Saturday, May 31, 2014

Weekend Reading

The weekend is upon us and I'm gearing up for a little beach trip with the family.  We're going camping and so that means I have to pull everything out and make sure nothing has holes in it or is broken.  Because as much as I love to camp, sleeping on the ground is not my idea of fun...and I won't go having an air mattress that deflates in the middle of the night. NO, sir.  

So in the meantime, I know there are a few things I need to do this weekend...

Who needs another pair of sandals? Um, I do! I do!  This tortoise sandal is my, match made in heaven.

I love this vertical garden wall, perfect for apartment living or even just a pretty focal wall on the porch.

Cheap candy from the store--check.  A large Pepsi--check.  Sitting in my pj's without the guilt--check.  It's the drive-in kids.  (image via: Via: Daily dose of Stuf Tumblr)

Buy yourself or someone you love flowers, or maybe some peonies.  Life is hard, the least we could do is have something pretty to look at, right?

Strawberry picking is definitely on our list this summer.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and remember to wear your sunscreen!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Banana Leaf Pillows

If you followed along with me during The One Room Challenge, you'd know that my room didn't end entirely finished (see the final reveal here), but then again, I don't think my rooms will ever be finished.  One aspect of the room I was most unhappy about was the fact that my throw pillows wouldn't come in until after the final week in the ORC.  But once they were here, it didn't matter.  All that matters is that they had arrived! And they look amazing, just as I predicted.  

I purchased my pillows from Hollie, at Stuck On Hue. She has an amazing selection of pillows to chose from, which makes it that much harder to decide.  I have too many favorites!  They have an invisible zipper and the seams are all finished. I purchased my pillow cover 2 inches smaller than the pillow inserts I had, which makes them more filled out and fuller.  I added in my little red pillow just for kicks and love the bright colors together. 

But, in the end I decided I liked them solo on the bed.  Now when I walk in the room it feels like a breath of fresh air.   

With these babies, I feel like we're totally ready for summer.  Beach anyone?!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekend Reading: Summer

The weekend is here and my kids are losing it already.  As the kids are getting older and we're able to venture out to more places, I've been having anxiety over the idea of summer break and what we're going to fill our time with.  I am bound and determined to have some sort of schedule in order, but--we'll see how that pans out, right? So, I thought I'd start a little series about the weekend and what to fill it with.  I can't promise that they'll always include the kiddos, because sometimes I'm selfish and I like to indulge a bit. Sorry, not sorry. Today would have been a perfect beach day, but sadly mama has some homework to do and we're confined to stay closer to home today. Plus, it's too dang hot. So--Plan, B....

This heat we're having in SoCal is begging me to make these yummy popsicles .  I think the kids would be into it, I mean they do include chocolate.  If not, I could always bribe them if they were made in these.

I rent so I've always been a little skeptical about plants and such, but I've been dying to pot a citrus tree for a while now.  So I don't think I should put it off any longer.

This wood bead necklace is definitely on my to-do list.  Easy enough for anyone to do.  

Tie dye something--anything!

I love sandals and would wear them every day.  But the downside of this are dry and cracked feet.  Yeah, not so sexy.  This yummy lemon peppermint footscrub looks good enough to eat, and quick enough to pull together for a good soak tonight.

Hopefully, you all are out doing something fabulous for the weekend, and if not--at least treat yourself to something nice.  Cake is always a good way to go.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Large and in Charge


I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and if you're a mother, were able to enjoy a little restful or at least less stressful day on Sunday.  I wish I could say that I was able to sleep in and enjoy flowers and breakfast in bed served to me by my little family, but sadly no.  The hubby had to work so I was on my own Sunday, taking the kids to church and cooking my own meals.  We'll be celebrating later and on one hand, my babies were great at church and (gasp!) I even got to take a little nap on the couch for a bit too. Shocker--I know.  So it wasn't a terrible day and I still received all the cute notes and handmade finger paintings accustomed to Mother's day.

So this past week while I was at my parents, my mom has been remodeling most of the house we grew up in.  It's been in need of some updating for a long time and she's finally been getting things checked off her list.  The other day she asked me about a large wall in the living room and what she should do with it.  I would love to see her put something large in the space, either a piece of art or a large mirror.  On the adjacent wall she already has a gallery wall of the family and everyone's individual families.  So I am hoping to convince her with something large and that will make a statement in the room.

The Marion House Book

I would absolutely love to see her do something with some color.  The room itself is very neutral and this would give it a breath of fresh air.


Apartment Therapy


I know for most going large seems a tad overwhelming and excessive, but I think it's all part of being brave and taking a leap.  I love the impact it has on a space and how much bigger it makes a room.

