Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Patio Inspiration

With summer slowly coming to an end (boo), I have my dream set on purchasing a new patio set with the intent of taking advantage of the 'end of summer' sales!  I am eyeing the Galante sofa and lounge chair(s) from Ballard Designs.

Even on sale, I'd have to save a pretty penny or two.  But, oh, how I love a rattan look.


I created a design board using the Galante loveseat and some of my favorite fabrics from Peter Dunham.  I'd order the loveseat cushions in 'spa' and would use Dunham's following fabrics for cushions: Fig-leaf, Udaipur (indigo) and Rajmata (indigo).

His fabrics are so inviting and would really make a patio area so warm and comfortable.  Of course, our current wooden deck would have to go and instead, I would install bluestone pavers.

I'd say this would be the perfect spot for an evening outdoors and a glass of wine (or two)! ;)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wrapping up Summer!

This summer has been wonderful.  I'm not ready to welcome fall just yet.  This is the first summer (in the past 3 years) where we haven't been either pregnant, moving and/or moving again! :)  We enjoyed it to it's fullest and spent time welcoming family to Louisville and visiting family in Florida and Michigan.

Michigan 



Florida 







Louisville





Good-bye Summer 2014!  We will miss you!  I hope you all have had a wonderful summer!!  




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…..here 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?