Peep Wreath: Is this really a good idea?

4.17.2014

Now I love Peeps as much as the next person. I have been known to put away a box of Peeps in the bathtub while watching TV. But do we really want to hang a wreath made of sugar on the front door?


I have one word for you: Ants.

Don't believe everything you see on Pinterest.

I will be taking the weekend off for various Holy Week festivities. I hope that you and yours have a Happy Easter  - He is Risen! Hallelujah!

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Come on In: Living Room

4.15.2014

Today I am participating in Andrea's Come On In linkup. Momfessionals has quickly become one of my favorite blogs to read - I like Andrea's spunky, cheerful attitude and she honestly has three of the cutest kids ever - and I know cute kids.

We just did the Home Tour last month but this gives me the opportunity to go behind the scenes and talk about how the living room came together. And share some lessons that I learned.

Okay, let's dish. We built our house almost exactly five years ago and one of the things that we liked about it is that the kitchen opened up into the living room. Our house is a custom/spec house hybrid. It had walls, brick and tile in the kitchen when we put a contract on it so from then on we were able to customize it. This is the second time that we have done this and for me, it is the way to go. I don't think I would have the patience to build a house from scratch!

With a 1-year-old and 4-year-old at the time, the open rooms came in very handy because I could cook while they played and watched TV. 

2009:


We sheet rocked over the mantle box because our TV was wider than the space. I was surprised that builders still did that.


So yellow, so bright. It is not really this bright in person.

Today:


I will say that if you do an open concept living room, put outlets in the floor unless you want your lighting to outline the wall. Lesson learned.


My house has no specific design aesthetic other than, "Stuff Katie Likes". The rug and owl print is modern; the leather recliner, trim and woven shades are traditional; the decorative metal wall art is shabby chic and the basset hound pillow is just awesome.

It is not a large room, more like a den, but it serves our purpose. I can see us probably outgrowing it when the kids get a little older but we also have a playroom upstairs which is where the kids chillax. I used very neutral colors because the kids' spaces are so colorful, this is our room to relax and watch television. I don't like ceiling fans so I went with a crackled glass light fixture in here that we never use.  It can be seen in this (rather blurry) Instagram picture -


Baxter says, "Yo."

We have a two story foyer that also opens into the living room. You know the bench, aka Time Out chair:


We have a lot of trim and wainscoting - and ended up adding more about six months after moving in. Another lesson learned: do not paint your staircase with flat paint. It only took a few months for it to become filthy. The trim guys came back and installed the wainscoting and The Engineer and I painted it white - a very durable, washable white.

In my ongoing commitment to top-notch photography, I snapped this picture with my phone.


One of these days I would like to do something interesting with the stairs. My friend Christy painted chevrons on her staircase and while hers is made of Win, can you imagine the horrors that would befall if I tried to paint stripes on the staircase? 

Let's talk about rope lighting. I love rope lighting in a tray ceiling - it gives off a very subtle light that is nice at night when I need to get to an upset child and I would rather not fall down the stairs doing so. But. Make sure you put in the long-lasting LED lights, not the cheapo rope lighting, otherwise you will find yourself a few years later hiring an electrician to replace the rope lighting. It is not a big deal if it is in a regular room but when you are talking about a two-story foyer, replacing the rope lighting is not easy and not cheap. You can see a bit of the tray ceiling that stretches across our foyer.


Thank you for stopping by and thanks to Andrea for hosting! 

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T4T | Marilyn Monroe

While "Happy" is still on my short list for smooth work out grooves, I am really digging this too:


I think that this will be the perfect summer jam.

Happy Tune for Tuesday!


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