house tour tuesday: our son’s room

hi friends!!

hope ya’ll are having a great week.

i am now healthy and well from walking pneumonia and back in the game of getting stuff done.

in fact, i think my meds worked so well, they transferred some sort of energy ball serum into my blood that made me go a little crazy with finishing up my son’s room. it’s  been the one area of our house that never really seemed pulled together. perhaps it was the stage of going from a nursery to a big boy’s room that always felt a little unfinished.

well, now it feels done (or at least for now. considering i just did a post about the antler dream catcher above his bed, that has already been moved. i was having nightmares that he was going to get stabbed by an antler in the middle of the night. it had to move).

wanna take a look?

come on….i know you’re just a wee bit curious about where the antlers moved to.



or what is now above his bed.



it’s not nearly as exciting as giant antlers.


but, the thought of a paper garland accidentally floating down and plopping on my son’s face is easier to handle than an antler stab.



see that bedding? that’s what started the ball rolling with getting our boy’s room done.


or maybe it was his bed guard that my hubby decided it would be a good idea to use as a seat and snapped it in half (the one in the pic is an extra we had at our family cabin. i’m kinda liking the back up one better. my mom and i found this old gem at a garage sale up in the mountains).


well, after buying the bedding at Ikea and an ice cream cone (it’s an essential staple when we go), i realized on our way home that i forgot to pick up one of those cute little book shelves that everyone has pinned on Pinterest. ya know what i’m talking about? i really wanted one for our boy for two reasons: 1.) they’re cute and 2.) i’m hoping that he’ll wake up on a Saturday morning and get distracted by a book and we’ll get an extra twenty minutes to sleep in.

wishful thinking?

maybe. but worth a shot, huh?


i remembered i had an old broken drawer in the garage that i might be able to use as a shelf.

it worked. i’m jazzed.


i’m also jazzed that his antlers found a safe home, on a wall with no cute sleeping child underneath.


speaking of home. have you seen the Finding Fall Home Tours going on right now?


you’re not going to want to miss it.


it has some major decorating eye candy.



and some great ideas to make your home feel like Fall (especially for us Californians. we need all the help we can get with this 90 degree weather).


so, go check it out.


and then ask them if i can play along, too, next year! 😉

what about you? are you ready for Fall?

house tour tuesday: the simple life

there was something about this house that took me back.

back into time. a time in which i’ve never lived, but have dreamed of experiencing.


when things seemed a bit more simple.


and life wasn’t as fussy.


when families ate together around the table.


and children played with toys that were carefully made by a craftsman.


when making a pot of hot water took longer than pushing a few buttons on a machine.


now, don’t get me wrong when i say the word simple. i don’t at all mean it to be plain.


it’s a life, a world, filled with richness.


and beauty all around.


it doesn’t hold a monetary value.


but a value that fills up the soul.


like a few hours of solitude under the shade of a tree.


i long for these things. these simple pleasures in life.


where the squeak of an old door means you have a visitor, instead of something that needs fixing.


where neighbors randomly drop by to give you some giant spools because they know you’re crafty and can repurpose them into something great (and yes, this actually happened while i was there. it was awesome and so are those!).


yup. it’s the simple things that make my heart skip a beat.

and help me to just sit back and enjoy the view.

as simple as it may be.

(thank you, R family for giving me a glimpse into your home and your lives. what a beautiful life it is, full of blessings and goodness!)

house tour tuesday: before and after and a WINNER!

i’m going to kind of cheat today because i’m feelin’ a bit under the weather. i took some great shots of a new house in the neighborhood that happens to be on one of the most spectacular streets in Old Towne Orange (especially during Christmas), but i’ll have to share those next week. instead, i have some before and afters of the rental property of the big yellow (in case you missed it, here’s part 1, part 2, part 3).

and just for fun, here’s some randomness:

1.) my son started preschool today. i think i shed a few tears when i got home because i can’t believe he’s old enough to go to school and because i can’t remember the last time i had three hours all to myself. it was amazing to be able to answer emails, do the dishes, have a complete thought, and work on rulers (that i am behind by a month. oiy. i’m working hard to get them all done and in the mail and to restock the cute lil’ shop that carries them in the Orange circle, Eikon Home (shameless plug, i know).

