Friday, October 3, 2014

A Check-Check Here & A Check-Check There

Buffalo checks. It’s the “theme” so to speak.

I finally found the perfect inspiration photo of what I had already been planning before I discovered it.

You see, I found this awesomely priced duvet cover from Ikea. Can you say 49.99?

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Then, I was making plans on how to buy an extra duvet cover to turn them into matching curtains. And then…I found this picture.

Buffalo check bedroom

Buffalo check bedroom 2

My heart skipped a beat when the blogger of Dixie Delight said that she bought the fabric from Ikea. Say what??? No need to cut up a duvet cover to get the look I wanted? I could just buy the fabric. Ah-MAZ-ING!

To make this bedroom a total hit, I’ve got to make a lot of changes, but if I start now maybe I can get it done in a couple of years. Sad, right? Teacher= P.O.O.R.

Here’s the list…

  • Headboard
  • Light fixture
  • Duvet and Duvet Cover from Ikea
  • White quilt
  • PB Sheets {like those above}….might just settle for plain white ones
  • Curtain fabric from Ikea
  • Lamps
  • Possibly switch nightstands from master bedroom to guest bedroom
  • Artwork on walls {might use Uncle Judd’s contributions}
  • Curtain rods
  • Dresser {possibly}
  • Desk set-up
  • Euro pillows and shams
  • Boyish, natural accessories
  • And paint! {shhh….don’t tell Colby! He’ll kill me}

Don’t worry about the toys….I’m sure we will be making plenty of room for them in his closet.

There you have it, folks! A big boy room in the making!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Big Boy in the Making

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Y’all have no idea how fast Landry is growing up! Every day it’s a new word or a new “trick”. It’s so crazy how fast he picks up on things that we do. He learns it and runs with it. We are having to really mind our p’s and q’s around here. We want to be a good example for him after all.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about our guest bedroom. I’m sick of looking at all of the random stuff that has piled up in there. It’s really pathetic what the mess has turned in to. Burlap, paper lanterns, random paperwork, books…the list goes on.

One day, this room will be Landry’s big boy room. Don’t get any ideas though. Landry will be comfortable in his nursery for a few more years. In the mean time, I would like to start moving in the right direction, so I won’t be creating a nursery and a big boy room at the same time. Plus, I want to have a room that is comfortable for guests if some of our family or friends come from out of town and needs a place to stay.

I don’t think a pile of junk on the bed is exactly comfortable.

I’ve been looking for some inspiration rooms, and so far I’ve found that I’m fond of buffalo checks for his future space, and I would love for it to be a neutral type space.

Here is a look at what I’ve found so far…

buffalo check bedroom neutral

buffalo check bedroom green

neutral bedroom

buffalo check blue

 buffalo chek bedroom blue

 red buffalo check

Of course….those pictures are not my absolute favorites. I’ll share that tomorrow.

I want to be back to blogging. I am NEEDING this outlet to share about my family, my projects, my home, my struggles, and my life.

It’s real life here, folks. Don’t ever get the idea that it’s all sunshine and rainbows. That would be a false perception.

P.S. The links to all of these images can be found on my Pinterest board {link at the top of the page} under Cozy Bedrooms.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1st Birthday Madness

This past week was crunch week in preparing for Landry’s 1st birthday. We went with a picnic theme. I figured we might as well keep the gingham theme going for this year.

I wanted it to be nice and cute, of course. I’ve tried not to go TOO over the top since he’s really not going to remember it or understand what’s going on. You all know I like to throw a good party though. It’s been difficult to reign things in a bit from what I really could have done.

No worries though. It won’t disappoint I don’t think. Let’s hope anyway.

In preparation, I made a banner to go on his high chair. It was a bit time consuming, and looking back I probably could have made things a LOT simpler, but hindsight is 20/20.

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To make it, I gathered three colors of gingham fabric, pom pom trim, a needle and thread, pinking shears, and hem tape.

I measured the width of the area I was wanting to cover around the high chair and cut that amount off of the pom pom trim.

I then decided how wide I wanted my pennants and pretty much just eyeballed a pattern for the pennants. I traced {lightly} onto the fabric and cut them out with pinking shears.

After I had them all cut out, I laid them out across the pom pom trim just as I wanted them.

This is where I probably could have saved some time. I stitched each pennant {making three small stitches at the beginning, middle, and end….nothing fancy….think sewing a button on}. Truth be told, you probably could have used the hem tape and save tons of time.

After they were all on, I went onto the computer and typed ONE in the size and type font that I felt would look and fit best on the pennants. Printed them. Cut them out. and taped them onto gingham fabric and hoped for the best. THEY ARE NOT PERFECT {but that’s ok with me}. If Santa Claus brings me a Silhouette machine, I won’t ever be in that predicament again.

Once my letters were cut out, I applied them to the pennants with hem tape and an iron.

After reading this, you can see why I rarely do tutorials. I just kind of go for it. I use what I have and try to practice what we preach at school and be resourceful.

To hold it on the high chair, I just used some hot glue. I haven’t detached it yet though. I’ll let you know if that was a good idea or not. Let’s hope for the best.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Recently, some new neighbors moved in across the street with two sweet children. We are so glad to see more children in the neighborhood. I never had neighbor children to play with, so I hope that we will be able to have that for Landry one day.

When we moved in, our neighbors from across the street made us brownies and brought them over to introduce themselves. I cannot tell you how thankful I was for those brownies and to have kind neighbors.

We literally have six sets of neighbors that are A-MAZ-ING. They have come to my rescue. They have looked out for our house. Really so great!

So, to welcome our new neighbors, I decided to whip up a small gift, so we could make an introduction and meet them.

