Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Repainting...Story of my life! :)

This past week I had an itch to repaint some of our dining room! I think Ive painted it at least 4 times! Its definitely become a joke in our family as to how often I change up the color! But I like change and I am glad that I did!  Next up, I am going to refinish the buffet in a gray and add new hardware! The color I choose was a Valspar color called Mint Whisperer! I am happy with the way it turned out! What do you think?!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Kids Room Wallpaper!

Y'all already know Im a sucker for wallpaper!!! And I know most of you are probably scaredy cats however I just have to share you some of my favorites papers! Ive been doing some research for wallpaper for a kids room and wanted to share with you whats out there! 

If your one of those stuck on the "Ughh I took down so much wallpaper in our house and I'll never use it again!"-- Maybe some of these will convince you otherwise!

Remember it doesn't have to be labeled "Kids Wallpaper" to be appropriate for a kids room or nursery! Most search results for "Kids Wallpaper" results in primary colors.... : [

And keep in mind, when you are using wallpaper you can keep everything else streamline so the paper can be the star!

Cool boys paper is much harder to find than girls, especially because I am not a fan of themed rooms! However I found a few cute ones worth sharing!

boys room wallpaper

Vintage wallpaper for a boys room?

If your not into these you might consider paper that brings a textural aesthetic to the room! This will allow you to easily change out bedding and other decor as your child grows!

Awesome main wall wallpaper for the boys room!        
 Wallpaper--I have thought of gluing to a piece of canvas or even plywood and putting the boys names on it to hang over their bed or just stenciling the first letter of their names on it

boys room - grasscloth wallpaper  Boys room love wallpaper

Boys room // bunk beds // striped wallpaper

And for the girls.... :)

Nursery Wallpaper
I believe this paper is from Anthropologie! Can't wait 

nursery nook wallpaper
Nursery Notations: Wallpaper

nursery wallpaper

Great use of closet space in the nursery - beautiful tree wallpaper

And a few vintage inspired papers which are my FAVORITES...

Enjoy your weekend!

Family Room E-Design

I just wanted to share with you guys a project I've been working on! We started on the dining room, which I shared a few weeks ago and now we are working on the family room! We are still working so I won't have completion photos for awhile but I wanted to share the board!  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I have been in the mood to paint EVERYTHING! Paint isn't JUST for walls! I know that it can be very overwhelming when you walk into the paint section at Lowes or Home Depot!  The amount of color to choose from is daunting, even for myself!  However color paint is a great way to refresh your home and give each room character!

 I wanted to share with you guys more ways to incorporate PAINT into your home!  

1.  Fixing up the 5th wall!

The ceiling of your spaces is just as important as your 4 main walls! It can make a space feel calm by painting it a light neutral! Or it can make it feel cozy and dramatic by choosing a deep color!  If you don't want to make a huge statement considering finding the lightest shade of the color that is on your walls and use it for the ceiling!

paint the ceiling!

Paint the ceiling?

Paint the ceiling....

2. Bathroom Refresh!

You hear all the time that painting a small space a dark color only make it feel smaller!  Can I just say...MYTH!!! If you are tired of white or neutral walls in your bathroom consider a dark color like Benjamin Moores: Nightfall or Metropolis!

Some of my favorite Dark Bathrooms.....

dark beautiful bathroom

Dark bathroom

Dark blue bathroom

3. Paint your floors!

Okay, I can hear my husband saying now, "No way are we painting the floors?!" And I am sure yours would too! BUT if the space is right for it, it can make your space so much more sleek!  If it were a perfect world I would paint our basement floors a gray and white pattern! (Hmm..thats an idea!)  

As long as your PRIME and PAINT CORRECTLY, you can do it! Valspar has a great latex floor paint! Be sure to talk to a pro and find out what works best for your type of surface whether it be wood, concrete, vinyl, etc.  And always be sure to seal it with three thin coats of clear urethane!

