Decorating

Violet’s Nursery

This is probably my favorite room in our old house! It is definitely the one I miss the most as I have many memories of Violet’s first few months spent inside these walls.

The main things that we did renovation-wise were to put down Pergo flooring and new baseboards, replace the doors, and the window. My decorating goal was to have a room that was girly but not overtly pink, and stylish but not too babyish. 
Here is the before picture:
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Detail shots:

I love this room so much, I am tempted to replicate it exactly in our new house but then another part of me says to try something new! I do really love the paint color, though, it is a beautiful robin’s egg/Tiffany blue.
Item Specifics:
Paint – Valspar Aqua Glow
Rug – rugsusa.com
Dresser – Ikea with knobs from Anthropologie
Nightstand – Ikea
Glider – Monte Luca
Lamps – Ikea and Target
Bedding – Etsy Modified Dot
Crib – Babyletto
Mirror – Ikea, spray painted pink
Shelves – Ikea
Pink storage boxes – JJ Cole
Violet and Bulldog pictures – Homegoods/TJMaxx

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A Cheap Find

When I mentioned that I wanted the floor mirror from West Elm to match our bedroom furniture, my friend Kelly told me that Ikea had a great knock off. So, the other day we were at Ikea and I saw that it looked just like the one at West Elm and bought it. It matches our West Elm bedroom furniture perfectly, too. Score!

$329.00

$99.00

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Chelsea Gray – Guest Bedroom

We have been working hard to get the guest bedroom done so that we can move on to the next project. Casey installed Pergo floors, new closet doors, and a new entry door. We also have painted the ceiling, primed the walls, and put in base board moulding. Tonight we hope to finish the painting of the walls and base boards. I will hopefully have some before and after pics to post soon!

I wanted to paint the wall gray and have the room decorated in shades of white, gray and black with a pop of color like a yellow or tangerine. I picked out Chelsea Gray from Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection. I am a little scared b/c it is so much darker than what I imagined in my head. Plus, I am not used to dark colors. However, I hope it turns out nice! If not, we can always re-paint. Here are some pictures of rooms with Chelsea Gray paint. Any thoughts?

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Jalepeno Green at C&B

I walked into Crate and Barrel the other day and the store is splashed in spring green. There were so many things that match our jalepeno green kitchen. I managed to walk away with only these margarita glasses and pitcher.

But, check out the rest of these fun, green goods.

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New Bedroom Furniture

We recently decided it was about time to upgrade to a king size bed. The queen was getting a little bit crowded with two humans and three dogs. I wanted to get a platform bed so we would just have a mattress, no box springs. However, we didn’t want one that was too low to the ground, and we wanted to have a little room underneath to use as storage. So, we decided on the Tall Wood Bed Frame with the Window Headboard from West Elm.
I am loving the new bed. I love the platform, it makes our old mattress feel somewhat better (we are still waiting for the new one to come in), and I really like being lower to the ground. The dogs can actually get up on the bed without the unsightly plastic doggie stairs.
I can still slide my two under-the-bed storage containers (from Target) under the bed and they are completely hidden. This is where I store my off-season clothes.
We also got this Narrow Leg End Table from West Elm. I originally wanted one on each side, but there just isn’t enough room in our bedroom so we ended up with just one. Casey’s side of the bed has a box window so he has plenty of room to put a drink or book there in lieu of a nightstand.

The current lighting situation in our bedroom is terrible so I am going to put a table lamp on the nightstand and possibly a floor lamp or another table lamp in the other corner of the bedroom. I’ll see how that works and add more, if needed.
I am really liking this table lamp from West Elm for the nightstand.

The next bedroom furniture that I want to replace is my dresser and TV stand (all the old furniture is being moved to the guest bedroom). I am hoping to replace both with a longer dresser like the one below from West Elm. I am thinking we can put our TV on top of it, instead of having a separate TV stand.
Right now, this is the only TV in the house since the basement is still unfinished. Not sure what to do with the tivo box and DVD player in the interim but once the basement is done we will only need the tivo box upstairs. I am hoping I can think of a way to hide it so that I don’t have to add additional furniture to the bedroom.
On one side of the bedroom, we have an outcropping with three windows. I would love to make it a little reading nook with a slipper chair and side table. I am in love with this side table from West Elm but wondering if it would be possible to make something like this ourselves?
I love the slipper chairs from Target, but would have to find something that doesn’t clash with the print on our rug. None of the colors they currently have are exactly right.
Finally, I would like to add a stand alone mirror on the other side of the bedroom, like this one at West Elm.

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Fireplace

At some point we need to have our fireplace inspected or have a chimney sweep come or something. BTW thinking about chimney sweeps makes me sing that song from Mary Poppins, “chim chiminey, chim chim cha-roo” and then Casey looks at me like I am crazy b/c apparently he has never seen Mary Poppins nor has he ever heard a person who does a worse rendition of it than me.

Anyway, in the meantime we thought it would be nice to use our fireplace for candles instead of an actual fire so we don’t burn the joint down. So I bought a bunch at BB&B and voil√†, instant ambiance.

