Monday, September 22, 2014


Man Crates is a  new company that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates that he actually has to open with a crowbar
How Cool is that! 

Well the community manager for Man Crates contacted  me and asked if I would like to take part in their "Man Cave Makeover" campaign.

The idea is to come up with some great gift ideas to give your man to take his man cave from dull to stylish.

Here is the Rustic Man Cave I created.

I created this look on Polyvore,
You can learn more about each item HERE

For this room, I first started with a dark gray wall.  Nothing says cave better then dark colors.  I then added a handsome, comfortable leather couch.  
What guy doesn't love leather, right?
From there I added this beam coffee table, doesn't it look like a grand game of Jenga?
 I'm loving it.
 An industrial cage scone is the perfect lighting for this room. And lastly, a hand crafted animal rug finishes the look.

Okay now for the accessories, which could all make great gifts for your mans man cave.

First up is this vintage map of Rome. However, I think a map of your mans hometown or even a map of his favorite sports team arena would all make for the perfect wall art.

Speaking of wall art, lets trade in his tacky neon beer sign for something a little more  sophisticated, shall we? I love the vintage street sign look of this one.

They may not like to admit it, but guys like throw pillows too.
And how manly is this Ralph Lauren Steer skull one?

This faux fur throw will keep your man warm and cozy while he's watching football on the couch. The leather straps on this one makes it portable so he can take it with him on the go.

Ok, now this may be one of my favorite accessories in the room. It's a leather 6-pack beer caddy that conveniently fastens to a bike.

So basically this guy can grab his beer caddy, his leather strap blanket, And his favorite partner and have a nice little night picnic. 
Well, if he decided to ever leave his man cave that is.

My last man cave gift idea are these English silver plated coasters. 

Saving his awesome wood coffee table from beer rings.

So what do you think? Is this all man cave worthy?

I had fun creating this space.
Thanks for stopping by today.
And thank you Man Crates for letting me take part in your campaign.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pottery Barn / Fall Catalog / Favorites

Looking for a little Fall inspiration today, 
I headed over to Pottery Barn's website and viewed their online catalog.
Sometimes I get their catalog in the mail..... but only sometimes.  So I usually head to the Pottery Barn store in our mall.
But today I thought I'd just browse online, Which I love that you are able to view their catalogs on their website.

Anyway I was definitely inspired for fall.
I found myself flipping past all the festive Halloween decor for some reason, but yet really soaking in all the leather, fur, feathers, and warm cozy looks.
So I just thought I'd share a few favorites with you all today.

Loved this Wicker trunk.

I think my Abby Pug needs this fur bed for Christmas.  She'd Love it!

And lastly, A tad bit early but I'm totally digging these fur Christmas tree skirts.

Now if only I had hundreds of dollars to spend........

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Plaid Shirt Pillow

My husband, Jake was cleaning out his closet the other day.
Shocking! It's something I have never ever seen him do before.
 Seriously, he has clothes he's own even before we met, which was like 15 years ago.
 well I guess he decided there were some items in his closet that he didn't care for much or that just didn't fit well.

So as he was creating a huge pile of unwanted clothes, I was just looking at them and thinking,
 "some of these shirt would make great pillows!" 

My mind is always in decorating mode.

I especially loved this shirt.
And actually, I felt a little bad cutting it up.  It was like a brand new Gap nice plaid shirt.
But I knew my pillow would be just as great.

So this is how I made my pillow.
1. first I buttoned up the shirt and laid it flat on the floor.
(by the way, this is a mens X-large shirt and this pillow cover will fit a standard size bed pillow)

2. I cut across the shirt just below the arms.

 3. Next, I cut across at the bottom of the shirt to remove the curved tail.

4. Leaving the shirt buttoned, I insided it out and then sewed down each of the open sides.

 5. And lastly, I unbutton the shirt, flipped it back to the front side, and then inserted my pillow.

It doesn't get any easier then that!

For the small grey pillow, I followed all of the instructions above. However, for this pillow I wanted to insert a standard size throw pillow. Therefor I had to cut a little extra off of the one side. I did this by laying out my insert to measure it for size.

I'm loving my new couch pillows.

 The red one adds a little pop of color.  
A friend suggested I add a little red into my decor. Well, Here you go friend  ;)

I also brought in a blue plaid blanket and some log candles.  I think they add a little bit of a Fall look.

On the side of my couch I've also added a wire basket to hold my boy's library books.
We like to cuddle up on the couch in the evenings and read stories before bed.

And now we have cute new pillows to cuddle up with.

All thanks to Jake for cleaning out his closet :)

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bohemian Daybed

Lately my style has changed a bit.
I find myself drawn to more bohemian, free-spirited styles. 
I think it may have something to do with Fall being just around the corner,
 I'm in the mood for something new.

I know I've mentioned this before but our sunroom/office is my favorite room in our home.
And when you walk into our home, you're almost always lured into the sunroom by it's sunlight and warm, cozy feel.

I found this awesome Aztec sleeping bag in our camp trailer and knew I had to bring it into our home.
I'm sure it will eventually get put back into the trailer but for now I'm enjoying it on our daybed, surrounded my lots of pillows. I think it all looks so very bohemian. 

This beautiful seashell  mobile came from our last trip to the Oregon Coast.  I've always wanted one of these, so this was my little souvenir I brought back.

 I love it hanging above the daybed.

 I think the colors of the bedding go well with our vacation gallery wall pictures that are above the desk.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Last Camping trip of the year.

Well I got my wish and we went camping one last time for the year.
I love camping, it's one of my favorite things to do in the summer time.
So being able to go one last time was the ideal way to say goodbye to summer.

 We found us a beautiful little camping spot at Sage Hen Reservoir.
Our campsite was hidden in the trees, but we still had a great view of the water.

Idaho has such pretty mountains.

There is just something so peaceful about being out in nature.

And look! I even spotted a cute little gopher :)

I also came upon this cute little fishing boat.

Which I was tempted to take out for a joyride.

One of my favorite things about camping is taking afternoon naps in the tent trailer.

The campground had lots of trails to go hiking on.

 I also love to go hiking. 
Walking on a dirt trail, surrounded by tress, listening to the sounds of birds while cool breezes cross your face...... its just rejuvenating to the soul.
I think its important to get out into nature every so often.

 But mostly I just like to take lots of pictures of trees.

My Abby however, . . Not a Happy Camper.

We also played a lot of Skip BO. Which this guy here is the champion at.

My boys enjoy camping also.
But what little boy doesn't, right?
The dirt, the water, the tress to hide in. . .  so much fun!

Our cups kept blowing in the wind, so we came up with this brilliant idea.  We tied string onto the trailer and then attached clothes pins to hold our cups.  

We used sharpie markers to color the clothes pins and found them to be much easier then paints.  We then wrote our names on the clothes pins.

It was a fun little craft, my Jax told us 5 times how much fun he thought it was.

And then of course the best part of camping, the campfire and S'mores.

And we were even lucky to be camping under a full moon.

I am so Happy to have been able to go camping one last time.  And now is probably the perfect time to go, the weather is getting cooler which makes for some enjoyable days and cozy nights.

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