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Playroom / Brass Chandelier Update!

The easiest and most noticeable quick fix I have done to the house in this dining room flip. Reegan’s toys multiply. Seriously, I have maybe bought her 3 toys in her life, but her grandparents and family members are just the sweetest and she is not in need. That’s for sure. The house was full of toys just everywhere, with no place to be put away, and I just couldn’t take it. So one day Jeff was working late, and I headed over to Sherwin Williams to grab paint. I can not be left unsupervised.

After MUCH trial and error, I can tell you Sherwin Williams ProMar200 is hands down the best paint ever. I kept trying Behr, and it just doesn’t go on the same. ProMar200 is everything. I decided on Taupe Tease for the new playroom and it is the perfect off white shade I have ever seen. I am super close to repainting the den with Taupe Tease (A Behr shade I color matched) as well. It is warm, but not beige, and it doesn’t shine blue or yellow. It’s flawless. 1 day of elbow grease and a gallon and a half of paint and this gold dining room morphed into a whimsical playroom.

ProMar200 is a professional grade paint and they originally wants $60 a gallon for it, but with some sweet talking and a crazy toddler in hand, they gave me the pro discount. I believe it was around $24.

The chandelier was also driving me nuts, but I wasn’t interested in spending money on new lighting for a transitional room. So, I grabbed some matte high heat white spray paint (took 2 cans), some LED light bulbs, some twine, and a ribbon and DIY’d that baby up. It didn’t take long at all and I’ll make a quick separate post about the detail of that and link it.

Switching the bulbs to LED was vital. The original light bulbs got blazing hot and I would NOT put them near twine.

You can also check out the easy DIY I did making that sweet chalk table. We use it every single day.

 

At the end of the day, does a family of 3 with a toddler really need a dining room? Probably not.

BEFORE

AFTER

 

** Photos are from my iPhone, I would apologize for them being lower quality than normal… but there are only 24 hours in a day. 

Summer Style Inspiration

I have an Rodan+Field beach retreat coming up at the end of this month and I’m so excited. It’s amazing to know that these are the women I will get to travel with forever. And we will get to go on these awesome trips because we are helping people change their lives and embrace their healthiest skin. Plus we get to keep adding fun people to the crew.

Make Your Own Kids Chalk Table || DIY

This is the easiest DIY you will ever do! Seriously. Jeff’s mom gave us this cute out door kids patio table, but I had an idea for it. A Chalk Table! I DIY’d this little baby into a little art table asap, and it’s possibly Reeg’s favorite thing. She loves to sit and color. And the BEST part?! Chalk comes out!! (Hooray for a Mom Hack!) So, while I haven’t let her play much with crayons and markers, she is always covered in chalk. And there is zero need to get stressed over it.

What You’ll Need For Your Chalk Table:

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod :: Guest Room

I love a good DIY. And even more when it’s the cheaper option.

When we bought the house, the downstairs room was actually an open entry way office. And while those windows are incredible for an office, it became quickly apparent that we would need a downstairs guest room for our parents. We decided to have Home Depot place some french doors on the room and convert it into an airy guest room. Because this  is at the entrance of the house light , and these windows are a huge source of light downstairs, keeping the room light and bright were a must. French doors made the most sense. They match pocket doors that lead into the dining room, and it makes it where if we ever were to sell, the next owners can decide if they want it to be an office again. It was a win-win all around.

There are perks to living in a home well thought out by a developer like John Wieland (Like the basement being stemmed for a bathroom); but there are also annoyances like not being able to match anything. I called the John Wieland company to try and get specifics for the french doors to match the pocket doors, but they had zero info for me. They didn’t care to be honest. So, I got over my perfectionism (with a help from a few friends), and headed to Home Depot. The customer service at our Home Depot was great. They gracefully dealt with my anxiety and installed the doors and transom for us without faltering.

But now that guest room needed a little privacy!

Patio Inspiration

“Winter is over, which means just one thing…” – Olaf

It means that I’m in our backyard with Reegan on a daily basis. Seriously. This kid wakes up, grabs her shoes, and walks to the back door. I feel pretty lucky to have a backyard after 13 years in apartments, but as of right now, there’s no where to lounge and chill. So as I sit in the grass, I often day dream about what patio furniture I would love on our patio and deck. The list of things to get for this house is never ending, so it’ll be a hot second (Jeff says years. Dear Sweet Jesus…) before we actually get these pieces… But this is what I’m thinking…

** Details Under $50 at the bottom!**

1. Rocklin Set || 2. Bistro Set || 3. Woodstock Wooden Set || 4. Porto Loveseat

You Are Super Mom.

Super-Mom

Ok. I can’t take it anymore. You need to know this.

The other day is was checking in with my friend who is 2 weeks postpartum, and she just kept sounding like she felt like she sucked at this whole mom thing. She doesn’t. She has a beautiful healthy baby. She is giving him so much love, has help from her wonderful family, has all of his best needs in the forefront of her mind, and she’s still running her business. While on a “maternity leave” that basically just means she is working from home.

The pressure is out of control.

Checking In

Here we are. A few long and delirious weeks in our new home. 90% of our belongings trapped on a dock in Nassau, the other 10% put away in some haphazard ‘we have no furniture’ way. The air is beginning to crisp. My favorite uniforms (sweaters, jeans and boots) are back in play. And the holidays are quickly approaching. So, how are we?

Well. We are doing amazing. Sure, Jeff’s hours are longer than they were the last few years, and Reegy’s ability to get into EVERYTHING is growing daily. I’m exhausted by her consistently have more energy than me, but I have never been happier. Cheesy. Fine. But true. Slowly we are making this house our home. And while the vast empty spaces are far from ‘finished’, they are quickly filling with memories and love.