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Monday, June 9, 2014

Say Good-bye to Stinky Kitchen Towels and Sponges

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Lea and I were suppose to start our swim class today, but the weather is pretty crummy. Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer for swimming.

I wanted to share with you a product that I found that I absolutely love! They're called Skoy Eco Cleaning Cloths and they are wonderful. I was tired of using sponges and rags to wipe down my counters and searched to find a product out there that could replace these.

I found them on EarthEasy.com and they are currently on sale for a pack of 4 for $6.95. They're very sturdy and thick and you're able to throw them in the dishwasher when need be. The best part is they'll never get smelly!!






Also, if you haven't checked this website out before, definitely stop by when you have a quick second. It's a great website to find eco-friendly products for your home and has tons of information on they're as well about sustainable living.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Laundry Room Update


Well, I admit I didn't get too far with my laundry room makeover. It's all good though... priorities shift pretty quickly when you have a little one. I got as far as painting and replacing the light fixture, but that's the extent of it. We got rid of the dreariness with a coat of paint and the ho-hum fixture went bye-bye.

For the paint, I decided to go with Ryegrass from Sherwin Williams. I didn't realize it when I selected the color that it's the same color that's in our breakfast nook. It's a vibrant color and the room needed it. It looks great anywhere! I added the piece of art we already had that worked great with the color and fills up the wall pretty nicely.












I know..not too exciting, but I didn't want to leave you hanging. I had high hopes to find something for the wall to hang our jackets and bags, but just opted to use an over the door coat hanger. Also, I can still see painting the door maybe and the cabinets, but I'm moving on. With Lea now crawling, I've moved onto other priorities. We had the idea of changing up the sitting area off the kitchen and creating a little playroom for her. Now I'm working on that and we'll see how far I get:) At the rate I'm going, I'll give you an update in 5 months or so!

Have a great weekend!








Friday, March 28, 2014

Next project please!

I have been itching for my next project and have some ideas on things I want to tackle. Lea is now four months and I'm so enjoying being home with her. Being home is a blessing, but it can also be a challenge for me. I LOVE to change things up!! Simple ways of doing that for me is painting, but that can depend on how big the room is. Other ways may be rearranging furniture, redecorating and changing up accessories, or adding a new piece here and there. After four months of hibernation and taking it easy, I'm ready for my next project!

I've been dying to spruce up our laundry room. When we come into our home through the garage, it's the first room you see. You want it to feel welcoming when you walk in, and this room definitely needs some perking up. I would take any of these beautiful laundry rooms. I love the idea of having the built in area for coats and then a nice, big surface to fold clothes on. A utility sink would be great too! I also love the idea of painting the door an accent color.









So this is what I'm working with. When we originally bought the house, our laundry room looked like this. It's a very dark (no windows) and narrow room, and I've been racking my brain as to how I can make it more functional for us without spending much.





After moving in, I had to slap on a new coat of paint. I had a white chest that I stuck in there and ended up hanging several pictures on the large wall. It's been like this and it hasn't been too functional for us. We throw our coats, bags, and all things random on the washer and dryer and the small chest you see. I've got this great wall and I'd love to make some use of it.






I originally was thinking board and batten look, but figured it's too much work I can take on right now. I like the functionality of the hooks and thought this would be pretty inexpensive to do. I would love to replace the lighting fixture. These new energy efficient light bulbs don't let off the best light. A brighter rug would be lovely and eventually would love to add some family photos in here.


{image via http://bunsinarow.blogspot.com}


I think I will decide on paint and go from there. I'm thinking of painting it a green. Any thoughts or suggestions as to what I can do in there?? How would you make it more functional?




Have a great weekend!! 







Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lea's Traditional Lilac Nursery

It's a new year and my how things have changed in our life! We added a new addition to the family, our little Lea, and she's been keeping us busy! Hope you all are enjoying the new year thus far. Hopefully staying warm and staying healthy. With so many cases of the flu out there, Lea and I have been staying close to home.






I wanted to finally share with you Lea's nursery pics. This room was once our guestroom that I recently transformed about a year ago. We ended up making our office duel purpose as the guest/office and it worked out well.

Working on her room was a labor of love and I'm so happy with the way everything turned out. Pretty excited as well that Project Nursery Readers' selected it as one of their favorites. They say the color lilac is on trend in girls' nurseries and they've been seeing a lot more of it. It's a great choice if you don't want to go pink, but still want to keep it feminine and sweet. If you do decide to go with a lilac or lavender, you might find it a little difficult to find much in that color out on the market, especially curtains. Be prepared to get creative.








For Lea's room, I envisioned a beautiful and sophisticated nursery fit for a princess. I went with a traditional feel throughout the nursery and played off the focus of the room, which is her canopy crib. I am in love with this piece. So dreamy. Another favorite piece is her bookcase unit. It's a piece I've had for years and my mom and I refurbished it with Anne Sloan's chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue. It's great for storage, displaying all her pretty things, and will be a piece she'll have for years to come. The piece that really brought the room together and tied it all in is her rug. I love how ultra feminine it is, and the fact that it can grow with her. I think that's key.




















I had to get creative with a lot of the accessories and wall art. I had an art book and used the Monet pages for her artwork. I also reused and repainted some pieces I already had like the scroll iron piece above her changing table and the mirrors.  Etsy is a great resource to find pieces you can have custom made in your colors. The crochet blanket and also the flower pom poms I bought on Etsy. 






































I had a really great time creating this space for Lea. It's important to have fun with the process, but definitely allow yourself plenty of time to get it finished. You don't want to rush through it. There were days I didn't feel like doing anything, months even, and time slips away quickly. Also, throw in a little unexpected. For me, I'm not at all into the "matchy matchy" stuff. I love to mix pieces and try new things that you wouldn't typically see. Step outside the box and you may be surprised at what you can create.

We love our little Lea ! Can't believe she's already 2 months.









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