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Weekend Plans

This weekend my life will be consumed by this:

Feast your eyes on my Valentine’s day present. Hubs gave in to my nagging suggestions and we took advantage of the Container Store’s 30% off sale on the Elfa organizational system.

Our closet is currently a hot mess; and we have stuff all over the place! We went with the Elfa Decor style and will be installing it most of Saturday. What I mean by that is, hopefully my husband will figure out the install and I can finally paint our master bathroom. I’m so shady sometimes it kills me.

To say I’m excited would be an understatement!

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Guest Room Update

Last week I finally got around to making a few small updates to one of the guest rooms. I had an idea of what I’d wanted for awhile, but I never got around to getting it done. The walls are a great yellow, and for the last year a white/yellow Crate & Barrel quilt had been covering the bed.

It was fine, but the quilt wasn’t doing it for me. The big squares were a little too modern, and I’m more traditional than I originally thought!

It all started with Home Goods. That store is gone be the death of me. I found a great quilt that had all the colors I was looking for. Some soft touches of yellow, but also some green and white.

I love the pattern. It also ties in great with the yellow but is much softer than the last quilt she was rockin. There’s a little paisley/floral thing happening that makes my heart swoon. For $30? Perfect.

Then I remembered these frames my momma had given me awhile ago. She had them for years but never found the perfect spot for them. They work perfectly here over the bed.

The guest room is used by family all the time, so I know they’ll like these additions. Plus I can finally look like we have loved ones; considering we’ve lived here a year and these are the first photos I’ve hung on the wall! What can I say; I was a bit hammer-shy for some reason.

Finally, I have this great metal mirror on the other wall.

I think it’s my favorite piece in the room. It’s got great white chippy paint all over it, and it’s huge so it makes a big enough statement on the wall alone.

Here she is; much cozier now!

The only thing left are some sort of window treatments for the big window (behind me in the photo above). I’ll keep my eye out for those but otherwise it’s MUCH cozier. Amazing what a few small accessories and a new blanket can do for a girl!

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Paint Party

Since moving into our home a year ago, we’ve updated quite a bit with the rooms. Room Remix is having a great party where everyone lists out their paint projects and I thought now would be a great time to list all our home colors in one place!

Here you go readers. Small little house tour with some paint details. Enjoy!

The office on the main floor is a great red color. I have to admit that I was really nervous about a red but it looks great! The color is Hirschfield’s “Lover’s Kiss” (creepy I know) and it’s #0067.

The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. It’s an awesome green. Now be warned. For those who are looking for a subtle, soft green: this may not be your color. Honestly with our dark cabinets and countertops I absolutely love it. But it’s not a sage or anything; it packs a little more punch than that. The name is Hirschfield’s Bamboo Kiss (#401)

The Master Bedroom is a great chocolate brown. I was a little worried it would be too dark but honestly I think it’s a great, dark color. Plus with lighter bedding and the tons of sunlight it stays pretty light in the room. The color is Hirschfield’s “Noble Crown” (#0185). The back wall has a stripe treatment on it which is just a high gloss of the same shade. LOVE the way that turned out!
Unfortunately this is a rough picture. The walls match the stripe in the bedding (which unfortunately always seems to be wrinkled) that we got at Target last year. It’s a nice smokey blue that leans a little towards the teal end. The actual name is Hirschfield’s “Kathleen’s Garden” and is #464
My girly getaway (my favorite room in the house!) is painted a great light blue color which is Behr’s “Lime Light”. Sorry, I don’t have more details for you but I searched high and low for a good blue accent and this is a perfect shade.
The laundry room is a bright sunny yellow. I think it’s PERFECT for a laundry room and it makes that chore not half as horrible as it could be. I don’t have the name but the color is Hirschfield’s #952. Looking back I may do a softer shade; this yellow packs a punch!
We also have a nice neutral tan (builder beige some might call it) throughout the rest of the house. Here it is in “the man cave” downstairs.
The color is “Persian Fable” (#259). Looking back I wish we did something a little more brown since ours seems to have a lot of yellow/cream in it. It’s fine for the main areas but just wish it were a little more tan.
There you go! Stop by  http://roomremixblog.blogspot.com/ to see more great paint projects!

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Laundry Room Progress

I finally did it. This weekend I started working on a big improvement to the laundry room.

Here’s a little snapshot of what’s to come:

Oh yeah. Those are lockers baby! Still have LOTS of work to do but they’re started! Can’t wait to finish them up!

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Featured: Remodelaholic

The lovely Cassity at Remodelaholic has done it again!

She’s featuring my craft room/Guest room over on her blog today!

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There are quite a few Christmas tours happening right now, so I thought I’d lump both my holiday posts into one (easier for linking up). Sorry to those of you who have already seen these!

