Monday, April 7, 2014

Some Great AFFORDABLE Buys

The month of April is a crazy one for us - family visiting from out of town, baseball/swimming/tennis starting, Luke's birthday, Easter, etc.  So, the past couple of weeks, I have been working hard to get the house somewhat presentable.  I'm happy to report progress is being made (slowly, but surely).  I promise I will have some reveals soon.  At any rate, I wanted to highlight a few purchases I've made that have hit the mark (from a style perspective) and have been real easy on the wallet.

First, E's rug.  The great thing is that it is soft (chenille) even though it is part jute.  I would definitely feel comfortable using in a nursery/children's room.  And, I got a 5x8 for $114.00.

Next up, have you checked out Ikea's bedding lately?  They have some very cute options.  I picked up the Emmie Land Duvet and Shams for $19.99!   Plan to use it in our guest room.  

I love how this blogger used it in her bedroom.  

And, this blogger.

Next up, new lamps I purchased for our family room.  They are SO much better in person.  And, I got them more than 60% off at the outlet so it was a no brainer.  

Suzanne Kasler's gourd lamps in Camel.  They are beautiful - I've bought a lot of lamps in my life and these just scream high quality.  I know I will have these a long time and I love the neutral color.  Ballard Designs is holding a 20% everything sale right now.  

Do you see Luke's artwork in the background above?  I have a budding artist on my hands.  

Excuse the wrinkled linen pillow and the non-existent drapes.  One thing at a time…..:)  Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

E's Room - Progress

There are several home projects happening simultaneously, so actually finishing a room has taken longer than expected.  However, there is one room that I am seeing real progress and that is my daughter's room.

Above is my inspiration board.  

E has a BIG personality and so I think it is not coincidental that I am gravitating towards a serene room - cream with touches of powder blue, gold and gray.  For evidence of E's personality, see below. 

I am secretly hoping that the serene room somehow rubs off on my 2 year old! 

No, but seriously, in the early stages of planning her room, I knew I wanted to use a watercolor which was a wedding gift from my mother's family.  It is a picture of her hometown in Trier, Germany (where her family currently lives).  Since my mother is no longer living, I thought this would be a nice tribute to E's Omi since she has always wanted me to have a girl (but, unfortunately, never got to meet E).  So, I pulled the colors from the below watercolor.

I plan on painting the room an off-white.  The final choices are BM White Dove, BM Bone White and BM Cameo White.  

The seamstress came last week to take the measurements of her window.  I will be doing a london shade.  For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a london shade and I think a girl's room is the perfect backdrop to have that feminine touch.  I told the seamstress this is what I have in mind.

Cathy Kincaid

The furniture (her dresser and bookshelf) have been bought.  I bought the RH Emelia dresser and an Ikea Hemnes bookcase.  

She will have my husband's rocking chair (when he was a little boy) and I plan on making a slip using the blue and white toile fabric (got a great price at a local fabric store here in Louisville).  

The only challenge in this design has been her glider.  It a glider that we've had for years.  I was hoping to slipcover it with a scalloped trim.  This was my inspiration…

But, stupid me, I didn't think having a slipcover in a lighter color would not be ideal for a navy blue glider.  The navy blue shows right through.  Since the glider is old, I am thinking of retiring it and buying a new one, but I am on the fence.  

While we use the glider daily to read books and snuggle, I worry if she'll continue to use once she gets old enough and can just read in bed??  

When she is ready for a bed (she currently sleeps in a crib), I will want her bed to be that perfect antique piece.  But, that takes time, and this is just the start…..  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Tuesdays are my relax and get inspired days.  It is the only day of the week that I don't have one or both children at home with me.

I picked up some hydrangeas at Trader Joe's.  A $5.99 purchase makes this Mama very happy!

I hope you all are enjoying your week! xoxo.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Winners - PVE Design Giveaway

Congratulations to Doris St. (Snowcat) and Camille (The Vintique Object) you both have won a set of PVE designed notecards!!  Please email me at with your mailing address and I will forward you your prize! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last Day!!

To enter the PVE Design Giveaway!  Don't miss out!!  Go HERE.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Charming Home

I recently found this home via pinterest which led to a new blog (at least to me) Trisha Troutz.  It is a very charming family home.  The fact that it hasn't been staged or decorated for a shelter magazine appeals to me more.  I adore the antiques and persians throughout mixed with the home's modern day to day finishes.

Charming, no?  And, original.  Love it!  Go check out Trisha's blog, she posts homes that she finds real estate stalking.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

PVE Design Giveaway

The talented Patricia van Essche (PVE Design) needs no introduction.  She creates beautiful illustrations and artwork.  And, wouldn't you know … she's from Louisville, KY.  This happy circumstance led to a great volley of emails between us.  As a result of that dialogue, she generously offered to send me a few sets of note cards that feature some of her artwork.  I love them all.  Thank you Patricia!

And in that same spirit of giving, I want to share those sets with you.  Below see photos of the cards and tell me which is your favorite.

I will draw two names at random and, if your name is drawn, I will send you your preferred set.  Be sure to comment with your preferred choice (thereby entering) by Wednesday, 3/12.  Good Luck and have a great end to your week!