Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sugar and Spice: Phase 1 of the nursery

Yes, we are expecting...and we are expecting a girl! The Hubs painted the nursery this weekend and now it's ready for my decorating touch. :)

I found paint colors that I liked and it didn't take long for our vision to come together. The pink paint samples are just to show what the wall colors will look like with pink accessories.

Here are some before pictures: 

Here are some pictures of the during:

Three of the walls are painted in a pale aqua (Behr's Aqua Pura: 500C-2). The fourth wall, the one with the window, is painted in cream (Behr's Canyon Cloud: W-D-410) and stripes in a darker aqua (Behr's Aqua Glow: 5007-9B). 


To Do:
  • bookshelves
  • varying pink tissue/tulle pom poms hanging from the ceiling
  • gallery wall with lots of pink accents 
  • blackout drapes
  • pink tiebaks of some sort for the drapes
  • enlarged black and white photos of the baby
  • crib
  • dresser
  • changing pad
  • glider and possible ottoman (for the mama)
And I am sure I am missing something else but I am just so stinkin' excited that I can't think like a normal person at the moment. Hope you all had a terrific weekend!

Monday, May 28, 2012

WIP (work in progress): Bathroom shelves

Hi ya'll! It has been AGES since I have had any time to do anything remotely house-y or crafty. I was jonesing real bad. Anyway I decided today that I would start decorating the bathroom shelves. They aren't finished, hence the post title, but I have started and that is a step in the right direction, right?

The Hubs built shelves last Christmas for our master bath and I absolutely love them. They sat empty for about three months and then the last two months there were two candles, a jar of cotton balls and a rolled up hand towel. It was pitiful looking! So I went to a couple thrift stores and picked up some vessels to fill the space. I found lots of interesting blue jars and also the clear one below containing rope and a silver lid.

The large blue jar is super neat; it holds a candle on a cast iron holder perfectly nestled inside the jar. Perfect! I also found this great wire basket for real cheap at Roost (downtown Spokane). It will be perfect for holding towels, wash rags and hand towels. 

Then I hit up a local Goodwill and grabbed a few clear containers as well. Three were only .99 cents and the large round one was $1.99. Can't beat that people! I ended up not using the two similar jars but I know that they will be utilized somewhere else so I am not sweating it. 

This interesting jar below was a Goodwill find two years ago, but it was used in a chemistry project at school. We coated glass jars with a silver type compound. I am not sure of the precise name, and I don't feel like digging through my school work to uncover it so we are calling it "silver type compound". I love it, and think it's so interesting and it kind of looks like mercury. Besides it is pretty cool that I "made" it...well you know, sort of.  

The Hubs and I collect shells, sand, and general beach items every.single.time we go to any beach location. We have tons! I put some of the collection to use today for the decor. I placed sand (from an unspecified foreign beach-I'm not sure if we are allowed to "take" items), a starfish and random shells in the large, round vessel and then stuffed in a tealight as well. 

In the tall, skinny jar I put in a pebbly beach (from an unspecified domestic beach) and then tossed in small shells. 

It still needs something so I may end up wrapping some raffia or jute around the neck of the bottle. We'll see. The large conch shell is from a trip The Hubs took a few years ago. 

Putting items in a cluster or vignette style is something I have a tendency to do, so I placed items into groups in the corners of the shelves. 

The shelves are still quite empty looking but I have some big plans to add to it. Imagine black and white photos, in frames, of The Hubs and I enjoying various beaches on the top shelf. Also I am thinking I need more texture so a skinny seagrass basket that can hold various decorative soaps. The wire basket on the bottom shelf will house the towels; I just need to find the right color scheme. Also imagine the walls blue instead of green. I think it will definitely make everything pop. I believe the bottom shelf needs varying height as well so I may stack some old books under the large, round vessel. 

It is still a work in progress, and it may take me another six months before it is complete (lord I hope not), but I am content at the moment knowing that I have at least made a few baby steps. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. May your hearts overflow with joy and gratitude this holiday. And give thanks for all of your blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!