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Big Boy Room Mood Board [Curious Little Gentleman]

Kid rooms are my one of my favorite types of spaces to work on. Anything goes! Color, texture, pattern…cutesy, quirky, crazy – you name it! Long before we moved into our new house in June, I knew the biggest’s room was going to be next in line for some sprucing. I hadn’t laid a finger on his nursery since I first created it for him in 2012, the year he was born. Not a finger. Nope, not one. Not a new picture frame, throw pillow, not even one new thing entered through that door. It was the only room in the old house that remained completely untouched in the 4 years we lived there. Not only was changing up the decor a bit overdue, but so was getting him out of his crib / toddler bed. He’s a pretty tall little boy and he had to literally start tucking his legs up to sleep comfortably in his bed. I know, bad mom, but we didn’t want to buy a bed until we moved in. We wanted to be sure space allowed for the right-sized bed. In other words, we didn’t want to splurge on a California king if only a twin would fit. Not that we were ever planning to buy a bed that big, but you catch my drift!

So today I’m going to share with you the mood board I created for his Big Boy room. Little by little, I gathered ideas and sifted through inspiring spaces to help solidify my plans. By now, my mood board is almost a full design board. I have my ideas down to a “T”.

If you saw our empty house tour, then you’ll remember several of the rooms were very colorful. The biggest’s happened to be a light shade of purple, which doesn’t exactly scream BIG BOY room!

Before

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At the end of June, we had the room painted SW Mindful Gray, bought him a (full-sized 😉 ) bed and sort of left it in shambles. We did have the luxury of a fairly clean slate, but I really wanted to be able to incorporate some of the pieces we already had — bring in some new, makeover the old and see what happens!

Let me show you what I’m talking about…

The Mood Board

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rug curtains | bedding | pillows | acrylic bookshelves | white cubby unit | gray stripe bin | gray w/ leather bin | table lamp | dresserstorage ottoman | Word Art | white frames | ABC art | stacked books artdrop-down desk

The Inspiration

Believe it or not, but the inspiration that sparked the entire room was from a roll of $3 wrapping paper I found at HomeGoods one day.

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We already had orange curtains from his nursery, a gray & white striped duvet cover and initially wanted to use navy and green with the gray and orange. So when I stumbled upon this roll of wrapping paper, I thought it couldn’t be more perfect. Pattern play, cute [I mean manly!] bowties, and all of the colors plus some! It was meant to be. This is where the “gentleman” piece of the theme stemmed from. And the curious…Well, if you know our biggest, then you know he is a into all things — letters, numbers, reading, writing, spelling, counting, puzzles, 10,000-questions-per-minute — type of things. Oh and toss in some music, too ha! He’s a thinker. He’s inquisitive. He’s curious. My plan is in mix is some of this favorite “things” into the decor to allow the room to showcase his passion and personality.

 I also love the quote “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventure.” so I’m hoping to incorporate with some DIY word art or purchase the art piece you saw in the mood board above!

So, there it is — a Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room!

The ideas and inspiration started to pile up over the last 4 – 6 weeks, but I really kicked it into gear in the last week or so since I want to have this room completed before the Fall One Room Challenge starts in October. I realize I have a loooot of work on my hands, but I sort of love a deadline. It keeps me energized and on my toes!

I plan to share a couple progress posts and DIY’s with you before the big reveal sometime in September, so for now, here is my hit list for the space:

