Wednesday, July 31, 2013

girl baby shower invitations

I am co-hosting a baby shower in a few weeks and have been busy lately working on the decorations.  I can't wait to share pictures afterwards!  In the meantime, I thought I would share the invitation I put together (or an example of it).

The couple opted for a simple e-mail invitation rather than the traditional "snail mail" so the invitation below was simply included in an e-mail to the guests.  The theme is a surprise for the parents-to-be so the shower decorations will look different from the invitation.  However, as you can probably guess, they are having a baby girl so there will definitely be lots of pink!

I had so much fun working on the last baby shower I hosted which I wrote about {here} and {here}.  I'll definitely share more after the shower!

Monday, July 29, 2013

wish list: etsy love

Sorry I have not been posting much lately.  I have a few bigger projects going on at the same time that are unfortunately not ready to be posted.  I promise to share as soon as they're done!  In the meantime, I thought I would share some items from Etsy that are currently on my wishlist and that I would love to add to my home!

Coral Prints from ScarletBlvd

Blue Pillows from PopOColor

Southern Saying Signs from Stephanie Creekmur

Vintage Marquee Letters from CarnivalLetters

Reclaimed Wood Sunburst Mirror from CarpenterCraig

Edison Lamp from Timberson

Monday, July 22, 2013

condo project: bedroom

As I mentioned before {here}, I am helping a friend decorate his place.  With work and travel on both of our parts, it has been (and may continue to be) a slow process so please bare with me.  Lucky for me, my friend is one of the most laid back guys I know and is totally fine with me working at my own pace.  This past weekend, after four months of talking about it, we finally got around to painting the bedroom.

His entire condo has standard white walls.  Here is what the bedroom looked like right before we started painting...

And here it is all painted...

The color is Behr's Forever Denim.  I love blue-gray colors and I believe the color is perfect for a guy's place.  It also matched the director chairs that I dyed for him and discussed {here}.  The darker color also ended up making the room look bigger and definitely more cozy.

Obviously, I still have a lot of work to do but I just wanted to share the progress.   The current plan is to replace the nightstands and dresser and also add window treatments and decorate the walls.  I'll keep posting as I make progress!

Friday, July 19, 2013

our home: living room

Today I thought I would share some pictures of one of the first rooms that was completed in our home...our living room.  This room has pretty much been done for awhile and I have posted pictures of it from time to time on this blog.  This past weekend, I finally got around to taking pictures of the entire room.

It's hard to believe that right before we moved in, the room looked like this...

And here is how we got to what it looks like today...

Flooring: Floor & Decor Outlets - Discussed {here} //
Painted Fireplace - Discussed {here} // Couches: Macy's
Ceramic Stool: The Foundary // Chair: Home Goods // Floor Lamp: Ikea

Vases, Frame, Book Ends, Mirror: Home Goods // Dried Flowers: Michael's
Blue Glass Vase: Thrift Store // Coral: OC Marketplace
Sphere Candle: World Market // Books: Ebay

Console Tabe: Thrift Store - Discussed {here} //
Lamp, Mirror, Frame, Vase, Runner, Pieced Jar: Home Goods //
Small Bowl: DIY at Color Me Mine


Ikat Pillows: Etsy // Gray Pillows: Home Goods

Tray: Home Goods // Milk Glass Vase: Thrift Store // Ottoman: Macy's

I will admit, we do not use this room a ton.  However, it is definitely my favorite room in the house!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

before & after: milk glass vase

Earlier this week I shared some pictures from a low country boil we hosted this past weekend at our house.  You can check the post out {here}.  Anyway, one of the items I added to the drink table was a flower arrangement.  The arrangement was super easy and I think the flowers made the table look ten times better.

The milk glass vase was a thrift store find from a few months ago.  I loved the height and detail on the vase.  Plus, it was only $3!

For the flowers, I just picked up a pre-made bouquet at Costco when we were picking up food for the party.  After simply cutting the stems to size, this is what the bouquet looked like.

After the party, I moved the arrangement to the ottoman in our living room.  The flowers look great and smell even better!  I wish I could keep fresh flowers there all the time!

