Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Break!!!

Hey Notebook Readers! Sorry I have not been posting...on Spring Break!!! Be back April 3rd!

Boy and I are headed to Jupiter Island!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy Friday!!!

Hey Notebook Readers! Hope all is well! Sorry I have been off the interweb the past two days but lets all celebrate that it is Friday!
even better it is the start to my spring break!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pinterest Upgrade!

I just upgraded my Pinterest from the old format
to the new more simplified look
I love it because the pictures are much more visible!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No need to reinvent the wheel

Last week I featured a locker I rehabbed for the DC Design House.It is now freshly painted and ready for next weeks install...but last night I placed on the finishing touches which includes the original hardware hooks as well as some chunky metal industrial wheels we bought off ebay!
The industrial style wheels really make this piece!


You can add idustrial style wheels to any piece...check it out
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whether you find old wheels on ebay or buy new ones from your local hardware store it not only elevates the piece but adds another dimension!
Happy DIYing!  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up!

This weekend was jammed packed with so much fun I just wanted to jump back to Friday and do it all over again. So let's just say this Monday at work has been painful!
Boy & I were so honored to have an engagement party thrown at my parents house. Both our families and friends joined us in celebrating our upcoming May 31st wedding.
Check out this amazing Maryland flag table my sister Molly got us! LOVE it!
It was an appropriate weekend to join two Irish Catholic families together being it was St. Patty's Day!
Here is Boy with my family friend who I consider a brother rocking their tuxes heading to an event here in Washington called the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick's Day. An evening filled with drinking and fun...which they clearly did because when we met up with them it was evident they had a ball.
the men
 here are the Belford men, cousins who I grew up with! good times!

While they all congregated...us ladies had an open house! So much fun with ALL the babies!
My best friend, Claire's daughter Maggie, and another bestie's Meg's son Charlie!
Here I am with the one and one Ms. Keely, my best friend Kerry's daughter
And Ms. Taylor my girl Emily's daughter...let's just say there were 6 babies and I couldn't get enough!
Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day to all!
Hope everyone is getting through this Monday!!!



Friday, March 15, 2013


I have completed the painting stages of this rehab project...I still need to add these amazing industrial wheels and original hooks to the interior but I had to share what difference a coat of paint can make!!!


Love the pop of orange off the navy!!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thrifty Thursday Today!

Hey Notebook readers...So some of you may know that my Mom is a very talented seamstress and owns her own company Mostly Monograms! She has run her work shop out of our basement but now has an amazing shop in Bethesda, MD!
So she is a very busy woman...After years of her helping me with projects I decided to take it upon myself to help her and organize her work space. We all know organization is key and everyone has here own form of it..so I took all that into consideration before gutting her space.
Check out the before and afters...I was able to repurpose a lot of her furniture which saved a ton of money...and with a fresh cost of paint it look s good as new!!!
I created a new shipping and gift wrapping station using the shelving unit that was her desk!
I painted her filing cabinet white and added an IKEA base cabinet to house her printer and cricket cutter! The desk top is a hallow door from your local big box store for $18! I also repurposed the shelves from her original desk which got a fresh coat of white paint too! All her trade magazines are now organized by using IKEA magazine holders which I got 5 for $2.
This was the my Mom's original gift wrapping station that I consolidated onto the Elfa sheving unit. And her built in shelves for her fabric is now covered with a cute monogrammed curtain.

It was a good three day project but well  worth it! She was so happy with the results too!
Happy Organizing Notebook Readers!!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


So exciting! We got all our engagement pictures! I know its so typical of having some of these shots but I just had to! Boy and I had a really fun time doing them!







Can't wait for May 31st!
Thank you Jimmy Daly for taking our pictures!!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Navy meet Coral

Hey Notebook readers! Happy Tuesday!
It is gross and rainy here in DC and I'm just focusing on the brighter things in my life right now like our wedding! Our wedding colors have morphed into navy, coral, white, and small touches of gold.
Last week I posted about the navy and coral combo and I have now found some amazing inspiration pics...
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using complimenting colors like a bold navy against a softer lighter tone like a coral
Can't wait to start incorporating these colors into the runners I'm making!

Monday, March 11, 2013


Check out this amazing touch to finishing off a vase of beautiful flowers...a sprinkle of sequins! I love ths idea for our wedding!!!
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Happy Monday!
Monday after changing the clocks...Let's all get through this one...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Finds...Metal & Mud!

Hey Notebook Readers!
Hope everyone is geared up for the weekend! I know I am!
Check out this awesome DIY idea perfect for a rental or college dorm! Make your own headboard with only fabric!!! Check out how Metal & Mud made it!
1 yard of good quality decorator fabric, which I bought at Premier Fabrics in Germantown. I chose Zig Zag in Corn Yellow.
- Stiffen Stuff
- Good fabric scissors
- An iron
Step 1: Cut the selvedge off and square up the fabric. If you have a queen bed, you’re going to want to keep as much of the width as possible, so be sure to cut close to the edge of the selvedge.
Step 2: Iron that puppy to within an inch of its life. Once you start spraying you’re not going to be able to iron it again, so you want to get it as flat as possible now.
Step 3: Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sketch on the shape of your headboard. Since my fabric is so angular, I decided I wanted the shape to be really fluid and curvy.
Step 4: Cut out your headboard.
Step 5: Lay your headboard, face down, on a flat surface, with a tarp under it to keep your floor or table from getting sticky (I use a shower curtain liner from the $1 store… way cheaper than an actual tarp). I planned on spraying the entire back, but within a few minutes, my fingers were cramping and the spray bottle started sticking. So instead, I opened the bottle, poured a little into a bowl (one I didn’t mind never eating out of again), and brushed it on with an old paintbrush. Try to get at least a little glue on every inch of the fabric, but be SURE to REALLY SOAK the edges. Let it dry overnight.
Step 6: Once your headboard is completely dry, it’s time to place it on the wall. You can use packing or masking tape to temporarily hold it up. Make sure it’s straight before you start ironing!
Step 7: Set your iron to high heat with no steam. I started in the middle, ironing the middle section from top to bottom, then working my way out. Be sure to focus on the outer edge, making sure it is firmly attached all the way around.
And you’re done! I’m really happy with how this project turned out. It really brings life into my bedroom, which has felt pretty lifeless since I moved in. And the best part is that it cost about $9, didn’t take much time, and is completely reversible if I get sick of it!
Love it! What a creative idea Metal & Mud!!!