Thursday Randomness

Ah yes, finally getting closer to that weekend now…I can feel it! Happy Thursday, y’all! Not much going on around these parts…we decorated Easter eggs last night {and Breckin only managed to break ONE!}

Also, if you haven’t read them already, I suggest you hop on over to Skinny Mom and view my latest posts on dehydration, and also calf-toning exercises {hey, summer is on the way, and you need to be ready!} If you don’t already follow Skinny Mom, I suggest you start – there are a lot of great mommy bloggers on there posting all sorts of articles on fitness, health, fashion, food and more. I’m so proud to be a part of it. You don’t even have to be a mom to gain some good info from this site!

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I feel like I’m finally on a roll getting things organized and projects done around the house. I’ve posted lately about our pantry makeover, the kids’ art area, the organized bathroom vanity cabinet and even starting to get Tanner’s room finished – see his upholstered bulletin board and his monogram art. I plan on revealing the boys’ rooms soon, but I reeeeaaaalllly would love to paint them first, however, I don’t know if that will happen in the next couple of months, so I may just have to post them as-is and then update once I finally am able to get them painted. Speaking of paint, we are finally going to paint our kitchen and living room a light gray…this was my final thing needed to call the kitchen makeover complete. The plan is to do it the weekend after Easter.
Speaking of the weekend after Easter, I’ve got the Cooper River Bridge 10K coming up that Saturday morning. For those of you not familiar, this is a crazy-popular race. It draws in over 40,000 participants. Last year, my time was 1:12, and it was my first-ever 10K…I had never run that distance all at once in my life before that. Since then, I had started training for a half marathon, and actually got to where I was running over 6 miles without a race to push me {this is big progress for me!} I fell out of training during the holidays, so I am not quite in the running shape I’d like to be, but I’m still hoping I can clock a faster time this year. Check out this craziness:

I just love participating in local races.

I am definitely in need of some new running shoes though. I’m thinking these:

Nike Air Alvord 10 Trail Running Shoes - Women
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or these {mostly because they are fun, but also supposed to be good}:

ASICS GEL-Frantic 7 High-Performance Running Shoes - Women
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But, I’m willing to take suggestions on any great running shoes y’all might have to recommend!

Soooo glad we’re getting closer to the Easter weekend – we’ve got a lot of fun planned for the kids and some family coming to visit. Plus, we’ll finally be graced with some nice weather after this crazy late March cold front we have been experiencing {so odd for Charleston}! xoxo

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Entryway Restyle

I’m at it again…moving things around here and there. I don’t think I ever go more than a few days before moving at least one thing in my house to a new spot. I’ve restyled my entryway console table and I wanted to share it with you. Let me know what you think because I know sometimes it needs a few pairs of eyes and some good suggestions to get a great final product. Thanks, darlings! xoxo

 I added those key hooks because I am notorious for forgetting where I last set my keys. I needed somewhere right in the entry that I could hang them. This was at Kohl’s on sale for $8.99.

Those coral geometric frames were a great find last year at Walmart – $4.98 each! They hold pictures of me with both my boys at similar ages, in the pool, wearing the same hat. The one to the right was Tanner in 2006 and the other is Breckin in 2011.

Speaking of coral, that white beauty you see there was one I ordered from Z Gallerie a few months ago. It was $24.99. The magazine and book stacks  contain all of my favorite home magazines {HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Charleston Home + Design, etc.} and a few of my favorite home decorating books.

The abstract art is the work of my first grader, Tanner – done when he was age six last summer. The pallet art is mine…hubby and I have talked about working together to make and sell these eventually.

And of course, my favorite Craigslist find to date is still that yellow Crate & Barrel console table…it was love at first sight.

Hope you enjoy my latest restyle {I can guarantee there will be more to come!}

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Tanner’s Room Update/Progress

I’ve been meaning to get a post out on this sooner, but to put it bluntly, I have an incredibly messy 7-year old boy and his room is almost never clean…in fact, it’s usually quite the disaster area unless I get in there and regulate every couple of days.  It takes an act of God to get that boy to clean his room, much less stay on task…meaning, I literally have to be in there coaching him every step of the way…or else he will just move on to something else. {God love that boy…and his ADD.} 
But anyway, I managed to get it cleaned up {I did make him help me} enough to get some decent pictures taken of how it is looking now…compared to what it looked like when he had only the twin size bed in there earlier in 2012. We still have a lot to do, but I like the way it is coming along. If you remember, I made a moodboard a few months back and I am getting closer and closer to realizing that vision with his space. It’s maturing along with him. {The way this room looks is also important to me because now that he has the queen bed in there, it also doubles as a guest room when needed.}
Let’s go ahead and refresh your memories with a picture of my moodboard, shall we?
So here are a few pictures of the what the room is looking like right now. My favorite part right now is probably the bulletin board revamp I did the other week.
And here is my to-do list for the space {in no particular order}:
2. Hang Wall Art & Pictures
3. New Pillow Covers from Etsy
4. New Rug
5. Create Map for Wall
6. Finish Wooden Monogram Project {You’ll see this soon!}
7. Curtains
8. Paint Walls {Very Light Sand Color}
9. New Desk Lamp
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Breckin’s Room Moodboard

