LET’S GET MOODY: INSPIRATIONAL MOOD BOARDS

To say that my mind has been full to the brim working on and designing our new house might be the understatement of the year so it’s fun to take break, albeit a brief one, from that and focus on something a little less labor intensive like… inspirational mood boards for my fantasy clients!

By the way, if you can wrangle up some dream clients of your own who don’t speak, love all of your suggestions and opinions, and have unlimited budgets, I highly recommend it ;)

So.. Let’s get moody!

let's get moody: inspirational mood boardsGrand Canyon Painting | Gold Wall Sconce | Gold Side Table | Chandelier | Southwestern Rug | Fiddle Leaf Fig | Mahogany Armoire | Woven Pouf |

This week, I’m designing a living room for a 40-something husband and wife who just bought their forever home in Scottsdale, Arizona. They’re typically drawn to traditional and colonial designs and styles but also want to infuse some southwestern elements and creativity into the living room design. They want to use some of their existing furniture, like the tufted sofa that was her mother’s & an orange club chair they bought antiquing on their honeymoon, but are open to adding new pieces in order to fuse these two very different design styles. She volunteers at the local library sorting books and usually gets lost daydreaming in the Folklore section and, while he works a 9-5 job in a suit all day long, in the evenings a few times a week, he performs standup at the local comedy club.. Needless to say, while they may seem traditional and mainstream on the outside, these folks are spunky and they want their home to reflect just that.

So, in honor of my new spunky new friends from the southwest, happy Friday, ya’ll!

HOUSE PROGRESS: DINING ROOM EDITION

PROGRESS! Ahhh…I love the sound of that. But you know what I love even more than the sound of that?! The look of progress. See what I did just there? Well, that’s exactly what went down at our house over the weekend, a whole lot o’ progress.

On a side note, I feel like my definition of adulthood is one that has been evolving over the years and is something that I’m truly settling into and embracing now that I am in my mid 20’s but I think I reached a new level of “grownup” this weekend with the intense amount of excitement I felt on Friday evening. Not because of night out I was planning with some friends or a fancy date night with my husband…nay… but because I knew I wasn’t going anywhere or doing anything other than working on our house for the next 48 hours. That is truly my idea of heaven these days. But seriously, it was a good weekend. Here’s a look at the some House Progress: Dining Room Edition…

house progress: dining room editionDo you remember where we were when this all started? demo day oneAfter ripping out the carpeting, painting the walls, trim and the dated stone fireplace & taking control our our floorplan to give us this new dining room…We’re definitely headed in the right direction. Day by day, things are starting to settle into place and, luckily, our DIY door table feels right at home in the new dining room. Besides, anything looks good when you plop one incredibly cute black dog in the middle of it, right?house progress: dining room editionWall Color | Trim Color

Nothing has really been styled yet. We’re kind of in a state of limbo between temporarily making things look livable and figuring out what our final destination will be.

Unfortunately, I don’ think a whole love of seasonal decorating will be done at our house this year. If I add more “temporary things” decorations on top of all of the the still in boxes “yet to be organized permanent stuff” that is still scattered around the house post move, I might lose my mind. I’m going to do my best to be seasonal decorating to a minimum in exchange for my mental well-being, so at this point, a few pretty gourds on our newly painting shelves are going to have to do.

house progress: dining room editionThe idea of not doing a whole lot decoration wise these Fall and Winter seasons is a tad bittersweet for me. While I’m happily accepting the excuse to avoid any clutter or stress while I’m still trying to settle into our new home, I do love me some Fall and Winter home decor. But for now, I’m truly just happy to be settling in at all.

Happy Tuesday, folks! Because, like I always say, at least it’s not Monday!

A NEW MAILBOX

You know those people on House Hunters who won’t stop yapping about that “turn-key ready” house that they want? You know, the ones who gasp at that the thought of having to so much as re-paint a bedroom or, heaven forbid, rip out some old wall-to-wall carpeting? Well, I’ve always made fun of those people, and if you’re reading this blog, chances are you like getting your hands dirty and you make fun of them too. The thought of not wanting to do a single thing to the house you’re trying to make your new home is a bit foreign to me and would never be the case for us, in fact, we wanted a fixer upper that we could make our own. And while I will still to continue to enjoy poking fun at those “move-in ready” house hunters, I will say that I am starting to understand, just for one split second, the appeal of a house with less of a to-do. Shhh!

