But who has the time right?! You do when it’s this easy. There are so many cute ideas floating around out there for DIY Valentines cards.  Some people are so clever I tell ya! And thank goodness they are because this mama is not afraid of being called a copycat.  After all, copying is the greatest form of flattery right? Or is it something else? Anyway, I wanted to share one of the best websites out there for editing your own pictures and creating fun projects. It’s called PicMonkey and for $4.99 a month you can edit like a pro! Well maybe not a pro but you can have fun trying.

Here is the Valentine I made for Carter last year.

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I just uploaded a picture to the site and added a speech bubble with text. This year I copied from Larissa over at Just Another Day in Paradise.  You should check out her blog!  She has tons of great ideas for crafts, cooking and mommyhood. She did this card for her son last Valentines Day and I couldn’t resist doing one similar!

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I’m going to print them out later today and attach a bag with some Laffy Taffy’s in them. Cute, right? I know I don’t even have the finished project to show you but I couldn’t wait in case you wanted to join Pic Monkey and make your own. There’s still time! Follow me on Instagram @eyeforpretty and I’ll be sure to post how they look finished. Happy Valentines Day lovebugs!

Let me start by saying I am by no means an artist. I don’t buy art, don’t have a lot of it in my house (besides my kids masterpieces) and would never spend a good chunk of money on it. I think it’s pretty, it’s just not my thing. But lately I’ve been wondering if I need a little something in my house. Something besides mirrors and frames and trinkets on my walls.  Specifically something to go over our massive headboard in our bedroom.  I had no idea what I even wanted or where to look.  I take that back, I knew where to look for inspiration. Bet you all know where this is going. So here’s what I saw that I was drawn to…

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These all had different things I liked about them.  But what they all had in common was their abstract/impressionist vibe.  Is that a real category all you art lovers?  I contemplated attempting one of these on my own. A canvas, some paint, maybe some gold leaf seems easy enough right?  Not so much. With two busy little ones and our other big project I’m working on=not gonna happen.  Enter my favorite store Homegoods. They had some good choices but only one that really had all the colors I was looking for.  I brought it home just to try with the thought that it would probably go back.  If I’ve learned ANYTHING from my frequent trips to HomeGoods it’s that you should buy it and return it if need be.  Chances are it will be gone the next time you go back! So here she is…

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Taupes, metallic, grays yep.

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What do you think? It goes with our headboard which is a mushroom brown color and adds a little bit of interest to the boring wall.  For $49.99 I probably couldn’t have even bought the canvas so I feel it’s a win in my book.  Today I’ll hang it and finish up a few other little things in there but our bedroom is finally ALMOST finished! If I have the time one of these days I’d still love to attempt one of the beauties above from Pinterest. Maybe for Emersyn’s big girl room or my office. Do I see an art party in my future?? Who am I?!

I’m excited to be back on the blog sharing one of my best friend’s nursery turned big girl room makeover!  Not only does Megan from Megan Gery Photography have an amazing eye for taking pictures, she also has an amazing eye for decorating and home décor.  I love her style and how she blends old with new, high end pieces (like her daughters bed) with vintage finds and puts it all together with accessories from Home Goods and other bargain stores. Megan isn’t afraid of a little DIY and I think it makes all the difference when personalizing a space. Her home is always warm and inviting and Audrey’s room is a true reflection of Megan’s love for her little lady. Get ready for some pretty eye candy and enjoy this sweet space!

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Isn’t this bed gorgeous? The robins egg blue is perfect with the yellow walls.

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The bedding is a mix of Pottery Barn Kids and Target.

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I love this vintage dresser painted in a mint green. Of course Audrey has the cutest pictures all over her room! Such sweet memories of this precious girl.

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This is the wall opposite her bed. Vintage Kids Craft Kitchen, Pottery Barn Banner and my FAVORITE Ikea frame painted by Megan. All paired with the adorable photos of Miss Audrey and the floral “A” which Megan made. Perfection.

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This shelf was also a vintage find.  It’s the perfect fit for displaying all of Audrey’s photos and other precious mementos. Check out the picture on top of the shelf. It’s one of my all time favorites and makes me smile! This girl has personality for days!

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Floral hooks are a great way to display a collection of headbands.

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This butterfly mobile was in Audrey’s nursery and I think it’s so sweet and sentimental of Megan to incorporate butterflies into the design of her new room.