I love setting up our Christmas tree every year. It’s so fun to open up the ornaments each year, and add to our collection as well.

 

Here’s a shot of our tree (I think I showed it earlier this week). Here she is; small but mighty.

This little guy is about 4 years old now; and it’s nice and small. In our little condo it was awesome, but now that we’re in the big house I may look for an upgrade this year. I LOVE the topper; it’s a great gold colored star that light’s up. Nice and pretty. Here’s one of my favorite ornaments:

 

We actually got this as a wedding gift and it was one of the coolest ideas! I was so excited to use it that first year, and I LOVE how the light reflects through the beautiful shaped glass.

The coolest part about having our own little family now (party of 2) is that we get to start our own traditions. One of my favorites is buying an ornament from every trip we take. There’s nothing worse than “souvenir-shopping” while being on vacation. I don’t want a magnet, or a keychain. Those will only add to my already disastrous junk drawer. This is a fun thing to look for while on vacation, and they’re typically not too expensive. Here are a few of my favorites that we added to the tree just this year:

 

From our trip to Arizona this spring.

From our Anniversary trip to Craguns Resort (the resort in northern MN where we got married).

From our AWESOME trip to Boston this summer. (a little blurry, but combining baseball with red glitter makes this ornament one of my favorites!)

Santa on an NYC cab from our trip this Spring. Can you tell I like when they’re real cheesy and represent something from the place? The hokier the better; and if Santa is involved? Done deal.

I’m not cool enough to have a color-coordinated tree. I love that our tree is also a scrapbook of our life! Matching ornaments or a “theme” don’t really get me in the holiday mood.

I’ve been majorly slacking in the decorations department. My house doesn’t have much “holiday spirit” at the moment. I’ll go the day after Christmas and possibly pick up some new things, but until then I’m fine with it.

Last week I finally got around to putting up our mantel, here are a few pics of that bad boy.

On the table in the kitchen, my SUPER crafty mom (haha mom; do you like that!) made me this beautiful runner.

She just learned how to quilt this year, and has been going CRAZY with all her cool ideas! She found some great holiday fabrics and now I have some actual seasonal decorations which is awesome.Here’s a better zoomed in pic of the great fabric. I love how it pulls out the green from my kitchen.
Here’s our mantel downstairs in the man-cave.

Those stockings have been around for YEARS, someday I’d love to update them with some classic monogrammed ones that match a little better. Doesn’t PB have a good after-Xmas sale? (Seeing a theme here? All shopping must happen at major discounts for me!)

The reindeer on top is a great Holiday Card holder I got at TJ Maxx last year.

Last year this thing stayed up until Easter. And I didn’t even care.
Upstairs is pretty bare, on our table in the entryway I stacked up a trio of candles and propped up this cute sign in front. Nice and basic, but the “Seasons Greetings” can hopefully stay out for a little while!

That’s it! Stop by The Nester and also Kelly’s Korner to see more great holiday pics.

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Holiday Decor

I’ve been majorly slacking in the decorations department. My house doesn’t have much “holiday spirit” at the moment. I’ll go the day after Christmas and possibly pick up some new things, but until then I’m fine with it.

Last week I finally got around to putting up our mantel, here are a few pics of that bad boy.

Here’s our little baby tree. We first got him when we lived in our condo, and at the time it was perfect size!

Now it seems a smidge small for what I’d like there. We’re hoping to shop the after Xmas sales this year and maybe pick up a pre-lit tree that’s a little larger. We’ll see how that goes! Next week I’ll highlight some of our ornaments/traditions, so I’ll save those for later!

On the table in the kitchen, my SUPER crafty mom (haha mom; do you like that!) made me this beautiful runner.
She just learned how to quilt this year, and has been going CRAZY with all her cool ideas! She found some great holiday fabrics and now I have some actual seasonal decorations which is awesome.Here’s a better zoomed in pic of the great fabric. I love how it pulls out the green from my kitchen.
Here’s our mantel downstairs in the man-cave.
Those stockings have been around for YEARS, someday I’d love to update them with some classic monogrammed ones that match a little better. Doesn’t PB have a good after-Xmas sale? (Seeing a theme here? All shopping must happen at major discounts for me!)
The reindeer on top is a great Holiday Card holder I got at TJ Maxx last year.
Last year this thing stayed up until Easter. And I didn’t even care.
Upstairs is pretty bare, on our table in the entryway I stacked up a trio of candles and propped up this cute sign in front. Nice and basic, but the “Seasons Greetings” can hopefully stay out for a little while!
We’re a little peeved because our Christmas wreath hasn’t come from the neighborhood boy scout yet. I thought it should be here the week after Thanksgiving, and all the other houses have theirs already! I might shoot his momma an email and see what the story is. Our house is pretty bare out front!
Stop over at Flip Flops & Pearls to see more great house decorations!

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