Monday, January 27, 2014

The Pink Chronicles


So the color pink and I have this love hate relationship. There are days when I LOATH the color. Most of the time I find that the shade is either too dusty or just too darn pink. I don't wear it, it drowns out my skin...and makes me seem either half dead or something like a stripper...Then there are other days when I need it. Its SOFTENS almost like whispers, its calming sound soothes the cold winter months. Should I? Shouldn't I? Ugh, LIVE a little...so I did.

Our vestibule has been on hold for quite some time. Who wants to redo a room and then have contractors trecking through obnoxiously leaving prints, dings and scrapes? I love you Mike the contractor, but I had to WAIT on the vestibule for the full makeover.`

I decided that our vestibule needed a little sprucing up while on hold....I wanted DRAMA, I wanted something classic, that set the stage for the rest of the house. So naturally, I picked black. I loved the saturation, the way you get LOST looking at it... The minute you think...who paints walls black? I love that minute and love the walls black. Then this little voice in my head said...we need an accent color. Something to say POW!...Like the black wasn't pow enough?

Looking through the samples I kept going back to pink...I know...pink. The same color that sometimes makes me look dead, the same color that I can't stand half of the time. But this was not a drowning out pink. It was a loud "hello" pink. I don't remember the exact name but I refer to it as "in your face pink", I am sure you can find it at your nearest home center.. And this same voice in my head said LIVE a little. I know I am so absolutely WILD that this post should be R rated. Ha!

At first the room looked a lot like a Nascar-ish diner...reminding me of some checkered flag WAVING at the end of lap 250. It would take some time to like...or not.

Now I am thinking....Total Redo. Way too in your face when I walk in. It literally almost pushes me back out the door. Back to the drawing board for the accent color. I know....you are thinking who can write this much about the color PINK....only someone that has a love it hate it relationship with it of course.

So EPIC fail with pink....I should have stuck with my every so faithful gray. Gray has never let me down. I went a little off the deep and ended up with SCREAMING walls. I do however love these rooms with pink...Not so in your face...more like almost NOT HERE pink....I'll take notes.



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Jaimaica Byles flicker



Friday, January 3, 2014

The Break Up

So, anyone that knows me would say that I always have something up my sleeve, that I can be dangerous with too much time on my hands, and that I never really STICK to things. All very TRUE....especially when it comes to furnishing my home.

I obsessively think about the furniture I want versus the furniture that with withstand this tornado called life that I am swirling in. I love leather, deep, WORN, cigar leather furniture that gets better with every year. The ones that have stories to tell and just call for a late night Manhattan or Pink Moscato. I am the person that you see in the Restoration Hardware store that is laying on the couch like I OWN it...because I brought my luggage and pretend I live in the showroom.

BUT I wake up from the movie clip I was just describing and realize that no matter how I try to ignore it...I STICK to it. My really NOT slender thighs stick to the leather in warm temperatures and I flinch when my bare skin touches it in cooler temperatures...and my least favorite trait, throw blankets constantly slide off it. You know, that beautiful throw you bought because it LOOKED like it was from a magazine and you could imagine yourself curling up in it...except...it won't stay on the chair. You know, it was supposed to drape over the side so perfectly and hang like a pierce of art... but it SLIDES, over and over again. YEP.

And of course, I am drooling over wingback chairs and the latest trend of houndstooth fabric or a beautiful tweed, right from a mens suiting line.....but with two drooling dogs....two insanely crazy kids I can't imagine living with something I couldn't wash...monthly. OK..... lets get real...WEEKLY! I get such satisfaction out of ripping a slip cover off, washing the daylights out of it and throwing it back on....Ok, Rewind.. THROWING, not exactly. How about, a total body workout. Pulling, stuffing, squeezing with arms, feet and teeth to fit cushions back into the cover that they once fit into? Only to finally finish and have one joyful little bundle smear bananas on it. HATE IT. So you see this dilema has left us with...well...almost NO furniture. I know this is totally crazy. But then again...who even has time to sit! Ha!

So finially today I realized, we have to have furniture. I know...Crazy revolution.I need to get it together and commit to something...anything to place a booty on. We have two insanely ugly orange chairs that were a super bargain, that I SWEAR I will reupholster.....one day! They are comfy and best trait yet, they swivel! So they are staying. I have decided to wave the WHITE flag and start thinking about now, and like 5 years from now. I am not going to look for a sofa that I can pass down to future generations, the ones that are built to last. Because really, nothing could withstand this hurricane of a family...not even you Restoration Hardware. It is official, we have broken up. (But still keep sending me the awe-inspiring catalogues, so I can pretend to not care).

So helloooooo IKEA. Yes, lets find something nice to look at, won't break the bank and will last until the storm passes...I mean children grow up a little. So decision made.....

The Ektorp Sofa, a total bargain at 499.00 and it wouldn't be IKEA if it didn't have a slipcover!
And I couldn't help but want the wingback! How could you resist at less than 300 bucks?



So for me, my plan remains to just decorate for this stage of my life and stop thinking about what will last. In all reality, I'd probably CHANGE my mind after a few years of having that cigar leather sofa and be on to something new..well thats what I will keep telling myself anyway!




