Monday, January 31, 2011

Supporting the (Faux) Cause

(this post has been in 'draft' status for at least 5 months now--better late than never, right?)

Back in July, TDC did a post on how to create a Pottery Barn topiary look-a-like for a fraction of the cost.  So I took my happy self to the Hob Lob to make one as well.  I love how TDC supports the faux-cause, too! 

Pottery Barn is pretty proud of their topiaries.  So is Restoration Hardware.  RH's 8" topiary globe is $69.  The small one on the right.  Really?  Seriously?  Really? 

Preserved Boxwood Globe & Tree Topiaries

Anyhoo.  There must have been a whole lot of other Memphis girls with the same idea...because there was only 1 bush left at the Hob Lob when I got there.  I think I went back about 3x in August before I found more of the bushes.

I had bought this beauty at goodwill for a couple of bucks, and thought it was the perfect candidate for a topiary ball.

Poor guy...Waiting for more bushes...

Finally!  A completed project!

Total cost: $16
$2 Urn
$2 (?) Syrofoam ball
$12 Bushes (I used 3-4 bushes)

Eat your heart out PB & RH.

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More Dining Room Changes

I updated you on the dining room a while back with the new Latte paint job + the molding box project.

I finally found a mirror for the dining room!  No major changes...but just switched around some accessories, and of course, changed up the window treatments for the 10th time.  And just so hubby everyone knows, it won't be the last time either :)

I love my red mirror, but wanted an oval or round mirror instead.  I found the oval mirror at TJ Maxx for $50.  A little much for what I wanted to spend, but I knew it wouldn't be there if I left it and came back.

I put my two SLAH sconces on each side, then moved the iron candle sconces to the window wall.

I have been wanting to make a stick & feather arrangement like the Nester...

but just couldn't figure out a space for it.  But after shopping the attic, I found my curly sticks and some feathers.  I love how it came together in the SLAH sconces!

After watching Design Star this past season, the winner, Emily Henderson, said you should decorate like you dress...pick colors and styles that reflect you.  Well, what do I wear a lot?  Black & White!   I love the Waverly black/creme toile.  It's only about $12/yard, but I've been too lazy to order it. 

I found this pattern at hobby lobby for $7 a yard, plus it was on sale for 30% off.  And with the fold & poof method, voila! 

Good right? 

Well, enter Miss Mustard Seed and her new dining room.  I love the Waverly blue/white print.  Hmmmm...maybe I need more blue in my house?    I do wear a lot of blue. and white is good.  I'm content.

Until I went to stupid Tuesday Morning.  Guess what I found?  A package of two 96" Waverly panels for $39.99.    Gah!!!  I left the store.  But I couldn't quit thinking about them, and how I loved Miss Mustard Seed's dining room!  And you know how things go quick at TM!  So I went back and bought them.

What do you think???  It's not the exact print as Miss Mustard Seed, but pretty dang close.

Hmmm...I may have to paint.  Again.  I'm going to accessorize a little, and live with it for a little bit.  We'll see.  Or they may become a shower curtain.  (more to come on that)

This year I plan to tackle my dining room a bit more agressively.  My table & chairs are a bit too contemporary for me (ie, compulsive buy), and too big for the space.  I really need a round/oval table.  And while I do love my cabinet, I'm looking for an alternative--like a buffet, or some corner cabinets.  I think that will open the space up a lot. 

It's hard to form an opinion right now, since I'm just showing you one shot of the dining room.  The lighting in there pretty much sucks.  But you can see my inspiration.

I know I think way too much about these things.  I wish I could stop analyzing.  But ya'll love me anyway, right?

More Vitamin D please!

The weather was perfect on Saturday! 
70 degrees!

So my SIL Vickie and I took the kids to see Yogi Bear
then to the park to play

Oh blue skies and sunshine how we have missed you!

And it's crazy that just a few days ago we had snow,
and that tomorrow the temp will drop again to a high of 32 degrees.

I think the pediatricians are in-ca-hoots with Mother Nature. 
Praying we don't all get sick again!

