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.)

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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.

Guilty As Charged…But I Have Surprises!

Well…I’m not going to lie. I miss this. I miss sitting down to do something I have absolutely grown to love…blogging. I don’t even know where to begin, so I will try to begin at our new beginning…we again have our own house.

A lot has changed in the past 2 months. After 5 years of being a stay at home mama, I have begun working at my daughter’s school as a part time teacher. Oh yeah…my oldest just started kindergarten…Oh what an adventure the last couple of months has been. But I have just felt a longing to keep SBH updated so I have decided to force myself to make the time.

Okay, so starting where we ended…the new house. It was almost as if we were meant to live in this house. After our previous home was under contract to sell, I found this house on (of all places) Craigslist. The owners were ready to start a family and decided their 2 bedroom, 2 bath city home was a little cramped for their style. However, it fit ours to a ” T”.

So let’s begin our little tour. What do you say to a room a day? Why, yes. I do believe that sounds like a plan. What better way to start than the family living room?

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Talk about a change. From neutral to full fledge color. It is bright. It is cheery. It is…us. Here is a breakdown of where we picked up some of the new goodies.

Posters over the couch- Hobby Lobby at half price ($15 each).
Mirror over the fireplace- repainted mirror from BigLots ($50).
Turquoise items on the fireplace- Hobby Lobby and Pier1
Pillows on couch and BigLots- Pier1 and BigLots
Couch and recliner- BigLots
TV center- Craigslist find
Rugs- $99 each at Lowe’s
Coffee table- donated from family
Baskets under coffee table- Target
Easel- free
Chalkboard- Hobby Lobby at half price ($6)

Day 1 of the new home tour complete. And where shall we pick up next? Well, I am thinking the kitchen. Care to drop by for dinner? Maybe we’ll be cooking up something special! 😉

Our Cozy Little Corner…

Wow…just wow…

What a month. We have moved. We close on our previous house next week AND there are a few exciting little secrets that I can’t share just yet. But trust me…they are a big dealio for our little family. I know, I know. I hate being vague just as much as you hate reading this vague paragraph, but if you’ll hang with me for just a couple of weeks, I can fill you in on all the details!

Today I thought I would introduce you to the beginnings of our replenished home furnishing/home decor collection. Before we moved, we sold pretty much everything: beds, table, chairs, dressers, etc. The only large piece we kept was our sectional. It made for a much easier move, but it is time to begin trying to find some deals to refurnish. Last week I introduced you to the girls’ new bedroom.

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Today, I thought I’d give you a look inside our little corner of our temp home. For those who don’t know, we are currently staying with the in-laws until we get the whole home closing situation settled and in the past. However, we have been picking up a few items to make this feel feel like our own.

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We have decided to go for a bit more modern look this time around. So we found a good deal on a platform bed and memory foam mattress at overstock.com and gave the “seasoned tree” painting a new home above our bed. One of the hardest things about changing from a semi-shabby look to a more modern feel is the fact that shabby decor is a lot cheaper to DIY. Old things are supposed to look…old. These items are usually a lot cheaper to pick up on Craigslist than pieces with a modern feel. However, if you are creative there are always ways to find thrifty decor to fit your style. I do plan to mix in a few shabby pieces, such as the coffee table at the foot of our bed, among our more modern home furnishings. This coffee table was handcrafted by a local metal-worker. His customer did not pick it up, so we were able to buy it for the cost of the materials.

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We’ll see how the whole modernized decor plan works out. Will we be able to find pieces on a budget? I hope so. Will it fit our personalities as well? I’m sure it will. Only time will tell so check back to see if our plans turn from whoo-hoo to boo-hoo.

BTW, thank you to everyone that visited SBH in the last several days. I have been absolutely amazed at the turnout. If you guys have any special projects you would like to see on the blog or would like to submit your home for a home-remodeling story, just leave a comment to let me know!