5 Things to Love This Week

Happy Friday! I’m home today with the little one, who unfortunately has come down with a case of the croup.  We’re watching some Sesame Street and eating scones with honey–mama’s remedy for any cold.  I hope you have fun things in store for the weekend, and if you’re in the DC area be sure to check out these things to do with kiddos and these slightly more grownup things to do this weekend.

Here are a few things I’m loving this week:

(Please remember to pin from the original source).
via Salt & Sundry

via Salt & Sundry

This amaze-balls chair from my favorite DC store, Salt & Sundry.  If you’re not in the area, they have an online shop!


via Fresh Crush

via Fresh Crush

How stylish is this DIY copper shoe rack in the entry way? Love Jen’s stuff!


vía Real Homes Magazine

vía Real Homes Magazine

This backyard is so modern and chic, but it looks like it can easily be recreated.  The in-ground fire pit is such a great idea, and I love the horizontal slat fence!


via Vintage Revivals

via Vintage Revivals

If you read my blog, you know how much I love everything that Mandi at Vintage Revivals does.  This faucet was for her camper, but I think it would look great in a bathroom as well.


via Eva Kolenko Photography

via Eva Kolenko Photography

I really like the dark, moody colors and masculine feel of this office. The fiancé wants his own office in our next house (in part to get away from my constant decorating!) and I might use this as my inspiration.  And oh my god, that live-edge desk!  (Like the look? Check this out).


Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

ORC Week 4: Playroom Makeover

The biggest challenge I face in decorating any room is always of my own creation: self-doubt.  I’m constantly second-guessing myself…Does this look good? Is it really my style, or am I just imitating someone else?

This is what I faced this week.  And whenever I’m driving myself crazy like that, I try to remind myself that if my family and I think it’s beautiful, then it is.  Taste is so subjective anyways.  The homes that we create are for ourselves to enjoy, and as long as we’re happy in them, that’s all that matters.  Of course, easier said than done!


Anyways, welcome back to Linda from Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge, where designers and bloggers make over a room in their house in just 6 weeks.  If you missed the beginning of the series, you can catch up on it here and here.  And be sure to check out all of the other fabulous rooms and maybe discover a few new blogs!  I’ve been working on C’s playroom, which today looks like this:


I’m really digging how this part of the room is coming out.  I scored some awesome finds at Sweet Clover Barn this past weekend, including this vintage school chair, the red tote-all, and the maps from which I DIY’d the map bunting (learn how to make your own with this tutorial!).

When I purchased the chair, it was actually covered in white chalk paint.  But, I needed some contrast and color in the desk area.  So I spent an hour sanding it and spray painted the legs in green Krylon spray paint.  (Side note: I was not impressed with Krylon’s coverage, and will be sticking with Rustoleum in the future).  I still have to seal it, so the seat and back will end up being slightly darker.  But I love the green!


Here is what I accomplished this week:

  • Painted the baskets.  This is another place where I’m second-guessing myself.  What do you think?  I only painted one side, so I can always turn them around again.  I ditched my original plan of stenciling numbers on them, because the sides without the square holes did not look as polished.  Should I turn them around, so that they are basket-colored again?
  • Painted the desk white.
  • Made the map bunting.
  • Purchased, sanded, and painted the vintage school chair.  To be finished next week.
  • Purchased the tote-all, which is where we now store all of C’s rubber stamps and ink.  It works great!
  • Primed the train table (not pictured)

IMG_4213 And here is what I’m struggling with: the book nook.  The pillows aren’t really working, and I’m afraid the wall is too Scandinavian-esque to fit well with the rest of the room.  I finished this last week but didn’t include it in last week’s post because I was still working out how I felt about it.  I’d love any suggestions for this corner!


Here is what I have left to do:

  • Paint the train table.
  • DIY the magnet board.
  • Finish the school chair.
  • Solve the problem of the book nook.


Good luck to all of the other ladies making over their rooms!

Do any of you struggle like I do with “decorating confidence”? I’d love to hear I’m not alone!