Another Furniture Makeover

August 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Posted in diggerslist blog, furniture | 1 Comment
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If you’re itching for a furniture makeover stop over DiggersList and see what I’ve been up to!

If you’re visiting from DiggersList, thanks for stopping by and please make sure to stop by next week when I launch my new site!  For now feel free to browse!!

Furniture Makeovers

August 18, 2011 at 6:41 am | Posted in furniture | 1 Comment
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Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please feel free to check out some furniture makeovers!  I hope you stop by again, my new blog site is almost done and I can’t wait to show it off and show you what I’ve been working on!!  So check back soon!!

(A Little Sneak Peek)

A Little House to Your Home Update

July 21, 2011 at 12:04 am | Posted in personal | 4 Comments
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Hi everyone!!!  I hope you all are having an amazing summer and hopefully staying cool!  We’re having a great summer at the Jones’ household and are as busy as ever.  (Volleyball camps, cheerleading practice, trips to Lake Michigan and lots of home projects!)

 

(Hint:  We’re going old school and buying a Jenny Lind crib for Baby Bean)

 

I’m just about 6 months pregnant and it seems like the pregnancy is flying by.  I will admit the first 4 1/2 months were brutally rough.  Lots of morning sickness and literally no energy to even shower somedays, my bed was my best friend.  Being so sick was a bit overwhelming because I’m not one to sit around and luckily I rarely get sick so mentally it wasn’t good for me but I kept reminding myself that the more pregnancy symptoms I had the better the baby was doing!

 

 

(Working on my new (extremely small) office space, baby bean is taking my old one, so this photo from Made by Girl is in my inspiration file.)

 

I’m feeling alot more comfortable about this pregnancy too, we lost our girls Harper and Nora 2 years ago on July 30th when I was 22 weeks so to pass that 22 week point made me breath a little easier.  I also have lots of energy and feel amazing and am throughly enjoying that little baby kick (never stops!)!!

 

(I love this repurposed light sconce from Eddie Ross, it was originally brass and he dyed the shades with Rit and applied trim, he’s my hero!)

As far as my blog is going it’s still going to be a bit longer before my new site is up and running.  I had decided on a website developer awhile back but recently found someone local who I wanted to work with, so we’re working together now.  The site has a new logo and will have a new and fun look that I hope everyone likes.  I also have decided to expand a bit on the blog and talk about raising a 13 year old, raising a newborn and being a mother in her 40’s (yikes!), all while trying to balance this fairly new career and trying to keep life organized both family and home.  Design will still be the main focus of House to your Home.

 

 

(Sloan wants her bedroom tweaked and is loving the striped wall.)

Since the new site is not running yet I have decided to sporadically post from time to time just to keep you intrigued so I hope you’ll stop back!!  Enjoy your summer!!

 

Taking a Small Break

May 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Posted in personal | 5 Comments

Hey guys!!! I’m admitting defeat and I’m taking a break from the blog for a bit. This pregnancy is kicking my butt in a major way and not much on the interior design front is getting done besides client consultations and getting Sloan to point A to point B.

I won’t be gone forever though, I’ve actually been working on a new design for the blog and I think everyone will really like it.

I’m hoping in a few months I’ll be able to launch the new site and I promise I’ll keep track of what’s going on at the house now and include the projects we have in the works.

I want to thank everyone for reading my blog, I’ve met some incredible people and I hope you’ll all come back when the new site is launched.

For now wish me luck as I work on my most important project…a healthy baby!!!

Taking Spring Into My Own Hands

May 18, 2011 at 5:12 am | Posted in accessories | 1 Comment
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This last weekend I was excited to leave for our first camping trip of the year.  We went to the Indiana Dunes with my mother-in-law, my daughter’s aunt/godmother and my daughter.  For those of you that don’t know our camping is a bit different then most people’s idea of camping.  We stay in a air-conditioned/heated RV, which happened to be upgraded this year to a really big air-conditioned/heated, flat screen tv RV.  We don’t do much hiking and we definitely don’t rough it.  We read alot of magazines, books, watch tons of movies and talk around the campfire for as long as possible and truth be told we venture out and do a little shopping and perhaps go out to dinner a time or two!  We call it girly camping!

This weekend was a bust besides the fun company.  When Sloan and I left Indianapolis it was 86 degrees outside and by the time we made it to northern Indiana it was down to 54 degrees and it had started raining and it never stopped raining.  Oh, and when I say raining I mean a steady downpour rain.  We were bummed we didn’t get to sit outside but really it didn’t stop us from having fun…well that was until I stopped the fun.

