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Sometimes It’s The Little Things…

17 Dec

 

Joe and I have owned our house for going on two years. Since it was a to-be built home we were lucky enough to get to pick and choose everything from the hardwood floors, carpet color, cabinets and granite to the color of the light fixtures that we liked. All the walls are still the same cream builder grade color they were when we first moved in back in March 2011.

We have yet to hang much on the walls. Mainly since I am scared to do it myself and also because I have no idea where to even start in most places. I have pinned plenty of ideas of gallery walls, art work, etc. on Pinterest and haven’t actually made any decisions about where it would go.

Sometimes starting with a blank slate can be overwhelming when it comes to decorating a room or a house. I have made an attempt to do a few small things here and there to make our house feel like a home and to prevent me from feeling overwhelmed in the process. Although sometimes becoming overwhelmed is inevitable…picking paint colors is overwhelming and then the thought of actually painting makes me want to run for the hills. I’m not very good at it, but lucky for me the hubby knows a thing or two.

I think the hardest part for me at first was how to start decorating since we have an open floor plan on our main level. At first I wasn’t sure if the kitchen and family room curtains should be the same fabric or different. I took the pictures below on the day we settled and got our keys.

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Standing in the eat-in kitchen looking into the family room

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Standing in the family room looking into the kitchen area and walk out to the deck

It took about a year of living here before I even decided on fabric for our family room curtains. And the actual process of picking out the fabric consisted of my sister and I in JoAnn Fabric for about two and a half hours…literally on the floor going back and forth between fabric choices. #Indecisivemuch Once I FINALLY decided on the fabric my sister came over and worked her sewing machine magic.

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I really love how the curtains turned out. I hung them using clip rings. To this day that part of our family room for the most part looks the same. Minus the step stool in the corner (it lives in a hidden spot in our kitchen). I still need to hang art work and make throw pillows for our couches. The ones that came with the sofas are hideous and I hate them. I always make sure the ugly patterned side faces the sofa. 🙂 

About two months ago while I was at Lowe’s crossing some things off my “to-do” list (buying a new battery for my garage remote and a replacement water filter for the fridge) and as I was waiting for the sales man to come back with the right battery I took a walk through the curtain aisle. I had been looking for curtains for our kitchen window, but hadn’t had much luck. I wanted to find something that would be colorful, but would still go well and wouldn’t compete with the dark tones we already have in the kitchen.

Sometimes it can be something little and unexpected that gives you the inspiration to decorate a room. This time a pattern caught my attention and the colors in the pattern kept my attention! They were so pretty and bright! The pattern wasn’t over the top or too matronly looking and it was colorful. I checked the price and at $14.97 per panel I couldn’t resist! I bought two panels drove right home and started hanging them. This time a pattern caught my attention and the colors in the pattern kept my attention. These curtains were that little unexpected thing to give our kitchen a happier look and a jumping off point for me to put the rest of the room together.

I didn’t take a before picture and I couldn’t find a good before picture, so you will just have to imagine how terribly plain the window was before and how the curtains made the biggest and best addition to our little kitchen!

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For anyone interested in purchasing these panels they are Style Selections 84′ L Multicolor Bernard Curtain Panel.

About a month ago I decided to move a dresser that was residing in our master bedroom from our bedroom down to the kitchen and use it as a “buffet” of sorts. Not only did that free up wall space in our bedroom for me to re-arrange our room (it looks so much better now), but it also gave me some much needed extra storage space in the kitchen.

ImageAbove is the dresser once it was moved down into the kitchen. Pardon the light, it was dark outside when I got around to taking pictures.

On a recent shopping trip to Hobby Lobby I came across their decorative knobs. I found some really pretty blue knobs that I thought would be an easy and fabulous way to change up the once dresser and make it fit in better in it’s new home.

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ImageImageImageImageImageI am completely in L.O.V.E with how the curtains and the new blue knobs bring together the room. I am also happy to report that thanks to the curtains and knobs I have finally decided on a paint color! Wahoo! My goal is to tackle the painting very soon #wishmeluck! Once the painting is complete I will take care of all that empty wall space.#babysteps
Eventually down the road I would like to do something fun with the currently ORB (oil rubbed bronze) chandelier…maybe a little spray paint action to tie it in with the curtains and break up all the dark wood tones?!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when decorating your house, apartment or condo? I feel like the more I do the more comfortable I get with it, but still feel overwhelmed at times. Remember to take it one step at a time and try to have fun with it. 

Have you completed any fun home projects recently?

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Wine and Wreaths Party

9 Oct

This past weekend we threw a Wine and Wreaths party at Elise’s house.  The concept was simple, a fall inspired party where we challenged our friends to stop pinning and start crafting! We told everyone to bring the supplies to make one of the wreaths that they had recently pinned on Pinterest. Of course, if they had another fall project in mind, they could make that instead.  To make our fall afternoon better, we asked everyone to bring a fall inspired dish and of course wine!

