~Meg