Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites

I hope you guys enjoy the long weekend and these last few days of August.  Our plans include cleaning out the garage and an unruly closet, some local exploring, and of course mattress shopping for R's big girl bed. Perfectly ordinary, but I'm finding that the older I get, the more I appreciate these types of weekends.  And now for my Friday favorites:     
This space
I've shared this kitchen with you before, but this shot is too gorgeous to pass up….

and these links:

How gorgeous was Sarah Hyland's Emmy dress?
A genius Ikea hack
Among all the blogger's lines launched for Target, Kate Arend's promises to be my favorite yet
10 beautiful flower projects
This DIY
Samantha's pregnancy style
23 ideas for your home office
This backyard picnic
Love this Labor Day snack

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Inspiration

So I know I just wrote about minimalism Friday…but, I don't think that means not spending money(though that's never a bad idea).  For me, that means thoughtful purchases and fewer items- quality over quantity where possible.   I have been shamelessly looking at my weather app every day, excited for this beautiful season around the corner. Here are a few things that have been catching my eye lately….some transition items and some full on fall weather pieces (all of which I don't need, so I thought I would share them with you:).   
1. weekend sweats
2. Heath mug
3. Fall picnic blanket (on sale!)
4. panama hat
5. folkyard scarf
6. tassel necklace
7. booties
8. birch logs
9. pointy flats
10. romper

Friday, August 22, 2014

Less is more- honest thoughts for a Friday

This Friday finds me thoughtful and inspired.  Earlier this week, I read Erin's articulate piece on minimalism.  It got me thinking about my own life and how over the years I have gradually become more and more of the "less is more" mindset.  In truth, I have the Army to thank for a lot of that (and those seven out of state moves in eight years)…..there's something about packing and unpacking repeatedly that makes you want to carry less around.  I also think a lot of it has to do with how I'm made- bottom line: clutter stresses me out.  I've always found that simple spaces make me feel peaceful and relaxed.  In reality, there's still progress to be made….areas in need of growth.  In a consumerist culture (and the blogosphere often isn't any help)  it's difficult to navigate between "need" and "want".  
I'm not sure if I have talked about it much here, but when we bought our house our realtor mentioned that in our neighborhood, any remodeling we put into the house (such as floors/kitchen/bathroom) we would probably not make up in profit.  While I always imagined us buying our first house and completely making it our own by remodeling, the reality has been that since we don't plan on being in this house for more than a few years (and it's not our dream house), it really doesn't make sense to make expensive changes if there's no end profit.  My attitude (though it needed help at first) this whole time has been to make the best with what we have without any real structural changes.  It's been a challenge to make our newer home unique without remodeling, but it in a really good way.  I've found myself challenged creatively more than I ever have….which brings me to my next point- the nursery.

(When our kitchen nook was picked as one of the finalists in the Considered Design Awards, I laughed to myself when the judge mentioned the floor adding to the space.  Little did he know it has been a point of contention for me, being linoleum rather than real tile.  
Being pregnant with our second means we have all the necessities, what a blessing! However, as a second born myself, I knew right away that I still wanted to make a special place for this next girl. I've heard all the jokes about taking less pictures of your pregnancy the second time around and less pictures of the baby, and I felt determined to make as much a big deal of this little girl as I made of Reese. After all, most of her clothes and toys will have been her older sister's, so a special room prepared for her seems like a nice way to welcome her into the world without being excessive.  I started right away with a mood board, and the more I looked at it the more I realized how expensive it was becoming.  Not only that, but I was realizing that things we already owned I was going to need to replace just to work in that room….and then of course she and Reese would probably be sharing a room in a couple years, so all of those things would possibly be of no use in a while.  The more I thought of it, the more it didn't resonate with me. So the nursery is my next challenge to myself- to make it special and unique using mostly things from other parts of our house (with a couple extra smaller items).
Here is the start- I pulled the rug from the office and the Fiddle Leaf just wants to be in this room (it was on the verge of death in our living room).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Having A Green Moment

Every now and then I find myself tucking away images of rooms that share a similar theme. In this case, green is the name of the game. Perhaps it's the promise of cooler temperatures that's drawing me to these cool green tones or maybe it's simply a micro trend right now, but either way I'm finding it new and refreshing.    
Also, congratulations to Kristen on winning the giveaway!  Please let StenCilit know which stencil you pick out:).
Sarah Sherman's upholstered bed

This accent half-wall 
*If anyone knows who I can give credit to for this image, I'd love to know….searched high and wide to no avail.
The accent wall in Kirsten Grove's bedroom

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites

This house tour
This gorgeous dining area with it's natural light, mixed chairs, and beautiful windows….

