I am a mom, photographer, blogger, and enthusiastic home entertainer. I love cooking, decorating and making the most of life’s moments – big and small. I invite you to join me on my adventures as a designer, stylist, home cook, decorator, crafter, DIYer, party hostess and more!
Today, I’m sharing another fun bedroom that I staged which I hope will give you some decor inspiration. This house was vacant and while the realtor didn’t want to decorate the entire house, she definitely wanted to give it some personality. Like the last house I shared here, we decorated the kitchen, living room mantel, bathrooms and one of the bedrooms. I think this is a good strategy if you want to stage some of your home and can’t afford to furnish the entire space (if you’ve already moved for example). Pick the high points and show those off!
Do you have a big wall that you just don’t know what to do with? Most of us have at least one wall in our homes like this. For me, it was the wall in my master bathroom. It was a giant blank space and I just didn’t own anything that would fill it. There are already two mirrors in the room over the vanities so another mirror was just redundant… As an unofficial student of interior design, I’ve always admired a beautiful gallery wall, especially the grid like walls that look so tailored and elegant. But often those are filled with expensive pieces of art that are definitely out of my reach.
I have lots of plans and dreams in my heart, but the path to achieve them isn’t always clear to me. Can you relate to that too? Some of my goals include keeping the house tidier, learning a new language, laughing more/stressing less, things like that… those types of goals don’t tend to require too much strategizing to achieve (although I do have to be purposeful about them or they will never happen). But other goals like increasing my earnings, getting out of debt, achieving a sense of financial security, etc… this requires a deeper amount of purpose, it requires a PLAN. Recently I was
sobbing to my mom talking with my mother about my desire to earn enough doing what I love, and she told me we should do a 9 Grid. I held my kleenex in mid-air and (blearily) stared blankly at her…
I finally tackled one of the biggest challenges I could ever imagine tackling – ok, maybe I exaggerate a little but seriously this was a big job – I reorganized the dreaded LINEN CLOSET (insert scary “dun, dun, dun” music here…) When I first moved in, I had two closets in the bedroom hallway and foolishly I chose the smaller one thinking “There’s just two of us, we don’t have that many linens, etc… to store, this will work fine”. I put away the linens and time passed. But as time passed, mysteriously more and more things got shoved into the closet until it looked like this:
Bubbly drinks are fun any time of year but they are especially delightful in the heat of summer, don’t you agree? The tickle of bubbles – either from champagne or sparkling water – seem to release little bursts of invigorating hope when it is so hot I hardly know if I can carry on. Do you have those days too? If so, then you are going to love this simple summer drink – my Pomegranate Spritzer.
I want to share with you an easy tutorial for making these sweet little place cards from the Peach Blogiversary tablescape. I love a unique place card idea, and if you are having a special gathering I think these cards would be a wonderful accent. They are fairly simple to create and make a charming keepsake for your friends and loved ones to take home with them! Here’s what I used to make mine:
I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend if you live in the US or celebrated Princess Charlotte’s christening in the UK – there were lots of reasons to celebrate this weekend! I didn’t have firm plans and we ended up hanging around the pool at my parent’s house all-day which ended up being the perfect way to spend the day! I rarely take time to just “sit” so this was an unexpected pleasure that I was very grateful for. I sipped a lot of iced tea that day but kept wishing that I had a limeade instead. So today, I got a bag of limes and got to mixing!
Oh. My. Goodness.
Today marks 7 YEARS of me making the most of my little corner of cyberspace with you!
Seriously. 7 YEARS!! I don’t normally keep up with the amount of time that has been passing since I began blogging but when I was doing the blog redesign, I got looking back in the archives and realized that it’s been seven years, and I just knew we had to celebrate this! All anniversary’s have a theme and Copper & Wool are the gifts for seven years. Well, it’s the middle of summer and I just can’t get excited about wool right now. But copper caught my attention and I got thinking about the color, and the abundance of local peaches which all have a glorious coppery hue, and I decided it would be fun to invite you to a peachy garden luncheon!
Goodness me, is it really almost the 4th of July already? That’s the summer’s mid-point! How did it get here so fast?! Ah well, I’m trying to not over-obsess on how quickly the days are flying by, and rather embrace the ones we still have. And with that in mind, I decided I’d better create a simple, but fun, July 4th tablescape, and be quick about it! My sister is a gal of many, many talents including being a talented musician and she and her musical husband have created a recording studio in an old church building nearby which is painted the most wonderful old barn red.
Recently my parents were thinking of selling their home (they’ve since changed their mind) but when they were talking about it, we got talking about the importance of staging and they asked if I would help do a bit of sprucing up at their house. I eagerly agreed to, and rolled up my sleeves. I began with the built-ins in their living room. Here’s a look at how the shelves were before I began: