Color Story - gray/grey

♂ Color inspiration - all different tones of neutral grey so elegant croatian boats by Sania Pell

I have renovation on the brain this month with two kitchens and two bathrooms in the works, so I’m dedicating this week to the topic of remodeling bathrooms! As we all know, updated bathrooms increase a home’s value and help sell your home quicker than similar houses in the market. A fresh coat of p:

Reach Art Print - Limited Edition by Carrie ONeal | Minted:

I cannot get enough of this beauty.. grey cabinets, marble counter tops and natural flooring. Yep, that's pretty much perfect in my book. The entire home is full of gorgeous neutral spaces and beautiful details.      images via Lonny

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Loving the gray herringbone tile shower wall coupled with copper industrial fixtures.

The gray jay, also grey jay, Canada jay or whiskey jack, is a member of the crow and jay family found in the boreal forests across North America.:

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On my radar - random finds

This coat:

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This rug:

Or this rug:

This banquette:

Country White Breakfast Area with Bronze Pendants | LuxeSource | Luxe Magazine - The Luxury Home Redefined

These bunk beds:

Via Elle Decor:

These treats:

Ditch the cake! These DIY, confetti Oreos are so much easier! Sprinkles all around! // Sprinkles For Breakfast:

This purse (hey, a girl can dream!):

Creative Monday - cards, birds & paintings

I have lots of cards to share today.  I think I mentioned last week that I am participating in the 30 day coloring challenge.  I am enjoying participating in this challenge and looking at the work the other artists are doing.  It really is amazing what people can create with just markers.  I'm not very skilled at it, but I love trying something new and doing something just for fun.  Here are the first four cards I made for the challenge.   

This card is inspired by a technique Jennifer McQuire shared this week.  She calls it, "Distress Ink Lifting."  She used a stamped image, but I drew my own flower with a versamark marker and then heat embossed with white embossing power.  Not 100% successful, but ok for my first go at the technique. 

These are birds from the outdoor show I was in last May.  I gave these to my step-mom for her birthday and my dad made them into a mobile.  These Nebraska birds are so happy to be in sunny Southern California, especially in February!

This is a painting I finished a week or so ago.  This is landscape #20, 12 X 12 acrylic on canvas.  Available for sale here.

And now I am off to work on this painting and maybe even finish it.  Hope your week is off to a good start.


Inspiration Friday - Ikea

I'm heading to St. Louis in a week for one of my daughter's dance competitions.  I am hoping to stop by Ikea on our way out of town.  In preparation, I've done a little pre-shopping.  These are a few items on my list...

1.  SKOGSTA Box with handle 
I love vintage wooden boxes like this one and actually own one.  But they can be so pricey!  I'm excited to check out this new Ikea version.

2.  SINNERLIG Pendant lamp
I actually saw this pendant a couple months ago at Ikea and loved it.  I don't have many places left that need pendants, but I almost don't care and might purchase anyway.

3.   HAVNSÖ Rug
My daughter needs a rug for her room.  This might be a fun option.

4.   LACK Sofa table
This probably won't work for my living room, but I do love the Lack furniture series.  It might be great for my basement family room.

5.  HUSÖN Plant pot
These pots would look great on my patio! 43 days until spring!!!

6.  MIXTUR Oven/serving dish
I love serving food in little bowls.  We are big on "snack supper" around here.  These would be a nice addition to my white ramekins.

Have a great weekend! 

On my radar - catching up

I must say, I was not sad to turn the page on January.  It wasn't an awful month, but it wasn't stellar either.  But now it's February and I am back with hopefully a more consistent posting schedule.  Fingers crossed!  Today I am going to share some random things on my radar in the last month or so.

Here we go!  First up, these Saucony Jazz Original shoes as seen on this organizing guru from One Kings Lane's blog.  I've been looking at Nike, New Balance, and others for a classic everyday tennis shoe in navy, but was having a hard time deciding.  When I saw this incredibly stylish woman (this is how she dresses to clean!), I ordered immediately.  I bought these, but I think she is wearing the low profile version.  Mine should be delivered today.  I can't wait because I am so sick of boots...  #firstworldproblems

Since it was a snow day yesterday I decided to make donuts for my kids.  I used this recipe, and I have to say these were the best homemade baked donuts I've ever made.  Normally they have a weird taste, and it's just not a donut.  But I thought these were really good.  My kids agreed as they quickly disappeared.  If you try these, I cut the glaze recipe in half and had plenty of glaze. 

A new Hobby Lobby opened near where I live and I stopped by a week ago or so.  I could not believe the cool furniture they had.  I've never purchased their furniture so I can't speak to the quality, but some of it looked really great.  I loved these Marais arm chairs.  These normally go for well over $300, at Hobby Lobby not so much.  Can't remember the exact price, but they were nothing near that amount.  They also had them in silver.

I think I have finally figured out my living room furniture arrangement.  It's a miracle.  I know what remaining pieces I need, and when I get them all I will have a little antique black desk leftover.  I am thinking about doing this with it.  I've wanted a brass bar cart for years, but now I'm kind of over it and feel like it's been overdone.  This bar seems like a nice twist and something I can easily achieve with my desk.


Kathy Racoosin is an amazing artist and card maker.  I am participating in her 30 coloring challenge this month.  Everyday even if it's just for five minutes you color something and share it.  This is a quick sketch I made using my new Winsor & Newton pigment markers.  You can read more about the challenge on Kathy's blog.

And that's it for this week!  See you Friday.