Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Five Favorite Ideas for Decorating Teen Rooms

Hi friends! It was still summer for our last My Five Favorites, that month flew by and here
we are already in the midst of  fall! This month my blogging pals and I are sharing our
 favorite ideas for kiddos' rooms, mine are all focused on teen rooms. I love helping them
create spaces that reflect their personality and they're usually pretty opinionated about it. :)
I'm anxious to see what everyone has on their favs' list, be sure to check them out:   

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I'm excited to share our guest, Julie @ Julie Blanner,  I'm smitten with her refreshing
style, she has quite the talent for creating perfectly edited spaces. Actually, I have a confession
 to make - I tried to emulate her style for my Christmas decor one year, it truly looked like I
 just moved in and only unpacked one box! SO bad! Simply put, her minimalist style is
 stunning, as is her beautiful photography.       

Julie Blanner

Today I'm changing it up from my usual format to make it easier to visualize how you
 can pull together all my five favorite ideas in one room. Here are four rooms each with
a collection of all my favs.  

#1 Unexpected Lighting
#2 Custom Artwork
#3 Custom Pillows
#4 Mix of Styles
#5 Unique Bed/Headboard

Sophisticated Teen Boy's Room

My son and I had so much fun revamping his room, I can't believe it's been five years! :( 
A menswear glen plaid was the starting point for this sophisticated mix, we used it on an
upholstered headboard and box springs. The artwork is a mix of a custom abstract, framed
prints, poster and a Nike shopping bag. We call the abstract 'tennis match.'  

We mixed lighting styles, a brass swing arm work lamp and floor lamp with a green tweed 
fabric covered shade. 


Teen Sports Cave 


We created a built-in look with wall to wall bookcases flanking the headboard, and added
a pair of industrial outdoor lights to the sides of the bookcase. We snaked the wiring through
 the bookcase to the outlet behind it. For a sharp mix we included a handsome lamp with
 textured shade. Sentimental sports photos memorabilia was the artwork of choice.

Bright Bold Teen Girl's Room 

We gave a traditional four poster bed and vintage nightstands new life with fresh paint, 
and added drama with a canopy net. A few custom pillows pulled our color palette together.

We used a traditional lamp on the nightstand and a floor lamp in the reading nook.
I love using a budget friendly, fabric covered lampshade for a fun dose of pattern.

Fresh Modern Teen Girl's Room

Vintage bamboo furniture paired with a modern lucite chair and unexpected chrome task
lamp gave us a fun eclectic style. A custom pink zebra bolster added pizazz to store bought
 bedding. To keep the gallery wall from being overly busy we framed all the art in white
frames and mats.   

Be sure to check out my talented friends' favs too:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
Julie @ Julie Blanner

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Five Favorites - Beauty Products

Hi friends, hope you've had a wonderful summer, in my book it's not officially
 over until the first day of fall. We're still embracing beautiful weather, al fresco
 dining, and soaking up every last bit of summer activities. It's time for another
 edition of My Five Favorites, this month we're dishing on Beauty/Fashion.
I love finding tried and true, new to me products and can't wait to see what my
 blogging pals are sharing today! 

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I've known this month's guest, Cindy @ Rough Luxe Lifestyle, for several years she
 is the BIGGEST sweetheart, and classy and cute as can be. She's one of those people
that's true to her own style, be it fashion or interior design, and has a great eye for pulling
 together the prettiest combinations. You'll love checking out her current outfit inspiration,
 home and garden, or her latest meal and table setting when she's entertaining (like the one
 at her home below) ~ she's always an inspiration!

Here are my favs:

#1 Makeup

Depending on the product sometimes I spend more, but generally I'm a drug store makeup
girl. I've used both of these forever - Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation
& L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
The foundation gives nice coverage but doesn't feel too heavy, and the mascara makes
my lashes look long and full, doesn't clump ~ pretty simple requirements.
 I noticed this cute blogger and this one, both recommended the same mascara recently.

 #2 Makeup Remover

I remember reading about Pure Jojoba oil on a blog or Pinterest about a year ago and thought
 I'd give it a try. I've ditched all the other makeup removers I had, and it's now my go to.
It easily removes my favorite mascara and feels so hydrating. And, it washes out of my
 white washcloths nicely. I buy it at our local natural foods market.

#3 Facial Scrub

My friend brought this Andalou Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub to my Favorite Things Christmas
 Party last year. Aren't recommendations from friends the best?! I keep it in the shower, it's
a nice exfoliate that's gentle enough to use a couple times a week, and has a light lemon
 scent. I buy mine at our local natural foods market, Sprouts.

