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guest room to nursery

11 Jul

As most everyone knows by now, we are getting closer and closer to bringing a baby into this crazy world! As soon as we moved into our house we knew exactly what room would be our nursery. It had two pink walls which we also always knew, would be changed to mint.

The exciting part was moving everything out of there and finding places for it all throughout our house.  Newer construction homes in Central Florida are extremely tight on storage space so that was quite a challenge.  We got rid of some stuff, sold some stuff and moved some stuff into the various storage spaces we have dedicated throughout the house and the garage.

Our first purchase for the nursery was actually our rocker. We had gotten some cash for Christmas that we wanted to put towards the baby’s room so we headed to Buy  Buy Baby to find the perfect one!  The same weekend we also found an awesome rug from Home Goods.  It was a productive weekend!


Next step in this adventure was to paint.  While Britton was away on business one week I started the process and completed the first coat of paint on all the walls! Once he was home, he helped me finish the walls with a second coat.  It’s much more fun to paint with a partner!

In the midst of painting the space we also found out we were having a baby boy! Which helped us decide what would come next in the space to prepare for a baby boy! No more mint and coral and yellow for this room, it would now be mint, white and navy blue 🙂 Once the walls were painted it was time to figure out a dresser/changing table and get the rest of our furniture ordered.  I had already picked out a crib and had hoped to refinish an old dresser for his room.  The dresser, however, was not as easy to refinish as I had hoped so we scrapped the idea after finding the perfect piece from Adjectives Unhinged. A midcentury disaster was what it was when we found it but after they designer refinished it, it was PERFECT for our baby boy!

My in-laws purchased our crib for us so we put it together and we were well on our way to having everything we needed for baby boy!


I also wanted a bookcase where all of our baby books could face out so I found a great one on the pottery barn kids website! I also needed artwork for our celestial themed nursery so I headed straight to etsy to find some unique pieces. We also got a great mobile from etsy that we couldn’t be happier with.  Britton even found a map of the northern sky on a deal website from Europe! Two weeks ago we put it all together and his room is PERFECT and ready for his arrival (just like I am!)

We had a lot of fun putting together his room and we really can’t wait for him to spend his first years in this room and this house. We hope he loves the space we’ve created for him!

Friday I’m in Love

11 Mar

Hi friends!  So excited for this weekend!  I’m already in Georgia with my baby sis for a weekend getaway 🙂



I am so in love with the paint color in the nursery. OMG he is a lucky baby 🙂  More information to come on the redo of that bedroom but right now I am crushing hard on mint condition.



Last Sunday Target released a new line of baby clothes called Oh Joy!  I went to the stores to find it in person only to find out they’re only selling it online.  I will admit, I went a little crazy because the stuff was adorable!  I think I bought one of everything!  I think my package is arriving today but at least I can share their info with everyone else with kiddos. It’s pretty amazing.


Have you heard about Magic in North America?  I am pretty darn in love with Harry Potter, JK Rowling, and the Pottermore franchise.  This news was exciting to me.  Can’t wait to read more!



Last but not least I am so in love with my new orange tree.  I grew up with orange trees in my back yard and I love that I can have one in the backyard for my kids.  Britton and I even had some muddy fun planting this baby!

Can’t wait to share more about my trip this weekend and the nursery so stay tuned for some more good stuff!

Chalk Paint Redo

27 Oct

Hello friends!  A few weeks ago I took on a small project to see how I liked the whole chalk paint craze… I’m In!

I bought a few pieces of furniture a few years back from Brittons grandpa when he moved to Franklin, TN.  I have a soft spot for vintage furniture and probably would have taken more of his stuff if I had had the space back then.  But instead I took only a kitchen table and a side table, both from my father in laws childhood days.  I redid the cushions on the dining room chairs years ago and it was finally time to redo the side table too.


To start, I had to pick a paint color that I liked.  For a few weeks I was spending a lot of time at Adjectives Market in Altamonte and it gave me a chance to decide on a color.  We have blues in our living room with some accents of grey and coral.  I decided on Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey for the side table and purchased a small can of the clear wax.  I had plenty of brushes at home so luckily I didn’t have to purchase those too.

The side table had some water damage from spilled waters and condensation so I started by lightly sandpapering the table to even out some of the damaged spots.


The next step was to paint the piece with the Paris Grey Paint.  I decided to do 2 coats to ensure it was well covered.  One of the great things about this paint is that it dries pretty fast.  I waited about 30 minutes between my two coats.  I had some trouble painting the lower shelf of the side table mostly because the handle of the paint brush was too long!


After the paint dried I coated the side table with clear wax that I applied with an old hand towel.  The wax, unlike the paint, takes a little more time to set.  Before I set the side table back in its corner, I let it sit out for 24 hours before putting it back in it’s place.


