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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

getting (a little) festive!

Yesterday I had a chance to do a little Christmas project while the kids were napping. I've always wanted a place to display the Christmas cards we get, so I made a garland from fresh greens to hang over our chalkboard. It was pretty easy and pretty much free :)

I actually picked up most of the greenery from the side of the road where someone was getting rid of them and then used wires, berries and lights I already had to put it together. Mini clothes pins make it easy to add Christmas cards as they arrive. The kids love looking at the pictures and recognizing friends and family. Cameron likes that it was free ;)

The quote from a Christmas carol serves as a good reminder of what this season is really all about!

Besides this piece, a Christmas tree and a few greens I added to our front door, that's the extent of my decorating this year. With little kids, I know anything within their reach will be quickly destroyed (the tree has been "redecorated" a few times)! Plus, most of our house is only partially finished/furnished so it seems silly to put too much effort into d├ęcor.  One of these years I'd love to add little bits of Christmas throughout the house, but for now I'm ok with keeping it simple!

And just for fun, here's our little tree. I set it up with help from a 4 yr. old boy! I think he had fun adding ornaments and I did my best not to rearrange his work :)

Anyways, hope everyone's Christmas is a merry one! Send those cards so we can hang them up ;) Kidding, I don't even have ours ready to mail...gotta get on that!

PS. You might have noticed a new blog design. I'm attempting to clean things up and make it easier to navigatethe blog. Pictures are pinnable now, you can follow me on facebook, pinterest or instagram if you wish, and so on! I'm still working on a few things so feel free to give me feedback, suggestions or ideas.
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Garage Phase 2

I've got a few minutes to myself this afternoon so thought I would share some of the progress we've made this summer and things we're hoping to get done while we have good weather. Winter's coming!

We're on Phase 2 of our garage, the fun part where things start to look pretty! Excuse the scaffolding, it's too heavy for me to move :)

Last summer, we did a ton of structural work on the garage, then wrapped everything in Tyvec and left it alone until this year. 

Click the link below to read more about that and my inspiration for the doors.

Garage Phase 1 + door and color inspiration

Lucky for us, we had lots of siding leftover from 4 years ago when we resided our house, so we were able to use that to reside the garage. We also added a couple windows to the side that faces our house. It'll bring in natural light to the garage, but also helps break up the siding a little.

In the front and back peak of the garage, we used cedar shakes. In part because we ran out of siding and didn't want to have to special order more. I LOVE cedar shakes, so this made me happy!

For the doors, Cameron drew them up on Google Sketch up and then built them from wood 2x4s last year.  He recently built the face frames from plywood and pine boards and then screwed them to the doors.  I picked out Benjamin Moore's Knoxville Grey to paint them with. I love the green-blue shade with the grey and white siding! I'll paint the side door and our front door the same color to tie everything together.

The hinges are heavy duty strap hinges we ordered online, I like the scale of them on such large doors. The doors are now functioning bifold doors, and at some point Cam's going put them on a track so they'll open automatically. We'll also add door handles too for a finished look.  I'm thinking of ordering this style to go with the hinges.

Right now, I'm finishing the tedious job of caulking and painting around all the trim and siding. With it being a wood product, we have to leave a gap between the siding and any trim it butts up to. All of this has to be filled with caulk and then touched up with paint. All of the trim came primed but also needed 2 coats of white paint... 
 With 3 kids, you can imagine how long it's taking me to get finished. I can get an hour or so in while they nap or else I have to have a friend (Thanks Lillie!) help out with the kids to make any progress! Not that I mind doing it, it's a nice change from the usual day to day stuff, but I tell you that just so you don't think I can do it all.  I read some blogs sometimes and wonder how do you do all that with kids? I can't unless I have help :)
So that's where we're at now! We really hope to pour the floor in the garage in a few weeks if the weather cooperates. Next summer we'll likely do the driveway and shingle the roof. I also need to put a final coat of paint on the doors and add a light over the side door too. Odds and ends, but I'm pretty happy that it's no longer the eyesore it once was!

Also, I'm excited for that little window. Inside is an attic room I plan to take over. I keep calling it my "studio" just so I can claim it :) There's talk about ship lap walls and Cam's already installed a couple of these less than $12.00 lights.

More on that room later, once we finalize some plans and start working on it this winter! Any major projects you've tackled this summer? I'd love to hear about them or see what you've done!

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Friday, May 01, 2015

mid century modern with chairish

Its no secret  that I love vintage anything! Furniture, lighting, knick knacks...even trucks :-) So when asked if I'd be interested in putting a style board together with pieces from their site along with tips for mixing Mid Century Modern with other styles I jumped at the chance!