This work area (and the desk is an Ikea hack!)

and these links:

This bathroom transformation
 Olivia Palermo kind of makes me want some overalls (but I'm pretty sure I'd look more like a pregnant Annie Banks from Father of the Bride).
This children's room
DIY origami lamp shade
Made me laugh
This dining room
These family photos
24 hours in DC
12 beauty blogs to follow
Ending shampoo? What do you think?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Stencil Giveaway!

Maybe you're like me and you feel like wallpaper (as beautiful as it is) is way too much of a commitment for you…at least at this point in your life- maybe when you're ready to settle down.  Enter stencils.  I love the ease of stencils, the application as well as the ability to just paint over the wall if you want to do something different.  With minimal effort, you can completely transform a room.  Lucky for you, the lovely etsy shop StenCilit is giving away a stencil to the winner of this giveaway!  
To enter this giveaway, you have to:
1.  Be a follower of RestlessOasis and leave a comment
For further entries you can:
2.  Like Stencilit's Facebook page and leave a separate comment
3. Pin your favorite stencil and leave a comment with the link
4. Pin another favorite stencil and leave a comment with the link
5. Pin your third favorite and leave a comment with the link:)
*Remember 1 comment= 1 entry, as you can see from above you can have up to 5 entries each with a separate comment.
The giveaway closes next Tuesday the 19th at midnight and the winner will be announced Wedmesday the 20th, good luck! Below are some of my favorites:

I love the idea of this last one with a white background and black birch trees:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Favorite Girl Wallpapers

Ever since we knew we were having a girl, I have been on the lookout for ways to make her nursery special and unique while using furniture/things we already own.  Wallpaper seemed like a no brainer, and I love the idea of one accent wall.  In the end, I decided to go a different route, but thought I would share some of my favorite finds with you:  
 1.  First up is my all time favorite, the C'est Magnifique wallpaper….this almost happened.  I still envision it later down the road if the girls share a room.
2.  This one is cool and funky…I could see a little bohemian nursery with this
3.  This girly Scandinavian wallpaper
4.  I love this one because it feels a little unexpected for a nursery, another top contender
 5.  Super girly, but I love it
 7. Another good one, so hard to choose!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

7 tips for mastering Craigslist

My friends know my love for Craigslist because if I'm not scoring a deal for myself, I want them to have it.  I would say about 75% of our furniture (and rugs) have been found via Craigslist.  Not only has it allowed us to furnish our house with unique/cool finds, but it's easier on our budget so that we can put money towards things like travel.  While success on Craigslist can depend largely on location, there are a couple tricks I thought I would share with you.
($30 antique kilim I recently scored)
1.  Not everyone knows that their awesome vintage piece is an antique, so you should look under both "furniture" and "antique" categories. I have found a number of awesome mid century finds by looking under the "furniture" category using generic search words like "dresser" or "bookcase".  Usually these are the best deals.  
2.  You should try specific word searches as well as general ones.  For example, if you're looking for a mid century desk try "mid century" and also try "desk". 
3.  Try search words by designer (i.e. Milo Baughman).
4.  Try search words by material (i.e. brass, rattan, etc.)
5. When going on a road trip check the local craigslist.  We love to travel….and probably do a lot more than the average person. If I've been on the lookout for a specific item, I check whenever we travel.  Lucky for me, Connor is (usually)more than willing to make a stop.  I also love that our furniture is from all over the map.
(Remember my search for a big girl bed for Reese?  Well, we found a twin bed for $20!  Not to far off from the Oeuf bed I've been craving too…)  
6. Know what you're looking for…..very rarely do I look on craigslist unless there is something specific I'm on the hunt for.  It makes the process less time consuming.  I also don't want to buy something just because it's a deal.  After moving countless times, I've found that less is more when it comes to furniture/house things. So I force myself to have a specific place in mind before I buy an item, good deal or not.      
7.  Do your research.  Know what is a good price for that particular piece….and if you find a steal, jump on it before someone else does!  I prefer to deal with owners vs. antique dealers on craigslist because antique dealers need to make a profit and are usually not cheap.  Generally speaking, craigslist is for those of us looking for a deal, so don't be afraid to haggle (though I tend not to if it's a steal).

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Favorites

Coincidentally, the two images I'm drawn to today are both cozy bedrooms with fur blankets….can you tell I'm really looking forward to fall?  This summer has been extra nice to the girl who hates to be hot (pregnant or not), however I can't help but feel a tinge of excitement with the cool air during my morning runs.
This first bedroom encapsulates everything I love……exposed brick, wood ceilings, modern lighting, a good black wall, white bedding, that simple gold frame…..ya, I could live here.
I dare you to show me a bed made out of pallets that looks cozier than this one:  

and these links:

This home tour
This micro trend
How to fold a fitted sheet
3 hair style hacks for the short bob
This interview
The classic beer garden table
This tip for Ikea ribba frames
Favorite recent beauty discovery (and perfect prep for lipstick wearing days)
DIY copper candelabra
Amazing kitchen make-over