Apr 23, 2014

Early Office Surmisings

Hi friends,

It's been another long day at Casa Marshall. I have just a quick post this evening. I'm sharing some early ideas for my office. It's going to be feminine and girly and I can't wait.

This idea board is not my best but it shows my initial thinking on the elements I'd like to include in the room. I've been inspired by all the amazing lilac and mauve rooms I've been seeing around the blogosphere and want to try my hand at it.

Feminine office

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Apr 21, 2014

Chipping away at the project list

Hi friends,

Every day the list of to do's grows. It grows faster than I can get things done. I feel like I am spending a lot of time online browsing but don't have much to show for it.

That being said, I have found a few things that I think I can pull the trigger on.

I found the most genius DIY for the hall console table. Check this out.

It's an ikea hack if you can believe it. The Vittsjo painted gold. At $39 its a major steal. It will totally fit the bill for the time being.

Next - I've been scouring the internet for art prints and posters for the front hall. I don't want anything too cheeky but I'd love something with a little edge. I don't want it to look like a college apartment - the entry way sets the vibe.

Here are some the contenders:

Which do you like best? Any recommendations?

And finally, I am in love with this new West Elm light:

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying this glorious weekend we are having. It's been action backed in the Marshall House with hip hop birthday parties and Easter themed festivities. Here are some pics so you can see what we've been up to (would love to hear about your weekend too - with the weather perking up I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy some outside time)

On Friday, it was a bit rainy so we made some Easter cupcakes. Much sampling ensued :)

On Saturday, we went to my parent's house. Here is a pic of my mom's pretty Easter table

And these are the flowers I brought her for Easter. I just love the two toned hydrangeas.

And finally, here are some of the Easter goodies the bunny brought. The boys enjoyed their annual egg hunt. We are loaded down with chocolate and looking for ways to quietly get rid of it. Let me know if you need any.

I leave you today with this walk down memory lane ;)

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Apr 17, 2014

Springtastic Kitchen Love

Hi friends,

It's a long weekend here and I am ecstatic ! To start things off on a good note, I am sharing a spring kitchen idea board.

Thinking Spring

Green is always such an energizing color. I need to find more ways to bring some spring green into our kitchen. The first step is to paint over our red island so that the red and green together don't look like a perpetual Christmas celebration ;)

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Apr 15, 2014

Obsessed with Lighting

Hi friends,

Today, I am writing about my need to replace every single light fixture in the new house. Everywhere I look I see lights that need to go. You see - I believe that lighting is like jewelry. It can make or break a room.

Unfortunately, a lot of the lights that came with this house are cheapo builder basic lights. Like this one in our upstairs hallway:

I'd like to replace it with something like this:

And for my son's room (ignore the mess)

How about this in place of that foo foo chandelier  (I was totally eyeing this light from Urban Outfitters for his room but it appears they don't ship it to Canada - boo!)

Or replacing this yellowed terribleness:

with this fun space age light:

Or maybe this pretty:

So there you have it - my light obsession unveiled. The first step is admitting one has a problem ;)

As you can see, I am looking for gorgeous yet inexpensive options. There are a lot of lights out there that I absolutely adore but I am trying to keep costs to no more that $300 per light for those on the second floor. If money was no object - oh the lights I'd buy :)

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Apr 13, 2014

Reveal: Ikea Closet Hack

Hi friends,

Well it turns out that it is easier to create an Ikea closet hack than it is to take a nice photo of it. I have taken about 100 photos of our entryway to get one with good light that shows off the closet. Ugh. But I think I finally have a few that I can share.

Here is the closet before:

Not bad but our family is way too messy and many coated to have an open closet. If it's one thing I can't stand its visual clutter. I knew as soon as I saw this cubby area that it had to be converted to a closet. If it was in a mudroom at the back of the house, that would be a different story, but this is the main entryway. First impressions are important!

Now the hallway is tall so we had to find something that would fit the closet and something that fit our budget. Custom carpentary is a wonderful thing but with all of our money having gone into purchasing this house, there is none left for a fancy custom solution.

Enter my Swedish friends. Ikea has a solution for everything. We were pleased as punch when we realized that the Ikea PAX doors would fit our closet space.

My husband than rigged up a top sliding bar and some trim for the bottom and there you have it: Hello Hidden storage :)

Now this isn't our forever solution. Some day we will have custom carpentry done and elegant french doors but until that day this will do nicely.And at $220 plus free labor from my hubby it was a good deal :)

The hallway still has a ways to go too. Items on the to do list include:

  • Paint (it has a really yellow cream paint right now that looks dingy)
  • New rug - a big turkish kilm would be amazing
  • New window - the current one is old and ill fitting
  • New door? This one I'm torn on as its the original door and its quite nice. The issues are safety, privacy (it feels like we are on display), and draftiness. If there was a way to put another door behind this one or something that would be the ideal. 

So lot's to come as you can see.

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Apr 11, 2014

Grey, white and yellow decor ideas

Happy weekend everyone!

We made it! I can't wait to relax a little and continue decorating the new place. So much to do :) To get things started on a good note, I am sharing a round up of chic Etsy decor items. The theme is grey, white, and yellow and I want all of these items to be mine :)