With Easter happening next week I wanted to create a feminine Easter wreath to celebrate my daughter’s first Easter. The end result is this sweet DIY “shabby chic” wreath you could easily make in under an hour….
Whew! It’s been a whirlwind couple of months. We moved from Italy and I had my baby girl. We named her Ellena Grace and she is a lovely little creature I am completely in love with. I’ll share more of all the craziness that my life has been in the coming weeks, however today I REALLY want to share her nursery.
I moved back Stateside just before I hit the 35 week mark. Her nursery was put together in about two weeks. The only thing I had for was her custom name sign. Everything else was purchased or made here.
I had a vision in my mind I cultivated over the several months of my pregnancy. I knew I wanted it to be simple, feminine, and have a whimsical feel. The pallet would consist of white as the predominant shade, coloring the walls, and furniture. Shades of pink (mostly blush and “baby” pink) would be the next most frequently used color followed by varying shades of gold as accents. All in all I’m quite pleased with how it all turned out.
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Allow me to preface this post by saying, I feel dumb even including “Halloween” in the title because I have, like…5 Halloween related decor pieces that make up the sum of my ghoulish decor. I know I had more, and I’m positive it got lost somewhere crossing the Atlantic. Sadly I believe this to be the case for my Autumn decor in general as well as some of my Christmas cheer!
Getting on, I began taking photographs of my living room to share with a friend, when I thought “Oh blog post!”
I think it’s cool to see what other spaces look like, and homes in other countries. Here is a look into my Italian living room.
This is actually a garland I made from old sheets, and a dress from Old Navy that had a stain I couldn’t get out. I’m using it as a radiator cover and a nesting place for some Fall-ish things. Above that sign used to hang my collection of vintage plates. However the walls hate me and they (mostly) fell down.
I purchased this Halloween themed pennant banner at Target a few years ago. [I miss Target.] The white round table in the corner I thrifted when we lived in Virginia and painted it white. The table and chairs (and pretty much everything else in this space is via Ikea). I’ll show you the tiered tray I made and the cutting board I stained in a future post as I failed to snap those details.
This console table I scored at a bargain here in Italy from another Air Force family who was PCS’g. Those grey buckets were a thrift store find from Pottery Barn Kids, originally they were pink. The starfish dish is a gift for my Mom I’ve not yet sent. I really love the silver candelabras with the burlap shades that have script on them. I scooped those up when I had a coupon for Hobby Lobby online.
The walls in my home are concrete a.k.a. my Kryptonite. My husband spent all day drilling the holes. I only got one chance at this arrangement and so it had to be just right. I plan on sharing how I got it so in a future post. As for the pictures they are all pretty dated 2009, right before we sold our home in Virginia. I do have to admit that it’s sort of sweet to have the reminder of when my boys were teeny-tiny. I’ll update a few of them. The center “eye chart” I made in about ten minutes. I used one of my favorite E.E. Cummings poems.
I love these pillows. The green ones I scored on clearance at Target [have I mentioned that I miss Target?]. The chevron pillowcases I purchased at Hobby Lobby online. I found the pillows to go inside them at a local grocery store called Coop.
I am very pleased with my Ikea Ektorp sofas. They are so easy to maintain, and really don’t get all that dirty, even with my bouncy boys.
This is a very SPOOKY porcelain pumpkin set on some very good books. I love using books as decorating pieces.
My haunted house. It’s filled with things that go bump in the night. I brought down a few scary stories from my library to set the mood. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with Anne Rice.
This lovely vintage dresser I purchased a few months ago for $25. I painted it a lovely shade of grey. I’m still debating on the knobs. Party of me likes them just the way they are because up close they have a nice patina to them, and part of me wants to spray paint them white. For now it serving it’s intended purpose as linen storage quite well.
That’s it for my living room and dining area. Hope you enjoyed it!
Look what I found at Marshalls the other day!
One whole dollar!
Hard to believe but so very true! I found it on the clearance shelf hidden behind a bunch of other things and to my surprise it was in perfect unmarred condition.
That is what I call a bargain! I placed it on my dresser and dangled some pretty things on it. Which makes me really want a jewelry hanging/storage thing-a-ma-bob like this one I spied on Design Sponge a while back. I don’t have the room for something like this right now, but I’ve got a few old frames hanging around and an idea or four swirling through my mind.
Love and Finding Things That are Pretty for a Steal,
When I moved to Miami to live with my in-laws while my husband serves his remote tour I knew that I’d have a small bedroom to call my own. I haven’t had a room-just to myself since I married ten years ago and although I’ve always decorated how I saw fit. The idea of decorating a room that is just for me was-and is really appealing. A few weeks ago I was browsing some website, I’m guessing it was either flickr or weheartit, but I could have easily just searched small bedroom images and come across this, my inspiration photograph.
Unfortunately I neglected to note where I got it from which means I can’t tell you who the rightful owner of it is, nor can I thank them for inspiring my current decor scheme. Mainly because I was drawn to this daybed from Ikea and secondly because I’d already had a shelf like the one pictured. Plus the decor is so totally and completely me I could have easily designed this room myself!
This room is still a work in progress (WIP) I didn’t really bring any of my “knick knacks” in aside from my desk things and a small glass swan a friend of mine gave me as I figured I’d have two years to collect plenty of new treasures. (Not to mention the stuff my husband will send me from Korea!)
This weekend we’ll be looking for a new place to call home. Our house is currently under contract and we’ve got a tentative close date. We’re hoping that everything can be done by then. With that date in mind, we’ve got about six weeks to find some place new to call home. I was going through my closet trying to decide what I was going to wear because after we’re done hunting my husband and I plan on taking the boys to Chuck E. Cheese (yes I know we’re gluttons for punishment.) Then later we’ll have dinner at Carrabas. It has been a while since I played in Polyvore and with the idea that visualizing our new home and everything I want in it would be a good thing, it was the perfect excuse to play!
My major requirement is the bathrooms. The floor plan I used is actually one that belongs to an apartment complex that is more like town-homes and that is first on my list. We currently live in a three bedroom townhouse but I’m thinking we could probably manage to downsize to a two bedroom – especially one that has a loft where the boys could play. All of this is dependent of course on availability and what they actually look like!
I’ve wanted to visit Fountain Bookstore since Maggie Stiefvater mentioned it on one of her social media channels. If you don’t already know, she sends her signed books and other goodies to the store. I already have several signed books by Maggie from when I attended a signing at Books & Books in Miami several…
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