July 17, 2014

Make Lemonade Free Printable

A shout out to all my dear, sweet, loyal followers who stuck around during my early summer hiatus.  Because I wuv you so much I'm sharing an awesome summer printable with you by My Fabulous Life!

Sweet, right?

Here's another sample...

There's two more color variations you can choose from!  Thanks to Live Laugh Rowe for hosting the post!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD these fabulous free printables!


Up next:  A loft update and the Bright Night Event!

May 22, 2014

Vanna, Vanna Ba-na-na

Here's a part of Chloe's bed and a random Expedit (RIP) bookcase.  It's not strange to see them hanging out like this in our entryway, is it?

(Yes.  Yes it is.)

Oh look!  Chloe's is "Vanna-Whiting" more miscellaneous bunk bed beams.  They didn't linger there for long; straight downstairs to the unfinished basement they went for sanding and painting (we used a primer and paint in one).

Working on this awesome-sauce vintage Thomasville piece has taken a back seat to Chloe's bed and building shelving for the loft/office.  Also, who knew finding the perfect coral paint was actually really, really impossible?  Maybe I'm too picky, but everything we find is too peachy or pink or tangerine.  Why isn't there a perfect coral that looks good in my house?  Any suggestions?

We put out kids to work around here, and they love it!  Okay, Ryker hasn't really gotten in on the gig...yet.  But we suspect it's only a matter of time before he's wielding power tools, too.

In honor of our recent painting projects (soon to be revealed in their Frozen inspired room and loft and entry makeovers), I wanted to share a few fun DIY hacks and makeovers that revolve around some simple paint...


This door makes me crazy happy!  I mean, do YOU have a door this cheery in your house?  I'm thinking my house needs something like this...somewhere.


You know you've seen a few dozen Ikea hacks (love them!) around the web, but I love that this one is so simple, yet totally posh!  A little gold leaf that's understated yet totally lovely!


We've probably all had these at one time or another.  I know I have two that I typically use for photo shoots, but seriously?  How fun are these?!  Easy-peasy and completely doable in an afternoon.  Plus, there are so many color combinations that would look cool: teal and yellow, red and white, silver and plum, pastel yellow and pink, navy and emerald...


Got a worn out chair and some old lace?  Bam!  Fancy up all the things around your house with some spray paint and a doily or two


Okay, this is just plain cool.  It looks so spendy and West Elm-y!  Even with paint and supplies I'd bet you could manage this under $100.  This is totally in our DIY future.


Not all wood has to be painted!  Check out this spruced up side table/dresser that looks both crisp and warm!


If you know me, you know that I'm always a sucker for punchy pinks and corals.  This dresser had me at "Hello".  Originally a contender for Chloe's big girl room (we were heading in the coral pink and gold direction before she insisted on an Elsa/Frozen room) I'm thinking I still like this enough that I need to fit it in somewhere else...


Finally, who doesn't love a wall of beautiful, and useful, built-ins!  Before adding your ceramic animals and faux coral, personalize your shelving with a splash of paint.  Added bonus:  A darker colored background is an excellent stage for white wares and collections!


We'll be back soon with Chloe's bunk bed makeover!
P.S.  Guess what?  It's not a bunk bed anymore!  Stay tuned to see her new secret hideout!

April 30, 2014

Nesting Houses

When one moves, one realizes that location, packing, paperwork, financing, and relocating are next to nothing when compared with the daunting task of...



For us, moving wasn't nearly as cray-cray as unpacking a hundred and sixty two thousand boxes (no, I'm not exaggerating...okay, maybe a tiny bit) and trying to make previous furniture work in a house with a completely different layout and size.

Certainly, if you're moving from a similar sized home, or downsizing, your furniture concerns are a bit different.  Rearranging pieces to make sense in your new house, or having to part with old furnishings that won't fit in your new place, have their own challenges.  For life in our new home that we fondly refer to as "Oxford Park" (Oxford floor plan on a property lot off Parkview Drive), we need a fierce amount of new/different furniture.



Can you see the difference?  Our new house is more than twice the size of our first home, not including the unfinished basement.

Yeah.  Whoa.

The crazy thing is, the number and type of rooms are almost identical.  The only additional rooms at Oxford Park are the loft on the second floor, and a powder room/half bath on the main floor.  Everything else is the same!  Crazy.  I can't tell you how nice it is to have more SPACE.  This home is so much more functional and provides tons of storage and elbow room.

Shoes in the foyer?  Hemnes (and Ty Purrington) to the rescue!  Also hides unsightly air vents!
The biggest obstacle we face now is that our old furniture (couches, bookcases, dining table, etc.) are completely dwarfed by the lofty higher ceilings and more open floor plan.

"Curse you, tiny toilet furniture!"

What worked in our old house just doesn't work here.  There's room for things, but not only do they not fit the space, they don't match!  Because our rooms were smaller and more closed off, we could have different finishes and styles in every room.  Between hand-me-downs, thrifted pieces, or functional Ikea furniture, our old place had dark stained wood, birch wood, white laminate, black laminate, modern and antique styles.  It worked in general because each room had it's own theme, but combine all those furnishings in larger rooms that have different layouts, and you suddenly have a hodgepodge of colors and styles.

The truth about moving - the endless furniture musical chairs.

Here we are in the loft, trying our best to make sense of it all.  This is not a magazine worthy, cutting edge "eclectic" look.  Trust me.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, my friends.  My beloved white Expedit (RIP) is being relocated to the Great Room, the bookcase is heading to the food pantry, and the Lack side table is getting a makeover (can't wait to share!) for ChloĆ«'s room.  Two white bookcases are being brought in to flank the window, and that white desk is going to make for a great craft/study table.

Eventually we'll be bringing in a sleeper sofa, a new rug, a painted vintage console, and some fun artwork.  Yay!

Meantime, don't fret if your home is looking like the "Before" picture in a major way.  Create a pin board, grab some tear sheets from your favorite shelter mag, decide how the room needs to function, make a list of what you need, and don't lose hope!  You'll get to that glorious "After" photo just like I will...eventually.  But remember to enjoy the process.  That's what makes a house a home.  Living, dreaming, planning, loving, and having fun!