Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fall Into the Holidays - Dining Room DEAL!!!


Welcome to our last week of FALL INTO THE HOLIDAYS!
 I'm joining a fun group of bloggers brought together by our lovely friend, 
I hope you've been inspired by all the ideas to spruce up your home these last few
 weeks before the holidays are in full force and you're hosting family and friends.
 This week our topic is the
  DINING ROOM. 

My IKEA favorite that I shared for the living room last week was a hit, I received
 emails and texts from friends and clients asking if they should get one. Umm...yes!
It just happens that I have an IKEA favorite that's perfect for your dining room 
for the holidays! And, it's ON SALE through Sunday, Novemeber 19!!!
$71 including long slip cover!

Slip covered host chairs are timeless and so versatile, they easily mix with endless styles
 of tables and side chairs. These are a steal and will take your dining room up a notch
in a flash. They're comfortable too! No worries if someone spills, the slipcovers are
washable! I used them in this 80's Kitchen Update for a client.  





$71
Includes Long Slipcover
Washable

No IKEA nearby? No problem, they're available online at the sale price!

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out the ideas the past few weeks,
in case you missed any:


Be sure to stop by to check out my pals' ideas as well:

Katie of Miss Dixie
Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles
Shelley of Crazy Wonderful


   

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall Into the Holidays - An IKEA Favorite


Welcome to week three of FALL INTO THE HOLIDAYS!
 I'm joining a fun group of bloggers to share some simple ideas to spruce up your home
 these last few weeks before the holidays are in full force. This week our topic is the
  LIVING ROOM. 


Four years ago I posted about the IKEA Barometer, an all time favorite floor lamp.
I so wished it came in gold, but since it didn't I did what any DIY blogger would do
 and got out my indispensable spray paint!

Well, guess what's NEW at IKEA?!!

You guessed it - the Barometer Floor/Reading Lamp in BRASS!

I love the modern vibe mixed with my ornate gold mirror, but it easily lends itself to any
 style. I've used it for several clients over the years, it's great quality and budget friendly!
A perfectly simple addition that you'll love long after the holidays have passed.

My spray painted version. 

Ikea Barometer Brass Floor Lamp
$49.00
Adjustable Lamp Arm and Head
Brass or Nickel


We'll be back next Tuesday sharing one last new room idea.

Week #1 - Easy Kitchen Update

Be sure to stop by and check out these awesome ladies' ideas:

Katie of Miss Dixie
Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles
Shelley of Crazy Wonderful
Becky of This Is Happiness 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My Five Favorite Tips to Tame the Holiday Crazy!


Happy November friends! The countdown to the holidays is on, only three short
weeks until Thanksgiving, then we blink and it's Christmas! For this month's My Five Favorites'
topic my blogging pals and I are sharing ideas to help keep the stress level low and fun level
 high during the holidays! It's my favorite time of year and I remember ONE year when I was
 SUPER organized, oh my gosh, it was so enjoyable!

Kris @ Driven by Decor
Lisa @ Shine Your Light
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I'm so excited to have Amy & Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane with us this month ~ they are
 organizing gurus and I'm certain they have some tricks up their sleeve to share!

11 Magnolia Lane

Not only are they awesome at organization, DIY and decor, but they have an Etsy shop as
 well. My favorite item I order every year is this chic gold vinyl monogram to put on the
 front of my calendar!


#1 - Black Friday
 $5 Fresh Wreath & Garland
Stock Up!!!

I gave you the scoop about this favorite Black Friday deal here. Home Depot sells
fresh wreaths and garland for $5!! I love to stock up (keep in your garage) to have on
 hand throughout the season ~ it's a simple gesture to brighten someone's day if they find a
 surprise wreath on their door step! I've used them to decorate inside and outside, as my gift
 for my Favorite Things Party, a hostess gift, to add some cheer to a housebound neighbor's
 gate. Over the years I've learned the garland is best left for outside decor, as it gets a tad
 crispy inside. :(  I don't think they're on anyone's radar because there's no line or crazy
 people clamoring for them.


#2 - Frozen Cookie Dough 
~ Neighbor/Teacher Gifts ~
 Not your typical plate of cookies

You guys are going to laugh at me, but once I timed myself to see how long it took to
make a batch of cookie dough - 10 minutes! My point in telling you is that this gift is 
so QUICK, easy and appreciated! And, you can do it in November! 
Who doesn't love having homemade cookie dough in the freezer? Pop it in the oven at a
 moment's notice if company drops by, for a snack, or a busy mom that needs a last minute
 treat for school. It's my favorite gift to give ~ I shared all the details, and tips for pretty 
packaging here.     


