Five For Friday

Friday, February 28, 2014

I was chatting with a dear, best friend the other day (Lori) and she asked me if I could give her some ideas on what's trending right now in home decor.

Which got my wheels turning!

So I decided that every Friday for the next 3-4  Fridays I will post 5 things in home decor that's "Hot" or trending in 2014!

We'll see how it goes. And if you have any feedback I would love to hear from you!

So here's my list for this week!

1. Mixing Metals-
There was a time when mixing metals either in the home or jewelry was a no-no. But for 2014 it seems to be a growing trend, either subtly or boldly. It's your choice!


2. The Color Navy-
All of a sudden Navy is everywhere! Even in my bedroom! It's a very classic, traditional color and can feel a little nautical at times. It's also a very versatile color that will compliment most colors and sometimes work as a neutral. Kind of like your blue jeans!


3. Taxidermy-
This is a growing trend. And I think either you love it or hate it! I happen to love it...as seen in my home in this post.


4. Wallpaper-
I don't know when, where or why wallpaper went away! But, it's back baby!!
(My husband will be so happy to know this!)
Wallpaper can even be used as art. If you don't want to invest in the time and money, buy frames and enclose your favorite wallpaper and hang like a painting! 
Instant art!


5. Dhurrie Rugs-
Dhurrie rugs are a hot designer choice for your room. They're a rugged and durable flat-weave rug that can be used in casual and more formal settings. They're very versatile and makes them appealing to most anyone.

So that's my 5 trending ideas for "Five for Friday!"

What new trends are you following for 2014?

I'll be back next week with another 5!

Have a great weekend!!

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Finding Your Home Style

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Do you ever wonder what your style is when it comes to your home?

I know I do!

Are you modern, eclectic, traditional, country french, tuscan, shabby chic?

 It can be confusing for sure!

I stumbled on this quiz from Homegoods called Stylescope that will help you find your home style!

Say what? And I have to say it's pretty much right on the money!

I'm Classic with a touch of Boho!

If you read the description of classic, I would say it fits me to a tee. I like everything to be in it's place with cool ivories and warmer wood tones. And a touch of Boho might be a little adventurous, passionate, loving color with a taste for the unusual.

So then I went to Houzz and typed in classic and these are the photos that I could see myself in.


I wish I could see myself in them...and living in them too!

But, I'll have to take second best and just take elements from them and implement them into my home!

Here's a couple of examples of a touch of Boho:

Los Angeles Photographers Alex Amend Photography


The first photo is still classic and traditional but with the pop of color (the Boho touch) it gives it an unexpected touch!

The second photo is described as boho elegance, simple peaceful. It looks like you could just curl up there! 
Yeah I'd say that's my style!

So what's your home style? Head over to Homegoods and take the Stylescope quiz, then to Houzz and see what you come up with.

It makes shopping for your home much easier when you have your style nailed down!
Good Luck!
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The Color Of Indigo!

Monday, February 24, 2014

My house is so quiet this weekend while my husband Mike is in Daytona for the Daytona 500! It's his annual weekend get-a-way for the race. Not to mention he hasn't missed a race in probably 30 yrs.! It's his thing!

 It's not my thing!

So I say, "Have a great time!"

So on to really important things!

I've been wanting to change the bedding in our master bedroom since we painted it Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. Which is a beautiful warm grey with neutral undertones.

I had the beige and white stripe comforter on the bed for several years now. But with the new paint it just didn't jive for me. You can see it here.

And It seems like every time I get my mail there's a Pottery Barn catalogue staring me in the face just calling my name. Kathy...Kathy...buy me! You can hear it right?

They have a new line called "Indigo" which is a navy blue. It actually showed up at the perfect time. Because navy looks beautiful with the Revere Pewter.

How Convenient!!





So I got it! And I love it!

I would love to find some navy shades for my sconces next to the bed. I think that would tie into the whole navy color theme. 

 We're also thinking about doing wood floors in here and I think a rug in a bold navy stripe would look fantastic! I can see it now!

So again I'm in love... I seem to do that a lot!
Until next time!
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Fiddle Leaf Fig, Oh How I Love You!

Friday, February 21, 2014

I have a new love. He's tall, lush, sculptural, he's VERY photogenic, and above all he REALLY stands out in a room! You might even say he's eye candy!

He's a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. 

And I want him.

Now Please!
Photo courtesy of Daniel Kanter via Manhatten Nest

Isn't He Beautiful!!

But the question is...Could he love me?

  From what I'm hearing around town is he's selective about who he lives with.

If he was on Plantslivingwithpeople.com
Not a real website! Duh!

His bio might read like this:

Hi my name is Fiddle Leaf Fig
 I need light and space.
 I don't like to drink a lot (that's a plus) just when I'm feeling parched.
I like to move slow, meaning I'm a slow grower. So bear with me.
 I also love to be rubbed clean every once and a while to keep the dust off of me.
 I can be expensive, even before you buy a pot big enough for me!

