Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Updated basement

We have been working away at the basement, it has been a very frustrating process/

We last left off with the basement looking like this.... and the area we have been working on is that corner area to the left... 

Since then we started working on the nook in the far corner of the basement. We decided this space could easily be used as a serving area/wine bar/etc. etc. It would be a great place for us to place the food and drinks at family gatherings... 

So we made a stop at Ikea and took around the "as-is"section for some cabinets. We found a couple that were marked 50% off and started from there. We continued filling in this section with the wine fridge and built a shelf unit to store glassware or whatever ends up going there. 
We took 2x4s to build the table top and decided to put in rock tile across the back of the wall. 

This area still has a ways to go... but its finally shaping into what we had in mind... so I thought I would share an "In progress" photo. Don't mind the mess... we are still in the middle of this project...

We still have a few things to do. 

1. put the doors on the Ikea cabinets and buy hardware
2. paint the shelf that will hold the glassware
3. paint all the wood framing out the cabinets and wine storage
4. add a wood shelf to the bottom of each window
5. finish the rock wall
6. add another coat to the walls.
7. paint the window panes
8. put up trim and doors in the basement
9. add wine glass storage in the open shelves

But at least its to a point where I see it coming together. Slowly but surely. 

The basement itself is far from being done. but at least this small little corner is shaping up nicely. 
The rest of it... is still quite a mess... 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Baby Number 2 Due in May 2015!

The blog has been pretty quiet the past few weeks...

In case you missed our big announcement on Facebook...

So... I have been slacking on the blog.

Because I am tired. So tired.
This pregnancy is kicking my butt. I am finally starting to feel a little bit like myself again.
Just a little bit. But hopefully this is the turning point... and I will soon have enough energy to at least see 8 pm on a week day. Fingers Crossed.

We could not be more excited about baby number 2!
Thank you all for your kind words on Facebook. Maddux is absolutely thrilled to become a big brother.
He is even more thrilled that now... "He gets to be the boss of someone... finally"
... or so he thinks ;)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bedroom Inspiration

We have been slowly but surely working on the basement... and meanwhile... I started planning out the bedroom changes.

So here are a few photos we are drawing inspiration from....

I am loving this simple X based table... maybe a vanity bench used also as a nightstand?

I am obsessed with navy bedroom walls...

Something about this rustic floor to ceiling headboard... or the black nightstand... or the chairs with the weathered ottoman... I just love the feel of this room.

You know how I feel about gallery walls...
especially around a TV.

Every single detail about this space on Jenna Sue's blog. Every single tiny detail.

Media stand in the bedroom?

The sweet rustic bench at the foot of the bed...

Again a vanity as a nightstand... seems like the perfect idea :)

So this week we are going to get started on our bedroom space.
I just want to create our own little retreat. Our own little space at the end of the day...

We will just see what we pull from the inspiration and how it all comes together.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ikea Wardrobes... and the neglected room

We have been living in our house for almost 3 years now... and all we have done in our bedroom is built a window seat... and painted the walls.

Well that is the room we start and end the day with and I am getting tired of not doing anything to that room. So while finishing the basement we decided to start working on this bedroom. Mainly... I think because Jerry is tired of hearing me complain... but even if that is the case.. as long as we do something to this room I will be happy.

So one thing I have struggled with is how many little nooks we have in our bedroom. the weirdest spots. which brings me to the next topic of Ikea.

Sometimes, Ikea gets a bad rap. If you go in there and buy the 10 dollar table... well you bought a 10 dollar table and duh... its the quality of... a 10 dollar table. But the thing I love about Ikea is the ability to customize almost anything in there to create something of your own.
Pax wardrobes are great for doing this... whether its creating a custom master closet... or creating a built in wardrobe... its easy to build... and easy on the bank account. win. win.

So we decided to give this a go...

So before we start. I thought I would leave you with a few inspiration photos we are pulling from...
so that Jerry can have his own wardrobe... and I can have... well the walk in closet ;)

I am hoping to someday in the future redo the master closet using the Pax systems

Every time I walk into pantry... I am immediately looking at closet systems... or cabinets... or anything I can put my own twist on. 

We just purchased a Pax closet system and some cabinets for our wine bar in our basement...  We always make sure we stop in and check the "as is" section. If you are looking for cabinets.. this is the place to go. You can always find cabinets that were either floor models or dented on the side (who cares if you are putting them between walls) where you will find over 50% off. 

