Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall 2012

Hey everyone! I couldn't wait to get the fall decor out this year, and add some new items! The chalkboard in the dining room is just a piece of cheap wood with a couple layers of chalkboard paint. The table runner on the buffet table is cut burlap from Joann's. The rest of the items are from Michael's, Joann's & homegoods.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mantle Update!

Hey guys! Been awhile! We've been up to a lot lately! We've made some minor changes to the house, but things have kind of been on hiatus because of vacation, trying to save some money, and general maintenance to the house.

To hold you over until I get some pictures of some updates, here is a brand new "bentley street" header and a look at our updated mantle.

Here's before:

And After! Check out my new mirror I scored from Homegoods. I say scored, because
I only paid $20 for it. It was originally $80, then marked down to $55 and I had
a $35 gift card. 

I have yet to be happy about any arrangement I've made on the mantle until now. I 
think I'm starting to get the hang of it. What do you think?

P.S. The background of the header is a line drawing of mine I scanned in. Hopefully I can get the rest scanned in to start making prints and start selling on etsy.

Also, updates have been made to my personal graphic design blog. I have designed a line of wedding invitations, and am always designing book covers at my daytime job.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pinterest day!

Hey everyone! If you've been following me on Pinterest, you've probably noticed all the DIY stuff I've pinned. Well this weekend, my mom, my mom-in-law, and I, put two to the test! We saw this and this on pinterest and decided to take a crack at it and they turned out great!

One project was wrapping twine around a vase. The other was to take rubber bands, wrap them around the vase, spray paint, then remove the rubberbands.




Sunday, September 11, 2011

Laundry Redo!!

First off, lets go back over a year ago, when the laundry room looked like this....  


Then we painted, put up a cabinet, and got a new washer and dryer.

Then it stayed like that for awhile.

Then came my drawing at chilis.... :)


Which then evolved to my dad's much more precise and accurate drawing. 

And then turned into this!!
The cabinet was actually built by my dad for the house I grew up in. They 
recently upgraded and were going to throw it away. I thought 
it'd be nice to have a piece of furniture that was once in the house 
I grew up in. So with a little white paint and new hardware, it looks
brand new!

The sink. I wanted the farmhouse look, so we went with Ikea's DOMSJÖ sink.

The counter top. After searching pinterest for months, I found that I really loved 
the look of butcher block, so naturally we went with Ikeas NUMERÄR in oak.

The shelf toward the back was hand made and stained by my dad, Steve, and Steve's dad. 
It serves two purposes, covering the hoses and outlet for the washer and dryer, 
and extra shelving (its also removable so when we do need to reach the outlet or

The cubbies were also hand built by my dad, Steve, and his Dad (also named Steve :).

The curtain was made by my mom :). We bought the fabric from Joann's.

Whats behind the curtain you ask? It's actually hiding the litter box!! Jerry 
has had no problem sneaking his way back there to do his deed.
 Here are some shots of the whole process.

What a great team!!



 But wait!!! Something is missing isn't it? 

We are purchasing the faucet online because it is much cheaper. We are
going with this beauty.

Moen "Anabelle"

 I thought I'd throw in some bonus pics of other updates we've made. 
A 48 x 60 hand painted canvas painted by yours truly.

Frames up the stair way. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Design Site

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know that I've started a blog totally dedicated to my design work, and book covers!

Check it out here!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Laying it out....

I decided to cut out pieces of paper in the size of the Ikea frames and lay them out on the wall going up the stairs. I have decided that the frames would not only frame pictures, but interests that both steve and I have. In searching for images I came across these amazing movie posters that would look great in the frames I choose for my interests.

There are certain movies that mean a great deal to me, for which I cannot explain to you why. They touch me in a very deep and emotional way, and I feel that displaying that in our home would be a perfect way to add a personal touch.

Shown is how I plan on displaying the frames:

Here are some of the posters I came across in my search:
To source these, go to my Pinterest account here.

And if you haven't seen Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.. see it. The underlying message really made me think.. in a good way

Here's one of my favorite parts of the movie...