Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beverage Stand to Plant Stand

Lately, I've been focused on getting big, styled, photographed rooms and projects up here on the blog. And as I shared on Monday, it's often the final step of getting those spaces actually styled and photographed that slows my blog posting schedule down! I have been wanting to share fun little tips, products or new things around our house, but feel like these small updates are not quite "worthy" of a big post. However, I love reading similar little tid-bit posts on other blogs, so I figured, why not! I'm not going to start posting random filler stuff just to put a post up, but sometimes there are just little fun things I do to and around our house that I get excited about. And I want to share...so here we go :)

You all know that I am a major sucker for red clearance stickers at Target. And even though I am REALLY trying to curb the amount of "stuff" that comes into our house, sometimes there are just things I can't pass up! A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon these beverage stands on an end cap marked down to $10 each (for both the small and tall sizes). 

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I really loved their shiny white metal and wood surfaces and was trying to come up with some clever Target-hack. I figured that even if I left them completely alone, they'd come in handy for holiday-scapes, table displays, and entertaining...so they came home with me! My original plan was to use them out on the front porch to display pumpkins, but then I noticed their sizes were just right for some of my flower pots. I hate having my pots down on the ground for some reason, and I loved the industrial-yet-chic vibe these had. Within minutes...I had new plant stands! No Target-hack needed! 

I showed you a peek of the small one on Monday in our dining room:

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(By the way, did anyone notice that the succulents have been re-potted and re-located? These are the only little suckers that survived my ride on the succulent band waggon. I hope these guys will be happier in their sunnier home :)

The taller one landed next to our TV. I feel like I have tried a million different things in this little spot, but this one is a winner. The bowl, actually another Target clearance score for $4, fits oh-so-perfectly and brings some much-needed subtle color to this side of the room!

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Whenever I sit on the couch, instead of saying to myself "there really needs to be something there," I smile at this new little addition. Something green is always a good idea, and I love these simple little beverage stands as a way to add height and interest to a simple potted plant.

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I love a good hack any day, but this was a good lesson for myself that not everything needs to be given a coat of paint and decoupaged and made into a big crazy project. Even using everyday items in different ways can bring some interest to your house and a smile to your face!
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That's all for today folks! Hope you're having a great week!


P.S. This isn't a sponsored post at all! Just sharing a recent fun find :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dining Room Final Reveal

I have a blogger confession to make this Monday morning! Of late, my slow-down in post schedule has not been due to lack of material to post; but instead, difficulty capturing projects and rooms in photos. I know that sounds a bit ridiculous; however, I reeeaally want you guys to see what I see in real life. When I walk into a finished space or stage a project that feels all crisp and magical and special, I get really frustrated when I can't capture that same magical essence in photos. (I am far from a professional photographer, but that doesn't keep me from wanting top-notch photos here on the blog.) Lately, our weather has been drab and my styling skills have seemingly been in hiding, so I haven't been able to take some "final" photo shoots of some rooms in our house and some other projects I have waiting in the wings. Well...I proclaimed THIS the weekend to tackle one of the rooms on my list...my favorite space in the entire house: our dining room. It only took me about 800 photos across 6 different shooting sessions (told you, I'm no professional!) to get these 30 or so "magical" ones, but I'm pretty gosh darn excited for this room reveal today! Here we go!

The base housing that we live in is really nothing special, and our before photos are evidence of that! Here's our dining room the day we received the keys: a white box with laminate flooring and a tacky chandelier, no architectural details or charming features. Still, it's a really great size and has good natural light!

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I had big plans to make this a fresh and dramatic space, so I started with a two-color paint treatment on the walls with a chair rail to add some visual interest and create a clean border. The top blue color is Martha Stewart Azurite (my favorite paint color ever!) and the bottom white is Martha Stewart Tailor's Chalk.

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Two+ years and a bunch of DIY projects later, here's the completed room! Much of this space fell into place rather quickly and early on. It's only been in recent months that I added a few final finishing touches and then waited around for the sun and my photography skills to align in order to capture these shots! (Note - links to all projects and a source list are at the end of this post!)

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In the center of the room is our table and chairs. About 6 years ago, we purchased this set (the Angled-Leg Table, (4) Porter chairs, and (2) overlapping square back chairs which are no longer available) from West Elm. While they are still holding on, work fine, and look decent, these are next on our list to be replaced (not for a while, but they will probably be our next big furniture purchase). I'm actually amazed at all the buzz West Elm receives in the design- and blog-world. Greg and I furnished our entire San Diego apartment with West Elm furniture, and this table set is all we have left besides our bed and a set of shelves. We've gotten rid of everything else. We have found that their items are high on style and high in price, but they majorly lack in quality. Nothing was solid wood, and the veneer has come off of almost everything we've purchased. I will buy decor accents from West Elm, but won't buy furniture from them again. Bummer - because their stuff really does look great in a space!

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To add some color and pattern around the table, Henry's high chair was spray painted a bright leaf green (still as good as the day I painted it!), and I covered our chairs with removable/washable slipcovers in this amazing cobalt outdoor fabric. The olive jar on top of the table was a "treasure from my parents' basement" - they lived in Spain and collected a variety of these in all shapes and sizes. This one lived in my childhood bedroom for a long time, so I was excited to bring it home this past summer. It gets moved around the house pretty frequently, but its favorite spot is right here!

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Directly to the left of the table are two tall bookcases that we use as a dining hutch. 

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We painted these solid wood bookcases long before I started this blog (they actually could use a fresh coat of paint!) and for the longest time I couldn't figure out how to style them that made sense. Using the pieces as a dining hutch has worked brilliantly, and the pops of kelly green throughout really bring the whole display to life!

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This view is really one of my favorites in the entire house. Thankfully, this is what I see whenever I enter the house or come out from the bedrooms!

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The green accents on the shelves really conrast with the black, blue and white and were the exact "pops of color" this room really needed!

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In the back left corner of the room is a storage piece we bought overseas while living in Okinawa. While it's not my typical style, I absolutely LOVE it. I love the unit itself, but more so, I love how I acquired it (long story, but essentially I got it from a dear dear friend and it just reminds me a of a great chapter in my life!) Not only does it serve as a great focal point/conversation piece, but it also holds our fine china, crystal and party-serving supplies! 

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The light here in the corner by the sliding glass door is the best for keeping plants happy, so unfortunately, all the plants around the house typically end up here! I don't have the best green thumb, so I just consolidated all my living plants into these two planters! The hanging lantern was a thrift store score already in the exact right shade!

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In the back right corner of the dining room, you can see the entrances to the kitchen and the laundry room...

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...and on the last little wall to the right, we proudly display all the places we've lived so far!

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Underneath is a petit but oh-so-handy butterfly console table, also bought overseas.

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All together, this room has a very modern but very preppy vibe. Two+ years in, I am still smitten with this color scheme (which is rare for me!) and I am super proud of how this space came together. I'm not quite ready to show you the adjoining family room yet, but below, you can see how to the rooms "talk" to each other through coordinating window treatments and color palette :)

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Bonus points if you can spot the snuggly 3-year-old in the picture above!

This room had a good bit of DIY projects, so here are the links to everything made for this space!


Cornice Boxes and Chair Covers

Where We've Lived State Prints

A Lantern Planter

Styling Bookcases as a Dining Hutch

How to Hang a Wreath with Fabric

Tiled Herb Planter

Two-Tone Planters

Stenciled Monogram Art

Tiled Planter Box

The Big Boy Chair

Cloth Napkins from a Shower Curtain

Dining Room Rug

Turquoise and Red Holiday Dining Room

Green and Silver Holiday Dining Room

And a few more sources for non-DIY things:
  • Wall colors: Azurite and Tailor's Chalk, both by Martha Stewart
  • Rug: Safavieh Loretta Rug purchased from Joss & Main
  • Angled-leg table: West Elm
  • Porter chairs: West Elm
  • Overlapping square chairs: West Elm
  • Olive jars: vintage
  • Butterfly cabinet and console: purchased in Okinawa, Japan
  • Black bookcases: yard sale
  • Green pail: Marshalls
  • Dark green vase and mini stool: purchased in Okinawa, Japan
  • Boxwood wreath: Target
  • Brass candlesticks: vintage
  • Sea urchins: collected from the beaches of Okinawa, Japan
  • Blue, white, and green pitchers: Fiestware collected from various sources
  • Small white planters: Marshalls
  • Garden stools, blue and green: purchased in Okinawa, Japan
  • White metal plant stand: Target
  • Wooden candlesticks: Marshalls
  • Glass cake plate: Pier One
  • Tori stools, purchased in Okinawa, Japan
  • Blue hanging lantern: thrift store
  • Green high chair: thrift store
If there's anything I forgot or you're curious about, email me or leave a comment!

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I can't even tell you how excited I am to have this room documented here on the blog. I feel like it took me forever to get photos I was truly satisfied with, so I hope it was worth the wait! Hope you all have a great start to your week!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Tips to Make Your Next Move Easier - @ForRent.com!

While I work my way toward the finish line of some bigger projects, namely some quilts (yes, finally!) and a few furniture makeovers, I wanted to pop in really quick to point you to my latest article over at ForRent.com!


As a military family, moving is a way of life. In the last nine years, we've moved five times. Some moves have been big ones: across the country or to the other side of the world. While others were just down the street or one state over. With each move, I learn new tricks and refine our "process" of what works really well and what doesn't! While I've amassed quite a list of "do's" and "don'ts", right now over at ForRent.com, I'm sharing my top 5 tips for making a smooth move and getting setup in your new space as efficiently and hassle-free as possible!

While this post isn't exactly filled with super inspiring images, it's chock full of good info, so head on over HERE! Please keep in mind that this post will never appear in full here on THIHM; and as always, I appreciate you taking an extra minute to support my work on other sites!

Hope you're all having a great week so far! It's finally starting to feel like Fall down here in the South!




Monday, September 22, 2014

Ice Cream Treats out of Baby Items

A few weeks ago, I showed you the full party reveal of an ice-cream-themed baby shower I recently threw for a friend (you can find the party reveal HERE and the invitation tutorial HERE). Today, I have two quick tutorials to share of my absolute favorite craft projects from this entire party: the ice cream cones and sundaes made out of assorted baby items!

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These were SO SO SO fun and simple to make, and really created the most darling backdrop for the food table. 

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To make all these treats, I picked up a 5-pack of baby hats, a 4-pack of swaddle blankets, and a 4-pack of baby wash cloths...all in a color-coordinated set. I got mine all at Target for about $20. The small tins were from the Target Dollar Spot, and the clear plastic martini glasses were from a local party supply store. I love that the decor essentially doubled as gifts for the Mama and soon-to-be Baby Boy!

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Let's start with the Baby Hat Ice Cream Cones!

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These come together super fast! Here's what you need:
  1. Cotton stuffing
  2. Baby hat
  3. Small tin or cup
  4. Red pom pom

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Start by clipping the handles off the tins with a wire cutter. Next, stuff the cotton stuffing into the hat and place the edge of the hat over the rim of the tin. Place a red pom pom on top (you can secure it with a straight pin if necessary)! That's it! Group them together in various ways to create a darling display!

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The Baby Blanket Ice Cream Sundaes have a few more steps, but are still really simple to pull together!

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Here's what you need to make ONE sundae:
  1. Cotton batting cut to the same width as your baby blankets X 5" tall (optional depending on the thickness of your blankets)
  2. 2 baby wash cloths with knit edging
  3. Coordinating length of ribbon
  4. Rubber band
  5. Red pom pom
  6. 2 baby blankets (if your blankets are nice and think, only one might be necessary!)

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Start by folding both of the wash cloths lengthwise with wrong sides together. Pick which color you want to be on top and start rolling that one first. Roll the wash cloth up tightly and rotate your rolling slightly as you go so that the trim starts to form a cone shape. Once the first wash cloth is rolled up, place it on top of the second wash cloth, repeating the process and ensuring the trim from both wash cloths is visible as you roll. Once you have both wash cloths rolled up, set them aside.

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The blankets I used were pretty thin, so I needed to bulk them up a bit in order to make a nice round "sundae" shape! I folded one blanket in half and laid it down with the open edges toward the bottom. I then folded another blanket into fourths and placed it in the  middle of the first blanket. The two blankets together sill weren't quite bulky enough, so I added a strip of batting on top of the second blanket. I then folded the first blanket up and then down on top, essentially encasing the second blanket and batting.

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Next, place your rolled up wash cloths on the far left side of the blanket stack, ensuring that the trims of the wash cloths are peeking out above the blankets. Roll the blankets slowly and evenly around the wash cloths. Once everything is rolled up and looking the way you want, place a rubber band around the bundle to keep it secure. Next, tie a stretch of coordinating ribbon overtop the rubber band. To complete the "sundae" look, I stuffed a clear super-sized martini glass with some blue tissue paper and then placed the blanket "sundae" right into the glass. A pom pom on top totally finishes off the look!

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These really were quick and inexpensive party decorations that were just SOOO fun to make. and the guests really LOVED them! I had no idea how fun an ice-cream-themed baby shower would be when I started, but making these got me all giddy with excitement! What's also great about these is they can be fully customized by picking hats and blankets that coordinate with your party colors or the baby's gender!

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I hope you all have a great start to your week! I am plugging away on some "bigger" projects that I hope to finish off this week. Even though the little guy has been in school for a few weeks now, I STILL don't feel like we have our routine down pat yet. Hopefully, this is the week we find our grove ,and I get some things knocked out! Anyone else feeling the same way?


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