Thursday, July 30, 2015

Next Direct Fall Fashion

I love living in Utah because that means I get to buy cute new clothes for my kids at the change of seasons. That also means more money right out the door. Buying clothes is one thing I'm a big sucker for and that I'm willing to spend a little more to have stylish quality pieces to mix and match. Having two little girls means that whatever I buy my toddler, I can hand down to my baby. I want to spend money on quality pieces to last through the years, but they definitely need to be cute too! One of my favorite brands that offers great quality and fashionable styles is Next Direct. I received one of their catalogues in the mail several years ago and thought their styles were amazing for the price. Since then, I always order a few must have items each season. Their quality is amazing and is right up there with Boden and Gap. I've rounded up my favorite styles for transitioning to Fall for baby and toddler girls. So run hurry and order now so you're ready for Fall and before your favorite things sell out!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Front Entry: Before & After

Our house has been a slow work in progress, but thats the reality when you have a large family and busy lives. In the five years we've lived here we have done a lot of small simple things to improve the appearance. When we moved in, we pulled out the old carpet, removed all the layers of grandma curtains and stripped the wallpaper. It's amazing what a difference those simple things along with a fresh coat of paint can do for a house! Last year we embarked on helping the curb appeal of our home. I did a post here talking about our options for the front entry. I did end up choosing a different front door because the one I really liked would take 6 weeks to manufacture and install and it was getting close to the winter months. I really like the front door I ended up selecting but sometimes I wish I would have waited and gone with my original pick. I no longer feel embarrassed when I pull up our driveway. I feel happy and that's a good feeling to have! Now to get it painted . . .

I decided the oil rubbed bronze finish was best fit with the style of our home, our neighborhood and kids. I'm really happy I went with this finish. I ordered one of the less expensive lights pictured above and wasn't happy with the finish when I received it, the color looked black and it looked extremely cheap. I searched and searched for another inexpensive option, but ended up biting the bullet and ordering the one I liked the best from Shades of Light. It is a definite beauty. The only complaint I have is that it has a small opening at the top and bugs get in there so we have to take it down from time to time and clean it, but no other complaints. I ordered the mailbox shown and absolutely love it! It looks fantastic on our house! We still have yet to hang the numbers or paint the brick, but everything else is done and I love the more contemporary style it gives our home. Gone are all the granny elements, thank goodness!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Favorite Finds: Hobby Lobby

I hoped to have this up over the weekend, but it just didn't happen. It was one of those kind of busy weekends! I love finding unique accessories for my home that aren't super expensive. My favorite go to is Home Goods, but Hobby Lobby is another one to find fun home accents. They have sales all the time and offer one item at 40% off every visit per week. You can pull the coupon up on your phone as your checking out which makes it super convenient too! Because they are inexpensive, you don't feel guilty if you want to switch things out for different seasons or change your design up a bit! I always find fun graphic wall art that is especially cute in kid's rooms and they have a variety of different accessories that match. You honestly could decorate an entire room here! I also like that the styles aren't so baby or childish so they can definitely grow with your child for a more timeless look.

These would be so darling in a grouping for a nursery or little girls room. I think I may need to
get a couple of these for my girl's room once I get my toddler in a bed!

These pieces would look fantastic in a grouping for an office! I have my eye on that dalmatian print file folder for my office. I also have a couple of the brushed gold starburst orb things currently in my
living room and I love how they look. They're gorgeous in person.

These would be sweet for a baby boy's nursery. Look how darling everything coordinates without
being too matchy matchy.

I love these for a master bedroom, living room or teenagers room! I also think they would make a fantastic wedding gift. Oh how I would have loved to get something this cute as a present back in 
the day!

This group would look great in a boy's room. I love all the black and white graphics and natural wood. 

