Monday, September 15, 2014

State of the Closet Address


Happy Monday!  I'm at jury duty all week....so depending on whether or not they have wireless, you can expect either a ton of blog-productivity out of me...or none.  I've never had jury duty before!  I hope it's interesting.

You may remember that a few weeks ago I shared a plan to brighten up our master bedroom by painting our honey-toned built-ins...


Well, the project is in full swing, and already the changes are SO GOOD.


I used a palm sander and the Dremel Multi-Max to remove the finish from the face of the frame, drawers, and both sides of the closet doors.  After they were sanded down, I primed and painted two coats of white paint on the frame and drawers, while Mr. M. cut and and added molding to the closet doors to bring in some architectural detail.

(Please don't mind the hot mess that is our spare bedroom.)

Aren't they going to look amazing?!  Getting them to this state was no easy task. He had to shave about a quarter of an inch off of the width of the front of each door to allow room for the doors to open and close due to the increased depth the molding added to each door, before cutting and attaching the moldings using wood glue.

We're currently in the process of priming and painting the doors, and I just can't wait to see them once they are hung.  The paint has already made such a huge difference in the brightness of the room. I'm also looking forward to styling the window area....although I'm a little stumped on what I'll put there.

Any ideas?!


I can't even tell you how hard it was to have 90% of my wardrobe displaced. At least now the drawers are back in place, so all of the items that live in them are back in their regular spots.  But restoring the contents of the closets themselves is a work in progress. I have so many clothes that I never wear! Right now, the majority of my clothes are hanging in the cedar closet and I'm trying to be very selective in what I allow back in.  Now that my closets are going to look good on the outside, I want them to look just as good inside, so I'm trying to pare down.

This is the most excited I've been about a project in a while!  Hopefully it lives up to my expectations!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday Favs 50

Heyyy!  Long time, no favs.  

I'm so pumped for the rapid approach of autumn.  I love fall....it's the season that makes me want to light a scented candle, sip a pumpkin latte followed by a pumpkin beer, use my crockpot, and cut my hair into a sleek, new style....all while wearing a scarf and boots.   

So in honor of my favorite season, here are some of my favorite things about fall!

Fav #1
Fall nail colors.  Unfortunately I'm not able to get regular manicures, but when I do splurge on a mani, nine times out of ten it's during the fall.  I just love the colors!  My fav as of late has been a mushroom-putty color.  And if I'm doing my nails at home (which I suck at), I go for Sally Hansen's Slick Slate.



Fav #2
The return of non-curly hair.  My hair has a lot of wave to it and doesn't survive heat and humidity when straightened, so I wear it curly pretty much every day in the summer.  Which I love...but get sick of.  I'm always dying to cut and style my hair in the fall...now if I could only get better at the styling part.  It's kind of like I have two left hands :)


Fav #3
Porch decorating. Mums! Wreaths!  I'm trying to hold off on buying my mums until October, so they last through Halloween.  But I feel my resolve crumbling daily...I can't wait to do up our front porch.  Here's a flashback to last year's fall porch decor in the meantime...



Fav #4
Fall beers. While I love my pumpkin spice latte, I really love my autumn-inspired brews. There's nothing better than a pumpkin-ale on the patio on a Friday night in the fall, a theory that I'm pretty sure I'll be testing out once again this evening...



Someone's gotta do it.

What are your fav parts of fall??

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Better Late Than Never: Summer Family Room

With Labor Day 2014 in the books and summer (un)officially over, it's probably a little weird that I'm sharing our summer family room today.  Oh well, call me a weirdo. I never got around to showing it to you this summer, so it's now or never.


The plan for my little summer overhaul actually began last fall when I snagged this piece of aqua colored faux coral in a summer clearance sale.  Initially, I planned to spray paint it white or gold (of course), but I realized that I kind of liked the color combo when I set it next to the red walls of our family room.  Inspired, I searched the web for other red and aqua color schemes and found plenty of great inspiration.

From there, it was just a matter of picking up/creating some aqua accents (like my upcycled planter and wood shim art) to incorporate into the room.  I particularly liked how the aqua pillow covers paired with the army green of our couch and love seat.  The blue/green combo brought a much cooler feel to this typically warm-palletted room.





So now that you've seen it, stay tuned for fall version of this room.  With its red walls...autumn is what this room was born for.  I'll even try to post it during the right season this time :)

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Radio Silence

 So.....I haven't written in about a month. 

