Monday, January 30, 2012


Accent tables - great place to put a drink, lay a book, put a picture or just a beautiful piece of furniture to add style to a room.

White with nail head ... may need to do this nail head pattern to one of my tables!
Home Goods

Reclaimed Wood Baturna 
White Metal 
Home Goods

Brass and Glass Hexagonal

Klubbo Nesting Tables
via IKEA

Winslow Stool 


 Jacks Tray  - love this!
West Elm

Bali Sugkai Wood

Steel Cubist Brass

Driftwood and Glass

Venetian-style glass

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cool Lighting

Out with the fam tonite to one of our favorite Mexican food restaurants, Mi Cocina.  If you are ever in the Dallas area you have to check this place out - several locations.  I could literally eat Mexican food every day and this is one of my favorites.  PS. the BEST margaritas!  So we stopped by Urban Outfitters on our way out of the area - a fun place to shop for trendy garb and accessories.  I scored the cutest chandelier earrings in my new fav color of the moment - navy.    These came in several colors - $18 cute!

And while checking out to purchase my millionth pair of earrings, I spotted this incredible, funky, industrial styled chandelier.

And here it is up close....

I thought this fixture was so cool!!  It looked like it was put together with some steel pipes, electrical junction boxes and lamp kits.  I may have to figure this one out.   You can find design inspiration everywhere!  Happy Saturday.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

TO DO 2012

Instead of doing a resolution list for 2012, I wanted to create a list of things I would actually do!!

What better list to make than the home projects that need to be completed in and around our home.  It will be a check-list of sorts.  Don't get me wrong...I need to lose weight, exercise more, sleep more, more fun stuff with the kids, read more books, draw and sew more, save more, menu plan...but these are on the list every year.  No matter what, I need to do more of each of those things whether its January or June! But a home project list will enable me to prioritize, flush some ideas out here on the blog and keep me accountable to at least attempt to get a few of them done.

Here it goes:

1.  Re-do Master bath - This one is long overdue - it looks so bad!  It's mainly our shower enclosure and tiling, but would like to get granite tops on the vanity area area too.  Here are some inspiration photos!!  So clean, crisp and totally functional.

 via Pinterest

 via Houzz

 via Houzz

2.  Stairs - Several spindles have become victims to my kids tag and Nerf gun games.  Hoping to replace the wood with iron, re-stain the wood of the railing and bottom step and would love to incorporate a rug pattern for the stairs.  Inspiration photo the idea of carpeting with a fun pattern like leopard.

via Pinterest

3. Flooring - this would be a combo of wood flooring in main living area and entry downstairs (looking for something dark), plus tiling for kitchen, laundry room and bathroom.  This is a tricky one, once you start on one portion of the downstairs flooring you kinda have to do it all.  Plus this one is a pretty penny or two to do.  Love these inspiration photos...

all via Pinterest

4. Landscaping - we cut down the big annoying, sappy, lots-of-leaves-all-times-of-year tree last Fall and trimmed up the big oaks.  Now I need grass and a few small trees (to replace the 80's manicured topiary pair) - the dry Texas summers are killing what little bit of green we do have.

5.  Drapes, drapes and more drapes.  I have two pairs of store bought drapes in all my downstairs - the rest will need to be custom.  They will be great though for adding a finished look to three rooms.  Love these photos ....

all via Pinterest

6.  Re-upholster my grandma's chairs that I was so excited to acquire.  I can't wait to to do this one.  It's funny how re-doing something old with little resale value, but tons of sentimental value, can cost twice as much as just buying new!  Here's my fabric choice and I'm thinking a silver nail head trim around the bottom and on the inset of the arms.

Worldwide Fabric

7.  Finish office.  Got started on this one and then work took me away.  Need organization, effective tools for storing fabrics, accessories, files, etc.  And somewhere to sit!!  This seems like a given but there is only an office chair in there nothing else.  And most of all something pretty...because I like pretty places.  Love these offices....

 via Pinterest

I think this loveseat would be perfect for getting some work done or so one of the kids can hang out in there with me.

And then there's the this and that entry rug, pillows to make in master, rearrange kids rooms, light fixtures, fans...the list goes on and on doesn't it???  But I just checked one off the list ...check out the gorgeous rug I just bought for the entry!  So excited to see it - hope its perfect!

What are your plans for 2012?  Did ya make a list? :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

4 ways to "freshen" up a room!

Since the New Year is here and you're probably without your holiday decor... does your home seem a little drab or even boring?  Take this opportunity to start with a blank slate and make a few simple and inexpensive changes to freshen your home in 2012.

Here are my top 4 suggestions for simple changes with high impact!

Paint - A room can be painted in a day and is an inexpensive DIY project.  Color can transform any room in your home.  For 2012, Benjamin Moore Paints say their palette choices takes a soft, calming and safe approach to color trends.  Their top pick for 2012 is Wythe Blue, a blue green hue with a cool gray cast to it.

See Wythe Blue in action at House of Turquoise.  Love this color!!

