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 19, 2014

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happy friday friends!  i hope this friday fairs well for you.  this has been quite the busy week for me, finishing up rocco’s room (and filming), wrapping up my home tour for style me pretty (coming next week!), other collaborations i’m working on …… and, tomorrow is my 1/2 marathon race.  all of this and mothering my 4 littles lovelies hasn’t left me much extra time.

i wish i had my regular links, but i needed a little time this morning to just write for myself.  it’s my best way for centering.  what is your best way to center and feel more like yourself?

amazingly, running has become a close second after writing.  i never thought i’d enjoy running – like never ever in a million hundred thousand years- but i do.  i’ll be glad to be done with the super long distances, but 3-4 miles, i have really come to enjoy (not sure i’ll feel the same way on treadmill, though).  it really clears out and quiets my busy mind and makes room for thoughts i need to think and words i need to work out.  i’ve learned so much from running.  things that have absolutely nothing to do with running and absolutely everything to do with life.

i’m super excited about tomorrow and nervous.  i run by myself most of the time, and running in mass of people seems like it might overwhelm me.  and,  i wasn’t able to run long distances for last 10 days (only shorter stints) because the last time i did my toes were in such pain that it took a week to recover.  i’m certain my time will not be great (the further i run, the slower i go, but it allows me to go the distance), i’ll probably have to walk a bit, my feet will be torn up afterwards, but the thought that i can do this is pretty amazing.  and, i’ve found a why.  so there is no stopping me.  i have a purpose in my little heart as to why i’m running and finding that has been motivation.  purpose always precedes the path.

wish me luck.  i’m wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  and, hoping you find some rest.

and, how amazing is this quote (above)? it’s random for this post, but it totally spoke to me, and so i thought it might speak to you too.  it makes me want to be able to string words together so beautifully….and, to get to the ocean soon.  very soon.

happy weekend!

ps- don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

image: pinterest

September 17, 2014

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i have something to confess.  i don’t do crafts with my kids very often.  this is kind of hard to admit as a mom of four and a design blogger who is “supposed” to live my offline life in a very crafty online kind of way.  the thing is i’m not a super great crafter myself.  i think of the clean up.  i think of not being able to do it just right (i know i know, clearly i need to learn a thing or two about art and inhibitions), i think of meltdowns.  but, what i’ve been thinking lately after thumbing through mer mag’s newly released book, PLAYFUL, is that i can do this, and i want to!  and, hey, the back of the book has templates (click through to see), how amazing is that?  there are crafts a plenty that would be appealing to both girls and boys (mer is a mom of boys) and moms too!

playful, styled by brittany watson jepsen of the house that lars built, is a darling as darling gets.  i’m so inspired creatively just looking through this book.  it’s one i’m glad to have in my collection and one that i’ll be buying as gift.

want to win a copy?  

you do.  i promise you do.

click through to enter to win + to take a peek inside the book.

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September 16, 2014

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this space has me swooning.  a pink chair, white beding, green plant, pretty art, wooden plank floors, a cozy gray and white striped throw, a fireplace, and a bed that is saying come relax, take a nap, watch a movie, read a book.  sounds perfect to me.

it’s been a busy week painting rocco’s room and turning it into a big boy room.  we are filming today and i cannot wait to show you how it turned out.  kids rooms are my favorite, for sure, but now, i’m ready to spend some time in my room relaxing….maybe next month!

xo . t

p.s. this whole cottage, located in melbourne, australia, is simply stunning.  you can see more here.

Photos by Brooke Holm, styling by Marsha Golemac via Inside Out.

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there is one room in my house that i’ve been hiding for quite awhile.  it’s the room on the other side of the mouse hole; rocco’s room.  originally it was my brother’s room.  then half of my sister’s room (my parents let her tear down a wall to make her room bigger) and then, when we moved in it became the nursery.  3 boy have graced this beige baby room.  oh, how i’ve been wanting to update this room, but just kept closing the door (literally) on it.

recently, Valspar Paint asked me to try their new Valspar Reserve paint on a project in my home.  i knew right away that it was time to turn the nursery into a big boy room for rocco.  and, after i learned about the durability, washability and unsurpassed stain + scrub resistance of Valspar Reserve i was convinced it would be the perfect paint for a toddler’s room.

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now, it’s no secret that when it comes to paint, white tends to be my favorite.  it’s cohesive and dependable.  i’m great at picking colors on pinterest, but when i do an actual project in my house i get a little nervous.  i clam up when it comes to commitment and decisions. so, i decided to start how i start with any design related project, which is to gather inspiration.  i found concepts online and color shades that i loved in a worn old old storybook.

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while inspiration was high, and i had a direction, i started thumbing through the gorgeous Valspar fan deck (their full library boasts over 3,000 colors) to get my mind creating in color and to try to match up colors i found in my old fairy tale book.

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for the first time in my decorating life i didn’t stress over making a color choice because of the Valspar Love Your Color Guarentee.  if you don’t love the color you picked, you can choose another color on them.  bye bye pressure!  i usually deliberate for days and involve about 10 friends.  this time i literally went with my gut and got going.  want to see the colors i chose?

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i’m loving the colors and can’t wait to show you how the room turned out!  stay tuned!

this post is in collaboration with Valspar.  Valspar Reserve is available at Lowe’s nationwide.  find your nearest retailer here.

inspiration images via : weekday carnival / aura home / the animal print shop / sian zeng