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New Makeup Vanity Mirror with Serena and Lily

While this post is sponsored by Serena and Lily– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to Serena and Lily for gifting me the wonderful mirror featured in this post! This post contains affiliate links which help keep this site going.

Good Morning Friends,

I am so excited to share a new area of our home with you! Its been a long time coming… Way back in May I was contacted by Serena and Lily to review their beautiful Ojai Mirror. I was so excited to use it to create a small makeup vanity in the unused space between the windows in our master bedroom. I desperately needed a place to get ready in the morning because our bathroom has a tiny counter and very poor lighting. I ordered a vanity, chair and some accessories- ready to go to show you guys this new area- but life got in the way. If you read Adaline’s birth story, you’ll remember how sick I got with Cholestasis. I was in the hospital for a while and was itching my hands off… Luckily, Adaline was born a month early without a lot of complications. However, its taken me about three months to emerge from my bear den and get out of that newborn-premie-cant-sleep fog.

So, without further adieu- I am happy to finally get around to putting together my new makeup vanity space! (Just in time for finally putting makeup on and something other than sweatpants!) I designed the space around the Ojai Mirror. I loved the classic silhouette and bamboo motif. I also love how the glossy white paint makes it more modern. It was the perfect fit for our master. The space between our windows was tight, but I wanted to get the biggest vanity I could. Storage was also on my mind, and I knew I needed some drawers to organize and hide my mess. I  searched high and low for the perfect fit and finally settled for a desk. The Colton Writing Desk to be exact. Its white, small and has two drawers.. so it was perfect! I used an Acrylic Tray to corral the items I use the most to help keep the top of the vanity clean. I use q-tips and cotton balls every morning and night so I got two glass jar with lids to store them. I also got this gold makeup organizer for my makeup brushes and sponges. It works great to help organize them and motivates me to clean my brushes more! On the other side of the vanity I used a jewellery tree to display my favorites. The one I purchased was a Home Goods find but you can find a similar jewelry tree here. Inside the drawers I used drawer organizersto contain my mess and keep my makeup organized. Heres how the inside of my drawers look:What do you think? I’ve been loving my new vanity space! A huge thank you to Serena and Lily for sponsoring this post, I couldn’t love my Ojai Mirror more! Do you have a makeup vanity in your house? How do you keep it organized and pretty? Leave me a comment below, I always love to see what you’re up to!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Easter Inspired Spring Table

Happy Spring!

Boy, does it feel good to finally have some spring weather! Its nice and warm here in Ohio, and my flowers are starting to bloom in the garden. It has created a bit of spring fever. I’ve been itching to switch out items around the house to give it a bit of a lighter and brighter feel. The first thing I really worked on was our newly finished dining room. My husband made our table from bits and pieces of other tables- creating this stunner. I am in love with how it turned out. We added this blue area rug right before Christmas and I’ve been really happy with it. The pattern hides crumbs really well, and the price for the size is a steal! For this Easter inspired spring table, I wanted a soft and pretty feeling with some natural elements. I started with our Pottery Barn table runner we had from a wedding gift. This one is similar! I took inspiration for the colors from these beautiful Studio McGee Watercolor Pillows. Everything about them just screams “happy” to me. I love the soft blues, greens and pinks. It was a fun color pallet to work with!

I picked up some strips of moss from my local craft store. I layered them with the table runner to add texture. I used simple white chargers, white plates and some hand-me-down blue and white china for the service wear. I used these lace trim napkins (on sale!) to echo the same linen in our dining chairs. I added the same moss, a tulip and some soft pink ribbon to finish off the look.Thanks for checking out my Easter inspired spring dining room! I hope you got some inspiration out of it! Let me know what you’re table is looking like- leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of coffee and get inspired with

me on this weeks Monday Morning Coffee.


While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a Monday Morning Coffee. I love doing them, so I am excited to start back up at it. It is always so nice to be able to share what has been inspiring me. I always think browsing the internet and Pinterest on Monday morning is such a great way to ease into the work week. I like to take my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online, so take a look at what I’ve been into this morning.

One:As you may know, I announced last week that my husband and I are expecting a little baby coming this summer. We are over the moon excited. Last fall we moved from the East Coast to Ohio, leaving behind my friends and family. Being so far from everyone makes it very hard for my family to plan a surprise baby shower for me. Therefore, I am being involved in some of the planning to make it a little easier on everyone. I found these adorable invitations from MyPrintableArts Etsy shop. I purchased them last week and Helen was amazing to work with. I was able to customize them slightly to include a little more information. I can’t wait for them to arrive! They are just so cute!

