Thursday, April 10, 2014

Disappointments...& A GIVEAWAY!

Spring has finally arrived and I am so thankful.  The temps are warming up, the birds are chirping and the grass turns more and more green each day.  This change in season always inspires me to change up our home décor.  I crave new accent colors to warm up the cool blues that dominate our home.

So when I was asked to be a part of a spring décor and giveaway post with 14 super talented bloggers, I jumped at the opportunity.  I thought this collaboration would give me the swift kick I needed to finish spring-ifying {yes, a new word} our home…a process I started here and here.


Well that was my plan, and unfortunately plans do not always go as expected.  My work schedule has been a bit hectic lately, which caused more stress and less time for me.  Booooo!!  Instead of making things even worse on myself out and cranking out something I didn’t love, just for content, I decided it would be best if I didn’t submit a project.  I know it’s a lame, but it’s the truth and I always promised to keep it real with you guys. :)

Buttttt, to show how much I love each and every one of you, I am still sponsoring the amazing $150 Tar-jay gift card giveaway!!  And I’m sharing 14 awesome spring projects below, so you can get your fill of eye candy for the day.  You must check them all out!

Hopefully we’re still friends… ;)

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Take Two Series at designPOST interiors!

In a super rare second post of the day, I just wanted to let you guys know that Beth of designPOST interiors featured me in her awesome Take Two series today!  Head over for all the deets!! :)

And while you're there, browse around to check out her amazing style.  She even offers some great design services if you're in need! ;)

Radiant Orchid Art.

Lately I've been on a bit of a painting kick.  Something about spring's arrival has compelled me to bust out my paint brushes and some fresh new colors to liven up our home.

I was inspired to create my latest abstract piece when a good blog friend challenged a few of us to tackle a DIY project using Pantone's Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.  I have seen mixed reviews regarding this color, but I have to admit, I'm a fan.  I think it adds a nice pop when I pair it with my favorite tried and true blue hue.

I did a little research to see which colors were deemed orchid-y enough and came across several awesome options in this post. The winner for me, though, was Behr's Orchid Kiss.  After seeing it in Alex's home tour, I was sold.  

I headed to Home Depot to pick up a sample, and while I was there, I fell in love with a combo of three colors....Behr's Pale OrchidBehr's Orchid Kiss and Behr's Balmy Seas {the same color as the accent wall in our master bedroom.}

Once I had my colors home, it was time to get to work.  

I found a scrap piece of birch wood laying around in my craft stash and I painted it white for a base. Then I pretended I had painting skills and started adding color to my "canvas".  I kept a separate brush for each color and just added a few lines of the first color, then the second color and then the third.  I repeated that process over and over until the coverage felt right.  After that, it was time for some shine.  Lord knows I can't finish a project without involving gold in some way, shape or form. ;) So I pulled out a fourth paint brush and layered in some metallic on top of a few already painted areas.

Now, clearly I am no artist...but for just a few bucks {seriously....the paint samples were about $3 a piece} and a small amount of time, I was able to hop on board with a major trend of the year.  Plus, it may have inspired a possible room refresh in the near future! ;) 

Now head over to check out the crazy talented ladies who took on the Radiant Orchid challenge with me!

From top left moving clockwise: 
1. Flower Pots from Dimples and Tangles  2. Secretary Desk from Cuckoo4Design  3. Abstract Art from Retro Ranch Renovation  4. Wallpapered Powder Room from The Chronicles of Home  5. Painted Tray from Dwellings by Devore  6. Cross Stitched Jewelry Organizer from Primitive and Proper

How do you guys feel about Radiant Orchid?  Do you give it the thumbs up or thumbs down?!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Adding Some Spring...& A Giveaway!!

Spring has finally sprung!!  Well at least that is what my calendar is telling me.  I’m hoping Mother Nature gets the memo soon because I want warmer temperatures and blooming flowers ASAP!  Remaining snow piles be gone!!

To hold me over until that happens, I’ve decided it’s time to start adding spring trends into our home décor.  My go-to for spring decorating consists of a few things…pops of color, flowers and shine!  To me, nothing says spring more than these elements.  Luckily, to create a look like that in your home, you just need the simple addition of a few accents to already existing vignettes and rooms.  Pillows, candles, boxes, frames, flowers, succulents, throws or art can go a long way in transitioning a space.  A complete overhaul or spending a fortune just isn’t necessary to have your home looking on trend.

