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. 

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Livingroom Makeover

When I first moved into my house I was in a decorating frenzy to get everything done.  After a few months and some disappointing paint colors, I decided to live in the space for a while to see how I felt, before making any more changes.  While the whole house is still in a fluid state of decor rotation, I finally have it at a point where I feel comfortable enough to share.

Here is a look at where the living room started and where it is today.

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IMG_3515This is what it looked like when I first moved in.

IMG_3588I thought I liked the color, so curtains seemed like a good place to start.  Yet somehow, even though the curtains were beige linen, they blended right in with the mint walls.  It just looked blah.

IMG_5188 Enter Darker mint paint. “Malted Mint” to be exact.  I love it, but the window still needed something, so I added bamboo shades to fill in the wall between the windows and the curtains.

The other side of the living room has gone through multiple changes.  How do you decide what the best use of an extra couple feet of space should be?

IMG_3516The desk fit nicely, but reminded me of living in an apartment.

IMG_3756An extra sitting area seemed like a logical choice, but what to do with that wall.

IMG_5192At some point someone told me the turquoise had gone a little over board too.

Hey! It’s “Mint”……but I had to agree.

IMG_6114So I toned it down by painting the arch “Soft Cream”.

IMG_5713Still a work in progress.

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 What do you think?

What is this Room?

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

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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.

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

Sleeping with the fishes

The results are in and everyone guessed wrong.¬† I’m not sure how I feel about that.¬† On the one hand, I love my new bed, but on the other I’m second guessing my choice seeing how¬†everyone would¬†have chosen every bed except mine.¬† So here’s how I broke it down.

My favorite bed is #1 Captiva from Joss & Main, but it’s such a¬†specific style. What if I want to buy a new duvet or paint the walls in the future?¬† I would have to make sure it doesn’t clash with my bed.

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#2 Mid-Century from West Elm, seemed too simple and looked very similar to the bed I had for the past 12yrs.

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As much as I loved #3 Morocco from West Elm, and thought it would allow extra light to shine through since the bed is in front of the window, someone reminded me how annoying it is to dust dark furniture.¬† With Down pillows and comforter, I already feel like I’m dusting all the time.

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And while #5 Wilmington from Joss & Main, looked fun and beachy, reclaimed would doesn’t seem like the smoothest surface to park my pillow¬†at night.¬† I kept imagining snags in my blankets or sheets.

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Final answer….#4 Stria from West Elm

(I waited until all of their beds were 20% off)

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and here it is

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(Please disregard my poor photography.  Two cameras and these are still the best pictures I could get.)

So I still have more curtains and pictures to hang, but I’m happy to finally have the pink sand walls painted over.¬† They only look tan in pictures. Here’s¬†a preview of where the room started.

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So what do you think?

Bathroom Facelift

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Just a few more added details…

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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.

Front Yard Makeover

This weekend my mom took the 3 hour drive over to help me get this yard back in shape.

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4 hours into pulling weeds and raking, I started to think I was tricked into doing yard work that weekend.¬† My mom still wasn’t there and she just kept sending me pictures of different plants at the store.¬† I had to question whether she was really coming at all.

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She did finally show up, but the truth is neither one of us could figure out what direction to take the front of the house.¬† It’s adorable like a little cottage, but at the same time it’s in Florida and could use¬†a tropical¬†punch.¬† So I took a trip over to Kathy’s Korner¬†Nursery to get some ideas and that’s it, I was sold.¬† Look at this tropical paradise.¬† I would buy them all if I could.

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So with the magic of the internet, sweat, dirt, sweat, bugs, sweat, shovel, sweat, mulch, and more sweat here we are all done.  Did I mention it was really hot this weekend? You can also see my first house warming present in this picture, my palm tree door knocker.

IMG_3742We went with the pygmy date palm, heliconia, and crotons. We also used a mix of black mulch and rubber mulch to give it a bit of a different look and switched out the broken concrete for pavers. The grass still needs some love, so we also spread some seed and watered.

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I love how it looks and I can’t wait for them to grow a little taller.¬† The best part though, was when I woke up the next morning, this little guy was at my front door with a note.

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He has since found a home near my side door, which also got a bit of a makeover.

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from this…IMG_3688

to this

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What do you think?  Have you updated your landscape lately?