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More Than Words


I can't remember where I cam across this quote, but it has STUCK with me. I read it often, on good days and on the days where things just don't seem like they will ever quite FALL back into place. I often think about what I want my kids to "GET". What big ideas I can PASS on to them. What I hope they will remember when I am long GONE....and maybe this is it. Maybe, it fits perfectly with this season of giving, receiving and traditions. I don't think I can find a better way to wrap up who I strive to be and what I hope to give. Simply beautiful.

"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.”

~G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Autumn Collected







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Monday, November 11, 2013

Handmade Fall

I seem to be a FEW steps behind with welcoming Autumn. Before I knew it, my pink hydrangeas looked ridiculous in our home with FALLING leaves in the background. I had grand plans of Fall decorating but let's just say, LIFE happens, and you scrape together what you can in the last minutes!



The little party animal herself attempted to organize a Halloween party way back in August during summer camp. With such a VALIANT effort, I couldn't say no. In desperation, I scaled down the party to just a few of her friends. With this, comes the opportunity or ah hem ...burden of decorations. After reading an inspiring post about making leaf garland, I thought we would give it a try. A few simple leaf patterns, some crazy print craft paper and viola! This is a great project for kids to work on and all the tracing keeps them quite busy! I must say, I wish we had made more.





Next, I decided to put a TWIST on traditional pumpkin painting. We pre-painted the pumpkins with black spray paint and let them sit for a few days to get rid of the tackiness.



We picked up some paint pens from the local craft store and the kids had a blast. They had a RETRO 70's look with the neon colors.


The paint pens really cut down on the mess with many little hands in the mix. Highly recommend moms. The extra pumpkins that weren't painted, we bedazzled with sticky crystals and used around the house....nothing says a GLAM pumpkin like crystals. HA!

I have been wanting to make tissue paper pom-poms.... so my plan was to hang them from our porch roof with white lights. But they were just too darn pretty when they were done. I couldn't resist hanging them in our dining room. Omar insists it looks like Mardi Gras in our house......the exact look I was going for! No really, I adore the pom-poms and already have winter pomp-poms in mind. Surprisingly, the craft store did not have all the colors I wanted, but these two had a metallic SHIMMER to them. They really turned out to be one of my favorite projects and perfect for little hands to help with. You will need 10 sheets of tissue paper folded like a fan in 1 inch folds. I used garden twine to tie the middle and to use for hanging.




After many nights pinning holiday decorations, I decided to really jump into the craft world with my first DIY wreath.




With original ambitions of a full wreath of yarn balls, I was CLEARLY delusional. It is not a one afternoon project. Therapuetic, but time consuming. I settled with wrapping the entire wreath in yarn. It works best if you hold the wreath between your knees so you can use both hand to wind the yarn around the circle....and it happens to be a killer inner thigh workout! Still feeling it.



For the balls of yarn, I used florist wire cut to different sizes. Bend in the middle and start winding the yarn around. Once it gets fuller you can bend it into a larger circle and continue winding to fill in the middle.



Not bad for a ROOKIE wreath maker!



Ironically, I finished my Handmade Fall on the evening of the first forecasted flurries of the season....better late than never!





Friday, September 20, 2013

Fave Five

Love, love, love doing the Fave Five....









Why do I love the picture of the man hanging on the wall?



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Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's Back.......

Hmm... I am somewhat surprised to see the comeback that wallpaper has made. After months of AGONIZING wallpaper removal, my husband has nixed the idea of any wallpaper in the house. I can't blame him. The agony of removing decades old paper won't be forgotten anytime soon. But a girl can DREAM, can't she?












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Friday, August 23, 2013

Saying it ALL.

It seems like summer is flying by and I keep trying to grab a hold of something to SLOW it down. I have been trying to catch a lot of pictures of the kids, I think it is my crazy attempt to FREEZE time, my obsession with capturing one moment and living in it forever.

Among the play dates, the outings, weekend trips....I still marvel in awe of them seeing things for the first time. In my exhaustion to keep up, I watch their confidence grow as they discover new places and things. Onna is finding herself and her voice, which never seems to quiet...her soul, beautiful beyond words is MAGIC. Something I want to bottle up for rainy cold days....and Boston, a constant surprise and laugh. I will miss the separation anxiety...one day. One day I will leave the room and he won't notice...and for the first time....I WIll. And my heart will BREAK. So to me this picture is where I want to stay. These eyes that pierce my SOUL, these lips that pucker so PERFECTLY. Just STAY....


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blog Roll

As a blogger, of course, I am a REGULAR follower of several blogs...somehow as the magic of blogging goes, I end up feeling personally connected to these people and wait on pins and needles for updates and new posts...it is amazing the COMMUNITy of people that is created through blogging...something I totally love.

So, it has been a while since I added to my Blog Roll, my frequently visited blogs. My newest addition is grey likes baby. The photography is amazing, Im constantly scrolling through in AWE...check it out! http://www.greylikesbaby.com/

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fave Five

Check it out, my Pinterest FAVE Fives are up! Are you pinning?











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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Feeling Blue....

I am not sure what has inspired my new BLUE phase. It might have started with my patriotic post and seeing all the vintage weathered flags. We are in the midst of redecorating our playroom. It has been the LAST room on our list to tackle and it is the room that gets used most in our house. It is less than INSPIRING to be in. I am a little afraid to take the plunge, but these images seem to make me even more inspired to give it a GO.











I had to throw this navy blue inspired outfit it! Love. LOVE. Love.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trending Now....Arrows

I don't quite get it...the hole arrow craze, but I admit I wouldn't pass up some of these. Especially the jewelry!

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