I struggle with showing photos of our home when I still see a list of a dozen things to finish in each room...but it's time! I wanted to start showing you some of our progress on our new home. We've been here for 3 months now and it's really beginning to feel like home. I thought I would reveal some photos of the room we spend most of our time in...our family room! Here is what it looked like before...
And here is what our family room looks like now! I know that the newer trend is to use neutral colors and lots of white...white slipcovers, white furniture, light walls, etc. But I am a girl that loves color and I am sticking to what I love. Yellow walls and splashes of red make me feel happy. I like a room to feel sunny and warm when you walk in.
Take a look around at our summer pillows, Pottery Barn rug (a big splurge for me), our cozy seating arrangement, and my favorite part...the view to the backyard!
I have to share with you one of the things I am most proud of in this room, the curtains. I priced out curtains for the family room (just 4 panels) through Pottery Barn and realized how easy it would be hit about $300 for my window treatments. That's not going to happen! So, I did what I do best...steal a Pottery Barn idea or look and do it for much cheaper. So, I visited IKEA where I found these gorgeous yellow curtains (over 100 inches long with hemming tape and some light filtering threads in it) and I decided to go this route! I checked out some ideas from The Nesting Place for how to do some window mistreatments (no sewing and no perfection) but still beautiful and here you have it! I love them. They make the room feel finished and cozy and I only spent $29.98 for four panels!! As my son would say "Holy Camole!"
I went shopping in my own craft/decorating/entertaining room (which I will share with you soon) and found most of these accessories and decorations in things I already own! Love that kind of shopping! And this is how it turned out. This is our family room that our family loves to spend time in. Stay tuned for more home updates soon!
I cannot believe I have now entered the stage of giving gifts to teachers from my little guy! How did we get to this point so fast? He's getting so big...and now has his own teacher to thank for a great year. Preschool comes to an end this week for us, which led me to brainstorm a few cute ideas we might use for his wonderful preschool teacher. We will miss seeing her each week but we are so thankful for the time and love she gave each time we had class! My little guy had so much fun getting messy and learning!
So, the idea I have settled on using is this one, a "Beach Towel, Magazine, and Sunscreen" present! Since my little guy is in preschool, I wanted something simple and fun that he would enjoy giving to his teacher. And what child doesn't love pool time and sunny summer weather? I will be heading to Target later this afternoon for a cute beach towel, "poolside" reading material, and a bottle of sunscreen. We might even throw it all in a cute beach bag...to make it easier to carry and add another cute touch! Now finish it off with a sweet card and that's a wonderful end of the year teacher gift! Take a peek at a few more fun ideas that you might want to use in the next few weeks as school finishes up...
Remember to include a card sharing what this year has meant to you and your child...teachers love the mushy gushy stuff!! Have fun gift giving and letting the teachers in your life know how much you appreciate them!
Find something this week to paint! Maybe it's a piece of furniture that needs some refreshing or a wall that needs to "pop" a bit more. Remember that paint is cheap and easy...and it can transform a room! Drag something outside and get busy with a can of spray paint. You'll be amazed at how easy it is!
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." Vivian Greene