Friday, September 30, 2011

It's here...


Not long ago I posted about the awesome bargain I got on Home Decorators. Well, it arrived in 3 heavy, Styrofoam (gross) filled boxes last week as the hubs was arriving home. Did I mention that I might have forgotten to inform him about this purchase? Um, yeah! He said, "What did you buy now?"

I told him it was just a teensy weensy piece of furniture for the empty space in the dining room. See, I had moved out the console table already to make room.Guess he thought I preferred an empty wall with 4 lonely mirrors.

Anyways, the hubs could have cared less, he just likes to give me a hard time. And, I'm so in love with my new sideboard. It's a million times better than the console table previously in its space that is now in the hallway. Yes, it's musical furniture at mi casa.


Not only is the storage space AMAZING, but it's more aesthetically pleasing too. The overall style fits better in this space.



Do you see anything in the pic that looks familiar and rhymes with say, Pepperoni, but with an M? Yeppers, it's Missoni. (candle & vase) I keep seeing random items pop up at my Target every time I go. Pretty awesome because I've picked up almost every item I wanted except the cup/saucer set. Still holding out hope!

Next up I think the candelabra might go from bronze to black. I'm not digging the current look. Just sayin'!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monogrammed Pumpkin

Fall is here which means it's pumpkin time. Where we live there is actually a pumpkin shortage so I scooped one up over the weekend as well as some smaller ones. I'm in the process of decorating the front porch and one idea I came across was on Pinterest. Instead of carving a boring pumpkin I decided to paint our last initial on it.

I started by drawing a block letter R in pen, then went over it in sharpie to give a clear line. Actually, multiple lines until I got it just right.


Then, I took acrylic paint and painted the R. You can see there are 2 since I painted one for my parent's being the ultra sweet daughter that I am. Mine's the tall and skinny one, and theirs is the short and plump one.


Just a note when painting the tricky, slicky thing-apply multiple coats and let the paint dry completely in between. I applied about 4 until it covered completely. Darn waxy thing! And be careful not to knick it because the paint will chip right off. Urgh!

After the black was completely dry I painted white dots over top. Then, I touched up around the dots using a black sharpie since I am OCD and wanted perfectly round circles. Lastly, I stuck my beauty on the porch to dry in the hot Texas sun.  


I think it turned out pretty sweet! Would you attempt painting one for your home? Also, check back because I've got more front porch tricks up my sleeve to share with you!


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Spy....










poufs, in pairs! And speaking of poufs, mine finally arrived from Joss and Main.  For now, my silver beauty is just hanging out in the game room.  No, not  a pair for me, just 1. It actually arrived a month ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting about it. Gosh, I'm a slacker! 





I think she adds a bit of sparkle and pizazz to the space. What do you think? 


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Nails and Toes

Fall means boots, scarves, jackets, and of course, seasonal polish colors. I just polished my nails/toes in this:



Honk if You Love OPI

Via Pinterest

Here are some other colors I will fall back on this season along with some gorgeous interiors in similar tones.

Chinchilly by Essie


Via Buckingham Interiors

Glamour Purse by Essie


Via Pinterest

Very Structured by Essie


Via Pinterest

Suzy Takes the Wheel by OPI


Via Decor Pad


Uh Oh Roll Down the Window by OPI


Via Pinterest

Do you have a favorite fall polish? 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Makeover Monday {Libbie Grove Design}



Hopefully everyone had a grand weekend. We spent Saturday shopping for ski boots for an upcoming adventure to the mountains, and attending a little festival in Mc Kinney. Don't let the pic fool you. We were not in east Louisiana, but rather on Louisiana Street. 

I will say that I had the juiciest, most unhealthy hot dog and plate of fried up spiral chips ever at the street fair. The fried food alone might draw me back next year if they would just add funnel cakes. Now on to the makeover....





Today I bring you another talented DIYer. I asked Kristy to share her adorably pink girls' room with you. This room defines pink done right. There are so many great details for you to feast your eyes on so pay close attention.


Hi!  I'm Kristy from Libbie Grove Design....


I was thrilled when Megan asked me to share my girl's bedroom on Makeover Monday!  My family and I recently moved to TX, so for the past few months I've been decorating each room in our house with a hope to provide a fun, comfortable (and functional) living space for my family.... my girl's shared room was no exception.  We just made sure there was tons (and tons) of pink!

