Wednesday, November 08, 2017

A Horvath Halloween Costume Party

Hello friends!  I am just dropping in today to share our Halloween party pics with you!  I am a terrible blogger, but hopefully a good mother, as I just don't have much time for blogging these days with a toddler running around getting into trouble!!  :)  But, I couldn't let a Halloween season get by without at least sharing our party details.

This year I coerced my mother into letting us have the party at our house.  I figured it would be easier to decorate since I live here!  Well, Georgia didn't leave me much time, but I managed to deck the house in it's spookiest get-up, as usual.  I had to leave a lot of empty surfaces since she is getting tall and can clear a table rather quickly!  :)  We had a lot of friends and family join us for the soiree.  To save time I had everyone bring a dish to share, so we had a wide array of yummy treats.  Everyone had a fun time carving pumpkins and decorating their cupcakes with eyeballs and sprinkles!  The cupcake decorating station was the highlight of the party.  I was very impressed with how particular the kids were in placing all the sprinkles on their cupcake creations.  :)  

Here's a photo reel from the day:

The bats were out in full force, as usual, swooping down from the ceiling!

Skellyton was hiding in the corner of the dining room this year.  Apparently he had too much to drink and that light is just too bright. :)

I picked up a few new pillows this year from Joann's.  I may have a weakness for Halloween goodies!!

I taped the spiderweb on the front door again, and the deck doors, too.  I think it's a cool, cheap way to up your spooky factor!

As always, the mantel was my first decorating project.  I made a new banner that was inspired by Pinterest.  Then I layered in black, silver and gold items.  

The fireplace was filled with nearly all of our jack-o-lanterns and glittery pumpkins.  It was quite the display!

Mama came as a tavern wench, complete with beer stein! 

Abby was a vampire.  She definitely had the "Scariest Costume" with those fangs and freaky long nails!!

I was a mad scientist and Georgia, my little lab mouse.

Hannah was Dopey and Remi, Snow White.  Barrett was a UPS man complete with a package!  And Ruger was a hunter with his crossbow.

Hannah and Remi are the "Cutest Couple" for their Snow White and dwarf impression. :)  Love those apple tights!!

The boys had a blast decorating (and eating!) their cupcakes.

Our friends Brian and Meghna came as the Demon Deacon and a cheerleader and their kids Janak and Priya were Iron Man and a Princess. :)  I'm awarding Brian "Most Creative" for his mascot costume!  He sewed most of it himself!

Michael was a referee.  Georgia loves that whistle!

Laura was a deer and Mary, a prisoner.

Caroline was Queen of Hearts.

Lily and her friend Kelsey were dressed as ocelets from Minecraft.  

And I may be biased, but I think Georgia had the "Cutest Costume" in her little pink mouse outfit!  Those tights and shoes are so precious, I can't handle it!!

Even though my brother didn't wear a costume and I didn't get his picture, he deserves "Most Entertaining" for running around the yard and playing with Abby, Ava and Janak all night!  Thanks John!

We hope you had a Happy Halloween!  Now on to the holiday season!! :)

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. :)