It was perfect, we had great friends, delicious food, good wine and we started crafting! Below you can find pictures of some of the wreaths. Unfortunately, we don’t have a step by step for all the wreaths that were made because some of the girls just went off of pictures they had seen:

Elise’s Wreath:

I found the idea for my wreath on Pinterest which took me to Just Sew Sassy blog. As you can see I decided to change it up a bit from the original wreath and use fewer rosettes and omit the sign. I like to think that my wreath is a nice fall wreath, but a nod to the Baltimore Orioles! Let’s Go O’s! 🙂

Katie’s Wreath:

Katie made her wreath using a grapevine wreath and felt. The felt was cut into stripes and rolled into rosettes. Such a cute wreath! If you change-up the colors this wreath could be perfect for any season or holiday!

Tricia’s Wreath:

Tricia made this adorable little creation out of yarn and felt. So adorable!

Kristen’s Wreath:

Kristen is so crafty that in the time most of us made one wreath she crafted this fun Halloween wreath and a Christmas wreath. Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures of her Christmas wreath. She also helped me make a bow that I added to my fall wreath from last year. Below is a picture of the wreath I made last year:

Here is the wreath with the bow Kristen helped me make this year:

All in all the day was a blast! Tomorrow we will be posting about the delicious food and drinks we munched on while we crafted!

Have you had any Pinterest parties with your friends lately? Are you crafting anything for the fall season? There are so many great decor ideas on the internet it’s hard to decide which to make. We are already thinking about what Christmas decorations we want to make! Maybe we will have to host another party. 🙂

Cheers!
E & T

Goodwill Hunting

4 Sep

As promised, I am back to tell you all about the goodies I found a couple of Friday’s ago while shopping.

I decided to check out the Goodwill store near my house early that afternoon. Mainly just browsing, looking for any and everything that could be a possible Pinterest project or something useful for the house.

I have been on the hunt for is a tall dresser for our bedroom. Specifically, a dresser that would need a bit of a makeover. We bought new bedroom furniture when we moved into our house, but the dresser we have is a little too big for our room and because of that our room is arranged in a way that drives me a little crazy. Unfortunately, I didn’t find much in the furniture category on this trip.

Any who, back to the story at hand. While browsing I came across a bunch of picture frames. I ended up buying one of the frames for $3.25. All this little guy needs is a new coat of paint since he is looking a little frumpy and an upgrade from the current artwork and he’ll be as good as new. I’m not sure whether I will use this guy for a Pinterest project I want to do or for the gallery wall I have been planning. I actually wish I would have grabbed this guys twin, but since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with him, I left him.

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I found a ton of baskets and old wood shelves. The shelves weren’t really my cup of tea since the majority of them had hearts carved in them. I was however, able to find a decent sized basket that I thought would be perfect to wrangle the mess of shoes, cleats, flip flops,etc. that are scattered in front of our garage door; just waiting for us to trip over. So, I snatched it up for a measly $5, as Honey Boo Boo says “A dolla makes me holla”, in my case “5 dolla makes me holla”!

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The basket was immediately put to use in the hallway leading to our garage and is home to our discarded shoes. I am happy to say that the hubby caught on pretty quickly and has been putting his shoes in the basket rather than leaving them in front of the garage door, waiting for me to trip over. 🙂 Success!

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Down the line I plan on sprucing this area up a bit. We have been in our house over a year and a half and still have so much to do/decorate!

Later on that afternoon, Jaime and I went to Hobby Lobby. We walked around the store for at least an hour. They have all of their fall decorations out and even Christmas decorations! It’s only September!

I have been on the look out for lamps for our master bedroom and was unsuccessful at finding a lamp that I liked that had a twin…boo! I did however, leave with a cute little tin sign that has a “G” on it. I think it was $12.99, but I had a coupon for 40% off one item. Score!

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I’m still trying to decide where I want to hang it.

I found this ceramic beauty in the fall decor section of Hobby Lobby and thought it was so cute and pretty that I had to have it! All of the fall decor was 40% off, so I didn’t pay much. For now this little guy is hanging out on our entertainment console in our living room.

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At Home Goods I came across a table runner that I immediately had to have for our kitchen table. I had seen similar fabric earlier this year at Michaels and Jo Ann Fabrics that I wanted to attempt to make curtains from, but I ended up finding a material I liked better for our living room curtains.
This little guy has already made his home on our kitchen table and I L.O.V.E it! I can’t wait to get my fall decor set up on it! The runner I believe was $12.99…not bad.

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Have you been on the hunt for something to organize a mess in your garage? Have you watched Honey Boo Boo on TLC? Does “a dolla make you holla”?

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