Two:Our new house in Ohio has a very pretty screened in porch out back that I’ve done absolutely nothing to.. It has slate floors and a big fireplace just like this pretty inspiration from Linda McDougald via Traditional Home. I love the large outdoor dining table, which is perfect for a nice meal on a beautiful summer night. I just love how soft, inviting and neutral this space feels. Its simply timeless! Maybe I’ll try to tackle the screened in porch in the spring….

Three:Again with the baby fever. I’d say I’m sorry but I honestly can not help myself. I adore this soft pink and grey nursery featured on Inspired By This. Its girly, but not childish- which seems to be the perfect direction for a nursery to me. I am totally stealing the idea to frame family heirloom baby clothing- In fact I’ve already texted my mom and mother-in-law to be on the hunt when doing any spring cleaning!

Four:  Holy cow, guys! Did you know Ikea just launched a new Gift Registry program? New home, wedding, baby or going to college- register with Ikea for anything in the store! Its available at every brick and mortar location as well as online making it super easy. You must be a friends and family member to start one- but that is free and simple to do as well. Happy scanning, people!

Five: Last but not least- how sweet is this “I have a fuzzy Daddy” onesie by House Of Luna Boutique?! My husband takes great pride in his beard, so I had to get this for our little bundle of joy. It came in no time at all and it is great quality. They print on Carter’s brand Onesies, which tend to run small. You might need to size up, but I am loving this shops punny stuff!

That’s all the stuff I’ve been digging this morning. Thanks for looking around and talk soon!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Kitchen Update

Good Morning!

Thanks for checking back with me on the progress of our new home. We moved in over a month ago now, I can hardly believe it. September came and went in the blink of an eye.

Thank you for the wonderful feedback on the progress of our living room. It is nowhere near done, but it feels so good to see how far it has come over the last month! today I wanted to give you an update on how our kitchen is coming along. Remember, these photos are not going to be cute or pin worthy. Please don’t judge me!

We stayed in our house with the previous owners over the summer for a few days so they could show us around the area. They have been so wonderful to us and so very welcoming. Here is our kitchen before when we stayed with them (Sorry for the humans, they didn’t realize they’d be featured on the blog):

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I knew right off the bat that I wanted to paint the cabinets. The dark wood with the dark counters felt so… dark. It needed to be lightened up a bit. I also hated the bulkheads. Especially the one floating in mid air above the countertop. I knew if we painted the bulkhead and the cabinets the same color throughout the rest of the kitchen it would make the ceilings feel taller without having the cost of buying new cabinets (aka the big bucks). We took on the task of painting these babies ourselves. Huge shoutout to my mom who lost a week of her life painting these with me- I love you, you’re the best. dsc_0562 dsc_0561We started by making a huge mess on the counters removing the doors and drawer fronts. We laid them all out on the porch to sand and paint separately. We sanded each with 220 grit sandpaper then washed them with TSP. We propped the doors up on 2×4 so we could paint the edges. dsc_0593We decided to use the same bonding primer on the cabinets that we used on the walls. It took 3 coats of primer and 2-3 costs of paint to get the dark wood fully covered. dsc_0583 dsc_0585I also took this as my chance to remove said bulkhead above the counter, rip out the cabinets and bulkhead above the stove and take out the backsplash beadboard… and really piss off my husband. We’d decided to paint and not do anything else for a bit. I got ahead of myself on this one.  dsc_0589Its not pretty, but its progress. The kitchen looks amazing with the cabinets painted white and even kept the same hardware. dsc_0612I want to add a decorative range hood over the stove top, with floating shelves on either side to house our every-day-dishes. This is the closest thing I could find that kind of get the idea across:Floating Shelves, Concrete Counters, and Marble Herringbone Backsplash || Studio McGee:

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So now the debate is on to find the right backsplash tile that has the look we want but the price point we can afford. I picked up a few options from Lowe’s and Home Depot. img_8752I love the look of the white/grey marble mosaics but these four options got the boot because they all run from $10-$15 per square foot. We’ve got some ground to cover so that number has to be cut in half, yikes.

dsc_0613These two options are from Floor and Décor. They are between $6-$9 per square foot but are much smaller scale than the pervious options. It hard to tell but the actual individual tiles are less than 2 inches long x .5 inches. It seems so tiny on such a huge wall.

