April 16, 2015

One Room Challenge ~ Tween Room {Week Three}

Talking window seats and lighting during this week 3 of the One Room Challenge.  It's an aspect of the room that I haven't concentrated enough on, though I should, as it's the feature that makes the room unique and charming.

Here's our window seat in all it's "before" glory...

Here are some pretty window seat inspiration pics from Pinterest...

I may have some tricks up my sleeve, stay tuned for how I style our window seating area!

I'm also searching for a modern, masculine (cheap) ceiling fixture for the room.  I have yet to hit the stores, but here's some eye candy in the meantime.

{All images via Pinterest}

11th  hour update!! 

Awesome friends and neighbors helped us disassemble/move/reassemble and the furniture switcheroo took place!  So I got a little more accomplished than just Pinterest daydreaming... 

For all the other goodness going on during this round of the One Room Challenge, please hop over to Calling it Home!

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April 13, 2015

Sun Room Refresher

Picture it.  Sun room off a house built in the the late 70's.  Dark brown paneling, beige indoor/outdoor carpet, drop ceiling and cloudy, aluminum jalousie windows.  Dark, musty and dreary...certainly not living up to the status of sun room.

My neighbor is a wonder with all of the projects he does around their home.  Custom tile, interior doors, closets, kitchen...the list goes on and on, but this is my favorite.

I wish I had a proper before photo.  New windows, wood-look tile flooring, recessed lighting, patio doors and paint, make this a swoon-worthy room.

I am completely jealous.

The flooring and paint (that they let their talented 8yo daughter choose) complement each other perfectly!

The ceiling is cedar that was hidden atop a dropped ceiling.  They opted to keep it exposed.

Such a stunner of a room!  They are creating a yard-crasher-esque patio over the next few weeks.  I will share that as well...

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April 10, 2015

Five on Friday {scenes from Easter}

Butterflies handed out in church

Easter baskets for the boys.  What is with the commercialism of this holiday? Stores advertising huge and abundant gifts for children. 

 I'm sorry, but can't we just keep it simple and sweet?  

Our dyed eggs.  The boys have named half of them (sigh) how long do I store them in fridge and then pass them on to their ultimate demise...

Our oldest gave up bacon for lent, so we included a dish just for him during brunch.

Hope everyone had a great holiday!  Now onto Summer (and warmer weather please!!)

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April 9, 2015

One Room Challenge ~ Tween Room {Week Two}

Well, hardly a productive week. Between Easter and the mother of all sinus infections, I've really only collected packages from the UPS guy. 

I have GOT to get moving on purchasing carpet (especially since I dropped a red solo cup of paint while cutting in...) and the furniture switch. 

But accessories are important too and those I've got! 

Bicycle pillow cover was on clearance at pottery barn and I used a cheap Walmart pillow to stuff in it (PB inserts are expensive). The tea-stained American flag is from eBay.

The lamp is from Kmart, as is the white parsons desk...

The two combined with shipping were $80. Kmarts rewards program is pretty lucrative, if you want to check it out. 

Another painting mishap. The window seat will be sanded and painted.

My linens came in and were from Pottery Barn and Macys.  My new motto is all linens and towels will be white (for the most part) and bleach-able. Because boys.

This is our office right now, I am in serious need of a yard sale. Anyone need a 4-foot rattan giraffe?

One of my inspiration pics.  I learned this week that the bed I inherited is not brass, but plated cast iron. *Little tip* if you acquire a brass bed or furniture...magnets will not stick to solid brass. 

So that's where I am at this week. Next to tackle, picking out and scheduling carpet and a ceiling fixture.  

Check out all the other goodness at Calling it Home.

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April 2, 2015

Five on Friday {Easter + Menu}

Happy Easter Weekend!

1. These boys are getting too big, too fast. 

2. We went to St. Andrews on Saturday for an amazing Easter egg hunt, pancake breakfast and overall party.  They had 10,000 candy-filled eggs hidden for the kids and 4H was displaying the biggest of bunnies!

3. My husband is a police officer and out of work recovering from shoulder surgery, so he is growing a normally-not-allowed beard.  I'm on the fence about it, although I love it with the tam.

4. Have you checked out the goodness going on over at Calling it Home?!  It's One Room Challenge time again...and between the designers and linking participants, it's all sorts of fabulous.  Check out my entry as I breeze (struggle) through 6 weeks on a limited budget and a broken husband.  You can see it here. 

5. What are your Easter plans?  We will spending a quiet day at home after church and a backyard egg hunt.

Our Easter Menu

Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Hummus + Chips
Shrimp Cocktail
Deviled Eggs

Baked Spiral Ham
Roasted Asparagus

Double Chocolate Brownie
Fruit Salad

Wishing everyone a lovely holiday weekend!

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