Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Treats #26 {Inspiration, Tips & Tricks from around the web}

Can you all believe I haven't done a Tuesday Treats post in 2015!? Well today you are going to get some great inspiration that I have been saving up for all of you.


1. 10 Questions to Ask before starting a Renovation
Are you planning on tackling some renovations around your home this year? Whether you are redoing your bathroom or kitchen, Courtney has shared some fabulous tips to consider!

Click Here for Tips

2. Ohio Cottage Home Tour
Since we are moving into Spring, I am craving a sweet cottage on a lake. I absolutely love the tour of this calming & relaxed Ohio Cottage...and you will too! 

Click Here to view Tour

3. Top 10 Decor Pieces you need by 30
What do you think about this list? Do you think all of these items should be in your home by the time you are 30?

4. Icelandic Inspired Nursery
I have been drawn to so many neutral nurseries since both of our babes will be sharing a space. But, I came across this stunning nursery designed by Dina and it is absolutely fabulous! I love that she added drama and color by wallpapering the ceiling!

Click Here for Full Reveal

5. Linen Closet Makeover
I am sure some of you are into Spring cleaning this time of year. With that comes a lot of organization. I just took about 3 loads of old sheets, towels and whatever else was hiding in our closets to Goodwill. It feels so great to purge...doesn't it? Well... take a look at Dear Lillie's Linen Closet Makeover. I have always said that keeping your towels neutral and adding baskets and bins will totally simplify life!

Full Source List Here

Okay friends...what inspiration have you been hiding from us? Anything I NEED to know about?

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

An Accent Wall with Wallpaper {Master Bedroom}

Hi All! We have been nesting away over here with just over three weeks till these babies make their arrival. So sorry that my posts have been few and far between. I am hoping to update you this week on a few changes going on around our home as well as finishing editing the nursery photos.

Today I am talking about wallpaper. Yes...most of us have been through the tearing and scraping of the dreaded 70's and 80's wallpaper days. I have always said that I would NEVER add wallpaper to my home after the demo in many of our flip homes. However, I have found some wonderful modern accent walls that have really change my mind lately....especially in the bedroom. 

I have been thinking of adding an accent wall to our own master bedroom. Nothing crazy, but something neutral that adds a bit of luxe and texture.

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Aren't they all quite fabulous? What do you think about wallpaper? Have I changed your mind?

Need more bedroom inspiration? Check out my Pinterest Board!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Favorite App {Origrami}

Any of you out there have a problem with hoarding photos on your phone? Yeah...me too! In the good ole days you just took the film to the store to be developed into lovely pictures. Well now with all of this technology it seems as though I have less and less pictures around the house. I have really been trying to be conscious of saving the pictures at least to my external hard drive every month or so. I know that when these babies come I am going to want to savor all the precious moments and I don't want them to just stay on my phone forever.

Well a few weeks ago I found this App and decided to try it out. You don't have to necessarily use it as an App. You can upload pictures straight from dropbox or your computer.

I love the different sizes and the throwback retro look to the prints. You can customize them to your liking with different backside colors, add the date they were taken and a description as well.

How cute are these little magnets?

I was so excited to get my pictures in the mail. Oh...did I mention that they ship from Australia for FREE? It is a small company run by a husband and wife. I love supporting small businesses...don't you?

The pictures turned out amazing! They are printed on a thick cardstock with a matte finish. I believe you can choose what kind of finish you would like. I chose matte because I wanted to keep these pictures out on our coffee table for people to look through when they are visiting and I didn't want to worry about greasy fingers all over my pictures.

I ordered the 4x4 square prints with a plain white back. I would love to know if you all have tried this company or another when printing either Instagram pictures or pics from your phone.

Aren't they quite adorable? I am definitely going to order more.

Happy Hump Day All!

**This was not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share my excitement about a product I love with all of you! **

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's On Your....Kitchen Counter?

Last month 8 of us bloggers posted what was on our bathroom vanities. This month's post is all about our kitchen counters. I would love to share an amazing kitchen with all of you, but alas you will see the real deal through the pictures below. I did clean up a little for you because there are usually some dishes in the sink and mail on the bar. But you all get the idea...this is real life.

