Entries from October 31st, 2011

Best Laid Plans

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31.10.11

As some of you may have heard the Northeast got quite the snowstorm Saturday. Yes that is right SNOW in OCTOBER in New Jersey. If you live somewhere that experiences a foot or more of snow October you may be snickering at us right now. But seriously this is not normal especially not 1 foot or more of SNOW, in my opinion snow with leaves still on the trees just looks weird.

Needless to say it put a bit of a cramp in our plans to finally finish staining the deck. We were making some progress until the freak storm of 2011 took over. Unfortunately, I only managed to take a few pics of the progress before the storm arrived mostly because I wasn’t expecting the storm.

It’s looking really good, now let’s just cross our finger and pray that the snow melts and there is one more nice day to finish it up!

The good news is that since we had a forced day inside and a nice long nap time courtesy of my son, I finally have been able to take some time and focus in on some of the changes we want to make to our Master Bedroom. It’s a total departure from what I had original Yellow and Gray plan but I think I’m in love.

The Weekend

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29.10.11

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I can’t get enough of our beautiful roses that have kept on blooming well into Fall.  Oh pretty roses how you will be missed this Winter!

My Inspiration this Week

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28.10.11

Hi everyone, It’s finally Friday. Yippee! I have to say Friday’s are my favorite day of the week, because at the end of the day you know you have a whole glorious weekend ahead of you.

Now that the temperatures are cooling down in NJ we’re beginning to switch our focus from outdoor activities to indoor updates. I’m dying to finally start updating my bedroom with some of the inspiration I’ve been thinking about forever.

On another note, I want to show off some of my favorite tutorials from around the web that have filled imagination this week. Some old, some new but all fabulous, right?

Great Anthropologie Inspired Upholstery Tutorial from Three Boys

Campaign Style Tables from Little Green Notebook

Hypertufa Pots from 33 shades of Green

Painted Floor via The DIYshowoff

JuJu Hat tutorial via flutter flutter

Ch-ch-changes

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27.10.11

You may have noticed a few things have changed around here.

Yup that’s right. I thought it was time for fall house cleaning around here and a little color scheme update to boot. Here’s a little bit of the updates to the blog you can expect to see:

  • Update the look of the overall blog (colors/patterns/typefaces) to look a little cleaner and fresher
  • Update the header to add some more white space and let your eyes roam vs the old BAM! we slapped up an image look.
  • Lighten up a bit, since the old color scheme was feeling a bit on the 12 year old girly side
  • Overall just make the site feel fresher and more modern

Just for those who are new around here or need a little reminder here’s what it looked like before…

…and here’s what it’s looking like now.

When it comes to creating the actual header I looked around for some freebie blog headers I could use but nothing quite fit the bill. So in the end I decided to browse some of my favorite blogs and snoop around, mentally taking note of what I loved about each. You know generally grabbing bits of inspiration from everywhere sort of like what I do in life and what this blog is about.

Two blogs in particular really stuck out in my mind with grabbing bits and pieces of their style to emulate.

First up was the ever popular Kevin & Amanda. Amanda has such a great and simple blog design style. It’s clean, easy to navigate and not to mention the girl is a whiz at photography, Photoshop and making fonts so I figured taking a couple ques from the master couldn’t hurt.

A couple of the things I took away from her header were the simple and clean lowercase font and the three dots on either side of the blog title. The font I chose to mimic the look was Chaparel Pro Lite. On either side of the blog title is three asterisks arranged into the pattern of three.

The second blog header I liked was the ever fabulous Made By Girl blog by Jen Ramos

As you can see I borrowed the idea of underlining the blog title, adding in a tag line with a handwritten style font which is Lucida Handwriting italic.

Then it was time to search for a new color scheme. Luckily there’s all kinds of awesome sites that can help you out with this.  Some pretty creative people create the color schemes and post for all to find and use. The site I used which happens to be one of my favorites is Adobe’s kuler.

Who’s surprised that the go to Company that set’s the gold standard standard by making Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and every other imaginable cool program would also have an equally fantastic color scheme guide. Sorry I just Geeked out on you guys for a second.

Anyway it’s pretty awesome. The scheme I settled on is called The kiss by mariagroenlund and what’s perfect is the provide all the color values to use on the blogs.

So far I’m really digging the changes. Of course there’s tons more to do like updating all the thumbnails on the tutorials page with the new colors and updating the Popular Posts in the siderbar to the right. So that should keep me busy for a while. Blog tweaking is almost as fun as House tweaking. Has anyone been up to a little Fall overhaul on the old blog. Some Fall home updates? No, just me?

Fall Scenes on the Lake

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26.10.11

 

Hello,

We’ve had some beautiful Fall days here at the lake. The kind of days where the last hint of the warm sun lingers on your face in the afternoon and the cool Fall nights snap the trees into their colorful alter ego.

We’ve been trying to get every last minute of outdoor time in before the cold winter weather comes and takes over. We’re working on the to-do list to  finish up some outdoor projects and to stain the deck in preparation for the long Winter months ahead.

 

The trees have just been beautiful and I’ve been trying to capture just how vibrant the colors have become. The reflections off the water are a glorious gold, casting a warm glow over everything.

Breathtaking is all I can say, as beautiful as it is it smells so much better, like a touch of freshly burnt wood that’s slightly musty tossed together with a hint of homemade applesauce and pumpkin pie.

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