These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement!  Some pretty neat things are in the works. I will be posting all about it soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to catch you up on what I have been up to as of late.

First thing's first...I got Published!!! YAY!!!  My kitchen was featured in Country Woman Magazine  fall edition. Crazy exciting!!! grab your copy today :)
The next thing that has been taking up a lot of my extra time. And let's be honest... a mom of 4 has  no EXTRA time:)  I have been helping my husband out on a Christmas project, and it seriously feels like I'm running mostly on fumes. But I am excited to share that he has written and published a Children's Christmas Book. It has such a GREAT moral and truly is AMAZING! And I'm not just saying that because I am married to him! (wink)

 I wish I could tell you more, but I will have to keep you in suspense for just a few more weeks! I can't wait until it hits the shelves. In the meantime, here is a Sneak Peek of the AMAZING illustrations done by his sister!

We will be taking Pre-orders SOON! :)
And last but not least... I have been knee-deep in odds 'n ends design jobs.  But, I try and find time to help out the ones I love:) I have been working on my niece's bedroom. I still can't believe she's a Senior this year. These kids are growing up wayyyy too fast!

 I have a few more pictures to take of the space, but I wanted to show you a sneak peek of her room.

So there you go... I know, a VERY random post! But I wanted to get you excited about some of the things you will be seeing coming up on the blog! Stay posted! 

Purple & Turquoise Little Girls Room

I finally got around to taking pictures of my little girl's room!!!
I LOVED her original nursery HERE and wasn't quit ready to change the color scheme when it was time for the transition from nursery to little girl's room HERE. I decided to keep the purple and turquoise theme and I am so happy I did! I was able to save a lot of money by reusing most everything I originally bought for the nursery, but still end up with a room that feels NEW as well as a elegant and magical. Perfect for a little girls room... I couldn't be more thrilled! 

I also gave my crafting skills a try and made the paper flowers myself as well as painting and glittering the wood letter M. This room is timeless and I am hoping to keep it just like this for a very long time. 

Duvet...Pottery Barn Kids (ebay)
Quilt and Sham...Pottery Barn Kids (ebay)
Sheets...Pottery Barn Kids
Fairy Pillow...Pottery Barn Kids (Downeast)
Euro Shams...Ballard Designs
Chandelier...Pottery Barn kids 
Curtains...Pottery Barn Kids 
Table and Chairs...Pottery Barn Kids
Wood Letter M...Etsy
Paper Flowers.. Hand Made
Night Stand...TJ Maxx
Lamp... Pottery Barn Kids
Paint...Rainwashed (sherwin)
green plant...Michaels 

Summer Sanity


Why do I love the idea of NO homework or having to get the kids out the door EVERY . SINGLE . MORNING!  But at the same time, the thought of summer scares me too. I kind of feel summer can be more hectic than during the school year.  So to help with my sanity, I always make what I call the SUMMER BOX.  Whenever my kids are bored, I tell them to find something to do in the box. It holds them over for a few hours and gives me a breather to do my daily tasks.

Here is just a snapshot of what is inside.

Bubbles, Games, Snow Cones, Play-doh, Water Games, Crayons & Markers, coloring books, science experiments... just to name a few!

Here's to Summertime...Let the adventure begin!!!

Rug Buying Guide

Rugs can be tricky! The biggest question is how big or how small you go! 
Below is a GREAT picture guide to help you along the way.  

A lot of people  I work with always seem to be concerned about covering too much of their tile, wood or carpet.  I kind of feel like that is where people go wrong with rugs.  
My suggestion: Cover the floor!!! If you choose to use a rug in the space, make the most of that rug.  

Rugs can make your room feel bigger, it can highlight your furniture, and better yet it provides a great anchor for furniture.  When you go too small, it can sometimes dwarf the room and even the furniture. If you are dealing with other matters that don't allow you to float the furniture on the rug, my rule of thumb is at the very least have the front feet of the furniture on the rug.

My last suggestion for today...always go bigger than smaller. Even if it leaves you with a sliver of floor showing :)

....Living Spaces and Dining....


These are just "guides" rules sometime need broken. But I do try to follow these rug rules as often as I can!