The good ones always are!


via hi sugarplum

If he'll just give me a chance I promise I won't neglect him...I'll love him, we'll have a drink now and then, and I'll give him plenty of sunshine.
 Maybe even some good conversation!

I want the real thing like most women do, but could I make myself happy with a fake? I don't know. Some look pretty good.  As the photo below shows.

But we all know there's no replacement for "The Real Thing!"
via Silks Are Forever

Can I handle getting my heart broken if it doesn't work out? If I lost him. Would I get back out there and try again?

So many questions. I guess the only way to know is to just put myself out there and take a risk!

It is better to have loved, then to have never loved at all!





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Empty Nest-The Reveal

Tuesday, February 18, 2014



The room is done! :)

Hang on to your hats everyone...the empty nest is no longer empty!  It seemed to take a lot longer than I thought it would take. But, that was mostly because of the long wait we had to get the floors installed.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. If you don't remember the before pictures, here's a little reminder:

This was our younger sons room and although the color wasn't bad, It was very dark. Also, this is not the way it looked when he lived here. It became a catch all for all my accessories that had no home!

I envisioned a room that was -
  A) All mine! B) Bright and cheery with pops of color! C) Girly!

I Think I Got It Right!!


Can I get a drumroll please...




 You can read about the process and the mood board I created here, and progress pictures here
The daybed is from Ikea. It's the Hemnes daybed and it's great because it has 3 nice size drawers to store extra pillows and blankets.

 The gallery wall was pretty easy to do. The frames are from Pottery Barn. It's their gallery wall in a box. It even came with different designs and templates. You can find them here

I'm not sure why I like the antelope head, they're very trendy right now, and I'm sure in a few years I'll think, "What was I thinking?" But for now I love it!

The gold foil "Hey Ya'll" print is from an etsy shop by a very talented designer Stephanie Creekmur
She has some amazing things in her shop!

I feel like the room is so bright and cheerful! The capiz pendant is from West Elm and it really adds a little WOW! to the room!


I love the little corner for our Grandbaby. Curtains are from Pottery Barn and the bamboo shade is from Lowes. The canvas of my Grandbaby is from Snapfish. And I figure I can add to it as more (hopefully) babies come along. 

Complete with a little origami mobile that I ordered from Amazon. You can find it here.




The empty nest project can now be checked off the list of things to do! I couldn't have done it without my wonderful talented, supportive husband Mike! Who did the painting, trimmed out the window, hung the curtains, and put together that bear of a daybed! Love ya!!

If you'd like to know where more things were purchased, just shoot me a comment!

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Painting The Fireplace White- A Before And After

Sunday, February 16, 2014

When we built on our master bedroom, I was so excited to be getting our dream bedroom! Nice and big  22 X18, with an old brick fireplace, bookcases and a corner window.

We found the picture of our "dream bedroom" from a Southern Living magazine article and basically copied it from that.

Flash forward 24 years later, and for some reason my tastes began to change as far as the old brick was concerned. I started seeing painted, white fireplaces and thought they looked so fresh and updated. 

About that time I entered a picture of our room to Pottery Barn for their "coziest spot" contest. And to my surprise, I won!

And with that came a boat load of comments and compliments. I felt good again about my room. 

As I was scrolling through the comments, there was this one comment that I just for the life of me could not get out of my head. It wasn't rude or ugly. It just said, "It looks like you have your bed in your living room!"

To this day I haven't forgotten that comment. But it kind of hit the nail on the head as how I was feeling! It did look living room-ish!

Before

So that was it. I was going to paint my fireplace white! Dang it! Now the next hurdle was convincing my husband. What is it about husbands not wanting to paint wood or brick? I don't get it. But, I convinced him. And he loves it! Does he have a choice?






We also painted the walls Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter and the fireplace and trim BM White Dove. It's more of a softly shaded white. Which was perfect for the fireplace. Not so stark white!

We also decided that the bookcases had seen better days. We added the board and batten on either side to balance out the fireplace. If you'd like to know how to create the board and batten look here is the tutorial that we did for the family room. Click here.

So that's it! We feel lightened up and we love it!
What do you think?
I love hearing your comments!

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Clutter Free Kitchen Counters

Friday, February 14, 2014


I've been thinking about clutter free kitchen counters lately, I don't know why... actually I do know why and here are the reasons why I think about them:

1.  When you come into our home from the garage, you go through the laundry room and straight in to the kitchen. So basically, it's one of the first things you see.

2. I love to cook and having everything out is just handier then stored away. Which brings me to #3.

3. Even though I feel like my kitchen is a good size, there just never seems to be enough storage space. 
So I keep things on the counter.

4. My mind is a little clearer when things are organized and look neat and tidy.
There's only so much this brain can take!!

5. And this is probably the biggest reason of all. I love trying new decorating trends and sometimes it's just a little too much!

6. And I forgot about #6... I'm an empty-nester so I have WAY too much time on my hands!

-Here is a before shot of my kitchen, the way I use it everyday-


And after...
I love it but and that's a big BUT, can it stay that way? You know when you get to banging pots and pulling stuff out that somehow things just end up staying there. We'll see!