The List

  • paint room
  • lengthen curtains
    • I want to use the orange ones you saw above that we had in his nursery, but they are too short. I’m working to figure out a solution since I really like them and also don’t want to spend the money on that particular item
  • replace blinds
    • This needs to be done throughout the entire house because they are broken, bent and stained, but I’m not sure if I’ll do his room now or wait.
  • hang new curtain rod
    • Their was a thin rod already in there when we moved in, but I wanted to put up a thicker rod and raise it to the ceiling.
  • find ceiling fan & have it installed [he doesn’t have any overhead lights or a fan in the room and there’s also poor air circulation, so it gets HOT in there!]
  • pick out colorful art for a gallery wall
  • get frame for wrapping paper piece
  • order desk
  • find desk chair or stool
  • throw pillows for the bed
  • order acrylic bookshelves
  • buy new nightstand 
    • He has a bookcase / nightstand now, but its brown and I dont feel like painting it and its broken. So a sleek white piece will go in it’s place that has room for storage and book overflow from the acrylic shelves. Plus a place to set a lamp, cup of water, etc.
  • buy bins for the nightstand
  • buy lamp
  • paint current dresser?
  • buy new hardware
    • I have plans for his current dresser and I’m so excited about them! I’ve picked up a few materials to help me with the “makeover” and I’ll be sharing more on this soon!
  • mirror for over dresser?
    • I’m not sure if I want to put a mirror above the dresser or not. If I decide I do, then I will probably try to use an extra mirror from somewhere around the house and give it a facelift.
  • find rug
  • figure out what to do with his glider & ottoman??
  • figure out closet situation
    • We might wait on the closet altogether, but I really want to rip out the wire shelving and take off the doors like we did in Simon’s closet. ALL of the closets in this house could use some fixing up, but they are much lower down on the priority list.
  • knick knacks & accessories 

That’s what’s going on right now! A good chunk of the items are already purchased and just need to be put together or hung on the wall. By next week, I’m pretty sure the space will look much different than it does today. The boys started school on Monday of this week, so I found myself with a couple extra hours to be able to work on things again for myself and the house. I’m hoping a few more M, W, F mornings will work in my favor to get some things accomplished in the big boy room!

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A trip to HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby this week was just what I needed to stir up some creativity and motivation. There’s nothing like a few great finds to get you rolling!

So, what do you think? Can I accomplish all of this in the next 3 weeks!?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on my ideas for the new space, so feel free to drop me a comment below!

Don’t forget to pin for later:

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Crossing my fingers! Buckle up because its going to be a RIDE! Do you think I’m crazy for taking this on before the One Room Challenge? [You can see the room I worked on for the Spring 2015 ORC here.]

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next week for more projects and updates around the house! Thanks for reading 😉

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10 Ideas for Unique & Personalized Gifts [Wedding, Anniversary or for yourself!]

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Uncommon Goods.  A super cool company that brings amazing pieces from emerging designers, seasoned artists and local craftsman directly into the homes of consumers. All thoughts, opinions and ideas are 100% my own. 

Raise your hand if you are always scrambling at the last minute for the perfect gift! I mean, I always have great intentions and add “buy said gift” to my to do list, but for some reason it always ends up at the bottom and then I’m scratching my head for where to look just days before I need it! Sound familiar?!

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Well, today I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite unique and personalized gifts from Uncommon Goods, specifically with wedding and anniversary gifts on my mind! We just celebrated our 5 year anniversary at the end of July and I was seriously eyeing some of these pieces and thinking how awesome it would have been to receive as wedding gifts or ideas for what to buy “each other” for our next anniversary. Does anyone else do that?!

Uncommon Goods is literally a one-stop-shop for all occasions, but my picks today all come from their Birthday GiftsPersonalized Gifts or Personalized Wedding Gifts lines. Come to think of it, we still have a bit of wedding season coming up ahead. It seems like each year, the season trickles out a little further into the fall for us, which means I can order some of these finds ASAP – Yay!

Here are a few items that caught my eye:

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My Life Story BookIntersection of love print | Cutting board | wine barrel | state pillow | City skyline | Address stamp | state to state art | Anniversary journal | state love cocktail glasses

My life storybookMy Life Story Book

T and I actually gifted this to both of our parents on our wedding day with the idea that they would fill out the book, section-by-section, documenting various life events and special memories and then have it to pass on to our children and on down the line. I think after 5 years I should see how they’re coming with it!

