union jack dresser.

I've been busy this week working on my latest piece. I've been wanting to do a 'union jack' dresser for some time now but was waiting for the right suspect.

Enter this guy:

He was an unexpected suprise. I went out to pick up another dresser and he was right there with the one I set out to get...I couldn't leave him all alone. So I loaded up the both of them and off we went straight to my workshop!

My inspiration was Miss Mustard Seed's more authentic Union Jack.

Although I am in love with hers I wanted to keep mine in a more neutral color pallet and of course two of my favorite painting colors that I always have on hand are white & grey.

I painted the entire piece grey then "mapped out" my flag on the front. And let me tell you...I suck at math and figuring out angles and such so there were a few moments where I had a few choice words to say to Mr. Jack...but in the back of my mind I could see the end result so I pushed through.

Once the flag was dry I heavily distressed the entire piece because I wanted it to look vintage and tattered.

I really had a lot of fun with this one and although it may not appeal to everyone I had to take the risk. It's always a good thing to push yourself and get those creative juices flowing because it leads to more creative ideas.

I'm hoping to have the other dresser wrapped up soon. I have a picture in my mind how it will turn out and I'm really hoping I can make it happen.
Also in master bedroom news we are slightly behind on the bed building but we did purchase the wood yesterday and I ordered some fabric!


on an adventure.

Have you ever just decided to hop in the car with no plan in mind but to drive?

Yesterday I did just that.

Of course I had my two accomplices with me along with my camera and a cup of coffee. 
(Jeff had a really long work day that day)

We set out without a clue on where we were headed...but of course my car took me towards the ocean.

Avery had fallen asleep when I pulled into this little area so I hopped out and snapped a few shots of the cold, still ocean. Not a boat in sight!
(Riley was dancing in the back seat hoping I'd let him out for a quick swim...sorry buddy not happening)

There was a giant driftwood log. If I could have picked it up and put it in my car I would have.

As we drove up the coast I pulled in a few places to check them out. Lots of pretty parks right on the ocean with playgrounds...we'll be returning in the spring for sure!

I attempted to get everyone out of the car to stretch their legs. There was a sign that said dog's must remain on a leash...Riley does not do well on a leash he is use to running free and comes on command pretty well.
So picture me with a 100 pound dog dragging me across a park because he smelled salt water and a 20 pound toddler running behind me trying to hold my hand.

Needless to say that excursion didn't last long.

It was fun not having a plan and just driving. You stumble across some pretty cool things.


the king & I.

It's been two sleeps in our new king bed and all I can say is it's A-MAZ-ING! 

Last night we were about to go to sleep and Jeff said if you need me call or text me... 
ha ha. Gotta love it! So I'm getting back on track with the bedroom now that we are settled (and rested!)

Here are a few hints as to where I'm going. 
I'm still sticking with my inspiration room for the overall look and feel:

 but I'm mixing up the color scheme a bit.

The blue is Wedgewood Grey, the color of our walls. The tan represents linen fabric/texture, white for bedding and burnt orange for pops of color.

A fun DIY project with maps will be involved.

And we will be building Ana White's Farmhouse bed but with a twist.

First up is building the bed as it is the focal point in the room...I'm hoping to have it done in 2 weeks. 

I also have two pieces of furniture I'm working on that I'm really excited about. One may be a little more labor intensive as I plan on stripping it down to it's natural wood but I know it will be worth the efforts!


a design on hold.

So, I'm excited and bummed at the same time.

We were in desperate need of a new bed. We have been sleeping on what currently feels like a mountain range. So this past weekend we headed out mattress hunting. 

After lots of mattress hopping and Avery's "jumping on the beds" approval we settled on a Memory Foam in a KING!

I can't even wait for Thursday to get here...and a king is just amazing.

Jeff & I can have our own zip codes! And since many nights are spent sharing the prime real estate with a toddler that likes to sleep perpendicular to us while holding me in a headlock and a 100lb. four legged friend...I'm looking forward to some much needed rest!

That brings me to the bummed part...remember that little design journal project I've been working on (here)...well all that was for our queen bed which means the duvet will no longer work. So it looks like I'm going to have to rewind and go back to the drawing board here to find a new jumping off point. (or maybe the same thing in a king?!)

On the topic of beds...I'm kind of at a loss for what to do. 