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Entryway/Living Room Project

As our Entryway/Living Room project is coming to a close, I find myself pondering furniture options. We will probably hold off on making any big purchases for this room until we are done with other renovation projects, but a girl can dream.

After contimplating serveral different entryway options, I think we have decided on this from Pottery Barn. Since we have no coat closet (or any closet on the main level, for that matter), an entryway unit is necessary. I like this one b/c the baskets can hide keys, mail, boots, gloves, etc. Plus, I like the bench to sit down on when you’re lacing up your shoes.

For the living room, we need a coffee table, new rug, and some lamps. Also, we are toying with the idea of hanging a small chandelier over the new fireplace and mantel. Something like one of these from Lowe’s.

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A few new things

So I went a little hog wild with buying stuff recently. But, I found a couple really cool things and I just couldn’t help myself.

I wanted a nice looking dog water bowl that matches the colors in our house and I stumbled across the Yum Bowl by Karim Rashid which comes in several colors including the perfect color to match our jalepeno green paint in the kitchen.

In keeping with the pet theme, I was also looking for attractive ways to store our dog food. Previously we were using a plastic container from Target whose lid broke a long time ago and wasn’t very sightly. Pretty much the only things I could find were ugly plastic containers. No big deal if we had a pantry or something to stash it in. But, our dog food has to pretty much stay out in the open for all to see due to our lack of storage/closet space.

Then, I found these guys at All Modern Pet and bought two (one for the older dogs and one for the baby). My only complaint is that they aren’t very big, they don’t hold a 33lb dog food bag. But, once they are all eating the same food we can just use both containers to hold one large bag.

All Modern Pet also has some really cute dog beds. But, I will have to save those for another shopping splurge.

I also had a mini spree at C&B, my favorite place. I created a registry for our anniversary so I could get the 10% completion coupon.

I purchased the kitchen island that I dreamed about in this post back in July. I love this thing. I now have so much more storage options and was able to get some of the appliances that were sitting on the counters off and hidden away. I bought some nice looking cannisters for flour and sugar and a few other small things for around the house.

Finally, we purchased some bar stools (counter top height) from Target similar to this but in black. I like these because they fit right under the overhang and don’t take up any space. Now we can use the peninsula to have a quick bite to eat or to hang out with friends while in the kitchen.

The main floor is really starting to come together. Hopefully I can start hanging some things on the wall soon to make it look even more finished. We still have a lot of little projects to do on this floor (like me painting the trim which I promised I would do in return for the kitchen island) but it is feeling more and more like home.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Crate and Barrel

I love Crate and Barrel (affectionately known to me as C&B). I also hate them. I hate them for sending me a C&B Best Buys catalog every month. I hate them because I inevitably find eleventy billion things that I want. I need. And I hate them because they are not giving these things to me for free. (Note to self: if I get desperate enough I may want to consider a part time job there, if only for the employee discount). But, I also love them. Because of things like this: Belmont Kitchen Island

Um, okay. Really, I have to have this. It is a matter of necessity. I have a small kitchen, there is zero space left for anything else in the cabinets. This is a problem since I have about fifty-three thousand kitchen items that I need. It is a matter of survival. You could almost say life and death. Almost.

But, look! It has wooden legs, if you prefer…


Or, rolling wheels! A decent shelving area to store more crap that I need. Two extra drawers (for those C&B green napkins that I just have to have – they match my kitchen wall color. Yes, yes, I already have napkins but these are for spring/summer. Get with the program). Ooh, also towel racks that I could probably hang something creative from.


Extra countertop space with a leaf for even more. I do need extra countertop space b/c I have one appliance that does not have a home on the countertop. It would be ever so grateful to have a home.

Alright, I really think this is a no-brainer. I am planning myself a “house warming party” for, oh, this weekend, and registering for this. That way I will get the 10% complete-your-registry discount. You will soon be mine, Belmont Kitchen Island.
Seriously, C&B, I deserve some royalties for this post. May I suggest, a free island?

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Bedroom Furniture

Now that are bedroom is the first somewhat done room in the house, I am starting to daydream about new bedroom furniture. All we have left to do is fix the ceiling and get a new bedroom door but those are low on the priority list for now.

I would like two bedside tables with lamps on them. I like the ones below from C&B.


Also, a nice big dresser that we can share. Or not, because Casey has way more clothes than could ever possibly be necessary for a man. He can use an old dresser in the spare bedroom for his overflow.

Also, a nice stand-alone mirror. I have no full-length mirror right now and it irks me to no end. I guess as long as the top half of me looks decent, I’m okay.
I like this rug from Pottery Barn for under the bed.
Lastly, a nice slipper chair for the “reading nook” aka otherwise useless space, like this one from Target.

I asked bank of Casey if I could buy the new furniture now but was denied until the kitchen project is done. Hey, one of us has to keep us on budget. For now, I can just imagine what our bedroom will look like one day…

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