This whole house renovation business is an interesting one and as a first time fixer upper of my own new house I’m learning to except the, often times, slow moving, scattered and chaotic process we’re calling progress around here. More and more lately is seems like there’s so much to do and so little time to do it (this whole darkness at 8PM thing isn’t helping much!) but we are learning to accept and enjoy all of the little bits of progress here and there, and this week, happiness came in the form of a new mailbox. a new mailboxWith Fall weather fast approaching, we realize that we won’t be able to do much, as far as the exterior of the house goes, until next year but a new mailbox was a quick enough fix, that we could handle in just a few hours, that would make a big difference when it came to curb appeal.

The the old mailbox was very sad. Imagine sticking a big old frowny frace right on the front of your house. That’s what that old, brown, wonky mailbox was like. Definitely not the feeling you want when you get home, right!? a new mailbox

Thumbs down!

a new mailboxFrom its sad, weather-stained post to its bad posture and peeling numbers, nothing was working with this mailbox. It wobbled every time it was opened and wasn’t doing our front yard any favors. I just wanted something simple and classic and, get this, straight! Is that really too much to ask!?a new mailboxMuch better! It feels like a breath of fresh air every time I pull into the driveway. So, for a trip to Lowe’s, under $75, and a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, we turned that house frown upside down! (Too cheesy? Whatever, it’s almost Friday.) a new mailbox

Here’s what we used to make it happen… a new mailbox

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Easy peasy! Because sometimes it’s really just the little things. Have you  made any quick updates around your house lately?

Happy Thursday!

A FALL HOUSE: CABLE KNIT HOME ACCESSORIES

I must tell you, nothing gets me more excited and makes me happier than Fall approaching. I love the cool weather (yes, I’m one of those) and this time of year really gets me going. Summer is nice and all but I’m a Fall/Winter girl through and through and not afraid to say it. So, although it’s a humid 72° here in Pittsburgh today it’s still approaching mid September and I say, Fall house talk here we come!

It’s pretty fun to be in the midst of designing and decorating our new house as Fall weather approaches because when I think of this time of year, my mind goes straight to comfy & cozy, and that’s exactly what I hope to achieve in our new home year round. One thing that I’ve been magnetically drawn to lately that screams that comfy & cozy feeling of Fall is cable knit home accessories. Are you ready for some intense comfort? My apologies, in advance, for making you want to go home and take a nap… cable knit home accessoriesOne of my favorite cable knit home accessories (and latest obsession) is this sweater knit lampshade. The thought of these babies makes me all warm and fuzzy and the price is right so I’m heavily considering pulling the trigger and buying a pair for our new bedroom. Now that I think about it, with our first wedding anniversary fast approaching, I should probably start dropping some serious hints about these cuties. Who says diamonds are a girl’s best friend?!

knit home accessoriesThis rope basket may not technically be made out of your favorite chunky sweater but it definitely gives off that comfy, cozy, cable knit vibe (say that 5 times fast!) For under $20 it’s the perfect little storage solution. I can see it by the front door as a spot to stash a few pairs of your cute fall flats or on a shelf to corral loose odds and ends.

knit home accessoriesI’m always a sucker for a good pouf and these ones have cozy evening in front of a fire written all over them. For a soft spot to rest your feet, an extra seat for guests during your big football parties, or a pair at the end of your bed to use when you put on your socks, these cable knit poufs will instantly cozy up any space.

knit home accessoriesWho wouldn’t want to snuggle up on a couch covered in sweaters? These chunky knit pillow covers will get any sofa or chair ready for Fall and make me ready for a nap. Yes please!

knit home accessoriesAs if the chunky knit pillows weren’t enough to throw me over the edge, holy cozy cable knit throw. Just imagine crawling into bed on a cool, breezy Fall night with that baby draped across. Ya, I’d say I’m ready for Fall and some cable knit home accessories.

cable knit home accessories

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So, if you’re one of those people still mourning the end of summer, I don’t think we can be friends anymore I hope this has made you slightly more excited about the Fall season ahead of us and if you’re anything like me, the thought of any of these juicy nuggets of Fall goodness in your house makes you very, very abnormally happy.

Happy Thursday, folks!