Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Life Lately!

Aka photo dump!
Annual Mariner's game with one of our couple-buddies (and my preschool coloring buddy!)

Mia glaring at me while I work from home.  She needs a haircut here, bad!
We found ourselves with a wonderfully warm, sunny weekend, so we strapped the monster into her bike basket and went for a ride around Seattle!
We stopped for beers, ice cream, and giant sandwiches.  Needless to say, the ride home didn't go so well.  

Royal Grinders..yum!
Went for a spontaneous lunch date with my grandma, uncle, aunt, and cousin!
Went to watch Tim play indoor soccer, and Mia got involved!

  Saw a double rainbow!
Mia got a long over-do haircut:

 And she just generally looked ridiculously adorable.  

My mom made it clear that she needs a grandchild.  Look at this Easter basket she made Mia! Any takers on sending her a grand kid?  I call not it!
Annnnnnd my brother turned 30 on Easter!!! So old!  Funny, most of my day-to-day friends are a couple years older than James, but he'll forever seem a million years older to me.
On our way back to Seattle, we ran into Conan on the ferry, AGAIN.  I swear, every time I ride the ferry lately!  ;)!  His wife's parents live in Bainbridge Island, my parents live in the next town over, so it's not uncommon to find him on the ferry around holidays.  
His head got perfectly cut off in this one!
 The end!

Our Listing!

Tomorrow our condo hits the market!  Eek!  I'm not getting a single hope up, instead I'm preparing for the worst case scenario.  We'll see, right?

My grandma is our real estate agent, which is great because I don't have to worry about swindled.  She had us hold off listing for four months to make sure we would be in the best market.  Another reason she's such an awesome agent?  She had this professional photographer come out and shoot our condo, making it look 10,000 better than I could ever do!
Here's the entrance to our building.
The building itself...

The lobby....
Entry way...
The whole living/dining room:


Second bedroom!

I can't wait to see what happens with our condo!  I'm already super emotional about possibly leaving our little homey condo!  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Marble Backsplash

Another item I can't keep off my mind?  Marble subway tile.

It all started when I was looking at this photo of ChrisLoveJulia's kitchen renovation and noticed their gorgeous tile.  From there, I found a million other kitchens with marble tile that I looooove:

Gorgeous huh?  I think one great thing about buying a house in Seattle is that we'll have smaller areas to makeover, so we can splurge on more expensive materials in some spaces.  Can't wait to start working on plans!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Navy Sofas!

I can't stop planning for our future house!  Mind you, our condo isn't even on the market yet, but I'm knees deep in mood boards for our next space!!

One item that I keep obsessing over is a navy velvet couch!  


And so, so, so many more...

I love black and white, in many patterns, so I think that a navy couch will fit right in with my over abundance of black and white decor.  Add in lots of metallic accents and I'm done!
I can NOT wait to order one of these babies!! 

PS - Yesterday we had professional photographs taken of our condo for our listing, which goes live next week!  I'll be sharing those soon!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mother-In-Law Apartment

I'm so excited to reveal my first full before-and-after!

Over the last couple months, I've been helping one of my oldest friends, PJ, revamp her mother-in-law apartment  (which basically means her studio apartment that's attached to the house of the family she nanny's for.

Without further ado, here are some before's and afters!

Here's the wall adjacent to the front door.
PJ had an old hand me down couch that she rarely used, so she sold it off and moved her wardrobe and dresser to this long wall.

PJ and I painted this little cart that she already had in a bright peacock blue to hold some shoes and purses and anything she wants to throw down as she's in and out the front door.  The color is Empress Teal by Behr.
This navy lamp base was found at Goodwill for a few bucks, as was that tray that we spray painted gold.
The lampshade was picked up at Target for $20.  Perfect match!  The paper lanterns were already PJ's.

Moving along clockwise, we hit a narrow wall adjacent to her kitchen.

Previously, PJ had her wardrobe shimmied in there, along with another dresser that she didn't really use (family hand me down).  She passed along the dresser and moved the wardrobe to the area shown above, leaving room for a TV stand that could be easily seen from her bed.

We found this TV stand at Goodwill for only $10!  Unfortunately I forgot to take any before photos, but you can image it!  Typical 80's brown laminate furniture that we all grew up with!

Funny enough, when we went to pick out paint and door knobs, PJ picked out the exact same paint and knobs that I used on my turquoise dresser, seen here!

The sunburst mirror was gifted to her from a friend.  We still have plans to paint it gold to match other elements in the room, but it's looking pretty great as-is!

Moving along, we come to a view of her kitchen!  The main requirement here was wanting to block off the view at night, when PJ just wants to relax and not stare at her kitchen!

These curtains were already on hand, from Ikea.  PJ also had the Dignitet Curtain Wire on hand, which took us a couple decorating sessions and bring in our men to get hung up!  But now she has a wall of curtains to pull closed at night!

Now it's time for the main event, the bed and adjacent wall!

Disclaimer:  I'm a horrible photographer, especially at night with no natural light!  Forgive the bad quality of the upcoming photos!



This ottoman was found out of sheer luck!  Her and I were hunting for a good option, and it turns out that her parents had just what we were looking for!  For free!
Once more, the before and after:

Moving along again, we turn to her new wall-mounted table!

I like to think of this wall as a cute little cafe area!

The table is a Norberg wall mounted unit from Ikea!

The table folds up onto the wall when not in use!  It's a space saver!

The inspiration from the very beginning was this peacock wing thingy I found in her room.  It's a halloween costume, but I immediately thought it was the perfect palette for her.  We both love peacock colors and we both love blue and purple, so it was meant to be!

Total breakdown for this makeover:
(Anything not listed was already PJ's)

Navy Lamp: $2
Lamp Shade: $20
Gold Tray: $3
Gold Spray Paint (already on hand): $0
Turquoise Paint: $3 (Used a sample size)
Hummingbird Paint: $11
Crystal Knobs: $6
Ottoman: Free from her parents
Surburst Mirror: Free from a friend
Navy Curtains: $40
Gold Mirror: $40
Lack Wall Shelves: Free from a friend
Wall Table: $40
Succulents: $9 (there were three, but one broke)
Basket on Shelf: $10

Total: $174

Not bad for a complete overhall!  A lot of PJ's items got reused, and a the major impact on the space was getting rid of unused clutter!  I'm very excited!!  What do you think of PJ's new digs?