It's a far reach but I'm hoping she'd pick one by Gray Malin. Or at least I would.


Friday, May 9, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 6 | The Reveal

This is it--we finally made it to week six of the The One Room Challenge.  If you want to see where I originally started go here.  I am excited and a little bit sad this challenge is all coming to an end. It's been great finally finishing some projects for this room, and fun to watch the participants progress too.  Over the past few weeks I've had some major life events going on and so my room went a little unattended for a bit.  But even through it all, I needed this little project.  It was nice to have an escape and something to busy my mind.  

If you follow me on Instagram you'll notice a few things I'd been working on over the last few weeks and I'm stoked at how they all came together. Now for starters, we rent and so my room consisted of diy's that weren't permanent, and like most, on a budget.  So I did my best to find things on CL, diy it myself or use what I already had.  This not only made the hubs happy, but our checkbook too.  One of the first things I decided on was my beaded chandelier, this baby was no easy feat and I'm happy to report, I will never do that again. Seriously, never. That thing was torture--and took like, forever to finish.  But it turned out to be a great focal point for the room and gave some interest to my character-less room.

For the bed, I went completely neutral and kept it white.  Unfortunately, I didn't purchase my pillows soon enough and am still waiting on them to arrive.  Seriously, this killed it for me.  They will definitely make this room.  And with the black and white striped headboard, I know they're gonna steal the show.

These banana leaf pillow covers are what I ordered and I cannot wait!

This dresser was the one that turned my little plan upside down. I am completely in love with her.  

I switched things up halfway through the challenge and I decided the room needed a little bit of my Hawaiian culture and I couldn't stop thinking about pineapples and my dad--so this little pineapple trio was born. 

And even though I didn't get everything finished on my to-do list, I'm really happy I participated and that I'm much closer to completing our room.  A really big thanks to Linda, for putting this whole shindig together.  Everyone has done such an amazing job--you all rock!



Pinch pleat duvet cover:  Target
Headboard:  DIY ; Fabric:  IKEA
Nightstands:  Thrifted/Vintage 
Chandelier:  DIY ; Tutorial: GUS & LULU
Pillow:  DIY ; Fabric: Napkin from World Market
Draperies:  Target
Dresser:  Craigslist
Lamps:  Target
Accessories:  HomeGoods, Target, Thrifted
Silver bamboo frames:  HomeGoods
Pineapple art:  DIY myself
Large abstract art:  Cozamia
Planters: IKEA

Sunday, May 4, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 5

We're entering the last week of The One Room Challenge and the pressure is on! Compared to what I've been watching unfold over the past month on most blogs participating, my little room isn't anything as nearly spectacular.  But I think my little room is comparable to what most can do on a budget and when you're renting.  While I can't make any major architectural changes, I could at the very least paint, but decided I wanted to keep my space neutral and stress-free when we move out.  A few changes have been made to my original plan, for starters, we've decided to skip on the desk beside the bed for now.  The hubs and I just can't seem to find the right one and so we're just holding out, which is better than buying something you absolutely will hate.  So we're waiting patiently, or at least he is.  And the headboard situation is also at a standstill.  I have been toying with just keeping the striped headboard because I've decided to keep things neutral and I do love the black and white, I just think I may need to give it some piping or something, we'll see.

This week, I finally picked up some new bedding.  While most people shy away from white when they have children, I indulge a bit and get a little selfish when it comes to my bed. This duvet is great because while I'm going pretty neutral in the space, the cinched material gives it some texture. Love it!  And I also gave my new dresser a coat of refinish this week to brighten her up a bit and make her look all shiny and pretty.  It took me literally less than an hour to do and she looks brand spankin' new.

For artwork in the room, I have a large black and white beach photograph from our trip to Cambria last year which I'll probably use in the space, but got to thinking I needed something else to go along with it. Pineapples are a bit of a symbol right now in my life for someone close to me and I really wanted to incorporate it somewhere in my home, and so I'm toying with the idea of a watercolor pineapple.  I just can't seem to decide if it should be in color or black and white.  Any suggestions??

This is the eleventh hour and I am trying my best to get it together.  For starters, I know I'm not the only one going to be reupholstering just days before (I hope not!)  My checklist for what I'd love to accomplish, but just might hyperventilate over:

-Reupholster bench
-Buy dresser
-Finish abstract/watercolor artwork
-Draperies for the window
-New bed linen
-Swap out too large TV for smaller one 
-Recover bamboo chairs
-Update headboard??

If you want to keep up with previous week's, check out Week 1Week 2Week 3, and  Week 4