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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The “O” Collection

I didn’t set out to collect O-The Oprah Magazine, I just kept keeping them:)  I don’t have every copy ever published, although I do think I’ve been a subscriber pretty much from the start.  In fact, I remember where I was when I read my first O Magazine.  I was single, living alone in a small apartment, while going to college for broadcast journalism, and about to enter law school.  I recall taking that first magazine to the complex’ pool to read one evening.  I loved O’s message of “Live Your Best Life” and still do.  

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Until recently, these magazines were sitting in open storage bins in my office closet.  As I began pulling them out of the bins to organize them, I noticed that they looked pretty in similar color combinations, so I put them on display in the Container Store magazine holders in my office. 

Do you collect anything?  If so, how do you display your collection?

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I Heart Blogs

I recently asked you what your favorite blog was and what you liked about it.  The responses poured in!  It was interesting to see which blogs top your list of faves and those we have in common. 

Here are some of your favorites, according to my very scientific poll:) In no particular order:

And some honorable mentions:

And since you shared your top picks, I wanted to share some of my new daily reads (that aren’t on my blog roll already, which I plan to update soon) and narrowed it down to five:

6th Street Design School.  I can’t believe I only recently found Kirsten.  I can see why she has over 1000 faithful followers.  Kirsten is an interior designer with a sense of style that I really admire and relate to.   She also features cool etsy finds and rooms to inspire.

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A Thoughtful Place.   Although Courtney has only been blogging since September, her previous blog posts have me anticipating what she has in store next.  Just dying for more.

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Enjoying the Small Things.  Kelle makes my heart swell.  Period.

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Hi Sugarplum!  From the moment I “met” Cassie, we instantly clicked.  She has done some amazing DIY projects and makeovers around her house.  Those great interiors, coupled with her sweet sarcasm and wit, keep me coming back for more. 

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Sixty-Fifth Avenue.  I just love Londen’s simple, stylish approach to decor.  I wanna be a houseguest at her place.  Would it be rude to invite myself over?!

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well . . . what are y’all still doing here?! :)  ha!

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Our Breakfast Room

When designing our home, I dreamed of a little breakfast room with a window where we could enjoy our weekend mornings, lingering over the table with a cup of coffee and the paper or a magazine.  The room would also double as a place for casual dinners and easy get-togethers with friends. 

The logical location for our breakfast room was just off the kitchen, adjacent to the living room.  We ended up with two windows, plus the glass door, so lots of natural light. 

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After moving in, the breakfast room sat empty while I struggled to find the perfect table for the space.  Because our kitchen counters are marble and we have to be careful with them, and our formal dining room table, is, well more formal, I wanted a kitchen table that was a little rustic and did not feel precious.  With a baby, and lots of family and friends hanging out (especially now with football season) I didn’t want to have to worry about the table getting damaged or have our guests feeling like they had to be uptight about setting a drink down.

Initially, I thought a round table would work best in this small, rectangular space and considered these options:

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Restoration Hardware- Camden Round Extension Table.  Image via Restoration Hardware.

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The Pottery Barn table, while pretty, was dismissed as too formal; the Restoration Hardware is the same as what we have in the formal dining room (but rectangular); and my husband thought the Crate & Barrel was too modern.  We ultimately decided on the Benchwright table and benches from Pottery Barn. 

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Benches and distressed wood conveyed the casual feeling I was going for and I love the look of the metal support brackets and oversized bolts.    

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The rectangular table actually ended up fitting the room perfectly.  I added the same rug (Crate & Barrel- Island Honey Chevron) that we have in the living room in an effort to unify the spaces.

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So far, we’re loving this little area and table.  I agonize forever before buying furniture and am so happy when I’m ultimately pleased with the purchase! 

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Welcoming Fall

Ahhh, the first cool morning here in a long, long time.  We were so excited to open our door and be greeted by a temperature not in the 90s.   Fall, you are so welcome here!  Come on in and stay awhile.  You amaze me with your rich, warm colors. 

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And have me ready to get cozied up in

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while enjoying a hot cup of

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and then it’s off to

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When I get home, I’ll bake

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And as for our house, I’m welcoming fall to our table with a few simple additions.

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I’ve also added some fall to our kitchen.

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*I’m sharing this post with Kate at Centsational Girl.  You can join the party too!

Source List

  • Placemats (2009), napkins, napkin rings, & candles- Crate & Barrel
  • Wreath (embellished with a bit of metallic spray paint), ribbon, glitter vase filler, & Harvest sign- Hobby Lobby
  • Pine cones/acorns & table vases- Target
  • Decorative glass jars in kitchen- Home Goods

Photo Credits

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I’m sharing this post at these fabulous blogs:

