Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Styling a Coffee Table with New Plants

Hello Friends!
I just thought I'd take a break from painting trim to share with you my coffee table.
Because it is winter, everything kinda starts to feel a little bit depressing.  
Do you agree?
 The trees are all bare, it's cold and gloomy, and some days the sun doesn't even make a peek.
This is always the time of year that I load up on Vitamin D and start dreaming of Spring time.

 I have found that by bringing in a few extra house plants, it really helps to liven up our home.
 Now I'm not the best plant grower around :)
 So....I have discovered the discounted section in all of my favorite stores that sell plants.
 A lot of stores will reduced the price of plants that may need a little extra TLC.  Either the plants need to be re-potted, or maybe they need a little more sunshine.  Whatever the reason, I like to think I can save them.  And well, then if the plants don't make it.......it was on its way out anyway, Right?
I picked these two little plants up at Fred Meyers, and at Lowe's.  I have bought a few more plants as well, and so far they are all surviving.   
The cute little green enamel pots are from Hobby Lobby, also half price.
I have simply re-potted one of the plants, dividing it between the two new pots.
 Now it has more room to grow.
I then had fun styling my coffee table, giving it a fresh new look.  I layered my tray with books, candles, and some of my favorite little things, like a sweet little dish and some rocks.
 
 I know I've mentioned before, but I absolutely love burning incense.  
They give off such a natural and calming scent.
Now, I know the smoke is a little harsh for some people,  but I have found that by just placing a few un-lit sticks around the house, they still give off that great scent, without being over powering. 
You should give it a try.
I love sitting on the couch and admiring my little tray of happiness.  
It's a good way to shake off those winter blues.
Okay, now back to painting! Soooo much trim to paint!

 Thanks for stopping by,

Emily



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Monday, January 12, 2015

Painting trim


Today's post is not too exciting, but it's what I have been working on lately, and so I thought I'd give you all an update.
I'm currently painting all of the woodwork in our home.
 As you can see from the above picture, all of the woodwork use to be a cream color, 
(Kelly Moore - Almond Sugar).  
And now I am painting it in a bright, fresh, white. The white paint I am using now is an Olympic brand off-the-shelf white.  Now a little about the paint, it's what I used in our bathroom makeover and really liked it.  Although I just ran out, so when I went to Lowe's to buy more, the gentlemen working there told me that I couldn't use that paint for trim since it was only a "base" and that I needed to add white to it ?? hu? So I had him add a white tint. Well when I got home and tried the new paint it looked grayish-white.  So now I've got to go return the paint and buy what I had originally planned on getting in the first place, an off-the-shelf-white-base paint.  
Anyway! 
Do any of you know, does it matter that I'm NOT tinting my base paint?  I really don't care, I love the bright white, so therefore I'm going for it.
 So far I only have the hallway completed. 
But I'm loving it so much that I'm kicking myself for not painting it in the first place.
 When we bought the home, the cream woodwork was all  next to a darker tan color, so it actually did already look pretty white.  It hasn't been since recently that I've notice it being a bit too bland.
I can't believe how much the white is changing the whole look.
 And now with the woodwork all a bright white, the color on the walls are looking a bit bland. So I have tacked up a sample of Benjamin Moore - Gray Lake.  It's the color I had originally planned to paint the walls.  I like it, but I am going to also try out some other colors as well.  
And I'm sure you are all thinking, "It All Looks The Same!"...Ha Ha.  In person though, there is a difference, I promise!
 Now that the hallway is almost complete, I'm headed into the living-dining area.
I can't wait to freshen these rooms up with some bright white.
So Before:                and                         Before:
 However,  when we moved in I decided to match up the cream trim color to the paint for the kitchen cabinets.  So after I finish painting the living-dining area, I'm thinking I'll want to re-paint the cabinets in a fresh white as well.

Fun! Fun!
Why do I always start the New Year off with such Huge Projects?
Here's to a bright-er future!

Thank you for stopping by today,

Emily





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Monday, January 5, 2015

Modern Refinement

Hello!
Did you all have a wonderful New Years?
We sure did!
The kids went back to school today,  which feels a little weird after having such a nice long break.
But it will be good to get back into a normal routine. . . .I suppose.