Using this dining room by Chloe Warner as inspiration I created a style board as an example of how you can create a cohesive space while mixing different styles and eras of furnishings.

Style Board with
Obviously there was no client or budget involved, but you can still use the concept to create something similar to suit your style at home!

 Sources: chairs/table/lighting/rug/grasscloth/ lee jofa floral fabric/david hicks fabric

I also put together a few tips that I tried to use when creating the board and that you can see were utilized in the original inspiration image.

Any other tips you would add? Do you have a favorite era of furniture or like me love a bit of everything?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

choosing a backsplash

A couple weeks ago I did a random craigslist search and got lucky! I found the exact range hood we have planned to use in our kitchen for $80! It's in perfect condition too. New would have cost us a few hundred dollars.  Even more exciting then saving some cash? We need to install a back splash first!

Cam doesn't want to install the hood and then have to pull it out later to tile so he told me to start shopping! That I can do.

A few things I need to keep in mind while shopping:

Budget: (obviously!) There's some gorgeous tile out there but cost add up quickly.

Countertops: Ours are a light color granite and I don't want the pattern from the graining to compete with the tile. Simple, solid colored tile will look best in this situation.

Size: When our cabinets were installed, they lowered the uppers a few inches to accommodate the cook's 4'11" height. It's handy but means I have a shorter backsplash. A smaller tile size will give me more of a repeat in the pattern then a larger tile.

Those are the main things helping me decide what to use. I found this gorgeous glazed herringbone Ann Sacks tile (see below) at a local shop for $20/sq ft. It fit all the criteria except for the budget. After I did the math and realized we'd be spending close to $900 I couldn't justify it. So I stared at the sample on my counter for a few days then sadly returned it.

So I think I'm just going to get creative with some cheap subway tile.  I love the classic look of it, but wanted something a little different.  Luckily it's easy to change up the pattern or even grout and get a unique look.

I found a smaller white subway tile (standard is 3x6) at Home Depot for around $2.50/sq ft. It comes on a sheet in the typical staggered layout (that's it above) which is nice, but I'm tempted to cut them apart and lay it in a herringbone pattern like the tile I wanted.






Last weekend Cam started prepping the kitchen for tiling. He trimmed out the window, replaced the drywall behind the sink where there was some water damage and removed a couple outlets that were cluttering up the space. Not an easy task once they're wired but he managed to do it!

Right now we're in the middle of painting the trim on the main floor and when that's finished up we can start tiling and install the range hood.

So, which style of tile do you like best? The traditional layout or herringbone? I'd love to know :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

New to me table + ideas!

This past weekend I picked up a coffee table from a local consignment shop after they posted it on Craigslist and just shared a peek of it on instagram (@jmmccalley). I thought if I wrote quick, I could get a post in while the kids are napping!

Lately I've been drawn to furniture that they call "Ming-Style".  This style is pretty transitional meaning it mixes well with traditional and modern.  I love a bit of both so when the coffee table above popped up on Craigslist, I showed it to Cam along with some Pinterest pictures of that style and he approved. The price was right too, so that helped!

The table is heavy and solid, and low to the ground which is practical with little kids.  They're already dancing on it and jumping off it all the time.  I knew that would happen, so having a piece that will hold up to my wild children was a priority! Talmadge has already claimed it as his snack table and his father thinks it's a perfect foot rest. I know with a new updated finish it'll look pretty so we all win I guess!

Until our new couch arrives next month and I can start to pull the living room together, I thought I'd share a few pictures of similar style tables and see what color direction you think I should take.

This one has the same lines as ours and is lacquered in white on One Kings Lane

I do like how fresh and crisp these tables look in white!

via Elizabeth Bauer Design

via Brittany Stiles

via Sara Tuttle Interiors

Black looks elegant, but I'm a little worried the inevitable scratches will be more visible and darker finishes are hard to keep clean looking. A good look, but less practical!

via Apartment Therapy

via Savvy Home Blog
I'm also toying with stripping the dark finish and leaving it natural or white washed and waxed. It'd bring another wood tone into the space and break up the dark wood floors. Plus some wear and tear would just add to the finish.

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I like the texture on this table but especially love the mix of furniture styles here!

via Apartment Therapy

The other option would be a fun color.  Our new couch is a light grey, so right now the room is a blank slate and any color could work!

via The Pursuit of Style

 What would you do? Glossy white, black, raw wood or a fun color? I'd love your input :)