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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Moving On…

I realize I haven’t posted much this past week…my mind has definitely been elsewhere. On Saturday, I was laid off from my job at Boeing. I had been a contractor there for about 15 months. I’ve done my best to keep my head up about it, though it came as a shock, I haven’t shed a tear. I’m doing my best to keep my faith in God’s plan for me. I know I’m an intelligent, worthwhile person, and the right gig is out there waiting for me. Boeing emotionally drained me in many ways. I gave so much of my time and energy into all that I did there…I worked many overtime hours and weekends…I took every new task thrown my way in stride and just kept running with it. It hurts to feel like it was all for nothing. I made friends there that I am missing dearly…not seeing some of them every day is a definite bummer. But I’m trying not to focus on that…and just…move on. {At least I can hope that the friends I’ve made will still be there, even though my job isn’t.}

The good news is that I have already found a new job and I start Monday. The pay SUCKS…but at least it’s something to get me by until the next opportunity comes along. I’ve had 2 other interviews since that one that seem promising and I have one tomorrow as well. I am crossing my fingers that the right job with the right salary will happen upon me.

But anyhow…enough about my job situation…I’m confident that will get better.

Now onto more important things…I had a chance to stop by Target today {though I doubt I’ll be making any extravagant purchases any time soon, a girl can dream…} and I found a few cute new items on their shelves.

This could be a great candy bowl {not too small of candy!}:

This tray was so chic in person. I love the woven pattern, so unique:


And is this not the most fun vase ever?


This pillow is just too cute:


And this graphic has been very popular lately, not a bad price here:

Grosgrain Applique Toss Pillow (18x18")
And last, but certainly not least on my list – this table. I’d love two of them as our master bedside tables:
White Mirrored Drawer Accent Table
Hope y’all have a great week…here’s to hoping I’ll be back to the normal grind soon. xoxo.
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Nate Berkus for Target – Chevron Urn

Ever since I first saw this image over at Made By Girl:
I have been somewhat obsessed with that crazy-cool black and white chevron urn. Like, I actually went to her site and looked for the link back to where she got it, only to find it was WAAAAAAAAAY out of my humble price range. Darnit to heck.
It’s been months since then…so imagine my extreme delight when I found out that in Nate Berkus’ new collection for Target, there was this:
O – M – Geeeeeee!!!! And at only $22.99, sooooooo affordable! Consider it mine.
OK, consider it mine…twice.
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Autumn Entryway Display

So this post is coming a little later than I planned, as tomorrow is already Halloween, but I figure I’ve got through Thanksgiving with this decor, so I’m not doing too badly.

Here is my autumn entryway display – hope you like!

Hope y’all are having a great autumn season! xoxo
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Target: Dining Chairs

So thanks to my post about mesh dining table chairs, I have been relentlessly perusing the Internet to find just the right ones at a reasonable price. And then I happened upon all of these beauties {at Target, no less!}

These chevron ones might be my fave, would totally play well into our new gray/white/black kitchen {aslo available in black and white}:

Target – $179.99 for 2

The trellis look is also very chic…I think this pattern is playful, yet classy:

Target – $179.99 for 2

 This trellis pattern gives off a nice formal vibe:

Target – $179.99 for 2

And well, sorry, but when I see zebra stripes, I simply can’t resist {wonder if the hubby will go for it? Would totally match the zebra stripe chargers I just purchased from Hobby Lobby!}:

Target – 199.99 for 2

These are more fitting with the style I was going for, sans the mesh…but they look sturdy, clean and they are stackable if I ever need to make room – great price too:

Target – $79.99 for 2

I could definitely see these ones at a long dining table for a Christmas dinner…very chic and formal:

Target – 199.99 for 2

In true Target fashion, all of these chairs are stylish and affordable. Couldn’t help but share them with you! xoxo

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A Little Bit Meshy

I think I’m pretty much convinced I need a set of white mesh dining chairs. Hubby and I are revamping our kitchen and a new dining set is on our “To Find” list. We don’t have a lot of space as we don’t have a separate dining room, so we are looking at finding a round table (hoping for the perfect Craigslist find that I can paint white) and for the chairs, I just keep coming back to the mesh look as my favorite:

I don’t know quite what it is, maybe it’s the kid-friendly appeal? I know that the steel will be sturdy enough to withstand my boys’ abuse.
The chairs above remind me a little bit of nature, kind of tree or deer antler-like. 

Most of all, I think it’s the light-hearted, playful vibe they give off. Some dining rooms can seem far too formal or serious, which can be nice, but I’m a momma of two rowdy little boys, so who would I be kidding? Can’t wait to find the perfect set.
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Project: Kitchen Update

I’ve not been a fan of our kitchen situation since the day we moved in back in 2008.

The only things we had really done since then were adding a wainscot on the walls and installing a cauffered ceiling. So other than those things, we were left with plain ol’ builder-grade maple cabinetry, a formica countertop in a hideous blue speckled color, a run-of-the-mill stainless steel sink and faucet, a linoleum floor and backsplash-less walls. Bleck. {Don’t even get me started with how the kitchen doesn’t even entertain to the living room…makes our whole space feel small…but that can only be resolved by purchasing a new house.}

A week or so back, I posted this little picture as a clue to a project we were working on:

Well, if you guessed it was a backsplash, you were correct!

Not only did we do a backsplash, hubby got a bunch of free granite as a kickback from one of his construction jobs. All that had to be paid for was getting it measured and cut to fit, and getting an under-mount sink {as well as new faucet!}

So take a look at our kitchen now:

Now, we’re by no means done with this space. I’ve still got a laundry list I’m working on, but glad to have marked a few things off {only took 4 years to get moving}! But I really like how it’s coming along and I can’t wait to have the vision in my head realized. Here’s the plan:

1. Granite Countertops
2. Under-Mount Sink
3. Backsplash
4. Paint Cabinetry {White}
5. Paint Walls {Light Gray}
6. New Flooring {Ceramic Tile}
7. New Rugs
8. Curtains for Back Door
9. New Wall Art
10. New Accessories/Accents {Pops of Pink/Yellow?}

Look forward to keeping you updated along the way!

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