If you’re looking for something pretty to give someone special I recommend these Voluspa candles…

Voluspa

A candle that looks this chic on the outside and smells amazing is a no brainer! I purchased a couple of them from Nordstrom.  There are plenty of different scents and colors to choose from.  My mom is having her bathroom redone so I decided to get her one of these, some soaps, and monogrammed towels.  Happy gift giving!

Registering for a baby shower is exciting and a little overwhelming at the same time.  A friend gave me this book and it was really useful when it came to deciding on items that we needed for our registry.

A must have for all new moms

A must have for all new moms

We read through it and marked off the items that we decided on before going to the store.  The reviews are useful and really great for first time parents that have no clue what they’re doing!

I knew when we bought this house that I wanted gray siding with a pretty blue front door.  It was easy to pick out the siding and the front door. The tricky part was finding the perfect shade of blue!  Here is what I was looking for – something that stands out enough to make a statement but not the kind of blue that looks like it belongs on a door in the Caribbean. Does that make sense? Okay good.

Before the paint and siding

Before the paint and siding

First color - Cool Sky by Behr (middle)

First color – Cool Sky by Behr (middle)

 

Cool Sky by Behr - way too light!

Cool Sky by Behr – way too light!

This is not what I was looking for.  So we went to the next color on the scale (Sonata) and it didn’t make a difference at all.  Don’t get me wrong in the shade this color was very pretty but it didn’t make the statement that I wanted.

On to the next…

The third color we tried was Viking by Behr.

The third color we tried was Viking by Behr.

Perfection - Viking is the winner!

Perfection – Viking is the winner!

Decorated for the holidays! Our coastal cottage is almost complete on the outside!

Decorated for the holidays! Our coastal cottage is almost complete on the outside!

It’s a boy!!!! We can’t wait to meet this little man in March!

Can't wait to meet this little man in March!

   This picture was taken in front of the Old Field Lighthouse in Old Field, NY – we were freezing!

This was such a great day and it was really cool to celebrate it with our families.  Here are some details from our little celebration!

The box that I made using chalkboard paint, scrapbook paper hearts, and ribbon. All from Michael's.

The box that I made using chalkboard paint, scrapbook paper for the hearts, and ribbon. All of this can be found at Michael’s

The bow at the top was so that we wouldn’t have to use scissors when we wanted to open the box.  I felt like the scissors might ruin the photos and the bow was a nice touch!

Another thing to consider if you plan on using the box of balloons for your gender reveal – keep a weight at the bottom of the box with about four balloons tied to it so that when the box is opened and the balloons on the top fly away you aren’t left with an empty box. This helped with pictures also!

Beautiful banner courtesy of  Sugar and Spice on Etsy.

Beautiful banner courtesy of Sugar and Spice on Etsy

Invitations from Etsy and a bracelet made by my cousin.

Invitations from Notable Affairs on Etsy and a bracelet made by my cousin

Love these mason jars from ChicGoddess

Love these mason jars from ChicGoddess on Etsy

Pink and blue popcorn bags and candy is from party city.  Mustache and Bow straws can be found on the Party Penguin Shop on Etsy.

Pink and blue popcorn bags and candy is from party city. Mustache and Bow straws can be found on the Party Penguin Shop on Etsy

Some sweet treats

Some sweet treats

A very happy mommy to be! Sipping on some lemonade with fresh blueberries and strawberries.  We added some prosecco for those of our guests that are not expecting!

A very happy mommy to be sipping on some lemonade with fresh blueberries and strawberries. We added some prosecco for those of our guests that are not expecting!

I’m just going to start by saying…better late than never! Can’t believe I wrote my first Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint post almost two months ago and I am just getting around to posting part II now! Part II is all about the wax!  I mentioned in my first post that I am pregnant so my husband took care of this part for me.  All of the materials that were used in this post can be found at Suite Pieces in Huntington Station if you live on Long Island.  If you don’t have a store near you that sells chalk paint or wax you can order it from Annie Sloan’s Website.  Please note that this type of paint is different from chalkboard paint and can’t be found at Michael’s, Home Depot, or Lowes.

Step 1 supplies - Annie Sloan Clear Wax and brush

Step 1 supplies – Annie Sloan Clear Wax and brush

Once your paint is completely dry dip the brush into the wax and spread it across your piece of furniture.  The wax is what seals the chalk paint and prevents it from chipping or cracking so you want to use enough to prevent that from happening.  However, using too much wax will leave the piece of furniture tacky and will keep it from drying for a long time. As you apply the wax be sure to rub any excess with a clean rag.  The rag is also useful for when bristles come off of the brush and stick to the furniture!  For some people this completes the project.  If you’re looking for a more vintage or aged look move on to the next step once your piece is dry.

Step 2 supplies - Miss Mustard Seed's Dark Wax

Step 2 supplies – Miss Mustard Seed’s Dark Wax, brush, and a rag.

