Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Top Ten Summer & No Spend-tember

Well, to say we were busy this summer is an understatement! Nothing like adding a whole human to your family to keep things interesting! I really appreciate all of my awesome blogging buddies that kept you company as part of the "At Home With" series and for all of your support and sweet comments as we adjusted to being a family of four.

For anyone new around SSOM, here is a recap of the top 10 posts from the summer. Oh! And I am officially declaring September "No Spend-Tember"... Intrigued? Read on!



Of course, I will start with little man Brooks! He was the star of my summer for sure! What an amazing couple of months it has been since he arrived. 

I blamed an innocent Ikea trip for a complete revamp of the living room.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Style Soiree had me wishing I could don vintage scarves. And shift dresses.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Florida Cracker: An "Old Florida" Beach Bungalow Tour

Happy Labor Day weekend sunshines! I hope you have been doing very little laboring and a lot of relaxing. I am still avoiding reality and into my second week of soaking up the Florida sunshine. With my parents around, the hubs and have been enjoying the extra help with the boys and have even managed a few date nights. 

Today I am sharing an adorable beach cottage with a nod to the old Florida Cracker homestyle and lifestyle. Florida the way it used to be...undiscovered. Think modest, casual, comfort with a pinch of Spanish moss, Cypress trees, citrus plantations, and vintage treasures. Think Weekie Wachee Springs and to the time before Walt Disney World even existed.  This is the Florida I love, the "Old Florida."

Although I consider Atlanta my hometown, I was born and lived in Florida until I was nine. In my twenties, I lived in Orlando for three years. Florida will always have a special place in my heart.  This house reminds me of the Florida I love, the "Old Florida".

Here is a tour of The Florida Cracker. Renovated back in 2008, this cottage is full of fun finds, most of them are from Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta.
I hope you enjoy!





Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Go-To Gray Paint Color: Repose Gray

As you know, I started this blog for a personal creative outlet. A place to talk to myself about what is stirring around in my head. But I had no idea just how much I would love my little corner of the internet! 

I love when someone tells me they have been inspired to create something in their own home. Y'all have no idea how happy this makes me! One of the most common questions I am asked is the wall color in our house. (the second most common question is about the fabric for our family room drapes, I still owe you a post on those!)



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8 Electrical Tape Hacks

You know I am a complete sucker for an easy, fast, and cheap project. While my projects are far from perfect, I do know that the littlest detail can go a long way in a room.

Enter electrical tape. 

Seriously? Seriously. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

{Back to School} Sharpie Flower Pot Teacher Gift

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

We made it to the beach! Yep, me, 450 miles and two kiddos. I am happy to report that the drive was non-eventful, thanks to a 4 am departure. Hooray! We are enjoying ourselves and hubs will be joining in a few days! I love that we are soaking up the last few weeks of summer with our toes in the sand. 

When we get back from our vacation, Mr. Big Stuff will be starting "school". To start the school year off right we made his teacher a gift before we left. Since the teachers are constantly labeling sippy cups - I figured the gift of Sharpies would be much appreciated!


Friday, August 22, 2014

My State of Mind - Five on Friday

Morning sunshines!  Happy Friday!
Thanks for the sweet comments on my $6 Large-and-In-Charge Car Art from the James Dean Style Soiree yesterday. I love the sweet reminder of my Grandpa every time I am in Mr. Big Stuff's room!

Here is what is on my mind today...

1. BEFORE & AFTER
You know I love a good before and after. How's this one for you? :)
Before the kiddo wakes up... and about five minutes later! 
#keepingitreal

Thursday, August 21, 2014

{James Dean Style Soiree} How A $200 Car Inspired $6 Artwork

Can you believe the second annual Summer Style Soiree is coming to a close? I have really enjoyed flexing the creative muscle to create projects inspired from our style icons this year.  I think we are going out with a bang with the coolest cat of them all - James Dean!

Last week my mom sent a picture of my Dad and Uncle in my Grandpa's 1935 Ford... and immediately my James Dean inspiration struck!

              

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creamy & Dreamy: New Moroccan Shag Rug


Today we are going to chat about a new rug. I must say this is seriously THE most comfortable rug I have EVER set foot on! And one of the final projects we did to get the nursery ready for baby #2. 

(And yes, if you are paying attention, baby #2 is almost two months old. Better late than never... right?)



Now if you are like me, you have a hard time making a decision on a rug. It is just such a big part of the room, and usually a big investment!

Monday, August 18, 2014

{Back to School} DIY Lunch Creation Station

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It has been so fun seeing my friends post first day of school pictures of their kids. Such cuties! And the kicker? The tiny flower girl from our wedding is going into 8th grade this year. Seriously, how is that even possible?!?!

Anyway, with back to school on the brain, I am going to share a simple DIY lunch station I created to help with the chore of packing lunches every day. Little man will be heading off to "school" in a few weeks. I have really enjoyed the past few weeks on maternity leave and have been soaking up every minute I can with him. I know his school will be great for him, but I am dreading the task of getting out the door every morning. 

In an effort to reduce the chaotic mornings, I created a Lunch Creation Station. This system will allow me to spend a few minutes prepping at the beginning of the week and be ready to rock and roll all week!