2.) as i start to get caught up with stuff, i am realizing the stuff that i let go to the wayside. one being the July Giveaway. so, i did a random number generator thanks to my brilliant neighbor (thanks, Casey!) who suggested assigning numbers to everyone’s email, instead of inputting each email into the generator to save time, and viola! we have a winner: if your email starts with the letter “K” check your inbox!

3.) it is hotter than heck. not complaining, just saying, it is H-O-T. if you follow me on instagram, then you might have seen that we borrowed the fountain at the local college to cool off. 🙂

Alrighty, onto the before and after of our next door neighbor’s big yellow rental.

(living room rental before)


(living room rental after)


(stairs before)


(stairs after)


(guest room rental before)


(guest room rental after)


(master bedroom rental before)


(master bedroom rental after)


(kitchen rental before)


i wish i could say i have a great after photo of the kitchen, but the crew was working so hard to complete the space before the new renter moved in. so, i’ll i have is a little shot of the cabinets, which were painted white and some new hardware was added.

(kitchen rental after)


here’s what the pulls looked like before. i found a bag of pulls and hinges in a free pile at a garage sale a few weeks back. i couldn’t help but snatch them up. i new they were classic and that i could use them for something (or in this case, pass them along to someone who could use them). it worked out great, because my neighbor just happened to mention that she needed some hinges to replace some of the old ones that weren’t working. i just happened to have a whole bag full that matched them exactly!

(kitchen rental pulls before)


(kitchen rental pulls after)


my neighbor just cleaned them up a little to make sure the patina still showed through on the brass and then lightly coated them with poly. i love how they look next to the freshly painted white cabinets!

not too bad for a mini makeover. paint and fresh flooring can go along way!

have a good week friends! off to make some tea and fight this cold!


house tour tuesday: the big yellow (part 3)

hi all.

what a day today has been. met with a new design client, lots of errands, fabric store research, and then it ended with an impromptu late afternoon trip to the beach and dinner on the pier with my parents and little boy. we’re pretending summer isn’t over.

not too shabby for one day. i’ll take it. and then i was half asleep cuddling with my littlest boy tonight when i realized i hadn’t put this post together yet (just keepin’ it real).

so….here is part 3 of the big yellow. (here’s part 1 and part 2, in case you missed them). i’m going to let the pictures do the talking tonight, since my brain is half asleep. 😉 keep in mind, there are still projects that need to get done upstairs, but it looks gorgeous even when it’s, ‘under construction.’

we’ll start with the upstairs living room. enjoy!




there’s a sweet little guest room off of the living room.






don’t ya just wanna take a nap here?!



now onto the master….





i’d take a nap in this room, too!

clearly, i need to go to bed.

night night, friends! xo

house tour tuesday: the big yellow (part 2)

alrighty, are you ready to see the inside of this beaut?

come on in. (and in case you missed  part 1, here it is.)


i have admired this house for as long as i can remember.


but the first time i saw the inside (in its past life as a rental), i was quite disappointed.


it had eighties contemporary cabinets, with a ton of stainless steel and the largest wolf range you ever did see. (i wish i would have taken before pics!)


now, it’s back to its roots.


it has gorgeous custom cabinets,


with the most amazing vintage inspired pulls.


and the cutest refurbished old stove.


the backsplash is honeycomb carerra marble, which goes beautifully with the carerra marble countertops.

and that sink! (someday i shall have a Shaw)


no detail was left untouched.


even the outlet covers are swoon worthy.


and wait till you see the dining room.


fancy, huh?! look at that chandelier.


the house actually came with a beautiful chandelier, but the scale was a little small. so, my neighbor found a larger version of the old one and re-hung the pervious chandelier upstairs in one of the bedrooms.


it is so elegant, and casts the most beautiful sparkle across the house.


the fireplace was also restored using carerra marble.


the living room is right off of the dining room.


it has the most amazing chair (or at least i think so, but i kinda love furniture).


look at the fabric!


it’s a crochet pattern on top of a linen fabric.


i’ve never seen anything like it. i can’t even imagine how long it must have taken the person who made that fabric. it’s a true work of art and it goes great with the other textiles in the room.


which my neighbor made! yup, the pillows and the drapes were all done by her. (that’s pretty impressive, if you ask me.)


she has a great eye for detail and design. she found this beautiful armoire to house the tv (it’s in the bottom cabinets) at a local antique store in the circle. i wish i could remember the details she told me about it, but it’s old. really, really old. and from Europe.

ya, know what else is old in this house?


