Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lowes Giveaway


Yesterday I shared the little makeover that my office got this month with Lowes Creative Ideas.
I love room makeovers and  I am absolutely loving each of the elements we found at Lowes 
and added to the room!
The office is now a bright, cheery and charming space!




Giveaway closed



I was compensated for this post as a member of the
 Lowes Creative Ideas Network of Creators and Influencers  but the designs and opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Little Refresh

Who doesn't like a little bling
a little ruffle 
&
a whole lot of charm?


The office has been ready for a refresh for awhile now.


This months project with Lowes Creative Ideas was all about giving a room a little makeover.
Which was a perfect opportunity to put a little polish on the office
 I had already organized the armoire in a previous post &  built my little plank desk... 
so the rest of the room deserved to be pretty too.


I went to Lowes, got some ideas of what I wanted to do 
and started with several gallons of paint for the walls, ceiling and trim.
Choosing paint is never easy for me.
There are so many pretty colors 
and variations of colors it's hard to decide.

 I knew that I wanted something pale. 
Something with just a touch of color
 and a soft creamy cottage look.

I chose the color Pale Linen by Valspar. 
It is  a very soft color with just a hint of blue.
I LOVE it and with the white moulding ~ it is absolutely perfect.


The trim is freshly coated in off the shelf Valspar white 
which is the same color I  used on the new wainscoting panels I made.

 I wanted to give the office a little bit more of a finished feel by adding the wainscoting
on the bottom of the walls.
So I picked up several thin plywood panels, 
a nice chair rail moulding 
and lots of end cap moulding pieces to create the 'squares'.

A little construction & white paint later...
and the room looked completely different.


There is old embossed wallpaper on the ceiling and
 I thought about changing it to bead board but I kind of like the look it has 
so just a new coat of white ceiling paint and it was refreshed and pretty.


Of course new lighting was in order and the dainty little pendant light from Lowes was just $39.99
Loved it & it's one of their amazing deals in their New Lower Everyday Prices.


It is perfect for this small room
 and  the glass and bling add just the right touch of elegance.


For the draperies...
 I was thinking something with layered ruffles
of course ;)


I grabbed a couple of my favorite cloth drop cloths from the paint section to make them 
and started sewing away.
A simple two tiered ruffle adds a touch of shabby sweetness to the corner windows.


I also found the most darling drapery rods at Lowes with little birds on the ends.
 They come in a oiled bronze type finish but you can paint them
 any color you would like with a little spray paint-
 they are so sweet in cottage white.


A pair of old crusty chippy salvage cupboard doors along side the windows brings a vintage touch.

 

As well as an antique screen door mounted on the door frame 
for a little whimsy.

I am thinking of adding a burlap or fabric panel as well 
but kind of liking the open look.


I am loving how everything turned out-
Just a simple refresh in this room but I think it came out so sweet.


 It's a perfect little spot to sew and create
or even just for a little daydream on the settee


There are a ton of ideas for projects at the Lowes Creative Ideas website
& on their Facebook page and they also offer a free magazine you can sign up for as well.

You can also find me & the other Lowes Creative Ideas bloggers
on the newly launched Lowes Creative Ideas Blogs 
page at Lowes.com

I was compensated for this post as a member of the
 Lowes Creative Ideas Network of Creators and Influencers  but the designs and opinions are my own.











Friday, April 27, 2012

Feathered Nest Friday


It's Feathered Nest Friday time!!

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It has been one of those weeks of craziness over here.
Remember at last weeks party I was thinking I might be on the verge of getting my middle guys cold?
Yep. I got it.
Of course I have to get a bug when I have ton of things to get done this week
for a little something exciting... more on that soon.
So, I haven't gotten much blogging done at all -it's just been one of those weeks.

This week:
I am hosting a giveaway for Cottage in the Oaks- 
you can enter to win one of these darling mini-chalkboards!

Vintage MINI Tabletop French Cafe Chalkboard, French Cafe Sign

Click HERE to go to the post to enter to win

I am also guest posting over at Simply Klassic Home today as part of her blogging series
 you can read that HERE if you would like to.

I also shared a little mini- makeover
 my daughters room got HERE


Okay last weeks review~

Swede Dreamer shared these charming stool inspirations~
I have a couple just like these and love them too.
Domestic Imperfections shared a darling union jack coffee table

Mak and Jill shared this darling dresser- I am LOVING the color!

Northern Nesting shared this darling little box with a  Chalk paint makeover

It's Overflowing shared a great tutorial on tinting glass bottles


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Little Purple

I have talked before about getting started redecorating my daughters bedroom...
My girl loves purple and she would love it if everything in her room was purple.
Purple walls. 
Purple drapes.
 Purple bedding. 
Purple, Purple, Purple
everything.

I have a much more muted palette than she does when it comes to decorating... 
Ansley is my little wild girl and when kids get to a certain age
they want what they want in their rooms
including posters, colors and patterns.