I’ll be honest I’ve suffered from a little morning (all day) sickness for a few weeks now but it really hasn’t been too horrible and it wasn’t everyday and it would happen once and I’d feel better.  That wasn’t the case on Sunday though, I woke up with a bit of a migraine and a few hours later I proceeded to get sick, over and over and over again.  Without grossing you out too much lets just say I couldn’t stop getting sick and it got so bad my mother-in-law convinced me to call my doctor who advised me to head on over to the ER to be checked out.  So I spent all day Sunday at the hospital and was diagnosed with severe morning sickness and was given some medication to help.  Luckily I got to hear baby beans heartbeat and it was a strong 145 and by Monday afternoon I was feeling much better.  Now, I just feel bad for grossing my family out so bad!!

So now that I’m done whining about being sick I can whine about the weather.  I don’t think we’ve had more then 4 nice days this entire year, so I’m taking matters into my own hands and making the house feel a bit more like spring.

So for the rest of the week I’ll post photos of the small things I’ve done around the house to make it ready for what I hope is spring at least for a few weeks before we head right into summer.

For now I’ll give you a few tips you can try at your house that are quick, easy and cheap to brighten it up for the season.

1.  New pillows for your bed or couch.  Simple and easy to get rid of your heavy winter pillows for pretty spring pillows.

2.  New placemats for your dining room table.

3.  Replace a piece of upholstered furniture with a piece of wicker furniture.  This type of furniture is light and airy and perfect for the warmer months.

(Coastal Living)

4.  Remove heavy carpets and replace with scatter or sisal rugs or no rug at all.

(Import Flooring)

5.  Remove some of you knickknacks and replace with something large like a piece of coral.

6.  Remove your heavy curtains and replace with something lighter or again, nothing at all.

7.  Pack up that heavy wool afghan and if you need a blanket replace with a light cotton one.

8.  Place herbs on your kitchen window sill.

(HGTV)

9.  Place some white daisies on your side table.

10. Replace your colored candles with white candles.

(Happy to Design)

11.  De-clutter and clean.  They don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing!!

12.  Replace that bowl of pinecones and  fill it with lemons or limes.

(All About You)

If you have any springtime decorating tips please feel free to share them!!

Internet Down

May 18, 2011 at 4:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Post coming once our Internet is back up! Thanks for being patient!

Weekly Recap

May 14, 2011 at 1:14 am | Posted in personal | 7 Comments
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Besides the patio reveal not too many projects have been happening here.  When my husband, Drew gets involved he reels me in and only lets me work on one project at a time.  (I hate to admit it but it’s how things actually get done!)  We did however work together to move a bird nest from our front porch.  (Imagine 2 grown adults freaking out over a little bird trying to attack us!)  I’m sad to say that I’ve given up having ferns on the porch!

I will admit I worked on a small project though.  I’ve mentioned before that I have alot of bookshelves throughout our house and not alot of books other then design books and they are in my office.  Besides, I wanted pretty books (yes there is such a thing) in fact once I started searching for books I quickly learned that older books are absolutely beautiful.  (They make me ashamed I love my kindle so much.)

I found a great source for cheap older books so yesterday I headed over to half price books and picked up a row of books.  This is a great source for beautiful books you can actually buy books buy the yard and it’s only about $20.00!!  Yesterday I picked up a set of books from the 1967’s (28 books) and only paid $13.00 for them!

Another thing I did this week was go to numerous doctor appointments, which may excuse the fact I only posted twice this week.  (Sorry!)  I think I’m finally comfortable enough to share the news with you all that I’m officially a few weeks into my second trimester and very happily pregnant!!  It’s been a very, very long road and most of you know the journey has been incredibly hard for our family and honestly we’re all still quite apprehensive.  (Prayers and good thoughts are welcomed!)  It sorta stinks when you’ve suffered so much loss that when something great finally happens you end up feeling that you can’t truly appreciate the blessing.  We are taking things one day at a time and focusing on how great things have been going, besides the all day sickness and feeling like a zombie, but when you’ve been through what we’ve been through those terrible pregnancy symptoms are in fact blessings to be celebrated!!

I’m finally feeling about 85% back to normal and I hope to crank out a few more projects in the next coming months so again thank you all who come by and read House to your Home!

