The Fam

The Fam

Monday, August 26, 2013

Living Room Revamp

I haven't been happy with my living room for a really long time, but I kind of felt trapped and stuck with what it was because of the bulky, black leather furniture. I can't replace the furniture because Spanky has done a number on the existing couches, and I know his nails would just ruin new ones, as well. I hadn't quite figured out what I wanted to hang on the wall behind the couch, either. I was debating between some gallery wraps or some Organic Bloom frames. I already had several OB frames, but not the right combination for a really good look back there. So for far too long, my living room was just really blah. 

I found out that my longtime friend, Megan, and my new friend, Leigh Ann, started a new business called Refresh Your Nest. I asked Megan what it was all about, and she explained it to me. Basically, they take your existing furniture and accessories and totally redecorate your space by moving them around. They can also go shopping for you and buy new things that they think are needed to spruce it up, if you'd like. So... I had them come over. 

I already had some ideas in my head, but I was anxious to hear theirs, as well. One thing that I was pretty set on doing was getting an upright piano and painting it. I have been pinning painted pianos for a couple of years on Pinterest, and now that we were working on a living room revamp, I figured now was a good time to actually do it. I told them that idea, and they loved it. Hooper had seen a friend of his that had his books on his shelves color coordinated, and we all liked that idea a lot, too. I mentioned to the ladies that my mom is an amazing artist, and that we could use some of her art that was in her basement. They took notes and had some great ideas and gave me a tiny bit of homework (finding, buying, and painting the piano included). I gave them a budget, and the ladies went shopping. The first thing they did was pick us out an ottoman, some pillows for the couches, a lamp, and some more accessories. I loved what they chose, and it got me even more excited about the whole revamp. I posted on Facebook asking anyone if they had a piano for sale, or even better, for free. A friend of mine left a comment telling me that a lady from our church was looking to get rid of hers for free. PERFECT! The whole piano story is another blog in itself that I'll post later, but we got the piano and painted it. I am so incredibly happy with the way that it looks, and Megan and Leigh Ann were, too. My mom recovered the bench for us, and I just couldn't be happier with the way that whole project turned out. I ordered two more Organic Bloom frames, spray painted my wine glass rack (well, Hooper did.), and got some painter drop cloths to hang as curtains (all per their instructions). They loved my mom's art, so we hung it just about anywhere we could. I love being able to display REAL art. And not only REAL art, but my MOM'S art at that. We had some really cool vintage cameras on our bookshelves, but the way that they redid our shelves really showcases them so much better. They also spray painted a vase that I had sitting on my front porch, and put it in the corner, next to the piano. I was in such awe of all of their ideas, and their amazing vision. It' was great that they could see potential in my blah living room, because I was beginning to think that it was a lost cause. 

New purchased items are:
Beige pillows
Coral/Red chevron pillows
Blue and cream pillows 
2 lamps (1 on side table, 1 on piano)
Basket next to couch
Yellow throw blanket in basket
Cream colored pedestal accent table 
Silver vase with faux plant
Basket under entryway table
2 bar stools
Two candlesticks with candles
Candle decoration atop bookshelf
Silver decoration atop bookshelf
Red Organic Bloom frame
Blue Organic Bloom frame 
Gray accent table next to chair
Piano paint for FREE piano 
Material and foam for piano bench 
Painters drop cloths/curtains

Everything else is stuff that we already had that the ladies rearranged. I'm extremely pleased with how everything turned out. I'm embarrassed to show the before photos, but here goes... (Scroll to the very bottom for before and after comparisons.)

And now... AFTER...

And now comparisons...


And just for giggles, here is the before and after of the piano. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fisher's Nursery

I've been wanting to post Fisher's nursery for a while, but I had to wait on a couple of final things for it to be complete. We designed his nursery before we knew whether or not he was a boy or a girl, but I didn't want to stick with the basic gender neutral nursery look. I still wanted a bright and happy theme, instead of true neutral colors. With a lot of back and forth, I finally decided that red and gray would be perfect. The trick to decorating the nursery for a boy OR a girl was to try our best NOT to go too feminine. I figured that if Fisher turned out to be a girl, we could always go back in and add bows here and there to feminize it a bit. But if we went too feminine from the get go, and he turned out to be a boy, it would be really hard to masculinize it. So I tried my best to keep it gender neutral. Somewhere in the planning process, I decided that I liked the idea of elephants and clouds. The two don't really have anything to do with each other, but I adore the cloud mobile I found on Etsy, and I found a great elephant fabric, so I wanted to make them work. Then I found a great cloud fabric and it all sort of started coming together. Elephants are easy to come by in nursery decor, but clouds are not. Luckily, my mom found the cute book ends that brought more clouds into the look. The guitar came from Finley's nursery. We just took her fabric off and replaced it with Fisher's. Guitars aren't really the theme of his nursery, but the wall needed something, and it has a little bit of sentimental value since it was in Fin's room. Not to mention his daddy plays the guitar. Speaking of Fin's room, all of the furniture is from there. There was absolutely no need to purchase new nursery furniture when we already had it all. I was very close to painting the crib red, but decided against it. As far as who made what, it breaks down like this: Mom and I did his name in the frames with fabric. (All fabric came from Cabbage Rose in Ft. Worth.) My mom made the cute elephant fabric pictures. She also made his curtains, the bench seat, and most of the pillows. She and I glued fabric around cardboard to put in the back of the shelves. One of my mom's dearest friends made the quilt and the awesome round pillow. Hooper did the guiltar. And Finley and Mom made the gray elephant/handprint framed art. (It's Fin's handprint, and mom drew the elephant details.) On the same shelf as the elephant handprint, there's a cute Daddy doll that Hooper's coworker/friend gave Fisher, a vintage camera, and a metal guitar man that I got for Hooper a long time ago from Pier 1. This little shelf area is sort of an array of Fisher's family, I suppose. A little something about me, Fin, and Dad. For a long time I wasn't sure what to do above the changing table. That was actually what the holdup was for the completion. I finally decided on a canvas of Fisher himself, but there was still a blank area left on the wall. I looked around on Pinterest for ideas above a changing table, and finally came across an idea of baskets. The next hiccup was finding the baskets. I couldn't find the right ones that I had in mind ANYWHERE. And then finally my mom found some. Hooper hung them for me, and I put diapers, burp cloths, and a cute knitted elephant that was a gift from a dear friend in them. I go back and forth on whether or not to add a rug to the room, but for now I like it as it is. He isn't sleeping in his room yet, but he has taken some naps in his cribs, and I feed him in the glider a lot. Even when he's not in there, and the whole house is napping, I find myself sitting in the glider. It's a very happy room, and not to mention the cleanest room in the house. :)