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. : )

In the meantime, I can live vacariously though you, as you Visualize your room at RoomVue.
Want to learn more?

Tarkett is easy to find - the company has more than 10,000 retailers across the country.  Find the one nearest you at www.tarkettna.com/locator
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FiberFloor is luxury vinyl tile designed with five woven fiberglass, foam, and resilient wear layers that can handle all the craziness that kids bring!  It can stand up against water, moisture, and scuffs, making it a great choice for our kid spaces.
Choosing the right flooring can be tricky but iSelect makes it easy by grouping the Tarkett FiberFloor products into 6 palettes that compliment each other within the palette.  You can even chat online with professional Designers to get suggestions and guidance for your room makeover!
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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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