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Isn’t this the cutest? I photographed the intersection street signs of our old house and hung it here, but how cool to be able to personalize it for a couple!

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Wouldn’t it be cute to display in the kitchen on a stand or even hung on the wall?

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This would make a fabulous gift for any wine lover, but the personalization makes it super cute for a couple on their wedding day, when they are newlyweds and have high hopes of making wine together someday. They also sell a personalized whiskey barrel. Super cool.

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Another cool piece of art for a newly married couple to hang in their home. A personalized piece of art really makes a statement in a gallery wall full of photographs.

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These personalized cocktail glasses would make for a great date night in or to serve drinks to friends and family while entertaining in the couples’ first home perhaps!

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Anniversary journal

A keepsake journal that you can add a photo and record how you celebrate each anniversary – favorite things, gifts, what you ate, etc. The journal allows you to add details from 1st through 60th anniversaries. There’s also an envelope page for each year to hold keepsakes and momentos.

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Need I say more? I adore a throw pillow! These bright colored “state” pillows would make the perfect gift for a couple of newlyweds! These pillows also come in select cities and colleges. The perfect “pop” on a sofa or bed!

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A cool twist on a photograph or painting of a city skyline! Each piece is sanded and stained by hand and there 50+ cities to choose from.

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I love this idea because it’s so cute AND practical. Wouldn’t this make a great housewarming gift as well?!

Not only does Uncommon Goods offer hundreds of so many wonderfully unique gift ideas, but they have focused their efforts on sustainability from the beginning in 1999. They value and feature handmade, organic and recycled products and are proud to stand behind a philanthropic mission they created in 2001 called the Better To Give program, where $1 is donated at the checkout of every purchase to the charity of the buyer’s choice. Uncommon Goods has donated over $1 million to date.

Not only do I shop at Uncommon Goods for wedding and anniversaries (housewarming, birthday, every-other-holiday!), but Father’s Day is another occasion I especially love shopping perusing Uncommon Goods offerings. I have found some manly gems for T in years past. Not only things he wouldn’t think to buy for himself, but things you don’t see on every shelf in every other store in town! Next time you are wracking your brain for the perfect gift, pop on over to Uncommon Goods and find it there, as well as a few “gifts” for yourself. It’s easy to get distracted and forget “who” you’re shopping for. I speak from personal experience!

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You guys, the biggest’s big boy room is in the beginning stages and my plan is coming together. My design board for this space is up next later this week!

While it worked in his nursery, moving into the new house with all of this decor…

a peek at the nursery nursery gallery wall…just isn’t what a 4 year old gets excited about!!

Be on the lookout to see what pieces I’m planning to incorporate into his new room. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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A Little this + a Little Bliss Vol. 4 [Where have I been?!]

Hey-yo! So, its Monday and I said I’d only be posting on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays this summer, but I sort of…well…left you hanging almost 2 weeks ago. Right?

So, where have I been? Well, to back up a bit…July sped right on past us while we celebrated the 4th of July at my in-laws with both of our families, the biggest’s 4th birthday on 24th and then our fifth anniversary on the 30th. From there? Well, let me try to sum it up for you! In a nutshell, I’ve been…

…to Iowa visiting my parent’s at their new house and saying goodbye to my childhood home. Yep. It was a tough one. I got to town on Sunday and didn’t go to the old house until Tuesday, fully knowing and expecting a breakdown. I could feel the tears welling up inside on the short few minute drive over, but didn’t lose it until I made my way in through the garage, stepped into the kitchen and down the few steps into the family room. It was totally empty except for the window treatments they were leaving behind. I did a quick goodbye walk-through of the main floor and of course, my old bedroom. It was the strangest feeling. Although the house looks quite a bit different now than it did when I last lived there 13 years ago and of course, my room looks nothing like it did during my pre-adolescent and teenage years spent there, but it was so incredibly easy to see that old version in my mind. I was in and out pretty quickly, but wow. Seeing the house you knew for over 25 years of your life sitting empty, just waiting for the new owners to move in (who happen to be a young couple expecting their first child) evoked a crazy intense whirlwind of emotions and instantly produced a movie reel of memories. It was hard, but I am genuinely happy for my parents. They ultimately decided it was time to move on, simplify life and settle in somewhere new. They winter in Arizona, so the new house is perfect for them – easier upkeep while they are away, no stairs to climb to go to bed (for them and the dog!) and it sits on the golf course, providing easy access to the pool, clubhouse, friends and a game they both love, not to mention the view from the backyard is pretty great. Now that my parents have a new house to settle into themselves, the ideas, projects and to-do lists have piled up on me x 2! I’m of course happy to help, as my parents have helped me through far many more moves since leaving for college. I mean, I moved almost every year back then! At least now, its only every 2 -4 😉