 Today I wanted to share a company that my little brother and his wife own.
It's called, Modern Refinement.
They refinish old furniture and make it beautiful.
I am such a huge fan of theirs. I absolutely Love every single piece that they have created. And I think they use the prettiest colors and finishes. 
My most favorite at the moment is this grandfather clock.  Hand built and painted in a pale blue.

Isn't it dreamy!
They actually have quite a few different clocks for sale in their etsy store.
This Love sign is so sweet with the blue buttons in the heart. 
 I want it for my mantel for Valentines day.
Another favorite piece of mine is this midnight blue dresser. I think it has a nautical look to it. And you all know how much I love nautical.
These are just a few that I have picked out to share with you, but they have so many other beautiful pieces, which would all make such a stunning statement in any home.

 To shop Modern Refinement visit their Etsy Store.
You can also follow Modern Refinement on Facebook and Instagram

 Thank you for stopping by today,

Emily




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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Year in Review

Just for fun, and maybe for a little sense of accomplishment as well, I thought I'd share a favorite post of mine from each month of the last year.
Lets have a look back at 2014 shall we?
January: 
 Last year we celebrated the New Year, and my husbands 40th Birthday in Disney World. 
 It's a trip that we have been reminiscing about ever since. 
 I can't wait to go back in another couple of years.
Post Here
February:
In February, I painted the walls in our living room.  I also painted the fireplace in an accent color.
The room reveal can be found HERE.
March:
In March, I was thrilled to have our office featured over at Amplified Apartments.
That article can be found HERE.
April:
I have a beautiful tree in my backyard that blooms lots of white blossoms every Spring.
Last year I placed my white wicker furniture under it and shot a few pictures.
It's something to look forward to every year.
Post Here.
 May:
In May, I added some old barn wood planks to my mantel, which instantly changed the whole look of the room.
Post HERE.
June:
The best thing that happened in June is that I got a New Camera.
I have been taking pictures with it non-stop ever since.  
More about my camera HERE.
July:
I made over our master bedroom with a beachy theme.
Post HERE,
Also in July, I was over the moon to have my driftwood starfish published in Flow Magazine.
Post HERE.
August:
In August we took our annual trip to the Oregon Coast.  
Post HERE.
Also in August, I made over our master bathroom.
Post HERE.
September:
Come September, I was feeling a bohemian vibe.  I started decorating with a lot of feathers, dreamcatchers, and other nature inspired elements.
Post HERE.
 October:
In October I made over yet another bathroom.  This one being the main bath of our home.
Post HERE.
November:
In November my boy's  room got a makeover, which included a new wall color, 
and a Minecraft theme.
Post HERE.
Using the same blue paint as the shelf in my boy's Minecraft room, I painted the back door.
Possibly my favorite project of the year.
Hopefully next year I'll get around to painting the front door.
Post HERE.
December:
We end the year with a Holiday House Tour.
Post HERE.

Wow!!
That was a big, fun, project filled year!
I can not wait to see what comes along in 2015!

I also just wanted to say a Big Thank You to all of you.
Your sweet comments and encouragements is what keeps me going.

I wish you all a Happy New Year full of Happiness,

Thank you always for stopping by,

Emily


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Monday, December 29, 2014

New Years Tree

 Have you taken your Christmas tree down yet?
I know some of you have already and I get it.  Christmas is over and sometimes it starts to feel a little cluttered with all of the extra "stuff" lying around.
Well, my husband always likes to leave our tree up until after the new year....Which also happens to be his birthday :)
The sparkling tree just kinda adds something special to the celebrations.
So anyway, I thought it might be fun to give our tree a New Years Party look.
I first took down all of our Christmas ornaments and then I picked up all of these decorations at Target for 50% off.
My favorite being these colorful yarn stars.
I then added a tissue flower garland that I have had for years.  
Tissue paper flowers would look just as cute. 
(You can find lots of tutorials by googling "tissue paper flowers")
I added a strand of colorful lights onto the tree.
 I also got out all of our New Years decorations to add to the tree.  So will fill find New years hats, horns, balloons, noise makers and streamers on this tree.

 Christmas might be over, but the new years partying has just begun! 
 Even our Bull is getting in on the fun.

 Thanks for stopping by.
If I'm not back by Thursday,  
I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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Here's to a Happy 2015!

Emily






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