Surprise! We’re Dallas Bound!

In 20 days, we will be moving to the amazing city of Dallas. I must say, it will be a big transition. I’m not a city girl by any stretch of the imagination. I rarely visit a city bigger than my hometown of 60,000 people. So, moving to a city with a population of 1.2 million in that city alone will be a MAJOR change. What is the reason for the drastic change you may ask? Well, a change in our long-term plans would be my answer. For the past 5 years, my husband and I have grown to love and appreciate the area of natural health. We have seen how it can work wonders and want to be able to help other people see and experience the same things we have seen and experienced. My husband, Jason, will be attending chiropractic college at Parker University. I will be working through an 8 month massage therapy certification, a nutrition certification, an iridology certification, and a natural health certification. Our long-term plans involve opening an integrative natural health center in our hometown.

My, how time changes everything.

So, in 20 days it will be back to apartment living we go. I am not sure what to think about that part at the moment. I am so used to having my own home. A home in which I get to decide what the rules are about paint colors, wall hangings, and the like. It may be time to put my creative hat on just a little more snug. Luckily, there are tons of ideas on the internet…and a few floating around in my head as well. While I am staying in the home of my in-laws for the next 20 days, I will give you a little preview….

I found this quilt set on Overstock.com for only $80. I have fallen in love with chevron lately. I had been crazy about the colors teal and turquoise for a while. While I absolutely love the quilt set, I don’t want our room to feel immature, so I snatched a clearance 5×8 natural fiber rug ($125) and a set of clearance 96″ window curtains ($19 each) from West Elm.

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IMG_0240[1]I bought the large beanbag from my sister-in-law and ordered a new cover for it from Ebay. The butterfly pillow and dark blue throw pillow on the bed are both from Target. The painting above the beanbag is a painting I purchased from my sister-in-law. :)

There will be a large, empty wall above our sectional. I wanted something personal to fill the space (not just some generic painting), so I bought this frame collage kit from Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $40. It comes with 10 frames and a template for hanging the pictures.

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I love the layout of the frames, but I decided to go for something a little more personalized. I removed the mat from each of the larger frames and painted them the colors found in our living area (teal, orange, deep red, navy blue, and yellow).

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There are 5 other frames in the kit that did not have mats to paint. I can’t wait to get some black and white pictures in these frames!

I also found this kitchen art at 90% discount at Hobby Lobby. It only cost me a whopping $13.

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I figure this painting will look a little plain all by its lonesome on the larger dining wall, so I put together a couple of shadow boxes to go alongside it. Inside the 2 shadow boxes are a total of 5 bamboo cooking utensils…One for each color of our living area.

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Whoa Nelly! I am completely exhausted thinking about all of the work that is to come… Finish up that packing… Make a tedious 8 hour trip with a trailer full of our belongings… Lug everything up to a 2nd story apartment… Spend days rummaging through boxes, trying to find the perfect spot for each item… But it will be an adventure. It will be an adventure that we will enjoy. Bring on the hard work! We are ready…

Superwoman/Superman veggie soup

So here is a recipe that is a life-saver on a busy day (named for the fact that it makes me feel like super-woman when I can throw everything in the crock pot and still have a great meal at supper time!) Very easy and, of course, super healthy! Simply throw these ingredients into a crock pot and cook on high for approximately 3 hours or until noodles are your preferred tenderness!

Ingredients:

1- 32 oz. carton organic chicken broth
3 carrots (peeled and chopped)
2 russet or 3 red potatoes (peeled and diced)
1/2 Tbsp. diced garlic
1- 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (with liquid)
1- 14.5 oz. can chick peas (with liquid)
1- 14.5 oz. can green beans (WITHOUT liquid)
1/3 cup dry wild rice
1/3 cup wheat noodles (any type)
1Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

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Pink and Monkeys and Owls…

Yup…pink, monkeys, and owls pretty much explain my little girls’ tastes at the moment. But, hey, if that is what they love, why shouldn’t they be able to be surrounded by it in their own room?

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Now for the break down…no I am not going to embarrass myself and do some break dancing…let’s just stick with a little review of how this room came together. Shall we?

The bunk beds were given to Ava and Kyra by Jason’s dad. He actually made them for me when I lived in the dorm in college. They have been working great, but I am hoping he can make them something a little more like this…

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You can find more about this bed here
Both bedding sets are from Pottery Barn. Let’s just leave it at one cost a bit more than the other because I was hasty. I should have waited to find it on sale, but, alas, it was too late.

The small table is a garage sale find from this past summer. Refinishing the table top has been on my to-do list for about, oh, 6 months now. Guess I should start thinking about trying to get around to that project. The table, chairs, and fabric for seat cover cost a whopping $12.

The small chair in the corner came from my mom-in-law. She is a garage sale queen and I am sure she found it at an absolute steal.

The stickers mural above the dresser was on clearance at Pier 1. Now that I look back, I wonder if it was marked wrong because it rang up $2. All I can say is that I was shocked. The package had about 50 stickers plus the bird cage! Not a bad deal for $2!

