Thursday, July 10, 2014

Progress: E's room

Remember this post?  My inspiration for my daughter's room?  Well, I am happy to report we are making progress in E's room.  We are in the process of painting her room and will be finished this weekend.  See below.

It still looks pretty non-descript as only one coat is on the walls, but it'll be a huge improvement.  The color is Pointing (Farrow & Ball) and I had it color matched at the Benjamin Moore store.  It's a soft creamy white without the 'yellow' tones.  The color before was purple (see below - this was the color when we moved into our house).

If you remember here, I told you that I was on the fence about what to do about her glider.  I really wanted to have a slipcover made with scallops.  I went back and forth about whether to buy a new chair or have a slipcover made, but when I found a seamstress who would be willing to do the scalloped hem, my decision was easy. And, I am so happy I went with the slipcover.

Before: Glider

After: Glider

Such an improvement, huh?  It's so sweet.  It is a white matelasse fabric that I got on sale and it'll be easy to wash (and bleach) if I need to down the road.  

Also, if you remember, I talked about doing a little slip for E's rocking chair.  This was my husband's baby chair when he was little and I am so happy to use it in her room.  Long ago, I remember I wanted to paint to it and I am so happy I didn't!  

Rocking Chair: Before

Rocking Chair: After

Isn't it sweet?  I love the toile fabric and the bows on the back of the chair.  And, I love how the main setting of the two girls and the boy fishing is centered on the seat of the rocking chair.

I can already see telling stories about this scene with my daughter.  Well, that is it for now.  It's coming together and I can't wait to have her window treatment installed!  It won't be long now.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer according to my phone

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!  We had perfect weather - sunny with a nice cool breeze!  Perfect for a neighborhood parade, friends visiting, a bbq, pool time, and fireworks!

In other news, our summer is in full swing.  I think I am the last person to get an iPhone, but I finally got one and I love being able to capture our summer days via my phone… is a glimpse of our summer so far!  

Lots of pool time, swim meets, tennis and friends/family visiting.  I promise I do have some design related posts and will be back soon to post!!  Happy Summer!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Strawberry Picking

I don't know a better way to kick off the summer season than with strawberry picking!  I packed up the kids one morning and we headed out to Joe Huber's Farm (in Indiana).  The children LOVED it and Elizabeth was finally old enough to participate.  This day made my heart swell - the kids were so happy to be out on a farm and I honestly surprised myself by wanting to stay there all day and just pick strawberries.  So simple yet fulfilling.  

This was a real farm where the land and the sky stretched on for miles.  So vast.  We definitely don't live in Connecticut anymore.  

You can tell by the sky that a storm was coming - it was breezy and a bit ominous.  It reminded me of something out of the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is on her farm in Kansas before the tornado hits.   

Afterwards, the kids played and got homemade ice cream!  We made it home just before the storm hit.  They were so happy.

That weekend we went to a friend's house for a barbecue and I made Jenny's strawberry cupcakes with  our freshly picked strawberries.  They were out of this world!  I highly recommend the recipe.  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

From Hanging Closet to Itsy Bitsy Mudroom

Yeah!  We finally finished a home project.  So, on any given day, when you walk in from the garage (door pictured below) to our kitchen, you typically see this on our kitchen floor.

BTW, this is not staged….this was our everyday reality! The only place we had to store our stuff was a hanging rod closet (pictured below) (after my husband took out the hanging rod).

When you have children this is so impractical.  Kids can't reach the rod to hang up their coats, no place to store shoes and no hooks.  So, obviously, our kitchen floor became the dumping ground. 

I wanted a mudroom, but the only space we had was this hanging closet and given the limitations of our kitchen, I couldn't enlarge the closet.  So, I decided to work within my space limitations and create a design that is simple and practical.

In regards to design, my tiny mudroom needed to have shoe storage, hooks that both my 2 and 7 year olds could reach, a shelf for a basket or two, pretty corbels and a bench.  

My husband did ALL the physical labor and building of this project.  I designed and sketched out what I wanted and he built it.  Below you can see the progression.

Pictured above is the 2 x 4 base frame.  

Pictured below are the plywood shoe cubbies that he later added a hardwood face frame to.  

And, then finally, the AFTER…

Six spacious cubbies for shoes, a bench and high/low hooks, and a top shelf.  More pictures below.

