Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and there is no better time to get your home ready for entertaining. Bring on the margaritas, crank up the tunes, roll out the tortillas and get some good old fashion mexican celebration going.
Mexico sometimes gets a bad wrap, but they bring many great things to this world, friendly people, great beer, tequila and of course mexican food.
To get your house ready, think bright summer colors. Use limes, guacamole, tomatoes as inspiration and add these colors to your decor.
Invest in a good blender or better yet, a margarita maker. This one I saw featured by Frontgrate and is sure to get the job done.
It’s commercial quality and specifically designed for in home use. It looks great too and is compact for easy storage under the counters when not in use, but how long will that really be anyway? It comes with a no brainer mixer that sits on top to make mixing your ingredients a snap.
I am going through the process of picking out new paint colors for our house and am having so much fun planning the colors for my little girls room. I got to do this before she was born but we recently moved, so I get the fun job, and I’m not being sarcastic here, it really is fun, of picking out the color scheme for her room again.
I am going to keep the primary color that is her bedding and drapes and a few decor items which is a lime green. My options for alternative colors are pink, purple, yellow or red. I am leaning towards red just because I love the idea of lime green and red and I love lady bugs which would be a cute accent to the green drapes and bedding.
I fell in love with this design here
and got a few more ideas from this site that had tons of tips for decorating ideas. Now all I need to do is figure out how to do the walls as I don’t want red walls, but I love the idea of the stripes and wains coating.
There is nothing more soothing or relaxing than sitting by a campfire. Although it makes my hair smell for days, the smell of campfire instantly brings back memories of Summer fun. It is something I look forward to every Summer, along with s’mores and roasting marshmallows. During the cooler months, I’m usually a hermit crab in my home and I don’t have a fireplace. To bring the outdoors in, during those cold months, I fill my home with tons of candles. There is something so inviting and welcoming that I love about them.
To bring the comfort of a campfire into my home, without spending tons of money, I rely for WookWick candles. When burning, they make a popping noise just like a campfire and burn in a way that is reminiscent to how a fire would burn. Over the years I have noticed that WoodWick candles not only last longer than other brands but they burn evenly so you aren’t throwing away a candle that is only half melted (which is one of my biggest pet peeves!) Currently, there are tons of new Spring scents but my favorites are still always the woody, outdoor smells like sand and driftwood or fireside.
I am often asked, “what inspires my design” and the answer is truly everything. I am inspired as I walk down the street and see different buildings and their architecture. I am inspired by clothing and apparel and the bright colors and designs. But, mostly, I am inspired by nature.
The patterns, textures, colors and contrasts that are present in nature are above all else, the most inspiring design elements that I like to pull from to incorporate into my projects.
Just this weekend, I was walking with my daughter and saw the prettiest little plants that were so delicate. The gentle approach and repetitive pattern in where the leaves branch off inspired me to create a hand drawn, hand painted canvas pillow which I then hand embroidered to create a natural vibe in my new office. I mirrored the look of the pillow by framing a photograph of the plant itself using a macro lens and printing it in black and white. I matted the photograph with a bright green matte and then framed with a rustic wood frame I got from Pottery Barn. It was such a simple piece but worked out so well in my office.
This summer it’s time to redesign my boys bedroom. Because he is a baseball fan and player he wants to go with a baseball trading cards theme.
We have picked out his favorite players, they include Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Daniel Santana. I found a store online that sells giant wall stickers of the players baseball cards. These are great decorations for the walls. I have also ordered a few wall plaques with the front and backs of some baseball greats cards including Jackie Robinson.
On the shelves around the top of his room we will display all of the autographed baseballs he has been collecting. My son and my husband go to all the meet and greets they can make it to. They bring brand new baseballs to the meet and greets to get signatures on them and put them in display cases.
It’s going to be fun to redecorate my son’s bedroom with him. I know he will really appreciate all the hard work we put into it when he can sit back and relax to enjoy the finished project. He has been very busy shopping for accessories to add to his wish list. He had a budget for this redecorating job and some of the items are putting him over budget so as an incentive for his behavior I am giving opportunities to earn these accessories.