Friday, August 15, 2014

A little bit of Tweaking

Hi Friends,
Thanks for joining me today. How are you? Is your summer winding down? Lazy days coming to a close? For us, school started back three weeks ago so we are in the full swing of school days. Luckily, our afterschool activities haven't begun yet so we can ease back into school. We are also holding onto summer with some weekend beach trips and looking forward to the kids' fall break in October back to the beach. Of course, here in North Carolina the pool is still open and the days are still hot.

I wanted to share some tweakings I've been doing around the house.

First, in the dining room, I added two gray slipcovers (same as the green slipcovers in our eat-in kitchen- both from Pier One) and glittery sea life pillows that I got for my birthday (from Pottery Barn).

I think this room is really coming together. I am still considering adding a fig leaf tree in the corner sometime. See what you think:

Another change is in the entry way. I collected 3 B's for my birthday and had fun arranging them. I stole some items from other places in our home to stage this sweet little blue table. Eventually I do want to add two new ceiling lights in our hallway. Right now, I'm loving the bead/wood basket type lights but need to save my pennies to make it fit our budget.

Thanks for joining me today friends. I hope you have an awesome and amazing weekend! No big plans over here for the Brew Crew but I am hoping to do some crafting or painting.
Happy decorating and living,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tips for a Relaxing Bedroom

Our tips for a relaxing bedroom retreat:

1. Choose a color palette that is relaxing to you. We chose blue like the rest of our house. No brainer there.

2. No tv. Too simulating. Keeps us up too late then we are too cranky the next day. This is our retreat at the end of the day to read or talk or occasionally watch a show on our ipads.

3. No exercise equipment. Again, too simulating and too unattractive. It has to find another home in our home.

4. Sitting options are a must. Sofa. Loveseat. Chair. You pick it. A place to curl up besides the bed and read alone or with kids.

5. Keep is simple and sweet. Choose items that matter to you. What matters to me: books, pottery from the beach, photos of family.

6. No kids in the bed. As the kids are getting older, 8 and 6 years old, this one is actually happening now. We got a king size bed so that we would have adequate room when this does happen. But of course, when they do crawl in bed with us, they sleep beside us like a magnet.

Here's our bedroom....


 -You can't really tell what the curtains are like in these photos. But they're black out curtains, good for sleeping, creamy white with light blue stripes.
- Inexpensive artwork: 3 card shells frames.
-Sweet round rattan glass table found at local Goodwill. I covered an old ottoman with fabric I liked.
-I made the shell mirror. All furniture (except bed) purchased at thrift stores.
-Favorite things: pottery from the beach, books, and family photos.
-I covered the lampshade with fabric I liked.

Here's a peak at our newly freshly painted entryway:

I made the shell mirror, recovered an ugly bench, and the small ocean life artwork are cards:

Thanks so much for joining me today friends.
Happy decorating and living,