Tuesday, April 22, 2014


We visited Kansas City for a few days over our Spring Break last month.  I've been once before and was excited to get back to visit this fun town!  I had one stop that I knew I must make no matter what... Nell Hill's.  So, I dropped everyone else in the family off at the World War I Museum (which they said was fantastic!) and headed off for a few hours of uninterrupted shopping time.  Want to take a little tour with me?

My first visit to Nell Hill's was 5 years ago so I knew what wonderful eye candy was in store, and I think it was even better this time!  Since I'm hoping to start my bedroom makeover soon, I couldn't get enough of all of the beautiful beds they had made up.  Although the photo is not the best, this one was my favorite.  I've loved the Xu Garden lattice fabric for a long time, and here it is in shams and a duvet cover!  Don't be surprised if the fabric shows up somewhere in my bedroom. #hinthint

The colors and fabric combos were right up my alley.  Even though I have a solid plan for my bedroom, I was so tempted to change my mind with each new display that I saw!  These two were also favorites...

This was right inside the front entry.

This living room set up was fab-u-lous!  Those wing chairs were extra tall and just what I've been scouring CL for to use in my bedroom.  And the color combo... black and white?  Yes please!  The upholstered chaise on the right was on the left side of the room.  How about that fabulous color blocked black stripe down the middle, not to mention the houndstooth pillows.

More pretty rooms...

The dining room on the left was SO cozy feeling.  There's a close-up of that amazing gold accordion-arm chandelier a little further down.  All of the table settings gave me loads of inspiration!  Now if I just had more cabinet space to hold such fun dishes...

The accessories were so, so good.  That blue and white jar with the brass lid?  Divine!  It was a nice, large size, but the $400+ price tag made me happy to just take a photo of it.

Lastly, they have a huge section of all the best fabrics!  This area has really expanded since the last time I was there and I spent a great deal of my time wandering back and forth multiple times taking everything in.  There's the leopard that everyone in the blog world is crazy about (Natural Jamil), and what I really like is that they have samples ready with a sticker on the back labeling the name and price.  Easy!

One thing I noticed in the store- all of the trends were everything I'm seeing on all of the beautiful home blogs.  Bright colors, TONS of blue and white, gold and metallics, beautiful neutral furniture pieces, and plenty of graphic, geometric, and abstract fabrics.

As much as I wanted to purchase something, I didn't find anything that I couldn't live without on this trip.  There was some fabric that I wish I would have bought, but maybe my friend that is there often (Hi Carol! :) can pick some up for me.  I did leave with LOADS of inspiration for future projects, one especially that I'll share with you next week!

Do you have a home decor store that you could just get lost in?

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Monday, April 21, 2014


Hey friends!  I hope you all had a glorious Easter weekend.  Ours was full of lots of food, family, church fellowship, and fun!  We stayed busy so I'm just sharing a quick project today.

Last week we had a rare Oklahoma day where not only was the weather gorgeous, but there was no wind.  So, my spray painting fingers were itching to do some work!

I've had my eye on this guy for a while.  He was kind-of a dirty white, and I either wanted to make him brighter or try a bold color (like this cute one!).  I sent a little teaser out to my IG friends, and if you've read my blog for two seconds you can probably guess which choice won out.

I've posted about how to spray paint ceramics in the past, so today I'll just show you the results.  I will say that this time I didn't use a spray primer.  I used Rustoleum's Glossy Enamel spray paint which is pretty sturdy stuff, so I'll see how this one holds up.

When painting something with lots of curves and nooks and crannies, I like to turn it upside down first to make sure I'm getting all of the underneath spots good.

Once again, the paint was Rustoleum spray enamel in Navy gloss.  I was a little nervous with the first coat or two...it sure was looking turquoise!

But, after about 4-5 light coats things were looking up.  So I flipped it over and finished the top side.

I used a few coats of a spray glossy acrylic sealer (from Hobby Lobby) on top for a little more shine and added protection.

I really love this color.  It plays nicely with the striped rug in the entry.

Do you have something that could use a shot of color?  I also painted some other super fun things, so stayed tuned to see those in the near future!

Just a reminder, on Friday it's time for our Best of the Nest link party again!  Get ready to link up your best project from April, we want to see what you've been up to!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


This year we'll be hosting my family at our house for Easter, so I spent yesterday setting the tables so they would be all ready to go.  For the most part, I use what I have without buying anything special, so it's always a challenge to come up with something new!

In the dining room, I wanted a fancy garden feel.

I started with the large birdcage that I found at Goodwill several years ago and built around it.  I love this birdcage,  and wish that the bottom totally opened up so I could fill it with larger things or plants, but there's one tiny door that I was able to squeeze some candles through.  This look could easily be copied with any type of birdcage, or even a grouping of several smaller ones.

As I started pulling other things to use, I thought a few blue and white pots would add a nice bit of color for the otherwise neutral setting.  I picked up the succulents at Ikea a few weeks ago.

 I also ended up with some shine and mixed metals, and some added texture with the woven placemats and bird nests.

I used this tutorial for the cute bunny napkins!  Once I figured the first one out the rest were easy.  I did have trouble getting them to stay together on their own, so there is one pin in the back to secure the shape.

In the kitchen, I used more color.

I started with stacking a Bordallo platter and cake stand for the centerpiece and filling it with nests, spanish moss and eggs.  Couldn't be easier and you could use any kind of platter and stand for this, or even stack several cake stands together.  I just didn't have two green ones, so I used the platter for the base.  I've picked up all of my Bordallo at Ross or TJ Maxx over the years, and the cake plate was a gift from Ray's Mom, but I believe it came from Tuesday Morning.

I had these turquoise plates in the garage sale pile, but had to pull them back in.  I always love this color for Easter!

The napkins are paper from Ikea, and I used more die cut flowers for the place cards.

I've had the artichoke candleholders for several years, they came from Hobby Lobby.

So since the tables are done, now I'm off to clean house, grocery shop, cook, and finish up a project or two!  Our kids are out of school tomorrow, so I'll see you Monday.  Easter blessings to you!

P.S.:  Just as I was wrapping up this post today, I read this.  As we celebrate Easter this weekend, this really gets down to the heart of the matter.  It challenged and encouraged me, and I hope it does you as well!

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