Decor

Decorate and redecorate because it’s always a work in progress and never really done!

 

 

Big Boy Bed (Pottery Barn Hampton Classic)

Big Boy Bed (Pottery Barn Hampton Classic)

The transition from nursery to “big boy” room continues and our bed arrived last week.  It’s the Pottery Barn Hampton Classic from Pottery Barn Teen, on sale for $399 plus delivery.  Our deliverymen assembled the twin bed in about 20 minutes and said it’s one of the most popular beds they deliver.  To make the room feel truly different from the nursery, we switched up the furniture placement too.

Side rails were added to the bed since our little guy is a super squirmy sleeper.  These are from Overstock and $32.99 each.  So far they are working perfectly,

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Big Boy Bedroom Plan

Big Boy Bedroom Plan

My 3 year-old son will soon be sleeping in a big boy bed.  He’s been quite content in his crib (only crawled out once!) all this time.  I took my time searching for a new bed and didn’t go with the car bed although I did consider it, opting instead for a better quality twin bed and “Cars” bedding.

I searched everywhere, looking online and in several stores.  I almost bought one from Wal-Mart.com, but the reviews weren’t that good and said the color (Walnut) was more orange/red than pictured.

via Wal-Mart $229

I really loved the dark blue 

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Abby M. Interiors

Abby M. Interiors

Happy Monday friends!  Over the weekend I was thrilled to hear my friend Abby announce the launch of her new interior design blog, Abby M. Interiors.  I’ve been following Abby since she first started blogging (A Delightful Design) and we started our blogs around the same time- hard to believe it’s been about 3 years now!  I think Abby is so talented and beyond classy and I’m just so happy for her success.  It takes a lot of bravery and determination to follow your dreams, so big KUDOS to you Abby!

Here is a sampling of some of her work,

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Basket Addiction

Basket Addiction

Happy almost Weekend!  If you have a chance, head on over to my friend Jen (I Heart Organizing) where I’m sharing my tips on how to organize your home with baskets!  I must have at least 50 baskets over here, what about you??

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Gray Built-In Bookshelves

Gray Built-In Bookshelves

Joni, of Cote de Texas, is famous for bring us gorgeous home tours and I came across this West University home she featured back in December 2009, as decorated by Sally Wheat.  Although the entire home is beautiful, what really caught my attention was the gray built-in bookcases in the family room.  Ms. Wheat is definitely ahead of the trends as gray is as relevant as ever, four years later. 

via Cote de Texas

via Cote de Texas

I scoured the entire post for the name of the paint color and found that Joni graciously shared it in the comments. 

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Our Living Room Sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce) – A …

Our Living Room Sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce) – A Review

Our sectional is from, the Pearce Chaise Sectional to be precise and I wanted to let you know the pros and cons in case you are considering this sofa for your home.  Overall, I would buy this couch again, but I wish the back cushions held their shape better.

This sectional comes in four pieces and can be configured so that the chaise is on the left or right. You have to be careful when placing your order so you get the correct piece.  

The couch is big!  It’s long enough seat several people and also to take an afternoon nap.

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Kitchen & Breakfast Room LOVE

Kitchen & Breakfast Room LOVE

Happy Friday y’all!  I’m looking forward to the HomeGoods event in Saturday morning- I’ll be there bright and shiny at 8:00 a.m.!  If you’re in Houston, I can’t wait to see you there!

What I have to show you today is nothing short of breathtaking.  It is a kitchen/breakfast room remodel by the incredibly talented Emily Hewitt of A Well Dressed Home.  She is an interior designer in Dallas and she recently worked this magic.  Take a peek.

I love it all and would happily move in in an instant.

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Custom Upholstered Children’s Chair

Custom Upholstered Children’s Chair

I saw this adorable upholstered chair recently on Jennifer’s blog (The Chronicles of Home) and instantly fell in love.  The fabric is so cool and the nailhead trim puts it over the top. But when I realized it’s a children’s chair, I thought how genius!  What a perfect, special addition to any room and that it’s handmade by a mother is even better.  It’s a piece I’m sure that will be cherished for many years.

Now Jennifer is making these chairs available for sale in a variety of different fabrics or you can choose your own fabric.

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A Favorite (Smaller) Living Room

A Favorite (Smaller) Living Room

I can’t get this living room out of my mind.  It’s a beautiful mix of masculine and feminine, a neutral color palette with great texture and personality.  The gallery wall is interesting and, if you can pull off a white sofa, go for it!  I’ve got a little toddler eating and getting grubby on the couch so it’s probably not happening here- although I have a friend who loves her white slipcovered sofas even with her own two little kids.  

I’m also crazy over the black-rimmed windows devoid of drapes- such great light.  And that convex mirror!

