Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Room Swappin' [Little Big Girl Room Updates]

Boy, they grow up fast, don’t they?

It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that we were giving The Redhead her new, “Big Girl” room and making way for General CB (she’s The General because she’s most definitely the one calling the shots around here.  At least, if you ask her…  ;) ) in the nursery.

Well, just a few short years later and it’s time for yet another transition.  The General was ready.  Time to move out of the crib and into the next phase.  And that means, she needed a new bed.  Coincidentally, The Redhead has been begging for a bigger bed.  She’s convinced she’s just “TOO tall and TOO big” for a twin bed.  (girl, please.)  I think she had bed-envy of a cousin and friend or two.  Who knows.  At any rate, we figured the time was right.

So, Commence the Great Bed Swap of 2014!

Such is the life of a second child, The General is rocking the [albeit super sweet] hand-me-down room.  And she digs it.  Gone is the Silver Sage and Chocolate nursery and in with the green and lavender Ladies’ Room. 
She’s Big Time.

(needing accessories and TLC.. and sorry for the crappy phone pic)

(Oh how I'll miss this sweet nursery)

To address some questions we’ve gotten, even though her crib does turn into a toddler bed, with our kids we’ve found the transition goes much smoother going direct-to-big-bed.  We’ve found it curbs the temptation for the little people to crawl out of bed and explore when they’re supposed to be snoozing.  It’s what worked for us.

I’m still working on the details and accessories, need to touch up some paint here and there, but overall we are all systems go in here.
In The Redhead’s room, there’s a much more dramatic change going on, from sweet pigtailed toddler to a kindergartener who I’m learning really loves “making things pretty” and is full of opinions about her room.  

I’ll leave you with a sneak peek while The Redhead and I collaborate on some of the finishing touches for her new, sophisticated pad.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Sooo.... How About A Brand-New Half-Bath? [Giveaway!]

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How would you like a BRAND NEW HALF-BATHROOM?
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That’s patriotic, y’all.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Out and About

With two young and active kiddos keeping me on my toes these days, it's a rare occasion that I get a chance to "shop," rather than "run errands."

On a recent afternoon I had a brief browsing opportunity, and you guys, there is a whole lot of cute out there right now!  And, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a high-end look.

I LOVED this mirror hiding out at Marshall's.  If you told me it came from Restoration Hardware and you paid several hundred for it, I would believe you.
Can you believe it's less than $100???

TJ Maxx had these RH-Inspired Louis side chairs that I spent a while trying to justify bringing home with me.   In the end I couldn't figure out a place for them, but I wish I could have!

At Target, summer is in full-swing.  I LOVE these rope and wood lanterns!  They would look great in an outdoor space.  Or an indoor space.  Or any space at all ;)
Very Pottery Barn.

These decorative metal spheres look just like the ones I saw earlier at West Elm.
The price does NOT look like the ones I saw earlier at West Elm. :)

And I love these pop-of-color outdoor poufs!  They would be great for seating or a footrest, and I love that they're outdoor fabric.  They would also look super cute in a kid's room or playroom

That's what I spied out shopping... what's caught your eye lately?

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Daydreaming: Feelin' Like New Floors

This post brought to you by Tarkett NA. All opinions are 100% mine.

We've lived in this house for 7 years.  And I've talked before about our plan to update from the builder-basic bones, to things that are more our style.
Exhibit A: Flooring
The flooring throughout our home is definitely at the top of the "for the love of God I want to update" list, though unfortunately it's more on the "in a decade or so" list.  We have young, energetic children and a big, energetic dog, and I know that if we spent the money getting rid of the crappy carpet and replacing with new floors right now, I would go into cardiac arrest trying to keep them in good shape.  So we're waiting on that at the moment.  But a girl can dream, right? ;)
Enter Tarkett. 
If we were in a position to change the flooring *today*, Tarkett's FiberFloor® would probably be a great product for our home. Made with woven fiberglass, foam and with several strong layers, FiberFloor® luxury vinyl tile looks like it could take the abuse that we so regularly provide.  The product is made to stand up to scuffs, water and scratches, which is kind of what we're all about these days. : )
I love Tarkett’s iSelect system, which makes it easy to create a design palette that suits your style  from 6 easy to shop color palettes. iSelect makes it easy to choose the floor you love and coordinate it with other floors for designs that flow room to room.
Check it out - with the RoomVue visualizer, I was able to take the droopy living room floors to OoohLaLa in a matter of minutes.