Backyard Patio Reveal

May 11, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Posted in outside spaces | 15 Comments
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I’m excited to show off our patio we finished up yesterday.  I didn’t realize until yesterday that Drew and I have never had patio furniture (other then a small bistro set) in the entire time we’ve been together.

We moved into our home a year ago and our backyard was a hot mess.  We moved into a house that was only a few years old and if any of you have every moved into a new home you’ll know the builders do as minimal as possible to the backyard.

When we first moved in we set up our bistro set (yea the only outside furniture we owned) and Drew got to work with a bar for our patio.  (The patio that was just an idea.)

Next came the patio.

This is where we stopped last summer.  We installed a retaining wall and bought a fireplace.

This summer was phase buy some furniture so we didn’t have to use the folding chairs we use for Sloan’s sporting events!  We searched high and low and quickly realized outdoor furniture is priced really really high!!  We ended up saving lots of money and bought our furniture from World Market.  I’m sure the biggest reason we saved so much is because everything had to be put together.

We purchased the furniture and brought it home and because Drew’s been out of town it sat in the garage for about a week.  Well on Monday after work Drew decided we were going to put the furniture together and finish the patio.  (Let me tell you when Drew decides a project is going to get done it gets done and at a record pace!)

The bar is finished (except a skirt I plan on installing).  I really like how the tile backsplash turned out.  The bar is going to be great for buffet style dinners and margarita making!

The dining room table.  I love the bench.  We have 2 more chairs coming but they are on back order.  (Ugh…don’t they know I’m all about instant gratification!)

A close up of silver ivy.  It’s easy to take care of and very drought tolerant.  Hopefully, I’ll keep them alive!

I added a little fun to our old bistro set by adding some lanterns.

The sofa table will be great for throwing magazines in and of course holding a bottle of wine (or two).

The rug separate the area and makes it it’s own.  The pillows were from Pottery Barn.  (They are on sale right now.)

The terra cotta pot is from my best friend’s wedding from years ago, it was a centerpiece that was filled with lemons.  I’ve used it throughout my house since I received it.   Right now it’s holding small pears and a ceramic plant marker I made at a party I went with a bunch of my girlfriends.  (Use things that mean something to you!)

A few shots from the patio.

I’m excited to enjoy our outdoor living space but I’m pretty sure Drew has a few more plans for our backyard this summer.  Hopefully I can convince him to start the next phase NEXT year!!

Be Back on Wednesday

May 11, 2011 at 8:48 am | Posted in outside | Leave a comment
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Drew and I have been working like crazy people to finish up our patio. It’s done and I can’t wait to show it off tomorrow!

Do Your Homework!

May 7, 2011 at 6:49 am | Posted in laurie | 2 Comments
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I have a trip to Ikea planned in the near future and everytime I go I say I’m going to make a list of what I need to pick up and everytime I forget to make the list or I make the list and forget to bring it with me!

This time I thought if I blogged about it then I can’t mess up right!  I can just pull up my post on my phone!

I’ve spent a few days looking over the catalog and measuring spots so I know if things will fit where I need so all I need to do it hop in my car and go!

Here’s the items on my list.

I’m hoping this loveseat will end up in our master bedroom.  I’ve talked about it before, I need something for our room for the end of our bed. Our room is huge.   I recently bought a loveseat from a thrift store but get this, even though I paid for it and put it on hold they sold it to someone else!  Luckily they returned my money.  I decided to go for a cheaper version of what I had in mind.  I don’t suspect will use the couch a ton, other then Drew sitting on it when he’s getting ready in the morning and my daughter laying on it when we have tv nights in our bedroom.  We seem to all gravitate to the master bedroom!

This rug is also going in our bedroom.  We have carpet in our bedroom already but I thought it might make the area where I put the couch and coffee table more defined and a bit more cozy.  I’ll let you know how the carpet on top of carpet works out.

Frames, frames, frames!  I always pick up a few when I’m there (along with voltive candles) they are super cheap and I still have lots of wall space to fill!

Some picture ledges for the basement.  I have been collecting unframed oil paintings and I think they might look better grouped together on the ledges.

This bench is for our laundry room (still not done).  We desperately need a place to sit and a place to put the million of shoes that end up in there!  I love this piece!

I want to buy 2 of these mirrors.  I have plans to mount these over the large mirror that is in our master bathroom.  Our master bath is pretty blah and very new house cookie cutter but I have no immediate plans to gut it and for now I’m just going to spruce it up so at least its less blah.

A runner for the master bathroom.  Love this design!  Neutral but a fun pattern!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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