{M} Between Naps on the Porch * Making The World Cuter * The Girl Creative * Sumo’s Sweet Stuff * The DIY Showoff * Thrifty Decor Chick * Skip To My Lou * Keeping it Simple * Mad in Crafts * Super Stinky Boys * C.R.A.F.T. * Tools are for Women Too {T} Tip Junkie * Today’s Creative Blog * All Thingz Related * Sugar Bee * New Nostalgia * I’m Topsy Turvy {W} Blue Cricket Design * Me and my Bucket * Someday Crafts * Domestically Speaking * My Backyard Eden * The Thrifty Home * Women Who Do It All * Gettin’ Crafty on Hump Day {Th} House of Hepworths * Somewhat Simple * The Shabby Chic Cottage * Beyond The Picket Fence * Life as Lori {F} Serenity Now * Infarrantly Creative *Just a Girl * Chic on a Shoestring Decorating * Decor Mamma * Remodelaholic * Fingerprints on the Fridge * Fun to Craft * Miss Mustard Seed * The Shabby Nest * The Inspired Room * A Few of My Favorite Things * My Romantic Home {S} A Vision to Remember * Funky Junk Interiors * A Little Lovely * Tatertots and Jello * Be Different Act Normal {S} I Heart Nap Time * Under the Table and Dreaming

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

WINNER!!!

Happy Saturday to you!  I woke up super excited to see who won $50 to Target. 

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And the winner is . . .

Heather at Step Inside

Congratulations girlie!  Have a great time with your Target gift card!

Thank you so much to everyone for entering and for letting me in on some of your favorite blogs.  I’ll post more on this in the future, but I had a great time checking out your faves (some new, some I already love too).

What are y’all up to this weekend?  We have a wedding to attend tonight, and I am hoping to finally get around to adding some fall decor to our home.  We’re expected to finally get our first cool front this week!  Yay!!!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

baby haircut

Is it time?  :(

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Adding a Touch of Glamour

Wow! After reading each response to my Schlumpakinda post, I feel like a have a slew of sisters who really can relate.  I echo the sentiments of those who pointed out how GOOD they feel when they do put some effort into getting themselves together in the morning.  It just makes you feel better about yourself and ready to face the day. 

And the idea of getting prettied up also inspired me to add a touch of glamour to our sitting room, specifically, the reading nook.  We have a large leather club chair and bulky side table from our last house that isn’t necessarily my vision for this space, but right now, we’re working with what we have.  I’d like to have a plush, light colored chaise (light blue, gray?) and a beautiful little side table.  But alas, we have THIS:

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Which, this morning, I turned into THIS

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Here’s how I added a touch of glamour to this space.

1.  I placed a beveled mirror on the table top to reflect some light.   I haven’t yet affixed the mirror to the table, but I will do so soon.

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2.  Added a glass vase full of gorgeous hydrangeas.

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3.  Although the flowers are beautiful on their own, I wanted to layer the table a little more with some of my favorite things to give it that cozy feeling.  I added a photo from our wedding in a simple, silver frame, a small glass votive holder, and one of my favorite books. 

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4.  Then, in an effort to minimize the impact of the bulky leather chair, I added some pillows and a throw blanket.  I played around a little with different pillows and the placement of the blanket. 

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5.  Finally, I added some magazines to the ottoman, ready for me to read when the house is quiet and I have some time to myself.  *ahhhh*

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It’s still our old furniture, just all glammed up! 

Source List

  • Leather chair and ottoman & Throw- Z Gallerie
  • Table- Crate & Barrel
  • Silver frame, mirror, & pillows – Target
  • Glass vase & votive holder- ??
  • Magazines- Ballard Designs, Neiman Marcus, House Beautiful

**Don’t forget to enter to win $50 to TARGET!  Winner will be announced tomorrow.  ***Update: This giveaway is now closed. 

I’m sharing this post at these fabulous blogs:

{M} Between Naps on the Porch * Making The World Cuter * The Girl Creative * Sumo’s Sweet Stuff * The DIY Showoff * Thrifty Decor Chick * Skip To My Lou * Keeping it Simple * Mad in Crafts * Super Stinky Boys * C.R.A.F.T. * Tools are for Women Too {T} Tip Junkie * Today’s Creative Blog * All Thingz Related * Sugar Bee * New Nostalgia * I’m Topsy Turvy {W} Blue Cricket Design * Me and my Bucket * Someday Crafts * Domestically Speaking * My Backyard Eden * The Thrifty Home * Women Who Do It All * Gettin’ Crafty on Hump Day {Th} House of Hepworths * Somewhat Simple * The Shabby Chic Cottage * Beyond The Picket Fence * Life as Lori {F} Serenity Now * Infarrantly Creative *Just a Girl * Chic on a Shoestring Decorating * Decor Mamma * Remodelaholic * Fingerprints on the Fridge * Fun to Craft * Miss Mustard Seed * The Shabby Nest * The Inspired Room * A Few of My Favorite Things * My Romantic Home {S} A Vision to Remember * Funky Junk Interiors * A Little Lovely * Tatertots and Jello * Be Different Act Normal * Perfectly Imperfect {S} I Heart Nap Time * Under the Table and Dreaming

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Road to Schlumpadinkaville*??

I think this must be how it starts.  One day, you’re getting ready in the morning, carefully applying makeup, styling your hair (drying and curling), putting on high heels and cute work clothes, accessorizing, and adding a coordinating purse. . . then you become a stay at home mom. 

