Thursday
Aug142014

Love List

trench | art | votive holder | boots | towel ring | rolling pin | handbag

A few things have been catching my eye lately and lo and behold it seems I am loving a nude color palette as of late. I just purchased this towel ring and am crossing my fingers it works for the bath. This piece of art speaks to me. I think it is because it reminds me of my late grandmother. This trench could be a perfect fall staple. I have been saying for years now that I need a rolling pin. A votive candle that could dress up a pile of books. I nice small handbag is something my wardrobe currently lacks. Last year I switched to wearing low boots and I may never go back to the high ones. These are pretty amazing.

Wednesday
Aug132014

The Kids Bath 

This bath was made for kids. It is petite in everyway. The Mr even has to duck in the door. This space has gone through some simple changes. The most apparent is that now it's clean! Ha. You can see the before here. We painted the walls talc by Martha Stewart just like the rest of the house. Took down the bath cabinet and I swear it makes this space feel 100% bigger. Changed out the mirror and light fixture. Added a simple roman from Home Depot for texture. The shower curtain was a bit of a splurge, but it was the feel I was wanting. Not too kiddie, but still fun in everyway without being too girlie or too boy oriented. The sign I had in the kids old bath. The stool and bath mat were Home Goods finds. The basket used to be in KJ's room but now serves as a laundry basket. The hooks are West Elm. Looking at this photo I guess the back wall could use a piece of art, but the door mostly stays open so maybe not. The only wish I have for this bath is that the floors were not white tile. They are slippery when wet and show EVERYTHING. It's a constant battle trying to make it look clean.Besides that I am quite pleased with the way it turned out!

shower curtain | mirror | stripe towels old ikea | embroidered towel | stool Home Goods {like this one more} | light fixture | hamper {similar} | red hooks west elm | copper cup tj maxx {similar if not the same} | Brush your Teeth sign {similar}

Tuesday
Aug122014

A Big Day

Today was our first day at our new school. Ellie is going into 3rd and KJ 2nd. They were so excited! I can tear up at a drop of a hat currently, but I am truly overjoyed with our new adventure. It was a God given plan that we were not expecting, but seeing it come to fruition is kind of sweet. Our old school was small and the people felt like family. The Mr even worked in the same building. Now they are off on to new experiences like having free dress, a library, music class, and the like. I am grateful for this new season and grateful I got to experience the old. Now to get KJ to read.

Ellie: Dress | shoes | and I swear by these for all her dresses

KJ: shorts | shoes | tee {osh kosh outlet}

Wednesday
Aug062014

Final big project complete!

The final big project on the interior was completed last night and I could not be any more giddy. Well, at least until major renovation that may or may not happen years down the road. The carpet was installed on the stairs and the railing put back up. It truly helps make the space look finished and is much safer. These are just quick iphone photos so it is hard to tell, but there is a pattern throughout on the light gray carpeting. It makes leading up to the kids space a bit more fun without being over the top since technically this is not my house and only a rental. I will be sure to grab better photos once I start pulling the space together more.

Now I am contemplating making the railing black or staining them a deeper color. I think it would make it feel a tad more modern and clean. Here are a couple images that have my head spinning...

Thomas O'Brien via Poppy Talk | Tonya Olsen via pinterest

Tuesday
Aug052014

The Den {in process}

The den/movie room is some what improved from when these photos were actually taken. This is also the room we find ourselves in most of the time. The TV does not even have to be on. Guests seem to linger here and the view isn't too shabby. The stairs lead up to the kids space and the room is housed between the kitchen and the hall that leads to the office and main bath. Today carpet is getting installed on the stairs and the railing goes back up. Yes, our kids have been living with a floor full of tack strips for the last month. Furniture can't go up and down the narrow case unless the railing is down and the carpet guys would not install till the railing was up. It really was quite the catch 22.

We ended up using two of our ikea bookcases that used to live in our old office as a tv console. It works for now and gives me a space to display my design books. To the left of the door I want to hang two photos of the kiddos in frames that we already own. The TV needs some balance. I am also thinking roman shades for the windows. Old windows are odd sizes and custom is not cheap so alas they sit empty. The alley way is directly behind us with other homes so it would be nice to have the choice of shutting them when I am hanging in my pj's.

Everything in the view is the same from the other house. This tall lamp is gone and I found her twin at Homegoods for the fraction of the cost and I could not have been more excited. The bucket seat seems to float from room to room and currently I have our linen living room chair here as a place holder. What I really would like is a petite yet comfortable swivel chair. I am on the hunt! Over the sofa I want to hang a big piece of art. I can't decide between an abstract piece like this  or this. I have also leaned toward a drawing of sorts. I also love this and think this is kind of a hoot. As you can see I may need some more time before pulling the trigger. 

kids chairs

coffee table antique

sofa: restoration hardware in charcoal