Moving? Time to redecorate!

I am looking forward to the changes that are coming our way, one of them being a B-I-G move. While its a little scary, what better time to review our current home design, and update some things! I am looking forward to having a real dining room, hardwood floors and (drumroll, please) a much-needed walk in closet! Most of you know that I am obsessed with well-designed home interiors, so here is a glimpse into what looks I am going for. Check back later for real pictures of our real home!

For the Dining Room

The floors in our new dining room are a dark hardwood.  The walls are a peachy-tan color.  I really like pedestal tables, and this one will fit perfectly with the smaller design of the home.  Additionally, a calming area rug will break up the monotony of colors, and will lighten the room (rug can be found at Lowes).  I am a huge fan of fresh flowers, which will be maintained as a constant centerpiece.  Simple artwork is also a necessity.  Vertical pieces can add height to a smaller space.  Since I do photography on the side, I will probably incorporate some of my black and white prints.  Finally, sheer curtains add tranquility, and tie the whole space together.

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For the Living Room

The living room in our new home is very different than the one in the home where we currently reside.  My new den is equipped with light hardwood floors, a fireplace, built-ins and cathedral ceilings.  While I am not necessarily a huge fan of over-the-fireplace televisions, it seems that it was designed to be placed as such.  For our new living room, I plan to invest in a tasteful sofa/loveseat set.  Additionally, I would like to invest in a really comfortable chair (or pair of chairs) to add a little more dimension to the room.  Another calm area rug will make the larger room a bit more cozy.  I intend to continue the use of sheer curtains in the living room (I really like sheer curtains, for whatever reason!)  Finally, if space allows, I would like to have a bar area in the living room.  All that’s needed is some great styling and a buffet!

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For the Master Bedroom

I absolutely love my bed, and I love the quilt that dons it.  In my new master bedroom, I hope to incorporate more of the style elements that I love.  Maintaining the light, airy feel of the dining and living rooms is important.  I hate, hate, hate carpeted floors, so I will have to invest in yet another area rug, to make the space more design-friendly.  Next, two  mirrors will be purchased and installed behind each respective nightstand.  A new set of chic lamps will be purchased for the nightstands.  Additionally, I am going to buy a new dresser and mirror for the master bedroom.   Last but not least, black and white prints of our engagement (and eventually wedding) pictures will don the walls over the bed.

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I am so much looking forward to having a home that really feels like….home.  Some of the quirky things that are welcome, now, will journey into our new place, but many will be tossed.  We simply do not have the space (nor do I have the desire) to take some of these things across the state with me.  What are your ideas for cleaning house?  Any stories of redesign you’d like to share?

Check back for a post dedicated to the new outdoor living space we are going to have, soon!

xo,

A

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Wreaths in All Their Glory

As I promised, I’m about to show you something AWESOME. I’m talkin’ wreaths, y’all! Wreaths are a simple, sometimes subtle way of celebrating a holiday, season, etc. My goal for the remainder of 2013 is to make a different wreath for each month of the year! Here are the twelve beauties I am hoping to make!

January: Simple Bow and Gemstone Wreath

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What I like most about this wreath is its simplicity.  I plan to substitute the plastic-y bow for a real one, preferably silver wired ribbon.  I love this!

February: Bouquet Wreath

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Everyone loves getting roses, tulips or other flowers on Valentine’s Day!  Your front door will appreciate the sweet gesture.  I will use faux flowers in the mauve, coral and peach families.

March: Herb Wreath

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Again- all about the simplicity!  I love the lavender, here, but may opt for other succulents, instead.  The dusty pastel hues are gorgeous, and serve as a real tribute to the slightly more comfortable weather in NC!

April: Opening Day Wreath

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Cole and I are pretty big baseball fans (go Nationals!)  so what better way to honor America’s pastime than with a wreath?!  This one is great!  “Dirty” baseballs and a bow in your teams’ colors.

May:  Springtime Monogram Wreath

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Southern girls LOVE monograms, and I LOVE this!  The rustic feel is great, and it combines the freshness of spring with the casualness of home.

June:  Hydrangea Wreath

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I also LOVE hydrangeas!  This would be incredibly easy to make, and you could use any color hydrangea to match your home exterior.  We have a sweet, sweet friend who made us a wreath using hydrangeas as a wedding gift.  It also has a ‘W’ on it, which will be my last initial in June of next year, so I can’t wait to hang it up!

July:  Americana Wreath

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I love Independence Day.  It is arguably one of my top two favorite holidays (second only to Christmas!)  When I make this wreath, I will probably go with more jewel-toned colors…think darker red, ivory white and navy blue!  I love the aged wooden stars, but will probably skip the burlap rosettes on the right side.

