11/20/16

Butler's Pantry Project | Part II: Priming, Painting, and Decorating


Hello again! Recently, I posted about peeling wallpaper and picking paint colors for our butler's pantry. Two weeks later... all the wallpaper is gone, the plaster walls repaired, the room primed and painted, and the little space pretty much decorated. :)


Here's a little reminder of the paint color I chose. "Believe Me" from Clark + Kensington. (I had Menards color match and mix it for me.) 


Since the space is small and hard for two people to work in at once, G mostly took on this project—while I sipped on wine and gleefully took pictures. Like above, pointing to the pantry as the primer went on the walls. 


Here's the room all primed. It's not super true-to-color here. 1) It's just tinted primer. 2) It's pretty dim in there. 


At night and lit by just the overhead antique fixture, the color's a bit sage-y. But in the day when sunlight streams in, it's a beautiful, fresh green with a tinge of blue—almost-but-not-quite mint.


For about ten minutes, I toyed around with the idea of putting a bulletin board back up in the space. And maybe painting it. Red? Cream? Same as the wall color? Black chalkboard paint? I couldn't decide. 

So I sat in the living room and debated it for a while. Then, the copper wall decor in our living room caught my eye. Perfect.


The copper wall hangings are actually just two old metal wall decor things I bought from Hobby Lobby long ago and spray painted copper. I love how they match the copper chair, pick up coppery tones in the cabinetry, and contrast with the wall color. 


Since that last photo, I've also already made a few tweaks to the coffee bar. I found a black wire basket at Target for just $5—it's perfect for corralling my many mason jars of different coffees. Also at Target, I found the cute little white plate that says "Thanks a Latte." It's the perfect place to put down my spoon after stirring coffee. 


Here's a little before / after for comparison. On the left, the butler's pantry was truly a catch-all—with a cat litter box underneath, which was actually hidden by a curtain not shown in this particular photo. On the right, the butler's pantry is now the prettiest little room in this house. :) I'm super happy with how it turned out.





11/16/16

Fall Faves | 12 Little Luxuries for Autumn


It's finally starting to truly feel like fall here in Iowa. (Hey! I'm not complaining about an extra week or two of open windows and jacket-less fashion.) Here are twelve items that are proving to be my favorites this season—whether on the vanity, the coffee table, or kitchen counter.

1. Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush | Champagne Rose
This light, bronzey peach is my everyday go-to since it's not too heavy but has a subtle shimmer. Not too pink, not too peach. It's just right—and the price is, too. ($3)

11/9/16

Operation: Reupholster the Dining Room Chairs (AKA: Overcoming DIY Fears)

The Lovely Side partnered with DecoratorsBest for this project post.
All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.



The blog hasn't been super busy lately—and for that, my lovelies, I apologize. But we have been busy here in our old house. Peeling wallpaper. Repairing plaster walls. And taking on first-time DIY projects, like this one. I reupholstered my dining room chairs!

11/4/16

Butler's Pantry Project | Part I: Peeling Wallpaper and Picking a Paint Color


One of the things that made me fall in love with our house is that it has a butler's pantry. One the things that I'm not head-over-heels for in our house is that so much of it is covered in wallpaper. I'm not going to rag on wallpaper (to each their own), but the wallpaper in this house is just not my style. And especially in the butler's pantry, it makes the room feel much darker and smaller than it really is.

We have two other rooms upstairs and four rooms on the main level that also require wallpaper removal. So we figured, let's start with the butler's pantry so we can get our skills down. :)

So that's where I've been. Not AWOL, but peeling, peeling, peeling. 

10/21/16

Keep your pumpkin spice—pass me the apple cider everything!


Boots. Blanket scarves. Pumpkin spice lattes. These are sure signs of fall—as are the grey skies, crisp air, and beautiful golden leaves. For me, fall is all about the smells. The dry, dusty harvest air. Hearty soups in the crock pot. Baked goods in the oven. And while I enjoy pumpkin spice to a degree, there's nothing that quite puts in me in the mood for autumn like the smell of apple cider. Keep your pumpkin spice. Give me apple cider everything!

10/20/16

It's Fall, Y'all! | Autumn Haul from Gordmans


So I just got back from a lovely friend's wedding in Georgia. The bf and I made a road-trip of it—stopping half-way in for an overnight stay in Kentucky on the way there, then making the whole fourteen hour drive (we stopped several times, including for an hour long supper in Tennessee) in one shot on the way back. So excuse me while I hang on to saying "y'all" just a while longer. It's fall, y'all!

10/4/16

The Wangs vs. the World Book + Makeup Giveaway

***This giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for more!***

This giveaway is brought to you in partnership with  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Time for another book giveaway, lovelies! And this one combines two of my favorite things: books and makeup! Jade Chang's debut novel The Wangs vs. the World hits bookshelves today! 

Side note: Isn't the cover of this book gorgeous?!