Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape

So my in-laws are coming into town for Thanksgiving, all the way from Hawaii! So the big meal has been on my mind lately. In years past my Thanksgiving table was a hodge podge of various glasses that didn't quite match and children's place settings at the same table that didn't match either.  This year I'm looking for a more cohesive look. Something that says, casual yet elegant. Sophisticated, yet playful. Can I have it all?  I'm leaning towards creamy whites, linens, gold, and lots of texture for my table. Here are some inspiration photos I found for creating my table.






Can't wait to pull ideas together. I'm spray painting pumpkins as we speak!


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Halloween costumes 2015

I'm glad my kids pick the Halloween themes sometimes because this year we've been so busy that my creative juices were lacking. My oldest son is SUPER into the Rick Riorden book series, staring Percy Jackson. So he wanted to be Percy Jackson and the rest of us are his gods and goddesses.  My husband dressed as Dionysus, God of wine. It was pretty awesome getting drink refills from him during the neighborhood party we attended.  I dressed as Hera, Goddess of women and children.  My middle son was Perseus, one of the most celebrated Greek Heroes. My daughter is Artemis, Goddess of the hunt.  It was pretty fun channeling our inner Greek goddesses and gods.  We all felt great in our costumes and everyone had a great Halloween. Below you'll find details of our costumes.

My hair and makeup were the most fun parts of getting ready for Halloween.  I found really fun clip in hair from Beauty World.  Originally I bought 18" straight hair, but when I tried curling it, it just wouldn't hold. So I went back to the store and the nice women let me exchange it for wavy hair.  I curled the rest of my hair with a 1" rod to get the same texture as the clip in hair. It blended seamlessly.  The hair band was from Target and the gold spray painted leaf completed the whole look. I went heavy on the makeup, even applying fun long lashes.  I seriously had so much fun, and now wishing my hair could grow quickly back to look like this naturally.

Percy Jackson 
Orange Camp Half Blood t-shirt = Swagge
Blue Hoodie and Jeans = Old Navy
Sword = Rubies Long Roman sword =

Clash of the Titans Costume =
Sandals = DSW

Youth Wooden Bow and Arrow set = SGSmall
Quiver for Arrows sewn by me from Cotton Duck fabric
Dress = RG Costumes Athena
Hair Braid = Sally's Beauty Supply

White Twin Sheet = Already owned
Brow Ribbon for belt
Wreath Hair Crown, spray painted gold leaves from craft store and hot glued faux grapes to it.
Jug of Wine = Grocery Store

White fabric dress = 2 yards of white fabric from Joann Fabrics
Gold belt = gold trim from Joann Fabrics
Gold Head band = Target
Gold tattoos = Target
Gold Jewelry = Personal collection
Earrings = Kate Spade
Hair (yes I said Hair) =synthetic clip in hair from Beauty World.

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Until next year, the Mortals of Peahen Pad.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

E.Claire's Big Girl Room Reveal

What started out as "just a new" bed for our daughter who's about to turn 5, turned into an entire new room. But of course.  Why wouldn't it be a simple project?  Here's the BEFORE picture of her room, with blue walls and popcorn ceiling.  

I spent an entire day scraping off the popcorn, using a water bottle, popcorn scraper with bag attachment, safety goggles, and my dust mask. I took all of the furniture out the room and covered the floors to make clean up easier.  It took me just one morning to get the popcorn down, ceiling sanded etc.  

Over the next two days, I painted the ceiling pink (Benjamin Moore's Powder Blush in Satin) and the walls white (Olympic's Snow Storm in Satin.)  I stenciled three of the walls using Royal Design Studio's snow leopard stencil. Joe added crown molding and the trim got a high gloss white paint.

Here is the Glorious AFTER! Details and source list at bottom.  I am thrilled how it turned out. Never know with such a bold print on the walls.

Her Gallery Wall turned out delightful. I pulled together things she had in her old room and added some new prints from around the web.

Lots of pink, white and gold hints in the room. Most of the frames used are either white, black or gold.

Her "play" corner. 

The shelves are from Ikea, but I painted the brackets with gold spray paint. I also gave that hallow frame a gold coat.


This basket was painted gold (used to be coral.)

This vintage light bulb doesn't need a shade. I simply wrapped up the cord with white ribbon and tied an accent bow around the base.

This was an old desk hand made by a neighbor's grandfather. It was sitting in the boy's closet for quite some time. Glad it worked out in my design plans. I sanded the whole thing down and gave the top a weathered gray stain and the bottom a few coats of white.


We raised the height of the curtain rod above E's closet. The old curtain was flimsy and bent, so I bought a black rod with crystal finials. The curtains are by Nicole Miller.

The white and gold polka dot bedding from Target had me at Hello. Perhaps the one thing I was absolutely certain of in this whole project. It's so soft too.

The Moroccan trellis shag rug from Overstock is like walking on a cloud. I'm in heaven.

 One Happy Girl!

Source List
Bed -Pottery Barn sleigh bed (Refinished in Olympic Storm in Satin)
Desk -Hand Made with a Gray Wood Stain on Top, white on bottom
Bookcases - Ikea
Bedding -Target
Pink Pouf Pillow -Home Goods
White pillow at Desk -Came with bedding set from Target
Rug -Moroccan Trellis Shag, Overstock
Pin Board - Home Goods
White small bookcase -Craigslist find, refinished in White
Closet Curtains -Nicole Miller
Window Curtains -Target, with blush ribbon trim added by me
Wall Stencil -Royal Design Studios Snow leopard design
Wall Color -Olympic Snow Storm and Benjamin Moore Powder Blush
Desk Accessories -Home Goods
Under Bed Storage -Kid Kraft trundles
Heart String Lights -Target
Acrylic Chair
White Wicker Basket -Target
Play Kitchen -Ikea
Shelves -Ikea


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