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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 Wreath Party Food Edition

10 Oct

As we posted yesterday, this past weekend we threw a Wine and Wreaths party at Elise’s house. We invited our girlfriends over to stop pinning, and start crafting.  We also asked everyone to make a fall inspired dish, which is what this post is all about.

While we had quite the spread of food, from chips/guacamole to fruit  and veggie trays.  We picked the most fall festive recipes to share with you:

Apple Chips:

Tricia sliced apples and placed them on parchment paper before baking them at 225 degrees.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and voila-a healthy snack that even Tricia’s almost 2 year old enjoyed!

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake:

Pumpkin and cheesecake in the same bite=heaven!

Katie opted for the mini shells at the grocery store to make these mini cheesecakes. 2 packages of 8oz cream cheese, 1 package of instant pudding, 1 can of pumpkin.

Mulled Cider Wine:

This warm beverage was finished before the crafts were.

Kristen combined a bottle of cranberry juice, a bottle of Merlot, and a box of mulled spices.  She brought to a simmer, and let the pot sit on the stove so we could help ourselves.

Pumpkin Dip:

Very simple recipe for those that love pumpkin.

Combine an 8oz container of cool whip, 15 oz can of pumpkin, 1 package of instant vanilla pudding, and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg.  Mix together and serve cold.  We served with gingersnaps, but think graham crackers or marshmallows are just as delicious.

Make any festive fall recipes lately? What is your favorite fall snack?

Cheers!

E & T

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

Shower Power!

10 Aug

This is officially my first blog post…Woo to the Hoo!! I’ve been dreaming of this day for the longest time…so weird, I know!

Fresh off from my little sisters wedding last weekend, I thought it would be fun to share some of the details from her Bridal Shower from earlier this summer.

I always get so excited when I get to plan or host a party! One day, when I grow up along with being blogger, I want to be an event planner! For now, I guess I’ll just have to stick with my day job since it pays the bills. 🙂

As the Matron and Maid of Honor, Hayley and I were so excited to plan Emilie’s shower. Em and Hayley have been friends forever and because of that I pretty much adopted Hayley as my sister when we were little.

For the shower, Hayley and I decided to go for a vintage, tea party theme; so we hit the ground running pinning! My sister is a fan of lace, so when I found the lace runners in the picture below at Good Will, for $3 each, I snatched them up.  Winning!

For the buffet table we layered the two runners over top of a yellow tablecloth that my aunt so graciously lent us. We mixed and matched fine china, with white plates and serving platters to serve the food. A combination of solid colored cloth napkins were rolled and tied with twine to make the silverware look pretty.

Flowers were a pretty easy decision since my sister loves hydrangea. A mixture of vases and tea cups with saucers were used to place on different tables with the hydrangea as the centerpieces.

To dress up the cake/dessert table we used a plain white cloth, tied the corners with twine and added a burlap runner for some more of that vintage, shabby chic goodness we were going for. I don’t know about you, but I loooove me some burlap! I love burlap about as much as I love my husband (which is a whole lot)!! Let’s be serious, if you don’t have a love for burlap then I’m guessing you also don’t have a Pinterest account. 😉

The biggest hit of the shower (besides the bride-to-be) had to be the mimosa bar. My mom found the square glass containers for the fruit at Ikea. The glass carafe’s I found at HomeGoods, score! Something you may not know about me is that I have a Home Goods addiction, it’s probably as bad as my Pinterest addiction, but I won’t go there. The gray and white straws were bought at Michael’s. We used a big metal tub filled with ice to keep the champagne and wine chilled. Pieces of card stock were labeled and tied to each carafe with twine to tell the different juice flavors apart.

To play on the tea party theme, Hayley found an idea for the most adorable and creative favors. Ever! Mason jars filled with a lemon, a sugar packet and a tea bag. All the guests had to do was add water for their own little tea party. Mason jars are my favorite, they are just so fun to drink out of!

“Matt & Emilie A sweet blend!”

We ended up mixing and matching many different fabric textures and old and new pieces, but, I think it all came together nicely in the end. I loved the vintage, yet sophisticated, shabby chic-ness, we were able to create! All in all my sister had a great time, which was of course, the most important part!  🙂

Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village?” Well, throwing a surprise bridal shower and having it go off without a hitch really takes a village! As many ideas as Hayley and I had (and pinned) we couldn’t have executed everything without the help of our “village”; so thanks to them (you know who you are)! I also can’t forget to mention my now brother in-law, who helped me in tricking my sister and making sure she made it to the shower on time and unsuspecting! Success!

Shout out to my wonderful husband who showed up as the shower was ending and helped with some of the cleaning up! He’s the best!

Okay, now it’s your turn to sound off in the comments. Have you ever hosted a bridal shower before? Do you have addictions to HomeGoods or Pinterest? What do you dream to be when you grow up? Are you a burlap lover, like me?

E

Great Husbands

10 Aug

Thanks for your support so far, it looks like we are getting the hang of this.  As we start this, we should thank Joe and Nate for being such good sports.

When Nate was asked if he was okay with us posting about him, he chimed in:

Really doing this huh? Cant you just join pintrest and make me some fancy sandwiches?

Nate and Joe

 

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