4. Fix up Mirror frames!

This is such a quick way to make a nice update! And the nicest thing is all your need is spray paint and tape!  Maybe make an old mirror a colorful salmon or maybe a gaudy gold frame solid white! 

Paint a mirror         paint my gold mirror?!

5. Tables!

You see these everywhere! It is so easy to incorporate your accent color in your side tables! Consider painting the table white first before your accent color! Then buff it up so the white shows through! Or Maybe paint your dining room table an unexpected color! 

bold table paint

Pretty salmon coffee table

6. Cabinets!

Its a chore but my goodness, painting your kitchen cabinets is one of the biggest changes you can make!  AND they don't ALL have to be the same color! I've been loving the photos on pinterest with light mint cabinets! Maybe not the WHOLE kitchen but maybe an island or just the bottom cabinets light mint would be so cool! 

If that's not your style, consider using a glaze over white cabinets!  It adds an authenticity to the cabinets! There are TONS of options! In our kitchen, we painted the cabinets bright white but left off the top cabinets doors and painted the inside dark brown! We love how they turned out! See before and after below!

{That's Garrett working hard during the reno!:)}

paint my cabinets?

kitchen - mint green cabinets

Also consider:

Painting your doors and trim an unexpected color!
Painting your bookcases! OR just the back of them!
Spray Paint your old glassware so you can display it!
Paint your Lamps! Headboards! Stairs! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Design Board

I wanted to share with you another design board Ive been working on! It is for a client who has a classic style, likes a bit of contrast, antique touches and subtle color! They have some existing pieces of furniture that is included on the board and lots of new! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Our Bedroom Update!

Remember when I wanted to spruce up our bedroom a little?  We finally got around to doing a few things!    It all turned out much different as planned because I came across some pillows I had stored away!  I love how fresh and bright it turned out just with a couple changes! We are still playing with the wall decor and as I find more items I'll be switching in and out but I wanted to share it with you! 

First thing we did: Add a Rug! I definitely think this softened the room a little! Before it was too much wood on wood on wood! We then switched out our bedding and pillows! Added fresh white curtains! Updated a lamp and secretaries chair! And added a few accessories!

Its nice to have a change! And luckily-- because I had most of this around the house! I only spent $100! Curtains from Ikea for $50, a new duvet from Target for $30, and a few things to update the lamp! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Metal Furniture & Accessories!

I have to share with you one of my new favorite go-to items! Metal & Iron Furniture & Accessories! Just one or two of these pieces bring such an eclectic style to your house! I wanted to share with you some of my favorites pieces that I love. One of the main reasons I love it is because it can be so affordable! They also usually look like they've been around forever! 

I found THIS piece on Horchow ($$$) and tried to find a copy...

...And got Really Lucky! Practically the same exact piece on Home Decorators...

I also found these on JCPenny for only $60... I didn't know that people still shopped there! :)

Here are a few others I found that sparked my interest! 

Cargo Bar Stools, Set of 2 | World Market
   Cargo Bar Stools from World Market! 2 for $90

love metal furniture
West Elm! 

Restoration Hardware! (That will have to remain a dream!)

Aiden Etagere | World Market
Another World Market Piece...I love the size of this!
Aiden Etagere $259.99

Pottery Barn Carter Table

If you don't need any furniture in your house because its packed like mine... consider these types of items to bring a mid-century feel!

Wire Baskets for additional storage!

Metal Letters for dressing up your shelves

{Pottery Barn Metal Letters}

Vintage Industrial Metal Letters B-O....One Letter....4"Size

Metal or Wire Light fixtures bring an industrial feel!

{Shades of Light}

I am sure my Momma is turning her nose up at these items but just like I tell her...mix it up! You don't have to over do it with sterile looking metal furniture! Just a few items that are unexpected, and a different finish than your other furniture goes a long way! :)

That's all for today! Enjoy your WEEKEND!