Halloween Inspiration

This one Halloween decoration had me like ūüėĮ this year…

So of course, I had to go get my own. Sure I could have made some myself, but why go through the trouble when JoAnn’s was already marking them down? 


I’ll tell you why you should probably go through the trouble. While they are supposed to look like they are flying out from behind the couch, instead, they are actually falling one by one behind the couch. It looks pretty creepy down there now. There are only about 4-5 left on the wall that may make it to Halloween. I’m going to have to take it up a notch next year. 

What is this Room?

Is it a bedroom? Is it a Dining Room?  Is it an Office? Well it’s all three of course!


That’s what happens when you live in 700 sq ft of space!

This is how it started out and  yes that door does lead to the garage.  This room does it all!

IMG_3608What it doesn’t do well, is fit a queen size bed and still leave room for anything else.  Sadly it was the first thing to go.  Sorry guests.  Now on to more important things like paint colors.  Did I mention there were a lot of disappointing paint colors?

IMG_4234Current color?  No.  Yellow? No.

IMG_4233How about a Carribean turquise?  Or “Backstroke” to be exact?  Stealing from the living room tv stand and tying the rooms together.  Yes!

I’m just not sure where that name came from.

IMG_4239The entire room though? NO!

IMG_4379Saved again by “Soft Cream”.

IMG_4941But where are the guests supposed to sleep you ask?

IMG_5185No worries, Ikea has a fix for that. How about a Breakfast Nook, by day.  I’m still working a new table that won’t break the bank, but for now I like how this one works.

IMG_5178Then I’ll turn it into a full Size bed, by night.  Sure it’s not a queen, but it’s not like my guests are moving in. Plus the room is only 9′ x 11′.  That leaves just enough room left for my desk.

IMG_6104I’m working on another space for my office, but for now I love the light in this room.


What do you think?  Sure it would be nice to have three diffrent rooms, but where is the imagination in that?

Bathroom Facelift

The first room I had to tackle before I even moved in, was this bathroom.


I didn’t like the blue¬†paint and the fixtures were not very appealing¬†either.¬† The mirror/medicine cabinet was chipping and too small for the space and they painted¬†the¬†light fixture blue¬†along with the walls.


My first idea was to just re-paint the light fixture black, so I went to Home Depot and found a little container of Martha Stewart black paint.  It had a little shimmer to it, but I thought it would work anyway.



IMG_3460I was wrong!  It was like Jem And The Holograms sparkly nail polish with the consistency of sand paper.  It had to go just like the mirror and the paint color.


So I took another trip back to Home Depot for a new light fixture and used a mirror I already had.



While it looked ten times better, it wasn’t the look I really wanted.¬† Neither was the storage shelf I was using.


So I went back to the internet and started looking up every bathroom storage cabinet I could find and mirrors.  While the mirror I really wanted was a capiz mirror, they all started at $199 and went up from there, so I was happy to compromise for this one for $40 from Home Goods.


I loved the new mirror, but now the light fixture didn’t match.¬†¬†After uninstalling another fixture, I went back to the store and found this.


I think it gives a¬†hint of the coastal look I’m going for, but also a touch of sparkle with the prismatic style¬†glass.¬† Then I was lucky enough to find this shelving unit at Ikea for only $35.¬† All of the others I had found were $100 and up.¬† Even the one at Home Goods was $150 and wasn’t as tall as this one.¬† I will trade the hour it took me to put this thing together due to their non-descriptive directions any day over spending extra money.


Just a few more added details…





and I’m almost done.¬† I just need to find a set of roman shades for the window. In the end this bathroom ended up getting new paint, a new mirror, new light fixture, new shower head, new curtain rod, and a new toilet because the other one was like a micro toilet. Now if I could only make up my mind the first time around, I may not have to keep redoing things.

A Room for a Princess: Part 2

Thanks for tuning in for part two. ¬†So far the ideas I’ve shared have been fun, but I don’t know about winning the best aunt ever award. ¬†That¬†would come from¬†making¬†her feel like a real princess.

She would also need a way to work out all of that extra energy she has.

Since all of this ¬†has gone in a larger then life direction, why stop with her room. ¬†If I’m going to get the best aunt ever award, I may need to take it outside too.

So what do you think? Did I accomplish my goal?  Which one is your favorite?  Of course most of this is way more then I could ever do, but it was fun to day dream in candy land for a bit.

A Room for a Princess

In honor of my sweet little niece finally sleeping in her own room

I put together a few ideas of what I would do to her room that would make me the best aunt ever. ¬†That is… if I had the chance. ¬†Now I said¬†a few, but really I found so many cute ideas that this is actually a two-part post.

First I would start with a DIY project that we could do together.  

She loves My Little Pony, so I thought this was so fun.

And what little girl wouldn’t want a canopy.

By far this is the cutest idea I’ve seen for paper lanterns.

All she really needs though, is a fun¬†bedroom that’s as colorful as she is.


I’ve seen these toad stools at Winn Dixie and thought they were a great idea for the back yard, but what an even better idea for a nightstand.¬†

Of course the water chick that I am could not get enough of this room.

One thing this little girl loves to do is sing, so she would definitely need a stage to perform on.

But, she also loves to dance so a mirror to watch herself in is a must.

To be continued…..

Bar Stool Mania

While I love the bar stools I have at my house, even though they are shorter than they should be for the height of the kitchen counter, I’ve found myself¬†zooming in on bar stools in images lately.

 Here are my stools.  Like I said, way too short for the counter, but not bad for a T.J.Maxx find.


¬†I think my fascination may have something to do with the fact that I spend more time sitting on my bar stools than I do on my actual sofa.¬† It’s just so much easier to use a laptop, eat, and watch tv from¬†the bar.¬† That and I feel like I’m giving up for the day if I get to comfortable on the couch.¬† Either way, I have to share with you some of the styles I’ve scoped out lately.

