Thursday, April 23, 2015

Updating Your Planting Pots

gardening, planting, pots, flowers

Pull out your planting pots and fill them up with soil and new greenery!  It's that time to start bringing life back to your garden and porches.  Spring is one of my favorite seasons and gardening has become a favorite pastime since my vegetable garden days while living in Connecticut.  Now it's just flowers for me until we make space for a garden.

So I have quite a few pots on hand that are a random collection.  Instead of running out to buy new ones so they complement each other, I decided to stain them.  My urns are actually plastic and made to look old.  I had some cream wood stain on hand and just painted it to give it an updated look.  It now looks more stone, and I'm happy with the results.  So, go and update your planting pots!

I love the look of spray painted terra cotta pots, which are so cheap.  Such a great idea!  There are a lot of fun projects with terra cotta pots on pinterest.  Also create planting corners on your deck or patio, mixing herbs and flowers.  My favorite flowers to plant in pots are hydrangeas because they do well in a shady corner with only 4 hours of sun they need each day.  I like to get the everlasting breed, so they bloom all season and then I have freshly-cut flowers to bring in the house.  In the fall you can transport to the ground.

You can always mix your herbs with your flowers in your planting pots.  Like basil has such a pretty leaf and looks great with dahlias and chives look great with lavender or another desert flower.  You can see how I made basil flowers arrangements.  

Get your hands dirty and enjoy your garden...wherever it may be!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Around Seaside/Watercolor Florida

We just got back from a fun spring break trip to the 30A, which is a beach highway right on the gulf side of Florida, between Panama City and Destin.  This is our third spring break trip we have taken down in that area.  We just love it so much!  My favorite beach towns are Seaside and Watercolor.  They so picturesque and the beach homes are darling!  I highly recommend visiting this area of Florida.  Here are just a few pictures I took around the beach town.

You can see more pictures from our past Seaside Florida trips.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

White Leather Modern Chairs

white leather modern chairs with chrome | leatherette , modern chairs
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White leatherette and modern chrome create an edgy lounge chair.  These chairs have a minimalist tone, but can work with any room decor.  This is a great way to bring in a modern style and pair it with a traditional sofa, similar to the image below.  


The ones listed above are all under $500.  I just ordered two of the Rialto Bonded Leather chairs for an office room I'm helping with decorating.  They look so good and comfortable to sit in.  Now we just need a rug and decorating accessories.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Favorites: Make-Up

Today I'm talking about some of my favorites today: makeup.  I had to do a replenishment on my makeup recently, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about my favorite makeup items.  A few months ago I had a consultation with makeup artist Tirza Grant .  She did a whole "before" and "after" look on me and gave me tips on how to apply my makeup.  It was so great and educational!  I hope to do a more detail post on it in the future when I see her next.  Being a mom of four with a busy schedule I really needed new ways on how to hide my tired eyes and refresh my face.  Tirza showed me the proper way to apply makeup like...using a makeup brush and contouring the face.  Yes, I was guilty of using my fingers to apply makeup!  She also introduced me to makeup brands, which I had never used before and since have become my favorites.  I've spent so much money on makeup that I don't like or isn't the best quality.  It was money saving to sit down with Tirza and try out different brands on my face.

1. Nars Concealer--a concealer stick that is lightweight but long-lasting.  I like it because you can contour your nose and cheeks, and it's like using a crayon to draw on your face.  It really helps with my dark circles and hiding blemishes on my face.
2.  Nars Blush--my favorite color is Orgasm.  It is really a beautiful color, and you really can't go wrong with it.  I think it looks good on everyone.  The color has a healthy glow, and flatters the skin tone.  Orgasm has a golden shimmer to the pink blush that gives the effect of a radiant afterglow.
3.  Make Up For Ever foundation --this foundation has changed my face so much.  Its a high definition foundation, which is used often for women in front of the camera and television, but it's still lightweight  and invisible so you don't feel like you are wearing a mask.  I apply this with a brush after the concealer.    
4.  Bobbi Brown Ink Liner -- before liquid liner I would use a pencil liner and often times it would end up smeared or in my eye crease.  Tirza showed me how to properly apply liquid eye liner, and I have become a fan.  Not only does it last longer but it stays put!  Even in water.  Hello pool!
5.  Marc Jacobs Georgie Girl Lipstick--  I am loving Marc Jacobs lipsticks!  The colors are beautiful.  My favorite this summer is Georgie Girl pink lipstick.  It is the perfect pink.  Because of my dark hair I usually go dark and I was thinking it would be too light but I am loving the constrast.  

