Earlier in the season I shared “Scary Chic” decor for Halloween.  I’ve transitioned into Thanksgiving with some white candles, wheat, and leaves from outside.  It was as simple as it sounds!   1Thanksgiving2015




2Thanksgiving2015 I’m a sucker for vintage linens.  No exception with this beautiful runner that belonged to my husband’s grandmother.

5Thanksgiving2015 These pumpkins and wheat add the perfect amount of texture.  Both items found at Michael’s.

3Thanksgiving2015 “Fall has always been my favorite season.  The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

– Lauren DeStefano


Now that the big projects in the house are finished I can finally share all of our paint choices with you!  About four of these colors were used when we staged my mom’s house to sell.  I loved them so much that I decided to use them in my own home.

Anew Gray – Sherwin Williams


Agreeable Gray – Sherwin Williams


Since we have an open floor plan we wanted to use a neutral greige color.  To add a little dimension to the space we used both anew and agreeable gray on opposite walls.  Then we tied it all together by using both colors as stripes on an accent wall (see photo below).


Silken Pine – Benjamin Moore


I love the way silken pine looks with natural lighting.  There are some yellow undertones in this color and you can really see them when the lights are turned on (yellow isn’t my favorite) but I love the way this color looks against the white tile and vanity.

Wavecrest – Behr


This color is so beautiful. You can’t tell how amazing it is from this picture at all.  This color is used in our office aka the dumping ground of the house while we complete all of our projects.  When this room is finally completed I will take some updated photos so that you can really appreciate it.  This color is great in a living space or bedroom as well, so if you have been looking for a pale blue color – this is it!

Alpaca - Sherwin Williams


I love this color for our son’s room.  However, if you are looking for a true gray I would stay away from this specific color.  Depending on the light in the room this color can almost look like it has a little purple in it.  It works really well with the slate blue bedding and cream furniture.

Office Blue – Valspar & Aesthetic White – Sherwin Williams


If you’re looking to paint some stripes in your house Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams is a great off-white color. I went with a darker blue on the opposite walls so that our bed and nightstand would pop.  I love softer tones and that is why they’re used throughout the house.  It’s nice to use something on the darker side for a change.  Before I had bought this white comforter set I had a darker one and it wasn’t working in this space.  You can never go wrong with white bedding – not matter the paint color you choose!


I hope that if you were looking for a new paint color you found one here.  I always find it easier to choose a color when you have a real-life picture to look at.

Every year my husband tells me that our Halloween decor isn’t scary enough.  I actually don’t usually decorate for Halloween at all, I decorate for Fall.  White pumpkins, wheat, burlap, mums…you get the gist.  Since our son is a year and a half I really want to start making the holidays extra special for him.  I hope that years from now he looks back at his childhood knowing I went all out for him during these times. Derek raves about the holiday memories of his childhood and I think that is so special.  Since I am a special kind of crazy I had to find a way for our decorations to be scary anddddd nice to look at.  Folks I bring you…Scary Chic.



I bought these amber apothecary bottles at an antique fair but wasn’t really sure where I would use them in my house.  I love the way they look with the black candles and feathers.





I purchased these poison labels from Michael’s and stuck them on leftover gift tags.


The items that I purchased for this look were the feathers, labels, black candles, and the skull. All of those items can be found at Michael’s.  The other items I already had and use throughout the year to style in different ways.


As I have said many times before, our house is small.  Finishing the basement gives us extra living space and I really want to make that space count for us and for the purpose of resale. Living in a small home has taught me to really think about what I want each space to be –   I am all about having toys around the house for kids to play with but I still want it to look like adults actually live here too. I am always thinking about how to make a room functional and nice to look at.

What I want this space to be…

– a place that is inviting for children and adults

– a place that encourages education/play

– a place that showcases Derek’s hobbies/interests

– a place that can be used to entertain


Rustic Schoolhouse Meets Vintage Varsity

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The colors for this room are based on the teepee that we bought Blake for Christmas. Neutral grays and creams accented with dark walnut trim.  I love the idea of using clipboards instead of frames and an old pull down map that some of us remember from school.  Derek’s favorite sports growing up were lacrosse and hockey.  I plan on using the clipboards to hold vintage hockey and lacrosse patents. Derek still has his high school hockey bag so I plan on incorporating it into the design as well. Right after I wash it!


Paint – Creme by Sherwin Williams

Floors – Tavern Oak (Lowes)

Area Rug – Ikea

Throw Pillows – Ikea

Pull Down Map – Vintage…and yet to be found!

Hockey and Lacrosse Sticks – Vintage…and yet to be!

Teepee – RH Baby & Child

Sherpa Rug – Ikea

Hockey Patent - Etsy

Clipboards – Staples


Here is a sneak peek of the reading corner…



Blake’s favorite place of all is the teepee! He gets a big smile on his face every time he’s in it!



I will share more as this space comes together.  Our next project down here is refreshing the brick and replacing the wood burning stove.

Five months in the making folks! I am happy to say that the bathroom is finally finished and I am even happier with the way that it came out!  All of the sources can be found at the end of the post.