The bottles I picked up at Homegoods and the little mercury cup with hydrangeas is a candle holder.



 This cake plate that holds all my oils, salt and wooden pedestal,will always be on my counter because it belonged to my Grandma and I treasure it. You can read about her here. The cake dome is from Ballard Designs.

The other side of the kitchen is not bad, because it's not really my work area. And I keep that side for my seasonal decorations.

I try to keep my sink clean of any dishes and I always try and scrub my sink after doing the dishes in the evening. So I wake up to a shiny sink! I learned that lesson a long time ago from The Fly Lady. Wow! Does she have great tips on running an organized home!

When I look on Houzz or Pinterest I see a combination of both cluttered heavily accessorized counter spaces and some that look like nobody even lives in the house!

I guess I like a happy medium. Not too sparse, because I still want it warm and inviting. But, I don't want it to look like I'm a class one hoarder either.

So what's your view on storing your things on your counter top or going clutter free?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Take Care!



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A Little Help In The Kitchen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I finally got my new little step stool painted and hung for the kitchen!

It's the Bekvam Stepladder from Ikea and it's super cute!

It's $34.99 and comes in an unfinished Beech wood. I sprayed it with Rust-O-leum spray paint in (gloss) Red. It didn't take me too long to put it together either.

I hung it right outside the kitchen in the laundry room, so now getting things out of the top cabinet won't be a problem anymore!



It also comes with this nifty little bracket to hang it with. So it folds up nicely and out of the way.
So that's one less thing I have to call my husband for!




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Light The Way To A Beautiful Room

Monday, February 10, 2014


Hope you had a great weekend! We worked on some last minute touches of our guest room (empty nest) so we're getting closer to it being completed! The wood floors are being installed today and hopefully if there are no floors problems it will be done today!
I ordered a daybed and it should be here Friday. So the following week I should have a reveal ready! So happy! It hasn't been a huge deal, but sometimes  you're just ready for a project to be done.

But, in planning out this room I began thinking about lighting. Actually, I always think about lighting when I'm decorating a room. Because I think it's really what makes or breaks a room!

I remember when we added the recessed lights in the ceiling to our master bedroom, it was like someone had windex-ed everything! It made everything just sparkle!
This is a little exaggeration!



Here's a breakdown on lighting~Room by Room

1. Living Room-This is where you want to showcase all your pretties. Focus your light on your art, bookcases, maybe a pretty little vignette that you've created. A good rule of thumb is you should light 3 of the 4 corners of the room. I love to use up lights that sit on the floor in the corners behind your furniture. It really makes the corners POP!! They're inexpensive, maybe $10-$15.
 Also use a combination of table lamps and maybe even a floor lamp, to give you light at different levels. It's a good idea to have a couple of good reading areas that have a down-glowing light on a 3-way switch. If you use an overhead fixture or recessed lights in the ceiling, put it on a dimmer.

Paul Moon Design

2. Dining Room-The dining room table should be of course your focal point, with a beautiful chandelier or pendant above your table. Also, these should be on a dimmer for a beautiful intimate dinner. If you have a side board or buffet a pair of small table lamps or even matching sconces on the wall above would be stunning at night. You want the atmosphere to be flattering and relaxing.

3. Kitchen- This is where all the action takes place! So you need great task lighting. Great overhead lighting that you can turn up (again on a dimmer) when you're creating all those fabulous meals is a must. Also, under cabinet lighting and pendants for all your work surfaces is very helpful in being able to see what you're doing!

4. Bedroom- I mean this is where all the action really takes place… Sorry! Just my sense of humor. Disregard if you're offended. Continuing on with the tips.
 This is where you want to aim for a cozy, intimate and most of all flattering lighting atmosphere. Reading lamps or sconces (that's what we have) by the bed. I love the sconces because it frees up your nightstand space. I know some people love a ceiling fan in their bedroom, but I love a chandelier (again on a dimmer)  It's so beautiful at night. On a low table in another corner, have a small intimate lamp with a tinted low-wattage bulb to mimic candlelight.

Source- The nest at The Daily Nest

5. Bathroom- As in the kitchen you need task light for a bathroom. The best choice for applying makeup, shaving, tweezing whatever you need to tweeze (I don't want to know!) are sidelights or a pair of sconces on either side of the mirror is the best. A good overhead light for helping fill in any shadows on your face and helps when you're cleaning the bathroom. Also, a light directly over the shower is great too.

So those are my tips to light your way to a beautiful room!
I hope you found them helpful!


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Sneak Peek...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

It's such a rainy, gloomy, dreary day here, and nothing to do so I've been working on the empty nest room a little bit. If you don't know about this room you can read about it here and progress pictures here. Because let's face it, there's not that much else to do today!

So here's a little bit of a sneak peek...

Can't wait to show the finished room!
Have a great weekend!!
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