June 23, 2011

A Summer Look for the Living Room

Hello to you!  Hope your Summer is going well so far.  This week, I decide to give my living room a new summery look, complete with bright whites, a few vintage elements and fresh flowers.

I started with some rearranging...swapping the porch furniture with the living room furniture.  The living room is directly in front of you when you walk in the front door and I wanted it to feel nice and welcoming.

I washed all my slipcovers, which was quite the chore due to my crappy washing machine, then after finally getting the furniture all put back together, I added a little vintage stool as a side table and a few old books.  And, of course, no makeover is complete without the addition of flowers.  My lovely neighbor gave my these pretty pink peonies with instructions to take as many as I want.  How great is that?  I managed to contain my glee and greediness and only took a few.

I kept thinking about the other possible decorating options for this room and wondered how a bench would look in front of the couch.  So, I got one out and added a few flowers and some old canning jars to help liven it up a bit. 

I liked it, but I think I'd prefer a rustic side table instead...maybe something with metal.  Another idea that came to mind was logs.  We have these huge peeled logs in the garage and I'm wondering if perhaps the Mister would be willing to cut the end off of one for a little table.  Oh, I think that would look good! Those things cost a small fortune though, so I don't know if he'll go for that idea.

There ya go sweet peeps...my summerfied living room.  Well, all this talk has me hungry...I think I hear some strawberries calling my name.  Hope you're having a wonderfully sunny week.

xo Tricia

•• Since people often ask me...the chair is from Room and Board ••


June 16, 2011

My Daughter's Room

Hello sweet people!  I thought I'd show you a few photos of my daughter's room today.  I've mentioned a time or two that I've been working on it and while there's always more I'd love to do, I'm just going to call it done.  Yay! 

When I was first thinking about what I should do in this room, I was in such a quandary.  I like things neutral, while my daughter's favorite bright color changes by the day. With that in mind, I hoped to create a space that I thought blended well with our home, but was still cozy and fun for my four-year old Little Miss.  In the end, I chose to keep things as neutral as possible and just let her toys add the colorful jazzy part :)

The color combination in this room makes me think of Neapolitan ice cream...so yummy...with lots of pink, brown and creamy white.  The duvet and shams are from Restoration Hardware.  They're soft pink and have ruffled frayed edges, which I think gives them a nice old well-loved feeling.  I found the sheets at Bed, Bath and Beyond and couldn't believe how well the color matched.  I love the pattern too...very simple with a white background and pink leaves.

Of course, I had to add some flowers to pretty things up.  I found some beautiful peachy-pink Stock and some Chamomile too.  I popped them into this old enamel bucket for a nice informal flower arrangement.

A few of the things in her room I made...the slipcover for the lampshade, the bedskirt, the brown bed pillow, the chalkboard and the white pennant flags.  Gotta give a shout out to the Mister too since he made the bench.

I just finished the bedskirt this week.  Whew...was that a job!  All those gathers...I was wondering if my sewing machine was going to be able to manage.  Luckily, it got 'er done.  I made the pennant awhile ago.  You may remember me telling you that my daughter thought it looked like shark's teeth.  She told my mom that when she first saw her her room she was "torrified."  Terrified and horrified all rolled into one...how nice.  Luckily, she's okay with it now :)

I wish I had more pictures to show you, but I had a hard time just getting the few that I did...the room isn't very large and the light is a little off, so photography is a bit of a challenge.  There's not that much more to see, just her little kitchen and the closet doors :)

Hope you have a good weekend!

xo Tricia

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June 07, 2011


Hello sweet people.  I thought I'd join in with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday again.  I always love her challenges.  Today we had to use one of her textures and a word in our photos.  I chose to use her Just Cause texture and, as you can see, the word Bloom.

Mmmm...bloom, such a wonderful word.  It brings to mind something that is growing and flourishing...becoming all that it was meant to be.  I've been hoping and wishing and praying that I would bloom.  Perhaps through this blog of mine.  That was the reason I started it, you know, to find my way back to me.

"As long as we are persistence in the pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow.
We cannot chose the day or time when we will fully bloom.  It happens in its own time."

 ~Denis Waitley

This quote kind of sums up the way I feel. It tells me to keep trying and, that in time, things will happen for me.  Let's hope :)

Best wishes ♥ Tricia