Archives for May 2012

Top 5 Ways to Accessorize Your Space

I am fortunate to have Lori from Lori May Interiors here again today!  She is going to share ways to accessorize your home.

I’m so happy to be back here with you on Jen’s blog. Today, I’m sharing my top 5 ways to accessorize your space. I was inspired by the latest edition of Wisteria, a catalog that I love to use for unique pieces. Here we go.

1. Add a pop of color. Choose your favorite color and go with it. Here the blue in various shades is used to unify this space.

2. Use multiples. This is a great way to create major impact.

3. Use things you love. In this photo, you can see the sheets of music that have been framed above the console. You can also use your favorite fabric swatches, wallpaper or even wrapping paper.

4. Symmetry. I love symmetry. It is just the way my brain works. Here you can see the vases and candlesticks repeated on either side of the console, as well as the matching chairs.

5. Simplicity. Remember not to add to many accessories to your space. These are 4 things on the coffee table in the space and it looks great. There is no reason to cover every space with stuff. Choose the things you truly love and use them sparingly. Edit constantly, it will keep your space from feeling cluttered.

 linking up to:

the shabby creek cottage, the 36th avenue, the shabby nest, finding fabulous, at the picket fence, chic on a shoestring decorating

The big 4-0!

It happened.  I turned 40 this past weekend.  I said farewell to my 30s and jumped head first into a new decade!

The weekend was wonderful, filled with little celebrations here and there.    I know that birthday’s are’t about receiving, but I wanted to highlight two of my favorite gifts.

Jack spent a long time smelling soaps at Bath and Body Works that he thought would be gift worthy. He finally settled on a few scents that were pleasant to his nose.  Emmie, bless her girly little soul. She bought me a giant diamond ring (fake, of course).  And Dan spent many  hours compiling pictures and letters to create a wonderful, thoughtful, 80 page photo book for me – a book of my past 40 years.    It made me laugh and it made me cry.  It was truly one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received.

My sister-in-law MADE this next gift for me.  It is a book with succulents planted IN it!

Here is the book that was used…

And here is a close up of the plants…

Don’t you love it?!  It’s so unique and so darn fun!!

I know I’m only a few days in, but so far, 40 is feeling just fine and dandy!!


 linking up to:

my uncommon slice of suburbia, home stories a to z, michele raven designs, the shady porch, the shabby creek cottage, the 36th avenue

Country Chicks Sale

There is a great antique/crafts sale here in the NW a few times a year called the Country Chicks.   In the spring, there are several vendors in an open field.  I dragged Emmie with me today.  I repeatedly told her that ‘someday, you will love shopping for things like this’.  I’m not sure that she bought my sales pitch.  But she survived the excursion.

I was amazed at some of the bargains that I found!  And even more amazed that NOTHING came home with me!  Even though prices were right, the pieces weren’t necessarily right for me.  Here were a few of my finds…

Don’t you love this red bed?!  It’s perfect for a kids room.  And at a bargain price of $119, it was hard to pass up!! You know how I love bed frames.  One of the main things that stopped me from buying this bed is that I’m determined to build a bed someday….soon!  And also the fact that this bed might be a bit too juvenile for an almost 9 year old boy.

There were a few of these white tables…for only $20 and $25.  Bargain!  The bummer is that they were pretty short.  At 18″ high, they would look miniature next to our bed.

Look at these fun red tool boxes for roughly $10-$15 each.  They would be great to hold remote controls, magazines or dvd’s that are lying around. Maybe even hair accessories in a kids bathroom. Or toothpaste and toothbrushes.  The possibilities are endless!!

This was one of my favorite things, and I don’t even think it was for sale!  The unfortunate part is that I was trying to be discrete with my iphone photos and thanks to our windy weather, the paper flag banner blew up just as I took my picture! But hopefully you get the idea. The banner was cut out of newspaper. And it can be sewn onto ribbon or rick rack. SUPER easy, SUPER cheap and SUPER SUPER cute!!

Is it sunny or is it raining today in the NW? You’d never know by this picture….Emmie is squinting because it was so bright, yet carrying an umbrella because of our on and off again rainy day!