I’ve ordered a few more choices. I’ll hopefully find one that is perfect in both style and price here shortly!So that is where we are at!

We still need to:

  • Build a DIY faux range hood with under mount light. The stove top has a built in fan so we do not need it to be anything more than pretty
  • Find and install the marble mosaic backsplash.
  • Hang new light fixtures. I’ve had two electricians in here this week to get me quotes. I’d like to add some recess lights and hang oversized pendants over the “island”.
  • Find and install a new faucet. I’d like something a little bit more modern-farmhouse style
  • Long term: Replace counter tops and install a farmhouse sink. That will have to wait a few more years.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the progress on the kitchen. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Right?!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Living Room Update: We Painted Everything..

Hey There!

Happy to be back to check in and let you know about the progress on our new home. If you’re new to the blog- My husband and I just purchased a new home. We moved from Washington DC to Columbus Ohio just over a month ago. The house was perfect and needed nothing done… but you know me… I decided that every room needed to be painted, that we needed new lighting, and some minor demo in the kitchen.Actually-Ashley-Ohio-Home We’ve been busy over the last few weeks but still have so much to do. I am excited to start sharing our journey along the way. Lets start with the living room! Let me warn you- these photos are not cute, not worthy of Pinterest, and just to show you where I’m at. Please don’t judge me too bad!

This is photos from the day we got the keys to the house:dsc_0547 dsc_0551 dsc_0553dsc_0549I love this space. It has beautiful trim details, large fireplace, and wonderful windows. But, the blue paint made the room feel so heavy. I decided to paint it. I feel like some white on the bottom of the walls will help lighten the entire space. We are lucky to have 4 beautiful windows that over look the garden, and the white paint will help to reflect the natural light. I opted to paint the top of the walls a light and airy blue/green color to add contrast and brightness.

 The house had all oil based paint, which if you’ve ever moved into a house with oil based paint, you know it is a nightmare. Every surface needed to be sanded, cleaned with TSP, two coats of bonding primer, three coats of latex paint… like I said, nightmare.

 Here is the room after a good sanding and cleaning with TSP:dsc_0581 dsc_0582Let me tell you, it feels so much happier being painted! We ditched the little dividers in the windows and just painted the window sills black. I am hoping it will be less harsh once we have window treatments. We dropped in our furniture and I tossed in some random accessories to make it feel sort-of-like-a-real-room. Here is the current state:dsc_0615 dsc_0614

So what’s left?

  • Swap out the sconces for something more our style. I am thinking something with a more sculptural aspect to it but haven’t found the right one yet.
  • Hang some curtains to add texture. I just followed this DIY Tutorial to make my own Lucite rods, I couldn’t be more excited for them to arrive. I really feel like they will add a level of sophistication to the room.
  • Hang some artwork in the space. I have a bunch of stuff to play with, but I am waiting to hang the curtains so I can get the right heights for the artwork.
  • Play with the accessories to make it feel like our home.. notice my huge pile in the corner? I said don’t judge me!dsc_0619That’s it for the progress update for the new living room. I’m so happy you stopped by. Feel free to check out my Pinterest and Instagram to see all of the house progress!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Moving Break!

Hey Guys!

Just wanted to stop by real quick to let you know I’ll be taking a tiny break from posting while we are moving into our new house. Words can not express how grateful I am for you guys sticking by me of this first year of blogging. I can hardly believe I’ve already hit the one year mark! Over the last year, I feel like I have really started to grow into my own blown style. I look forward to continuing to make progress and changes to the blog as I really find my own little niche in this huge blogging world. I looked at my numbers today, and I am stunned to see I have over 33,000 views from my pins on Pinterest. Like, I mean I am STUNNED. I can not thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to look at my little blog, it means so much to me.

With the new house, I look forward to having so many more projects and exciting things to share with all of you. This house has a really different feel to me, and I look forward to seeing how my design style changes as we start to transform this into our forever home. I can not wait for what is to come!

I’ll be back soon enough, but be sure to like my Instagram and Facebook pages. I will be posting some quick (and probably not too pretty) progress shots as we start to paint this baby! Wish me luck!Actually-Ashley-Ohio-Home

Whole House Color Palette

How I am creating unity in our home with a paint scheme that works in the entire house.


