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October 1, 2015

My Guest Bedroom / Craft Room Tour

Wow.  I'm almost embarrassed to tell you how long this room has been in the works. If you've been reading this blog from its humble beginnings, you may recall how I made plans to make my guest bedroom a little prettier, while at the same time creating a space where I could get my craft on, and shut the door from the (constant) mess and curious little boys. If you are new here, (or if your memory is as terrible as mine), heres the post so you can get caught up. This room has actually been finished for awhile, but keeping it clean enough to actually photograph was my challenge!! And lets be honest here...the only time it is EVER this clean is when we have guest over, so when I was preparing for a visitor, I jumped at the chance to finally snap some pics so I could give you guys a tour. So before I blab on too much about how I make this multi-purpose room work in my home, lets take a looksie at how this room finally came together.

Inexpensive details can make all the difference in creating a custom feel to your space. A Tassel thrown over a lamp, new hardware on the nightstands, and pom pom trim dresses up the curtains I found in the clearance rack.

Right from the start, I knew I didn't want to spend a ton of money on this room, so I repurposed some old furniture. The credenza was a TV console we had downstairs. The glass was clear, but I sprayed the inside with a special paint that gives you a mirror finish to glam it up a bit, and hide the mess of crafting supplies that live inside. The drawers are also a great place to hide miscellaneous supplies.

I bought inexpensive shelving and brackets from Ikea that I stained and spray painted. I then  accessorized them with a mix of pretty things and functional storage so they give guests something nice to look at while at the same time keeping supplies close at hand. Colored pencils, paint brushes and washi tape are beautiful enough to keep out on display, so why not make them part of your decor? Even my bolts of fabric and craft paper leaning in the corner make me smile. The shelves also are a great place to display some of my favorite watercolor paintings and quotes. The space where you create needs to be  inspirational and motivating, and most importantly, uniquely you.

September 25, 2015

Holly & Martin furniture review and a Giveaway!

My living room is a very awkward space. Don't get me wrong...its very spacious and I love it! BUT when you have very high ceilings, and a super tall fireplace with awkward windows to either side, its a challenge to decorate. I had this idea in my head for awhile to fill the space below the windows with a ledge and oversized black & white photos. My problem was one ledge along was not enough, and two was too many. PLUS on the more practical side, (because all of us with kids know we have to factor in a bit of function and practicality when we decorate!) I didn't want the frames too low where they would get bumped or knocked over when the nightly road living room hockey game began. I thought about putting a bench there, so when Holly & Martin contacted me about reviewing one of their products, I perused their website and spied this Abachi Bench.

It ties in perfectly with my decor, and the bench itself is really solid and durable. I like how I can pull it out to accommodate more seating at parties, then tuck it back along the wall for a more decorative look. Very versatile, and it literally took minutes to put together.

Gah!! I can't get enough of those sweet faces!

If you are not familiar with Holly & Martin, they are an online retailer that bring you affordable, functional and stylish furnishings and accessories for your home. Their style is Modern with a slight industrial edge. Take a look around their website! They also offer some really cool small space solutions that are perfect for Urban Living.

And guess what?!? The amazing people over at Holly & Martin have agreed to give all my readers (yes, that you!!) a chance to win....
your very own bench!! 

September 19, 2015

Trend Forecasting with Graham & Brown ~ Horizon

We learn a lot about design from nature. Color, texture, pattern. Take a look around your home. How many pieces do you own that are inspired by nature? A sisal rug? Wicker basket, or driftwood mirror?

As a Brand Ambassador for Graham & Brown, I get to talk about one of my favorite subjects every month; trends. This months featured trend is Horizon.

Horizon is the fluid movement of design, the sense that something special is about to happen; forecasting your hopes and dreams for your interior. This trend is all about introducing tranquil tones, adding waves of subtle colour and luxury textures to your home,The Horizon Trend 

To me, this trend can be achieved by introducing pieces to your home that are inspired by nature.
I have a small wall next to my back door that leads out to our patio, which was in need of a little pick me up, so I thought this was the perfect place to introduce this trend.

These feather prints from Graham & Brown caught my eye and worked perfectly to fill this tall, narrow space. Adding in a palm tree, wicker basket and textured rug gave this little nook even more interest, and added to the nature inspired theme.

If you want even more bold & daring ideas to bring the horizon trend into your home, Graham & Brown has some amazing wallpapers to help do the trick, like these nature inspired motifs.

September 2, 2015

Discover your style ~ Rustic Glam

Do you love rustic looking pieces, but also crave a slightly more feminine touch? Well Rustic Glam just might be your cup of tea.  Today I'm over at Remodelaholic sharing TONS of inspiration on how to add a little Rustic Glam to your home! Come and check out my Mood Board and see some more fab interiors that perfect this style. Adding a little Rustic Glam to your home might be easier than you think! 

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September 1, 2015

Trendy Tuesday ~ Move Over Man Cave! Make Way For The She Shed.

Move over Man Cave...the She Shed has arrived. And she's fabulous.

Imagine a little space tucked in the corner of your yard just for you. You could take a nap...

...perfect your craft,

August 20, 2015

Encouraging those EUREKA! moments with Graham & Brown

Last month, I announced that I am the newest Brand Ambassador for Graham & Brown, which means that every month, I will be discussing one of their trends. (And we all know how much I love discussing trends!) Last month it was precious, and I shared how I turned some precious memories from Instagram into Wall Art. This month's trend is Eureka. The trend is all about discovery, bold colors and creativity.

My boys are now 6 & 7, and just started 1st and 2nd grade. Which means this mama is now by herself ALL DAY. Not quite sure how I'm feeling about that yet. The days have been productive but VERY quiet! It will definitely take some getting used to! I'm very lucky that they both love going to school, and they are learning so much!! It's fun when they come home and share all they have learned throughout the day, and see their faces light up when working on their homework and something just clicks. Outside of school , I think it's equally as important to stimulate their minds and help them create more of those "Eureka!" moments through play and discovery. And their spaces need to reflect their personality and spark creativity at the same time. This is something I really focused on when designing Carson's room 2 years ago.

He has grown so much over the last 2 years, but I'm happy say that he is still loving his room. I will be updating one little corner, and adding a desk and chair for him to do his homework on, but other than that, not much has changed.

One room that will be getting a bigger update however is the playroom. And with the help of Graham & Brown, it will be transformed into a fun room that they can play, discover, and hopefully have many more Eureka moments! 

We have a red pull-out couch in the room, which is staying, but I plan on adding lots of black and white to the space with a few more small hints of color. The Frames Wallpaper is one of my favorites from Graham & Brown and will work perfectly in this space! I might even encourage them to draw on it. Or maybe not:) Legos are huge at my house, so some sort of storage system is definitely a must. Tables on castors can be used as play tables, but easily rolled out of the way when they decide to fire up the Xbox with their friends. A chalkboard wall with a photo ledge above will be perfect for displaying their works of art. And it wouldn't be a fun playroom with out some super cool accessories! This Lit Star from Graham & Brown will be an awesome addition, plus these throw pillows give the couch a more of a grown up urban feel. 


I can't wait to get going on this project and surprise the kids with a brand new playroom! How would you help inspire those Eureka! moments in your home?!


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