But that 70 degrees was worth it!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I have been linking up the Lipstick Kitchen Reveal this week to a few parties and was featured this week on Tatertots and Jello!   (And seeing the picture of my kitchen compared to the other projects featured, I've got to work on my photog skills! and not take pictures at night!)

If you haven't seen her blog, you must be living under a rock jump on over and check her out. 

So far I've had 1201 hits on the kichen reveal post.  Wowza.

Hope everyone has a great long weekend!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pickin a Winner

Drumroll please.....

I used to pick a winner.... (hahahaha! no really...the giveaway winner, not the other kind of winner)

And the winner is #4 = Tammy at In Stitches!

If you haven't met Tammy, she creates custom window treatments for interior designers and homeowners.  She is my hero, and I'm sure she cringes at some of my mis-treatments!  Maybe one day I will learn to sew.  Until then, me and fabric glue will get along fine!

Congrats to Tammy on winning the $25 CSN Giveaway!  (Tammy-I'll email you with details)
Thank you to my friends and new friends for participating in my first ever giveaway!  Thank you for following and all your sweet comments!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

50 Followers Celebration with a Give-a-Way!

I would like to thank everyone who reads my blog and give you the opportunity to win something fabulous!  I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate 50 followers!

Now to some bloggers, 50 followers is a drop in the bucket.  But for little ol' me, that is a lot!  I wasn't very consistent last year about blogging, but one of my 'resolutions' is to blog more. 

I love this little niche of blogging women who all have something in common.  It's like my therapy group!  It's good to know that I'm NOT crazy!  (see, honey?!)  Thank you for the sweet comments on my little projects.  It's good to feel encouraged.  Isn't that what we are all here for anyway?

Ok--so back to the giveaway.  It's my first one!

How would you like $25 to use at any CSN store?!  Did you know there are over 200 stores within CSN?  A bit overwhelming for this a.d.d. girl!  But pick your poison--you will find it there.

If you don’t already know, CSN stores is an awesome online shopping experience where you can browse literally thousands of items at wonderful prices.  The other day I stumbled upon Modern Rugs.  I want to change the rug under our coffee table, and the kids rooms need rugs, and I'm scouting out a rug for the master bedroom re-do sometime this year.  Rugs are hard to shop for, but they make it simple to narrow down what you are looking for at any price point.

These are some of my favorites...Go check it out!

Everyone needs a little animal print somewhere in the house...
Safavieh Soho SOH435A Black / White Novelty Rug
by Safavieh Soho

I'm not a contemporary girl--but I love how this would mix with a traditional look. 
But mostly, I think I just love the red!
Safavieh Soho SOH712B Brown / Multi Contemporary Rug
by Safavieh Soho

And this one will go great in my master bedroom re-do I'm planning...
Surya Cosmopolitan 8828 Ashby Contemporary Rug
by Surya Cosmopolitan

To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post on what you might use the $25 for.  A rug? A clock?  A mirror?  A piece of furniture?

Yep, that easy.  If you would like a 2nd chance to win you can become a new follower my blog and leave a separate comment telling me you did so. I’ll even give you a 3rd chance to win by linking up and blogging about my giveaway! Just leave another separate comment letting me know you did.

So, you have THREE chances to win, if you choose.  Easy peasy.

I'll leave the contest open until Friday at midnight.  I will choose the winner using on Saturday!

Good luck and thanks again for reading.  Ya'll are awesome!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mission: Toy Organization

For the past few months, I have been trying to figure out the kid's rooms.  The evolution of the rooms changing from nurseries to 'big boy' and 'big girl' rooms has made me feel paralyzed.  It happened so fast with the both of them this year. 

I've been trying to figure out what works best in each of their rooms along the lines of furniture placement, and most importantly--toy organization.  But I couldn't dilly dally and analyze options too much longer or I was going to go crazy.

I have learned what has NOT worked:  Toy chests.  Lord, why don't they put that info in 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' book?  Or 'What to Expect Your First Year' book?

