Simple Friday's: school's out and I?

Yes, school is out here in the Midwest with no snow days this winter
we are out early. Let the laziness craziness begin shall we? This
summer we have both girls in softball and already I go one way
and hubby goes the other, but so worth it. It's going to be a crazy, 
busy summer. I'm not sure how my blogging schedule is going to hold up, 
but would LOVE any advice about keeping up in the summer. 

The weather has been so warm that my younger daughter and her partner in crime 
decided to create their own slip and slide in the front yard. Now we have our pool 
open so they are swimming all of the time. 

Here's my little TO DO list and stuff I am working on:

Updating the girl's bathroom- almost done
New flooring in the foyer, Piano Room, and dining room are being installed next week
Mantel change to summer
Get some DIY projects done, art for the my bare walls perhaps
De-clutter, de-clutter and get rid of the piles of stuff 
Get ready to go to Haven, less than a month away...so excited!

I will keep you posted on my progress, but until then
have a great Memorial Day weekend. We are cooking out
with friends and swimming. What are your plans on this holiday weekend?


Simple Friday's: a Goodwill find and Rambling

I am so glad it's Friday because it's been a rough week. We 
adopted this little guy about a month ago and this week we found
a new home for him. When you adopt a dog you really never know
the whole story and what kind of environment he/she came from. He
is very timid, especially with men and consistently urinated throughout
our home after being let outside. Ugh! However, we found an great 
home for him with a  close friend and as of today he is doing great 
and thriving. The mommy guilt is still eating at me and I'm reminded
daily by my youngest about how she misses Max.
(I do miss him too)

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To lift my spirits a little I had some retail therapy at Goodwill and 
 found this cute round mirror, originally from TJ Maxx. Only spent
$4.00 on it, I love to go thrifting! 

We can't forget about our friend Layla, and how she loves to be in the way
when I'm taking pictures. Why do cats do that? She's just looking at
herself, I wonder what she's thinking?  

 Now from some GOOD news, I staged another home a couple weeks 
ago and if you missed my initial staging project can check it out here
It SOLD for about $4000 above the listed price, can you even believe it?


Simple Friday's: Day for Mother's

A special Mother's Day wish to you, have a wonderful weekend


Tween Bathroom update

 I hope you all are having a great week. I'm sharing some inspiration and ideas I have for my girl's
bathroom. I thought I had a decent before picture, but I couldn't find one. I took this a couple
weeks ago as the walls were being repaired and before the new paint job. I can just hear my
girl's saying  "please Mom can we get rid of the yellow?" They were right the yellow had to go.   

Wowzeers, no natural light to get a good picture, pretty plain bathroom , not for long

Source: bedbathstore.com via Andrea via Pinterest 
My inspiration and luckily (for me) they coincide with my oldest daughter's ideas...
thank goodness, you know those almost 13 year old have a mind of their own

Source: alphamom.com via Andrea via Pinterest
My daughter found this on Pinterest and is going to create this DIY art and
what do you know it matches perfectly with her our ideas...she is very 
creative like her mama. 

Source: Peace, love, and 2 sisters via Andrea via Pinterest 
She also wanted to add one of these for bows and jewelry, she's on roll.

Let's recap: the new colors for their bathroom are black, white, bright pink/ light pink,
and gray. I hope you come back to see the reveal and AFTER pictures, in the 
meantime I'd love for you to join me on Facebook 



Simple: Friday's: a Staging career perhaps?

Welcome to this week's edition of Simple Friday's! I'm excited to share
with you today about a staging opportunity I had a couple weeks ago. 
Warning: long post and lots of pictures, sorry!

A little history about me and let me know say I'm not big on talking about 
"me", but I'm trying. Anyway, I went to college way back in 1992, majored
in Interior Design/Fashion/Merchandising/Textiles and did graduate in 1996.
Believe it or not I haven't done much in the industry, not until I started blogging.
Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me and has given me more 
confidence than I've ever had. Now you have the 411 on me and my background.

My dear friend Tammy is a successful Realtor in town and called me up a couple
weeks ago and asked me if I would like an opportunity to stage a home for her. Um,
let me think about that, yes! 

I had some hefty restraints on this project. First the homeowner did not 
have any accessories to work with AND they didn't want to spend a lot 
of money. Moving forward, I can do this. Thank goodness I had a ton of 
accessories at home and even had to use some art off of my walls. FYI,
 I could have done so much more with these rooms if I would've had 
more time and resources. Also Tammy only wanted the Living Room, 
Kitchen, Master bedroom, and Master bathroom done. 

Sorry for the crooked picture, ugh! Not sure what I was doing, oops!
My goal was to keep everything pretty simple. I added the mirror, candle holders, 
decorative vase, and the homeowner had the greenery. Much improved.

The entertainment center was too big for the this space, but with it's size it had to stay put. 

First things first, I removed the over-sized ottoman and brought in a toy chest to act as a coffee table. It matched their existing woodwork too, score! Then I moved the rug out of the middle of the floor towards the couch to anchor it and bought some decorative blue and green throw pillows.   

Master bedroom, the homeowners have had their bedding and curtains since 
they were married 10 years ago. It had to go and not soon enough. 

I used their existing comforter with this new duvet cover I purchased from Target. Bright yellow with 
a hint of gray and a throw pillow for more texture. Also took down their old curtains and 
replaced then with white panel curtains to soften the room. This room looks 100% better 
just with these small changes. Amazing!  

Love the paint color in the Master bathroom, that's about it.

Shower curtain be gone along with the navy bath mat. Also, the
kid's towel hoodies have to be put away.

I replaced the shower curtain along with basic white towels, and a new bath mat. You can never, ever go wrong with white towels, they always look crisp and clean. Took all of the shampoo and soaps out of the cast iron tub and instead placed greenery and rolled up towels in there. I also added some candles to the side of the bath tub. My goal was to make it look spa-ish. Since the walls were bare I used two picture frames filled with fabric swatches as art and wrapped a plain canvas with coordinating fabric and 
hung it over the toilet rack. Cheap, easy art!

Did you notice the light fixture is not in the middle of the table?

I centered the table with the light fixture first thing, then removed the decorations on top of the cabinets. 
De-cluttered the counter tops and only left the coffee pot and knife set out. For a personal touch I 
placed a cook book in the corner with some greenery around it. I had a couple plaques with fresh 
fruit and vegetables on them and hung those under the cabinets too. 

While doing some research on staging a home I read you should always have a vase full of fresh flowers. Instead of flowers, I bought some red apples and put them in a glass bowl  on the table. I thought apples would last longer than flowers. Now if they were having a open house then I would've had fresh flowers.

The house sold in about a week after I staged it. 


My story about Haven

When I first heard about this blogging conference called Haven I thought "oh that looks
awesome." So I checked out prices for flights, hotel, my Haven ticket, and thought I 
can't will not be able to afford to go. However, I still thought about it all of the time AND
to top it off my dear friend Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea won a free ticket to Haven.
Time went by and thought maybe I could be lucky like Ange and win a free ticket.
Every time there was a giveaway she emailed me and I literally entered every Haven
ticket giveaway imaginable, but no dice.  

Fast forward a couple of months and a week ago I was on Facebook and came across a posting
by Amy at All in a Day and she had posted that she has a ticket to Haven, but unfortunately
couldn't go. She asked if anyone out there would like to purchase her ticket. I think I re-read her
post a couple times and when I came to I wrote her and said "yes, I would, please, and thank you".

Haven Maven