Benjamin Moore said the hue’s appeal is due in part to its calming quality, referencing its ability to create a “comfortable and stable ambiance -- an antidote to the frenetic pace of today’s daily life.” Other color picks for 2012 include steely blues, soft and dreamy grays, soft neutrals, spicy tones like Persimmon and warm earth tones.  Benjamin Moore structured their choices into four select color groups—Eclectic Elegance, Earth & Sky, Sense & Sensibility, and Spiced Life in Color Trends-2012.

Pillows - Adding a few new pillows to a room can bring new pattern, interesting texture and color to your space.  Retailers like Target, Home Goods, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel have a lot of choices to fit any style at reasonable prices.  Check out these fun options from Target!

Can't find what you are looking for?  Get some fabric (cloth napkins will do as well) and make your own.  There are several easy no-sew tutorials on the web.  Check out this one or Google no-sew pillows for more options.

Accessories - Pick out a few new accessories and re-arrange the ones you have.  For instance, take a look at any of your "flat" services like a coffee table.  Have a lot of metals and shiny stuff - add contrast with a rattan tray or wooden box.   This Rattan Tray from World Market is $19.99.  Use the tray to house the remotes, a decorative bowl, coasters or a small plant.

Have a little too much of the "natural" look going on - add a pop of something different like a modern silver frame or bowl or contemporary art/photography book.   I love this small bowl from Crate & Barrel for $19.95 - shine and color all in one.
Take it one step further and rearrange your accessories.  Try taking everything down from a few areas and use the accessories in a new place or in a new way.  Maybe a decorative bowl previously sitting on a side table, now holds antique keys or decorative moss balls on a console table.

Wall Art - Add some art!  This can be a fun and crafty project.  Find a calendar that has great pictures - think landscapes or travel.  Mat and frame yourself.  Mod Podge craft paper, fabric or family photos onto canvas {there are several projects on Pinterest using this method}.  Find some great art in used books of botanticals or birds.  Check out a discount store like Half-priced books.  Use maps or atlases.   Love how the colors in this map are brought out through the pillows, chairs and vases.

Use interesting objects to create a wall installation - like various small mirrors, antique plates, a collection of crosses or family photos {see more about a gallery installation in a previous post of mine}.  Great art doesn't have to be expensive - check out places like Pier 1, Target, Home Goods, World Market and other major retailers for great selections. 

Take a little time to try one of these ideas to spruce up your home for the New Year!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Organized in 2012?

I'll start off by saying, I am not the most organized person in the world.  I make the excuse that I am creative and its tough to put creative in a box.  But really it's just because, I'm not "that" person.  The weird thing is my mom is the most organized {everything in its place and labeled} person I know.  The gene skipped me.

Having made that statement, it doesn't mean I don't want to be organized though!  Who wouldn't want to be organized and tidy?  I would love to know where everything is when I need it.  I love the feeling of everything in its place.  I would love for my children to feel the comfort of an organized home.   So I will always try...but I'm just sayin up front the organization doesn't always last.

So my "try" at organizing for 2012 started this week.  I finally organized and cleaned out the attic, which hadn't been done properly since our arrival in this house, oh some 10 years ago {embarrassing}.  An aching back later, I was quite pleased with the result.  There is more space, got rid of the junk and I can easily get to everything.  I must say a pretty good feeling.  So, I started doing some "research" to see what else I can make better and more efficient in my home.  I had my ideas already...but nothing like reading a blog of an uber-organized person to point out what you don't have organized.  But I digress....

I found a couple of blogs that I think are worth a read -  Delightful Order, I Heart Organizing, and A Bowl Full of Lemons.  Each has organizing tips and techniques that are sure to help any room, nook or cranny in your home.  Some have printables and downloadables - like tags, labels, routines, calendars, etc that will help with your organizing duties.  And they offer suggestions on organizing products to help you in this process.  Paper is a huge monster for me - I really liked this post from a year ago on the IHeartOrganizing blog -  Project Paper.  Those "filed" papers you have been keeping all these years, the paper that accumulates on the counter, kids papers, etc. - are always difficult to wrangle into place.  She offers some good tips for getting a handle on them.  Check out these blogs, maybe you will find something that inspires you to be a little more organized in 2012.

Need more organizing ideas - next up ....where else....Pinterest.  I find I pin a lot of projects and recipes, but get to very little of them.  And I'm always hungry after looking through Pinterest...why is that?  Anyhoo...thought I would take a look there and see if there were some good one-off organizing ideas.  Bingo ...I found a few.  Here are some goodies - all via Pinterest.  There are definitely some "why didn't I think of that" moments.  Oh yea...see paragraph 1...I'm not the most organized person in the world.....but I.will.try in 2012!

Organizing Curling Irons

Corner Shelving/chalkboard

Fridge organization

Landing Pad {place to put keys, phones, glasses when you walk in the door}

Jewelry organization

Wrapping station on back of door

Bathroom shelving

Bins for fabric swatches

Use this concept for a Home Info Center

Craft Closet

Pantry Bins to clear shelves

Check out this pantry!!

Next up...a 2012 to-do list, not resolutions {which I won't keep}...great idea from A Bowl Full of Lemons blog. I'm feelin' organized already!