August 30, 2014

Labor Day Deals

It's Labor Day weekend! I'm sad to see summer go, but super excited for fall, football season and an extra day off work. Oh, and some awesome shopping deals! I thought I'd round up some of my faves for the weekend all in one place. Happy shopping!

LOFT: 50% off new styles, no code needed

GAP: Up to 40% off everything, ends 9/1

CARTER'S: 25% off $50 purchase with code LABORDAY

OLD NAVY: Up to 50% off everything, ends 9/1

FRANCESCA'S: Buy one, get one 50% off clothing

KOHL'S: $10 off a $25 purchase with code TENOFF25

YOUNKERS: Extra 25% off sale merchandise with code AUGLABORD14, extra 15% off home store items with code HOMELABOR14

MICHAEL'S: 20% off your entire purchase with code STOCKUP, ends 9/1

POTTERY BARN: 10% off purchase of $100 or more with code SAVEMORE, ends 9/1

TORY BURCH: Spend $300, get 20% off with code LABORDAY14, ends 9/1

KENDRA SCOTT: 15% off everything with code 2014LDW, ends 9/1

July 13, 2014

Laundry Room Update

A couple weeks ago I decided to tackle the laundry room. I needed a solution for added storage, and wanted to make it more inviting than its current state. Maybe then I would *want* to do more laundry? Wishful thinking?

I found this solid wood bookcase for $25 at a local fave. The owner is a picker and has all kinds of odds and ends. I had already taken the shelf out at this point, but this is just your typical oak bookshelf. There were a few dings and scratches, but I was planning on painting it anyway! The only storage in the laundry room originally was that high wire shelf above, which I can't even reach. #shortpeopleprobs

I picked this Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in "Legacy". It's a really bright fun turquoise color. This paint is great since it requires no sanding or stripping, and adheres with a really smooth matte finish. It has a pudding consistency and very little smell which is also a big plus. A little of the paint goes a long way! I only used 2 of the 8 oz pots for the entire bookshelf which was a total of 2 coats.

Here's some pics of the finished space!

I added a skirt to the utility sink for some color and pattern. The fabric I used is an outdoor one from Better Homes & Gardens called "Jodi Fiesta". I found it on sale at Joann Fabrics. I figured since it's outdoor fabric it will hold up better if it gets wet, etc. I measured around the sink for the width I needed, then "hemmed" the bottom with fabric glue. I attached it all the way around the sink with sticky back Velcro. So easy!

Here's the finished bookcase, isn't that turquoise color fun? I added a couple of baskets for storage, as well as paper towels/cloth towels and some framed care instructions.

The wash, dry, fold bin is from TJ Maxx. Gotta love that store.

This isn't the prettiest part, but I anchored this bad boy to the wall behind the door. It made B a little nervous when I asked him for some pointers on the drill. He should be used to it by now. :)

I made the laundry sign using a canvas and wooden letters from Michael's. I had leftover fabric from the sink skirt so I just wrapped the canvas and attached the letters with fabric glue.

Hope you enjoyed that quick tour of the laundry room! Have a fab night!

June 1, 2014

Outdoor Spaces

Just wanted to pop in tonight and share some updates on our front porch and deck. So happy it's finally June and the weather is staying nice!

April 9, 2014

100 Happy Days


I have jumped on the bandwagon and officially started the 100 Happy Days Challenge. So far, it's truly making me stop and appreciate the little things that make me happy everyday...and I'm only on Day 3! :) It's been fun seeing what other friends have posted that are also taking the challenge. We all need to be reminded to live more in the moment, and this is an awesome way to start.

If you're interested in learning more about the challenge and officially signing up, check out the 100 Happy Days website. You can follow along with me on Instagram, and if you're already participating please leave a link to your social media in the comments. I'd love to check them out!

Have a happy night!

March 30, 2014

Kitchen Hardware

A few weeks ago I decided to order hardware for all our kitchen cabinets and drawers, as well as in the butler's pantry. My dad and I spent a Saturday afternoon (while B was at an ISU b'ball game) putting it all on, and we're loving the difference it makes. They blend and make a statement all at the same time. Does that make sense? :)

I'd also recommend to anyone shopping for hardware to check Amazon before purchasing anywhere else. I fell in love with these birdcage knobs and pulls, but they were $2.99/ea at Home Depot. I checked around and found the same knobs/pulls, same brand, on Amazon  for $34.99 for a 25 pack. Pretty big savings! 

Have a great night!

February 17, 2014

App Love: Waterlogue

Tonight I'm sharing my newest app obsession, Waterlogue! This app takes your photos and turns them into watercolors. I absolutely love it! These would be so fun to frame or even print on canvas as your own unique pieces of art. Waterlogue isn't free, it's $2.99, but I think it's worth every penny! Check out some of my transformations :)

February 9, 2014

Chalkboard Centerpiece

So this project all started with a wall chalkboard I spotted at TJ Maxx last weekend. Long story short, I didn't buy it when I saw it....then proceeded to obsess over the project I had in mind ALL WEEK. Lucky for me, it was still there when I went back Saturday. This chalkboard was super cute as-is, but instead of using it for my wall, I had big plans for it on our dining room table.

I loved the round shape, and the detail on the frame. It also helped that it was originally priced at $59.99 marked down to $29.99. Our dining room has pops of gold as an accent, and I thought this would look really cute once spray painted gold in the center of the table.

The chalkboard got covered in paper and taped down so spray painting in the basement could commence! I used my *fave* gold spray paint again for this project, Design Master in Gold Medal.

Here it is after being painted and cured in the basement overnight. SO shiny!

There's always the inevitable places where the spray paint bleeds through. I found it was super easy to remove any overspray with a good old Magic Eraser.

Pretty, right?

The frame details seemed to pop even more once it was painted gold.

Here's my completed chalkboard centerpiece on the dining table. It's large enough to still accommodate a fun basket w/ some green moss balls. I think it will be really fun to change the chalk messages for different occasions, holidays, etc!

You can see a few more of the gold accents in the room in this bigger picture. I'm really happy with how it turned out!