Monday, March 31, 2014

Model Home Inspiration

Do you ever wonder what the inside of the house across the street looks like?  What's their floor plan?  What's their design style?  I do all the time.  New houses are still being built in my neighborhood and I love walking through the empty ones before they are sold.  This gives me a chance to see other floor plans and how the house is laid out.  What makes this experience even better is when the houses are staged.  In my neighborhood, there's only one model house that's staged.

When I come across signs for new subdivisions nearby, I love to stop by and take a peak.  Model homes are great places to get ideas for your own home.  Sure, sometimes model homes are staged very unrealistically and too perfect but gives you general ideas about decor items or placement of furniture.  I also like to look online for new subdivisions because usually the model home pictures are there as well.

I love the openness of these two spaces.  An open floor plan was definitely at the top of our list when searching for a home.

This is a nice study area for two.  They created an office in a hall walkway nook.  I'm sure we're gonna need something like this when both kids are in school and doing homework.

This home has a beautiful mix of greens and blues throughout.  The lighter walls allow the accent colors to be the stars.  Seeing those dark wooden rails makes me want to stain ours now.  I love those dark hardwoods.

Such a pretty blue in the bedroom.  The furniture is all neutral and the curtains, accent wall, and pillows all bring in the color.

I love looking at other homes to find design inspiration.  Next time you see a new home sign, pull in and take a look.  You may leave with some new ideas.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Inspiration Boards Page

I recently added a new Inspiration Boards page to the blog.  As I create new boards and plans I will add them here.  This way I can always go back and reference them at a quick glance and you guys can see them as well.

We're headed to Florida for spring break with the kids next week!  We are so ready for a vacation.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY Furniture

I love a good DIY project.  Especially when it involves tools.  I feel inspired whenever I see others build pieces of furniture that look like they came straight from a furniture store.

This octagon dining table from Shanty-2-Chic is fabulous!  It looks great with her chairs.

Sew Woodsy built this adorable dresser for their baby's nursery.  It's simply stunning.  It reminds me of other dressers I've seen at a much higher price.

Centsational Girl built this x-base table.  Girl's got skills I tell ya and she never disappoints.

How lucky are you when your friend and hubby make a cool desk for you like at AKA Design?

How about this desk from Designed to Dwell?  I would love a girly desk like this but me and the hubby share the office and I don't think he'd like the white.

I dream of having a tool shop one day so I can build amazing things too!  If I could just clear some space in the garage, that table saw would be mine.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Foyer Seating

Forever the space at the bottom of the stairs has been empty.  I have been looking for a nice bench to go there but have never found the perfect one.  Every week I make a few Target runs for diapers and things and I always make a quick dash for the home decor section.  You can probably tell by now Target is one of my favorite stores to visit.  I came across this storage ottoman that I had liked since it first came out.  It was small but I liked the pattern and the colors.

On this visit it was marked down to $20.99 from $69.99.  That's 70% off.  I love those little red stickers!  At that price it was meant to go home with me.  I had other things in the cart and the kids were with me so it was tough getting it all to fit.  I originally bought it with the intention of putting it in our loft but it ended up not working there.

At another Target the next week, I saw they had one of the same ottomans sitting by its lonesome.  It needed a playmate and it was waiting at my house.  I grabbed it up without even thinking twice.

Now they make the perfect sitting spot at the bottom of the stairs.  We can easily sit there to put on and take off shoes.  It has also become a drop spot for things that need to go upstairs.


I hung the DIY subway sign back up since removing the mirrors.  I love the pop of blue it brings.

One of the best things about them is that they open.  I can quickly throw things in that I don't want to see.  It never hurts to have extra storage around the house especially when you have little toys rolling around on the floor.

Every time I go in Target, I never know what deals I'm going to find.  I always check the clearance areas and use their Cartwheel app.  I'm always looking for ways to save a few extra dollars.


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Friday, March 21, 2014

What's Your Spring Style?

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came upon this What's Your Spring Style? quiz from Lonny.  I decided to try it out and see what the results were.
The results are based off random questions about your ideal place to live and where you would like to eat.  Not sure they are relevant to decorating style.

My results: The Professor. 
You don’t put Monocle on your peg-leg coffee table to impress—you actually read it. And your bookcase, meticulously arranged (by theme, not by color—how preposterous!) is sparingly interspersed with curios of the magnifying-glass and agate-bookend variety. If you were ever to get a tattoo, it would be Dieter Rams–themed, reading “less but better," and when it comes to seating, you’re on a strictly last-name basis: Wagner, Eames, Bertoia, and Saarinen.

Your taste in decorating is informed by years hitting the books—design-oriented or otherwise. When it comes to your ideal space, you're all about subtle textiles, midcentury accents, and pedigreed chairs; the more it brings to mind Alvar Aalto's home library, the better. Click through for decor suggestions based on your well-honed style.

Really?  This quiz is all wrong.  Most of the questions didn't even relate to the things I like anyway.  This is how my home would look according to this quiz.  Muted tones and no color.

I love bright colors and open spaces like the board I showed you yesterday.  This board mimics what is actually in my home now.  

Take the quiz and tell me what you think.  How accurate are your results?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Spring!

Spring is finally here!  The weather may not know it, but it is.  I love the mixing of blues and greens in home decor.  They are both bright and perfect to bring in the new season.  To welcome spring, I put together a board of the two colors. 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Custom Target Furniture

I was browsing when I saw they have introduced custom furniture.  What the what?  Go ahead then Target.  You mean I can get the same affordable pieces but with the fabric of my choice?  Count me in.  I began to look at the various pieces in their customizable collection.

