Archive for the ‘Decorating’ Category

Thanks to my julie.moo, I’ve been noticing these oh-so-trendy bell jars turned decorative.  These DIY mason jar lanterns are gorgeous!!  Totally my style, but not my honey’s.  Oooh, I wish they were though.  These would be perfect in either a brooklyn hipster pad or a modern country-sh place.  My honey would ask… “why do those jars have candles in them?  Why are they hanging up?”  Sigh. Also, I wouldn’t have anywhere to put them… as my patio is not much more than a slab of concrete, at this point. Alas, not made for my casa. Maybe some day…

Thanks, A Pretty Life In the Suburbs.


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A week ago, the only color on the walls of my house was some bright yellow in the nursery.  I hope little Bella will grow to love that as much as I do.  For months, ever since my pregnancy nesting instincts kicked in, I’ve known I wanted to paint the walls in the living room some sort of tan.

All of the walls int he house were an off white (Pittsburgh Paint’s “Summertime”) and all of the trim is a bright white-white.  There was some contrast between the two, but the white molding didn’t pop — and that was my mission.

Never you mind the paint strip hanging on the wall – I forgot to remove it before I took the photos.  Oops!

So you see, the room needed some contrast.  I finally made it happen.

Thanks to Glidden’s “Warm Carmel” (apparently one of their top 10 most popular colors)… the room is starting to get some of the contrast it needs.

See how the molding pops now?  I especially love the mantel above the fireplace.

Most of the open space in the house is filled with walls with rounded corners.  Which, although beautiful, make painting fairly difficult.  I think that a sharp line on a rounded edge would look very abrupt… unfinished, or something.  So, most of the space will have accent walls for the pops of color.

Still to come in the living room transformation…

  •  paint the walls tan
  • get a mirror (black / white frame) for over the fireplace
  • make photo frames white
  • build ledges for initials & white framed b&w photos of the fam
  • white sheer curtains
  • white & red accent pillows
  •  more colorful (red and white?) “flowers” – or 86 completely

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