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I love anything that combines industrial and natural materials together and these bar stools do just that.

I like that these stools can be used inside and outside and look great in both.  However, for $454 they better!

As much as I use mine, I think I would like the higher back for comfort.

For the coastal side of me, I like the mix of wicker and wood too.

But if you’re looking for something different, I think the barrel stools or cowhide really changes things up.

I can’t even tell you which ones are my favorite, because I want them all.¬† Actually, I could pass on the barrel stools.¬† Which ones do you like?¬† Click on any of the images for more information from Houzz¬†on these designs.

Office Inspiration

Every now then I¬†like to fantasize¬†about what¬†my office will look like when I’m finally able to have a dedicated work space.¬†With offices like these, I may never want to come out.

I never imagined putting this much detail into designing my office.  The arched bookcase and detailing in the cabinets really sets the tone for this space.

I love the idea of using laundry drying racks for fabric storage.  Plus this basket chandelier looks like it was made for this room.

The amount of grey rooms that are piling up in my inspiration file is out of hand, but they look so elegant.  Especially paired up with earth tone tiles like these.  I swoon!

 You can never have enough storage space.

I think I could put this wallpaper all over my house and I would die to have the famous Eames Chair in my office.

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Writing yourself notes on the back of the door with chalk, where no one will see them, is a great way to keep your desk clear of clutter.

An added reading corner would be a great bonus for the office.  Though, I would probably end up napping on it between internet surfing.

With this office I wouldn’t have to give up additional guest space, but again there would be napping going on.

These DIY jars are too cute.

I can’t get enough of these shelves.

The yellow walls make this office a bright and happy room to work in.  Plus I would love to have a built-in window bench.  I do my best thinking sitting on the couch and looking out the window.

This rug looks kind of like the one I have in my bedroom now.  That would be one less thing I would have to buy.

If only I could be so lucky to find a house with dark wood floors, dark wood ceiling beams, and a fireplace.

These offices don’t have the space I’m dreaming about, but are still super cute.

Library Wallpaper would be a cute accent wall.  Plus this is the style chair I have been hunting down for my desk.  I refuse to pay retail for it.

Adding a nail head trim even makes a cork board look more elegant.

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¬†Of course, I can’t leave out an office with the famous Louis Ghost Chair.¬† Personally they are not my favorite , but the design world loves these things.

I would love a pull down door to hide my¬†office when I don’t want to look at it.

 Inspiration boards are a must.

After looking through these again, I think it’s clear I may have a minor obsession with white furniture, contrasting against a¬†pop of color.¬† The funny thing is that I always steer away from white whenever I’m looking at furniture.

So, which office is your favorite?

 Office pictures are courtesy of Houzz.com.  For more information on any of these spaces, click on the image to be redirected to Houzz.

What View Do You Wait All Week to See?

 All week-long I wait to trade in this view,


for this view.


Since I was sick the past couple weeks,¬†last weekend wouldn’t come soon enough.¬† It started off with a breakfast ride to Lenny’s.

If you’ve never heard of Lenny’s let me be the¬†first to tell you that you need to go.¬† I would have breakfast every meal of the day¬†if¬†it was healthy, so take it from me when I tell you this place is good.¬† I actually found out about it while I was still in Orlando from someone who used to live in Clearwater, so I made it a point to stop in and try it out.¬† Most mornings it looks like this.


Don’t let that scare you, because the line moves pretty quick.¬† Also, don’t expect a fancy looking restaurant,¬†but do look for the guy making balloon hats.¬† His balloons are so good, I’m trying to figure out how I can get a kid at my table, so he’ll make us one.¬† I’m stuck between the little mermaid and the unicorn.

After breakfast we were back on our bikes for what turned into an all day event.¬† The neighborhoods and paths are so nice¬†we don’t realize how far we’ve gone until we’re miles away.

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Or in¬†this case, we’ve reached downtown Dunedin.


Downtown Dunedin has that old town charm; filled with antique shops, restaurants, and boutiques.  I love their train bike rack too.

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First stop, The Feathered Nest (click here for Facebook page) 


This, is a boutique after my own dream.  One day I would love to have a store like this of my own.

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Next stop was Lafayette & Rushford Home.¬† Their website lafayette-rushford.com¬†does not come close to¬†doing them justice.¬† My brain is still trying to wrap around the creativity¬†pulsing from¬†this store. The bird’s nest with paper leaves they have hanging in the middle of the store is amazing.¬† Again, the picture does not do it justice.


Every corner of the store is executed flawlessly.

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It almost feels like each corner is a different store in itself.  By the way, the paper chevron table runner is gorgeous.


Even the check-out counter looks like a piece of furniture you would want to take home.


Mermaid’s Secret Garden (click here for Facebook page)¬†was another cute store where I picked up my new guppy¬†wine cork and glass charms.


A little¬†wine tasting Florida style at Stirling Tropical Wines.¬† I’m partial to the¬†pineapple wine.


Then we were on our way home.


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Check out this “Peeping Tom”


I think we well made up for the sick time this weekend.

Coastal Lobby

The great thing about living in a beach town is the endless supply of inspiration for coastal living around me.

Just look at this Lobby in the Clearwater Beach Hilton Hotel

I love how the turquoise pillows pop against the neutral color of the couch.

teal pillows

These bamboo chairs give a serene spa like feel that makes me want to take them home.

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While these day beds feel warm and welcoming and makes me want to stay awhile.

Hilton couch

A little bling with this Grand Chandelier

leather sofa

But the highlight of the lobby has to be this Coral Wall Installation near the lobby bar.

Who wouldn’t love an accent wall¬†like this in their home?

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