Thursday, August 22, 2013

SHAG {in the living room}

I love a good shag carpet in the living room that adds warmth and texture to the space, although they can be tough to manage especially with p...p...pets {excuse me...hairball}. With two little animals running around my house and a baby on the way, my dream of my own shag rug will have to wait. So for now, lets see how these designers/homeowners mastered the look of the modern day shag. 

via Decor8

Shag in the bathroom? I think I'll leave that in the 60's where it belongs...but fabulous wallpaper I must say!

~xo Solana

Thursday, August 8, 2013

BATHROOM UPDATE {little wood shelf & dots}

Although our bathroom project was completed last December {last update here}, we still have a few things to add to the space. One of those things was a shelf over the toilet. The bathroom is all white with chrome fixtures, and the shower curtain is white with a few black stripes. I like the crisp, clean feel of the space, but it definitely needed some other color or texture to soften up the room. We decided to continue with the black and white theme, but also add in a natural wood element. I introduce...our shelf.

After many hours online and trips to local hardware stores, we decided these brackets from West Elm would compliment the black lines in the shower curtain. We could have purchased the rustic wood shelf from West Elm along with them, but instead we cut up a piece of an existing pine board we had in our shed, spayed it with a clear coat and left the rough edges. 

I've been seeing a lot of black & white dotted/spotted paintings and wallpaper lately so I decided to create a little piece myself. The look is playful, elegant, chic and dramatic all at the same time. My painting took an episode of Property Brothers to complete, and I used an existing canvas I had laying around the house. Not my most impressive painting, but for a quick piece of bathroom art it's not bad, especially paired with freshly cut flowers and one of my favorite little statues {Egyptian Bast} given to me 12 years ago from my best friend's mother.

The opposite wall has remained empty over the last 6 months as well, so we decided to hang a black and white picture of our Chihuahua/Pomeranian licking his chops after a delicious meal...appropriate for the bathroom right? 

Here are a few of the images that inspired my spotted painting...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


So you'd think of all people, I would have started planning the nursery as soon as we found out we were expecting, but for some reason it took me awhile to get into it. But once the planning began, we realized the room designated as the nursery just wasn't going to fit all the furniture needed, including our daybed {our only guest bed}. In a two bedroom house, the options are limited, so like I do with many of my own clients, I measured and worked out a space plan for each room to decide if we might be making a swap.

{old master bedroom on left is now the baby's room}

When we first moved into our house, we decided to remove the closet in our master bedroom to make it feel more open {here and here}. However, after seeing these renderings and realizing our newly purchased daybed was not going to fit in the room on the right along with a crib and changing table, we decided that the old closet space in our master bedroom might make the perfect little nook for the daybed. 

So we swapped rooms and started with what we call "the reading nook". I had already painted the alcove a deep navy blue last year {Loyal Blue by Sherwin Williams}, but we still had to take care of the transition of the white painted wood paneling and the navy blue painted drywall. We decided to frame out the sides and the ceiling with pine boards, staining them to look as though they were old rustic, reclaimed wood boards. 

But I'm getting ahead of myself. The first thing we actually did was run to Michael's, buy three ornate gold frames, painted them a high-gloss white and framed some monster art prints we purchased a few years ago.

So back to the pine boards...

We had to notch out the baseboard which was a bit of a challenge since we didn't have the proper tools, but in the end it worked out just fine and we love the finished look.

We hung my DIY Hemp Pendant Light above the frames which casts tree-branch like shadows on the ceiling and walls.

I'm glad we were able to find a home for our daybed. It pulls out into a queen and has two large drawers for storage. I'm not crazy about the bedding, but we will get to that after we finish the rest of the room. The medallion curtains are from Urban Outfitters and look fab with the blue wall. 

So that's what one half of the nursery looks like. I'll post the other half later in the week {hopefully} unless he decides to arrive a couple weeks early. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

{our house} KITCHEN UPDATE

It's been awhile since I've mentioned our plans to update our kitchen, but we've been making small steps over the last two years {very small steps}. The rest of the house, especially our bathroom, needed to be addressed first. Now that most projects are coming to an end, and the 7 week countdown has officially begun for the arrival of our little man, we decided it was about time to tackle this project. But first, here's a look at the small changes we've made so far.


After moving in almost two years ago, we immediately removed the 3/4 wall dividing the kitchen and living room, installed new floors and took down multiple layers of wallpaper {see it here}. After that, we've been checking things off the list little-by-little

We sold the dated bisque colored dishwasher and replaced it with a new stainless steel dishwasher

Swapped out the brass hardware with modern stainless steel pulls

Removed the arch valance over the sink

Removed the useless, hard-to-reach refrigerator cabinet

Purchased a new refrigerator and moved it between the windows on the opposite wall

And two days ago we started removing the cabinet doors and drawers {and all their contents} in preparation to paint them

When I say "we", I clearly mean "he" as I can't participate in sanding or painting while pregnant ..but I'm very grateful for everything that is getting done, especially during this crazy heatwave.

Yesterday I came home from work to freshly primed cabinets. Our plan is to paint the wall cabinets white and the base cabinets a charcoal gray. Our inspiration came from this image from Centsational Girl

As much as we'd like to update the countertop and add a tile backsplash, that will have to wait awhile, but at least we are one step closer to having a kitchen that's more aesthetically pleasing.