August:  Collegiate Wreath

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There are various routes you could follow for this baby.  Your undergraduate alma mater, current school, favorite football team…the possibilities are endless!  I haven’t decided if I will make this in green and white, for Mount Olive College, or red and black, for UGA/NCSU.  I may even use National Blue and Corn Gold ribbons, to tie into our careers as agriculture teachers/FFA advisors.  Decisions, decisions…

September:  Cotton Boll Wreath

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Cotton is a major cash crop for North Carolina.  As a tribute to agriculture and the Old North State, this gorgeous wreath will don my front door.  The burlap ties it together (no pun intended), and the crisp white of the cotton boll is gorgeous.

October:  Burlap Rosette Wreath

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I am not the biggest fan of Halloween, and probably will only decorate to appease my children, when I have some.  I prefer the beauty of autumn over witches and monsters, any day.  This is a perfect reflection of what fall looks like to me!  Warm colors, cozy fabrics and layers.

November: Shotgun Shell Wreath

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This novelty wreath is precious, I think!  Cole is an avid outdoorsman, and would appreciate this on our front door!  Since November is smack-dab in the middle of deer season and the beginning of duck season, Cole should have plenty of shells lying around!

December:  Winter Wonderland Wreath

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My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is by using lots of greenery, metallic colors and other dainty, pretty things!  I have never really been interested in cartoon renditions of Santa or Frosty…I love the classic rusticness of evergreen twigs, plaid and wood.  I love that this wreath uses pale twigs, greenery, and pinecones.  I will probably also tie in the Bruce tartan.

 

I love the classicness of a wreath.  It is so easy to change the entire feel of your home with just one simple switch!  I can’t wait to get started on some of these!  Which is your favorite?  Do you have any other ideas?

xo,

A

My Creative To-Do List

Most of you who know me, know I am obsessed with crafting and thrift-store finds.  Today, as I fed my daily Pinterest addiction, I decided to take a look at my ‘Crafts to Make‘ board.  A while back, I reorganized my boards, leaving me with only 6 pins there, but I am very excited about the things I have to make!  This summer, before school starts back, I would like to cross off a few of these pins!  Some that I am super excited about starting:

1.)  3-D Embroidered Art

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To make this, I will need roping (probably the kind used for piping), embroidery thread, a clean canvas, hot glue gun and a needle.  Very simply, you glue the roping down to form a picture, word, etc.  Then, using the needle and embroidery thread, sew up and down, covering the rope.  Easy peasy!  I think I will do an image or pattern, rather than words.  I have another project that involves lettering (see below!)

2.)  Penny Vase

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I think this project seems incredibly easy, and it combines my two favorites: crafting AND thriftstore hunting!  I will need a smooth vase (no crystal or embellishment, other than paint), matte spray paint, pennies and the trusty hot glue gun.   Spray paint the vase a matte black color.  Glue the pennies, covering as much black as possible. Simple enough!

3.)  Sunburst Mirror

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I will need kabob sticks, two wooden circle pieces, a craft mirror and metallic gold spray paint.   The process is a little more complex and time consuming.  First, I will lay one circle piece on a flat surface.  Then, I will mark a pattern, showing where to glue the sticks to create a scalloped, ray effect.  Using a TON of glue, I will attach each stick to the single circle piece.  After attaching all sticks, I glue the second circle piece, forming a wood/stick sandwich.  Once the frame is dry, I will spray paint it a metallic gold color.   I will let it dry for as long as possible, and then attach the craft mirror!  The beauty of this project is that you can make it as large or small as desired!

4.)  Re-styled Thrift Store Finds

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This is literally the easiest project EVER.  All I will need are some cheesy thrift-store decorative items, and some spray paint!  I am a big fan of white and metallic gold, but I suppose it really depends on the piece you find!  You could paint each piece any color to match your decor!  Make sure that you choose a spray paint that will adhere to the material of the item you have found!  I also recommend that you choose a high-gloss finish paint.

5.) Word Art

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For this project I will need a few canvases of varying size and shape, and the wooden letters needed to build the phrase I want.  Michael’s or other craft stores usually carry a large variety of typefaces, so choose what you like!  Glue the letters down onto an unpainted, clean canvas, and spray paint it to match your decor!  Again, I really like the crispness of white, but other colors may work well in your rooms.

6.) Doily Dishes

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I am totally obsessed with the beauty of handmade lace.  I have a pretty extensive collection of handmade doilies, and this is a perfect use for one or two of them!  All I need is a material called ‘craft ceramic’.  Lay out the ceramic, and place a doily on top of it.  Using a knife, cut all of the excess off, and allow it to dry.  To form bowls or curved-edge trays, place the ceramic on something of the shape you desire (for example, a bowl, if you want a bowl!)  Once it is dry, paint the piece and seal it with a high-gloss finish.

My other project to-do list includes finishing that chair I started to reupholster and making some wreaths to match the season!  I am not a big fan of yard or porch decor (all simplicity, here!) so I rely on wreaths and small accents to make outdoor space more fun.  Check back later for a post dedicated to wreaths and wreath-making!

xo,

A