You may notice that this is not Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax.  Suite Pieces was all out of the Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax so they recommended something called Miss Mustard Seed’s Dark Wax – a product very similar to Annie Sloan’s.  This was my first time using something made by Miss Mustard Seed and I was really happy with the results and can’t wait to experiment with more of her products in the future.  Using the dark wax is basically the same as the clear wax.  The only thing that you want to keep in mind is that the dark wax is obviously not clear! Soooo start with a little and use the brush to spread it out and create the look that you want. Then let dry!

Dark wax before being spread with the brush

Before the dark wax is spread 

after dark wax is spread using the brush

After the dark wax is spread 

I love the way that the chairs turned out! The one mistake that I made was leaving too much time between painting and using the wax.  There are a few little cracks on the top of one of my chairs so learn from my mistake and don’t let too much time go by between those two steps.

I love the lines that the dark wax allows you to create.

I love the lines that the dark wax allows you to create on the furniture!

The finished product!

The finished product!

We are having our gender reveal today, but before that happens I wanted to share the inspiration boards for the baby’s nursery.  Regardless of the gender we are pretty sure the walls will be a soft gray.  Right now we really like Dusk from Jeff Lewis Color.

Here are some of our ideas if our baby is a boy!

Boy Nursery

Boy Nursery

Our ideas for a little girl’s nursery…

Girl Nursery

Girl Nursery

I love both of these options so much! We can’t wait to find out which one it will be!!!

All items on these inspiration boards are from Restoration Hardware Baby except for the lamb, which is from Pottery Barn Kids, and the dressers.  The wall art can be found at this site on Etsy.

Stopped in Once and Again Treasure Gallery today…a great spot with a lot of vintage goodies located on 25A in Mt. Sinai (next to the Mt. Sinai Post Office).  We came across these darling buoys and I thought that they would be perfect in our nautical nursery iffff we have a boy.  Didn’t want to miss out on such a great find so we bought them anyway and after our gender reveal, in about two weeks, we’ll know if they will go in a little boy’s nursery or my office!

I love the colors and weathered look of these hand painted buoys!

I love the colors and weathered look of these hand painted buoys! The frayed ropes add just the right                    amount of texture.

AnnieSloan

So some of the dust is finally settling with our renovation and with that comes…crafting!  I’ve been going a little stir crazy not having a place to play with modge podge or make something pretty to put around the house.  About two weeks ago I took a trip to Suite Pieces in Huntington Station on my way home from work and picked up some goodies. If you like antiques I recommend making a stop in! I definitely plan on going back and blogging about my finds. During this trip I only purchased some of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and wax so that I could start painting the windsor chairs that I bought over the summer.

Windsor Chairs - great steal from Craigslist!

Windsor Chairs for around the table a great steal from Craigslist! Painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint 1 part old white and 3 parts provence.

The wall colors in our house are in the gray/beige family so one way that I decided to incorporate color is through our dinning room chairs.  I have never actually painted furniture before so I was a little hesitant at first, I can honestly say now that there was nothing to worry about.  Before using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint I had to make sure that it was safe to use because I am currently five months pregnant.  Luckily chalk paint has very low VOCs so I was given the okay.  However, I am leaving the wax up to my husband just to be safe.  One of the major benefits of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand or prime before painting.  I bought all of my paint, wax, and brushes from Suite Pieces and that was really all that I need to get started. The one con of using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is the price…almost $40.00 per 32 fl ounce can.  I will say that it does go a long way though! You can see from the picture above that the chairs I painted were originally a dark blue stain.  First, I cleaned the chairs to make sure that they were not dusty or sticky.  Once I mixed my colors the only thing left to do was paint. In order to get the color that you see in the above picture I mixed one part of old white and three parts of provence together in a separate container. I used a medium size Annie Sloan paint brush and it worked great!  I love the textured look that the paint leaves when it dries!  Stayed tuned for part II with Annie Sloan to see what it looks like after we apply the wax!

Banter & Charm personalized stamp from Etsy

Banter & Charm personalized stamp 

One of the things that I love most about selling real estate is putting together our client gifts right before a closing.  We are always so grateful to our clients for trusting us as real estate  agents and we want our gifts to show it. I recently realized that I have bought many different personalized stamps for clients but Derek and I actually don’t have one.  I think Banter & Charm takes the cake!  They had great customer service and who doesn’t love a herringbone bow?  I’m so excited to use this adorable stamp on our Christmas cards this year!

This year three of my good friends were getting married and taking trips to Paris.  I wanted to get them something that would celebrate their trips as well as this special time in their lives.    Getting them each a padlock for the love lock bridge was the first thing that came to mind! In my search to find the perfect padlock I came across a great company that is based in Brooklyn, New York.  Make Love Locks had so many different locks and designs to choose from and they had great customer service.

Locks that I designed with my friends' initials and wedding dates!

Locks that I designed with my friends’ initials and wedding dates!  There are so many options on Make Love Locks

The green box came with the locks but I decided to add a pretty bow and label.  I made these labels just like the ones in my wine gift basket post. The Paris stamp is from Michael's.

The green box came with the locks but I decided to add a pretty bow and label. I made these labels just like the ones in my wine gift basket post. The Paris stamp is from Michael’s.