#4 Body Lotion

I hate to mention it, but dry winter skin will be here before we know it. :(
My dermatologist recommended AmLactin Body Lotion years ago, it's not heavy or greasy,
the alpha-hydroxy acid exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling so much better during our
our dry Colorado winters, and it's available at Costco.

#5 Hair Conditioner
A few years ago I was out of town visiting a friend and had forgotten my conditioner,
I asked if she had some I could borrow, she introduced me to it's a 10
It's a leave in conditioner that gets amazing reviews all across the board. There are
several varieties so check which works for your hair type - I like the extra nourishing
ingredients in this one since I have thick natural curly, color treated hair. 
  I like the convenient spray, and a little goes a long way. 


 I received these Every Drop Makeup Spatulas last year at my Favorite Things Christmas Party.
They're the best! It's crazy how much product is left in the container, the long handle can
 reach all size moisturizer and makeup bottles. The smaller spatula is perfect for lipstick and
 gloss. I love to tie them onto girlfriend gifts. These are from The Container Store, but I've 
seen similar at Target & Bed, Bath & Beyond.   

Be sure and check out these talented friends' favs:

You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My Five Favorites - Before & Afters You Can Do In A Weekend

Hi friends, my goodness summer is flying by, in our neck of the woods kids head back
 to school this month, a sure sign summer is waning. I'm so not ready!
 It's time for another round of My Five Favorites and this month's topic is Before & Afters.
 I'm sharing my favorites that you can do in a weekend. Although I'm the queen of dragging
 a project out forever, every once in awhile I get my act together, knock it out in a weekend,
and relish in the instant gratification! #hellooneroomchallenge
My pals are sharing their favs as well, so be sure to pop over and check out their ideas too.

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Shelley @ Crazy Wonderful is our guest this month, she's long been a favorite, 
she's as sweet and genuine they come, and her DIY projects and eye for decor are always
 an inspiration. Just look at this guest room refresh ~ eclectic perfection in my book!
 And, I'll definitely be stealing her tip, the basket is for guests' dirty laundry.  

Onto my favorites:

#1 Paint your tile

When I did our kitchen makeover I took a deep breath, hoped the vision I had would work, and painted the stone tile. I couldn't be happier with that decision, it took our kitchen from
Tuscan to fresh and current. 
The question I get asked most - "How has it held up?"
Perfect! It's been three years and it looks the same as the day I did it. I've always cleaned
any grease, splatters or cooking mess with a sponge, and soap and water at the time, I don't
 let anything build up that would need scrubbing. 



#2 Update your bed

A classic four poster bed will always be timeless, and there was no reason to get rid of
 this beautiful piece of furniture. I love injecting new life in traditional pieces by using
 high gloss paint like we did for my client's bedroom update. 

 To accomplish this in a weekend I'd plan on this timeline:

Friday night - Light Sand & Prime
Saturday - First Coat Paint
Sunday - Second Coat Paint 


Another example - but even less time consuming. 
This is the Craigslist headboard I updated for our bedroom refresh. I used Annie Sloan
 chalk paint in French Linen, the drying time between coats is minimal, so this one only
 took a few hours. 



#3 Reupholster a Bench or Chairs

This one makes me want to scour Craigslist or the thrift stores because it's super
easy to reupholster this type of seat. If your project gets stalled because you're waffling
on the perfect fabric, I'll help you out - classic black and white for the win every time!



#4 Paint your Dining Room
 (or any room!) 

So you all know my dining room was neon chartreuse green, and we were hosting Easter this
 year and although it was fun for awhile, I just couldn't with that paint any longer. The
 weekend before I decided to paint it.



#5 Refresh a piece of furniture 

I love the challenge of finding a high end inspiration piece, then hunting down something
 similar at a bargain price to re-create it on a budget. Paint is the biggest bang for the buck!
I'd use the same timeline in #2 above to finish a piece in a weekend.




Another favorite DIY using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen.



Be sure to check out these talented friends' favs:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Five Favorites - Summer Accessories

You guys, I can't even believe how summer is flying by! 
It's time for another My Five Favorites round up, this month we're sharing our
favorite Summer Accessories ~ home, fashion, anything summer goes.
I always love blogger recommendations and my blogging pals are always 
spot on with their fun finds:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

This month's guest is the adorable Mallory @ Style Your Senses, she is one chic
 mama, with a fabulous eye for fashion and decor! This nursery she designed for new
little Lawson is hands down my absolute favorite! I love following her on Instagram
for stylish fashion inspiration, too!

#1 Little Boxwoods

Have you guys seen those tiny boxwood in the big box store garden section?
I love trimming them for a more formal look and using them in my blue and white
ginger jars inside or in baskets outside. I bought these on clearance last year
 mid-summer and brought them in during the winter.   

