Monday, September 30, 2013

Cozy Up to Fall

Are you enjoying cooler weather yet? Down here in Florida we had the loveliest weekend. Abundant sunshine, temperature in the 70's, light breezes, perfection. We celebrated G's big 1-0 birthday Friday night, a day early, and the kiddos went off with the grandparents to Destin to enjoy Saturday and stay the night. We hit the Seafood festival and jammed out to an 80's cover band called the Molly Ringwalds. Eighties music, beer Apple Ale Strawberry (yum!) and the bay as the back drop, what more can you ask for on a kid-free night?

Back to the are you decorating for fall. Here's some of my latest find that will be getting put out this weekend.

Swan Creek Candle in Spiced Orange & Cinnamon 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

PB Teen: Emily & Meritt Collection

Did anyone else get the Fall collection catalog from PB Teen yesterday? It has a new series by Emily & Meritt, two celebrity stylists. Be prepared to swoon, I seriously would decorate my own bedroom in all their pieces, but I don't think the hub would fly for it. It's got such a vintage, romantic, chic feel to it, maybe a bit preppy too.

But...since we just moved, I am redesigning Miss B's room, and we were already looking to work in the white/grey/plum scheme with some pops of gold and navy...and this collection couldn't be more perfect for putting it together. Check back tomorrow for her inspiration board I'm putting together.

In the mean time, lock away your visa before you scroll down ;)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Instagram Pic Dump

Just to catch you up on the 6 months I was missing in action ;)

Seriously?1? Cutest photo ever!!
We got a boat, and the whole family including Toby LOVES it!
Remember my Fourth of july outfit post?
Getting fancy for a Mardi Gras Ball
Summer weddings :)
Another DIY I just didn't document, bird houses on 4x4s, easiest project ever, and so sweet!

Hubs at the Mardi Gras Ball, lookin sexy ;)
Fiesta of Five Flags Parade
Brad Paisley Concert

G Beach fishing with Papa

Out here in the open, yeah, Motor-boatin....

Friday, September 20, 2013

Great buys from Sheridan Fench at The Southern Eclectic

I just love all the great color and prints Sheridan French comes up with, and right now she's hosting a blog sale, and there are some super-great buys. Here's what I picked up...
Marlowe Pants in Khaki + White Ikat

Calypso Tunic in Pink + Yellow Ikat 

Pippa Shorts in Pink + White Ikat 

Lucy Everyday Skirt in Green Logo Tile
I usually gravitate and stick with my neutrals with small pops of color with scarves or earrings, so I think these will be a fun burst of color in my wardrobe to liven things up. Don't you just adore all these great prints?? Make sure you jump over there quick before its all gone :)

And the moving continues...

The moving continues...we were able to get enough moved Friday and Saturday (and by "we" I mean the hub ;) that we have been staying in the house since Saturday night. Initially I was like"phew, that wasn't that bad" but then I realized it isn't the big furniture that's hard, yes its heavy and awkward, but it's done, now it's those million little things, clothes, decor, etc. that take FOREVER to move. I'm hoping to get that all completed this weekend.

Here's a few pics of the finished up painting
Dining are, and that door over to the left where the hub is standing is the laundry room
Living Room, I now have mixed emotions on the mantel, not sure if I want it white still, what do you think?
Kitchen Eating area
Kitchen ♥♥♥
Kiddos Bathroom
G's Room

Also the hub put in some yard work and planted a few more trees, just to give us a little more privacy at the front gate. I'm seriously in love with this long drive to the house ♥

Friday, September 13, 2013

Living Room Paint In Progress

We're closing in just a couple hours, yay, let the moving begin, boo!

In the meanwhile, here's a little sneak peak of the living room paint job in progress from yesterday morning, they finished up yesterday afternoon. I took these so you could see the difference in our light "Sidewalk" and the pinkish tan color they had. Also, I had been hesitant on forking out the money to paint the ceiling, but whoa! It really made it look so much cleaner, fresher and newer, money well spent!

