I bought this fabric back in September with intentions to make them into drapes. 5 months later, they're up. Done? No, I have to hem them again. Maybe it's the weather but I've been lazy with projects! I need to snap out of it, this rain aint goin no where. So yes it was a rainy day project that took me all of 20 minutes to sew. And you can too. If you can sew a straight line, you can sew a panel. I chose to use rings at the top as opposed to a rod pocket because I just like the look. I bought the rings on Amazon for elcheapo and the rod was $6.99 at Ross.
Sorry for the sad phone pic, the lighting is tough in here ( no ceiling lights and big ol window )
Three years ago, I had my first quilt made by Barbara Malm ( on Etsy )...the whole story about it can be found here. I had been through hell again, with infertility, praying for a second child. I was holding on to clothes in hopes I'd maybe someday reuse them again. I came to grips and found peace after a LONG time, that I would have one child, and I was thankful. So I shipped the clothes off to Barb. The quilt is one of my most prized possessions, as I'm incredibly nostalgic. It brought me great joy.
Little did I know, that just a couple of months later, I'd get pregnant with my second girl. Unreal. But God's timing is as always, impeccable. My girls are almost exactly 5 years apart and I wouldnt have it any other way.
Lennon Grey is now almost 15 months and I just received her wonderful quilt in the mail. I turn into a giant puddle the minute I open the box.
I chose memorable pieces that I have on camera or just remember due to a milestone. I also put in there burp cloths and her original polka dot crib sheet. I absolutely love it, Barb. Prepare for more traffic coming your way now. ( again )
Tax Return time has come, which means I get a small allowance to do some updates around the house.
One of these was a rug for the kitchen. We have original floors in this 103 yr old house, and they are very very soft, and get damaged easily. I chose a rug that I've loved for a long time but just put off buying. It finally went on sale on Overstock.com and I went for it. It's called the Nourison Caspian Blue Rug, it's available on several sites, but Overstock was the best. I paid under $70 for it, which is nothing compared to the one I was loving at Pottery Barn.
Next big project is to paint the green built in cabinets in the kitchen, an off white of sorts. It'll take awhile
I've kept my eyes firmly fixed on this beauty. She finally went on sale, plus I had an online coupon plus my 5% off using my red card. Yay. Target is now offering the option of instore pickup, so I gladly used that option. I was using a console table for my nightstand, but I realized how much I needed drawers next to the bed.
I love that the top three drawers are individual, like a true apothecary drawer, and the others below are one long drawer. Comes in handy.
Surprised? Don't be. Target just continues to raise the bar with their product lines. Threshold especially. I am a West Elm fan, but everything I own from them is an accessory that was on sale, because their furniture is usually overpriced for my budget. So I was thrilled when I started to recognize West Elm styles at Target, for much, MUCH cheaper. Here are just one example of what I mean:
Not bad eh? West Elm is THREE TIMES more than Target.
I do believe I'm purchasing that coffee table. I'm in lurve.
Now, if all Target's would just get their act together and be on the same clearance schedule. Some gal posted on instagram that she bought the Table for 20% off. Another got the famous Threshold barcart for $38 on clearance! ( Ours is still full price )
Neutral is in. ( when was it out? ) Navy/Indigo Blue is also in. ( again, this is my entire home, I cant help myself ) Remember, neutral does NOT just mean beige. It's soft, natural colors.
Safavieh is my #1 search on Overstock when shopping for clients and myself. It's a well known brand and can be found on other websites, but Overstock has always been the cheapest, from what I've researched. Their pieces are legit, and there are thousands of products.
Here are just a few of my favorite living room pieces, all affordable and chic.
It's done. It's been out for a couple of years. Just say NO to Chevron. You won't see it on my blog, you wont get it from me when I help you with your decorating. Don't do it!
Instead, if you're drawn to geometrics, stick to stripes, as they are classic. Other geometrics, like trellis, moroccan tile and greek key tile are popular too, but dont go changing out all of your pillows and drapes for these, as they are just a trend. If you simply must have one of those, then do just that, ONE and mix with solids/textures. But for heaven's sake, just say no to Chevron.
Here are some favorite vignettes around my downstairs, taken on my phone..I should probably get goin on that Valentine's decor eh?
What you dont see, which I may make another post, is the empty baby bottle on the floor, the mail scattered on the table, toys scattered about, the tufts of cat fur floating around and the crumbs on the carpet from my 1yr old, who is waking up so I must go!
Radiant Orchid was named Pantone's color of the year. It's a beautiful vibrant purple that screams springtime and summer. However, it's a tough color to bring into the home. It's great in magazines, and can be fun in girl's rooms, but you wont find me running to the paint store and painting a wall
with this shade. Bursts of this fun color, can be awesome though. Check out the inspiration:
Here are a few home accents that caught my eye, and don't cost an arm and a leg!
For this post, I collaborated with Colleen, the fiery redhead from LetsTalkAboutLipstick.Blogspot.com.
Colleen is a beauty extraordinaire, and just happens to be a dear friend of mine. She's incredibly talented, has worked in the beauty industry for years and she knows her stuff. Not to mention she's a hot momma and she's very real, you'll feel it when you read her blog.
Here are Colleen's picks for beauty and style, using Radiant Orchid!
One Kings Lane ( HERE ) contacted me and asked me to do a post about the favorite chair in my home. They've been reaching out to bloggers like me, because they have a cool new resources on their site that goes into depth about the history of chairs, styles and also a guide to show you how to choose the right one for your space.
My cat destroyed my favorite Pottery Barn Seagrass Dining Chairs, therefore, they are no longer favorite. But that's another post.
My new favorites are my World Market Armless Chairs. I never did think I'd ever buy armless for my living room. They are usually uncomfortable, and not wide enough to cross your legs. I was singing the Hallelujah chorus when I sat in these babies. I'm tall, and can easily cross my legs comfortably AND the fabric is so soft. Sold. And in my favorite navy blue. They are contemporary and chic enough, but the legs are more ornate, giving them a little more character.
Lucky for you, they are on sale for only $139 ( I paid $279...wah wah )
I've had them for a few months now, and they've REALLY held up, and taken a fairly good beating from my one and six year olds. We've spilled on them, and they've cleaned up nicely.
Six years ago I came up with this idea for this silhouette photo in front of the Christmas Tree. I was pregnant with Brynlee Reece and due any day, so it was really special. I continued this tradition every year and now it's something I look forward to so much. We now have Lennon Grey, who just turned one. Last year's photo was of me pregnant with her.
It's been a doozy of a month! Welcome to all my new clients, I've enjoyed working with you!
Here's a fun little knockoff! I actually own this Pottery Barn spotlight and it is one of my favorite little lights in my house. It's no longer online but I have seen it in stores, for $79.
Now Target carries a similar one, in 3 different finishes, for only $26.99 ( click here )
On this wall was just two floating shelves, and the sofa backed up to it. I was never really satisfied with the look. The proportion was off. So it was time to change it.
I bought 2 Ikea BILLY bookcases, and bought the optional doors. The Bookcases are cheap, but the doors are not. However, I need the polished look of doors here, and since my living room is small, I needed the reflective shine of the doors to make it seem more open.
Styling the shelves was easy, I just shopped my house and added my favorite things. Making sure that proportions were correct. Just keep stepping back, look at the textures and make sure you mix shine/wood/metal/pattern. And layer! Always layer.
These skeleton key plates were found in the dirt in my backyard. Pretty fun. I added some of my grandfather's books and a huge fun lightbulb. Why not.
We needed more seating as well. The problem is, adding chairs did make the room a bit more small. We are going to live with two chairs for a bit and see if we actually NEED both.
These blue beauties are from World Market, they went on sale and I snatched them up.
I usually dont go for armless chairs, but these are actually quite wide, and you can sit criss cross on them ( a requirement in our house ) and they are so soft and comfortable.
As the holidays continue I'm sure I'll be adding decor and moving some around for fun.
( My hydrangea box will likely be on top of the bookshelves )