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I love the last shot of this book, Just Being Audrey.  I think that pretty much sums up this funny, adorable and sassy spitfire who sure keeps her parents on their toes! This room was definitely designed out of love and will grow with her for years to come.  Makes me want to start Emersyn’s big girl room ASAP!  There are a few other spaces in Megan’s house that I’ve worked with her on and I’ll be sharing them soon. I also have some other big announcements that will be putting the blog on the forefront so hopefully you will be hearing a lot more from me in the near future!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I couldn’t be more excited to decorate.  I like to keep our house pretty natural and classic for Christmas by using a lot of greens, burlap and sparkle.  At times I feel it’s a little boring, especially since I have two little kids but I just couldn’t bring myself to throw up the rainbow colored lights yet.  Maybe next year! I did however decorate Carter’s room with lots of red and his little tree has all our “fun” and special ornaments.  He even has a train around it.  There. I just made myself feel better. A little!  One of my greatest finds this year were the real boxwood wreaths I scored at Trader Joe’s.  I went looking for the regular evergreen ones and was just about to check out when I saw a lady in front of me with a boxwood one. The rest I guess was history. I brought back the other ones and seriously debated between buying two or four of the boxwoods.  Did I need four? Of course not! Did I want to hang one in every possible window of my house? Sure. I settled on two which my husband would say was one too many but oh well.  One I grabbed is so large it barely fits on our front door. Gorgeous! Here she is in all her glory.

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So pretty. So large. So simple.

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Here are my DIY boxwood letters I made for less than three dollars a piece.  I got a strand of garland at Michaels and just clipped and twisted it on to the letter. I hot glued it down and added some ribbon. Not exactly Ballard worthy but they make a nice statement for a fraction of the cost.

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And just because I love boxwoods so much, here are some pretty pictures of what’s inspiring me for next year…

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And since you know I love finding the look for less here is a pretty boxwood wreath I found on Etsy selling for $175.

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You better believe I am thinking about making some of these to sell next year! So what do you think about boxwoods? Too boring? Or just right?

Hi friends!  You may have forgotten about me, but I haven’t forgotten about you or this little blog here! I’ve run into enough people now that have asked why I haven’t posted so it’s time to get back on the horse! I guess you can call it an early New Year’s resolution. Plus I have so many fun projects coming up I have to share! So for today, just a little update on what I’ve been up to…

One of my favorite holidays has come and gone which is Halloween. I love how excited my kids get and all the fun parties and trick or treating with friends. This year, we went to a super fun block party with a family costume theme.

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Luckily my husband and Carter were good sports but as soon as we got in the car to go home Carter said, “YOU are not picking next years costume mommy!” Lol. Then he changed into his cool fighter pilot costume for trick or treating.

We went on a super fun trip to Seattle and found this most amazing home decor store called Watson Kennedy. I was so inspired by all the gorgeous pieces.

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I worked all month on a client’s craft room for her kiddos. It’s about 95% so I will show you the complete room soon!photo-8

Here’s a picture of a super easy DIY art display. Yard sticks and binder clips!

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I love this little reading corner and how each kid has their own bookshelf/storage unit.

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The client ordered these great big desks perfect for doing homework or crafting projects. She also had custom bulletin boards made that will look so great when filled with pictures and artwork.  Those two gray ottomans were bought at Target and can be put under one side of the desks or used for extra seating. She has a huge, beautiful house that needs decorating so I’m hoping to show you the rest of her house!

Some other exciting news is that I’ve been styling some photo shoots with Megan Gery Photography. We’re planning on doing a couple mini shoots per year that are styled by me and photographed by Megan. Here I am at our Holiday shoot…

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I couldn’t resist blowing the fake snow we had for the kids. She got some amazing shots!

We are on the verge of making a big decision on whether or not we’re going to stay in our house and remodel or move. We LOVE our neighborhood, just need more square footage. The good news is whichever way we go, I’ll have some house projects to show you. Hopefully they’ll be BIG! I also have my husbands new office, a nursery, Emersyn’s and Audrey’s big girl room, Megan’s house and lots of exciting design adventures coming my way in the near future. What have you been up to?

My friend Lindsay is like a little ray of sunshine. She’s always positive with a sunny disposition.  Her home is a direct reflection of that. Not only does she have great taste, she also shares my love for a good bargain.   I’m so happy she let me photograph it and share it with all of you.

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Super cute house right? To me, curb appeal is very important. It’s kind of like the wrapping on a present.  I like how they used Boxwoods to create a structured walkway.

