Home Goals for 2017

Hi everyone!!  We have done a lot to our home since we bought it in 2015.  We have remodeled a bathroom, done electrical work, and painted almost every room in the house.  Did I ever tell you that when we purchased the home, the City required that we replace a huge chunk of sidewalk on the side of the house??  It cost around $2,500 and definitely not where I wanted to put my home improvement dollars! So, alas, for this year, we have many more projects on the horizon.

Here are my top 4 home goals for 2017.

First, we want to refinish the hardwood floors in our home.  They are beautiful, but looking pretty weathered.  We also found out that the floor in our kitchen are not real hardwood.  So, we are going to be pulling them up and replacing them with wood to match the rest of the house.  I am really tempted to do a fun pattern like this one.

Next up is our garage.  Who am I kidding, I should really call it a storage unit.  Many of the homes in our neighborhood were built in the 1920’s and have very little storage, because well, in the 1920’s, people did not have nearly as much crap as we do.  I find that very few people in our neighborhood actually put cars in their garages. Rather, it is an overflow space used for added storage.

That is what we have been doing and right now our garage is so full of junk you can hardly walk around.  It is where I store extra kids toys, furniture for future DIY projects (my husband loves this), and storage containers.

So, my goal in the new year is to donate or sell the items, so we can use the space in a functional way.  Here is my dream garage, but I will settle for just being able to walk around.

Third, I really really want to redo our master bedroom.  The bedding we have is from our wedding 12 years ago and it is tired and dirty.  When we moved in several years ago, I made do with what we had and paired everything with our existing bedding which was cream and tan.  It is officially the room I like least in our house and that is just a shame considering how much time I spend in it.  I am ready for a big refresh, including painting the walls, new bedding and even maybe a new bed. I am thinking about going with navy and blush as my color scheme, but I also like this navy and green.

Finally, I want to improve the exterior of our home.  I would really love to paint it this spring. However, I am having such a hard time deciding on colors.  Compared to the inside of a home, the paint choice feels so permanent! According to the records on the home, it was not painted that long ago, but there are certain areas that are starting to show wear.  Of course, with this, I would also like to replace window frames and some windows, so that is where things get expensive.

There you have it.  I tried to keep my list to something practical, both time-wise and budget-wise!

Do you set home goals in the new year?  If so, tell me yours in the comments.  I promise to hold you accountable!

xo,

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Top 10 Design Trends for 2017

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!!  I am really jazzed for 2017.  As I looked back and reflected on 2016,  I realized that this little blog of mine was not my priority in 2016.  Between kids, a job, activities and sickness, I definitely put the blog on the back burner this last year.  Well, that is going to change and I hope to be publishing more frequently and will be especially trying to publish meaningful content for you all.  I have thought about giving up writing the blog all together, but I know at the end of the day, that would make me sad, as design is my passion!

So, in that spirit, today I have for you my predictions for the top 10 design trends for 2017.

  • Terracotta.  This is a trend I am loving.  Terracotta is so warm and rustic.  It reminds me of traveling to Italy.  My BFF also had terracotta floors in her kitchen growing up.

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  • NAVY.  Navy is the new black.  Whether you paint an entire room, a bathroom vanity or kitchen cabinets, navy is definitely on trend.  There are so many beautiful navy paint colors out there.  I just painted my long entry hallway navy and I love it.  I am glad to report, that despite the dark tone, it does not make the space feel smaller.

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  • ACRYLIC FURNITURE. It can be modern, but comes in traditional silhouettes.  It is the perfect material for small spaces as it completely opens up a space.

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  • JEWEL TONES.  If any of you saw my Christmas Home Tour, you know that jewel tones are near and dear to my heart.  Definitely a trend I can get on board with.

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  • BUTTERFLIES.  Ohh la la.  I so want this in a powder room, like the one featured below.  They are a symbol of spirit and optimism.  Not just for kids rooms anymore!

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  • ARTISINAL OBJECTS.  Apparently, there is a trend toward artisan goods, especially rustic white ones. Apparently, gone are the days of my cheap Target finds!

