Thursday, October 23, 2014

Diagonal Painted Office Doors

Ever since I painted that wooden box in a geometric pattern using two shades of pink, gold, black and white, I've been thinking of doing something similar to my office doors.  Because this is a space just for me, I can do what I want with it, and if I like bright pink, bright pink it is!  I want to be inspired by the place where I spend my time dreaming, creating, and blogging.  

I took my time choosing three colors that I planned to use on two doors: Sherwin-Williams Coming Up Roses (below), In the Pink (light pink) and Bohemian Black.  But, after I painted just one of the colors (Coming Up Roses), I found I liked it two-toned, so I'm leaving it as-is for now.  I can't believe how much I love this fun pop of color in the room.  It just makes me smile when I'm working at my desk.  




Aside from figuring out where I wanted the diagonal to be, I painted these doors like I've done the other doors in my house- while on the hinges.  I started with an angled brush on the inner panels and near the molding, then used a foam roller for the rest.  






After painting two coats back-to-back, I carefully pulled up the tape while the paint was still wet to avoid any chance of peeling.  As long as you press the tape down really firmly from the beginning, you should get a nice crisp line.  Where I had a bit of seepage on the second door, I quickly wiped it away with a wet q-tip.


The photos below show how the doors looked before and after the diagonal paint job. 



Right after I finished painting, my husband was walking down the hall toward my office and I said, "be careful, there's wet paint."  "Wow." was all he said when he peeked inside.  Luckily, I don't have to worry about whether he likes it. ;) 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dressing Your Man

Y'all know I love shopping at Nordstrom for myself and also my son, but you might not know that I also browse the men's clothing and grab things for my husband now and then.  It's nice to surprise him with a new shirt or pair of jeans, especially since he hardly ever shops for himself.  If it were up to him, he'd probably wear short and shirts with sports logos most of the time.  But, I know he appreciates looking good and having something nice to pull out of the closet when it's time to go out.  


The key to successfully shopping for your man is knowing his style and not trying to force him into something that he won't feel good in.  I know it'd be a cold day in hell before I ever get my man to wear skinny jeans (not that I've tried) or a cardigan (okay, so maybe I tried), so I don't go there.  But, he looks great in a nice pair of Hudson or Joe's jeans and a colorful button-down shirt, so I'll often choose those for him.  If the style I bought doesn't fit (or he's not a fan), it's no problem to return since Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns.  

Does your guy feel most comfortable in a t-shirt?  Then get him a few you'd like to see him in.  I love those worn-in type tees and found a cool one featuring our home state (similar here and here) and also a cozy flannel shirt (similar) for fall that go great with two of his Joe's jeans (here and here).  


I admit to being crazy for a guy's baseball tee and have no idea why.  Mine got the red and grey one below recently.  They go great with a relaxed jean (here and here) and sneakers for a clean look.


For a casual outfit that's more dressed-up, you can go with a darker wash jean (here and here) and a button-down shirt.  Sneakers can be worn with almost anything these days, but loafers feel like you're giving your outfit a bit more effort.  These navy Toms got great reviews and they come in other colors.  


For date night, a black pair of jeans (here and here) says nighttime and looks great with a button-down and nice pair of black shoes. 


Do you shop for your man?  Does he like what you pick out? 










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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Decor : Pumpkins, Flowers and Baby Breath

There was this little, white shabby chic wooden wagon sitting in the entrance to my Hobby Lobby that I kept passing every time I went to the store.  I would think, "You sure are cute, but I don't really need a wagon and where would I keep you when I'm not using you anyway?"  But, I'm so glad I finally decided to bring him home.  It's been almost two years and he's been seen around our house at Valentine's Day and Easter, and now for the Fall decor on our front porch. 


It could be all the Fixer Upper I've been watching lately (don't you just love that show and those people?!), but I'm more and more drawn to rustic elements lately.  


For this little white wagon, I started by putting in a shoebox for height, then covering it with hay I had left over from previous Fall decorating escapades.  A daddy, mama and baby pumpkin came next along with a few faux apples to fill in the gaps.  Fresh flowers and sprigs of baby breath add life to the wagon.  Although our weather is cooling, we're still seeing highs in the 80s, so these flowers seem appropriate here. 


When I worked in a flower shop in high school, we kept single stem flowers alive in plastic test tubes filled with water and a rubber lid with a slit, so if you wanted to ensure your live flowers don't die, you could add those here and bury the tubes down into the hay.  Of course, faux flowers and baby breath would be cute too and hassle free. 



I brought my flowers and baby breath inside to keep them alive and love the natural look of using an old sun-dried tomato jar and vanilla jar as vases.  Again, the rustic influence is coming through in leaving the label on the jar.  



I love these Fall months! 

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