Inspirational Autumn Eye Candy {Gorgeous Fall Spaces}

September 17, 2014


Aside from my favorite Fall things like wearing oversized cable knit sweaters, going apple picking, and Sunday football with the family, I love the changing over of blankets from light linen to heavy wool, and the swapping out of pillows from bright hues of yellow to deeper plums & emerald. Even though I am not completely ready to say goodbye to the long, warm days of Summer, Fall has a special place in my heart.   It's the season when I got married to my love, it's the time of year when my daughter was born.  Autumn is like no other when the days turn crisp and the leaves reflect the … [Read more...]

Box Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

September 16, 2014


This post is overdue.  Way overdue actually.  3 years overdue to be specific. Why? Because this post is a tutorial on the box pleat valance that I made for my master bathroom makeover three years ago.  I've received many emails asking about a tutorial and after the recent post on the roundup of all my handmade window treatments + the feature of the bathroom in the current KBMO, a dedicated post was needed.  Better later than never, right? So here we go.  The details on how I made this super easy loose-style (no pleats) box valance with a stylish greek key design... >>> … [Read more...]

9 Ideas for DIY Window Treatments

September 10, 2014

9 DIY Window Treatments Ideas

Since the older kids have been back in school, I've been cleaning + organizing like a mad woman!  It's bittersweet not to have them home throughout the day, but it's been nice getting the house back in order.  As I've been making my way room by room, for some reason I've been paying extra attention to the window treatments and realized that almost every window "dressing" (with the exception of 2) have been DIY projects.  Either I made them from scratch or partly DIYed them making them truly one-of-a-kind. I'm a big believer that window treatments make (and break if not done right) a room … [Read more...]

Cover Feature: Storage Magazine + Behind the Scenes Details

September 8, 2014


Hi All! If you've been out and about lately shopping at stores like Target, Barnes and Noble, or your local grocery store, you may have come across a magazine featuring a vibrant blue room on the cover...  Storage Magazine to be exact.  And guess what, that's my home!  Yes, can you believe it?! Because I can't.  Another cover?  How is it possible? Here's the cover... Here's the story behind the cover... If you're a regular reader and have been following along with my blog, you may know that my kitchen and master bathroom were also recently featured in a magazine... Kitchen + Bath … [Read more...]

DIY: How-To Reupholster a Bench

September 4, 2014


Projects in my corner of the world have been taking forever lately (for good reason, of course... aka, summer + a new baby),  BUT that doesn't mean my mind hasn't been working at full speed conjuring up new & great DIYs + decorating updates... Over the past months, I have thought of so much I want to tackle around the house.  One spot in particular is the dining room.  It really needs a pick me up!  I have it all planned in my head, but putting thoughts to work (like pen to paper) isn't always the easiest thing... Before baby #3 came along, I had all hopes to start the task of … [Read more...]

Creating a Meaningful Home: Series Wrap Up

September 2, 2014


The last two months I've been in 100% survival mode.  Basically each day was simply spent trying to survive and making it through. And somehow, someway I did it. Taking care of and "entertaining" my two kids plus caring for an infant, all while being exhausted from lack of sleep, wasn't easy. But I did it. We're still alive. We're all happy (for the most part). And I survived. There was little time (actually no time) to work and blog over the past 60 days, so I am truly thankful for my awesome blogger friends who filled in while on maternity leave a.k.a. 'survival mode'. Each and every one … [Read more...]

Creating a Meaningful Home: I Heart Organizing

September 1, 2014


This is the last guest post for the Creating a Meaningful Home Blog Series.  I'm sad to see the series end, but I am thrilled to have the very talented & inspiring Jen of I Heart Organizing. Welcome Jen… ******************* I am so honored to be part of the amazing Meaningful Home series.  With such an emphasis on Pinterest and "projects", the blogging community can quickly lose sight of what it is all about in the first place and why we love to do what we do. When we built our home 12 years ago, we started with a blank slate of white walls and generic flooring and off the shelf … [Read more...]

Sleeping Like a Baby with ComforPedic iQ

August 29, 2014


We all know how important sleep is. As a mom of a newborn it's incredible how much those precious hours of rest can energize the body to tackle the day ahead. One important (and probably the most important) factor to achieve the best nights sleep or even an afternoon catnap is the mattress you lie your head on.  Our master bedroom mattress was actually the guest room mattress in our previous hone. Even though we love the family and friends who visit, the mattress we chose wasn't the best.  It was a basic run-of-the-mill, flip-every-6-months, spring-style mattress.  It was comfy but … [Read more...]

Creating a Meaningful Home: Eclectically Vintage

August 27, 2014


Today’s guest post for the Creating a Meaningful Home Blog Series is Kelly of Eclectically Vintage. Welcome Kelly… ******************* Hi SAS friends - I'm Kelly of Eclectically Vintage and I'm thrilled to be here today sharing how I Create a Meaningful Home. My dream (and my hubby's nightmare) came true five years ago when we bought a 100 year old, run down house on a beautiful tree lined street. Brace yourself for the before ... Take a deep sigh of relief for the after ... Just like pregnancy, the renovation took nine months and just like giving birth, they say you … [Read more...]

Creating a Meaningful Home: View Along the Way

August 25, 2014


Today’s guest post for the Creating a Meaningful Home Blog Series is Kelly of View Along the Way. Welcome Kelly… ******************* Hey buds! I'm so pumped to be here on Jenna's beautiful blog talking about creating a meaningful home. I've been totally diggin' this series, haven't you? I'm Kelly and I blog at View Along the Way. We bought our stinky ol' foreclosure with grand plans of fixing it up in, oh, about four to six days total... Six years later we're still at it, still working through it one room at a time, and my perspective has changed a million percent. I used … [Read more...]