Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Update on Splendid Spaces!

Hi, y'all!
  It's been a crazy summer here, and we are finally celebrating Wedding Week! Brian and I will be married this Saturday, October 4th, and we couldn't be more excited! I know I've been absent for quite some time from the blog, so I wanted to let y'all know that once I return from my honeymoon, there will be a slew of posts and pictures regarding my latest fixer-upper and its amazing transformation as well as posts about our wedding and the many details we put into our special day. 

A lot of fun stuff is happening in October, so check back soon to see what I've been up to! Have a fantastic week!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hippity Hoppity: A Peter Rabbit-Themed Baby Shower

I can't wait to share these party pictures with y'all! Our friend, Natalie, is expecting a baby boy in August. My girlfriends and I were thrilled to host a sweet Peter Rabbit-themed shower to honor her and her baby boy, Cameron Robert. 

When we began to plan the shower, it became abundantly clear how many of us have a ton of party materials already. Together, we were able to host an entire shower without renting a thing! 

We used green and white and blue and white seersucker runners on the tables and topped them with wooden boxes filled with fresh vegetables. A few trips to the farmer's market and placing the veggies here and there in the boxes helped us to craft these amazing arrangements. We were thrilled with the result! 
I found mini tin watering cans at Tuesday Morning for about $6.00 and we filled these with baby's breath. Other flower arrangements (white carnations and white mums cut low) were placed in glass containers with cabbage leaves lined on the sides to hide the stems. It looked so cool! 
The beautiful wreath with Cameron's monogram welcomed guests into the party. 
My favorite detail of the shower was the adorable strings of carrots that were hung throughout the house. They definitely created the entire "Peter Rabbit" vibe, and the sign with his name spelled out is too cute! 
Each guest was asked to bring a book instead of a card. Each book was inscribed with a note from the guest and placed on the bookshelf which was displayed on the gift table. These will add to Cameron's library and he'll have sweet notes from his parents' friends for years to come. 
The food and drinks were delicious! Carrots and ranch dip (bunny food!), mini cupcakes, spinach dip, chocolate covered strawberries, chicken salad, fruit salad and shrimp orzo pasta kept all of us well-fed. The watermelon baby carriage that held the fruit salad was amazingly detailed! Mimosas (and tea and water for the pregnant ladies there) added the perfect touch of orange to the Peter Rabbit theme. 
This was such a fun and easy shower to host, and I'm thrilled to meet Cameron in August!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Apartment Renovation Reveal: Part Three

And now...the reveal of the master bedroom! 

We wanted the bedroom to definitely reflect the calm, relaxing coastal vibe we were going for because it’s where you go to relax after a long day. We used a rattan headboard that we had in storage and used a gorgeous cream bedspread found at Kohl’s for $30.00. The pillows were found at Goodwill and WalMart. 
We had such a hard time finding a dresser. Finally, on one of Mom’s many jaunts to our local Humane Society thrift store, she found this dresser for $30.00. We painted it white and buffed the hardware. The lamp and mirror were found at thrift stores for just a few dollars each. 
The side tables are such a fun color! We found them in the storage unit behind the apartment buildings and painted them using Krylon’s Sea Glass. They really add a punch of color to the room, and I smile every time I look at them. The lamps were $75.00 for two at Tuesday Morning. We decided to use long drapes for these windows in order to create a breezy, West Indies beach vibe. 
The art work on the walls are tropical prints we found a long time ago. Their frames were an ugly, heavy brown, so we spray painted them white. The aquatic art work above the bed were random pieces of art Mom picked up at a school auction. 

I’m so excited about the way this little place turned out. It was definitely a labor of love and we had many trials and errors, but it’s been so fun to see it all come together. I’m amazed at how great the resurfaced terrazzo floors look, and the way the beautiful Valspar Notre Dame color transformed the rooms only further proves my theory that anything looks better with a new coat of paint. 

We have several more apartments to renovate, so check back often to see what our design plans are and what DIY projects we’ll tackle next! 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Apartment Renovation Reveal: Part Two

Here's part two of our amazing apartment renovation! Enjoy! 

The bathroom was covered in this dingy, flowered wallpaper, but it had great white tile to work with. We painted over the wallpaper, and then we removed the sliding glass frosted shower doors, and added a striped yellow shower curtain to give it some pizzazz. 

The old mirrored medicine cabinet and light fixture above the sink had to go. We tore out the medicine cabinet and hung a silver mirror and added a double sconce light fixture above it. I love how all of the silver fixtures flow together with the white tile. This is definitely a bathroom I would love to get ready in!
Next, we have the den area. It could be used as a second bedroom, if necessary, but we designed it as a den/study space. Bright valances were added to the room to complement the area rug and the navy blue color scheme we went with. 

We constructed a daybed out of old wooden pallets and spray painted it navy blue (stay tuned for a how-to on the pallet bed!). We covered a twin mattress in a bedspread we got during an AWESOME sale at Kohl’s ($30.00 per quilt!) and have plans to make large pillows to go on either end of the bed. 
The desk was purchased at a local church thrift store and the chair was found, as is, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $5.00. The blue and white checkered pattern of the chair already perfectly matched all of our existing decor...score!

