craft room progress.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hello and happy new year to you!  So far, 2017 has proven busy.  We've been overbooked every weekend (lots of birthdays in January, including mine!) and my house is in dire need of some cleaning, not to mention getting all the Christmas Crap organized.  Why does that take so long?

Speaking of Christmas Crap, before I get into today's post, I have to tell you about my Deal of the Century.  I'm apparently into capitalizing random words today.  ANYWAY. :)  So, S1 and I decided that after Christmas this year, we would look into getting an artificial tree to use next year.  Not only would it be so much easier, but we think having a real tree was causing us to have allergy problems which we don't really have any other time of the year.  So, the day after Christmas, I started scouring stores and the internet for some super-mega-clearance sale on trees.  We needed a 10'-12' tree, which, apparently, costs a literal arm and a leg.  Like, you have to sell a kidney in order to afford one.  Like, over a thousand dollars.  For a tree.  Mmmmmnothanks.  We found one at Lowes for a measly price of $400 (comparatively) and considered it for a minute, but after opening the box (because it was no longer on display) and inspecting it, it just looked cheap.  I couldn't get down with it.  I remembered that I had seen a 10.5' tree at Target during the holidays so I went by there to see if they still had any in the store (they weren't for sale online) and my Target was sold out.  Bummer.  At this point, I was giving up, like whatever, we would just have to figure something out next year.  A couple days later, during my lunch break, I thought, I'll just run back over to Target and see if, by chance, they would sell me their display tree.  It wouldn't have a box, it might not even work, but it's worth a shot.  So I walk back there and all the display trees have been taken down and there was only one aisle of Christmas Crap left (for 75% off), but lo and behold, my 10.5' tree was there, in the corner, still fully decorated, with no signage or anything on it.  So I found an employee and asked him if they were selling this display tree.  He radios back to the manager and she said that if someone was there and would take it on the spot, she'd sell it ornaments and ALL for $80.  ORNAMENTS, TREE TOPPER, 10.5' PRE-LIT TREE AND ALL.  I started undecorating it right there, with help from a couple employees, and they hauled it to the front for me and I felt like I was stealing it.  We're talking a huge tree full of beautiful ornaments, plus the tree itself.  I've been telling everyone about my Deal of the Century ever since.  Stuff like this just doesn't happen everyday!  I'm already SO looking forward to next Christmas!

Okay, now onto today's post.  (Sorry for the sub-par photos - this room is hard to photograph, plus I wasn't paying attention and had my ISO up too high... grr)

I spent the day after New Year's finally unpacking and organizing my craft room.  In case you forgot, here's where my craft room is in our basement.

Remember what it looked like for an entire year?

And now I've got all my craft supplies out of boxes and on the shelves!

Here's the view before from the other direction:

And now - much better!

I haven't done any actual decorating, although my plan is still the same.  I do have the curtains and just ordered a curtain rod today, so yay progress!

The worst part of this whole room was the closet.  All the boxes of craft supplies were stuffed in there and it was chaos.

Now, there are still boxes, but it's much more organized!  I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with all my fabric so I just left it in the box, and the other boxes are decor/frames that I had in my old craft room that I probably won't use in here.  I got those little bins to organize like items (for 75 cents each at Target at the same time as my Deal of the Century) and labeled them all and the angels sang hallelujah.

There's definitely still work to be done, but all of my stuff is finally out and I know where it is and I can use it, and really, that's all I can ask for. :)

We had this wood drop-leaf table in our storage room in the basement so I drug it in here to add a natural element and a place to set the TV and I'm loving it.  The yellow trash can will go bye-bye, but it's serving a purpose for now.

Okay, so that's my craft room all organized!  Sometimes I just stand in here and look around because it's so glorious.

new dining chairs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hey hey!  Remember a few weeks ago when I was searching for dining chairs?  Well, we finally pulled the trigger and ordered some!

I really had my heart and mind set on a bench, which narrowed down the options considerably.  I also really liked the idea of a natural woven look, and I thought the muted beige/gray tones of the Kubu Dining Chair from Pier1 (as seen in Option 5 in my chair-hunting post) would tie in the colors of the nearby sofa, flooring and table.  I liked the armchair version that I listed in the post but after measuring, realized that they would be too deep on either side of the table.  So, we ended up going with the armless version and the matching bench.

After having all 5 items in my online shopping cart for weeks, they finally went on sale (the chairs down to $99 and the bench down to $153), plus an extra 15% off and free ship-to-store.  I ordered them last Monday and they arrived at the store on Thursday!  I was so impressed with how quickly they came in.  Oh, and everything fit in the back of my Mom Van, so bonus points there, ha!