I ADORE an upholstered headboard but it would be nice to have an actual whole bed with a footboard and all. Upholstered beds are pricey. I'm open to a painted wood bed but haven't really seen anything that has struck a cord.
Any thoughts, ideas? What do you sleep on? 

A mattress on the floor is sounding better and better... roll in, roll out...no dust bunnies underneath...

Of course I can have a post without any pictures so here are some things I've come across lately via pinterest!

Great mix of textures makes this neutral room appealing.

Teal blue wing back with nailhead trim. Um, yes please.

I like the subtle beach vibe of this room.

Loving this color scheme. I think you know how I feel about grey & blue... I'm drawn to them like bee's to honey and an accent color is also fun and easy to switch out with the seasons!

oh & p.s. any tips on getting babies to sleep through the night. And yes we've done the cry it out thing and she refuses to give up.

Signed a momma with a stiff neck.


cataloging 102.

It's been awhile since I've done some catalog inspiration design ideas, mainly due to the fact that I just don't have time to look at them anymore. I think I have about 3 months of Martha's waiting for me to flip through...shhh don't tell her! 
To checkout the first cataloging 101 I did click here.

I love when my mailbox is full of catalogs...fresh new ideas and loads of inspiration! 
I tend to notice stuff. Lots of stuff in random places. And those catalogs are hiding lots of little things just waiting to be discovered and recreated!

So here are a few that I'm digging:

Potterybarn is totally reusing this idea from a few years ago but I still love it. It's the giant glass vase filled with wine corks. The tags on the outside mark the years. I would love to meet those people and have a drink with them. They seem fun!

I see cool looking bird cages a lot at places like Homegoods. But what is there to do with it if you don't have a bird? Well fill it with old books or other collectible items (even a ceramic bird) and use it on an entry table or server or like they show it here on a sofa table. Genius.

(fun fact: this is the Sawyer coffee table by Potteybarn...Avery's middle name!)

Thats all for now...I'm off today on a hunt for some new furniture to transform as well as starting to search for a new mattress...ugh


driftwood dresser.

I'm really excited to share this piece with you all. 

As you can probably tell I love doing dressers because I feel they can serve so many different purposes besides storing clothes in a bedroom. Being a new year I really wanted to start challenging myself to get a little more creative with my furniture. Don't get me wrong I love a clean crisp white dresser but once in a while you need to veer off track and let the creative juices flow. 

When I came across this guy I knew right away what I wanted to do. The top of the dresser has a nice chunky edge to it so I wanted to treat it differently than the rest of the piece. I love the look and color of driftwood or old salvaged wood so I decided to see if I could recreate that look.

Here is a close up shot of the top. I ended up painting a coat of white and after it dried I painted on a coat of grey. I let the grey sit for a little while then with a rag I started wiping the paint off. It ended up creating the really pretty effect of weathered wood. 

I kept the base of the piece somewhat simple so the top would be the star of the show. A bit of distressing to the whole thing to make it look as if it has lived in a beach cottage for many years.

The hardware is a mix of green/blue sea glass knobs with silver vintage looking pulls. Definitely a fun piece to work on and I plan on using the "driftwood" effect again!

Behind the scenes sneak peek:

Avery "measuring".
We got her a little tape measure the other day at the hardware store for .97 and she loves it! She measures everything in site and when you ask her how big something is, it's always 6! 
She happens to be measuring my filing cabinet that I'm hoping to finish up this week and share with you all.


design journal; chapter 1.

1. A jumping off point.

So I gave myself a week to find something for my master bedroom to use as a jumping off point and help set the tone for the rest of the space. I'm happy to report i did it!

I scored this really pretty duvet cover at Homegoods for only $40.

It is very, very similar to the one I already had however the color-ways in this one are right on. It has different shades of greys (love!) and blues that match the wall color and the white background keeps it bright and airy.

So now that I have my jumping off point it's time to move onto the focal point of the room. In this case since I'm working on my bedroom the focal point is the bed. So 10 points for me since I already have the bedding but there are still a lot more things I plan on doing for the bed to really make it stand out.

The next chapter begins and I'm giving myself 2 weeks to work on it! Here is my pretty sketch (i kid) of ideas for that whole side of the room...

Anyone else find any great things that gave you a starting point for a room makeover?!

I have a new piece of furniture to reveal this weekend too! I think it is one of my favorites to date so be sure to check back in!!
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