Embellishing a Space

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You know when a room is missing something, and you just need a few things to finish it up, but can't figure out what. Or how about when you are moving and you have the majority of things you need, but maybe have extra space your not sure how to fill... Well that's whats happening here. A friend moved into a bigger place, and while she had the big ticket items, she needed some more decor to help personalize and decorate the new space.

Sources: Medallion Pillow - Hello Pillow - Chevron Pillows - Suede Pillows - Scrabble Letters - Pivot Print - Sunburst Mirror - Basket - Yankee Stadium Print - Dance Print

Embellishing a room can be as easy as just printing a few prints and framing them on the wall to add something new. Or simple DIY projects, like the scrabble letters above would be easy to make with wood squares and stencils, or even stickers. A few new throw pillows can also provide an easy pick me up to a room.

If you need help putting the finishing touches on a room, picking out curtains or pillows, or just want to switch things up, let me know. I would love to help! erica.ann413@yahoo.com

Girl Nursery

Friday, February 13, 2015

Only 3 and half months left till baby boy number 2 is here. And we have A LOT to do. When I first found out I was pregnant, while excited about having another baby in general, I was also excited at the prospects of decorating another room. I had ideas for both a boy and a girl room, but since I already did a boys room, I started making up design boards for a girls room first, just in case.

I knew the one color I did not want in the event this baby was a girl, was pink. A little pink here and there is OK. But truly deep down, I am not a pink person. I can't deal with it all. I started searching color combos and came across this light blue and purple room in a parents magazine one day sitting at my doctors office and I fell in love with it. Totally outside my usual go to color, yellow. I got excited with the thought of decorating a girls room because I could get as girly as I wanted. My whole house is geared to either gender neutral or a boy, so it was fun to do a room for a girl, something I am not used to.

SOURCES: Pillow - Pillow - Lamp - Brick Wallpaper - Curtains - Heart Print - Rug - Crib - Crib Sheet - Shag rug - Clock - Mobile

I do love this room, but I will tuck it away for another day. I do have the room done for this boy and I am pretty obsessed with it., but I'll share that another day.

*Looking for advice or need help with a decorating project? Let me know I'd love to help! erica.ann413@yahoo.com

Red Sox Toddler Room

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sometime last year, Benjamin Moore came out with a Fenway Park collection of paint. Unfortunately it is not available in New York and is only a limited time collection. I want to go out and get it now, so when were ready to re-do Charlie's room, meaning when we move, Ill have the paint already on hand.

I love Charlie's room now and have no intentions on changing it. Plus, David wants to build him a bed. Right now, hes in a toddler bed, on his own choice. He wont be 2 until March but he pretty much decided on his own that he was over the crib back in December. Which I guess is a good thing since we'll need that crib for the babies room. But I wasn't ready for him to be in a big boy bed yet.

Instead of David rushing to build Charlie a bed now, since we have 50 million other projects going on, we opted to get him a cheap toddler bed from Target for now. So eventually, in the future, this is the room I want to do for him when hes older, and when we move.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

One of the easiest ways to update any space is by using different prints in various frames. They are so easy to find, all over Etsy especially. Some you are able to download instantly and have them printed at home, Target, Staples, where ever prints can be made. The best part, they are super cheap. All the ones shown below are under $12 some $5. Prints like these are awesome when creating a focal point, gallery wall, or even a way to say welcome.

Motivational quote, motivational print, motivational poster, wall decor, dreams dont work unless you do, motivational art, inspirational

BOMB.COM - Instant Download - 8x10 - 11x14 - Printable art - Gray -  Bomb - Love Art  - Home Decor


Frankly My Dear I Don't Give A Damn - Instant Download - 8x10 - 11x14 - Printable art - Black - Typography - Motivational Art - Home Decor

This Kitchen Is For Dancing - Instant Download - 8x10 - 11x14 - Printable art - Black - Kitchen  Art - Home Decor

Boston Print, Printable Poster Wall Art, Travel city Poster, wall decor, typography art print, Boston digital poster print, INSTANT DOWNLOAD

5 Reason to choose E-Design

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I love decorating, houses, and all things related to the home. Making your home some place that speaks to you and that becomes your favorite place to be, is very important. Personally, I love to help people make their homes, their sanctuary. Where they want people to come by, where they want to be, and where they feel their best.

