It’s snowing…like a lot…and school is probably cancelled again tomorrow. I feel like we have been pretty lucky this winter….so I am just going to try to enjoy staying in my jammies for a few days…hope it is warmer where you are!
I am busy working out the final details for this year’s charity playhouse I told you about last week. It is really coming together beautifully and I cannot wait to see Noah and Gabe’s reaction!! I wanted to share with you some of the fun details I am incorporating into Gabe’s Train Station.
Here is the mood board for the train station side. Many of these things could be incorporated into a little boys/girls room also. I have many many factors to consider. One being that Gabe’s favorite color is lime (neon) green. I wanted to take this color into account…while still fitting in the train theme. The other factor I have to consider is the ceiling is same color in the Church and in the Train Station. Porter Paint has graciously donated all of our paint…so we are trying to make as few request as possible.
The first thing I bought was this large mural it is 9 feet wide by 7 feet tall it comes in two panels and is adhered to the wall like a vinyl. When you open the door to the train station this will be the first thing you see on that big wall. I thought it would be really cool to make it look like the train was approaching the station and this vinyl from magic murals was a perfect fit. We’re going to do a wainscot treatment that mimics rail road tracks that will also be a bookshelf. Cannot wait to share that when we install it!
Mark is working on a train track “rail” for the spindles and railing in the loft area too. There will be stairs made from pine and oak. The color Gabe likes is a pretty bright green so I had to mute it down a little bit. Ceilings will be Aqua Sparkle (PPG).
The other fun things that I’m going to incorporate–a pulley so that when you’re in the loft area you can pull up a basket of snacks to the person who is above. This is something we have at our lake house and it was always such a big hit! We are going to incorporate a chalkboard that will have arrival and departure signs… along with Gabe’s Train Station sign. I made the sign yesterday and it really came out cute! As for the exterior colors we are going to do white siding on the whole entire play house, a red metal roof, gray door, red trim and accents of beige. It will really look like an old time train depot:)
A ticket taking window with a shelf along with some “ticketing” tools will sit in front of one of the windows. I found some railroad nails that I’m going to try to incorporate some sort of hook system for him to hang up his engineering hat and any other pretend play things that he might want to hang up. L & N credit union is helping us out and has donated some things like traditional railroad crossing signs… a bell to ring , and some bean bag chairs for lounging.
It really has been so rewarding to be a part of this….we are getting close to the big reveal! TIme to get busy!
Guess what!?!? Our new family room light is being installed today…..cannot wait to see it up! I think it will make a huge difference in this room. I am chit chatting today about the Pantone color of the year. Have you seen it yet? When I first saw the color all I could think of was 80’s. But I thought it would be fun to play around with it a bit….
When is Marsala ever a good idea? And we ain’t talking about the wine….because that’s always a good idea am I right or am i right? I’m talking about the Pantone Color of the Year Marcella. It’s kind of a purplish pinkish color that I’m not naturally drawn to. I feel like I say this fairly often when it comes to the color of the year. I tend to not really be too trendy. My tastes have changed over the years but the color palette I think that I have now I have always naturally been drawn to…although there was definitely a phase I went through of jewel tones. I do feel much more comfortable in a relaxed cool palette with soft furnishings.
The Pantone Color of the Year is not really my style but I thought it would be fun to come up with a way incorporate it into a room. I think when you add in little bitty pieces of trendy colors like this it make sure home feel updated but still very much your style.
I put a mood board together that would introduce the color of the year. My board came our more pink than “terracotta” …but still in the mood of this Marsala color. Sometimes all it takes is an art piece or a vase or maybe a special rug to pull out certain colors that you might otherwise would have overlooked. Mixing it in with natural colors and tones….along with a little bit of bling….I could see this working really well together.
All of the buying list for this mood board can be found on my Olioboard. Are you looking to update a space in your home this year? I would love to help you out. Just check out Design Services tab at the top of the blog to find out more information. Have a great weekend friends and stay warm!
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Popping in to share two designs that are centered around some really cool rugs. My friends at Kalaty.com rugs invited me to put together two rooms that are based on two styles of rugs that they sell on their website. I was inspired by the warm colors of fall and winter. What is great about a fabulous rug is that it can be multi seasonal just based on the furnishings and accents that you put in the room. Either of these rooms would look great in the summer by just adding in a few different tones in the accents.
