my house paint colors

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We all know how hard it can be to find the right color of paint for our house.  You bring home a trunk full of samples, but then they all suck once you hold them up.  Ugh.  I lucked out when I chose the color in this house.  I absolutely love it.  And, thank God for that because it covers every wall and ceiling in here.  The overall feel is white, but against the bright white trim you can tell it's a light gray.

The walls and ceilings throughout are all PPG (Pittsburgh Paints) Palomino Gray.  Trim is PPG White Chip.  I've included a lot of pictures so you can see how it changes depending on the time of day and amount/type of light it gets.  You can click on the titles to visit the rooms for more info and photos.

Kitchen cabinets are Sherwin-Williams Snowbound.  I'm sorry, but I don't know the black used on the kitchen island and master vanities, but it is another Sherwin-Williams color.

Shiplap in the kids' bathrooms is Benjamin Moore Simply White.  It's almost identical to the Sherwin-Williams Snowbound used on the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities.

The mudroom and laundry built-ins are also Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Remind me how in love with it I am should I get a wild hair 10 years from now ;)

8 ceiling fans that aren't ugly

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ceiling fans.  Practical, but not always pretty.  The one in our master died during the insane storm the other night that dumped 16 inches of rain on Houston in 24 hours.  Power being knocked off over and over again must have fried it.  By the way, we are dry at our house.  So many surrounding us aren't.  Please keep those families in your prayers.

Since we were going to have to replace ours, I thought I might go a different route this time around.  In my search for a non-ugly ceiling fan with a light (which is much harder than it should be) I ended up finding a few that looked pretty darn good!  I even threw in one without a light because a) it's gorgeous, and b) not everyone needs the extra light in their space.  The best part of this round up is that a number of them are under $250.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Here are a couple of these fans in real homes, showing off how pretty the actually are.

I've already got the fan, just need to find the time to get it up.  Which one do you think I went with?  I think you'll be surprised ;)

secretary shelf styling

Monday, April 18, 2016

My husband has had his grandmother's secretary desk for years, long before we were married.  It's always been with us, but in six houses (good grief we've moved a lot) this is the first home where it has been in a main room and visible.  I've never spent any time styling it, mostly because I never knew what to do with it, but finally decided it was time. 

I'm sure there is a formula that would make this a no-brainer, but I don't know what it is.  I kind of created one on the fly.  I also didn't want to buy anything new, so I worked only with what I had.  

Best way to start is with a clean slate.  Take everything out.  Even if you plan on reusing some of the items already in there.

I started at the top with my taller pieces.

Added books to the center shelf.  I didn't want things too similar, so I laid some of the books flat on one side.

Added smaller pieces in with the books.  Instead of placing the turtle below the candlesticks, I flipped it to the other side so the white and metallic pieces on the two shelves are diagonal from each other.  

The bottom shelf is a little tricky.  Once the doors are shut, things get visually lost since our living room window reflects on the glass doors.  I used a grouping of white pieces on the left that would stand out from the dark wood and a photo with a lot of white space on the right.  The butterfly was a free image I downloaded from The Graphic's Fairy.  I can't find the exact one I used, but there are so many good ones!  I then added a cup with my grandmother's collection of silver spoons for another layer.

And that's it!

Wasn't quite as scary as I thought it was.  The hardest part is always getting started.

SOURCES:  Ethan Allen secretary - family piece (similar here) // zebra chair - thrifted (reupholstered in this fabric) // sheepskin // perforated ginger jar - Homegoods (similar here) // brass turtle // coral (similar here) // milk glass (thrifted) // free butterfly downloads // silver cup (Pottery Barn, no longer avail)


the most amazing home... ever

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

You know that feeling when you see something so absolutely amazing that it literally takes your breath away?  Studio McGee has been sharing tours from their recent project, Modern Mountain Home, and um, I don't think I will ever be the same.  I cannot stop thinking about this home.


This is just a small sampling from the tours.  There is so much more over on Studio McGee's site!  You MUST go check it out.  And, if I'm not mistaken, I believe this is a vacation house.  WHAT?!!  Click on the tour links below to be taken to each one.  And get your pinnin' finger ready cause it's gonna be a pinfest once you get there.

What's your favorite part?  I think it may be all of those amazing bedrooms, but it's so hard to choose!!!

sam's birthday party DIY's

Thursday, April 7, 2016

You may remember Sam's 3rd birthday party from late last year.  I've had a couple of requests on the How-To's for the mason jar party favors and streamer garland, so I thought I would throw them together in one post!


What you'll need:

  • Canning Jar - I used the Ball 16 oz. wide mouth.  You can find them on Amazon here, or you might be able to pick them up at your grocery store.
  • Plastic Animals - I found mine on Amazon here.
  • Adhesive to glue the animals on the lid.
  • Spray paint
  • Baker's twine - I found mine on Amazon here.
  • Thank You Printable (click here to download)
  • 2" paper punch - I found mine at Hobby Lobby here.
  • Regular paper hole punch for running the twine through
  • Filler of your choice!  Animal crackers, frosted animal crackers (yum!), pretzels, tiny cookies, etc.
How to do it:

Glue your plastic animals to the top of the jar.  Once they're dry, spray paint them with the color of your choice.  Print out the thank you printable, punch out your tags, and tie it around the neck of the jar with the baker's twine.  

TIP:  Initially I spray painted the ring that screws down onto the jar.  When I started unscrewing the caps (after finishing the whole project) I noticed some of the paint flaked off, leaving a mess around the outside of the jar.  Nothing got on the food, but it was still gross.  To prevent this,  you can either run a strip of painter's tape along the inside of the ring to prevent spray paint from getting on it, or just don't spray paint the ring.  You can see below that it's still super cute leaving it silver!


This is my new favorite way to decorate for parties.  It's ridiculously cheap and you can customize it to whatever color theme you're going for!  I also used this for the ice-cream party we threw last summer.

What you'll need:
  • Multiple colored crepe party streamers.  You can find them anywhere and they're so cheap!
  • Sewing machine 

How to do it:

Place two of your crepe streamers side by side and over lap them in the center.  With your sewing machine set at the longest stitch length and the highest tension, stitch the two streamers together.  The machine will automatically gather the streamers as it sews.  If it's not gathering as tightly as you would like, try lightly pulling the two streamers toward you as your machine pulls them in to stitch.  Keep going until you have the length of garland your after!

That's it!  For more DIY's and tutorials, check out my Tutorials + Tips page.


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