Thursday, May 31, 2012

Room Of The Day : Beach Anyone?

I am a sucker for anything with a beach aesthetic.
It's probably because I grew up by the ocean and I must say I miss it so much.

This space reminds me of seashells and rocks..


Today my design partner Becky and I make a presentation on our design for the school that Rockford Sharefest is remodeling.  I will let you know how that goes.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How To Make It Cohesive?

Good Morning!!

How was your Memorial Day?

We had such a good time at the lake..
Yep, I look a little crazy here but the wind was blowing hard..haha.

Now that I am back to reality I am painting again.

I recently wrote about how I start the process of building a room.  You can read more about that here.
Now the question is .. How do you bring two rooms together in a  cohesive manner?

I do it by having the rooms call to each other.  There are colors in each room that you will find in another room of my house in some form (especially the common areas).

In this picture of my living room you can see the gray and browns in the pillows.  All neutral, warm colors.

My kitchen..

I brought the gray into my kitchen which has a doorway that you can see into my dining and living room space.

The kitchen also leads into my laundry room.  Don't you just love the floral border and the little curtain? (sarcasm)

I want the space to feel continuous and not choppy.  So I decided to paint the room the same gray as the kitchen (which I am still working on) and I picked up this fabric for $3.50 a yard..

My husband and I are going to make a cornice for the windows in my kitchen and my laundry room with this fabric.

I have also begun painting my cabinetry in the laundry room..

The back wall is painted gray and as you can tell I am far from finished.  I try to do it in between all my other responsibilities.  It is coming together and I always love seeing progress.

As you can see, all the rooms speak to one another in the same language but done in slightly different ways.

Hope you have a wonderful week : )

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you to our men and women in the military so we could enjoy our freedom!
And so we can enjoy the day without fear..

Thursday, May 24, 2012

How Do I Start?

Good Morning!

Everyone looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend?
I know I am : )  
I always look forward to those little breaks and get some time to refuel.

Right now I am in the middle of some projects..some for others and for our home as well.
I have had some people ask me how do I come up with a plan for a space?

I know it might be different for some but for me..I go for what inspires me at the moment.  

For example

 We were at the mall and my daughter saw this picture.  When I saw it I knew we had to have it and that it belonged in our living room. It really spoke to me. This would be the starting point for the direction of the room and for the rest of the house.

I took this inspiration and the rest of the elements came.

First step..find something that inspires you.  Find something that you absolutely love.

Another example..
I saw these pictures online

 This was a starting off point for my kitchen.

All we have done so far is paint the walls gray and the trim is bright white. 
Next will be either to get new appliances or to add the carrera marble.

If you don't know what direction to take a room in..start looking around at what you love.  Now you have that first building block to start to make a room into what you dream of.
You can do it : )

Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Little Recap

Good Monday Morning!

I was so excited about a charity that I was helping out with called Project Ladybug.  It's a wonderful opportunity to give back and help the children who fight against cancer and their families as well.

About a month ago my friend and I went for orientation.
 There I am at the bottom of the picture (with the green jacket.. standing next to the silver car)
Wonderful volunteers who gave of their time to help such a worthy cause.

 I was able to take some pics before it all started but couldn't get any more because well, I was working..

How cute is this?  A ladybug car : )

 This is really a very small portion of the space.

And some of the great ladies I had a chance to work with.

Since my pictures don't do it is a video clip of the night.

Have a wonderful week : )

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Moment Of Beauty

Good Morning!

Yesterday was such a beautiful day.  I couldn't have asked for better weather.  I like it when there are no clouds in the sky and all you see is a bright blue expanse, sunny, and the green trees.  

This year we have had so many butterflies..really unusual I must say.

My daughter said she was going to catch a swallowtail.  I have never seen one up close.  After a few minutes of saying that she comes in and..

 I was in awe!  How absolutely gorgeous is this creature.  All the intricate details..and color.

We went outside and I was able to get these shots..

                                        After I finished taking the pics she said..
                          "Mommy, are you happy?  Did it make you happy to see one?"

Just to know that she caught one just for me so that I could have that experience is so priceless!

I love being a Mom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This Day Is For All

Happy Mother's Day to all women.  

I celebrate you..for all you do and give.

May you have an incredible day : )

Friday, May 11, 2012

I Am Just A Little Excited

Good Morning!
It's a beautiful, sunny, warm Friday here and I plan to be outside to enjoy the day: )

I must tell you I am a bit excited.  

Several  months ago I went out with a friend and took her to some of my favorite places that I go to get treasures for the home.  Now, I had been wanting...ok..FANTASIZING about owning a stereo console.  It brings back so many good memories for me of my childhood.
This particular day the store Sharestuff had one in and she went and bought it.  Uugghh..I could have cried.  I did show my happiness for her though.

I kept looking.  Still no where to be found.

I went to one of my other favorite stores that is filled with goodies

and this is the place I found this piece

you can read more about it here.

I was thinking I could put this where I would have put the stereo console (if I had one) and create another sitting area in my room.

I love it!  I do have 2 of those chairs but I need to get another white rug to put on it.

Well, low and behold I get a phone call for a stereo console from Sharestuff.

Then I thought if I get it where am I going to put it.  My daughter, who has such a great eye, told me where to put it.  She said trust me it will work.

When I got there I was in awe..loved everything about it and it wasn't gigantic.

Here it is..

My quest is over.  I am happy and love that good design does not have to be expensive.  It's like my mother always said "It's how you wear the clothes"
I believe it's how you put pieces together : )

Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend : )

Monday, May 7, 2012

I Am At It Again

Good Afternoon!

How was everyone's weekend?
Mine was relaxing and I got to do my favorite thing..garage sales & thrifting : )

I was out walking my dog and I came to the second day of a garage sale.  Awesome. If you go on the first day the people running the sale don't normally negotiate price.  The second day..they are anxious to get rid of their stuff.

When I went up to the house the gentleman told me he was willing to negotiate prices because it was the last day of the sale.  Offered that info without me even asking.

So I found a couple of items..
when I brought them to him can I just say he gave me like 99% off. 

I am not going to argue : )

I got this art deco tray from the 1940's

 and a tic tac toe game

I also have this beauty waiting for me..will be picking it up in the next couple weeks

(pics taken in store)

 french provincial side table (brass)

  Wishing you all many good deals this week : )

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