Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Master Bedroom Sitting Area

Hello friends! Hope your week is off to a great start. We had a fabulous weekend full of sports, hanging with friends, and warm temps! It felt a hint like summer, and I was loving every minute of it!

We've sort of made over the little sitting area in our master bedroom and I wanted to share it with you. By "made over", I simply mean that we actually added items to it. It was a blank space for a long time, and we've slowly added furniture, art, and of course, plants. The space isn't huge, but our master bedroom is. The space needed to be filled to make the room look finished.

We've had the bamboo shades (Lowes), curtain rods (World Market) and the curtains (IKEA) for several years, but everything else in the space is new. The starting off point were the two chairs (also from IKEA). These are actually recliners! We found them in the clearance section of IKEA one day and felt they would be a good fit in this space. They were floor models and looked perfect, so we jumped on them. Each chair was $190. They recline, they are neutral, and they are small scale, which was essential for this small space. We don't sit here very much, so super comfy chairs weren't a priority. They offer these chairs in this blue/gray color as well as a linen color.

My most favorite piece in this whole space is the vintage light fixture. Find out more about it here.  I wish I had 10 of these lights to put all around the house.  It puts off so much light and it's perfect for reading in this space.

The artwork isa  huge stretched print from Homegoods. I feel in love with this print the minute I laid eyes on it. It fits the space perfectly and adds a bit of whimsy to the bedroom :).

The little gold mirrored table is from Ross. I'm not sure if everyone has these stores near them, but I can usually find great little home pieces there. Several of my baskets are from Ross, as well as many of my bookshelf pieces and blue/white vases. It's a little hit and miss, but this little gold side table was only $30 and was the perfect size, so I snatched it up!

The pink lumbar pillows are from World Market, the bird of paradise plant is from Costco, and the basket it is sitting in is from Homegoods. The grey/white blanket is from Tuesday Morning. I'm addicted to buying orchids, and am obsessed with this bright fuchsia color. This color has found it's way into every space in our house, including the master bedroom! I wanted this space to feel inviting and neutral, with just a slight pop of color.

The white shag rug was a DIY project from awhile back. I sewed two inexpensive IKEA rugs together to make a runner for our office space. The office ended up being to much of a "traffic zone" for that rug, so I moved it up to the master. It adds just the right amount of texture.

In the process of finishing this space, we also paid someone to come mount our new television. The laundry room is right behind that wall, so our cable box and all cords are in that space, leaving only the clean lines of the TV. This was so worth doing. We had a large, outdated armior in here previously, housing a smaller TV, and it just wasn't working for us anymore. This space now feels much more open, airy, and more "us".

If it were up to me, I wouldn't even have a sitting area in a master bedroom, or even a huge master for that matter! I would much prefer a larger laundry room, but this was the footprint when we purchased,  so we are making the space as useful as possible! Let me know if you have any questions! xo

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Living Room Rug

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I bought a new rug for our living room a few weeks back and I'm just getting up the nerve to remove the tag. I love the rug, but it's very different from what we had before which was a white, high pile shag. I've needed to "live" with the new rug for a while and I have since grown to love it in the space.

I have been on the hunt for a new living room rug for several months. It wasn't a dire situation, but I've definitely been in the market for an 8 x 10 or larger. I didn't want to rush into anything, and I wanted it to be a good price. Ordering a large rug online annoys me because of dealing with shipping it back if it didn't work out. Finally, while in Des Moines visiting family, I found this rug hanging at Homegoods and it spoke to me. It's a Martha Stewart Collection and is super soft and neutral with a classic pattern. I've learned not to toy with decisions like this. Just buy it, put it in the space and decide. Or in this case, shove it into your SUV between your kids and drive 3 hours home with it! :)

I truly loved our white shag rug that used to be in the space. It was so comfortable and the pop of white was so nice against our dark sofas and hardwood floors. However, the high pile on the rug caused major flattening in certain spots. It was also hard to vacuum and started to become very dingy in places. We turned it often to expose cleaner parts, but it just started looking sad.

