Thursday, June 16, 2016

House Update- Master Bedroom

I realized the other day that we have lived in our house for four months. Four Months! It's always interesting to me how time can hold still and just fly by at other points. For us, our time here in Boston has flown by. We have visited family in the midwest, friends in upstate NY, and my cousin and his wife in Connecticut. We've hosted three rounds of guests and explored the area.
And then, there's the unpacking and moving furniture….can I just say that we have probably moved furniture more than anyone ever should in a year? We've moved chairs and bookcases from room to room, upstairs to downstairs, trying to figure what works/looks best. In a lot of ways, I am still not feeling settled and am aware of all the areas that still need help- but my parents visited recently and kept commenting on how our home looks like we have been here for a long time, so that's worth something. The areas I'm mostly happy with are- the dining room, kitchen, balcony, and living room…..the areas that could use most help are the bedrooms and playroom. Our master bedroom is probably the better out of the bunch. I thought I would share some progress shots and what I hope to accomplish.

My Fiddle Leaf has gotten huge! So much that when we moved to Boston we couldn't fit it in our car and had to leave it with my parents. My in-laws recently brought it up,(in their prius no less!), and it makes our bedroom come to life. This painting- I don't think I'm finished with it yet, so that's on the list. 
This mirror was backordered, then arrived broken, and then was backordered again. Today I'm very happy to have a mirror in our bedroom. I've realized over the past few months how important it is after having a few rounds of company and only a bathroom mirror. Here you can also see that my dresser and the wall are the exact same color- that has to change. 
My nightstand. I'm not super satisfied with what I have going on right here- I would love to get some lighting, switch out that fan, and the styling needs help. 

What you aren't seeing is my built-in bookcase (above the radiator) that has become a catch-all for anything and everything I don't want the girls getting into. That needs help. Also- Connor's dresser is looking a little sad and neglected next to the doorway. So that's it! More later.

Monday, June 6, 2016

A Simple Ice Cream Birthday Party and DIY Garland

My parents were in town this past weekend so we threw an early (simple) ice cream birthday party for Reese. Knowing we were going to spend the majority of the day touring Boston, I wanted to keep it pretty low key this year. I found some old plywood (the day before!) and sprayed it with chalkboard paint, dug out this striped table cloth,  and made a simple ice cream garland to add a personal touch. Reese has always been extremely observant, so she's one to notice and appreciate these little things. 
My sweet soon-to-be four year old:
For those opting for a more simple birthday celebration for your little one this year- this ice cream garland was both easy and whimsical.  I bought this lantern garland (yay amazon prime!), and then glued sugar cones to the lanterns with a glue gun. I tied fishing line to them to make a garland, that's it. So easy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trend Alert- Linen Bedding

It's somewhat of an oxymoron- putting the words trend and linen together, but lately I've been seeing it everywhere.  We have owned our white linen duvet for about four years (it takes a break in hot summer months), and it's remains a purchase that I stand behind.  Like a lot of people, I have a tendency to get tired of pattern more quickly than I (or Connor)would like. So I use pillows for pattern and texture and while my simple white linen duvet stays put. We are currently in the middle of changing up our bedroom scheme, and I love that it's as simple as changing out some pillows. If I haven't sold you yet- our linen duvet gets softer with each wash, and looks best a little "wrinkled"- which is super ideal with little ones. (This is not an add, I just really like linen:).
 Here is our bedroom with it's linen duvet and old set up of pillows:
I also used linen bedding recently in designing my in-laws bedroom:
How beautiful is this set-up by Holly at Avenue Lifestyle? She is a master at using linen.
Below is one of my most favorite images (also from Holly), I love how she mixed different shades.
I don't naturally gravitate towards pink (in such a large scale), but I'm really loving this mauve linen. It feels more subtle.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Having a plywood moment

I'm continually impressed with plywood. It's extremely affordable, yet can be used in high design spaces. Since making our faux marble dining table from plywood, I've been scheming about other ways I plan to incorporate it in my home.

One of the main reasons I keep coming across plywood is because I've been looking for alternatives to Reese's twin bed…we painted the frame white before realizing that our three year old LOVES picking at painted furniture. Since painting the bed countless times (10 maybe?), I'm ready to give up….and I'm ok with that since I paid a measly $20 for the bed. I love this option below:
I love the black painted plywood backsplash with the brass faucet. 
I've seen a few plywood playhouses around the web, but how darling is this plywood wardrobe for a little girl or boy's room?