I love the shape and lines of this bench.  With a little fabric, it goes to a whole new level.  The price tag starts at $220 so still not sure it's worth the extra money for me to get a custom fabric.  It would be an easy DIY to buy a standard bench and re-cover it yourself.


I love the size and shape of this chair.  The price tag of this one starts at $450.

I don't know how long I've wanted an upholstered headboard.  I will have one some day.  Sooner rather than later.  This one makes me drool.  This piece starts at $700.  I'm sure I could DIY one for much cheaper.


Although I love the idea of customizing my furniture pieces to fit my style and home, I don't think the price tags are for me.  I'm more of a do-it-myself kind of girl now.  These prices are still lower than pieces you would expect to find at West Elm or Crate Barrel though.  I guess Target is trying to step their game up a little. 

What do you think about Target introducing this option?  Would you try it out?

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Dining Chairs

Hip hop hooray!  We got ourselves some new dining chairs and I absolutely love them!  I wasn't going for beige in the beginning but I'm glad that's what we ended up with.  They are the Threshold Brookline Tufted Dining Chair.   They totally change the look of our dining room.

Look at the cushioned seat.  They are firm but not too firm and should soften with some use.  Very comfortable to sit in I might add.

I love the button tufted back.  So elegant looking.

There's a story behind how we got here so let's start from the beginning.  I showed you these chairs as one of my choices but I was aiming for the light gray.  I was set on that specific color.  The only problem is they are never in stock and on sale at the same time.  They are either on sale one week but the color is not available or they are available but full price.  I had a set price I was willing to pay for new chairs.  I needed six and I wasn't trying to break the bank.

I just so happened to be browsing the Target aisles one Monday at lunch and saw that the dark gray color was on sale for $51 a chair.  Yep, you read that right!  The regular price is $75 a chair or $170 a pair online.  This price wasn't advertised in the weekly ad.  It was a price cut according to the tag.  That store didn't have any in stock so I let it go.  I visited another Target on Wednesday and saw them again.  I decided I wasn't going to let this deal go.  I called several stores trying to round up six of them.  Many of them didn't have any and I was guessing it had to do to the sale.  I finally found three stores that had two each and put them on hold.  We drove to two stores that night after work for four of them.  Let's say hubby wasn't exactly thrilled to be riding around picking up chairs when he could be home winding down.  My mom picked up two more at the store near her.  I was stoked to have all six chairs.

I was so excited I scored big.  Here's the problem.  The next night I put one of the gray chairs together and I didn't get the thrill I had hoped for.  It was way too dark for our space.  The gray blended right into the table because they were so dark.  Bummer.  I held onto them for about a week because I wasn't ready to give in and take the chairs back.  I knew I would never get such a deal again.  I kept thinking maybe I could make them work.  Nope, wasn't happening.

So now let's fast forward to last Monday.  I was taking my weekly stroll through Target (This seems to happen often huh?  What can I say I like Target.) when I saw the beige color was on sale but for $75.  They also had a deal where if you spend $50 in home decor, you get a $10 gift card.  That would make them $65 so I would only be spending $14 more per chair.  I was willing to pay more to get a different color.  I immediately started calling stores to see who had the beige in stock.  I rounded up three stores with two each.  So I went store to store exchanging the gray chairs for the beige chairs.  By Tuesday evening, I had six beige chairs.  What's even better, they even exchanged them!  I was still getting the original sale price of $51 a chair!  I didn't have to pay a penny more.

The green vase is a thrift store find for $1.  I thought it could be another accent color to bring into the space.

Now that the chairs have changed, I was thinking about changing a few things in the room.  I can't leave well enough alone.  Maybe it's time for the stenciled wall to go away.  You may have noticed the Expedit isn't there.  I liked it under the mirror but moved it back to the hall nook because the nook was empty.  In time, it will move back to the dining room with a few changes of its own.

There's even a nicer view looking into the living room.  The wall behind the sofa is blue so I'm having an internal debate about what color the stenciled wall in the dining room should become.  Should it be the same blue?  How about a light gray?  I could paint both walls gray and lose the blue altogether.  Oh the decisions.

All the driving around these last few weeks had been exhausting but so worth it.  Our room has a new look and I think it suits us better.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

9 Pillows Under $25

With spring coming up fast, I feel like changing up the decor a little.  What better way to do it than with new pillows?  Pillows can refresh a room in seconds.  Here are a few that caught my eye and can definitely get your room in the mood for spring.

1 / Target
3 / Wayfair
4 / Ikea
5 / Kohls
6 / Target
7 / Wayfair
8 / Pier 1
9 / H&M

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Look A Likes

I was searching online for some possible lighting options for our master bedroom.  I came across several that I liked but one stood out to me.  Not because I liked it for the master bedroom, but because it looks a lot like the light in my daughter's bedroom.

The one from Lamps Plus has a few more layers of petals but is still made of plastic and has a white ceiling canopy.  All for a whopping $199!  I don't think so.  I bought mine at Lowes and it was significantly cheaper at $30.  Mine is also larger at 23 inches around.  I shortened the cord on it to fit the room better.

To think someone would pay that much for a plastic light is unthinkable.  Unless you just want to and got it like that!

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