#2 Concrete Pots

These textured gems are the biggest bang for the buck! They're a steal at
 Hobby Lobby, $4 each (when they're 50% off - or use a 40 % off coupon if you don't
 want to wait). They're the perfect size for a little plant or herbs. The items you could
put inside for a fun hostess gift are endless - roll up a pretty dish towel, fill it with fresh
 cherries, a bag of coffee or a favorite jar of jam or hot fudge... yum! :)

#3 Plant Stand

I love using decorative plant stands to elevate my terra cotta pots. The varied
 height and architectural detail adds interest to the simplest pot. I found mine at a  
 local nursery, it's great quality, heavy duty iron and wasn't inexpensive but I've had
 it forever.   

#4 Hats
Jess Ann Kirby 

Fun and functional ~ my collection is overflowing! When I'm searching for a new
outfit and can't find what I have in mind I resort to a new hat to wear with something 
already in my closet.  I've always had a love for them, casual baseball caps to dressy
 derby hats, in fact four years ago I wrote this post about how I wear baseball hats! :)  

#5 Fresh Fruit

I'm all in for effortless summer decor and what's prettier than a simple bowl of
fresh fruit.

Be sure to check out these talented friends' favs:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Our Summer Home Tour 2017

Welcome friends, and thank you for stopping in to check out our home!
I'm thrilled to be part of the 2017 Summer Home Tour hosted by Marty @ 
A Stroll Thru Life, a big thank you to her for organizing 30 bloggers to share their homes
 this week. If you're stopping by from Christy's @ Our Southern Home, I'm sure you
 enjoyed her beautiful home!

If you're new here I live in Denver and share our 1938 cottage style home with
 Mr. Simple, our teenage son and spoiled fur babies. Come in and take a peek. 

Living Room

I'm still smitten with our blush paint and kept it pretty simple by changing out some
 artwork and accessories for summer, and of course, bringing in lots of greenery from
our yard.

I like adding something a little edgy to keep the pink paint from looking too sweet.
 The bold tribal pillow with a black leather pattern is perfectly unexpected. I found

I have an addiction to fun chairs and have quite the collection, but always fall back
to bringing these unique cane chairs back in for summer. I love the contrast against the
smooth white campaign chest.  

Dining Room  

 Surprise! I'd mentioned a few times that the green paint in our dining room was fun for
 awhile, but I was ready for a change. At certain times of day it looked neon with the bright
 southern exposure and I'd walk by and cringe! I chose the same Benjamin Moore Queen Anne,
 as I have in the living room and it feels SO much better!  

I found the chippendale style chairs on Craigslist awhile back and still haven't
decided whether or not to paint them, which is keeping me from reupholstering the seats.
I love the wood, but wonder if it would be prettier if there were more contrast with
the table. What do you guys think? 

These small boxwoods were a steal from Walmart's garden section last summer.
 I brought them in for the winter and they're still going strong. I trimmed them up
 to get a more topiary form. 

My favorite time of day, early evening when the sun is shining through our
french doors the blush paint takes on a pretty glow.

Family Room 

I think we should have a challenge - can anyone do a home tour without adding a new
 pillow?!! Haha! A super simple pillow change up and that's it for our family room.
One day when I was cruising through Hobby Lobby I noticed the zebra print fabric on the
 clearance rack for a crazy price and made the pillows. The blush pillows are from Home Goods
 and are the perfect pieces to bring the color into our family room. 

We're still big fans of our basics - the IKEA Ektorp sectional, and sisal rug
from World Market. 

Thanks again for popping by everyone! Hope you have a fabulous summer!
Next up on the tour is Haneen's Haven, if you don't know her, she has a fun, vibrant 
style you'll love. And, if you ever need a laugh to start your day check out her
Instagram Stories - she cracks me up!

Monday – June 12
A Stroll Thru Life - Marty 
Cuckoo4Design - Julia  
Nesting With Grace - Brooke
Life on Virginia Street - Sarah 
Decor To Adore - Laura   

Tuesday – June 13
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara 
Decorating Delirium - Jennifer 
The Chronicles of Home Jennifer  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen  

Wednesday – June 14
 Life Love Larson - Andrea
Making Home Base - Chelsea
Inspiration For Moms - Laura  
Duke Manor Farms - Laura  
ZDesign At Home – Bree
Our Fifth House - Carmel   

Thursday – June 15
Life & Home @ 2102 - Vel
Remodelando La Casa - Christina  

Fri – June 16
Refresh Restyle - Debbie  
Far Above Rubies - Anita X  
Our Southern Home - Christy  
Haneens Haven -Haneen
Common Ground – Debra  

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