This week is just flying by and can you even believe September is nearly over? I blinked and Bam! It was gone.
And because it is this time of year, I have to throw out a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my baby sister, Robyn.
I can’t figure out how it is that she keeps getting older but I am the same age…huh.
Can we say Denial?
(Ok, I know I can pronounce it but I refuse to acknowledge it)
Happy birthday, sweet sister. I love you!
Now I have a little dilemma I need you to help me resolve. Remember I told you how I’d like to have a desk on the newly stenciled living room wall?
Cutting Edge Marrakech Trellis Allover Stencil
This wall is BEGGING for something more chic and stylish to compliment it, don’t you think?
( I’ve been searching forever for a home for that wooden chest.)
Back Story: I stopped off by accident at an estate sale in Long Beach, CA several years ago and this wooden chest caught my eye. The owner told me it had been his father’s foot locker during WWII and as much as he loved it, he had to let go of it. He sold it to me for $20.00 and I have this weird sense of protectiveness over it. I have considered painting it several times but somehow, knowing that it held the belongings of a man who fought for our country over seas so long ago, it seems disrespectful so I’ve left it as is. I’m still searching for that perfect spot in my home for it but I absolutely consider it a treasure.
The chair is sentimental also. My parents bought it for me while I was pregnant with my youngest baby and I’ve spent so many hours rocking him in it, I suppose it needs to go back into my bedroom where I can enjoy some reading by a nice window in it.
Am I the only one who gets sentimental about things like this?
Back on topic…
I’m keeping my eyes open for a unique desk. My home office is upstairs in a small loft area and it is perfect for it’s purpose except that it would be nice to have a utilitarian space I can work from downstairs where the action is happening. I’ve never enjoyed be cut off from a good party.
I could straight up kick myself for not picking something like this up on a thrift store run a few months ago.
This would be lovely and unique
Contemporary Glass Desk
Of course, I’m not opposed to something more contemporary
Ashley Goforth’s rustic desk
Then I find myself getting side tracked by console cabinets
Mid Century Console
of seriously, ALL kinds…I love them.
Gorgeous rustic finish
from chippy rustic
to bold campaigns
to glitzy, glossy, glamorous curves…I love them all!
I guess the deciding factor will be finding that piece that I can’t walk away without.
I’m determined to use a repurposed item…that’s my highest priority. The trick will be to find it before anyone else does.
And you can bet your britches I’ll be talking all about it when I DO, here!
I get asked by clients and friends who may never have visited my house yet what my OWN home looks like. Legitimate question! Those of you who have been to my house know that I’m no different than a lot of people, my house is a constant work in progress. I highly doubt it will EVER be completely finished to the point of perfection and that is simply because, again like many of you, I live on a budget and can only do what I can do.
My house is not huge, in fact, it’s rather tiny by Texas standards but I love it just the same. The most important thing for me, when decorating a home, is to give the house and the people who live there a voice of their own. I don’t want it to look like anyone else’s and I want it to have CHARACTER, even it it has the same floor plan as 50 other homes in the neighborhood.
When we moved in, the first thing we did was paint the living room, kitchen and one wall in the dining room Sherwin Williams Rain Washed. Turns out, it was a huge hit in the design blogger world and I loved the way the walls seemed to change from blue to green to gray at different times of the day.
Oh, the humanity!
Sherwin Williams Rain Washed
Fast forward 3 years and we have since tiled over the stained concrete floors (which we did as an inexpensive attempt to get rid of the cat urine soaked carpet from the previous owners…trust me, it was worth living on concrete floors for a few years), built in the fireplace/wall unit and as of a few weeks ago, painted the entire house in lovely shades of gray (just 2, not 50).
Sherwin Williams Dove Tail 7018
I mentioned here that I REALLY want to transform my dining room into an office, especially now that we are home schooling, it would be a tremendously better use of space but I have to admit that when we DO use our dining room, it sure is nice. We had the whole family in town recently and it was a really great pleasure to sit around the dining room table eating and talking together. I’m still looking for additional artwork for the art shelves as well as some other items to finish this space off but for now, I’m IN LOVE with the way the gold frames pop off the dark gray “Dovetail” walls.
Living Room Progress / Mindful Gray 7016
The “Mindful Gray” that we used throughout the living room and kitchen area is two shades lighter than the dining room and I love the way it looks with our floors. It’s so calming and rich at the same time.
Living Room / Mindful Gray
This is the living room from the kitchen and you’ll have to forgive me for not having the name of the dark brown we used on the back of the wall unit. It’s a BEHR color that my husband had matched by Kelly Moore Paint and I never wrote down the name! Awful! Anyway, I loved it because it’s SO rich and SO dark it almost looks black. We used the same color in the kitchen to contrast my open shelves and white dinnerware.
High contrast, dark brown and white
Most people I explained this plan to had pretty much the same reaction, wouldn’t it be too dark? The beauty of white accents is that they break up a really dark color that way and you can get away with using it in a small space, such as this. I love the way it feels, especially at night when it becomes really moody and is broken up by the cheerful white accents of the cabinets, dishes, etc.
My very favorite part of this make over though has to be this:
Cutting Edge Marrakech Trellis Allover Stencil
If you haven’t already visited Cutting Edge Stencil’s fantastic website, you have been missing out! And if you HAVE visited them and didn’t find yourself wanting just about one of everything, I’d say you were lying. SO much to chose from. I’ve had my eye on this on for a long time. I know it’s been all over the blogesphere and Pinterest and everywhere else but it’s just such a timeless pattern and I absolutely LOVE it.
(Update! You can see the revised version of this stenciled wall here)
I have plans of putting a small desk on this wall but haven’t found what I’m looking for yet. Until then, I’ll keep trolling thrift shops and antique malls and yard sales until I find exactly the piece that will make this little spot complete.
In the mean time, that’s where we are right now.
Things on the to do list:
Possibly use the stencil on the main dining room wall (thoughts?)
Finish baseboards and crown moldings
Woven shades for the windows
The desk hunt continues
Fantastic fun pillows for the sofa
Continue to accessorize the dining room
New chairs for around the table…possibly a set of these:
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the little tour. Like I said, our house isn’t huge. We don’t live in a mansion or in the most expensive neighborhood but I’m an absolute advocate of making what you have the very best it can be. This doesn’t mean spending a lot of money, in fact, be VERY careful not to outspend the area you live in or you’ll regret it at the time you sell.
Think of it as dressing for your body type. You may not have a Chanel budget but that doesn’t mean you can’t LOOK like you do.
Dress your home the way you’d dress yourself. In the most flattering way possible.
Have a super day, friends!
By the way, if you live in the DFW/Houston area and need help with your home, please contact me so we can talk!
Please excuse my absence. My daughter and her boyfriend have been visiting from California and we’ve just been having the most amazing time together laughing and shopping and cooking and eating (a little wine tasting as well).
Many of you who read still have little kiddo-s at home and may feel underwater at times, as if this stage of your life may last forever.
Others are dealing with teenagers who can be, shall was say, “Trying” at times…this too seems to last for what seems an eternity.
I can tell you this from MY experience:
It does NOT last forever and at the end of it all, if you are as blessed as I have been, you end up with children who are amazing and kind and quite possibly some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet and you are allowed, for the first time, to be best friends because you’ve done your job and now it’s time for the rewards of all the hard work you’ve put into them.
For all the difficulties and sacrifices you make for your children, the treasured moments, the moments you can do without, all of it is worth it in the end.
Sammi, Mama and Jay photo bombing in the background
For anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by motherhood right now, hang in there!