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i’m so excited to share rocco’s new room with you.  this is the one room in my house that i was always shutting the door to and trying to hide and ignore.   the color was a worn dark beige sprinkled with a good dose of dirt (see what i mean in the before pics).  i was itching to brighten this room up and transition it from the nursery that it has been, for my 3 boys over the last 9 years, into a big boy room for my youngest.

it just so happened that Valspar Paint reached out recently to see if i wanted to try their Valspar Reserve paint for a project in my home.  my answer was, yes!  yes!  and, yes!

i was super excited to tackle this project but, if i’m honest, also a little nervous.  i’m not the greatest painter and picking color always stresses me out.  but, because Valspar has their Love Your Color Guarantee i decided there was no reason to stress, if i didn’t like my color i could get another one on them.

my two design goals for the room where simply to brighten up the room and to make it imaginative and playful.

i loved the idea of a mountain incline on the wall.  i wanted the mountain wall to be colorful but to still be calming and for the colors to compliment each other.  for the top part of the wall i chose ‘Valspar Seashell Gray,’ and for the bottom, ‘Valspar Crushed Cumin.’  for the rest of the room i went with ‘Valspar Ivory Dust,’ to really brighten and lighten up the room on a whole.

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as you can see, the room has wood paneling, which has been painted many times over the years, so i thought it might be a little tricky for this novice painter, but Valspar Reserve was great to work and had really good coverage.  not only does it have great coverage, but Valspar Reserve is also super durable (offering superior stain resistance and scrubbability) which made it the perfect choice for a child’s room.

what i was most nervous about was taping and painting a design because i’ve never done anything like that before.  i’ve always hired a professional.  i gave it my best and learned quickly that with good paint and the right kind of tape all things are possible. (just be sure to let the paint completely dry before removing the paint).  and now, i’m no longer a novice!

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and, there you have it!  as you can see, rocco is pretty excited about his big boy room and, well . . . dinosaurs.

speaking of dinosaurs, the little guys climbing the mountain and flying about are my fave.  they are magnets, designed by sian zeng.  her work is amazing!  the larger dinosaur print (inspired by yellow brick road) is just image, from on old book, that i found online and had printed on the architect printer at kinko’s.

sources: tarva bed: ikea  dinosaur magnets: sian zeng | laguna duvet: the land of nod | raindrop sheets: the land of nod  | bear pillow: the land of nod | throw pillows: target | stockholm rug: ikea | overcast cloud wall shelf: the land of nod | hektar wall light : ikea | dresser: pottery barn kids | streamline knob : anthropologie | lamp: west elm |  knit storage bin: the land of nod | bookshelf: thrifted | car love art: the land of nod  | turkey feathers : found on our walks

video + photography by Frank & Harvey 

this post is in collaboration with Valspar.  Valspar Reserve is available at Lowe’s nationwide.  find your nearest retailer here.  find more color inspiration from Valspar on : Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

September 26, 2014

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happy friday, lovelies.  what a week it has been.  i ran the 1/2 marathon (i’ll share a bit on that on monday) which was scary and exhilarating, my home and a behind the blogger series was featured on style me pretty, and next week i’ll be revealing rocco’s newly updated room (not yet seen).  however, away from the shiny screen, i’ve been dragging around in dodgy sweat pants with very soar feet and crabby children.  i should find the dichotomy humorous, but it usually just feels a little frustrating like you are living in some sort of strange middle place.  but, maybe that is just life?  you’ve just finished this or left that and you are on your way to here and slowly there.  what is here now is the weekend and i’m grateful for that.  at least a short blur of space time to enjoy the here and now.  a freeze frame to forget yesterday and to not think about tomorrow.  the leaves are changing here and the sun is warm and the air smells like life.   i’m hoping for a bike ride with my near and dear, a movie on the sofa, and just lingering over coffee in the morning.

what are you hoping for this weekend?  has fall arrived where you live?

