Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Office is Moving...

Yeah, I've finally had time to sit and start concepting my next project--my new office :)

Ryan and I started to move my current office (seen here) downstairs to get the room ready for our baby (due Mar 30). My office will be combined with what is now our downstairs guestroom (seen here), which is practically all white...and with my desk and bookcase also being white...I LITERALLY have a white canvas to work with.

What to do...what to do?

I need to come up with an idea fairly fast as I'd like to paint at least one of the walls next week when I'm off for the Holidays.

I've been dying to create a room with grass greens for a while--see my previous blog post about my love for grass green here. Most rooms in my house have a very gray/charcoal tone, so I think this can be unexpected, feminine and refreshing.

Here are some inspirational photos that are tickling my fancy...

I am a green paint virgin so I'm going to have to test a lot of colors...but Benjamin Moore's Green Thumb looks pretty good so far...

I also have to think about how I want to dress the guest bed. I like the idea of keeping the bedding in soft and neutral tones like this...

Maybe it's all white bedding with pillows in soft patterns (like above) and a great throw at the bottom?
Another reason to keep the bedding simple is I might be using this awesome rug I recently purchased. I planned to use in the baby's room but now that I'm "making" an orange chevron rug, this oh-so-fabulous rug needs a home and the all white room might be the perfect spot!

Of course my eyes keep darting over to this ridiculous awesome blue--but since my dining room and bathroom are charcoal, my baby's room is navy, my bedroom is gray blue, and my family room ceiling is light gray...I'm thinking I need to move a little out of my comfort zone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Updated Nursery Board

Hi everyone,

Sorry I've been a little under the weather this week. Today is my last class and I am officially relieved. What a great experience, but super time-consuming!

For my final project we had to create a construction document--this is what you'd typically hand to your general contractor to let him know what walls need to stay, which need to be removed, which walls are painted, what color, which walls are papered, etc. Super detailed. I'll share my doc with you tomorrow.

In the meantime, we also had to do a complete furniture plan for a room. Obviously I picked my nursery since I was almost done with the design. But I added a few new finds. Check out my updated board below...

Here is a shot of my actual board that I'm presenting today in class...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Rue Magazine Holiday issue is live!

I can't wait to get home and officially devour the new Rue magazine. But here are some of my favorite pics in the meantime!

Also this weekend Ryan and I bought a bunch of our nursery furniture--so fun! I'll post what we bought later this week...and what we're still searching for :)

All images from Rue Magazine

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas trees are up!

Happy Monday everyone!

This weekend I finally got both of my trees (living room + family room) up and decorated. I love the feeling of a fire in the fireplace, a good movie on, a decorated Christmas tree, and a cup of coffee in my hand. It really is my happy place that I go to often (in my head) when life feels too hectic.

Here are a couple photos of my decorations (ps I know I need a tree skirt :)

I'm loving the beautiful mercury glass candlesticks and Christmas tree (gifts from my mother-in-law) which are currently living on my mantle.

We decided to decorate the upstairs tree very formal with gold and silver balls and red leaves. The flowers are the best trick I have...not only are they beautiful and cheap (I just buy fake poinsettias at Michael's and pop off the flowers from the stem) but they are perfect for hiding bald spots in your tree.

And here is my downstairs tree...this is where we put all of our family ornaments. As you can see we need to fill in a little more with balls and flowers. But overall, I'm loving it!

Now I just need to get on top of my Christmas cards...I'll post on that later this week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Costco Beds - Fabulous???

Happy Thursday!

Quick post, got to dash to a meeting...but two things...yesterday was not my second to last class...but third to last class...surprise to me :)

And can someone please order one of these oh-so-fabulous beds from Costco!?!?!

Yes you read that right...Costco! Don't they look almost as divine as the Colette bed from Crate & Barrel or any bed from Restoration!

Here is the Allegro Uphostered Wingback Bed and Headboard

And here is the Wingback Upholstered Bed Collection

Please, if you buy one of these, please send me a picture. I want to see how it looks in your room!