We have lived in this house for about a year and a half now. That isn’t incredibly long, but most of our decor has followed us from house to house. A lot of the decor in my house is getting a little boring for me and I need to give each room a little decor refresh. The first room that I decided to do that with was my bedroom. My room is typically the last room that gets decorated, but I wanted to give it a little more of a tranquil feel, while still keeping it fresh and fun! The Annie Selke Spring Catalog totally inspired me when I was planning out the decor for my bedroom.
We are in full blown nesting mode at our house, trying to get ready for baby number two. Part of our plan to make room for baby was to move the queen sized bed in the guest bedroom into Harper’s room so that the guest bedroom could become baby’s room. The guests will still get to sleep in the queen bed when they come to visit and Harper will sleep on the air mattress. It took a little convincing but she finally got excited about getting a big bed. Part of getting her excited was telling her that we could give her room a little makeover at the same time. We pretty much just decorated her room since we have only been in this house for a year, but there were a few other things we could do to make her feel like this was a special experience for her and she wasn’t just getting kicked out of her little bed. One of the things that we decided to do was refinish her dresser. I LOVE how it turned out!
Rentals can be no fun. After owning my own home and taking on projects to make it my own, it is hard to live somewhere that I can’t make any major changes to. However, I do appreciate not having to pay for the random repairs that have come up since living in our rental. I have been able to keep my decorating sanity with a hammer and nails and of course some Command Strips too, because heaven knows, I am obsessed with those things.
Our bedroom felt like it needed something funky that would make it feel like our own space. Of course there is the option of a traditional gallery wall, but why go traditional, when there is a corner just begging to turn into something more?
First of all, I just want to say a big fat thank you for how much love my first little peek into my office reveal earlier this week. I am so glad that you all love it as much as I do! If you missed the first post that is all dedicated to my walls, check it out HERE.
Now to show you all of the little details about this space that make it great!
When you first walk in, your eyes are instantly drawn to this side table with the most delicious lamp you have ever seen in your entire life. This puppy came from none other than Lamps Plus. I have never seen more fabulous lighting options on one site than on Lamps Plus. It was really hard for me to choose between this smaller lamp and a big, fat lamp that looks like this one’s daddy, but I am glad I went with the smaller option because it doesn’t completely steal the show. It is the perfect accent. Speaking of accent, this little white ceramic box has a fun sentimental story with it and I just HAD to include it in this space. When we were first married, Dave took a college class where he got to paint this. He could have painted it any way he wanted to, but chose to paint it in a funky black and white design because he knew I was into that at the time. Well guess what? He knows me well because nearly 7 years later, I am still into that! I love that it can be included in this space because it is a little touch of his style in here too. Even though the rest of it screams GIRL! That vase has also been in the family for a while. I found that gem long ago, but nearly every home decor store carries very similar pieces now.
As the week starts, I am pretty overwhelmed with feelings about closing on our house. There will be a new family moving in this weekend. I really am a total basket of emotions inside. I feel happy that the right person walked through our house so quickly. I feel relieved to be leaving the stress of home ownership for a little while while we rent. I feel sad to be leaving my family behind in Idaho Falls. I feel heartbroken to leave the beautiful memories that we created as a family by becoming first time parents in that house. I feel torn to leave all of my work in that house.
I can’t help but think of that episode of Glee where they all sing their final swan songs to give a proper goodbye while representing themselves. I think it is only appropriate to do the same for my first-cutest-little-high maintenance-old-quirky house.
(Sorry for the lack of photos for this first part! Don’t worry, the photos and projects that were documented come further down the post! Click on the photos to take you to each individual tutorial.)
We bought this house in January 2011. It was old, quirky, and very brown. All but two of the rooms in the house were brown. Those rooms were dark green and what my husband liked to refer to as daycare blue. The paint colors weren’t our favorites, but we knew we could change them easily. I started with painting the daycare blue room a gorgeous celery green. It served as my craft room for less than a year before it was turned into our tiny little muchkin’s bedroom. We had one room painted and many, many more square feet to cover.
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Big news! I am giving my kitchen a makeover! I got my living room all taken care of and it is time to move onto the next room… the kitchen! The first thing I tackled was the sink. Okay, I didn’t literally tackle the sink, but I knew that I needed to get a new sink in my kitchen if I ever wanted to like my kitchen. I learned a lot about installing a kitchen sink and I can’t wait to share what I learned with you! Not only did I get a new kitchen sink installed, I got a gorgeous kitchen faucet too! Now for the big part…
How to install a kitchen sink and faucet! First of all, you need to admit you have a problem. A problem sink and faucet that is! Check out my nasty sink before. I absolutely hated having a white sink. Everything I put in the sink would stain it! The faucet was equally bad. Every spot of water and every little fingerprint would show up on the shiny faucet! I hated it!
I showed this before photo to my friends at Moen and am sure they almost died when they saw it. I was interested in getting a new faucet, but they insisted on the sink as well. I am sure glad they did because I can’t imagine my kitchen without the gorgeous sink and faucet together now! The sink I chose was the 2000 Series stainless steel double bowl sink. I don’t have to worry about it staining anymore! The faucet I chose was the Moen Walden Pullout Kitchen Faucet that is available exclusively at The Home Depot. It is spot resistant, has a pull out feature at the end of the faucet that turns it into a handheld wand to spray. It is awesome! It also comes with a soap pump that I have loved! I didn’t realize how much clutter gets added to the kitchen cabinet with hand soap sitting out.
After you find the kitchen sink and faucet you want, you need to find an awesome helper to help you with your kitchen sink journey. My dad was my main helper. I can’t even tell you how much he did! Literally all of it. He is amazing. You will need to take apart the plumbing from under your old sink and set it aside. Make sure you turn your water off before you do this! It is also really helpful if you take a picture of your plumbing before you take it apart so that you can look at how it was when you go to put it back together again.
Cut away the old caulk from your previous sink and lift it up while someone underneath the sink pushes up on it to get it disconnected from your counter tops. Get the sink out of the hole and get it out of the way.
Put your new kitchen sink in and if it fits, you are in luck! If it doesn’t fit, cut away part of your counter tops with the appropriate saw for the job.
Put the sink in and follow the directions to put the faucet in where it goes. Moen provides great step by step instructions to install the faucet. It was much more simple than I expected. All we had to do was install the base to the sink, feed the spray wand through the base, and attach it to the plumbing. When hooking the plumbing back up, just remember to hook it back the way it was before you took it all apart. Look at the photo you took before you took it apart and it is really simple! After all of your plumbing is re-installed, caulk around the edges of the sink with a silicone based clear caulk.
BAM! BOOM! BANG! You are done! I mean, really? Could it be any more gorgeous? I literally couldn’t stop looking at it for DAYS! I still find myself just admiring my gorgeous new setup.
I have been so impressed with the quality of these Moen products. This faucet blows my mind everyday and I have never had any staining problems with the sink either. I couldn’t be happier!
Stay tuned for the next phase in my kitchen makeover! You are seriously going to die when you see the transformation! What do you want to change about your sink or faucet? What kind of style would you choose?
This is a sponsored post by Kleenex Brand. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
The living room makeover is finally complete! I can’t wait to show you all of the details! Today, we’re talking functional pieces in my living room. While it is fun to have pieces in a room that are purely decorative like the ones pictured above, it is important to have pieces in a room that really serve a function. Since we’re focusing on the photo above, let’s take a minute to talk about it. The pieces on this self are purely decorative, but the shelf itself is much more of a functional piece than you would think by just looking at this photo. What you don’t see, is that on the bottom shelf, you can find two cute boxes that are filled to the brim with toys. This is a perfect way to bring decorative pieces, like cute boxes and a shelf together to create something functional. For me, those items help keep the toys cleaned up, while still keeping them very accessible for my toddler.
