Christmas Photos 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
I have been waiting for the right time to post about my Christmas decorations, and of course waiting for the right lighting in the house to take the photos. I feel every day I am home either the lighting has not been quite right or I am too busy to take any photos. Those excuses are going to have to be brushed aside this weekend...cause I am so anxious to showcase my Christmas decorations this year. Actually my first since blogging...last year I was not quite there yet with the blog so this will be the first official Christmas Walk Through for me.

In the meantime I wanted to showcase some of my Christmas photos that I took of the kids a few weeks back and used on our Shutterfly Christmas Cards. We chose a winter scene this year with the kids dressed up in hats and gloves and we stuck to a white and blue color scheme.

I love to tell a story with the photos and to keep all the photos matching...this really makes for an overall professional look. Not saying that every photo we took came out perfect, but when displaying them all together, it really becomes a "together" look.

One more great pointer...use background patterns and colors to tie together the photo as well. Since I was going for a blue and white theme I really wanted  a blue throw blanket with a pattern in the background. Since I did not have one I compromised by taking a pair of plaid blue/green pajama pants and draped them over the chair. It may not be extremely notice able in the photos, but it helps to add interest by giving the photo layers and texture in the background.

I hope you like the photos and look forward to seeing my Christmas Walk 2014!

DIY Map Wall Art

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What a successful weekend! So glad to be sitting here with my feet up on my coffee table relaxing : )
We worked so hard on finishing some unfinished projects this weekend and am I so glad we did. It amazes me how each new project we do on our house just keeps completing this picture of a home for us even more. Always more to do and of course some projects/furniture/accessories are sometimes put on hold due to finances and time. Looking back at how far we have come from last year at this time I feel so blessed. I am really looking forward to decorating and entertaining this year for the Holidays especially now that our house is more complete. of the projects on my to do list has been to complete a DIY map art for our living room. I posted about a month back some inspiration with my Map Decor Post. Such great inspiration out there and some overly pricey pieces that can be copied and done for a fraction of the cost.

I first started the process by finding maps sold on Amazon for under the $40 price point. I spent $35 for the map and shipping. I was slightly disappointed when it arrived and seemed more like a copied vintage map on poster paper. Of course I was still going to use it, but I needed a plan B to give in a matte finish. So the creative brain had to think hard on this one....which came up with covering the map with a shear piece of fabric.

Off to Hobby Lobby to grab a yard of shear fabric in an off-white shade to match the vintage look of the map print. While there I also picked up a foam-poster board to glue the map onto. I used Adhesive spray to paste both the map to the foam poster board and the fabric onto the map. The spray adhesive dries clear so it will not affect the map...I also picked this up from Hobby Lobby. Make sure to leave excess fabric on the side to tape on the back of the poster board to make it extra tight.

Here I added the fabric to the poster.
The next step was to pick up some molding from Lowes to create a frame. We cut the frame into the perfect size and stained it with our homemade stain mix. You can do any stain you choose, but I wanted to give the wood a more vintage look. After doing some research I thought to try the mixture of apple cider vinegar and steel wool and let it sit for a few days. After it sat for a few days it was ready to use and I applied just like a stain. Once dried I added some Annie Sloan Dark wax to give even more dimension to the trim.

To add it to the wall we first nailed the poster board with the map and then added the frame parts one by one.

So happy that I did this project I love the way it turned out and it just helps to bring this room even more together.

With the new full time job I can not post daily, but I have an upcoming post with out DIY dining room table and bench that we accomplished this weekend as well...another project just in time for the Holidays!

Map Art

Knock off Map Art

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How to Create an RH Baby Room without Spending the Money

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Who doesn't love Restoration Hardware? and even more so, who doesn't love Restoration Hardware for their children? Restoration Hardware has become such a trend leader in the Industry and not only are Designers using their help and furniture for their projects, but your average "trend following" mom is looking for this look as well.

The decor is just breathe taking with French and Industrial style touches that are purely elegant for any home. I especially love the unique storage solutions which can be helpful in a smaller room or to hide those unwanted toys. can you accomplish this look without spending a dime at a restoration store? Very easily!

The first step I like to point out is picking a certain style or multiple style from a catalog page. This will really narrow down the style you are aiming for for your child's room.

Here is some ideas...and two that I had used as guidance for my kids rooms.


