Entries from April 29th, 2013

How to Shop for Home Decor…The Smart Way



Melbourne Home · Simone and Rhys Haag via thedesignfiles.net

I’ve always been a sporadic shopper. It doesn’t matter what I shop for.  Whether it’s home decor, clothes even groceries. If I’m not careful I can veer off the intended path really quickly. Bryan likes to tease me by saying I’m distracted by shiny objects. I usually hate to admit when he’s right Ray Ban outlet but it’s so true. Lately I’ve been  smarter about my shopping habits and it’s really working. Here’s 3 key steps I use to shop for (and decorate) rooms…the smart way. (more…)

Would You Choose Gray or White Kitchen Cabinets?



I have kitchens on the brain. Last week I mentioned that I’m leaning towards blues, greens and grays to incorporate into the space. I’m loving the idea of gray cabinets. But what gray to choose and then there’s always the classic white cabinet I hear calling my name. Who knows I may even change my mind on that. Ahhh so many great choices I can’t pick!

With the possibility of remodeling our kitchen I just can’t stop thinking about them.  We’ve slowly been narrowing down the floor plan, size of an island we’ll build and recently we’ve been talking about building a banquette. After taking down the wall I’m cringing at the though of another giant mess this whole project will create but I think in the end it might just be worth it. Bryan on the other hand is not fully convinced that we should work on the kitchen next. I hear the outdoors and the lake calling his name. I might just take a sledgehammer to the kitchen myself soon and ask questions later 😉

Here’s some of what has caught my eye as I was browsing through kitchen ideas.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen with Charcoal Gray cabinets via Grand Country House

This gray charcoal cabinets are gorgeous! I love the mat finish and stainless apron sink. Maybe charcoal gray base cabinets and white uppers would be a good combo to solve my need for both light and dark.

Charcoal Gray Cabinets and White Island (original source unknown)

I like the mix of dark cabinets and light island. That marble with the gray veining is perfection. I’ve tried to talk myself into marble countertops but just can’t get over the Ray Ban outlet fact that one spilled glass of red Gatorade  and they’d be done for.

Light gray cabinets via Greige Design

Here’s a lighter version of the gray I’m loving and again marble countertops. It seems that every image I pin has marble counters. Oh marble why do you have to be so porous and expensive?

Sally Wheat’s Kitchen Cote De TexasSally Wheat’s Kitchen via Cote De Texas

And then there’s the ever popular kitchen of Sally Wheat that is just so classic and beautiful. I think thi image is where my love for gray kitchens began.

After I go down the rabbit whole of gray kitchens I’ll find a perfectly gorgeous white kitchen I hear calling my name. That sea glass blue subway tile behind the cook top keeps calling my name. It would work perfectly with some of the colors I’ve already picked out for the space.

Do you see my obsession with marble counters? I think it’s becoming a sickness.

Creamy white kitchen cabinets with marble countertops via BHG

I need to have a window like that over my sink one day and orchids instead of dirty dishes flanking the sink. Ok scratch the idea of remodeling the kitchen I’m just going to move into the picture up above.

Flowers from the Cutting Garden



Ocean City Houses 2

Do you like to garden?  I do. My mom has always had the most fantastic green thumb and incredible gardens. On the weekends we used to go to the garden store and come home with all kinds of flowers for the garden. I can still remember walking up and down aisles and aisles of flowers picking out my favorites. I never lost that love and to this day I want to take home almost every plant I see. Which is funny because I can keep outdoor plants alive but tend to kill houseplants. Don’t ask me why that is.

Ocean City Gardens 3

Yesterday, Nikolas and I spent most of the day raking up the remnants of autumn from the side yard. We gathered up FOURTEEN bags of leaves and old dead weeds. That part of the yard has been oakley sunglasses cheap left relatively untouched by us as we focused on other parts in the yard. It’s a mess. It’s is rocky, hilly and grows weeds like I’ve never seen before.   I have so far refused to take photos of it. It’s that bad.

Ocean City Gardens 4

As I was raking and raking and raking some more I got to thinking about how I’d love to have a cutting garden somewhere. We’ve planted a lot of flowers around the yard but none solely dedicated to bringing indoors. I always feel torn about whether I should bring them inside or leave them outdoors to enjoy.

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Wouldn’t a garden solely dedicated to bringing in armloads of flowers into the house be perfection?

The top 3 images I took on a trip last summer the bottom image via Ann Kearsley design.

Finally, Your Favorite Blogger Homes All in One Place



Do you love looking into the homes of your favorite bloggers? Of course, dont we all? I think the first time I ever saw a glimpse into the homes of a blogger was way back when Dooce renovated her first home. That was back in the days before I had discovered DIY blogs.

So if you’re anything like me Cheap Oakleys Sunglasses Outlet then I have something really great I want to share with you today. Last week I had the chance to catch up with a new friend of mine Shannon from AKA Design. She has a seriously awesome new site. When I first saw it I had one of those “Why hasn’t anyone thought of the before?” moments.

glam farmhouse kitchen

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It’s called Blogger Homes and it is where bloggers go to share their homes one room at a time. There’s some really great inspiration over there and the best part is it’s all organized and easily found.


So if you love looking into the homes of bloggers go over and take a peak and if you’re a blogger go submit your own room! There’s tons of inspiration!

PS: Shannon’s also featuring my bedroom today over on AKA designs and Blogger Homes, go check it out and don’t forget to tell her I sent you 🙂

5 Easy Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space



Happy Monday friends. How was your weekend? Our was kind of crazy and not in the normal kind of DIY crazy we’re used to. We had a wedding on Friday in a castle! It was so much fun. An early 3rd birthday party for my little guy on Saturday and we celebrated his actual birthday on Sunday. We let him roam around the toy store picking out toys, a 3 year olds dream. It was a blast. But do you ever feel like you need Monday off to recover from the weekend? That’s so me right now.

This weekend also gave us our first glimpse of impromptu summer BBQ’s and warm lingering evenings spent on the deck. We’ve done our fair share of sprucing around here; from building decks and outdoor bars to potting plants. I’ve learned a few things in a short time about make the outdoors an extension of the in. Here are five of my favorite easy ways to add spruce up an outdoor space without breaking the budget.

Outdoor pillows can add color and softness to the otherwise hard lines of an outdoor space, making if feel a lot more plush and homey. Try mixing texture and patterns the same way you would indoors and layer them over a neutral sofa for an easy way to change out the look should the mood strike.

Some of my favorite places for Ray Ban outlet outdoor pillows are Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs, World Market also has a ton of choices at a good price point. Or you could sew your own. Last year I recovered my old cushions with some outdoor fabric and reused the stuffing. It was such a great way to get the look without the price.


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