I know that I kind of left you guys hanging on the IVF thing.  I shared with you that we were finally going for it, and I even shared some of my nursery inspirations with you during the two weeks when we were waiting to find out if our IVF was successful.

I got you excited with gorgeous images like this....


....and then.....nothing.  

Worst blogger ever.



So here's the scoop:  Our first round of IVF was successful, and life was grand.....for about 8 weeks.  But at one of my routine ultrasound appointments...the baby's heart had just stopped beating, and it was over.

And so, I just sort of lost my motivation to create, think, blog, talk to anyone for while....
But, it's coming back :)

It won't ever really be over, of course. This is not our first time at the rodeo, and I know from experience that these losses are permanent. They'll be a part of who we are forever.

But our first round of IVF is over, and so we are moving on to try it again.  I'm going to try to be a little more transparent this round, and share with you what's going on as it's happening.  After all, when I stalk other bloggers who are going through IVF (and I do stalk you guys!), my favorite posts are the ones that give the little details that help me know what to expect.  So I'll try to pay that forward this time.

Oh, and to those of you who emailed or messaged me to check in during the last month....you're amazing.  Your concern and words of encouragement meant more to me that you know.


In fact, you should totally find a way to use this awesome printable from Sarah Hearts, because it totally sums up how I feel about you guys.  Plus, it's super cute!
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Master Bedroom Changes

Monday already?! Where do the weekends go?

  This is my last full week of summer vaca....I guess I'd better get used to weekends flying by before I know it.

Recently, I shared with you the debate Mr. M. and I had over the new ceiling fan for our master bedroom....




...well, I lost that one.
And at a savings of $250, I'm kind of glad that I did!




The fan we ended up with is the Westinghouse 7216100 Solana, which is incredibly quiet.  I like it much more in person that I did online, and think it's a nice update from the old fan that was here when we moved in.

Old.

New.  'Bron loves the breeze and was mad that I turned the fan off to take a pic.

No need to watermark these pics.  I'm pretty sure no one wants to steal them. 
Also, I've got to get some art on that wall. (How many times have I thought that?)

But the BEST news of all is that we are in the process of sanding down the orangey-wood built-ins so that we can paint them white!  

I'm thinking that I may want to add some trim to the flat doors before I paint them to add some dimension. Something like this...


 Either way it's going to be so much brighter in here.  

Stay tuned!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

July '14 Recap

Even though I would swear that July 4th was only a few days ago, somehow we've reached the end of the month already!  Summer is flying by!  I hate it...

I shared a little bit about the beginning of our IVF journey with you in June (update on that coming soon), and the multitude of appointments associated with that process have resulted in another light month on the DIY front.  So. Many. Appointments.  
Even so, here's what you might have missed this month!

- I shared some patriotic mason jar vases from our front porch.


-Told you about the great ceiling fan debate....and will show you the outcome next week.














-I gave the Midas touch to some seashells...


-...and used them to create some seasonal decor.



And that's it!  August has GOT to be more productive....right?!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Seashell Decor

Hey guys!  I shared this post over at Sweet Haute a few days ago, but here it is for any of you who missed it!

I love finding ways to incorporate the seasons into our home!  For me, the perfect seasonal decor is both affordable and easy to store.  Bonus points if it uses things that I already own, especially objects that can be transitioned from one season to another.  

Today's project  is a winner on all fronts.
Love when that happens!

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I started by giving the gilded treatment to some sand dollars that I had on hand (I picked  them up on summer clearance last fall, certain that I would one day have a use for them).
  I pretty much find a way to paint everything in our house gold. I'm a modern day King Midas.

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I decided to use the golden sand dollars to fill some of the picture frames that we have around the house.  I love swapping photos for seasonal inserts, because it is just so easy to put things back to 'normal' once the time for seasonal decor has passed, and it leaves me with very little to store.

To create these fun frames, I started by removing the photos and the glass from the frames.  Then, I simply cut a sheet of white paper to fit and used spray adhesive to attach a piece of burlap that was also cut to fit each frame.  I put the sheet of burlap into the frame, secured it by replacing the back, and attached a golden sand dollar to the center of the burlap using hot glue.

Incredibly simple, but oh so cute!

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I had a few leftover seashells, so I glued them to a piece of pre-stained scrap wood that I had on hand. I think it makes a nice compliment to the sand dollar frames! Also, once summer is over, it will pair nicely with the wooden pallet sign that I shared with you guys a few months ago, which will be a nice little reminder of summer once the air turns brisk and the leaves begin to fall...

Ah.....fall.  Love that season too!

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