Entries from April 30th, 2012

What do I Want to be When I Grow Up?



I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to be when I grow up? When I was younger I wanted a big corporate job. Well I have the big corporate job now which I like but that doesn’t mean my interests and dreams stop there right?


So that also has got me thinking about what I want this blog to be when it grows up and what kind of blogs do I enjoy reading? Well, after I thought about it for a while I decided that I love all kinds of blogs  including: fashion, tech blogs, lifestyle, home improvement, travel and the list goes on. I don’t really like being penned into one thing. So like me I’m thinking my readers love all kinds of things as well. Everyone recommends going for a niche when you write a blog  which is awesome but also would really love to read a blog that covered a bit of everything. I’ve realized I like the most is when someone shares bit and pieces of their life and ALL of their random interests.

So perhaps as time goes on you’ll see more me and more of all the things I love right here. Think of it as a smorgasbord of all the cool things with my life decorating and DIY adventures thrown in for good measure.


Of course while I was pondering all that I thought it be fun to share 5 blogs on the fun side of cool that you may or may not know about and that I always look forward to reading. So here it goes…

5 Blogs I’m Loving Right Now!

House Tweaking – What can I say about this blog other than it’s really one of my favorite Home Improvement blogs out there. She’s got  a great sense of style. She’s also a contributor to Houzz another one of my guilty pleasures you can find her profile at Houzz here.

Kendi Everyday – Kendi’s quit wit and affordable sense of style make her one of my favorite fashion bloggers out there.

Under the Sycamore blog – In my opinion this has to be the best photo family blog out there. The photography is gorgeous and her heartfelt writing are truly engaging.

The Blonde Salad – I recently started reading Chiara’s Blog. It’s a fashion blog that manages to be about more than just about pretty girls wearing great clothes. Of course it does have all that but it tends to be more of photographic journey of her adventures (while wearing great clothes) It’s written in both Italian and English and I’ve become hooked.

Chris Loves Julia – Another recent blog find is Chris loves Julia they’re renovating their home room by room and taking their readers along for the ride. Recently they’re tackling the renovation of their studio and letting the readers choose the design through votes.

Thank You’s

In other news I wanted to give a big old heartfelt Thank You to Kelly from Eclectically Vintage and Lindsey from Better After. Kelly featured my bedroom makeover on her blog and Lindsey the chairs I reupholstered. Thank You both so very much and welcome to their readers it’s so nice to have you.

So what are your favorite types of blogs to read? Is it strictly DIY? Do you have a special affection like I do for Fashion Blogs? Do you like ones with a bit of everything thrown in? Please let me know in the comments I’d love to check them out.

Master Bedroom Makeover: The Final Breakdown



I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about all of the items in our Master Bedroom and if I could do a breakdown post of all the projects and source list. Well you asked and I’m here with all of the nitty gritty details

So here’s the plan as things evolve and change I’ll update it periodically with all the new stuff so you can always come right back here and check it out. As always if I miss anything you’re curious about please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I’ll post links to the original post and links to the product and where I can’t find the product online I’ll try to find a similar items that I think will work. This post will evolve and update over time. I’ll post a button on the sidebar so you’ll always have easy access.

So let’s get to the good stuff shall we?


Wall color
Paintings above bookshelves
  • Custom art by yours truly, Our Lake Life Creations Art Shop Coming Soon!





Art and Objects


Frames surrounding the television – Ikea Ribba Frames varying sizes


I hope this covers many of your questions. Please leave me a comment if I’ve missed anything. I’ll be sure to update along the way.

I wasn’t paid or perked to mention any of the products specifically. For the Amazon links I’ve partnered with them in their affiliate program. Which is just another way I’ve chosen to grow this blog while providing great content. You can also check out our very own Our Lake Life Amazon Store where we share things we’re loving, things we have and things we wish we did. Go Take a Look!


Project Spruce the Deck Begins



Thanks to Miss Mustard Seed for featuring my chair upholstery project we have quite a few new visitors today. Hello new visitors, thanks for stopping by, we’re so happy to have you. I’ve been getting quite a few questions about the source list for all the things in our Master Bedroom, I love hearing all the comments but it made me think that I should put it all into one post so that it’s easy to find a reference to, so be on the lookout for that later this week.

For now though let’s take it outside. I’ve had my sights set on fixing up our deck for a while now. A couple of weeks ago I shared an impulse buy gone wrong when I purchased an outdoor rug on a whim that I wasn’t really happy with. After himming and hawing, waffling back and forth, trying to decide if I should go ahead and keep it. I decided returning it was the best thing. I’m taking my own advice and not trying to work around something I don’t love, especially when I can just return it.


After looking around for a little while for a suitable but totally different replacement I decided to go with Pottery Barn’s Corded Stripe Rug, It has more of the beachy feel with the blue and beige stripes that I’m looking for.

Deck Redesign-1

It came the other day, I almost accosted our UPS driver I was so excited to get it. I quickly rolled it out and I can’t tell you how much I’m loving it. It’s surprising how something small can go a long way to making an outdoor space feel refreshed even when there is still a million more things to do to take this deck from blah to beautiful.