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The main living/family room. So jealous of their beams and beadboard on the ceiling!

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White leather storage ottomans for kid durability and a cozy shag rug.  I’m always envious of her collection of throw pillows!

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Trellis, monogram and chevron oh my!

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This is the office right off the main living area. Lindsay picked Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore for the walls and used white and turquoise to make it pop.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know I spied these gorgeous lamps at Homegoods and knew they’d be perfect for Lindsay’s office.

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Aren’t they awesome?!

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Their clean and bright dining room.

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Subway art? Yes please!

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I love how the kitchen and dining room look out to the backyard. Brings in so much light!

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Gallery walls galore. I do love me a good gallery wall!

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Charlie’s hip and modern nursery. I love the orange and lime green with the gray.

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Very cool birch tree decals and floating shelves from Ikea. Great for displaying all those sweet baby memories and keepsakes.

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I’m obsessed her bedding in the Master! I also like the idea of making a “faux” headboard with art pieces like this.

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Lindsay has a neat collection of modern art including this canvas she painted. So sweet!

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Everyone needs a Picasso naked lady by their bedside.

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Last but not least is her impressive jewelry collection. Makes any girl drool.  I love how she displays it so beautifully, just like being in a boutique.

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Thanks Lindsay for letting us spy on your house!  Doesn’t it just make you happy?

Of summer that is! I don’t know about you but I’m ready to get back in the routine.  My kids have to be kept busy at all times and it will be nice to have a few hours to myself again! Not to mention I LOVE all things Fall so I’m looking forward to my favorite season. With that being said,  I guess I have to throw the towel in on my final home improvement project of the summer, our Master.  I really did have high hopes of finishing off my entire list.  But ninety percent is pretty darn good while trying to be full time supermom as well.  Eventually I’ll get to our bedroom but for now I’ll leave you with my inspiration board.

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We have some black furniture I had to work with so it was hard to come up with a design that incorporated those pieces but still kept it light and sophisticated.  Speaking of which did you guys see Giuliana Rancic’s office makeover on their show?  Too die for gorgeous and it was mostly all done from Homegoods! You all know that’s my favorite store.  Here’s a picture of the lounge area…

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Next week I’m excited to start a feature called Eye Spy where I take you on tours of my friends homes.  I have so many talented and creative friends that I thought I’d share their awesome design and decorating ideas. Hopefully they will inspire you too!

Come back next week for Eye Spy: A Modern, Chic and Happy Home.  Here’s a sneak peek…

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Finally getting on here to post some of the projects/parties I’ve checked off on my summer to-do list!  For ONCE, I’m feeling pretty satisfied with where I’ve gotten. Shocker I know!  Still have to tackle our master bedroom but I figure there’s still four weeks left so wish me luck :)

{Emersyn’s Reading Canopy}

What started from this…

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Ended up like this…

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My sweet girl loves it and it took less than an hour and cost twenty bucks!

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{Backyard Revamp}

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New furniture, a nice landscaped hill and some shade.

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A new dining area with the outdoor chandelier.

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New potting area/entertaining shelf (and my mini-lemon tree!)

{Carter’s Birthday Celebration(s)}

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The kid loves himself some fire trucks.  Luckily I enjoy a challenge and always try to make his cake.  Click here to see last year’s!

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I found a cheap vinyl tablecloth and used it as the backdrop for both his parties. (Yes he has two!) I love buying a few new party supplies each year because I re-use them all the time. See those checkered plates?  Those were from the Baby-Q the week before!

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See how I just switched out the red for the yellow? Looks pretty boring without all the food but it turned out pretty cute.

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Had to include a shot of my big four year old giving me the look like mooooommm stop!

{The Baby-Q for my Bestie}

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I am so in love with how this party turned out! Super fun and casual just like the parents to be.  Great food, friends and fun! I used my nonna’s lace tablecloths mixed with the red, white and aqua. Turned out perfect!

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{Painting My Dark Accent Wall}

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The colors I was playing around with were Sea Salt and Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore.  Both too baby blue. Maybe because I’m lazy and didn’t prime first but two coats did the trick! I ended up going with Benjamin Moore Affinity in Tranquility but had the guy at Home Depot take out ten drops of blue.

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It still turned out way more blue than I wanted but I still love it.  The room looks so much brighter and it pares well with the yellow on the other walls.