I mean, YES.
Tarkett has an entire photo gallery of room design inspiration.  I made my selection from the
"Champagne Celebrations" color palette

Beautiful colors, right?  And how rich does that luxury flooring look in my living room?  Ack!
Now all I can think about is plopping a sweet rug in the middle of the floor and enjoying the classy new look!
Someday. : )

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Bringing Spring

I feel like there’s a lot going on around here lately, but I haven’t blogged about a bit of it.  I’ve been neglecting you. 
 My bad.

Since I’ve last checked in I can tell you we’ve been in full-on spring mode here!
I will admit – I’m not the biggest fan of summer (fellow fair-skinned ladies, especially redheads, will feel me on this).  Yes, I like being outside, but not when it’s scortching hot, or so insanely humid that you can chew on the air.  And since I’m required to spend the great majority of the summer under 9 layers of sunscreen, a floppy hat and in the shade, you can see why I’m not the whole “YAY SUMMER!” type. 
But holy Mother of God after the winter we’ve had?  Even I’m all “yup, bring on the sun!”

Usually I start bringing out the greens for spring and then transition to a summer feel a little later on.  Not this time.

I pulled out the blues and went straight for the beach on my mantle.
A variety of shades in the different vases remind me of seaglass and the netting adds a little nautical texture.

Here’s a decorating tip/hint:
If you’re looking to add light to a room without adding a lamp or light fixture, use glass pieces in areas near a natural light source – they help boost sunlight without reflecting directly like a mirror would.  Here, I used the vases & jars up on my mantle in view of the three decorative mirrors – during the day it *really* helps boost the natural light in the room and I love it!

I also changed things up a bit and moved the rug in my front entryway and swapped it for this cheery green striped one.  I love the bright pop of color right when you walk in the door. 

We also started to move the patio furniture outdoors, and I’m looking forward to adding some pretty flowers and other touches to our newly-finished patio. 

Welcome, spring.  It’s been a while. :)


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Painted Kitchen Cabinets: Pros & Cons

One of my most popular posts is the Before & After of painting my kitchen cabinets, and people frequently ask how they are holding up.  It’s been about a year and half since I painted them, and as we’ve settled into having them the lighter color, I feel like I’ve learned what I like most about the change, and some things that aren’t so great.  Hopefully if you’re considering painting yours, this will help.

What I love:

The color completes me.  I *love* the warm white.  I know a lot of people go for the bright or true white, but that was a little too stark, a little too contemporary for me.  This color is somewhere between white and ivory, and for me, it is perfection.  
Again, for those who want to know, the color I used was a custom color match from Sherwin Williams.  The exact code for the color can be found HERE.  I had it mixed in the SW ProClassic paint, in a semi-gloss finish.

It feels like we added square footage to the kitchen.  Lightening things up really opens up the space, and shows off the higher ceilings.  In fact, the first time my sister came over after I finished them, her first comment was “it makes your kitchen look so much bigger” and I have to agree.  Love that.

It’s a blank canvas.  I love that I can change accessories with the seasons or on a whim with my mood, and no matter what colors I choose to work with inmy kitchen, they always look good.  Prior to painting, colors tended to look “muddy,” for lack of a better term, alongside the orange-y wood.  Now, they *pop*

What I'm NOT crazy about:

They do require a bit more maintenance.
Dust *does* show.  The positive to this con is that my kitchen cabinets are cleaner because I notice the dust more than I did when they were wood tone, therefore I clean them more often.  I don't mind it too much, but some people do.  Just be advised.

 There WILL be ongoing maintenance.
Even in parts of the country where the climate is fairly steady year-round, there are fluctuations in temperature, pressure and humidity that affect the wood in your home.
I don't know if the grain of the wood hides things or if it is something else, but for whatever reason, stained wood tends to disguise cracks and imperfections.  Once that wood is painted, they are spotlighted for all to see.  And that requires a little upkeep for things to stay lookin' good.

Here's an example:

When I initially painted the cabinets, this crack wasn't there.  It was painted and smooth and perfect.
But, after a year and a half of harsh Iowa winter, followed by a wet spring and an alternately oppressive and humid/scorching and dry summer, the wood would contract and expand and the paint finally had enough and broke away.

The fix is super simple... just some caulk and a swipe of paint...
 ...and it's good as new.  But bear in mind that things could start to look a little ghetto if you don't maintain the seams.  If this is something you're not down with, you might think twice before committing to painting your cabinetry.

Overall, I'm still thrilled with my cabinet makeover, and if given the choice I definitely would do it again.
But, no matter what paint you use or how gentle you may be, in one form or another white/light cabinets simply *will* require a bit more maintenance.  If you're cool with that, it's totally worth it to take the plunge.

Happy Painting!

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