…to Atlanta where I attended my 2nd Haven conference! Looking back, I realized I didn’t even tell you guys I was prepping to go again this year! I won’t go into too much detail because I am going to post a full Haven recap sometime in the next week, so be on the lookout. I can tell you it was just as amazing as last year, actually, probably even more-so. Incredibly inspiring women, fabulous brands and sponsors, late nights, lots of laughs and tons of tips, tricks, ideas and motivation to bring home to put to use here on the blog for all of you! 3 full days of awesome 😉 [You can read my Haven 2015 recap here!]

…and then to Charleston, where T and I headed on Sunday afternoon just after the closing ceremony at Haven ended. We spent 2 days and 3 nights in this charming city celebrating our 5th anniversary and I fell in love. again. with another southern spot. If you remember last year, we drove to Savannah after Haven and I said the same thing! This place is my FAVORITE! I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for the south and making another trip down did not disappoint. Charleston was beautiful, hot, but beautiful. We started our days off with breakfast, then spent the mornings walking around the city exploring and taking in the history and fabulous architecture…stopped for lunch, more walking and gawking, then ended the day relaxing by the pool before heading out again for dinner and a night on the town. We did so much in such a short time!  While I would’ve loved to have had more time there, the time we did spend was perfect. I’ll be recapping our Charleston trip soon, too!

After being away for almost 2 weeks, I took several days to snuggle up with the littles and now Monday is here. I’m trying to muster up the energy to get crackin’ on the house again, dig my way through paperwork, mail, bills, etc., unpack from the trip AND keep unpacking from the move. I know. It probably seems like that’s all I’ve been talking about since June! But we have a ton of stuff!! My new theory is if everything I don’t want to do / unpack / look at gets moved to the basement, then it will go away. Until we want to clear the basement and use the space for play and hanging out, that is. Oh well, at least it’ll be out of my way for the time being. Outta sight, outta mind. You get it, don’t you?! Please tell me I’m not the only one!

In other blog news, our Inspired by DIY series is getting pushed back a week, so I won’t be posting tomorrow, but next Tuesday, 8.23 instead. I forgot to mention that our “It’s so Ugly, It’s Cool” Thrift challenge group decided to take the summer off, so hopefully we’ll be back in September with another installment. However, I always share my thrifted finds with you guys in random posts, so I promise I’m not holding out on any amazingness. I really need to get out and explore our new area to hunt for some gems. I love working old, second-hand, loved-on pieces into a styled vignette or room. It always gives it that little something special. And lastly, we have decided to put a hold on our monthly Pretty Project Party for a little while. With so many varying commitments and schedules, we are taking some time off until we figure out what will work best for the group. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

And for blog posts right here on the homefront, well, this is what I’m working on right now:

Big Boy Room Design Board
Big Boy Room Checklist
Update on our white walls
Thoughts & ideas for the upcoming Fall 2016 One Room Challenge
Kitchen ideas
Bar shelf styling
Haven conference Recap
Our Trip to Charleston