This new rug is very thin, but super soft. It's not a rug to lay around on, but we have large comfy sofas for that. We are also getting ready to finish our basement, so that will become our "lounge" space, allowing the living room to become a bit more formal. This pattern made me a little nervous because I didn't want it to compete with pillows and those navy stools I love, but in the end, my motto is to decorate with what you love and make it work. I'm a huge fan of pattern mixing, and I think when it's done subtly and in good taste, it just works. I also love purchasing items from places like Homegoods because there is usually only one of them, which makes it more of a "find". The thrill of the hunt makes me happy!

The subtle blue in the spots works well with our wall color and it is still light enough for the space. I like how it adds a bit more glam to the space without being too much. Most of all, it's easy to vacuum and it doesn't show anything!

Unfortunately with Homegoods purchases, I can't really source this rug for you. I've tried finding it online with no luck. It was such a steal at $299 for an 8 x 10. My advice is to be patient with home purchases, especially when it comes to large scale pieces in a room. This rug is classic and neutral enough that I know I will not tire of it! Don't forget that good design doesn't have to break the bank!! Patience is key!

*Always be sure to look on Wayfair, West Elm, Overstock, Rugs Direct, Esale Rugs, Home Decorators, Ballard Design, Rugs USA if you are looking for more online options! I know for all you locals that Nebraska Furniture Mart has a large selection of area rugs too! Have a great week!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring Mantel Details

Thanks for all the sweet comments on the spring home tour! I love this time of year and I love all the bright light pouring into our home. I can't wait to get out into the yard this weekend!

I wanted to break down our mantel really quickly and source some of the items. I only purchased the "Spring is Here" banner to complete this look. Everything else was in another part of the house or in the basement. Shop your house first! Purchase items on clearance after the season is over and have them waiting for next year! You don't need to spend a lot to make something look great. It's all about height and color and keeping it simple.

The "Spring is Here" banner is from Joann Fabric from this year. I bought some small, colored clothespins at Michael's to attach the letters to bakers twine (that came with the banner). I find clipping items like this is easier than stringing them. I keep two small eye hooks on the mantel at all times to attach banners, buntings, stockings. This makes it easy for me to change things out quickly.

The green glass vase is from Hobby Lobby. I've had this one for a while, but I assume they always sell this kind of glass. The smaller glass vase is from Homegoods. I rotate these glass vases all over the house. These are easy and inexpensive items to use in your home all year long.

I recently found this log holder at my mom's Homegoods in Des Moines on clearance. I like the openness of it and it allows the birch logs to really be seen. I scored the logs from my sister and BIL's house. They had a huge bundle delivered to their home because they have a gorgeous, wood burning fireplace. Ours is a flip-the-switch kind, but I still love the look of logs by a fireplace!

The pink flowers are real from Trader Joe's, but the moss sticks are faux and purchased about five years ago at Hobby Lobby. Faux flowers/stems have a come a really long way and I'm not afraid to use them in small doses. These are large and dramatic and inexpensive (be sure to catch their florals when it's a 50% off week).

The glass vase is also from Homegoods, it's just a different size. The moss balls are a thrift store find from several years ago, and I made that small moss wreath several years ago as well. These are all items from the basement that said "spring" to me when I was shopping my own stuff. The pink ceramic ball is also from Homegoods (can you see a theme here)?

I love to use books for height variation. If you don't have a book spine that is the color you want, simply turn them around so the pages are showing. White pages always work!

The large pieces of driftwood are from a park/lake near our home. I found them several years ago and bleached them in the sun. When not decorated for a season, these pieces of driftwood are the only things on the mantel. I just love the natural look of them and they work all year long with any style of decor.

And the TV? Well, it is what it is and it's not going anywhere, so I have to decorate around it! Wall color is Sherwin Williams Big Chill and fireplace trim/mantel is Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

Hope you are enjoying your spring! xo

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We headed to Iowa to spend Easter with my family. Apparently we missed a little snow in KC, but that's okay with me. I would rather not see it this time of year! :) Here is our obligatory Easter family photo. Any time I can get Drew in a collared shirt and khakis, it's worth documenting!

We made it to an egg hunt on Saturday morning. The thrill of the hunt is more exciting than what's inside for my kids.

A shot of my sister's dining room. We have very similar taste in home decor and have many of the same items in our home (we can do that because we live 3 hours away from each other)! I love, love their large round table and chairs (they brought it home from Singapore) with seating for eight! Always consider round if your room can handle it!