I am looking to add to my portfolio, so if you have heard of E-Design, but aren't quite sure what it entails, here are a few tips to consider when researching E-Design as opposed to traditional design services. If this intrigues you or you want to learn more, feel free to email me erica.ann413@yahoo.com. I would love to help!

One: Cost
Generally speaking, full fledged interior design services are going to cost a lot of your pennies for the designers pretty insight. Let's be real, not many of us have that kind of dough to shell out on design services. E-design will cost much less than what you think. Every designer has their own cost break down on how they want to charge for their E-design service. Some do it by hour, others by room. Make sure when you are choosing a designer, you find the one who's price structure matches your budget the best.

Two: Time
We live in a world where when we want something, we want it now. Patients, for me personally, isn't one of my strong suits. When I am buying something online, I always wish I could get it right away. With E-design, while it does take some time for the magic to happen, it is a lot quicker than you think. Provided you are working with a designer who has a clear image of the design style you are looking for. Things tend to move pretty fast. Within a few short weeks, you can have the plan of your dreams to design your home, instead of months some more traditional designers can take.

Three: Online Shopping
Online shopping, one of my favorite guilty pleasure past times. The luxury of being able to shop when and where you want and being able to watch and snag the item you desire at the lowest price is the best. With E-design, clients are provided with a source list with the link and price of the items on the design bored. Armed with this, clients are able to buy all items needed without wasting time driving from store to store. It also allows for a greater variety as some stores may not be in your local area,

Four: Try before you buy.
I say this because most decorators have blogs that you can research and review. You will be able to find if that decorator will be a good fit for your style. You don't want to spend your hard earned money on a design plan meant for someone with traditional taste when you are modern. Following your favorite blog, learning about the decorators process, style, and life, will help you decide on a style that best fits your taste.

Five: No Rushing
Once you receive your design bored and shopping list, you are free to implement the design as quick or as slow as you want. It is in your hands. The beauty of this is that you will be able to control your budget better, saving you money in the long run. No need to buy all things at once if you are unable to. Also, to help stretch the dollar further, you will be able to watch and wait for sales on some big ticket items.

Oh, hello again.

Friday, January 30, 2015

It sure has been awhile since I was here and a lot has been going on in my life. First I'm due with baby boy #2 June 4th. And with the new addition, were also doing some renovations to our house. Working on a new babies room, a playroom, and updating our living room. All hands are full over here. And with all of that, I am loaded with ideas and projects just waiting to get started. So I decided to shake off the cob webs and dust off the blog to start sharing  everything that has been going on and all the fun projects I have lined up.

First up, the updated design board for the playroom. Last summer I had shared one (which was my last post) but since then, things have changed.

But before we can get to the fun part of decorating.. The labor needs to take place first and its the worst part. I hate it. David has been doing great, but the mess is driving me insane. 




Of course we have the cutest helper around.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Our houses are still on the market as of now, but I don't know how much longer I feel like dealing with it. While my house is always clean now since we have been having a decent amount of showings, which is a plus, nothing is progressing and the time it takes to pack up the boy and the dogs on a week night is just starting to annoy me. But we really want that house, so hopefully it works out for the best. If it doesn't, that's OK to. Because we have plans...

Plans to knock down our living room wall that separates our front porch and living room. We want to extend our living room and make the additional space into a play area. So it will need to flow with our living room the way it is now, which you can see here and here. Which, btw, West Elm had amazing clearance sale this past weekend where I was able to finally order a few things for the living room and our patio, so the living room will be just about done. That is until we knock down the wall...


We want to do something like this storage/seating idea below. That is what the yellow fabric will be for.

As much as I would love the new house to work out, apart of me wants to see what else we can do to our current home. We have already done so much and I love being able to make our house, ours and customize it the way we want. It's also very helpful that David can do it all, makes our projects a lot cheaper.