And before long…

Fall crafts & DIY’s
+ a Fall Home Tour

And after that…I can’t even say it! #christmascountdownisalmoston

I know I don’t have to give you a play-by-play of my life and that you certainly don’t expect one, but it does feel like a weight was lifted off my shoulders after letting it all out today. When certain things happen in my day-to-day and I’m either super excited and motivated to create and share and post, that’s fantastic. But when things are busy or hard and it’s crickets on the blog, then I feel like I fall behind. My burning ideas and creative juices get pushed aside, I don’t feel like creating, decorating or writing and I do nothing. When I get the urge to get caught up on all the things – in life and on the blog, then I like to bring you along for the ride. You guys are so much of the reason I do what I do and I hope you’ll stick around to see what’s to come! I’ve missed you!

Oh! And I recently created a new logo / header image for the blog – what do you think?

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Prepping the Guestroom with Perfect Linens

This post is in collaboration with Perfect Linens and I was provided with product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, styling and images are my own. Affiliate links are also used in this post.

Hello! Ever since the move in June, we’ve been working to get unpacked and settled in to the new house. While its been a lot of work, we’ve still made time for plenty of play. It is summer after all! One of the first rooms I wanted to get “ready” was the upstairs guestroom, so when Perfect Linens reached out to me about partnering up, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!

Perfect Linens in the guestroom | Double stripe for the guestroom || This is our Bliss || www.thisisourbliss.comI am a big, big fan of a goodnight’s sleep and with out-of-town family in for frequent visits, I always want to make sure they have a pleasant slumber in our home. Aside from a nice mattress and pillows, good quality linens are at the top of my must-have list. Sheets that are soft and keep you feeling cool at night, especially in the hot and humid Midwestern summer weather, are exactly what I want and need.
Perfect Linens second skin sheets embroidery details | This is our BlissThe set I received, Perfect Linen’s line of Second Skin sheets are not only incredibly soft and luxurious feeling, but they have such beautiful detail. Take a peek at the embroidered double stripe on the edges — it’s sort of an ombre look! So pretty!
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Now to scoop up a set for the master 😉 Why is it that I always revamp the guestroom before I refresh the master?!

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I love classic white sheets on a bed and am so in love with the tiny pop of color and detail, adding the perfect touch to create a welcoming guestroom.

A big thank you to Perfect Linens for sending me the perfect set! Stay tuned for more on this space as it continues to come together.

I’ll be popping in quickly tomorrow to bring you up-to-speed on some happenings around here. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

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My Current Crush [Pineapples]

Sigh. Pineapples. It’s no secret I’m in love with these sweet thangs. I’ve sprinkled them throughout our home and quite appropriately, the presence of pineapples around here has amped up for summer time. They are the perfect summer styling accessory (real or fake), a sign of welcome and a sweet treat to indulge in [natural state or in cocktail form!]. Since I’m such a fan and literally buy something “just because it’s pineapple”, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite pineapple decor pieces for you.

If you haven’t been spotting pretty pineapple everything when you’re out and about yet, now you will. They are everywhere I turn, which is totally O-K with me.

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Christmas in July | Holiday Inspiration & Dreaming of Decking the Halls

Are you dreaming of decking the halls yet? When do you go cray cray for Christmas?!! I’ll admit, it is a teensy weensy early to be going all out for Christmas, but I don’t think it’s ever to early to start gathering inspiration and ideas, especially if you are in the mood to switch things up a bit!

Today, 8 of us joined forces to bring you Christmas in July! Monica of Monica Wants It rallied the troops and we are here to share some of our best and brightest Christmas moments from year’s past as well as some new ideas for this year!  Hopefully we can help you get a jump start on the season by stirring up some Christmas inspiration and spreading a little cheer!

I’m going to show you how to create a Christmas color palette and decor theme if you are looking to bring some unity and cohesiveness to your Christmas decor and then you can see firsthand, how I transferred that “look” into my own home last year. So here we go!

