Thursday, July 9, 2015

Team Gifts

This weekend is my daughter's final softball tournament of the season. It is hard to believe the season is already over, especially since it doesn't feel like summer has really begun around here. Just as we did last year, we are having the end of the year softball party at the tournament while everyone is all together. I have again volunteered to make the girls parting gift. 

Last year I gave them a photo of them wearing their 2nd place tournament medals glued to cardstock and embellished with ribbon in their team colors and their number. They were very cute and I gave them each a tootsie roll pop to go with it.

This year I decided to step it up a bit. I started with these cute miniature bottles filled with Lemonheads (to look like softballs) and embellished it with a glitter zebra ribbon and die cut softball. Then I added a DIY hair tie to the top. Instructions on the hair tie craft and mini softball bottles were found here and here on Pinterest. The bottles are from the dollar store and the ribbon and hair tie material are from my local discount store.

Their photo is being done by another mom who is photoshopping it with softball related words. I was in charge of the frame. I found these cute ones at my craft store in Lightning blue and used paint pens to write the team name, date, girls name and jersey number. They will be a great keepsake.

Well I am off for a few days. Can't wait to see how the girls like their gifts and where they end up in the tournament. Wish them luck!

Go Lightning!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Eye Catching Bathrooms

I love spaces that are unique and different. Bathrooms especially since they are a utilitarian space that functions mostly as a place to get ready and head out for the day. Bathrooms are one of the harder rooms to decorate for me since the main functions of the space need to be present and the decor comes after. Therefore, when I see a bathroom that has great function and style I sit up and take notice. Here are a few of my favorites.

More from Katie Martinez - desire to inspire -
via Desire to Inspire

Custom shower designs are modern ideas that bring spectacular natural materials and interesting architecture into homes and combine them with stunning luxury and unique style. There is no shortage of
via Lush Home

Incredibly creative and unique, this clever use of reclaimed wood gives this bathroom countertop a rich and warm, rustic yet modern appeal. Resistant to spills, strong and beautiful, reclaimed wood countertops need not only be limited to the kitchen. The uses for barn wood are limitless!
via Yahoo Homes

This master bathroom has ocean views and a sunken tub with its very own fireplace.
via House Beautiful

Happy decorating!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Vintage Style

What exactly is vintage when it comes to decorating? Terms like antique, retro and vintage can get confusing and make it difficult to determine which is which. Antiques are generally anything over 100 years old. Retro refers to items that bring back a certain style (think the 50's or 80's) and vintage is decorating with objects that represent the best qualities of an era but are not items less than 20 years old. Think fine wine. 

Check out these great vintage spaces for inspiration.

Lovely vintage kitchen
via Apartment Therapy

1940s Home Decorating Ideas | What is the best vintage look for a house?  I love the color scheme and wallpaper.
via Homedit

DIY DECOR:: 12 Absolutely Beautiful Bathrooms ! Full of Inspiration, Tips, & Do it yourself Ideas ! Like this Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover ! Amazing !
via Home Talk

The Art Of Decorating With Lights For All Occasions |
via Art Ekstrax

Decorating theme bedrooms - Maries Manor: 50s bedroom ideas - 50s theme decor - 1950s retro decorating style - 50s diner - 50s party decorations
The Me Rooms

Mad Men Decorating Style - 1960s Decorating Ideas - House Beautiful....Beautiful chandelier
via House Beautiful

Happy decorating!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Party at the Pool

If you are lucky enough to have a pool, and like to entertain, have I got some great ideas for you. Pool parties aren't just for kids. With the right accessories, you too can have a party by the pool that will keep your guests talking long after they have left.

Whether you are having a party during the day, or at night, give your guests something to whet their whistle. This Adult Swim Punch is a great way to get things started.

Pool Party Adult Swim Punch  1 bottle simply lemonade 1 bottle sparkling water 1/4 bottle or so strawberry vodka
via Simply Real Moms

Keep the rest of your beverages icy cold by filling an inflatable boat with ice and tucking your beverages of choice inside. Now the drinks can come to them without your guests having to get out of the pool.

via Rachel Ray Mag

Keep food easy and transportable by serving things like these yummy individual 7 layer taco dips.

7 layer dip cup style - 1 can refried beans, 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning, 1 cup guacamole,1 (8 ounce) container sour cream, 1 cup chunky salsa, 1 cup shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, 1/2 bunch of green onions, 1 can of sliced olives, 9 ounce plastic tumblers, tortilla chips
via The Girl Who Ate Everything

If your party is after dark, light it up by placing glow sticks inside balloons and floating them in the pool.

20 Cool Glow Stick Ideas | Glow Stick Pool Lanterns
via Turnstyle Vogue

Decorate with pool appropriate decor like garland made from pool noodles, mini beach balls and sand, and strung together paper lanterns for a colorful and fun party vibe.