Monday, July 15, 2013

low country boil

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is host get togethers for friends and family in our backyard.  We usually default to a typical BBQ but this past weekend we changed things up and did a low country boil.  It was our first time to cook this way so I am happy to report that the boil was super fun and the food turned out great!  

Since it was a small group, I made an invitation we could e-mail out to our friends.  All the fonts and the crab icon came from dafont.  Here is an example of how it turned out.

Since the dinner was going to be messy and we needed all the room on the table, I put all the extra food and drinks on a table inside.

The Pottery Barn mason jar drink dispenser was an awesome gift from my husband a few years ago.  I love it...especially for summer gatherings!

The low country boil included shrimp, crab, sausage, corn and potatoes.  Here are some of the ingredients waiting to be cooked.

We planned to cook everything in this large aluminum stock pot directly on the grill.  However, it took awhile to get the water boiling so we cheated and cooked some of the items in smaller pots on the stove.  We used Zatarain's crawfish, shrimp, and crab boil in a bag to season the boil.

Since I knew the food was going to messy, I decided to cover the table with a plastic table cloth.  I got some steel tins for the seafood and buckets for the trash. 

Once everything was cooked, we threw it in freezer size ziploc bags filled with a cajun sauce for additional seasoning.  We found a great recipe for the cajun sauce {here}.


Friday, July 12, 2013

before & after: director chairs

A few weeks ago, I picked up these two director chairs at Goodwill for $5 a piece.  From a distance, the pair didn't look too too shabby.

But if you look closer, they were pretty sad looking and quite dirty.  Also, when I pulled off the canvas, I realized that it was originally a royal blue color and had just faded over the years to a sea foam green.

The first thing I did was remove the canvas from the chairs so I could clean the frames.  Removing the canvas from these chairs is actually pretty easy.  I followed this great tutorial {here} on how to remove the canvas.  Once the canvas was off and after some serious scrubbing, the frames looked pretty good so I was able to avoid having to refinish them.  For the hardware, I scrubbed the side hinges with Brasso polish and sprayed with Rustoleum metallic silver spray for problem areas.  Despite being dirty, the canvas was still in good condition.  Therefore, instead of buying new canvas, I decided to just run the four pieces through the washing machine and then dye them a dark gray color using RIT dye in black.

Here is what the chairs look like now...

And a close-up...

And a quick comparison...

As I mentioned {here}, I am helping a friend decorate his condo so the plan is to use these as extra seating.  I'll be sure to share pictures once it's all done!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

we've been featured: power of paint

Just found out Maryann over at the Power of Paint featured my painted thrift store dresser the other day.   Her blog features some great projects and truly demonstrates what amazing transformations can be done with a few coats of paint.  You should check it out if you're looking for some inspiration!


Monday, July 8, 2013

4th of July table setting

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday!  As I mentioned last week, my husband and I spent the long weekend visiting my family in my hometown.  We spent half of the trip in airplanes and airports but it was worth it to see my family and friends.  Today I wanted to share a few pictures of what our 4th of July table looked like.

Lucky for me, my mom seems to have endless rows of dinnerware at her house.  I raided her cabinets and decided to set the table with blue and white.  

The food was take-out from Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.   If you're ever in a city that has this restaurant, you have to go.  It's my favorite restaurant at home and we always try to squeeze a lunch or dinner there when we're in town.  So yummy!

To add some decorations to the patio, I made a red, white, and blue tassel garland out of some tissue paper and ribbon my mom had lying around the house.  

These garlands are really quick and easy to make if you need to throw together some last minute decorations.  Earlier this year, I made a similar garland for a baby shower using streamers {discussed here}.  For this garland, I used one sheet of tissue paper for each tassel.  I folded the tissue paper in half one time and then vertically several times until the width of the top of the tassel was about 1/2 inch.  Then I cut fringe into the tissue paper leaving about 1 and 1/2 inches at the top.  Finally, I attached the top of each tassel to the ribbon.

And here is one last look at our 4th of July Bar-B-Q...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

happy independence day!

I am so happy to be celebrating the holiday this year in my hometown with my family.  I hope everyone is having a great 4th and enjoying some great food and awesome company today!