Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Progress Report!!! Update On The White Box Challenge!!!!

Hi Glam readers!  I know you all loved the Spring Spruce Up tours just as much as I did!
I don't have a "formal" Spring tour of our new space because we're still working on so much of it.
However, I did want to give you a peek into how it's going.

You'll remember, when we started it looked like this:

Here's a peek around the living area now.

The "office" area where all the blogging magic will take place ;)

Small corners of organization make me happy!

Flowers tucked into bright tea canisters add a touch of Spring and whimsy.

My lovely lucite serving cart is pulling double duty as an end table, also housing my record player I got for Christmas.  Some of my favorite things are on this bar cart!

The Milo Baughman etagere is holding a lot of serving pieces right now because currently, we still don't have kitchen cabinets installed.  We're making headway though!

This gives you an idea of the living room.
I promise I'll have more to share soon!

What do you think so far?

We've come a long, long way!

We still have quite a ways to go, so I'll keep you posted!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Spruce Up With Jenny Of Evolution Of Style


My name is Jenny and I'm from Evolution of Style.  I'm so excited that Krista asked me to join in on the Spring Spruce Up Blog hop - it's given me the extra push I needed to breathe some new life into my home.  After the winter we've had, my house and I both need it!

After going through more paint samples than I can count great deliberation, I recently painted much of my main floor in Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, which makes it a great backdrop to change things up with pops of color throughout the year.  I decided to make a leap and go bold with some punches of pink and orange.  We'll see how this goes over with the guys in the house, but the great thing about it is that it's easy to change with the seasons, right?

I took cues from these pretty tulips and IKEA artwork that I picked up to brighten thing up around here.

I took some of the other flowers I bought and made them into a fun, jelly bean arrangement.  Let's see how long the jelly beans last.  My Valentine's Day attempt at a similar arrangement was hit by M&M thieves.

Another great way to freshen up your home for Spring is to swap out artwork and add greenery, like I did (on a whim) with these boxwood wreaths.  After all, isn't that what comes to mind when you think of Spring?  Green.  Nature coming back to life. 

I picked up a trio of butterfly prints at IKEA for $9.99, and they're the perfect element to bring on the spring.

The dining room got a few touches of its own as well - more greenery and some bird themed accessories.

This cute (and free) printable from Craftberry Bush ties in perfectly.

And finally, my kitchen got a small taste of Spring with a fresh new rug that I scored from my favorite outlet store, ever - Bargains and Buyouts.  And another boxwood wreath that has become a year-round fixture on my island.

Thanks again Krista for including me in this fun Spring tour!  The refresh was a welcome one!

I'd love to have you visit - you can find me at Evolution of Style, on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites: All Things Coffee!!

Hi Glam readers!  It's Friday!
You made it!  Breathe, breathe....
Most of you probably know by reading this little blog that I love my coffee!
No seriously, it's a bit of an addiction.

COFFEE. Because sometimes it's the only thing that will get me through the day! #LIVETHANKFUL #LIVECRUDE
Can I get an "amen"?!

I thought I would devote this week's Friday Favorites post to coffee.
The Friday Favorites post is a bit different than Friday Five Under $5, in that all of my finds aren't necessarily under $5, but most of them are either very reasonable, or just something too fabulous not to share!

This set is available at World Market and is on SALE!  The original price of the set is $39.99, but it's on sale for $9.99!

This coffee brewing system is $39.99.  Not a bad price.  Personally, I think the vessel itself is just beautiful, which makes it really appealing.

Good Morning Sugar - Coffee Spoon Stir Stick -  Vintage Silver Plated Silverware - Hand Stamped - Upcycled Gift

These hand stamped coffee spoons are so fun!  They're $16.00, but you can special order whatever saying you like.  I think they'd make a great gift for your favorite coffee drinker!

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I love Ashley Brooke Designs!  These mugs are $23.00 and honestly, I would be happy with any one of them.  Who wouldn't want a compliment first thing in the morning?!  ;)

I love all her items, but being a coffee addict, the mugs are a must!

If you're looking for really good espresso, illy is a great choice.  
We Italians know our coffee ;) 

It's available at World Market, Williams Sonoma, multiple fine grocers and I've even spotted it at TJ Maxx and Marshalls!
The 8.8 oz can will run you about $15 at World Market.

These stacking mugs are great for having next to your coffee pot or brewing system!  They're on sale at World Market as well, for just $6.49!!

