Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wine room ideas

So we are getting ready to finish another room, the front room AKA the "Wine Room".  The husband wants to get this done sooner rather than later because he wants a space to hold meetings that is more professional.  So I've been coming up with ideas and color schemes.  I want to stick with neutrals on the furniture pieces but I am dying to have some bold navy in the house.  I love that navy/grey/taupe look, So i'm thinking navy velvet curtains, plush mink colored chairs, a navy rug and some rich rustic wood accents.  We will also put in a small wine fridge but hide it in a credenza.  As for the feature wall, I'm still stuck on doing it up in reclaimed wood but don't want it to be permanent.  I found a product called Stikwood that is stick on and very thin so I can do it myself and it's removable if we should ever move or change our minds but it's EXPENSIVE!  It would be at least $1,200.00 up to $1,700.00 just for that little wall!  We'll see where I'm at with the budget after all of the pieces for the room are purchased, maybe I will do a wallpaper on that wall to save costs.

Love this "window" mirror from Ballard Designs for above the credenza
So I have a budget of $5,000.00 for this room, which sounds like a lot, but furniture is freaking EXPENSIVE!  And good stuff is more, this isn't the college dorms people!  I have issues with scale too with the affordable furniture, I feel like sometimes its made for people who are 4ft tall.  It just can look dwarfed in the space.  Any who...  Here are my ideas below along with links!

These velvet drapes are from West Elm and are moderately priced at $69 each panel and since I will only need 3 it won't be too expensive http://www.westelm.com/products/velvet-pole-pocket-curtain-regal-blue-t865/?pkey=ccurtains-drapes%7Csolid-curtains%7C4294963733&group=1&sku=2107415&cm_src=curtains-drapes||FN-Color-_-FN-Blue-_--_-

I love this chandelier!!! I found this on joss and main https://www.jossandmain.com/On-the-Bright-Side-Odette-Chandelier~SOY7426~E17219.html?keyword=chandelier

another joss and main find, I wanted to replace the light when you walk in the house, slowly all of the ceiling fixtures will become a rich bronze

Joss and Main again!  Not set on this specific one but something like it https://www.jossandmain.com/Handsomely-Appointed-Tia-Sideboard~CTCI3785~E17508.html?keyword=sideboard

This is a chair 2 can surl up and relax in, http://www.homedecorators.com/p/fulham-chair/00/990/ the price isn't too bad but they charge $60 each for shipping... :(  Maybe I'll wait until they do a free shipping deal again.

This rug is from PB and comes in an 8' square size which would be perfect for the 4 chair set up I have in mind!  The price is reasonable too http://www.potterybarn.com/products/desa-bordered-wool-rug-indigo/?pkey=call-rugs&
This is a nice dual zone (red/white) cooler and it's just under $200 and is small enough to fit into a cabinet and be tucked away


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Rugs and cat pee :(

I was so happy to get our rugs in yesterday and also the hall tree is put up (I forgot to take pics, it took 3 hours and I did it by myself but it really is a 2 person job)

I LOVE the rug in the morning room.  The shag rug we got is nice, I expected it to be softer though... but what I'm most upset about is that my husband came and woke me up this morning to tell me Mr. Tickles PEED ON THE NEW SHAG RUG!  Ugh!  This is what I feared... I'm hoping this is a single incident, and that when the rug "airs out" and that chemically smell is gone she won't want to pee on it, cat pee is the WORST!  I saturated the area with Nature's Miracle EXTREME (I buy it by the gallon people... )  and it's upstairs in one of the empty bedrooms for the next week or so...

I didn't even get a chance to take a pic of that rug before we were hauling it up the stairs, but here is what the morning room rug looks like!  And, if anyone has any advice for getting your cat to NOT pee on every rug let me know!  I have the Feliway diffuser going already and I even sprayed the rug with "No Mark!" from Petsmart...  I think she is just too stressed out with all the changes

Sunday, February 1, 2015

decor galore!