I bought 2 cedar chests to use as toy storage when M & W were babies.  I quickly realized that this was not the route to go.  And we have another toy chest in the den to catch toys that come out of the rooms.  I do purge their toys about 3x a year, but again, no real organization of everything.  Those Little People just fall to the bottom-bless their little hearts.

The kids' rooms are normal sized rooms...not too big, and not too small.  But I quickly realized that we have got to organize UP.  Floor space area is minimal.

And especially since Christmas, I have been chomping at the bit to get their rooms under control.  I told hubby to get ready.

I bought (4) 71" 5-shelf bookcases at Target.  They were on sale for $26 each.  And I bought 18 fabric drawers at Target, too. 

First up, Moose's room before: (omg I can't believe I'm showing ya'll our mess)

So embarrassing.  And so stressful!  I pick up their rooms once a week.  And it stays picked up for all of, oh, ONE minute.  I kinda gave up on the every night pick-up.

Here is M's room:

(I think she was playing 'Store' with the babysitter--hence the dress-up clothes hanging from the shelf)

The nursery furniture was this dark cherry--now this mammoth changing table/hutch has GOT to go!

Like M's art wall?  Some of those masterpieces were put up with a glue stick.  Awesome.  (I learned that when princess asks for some tape, I better deliver tape fast--otherwise, she will put it up with whatever other sticky substance she can find) 

And here is the AFTER...after a long day of moving furniture, sorting and organizing...The biggest purge was 2 trash bags of stuffed animals!  I'll have hubby take those to the police station.  Good-bye pet-net!

I'll eventually paint this room...
the blue is leftover from the teenager's 'surfer room' when he was in elementary school. 
It needs to be toned down.

I think this is my favorite wall in the house right now...
I just stop and stare...and breathe...

And if the safety police are reading--
hubby attached the bookshelves to the walls with L-brackets.
note to self: get a bedskirt

goodbye toy chest!
Soon we'll move M's new vanity on this wall

Lots of room to grow

No--the rooms aren't exactly pages out of the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, but it works for us.

Whew.  I feel sooooo much better.  It's the small things in life, you know?  And the extra toy chest in the den has been banished.  No more toys in the den!  Everything has a home now.

Even Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.  They almost got thrown out today.  But I couldn't do it.  I put them in the trash bag, and I swear I heard Mrs. Potato Head cry, and Mr. Potato Head was trying to console her.  So I put them all back together and put them UP on the their pieces won't get lost again.  But we've lost Mrs. Potato Head's hat somewhere.  Oh well.  She should be thankful I saved her.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Lipstick Kitchen Reveal

Lawd, Lawd!  What a year!  2010 was definitely the year of the kitchen.  It has been a slow process, but I'm excited to show the whole thing off.  Thank you for following me through this journey!  I promise to spare you this year and keep my kitchen posts to a minimum :)

This lipstick plan came about because I wanted to make some cosmetic changes to the kitchen, but not spend a fortune.  My estimated cost for all the changes came to about $1500 (I'm rounding up) spread throughout the year.

Paint $60
Cabinets $100
Floor $200
Window Treatment fabric $70
Bamboo Roman Shades $160
Countertops $380
Backsplash $260
Island $200

Approx total = $1430
If you want a re-cap, here are some highlights...

The Original Lipstick Plan

I Painted the Kitchen

Painted/Antiqued Kitchen Cabinets with beadboard wallpaper--
I wrote about them here, here, here, and here, along with a tutorial.

The Window Treatments

The Countertops

I Painted the Kitchen--AGAIN

The Backsplash

The Kitchen Island

Now...Put it all together, and what do you have?  LOTS OF PICS OF COURSE!

Here is the original 1988 kitchen--a blank slate when we moved in.

And here it is now...

Whew!  Hopefully I can tackle the small things left undone in the next few months--a new fan/light, barstools, cabinet trim, etc..etc..But for now, I'm tired content.

And by the way--my kitchen hardly ever looks like this...I threw all the clutter on the dining room floor so I could take pics...  :)  Just keepin it real folks!

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