{New Coffee Table and Kids Table}

See the coffee table above?  That actually was an old coffee table that used to be dark wood. Then I turned it into a bench that looked like this…

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And back to off white which is where it’s at today. See??? For anyone who says I’m always buying, I’m really not!

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Ok, so I did buy this Ikea table and chairs. I bought it for a client last year and thought it was perfect for this space right under the window.

Whew!! Are you tired just looking at the pictures? I am!  Makes me feel pretty good though to actually be checking things off the “list.”  Another BIGGIE I had on it this summer was to grow my business and I’m happy to say I haaaave!!! I just landed a BIG job and I can’t wait to share details with everyone soon.  Hopefully I’ll have the last of my projects (which is our master) to share with you soon! I also wanted to send a HUGE thank you out to my friend Melissa at Shop Compliment for featuring me on her Soul Series.  Stop by, read my interview and shop her beautiful pieces!  xo

Things are getting done around here and it feels so good to mark them off my summer to-do list! The backyard is almost finished (I’ll show you a sneak peek) and I’m starting to move on to my indoor projects.  Painting over a dark wall, Emersyn’s reading nook and a new table for the kids are all on the agenda.  Can’t wait to get them done and photographed to show you!  Today I thought I’d show you a SUPER easy outdoor chandelier perfect for when you don’t have an electrical outlet nearby.  I considered doing those outdoor globe lights and stringing them along the fence, but then I saw this on Pinterest and thought I could do something similar for little to no cost.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Some type of wire basket (I actually used a bigger one), LED candles, rope or twine and moss.

Lay the moss on the bottom and tie your rope at three points on the basket (or two just so it hangs even.)  I didn’t take pictures of this but I don’t think they’re needed! We tied it on the tree branch and then placed the candles in.  Much easier this way! Here’s what it looked like when we got it up.

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Looks fine but it was way too small and definitely hung too high.  This is what happens when you try to spend zero dollars.  So I went out to Homegoods and found this one for fourteen bucks.

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Much better.  Here’s how it looks with the new picnic table.

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Pretty perfect right?  And it’s great because I can turn on the candles by standing on the bench so it’s super easy.  Don’t know why I didn’t get a picnic table earlier. So great for when all our little munchkin friends come visit!

The lounge area is also shaping up.  Our offset umbrella is on its way and Patrick just built my tall shelf I’m using as a buffet/potting bench.  I just need to stain it and accessorize.  I’ll post the finished space soon but here’s a sneak peek!

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Big difference from this right?

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I’m so happy it’s turning into a more useable, pretty space.  How’s your summer going?  Got any fun projects you’re working on?

Well I almost forgot my login to this little blog but now that summer is here it’s time to get to work.  Sounds funny right? Shouldn’t it be time to relax?  Luckily I have time for both now that school is out and we don’t have a schedule.  I do try to be home for naps every day so my hope is that witihin those precious two hours I can get on here or finish whatever design project I’m working on. I have some great projects going on both for my own house and for clients.  First up is my backyard transformation.  We have a nice yard with a good size lawn area and a play structure for the kids. Unfortunately we have an odd shape little concrete patio that is not so great for entertaining or fitting furniture on.  In the past, I’ve just had a small square table with four chairs.  It looked like this…

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Pretty boring. Here is the rest of the yard…

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I knew I wanted to add a “lounge” area and I needed a bigger table to eat at.  Here are a few of my inspiration pictures…

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Gorgeous right? Granted my house isn’t white with that great outdoor fireplace but oh well.  See that picnic table? I thought it was such a great idea especially for the little ones.  So I ordered one and put it into the plan.   Since there is no way I could fit the gorgeous beachy wicker furniture I want on that patio, I’ll save it for my someday house.  And since I’m trying to do the whole yard for under $1000 I had to do a lot of research.  I decided to go with a black wrought iron conversation set on the patio.

patio lowes 499Not perfect but for less than $500 I can work with it! The cushions are apple green but I figure I can swap them out for cream or beige when they get trashed.  My friend Stacey also found a great natural pine picnic table for $98! So I jumped on that and bought some stain.  The stain color is called white birch so I’m hoping it gives it a nice whitewashed look.  Since I’m going to put the picnic table under the big tree, I’m going to DIY this lovely chandelier to hang over it.

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Pretty isn’t it?  I also ordered this rug that was on sale from Ballards.

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So I think it will be pretty with the greens, blacks and creams don’t you?  I’m hoping to have it done within the next few weeks so I promise to update with pictures!