Sunday, February 22, 2015

Now you see it. Now you don't.

A few weeks ago, I shared a look around our not-so-white white living room that was in the (slow) process of getting some fresh paint.

 Update: it's still not done as we still have some windows and the ceiling to paint.

I also shared my plans to mask the TV on the built-ins by building doors that mimic the smaller ones below it that hide the cable box and other wires.

To remind you, here was the before:


And here is the after:


I can't take all of the credit. 
I may have been the brains behind the operation but Chris made it happen, although they were pretty easy to build. All it took was some wood from Home Depot, some cutting and drilling, and paint. We were even to able to find the exact same hardware as the bottom doors.


Now, the TV is discretely tucked away except for when any one of the Real Housewives series is on (my guilty pleasure).




Next up for this space is to work on accessorizing and styling the shelves, which have turned out to be harder for me than I thought they would. 
It's getting there...


Thanks for stopping by!
- Caitlin

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The tray that keeps transforming

I love how trays pull together odds and ends, which is why this tray (that I previously made over and shared here) is back out again on our coffee table with a new look.




I traded the Ikat fabric for this striped one that I picked up for $4 a half-yard at a local fabric store. Then, I re-painted the wood part of the tray with a combination of Annie Sloan's Old White and Pure White.


Lastly, I wrapped some rope around the handles and secured the ends with a hot glue gun.



So easy to do and cost me next to nothing!


The tray is accessorized with some left over Valentine's Day roses, a mini coffee table book, coasters, a Pottery Barn candle pillar I picked up at a church sale, and one of my DIY matchboxes.







- Caitlin

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Daily Bubble: A perfect match

My latest post on My Daily Bubble is up!
It's a super easy DIY project that cured my cabin fever (for about 5 minutes). 
Spring, where are you?




Read all about it here.
- Caitlin

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wallet friendly finds

Who doesn't like a wallet friendly find? 
Below I'm sharing 3 things I've purchased lately that you might like as well.



Clockwise from top left:

The colors in this throw blanket are even prettier in person. I can't decide whether to put it in our bedroom or family room! Maybe I'll even use it to make throw pillows?

This (reversible!) mint tote has me counting the days down until spring. The peach color is really nice too. I like that it is big enough to hold all my stuff including diapers and wipes.
Use code FASHION for 30% off!

So I'm a sucker for stripes (and throw pillows)! You will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of these throw pillow covers. Not to mention the price is ridiculously cheap.

Have a great night!
- Caitlin

Monday, February 2, 2015

Project pop of color

There's no denying that when it comes to decorating I'm a lover of neutrals.
Sometimes it is me playing it safe because I have a fear of investing in brightly colored pieces only to grow tired of them too quickly. 




But mostly it's just that I find a neutral palette soothing and timeless. 




That's not to say I don't love color. 
I swear I do!
In fact, while recently helping a friend who isn't afraid of color decorate a few of her living spaces (most recently her kitchen nook), I've become inspired to add some pops of color in our kitchen nook.

I'm realizing that it will be easy to do without making drastic expensive changes.
Here's my plan...

1. Add new colorful throw pillows to the built-in seat.

These are in my shopping cart. 
I'm just waiting for Chris to look the other way before buying them (shhh).

Etsy

2. Add color to the large jars on the built-in shelves.

Wasabi peas will add some green to the area.
Now, where to buy enough wasabi peas to fill my gigantic jar?

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3. Throw some cloth napkins with color into the wire baskets on the built-ins.

I like these ones (and they're on sale!):

West Elm

 4. Frame a print with color in it.

I can swap out the chalkboard monogram print currently on the shelf with a print with green in it like this one below.


Etsy

I hope to share these changes with you soon!
- Caitlin

Thursday, January 29, 2015

White out

So I've been slow to blog lately because I've been eyeballs deep in white paint as our living room has been in desperate need of some freshening up.

Exhibit A of part of our built-ins with the shelves removed. 
Yikes:


Now, trying to paint with a baby is tricky. 
Thank goodness he's a good napper lately because that's really the only time I've been able to chip away at it.  I'm not going to lie. It's been pretty terrible (I hate painting) and I'm sure I've lost some brain cells from the fumes so please excuse any typos.

We still need to do the ceiling (and it's not your average ceiling so it will take twice as long) and the windows.
Why not hire someone to do it? 
Because I'm a DIYer (too cheap to pay up)!

So while painting the room, I've been turning my attention to our built-ins and scheming a little.
It's always bugged me having the TV exposed and seeing those ugly wires hanging down. So, Chris is building a pair of doors that mimic the smaller ones below the TV that will conceal the space. 
They are 95% done so as soon as we have them up, I'll share it with you.

Excuse the ugly photo below but this post isn't the pretty "after" picture quite yet:


I've also been toying with the idea of painting the backs of the built-ins a contrast color.
I've freshened them up with white for now because frankly I'm too tired to pick out a color and carefully paint in there. But if and when I do decide to go for it, I've found some inspiration on Pinterest.

I don't think I'll go as dark as the pictures shown below but it still gives me ideas as to what it might look like:

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Have a great night!
- Caitlin

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Daily Bubble: 3 home decor shopping tips

Happy Friday!
Yes, two posts two days in a row...so unlike me lately.
Anyway, this month's post on My Daily Bubble is up and you can check it out here.


Have a great weekend :)
- Caitlin