Sunday, September 03, 2017

Redecorating the Den

Lately I've been working on redecorating the den into a fresh, new space.  Since Georgia was born, Michael and I have been hanging out down here to watch TV more and more (so we can turn the volume up loud while she's sleeping!)  

You may remember what our den looked like with the blue quatrefoil couch, cream chairs and Queen Anne coffee table.  We had the TV on the turquoise dresser (left), so it was difficult to watch from the couch or the chairs without turning your whole body.  Here's the BEFORE picture:

And after we converted our guest room into a nursery, we needed a new space for our guests.  Sometimes our guests would crash down here with an air mattress in front of the couch.  Not the best digs.  So, we decided what we needed was a sleeper sofa.  TV room by day, guest room by night!  Luckily, my grandparents had an old set of couches that they were willing to give us.  The big one was a sleeper sofa, what luck!  My mom reupholstered it for us.  Thanks, Mama!  There is also a matching loveseat that is in the midst of being reupholstered.  :)  But I couldn't wait to share the redo, so here is phase one of the den redecoration, the AFTER picture:

The couch is covered in this beautiful herringbone fabric from Magnolia Home collection.  It's called stone, and it's a warm light gray color.  Here are some in the process pictures from my mom's uphosltery workshop (aka her sewing room, aka where the magic happens).

In addition to the new couch, we got a new rug!  The floors are slippery and Riley was having a hard time running around, plus we are always playing on the floor with Georgia, so a new rug was in order.  I selected the Isburg Denim rug from Lowes.  Its blue, gray, cream and brown floral pattern coordinates nicely with the gray couch and accessories.  I'm still on the hunt for some blue or brown pillows!

Besides the couch, the television is the most important part of the room, haha!  After much deliberation, we mounted the TV on the wall next to the fireplace.  The wall mount allows us to angle the screen towards our couches so everyone has the best possible view.  We still need a cabinet or shelf to go under it to hide all the cords, and to keep little hands out of trouble!  Since the TV is across from the windows, Michael insisted we install blackout shades on the windows so we can watch TV during the day without a glare on the screen.  They are awesome for that "home theater" experience. :)

While we are waiting for the matching loveseat, I pushed the two cream chairs onto the wall that used to house the turquoise dresser.  Turquoise Dresser Lovers don't lament!  The dresser has gone to live in Georgia's room where hopefully it will gain even more fame and glory!  I'll post that update a bit later on. :)  

And to complete the room, I stole the brown leather ottoman from the living room.  We don't often watch TV upstairs (unless you count annoying baby nursery rhymes!) so I don't think we'll miss it too much.  I have plans to get a new ottoman or coffee table for that room eventually.  I also stole the framed barn print from our bedroom.  It matches the new rug so nicely.  

After the loveseat is finished, we are going to put a side table in that corner where the plant is, along with my gray lamp from the office.  So many wonderful accessories that I have collected from all the different rooms! :)  I also intend to repaint this room, either the khaki color that's in the hallway/foyer/living room or a slate blue color like our bedroom.  This current blue is too light and doesn't have enough gray in it.  Hopefully I can get to that after Halloween is over.  So many projects, so little time!! :)

The plaid pillows and throw are from Joann's and the burgundy pillows are from World Market.  To herald in the fall season, I decorated the mantel and the coffee table with child friendly velvet pumpkins from Joann's.  Georgia loves to play with these. :)  And I love that I can finally have a "centerpiece" on the coffee table.  No dogs allowed on my furniture in the den!! ;)  Sorry Riley.

The Gather sign is from Hobby Lobby.  The trunk is a TA Guthrie original.  :)  I can't help that it fits perfectly in the fireplace and keeps little toddlers from climbing in there with all the spiders and dirt!

I think the whole family approves of the new living room/den arrangement. :)  Georgia now has another comfy spot to watch her favorite show.  Over and over.  And over.  :-P

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Check out the evolution of my den design. Click here for all the past den related posts. :)

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Sunflower Bridal Shower

My sister-in-law Laura is getting married in November, so this past weekend we hosted a little bridal shower for her.  The theme was sunflowers and all things country chic.  I decorated with white doilies, yellow sunflowers and a few rustic touches.

The yellow pom poms are from Hobby Lobby and the eyelet lanterns are from my sister's wedding decorations nine years ago!!  I bought 6" paper doilies on Amazon and sewed them into a garland for the living room, dining room and kitchen.  It was my favorite part of the decor!

For the flowers, my mom picked up three of these antique blue Ball jars for me at a local antique store.  They were the highlight of the decor.  The sunflowers I bought and the rest of the flowers are from the yard.  Purple liriope, yellow goldenrod and grass seedheads make a lovely wildflower combination.  I displayed a photo of the bride and groom in this frame, also from Hobby Lobby. :)

On the table I used some of the bride's grandmother's doilies for the table runner.  I had only one hydrangea bloom this year and it made its debut just in time for the party.  