And G's room in progress, it's Lowe's Valspar Signature in "Zannia" and yes it is VERY orange, but I'm giving up some of my control freak-ness, and let him pic his color, I think with the white trim and eventually white plantation shutters, it will look really great and cheery, if not, then we have a mac-n-cheese colored room, which,by no coincidence I think, is G's favorite food, lol.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We're moving...again!

Hey there! No I haven't disappeared, I just took a long break from blogging. As the kids get older, life just seems to get busier and busier, in a good way, but free time to blog has become non existent.

Now back to the title, we're moving, to the country! 

Silly me has a habit of getting on the MLS listings all the time, just to check out what's available, and see how home prices are going in our neighborhood. About three weeks ago I came across 4 acres about 5 minutes from our current house. I showed the hub and said looks go look at it for grins & giggles. And then our whole world flipped. We fell in love and were hooked. Fast forward to today, our current house has been on the market for 13 days, has had 11 showings, and we close on this new house tomorrow, craziness right?

That just means get ready for a whole bunch of blogging, cuz I've got a whole new house to decorate ;) Here's the pics from the MLS listing.

Home Sweet Home
Its 2300 sf, and a 3 bed/2 bath, so it's a downsize from our current 3200 sf 5 bed/3 bath, but our house previous to that one was 2100 sf, so I think we can manage ;) And down the road we plan to add on to the right side, with two larger bedrooms and a game room upstairs, baby steps we're going from .7 acres to 4.1 acres, so we have tons of room outside to entertain.

The previous owners moved out a bit ago into their new home, so I can't wait to get the hedge trimmers on all those bushes, it's got great landscaping, just needs a little grooming

The back porch....fireplace, check...Jacuzzi, check, cool fall evenings to enjoy, hurry up please! 

The adjoining property is a horse pasture ♥♥♥ and now that Baylor has started horse back riding, I only imagine our time is limited until we're building our own barn....

Walking in the front door, mantel is definitely getting a face lift in nice glossy white, I hoping that will make me like the marble surround more, we shall see. Walls are getting lightened up, I'm using Lowe's Valspar Signature in Sidewalk, and we're also going to get a fresh coat of white on the ceilings.

The whole living, dining, kitchen, breakfast nook is one open area, which I usually don't like, but it really works in this house....I'm envisioning some great parties in this space, so much room with this GIGANTIC bar top ♥ 

No words need, I ♥♥♥ this kitchen! 
(okay actually I wish the cabinets had slightly less red tone, and I'm loosing my awesome walk-in pantry and island, but I love the granite, the appliance are super nice, and the cabinets are all wood custom made, so I can deal ;) 

That front dormer is actually a window above the front door, so it lets in lots of great natural light. This little front office is super tiny, so it will be a little play area for the kiddos 

Master bedroom 

Master bath 

The shower wraps around that corner and has a rain head and about 8 jets that shoot from different sides, I was sold once I saw this and the deep tub! 

Little miss B's room, love the colors in here and the master, both from Restoration Hardware, I think we'll leave these two rooms as is 

Kids shared bath. For the record I do no like sliding glass shower doors. That being said, this one is custom cut with a little tile seat at the end of the bath, so it's super functional and nicely done, and I will learn to live with it, because it make sense in this space. 

Laundry room, I lost my pantry, but I got a deep sink, yay!! I hope to pop up this laminate in the near future and get some really cool piece of granite or quartz in here since it's such a small area I figure we can splurge :) I also want to put in a large industrial looking faucet.

What do you think? We are super excited. The painters have been working since Tuesday on the main living, kitchen, dining area. We usually paint ourselves, but because of the sheer size and the height of the ceilings, we bit the bullet and hired the pros to take care of that big space. The Hubby has the next couple of days off and it tackling G's room and the kiddos bathroom. Check back soon for our progress!

Oh, I almost forgot, the all important "man cave." This detached garage and storage room already has power to it, so we're going to add AC and  the cable company is running lines out to it Saturday and voila, the hubby can escape for his all day football binges ;) Eventually it will get a pool table, and we'll move the bar in here since there';s no room in the main house, it will be the ultimate "man's" hangout!