...because sometimes all you need is a little inspiration...

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

A special thank you to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives so that I could live in such a great country.  We live in the land of the free, because of the brave.  May we never forget that.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Turquoise Kitchen

I know this kitchen's been all over the internet lately, but I love it just like everyone else does, so I'm saving it on here. :)
Some great decorating tips - love that serving teir, and the silver watering can right by the sink.  As well as the silver soap dispencer.
And the silver kitchenaid goes nicely, too.  Also, those "xoxo" and "love" pics look hand painted, but so perfect for this space!!  Great idea.  Love the white canisters, too.
I'm liking the turquoise color with the pops of lemon and lime.  They add a lot to the space!  That island looks so fun.
I really like the use of the word "enjoy" in a kitchen.  What a great way to sum up what goes on in there.  I love the copper backsplash, too.
One more look at that awesome island - who says you can't have an island if it's not built in?
Saw this on {the little things}.  Didn't she do a fantastic job!!?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Airplane Room

I saw this cute bedroom on {Thrifty Decor Chick}.
And I was especially drawn to it because the theme was airplanes - and my son's nursery currently has an airplane theme that I plan on carrying as he gets older.  LOVE that silver airplane above!!

Cute little airplane lamp.

I really like how she framed out those pictures on the walls.  It really makes them pop!
And I think it's cool how it's not ALL airplanes everywhere.  It's ok not to get too themey - just a little taste is perfect.
This lamp looks ADORABLE and really easy to make - buttons and ribbon on a lamp shade.  And you could do anything - flowers, cars, butterflies - options are limited to the kinds of buttons available...which is A LOT!
I really like that yellow sign above - I think that's a perfect saying to go in any child's room - or even your spouse's room! :)
But my ALL TIME favorite part of this room is not the perfect navy paint color, or the cute white wainscotting, or all the airplanes, it is this sign.  Come fly with me.  Perfect!!  Check the link at the top for all the details.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pokadot Party

Here's a cute little party idea.
Just pokadots.
And colors.
Sweet and Simple.
Perfect for any age.
And pretty easy, too!  I saw this on {Kara's Party Ideas}

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer Buckets

I just saw this GREAT idea on {My Mix of Six}.  She makes her kids summer buckets and sets them out on the last day of school.  She says:

"Towards the end of the school year as I'm getting excited for summer, the kids start getting a little sad that school is over. Now this makes ME sad because I want them to be as excited as I am for the summer. SOOOO I made these little summer buckets to have on the counter when they get home on the last day of school."

She fills them with swimming suits, candy, brochures of family trips they're going on that summer, flashlights for camping, flip flops, sunglasses, waterballoons, flyers for sports camps etc, stuff from the dollar store...really anything.  And then she and her husband write in a card to each child.  She says:

"My favorite part of this is their letter to each of them about their school year. Both Stephen and I write in the cards. We try to highlight some of their strengths in their various subjects or field trips that we went on this year. It just lets them know how proud we are of them."

Such a cute idea!  Definitely going to have to try this someday.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sweet Nursery

This is one of the sweetest nurseries I've seen in a while!
LOVE those chocolate walls!! With all the white furniture, it totally works. And if you look close...
They're stenciled! Isn't that cute!! And I love that chandelier!
So sweet.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Character Builders

I just saw an amazing post at {The Lettered Cottage} talking about how to give your home character and make it your own.
This is coming from a person who transformed the above kitchen into the one below.
Amazing, right?! She has some great advice. Check out the link above. And for those of you renting, there are still some things you can do - for her rental character builder advice, {click here}

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Outdoor Movies

Part of my dream backyard includes an outdoor movie theater like this one in Potterybarn.

Complete with those huge comfy lounge chairs. I mean, who wouldn't want to watch a movie on that screen...outside...during the summer.

It just looks so fun!

On {Inchmark} I saw a post where they made their own outdoor movie screen using a sheet and some wood.
Love this idea!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunshine & Summertime

I'm ready. For those warm days.
And beautiful nights.
Nights you can spend sitting outside.
When it's warm enough to eat outdoors.Days by the lake.
Walking in the green garden. I think it might be here.
Time to go around barefoot.
And spend days in the long grass. I love summer!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Nautical Party

I posted about this cute cake a while ago {here}. Cute huh!?

And I recently found a party to match it at {Love Laughter and Lyrics}.
A nice sign to welcome everyone aboard!
Boats in tissue paper water in barrels as decoration.
Love the use of barrels. Of course - fishies as a snack.
A cute bunting lining the fence. I like the knots tied in between the flags.
I like the way they used party hats to decorate as well...just like a bunting.
Cute little cupcakes!
And of course sailor hats!! Also used as a decoration.
Perfect for a one year old.
And these guys built a boat out of a refrigerator box just so the kids could play in it. I think they liked it. They could have also given each child a real sailor hat like the one in this picture.
Pretty cute.
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