Eventually, I will replace the brass hinges on the door hardware for oil bronzed.  I would say five years down the road, we plan on enlarging and renovating our kitchen.  In that design, I plan on creating a larger mudroom space, but for the time being, this will do just fine!!  I love it and my husband did an incredible job building it!  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My Etsy Faves

1. I am considering these box pleat linen euro shams for our guest room.  Just gorgeous!

2. I want to purchase a return address stamp.  Love this one. So many beautiful designs.

3. I love vintage seascape art and this one with the gold frame is perfect.

4. Blue and white catchall.  Perfect for an entry to hold keys, phone, and mail.  Or on your kitchen table filled with oranges or lemons.

5. Blue and white cotton napkins.  Perfect for summer entertaining.

6. PVE's customized monograms.  Isn't this one gorgeous?  A piece of artwork that you can treasure always.

Do you see anything here that catches your eye?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Do you remember the "Kooboo" chair from World Market?

Wasn't that such a great deal at $129.99?!   Fast forward two years, I am now considering kubu chairs for our breakfast eat-in-kitchen.  Unfortunately, World Market has discontinued their kubu chairs.

Kubu rattan is considered a very sturdy and hard material which has a natural 'gray' finish.  I recently found a similar option on Overstock - Safavieh Banten Kubu Soft Gray Rattan Club.

It is VERY similar to WM's Kooboo chair except for the cost - $258.99.  I ended up ordering two of them to see how it would look in my eat-in-kitchen.  I want to use them as 'hostess' chairs when we have guests over.  

Once again, please IGNORE paint color on my walls.  I have the new color picked out, but we haven't painted it yet.  So, I really, really like the warmth the rattan adds.  The picture doesn't do it justice, but every time I walked in the kitchen and saw the chairs, it made me happy.  

I called my girlfriend to come over and see the chair because she too is looking for new chairs for her breakfast area.   She really liked the chair (as well) and we played around with some fabric choices for her kitchen.  

A great outdoor fabric - Calico's inoteca (especially if you have children)!

I love the above fabric in the smaller pattern.  It reminds me a bit of the below fabric which I would love to use  - Petite Fleur in lake blue by Kerry Joyce. 

Good 'ol standby, KWID imperial trellis (see below).  I actually think the seat cushion should be done in a solid white and then use the KWID fabric as a throw pillow in the chair.  That way you can use the pillow in more than one place if you wanted too (get more bang for your money)! 

At the end of the day, this Safavieh is a great option if you're in love with the "Kooboo" chair from WM. I'm still on the fence as to whether I am going to keep it (as I am considering other options).  

But, I am in love with the kubu material!!  It automatically added the texture and warmth that my kitchen space needed!  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Scenes from around the house

I thought I'd give you some updates on what's been happening around our house.   First up, I finally bit the bullet and after years of wanting a lantern pendant in our home, I bought one.

My husband and I hung it up in our dining room (no easy feat because it is SO heavy).  You should've seen us.  It was a sight for sore eyes.  It has yet to crash to the ground or burn our house down, so I guess we did it right?!?!

The walls in our dining room have yet to be painted (please ignore the color) and the dining table and chairs have yet to be purchased.  See……I'm trying to take it slow and only buy the items I know I want in my house forever.  But, as you can see below we hung the lantern.

I plan on keeping the bookcase in the background.  I picked those peonies from my garden.  They just bloomed.

In our dining room, we have a tre ceiling and I am not a fan.  Why can't they just make the whole ceiling the same height??   But, regardless, the square of the lantern fixture works really well with the tre ceiling.  Something about square on square.  It is easy on the eye and symmetrical.  I couldn't get a good enough shot to show you, but you just have to trust me.

Next up, I picked up my daughter's window treatment.  It's a beauty.  A london shade done in a buffalo check.  I LOVE it.

I know this picture doesn't do it justice, but until I have it hung on the wall, I won't be able to get a good picture.  Can I just say I might add buffalo check in every room of our house?  I love it that much.

Next, I've been playing around in our guest room with the new duvet and pillow covers I bought from Ikea.  I've yet to decide on color of bed skirt, shams (scalloped or flanged), coverlet, etc.  But, here is a a picture prior to having all those decisions made.

You can see here the desk area in the guest room.  Still working on that too. 

Lastly, my handy husband and I have been working on a little project.  I am really excited about this one because it'll save me the frustration of a continually messy entry.  I'm not going to say too much right now, but it'll add much needed functionality to our home.

I HOPE to post before and after pictures of this little project after Memorial Day.

So, that is what I've been up to these days.  It probably doesn't seem like a lot, but I am really happy how things are progressing!