I overcame my fear of decor decisions and color!  I went on a shopping spree this past week and now our kitchen and morning room feel so homey!  Just waiting on the rugs and the hall tree those are coming on Tuesday so I'll be sure to post again when those arrive.  Here are some pics of my decor finds mostly from tjmaxx wholefoods and ikea.  I also hung curtains and I did it right by measuring and using a level instead of just eyeballing it like I use to in our rentals lol...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New purchases and the dilemma of accessorizing....

Hello Y'all!  I hope that the blog-o-sphere in the NE is enjoying this cold, snowy weather!  I really hate the snow, at least as an adult.  My husband and I were reminiscing of times when a snow fall like that of late would have us sledding until the cows came home!  Now, it's just an annoyance, though as I was driving to work the other day I reflected on how beautiful the dead woods looked, and the unkempt yards that I drove by, covered in snow making everything look clean and refreshed. Snow is my style, it's white, it's plain, and it's simple.  That is my problem though, I'm terrified of color and pattern, and I'm afraid of making our house look institutional.  So I made some progress with getting the kitchen/mud room and dining room accessorized, but I still have yet to buy anything that isn't grey, black, beige or white!  I'm hoping to add some slate blue into the mix but I think that's as much color as my OCD color fearing brain can handle.

So far, I purchased a rug for the morning room, some dried hydrangeas on Etsy to make a simple (bland lol) arrangement on the table, a cute little message board for the kitchen next to the pantry on the wall, a hall tree for the mudroom, trash can converter for the cabinet in the island, curtains from Ikea, and curtain rods from home depot

I will post up some pics once everything arrives, should have it before our fancy dinner party we are hosting on the 6th next month for our friends.  I'm making my famous lasagna and my Grandma's meta balls recipe, I'm excited to host everyone and cook up a nice big meal and actually use our new morning room chairs for the first time!

Here is the rug that I just bought on Amazon for $409.00 it's an 8' x 11'2 viscose rug by Safavieh.  Free shipping with my Prime membership (best purchase EVER!  I buy sooo much on there, at least a few packages a week are arriving at my door with the "amazon prime" tape on it!)

 Here is what the curtains will look like hung, they look much more expensive, only 50 bucks per PAIR!  What a steal!  They give off that rustic simple charm, very natural

Curtain rods by Home Decorators from Home Depot, $40/ ea they extend to 144" they are simple and will go with the bronze lighting we have now
 Ikea curtains (stock picture from website)
 The hydrangeas I bought on Etsy to make a centerpiece on the table, I hate fake flowers so I opted for Dried, they are only 30 bucks a bunch (not including shipping, which was 16 bucks!) but it's cheap than buying a fake arrangement or a pre-made one, I just want to do something simple, like place them in a rustic wood planter
 Here is the hall tree we got at Home Decorators website, it was on sale and a steal with free shipping, $275.00 including tax

And here is my adorable little message board!  I am OCD, so I HATE puting stuff om my fridge, It gives me chills thinking about it, so this is a cute and decorative solution and it will fill that blank space next to the pantry on the wall, I got it on joss and main

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dinning room chairs... finally!

After about 4 months the dinning room chairs are in from Arhaus!  Well... almost, one of the side chairs broke in transit, so I am waiting on a replacement.  I love the bench, it is my favorite piece!  I love how it is a little more eclectic.  It's casual yet formal with the bench and the wing chairs, and since we never eat at it we consider it our "formal" dinning space.

Greyson Bench and Greyson Chairs in custom fabric, Linen Natural, old gold finish nail heads and black legs
Side chairs are the Cadence in Black with chair pads in Antwerp Tan

And I want to wish all my blogger friends a Merry Christmas!  I hope it's a safe and happy holiday for everyone!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ceiling woes and a bloody turkey....

