A Balanced Weekend

Happy Monday all!

Seems like every time you turn around, the weekend’s over and it’s already Monday- doesn’t it? I can’t complain, I had a really good & very balanced weekend. I’m a Libra & totally buy into all of the attributes of my sign – when life is balanced, I’m much happier all around. My sign is the scales, after all!

It helps that my weekend was a 3-day weekend. Inspired by A Beautiful Mess Blog, I decided that I should go thrifting more often. I’m up to my eyeballs in DIY & Pinterest projects and keep picking up new things to start the next one.. meaning I have lots of halfway finished things around the house right now. But, if you’re trying to decorate and enrich a space – thrifting can give you ideas and you can find some treasures on the cheap!

One of my favorite shops in Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida.

After perusing some of the local vintage-inspired shops, we wandered into a few antique shops.

One of our favorites in town is called Avonlea. It’s got several sections and has sections that are owned by different people, so it’s a very eclectic mix.

I love the bottles. Different colors, different shapes and sizes.. I just love displays like this.

So stinkin cute & handmade!

 

Because there are different sections facilitated by different owners who pay for the space (kind of like a flea market), all of the items aren’t your typical old/vintage type things. This particular section was handmade, sewn and completely adorable!

I did purchase a few items.. a few pieces for our home, a Christmas present.. it was so productive! More about that later though.

After about 5 hours of shopping around, we were pretty tired and headed home to cat nap. After the cat nap I got up and got dressed to go back out because one of my FAVORITE bands was playing our local university. I’m a mix of things most of the time, and this band certainly falls into that. While I’m mostly jamming to country/classic rock/alternative types of sounds.. 3Oh!3 is probably best known for their song Don’t Trust Me. It’s a little profane, but overall pretty fantastic. Here’s a peek at another of my favorites by them:

Double Vision

Concert poster

Saturday was the laziest day I’ve had in a while. I woke up, sat on the couch with the boyfriend and proceeded to go get back in bed with my pups until the Florida Georgia game came on, around 3:30 in the afternoon. That part, I don’t want to talk any more about.. It was a pretty messy game, with a pretty undesirable ending. We’ll get ’em next time.

Sunday morning we woke up early and took the pups to the park so they could stretch their legs and play. The weather is finally getting cooler here in Florida and Sunday was b-e-a-utiful. I dropped by my mom’s house & ended up washing my car while the pups sunbathed, so we’ve already covered relaxing, playing, and productivity all by 11 a.m.

After the car was shining, I headed back home. The boy & I speed cleaned the house and I lit the smell goods while we attacked the laundry. My house is always filled with the best aromas – I have 2 tart burners (one in the living room and one in our bedroom) and buy wax tarts [in large quantities] from Southern Belle Scents to burn. Our house was bursting with scents of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves – perfect for fall! [I burn these during summer too because they’re intoxicating!]

After I put dinner on the table, it was time to get ready for ANOTHER concert. Completely opposite end of the spectrum, I met up with a couple of my favorite girl friends & we hit the best country bar in town for Eli Young Band.

Mavericks is filled with chandeliers like this one, it’s fantastic.

Love these ladies

 

While I woke up a little tired this morning [let’s face it, I always wake up tired EVERY morning], my soul feels refreshed and my heart feels light & even though it’s Monday, after a cup of coffee I was ready to get to it. There’s something to be said for live music and for spending time doing things that make you happy, just because.

Hope you all had just as wonderful of a weekend & here’s to a wonderful week!

Design Your Mind Space

So, a few weeks ago I posted a general post about what kind of stuff we had going on around our house. I mentioned our home office. A home office was one of the main features we were looking to be able to add when we were looking at prospective places to move into a few months ago. Our cozy one bedroom apartment (which I did love and it did work for me most of the time) afforded us the option or having the desk in our living room, right next to the TV. In this set-up, the most self-controlled individuals out there would eventually cave and turn to watch the TV show [or commercial] interrupting actual work trying to take place at the desk area. We did cave and pegged it as an efficiency problem in our home. So, our search for a new place was focused on a 2-bedroom house in order to create a home office.

