Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Room Challenge {W3}: Curtains, Coffee Table and a Conundrum

 & pillows!!!!!!  Lots of pillows {I didn't want to mess with the alliteration I had going on in the title :)}!


Hi y'all!  I am back for my week three update with One Room Challenge.  Challenge being the key word...  Our entry room is definitely looking better, but I am struggling with a few key items in the room which I will get to in a bit.  If your are new here I'll give you a quick glance at where this room started.  



Now last week I pretty much just took everything out of the room because I needed a blank slate.  


and here is where I am now...


Let's start with my new coffee table.  I wanted this room to feel more like a sitting area so it definitely needed a coffee table.  I had been stalking Craig's List for a bamboo/wicker coffee table and I wasn't having much luck.  I found one I loved for only $50 but it had a glass table top.  With Mack and his love to flip everything over I just didn't think that would end well.  Then I spotted this baby at Ikea. 


I thought {THIS TABLE} was so fun and for $60 I couldn't pass it up.  I'm pretty weird about buying furniture... I never want to spend a lot of money because I know me and I'll want something different in a few years.  


My favorite heavy weight crate from JoAnne's fit perfectly under the table and is great hiding place for some of Mack's toys.  Now if you follow me on {Instagram} then you saw my awesome pillow finds at Hobby Lobby.  These are by the fabric section and they are just the pillow cases.  I have a #pillowproblem so I already had plenty of pillow forms.  Anyone else obsessed with throw pillows? Anyone? 


This pillow only cost me $10!  Wooohoo! The yellow pillow is an old one from Target and the black one is a new Target clearance find.  


So now I need a little help... What do I do with this wall?!?!


If you look at the before picture I had three big wedding pictures on this wall with different colored mats.  With all the different pillows in the room I feel like I need something more simple.  I was thinking about doing a 2 by 2 grid of pictures with wooden frames, a large piece of art, or even some floating shelves.  I really don't know yet and I can't see the answer yet.  Help me!


  Thank you everyone for stopping by to check out my entry room progress!

{Leslie}

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Room Challenge {W2}: Finding the Perfect Rug


I survived two days without Tall Tan Man!  I know that sounds a little ridiculous and other Mommas endure MUCH worse, but two days with just Mack and I can be exhausting.  I feel like a super star parent though because I realized something. Chick Fil A play area after dinner is a lifesaver.  Mack and I went two days in a row {different chick fil a's bc I was embarrassed} and he absolutely loved it.  He even got tired of playing a couple times, but I made him push through.  Pure evil right there. ;)   

Speaking of pure evil... rug shopping, does it get any worse?  I am definitely joking but for someone as indecisive {and on a tight budget} like myself it can be no fun.  There are so many online options but I don't always trust the color/quality on the computer screen.  So I set out about a month ago to look for a rug for our front room.  The room always felt hodge podge to me and I wanted it to feel like a welcoming sitting area.  Here are a couple looks we have had in this room...


Gotta love the Halloween decorations and the microwave...


Like I said on my {week one post} that red chair has already been sold {twice} on Craig's List and the black table is next.  

Alright y'all are you ready for week 2?!

{Calling it Home}

When I set out on my endeavor to redecorate our entry room I didn't think finding a 6 by 8 rug would be that tricky.  Turns out that the majority of rugs in stores are 5 by 7.5 which was too small.  And I firmly believe buying a too small rug kills the flow of a room.  Here are some of the rugs I found but were either too small/big or out of my price range {about $200ish}.  


At first I was mainly looking at Target and Tuesday Morning.  I did look at Home Good's but their prices were not as good as Tuesday Morning.  I was pretty surprised by that!  I really wanted a crazy and colorful Persain rug.  The problem with this was they were way beyond my price point and either super large or 3 x 5.  I did see one of my fav bloggers recommend {this rug} which I almost bought.  So after going to every Tuesday Morning in the Denver Metro area, no joke, I started online shopping.  I was looking at Rugs USA and Urban Outfitters {the rug in the upper right corner}.  I really loved the look of the UO rugs but I just couldn't find one in the size I wanted.  So then I spotted {THIS ONE} on Rugs USA...  


It was then I realized that a 8 x 8 rug would be prefect!  The price was also awesome, $162 TOTAL! {If you sign up for their emails you get 10% off.}


After getting the rug in the room I realized my {black and white curtains} clashed with it... I am thinking I will go with something more simple that will just blend in with the room.  


I haven't decided if I will swap these {pictures} with something different yet.  Lots of decisions to make but I am loving that this space now feels more defined!  

Alright y'all, if you are still reading you endured my play by play of rug shopping... congrats :)  See you next week!

{Leslie}

Sunday, April 9, 2017

One Room Challenge {W1}: Updating Our Front Room

I'm a little behind the ball but I just found out about the One Room Challenge and am joining in {just one week late...}!  One of my biggest struggles with {flipping our house} has been decorating rooms when they are not fully finished.  Rooms would be missing baseboards or outlet covers and I would try to decorate but it was hard to see past everything.  Now that our house is mostly finished {!!!} I need to go back through rooms and decorate them the way I've been wanting to. Here is our front room when we moved in: 


That carpet was disgusting and blue... We did lots of updates that you can see {here} but I still feel like this room has a ways to go.  


