Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days of PINK {Day 31}

Happy Halloween!

We made it! It's the final day of the "31 Days" challenge! Wahoo! What a month it has been...

I went back to work for the first time in two years AND I went back to college for the first time in almost five years. I did it all while maintaining my Etsy shops, blogging and being a single mommy! Gosh...I'm sort of worn out just typing that, but I must say, my energy level has been GREAT! No complaints yet. I'm just happy to be supporting my son and being proactive toward a passionate career in interior design!

So, the real question is: Are you tired of PINK yet? As much fun as this month has been, I am ready to get back to normal on the blog front. I have a few ideas brewing, so look out for those...

Alright, let's do it to it...

I'd like to come full circle and remember the inspiration behind my PINK SURVIVOR Aunt Cyndi. She has always been a constant in my life-pretty much one of my second mommies, and her children {as most of my cousins do} feel more like siblings. We try to stay close, because like so many families, we keep running into situations that remind us how lucky we are to have each other.

I love you, Aunt Cyn. You are an inspiration, during October and always!

Halloween is over, and Christmas is just 53 days away...

Are you geared up and ready?! The snow and lines are coming...Just avoid Walmart like the plague, and you'll be just fine!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

31 Days of PINK {Day 30}

You may not know this about me, but I have a paper obsession. I always have, so I thought it might be fun to showcase some PINK paper today...

I love these PINK paper flowers from flowerthyme. Such easy maintenance. I'm thinking they'd look perfect on a vintage dresser in a little girl's nursery. New mommies need maintenance free, and these would be that!

Oh, wait...this bouquet might even be better...

Etsy is FULL of print-your-own paper files for purchase. These pretty papers are by Decorartist and are only $4.20, but the best part is that there's NO shipping! You just get an email, with files attached, within 24 hours of purchase! There's a lot of uses for this super cheap scrapbook paper alternative too-Mod Podge decor projects, matte your photos, wrap small gifts, make gift tags, etc.

And I REALLY like this PINK, blue and gray paper set by aestheticaddiction.

What about this paper chandelier? It would make a great mobile too.

This paper mobile could be perfect in the right space, and I think most any little girl would freak for these butterflies in her bedroom...

This PINK paper garland alone makes me eager for Valentine's Day, and I know exactly where I would put it {my mantel}...It's $18 from Paper Polaroid.

See? Paper isn't just for stationary and gift wrapping anymore!

31 Days of PINK {Day 29}

Halloween is almost here, so let's cover some more PINK pumpkin fun...

These are definitely interesting! Christmasy Halloween decor? I'm not sure I dig it...

I love this PINK and orange fall color scheme! Why didn't I think of that?!

Cute. Cute. Cute.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

31 Days of PINK {Day 28}

I'm late. I'm late. For a very important date!

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I'm a day behind on posting again. Don't hate. Don't sue. Don't lecture. Just look...

Photo courtesy of On a Whim Antiques and Home Decor

How festive {and appropriate} is this?! There's a lot that draws me in here {1} All the PINK {2} Those polka dot chairs {3} The PINK bike {4} That bike basket {5} The window box {6} The PINK pumpkins of course {7, 8, 9...50} Everything else!

Friday, October 28, 2011

31 Days of PINK {Day 27}

Although not completely PINK, the room I recently designed for a client does include one busy PINK comforter that was new and a "must stay" request of theirs. Today's post will be in honor of that Pottery Barn duvet cover. I did my best to tone it down and make it belong.

Here's a few before and afters {before and afters are my FAVORITE}...

And then a few other details...

Budget Breakdown
Black Mirror $35 T.J. Maxx
Two Ticking Throw Pillows $25/ea T.J. Maxx
Throw Blanket $19.99 T.J. Maxx
Black & White Bird Plate $2.99 T.J. Maxx
Glass Dish with Lid {bedside table} $7.99 T.J. Maxx
Urn {top of black armoire} $12.99 T.J. Maxx
Two Baskets {bedside tables} $5.99/ea T.J. Maxx
Two Lamps with Shades $65/ea Pier 1

Total Spent $270.94 {before tax}

Other Secrets
The area rug was swapped out with another one within their home. The busy before rug actually ended up matching the other room better anyway! The rest was just cleaned up {or taken out}, and I gathered filler accessories from within their home too! The best part? Free updates!

I must say, I think it's quite a transformation for less than $300, and it was A LOT of fun to do this project from start to finish. I was even able to style the room when the homeowners were out of town, so they were met with a surprise when they arrived back! I'll chalk it up as a successful FIRST transformation done for someone else...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Knock Off Ballard Designs Mirror

I recently scored this mirror for $27 at a local consignment shop...

It solved my "marriage monogram" issue well...

BUT I wasn't sure how much I really liked it, so I decided to live with it for awhile before painting it {a shade of cream was the direction I was going}. I bought it because it was a STEAL for the size, and it was brand spankin' new!

Then, last week, I got my latest Ballard Designs catalog. I couldn't believe it, when I saw THIS...

It retails for $259! Needless to say {in that very moment} I fell in LOVE with my bargain mirror! I'm not so sure I'll be painting it now...

What do you think?!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

31 Days of PINK {Day 26}

I'm the type of person who likes access to the products I see online. I also usually wish more bloggers would mass produce their projects and sell them to the public! {No, I'm not lazy. I'm just not as crafty as most women out there!} So...I thought it would be fun to take a look at PINK photography today. Each of them are available on Etsy.

$18.75 for 8x8

$25 for 8x12

$40 for 12x12

$20 for 8x12

$10 for 5x7

$30 for 8x8

$25 for 8x8

I think I might have to find homes for a few of these beauties in the bungalow...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

31 Days of PINK {Day 25}

A quick look at some fabulous PINK furniture today...


Buffet {That's what I'd use it for}...


Dresser/Console Table


Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Days of PINK {Day 24}

Day by day, we're getting through our "31 Days Series"! So far, we've explored PINK children's rooms, kitchens, home exteriors, bathrooms, offices, Thanksgivings, Halloweens, playhouses, porches, baby showers, desserts, and the list goes on and on. Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it! So...what's left to study? How about...WALL GALLERIES?!

Traditionally, when we hear "wall galleries" we think photos or art. I beg to differ. Today, a wall gallery is simply a showcase of items that mean something to YOU and are arranged in an eye pleasing way. The possibilities are endless. There are no "color rules", and anything that can be hung is game! Decorators and homeowners are looking for pieces that add interest and texture-conversation pieces that POP!

Let's look at some more examples-all PINK of course!

Frame plates? Why not!

This is definitely a conversation gallery. The best part? It appears to be in a kitchen...

Who says a gallery has to be frames or something that mimics frames? The good news is it doesn't! This look can be accomplished on the SUPER cheap too! Just string a pretty, thin ribbon on the wall, add clips {or clothespins} and hang your special momentous.

Not expected but a pleasure to look at...They've fit a lot into this small wall. I like the message board {on left} for notes, grocery lists, etc.

Notice how the frames go to the ceiling here! I love this look. It appears finished, polished AND it gives the illusion of taller ceilings!

May you be inspired to take one of these ideas and make it your own. The purpose of this PINK series is not to start decorating in PINK {of course you could if you want to and that'd be alright too}, but the point is to take some of the ideas, concepts and techniques shown in the photos and apply them to an appropriate place in YOUR home and in YOUR own style!