April 28, 2015

Wreath Season by Season - Spring 2015 Edition

Hi! Its been awhile since I've posted in our wreath series and since I finally got around to updating ours last week I thought I'd share my latest creation. 

I started with the same Styrofoam base, white and green yarn and a few sheets of felt.

 To make the flowers I cut one large circle out the felt for the base and then cute 5-6 smaller circles for the petals.  I simply folded the smaller ones in half and hot glued the inside and outside of the fold.  I (loosely) used this tutorial.  I repeated this with all each color of felt until there was nothing but scraps left.  And I used those scraps to make the inside of the each flower. 

I also cut out a few leaves to add in underneath the flowers.

Yay Spring!!

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April 24, 2015

Playroom Do Over Part 2

Hi and happy Friday!!  As promised, I'm following up part one of our playroom makeover with part two - crazy right: )  Taking on this side of the playroom (back towards Scott's gym and sliders) I faced the same issues - wood paneling and no continuity.  And I fixed it in the same way - with white paint and simplifying the decor!

Here is what the space looked like four years (pre move in):

And two years ago:

And now:

During the first makeover, two years ago, I wanted to use this part of the basement as a place where the girls could work on crafts or draw.  But that never happened and we already have a large art area upstairs for that.  So this space was mostly unused.  Fast forward two years, now both Layla and Hadley are super into dress-up and princesses and this is the most popular place in the whole house!
Before (two years ago):

Last year, I bought a bunch of large ceramic feather hooks from Anthropologie and just knew they would be perfect for hanging fancy dresses!  They were originally white so I painted them the same mint green I used throughout the playroom and hung them with 3M Velcro strips.
I made the glittery gold dots of scrapbook paper from Michaels and circle punch.  I also added a strip of the glitter paper to the front of a wood hanger to hang the little saying above. 

I also switched around the built-ins on the opposite wall.

Before (two years ago):


Scott has amassed a large amount of this childhood toys that have been, until recently, stored away.  Since I now have a larger space for most of my craft supplies I decided to switch shelves and display his things on the large of the two built-ins. Just made more sense! 

Before (two years ago):


So that's the new and improved playroom!  Hoping I'll stay in love with the colors and layout this time around and that the girls spend a lot of time down here enjoying it!


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April 23, 2015

Metallic Star PIllows ~ Free Pattern

On Tuesday, Kendra posted photos of her newly redesigned playroom ~ a truly happy place for my granddaughters.  It's their world of dress up, make believe, and magic.  I wanted to add a little contribution ~ "the little twinkle, twinkle little star."

In a prior post I mentioned one of my favorite on-line fabric stores is Hawthorne Threads.  One morning while browsing the newsletter that they send out each week, I saw this beautiful collection of metallic fabrics from Jacqueline Savage Mcfee's collection "Heavy Metals."

Just two of the available prints

Just perfect for a star pillow ~ and the pattern was free!  The instructions were simple to follow, and the metallic fabric made it twinkle.

In this room where the girls can be a princess, a chef, a construction worker...., they now have a little star "to wish upon"!  ♥

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April 21, 2015

Playroom Do Over Part 1

Hi there!  Almost exactly two years ago I was sharing photos of the basement playroom makeover I worked on for the girls.   And today, I'm sharing my redo of that and later this week and redo of this

I had been on the fence about keeping the wood paneling down there and finally decided that it just made it too dark/dreary.  So out came the white paint (and about three days of numbness in my right arm) and we suddenly had a brighter basement, made only brighter by the addition of the softest white carpeting ever and the removal of a small part of the staircase thanks to the ever-handy Scott.

Here's where we started (pre move in fours years ago):

That turned into this (two years ago):

And here we are today (and hopefully for a long long time):

This time around I wanted things a little simpler, cleaner and more pulled together color-wise.  And it started with making all the walls and floor (carpet) white.  Then painting all the frames above the couch a similar color, making the art gallery more cohesive.  And we donated of a bunch of neglected or outgrown toys making room for other things and just making room: )

The decision to carpet the stairs was a hard one, especially after all the effort I put into making them cute (here and here).  But in the end it felt safer for the girls, who run up and down them, to have the extra padding! The prints on the left are from here.

This little (big) arrow detail was something I just decided to do one day and all it took was a sample jar of mint green paint, painters tape and about an hour.  An easy, fast project that turned out way better than I expected!

You can see in the above photo where a portion of the wall at the bottom of the stairs was removed.  It was hollow and not load-bearing so Scott was able to do it himself.  I love how it lets in more natural light from upstairs and makes the space feel more open.

