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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Reading Workshop


     My kids are so excited about trick-or-treating tonight despite the lingering drizzle from Sandy. This year we have a robot, a kitty, Jake {from the Neverland Pirates} and a boy who wants to dress up as a girl. {I know, I'm not a big fan of this choice but the rest of his 10 year old friends are doing this as well so I caved!}. I'm also super excited and honored that Aimee from Its Overflowing asked to do a tour of our home on her blog! I think she's posting it tomorrow, go on over and check it out and while you're there check out all the great ideas she has!

     Today I am going to share with you a space that you've seen bits and pieces of before, Brady and Hudson's "workshop" as they call it.



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Snowflake Pillow


     We had some awesomely warm weather this past week but its turned cold this weekend. I have even heard a rumor that there is snow in the forecast! I feel it only right to start some snow inspired projects, so I decided to make a snowflake pillow, and this one's super cute!



     This is another project that uses the ever versatile drop cloth fabric that you can find at any home improvement store. I always wash and dry my drop cloths before I use them because they are really stiff if you leave them au natural.

     If you want to make one too, here's what you'll need:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Color Inspiration: Gray

   
     I'm in need of some inspiration! I have planned for quite a while now to repaint my upstairs bathroom. {Its currently light blue}. I think I'm heading in a gray direction but needed some help! I wanted to share with you some of the shades I came across. Gray is such an amazing color because it is so versatile. It is the new neutral!

     If you missed the other colors in my series, you can check them out here:

    Orange

Teal


     This first picture from Better Homes and Gardens is a charcoal shade. To me these darker shades of gray are very elegant. 


I think that gray is the color that my next couch is going to be! Its a great neutral that you could put any color on and it has to be better at hiding stains than most lighter colored couches.


Monday, October 22, 2012

DIY Deer Art


    Today I want to share a fun little project with you! I've been admiring those animal silhouette art, but was always disappointed when I would check them out only to find they used one of those vinyl machines to create them. I knew there had to be a way to make them without an expensive machine so thus started my quest!


     I'm still crushing on this chevron fabric I had and used it to cover another art project I had laying around.  Plan 'A' was to use a staple gun to attach my fabric to the canvas frame. But do you think it was where it belongs? Of course not! So plan 'B' was to use the trusty glue gun. I have to admit, it worked pretty good.

     If you want to make one too, here's what you'll need:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Parade Home Highlights


      So I was minding my business on facebook last week when a friend of mine {who is an amazing designer} offered free tickets to the local parade of homes around the Grand Rapids area if you liked the builder she works for on facebook. {Two winners were randomly chosen}. And guess what???!! I won!

     I have to admit I've never gone through the parade of homes before. It was so much fun! Because of time constraints we were only able to go through four houses but I wanted to share some of what I saw and comment on a few things.

     Because some of the tours were done at night or there were many people in them it was hard to get top quality pictures! I did my best! ;)

Here we go! This first set of pics is the house that my friend Jaren designed and was built by Solomon builders.







     I never thought I would love a hammered copper sink but I'm smitten!


     Love this tablescape!


Here are the bathrooms! This first one is a tiny little guest bath that was uniquely shaped but done in a big way! Its hard to tell from the pics but the tiled portion is its own angle of the wall.



How about this master bath?



     There was another one of these counters/sink/mirrors on the other side of the door.


     This is one of the upstairs bathrooms. I love how they used the tiny space for little shelves.



     This nursery is so cute! Jaren hired an artist who free-handed the animals on the wall and then they striped them. I love this idea!





     I'm totally saving the best part of this house for last. I think its my favorite because my boys would so love this!!!



     I love stripes and this is a great detail.


     Even the globe is charming!


OK, so that was the first house! The rest of the pictures are from the other three houses we saw all done by different builders. Each was beautiful but there were a lot of things I didn't like. {I can be critical because I can't afford any of them! ;)} One thing that really surprised me in one of the more expensive houses was that they used so many different flooring choices throughout the house. It made every thing feel so choppy! Enough of the criticism! Here they are. I am grouping the pics by rooms.

Bathrooms:










Kitchens:


This kitchen below was built into a little niche off of the basement family room. I love the use of space!






This is another basement kitchen or bar.


Living Spaces:

I noticed a lot of curved couches in the homes we went through.....interesting!



Check out this ceiling!







Bedrooms:








Odds and Ends:

A pretty laundry room:


I'm not sure if I like this or not. It seemed out of place in the formal house but it is unique!


Not a good pic but a very creative way to store books.


Pretty light fixture.


And a pretty house!



     Now to go read some verses on contentment! :) I hope you enjoyed the tour.






I'm sharing this here:

Its Overflowing
Between naps on the porch
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Not Just a Housewife
DIY by Design
The Real Housewives of Riverton
At the Picket Fence
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Tatertots and Jello
Too Much Time
Funky Junk Interiors
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