Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vote, Vote & Vote Again!!

I have a huge favor to ask.  My sister is in the running for the nursery she created for her daughter Malone.  She is currently in 1st place but not by much.  So if you wouldn't mind going here and voting for Malone's Quirky Nursery I would so appreciate it!

It's such a cute room and deserves to win.  So please vote several times if you can!
Vote here!!!


My Sister's Pantry Redo

You have to check out what my sister, Megan has been up to!

A fabulous pantry redo!!!  I'm jealous and want her to come help me with my ridiculously small pantry!



You asked, so you shall receive!!  I've had lots of questions about where I found my pillows on my couch.  Well, ladies.  The answer is the fabulous Pottery Barn!!  I love that store and when I get the catalog in the mail, I could just devour each one of those rooms that they put together. 

The pillows on both ends are from Pottery Barn.  If you click on the link, it will take you straight to their pillow selection.  Sadly enough, mine aren't for sale anymore.  But, oh my goodness, there are so many more to choose from.

The pillow in the center is from First Monday Trade Days in Canton.  Just a little pillow I picked up.

Here are some pillows from Pottery Barn that are similar to mine, that I thought you might like.

I love the colors of this pillow.  The best thing about PB pillows are, they are covers.  I can remove them with the season if I wanted to, and don't have to buy an insert every time I want to change.  A cover and insert can get a little pricey, so this works for me.  Now, if you could sew, that's a whole different story!    I hope I've answered your questions on pillows and given you other choices as well!  Please, keep asking!  I pray you all have a productive and safe week!


Friday, February 25, 2011

My Love of House Plans

Do you ever go to the grocery store and head straight for the magazine section, and pick up a big ol' fat book of house plans, and dream?  You better believe I do!  Over the years, my collection of house plans is a  little extreme.  My favorites are Southern Living and Donald Gardner.  I could literally sit for hours and look at house plans.  My ultimate dream, is to one day get to actually build a home to MY specifications, and not a "builders" vision.  How awesome would it be to plan out your entire kitchen.  Like, where you want your cookie sheets to go and where your spices get to live.  Maybe one day.  But, for now, I can dream and devour house plan books!!  Here are a few of my favorites.

***Elberton Way***
(Southern Living)

***Shook Hill***
(Southern Living)

***The Arbordale House***
(Donald Gardner)

Aren't they wonderful?  My man and I love the look of older homes, but don't really have the time it takes to keep up with all the maintenance.  So, we would love to build a new "old" home.  Hope you saw something you like and if you're like me, have fun dreaming!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Framing Out a Mirror and Quarter Round

I thought I would share with you some of the projects we did in the master bathroom redo.


This project was completely my husband's idea.  He thought the mirror would look great framed out in wood.  Secretly, I have always wanted to do that, but I knew he would have to move the light fixture over the vanity a little higher, so I didn't want to bother him with that little request since he was already working so hard. However, he offered and I accepted on this one!

It really was quite easy.  There are so many tutorials floating around out there, but none answered our question of that pesky outlet you see at the bottom of the mirror.

The trim is literally sitting right on top of the outlet. I mean we made it by the hair of our chinny chin chin.  Pesky issue one ~ check
He used a miter saw to cut the edges and then I painted a glossy white on.  Putting it up, was actually quite comical.  We used liquid nails to secure the entire thing.  That's it!  So, I had to hold one side while he held the other and then we started to tape our sides at the same time.  The part that was comical was, my side would slide down because I wasn't holding it right.  We would start the process over again and again!  But, we finally got it up and secured and let it cure over night.

I'm very pleased with how it turned out!

The next project was laying quarter round down around the bath tub, shower and at the base of the cabinets.  The grout didn't lay to pretty there, so we needed something  to make it look nice and clean.

Enter, pre-painted quarter round.  We got it at our local Lowe's and the best thing is, it's not wood.  So it can get wet and not rot.  We applied liquid nails and laid it snugly against the tub and tile and anywhere else we needed it.

We secured it with painters tape so it wouldn't move.

While my man, was at work, I got busy painting the cabinets.  I'm kinda a semi pro at this by now, so it went really smoothly.  I used the same paint from the Kitchen cabinets so I was trying to save us some money again.  I didn't have very many doors to do this time, so I thought I would try my hand at placing paintable bead board in the center of the cabinet door.

David made me a template and then I just cut away.  I was really nervous about how it would turn out and how easy was it going to go on, and guess what?  It was so much easier than I ever thought. 

*I used an exacto knife to make my cut and then finished the cut with scissors.
*You place the cut piece in a sink full of water for about 3 min. and let it soak really good
*Place the wet piece on the cabinet door and smooth out
*I used a flat edge scraper to get all the bubbles out
*And Voila!  You let it dry over night and there you have it!

***Don't look at those dirty dishes in the sink!  I had a project to do!***

Sorry I don't have a clearer picture.  But, I love them.  I painted right over them with my paint and they look great!  I still can't decide if I want to rub a glaze over them or not.  I'll have to live with them for a while.

Ah, the joys of painting!  I think I take up every room in the house when I paint.

Here's a look at the quarter round all done!

Looks nice doesn't it?

I'm still waiting on my curtains to be shipped for the cutout under the cabinets.  I just painted a shelf and now I need to glaze it and put it up and I'm done!!  I really am enjoying our new bathroom.  It just feels good to have it done and know that we did it!  Hope your projects are going well and have a good sleep!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Me Oh My

So, my sister has made me go and fall in love with a new blog!  Me Oh My is perfection!  You have to check her out!

That crystal chandelier is exquisite over her island!

Of course, I am loving the white subway tile back splash.

Just the perfect blend and punches of color here and there.

I'm thinking I just might have to paint my pantry door a color now!  Check out that blue door!!

This is my sister's inspiration room for her living room.  Love the color in that rug!

This is the 3rd time today I have seen these chevron stripes.  Very hot this spring!


You'll Fall in Love With...

You'll Fall in Love With....

Kendi Everyday is another fashion blog that always gets my attention.  I love everything that she wears!

A Thoughtful Place is one of my favorite new blogs.  Her kitchen is just stunning!

Life in the Fun Lane took this dresser from dreary to fabulous!

The Nester has a new IKEA bookcase and I am loving it!

To just say that this is a "craft room" seems wrong.  Sawdust and Paperscraps has created the ultimate room for projects. And, she does it all herself!  Just inspiring!

Harper and Henry just made the cutest pillows for her ETSY shop.  She is one talented girl!!

I just adore this one she  made!  That pattern is incredible!

There you have it!  I fell in love, now you go fall in love!