Lots of family getting together means lots of family photos. Here is four generations of women. My mom, me, my niece, my grandma, Kate, and my sister. 

Might be related....ha!

Drew also received his First Communion last Thursday. It hurts my heart to see him grow up so fast, but I'm so proud of the young man he is becoming. He fills us up with his genuine and happy spirit. And yes, he is wearing the same outfit here as he did at Easter. He normally dresses pretty casual for church, so "church" clothes are few and far between for him! :)

At one of his First Communion classes...looking way too old, make it stop!!

I hope your weekend was fantastic! I'm looking forward to a weekend at home working in the yard and getting a few projects done in between soccer games. xo

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Home Tour - 2016

Spring has finally arrived in Kansas City! The first signs of green popping up in the yard makes this girl's heart happy! Warmer and longer days, working in the yard, and eating outside are all on their way! I've teamed up with Marty from A Stroll Thru Life, along with several other home, design, and DIY bloggers to share our spring homes with you! If you are stopping by from Remodelando la Casa, I'm so happy to have you here!

Per usual, I don't do a ton of "decorating" for the seasons, but I do love to switch things up and add fresh flowers. Over the years, I have cleaned out all seasonal items that I thought I "should" put out, and now I only use what speaks to me and what I love. Our home lends itself to spring all year long because of my love for fresh greenery, plants, and the color pink!

In an effort to keep things real, these photos were taken to provide inspiration, this is not an indication of how our home looks every day! I love to decorate and change things up and have a comfortable and inviting home, but we also are real people with busy lives. We have piles and messes and shoes strewn about, and dust bunnies and unmade beds, and crumbs on the counters at any given time. My kitchen island is never as clean as it looks in these photos! And thank goodness you can't see my baseboards... :)

Now, let's get started! I made this DIY tulip wreath last year, and it's one of my favorite DIY's to date. The colors make me happy and looks great off of our black door. Come on inside!

Our first floor is open concept and right upon entering the front door, you can see the dining room and  great room.  

Our dining room rarely gets used, but it's one of my favorite rooms in the house. Flowering branches from Trader Joe's make for a festive and inexpensive addition to the room. Thrift store artwork, vintage chandelier, greenery, and striped curtains keep this space classic, but bold.

I always have fun switching up the bar cart. I added some free printables and faux flowers to the existing cart and now it feels spring-like!

Our living room already has pinks and blues and lots of plants and gets a ton of natural light. I styled the mantel for spring and changed up the coffee table a little bit. 

Our living room flows into our kitchen eating area where I simply added a centerpiece using tulips and marbleized eggs. My kids and I made the eggs using a nail polish and water technique and they turned out so graphic and unique!

We've recently added a bright pink runner to our kitchen space, so that says spring all year long! I love the pop so much. Adding some more branches keeps this space simple and clean.

I also added another free printable to our kitchen chalkboard using Washi tape. You simply can't go wrong with tulips in any color, but I like pink or white.

We recently spruced up our home office a little bit and it feels spring-like to me in and of itself. This room gets a lot of natural light and is filled with plants and bright colors.  My husband's side is more "work-ish", so my side gets to be in all the photos (since it's prettier)! :)

Clearly, as you can see from the final photo, I am fresh out of ideas and I'll wrap it up! I always have fun participating in these home tours. I've always loved making our home feel cozy and fresh and new again. Don't forget, fresh flowers, plants, and pops of color go a long way!

I hope you enjoyed a getting a little sneak peak into our home and thank you so much for stopping by. Next on the tour is Carmel from Our Fifth House. I thought we moved a lot until I started following her blog! We are only on our sixth state and fourth house! I can't wait to see her spring home tour in her new home in Charleston! Links to all 30 home tours are below! Happy spring! xo



Monday - March 21
Cuckoo4Design - Julia
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia

Tuesday - March 22
Making Home Base -Chelsea
Eleven Gables - Emily
Bliss @ Home - Kristin
Hymns & Verses - Doreen

Wednesday - March 23
Our Southern Home - Christy
Decor To Adore - Laura
Monica Wants It - Monica
 21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

Thursday - March 24
Decorating Delirium - Jennifer
Simple Stylings - Summer
Remodelando La Casa - Cristina
Life Love Larson - Andrea
Our Fifth House -Carmel

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