Thursday, July 24, 2008


The master bedroom has actually been one of the easiest rooms to plan. I have always like the way it is set up in our apartment, and with a color other than off white on the walls I think it will be great.

Our furniture is actually my bedroom furniture from when I was a kid. It was a light wood like this (just the color):

American Signature.

When Chase and I first got married we decided to spray paint it black. It actually looks great. The closest picture I can find of it is:

From Ashley Furniture.

We are going to paint the ways dark blue:

We have this duvet cover:

And lots of black and white photos, black shelves, black and white pillows and lamps.

So the overall looks will hopefully be something like this:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

swing the vote.

Since my previous post about the guest bedroom, I've fallen in love with a duvet cover from Pottery Barn. Here is my second option for the guest bedroom:
With this color (Sweet Daphne):
Obviously Pottery Barn helped since they have already paired these two together, but I actually had noticed this color before.

Also, since I don't have furniture for this room yet, I'm thinging of making a white fabric headboard. Any other fabric suggestions?

Which room do you like better... Kelly Green and White or Sweet Daphne and lots of color?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

let the footing begin.

Credits: Font by Ali Edwards; Overlay by Two Sisters

Thursday, July 17, 2008

be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test.

Guest bedroom.

This is probably the room that I have the least visual illustrations for. Basically the idea for this room came from a magazine, and I can't seem to find it online. Here is a print I think sums it up pretty well:

Credits: Print by Heather Amuny-Dey

Please just look at this picture for the color (I pretty much hate everything else in the picture expect maybe the curtains):
Photo from HGTV, photographer Tim Lee.

Here's another picture that I think fits the color:

Photo from Top Design

So we have green walls. We don't currently own the furniture for this room, but hopefully we will soon. I want all of the furniture and comforter to be white. White everywhere to contrast with the green room and then some green pillows:
from Pottery Barn

From Etsy, seller Green Room (the green doesn't match perfectly with the above pillow but I"m hoping it's just lighting):
From Etsy seller Joom:
This is a littler more modern/crazier than any of my other rooms. Let me know what you think? Am I going to far?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

study, study schools your buddy.

I got the above title from my friend Andrea. Chase and I used to stay out late at her and her husband's house, and Chase would always need to be studying for seminary instead. When we would be leaving Andrea would say, "Study, Study schools your buddy." It makes me smile every time I think about it.

Onto the office. Here's the deal with the office. Chase needs an office and I need a craft room. Okay, I hear you, an office that Chase can use is probably more important, but it doesn't change the fact that I like to create 'stuff.' So hopefully we can make it work. We have this great desk that we made (with the help of my dad). We got an old door, made bookshelf/saw horse for the desk to sit on like this:

We also have these dark brown book shelves from American Signature:

And we have another small desk:

So we have pretty much what we need to get a nice office set up, but it's an office that needs to serve two purposes. Thankfully most of my craft stuff will be housed in a large closet that can be shut, but it will be interesting to see how it all works out. Of course Chase kindly (joking) said I was welcome to take over the laundry room! Ha! He also said I could have the guest bedroom to take over, but I actually like the idea of being in the same room and working. I like spending time with my husband.

In my dream world I would like to have one wall of cork, like this:

Unfortunately I have no idea how to do this, who to get to do this. I'm really at a loss! However, now that I write that I should probably ask my brother (he lays hardwood floors). I'm not sure that I've 100% sold Chase on this idea but this is the color I would like:

I'm honestly not a big red fan, but for some reason I love the way this looks. Plus, I would like to use some different colors. I'm naturally drawn to blue, green and yellow. What do you think?

Monday, July 14, 2008

a new home.

I've started to document some of progress with the house. I really want to make this album more about the process/story. With only one page complete, it looks different than anything else I've designed, but I'm actually really enjoying the process of writing and trying something different. Hopefully, I'll have more of these pages in the near future.

Credits - Font Ali Edwards Creative Memories

Sunday, July 13, 2008

an inspired home.

Our house is officially framed. The weekend of July 4th Chase and I headed out to the house to see what had been happening. The foundation was complete, which was great. Last Monday I drove by again. To my displeasure nothing had changed. I know I'm pretty impatient. However, on Tuesday I drove by with zero expectations, after all it had rained all day. To my surprise we had a first floor! I wish I could describe my excitement. I honestly looked around to tell someone. So exciting.

What's funny is that when we purchased the house, I wasn't that excited. I had the, "it's just a house" attitude. Mainly because I was tired of looking. I don't feel like I'm a picky person, but maybe I am. Okay okay, I am. But my relaxed attitude has turned into a full fledged giddiness. Everyday I drive by I get more excited. Last night, Chase and I drove by to see that the roof is now framed. I've never liked that people have to work on Saturdays, but in the case of my own home I was ecstatic. We even went in to see that there was some standing water from the rain. So, since this is our house, we brushed it all out. I will now refer to that moment as our first "home improvement project."

Obviously, you can tell I'm getting into the house mode. I've been looking for ideas for the house for awhile, but I would like to run them by my blog readers (all 3 of you). If you think I'm making a bad decision, feel free to warn me.

Let's start with the living room:

***these are the furniture stores websites, I hate the accessories they have on these items.***

Our couch (this is the newer version, ours is the same shape but a darker tan color). We also own an armless chair that matches the couch. I would rather have two chairs that don't match at all, but it was a packaged deal.

Our tables:

As you can already see, I like to mix tradition and modern elements. I think it's fun, and it fits my style or lack of. We have two end tables that look like this:
We will have a fireplace, and lots of lighting. Our floors are very dark and distressed. We are planning on getting a light rug. In an ideal world I would get this rug from West Elm:

However, that run is only available in a 3x5 now. So, more than likely we will end up with something like this in the ivory:

For the walls we are talking about a slight gray color. We are going for a look like this:
It's pretty neutral, but I have lots of color everywhere else. And I'm planning on adding some fun graphic pillows that coordinate with our breakfast area and kitchen.
Which of these pillows do you think would work best (I'm thinking a nice yellow in the adjacent rooms):

I had a few more pillows that I thought would work, but for some reason my image loader isn't working. Here's a link to the last set. I also have been thinking about green pillows. If you have any suggestions let me know.

I'm going to try to cover the other rooms on here as well. It helps me organize my thoughts for each room. I also should have some scrapbook pages soon!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

long overdue.

I don't even want to make an excuse about why I haven't blogged lately, but I do realize that this post is long overdue. So let's catch up:

Since April 30:
- Celebrated an Anniversary
- Errrr. Is that it? Guess so. So you haven't missed much.

Here are my latest projects. First up a baby shower invitation for my friend Christie. My friend Ashley helped a ton with these. I love how they turned out.

I'm becoming a huge fan of Paper Trey Ink. I'm going to add her blog to my list of blogs I check out. It's so good. If you have never checked out their products check them out.

The stamps above are from Paper Trey Ink - Bitty Baby, Chocolate Chip paper, White paper, B. Blue paper, ribbon, black Stazon.

Next up are a set of cards I made for a friend. They are also from a monogram stamp set from Paper Trey Ink (did I mention I love their stuff)?
Stamps from Paper Trey Ink, Paper G. Green and P. Pie, Ink P. Pie, G. Green, C. Chip.