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Organizing the Kid Books

Organizing the Kid Books

It feels like we’ve got kid books (and toys) everywhere these days.  I want the books especially to be easily accessible so that we can quickly find a book at bedtime or whenever my son wants to read.  We’ve previously kept the books in bins and baskets throughout the house, but the basket situation is getting out of control.  I wanted to get the books (and baskets) off of the floor to create more room to play.

I was considering buying a bookshelf for my son’s room, then thought, duh, just make room for his books on a shelf in our hallway.

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My Home Office Organization

My Home Office Organization

With legal work, blogging, and Stella & Dot, I’ve been spending many hours in my home office lately.  Thankfully, I truly enjoy being in this space and get a lot accomplished here.  It’s way more fun to work in an office that is clean, pretty, and organized.  I feel much better here ever since I painted the walls white (they used to be light yellow) and turned my desk to face the window.  Those two small changes made a world of difference.  I also found dark grey velvet drapes that feel luxurious in the room.

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Pink Lamps

Pink Lamps

I admit to having a “thing” for lamps.  Am I alone?  I know lots of women who love shoes and bags (me too!), but I also get excited over pretty lamps (and mirrors).  You can find inexpensive lamps at places like Home Goods, so they’re easy to switch out when you crave a quick change to a room.

I’d been coveting a girlie, bright pink lamp for some time, but didn’t want to spend a fortune.  Lamps Plus has a cool line of lamps from every color of the rainbow (with cute coordinating shades) for around $100 and up,

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Grown Up Coffee Table

Grown Up Coffee Table

Hi friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!  After a major deep cleaning on Saturday, I was hanging out in the living room realizing that I never shared our “grown up” coffee table with you.  Like many of you with small children, we had the easy-to-clean, safe faux leather ottoman as our coffee table for years.

It was from Overstock, fit our living room perfectly, but most importantly, was baby friendly.  I even put ugly rubber bumpers on the leg corners to be extra safe- yeah, first time mom:) 

After a couple of years, I couldn’t wait to get rid of it because it was just too bulky and boxy.

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How I Keep My House Plants Alive

How I Keep My House Plants Alive

I should preface this post by saying that I’ve never been able to keep plants alive for long until I bought this variety that, even I, can keep alive with very low maintenance.  It’s just one of those basic “closet plants” that I think I found at Wal-Mart. Any of you know the actual name?

I’ve managed to keep two of these plants alive and thriving for over six months- probably a record for me.  I don’t know if this is technically the best way, but it seems to work for my plants:  I wait until they are drooping about like the photo below before I water them.

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Kitchen Updates & Hydrangea Love

Kitchen Updates & Hydrangea Love

Like many of you, our kitchen is grand central station.  It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house because it has so much great storage, lots of natural light, and pretty fixtures and counters.  I love to keep fresh flowers in the kitchen and hydrangeas are a beautiful treat.  Today I’m sharing this bunch of blue, green, and white hydrangeas to brighten your Monday.

I mentioned that our kitchen gets a lot of natural light.  Maybe too much.  We have blinds but they look kind of “unfinished” since our living room and breakfast room have drapes.

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Our Summer Mantle (via Kirkland’s)

Our Summer Mantle (via Kirkland’s)

Our mantle naturally seems to get a change of decor with the seasons.  I may be a little late with the Summer Mantle, but there’s nothing like a gift card to Kirkland’s to get your summer decor inspiration on!  (And I’ll be excited to announce a GIVEAWAY to Kirkland’s opportunity for YOU tomorrow!)

Lucky for us there is a Kirkland’s not too far from our house, so after dinner out on Friday, the whole gang headed to Kirkland’s for some summer decor.  On Saturday morning, I got busy changing out the Spring mantle for this new summer version.

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Little Aqua Vase

Little Aqua Vase

As much as I love fresh flowers, it seems I’m always putting them in clear glass vases.  I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to use a colored or more interesting vase before.   A while back, I was drawn to this little aqua vase from Crate & Barrel that I usually keep in my home office.  It has a small neck, perfect for just a couple of stems.

And I thought the aqua was pretty with some yellow flowers. 

And even my bathroom counter looks cheerier with the pop of color. 

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Dining Room Vintage Botanical Calendar Wall Art

Dining Room Vintage Botanical Calendar Wall Art

This post has been a long time coming.  A while back, my sweet, sweet friend Stephanie {Cre8ive Designs, Inc.), knowing I’m a big fan of botanical art, mailed me a vintage calendar (from 1965!) that she wasn’t using and was thoughtful enough to reach out to me and ask if I’d be interested in it.  When I said, “of course!” she mailed it to me from California!  I was beyond thrilled and so excited to receive it and see the gorgeous images inside that look like beautiful watercolored paintings.

I knew I wanted to hang a grouping of them,

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