The blue rug here can play cool in the spring and summer by adding a touch of pinks and whites. Here it looks great just for the holidays with accents of gold and cranberry colors. The right rug can make such a difference in a room. I was very impressed with the large selection and also uniqueness of some of their rugs. I would encourage you to look at some of their newest rug collections contemporary,ikat, and southwestern styles. Many of them are unique and could make all the difference in your living space.
The other rug that I chose is a bit outside of my comfort zone. I am typically not drawn to Southwestern styles but I found the colors in this rug so warm and inviting. It made me think of the library with a roaring fire some good wine and a great book. All of the buying list for these collections can be found on my only board here and here. Also be sure to check out all the rug collections at the Kalaty website.
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Hi all! How was your weekend? We are getting settled and have enjoyed having friends stop by to see us in our new home. Our new neighbors have been so wonderful too. On our moving in day our next door neighbors brought a bunch of groceries, flowers and wine;) #superhelpful! We are enjoying see this house come together. And I will be sharing with you in the coming months little projects here and there as we make it our own. We are off to the beach on Wednesday for a couple of weeks….so I will be back up to my regular blogging schedule in August. (let’s hope I have internet by then;) I am going to share with you a few oldies but goodies post for the next couple weeks….in case you are new here….or maybe you didn’t see them the first time around. And as always, you can catch me in “real time” on instagram and facebook:)
Today I wanted to share with you a Master bedroom that I e-designed (that sounds’ so fancy….really I just gave them an idea of where to start.) The Kent’s were in search of a serene Master bedroom. They wanted the colors soft, but modern—cool but comfortable…easy to live with but very put together. Here was my suggestions….it was a hit with hubs and wife:) Win win:)
I based almost the whole room off this picture from Art.com. The colors are just so serene….and can be matched up with several pops of color to make the room personal.
The room definitely has a coastal vibe (which is my go to style…as you know:) but this look can also be very modern…but with out being stuffy. A creamy upholstered headboard with a nail head trim grounds the space. A mirrored dresser, silver chair and white nightstands all look like they belong together even though they all came from different stores.
Pulling in coral and navy and even a little lime green on the bedding and artwork cut up some of the blue tones. Using some different textures like rattan, banana leaf, and bamboo is a great way to make the space feel like it isn’t too matchy matchy—and more like a nice resort:)
When you can end your day in a room that feels like you are in a luxury beach front resort….well, that my friends is livin the dream:) Don’t wait to go on vacation to stay somewhere nice….make your space a vacation everyday!
Back today with another reader redesign. I am having so much fun with these! If you sent me pictures just be patient…I promise to get to everybody:) Today I am sharing a mud room for a reader named Suzanne. She recently painted her laundry room this sage green and the floors are new too. The space is nice and big…just needs a little direction.
Here are some ideas I have for this space….
I think that sage green is a great color for the space…but I would love to see it brightened up a bit. Mixing in some cool blue may be just the ticket! I love the idea of a blue striped runner rug…along with some green/blue window panels…or maybe café curtain? The one in the picture below is from Target.com
Adding in some industrial style shelving will add a little edge and make the space feel updated. A splash of blue on a fancy mirror will help everyone look their best as they leave the house.
Unique hooks for bags and purses are always handy. I love the idea of a floral upholstered chair…you could find one at a tag sale and fix it up new.
A large painted chalkboard is a great place to add in to do list and grocery needs. Frame it out in a pretty blue for a pop of color.
A tall potted plant by the window…along with some interesting and colorful art will help make doing laundry that much easier;)
To see my complete buying list….click over to my Olioboard:)
Happy weekend friends!
Sidenote: I have a blogging friend who has really been through it these past few months. Her mom just past away and her sister’s husband is dying from an inoperable brain tumor….they are a young family with 3 young children. We are rallying to raise some money to send them to Disney before he passes….if you have a dime to spare…I would sure appreciate it. I know Aimee personally and I know this would mean the world to her to be able to put this trip together for her sister’s family. Thanks friends:)
Here is the paypal address… firstname.lastname@example.org
xoxo (feel free to pass it along to your generous friends:)