One Room Challenge – Week 2




It’s week 2 of the one week challenge and I’ve done a little bit of sprucing and a whole lot of thinking.

First let’s talk about the sprucing. I’ve collected a few plants and scattered them about the house. It’s already starting to feel a bit more lush and lived in. A tall ornamental palm tree takes up some space in the corner and adds a little natural greenery. as well as a few smaller potted plants that I’ve scattered around the room. The room is really sunny and so far the plants seem to love the spot.

Second, my mom has been rearranging her house and (temporarily) loaning out some pieces of furniture. The console that you can see peaking out  from behind the sofa I snagged maglie calcio poco prezzo from her before anyone else could. It fits great behind the couch, fills up the wall space, adds a little extra storage while still providing ample space behind the couch to get to the door.


Then I got to thinking and have been really standing back and trying to figure out what’s still needed in the room, what’s not working and how I want it all to come together.  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

  • The coffee table is definitely too long for the space. I’ve been trying to find a really great new one but I’m struggle with finding something I love at a reasonable price.
  • Not sure I’m in love with the white curtains. They hide a gigantic wall AC unit that has to stay for now but I we need some color or pattern on the wall.
  • I’ve been drooling over black windows for the longest time and I think painting out the window frame black would add a lot of interest.
  • The secretary is great but I might be ready to move away from the very traditional feel of the piece and maybe go with a large scale piece of art in its place.
  • The indigo velvet fabric I ordered came and it’s to die for. I can’t wait to replace the striped pillows with velvet ones for the fall.


Finally here are some of the latest rooms that have me turning my head and drawing inspiration from.

Blue Living Room

image via zinc door

image via desire to inspire


image via Style at Home

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Click here if you want to start at the beginning and a special thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for setting up the One Room Challenge.

Progress on the Yard – 2013



This weekend was one of those glorious weekends where summer still lingered on until the last possible second. It was glorious. We decided to take a last minute trip to the beach and it was once of the most enjoyable weekends ever. Sometimes last minute trips are the best.

It reminded me of all the progress we’ve made on our yard by the lake and I realized I have yet to share our most recently finished projects. We’ve worked hard finishing up the odds and ends with the bulk of the construction happening last summer.


I can hardly believe it looked like this a little more than a year ago.  So many white stones which were only good for reflecting the sun at a blinding rate and creating the maglie calcio poco prezzo perfect habitat for spiders, something had to be done. This was prime real estate. One of the main reasons we bought our home.


Outside 2013014 My Dad built this stone stairway which was an amazing how it transformed the yard. It completely changed how we accessed the area and we recycled as much of the white stone as we could to make the large stairs.

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As you come down the stairs to the left he built a rock wall which we filled with sun loving plants. Sedum and Zebra grass from this angle along with an apple tree and some smaller ornamental grasses fill the top portion.

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Further down the path the white stones were replaced with sod and we 2 raised garden beds which housed tomatoes, string beans, cucumbers and cantaloupe. To the right we added another garden in front of the above ground pool which helps to camouflage the not so pretty parts. Some maiden grass, a few iris’ flank either side of the pool. Outside009 We desperately needed some storage here for life jackets, fishing gear and all the miscellaneous items living by the lake cause you to acquire. Bryan built the shed to house all those things and a great added bonus is at certain times of day it creates some much need shade.

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Another favorite area has to be the ground level deck Bryan and my dad built along the water’s edge. I got the idea to create almost a boardwalk right in front of the lake. Originally we had only planned to make it about 6 feet wide but when we priced out the lumber difference to jump to 10 feet wide there wasn’t much of a difference so we went with the wider deck and it has worked out so well.

Outside 2013013  I can’t tell you how many barbeques clam bakes and parties we hosted over the summer right here. We love it.

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But probably the best addition has all has to be the the outdoor bar they built. It’s perfect for serving up drinks, setting out a buffet for family gatherings or just sitting and relaxing.

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All in all it’s been a pretty amazing transformation and there are still a few odds and end that’s need to be wrapped up but we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Thanks to Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick for hosting another Before and After party.

Favorite Coats of the Season



Even though it still feels like summer in our little corner of the world. Think bright blue skies and 85 degree temperatures soon fall will be here to stay.

I have love hate relationship with Fall. I hate that summer is over and soon the icy winter will set but what I love is the changing leave, less humidity and that certain cozy smell. What I also love is that it’s coat season buying once again. Here in the northeast coats are a must. A fabulous coat is a Cheap Jerseys staple that can make you look polished and put together even if your a mess underneath.


Most of them are moderately priced but I one is a “if money were no object” dream item. Can you guess which one?

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  1. Black and White Graphic Print Coat
  2. Boiled Wool Military Pea Coat
  3. Classic Tan Trench
  4. White fleece swing Coat
  5. Gray Short Wool Coat
  6. Leather Trim Trench

One Room Challenge – Week 1 (The Living Room)



So I’ve decided to play along with the one room challenged this time around. If you haven’t heard of it it’s a challenge hosted by Linda of Calling it Home and 20 other bloggers sharing their progress on 1 room for 6 weeks. I started this thinking about putting this room together so long ago and even put a mood board together but never got much past changing out the pillows and putting back up the curtains.

Here’s how it looked just after we rearranged the furniture and painted.


Then I added a few pillows and it kind of stalled there for the summer while I got distracted by the warmer weather.


So here we are October again and I want to finally finish up this room before the Holidays set in and I’m distracted once again.


Here’s the inspiration board I put together originally. It’s very beach with the blues and green tones throughout. All the sources for the board are here.

As you can see I already used some of fabrics from the board for pillows. It’s a really good jumping off point I still love it I just need to tweak it up a bit. I’m thinking of adding cheap oakley some indigo velvet pillows to the sofa and maybe green trellis fabric for the curtains and houseplants. I’ve been dying over Emily Henderson’s abundant use of houseplants, so there’s that. So come back every Thursday for the next six weeks and I’ll share the progress. This should be good…I hope 🙂

Inspiring Ideas: Black Window Panes



Black Window Ideas

image via HInkely Lighting

So we have this sliding glass door in the cheap oakley sunglasses kitchen that has a broken seal and we’ve been dying to replace it with a big beautiful window instead. We haven’t used that door in months and there is another sliding door leading to the deck not 10 feet away. We don’t think we’ll miss it in the least. Eventually all the windows in the house will need to be replaced. They are either old or cheap vinyl and do nothing to frame our beautiful view. Of course I keep seeing beautiful black window panes everywhere I look and I think we just might go for it. So what do you say about black windows? Timeless or trendy?

Black Window Mullions | Black Windows | Kitchen Design | Marble Countertop | Detail

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Clean Design | Large Windows | Window Door | Interior Design | Modern Architecture | Modern Detail

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Black Windows | Large Windows | Window Door | Interior Design | Modern Architecture | Modern Detail

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