the floors. the original floors were in pretty bad shape, so the homeowners had them replaced with these old barn wood planks. they are stunning in person!


so is the collection of law books in the office next to the living room. (i bet you can guess what the man of the house does for a living?) 😉


next week, i’ll take you upstairs and show you the rest of this historic gem. (since i took 5,543,339 pictures and i figured this would be the worlds longest post if i kept on going!)

thanks for stopping by!


house tour tuesday: the big yellow (part 1)

i know some of you have been waiting for this one for awhile.


i posted some teasers on my instagram, months ago. well, it’s finally ready for its reveal. it’s not 100% done, but it’s almost there and i have been eager to show you all!


now some of you might be wondering why i titled this post: the big yellow, considering the house is clearly green. see, this home has been known for being “the big yellow house on the corner” for as long as i can remember and even longer for the older generations in the neighborhood.


but, the home had been neglected and rented out for quite a few years. it wasn’t until about a year ago, that the house changed ownership.


almost immediately, the new homeowners started to pour love into this house and bring it back to what it once was (probably even better!).


the whole house inside and out, has been carefully restored. there is so much detail that i captured nearly 250 pictures during the photo shoot!


a beautiful vintage chandelier was added to the front porch.


and a new bright white fence was added around the property.


the landscape was refreshed.


and vintage details were added to give it character and a bring it back to its roots.


the 100 year old tree was trimmed and flowers were added around its base.


and though some things have changed, there are a few things that still look the same…


the outdoor fireplace is one.


but, maybe with a few added vintage details.


the second area is the pool.

of course, it got a good scrubbing and might also have changed colors (back to blue instead of green, maybe? no, i don’t think it was that bad when the new homeowners bought it). 😉


so, you see, change can be good.


and though a color might change or it might be called a new name, it doesn’t mean the history is different.


it’s just going to take a little getting used to when we say, “the big green” instead of, “the big yellow.”


or maybe we’ll give it a new nickname and call it, “the one with the really big tree.” (no? too long?)


the house with the big tree, the yellow house, the green house, whatever you want to call it….i’m just happy to see this house get loved so much. it’s fun to live next door and admire its beauty and watch it sparkle once again.


and if you think the outside is good, come on back next week for a peak inside! i think i did the awkward stand-and-stare-and-take-it-all-in for a good solid ten minutes the first time i saw it all done.

it’s gonna blow your mind.

have a good week, friends!


house tour tuesday: The Island Hotel and some thrifty finds

hi all!

this has been a busy summer. i feel like june started and we hit the ground running. so, to add a little fun to the busy, my family and i decided to take a little mini vacation to Palm Springs. we swam, ate, slept, and then did that all over again, not necessarily in that order. i took a little time off from crafting and making things to just focus on my family.

at the tail end of our vacation, the hubbs and i dropped off our boy with the grandparents and went on a little mini staycation for just us. we swam, ate, and slept (a lot). it was glorious!

so, due to our recent vacation, i don’t have a regular house tour tuesday post, but i do want to tell you about the hotel we stayed in. it’s called, The Island Hotel. it was clean, the staff was very hospitable, and the decor was pretty (this last one, of course made me happy) 😉


and after getting home and uploading all of my photos, i realized that this was the only one that turned out and was not a blurry-look-like-i’m-trying-to-have-a-3D-post, so here ya go. i might be slightly obsessed with the headboard and adding it to my list of diy projects. 😉

the hotel also has a pretty amazing pool with a fireplace that was fun to sit by at night and talk and cuddle. so, if you’re looking for an affordable, nice hotel in Orange County near the beach, but don’t want to pay the high price tag for some of those other luxury hotels, i highly recommend it. we shopped around, and i’m so glad we did. i love a good deal!

speaking of deals….as i was getting dressed to go to lunch, i had to chuckle at the outfits i had packed. most were thrifty finds. i don’t usually shop for clothes when i go thrifting (i enjoy hunting for furniture more), but occasionally something will catch my eye while i’m standing in the checkout line.

here’s outfit #1: thrifted $6 dress, that i paired with a belt I already owned.


and outfit #2: thrifted $4 swimsuit cover-up for when we went to the pool.


just ignore all of the wrinkles (oops)….who has time for ironing on vacation?! not this lady. 😉

i love a good vacation, mini or not (they don’t happen often), but it’s nice to get back to reality. i have some fun diy projects i’ll be sharing later this week.

have a good one friends!