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Beachy Backyard Cabana for Kids

I've been meaning to post these pictures for some time now. I'm lucky to get it in before the snow starts to fall. It's amazing how the time flies when you have a newborn! 

It took several weeks to complete this project as we were trying to beat the rain for 4 weekends in a row, but we finally finished our playhouse for the kiddies just in time for summer and the arrival of our baby!!

We wanted to go for a Key West theme with the colors, sort of like a beach cabana. The girls love it and picked out the colors themselves. Now we just need to cover the grass with sand and make it a beach! Right?

We found some plans online to help guide us. Here are the plans we referenced: The Handmade Home She has an amazing website! We did have to do some modifications to best suit the look and structure we were looking for.

Some structural differences to note are...

This baby is solid! When I mean solid, I mean it doesn't move an inch. We fit 8 adults and a couple of children up on the deck and it still didn't budge! We get a lot of rain and I wanted to make sure the wood pillars didn't rot while touching the ground so we used the cement support blocks.

   I really like how we used the white translucent corrugated fiberglass roofing. It lets in more light  than the metal roofing does and it gives it a softer touch to go along with the beachy theme.  We even added some plant hooks at the front of the structure to hang some planters for the extra girlie touch! Since my daughter loves to play teacher, we definitely needed to add this chalk board that we secured on the back wall. I used the back side of the leftover siding and chalk paint.

 

I really like how we used the white translucent corrugated fiberglass roofing. It lets in more light  than the metal roofing does and it gives it a softer touch to go along with the beachy theme.

We even added some plant hooks at the front of the structure to hang some planters for the extra girlie touch! Since my daughter loves to play teacher, we definitely needed to add this chalk board that we secured on the back wall. I used the back side of the leftover siding and chalk paint.

Posted on October 7, 2015 and filed under Create, Family, Home.

Fireplace Alternatives and Mantel Decor

When we were house hunting a year ago, it was one of the things "on the list".

When we found our home, it sadly lacked this feature.

So we improvised!

For Christmas last year, my parents bought us one of those portable fireplaces that you put the gel cans in. It actually generates a nice amount of heat. I love this feature for our living room. It was really boring and bare and this gives it a sort of sophistication and style.

I finally got around to taking some pictures of the current decor before it changes for the fall. I'm one of those people that like to change it up seasonally.

I believe this fireplace was purchased from 

Real Flame

 outlet store in Wisconsin.

Now we just need to put some hardwood flooring in and paint the trim white and I'll really get the design style I'm looking for! These are all plans down the line....

"Change your thoughts and you will change the world" is what is printed on the butterfly plaque.

I really love this camera and it expresses one of my true passions. The shiny silver goes along with the design and color palette and matches the frame of the mirror and the mercury glass hurricane vase.

Dollar store finds!!! The Marble vase and the angel statue were only a buck!

My little photo bomber!

Items featured above

White candle holder and Mercury Hurricane vases are from Kirkland

Alice in Wonderland Teapots from Tren-D in Downtown Disney

Camera from Ross

Butterfly plaque from Home goods store

Marble vase from Dollar Tree

Angel from Dollar Tree

Mirror from Home goods store

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My little nook: Make Your Own Coffee Bar

I'm so excited to share with you all a little bit of my home today! One of the greatest joys about buying our very first house is being able to scan pinterest for some amazing design ideas! One of the ideas that immediately caught my attention was the little coffee nooks! It took me about 6 months to put this baby together. I hope you like my rendition!

The candle at the center of the sideboard is from Bath and Body Works. The scent is Pineapple Mango and it's my favorite! You will be obsessed with the scent too!

My Mom bought me this coffee wall plaque after I was telling her how excited I was to finally get my coffee bar.

I stored my mini wine rack on the bottom shelf along with a bottle of tequila. That's about all the alcohol we keep in the house. We are such party animals! I also used the bottom shelf to store some of my most used cookbooks. I plan on getting some wicker drawers from Ikea to fill in the middle shelf.

So the reason I wanted to post this picture was to show off that beautiful picture frame to the left of the coffee bar. My sister-in-law got it for me as a house warming gift. It's my favorite frame in the entire house and I really like how the photos compliment the canisters on the top shelf.

 The white platter I got from my bridal shower. It's discontinued from Crate and Barrell but I wish they would bring it back. I also have the matching cake pedestal and dessert plates. I'm also in love with this Stainless steel water pitcher that I also got as a shower gift!

I was really happy to finally get my dream of a coffee bar! Now

I

can go and pin this on Pinterest! This ides works great with a wine bar.

Items featured

Norden Sideboard in black 

+IKEA USA

Stenstorp Wall Shelf in black 

+IKEA USA

Socker vase (set of 2) 

+IKEA USA

Chelsea large platter by 

+Crate and Barrel

Black Chalk Art Coffee Shop Plaque  

+Kirkland's

Vinito 8 bottle wine rack 

+Bed Bath & Beyond

Keurig single cup brewer and Kcup carousel

Picture frame is from Hobby Lobby

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DIY Laundry Detergent

I'm always looking for ways to save money and go a more Eco friendly route with home products. After some research and a little experimenting, I made my very own laundry detergent that works great and is lighter on the wallet! You can also add some essential oil to this recipe to give it a custom scent. I suggest rosemary, lavender or eucalyptus.

Supplies

5 cups of Borax

5 cups of Washing Soda

1 Medium box of Baking soda

I small container of Oxy Clean

1 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Bar

Grate the bar of laundry bar soap. Combine all and your ready to go.

I use 1 scoop for regular loads and 2 for larger or heavy dirt loads.

Posted on February 17, 2014 and filed under Create, Home.