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I had an extra soap dispenser that I found {Dirt Cheap} and kept just to give as a small gift for something. If you find something on the clearance aisle or even at some place like Dirt Cheap, it’s good to buy it to have something on hand for things like this. You never know when you might need it!

I added some raffia, soap, and this cute little tag to complete it. On the back, I put our names and our telephone number in case they needed something or had some questions.

Don’t pass those small deals up, you might just can use it as a small token of thanks or as a welcome gift of some type.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Christmas Present

I haven’t even ordered Landry’s birthday present, and I’m already planning his Christmas present.

After suggestions from a few BGSG readers, I started watching Fixer Upper on HGTV.

Fell. In. Love.

Wish they would let me work with them. Or style my house. Or just meet them.

If you’ve never watched it, you’re missing out. Seriously. Joanna’s style is perfect, and I may or may not lust over her farmhouse.

She fixed up an old ranch home that had elements in it that I simply adored. I’ll talk more on that later.

For now though, let’s focus on this cute little farmhouse kids table and chairs. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed it for Landry and all of his future coloring escapades.

kids farm table

I think this would be totally doable and a perfect addition to my office. I’ve already figured out that I’m going to have to make an area for him if I plan on getting any work done.

All they did was make a table top and attach four cut off table legs. My crafty daddy can totally make this table if I provide the legs. I, of course, could stain and paint and distress it, so it can meet the style you all know I love.

So…all of you antique and junk store shoppers. Be on the lookout for four table legs and four children’s chairs. The chairs can be just like in the picture {two pairs of matching chairs}.

I’ve also got my dad on the toolbox creation like what’s on the table. He’s already made me one super cute barn wood one to hold mason jars full of flowers. I’ve got to get the mason jars, so I can show it off with my lovely lime light hydrangea blooms. Cross your fingers that those blooms will last until his birthday!

Hope you’re all having a terrific week! We’re looking forward to meeting two new babies in a matter of days! My best friend and my SIL are having babies possibly on Sunday and Monday. One in Pensacola. One in Auburn. They’re keeping me on my toes, but I can hardly contain my excitement about these new little bundles of joy! I can see now that this time every year will be busy with birthday parties. Stay tuned to see some cute babies coming your way!

P.S. Go check out Joanna’s blog at Magnolia. It’s worth your time.

Monday, July 7, 2014

So Shiny and White

By now, y’all know how much I love white paint! We keep it in stock around here in all finishes.

So I told you all about my bookcase styling and accessory problems. Lately I’ve been considering just taking everything down and starting over and possibly even shopping some stores around town for some things to add.

Hello, Longevity, Treasure Chest, Habitat Restore, and The Rose Cottage! I will be a customer very soon!

Cross your fingers that I will find some good things while scouting out some accessories. I have to go to Andalusia this week, too. That might mean a stop by my favorite furniture/junk store, Peterson’s Furniture. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out.

That’s not what I’m here to share with you today though. A few months ago, my husband decided to tackle the built-in cabinets in our living room. Since I don’t paint things in the manner he would prefer, he did it all.

Before the built-ins were stained, which was fine, except that I like things to look bright and airy. This is how things looked on the day we first viewed the house.

before builtin

I researched good cabinet paints for quite a bit before deciding on Benjamin Moore Advance Paint in White Diamond. Colby primed them first, but unfortunately I don’t remember what it was. It wasn’t anything fancy though.

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This paint is everything I thought it would be. I knew I needed something that could be wiped easily and could take a good bit of abuse thanks to my growing little boy. Landry has rammed his walked into countless times, beat it with his wooden spoon, touched it all over with his sticky fingers and so far not. a. scratch.

It dried nicely and is so smooth thanks to delayed drying time to allow the paint to level out.

If you decide to tackle a project like this, talk to the paint expert in the hardware store that has lots of experience, so you can properly choose the right paint brushes and rollers. Remove the hardware and doors before painting. And if you don’t have a lot of money to spare for new hardware….break out the spray paint. It’s what we did!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer!

P.S. I’m still taking offers to come and style my bookcases {wink, wink}

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Weakness

I have this huge weakness when it comes to my house. I’m terrible at accessorizing. Seeing as how I’m not good at accessorizing myself, it comes as no surprise that I can’t apply the same techniques in my home.

What bothers me worse? Our built-in bookshelves. I cannot style them for the LIFE of me. It’s like it’s nearly impossible for me to do. I pin bookcases on Pinterest and always eye the ones I see on some HGTV show that just seem to pull the entire room together. I study these pictures and shows constantly, but I still have poorly styled bookcases in my home.

It’s like I just threw in everything that doesn’t have a home, which is basically true. Not to mention the fact that there’s not that much stuff around that doesn’t have a home to fill them up with since I can’t pick out accessories! It’s ridiculous really.

I think it’s really just a fear of having too many tchotchkes lying around that makes it look like your Great Aunt Milly moved in and brought her 100 years of possessions with her. I DO NOT like clutter, so I fail in the styling department. 

Remember that fear I told you not have in picking out paint colors and switching furniture around to different rooms? It’s the same fear I’m dealing with that I’m determined to beat. Then, I want have to be unhappy every time I watch television and see those mismatched accessories with no home.

I’m not going to show you my sad little built-ins today. I’m saving that for later this week since we {or I should say Colby} painted them and brightened the whole room up tremendously.

For now, I’m just going to show you some excellently styled bookcases for you to study and get some inspiration from.

Bookcase 1

bookcase 2

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bookcase 3

bookcase 4

What do you think is essential in making styled bookcases look amazing?

P.S. If you need more bookshelf inspiration, click on over to my Pinterest board linked here.