Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Nerdy Side

I've always been okay with admitting that I'm a bit on the nerdy side. But seriously, if you aren't watching Doctor Who you need to start. I know the first season is slightly cheesy, but it gets better and you really do need to watch it from the beginning.
A friend of mine that has flawless taste when it comes to literature and entertainment was always posting little snippets on Pinterest or on her Facebook page. It got me curious. I had a quite a bit of painting to do and so I decided to pull up Doctor Who on the old Netfilx account and watch. I was warned about the first season being campy and lower budget so I stuck it out. It was episode 8 (Father's Day) that finally got me pulled into the show for real. After that, the love was full blown and I went flying through the episodes while working on client work.
I got my daughter really into it as well. I even got scolded when she found out I was watching ahead of her and then going back when it was her time to watch. She's super in love with it!


...when she found out I was watching without her.


One of the many papers lying about that reference Doctor Who.


Oh so precious!

We both have a favorite and a few of my friends have the same favorite - we love the tenth doctor, David Tennant. Jade said she wanted a shirt about The Doctor and so we looked. People…there are HUNDREDS of Doctor Who shirts! HUNDREDS! But, we wanted one that related to TEN.
Because why not?

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I cannot handle how adorable he is!

There were some fun shirts, but I decided it would be cute to just design one. So I went to CustomInk.com and designed a pretty cute shirt even if I do say so myself. 


I ordered a few and decided to surprise a few of my friends with a Doctor Who box. My friends that are the biggest fans live far away from me so I knew I wanted to go all out for the boxes.

Jade and I got our crafty on and had a blast making these gifts.

I printed off a quote by the producer Steven Moffat and made a card


I printed out tiny TARDIS and cut them out 


I wrapped up the shirts with some ribbon


Jade made the gift bag



We spray painted cereal boxes in high gloss blue to represent the TARDIS



These turned out so ridiculously fabulous that I'm now hoarding boxes so I can spray paint them for Christmas wrapping. 

One of the gifts ready for it's box

 



These were so much fun! But what makes it even better is know how much the recipients love it too!


Fall in love with your nerdy side ;)
It's really really fun!!!



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Personal Style Evolution

I’m convinced that personal style grows and changes. As we mature and move through life, our tastes change. When I was little in the 1980’s in Texas, everything was so countrified!!! Country blue, pink, mauve, cream, and lace had vomited on every surface in our house. Of course it had in most other houses in our area as well so we fit in. It wasn’t my favorite but I was little and didn’t know any better. Nor did I really get a vote. It was my mother’s house after all.
The entry Hall - please forgive my 9 year old self and lack of britches:


Ahh the pink and blue wallpaper and country straw hats adorned with fake flowers…

The kitchen a few years before its 1986 renovation:


My 3rd birthday

I'm REALLY going to get into trouble for this, but I seriously couldn't find another picture of the tiny blue, pink, and yellow heart-flower wallpaper. My best friend may not like the fact that I am posting the picture of her surprise 17th birthday, but the background is the real star here. That wallpaper…ugh.


As a teen, things got a bit better but I had a bedroom that was a hand me down from my big sister. The only things I really loved in that room were the furniture pieces. They had been my grandmother’s and were classic pieces. It was the 90’s by then and things had gone from country blue to hunter green, burgundy, and pink.

My bedroom (throwing another old friend under the bus):


In college I got an apartment with one of my best friends for life and I also started developing my own style. It was a lot more neutral and a lot less cluttered. I started liking more modern lines, neutral big pieces, and pops of color in the accents. This is still a philosophy that I use today.
I went much more modern as a newlywed. I went blonde, metal, and glass open style furniture. That lasted until my son was born. Once I had a child I wanted doors on all furniture! I wanted to see zero clutter because man that kid came with a LOT of stuff! All of the pictures of these time periods are packed away so sadly I can't show them. The best I can do is show how my home looked right before the move to the time capsule house.
My Home:


Now, after all the phases I’ve been through style-wise, I was asked what my style is…What is my style? That’s actually a really complicated question. Is anyone really just one style? Maybe. Not this girl though, and not a lot of other people I know either. After personal upheaval this past year, I think I’ve gone through another tweak in my personal style. As a single mother of two I’m really looking to simplify things as much as possible. I’ve purged quite a bit and am purging more and more all the time. 

Things I thought I wanted only a year ago have changed; evolved with who I am as a person. I’m still the most drawn to Cape Cod cottage style. But, I want very little clutter and a bit of modern with that. Throw in a tad of industrial, a little rustic, a little sparkle, a lot of white, saturated pops of color, and little kids laughing and you have exactly what my style is. So yes, it has definitely changed over the years and I think it will continue to ebb and flow just like we do as people.