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  • DARK GREEN.  In line with the jewel toned trend, dark, emerald-green is back in a big way!

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  • ANY GREEN AGAIN.  Yes, you heard that right.  Light green is going to be big as well.  In fact, Pantone’s color of the year is called Greenery.

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  • MARBLED WALLPAPER  I have experimented with framing marbled paper, but wow what a statement marbled wallpaper would make!

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  • OLIVE TREES.  The olive tree is apparently the new house plant of choice.  Don’t tell my Fiddle Leaf Fig that I have managed to keep alive that it is on its way out.

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What do you think of these trends?  For the most part, I love them!  Time will tell and there are trends that hang on for years.  In fact, I read that marble and copper are on their way out, but I think they have a few years of life left in them. 🙂

Until next time, friends!

xo,

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Our Holiday Home with Personal Creations

Hi friends!!  I have one more sneak peek of our holiday home.  We added some personal touches with some photo gifts.  I love the modern look of lucite, so these acrylic photo blocks were the perfect choice to display the holiday photos we had taken of our family.  Having two young girls, giving photo gifts at Christmas are all the rage. Personal Creations has an amazing selection of unique photo gifts.  It is amazing to me what you can put a photo image on these days!

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I love the way it is so simple, chic and modern.  It blends into our holiday decor seamlessly.

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You can see our entire Holiday Home Tour here.

Hope you are getting all that last minute Christmas stuff done!

xoxo,

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Hi everyone!!  I hope you are all doing well.  I have been in major shopping mode this weekend. Getting down to the wire, right?  As the mother of two girls, I have definitely been doing a ton of kid shopping.  Here are some of my favorites for those little boys and girls in your life.   ob-kids-gift-guide-2017

USA Blocks / Cape / Play Food / Book / Sleeping Bag / Doll / Magic Kit / Pop Artsy Beads

Are you done with your shopping?  Please say “No.”  It will make me feel much better.

Also, if  you haven’t had a chance to check out our 2016 Holiday Home Tour, you can check it out here.  You are sure to find something to inspire your holiday decor.

xoxo,

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Our 2016 Holiday Card with Tiny Prints

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to have received our 2016 holiday cards from Tiny Prints.  I am in LOVE with them.

I bit the bullet this year and got professional photographs taken.  I haven’t done that since my girls were 3 and 1. Let me tell you, it was a challenging photo shoot when they were that young, and we truly only got one good shot of all of us.  Shall I say I was a bit too confident this year.  I thought to myself, “This is going to be a breeze now that they are 7 and 5.”  “Wrong,” I say now back to my smug self!

About 5 minutes into the shoot, my girls were lovingly hugging for one of the photos.  Then the photographer says, “Now make a funny face.”  My 5-year old Audrey proceeds to jump up, hitting my 7-year old Charlotte in the jaw, causing her to bust open her lip.  This is blood gushing all over the outfits I painstakingly planned to match but not be to “matchy-matchy”(everyone is as neurotic as me and does this, right?)  Then, to make matters worse, while my husband and I are taking solo shots (to let the bleeding stop, of course), Audrey proceeds to get into my purse and “apply” my lipstick all over her face.  I don’t think I will take professional photos for another two years!

That being said, our photos and our cards still turned out lovely.

This year, I went with a very simple card that speaks for itself.  I really wanted the photo to shine. We went with a personalized gold foil option and it is so chic.  Tiny Prints has an amazing selection of holiday cards, especially unique ones such as personalized foil, glitter and laser cut that are hard to find anywhere else.

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It’s not too late to order cards or personalized gifts from Tiny Prints!.  You can see their entire selection here in their digital catalog.  Now I just need to get to addressing all of mine!

I hope that you and yours are truly enjoying your holiday season so far.

Until next time . . .

xo,

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Our 2016 Holiday Home Tour

Hi everyone!!  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our holiday homes decked out in holiday cheer.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration.  A huge thank you to Marty for putting this all together.