#3 - Worth It 
 vs 
 Not Worth the Trouble List

I'm such a list girl, I don't know how people make it through the day without one! 
Every year I make a list for the following year of what worked and what wasn't worth
 the time or effort. I found the list changes year to year depending on what stage of life
 your kiddos are in. I also have a book where I keep track of party details
(for about 15 years, a little OCD?) it helps jog my memory when putting together menus.
Date, Invitation, Guests, Food & Beverage Menu, and of course, what I wore.
 You can see at my Annual Girlfriend Party last year I wore winter white pants and
 cropped fringe sweater - monochromatic in case you're wondering. Hahaha!

  

#4 - Make Ahead
 Thanksgiving & Christmas Menus

If you think 'make ahead' means sacrificing quality and flavor, think again! Simply prepping
the time consuming chopping, dicing, making a sauce, etc. helps ensure a stress free day
 when you're hosting the meal. My parents always host a crowd of family on Christmas day
 and my mom and I spend a few hours the day before getting the table set and prepping all
 that we can. I'm sure you're not surprised I have a list of our menu last year, the initial 
indicates who brought which dish. (I know it's a LOT and a weird mix, but we all love food
 and accommodate if anyone has a favorite request, somehow the Tamales & Green Chile
 got left off the list, but it's tradition). 
   

A few years ago I shared our more traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu of
favorite tried and true recipes from past Bon Appetit magazines. I gave detailed
 tips what I prep the days leading up to the holiday. Stress free and delish!


#5 - Look Good! Feel Good!
How did this ended up #5, it should be #1

Take the time NOW to plan out a couple outfits you LOVE. It will make all the
difference if all else fails, and you're running around frazzled, if you have an outfit
planned that makes you feel fabulous.
Start with your Pinterest Fashion Board (you have one right?) Here's mine.
It's a great place for inspiration before you head out shopping.
I'd choose a couple outfits to emulate - comfy, casual for shopping or school and
 something dressy for church, party, Christmas day. It doesn't have to be an entire new
 outfit, although I'm sure you deserve one! Shoes, statement necklace, sweater or a pretty
 scarf to update some classics in your closet are perfect too.
Whatever makes YOU feel great!
Don't forget to schedule your hair and mani, pedi appointments now, if you haven't done so.


Be sure to check out my talented friends' favs too:

Kris @ Driven by Decor
Lisa @ Shine Your Light
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
Amy & Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fall Into the Holidays ~ Bedroom Ceiling Pizazz

Welcome to week two of  FALL INTO THE HOLIDAYS, a four week series
 where we'll be sharing ideas for sprucing up our homes before the holiday season kicks into
 high gear. Our lovely hostess Lisa @ Shine Your Light came up with the idea by asking friends
 what they'd most like to see on blogs - hands down, simple, do-able ideas were the favorite!
This week we're focusing on the BEDROOM.  
Don't miss my talented friends at the end of the post, you'll want to pop over and check
 out their fun ideas too!   


Today I'm sharing my friend's ceiling in her guest bedroom. She painted it a bold accent
 color and it added so much pizazz! Its a simple, budget friendly way to inject a fun look
if your guest room needs a refresh before holiday guests arrive.   


I love the vibrant coral, rust shade that she pulled from her blanket, custom pillow and
 roman shade. It's Sherwin Williams 7600 - Bolero. 
 

We still have a plan for black and white artwork beneath the sconces to
finish off the room.


I think it's the perfect unexpected bold choice and totally makes the room.



We'll be back next Tuesday sharing a new room idea, and if you missed last
week I dished about an easy kitchen update here

Don't miss these friends' ideas, too! 

Katie of Miss Dixie
Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles
Shelley of Crazy Wonderful


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall into the Holidays ~ Kitchen


Welcome to FALL INTO THE HOLIDAYS, a four week series where we'll be sharing
 ideas for sprucing up our homes before the holiday season kicks into high gear.
 Our lovely hostess Lisa @ Shine Your Light came up with the idea by asking friends what
 they'd most like to see on blogs - hands down, simple, do-able ideas were the favorite!
So that's our goal - and this week we're focusing on the kitchen.  
Don't miss my talented friends at the end of the post, you'll want to pop over and check
 out their fun ideas too!    

You guys this is one of those, "I can't believe I waited so long to do this" items.
It's been three and a half years since I did our kitchen update for the One Room Challenge.
I LOVED the vibrant flat weave wool rug I chose, but sadly it was a maintenance nightmare,
and didn't last at our house. It attracted Golden Retriever hair like flies to dog doo!  