I love the colors and think they go really well with everything, but I've already noticed that they're a little delicate.  We have to train S2 not to get up in them with her knees and to sit on her bottom when she's in them.  Kind of a bummer, but she doesn't really sit here much anyway, so I don't think it's that big of a deal.

I think having the bench on one side is going to be so great!  I love it.

Oh and a close up of the material - this is pretty true to color.

If I don't pop in here again before Christmas, I wish you all the very happiest of holidays.  We have a jam-packed few days (really, you should see my spreadsheet), but by Monday we should have a little time to relax before heading back to work on Tuesday.  S2 is going to be so thrilled with what Santa brought her (an American Girl Bitty Baby... shhh... don't spill the beans ;)) and I can't wait to see her reaction.

Oh, I also wanted to mention to go follow me on Instagram @jenna_lovelakeliving and on my NEW graphic design account @typographicallyjp for all my holiday updates. :)

Merry Christmas y'all!

christmas around here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree! How lovely are thy branches!

This year, we got an 11-foot tree for the living room and  I bought two new packages of ornaments and put every single ornament we owned on it and it's still a little bare looking.  It also takes up half the room so I'm trying to talk S1 into getting an artificial tree for next year that is tall but a lot more skinny!  We do love our huge tree though.  I couldn't be as picky about the ornament selection (normally I do one silver/white tree and one gold/red tree, but I had to pull out all the stops on this one just so it didn't look barren.  It's a little crazy town but I think that's part of its charm. :)

To offset the crazy tree, I went really simple on the mantel.  I hung some new garland (from Pottery Barn Kids - looks like they're both sold out, sorry!!) and our stockings and that's basically it.

The table got the red and silver treatment (advent calendar also from PBK and also sold out, bummer!).

Ahh, Christmas in the kitchen.  I just love it!!  I've been dreaming of hanging wreaths on those windows since before we even built the house.  I just hung them from clear command hooks right above the window trim.

You can see our elf, Jack, hanging out on the pot filler.

I just got this skinny trough and promptly filled it with ornaments and floral picks, because obviously.  Not sure what will go in it after the holidays but it just fits so perfectly on the island that I'm sure I'll find something!

There's those windows again! *sigh*

We also had to have a tree that's visible from the front of the house so we put up our 7' artificial one in the dining room/office.  It's super pretty from the street at night.

Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year.  I vow to start earlier next year!  There's so much that just didn't get put out (and I still can't find my favorite wreath that I was going to hang somewhere).  Oh well. :)

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!

2016 elf on the shelf calendar: 28 ideas for your elf's daily antics

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello! Popping in really quick on this Cyber Monday to share a fun download for you!

We started the Elf on the Shelf tradition with S2 this year.  She named our elf Jacket (??? kids are weird), but we'll call him Jack for short.  So knowing me and how I like to be organized in advance so I'm not scrambling last minute, I decided to put together a calendar for his daily antics!

Right click and Save As to download.  Refer to it as needed! :)  Also, feel free to mix up the days in any order that works for you.

These ideas are super easy and don't require you to go out and buy anything - all of the supplies are ones you most likely have in your house anyway.

Enjoy!  Tag me on Instagram if you use it - I would love to see what your elf is up to!

new breakfast table + the hunt for the perfect dining chairs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hey y'all!  I meant to post this last week, but between helping at the polls on Election Day and taking a last-minute work trip, I just didn't get around to the couple of posts I had planned to write.  And then I planned to post this one yesterday and that didn't happen, so I'm FINALLY sitting down to write it.  Wahoo!!

Ever since we moved into the new house, I just didn't feel like our round breakfast table worked in this space - we really needed something rectangular.  So I just happened to come across a Pier 1 table on Craigslist that I thought would work and I think it fits the space so much better!

The problem is, it only came with two chairs (which aren't that great to begin with) and the finish was looking a little dull.

So, to remedy the dull issue, I picked up some Feed-N-Wax wood polish and conditioner at Lowe's.

I had never used it before, but I figured it was only a few bucks so it couldn't hurt to see if it would bring the wood back to life.

See: dull.

Wiping it on was SO MUCH FUN.  I didn't want the process to end.  It truly does smell like oranges - no harsh chemicals or anything.

See: shiny finish!

