Some of my favorite pins lately.
TWO – Cathrineholm: Obsessed. I can’t get enough of this beautiful vintage enamelware and that iconic Scandinavian design lately.
THREE – On my list: Been wanting to build a laundry table for quite a while. Now I want to add chunky detail to the shelves too!
FOUR – Christmas wrapping: Could there be a better way to wrap Xmas presents?? I think no.
FIVE – Be still my heart: So. Many. Books. This is my dream
SIX – Library card case: Because no self-respecting library lover wouldn’t love this library card phone case.
SEVEN – Lace sleaves: Loving this shirt! A nice mix – feminine grunge.
EIGHT – Blankets blankets: Pretty way to display all those blankets I love. Or ‘blankies’ as I’ve been known to call them these days.
NINE – NYC Poster: Loving this poster, really this whole series. These would be so rad hung all in a row on a large wall.
Hey, if you are on Pinterest, you should follow me! :) Have a great weekend friends!
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So this morning over on Young House Love (aka, best blog ever), John and Sherry posted photos of a reader’s home who was asking for advice on updating the curb appeal of her house. Sherry had some great input that you can read about here (check out the comments for other reader ideas too!), but since they opened it up for contributions, and I love Photoshopping home updates, I thought I’d get in on the fun myself. :)
Here is the original house. Wendy, the homeowner, said that the brick is an orangy color that is really tripping here up. Also, they can’t go too crazy with color or changes because of their HOA rules.
First off, I think the home is just dreamy! What great structure and presence! I do see though, how the cream siding/trim is making the orange really loud. So here is what me and my friend Photoshop came up with to update the house.
Because of their strict HOA, I kept the color scheme very neutral – gray, black and white, with just a pop of blue for fun on the door.
As for the changes, if I was in charge here (muahaha) I would definitely go pure white with the trim, then paint the siding a medium-dark warm gray to emphasize the trim work and balance out those black shutters on the left side of the house (my left as I’m looking at the photo, btw). Right now, they make that side really heavy, while the beautiful bay windows on the right almost disappear.
I would also use black as an accent all over the place! In the house numbers, porch lights, door hardware and trim, and even the soffit color. This would highlight the dental molding and add that bold contrast across the whole exterior, keeping your eye moving around instead of drawing attention to just one space. I’d also paint the front of the steps black rather than red. Highlighting the entry and the elevated porch would really give it a grand and grounded feeling, instead of letting it blend into the brick, which causes a sort of weird floating door effect.
Then I would paint the door robin-egg blue to compliment the orange hues in the brick, and add a softer blue to the porch ceiling as well. Orange and blue are complimentary colors, so placing them next to each other works well to tone down the harshness of the orange. See how that blue door with black trim instantly makes the black shutters look gorgeous and intentional too?
A few other changes I would make would be to line the sidewalk with brick to bring that warm color down to the base and ground the whole house. This would not only add to the grandness of the entrance, but, again, would de-emphasize the orangeness, because it keeps the house from looking like a sudden orange box sitting on top of a neutral landscape. I’d also add some large planters on the porch to break up the bare brick, and change out the brick-colored planting bed retainer with gray stone to balance the new gray siding on the right of the house, since there is no other gray on that left side. I’ve also added some modern details in the house numbers, new light fixtures, and planters. Wendy mentioned that they don’t particularly like too traditional a style, so I think a few small changes like that could add a lot of personality, without competing with the home’s style.
Some small changes, mostly just painting, and it would be so so beautiful!! What do you think? Do you like my updates, or would you do something different?
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Boots: Steve Madden
Socks: American Eagle
Earrings: American Eagle
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For some reason this year, fall really snuck up on me. It feels like it should still be summer. It was 11° this morning. :(
This outfit, however, is not from today. (I don’t wear dresses when you can see your breath outside.) This one is from those early fall weeks when it was still nice enough to convince myself that October counts as summer. Kind of.
I paired this pretty dress with a very old sweater I’ve had since college but still adore. The color and chunky knit were ahead of their time. Socks with boots give a little autumn-ish flair too. You can’t go wrong with cognac, orange, navy, and cream for fall. It’s impossible.
Side note… if you’re paying attention you may notice that our deck has gotten (is still getting) a little spruce up! Much needed. (Compare it to photos here if you have no idea what I’m talking about.) More on that to come soon so stay tuned over the next few weeks to hear all about it.
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Well, as I’ve mentioned in the past (here) I’ve been wanting to get Vera into her ‘big girl room’ for a while now. And I’m happy to say that we’ve finally done it! And that she loves it and has been doing so well in her new room and bed.
Without further ado, here is the new space:
I should note here, that the wall colors in this room are insanely hard to photograph. In real life, the blue wall is a deep inky blue with an aqua tint, and the light walls (which look weirdly blue in these photos) are actually a cool gray. Here are the actual color swatches from Valspar’s website:
You can see in this (crappy phone) photo from when I was painting the previously blue walls to gray, that the gray really is gray, and not blue:
And in case you’re curious, here are a few old shots to illustrate how far this room has come:
The first shot is from when we first walked through the house. The next from the point when this room was a catch all for laundry and project supplies. And the third was what it looked like after I finally cleaned it up, but it was never used.
I tried to reuse as many things as possible from Vera’s nursery, both to keep costs close to nil, and to help her feel comfortable and surrounded by her own familiar things, even though it was in a new room. In fact, the only new things I did buy were a curtain rod (from Target), the tall book shelf in the corner (garage sale find), and the alphabet print (also Target). I should note here that I rarely buy mass produced artwork. I much prefer to either make it myself or buy prints from talented artists on Etsy or other unique shops. That being said, this lovely canvas features artwork by the late Eric Carle, one of my favorites, and I just couldn’t pass it up. Plus the colors and style were just perfect for the space.
I will be continuing to add to the gallery wall above the bed over time, when I make or find things that fit the space or have special meaning. It looks a little bare to me right now, but eventually all the holes will be filled in with pretty things.
Even though it was my goal to reuse as much as possible, I did want to change it up a little for fun. So while I LOVE (really love) the dark gray walls of the nursery (also used in our master and guest rooms- seriously, love), I decided against it in here. The other reason for that choice was the size of this room, which is smaller over all than any of the other bedrooms.
Because of the smaller size of this room, some of the furniture isn’t ideal. With that in mind, I consider this ‘phase 1′ for this room. I plan to switch up some of the furniture in here with some other pieces around the house that will hopefully fit a little better and give some breathing room. The other thing that will change is the height of the bed. Right now the box spring is just sitting on the floor (which is why the bedskirt is tucked under it) so it isn’t too high if Vera were to fall out in the night. Eventually I’ll put it up on rails so it’s a regular sized bed for her. I’d also like to switch out or otherwise update the ceiling fan, and still need to finish painting all the trim white, but for now, I’m enjoying the coziness, not to mention the fact that V loves it.