If you are coming over from Pam at Simple Details– Welcome!  I just love Pam’s chic style and eye for detail, and man can that girl spy a Craigslist find!  If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night! Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

So, without further ado, welcome to our home.  Get yourself a hot chocolate and come on in!

I thought it would be fitting to start with the entry to our home.  This is the only place where you will find traditional holiday green and red.  Here, Santa is in his sleigh full of gifts for good girls and boys! I embellished it by adding garland, a poinsettia and some birch accents.

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As you walk into our home we have a small entry table and a long hallway.  This hallway was recently painted and declutterd and we added sconces.  The runners are from Home Decorator’s Collection and they look vintage and a great price.  I get compliments on them all the time.

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Our tree is very similar to last year’s with a few additional ornaments.  I have collected jewel-toned ornaments forever, so while it is tempting to want to go with more traditional colors, it would be expensive to start over.  Maybe one of these years!

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Our jewel-toned tree blends great with our new navy sofa and walls in the hallway.

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I thought I would give our gold faux bamboo mirror its own bling with a magnolia leaf wreath with a few of the leaves painted gold.

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I added some white bottle brush trees from Target to my obelisk collection and voila- instant Christmas decor.

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One thing I did this year was to decorate my daughter’s rooms for the holidays.  I just did a few embellishments based on the colors already in their rooms.  This is my older daughter’s room and I added to already bright decor with pinks and greens.  The wreaths are Smith and Hawkin from Target.

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I used simple craft store tassels and faux gems to dress up the gift packages.

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My younger daughter’s room is much more neutral, so I went with winter white, grey and pink.  I found the fun “Let it Snow” banner on clearance at Homegoods last year after Christmas.

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These are a few of the Eiffel Tower ornaments I have collected over the years.

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This is the first year I have decorated our breakfast nook.  With the new wallpaper, I thought that blue nd white colors would be fitting and I threw in some very pale pink with ribbon and Amaryllis flowers.

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I added tons of wreaths and even put garland on the Chinoiserie chandelier.  Some vintage white peacocks top it off. It makes it look like a birdcage to me!

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I am so glad you stopped by.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I love decorating for the holidays so much.  Now it is time to spend quality time with my family and enjoy the decor and the season.

Make sure to follow along with all the Christmas Tours- starting again tomorrow with Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane. Her classic, cozy style will make you want to come on in and stay a while.  Here is the line up for the entire week:

Monday – Dec 5

Common Ground – Debra

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

Decor To Adore – Laura

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Tuesday – Dec 6

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

It All Started With Paint -Linda

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Remodelando La Casa – Christina

Simple Details – Pam

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Wednesday – Dec 7

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

Lynzy & Co. – Lindsay

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Simple Stylings – Summer

Design Post Interiors – Beth

Thursday – Dec 8

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Our Southern Home – Christy

Setting For Four – Heather

Life and Home @ 2102 – Vel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Fri – Dec 9

Making Home Base – Chelsea

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Far Above Rubies – Anita

The House of Silver Lining – Shauna

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna

xoxo,

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Hi all!!  Well Thanksgiving is over and it is time for major shopping madness.  I have a pretty good start on my shopping this year, but still have a ways to go.  I also keep buying little things for myself while I am holiday shopping which is dangerous!

Here is this year’s gift guide for her.  I know that I would personally love any of the items on this list! All of these are pretty reasonably priced as well.  Stay tuned as I hope to pull together a few more gift guides before Christmas!
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Earings / PJ’s / Cuff / Cachepot / Hat / Cross-body Bag

xoxo,

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Visual Comfort Basil Flush Mount

Hi friends!!  I have a new decor crush and I am so excited to share it.  I have been on the look out for new flush mount lights for our entry hallway.  Since we bought our house a year ago, I have painted our entry, rid the walls of clutter and added sconces.  The final change was getting rid of the outdated flush mount lights.

Flush mount lighting, or what I call “boob” lighting is not my favorite.  See what I mean?