The personalized wall decal beside the closet door was a gift from my mom. It semi-matches the bird decals so it isn’t TOO mis-matchy (new word…you like?) looking.

As soon as I can carve out a significant amount of time, I would also live to refinish that old dresser. Thanksgiving break is coming up fast. Could it be a possibility? I am thinking it could!

Alrighty then! Another room down! Why don’t we just stick to the whole bedroom theme? Right now I am planning on completing just a little more work on our master bedroom. As soon as it is finished, we will be making that the next stop.

FYI, I am looking for a couple of clients to help me start a home decor portfolio. The consultation service will be completely free for 2 people. You do not have to live nearby. We can always work through email and such! If you are interested in seeing how it works, just leave a comment and I can get in touch! More information on this later…

(You will, however, be responsible for purchasing any items you wish to use for your redecorating project.)

Kiddie Project: Leaf Turkeys

Need an easy project for a child during these beautiful autumn days? Let him/her collect leaves and make a leaf turkey! Hot glue a colorful leaf onto a piece of construction paper and tell your child it is a turkey’s big tail feathers. Then allow him/her to make a body, head, legs, etc. out of items you have around the house. Add google eyes for some extra fun!

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Be our guest…touring the guest bath

All aboard the tour train. I believe our next scheduled stop is the guest bath…

When we moved into our new home in July, I was already fond of the dramatic dark gray found on this bathroom’s walls. A few pops of red really made all the difference….

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There are really only two things left to complete in this room. First, the mirror needs it finish being transformed into a glossy red…

And the picture frames above the toilet need…well…pictures.

Just in case you are wondering, here is a short list of where we purchased our bathroom decor.

Shower curtain- Target
Shower curtain rod-Target
Shelves above toilet- Target
Red picture frame on shelf- Hobby Lobby
Distressed white picture frames- cheap frames from Wal-Mart with a DIY distress
Orbs on shelf- Pier1
Red paint on doors and mirror- Olympic ONE in the color “apple-a-day”

I am really glad you stopped by! If you have any questions or comments, just jot them down in the comment section.

Do you have a room make over or DIY project you would like to see featured on SBH? Hit me up with a comment and I will hook you up with an email address where you can send your make over or project story. Let the world see your creativity!

Kitchen rewind…

Alrighty, people! You’re going to have to hit your mental rewind button for this post! Our next stop was SUPPOSED to be the guest bath, but, low and behold, an amazing miracle happened. I was able to give the ol’ kitchen a makeover this weekend! Woo to the hoo!

Let’s start with the pictures from before the mini makeover…

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You get the idea. Let me start the mini facelift pictures by bragging about the fact that it cost us $25. I used leftover paint from the other rooms in the house. The only items we purchased were two cans of Valspar chalkboard paint (thus our black accent wall). By Tuesday afternoon, that wall is scheduled to have some little girl art-work gracing its surface…

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Now normally in life, I live by the motto of avoiding drama, but this dramatic look (courtesy of our black chalkboard wall) has me doing a happy little dance. And the white? Wow. You don’t even have to be able to see the white walls to notice how much more light is being bounced around the kitchen.

There are only two projects left until we can label this room finished. First, our pantry door ( the only white non-windowed door in the pictures) will be painted a deep red. Luckily we already have the perfect paint, so that will cost us zip! I would also LOVE to replace the 15-light door that leads to the garage with a stained wooden door (with a smaller window). Windows are great, but being able to see out into the garage seems pointless.

There you have it: a great summary of how I spent the weekend. It was totally worth it. Next time we will try to get this home tour train back on track. Our stop? The guest bath…

The New Kitchen on the Block

Ah…the kitchen. Perhaps the most used room in the whole house. Whether we are camped out at the table doing some work or fixing up a great meal, this room sees a lot of our family.

We haven’t had much of an opportunity to make changes in the kitchen. When I start looking at the pictures I realize there a quite a few things on my to-do list. First let me introduce you…meet the kitchen.

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One of my favorite things about the kitchen is the concrete countertops. We toyed with the idea of making concrete countertops for our previous home so when I saw these, I was ecstatic. I have absolutely loved them. Interested in making you own? There is a great tutorial over at Tatertots and Jello that gives some great step by step instructions on how to DIY your own. It’ll be a GREAT investment. Promise….

Although I love the color green, I am not a huge fan of the red/black/cream backsplash with the pea green walls. I think one or the other will eventually have to go. At the moment, I am considering two options

1. cream walls with one black and cream striped wall might be in order….

2. or I might lean a little more toward this fresh black and white style from Ikea (with just a hint of  red)… This style would also allow the cramped kitchen to feel a little more airy…

The huge open space above the breakfast bar needs some major decorating. After I actually get around to painting this room, I think a few black and white pictures in dark red frames would be a great addition to this forgotten area.

And last, but not least, the huge, gaping wall behind the dining table needs something to draw the eye. A huge mirror? A free-standing pantry? An exciting painting? I’m not quite sure yet, but I will hopefully be able to find a budget-friendly solution soon.

So there is a run-down of the plans for the little kitchen. Where shall we venture next? Maybe we should just make our way back through our little home. The next stop? Guest bathroom.