Thursday, July 31, 2014

Best of the Nest July Link Party


Can you even believe it's August 1st!! Where has the summer gone?
We're glad you're here to join the fun and share what you've been up to!


As usual my cute friends and I are sharing what we've had going on in our nests!

Pam @ Simple Details
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After accidentally running across a couple of inexpensive items at my local thrift
 store, I was inspired to give our family room a fun burst of color for summer.


Lisa @ Shine your Light 
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Every guy will be the envy of 'Mark the Shark' and his custom Deck Cart!
 Lisa took a ho-hum little cart and created this amazing masterpiece for her husband
to use while grilling and entertaining on their deck.


Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

 Kris shared a great round-up of tips she learned for 
Creating a Beautiful Bouquet that Lasts. She claims to have a black thumb
but if you've seen her garden you'll want in on her secrets!   


Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
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Jennifer revealed her son's Rustic Traditional Modern Bedroom makeover.
It's a stunner from top to bottom and filled with DIYs including a rustic 
wall treatment made from fence boards!   




Now it's your turn:
Four Blogs - Link up to one and it will show up on all four
Bring your Best of July - Anything from your nest aka home - DIY, craft, room design, recipe, etc.
Anyone can enter - not just bloggers!
Can enter through Instagram by using hashtag #bestofthenestparty and tagging at least one of your hosts.
Can also enter through Pinterest - follow the simple instructions here.
The party ends on Tuesday at midnight.
Party Rules:
Only one link per person to show your best work from July 2014
Spread some comment love - visit and comment on at least two other links in the party.
If you're linking up with a blog, link back with a text link or grab the party button.
We'd love you stop back next Friday when Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and I will feature our favorite links.
 For those linking from blogs only those with a link back will be considered.

Let's get this party started!




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

the agony of a craigslist find...


Well, here it is, my Craigslist find that I alluded to in my last post,
it left me reeling when it was sold out from under me!
   Isn't it amazing? The thought of it in our living room paired with modern pieces had
 me on cloud nine, SO excited, I was sending my friends pics telling them I was picking
 it up tomorrow!
I was finished obsessing over it until I just saw this photo again. :(  


  It popped up on Saturday night with no information other than $150 for the sofa and
 two antique chairs, I immediately emailed and asked for the dimensions and condition, it
 looked dirty in this photo, I asked if there were any stains, tears, pet stains or smokers. 
She responded no to all, and that it was in excellent condition, they were downsizing. 
And, if I wanted only the sofa it would be $80!!!  

Pam:  "I'll take it, when would be convenient for me to pick it up?" 
Lady: I'm going out for the evening and will be home tomorrow after 4ish,
 please call before coming.
Pam: Great, I'll call at 3:30 and be there at 4:15.  
Lady: See you then, have a nice evening.

Sunday morning after measuring our vehicle I emailed:

Pam: I'm not 100% sure if it will fit in our SUV because of the curve, by chance do
 you have a truck, I'd be happy to pay you to deliver. If not, I'll rent a truck.

No reply all day.
 I arranged for a truck rental, and planned to pick it up after reaching her.

3:30 I called to say I was leaving, no answer so I left a voicemail.

4:30 Called again, no answer, left another voicemail.

4:45 Called again
Lady:  Someone else is taking it now, you said you didn't have a way to pick it up.
Pam: Bad Karma is coming your way! (I couldn't help it)

Some inspiration I was smitten with when I thought it was going to live at my house! 




TIP:

It's risky not knowing who you're dealing with on Craigslist, I don't feel comfortable
handing over the payment for an item with the agreement to pick it up later. There have
 been several occasions where I felt like the item was such a deal that it may get sold out
 from under me before I'm able to make arrangements for pick up but I'd like to do whatever
is possible to secure the sale. This came to me yesterday - I'd feel totally comfortable
paying for an item if I took part of it -  sofa, take the cushions, or a piece of furniture, take
 the drawers, a table, take the glass, etc. I don't know if it would have worked in this situation,
but in the future I won't leave anything to chance, if it's something I truly want.  

The hunt is on!  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

a favorite summer dinner...


