It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas In The Village

Hi there,

I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I posted.  A lot can happen in three months.  Things like apartment renovations and kitchen renovations.  That’s what I was knee-deep in last Spring and Summer.  Then after a few weeks vacation time at the beach, it was time to head back to full-time work.  Now here we are late into Thanksgiving night and I’m thinking I need to get my village set up before I head full swing into Christmas decor season.  So here we go…

I decided to put the Christmas Village in the guest room this year.  The last post I wrote was about the transformation of Dylan’s room into the guest room after he moved out last Spring (and the reason for the apartment reno mentioned above).  Somehow I did manage to get his room redone and if you haven’t seen it, you can read all about it here.

So where do you think I set up the village?

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The Guest Room

The Guest Room

The Guest Room

And here are some close-ups…

And a few last touches in the room…for now…

I hope you all had a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving spent with loved ones.

And hey, if you enjoyed reading this, why not share it, follow me, or both.  And I’d love to hear your comments below.

Be well,

Eileen

I had too much turkey.

I had too much turkey.

 

Be Our Guest…The Guest Room Reveal

Hi there,

I. Am. Calling. It. Done.

Finally, the guest room/office is complete!  Make yourself comfortable, grab a beverage and settle in for a photo heavy post, my friends.  But…before I pull back the curtain on this one, let me remind you of my vision board for the room…

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I’m transitioning from earth tones to a more grey and greige color pallet in my home so I chose BM Barren Plains for the wall color.  If you missed my previous posts about this room, you can read them here and here.  So let’s begin…

After I finished painting the room, SuperHouls performed his magic and added some architectural interest for a feature wall…

I’ve had my eye on this chandy for a while and it fits with my belief that all rooms need a little bling because…

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All that glitters…

I wanted this room to function as both a guest room and a home office space for me. I think I was able to utilize the space in a way that makes it feel cozy and welcoming for guests to stay, but is functional and spacious to work in, or just relax and read a book.

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The feature wall as seen looking into the room from the hallway.

I love the way the animal print chair and rug compliment each other.

When you enter the room, the daybed fits perfectly on the right wall.

When you enter the room, the day bed fits perfectly on the right wall.

This day bed pulls out to a king size bed when needed, and offers tons of storage in the bottom drawers.  I consider that a major score.  Moving along to the other end of the day bed…

The opposite end of the day bed is the plant corner.

At the opposite end of the day bed is the plant corner.

And here’s a close-up of the wall decor above the plants…

The arrow signs are a nod to my heritage.

The arrow signs are the names of the counties in Ireland that my parents are from. A little nod to my heritage.

At the other corner of the room, directly across from the plant corner is the closet door.  I dressed it up with a wreath hanging from a ribbon.  I then added some wall prints that I love…

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Now we are at the home office side of the room.  This space is almost finished.  I have to add a large bulletin board to the massive wall above the desk.  I have a plan in mind but I’m going to give myself a little time to use the room and see if the plan feels right, and if it is the best solution for the space.

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And we can’t forget the faux taxidermy with the gold antlers in the vision board.  Yup, I found him…

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All that glitters...

Those gold antlers!

And here’s one more photo of the room at night with the chandelier dimmed…

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This room took a lot longer to put together than I expected.  The painting and furniture arrangement were pretty straightforward but the decorating took a while to get just right.

Finally, here’s a few close-ups of how I accessorized (my favorite part) the space…

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So, what do you think of my new guest room/office?  Does it make you want to visit and stay a while?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Oh, and, if you enjoyed reading this, why not share it?  And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Be well,

Eileen

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This rug matches my fur purrfectly. Coincidence? Doubtful!

Designing A Room With A Design Board

You guys!

I’m really excited to share this with you, but first, a little back story.  As you know from my previous posts here, here, here and here, my boy son D has moved out and into his own apartment.  An after post is in the making, I’m just waiting for approval from D & D.

Now that D has officially launched, I’m an empty nester with a new guest bedroom to design.  I struggled with this one but finally decided to create a guest room/office space in D’s former bedroom.  My process for designing and decorating involves scouring Pinterest for visual ideas while also visiting brick and mortar stores like HomeGoods and West Elm to satisfy my need for a tactile experience, and to get a sense of scale.  Being that there is no sense of urgency to complete this room, I have been taking my time in deciding how I want the room to look and feel.  It also needs to function as a welcoming guest room for overnight guests and a work space for me.  It took a while to come up with my color scheme but I knew that I wanted the room to be gender neutral with both feminine and masculine elements.

So here’s the exciting part…I made a design board last night (yup, I did) to keep me on track while I implement this project.  I mean, let’s be honest, can anyone go to HomeGoods and stay focused?  I also purchased the paint for the room and I’m hoping to finish painting this weekend.  I decided on BM Barren Plain.  It’s  a soft, light grey…

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The hardwood floors have been newly sanded.  There will be a white board and batten feature wall too.  The contrast of the white trim and gray paint will be a subtle backdrop for the color scheme I’m planning, especially the gold accents.  Because, duh!…all the glitters.   Here’s what I’m envisioning…

  

I plan to incorporate all of these elements into the room.  I already have the desk, animal print chair, black and gold mirror and plants.  I’m in the process of sourcing the rest.  The best part of this room is that I love every single item that I incorporated into the design board.  Wish me look in my quest to source the rest!

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Do you think the room is gender neutral?  Do I have enough of a balance of light and dark?  What’s your favorite piece?

Be well,

Eileen

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You can never have enough animal prints.

Tiny Flower Pot Containers

Hey Hey,

We had a beautiful day here in New York after a week of rain. Today was the perfect day to get outside and do some gardening. After planting flowers in our window boxes, we had a few flowers left over and inspiration struck when I noticed these in my kitchen…

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Tolenti is my favorite ice cream these days. If your haven’t tried it, you must. It’s delicious. The containers are great for organizing and storing all our different screws and nails, so I always keep them when we finish the ice cream. I needed two very small containers for the left over flowers so I decided to give them a little sprucing up with some twine and spray paint that I had on hand.  These were so easy and took only an hour start to finish.

With my hot glue gun I added the twine from the bottom up…

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Then I decided I didn’t want to cover the entire container in twine so I used white spray paint for the top half of the containers…

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And then to finish the top and hide the ridges where the lid screws on, I added two more rows of twine.  Then I drilled drainage holes in the bottom…

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…added some potting soil and flowers and voila…

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They are perfect on their new home on the porch…

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Cute right?  I love them!  How did you spend this beautiful day?  Let me know in the comments below.

Be well,

Eileen

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Beware of the kitties of the jungle.

 

 

It’s the simple things…

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Hi Everyone,

Super Houls made me a gift. It’s simple, but oh so helpful. Holiday decorating just easier.

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Can you guess what it is?

Leave your guesses in the comments below.

Stay tuned,

Eileen