Posted by Andie on March 27, 2014
From a design perspective, it doesn't get much sweeter than nurseries for baby girls.
Aren't they just precious?
I mean seriously. I can't even handle the cuteness!
Well, since we are talking babies...
The party is about to get a little crazier at our house in the next week or so:)
I am over the moon to announce that we're expecting a little baby girl! Any day now!
We. Can't. Wait.
Between getting the nursery ready (more on that to come), shopping for baby girl clothes (nobody told me how dangerous it is!), and helping my 22 month old son get ready to be a big brother--- let's just say it's been a crazy few months. Thanks for being so patient with me you guys!
And now, let's all just take a moment to drool over these gorgeous baby girl nurseries......
Posted by Andie on March 22, 2014
Does anyone else think little paint swatches are as cute as I do? I am absolutely fascinated by them. Even if I'm not planning on painting anything, I often find myself in the paint isle of stores just oohing and aahing over all of the beautiful vibrant colors.
While paint swatches are considered useless garbage to most people, I'm always trying to come up with ways to use them creatively around my house! A few weeks ago, I got a hankering to make a piece of colorful art for our nursery--- I picked up a bunch of paint swatches, pulled out my scissors and got to work. An hour later, I was pretty happy with the results! If you're looking for a fun, inexpensive art project (kids would especially love this), look no further!
Here's what you'll need:
paint swatches- the more colors the better!
poster board or canvas
triangle template (or any other shape for that matter)
double sided foam adhesive stickers (or a glue stick)
matted picture frame
1. Round up a variety of paint swatches. I used different shades and tints of the same color, but the sky is the limit as far as colors go!
2. Cut out a triangle template, and then use it to cut out a bunch of colorful trianges from the paint swatches.
3. Arrange the triangles on a poster board or canvas however you'd like. I did 7 rows with 8 triangles per row.
4. Once the triangles are exactly where you want them, back them with the double sided foam stickers and stick them to the poster board or canvas (this will give the triangles a 3-D effect). You can get technical and use a ruler to be extremely precise, or you can just eyeball it like I did. I didn't want mine to look too perfect, so I went with a more "thrown together" look.
5. That's it! Pop the poster board into a matted frame and hang it up on your wall!
What kinds of projects have you done with paint swatches?
Posted by Andie on March 17, 2014
In honor of St. Patty's day we're focusing on the color green! In design, green often symbolizes balance, stability, renewal, growth, nature and wealth. Green is fascinating because it can be warm or cool, depending on the amount of blue & yellow in the hue.
Green has some pretty interesting genetics. Blue and yellow couldn't be much more different if they tried. Blue typically represents authority, efficiency, productivity, complex thinking, and tends to have a calming, soothing effect. Yellow represents happiness, cheerfulness, energy and vigor! Obviously, green is a complex color with a lot of emotional possibilities!
Whether you prefer soothing or vibrant, you're sure to find a green that fits the bill! From kelly to olive, to emerald to lime, you can make just about any green look fantastic in your home! Here are some rooms that are sure to make you green with envy....
Posted by Andie on March 12, 2014
Posted by Andie on March 7, 2014
One of the drawbacks to living in an old little house is that we don't have a water softener. Honestly, if it were up to me I would happily spend every cent of my tax return on one, but we rent so that's not a possibility:) When we first moved in the hard water situation didn't seem too bad, but over time it became HORRIBLE. It got to the point that running our dishwasher did more harm than help. Our dishes weren't getting clean, and they started getting a nasty white film covering them that got worse and worse with every wash.
For months we tried everything we could think of to fix the problem and get our clean, nice looking dishes back. We used just about every dishwasher detergent on the market, lemi shine rinses, vinegar, etc. The result? Nothing even came remotely close to touching the hard water stains on our dishes!
It finally got to the point where our hard water stains were so disgusting that we were embarassed to have friends over. I was starting to think that we were going to have to move in order to get our dishes back to normal again. And honestly, the situation bothered me so badly that I even entertained the thought of moving for a minute!
After doing a LOT of research online & speaking with a local dishwasher repairman, I finally found 3 products that have completely SOLVED our hard water problem! Honestly, it was nothing short of a miracle in my eyes! I am still amazed by the fact that our dishes now look as good as they did on the day we bought them!
So, if you have hard water stains on your dishes that are just unbearable, here are 3 products you need to get your hands on:
1. Dishwasher Magic
Have you heard of this stuff? It's amazing! It's a one-time use cleaner and disinfectant. You simply place it in your empty dishwasher and run a cycle. (Depending on how bad the build up is in your dishwasher you might want to use 2 of these puppies- that's what we did.) It removes lime scale, rust, iron, soap scum, grease and food stains that have built up inside your dishwasher. This gives new life to your dishwasher and drastically improves cleaning performance!
2. Citra Charge Dishwasher Scale Remover
Citra Charge packets were a total game changer for my dishes. You simply place a packet in the utensil basket of your dishwasher, load the dishwasher up with dishes, and run a cycle normally. Each Citra Charge packet lasts for 3-4 dishwasher loads.
I was pretty skeptical when I loaded my dishwasher with all of my crusty, disgusting hard water stained dishes. I honestly didn't think it was going to work. I was SHOCKED at the results. Not only did Citra Charge get rid of the film on my dishes, they looked shiny and spotless again! Below are two photos of the same pan lid. The photo on the left was taken before I used Citra Charge, and the photo on the right was taken after going through two dishwasher cycles with Citra Charge.
Before Citra Charge vs. After Citra Charge
3. Citric Acid
I was told that after using Dishwasher Magic & Citra Charge, I should wait a few months until my dishes started getting a lot of hard water build up again, and then simply repeat the process as needed. That seemed foolish to me though! Why let it build up again? Then my husband and I did a little research and found that using Citric Acid in conjunction with your normal dishwasher detergent works wonders when it comes to hard water and keeping your dishes shiny and pretty.
For the past few weeks, I've added a couple of tablespoons of Citric Acid every time I've ran my dishwasher. (1 Tbsp with the detergent in the dispenser and 1 Tbsp in the bottom of the tub.) You guys! My dishes look PERFECT! It's incredible. The end.
After using the citra charge packets & then citric acid in my dishwasher for a month!
Now, go ahead and start cleaning your dishes.
I promise you'll become a believer too!
Any other hard water treating secrets out there we should know about??
Posted by Andie on March 4, 2014
Artwork can be expensive. Even if you're buying simple prints from websites like etsy or ebay it can really start adding up! Recently I re-decorated my little boy's room and wanted to go with a vintage travel theme for the artwork on the walls. I found an awesome vintage travel poster online, but when I added it to my shopping cart and found that it was a whopping $550.00 I about died! No way was I going to pay that kind of money for a print that was going on my 20 month old son's wall!
Now I was on a personal mission to prove to myself that I could redecorate a space on a very tight budget and it could still be cute!
I started looking around and found this amazing website I had to share! It's called Free Vintage Posters. The name is self-explanatory--- there are hundreds and hundreds of vintage posters- all available to download for FREE! And they've got all kinds: travel, animals, design, food/drink, western, circus, sports, war, advertisements & movies! I ended up downloading a bunch of travel posters, and paying about $4.00 total to get them printed out as 5x7's at a local print shop! Then I popped them in some old wooden picture frames I painted in funky, bright colors and hung them on the wall. I have to say, I'm pretty proud of myself. It looks so cute and you'd never guess I only spent about 10 bucks on the project!
I'll spend $10.00 over $550.00 + any day. Wouldn't you? Check it out! Here are some of my favorites....