Monday, January 31, 2011

Mirror Steal and Your Opinion

If you are following my tweets, @honeywerehome you know that I scored two awesome mirrors over the weekend at Hobby Lobby.

I had my heart set on the Celeste Mirror at Williams Sonoma Home, but at $250 (on SALE) I was hoping to find another less expensive option. 

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I searched all over the web and found a nearly identical version at QVC for $80, but sadly, it was sold out.

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Imagine my surprise when I walked into Hobby Lobby this weekend and spotted this for $65 (50% of $130):

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It has two rings as opposed to three and a larger mirror, but because the Hob Lob version is smaller in diameter (32 as opposed to 38 inches) I was able to buy two to flank our living room media cabinet.

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Here’s the progression.  We started with our white built in and a pair of tall woven vases from Z Gallerie.

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I added sticks to the vases and painted the back of the media cabinet Jamestown Blue by Sherwin Williams.  The blue didn’t photograph very well in this picture.  Of course, I’m always fiddling with accessorizing the shelves.

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And now with the new mirrors.  Initially, I loved it, but now (after photographing it) I’m not sure I’m loving them in this location- might look too cluttered behind the sticks?   I’m going to live with it for a while and consider other appropriate places for them too.

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Later, I tried removing the vases, but I don’t think that works. 

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What would you do:

1) Keep the mirrors and vases as is?

2) Keep the mirrors, remove the vases?

3) Move the mirrors to another location?

Something else altogether?? 

Thanks for your input!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

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A big ole smooch to my friends who passed on the Stylish Blogger Award to me last month!

A Thoughtful Place 

Southern Comfort

Michaela Noelle

Chic Coastal Living

Hangin with the Hewitts

Simply LKJ

 

If you’re not familiar with it, there are 4 duties to perform to accept the award:

1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award

2.  Share 7 things about yourself

3.  Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers

4.  Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

7 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1.    Must.Have.Coffee.In.The.Morning.  My hubby gets up before me and brews us a pot everyday.  We drink Starbuck’s Espresso Roast and I like to add a glug of Vanilla Caramel creamer to mine.

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2.  My first job was at a car wash when I was in high school.  I couldn’t wait to start earning my own money.  My most recent profession is the launch of my Organizational Design business.  So far, I have loved it.  The clients I’ve gotten to work with rock and I love helping them transform their spaces.  It’s so rewarding to see the cluttered “befores” and the beautiful “afters”! It doesn’t feel like work to me at all.

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3.  I’m really short- barely 5’1. 

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4.  My husband and I got engaged after dating for 8 months, and we were married four months later.  Not too much time to plan a wedding, but I was very decisive (regarding him and the wedding plans:)

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5.  I sang in my church choir for about 5 years, but left when I got married to devote more time to our family.  I really miss it.

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6.  I’d love to have another baby (or two)! 

7.  I am a night owl.  If I had my druthers, I would stay up til 2 am and sleep til 10.  But, James gets up around 7ish so I try to get to bed by midnight.  You might find me commenting on blogs around that time:)

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PASSING IT ALONG

I’m passing this award along to:

Pizzazzerie

Cre8tive Designs Inc.

A Well Dressed Home

The Hillside Home

Sand and Sisal

Beauty in the Attempt

Pretty Handy Girl

My Blessed Life

Two Story Cottage

All Things G&D

Decor Chick

Sawdust and Paper Scraps,

The Borrowed Abode

High Heels and a Hammer

Val So Cal

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Blissdom Chronicles

Blissdom is a blog conference open to several blog niches (mom, home, fitness, green, frugal, fashion, etc) whose goal is to celebrate blog authors, their work, and community.  They host several breakout sessions: 1) writing track, 2) professional track, and 3) brand partnership track.  My goal was really simply to meet and hang out in-person with the women that I have met and admired through their blogs.  

My friend Emily (Decor Chick) traveled with me and we roomed together.  I’ve known Emily for a long time now, but you really get to know someone when you “live” with them for a couple of days!  After traveling and staying with Emily, I can honestly say, I’d room with her any day!   She was a breeze, even when I kept getting us lost! :)

We got there (Nashville) on Wednesday night, dropped our luggage off in the room and headed out to dinner in the hotel with these lovely ladies.

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Brooke (aspiring blog author), Earnest Parenting, Decor Chick, Sand and Sisal, Honey We’re Home

After dinner, while walking back to our room, we ran into:

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Decor Chick, Honey We’re Home, Sand and Sisal, Southern Hospitality, Centsational Girl, 320 Sycamore and her sister, Kristin, Brooke (aspiring blog author), Earnest Parenting

We only got to chat for a few minutes, but I’m thankful for even that opportunity.  It’s hard not to be a little “starstruck” when you meet these veteran bloggers whom you’ve admired for so long.  I’m pretty sure I rambled on and on, but they were gracious nonetheless.

The next morning (oh yes I did workout!) and then we attended the conference, which kicked off with an AWESOME keynote speech by Brene Brown.  She gave me so much to think about that it’s too much for this post, but I’ll just show you one of the things she touched on:

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Then I started seeing some familiar faces . . .

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Miss Mustard Seed, Infarrantly Creative

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Be Different Act Normal, House of Hepworths, This Blessed Nest, My Blessed Life

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Frugal with a Flourish, Creative Kristi, Sand and Sisal

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Love Feast Table, High Heels and a Hammer, Honey We’re Home

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My Cottage Love (Launching Summer 2011), Pretty Handy Girl, Decor Chick

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Dr. BabyMamaDrama (love that name!), House of Hepworths, Imparting Grace, Two Story Cottage, High Heels and a Hammer, Honey We’re Home, My Cottage Love, Frugal with a Flourish, Pretty Handy Girl, (oops, I didn’t get your card! Please fill me in!), Miss Mustard Seed, Decor Chick

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Decor Chick, Infarrantly Creative, Tatertots and Jello, Pretty Handy Girl, The Pennington Point

Thursday Night we were lucky enough to see cutie pie Mat Kearney perform (we missed Michelle Branch).  He sounded so good and was funny too.