So we have been talking about how she wants her room to look. 
She isn't 100% decided on the whole look yet... but she really wanted new bedding. 
She had a pink poodle blanket that she was tired of and she wanted something with dark purple, of course.
Luckily, we had a neat opportunity to choose a few items from the Your Zone collection at Walmart for her room-and so she went on a little  bedding shopping spree.
We shopped online first and found several comforters and drape options that she liked.
Everything in the Your Zone  collection had a really youthful feel to it and the prices were great which meant we could get even more for the $200 we were spending.
After she picked a few things out- I went to the store and shopped a bit more.

 They had shag rugs...
Furry pillows and blankets
and lots of bold color choices for a fun teen room
I loaded up my cart with some of the things she liked
and a couple fun accents I found too.


Here's what we brought home for her mini makeover:

A soft rich purple comforter just perfect for her cottage white bed.
A new set of soft lavender sheets
A body pillow case in purple and zebra print
Two creamy white furry flokati rugs 
White drapes to dress up her windows
and a couple fun frames for her favorite pictures.
Before:
My daughter was so anxious to put her new stuff out
that she took her old drapes down and started getting the bedding out before
before I got in there and took a before photo! lol!
Here is a before photo in progress:

Here is what it looks like now:


She is absolutely loving the new bedding pieces and that she got to pick out some dark purples
(instead of all the shabby pale shades that I would have chosen)
 and put her own spin on her room. 

The purple bedding is furry and has a flower pattern on one side
 and is reversible to a plain dark purple if she decides that she likes that better.


The drapes are soft white and they go perfectly with the purple.

I picked up two white flokati rugs and took one of them 
 and turned it into a big furry pillow for her bed 


While the other one sits near her corner windows.


These little frames are perfect for favorite photos
and bring a bit of bling 


We haven't painted yet... 
and there are a couple other things I am doing in here that are a little bit
 of a surprise for her
 (shhh)
but she is absolutely loving the new pieces in her room
and is really happy with her mini makeover.
Last night she told me how soft her new blankets were and that she loves them.
:)

I am thinking the bold colors really fit my girls personality
and that her mini makeover came out pretty cute.

You can see more about my shopping experience at Walmart in my google+ album HERE

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias #cbias as part of a social shopper insights study.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shades of White~ Inspirations

I love white on white in decorating.
Creamy pale hues mixed together create interest & beauty & inspires
with it's serene quiet palette.

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White mixed with natural wood is warm and inviting
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and a touch of faded color in the rug is perfect in this room.

 pinterest

The pop of pink in the bouquet is a lovely touch with the white drapes and white walls

 country living

Or maybe a little yellow? 
Pale cream colored walls, white trim and old weathered wood- with a soft yellow-
perfect.


 country living

I love the subtle touch of gray in these walls- 
it sets off the white even more.

 country living

Probably my favorite combination is a creamy vanilla 
accented with crisp white and dark stained wood

 pinterest

I love it. 
Love it.   Love it.  Love it.

 country living

White bedding, white walls, white furniture... 
and dark, rich wood.

Elle Decor

*sigh* 


 country living

As much as I love white on white in a room... 
It always seems like I am not able to live with it for too long
before I have to add some color back in.

 country living

Red especially... 
one of my favorite colors and so gorgeous with white

country living

I love the subtle yellow pillows here-
 so pretty.

Decor Pad

Love the pale pink here too- it is subtle and understated and a sweet touch.

I am getting ready to do a little refresh on my living room with a new coat of paint
and a freshly painted ceiling.
I have not decided on the exact color I am going with yet 
but while chatting with my sister about it- 
 this was her comment

"Oh you are painting the living room?  
Let me guess... 
you are painting it ANOTHER shade of white?"

hmm. 
Yep...  that's from my sassy little sister.

I'll keep you posted on which shade of white I go with
 ;)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Feathered Nest Friday

It's Feathered Nest Friday time again~
I am amazed each week at just how quickly the week goes by!
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I have been busy working on about 50 different projects over here
but nothing finished enough to reveal yet.
My middle guy Cullan came home with a nasty bug a couple days ago.
 I am keeping my fingers crossed that no one else gets it and that the tired achy muscles and sniffly nose
I woke up to are from all the work inside and outside that I have been doing.

This week, 
I shared a box of old letters that I wrote to my grandmother when I was little -
you can find the post HERE

I shared my friend Sandy's Spring Antique Faire coming up this weekend- HERE

and I shared my Mr. Tall, Dark and oh so Handsome - HERE

Another great party turnout last week-
It's always hard to choose just a couple to highlight!
As I visit party goers each week... I come across so many links that have word verification on.
So... I have a request.
Like so many of the other party hosts who have already asked
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE 
turn off Word Verification if you have it set to on.
It takes so much more time to comment on each post that has it on.
Google does an excellent job on keeping spam at bay  and you can always moderate comments if you are worried about spam- so there is no need to have it on

Thanks so much!


Girl in Pink shared this darling cupboard makeover

LOVE Villa Barnes ice cream stool makeover- such a charmer!

B in Real Life shared this amazing kitchen makeover- so gorgeous!!

Leone Design shared this darling thrift store ottoman makeover

Adventures in Decorating shared her sitting room makeover for Spring.








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crafts, table settings, etc.
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