I knew it was too good to be true, we haven't really had any major issues with our RH Venice, but the cracking in the joint of the ceiling and the walls in the master bathroom is getting on my last nerve!  When they came to fix them last, I thought it was just settelment, nothing out of the ordinary, but I guess they said it was just going to keep happening because there is something going on in the roof structure that is basically pulling on the cieling, hopefully it can be fixed... I'm out of my 1 yr but this is structural so hopefully I wont get a hassle about it!  I know I will though....

Here are some pics of the cracking... not fun to look at when you're brushing your teeth!  Anyone else have this same issue??

I also wanted to do a quick Thanksgiving post, I don't have the pics yet from my mom but will be posting those when I get them.  This year we host our first ever Thanksgiving dinner!  My parents came along with my husbands parents and 2 brothers, and also my family's good friends who I have known since I was bout 7 years old came with their youngest daughter, all in all, it was a great time!  I did cook a bloody turkey though!  I trusted my meat thermometer and stabbed that sucker in every spot to check the temp and it said it was overdone!  Well, needless to say hen we went to carve him he wasn't done at all... so we ate a little later than planed!  But I will day, DON'T put that bird back in if he's not done and you've rested him, just slice what you need, put it in a pan with some broth and cover with foil, it ended up turning out just fine!

Here's a pic of my table all set, I had 2 tables since we had 11 people, I'm getting out real dining room chairs/bench delivered from Arhaus here in the next few weeks just in time for Christmas, I'm thinking of hosting a friends dinner for the holidays and trying out some new recipes and pretending like i'm a chef on chopped, I've always wanted to make a "foam" or flambe something!

Oh an not to toot my own horn but.. TOOT TOOT!  I installed a dimmer switch by myself!  I was so proud... it was my first time doing anything electric work related and I didn't get zapped!  I did install it up-side-down though... so on is off and off is on... but hey it WORKS! :)

 I got the runner from Michael's, just a cheap-o burlap runner, it was 12.99 with a 40% off coupon, SCORE!!

Oh, and I just had to share the SWEET socks I got from my Aunt... she is a vegetarian which makes it more ironic I think!  She know I LOVE meat!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let there be light!

I'm so thrilled with our new lighting and it's FINALLY UP!  I just have 2 holes in my ceiling now though from the old can lights :( they won't be able to come and repair the ceiling until after Thanksgiving, and I'm hosting this year for the first time!  I'm researching cooking a turkey like a mad woman online and trying to figure out the best way, to bag or not to bag? breast side up or down? baste no baste? It is all so conflicting!

But aside from the turkey drama, we had our Lydia mini chandeliers installed above the island and OMG they look AMAZBALLS!  They are like little earrings for my kitchen :)  I love how the Ballard Designs chandelier in the morning room goes perfect even though they are from 2 different stores, I think the simple elegance of the big chandelier helps to not overwhelm the space and it lets the Lydia's shine.  The light they cast is so beautiful!

We also had the whole downstairs painted in a Benjamin Moore color called Edgecomb grey but we had it done by Sherwin Williams in the Duration finish (which is totally scrub-able!) they actually have BM's color formulas so it is an exact match, it's very neutral but not beige it is a warm grey that will go with just about anything.  Our painters did an amazing job too, if you are in the Pittsburgh area, I recommend Freshcoat Painter of Cranberry, they did a FLAWLESS job.  It was about $2,200.00 to paint the downstairs, the upstairs hallway and stairway but it was well worth it, they were done in 2 days where as I would take 2 months and it would look like crap!

Next up will be the living room, we are ordering a sofa and love seat from Leathergroups.com it looks JUST like the RH Maxwell sofa but for WAY less and it's the same leather from the same tannery in Italy, and it's AMERICAN made, not from China!  They take 8-10 weeks but it's worth it.

Here's the sofa from Leathgroups.com we are getting it in the 108" and a 72" love seat

Here are my sparkly kitchen "earrings"!

Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore