Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kitchen/ Living Room/ Entry Way Reveal!!

So I am FINALLY ready to post pics of the upstairs after so many decicion changes and re-painting and "style-searching" from within myself. I was so lost for so long. Then I started watching HGTV and looking at all these fabulous blogs and I think I've finally found MY style. 
So, here are the 'Befores'... 

And for some reason, I commited this paint attrocity to my walls...Asian phase?? Ugh. And that awful fake tree?? Lame.

And here is the 'After': 

The style that I had in my head was sort of a "French-y, rustic style with a bit of Industial {pot rack, wood crate, sunburst mirror}
My husband made my WONDERFUL pot rack {complete with lighting}as an anniversary present last year. I was so in love with him for making this for me. ;)
If you are in the Utah area {Davis County} then go to: and contact us for some wonderful CONCRETE countertops. For our kitchen, we did a faux Marble look and it turned out perfect! The flooring is also concrete, btw.
**Help NEEDED**
I'm not so sure about this {blue-ish}grey and green color combo...does it mesh well??
My hubby says he "likes" the green, but really, I think he just doesn't want to re-paint. I'm so stuck on what to do...

Sunburst Mirror tutorial HERE

So...What to do up here...I feel it needs somthing just to tie it all together. Maybe some moss??? HELP!

I would love a Kitchen table that looks just like THIS one from RED HEN HOME. Wouldn't that be just SO perfect??!!

That empty frame up there will recieve a vintage map with pinpoints of our vacations together as a family.

Notice the tear in my newly re-covered barstools?? Yeah...that would be the work of my 4 year old...

I'm only 5 feet tall so please excuse the foot stool that I forgot to remove before taking this picture. ;) Also, that wierd, fake plant behind the chair will be removed promptly. ;)

Entry Way in love with this backsplash!

My Lovelies

Disclaimer: These couches are NOT my first choice, but I have a hubby that loves them and prefers comfort above all else... If I had the green light, I would put these in the basement and get new couches in a heartbeat. But what to get??? I'm stuck on that too...

When buying fresh flowers every week is not an option, why not tame the crazy mint patch in the garden?!

Obviously, the frame wall needs to be filled...I'll get to that...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ladder-Back Straw-Seat Chairs

I get so excited when I find wonderful furniture finds!! I found these beauties on KSL (Utah's Craigslist) and COULD NOT pass them up. They warm up my dining room with their beautiful wood and textured straw seats. I'm not even going to TOUCH them with a speck of paint. I love their color and thier worn lovelieness. ;) I got 4 of them for only $45.00! It was a steal and we REALLY needed chairs for the dining room...we were sitting on folding chairs until I could find the 'Perfect' chairs. ;)...and I did. I'm new to the furniture world so if anybody knows what type of chairs these are or what time period they came from, I would love you forever for educating me. ;) For now, I am calling them: "My Beautiful, Wooden, Ladder-back, Straw-seat' chairs. It's a long name, so I'd appreciate knowing the correct term. ;)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Before and After Dresser

{Sorry for the lame pics...}
I REALLY did not like this dresser and was actually about to throw it out.
I didn't even think D.I. would accept it...

My Hubby got his hands on it...
I wanted more height to it so he built a box to put on top of it and then added a wooden embellishment to make it more {FANCY}. He even PAINTED it for me {and he really hates to paint-he must REALLY love me. ;) We didn't know what type of finish this dresser had on it so he used a oil-based primer which I LOOOOVE because it requires no sanding and you can use ANY top coat with it. I think it may be my new favorite thing...

I added some lovely little knobs {the knob on the door is actually shaped like a victorian rose)from my FAV store, Hobby Lobby and viola!

It went so lovely in my Baby Ali's Nursery.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Wonderful SIL

The other weekend, Jacob's sister came to visit. Let me tell you a little about this lady...

My kids {ADORE} her...She is just {BEAUTIFUL}{Ali loves her reflection so much that she decided to give herself a little kiss.}

She was such a {TROOPER} when she caught the flu from us... We are SOOOO Sorry, Court!

She makes my kids {GIGGLE}She brought this little {CUPCAKE} with her

She holds thier {HANDS}

She has the {Hottest} brother ever!

She is {Nae-Nae} to this little thing.

And the mommy to this {PERFECT} little thing. ;)

We had a litte bit of this... ;) {It was pretty funny}
A {LOT} of this...
And this...And some of this... {Uncle Jay feeding her apples}.

We loved to use Uncle Jay as a {JUNGLE GYM}. ;)

We had one of {THESE}.

{Court is gonna be so mad at me. She absolutely dispises snotty noses and I practically had to hold her down in order for her to let me take this picture. ;) }
Ali {along with the rest of us} were really sad to see them go...
*Thank you so much Courtney for always taking the time and opportunity to visit your family. We love you so much!