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Easy Ways to Spruce up Your Mantel for Summer

Posted in DECOR, summer
on May 23, 2017

Come along as I take my mantel decor from Spring to Summer!

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

Anne Shirley Knows Everything

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking along the same lines as Anne Shirley of late, wondering what it would be like to always be June. I’m ready for summer to arrive with it’s long, lazy, sultry days. I long for mornings with nowhere, in particular, to get to, and late dinners on the porch, listening to the cicadas chirp. I’m eager to sample fruity, dripping popsicles, to visit county fairs, and enjoy days swimming at the lake, basking in the sun.

I’m ready for summer to arrive with it’s long, lazy, sultry days. I long for mornings with nowhere, in particular, to get to, and late dinners on the porch, listening to the cicadas chirp. I’m eager to sample fruity, dripping popsicles, to visit county fairs, and enjoy days swimming at the lake, basking in the sun. I wish it were here.

Sigh.

It’s not time yet

We have a few more weeks before we get to June – it’s a busy time filled with more activities than I can count. I know it’s still May, and I see the date on the calendar, but try as I might keep my head in the here and now, my mind is firmly in June.  The one bright spot to this? It may still technically be spring for a few more weeks, but that doesn’t mean my mantel has to say “spring”!

Lucky me, I’m teaming up with several of my blogging friends to bring you our Summer Mantel Decor. Lucky you, you’ll get oodles and oodles of mantel inspiration! Let’s get started.

I kept things super simple, adding pops of color and some of my favorite things.

Namaste.

In all truthfulness,  I wouldn’t love an endless summer vacation – there will come a day in the next few months when I will be yearning for boots and sweaters. But that day isn’t today. Today, I’m with Anne.

“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams

I’m looking forward to a fabulous memory- making summer! In the meantime, be sure to visit my friends for more inspiration!




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One Room Challenge {Inexpensive Foyer Make-over} The Reveal

Posted in DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, OneRoomChallenge
on May 11, 2017

I’m so excited to share the results of my inexpensive foyer makeover for the One Room Challenge, completed just six (actually five) short weeks (gasp)! 

YAY! A few weeks back – six to be exact – I shared my plans to make-over my foyer for my third One Room ChallengeAlthough I get a big fat fail on updating you on the progress of said make-over, I hope you’ll forgive me when you’ve seen what I’ve accomplished. For all the pretty pictures, keep scrolling for major Before & After action!

THE BEFORE  

Let’s start at the beginning. My foyer, while not horrendous, felt incomplete and didn’t compliment and flow into the adjoining rooms. The area didn’t reflect our style. More than anything it had carpeted stairs – I hate carpet on the stairs!

THE NOW

As you can tell, we’ve made a few changes. 🙂

MUCH NEEDED STAIRCASE MAKE-OVER// We removed the carpet from the stairs, during which I spent a lot of time wishing vacuumed more often #gross. After a whole lot of filling and sanding on the stair treads, we painted and stenciled the entire area. During that process, it seemed like a good idea to continue the board and batten already in the foyer up to the wall of the staircase as well. That had not been in the initial plan, but it made sense.

LIGHT FIXTURE// The light fixture WAS terrible. I found a way-out-of-my-budget gorgeous light fixture at Anthropologie but then found a fabulous tutorial on making my own version. I’ll be sharing how I made the light in the next few weeks.

DIY FLOATING CONSOLE TABLE AND OTTOMANS // With only enough space for a console table in the front entrance, there wasn’t any for seating. To get around this, we decided on a DIY floating console table that would allow for ottomans underneath. Look for an upcoming tutorial on how I made the console table out of an inexpensive chest of drawers!

PET STATION// We needed a pet station to store leashes and business-bags. Luckily, the new and larger floating table allowed for both storing our pet leashes and business-bags, as well as the necessary hat and glove storage.

MODERN ECLECTIC ACCENTS // I found a few accents at Target, with the once-black mirror getting a quick paint job.

RUG // I went through more than one rug during this project. An awkward space, the entry way in my home, requires a 4’x6′ rug that I found hard to find. I settled on this wide-striped rug, also found at Target, in a 5’x8′ and customized it to my space. I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to customize a rug in another post. The indoor/outdoor carpet ensures it will hold up to the steady traffic and will be easy to keep clean.

PAINTED DOOR // The added bold blue to the door completed the project!

