Thursday, September 27, 2012

Updates and Favorites In Da House

Here's an update on what's going on with us...{from the female perspective mostly - sorry honey}.

Guys, I'm back into a sporadic fitness routine and it feels really damn good. After a two year hiatus from the gym I can't believe how quickly I've gotten back into it (almost 2 months now). I've been enjoying spinning class and yoga class (I never ever thought I would love yoga, but I LOVE it - great instructor). We've been fitting in workouts whenever possible, and trying not to get down on ourselves when we miss (b/c it's impossible for us to go every day let's be honest).  I got a tip on the workout leggings above from a friend at work and they have changed my workout life - I can't believe I didn't get them sooner (Old Navy).

With the fitness routine comes a change in diet (as best we can), so healthier snacks and healthier meals.  I love the lightly salted Blue Diamond almonds. I don't love how they get all stuck in my teeth, but they're a great snack packed with protein.

And we love beer in our house so not giving that up, and I love the fall seasonal beers in particular. Steve loves the Dogfish Head Punkin and I've been enjoying Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale (organic from VT - healthy beer?). Gotta treat ourselves, right?

So clothes are fitting better and overall we're feeling healthier +++

Mini Me:
Sheila is just so darn cute but I feel like I say that all the time. Her language is exploding and her curiosity is so fun to watch. We were in a bit of a book slump but now we're back into books (hooray). I couldn't resist the "I Can Do It Myself" book last time we were at the bookstore. It was so her. She wants to do everything herself and she is so proud. She loves this book - we usually read it at least 2 or 3 times at bedtime.

And I can't forget the other favorite book "We Help Mommy" which is part of the Eloise Wilkins collection that you see above. We Help Mommy was one of my favorites growing up and this book was actually a shower gift from my Mom. Sheila loves We Help Mommy (page 119). The illustrations are really cute and classic. Either book would be a fun gift for someone.

And then the fall clothes...{sigh}. I think fall wardrobe for Sheila might be my favorite. I love the coziness of leggings or tights with a dress. The clothes just look more comfortable to me. I got this dress from Old Navy in 3 different colors - teal, navy, and red (for Christmas). It's adorable and Sheila really seemed to be comfy in it - I love sending her to school in cute comfy clothes.

Can't forget the staple skirts either...we got the skirt in denim and khaki corduroy (looks like it also comes in grey and red which our store didn't have). They have elastic in the back for comfort (some of them didn't which I thought was strange) - both the dress and skirt are $8.

So that's a quick update on us - we're busy. Thanks for sticking with me.

Have you discovered any favorites lately? Please share - I love getting new recommendations on things (and if you have toddlers please share favorite books - I would love some new book recs too).

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Project - A Refresher

I wanted to show you a quick peek of a new project that I'm working on currently.

This client has a lot of great existing pieces of furniture in her home, so we're going to do a refresher:  new paint on the walls, some new pillows, and perhaps a new piece of art or two. This will give her main living area a new look without spending a ton of money.

You can see the existing wood floors in the photos below, and you can also see the current color on the walls. It's a buttery yellow color and we're going to change that up to compliment the floors and the existing elements in the room. A fresh coat of paint on the trim is also going to freshen up this space.

We're also in the process of getting quotes on reupholstering this chair...

Isn't this chair great? I love it, and I actually don't mind the existing fabric on it (it's in great shape), but I think freshening it up with some new fabric will really jazz it up. 

I love the double welt detail around the seat of the chair.

Baby got back. I'm thinking a geometric fabric in a rich color would be oh so good on this chair. We'll see.

And one more - profile shot.

Oh and this chair has a cousin that is not currently in the room. Cousin is sitting in the basement all lonely and looking for a place to hang - I think it could work in this space but we're going to discuss once we get our quotes in and make some decisions.

So I'll be checking back once I get the rest of the elements together. A paint color was chosen yesterday and I can't wait to see it up on the walls. This is an open floor plan so the color will be throughout the entire first floor.

Happy Tuesday my friends - what's going on in your neck of the woods today? 

Have you had any furniture upholstered recently?

Friday, September 21, 2012

My Favorite Sheets

My husband and I were sick earlier in the week, and since then I haven't had much juice left this week for blogging. But before we gallop away for the weekend, I thought this was very share-worthy and something that I've really loved ever since we bought...

I picked up a set of these white percale sheets at Target a few weeks ago, and they are awesome. They are really soft and really comfortable. And the price is right too. They come in a variety of colors/patterns, but I will say that we also have the blue stripe sheets and I prefer these white sheets over them. So that's my hot tip for the week.


Very excited...we're headed down to Baltimore this weekend for my cousin's wedding. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and I get to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people. Enjoy everyone! Oh, and here's my cousin's wedding invite - I thought it was so fun and I love the color scheme.

This was taken with Instagram so the colors appear a bit muted, but the envelope is a blush color and then the font on the invite is a teal and rosy/peachy color - and a touch of the Baltimore skyline.

Congratulations Liz and Ivan!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lost and Found

Hello Monday! It is a gorgeous one here in PA.

Well, I had fun doing my last Lost & Found post and it got such a great response from you that I figured I would continue it. AND, it gives me motivation to explore places on my "to-do" list which is always fun.

A week or so ago I took a drive over to Woodmere Art Museum - only about 5-10 minutes from my day job. I was able to view two current exhibitions that are going on right now one is the work of Doris Staffel and and the other is Alex Kanevsky. Both artists are so impressive. The artwork above is by Alex Kanevsky.

It was so interesting to read about each piece of art and also the history and background on each artist. If you are local, I would highly recommend checking it out if you're in the area. I actually ended up getting in for free the day I visited because they were doing some renovations. They do jazz nights on Friday's and they have a bunch of other special events and panel discussions that look really good.

I picked these two up at Lowe's last weekend. I've been wanting to try a small succulent for a while, so I figured I would give this one a whirl. I've been leaving it in a window and spritzing it a few days a week. The spritzer was $2.99 - came in green and pink. You know how I love functional and pretty paired together.

Have you been to a local museum lately?

**Two technical blogging related bits:
- My about page isn't functioning for some reason. You may have noticed that I got a new domain so my site is being redirected, so for some reason whenever I saved my edits it isn't redirecting properly. I haven't been able to figure out the fix yet, so if anyone has any ideas please let me know. It's driving me a wee bit crazy.

- Secondly, I just had to delete a bunch of uploaded photos from my Picasa album, which I haven't had to do yet. I guess that means I've uploaded a lot of photos.  A year and a half of blogging will do that I suppose.

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Client Progress: Paper Installation

I stopped in to my client and friend Christina's office and got such an awesome surprise. Can you guess what business Christina is in?

Look at that paper! I just want to touch all of it (and I did).

Christina owns Paper Rock Scissors, where she and her staff specialize in custom invitations, calligraphy, and event design. A creative group nonetheless.

When we reworked the layout of her office, this wall was somewhat bare. So I had suggested taking the paper that she had in the work/assembly room and bringing it out into the office area as functional, pretty, colorful art - and man, it does not disappoint.

The paper is hung on the wall by white curtain rods from IKEA. Pretty brilliant, huh?

I love being able to use what you already have to make a big impact in a room, and I think this is a great example of that.

We're still working on this room but Christina is already really happy with the improvement of functionality of this space. Next up is another art installation that will be fun.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Styling Takes Practice

Styling takes a lot of practice. Playing around, moving things here, there and everywhere - kind of like what I did in our bathroom. And really to see it in a different light, I think photographing and looking back at your photos helps too.

I gave a preview in my Wish & Tell guest post of my nightstand and how I was playing around with the styling. Here is where I started after I had recovered the seat - a little plain Jane right?

I probably spent a good 20 minutes playing around with this area. I just pulled some items that I had around the house and started moving things around. Things to keep in mind when styling and pulling together an area: texture, shape, and color. You also want to keep the eye moving, so positioning is also key.

The Goods and Placement:

The scarf that I had gotten from my Mom is used for some color and shiny/smooth texture.

The basket to the left is used to camouflage the cable outlet. I got the basket at Home Goods a few years ago. I like the weathered look of it and also that it introduces some roundness (is that a word?) to the area.

The cream storage bin underneath the bench is from IKEA and is used to avoid your eye from focusing on the otherwise negative space underneath there (a.k.a. the tunnel effect which I will tell you more about below). I'd like to get something else for underneath but it works for now and didn't require any extra out of pocket.

And then there is my stack of random books and magazines that need to be fixed and organized a bit more but that is how it usually looks - keeping it real friends. I actually think I would scrap the books in the next photo and maybe just do a clock for a cleaner look. We'll see.

Now about that tunnel effect...
I really enjoy reading Camille's posts (from The Vintique Object) that she writes on photo composition. Camille's post back in May on styling to avoid the tunnel effect really stuck with me. And Camille actually has a tab on her blog dedicated to photographing rooms - I highly recommend taking a browse over there. You will get hooked and I bet come away with new insight on photos and styling that you see in magazines. I look at photos in books and magazines in a completely different light now and it's so interesting.

Ok, now it's your turn, what are some of your favorite tricks or items to use when you're photographing projects in your home?


By the way, thank you so much for your support yesterday on my guest post at Emily's blog - not only did you guys have sweet things to say but I also found some great new blogs so welcome if you're newer here!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Play Time

I took a few minutes yesterday to play around with our bookshelf in the living room a bit. I'm still working on this room, but you can see the new paint color (BM Camouflage). It looks so nice on the walls - in both natural light and artificial too. The old color was really starting to cave in and just too dark.

I picked up the gladiolas yesterday at Whole Foods for $3.99 which is a really good price for them. I think the best I had gotten prior to this was $5.99 for a smaller bunch. Sheila picked out the yellow or else they probably would've been pink or deep purple. I really love gladiolas for their shape, color, and impact that they have in a room.

And I'm still trying to find the perfect spot for our Manayunk Bridge painting that we had picked up at the Arts fest. It keeps popping up in my photos though because I love it so much.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend! It's a perfect day here and looks like this weather is going to stick around for a little while which makes me very happy - cooler nights and days in the 70s/low 80s.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Today I'm a Guest

Being asked to guest post is always such a nice treat for me. It gives me the freedom to write a bit differently and write about a topic that I might not normally write about on here.

Today I'm very happy to be a guest over at Emily's blog, Recently.

Emily's blog is wonderful for: a cute outfit she put together on a board, vintage finds she snatched up at an estate sale, a recent project that she's tackled in her home, or photos of her adorable kiddos - it's such a nice mix of happy. Her blog is one of those where I enjoy seeing the (1) on my Reader when I log-in (you guys know what I mean).

Check out one of her recent projects:

Oh yes she did.

A big thank you to Emily for inviting me over to participate in her Wish & Tell series. It's so much fun!