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Visual Comfort’s flush mounts are like the Rolls Royce of flush mounts (is there such a thing??)

The Basil flush mount reminds me of a four leaf clover!!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered one.  For me, these are on the pricey side, but once I saw it in person, it was so worth it.  Here is how it looks in some different spaces.

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Gorgeous, right?  I am hoping to decorate my entry hall for my Christmas Home Tour, so stay posted!!

Hope you are having a great week and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

xoxo,

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Currently Coveting: Burl Wood

Hi all!!  I have been a bad blogger.  I am sorry I have been MIA on the blog these days, but life has gotten the best of me.  Since school started in August we have had every kind of sickness possible. I am just now getting over a 3 week cold that required antibiotics to get over!  But enough complaining, today I am here to talk about burl wood.  I know, you might be thinking “Burl what?” You may know it when you see it.  The cabinet in this photo is burl wood.  The patterns in the wood just make me swoon!

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Burl wood actually wood from a tree in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner..  How can something considered deformed has such a beautiful end result??  In my opinion, it is classic and modern at the same time.  It is such a showstopper in any room.  I really want to get my hands on a piece, but it can be super pricey, so it may have to take the form of an accessory or mirror.

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An entire island of burl wood?  Yes, please!!

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I love the octagon shape of the mirror below paired with the burl wood.

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Here are some ideas of products for bringing some burl into your life.

This burl wood mirror from Wisteria is simple, yet elegant.
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If you have some extra dinero lying around, you may consider this burl wood console from Zinc Door.

Well, there you have it.  My current obsession.  It has been a trend for a while, but I can’t get it out of my head. What do you think?  Too busy or mesmerizing?

Hoping to pop in more next month to share some fall decorating tips!

xo

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A Furniture Makeover Using Oil-Based Paint from Ipaint!

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to share my latest furniture makeover with you.  There is nothing like a good furniture makeover when you are trying to get the look for less, right?

So, I have been wanting to makeover this Chinese Chippendale table for ages.  It has been sitting in my garage collecting dust.  My husband just loves that 🙂  It was purchased for a steal from the amazing Shavonda at SG Style, my local blogging buddy.  It had good bones, but the color was blah and it needed a serious paint job!  My procrastination ended when I was approached by Ipaint to try out one of their amazing paint products.  I leaped at the chance.

Here is the before:

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iPaint has been manufacturing high quality paint and coatings for over 55 years.  They stock the largest selection of quality coatings in any size, in any shine, in any color,  at the best price available, with free delivery and a written -warranty!   They have unique paint such as swimming Pool Paint, Boat Paint, Epoxy Paint, Concrete Coatings, and Garage Paint Deck Paint.  Huge businesses such as Disneyland and Google use their paint.  How cool is that?

I chose their Blue Water Marine Paint Mega Gloss Alkyd Enamel.   It is an amazing oil-based paint that is usually made for painting boats.  So, it is super strong and durable and UV resistant.

I could not be more pleased with the results.  The paint has depth, is durable, and is as shiny as glass.  I have always loved the look of oil-based paint, but it is near impossible to find here in California anymore.  I cannot say enough about how bright and shiny this paint looks.  My piece looks totally transformed!  The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I have to admit that painting with oil-based paint was everything I had heard it would be.  I sanded and primed my piece, but still had to apply three coats of the paint.  Every brush stroke will show if you are not careful, and clean up is a serious pain.  I had to use paint thinner to clean my paint brush (and my hands) every time!  It definitely requires patience.

However, it was totally worth it.  You simply can’t get these results with a water-based high gloss paint.  Here are the after photos.

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The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I can’t wait to use this paint again.  I think I may use it on my daughter’s desk because it is so durable.  Head on over to Ipaint to find the paint for your next project.

Until next time  . . .

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*This is not a sponsored post.  Ipaint did provide paint for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

**This post contains an affiliate link, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from Ipaint.  I only recommend products that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.  Thanks for supporting my cheap wine habit!

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