Wednesday, October 7, 2015

One Room Challenge :: Week 1 - A Neutral Nursery

If you're new to my blog, and stopping by for the One Room Challenge, thanks so much and welcome!!  I'm Megan, wife, and mom to the sweetest 5-year old boy you've ever met.  And, we have a baby on the way!  I've been blogging for the last five years about home decor, organization, fashion and fitness.  I hung up my lawyer hat a couple years ago to be a stay-at-home mom, and never looked back!  I can honestly say home decor and fashion are much more fun than all-day depositions! ;) Like most busy families, our lives move quickly, but we try to savor the moments.  Our son is now in kindergarten and the baby-on-the way is due in March!! :)  


For the One Room Challenge, if you're a regular friend of HWH, you won't be surprised to hear we'll be creating a NURSERY for this little baby! As for the ORC, I'll have just six weeks to transform the room, and will show you my progress every Wednesday, along with 19 other awesome design bloggers.  The final reveal will be November 11th.  AND, you can also join in

The nursery-to-be was formerly James' nursery and then his big boy room.  I first featured his nursery back in August 2010 when I had just started blogging!  Those little dark pictures didn't do justice for the love of the room back then, but there is a super sweet picture of him at just 4 months old and thinking of having another one of those little nuggets around after all these years gets my teary-eyed! I can't believe we're actually having a baby!   You can catch the 13 week bump update here.

Because the room is across from our master bedroom, it makes the most sense for it to become the spot for all those middle of the night feedings and diaper changes.  Oh my gosh, while typing those words it just hit me that I'm going to be up in the middle of the night again feeding a tiny baby and changing diapers! #helpme!!  That's the thing about having kids 6 years apart- you get baby amnesia!


When the room belonged to James, it was a color mix of light blue, dark blue and red that fit his playful personality. You can see more pictures and details of his former room here, with source lists, but here are a few shots so you can see what the room looks like as we get started.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

How to Tie a Scarf (3 Styles)

Hi friends!  It's been absolutely glorious COOLer weather here and everyone is Houston seems to be cherishing these days and is in an awesome mood!  We sweat our balls off all summer long, so when a cool front hits we are ridiculously giddy!  Soccer games are more enjoyable, we can run our errands without sweating, and we get to break out the SCARVES!!  See how happy I am?!?! Smiling with all my teeth showing! Ha! Might as well show them off after all those years of braces! #thanksGrandma! 

My usual fashion/style Wardrobe Wednesday series will be moving to Tuesdays for the next six weeks while I participate in the One Room Challenge that starts tomorrow!  I hope you come back to see what room we're redoing in just six weeks! I'm sure you regular reader friends can probably guess. ;) And I really hope I can actually pull it off! Because I'm seriously not sure.  

But onto today's Tuesday Wardrobe, I'm sharing some of my favorite (super easy) ways to tie a scarf. Since I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and solid colors, I like to dress up my outfit with a fun patterned or colorful scarf.  Neutral is nice and I am a fan of the monochromatic look, but a pop of color can make the outfit more interesting.  

See the difference between this all black outfit and then pairing it with a fun leopard scarf with colored trim below in the second picture.  This Topshop Scallop Frill Tee is the same one I wore in last Friday's Weekend Steals & Deals (It's Officially Fall!) post.

Topshop Scallop Frill Tee ($25) | leopard scarf with colored trim | GAP skinny inset panel maternity jeans ($79.95, $39.99) non-maternity Topshop black skinny jeans $65, 193 positive reviews) | black heels | Rocksbox necklace - get 1st month free with code HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO 


I have three go-to ways to wear a scarf that I'm showing you today: 1) Loop Style; 2) Infinity Style; and 3) Around the Neck.  Let's go! 

How to tie a Scarf - 3 ways

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kid Closet Makeover (Elfa Installation & Final Reveal)

Back to the grind my friends!  Monday mornings are never my favorite and always require a dose of caffeine to get me going, but it's time to get going on lots of projects in the works over here!  If you've been following along, you know I was inspired to makeover my son's bedroom closet and met with a Container Store design consultant to create a custom closet that would function much better than what he currently had.  When we moved James from his colorful big boy room into the guest room, he lost the shelving that was in his former closet, so we was left with just hanging space for clothes.  Now, we have a closet that's much more functional and stylish!


This is what his closet looked like before we got started on the makeover.  You can see we only had two options for hanging clothes, but a complete waste of space in the middle.  And, I'd taken advantage of some of the space to store decor items we're not currently using like lamps, mirrors and frames!  Where is that stuff supposed to go?!?!  It's now in my office closet.   

Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | It's Officially Fall!

Who's ready for the weekend?!  We are waking up to a gloriously cool day and it makes me feel like celebrating!  Who knew the weather could put you in such a good mood?!  This weekend will be busy because I'm getting ready for the launch of the One Room Challenge that starts on Wednesday, which means I have just 6 weeks to transform a room in our home and I'll be sharing the progress with you weekly every Wednesday.  I might be freaking out a little about the tight deadline! Any guesses on which room we'll be transforming?!?!  I can't wait to see everyone else's rooms too- the are always so good! No pressure, right?! ;)

That means Wardrobe Wednesday will temporarily move and if you missed it this week, definitely check out How to Wear Ankle Booties with lots of outfit inspiration!

I was looking through my Fall wardrobe recently and realized I was lacking thin, solid colored sweaters to dress up with different colored scarves and shoes.  I usually buy these basic pieces every couple years and get tons of use out of them until I wear them completely out.  This year, I bought the Dreamers V-Neck Sweater and the U-neck style, but didn't factor in this growing baby bump, so the XS are too small and need to be exchanged.  They tend to run small anyway, so you probably want to size up.  I love the quality and price (under $20!).


Fall fashion - distressed jeans, solid sweater, statement necklace, plaid scarf, booties
distressed jeans (similar) | Dreamers V-Neck Sweater | plaid scarf (similar) | tassel booties | Rocksbox necklace - get 1st month free with code HONEYWEREHOMEXOXO

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wardrobe Wednesday | How to Wear Ankle Booties

It's right about now that I want to be in ankle booties daily, but being as short as I am, I didn't think I could pull them off.  I'm happy to report I've sound several styles of ankle booties that are flattering on all heights, including us shorties! ;) 

It's true that booties can cut off the visual line of your leg, but if you style your booties in a flattering way, you can wear booties with so many things from jeans to dresses to shorts and pants.  Below I'm sharing five of my favorite pair of ankle booties and how to wear them, so you have lots of outfit options and ideas!

How to wear ankle booties - 5 bootie styles and 15 different outfit ideas

First up, the booties I know and love are (as seen from top to bottom in the picture above):
Vince Camuto Maves Bootie (on sale)
Sole Society Talisha Tassel Bootie (current fave, under $100)
Kristin Cavallari Laurel Peep Toe Bootie (nude color on sale)
Baila Ashton Wedge Ankle Bootie
Mine are old Vince Camuto, this is the new version Vince Camuto Saron Bootie

*On all of these booties, I order a 1/2 size up so I can fit at least a thin sock or a "no show" sock if I need to.

But, in case my booties are sold out or unavailable in your size, I found some similar, reasonably priced options below.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kid Closet Makeover (The Design Plan & Process)

If you've been following along recently, you know we moved our son from his colorful big boy room into the rarely used guest room.  The room is coming along with the big pieces in place like the bed that was in there before, a new dresser, his red desk and red bookshelf that I brought in from the playroom.  I'm still working on the other details like paint, drapes, art, and I'd like a floor lamp for the narrow space beside his bed.  

Having the opportunity to work with The Container Store last week prompted me to get started on his closet next.  It's perfect timing because The Container Store is currently having their shelving sale, including everything Elfa 25% off + 25% off installation.

The closet James has now is much smaller than the one in his former room with no built-in shelving (except for the shallow shelf separating the hanging space).  And, unfortunately for him, I still had quite a bit of decor stored in there like lamps, mirrors, and frames that needed to be housed elsewhere.  Today I'm sharing what the closet looked like before and the design for what the closet will look like once it gets a makeover!

:: Closet Before :: 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Slow Weekends & Busy Weekday Mornings

Thanks to Chinet® for sponsoring today's post.

Now that school's back in session and weekday mornings are busier than ever, we are definitely cherishing the slower paced weekends.  We're fortunate to have a great neighborhood park nearby that we we can walk to.  It's a perfect 10-15 minute walk and when the weather is cooler, getting outside in the fresh air is such a nice way to begin a Saturday morning.  With a cup of fresh brewed coffee of course!

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