Mind Space

Have you noticed how you tend to work better in an area specifically designated to do work in? All the books and magazines tell you not to do work in your bedroom because of the work-mind-relaxation associations and your brain will get mixed up and you could end up feeling tense in your bedroom, in a space that should be solely for resting.

In the process of moving, everything gets boxed up and then you have to find a new place for everything that you already had. Then you find that you have a different space with different design and style challenges and need different things. I’ve been processing all of these details and have got our place just about set up. (I just don’t believe people when they say they moved and a week later, everything is done. Halfway done maybe.) I knew that our home office needed to be a place that was organized and a place where my man and I could both work harmoniously and not trample on each other’s space. We also have different tastes. He prefers plain, simple and what I would consider ordinary[/boring]. Me, I’m drawn to jewel tones, prints/patterns and want to DIY on everything. A few weeks into unpacking/organizing I had an epiphany. He was right, we need 2 desks.

After a weekend of desk hunting and coming back empty handed (desks are waaay overpriced! plus he’s picky), we ended up falling into a situation where a desk was given to us. As was mentioned somewhat previously with photos of a desk in pieces… we had trouble getting the desk into the office area (it’s the back bedroom and just couldn’t take the 90 turn in the hallway), but eventually did get it through in several pieces. After putting it back together, (amazingly it holds) we were able to set up a definitive his and hers office space where we can both organize our own papers and items and work independently, albeit in the same space.

The photos I posted a while back are of it in a messy state. Little by little, we’ve been working on it and, while I would like to add more graphical elements on the walls and remove some elements (like the toolbox in the corner 🙂 ), it’s functional for us and that’s a big WIN! So, here’s the update on what I’m calling our Mind Space.

Our Mind Space

Includes his/her desks, lots of organizational items such as rustic wire baskets to get folders/papers/notebooks off the desk, a personalized Pinterest-inspired weekly calendar to keep both of us up to speed on events, and a cheap bookcase that I (with lots of help!) did some work on to give it that extra edge.

His Desk

Your typical large style desk with a hutch and drawers and cubbies to store things.

Her Desk

Much less “typical” desk design with mobile mini file cabinet type drawers extended on both sides of the desk and wire baskets flanking a customized bulletin board over the desk.

Let’s talk a little more about my desk. Like I said, I like color and pattern and DIY. I actually designed this desk myself from the 2×4 ft. dimensions of the desk top to the mobile drawers that can be sat underneath the desk like most desks or can be moved outside of the desk to hold a printer and lamp, like mine currently do in this photo. It was originally painted a dark brown, a nice neutral. I got bored with it so I painted most of the desk an eggplant purple and painted the drawers a goldy-yellow color and added colorful knobs. (I was pulling colors out of these two paintings that were hung about the desk in our old apartment, but I’ll probably repaint those desk drawers because I’m still not sure if I like that yellow.) I also made curtains to hang under the desk so that I could hide the ugly tangle of wires/cords underneath. This was an especially awesome feature when this desk was a main feature in the living room.

As seen in a BHG magazine, I made curtains for my desk to hide all of the ugly wires/cords underneath.

Now that we have a separate office space, I don’t NEED the curtains anymore but they make a tent-like environment and the babies like to play from time to time. 🙂

Peekaboo!

All my life, I’ve had desks that allowed me to put a piece of plexiglass over the top. For years, I made collages and put them under the plexiglass as my desktop design but as you take new photos, you get bored with the old ones and always want to switch out the pictures. I got bored with a plain purple desktop though too, so I bought a stencil from Michael’s Craft Store and a few different metallic paints and set to work. It took me a week or so and I kept layering the same stencil with different colors until I was happy.

A stencil layered in several different metallic colors on a desk top combined with fun office supplies makes a personal and creative work space!

Our weekly calendar

Pinterest-inspired weekly calendar that offers personality and keeps an entire household up to speed on all events coming up in the next week.

I found this group photo frame at Ross and pretty cheap at that, for about $8. I selected different scrap book prints and stickers and labeled each pane a different day. We simply change the dates every week and write our personal events for the weeks so that we both know what’s going on and what’s due.

