Friday, April 29, 2011

Frame + Foto of the Day!

SALE  cream distressed, blue polka dot 5 x 7 frame

The frame of the day is the polka dots! And goes great with this foto of the bestie kerry at her bach. Love this T too...her soon-to-bo hubby's last name is Murray...Perfect!


Pop of Orange!

Angel Roberts feature in DIY rocks orange! This spread is of her brother's place on the beach. Love the spray painted chandelier, the orange and brown masculine color palette, and the graphic art!

Now this is an inspiration board!

Checking out Amber Interiors I saw her amazing inspiration board that she made herself with cork tiles, foam board, fabric, and trim! Love love love it! My inspiration board is still on my "to do" list...coming soon!

Faucet Fancy DIY ALERT!

Love this DIY project!

Finding old faucets, spray painting them, and then hanging them in place of hooks!

Friday Finds!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Frame + Foto of the Day!

10x10 Picture Frame with Vintage Asparagus Finish in Deep Cove Style

The frame is a pop of green, homemade frame off of Etsy and the foto of the day are two of my most favorite women in my life! My Mom and my Nana! Love you women and can't wait to celebrate with them on Mother's Day next weekend!

Love love love

Oregano Walls'

Saw this pic in BHG and fell in love with the design!

Placing two identical tables with clean lines against the wall to create a work space balancing them with matching lamps...brilliant. And the use the acrylic chairs that are translucent doesn't distract the eye or clutter the space! And the chaise...can't wait to have a big enough space for one, but by using a chaise as a couch you keep the feeling of you living room open!

I could keep going with the green paint, the prints, the pop of color by adding orange love love this room!

Royal Wedding Bells are Ringing!

As the royal wedding will begin at 4am tomorrow I thought in celebratory spirit I'd share some amazing chotskies people have created to fulfill all the hype!

Happy Royal Wedding Celebrations!!!

Royal Wedding Commemorative Pocket Mirror - Prince William and Kate Middleton

Royal Wedding Westminster Abbey Illustration - Limited Edition Print

William and Kate Royal Tea Towel

Union Jack Flag Pillow...flag of the united kingdom england wales

Pre-order Commemorative mug royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

1. Button 2. Print 3. Tea Towel 4. Pillow 5. Mug

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Caitlin Creer Interiors=Love

I read Caitlin's blog everyday and I love love love her post today
about a single throw pillow on your couch!
Although I'm a happily married woman, I'm digging the singles scene, with pillows that is.

A few months back I noticed the big fluffy pillow above at my client Sara's house.
I was instantly intrigued. A single pillow, what a novel idea.
I usually have the more is better philosophy when it comes to throw pillows, but this clean look had me changing my tune.
This look is great for a few reasons:

1. It is a great way to give a lot of impact to the space with a single pattern

2. Those of us who have kids know all the pillows end up on the floor anyway,
so this would make for quicker and easier clean up.

3. It offers a more streamlined and tailored look and allows you to show of the lines of the sofa.

4. If there is a fabric you love, but the price tag scares you this is a
great way to employ the fabric because you only need 1 yard.

After I spotted this look at Sara's house I started noticing it all over.
This gorgeous spread is from Cococozy.
I love how the magenta pillow pops against that white sofa
A lovely Ashley Hicks pattern from John's Journal.
This lady might not be single, but she's certainly the star of the show.
embracing minimalism
big and fluffy from Southern Living
Bright and cheerful from BHG.

So what do you think?
Do you like the single pillow look or do you think your pillows should have company?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
Check out Cailtin's blog!

Tidy it up Tuesday!

Today's Tighty It Up Tuesday feature is of an organized mud room that will help yourself or your family corral your belongings into one space!

Having a bench within the mud room provides a place to take off or put on your shoes, as well as provide a good amount of storage underneath the bench. Use indoor/outdoor fabric to cover the cushion...this will make it easy to wipe down of any mud or dirt!

Adding hooks above the bench area gives a home to bags, jackets, and hats! And bins above provides a personal space for each member of the family!!!

Happy Organizing!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bathroom Before and Afters

Happy Bathroom Makeover! 

