Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Dose of Spring

Waking up to snow flurries this morning, I could really use a dose of Spring, a little pick me up as a reminder that Spring is out there...somewhere.



This is one of my favorite paintings, "Garden Party", by Jodi Maas. World Market is one of the best places to find inexpensive art. Here are a few more that will brighten your day.


Gemma by kate Birch
Flora Bush by Brandford Brenner
Aura IV by Karen Silve

Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Weekend In Review

"It's the little moments that make life big."

I wanted to start this series because the weekends seem to fly by and I can't seem to land on my feet. I try really hard to fill the weekends with projects, outings and fun. By Sunday night, I am more tired than I was Friday and dreading the early wake up call ahead. This series will hopefully remind me of all the snippets that made our weekend worth remembering.



I had to include Onna's weather map drawing..I am loving the way she wrote Tuesday! Hope your weekend was full of little moments.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Before & After- Boston's Room


“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden

This is so true when taking on any renovation. There is never a right time or enough money. But in the end you will have something far better than what you started with and a piece of you will be left in the walls you repaired and the moldings that you scraped. When you look back at the pictures it is quite amazing what it was and what it has become.





There was no original closet in this bedroom so we had the contractors build one in.







And the mural on the wall may well be the worst thing I ever laid eyes on. If you look really close on the mural, you will see dollar bills pinned on the wall! Interesting decor choice.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Office Mood Board-Vote Now!

Office

Vote for this office at olioboard.com

Click on the picture for the direct link and the shopping list.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

House Tour Series: Boston's Room



We are finally ready to begin our house tour series. After what feels like a century of construction, we are finally pulling it all back together. So why not start with Baby Boy Boston's room. I find decorating children's rooms more difficult than other rooms because they usually have so much stuff and their interests are always changing.




For Boston, we really couldn't decide on any one theme. I wanted something that was more on the "vintage boy" side that he could grow with. I fell in love with the vintage sports prints from an ETSY shop, Shawn St. Peter. I loved the look of these prints and knew it was the direction we wanted to go for his room. I had a hard time picking just 3! The last thing we wanted to do after construction was to make holes in the wall to hang art. So we have started using the removable wall hanging tabs and it makes hanging and switching out pictures much easier.



You really must check out his shop....so talented. He even helped me with a special request of the vintage basketball hoop and net. Boston's room is drenched with sunlight from three large windows. The hall window also floods his room with light throughout the day so we picked out a darker color faux wood blind from JC Penny.

The crib was the same we used with Onna and we opted for plain white sheets. Something very soothing about seeing a baby sleep on pure white sheets....so maybe one day Boston will actually sleep and we can experience that!



All of the doors that lead into the bedrooms on the second floor are glass french doors. Not a typical choice for bedrooms, but we love the extra light that passes though and the ease of checking on sleeping kids without disturbing them. Eventually when they need their own privacy, we are going to do a fabric roman shade. An extra excuse to use fun patterns and fabric! We still have not found the perfect piece for over his crib. I am on the hunt for a one of a kind piece.

The play carpet is a find from IKEA that has a mix of many different patterns and colors. It just screams fun.


And what nursery is complete without a rocker. This antique rocker came from my husband's side of the family. It is the same chair we rocked Onna in and easily fits into any design theme. We have a little spot in front of the window that is perfect for a mid afternoon rock.


The dresser is a recent gift from Omar's mom. The dresser from Ethan Allen was the right shade of brown and didn't overwhelm the space. It has several other pieces that we can get as he grows older.

And of course, who could forget the toy bin? No baby room is complete without multiple toy bins!







Friday, March 1, 2013

Dining Room Mood Board

dining-oranges

Advice For Shopping this Room:
Do not pay thousands of dollars for a dining table. You can easily find an affordable table that won't break the bank. You can get the look of this farm table for far cheaper.

Where to Splurge:
Splurge on a good set of dining chairs. You will be sitting on them sometimes for hours and they need to endure a lot of wear and tear. Leather is kid friendly and will last forever.

Best Deal:
The fabric from Poshtots- I am in love with the birdcage line fabric.

Favorite Product:
Wall Art by 2modern


Shop This Room:
Fluffy white fabric by the yard by Poshtots- $36
Article no. 54 storage cube by Aidan Gray- $322
Dform - basket drum pendant: by 2modern- $1096
Parvez taj - napoleonic wall art 18x12-aluminum by 2modern- &174
Imperial Trellis Silver Wallpaper by Layla Grayce- $460
Tag Terracota dining chair set of 4 by Zinc Door- $990
Villeroy & boch farmhouse touch tea cup 8 oz by Villeroy and Boch- $14
Birdcage line art on smoke fabric by the yard by Poshtots- $64
Needlepoint plane pillow by One Kings Lane- $85
Moroccan mirror tray small by Layla Grayce- $310
Marlene Side Table by Aidan Gray- $421
Adara dining table by Zinc Door- $5498
Set of 2 ceramic doves home decor accents (u6848) by Lamps Plus- $51
Regina andrew decor sun antique gold round mirror by Layla Grayce- $423
Right path basket by One kings lane- $140