Sunroom Ideas

August 1, 2013 § 2 Comments

Possibly my favorite part about our home {besides the exposed brick, high ceilings and two fireplaces} is the sunroom. It’s the first room you walk into and has the most sunlight of any room in our house at any time of day. I have hopes for this room to become a cozy and inviting nook where my husband and I, and our guests, can sit and read and be restored.

When it comes to decor, I like to glean inspiration from other spaces I love, make note of the bits and pieces I like from each, and then pull them all together into a design that I feel reflects who Joel and I are.

So these are my sunroom inspiration rooms:

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As I combed through these rooms to pinpoint what it was that I loved about them, I decided there are five things that are non-negotiables in my future cozy-awesome-restorative sunroom:

  • Christmas or garden lights
  • Lots of pillows – but comfy ones that contort to fit into the corner perfectly so you are the most comfortable you have ever been {my husband will hate me for this one – he prefers we approach decorative pillows in the Along Came Polly style}
  • Uber soft blankets and throws
  • Potted plants – I can’t keep them alive, but I think they’re beautiful and bring creation indoors
  • Strategic reading lights

Do you have a favorite room in your house? What makes it your favorite space?

Beautify Your Office

June 26, 2013 § 5 Comments

If you’re a visual person, chances are you are somewhat affected by the space you work in. Working in an inspiring place can help you produce awesome results. Much of an office experience is affected by the amount of natural light you have, your view and the furniture. And oftentimes, those factors are completely out of your control.

But one thing that is completely within your control are your desk accessories. Here are some of my faves right now that could all be combined to contribute to a beautiful workspace:

1. Corkboard Map | 2. Take Note Ceramic Chalkboard | 3. Happy Notes | 4. Pinwheel Push Pins | 5. Lucite File Holder | 6. Lucite Tray | 7. Fluorescent Pencil Set | 8. Pomdelion Bouquet | 9. Paper Source Big Wall Calendar | 10. Succulent Table Arrangement (when fresh flowers aren’t available) | 11. Printable To-Do List | 12. Zinc Letter (and much cheaper DIY here!)

Other great desk accessory ideas can be found in these (mainly DesignLoveFest) posts:

And finally, my Pinterest board is pretty full of office inspiration if you’re interested. Let me know if you have a favorite office accessory designer!

DIY: Glitter Animals

June 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

I love do it yourself projects. It’s so fun to spend an evening crafting and end up with a unique and heartfelt addition to your home. The best DIY projects are the ones that are quick and easy. And this one is 100% of both. All you need are:

  • Toy animals
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Two bowls

These little sweeties were so cute, I almost didn’t want to cover them up.

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But knowing how fun these would be when we were finished, I pressed on.

First, hold one of your animals by a leg and start covering the rest of the body with Mod Podge. Go ahead and apply your Mod Podge to the whole body before applying the glitter, it will stay wet enough.

Once you have covered the whole sweet pea in your glue, pour on the glitter. Be generous with it the first couple of times… your bowl will catch the excess.

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Set aside the animal to dry and start on the next one. When covering with the glitter this time, just use the excess from the first bowl over the second. You can begin to transfer this glitter back and forth so your glitter lasts longer!

This guy was getting nervous about being tarred and glittered like his friends…

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But after he went through the whole process, he really liked it! Look how pretty he is!

Once you have let them dry, go back and finish the remaining leg(s).

Here are my lovelies at the end of their makeover. How beautiful they look!

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The whole process took me about 30 minutes. And now I have some pretty additions for my mantel.

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I can’t wait to share their new home with you soon!

*craft inspiration from Martha Stewart*

Etsy Love

June 12, 2013 § 1 Comment

I’ve come across some lovely little etsy shops lately that I just have to share!

Stephanie Creekmur: Stephanie makes the cutest Southern prints. I’m especially in love with these lovelies:

Consider the Lilies: Abby is actually the sister-in-law of one of my dear friends, Jamie. And while I did find out about Abby’s store through Jamie (you can see the stunning invitations Abby made for her here), I was blown away by her gorgeous paintings turned print and stationary! If you are in the market for custom-made wedding invitations, I highly recommending reaching out to Abby to see if she can create a custom suite for you.  I, personally, can’t wait to purchase one of her items… like any of the following!

Do you have any etsy recommendations? That site is ah-mazing. But it’s also a beast. I’d love to hear about the awesomeness you’ve discovered!

Kitchen Love

June 5, 2013 § 2 Comments

The husband and I recently moved into this amazing duplex in the heart of midtown Atlanta. Our space is essentially a loft with gigantic ceilings and skylights. The kitchen has a beautiful brick fireplace, 12-foot high windows, hardwood floors and white walls. But don’t get too jealous, the cabinets and countertops are horrendous.

So I’m looking for some decor to camouflage some of its more homely features and enhance our favorites.

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  1. Anthropologie Coqo Floral Curtain: I love the Anthro curtains, but they are a weeeeee bit out of my price range. So my mom and I are going to make our own out of this cheap, but surprisingly durable Hobby Lobby fabric.
  2. Le Creuset 9 Qt. Round French Oven: This lovely will always be on my wishlist. In my dreams, I will receive this as a housewarming gift when we eventually buy a home.
  3. Anthropologie Nature Table Dessert Plate: This dessert plate is surprisingly feasible, if you consider only purchasing a set of four for dinners with friends. The beauty of Anthro plates to me are that you can buy one in a pattern here, and another in a completely different pattern there, and they all still manage to flow somehow – all while spreading out your cost over several months or years!
  4. Anthropologie Chipper & Sprite Serving Set: I have a cheese knife set in this design and am in love with it! I would love to add these serving pieces to my collection.
  5. Anthropologie Sorrento Platter: Can you just imagine a beautiful meal being served on this platter? It would be just perfect in the middle of a Thanksgiving table.
  6. Anthropologie Natural World Dessert Plate: See #4.
  7. Ikea Bevkam Kitchen Cart: This is a likely purchase for our home. We have very limited counter space, despite the size of our kitchen. A kitchen cart feels like the perfect addition as it not only adds to our prep space, but gives us some extra storage as well. Jennifer Johner from dearest someday talks about updating her Ikea island here… I might have to do something like that!
  8. Anthropologie Kitchen Utensil Rack: This would be a splurge, and one I most likely won’t make. But isn’t it beautiful? I want something like this for my wall, but just can’t find many options. This may be a DIY in the future!
  9. Anthropologie Soda-Lime Pitcher: I love this clear green glass pitcher. It could also double as a stunning flower vase.

Not all of these items will make their way to my kitchen, but it’s fun to dream about what we could do with the space. I hope to share photos once it all starts coming together.

If you have any recommendations for lower-priced options for similar items or just have some great kitchen ideas of your own, let me know!

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