  In the meantime we lived with this BLAH brown, low maintenance natural
fiber rug that wore like iron and hid ALL the things! And, when I wanted to
change it up, I flipped it over! Yep, reversible to the other BLAH brown side!
If that wasn't enough, the edges started looking ratty and one corner curled a little that
 you tripped over if it wasn't strategically placed. 
#soembarassing


  
I've finally found something that I think will work, this medallion rug is $30, and has 
great reviews.  It's washable, I haven't had a washable rug for a zillion years, I didn't even
know they made them anymore. I'll let you know how it goes. 
#feelingstylish  


I love that it has the vibe of this beautiful rug...



Thanks for stopping by friends, hope you're inspired to make a little change.
We'll be back next Tuesday sharing more ideas.

Don't miss these friends' ideas! 

Shelley of Crazy Wonderful


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Five Favorite Ideas for Decorating Teen Rooms

Hi friends! It was still summer for our last My Five Favorites, that month flew by and here
we are already in the midst of  fall! This month my blogging pals and I are sharing our
 favorite ideas for kiddos' rooms, mine are all focused on teen rooms. I love helping them
create spaces that reflect their personality and they're usually pretty opinionated about it. :)
I'm anxious to see what everyone has on their favs' list, be sure to check them out:   

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I'm excited to share our guest, Julie @ Julie Blanner,  I'm smitten with her refreshing
style, she has quite the talent for creating perfectly edited spaces. Actually, I have a confession
 to make - I tried to emulate her style for my Christmas decor one year, it truly looked like I
 just moved in and only unpacked one box! SO bad! Simply put, her minimalist style is
 stunning, as is her beautiful photography.       

Julie Blanner

Today I'm changing it up from my usual format to make it easier to visualize how you
 can pull together all my five favorite ideas in one room. Here are four rooms each with
a collection of all my favs.  

#1 Unexpected Lighting
#2 Custom Artwork
#3 Custom Pillows
#4 Mix of Styles
#5 Unique Bed/Headboard

Sophisticated Teen Boy's Room


My son and I had so much fun revamping his room, I can't believe it's been five years! :( 
A menswear glen plaid was the starting point for this sophisticated mix, we used it on an
upholstered headboard and box springs. The artwork is a mix of a custom abstract, framed
prints, poster and a Nike shopping bag. We call the abstract 'tennis match.'  

  
We mixed lighting styles, a brass swing arm work lamp and floor lamp with a green tweed 
fabric covered shade. 



       

Teen Sports Cave 


 

We created a built-in look with wall to wall bookcases flanking the headboard, and added
a pair of industrial outdoor lights to the sides of the bookcase. We snaked the wiring through
 the bookcase to the outlet behind it. For a sharp mix we included a handsome lamp with
 textured shade. Sentimental sports photos memorabilia was the artwork of choice.



Bright Bold Teen Girl's Room 


We gave a traditional four poster bed and vintage nightstands new life with fresh paint, 
and added drama with a canopy net. A few custom pillows pulled our color palette together.


We used a traditional lamp on the nightstand and a floor lamp in the reading nook.
I love using a budget friendly, fabric covered lampshade for a fun dose of pattern.



Fresh Modern Teen Girl's Room


Vintage bamboo furniture paired with a modern lucite chair and unexpected chrome task
lamp gave us a fun eclectic style. A custom pink zebra bolster added pizazz to store bought
 bedding. To keep the gallery wall from being overly busy we framed all the art in white
frames and mats.   



Be sure to check out my talented friends' favs too:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
Julie @ Julie Blanner



You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Five Favorites - Beauty Products

Hi friends, hope you've had a wonderful summer, in my book it's not officially
 over until the first day of fall. We're still embracing beautiful weather, al fresco
 dining, and soaking up every last bit of summer activities. It's time for another
 edition of My Five Favorites, this month we're dishing on Beauty/Fashion.
I love finding tried and true, new to me products and can't wait to see what my
 blogging pals are sharing today! 

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I've known this month's guest, Cindy @ Rough Luxe Lifestyle, for several years she
 is the BIGGEST sweetheart, and classy and cute as can be. She's one of those people
that's true to her own style, be it fashion or interior design, and has a great eye for pulling
 together the prettiest combinations. You'll love checking out her current outfit inspiration,
 home and garden, or her latest meal and table setting when she's entertaining (like the one
 at her home below) ~ she's always an inspiration!


Here are my favs:

#1 Makeup

Depending on the product sometimes I spend more, but generally I'm a drug store makeup
girl. I've used both of these forever - Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation
& L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
The foundation gives nice coverage but doesn't feel too heavy, and the mascara makes
my lashes look long and full, doesn't clump ~ pretty simple requirements.
 I noticed this cute blogger and this one, both recommended the same mascara recently.


