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,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Husband's Home Office

Hey again friends,
Two blog posts in a row! This is a miracle! Miracles are happening all around here for sure!

Thanks for checking out our new grown up dining room yesterday. Today I wanted to share with you a room that got relocated over 6 months ago and I never shared it with you. My husband's home office used to be located over the garage in a very large space upstairs. He had the brainstorm to relocate it right off of our kitchen/entry to the garage before Christmas this past year for two reasons which made a lot of sense:

1. Our guest room would now move upstairs over the garage to a large space where our family would be much more comfortable (I will share that space this week too).

2. Because his office was so removed from the rest of our main living space he hardly went up there. Now he's finding due to it's convenient location, he pops in his office easily to work. Plus when he gets up before the rest of the Brew Crew in the morning, he has a quiet space to work away from us sleepy heads.

Bonus: We put a family computer in his office too that the kids can play on (code: we can keep an eye on them and monitor their electronic time).

Double Bonus: Now's the dog's cage/food and water bowls have a home away from sight.

Here's husband's newly relocated home office:

 He recently painted the room from a brown to a warm gray. He got the large map as a Father's day gift. You might remember the blue striped curtains from my home office (I painted the blue stripes on old white curtains).

Here's our entrance to the garage that husband recently redid and reorganized. Usually it holds the kids' backpacks for school. I just wrote the July schedule on it this morning. Happy Summer Y'all!

One last peek at husband's home office.....

Happy decorating and living,

Monday, June 30, 2014

Grown Up at Last?

Hello friends,
Happy summertime! Over here at the Brew Crew we are welcoming in our first day of summer vacation. Our rascals just get 4 weeks of summer break due to their year round school but don't feel sorry for them for even though they're headed back to school the last week in July they will enjoy a lovely 3 weeks off in October, January, and March.

I am super excited to share a recent room transformation with you. I believe we might be grown ups at last....we finally have an official dining room. See, our real dining room is my home office so the small room next to it in the front of our house we were using as a living room which really means we never used it except at Christmas time when our tree was in there.

Here's our new dining room (please ignore the painting touch ups that still have to happen, I was just so excited to share despite the fact that the finishing touches need to be done):

We chose a 60 inch diameter gray finish round table from Ballard Designs. Basically this small room is a square so we thought a round table would work best and be good for conversations at the table. Right now, we just have 4 chairs around it but can pull in 2-4 more depending on what we need. I was a little nervous about buying a table online without touching it and seeing it in person but we read the reviews and with a coupon decided to go for it. I would honestly report that I'm happier with it than I imagined.

We kept our black and white photo gallery of family beach pictures and even added another column on the left hand side.

This sweet watercolor is very special to us as my husband picked up along his walking journey, Camino de Santiago, through Spain.


So, what do you think? Do you have a dining room? Do you use it often? In the last two days since we have had a dining room, I've sat in there to work and eat. I think it's our 'pretty room' in our house.

Thanks for joining me today. I plan on sharing new blog posts every day this week as I'm taking the week off from work.

Happy Summer!

Here's my girl, almost third grader, Bryce with me in matching sundresses that we made yesterday. You wouldn't believe how simple this project was! The fabric comes already made to be a dress- you just have to cut it to your size and sew one line. Easy scheemzie!

Happy decorating and living,