these are my most fave photos from the style me pretty feature….because while my house is pretty and has fun elements…it’s these people that truly decorate it.  climbing indoor swings, racing down the halls, jumping on beds and eating frozen waffles frozen.  they are the beauty, the fun, and yes, sometimes the mess.  they are home.  we are loud, we are wild, we are quiet, we are emotional, we are fun, we are serious, we are crazy.  we need grace.  we give grace.  love lives among us and in us.  perfect love within the imperfect.

there are two mantras on our walls that sum it up well.  the first on the wall in our family room / kitchen area (which wasn’t photographed) is a print that says, ‘ IN THE MADNESS THERE IS LOVE.’

the second, i wrote for our entry way:

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thank you yazy jo for taking such beautiful photos (if you are in the chicago area and looking for a wedding photographer, yazy does amazing work!) and thank you style me pretty for featuring me as a blogger and my home.

happy weekend, friends!

FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 / one of my fave bloggers + friends was featured in the New York Times in an article penned “When Blogging Becomes a Slog.”  did you read it?  thoughts?

02 / hands up if you used to eat hot pockets.  love the idea of healthier home made ones like these.

03 / have you ever considered a DIY platform bed for your little ones? loving these ikea hacks.

04 / it’s that time of year when oh happy day shares the coolest costumes on the block.  love this one.

05 /  gosh, i still need to learn how to braid better because these looks are super something i’d like to try.

06 / how to feel confident in 2 minutes.  this is simple, fascinating and worth trying.

LOVELY  Pics : INSTAGRAM / Inspiration : PINTEREST / Chatter : TWITTER / Conversation : FACEBOOK

photographs by : yazy jo photography

September 22, 2014

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hi lovelies.  first of all, i’m super excited to share a home tour, today, of my abode over on style me pretty living.  smp shot my house this last july, and the tour is finally live.

click here to see my home tour on Style Me Pretty Living.

i worked really hard on getting everything ready for this p photo shoot  i updated a few things and did a few fun DIY’s.  one of which i’m sharing today.

i don’t know about you, but i’ve been oohing and ahhing over every wool, yarn or weaved art installation i’ve been seeing online.  i love the texture, the earthiness and interest it brings into any space.  it’s a great way to add art without spending a fortune and the best part is that it will be one of a kind.

click through for the easy DIY steps to making your own yarn wall art piece:

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September 3, 2014

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i mentioned the other week that i’ve been making a few updates around the house.  an accessorie here, a rug there, if you will.  while i love a good room re-do, i’m honestly the type that likes changing things as i go and at my own pace.  my eyes always go to the details so when i can add or switch a little something then i’m so happy.

one of my most favorite swap outs, recently, is my bathroom rug.  the old rug i had, was just that, really old.  it was actually a hand me down from my mom (as in it never left the house when she moved out 9 years ago).  the rug was never priority, fit the space and was neutral.  but after a few years (yes, years of being discount with old and grungy, i finally couldn’t igonre it no longer.

i went with the wild quill rug  from lu lu and georiga and i’m in love with it.  it took me a good week to get used to a deeper color and some pattern, but now i wouldn’t have it any other way.  and bonus, the soft, lush texture is amazing.  our feet are so happy.  i love it now, but come winter, i know i’m going to love it even more.

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click through to see my other update + for a discount code for your own updating and accessorizing

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August 20, 2014

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if you’ve been reading for awhile than you probably know that i have a thing for chairs (chairs and light fixtures, to be exact).  i seem to collect chairs like others collect things like salt and pepper shakers.  i’m not bias, because, i like hanging chairs, built in window seats, loungy leather ones, old velvety ones passed down from grandma’s, garage sale fix me ups, and brand new modern ones.  while a chair seems to act more like a functional accessory in a room,  i usually find it to be the star piece.  no matter where you put a chair in a room it will surely make a statement (comfy, pretty, cozy, stately!).

this summer, while making a few updates around the house, i added this beauty, called the tremont chair, from high fashion home, to my living room and i’m loving it.  it’s substantial while still being light, bright and airy.  the detail work on the frame of the chair is so delicately pretty….it almost has a twig like design which mirrors the woods that can be seen through the windows, behind it.

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