And there you have it – a fun alternative use for pool noodles this summer!
via Sugar and Cloth

The NapTime Reviewer: DIY Pool Party Ideas.  Would also be fun for beach wedding/theme shower or rehearsal even.
via The Naptime Reviewer

via Party City

Make the party even more memorable by sending a unique and fun invitation to your guests.

via RSVP Brittany Kay

Summer is all about fun so go out and enjoy it!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

5 Summer Mantle Styling Ideas

Just because you are not using your fireplace right now doesn't mean it shouldn't get any love. As with other areas of your home, it is nice to swap out dark and heavy decor for light and bright when spring and summer arrive. Just making a few changes can lighten your mood and brighten your home. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Less is best. Use a large painting or mirror to fill the space and surround it with a few simple but well chosen items to create a lighter feeling. Adding flowers in front of the firebox fills the dark space and brings the outdoors in.

Love tile Love lower mantel. Love three tiers of mantel. Maybe what it would look like w/o bookcases. Probably my favorite mantel Also love paint color
via HGTV Canada
2.  Bring the beach to you. Add beach themed items to make your home feel like a vacation everyday.

via Top This Top That
3. Go green. Clip some greens from your garden, or some fresh flowers, and place them in simple clear vases for a light and bright display.

Fresh Herb Summer Wreath
via A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
4. Add color. Choose pops of color to add cheerfulness and interest. Whether you choose variations of one color or mix and match your mantle will be sure to say summer.

Like the arrangement of glass.  I  bought some of these(INSULATORS-GOD FORBID I don't use the proper name, or random strangers will take it upon themselves to correct me[glass caps from electricity poles]).  the other day from the Antique Box in Elloree SC-best kept secret in the south. Here's a way to display-cute
via Rachel Baugher
5. Use citrus. A bowl of lemons or limes add just the right feel and punch of color to a nature inspired display.

via Dear Lillie Blog

Happy summer!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bring on the Sparkle

Have you ever looked around your home and thought, "something is missing"? Sometimes all it takes is a bit of sparkle to make a room pop. Metallic or crystal accents are perfect for giving your space a dash of light and style. Here are few of my favorites.

Sparkle Accents

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tween Rooms with Style

My daughter is entering middle school in the fall. There I said it. I cannot believe she is already finished with elementary school and hurtling toward college. Gone are her little girl outfits and pigtails and their place a soon to be tween. Of course, her taste in everything from clothing to music has changed significantly and soon her sweet bubblegum pink and chambray blue room will no longer be "cool." 

The tween years are tough. Kids still like some little kid things but yearn for a more grown up version of themselves. So, how do you bridge the gap and give them a room that still lets them be a kid but in a more grown up way? Get inspiration from these great spaces.

Girl's room revamp project. Several fun DIY projects. The Creativity Exchange
via The Creativity Exchange

You can tell this girl likes purple, but the whole room doesn't have to be purple. Love it!
via Itsy Bits and Pieces

via Apartment Therapy

Eclectic Gallery Wall and Brass Reading Light
via The Inspired Room

Hermoso lugar !!!!
via Babble

Omg I would love to do this for the girls when they get older...and I am not a pink fan but this rocks
via BHG

Best Boy Rooms {Neutral and Classy}....maybe deer heads like these for J's wall??
via It's Overflowing

bedroom design ideas
via Pink Peppermint Design

Happy decorating!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Great Ways to Display Childrens' Art

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”
Pablo Picasso
I am sure most, if not all, of you, have art created by your children. I know I have more than my fair share. However, I would not trade it for the world. To me, the above quote by Pablo Picasso says it all. All children are artists and are worthy to have their works of art on display.
I love anything created by my children, and it is things like displaying their art that make a house a home. Not only can it make your space more personal but it can add style as well. There are many great ways to display your child's artwork. Here are a few of my favorites.
With or without a mat, framing instantly elevates any art, even finger painting. This is my 11 year old daughters artwork. I love everything she makes, but the tree that she did in 1st grade is still my favorite. I framed all of these using inexpensive frames I found at our local craft store. Professional framing is great but why drop serious cash when you can get the same results by doing it yourself.

Create a gallery wall using the same style of frame to allow the artwork to shine through. Taking it up a stairwell makes use of otherwise dead space.
Proudly display your framed kids' artwork in the stairwell. Such whimsical and sentimental wall decor.
via House of Turquoise

Get into the rustic vibe by displaying artwork on standard clipboards. The wooden letters  add to the appeal.

Display art easily and quickly with clipboards.
via Buzzfeed

Mix it up. Place your child's artwork along side other great works of art. Your friends may not even be able to tell the difference.

via The Pink Pagoda

See how your chid's inner artist has progressed by compiling their works into a single poster.

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - have it turned into a poster!
via Simply Create Kids

Take advantage of your little artist while their work is still free and create your own beautiful gallery full of memories and fun.

Happy decorating!