It is just too busy for me and not very cohesive.   I picked this room because it's style has been driving me crazy and also for the fact that it is the first room you see when you walk in.  Now I am already a little bit ahead of the game because I have already sold that red chair on Criag's List.   It is a pretty weird story... I had a lady come pay me for the chair and NEVER picked it up.  I waited THREE months for her to come back before I gave up.  So I ended up making $160 on it! I am also contemplating selling the black buffet/sofa table, but I am not sure if I am ready to part with it.  #hoarder. 

Now I am the farthest thing from a professional decorator {see above picture ;)}.  I am indecisive, cheap, love all different styles, and have a 14 month old that likes to destroy everything.  I am wanting a place for Mack to be able to play, me be able to read, and people feel comfortable the instant they walk in.  Here are some living room looks I'm digging:






So as you can see I'm wanting the room to feel warm with some leather & wood tones.  I want to find some furniture that is a little funkier than I usually get.  I now have 5 weeks to finish this room!  Which means I will have to make decisions and hopefully good ones... 

Ready. Set. Go!!!

{Leslie} 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Carrot" Cookies


Listen y'all, you can have as many of these cookies as you want because carrots are healthy!  I just don't recommend dipping them in ranch... ;)  Now these Carrot Cookies did not turn out perfect, but I think they are pretty darn cute.  I was telling Tall Tan Man, as we were looking at the terrible looking stems that; My lack of concern for perfection in life has allowed me a very happy person.  Just chew on that for a minute...

I'm not doing a full blown recipe, but a cliff notes version of how I made these carrots. As I was baking I got the idea that I could of used brownies instead of sugar cookies.  I might just have to make another batch this week to see how they turn out.  



Ingredients:

Sugar Cookies {I used THIS RECIPE}
Icing {same as above}
Orange and Green Candy Melt {from JoAnn Fabric}
* Skewer or toothpick

Directions:

1.  Make your cookies in a 9 by 13 inch pan and ice them


2.  Divide your 9 by 13 inch pan into thirds.  Hotdog style.


3.  Now using the tip on a sharp knife make a triangle pattern.  


4.  Cut out the triangles.  


5.  Melt the orange candy melt, place in a baggie, make a small hole in the corner, and drizzle over cookies.  


6. Melt the green candy melt and draw stems on wax paper.  Make sure these are thick and you let them harden completely. 


7.  Using a skewer or tooth pick create a hole in the back of the cookie so you can easily insert the stem.  Insert stem.  


Finished!  Now have one or twelve!


I really hope someone tries these out with brownies and please tell me how it goes!  Tag me on Instagram if you do.  :).  Hope you have a wonderful week!  

{Leslie}

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Latest Target Clearance Find: Marble Planter


Ahhh this might be one of my favorite Target clearance finds ever!  {but that might be because I have lost track of all my purchases...}. I am a sucker for the marble look and when I spotted this {canister} I knew I needed it.  Ok Mom, wanted it.  :)


Our bathrooms have almost no counter space so I knew I wanted to use this canister in the kitchen.  I thought about using it to hold our sugar {aka truvia} next to our coffee machine, but then I decided it would be a cute planter!  If you're wondering how much this canister cost me...


Yep, pretty cheap! I should use all that money I saved to buy some lotion for my hands... 


I recently posted about {some of my favorite faux plants}.  I talked about not being able to keep plants alive while also keeping my tiny human alive.  In typical Leslie fashion I changed my mind a week later. :)




So if you ever feel like reminding me to water my plants, please do!  Especially that fern on the tops shelf. ;)  Now I am a little worried about misplacing the top to the canister.  So in a month when I decide I can't keep anything alive I can use it to keep our sugar!  What do you think about this solution? 


Happy Decorating! 
{Leslie}

Thursday, March 30, 2017

DIY Metal Side Table


Hi y'all!  We have had a crazy couple weeks.  I tagged along with Sean to San Diego for a business trip and then took Mack to Texas for a week!  We had so much fun...


I think he might be the cutest toddler ever. :) #notbiasedatall A few weeks ago I did this DIY table and I love how it turned out!  I am always a sucker for a fast project that turns out better than expected!!

DIY Metal Side Table

Materials:

Metal Laundry Basket*
Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint {Rustoleum}
Polyurethane Spray Paint
Stain {I did a 50/50 combo of Minawax Jacobean and Weather Oak}
Old Rags
Staple Gun

*  I found my laundry basket at Home Goods for $15.  To make sure your table is stable try to keep the diameter of your table about 2ish inches smaller than the you wood top you pick out.

Directions:

1.  Spray paint your laundry basket or even a trashcan!   I had some before pictures of the laundry basket on my computer...  The computer that will currently not turn on, but thankfully, Tall Tan Man took a picture of it.  

Please don't call the police.  


Oh Mack loved that basket...  He was not too happy I made it into a table.  I did two coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze and when that was fully dry I added the polyurethane.  I allowed this to dry a full 24 hours before I put it within the reach of Mack.  

2.  Now stain the round board with your desired stain color.  {These} are found in the lumber section of Home Depot!  Once your stain has dried, spray it with the polyurethane.  



3.  Attach the top to the laundry basket with your staple gun.  This took no time and is super solid!


Viola!



Oh how I love Starbucks iced coffee with two pumps of sf cinnamon dolce and light cream...  I also love that daffodils are so cheap and beautiful!



I'm hoping Mack {and I} get back on a normal schedule soon.  We are majorly on the struggle bus {like 3 iced coffees a day}...  Mack's crazy early morning wake up calls are killing me.  I don't think I will ever understand why babies can't just sleep when they are tired!!!


{Leslie}

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