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Inspired by DIY | Pottery Barn Inspired 3D Wall Art

Hi there! It feels so amazing to be able to jump back into our monthly Inspired by DIY challenge each 3rd Thursday of the month after sitting out from last month’s Urban Outfitters challenge. If you haven’t been by the blog since since May’s Eddie Ross challenge, then I can tell you a lot has happened! I announced the move, then we actually did it and now I’m working to turn the once empty house into a home. A few rooms have freshly painted walls and are more than ready for some lovin’.

If you’re anything like me, the standard picture frame or framed piece of art, can feel overused in a space, so I’m always looking for new and different types of things to hang on the wall. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a gallery wall, but when I spotted this Forged Metal Sculpture, an idea for a DIY popped into my head. So, I went at it! Continue reading

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Our New Home [Empty House Tour 2016]

Empty house tour?

Yep, I’m going to show you what our house looked like when we strolled through the front door 4 short weeks ago. 4, I know! Crazy, right?! These photos were taken before the moving trucks came and dumped 27,681 boxes inside. I didn’t think we would ever have a single cleared-out space. But we do. A couple, actually. The boxes were stacked to the ceiling and the boys found weaving in and out of the mazes to be quite entertaining. Me on the other hand, I wanted to snap my finger and make them all disappear.

Starting out in new home, new neighborhood in a new city without any family within an hour or more can be super overwhelming and quite intimidating. Certain things take some getting used to. Change is a very good thing, though. It keeps us flexible, gives us new experiences and teaches us to adapt and accept the challenges and adventures around the corner.  But the truth is…change can be plain hard.  Amidst the coo-koo craziness, I’m doing my best to keep a positive attitude and just roll with it. One things for sure, I am SO thankful the boys have adjusted like champs. I mean, complete rock stars. The littlest’s nap schedule didn’t skip a beat and both have slept through the night with the exception of a really bad thunderstorm on our very first night! The biggest even moved from his toddler bed to a full-sized bed seamlessly during our second week here. The move has had its challenges, but all of those minor things aside, I truly have zero complaints. After all, T’s commute went from 2 hours down to 20 minutes after the move. I think the last 4 months in the old house were the toughest because he was never there! So, now that we’re here, the walls are ready for fresh paint and then the fun begins. Bring on the decorating! There’s nothing like a blank slate and I can’t wait to get my hands on it 😉

Below, are a few shots of the new house on day number 1. Welcome to our new home.

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I will get around to taking another shot of the exterior of the house [without the cars in the driveway!], but this was a quick snap a few nights ago.

The house was built in 2000, is 3,300 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, with a 3 car garage and sits on .25 acre of land.

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Ahh the entry!56b050f3-2014-4f01-84b4-69962c80fb47I love the 2 story entryway opening up to the formal living room, leading right into the dining room. Yes, I have a dining room again since we have a separate space for the playroom on the main floor! I already have BIG dreams for the staircase, but they are on the “someday” list. The walls, however, are being painted at this very moment. I’m going with a color I’ve never done before. I should be able to show you soon.

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The yellow dining room…ahhh yes. There are actually several rooms painted this color – 3 bathrooms, actually. As much as I want to get this room in shape, I’m going to put it on the back-burner because we need to buy a dining room table and I want to do something snazzy with the walls and ceiling. At this point, the window treatments are off and the room is loaded with unpacked boxes and quite possibly every single picture frame I’ve ever owned. T claims there is 9,000, but I think there’s only 8,000.
Fullscreen capture 7112016 32107 PM.bmpTo the right of the dining room is our kitchen and I can tell you, I want to do A LOT in here! The granite and new appliances will stay, but the rest I hope to say goodbye to at some point. I do love the space and the best part is that it opens right up to the family room — perfect for nights at home as a family, meal prep while the kids play and entertaining with friends. I can’t wait!

Fullscreen capture 7112016 32117 PM.bmp f584881a-6755-48fd-9f96-1767078c8c67To the right of this room is a hallway with a mudroom, laundry room and powder room. Trust me, there will be some great before photos to share after I start tackling those spaces! Past that hallway and right back to the front of the house is this “den”…
den office spaceThe space immediately became the playroom. It’s been painted and is already filled with toys. I have a few ideas brewing for some wall decor and window treatments. Deets coming soon!

Now let’s head upstairs. When you reach the top of the staircase, there is a bedroom with a bathroom inside…Perfect for overnight guests. This room is actually going to become a shared space – guestroom / office. I want a place to store my craft and diy supplies, alongside my desk without having to be on the mainfloor or basement. It isn’t the biggest of rooms and my furniture isn’t exactly petite, so its a bit scrunched at the moment. Nothing is carved in stone, yet, so there might be changes happening even before I show you what round one looks like! Oh and more yellow.

c36717b6-24d4-4dc4-91a4-4400f9f35176Across the hall are 2 additional bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom. Right now the littlest is in this one…
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…and the biggest is in here.
9dbc1a93-82ab-4c8e-9d53-625741c75e12We’ve already painted the purple one, but we left the light aqua on the walls as seen in the above photo.

Fullscreen capture 7112016 32128 PM.bmpAnd now for the master!  Although the 3 other bedrooms are a bit smaller, we definitely gained some square footage in our room! The littles only need room to sleep and store some clothes, but mama needs a master retreat, right?! Dad, too, of course. We completely scored with his and hers master closets in our room, which are positioned on either side of the hallway leading from the master bedroom into the master bath.

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos from every single space taken when they were “empty”, but like I said before, I’ll be sure to share the fabulous “before photos” once I start working on the transformations room-by-room. I’ll tell you more about my plan a little later on!

Let’s move on to the basement, shall we?basement work room/ bedroom

Killer work room, huh? Well, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with this space, other than it had the potential to turn into a 5th bedroom for guests. The bright florescent box lights scream “Welcome! Come on in!” Don’t they?! And the pegboard at the back has nothin’ on Simon’s old one!

We removed the lower cabinet and mirror above, with plans to make it more homey. It’s on the master punch list, but towards the end.

The main space in the basement is unique with hardwood flooring, but wide open for play space and hang out space. The jury’s still out on whether or not we carpet down here someday. After all, I was so in love with the stuff we put in our recently finished basement in the last house. I hated leaving that brand new basement! The bar! And don’t get me started on having to leave that basement bathroom!! I’ll get over it with time — oooof!

basement open area for hang out and play

If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t sway too far left or right on the color wheel. I’m a neutral wall color gal and I just can’t even with this basement! Again, we’ll get to it. Right now there are still stacks and stacks of unpacked boxes in the basement, so we really don’t see ourselves spending any time down here in the near future. We’ll be digging our way out on a rainy weekend, perhaps.

And lastly, I’ll show you a few shots of the back deck and yard…
e1730a3e-1a2e-4c15-b17a-2f729ca5278c e6492bf7-d89b-4c36-b510-9f82096335d6And because I already shared it on instagram, here is what the deck looks like so far!
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Front to back and everything (or nothing!) in between. I hope you enjoyed the peek into our new digs. We are thrilled to be moved and settled in and it is actually beginning to feel like home. As you probably guessed, the projects have already started and multiple at that. I think the approach I’m going to take, in attempt to stay organized, is to share with you – the before photos with a checklist, inspiration photos and / or a design board, then the progress pics and specific diy project tutorials along the way. And then one day, one day, I will have a full room reveal ready for you. I’m not making any promises on timelines, but hopefully there will be a couple simple transformations I can share sooner than later. Oh and I need to decide which room I’m going to take on for the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge. You can BET I’m going to hop in this time around. I’ve got a whole house to work on, so nothing is going to get in my way! [Check out the guestroom I completed for the Spring 2015 ORC here.]

That’s it for today! Again, I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays this summer while the boys are both home with me. On second thought, I do have a fun post scheduled for next Wednesday, so I guess it’ll be a bonus!

Thanks for hanging out and taking a look around the house today!

See you back here soon!

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