And last but not least, look at these cute bedroom accesories. I love all the black, white and gold which is all the rage in the design world right now. I have pinned so many bathrooms and kitchens in these color schemes. I need to decide which items I can't live without and go back! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My D.I.Y. Summer Wreath

As I've wrote about before, our home is a constant work in progress. We've been working on making the exterior have a little more curb appeal. We've done just about everything except for paint the brick and it is looking mighty fine! Next week I'll post some progress before and after photos. Until then, our new front door needed a little more sprucing up. I had my eye on a couple of magnolia wreaths but didn't want to drop $100 on a wreath. So I did the next best thing and went looking on Pinterest for some ideas. I was really liking the coffee filter wreaths I saw, but wanted something not quite so poufy! That's when I decided to get to work and make my own version. I'm really happy with how mine turned out and for $3 I can smile a little more. 

So how was this wreath only $3? I wanted a square wreath for something a little more unique. I remembered there were some Little Caesar's pizza boxes in the recycling bin from the night before. I grabbed one of them and cut it with a utility knife, my cutting board and straight edge. I figured out what size I wanted and cut out a square like so . . . 

I then opened my package of coffee filters and began scrunching each one up. I 
only purchased one package of filters and separated each one and then pulled the center
bottom and twisted it (that part is what will be hot glued to the cardboard). Once
I had all of the filters scrunched and twisted, I set them aside and went through my ribbon stash.
I am a hoarder when it comes to pretty paper, ribbon and fabric so I always have those
items on hand. I made sure my ribbons were long and varied in length. I then threaded them around
the cardboard square and knotted them around it. You want to do this before you begin gluing the 
coffee filters on so that they are hidden underneath. You can also do what I did and wait to tie on
the ribbons until you get closer to the bottom side with the filters.

I wish I had taken a pic of what a single scrunched coffee filter looked like, but really
there is no wrong way to do this. Your scrunchiness style will give your wreath more character
and make it unique, which is a good thing. I then hot glued each filter on to the cardboard. I wanted
mine close enough that you couldn't see cardboard showing through but not too dense for it to get 
poufy. Play with it until it looks how you want it too, this is a very forgiving project. I kept gluing
all around the four sides and on top of the ribbon with my knot at the bottom. You can also do a 
bow or have your ribbons hang from the top of the wreath. You'll probably just want to have this
figured out before you start gluing on the filters. Once my wreath was done, I used 3M velcro strips
to hang it on the door because who wants nail holes in a brand new door? I usually buy these at Home
Depot or Target. They are great for hanging virtually anything and are so handy! The only thing I spent money on was the coffee filters. This is the best $3 wreath you can make! I absolutely
love how mine turned out! 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Utah Valley Parade of Homes

This summer has been so busy! With four kids, it's really hard to find a quiet moment. I've really been missing all my hobbies and personal time. I love creating, writing and designing and I have done very little of it since baby number 4 was born in February. I've had to put personal time on the back burner until I can get back on a regular schedule. I feel like now that Miss Stella is four months, she is sleeping more consistently and I can get more done and back to a regular routine again. To be honest, I've tried to be more relaxed this summer and enjoy each moment with my kiddos. It has been nice to let go, but I find myself craving routine and order. This is the week I'm going to get back to exercise, order, blogging and creating.

I did sneak away with a friend to visit the Utah County Parade of homes a couple weeks ago and loved every house we visited! I wish we had more time to visit all of the homes, but we only made it to 4 or 5. We decided we better not leave all our kiddos home to fend for themselves for too long . . . 11-5 was long enough. I for sure wanted to see the Alice Lane home, the Jade Interiors home and the 4 Chairs Furniture homes. We visited a couple others as well, but my favorite one was definitely the Jade Interiors Home. I've followed Kirsten on Instagram for a couple of years now and have always loved her design style. I was so excited to see it all in person and was not disappointed. I'm looking forward to also visiting the Salt Lake Parade of Homes later this month to see a couple more of Kristen's houses.

Alice Lane Home

4 Chairs Furniture

Jade Interiors