Shirt: HM || Turquoise Earrings: DMJ

What are some of your makeup tips?  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Guest Bathroom

We bought our southern house about two years ago from a builder.  It was a spec home, which means it was a new build but not custom (we couldn't pick any of the finishes out) and everything inside was builder grade.  We have been slowly making changing throughout the house, especially with the light fixtures.  The house was all brown when we bought it--outside, inside and all the details.  As my Dad would say...'cum on builders!  Get with the program!  And I would finish that off with...that's SO 1998.  Well, first thing we did was paint the entire house a soft gray, switching out the brown paint color. We added wallpaper to many rooms.  One was the guest bathroom.  And we just finally switched out the light fixture and mirror in the guest bathroom.

Here are the before "progressing" pictures.  I didn't get a picture of the bathroom right after we moved in without the wallpaper, but you get the idea.  We never painted this room but instead just added wallpaper.

Here is the "after".  Just a few minor changes can make a big impact.  I wanted to keep the southern feel of the house, so I didn't want to go too modern.  But the light fixture has a traditional contemporary look.  The light fixture is suppose to face down but because of the mirror size, I had to flip it facing up.  It works because of the height of the ceiling and still adds a ton of light.  I will say that to update the house I've been going with a chrome finish on fixtures regardless that the faucets and door handles are brown antique bronze.  I think it is OKAY to mix metals in a room.  All the links and resources are below.

guest bathroom, powder room, venetian mirror

guest bathroom, powder room, wallpaper, venetian mirror, bathroom with window

guest bathroom, powder room, wallpaper, window

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Break: Beach Clothes for Kids

Living where we live means we are just a few hours away from some of the best beaches.  With spring here and our break is just around the corner, we are planning to spend the week at the beach soaking up some much needed rays.  Here is a round up of a few of my favorite beach items kids.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lacquer Abstract Easter Eggs

easter egg decorating table with spring flowers, easter decorating

We are celebrating our family Easter traditions a week early this year, since our spring break falls right on Easter Sunday.  We are planning to do our feast this Sunday and my kids decorated their eggs.  We love decorating Easter eggs and trying out new techniques.  Below are links to Easter egg decorating techniques that we have done in the past.  This year we decided to use lacquer to make the eggs look like glass and acrylic paint to give it a strong color.  This is a fun project for kids to explore mixing colors with adult supervision.

easter eggs decorating

For this project we blew out the egg yolk and whites by poking holes on each end and blowing through one side as the insides dripped into a bowl.  This helps for the eggs to dry without sticking to anything.

Pick out three to four acrylic paints that complement each other.  Also, so when you allow your kids to paint the eggs the colors won't get too messy during mixing.

easter egg decorating with paints

Pretty, bright rich colors.  Let your kids paint and get creative with a palate of paint!

Allow your eggs to dry.  I used an egg carton, turned it over and put toothpicks in for the eggs to properly dry without touching anything.  Once you can touch, spray two coats of Rust-oleum Lacquer spray paint over the eggs.  Make sure to do it in a well-ventialated area.  They will look like glass eggs!

easter eggs decorating and table with spring flowers

Style your easter table with potted spring flowers.  We spray painted terra cotta pots white and modge podge white lace ribbon around each pot to dress up the pots.  

Here are other Easter egg decorating techniques that we have done in years past:

Easy Easter Egg techniques --no paint dying needed to make your eggs beautiful
Beautiful and Color Egg techniques-- we use these techniques.  Favorites ones.
Easter Picnic in an Egg--favorite idea for lunchboxes or picnics


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