Hey everyone, hope you had a wonderful weekend! 
Mine went from totally awesome to totally awful! I'll share the details tomorrow,
it would have been my best Craigslist find ever! : (  So sad! 
So I decided to eat, if you follow me on Instagram you saw I made one of
 our favorite summer dinners, Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream (5 Star Rating) and 
Grilled Corn with Spicy Butter and Lime.   

Sorry for the bad photo, it was getting dark outside by the time we ate.
 
Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream - recipe here

I found the fish taco recipe years ago on Food Network, but I tweak it a bit because we 
like spicy! The original recipe by Ellie Krieger is here, I like to make these changes:

1 - I use Tilapia loins from Costco and saute them in a non-stick pan. 
- Chipotle Cream - I use Light Sour Cream in place of nonfat yogurt and add about 
3T lime juice, and NO mayo.
3 - 4 tablespoons instead of 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper (pureed in food processor).
I buy a 7 oz. can of Cipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce and puree it in my food processor
and freeze it for use as needed.     
4 - I use a package of shredded slaw mix for the cabbage
5 - I don't use any corn kernels since I like to serve it with Grilled corn.
6 - We like avocado slices on ours.

The ideal side dish is this spicy, tangy grilled corn on the cob. You boil it first, so it just
needs a quick few minutes on the grill.  

BBQ Corn with Mexican Spicy Butter and Lime - Recipe here

I found this recipe by Eat Drink Daily on Pinterest and followed it exactly.
 It called for 70 grams of butter I used about 4 tablespoons for 4 ears of corn. If you
 sample the spicy butter on its own the lime is pretty strong, but when brushed on the
 corn it blends perfectly.  Enjoy! 

What's your favorite summer dinner?




Friday, July 25, 2014

happy friday and best of the nest...


Ahhh, Happy Friday everyone!!

Best of the Nest came around so quickly this month and caught us all off guard,
not to worry, we've just decided to postpone it a week. So, July's BOTN will be
next Friday, August 1st! Got it? We can't wait to see what you've been working on! 

Several of you asked where I found my planter head that I used in the kitchen reveal
it was Homegoods, and I spied another one last week and couldn't resist. She has a
 sweet feminine profile with her hair pulled back in a bun, unfortunately it's a bit hard to tell
 since I got carried away with her planter head. Don't let her demure look fool you,
 she's got a sassy personality, and knows how to start the weekend off right! :)


Here's to a wonderful weekend, friends!

Don't forget to mark your calendars
Friday, August 1st - Best of the Nest Link Party  


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

happy national hammock day...


Happy National Hammock Day!
We loved our hammock, and the tradition of getting it out every year was a sure signal
of summer. Sadly, the squirrels had a field day with it, (and two before that) so we gave up
on having one and have found ourselves hammock-less on National Hammock Day! :( 
This photo from a couple years ago has me wishing for another one.


Wishing you a little lounging in honor of the day! 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

new client - fireplace update suggestions


I'm working with a new client and know they aren't the only ones with a
 fireplace that gets lost on a two story wall. They were kind enough to let me share
their fireplace and the ideas I'm suggesting. They're avid collectors of art and have
 beautiful pieces that would make a stunning statement against a white wall with
 trim detail. These are my ideas for them to consider.   

Add interest and texture to the wall surrounding the fireplace with molding in a grid
 pattern. A piece of their art would be beautiful hung on this wall treatment.  

desiretoinspire.net

Here is their fireplace, which could benefit from being beefed up by simply adding a larger
 board on top creating a deeper mantle and extending the sides to create the illusion of a
more substantial piece. I always find it helpful to take a photo of anything you're working
 on.  


Simple trim detail around fireplace.

bhg.com

Beef up the existing molding, building out closer to the edge of the wall. 

houzz.com

Decorative detail around the fireplace and cleaner lines above. 

bhg.com
remodelandolacasa.com

A mirror above the fireplace is one of my favorite looks, theirs would reflect pretty
 arched windows and the yard.

