May 22, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special holiday in the U.S. when we honor those who have fallen in battle.  I am beyond grateful that recent generations of freedom fighters in my family have not had to give their life in service to their country, but my admiration and deepest thanks go out to all those who have fought and died for our freedom.

Now, on a lighter note, I hope y'all have something exciting planned for this weekend!  Marking the beginning of summer time and BBQ's, Memorial Day is not only a time to honor, but a time to have fun!  And as you begin planning for a season full of outdoor gatherings, s'mores and fire pits, sunset BBQ's and patriotic holidays (don't forget Independence Day and Veteran's Day!), a little red-white-and-blue decorating goes a long way!

Check out these gorgeous pieces and decorating ideas from one of my favorite summer time sources - Pottery Barn!







May 15, 2015

National Painting Week

Ready to get your paint on?

We've got loads of painting projects in the works 'round here, but since I am quite preggers at the moment I'm being careful to not breathe in those yummy painty fumes.  Just eight more weeks to go, baby!

Meantime, I'm loving these gorgeous furniture makeovers...

Gorgeous, right?  SO fun!

Are you currently working on any DIY projects?  Any PAINTing?  I'd love to see your links!  Are you dying to try something new but not sure where to start?  How about something fun and simple like a chalkboard or a little furniture glazing?



If you're new to DIY projects and/or painting, don't worry!  The best way to learn is by DOING.  You'll make mistakes along the way, and learn better techniques as you go, but being creative is ALL about the process!  Start with a smaller more manageable project (don't go painting your great grandmother's prized dining set right off) and you'll work up the confidence to tackle something a bit more daring!

Happy painting!

May 14, 2015

Free Nautical Summer Printables

I've been loving my new Canon printer so much that I can't help but make more printables!  It's so fun to switch things up around the house when the seasons change, and let's be honest, I couldn't be happier that winter is OVER!

May 12, 2015

Frozen Room Source List

Many of you were asking the colors and sources from Chloe's Frozen inspired room board...

...ta da!

It was about time I provided a full source list!  We wanted to keep Chloe's room upscale and elegant without too many cartoon-styled references, while still having lots of fun!  I hope our findings help you, and I would LOVE to see links to anything you've been doing for your own Frozen fans!



Purple - SW 6974 Plum Blossom (if you're painting an entire wall, I might recommend SW 6829 Magical for a similar tone but less bold; we're planning on using this color in her closet)

Dark Turquoise - SW 6774 Freshwater (slightly teal based blues based on Elsa's dress; these are meant as accent blues when searching for accessories and fabric)

Light Turquoise - SW 6773 Rapture Blue (same as above; would be great as an accent wall or for stenciling)

Gray - SW 7015 Repose Gray (Chloe's walls are currently painted this color)

March 30, 2015

Unexpected Urchin

Okay, maybe not "urchin". Is coral considered a type of urchin?

...Just Googled it - they're not.

Okay, now that we're both a little smarter, (or in my case, less oblivious) let's talk about finding awesome items in unlikely places, namely: CORAL.

I love, love, love coral. Especially bright shiny white coral. You know, the fake/bleached kind.  Unfortunately my friends, the store-bought variety usually come with a hold-your-breath sort of price tag. Ugh.

So what's a fashionably frugal gal supposed to do? Make your own!

Okay, maybe not make your own coral, but you know, make it yours. Allow me to explain...