After deciding on the style that you love as it may be a color scheme, or maybe a transportation theme, pic out certain elements that can easily be bought at stores such as: Home Goods, Target, Amazon, Hobby Lobby etc. A lot of the accessories and bedding especially can be found in any of these stores to accomplish a look such as these. I remember a year ago when planning my children's rooms, circling items that could easily be found at a Home Goods that would be just as similar.


DIY! Of course! There are tons of projects that can be done to accomplish a RH look. For instance the DIY RH BABY Rope Shelf that I made for my sons room. Almost identical in style, but a fraction of the cost.


Add decorative molding or items that add "luxury" appeal. In my daughters room we added molding around her window to give her very small room a grander affect. In my sons room we used Ikea curtains that went all the way to the ceiling for that extra dramatic affect. 
      Also adding a chandelier can create drama. In my kids rooms we have ceiling fans...that unfortunately according to my husband are not going anywhere.  I did add an Ikea chandelier to the corner of my daughters room and added some Benjamin Moore London Fog paint to it. I think a craigslist or a thrift shop find would be perfect for a project like this as well. 

Picking the right paint color! This should probably be the first step, but make sure to choose colors that are similar in the styled catalogs. Usually RH Baby goes for grey, creams, or whites. Any of these colors are extremely elegant and will also grow with your child. I did choose a dusty blush color for my daughters room..since I know this may be the only time she will ever have a pink room. It is for sure a classy pink color. Be sure to steer away from bright, primary, or "childish" colors. Anything with a grey undertone to it should work!


Add an area rug! This gives the room pattern, warmth, and layers. Any well designed room has a great area rug to tie it all together. It does not have to be expensive at all... I chose for Gemma's room a white plain rug from Lowes for $20. I know it probably will not last forever,but spending $20 I am okay with that. 


Mismatch your furniture. You can for sure have two pieces matching whether it be the bed and dresser, but make sure to have an eclectic choice for the rest. This also gives the room layers and visual interest. Use a combination of woods, metal, painted furniture, and materials. Nothing is more inviting than metal and wood in a room...especially when the bedding, curtains, and area rug have patterns and colors to tie it all together.

Be sure to have an outline of how you want the room to overall look, don't be afraid to pick up something that catches your eye in a store even if it was not what you had planned on, and never be afraid to try to make something on your own...especially if your hubby is available to help!

Remember rooms  in catalogs have the perfect lighting, perfect architectural features, quality, and professional Stagers. Don't be disappointed if the space looks different than what you had imagined...this is real life...and all that matters is that your child loves their room and you have created a space they can be happy and grow in.

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It's Beginning to look a little like fall over here

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I am a slow fall decor is wayyy behind all you non procrastinator bloggers out there. I finally came around to it this weekend and started adding some touches here and there. I still have more to do, but I was so excited about some of my new purchases from Home Goods and the local farm market that I had to share some photos.

I have to say I was going for a neutral fall pallet...steering away from the typical orange and red, especially since my house is neutral based with tons of grey and white.

Hope you all have a great week...hope to be back soon with some more Fall Decor and another project (crossing my fingers we get a few things done this weekend)


I found this cute idea for Chalkboard art on Pinterest and had to copy! If you like this DIY Chalkboard please stop by and see how I made it.

Nothing like adding some Home Goods favorite piece along with some DIY fun to create a complete look.

So my horse has lost an ear and my succulents were killed off by some black thumb lady...but still looking good for a fall decor coffee table.

Just added a pretty cool pumpkin to our Herringbone Firewood holder/bench 

Neutral pallet Fall Mantle

White pumpkin bring me joy!

Maps Decor

Saturday, September 27, 2014
I am loving this new trend in maps!

So fabulous and it can feel Vintage or Modern...depending on how you go about it.

I've been contemplating ordering a Map and turning it into a work of art or just putting a great frame on it (possibly DIY) to hang in our Living Room.

I've especially been focusing in on a map of Paris to go along the French Country feel of the space. My main inspiration, this photo here from Pottery Barn (So dreamy)

I Know...Pottery Barn never goes wrong...they just start trends and make every display cozy and desirable.

So I am for sure loving this fabulous trend and excited to share some pretty amazing finds of map decor and I am hoping sooner than later I can share with all of you my own map decor in my home.

Have a fabulous Weekend! I should be back with some photos of a touch of my fall decor this week!