Wall Decor

bathroom10 This is a collection of old and new frames.  Some of them where purchased from this Etsy shop. Then I spray painted all of them so that they would be the same color.  Once they were dry I used sandpaper to distress them.  I plan on adding some more frames that I find in my travels.


I bought two of these love bird plaques from Hamptonswest in Sayville.

Bathroom6 This was the first sign that I made with my Silhouette Cameo.  I used Paris Grey and Pure White Chalk Paint.  When the paint dried I used sandpaper to distress different areas of the sign.


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I picked up the clear jars and shower curtain from Homegoods and the adorable soap dish, soap, and candle (I think it is my new favorite) can be found at The Soap Box in Port Jefferson, NY.

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This is the mood/inspiration board that I made for the bathroom when we started the project.  Click on these links to see my first and second bathroom posts.

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Throughout this process I was constantly changing my mind about the mirrors and light fixture.  This bathroom is very narrow so once everything else was installed I thought that simple mirrors and a simple light fixture would look best.  The venetian glass mirrors will have to be saved for another project!


Counter – Carrara Marble

Vanity – Custom made from Home Depot

Tile – Home Depot

Mirrors – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Paint – Silken Pine by Sherwin Williams

Light Fixture – Lamps Plus

Faucets – Home Depot (Silverton Collection)


A little necessary background info for this post – our house was the first home that my parents ever lived in. They moved out before I was born and kept it as a rental. Almost two years ago we decided to buy it from my mom and renovate it. My dad passed away nine years ago so coming across certain elements of the house that he worked on has been really special.

This is what our bedroom looked like before we renovated (you can see a current photo of our bedroom if you click & scroll down here).  The weathered wood on the walls was put up by my dad.  Before he put it up on the walls about 30 years ago he let it sit outside for a few months, making it literally weathered wood. I knew we wouldn’t be keeping the wood on the walls so I started to think of different uses for it.


We thought about making barnwood doors (I have been dyyyying for barnwood doors) but then we decided against making them for this house.

It’s funny how creative you can get when you have to childproof your house but you still want things to look nice! I’m always looking for new ideas so if you have any please share! When my son started moving around we knew it was time to get rid of the little end table that was underneath the mirror pictured above.  I had to think of something that would be safe enough for my son yet aesthetically pleasing.  Notice that the shelf is high enough for me to style with objects that aren’t exactly child-friendly. This is what I consider a win for mama! The books were purchased from this Etsy shop.


This project was so simple – it was as easy as cutting the pieces of wood, staining the ends with Classic Gray by Minwax, and ordering brackets that would fit.  I wanted the shelves to have a Rustic French Country look so I went with these wrought iron brackets from Etsy.


I don’t know what my dad did to get the wood to look like this other than leave it outside.  This project could easily be replicated with a piece of wood and some stain.  Check out this great instagram post from Infarrantly Creative on suggestions for layering stains.

gildingwax  We also made two more shelves for the living room.  I painted some frames with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and added some gilding wax in silver and gold.  You can see the detail that the gilding wax adds to a project in the above picture.  It’s my new obsession and I might not be able to stop using it!  I purchased the gilding wax from The Dusty Attic Shop.


When I sit on my couch I look at these shelves and think about how happy I am to use something that my dad crafted in our home. This is what creating a space is all about to me. Incorporating something special or sentimental and letting it tell a story.   The pictures on this shelf represent key moments in my life that my dad couldn’t be a part of and that will always be sad to me but when I look at the shelves…I’m not sad.  They are a constant reminder that he is everywhere, watching me live my life with my beautiful family and chase my dreams.

What are some of the sentimental pieces you have in your home?

Celebrating Blake’s 1st birthday has been something that we have been planning and looking forward to for a while! Here is some of the decor that we used for our western themed party.  Links for the party details can be found at the bottom of the post.

BlakesRodeo9  Derek made the chicken wire frames with some spare wood and Minwax Jacobean stain.  We used them to display the monthly photos that we took of Blake.  We gave cowboy/cowgirl hats out to the kids along with pink and navy bandanas.  The white bags had a sheriff badge, some western coloring pages, mazes, hidden pictures, and crayons.




On the tables we had brown butcher paper and crayons.  I thought it would be cute for everyone to use the table as their own little canvas.  Yet another Pinterest inspired idea!


We used the cake smash photos as part of the decor.  I just love his facial expressions in these! Cake smash photos taken by Patricia-Marie Photography.

BlakesRodeo6  I used this sign from Michael’s and some chalk paint to create a cute area for the kids to take photos.  It was a big hit and it was really inexpensive. My mother in-law even rounded up some stuffed farm animals for the kids to pose with!


Some of the cutest kids in America enjoying the photo props! Love these kiddos!

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The birthday boy enjoying his cake! Still can’t believe an entire year has passed!

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White bags, ribbon, boot stamp, dairy glass – Michael’s

Photo props – Pimp Your Party ; Cinnamonrays

Photo prop frame  – The Tannerbury Shoppe

Personalized “Blake” poster – The Milk & Cream Co.