The next functional decor I’m focusing on? Curtains! After going three weeks without curtains, I have grown to realize just how important curtains really are. Not only do they really add to the overall look, but they serve a lot of purpose too! I had no idea how much I would feel like a sitting duck in a big room without curtains! Nights were sometimes a little creepy without any curtains and I am happy to report that the curtains are where they belong and we can now have privacy again!
While you are talking about functional decor, you can’t skip the mention of furniture. Of course furniture is a crucial part of a living room and serves a lot of function, but I have already talked about my love for my couches and that is a little too obvious for this discussion. I want to talk about a few that might be a little less obvious.
For my table, I knew I would want to keep things pretty simple because the table top is often used for coloring, Legos, and princesses. I didn’t want to put any sort of a centerpiece that would get in the way of toys. I also didn’t want to just leave the table bare. I put my decorative coasters on the table so they would be handy, right where I would need them. They are decorative and functional so I didn’t feel like I was wasting any space by putting them there. They fit right in with the decor and help add a little splash of color to the table.
I knew the coasters couldn’t just sit on the table all by themselves, but I wanted to still have some sort of function with any other pieces I would be putting on there too. I was so excited when I found out that Kleenex had their Kleenex Expressions line because I was able to put a box of tissues on the table without it totally looking out of place. This couldn’t be a more perfect decoration for my family too. My husband actually told me last week that he doesn’t know anyone who blows their nose more than I do. I get seasonal allergies, but not just during the Spring and Fall! I actually get them worst during the Winter! Boo! Sadly, I am pretty sure I handed down that genetic gift to my toddler who has now already mastered the art of nose blowing at the young age of two. This Kleenex box is really the perfect functional decor piece for our space because it goes perfectly with the decor and really does serve a major purpose in our family.
Kleenex is turning 90 this year and they are celebrating by coming out with all of these fabulous runway inspired styles for your home! As part of their celebration, they are sending one lucky Kleenex fan to NYC to meet a famous designer and to go on a $5,000 NYC shopping spree! Just follow this link HERE and play the game, “Catwalk or Kleenex?” to get you automatically entered! Be sure to visit their site and play the game, because it helps get me a chance to go to NYC too! Maybe we could party it up together?
Who’s excited to see the rest of my living room details? More to come on Monday!
Did you catch the first part to the living room makeover? Check it out HERE.
After painting my living room that bright cheery grayish white goodness, I realized that I needed to get some decor on the walls ASAP. It desperately needed some color. Thankfully, I knew exactly where to go to fix that problem. Cut it Out. They so kindly gave me some amazing frames to paint and put in my newly painted living room and they are PERFECTION! I can’t wait to show you every detail of my newly styled gallery wall! The best part? There is a giveaway too!
This gallery wall just took this wall from plain, to a total focal point in the room. I love the way the gold and mint blue look against the wall color. It also became the perfect place to display my new family pictures that I had taken by Cliq Photography. I am totally obsessed with how they turned out. I wanted something happy and playful and even with a grumpy toddler, I think we were able to still somehow capture that feeling.
The gallery wall that I had in this room before was much busier. It is nice to have a more simple, clean look this time. Of course there will be more decor on the other walls, but it is nice to have this more simple look here.
Big Frame: c/o Cut it Out | Hexagon Frame: TJ Maxx | Bird: Real Deals | Awesomesauce sign: Salty Bison | Curvy frame: c/o Cut it Out
I am so impressed with the Cut it Out frames. They are really high quality and I love all of the different designs that they offer. I actually chose another frame too that I will be putting somewhere else in the room, but you are going to have to wait to see it! The big frame is called the Parker frame. I love how modern it is with the clean lines, but the cut out edges bring a little more style to it. The smaller frame is the Balboa frame. I own a few frames in this shape and absolutely love them.
Okay, now who’s ready for a giveaway? Cut it Out is giving away $50 credit to their store! Their prices are so reasonable too! The winner will be able to get a few things with that credit. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. If it doesn’t show up, click on the link that says “Rafflecopter giveaway”. Giveaway ends 2/7/14 and is open to US residents only. Good luck!