Friday, April 11, 2014

High Five: It's Friday!

Happy Friday! It's a gorgeously sunny day here in Michigan, with the promise of even more and better days to come. 

via Southshore Decorating blog

1. I didn't give you all any photos with yesterday's One Room Challenge update, sorry!! Next week I promise to have some photographic evidence of what's happening in that space. Until then, this is another favorite inspiration image of a sitting area. I love how compact the space is and that it's open to the dining area with good light. Or, maybe it's just the brown couch... Anyhoo, it reminds me of what I'm trying to accomplish with my "keep" (short for keeping room).

Farzin Montazersadgh / FarzinPhoto
2. The reason that I just called it in yesterday? The ORC bumped up against a work event in my other life as a nonprofit executive director. The biggest event of the year for us, and yesterday's was the biggest in our history. It was held at the stunning venue shown above, which I now know how to get to as well as I do my parents' house. Bonus? The newsletter that I write has been getting better and better as I improve my storytelling skills with this blog. :)

via MSU Arboretum
(not my wedding party obviously, but aren't the parasols cute??)

3. Only 99 days left until my wedding this summer!!! Time to make some things that are only in my mind happen in real life (like caterers and florists and bridesmaid dresses and a million other little things that matter).

4. Which seems like a fine time to start a #100happydays project. For the next 100 days I'll post a picture on Instagram of what's making me happy. It's not a competition or showing-off contest, but a way to appreciate the moment.

Midori Design Group via Architecture Art Designs

Domaine Home

5. A couple reasons to not go too wild re-decorating my ORC space: its location near the back door and the kitchen would make it a perfect laundry room or mudroom in the future. Until then, I will focus on what I can do to make it prettier right now

And LOVE-ing this Polish proverb for keeping it all in perspective!

I'll be around to visit all the One Room Challenge and Link-up participants by the end of this weekend. Thanks so much to all of you who have stopped by to encourage me!!! It means so much! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Week Two: One Room Challenge

"Our house, in the middle of our street. Our house, was our castle and our keep"
That song was my very first favorite song. I was maybe 4 or 5 the first time I heard it?? And my cousin gave me the cassette--even though I didn't have a way to play it, and eventually it was ruined because I left it outdoors. 

But, I heard it on the radio on the way into the office this morning, and of course was struck by that last bit. "Our Keep." That's what I'm calling the makeover room in my One Room Challenge. It's a good catchall name for this little space near the kitchen and back door.

If you missed week one, please visit here.

In anticipation of week two, I did the following:
  • gathered all the things that I already had in my home and wanted to use. I am repurposing a lamp, mirrored hook, and big stack of magazines. Shopping the House is a good way to save some money.
  • went shopping for inspiration. I found an orange garden stool at HomeGoods, blabbed all about it on Instagram, and then was surprised when it wasn't there when I went back to buy it. Luckily, Tuesday Morning recently moved into the same plaza and I was able to get a very inexpensive white garden stool there. (I also broke a bunch of garden decorations so that was my first AND last time in the new store).
  • thoroughly cleaned (the inch of grime on the windows, the extensive cobwebs on the light fixture, all gone!).
  • decluttered the stuff I mentioned in the first post that was obviously not put away properly.
  • worked on styling the shelves--moving the games to a lower shelf so they wouldn't be such a prominent feature and adding in some silver pieces.
  • framed some simple things for E-Z art.
  • dreamed a bigger dream by searching again (and begging here) for just a wee bit of this Bob Collins & Son Birds and Bamboo wallpaper. Anyone have some? I estimate that I would need less than half a roll. Probably much, much less. Pretty please??
Now mother's tired and needs a rest... Long live British ska bands of the 1980s!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Great Outdoors

Now that the weather is turning nice here in Michigan, I'm spending more time outdoors. 

Hostess with the Mostess Danielle Rollins has tips on how to plan a spring brunch on the Ballard blog today.

Isn't that setting just beautiful?! I love how comfortable looking the wicker armchairs are pulled up to the table and the brilliance of the blue ikat fabric as a table cloth (Ballard sells it by the yard, and Rollins says in her post that she has used all sorts of things as tablecloths). 

I love her philosophy of looking at what she has and deciding what she needs it to do. She writes, "Using things I already have in unexpected ways creates more visual interest." In the garden or in your home, when dressing yourself or deciding what to serve for dinner, I think this is a really good way to live.

To create a similar look for my house, I am charmed by this outdoor dining set from Tar-jay. Of course, we'll have to do some planting in our yard to get the look of all that greenery.

Landscaping really helps to set the mood. Not only are the peonies below beautiful planted in a row, but they make a stunning arrangement for your table when cut. It's still about two months until we can enjoy them where I live, but a girl can dream...

via Longfield Gardens

Is the weather where you are making you want to be outdoors more?

Friday, April 4, 2014

High Five Friday

It's the weeeeekend!!  

1. The ORC and Linking Party started this week, which is a little bit like the first day of summer camp. You wonder which friends are in your bunk and know that you'll be doing some arts & crafts and maybe shedding some homesick tears. 

2. I went #homegoodshappy shopping yesterday for my One Room Challenge, and came home with a picture of this garden stool. Is it divine intervention? Because it could work with the plan I have -- or it could lead to other things...

3. a room that has this Bob Collins and Sons Bamboo and Birds. It was my original inspiration but I dismissed it because I only need half a roll and couldn't find any small batches for sale. Tell me design lovers: anyone know where I can score just a teensy bit? It could look like this >>

Meg Braff via The Glam Pad

4. I updated my blog layout to incorporate the Instagram widget but was completely lost when it came to linking up a list of my favorite blogs. I tried and tried but it just wouldn't save. ?? Tips are appreciated. I have no idea (clearly) what I'm doing wrong.

5.  It's spring break here in East Lansing, Michigan, and since we are not headed to a warm & sunny destination, I think I'll take my aspiring artists to this museum one day next week for a little culture (washed down with some 5 Guys Burgers & Fries). 

What do you have planned for this first weekend of spring at last, spring at last?!


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