Over Spring Break I took a couple days to redo my rental bathroom, which as you will see was a hot mess. With a budget of $50 I made over the room to look totally presentable to my guests!

I painted the radiator black as well as the door. I used rust-o-leum paint for the radiator so it will combat the high heat which was $8 per quart. I used Jet Black from Behr paints which cost $8.50 per quart. Check out the new pulls I added to the cabinets for $2.50 per. 

New hooks went up on the newly painted door to add a more finished look. These hooks were $3.75 at my local big box store. 

I added a back monogram to my already gray towels...since my mother owns a company Mostly Monograms she was kind enough to do the monograms for free! 

I placed a chevron rug from West Elm for $24 as well as new hand towels for the towel rack at $3.50 per towel.

And finally I placed my shower curtain up. This was a plain old shower curtain but by adding black ribbon a large monogram really spruces it up!!!

Happy Decorating!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wedding Season has begun!

So I have just started to receive all my wedding invitations for the Spring season and this one is by far one of my favs!!! Love the envelope lining with the quartrefoil print in navy! yes please!!!

PS-Happy Spring Break this week! My hope is to get a ton of little projects done!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Frame + Foto of the Day!

Picture Frame 8x10 Yellow Wood

This Etsy frame is a lightly painted yellow helping the light sunset pop from the foto of the day! 

Holla to my sisters in the foto of the they are on my parents roof top down in Lewes, DE! Cheers and Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

TradHome just made my Friday that much more happier! This feature of Amber Interior Design is incredible. I love the strips and the large print! And those light fixtures are unique and give great texture over the dining room table!

Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for reading The Notebook!

hoppiedy hip centerpieces!

Here are a couple easy DIY Easter center pieces for your dining room or entrance to your home! I love the gum drop topiary.

What and easy DIY...just purchase a Styrofoam ball, planter, toothpicks, wooden dowel, ribbon, gum drops, and will be able to recreate your own center piece!

1. Place a piece of Styrofoam into the planter
2. Place wooden dowel into the center of the Styrofoam
3. Place Styrofoam ball on top of the wooden dowel
4. Place gum drops onto toothpicks then into the Styrofoam ball
5. Using glue trim the planter with pink ribbon then tie some around the bottom of the Styrofoam ball
6. Enjoy your center piece and have it for a dessert after dinner!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Cleaning Time!

As my Spring Break from school approaches I realize that so does spring cleaning...I'm ready to open the windows get the fresh air flowing and clean the hell out of my apartment!

Below is Martha's Spring Cleaning Checklist...

Happy Cleaning!

For more detailed list room by room


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


A blog I follow Our Little Beehive just completed a great DIY project to create a throw pillow! Easy and simple directions!

Thanks for the inspiration Our little beehive!


Step One
Measure your pillow width and add 1.5", this will be your fabric width. I had a 20" pillow insert so my measurement was 21.5"

Step Two
Measure the height of you pillow and multiple that by 2.5, plus 4" for seams. This will be the length of your fabric. The height of my pillow was 20" so my length was 50+4=54".

Step Three
On one short end of the fabric with the wrong side facing you, fold up 1.5" and then fold 1.5" again for a nice fat hem. Pin.

Step Four
With the folded edge facing you. Sew along the hem using your presser foot as a guide to keep things straight.

Step Five
On the opposite short end fold up one half inch and fold up one half inch again for a little hem. Pin and sew along the hem as above.

Step Five
With right side facing you fold up the edge with the wider hem so the length of the fold is 3/4 the height of your pillow. So I folded mine up 15". Pin, right sides together.

Step Six
Fold up the edge with the smaller hem so that the entire pillowcase now measures the height of your pillow. The wrong sides will all be facing you now. Pin. My measurements at this point were 20" top to bottom and 21.5" left to right. Little hem is on top and fat hem is hidden.

Step Seven
Sew each side with a straight seam and a 3/4" seam allowance. Then go over the extra fabric at the edges of the seam with a zigzag stitch for extra durability. Trim off any extra fabric being careful not to snip your zigzags.

(the extra fabric at the edge before I went over it with a zigzag)

Step Eight
Fold right side out, press, and stuff with your pillow insert.

Enjoy your new pillow!