The artwork above the bed was scored at Goodwill for $15.00 each. They were already perfectly framed and matted...another great find! The mirror was another thrift store score that we originally thought about having as a square until William thought it would look cooler hung like a kite. Perfect!
I’ll be finishing the tour tomorrow with a final tour of the bedroom!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Apartment Renovation Reveal: Part One

After much ado, here is the reveal of the apartment Mom and I renovated! We are so thrilled at how it turned out, and we’ve already had a number of people inquire about renting it. A reminder of what it looked like before we started the renovation is here. A special thank you to my baby brother, William, for taking all of these photos. Check out more about his photography below!
First, the kitchen. As I’ve said before, this kitchen is super tiny, so it was definitely a challenge trying to make it feel larger. We took the doors off the upper cabinets and painted the whole area white and spray painted the drawer and cabinet hardware. You can see the "in between" photos of the kitchen here. We then replaced the light fixtures to update the look, and added a window treatment for a pop of color. 
My favorite element of the kitchen is the white and blue striped wallpaper that we used for the back of the shelves. This awesome wallpaper from Target’s Devine Color line was so easy to apply. It definitely wakes up the kitchen!

Since this is a fully furnished apartment, we chose the colors of the pots and dishes to complement the blue of the stripes. 

Next, the entryway. We polished the laminate flooring and found an awesome rug for $5.00 from the Salvation Army. Mom discovered the pantry/wardrobe cupboard at the Humane Society thrift store, and it fits perfectly behind the door. The green picnic basket at the top is just a funky accessory we thought would be a fun way to tie in our green color. It was $2.00 at the Humane Society thrift store. 
Window treatments were added to both windows in the room, and the colors of the valances tie in with the calming, gender neutral colors used throughout the apartment. Thankfully, this Waverly fabric was purchased at JoAnn's for 50% off. 

Always check for fabric sales...this is often where you'll spend a lot of money! We replaced all light fixtures in the space to make it more modern and new. 
One of my favorite pieces of furniture is the gold tray table that we used as an entryway table. This beauty was purchased for a mere $14.00 at our local Salvation Army store, and I spray painted the glass with Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint to give it more of an antique, mercury glass finish. It turned out so pretty that I almost kept it for myself!
The key to making any small space feel larger is to have lots of light. We used ample amounts of mirrors so that the many lamps we had around the space would bounce off the reflective surfaces and create more light. The light colors coupled with the ample lighting makes each room feel large and welcoming. 

The dining room table and chairs were found in the shed behind the apartment. We spray painted them in different shades of blue, and covered them using fabric from a table cloth we picked up for $10 at TJ Maxx. Although the chairs are different shapes and shades of blue, it all goes together so well because they're in the same color family.
We found an amazing upholsterer who slipcovered a thrift store chair in sailcloth fabric for $50! We were so thrilled that she did both a great job and was inexpensive! We definitely plan to use her for future projects. 
The blue and white couch was a $50 purchase, and the side tables (painted white and then the glass tops were sprayed with Krylon Looking Glass for a more reflective effect) were $10 each. 
The sisal rug was one I used in college, and it was in perfect shape. It definitely helped create the coastal, laid-back vibe we were going for. This material will be durable and long-lasting through a number of renters. 
The lamps were $30 and perfectly matched our color scheme. Such a lucky find at the Humane Society thrift store! The TV console is one I used in my graduate school apartment that was purchased for $90.00 at a local church thrift store. We just removed the top cabinet doors and fitted it with mirrored glass shelves. 
The photographs above the couch are my favorite creative touch to the apartment. My little brother, William, is an amazing photographer and volunteered to print and frame some of his best shots for us to use. He found all of the frames and matting at Hobby Lobby. These fit with our coastal vibe, and are so incredibly gorgeous! It really adds a special touch to the apartment to have scenes of beautiful water and sunset scenes. 
He’s in the process of setting up a website where his photographs can be viewed and purchased, so when that’s all finished, I’ll be sure to share the link with y’all so you can check it out. 
That’s all I’ll be sharing today, so make sure to check back later for updates on the other rooms! 
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Friday, May 30, 2014

Four Things Friday

This week has been so crazy since it was a short week! I think I'm just going to relax and maybe tackle a DIY project or two. What are your plans?

Here's what I'm loving this week from around the Web…

1. This mirror reminds me of popsicle sticks. I wonder if I can recreate it using something similar?

2. I've found my dream kitchen

3. These are so relaxed and fun!

4. And this is how I feel about life…

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wedding Wednesdays: The House Party

I was discussing the size of our bridal party with a friend of my mom's the other day and she couldn't believe that B. and I have eight attendants each. I've both been in and attended weddings with far more than that number, so I thought our amount was pretty tame. We would have had 20 attendants each in order to include everyone we love, but that would have been a bit ridiculous. 

Then while I was walking on the treadmill (silly wedding diet…ugh) and reading my copy of Southern Weddings Magazine, I read about the Southern tradition of the house party: 
Similar to the standard ‘attendant’ title, members of a house party are often assigned wedding day tasks like manning the guest book, handing out programs, serving cake, reading during the ceremony, or just assisting the bride on her big day. They can also be involved in helping with the bachelorette party and bridal shower, or just attending.
Some house party members aren’t assigned any duties at all, but simply included because the bride wants to honor her relationships. The only thing a house party traditionally does not do is stand at the altar with the bride — that spot is reserved for bridesmaids. HP gals can be seated in the first or second row, just behind family, and can be included in the wedding program. 
I thought this was such a great idea, and one I definitely might consider implementing. What do y'all think about this? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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