This church pew caused me purchase anxiety.  I’ve always wanted an old church pew in our entry.  When I’m lucky enough to find one, they are either the wrong size,  wrong price or wrong look.  This one was the wrong color, but I could strip it down to it’s original wood or paint it a different color.  I wasn’t sure about the size so raced home to measure my entry.  The bench ended up being just an inch too long. I measured the front porch, but wasn’t crazy about having it out in the weather.  And it wouldn’t fit with our dinner table either.  So I passed on the purchase and I’m sure some other lucky customer is enjoying that delightful church pew tonight!!

Lots of fun finds at the antique sale today!  And I’m still surprised that I came home empty handed!!

Have a great weekend!


linking up to:

the southern institute, my uncommon slice of suburbia, home stories a to z, michele raven designs, the shady porch


My Guest Post at Lori May Interiors!

My friend, Lori, is a very talented designer and blogger.

She and I have started doing a blog swap every few weeks.  Remember her post on spring trends from several weeks ago? Today it is my turn to be the guest!!  I’m going to be over at Lori’s blog sharing a tutorial on creating monogrammed wall decor.  It looks like it’s painted directly on the wall….

…but it’s not!

Pop over to Lori May Interiors to find out how to create this for yourself!  And while you are there, take a look around Lori’s blog! You will leave feeling inspired by her work and writing!


linking up to:

the shabby creek cottage, the 36th avenue

How To Remove Gel Nail Polish

Have you had a gel manicure?   Salons advertise a gel manicure to stay on your nails anywhere between two and three weeks.  (I confess I have not had these results, but mine have lasted a good 10 days.)  I do love a gel manicure.  But removing a gel manicure is a process. And a pain, in my opinion.  You will find yourself sitting like this, with your hands sitting in acetone for far too long.

Then you scrape your nails to get the gel off.  Soak them some more. Scrape. Soak. Scrape. Soak. Scrape. Soak. You get the point!

On my girls weekend, one of my friends had a novel idea….wrap your fingertips in acetone with foil around them (which should generate some heat, thus speeding up the process).  Since my fingernails were starting to look a big haggard, I figured I’d give it a try.  I was pleasantly surprised….it worked!

Here is how to remove gel nail polish in three easy steps.


Gather supplies: gauze, tin foil and acetone (mine was purchased in Mexico, hence the spanish).


Soak gauze with acetone .  Put gauze on nails and wrap fingertips in foil.


Let acetone sit on nails for five to seven minutes. Take foil off and check to see if they are ready to scrape. You shouldn’t even need a tool to scrape the gel polish. My thumb was my tool and the gel came off easy as can be!

After a few minutes, your nails should be gel free!

(Looks like my nails could use a little solar oil and lotion…or maybe a new gel manicure!)

Pretty easy, huh?!

***Disclaimer: I am a a blog writer, a mom, a decorator and a fan of DIY. I did not go to beauty school nor do I paint nails for a living.  This is just a method that my hair stylist recommended for me to try to remove my gel polish at home.  I have found it to be easy and successful over and over again.  Though the gel nail polish does tend to make your nails a bit more thin and weak, so keep that in mind when getting your nails polished next time.  This method tends to be more gentle that the rough scraping I have had done at a salon. I hope you have as much success as I have had with it!  Thanks for reading!!***

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michele raven designs, savvy southern style, the shady porch, polkadots on parade, somewhat simple, the 36th avenue, the shabby creek cottage, house of hepworths, aka design, shabby nest, at the picket fence, chic on a shoestring decorating, the southern institute, my uncommon slice of suburbia, home stories a to z, michele raven designs, the shady porch, tatertots and jello, a simply klassic home, nifty thrifty things, my uncommon slice of suburbia

Dear 16 Year Old Me…

My dad has melanoma. My sister-in-law has melanoma. I have two friends with melanoma.  I’m not normally a ‘stand on my soapbox’ kind of a person. I don’t forward emails of jokes or silly videos.  But this one is powerful. And unfortunately, it hits home with me.  So watch it. And please be careful in the sun.


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