Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 2015

A room a month, that’s what I’m shooting for in 2015.  I’m not talking top to bottom perfection, at this point I’m hopeful for clean, welcoming & guest friendly.  And what better than the first room you see when you walk in the door. 

Front Room

Yep, there she is circa June 2012.


Front Window

And again, in November 2014.  Not quite finished, but better.

On Sunday, I realized I was framing the room around a $20 Goodwill find, the TV cabinet. While I love the wood in the room, I’m just not married to it, at all.  With that cabinet out of the equation, I have nothing but opportunity.  So with the divorce papers still wet, I taped out two bookshelf options. 

K v B

Good ol’ IKEA Billy (yellow) vs IKEA Kallax (blue).  Kallax is the old Expedit, it’s been redesigned a pinch. 

Our wall is about 10 feet long so we can fit three of each design and still leave about a foot on each side.  I spent some time putzin around on Pinterest looking over IKEA hacks and figured for the low startup cost, combined with possible resale value (if i hate it), it was worth a shot.

I will be back soon with all my favorite Billy and Kallax Ikea Hacks.  But for now, we are leaning towards…. can you guess?

Monday, January 12, 2015

What I’m watching


One of my goals this year is to see more movies.  I’ve even started looking for podcasts & blogs to follow to keep me in the know.  (None I would recommend just yet.)

This weekend’s goal was to see SELMA.  And here is my review if you care to read.

The Cast:  Excellent chemistry.  Really convincing look-a-likes. See for yourself.

The Tempo:  Well paced, I hate when a story rushes to the climax, timing really is everything. 

The Story:  I kinda stink at History & Geography.  I am always nervous that my ignorance will be revealed and cause me some sort of public embarrassment.  That said, I actually knew about the televised SELMA March that exposed the violence in the South during the Civil Rights Movement.  (fyi, if your chicken like me, thankfully, it doesn’t get too graphic)

This time around, the story on MLK feels more personal, there’s some humor and a general insight into his personality and political tactics.  It wasn’t a sad story, where you leave angered and frustrated, it was more informative and insightful.  A $12 trip back in time. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How full is your bucket


2014 really wore me out.  I caught a terrible cold twice in a matter of weeks, complete with a nasty cough, aches and pains.  (In hindsight, that should have been my warning to slow things down, I hadn’t been sick in years.)  By mid-December, I was feeling pretty burnt out, full of intention but zero initiative. 

Within the last week, I remembered this book, it was a definite AHA! moment, my bucket was empty.  Creating, crafting, decorating, picture-taking, baking, DIYing – that all does it for me, it fills my bucket and I had slowed it way down.

So over the weekend, I cleaned out my purse(!), baked this and this and it just felt good.  Not to mention the house smelled ah-mazing. 

So here’s to 2015.  And to all my unfinished projects, Look out! I’m back, hopefully.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A few of my favorite things

Well, Oprah started it but the blogger spinoff is pretty sweet too. 

If you haven’t seen it around there are a few variations, some bloggers share their favorite items, while others have done it giveaway style.

320 Sycamore is having a Favorite Things link up and I wanted to share a few of mine.

Scarves.  Every.Single.Day.  Stripes and Leopard are my faves this year.

fav scarves14

Tortoise AccessoriesIt reminds me of leopard.  I like it on bracelets and sunglasses, it’s a fun neutral to add a little ooomph to up your outfit.bracelets

Chinese and Thai food.  I crave savory and spicy all the time, my poor sweet tooth has taken a back seat.  If dining out is on the menu, give me Salt & Pepper Shrimp or Pad Prik King, so damn good!

salt and pepper shrimp


I have been thinking about doing a Favorite Things house party in early January for my close family instead of the usual Secret Santa.  I’ve even googled it a few times for ideas and inspiration and this exercise was just the kick I needed to reach out to family members and start a fun new tradition! 

If you enjoy peeking into the minds of other ladies, visit the Link Party for fun gift ideas for friends, family, and yourself :)


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

If you give a mouse a cookie….

Safavieh club chair

I purchased this chair last Monday.  And I immediately starting getting ads on my sidebar for better chairs.  Specifically this one.  My thinking was the darker chair would be more open and comfy, and would allow for longer sit times.

tufted linen

Of course, I tried to cancel the Safavieh but it was too late, the chair delivery was already in process.  It arrived on Friday. 

And guess what, I really do love it.  It arrived in one box and all I had to do was screw in the feet.  Best of all, it was just the inspiration I needed to kick my daughter’s playroom out of our living room.  The living room is the first room you see when you walk in our house and for the last 9 years it has never been welcoming or pretty.

I worked on it some over the weekend and just purging the kid-size air hockey set, card table and doll stroller have added a new energy to the room.  I’m still mulling over what I want for the final look and feel, but it’s motivating to just have it clean.  Oh, the power of clean!

The cleaned up living room has had a ripple effect on other areas, I can’t explain it.  I have a few before and after pictures to share that I snapped quick when I realized what a mess I had on my hands.  It’s nothing life changing but it is what’s going on in my neck of the woods.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don’t sleep on calendars

airplane wall

“If you want your house to feel homey, put something on the walls.”  Ask me where I read that, no idea.  But decorating your walls does help cozy up the place, art and curtains, imo.  Do you agree?

I’ve peeped a few bloggers framing calendar pages, wall art on the cheap.  Calendars are economical and they offer great variety.  There are calendars for everything!  Hobbies, cars, sports, sports teams, movies, tv, comics, spirituality, art, pets, cartoons, cities, there are plenty of categories to choose from.  PLUS, if you’re anything like me, your tastes will change, no worries, switch it out, no hard feelings, $20 bucks.

Since calendar season is upon us, I figured I’d re-share those little tidbits.  So, I dug around for some examples on the blogosphere:

DecorAllure, Airplanes, above

Holly Mathis, Butterflies

Good Housekeeping, Botanicals

Creative Soul Spectrum, Pretties from PaperSource

Pepper Design Blog, Rifle Paper Co.

Young House Love, Rifle Paper Co.

You can find calendars everywhere these days.  There is always a calendar kiosk at the mall during Christmas season, Barnes and Noble stores already have theirs out, Papersource.com, Calendars.com, I’ve even seen them at the Dollar Store.  There is just no excuse not to begin cozying up your place. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Talking fashion, what’s your style?

your style

Boho, Chic, Couture, Bold, Sporty, Glam, Preppy, Goth, Earthy, Urban, Classic, Vintage?

I could never name them all.  There are so many different fashion styles because there are so many different types of people.

Over the past few years, I have added some style blogs to my reader.  They have been really helpful in helping me to discern my own style as well as what is not my style.  Blogs have actually helped me in the same way with decorating my home.

Last week, I read an ebook titled, The No Brainer Wardrobe, (there is also a free 30 day series on her  blog).  It was a good (and easy) read, 30-45 minutes tops. The ebook is not about adopting her style, but more about understanding your own shopping, styling habits and how to do better.  I thought she made some excellent points, that helped me access my wardrobe and save a few bucks.  Here are two:

- Have a "go to" outfit for days when you don't have time/energy to put something new together.  Cause when you look good, you feel good, right?

- Create your own look book. For the first time (ever?) I tried on stuff this weekend in different combinations to see what worked together and what didn't.  This was very helpful, I ended up returning $80 bucks in unworn tops that didn't really work like I had intended.  Right there, I saw my return on the investment. 

That was the biggest success for me, changing my thinking and making sure my clothes could do double duty, and not just perform as one trick ponies.  I definitely recommend it and if you are interested in a style blog that helps you remix your wardrobe check out Audrey at Putting Me Together