California Love

Tupac is totally playing in my head right now…

Thanks to this post on Peace Love Decor blog, I’ve been a little Cali-nostalgic lately. {If you hop over there, you’ll even see my sad little comment…} I actually found myself looking at Pinterest and Etsy for ideas on incorporating a little Cali into my decor…

And my oh my I’ve found lots of cute things and have some good inspiration for things to put in my own home!


This one is definitely getting purchased and put on Tanner’s bed…


This one would be fun for my son’s rooms…because the map shows all the places mommy lived and hung out…


This one of course is for wearing…

Want to extend a little love out there to my Cali friends…miss you all…and I promise a visit is in order soon! xoxo

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Painted Dressers

In mentally preparing to take on the nursery-to-toddler room project, I took a long hard look (maybe a few of them) at Breckin’s room and decided what I would be keeping and what I would be moving out. I have two of these dressers that I got for free 6 or 7 years ago from one of my husband’s friends looking to free up some of his storage space:

Being 22, pregnant with my first child and pinching every penny, I jumped on the offer. I had known I was going to do my baby’s room in a beach-y surfer theme and I thought the bamboo-esque details of the dressers would fit the theme just right. But alas, my style has grown and matured, and I’m ready to be rid of them. Tanner’s was actually moved to our storage unit when we gave him our bedroom set, but Breckin still has the other in his room.

Being a handy-dandy DIY-er, I almost consider it a sin to throw out usable furniture that is in generally good condition just because I don’t like the look of it. I CAN CHANGE THE LOOK OF IT!

We have a blank space in our kitchen next to the fridge that I’ve always thought would be perfect for a buffet-type piece of furniture, or even a bar – having an extra surface and extra storage would be so nice for our little kitchen/dining area. *A-ha moment*: repaint the dresser and use it as a buffet! Seriously, I was pissed at myself for not having thought of it sooner. So that is the next project on my to-do list (and I have 2! So I will likely repaint the other one to fit better with my vision for Breckin’s room!)

So without further adieu, here are my pins of lovely painted dressers that are inspiring my dresser re-do:

Originally Pinned from – I love the bright pop of color these dressers bring!
Originally Pinned from – Classic white…this will likely be my choice of color for one of them.
Originally Pinned from: – I love the details on the dresser top!
Originally Pinned from – It looks like the handles were painted white to spruce them up a bit!
Originally Pinned from – Add a fun pattern for visual appeal!
Originally Pinned from – I love everything about this design set up
Originally Pinned from – Very interesting idea!
Originally Pinned from – I LOVE this color.

Hope this leaves you inspired to recreate some of that not-so-attractive furniture you’ve may have been considering throwing out and replacing! Why waste when you can create?

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Wall Galleries & Floating Shelves

I am feeling inspired by all the amazing wall galleries and floating shelf arrangements I’ve been seeing on Pinterest. I’ve been redecorating our living room the past couple of months and currently have some bare walls to fill.

Originally Pinned via – Lots of great arrangement ideas!
Originally Pinned via – This would be great on either side of my fireplace!
Originally Pinned via – I absolutely love this and the way the accent color pops!
Originally Pinned via – I am in love with long, white floating shelves!
Originally Pinned via – I love beach-inspired wall art. This is well done.
Originally Pinned via Kim Leshinski – This is a fun setup – so creative!

Do you have a great wall arrangement to show off? Link it up in a comment for me! I can’t wait to finish mine and share them all with you. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve got loads of inspiration to work with. Follow my Pinterest Boards! Happy Pinning!

Almost Time For A Big Boy Room

Let me preface this post by telling you that Breckin is now 23 months old. And if my memory serves me correctly (and it does), we had Tanner out of his crib and into a twin-size bed the same month he turned 2. That doesn’t leave me a lot of time to plan Breckin’s new toddler/big boy room. Luckily, we already have Tanner’s old twin platform bed {lucky boy got upgraded to our queen bedroom set when we figured out a way to fit our nicer bedroom set – which was in the downstairs guest room – into our master bedroom} being kept in storage for Breckin.

So anyway, since Tanner went from twin to queen, I of course had to get him new bedding. I chose a plain navy bedspread from Target that can grow with him and is easily interchangeable should we ever change up the decor. And Breckin will get Tanner’s color block quilt I purchased from Target not too long ago that I absolutely LOVE. It’s main colors are light and navy blues, brown, green and orange. So I will be moving some of Tanner’s decor that matches that set into Breckin’s room once the time arrives. And Tanner will get some new decor of course. We’ll have to paint Breckin’s (currently lime green) walls to go better with the new color scheme. My mind is just brewing with ideas!

Anyway, long story short, I’m feeling very inspired by Pinterest pins that have cute boy’s room ideas! Here are some of my favorite boy’s room pins (oh, and we also will be keeping our surfer theme going, so you’ll see a lot of that here):

Originally Pinned from: – Super-cute tiki canopy!
Originally Pinned from: – This reminds me of a beach house
Originally Pinned from: – LOVE the bulletin board for a desk area and the painted dresser is so cute!
Originally Pinned from: – gotta find me some California posters 🙂
Originally Pinned from: – WANT the Ron Jon pillow (Cali memories…)
LOVE this color scheme. Disclaimer: Could not link back to original site, url not found.
Originally Pinned from: – Diggin’ the orange shag rug and the built-ins!

I can’t wait to get started – big boy bed {and room} here we come!

What have you been pinning lately? Find anything that inspires you to change up something in your home?

DIY Art via Pinterest

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

Pinterest rocks my world. That’s all.

If I need an idea, or am trying to figure out the best way to do something – be it fashion, interior design, decorating or whatever, well, I just head over to Pinterest and I usually am able to find exactly what I’m looking for…or maybe even what I never knew I totally loved. Pinterest is amaze-balls like that.

So anyway, to get on with the actual topic of this post: Art

We love it, we admire it, we gaze at it, we need it to decorate with…but not everyone can make it (or so they think).

Thanks to Pinterest, we have access to so many great DIY art ideas – stuff that is pretty easy, but looks fabulous. {No one would ever know you don’t have a creative bone in your body.}

I have been an artist since I could pick up a paintbrush, but I know not everyone is the same…and even I get a little artist’s block from time to time – so things like this help inspire and motivate me. Here are some of the best DIY artworks on Pinterest:

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Talk about a perfect rainy-day art project for adults and kids alike. This would be a fun addition to a home office, craft or play room.

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Believe it or not, this piece was made by strategically- placing tape to create a herringbone design and then splashing some paint over it in a whimsical fashion. Remove the tape when paint is dry and – VOILA! Art.

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I’m a fan of Jen Ramos‘ artwork. These pieces in particular would be pretty easy to recreate for yourself. You could choose any colors you wish so that it goes perfectly with your decor. I love how they add a great pop of color – so simple, yet so fabulous.

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I love the monochromatic scheme of these pieces, but you could even recreate your own unique version using complementary or a multitude of colors. Geometrics are all the rage right now, so why not take advantage of the simplicity in their creation?


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Simply take a can of spray paint and some large leaves and have at it! I love how they did many of these in different colors and leaves and made a gallery. What a nice statement. And who doesn’t love a little nature?

Hopefully you feel inspired to create your own work of art for your space! Don’t forget to follow my Pinterest boards!