Creating a unified house can be a challenge. One of the easiest ways to make your home feel like it flows is to use a consistent color palette throughout the entire house. Pick a color scheme, any color scheme, and stick to it. I mean it. Stick. To. It. Emily Henderson, author of the book Styled, says:  “People constantly ask me what the number one design mistake is, and 9 times out of 10 your room may not be working because you have not stuck to a consistent color palette. My number one piece of advice for any room is to pick a color palette and stick to it. Buy within that palette and it will allow you to work new pieces in without your space feeling too hodge-podge or disjointed.” While Emily is talking about a specific room having a color palette, I’d like to expand this idea to your entire home. Our last home felt disjointed because I got too excited and picked a different color scheme for almost every room. I do not want our new house to feel like this, so I’m on a mission to fix this problem before it even starts!

On Sunday I shared my hesitations with the Living Room design plans for the new house. Its been causing me a lot of stress and loss of sleep but I am feeling so much better with the new direction. Thank you so much for the love! In that post, I shared the new paint colors for the living room and how I got to them:

I started to lay out huge paint samples (8″x10″) all over the floor. I pulled beige, greys, pinks, whites, navy, greens, oranges and yellows.. I made little groupings that seemed to fit nicely together, then focused on the schemes that worked in nicely to the furniture we already have. I started to pull together a little color scheme that I truly loved and knew I would be happy with for the long haul. Then I let that beautiful little color scheme sit on the corner of my desk for two weeks. I worked next to this color pallet for 14 days and still loved every bit of it. That’s how I knew I was on a better path.

Once I had selected the paint colors, and knew I was in love, I started to “assign” them to each room. I started with looking at the before photos of each room, and looking at the furniture I had already ordered or owned from our old house. I went room-by-room and laid out the large paint chips on the floor kind of in the shape of our house to see how each one would flow into the next. I tweaked the colors as I went to keep the colors consistently used in the house. It was so helpful to have the photo of the current rooms to see exactly how much natural light the rooms got, the trim details, and the way the current paint colors looked in the spaces.

Actually-Ashley- Whole-house-paint-color-schemeI am keeping the same white (SW7004 Snowbound) in every single room to create a flow from space to space. All of the millwork and trim in the house will be this soft creamy white. I am also using the same black color in every room (SW7069 Iron Ore) on the interior doors and the window frames. We painted the interior doors at our previous home black and I LOVED it. I also want to experiment with adding black to the window trim. I found this photo on Pinterest and really liked how the dark contrasted the white. I am going to move this outdoor porch concept indoors and see how I like it.

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So, what else will we paint? Everything. So far, there is not a single surface in this house that won’t be getting a facelift. Here is the breakdown:

Foyer and Stairs: Basically everything that is currently blue will become Sherwin William Snowbound and everything currently white will be painted Sherwin William Balanced Beige. I will add a “pop” by painting the front door in SW Iron Ore, which is a really rich black.

Living Room: This room seems so dark in its current color. I plan to lighten it up by painting all of the dusty blue color to be Sherwin William Snowbound, and then adding depth to the space using Sherwin William Sea Salt to the drywall above the chair rail.

Dining Room: Again, I will use SW Snowbound on the trim and the exterior of the built-in china cabinets. I will use SW Naval for the inside of the cabinets for a crisp pop of navy in this room. I’ll repeat the SW Balanced Beige from the foyer onto the upper half of the room above the chair rail. Balanced Beige is one of my favorites from our old home, because it changes its tones in different lighting. It can be a warm grey, or creamy beige depending on the time of day.

Family Room & Kitchen: This room also feels so dark to me. I am going to paint the entire fireplace wall, the bead board and chair rail, and all the trim SW Snowbound. I am hoping this will brighten the space up. I am also going to paint all of the kitchen cabinets the same white. The walls will be SW Balanced Beige, and the window trim and french doors will be SW Iron Ore.

Mudroom: The mudroom (and laundry room) are the first thing we will walk into in this house from the garage every day. It is important to me to make it a welcoming and happy space. I want to continue the millwork into this space by adding a chair rail and trim below. We will paint it… you guessed it.. SW Snowbound. Above the chair rail- I want to repeat some of the soft blue tones that I am using as accents in the rest of the house by adding a fun wallpaper. I’ve selected Galbraith & Paul’s Lotus pattern in Cobalt. The cobalt color way is perfect becausse it picks up the navy and light blue colors from the sea salt color.

