Plan. Peel. Stik.

Over the past year, I have been on the hunt for unique design solutions that I could incorporate into the renovation of our home.  Like the tile that I shared about in a previous post, I stumbled upon this wonderful wood product that packs major design punch!  STIKWOOD is a cost-effective, peel and stick, reclaimed wood design solution that can transform spaces from drab to fab very quickly!

According to the company, STIKWOOD is a permanent interior wood solution.  It can be used on any clean and smooth interior surface - walls, ceilings, furniture, etc.  It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, from contemporary to more rustic.  It is also environmentally friendly!

Some Stikwood Examples

{Photo Sources: Pinterest & Stikwood}

I am very intrigued by this product and look forward to using it in my own home one day soon!  For more product details, you can click here.

Feature Friday: Plantation-Style Sunroom


I love the casual vibe of this sunroom!  It's fresh and relaxed, yet crisp and tailored.  The straight, modern lines of the furnishings are juxtaposed against the "beachy chic" cushioned backs and white slipcovers of the seating.

The room's architectural details - like the vaulted/paneled ceilings and large windows - give  the room a spacious and bright feeling.  The room probably receives plenty of natural light since banks of windows encircle the space.

From a design standpoint, I love how nature is reflected in the decor and color scheme.  The greenery found outside is brought indoors through the wall paint, accessory pillows, and lamp shade.  The room is also filled with organic textures, like the area rug, wood/woven tables, window coverings, ceiling fan, and wood floors.  The textiles and natural textures give the room a tropical, "plantation style" design.  This room would look great in any setting, from coastal to rural!

Summer Breakin' 2014 - Week 1 Recap


Hi everyone!  Just wanted to share a few highlights of what we've been up to during the first week of summer break.  The kids have definitely been enjoying the stress-free summer days of no homework and later bedtimes - no surprise there!

This year, I made it my priority to do something "intentional" and "together" with the boys each and every day of summer, as I mentioned here.  I cherish the quality moments we have together.  They will hopefully look back and be able to recall some fond childhood memories when they grow.

Summer Break Week 1 in Review

Lucas got his first pet, a beta fish he named KD?

Ryan also got his first pet, a beta fish he named MJ?
He finally broke down and took a nap, his only nap of the week!

Fun with Friends


Boys Bedroom Makeover: Closet Update

It's been nearly two months since we started decorating the boys' bedroom.  We sometimes move slowly around here, but there is forward progress nonetheless!  As you may recall, we scratched the original closet to give it a more functional layout for my two boys to share.



The closet is done, and as you can see, the boys wasted no time making it their own.  Thanks to my handy husband for doing all the work.  He has skills, right?!  I was just the visionary and touch-up painter. :) He actually finished the closet a few weeks ago, but I'm slow to post the update...
Once we removed the two bulky mismatched dressers from the closet (as well as the single rod and shelf that spanned the width of the closet), we were able to redo the layout and designate different "areas" for each boy.  It functions so much better now.  In addition to holding the kids' hanging garments, the closet now houses their books and games.  The closet will probably undergo another makeover as the boys grow, but for now, it functions perfectly at this stage!

To maximize floor space in the boys' shared bedroom, a tall vertical shelving unit was installed in the closet for more storage.  We previously had a small bookcase in the room that took up valuable space.  The shelving unit also delineates each boy's side of the closet, which is filled with double sets of rods for their hanging clothes.  Another major change in the closet was painting the interior a navy blue.  It made the closet "pop", which was intentional to introduce a new color to their room (which is painted soft gray).  We didn't bother to replace the missing closet door when we purchased the house, so the bold color provided some design impact.  We considered installing a sliding "barn" door, but because of the beam in the room, we opted to leave the closet uncovered.

This closet makeover cost ~$100.00 for all materials, with the majority of the cost going towards the shelving unit.  Not too bad considering how much it would cost to have a professional closet system installed!