31 March 2012

A Great Start To My Weekend!

 Last night I got an email from Kayley from A Blissful Abode letting me know that I'd won a giveaway that she just hosted on her blog. If you haven't visited Kayley's blog yet, do it! She's the super talented new intern for Kirsten of 6th Street Design School. I spent an hour just catching up on all of her blog posts and I just love her style! Here's a peek- Check out this gorgeous nursery she did! I'm swooning!

Isn't that wallpaper just to die for??

The giveaway Kayley hosted last week was for a $20 credit to the Etsy shop Couture Prints, plus this totally adorable print from the shop:

I've been having the best time choosing just what I want to use my $20 credit towards. I think I've finally decided. Heather has such great prints in her shop that it was really hard to choose! Definitely pay a visit to her Etsy shop!

30 March 2012

A Bunch of Little Changes

 Writing out this post feels a little bit daunting because I spent two and a half hours making little tweaks around our house yesterday, and now trying to remember the reasons for each change so I can try to explain it all is kind of overwhelming. You know how you start out just making one little switch, and then that sparks something else, which then snowballs, and before you know it you're standing in the middle of 5 open boxes in your basement, digging through old decor?? That was my day yesterday. And I tried to snap pictures as I went along, but it was hard because I quickly got "in the zone" and was no longer thinking about being a good blogger, but just focusing on what I was doing. I kinda wish I could just have a camera going in the background on days like yesterday, cause it would explain my process so much easier than I can write it out! Just picture me dashing back and forth across the house, moving things, staring, putting them back, staring some more, dashing up and down the basement steps carting stuff up and down, and weirding out my husband when I'd stand motionless for several seconds at a time just staring at a spot in the room. (He's not usually around to see this process- I try to do this when he's gone!;) Well anyways, here we go...

So earlier yesterday I'd mentioned wanting to figure out a solution to this ugly corner next to our tv cabinet so that we would no longer be able to see behind it to all the wires and stuff back there.

My first idea was to take this big wooden bowl from my counter-

(Way back there under the window- sorry I couldn't find a better picture! )

and then set it on the ground next to the tv stand and put a big pillow in it. 

I took the bowl from the counter, which had been home to my dishtowels, and searched around till I found a basket for them.

Bonus that I now had tons more counter space with that giant bowl gone. 

Unfortunately though, my plan for the bowl didn't end up working. It was too small next to the cabinet, and the pillow that I'd unearthed from a box in the basement (and that I'd planned to recover)... 

...was too big for the bowl. So that idea was out. 

But I didn't want to put the bowl back where I'd gotten it because I was liking all my newfound counter space. Plus I'd really liked my vision of the bowl with a pillow in it. 

So I set it on top of the big lidded basket in the living room and stole the two little pillows from the small basket on the bottom shelf of the striped console table:

...And I had this. (And really liked it.)

But then of course now my console's basket was empty, so after searching in vain for something in one of my basement boxes to fill it with, I took all the magazines and books off my coffee table and put them in the basket. 


So then back to my original problem, that corner by the tv cabinet-
I tried moving that silver vase that you can see in this picture-

- around to sit in this area instead, but I didn't like it there. The floor is uneven and the vase isn't that heavy so it wobbled. 

So instead I grabbed the big tan vase that had been sitting next to the fireplace:

You can kinda see it back there...

It looked good with the tv cabinet, but BAD so close to the silver vase. So the silver branches from the silver vase got put into the tan vase, and the silver vase got carted down to the basement. 

So now I had this:

Like. All the ugliness hidden.

So *then* while I was down in the basement packing up my silver vase to get saved for a future house, I came across some clear, vintage looking (they were from Target) milk bottles. I got curious and started digging around in other boxes to see what else I had that I'd forgotten about and came across this palm plant with beautiful leaves and an ugly pot. So I ripped the plant out of the pot, threw the pot in the trash and cut all the palm branches so they were separated from each other. Then I stuck two branches into a milk jar and put it on one of the top shelves in my dining room to replace this plant that I've been hating the look of:

-It's actually a cute little plant, but it's shade of green looked really dirty and muted next to the other bright greens on the shelves. 

So anyways here's the shelf now:

I love it SO much more! Looks way fresher and all the greens go together better. (Btw, this picture will also show you what I ended up doing with the cute little list pad that I got from Holly from My Sister's Suitcase blog- it's the larger of the two books that are leaning diagonally between the stack of books and the bowl on the next shelf down. It's hard to tell in this pic, but in real life it gives another cute pop of green to the shelves. :)

I loved this look so much that I ran down to the basement to grab another milk bottle and two more branches, and used them on the opposite end of the house by the front door. 

There had been a big empty spot on the radiator after I'd moved my black and white tin of paper flowers to sit on the console table, so I filled that spot with the bottle of palm leaves:

I just love how the shape of the palm branch somewhat mimics the shape of the peacock feathers in two of those framed pictures. 

And then I just could not get enough of these cute milk bottles, and I also now had a ton of empty space on my coffee table after moving the stacks of magazines, so I grabbed 2 more milk bottles (I have 8 total) and split up the flowers from the vase on the coffee table...

...and put them into two bunches, one in each milk bottle. 

*squeal!* I'm so loving how this looks!!

btw, you may notice that the wooden bowl on the table is looking pretty different- my lips are sealed for now on that project though! I've got a guest post coming up next month about it so I'll spill all the beans about it then! :)

Whew! I'm exhausted just from writing all that- I feel like I just redid all that work a second time! That is my playtime though- I seriously love days like yesterday!  

Oh and you know what's funny- I've now left myself with a new "problem area"...

...the corner where the silver vase used to sit. I'm picturing a chair here with a cute pillow on it. 

And that idea, btw, sparked yet another little project, that I'll show you next week! :)

29 March 2012

Black & White Gallery Wall

I'm loving the super clean and orderly look of this gallery wall done by Tara of 

I like that she kept all the photos black and white-
since there are so many of them, it keeps the wall from looking too busy.
Ditto the fact that all the frames are black and they're hung in a tight rectangle.

I can't imagine how much time this must have taken, but it sure was worth it-
it's such a dramatic focal point!

Love it Tara!

Check out her post for all the details, plus look around her site at her beautiful photography!

And now if you'd like to see some photography that's not beautiful-
 I'm off to try to find a solution to a problem area in my living room that's been driving me nuts:

...this corner next to the tv cabinet. If you're standing a little further to the left of where this shot was taken, you can see all the wires and ugliness behind the cabinet and I can't stand it anymore!

Must find a solution.....

28 March 2012

Animals on Parade

I keep feeling like I want stuff around my house that has faces...

 and I just love Anthropologie's collection of animal decor. 

Here are a few of my favs:

...and a perfect coffee table book to set something cute on....

Check out this post to see how I finally added a little bit of animal fun to my decor!

27 March 2012

A Bathroom Makeover on the Cheap!

 Think it takes big bucks to make a significant change in a blah bathroom?

Think again. 

Alicia from Thrifty and Chic did this for $60.00:



Get this: that board and batten only cost her $11 to do! That is my favorite part of the whole makeover, but I am also loving all the beautiful details she added with the decor.

A new looking bathroom for only sixty bucks.
 If that's not inspiring, I don't know what is. 

Check out her post for more pictures. 

26 March 2012

Outdoor Rooms

The gorgeous spring weather we're having is making me want to spend a lot more time outside. 
I'd love to have a pretty area like one of these to relax in!