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The ladies got all gussied up!  Well, Decor Chick and I didn’t (we’re wearing the same thing from earlier in the day! At least she added a cute scarf!)

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Love Feast Table, High Heels and a Hammer, The Cottage Chick, Sand and Sisal, Decor Chick

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Decor Chick, Honey We’re Home            Pretty Handy Girl, Two Story Cottage

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Sand and Sisal’s awesome heels! :)  (had to get a shot!)

After the mini concert, we went to the Incourage party, which was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  I didn’t get a picture of her, but I so enjoyed getting to talk to Jen {Balancing Beauty and Bedlam}.  She was so personable, genuine and just fun to be around!  Near the end of the party we were all sitting because our feet hurt and she just plopped down on the floor and chatted with our group for a long time. 

I also bumped into Sarah {Thrifty Decor Chick} and Beth {The Stories of A to Z}.  They were equally as nice, but I really didn’t get to talk to them for very long.  It was REALLY crowded at that point and we were all kinda mushed together.  I managed to say a few words to Sarah about how much I love her blog and compliment her on how down-to-earth and sincere she is and she gave me a big hug!  So sweet! 

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Decor Chick, Be Different Act Normal, Honey We’re Home

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Decor Chick, Tatertots and Jello, Postively Splendid, Frugal with a Flourish

I didn’t get pictures with everyone, but had a lot of good chats with:

Pizzazzerie (She was a Blissdom volunteer and so super cute!  Also, a whiz at Twitter.)

The Borrowed Abode (Jane blogs about rental decor and is really an open and honest type of person.  I talked her ear off because she is such a good listener!)

Pink and Polkadot encouraged me that I could make my own slipcover;)

Emily and I headed home on Friday morning after breakfast with Sawdust and Paper Scraps, Pretty Handy Girl, Two Story Cottage, and House of Hepworths

*I didn’t get any pics of the gorgeous Opryland hotel, but Beth {The Stories of A to Z} did, and her post also has lots of pics of bloggers I’m sure you’ll recognize:)

It was so good to get home and see this face

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I’m new to Twitter, but if you want to follow me, I’m @honeywerehome

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tweet Tweet

I have finally jumped on the Twitter bandwagon. 

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My handle, at least that’s what I hear your twitter name is called, is

@honeywerehome

My friend and travel buddy Decor Chick helped me get all set up.  Thanks Emily!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Packing for Blissdom

Is it ever easy to get out of town??  Today’s ‘to do’ list felt a mile long, and not everything got accomplished (the workout fell to the bottom of the totem pole in terms of priorities) but I managed to get my nails done, do some shopping, run to the grocery store, do laundry, figure out what to pack, halfway pack my suitcase, print my boarding pass and Bilssdom ticket, and pick up some champagne to toast to a fun time with the girls!

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I’m really hoping everything fits into my suitcase.  It’s crazy how much space just the beauty products take up!  I like to use my own hairdryer when I travel, but it’s so big along with the brushes, curling iron, etc.  And I’m not evening bringing my other curling iron or flatiron!  p.s. I love my Henri Bendel makeup bags.  HB is one of my absolute favorite stores in NY, and I hear they have one in Dallas too now. 

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Here’s the other mountain of stuff that has to fit.  The computer and electronics will carry on with me.  I will also carry on the two small HB makeup bags because I really don’t want to have to replace any of that stuff last minute should something happen to my suitcase.

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I’m really looking forward to the trip, but will be so sad to leave James.  Knowing he’s in good hands with Daddy, and having the support and encouragement of my family, makes me feel so secure and thankful to God!

If you’re heading to Nashville too, I hope to see you.  Please stop and say hi!!!!!  And I will really miss everyone who isn’t going.  Isn’t it a bummer that we live so far apart?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mudroom Makeover {Part 2}

Do you have one area of your house that is constantly changing or that you always want to change?  One of those areas in our house is the mudroom.  It’s a great area just off the garage that is perfect for setting my purse, keys, and whatever else comes into the house with me. 

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Initially I painted some stripes and inserted decorative storage baskets {Target $9.99} into the cubbies:

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Then I made a no-sew bench seat, pillows, and added a mirror {Hobby Lobby- $25 on sale} 

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Even though the result was better than the “Before” I wasn’t thrilled with my fabric choice.  Truth be told, I immediately wanted to change it, but that didn’t happen until last weekend. 

With endless fabric options, it’s so hard to narrow it down!  Luckily, switching it up is easy!!  I simply recovered the bench with the new fabric.  This time I went with Dwell Studio Bella Porte Brindle.   I haven’t made any coordinating pillows yet, but I like the change.

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Dwell Studio’s fabric line is so graphic, modern, and fun. This particular pattern comes in other colors too- the navy is my favorite. 

Check out some of their pillows

DOTTED TRELLIS AZURE PILLOW  DIAMOND IKAT AZURE PILLOW

DIAMOND IKAT CITRINE PILLOW PEACOCK AZURE PILLOW

PEACOCK CITRINE PILLOW GATE AZURE PILLOW

GATE CITRINE PILLOW Chinoiserie Long Throw Pillow

Now I want to cover my big, brown leather ottoman in some fun fabric but I can’t figure out how to dismantle it!  I may have to sell it and buy another inexpensive one that I can recover. Just need to find the perfect size.

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