July 25, 2012

Beachside Birthday Party

 We were invited to Taylor's 4th Birthday Party at her family's beach home.
 A festive day, despite the clouds.  The kids had all they needed...
 Quiet Saturday at the beach, especially for a July weekend
 Try to keep 12 children under the age of 5 off of the dunes
 Food & drinks were plentiful for both children and adults
Taylor's Birthday cake was a layering of all of her favorites...mint choco chip ice cream, rice crispies, crushed oreos, marshmallow and gummy bears.  Surprisingly yummy! 
 Sea shell painting was a huge hit for the kids, as was tiara/crown making
 He was taking his artwork very serious!
 A sea of beach cottages

The best part...TATTOOS!

This summer is truly flying by...I hope to post more of our activities shortly.  Hope everyone is having a great summer.  Thanks for visiting!

July 10, 2012

Chalkboard Wall {did I post this already?}

Schoolhouse green chalkboard wall.  I was going to draw a chalk masterpiece to display it here, but Art is not my strong suit and it's now dusted with remnants of tic-tac-toe games and honey-do lists!

And yes, there may be a bottle of whiskey, a bartending guide and a kegerator in the playroom....we multi-task.

The rust-oleum chalkboard paint was easy on and comes in fun colors.  Even if you have a small area, I highly recommend this project ~ the kids love it!

July 9, 2012


Here we go...Thanks for your patience.
 Wall Color:  Caramel by Eddie Bauer at Lowes in a satin finish
 Vintage Botanical Prints: 50 cents each/Ebay and frame 6-pack from Michaels
 Fresh coat of white on the fireplace & most accessories were recycled
 Switched up some furniture placement.  Pictured above is my beloved Ballard Terrific Table with the Arden Green tablecloth
 $8 Birdcage plate from Pottery Barn
 My husbands late mothers family trunk.  I was so excited to get it down from one of the boys rooms.  Now it can be seen and appreciated by everyone daily...
 Back to the Arden Green fabric...I almost LOST MY MIND when I saw this ottoman at Tuesday Morning last week.  No really I was frozen in place outside of the store for quite a bit...It was CHEAP.  Let's just say that I could've gotten 3 ottomans for what Ballard charged for that table cloth 4 years ago.  It's a bit matchy, matchy (which I hate), but I couldn't help myself!  The chair is my baby rocker from Brennan's room...bittersweet, but if he can't sit still anymore, is that my problem?!  Mommy recycles ;-)
 My Pottery Barn Tanner Cube Table knock-offs from Overstock.com now flank the couch and I'm on the hunt for some sweet, substantial lamps to call them home.
Helllloooo oil-rubbed bronze spray-painted fireplace doors!! My favorite part. period.  Our fireplace is not in working order, so I did not use high heat paint.  We need a new firebox and stuff, we may even convert to gas, so this was a quick fix to get us into the 2010's!

I am inspired by most of my visitors here, so thanks to you and thanks for visiting!

July 6, 2012

It's Coming!!!

Next week...living room reveal!  Only took 6+ months, but I am pleased with the results.  Here are pre-paint pix. New drywall, primer and ceiling color.

Bye-bye 80's brassy fireplace
Adios...orange wall (in my defense, it was a late pregnancy whim...whatever)

Here's an earlier post with some hints and inspiration: http://coastalpines.blogspot.com/2012/05/living-room-redo.html.  I think I was successful in absorbing some of the ideas I've found on Pinterest.

Hope ya'll return next week to see!  In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend and stay cool!!