Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Den Design Plans

I have all these home posts I want to do, but as I'm sure you can relate, none of the rooms are completely "done" yet.  I've just decided to go ahead and share some of the rooms, with commentary on what I have done and want to do...Be sure to stick around til the end of the post where I share the before photos.
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Besides the yard, the den space of our home is what sold me.  I loved the french doors and how they open up to the patio, with a view of the palm trees in the yard.  I loved the built-in shelves.  I loved the island and pictured our kids doing their homework there, or eating there as a special weekend treat while watching a movie.

So far, here is what we've done:
First up we painted everything.  This includes the shelves which was a pain in the booty.  Literally, sitting on the floor for hours, painting upside down. Woof.  
We installed pendant lights with a dimmer switch above the island.

What we want to do:
We will change out the globes later when we find something we love, these were a quick Lowe's find. We also plan to replace the countertops with granite in the near future (and long term, perhaps do hardwood throughout).  
Oops, crooked pic!
I am looking to put matching decorative mirrors on either side of the built-in.
Any other ideas?  Perhaps another end table and lamp on the left?
I am back on the estate sale circuit looking for more staffordshire dog statues to add to this bookshelf.  I also would like to find some small coordinating picture frames to fill the bottom shelf with some family photos.
I need some serious shelf-styling help here  The plan is to find a piece of furniture, a hutch or buffet, to put where Alfie and the wine fridge are in this photo.   We will take out the two bottom shelves and make it a dry bar.  As far as the TV section, eventually this area will be really "kid centric"... i.e. more board games, toys, school artwork displayed.  I think it would be really fun to find a few mismatched globes to display on the top shelf...
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And last but not least, Before Photos:

It's such a work in progress...but it's definitely a job I enjoy.
Hope you're having a good week!
xLaura


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Weekend

This was definitely one of those "good to the last drop" sort of weekends.  
On Friday night we did take out, per usual.  East Bay Deli this week, my fave!
I watched this creepy documentary.  I totally recommend if you're into True Crime.
 On Saturday I went on a run with my girl, and then we met up with Aunt T for some Frothy Beard action.
 K slow smoked baby back ribs for dinner.  AWESOME.  Seriously best I've ever tasted.  This is before he smothered them in more bbq sauce.  YUM.  I served with grilled corn and "kicked up black beans" (beans simmered with onion and bell pepper).  
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Sunday was church followed by a quick brunch at Rue de Jean.
Home for a bit and then a late afternoon pool trip.

<3 

 We had leftovers for dinner, fought over the last rib!
I hope your weekend was great.
xLaura

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My First Mother's Day

What a special weekend this was... I celebrated my first Mother's Day.
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We spent Saturday evening celebrating with my mom, and Publix fried chicken!
I am trying to get more family photos with the three of us, my Aunt snapped this one which I love:
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On Sunday, K cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast and tended to the babe while I lazed in bed until 8:30!
Midday, I took EB on a run with me-every single passerby wished me a Happy Mother's Day...  it was really sweet.  I saw so many dads with their kids on the greenway.  Moms #1 Wish= alone time!
Later I requested queso dip and a late afternoon beach stroll, so that's what we did.
Ok, Mom, enough pictures:
No really, ENOUGH PICS:
 I am going with "the ocean brought her to a zen place" here, but really I'm thinking Miss Thang is OVER.IT.
 
 After getting the baby bathed and in bed we had burgers on the grill.
We had half a pack of Hawaiian sweet rolls left from our family get together Saturday, so we did sliders and they were fantastic!  We also had grilled corn marinated in Italian salad dressing.
Then, K surprised me with a maid service!
I felt spoiled and loved and tremendously blessed to be given the gift of motherhood.
Thank you to my family and friends who made me feel special.
Love you all, and I hope you felt the same!
xLaura