Friday, November 21, 2014

One room challenged

Have you heard about the ORC (one room challenge) series where bloggers have 6 weeks to decorate a room?



I seriously admire those that are able to get a room together under such a tight time line!

I, unfortunately, am not so ORC savvy. 
Decorating a room is definitely a slow process for me that I can't rush (it took months and months to put together Charlie's nursery and our bedroom after-all).


The current room that I am challenging myself to decorate is our family room.
I posted about our plans for this room here and I'm currently at week 8 or so.
While it is nowhere near finished, we have definitely made some progress.

Here's what it was looking like before:




And here is where we are today:


We have the bulk of the furniture in (couch, coffee table, armchair) and the ceiling, trim, and walls have been painted (wall color is Benjamin Moore's pale oak).


Obviously there is still lots to do (purchase a rug, find side tables and lamps, find and hang artwork, add accessories and pillows, give the room some color and personality) but it'll get there.



In the meantime, I'm just enjoying the freshly painted walls (it is amazing what paint can do) and a cozy couch to sit on in front of the fire.





Have a great weekend!
- Caitlin

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A little winter foyer fun

Holy cold!
The weather could not be more opposite of the sunny warm temperatures we were enjoying just a couple of weeks ago at my sister's wedding in Florida.

Anyway, I'm trying to embrace the arctic chill by adding some winter decor around the house.
This past weekend I focused on the foyer.

I'll probably change things around 10 more times (because that's what I do) until I'm satisfied with how it looks but here's where I left off:



The mini Christmas trees are fake (just $3 a piece from Target) as I'm waiting for Trader Joe's to put out their real ones.



The vintage snow shoes were a garage sale find I picked up last winter:


I used these boots last winter in the foyer (read about it here) and pulled them out again this year:


This picture below reminds me that I still want to makeover the inside of our front door (new paint and hardware). Maybe something like Jackson's front door?


Stay warm!
- Caitlin

Friday, November 14, 2014

My Daily Bubble: table runner time

My latest post on My Daily Bubble is up.
Click here to see where this checkered table runner came from.
You might be surprised!


Have a great weekend!
- Caitlin

Monday, November 10, 2014

More Jane

Congrats to Athena and Lauren on winning and thank you to all of those that entered!


Even if you didn't win, you might want to check out some of the current deals going on at Jane.com.
Below are some of my picks:

baby leather moccasins

pillow covers

burlap placemats

fabric bunting

rustic 8x10 Christmas prints

raise the bar necklace


classic cargo jacket

floating pearl necklace

Happy shopping!
- Caitlin

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What a wedding!

Today I'm sharing a few shots from my sister's wedding this past weekend (to see pictures from her shower, you can visit here). I wish I took more photos but I got so caught up in the excitement of the day that I only managed to snap a few pictures. Oh well, it's more important to live in the moment sometimes than spend the time looking through a camera lens, right?



My sister, who is ridiculously talented, designed the invitations and all the other paper accessories (she did the same for my wedding and my sister-in-law's):





The venue was beautiful. 
Can't beat palm trees, water, and string lights!


I loved the nautical knots on the tables and managed to snag one for Charlie's nursery!








We ended the night with a sparkler send off.
I can't wait to see how those pictures came out!


Congrats Jamie & Brad!

P.S. If you haven't entered the Jane.com gift card giveaway yet, there's still time!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Give it away give it away give it away now

What a week! We just got back from celebrating my sister's wedding in Florida and I'm already missing our time there. It was the best. week. ever. and I will definitely share some of the wedding DIY touches soon. Until then, here's a sneak peek I shared on Instagram:




Anyway, to help clear my post-wedding/vacation let-down, I'm starting the week off with a giveaway!

If you've been following this blog, then you already know that I'm a fan of Jane.com and I'm always checking their site for new deals (you can read about my recent picks here).

So, today I'm giving away two $25 Jane.com gift cards!
Just enter below for a chance to win :)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!
- Caitlin

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fabric finds

I was recently on minted.com to look at holiday card ideas for Charlie when I noticed that they now sell fabric designed by their independent artists.

There are so many fun options and my mind immediately went to thinking about all of the throw pillows I could make (as if I really need another throw pillow). Many of the patterns are also really whimsical and would be so cute in a baby's nursery (not that I need to design another nursery any day soon)!

Below are 10 of my top picks from the website, although truthfully I loved them all!

diamonds in the rough

painted feathers

under the sea

painted diamonds

deco

nautical flags

modern math

beach blanket stripe

animal mix

branch toss

Buying fabric online can be difficult but minted.com makes it a little bit easier by showing what the fabric looks like up close, at a yard, and from across the room. It really helps to show the scale of the pattern. Here's the branch toss fabric shown above in the yard and from across the room:




Happy fabric shopping!
- Caitlin