May 20 2015

things i’m loving


my birthday party is going to be here before you know it and my husband needed some gift ideas, so I thought I would help a guy out! I have many trays listed. I love trays. I want to put them all over my house, but right now I only have 2. So These are some I have been coveting!

things i'm loving

weekender bag, snake skin tray, bone in lay tray, floral robe, cb2 lucite tray, vermouth tray, johnathan adler secrets canister, target navy x benches, target gold bench/waiting on martha pom pom throw

May 18 2015

Navy Guest Bedroom Inspiration


So last summer, well before we found our new house my husband and I found these awesome prints at a flea market we go to a lot. Here is just an online screen shot of the full series so you can get an idea of what they look like.

As I Open Fire Pics

They are called “As I open Fire” by Roy Lictenstein. When we first saw them I could see my husband was pumped. I mean like he couldn’t talk. They were fully framed and matted and the price was $500. After a couple minutes we walked away, and then I said to my husband, really I feel like 500 for fully matted and framed pictures is a pretty good deal (I mean framing these days is so expensive). He thought they were 500 for 1 not for all 3. He quickly continued googling their value, and the cheapest they were anyone online (unframed) was $500 all the way up to several thousand depending on the printing so I figured we were getting a good deal since they were framed and all. So we went back  (even negotiated down to 400) and brought them home, and ever since I have been decorating a room around them in my head.

I decided I wanted to incorporate a canopy bed into the room as well and I thought something with fabulous navy and white print fabric would be an amazing mix with the prints.

TNPLH Canopy Room Inspiration

Now for a fully draped canopy bed you need a LOT of fabric so I was pumped when I found this fabric on clearance for $7 a yard. I needed 22 yards so I pounced on it, I mean even $20 a yard adds up when you need more than 20 yards!

bedSo first on my agenda in the new house was to buy the above bed. Heaven! I thought it would be perfect with the prints and the fabric.

navy bedroom inspirationI haven’t decided on anything for the nightstands yet, but I don’t have much room so I need something small. I am going to wait until the bed is all set up with a mattress to see the height before I decide, but I was thinking some sort of garden stool would be cool.

May 11 2015

Mother’s Day Table


Good Morning! This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a mother’s day dinner with my in-laws and my brother in law’s family. As always my favorite part is setting the table. I usually make my own floral bouquet but this time I picked one up from our local grocery store, they do an amazing job, and usually I find if you are making just one bouquet you can buy one cheaper there than picking up a number of different flowers for a nice assortment.

TNPLH Mothers Day 2015 Table

TNPLH Mother's Day 2015 Table 2

TNPLH Mother Day 2015 Table 3

TNPLH Mothers Day 2015 Table 4

TNPLH Mother's Day 2015 Table 5

I love playing with pattern and color at my table. I used my grandmother’s china, west elm napkins, a table runner I originally made for a dinner party here, but also used in my lake Michigan pop up party shown here, and I busted out my vintage gold flatware that my husband graciously polished up perfectly for me. We had a lovely day. I will share my recipes later this week.

May 8 2015

30th Birthday Inspiration


Call me crazy but lately I have been over the moon for orange + pink.

I have always been a pink girl, but the combo with orange has just been all I can think about. So, when I started planning my 30th birthday party I had originally thought I would go with a more traditional color pallet of black and white with pops of pink, but I thought I am young why not have some fun with color!








I am sure in a bit I will be orange’ed out because I am doing everything in this color combo currently including this lacquered dresser project, and my current One Room Challenge vanity. Oh well! It is fun!

May 7 2015

ORC: Wk 6 Little Yellow House Bathroom 1


Good Morning! Today is the official “Reveal” day, the final day for the One Room Challenge lead by Calling it Home twice a year. It was my first time participating, and my husband and I took on quiet a challenge, our first bathroom remodel. I am sad to say we are no where near done, but I am still excited to show you where we are and hope to show my actual reveal in a couple weeks.

To start below are my previous weeks so you can catch up!

wk 5

wk 4



wk 1

Bathroom 1 #littleyellowhouserefresh

Bathroom 1 #littleyellowhouserefresh

This was the original bathroom that we started with – yuck!

Bathroom Remodel 5.7 - 4

My husband and I are doing the tiling ourselves, we are really doing the entire bathroom ourselves, so I probably took off more than I could chew when I said we could be done in 6 weeks (my poor husband).


Bathroom Remodel Progress 5.7 - 2

Bathroom Remodel Progress 5.7

Bathroom Remodel Progress 5.7 -3

I think it is looking good even though we are a little behind. My vanity, fixtures are not here yet. Lesson Learned: if you are trying to get a bathroom done in 6 weeks make sure you have all your supplies at the ready!

bathroom inspiration

orange cabinet inspiraiton

Here is what some of my inspiration looked like – I hope you stop back soon to see the actual reveal!

May 5 2015

Little Yellow House Progress: Floors


When we first moved into our new house it was gross. I mean seriously gross. But one thing (that wasn’t as gross) was that the previous owner saw how gross the carpet throughout was and decided to re-carpet the entire house. Which is kind of a waste since we will eventually be tearing it all out. But since it is brand new and not too dirty or anything it will allow us to work on pulling it up and having the floor re-done in phases which is nice (and nice on the pocket book). So week one of us moving in we pulled up the carpet in the 2 first bedrooms to reveal some beautiful barley used hardwood floors.

Little Yellow House Master Bedroom Before 2

Little Yellow House Master Bedroom Before 3

Little Yellow House Guest Bedroom Before 1

Hardwood Floors After

I couldn’t believe the difference just pulling up the carpet and a new stain color made to make the house feel more homey. Right now we only have 2 rooms done. We will end up waiting on the living room, hallways and dinning room for a bit. Right now the carpet is providing a nice protective layer to ensure no scratches while we hall tools in and out.