We will be back to share with you our newest Ikea customizations very soon. 

Meanwhile... what is your favorite thing to shop for at Ikea? 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The last time..

Baby books are filled with the first times. The first steps. The first curl. the first tooth. The first words. Etc.

The other night Maddux fell asleep in my arms. Which hasn't happened in such a long time. As I watched him sleep I looked at him... and all the changes... My little baby that has grown into this energetic... boy. Not a baby... a boy.  And I tried remembering the last time he fell asleep in my arms... and my mind just went from there.

The last time his head was filled with curls?
The last time I fed him his bottle?
The last time I sang him to sleep?
The last time his eyes were blue... before they changed to green?
The last time he called me Mama before... moving to Mommy?
The last time I rocked him to sleep?
The last time he scooted on his butt down the stairs (before he learned to walk them)?
The last time I had to get his shoes on for him?
The last time he mispronounced Chewbaca as Chewyeeeybaaba?
The last time he believed Minnie Mouse was the "prettiest girl in the world"?

There will be more and more last times as we go throughout this journey.
He is growing up so fast.... and I will take as many glimpses of these moments... these moments... that I know... will soon turn into memories.

I just want to hang onto these last times a little bit longer.
I just need to remember... even though it takes us ten minutes longer to get out the door because I need to tie his shoes and zip up his coat... that soon....these will join the list of last times... and even these small little moments will be missed...

Don't get me wrong... I look forward to my son growing up. Being independent and self sufficient. However, I just want to live in these moments of being needed. Before those moments are gone.... Sometimes life is so busy. We rush through things... without realizing just how important those little moments are.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Simple Fall Centerpiece.

I love decorating the house for fall. It's something about the coziness that comes along with it.

Stained dark wood

Something so simple... that only takes a few minutes to throw together... makes such a statement :)

This box was so easily created with a bunch of scrap 1x4's.
Mine is 6 foot long. I mix Dark walnut and grey stain together to come up with the finish.
I also bang up the wood a bit before staining these, by hitting it with a hammer.. or running nails along it... something to give it that worn in look.
Pumpkins were purchased at the dollar store.
Battery candles came from TJ Max.
And the garland of leaves... came from my basement. I thin originally I might have grabbed it at Michael's.

Not bad for the grand total being under 25 dollars (and the candles were 15 of that)
Luckily... something like this is so easy to swap out for Christmas.

What is your favorite holiday to decorate for?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yep. Another Gallery Wall

 I might have a problem.

 I love photos. I love capturing moments that make me smile.
And I love filling my walls with my favorite memories.

Don't worry, we are finishing the basement now... I am pretty sure there will be another gallery wall or two in the future also.

So, this all started with the pink wood truck I picked up from Urban Farmgirl a few months back. And then I just started collecting random things from there.
This week I stopped by Michaels and they had these wood and metal frames marked down on Clearance... it was meant to be. So I grabbed as many as I thought I would need... and came home and got to work.

Gallery walls take no rhyme or reason.
I think the trick is... BIG frames.
Gallery walls look better with larger photos. If you don't believe me take a look on Pinterest and the ones that you like and try to figure out what you like about them. For me... its the larger frames mixed in.
So that is my one tip.

So I started by laying out a few designs on the floor.
and once I was happy with how it was shaping up. I moved to the wall. I usually work my way from the center out. But you can work away however makes sense for you.
The trick is spacing. try and keep the spacing similar between all pieces on your wall. Put things up as if you are working on a grid and try to keep everything in line on some level.

So after about an hour and a half of putting this all together I ended here.

Oh and another thing. I always work with empty frames, so that I am able to move the frames around and flip them without worrying about the photos inside. So now, the next step will be to fill these frames with some of my favorite moments. Then add some velcro to get a few of those crooked ones all straightened out. I am on the lookout for a few more pieces and/or frames to extend it to the left wall and maybe ceiling to floor. depending on what I find.

I just ordered a wood print on Groupon... so the sideways family photo is just a spot holder waiting on that to arrive in the mail.

Can't wait to share with you the finished project! But for now, it's off to a start.

Do you love gallery walls? Are they easier when you plan them all out? or do you just grab a hammer and nails and go about it?

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