Cowboy/cowgirl hats & bandanas – Oriental Trading

High chair banner – Seacliffe Cottage

Terra cotta pots, crayons & baskets on tables – The Dollar Store

Venue – The Bates House  Setauket, NY


Hi friends! If you’re thinking…what’s with all the tablescapes? I am with you.

Let me explain…

We started our bathroom reno the first week of November and it is still going on.  In the midst of that happening we started to demo and finish our basement. Starting new projects before we finish old ones is what we do best in this house!  We call it multitasking. Also, Blake is crawling! Yay!

These are all fun and exciting things but it all adds up to something like this…

dusty floors + dirt + crawling baby + small space = stressed out mommy with very little time

Can you relate?

So that brings me to the table…a clean and blank slate.  We usually eat at the breakfast bar so once the table is set I enjoy it for about a week before moving to the next design.   Sometimes it’s as simple as a table runner with candles or a pretty vase. Another advantage is that I usually am able to design and style the table all during Blake’s nap! I look forward to and often dream about styling the mantel of a fireplace but that won’t happen until we decide to move again.


These tea cups make my heart skip a beat. The detail is so perfect. The adorable pink and white bags are filled with chocolates.  I found them in the bridal aisle at Michael’s and thought they would fit in perfectly!


Btw – I never have this much pink in my house at once but I have to say that I am enjoying it for the month of February!


I found this table runner on Etsy – TwentyEight12


Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day! XOXO

Runner – Etsy Shop TwentyEight12

White pitchers – Hamptons West

Tea pot, cups, small rose containers, and pink plates – Homegoods

Dishes – Noritake Silver Palace

Pink and white striped bags – Michael’s 

This weather has me daydreaming about fresh flowers and pastels!


Which is why I decided to use florals, shades of pink, and moss accents this year for Valentine’s day.  I used a lot of red for our Christmas tablescape and with all of the snow and ice still on the ground I needed a little Spring in my life!



I used these little cards, a stamp, and pink ink from Michael’s to make love notes for my family.  They could even double as place cards if you wanted to include the person’s name on the envelope.


I bought these clear fish bowls from Homegoods and spray painted them with a metallic gold spray paint from Rust-oleum.  I love the way they came out and I think I will get a lot of use out of them.




Sequin Runner – Etsy (FantasyVintageBridal)

Sparkle Charger – Pier 1

Pink and Floral Plates – Homegoods

White Tablecloth – Homegoods

Decorative Accents and Votives – Homegoods/Marshalls

Love Note Supplies – Michael’s



About six months ago I called my husband and told him to pick up this beauty on his way home from work.  As you can imagine, this is not his favorite thing to do.  I am always sending him to people’s homes to pick up furniture that we don’t have room for. Anyway we have limited closet space in this house so I had been looking for extra storage. I believe in found furniture soulmates. I know that sounds ridiculous. Have you ever pictured that perfect piece for a space…you spend over a year looking for it and then suddenly there it is.  The dimensions are perfect and the detail far exceeds your expectations. Yes, true love CAN be found on Craigslist.



Nothing in my house is safe when I have chalk paint and a paintbrush in hand.  With that said – if this piece was in good condition I would have left it with a wood finish.  Unfortunately, it was not in good condition.  The water damage was extensive and in some places the wood was lifting and peeling.

 For this project I used:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

Chicken wire (pictured below)

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Tin snips or wire cutters

A staple gun

The last three items can all be found at Home Depot or Lowes and if you’re local you can find Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at Suite Pieces or The Dusty Attic.

For very detailed posts on how I use chalk paint you can refer to these links:

Chalk Paint & Wax Part I

Chalk Paint & Wax Part II

 I started out by cleaning the armoire in order to remove any excess dirt or dust.  Then I removed the glass.  The glass was actually in pretty good condition but I wanted a different look for this piece.  I also had this horrible feeling that I would smash into the glass one day while getting out of bed!

I usually start with a little bit of chalk paint on the brush when I start a project. Not with this old gal though. This piece of furniture needed a lot of paint and I actually applied two coats.  When I finished painting the entire armoire in French Linen I let it dry for the night.  Chalk paint usually dries very quickly but when you apply two coats I usually wait a couple of hours before moving on to the next step or applying the wax.


 The next step in this process for me was detailing.  I used the Pure White and a small brush to make some of the details really stand out.  Then we used the tin snips/wire cutters to cut the chicken wire.  Once the chicken wire was cut to size my husband and I stapled it into the frame of the door.  I don’t trust myself with a staple gun, so I needed to call on Derek for some assistance!



After I finished detailing with the white paint I waited for about two hours.  I applied clear wax to the entire armoire.  I used a paper towel to smooth over the wax to get rid of any “globs” or excess wax.  If you use a paper towel or rag to do this it is important that you don’t wipe off the wax or remove it.  I only use the paper towel or rag to make sure it is evenly applied.



I used sandpaper on the knob for a slightly distressed look.  I also used a very small amount of pure white over the chicken wire. I used a paper towel to remove any of the extra paint.






One of the things that I love about this armoire is the fact that I could use it for so many different things…

A linen closet in a bathroom, storage in a little girls room, or maybe a home for some antique dishes?



How would you use an armoire like this in your house?