Water-scapes

I've been obsessed with Williams Sonoma Home's Crashing Waves wall art. So, while we were away in Arizona and surrounded by gorgeous pools, I had to break out the camera and take a zillion pictures of the water. My husband must have thought I was insane when he went through the pictures we took.

Now I have an endless supply of options to choose from when I decide to switch out my art and inject a bit of blue water into the house. Here's a small sample...

I hope looking at these pictures is as relaxing for you as it is for me. I'm dreaming of sitting by the pool, soaking up the sun, and simply being. Enjoy your weekend!

Stripes, Check!

I can't believe it happened, but the stripes are done!

My goal of painting this past weekend was more of a pipe dream, or so I thought. But my husband was actually on board and we got it done over Sat/Sun during M's naps. What do you think?! I'm really loving it. Much to my husbands dismay, I'm now thinking of wrapping it around onto the next wall. We'll see if I can convince him.

I used Benjamin Moore Whitestone to get a true gray. I didn't want brown/taupe undertones coming through since the drapes and area rug on the opposite side of the room are gray. TIP: It's always a great idea to look at the color fan-deck in order to see the lightest and darkest colors in a series so you can clearly see what the underlying tones are. Then you won't get stuck with a color that isn't exactly what you had in mind.

I'm completely OCD when it comes to painting stripes. My thought is, if they're not perfect, why even do it? So every time we paint stripes (this is the second room), I measure and mark, my husband breaks out the laser level, I use the yard stick and remeasure again before penciling them up and taping. Sometimes it feels like it takes a bit longer than necessary, but stripes are so prominent I would be kicking myself if it wasn't done right. If you haven't guessed, I'm a total perfectionist most of the time.

Now that the stripes are done, I'm planning on DIY-ing a gallery wall from some artwork I saw in the William Sonoma Home catalog. If I can fit it above the couch, I'll go 3 across 2 down. I don't think I could handle a randomly organized gallery wall in my house, no matter how cool it looks in a magazine. There's something so calming about a grid of art or photography. Check out my Pinterest board to see all of my DIY Art ideas.

I'm so excited to get this phase going. It won't be done this weekend, but hopefully soon! Wish me luck.

Fall is in the Air (Finally!)

As the almost 100 degree temperatures begin to subside, I am so excited!

Fall is my favorite time of year. Maybe it's because of my almost 15 years on the East Coast, but there's something about the leaves changing, the feeling of crispness in the air, apple picking, the smell of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), the need to wear pants and a sweater (I am so tired of wearing shorts and skirts!)...

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