Monday, October 12, 2015

west elm Pop-Up Shop

I'm so excited to be involved in west elm's Pop-Up Shop happening this Saturday!  If you've read this blog at all you know that west elm is a favorite of mine and is largely responsible for my inspiration.  

west elm can be found in every room of my home, in places like the dining room where most every piece is WE {including this console that will be here in November!} or in the kitchen where it's just little accessories like my marble pastry slab.  Whatever it is, I give them credit for being the first brand that really got me excited about about house and home.  All that to say, I was so excited when I got the chance to be more closely involved.  

If you've ever been in a west elm store it's apparent from the get-go they love local and this is just one of the many ways west elm is supporting local makers.

Here's a preview of some of the talent you'll be seeing on Saturday, it's gonna be good.  See you there!

OK Wall Arts

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Horses & Buffalo Check

Today I'm sharing an inspiration board I made for my mother-in-law for a currently unused bedroom, this room is large enough to fit two queen beds and is one of the few spaces left to be touched in her gorgeous home.  The idea is to make it into a guest suite, it has a connected bathroom that I'll share my plans for in another post {update: read those plans here}.

The "theme" {I kind of hate that word} I'm going for is sophisticated with a country feel. My in-laws live in a smaller town in northeastern Oklahoma and my mother-in-law is passionate about her horses.

The light fixture is Pottery Barn's Mia Faceted-Crystal Flushmount.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Glass Slipper, a pale soothing blue {ceiling and trim will be BM White Dove}, and the carpet is Karastan Aberdale Antelope.

The bedding is Ballard designs Gwyneth Buffalo Check Bedding in Spa and at the foot of each bed will be Ballard Designs Simone Bench in Buffalo Check Taupe {this same fabric will also be used for the window panels}.  The headboard is Pottery Barn's Raleigh Upholstered Camelback Headboard in Oatmeal and world Market Sunburst Mirrors will hang above each headboard.  

And since we can't leave out the grandkids Ballard dog beds will also have to make an appearance...

In one corner of the room will be West Elm's Graham glider and ottoman in Dove Gray, this chair is so comfortable, every time I'm in West Elm I find myself rocking in it.  Next to the glider will be Ballard Designs Olivia Mirrored Side Table in Antique Brass and SloanWood Ball Floor Lamp in Graywash. 

In between the two beds I plan on using Pottery Barn's Park Mirrored Dresser and on the outside of each bed a Pottery Barn metal accent table.  Brass swing-arm sconces from Lamps Plus will go on either side of each bed {4 total} to save surface room on the dresser and to give overnight guests individual lighting.   

Ballard Designs carved horse that will live on the dresser.

This Pottery Barn floor mirror will go in the corner of the room opposite from the chair. 

As for what to hang on the walls, I have something like this Pottery Barn horse photograph in mind along with photos of my mother-in-laws horses.

Here is a larger photo of the inspiration board {please excuse the wonky formatting}, I'm so excited to see this room come to life.  *This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shed Some Light

Does everyone remember our entryway?  It sat empty for months before I filled it in with items pilfered from my in-laws attic {read that here}.  

I was pleased with how it turned out, except it let in no natural light and always felt kinda dreary.  

Something I've wanted since moving in was to get a storm door put on the front.  A lot of houses in our neighborhood have them, being an HP neighborhood original doors are kept on as much as possible and storm doors keep the original doors in full view while adding protection from the elements. 

We chose a Pella door from Lowe's with oil rubbed bronze hardware {the door frame looks black in this photo but it's dark brown}.  It has low emissivity glass which will help significantly with drafts since the old wooden door alone didn't do much.  I also love the security that comes with the added lock {and yes the trim needs to be touched up}. *This post is not sponsored by Pella or Lowe's.

As for the girls, Birdie simply enjoys basking in the natural light from her chair while Shep estimates her monitoring duties have gone up at least 23% and yet her pay remains the same.  She's thinking of unionizing with some other neighborhood dogs.

I've mentioned before how I love to leave curtains open with lamps on at night. I think houses looks so cozy from the outside when they're burning bright after dark.  As such I leave the original door wide open so passersby can sneak a peak.  

And now for some completely unrelated news...

Matt and I got to attend the Central Oklahoma Humane Society Hero Awards Gala on Saturday and it was everything.  Puppies to hold, dog and cat shaped mossy decor, bone shaped desserts.  Not to mention the heroes were all rescue animals who had performed heroic acts.  

For those wondering I didn't cry during the awards I've just taken up eating raw jalapeƱos at inopportune times. 

{Read about our rescue girl from the Central OK Humane Society here}

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