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!

Carter's 4th Bday 109  The second cake at the construction party. Four levels of fudge, cake, raspberry and frosting.  Soooo yummy! And no, I did not bake that one!

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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!

smores  The most delicious Smore’s cupcakes by Baked by Becky. If you live in the Bay Area, message me for her info!

{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

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One Response to The Race to the Finish (Of Summer That Is!)

  1. Megan Gery says:

    Wow!!! Nicole you have been busy this summer!!! Everything looks amazing as always and I always look forward to these post! Keep it up! Its all looking great!


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