Home Improvements

New Hardwood

We are so excited! We have made the decision that it is time to tear out the old dirty carpet from the first floor of our house and replace it with hardwood. Several years ago we replaced the carpet in the dinning room with bamboo and we really liked that, but to make it all match we will have it tear it out and re-do it. No, we are not going to do this ourselves, first of all we want it done right, we don’t want to end up in the ER, and we want it done in a timely manner.

We have chosen our contractor and the wood, that was a process. There are so many kinds of floors to choose from. Thankfully Michael and I have similar taste so that helps make the decision much easier.  Yesterday we ordered the wood which will take about a week to arrive .This doesn’t seem real because we have talked about doing this for so long. We have to remove all the furniture from the house and that won’t be much fun.  I hate moving even if it is only to the garage. It will be beautiful in the end and that is the thought I’m going to hang on to as I pack up all the dishes from my buffets, (and lift that heavy sofa)!  I will share before and after photos as well as our journey along the way.
Stay Tuned!

Photo-Memo Board

Photo-Memo Board
Photo-Memo Board

A Photo-Memo Board makes a great gift for a teenager or any age including grandparents. It’s easy to make and can be used and made in many different ways for different looks. You can make it to match any decor and it’s a fun way to personalize any room.

You will find the instructions to make this on my Photo-Memo page

Nursery Makeover

DSC_0278When my daughter found out she was pregnant, she asked me to help design and decorate the nursery. Our goal was to have a high-end looking nursery on a poor man’s budget. The room is small so we wanted to do anything we could to make it appear larger. The color scheme was going to be grey, white, yellow and accents of mint. At this point she did not know the sex of the baby, so gender neutral was perfect.

I bought paint, researched and continued  to collect  pieces for the nursery that I thought would be perfect, but before we could get started I had to wait for Dad and Mom to transform the playroom to a clean open space. After many goodwill runs and moving things around it was well into February before the task was complete.

We started with a bright blue room that had a yellow stripe in the middle which meant  priming all the walls first and two coats of paint to get good coverage. The room was a group effort. Sara and I painted one day and the next day Papa Mike (my husband) helped finish most of the painting and did some other work in the house. I started the chevron wall which ended up taking two days to complete. Papa Mike hung curtains, put shelves on the wall and took pictures of the whole process. Nana Marta transported the Glider rocking chair and the changing table from our house to Sara’s house. Marta also made all the bedding, including sheets and covers for the changing table. Big Sister Sienna painted a beautiful picture of an elephant to hang over the crib. I made an elephant mobile at the last-minute after not being able to find one in our price range and colors.

I bought the paint in September, the baby was due on March the 8th and it was February 25th when we were finally finished. The room ended up being grey and white with accents of yellow and mint. We were all happy with the results. The room feels larger than when we started. It is cozy and serene, perfect for a baby boy.

Design Details
Paint from Sherman and Williams, color is ‘On the Rocks’
Glider from Target
Ottoman from Ross
End Table from T.J. Maxx
Chevron throw & Pillows from T.J. Maxx
Rug from Home Depot (closeout)
Bookshelf from Ross originally black and painted white
Curtains from Target
Chevron baskets from T.J. Maxx
Crib was given to them by a friend
Changing table they already had I painted it with chalk paint
Mobile, custom made by me
Giraffe from target
Dog pull toy from Paris in Bleu

Breakfast At Tiffany’s Baby Shower

I planned the shower in about two and a half months which may seem like a long time, but for me it’s not. I love putting on a party, making the  decorations by hand, lots of research, planning the menu, searching for just the right items to pull the theme together. I feel it’s one thing that I’m good at.

When I first started planning I was thinking of a Fox or an Elephant theme because we knew the baby would be a boy and there is so much you can do with that. I ran it by my daughter and the response was simply “yeah”.  I knew I hadn’t found the theme yet so I kept searching, and then she received a lovely gift from a friend that included a rattle from Tiffany’s. Then, like a beacon in the night the theme was born, it would be a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ baby shower. I reminded my daughter that the baby was a boy to which she replied, “the  baby shower is for me not the baby”, she had a good point. Let the planning began.

I’m very lucky to have a wonderful husband that has a background in graphic arts and is willing to accommodate all my crazy ideas. He is very handy with hammer as well as a kitchen knife. We work very well together and he is there to support me through it all.

There were about thirty five guests and two of the ladies were from out-of-town and both bridesmaids from my daughter’s wedding made the event extra special. I was so pleased that many of the guests dressed up and wore pearls.

I added a touch of Audrey Hepburn throughout the house along with a sprinkle of elegance. I hope you enjoy some of these photos from the event.