August 15, 2014

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happy friday, friends.  i don’t have links this week, but i do have details.  if you came to my house you would quickly see that i like to decorate in the details.  i thought i’d share a few little things, that make me happy.

i got this “god is love” card from made by girl in my early blogging days and it’s a reminder of what love is and that there is no escaping it.  i have a picture of my grandmaplaying tennis in alberta, canada (where she is from), tacked up above with a garage sale sticker that i sharpied black.  she started as a newspaper reporter in her late teens in man’s world and thought nothing of it.  she is one of the strongest ladies i know who exudes grace and wears wisdom.  i look for my reflection in her photo rather than the mirrors on some mornings.

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i bought pink himalayan sea salt.  yes, cause i cook with sea salt, but mostly because it’s pink!  and i wanted to look at something naturally pink and from the other side of the world.  then there is the light shining through the candle.  i didn’t know i’d catch it in the photo, but it just reminds me light shines through the scratches, scars,  and broken places…and it is much more breathtaking when shines this way . . .creating patterns and paths through imperfection that would otherwise be unknown.

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and, flowers from our garden (and by garden i mean yard, i just like to say garden).  beautiful, fragile and fleeting.

do you decorate in the details?  my favorite homes are ones that tell stories and i love sharing stories throughout my home.

i hope your weekend is a lovely one…full of memory making that could later decorate your home.

i’ll be spending a lot of time running, getting ready for a garage sale, back to school and taking a ride on thomas the train!

xo . trina

June 25, 2014

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last year i bought an old wardrobe (before here) in hopes of turning it into a stand alone pantry.  our kitchen is generous in size, but lacks a pantry.  when my parents re-designed the kitchen (remember, i live in my childhood home) they did so with empty nesters in mind.  thus, no pantry at all, just a lot of cabinet space.  since my family is on the big size, with 4 growing kids, our food supply seems to be growing weekly and my cabinets just couldn’t contain it.

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basically, after finding old beauty at an antique store, all i did was paint her white and add shelves (keep reading for that bit).  anyhow, wardrobes are always enchanting to me.  i still think they may hold other worlds just beyond them.  i was told this particular piece came from england, so i’m pretty sure of it.

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i’m not the best painter, because i’m far too impatient.  i didn’t realize that layers and layers of paint would make it hard for the pantry doors to shut.  it did.  and, when i kept trying to (shove them shut, paint kept scraping off.  although i wasn’t going for a distressed look, i always go for a lived in look, so i took the scrapes with a smile.  imperfection is far more interesting than perfect.  yes?  isn’t the planter, cute (click here for the how to)?

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click thru for more details on the shelving + inside of the pantry :

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December 19, 2013

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as many of you know, i don’t have a dining room (it’s currently a playroom).  instead, we really make use of the dining area in our kitchen.  we spend a lot of time in our kitchen, and specifically at our table, as we are big on eating meals together.  and, thats just the eating part.  there is homework and crafts, cups of tea and conversations happening here all the time, too.  since a lot of life is lived at our table, i was pretty excited to update our dining table and chairs with hayneedle.

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i love the modern look and clean lines of this particular table.  and, i cannot get over how much more the space has opened up and brightened up on a whole.

the nuevo max dining chairs work great because they are easy to wipe clean (major plus with 4 kids) and the nuevo beck dining table feels so much more intimate than our old one.  in fact, i love the little set up so much that i’ve been sneaking my computer over to the kitchen table to work (forgetting all about my little desk).

see what i mean about brighting up the room after the jump :

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November 27, 2013

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hi friends!  just stopping in to say happy thanksgiving.  i hope you have a great one.  a fantastic one, really.

also, i’m over on design mom today being featured in the living with kids column.  i absolutely love this column on design mom.  i think it is so fun to see how other families live, don’t you?  i’ve never really done a whole home tour and shared liked this … so if you’d like to see how we live and bit more about my home pop on over and let me know what you think!

xo . trina

November 26, 2013

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i am all about little corners or happy spots, as i like to call them.  and, my happy spot now happens to be in our family room thanks to my custom made day bed by adams and august.

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it’s so great, i thought it deserved its own post.  i wanted a piece that could be versatile and ultimately cozy.  the piece nestled up to the bookshelves instantly turned our corner into a reading nook.  but don’t think us to brainy.  we also push the piece around (since its on casters) and cozy up on it for movie night.  and, since it is actually a day bed it works great for an extra bed when guests are here (like this week)!

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while i was busy dreaming up ways to stack and and pile blankets to make the piece soft, squidy and princes and the peay, jason of adams and august was busy working on all of the gorgeous details like the pretty circles on the edge of the piece.

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i couldn’t be happier with my daybed.  it’s fits our style and life style perfectly.

you can see more of adams & august work here + if anyone is intrested you can purchase the same model here.

tell me, do you have a happy spot in your home?  i’d love to hear about it.

p.s. you can see the daybed in action on our video.

all images by white shutter photography