Although this little update is just the beginning of a few more updates we have planned this summer for our little outdoor oasis. We have Bryan’s 30th birthday party planned and it’s just the right amount of oomph we need to get things rolling.

The addition of the rug will probably be the most expensive item we purchase for this space but we’re hoping it’ll last a long while, though some day we hope to add an addition in this spot and rebuild a deck just passed it we think it’ll work just as well in a new space down the road as it does in this one.

So for now we have a few quick and easy things planned to spruce it up out outdoor space.


It’s a pretty large space at around 12’ x 24’, we spend a lot of time out here during the spring, summer and fall months. You can’t beat the view form here and it’s a great space for entertaining.

Deck Redesign

As you can see it’s sorely in need of a paint job to spruce the whole thing up. Over the last two plus years of living here about 95% of the paint has peeled off the deck leaving gray splintery wood behind. In short it’s looking a bit tired a worn. Now that we have the new rug it’s planted a seed in our brains to do a few things like.

  • Paint/stain the deck floor
  • Paint/stain the railings and balusters
  • Spray paint the furniture a nice gray color (I started to paint it black last summer and fell of the wagon some how)
  • Recover the cushions in a fun outdoor fabric
  • Add potted plants
  • Give the whole thing a general spring cleaning
  • Other random things that strike my fancy as we move along

So that’s the plan I even put together some of the things we’re thinking of adding.


Deck Redesign

First we’re thinking of staining the deck floor and rails a soft gray color like Pashmina by Benjamin Moore and the balusters will probably be painted out white.. If it was new I would probably have chosen a wood tone but since the wood is getting old and splintery we’re going to cover it up with a new solid stain.

To tie everything together I want to paint the resin wicker chairs gray similar to the ones pictured I found from Joss and Main, a little bit darker than the floors to add just a touch of contrast. You can see in the photos above my failed attempt at painting them black last year. I neglected to use primer some some of the paint chipped off. We’ll do it right this time though and let you know how it holds up.

The rug is from Pottery Barn as I mentioned above, it’s really going to be the jumping off point for the rest of the color scheme. I’ll also recover the the existing cushions with some new new fabric from here and here.

Of course nothing is ever set in stone around here so I may change my mind 1 or even 100 times before it’s all put together. But here’s a secret, we already started staining the deck. We’re just impatiently waiting for it to dry the recommended 48 hours before we walk on it. Then I’ll be back to share how it’s coming along.

In the meantime how was everyone’s weekend? We’re you covered in paint? Or did you do something a touch more relaxing, spill the beans.

For Sale: A Lake House



When I was a little one, when we would go out on a Sunday drive with my parents we would often go look at open houses and look at newly constructed homes as a way to pass the time. One of the best things about the internet is that we no longer have to wait for Sunday open houses or a weekend drive to virtually take a look inside homes that are for sale.

A listing that my sister showed me recently (it must run in the family) caught my eye. Last spring when I was writing our Lake Tours series I declared this home to be my very favorite on the lake.


Sleepless Hallow was purchased in 1924 during Lake Hopatcong’s golden era by Joe Cook who was at the time one of the lake’s most famous residents. Joe was a famed vaudeville and radio star and a household name in the  1920’s and the 1930’s.


Sleepless Hallow an Arts and Crafts style home recently came on the market for $3,500,000. With it’s breathtaking main lake views this stately stone and shingle home would make a luxury getaway for anyone looking to leaves their worries behind. Take a look!


The home boasts 7,500 square feet of living space, 5 fireplaces, coffered ceilings and quarter sawn oak paneling.

image The grand oak staircase and bookshelves on the landing leads you upstairs…


…to the grand rotunda.


A third floor in-law suite with a bedroom, bath and sitting area would certainly keep your guests cozy and comfortable.


Breathtaking views of the lake overlooking the lush property speak to old fashioned luxury on a breezy summer’s afternoon.


After your done awing at the views from one of the home’s many balconies you can sit by the water’s edge next to your very own boat house and take a dip in the refreshing waters.


For $3,500,000 million you can dip your toes into the lifestyle this grand home would inspire.

What would would be the first thing you’d do if you owned this home?

All images except the first one Trulia. Check out more of the listing here.

My Inspiration this Week



It’s been a while since I posted an Inspiration post. But when I came across these seriously amazing handmade bowls from the Vegetabowls shop on Etsy I knew I had to share. Molded from real fruit these bowls are genius, and gorgeous too! I can’t even tell you how in love I am with this find.

Vegetabowls 1

1 Cantaloupe, 2 Grapefruit, 3 Oranges, 4 Santa Claus Melon

Aren’t they gorgeous? The detail on these is wonderful. They look so real. They’re handcrafted using actual fruit as molds and the detail shows. The creativity on Etsy never ceases to amaze me. There are so many more beautiful bowls to choose from so make sure you go check out the Vegetabowls shop on Etsy.

Anyway I’m off for the weekend, Nikolas turns 2 tomorrow and I can’t believe it! We’ve also got a ton of projects planned to get ready for his and Bryan’s combined birthday party coming up in a couple weeks.

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

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