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.

Living Room Update

My living/dining room refresh is taking me so much longer than I expected! But I guess it always does, doesn't it? I've have to fit projects in around the girls and their schedules, which doesn't leave a heck of a lot of time for me to search for lamps, rugs, drapes, paint...

But I feel like I've finally hit the halfway mark and am rounding the corner toward the finish line - yippee!! The furniture has been completely rearranged, I've hung new drapes, added an area rug to the sitting area, bought a tripod lamp and two decorative lamps... It's been so much fun (and time consuming) searching for the perfect fits for the room. I've spent countless hour after the girls have gone to bed "researching", as I like to call it.

And it's also been a great lesson in restraint, if you can believe it. There are so many fun, beautiful, colorful accessories that I'd love to lose myself in, but wouldn't necessarily be good for my space. I have to keep reminding myself of the steps I need to take before accessorizing - dress the room with the right furniture pieces and drapes, THEN focus on the fun little things. Oh, and keeping my focus on just one room. It's amazing how searching through countless images of furniture, etc, makes me want to start adding/changing things in every other room in the house (I'm already planning out fixes for my bedroom!). Focus. Focus. Focus. I feel like I have adult A.D.D.

Luckily, I've gotten my furniture squared away, it's organized the way I want it, the drapes and big mirror/art pieces are hung on the wall. But over the Memorial Day weekend, I realized that my room is still just a big rectangular box, no architectural interest at all. I've been thinking of painting one of the walls an accent color, but after playing with the girls in their room the other day, I realized the living room needs STRIPES! I bought a gallon of Benjamin Moore's Whitestone for a very subtle gray. I'm planning on thick stripes, maybe  18" high with 10" stripes of the existing wall color, changing the width for more visual interest. Check out some of my stripe-inspiration images: 

Now onto my room...

BEFORE - a quick reminder of where I started

And ALMOST- AFTER

Before I started, I created a Pinterest board with all of the images and rooms that I loved. I'm going for a more Mid Century Modern look. I don't want to create a time capsule, just a hint of a time-warp (kidding!). The stripes will go on the wreath wall. And, of course, I need to add in decorative accessories. I'm imagining a big plant in the center of the wall with the ocean photograph, recovering the dining chairs with a printed fabric, creating a gallery wall in place of the wreath...the list goes on. 

As soon as the stripes go up, I'll let you all take a look. Cross your fingers for this coming weekend to get it done! Wishful thinking???

 

It's September? What?!

When did September creep up on me? I thought I had a blog post or two left before the school year started, but August decided to disappear before I was ready.

Seeing as summer ended without me, I've got a quick round-up of what we were up to during the month of August, both personally and design-wise.

August was supposed to be our calm, stay-at-home month to catch up on things after a crazy beginning of summer. That didn't happen. We ended up not having a single weekend free all month! Between helping my oldest friend move, visiting family and having my mom visit, that was just the beginning!

We spent a weekend visiting my amazing cousin in Napa. A few years ago, on another trip up there, I found the best book for the girls, "Maggie and Maddy: Adventures in Napa Valley." Ever since, we try to do a few of the things the girls do in the story on each of our trips. So of course, we had to go to Butter Cream Bakery for their crazy good pink donuts, some music in Downtown by the river, lunch at Oxbow Market and a trip wouldn't be complete without a quick stop to Domaine Chandon and a walk through Yountville. Trips are decidedly different now that they're kid-centered, so we had to play at the park instead of jumping on the Wine Train. 

The following weekend I had my first trip away from the girls (don't say it, I know it's taken way too long for me to do this). My best friend from college got married in Andrews, North Carolina, at Hawkesdene. It was a beautiful, love-filled weekend, and ridiculously relaxing. It was the perfect way to disconnect and enjoy being with friends that I hadn't seen in way too long. A country wedding doesn't get any better than this.

That left the last weekend before school and I decided I needed to paint three of the walls in the girls' room. I think I'm turning into my mom, I just can't sit still anymore! So the Frozen In Time color from my Stripes, Stripes, Stripes (Part 2) post now covers the bottom third of each of the other three walls. I love it! Now the white crib and bed pop. Simple, but makes the room feel more cozy. And getting a 3 year old's stamp of approval is all I need!

Wish me luck getting my blog-act together for the month of September!