Saturday, January 26, 2013

Juju hat love

eclectic master

This eclectic bedroom all started with that beautiful lucite box framed Juju hat. 

                                                                        Source: via Katie on Pinterest

(You can find it here at One Kings Lane.)

After posting it on my Facebook page, one of my friends sent me a link for a DIY version from Vintage Farm Furniture. (Thanks again Jennifer!) 

                                                          Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Doesn't that look like the real deal!?

Check out the full tutorial here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If you can't stand the ugliness, get out of the kitchen

We had high hopes of getting new appliances and doing some upgrades in the kitchen with our tax return this year but it's looking like that won't happen. Hooray for medical bills and upcoming root canals/crowns! :(
 Regardless, I'm revisiting our kitchen/dining plans today because I've had new epiphanies and it's fun to day dream right!? I especially need those day dreams as I'm potty training our toddler this week. Pray for me!

  (FYI- this is the longest post ever so if you can hang in until the end kudos to you!)

Here is our hideous, disgusting, 80's kitchen. I can't believe that I'm showing you pictures it's so embarrassing. By the way, aren't soffits the best!?  I'm pretty sure that there is nothing in the one below, except the electrical for that awful track light, either way it will be coming down! 


A view into our beautiful dining room. Yep, you read that right...... not breakfast nook, DINING ROOM! That stupid peninsula is an absolute waste of space and will be ripped out...dishwasher will go flush against the wall and we'll add an L shaped banquette under the window and down the far wall. After we rip out that faux rock of course.


Yet another wonderful soffit, not sure what's in there.

See how far the fridge sticks out into the dining area? Counter depth fridge for sure when we get new appliances and then we'll build it in on the right side.

Isn't it lovely?!? 
(Some of those pictures are from the real estate listing...can you guess which ones? Yikes!)

Enough of that's the plan.


my kitchen 1


my kitchen 2


my kitchen 3

So, here's the specifics:
Brass hardware, probably something similar to these ones on the far right, from Lee Valley Tools...

                                                                           Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Black and white checkerboard flooring, set on a diagonal, probably will be linoleum.

                              Source: via Katie on Pinterest

I know you're all going to tell me to do tile or continue the hardwoods into the kitchen and believe me wood would be my first choice (that's what she said..sorry I can't help myself :) . However, not only do we not have the funds to add more hardwoods, we would have to refinish the entire first floor which means $$$$$$$. The floors are in AWFUL shape in the living room and the's seriously a minefield of drywall screws IN the floor. I guess it was too squeaky in some spots for the previous owners...WHO DOES THAT!??!?!? Also, if we sunk all that money for wood or tile into this house we'd never get it back out if/when we sell in the future.

  Anyway, my in laws have a great checkerboard lino in their laundry room and I'll probably do the same.'s pretty!

Ok, bottom cabinets will most likely be darker but not as dark as my moodboards. Farrow and Balls Down Pipe is a favorite of mine and look how pretty it is with brass hardware!

                                                      Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                             Source: via Katie on Pinterest

I think I want something with a little more green in it though, like this.

                                                        Source: via Katie on Pinterest

I'm definitely planning on painting the window sashes black. It's such a beautiful detail!

                                                                Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                                      Source: via Katie on Pinteres

                                                             Source: Uploaded by user via Katie on Pinterest

                                                                              Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Counter tops will most likely be laminate, yeah, yeah I know it's not ideal. Like I said though we have to think long term and keep the budget VERY small. I love the look of wood counter tops but they are pretty high maintenance. At least there are some decent looking laminates these days.  

                                                                              Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                                        Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Banquette will be built in and look similar to these.

                                                                  Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                        Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                                    Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                               Source: via Katie on Pinterest

So, there you have it. Any amazing ideas or advice you have would be wonderful. 

Anyone have wood counter tops and love/hate them?

Got any great resources for brass hardware or awesome paint colors I should know about?

Talk amongst yourselves while I potty train my two year old........

(All images except laundry room are from my Pinterest)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Paint woes

For the past couple months I've been thinking of painting....again. The living room has been painted twice already since we moved in a year and a half ago.

Here is the color now, furniture is all different of course.

It's a very pale blue/gray.

Which was beautiful when I first painted it (we hadn't ripped out the carpet yet). I had always planned on buying a jute/sisal rug after we took out the carpets, hence the cooler wall color. However when rug plan A changed we ended up getting this beautiful silvery/mint area rug. I love it, it's the perfect color. 
However, with the 'cool' paint color and rug it's too cold, the wall color needs to be warmer. 

I'm thinking it needs to be a warm white, just not too yellow. 

Here is where you come in-my computer monitor is on the fritz and looks like a static-y TV (Migraine city y'all!) so I can't tell what anything looks like. 

I'm thinking something  like this:

                                                                             Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                                         Source: via Katie on Pinterest

(I'm going with a warm white because of my plans for our kitchen, which I'll be sharing soon. Whatever wall color I pick will most likely be on the upper cabinets/open shelves.)

Here is (similar to) what I have going on in the living room right now:

my living room1

I just need help picking a paint color. Pretty sure it'll have to be Behr paint at this point, oh Farrow and Ball I need you in Montana!

I'm thinking Cottage White (on the china cabinet)

                                                         Source: via Katie on Pinterest

                                            Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Too yellow? Let me know what you think because on my computer monitor I can't tell.

I REALLY need to get it fixed!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Western, Rug, & Native American Antique Auction

Oh how I wish I was going to be in Bozeman this weekend!! There is a HUGE auction going on, a lot of it is silent auction online. You can bid online and either pick up your items on Sunday or have them shipped.

They have some B-E-A-UTIFUL rugs.....for SOOOOO cheap- all of these below are under $50 right now and some of them are as big as 9x13!! They also have some great furniture and art.

Go check out the whole auction, it ends tomorrow though so hurry!

How cool is this beaver pelt blanket!?!?!

*MONTANANS-If you have family or or an awesome friend who could pick up your item for you it would be so worth it to bid and arrange for pick later, the prices are amazing! 

Oh and then send me pics of what you get!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

I have a 5 year old?!

Today, five years ago I was given the biggest blessing ever. Motherhood.

After a complicated pregnancy, labor full of surprises and THREE hours of pushing, sweet little Jude Ezra was born.

Kissing a clam on our trip to CA. 

So silly!

Mommy's nightgown and brothers binky

Such a good multitasker! Golfing and talking on the phone.........

and Biking/Swimming

He is such a wonderful big brother!

Sharing his blankie with Phin the day we brought him home from the hospital.

 Happy Birthday Jude! Daddy and I love you so much and we are so proud of what a caring, smart, funny and sweet boy you are!!