July 19, 2014

Farmhouse Breakfast Area Inspiration

A breakfast nook was one of the priorities on my wish list when we started looking to buy a house.  I have just always dreamed of having our family sit down to eat breakfast together before we all start our busy day.  While that doesn't actually happen now because a) it's not ready and b) our schedules are so different, I do have hopes it will be part of our family routine one day.

For now, as I keep trucking along getting that room ready, I want to share some of my inspirations for this small but inviting area of our home.  Enjoy!

These are very similar to the chairs we inherited with out house and we are seating them at an antique table.  I also love the hanging display rack.
via Design to Inspire
I love the built in bench against the black framed window with the single hanging pendant.
via La Dolce Vita
I have always loved the look of black and white checkered curtains for a breakfast nook in a farmhouse.  It's a classic spin on the red and black checkered print seen in winter.
via Country Curtains
I love everything about this space, and the whole house in this blog actually!  I really love the way she has gathered the necessities (with some fresh flowers of course) on a tray on the table.
via For the Love of a House
As I was painting the back wall of the wet bar in chalkboard paint, I decided to paint a smaller unframed chalkboard like this one on a large blank wall in the breakfast nook.
via Unknown
I hope you enjoyed this decorating adventure and hopefully I was able to give you some inspiration for your own space!  As always, thanks for stopping by!
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July 18, 2014

July Birchbox Unboxing

Are you looking at the title of this post and thinking what is Birchbox?  Well, I'll tell you!  It's a monthly beauty box subscription.  Around the 10th of every month, you will get a nice little package in your mail full of high end samples and sometimes full size beauty products with an occasional extra (sometimes a food item, sometimes something to wear, etc) for only $10!  I started getting my monthly Birchbox about a year and a half ago and still love getting them every month.

Here is what this month's looked like!  Each package comes in a cardboard "shell". (Please ignore the horrible fingernails, I'd just finished painting the living room.)
 Under the "shell" is a box, usually just cardboard color but this month it's all fancy with fitness pictures.
 This is what each box looks like when you open it up.
 On the box of that top card is a list of all of the items inside and their value at full price.
 Here's the insides of this month's box.
 As you can see, the samples are usually really good sizes and every now and then I will have a full size product in the box.  All of the products are high end and there have been very few I have been unhappy with.

Now are you wondering how you can start getting your birchbox every month?  Click HERE and you will be taken to the Birchbox website.  From there, you will create an account and then select the box you want to receive.  The women's box is $10/month and the men's box is $20/month.  If you pay for more months up front it is even cheaper but I just do the auto payment every month.

One of my favorite perks for Birchbox is the points you earn for the Birchbox shop.  For your first month's box, you get 10 points automatically.  Then if you go onto the website, log in and review the products included in your box during that month you will get 10 points for every review that you do.  When you have 100 points (which only takes 10 reviews so 2 boxes), you get $10 to spend on ANY of the products in the Birchbox shop!  I have already been able to "purchase" 2 full size products with my points and I've forgotten at least 5 months to do the reviews.

I hope you enjoyed this little beauty tidbit, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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Light and Bright Farmhouse Style Living Room

Have you ever had something just staring you in the face that you need you needed to get done but just really didn't have the motivation to finish?  That was me...literally.  If you read my last post about painting tall walls, you know what I'm talking about.  While my husband was away at his annual training, I was up late at night painting walls and working on projects.  What can I say, when the cat's away...wait I'm not sure I'd call painting my walls playing...or would I?  Anyway, I got the majority of the living room painted except the middles of the walls that got to tall for me to reach.  So yesterday I decided that since it was raining, that's what I was going to do...finally finish!

We still have a few more things to do which I'll tell you about after all the pictures and I'll also list what we've done so far.

Here is the MLS photo from where we started...very boring, and very beige.

And here is the new view from the entry.  To the right of this photo is our office area which I will hopefully be able to show soon...if I can remember to go get a curtain rod.
 View from the french doors to the backyard...
 The gorgeous TV stand my dad built by using pictures of one we saw at Home Goods for $400...almost identical to this one.  On top of being a genius he's quite talented :)  (Love you pops!)
The pictures just don't do this piece justice.




 This coffee table was a Craigslist find for $50 but was actually built by a 19 year old in Alvin, TX using old pallets.  I was so pleased with it once we got it home.























Our coffee table tray is still quite empty but we just got it so I have decided what's going in it yet.
 I found this beautiful print on clearance at Kirkland's for $25!  It was originally $120!!!!

Work so far:

  • Painted all walls Sherwin Williams Natural Choice (a beautiful creamy white)
  • Bought a new sectional from BEL Furniture (I don't remember the name and it's not on the website)
  • Dad built the TV Stand
  • Bought the coffee table from Craigslist (if you live in/around Houston and like that piece the guy told Adam he does other pieces and sizes as well)
  • Bought the side table at Home Goods
  • Hung the Horse print from Kirkland's, clock from Target, wreath from a garage sale, and Adam's skull mount
  • Items on the mantel include: pinecone candle holders clearance, cow print frame, and barnwood frame Hobby Lobby; wax warmer from Wal-Mart, unity candles from our wedding, and Adam's grandpa's military "treasure" (pins, bullets, etc) in the black case
  • Basket from Home Goods on the fireplace "bench" holding blankets
  • Black iron fireplace set from Target
  • Wood cross art from Hobby Lobby (purchased today)
  • Dairy Cow Tray on coffee table from Home Goods (purchased this week)
Work left to do:
  • Add crown molding
  • Repaint the fireplace
  • Buy a rug
  • Create a 3x3 gallery wall similar to this one on the blank wall by the tv
  • Get baskets for magazines on bottom shelf of the coffee table 
  • Decorate the coffee table tray
  • Frame a picture to go on the TV stand
  • Drill screws into the brick to hang the wood cross art (which is why it's sitting next to the fireplace)

 As you can see, we are almost through with this room thank goodness.  We do spend the majority of our time in this room so since it's been in upheaval recently because of painting it's been a little crazy.  Hopefully now that the biggest room in our house is painted, I can breeze through the last few rooms that need it.

So tell me, what's been your biggest, most daunting task in your home?

I hope you enjoyed this room tour, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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July 17, 2014

How To Paint Walls Without Purchasing an Extension Rod

Have you ever been intimidated by painting walls with really high ceilings?  Were you worried you couldn't reach without a huge ladder or just not motivated to constantly go up and down the ladder with a short handled paint roller?  Or just felt like not purchasing the extension rod for your paint roller (either for the cost or the time to drive to the store)?  Well I have a surprise for you!  I have a way to paint those walls without the need constant ladder moving or those expensive roller extenders!
Thanks to my genius father I was able to paint my living room with it's highest peak at about 18 feet in the center in just a few hours of actual labor (minus drying time between coats)!  Are you wondering how I did it yet??

Do you have one of these?
Yes that's a plain ol' broom...do you have one?  If so, then you have all you need to paint that super tall walls!!

Step 1: Unscrew the broom handle from the head of the broom.
Step 2: Screw it into the handle of the paint roller.
Step 3: Paint from the ground with your extended paint roller without spending any extra cash!!!!
So maybe I'm a little more excited that most about this crazy phenomenon, however, if I would have known this years ago I would have saved SOOOO much time going up and down the ladder 100+ times just to move over enough to reach.

Note: You will still have to go up the ladder to cut in at the ceiling, but that didn't take long at all :)

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY tip (thanks to my awesome Daddy!), and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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