In case you want an extra specially good cup of coffee to enjoy with all your new coffee paraphanalia, you can check out my recipe for Spiced Coffee.

How about you?

Do you enjoy a good cup of coffee?

What's your favorite brewing system?

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy your coffee?

I would love to hear about them!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Spruce Up With Amber Of The Beautiful Savages!

Hey guys. Amber here from The Beautiful Savages. I'm so excited to be part of the Spring Spruce Up, hosted by Krista. I love Spring! I'm not a big fan of the wind that comes along with it here in the southwest, but I do love watching the season change and all that blooms.

Today I'm sharing how I incorporate Spring into my home.

Flowers are a great way to add that pop of color. I bought some of the flowers from Costco. I love their selection and the price tag is not so bad either.  The cherry blossoms that are displayed at my entry are from my yard. They are a perfect fit to greet my guest's at the door. If you have some beautiful blooms in your yard, don't be afraid to snip a few for the inside. It's a great way to mix it up. 

Thanks for having me!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Spruce Up With Rebekah From A Blissful Nest

Hey everyone! Rebekah here from A Blissful Nest and I am so excited to be a part of this Spring Home Tour. A little about us first - we moved to Dallas 2 years ago from California and not knowing a soul here and only visited once before we moved, we decided to rent for a little while. This has been a blessing and a curse! Since I have been a interior designer for over 13 years, not owning my house has had it's challenges for me. I am used to painting a wall, ripping out carpet and hanging floating shelves like no ones business and now I have to tame myself. The good thing is this has really made me think out of the box and design with a different purpose. When you walk in our home it is a long hallway with my office on 1 side and the dining room on the other. It has this amazing arched niche and for the longest time I just left it alone. Recently I wallpapered our niche with sheets of foam core and "built it out" to create a focal point. This really has easily become my favorite spot in our home now.
Entryway Ideas by A Blissful Nest
I think this sunburst mirror is so fun and I paint dipped the ends when I redid this space.
Entryway Ideas by A Blissful Nest
I have incorporated touches of yellow this spring in many of our rooms. I think it is such a happy color and with all the snow and rain Dallas has been getting, this gives me a touch of spring indoors at least.
Entryway Ideas by A Blissful Nest
Our living room and this fireplace is the heart of our home. We spend the majority of our time here and it is the focal point of this space.
Fireplace Mantle by A Blissful Nest
This collection of ironestone pitchers is one of my most prized collections that I hold near and dear to my heart. I have had a hard time changing up my mantel because of this. My parents collected them for years for me secretly and then gifted them to me one year for Christmas. I love looking at them every day right here!
Fireplace Mantle by A Blissful Nest
I'm kinda known for mixing unusual patterns and colors which you can see in my home and in the stationery and home line I design. Of course personally my favorite color is blue and I have mixed shades of it on our sofa with some fun patterns.
Decorating With Pillows by A Blissful Nest Living Room by A Blissful Nest
I think every room should have a animal print in it. I love that it is a neutral print that can go with any and every pattern and color combo. I have it on my ottomans and on my rug in this room.
Living Room Styling by A Blissful Nest
I have always loved fiddle fig trees but I do not have a green thumb. I am desperately trying to keep this one alive. I love to add a little whimsy to my styling and thing these mini terracotta pots piled at the base are so fun.
Living Room by A Blissful Nest
We have big plans for this space this spring - exactly what my husband does not want to hear! It is warm and cozy for now with our rich tones but I will soon be making this over to have a more rustic industrial look so stay tuned!
Breakfast Room by A Blissful Nest
This is the second most used space in our home and it has to be kid friendly since I have a 6 year old who spills. I am sure you are thinking "but this lady has white chairs!" and I get it. But I love that they ARE white. These chairs from Ikea probably have to be one of our greatest purchases. The covers can be thrown in the laundry room and bleached and if they really have to be replaced, they are only $10! Total win in my book.
Breakfast Room by A Blissful Nest
Breakfast Room by A Blissful Nest
Our master is also on rooms to be redone this year and we have begun with new bedding. We just got this blue and white stripe and I love that it is a bold statement but toned down by our other bedding.
In general I am a neutral girl and love to add my pops in accessories mostly just in case I want to change them later. Even my lady next to my side of the bed has just a little pop of color.
So, I hope you enjoyed the tour of my home! The designing, thrifting and DIY projects of our home and product line are never ending at A Blissful Nest and I hope you come over and join me for more! Thank you so much to Krista for including me in the Spring Home Tour!