So yesterday you got to see my vision for Tanner’s room after we take a lot of his current stuff out and move it over to Breckin’s room. I do plan on adding a few new special touches to complete Breckin’s room as well. Here’s a moodboard to illustrate what direction I’m going with his room:

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Of course we won’t be getting all of these things brand new, for instance, that dresser is in the moodboard because it is extremely similar to the one we already have in there, with it’s bamboo like trim and drawer pulls. The nightstand is to illustrate what I am going to do with an old nightstand we already have – I plan on sanding it, priming it and painting it orange to be a nice accent piece. We do already have a brown area rug as well, and also that toy bin from Target. I try to utilize what we have around the house as much as possible so we can keep a small budget, yet make big changes.

I am so excited to finish putting this room together and can’t wait to show you the space!

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The Making of a Picture Gallery

Some of you may know, I used to have a blog called [just had] A Bright Idea where I focused mostly on interior design & decor and some DIY-ing. When I started Style Oyster, I wanted to incorporate those things along with my love of fashion and all things, well, stylish. Unfortunately, leaving that blog for a new url posed it’s challenges. I lost the readers I had acccumulated over the 6 months of having the blog as well as the content…but wait, that content is NOT lost! Thanks to Blogger, I was able to move it over to Style Oyster. However, it was a little outdated (the wording in some, etc.) and of course the pictures were all tagged with my JHABI logo (and a few with even older blog logos than that! I had some name change issues…) I am putting this paragraph here as a preface to these posts because even though they are from the past, they are still projects that took a long time and are dear to my heart and I didn’t want to lose them when I officially take my old blog off the Internet. So I apologize to those of you who have followed me since [just had] A Bright Idea, as you will be experiencing some deja vu, but I know some of you are new and this may all be new content to you. So bear with me, I plan on posting these once a week until they are all on Style Oyster. Thank you so much, and I do hope you enjoy. xoxo

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As you might know, I have been working hard on redecorating my living room over the last few months. It is mostly complete, but many of the walls were left bare as the artwork I had up previously did not go with the new color scheme.

However, the largest wall space, which is above the couch, was left completely bare. I spent weeks searching Pinterest for inspiration. I knew I wanted to put together a wall gallery. I also went to buy various white frames as I mostly had black and brown. I definitely wanted the white to help make my overall color scheme really “pop”.

Once I had an assortment of frames and the pictures I wanted to use, I spent some time rearranging the frames on the floor until I had an arrangement I liked. (I recommend doing this before nailing holes in the wall and then changing your mind.)

After I had the arrangement set up how I liked it, I went to putting it on the wall. The mirror was already on the wall, so I used that as my center. In the end, I ended up with this:

It’s a tad off from the original plan, but I still love it. Here is a wider view of this portion of the room:

So what do you think? (And hey, you just got a pretty big peek at how the living room is starting to look!) Oh, psst…I got the frames from Walmart and Target (always good deals to be found!)

I plan on adding to it as time goes on…but this is definitely a nice start and it already makes a huge difference in the space. I hated staring at that empty wall every day.

I’m so excited about how this room is turning out! Have you got a nice gallery wall to share? Post a link in your comment!

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Oh My Gourd!

Do you even know what a gourd is?

I think for the longest time, I didn’t know what these lovely little things were called:

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There you go. If you didn’t already know, now you do.

You will be seeing these a-plenty at your local grocery store pretty soon, if not already. And they are usually pretty cheap…I tend to get them on sale at three for a dollar. I get a little excited when I start seeing these babies because, to me, it means it’s time for FALL DECORATING! {Woot!}

Yeah, I get a little excited about fall decorating. It’s pretty much my favorite season to decorate for…especially because I also get to keep this particular decor up longer than other seasonal decor {Mid-September thru end of November}. It makes me want to spend extra time on it…once Halloween rolls around, I keep the fall decor, but add some Halloween-y (is that even a word?} things in the mix.

And well, gourds are one of my favorite things to implement in my decor when this season arrives. They are so versatile…the possibilities are endless as to what you can do with them. I love to try and brainstorm new crafts…and I also like to get the boys some of their own little pumpkin gourds to paint as they please.

Here are some gourd-geous {sorry, couldn’t resist} ideas for using these guys in your decor:

Trays are all the rage, so fill one up. I also love how the pumpkin gourds were cut in half and gutted to make candle holders…

Use them outdoors to create a “Welcome” display or just throughout your garden or your front porch to give guests the fall feel before even walking inside your home…

If you’re crafty, fashion a wreath or a garland. Great items to use along with the gourds are pine cones, leaves and twine…

Create a unified design by spray-painting the gourds all one color…this gold was a great choice for fall…

Replace the candles on your pillars…

I’ve always loved the idea of using gourds as a place setting…great for Thanksgiving…

Fill a hurricane…or ten…{I love hurricanes, OK?}

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OK…and last but not least, these owls are just TOO cute…

Happy Fall Decorating…can’t wait to show you mine soon! xoxo

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*All images courtesy of www.bhg.com, with the exception of the photo from Shanty2Chic blog, which was noted in its caption.