THE DESIGN INFLUENCE // The foyer is flanked by four – yes, four – other rooms,  all that have received more of our love and attention.

The office and living room are both ongoing projects that are slowly evolving to the look and feel we strive for. We recently updated the powder room, and of course, made-over the Dining room/playroom during my first One Room Challenge. Every room has elements of my favorite style – a mostly neutral palette with a mostly traditional vibe, but with a side of the eclectic and whimsy. Don’t forget the mandatory splashes of bold color and pattern!

And now.. the foyer is in perfect balance with them all!

One more time!

BEFORE  

AFTER

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! a HUGE Thank you to Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge is a LOT of hard work, but it’s also ridiculously fun for me.  I’m so grateful to be able to do what I love and to be able to share it all with you.  It’s pretty much my favorite.

 

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20 Colorful and crush-worthy accents for a Spring home you’ll love

Posted in DECOR
on March 21, 2017

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I don’t know about you, but my brain falls into one of two thought-buckets today – In the one bucket, I’m looking around my home grimly, wanting to bring further touches of spring in; I’m on the lookout for fun Spring accents in florals, stripes, and geometrics. (Budget-friendly is definitely in there). In my other thought bucket,  I’m making myself busy with a mad search for procrastination tasks because it’s laundry day, which means it’s sock folding day! If you’re in the same place, let’s procrastinate together, shall we?

 

I’m mortified to share this, but I have four buckets of unmatched socks. I set aside an hour or more every Monday to match them all up. An hour.  I line them all up, side by side, down my hallway and attempt to make pairs – of which I’ll find only a handful. Then, I’ll get fed up, put them all back into the bucket(s) and vow to throw them all out on the next laundry day if their partner doesn’t show up. Wash, rinse, repeat.  I’ve tried just about everything I can think of to minimize this, but I’ve had no luck.

So, today, after searching for pairs within mountains of single socks that left my hair standing on end and my nerves frazzled, I gave up at the 15-minute mark. I forcibly shoved them all back into their buckets, fired up the laptop. With a cup of tea (wine) in hand, and a smile on my face, I online shopped until my heart was content. I still have three buckets of socks waiting for me to stop procrastinating, but I’m still pretty happy – And, boy, have I got eye candy to share with you!

I have a tendency to gravitate towards pattern pairings at different times of the year. Spring time has me looking for bold, geometric patterns and stripes together with soft, as well as vibrant, florals. I’m a color and pattern girl and it’s an unbeatable combination. How do you make it work? You can make it work very well if you vary the scale and size of the patterns and stick to a similar color palette. The distinct lines of a geometric print such as stripes are balanced by the softness of a floral. I like my geometrics in dark colors such as black or navy and pair them against brightly colored florals, as you’ll see I picked on my virtual shopping trip. Throw in a few neutrals or seasonal accents, and you’ll be loving your home all through the Spring and likely into the summer!

Florals 

Florals can feel sophisticated, whimsical, updated and fresh, depending on the pattern you go with and how you use it in your room. Floral shy? Try large-scale floral print on room accents, such as throw pillows and build the rest of the room around the floral print by pulling colors from the pattern. I also like to use a little bit of bold, floral pattern, such as the folk-art style coasters below to add a little bit of the unexpected to an otherwise neutral design.  That rug, it’s going in my Master Bedroom. My sock collection will look fabulous spread out across it, don’t you think? (Rolling my eyes..)

Geometrics and Stripes

My name is Kim and I love geometrics and stripes. A geometric is any rigid pattern that follows a grid such as plaid, houndstooth, stripes, and polka dots. I could be wrong, but I see the bird patterned chair as a geometric because although it includes a bit of a meandering pattern, the pattern is repeated and the lines are distinct. Adding even the smallest geometric object to your room brings it right on trend. Use these objects to draw the eye and to give structure to florals. 

Stripes

Seasonal or just for fun!

Those things in your home that just scream you – those are the things that make your house a home. I like a room to surprise me. I love tassels and pom poms and unexpected touches such as a bunny vase or a mid-century modern cuckoo clock. I like mixing up patterns and textures. It’s all of these things together that make me feel like I’m in my element.

Thanks so much for procrastinating with me but we all know I have laundry calling. Tell me though, before you go, are you also looking for color, pattern and unexpected whimsy for Spring? Do you have a sure-fire way to manage your sock collection? I can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

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