Nowadays I do most of my shopping online.  I don't have to leave the comfort of my own couch to access so many awesome stores like West Elm, World Market, Amazon and Home Depot.  While looking to spring-ify {totally a word} our home, I came across a few a few West Elm accessories I just couldn't get off my mind and quickly put them into my shopping cart.  Then I headed to to search for any West Elm coupon codes I could apply to my order.  After that it was time to check out and impatiently wait for my goodies to arrive!

Since my home has a whole lot of cool blues going on, I wanted to add some warm pinks and extra shine to energize our space.  Plus, nothing says spring quite like when I spied a pair of gorgeous West Elm clearance candlesticks that mimic the bloom of a flower, I just couldn't resist.  I knew they'd look perfect paired with some colorful accents on top of the West Elm silver lacquered tray.  And to top it all off, I added a little DIY painting and fresh tulips.

What are your favorite ways to add spring trends to your home?  Don't forget to check out the other 14 talented bloggers below and enter our fab giveaway to win $150 to West Elm or Target!!! :)

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Thank you so much to for providing me with a gift card for this post, and for sponsoring the giveaway!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Great Room Rugs.

Also known as, the wonderful double-rug swap that swept me off my feet.  Not too long ago I placed an order with RugsUSA for several of them belonging to our living room.  I was pleased with all of them, and we lived happily every after....that is until I laid my eyes on some RugsUSA newbies during a 70% off sale.

Homespun Trellis in black
Windsor Overdyed Grove in turquoise

I'm weak.  I caved.  I couldn't help it!  The price? So good.  The size?  Even better.  Before I knew it, hubby and I were rolling out the red teal carpet and falling in love with our house all over again.  

We've had these beauties for quite some time.  You can even see them all the way back in our Modern & Fresh Fall Home Tour months ago.  I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to properly introduce you fact, I'm surprised I didn't shout my love from the top of my blogging lungs!  Their bold color and pattern add something special to our space.

And since I've received a couple requests to see how our home is looking these days, here's a peak from January...after my post-Christmas pare down.  I decided to keep our home pretty monochromatic for the winter. Lots of blues, with pops of black and white.  It felt so clean and calm after weeks filled with holiday decor.

Now that spring is {hopefully} around the corner, I can't wait to add some vibrant color to our space.  I'm dreaming of some teal and pink...and maybe yellow.  Plus, adding in a little more metallic never hurt anyone!! ;)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pattern Play...Blogger Challenge

When Chelsea from Pinterior Designer contacted me about taking part in a "pattern" blogger challenge for the month of February, I couldn't have said yes fast enough!

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I love using pattern in design, especially in the form of fabric.  It helps to add interest to a space without committing major time or dollars, and it often acts as the "thing" that ties a space together.

This year {actually, this happens every year}, after we removed all of our holiday decor, I was craving a clean and de-cluttered space.  I wanted to keep accessories to a minimum and have our great room feel clean and calming.  Aside from the gray, blues and gold that are always present in the room, I wanted to add pops of black and white throughout the space.

To get the B&W pop on our console table, I knew I could add a great fabric instead of relying on accessories with more visual weight.  I already had great striped pillow covers from H&M on our couch, so I went for a small spotted fabric that would tie in nicely.

I started by pinning the long sides {probably should have ironed the fabric first, but I was l-a-z-y}...

Then I sewed, removing the pins as I went along...

Then I pinned the short sides...

Sewed one last time, and done-zo {well after I finally ironed it}!

I love the way the small spots make a quiet statement and play nicely with the bold patterned tray I added on top.

Using fabric on the tables in our home has become the norm for me, and I like that it allows me to add another layer of color or pattern without a lot of effort.  Plus, it helps protect my painted furniture too!  Who doesn't love a piece that pulls double-duty?!

Now head on over to the other fabulous ladies who accepted the Pattern Play Challenge this month, and let me know what your favorite project is! :)

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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Real Star of the Blog...

Those of you who follow me on Instagram {@retroranchreno} know who the real star of this blog is.  Yup, I'm talking about this guy...


If you want to know more about him, and see more of that furry face, head over to Julia's blog, Cuckoo 4 Design.  She started an amazing series a few weeks ago, and I'm so honored to be guest posting for it!

Happy Friday, everyone! :)