Some Snow…and a Little Apartment Therapy

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08.3.13

Hello friends, Happy Friday.

Is it snowing where you are? Because it sure is coming down here! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is the last snowfall of the year around here and it will all melt away quickly. I’ve already started to break out my spring nail polish and I’m dying to just walk outside without a coat for once.

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Anyway I just wanted to leave for the weekend with some exciting news. I entered our bedroom into Apartment Therapy’s “My Bedroom Retreat Contest and after a week of voting we’re currently in second place. There’ still a few more weeks left so it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top and move on to the final round. I’d be forever grateful if you felt so inclined to go vote. It would really mean a lot to a tiny blog like this one. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for visiting.

Well I’m off for the weekend I have a bridal shower to go to and I haven’t figured out what to wear yet. This snow is really throwing my plans for something Spring like off. Wish me luck.

Life with Littles: Draw a Map

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06.3.13

Did you ever have one of those mornings where you just can’t get out of the house? You know the ones where your child procrastinates for 15 minutes before going to the bathroom and hides when you ask them to put on their shoes? Those giggles can be adorable when you have time to indulge, but certain times you’re standing there just willing them to get dressed already!

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Last week we were having one of these mornings and I had a a brilliant idea that has been working like a charm ever since. I quickly scribbled a map on a scrap sheet of paper. It sounds silly and simple but Nikolas loves it.

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I usually break down whatever we’re going to do in three simple steps. Sure, sometimes it involves me drawing a map to the toilet but it gets the job done and it’s really cute to see him follow the map around the house. It’s amazing what turning something into a game instead of a chore does for our mornings. The map gets bonus points for helping us get out of the door quicker.

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Do you draw maps? I think it might be fun once the weather gets warmer to draw a treasure map around the yard and hide a prize at the end. What trick do you use with your kids? Spill your secrets in the comments.

P.S. This Pinterest board has a really great collection of kids scavenger hunt ideas.

A Few New Bedroom Tweaks

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05.3.13

Can you believe it’s been a year already since we called our Master Bedroom makeover done for now? A year later there are still a few projects waiting in the wings that I’d love to tackle, like mirrored closet doors (kind of like these here) and our dresser is still waiting in the wings for it’s makeover. It’s all about the journey…or at least that’s what I keep saying to myself.

But, after living with the room for a while I’ve started to do a little tweaking again which was in part brought on by our latest trip to IKEA.

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The floral pillows got swapped out for a more graphic black and white pillow we picked up while at IKEA. The graphic punch helps to offset the colorful drapery and as an added bonus there are less pillow to move around, because let’s face it, we weren’t actually sleeping on the large Euro pillows they were mostly just decorative.

I also swapped out the more colorful painting over the bed’s right nightstand for a Ribba frame I had hanging on the other side of the room. I like that it feels more balance with the black and white print over the left side of the bed.

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I also took the paintings down that that were leaning on top of the book case and replaced it with a couple of storage boxes. The black woven detail ties in nicely with the new black and white pillow which helps to draw your eye around the room.

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A couple plants were added to the small side in between our chairs and to the bedside table. I once read a tip that every room should have something alive to help make it feel cozy and lived in. Fresh flowers are lovely in a bedroom but I don’t have the time or the money to keep up with that/ A few potted plants serve the same purpose and last a whole lot longer.

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Probably, my favorite and most functional change of all has to be the new lamps (another IKEA find).

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They’re a little industrial which helps to offset some of the frillier aspects of the room. They feel lighter than the old black lamps and the swing arm allows the lamp base to be pushed off to the side while still providing tons of light and a larger area to lay things down.

After living with the room for a year I still love it and swapping out a few details keep the room feeling fresh and new feeling long after the initial makeover.

Best Nail Polish Colors for Spring

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04.3.13

During the winter I tend to ignore my nails. Even though it’s still ridiculously freezing here in the Northeast I know Spring is on it’s way. With it will come a new world of open toe shoes.  Yesterday I found myself in standing in the makeup aisle of the grocery store ( I know glamorous right) looking at an endless row of nail polish trying to figure out which one to choose for Spring. I eventually settled on slate blue but also fell in love with a few pastels and nudes that are floating everywhere this season. Here are a few of my favorite nail polish colors for Spring.

Nail-Polish-Picks-for-SprinTop: One Cuppa, Two Champagne, Three Self Righteous, Four Yummy Mummy
Middle: One Rugged, Two Fiver, Three Emerald, Four Storm Bird
Bottom: One Pink Coral, Two Seashell, Three Kerfuffle, Four Molly Coddled

P.S. I can’t wait to try out my new nail polish. Do you tend you forget about your nails in the wintertoo ? Which color do you like best?

Artwork by Lisa Daria

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01.3.13

Now that our walls in the Living Room are painted in a  more neutral shade we need to bring a little more color back into the space in layers. One of my favorite places to bring color in is art. Yesterday I came across the artwork of Lisa Daria and her painting a day project. She has painted a small painting every day and after 1000 days she’s still going strong. Lisa also has a number of larger pieces that I’m equally as in love with. 

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Sometimes art is under appreciated and since it tends to be expensive, people (including me) often overlook original art in their homes. I really want to change that. My mom has always bought original oil paintings. When I was young she used to buy one a year. She has bought some really beautiful pieces over the year. I looking at her walls the other day and I decided right then and there to start buying art pieces I love.

Lisa’s art is simply beautiful. I really love the watery colors in the first image and the muted abstract floral is gorgeous. Go check her out and have a great weekend! See you back here Monday.

All art and images by Lisa Daria. You can find more of Lisa’s work at her blog here, gallery of small work here or her website here.

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