Add a deeper mantel, corbels, build out to edge of wall. 

 allthekingshouses.tumblr.com
Oversize mirror, similar to Ikea Songe, again add trim work to increase the size.   

 justinehughjones.com
Build out to edge of wall and add oversize mirror with framing detail

bhg.com

I'm anxious to see what they think, do you have a favorite?



Thursday, July 17, 2014

craigslist...one for me, one for you


Ack!! You guys I was beside myself excited when this pair of Chippendale chairs popped
 up on Craigslist, a total bargain, I scored them both for $40! I LOVE them, they're a great
 size, big and wide, and in perfect condition. I've had them for a couple of weeks now and
 decided to paint them, but I'm still not sure of color or where to put them. Minor details.
 Some of the inspiration pics I'm loving are making me want to completely rearrange my living
 room, more details to follow on that.


 Since I have a slew of chairs in our house and my family is beginning to comment about
 them closing in on us I'm on a chair buying freeze. :(
But they keep popping up so I'm sharing my finds with you in hopes someone out there
 will go get these! I've even included some inspiration ideas for you. 

Beautiful pair of Ethan Allen chairs for $150, green velvet cushions here.



A pair of chairs are so versatile arranged in a living room grouping like this. 
housebeautiful.com 
They would work perfectly in a smaller living space in an intimate seating arrangement.
bhg.com
A similar arrangement in a larger room.
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Tucked in a corner next to a table they'd make a cozy reading nook.
talkofthehouse.com

This pair of wing backs are a steal at $45 each here. I love the oversized bold pattern,
 but changing out the pillows to a modern geometric would give them new life!
I'd choose something like one of the Caitlin Wilson prints below. 


caitlinwilsontextiles.com

They would be beautiful in a guest room with navy accents. 
Centsational Girl

Upholstered wing backs at the head of a dining table are a favorite. 
decorpad.com

Perfect in front of a fireplace with a small x-bench between.
I love the symmetry here, you can barely see the pair of swing arm floor lamps.
House Beautiful

I could easily talk myself into needing all of these!

It's clear I have a problem love for interesting chairs, if you'd like to follow
my Pinterest Board 'Chairs' you'll find lots of fun inspiration.

  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

simple solution for styling


If you're like me you tend to get stuck in decorating ruts, going for the same go-to
 items to style your tables and shelves - a tray, books, vase of flowers, sound familiar?
Here's an idea for you that looks unique and sophisticated and is super easy.
 If you think you can't style anything you're in for a surprise, anyone can do it with
 success, I promise!

A collection of solid color vases - while you're checking out the pretty styling
 keep in mind how easily it would be to amass a collection by thrifting.

The Doctor's Closet
Country Living
housebeautiful.com
 gardenandgun.com
celedonathome.com

plumprettysugar.tumblr.com
moroccanmaryam.typepad.com

homebunch.com
e-mag deco
 redonline.co.uk
phoebehoward.net

This is mine from a two years ago with a similar idea. It includes a lot of
Goodwill vases that have been painted.  

The key to thrifting for pieces is to keep an open mind, just look at the
shape and texture. Disregard any weird color and pattern because you
can paint right over it!

Have fun and if you try it let me know, I'd love to see it!  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

ikea salong white vase...

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Ikea favorite for the month!
This gem is the perfect little inexpensive pick me up, or simple gift, fitting for
 a hostess, teacher, or friend. Add a single floral stem, or use it alone and the beautiful
 shape works as a piece of art. 
I've had my Ikea Salong White Vase for a few years and love using it when styling my
coffee table, on the bathroom or kitchen counters, or as part of a centerpiece when I'm
entertaining. When I showed my summer spiff up earlier in the week someone asked about
 it, and I knew you'd love one as much as I do. The price is crazy good for the nice quality,
and for such a hard working, versatile accessory!  

Ikea Salong White Vase 12" - $9.99

Ikea Salong White Vase 7 3/4" - $7.99

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(The tallest vase in the center is no longer available)



Check out the pretty ways it's been styled...

 Pinterest via Elli Boland
marthastewartweddings.com 
 allaboutyou.com
sarahhearts.com

And, mine...



  
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