Sunday, July 21, 2013

Giveaway winner and Christmas in July.

So sometimes life doesn't go as planned and your youngest ends up in the hospital with acute abdominal pains and they can't figure out exactly what's wrong for 3 days and then you get home and everyone in the house including you gets sick... Yep that's what's been going on over here since we got back from Charlotte, NC. But I've finally chosen a winner, actually hubby did, and he picked commenter #4 which is Lorna!!!

Congratulations Lorna! I'll be emailing you soon on how to claim your prize. 

If you still would like a ruler I'm running a Christmas in July sale starting today. Use the coupon code JULY10 at checkout and receive 10% off your total purchase through the end of the month.

Hopefully things will return to normal around here soon so regular blogging can resume. Until then enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation!!!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

stripes on the stairs and some family room updates.

Last year I shared with you my sister's stairway and the art we did for the space. It always bothered me and didn't quite look finished. It still looked empty, even with a gallery wall of around 15 pictures. Then one day while I was face timing my mom who was up there to help care for the new baby, I think the entryway and stairs were in the background, I brought up the idea that the entryway needed some color, possibly a dark grey but lighter than the powder bath. I convinced my sister it would look good and then convinced my mom to do the painting. Then when the issue of where to end the paint came up, I mentioned on the stairs in stripes. That way it would transition nicely into the swiss coffee colored walls that surrounded the stairs, no one wanted to scaffold 2 stories high to paint the entire stairwalls. 

I absolutely love how it turned out!!! It adds a graphic punch and interest to the otherwise boring wall. And in case anyone is wondering I believe the stripes are 12 inches wide each. You can see in the 4th picture the first grey stripe began where the entryway ceiling hit the wall. The last grey stripe is not as wide as the others but it is in just a little corner as you see from above so it's not that noticeable, don't stress out if you plan to do this same thing and can't get measurements exact... it'll be our little secret! We are still in search for a large wall clock to hang in the middle of the striped wall.

This is the wall you face when you descend the stairs. The drop leaf table use to be brown but the dark grey goes better with the color scheme of her home. Yes she too purchased some of those incredible glass lamps for a steal!!

The view from standing in the dining room. See how well it all transitions instead of a harsh paint line between walls?

Some changes have also been made to her living room. She switched out the wrought iron clock for this gorgeous mirror, I believe it was found at HomeGoods, along with some faux boxwoods and milk glass leave it simple and classic.

During a trip down here to visit we went shopping for items to fill up her bookcases. We stayed simple and went with white, glass, and natural woven items.

Eventually some framed pictures of their little one will be hung above the tv to help fill in that space and create a "bridge" between the bookcases. I think that concludes the updates made to my sister's house for now. Thanks Carlie and Matt for letting me take some risks and trusting me with your home's look. Now to finish my own!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

a dark grey powder room.

Last summer when I was up in Charlotte helping my sister to decorate her new home the one room we didn't do anything to was the powder room. I convinced her to paint it a dark grey, I love a dark grey color in a small room. I believe she painted it while she was pretty pregnant, it looks great!!

Love the way the green from the boxwood wreath pops against the dark grey.

And I love this hand soap. It's called Cucina, and yes she usually keeps it in her kitchen but it looked great in the bathroom for staging- hehe, not sure where it's from, her MIL orders it for her but it smells A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!

One more area to show you of her home tomorrow...


Monday, July 8, 2013

Carson's nursery.

Remember the nursery design plan I came up with for my sister and her first little bundle of joy? On March 27 we welcomed little Carson in to the family and he had a cute and peaceful nursery to come home too.

The large photo canvas was a favorite shot from her maternity photo shoot done by a good friend. the mobile was custom designed by yours truly just for him.

The little bookshelf was repainted to fit in the nursery. The sonogram painting was done by my BIL's co-worker.

The dresser is from Ikea, they found it in the As Is section and was planning on painting the grey washed areas to match the rest of the dresser but after finding out they were having a boy they decided it looked boyish enough to not have to go through the work. The art prints are from various artists on Etsy. Frames are from Ikea.

The lamps were a makeover project between my mom and me. The lamps use to be a purplish blue color but we colored them a medium grey and then added some wood tiles to the middle and stained them with weathered oak stain to mimic the inspiration lamp. The shades were from Target.

Chevron growth ruler from here.

Just like daddy shoes...

Love how it turned out. If you have any other questions about the nursery please leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

house stalking in my sister's neighborhood.

As promised here are pictures of some of the houses in my sister's neighborhood. Every one has a front porch, some even have a double balcony in front!! This one below I think is my favorite... 

Some have cedar shingles on the front, a favorite architecture feature of mine and it reminds me of my beloved new England...

Another favorite... Love the arched windows and red door.

My favorite flower was in bloom all over up there! So jealous of the states who can grow them as pretty as this and huge!!! Maybe one day...

Loved this door, it kind of reminded me of an old general store.

It's hard to really see here but I loved the side landscaping of this house. Another favorite of mine are Evergreens, again jealous of the northern states who grow them so well!

We spied this little birdhouse nailed to a tree along the street, little touches like this is what I love in a neighborhood!

I told hubby our next house has to have a front porch... or two like the one above!! L.O.V.E.
Hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July tomorrow, we'll be spending ours tubing along the river, if the rain stays away!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

fun times in Charlotte.

This past week me and boys packed up and headed 9 hours north, in the car, to my sister's home in Charlotte, NC. I love visiting there so much I've been trying to convince hubby that moving there would be the best thing ever!!! Maybe one day! If you follow me on Instagram you saw a lot of our adventures already but here are some photos I caught on my real camera. Enjoy!

We did a lot of swimming...

They have an awesome slide that the boys talk about all year long...

And yes even I enjoy it, Liam looks terrified but I promise he loves it!!

There is a fun trail through the woods of their neighborhood that we walked for the first time this trip. The boys loved going on an adventure and we created a scavenger hunt along the way...

These leaves were HUGE. The photo doesn't capture just how big they were. I thought about taking some to create some botanical art with but never got back to grab some.

I'll share some photos of her neighborhood tomorrow. The houses are perfect in my opinion.