I really didn’t know what to do about the gold handle so I found some craft paint and painted it white.  I’m still searching for a handle that’s a little more interesting but this will do for now!


I’m totally in love with the new and improved side table.  And it was so easy that I can’t wait to paint some more furniture!  Have you chalk painted any old furniture?  I’m trying to decide what to do next 🙂

A Coat of Paint

21 Sep

It’s amazing to me how something so simple can change a house so much!  When we first saw our house online, I didn’t mind the colors on the walls.  They went well with the previous owners furniture.  After I lived here for 2 minutes, I hated them.  We noticed early on that the color on the walls was much like… baby poop.  And it all looked the same from the hallway to the dining room to the living room.  But once we started patching small holes and trying to match the paint they left us, we realized, the living room was a few shades darker, baby poop with a hint of olives.  The color did not AT ALL go with our decor or the look we have going.

We did a lot of painting in our last house.  We had white in our living room, yellow pretty much everywhere else, we even had the honor of completely repainting the exterior of our old house (oh so fun…) and this house I wanted to be different.  I loved our yellow walls and even have yellow in the master bedroom of this new house, but I wanted a change from my tried and true.  So it took me months to decide on a color palette.  Every time we were at Lowes or Home Depot I would grab a hundred more paint chips and drag them around the house.

Finally I did some research to see what colors looked good with big red cabinets (I have two red cabinets, one of which is the focal point in our dining room).  All signs pointed to a shade of blue.  And so I picked up some samples of some of my favorites and got to work.

We painted the living room first, on a Sunday, and my dad came over to help me and Britton.  This was the easiest space to complete and having done the living room, i didn’t feel pressure to do anything else just yet.  I could let it sit for a while without the house looking like a complete mess.  I knew that once I moved around the walls of that room, we would have to get it all done and fast!

IMG_2552Once I left my job to pursue a new one I ended up with a few weeks of free time.  It seemed to be the perfect opportunity for me to knock out an overhaul in our house and that’s just what I did!  I posted a few times in my Friday I’m In Love posts how much I love our new paint, one coat is all our ugly, poop brown walls needed and it was perfect for me to be able to do on my own.  We went from drab to fab in a week and I only needed minimal help from Britton to get it completed.

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20150805_214219833_iOSDining room and red cabinet before and after

IMG_0471IMG_3718Wine cabinet and kitchen before and after


Bedroom hallway before and after

IMG_1150IMG_3719It was a lot of work but SO worth it.  Just days after painting it I felt like this was how our house should have always been.  As though I hadn’t just spent HOURS making it that way!  I love it!

Friday I’m In Love

7 Aug

Last week I was on vacation in California.  I’ve got a LOT to share on that amazing trip.  So we will start with a snip it.


rubicon 2Lake Tahoe. Go visit.  That’s all there is.


muir woodsMuir Woods.  We stopped by a little national forest called Muir Woods on our way to San Francisco last Wednesday.  The Redwoods in that forest were just amazing.  I would love to spend more time there and in more national forests across the nation with such amazing history and wildlife.


AC guysOnce we were back we were back at home we had to deal with a lovely broken AC and we called AC Guys.  THANK YOU!  They had a new unit in place within 48 hours of us being home.  What would we have done without them? It was up to 92% humidity in our house when we got home! WOW!


languid blueSherwin Williams Super paint. This was actually on my last Friday I’m In Love Post because its just that awesome.

Once the air was working again in the house I got to work painting the interior of our home.  We started a few weekends ago by painting the living room.  I can say now, I have painted the dining room, hallways, kitchen and most of our living spaces Languid Blue.  It took one coat of super paint to cover up our nasty brown walls.  Its a good feeling to see a job well done without spending days doing multiple coats of paints.


Amazon Prime has the George Ezra album on prime and I’ve been listening to it and dancing to it while I paint the house this week. i LOVE him. Awesome music.

Be sure to check out some other Friday I’m In Love posts here

KendraMisha, Mary Beth, Amanda, Aileen

I’m already working on my travel post from our adventures last week so stay tuned for joining us on that amazing journey!

Laundry Room Remodel

3 Aug

The new house was built in 2003 and had a pretty basic and boring laundry room.  I would argue it was the most dysfunctional laundry room I’ve ever had and I’ve lived in a LOT of crappy apartments!  We also had to purchase a washer and dryer so it made sense that we would update the whole space.