Hadley and Layla looove princesses so my mom made and framed this Disney princess cross stitch piece for them.  The light above it is an outdoor fixture that is pretty as well was super bright.

Another before and after for you - this one really shows how much lighter and brighter it is down here now!

Staircase wall two years ago:

Staircase wall now:

Pretty dramatic difference - right?!  We shifted the kitchen over since the wall it was up against before was gone and added a little counter for their checkout/cash register area.


I changed out most of the art for pieces that fit the new color scheme from Land of Nod (they have an ever-changed curated art section so most of these aren't available anymore) and Etsy.  I love how much less cluttered this wall is now. 

You can see above that I painted the mirror in the same mint green as the arrow and glued on little scrunched up balls of tissue paper in neon pink, green and white.  My mom made the cute star pillow.

My coffee table makeover was a complete accident.  I started painting the black coffee we already had (which is an old Ikea dining table cut down) and after coat number four I could tell the paint was going to too gloppy and thick so I started to scrape it off.  After I made a swipe I thought it looked kinda cool underneath so I made a heart and that was that!
Now for one last before and after.  The built-in bookshelves in this section of the basement also got a coat white paint and I also removed (and moved) a few of the shelves since the higher up ones didn't really serve a purpose since the girls couldn't reach them.
Built-ins two years ago:
Built-ins now:
Now instead of just being a display area for a bunch of random stuff, the shelves actually hold the girls' games and toys.  And I had two of my favorite photos from our trip to Disney made into engineer prints (Staples $7) and used those as the backdrop for the top shelf.   Love that the black and white here ties in with the coffee table: )

And there you have it!  Part one of the second basement playroom makeover.  I'll share photos of the other side of the room later this week.

Wall Light
Disney Princesses Cross Stitch Pattern
Chevron Couches - no longer available in coral
Coffee Table - A friend gave this to us when they moved and we didn't need a dining table so I cut the legs down - perfect square coffee table!
Owl Pillow - Target (no longer available)
Flower Pillows -I just added inserts!
Desk Lamp - Vintage
School desk and chair - Vintage
Art - Various Artists found via Land of Nod and Etsy
HOORAY Banner - Oh Joy for Target (no longer available)
Paper Lanterns - Target
Magnet Letters - Homegoods
Play Kitchen - Craigslist
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April 16, 2015

Shore House Main Level

Hello!  I mentioned in my last post that we were heading to the New Jersey to check on the progress of the shore house.  A lot has been done since my last visit in October - walls, paint lighting all up and looking amazing! Over the next two weeks I'm hoping to share all the design boards I created for each space and the take real "afters" once the house is complete - hopefully by the second or third week in May.

Today's board is what we wanted the second floor color scheme and overall feel to be.  This is an upside down house so the kitchen and main living room are all on the second floor!

The idea was to keep things simple and the colors neutral because it is just one big open space with lots of natural light.  I'll do a complete source board when the after photos go up.  Below can  you can see the direction we are going in!

Shore House Main Level

Love how everything is turning out and working together! 
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April 3, 2015

Happy Weekend and a Few Other Things

This week completely got away from me!  Sorry for the lack of posts here but between getting ready for Layla's birthday on Saturday and hosting family this weekend I just didn't have time to get a proper post up yesterday.  So today (late today) I thought I's share that today we finally dyed eggs and made the flowers above with the egg carton and paint...I saw something on Pinterest about these awhile ago but didn't really follow a tutorial to make them...just cut, shape, paint and glue - pretty easy and cute!  Thinking about using these on the food tables this weekend!

I also finally got around to creating a vintage shop on Etsy, Hadley Boo Vintage.  It only has a few listings (transferred from Layla Lou Studio) but I'm excited to start adding to it.  Having a shop exclusively for vintage items has been something I have wanted to for awhile since I love hunting for vintage pieces but don't always have a place to put them!

Well I hope you all have a great weekend, I'll be back here and there next week (Spring Break for the kids) since we'll be traveling up to NJ to see how the shore house is progressing - cannot wait!


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April 1, 2015

Wishlist Wedneday ~ Summer Jewelry

Some fun and trendy ideas for Summer 2015!

                                                     multi-colored ring necklace

                                                        bubble bead necklace

                                                            fuschia ladder bracelet

                                                               floral cluster earrings

                                                             palm leaf necklace

                                                           beaded tassel lariat

Can summer get here soon enough???!!!! ♥

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