Bookcase Makeover

When we moved, we knew we would need a new bookcase. We threw out the old one that we had been using because it was falling apart. I’ve had it since I was a kid and it had made 3 moves, the 4th probably would’ve been the end of it. So, I scouted my options and ended up picking a bargain priced bookcase from Target. It’s a 6 foot bookcase with 4 shelves for $30 bucks. I didnt want to spend $100 bucks on a book case because I had found a Pinterest idea to cover the back of it with fabric and have a pop of color coming through from behind. I reasoned that even if it wasn’t the nicest bookcase, with a little work – it would be great.

So, my amazing man locked himself in the office for probably 2 hours and put this sucker together. I was so happy that he took it upon himself to do that but so frustrated by how CHEAP and ugly it looked.

Can you see the back? Is that not ridiculous? I understand it’s only $30 but if you’re going to use that kind of backing.. why can’t the box be bigger so that it can lay flat and not SHOW all of the creases?!?!

cheap, cheap, cheap.

So, I tried to begin the process of “fixing” it.

That stinkin thing had about 100 nails holding the back on, and then I found that the back was in TWO pieces of crap. It took a while to get it all back off. Josh was NOT happy with me when he walked in and saw me taking it back apart. What I thought was a one person job, turned into a 4 person job. If you’re handy and a one-man show, by all means I encourage you to take on this kind of project by yourself. But it was MUCH easier when my mom and dad plus Josh took pity on me and all worked to help me put it back together. 🙂

I found some turquoise floral patterned fabric at Joann’s Fabric for $1.50 a yard, BARGAIN.

$5 bucks later I came home and cut the fabric into two pieces to cover the two corresponding pieces of backing for the bookcase. I ironed each piece and attempted to staple them. Don’t do that. It ended up being MUCH easier to hot glue the fabric edges to the backing, as it was really only glorified poster board anyway. But it did take 3 of us to add the hot glue and pull the fabric taut over the board, so if you’re planning to replicate this project – make that note.

After covering both pieces of backing with the fabric, the men hammered it back onto the book case and we set it back up right. I’ve added all of our books and trinkets that have been living in cardboard boxed for 3 months now, back where they belong and voila!

A pretty patterned fabric pops out of the black book case, giving it a customized look and hiding the ugly backing that came in the box.

Book cases don’t just have to hold row-by-bow books. Feature some of your favorite books in a stacked style  with a few trinkets and you’ve got a book case full of personality.

If you have the option, take the time to make a space where you can think. Everybody means to get things done but alot don’t. If you give yourself the opportunity to think and a place to be creative in, you might surprise yourself by what you come up with. 🙂

Until next time, thanks for reading!

-LRL-

Practicing Pinterest in September

It’s Tuesday, back to work after a 3-day holiday weekend for most folks. (Not me, of course – I work in the restaurant biz while I search for that perfect FT gig) but nonetheless it was quite the lazy day til 5:00 rolled around and it was time to go to work. Tuesday is the day to get back to work, and for me that means catch up here!

A few days ago, I mentioned an idea that I stumbled upon that I am coining Practicing Pinterest. So many of us are guilty of wasting hours on Pinterest pinning so many unrelated things saying “gosh why have I never thought of that?!” or “I could make that!” We pin and pin and pin.. but let’s face it, what is your pinned to actually made ratio? Mine’s not very good, haha. But I’m making an effort to be better. It occurred to me that maybe a schedule would benefit my efficiency when it comes to Pinterest. Maybe a few days should be for browsing and a certain day or two should be for reviewing and making a game plan on actually doing some of those DIY projects. This past Labor Day weekend, I did, in fact, do just that.

A Trio of Frames

Besides Pinterest, I also troll Etsy quite a bit.I look through for different ideas and make a wish list of things and favorite shops. But I also look at some of it and think about how I could duplicate some of it myself, for cheaper. This project was one of those instances. I came across an Etsy shop with a listing for 3 large picture frames painted a bright turquoise color (which is my favorite color, by the way). I did note that the grouping of the three photo frames did give it somewhat of a wow factor. I did move recently, and this made an excellent idea to add to the Practicing Pinterest list because I’m trying to turn this house we moved into almost 2 months ago look like it’s our home and give it the love it deserves.