0174f62c3785a5b2c8944f2445a0ef77755549fe5eI wanted to paint, hang shelves and hang a rack for hang dry.  We had picked a lovely shade of blue for britton’s office and it really was perfect for the laundry room as well.  We purchased a white washer/dryer set and with the blue paint it really made the white pop.

laundry blueWe got kitchen cabinets to hang in the space to create more storage for this lackluster laundry room and britton did all the hanging.  We also got a bar to go under the shorter cabinet to increase our space for hanging.  We also hung this rack from ikea opposite the washer and dryer.

all done laundryThe laundry room was also where we store our pet food and it was becoming a hastle to have two storage containers just sitting on the floor.  Luckily, ikea also has interesting storage options for shoes.  I took that idea and turned it into a hanging food storage cabinet.  Perfect!

food storageWe love how our laundry room turned out.  So much storage for such a small space!

What laundry room hacks have you tried?

6 Months of Visitors

7 Jul

I knew when we moved to Central Florida I should expect to see many guests at the house.  Thankfully I was right!  Last week I posted the fabulous RAST Hack I did which helped us prepare the guest room for all the guests.  This week I thought I would share some of the adventures we’ve had with friends and family that have come to visit.

Our first visitors were Britton’s Aunt Diane and Uncle Terry.  They came in to Orlando at the end of January making their visit not even one month after we arrived!  They came for a few nights before heading to the coast to spend a few weeks with his other aunt and uncle, Kathy and Lee.  When Diane and Terry came to town we took a day off and did three Disney parks in one day!  We had SO much fun with them!  We started the morning off with a trip to Animal Kingdom where we saw a few shows and rode a few rides.


After animal kingdom we spent a few hours at Magic Kingdom and ended the night at Epcot.  They had gone to Italy the year before us and we decided to celebrate our adventures with dinner in Italy around the world.  It was a magical day and we had so much fun with the family!

Our next visitors were another set of Britton’s family, Uncle Lee and Aunt Kathy.  They had spent a month in Marco Island and came to spend a day with us on their drive back up to Iowa.  We also spent a day with them at the parks, but limited ourselves to Epcot for the day.  Britton had to work but since I was still job searching, it was a great way to fill my day!

We ended the evening being adventurous and made reservations in Morocco.  The meal was amazing but the company was even better!


Next we had Britton’s parents in town for almost a week and a half!  (and if they’re reading this blog, it should be noted, they should come back real soon!)  Janet and Greg came into town the first weekend in March.  We partook in lots of fun activities while they were in town, including:

Spring training game


New fan installation


Lots of time at the pool


Celebratory birthday dinner at the Yacht and Beach Club


A boat ride/break down in Mount Dora


Jeremiah’s Ice


Some fun beach time


We had so much fun with them it was sad to see them leave.

Our next house guests arrived much later, coming after the school year ended for a celebratory trip to Orlando.  My former student, current friend, Hanna and her boyfriend Ian.  They came down a week after I started work so I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked but we had a blast none the less.  Highlights from their trip include:

A trip to Epcot


Lunch at Breakers in New Smyrna


Hotel hopping around Disney

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True ramen at an authentic Japanese restaurant (they spent 6 and 12 months abroad in Japan last year)


A trip down memory lane at Rollins

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I have loved having all of our houseguests and hope to have a lot more visitors in the coming months and years to come!  So all you friends out there, lets plan some vacations, we’re ready for you!


28 Jun

In our guest room we were in need of more storage.  Doesn’t everyone need more storage??  So Britton found some small dressers for us to turn into night stands for the bedroom to provide more functionality to an otherwise dull piece of furniture.

RAST 3 Drawer Chest

The furniture was unfinished from ikea and to match the decor of the room we decided to stain it.  I started the project when Britton was out of town and had some pretty grand plans.  I think it’s important to note, I did all the work on this project on my own.

I wanted to jazz up the pieces and discard the plain wooden handles that came with it and add some fun handles instead.  I purchased different knobs for each drawer.  I did some searching for knobs.  We are big fans (mostly me) of Adjectives Market in Altamonte Springs and I had noticed the last few times that they were selling odds and ends from another local store called Hinge.  Hinge is a vintage hardware store and let me tell you, I was in love from the moment I walked through the doors.  I’m an old soul and love antiques and vintage finds.  This store blew me away!  I found a set of four yellow knobs that started the process for my knob search.

I found two other sets of knobs on etsy stores, Shabbrustic Chic and diychicgirl, one set was also vintage and another was new but had an old feel like glass.  Once I had all my supplies I got to work.


To prep the furniture, I laid all the pieces out on the porch outside and sanded them a little to make the surface smooth for staining.  The next step was to prep the wood with the pre stain.  This sits for only about 30 minutes before it is ready for the stain.  We used the Miniwax Water Based stain in slate.

