Friday, May 10, 2019

Watching the grass grow

Or at least that's how it feels. I wanted to show some front yard pics since we first moved in and things were just planted. Everything has really taken off.   Obviously I have some weeding and cleaning up to do, but these are to show how everything has grown in so far. 

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 I am super excited to watch all the plants grow and can't wait to give more "AFTER" photos. Also, it would be fun to do a Fall tour as the plants change.

Happy Mother's Day weekend!!

xoxo
Cathleen













Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Guest Room Curtains

The old satin pink curtains that I sewed for the Guest Room just didn't work overall. Nothing seemed cohesive. Originally I thought the pink ceiling would flow downward into the curtains, but no. These new curtains from Anthropologie tie the pink ceiling and gray walls together. I love how rich the color is and how they add a ton of visual interest when you walk past the room. They are nicely lined as well. They are called Odelina in 108" length.  The artist who designed them is Cornelia O'Donovan, a London-based artist who draws inspiration from Celtic Mythology, medieval gardens and transient moments of verdant beauty. Sounds perfect to me. 


I think our guests will find the new TV an added hotel-like addition as well.










I think someday I might change the wall color, not sure yet, but it really is starting to look beige to me, not a light gray. It's Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams currently.

xo
Cathleen

Monday, April 15, 2019

Craftsman Style Window Trim

I have never met a harder working husband than Joe. He busts his butt day in and day out to make sure the kids and I are happy. He works a long day and then spends his days off building stuff, cooking meals, tending to the day to day hustle and bustle of family, dogs, bunnies, fish, the yard. All while keeping his cool and cracking lame dad jokes. Well they are actually quite clever and make us all laugh. He's turning 40 on Wedneday and he gets the day off. :) We all love you Joe!!

Here's his project over Spring Break. Completed all the downstairs windows with Craftsman style trim. 











xoxo
Cathleen

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring has Sprung! (in the bedroom)

The conversation started a while back. "We really need a new mattress honey." "I know, my back hurts and ours is 12 years old!"  Then Joe got paid out for some old vacation time he didn't use and it seemed like a good time to finally take the plunge.  Then it spiraled out of control as per usual when we decide to change one thing.  We ended up choosing a 16" mattress, the bigger the better right? 


Well the mattress showed up, it was really big. We no longer could use our box spring or our old frame. So then I was bed frame shopping. I found a cute gray metal bed online, but the first one came and it was bent. We had to box it all up and return it.  The new one came, and with the old headboard it was too much gray for me. Everything around me was gray!  I needed color!  So then I had the brilliant idea to redo our headboard.


I wanted color and I wanted a happy fabric.  This fabric is called Fabricut Floral Pond Blossom and is a heavyweight 100% cotton fabric, perfect for upholstery projects.   At first I wasn't sure about the green in it, but it turns out I love it. 


With the new Memory Foam mattress it then became hard to sit on the edge without sort of slipping off. Why is that? Lucky for me, the perfect Tommy Hilfiger green velvet upholstered bench was at Home Goods and I snatched it up.


Well, this story as you can see spiraled quickly out of control.  We didn't have any spring bedding that went with the headboard and had to buy a new deep fitted sheet to fit the mattress. It turns out when you have a 16" mattress you need a fitted sheet that is at least 21" deep!


We washed and put away the Flannel winter Duvet cover and choose a pretty feminine duvet cover with dots from West Elm called Candlewick. We have it in the King Size. The blush pillow cases are also from West Elm in Tencel fabric. The white pillow cases are Kate Spade. The fitted sheet is Ralph Lauren Home and the gray flannel blanket is Tahari Home.


There is truly only one thing left to do to this room and it's change out that darn boob light!


The room just feels so much happier now and ready for Spring. 







Happy Spring Break I'm gonna go take nap now! 🌷

xo
Cathleen

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