We had a lovely early dinner including Hawaiian pulled pork sliders, pigs in a blanket, cheese ball, deviled eggs, fruit, and a pasta salad.  We had tea and lemonade to drink but somehow I forgot to photograph the drink table. 

I made this lovely sunflower wreath for the dining room mirror with yellow and blue flowers and burlap ribbon.

In the kitchen, I arranged the cupcakes and sweet breads under my Bakery sign.  How appropriate!  I used black-eyed Susans and more wildflowers for the vases in here.  Love is sweet!

I made these sunflower cupcakes based on some I found on Pinterest.  There is a mini Oreo cookie in the center of each flower. :)  They were the hit of the party!

 We all had a great time celebrating the bride-to-be!  Congratulations Laura and Brian! 💕

Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully I will be back soon with a few house updates. :) Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Curtains for the Nursery

Hello friends!  Hope you are having a lovely summer!  It's been hot, hot, hot around here so Georgia and I spend most of our time indoors, avoiding the sun.  That bright summer sunshine was making Georgia's room super warm and super bright (not good for naptime) so I finally decided to get some new drapes for her room.  These are from Target's Pillowfort Collection.  They are pink clipped dot with a blackout lining.  We keep them closed most of the time, but they look so pretty open! :)

To further beat the heat in here, we added a white ceiling fan.  My father came and installed it for me.  Thanks Papa!  It's so nice to have a breeze, and it's definitely much cooler in here now.

In addition to new curtains, I've added a bookshelf where there used to be a little table and switched up the accessories.  Georgia loves to play with the books on that bottom shelf.  :)

We also added a carbon monoxide/smoke alarm.  This one has a voice warning rather than just beeping so you will know if the alarm is for carbon monoxide, fire, or just low batteries.  There is nothing more annoying that being awakened at 2am by some beeping equipment and not being able to figure out which alarm is beeping and why!

After Georgia's first birthday I printed this collage of her monthly photos for her room.  I just love looking back at how tiny and cute she was!

She's still pretty cute, huh?  Just not as tiny!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll try to get back here sooner next time for more house updates.  We're working on some projects in the den and I also have a couple of cute kid things to share, too!  Eventually...

Until then, enjoy your summer!

Monday, June 05, 2017

A Hot Air Balloon First Birthday Party!

My little sweetheart Georgia is turning one this week!  I can't believe how fast this past year has gone.  Some nights seemed like they would never end, but here she is 12 months later, sleeping through the night, napping in her crib, eating real food, crawling, pulling up and saying "Dada" like a big girl.

Of course we have many wonderful milestones and memories ahead of us, but this past weekend we celebrated her first birthday with a big party with all our friends and family.  The theme was a continuation of my baby shower and her pretty pink nursery:  hot air balloons with a rainbow of pastel hues.

I had so much fun crafting and decorating for this party!  I think our guests enjoyed the food and conversation, and Georgia sure had a good time eating cake and playing with her cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends! :)

I decorated with rainbow crepe paper streams, white "cloud" balloon clusters and baskets with balloons tied with nets and filled with flowers.  Paper hot air balloons and clouds (from the nursery) adorned the walls and ceiling.  The dessert table was complete with a vintage suitcase for decoration, cupcakes and a little rainbow sprinkled smash cake for the birthday girl.

For the balloon topper I printed the graphic three times, cut around it and sewed down the center.  Then I fanned out the layers to create a dimensional effect.  I added the little cutout clouds last and glued the topper to a stick to place it on the cake.  

On the dinner buffet we had pulled pork, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, tortellini salad, coleslaw, fruit and chips.  The chips I displayed in a wicker picnic basket suitcase for a fun touch!

I made a hot air balloon prop for photos with a big basket and some dowels.  The giant pink balloon I found on Amazon, and I just tied the dowels to the basket and taped the balloon to the sticks.  Then I decorated it with bunting and ribbon bows!  I drew the banner above and printed little blue birds to stick on the wall.  I think it turned out so cute!! :)

Georgia loved playing in the basket.  :)  And it managed to withstand a deluge of party guests and children, too!

At the party, we asked guests to write a note for Georgia to open on her 18th birthday.  We are going to box up her "time capsule" with photos and mementos from the party for her to open in 17 years.  Hopefully she'll enjoy a look back at her first birthday and appreciate the advice and wishes from family and friends.

Favors for the little guests included watercolors, bubbles and blow pops!

Outside on the deck, we had our beverage station on the potting bench.  Despite the torrential rain that started minutes after the party began, everyone had a good time dodging raindrops and some even braved the storm and sat under the porch.  

After dinner, we let Georgia have her first cake.  It took a little encouragement for her to try the tasty icing for herself, but once she did, she had a fun time eating all the little pink flowers off the top first, before digging into the cake itself. :)

We had a wonderful time celebrating our little girl's birthday.  Thanks to everyone who came to the party.  Georgia is lucky to have such wonderful friends and family!  

Come back soon for more updates from the garden and the house.  Now that I'm through party prepping, maybe I'll get back to posting on the blog.  I have a few projects that I need to share! :)