My first drawer face was tricky…  In the directions it says the stain should stay on for 1 to 5 minutes.  It was nearly impossible to wipe any stain off after even a minute so drawer face number one is darker than the rest, but I learned from my mistake.  My goal was to have the natural wood grain bleed through the stain so I didn’t want it to be a solid grey stain.

IMG_0912The rest of the pieces went perfectly, I would slather the stain on and wipe it off almost immediately to give it a slight stain of the grey color.  After all the pieces were finished I waited 3 hours to apply a finishing top coat.  I opted for the spray can style top coat for easy and quick application.  I applied two layers of the top coat to ensure that it was properly coated.

The following day, after the furniture had dried sufficiently I put the pieces together.  I have a strange love of putting furniture together and this was even more fun because I knew I had made it the beautiful pieces that they became.  It was especially exciting, once they were all put together, to add the specialized knobs to each drawer.


The finished product in our guest room was perfect and I couldn’t be happier with our first Ikea hack!


Bookshelf Organization

15 Jun

We have LOADS of books and various shelves to store them all over our house.  Traditionally I’ve just thrown books on the shelves more or less based on… nothing.  No rhyme or reason.  Sometimes I would put all of Brittons books together.  Sometimes I put genres together.  Basically our bookshelves have been a hot mess for YEARS!

Until now.

I saw in a few places that people were starting to organize their books by color.  Wow, what a brilliant idea.  Most of our books have been read already so its not like I’m EVER looking for something specific when I browse our book shelves.  So why not just make them look pretty?

So I emptied all the shelves and started making color piles all over our living room.  Some piles were CLEARLY larger than others (mainly black and white bound books had the most.)  I gotta say, this was really fun.  I didn’t take any before pictures but I’m sure, even if its isn’t a problem at your house, you’ve seen some pretty messy book shelves.  So just imagine that as your before.

We also have some knick knacks that I scattered among the now colorful shelves.  Some books I stacked up, some I have in a normal standing fashion.  I sort of just went with t what would work and played a game of trial and error as I went.


In reality there is a tv cabinet standing between the two shelves but no one needs a picture of that.

I did do two piles that were not color coded. One was a pile with all of our books related to religion and another was our travel and diet books.  I wanted to have easier access to those two groups as I know there will be times I want to find them easier.  I also have another bookshelf to the left of these that ONLY has my series books.  So thats where I can easily find my Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and many other fantastical stories that I may be tempted to re-read 🙂

How do you organize your bookshelves?

Gallery Wall Project

9 Jun

I’ve officially been in our new house now for 6 months and some days I feel like we’ve accomplished so much, while others, I feel like we have so much to do.  And now that I am working again it leaves even less time for projects despite having more $ to do them!

One of my pride and joys is my gallery wall.  We had one in the house in Iowa and I was worried that this house wouldn’t have a good spot for us to continue the tradition.  I need not worry.  There is the perfect space for a gallery wall, right when you walk through the front doors!  Pictures were hard to take because its in a long hallway but most people that come to the house are in love with the gallery wall 🙂

I’ll walk you through my process.

The first step for me is getting all the prints out together on the floor and sort of planning out a pattern for the art and prints that I had.  Not every piece of art would fit on this one wall so I had to decide what would go in the main hallway and what would be moved into other rooms and other walls.

IMG_0587[1]Since we had just moved, we still had a lot of the paper that all of our valuables were wrapped up in.  I mean, we had TONS of wrapping paper (and not the Christmas kind.)  I used a few of these pieces of paper to create paper versions of all of our artwork that we wanted to include in the gallery wall.  You could use any old paper if you go that route and it made the project easier to lay out on the wall.

After all of the pieces of my giant puzzle were cut out I then worked on assembling them on the space in the hallway.  I started with a focal point, which was a large print from our wedding, taken at night.  from there I branched out in all directions mixing in different types of pieces to give the wall a more natural feel.  There are photo prints from our wedding, canvases with lovely quotes and pieces of artwork that have been accumulated from our various vacations.  I was trying really hard not to have two similar pieces next to each other.


After all of my paper pseudo art was up on the wall I went around and started putting nails into the walls.  I planned out ahead of time where the hooks would be in the paper cut outs so that I wouldn’t have to guess when it came time to put the nails in the wall.  I used a mix of gorilla hooks and nails to get everything up on the walls and I would have used ONLY gorilla hooks had there not been a few blocks in the wall making that impossible.

After all the anchors were in I went to putting the actual art up on the walls.  This was my first big project and I did it almost all on my own.  Britton had to help with a few hooks and nails but all in all, I was on my own while he worked away in his office (on the other side of the wall.)

IMG_2159[1] IMG_2158[1]I’m awfully proud of this project and did little gallery walls throughout the house to make room for the rest of our art.  I suppose we have a lot.