shutters vs. blinds

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The campaign dresser is almost finished, so I should have pictures soon! As well as pictures of our new blue bedroom. It has been a serious work weekend around here and we will hopefully get the shed finished today as well.

As I wait for the paint store to open this morning, I have been researching local Atlanta plantation shutter and wood blind companies. We have a big front window in our living room that I think could really use plantation shutters and maybe even our bedroom. How do I decide between shutters and blinds though? I'm wondering if there is some rule about when to use one or the other, or if it is just personal preference. I guess my research continues...but here is a great picture of plantation shutters.

before: campaign dresser

Monday, August 13, 2012

I am getting ready to tackle my first before and after this week (and maybe weekend) depending on how much I get done after work this week.

The campaign dresser is a Craigslist find. It was literally the only campaign dresser I have seen on Craigslist in Atlanta for weeks and I am shocked someone else didn't snatch it up before me. The best part is the woman told me to just go ahead and take the side tables, because she had to get rid of everything so I am trying to figure out how I can use them.

I found really great step by step painting suggestions from Michelle at Innovative Interior and her campaign dresser turned out beautifully, so I hope I can do the same with mine!

Here is my before picture:

updated decorating ideas

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Well, we have been in our little house for just over three months and I think I have finally decided on a general color scheme for all of the rooms except the bathroom and kitchen. Those two are more tricky, because I would like to make much more major changes!

So here are my updated ideas:

change in seasons

It is still in the high 90s here in Atlanta, but at about this point in the summer I start thinking about my favorite season, fall. Probably the only thing I miss about living in New York are the gorgeous fall Saturday mornings that I would spend walking the Reservoir in Central Park and then stopping for coffee at The Muffin Man on the UWS. There is a crispness in the air that literally takes your breath away.

Thankfully, we just booked a trip to go back for the first time since we moved to Atlanta! We are heading up for a long weekend in November, so I know the trees will be colorful and the weather will be nice and chilly! We already have a to do list:

First stop...Shake Shack!!!! They have the most amazing burgers and I love a good burger!!

There will definitely be some shopping, and dinner at our old neighborhood Italian restaurant, Basilica. They have to die for homemade pasta!

Then, Saturday night we will be enjoying the Zac Brown Band's first show at Madison Square Garden from anywhere in the house! Joe has a pretty cool boss and we have all-access passes.

Like I said, the trip isn't until November, but it is definitely something fun to look forward to!

girls weekend

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tomorrow is my Friday! And I get to spend the weekend with my eight bestest friend's from high school!! I could not be more excited as we haven't all been together since our annual Christmas dinner. Cannot wait to give all these girls a big squeeze (including Katie J that is missing from the photo)!!!