Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Peak Into the Living Room ||

This past weekend I had a mini garage sale. Basically a bunch of home goods and clothes that I haven't been able to part with for years and I finally ripped the bandaid and got rid of them. It was both liberating and maddening, but I was on a mission to clean out.

Now, I have been on the hunt looking for a new coffee table. I've looking for something with clean lines, simple design, mid-century, pretty wood or white stone, and of course Stetson proof. I almost pulled the trigger on one too but it wasn't what I really wanted and so I remained patient. Until this gem of a coffee table came to me this past weekend! It was perfect. It was everything I didn't know I wanted and more.   - and! I bought it from the cutest girl and her family that were getting ready to move to Corona Del Mar.  Such a small world.

She is fitting in real nicely. I love that she is round. She makes the space more friendly then formal. She also eliminates a bunch of the brown tones going on.....which I HATE the color brown. Sure I like wood, I like natural fibers, I like baskets and bentley, BUT I do not like the color brown. Yet, it seems to overpower the living room and my serene state of mind.

So much brown....ew....

I need to figure out something to hang on this empty wall. I was thinking an art print. A cloud painting or maybe some sort of cactus print. I love this ONE from the Aestate. She has maj talent.

To bring in more toy storage, I removed two drawers and replaced with two baskets. Allowing the toys to be easily assessable and easy to clean up.

The foot stool is happy about his new momma too! They compliment each other all the time.

Can you spy the antenna ?

I put a basil plant on the coffee table to add more life to the room. I really dig it!

 hmmmmmmmm.........this coffee table has really got me thinking of a little makeover........hmmmmm

.....is it worth my husband headache.......

Friday, July 17, 2015

Recovering My Foot Stool ::

I was in Idaho Falls about a month ago visiting my mom. Our favorite favorite thing to do together is hit up garage sales and thrift stores!

I found this killer foot stool at the D.I. and literally pounced on it. $5!!!!!!!!!!! It was the legs that won me over.

I have for the longest time wanted to try and recover/ reupholster something. Stetson's rocking chair in the nursery has been the "go for it project", but I haven't been able to commit to a fabric pattern I like, and have been stuck in Limbo. I'm finding my zen while patiently waiting for the perfect fabric to fall into my lap.

So when I saw this stool, I knew that this would be great practice and give me confidence when working a staple gun.

Picking fabric wasn't hard either because I knew I wanted a white fluffy ottoman. I loved the Nate Berkus one from last year at Target, but it literally was gone before I even had a chance to get to target. Luckily, i had a piece of fluffy fake fur just waiting for me to play with it.

Now, I'm just a go getter done kinda gal. I rarely stop to look up instruction on how to do something and or I follow along visually. I am not calling myself an expert at all, but this is what I did.

I wiped off the footstool and got her all bleached up!

I then played the fur on the floor and placed the foot stool on top of it. Positioning it just right to fold all around it.

I started stapling the fabric to the edge. There was about a 1/2 inch lip from the cushion and the hard surface the legs are screwed in. I used this lip for my stapling line. Although it got tricky with the fur.

What I found easy when the fabric was starting to fold together, to much fabric bunching together, was to pull tight, staple, smooth, repeat.

I trimmed away all the extra fabric.

I'm TOTALLY smitten with her!

Stetson loves to use it as a step to get on the couch. I love it because we had nowhere to put out feet before.

It took me a total of 15 minutes to do! Probably less too if I wasn't having to battle stetson for my staple gun. He really likes to help and be in the action. Must be in the action. I should've know he'd want to help me with this project too! 

Now I'm really inspired to lighten up this front room. Starting with selling our rug. If anyone is Boise local and wants it, let me know. I'll give you a killer deal on it!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Four Years Ago...

Today is our Wedding Anniversary and I can still feel the heat and love on that day four years ago!

Oh yeah, 100 plus degrees in Temecula, CA in July, was not a recipe for a cool time but despite the heat it was so much fun. And some of the best memories involve how we survived the heat that day!

I am obsessed with the Fourth of July! It's my favorite holiday. It's a no pressure just fun kind of day! Everyone celebrates across the nation and that's pretty cool to think about.

I wanted to incorporate it into our wedding but I didn't want it to be over powered. So hints of patriotism were found through out.

I wanted a country wedding. In a barn somewhere. But the only Barn I could find in Southern California was out in Temecula. We had just moved to California and I had no idea how hot Temecula is in July. I think i remember people saying something about it but I was all "Don't rain on my parade!"

It was a total DIY wedding. I found all the table decor and with my mom and sisters help we made all the desserts for the dessert table. Such a true labor of love!

One of my friends was just starting her flower business and she did all the arrangements. I was a mess when it came to picking the bouquets. I had no idea which route I wanted to go. Color, no color?!?! It wasn't like how it is today, with wedding websites everywhere and PINTERST! You had to kinda fly blind. Lindsay was SUCH a huge help and let me come to the flower market to look at my options. Her company is called Sugar Branch Events and she also did my sister in laws flowers!!

I wanted my bridesmaids to be eclectic and have a dress of their style. I told them the colors could be cream or a gray/slate blue color. They KILLED it!!! My sisters dress we found at Target two days before the wedding.

Justin had the great idea of wearing a different suit from all his groomsmen. He said he hated looking at photos and not knowing who the groom was. He so smart sometimes. So he wore black and the men wore white! I made all their boutonnieres! They were some of my favorite details.

My dress was by Melissa Sweet. I had always seen her stuff in wedding magazines and always loved her collections. I always choose her dress, so it was no surprise that when I was trying on dresses, it was hers that i fell in love with. AND i didn't even know it was a Melissa Sweet until I said, "this is the one"!! It was the third dress I tried on and that was it.

My grandma and mom made all the jams from the berries on their farms. We handed them out to all the guests.

The cake was another favorite detail of mine. I loved how raw and whimsical it looked. I can't take all the credit. Hilary Duff had just gotten married a couple months before me and her cake was in the small crease of people. It was enough to catch my eye and make me fall in love!

(I made the cake topper! Justin had a basset hound and I have a yorkie. We're kind of obsessed with our dogs)

Our wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes.com, which is what I was truly aiming for. I wanted our wedding to be on the website so bad that i made sure every single detail was perfect. It was a lot of work but TOTALLY worth it. Satisfaction!! Here is the link to our wedding: BestDayEver