Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Art for Office (Cozamia)

Hi all!  I had planned on painting a large canvas for a giant blank wall in my office, but chickened out about hanging my own artwork in there.  I also fell for an artist (Cozamia) I recently discovered on Pinterest, a site I find myself on daily, so I ordered one of her prints, the one below, that I'll probably hang horizontally.  I think it'll add that perfect pop of color to the room.  I can't wait to receive it!

I had some trouble narrowing it down, because I also loved the ones below. 

And check out her office- so cool!

All images via Cozamia

Do you have a favorite source for art?  I'm seeing more and more art I like on websites like Pinterest and etsy, and plan to incorporate more art into our home this year.  

Monday, January 30, 2012

Media Cabinet Makeover {Bookshelf Styling}

Hi all!  Hope you had a great Monday!  Over the weekend, I spent some time rearranging the media cabinet in our living room.  I was getting bored with how the bookshelves were styled, thinking it had too few books and needed more color.  I've gotten asked before about where we purchased the cabinet, but it's actually a built-in unit. You may remember how it's looked for the last year.  I painted the back Jamestown Blue by Sherwin Williams when we first moved in.

The blue in the first picture isn't a good representation, but rather a result of poor camera settings. But it's not actually as dark as the photo below either:)  

Anyways, I think you get the idea about what the shelves looked like.  So after shopping our house for more books (brining some cookbooks out of the kitchen and into the living room- a previous faux pas for me) and buying ten used hardcover books at Half-Priced Books for just $1 each, I had much more visual interest.  I also ditched the paper covers and went solely with the books themselves.

One of the biggest differences is that I took out the shelves at the very top that were relatively empty, and filled them with books.  I also added a couple of decorative vases and boxes (already owned from Home Goods).  I like keeping the photos in the shelves because seeing them just makes me happy.  Here's a closer peek.

In keeping our bookshelves practical, the Pottery Barn clock counts down to nap and bedtime, and the kleenex are essential for a baby's constant runny nose.

My favorite row of books is below.  I love the colors and two of my favorite books (Interior Wisdom and Food to Flowers) are housed there.  The Christmas book is awesome too, and I was surprised to find such a pretty patterned book (the brown links) when I took the cover off of Nate Berkus Home Rules.

And all again at a glance.  

Better, huh?   

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Creating a Beautiful, Bright Boy's Room (via A Thoughtful Place)

After sharing peeks into her young son's "big boy" room, my good friend Courtney (A Thoughtful Place) recently revealed the whole room:)  I am such a fan of how she pulled the room together and adore her color combination and personal touches.  You can see more photos of the room and read about the handmade projects on her blog here.


Isn't her son absolutely adorable enjoying his reading nook?



The toy closet is genius!


 A fun, interesting and personal gallery wall.

Our son is barely two and has never crawled out of his crib, so we're in no hurry to get him in a "big boy" bed, but this room sure is inspiring me for the future!  AWESOME job Court!  I'm sure G loves it!

*And I also wanted to mention that Courtney is a contributor to the online decor and lifestyle magazine, House of Fifty, and their latest issue is out today.  Go HERE to read it:)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bedding- Help!

As you know, after having my eye on an upholstered headboard for our master bedroom, we finally bit the bullet and ordered the Aisling Cream Fabric King Bed from Overstock.  We are still waiting for it to arrive.

In anticipation of the bed's arrival, I've been looking for new bedding to dress her in.  Our current bedding is just plain white sheets with an aqua blanket.  I'd like to keep the pale color, but add some pretty pattern to make it more interesting.

I really like this muted pastel bedding from Restoration Hardware. But it might be too muted.

It looks very similar or the same as Emily's bed from A Well Dressed Home.  I like how she accessorized the bed with the grey zebra pillows from West Elm.

But I also like the Dwell Studio Batavia Dove Duvet Set.  It's more modern and funky, but still soothing.

It also comes in a buttery yellow, which I always think is pretty.  It looks great with the patterned sheets.

The paisley Pottery Barn bedding nice too.

Neiman Marcus has bed linens on sale right now.  I like the Legacy "Ellington" but I'd have to pair it with something that's not geometric to soften it.

The Ikat is so awesome and also comes in light blue.

I fell in love with this Annette Tatum bedding, but I haven't seen it in a king size.  The pinks, oranges and purples are fun but not overpowering.  I tend to lean toward grey, pale blue or aqua, but this color palette is so refreshing. 

A more affordable, but less colorful Target option is below.

Which one do you like best?  Our walls are light grey and the new bed is cream fabric.  Have you seen any others you like that I missed?  I'm torn but might be leaning toward the Ikat or Dwell Studio with patterned sheets?? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Office

Having recently moved into a different office building at work, I got the opportunity to choose a few goodies for my new office:)  I still need artwork, so we'll see how that goes.

3.  Grocery store potted orchid
5-6.  Overstock.com (I spray painted them gold) 

The Jules table is between my two client chairs opposite my desk and the mirror is on the large wall with my diplomas.  I love the Pottery Barn desk chair as an alternative to most black, bulky office chairs.  You know the ones:)

The black Overstock tables look great with a quick covering of gold spray paint.  The #5 end table fits my printer perfectly on the bottom and I keep extra paper on the second shelf.  The #7 table is cool, but the round part arrived a little bent (luckily, I think I can bend it into shape).