It starts innocently enough.  “I’m home, so I should be comfortable” (a barrage of tanks and capris ensue, quickly becoming the “uniform”), “my baby pulls my hair” (so I just keep it up, don’t even dry it anymore after showering- at least there is still showering:), “why fuss with makeup” (a quick coat of mascara is fine), and “no one’s noticing my jewelry and/or the baby just tries to eat it” (so sometimes I don’t even wear my engagement ring). Gasp!

Every day begins to look like this:

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uniform + wet hair + clip - wedding ring

Maybe the “uniform” wouldn’t be so bad, but it’s literally the SAME PAIR of capris almost everyday (is super comfy a defense?).

But ladies, be honest, am I on the road to Schlumpadinkaville?  Is it the beginning of one of those times when, before you know it, you don’t even recognize your cute former self?  Then, in a desperate attempt to try to get you help, your family nominates you for one of those makeover shows where everyone is gasping at how you let yourself go? 

Do you SAHMs “get ready” each morning?  If so, how much time and effort do you give it?  I think getting a bit more prettied up each day could do me some good; I even made a hair appointment for this week.  I’m fascinated by this topic right now.  Would love to hear your thoughts. 

*Schlumpadinka.  n. Urban dictionary definition:  lazy people with self esteem/value/respect issues, who have given up on themselves, fashion and style that live in oversized t-shirts, sweatpants, black leggings, or think pajama pants are appropriate "going out" attire. Most recently brought to our attention on Oprah, the schlumpadinka is, in most urban centers, an epidemic.

**Enter to win $50 to Target here

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Guest Post at Serenity Now

Hi all! I’m so excited to have been invited by Amanda at Serenity Now to do a guest post on her blog.  My post is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, at 8:00 a.m.

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Do y’all know Amanda?  If you don’t, you will love her.  She has been so kind to me ever since my first comment on her site.  She’s even gone out of her way privately to encourage me as a new mom. 

Since this is my first ever guest post, I wanted to make it a good one.  So head on over to Serenity Now to see how I used fabric and starch to turn THIS

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into THIS!

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. . . and don’t forget to enter to win $50 to Target:)

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Fabric Lined Bookshelf

In case you missed my guest post last week at Serenity Now, I’m sharing with you today.  I recently did a little more sprucing to the sitting room in the master bedroom by lining the back of the built-in bookshelves with fabric, using starch.  {I first heard of this when I saw Stephanie at Crea8tive Designs’ pantry}

Our sitting room is just off the bedroom and the bookshelves are on the far right wall.

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A nice feature, for sure, but kind of bland as-is.  So, I started by scouring the fabric stores and found the perfect pretty floral print.  *swoon*

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I decided to paint the back and sides of the bookcase a shade darker than the room to give the fabric a nice color to sit next to.  Rumor has it that after the fabric is applied, it is easily removable without damaging the walls.  If I ever tire of the fabric, the entire bookcase is already painted.

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The most challenging part of this project was cutting the fabric to the exact width and length of the walls.  I realized my bookshelves were the same height, but the one on the left was considerably wider.  I cut my fabric into one giant piece before affixing the top corners to the wall with command strips. 

Then I used Sta-Flo liquid starch and a kitchen sponge to apply the starch directly on top of my fabric, really saturating it as I went.  I used a wallpaper straightener to stretch the fabric to the end of the shelves. 
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Even though I didn’t encounter any air bubbles while applying, be sure to smooth the fabric down with the straightener because the next day I did have a few.

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Then I simply inserted the shelves back in (using one less than was there before to make room for some large photos I wanted to display).


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I’m still adjusting the shelf heights and need to accessorize them, but here is a sneak peek.

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I’m sharing this post at these fabulous blogs:

{M} Between Naps on the Porch * Making The World Cuter * The Girl Creative * Sumo’s Sweet Stuff * The DIY Showoff * Thrifty Decor Chick * Skip To My Lou * Keeping it Simple * Mad in Crafts * Super Stinky Boys * C.R.A.F.T. * Tools are for Women Too * Me Making Do {T} Tip Junkie * Today’s Creative Blog * All Thingz Related * Sugar Bee * New Nostalgia * I’m Topsy Turvy {W} Blue Cricket Design * Me and my Bucket * Someday Crafts * Domestically Speaking * My Backyard Eden * The Thrifty Home * Women Who Do It All * Gettin’ Crafty on Hump Day {Th} House of Hepworths * Somewhat Simple * The Shabby Chic Cottage * Beyond The Picket Fence * Life as Lori {F} Serenity Now * Infarrantly Creative *Just a Girl * Chic on a Shoestring Decorating * Decor Mamma * Remodelaholic * Fingerprints on the Fridge * Fun to Craft * Miss Mustard Seed * The Shabby Nest * The Inspired Room * A Few of My Favorite Things * My Romantic Home {S} A Vision to Remember * Funky Junk Interiors * A Little Lovely * Tatertots and Jello * Be Different Act Normal * Perfectly Imperfect {S} I Heart Nap Time * Under the Table and Dreaming

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