So when I am asked the question of what my style is, now I just say eclectic. Honestly, if I listed all of the styles I would sound bipolar. 

Don’t ever be afraid to like things that “don’t really go together”. Maybe they don’t for other people, but if it works for you and makes you happy; do it!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Design Inspiration - Breakfast Nooks

I have ALWAYS wanted a breakfast nook. Seriously, ever since I was a teenager and saw one in a bed and breakfast while on vacation with my family, I have wanted one. I thought to myself that when I was all grown up that would be so much fun to have with my family.
My parents had an eat-in kitchen but no nook, my first house was tiny and barely had enough room for a dining space much less a nook. But now, now I have a place for a nook!!!

This is what the space looked like when I got my house:

After some work, it now looks like this:

I added the Chalkboard Wall last summer and have been working on installing new trim all over the house. Of course I still have carpet in here…but hopefully not for long!


I want to do a built-in banquette in that corner. So I've been scouring my options and finally found some amazing ones to choose from.

The first one I saw was this one
Gorgeous, but I didn't really want the sloped back and it seemed a lost opportunity for storage. I LOVE storage.

The next one I found just makes me happy! It's light, bright, and beautiful. The bench raises up and there is storage inside - so smart! Except I'm lazy and I wouldn't want to remove the cushions every single time I got into the storage area. I like to keep it stupid simple. 
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So I moved on. I found this one with drawers underneath, but my table's pedestal has larger legs and I would have to move the table to get into those drawers too. Again though, bright and happy! I love the look!

I found these last two and decided to combine a few things to get exactly what I wanted. I love that this photograph shows the drawers on either end of the seats. To me that was the best. I don't have to move anything to get into the storage and it doesn't waste space. Perfect!

 This last one spoke to me a lot. I love the white with the wood top, and that is exactly the finish that would be perfect for me.
I pinned this off of Houzz.com but when I went back to find it for the source I couldn't find it again. If any of you find it let me know and I will replace the link.

It's been in the works for a couple of weeks now and I'm making good progress. Stay tuned for the reveal coming soon!



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tommy Bahama Table

The sale went pretty well and I was pleased with the turn out and so happy to meet a lot of you. Probably the most talked about piece was the striped table and chairs with the Tommy Bahama fabric. So many people wanted it but didn't have a place for it and so many others just admired it. I was sure it wouldn't last long and was surprised when it was still around after the sale. But, it was just waiting for the right owner!
This table started out pretty beat up. It had been well loved and used by a precious family, but seriously needed help. It had great lines but needed a few fixes and a new look.


You can see here that it had missing apron pieces on the extra leaf. It needed to match to look complete in my opinion so that was remedied. Aren't the chairs so cute?


Then came the math of figuring out how to make stripes that would still line up even when taking out the leaves...


This is always the terrifying part. The part when you just hope that all of your prep work and painting carefully paid off.


Thankfully it did! Big smiles all around when the tape comes off this clean.


Next came the chairs. The upholstery on these was nuts!
It started with brown suede,


Then there was burnt orange velvet, which Eli loved.


Then there was burnt orange silk shantung.


Finally I got down to the foam!


I think these seats are so precious now. I just love them.


Then I had to paint the chairs, we all know how I feel about spindles but these are just adorable chairs!


This was the final product and I was very pleased with it. It's off to its new home now and I know it is well loved!





Now on to the next one...



Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Boutique Sale

It's here y'all! The boutique sale is tomorrow and I could not be more excited…or more exhausted!!! Who knew how crazy hard it would be to be a single mom, have kids at home all day because it's summer, do client work, prepare for the sale, and be taking online classes? Okay, so after listing it that sounds crazy hard. But for some reason I thought it wouldn't be so bad. I even thought I would have time to bake…I can be pretty dumb sometimes I suppose.
But, it's here and I am so pleased! Everything turned out so good and my usually overstuffed and dirty garage actually looks like a precious little boutique.
Tonight I invited a few of the people that have helped me out to come and get first shot at the goods. It was really slow at first, but then people started showing up and things started moving. There is still plenty to go around but I was so excited to have done as well as I did for the Early Bird portion of the sale. Here is a sampling of what is up for grabs tomorrow and Saturday.










I also want to give a special shout out to my amazing Dad and all he has done to help me with this sale and to my amazing friend (and sister of my heart) Lisa. I could not have done any of this without either of you. God has truly blessed me with both of you and I could not love either of you more!!!