After the whole table was Feed-N-Waxed, it looked like this:

Definitely brought it back to life!  It does have some scratches and imperfections but honestly, I like furniture with character so I'm fine with it.  And I think we only paid $150 for the table (and got $300 for our table and chairs) so if it bothers me down the road, we don't have to feel bad about replacing it.

Now onto the chair issue.  I've been looking at all different options with a few criteria:

1. I want captain's chairs that are different from the rest of the chairs.
2. They have to be extremely affordable.
3. They have to work with the table finish/style as well as the sectional in the living room.

So I worked up several different options (7, to be exact).

The first few all have upholstered captain's chairs, which I really like the idea of.

Option 1:
Gray upholstered captain's chairs on each end, matching bench on one side of the table, with 2 black windsor-style chairs on the other side.

I really like this option because that gray fabric is beautiful and while the color of the wood doesn't match back to the table, it's far enough removed that I don't think it will clash.  Also, those black chairs make an appearance in quite a few options because I just love them.

Option 2:
Dark gray upholstered captain's chairs with black legs, black bench on one side of the table, and 2 white modern chairs on the other side.

I really love these chairs, but worry that the gray is too dark and might clash with the table.

Option 3:
Tan linen upholstered captain's chairs with 4 farmhouse X-back chairs.

I think these X-back chairs really work with the style of the table and I like the woven seat for a little texture.  But these captain's chairs might clash with the sectional.

Okay, the next few options are all with natural woven captain's chairs.

Option 4:
Armless dark woven captain's chairs, and 4 X-back chairs with wood accents.

I really like these chairs, but wonder if I'd like not having any arms.

Option 5:
Light woven captain's chairs with arms, 4 X-back chairs.

These chairs would tie in to the finish of the table, as well as the sectional, plus they have arms.  Okay, I'm really diggin' this option.

Option 6:
Armless dark woven captain's chairs, and 4 black windsor chairs.

Here are those windsor chairs again.  I think if I pair them with a woven captain's chair, it has to be these because of the taller back.  Still not sure I'm 100% on board with this woven chair option, although I do like the dark color.

Option 7:
Okay, so maybe I'll do the black windsors as captain's chairs and tie them in with 4 black modern chairs.

I really like this but wonder if we wouldn't rather have something more comfy.  Although the cleaning ease of both of these chairs is a definite selling point...

So which option would you choose?  It's a real conundrum.

home tour part v: s2's room.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Welcome to the LONG OVERDUE continuation of our new home tour.  I won't mention the fact that the last area I did was back in June.  Oh wait, I just mentioned it, dang.

Anyway, sorry for the quality of these photos - her room is SO hard to photograph.  It's on the corner and just doesn't get great light.  To refresh your memory, this is the room we're talking about:

Like I mentioned yesterday, we haven't done any much decorating in here yet.  But it's a little girl's room and serves our needs perfectly.

Paint: PPG Candy Mix and PPG Victory Blue.

I'll talk more about her shades (as well as the rest of the window coverings in the house) later this month.

All of the furniture from her old room made it in here, as well as the addition of the Pottery Barn Kids play kitchen (she got it for Christmas last year - isn't it adorable?).

I didn't stage these photos (tell me you can't tell...) so this is how it always looks.  Princesses on the dresser and all. :)

Okay, moving on to the bathroom.

Same cabinetry and granite as in the kitchen and other bathrooms.

Her shower curtain might be my favorite thing ever and I wish I could get a photo of the whole thing!  The room is too tight, but it's a Lily Pulitzer one that I bought from Garnet Hill (no longer available, sorry!).

The built-in shelves beside the shower were a last-minute addition and I'm so glad we went ahead and had our cabinet maker do them!  They fill what would have been an empty space perfectly.  We don't really need them for storage at the moment because really everything that's on them could be stored in the vanity, but I figure when S2 hits the teenage years, it will be a great spot for all of her beauty products. ha.

Okay, so that's where her bedroom and bathroom are now!  I didn't feel inspired to straighten up the closet this time, but maybe I'll share a few shots of it at some point.  No one is really inspired by closets anyway, are they?

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  I might just be tuning into some Christmas movies.  Shh... don't tell.

free christmas postcard printable.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Hey hey everybody!  Is it too early to be sharing Christmas content?  Nah, I didn't think so. :)

I'm over on Dawn Nicole Designs today sharing 2 printable holiday postcards (hop on over for the downloads and more information on how to print them).

In addition to the two I'm sharing over there, I thought it would be fun to share a BONUS postcard download with you, my lovely readers.


Below are the two I'm sharing on DND - go download them so you can send out all 3 designs to your family and friends!

Have a great weekend, y'all!