House Warming Party

Tonight I visited one of my friend’s new home. She was having a house warming party. I brought her a basket filled with kitchen utensils and dish towels. I found some dish towels that had grapes and vines on them since she is doing her entire kitchen with a  grape theme. They were a cream colored with purple and green grapes strewn about.

Anyway, what really excited me while I was at her house was her bathroom. It was absolutely gorgeous. She has one of the most stunning vessel sinks made of earth toned marble. Her counter tops where in a similar marble color. The flooring was a breathtaking tile that I wish I had in my house. It looked easy to clean and was probably heated too. I’ve always thought heated floors were fancy. All of the linens were a cream color with a brown accent stripe. The whole room looked warm and inviting in it’s natural tones.

The rest of her house was just a beautiful as the bathroom, but I just couldn’t get enough of how lovely even the guest bathroom was. Normally the big bucks are spent on the master bathrooms and not the guest baths. She’s one lucky woman to have that gorgeous home.

Mini Flower Pots for Lady Bug

After the big mess with Lady Bug and her attempting to plant a garden in her bedroom on her carpet, I decided that I wanted to help her accomplish her goal of having flowers in her room in a much neater way. This afternoon I stopped off at Target and found some of the cutest little flower pots in the dollar section. I got a few pots with sunflowers and also a few daisies. They are only about 1.5″ to 2″ and I think they will look cute on her windowsill.

Whether or not these flowers will grow is really beyond me. I’m just hoping that it satisfies her desire for growing things in her room without making a huge mess.I also got a cute pink shelf liner that I plan to place underneath all of the little pots on the windowsill so soil doesn’t get everywhere. I’m sure she is going to love them, especially since I also grabbed a pack of pony stickers for her to use to decorate all of the pots.

Gorgeous Metal Accents in the Living Room and Kitchen

Recently, I’ve noticed a trend of using metal tiles to accent your home in decorating. The use of metal in the kitchen is nothing new. Many people have stainless steel appliances throughout their homes. I’m particularly fond of the way stainless steel looks in a kitchen. I like how it looks sharp, clean and cool. For some reason it makes me think things are sterile in a place where I know that’s important.

Decorating with metal in the kitchen seems familiar to me. However, decorating with large metal statement pieces in other parts of the home is a new idea to me. A fireplace covered in stainless steel tiles is eye catching and very breath taking. These tiles aren’t necessarily all perfect square 2″ x 2″ squares either. There are tiles manufactured to look like cobblestones, circles, hexagons, bricks and even mosaics. There really are a lot of choices to pick from.

My kitchen has stainless steel appliances, so I’m no stranger this type of accent in my home. However, I’ve never thought to add metal pieces of accents to other rooms in my home. Maybe this will be a project I might pursue in the future.

Do-It-Yourself Padded Storage Ottoman

Last night I was watching a do-it-yourself show on the television. The guy on the show was showing you how to make a really neat padded storage ottoman. I love items that you can use to decorate with but also have a purpose like organizing. This ottoman was made with a plastic file crate, plywood, some batting and the fabric of your choice. It looked very easy to put together.

I would love to make a few of these to use in Lady Bug’s room. She can use the extra storage space for some of her board games.  Because she is small they could double as seats. I bet she would want to fill them with her toys and call them her treasure boxes.

A Coat of Paint for a Princess Pony Room

After getting Lady Bug a new furniture and bedding set for her room it just wouldn’t be complete without new paint. I spent the weekend with my neighbor painting and decorating Lady Bug’s room. We emptied the whole room out and put everything in my living room. I laid tarps down to prevent and messes on the carpet. My neighbor worked on taping off baseboards and outlets.

We chose a nice lavender to go along all of the bottom half of the walls. We then painted the top half a medium shade of princess pink. Because Lady Bug’s new theme is Princess Pony I got some wallpaper boarders with both characters. I cut them into sections and alternated them around the room along the paint seem in the middle of the walls. We painted all of the baseboards and window trim white to match the new furniture.

It took us most of the day to do the paint. We let it dry over night. Lady Bug slept in my room on Saturday because I didn’t want her to breathe in all of the fumes from the paint. On Sunday we applied the wallpaper boarders. Once that was set we brought back in the furniture and made the bed. Everything was perfect! Lady Bug had a HUGE smile on her face when she saw her completed room. It feels good to make my little girl happy.