 #2 Makeup Remover

I remember reading about Pure Jojoba oil on a blog or Pinterest about a year ago and thought
 I'd give it a try. I've ditched all the other makeup removers I had, and it's now my go to.
It easily removes my favorite mascara and feels so hydrating. And, it washes out of my
 white washcloths nicely. I buy it at our local natural foods market.


#3 Facial Scrub

My friend brought this Andalou Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub to my Favorite Things Christmas
 Party last year. Aren't recommendations from friends the best?! I keep it in the shower, it's
a nice exfoliate that's gentle enough to use a couple times a week, and has a light lemon
 scent. I buy mine at our local natural foods market, Sprouts.


#4 Body Lotion

I hate to mention it, but dry winter skin will be here before we know it. :(
My dermatologist recommended AmLactin Body Lotion years ago, it's not heavy or greasy,
the alpha-hydroxy acid exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling so much better during our
our dry Colorado winters, and it's available at Costco.


#5 Hair Conditioner
   
A few years ago I was out of town visiting a friend and had forgotten my conditioner,
I asked if she had some I could borrow, she introduced me to it's a 10
It's a leave in conditioner that gets amazing reviews all across the board. There are
several varieties so check which works for your hair type - I like the extra nourishing
ingredients in this one since I have thick natural curly, color treated hair. 
  I like the convenient spray, and a little goes a long way. 


Bonus!

 I received these Every Drop Makeup Spatulas last year at my Favorite Things Christmas Party.
They're the best! It's crazy how much product is left in the container, the long handle can
 reach all size moisturizer and makeup bottles. The smaller spatula is perfect for lipstick and
 gloss. I love to tie them onto girlfriend gifts. These are from The Container Store, but I've 
seen similar at Target & Bed, Bath & Beyond.   



Be sure and check out these talented friends' favs:


You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest.  


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My Five Favorites - Before & Afters You Can Do In A Weekend

Hi friends, my goodness summer is flying by, in our neck of the woods kids head back
 to school this month, a sure sign summer is waning. I'm so not ready!
 It's time for another round of My Five Favorites and this month's topic is Before & Afters.
 I'm sharing my favorites that you can do in a weekend. Although I'm the queen of dragging
 a project out forever, every once in awhile I get my act together, knock it out in a weekend,
and relish in the instant gratification! #hellooneroomchallenge
My pals are sharing their favs as well, so be sure to pop over and check out their ideas too.

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Shelley @ Crazy Wonderful is our guest this month, she's long been a favorite, 
she's as sweet and genuine they come, and her DIY projects and eye for decor are always
 an inspiration. Just look at this guest room refresh ~ eclectic perfection in my book!
 And, I'll definitely be stealing her tip, the basket is for guests' dirty laundry.  

     
Onto my favorites:

#1 Paint your tile

When I did our kitchen makeover I took a deep breath, hoped the vision I had would work, and painted the stone tile. I couldn't be happier with that decision, it took our kitchen from
Tuscan to fresh and current. 
The question I get asked most - "How has it held up?"
Perfect! It's been three years and it looks the same as the day I did it. I've always cleaned
any grease, splatters or cooking mess with a sponge, and soap and water at the time, I don't
 let anything build up that would need scrubbing. 

BEFORE


AFTER


#2 Update your bed

A classic four poster bed will always be timeless, and there was no reason to get rid of
 this beautiful piece of furniture. I love injecting new life in traditional pieces by using
 high gloss paint like we did for my client's bedroom update. 

 To accomplish this in a weekend I'd plan on this timeline:

Friday night - Light Sand & Prime
Saturday - First Coat Paint
Sunday - Second Coat Paint 
      
BEFORE


AFTER

Another example - but even less time consuming. 
This is the Craigslist headboard I updated for our bedroom refresh. I used Annie Sloan
 chalk paint in French Linen, the drying time between coats is minimal, so this one only
 took a few hours. 

BEFORE

AFTER

#3 Reupholster a Bench or Chairs

This one makes me want to scour Craigslist or the thrift stores because it's super
easy to reupholster this type of seat. If your project gets stalled because you're waffling
on the perfect fabric, I'll help you out - classic black and white for the win every time!

BEFORE

AFTER

#4 Paint your Dining Room
 (or any room!) 

So you all know my dining room was neon chartreuse green, and we were hosting Easter this
 year and although it was fun for awhile, I just couldn't with that paint any longer. The
 weekend before I decided to paint it.

BEFORE

AFTER

#5 Refresh a piece of furniture 

I love the challenge of finding a high end inspiration piece, then hunting down something
 similar at a bargain price to re-create it on a budget. Paint is the biggest bang for the buck!
I'd use the same timeline in #2 above to finish a piece in a weekend.

HIGH END INSPIRATION

BEFORE


AFTER


Another favorite DIY using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen.

BEFORE

AFTER


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