So, I went out to find three 5×7 frames (I took 3 photos that I love and tweaked them a bit in iPhoto to add that extra special factor and by doing so, Walgreens informed me that if I blew up my photos any more than 5×7 I wouldn’t be happy with the print quality). 5×7 worked perfectly actually up on the mantle over the fireplace.

As you can see, we needed something on that mantle, as it’s looking pretty naked.

Our naked mantle

I found three frames at Hobby Lobby, for 50% off. (Seems like their photo frames are always 50% off – but that works for me!) I picked three white frames because I figured it’s probably easier to spray paint over white rather than black, right? My frames were priced at $11.99 each, but half off meant that I got all 3 for just under $20. I mulled over a spray paint purchase for quite some time though, and finally selected a burgundy color. I usually gravitate towards burgundy and turquoise and grays.. but after we moved from our last apartment, I swore I was going to have more of a theme of colors rather than everything that I like. 🙂

Three simple 5×7 Hobby Lobby Frames $11.99 each

I took those to my back porch and gave them a few coats of the burgundy spray paint and they started to come to life.

Even the pups were interested in my project.

This is the baby, Brooklyn.

I let them dry for about a day. Then I added my newly finished prints also (with an older photo in the middle frame so that I had some dimension with my frames and not all 3 on a horizontal layout- plus I’m still enamored with the print in the middle so it can be the rockstar on the mantle :).) Here’s the finished product:

A trio of frames all spray painted one bold color for instant glam – easy DIY project to add some WOW to your home.

Anthropologie-inspired Flower Vases

My next project from this past weekend was something I saw on another blog, (It’s Overflowing), about replicating ideas that you see other places on a DIY scale. She saw a flower vase at a store, that’s also a favorite of mine – Anthropologie. I’m guilty of walking in Anthropologie and just looking at everything and trying to find ideas that I can replicate at home, because it is a bit on the pricey side. I love the style there though, and they say imitation is the more sincere form of flattery.. don’t they? 🙂

So, like Amee from It’s Overflowing, I took a shot at recreating a vase like those found in Anthropologie. Amee’s post about her adventures can be found here. I found 2 vases at Michael’s Craft Stores ON SALE

Originally priced, these little things were $8.99 each. They were marked down to $4.99 each and I had a $5 off $10 coupon. I bought something else too, but these little vases worked out to being 2 for about $3. SCORE! I already had some flowers at home that I’ve been collecting for another project. I selected two cheery, very different flowers and hot glued those babies onto the vases.

Voila!

Anthropologie-inspired mini vases to add a splash of color in the home. Easy, inexpensive DIY project!

I’ve got another project in the works but I don’t like to show things until they’re finished. Hope this inspires the creativity in you and that you get a grip on your Pinterest account and start making time to do some of those projects you’ve pinned too. You can follow me on Pinterest here to see more of my style!

Thanks for reading!

-LRL

TGIS

Forget TGIF – and I’m usually happy it is Friday, but SATURDAY is the real start of the weekend and the true source of happiness. So Happy Saturday everyone and Happy College Football Day (as I told my man this morning with a kiss on the nose as I left him to make camp on the couch in front of the TV).

Being a Florida girl, I am a Gators fan – but not obsessively. If you want the truth, I’m much more into NASCAR, which is a surprising trait about me – or so I’ve been told 🙂

So while he sits on the couch, for me- today is a day to work on some projects I’ve been wanting to get to and finishing others I’ve halfway started. I came across this idea from another blog, (http://baublesnpopwordpress.com/)  to actually get around to doing those projects that I pinned on Pinterest. I’m going to take it a step further and incorporate this into my schedule every week and call it Practicing Pinterest. Practicing Pinterest will take place once a week (most likely during the Friday-Sunday time) and I hope to pin and share some of these DIY projects that I keep meaning to do, eventually, one day, when I get around to it.. you know how it goes.

So that’s the plan for this weekend, I’m working on a couple. Hoping to have some finished products to share in the next day or so, so plan to swing back soon!

May you have a wonderful and productive weekend!

 

-LRL