Thursday, May 10, 2012

Newly Painted 'Beach House'

Hi friends,
Thanks for joining me today. How was your week? What are your plans this weekend? Any special plans for Mother's Day? Last weekend: We had a successful Barbie Birthday Bash for Bryce's 6th birthday. She had a great time and I think her girlfriends did too. I actually had fun too! We had a wonderfully cool time at the North Carolina Zoo. This week was spent running errands, doctor's appointments, and dentist too. Not very exciting but real life stuff.

I am very excited to share my newly painted home office with you. My husband finished painting the ceiling last weekend. We chose a blue Valspar paint called 'Beach House'. It's a really soft pretty blue. It has really changed the whole vibe of the room to a much more brighter, calmer, bigger space. No more coffee brown paint in there. I love the change! See what you think.



 Here are more photos of my current 'in progress' home office:

Honestly, I did tidy up my office a bit before snapping these pictures to share with you today but it's still very much a working space:

A few more shots to share:

I also took down the old curtains that I had personalized with a stripe of green and blue fabric and just added one new inexpensive panel curtain that is all white from Target. I need to purchase another panel curtain for the other side of the window. The Target that I visited only had one. I really LOVE how the curtain is pooling on the floor. What a difference from the old Ikea curtains I had in there that were about 5 inches too short. I think with the curtain pooling on the floor creates a breezy luxuirous mood. Don't you?

Here's the break-down of what I've done in my home office since we moved in a year ago:

1. Replaced the old dining room ornate bronze light to a white basket light from Ikea (on sale too). I sold the old light on Craig's List.

2. Added an inexpensive white cotton rug also from Ikea that I painted blue and green stripes down the middle.

3. Added the fabric underneath the plastic topper on my desk to add some interest. It was left over fabric from the pillow in the room and I used it to cover the two stools in the room.

Here's what is left to do:

1. Purchase another white panel curtain from Target (less than $20).

2. Considering painting wide blue stripes on the white panel curtains with chalk paint to create a beachy vibe.

3. Add more art work to the room. I am thinking about two big pieces to flank the white shelf piece.

4. Do something with this fabric called Cotillion Seabreeze Stripe that I just ordered a swatch from Calico Corners:

I have to admit, I love working in my home office. My favorite part about this space is the huge window that faces our front yard. I made certain not to cover an inch of it with the curtains because I love the natural light streaming in. I also love the colors of blue and green in the room, especially the fun pops of bright green. I haven't regretted for one minute that we have given up our dining room so I can have a home office. I simply love it!

Thanks for joining me today friends. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. My daughter and I will travel to Virginia to spend the weekend with my mom and dad for Mother's Day. My husband and son will travel to Charlotte, NC to spend the weeekend with his momma. I got my Mother's Day present early, tickets for my daughter and I to see the musical Wicked over Memorial Day weekend. We both can't wait! It'll be my third time seeing this wonderful musical (the first time being in NYC and the second time we won front row seats to the show in Philly). I've been playing the music for my daughter so that she is familiar with it. She loves The Wizard of Oz movie so hopefully that will translate well. Her first musical was two years ago seeing Mary Poppins with my mom and I. I hope to share my love of musicals with my children. It's definitely a love that my mom inspired in me.

Happy decorating & living,


  1. Stunning...such a difference. I love it. Bravo to the Painter!!! Love your office!!!!!

  2. Thanks so much Barb! I can't wait to finish the curtains and get some more artwork in there then I think it'll really be ready.
    Happy Mother's Day to you!!!!