The kitchen is the heart of the home....is it not? The place where meals are made, discussions are held, junk gets piled and messes are all around. I have a feeling that my semi-picked up kitchen will only stay this way for a short period of time. When these babies come it is going to be filled with bottles, burp clothes, wash clothes and the like. But I wouldn't want it any other way!

When we moved into this home 7 years ago, we were thinking it would be our home for 3-5 years. So I really haven't done much to the kitchen other than adding a back splash. I dream of granite counters and painted cabinets, but feel blessed just to have a functional and pretty large kitchen for now.

Everything has a place. You can always find some fruit in our white bowl, cutting boards leaning against the back splash and some ingredients by the stove.

The bar side of the kitchen usually has some mail and news papers piled as well as my semi-organized drop spot that I showed you all here. I always have a pad of paper with our ongoing grocery list so the hubs and I can write down items right away without forgetting what was needed later in the week.

And of course what would be a counter without a little coffee station. An antique tray that I found for $2.50 helps coral the grinder and keeps the mess off of the counter top.

I really try to have some flowers in the kitchen to make me happy. Doesn't always happen, but it was my new years resolution a couple of years ago and I find the kitchen much more cheery with some pretty flowers...even if they are from the clearance section at the grocery. My dish scrubber always has a place to rest, which I find helpful when trying to keep the sink clean from grime and water spots.

And that is the exciting world of my kitchen counters! HA! So I am thinking you all need to spill the beans on what your kitchen counters look like at the moment? Come on mama's out there....make me feel better by telling me how crazy my kitchen might look with the little twins here in just a short couple of months!

Check out the good and bad from the rest of our blogging team:

Sarah- 702 Park Project
Brittany- Brittany French Blog
Kristy & Beth- Design Chic
Brenna- Domestic Charm
Mary Keller & Heath- Southland Avenue
Cathy- The Grit & Polish

Do you need some more kitchen inspiration? Check out my Kitchen Pinterest board Here!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Our New DIY Industrial Coffee Table

This post is a long time coming. I started this project with my brother and dad a few months ago and we finally finished before the holidays. I just haven't made time to take pictures and share with all of you. Some of you might remember that a coffee table was one of my 2014 Home Goals. We did finish in 2014..so I am making that count!

We have been living without a coffee table for our entire marriage. That is almost 10 years people! I really liked having an open space in front of our couch, but never realized what I was missing until this beauty came along.

Now we have a place for our drinks, snacks, feet....whatever! This table is so sturdy that we can literally stand on it to change a light bulb or dance the night away without worrying about the damage our hefty selves might cause.

My brother built the wood top out of reclaimed wood from an old pub in downtown Raleigh. He planed the wood and sanded it down to create a smooth surface.

My dad and I designed the metal base and welded the pieces together with heavy duty steel. I am working on a tutorial to share with all of you over the next couple of weeks. So stay tuned!

I added a few coats of clear polyurethane to bring out the color and knots in the wood and to give it a durable surface with no worries of water stains. I also sprayed the metal with a clear coating to protect it from rusting in our humid NC weather.

I absolutely love how the table came out. It really gives our living space some texture and life. I love combining different styles to create a space that I want to spend my time in.
So much meaning and hard work went into this piece. I can't wait to have it in the family for many many years. A HUGE thank you to my talented brother and father for helping me create a memorable piece. I loved spending time working on this with both of you!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Pinterest Recipes} I've Tried and Liked

So if you are anything like me, you like to find some quick meals that taste amazing....right? I am becoming less and less of a cook as the years move on. I always get stuck making the same meals over and over. I often look to Pinterest for inspiration not just in home decor, but also meal planning. I know that Pinterest can be a bit overwhelming, but I really do love finding new recipes to try. Some have been "no goes" while a few have been put on our rotation list for our "go to" meals.

Today I thought I would share a few Pinterest recipes that we like and you will too!

These were so tasty and your house smells amazing all day while cooking. We had so many leftovers that I froze the extra chicken for another meal down the road.

These were so so good. I have also made these without the ground turkey/beef and added Quinoa instead.

This has been one of my favorites for over a year! I have made it for guests and everyone loves it. All of these ingredients and flavors combined taste amazing! Give it a whirl...you won't regret it!

Again...another one of our go to meals except I do not make my own enchilada sauce like they do in the recipe. I buy one can of medium sauce at the store. I have also added butternut squash to these which gives it a bit more flavor. Another way to make these enchiladas more simple is to create more of a bake layering the tortilla shells and then adding the ingredients in between the layers. Bakes the same, just cuts down on rolling and placing the shells.

