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.

Living Design - Almost completed

Monday, June 30, 2014

One of my friends/cousins in laws, asked me a couple of months ago to help her lighten up her living room and make it brighter. I came up with the design plan below, and she was able to start the process this weekend.

Currently the living room is brown... She is on the fence about painting since this is an apartment and not their forever home. But as much as I am all for the painting, I think the addition of the area rug brightens up the room a lot already.

Please excuse the cell phone quality photos. And those big feet on the coffee table..

She found pillows from Home Goods that match the design board so those replaced whats on the board. Its still a work in progress but by adding that area rug and the new lamps, the room has already been made a lot brighter. Can't wait till its completely finished!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I recently posted pictures of my house here, because it is currently for sale. Even though it is on the market, I am still thinking of updates and changes I want to make. Mostly because I don't want to get my hopes up on moving so I am trying not to think about it. I love our house now and it is perfect for us. But this house we want is perfect for our future, say 3-5 years when we have more kids. Hopefully we either get it, or something better will be avialable when we are ready.

We have been talking about getting a couch for the patio for sometime now. It will be the perfect addition to make it even more comfortable. Seeing as we are outside 97% of the time when it's nice, we need something to make it more of a living area. I can't even remember the last time I sat on my couch in the living room. I figured that even if we do move, there's a patio there to so well still use the sofa. It's a win for now and a win for later.

I used this room planner app to figure out sizes and positioning for the main features of the patio. Obviously, as you see, the furniture pictured in the room planner isn't what we're going to use, I just needed a reference.

When coming up with a design board, I wanted to make sure it flowed with the rest of the house, granted its outside, it's really an extension of our living area. I also wanted to make sure I separated the lounge area and the dining area. The couch will be under the covered portion of the patio and the dining area on the other side with a carpet runner to separate the two spaces

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For Sale

Monday, June 9, 2014

Our houses are officially on the market. This wasn't really planned, actually a week prior to this whole new house things, we were just talking about the fact that we would be in our current home for at least another 5 years and talking about how we are going to knock down the wall between our living room and enclosed front porch and make that a play area for the kid(s). Then we were presented with an opportunity to buy this amazing house with a huge backyard, but we have to sell ours first.

I took the pictures for the listing and did the staging myself. I love doing that sort of thing. And it drives me insane when I see houses listed where you can see dishes in the sink or piles on the table.

I had my little helper following close by, so much so that I had to lock him up so I can take pictures of his room without him pulling back out all of his toys.

 You can see more of Charlies room tour here.

 This one reminds me of wheres waldo?

Charlies Room Tour

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Charlies room is my favorite room in the house. When coming up with the design for the room, I knew exactly what I did not want. I am not a fan of the traditional monkey print or sport themed room. While as much as I love to rearrange and change things up, I wanted his room to be a place that he could grow into through out the years. I say that now, but of course I'm sure I will find ways to change it as the years progress.

First step was to come up with a design board to figure out what I was going to do. Most of what is on the board is in his room, but there are some substitutions I found along the way.

Obviously he is not used to having his toys put away and needed to take them back out, because the floor is right where they belong.

If you missed how I did the chalkboard design, you can check it out here.

 If you don't have a tranquil turtle, you should get one, even if it's for yourself. You'll thank me later.

His blind is my favorite in the house. I'll have a DIY on that later, super easy to make.

 Because every boy has a bow tie collection to display..

See how easy it'll be for me to transition him into a big boy room? I just hope he doesn't think every wall is a chalk board wall that he can draw on...

Chalkboard Stencil

Friday, May 30, 2014

One of my favorite things about Charlie's room is his chalkboard, granted he has no use for it yet, but one day he'll be able to enjoy it. Until then, I'll use it myself. 

Originally I used it for Charlie's month by month pictures until he was 12 months old, and it still said 12 months up until Saturday, he's just about 15 months now.

10 months seems like so long ago!

I have been meaning to start cutting my own stencils using my silhouette cameo for awhile now. So once I decided what I was going to do, I loaded it up with Grafix clear .005 Dural-lar film. If your using the cameo, I would suggest to use these settings: Blade:3 Thickness:33 Speed:1 and double cut. 

After my stencils were cut, I used 3m adhesive spray  that I found at Home Depot to lightly spray the back of the stencil. Let it dry until it's tacky and then adhere it to the wall. It's important to make sure it is tacky so you can easily remove it.

When you are coloring in your stencil, make sure the chalk is wet. This will help you achieve those rich chalkboard colors you see everywhere.

I love the way it turned out! Having a chalkboard like this makes it super easy to change thing up, which I like to do often.

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