Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Target Decor: Farrah Fretwork Window Panel

So in the search to slightly re-do the living room, curtains are always the hardest for me, only second to pillows! After trying the do-it-yourself approach along with the expensive, I was finding that the colors were not true. Like the navy was faded, the cream was more tan, it was a nightmare!!

These I had seen in Target and checked for every time I was shopping but they were always sold out. I really didn't want to order online for fear of what I had already seen with the colors.
But then on a whim, I went in and THEY HAD THEM!!! I quickly scooped up two 54x95 Target Home™ Farrah Fretwork Window Panels and wow!!! I was so pleasantly surprised!! Perfect color, true to even the color I had seen online. They are still up in my house and I am loving them!! The pattern adds a ton to the design without overwhelming it! The fabric is 55% Cotton and 45% Polyester, so it is strong and easy to care for.

They also have them in orange, black and tan which are also gorgeous!!

 I like them so much, I am thinking about getting 2 for back up or in case we move to a house with an additional window!! What can I say, when you find a good thing, stock up!! Enjoy :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

LIMELIGHT: Trip Advisor

So I always get the question "What is there to do in NYC?" Having lived there for quite a few years for my career, I always reply what the locals do and what the tourist do are polar opposites. Yes did we take in the occasional Broadway play or the park for ice skating? Yes, but when you live in a place, you not rushing around to catch all the highlights. Make sense??

I can help you navigate the subway, tell you some items that are fun, activities that are worth the cost of them but I tried to branch out and see if I could start guiding people to a better resource for planning thier fun................ta da TRIPADVISOR.COM!!! I was surprised that there were tons of items to do, some including the local attractions, that would be perfect for a tourist! It not only breaks it down by interest, but by most popular and cost so you can plan a budget before you go!!

The best part of the site was the THINGS TO DO area! It had over 600 items to do and broke them down by food, activities, shopping nd nightlife! So if you planning on a trip to the wonderful island of Manhattan be sure to check it out!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

LIMELIGHT: Our Fifth House: Kitchen Reveal!

This Kitchen Redo is INSANE!!! I want this to be my house!!! She took amazing ideas and made them a reality!! You have too see all the details she did from turning a cabinet into a wine cooler, to adding trimming to front of breakfast bar, you'll be amazed!! She is beyond talented! When my kitchen grows up, it wants to be just like this kitchen :) ha ha :) See below for before and after.................

our fifth house: A Labor of Love - Kitchen Reveal!:


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Home Decor Halloween Style

For the past 12 months, I have been warning my hub's that I am decorating this year for Halloween and of course I still get the why are you doing this question upon "Hurricane Halloween" taking over our house!!!

If you all remember I had a number of fabulous items I used for the Hocus Pocus 60th Birthday, so why not recreate for the home. Here is how it turned out, enjoy!!



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Decor on a Dime

With wonderful inspiration places like Pottery Barn, Z Gallery, Antropologie and such, its awesome to come accross other retailers that are bringing the affordable items up to style.
This fun, industrial and ultra chic table is from Walmart!!! Can you believe it??

And it's only $179.00. It is sold as a TV console but Better Homes and Gardens line also has side tables and coffe tables. This is a total steal and will probably last as long as this style is in, so its perfect!! Some of my strongest and longest lasting pieces were bought from WalMart when I was in college. 10 years ago and going strong!!!

The coffe table is only $105 and you can buy the entire living room set for $339! So glad WalMart is stepping it up!!

AWESOME DEAL and a great, affordable way to add the industrial trend to your office, hallway, or living room!! Happy shopping!!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

LIMELIGHT: Feather Boa Wreath from Classy Clutter

Since finishing my Ribbon Halloween Wreath, I have been interested to see what other wreath creations are out there. The talented ladies at Classy Clutter, always have something fun brewing.................... and this season is no different.

I love this entry way and how simple the how-to instructions were. Be sure to check out her vinyl wording (which she sells!!!) I am dying over this and will for sure be getting for when I have "little monsters" running around!!

Feather Boa Halloween Wreath

Be sure to check out their projects along with other projects featured on their Spotlight Saturdays!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

LIMELIGHT: My Crafty Mom

I recieved these pictures from my Mom of a Halloween craft that she found on Pinterest a while back and it is so cute!!! Last week when she sent me her final product....WOW it looks amazing!! I knew I had to share it with everyone!! It was simple and cute and makes a huge statement. So all of you who think your not crafty here is a good one to try.
To start here here is her inspiration photos Ashbee Design

Drumroll Please............................TaDa...................AMAZING!!!

  1. Glass bottles form Hobby Lobby. USED: $4.99 (used coupon to get 40% off)
  2. White, Yellow and Orange Spray Paint USED: $5.99 (can use coupon to get 40% off)
Directions found from the The Swell Life via Ashbee Design

  1. Start with the white, it give the yellow and orange a base to cling to
  2. Do LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT coats, we had a dripping issue in the beginning
  3. If starts to drip, turn upside down and drip into open mouth
  4. Remember you can always scrub the color off the glass and start over

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oh the Planning........BABY CITY

In our home, lately, we have been planning A TON!!! With my work and Landon's schooling, we have been trying to figure out when to have our first round of IVF. We have the "LUXURY" of being able to plan when we start a family!! That is our positive take on this and we are sticking to it!!
In my quest to be as extremely organized as possible with costs and expectations, I came across a great website www.babycenter.com 

More importantly I came across their First-Year Baby Costs Calculator

Can you say a planners best friend?? I loved it!! It had costs on there I had never even thought of and you click on preference for that area, it populates an estimated amount and it spits out a estimate!!! And great thing is their estimates are based of  a survey of over 1,000 new moms!!

It had two areas: One-Time Costs & Ongoing so it helps you with items your going to only purchase once like a stroller or crib and then with the month-to-month items like diapers and clothing.

So if you are having, thinking about having, or just plain curious.........
I suggest you check this out!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

LIMELIGHT: Hocus Pocus 60th Party

So to start off this awesome Halloween season, I am going to share with you a party I did last year! This party really opened my eyes to all you can do with this fun holiday.....at first it started off as a regular 60th birthday party. So at first we began with just a basic theme of sixty but then somehow in the crazy mess of emails back-and-forth the client wanted it to be Halloween, at first dread set in, I was at a loss, here I am used to doing baby showers and weddings..…..not Halloween parties……………BUT WHAT THE CLIENT WANTS THE CLIENT GETS!!! So a massive Google search set in in the form of “Halloween table scapes” and the go-to girls at Hostess with the Mostess provided me with my inspiration!!!

 You can see the entire post here: REAL PARTIES: “Hocus Focus” Halloween

I am a big believer in making your food work for you as d├ęcor also. Why spend twice as much when a few tweaks could do the trick. There was so much to creating this table, that I truly am obsessed and in love with every aspect. I loved the idea of having a potion table with ingredients to follow and made the entire idea flow. Here is the final product…………12 feet of pure spooky times to create a witches brew worthy of the guest of honor!! Prepare for Photo overload!!!

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