So so good my friends! You can change up the fruit with the season. I have even cheated in the winter months and added canned mandarin oranges. This meal would be easy if you had left over chicken from a previous meal. Just add some good bread and you have a quick and tasty meal!

Yes...this is as good as it looks and can you imagine the aroma coming from your kitchen all day long? Try it!

Not gonna lie, this was not one of those quick and easy meals, but they taste amazing and are so good for you!

I just made this soup last week for the first time. Everyone in the fam loved it! To save some time I bought chicken sausage links and cut them up into pieces. The chicken sausage was just a regular sweet Italian rather than the spicy the recipe called for. I also added a can of  White Northern beans for just an added flavor. I would think this would freeze well too. Will have to try that!

This makes a great small meal or would be perfect for a side dish at a party. I love the sweet and tangy taste of this salad....even the Hub's liked it! He was skeptical at first. This dish says Spring or Summer salad to me! So much flavor! 

Okay...so I know this isn't a meal, but I made this last week and it was delicious. It didn't call for a whole lot of sugar either. So it is not only tasty, but healthy with the carrots and apples. I was too lazy to grate the apples, so I just chopped them into tiny pieces. 

So these have been some of my go-to Pinterest meals this past year. How about all of you? Any recipes that I need to know about stat? I am thinking of trying some freezer meals before these babes get here. I need to stock up!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reader's Design Dilemma {Creating an entryway mudroom}

Happy Hump Day All! It has been a weird week here in NC with freezing temps, ice and snow. So we have been huddled under blankets relaxing with no where to go. If you live in the South you know that everything just shuts down. Even though it seems silly, it is a nice break from the Norm. Hope that wherever you are that you are staying safe and warm!

I am back today with another Reader's Design Dilemma. I absolutely love helping others create a space that will work for them and their family. This sweet reader is starting with a new home and needed some advice on paint, tile, entryway, built-ins and kid's room. Today I am talking about her one need for a mudroom or landing spot of sorts.

I'm a long time reader of your blog and big fan also. 

We recently purchased one under construction home and it's still in very much initial phase. It is not totally custom house but builder is quite flexible for changes not related to structure.
Before I put my question ahead, I want to clear few things. I am not at all DIY person neither is my husband. I always wanted to hire someone who could help me visualize and guide me around the whole house.
We would like someone who can give us few basic ideas and guidance.....sort of like just make a few different mood boards and organization ideas. 
Let's start with the first need:
1) I really need some kind of landing sport/mudroom, when we enter from garage. I'm thinking to move the laundry room door down the hallway and use that narrow space as mudroom. Please pour your idea/suggestions on that.



So we started in that little entryway off of the garage since the builder needed to know where to move the door and some other structural issues. Here is the first floor plan: 

After entering from the garage, if you make your immediate left there was a door that led to the laundry room. We decided the best option would be for the door to be moved down the hall closer to the room to make space in that hallway for a small mudroom/landing spot. 

My first initial response to her question was to create a mini mudroom of sorts under the stairway like the images below:

This would free up space in her hallway and make use of that awkward storage space under the stairs. 

Gopi decided that she would rather have the mudroom space on the left hand wall and leave the storage space as is. So back to square one with finding her some ideas that would work. 

The only problem was that the hallway was only 3ft wide. The average bench or built in is usually wider than a foot and on average 18.5", leaving less than 2 ft to walk down that hallway. Gopi was also concerned that if they ever needed to remove the washer or dryer for any reason, that it wouldn't fit down the hallway with the built ins.

So to the design board once again. This time I came up with a removable idea that could be modified to best fit their family.

This was her response to the moodboard:
"I totally love this idea...movable ottomans and high storage shelves. Can you please send the links for those things. Do you think that wainscoting is needed if we go this route?"

I was please to know that she approved. We talked a little bit about adding the wainscoting to the hallway for character and practicality. It would be easy to wipe down from sticky fingers and mud that the kids would track in. So we will see what Gopi decides to do.

Now...on to making some decisions in her kitchen. Stay tuned next week!

What do you all think? How do you corral all of your kids outside "stuff"?

Do you have a minor design dilemma? Send it over my way at eatsleepdecorate(at)gmail(dot)com.

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