Thats the bulk of it! We are going to hold off on painting the second floor bedrooms until we are finished up on he main floor. I have to have a project to keep me busy this winter, right? Sorry for such a winded post, but it feels good to show you all what I’ve been thinking about non-stop for the last month. Only one week until we move in!  So what do you think of the house paint colors? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

The New-New Living Room Design Plans

I am changing my mind. Sorry, honey, I am redesigning the Living Room in Ohio before we even get there.


Sometimes I pour hours into a design and truly love it.

Sometimes I pour hours into a design and it still feels… slightly off.

Sometimes the design that feels slightly off is for our new house.

I am changing my mind, so shoot me. Not kidding, Brian might. I spent a ton of time designing the first go at our living room and I really loved it at first. Then I spent a ton more time on Pinterest and then I didn’t love it as much. I wish I still loved it as much as I did at first, but it seems to be missing something. Like it is slightly too dull, or slightly too harsh. Slightly too blue. The design needed some more layers, and needed something to add depth. All of the sudden I hated the fiddle fig tree. Its EVERYWHERE. Its been done a few too many times. Also, I somehow hate the drapery I selected. Truth be told, I was never really sold on the selection from the start. I knew I wanted a big bold blue pattern in there and the drapery fit the bill. But now that pattern seems so dated for some reason. Kind of funny how fast my opinion can change when I take a few steps back and use a more critical eye.

Here was our Living Room Design last month:Actually Ashley Living Room Furnitue Design Board

The entire re-design started when I went to finalize the paint selections for the entire house. I am such a huge fan of an entire home having a color scheme so each room flows into the next. My problem was that every room I designed felt too similar. The dining room, the family room and the living room all had the same basics: neutral furniture, beige paint and navy accessories. I want the new house to have flow, and a good color scheme throughout- but I don’t want the same exact color in every single room. So I decided to step back and re-think how I wanted our house to feel. After all- this is supposed to be our forever home.

Somehow I must have known I wasn’t in love with all of it because every bit of the furniture in the Living Room is pretty neutral. Good thing because all of the furniture for the room has been ordered and has already arrived. Luckily I still love the “base furniture” of the room.

I started to lay out huge paint samples (8″x10″) all over the floor. I pulled beige, greys, pinks, whites, navy, greens, oranges and yellows.. I made little groupings that seemed to fit nicely together, then focused on the schemes that worked in nicely to the furniture we already have. I started to pull together a little color scheme that I truly loved and knew I would be happy with for the long haul. Then I let that beautiful little color scheme sit on the corner of my desk for two weeks. I worked next to this color pallet for 14 days and still loved every bit of it. That’s how I knew I was on a better path. After I knew I was in love, I showed the new direction to Brian (and assured him I would not be changing any furniture items we just spent a lot of money on!) He wasn’t totally sold on the new paint color for the Living Room, but I am trying to convince him of how nice it will be.

Living Room Furnitue Boards RedoThe new color pallet is still a base of neutral linens, crisp white and navy- but now I’ve also layered in some softer elements. The layers of pale blue green, and tiny hints of blush pink help to add depth to the space.  I’ve removed the navy patterned drapery and replaced it with soft creamy drapery, like these from Restoration Hardware. What an instant upgrade that made. I also ditched the accent pillows and went with some softer options like this floral watercolor, navy buffalo check and velvet blue lumbar. I kept the lamps and art the same for now, but swapped out the hide rug for the actual one I got during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The biggest change to me is the new paint. This room has beautiful trim details already with a great chair rail. We will paint the lower half of the room, below the chair rail in Sherwin Williams Snowbound- SW7004. The top half of the walls will be the soft blue/green called Sherwin William’s Sea Salt- SW6204. This color is so pretty in real life, and helps to break up all of the white.. blue.. white.. blue.. in the previous version of this room. Here is a look at the two designs side by side:Living Room Before and After Design RedoCrazy how much and so little changed, right?! I am feeling so much better about this room now. Like, one billion times more ready for this move.. which is in exactly 14 days. HOLY CRAP!! Now- it has me thinking about softening the other spaces using the same concepts. What do you think? Leave them the same or change out some minor stuff for a whole new direction? Leave me a comment and let me know what you would do!

Until Next Time,
Ashley

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