September 15, 2014

Inherited Brass Bed...To Paint or Not?

I'm back again...hope your summer was amazing!

I graciously received a brass bed from an old family friend this past week.  It's been in and about the family for generations really, and I am happy that I can rehab it for my boys.  The question is to restore or paint. Paint is so easy and will make it pop, but I don't know if I want to compromise the integrity of the piece itself.  It's quite old.  
Decisions, decisions.

Here's my inheritance (terrible pic).  I am not sure which child will be getting it yet, I am trying to switch rooms around and neither is cooperating.  Either way, this bed will grace a boys room, so it's needs to stay somewhat masculine, i.e. no pink, aqua, etc..

Oil-rubbed bronze is intriguing me too...kind of like meeting in the middle?

Here are some inspiration photos that I've been throwing around...

{If I still have any readers left, I'd love your opinions!)

Pottery Barn white version. Can't go wrong with white, ivory or cream.

Edie's beautiful girls room.  Love the Serena and Lily bedding (but again...boys)







{photos courtesy of Pinterest}

So there's my dilemna (old school spelling).  I will be sure to share the final results if + when I get it done...

I hope to be sharing more of our home/garden/kitchen on the blog.  I miss this blog that I consider a journal of sorts, to get my thoughts out there, sane or not!

Thanks for visiting!

August 18, 2014

Dog Days of August... {summer recap}

This summer has been...different.  No hot, hectic days, just warm, breezy, relaxed weeks floating from one to the next.  It's been refreshing and I feel will make the transition to Fall that much easier.

We've spent our time locally; on the beach, at home or with friends and family.  The beach buggy pass has been precious, our best family time was spent on the beach.  My baby mastered swimming this summer with a lot of practice, so I relieved about that. The water park, boardwalk, a cardboard boat race and lots of Fro-yo round off Summer 2014.

The boys are 9 and 4.  Hoping it was memorable for them.

So now as the geraniums are browning and leaves are starting to crisp, we will transition to school/sports/birthdays and the holidays.

Cousins - We've since gained a new boy...Jackson Connor was born on August 3rd!

Beach days and nights...

Dance Parties...

Sunset cruises...

Television premiere party in Atlantic City...Be sure to check our friends new show, Fish Mavericks on NBC Sports, Wednesdays at 10!


Starting new traditions...

Pier Jumping...

Circus shows...

Amazing local produce and fresh food...

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 

Hoping your summer was amazing as well...

Thanks for visiting!

July 9, 2014

Staycation 2014 Recap

We are so lucky to live in a place where so many come to vacation, therefore it makes it easy to just keep it local.

Our week was filled with beach, barbecues, fireworks and baseball games.

Day one, I hightailed it out of work, picked up a bucket of chicken and we drove onto the beach for dinner and a swim.  Unfortunately, the greenhead flies and winds weren't cooperating.  Bill dug the boys a windbreak and I captured this sweet shot.  

Day two we spent at the local water park, and we were having so much fun this is the only pic I got.  

Day three was spent swimming and prepping for a bbq.  Chocolate covered strawberries and ADULTS ONLY jello shots.  The shots were Bills idea, I typically decline, but these were delicious...

Cherry jello and citrus vodka is where it's at.

Independence day was rained out due to Hurricane Arthur.  Sleeping in, bagels for breakfast, a couple of movies and ice cream for lunch was actually a nice break and respite from the sun.

The hurricane washed away the heat and humidity and by 6pm, we were on the boardwalk for a night of rides, games and go-karts.

The next two days were literally the most perfect beach days.  I thought we were fancy with our pop-up potty, until we met our neighbors...

...with 3 tents and full kitchen setup (and they were just day trippers from Philly, I need to step up my game)

They were so nice to be parked next to, and the boys and there grandsons played soccer all day.

Since the fireworks were cancelled on the 4th, we spent the 5th in our old town watching the rescheduled ones on the beach.

It was nice to visit, but I miss that river town so much.  We had a great night with friends enjoying the perfect weather and band on the beach prior to the show.

On Sunday afternoon, Bill and I headed back to the beach for some quiet time, fishing and reading.  But again, those winds were brutally blowing the sand, so off to the local raw bar for some clams + shrimp.

By Monday, everyone was bushed from our whirlwind week.

Here's a couple more shots from our Blueclaws baseball game...

Until next year summer vacation : )

Thanks for visiting!