Fall Decorating by My Talented Friend

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Well Mama has been busy...and I am sorry if I keep stressing that within the last few posts. I am really trying to adjust to this new schedule and being away from the kiddos as well as from my projects : (

We all make sacrafices in life though to hopefully land on the right road to take us to where we need to be...that being my current career choice. Just trusting in God that this is all meant to be. Not saying I am unhappy, but doing projects is for sure one of my favorite things in the world to do and I feel slightly empty without them in my life on a daily and weekly basis.

Well, hang in there, its not gonna be a smooth bloger any longer...not that it ever was, but I want to continue being here as often as I can including being in my garage crafting together something new to show all of you.

I appreciate all the sweet comments that are left here daily and it means the world to me to get them while sitting at my desk at work...because it keeps me going. Makes me want to hop right back on my computer when I get home to link up and answer my lovely readers back. I truely have a passion for this and I am so happy to share it here.

Well since I've been a busy woman lately, and the projects are slow, I had to share some talent coming from my best friend Erin, who is sprucing up her apartment kitchen for fall. She has some great ideas and trends going on in her space and this for sure is one I had to share.

Wayyy back when we moved Erin's mint green, grey and white table into her house she was telling me how she had plans to paint the soffit in chalkboard paint to update with drawings seasonally. I thought how girl  for sure is talking my language (she is for sure my friend who I can talk home design with and DIY). Well instagram yesterday had a very cute picture of her chalkboard wall with an introduction to Fall.

I hope this inspires others with apartments or those with not such happy feelings about their soffit. Its such a great way to add cuteness and fun to your Kitchen space.

So I had Erin send me some pictures to show you all...I hope you love it just as much as I do...she's a fantastic artist as well...I mean look at these pumpkins!

Herringbone DIY for $10

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's no lie that herringbone is the big craze! Herringbone tiles, back splash, wood floors, tabletops, fabrics you name it! I have been wanting some herringbone in my life and the perfect opportunity opened up when my Ikea Hack fire wood holder decided to chip (thanks to the kids). So I needed a solution to cover up the top so that there was no chance of chipping again.

This project started wayy back when I turned an Ikea Toy storage bin into a log holder. Super easy just gave it a quick paint on the outside with some latex left over BM paint I had.

Here's what the piece looked like before in our old house.

Here it is with the pain only..

Looked great and I was not planning on doing anything different with it...until the climbing began and the top became scuffed up. As any of you DIY Queens out there know...paint does not stick well to Ikea furniture unless you take a few extra steps...and get off your lazy butt to make it! Well I chose not to in this case and ended up with scuff marks (should have taken a pic to show you guys)

Well of course Herringbone had been on my brain for this project or any future project for the house (may not stop at this one...we will see). I got a glimpse at Genevieve Gordor's @real_genevieve apartment floors and wanted something like this in my life! Too bad I can not re-do all the floors in my house...if I could they would for sure look like these.

Genevieve's Floors...amazing right..I mean the whole room!

So wanted to replicate this as much as possible for the top of log holder. In a cheap and easy way. You know not  bugging  my husband too much...poor guy!

To Lowes we went to find  cheap wood to add to the top. After weighing out our options we decided to purchase Shims. If any of you have no idea what these are...neither do I. The hubs recommended them and said contractors use them for something. Not the best quality and they have a slight angle to them, but would be great for something like this. I definitely would not recommend for a table top that you would use. In this case nothing sits on top other than my small displays. If you are on the hunt for them Lowes and Home Depot should have them in their lumber sections. They cost about $3-4 for a pack and I used two packs for this project.

I simply lined these up on the top in the herringbone pattern starting left to right. After mark each piece with a pencil and cut as you go. I found this to be easiest or else you will become confused as to where each piece must go. It becomes like a puzzle in a way. Leave the ends last to do...this is where you need smaller pieces and the wood will not stay in place. Since the Shims are on an angle I tried pairing the thinner parts together with the other thinner parts and where it became thicker keeping that together. So this way it leaves the top as leveled as possible. Once again I totally would not recommend this for a table top. 

After all was cut and glued into place (with good ol' liquid nails) it was time to stain! I used the driftwood stain I had used on my DIY Blanket Ladder from a Pallet. To create contrast just like Genevieve's floors add a heavy amount to some sections than others. Next take a dark stain, I believe I used a chestnut stain. In a very light amount add to certain pieces and repeat with a white wash mixture for others. This just gives that contrast really exaggerates the herringbone pattern.

Let dry...and thats it! 

Love how it turned out, slightly time consuming but super cheap and could be great for a wall treatment as well. Can't wait to decorate this corner with some fall lovin!

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