Sunday, August 6, 2017

Vintage, Gold, Dream(y) Inspired Bedroom

I have been planning my little whipper snappers room for awhile. I was totally inspired by this gold vintage bed frame. One of our close friends was gracious enough to give it to us, can you believe that!? I was blown away by how sweet that was. Our friend had bought it when it was covered in rust and he refinished it in this beautiful inspiring gold. The second item that inspired me for this room was this dream pillow that I ordered from TjMaxx.com. So from those two items I just ran with what was already happening. 

Vintage, gold, dream(y). I ran across this comforter from Target for $5!! Does that ever happen at Target, it doesn't happen to me at least. So I knew it was fate and I was meant to get it for this dream room in the making. It was the perfect way to incorporate a little bit of black into the girly color scheme I already had made, it needed a good contrast. The comforter was just the thing! 

I know you all have seen book walls popping up everywhere, they really aren't a new thing, but when Joanna Gaines used one in her decor at the Silos it brought it back into style. I adore a good book wall so I had to use it in here and put my own spin on it. I found four paper back books from the thrift store. All in different sizes so I could have a variety in sizes when I put them up on the wall. Because of Winn Dixie was one of the books I found at the thrift store, it could not have been more perfect and special because I loved that book when I was a youngin'! Plus, at each chapter they had a really big number so that was a fun little touch I was able to incorporate. Then I just ripped the pages off from the books and then put them on the wall using. . . are you ready for the secret to a book wall . . . Duct tape. Okay, maybe it isn't a secret, but it works. Once I had ripped most of the pages out of the books it was pretty easy to put the now slim book on the wall. I tried to use duct tape for this, but it didn't work so I ended up using tiny little nails for the majority of the book, and then I folded over the book pages and duct taped those onto the inside of the book, that way it hid the nails. 

The folded book pages ended up being the perfect flower vases for the pink ranunculus, and white flowers. I also wanted to add some of the strawberry baskets I found, so I just nailed those up where I thought they looked the best at. For the little folded book pages I just used one of the sheets of pages I had ripped out of the book and folded it up and duct taped it. 

I am a true fan of repurposed side tables so when I found these two mini chairs for $3 a piece I snagged them up real quick (picture me throwing them in my cart and the legs sticking out everywhere, fun times.) They fit the space perfectly and I think they add another pop of vintage flare to the room. 

My favorite part about this whole project was when Amelia saw it, she absolutely loved it. She told me that she wanted to show al of her friends. How sweet is that, it made the whole process so worth it. She is all girl, and I love it!

Anyways, I want to encourage you to step out of your decor comfort zone and try something new, and add your own flare to it! If you love it than that is all that matters. 

Enjoy the process,


Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Beginning of Our Home Chronicles

When we first moved into this home I knew we had some interior design projects ahead of us. This house is very builder grade. What I mean by builder grade is that everything is very simple and plain jane. We searched and searched for the house that "sung" to us, but we never really found one. There weren't a ton of housing options and we really needed a home quickly. Noblesville (which is in Hamilton County), where we live now, is a suburb of Indianapolis and I just found out that this area is the number one growing county in the Country. That is crazy, can you even imagine. So we had a ton of competition in the summer when we were trying to find a home. Our realtor said that most homes he had sold he had gotten several offers for the home and people had to start bidding above the asking price.
Back to our story. We searched and searched for the "perfect" home, I mean to the point where I think our realtor was pretty sure we were never going to find one. We actually looked at this super cute farmhouse in the country that had a huge area for a garden and a chicken coop, and extra land. The poor house just needed a lot of work. More work then Shane or I could do. The house needed modern electricity, the well was dry, the foundation was off, it probably needed at-least 100k put into it. I was totally up for the challenge, but we really needed a home that we could live in right away.
So I started making a list of things I really wanted in our home. I knew I wanted a big kitchen, a large living room for hosting, a dining room, a bonus room, two bathrooms, and three bedrooms. We had looked at several homes that were "builder grade" that didn't have any charm to them and they didn't strike me as what I was looking for. We actually looked at the house we ended up buying the first couple days of our search, but I was still holding out for a house with some charm.
We finally found a home that met my criteria and it was in a gorgeous part of town and it actually had an adorable sun room attached to it, so we put a bid on it and started the paperwork and they accepted our offer. It was time for the house inspection and this is where our plan for this home all blew up. The inspection came back terrible!!! So many things were broken and not up to code, all of the windows in the house were broken in some way, the crawl space and the attic had mold, etc. Yikes! So we backed out of the house. This is when the discouragement started to sneak in, but we kept looking and we knew God had the perfect home for our family.
The search continued, and at this point I am really feeling bad for our realtor. A couple days later he took us to a home that I instantly had the feeling of this is "the one" so my hubby and I started getting so excited, our realtor is smiling and literally said, "I didn't think I would ever hear the words, I love this house, come out of your mouth." So we put an offer in and everything looked good our spirits were lifted and we were so excited. Until boom, we get a call that apparently there were a ton of back taxes on the home so we weren't going to get the loan. What!!! No way is this happening. Oh, and I forgot to mention that we were living with my In-laws this whole time. They were amazing and so kind to let us stay there, but we were ready to find our own home.
So we waited for a couple days to go by before we went to look at houses again. At this point I've cried, my hubby has cried, my mom cried for us, and we started thinking okay should we just buy an apartment for a little while. We hated this idea because we are not renters we love owning our home and we love having the freedom to change anything at anytime.
Thankfully our realtor said, "hey guys some new houses have come on the market lets go and look at them". So we agreed and we went to go and see some, but I really did not like any of them. During this whole process I was actually thinking about the layout of the home we ended up buying. The one we saw on the first couple days of house hunting. I had been thinking about how I loved how the house was set up and I think I could work with it and give it some character. I started to look at it as a blank space and not so much as a "builder grade" home.
So we put an offer on it and the third time was the charm because everything worked out perfectly. We fell in love with our home in Deer Path! It is a great neighborhood. We have a great park that has tennis courts, basketball courts, a gorgeous walking trail, and a pool. Our house has everything and more than I wanted. We have a huge living room, a bonus room, a big kitchen, a laundry room, a dining room, three bathrooms, three bedrooms, a fenced in yard, a two car garage, and a great entry way. We feel super blessed and we are so glad that we were patient and waited for the perfect home God blessed us with.
Now that we are finally settled in we have started working on some projects to give this home some character.

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