I also added a wall calendar (Paper Source) and desk calendar (Dabney Lee).


It's so nice to work from a space you enjoy!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I recently decided to stop with the acrylic nails and have gone back to au natural.  Since I had James nearly two years ago, I've been wearing fake nails.  At first it was such a chore to try to fit in those bi-monthly sessions to the nail salon, but I got to where I looked forward to the hour of uninterrupted alone time.  My nail girl, Cindy, did a really good job and I always, always did a french manicure on my hands.

But then I started wanting a change, and went with shorter nails and (gasp!) color on my nails.

Now, without the nails, I need to let mine strengthen so that they can grow a little.  For the time being, I feel like I have boy hands that don't look that good.  I think I'll still visit Cindy for manicures and hopefully, in a few months they'll look more like this.

So tell me, are you into your nails?  Real, fake? It feels a lot better to me to type on the computer with my bare hands, but I also love the look of when I'd walk away from Cindy's chair with my freshly done nails.  Nail polish doesn't last nearly as long on real nails.  I've just been applying clear every few days.

For a secret santa gift last month, I got all these cute mini OPI nail colors that I'm so excited to try.

And I'm smitten with these barely pinky colors for my nails.

But I'm loving BLACK- Lincoln Park After Dark- for my toes lately.

Maybe this summer when I've got a bit of a tan, I'll go back to my trusty old french manicure.  What colors are you loving now?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Making Art

Y'all know that my little guy loves to color, but we've really only painted once (in the backyard with washable paints).  Over the weekend, we headed to Michaels to pick up more supplies (acrylic paints, canvases, and paintbrushes) so we could both get in on the action.  I've never painted before, but I was inspired by Jen of Made by Girl to try to create some of my own art for my office at work.  I have the perfect wall for a large abstract painting above my desk.  I was going to have James make it at first, then I decided to not be scared to try it myself.  "Try it, you'll like it!"- I could also be losing my mind since I'm now hearing Gabba Gabba when I type.

Via Cocoa and Hearts
I doubt Jen's studio looks like ours:)

Yeah, we set up shop in the garage (cold outside!) and worked on the floor.  James stepped on my first piece.  We really need easels.  I started playing around just to get the hang of it a little and when I feel more confident, I'll move on to my big canvas.  I'll be sure to show you when it's finished:)

Have y'all tried painting?  I've seen some great work by Natalie and her son (Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers).  I'd love to see yours if you want to leave me a link in the comments.  Let's have a great week!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Upholstered Headboard

We'll be having some house guests with us for awhile, and wanted to make them comfortable in our home so we decided to put a king-sized bed in our guest room, as opposed to the uncomfortable old queen bed that's in there now.  Getting a king-sized mattress also called for a new king-sized headboard, so we decided to move our current headboard/footboard into the guest room and get a new one for our master bedroom.  You might recall the styles I had been looking at last year.

I ended up purchasing one through Overstock.com, and it probably won't arrive for a few weeks.  It got great reviews, so I'm really hoping it's nice!

It's the Aisling Cream Fabric King Platform Bed.  I like the nailhead trim detailing and the fact that it's not just the headboard.  

Our current bed (from Z Gallerie) will be heading to the guest room.

I've got lots I'd like to do to transform our bedroom, I'll be sure to show you when the bed arrives!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dutch Oven Delight

We've been craving some comfort food around here and I was itching at the chance to use the new dutch oven Santa dropped off this year.  And by dropped off, I mean, the one I picked up on my way home from the grocery store the other day:)  Since moving into our new house, in lieu of individual gifts at Christmas, we've been buying one "house present" that we both can use.  Last year was our camera; this year, the dutch oven.  Since my new year's resolution is cooking more, I'm planning to use it often and have heard there are so many things you can use it for.  Do you have one?  If so, what do you like to cook in it?  

It sure looks pretty sitting on the stove- especially with a white kitchen.  I chose red because the salesman said that the red and orange (flame) colors would never be discontinued, so if I wanted to build a set of same colors for the future, those are the safe colors.  Not that I'll be buying a set, but I really just thought the red was beautiful and classic.

Chili with cornbread is delicious and I like making meals that we can eat for a few days.  A guilty pleasure of mine is also chili cheese hot dogs with Hebrew National franks- mmmmm!

And by the way, here are the America's Test Kitchen magazines I mentioned in my resolution post.  They give so much information beyond a basic cookbook, which is why I really like them.

I went ahead and bought the Cook's Illustrated Cookbook too and have started reading it.  It doesn't have any color photos, but has illustrations and lots of commentary on why the recipes work. 

I read all of your comments about how you learned to cook (or not! :) and your suggestions and what works for your family.  I appreciate you sharing them and definitely plan to incorporate the "child responsible for a meal once-a-week" when that time comes.  I also loved the commenter who said she makes one meal per night and if someone doesn't like it, they can have a PB&J.  Works for me:)