The girls love the color pink and we always seem to have plenty of pink things around the house, so we only needed a few extras (and plenty of work) to bring it all together.

Girls Bedroom

Girls Bedroom

For the bedding, we used sheets made up of tiny flowers in multiple shades of pink, a cotton pink blanket and a duvet cover that I dyed pink using the powder form of Rit Dye.  For the bottom of the bed, in place of a bedskirt, I glued a teal ikat fabric around the box-spring and propped the frame up on wooden legs....

Girls Bedroom

Near the top of the beds, I piled three pillows.... a scalloped white king-size pillow, a tiny floral print (same as the sheets) in a standard size and a smaller pillow in a black and ivory ticking stripe fabric.  The large euro size pillow in front was made with Micheal Miller's floral print (Belle Rose in Pink) on the front and a solid fuchsia color (Hibiscus in Pink) on the back.

Girls Bedroom

Girls Bedroom

In place of a headboard, I opted to make one wall stand out.... I created a stencil out of heavy cardstock, measured where each design should be on the wall, traced the stencil in the marked spots, then painted inside the lines using pink paint, Rose Garden by Benjamin Moore- same as the ceiling. 

Girls Bedroom

On the adjacent wall, I added Ikea curtains to the window and trimmed them with black grosgrain ribbon, then I added a gallery wall... a mix of photos, fabric, a silhouette, a mirror, a painting and Made By Girl's LOVE print in the bubblegum color.....

Girls Bedroom

Girls Bedroom

One of my favorites in the room is the chandelier.... it really makes the room sparkle when the lights are on (and of course I love a pink ceiling!)....

Girls Bedroom

And I love that I can see the chandelier again through the mirror resting on the dresser....

Girls Bedroom

And now for the best part.... my favorite, the before and after!  Here's the girl's bedroom before....

Bedroom Before

And after....

Girls Bedroom

Now that's a lot of pink.... I'm sure the girls are dreaming in pink!  Thanks again to Megan for having me today!!!  I invite you to stop by Libbie Grove Design anytime to see what's new!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Weekend Words




Hope your weekend is filled with cool weather and the spirit of the changing seasons.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bathroom Progress


I've made progress on the down stairs bath. We refer to it as Lily's bathroom because the shower does not get utilized unless we bathe her. Lily is the dog in case you are confused.


Picked up some nice pumpkin spice soap on my last trip to Marshall's.



I'm liking the new decor except for one major problem. All the nuetrals blend in to the ugly builder wall color. So, it's going navy as I have mentioned several times before. I was going to wait on adding the new decor until the paint was complete. But, that was before I went on the hunt for a striped shower curtain and stumbled upon the new floral beauty instead. It was a $14.99 find at TJ Maxx. I knew immediately it would look amazing once we paint. I tried it out and she just stayed. Plus, I never could find a striped curtain in tan/white and I really didn't want to have to make my own.

The greek key print towels as well as the floral art were also TJ Maxx finds. The gold art I had previously purchased from Crate and Barrell.

The mirror will also be trashed switched out when we paint for a more attractive one. Maybe I'll slap the navy paint on the walls in the next month or two or three. Lots to do... I'll just have to ignore the boring beige for a bit.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall is Here..

Fall has arrived with cool temps and a tad bit of rain this last week. I love the changing colors in nature, dressing in layers, decorating for the season, and toting a hot drink in my hand. (Starbucks?!) 



The Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of my fall faves at Starbucks. I always get it with whip cream on top too! Who cares that it has 300 calories and 11grams of fat for a tall? I burn that in like 30 minutes of chasing Baby A around! Ha! And, just in case I don't burn it off, then there are always long shirts to cover up muffin top, right!

Here are some things that have inspired me and a few creative ideas for this season.



Mixing patterns and layering completes this stylish look.



These pumpkin bars with creme cheese frosting look divine!



Easy fall wreath idea to spruce up the porch. You can't go wrong with pumpkins, moss, and burlap. Or, even a black door!



Spray painted pumpkins...



Filled lanterns,


A gorgeous tablescape,



And fun crafts for the little ones in our lives.


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